Thursday, June 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Sorbet


Middle of June and time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  With Summer comes the need for a bit of cooling down, and this picture has me craving sorbet now LOL!   Since I don't own any ice cream stamps, I went for the look alike cupcake {grin}.

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Used last week's Case This Sketch #225 for my card, pulled the colours from the photo and tossed some polka dots in for good measure :)


SORBET

Guest Designer:  Laurel Seabrook, Seabrook Designs

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!

 




What's In It?
Stamps:  Cupcake (Verve Stamps), Tiny Tags (PTI)
Paper:  Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Rose Romance (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Bliss Blue, Regal Rose (Stampin' Up)  
Accessories:  Lacy Square and Square Nestabilities,  Tiny Tags Die Set, Twine, Stickles, Dimensionals

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mojo Monday #500 ~ And a Farwell....

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Today, we are celebrating 500 Mojo Monday sketches!!  To put that in perspective, that means Julee has been creating fabulous sketches for us just shy of ten years!!  Sadly, this will be the last Mojo sketch.....sniff, sniff...  :(   Be sure to pop on over to the Mojo Monday blog to read her post.

I have a big lump in my throat and a big hole in my heart right now....but at the same time am celebrating with her as she can now dabble in other things with her extra time each week.  Needless to say, I am very thankful for my Mojo Monday sketch binder to be able to go back to.

Out of curiosity, I dug back through my Splitcoast Stampers account (I was  on there for a few years before I started my blog) to see which Mojo sketch was the first one I participated in, and found it was sketch #39 during her first year of sketches when the challenge was still run off her personal blog.  This is the card I made using that sketch and is a tribute to where it all began. 

   
Mojo sketch 120 was my first sketch win for a free Verve Stamps set, followed by four finalist positions, and then that fabulous day, August 6, 2012, when I posted my first card for sketch #263 as a Mojo Maker.  This card brought back memories and made me laugh as I was having a strong, love/hate relationship with skewed panels at the time and as fate would have it, this was the first sketch I had to deal with LOL!  Btw, I now love skewed panels {grin}.


To say I have enjoyed the past 9 years of Julee's sketches is an understatement.  It has remained my favorite challenge over the years, and I will miss it dearly.   Thank you Julee for blessing card makers all over blogland with your amazing sketches!  As the sentiment says on my card, you are a beautiful soul indeed, and I thank you for the honor of being a Mojo Maker ((hugs)) ♥♥♥

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.



A huge thank you to those of you who have been faithful participants in the challenge and who have left me so many lovely comments on my Mojo Monday posts over the years. And, to Teresa Kline for all her behind the scenes work.

Would love to have you join us by creating a card and linking it to the challenge!  In honor of sketch number 500, I would love to see 500 cards in the gallery, so please come an play along :)  The challenge is open for two weeks so lots of time to get crafty.

Have a fabulous day, and thank you for stopping by!

Challenges:  CAS-ual Fridays
                    Just Us Girls




 

  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Beautiful You (Verve Stamps)
Paper:    On The Bright Side (My Mind's Eye),  Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Taken with Teal, So Saffron (Stampin' Up), Dots and Stripes (Echo Park)  
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Rounded Scalloped Frame, Flutterby, Scalloped Trio Trim Set and Sprightly Sprigs Dies (A Cut Above by Verve), Crimper (Fiskars), Button, Glue Dot, Twine, Bling, Dimensionals

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Succulent


Time for our first June challenge, and this time round we have a wonderful arrangement of succulents for our inspiration.

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I pulled colours from the picture and chose to use some spiky flowers that somewhat resemble the shape of the succulents.  My sketch and card was inspired by this fabulous card by Wanda.

  
SUCCULENT

Guest Designer:  Laurel Seabrook, Seabrook Designs

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!

Challenge:  Simon Says

 




What's In It?
Stamps:  Be Blessed (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Kraft, Blush Blossom, Mint Medley (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Regal Rose (Stampin' Up), Mermaid (Lawn Fawn) 
Accessories:  Petal Points and Sprightly Sprigs (A Cut Above by Verve), Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals

Monday, May 29, 2017

Mojo Monday #499

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Last sketch of the month and with the extra Monday in May this year, we get a wonderful square sketch :)

Went into spring mode as our weather has finally decided to turn sunny after six months of rain!  Yup, we have set all time rainfall records, cold records, lowest daylight and a few others I am sure.  It has been quite the ride - not!!

But I regress....with the sunshine outside, yellow came to mind and this fun MME paper jumped out at me.  The sentiments if from Kindness Matters.

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.


My son tweaked his knee on Friday as he missed a step on his way down the stairs (too busy yapping to his buddy and not paying attention to where he was going).  We had to cancel his five reffing games this weekend, and as a result, we got a mellower weekend :)   Good news is, icing it and keeping off it for two days has got him basically back to normal.   My FIL made it through is melanoma surgery with flying colours (was on the top of his head) so we are very thankful for that as well.  Never a dull moment around here I tell you!

Have a fabulous week and thanks for popping by today :)



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Kindness Matters (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Mind's Eye), Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Taken with Teal (Stampin' Up)   
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Square and Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provokraft), Heart Punch (Michael's Dollar Bin), Crimper, Twine, Dimensionals

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mojo Monday #498

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A wonderful, quick and easy sketch this week that you can keep CAS or glam up a bit.  I went more on the CAS side as we have a very busy weekend and time was limited.

Love this happy paper by My Little Shoebox and pulled the turquoise out from the centers of the flowers for the strips behind the sentiment panel.  Adore the Beautiful Things set as there are so many wonderful, uplifting sentiments in it.  Into my stash to give to my daughter when I give her a little something to help her through exams or the like.

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.


We had a busy long weekend, with my son reffing 11 games in 3 days at a soccer tournament.  Thankfully, his games were at our local soccer club fields which are just a ten minute drive from home and even better, the sun showed up!!!   It was so nice to feel some warmth and sunshine - everyone was almost giddy after a six month stretch of more rain than we ever want to experience again - heck we were close to having Noah's ark appear LOL!

Have a fabulous week and thanks for popping by today :)



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Garden Party (My Little Shoebox), Black, Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Lacy Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Martha Steward Butterfly Punch, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals



Monday, May 15, 2017

Mojo Monday #497 With A Touch of Curtain Call Frosting

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This week's Mojo Monday sketch coincided with the second Curtain Call Inspiration challenge so I doubled up on challenges once again as it was a busy Mother's Day weekend.

I loved the colours of grey and coral in the inspiration photo and the touch of wood grain in the background so drew on them for my card.  I stamped a wood grain background in Versamark on the grey, added two coral panels, crimping one for some dimension and texture, stamped and die cut two flowers using Brighter Days and the coordinating Scalloped Flowers  die set as the flower pattern resembled the cupcake frosting designs on the cupcakes.  I opted to use lace for the diagonal strip to "girly" it up a bit, the  sentiment is from Beautiful Things, and added a pop of green with the leaves for some contrast, and a few butterflies to finish things off.

Made this card for my daughter as she finished her freshman year of university, and did exceptionally well, earning herself a $5,600 academic scholarship for next year!!  She also interviewed for and got one of the 12 Collegium Assistant positions on campus.  It has been such a delight watching how she has grown in so many ways, tackled university, learned the ropes and excelled, stretched yourself, matured and "adulted" well :)  She is continuing to blossom and grow into the beautiful, intelligent, gifted and tender hearted woman God created her to be, and I am beyond blessed to be her mom.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday and Curtain Call blogs where you can view all the wonderful design team samples. 

Have a fabulous day, and I look forward to seeing your creations in the galleries :)



 

   

What's In It?
Stamps:  Brighter Days, Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Going Grey, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up) nk 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Heart Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Heart Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Sequins, Black and Crystal Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Verve Release Spotlight Hop - May 2017


Welcome to Verve's May New 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 Butterfly Grace stamp set and Graceful Butterflies die set.

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.

If you have come here from Maureen's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened upon the Hop, check out the hop list below so you can get caught up.

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I just LOVE this new set!!  If you have followed me for any length of time you know how much I love using butterflies on my cards and how much I love scripture stamps.  Grace is such a gift, one we can graciously give and one we can humbly receive.

Couldn't stop at just one card so made a second :)

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Used one of my favorite colour combinations of pink and green for this card, and added black accents for a bit of pop.  Adore the sentiments in this set and the butterfly dies - you need not say more LOL!
This release is going to get a lot of use in my craft room! 

New Release Hop List

Julee
Charmaine
Christyne
Laurie
Maureen
Marisa
Teresa

Butterfly GraceGraceful Butterflies Die Set

Time to head on over to Teresa's blog to see her fabulous creation and if you love the new set, why not treat yourself to a Mother's Day pressie wink, wink.

Challenges:  Simon Says

      




First Card:
What's In It?
Stamps:   Butterfly Grace (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Collectible (My Mind's Eye), Teal and Kraft (LSS)  
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Graceful Butterflies (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft),  Button, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Second Card:
What's In It?
Stamps:   Butterfly Grace (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Lollia (Sandylion), Gracie - Bubble Gum (Dream Street Papers)
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Graceful Butterflies (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crimper (Fiskars), Twine, Black Half Pearls, Bling, Dimensionals

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mojo Monday #496

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Mojo Monday time again and the big blank panel on the sketch means lots of space to work with and lots of possibilities :)

A wedding card came to mind when I saw the sketch (have to give you a break from flowers {grin}) and I used the sentiment from Love Everlasting along with a double heart die from The Cat's Pajamas.   Added an embossed background and a few half pearls and sequins called it a 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.



Nice to be back to my normal part time work week this week.  Last week my job share partner was on vacation so I covered all four days.  By day four 5:30 a.m. was not my favorite time of the day lol - actually, it wasn't all that bad.  Just had to get to bed by ten, but it was a huge struggle as I am loving the newest Wilbur Smith book War Cry and it is soooo hard to turn off the light at ten.  Needless to say, I had a few later nights this weekend and am half way through the book now.  What are you reading these days, or do you have any good recommendations.  I am always looking for new books to add to my reading list.

Have a fabulous day, and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery :)



 

  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Love Everlasting (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Black, Silver, Pink 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Heart Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Heart Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Sequins, Black and Crystal Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Reminder ~ Flutter



We are half way through the Flutter challenge and since I love butterflies and this PTI butterfly die so much, I had to make another card for this challenge :) 

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I used a Case This Sketch from a few weeks ago, pulled my colours from the photo (other than the "pink" which took a rather strong detour towards orange LOL), added the birthday sentiment, a button, and finished things off by rounding the bottom corners.  A nice, quick and easy card.

FLUTTER

Guest Designer - Marcie Sharp of Sharp Designs

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!







What's In It? 
Paper:  Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Only Orange, Pale Plum (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Birthday and Butterfly Dies (PTI), Corner Rounder, Button, Twine, Glue Dot

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mojo Monday #495 Meets The Curtain Call

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Welcome to the first Monday of the month which means it is contest time over at the  Mojo Monday blog :)   The more entries we get, the greater your chances of winning a Verve set of your choice!

I had this MME paper pad out on my desk still so decided to go with it, even though it has more of a fall versus spring colour theme.  I love fall colours and never tire of using them, though you may tire of seeing them {grin}.

This card combines this week's Mojo Monday sketch with the first Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge of the month called "Flutter".  If you know me at all, you know my love of butterflies, and I also love this butterfly die by PTI.  A match made in heaven :)   The sentiment is from Verve's Take Note.

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.


Our weekend was a 50/50 split.  Saturday was wet and rainy and Sunday was gloriously sunny - the weather is taunting us with spring something fierce!!   I bought a few Osteos to plant in my garden as I am dying for some pops of colour and I was finally able to mow the back yard for the first time this year!  Still a bit boggy in spots, but it had to be done as it is in a terrible state.  The winter snow and rain has done a number on it and it will take a lot of TLC to bring it back :(   The moss is having a rave party out there, so hopefully we can get it under control. 

Thanks for popping by and have a fabulous week!



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Take Note  (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), So Saffron, Vellum (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Butterfly Die (PTI), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Threading Water Punch (Fiskars), Button, Twine, White and Orange Half Pearls, Glue Dot, Dimensionals