Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Peace on Earth ~ CASE Study # 115


Hello friends! It’s (3 hours away) to a new month and that means there’s a new Muse over at CASE Study to treat us with inspiration. Let me introduce the talented Angeline Yong of The Creation of Creativity. I was inspired by the strips of colour and the white negative die cuts, although mine is a positive die cut :) I tried to add some jingle bells, but they just didn’t look right on this very CAS card.


What do you love about this card?  Head over to the CASE Study blog to see what the design team came up with then start creating!  You’ll be glad you did!

Here’s a list of the Design Team including our new Teamie, Jeanne Jachna!  Woohoo! Welcome Jeanne!

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Amy Wanford

Andrea Ewen

Christina MacLaren

Clare Buswell

Debby Hughes

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)

Jean Martin

Jeanne Jachna

Maureen Plut (you’re here!)

Teneale Williams


what’s in it?

stamps: pti wonderful words holiday

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, echo park 12 days of christmas and holly jolly christmas

accessories: pti wonderful words holidays die

Verve Holiday Release Spotlight ~ Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 of our Holiday 2012 Spotlight Hops!  We're releasing four new sets and a plain jane this Friday, November 2! Please join us each day this week as we showcase the new sets and count down to our release! All of the stamps you see featured will be available in the Verve store following our release party from 9-11pm Eastern on Friday, November 2!

ACK! There they are!  Some sweet and fun jingle bells to go with this sweet and fun sentiment from the new Merry and Bright set.  It’s chock full of fun large and small sentiments and some sweet snowflakes.  I snuck in the fun little stitched border from Treasured Words so y’all could see that the largest sentiment in the set fits perfectly onto the rounded rectangle die with the stitched border :)  (You’re welcome! teehee ;)

Here’s a list of who’s hopping today! Make sure you stop by each blog and leave some love!  We'll draw a random winner from all of the comments on the mystery blog to win today's featured stamps. Check out the Verve Blog for all the prize details and deadlines.


1. Julee        6. Amber

2. Laurie      7. Amy

3. Maureen   8. Andrea

4. Teresa      9. Charmaine

5. Tosh        10. Janelle 


what’s in it?

stamps: Merry and Bright, Treasured Words (Verve)

paper: white, kraft (PTI), Lime Twist (MME), Holly Jolly Christmas (Echo Park)

ink: onyx (Versafine), razzleberry (SU)

accessories: rounded rectangle die (A Cut Above by Verve), star die (PTI), bakers twine (Twinery), jingle bells (Michaels)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Verve Holiday Release 2012 ~ Day One

Welcome to our Holiday 2012 Spotlight Hops!  We're releasing four new sets and a plain jane this Friday, November 2! Please join us each day this week as we showcase the new sets and count down to our release! All of the stamps you see featured will be available in the Verve store following our release party from 9-11pm Eastern on Friday, November 2! In the meantime, we've got a fun filled hop for you today :)



1. Julee           6. Amber

2. Laurie         7. Andrea

3. Maureen      8. Charmaine

4. Teresa        9. Janelle

5. Tosh

I was inspired by this sentiment in the new Peace on Earth set as it comes from my most favourite Christmas Hymn. Every time I hear it, I get shivers and tears in my eyes.  I picked up some super sparkly glitter cardstock this past weekend and made a blinged out star embellishment to compliment the sentiment.

How would YOU like to win this set?  We've picked a mystery blog from today's hop and hidden a prize! So be sure to give a little shout out in the comment section as you hop around to each blog on the list. We'll draw a random winner from all of the comments on the mystery blog to win today's featured stamps. Check out the Verve Blog for all the prize details and deadlines.  Have fun on the hop!


what’s in it?

stamps: Peace on Earth, Scroll plain jane (Verve)

paper: rustic cream, black (PTI), light green (paper supply), Wonder (Authentique), glitter cardstock (Recollections)

ink: onyx (Versafine), Always Artichoke (SU)

accessories: scroll die (A Cut Above by Verve), buttons, twine, star dies (PTI), paper doily (Etsy shop), long rectangle and long scalloped rectangle dies (Spellbinders), stitching

Monday, October 29, 2012

Precious Little Twinkle Toes


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Good morning!  I had some more time to play with another sweet Clearly Besotted set, Twinkle Toes.  This set is perfect for celebrating a new baby or a little girl who loves to dance…I know this will be a big hit come May and June when the Dance recitals begin!  Did you notice the sweet little sheer flower/resin flower on the tutu?  I think it gives the illusion of a real tutu :) OH, I love the way you can mix all the little words to create the perfect sentiment.


Hey, did you know Clearly Besotted has a Pinterest page AND a FaceBook page?  See all the stamp sets in action as well as some sneak peeks!  Check it out and start following today!  Have a lovely week…I’ve got to start carving the pumpkins! EEK!


what’s in it?

stamps: Clearly Besotted Twinkle Toes

ink: versafine onyx, su rose romance

paper: pti rustic cream, cosmo cricket twenty three

accessories: satin ribbon, gems, prima sheer flower, resin flower

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Bonne Fete

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Good morning!  I needed to make a card for my sister whose birthday is on October 30th.  Since it’s so close to Halloween, I thought she’d like the black and purple colour combo.  She loves Paris so I thought she’d appreciate the blinged out Eiffel Tower.  I’ve use this week’s Waltzingmouse sketch AND am entering this in the CAS-ual Friday Kraft On challenge (although this is not that CAS! lol).  I found this super fun sheer ribbon at Michaels yesterday and just had to find a card for it!  Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for visiting :)


p.s. I forgot to tell you all that I’m the guest sketch designer over on I Spy Sketches this week!  Check it out!  Thanks!



what’s in it?

stamps: wms french country

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, echo park dp, recollections glitter cardstock, corrugated cardboard

accessories: mft eiffel tower die, pti edgers #5 die, michaels sheer ribbon, jolene’s silver button, silver cording,

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Abundant Blessings

Autumn Blessings

Good afternoon!  We had a very fun and successful field trip to the pumpkin patch last Thursday!  The owners of the farm are such a dear couple and I always get my class to write little thank you notes to them.  And I always make a little card to add to our envelope :)  The palette over on the colourQ challenge blog was the perfect inspiration for my “pumpkin/harvest” thank you card.  As I tied this gorgeous Stampin’ Up Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, I couldn’t help but exclaim, “SU, please bring back your 5/8” grosgrain!”  Have a lovely weekend!  I’m busy in the studio with some suh-weet new Verve Stamps….release next Friday, ladies…stay tuned!



what’s in it?

stamps: Boo to You, Bountiful Harvest (Verve)

paper: white, black (PTI), peach parfait (SU), Lime Twist (MME), HeyDay (Studio Calico)

ink: onyx (Versafine), tangerine tango (SU)

accessories: razzleberry grosgrain (SU), circle die (Spellbinders), edgers #5 die (PTI), stitching



Release coming November 2

Friday, October 26, 2012

You’re My (Handsome and Handy) Hero

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Good morning!  It’s been quite the week here with our first snowfalls this past weekend and a field trip to the Pumpkin Patch yesterday!!  It’s also TGIF and a new sketch over on the Viva La Verve Forum. Some of us Canadians wait until the first snowfall to get the winter tires on and I’m one of them.  Usually the first snowfall isn’t much and usually the snow is all melted by noon.  It is our little warning from Mother Nature to get the snow tires on.  I wasn’t looking forward to heading to the tire store early before work and dropping my car off when my lovely dh said he could just do them in the garage now that all his tools are here at the new house!  And this is where the inspiration for my little mini card (3.5 x 4.75) begins…a little love note to leave in my handsome and handy husband’s suitcase as he heads out of town for work.  A little note of love and thanks for keeping me safe…it’s things like this that mean so much, little demonstrations of love :)  So he’s my hero this week (and every day) and I wanted to let him know.  What are the demonstrations YOU love? 


Hey! Have you played all month long with the Viva La Verve sketches?  Get them all done this month and then link them up to the Sketch Champion thread for the chance to win $100 in Verve GCs!  It comes just in time for the new release rescheduled for next Friday night, November 2nd :)  Have a fabulous day!

 Release coming November 2


what’s in it?

stamps: Brighter Days, Purely Sentimental, Glad Tidings, Love Notes (Verve)

paper: kraft, rustic white, ocean tides (PTI), Nordic Holiday (Basic Grey)

ink: onyx (Versafine), sahara sand, going gray, bordering blue (SU)

accessories: Arrow, Snowflake Tidings, Jotted Heart dies (A Cut Above by Verve), circle and scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders), snowflake embossing folder (Cuttlebug), button, twine, double banner die (PTI), balsa wood (Michaels), stitching

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop

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EEK! Okay, it’s officially the Christmas season in the studio!  Welcome to my PTI Blog Hop post AND my second Christmas card post of the year!  I couldn’t narrow down the non-traditional inspiration palettes so I went with 2 this month…both equally yummy in their own ways. 
Nothing makes me happier than bringing out the little jingle bells I’ve slowly collected over the past few years.  Nothing says “Christmas” like jingle bells (okay, and Baby Jesus! LOL)  I love how the sentiment fits perfectly onto the file tab!
Before I go, I want to let you know I have a few Papertrey Ink stamps for sale in case you didn’t see them over in the forum…click on the name to see a picture of the stamp set.  Prices include shipping to Canada and the US.
Spiral Bouquet - $14.00 SOLD
Background Basics: Diamonds - $13.00 (like new)
Background Basics: Gingham - $13.00 (like new) SOLD
Beautiful Blooms 2 - $15.00
Thanks for spending a few minutes with me on the hop…your comments are always warm my heart!  Can’t wait to see all the takes on this super fun challenge!
what’s in them?


stamps: pti christmas poinsettia

ink: su basic grey

paper: pti soft stone, white, aquamist, mme dp

accessories: pti felt, christmas poinsettia and wonderful words holiday dies, buttons, bakers twine, stitching

{Sending You Christmas Joy}

stamps: vintage ornaments and vintage ornaments additions

ink: versafine onyx, pti raspberry fizz

paper: pti kraft, hibiscus burst, rustic white, echo park dp

accessories: pti vintage ornament and edger dies, gems, silver cording, Michaels jingle bells, pti ribbon, stitching

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Happy Hello ~ CASE Study #114


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Good evening friends!  Welcome to a new week of inspiration over on the CASE Study challenge blog.  We are sadly playing with the last card by the amazing Julia Stainton :(  It has been so fun being inspired by her all month, but all good things must end (or so they tell me! lol).  Our last little bit of eye candy is this lovely piece of art…


I focused in on the felt, the sentiment, the corrugated cardboard and the little burst of turquoise.  It doesn’t get any more textured than this!  Wowzers!  What is calling to YOU this week?  Head over to the CASE Study blog to see what the Design Team loved, then start creating!  I LOVE seeing your cards in the gallery :)  Here are the direct links to the Design Team blogs if you want to read more about their creations…

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Jeanna Jachna (Guest DT)

Amy Wanford

Andrea Ewen

Christina MacLaren

Clare Buswell

Debby Hughes

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)

Jean Martin

Maureen Plut (you’re here!)

Teneale Williams

Julia Stainton (October's Muse)

Thanks for visiting and all your kind comments!


what’s in it?

stamps: Verve  Happy Hello, Clearly Besotted Happy Everything

ink: versafine onyx, su rose romance

paper: PTI rustic cream, Authentique Lively

accessories: craft concepts embossing folder, pti felt, leaf print die, button, thread, staples, corner rounder, gems, jenni bowlin corrugated flowers

400 Followers Blog Giveaway ~ Thanks Ever So Much


Good morning!  Two things to share with you today.  First up is the card that I submitted to the PaperCrafts World Card Making Day challenge over on the Moxie Fab World Blog a few weeks ago during all the WCMD events.  It was a random draw and I won 5 of the Papercrafts Special Issues! Score!  Now the second exciting thing…


Okay!  Little old “Buttons & Bling” has 400 official followers!  So for fun, let’s have a “400 and Fabulous” Blog Candy giveaway!  I’ve collected 400 of my favourite items around the studio!  The lucky winner (open to anyone worldwide)will receive:

100 hot pink gems

100 turquoise gems

50 light purple pearls

30 Studio Calico wood veneer tiny stars

10 Studio Calico wood veneer birds

2 Studio Calico wood frames

3 Jenni Bowlin corrugated shapes

5 journal tags

3 seed packet die cuts

50 Papertrey Ink buttons (5 each of 10 colours)

1 set of Technique Tuesday stamps (rulers)

5 pieces of divine Papertrey Ink felt (cuts like but-tah!)

1 set of label stickers from Mish Mash’s (Michelle Wooderson) online store

4 images of a vintage typewriter from Mish Mash’s online store

2 library cards

2 mini wood clothes pins

8 resin flowers

24 Lil’Inkers die cuts (stitched mats, sunshine, and banner label)

TOTAL = 400!!

All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know your favourite embellishment or your favourite trend at the moment.  The Giveaway will end in one week, at 2:25 pm on October 31st (that’s when I let my students out of class on Halloween!).  At that time I’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick a winner, who will have 3 days to contact me at  After that, if I have not been contacted, I’ll draw another name.  How does that sound?  Good luck!!


what’s in it?

stamps:Treasured Words (Verve)

paper: rustic white, autumn rose, soft stone, sweet blush (Papertrey Ink), basic grey (Stampin’ Up), Honey (My Mind’s Eye)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: Loopy Blooms and Dreamy Leaves dies (A Cut Above by Verve), felt, buttons (PTI), ribbon (Michaels), thread, mat stack 4 and fillable frame dies (PTI), wood grain embossing folder (Craft Concepts), pinking scissors (Fiskars)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hold Christmas in Your Heart


Hold on to your jingle bells!  It’s Monday AND my first official Christmas card of the year!!  We had our first snowfalls this weekend during the nights so it didn’t feel that weird to break out the ornament stamps, dies and my beloved little jingle bells :)  Seriously, if I could get away with using those all year long, I would! HA!  I had time to play with this week’s Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch and it made me think of the gorgeous Vintage Ornaments stamp set.  So then I hauled out my Christmas paper and started playing with a non traditional colour scheme.  I’m definitely a non traditional girl when it comes to Christmas colours so the pink, aqua and red from this Crate Paper pad made me a bit giddy :)

Hey, just to let you all know…I’m getting pretty close to 400 followers!  I know not everyone signs up to be a follower and just follows via bookmarks or google reader, but I thought it would be fun to have a little “400” blog candy when it occurs…so stay tuned!

Have a lovely Monday!



what’s in it?

stamps: waltzingmouse vintage ornaments, compact sentiments

ink: versafine onyx, pti aquamist

paper: pti rustic cream, rustic white, echo park dp, crate paper dp

accessories: spellbinders vintage ornaments, oval dies, pti buttons, thread, Michaels jingle bells, silver cording, paper doily, Funkie Junkie lace trim

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Birthday Wishes


Good morning!  I was a stamping fiend yesterday and had time to play with some more of my fabulous Clearly Besotted Stamps!  My birthday stash is still quite low despite my best attempts to replenish so you’ll understand if more of my cards this month are birthday ones :)  I know it’s Autumn (Duchess!), but I can’t resist stamping these sweet reminders of lazy summer days. These butterflies and sentiment are from Butterfly Wishes


Don’t you love the mix of butterfly images?  The most difficult thing about this card was the placement of the butterflies!  LOL  I swear I spent a good 20 minutes trying out every placement possible!  After dinner and a couple of glasses of wine, this was the final decision! LOL  Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks for stopping by!


what’s in it?

stamps: Clearly Besotted Butterfly Wishes

ink: versafine onyx, pti ocean tides, aquamist

paper: pti rustic cream, soft stone, kraft, October Afternoon Woodland Park

accessories: craft concepts embossing folder, pti button, twine, gems

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Birthday


Good morning!  TGIF!!  We’ve got another Professional Day here in our province and I’m excited to be working with some colleagues on some new things I’ve introduced in my class this year.  I have embraced Fall now and love the rich colours it brings.  It’s our first Fall in the house and we’ve been enjoying watching the leaves change colours from our huge living room windows :)  Today’s card uses Diva Tosh’s Viva La Verve sketch.  We have 2 more weeks of sketches before the BIG monthly draw for a $100 Verve gift certificate!  Wouldn’t that be amazing to win?!  Head over to the Viva La Verve Forum for all the details and then get creating!  Have a glorious Friday! 



what’s in it?

stamps: Treasured Words, Dream Big, Lean on Me (Verve)

paper: rustic cream, kraft, bitty boxes dp (PTI), soft suede, espresso, razzleberry (SU), Memoir (Studio Calico)

ink: onyx (Versafine), pumpkin pie, chocolate chip (SU)

accessories: Pointed Flowers, Dreamy Leaves (A Cut Above by Verve), Limitless Layers, button PTI), wood butterfly (Studio Calico), bakers twine (Twinery), ribbon (SU), border punch (EK Success), stitching

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sunshine After Rain ~ CASE Study # 113


Good evening friends!  Welcome to a new week of inspiration over on the CASE Study challenge blog.  We are playing with another card from the super talented Julia Stainton!  Feast your eyes on this little beauty…


The colours just jumped at me this week as did the stamped flowers.  I don’t have any umbrella images, so I went with the “feeling better” and “love” theme from Julia’s card.  I just got my first order of Lil’ Inkers dies. L-O-V-E!  They have the sweetest little stitched border that frames out each image perfectly :)  These dies will see LOTS of love in the studio :)  Just sayin’!  The sun die pairs perfectly with the sentiment I helped inspire in Verve’s Stronger Love set.  It makes me smile every time I read it.  Head over to the CASE Study blog to see what the Design Team created, or check out their blogs below, then join in the fun!  Can’t wait to see what you are inspired by!  Thanks for visiting!


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Amy Wanford

Jeanna Jachna (Guest DT)

Andrea Ewen

Christina MacLaren

Clare Buswell

Debby Hughes

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)

Jean Martin

Maureen Plut (you’re here!)

Teneale Williams

Julia Stainton (October's Muse)


what’s in it?

stamps: Verve Stronger Love, Doodled Occasions

ink: versafine onyx, su pumpkin pie

paper: pti kraft, raspberry fizz, soft stone, rustic white, su pumpkin pie

accessories: pti limitless layers dies, lil’ inker sunshine dies, cuttlebug embossing folder, satin ribbon, pti button, bakers twine, stitching

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