Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day


Good morning!  Just popping in quickly with another Mother’s Day card I made with my Tuesday Trigger card on Sunday.  Some of the same materials along with another one of Michelle Wooderson’s Instagram photos.   I was also experimenting with some Mr. Huey spray!  EEK!  I need to work on my lead finger!  LOL  Thanks for stopping by…make sure to come back for a fun little announcement tomorrow morning!  {wink!}


what’s in it?

stamps: happy phrases (Verve)

paper: rustic white (PTI), Kneehighs (Basicgrey)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: tag, instagram photo, doily (Michelle Wooderson’s store), ribbon (Michaels), bakers twine (Twinery), woodgrain embossing folder (Craft Concepts), Mr Huey spray ink (Studio Calico)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Peace, Joy and Love


Good morning!  There’s a new challenge over on the Festive Friday blog.  We are asked to use birds on our Christmas card.  Back into the closet I went to dig out my Christmas paper.  This time I went for Authentique’s Peaceful because of the bird images (nicely covered up by the yummy seam binding ribbon) and Pink Paislee’s City Sidewalks.  I love the look of long tails on the bakers twine reminding me of candy canes.  I even snuck some sequins on!  Woohoo!  I found a great pack of neutrals at the Dollar Store :)  I used small glue dots to adhere them.  Hope you’re having a great start to your week! 



what’s in it?

stamps: Bright Spirits (Verve)

paper: rustic white (PTI), Pink Paislee (City Sidewalks), Peaceful (Authentique)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: journal card (Pink Paislee), cream ribbon (Etsy shop), wood bird (Studio Calico), bakers twine (Doodlebug), button (PTI), gem (Kaisercraft), sequins (Dollar Store)

Sunday, April 28, 2013



Good morning friends!  When I saw this week’s Tuesday Trigger photo over on the Moxie Fab World blog, this sweet little Instagram photo from Michelle’s store came to mind right away. 

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These are too pretty to eat! ACK!  I made sure to include some of that wonderful embossed woodgrain on my card too.  Thanks for stopping by :)  Have a lovely Sunday!


what’s in it?

stamps: Love Deepens (Verve)

paper: rustic white (PTI)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: woodgrain embossing folder (Craft Concepts), tag, paper doily, instagram photo (Michelle Wooderson’s store), Signature ribbon collection (Verve), button and tiny tag die (PTI), bakers twine (Twinery)

Friday, April 26, 2013

Wishing You Much Happiness


Good morning!  Woohoo! It’s Friday!  And there’s no better way to start the weekend than with a new Viva La Verve Sketch.  It’s the last sketch of April so make sure you get all your sketches done and linked up to the April Sketch Champion post.  A random winner will get $100 in Verve bucks!  That will surely come in handy with the new Release coming in a couple of weeks ;)  I had so much fun with Diva Sarah’s sketch!  All the elements fell into place and there was no need for artistic license at all!  I couldn’t wait to dig into my new Studio Calico Sundrifter paper.  Oh, LOVE again!  Such fresh images and colours!  Head over to the Viva La Verve forum to check out all the details and then join in!  AND there’s still time to take advantage of the April Sales over in the Verve Store… click on the icons below to take you to the savings!! Woohoo! 



Happy Friday!



what’s inside?

stamps: Brighter Days (Verve)

paper: white, soft stone (PTI), Sundrifter (Studio Calico)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: Pennant Trim and Banner Bundle dies (A Cut Above by Verve), ribbon (Michaels), circle and scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders), pearls (Want 2 Scrap), stitching

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sending Birthday Hugs & Wishes ~ PTI Blog Hop


Good morning!  Welcome to my Papertrey Ink Blog Hop post!  I was so thrilled with this month’s challenge…just look at all this inspiration!


The tilted butterfly at the top reminded me of this BIG butterfly die I’ve had for ages but have never used because of its size.  However, I think it’s perfect for today’s challenge.  I die cut it out of glitter cardstock and glued it onto a hexagon embossed panel for some visual texture.  I kept the “tilted” theme going with the banner and bakers twine.  I remembered Nichole’s tip a few years ago to use a hole punch to help your twine stay in place…in this case, on the diagonal.  Some gems and enamel dots complete the whimsy :)  Thanks so much for visiting and for all your kind comments :)  I’m looking forward to seeing all the lovely creations after work :)  Have a great hop!


what’s in it?

stamps: pti stylish sentiments: birthday

ink: stazon black

paper: pti rustic white, aquamist, vellum cardstock, recollections glitter cardstock,

accessories: sizzix butterfly #2 bigz die, mft fishtail stax, bakers twine, gems, enamel dots, su hexagon embossing folder

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Congratulations! ~ CASE Study #138


Hello again! There’s a new challenge just up over on the CASE Study blog.  We are enjoying one last week with the talented  JJ Bolton from Ribbon Girls!  Let’s get straight to the inspiration card…


I had a few different ideas for my card this week, but when I sat down to make it, I thought “Baby Boy card.”  I took the white and blue and pop of yellow to help create a fun baby card.  AND because I’ve been making 2 cards at a time lately, I made a girl version! 


How does JJ’s card speak to you?  Head over to the CASE Study blog or visit each of the Design Team Members directly on their blogs below and then join in the fun!  Thanks for visiting!



Anya Shrier (Guest Designer)

Amy Wanford

Andrea Ewen

Clare Buswell

Debby Hughes

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)

Jean Martin

Jeanne Jachna

Maureen Plut (you’re here!)

Teneale Williams


what’s in them?

stamps: clearly besotted basic banners, baby love

ink: versafine onyx, su rose romance, bermuda bay

paper: pti white, basicgrey kneehighs, all about a boy

accessories: clearly besotted basic banner die collection, pti buttons, twinery bakers twine, pti jumbo tag dies

Bundle of Joy


Good morning!  Just stopping in to post a quick little card I made on Sunday.  I just adore my new Studio Calico Snippets and Sundrifter pads.  I’ve taken a piece of each one to create this sweet little baby card.  I’m also loving enamel dots mixed with my old gems for a bit of sparkle.  A gal’s gotta have SPARKLE!  LOL  And guess what I discovered as I was linking up all the stamp sets I used on this card?

 They are ALL on sale this month including this seam binding collection! 

Woohoo!  Check out the sale over in the Verve Store!  Have a lovely day.  We are off to the district Science Centre for some hands on fun!  We hope we get a little messy!


what’s in it?

stamps: to the moon, treasured words, love notes (Verve)

paper: rustic white (PTI), snippets and sundrifter (Studio Calico)

ink: onyx (Versafine), groovy guava (SU)

accessories: classy label die (A Cut Above by Verve), tiny tags, edgers, button (PTI), Truly Madly Deeply seam binding (Verve), gems (Kaisercraft), enamel dots (MME), bakers twine (Twinery)

Monday, April 22, 2013

March CARDS Publications


Good morning!  Did you think I was pretending it was my birthday again when you saw this first card?  Ah, sadly the widget on my sidebar says it’s still 328 days until my birthday.  I’m sharing my March publications in CARDS magazine.  I was so excited to get a St. Patty’s day one in there.  I submitted one about 2 years ago and it wasn’t picked up! It bruised my ego a bit since it’s MY day!! LOL  I didn’t have the heart to make another one just to be rejected again until this card formed in my head last fall (when it was submitted).  I saw a flowing ombre of shamrocks.  So that’s what I made.  Here are the rest of the cards…




Thanks for stopping by!  I had a busy day yesterday changing the closet over from my winter shoes and boots to sandals and flip flops!  The weatherman promises sunny skies from now on!  Fingers crossed!  I’m also organizing my old supplies into fun little goodie bags for our massive community garage sale in 2 weeks.  Out with the old and in with the new!


what’s in them?

any questions about the supplies I used, please ask!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Enjoy Your Day!


Good morning!  Today I have 2 cards to share.  I’m using the Retro Sketches layout for both cards and some new Basicgrey Kneehighs paper.  Can I say how much I LOVE this paper!?  LOVE.LOVE.LOVE!  It is the perfect mix of geometric and floral papers in super fun colours!  I’ve also used my Rosie Posie Step 2 set for the first time!  And to think I was thinking about selling the original Rosie Posie! EEK!  These additions are just what a non Copic colourer needs!  I’m using the circular flower which fits perfectly in the Limitless Layers scalloped circle! 


This next card uses some of that fun floral paper I was telling you about.  I took the colours from the paper to ink up the leaves (PTI aquamist and SU Starfruit).  I was making 2 cards at a time yesterday to fill in some gaps in my card stash.  Kind of like making 2 lasagnas at once…you’ve got all the ingredients out, might as well make two :)  Have a lovely day :)




what’s in them?

stamps: pti rosie posie, rosie posie step 2, mini blooms, fillable frames #4

ink: versafine onyx, su rose romance, regal rose, kiwi kiss, starfruit, PTI aquamist, springmoss

paper: pti white, rustic white, soft stone, basicgrey kneehigh

accessories: spellbinder circle die, pti rosie posie and limitless layers dies, pti buttons, thread, bakers twine, enamel dots, woodgrain embossing folders

Saturday, April 20, 2013

You Ring My Bell


Good morning!  Today I’m sharing another commissioned card.  My colleague, Donna and her husband are celebrating their first anniversary.  Now, I must let you know that Donna and Duff are a super fun couple.  I didn’t know they were running off to Vegas to get married last Spring. I found out through Donna’s Facebook updates and photos.  Here’s the happy couple AKA Vegas Elvis and Marilyn :)


When I knew what they had done in Vegas, I jumped into action and made this card to welcome Donna back to work the next week :)  As Faith Hill would sing, they “bet on love and let it ride.”


So Donna approached me last week and asked if I’d make her handsome groom a special card.  It was so fun to play around with her picture and some masculine elements.  As much as I worry if the recipient will love his/her card, I do have fun with the creative process.  Donna was great and after we had the picture and sentiment worked out, she said, “Surprise me!”  I can work like that!  Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

edited to add: Donna loved the card when I presented it to her on Thursday.  I’m sure her husband will too :)


what’s in it?

stamps: pti fabulous frames

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti rustic cream, white, kraft, su gumball green, american crafts soho garden

accessories: pti fabulous frames and journal tabs dies, mft fishtail flags STAX, bakers twine, studio calico hearts and arrows, black office clip, staple, cuttlebug seeing spots embossing folder

Friday, April 19, 2013

Happy Birthday


Happy Friday everyone!  Let’s start the weekend off right with a new sketch AND inspiration photo over on the Viva La Verve forum.  I took some colours and the butterfly from the inspiration photo and then played around with the sketch elements.  There’s no ribbon in this week’s sketch, but I really wanted to use some more of Verve’s Spring Fling ribbon ‘cause that’s just me and it is so delicious!  I’m using a sweet birthday sentiment from Small Celebrations which just so happens to be ON SALE right now in the Verve Store.  For LOTS more details about today’s challenge, check out the Viva La Verve forum!  It’s a great way to start the weekend.  Woohoo! Cheers!


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what’s in it?

stamps: Small Celebrations (Verve)

paper: rustic white (PTI), basic gray (SU), Prairie Chic, Isabella (Bo Bunny)

ink: basic gray (SU)

accessories: Spring Fling seam binding ribbon (Verve), buttons, limitless layer oval dies (PTI), jumbo fishtail banner stax (My Favourite Things), bakers twine (Twinery), wood butterfly (Maya Road), corrugated paper, pearls (Want 2 Stamp)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Remember This ~ Diva Dare, Day 5

Good morning!  I’m just posting a little sneak of what’s going on over on the Verve Blog today.  I’m the Diva Dare hostess for the day!


To see the rest of my card, head over to the Verve Blog and check it out.  Then check out how YOU could win some new Verve :)  Thanks for popping by and see you over on the Verve Blog!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

You are So Sweet ~ CASE Study #137


Hello again! There’s a new challenge just up over on the CASE Study blog.  We continue to get our CAS on with the amazingly talented  JJ Bolton from Ribbon Girls!  Get ready for this…


What can I say except the colour against the white and a negative die cut were my inspirations this week.  I bought some neon glitter at Michaels during Spring Break and have been waiting for the perfect project to start using them.  I used Stampin’ Up’s heat and stick to make the glitter stay on some cardstock then punched out different sized circles and a couple of “sweet” hearts.  Then came the fun of laying them here and there and everywhere on the card until I liked what I saw.  Here’s my desk mid process…


How does JJ’s card speak to you?  Head over to the CASE Study blog or visit each of the Design Team Members directly on their blogs below and then join in the fun!  Thanks for visiting!


Anya Shrier (Guest Designer)

Amy Wanford

Andrea Ewen

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 word additions

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, black

accessories: pti wonderful words, spellbinders pinked circles, various sized SU circle punches, corner rounder, Michaels glitter, SU heat and stick

Sending Oodles of Love ~ Waltzingmouse Blog Party


Good morning!  It’s the 17th of the month which means there’s a party going on over at the Waltzingmouse Blog

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This month’s theme is Spring Flowers.  Though I have MANY Waltzingmouse Stamp sets, I have very few floral sets!  I really had to dig to find these sweet little French Country flowers in the French Country Set.  I had envisioned making a flower out of the petal image, but it looked better in my head than on cardstock…lol.  So then I decided to make a pretty background with the other little floral images in the set.  I LOVE IT!  To add to the “flower” theme, I pulled out 1 of the 3 burlap flowers I have (yes, I’m hoarding!) and liked the contrast it gave against those sweet pink and tangerine blooms.  Thanks for visiting!  I can’t wait to see what everyone makes today :)


what’s in it?

stamps: wms compact sentiments, french country

ink: su rose romance, tangerine, versafine onyx

paper: pti soft stone, rustic cream

accessories: spellbinders labels 25 die, maya road burlap flower, amy tangerine leaves

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hello There


Good morning!  I had a little time to start playing with some new goodies that arrived last week.  I couldn’t resist Maile’s new PTI set, Mini Blooms, despite the teeny tiny size of the dies! LOL  So I dove right in and started to experiment.  I thought this week’s Retro Sketch layout would be perfect with the little doodads on the top of the banner.


For the flower centers I ripped open some new enamel dots :)  Oh, a matte version of bling!  I love them!  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great start to your week :)


what’s in it?

stamps: pti mini blooms

ink: versafine onyx, su groovy guava, rose romance, wild wasabi

paper: pti white, bazzill pear, Bobunny Isabelle

accessories: pti mini bloom dies,  mft fishtail banner stax,  mme enamel dots

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