Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blog Candy Winners!


Hey everyone!  I’m posting late tonight as tomorrow is going to be super busy with the Rehearsal Dinner.  I just wanted to thank you all for leaving such lovely heartfelt comments AND for stopping by now and then to spend some time with me.  It’s been an amazing 4 years!  Without further ado, here are the winners…

Prize #1 – $50 Verve GC


Donna Cala said...

You have been one of my favorite bloggers since you were Irishlatte on SCS. I love your style and have made my own version of so many of your cards. Thank you for sharing your cards with us!


Prize #2 – Verve Stamps and die set


paulettesprettypapercrafts said...

Hi Maureen, congratulations on 4 years of blogging. I'm an email subscriber. I live in Missouri. Thanks for sharing your creativity!


Prize #3 – Clearly Besotted Cute & Cuddly stamp set, Going Places stamp set


Kathy said...

Congratulations on four years! I live in Northern Virginia and have been making cards for one year. I've enjoyed reading your blog and have gotten great inspiration from your creativity. Thanks!


Prize #4 – Clearly Besotted Happily Ever After stamp set, newly released Hoppy Birthday stamp set with matching dies


Betty Neville said...

Happy #4!! I am from Edmonton, Alberta. I love all the inspiration I get from card blogs! Yours is one of my favourite blogs - your cards are always so gorgeous! Thank you for the chance to win!


Congrats to the winners!  Please contact me with your mailing address at  Sweet dreams!


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Good Heavens!


Hi everyone!  I’m sneaking a card in today before things get really crazy here.  Crazy in the sense that I get my fake gel nails put on today (for the wedding) and am not sure how much card making I’ll be able to do with them on! HA!  I remember getting fake nails for my wedding and I could barely do up buttons let alone peel any backing off of stickers or adhesive tape!  Let’s hope the new advancement in nails since 2007 have corrected this problem! LOL  Now, one thing I LOVE about having the summer off is spending Monday morning with a coffee and the PTI’s Make it Monday video.  Double bonus when it happens to be Dawn’s video {SMILE!}.  We were shown how to make a background with 2 different background stamps.  I went all vintage-y with Dawn’s newsprint set and a chicken wire background stamp.  Okay…I’m off to the gym and then for the mani/pedi.  I’ll let you know how the nails work in the studio.  AND if any of you have gel nails, how are they working for you while creating?  Thanks!



what’s in it?

stamps: pti the sweet life, glory be, background basics: newsprint, wms chicken wire

ink: versafine onyx, su basic grey, going grey, banana, summer sun, more mustard, old olive

paper: pti rustic cream, soft stone, simple stories vintage bliss

accessories: pti sweet life, edger file, edger scallop dies, doily, gems

Monday, July 29, 2013

Remember This {day}


Good morning!  It’s the Monday of a very busy week here, but I wanted to let you know (if you didn’t know already) that there is a whole lot of fun going on over on the Splitcoaststampers site.  The Dare to Get Dirty 2013 challenges are up and there are prizes from the Member companies, including Verve!   My card is for the one posted on Saturday…use any concept of time.  Well, my oldest sister is having her birthday on…yes, you guessed it, 8.18!  LOL  I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make another very personalized card using Verve’s Calendar Countdown and Remember This, both of which are on SALE now until July 31st.  AND I’ve used one of my Martha Stewart chalkboard tags…LOVE!  Easy to stamp onto with craft ink or write on with white pencil crayon.  I used my LAST piece of aqua seam binding ribbon from Verve’s Signature Collection…Whaaaaa!  I didn’t have enough to do the double bow, so I used another piece of tea stained aqua ribbon I had on hand :)  I like the subtle difference of the two ribbons.  Thanks for stopping by!


what’s in it?

stamps: Peace on Earth, Calendar Countdown, Remember This (Verve)

paper: rustic cream (PTI), Memories (Teresa Collins)

ink: craft white (hero arts),

accessories: seam binding ribbon (Verve), chalkboard tag (Martha Stewart), badges (Studio Calico), doily (restaurant! HA!), button (PTI), stitching, white pencil crayon

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Oh Merry!


Click here to enter my 4th Blogiversary Blog Candy!

Good morning!  Do you ever see a challenge and say, “I cannot NOT play along”?  Well, that’s how it was for me when I saw the new Festive Friday colour challenge.  Silver, white and pink, puh-leeeaze!  Oh yummola!  I started throwing down bits of things on my desk and grabbed some old, er vintage, October Afternoon paper.  I had originally wanted pink poinsettias, but I won’t have this lovely shade of pink until my PTI order arrives next week.  So I went with grey, which I think I like better!  It’s totally unexpected!  Now, I have to tell you something funny about that paper doily…when the DH and I were on a quick little getaway a few weeks ago, we stopped in at the romantic bistro we had dinner at when we were first dating.  When they brought our drinks out, there were these sweet doilies on the plates!  I grabbed them up right away!  The DH thought I was crazy, but they were too cute to pass up!  AND score…I had two stuck together!  LOL  Hope your day is lovely…thanks for stopping by!


Pink, White, Silver 

what’s in it?

stamps: pti bells and boughs

ink: su going gray

paper: pti rustic white, october afternoon woodland, recollections glitter cardstock

accessories: “lifted” paper doily, pti bells and boughs and wonderful words holiday die collections, jingle bells, bakers twine, mme enamel dots, verve signature seam binding, stitching

Friday, July 26, 2013

Life Doesn’t Have to be Perfect


Click here to enter my 4th Blogiversary Blog Candy Giveaway

Good morning everyone!  It’s been a busy week as I run around getting the details planned and made for my bonus son’s rehearsal dinner next week.  I’m not going Martha Stewart crazy, but do want to have a few fun things around as we start the wedding festivities :)  I’ll take photos if they turn out! HA!  To help take my mind of my large to do list, I sat down to play along with this week’s Viva La Verve sketch AND inspiration photo…


How fun are these colours, patterns and images?  I love the “Share Your Toys” quote…although, Julee’s twins were very well behaved when we were there :)  I pulled out the colours, used some fun patterns and took the word “life” to help me make my card today.  Want to win some new VERVE?  Head over to the Viva La Verve forum and see how YOU could win $100 worth of Verve!  Have a fabulous weekend!




what’s in it?

stamps: Words of Wisdom (Verve)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

paper: rustic white, soft stone (PTI), teal (Bazzill), Family Is (Bobunny), Seen and Noted (Pebbles), Ledger Paper (Making Memories), All About a Boy (Echo Park)

accessories: pennant trim die (Verve), Spring Fling seam binding ribbon (Verve), button, spiral notepage die (PTI), bakers twine (Twinery), paper clip (Doodlebug)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop


To enter my 4th Blogiversary Blog Candy Giveaway,

scroll down to the next post! 

Welcome to the July edition of the  Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.  We were asked to use one of the six colour palettes provided.  They were all versions of each other so it was hard to narrow it down.  I went with my first instinct… YUM!


These colours remind me of Ms McVey…okay, ALL colours remind me of Dawn! LOL  By now everyone knows about my HUGE crush on Dawn…she even has an inspiration file on my computer!  I found a gorgeous card she made last month to help me with the colours.  I chose this card HERE to inspire me :)  I had to get some leaves in there so I used sahara sand and chocolate chip as neutrals so I could stay true to the colour palette.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I always look forward to checking out what everyone came up with :)


what’s in it?

stamps: pti rosie posie, rosie posie additions, stylish sentiments: birthday

ink: versafine onyx, su groovy guava, pumpkin pie, sahara sand, choc chip

paper: pti white, scarlett jewel, hibiscus burst, studio calico snippets, basicgrey kneehighs

accessories: pti rosie posie dies, tag sale die, doily details die, su scallop border punch, orange grosgrain, bakers twine

Celebrating 4 Years of Blogging!


Welcome to a very special post!  I’ve been blogging for 4 years and can’t let the day go by without having a little celebratory fun!  EEK! Where has the time gone!?  Well, take 1294 posts, multiply that by an average of 1 hour per card plus blogging time and that’s where the time has gone! LOL  But I’ve loved every single second of it!  I cringe when I look at that first post on July 25th, 2009…although, I’m happy to report my photography and card making skills have improved greatly since then ;)  And that’s what it’s all about…the journey, the process, the camaraderie with other card makers…BUT let’s get onto the FUN part of having an Anniversary…the presents!  In honour of the 4th Anniversary, I have 4 fun gifts to give away to 4 commenters!  Here they are…

1) A $50 gift certificate to the Verve Store, compliments of Julee, the owner, whose birthday happens to be today!  Thanks, Julee!


2) My inspired Verve Teachers Count set, matching Apple dies, and 3 medallion stamps…

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3) Clearly Besotted Cute & Cuddly stamp set, Going Places stamp set

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4) Clearly Besotted Happily Ever After stamp set, newly released Hoppy Birthday stamp set with matching dies


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How does that sound?  In order to win, leave a comment here and let me know where you’re from and what you love about card blogs!  I’ll choose a winner for each prize next Wednesday night, August 31st, and post the winners Thursday morning.  Winners will have 3 days to contact me (  Good luck and thanks for helping me celebrate!  Group hug!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It’s Your Day! CASE Study #151

Hi everyone!  There’s a new challenge up over on the CASE Study blog! Sadly our month with the talented Jocelyn Olson is almost over.  However, she’s going out with a bang with this colourful inspiration… July 25 Oh, a chance to use my neon pink again!  I really tried to get the brilliant pink to show with some photo editing…I hope it shows up on your screens.  I think it’s easy to tell how I was inspired…{wink!}  I chose Rosie Posie to work with as I haven’t given it all the love it deserves…watch out for tomorrow…there’ll be another card using it to help celebrate my 4th Blog-iversary ;) What jumps out at you when you see Jocelyn’s card?  Head over to the CASE Study blog to see what each DT member came up with or visit each of the Design Team Members directly on their blogs below and then join in the fun!  Thanks for visiting! badge

Tracey McNeely

Amy Wanford

Andrea Ewen

Clare Buswell

Debby Hughes

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)

Jean Martin

Jeanne Jachna

Maureen Merritt

Maureen Plut (you’re here!)

Silke Ledlow

Tasnim Ahmed

Teneale Williams

what’s in it?

stamps: pti rosie posie, stylish sentiments:birthday, big ticket basics

ink: versafine onyx, hero arts neon pink, su summer sun

paper: pti white, fancy pants the good life

accessories: pti rosie posie dies

Monday, July 22, 2013

Grace ~ Verve Diva Dare Day #7


Good morning!  Just a little heads up that I’m hosting today’s Diva Dare over on the Verve Blog!  Head over there to hear all about this card, the Diva Dare challenge AND for the chance to win some Verve-alicious prizes! 


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Now Join Hands & Hearts


Good morning!  I have a super fun post today!  I mentioned last year that my bonus son, Brian, and his girlfriend, Ashlee, got engaged.  Well, fast forward a year and a half later and you have us making the final countdown to the big day.  Yesterday was my future bonus daughter in law’s lingerie bridal shower (wow, that’s a mouthful!).  I knew I had to make a special and unique card for such an occasion.  I dug out one of my favourite love sentiments and then lifted this photo from Ashlee’s FB page.  I think it is perfect for this Shakespeare quote.  I also had fun wrapping up the gift.  When I heard it was a lingerie theme, “naughty” and “nice” popped into my head…with a little experience and wisdom from yours truly {wink,wink, HA!}.  Here are the bags and tags…you’ll have to use your imagination for the outfits that went into each bag! {wink again!}  Meow!


Here’s a little tip on making these tags…when I went to tie the “NAUGHTY” tag, it was upside down!  I had made it exactly the same way the “nice” was oriented, which meant it was upside down when tied to the other side!  Luckily the die cut letters had fresh glue so it was easy to peel them off, flip the tag over and re-adhere.  Phew!


Thanks for stopping by!  Come back tomorrow as I host Day 7 of the Verve Diva Dare! 


Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Greatest Thing


Good morning, friends!  I had some free playtime in the studio yesterday so I pulled out another Clearly Besotted stamp set that was just released this month :)  I’m playing along with the current Clearly Besotted Challenge: Seeing Spots.  Here are the deets…

This week's challenge is....'Seeing Spots'! (please interpret as you wish)

A randomly selected entry will win four Clearly Besotted stamp sets and in order to qualify for the prize (open to everyone worldwide), please kindly adhere to the following:

  • Your crafty creation must contain at least one Clearly Besotted product.
  • It must be posted on your blog or an online gallery and linked below - direct link to post only please.
  • The closing date for entries is Tuesday 23rd July 2013 (11:55 GMT).
  • Multiple entries are permitted but it must be a new project each time.

Oh, LOVE me some polka dots!  It’s always fun to flip through my patterned paper pads and find some lovely dots.  I’m using Pebbles Seen and Noted paper again. I just love those sweet little hearts on the red paper and thought they were perfect for this love sentiment from Love Quotes.  Head over to the Clearly Besotted blog to join in the fun and see some fabulous examples from the DT :)  Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!


what’s in it?

stamps: clearly besotted love quotes

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, pebbles seen and noted

accessories: clearly besotted love quotes die collection, pti scallop edger die, mme and basicgrey enamel dots, stitiching

Friday, July 19, 2013

Let Your Light So Shine


Good morning, friends!  The summer calendar says it’s Friday so I’m playing with the newest Viva La Verve sketch!  It’s fresh off the presses and over at the Viva La Verve forum under Week 4.  Janelle is stepping it up a few notches with a fun card with a twist on the front!  Let me tell you it was hard picking a border punch!


I pulled out some fun Pebbles paper, some lovely Verve seam binding, an uplifting sentiment, some staples and went to town!  There’s one more week after this one before you can load up all your cards into the Champion’s thread for a chance to win $100 in Verve bucks!  Check out all the fun details over in the Verve Forum.  THEN, if you haven’t already…check out the birthday sale in the Verve store!  Have a great start to your weekend!




what’s in it?

stamps: Let it Be, Love Notes (Verve)

paper: white (PTI), going gray (SU), Seen and Noted (Pebbles), glitter cardstock

ink: onyx (Versafine), soft sky (SU)

accessories: Classy Label Die, Flag It Die Set, Starry die(A Cut Above by Verve),  Summer Sailing ribbon (Verve), button (PTI), bakers twine, fiskars border punch,  staples, stitching

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