Friday, May 29, 2015

Washi Tape Makes An Appearance

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Saw this Winney and Walter sketch and immediately thought of my unloved washi tape.  I have a hard time using washi tape as I am a clean and layered type of gal versus a free form or collage type of stamper, but every now and then I find a sketch that is perfect, and this was one of them.

I created the diagonal lines with my washi tape, and then added a pop of red using one of my favorite PTI flowers, Beautiful Blooms.  Paired the flower with Verve's Dreamy Leaves die.

Since I didn't have a blue button that matched in colour or size, I used PTI's button die to create my flower button and finished things off by using one of PTI's Wet Paint die sets for the sentiment.  Hard to believe there is no stamping on this card what-so-ever! My second such card in two weeks.  And yes, I do love using dies LOL!

Thanks for popping in today - always appreciate the company :)


What's In It?
Paper:   Real Red, Mint Medley, Cool Caribbean (Stampin' Up) 

Accessories:   Flower, Button and Wet Paint Dies (PTI), Washi, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Viva La Verve May Week 4 Sketch Recap

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This week's Viva La Verve sketch is brought to us by Stacey with her classic skewed panels and layers.  Love the detailing she has on the right side of the sketch.

I needed a birthday card for my brother and I think he is manly enough to handle the polka dots.  Used the Flag It die set along with the Classy Label die and Flourish Trim die (to get the shape for the tan layer under the red flags).  The sentiment is from Poppy Birthday and I stamped the image from Love Notes on to the Classy Label die for a bit of depth.  No missing how old he will be this birthday LOL!

Head on over to the Viva La Verve blog to get a ton of inspiration and to find out whose cards I have spotlighted this week.

Thanks for popping in today!

Challenges:  The Pink Elephant

What's In It?
Stamps:   Love Notes, Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Kraft, So Saffron, Real Red (Stampin' Up), Tan, Costco DP
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Black    
Classy Label, Flourish Trim and Flag It Dies (A Cut Above by Verve), Notebook Edge Die (MFT), Number Dies (PTI), Crimper (Fiskars), Dimensioanls

Monday, May 25, 2015

Mojo Monday #399

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Love making tall and skinny sketches and this sketch was perfect for a masculine "feel better soon" card I wanted to make for a member of our Bible Study who just had a knee replacement.   Hurts just thinking about it!

Used Verve's Feel Better Soon Plain Jane and added twine, stars and hardware to keep things on the masculine side.  Hope he likes it and can't wait to see him up and about again for a little while anyway, as the second knee is schedule for replacement towards the end of this year.

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 the week off work and the focus will be my on going assault on the basement (how do things magically appear down there LOL!) and if all goes well, some extra crafty time.

Thanks for popping in!

Challenges:  The Pink Elephant

What's In It?
Stamps:   Feel Better Soon Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   DSP, Kraft, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black    
Accessories:  Starry Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Chevron Embossing Folder, Spiral Clip (Michael's), Twine, Dimensionals

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Birthday Mom

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Needed a birthday card for my mom, and this Freshly Made Sketch screamed flower in lieu of the circle element, so it was a perfect fit for what I had in mind.

I have been hoarding this Cut and Paste paper for a while, and decided my mom was a wonderful reason to use some :)  Added a flower and some leaves for my focal point and a birthday sentiment tab.  A few half pearls finished things off.

Having our family birthday celebrations this weekend (my brother's birthday is also in May), as well as some extended Mother's Day festivities.   Many wonderful reasons to celebrate :)

Thanks for popping by today and sharing a bit of your day with me.

What's In It?
Stamps:   On Occasion (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Cut and Paste (MME), Cool Caribbean, Sage Shadow, Kraft (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black    
Accessories:   Dreamy Leaves (A Cut Above by Verve), Flower Die (PTI), Twine, Buttons, Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Viva La Verve - April Week 3 Sketch

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Charmaine has provided our sketch this week.  I just love it when you can keep a sketch CAS or dress it up if you like.  Lots of wonderful ways you can go with this one!

I needed a baby card so I had some fun playing with pink and blue and lots of white space :)  The sentiment is from Let It Be and is a bit non-traditional, but still works with the baby theme - at least I think it does and I hope the mother-to-be does too lol!

Love the versatility of this set, proven by the fact I have used it four times in the past few weeks.  Going to have to put it under lock and key for a bit wink, wink.  The stamped frame is from Die Side Kicks and the co-ordinating die is called Hearts and Swirls.

For more inspiration using this week's sketch, head on over to the Viva La Verve blog and check out the Diva's samples as well as my spotlight picks for this week.

Have a great day and thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me!   As for me, off to the soccer field I go!

What's In It?
Stamps:   Die Sidekicks, Let It Be (Verve Stamps)
Rub a Dub Dub (Pebbles), Style Essentials (Echo Park)
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Black   
Hearts and Swirls Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Labels Die (PTI), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lil' Inkers), Twine, Buttons, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Monday, May 18, 2015

Mojo Monday #398

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Am continually amazed at the wonderful sketches Julee provides!  This one is no exception.  Never in a million years would I come up with a sketch like this one - a tribute to her amazing design abilities!

I got some fun black and white papers at my LSS a few weeks back and was itching to use them.  Love the boldness of black and white and it always fun to add a pop of colour with it.

I went a bit butterfly crazy, but I think it works.  Double layered the butterfly die from the Wings and Petals die set to give them a bit more dimension and the sentiment is once again from Let It Be.  I think I need to hide this set before I used it on another card LOL!  Black half pearls and a touch of bling for a bit of "shine" as per the 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. 

Busy long weekend here with my son reffing a ton in a weekend long tournament our soccer club is  hosting.  Seven games down and three more today.  He is going to be a very tired boy tonite, but making a whack of cash makes all things good LOL!

Wishing you a fabulous day and can't wait to see your take on the sketch.

What's In It?
Stamps:   Let It Be (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Classic (Doodle Bug), Imaginisce, Basic Black, Going Grey and Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black    
Accessories:  Wings and Petals Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Black Half Pearls, Bling, Dimensionals

Friday, May 15, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Totallyl Tassel

We have a wonderful returning sponsor, Newton's Nook, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Totally Tassel!  A randomly selected participant in this challenge will receive a $30 gift certificate to use at Newton's Nook while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

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My card for this challenge was based on the colours in the inspiration picture.   I used up some scraps and did absolutely no stamping!   Gotta love dies and your scrap box {grin}.

Listed below is a list of all designers' blogs to provide you with more inspiration!

Totally Tassel
Jennifer Jackson, Newton's Nook Blog (Guest)
Macki, MackieMade Paper Creations (Guest)

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


What's In It?
Paper:   Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Rose Romance, Kraft (Stampin' Up), In Bloom (My Mind's Eye), Brushed Gold
Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Stitched Circles (Lil' Inkers), Wet Paint Dies (PTI), Heart Trio Dies (The Cat's Pajamas), White Half Pearls, Dimensionals

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mojo Monday #397

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I love Monday's as it is a opportunity to work with another wonderful sketch by Julee :)

Today's card uses some Fine and Dandy Echo Park papers I found at my LSS.  The red and white checkered pattern gave me a picnic feel so I added a yellow doily to fancy up my picnic {grin} and added pops of turquoise for colour.  The sentiment is from Verve's Let It Be  which is one of my favorites as there are so many amazing sentiments in this set!

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.  

With hubby out of town and spending Mother's Day with his mom, I spent Mother's Day weekend playing chauffeur to my son for his reffing gigs.   Was great to see him in action on the field - proud mama moment :)   Thankfully, he got me a latte as a thank you for my driving him.  Sushi dinner as a family once hubby got home and today, I finally get to relax and enjoy some crafting time!

Wishing you a fabulous week, and hope you can find time to play along with this week's sketch.

What's In It?
Stamps:   Let It Be (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Fine and Dandy (Echo Park), Kraft, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black    
Accessories:  Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), 5/8" Turquoise Satin Ribbon (Michael's), Signature Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Friday, May 8, 2015

Viva La Verve - May Week 2 Sketch

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Today's Viva La Verve sketch is brought to us by Anya.  Due to my mess up earlier this week, I needed to make another Mother's Day card and this sketch was perfect.

I still had MME's In Bloom on my desk (one of my all time favorite paper pads) so I dug into it once again to make this card for my mom for Mother's Day.

The sentiment is from Verve's Button Best and I couldn't resist using this gorgeous flower from Dream Big once again and pairing it with this fabulous leaf from In Bloom. Best part is they have matching dies: Elegant Leaf and Scalloped Flower die.  A few embellishments and my Mother's Day card is done and ready to be given to mom :)

For more inspiration using this week's sketch, head on over to the Viva La Verve blog.

Have a great day and thank for popping by today!

Challenges:  Simon Says 
                    Friday Mashup

What's In It?
Stamps:   Bloom and Grow, Dream Big, Button Best (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   In Bloom (MME), Kraft, So Saffron, Real Red (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, VersaMark    
Elegant Leaf , Scalloped Flower and Wings and Petals Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), 5/8" Moss Satin Ribbon, Brown, Half Pearls, Bling, Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals  

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Travel On Reminder

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We are half way through the current Travel On Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  

I am quite limited in travel paper and stamps so I pulled out the one mode of travel I do have in stamps - hot air balloons from Up Up And Away by Verve Stamps.  

I paper pieced the balloon, added a cloud to ground it and some fun embellishments down the side as per the Paper Smooches sketch I used for the card.  Still looked a bit plain so I added a star shaped tag for a little "something, something".

If you haven't played along yet, we would love to have you join us!  The winner gets a Penny Black gift certificate and the LEAD for this challenge gets to join us as a Guest Designer in a future challenge.

Wishing you a glorious day!


What's In It?
Stamps:  Up Up And Away (Verve Stamps), Tiny Tags (PTI)   

Paper:  Down By The Shore (Fancy Pants), Night of Navy (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Tiny Tags and Medium Scalloped Border Die (PTI), Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals