Friday, March 27, 2015

Viva La Verve March Week 4 Sketch

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This week's Viva La Verve sketch is brought to us by Anya.

I had great fun working with this sketch.  Pulled out this fabulous flower from Happy Place and the coordinating Happy Doodles Die Set.   The papers are from MME's The Sweetest Thing and I added a pop of colour by using Old Olive for my flowers.

Wanted a more feminine feel to the card so I punched the scalloped borders and added the Daisy Chain border down the side.  Still no ribbon so a tiny bow (aka: to fit the sentiment as in bow on the finger to remember something) added to the stem of the flower and I was finally satisfied with the card.

You don't need to use Verve Stamps to join in the challenge, but we love to see them if you have them.  All the challenge details are on the  Viva La Verve blog.  Would love to have you join in on the fun and the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Verve  Stamps! 

Wanting to say a big thank you to everyone for remembering me and my blog.  So sorry I have been lax in my commenting for the past few months....life has been very busy and there are only so many hours in a day so something had to give.  Unfortunately the quickest and easiest place to gain time is from cyber world....sniff, sniff...  Hoping it's not a permanent thing, but only time will tell.  Until then, thank you for your continued support ((hugs))! 

Challenges:  Simon Says

 

What's In It?
Stamps:   Happy Place, Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Old Olive (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black    
Accessories: 
Happy Doodles Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Daily Chain Punch (Martha Stewart), Brown Half Pearls, Twine, Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby Card

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Was using this fun Freshly Made Sketches for a baby card I needed for a shower I attended this past weekend.  The couple doesn't know the sex of the child so I had to go with non gender specific colours, and kraft and yellow won out.

Love this raffie from Stampin' Up's Wild About You set.  Always makes me smile :)   Embossed it with clear embossing powder so the image would show up and outlined the eye and mouth with black marker so they stood out.  A bit of ribbon around the raffie's neck for a pop of colour and some embossed dots in the background for a bit of texture and I was good to go.

Thanks for popping in and enjoy your day!



What's In It?
Stamps:   Wild About You, Fancy Flexible Phrases (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  So Saffron, Kraft (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, VersaMark    
Accessories: 
Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Seeing Spots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Clear Embossing Powder (Michael's), Black Half Pearls, Gingham Ribbon, Dimensionals

Monday, March 23, 2015

Mojo Monday #390

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Today we get to enjoy a wonderful sketch by Wanda.  A great layout for a CAS card.

After I completed my card, I realized I used the same elements as last week's card...just can't help myself with spring in the air {grin}.

Found this fun heart paper at Micheal's and paired it with a lavender butterfly and another wet paint "hello".   Stitched the edges to give it a little "oomph", crimped the panel for a bit of texture and used a big button to balance 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. 


Driving lessons with my daughter are coming along very nicely.  She is getting more confident in her skills until we tackled a bit of parallel parking....always a nemesis for any new driver!  Used hubby and son as the parking pylons and by the end she was improving a bit, but we have a way to go.

Hoping you had a fabulous weekend and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

 

What's In It?
Paper:  Tan Hearts (Recollections), Going Grey, Lavender Lace, Black (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories: 
Butterfly and Wet Paint Dies (PTI), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Crimper (Fiskars), Button, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Curtain Call Inspration Challenge - Jellybean Reminder

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We are half way through the current Jelly Bean Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and this time round I decided to make a round card showcasing some tulips in the colours of the inspiration photo.

I have seen tulips made with the wing of the Stampin' Up bird punch but have never tried them myself, so this is my tribute to my favorite flower - tulips!

I had the privilege of living in The Netherlands for a year when I worked with Billy Graham there, and needless to say, there were lots and lots of tulips in all sizes, shapes and colours.  I had tulips in my apartment every day for weeks (as well as on my desk in the office) and you could buy them at flower kiosks on just about every corner for a very cheap price.  Needless to say, I was in flower heaven :)

If you haven't played along yet, we would love to have you join us!  Plus, the LEAD for this challenge gets to join us as a Guest Designer in a future challenge.

Look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

 

What's In It?
Stamps:   Amuse
Paper:  Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Cool Caribbean, Mint Medley 
Ink:  Black    
Accessories: 
Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Bird Punch (Stampin' Up), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Black and White Half Pearls, Dimensinoals

Friday, March 20, 2015

Viva La Verve March Week 3 Sketch

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Today's Viva La Verve Sketch is brought to us by Stacey.  Lots of layers to play with and an opportunity to have fun with different papers.

I used MME's The Sweetest Thing papers and this adorable image from One Cup to create a card for the tea lovers in my life.  I paper pieced the cups, added a big doily in the background for the circle element and added a pop of colour with the red ribbon. 

You don't need to use Verve Stamps to join in the challenge, but we love to see them if you have them.  All the challenge details are on the  Viva La Verve blog.  Would love to have you join in on the fun and the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Verve  Stamps! 

Have a fabulous day, and as the sentiment says, enjoy the happiness a cup of tea (or coffee) can bring!

 

What's In It?
Stamps:   One Cups (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye)), Kraft, Cream Linen 
Ink:  Black    
Accessories: 
Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), 3/8" Red Stitched Ribbon, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, March 16, 2015

Mojo Monday #389

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A fun Mojo Monday sketch by Julee for us to use this week.   We continue to be in the throws of spring here on the West Coast with cherry trees and magnolia trees in full bloom and bringing lots of colours to the landscapes and pink snow will soon be on it's way LOL.

As a tribute, used some of this gorgeous Fresh Cut Basic Grey paper and added two rose coloured butterflies using my beloved Flutterby die along with some Sprightly Sprigs leaves for foliage.  Finished things off by adding a double sentiment.

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.



We had a blissfully relaxing weekend as a family, which was long overdue.  Great family time and an opportunity to catch our breath before the beginning of another busy week.  Kids are on Spring Break so hanging out as a family makes my mommy heart sing :)

Have a great week and bless someone special by telling them you love them!

 

What's In It?
Stamps:   Great Friend (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Fresh Cut (Basic Grey), Basic Grey, Rose Romance, Mint Medley Going Grey (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black    
Accessories: 
Sprightly Springs, Flutterby Flag It Die sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Button Die and Wet Paint Dies (PTI), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Twine, Dimensionals

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Jelly Bean


Time for another Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and I love the mix of pastel colours in this picture!  The LEAD of the Jelly Bean challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future Curtain Call challenge!

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Love using pastels together as they just scream Spring.  I opted to go with pink, yellow and purple for my card and kept things CAS due to time constraints.  Adore this PTI butterfly die and it was a great fit with the birthday sentiment (also by PTI).  A yellow button for a little pop of colour and some stitching around the edge for a little something, something.  Absolutely no stamping on this card which felt a bit strange LOL.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Jellybean Designers

Have a fabulous day and I look forward to seeing your creations!

 




What's In It?
Paper:  Small Dots (Precious Memories), Lavender Lace (Stampin' Up)

Accessories:   Butterfly and Birthday Dies (PTI), Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil' Inkers), Button, Glue Dot

Friday, March 13, 2015

Viva La Verve March Week 2 Sketch

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Diva Maureen has created this wonderful Viva La Verve sketch for us to work with this week.

I took the sketch quite literally and had great fun making a St. Patrick's Day card for a friend who is Irish.  These fabulous Verve Shamrocks from Lucky You always make me smile and love the matching Shamrock Die set, not to mention working with all the glorious greens :)

You don't need to make a St. Patrick's Day card or use Verve Stamps to join in the challenge, but we love to see them if you have them.  You can review all the challenge details on the Viva La Verve blog.

Have a fabulous day and look forward to seeing your creations.

 

What's In It?
Stamps:   Lucky You, Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Lucky You (Echo Park), Kraft, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen 
Ink:  Black, Creamy Caramel, VersaMark (Stampin' Up)   
Accessories: 
Shamrock Die Set and Classy Label Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Doily Die (Top Dog),  Crimper (Fiskars), 5/8" White Satin Ribbon, 1/4" Brown Satin Ribbon, Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Viva La Verve March Week 1 Sketch

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Time for this week's Viva La Verve sketch recap, and here is my take on Julee's wonderful sketch.

I just had to use the newly released Chocolate set again as it is just too much fun.  I have many chocolate lovers in my life and I can't wait to give this card to my daughter :)

I created a background on the artichoke panel by stamping the word chocolate in VersaMark - though it is hard to see in the picture - and used early espresso for the Chocolate Word Die - dark chocolate lovers unite LOL!   A heart to reinforce the sentiment and I was good to go.

You can check out all the Viva La Verve rules on their blog and also find out who I selected as my viewfinders.

Thanks for popping in today, and enjoy a piece of chocolate on me wink, wink {grin}.

 

What's In It?
Stamps:   Chocolate (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Mint Julip (Basic Grey), Kraft, Rose Red, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen
Ink:  Black, VersaMark    
Accessories: 
Chocolate and Heart Quarted Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Corner Rounder (Marvy) Buttons, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mojo Monday #388

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This week, I flipped the sketch and created a CAS card from scraps in my discard box.  Every element is a scarp except the green button - score!  All time record {grin}.  Just need to make about thirty more cards with five scraps a card and I would be good to go LOL!

Used a fall colour combination, but I adore these colours together, and the butterfly keeps things in the right season wink, wink.  Absolutely no stamping on this card (gasp!), but definitely lots of die cuts!

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.



We had a glorious weekend weather-wise and enjoyed a long over due, restful weekend - that is other than losing an hour's sleep with the time change.  It is definitely my least favorite weekend of the year as this mama loves and needs her sleep!  However, that being said, I definitely enjoy longer daylight :)

Wishing you a blessed day and thanks for stopping by.  

 
 
What's In It?
Paper:  Early Espresso, Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, So Saffron (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories: 
Flutteryby and I Heart You Dies (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil' Inkers), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Love Die (WPlus9), Button Die (PTI), Threading Water Border Punch (Fiskars), Twine, Dimensionals