Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lucky ~ CASE Study #80


Woohoo!! It’s the eve before my favourite month!  AND there’s a fabulous new Muse to be inspired by over on the CASE Study blog!!  Oh, my, she’s one of my favourite card makers…Laura Bassen.  Laura is a truly gifted designer.  She is right up there with the best of the best of the CAS ladies.  Her first card we are using this week was recently posted on her blog.  And my tongue literally dropped out of my mouth!  Seriously, it doesn’t get more perfect than this!


When I saw these colourful hearts, I saw a shamrock (surprise!).  Now, I am totally impressed with Laura’s perfect stitching and clean white paper.  I have no idea how she did it!   I tried my best, though, to capture the feel of her card.  Now, come on over to CASE Study see how the rest of the design team was inspired and play along! Can’t wait to see your card!


what’s in it?

stamps: pti luck of the irish

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, springmoss, su wasabi, gingham dp

accessories: thread, sweet and sassy hearts dies, green pearl, stitching

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Miss You

Good morning!  I had some extra time on the weekend while watching the Oscars to play along with the CR84FN colour challenge this week.  I just love this gorgeous palette!  Oh, kraft and yellow?  Get out of here!  I went for a soft grey on the jotted heart as well as with the sentiment banner and button on the bow :)  LOVE PTI’s soft stone paper.  It’s perfect when you have too much cream or white.  Have a lovely day and thanks so much for stopping by :)
CR84FN49 Graphic
what’s in it?
stamps: verve love notes, you and I
ink: versafine onyx, su going gray
paper: pti rustic cream, soft stone, my mind’s eye dp, kraft paper
accessories: verve jotted heart die, ms butterfly punch, seam binding, pti buttons, bakers twine, paper doily

Monday, February 27, 2012

Thank You


Good morning!!  Ah, another week…to start me off, I played along with the My Favourite Things weekly sketch.  I brought out my fun A La Modes and decided to give our little teacher a bit of colour by paper piecing :)  I really don’t know if I will ever get into colouring…I know, strange for a teacher!! The paper I’ve used is from Basicgrey’s Kissing Booth.  I just love the fun colours, they’re not just for Valentine’s :)  And how cute is that little journal tab?  I think those are my new obsession :)  Have a fabulous day!!



what’s in it?

stamps: mft you rock, pti fillable frame, postmarks

ink: versafine onyx, pti tea dye

paper: pti rustic cream, kraft, basicgrey kissing booth dp

accessories: pti journal tab and limitless layer dies, ek success border punch, pti ribbon, stitching

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Now Join Your Hands


Good morning!! I hope your weekend is going well.  I had a chance to make my February card for Jen’s Sketch For You to Try.  There is a HUGE prize in December up for grabs for a lucky card maker who has played all year…maybe it will be me!!  It took me all month to think of what those circles on the side should be…stars, hearts, flowers… then I needed some more wedding cards so I went with the circle/heart die and stamp from PTI’s Love Lives Here.  I sure do love that set :)  The sentiment is from Fiskars’ Just Married Quotes.  I sure do love THAT set too :)  Sending you smiles and cheer…



what’s in it?

stamps: fiskars just married quote, pti love lives here

ink: versafine onyx, su sahara sand

paper: pti rustic cream, my mind’s eye sunshine

accessories: pti love lives here die, mft doily die, spellbinders labels 14, seam binding ribbon, gems, button

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Birthday Cheer


Good morning!!  Once again, I can’t resist playing along with this week’s colourQ inspiration colours.  Sometimes, when I first see a colour combo or inspiration photo, a certain paper or certain stamp pops into my head.  It happened with this card…this lovely grey gingham by October Afternoon came to mind along with my beloved Button Boutique stamps…hmmm, maybe there’s no surprise there!! I couldn’t resist using the “guaranteed washable” stamp…it makes me laugh out loud for some reason!  Maybe it reminds me of babies…ACK!!  LOL  Adding a sentiment to button cards is not easy for me…but adding a little sentiment tab does the trick ;)  I’ve got a nice little stock pile of cards ready to go to my sister’s work place on Friday!  I hope they like them like my staff :)  Have a lovely Saturday and thanks so much for all your sweet comments :)




what’s in it?

stamps: verve big wish, pti button boutique

ink: versafine onyx, su soft sky, grey

paper: pti white, su really rust, october afternoon farmhouse, cosmo cricket material girl

accessories: pti edgers, journal tabs, button boutique dies, button, twine, Michaels ribbon, thread, staple

Friday, February 24, 2012

Oh Boy!


Woohoo!! Oh boy, it’s Friday!!  The weekend is here, it’s a Professional Day at work AND there’s another Viva La Verve sketch ready to go!!  It’s the last sketch of the month so if you’ve been playing all month, link up all your sketches in the Champions thread for a chance to win a $100.00 shopping spree at Verve!!  Now THAT would be amazing!!  If you haven’t played all month, you still have time…check out all the deets over on the Viva La Verve forum HERE.


This year we’re changing things up a bit on the last sketch of the month.  They will be CAS.  I love CAS for baby boy cards so that’s what I went with today :)  PLUS I’m getting quite the stash of baby cards ready to sell at my sister’s work place next week.  I just love that “Oh Boy” from To the Moon paired with that sweet little sailboat from Text Objects…both by the way are on SALE this month!!  Have a glorious day and a wonderful start to your weekend :)


what’s in it?

stamps: text objects, to the moon (Verve)

paper: soft stone, white, men of life, itty bitty dots (PTI), blue ballet (SU)

ink: onyx (Versafine), blissful blue (SU)

accessories: limitless layers dies, ribbon, button (PTI), embossing folder (Cuttlebug), thread


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

You are Beautiful ~ CASE Study #79


Hi everyone!!  We’re back again over on the CASE Study challenge blog for another week with our super lovely Muse, Karola Witczak, and her super lovely inspiration photo.


I was first drawn to the beautiful colours, green, pink and cream and then the “girlie-ness” of the card.  I’m guessing this is Karola’s daughter or niece so I added a sentiment I might say to any one of my nieces :)  What are YOU inspired by?  Join us this week over on CASE Study!!  Seriously, it’s so fun…you can be inspired by anything, not just the layout!!  That’s what I love about this challenge…you basically have free rein!  Hope your week is humming along!  Thanks for stopping by :)


what’s in it?

stamps: verve fabulous you, pti dressform

ink: versafine onyx, pti tea dye duo and autumn rose

paper: pti rustic cream, su old olive, october afternoon sidewalks

accessories: pti dressform and limitless labels dies, buttons, twine, May Arts ribbon, gems, ek sucess border punch

Welcome Baby


Good morning!!  Wow, 3 morning posts in a row!!  Maybe I’m back on track!! {wink!}  Today’s card uses this week’s Waltzingmouse Sketch.  I am on a bit of a baby kick this week as I’m taking my cards into my sister’s workplace next week and I know baby and wedding cards will be hot items.  I rotated this sketch 90 degrees so that I could have a horizontal sentiment.  Still loving Say it Loud and so happy I got it last month :)  Have a glorious day!!  Hey, we’re half way to the weekend :)

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what’s in it?

stamps: wms say it loud

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, su kiwi kiss, mme dp

accessories: pti felt, blossom, fillable frame, love lives here dies, buttons, su ribbon, gems, bakers twine

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Type of Chick


Good morning! Today’s card uses this week’s My Favourite Things sketch.  I was happy to finally find a card for this fabulous October Afternoon typewriter die cut I’ve had for several months.  I rotated the sketch 90 degrees and then turned the little banner back :)


Hope your week is going well :)  Thanks for visiting!


what’s in it?

stamps: mft own your story

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti kraft, su turquoise, echo park dp

accessories: pti banner die, ribbon, buttons, twine, October Afternoon miscellaneous die cuts, stitching

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mojo Monday #229 ~ Baby Wishes to Julee & Mark


I have the honour of being a part of a very special blog hop today :)  If you’ve arrived from Lori Craig's blog, you are right on track.  AND if you haven’t heard, Julee Tilman, the owner and uber talented designer of Verve Stamps, and her husband Mark are expecting identical twin boys on…guess when?  My birthday!! Yes, St. Patty’s Day is the official due date!  However, as we know, babies come when they come but I couldn’t resist adding a little shamrock to my card in hopeful anticipation :)  I also created my own sentiment, one I love, but got to add “4 feet” instead of the usual “2 feet.”  We are using this week’s Mojo Monday sketch and offering Julee and Mark some parenting advice.


Hmm, there are many things I wish I could share but here are the ones that I think will be useful right now :)

1) read and sing to your boys every day!

2) let them see your love for each other…it will be the relationship example they will use as young men.

I’m so excited for you, Julee and Mark!!  I know you are anxious, we all were…but you’ll make your way together :)  Now, no salsa dancing or spicy foods as I’m rooting for March 17th {wink!} Next up is Toni Storie's blog!  And if you would like to see the whole hop list, head over to Teresa’s blog!

Love and hugs,


what’s in it?

stamps: su baby feet, wms Irish Blessings

ink: su soft sky

paper: pti kraft, white, springmoss, su kiwi kiss, baja breeze, various dp strips

accessories: long nestabilities, pti twine, buttons, stitching, Word program for sentiment

Saturday, February 18, 2012

You’re the Coolest Chick I Know


Good evening!  Still don’t have my normal posting schedule back but I’m not going to fight it, I’m just going to go with the creative flow!  Tonight’s card is inspired by this week’s Moxie Fab World’s Tuesday Trigger photo.  It’s been on the back of my mind all week and I finally couldn’t resist all the colours and patterns!


It’s modern and traditional and I love it!  The headboard reminded me of a fancy frame so I used my new My Favorite Things cameo frame to spotlight my Verve Chick’s Rule sentiment (on sale this month HERE!).  There’s one more day for this week’s trigger…are you playing along?  I got a lot more organized in the studio today while watching Whitney Houston’s funeral.  I thought it was beautiful and loved the music and heartfelt stories.  She was deeply loved and isn’t that what it’s all about?  Sweet dreams,


what’s in it?

stamps: verve chick’s rule

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti white, hibiscus burst, michaels, lilybee designs and crate paper dps

accessories: mft die, pti ribbon, buttons, thread, stitching, su scalloped border punch

Friday, February 17, 2012

Where There is Love


TGIF!! Woohoo!!  In keeping with “love” week, here’s a little card full of love that you could use any time of year.  This would work for an anniversary, wedding or bridal shower card :)  It’s Friday and that means there is another super fabulous Viva La Verve sketch over on the Verve SCS Forum!!  Diva Laurie has a sketch full of fun layering possibilities, not to mention a great way to use up some precious patterned paper scraps :)


After checking out the Verve Forum, be sure to stop by the Verve Store.  Julee has another fun sale that started this week.  The sentiment I’ve used on this card is from Text Objects which is part of this sale :)

Well, that’s all for me.  On Monday I was sure this week would go by quickly and it has!!  Next up in the studio is organizing my ribbon!!  I’m so happy the racks are up and waiting to be filled :)  I’ll take some pics when I’m done :)  Happy Friday, everyone!!


what’s in it?

stamps: Text Objects, Tag Time (Verve)

paper: rustic cream, hibiscus burst (PTI), rose red (SU), Kissing Booth and Basics (Basicgrey), Memorandum (Lilybee Designs)

ink: onyx (Versafine), chocolate chip (SU)

accessories: Curvy Bookplate Die (A Cut Above by Verve), circle and scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders), tag, buttons, twine (PTI), twill ribbon (May Arts), corrugated circle (Jillibean), wood button (craft supply), stitching

Thursday, February 16, 2012



Good evening!! I thought I’d be back to my regular morning posts, but I had time to play with this week’s Waltzingmouse Sketch :)  Oh, I wasn’t going to have time but we had a HUGE dump of snow today so I went straight home after work instead of running all my errands.  Needless to say, I got my ribbon all organized and had time to make this sweet little kindness card using this fun sketch.  I used eyelets for the small circles and tied twine into a bow.


Okay, here’s a photo of the ribbon racks!! ACK!! I could probably have gotten them all into 2 racks…but last time we only put 2 up, I ran out of room quickly.  I think all the purging I did helped PLUS I keep my seam binding in a small container now, not on the ribbon rack.  I may use that extra rack for some embellishment bottles.  You can also see my die cutting area and my paper:)  All my SU paper is in the lower cabinet and all my PTI paper is up on the counter in a magazine holder.  My patterned paper pads are the wicker basket and my scrap bags are in a matching basket right beside it :)  I love having all my dies, paper and cutting tools in one area :)


TGIF tomorrow!!  Come back first thing in the morning for a brand new Viva La Verve sketch!!  Thanks for stopping by :)  Hugs!


what’s in it?

stamps: wms rescue remedies

ink: su chocolate chip

paper: pti rustic cream, su espresso, MME Lost and Found 2

accessories: pti tag die, buttons and twine, making memories eyelets, spellbinders labels 4 die, su seam binding ribbon, stitching, gems

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

cherish. love. ~ CASE Study #78


Good evening!  It’s time for another week of incredible inspiration by our talented February Muse, Karola Witczak, over on the CASE Study challenge blog.  I knew I wanted to make a square card with my scalloped square nestabilities and some fun Out of Print paper by Basicgrey.  Then I just started playing with flowers and my new Maya Road tickets.  I love that the little sentiments from Verve’s Wings of Love fit perfectly on these sweet little tickets :)  Here’s the lovely photo we are working with this week…


Now head over to the CASE Study blog to check out how the Design Team interpreted this card…THEN join in the fun!  Would love to see what you come up with :)  Thanks for visiting!!


what’s in it?

stamps: verve wings of love

ink: versafine onyx

paper: pti soft stone, white, bascigrey out of print

accessories: spellbinders square dies, maya road tickets, prima flower, hero arts art prints flowers

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Birthday


Good evening!! Well, I am officially anniversary challenged out!! Thank goodness this is the last one…I know I didn’t need to do every one, but I did and I am DONE.  Really, it would be nice to only have a few card challenges…especially when one works full time and only has one day.  Having said that, I have some nice cards in my stash now :)  The last challenge is to make an interactive card…well, the only kind I like to make are useful ones that include little book marks :)  So I made just that :)


Indeed, we are surrounded by miracles!!  Okay, I’m off to make my lunch and then tuck this little card maker into bed :)  Sweet dreams!


what’s in it?

this late at night I wonder too!! Email me if you need any info :)  Thanks :)

Bringin’ Back the Mini Pizza Box!


Good morning!  Happy Valentine’s Day!!  I had a few projects left over from the Verve Release last month that I didn’t post and thought it was appropriate to show this one on Valentine’s Day :)  I always like to stretch myself a bit and make a 3D project for new releases.  These little pizza boxes are so cute and it always amazes me that it only takes one sheet of paper to make them :)  PLUS I get to fill them with yummy theme candy for the photo shoot ;)


Wishing you love and hugs every day…not just for today :)  Remember, Love is the Answer! 


what’s in it?

stamps: Twitterpated, Valentine’s Day Plain Jane, Tag Time (Verve)

paper: lavender moon, rustic cream (PTI), rose romance, going gray, cherry cobbler (SU), Love Me (MME)

ink: rose red (SU), Autumn Rose (PTI), onyx (Versafine)

accessories: Hearts and Swirls Frame die (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), heart, scalloped heart, square, scalloped square dies (Spellbinders), tiny tag die, ribbon (PTI), gems (Kaisercraft)

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