Friday, August 1, 2014

They Will Never Forget the Way You Made Them Feel

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Happy Friday everyone!  Today’s card is a special one going to my oldest sister :)  She is retiring from a long and rewarding 39 year nursing career and today is her last day of “work.”  Some family, friends, and colleagues are going out for her last “long” lunch and I will take this card with a GC to her favourite quilting store :)  I thought this quote from Teachers Count was perfect…I love using it for retirement cards.  Though I usually leave the inside blank, I did print out this Dr. Seuss quote, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  (I’ve put a request in for Julee to one day make this a plain jane stamp!).

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I’ve caught the mixed media bug and have used some embossing paste and stencils to create those sweet raised hearts.  I’m also using the brand new Viva La Verve sketch and colour combo.

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I’ve also stamped an extra sentiment in the top right corner.  Here’s a close up…

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And finally, here’s the glassine bag I’ll put the card and GC into :)

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Are you thinking of trying a new art form?  Let me know!  Thanks for stopping by and make sure to head over to the Viva La Verve blog for all the deets on how you could win a fantastic Verve prize by playing along!

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what’s in it?

stamps:On Occasion, So Fluttery, Teachers Count (Verve)

dies:Occasion Frame Die  (Verve)

accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Baby Thanks & Studio Photos

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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This is where I used to die cut…

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Now it’s my stamping station.

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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 …

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Voila!  All my neutral cardstock!  I love it!

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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.

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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!

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Here are my shelving units, before…

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and after… be still my anal heart!

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

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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!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Glad Tidings

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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!

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Okay, back to cleaning!  Thanks for visiting!  ox

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Check out the sale over in the Verve Store!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

How Wonderful Life Is

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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!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Verve Release Retrospect Blog Hop

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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.

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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

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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…

*banner

*colours

*thread

*doily

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

 

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

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diva Dare Hostess!

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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!

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