Monday, February 20, 2017

Mojo Monday #485

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After all the snow we got this month, it was time to turn my thoughts towards Spring!!

More of my MME hoarded paper came out to play, along with the Wishing You sentiment set and a few hearts from the Heart Quartet die set for good measure as I just couldn't let them go just yet {grin}.  Added an accent line with the Scalloped Trim Trio heart border die.  A few half pearls for a little something something and a few sequins to fill in the sentiment panel finished things off.

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.


The snow has finally all melted and the fields have absorbed or drained all the moisture so we are back into full on soccer again.   This year has brought the most cancellations ever - think it was nine weeks in all that had to be cancelled due to frozen, snow covered or rain soaked fields. A lot of players and refs will be sucking wind big time for the next few weeks as their cardio took a big hit with the lack of playing time.

I must admit, I have somewhat enjoyed the driving hiatus as we put a lot of miles every week going to soccer pitches all over the Lower Mainland so our son can ref games.  However, I also deeply cherish our driving time as it is wonderful quality time with my son and an opportunity to be able to connect, communicate and delve into the inner workings of a teenage boys mind (a very interesting  place sometimes lol!).  Soon enough he will be able to drive himself and that time will be lost so I am drinking deep of the car time we have.

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



 

  



What's In It?
Stamps:  Wishing You (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Lime Twist (MME) 
Ink:   Black
Accessories:  Heart Quartet and Scalloped Trim Trio Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Sequins, Half Pearls, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Woven


Time for our next Inspiration Challenge of February 2017, and this time round it is Woven.

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The only thing that came to mind when I saw the word woven was the wired burlap I had in my stash.  I cut the edges off so I could glue it to my paper and then pulled woodgrain from the wooden trowel to hold the banner up and the rest of the colours I pulled from the photo.

  WOVEN

Sheri Gilson
Silk Ledlow

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







What's In It?
Stamps:  Petals and Posies (Reverse Confetti), Woodgrain (Hero Arts)
Paper:  Kraft, Turquoise, Tan   
Ink:  Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Black, Versamark  
Accessories:  Petals and Posies Die Set, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Burlap, Dimensionals 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mojo Monday #484

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Last chance to sneak in a heart card {grin} and I took the sketch very literally once again.

Love this fun heart paper by Bella Boulevard, and decided to go with more of a blue than a pink theme.  I rarely use navy so it was fun to play with it :)   Cut out the "XO" from my PTI border die, and used Verve's Heart Quartet Die set for the hearts.   It needed a little something so I added a button.  Will most likely use it for my hubby or my son's Valentine's Day 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.



We had quite the week weather-wise!!  Seven inches of snow Friday night which made for some very heavy shoveling on Saturday morning!  Took me a whole hour to shovel our driveway as the snow was not light!!  Then two more inches of snow on Monday (nice and light - yeah!!) followed by a glorious, sunny day on Tuesday, snow and freezing rain on Wednesday and then heavy rain on Thursday and Friday.  Needless to say, Vancouver has had it with snow this year as we are not set up for the stuff!   The freezing rain added a whole other dimension and some very hazardous conditions!  Our city's schools were closed for three days this wee - the first time in 20 years!   And our cat was far from impressed LOL!

Further inland they had almost three feet of snow and people were stuck in their homes as we do not have the snow plowing equipment needed to deal with the stuff, never mind three feet of it!  You couldn't find salt anywhere.  It has been the coldest and snowiest winter I remember.  We have had large snowfalls before, but the snow is usually done within a few days as it warms up and rains. Not this time!  We had snow and then cold temps to keep it around for some time.

I personally love the brightness the snow brings and seeing blue skies, sunshine and white everywhere just makes me happy as it sure beats grey skies and rain all the time.  However,  navigating the roads is not always a pleasant experience!  Some good memories to talk about for years to come!

Challenges: Just Us Girls




 

  


What's In It?
Paper:  Kiss Me (Bella Blvd), Night of Navy, Cool Caribbean, Rose Romance (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Heart Quartet Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve),  XOXO Border Die (PTI), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Crimper (Fiskars), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mojo Monday #483

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Was in the mood for some fall colours this week so created a tea lovers card with this week's sketch.   Tea lovers get the short end of the stick quite often as so many focus on coffee, but they are just as passionate about their beverage, trust me LOL!

Pulled out one of my favorite MME papers - Stella and Rose, added a sentiment from One Cup, some sequins to add a little something, something, and a bit of black twine to finish things off. 

We have a ton of snow fall over the weekend!  Seven inches Friday night (with two more on Sunday and more to come today and maybe Tuesday before the rain sets in again!) and let me tell you, seven inches of wet snow is a real workout!  Took me an hour to shovel our driveway!  I did have a chuckle though.  With all the cold temps and snow the past month, followed by tons of rain, I have not taken down my Christmas lights!!  I have never had them up this late!  Needless to say, they will be up a bit longer now that we have snow again!  Thinking an all time record is in the making!

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.


The snowfall meant no soccer reffing for my son once again, and based on the amount of snow we got and are still to get, I think he may get next weekend off too.  Bonus:  we got to watch the Superbowl :)

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



 

  


What's In It?
Stamps:  One Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (MME) 
Ink:   Black,
Accessories:  Stitched Circles (Lil' Inker), Twine (Michael's dollar bin), Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - XOXO


Hard to believe it is February 1st already!  January flew by and we are moving on and celebrating love.

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I kept things simple and focused on the pink, xoxo and black.  Used last month's Sketch For You To Try, Paper Smooches for the sentiment and PTI's  "XOXO" die.  Added a little glitter for some sparkle.  Check out what the Design Team came up.

  XOXO


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







What's In It?
Stamps:  Paper Smooches
Paper:  Recollections (Michael's)   
Ink:  Black  
Accessories:  XOXO Die (PTI), Dimensionals

Monday, January 30, 2017

Mojo Monday #482

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Five Monday's in January means we get a bonus sketch this month :)   Love working with square sketches.  It is such a nice, compact size and the smaller space is always fun to work with.

I pretty much copied the sketch as it had a big old heart on it and you know how much I love hearts {grin}.

Pulled out my Jotted Heart and Flag It die sets along with Love Notes  and went to work.   The background paper is another of my hoarded papers that came out to play this week.  It is a lot more dramatic than my usual papers, but I just love the heart flowers it has and the colour combination is always fun to work with. A little Valentine love for all of my followers :)

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 are back in soccer mode again after a seven week hiatus due to the  snow and ice which caused the fields to be closed.  The rain and warm temperatures are back and through everyone is sucking wind pretty badly after almost a two month break, everyone is glad to be playing/reffing again.  My son had five games to ref this weekend and was able to pick up some games in another district which gives him more experience and exposure so we are celebrating with him :)  With the days getting longer again, I can't wait for spring soccer to start for as much as I am a huge Ref Mom (alumni soccer mom LOL) I do not like the cold and rain which come with the winter soccer season.

Wishing you all a fabulous week and thanks for popping in to visit my little corner of cyber world ((hugs))!!

Challenge:  Simon Says



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Hugs and Kisses (American Crafts), Turquoise (LSS), Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance (Stamping Up) 
Ink:   Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Jotted Heart and Flag It Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies),  Word Dies (PTI), Twine, Button, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, January 23, 2017

Mojo Monday #481

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Another great sketch to use for a Valentine's Day card - any excuse will do to be able to use some hearts on a card {grin}.

Since I still had MME's Lost and Found Heirloom papers on my desk, I decided to use them again.  Chose this fun, bold chevron paper for my background as it really packs a punch!  Tamed it down a bit with the neutrals and added this wonderful sentiment from Stronger Love.  The double hearts are from The Cats Pajamas and dressed things up a bit with the twine, buttons, and half pearls.

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.


This girl turned another year older this weekend.  The big five-five this year - meeep!!!  Where do the years go and how did I get this old LOL!  Actually, my age doesn't bother me much at all as it is only a number and I thoroughly enjoy every day I am given and am still a big kid at heart.  When it comes into play is when I begin to ponder the fact that I have one less year on this earth to make and impact in the lives of my kids, those I love, and those who cross my path.  Each day is a such a gift, and I want to maximize my time on this earth by touching the lives of the people I come in contact with and continually growing towards the person I was created to be through living out my life verse of Philippians 1:6:   "for I am confident of this very thing, that He who has began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus".

My word for 2017 is prayer, and my two main goals are fitness (I was a slacker last year and the flab factor from lack of working out sure comes around much more quickly the older you get LOL!) and reading through the Bible as it has been some time since I have done that.  Happy to say, all three are going strong :) 

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



 

  



What's In It?
Stamps:  Stronger Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Heirloom (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso, Rose Romance (Stampin' Up), Cream 
Ink:   Black
Accessories:  Heart Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lil' Inker), Twine, Button, Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, January 16, 2017

Mojo Monday #480

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Happy Monday everyone!   Time to play with a new sketch by the sketch master, Julee {grin}.

With Christmas over and Valentine's Day approaching, I jumped at the chance to use some hearts (my favorite accessory for this time of year).   The papers are from MME's Lost and Found Heirloom collection and I paired them with my beloved Jotted Heart Die and the Love Notes, and Stronger Love sets.   I was really wanting to add some ribbon to girly it up a bit, but everything I tried didn't work so went "commando" LOL!   

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 body clock has finally adjusted back to kids-at-school and work mode schedule (was pretty rough for a few weeks there!).   However, due to our cold temperatures (well, cold for us anyway!!) and snow, my son has yet to ref a soccer game.  He has had a seven week hiatus and I have a feeling both players and refs will be sucking wind big time when games are back in full swing LOL!

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



 

  



What's In It?
Stamps:  Love Notes, Stronger Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Heirloom (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Burgundy
Ink:   Black
Accessories:  Heart Quartet and Jotted Heart Dies (A Cut Above by Verve),  Word Dies (PTI),  Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Icicle


Happy January and welcome back to the Curtain Call :)   It is time for a brand new year of inspiration photos to play with and this time round we are still in winter mode!  Pretty well suited to the weather much of the country has been experiencing over the last month or so! 

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I pulled out one of my hoarded papers by Bo Bunny (love this paper!!) as it was the perfect icy, glittery fit for this photo.  I also pulled out one of my favorite PTI snowflake dies for a wintery feel, added a sentiment flag and a button with some twine.  Nice, quick and easy card.

 ICICLE


We had more snow in December than we have had the prior six years combined, not to mention some rather cold temperatures for our neck of the woods, which means the snow has stuck around for weeks (versus our usual snows one day and washes away in the rain the next day).  Been quite the adjustment for us West Coasters!  Must say, I do enjoy the brightness the snow brings as it is a nice change from the grey skies and rain we usually get.

Can't wait to see your creations in the gallery!

Challenges:  Simon Says




 

  



What's In It?
Stamps:  Treasured Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Snowflakes (Bo Bunny), Silver Shimmer (Paper Store)  
Ink:  Black  
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Snowflake Die (PTI), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cherish



I have never done this on my blog before, but I just had to share this fabulous book with you!!

I had the joy of being both Gary and Lisa's (his wife) friend while we all attend university together.  We shared many great conversations and fun times, and I was honored to be a guest at their wedding.  I watched the birth of Gary's desire to become a writer as he wrote paper after paper in his dorm room, and loved his heart's desire to impact people through his writing.    Fast forward thirty odd years and it has been nothing but a joy to see how God has used his writing to impact the lives of countless marriages, Christian and otherwise.

I have personally read four of his books (Sacred Marriage, Sacred Influence, Every Body Matters, Sacred Search), and my marriage has been blessed because of them!  My teenage daughter is currently reading Sacred Search - a fabulous book about choosing a spouse - and loving it!     

If you have read Sacred Marriage (if not it is another powerful book!) this takes it to another level.  The book affirmed what I knew to be true, opened my eyes to a few things, admonished me in his gentle way of wording things, challenged me to evaluate my level of "cherishing" my husband, and provided some ideas to deepen and grow "cherish" in our marriage.  And provided a wonderful tool/  opportunity to grow as a couple and strengthen our marriage.      

He did not delve into abusive relationships, nor did he say if you cherish each other that would diminish/cease. What he does provide is a gently worded challenge to evaluate our level of "cherishing" our spouse to allow the relationship to grow to a deeper level.    As Gary says: "you can love someone and not cherish them, but you can't cherish them and not love them", "love and cherish never compete - they compliment and even complete each other", and "cherish" is like being the male ballet dance who is grateful to helps the prima ballerina shine more brightly than if she were just dancing on her own and being glad to play that supportive role". 

I will definitely be buying a hard copy of his book and re-reading it with a highlighter in hand.  It is full of powerful words that can dramatically change any relationship, especially your marriage.   Love Gary's mandate for Christian couples:  "Cherish is a simple formula but a powerful one:  preach the gospel to yourself and then live out the gospel.  That is the power to cherish - believing and receiving the gospel in which we are cherished beyond all measure and then living out the implications to cherish each other".   That being said, though written with Christian couples in mind, this book has something for everyone in any sort of a relationship.



A great read I highly recommend!!