Friday, April 18, 2014

Just Us Girls #237 - Colour Challenge

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It's colour challenge week and Sue V. has provided this fabulous colour combination for us to work with - love these colours together! 

MME's Six by Six papers provided my colours, even though they are more a peach and teal versus a true orange and blue...shhhhh ;)

 Love Lil' Inker's stitched circles as they add just that little something something, and the sentiment is from a set Debbie sent me which I just love (thanks again, Debbie!).  Keeping with the MFT theme, I used Pretty Posies and butterfly die too.  

The rest of the  JUGS team, along with the our April Guest Designer Lee Anne, have some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what they've created.  Then put your creative genes to work and add your card/project to the challenge post on the JUGS blog for the chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Plus if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest Designer.

Have a fabulous Easter weekend!



 
 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Cheerful Blessings (My Favorite Things)

Paper:  Six by Six (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)   
Ink:  Black 
Accessories: 
Stitched Circles (Lil' Inkers), Pretty Posies, and Butterfly Dies (My Favorite Things), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Black Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Confetti Crush


This week's Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge is entitled "Confetti Crush" and our sponsor is Reverse Confetti!  The LEAD of this challenge will receive a gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store!



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I had great fun using Reverse Confetti's Love Notes and Arrow die on my card, and the sentiment is from Lots to Say (a great set with a wonderful variety of sentiments for many occasions).  I created my own confetti by using a mini heart punch I got in the Michael's dollar bin and added the double arrows for a bit of visual fun. 

The Curtain Call Crew is over the moon that the owner of Reverse Confetti, Jen del Muro, is joining the team today for the Confetti Crush challenge.  You can check out her card as well as the rest of the Crew's for some amazing inspiration! 

Confetti Crush Designers

Jen del Muro, Reverse Confetti


You have until April 25th at 8:00 a.m. CST to complete a new card/project using the inspiration picture and linking it up accordingly.  The Lead and Show Stoppers will be announced on April 30th.

Thanks for popping by and hope you can play along.

 
 

What's In It? 
Stamps:   Lots to Say (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  In Bloom (My  Mind's Eye), Cool Caribbean, Cameo Coral, Basic Grey (Stampin' Up)

Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Love Note Die (Reverse Confetti), Heart Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Heart Punch (Michael's Dollar Bin), Black Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mojo Monday #341

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I just love Julee's sketches....happy sigh :)   This one was a delight to work with - with the banners adding such a fun touch to the card!

I pulled out some older MME papers from their Stella and Rose line (love this line and still have quite a stash lol!) and Verve's Lean On Me for the sentiment.  This has always been one of my favorite sentiment sets as I just adore the big, bold font mixed with the softer smaller one.  Julee truly is the Font Queen!  In honor of the amazing week of Spring weather we just had, a Flutterby butterfly was in order in lieu of the circle element on the sketch wink, wink.  

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.  
 
Wanda Cullen

Another busy week ahead -- I'm definitely ready for a slower one!  Wishing you a great one and thanks for popping in today.
   

 
What's In It?
Stamps:   Lean on Me (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Stella and Rose (MME), Cameo Coral, So Saffron, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black    
Accessories: 
Flutterby Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Crimper (Fiskars), Black Half Pearls, Buttons, Twine, Bling, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Friday, April 11, 2014

Just Us Girls #236 - Technique Challenge

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This week, Lisa has challenged us to create a water coloured background on our card.

I embossed Stampin' Up's French Script background (don't think I'll ever get rid of this stamp!) on my card stock and then pulled out some Gelatos and water and had fun finger painting :)   I quickly discovered you only need a "touch of grey" when blending as it is a very strong colour.  Needless to say, my first attempt ended up in the garbage can as it was too dark and depressing, the total opposite of my intent LOL!   On my second attempt, I added just a few dabs of grey, and almost came to the same result, but managed to salvage things by adding and blending in some extra aqua to tone it down a bit.  A few black accents and I was good to go.

The rest of the  JUGS team, along with the first appearance of our April Guest Designer Lee Anne, have some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what they've created.  Then put your creative genes to work and add your card/project to the challenge post on the JUGS blog for the chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Plus if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest Designer.

Have a fabulous weekend!



 
 

What's In It?
Stamps:  French Script (Stampin' Up) 

Paper:  Black and White   
Ink:  VersaMark
Accessories: 
Gelatos, Happy Hello Die (My Favorite Things), Flower Die (PTI), 5/8" Sheer Black Ribbon,
White Embossing Powder, Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals
   

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Oil of Joy

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Julee has put together this fabulous sketch for us to work with this week, and/or this wonderful colour combination.  You can use just one or the other or combine them on your project.

I was determined to combine them this time round as last month I totally forgot about the colour combination.

Our ex-neighbours, dear friends and adherent third set of grandparents to our kids are grieving the loss of his mother this past week, so I wanted to get a sympathy card out to them to let them know we are holding them in our prayers and there for them.  I used the Award Banner die and one of my all time favorite go to dies -- Flutterby.  The sentiment is Isaiah 61:3 from Scripture Medley 1 and I love using it to encourage people during this hard season of life.

Thanks for popping by and if you want to see which cards I chose to highlight for this week's VLV sketch and Colour Combination, head on over to the Viva La Verve blog and check it out.

Wishing you a fabulous day! 


 
 
What's In It?
Stamps:   Scripture Medley 1 (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  In Bloom (Reminisce), Going Grey, Old Olive, Rose Romance,  Kraft, Cream (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black   
Accessories: 
Award Banner and Flutterby Dies (A Cut Above by Verve), Doily Die, Circle Nesatabilities (Spellbinders), Crimper (Fiskars), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Buttons, White Half Pearls, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, April 7, 2014

Curtain Call Baby Booties Reminder

** This is my second post of the day.  Scroll down for my Mojo Monday post **

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We are half way through the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge entitled Baby Booties and Newton's Nook is our sponsor.

Just adore this onesie image so I used it again.  I paper pieced the onesies and created the sentiment from various stamps in the set.  Found some safety pins in my stash and added them for a little something, something. 

You can check out all the challenge details over on the Curtain Call Inspirations Challenge You have until April 10th at 8:00 a.m. CST to complete a new card/project using the inspiration picture and linking it up accordingly.  The Lead and Show Stoppers will be announced on April 14th.

Thanks for popping by and hope you can find some time to play along with us if you haven't done so already.


 
What's In It? 
Stamps:   Winged Wishes (Newton's Nook)
Paper:   Cool Caribbean, Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up)

InkBlack, Old Olive (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Twine, Button, Safety Pins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Mojo Monday #340

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It's the first Monday of the month and that means challenge time over at the Mojo Monday blog.  Julee has created this fabulous sketch for us to work with and I can't wait to see how you use it!

I love MME papers....happy sigh....and pulled these from their Life of the Party Lime Twist series.  Haven't used these fabulous flowers from Sunny Days for some time so it was time to change that.  The flowers were cut up a bit and bent to give them some dimension.  The sentiment is from Poppy Birthday and a few buttons and a blue bow 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.  
 
Wanda Cullen

Mowed my lawn for the first time this year as the warmer temperatures are making it grown, even if it is still pretty wet out there.  Tulips and daffodils are just about ready to open in my garden and the cherry and magnolia trees are in full bloom down our street - happy sigh :)  Have a fabulous day and thanks for popping in.

Challenge: Simon Says Birthday
 

 
What's In It?
Stamps:   Poppy Birthday,  Sunny Days (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   (MME), Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black    
Accessories: 
Flutterby Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Oval and Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crimper (Fiskars), Flower Punch (Michael's Dollar Bin), Black Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Bling, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Verve Stamps Diva Inspiration Hop - April 5th

It's the 5th of the month and that means it is time for Verve's April Diva Inspirations Hop. This month we've got a fabulous challenge that's sure to put a spring in your step!  In addition to a comment prize hidden along the hop, you can play along with the challenge and link up your creation over at the Verve blog for a chance to win another prize!


Chevrons are the new polka-dots! Get groovy and use this popular pattern somewhere on your creation. Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or zig-zag off on your own, just show us some chic chevrons! 

If you have come here from Maureen's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened on to the hop, you can start from the top and work your way through (see hop list below).

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Started things off with MME's Six by Six paper pad and Verve's Chevron Love.   The sentiment is from this set, as is the wonderful chevron butterfly.   Lots of dies on this card too: All Aflutter, Wavy Hearts, Heart Quartet, and Arrow die.  Yes, I have am addiction to dies LOL, but it's all good wink, wink :)  


One lucky commenter along the hop will win a prize, so make sure to leave a comment on each of the participating Diva's posts to increase your chances of winning!  You can check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines. 

Below is the full hop list if you need it, otherwise just hop on over to Charmaine's blog.

1. Julee9. Susan
2. Amy10. Stacey
3. Anya11. Teresa
4. Betty12. Maureen
5. Karen13. Marisa
6. Sankari14. Charmaine
7. Sarah15. Janelle
8. Sony16. Christyne


Happy hopping and I look forward to seeing your chevron creations!

 





What's In It? 
Stamps:  Chevron Love (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Six by Six (My Mind's Eye), Always Artichoke, Cool Caribbean, Real Red, So Saffron) (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, More Mustard (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Wavy Hearts, Heart Quartet, Arrow and All Aflutter Dies (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Chevron Dies (My Favorite Things), Crimper (Fiskars), Black Half Pearls, Twine, Button, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Just Us Girls #235 - Sketch Challenge

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It's sketch week over at Just Us Girls and Maria has created this sketch for us to work with.

My MME In Bloom paper pad was at the front of my 6 x 6 storage box so I decided to use it again as I just love it.  Down to just a few papers left, but thankfully I have a second pack waiting to be opened when this one runs out LOL!

The sentiment on the card consists of two from Verve's Take Note.  I masked off part of the top sentiment to get the "you're special" and then used another sentiment at the bottom.  Love this butterfly die from MFT and after some debate, decided to have my butterflies "in motion" (aka: at different angles instead of all vertically positioned).

The rest of the  JUGS team, along with the first appearance of our April Guest Designer Lee Anne, have some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what they've created.  Then put your creative genes to work and add your card/project to the challenge post on the JUGS blog for the chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Plus if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest Designer.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Challenges:  The Card Concept
                     Time Out Challenge 

 
 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Take Note (Verve Stamps)

Paper:  In Bloom (My  Mind's Eye), Going Grey. So Saffron, Kraft (Stampin' Up)    
Ink:  Black
Accessories: 
Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Butterfly Die (My Favorite Things), Buttons, What Half Pearls, Dimensionals  

Verve Diva Dare April 2014


This month's Diva Dare is entitled "Little Things".  In honor Spring's arrival, this month's Dare is to create a baby or kid's themed card.

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I love making baby cards, and since the last one I made was for a boy, this one had to be for a girl so my stash is even LOL!  used one of my favorite colour combos for this card and of course, Verve's To The Moon baby set - a must have!  Paper pieced Emerietta (my female name for Emery), double punched the heart border, stuck it together and added some ruffled ribbon down the middle to create my "lace" and then had fun with pearl accents.

Where there is a Verve Diva Dare, there are prizes, and this month's dare provides two prizes: one for a randomly selected participant and one for a randomly selected commenter! 

Want to get all the details on how you can win some Verve Stamps?  Simply head on over to the Verve Blog to get all the challenge details - I dare you!



What's In It?
Stamps:   To The Moon (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Style Essentials (Echo Park), Certainly Celery, Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:   Heart Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Label and Button Dies (PTI), Lacy Scalloped Nestabilitiets (Spellbinders), 1/4" Yellow Satin Ribbon, Double Sided Tape, White and Black Half Pearls, Pink Bling, Twine, Dimensionals