Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beautiful Kindness ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


Hello everyone! It's time for a new challenge over on the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  This time we’re inspired by this photo…



Oh, this is me Saturday mornings...I let myself stay in bed an extra hour, quite often just snuggling with my warm blankets.  I was inspired by the grey neutrals and little pop of burnt mustard which translated to flowers and a plaid background.  Head over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration and then join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!






stamps: Kindness Matters (Verve), Gran's Garden (PTI)
dies: Gran's Garden (PTI)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Autumn Blessings & Birthday Wishes


Happy Friday, friends!  Today's card is already out of the house and on it's merry way to my sister in law in the States.  I wanted to use some of those sweet maple leaves in Verve's new Autumn Leaves set but also wanted to add some pretty flowers and a birthday sentiment.  Have you seen the latest Verve mini release?  Head over to the Verve store to check it out!  Have a lovely weekend!





what's in it?
stamps: Autumn Leaves, Beautiful Things, Bloom & Grow (Verve)
paper: vintage white (PTI), Darling Dear (Studio Calico)
ink: onyx (versafine), tango (SU), poppy red (PTI)
accessories: Falling Leaves die set, Beautiful Flowers Die Set, Elegant Leaves Die, Harvest Gold Sequin Mix (Verve)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Verve's October Mini Release Spotlight Hop


Welcome to Verve's October Mini Release Spotlight Hop! There's something new in the Verve shop today and we're celebrating with a blog hop. Along the hop you'll see the Divas' first looks at the new Autumn Leaves stamp set and Falling Leaves die set.

If you're a long time visitor of my blog, you'll know that I have mixed emotions about Fall and Winter.  I miss the freshness of Spring and the lazy days of summer.  As much as I love my job, this time of year is exhausting herding small children back into the school year.  AND I don't do well in cold weather. LOL.  However, as the years pass, I have grown to love this time of year with all it's glorious colours, smells, and textures.  I love the coziness of blankets and sweaters and the first fire in the fireplace (happened last month actually!).  I love field trips to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch and I love when Julee puts together the sweetest fall stamp set complete with pumpkins and maple leaves that make this Canadian Diva's heart swoon and thump!   So with all those images and feelings, I created this "Thankful for You" card complete with some sweet pumpkins and neutral layers.

We're also hosting a little giveaway, so why not join in the fun and hop along with us? Just leave a little shout out in the comments at each stop and you'll be in the prize drawing for the new products. Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about the new goodies and all the prize info and deadlines.
 
New Release Hop List
1. Julee6. Betty
2. Charmaine7. Teresa
3. Maureen8. Lesley
4. Marisa9. Laurie
5. Christyne 

Autumn LeavesFalling Leaves Die Set



what's in it?
stamps: Autumn Leaves (Verve)
paper: rustic white, harvest gold (PTI), Autumn Day (Photoplay)
ink: americano (PTI), onyx (Versafine), 
accessories: Falling Leaves die set, Harvest Gold Sequin Mix (Verve), maple leaf die cut, seam binding (craft supply), stitching, rustic twine (PTI)

Monday, October 9, 2017

(Don't) Let it Snow!


Hi friends!  It's Canadian Thanksgiving so I have had some blissful time in the studio this weekend.  Having Monday off means I was able to play along with PTI's Make it Monday on Monday!  Dawn is inspiring us to make a window card so here's my take.  Hopefully I'm not encouraging the snow to come anytime soon.  HA!  Thanks for stopping by :)



Saturday, October 7, 2017

Wish Big ~ Viva La Verve!


Happy Friday friends!  I'm kicking off our Canadian Thanksgiving Day weekend with a card for the brand new October Viva La Verve Sketch!  I am just thrilled Julee brought this challenge back.  A random winner will get a $40 Verve GC!  I'm feeling the Fall vibe now that temperatures have started to dip here in BC.  I've got my stack of Fall patterned paper pads on my desk and just love diving into them.  I hope you'll join us over on the Viva La Verve Blog...have a lovely weekend!






stamps:Cake and Candles, Bloom & Grow (Verve)
accessories: Elegant Leaves Die, Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hello Pumpkin ~ The Card Concept


Hello everyone! Today starts a new challenge over at The Card Concept challenge blog based on the picture below...


Oh, my, I could stare at this mantle ALL DAY LONG!   I had a little pumpkin paper scrap that I couldn't throw away so it found it's way onto my shabby chic card.  My little blue pumpkin is a nod to the bluey-silver pumpkin I found last year at a fruit stand.  This may very well be the card I send to the sweet owners of the pumpking patch I take my class to each year :)  I hope you'll head over to The Card Concept blog to see all the different interpretations from the Design Team then join in the fun!  Have a great day!
 





stamps: Coffee Please DIGITAL Set, Everything Nice, Simply Amazing (Verve)
accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix, Pumpkin Spice Die Set, Stitched Pennants Die Set (Verve)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Salted Caramel Wishes ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


Hello everyone! It's October (!) and time for a new challenge over on the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  This time we’re inspired by this photo…
 

Okay, I am always inspired by coffee!  LOL  We just had National Coffee Day and today we celebrate International Coffee Day!  I find this kind of interesting...do we really need a day to celebrate coffee?!  I celebrate it everyday!  I will have the odd iced coffee in the heat of the summer, but this gal is a hot coffee girl through and through.  So with fall here and hot coffee on my mind (and in my cup as I type this post), I found some gorgeous patterned paper in my Autumn Day pad by PhotoPlay.  Then I die cut some digital images from Verve's Coffee Please digital set along with one little "from me to you" which was a Verve digital freebie last February.  I added a little wooden heart to complete the neutral, coffee coloured look :)  Oh my, I need a refill! HA! 

Head over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration and then join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!







stamps: Coffee Please DIGITAL Set (Verve)
dies: Cup for All Seasons Die Set, Stitched Pennants Die Set (Verve)
accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Grateful for You


 Hello friends!  Welcome to my Papertrey Ink September Blog Hop post!  The inspiration photo reminded me of this patterned paper I picked up this summer.  I still had Gran's Garden on my desk and thought the blooms were a perfect match for the florals on the paper.  Love all these rich fall colours :)  Thanks for  stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!  I'll catch up with you all after work...I'm off to an apple orchard with 42 Grade One students...wish me luck! HA!

 



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffee Please!


 Hello friends!  Before I start, I must say thank you to the kind commenter, Sandy Kay, who let me know that I was the PTI Release Night Winner on Friday!  WAAAHOOOO!  You see, I did check the winners' page on Saturday, but I was on last month's page and didn't realize it.  So thank you again, Sandy.  With my big win, I wanted to pull out my stamps and get inky!  This week's Make it Monday challenge is from (my sweet) Dawn McVey. She is challenging us to use multiple floral sets.  I've used 3 different PTI sets along with the Verve Coffee Please  Digital download (cup and sentiment).  I was matching the leaves/foliage with the colours on the paper and didn't know what to do with the Gran's Garden leaves so I embossed them in gold!  Love how it turned out! I'm also entering this card in the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Thanks for visiting!  Hope your week is going well :)





Kindness ~ The Card Concept


 Hello everyone! Today starts a new challenge over at The Card Concept challenge blog based on the picture below...


I was inspired by the patterns and colours!  I also needed some more thank you cards, so I chose one from Verve's Kindness Matters.  My second card's sentiment was a freebie from a Verve order.  Fingers crossed Julee puts it in a set soon! It's a Shakespeare quote I shared with her a while back :)  I hope you'll head over to The Card Concept blog to see all the different interpretations from the Design Team then join in the fun!  Have a great day!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Peace on Earth


 Hello friends!  I've been a bit of a no show for my favourite challenges this past month. With school starting, selling my old car (2004 VW Jetta), and buying a new vehicle (2018 VW Tiguan), time in the studio has been at a premium.  I was determined to get back to my favourite PTI Create Along with Us so here it is!  I chose Heather's tag for inspiration and made my first 2 Christmas cards of the year! Yahooo!

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Here's the second card!


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

 

 stamps: Tis the Season (PTI), Autumn Blessings (Verve)
dies: tag (PTI), stitched rectangle (Lil Inkers), Autumn Thanks Die Set (Verve)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Cake and Candles ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


 Hello everyone! It's time for a new challenge over on the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  This time we’re inspired by this photo…


Oh, I would have loved this room as a teenager! Hey, I love it as an adult!  I was inspired by the colours and patterns on a white background.  I couldn't wait to ink up my favourite birthday sentiment I asked Julee at Verve Stamps to turn into a stamp...and she did!  Wishes do come true! Want to play along?  Head over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration and then join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!






stamps: Cake and Candles (Verve)


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Birthday to You ~ The Card Concept Challenge




Hello everyone! Today starts a new challenge over at The Card Concept challenge blog based on the picture below...
 


I was inspired by the wood background and those gorgeous pink blooms!  I'm calling this card style Clean and Layered with a hit of shabby chic! I hope you'll head over to The Card Concept blog to see all the different interpretations from the Design Team then join in the fun!  Have a great day!









stamps: Cake and Candles, Bloom Brighter (Verve)
dies: Blooming Die Set (Verve)

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Whole Lot of Awesome ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


Hello everyone! It's time for a new challenge over on the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  This time we’re inspired by this photo…



Ah, it's September and time for me to say goodbye to my beloved vacation.  I had a wonderful restful and fun time with lazy mornings, daily workouts, traveling, visiting, professional reading, reading for fun, and time in the studio.  But now it's back to school.  I took the colours from the inspiration photo and used them to create a card for our school secretary 'cause she is definitely "a whole lot of awesome."  I will put this on her desk ready for the first day of school :)  I am also using the latest Viva La Verve sketch!  Yes, Viva La Verve is back with monthly sketches!  Check it out over on the Viva La Verve blog.

Want to play along?  Head over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration and then join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!






P.S. Oh, and here is my second card!  I sure do love making teacher cards!



stamps: Bloom Brighter, Teachers Count (Verve)
dies:  Blooming Die Set, Flourished Tag Die Set (Verve)
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