Monday, May 22, 2017

Mojo Monday #498

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A wonderful, quick and easy sketch this week that you can keep CAS or glam up a bit.  I went more on the CAS side as we have a very busy weekend and time was limited.

Love this happy paper by My Little Shoebox and pulled the turquoise out from the centers of the flowers for the strips behind the sentiment panel.  Adore the Beautiful Things set as there are so many wonderful, uplifting sentiments in it.  Into my stash to give to my daughter when I give her a little something to help her through exams or the like.

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 busy long weekend, with my son reffing 11 games in 3 days at a soccer tournament.  Thankfully, his games were at our local soccer club fields which are just a ten minute drive from home and even better, the sun showed up!!!   It was so nice to feel some warmth and sunshine - everyone was almost giddy after a six month stretch of more rain than we ever want to experience again - heck we were close to having Noah's ark appear LOL!

Have a fabulous week and thanks for popping by today :)



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Garden Party (My Little Shoebox), Black, Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Lacy Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Martha Steward Butterfly Punch, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals



Monday, May 15, 2017

Mojo Monday #497 With A Touch of Curtain Call Frosting

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This week's Mojo Monday sketch coincided with the second Curtain Call Inspiration challenge so I doubled up on challenges once again as it was a busy Mother's Day weekend.

I loved the colours of grey and coral in the inspiration photo and the touch of wood grain in the background so drew on them for my card.  I stamped a wood grain background in Versamark on the grey, added two coral panels, crimping one for some dimension and texture, stamped and die cut two flowers using Brighter Days and the coordinating Scalloped Flowers  die set as the flower pattern resembled the cupcake frosting designs on the cupcakes.  I opted to use lace for the diagonal strip to "girly" it up a bit, the  sentiment is from Beautiful Things, and added a pop of green with the leaves for some contrast, and a few butterflies to finish things off.

Made this card for my daughter as she finished her freshman year of university, and did exceptionally well, earning herself a $5,600 academic scholarship for next year!!  She also interviewed for and got one of the 12 Collegium Assistant positions on campus.  It has been such a delight watching how she has grown in so many ways, tackled university, learned the ropes and excelled, stretched yourself, matured and "adulted" well :)  She is continuing to blossom and grow into the beautiful, intelligent, gifted and tender hearted woman God created her to be, and I am beyond blessed to be her mom.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday and Curtain Call blogs where you can view all the wonderful design team samples. 

Have a fabulous day, and I look forward to seeing your creations in the galleries :)



 

   

What's In It?
Stamps:  Brighter Days, Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Going Grey, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up) nk 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Heart Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Heart Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Sequins, Black and Crystal Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Verve Release Spotlight Hop - May 2017


Welcome to Verve's May New Release Spotlight Hop! There's something new in the Verve shop today, and we're celebrating with a blog hop. Along the hop you'll see the Divas' first looks at the new Butterfly Grace stamp set and Graceful Butterflies die set.

We're also hosting a little giveaway, so why not join in the fun and hop along with us? Just leave a little shout out in the comments at each stop and you'll be in the prize drawing for the new products. Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about the new goodies and all the prize info and deadlines.

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

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I just LOVE this new set!!  If you have followed me for any length of time you know how much I love using butterflies on my cards and how much I love scripture stamps.  Grace is such a gift, one we can graciously give and one we can humbly receive.

Couldn't stop at just one card so made a second :)

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Used one of my favorite colour combinations of pink and green for this card, and added black accents for a bit of pop.  Adore the sentiments in this set and the butterfly dies - you need not say more LOL!
This release is going to get a lot of use in my craft room! 

New Release Hop List

Julee
Charmaine
Christyne
Laurie
Maureen
Marisa
Teresa

Butterfly GraceGraceful Butterflies Die Set

Time to head on over to Teresa's blog to see her fabulous creation and if you love the new set, why not treat yourself to a Mother's Day pressie wink, wink.

Challenges:  Simon Says

      




First Card:
What's In It?
Stamps:   Butterfly Grace (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Collectible (My Mind's Eye), Teal and Kraft (LSS)  
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Graceful Butterflies (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft),  Button, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Second Card:
What's In It?
Stamps:   Butterfly Grace (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Lollia (Sandylion), Gracie - Bubble Gum (Dream Street Papers)
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Graceful Butterflies (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crimper (Fiskars), Twine, Black Half Pearls, Bling, Dimensionals

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mojo Monday #496

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Mojo Monday time again and the big blank panel on the sketch means lots of space to work with and lots of possibilities :)

A wedding card came to mind when I saw the sketch (have to give you a break from flowers {grin}) and I used the sentiment from Love Everlasting along with a double heart die from The Cat's Pajamas.   Added an embossed background and a few half pearls and sequins called it a card.

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.



Nice to be back to my normal part time work week this week.  Last week my job share partner was on vacation so I covered all four days.  By day four 5:30 a.m. was not my favorite time of the day lol - actually, it wasn't all that bad.  Just had to get to bed by ten, but it was a huge struggle as I am loving the newest Wilbur Smith book War Cry and it is soooo hard to turn off the light at ten.  Needless to say, I had a few later nights this weekend and am half way through the book now.  What are you reading these days, or do you have any good recommendations.  I am always looking for new books to add to my reading list.

Have a fabulous day, and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery :)



 

  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Love Everlasting (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Black, Silver, Pink 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Heart Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Heart Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Sequins, Black and Crystal Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Reminder ~ Flutter



We are half way through the Flutter challenge and since I love butterflies and this PTI butterfly die so much, I had to make another card for this challenge :) 

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I used a Case This Sketch from a few weeks ago, pulled my colours from the photo (other than the "pink" which took a rather strong detour towards orange LOL), added the birthday sentiment, a button, and finished things off by rounding the bottom corners.  A nice, quick and easy card.

FLUTTER

Guest Designer - Marcie Sharp of Sharp Designs

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!







What's In It? 
Paper:  Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Only Orange, Pale Plum (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Birthday and Butterfly Dies (PTI), Corner Rounder, Button, Twine, Glue Dot

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mojo Monday #495 Meets The Curtain Call

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Welcome to the first Monday of the month which means it is contest time over at the  Mojo Monday blog :)   The more entries we get, the greater your chances of winning a Verve set of your choice!

I had this MME paper pad out on my desk still so decided to go with it, even though it has more of a fall versus spring colour theme.  I love fall colours and never tire of using them, though you may tire of seeing them {grin}.

This card combines this week's Mojo Monday sketch with the first Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge of the month called "Flutter".  If you know me at all, you know my love of butterflies, and I also love this butterfly die by PTI.  A match made in heaven :)   The sentiment is from Verve's Take Note.

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.


Our weekend was a 50/50 split.  Saturday was wet and rainy and Sunday was gloriously sunny - the weather is taunting us with spring something fierce!!   I bought a few Osteos to plant in my garden as I am dying for some pops of colour and I was finally able to mow the back yard for the first time this year!  Still a bit boggy in spots, but it had to be done as it is in a terrible state.  The winter snow and rain has done a number on it and it will take a lot of TLC to bring it back :(   The moss is having a rave party out there, so hopefully we can get it under control. 

Thanks for popping by and have a fabulous week!



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Take Note  (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), So Saffron, Vellum (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Butterfly Die (PTI), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Threading Water Punch (Fiskars), Button, Twine, White and Orange Half Pearls, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mojo Monday #494

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Last Mojo Monday sketch of the month and it is a fabulous one to work with!  Still playing with some of my hoarded Stella and Rose papers by My Mind's Eye - one of my all time favorite paper sets.

The flower is from Be Blessed and matching die set is Petal PointsElegant Leaves die was paired with the Versamarked leaf image Bloom and Grow over the die cut.  I sponged around the edges of the kraft panel and used the Autumn Thanks die set for the "thanks" and then added the extra/double sentiment tab to fill in the square.

  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 weekend on the soccer fields, and the weather was rather nasty and wet :(   One day Spring will arrive and I won't have to dress like Nanook of the North any more LOL!

Wishing you a fabulous week!



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Dream Big,  (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Mind's Eye), Kraft
Ink:   Black, Real Read, VersaMark (Stampin' Up), Antique Linen (Tim Holtz) 
Accessories:  Elegant Leaf and  (A Cut Above by Verve), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mojo Monday #493

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Happy Easter Monday everyone!!   Trusting you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. 

Every Easter I am deeply humbled and grateful for the depth of my faith in God and Christ's death on the cross for me....brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart :)    So in celebration, I created a thank you card with my favorite theme - flowers.  I love flowers as they bring beautiful colour, brightness and joy to the world.  Can't wait for them to begin blooming in my yard again!!

I pulled out one of my favorite Verve sets, Dream Big.  It is an oldie but a goodie and these large flowers are da bomb {grin}.  I chose to go with orange flowers as I wanted a bold colour and to give it some screen time as it is an under loved colour and one I personally love.

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.


My son reffed all weekend in a high end provincial tournament so spent a lot of time at the soccer field and my daughter has two out of five final exams done before she can say she has completed her first year of university!  Glad for some great family time and relaxation tossed in too.

Thanks for popping in and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.  Have a great week!!




 

  



What's In It?
Stamps:  Dream Big (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  On The Bright Side (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso
Ink:   Old Olive, Only Orange, Black (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Dreamy Leaves (A Cut Above by Verve), Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Tulip


This week's Inspiration picture had me drooling because tulips are my favorite flower!!  LOVE the pops of colour they bring in spring, and they come in so many different colours...happy sigh {grin}.

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I have kept Stampin' Ups tulip set well after it was retired as I just refuse to part with it!  I think it will go with me to the grave LOL!   I pulled the colours from the tulip colours in the picture and added a blue trim and sentiment as per the bucket colour.   

TULIPS

Guest Designer - Anita Bowden, Neet & Crafty

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!







What's In It?
Stamps:  Tulips (Stampin' Up - retired) 
Paper:  Cool Caribbean (Stampin' Up)  

Ink:  Only Orange, Marvelous Magenta, Passionate Pink, Green Galore, Going Green (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Wet Pain Word Die (PTI)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mojo Monday #492

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Happy Monday, everyone!  Love starting the week off with a good Mojo sketch :)

With the deluge of rain we have had for the past month (we have broken an 80 year old record for rainfall in March!!), I am thinking Spring as much as I can, so I paired this wonderful verse from Scripture Medley 2 with some flowered paper and some butterflies.  Added an extra sentiment tab to balance off the sentiment panel as it was a bit bare on the left side and a touch of Swiss Dots along the bottom for some texture and to ground the card.

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.



My son finally hit the wall this weekend....over the past three weeks he has reffed or been and AR (assistant ref - the sideline refs) for 35 games, and it has been made worse by the nasty weather they have had to work in.  However, he is not done just yet as he has another 11 games this week!  After this weekend, I think they have finally caught up on all the games that had to get rescheduled due to bad weather earlier in the year, much to everyone's delight - players included!!

Have a fabulous week, enjoy the sketch - so many possibilities with this one - and blessings for a wonderful Easter weekend.



 

  



What's In It?
Stamps:  Scripture Medley 2 (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up)
Ink:   Black
Accessories:  Flutterby Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft),  Crimper (Fiskars), 3/8" Olive Grosgrain Ribbon (Stampin' Up), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Button, Twine, Brown Half Pearls, Dimensionals