Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Good morning everyone!  Ready for something fun!?  And yummy!?  Chaitali over on Cuts, Crops and Creativity is hosting a Coffee Lovers Blog Hop in honour of National Coffee Day!  Well, this coffee lover HAD to play along :)  It was the perfect excuse to open up my Verve Coffee and One Cup stamp sets along with the Cuppa Joe Die Set to create a fun shaker card!  Notice the coffee beans in the shaker?  That fun idea came from Meghan over on Pink Bike.  I squealed when I saw her coffee card!  Grab a cup of coffee and head over to Cuts, Crops and Creativity for more inspiration and to join in the fun!  There are lots of sponsors and prizes for playing along!  I’ll leave you with a few of my coffee facts…

1) I take milk only in my coffee, preferably 1% milk

2) Starbucks order is usually a grande non fat latte, but right now it’s a grande, non fat, half sweet Pumpkin Spice latte :)

3) I started drinking coffee in university.

4) I drink mainly SB coffee and buy it at the store…but I like any local coffee bean.  Life is too short to drink cheap coffee!

5) The most delicious coffee I’ve had was an iced Asian coffee at my pedicure salon!  It’s delicious :)

6) If I don’t have my daily coffee, I will get a slight headache and become a little cranky.  It’s my one addiction :)

See you on the hop!



Friday, September 26, 2014

Happy Birthday ~ Viva La Verve


Hi friends! I’m back to my TGIF celebration with the new Viva La Verve Sketch. Yes, Fridays are back at the top of my favourite day list now that I’m back at work.  And there’s nothing I love more than to celebrate with some Vervey goodness and a fun sketch :) Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for some more inspiration and all the details on how you could win $100 in Verve products just by playing along the VLV sketches!  Have a wonderful weekend!



what’s in it?

stamps: Framed Florals (Verve)

paper: rustic white, white (PTI), Summer Stories (Simple Stories)

ink: onyx (versafine), basic grey (SU), autumn rose (PTI)

accessories: Bluebells Die, Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), buttons (PTI), twine (hemptique), stitched banner (Lil Inkers), paper doily, stitching

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Celebrate ~ PTI Blog Hop


Good morning everyone!  It’s the first week back in my class so it’s been crazy this week, but I just HAD to play along with the PTI blog hop!  I just couldn’t resist these gorgeous colours!

Inspiration photo

I also used one of the sketches Nichole provided for us :)  I finally cracked open my new mega ticket stamp set to use for the sentiment panel.  I just LOVE those jumbo tickets!  I was also able to use this strip of felt hearts I had made back in February!  Love when I can use something from the scrap pile!


Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy the rest of the hop!


stamps and dies: PTI

Monday, September 22, 2014

September Rewind ~ First Day of School


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!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrate Today ~ Diva Dare Hostess


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! 



Monday, September 15, 2014

Smarty Pants ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge


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!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Verve August Release Retrospect Hop


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.


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

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