Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Many Thanks



Good morning!! Just a quick little post for this week’s Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.  I didn’t really have a plan, just played around with some new paper and stamps until I came up with something I loved :)  Not a usual colour palette for me, but I really like the grey and yellow!  Hope you’re having a great week and I hope you can come back tomorrow…there will be a fun little blog hop!! Smiles to you all :)
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what’s in it?

stamps: waltzingmouse stamps frame it, pti mat stack 1

paper: pti cream, kraft, su basic grey, sahara sand, so saffron, crate paper and october afternoon dps

ink: versafine onyx, su basic grey

accessories: pti banner and mat 1 dies, pti ribbon, buttons and thread, stitching, gems

Monday, May 30, 2011

Dream Big

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Good morning!  Yes, it’s Monday, but there’s no staff meeting and this will be a fun week :)  The dh gets home late tonight which means “date night” is coming up soon and Wednesday I meet with an interior designer to help plan the “fun” parts of the new house :) Today’s card uses the colours from the new CR84FN challenge.  I don’t usually use just blue and yellow, but add kraft and how can I resist?  This card went through many transformations before ending up like the one you see here.  The mojo was fighting me this weekend! Now that we are heading into Graduation Season, I thought I’d make a few inspiring cards.  I just love this sentiment from Verve’s Dream Big set.  The perfect way to say  “congrats to the grad.”  I hope today finds you well and happy.  Thanks so much for stopping by :) 

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what’s in it?

stamps: Dream Big (Verve)

paper: kraft, ocean’s tide, white (PTI), early espresso (SU!), picket fence (Lilybee Design)

ink: onyx (versafine), barely banana (SU!)

accessories: circle and scalloped circle nestabilities (Spellbinders), limitless layers die (PTI), grosgrain ribbon, button, twine (PTI), seeing spots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), stitching, gems (Kaisercraft)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Thank You Kindly

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Greetings, friends!! This week is the last time we will get to CASE the uber fabulous Sarah Martina Parker over on the CASE Study blog.  Sarah is one of my card gurus and it feels a little funny CASEing her…I usually just admire from afar.  But, as usual, I am tempted into playing and just try to be “me” while using some of her fabulous inspiration. 

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Oh, how I love her yummy colours choices.  She is a fellow lover of kraft and I adore how she distresses with white.  I zoomed in on her colours, panel shapes, stitching, distressing and button with twine.  I am quickly using up my corrugated flowers and MAY need to reorder! I tried a few different types of ribbon for the card before deciding on some sheer ribbon as I wanted the flower/star/button embellishment to be the focal point.  Thanks so much for stopping by…it means so much :)  Hugs!

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what’s in it?

stamps: waltzingmouse stamps fancy phrases, vintage labels 18

paper: pti spring moss, kraft, cream, basicgrey and lilybee dps

ink: versafine onyx, su perfect plum, white craft ink

accessories: labels 18 and oval nestabilities, jillibean soup corrugated flowers, pti star die, button and twine, gems, stitching, sheer ribbon

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Best Friend is Like…

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…a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.  No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day (RATS!!)  teehee.  Today’s little lucky card is me using some of my MFT stamps for their Wednesday Sketch #21 Challenge.  I just started entering these challenges this month and did win a GC!!  There is an extra incentive to use My Favourite Things stamps, hence the sweet little four leaf clover gal (let’s call her Irishlatte, shall we?! LOL)  I had used my other A La Mode images and thought everyone over on the MFT forum was getting sick of yet ANOTHER teacher card,  so I thought I’d break out “Irishlatte.”  The ladies over on that forum like the way I leave my images black and white…it’s only because I don’t colour!! lol.  However, I thought the clover should be green, so I paper pieced it :)  One of my sister’s best friends is Irish so she’ll probably pick this one when she visits this summer and gets her set of cards for her birthday (my gift to my sisters…pick 10 cards from the studio ;).  I usually leave the inside of my cards blank, but since there was no room for the sentiment on the outside, I stamped it on the inside :)

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Ugh, it’s still rainy and cold here and the only good thing about that is that I’m staying inside the studio :)  I have a list of cards to make for the family this week so hopefully the mojo won’t care if it’s sunny or not and keep flowing :)  Hope you are having sunny skies where you are :)  Thanks for visiting :)

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what’s in it?

stamps: my favourite things wishing you luck, pti mat stack 4

paper: pti white, kraft, su kiwi, razzleberry, espresso, basicgrey and lilybee dp

ink: versafine onyx, su perfect plum

accessories: pti border and mat 4 die, circle nestabilities, gems, stitching, satin ribbon,

Friday, May 27, 2011

May All Your Dreams Come True

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TGIF everyone! It’s the weekend and that means there is a new Viva La Verve Challenge over on the Verve Splitcoast Forum. Diva Tosh is our hostess and has challenged us to use 2 tilted panels!!  Enter my tilted panel weapon…the spiral edge notepage die!! LOL  The sketch does show 3 panels on the bottom and I did NOT forget them…there are 3 at the bottom, just from the same paper :)  I stitched them so you could see there are 3.  I hope you can join us for this final week of May challenges.  If you’ve played all month, you can enter to win the whole next release on the Champions thread.  Also, it’s a long weekend in the States, so Julee has a Memorial Day sale on till the 31st…check it out!! 

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Have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by :)

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what’s in it?

stamps: Always on My Mind (Verve)

ink: onyx (versafine)

paper: vintage cream, kraft (PTI), early espresso (SU!), gingham dp (October Afternoon), Portrait Collection (Crate Paper)

accessories: notepage die (PTI), circle and scalloped circle nestabilities (Spellbinders), border punch (Martha Stewart), ribbon (Michaels), gems ($ store), flowers (Prima), seed packet diecut, stitching, printed kraft bag

Thursday, May 26, 2011

You are in My Prayers

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Good morning!  Today’s card is for this week’s PTI Make It Monday challenge.  I haven’t consistently entered these challenges, but this one caught my attention with the great video by Dawn :)  I just love hearing her talk about her thought process…that and the fact that I love everything she makes.  The challenge was to make a sympathy card.   I’m using some more Sweet Threads paper and one of my new prima flowers.  I originally was going to use satin or sheer ribbon on this, but decided on twine for a more toned down look.  I hadn’t used my top note die in AGES so dug it out after remembering a card Dawn did almost exactly two years ago.  I hope you are having a wonderful week…TGIF tomorrow and a new Viva La Verve challenge…hope you come back!! Thanks for visiting :)

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what’s in it?

stamps: pti turning a new leaf, healing touch sentiments

paper: pti white, sweet blush, su peach parfait, basicgrey sweet threads

ink: versafine onyx, su mellow moss

accessories: su top note die, pti buttons and twine, prima flower, gems, thread, stitching

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop ~ Flowers

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Good morning!!  Well, it’s the 25th and that usually means I’m joining in the PTI Blog Hop fun.  This month’s challenge was perfect timing.  I’ve been experimenting with a few new (to me anyways!) ways to create flowers.  First up is this loopy felt flower.  These fun little babies are SOOOO fast to make…seriously, two minutes and that includes a coffee break!  I was playing along with a colour challenge last week and came across the tutorial link HERE…I also got to play with some new PTI goodies that hadn’t seen ink yet…Dawn’s newsprint background and the Mat 3 stamp and die :)  It’s a little crazy with all the different patterns, but after the initial shock, I think it’s a cheery little card :)  Up next is another flower made with the Hello, Friend stamp set and the Friendly Flower die. (it’s also using the colours from the latest WaCCCky – Wild Card Colour Challenge!)  It wouldn’t be a PTI blog hop without one!! IMHO…HA!

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I stamped 4 die cut flowers with one of the flower image in summer sun yellow.  Then I cut the petals a bit more, scrunched them all up and sewed them together with the button and twine.  Ah, another button card…told you I’m addicted!!  Thanks for visiting and I can’t wait to hop along later after work.  Your sweet comments make me smile :D

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what’s in them?

{feel better soon}

stamps: pti mat stack 3, background basics newsprint

ink: versafine onyx, su perfect plum, going grey

paper: pti white, rustic cream, MME lime twist dp

accessories: pti felt, mat 3 die, may arts ribbon, gems

 

{make a wish}

stamps: pti button boutique, hello friend

ink: versafine onyx, su summer sun, sahara sand

paper: pti kraft, rustic cream, distressed dots and bitty box basics dp, cream paper

accessories: pti button card and friendly flower dies, pti buttons, twine and ribbon, fiskars border punch, su library clip, thread

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Vintage Style

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Good morning!  Well, it’s back to work today after an extra long weekend…as much as I love them, it’s hard to get back into the swing of things.  Now it’s the short, busy stretch to the summer!  Today’s card is for this week’s CR84FN colour challenge.  I couldn’t resist the purples with kraft…totally yummy!  I also wanted to use some of my favourite things lately…button cards, corrugated butterfly (I hope Starbucks is not noticing I’m taking 2 sleeves when I visit!! lol), and doilies…okay, funny little story about this card.  I go to take the picture and the large white doily starts coming apart.  It was actually 4 doilies stuck together!! BONUS!!  Although it was tricky pulling them off and not ripping some paper or my beloved button card!  Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting :)

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what’s in it?

stamps: pti button boutiqe

paper: pti kraft, plum pudding, rustic cream, various scrap dps

ink: versafine onyx, memory box lilac, su sahara sand

accessories: pti button card, mat 4 dies, mft butterflies die, pti buttons and ribbon, stitching, gems, doily, cuttlebug ef, Starbucks corrugated sleeve :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Waltzingmouse Stamps!

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Good Monday morning everyone!!  And a super good one it is up here in Canada…it’s our Victoria Day long weekend :)  My card today is for this week’s Waltzingmouse Challenge.  I knew it had to be a birthday card as the sweet owner, Claire, is celebrating her second year in business.  Funny enough, my WMS order arrived on Friday…one week to get here from Ireland…hmmm…does anyone in Canada (who orders from the States) find this interesting?!  LOL  Anyways, the sketch this week was a doozy and I had to think on my design for awhile.  I kind of like the way the heart circles look like they are part of the patterned paper.  This also helped keep the background simple enough that I could add a flower and twine focal point. 

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Okay, now for a house update!  Though things are moving along, there wasn’t a lot of “change” to take pictures of.  This first one is ANOTHER picture of the studio…notice how I’m not blocking off the room!! LOL (I’m inching the walls out more in my mind! LOL).  The ground is being prepared with special gravel before the concrete basement floor gets poured next week sometime.  Those 3 beige posts are what will hold up the sundeck off the main floor…good thing, ‘cause we don’t want anything falling down during martini hour!! {wink}

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So I stood in the “studio” and looked out the imaginary windows…this is my view. 

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For this last one, I stood on our street and took a straight on photo of the “house.”  The 3 car (well 1 car, 1 truck, 2 fishing boats) garage will be on the left, then the front door, then the den windows will be on the right.  Can you see the faint metal bar sticking out of the ground on the right?  That will be where one of the posts to the arched entrance will be.  More reinforcements :)

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Wowza!!  That was a lot of talking!!  Thanks for listening and have a fantastic day :) 

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what’s in it?

stamps: waltzingmouse frame it

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti kraft, hibiscus burst, su sahara sand, basicgrey sweet threads, MME stella and rose (gertie) dps

accessories: pti banner and love lives here dies and twine, gems, prima flowers,

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thanks So Much

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My dear blog friend, Lynn, told another sweet story on her blog yesterday.  She asked a woman in a checkout line how she was doing, you know, polite chitchat talk while you’re waiting to get to the cashier.  The woman replied, “I am blessed.”  ACK!  How profound and wonderful is that?  I love that my friend, Lynn, picks up on these little moments that make a BIG difference.  So what has this got to do with my card today?  Well, it says “Thanks so much.”  I am truly blessed to be a part of this fabulous card making community.  Each and everyone of you who visit, leave comments (or not, it’s all good!), make incredible cards to inspire us all add to the many blessings in my life :)  This card is to ALL OF YOU! Oh, and it’s also for the CASE Study Challenge this week! LOL  Sarah Martina Parker is still WOWING us with her fabulous creations.  After making the uber huge loopy felt flower yesterday, I had some loopy scraps that just couldn’t be thrown away.  So here’s the smaller version of that flower :)  Thanks again to Diva Tosh for the tutorial.  If you follow her dimensions you too can have 2 fabulous loopy felt flowers to use! LOL  Here’s the inspiration photo:

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I’m thinking the inspiration is obvious…just look at all this gorgeousness!  The colours, the layout, the flower, the ribbon, the tag, the gems, the music paper, the doily…the list goes on and on.  I hope you all are having a fabulous Sunday…and remember now, when someone asks you how you are, reply, “I am blessed.”  I know I will :)  Hugs!

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what’s in it?

stamps: verve free stamp with purchase

ink: versafine onyx, pti tea dye duo

paper: su sahara sand, pti cream, sheet music paper

accessories: seed package image, gems, martha stewart doily, may arts twill ribbon, pti felt, button, twine,

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Celebrate Good Times!

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Good morning!! Well, I had the best day off yesterday…breakfast downtown on a sunny morning and a bit of fun shopping at Michaels and the Apple Store (yes, a shiny new black iPad 2 is on its way to me in 2-3 weeks :)  Then I got home and a sweet little package from Taylored Expressions was in the mail with some new My Mind’s Eye papers and prima flowers :)  So a fabulous day all round!  I also finished this fun little card that uses this week’s Colour Q colours :)  I was inspired by the fabulous card by Kasia, one of the design team members.  My fellow Diva Tosh had also made a similar flower on her blog, so I went over to view her tutorial and created this super fun loopy felt flower.  I also picked a sentiment that makes my card perfect for the new challenge over on A Passion for Papertrey…to be inspired by a song.  Remember Kool and the Gang?  “Celebrate good times, come on and celebrate!"  Kind of a fun song and reminds me of the little parties I have in the studio!! LOL   I hope you are celebrating good times wherever you are…oh, and any iPad users out there?  I could use some little bits of information to get me started…have any?  I’ve been in Etsy looking for a funky cover…need help with that too ;)  Thanks for visiting!

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what’s in it?

stamps: verve birthday bash, pti background basics retro and leaf prints

ink: su basic grey, su choc chip, going gray

paper: pti white, su espresso, basic grey, sahara sand

accessories: pti leaf dies, chipboard, stitching, pti felt, button, twine

Friday, May 20, 2011

You Put a Song in My Heart

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TGIF everyone!! I actually have today off!!  My staff did a Professional Development day in August and today is our day off in lieu :)  AND if I’m lucky, my husband is taking me out for breakfast! I LOVE going out for breakfast and don’t do it often so it’s a real treat when we do go :)  Today’s card is for this week’s Viva La Verve sketchDiva Charmaine has come up with a sketch that got me thinking about my Fleur De Lis shapeabilities and the little corner fleur de lis.  I love the way they frame my FABRIC covered chipboard frame.  I loved making one for this month’s Get Your Diva On, so I wanted to make another one with some more of my SU fabric.  Then I pulled out a corrugated bird and a fabulous Recollections blossom.  Oh, my!! I love this card!!  This Swan Song sentiment was the perfect final touch.  I LOVE this set and I bought it because of the main sentiment, “ A bird sings not because it has an answer, but because it has a song.”  ACK!! How fantastic is that?  I hope your Friday has started out right.  Thanks so much for visiting…now head over to the Verve Forum and check out this week’s challenge :)

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what’s in it?

stamps: verve swan song

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti kraft, cream, su soft suede, kiwi kiss, lilybean design dp

accessories: fleur de lis, labels 5 and oval nestabilities, chipboard coaster, su fabric, jillibean corrugated bird, brown pearl, pti button and banner die, thread, recollections flower, stitching,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Good Luck!!

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Hey everyone!  Thanks for coming back so quickly!! LOL  I had to post twice today as I have a super fabulous card tomorrow for the Viva La Verve challenge and can’t wait to post it!! PLUS these Waltzingmouse challenges are due soon…hope you don’t mind!! I’ll try to keep it short (!).  This week’s challenge is to stamp the scalloped strip shown in the sketch.  To prove my lilac strip is actually stamped, I took a picture of the evidence! LOL.  Have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting twice!! You’re the BEST!!

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what’s in it?

stamps: wms fancy phrases, pti polka dot 2

ink: versafine onyx, su white craft

paper: pti cream, lilac (unknown), cosmo cricket pixilicious dp

accessories: ek success scallop punch, pti banner die, button and ribbon, thread

Get Well Wishes Tea Box

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Good morning!! I have 2 Waltzing Mouse posts for you today :)  This first one is my entry into the Waltzingmouse 2nd Birthday Tea PartyClaire is such a dear and I love doing business with her.  She and Julee (from Verve) are right up there at the top of my favourite business ladies to deal with and both are more than generous with weekly challenges and fun promotions :)  {AND they offer free shipping to Canada with a minimum order!!}  I tried to give my tea bag box a bit of a vintage feel with some Crate Paper dp :)  I also have had this tea pot shape in my little pail of saved shapes!  I love when I get to use one of those :)  Okay, I’ll make this short as I have another post coming right up!! See you in a minute!! LOL

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what’s in it?

stamps: wms fancy phrases and vintage labels 4, pti tea for two

ink: versafine onyx, su choc chip, rose romance

paper: pti cream, kraft, crate paper dp

accessories: labels 4 nestabilities, pti teapot die, seam binding ribbon, gems, Recollections roses, pti buttons and twine

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ABC ~ Thank You

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Good morning!!  I have recently been having a little crush with some of My Favourite Things dies and stamps :)  I subscribe to their newsletter and have started playing along with their weekly sketches on SCS in hopes of winning some MFT dollars for my growing die wishlist!!  LOL  Today I’m sharing my card using this last week’s sketch.  Whenever I see a banner, I try to think of some letters or numbers that would go with the card.  Since I wanted to use the MFT You Rule stamp set, I thought A-B-C were the perfect letters to put on the banner :)  I finally got the October Afternoon Schoolhouse paper…I don’t know why I didn’t get it sooner…I just love it and being a teacher, I have a lot of occasions to use it!

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I also wanted to show you my card using the sketch from a few weeks ago…I posted it on SCS, but not here on the blog.  It was even featured this week in the MFT newsletter in the Sketch #18 Wrap Up :) The corrugated star was made with my star punch and a Starbucks sleeve!! LOL  I was patiently waiting for my Jillibean corrugated shapes and decided to make my own!! I also have a sheet of white corrugated paper from WAAAYYYY back (so glad I kept it! lol).  I find punches work better than dies as the Cuttlebug squishes everything into a pancake and my crimper doesn’t seem to give a nice deep indentation…maybe I need a new one?  Anyways, thanks for visiting :)  Have a wonderful hump day!!

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what’s in them?

{ABC ~ Thank You}

 

stamps: mft You Rule, Verve free stamp with purchase :)

ink: versafine onyx, su real red

paper: pti cream, su baja blue, real red, october afternoon dp

accessories: verve sweet scallop die, oval nestabilities, pti banner and double banner dies, pti button and twine, gems, ribbon, eyelets, bakers twine, basicgrey chipboard letters

 

{Hope You Perk Up Soon}

 

stamps: mft Miss You a Latte

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti, craft, white, su soft sky, espresso, lilybean design dp, corrugated cardboard

accessories: circle nestabilities, pti banner die, ek success star and heart punches, pti button and twine, pearls, stitching

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