Friday, July 3, 2015

Many Thanks ~ Viva La Verve

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Happy Friday friends!  It’s been a crazy week as I come down from finishing the school year AND finishing my Masters.  Yes, I am done! DONE!  Nothing more to do except clean up the dining room table (my workspace for 2 years) and file all my assignments and syllabuses away.  AND read something for fun!  I’ve borrowed the Rosie Project for the first read :)

It feels so good to get back into the studio and get inky again with some of the latest Verve stamps and dies.  I’m using the first sketch of July over on the Viva La Verve blog.  Head over there for some more inspiration and all the details on how you can win some sweet Verve by playing all month :)  Have a great day and start to your weekend!

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what’s in it?

stamps: Floral Notes (Verve)

paper: white, sweet blush (PTI), Madeline Collection (Bo Bunny)

ink: onyx (Versafine), mustard seed, wild honey distress inks (Tim Holtz), aquamist (PTI)

accessories: Floral Notes Die Set, Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), circle and scalloped circle dies (Spellbinders), ribbon (PTI), stitching

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

(Lots to) Celebrate ~ Curtain Call Inspiration

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It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!


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To celebrate the Curtain Call's third anniversary, the Celebrate challenge will run the entire month of July!  The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

Leave it to this Canadian to see balloons and think of maple leaves!  It’s not hard to do when it’s Canada Day!  It wouldn’t be July 1st here on the blog without some reference to the country I love :)  I am celebrating for so many reasons today.  You see, I’m done, Done, DOne, DONe, DONE my Masters!  I presented my capstone paper and did my oral exam yesterday and I can’t believe I’m DONE!  Plus I just started my 2 month holiday!  Wow!  What will I do with all my time!?  Clean the studio and get back to some serious card making!  LOL  But today I am celebrating Canada, my Masters, my holidays, and the 3rd Anniversary of the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Celebrate Designers

Tammy Hershberger, Guest Designer
Amy Kolling
Amy Sheffer
Amy Tsuruta
Betty Wright
Kim Singdahlsen
Laurie Willison
Lisa Henke
Marisa Ritzen
Maureen Plut
Melody Rupple
Monika Davis
Sheri Gilson
Stacey Schafer
Tenia Nelson
Tracey McNeely

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Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:  Celebrate for the challenge details and to play along with us!














Thursday, June 25, 2015

Celebrate ~ PTI June Blog Hop

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Hello!  Welcome to my PTI Blog Hop post!  It’s the 25th and that also means it’s the LAST DAY with my students AND my sister’s birthday AND Dawn McVey’s birthday (my stamping crush!).  This month we are inspired by this photo.  Aren’t these shoes darling?  I was inspired by the stripes, flowers, and pop of orange!  I love the Friendly Flower set so much that I paired the new set with the old one (Hello, Friend) for some Friendly Fun!  It also helped me incorporate the sentiment into the flowers :)  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of the hop!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thanks for Everything

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Hey friends!  I’m back today with another card using the PTI apple die.  I am getting my money’s worth from this die from the Enclosed collection!  I’ve left the “Thanks” intact this time (see Monday’s post for the explanation) to thank our last instructor for his inspiration.  He had a tough gig: our last class ever after graduation and during the busiest month at our work and his (he’s an administrator changing schools in the summer).  But he handled it with calmness and grace.  Thanks for stopping by!  Hope your week is going well :)

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Congrats on Your Retirement

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Hi friends!  Well, it was a very exciting weekend here!  First up was the retirement party for one of my favourite administrators.  I worked with her for 2 years at my current school and she was beyond amazing.  Having said that, I felt she deserved a classy and amazing retirement card.  I went all glam on this one!  The apple is cut from gold foil, really shimmery IRL. It’s the PTI apple die, but I cut off the “Thanks” so I could add the “Congrats” from the Wet Paint collection. Had to slip in some “school” paper.  Oh, I love that alphabet patterned paper!

The second reason this weekend was so exciting was that I finished my LAST course for my Masters!  WOOHOO!  Oh MY!  I’m exhausted! LOL  I only have my capstone presentation and oral exam left on the 30th and then I am DONE, DONE, DONE! 

Have a great week!  It’s also the last week of work for me!  EEK!  I can’t stand all the excitement!  

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Verve June Spotlight Hop Finale!


It's the final day of our June 2015 Verve Spotlight Hops! All of the stamps and dies you've seen this week are available in the Verve online store now! Sit back and relax for one last inspirational stroll as our sneaky Verve spotlight lands on Diva's choice today. And to cap off this release, we're giving away the entire release to one lucky commenter along today's hop, so come along with us as we share one last look-see at our newest release!

Today's spotlight is on the entire June 2015 Release, so grab a treat and hop along!

I've long been a fan of the art deco look.  I wanted to keep it clean and simple and true to the art deco design so I used some gold luxe paper along with some gold embossing and a black sentiment.  It was difficult to capture the beautiful shiny gold of the foil paper and the embossing.  This is the best I could do to capture it...



 

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE June 2015 Release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the shopping and prize info and deadlines!


Deco BordersFloral Notes Stamp SetFloral Notes Die Set
Get TogetherThe Buzz Die Set
Sparkly DreamsButterfly Dreams Die SetFlourished Tag Die Set
Psalm 19:14 Plain JaneProverbs 16:24 Plain Jane 

Day 6 Hop List
1. Julee 8. Andrea
2. Stacey 9. Christyne
3. Teresa 10. Maureen
4. Amber 11. Amy
5. Laurie 12. Janelle
6. Marisa 13. Shantaie

what's in it?
 stamps: Deco Borders (Verve)
paper: luxe foil designer papers (PTI), white, black (PTI)
ink: versafine onyx, versamark
accessories: gold embossing powder


Friday, June 19, 2015

Verve June Spotlight Hop ~ Day 5 (Release Day!)


It's release day at Verve and we're celebrating with Day 5 of our June 2015 Spotlight Hops!  Have you enjoyed the spotlights we've been sharing this week? Well, the wait is over and everything previewed this week is available in the Verve online store now!

Today's spotlight is shining on The Sparkly Dreams set illustrated by Julee Tilman, as well as the Butterfly Dreams Die Set and the Flourished Tag Die Set.

This set has a very special place in my heart.  It all began 2 years ago at my son's university grad.  Seeing him cross the stage and then seeing the graduate students cross the stage gave me the last bit of nudging I needed to go back to school to get my Masters.  However, this time I would be OLD and working fulltime! LOL  Last year I was reflecting on my first year's journey and found some graduation quotes.  I sent the idea to Julee and voila, here are some of those quotes in this beautiful stamp set!  The great thing is, they are not just for graduation but for any occasion!  I'm also using the new Viva La Verve sketch by Charmaine...
 ...all this inspiration worked!  I graduated this May from Gonzaga University :)




Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Sparkly DreamsButterfly Dreams Die Set
Flourished Tag Die Set

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Andrea
3. Teresa 19. Maureen
4. Amber10. Janelle
5. Laurie11. Shantaie
6. Marisa 

 what's in it?
stamps: Sparkly Dreams (Verve)
paper: rustic white (PTI), Caribbean Cool (SU), Capture Life (Echo Park), Happy Day (Pebbles)
ink: versafine onyx
accessories:Flag it Die Set  (Verve), washi tape, tag die (PTI), button, twine (hemptique)

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