Monday, July 25, 2016

Mojo Monday #458

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Last Monday of the month and not sure where July has gone! Actually, not sure where the year has gone LOL!  It has been a blitz and a blurr since last December and I am hoping there will be a little down time in August as the Fall is always busy.

Today's sketch took a little thinking time but once I chose my papers I was good to go.  Always in need of some birthday cards so pulled out some old Stella and Rose papers by MME, the Happy Birthday Plain Jane and Happy Place set along with the coordinating Happy Doodles die set.  A few buttons for some texture and embellishments and I was good to go.

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 summer weather has returned so looking forward to lots of evening walks with my daughter and some fun in the sun - maybe even a beach day as it is so close and we seldom go there!  Have a fabulous day and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery :)







What Is In It?

Stamps:  Happy Place, Happy Birthday Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Minds Eye), Not Quite Navy, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black 
Accessories:   Happy Doodles Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mojo Monday #457

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This week's Mojo Monday sketch was a bit tricky for me but once I broke it down I was good to go.

Needed a card for a friend who is battling prostate cancer and this seemed like a great layout for a masculine card.  I used Just Breathe for the sentiments, added the corners to frame the sentiments, a few brads and an embossed distressed stripes background for the masculine side of things.  The heart paper fits the sentiment so went with it ;)

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.



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




  

  
What Is In It?
Stamps:  Just Breathe (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:   Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Distressed Stripes (Provocraft), Brads, Dimensionals

Friday, July 15, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Unicorn

 

It's time for the second Curtain Call Challenge of the month and we have this fabulous photo to inspire us.   In addition, I want to give a warm welcome to Tammy Hershberger, our newest Crew Member!  Tammy's work is fabulous and I am sure you will love seeing her creations :)

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I do not own any unicorn stamps of paper so I opted to go with the lovely, soft colour combination for my card.  I kept to a baby theme as per the stuffed unicorn and used my favorite baby set by Verve called To The Moon.  I chose this adorable raffi and paired it with the Smallest Things Plain Jane and the Pennant Trim and Heart Quartet die sets. 

Below is a list of our designers and guest designer Anni Lerche.  Lots of wonderful inspiration to be had!
   
UNICORN
Guest Designer - Anni Lerche, Annikarten


Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  To The Moon, Smallest Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Rose Romance, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Pennant Trim and Heart Quartet Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Heart Punch (Michael's Dollar Bin), White Half Pearls, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, July 11, 2016

Mojo Monday #456

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It's skewed panel time over on the Mojo Monday blog.

I need a birthday card for my son who tuns 16 in August and took advantage of this sketch to make his card.  I need a soccer image or two as he is big time into reffing soccer, but alas, I don't have any so I ended up with a somewhat nautical theme in red, white and blue.  Made the 16 hard to miss and added a few stars in the corners.

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.



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




  

  
What Is In It?
Stamps:  Amuse
Paper:  Anchors (Recollections),  Night of Navy, Real Red, Brocade Blue (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories:   Starry Die and Stitched Banners (A Cut Above by Verve), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Dimensionals

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop - July 2016

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!

There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until August 5 to link up. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps aren't required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when we see them!


We're headed into the lazy days of summer and this outdoor scene is sure to inspire some cozy creations.   Take your inspiration from the graphic or follow the color pattern, just have fun stamping. We can't wait to see what you create!

Challenge deadline: Friday, August 5th
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

If you have come here from our newest Lesley's blog you are right on track.  If not, you can go to the Verve blog for the hop list to get caught up.

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For my card I used the vertical, colour blocked stripes on the pillows and the colour combination.  I added a doily as per the doily images on the carpet, and then layered my beloved Jotted Heart die with the Elegant Leaf die which was over stamped with the coordinating leaf image from Bloom and Grow.    Next came the Scroll Die with over stamped with the scroll image from Die Sidekicks and sentiment from Great Friend and a red heart using the Heart Quartet die set.  The ribbon is from the Truly Madly Deeply Ribbon Collection.  Think this is a record for me as I used eight Verve goodies on one card - a wonderful testament to how well Verve sets and dies coordinate :)


Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!

  
1. Julee6. Marisa
2. Betty7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Stacey
4. Laurie9. Susan
5. Lesley10. Teresa
  


Time to head on over to Maureen's blog to see her take on the inspiration photo :)






What's In It?
Stamps:  Bloom and Grow, Die Sidekicks (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   This and That (Echo Park), Old Olive, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Kraft (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, VersaMark 
Accessories: Jotted Heart, Heart Quartet, Elegant Leaves and Scroll Die (A Cut Above by Verve),  Truly Madly Deeply Ribbon Collection (Verve Stamps), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Crimper (Fiskars),  Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Friday, July 8, 2016

VLV July Week 1 Sketch Recap

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It's recap time for July's' first Viva La Verve sketch of July and I get to recap Julee's wonderful sketch.

I mixed some Basic Grey and MME papers with the "beautiful" word die from Verve's Beautiful Flowers  layered on top of the large  Stitched Pennants die.  The heart die from the Scalloped Trim Trio die set framed the bottom nicely and I and finished things off with my favorite butterfly from Petals and Wings.   A touch of swiss dots in the background and a ribbon finished things off.

You can check out who I spotlighted for this sketch over at the Viva La Verve blog as well as additional inspriation from the gallery.

Thanks for popping in and have a great day!







What's In It?
Paper: Cappella (Basic Grey), On teh Bright Side (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories: Petals and Wings, Beautiful Flowers, Stitched Pennants and Scalloped Trim Trio Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provocraft),  3/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Crimper (Fiskars), Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, July 4, 2016

Mojo Monday #455

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It's not only the 4th of July today (Happy 4th of July to all my American followers!!), but it is also contest time over on the Mojo Monday blog as it is the first Monday of the month.

I used one of my favorite colour combinations for this card:  pink and green.  Also made it on the girly side by adding a sparkly butterfly with my favorite Flutterby die and a few sequins from the Shine Bright sequin mix on the sentiment panel which uses Poppy Birthday and the Banner Bundle die set.  May very well be my daughter's birthday card as she loves pink and won't turn down sparkly things (especially if it is in the form of jewellery 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.


The more entries we have the greater your chances of winning some Verve!  Have a fabulous day and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery :)




  

  
What Is In It?
Stamps:  Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  My Girl (Pebbles), Wild Wasabi (Stampin' Up), Silver Shimmer Paper (Dollar Store)
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Flutterby and Banner Bundle Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), Stitched Circles (Lil' Inker), Button, Silver Cording, Button, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Friday, July 1, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Cherry Bomb


It's the first of July, which means it is Canada Day, AND my 20th wedding anniversary!!!  Seconded by first Curtain Call Challenge of the month.

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I used this challenge to create an anniversary card for my hubby as the colours were masculine (I tweaked the blue to a navy blue rather than the bright blue) and were perfect for creating him a card.   Hard to believe it has been 20 years!  Where does the time go??!!   We married later in life and have been blessed with two kids, ups, downs, new business ventures, challenges, loss, celebrations, victories, and a whole lot more over the course of those twenty years.  The anchor in the midst of it all has been first and foremost been our love for God, as well as our love and respect for each other and always, always ensuring we communicate with each other.   


CHERRY BOMB
Guest Designer
Angie Cimbalo, Cimbacreativefun


Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.





 


What's In It?
 Paper:   Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Costco DP
 Accessories:  Number and Word Dies (PTI), Crimper (Fiskars), Heart Punch (Marvy), Twine,  Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The End of an Era

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Having a mommy moment today.....this weekend my daughter had her Grade 12 prom night and with it came the closing of an era and the beginning of a new one.  Seems like just yesterday I was registering her for pre-school and now she is a beautiful, intelligent and gifted young woman who will be stepping into the next phase of her life as she heads off to university.

She has grown, matured and gained much wisdom as she navigated those not-so-easy high school years, and those experiences have built in her a depth of character and convictions that will carry her a long way in life.  I am extremely grateful for some amazing teachers who have left their fingerprints on her heart and given her the confidence she didn't always have in herself.  We have been blessed with their being a part of the village raising her :)

Watching her spread her wings and begin to soar is beautiful to watch, albeit difficult at the same time!  My mama heart yearns to keep her close and yet also knows my most important job is to ensure the strings are let out more and more and ultimately cut so I can sit back and watch her become all God created her to be and do for His glory.  SO blessed to be her mom!!    Love you with all my heart sweetheart!!

Unfortunately dad and baby brother had to be at a soccer tournament this weekend so we missed out on family photos this night.  So, to make up for it, we are all going to get dressed up and go out for a wonderful dinner to celebrate :)  Can't wait to see her in her dress again - these pictures do NOT do it justice!!  She got it in Paris last year when she went on a two week school trip to Europe and they hit the summer sales just right!  She got this gorgeous designer dress, cut on the bias and inlaid with lace for 75% off the original price!  It is a classic and I wish I had been there as I would have gotten one in my size for myself I love it that much!!


Two Russian/Slavic girls with high cheekbones :)

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Dress envy - she absolutely loved her friends pink dress.

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With her best friend.
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Two buddies since elementary school.

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A fellow Manchester City fan - they often wore their jerseys on the same day and always stuck together in supporting their team during the Premier League play offs.

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SO blessed to have you as our daughter!!  Love you sweetheart!!

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Beautiful, inside and out...!

Thanks for indulging me :) 




Monday, June 27, 2016

Mojo Monday #454

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Mojo454sketchI love Monday's as they are Mojo Monday time and that is always a fun wat ti start your week :)

Went with some soft pastels for my card this week and this fabulous Psalm 143:8 verse from Good Work and butterfly from Die Sidekicks along with the matching All Aflutter butterfly die.

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.




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




  

  
What Is In It?
Stamps:  Good Works, Die Sidekicks (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, So Saffron (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories:  All AFlutter Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), 1" Green Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's Dollar Bin), Sequins, Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals