Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Year In Review Part 4

Here is the last part of my year in review.

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Made for a dear friend who now lives in Alberta.

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Love this sentiment as it mirrors my life verse of Philippians 1:6

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Made for a Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

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Fun tag card.

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Such a fun colour combination.

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Love this little wooden reindeer I found in the Michael's dollar bin!

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My favorite word front and center.
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Yup.  "Joy" once again along with my favorite winter image - snowflakes!

Hope you enjoyed the stroll through 2015.  Back on January 1st with the first Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge of 2016!  

Thank you to all of you who follow my blog and for the lovely comments you leave.  The crafting community is one full of very giving and kind people and what a blessing you are :)   I look forward to sharing 2016 with you and wish you all a fabulous 2016 ((hugs))!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Year In Review Part 3

Here are my favorites for July through September.

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This was a thank you card for one of my daughter's teachers.

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Inspired by a Verve Diva Inspiration Photo.

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Hubby's anniversary card.

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Love these Reverse Confetti flowers!

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Made for Coffee Lover's Blog hop using a Verve digi.

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A mix of Reverse Confetti and Verve.

Tripped across this on a fellow bloggers post today and thought I would re-post her information.   I had a noticeable drop in followers the other day and figured people were doing some housecleaning re: who they want to follow.  No big deal, I do the same.  However, if you have been dropped from being a follower of my blog and wish to continue to do so, here is what you need to do.

ETA: From a Google notice: ... "We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow." ... Full notice here.

Back tomorrow with the final set of favorites for 2015.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Year In Review Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my Year in Review.  This post covers April through June 2015.

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Not my normal type of layout so this was great fun to challenge myself with this sketch.

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Love Emery :)  He just makes me smile every time I use him!

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More tulips, this time stamped.  Went to dear daughter as she loved the punched edges.
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Love this colour combo and of course, the hearts {grin}.

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A totally fun card to make.  Even brought out the spiral clips lol - remember those?!

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Such a fun colour combination!  Seeing a trend here...??  Yes! I love hearts!

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Have always loved lots of white space and how colours pop against it.

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Don't use washi often, so this card was an accomplishment lol!

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Lots of layers on this one!

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Totally fun art deco card.

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Totally fun Verve bee and honeycomb dies!  Scored with the paper from my LSS too.

That ends Part 2 of my Year in Review.  Back on Tuesday with Part 3.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Year In Review Part 1

Spending time with friends and family so doing my annual "Year in Review" posts this week.  Always fun to go through your creations and see which ones you liked best.

Part 1 - January through March

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Love making Valentine's Day cards and Julee's Mojo sketch was perfect for this card. 

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I have always loved this image by Stampin' Up and paired it with the two hearts signifying my heart is sharing in their sorrow.

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This card was a case of Kim Sigardson's card and I just love the grey and ared together.

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Had to include this card as it was just too fun to make! Perfect to give to hubby :) 

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Used one of my all time favorite MME paper pads for this Mojo Monday card.

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Made for one of my Irish friends this year.

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Tulips are my favorite flower and it was great fun making these with the bird wing from a Stampin' Up punch.

That brings us to the end of Part 1 of the year in review.  Part 2 coming up tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Milk and Cookies

Welcome to our second December inspiration challenge!  We have a yummy theme for you this time round - Milk and Cookies!  A winning combination indeed and I just love this photo!  The LEAD for this challenge will be invited to be a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge.

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I dug through my stash of paper and stamping supplies only to find I do not own a single gingerbread man or candy cane stamp or die!  Eeeek! How did that happen?!  That left this glorious colour combination to work with, and it is one of my favorites so all was good :)

Absolutely no stamping on this card, just die cuts and lots of dimensionals {grin}.  Added a few pops of silver and layered it up.

Milk and Cookies

Guest Designer:  Emily Lauritzen, Scrappy Sweet Creations

Amy Kolling
Amy Tsuruta

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


What's In It?
Paper:  Mistletoe Magic (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Real Red (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Labels 15 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Snowflake Die (PTI), Joy Die (WPlus9), Silver Twine, Silver Half Pearls, Button, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, December 14, 2015

Mojo Monday #428

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It is Mojo Monday time once again with this week's sketch being the last one of this year.  The Mojo Team will be taking a little break over Christmas and will be back in full force in January.

I adore the font Julee used to create the Every Heart Plain Jane.  I stamped it on the tag from the Flourished Tag Set and cut out a second tag to give it a bit more width and interest.  Embossed one of the snowflakes from Glad Tidings in gold and cut it out using the coordinating Snowflake Tidings die set.  Added a few brads, gold twine and bells and curled the top corner to keep the diagonal flow.

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.

Had a busy weekend of socializing - cookies exchange on Friday night and our Bible Study's Christmas dinner on Saturday night.  Great fun doing the white elephant gift exchange at each one too.  Love how gifts get stolen and restolen.  Managed to finally get my Christmas cards done and mailed out so I am ready to go into recluse mode for a day or so to recover LOL! 


We will be back in January with a new year of Mojo Monday sketches - yeah!!  Enjoy the break.

Challenge: Simon Says


What's In It?
Stamps:   Holiday Treats (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Mistletoe Magic (My Mind's Eye) Kraft, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Scalloped Circle, Circle and
Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Snowflake Die (PTI), Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Gold Twine, White Half Pearls, Dimensionals 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Verve December Inspiration Hop

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have until January 5 to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.

Our November challenge is Cup of Kindness

Everywhere you look this time of year there's a flurry of color. Shiny ornaments, twinkling Christmas lights, window displays decked out in the merriest of brights. And not to mention all the sweet little wassail, hot cocoa, tea and coffee cups all around. So this month we're challenging you to share a cup of kindness with us. Get inspired by the graphic or blaze your own color trail, just show us some colorful creations!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Tuesday, January 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

If you have come here from Maureen's blog you are right on track. If you just happened upon the hop, you can check out the hop list below to get caught up.

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I used Julee's newest digi set called Cup of Kindness (a free download until December 25th!).  Love the sentiments and font art in the set and of course, the wonderfully decorated cups.  Just "had" to use the one with the snowflake on it- happy sigh :)     The sentiment is from the same set and I added some pops of red for a touch of Christmas in the midst of the pastels.

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've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee6. Susan
2. Amy7. Stacey
3. Betty8. Maureen
4. Sankari9. Marisa
5. Sarah

Need a last minute Christmas treat for yourself or someone else, head on over the to the Verve Store and have some fun, or enjoy Julee's free digi - her gift to you this Christmas :) 

Challenge:  Simon Says

What's In It?
Stamps: Cup of Kindness Digi Set (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Dolled Up (My Mind's Eye), Pink Polkadots (Making Memories), Turquoise, Real Red, Rose Romance (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black
Accessories: Scalloped Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Tag Die (PTI), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Crimper (Fiskars), 5/8" Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's Ribbon Bin), Silver Cording, Button, Bling, Mini Heart Punch (Michael's Dollar Bin),

Monday, December 7, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Dear Santa Reminder

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We are half way through our Dear Santa challenge over at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge, and this is my second take on the photo.

I just love this adorable Santa image from There She Goes.  Unfortunately, the company is no longer in business so I am glad I got him while I could :) 

A quick, simple design for today's card.  Coloured him with Twinkling H2Os, added glitter on his hat and cuffs (sorry, hard to see in the photo), created the snowflake pattern on the kraft using two snowflake stamps from the same set.  

We had a bit of a scare with our new kitty this weekend.  Turns out, a plant we had in the house (anthurium) is poisonous to kitties (totally unknown to us) and he chewed a bit of leaf.  The toxicity can be mild to severe, and based on his symptoms, his was mild - phew!  He has some swelling in his throat and may have a small blister or two (side effects), but thankfully, what he ingested was minor so he can breathe, drink and eat wet food okay (dry on hold for a few days).  Things should be back to normal in a few days and we are very thankful it wasn't worse!  Never a dull moment with Paddington in the house!

Have a fabulous day, and thanks for stopping by!


What's In It? 
Stamps:  HoHoHo (There She Goes - Retired)
Paper:  Kraft, Real Red, Black (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabililties (Spellbinders), Diagonal Strip Pretty Panel (Reverse Confetti), Twinkling H2Os, Twine, Glue Pen, Glitter, Dimensionals