Monday, September 1, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Lovely Leaves


It's hard to believe it is September 1st already!! Meep!!  We have had an amazing summer weather wise and I am definitely not looking forward to the rain beginning again....  However, I am very much looking forward to the maple leaf trees on our street turning colour.

This photo just makes me happy :)  I love fall colours (to wear, craft, as well as decorate and paint my home with) and was itching to make a card using them.  Leaves have always been a favorite image of mine as well, so combining the two had me smiling the whole time I was creating this card.  It's the little things wink, wink.

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I picked up the background and created a bit of an ombre scheme with the chevron lines to mimic the colour of the leaves in the photo.  Added a beloved maple leaf along with a leaf of similar shape to the ones in the photo.  A die cut sentiment wrapped things up nicely.

Lovely Leaves Designers


You can check out all the challenge details over on the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  Plus, you can now follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.  Here are the links: 


Thanks for popping by and look forward to seeing your creations.










 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Leaf Prints (PTI)
Paper: Dolled Up ((My Mind's Eye) Bravo Burgundy, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Close to Cocoa 
Accessories:  Chevron and Happy Hello Dies (My Favorite Things), Leaf Prints Die (PTI), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals 

Mojo Monday #361

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It's the first Monday of the month and that means contest time over at the Mojo Monday blog.  With Verve's anniversary release having just occurred, this is a great opportunity to play along for a chance to win some brand spanking new Verve!

Love this new One Cup tea set and matching Cuppa Tea dies.  I paper pieced two of the cups and fussy cut the white tea tags to add to the cups.   Added some of this delicious polka dotted ribbon from the Pastel Ribbon Collection as well as a kraft and a vellum heart to fill in the white space above the cups.

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.  


Hard to believe it is the first of September!  Our summer flew by - greatly helped by the fact we had an amazing summer weather-wise.  Warm temperatures (sometimes too warm LOL), loads of sunshine, and if memory serves me correctly, we only had four days of rain over the entire summer!  That is pretty amazing for us out here on the West Coast!  Loved the extra time with my kids and it is always a jolt to the system moving back into our full, Fall schedule.  However, we do so with many amazing summer memories.  My mommy heart is full :)

To those who have Labour Day - enjoy the extra day off! 



What's In It?
Stamps: One Cup (Verve Stamps) 

Paper:  Designer Series Paper, Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery, Kraft, Going Grey (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Cuppa Tea and Heart Quartet Dies (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Pastel Ribbon Collection (Verve Stamps), Dimensionals
 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop 2014 ~ Day 6

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Welcome to Day 6, our final day of Verve's 7th Anniversary Release!  If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store today, Saturday, August 30th!

Today's featured product is Small Packages and the Cupcake Frame Die by Julee.  Love the new dies and frame shape!  I decided to make a birthday shaker card, and filled it with some heart confetti I created by using the heart die from the Scalloped Trim Trio die set and collecting the punched out hearts.  Just "had" to use the cute little flag die to add a little somethin' somethin' to the card.


 


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!

Saturday, 8/30/14
Featured Products: Small Packages (illustrated by Julee Tilman), Cupcake Frame Die Set
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve

1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}14. Andrea

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Once you are done the hop, feel free to head on over to Verve's on line store to do a little shopping wink, wink. 

Challenges:  Simon Says
                        The Pink Elephant






What's In It?
Stamps:   Small Packages (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Happy Day (My Mind's Eye), So Saffron, Regal Rose (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black

Accessories:   Cupcake Frame Die Set, Scalloped Border Die Set, Pennant Trim Banner Die, Scalloped Rectangle Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Acetate, Twine, Half Pearls, Dimensionals

Friday, August 29, 2014

Just Us Girls #256 - Wild Card

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Today is a bitter sweet day.  I get to host today's challenge, which is always fun, but it will also be my last challenge as a Just Us Girls Design Team member.
 
With  my new, part time job, filling in at hubby's office the days I'm not working there, and mom requiring more of my time as she recovers from her fall and gains her strength back, not to mention dearly missing regular workouts, there are just not enough hours in a day get everything done.  It has been a wonderful couple of years and I will definitely miss working alongside all the wonderful and talented ladies on this team.

Now on to the challenge!  It has been forever since I made a round card, so that was my shape of choice for this challenge.   I needed a sympathy friend for a friend who just lost their father the new Framed Florals being release by Verve Stamps tomorrow was a perfect fit.  Best part is the bluebells have a matching die!

The rest of the  JUGS team along with our fabulous August Guest Designer, Kristie, 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.  Simply create a card and link it up to the JUGS blog for a chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Remember, if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest.

Have a great weekend!  Mine will be busy.  My son is in another soccer tournament and we also have a wedding to attend.  Think Labour Day Monday will be a very low key day for all of us LOL!

Challenges:  Simon Says
                    The Pink Elephant




What's In It?
Stamps: Framed Florals (Verve Stamps), French Script (Stampin' Up)

Paper:  Ballet Blue, Kraft, So Saffron (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, Ballet Blue, VersaMark (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Bluebells Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders),  Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Twine, Button, Black Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop 2014 ~ Day 5

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Welcome to Day 5 of Verve's 7th Anniversary Release!  If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store Saturday, August 30th.

Today's featured products are One Cup, Cuppa Tea Die Set, and Psalm 34:8 Plain Jane created by Julee.  Being a tea lover herself, Julee evened the playing field by creating a tea set to offset the coffee set, thus keeping both sides of the beverage drinkers happy LOL!  This set has many wonderful sentiments and some adorable tea cup images with matching dies, providing tons of possibilities.


 

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!

Friday, 8/29/14
Featured Products: One Cup (illustrated by Julee Tilman), Cuppa Tea Die Set, Psalm 34:8 PJ
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve

1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}14. Andrea

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for our final day of Spotlight Hops and then some shopping!

Challenges:  The Pink Elephant
                       Simon Says




What's In It?
Stamps:   One Cup (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), Real Red (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black

Accessories:   Chicken Wire Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crimper (Fiskars), Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop 2014 ~ Day 4

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Welcome to Day 4 of Verve's 7th Anniversary Release!  If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store Saturday, August 30th.

Today's featured set is Framed Florals and the Bluebells die by Chaitali.  Love the framed bluebell image and thrilled there is also a stand alone bluebell image!  Double bonus too:  A matching die for the stand alone bluebells and a two-step stamp to "colour" them! 



 

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!

Thursday, 8/28/14
Featured Products: Framed Florals (illustrated by Chaitali Narla), Bluebells Die
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve

1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}14. Andrea

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 5 of our Spotlight Hop and another chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve Stamps!

Challenges:  Simon Says
                       The Pink Elephant


What's In It?
Stamps:   Framed Florals (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper, Ballet Blue, Turquoise (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Ballet Blue (Stampin' Up)

Accessories:   Bluebells Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Madison Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), White and Black Half Pearls, Twine, Dimensionals 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop 2014 ~ Day 3

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Welcome to Day 3 of Verve's 7th Anniversary Release!  If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store Saturday, August 30th.

Today's featured products are Coffee by Chaitali, along with the Coffee Word Die (swoon!) and Cuppa Joe Die Set.  Coffee sets are so fun, and I am head over heals in love with the Coffee Word Die!!  So many options with this set, it was hard to pick just one!   


 

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!

Wednesday, 8/27/14
Featured Products: Coffee (illustrated by Chaitali Narla), Coffee Word Die, Cuppa Joe Die Set
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve

1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 4 of our Spotlight Hop and another chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve Stamps!

Challenges:  Simon Says
                        The Pink Elephant


What's In It?
Stamps:   Coffee (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Kraft, So Saffron, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up)

Accessories:   Coffee Word Die, Cuppa Joe Die Set, Pennant Trim Banner (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Seeing Spots Embossing Folder (Provo Kraft), Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop ~ Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of Verve's 7th Anniversary Release!  If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store Saturday, August 30th.

Today's featured set is Framed Lilies by Chaitali.  So happy there is a two-step stamp to "colour" the lilies!  Perfect for us non-colourers :)  Lots of great sentiments to go in the frame too.  Sorry about the one heart looking black - it is really Basic Grey, but couldn't get it to show up lighter than it did in the picture!  



 


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!


Tuesday, 8/26/14
Featured Products: Framed Lilies (illustrated by Chaitali Narla)
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve

1. Julee7. Stacey
2. Teresa8. Maureen
3. Amber9. Laurie
4. Charmaine10. Janelle
5. Marisa11. Christyne
6. Monika {Guest}12. Andrea

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 3 of our Spotlight Hop and another chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve Stamps!



What's In It?
Stamps:   Framed Lilies (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   A Mother's Love (My Mind's Eye), More Mustard, So Saffron, Mint Medley, Basic Grey, Going Grey (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Summer Sun, Only Orange (Stampin' Up)

Accessories:   Heart Quartet Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Madison Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Heart Punch (Marvy), Crimper (Fiskars), Silver Half Pearls, Dimensionals 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop 2014 / Mojo Monday #360

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Good morning :)   Today I'm sharing my take on today's Mojo Monday Tall and Skinny sketch as well as a sneak peek of the new Verve Stamps that will be released this Saturday!! Be sure to stop by the Mojo Monday Blog and play along with us...enjoy!

Welcome to our Anni-VERVE-sary 2014 Spotlight Hops!  This month Verve is celebrating 7 wonderful years and our release is filled with all sorts of treats!  All week long the Divas, along with our fabulous Guest Diva Monika Davis, will be will be spotlighting new stamps and dies.  Plus, each day there's a chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve just for commenting on our posts!  So tune in each day for a new spotlight and a fresh chance to win. Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store on Saturday 8/30.

If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.

Today we are featuring a set by Chaitali called Cupcakes.  This set has many wonderful cupcake sentiments and a variety of cupcake images you can mix and match.  I had to giggle when I made this card because my daughter loves to bake, so I know where this card will be going sooner than later LOL! 



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!

Monday, 8/25/14
Featured Products: Cupcakes (illustrated by Chaitali Narla), Signature Sequin Mix
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve


1. Julee7. Monika {Guest}
2. Teresa8. Stacey
3. Chaitali9. Maureen
4. Amber10. Laurie
5. Charmaine11. Janelle
6. Marisa12. Christyne

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2 of our Spotlight Hop and another chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve Stamps!


What's In It?
Stamps:   Cupcakes (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Happy Day (My Mind's Eye), Pretty in Pink, So Saffron (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Real Red,Black (Stampin' Up), SeaGlass (Colorbox)
Accessories:   Flag It Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Oval and Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Twine, Button, Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), Stickles, Glue Dot, Dimensionals