Monday, September 22, 2014

September Rewind ~ First Day of School

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Hello friends and happy Monday!  Yes, you heard me correctly, “happy Monday!”  For those of you not from BC, the teachers’ strike ended last week.  Though funding for public education didn’t get HUGE gains, we did get some AND we educated the public about what schools need and gave the government notice that we are a strong force, sticking together for our kids and schools.  So today, 3 weeks after what should have been our first day of school, I will greet my little monkeys…the tissue is ready!  The last 3 days have been a whirlwind trying to get my classroom ready for business so I thought it was time to do a “Rewind” post from last September.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great start to your week!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrate Today ~ Diva Dare Hostess

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Hi everyone!  Today’s card fills so many shoes!  First off it’s my Diva Dare card over on the Verve Blog.  Second, it uses the new Viva la Verve sketch over on the Viva La Verve Blog.  And third, but definitely not least, it was made Tuesday after the news that the teachers and government had a deal and our 5 week strike could be over!  So today I am setting up my classroom as best I can to welcome students on Monday! 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Smarty Pants ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

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It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  We have a wonderful new sponsor, Clearly Whimsy Stamps, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Wishing Well!  A randomly selected participant in the Wishing Well challenge will receive $25 store credit to Whimsy Stamps and the LEAD will be invited as Guest Designer of a our next challenge!

When I saw this Smarty Pants set with matching Glasses and Bracket Die Set, I knew I had to have it!  It reminds me of what I say to my students when they say something ‘smart.’  I say, “Oh, I see you wore your smarty pants (or shorts, skirt) to school today!  Better than silly pants, right!?  LOL  I was inspired by the colours from the photo, but chose to go CAS with my theme.  That’s the great thing about inspiration, right?

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

Wishing Well Designers

Guest Designer, Esther Asbury

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

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

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Verve August Release Retrospect Hop

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

How gorgeous are these sweet bluebells from Framed Florals?  And how amazing they look popped off the frame!  I love using the matching Bluebells Die for that added dimension.  This is fast becoming a goto set with so many different sentiments to fit almost every occasion. 

1. Julee               10. Janelle

2. Teresa             11. Christyne

3. Amber              12. Jen

4. Charmaine        13. Andrea

5. Marisa              14. Betty

6. Monika {Guest} 15. Karen

7. Stacey              16. Sarah

8. Maureen           17. Amy

9. Laurie

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 August release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our August 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 October 3, so there's still plenty of time to get the August release if you haven't already.

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what’s in it?

stamps: Framed Florals (Verve)

paper: rustic white (PTI), Fresh Cut (Basicgrey), Capture Life (Echo Park)

ink: onyx (Versafine), Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp), Oceans Tide (PTI)

accessories: Bluebells Die, Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), fishtail dies (MFT), paper doily, twine (Hemptique), stitching

Friday, September 12, 2014

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes

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Happy Friday, friends!  Today’s card uses the new sketch over on the Viva La Verve blog.  I just had to use this sentiment from the new  Cupcakes set.  It’s my favourite!  Head over to the Viva La Verve Blog for all the details and more samples!  Have a fabulous start to your weekend!  My Masters courses start up this weekend!  One year down, one more to go!

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what’s in it?

stamps: Cupcakes, Small Packages (Verve)

paper: rustic white (PTI), Hello Again (Echo Park)

ink: onyx (Versafine), groovy guava (SU)

accessories: Award Banner Trim Die, Cupcake Frame Die Set (Verve), fishtail dies (MFT), gems, glossy accents

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Merry Christmas!

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Hi friends!  As I wrote up this post, I was actually looking into the future and thinking of Christmas!  I don’t usually look that far into the future, but when you are in the middle of a strike, you tend to do that and tell yourself “this too shall pass.”  We’re not there yet, so I look forward to better times.  Today’s card uses the Festive Friday inspiration photo…

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I picked some paper with a country feel and some trees to mimic the boughs on the photo.  The I made a CAS chalkboard sign for the sentiment.  I desperately wanted something else on this card, after all it is for Christmas, the season of blitz and decorations!  I chose a sweet little bow from PTI’s Bells and Boughs.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely, lovely day!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Speak the Truth

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Happy Monday everyone!  Today’s card is another mixed media experiment using the inspiration photo from the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  I took the photo literally with a blue background, pink and yellow flowers, and green leaves.
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Here are the pieces before I assembled the card.  I wanted to show you the beautiful background paper.  I sprayed a mosaic heart stencil with white Dylusions ink.  The sentiment is from Verve’s Words of Wisdom and the stitched frame is from Treasured Words.
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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great start to your week :)
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