Saturday, March 31, 2012

Wait a Minute!


Ah, it’s the last day of March and I’m hoping it goes out like a lamb!  I’m also hoping to get a good seat at the Hunger Games!! LOL  I’ve recently finished all the books in the trilogy and am looking forward to the first film.  Don’t tell me how it ends!  {wink!!} I received a sweet birthday gift from my bestie, Aimes, and couldn’t wait to ink up one of these delicious clocks and coordinating sentiments.  I picked the time that Timex always displays on their clocks :)  OR where my hands go on the steering wheel when driving in snow! LOL  The colour palette is courtesty of this week’s colourQ challenge.  I’ll leave you with a couple more cards that were published this past month in CARDS. 



Thanks for visiting!  Have a fabulous weekend!



what’s in it?

stamps: uniko studio Time and Extra Time sets, pti frilly flowers

ink: versafine onyx, pti raspberry fizz, su bermuda bay, certainly celery and kiwi kiss

paper: pti white, raspberry fizz, october afternoon sidewalks

accessories: spellbinders circle dies, banner, pti frilly flowers and edgers dies, buttons, thread, may arts ribbon, gems, black brad

Friday, March 30, 2012

New Verve Hoppy Easter Set!


Good morning!!  If you’ve come here from Diva Andrea’s blog, you are right on track!  The Verve Divas are celebrating the recent release of this adorable set, Hoppy Easter, in a blog hop over on the Verve Blog.  It’s also Friday and that means another fun Viva La Verve Sketch!  My first card uses the beautiful little blossom in the set and one of the two sentiments along with Amber’s lovely sketch.


My second card showcases the sweet little bunny in the new Hoppy Easter set, the second sentiment and that wonderful blossom again :)


Next on the hop is Diva Janelle :) Have a Hoppy Friday!!  LOL, couldn’t resist!  Happy Hopping!! Oh, couldn’t resist again!



what’s in them?

{Easter Wishes}

stamps: Hoppy Easter, Love Notes (Verve)

paper: rustic cream, kraft, soft stone (PTI), Dolled Up (My Mind’s Eye)

ink: onyx (Versafine), going gray (SU)

accessories: classy label die (A Cut Above by Verve), circle and scalloped circle dies(Spellbinders), apron lace border punch (Fiskars), gems (Kaisercraft), buttons (PTI), chipboard butterfly (Follow Your Heart buttons, MME), linen thread (SU), stitching


{Hoppy Easter}

stamps: Hoppy Easter (Verve)

paper: white, kraft, hawaiian shores (PTI), razzleberry (SU), Lime Twist (My MInd’s Eye)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: rectangle and scallope rectangle dies (Spellbinders), journal tab and doily dies, buttons (PTI), staples, thread, ribbon (Michaels), stitching

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

With Gratitude ~ CASE Study #84

with gratitude

Good evening!!  It’s the last week of March so we sadly say goodbye to Laura Bassen, our fabulous CASE Study Muse this month.  I know it’s not really goodbye, though, as I follow her blog and will continue to be endlessly inspired by her :)  For my card this week, I was inspired by the Mat Stack 3 and Blossom die shapes as well as the colour palette of red, pink and grey.  I had fun layering 2 different flower shapes to create one lovely blossom.


So how are you inspired by this picture?  The colours, the negative die cuts, the sentiment?  Show us!!  Make a card and link it up over on the CASE Study blog!!  Can’t wait to see it!!  Hugs!


what’s in it?

stamps: verve words cannot express, pti mat stack 3 stamps

ink: versafine onyx, su basic grey

paper: pti rustic cream, su ruby red, basicgrey konnichiwa

accessories: pti mat stack 3 and blossom dies, button, twine, su ribbon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Love Yourself

loveyourself Good morning!!  Well, the first day back to school went really well yesterday!  The kids were either well rested or exhausted…which meant a nice, calm feeling all day :)   I had the chance to make a card for this week’s My Favourite Things Sketch challenge.  After wondering about what to do with those panels, I reached for Own Your Story and some MFT dies :)  OH, I am loving the new MME Be Amazing paper!!  Gorgeous!  Hope your day is fabulous!! Thanks for stopping by!



what’s in it?

stamps: mft own your story

ink: versafine onyx, su basic gray

paper: pti rustic cream, kraft, dotty biscotti, su going gray, mme be amazing

accessories: mft butterfly and over the moon dies, pti ribbon, buttons, thread, gems, stitching

Monday, March 26, 2012

You’re a Real Wing Dinger!


Good morning!!  I spent my last day of Spring Break making cards, doing laundry and watching the World’s Curling tournament :)  I played around with this week’s Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge and am happy with what came out on this card :)  I wasn’t sure about the 2 side squares so I went out of the box and had some fun with the large corrugated flower and bow!!  I flipped through my Labels sets and picked out the Number 5 stamps then found the perfect Back in the Saddle sentiment to fit!  I told you I am not finished with this set, not for a long while yet!  So what is a “wing dinger?”  Well, I’m the daughter of a cowboy so this phrase was not new to me.  According to the Urban Dictionary it means "sweet!" It's Irish of origin, referring to fairies that flew around with bells and were indentified with good luck. It is widely thought the wing dingers were the inspiration for Disney's Tinkerbell. Okay, so we’ve had Cowboy Glam and Cowboy Shabby…now we have Cowboy Pretty!  Thanks for stopping by and hope your week is starting out well :)



what’s in it?

stamps: wms back in the saddle, vintage labels 5

ink: versafine onyx, pti autumn rose

paper: pti soft stone, rustic cream, MME Dolled Up

accessories: spellbinders labels 5, Jillibean corrugated flower, Michaels ribbon, su circle punch, twinery bakers twine, white eyelets, stitching

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink March Blog Hop


Good morning!  It’s the 25th and I had the chance to participate in the PTI blog hop this month.  We have an inspiration photo to work with and I’m loving the cream, blue, yellow and kraft colour palette :)  My first card showcases the gorgeous frilly flowers dies and stamps. This is a new favourite!  I also discovered that burlap makes fun leaves!!  I was reaching for felt one day and saw my scraps of burlap!! Eureka!!  Be prepared to see more of these lovelies!  Now I just couldn’t stop at one card and just received some fun vintage kits from Monika over in her Etsy store…seriously, so many little treasures!!


Thanks for visiting!!  I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone makes!!




what’s in them?

{you’re in my prayers}

stamps: pti beautiful blessings, frilly flowers

ink: versafine onyx, su bermuda bay, pti aquamist, tea dye duo

paper: pti rustic cream, october afternoon and my mind’s eye dps

accessories: pti banner, mega mat stack 3, frilly flowers dies, burlap, recollections resin flower, dritz pins, fiskars border punch, clothes pin


{I’ve been thinking about you}

stamps: verve small phrases

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti rustic cream, mme dp

accessories: various items from Monika’s Etsy Store, may arts

ribbon, pti love lives here die, buttons, doily and journal dies, staple, stitching

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thanks so Very Much


Good morning!  It’s a beautiful sunny morning and I’m in the studio with some coffee and some cards to blog :)  I recently bought some washi tape on Etsy (Chickydoddle) via my dear friend, Michelle.  The purple tapes were the perfect colours for this week’s colourQ challenge.  I put a strip of tape onto some white card stock and die cut a banner shape out of it.  The turquoise banners are just paper.  I had buttons on all the banners, but it was too much so I settled on 2 light aqua buttons.  Oh, this makes me smile!  Love those colours!  Hope your Saturday is starting out well.  Thanks for visiting!!



what’s in it?

stamps: Making a Statement (Verve)

paper: white (PTI), Be Amazing (MME)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: banner die and buttons (PTI), bakers twine (Twinery), washi tape (Chickydoddle@Etsy), corner rounder

Birthday Blog Candy Winner!

Good morning!!  Just popping in quickly to announce the winner of my Birthday Blog Candy.  Thanks to everyone who left such wonderful comments and helped me celebrate my birthday!!  The lucky winner is….#31, Erin!!  Congratulations!

Erin, please send me your mailing address via and I’ll pop your goodies in the mail :)

random number

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Happy Birthday!!! I'm not one to normally celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but today I went to a winery where they were having Irish celebrations, so I drank some wine and ate a green cookie and listened to some nice music.

March 17, 2012 9:24 PM

Friday, March 23, 2012

He Will Rejoice Over You


Good morning!! It’s Friday and I’m celebrating with Diva Andrea over on the Viva La Verve forum.  The last Friday of each month is CAS week…hmm, not sure if I nailed that or not.  LOL  I picked out some of my new Authentique paper and went from there.  I also wanted to use this Verve Plain Jane that’s been waiting so patiently on my desk to be inked up.  This card will be making its way to my dear blog friend, Janelle, who continues to go through a difficult journey with brain cancer.  Please keep her in your prayers.  I think this scripture verse is so uplifting and powerful.  Now head over to the Viva La Verve forum for some fun chit chat and major inspiration in the VLVMar2012 gallery!



what’s in it?

stamps: Zephaniah 3:17 (Verve)

paper: rustic cream, black (PTI), really rust (SU), Gathering (Authentique)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: labels 4 large and small (Spellbinders), ribbon (PTI), border punch (Fiskars), gems (Kaisercraft)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Little Bird Told Me ~ CASE Study # 83


Good evening!  There’s another fun challenge starting tonight over on the CASE Study blog!  Our talented muse, Laura Bassen, is making us drool all over again with her next inspiration card…


I wasn’t quite sure which way to go on this one other than the sentiment I was going to use.  I knew this Verve stamp from Bloom and Grow would be perfect! Then I leafed through all my patterned paper pads looking for the perfect polka dotted paper. I found this fabulous one in the MME Be Amazing pad.   I then saw my October Afternoon journaling cards in my “use next” organizer on my desk and found this sweet little card…then came the aqua flower.  I was looking in my felt drawer to make some leaves when I saw a scrap of burlap!  ACK!!  That would make cool leaves!! And it does!!  I actually ran them through the Big Shot with a leaf die!! LOVE THEM!!  Make sure you head over to the CASE Study blog to see what magic the Design Team have conjured up!!  That is one of my favourite things to see with each new challenge!! THEN play along!!  Thanks for visiting!!  If you haven’t seen my Blog Candy post, click HERE to enter!!


what’s in it?

stamps: verve bloom and grow

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, mme dp

accessories: october afternoon journaling tag, prima flowers. pti button and leaf die, linen impression plate, burlap

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thinking of You From Miles Away


or should I be saying Kilometres away?  This saying got missed when Canada converted to the metric system!! ACK!!  I made this card for the My Favourite Things Wednesday sketch and just in time as today is Tuesday!! LOL  I love the little tag in the corner…it’s my first time using this MFT die…there are 4 altogether so you can pick which shape you like :)  The “hi” is actually from another sentiment in the You Move Me set…I just inked up the one word :)  This card is for all my blog buddies scattered around the world, whether you use the metric system or not!!  teehee!!  Hugs everyone!!  p.s. if you haven’t already, check out my Birthday Blog Candy!!  You have until Friday midnight (PST) to enter!



what’s in it?

stamps: mft you move me

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti rustic cream, su espresso, tangerine, authentique gathering dp

accessories: mft mini wavy pennant die, rectangle nestabiliies dies, pti ribbon, buttons, thread,

Monday, March 19, 2012



Good morning!  It’s Monday and I’m having a lazy morning drinking coffee and blurfing (blog surfing).  I love the quiet of the morning and love it even more now that it’s Spring Break… the jammies can stay on a bit longer today :)  Today’s card uses this week’s Waltzingmouse Sketch.  As soon as I saw that flower in the sketch, I knew I wanted to layer up some doilies and add a flower.  I went to my decorative brad box and pulled out this sweet little button brad.  I love it when I find the perfect embellishment for a card (IMHO anyways!).  Is there anyone left who hasn’t heard about my Birthday Blog Candy?  LOL  There is still time to enter!! Click HERE for all the details :)  I’ll be drawing on Saturday morning :)  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day :)



what’s in it?

stamps: wms large doilies, frame it, pti hello friend

ink: versafine onyx, su basic grey, pti aquamist

paper: pti rustic cream, soft stone, su daffodil delight, lilybee designs dp

accessories: spellbinders large scallop die, pti banner, doily, friendly flower dies, Heidi Grace brad, stitching

Sunday, March 18, 2012



Good morning!  Well, I’ve survived another birthday!!  The day after is always a little sad when my sidebar “Countdown to St. Patrick’s Day” resets itself to 365.  But I’ve got more surprises coming in the mail and am off this week so the celebrating will continue!  Today’s card is inspired by this week’s Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger photo…

Simple Elegance

How delicious is this room?  I was inspired by the colours and pattern and the medallion/doily shape over the fireplace.  Hope your weekend is going well and there are not too many green beer hangovers!! ACK!  If you haven’t seen my Blog Candy post, click HERE to enter!!  Thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday!!  You are all too sweet :)


what’s in it?

stamps: verve text objects, pti harvest berries

ink: versafine onyx, su wasabi

paper: pti rustic cream, crate paper dp

accessories: paper doily, pti ribbon, button, tag and harvest berry dies, thread, stitching

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Waltzingmouse Blog Hop ~ Happy St. Patrick’s Day ~ Blog Candy!

St. Pat’s Fact: Much Irish folklore surrounds St. Patrick's Day. Not much of it is actually substantiated. Some of this lore includes the belief that Patrick raised people from the dead. He also is said to have given a sermon from a hilltop that drove all the snakes from Ireland. Of course, no snakes were ever native to Ireland, and some people think this is a metaphor for the conversion of the pagans. Though originally a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into more of a secular holiday.


Good morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!1 There’s a lot going on today so let’s get right to it!  First up, this sweet vintage-y card is for the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog hop.  It happens every month on the 17th and as luck would have it, that’s St. Patrick’s Day this month!! I share their love for this day so it was easy to make the required green/St. Patrick’s Day/celtic card :) I found a sweet little vintage Irish girl card and then added an Irish blessing to her.  I love the little shamrock tag hanging from the ribbon :)


As many of you know, it’s also my birthday!!  I feel so blessed having entered the world on this fabulous day!! Hence the Irish name, Maureen.  I am also 1/4 Irish on my Mom’s side :)  It’s not a party with out a goodie bag so I’m offering up a little treat to one lucky commenter on today’s post.  I’ve got 2 of my favourite Verve stamp sets (Feel the Sun, Better with You) and a bag of goodies…I’ll be going through the studio and filling a little bag with various embellishments (they’ll come in a plastic bag for shipping).

blog candy

All you have to do is leave a comment…a little birthday love, a great St. Patrick’s day story or maybe tell me what a good birthday wish might be as I blow out my candles today!  Also, leave an email address if your email is not turned on for comments, otherwise I cannot contact the winner.  I will post the winner’s name next Saturday morning, March 24th.  The winner will have 3 days to contact me if I cannot contact them or I’ll draw another name.  Thanks for stopping by and “May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow.”


what’s in it?

stamps: wms labels 14, irish blessings

ink: versafine onyx, kiwi kiss

paper: pti rustic cream, websters pages

accessories: spellbinders labels 14 die, vintage card, seam binding ribbon, gems, pti button, tag die

Friday, March 16, 2012

Good Luck!

 St. Pat’s Fact: St. Patrick was born in 385 AD somewhere along the west coast of Britain, possibly in the Welsh town of Banwen. At age 16, he was captured and sold into slavery to a sheep farmer. He escaped when he was 22 and spent the next 12 years in a monastery. In his 30s he returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He died at Saul in 461 AD and is buried at Downpatrick.


Good morning!! EEK!! It’s the Friday before Spring Break, it’s the day before my birthday and St. Patrick’s Day and I’m the hostess over on the Viva La Verve Forum!!  I chose my favourite sketch from the Verve January Release :)  In honour of my favourite day, I used my Verve Lucky You stamp set and matching Shamrock die. I’ve stamped the sentiment onto the Curvy Bookplate die and layered that onto a journal card.


Here’s a rerun of the card I made in January :)


I so hope you’ll join us for this week’s sketch!!  Make sure you come back tomorrow for the BIG DAY!! If you’ve been here over the years, you’ll know I always have a birthday “goodie bag” to give away!! Woohoo!!


what’s in it?

stamps: Lucky You, Tag Time (Verve)

paper: rustic cream (PTI), chocolate chip (SU), This and That (Echo Park)

ink: onyx (Versafine), chocolate chip, mellow moss (SU)

accessories: shamrock die set, curvy bookplate die (A Cut Above by Verve), journal card (Maya Road), gems (Kaisercraft), button (SU), fillable frame, wine tag dies, twine, button (PTI), embossing folder (Cuttlebug), ribbon (May Arts)

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