Saturday, November 30, 2013

God Bless Us Everyone


Good morning friends!  Ah, a quiet weekend to focus on my last big assignment and finish up some gift cards for my sister’s wine store.    There’s a new Viva La Verve sketch up and this month we’re treating you to a fun twist!  It’s the best of of Viva La Verve sketches.  This first sketch appeared on the VLV forum in September 2009, before my Diva days.  BUT I did participate.  I’m being brave and posting that card! LOL  Oh my, my style, technique and execution has changed!  Hopefully for the better :) LOL 



Head over to the Viva La Verve forum and join in the fun!  Have a fabulous weekend!


what’s in it?

stamps: Christmas Joy (Verve)

paper: rustic cream (PTI), Merry and Bright (Carta Bella)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: Truly Madly Deeply seam binding ribbon (Verve), jingle bells (Michaels), twine/button (PTI), stitched mat and stitched banner dies (Lil’ Inkers), Fishtail banner die (My Favourite Things), gem (Kaisercraft)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Enjoy the Ride, Jake!


Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by as I wish my baby a Happy 25th Birthday!  Yep, he’s a quarter of a century old!  YIKES! What does that make me!? LOL  Masculine cards are tricky, but I think I did okay.  Some stars, some sharp points, embossed diamond plate and a nautical ship’s wheel!  All says “boy!”  I love using this No. ____ years stamp from Papertrey Ink’s Movers and Shakers Sentiments.  You can personalize birthday or anniversary cards so easily!  Here’s a repeat of some of my favourite mom and Jake photos :)

One day old…


Night before university graduation…


Thanks for stopping by and celebrating a very sweet day in my life :)


stamps: Verve Strong Anchor PTI movers and shakers sentiments, stylish sentiments birthdays

dies: Verve nautical die set, PTI limitless layers and half and half dies

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New Verve Release Blog Hop


Brand new Verve releases today and we're celebrating with a blog hop!  There’s  a new stamp set and plain jane in the store along with some new Plain Jane compilation sets.  Check them all out in the Verve Store!  Today I’m using the new Plain Jane Every Heart and was tickled that it fit perfectly into the Occasion Frame!  I made a little chalkboard inspired frame and added a little tag with a sentiment from the new set Christmas Joy. 

Hop along to each of the blogs below to see a little inspiration with the new stamps, then be sure to head on over to the Verve Store to check out Verve's Thanksgiving Sale (25% off all stamps & dies) that starts today!

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $75 gift certifcate to Verve! Comment deadline for the prize drawing is Sunday, December 1.


1. Julee           8. Laurie W.

2. Amber         9. Marisa

3. Andrea       10. Maureen

4. Charmaine  11. Stacey

5. Christyne    12. Teresa

6. Janelle        13. Verve Blog

7. Jen


what’s in it?

stamps: Christmas Joy, Every Heart plain jane. On Occasion (Verve)

paper: cream (PTI), basic grey (SU), Snow Village (Pink Paislee)

ink: onyx (Versafine)

accessories: Occasion Frame die (Verve), tag sale #5, journal tabs dies (PTI), chipboard stars (Pink Paislee), gold doily (Etsy store), enamel dots (MME), gold cord (SU)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Christmas Cheer


Hi everyone!  I’m in the home stretch of my first semester…only 3 more weeks to go.  Reports are done and going home this Friday and most of my assignments are typed and handed in.  Just two more big ones to work on and some presentation notes for my first Power Point!  Woohoo!  I’m excited about that one!  So with this past weekend’s breather, I got to play a bit in the studio and create a few special Christmas cards.  This one is for our lovely Music teacher.  I am in constant amazement over how she orchestrates over 200 children for a performance!  This special card will go to her after our upcoming Christmas Concert.  I thought this sentiment was most appropriate :)

I’m also playing along with the final Festive Friday challenge!  I’ve participated in 19 challenges so I qualify for their grand prize…BUT, everyone who participates in this final challenge has the chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I chose to play with their Star Element challenge again!  I’ve die cut some stars out of glitter cardstock and added some sweet little gold star sequins as well.  Hope your week is starting how in the best way :)  Thanks for stopping by!



Star Element


stamps and dies: Papertrey Ink

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tidings of Comfort and Joy


Good morning friends!  I hope your weekend is starting out with a nice cup of coffee and jammies…oh, wait, that is how mine is starting! Woohoo!  No classes this weekend, I’ve got a handle on my assignments at the moment and I’m going to sneak in a bit of fun today with the Annual Christmas House Tour with my sisters.  There might even be a glass of wine at the end!  Sounds like a perfect day before I get back to writing papers :)  A few weeks ago I bought some gorgeous new Pink Paislee paper and thought it would go perfectly with the new Verve stamps released last month.  I found out that the old Stampin’ Up river rock is kind of “goldish” in colour so I stamped those sweet deer in it!  I’m using this week’s Viva La Verve sketch.  We’ve got one more week to go this month so be sure to play each week and get all your creations loaded in the Sketch Champions Thread.  All the details are on the Viva La Verve forum.  Good luck!  Have a fantastic weekend!




stamps: Unto Us (Verve)

paper: rustic cream, shimmer gold (PTI), Snow Village (Pink Paislee)

ink: onyx (versafine), soft sky, river rock (SU)

accessories: reindeer fun and classy label dies (Verve),   ribbon collection (Verve), oval and scalloped oval dies (Spellbinders), button and twine (PTI), gems (Kaisercraft), snowflake embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Merry Christmas ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


Hi everyone!  I’m back with another card for the current Curtain Call Inspiration challenge…CAS-ual Christmas… I went old stamping school on this one!

casual christmas nov15

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is sponsoring our challenge and the LEAD will receive a CAS-ual Fridays stamp set of choice!  Head over to the Curtain Call Inspiration blog for some more inspiration AND more deets on how you can play and win!  Thanks for visiting :)


stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Christmas Carols

dies: Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Heartfelt Thanks from Canada


Good morning!  Just popping in today with a special card I made last week for my nephew this past summer.  The lucky duck got to go to Ireland with friends!  My sister, his mom, asked if I would make a nice thank you card for him to send to the family who hosted his stay.  At first I was going to make a green Irish kind of card, but then I rethought that and got onto a Canadian theme.  I am using many Waltzingmouse stamps (from Ireland) so I thought that was more than appropriate, although only to me!  LOL  I based this sketch on one I had done a few months ago as I wanted a few sentiments on banners.  I love the maple leaf one!  Here’s the sentiment inside…I did go for an Irish sentiment that I thought was cool…


I hope your week is going well!  Hugs!


what’s in it?

stamps: su glorious and free, wms Irish Blessings, Frame It, Fancy Phrases

ink: versafine onyx, su ruby red

paper: pti rustic cream, su ruby red, studio calico snippets

accessories: pti tag die, spellbinders maple leaf die, mft fishtail banners, seam binding ribbon, lace trim, pti button/twine, stitching, sequins

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy Birthday!


Hi everyone!  There’s a new Viva La Verve sketch and inspiration photo up to play with this week!  I was feeling some retail therapy last weekend so went to our local Scrapbook store and scored some Doodlebug Design Paper.  I inked up the new Verve Chevron Love stamp set along with the Jotted Heart die.  Join in the fun all month and you’ll be in the running to win $100 in Verve money!  Check out the Verve Store sale to see all the goodies you could buy with that! Wowzers!





what’s in it?

stamps: Chevron Love (Verve)

paper: kraft, rustic white (PTI), pumpkin pie (SU), Happy Harvest (Doodlebug designs)

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

accessories: jotted heart die (Verve), fishtail dies (MFT), buttons (PTI), bakers twine (The Twinery), stitching

Friday, November 15, 2013

Joy to the World ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


Happy Friday friends!  It’s the 15th of the month so it’s pay day (woot!) and there’s a new Curtain Call Inspiration challenge ready to go!  This time we are sponsored by Cas-ual Fridays Stamps so the LEAD of the CAS-ual Christmas will receive a CAS-ual Fridays Stamps set of their choice! 

Each of the Design Team got a Christmas stamp set to play with…I chose Christmas Carols for its beautiful sentiments :)

Christmas Carols

casual christmas nov15

Head over to the Curtain Call Inspiration blog to see what the Design Team came up with, then join in the fun!  Have a great weekend!


stamps: Cas-ual Fridays Christmas Carol

dies: Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Verve’s November Diva Dare


Good morning friends!  I’m the hostess over on the Verve Blog today so head over for some more deets on this card!  Thanks for visiting :)



Monday, November 11, 2013

Peace on Earth


Good morning!  As I was typing this post up yesterday, I loved the coincidence of the word “Peace” on my card and the fact that today is Remembrance Day.  It truly is a word for each day of the year, not just a day in November and a day in December.  I’m playing along with second to last Festive Friday challenge.  This time we were asked to use red, white and aqua….uh, yes, Ma’am!

Red, White, Aqua nov 20

I was dying to use my newest PTI goodies that arrived on Thursday via my mailing buddy, Lynn :)  Thanks, sweetie!  I couldn’t resist Maile’s font in her ‘Tis the Season Sentiments set along with the new Tag Sale die.  I embossed the tag with a woodgrain folder after die cutting it first.  Doilies, doilies, doilies!  I have a million of them now and need to use them up!  They are like the loaves and the fishes here in the studio! LOL  Oh, aqua jingle bells with candy cane bakers twine, two other things that make my heart swoon!  Thanks for stopping by!  I’m back to report cards now…half way done! Woohoo!


stamps: PTI ‘Tis the Season Sentiments

dies: PTI Tag Sale

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Moxie Fab Thanks! Blog Hop

Greetings and welcome to my Moxie Fab Thanks blog hop post!  If you’ve just arrived from Shelly’s blog, you are right on track!  Today we are celebrating the amazingly fabulous Cath Edvalson.  This week, Cath let us know that she will be leaving the Moxie Fab World.  ARG!  It’s the end of an era for sure.  Cath has charmed our lives with her kindness, wit and her moxie sense of style!  Her inspiration has been endless.  We have gathered today to honour her.  So Cath, from the bottom of my Canadian heart, I want to send you big hug and my most heartfelt wishes as you start new adventures.  Keep us posted!
I wanted to make a card with a beautiful sentiment.  I couldn’t narrow it to just one, so I added the second inside.
Thanks for stopping by…now head over to Bree’s blog to continue the celebration of Cath!  If you want to start from the beginning, head over to the Moxie Fab World blog.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

A Whole Lot of Merry


Good morning!  I am usually excited about Fridays, but this time it just means that report card writing, paper writing and mountains of reading begins…all in 3 days.  So with this weekend coming at me too fast, I took a bit of time for some ink therapy.  There’s a new Viva La Verve sketch up today.  Head over to the VLV forum for all the details about how YOU could win $100 in Verve dollars!  I am always blown away by that!  There’s also a new  Holiday SALE going on at the Verve Store…check it out!  Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by…you always make me smile :)




what’s in it?

stamps: Merry & Bright, Unto Us, Peace on Earth (Verve)

paper: white (PTI), Winter Wishes (Echo Park)

ink: onyx (Versafine), bordering blue (SU)

dies: Reindeer Fun  and Pennant Trim die (Verve), Stormy Skies Ribbon (Verve), gem (Kaisercraft), fishtail banners (MFT), snowflake die (PTI), jingle bells (Michaels), stitching

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Verve’s November Diva Inspirations Hop


Welcome to Verve's November Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's hopping time. We love to get our Verve inky around here, whether they're hot off the presses, or a little worn around the edges. So today you'll see Diva creations to inspire you with both old and new Verve!

I made this card a few weeks ago after my card stash was depleted at work…not that I’m complaining!  I sold many teacher cards so it was fun to bring out Teachers Count again!  I had just enough Truly, Madly, Deeply ribbon to make one final single bow…oh, how I love this colour!  I also used the flourish from Peace on Earth to frame my sentiment and fill up the empty space on the tag.  This is my go to flourish lately.


Make sure you visit all the blogs in the hop!  One lucky commenter along the hop will win Verve's October Release Collection! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the details.


1. Julee        10. Susan

2. Amy         11. Tiffany

3. Anya        12. Teresa

4. Betty       13. Maureen

5. Jessica    14. Andrea

6. Karen      15. Stacey {Guest}

7. Sankari   16. Charmaine

8. Sarah      17. Marisa

9. Sony        18. Christyne

And since the holidays are just around the corner, Verve has a little holiday sale going on through November 26!



what’s in it?

stamps: Teachers Count, Peace on Earth, Tag Time (Verve)

paper: kraft, aquamist, white (PTI), Seen and Noted (Pebbles)

ink: onyx (Versafine), soft sky, gumball green, real red (SU)

accessories: Apples Die set, Award banner die, Tagged Rectangle Die (Verve), Truly, Madly, Deeply ribbon collection (Verve), chalk tag (MME), gems (Kaisercraft), rustic twine (PTI), stitching

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