Friday, May 29, 2015

Love Comforts ~ Viva La Verve

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!  This card uses the new Viva La Verve sketch for this week.  I wanted to use this half doily and this particular sentiment from Stronger Love so I modified the sketch “slightly” to fit what was in my head.


What do you think?  Close?  In my heart it is :)  Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for more details on how you could win some Verve by playing each week!  Have a great weekend!

stamps: Forever in our Hearts, Stronger Love (Verve)
accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Believe Deep Down ~ PTI May Blog Hop


Greetings friends!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today’s card is for the Papertrey Ink’s Blog Hop.  We were asked to make something inspired by this colourful photo…


This one took me awhile to figure out what shape I wanted to use. Then I wanted to try out my new curved dies.  I curved the sentiment from the Happy Hearts set to match the curved line.  Things were a little too CAS for me at that point so I tried out some extra numbers I had on my desk.  Oh, then it became a grad card!  I love it!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the hop!


Speaking of grad, here are the updated photos many of you have requested :)

Something I said I’d never do…get my Masters. 


The two men I love most in the world :)


Having fun with the Bulldog! Go Zags!


Friday, May 22, 2015

The Beauty and Joy of Each Day


Happy Friday everyone! I had another request for a custom made card for a retired colleague’s daughter.  Though I’m still taking one last course and teaching full time, I couldn’t say no.  I always feel so honoured when someone asks me to make a card for a special occasion in his/her life.  This card is for my friend’s daughter’s 30th birthday.  I didn’t take a picture of the inside, but it has a “30” cut out in gold foil and then “amazing years” stamped in black ink.  I’m using the fabulous sketch from Stacey over on the Viva La Verve sketch blog.  Check out some more samples and then join in the fun!  Have a great weekend!



stamps: sentiment from Feel the Sun (retired), Bloom & Grow (Verve)

dies: Elegant Leaves Die, Flag it Die Set (Verve)

accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve)

Let it Bloom Sale

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Happy Birthday ~ Make it Monday


Hello!  This week for the Papertrey Ink’s  Make it Monday, we were asked to fussy cut something out.  We’ve been spoiled with dies, but sometimes we have to fussy cut like I did for the sentiment.  Friendly Flower got some inky love again for this one as I build up my card stash again.  It’s a slow process that I hope will be rectified once July hits :) Thanks for stopping by!



Sunday, May 17, 2015

I Love You ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge


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

photo source:

We have a wonderful returning sponsor, Newton's Nook, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Totally Tassel!  A randomly selected participant in this challenge will receive a $30 gift certificate to use at Newton's Nook while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

I love making tassels, so this challenge made me head for some gold cording and a sweet bookmark that could be taken off the card and used!  I love cards like that! The bookmark is actually a Recollections tag I bought at Michaels a few months ago.

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

Totally Tassel Designers

Jennifer Jackson, Newton's Nook Designer/Owner
Mackie, Guest Designer
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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Curtain Call Pinterest Boards

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

A True Love Story ~ Viva La Verve!


Good morning!  Happy Friday and happy long weekend!  Let’s start the weekend off right with a fun sketch over on the Viva La Verve sketch blog!  I was asked by another colleague to make a wedding card for her niece.  I do love making wedding or anniversary cards celebrating “love.”  I also like to sneak in a sentiment that is not a traditional wedding one like this Gandhi quote form the More than Love set :)  Head over to the VLV sketch blog for more samples and all the details on how you can play and WIN!  Thanks for visiting!



stamps: Love Story, More than Love, and Tag Time (Verve)

dies: Curvy Bookplate Die (Verve)

accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix  (Verve)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Graduation 2015!!


Happy Saturday everyone!  Today is graduation day for many students in Washington, yours truly included!  Yes, I’ll be donning a black cap and gown and my Masters in Education cape :)  I can’t believe it’s finally here!  One of my beautiful nieces is also graduating this weekend and this is the card I made her :)  I was also asked by a colleague to make a grad card for her daughter who will be a registered dietician…I used her school colours and made my own background on the main panel.



You can tell I love this design!  I have another nephew graduating in a few more weeks so I’ll need to make his card ASAP.  I’ll leave you with my 1992 grad photo, the one that will soon be updated!


Thanks for stopping by and congrats to all the grads this weekend!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015



Hi friends!  I’m getting ready to head down to Graduation this weekend and wanted to make a special card for the librarian who helped me with getting some references for my Chapter Two Literature Review.  I was panicking about my topic late one night and she helped me calm me down and pointed me in the right direction.  All from so far away :)  So I’ve combined the Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday challenge with my heartfelt thank you card that I’ll soon get to deliver in person!  I made another junk bow inspired by Melissa a few months ago. I used a quote from Book Talk along with a bookmark die.  I didn’t adhere the bookmark, but instead used a decorative paperclip so it will be easily detached and placed in a book!  Notice the top of the bookmark?  I die cut a piece of a real library card and stitched it to the top for a little “librarian” accent :) Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great hump day!



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Verve May Diva Inspirations Blog Hop

It's the 5th of the month and time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!

Our May challenge is Let it Bloom

Florals are always fashionable. Let your creativity bloom and use some fabulous florals on your card. Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction – just show us some blooms!

Well, today being May 5th and Teacher Day, I thought it only fitting to make a teacher card!  However, keeping with the Inspiration Challenge, I added a little Doodled Occasions bloom to the Teachers Count apple bunch and some floral paper!  And not to sound self serving, but I'd like to send out a HUGE thank you to all the teachers who love and inspire our children each and every day!  It truly is the best job in the world :)  Now for the details of the challenge...

Click here to link up your challenge entries

Challenge deadline: Sunday, May 20.
Prize: $25 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

Need a little 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. Julee6. Sarah
2. Amy7. Susan
3. Anya8. Maureen
4. Betty9. Marisa
5. Sankari 

stamps: Bloom & Grow, Doodled Occasions, On Occasion, Teachers Count

dies:Apples Die SetOccasion Frame Die, Pennant Trim Die, Elegant Leaves Die


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Just Start ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge


Welcome to the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!!

This week we are inviting you to join us for...

I’ve got graduation on the brain this week so the “travel” theme made me think of “going onto the next adventure.”  I picked some patterned paper with a hint of a map and then some inspirational sayings to stamp around the card.  Head over to the Curtain Call Inspiration blog for more lovely samples and all the details on how to play.  Have a great Sunday!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Forever in Our Hearts


Happy Friday friends!  With another semester of school over, I had a free Sunday this week to get inky!  This card is using the brand new Viva La Verve sketch!  It’s a new month of sketches that starts today so be sure to head over to the Viva La Verve sketch blog for all the details about how to play and what you could win!  Have a great start to your weekend!



stamps: Scripture Medley 1, Forever in our Hearts, Die Sidekicks, Small Packages

dies: Hearts & Swirls Frame Die, Cupcake Frame Die Set

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