Monday, October 31, 2011

September CARDS


Good morning!! Happy Halloween!  I was a busy stamper yesterday, making some cards for my sister’s wine store…she finally wants some big cards, but baby, wedding and congratulations ones.  I don’t usually keep those on hand as they go pretty fast when I take my cards into work.  Note to self: these are the most popular, so MAKE MORE!! LOL  So I thought I would show you the cards that you could have seen in the September CARDS magazine.  If not, here they are!  The one above was on the blog last year, but I don’t think this second one was.  I just love this sentiment from Verve’s Autumn Splendor :)


The leaves on this second one were made with balsa wood and then stamped :)  The sentiment is from Verve’s Bountiful Harvest  :) So hopefully today the electricians will show up and finish what they started on Friday :)  It looks like our move in day will be pushed back a bit :(  Oh, well, I’m trying to be patient :)  Thanks for visiting and have a terrific Halloween!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Serenity Prayer

Good morning!! Oh, my I love a Saturday morning!!  Today, I am up bright and early to meet the phone man over in the new house and get the phone line put in :)  It’s the phone number that I was desperate to save last summer.  I’ve had it for 17 years and am VERY attached to it!  Is that wrong?!  LOL  Anyways, I am also meeting my 2 stamping buddies up there to give them an unofficial “early” tour ;)  Hopefully the furnace works!!  Today’s project is my last official Just Us Girls Guest Designer post.  Oh, I have had a TON of fun with these gals, 2 of which are dear blog buddies (Lynn and Andrea).  Hmm, do they ever ask GDs to come back for a rerun?!  Would LOVE to!!  Anyways, this week is the fifth Wild Card Challenge week and Elise has challenged (and I do mean CHALLENGED) us to alter a frame somehow and creatively place art in it.  I have NEVER done this before, but after doing a bit of research and being inspired by this sentiment, I went to it!  My coworker recently bought a card with this fabulous Serenity Prayer on it.  She loved it so much, she keeps the card on her desk :)  So I wanted to make her something a little more permanent and then she can send the purchased card to a friend who may need the same little reminder now and again…there are some things in life we cannot change.  I hope she likes it :)  And I hope you’ll pop over to the JUGS blog and see all the amazing inspiration…then jump in and play!! It’s ALL good! 
Okay, before I leave, I just want to let you know that I’ve been warned by the dh that I need to have the temporary studio packed by Wednesday and ready to move in Thursday and Friday…so I may be a little AWOL this week…I’ll try to pop in with maybe some reruns or CARDS publications…or maybe a few new house pics :)  Thanks for understanding :)  Hugs! Enjoy the weekend.

what’s in it?

stamps: verve serenity, pti harvest berries

ink: versafine onyx, pti tea dye, su kiwi, wasabi

paper: pti white, lilybee design memorandum, echo park victoria garden

accessories: pti notepage, leaves dies, prima flowers, su library clip, gems, seam binding ribbon, pti buttons and twine

A New Dream and more house pics!


TGIF everyone!! It’s Friday, Moe’s favourite weekday and Viva La Verve Sketch Day over on the Verve Forum!!  Diva Andrea has designed a fabulous little sketch that is great for all that lovely patterned paper we’ve all been amassing over this past year!  I had 3 pads out trying to decide which one to use…then this Lost and Found one spoke to me and I just had to use it :)  I’ve used buttons in the lower corner instead of the circle shape and embossed the labels 18 shape for some extra texture.  I hope to see your take on this lovely sketch over in the VLV October Gallery!   Have a great start to your weekend.  For those of you needing some more sneak peeks of the house…scroll down!  Hugs!



what’s in it?

stamps: Words of Wisdom (Verve)

paper: cream, kraft, rustic cream (PTI), choc chip (SU), Lost and Found 2 (MME)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: long rectangle, long scalloped rectangle, labels 18 dies (Spellbinders), buttons, ribbon (PTI), gems (Kaisercraft), thread, stitching, embossing folder (Cuttlebug)


extremely handsome and extremely handy husband workin’ the bobcat :)


staircase almost done :)


front entrance floor transition


living room wood done :)


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hello Pumpkin!


Okay, I didn’t technically have a card for you today, so I thought I’d share a couple of mini cards I made a while back with that fabulous Michaels ribbon!  AND it ties like a dream :)  These are only 3 x 3 but perfect for tucking into a lunch box with a little treat of candy corn!  LOL


Hope your week is going well.  The trades have been a little slow starting at the house this week :(  I didn’t go up yesterday, but will today.  The dh says the plumber and electrician crews should be there (fingers crossed!).  Hugs to you and come back bright and early tomorrow morning for the new Viva La Verve Sketch :)  Hugs and smiles,


what’s in them?

stamps: verve bountiful harvest

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, royal velvet, bitty box dp, lilybee designs dp,

accessories: pti buttons, thread, basicgrey letters, Michaels yummy and delicious ribbon!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Birthday Wishes


Good morning!  Things are moving along at the new house and I’m happy to report that phone, t.v. and internet will be hooked up on November 5, our tentative move in date :)  Yahoo!!  Today’s card uses this week’s Waltzingmouse Stamps sketch :)  I have missed a few weeks, but am so hoping that maybe this week I’ll be the lucky winner of a FREE stamp set…I have a few sets on my wish list  ;)  I kept the colours fairly neutral for a softer look.  I wanted to use green for the leaves, but that would have put the card off too much, so I opted for River Rock, a greenish neutral.  Brown might have worked too, but I wanted a softer look.  I was so happy to try out more of my doily stamps…LOVE how they fit in the large scalloped nestabilities :)  Have a wonderful day!! The week is half over!! Woohoo!



what’s in it?

stamps: waltzingmouse large doily, fancy phrases, verve bloom and grow

ink: versafine onyx, su sahara, river rock, close to cocoa

paper: pti cream, kraft, MME sunshine

accessories: verve elegant leaves die, pti button, twine, doily and banner dies, large scallop nestability, recollections flower, gems, SU seam binding, stitching

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Carpe Diem ~ PTI October Blog Hop


Good morning!! Welcome to my PTI Blog Hop post.  As I was writing this up a few days ago, I realized that the hop coincides with my class’ field trip to the Pumpkin Patch…how appropriate for the inspiration photo :)  LOL  I was really inspired by all the fabulous prints on the fabric pumpkins, especially the wood grain and polka dots.  AND of course, the overall colour of the inspiration photo…cream, brown, green and orange.


I am LOVING the wood grain set that matches all the Mat dies :) AND I am still loving the Hello Friend set…those flowers make my heart beat faster! LOL  Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy the rest of the hop :)



what’s in it?

stamps: verve words of wisdom, pti hello friend, modern wood mats

ink: versafine onyx, su choc chip, pumpkin pie,

paper: pti rustic cream, cream, distressed dots

accessories: pti mat stack and friendly flower dies, button, ribbon, bakers twine, stitching

Monday, October 24, 2011

How about a Treat? New stamp set!


Good Monday morning!!  I know I seem to say this every Monday, but this week is going to be CRAZY!! Two field trips (Pumpkin Patch tomorrow and Young People’s Concert Thursday) AND lots of action at the new house…the “plan” is for the toilets, sinks and faucets to go in today, electrical (including lighting) on Tuesday/Wednesday, painting mid week and the down stairs flooring to start on the weekend (yay for the studio!).  BUT enough of that…how about a little announcement if you haven’t heard?  Julee has quietly released a sweet little Halloween set over in the Verve Store…but there are limited quantities right now, so if you have your heart set on having this right now, order today! 


How adorable are those sweet ghosties?  And that sentiment “stuck on you?!”  I chose to use “Trick or Treat” as I’m thinking this is going to a coworker and didn’t want to send out the wrong message!! LOL  I did add some cute little hearts cut with my From the Heart dies.  AND did you notice?  More of that fabulous Michaels ribbon!!  A friend here in town saw my card a few weeks ago made with my last piece and let me know that Michaels still had some (though it came out last year!).  I went that very day and picked up 3 rolls at $1.00 each!! SCORE (and thanks Karen!).  Sending you all smiles and hugs :)


what’s in it?

stamps: Boo to You (Verve)

paper: white, royal velvet, autumn abundance, bitty dot basics (PTI), sahara sand (SU), Sidewalks (October Afternoon), Memorandum (Lilybee Designs)

accessories: From the Heart die (A Cut Above by Verve), button card, doily, notepage dies, button, twine (PTI), gems (Kaisercraft), ribbon (Michaels)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Welcome Precious Little One


Good morning!!  I had a lovely day yesterday…got lots done for the new house, did some house cleaning and laundry at Dad’s, made some cards AND even got to the gym!!  I really enjoyed some quiet time :)  Today’s sweet little baby card is for this week’s Make It Mondays over on Nichole’s blog.  I just loved watching Dawn make her fun frames :)  I went a little crazy with the dies!! LOL  I count 7!  How about you?  One is tricky, but 7 were used!!  I was also having fun with a few new paper pads :)  I hope it’s not too busy for you ;)  Thanks for visiting :)  Have a lovely Sunday :)



what’s in it?

stamps: verve small phrases

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti sweet blush, white, su sahara sand, echo park victoria garden and happy days, glitter cardstock

accessories: pti tag, mat stack, love lives here, doily details, banner dies, seam binding, gems, button, thread, stitching

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sweet Treats


Disclaimer: Each and every one of these Halloween treats

were harmed eaten in the making of this project ;) 

Yes, unfortunate for them, yummy for me!

Good morning!  Ready for a super sweet post this Saturday morning?  It’s the fourth week of Just Us Girls Challenges!!  I have been having a BLAST hanging out with all the JUGS gals this month as Guest Designer :)  I don’t make many 3D projects, but when I do and when a flat piece of paper turns into a sweet little box or purse or whatever, I have a BIG smile on my face.  I have made these sour cream containers before, but I made it out of acetate this time to show off the fun candy corn treats.  Now, as stated above, these little candy treats are LONG gone!! LOL  It seriously took me 2 bags of candy corn and one package of assorted treats to make this project!! LOL  I don’t keep candy in the house because I love it!  So when I need it for a post, watch out!! LOL  The second 3D project was this adorable little Peek A Boo window box!!  LOVE it!!  You get to see the yummy treats inside!! Thanks so much for visiting!!  I hope you’ll join us for a little 3D fun over on the JUGS challenge blog this week :)  TTYS!



what’s in it?

stamps: Bountiful Harvest, Love Notes, Sweet Treats, Happy Fall (Verve)

paper: rustic cream (PTI), black, peach (SU)

ink: onyx (Versafine), plum, pumpkin, summer sun, kiwi (SU)

accessories: scallop and circle punches (SU), sheer ribbon (Michaels)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Dream Big


Good morning!!  Today is a fabulous day for me…yes, it’s Friday and yes, there’s a new amazing sketch for us on the Viva La Verve forum, but it’s also another Professional Day and I’m spending it with a few of my dear colleagues and attending an online workshop by my math guru, Kim Sutton, from California.  She is AMAZING and I use many of her strategies in my math teaching.  This week’s VLV sketch is by the fantabulous Diva Charmaine!! Simple shapes, a simple design which opens up a TON of possibilities!!  I went for a layered look totally inspired by this amazing card by Julie Lacey, one of  my stamping idols :)  I’m meeting with my interior designer after work to look at some California Shutters for the front rooms of the house.  It will get direct sunlight in the morning so we’ll need some good window coverings :)  Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over in the Viva La Verve forum this week :)  Have a great start to your weekend,



what’s in it?

stamps: Words of Wisdom (Verve)

paper: cream, rustic cream, sweet blush (PTI), soft suede, ruby red (SU), All Spice and Sunshine (My Mind’s Eye)

accessories: circle dies (Spellbinders), doily die (PTI), gems (Kaisercraft), flower (Recollections), ribbon (SU), stitching

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Life is Perfect AND Wonderful!

Good morning!!  The week is flying by and I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend :)  The dh AND dad will be away so Moe gets full reign of the house :)  Although, truth be told, I will probably be in the basement stamping :)  Not that there’s anything wrong with that!! LOL  Today’s card uses the fabulous colours for this week’s colourQ Colour Challenge.  I had a few ideas for this combination and still might make another card using them in the near future :)  I was a happy little stamper last night…I was changing after work and you’ll never guess what I found?!  EEK!!  I thought I had packed them away, but no, there they were in my top drawer!!  The famous leopard lounge pants
So this card was the first one made in my most favourite stamping pants since last Spring :) LOL  Okay, how about some house photos to finish this post off!?  Thanks for visiting…TGIF tomorrow and you know what THAT means!!
The rest of the granite counters were installed yesterday :)
Sili-granite sink in Truffle
Guest suite floor done :)  Don’t worry, the vacuum will be gone and there will be a bed when YOU come visit :)
Master suite flooring

what’s in it?

stamps: verve words of wisdom

ink: su choc chip

paper:pti white, autumn abundance dp, su limeade, espresso, october afternoon sidewalks dp

accessories: pti scarlet jewel and chartreuse felt, buttons, scallop, friendly flower and leaves dies, thread, dritz pins, Michaels ribbon, stitching

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sugar and Spice


Good morning!!  I went through some photos this week, looking for some cards that I haven’t shared on the blog.  Last July, my sister asked if I would make 2 baby girl cards for her to use at work for some coworkers who had just had their babies.  The first card uses some fun layered dies and 3 different Verve Stamp sets :)  I just love mixing and matching them :)baby1

This second card uses my FAVOURITE baby sentiment that I have never seen on a stamp, so I type it out in Word each time I need it :)  How adorable is that sentiment?  Makes you think about the 2 meanings of it for a few seconds :)  How about 4 feet for twins!!  LOL  Interviews are going well and the guest suite has all the wood flooring down.  Will try and take some more pictures in the next few days.  Thanks so much for visiting!! Have a wonderful HUMP day!!


what’s in them?

{sugar and spice}

stamps: verve love story, to the moon, small phrases

paper: pti white, raspberry fizz, su orange, DCWV dp

ink: versafine onyx, versamark, su pretty in pink

accessories: pti dies, circle nestabilities, gems, buttons, twine, doily


{by two feet}

stamps: su baby feet

paper: pti white, kraft, sweet blush, various SU dp scraps

ink: su rose romance

accessories: pti felt, blossom dies, buttons, twine, stitching, Michaels ribbon

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Let’s Get Together and some House Pix!


Good morning!  I’ve been saving this card since the Verve August Release for the perfect moment…and that moment has come :)  I thought it would be the right card to post during a super busy work and house week.  And that week is NOW!  LOL  Busy with final house details and busy with Parent/Teacher interviews.  So, hey!  Let’s get together for some coffee in the new kitchen!  It’s almost done!  Pull  a chair up to the new island…


The granite is actually called Cafe Imperial…it seems only fitting.  No, I didn’t “pick” the granite because of its name, although it didn’t hurt the decision {{wink}}.  The close up does not do it justice…it’s all glittery and gorgeous…you’ll just have to come to see it in person!! LOL  The hole in the back will be for the prep sink (prepping martinis, that is! LOL)


And if it’s around 5:00, we’ll switch to wine or martinis! And move over to the bar area…


The marble counter is also in up in the ensuite…with the (Moe) mandatory 2 sinks…tip for a happy marriage…just sayin’!


and the wood floor installation started today upstairs.  This is taken in the master bedroom, looking out and down the hall into the guest suite.


Well, that’s it for me…I’ll try to pop in before Friday with a few baby cards and maybe a few reruns ;)  Hope all is well in your corner of this great world.  Hugs and thanks for visiting :)


what’s in it?

stamps: better with you, sip and savor (Verve)

paper: rustic cream (PTI), espresso, sand (SU!)

ink: onyx (Versafine), raspberry fizz (PTI), kiwi, bermuda, pumpkin (SU!), versamark

accessories: circle die (Spellbinders), blossom die, ribbon, button (PTI), border punch (Fiskars), gems (Kaisercraft), orange twine (Michaels), corrugated cardboard (Starbucks sleeve), stitching

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