Friday, October 24, 2014

Best Wishes


Happy Friday everyone!  I’ve got a lovely Professional Day today and will be spending it with the other Grade One teacher at our school.  She’s new this year and full of fun and great ideas.  I am so looking forward to collaborating with her today about our little 6 year olds!  Today’s card is for this week’s Viva La Verve sketch.  I’ve been wanting to turn this gorgeous dress from the Masquerade set into a bridal gown so this was my chance.  Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for more samples and then join in the fun!  The winner each month wins $100 in Verve bucks!  WOW!  Have a great start to your weekend!



what’s in it?

stamps: Masquerade, Let it Be, Framed Lilies (Verve)

ink: rose romance (SU), versamark

paper: rustic white (PTI), Madeline Collection (BoBunny), vellum

accessories: Gown Die, Pastel Sequin Mix (Verve), seam binding ribbon, gold embossing powder, pearls, flower, paper clip, stitched banner die (Lil Inkers)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Buttons Lovers Unite!


Happy Wednesday friends!  I’m back with my second card using some more new buttons from  Christie sent me a whack of fun new product and a few other little fun packs.  I wanted to use them all!  The only way this could happen was to use them with a negative die cut :)  I started with one of the PTI beautiful butterfly dies and cut into a clean piece of white cardstock.  Then I lined up the die cut with the negative image to use as a guide as I filled up the space with all these gorgeous Funky Ovals Blister and Pretty Mini Hearts buttons.


I didn’t want any white showing, so I die cut another butterfly out of raspberry fizz cardstock to go underneath the buttons.


This sentiment from the Verve set Button Best was the perfect choice for a sweet button butterfly card. Don’t you agree?  If you love buttons like I do, head over to and see all the fun buttons!  Thanks to Christie and Button Lovers for finding me and my little button loving blog :)   Now I just need a company to fill the “bling” addiction I have! HA!  Have a great day everyone!


products used:

                  Funky Ovals Blister

                     Pretty Mini Hearts

Pretty Mini Hearts

Monday, October 20, 2014

Button Lovers!


Good morning everyone!  This week I’m finally able to share a couple of cards I made last month with some goodies that Christie from sent me!  She somehow stumbled upon my blog “Buttons and Bling” and thought her product and my blog title were a match made in heaven.  I agree!  She sent me this fabulous stash of goodies to play with and a sweet “hand written” note.  I just LOVE those!


She also gave me full creative reign so I thought I’d turn some of the small buttons from Soft Stars Blister and beads from Embellishments Brights into “shaker fillers.”  Then I went back for some of the larger buttons from Embellishments Brights to accent the shaker.

Head over to the Button Lovers store to see all the whole new line of buttons!  Have fun!  I’ll be back soon with another fun button card!
products used:
             Embellishments Brights

                    Soft Stars Blister

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October Release Retrospective Blog Hop


Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the October release stamps & dies! Besides a look-see at some really nifty cards, there's also a comment prize up for grabs!

I’ve used the Inspire Hope set again to create this serene card for any occasion that calls for uplifting someone’s spirits.  I pulled out the Sprightly Sprigs Die Set to help make some 3D leaves that hold the paper roses. Some Shine Bright Sequin Mix always finishes off a card perfectly :)

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.

1. Julee             8. Laurie

2. Stacey           9. Christyne

3. Marisa         10. Teresa

4. Chaitali       11. Andrea

5. Amber         12. Betty

6. Jen             13. Sarah

7. Charmaine  14. Maureen

Friday, October 17, 2014

October Rewind and my CBS winner!


Hi everyone!  I won’t bore you again with how busy I’ve been…just assume that when the posts slow down, there is nothing I can do!  Well, I could “rewind” again, right?  So here it is one of my Clearly Besotted Stamps cards from two Octobers ago along with the winner of my Clearly Besotted Post from last week!  Yikes!  Sorry again for not letting y’all know in a timely manner.

Gift Card

The winner was KT Fit Kitty :) 

Ah, Friday, where have you been all my week?  But no rest for the wicked.  I’ve got classes this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Much Joy ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!


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

We have a new sponsor, The Twinery, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Burlap Banner!  A randomly selected participant in the Burlap Banner challenge will receive a fabulous bundle from The Twinery, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

I went very “literal” with the inspiration photo…can you blame me?  I love those banners against the clean background so tried to create the same look.  I’m using some Twinery twine in cantaloupe for the ties on my sweet little banner :) 

The Twinery Designers, our Guest Designer and the Curtain Call Crew have lots of additional inspiration for you today!  Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs!

Burlap Banner Designers

The Twinery Designers

Guest Designer, Kelly Latevola
Amy Kolling
Amy Sheffer
Gayatri Murali
Kim Singdahlsen
Laurie Willison
Lisa Henke
Marisa Ritzen
Maureen Plut
Monika Davis
Stacey Schafer
Tenia Nelson
Tracey McNeely

Follow us!

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Facebook Page

Curtain Call Pinterest Boards

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Power Bloghop & Diva Dare


Hello friends!  If you’ve arrived from Amber’s blog you are right on track.  Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread BC awareness. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with BC earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set for her mom with a lot of love. She is sponsoring this hop with the set for the hop guests. We also have some of the Verve DT playing in the hop today!


On my pinkalicious card, I’ve use the brand new Inspire Hope and Pink Power sets from Verve.  I’m mixing and matching the powerful words from both sets to create a chalkboard-ish panel wrapped in my own “pink ribbon” and finished off with some Shine Bright Sequin Mix.  

Spliltcoast Stampers is also having a  SCS Hope You Can Cling To event so be sure to check out all the challenge and prize info!  Thanks for visiting! Now head over to Lydia’s blog to finish off the hop.  Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian peeps!

Hop List:











Maureen (you are here!)



p.s. I’m also hosting the Diva Dare over on the Verve Blog so be sure to head over there after this hop!

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