Saturday, March 10, 2018

Verve Inspiration Challenge Hop

Welcome to Verve's March Diva Inspirations Challenge Hop! We're bringing back our monthly inspiration challenge and would love for you to play along! On the 10th of each month we'll bring you a blog hop, sharing our takes on the challenge. After that, we'd love for you to try your hand at the challenge and link up on the Verve Blog for a chance to win.

PRIZE ALERT: Our challenge comes with a prize drawing for a $30 gift voucher to the Verve shop. To be eligible, be sure to hop around and leave a comment on each of the Diva blog posts, then play along and link up before April 5. Verve stamps are NOT required, but we do love to see 'em!

There are no rules.. just have fun creating!
This month we'd love for us to show us your green. Feel free to take inspiration from this drippy, weathered gate photo or just pull out some green toys from your stash and start to play. We can't wait to see what you create! 

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

If you have come here from Laurie's blog you are right on track.  If not, check out the Hop List below and get caught up!

I was almost giddy when I read the challenge was to use green as it is my favorite colour ♥   Being March, it is a perfect opportunity to combine green with Verve's newest digi Irish Coffee, just in time for St. Patrick's Day!  I have several Irish friends, so I always love the fact I create a special, hand made card for them.

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I combined two green papers (happy sigh....), coloured and fussy cut the cloverleaf digis so I could create a "clover patch" down the side of the sentiment panel.  Of course, gold came to mind too, so I added a gold sequin to the middle of each shamrocks to bring a bit of sparkle to the card and finished things off with some green twine.  Can't wait to deliver this to my Irish friend on St. Patrick's Day :) 

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.  Just leave a little love as you hop about, then come back and link up your green creations for a chance to win!

1. Julee5. Marisa
2. Betty6. Maureen
3. Christyne7. Teresa
4. Laurie

Time to head on over to our Irish Diva Maureen's blog to see her wonderful creation which is sure to toast her heritage :)   Thanks for popping by today and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery! 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Irish Coffee Digi Set (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Recollections (Michael's)

Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inker), Twinkling H2Os, Twine, Glue Dots, Gold and Green Sequins, Dimensionals

Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 2108 Viva La Verve Sketch

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Hard to believe February is over and it is time for a new Viva la Verve Sketch!

I had visions of spring last week when the crocuses and tulips were starting to push through the soil and a short five days later we got hit with 9 inches of snow in a day!  Was quite the shock but a very nice change from rain and boy did I get a good workout shoveling 9 inches of heavy snow LOL!

As a result, I wanted to go a bit on the springy side of things as I can't wait for my tulips and crocuses to bloom.  I just love flowers and the first pops of colour after a long winter always bring me great joy.  Julee just released the Lucky Day digital set for St. Patrick's Day, so I dug into my papers and found this lovely spring green polka dotted paper that gives me warm fuzzies LOL.   Paired it with a sentiment and one of the shamrocks from Lucky Day.  Was in need for a bit of contrast on the card so added some black accents.

Sketch will be up for the month of March, so pop on over and link your card up for a chance to win some new Verve ♥

Thanks for popping by today!

Challenges: Simon Says

What's In It?
Stamps:  Lucky You Digi Set (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   My Mind's Eye, Always Artichoke, Basic Black (Stampin' Up), Tan (LSS)

Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Doily Die (Top Dog), Medium Scalloped Die (PTI),  Heart Die (Simon Says), Twine, Button, Glue Dot, Dimensionals    

Saturday, February 24, 2018

VLV February 2018

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Late in the month but still able to play along with February's Viva La Verve sketch created by none other than my favorite sketch designer, Julee Tilman, owner and creator of Verve Stamps.

Pulled out some older papers - Kioshi by Basic Grey and Lime Twist by MME.  Still love them!  The sentiment is from Cake and Candles (so many wonderful birthday wishes in this set!!) and I filled in with hearts from the Heart Quartet and PTI's Gran's Garden.

Planning on more inky time this weekend as we had a dump of snow yesterday (about 6 inches - first real snowfall of the year for us!) and it is the perfect excuse to stay home and relax.

Wishing you a fabulous day and remember there is still time to join in on the sketch challenge for a chance to win some free Verve!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Cake and Candles (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Kioshi (Basic Grey), Lime Twist (My Mind's Eye), Pale Plum, Kraft, Lovely Lilac (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black, Going Grey (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Heart Quartet (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Medium Scalloped and Gran's Garden Die Sets (PTI), Crimper (Fiskars), Brown Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Dimensionals     

Monday, January 29, 2018

New Digi Sets from Verve

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Julee has created three new Verve digi sets and they are loads of fun! Quick and easy card, which uses this wonderful sentiment from the Love From Me set.  So versatile as you can use it for so many occasions: birthday,  Anniversary, Valentine's Day, boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter, grandparent etc.  I know I will be using it tons!  I adore the  large font and of course, the chance to make a Valentine's Day card with hearts on it ♥

I paired the sentiment with the Wavy Hearts die set and this fun Echo Park heart paper.  I crimped the pink heart for some dimension, though it is hard to see, and added a few buttons to give it a little something, something.  Think I will save it and give it to my daughter when she is in the middle of mid-terms to encourage her, remind her we love her and that we are are blessed to have her as our child.  Can't wait to make another card using these fun sets!

Have a blessed day and thanks for popping by.

What's In It?
Stamps:  Stronger Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Devoted (Carta Bella), Going Grey, Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Heart Quartet, Wavy Heart, Scalloped Trim Trio Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles and Circles (Lil' Inker), Crimper (Fiskars), Silver Half pearls, Button, Twine, Dimensionals   

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Viva La Verve Sketch - January 2018

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Was setting up this post and realized it has been over a month since I have posted - my apologies!  And Happy New Year to everyone!!    After such a busy and stressful year last year, our family literally shut the world out for two weeks over Christmas and it ended up carrying over for a few more weeks into the New Year.  Glad to say, the time off/away did wonders and I am ready to face all 2018 brings our way.

Sure felt good to get inky again and what better way to create than to use a Viva La Verve sketch and some Verve Stamps.  Still miss Mojo Monday so this is a good filler.

Haven't made any Valentine's Day/heart cards for a while so it was the perfect excuse.  Pulled out Stronger Love for the sentiments and the Heart Quartet , Wavy Hearts and  Scalloped Trim Trio dies for the plethora of hearts on the card - can you tell I love hearts {grin}!  Heck just realized even the paper has hearts on it - oh my!  Now that I look at the card, I realize I put the bow on the wrong side - serves me right for not making a card for so long lol.

Would love to have you join us over on the Viva La Verve blog.  Simply create a card using the sketch and add it to the link up for a chance to win some Verve!  

Wishing you all a fabulous 2018 and I look forward to creating and posting again :)

What's In It?
Stamps:  Stronger Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Devoted (Carta Bella), Going Grey, Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Heart Quartet, Wavy Heart, Scalloped Trim Trio Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles and Circles (Lil' Inker), Crimper (Fiskars), Silver Half pearls, Button, Twine, Dimensionals  

Monday, December 18, 2017

Viva La Verve Sketch December 2017

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Today I have made a card for Viva La Verve's December sketch created by the sketch queen herself, Julee Tilman :)  

I used one of the new Christmas digis recently released called Winter Peace.  Love the deer image in this!  I paired it with a sentiment form the same set, underscored with gold half pearls to draw your attention to it, and finished things off with a gold snowflake with a piece of bling in the middle for a little added sparkle against the darker papers. 

Would love to have you come and play along for a chance to win some Verve!  Simply use the sketch and post it to the challenge and you could be the winner of a Verve set of your choice!   Perfect as a Christmas gift to yourself :)    Need some inspiration, just head on over to the Viva La Verve blog and check out the gallery and DT samples.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for popping by!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Winter Peace (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Jovial (Basic Grey), Home for Christmas (Fancy Pants), Vintage Santa (Echo Park), Brushed Gold (LSS)  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Gold Twine (Michael's), Gold and White Half Pearls, Bling, Dimensionals 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challege - Pines

Although today is the beginning of a new challenge, it is also the ending of the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge....sniff, sniff....   The curtain is closing and we wish to thank each and every person who has participated in our challenges over the past 4.5 years!  I was shocked to see how many years we had been going as I didn't realize it was for so long - goes to show you how time flies when you are having fun!  

I want to say a special thank you to Stacey Schafer who pulled this fabulous design team together in a week or less (she was a woman on a mission!) after she and Kim Singdahlsen were chatting one day and decided to start the challenge.  Thank you to Kim for all the behind the scenes work setting things up the blog and keeping us all organized for each challenge for several years.  In addition, a big thank you to Lisa Henke and Sheri Gilson who each took over the behind the scenes role of posting on the blog and keeping the team organized at various stages along the way.  It was an honor to have been asked to be a part of this amazing team of talented ladies, and I will miss both the design team and the challenges. 

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I pulled out Verve's Pinecone Christmas for my card (kind of fit the theme perfectly LOL), and created a fun little square Christmas card.  I double stamped the pine boughs in two shades of green as the first colour was too light and am happy with the mix.  Added a few touches of gold for a bit of zip.  Thankful to have an additional Christmas card in my stash as I have been very delinquent in making them this year due to the insanity of 2017 (I am definitely looking forward to some fabulous family time, jammie days, sleeping in, puzzle making and reading over the Christmas break)!

For our final challenge, we have two guest designers as well as some alumni providing loads of fabulous inspiration!


Guest Designers
Elizabeth Stewart, Paper Sweetness

 Design Team and Alumni
Amy Shaffer, Pickled Paper Designs
Amy Tsuruta, Tsuruta Designs
Betty WrightCrafting With Betty
Kim SingdahlsenJoyful Creations with Kim
Leigh PennerTo the Full
Lori TeclerInking Aloud
Lynn ManganMy Mango Boys and Me
Marisa RitzenRosemary Reflections
 Maureen Plutbuttons & bling
Melody RuppleA Paper Melody 
Monika Davis, M.A.D. Stamper 
Sheri GilsonPaper Crafty's Creations
Silke LedlowMy Life
Tara GodfreyInking on the Edge
Tracey McNeely, In My Creative Opinion

Have a wonderful week,  and let's show give this challenge finale some love by getting lots of entries for our final act!!  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Lost and Found Christmas (MME), Cozy Christmas (Simple Stories)  
Ink:  Black, Old Olive, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Gold Sequins, Gold String, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Friday, December 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challange - A Good Read

Eeeeekkkk!!!  It's December 1st and the dash to Christmas is on!  Head down, butt up and a sprint to the finish line it is!

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When I saw this photo, the first thing that crossed my mind is I can't wait to have a lot of down time to read over Christmas break - happy sigh...{grin}.  Then I realized I didn't own any "book" type stamps so I put on my thinking cap and decided to go with a teacher type card as I associate reading and studying with school. 

I pulled the colours from the book covers and used Reverse Confetti's Class Act.  The letter background to mirror letters on a page in a book, created a mini "notebook" so to speak with the two lined pages, added a sentiment, two apples and an arrow to draw your eye to "thanks".  Two buttons and some twine finished things off.

Betty Wright

Enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for popping by :)

Challenge:  Simon Says

What's In It?
Stamps:  Class Act (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Kraft, White  
Ink:  Black, VersaMark, Real Red, Garden Green (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Class Act Die Set (Reverse Confetti), Arrow DIe (Verve Stamps), Crimper, Fiskars, Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Acorns

Acorns are the cutest things!  We have quite a few trees in our area that drop them this time of year and it is always fun to collect them.  When you remove their "hats" they are a perfect cat toy too!

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I used PTI's Autumn Acorns and matching die set for my card.  Love how it has various acorn sizes and textured tops you can use.  I mounted them on a woodgrain background to pull in the photo background and added a few leaves and some black accents for a pop of colour.  A touch of twine and half pearls finished the cluster nicely.

Guest Designers 
 Laurel Seabrook, Seabrook Designs
Elizabeth Stewart - Paper Sweetness 
Betty Wright

Still having a bit of an issue wrapping my mind around the fact we are in November already!!  Time to get my Christmas letter and cards done - eeek!! We even had a surprise snowfall last week to keep us on our toes (very rare for us to get snow out on the West Coast never mind one in early November!!).  Was quite the week as we went from 20C on Sunday to snow on Thursday!  Time to get the winter tires on asap! 

Enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for popping by :)

What's In It?
Stamps:  Autumn Acorns ( PTI)
Paper:   Going Grey, White (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Going Grey, Old Olive (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Distressed Lines Embossing Folder, Autumn Acorns Die Set (PTI), Ribbon,  Twine, Black Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Cider

Now this picture made me smile as it brought memories of hot apple cider on a cool winter evening...and/or mulled wine {grin}.  Hmmm, hmmm good and a big happy sigh to go with it :) 

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I used this month's Viva La Verve sketch, pulled the colours from the photo and went with a beverage theme for my card.  Lots of orange and yellow going on with a some grey as per the counter and a touch of brown.   Was still pretty blah so added some leaves using Autumn Leaves the matching Falling Leaves die set.  The sentiment is from Verve's One Cup and the heart is from the Little Ones die set.


Our weather the past week has been simply amazing!  It has been beautifully warm and sunny and the gorgeous fall colours of the leaves against the blue sky are making me swoon on a regular basis!  A glorious lingering taste of summer weather before the rains begin and before all the leaves begin to fall.

Thanks for popping by, and have a fabulous day!

What's In It?
Stamps:  One Cup, Autumn Leaves (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Stella and Rose and On The Bright Side  (MME), Recollections (Michael's) 
Ink:  Black, Antique Linen (Tim Holtz) 
Accessories:  Little Ones and Falling Leaves Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Twinkling H2Os, Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals