Sunday, November 30, 2014

Welcome to the World, Lucy


Hey everyone!  Sneaking in with a card I made for a friend’s granddaughter.  Her name is Lucy and she was born in England but has moved to Canada with her Canadian mother and British father.  She is SOOOOO adorable and this was the card I brought with my gift  when I met her last week.  It’s a CASE of the one I made here for a PTI Make it Monday.  Have a great Sunday!  I’m doing homework…we have back to back class weekends coming up and then this semester is D-O-N-E!


Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Birthday, Jake!


Hi friends!  Just a quick post to celebrate Friday (!) and my son’s 26th birthday :)  Clean and simple and masculine…inspired by Maile Belle’s card HERE.  It’s funny how over the years there are so many things I’ve forgotten, but not the day Jake was born or the moment I held him for the first time. Here’s one with day old Jake :)


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Belated Thanksgiving wishes to all my American friends!  I hope you are still celebrating with some good sales shopping :)


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Noel ~ Papertrey Ink Blog Hop


Hi everyone!  I was so excited about this month’s PTI blog hop and the theme…snowflakes!  It’s always a joy to bring out these beautiful dies and create a layered snowflake from sparkly paper and corrugated cardboard :)  I dug through all my PTI Christmas sentiments looking for the perfect one for the star tag.  Found it in Dawn’s Signature Christmas set!  Yep, never sold that set…a classic!  Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving comments.  I can’t wait to hop too!




Friday, November 21, 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


TGIF everyone!  I’m celebrating the weekend with the Viva La Verve sketch using some brand new Verve from the Release this week.  Make sure you check out the Verve Store and then head over to the Viva La Verve blog for more inspiration and all the details on how you could win $100 in Verve money!  Have a wonderful weekend!







what’s in it?

stamps: Light My World (Verve)

paper: white (PTI), Woodland Winter (BoBunny), glitter cardstock

ink: versafine

accessories: Summer Sailing Ribbon Collection, Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), circle dies (Spellbinders), fishtail die (MFT), ampersand die (PTI), silver cording, silver embossing powder

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Verve Release Day!


It's release day at Verve and we're celebrating with Day 4 of our November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  Have you enjoyed the spotlights we've been sharing this week? Well, the wait is over and everthing previewed this week is available in the Verve online store now! And to cap off this release, we're giving away the entire release to one lucky commenter along today's hop, so come along with us as we share one last look-see at our holiday spotlights!

Today's spotlight is on the November 2014 Release Collection, so grab a treat and hop along!

I’ve got more traditional colours going on today!  I used the masking technique to create my sentiment panel.  I stamped the “Merry Christmas” onto my white panel and then onto a sticky note and cut it out.  Then I put the mask over my sentiment so I could stamp the poinsettia.  Here’s a photo if you are a visual learner like me :)


Once the mask was protecting the sentiment, I stamps the pointsettia, then removed the mask…here’s what I was left with…


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE November 2014 Release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the shopping and prize info and deadlines!

November 2014 Collection

Day 1 Hop List


1. Julee           8. Stacey

2. Laurie         9. Teresa

3. Chaitali     10. Andrea

4. Marisa       11. Christyne

5. Amber       12. Nancy

6. Diana         13. Maureen

7. Charmaine 14. Janelle


what’s in it?

stamps: Pinecone Christmas (Verve)

paper: kraft, rustic white (PTI), Christmas Collage Collection (BoBunny)

ink: red, springmoss (PTI), onyx (versafine)

accessories: Holiday Sequins Mix (Verve), rustic bells, twine, wine tag die(PTI),

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Verve Release Spotlight ~ Day 3


Welcome back to Day 3 of Verve's November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting the new holiday release! And the wait is almost over... everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store tomorrow (Thursday, 11/20). So come hop along with us and see our first looks at today's featured products!

Today's spotlight is shining on the Weary World set and Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane illustrated by Julee Tilman, as well as the coordinating Starry Stable Die Set.

O Holy Night is one of my favourite Christmas hymns and I get goosebumps when it’s sung at Christmas mass.  I knew I wanted to use this sentiment along with the nativity scene…you can’t get any more Christmasy than this IMHO :)

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Weary WorldStarry Stable Die Set
Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane

Day 1 Hop List

1. Julee        8. Stacey

2. Laurie      9. Teresa

3. Chaitali  10. Andrea

4. Marisa    11. Christyne

5. Amber    12. Nancy

6. Diana      13. Maureen

7. Charmaine

what’s in it?

stamps: Weary World (Verve)

paper: white (PTI), Joyous (MME), glitter cardstock

ink: onyx (versafine), Versamark

accessories: Autumn Elements Ribbon Collection, silver doily, twine (hemptique), button, circle die (spellbinders), Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers)

Monday, November 17, 2014

True Love (25 years down!)


Hi friends!  Last week, my dear secretary asked if I had any anniversary cards in my stash.  Ummm, I just mailed them to my sister!  My secretary is fabulous and always so thoughtful so I wanted to make this special 25th Anniversary card for her friends.  It was also the perfect opportunity to use this PTI set that I had bought for personalized anniversary cards :)  Have a great start to your week! 


Friday, November 14, 2014

A Whole Lot of Merry


TGIF everyone!  Ah, finally a weekend with no classes!  We were bombarded with back to back classes 3 times this semester which didn’t leave a lot of breathing room between assignments, oh, and work, oh, and rest, oh, and family time.  I’m sure the DH is not thinking it’s HOT “dating” a university girl anymore!  But eye on the prize :)  I planned a solid day of studio time on Tuesday (Remembrance Day) to get caught up on DT assignments and cards for my sister’s wine store.  I’m using the brand new Viva La Verve sketch for today’s non traditional Christmas card!  I just love these pretty colours and HEY!  I spy some jingle bells!  ‘Tis the season!  Have a great start to your weekend and thanks for popping by!



stamps: Verve’s Merry & Bright

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Diva Dare Hostess!


Hi friends!  I’m the Diva Dare hostess today over on the Verve Blog!  Head over there for lots of VELLUM inspiration and then join in the fun for some great Verve prizes!  Have a great day!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Merry Christmas!


TGIF everyone!  It seems like it is now officially Christmas season on the blog!  What better way to kick it off than with the new Viva La Verve sketch and colour inspiration!  I found this snowflake tag in my stash from last year and thought it would be the perfect embellishment for this week’s sketch.  I added some new Christmas papers, an embossed kraft background and voila, a new Christmas card!  The sentiment is made with two Verve sets Holiday Greetings and Merry & Bright.  Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for all the details on how you could win some new Verve!  Have a wonderful weekend!







Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Verve November Inspirations Hop


Welcome to Verve's November Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our November inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

This month's challenge is entitled Naturally Navy:

Classic, bold, is naturally elegant! Go nautical or pair with neutrals for a creation sure to impress.

I chose to pair up my navy with some white and kraft for a classic winter card.  I dug out the  Christmas in the Air stamp set and coordinating Frosty Snowflakes Die Set to create some navy and white snowflakes.  Some Shine Bright Sequin Mix and Summer Sailing Ribbon Collection helped put the finishing touches on this elegant winter card.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Amy       7. Sarah

2. Anya        8. Sony

3. Betty       9. Susan

4. Jen        10. Maureen

5. Karen     11. Stacey

6. Sankari  12. Marisa

Saturday, November 1, 2014

You Are Gorgeous ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

photo credit:

We have a new sponsor, Verve Stamps, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Boho Bright!  A randomly selected participant in the Boho Bright challenge will receive a $30 gift certificate to use at  Verve Stamps, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

Oh, this was no challenge at all!  I am playing with some of my favourite Verve products for today’s card: With Love and Learning to Sail stamp sets, a fun little banner made with the Banner Bundle Die Set, pretty ribbon from the Summer Sailing Ribbon Collection, and some bling from the Shine Bright Sequin Mix.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!
Boho Bright Designers

Guest Designer, Hannelie Bester

Amy Kolling
Amy Sheffer
Amy Tsuruta
Gayatri Murali
Kim Singdahlsen
Laurie Willison
Lisa Henke
Marisa Ritzen
Maureen Plut
Monika Davis
Sarah Gough
Sheri Gilson
Stacey Schafer
Tenia Nelson
Tracey McNeely

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Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:  (name) for the challenge details and to play along with us!


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