Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop 2014 ~ Day 3

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Welcome to Day 3 of Verve's 7th Anniversary Release!  If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store Saturday, August 30th.

Today's featured products are Coffee by Chaitali, along with the Coffee Word Die (swoon!) and Cuppa Joe Die Set.  Coffee sets are so fun, and I am head over heals in love with the Coffee Word Die!!  So many options with this set, it was hard to pick just one!   


 

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!

Wednesday, 8/27/14
Featured Products: Coffee (illustrated by Chaitali Narla), Coffee Word Die, Cuppa Joe Die Set
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve

1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 4 of our Spotlight Hop and another chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve Stamps!


What's In It?
Stamps:   Coffee (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Kraft, So Saffron, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Close to Cocoa (Stampin' Up)

Accessories:   Coffee Word Die, Cuppa Joe Die Set, Pennant Trim Banner (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Seeing Spots Embossing Folder (Provo Kraft), Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop ~ Day 2

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Welcome to Day 2 of Verve's 7th Anniversary Release!  If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.  Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store Saturday, August 30th.

Today's featured set is Framed Lilies by Chaitali.  So happy there is a two-step stamp to "colour" the lilies!  Perfect for us non-colourers :)  Lots of great sentiments to go in the frame too.  Sorry about the one heart looking black - it is really Basic Grey, but couldn't get it to show up lighter than it did in the picture!  



 


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!


Tuesday, 8/26/14
Featured Products: Framed Lilies (illustrated by Chaitali Narla)
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve

1. Julee7. Stacey
2. Teresa8. Maureen
3. Amber9. Laurie
4. Charmaine10. Janelle
5. Marisa11. Christyne
6. Monika {Guest}12. Andrea

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 3 of our Spotlight Hop and another chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve Stamps!



What's In It?
Stamps:   Framed Lilies (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   A Mother's Love (My Mind's Eye), More Mustard, So Saffron, Mint Medley, Basic Grey, Going Grey (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Summer Sun, Only Orange (Stampin' Up)

Accessories:   Heart Quartet Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Madison Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Heart Punch (Marvy), Crimper (Fiskars), Silver Half Pearls, Dimensionals 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop 2014 / Mojo Monday #360

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Good morning :)   Today I'm sharing my take on today's Mojo Monday Tall and Skinny sketch as well as a sneak peek of the new Verve Stamps that will be released this Saturday!! Be sure to stop by the Mojo Monday Blog and play along with us...enjoy!

Welcome to our Anni-VERVE-sary 2014 Spotlight Hops!  This month Verve is celebrating 7 wonderful years and our release is filled with all sorts of treats!  All week long the Divas, along with our fabulous Guest Diva Monika Davis, will be will be spotlighting new stamps and dies.  Plus, each day there's a chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve just for commenting on our posts!  So tune in each day for a new spotlight and a fresh chance to win. Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store on Saturday 8/30.

If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened up on the Hop, you can follow the list below to get caught up.

Today we are featuring a set by Chaitali called Cupcakes.  This set has many wonderful cupcake sentiments and a variety of cupcake images you can mix and match.  I had to giggle when I made this card because my daughter loves to bake, so I know where this card will be going sooner than later LOL! 



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!

Monday, 8/25/14
Featured Products: Cupcakes (illustrated by Chaitali Narla), Signature Sequin Mix
Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve


1. Julee7. Monika {Guest}
2. Teresa8. Stacey
3. Chaitali9. Maureen
4. Amber10. Laurie
5. Charmaine11. Janelle
6. Marisa12. Christyne

Time to head on over to our Guest Diva Monika's blog to see what she has created with today's set.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for Day 2 of our Spotlight Hop and another chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve Stamps!


What's In It?
Stamps:   Cupcakes (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Happy Day (My Mind's Eye), Pretty in Pink, So Saffron (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Real Red,Black (Stampin' Up), SeaGlass (Colorbox)
Accessories:   Flag It Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Oval and Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Twine, Button, Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), Stickles, Glue Dot, Dimensionals 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Just Us Girls #255 - Photo Inspiration Week

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Love this inspiration photo for this week's Just Us Girls challenge.  So wished I had a truck stamp but no such luck so I honed in on the sunflowers and the chalk board behind them.

Out came Clearly Besotted's sunflower stamp and matching die and it was great fun making the chalkboard :)   A stitched outline and some twine for a country feel and my card was done.

The rest of the  JUGS team along with our August Guest Designer, Kristie, have some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what they've created.  Simply create a card using the sketch and link it up to the JUGS blog for a chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Remember, if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest.

First soccer tournament of the season for my son this weekend and needless to say, I am one very happy mama that the weather for the weekend will be fabulous :)  Have a good one!



 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Blooming Marvelous (Clearly Besotted Stamps)

Paper:   Black, Real Red (Stampin' Up)  

Ink:  Summer Sun, More Mustard, Old Olive (Stampin' Up), VersaMark
Accessories:  Blooming Marvelous Die Set (Clearly Besotted Stamps),  Chicken Wire Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Lattice Embossing Folder (Stampin' Up), Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil' Inkers), Twine, Dimensionals

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mojo Monday #359

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Welcome to another Mojo Monday sketch created by Julee.  A great opportunity to pull out some patterned papers and mix and match.

When I first started using patterned paper, the intimidation factor was very high and my skill level was quite low LOL!  However, like most things, with lots of practice (and many wonderful six by six paper pads that make it easy) you too will grow to love using it if you don't already.

The floral paper is from Echo Park's This and That collection and I pulled the other two colours from it using some old Stampin' Up DSP papers I have had forever.  I am desperately trying to work though what I have and curb buying to much more new stuff, but it's hard!  But I regress...  The sentiment stamps are from Verve's Treasured Words and Hope Blooms and the flower is the Pretty Posies Dynamic from MFT.

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.  


Another busy weekend, the weather continues to be amazing (will be sooo hard having to deal with rain again when it starts falling LOL!) and I can't believe summer is drawing to an end!!



What's In It?
Stamps: Treasured Words and Hope Blooms (Verve Stamps) 

Paper:  This and That (Echo Park), Designer Series Papers, Cameo Coral, Kraft (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Pretty Posies Dynamic (My Favorite Things), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), 3/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's $1.50 Ribbon Bin), Button, Twine, White Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Just Us Girls #254 - Colour Challenge

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Today, Sue V. has a wonderful colour challenge for us to work with.  I must admit, I'm not much of a navy girl, but I'm definitely a green girl so things balanced off LOL!  Actually, this is a fabulous colour combination to work with and I enjoyed working with it quite a bit.  I did cheat just a tad by adding a light blue to the mix...sorry Sue....just couldn't go with a Sahara Sand flower!

My card is based on this week's Viva La Verve sketch by Stacey, tweaked just a bit - must have been in a rebellious mood when I made this card LOL.  Haven't used the heart die from the Scalloped Trim Trio die set for a long time so out it came, along with the Rounded Scalloped Frame die, Petal Points die, and Sprightly Sprigs die.  The sentiment is from Be Blessed, and I wanted to squeeze in a flower/butterfly combo as summer is on the waning side and soon my beloved maple leaf dies will be front and center.

The rest of the  JUGS team along with our August Guest Designer, Kristie, have some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what they've created.  Simply create a card using the sketch and link it up to the JUGS blog for a chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Remember, if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest.

Have a fabulous weekend!


 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Be Blessed (Verve Stamps) 

Paper:   For The Record 2 (Echo Park), Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Cool Caribbean, Old Olive (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Scalloped Trim Trio Set, Petal Points, Sprightly Springs, Rounded Scalloped Rectangle (A Cut Above by Verve), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Buttons, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Tropical Trip


It's time for another Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  This time our challenge is entitled "Tropical Trip".

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I am still revelling in the memories of our trip to Hawaii earlier this year, and this inspiration photo immediately made me think of the beautiful, tropical fish we saw while snorkeling there.  Having no fish stamps meant checking Pinterest for ideas, and there I found some great punch art fish. In the end, I decided to case this card.  Wanted to use a larger googly eye, but didn't have any in my stash so had to settle for this smaller one.

Tropical Trip Designers

 
 

What's In It?  

Stamps:  Happy Birthday (Memory Box), Moments Remembered (Stampin' Up) 
Paper:  Real Red, So Saffron, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up) 
Ink: Old Olive, Black (Stampin' Up)  
Accessories:  Catch a Wave Die (My Favorite Things), 1 3/8", 1/2" and 1/4" Circle Punches, Five Point Flower and Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Heart Punch (Michael's $1.50 Bin), Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil' Inkers), Twine Dimensionals 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

VLV Recap and Viewfinder

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It's my turn to do the Viva La Verve recap for this week's sketch provided by Diva Maureen.

I was in need of a sympathy card this week after hearing of the unexpected drowning of the husband of a mom whose kids attended the same elementary school mine did.  It is heartbreaking as they have three children, the oldest being fourteen and the youngest nine.  The autopsy found he had a brain tumor at the base of his skull which most likely caused a seizure when he was in the water, causing him to drown.  So thankful for the wonderful school community that has rallied around the family and many close friends that will walk along side them during this difficult time.

I used this wonderful verse from New Mercies and over stamped it with the foliage image in the same set for some dimension.  Added a secondary "praying for you" sentiment, along with a bow and some butterflies to finish things off.

Thanks for popping by and if you want to see which cards I chose to highlight for this week's VLV sketch and Inspiration Photo, head on over to the Viva La Verve blog and check it out.

Wishing you a fabulous day!


 
What's In It?
Stamps:   New Mercies (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  So Saffron, Kraft (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)   
Accessories:  Flag It Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve),
Swiss Dots and Heart Blocks Embossing Folders (Provo Craft), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), 5/8" Satin Saffron Ribbon, Button, Black Half Pearls, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mojo Monday #358

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Had a desire to make a baby card when I tripped across this fun paper I found at one of my local dollar stores.  Unfortunately, it is pretty well covered up, which is a shame as it has the cutest zebras and butterflies with glitter on them.  

To the Moon is my go to baby set, as it has so many wonderful images and sentiments.  Decided on the cute bear image was a good mix with the zebras and butterflies, so I stamped the image and then fussy cut it out.  Punched a trio of hearts to pull in some of the colours in the background paper and added a button for balance.

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.  


Got some fabulous, organic blueberries this weekend and it took two days to freeze them all on cookies sheets and then bag them because I got 50 pounds - my standard quota each year.  Our small freezer is now full and it is like playing Tetras if you need to get anything in or out of it LOL!  

Another hot, humid day expected today - ugh!  At least we had a week's reprieve before the humidex hit us again.  Let the frizzy hair begin LOL!  Have a fabulous day :) 



What's In It?
Stamps: To The Moon (Verve Stamps) 

Paper:   Small Dots (Making Memories), So Saffron, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, More Mustard (Stampin' Up), Dollar Store Paper
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Heart Quartet Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Heart Punch (Marvy), Crimper (Fiskars), Martha Stewart Punch, Bling, Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Friday, August 8, 2014

Just Us Girls #253 - Trend Week

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Sorry I've been out of the loop for a few weeks....I've been training for my new PT job the past two weeks, and this Wednesday and Thursday were my first days "flying solo".  Enjoying it immensely, and once I learn about 500 patients' names, it will be even better as I won't have to ask them their name every time they come in :)  Plus still helping mom out quite a bit now that she is home from the hospital, but the good news is she is slowly healing and  progressing in a positive direction :)

Fun challenge this week!  I don't own a ton of washi as I do not use it a lot, but it was fun to dig it out and play with it a bit.  Kept things rather  simple as I haven't stamped in some time, but loving the mix of colours and of course, the hearts :)

The rest of the  JUGS team along with our August Guest Designer, Kristie, have some wonderful samples to get your inspiration going, so head on over to the Just Us Girls blog and check out what they've created.  Simply create a card using the sketch and link it up to the JUGS blog for a chance to be chosen as the Chic of the Week.  Remember, if you are chosen as Chic of the Week, you could be invited to be a Guest


 

What's In It?
Paper:   Basic Black, Real Red (Stampin' Up)  

Accessories:  Heart Dies (The Cat's Pajamas), Washi, 5/8" Black Satin Ribbon (Michael's), Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals