Saturday, July 31, 2010

Curtain Call Act 41

What a wonderful, summer colour combo Stacey has chosen for this week.  Reminds me of sand, sea and blue sky - the perfect combination for a great day at the beach :)

The weather here has been simply fabulous all summer, but believe it or not, we haven't been down to the beach yet....the shame of it....especially when it is only five miles away from our house and people drive all the way out from Vancouver to spend the day there!  Needless to say, it is on our agenda for next week!  Last time we went the kids found a starfish and we were able to keep it in one of our buckets while we were there.  It was amazing to watch it curl its legs up more and more so it could drop down to the bottom of the bucket where it felt less exposed.  Looked like it was wearing the shoes the court jesters wore (the ones that curl up at the toes and have the bells at the ends).

Sorry, I regressed....on to the card!  I had a beach image all stamped out but had absolutely no colours that matched the colour challenge so couldn't colour the image - another vote for my need of Copics LOL!  Back to the drawing board....or more accurately, my fall to set these days!  Yes, out came Vintage Vogue, and once again I managed to turn some masculine colours into a girly card.  Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch from a few weeks back became the foundation of my card (even though I did tweek it a bit by adding the extra flower).

I was shocked to see the difference in colour between the Night of Navy card stock and ink!  It looks like I used Night of Navy on the flowers, but I didn't, honest!!  Don't own Marina Mist yet so used Brocade Blue ink instead.  A bit of ruffled ribbon, some black half pearls and I was good to go.

Our August Guest Designer is Teresa Kline, and she will be joining the rest of the Curtain Call Crew with a sample to inspire you!  Welcome to the Crew, Teresa!!
And, our August Guest Designer, Teresa Kline at enjoy the va.sunshine

We'd love it if you joined us too!!  Simply create a card using this week's colours and add your card to Mr. Linky on Stacey's blog.  If  you are uploading to a public gallery, please make sure to use the keyword Curtain Call 41.  Each week, Stacey will select one person to receive her "I Got The Lead At The Curtain Call"  Award as well as five people to receive her "I'm A Top 5 Curtain Call Show Stopper" Award which you can post on your blog, so come on over and join the fun!

Thanks for joining me today and have a fabulous week!   

What's In It?
Stamps:  Vintage Vogue
Paper: Kraft, Night of Navy, Blue
Ink: Sahara Sand, Brocade Blue, Night of Navy
Accessories: 1/4" White Gross Grain Ribbon, Black Half Pearls, SU Border Punch, Double Sided Sticky Tape, Dimensionals

Snowflakes and Snow Woman

This is my last post as one of July's Sweet 'n Sassy Guest Designers.  I have had a great time using these wonderful sets and just had to finish off with another snow woman!!  I made a very conscious effort to not use blues on this card and went heavy on the pinks instead LOL!  Pal Paper Arts is having a monochromatic challenge and that is where I got the idea.  Not sure if the silver disqualifies me from the challenge, but regardless, this was a fun card to make.

I glittered her hat and the "snow" and then added some punched snowflakes with bling in the middle around the image, despite the fact I used the snowflake embossing folder in the background.  They gave a nice little extra "umph" to the card and balanced it off nicely.  The mini bead silver cording was a clearance bin snag at Michael's last year.  It was a stinker to tie a bow with because the bow wouldn't stay tied, so I had to put a big old blob of glue in the middle to "freeze" the bow.  Thank goodness for clear drying glue LOL!

Have to do some overflow work for hubby's office over the next few weeks and with the kids' swimming lessons over (yeah, no more smelling of chlorine for a while), that means planning and doing activities to keep them busy as they won't be wiped out from swimming.  That usually means a wiped out mommy who needs down time, so if it is a bit quiet around here for a few weeks, you'll know why.  I'm hoping to post twice a week, any more is to be determined by my energy level or my addiction to the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon!!   Makes for a very hard decision at stamp.....or to read....that is the question LOL! 

Thanks for dropping in today and keeping me company (((hugs))).   Your comments make my day :D

What's In It?
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy
Paper:  Rose Red, DP
Accessories:  Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Circle and Scalloped Circle Nesties, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Marvy Snowflake Punch, Bling, Glue Pen, Sparkles, 5/8" Sheer Silver Ribbon, Silver Beaded Thread, Pink Button, Glue Dots, Twinkling H2Os, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What A Fabulous Shower Curtain

Well, we are down to our last two days of the kids' swimming lessons and my lap swimming.  The chlorine smell is nasty so this shower curtain reminds me of what I'll be doing extra long for the next few days to try to get rid of the smell LOL!  Upside is I'm becoming a lean, mean swimming machine LOL!  Just have to do some Tae Bo for the two weeks we are off so I can pick up right where I left off :)

Amber gave us the choice using her three inspiration pieces or going to the Bed and Bath site and finding one of our own.  I opted for the later and found this gorgeous (at least in my mind) shower curtain!  Just LOVE this colour combo and since I just got my Watercolour Trio set, what more can a girl ask for!  I also noticed this colour combo would work for this week's Just Add Ink colour challenge - score :D

I used turquoise, sahara sand and chocolate chip for my colours and then remembered the wonderful ribbon I got from Michael's last year in one of my major ribbon bin diving adventures.  I loved this ribbon so much I dug and dug and dug until I had about fifteen rolls (they come in pink, blue and green colour combos)!  The ribbon fit the bill perfectly so the moral of the story is....keep diving in that totally, non-user friendly ribbon bin at Michael's LOL!

This brings me to the end of the July challenges!  Where there is a will there is a way (and some lack of sleep LOL!).  Can't wait to see where Amber takes us next month.

I get a night off tonite so I can continue reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I am addicted, yup, that would be the word!!  Bed time has been between midnight and 1:00 a.m. for the past month as I've worked my way through the first two books.  Good thing it is summer time and I can sleep in a bit or I'd be hurting big time LOL!  SO glad I have four more to go. Can't wait to crawl into bed tonite and start book three.

See you on Saturday with my last guest designer Sweet 'n Sassy card.  Have a fabulous day and I hope you have been able to enjoy some of the joys of summer :)

What's In It?
Stamps:  Watercolour Trio
Paper:  Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Turquoise
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Oval and Scalloped Oval Nesties, Ribbon from Michael's, Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cascading Berries

I loved this picture - the cream and brown, a touch of red gingham and then the wonderful cascading berries - yummy.  

I immediately thought of SU's Peaceful Wishes set because it has the perfect "berry" type stamp to create the cascading berry image.  However, I wasn't so lucky when it came to finding my red gingham ribbon!  I searched high and low for the darn stuff, found every other colour of gingham ribbon under the sun, but not the red - ugh!  As it turns out, the moss gingham worked out pretty well.  Two down, two to go!

Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous day!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Peaceful Wishes, Hero Arts (sentiment)
Paper:  Real Red, Kraft, So Saffron, Cream Linen
Ink:  Mellow Moss, Real Red, Close to Cocoa
Accessories:  1/4" Moss Gingham Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Red Half Pearls, Glue Dots

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Love This Colour Combo

This patterned curtain caught my eye right away.  I just love black and white cards, but as as I looked at the picture in more detail, I loved the cream, kraft and saffron colours in the room as well.

I started with a great piece of DP from my Costco pack and went from there. I VersaMarked the closest thing I had to a damask image on the saffron (it's one of the images in Verve's Accent Notes set) and added a little flourish with a half pearl to help fill out the sentiment panel a bit.  Black sheer ribbon, some cream half pearls and my card was done :)   I just love this colour combination and will definitely use it again!  Three down and only one to go - yeah :) 

Have a fabulous day and I'll be back soon with my  last Verve challenge card.  First, to the pool we must go  LOL!

What's In It?
Stamps:  (Verve) Accent Notes, Psalm 3:3
Paper:  Cream Linen, Kraft, Black, So Saffron, Costco DP
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Oval and Scalloped Oval Nesties, 5/8" Sheer Black Ribbon, Half Pearls, Dimensionals

Monday, July 26, 2010

Botanical Blossoms Verve Style

This is going to be a good week for posting because I just now started my July Verve Forum challenges - eek!!  A little loss of sleep never hurt anyone right...LOL! 

This month Amber has chosen bathrooms as our inspiration room.  I chose this one because of all the white - you know how I love my white space :)   I was having a heck of a time with the second circle so I decided to flip the sketch so I could use a bow as the smaller circle in the sketch.  

I focused on the flowers and the pinks and greens (one of my favorite colour combinations).  Roses in Winter was my first thought but I decided against it and used Botanical Blooms instead.  Love this little two step set.  A few pink half pearls in the middles of the flowers added a little "umph" and the silver half  pearls as per the taps and legs on the bathtub.   Three down and one to go - yeah!

Thanks for visiting me today, your company is always appreciated :)   Have a fabulous day and I'll be back soon with another challenge card.

What's In It?
Stamps: Botanical Blooms
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss
Accessories:  SU Border Punch, Stylized Flowers Embossing Folder, Circle and Scalloped Nesties, Celery Grossgrain Ribbon, Button, Glue Dots, Silver Half Pearls, Dimensionals

FTL 100th Sketch Celebration

This layout was too fun to resist, and I can see myself using it many times again.  Just love the scallops and  with it being FTL's 100th sketch, I just had to play along :)

Thoughts and Prayers, was my set of choice.  Just love the two images in this set!!  It is definitely one of my favorite SU sets.  I opted to go with the flowered vine image and used Mellow Moss and Pretty in Pink, one of my all time favorite go to colour combinations.  I was very saddened to see Mellow Moss retiring so I made sure I ordered enough to keep me going for a long time LOL!   Kraft was a fabulous match with these colours and some half pearls added just the right touch to the flowers.  Just noticed I love a pearl center to one of my flowers somewhere along the way to the picture taking!  It has been fixed and when I get a chance I'll retake the photo.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for popping in today :D

What's In It?
Stamps:  Thoughts and Prayers (SU)
Paper:  Kraft, White
Ink:  Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink, Sahara Sand
Accessories:  Corner Rounder, Half Pearls, 5/8" Pink Satin Ribbon

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Julee


Today is a very special day.  We are celebrating JULEE TILMAN'S BIRTHDAY.   She is the owner and designer of Verve Stamps and we wanted to surprise her with her very own Birthday Blog Hop!  If you've come here from Lynda Benden's blog you are right on track.  If not, then you can go to the Verve Blog and start from there. 

Happy Surprise Birthday Blog Hop Julee!!!!  I'd sing you Happy Birthday but you would head for the hills if I did, so I'll refrain!  Feel free to sing it to yourself or have Mark sing it to you on my behalf  LOL, and please make sure Mark gives you a huge birthday (((hug))) from me, okay?!!!

It is such an honour be be a part of this birthday celebration for you :)  It's no secret how much I love Verve!! Your sentiments are amazing and I just love the Plain Jane scripture verses!  In honour of your birthday, I just had to use a Mojo Monday sketch for your card.  I was hoping to go with brown and aqua, your signature colours (I actually think of you any time I see this colour combo!), but have no aqua paper or ink (insert pouty face). get green (my favorite colour) and brown instead, as well as a piece of highly treasured and hoarded DP (yup, you're that special!).  Fluttering By was also a must have on this card because it was one the very first Verve sets I bought, and it also happens to be one of my all time favorite sets.  Sorry about the ribbon flower in the lower right hand corner....I had to surrender after a very lengthy battle with it....just imagine it as a lovely flower instead of what looks like gathered ribbon gone bad LOL!

Have a fabulous day, and know you are loved.  On to Teresa's blog you go..

What's In It?
Stamps:  (Verve) Fluttering By and Wishing You
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Costco DP Pack, Vanilla
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow
Accessories:  Circle and Scalloped Circle Nesties, Half Pearls, 5/8" Grosgrain Cream Ribbon, Double Sided Tape, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Curtain Call Act 40

I must admit these colours were a bit intimidating when I first saw them together, guess that's why they call it a challenge LOL!  The are a stong combination so I thought they would make a fun, funky card.     

I pulled out a stamp I got at my LSS over a year ago because I just loved this funky little bird.  Sorry about the sad colouring job....had to use Twinkling H2Os....some day I will own some Copics!!  I embossed the coloured panels with my Seeing Spots embossing folder to give some texture to the card and finished it off with some black satin ribbon and half pearls.  The crooked "I" in the sentiment drives me nuts, but it is that way on the stamp.  Guess I could have cut the stamp and straightened it out, but didn't think of that until after I was done - Murphy's Law.

The rest of the Curtain Call Crew have some samples for you along with our July Guest Designer. 
And, our July Guest Designer, Silke Ledlow at My Life

We'd love it if you joined us too!!  Simply create a card using this week's colours and add your card to Mr. Linky on Stacey's blog.  If  you are uploading to a public gallery, please make sure to use the keyword Curtain Call 40.  Each week, Stacey will select one person to receive her "I Got The Lead At The Curtain Call"  Award as well as five people to receive her "I'm A Top 5 Curtain Call Show Stopper" Award which you can post on your blog, so come on over and join the fun!

Monday brings week two of swimming lessons for the kids and more lap swimming for me.  Now that my body has adjusted to the shock of swimming laps for 45 minutes a day, I am really quite enjoying it.  It's a great way to keep floppy chicken arms away so they don't flap in the breeze when you wave to someone!  Oh the joys of aging....not LOL! 

What's In It?
Stamps:Studio G
Paper: Black, Old Olive, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Circle and Scalloped Circle Nesties, Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Twinkling H2Os, Aqua Brush, 5/8" Black Satin Ribbon, Black, Half Pearls, Dimensionals

I Love You Not Only For....

Today is another Sweet 'n Sassy Saturday.  I just had to use their Love Sentiments I digi set again because of this sentiment:  "I love you, not only for who you are, but for who I am when I am with you".  My hubby loves me for exactly who I am, warts and all, and makes me want to become all I was meant to be.  He supports me in my endeavours (though he does roll his eyes on occasion when I come down asking for some advice about what looks better on a card LOL!) and has molded and shaped me in ways I never thought possible.  I now push my dresser drawers in all the way if they didn't quite make it on the first try, I clean my house before we leave on any weekend trips or vacations so we come home to a clean house and I have even been known to watch a cooking show with him on a Saturday afternoon (he loves to watch them and get ideas for meals).  He has total trust and confidence in me, knows when to push me and when to let me be, and is my biggest cheerleader.  So, this card was made in honour of his influence in my life :)

I used a modified version of this CPS sketch.  Since the sentiment had a fine script this wonderful, understated DP was perfect as it wouldn't overpower the sentiment.   Then the trouble began LOL!  The top "bumps" of the heart gave me major grief as they were very empty and needed something but not too much.  It took me about 30 minutes to finally settle on the grosgrain with a button.  I'm blaming it on the chlorine fumes that are emanating from my body after a week of swimming laps in the pool...okay, so that's stretching it a bit....more like I'm tired and couldn't make a decision for the life of me LOL!  I'm happy with the final outcome and look forward to giving this to a friend.

Have a fabulous day and I'll be back tomorrow with my Curtain Call card.

What's In It?
Stamps:  Sweet 'n Sassy Love Sentiments I
Paper:  Mellow Moss, Real Red, Heart DP
Accessories:  Heart and Scalloped Heart Nesties, 1/4" Mellow Moss Grosgrain Ribbon, Button, Twine, Glue Dot, 5/8" Sheer Red Ribbon, Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Butterfly Inkspirations

I finally got the energy to stamp!  After a busy weekend and no time to recover from VBS, the kids are starting two weeks of swimming lessons.  That means I get to swim laps for 45 minutes while they are in their lessons and then we hang out for anywhere from 30 - 60 additional minutes just enjoying the water.  Needless to say, 45 minutes of swimming laps and additional "fun time" in the water is exhausting me LOL!  Actually fell asleep on the couch for an hour after the first day.  However, it definitely helps counter the flab factor so exhausted I will gladly be LOL!  Was actually wondering which one tires me out more, VBS or the swimming....think the swimming is winning! 

Sorry...I regressed...on to the card!  The minute I saw this Fall To Layout I fell in love with it.  Almost cased the actual layout as I have that fabulous set (may still go ahead and do it anyway!), but opted to use a butterfly instead.  I combined the sketch with this week's Inkspiration Colour Challenge.  The butterfly trail is from SU's Priceless set and I paired it with SU's butterfly die and border punch.  A few half pearls for some dimension and I called it a night.

Hope to squeeze one more card in this week.  If not, I'll be here on Saturday for my Sweet 'n Sassy card and on Sunday with my Curtain Call card.  Hoping you are all enjoying your summers :)  Though they are wearing me out, I am enjoying having my kids all to myself and enjoying a much more relaxed summer schedule.  Even the weather is cooperating!

Have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting me today :)

What's In It?
Stamps:  Priceless
Paper:  So Saffron, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Cream Linen
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  SU Border Punch, SU Sizzex Butterfly Die, Half Pearls, Corner Rounder

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Curtain Call Act 39

I had to sit and stare at this inspiration picture and just "....sigh....." for a while when I first saw it!  Just LOVE the greens and the touch of kraft - a perfect colour combo for me.

I immediately thought of leaves when I saw the colours and yet again wished I had PTI's Turning a New Leaf set!!  Have you ever noticed that whenever you reeeeally want a set, some paper, accessory, Nestie etc. it seems to be on every blog you visit!  Nothing like reminders of how much you want it and the fact that you don't have it!  Think I'm beginning to turn a shade of Wild Wasabi when it comes to this set LOL!

Sorry, I regressed....on to the card.  I decided to use this week's SCS sketch and my new Studio G leaf stamp.  I just love this cute little leaf -- and the price was right too!  I stamped it in celery and garden green (don't have wasabi ink yet), crimped the horizontal strip, added some raffia, and created a dotted.  Another CAS card, but I love the clean crisp feel to it.
The rest of the Curtain Call Crew have some samples for your inspiration and over the summer we will be having a new guest designer every month! 
And, our July Guest Designer, Silke Ledlow at My Life

We'd love it if you joined us too!!  Simply create a card using this week's colours and add your card to Mr. Linky on Stacey's blog.  If  you are uploading to a public gallery, please make sure to use the keyword Curtain Call 39.  Each week, Stacey will select one person to receive her "I Got The Lead At The Curtain Call"  Award as well as five people to receive her "I'm A Top 5 Curtain Call Show Stopper" Award which you can post on your blog, so come on over and join the fun!

I'm off to a LSS garage sale today with the hopes of selling some of my unloved stamping supplies.  If all goes well, I will be able to treat myself to that PTI leaf set I was just talking about!!!

Thanks for visiting and have a great day (((hugs))).

What's In It?
Stamps:  Studio G, Stampin' Up Polka Dots Background Stamp
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Kraft, White
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Garden Green, Black
Accessories:  Crimper, Raffia, Dimensionals

Sweet 'n Sassy Snow Girl

Sorry about the dark picture....this bright sunshine is messing with  my photography...but I'll take a dark picture over rain outside any day LOL!

I wanted to use this sketch a few weeks ago when Mercy first posted it, but life won the battle...again...hate when that happens!  No worries though, because as it turned out, it was the perfect sketch for my cute little Sweet 'n Sassy snow girl!   I just love this image.  It's another one from the Snow Friends set that I love because the images just make me smile :)

After loading the picture to the post, I realized the colour combination is basically the same as one of my other snowman cards.....sorry!   I obviously tend to gravitate towards this colour combo when I make a snow themed card!  I added a touch of silver to this one and kept the splash of pink.  Some Swiss Dots for my snowy background, some pink ribbon, a snowflake, and some buttons for accents to finish off a definitely girly, Christmas card LOL!

Well, I survived yet another VBS week!  I am always exhausted at the end of it, but wouldn't trade it for anything as it is just too much fun.  Lots of good memories, songs to remember and sing along to in the car when we play the VBS CD and a full year to recover until the next one :)   A few of you have asked for a picture of my sari so here you are.  I wasn't really wanting to post this picture because I am totally exhausted after a week of VBS and look the part LOL!  Puffy eyes, big bags under them, looking as big as a house from this angle (note to self:  make sure son has a good angle for the picture next time LOL) when in fact it is really lovely on.  So...just for you, I have swallowed my pride so you can see what we looked like in our saris.  Just make sure you take about 50 pounds off my hip/thigh area in the picture of me, okay!  The yards or material and tons of gathers in the skirt are not doing me any favors in this picture - I look like I did when I was pregnant!

Off to get all my stuff priced for a LSS Garage Sale I'm taking part in tomorrow. I'll be back tomorrow with my sample for next week's Curtain Call colour challenge.  Thanks for popping in and have a fabulous day :D

What's In It?
Stamps:  (Sweet 'n Sassy) Snow Friends
Paper:  Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Silver
Ink: Staz-On
Accessories: SU Scalloped Border Punch, Scalloped Circle and Circle Nesties, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Twinkling H2Os, Buttons, Glue Dots, Silver Twine, 5/8" Pink Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Leaves Are My Pals

Well, I survived day one of VBS (Vacation Bible School) yesterday  -- phew!!  We had a typical Day 1 with everything running late, but I have a great group of  ten Grade 4/5 kids to call mine for the week.

Our theme this year is India, in particular supporting the Dalits who are the lowest of the lowest cast there.  It breaks my heart to even think of what they have to endure....they can't draw water from a public well by themselves and have to rely on someone else to do it for them, which very rarely happens because they are considered so "unclean" that nobody will.  If they do it themselves, they are beaten and sometimes even killed!  They basically have no rights whatsoever, no schooling for education or jobs and many other horrible restrictions.  As part of VBS this year, we are raising money to send some missionaries who work among the Dalits so a well can be dug in their area.  This will allow them to draw their own water for their families, village and crops.  Last year we raised $1,500 for an orphanage in Uganda so I'm hoping we can do the same or more this year for the Dalits. 

After a short nap to recover from Day 1 (what can I say, I'm not as young as I used to be LOL!) I made this CAS card for the Pals Paper Arts Colour Challenge.  I found this great Studio G leaf image at one of the LSS I visit and was beyond happy as it is as close to PTI's Turning Leaf set as I'll get for now!

The gray panel was embossed with Diamonds in the Rough, and the ribbon came from a past ribbon bin diving adventure at Michael's.  I actually dug for another 15 minutes trying to find a second spool because I liked it so much, but came up empty (insert pouty face).  One of these days I just may tip that ruddy ribbon bin over so it is easier to dig through...sure the managers would love that one - not!! Yes, I definitely have a love hate relationship with that bin LOL!  

Today I'm off for Day 2 of VBS and am wearing a gorgeous sari!!   Thanks to a wonderful lady who called her friends, we have about 25 of them on loan for the leaders to be able to wear if they want to.  The beading and embroidery work on mine is amazing!  Hopefully it won't get too hot today or I'll be melting!   

Better run!  Hope to be able to past again soon.

What's In It?

Stamps:  Studio G Leaf Stamp, Fancy Flexible Phrases
Paper:  Basic Grey, So Saffron, White
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Diamonds In The Rough Embossing Folder, Ribbon, Dimensionals