Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Going Batty Reminder Post

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

The colour combination in this photo is a yummy one so I used it for my card once again and combined it with one of the October sketches from Page Maps.

Added some woodgrain embossing to pick up the wood panelling, a doily for the dainty tree leaves, and a trio of elements for the focal sentiment panel as per the trio of bats in the photo.  A fun little card to be able to tuck in with a gift for a friend.

Looking forward to celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend :)  We will have a small group this time round, but that means a more relaxed time and less prep and hubbub which is exactly what I could use right about now after a very busy September and early October!  Turkey soup is one of my favorites and I can't wait to make some!  Always a great freezer meal for those days when you have nothing prepared for dinner LOL!

Enjoy your day and would love to have you join our challenge if you have done so already!


What's In It?Paper:  Kraft, Old Olive, So Saffron (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz), I Heart "U" Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Friends Die (PTI), Heart Trio Die Set (The Cat's Pajamas), Twine, White Half Pearl, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Viva La Verve October Week 1 Sketch Recap

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Another fabulous sketch by Julee this week, and I get to recap it :)

While digging through my paper stash I tripped across this Basic Grey paper I got a few years back and decided to use it (amazing what you find when you sort through things!).  Paired it with one of my favorite sets, Kind Words.  Adore this sentiment from the set and the flower is always a great one to shadow stamp in the background.

A touch of seam binding from Verve's Signature Collection and a touch of sponging around the edges to soften things up a bit called it a card.

You can check out who I have spotlighted this week as well as get additional inspiration for the sketch over on the Viva La Verve blog.

Thanks for popping in and have a fabulous day!


What's In It?
Stamps:  Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Capella (Basic Grey), So Saffron, Kraft (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Lacy Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Signature Series Seam Binding (Verve Stamps), Button, Twine, Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, October 5, 2015

Mojo Monday #418

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It's the first Monday of the month and that means it is contest time over on the Mojo Monday blog.  Create a card using this sketch, link it up, and you could be selected as a winner of a Verve stamp set of your choice.  The more entries the greater chance of winning.

My son's soccer coach turned 60 on Saturday and the team is presenting him with a cake and gift after tonight's practice.  Consequently, I need to make a birthday card and the big panel on this sketch was a perfect fit to display a big "6 - 0"  on the front {grin}.  Was thrilled to have the word "big" from the Tag Time set to add to the 60 :) 

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 great day and enjoy the sketch!

Challenge: Simon Says


What's In It?
Stamps:   Tag Time (Verve Stamps) 

Paper:  Costco DP, Real Red, Black, Going Grey (Stampin' Up)

Ink:   Black  
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Number Dies (PIT), Star Dies (Sizzix), Twine, Button, Glue Dot, Dimensionals 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Still in love with Verve's new Latte Love Digi Freebie (available only until October 15th) so had to make another card with it for the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.

Used Stampin' On Tuesday's sketch for my card, crimped and sponged the kraft panel, added a yellow doily and put the sentiment from Latte Love on a tag from Verve's Flourished Trim die set.  Can't do anything pumpkin spiced as allergic to the spices, but can definitely enjoy them on cards :)  Could roll around in these fall colours they make me so happy, especially if I have a latte in hand LOL!

Have a fabulous day, and thanks for popping in today!

Challenge:  Simon Says
                   Colour Throwdown

What's In It?
Stamps:  Latte Love Digi (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections (Michael's), So Saffron, Kraft (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Flourished Trim Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inker), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Button Die (PTI), Crimper (Fiskars), Twinkling H2Os, Twine, Dimensionals  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Going Batty

Welcome back to our first inspiration challenge of the month. This time round we are hanging out and going a bit batty {grin}.  The LEAD for this challenge will be invited to be a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge.

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I used this week's Paper Players sketch for my card and since I am not a huge Halloween fan, I opted to go with the colours in the picture as my inspiration - the white and yellow from the house and brown and touches of green from the tree.  Picked up on the flying theme with a butterfly in lieu of a bat and my hanging object became the vellum leaves.  

  Going Batty

Amy Kolling
 Amy Sheffer

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

Challenges:  Simon Says
                     Paper Players


What's In It? 
Paper:  So Saffron, Old Olive, Going Grey (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Scalloped Edge Punch and Leaf Die (Stampin' Up), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Crimper (Fiskars), Thanks Die (PTI), Button, Twine, White and Brown Half Pearls, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Viva La Verve Meets Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

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Time for a recap of the fourth and final September Viva La Verve sketch.  You have until 8:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, October 1st to submit your entries for this month's $100 Verve gift certificate draw!  You don't have to complete all the sketches, but the more you do, the greater your chances of winning.  In addition, Verve stamps are not required but we love to see them if you have them :)

In honor of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, I paired Laurie's sketch with a sentiment from Better With You and these adorable latte cups from Julee's Latte Love Digi Freebee (available only until October 15th).  Every time I see these images I want to hop in my car and go get myself a Venti decaf non-fat latte LOL!! 

If you want to see who I have spotlighted for this week's sketch, and/or want some additional inspiration from the gallery, simply hop on over to the Viva La Verve blog.

Have a great day!  I'm off to get a latte {grin}.

What's In It?

Stamps:   Better With You, Latte Love Digi (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Recollections Papers (Micheal's), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)
Ink:   Black  
Accessories:  Lacy Oval and Oval Dies (Spellbinders), Ribbon, Button, Twine, Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mojo Monday #417

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It's tall and skinny week over on the Mojo Monday blog - time to enjoy a change from my standard A2 sized cards.

Needed a birthday card for my SIL this past weekend as we gathered as a family to celebrate our three September and one August birthday together.  Always great fun to get together and hubby made a delicious pork roast with and cooked cabbage and black forest cake was our dessert.

Love this Birthday To You Plain Jane and added a heart cluster to dress things up a bit.

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 great day and enjoy the sketch!

What's In It?
Stamps:   Birthday to You Plain Jane (Verve Stamps) 

Paper:  Floral Chic (Fancy Pants), Tan, Blush Blossom, Real Red, Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up)

Ink:   Black  
Accessories:  Heart Quartet Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Heart Punch (Marvy), Crimper (Fiskars), Twine, Black Half Pearls, Button, Glue Dot, Dimensionals 

Friday, September 25, 2015

SFYTT - September 2015

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Time for another Sketch For You To Try card.  With the busyness of September, I am just now getting to this month's sketch. 

My daughter's birthday was this Tuesday, and this sketch fit the bill.  Since she loves pink, ruffles and flowers, I pulled out Petals and Posies once again (love this set!) and went to work.  Ruffles - check.  Flowers - check, check. Pink - check, check, check lol.  Hoping this will be soft and feminine enough for her :) 

Not sure how my baby got so big!  This mama is having a hard time with it LOL.  I am so proud of her and all of her accomplishments, how she has excelled academically and in her photography, how she has stood true to her values though out high school in the midst of pressure to do otherwise, and oh how I love her wit and her huge heart.  She is a precious girl and I am beyond blessed to be called her mother.  Happy Birthday, sweetheart!! I love you lots!


What's In It?
Stamps:   Petals and Posies (Reverse Confetti)

Paper:  Lovey (Bella Boulevard), Costco DP, Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen

Ink:   Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up)
Petals and Posies Die Set, Love Note Die Set, Diagonal Stripe Pretty Panels Die (Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Crimper (Fiskars), Flag It Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Viva La Verve September Week 3 Sketch

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It's recap time for this week's Viva La Verve sketch and I am swinging from holiday to holiday!  Yesterday was Christmas and now I am fast forwarding to Valentine's Day LOL.

Love these Yours Truly papers by Echo Park and paired them with my beloved Jotted Heart die and "U" die from the I Heart You die set.  Needed a little something, something so I added a tie on the U and a button on my heart.  Adore this "hugs" sentiment from Love Notes as it is just so much fun to add to a card :)   Keeping this for my daughter when she needs a pick me up during the year or it may very well be her Valentine's Day card.

Need or want to see some extra inspiration for this fabulous sketch by Stacey?  Simply head on over to the Viva La Verve blog to check out the gallery.  You will also find my top picks for this week.

Enjoy the sketch!

Challenge:  Simon Says Stamps


What's In It?
Stamps:  Love Notes (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Yours Truly (Echo Park) 
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Jotted Heart and I Heart You Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Crimper (Fiskars), Corner Rounder (Marvy), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, September 21, 2015

Mojo Monday #416

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I was in the mood for making a Christmas card this week after seeing a few in blog land.

I pulled out my hoarded Lost and Found Christmas papers by MME and went to work.  The triple circles were causing a bit of havoc so I took a little artistic license with this week's sketch, but the guts if it are still there {grin}.

I adore this Winter Fun die set as the Christmas tree is one of my favorite Christmas dies.    I paired them with this beautifully fonted (not sure if that is a word but you know what I mean) sentiment from Glad Tidings and added in a few starts to fill up the focal panel.

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 are fully immersed in our Fall schedule after the kids' second full week of school.  Let the mad dash to Christmas begins lol!

Wishing you a fabulous day and thank for sharing a bit of yours with me :)

Challenges: Simon Says Stamps

What's In It?
Stamps:   Glad Tidings (Verve Stamps) 

Paper:  Lost and Found Christmas (My Mind's Eye), Going Grey, Kraft (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen

Ink:   Black  
Accessories:  Winter Fun Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Snowflake Dies (PTI), Stitched Circles (Lil' Inker), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Gold Twine, Dimensionals