Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Miss You a Latte


Good afternoon!  My normal morning posting time has been altered a bit this week to fit in my Cath (sans CHA) post last night.  I was thinking that card would go live tonight, but it was 12:00 AM EST, which was 9:00 last night!!  Good thing I caught that last night.  No worries…my CASE Study card goes live tomorrow night so this will space out the cards nicely.  I was inspired to make this card based on last week’s My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch.  I pulled out my sweet little Latte A La Mode (sans colour!), some of that fabulous Authentique Splendid paper and some soft pretty pink ribbon.  I’m hoping my friend, Melisa, is reading this post and thinking the same thing as this card {wink!}.  Though the studio is still in disarray, I must say I LOVE all the standing areas!! My back is pretty happy too with all the counter height areas :)  Hope your week is humming along.  I sure love it when you stop by!!



what’s in it?

stamps: my favorite things miss you a latte a la mode

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti cream, rustic cream, soft stone, su espresso, authentique splendid dp

accessories: pti limitiless layers and banner dies, ribbon, button, twine, stitching

Monday, January 30, 2012

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

Good evening!  I have the pleasure of participating in a little blog hop for the lovely Cath Edvalson of Moxie Fab World.  She was headed to CHA for a fun filled week when an ongoing injury made her sadly cancel her trip.  So this card is part of the fun Blog Hop to wish Cath a speedy recovery and send her hugs so she doesn’t feel too sad for missing the show.  I’m not going either, Cath!! I need a hug too! ;)  A link to all the people participating is HERE.
Sending you healing wishes and big hugs, Cath!! Hang in there!!

what’s in it?

stamps: verve kind words, blue skies

ink: versafine onyx, su sahara sand, more mustard, rose romance

paper: SU sahara, OA Sidewalks

accessories: pti edgers die, ribbon, OA Farmhouse journaling card, stitching

Whatever our Souls are Made Of (and Purge Hop Winner!)

Good morning everyone!  It was quite the show in the studio this weekend.  I have started the painstakingly difficult task of finding a place for everything in all the boxes we moved.  How did I get all this stuff?!  Really, I was not a happy camper yesterday after working for hours putting things away only to see more and more boxes still sitting outside the studio.  I guess I just need to be more patient with myself.  For a little fun break, I decided to play with the ladies over at The Play Date Cafe.  I’ve only played a few times and just loved the colours they have this week.  A colleague has asked for a couple of fun wedding cards next month so I started with this one.  Kind of funky and traditional at the same time. 
But you may only be here today for the announcement of my winner for the Purge Blog Hop!!  It’s Luanne from He Golfs, I Stamp!! Congratulations, Luanne!  Email me with your address and I’ll get these goodies out to you pronto!!  Thanks to everyone who left such sweet comments and loved our idea of spreading some love out in blogland :)  We were thrilled with the success!! Maybe we’ve started a new movement!  Have a wonderful day!
And the winners are… Tosh ~ TBA Andrea ~ Deb Buckminster @ DebsDesignsNDoodles Maureen ~ Luanne @ He Golfs, I Stamp Sony ~ TBA Laurie ~ TBA Julee ~ TBA Janelle ~  Kristen @  By The Book Paper Betty ~ Toni(ravengirl)  @ Sweet Peas Story   Jen ~ Heather @ Wire Wrapture Teresa ~   Sherry Gardner @  Life Is Good

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Day That Gave Me You


Good morning!! Ah, the lovely weekend is here!  I’m most excited about the new studio arriving this week!! But now comes the daunting task of UNPACKING!  And purging big time!  I’ll share some photos at the end of this post :)  I am also excited about today’s card.  I wasn’t too sure about this week’s colourQ colours, but then I got thinking that they would be perfect for my dh’s birthday card for his birthday next week :)  While I was making this, he called me while out of town and asked what I was doing…I told him I was making a birthday card for someone I loved dearly.  He was a little puzzled and said that the only upcoming birthday he knew about was his own, pause…then he said, “oh, I get it!”  LOL  I warned him there was one bit of “girlie” on his card.  I had the gorgeous red ribbon on my mind for this card so there it is!! I also knew I wanted to use this fabulous Verve sentiment from Love’s Flower (on sale this month!). It perfectly conveys how I feel about Tony’s birthday :)


Okay, here are the just installed pictures of the new studio cupboards and counters.  I opted for lower cupboards only as I have many things to put on the wall…3 ribbon racks, a button cubby organizer, bulletin board/magnetic board and a few framed pictures of special publications :)  I will share more when I’ve organized and unpacked more :) Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!







what’s in it?

stamps: verve love’s flower, pti fillable frames

ink: versafine onyx, su sahara sand

paper: PTI white, su more mustard, MME Gertie Paper and Kraft FunDay

accessories: pti fillable frame and scallop border dies, Michaels ribbon, gems, stitching

Friday, January 27, 2012

Love Happens Over Coffee


Good morning and TGIF!!  It’s Friday and that means a new Viva La Verve sketch challenge :)  This week we are going CAS, although I added a few extra elements to my card.  I was thinking this would be the perfect sketch for making the dh’s Valentine card.  Many of you know that we met at Starbucks so I thought I would add 2 SB cups with little hearts on them (I was a grande nonfat latte and he was a grande caramel macchiato :)  I did a little “surgery” on 2 of my stamps from the Better with You set…I really wanted to use the word ‘love’ on this card rather than ‘life,’ so I carefully cut off each word from the main sentiment so they would fit back with the original sentiment.  That’s the beauty of clear stamps!  If you check out the stamp set, you might say, “Moe, why didn’t you just use the “Love at first Sip” sentiment?  Well, that’s being saved for our Anniversary ;) {wink!}.  Hope your weekend starts off right…woohoo!  Hope you can play with us over on the Viva La Verve forum…would love to see your take on this beauty of a sketch :) Or do you need some Valentine stamps?  Check out the sale over in the Verve Store!


signature VLVJan12Week4Sketch


what’s in it?

stamps: Twitterpated, Sip and Savor, Better with You (Verve)

paper: cranberry red, espresso, sahara sand (SU), soft stone, rustic cream, vellum cardstock (PTI), Love Me (My Mind’s Eye),

ink: onyx (Versafine), jet black (Stazon)

accessories: square and scalloped square dies (Spellbinders), gems (Kaisercraft), stitching

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop


Hello! This month’s PTI blog hop challenge sounded good at first, but then I remembered what happened the last time I CASEd myself…it was HARD!  My CASEd card did not turn out as well as the original and I chalked it up to the process.  When I love a card, it’s the process I love as well.  So with that in mind, I tried to enjoy the process and not get caught up in the CASEing part.  It was also hard choosing ONE favourite project, so I chose TWO (with 3 pictures) that made me smile all over again and used a lot of PTI products.  The smaller cards are the originals.


You may recognize these next original cards…they were my entries for the October and November Blog Hops.  I just could not NOT use the woodgrain and hello friend stamps again!! I still love them :)




Now, before you go, I hope you’ll let me share some exciting news with you :)  Have you seen the January CARDS yet?  You may just recognize the Designer of the Month {wink!}.  Oh, and I also wanted to share the gorgeous view I get to come home to every night now that we’re in the new house :)  Thanks! I look forward to viewing all the wonderful projects on the hop after work :)



what’s in them?

{birthday wishes for you}

stamps: verve making a statement, pti happy day

ink: versafine onyx, pti melon berry

paper: pti soft stone, dotty biscotti dp, su espresso, lilybee designs head over heals

accessories: pti tag, love lives here and happy day dies, ribbon, twine and buttons, kaisercraft gems, stitching


{life is beautiful}

stamps: verve sunny days, ptp modern woodgrain, hello friend

ink: versafine onyx, su choc chip, pti raspberry fizz

paper: pti rustic cream, cream, su sahara sand, MME love me dp

accessories: pti friendly flower, mat stack, tag and banner dies, buttons, twine, may arts twill ribbon, cuttlebug embossing folder, stitching

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

valentine. i’m yours.


Greetings everyone!  I’m excited about today’s card and the challenge it goes with.  It’s been awhile since I spent some time with the JUGS girls and thought this fun colour challenge was the perfect time to visit :)  I had a few ideas floating around, but after playing with paper and ribbon and hearts, this became the final product.  I got the twine, clothes pin and heart treatment idea from my bestie, Lynn, who is also on the JUGS Design Team…check out her AMAZING CAS card here!  Gotta love pink and red and white…you can’t get anymore lovey dovey than that!  Are you making Valentine cards yet or have you made and seen so many you are sick of them?  lol  Have a wonderful day :)  Thanks so much for stopping by :)




what’s in it?

stamps: verve twitterpatted, pti heart prints

ink: versafine onyx, su pink, red

paper: pti white, su ruby red, echo park happy days dp

accessories: ms heart border punch, ek success heart punches, pti ribbon and banner die, clothes pin, bakers twine, stitching

Monday, January 23, 2012

Always and Forever

Good morning!  It was a fun day in the studio yesterday and I got to play with some of my favourite challenges such as the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge AND use some new goodies :)  Along with the Waltzingmouse Back in the Saddle set, I’ve had my sights on Say it Loud for awhile.  I have admired how some designers cut around the big words after stamping them so I have done the same…so fun and elegant :)  I also got to ink up that fabulous heart tag that coordinates with the original Spellbinders heart die.  I am right into making Valentine cards…loving all the pink and all the love {swoon!}.  Hope your week is starting out right. Why do weekends go by so quickly?

what’s in it?

stamps: wms say it loud, seasons of love tags

ink: versafine onyx, pti raspberry fizz

paper: pti white, sweet blush, mme love me dp

accessories: spellbinders heart die, pti buttons and twine, gems, seam binding ribbon, stitching

Sunday, January 22, 2012

All Things Grow with Love


Sunday morning greetings to you all!  Wowzers, I think my Purge Blog buddies and I have started something crazy!!  I am overwhelmed by all the positive response on the first day! Wow!  See this post HERE for more details!! I’ve been asked to make some more wedding cards and was experimenting with some bold colours via the colourQ challenge this week.  What do you think?  Or should wedding cards be mostly neutral with a touch of colour?  I think it depends on the couple.  I am happy to report that the temperature has warmed up to a balmy –5 (Celsius).  It’s so nice to be outside and enjoy it rather than curse it!  LOL  Wishing you a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting!




what’s in it?

stamps: verve bloom and grow, pti heart prints, love and marriage

ink: su wisteria wonder, baroque burgundy, versafine onyx

paper: pti white, damask designs dp

accessories: su razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, ek success heart punch, button and twine

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Purge Blog Hop!


A few blogging friends of mine are having a hard time letting go of our much loved papers and embellishments. We decided to share them with all of you in a week long Purge Hop!


1. Tosh          6. Julee

2. Andrea      7.Janelle

3. Maureen    8. Betty

4. Sonja         9. Jen

5. Laurie      10. Teresa

Comment once on the hop spots you want a chance to win and tell us what you spy as your favorite item. The hop will stay open until January 28th, 5PM ET. Each of my friends will post a winner from their prize post on Monday, January 30th!


My purge package includes…

5 used and gently used Cosmo Cricket 6x6 paper pads ( Early Bird, Salt Air, Material Girl, Pixie-Licious, Jolly by Golly)


2 used/gently used 6x6 paper pads (Green at Heart, Kioshi)


various paper flowers (some not shown)


various ribbon (some not shown),


Tim Holtz journaling tickets


Tattered Angels vintage key embellishments


Studio G small St. Patrick’s Day stamps


1 new package large sheer butterflies


1 new package of BasicGrey woolies stickers


3 gently used packages of brown, red, aqua Making Memories felt alphabet stickers (not shown)

and whatever else I can squeeze into the small mailing box!!  It will be a surprise!

Here’s a card I made with one of the Tim Holtz tickets…it was published in the December CARDS magazine :)


Thanks for stopping by!!  Enjoy the rest of the hop :)  Now onto Sony’s blog to see what goodies she’s got!


p.s. Please make sure I can contact you if you are the winner.  Leave your email in your comment if your email is not hooked up to your blog comment. Thanks!

Friday, January 20, 2012

i’m yours.


TGIF!! For a bitterly cold week, the days flew by and here we are on my favourite day of the week :)  I am keeping the new Verve release love fires going with this week’s Viva La Verve sketch by Diva Teresa.  When I saw all those fabulous panels, I knew I wanted to layer some more of my gorgeous Head Over Heels paper :)  I’ve used the sweet hearts from Wings of Love with the matching Wavy Hearts die set and the sentiment and heart outline stamps from Twitterpated.  I just love the simple sentiments in this set and the little {periods} at the end of them…that’s it, I’m yours, period!! LOL


Now for some more exciting news!!  Some blog buddies and I have caught the PURGE bug and are hosting a little Purge Blog Hop starting tomorrow morning.  Leave a little love via a comment on each blog and you could win the purge offering on that blog.  Some items are gently used or new…we are clearing things out, hoping to find a loving new home for them.  So come back tomorrow for all the details :)


Thanks so much for stopping by…hope your weekend has a great start :)


what’s in it?

stamps: twitterpated, wings of love (Verve)

paper: kraft, autumn rose, scarlet jewel (PTI), ruby red (PTI), Head over Heels (Lilybee Designs)

ink: onyx (Versafine), ruby red (SU), Autumn Rose (PTI)

accessories: Wavy Hearts Die set (A Cut Above dies by Verve), banner die, button, twine (PTI), seam binding ribbon (Memriemare@Etsy), stitching, gems (Kaisercraft)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Yee Haw!


Giddyup!!  Howdy partners!!  Well, I’m very excited about my new Waltzingmouse Stamp Set, Back in the Saddle.  I’ve been eyeing it for more than a few months and now have it in my hot little hands :)  I’ve started really looking at my stamp collection and like to have different looks and sayings now.  AND my dad is a cowboy so I’ll get enough use out of this set even if I just make cards for him and his friends!  Plus, there’s a little cowgirl in me too {wink, wink!}  and “giddyup” is a saying I use a lot (via Kramer on Seinfeld!).  This card is also for this week’s Waltzingmouse sketch challenge.


We are having some bitterly cold weather this week…more typical for where I live.  Staying nice and warm with our big fireplace!  Hope you are staying warm where you are :)  Y’all come back now real soon!  teehee


what’s in it?

stamps: back in the saddle (waltzingmouse stamps), fancy flourishes (PTI)

ink: onyx (versafine), sahara sand (SU)

paper: rustic cream, kraft (PTI), espresso (SU), curio (basicgrey)

accessories: pinking edge die, buttons and twine (PTI), bracket die (my favorite things)

Monday, January 16, 2012

Scooting By to Say Hi!


Good morning!! It’s a new week and I’ve had the chance to play with some new stamps this weekend.  I didn’t have a transportation stamp set so when I saw this die and stamp set at My Favorite Things I knew I had to get it.  This card uses their Wednesday sketch #54.  My little flag fell a bit and landed on the hot pink ribbon!! Love when that happens {wink!}.  Isn’t that little scooter the sweetest?  Ah, makes me dream of Italy!! Hope your week is starting off right…thanks so much for “scooting by!”  Hugs!



what’s in it?

stamps: you move me dienamics (my favourite things)

ink: onyx (versafine)

paper: white, black, raspberry fizz (PTI), happy days (Echo Park)

accessories: you move me dies (MFT), banner die, ribbon (PTI), pin (making memories), stitching

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