Saturday, February 24, 2018

VLV February 2018

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Late in the month but still able to play along with February's Viva La Verve sketch created by none other than my favorite sketch designer, Julee Tilman, owner and creator of Verve Stamps.

Pulled out some older papers - Kioshi by Basic Grey and Lime Twist by MME.  Still love them!  The sentiment is from Cake and Candles (so many wonderful birthday wishes in this set!!) and I filled in with hearts from the Heart Quartet and PTI's Gran's Garden.

Planning on more inky time this weekend as we had a dump of snow yesterday (about 6 inches - first real snowfall of the year for us!) and it is the perfect excuse to stay home and relax.

Wishing you a fabulous day and remember there is still time to join in on the sketch challenge for a chance to win some free Verve!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Cake and Candles (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Kioshi (Basic Grey), Lime Twist (My Mind's Eye), Pale Plum, Kraft, Lovely Lilac (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black, Going Grey (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Heart Quartet (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Medium Scalloped and Gran's Garden Die Sets (PTI), Crimper (Fiskars), Brown Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Dimensionals     

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Digi Sets from Verve

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Julee has created three new Verve digi sets and they are loads of fun! Quick and easy card, which uses this wonderful sentiment from the Love From Me set.  So versatile as you can use it for so many occasions: birthday,  Anniversary, Valentine's Day, boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter, grandparent etc.  I know I will be using it tons!  I adore the  large font and of course, the chance to make a Valentine's Day card with hearts on it ♥

I paired the sentiment with the Wavy Hearts die set and this fun Echo Park heart paper.  I crimped the pink heart for some dimension, though it is hard to see, and added a few buttons to give it a little something, something.  Think I will save it and give it to my daughter when she is in the middle of mid-terms to encourage her, remind her we love her and that we are are blessed to have her as our child.  Can't wait to make another card using these fun sets!

Have a blessed day and thanks for popping by.

What's In It?
Stamps:  Stronger Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Devoted (Carta Bella), Going Grey, Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Heart Quartet, Wavy Heart, Scalloped Trim Trio Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles and Circles (Lil' Inker), Crimper (Fiskars), Silver Half pearls, Button, Twine, Dimensionals   

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Viva La Verve Sketch - January 2018

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Was setting up this post and realized it has been over a month since I have posted - my apologies!  And Happy New Year to everyone!!    After such a busy and stressful year last year, our family literally shut the world out for two weeks over Christmas and it ended up carrying over for a few more weeks into the New Year.  Glad to say, the time off/away did wonders and I am ready to face all 2018 brings our way.

Sure felt good to get inky again and what better way to create than to use a Viva La Verve sketch and some Verve Stamps.  Still miss Mojo Monday so this is a good filler.

Haven't made any Valentine's Day/heart cards for a while so it was the perfect excuse.  Pulled out Stronger Love for the sentiments and the Heart Quartet , Wavy Hearts and  Scalloped Trim Trio dies for the plethora of hearts on the card - can you tell I love hearts {grin}!  Heck just realized even the paper has hearts on it - oh my!  Now that I look at the card, I realize I put the bow on the wrong side - serves me right for not making a card for so long lol.

Would love to have you join us over on the Viva La Verve blog.  Simply create a card using the sketch and add it to the link up for a chance to win some Verve!  

Wishing you all a fabulous 2018 and I look forward to creating and posting again :)

What's In It?
Stamps:  Stronger Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Devoted (Carta Bella), Going Grey, Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Heart Quartet, Wavy Heart, Scalloped Trim Trio Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles and Circles (Lil' Inker), Crimper (Fiskars), Silver Half pearls, Button, Twine, Dimensionals  

Monday, December 18, 2017

Viva La Verve Sketch December 2017

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Today I have made a card for Viva La Verve's December sketch created by the sketch queen herself, Julee Tilman :)  

I used one of the new Christmas digis recently released called Winter Peace.  Love the deer image in this!  I paired it with a sentiment form the same set, underscored with gold half pearls to draw your attention to it, and finished things off with a gold snowflake with a piece of bling in the middle for a little added sparkle against the darker papers. 

Would love to have you come and play along for a chance to win some Verve!  Simply use the sketch and post it to the challenge and you could be the winner of a Verve set of your choice!   Perfect as a Christmas gift to yourself :)    Need some inspiration, just head on over to the Viva La Verve blog and check out the gallery and DT samples.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for popping by!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Winter Peace (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Jovial (Basic Grey), Home for Christmas (Fancy Pants), Vintage Santa (Echo Park), Brushed Gold (LSS)  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Gold Twine (Michael's), Gold and White Half Pearls, Bling, Dimensionals 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challege - Pines

Although today is the beginning of a new challenge, it is also the ending of the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge....sniff, sniff....   The curtain is closing and we wish to thank each and every person who has participated in our challenges over the past 4.5 years!  I was shocked to see how many years we had been going as I didn't realize it was for so long - goes to show you how time flies when you are having fun!  

I want to say a special thank you to Stacey Schafer who pulled this fabulous design team together in a week or less (she was a woman on a mission!) after she and Kim Singdahlsen were chatting one day and decided to start the challenge.  Thank you to Kim for all the behind the scenes work setting things up the blog and keeping us all organized for each challenge for several years.  In addition, a big thank you to Lisa Henke and Sheri Gilson who each took over the behind the scenes role of posting on the blog and keeping the team organized at various stages along the way.  It was an honor to have been asked to be a part of this amazing team of talented ladies, and I will miss both the design team and the challenges. 

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I pulled out Verve's Pinecone Christmas for my card (kind of fit the theme perfectly LOL), and created a fun little square Christmas card.  I double stamped the pine boughs in two shades of green as the first colour was too light and am happy with the mix.  Added a few touches of gold for a bit of zip.  Thankful to have an additional Christmas card in my stash as I have been very delinquent in making them this year due to the insanity of 2017 (I am definitely looking forward to some fabulous family time, jammie days, sleeping in, puzzle making and reading over the Christmas break)!

For our final challenge, we have two guest designers as well as some alumni providing loads of fabulous inspiration!


Guest Designers
Elizabeth Stewart, Paper Sweetness

 Design Team and Alumni
Amy Shaffer, Pickled Paper Designs
Amy Tsuruta, Tsuruta Designs
Betty WrightCrafting With Betty
Kim SingdahlsenJoyful Creations with Kim
Leigh PennerTo the Full
Lori TeclerInking Aloud
Lynn ManganMy Mango Boys and Me
Marisa RitzenRosemary Reflections
 Maureen Plutbuttons & bling
Melody RuppleA Paper Melody 
Monika Davis, M.A.D. Stamper 
Sheri GilsonPaper Crafty's Creations
Silke LedlowMy Life
Tara GodfreyInking on the Edge
Tracey McNeely, In My Creative Opinion

Have a wonderful week,  and let's show give this challenge finale some love by getting lots of entries for our final act!!  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Lost and Found Christmas (MME), Cozy Christmas (Simple Stories)  
Ink:  Black, Old Olive, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Gold Sequins, Gold String, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Friday, December 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challange - A Good Read

Eeeeekkkk!!!  It's December 1st and the dash to Christmas is on!  Head down, butt up and a sprint to the finish line it is!

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When I saw this photo, the first thing that crossed my mind is I can't wait to have a lot of down time to read over Christmas break - happy sigh...{grin}.  Then I realized I didn't own any "book" type stamps so I put on my thinking cap and decided to go with a teacher type card as I associate reading and studying with school. 

I pulled the colours from the book covers and used Reverse Confetti's Class Act.  The letter background to mirror letters on a page in a book, created a mini "notebook" so to speak with the two lined pages, added a sentiment, two apples and an arrow to draw your eye to "thanks".  Two buttons and some twine finished things off.

Betty Wright

Enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for popping by :)

Challenge:  Simon Says

What's In It?
Stamps:  Class Act (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Kraft, White  
Ink:  Black, VersaMark, Real Red, Garden Green (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Class Act Die Set (Reverse Confetti), Arrow DIe (Verve Stamps), Crimper, Fiskars, Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Acorns

Acorns are the cutest things!  We have quite a few trees in our area that drop them this time of year and it is always fun to collect them.  When you remove their "hats" they are a perfect cat toy too!

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I used PTI's Autumn Acorns and matching die set for my card.  Love how it has various acorn sizes and textured tops you can use.  I mounted them on a woodgrain background to pull in the photo background and added a few leaves and some black accents for a pop of colour.  A touch of twine and half pearls finished the cluster nicely.

Guest Designers 
 Laurel Seabrook, Seabrook Designs
Elizabeth Stewart - Paper Sweetness 
Betty Wright

Still having a bit of an issue wrapping my mind around the fact we are in November already!!  Time to get my Christmas letter and cards done - eeek!! We even had a surprise snowfall last week to keep us on our toes (very rare for us to get snow out on the West Coast never mind one in early November!!).  Was quite the week as we went from 20C on Sunday to snow on Thursday!  Time to get the winter tires on asap! 

Enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for popping by :)

What's In It?
Stamps:  Autumn Acorns ( PTI)
Paper:   Going Grey, White (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Going Grey, Old Olive (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Distressed Lines Embossing Folder, Autumn Acorns Die Set (PTI), Ribbon,  Twine, Black Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Cider

Now this picture made me smile as it brought memories of hot apple cider on a cool winter evening...and/or mulled wine {grin}.  Hmmm, hmmm good and a big happy sigh to go with it :) 

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I used this month's Viva La Verve sketch, pulled the colours from the photo and went with a beverage theme for my card.  Lots of orange and yellow going on with a some grey as per the counter and a touch of brown.   Was still pretty blah so added some leaves using Autumn Leaves the matching Falling Leaves die set.  The sentiment is from Verve's One Cup and the heart is from the Little Ones die set.


Our weather the past week has been simply amazing!  It has been beautifully warm and sunny and the gorgeous fall colours of the leaves against the blue sky are making me swoon on a regular basis!  A glorious lingering taste of summer weather before the rains begin and before all the leaves begin to fall.

Thanks for popping by, and have a fabulous day!

What's In It?
Stamps:  One Cup, Autumn Leaves (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Stella and Rose and On The Bright Side  (MME), Recollections (Michael's) 
Ink:  Black, Antique Linen (Tim Holtz) 
Accessories:  Little Ones and Falling Leaves Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Twinkling H2Os, Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Viva la Verve October 2017 Sketch

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Once again bringing up the rear with October's Viva La Verve sketch.  Still enjoying Fall to the fullest as we are having a glorious one here with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.  Add that to beautifully turning maple leaves and I am in heaven :) 

I carried on with the Fall theme on my card, using one of my favorite lines ever, Stella and Rose by My Mind's Eye.  Lovely rich colours that remind me of the changing leaves and the blue sky I see out my front window - happy sigh....

Paired the paper with Verve's newly released Autumn Leaves and matching Falling Leaves die set.   Added pumpkins and for what it is worth, some tealish/turquoise maple leaves - only in card making can you make them any colour you want to match your card {grin}.   Always great to tell people you are thankful for them so replenishing my stash so I have a few on hand to give out.

Would love for you to come and play along - after all you do get a chance to win some free Verve!  Need some additional inspiration, check out the challenge gallery for some inspiration.

Have a fabulous day!  Thankful for you ♥

Challenges:  Inspired by All The Little Things
                       Simon Says Stamps

What's In It?
Stamps:  Autumn Leaves (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Stella and Rose (MME)  
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Falling Leaves (A Cut Above by Verve), Twinkling H2Os, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 5/8" Brown Ribbon (Michael's), Bling, Buttons, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Cuddle


This picture made we want to crawl into bed with a stuffy and read.  It's that time of year where the air gets chillier and cuddle time in bed, or with hubby or with the kids is always a bonus for added warmth.  My son and hubby call me a heat leach {grin} as I lose heat faster than a reptile lol.

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I loved the grey and mustard colour combo and as much as I wanted to make a baby card, this new to me PTI set was calling my name!  It has been on my wish list forever and the only frustrating part was realizing I didn't get the large flower die as it isn't part of the die set I ordered - duh!!  Total idiot doesn't describe it...sigh....  So had to fussy cut the large flower but had the dies for the rest.


With the cooler temps the craving for soup was on so I made some butternut squash soup as well as turkey soup after our Thanksgiving meal last Sunday.  Hmmm hmmmm good :)   Look forward to eating lots of soup over the coming months as I love it. 

Thanks for popping by!  Have a fabulous day!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Friendly Flowers (PTI)
Paper:   Peachy Keen (American Crafts) 
Ink:  More Mustard, Going Grey (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Friendly Flowers Die Set, Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Buttons, Bling, Glue Dots, Dimensionals