Thursday, July 31, 2014

Baby Thanks & Studio Photos


Hi friends!  It’s been a fun week getting ready for our granddaughter’s baby party we are hosting this coming weekend. I’ve been busy getting all the fun little details ready including a sweet set of thank you onesie cards.  I just love this Onesie die from Top Dog Dies.  I bought some 90 lbs 12 x 12 Bazzill white cardstock as the die lets you fold it over at the top to make a complete card.  The scalloped collar is from the Onesie Finishers Set.  It was easy peasy to make 16 cards!  Now, the only problem is that the bottom of the onesie is rounded so the card falls over when you stand it up (in a place of honour once you receive it!).  To fix this, I simply trimmed off the rounded edge on the back of the card.  You can see how this easily solves the crisis!


I have some more party details I’ll share after the party.  In the meantime, how about some studio before and after shots?  I’ve been a busy girl getting my room all ready for my new ink sprays coming next week.

Here’s how the desk looked after my last project…too many piles!


Now, it’s at least cleaned off, ready for some mixed media supplies.  My stamp area is now behind this desk over on the counter.


Here is my new work space. Funny thing is that my body still wants to stamp on the desk so I find myself turning around to work at my desk! LOL


This is where I used to die cut…


Now it’s my stamping station.



See the bank of drawers?  The top one used to hold all my felt, but it really was a waste of good useable space.  I needed it for something I use all the time…PAPER!  So I put all my felt into a basket and …


Voila!  All my neutral cardstock!  I love it!


And here are baskets of my PTI stamps, patterned paper, paper scraps, doilies, bling, etc…all close at hand!

Here is how the whole back counter looked before the reorganization.  I was desperate to clear it as it’s a very useful work space and didn’t want to take up this expensive real estate with display items and stamps.


Now it’s my die cutting area.  I also went through my ribbon and packed some away so I could make room for the new ink sprays coming soon!


Here are my shelving units, before…


and after… be still my anal heart!


The last photo shows where my lovely display shelf went…much better, by my computer so I can see all my recent lovelies!


There you have it!  My body needs to get use to the new areas, but I sure do love having it all organized again!  AND vacuumed! LOL  Have a great day!  See you tomorrow with my VLV card!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Glad Tidings


Hey there friends!  In the middle of the studio reorganization, I took a break while the desk was semi-cleared to make this card for the Festive Friday challenge.  I think it’s easy to see what inspired me: kraft/white palette, snowflakes, vintage finds, and twine.  This little “Glad Tidings” stamp from Verve is one of my most favourite Christmas sentiments.  In fact, I think it should be used all year long!  Who doesn’t want to hear some glad tidings?  “Glad tidings, it’s summer!”  “Glad tidings, happy mail!”  “Glad tidings, spent the day in the studio!”  See, it totally works!

festive friday

Okay, back to cleaning!  Thanks for visiting!  ox


Check out the sale over in the Verve Store!

Christmas in July Sale

Monday, July 28, 2014

How Wonderful Life Is


Hi friends!  Friday and Saturday was busy on the blog, so I saved my Viva La Verve card for today to spread out the love! ox   I went BOLD today with some new Basicgrey Highline paper.  Some fun stitching and a PINK sentiment with loads of enamel dots made this card complete :)

I’m still at the beginning of organizing the studio.  I tried to get caught up on my card making and posts so I could just focus on the reorganization.  I’ve taken before shots and will happily share the after shots once they are ready!  I can’t wait!  Have a great day and thanks for visiting!  Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for more samples and all the details of how you could win some big Verve bucks!



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Verve Release Retrospect Blog Hop


Welcome to Verve's July Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas and guests are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the July release stamps & dies! Besides a peek at some really cool cards, there are also a couple of prizes up for grabs!

I have been dabbling in art journals and mixed media this month and although I haven’t tried anything YET, I’ve been inspired by texture and cut out words.  I’m using the new Happy Place stamp set along with the matching Happy Doodles Die Set.  I had the birthday sentiment from Be Blessed sitting on my desk from the last release and thought it was perfect for the bottom of the card :)  I HAD to find an inspiring phrase to tie into the birthday theme and found the perfect one in Words of Wisdom.  I was inspired by Amber’s card HERE where she cut up a sentiment.  I just love the look!  I left out the “goal” part of the sentiment and just left the dream part :) Then I traced around each word with my black pen.



1. Julee          10. Jen

2. Stacey        11. Sheri {Guest}

3. Maureen     12. Laurie

4. Chaitali      13. Andrea

5. Marisa        14. Amber

6. Teresa        15. Christyne

7. Kay {Guest} 16. Sarah

8. Janelle        17. Anya

9. Charmaine  18. Betty

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

Want another chance to win? Now it's your turn! We'd LOVE to see what you've done with the July release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our July release and you'll be entered in a drawing to win our entire next release! All the details and the linkup widget are on the Verve Blog today. The deadline is August 23, so there's still plenty of time to get the July release if you haven't already.

Don't miss this weekend only discount offer in honour of Julee's birthday:


what’s in it?

stamps: Happy Place, Be Blessed,Words of Wisdom (Verve)

paper: rustic white, white (PTI), yellow (SU), Capture Life (Echo Park)

ink: onyx (Versafine), perfect plum (SU), autumn rose (PTI)

accessories: Happy Doodles Die Set, Shine Bright Sequin Mix, enamel dot (MME), twine (hemptique)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Do Beautiful Things ~ PTI Blog Hop


Hello! Welcome to my July PTI Blog Hop post!  This month we are inspired by this gorgeous collection of vintage fun!  ACK, while just checking out the photo again, I remembered that I was going to use the Button Card stamp!  Oh dang!  My sister asked me to make a card for our oldest sister’s retirement in a couple of weeks and I knew I needed to add a teapot somewhere…that must have been what led me astray!  Anyhow…here’s a list of what inspired me…





*button cards (but not found on my card! HA!)



I can’t wait to see what everyone else created! Thanks for visiting!



PTI products: cardstock, aquamist ink, white embossing paper, Life is Beautiful stamp set

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diva Dare Hostess!


Hi friends!  I’m the hostess for Day 7 of the Diva Dare challenge over on the Verve Blog.  Head over there to read more about my card and how you can win some great prizes by participating!  See you there!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Sugar and Spice ~ Curtain Call Reminder!


There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  You have until July 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!  Current challenge details and link-up are here.

As many of you know, the DH and I are new grandparents and loving every minute of it.  This card will be going to our new granddaughter next month with THE MOST GORGEOUS quilt my sister has made for us.  I took inspiration from the quilt which ties in perfectly with the inspiration photo.

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Here’s the inside of the card…


I can’t show you the quilt yet, not until after the Baby Barbeque, but here are a couple of pictures with me, Grandmoe (bonus grandma), and our little grandpeanut!  LOL



We have loads of sponsors for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  Check out the Curtain Call Inspiration Blog for all of the amazing prizes that our sponsors are giving away to YOU, our randomly selected challenge participants!  A LEAD and several SHOW STOPPERS will also be named from the Anything Goes challenge gallery!

We look forward to seeing your creations!  Be sure to stop back on July 31st for the Lead and Show Stoppers from this challenge. Then come back on August 1st for the next challenge!


Friday, July 18, 2014

My Happy Place ~ Viva La Verve


Happy Friday morning, everyone!  I’m the hostess over on the Viva La Verve blog today with a sketch and inspiration photo to get your mojo going!  When I was looking for a photo, I made sure that there was a chalkboard in it somewhere {wink!}.  I found a few I could have easily used, but this one won out with the little Canadian flag in the background! 



Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for all the details on how you could win $100 in Verve money, then join in the fun!  Have a great start to your weekend!


what’s in it?

stamps: Die Sidekicks, Happy Place (Verve)

dies: Happy Doodles Die Set,Hearts & Swirls Frame Die (Verve)

accessories: Stormy Skies Ribbon Collection (Verve)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Happy Birthday


Hi everyone!  Well I’m happy to report that I am getting a few things done that I had put off for the summer.  I have a little bit more file sorting to do from school, then it’s tackling the studio for ONE BIG GIGANTIC clean!!  I can’t wait!  Though I am known for my “neat” piles, I am an anal/organized/clean and simple girl at heart.  That is my mission this summer in the studio :)  Until then, I’ll keep it CAS on cards…lol.  Today’s card is for the current Make it Monday challenge over on the PTI blog.  Dawn showed us how to make a rainbow medallion out of pretty much any stamp!  I chose the mega ticket set to create a festive happy happy birthday card.  Well, that’s it for me!  Off to continue the organizing :)  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!



stamps, dies and paper: Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration’s 1st Anniversary!!


Today marks the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge 1st Anniversary!

What a fabulous year it has been!

Let's celebrate with an Anything Goes challenge!

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I’ve had a super fun year on the Curtain Call design team and look forward to another fabulous one!  My card was inspired by the pinks, blues, and whites in the photo.  Are you ready to join in the fun?

We have loads of sponsors for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  Check out all of the amazing prizes that our sponsors are giving away to YOU, our randomly selected challenge participants!  A LEAD and several SHOW STOPPERS will also be named from the Anything Goes challenge gallery!

Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes for the challenge details and to play along with us! 


Anything Goes 1st Anniversary Sponsor List:

Sugar Pea Designs

$15 Gift Certificate

Newton's Nook

$20 Store Credit

Neat & Tangled

choice stamp set

The Cat's Pajamas

$25 Gift Voucher

Lawn Fawn

Say Cheese Lawn Cut Die

Paper Sweeties

$20 Gift Cerfificate

Pretty Pink Posh

$20 Gift Certificate

Uniko Studio

£15 Gift Certificate

My Favorite Things

$25 Voucher

Linnie Blooms

12 x 12 Scrapbook Kit

Paper Issues

Swag Bag

Clearly Besotted Stamps

£15 Gift Card

Taylored Expressions

$25 Gift Certificate

Reverse Confetti

$15 Gift Certificate

Verve Stamps
$30 Gift Certificate


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