Monday, September 26, 2016

Mojo Monday #467

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I love making square cards so I was thrilled to have this wonderful, square card sketch to work with this week :)  

It was my daughter's 18th birthday last week so I once again used the sketch to create a birthday card.  As with last week's sketch, the large focal panel was perfect to use for numbers and I accented it with a butterfly, some bling and a secondary sentiment tag.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below.




I am having a hard time wrapping my mommy heart around the fact she is 18!!  How did she grow up so quickly, and how did I get to be 18 years older so quickly LOL!   She is such a precious girl, who I love with all my heart and count myself blessed beyond measure to be her mom.   It's a joy watching her mature and come into her own as she develops in to a beautiful woman inside and out.  Love you sweetheart!!


Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing your creations with this week's sketch in the gallery.



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:   Savvy, PTI
Paper:  Kiss Me (Bella Boulevard), Night of Navy, Cool Caribbean, Passionate Pink (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Flag It Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabililties (Spellbinders), Tag and Number Dies (PTI), Butterfly Die (Martha Stewart), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Gingham Ribbon, Bling, Dimensionals

Monday, September 19, 2016

Mojo Monday #466

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Happy Monday!  At least that is my take on Monday's as there is always a great sketch to work with :)

Needed a 50th birthday card this past weekend for my SIL's birthday and that big panel was perfect for showcasing a big "5 - 0" wink, wink :)   I wanted to girly it up a bit for her so used one of my favorite colour combos of pink and green, added some butterflies (any excuse will do LOL), and punched the corners to soften the edges up a bit.  Chose a soft grey for the numbers (didn't want them to be too bold - ha!) and embossed them for a little texture and dimension.  

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below.


Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing what you create using this week's sketch!






What's In It?
Paper:  In Love (Sweetwater Scrapbook Company), Going Grey, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Number Dies (PTI), Butterfly and Heart Corner Punch (Martha Stewart), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Pink Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Fall Floral

 

Doing a happy dance today!!!  I wonderful double whammy for me as I love flowers and these gorgeous fall colours...happy sigh....  To say I was in seventh heaven making this card is an understatement LOL.

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I do not own any Altenew stamps so I pulled out some other flower stamps and dies and went to work.  I used a grey background as per the photo, and pulled the rest of the colours from the flower bouquet.  A row of hearts had to be added as I love hearts two - my Autumn "three musketeers" LOL!

FALL FLORAL


Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:   Petals and Posies, Lots to Say (Reverse Confetti) 
Paper:  Going Grey, Only Orange (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Only Orange, Rudy Red, Glorious Green (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Diagonal Stripe Pretty Panel, Petals and Posies and Love Notes Confetti Cuts (Reverse Confetti),  Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lil' Inker), Dimensionals

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mojo Monday #465

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Well, I survived the first week of kids going back high school and university as well as heading back to work after ten days off....barely LOL!!!

My daughter was stressed out with all the activities of "O" Week (orientation week) on campus (insert:  introvert overload) and when I got to work, our server had crashed while we were on vacation so we didn't have access to any of our hard drive information AND the first day back, we had to run without our booking schedule until mid-afternoon!!   That meant we had no clue who was coming in and at what time, couldn't confirm, cancel or change appointments.  Computers are great when they function, but when they go down....oh my!!!  Fingers crossed they will have repaired everything over the weekend before we head in this morning!

But I digress....back to the sketch!  I needed a masculine card and this sketch fit the bill as I used brads on the skewed panel and a star in lieu of the circle element along with this fabulous Jeremiah 17:7 verse from the new Scripture Medley 4 set.   New photo location for you too as I was home late and had to use our front door area for decent lighting!

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below.


Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing what you create using this week's sketch!







What's In It? 
Stamps:  Scripture Medley 4 (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Costco DP, Going Grey, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Starry Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Corner Rounder (Fiskars), 5/8" Brown Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's), Button, Twine, Brads, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspirations Hop - September 2016

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!

There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until October 5 to link up. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps aren't required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when we see them!


The changing colors of autumn is always such a treat.  Like a paintbrush came and colored the world. One of my favorite trees around the neighborhood turns a brilliant purple in the fall, and is so beautiful against the blue sky.  So while some may find this a wintry inspiration, to me a bit of regal purple and a touch of sky and earth will always be fall.   Follow the color pattern, or take your inspiration from the graphic, either way it's sure to be lovely!  We can't wait to see what you create! 

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Wednesday, October 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store! 

If you have come here from our newest Laurie's blog you are right on track.  If not, you can go to the Verve blog for the hop list to get caught up.

I chose to use the colours from the inspiration photo on my card and immediately though of using these wonderful pot images from Potter's Clay and the coordinating Pottery die set, not to mention this fabulous sentiment!  I was humming the song that goes with it all day after making this card :)  

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Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!

1. Julee6. Marisa
2. Betty7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Stacey
4. Christyne9. Susan
5. Laurie10. Teresa

Time to head on over to Maureen's blog to see her take on the inspiration photo :)






What's In It?
Stamps:  Potter's Clay (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Kraft and White
Ink:  Black, Old Olive, Marvelous Magenta (Stampin' Up), Mermaid (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Pottery Die Set (Verve Stamps), Twine, Dimensionals

Friday, September 9, 2016

Viva La Verve September 2016 Sketch 1

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Happy Friday everyone :)   Recap time for the first Viva La Verve Sketch for September.

I can't get enough of Kindness Matters as I just love flowers, and to have a matching die set - perfect :)

Trending into fall with some yummy fall colours and this fabulous sentiment, which is so, so true!!  A kind word directed your way can have an a amazing impact on your day, you outlook, your self esteem, everything!  So important to not just think kind thoughts but actually share them so you can bless someone's day :)

Check out the Viva La Verve blog for my recap and viewfinder for some wonderful inspiration for this sketch.





 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Kindness Matters (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Real Red, Kraft, Basic Black, Cream (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories: Great Kindness Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Twinkling H2Os, Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Heart Punch (Dollar Bin Michael's), Crimper (Fiskars), Half Pearls, Dimensinoals

Monday, September 5, 2016

Mojo Monday #464

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https://3.basecamp.com/3371943/buckets/791768/recordings/214026557/email/download/BAh7CEkiCGdpZAY6BkVUSSInZ2lkOi8vYmMzL0Jsb2IvMTIxMTM5NTg%2FZXhwaXJlc19pbgY7AFRJIgxwdXJwb3NlBjsAVFsHSSIKZW1haWwGOwBUaQQ9ycEMSSIPZXhwaXJlc19hdAY7AFQw--9168186907fbd476d614a5e1c711ad372e5f46a3/Mojo464Sketch.gif It's the first Monday of the month which means it is contest time over on the Mojo Monday blog!  The more entries we get, the higher your chances of winning some Verve!!  Perfect timing after our release last month :)

The weather has changed, school starts this week and though I am not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet, September has me thinking Fall which means I get to work with my favorite colours and go to fall embellishment - leaves!

I had originally thought of  making a coffee card as the cooler weather has me wanting to drink warm beverages again, but things took a turn along the way.  I had the Coffee Helps set out and was ready to get my latte cups ready to go, but the leaves caught my eye and with a small focal panel, I used this wonderful sentiment and embellished it with leaves.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below.


I had a very productive week off with lots of purging being done, a basement that is under control once again, and a much more relaxed mind after being able to cross that off my To Do list after it being on it for a year!!   Ready to face the blitz to Christmas full on now LOL!






What's In It?
Stamps:  Coffee Helps (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Early Espresso, Real Red, Mellow Moss (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black  
Accessories:  Crimper (Fiskars), Twinkling H2Os, Twine, Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals Dimensionals 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Candy Apple


It's that time of year for us again - teachers have set up their classrooms and the kids head back to school right after Labour Day.  So much for our lazy summer schedules LOL!

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This is such a fun colour combination, and I was thrilled to be able to use polka dots on my card as I adore them.  Can't wear them wroth a darn, so use them on my cards LOL!   I cased Wanda's wonderful layout from this card as it was the perfect fit for this inspiration photo.   Thanks Wanda!  Love your work!

CANDY APPLE

Guest Designer - Kristie Hartfeil, My Bliss


Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:   Class Act (Reverse Confetti) 
Paper:  Simple Stories, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Kraft (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Read Red (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Class Act Die Set (Confetti Cuts), Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, August 29, 2016

Mojo Monday #463

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It's a tall and skinny sketch week this week, and I had great fun creating my hubby's birthday card with it.

I used the arrow image from the Better Together to create the background on the Kraft panel and the Pennant Trim Die for the side panel as some celebratory banners on the card.  I cased this idea from Wanda's fabulous card using this sketch.  The Starry die and Flag It die set completed the embellishments on the card.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below.



Happy to be enjoying a week off work this week :)   I'm in "search and destroy" mode and plan to do a lot of basement purging and the likes as I just haven't had time to anything so far this year due to our very busy schedule.   Started on the weekend and it feels wonderful, especially when the family pitches in as well.   Will also be a busy week getting ready for school to start and doing some campus orientation with my daughter on the weekend as she will be heading to university in September.  Not an overly relaxing week, but I know I will feel tons better once many things are crossed off my To Do List :)








What's In It?
Stamps:  Better Together
Paper: Kraft, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, So Saffron (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black, VersaMark
Accessories: Pennant Trim, Flag It and Starry Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Number Dies (PTI), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Friday, August 26, 2016

Verve August 2016 Release Spotlight Hop ~ Day 4

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Welcome back to Day 4 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's an exciting day as there's new Verve in the store this morning! 2 beautiful new sets, 3 die sets and a sequin mix just released and they're all available to order right now. To celebrate our new release, we're putting on another blog hop! 

If you have come here from Lesley's blog you are right on track.  If not, just check out the hop list below to get caught up.

Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves!

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Today I am using the current Viva La Verve sketch for my card (still time to play along and be entered for a chance to win some Verve - perfect timing with the new release too!) along with Kindness Matters and the matching Great Kindness die set.  I love working with fall colours and had a hankering to use them again for this card.    Coloured the flowers with Twinkling H20s and added a touch of seam binding from the Signature Series to finish things off.


Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new 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 the full hop list and all the prize info and deadlines!

Kindness MattersGreat Kindness Die Set
Potter's ClayPottery Die Set
Scripture Medley 4

Day 3 Hop List
1. Julee7. Betty
2. Stacey8. Charmaine
3. Maureen9. Laurie
4. Lesley10. Teresa
5. Marisa11. Christyne
6. Hillary (Guest)12. Autumn (Guest)

Time to head on over to Guest Designer's Hillary blog to see what kind of Verve eye candy she has created for your viewing pleasure today.  Happy hopping!




   


What's In It?
Stamps:   Kindness Matters (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Recollections (Michael's), Real Red, Kraft (Stampin' Up)  

Ink:   Black   
Accessories:  Great Kindness Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Signature Series Seam Binding (Verve Stamps), Stitched Circles (Lil' Inker), Scalloped Edge Punch (Stampin' Up), Crimper (Fiskars), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals