Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Celebrate

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To celebrate the Curtain Call's third anniversary, the Celebrate challenge will run the entire month of July!  The LEAD of this challenge will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

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Today's theme is "celebrate" and it is a perfect theme as today hubby and I celebrate 19 years of marriage!  We got married on Canada Day and I tease him by telling him it was so he would never forget our anniversary wink, wink {grin}.

Used this week's Paper Players sketch by my cyber friend Nance, and tried to keep things on the masculine side for hubby.  The word "blessed" is die cut from brushed gold card stock and thought the photo doesn't show it too well, the circle is stitched for a bit of interest.  Used this fabulous Cat's Pajamas heart die and added a few gold loops as per the sketch.  Hope he likes it!

For added inspiration, make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs noted below.


We are off to enjoy some family time together and then heading to a big BBQ with some friends tonite.  A wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary and Canada Day.

Remember, you have all month to play along with our Celebrate Challenge, and I look forward to seeing your creations.  













What's In It?
Paper:  
Real Red, Black, Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up), Brushed Gold
Accessories:  Stitched Circles (Lil' Inkers), Blessed Die (PTI), Heart Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Gold Twine, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mojo Monday #404

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It's tall and skinny week over on the Mojo Monday blog and a chance for us to use this fabulous sketch by Julee.

I'm trying to make a focused effort at using patterned paper I have purchased before buying more and as I dug through my stash I found these wonderful The Sweetest Thing papers by My Mind's Eye.

Coordinated them with this wonderfully bold "dream big" sentiment from Sparkly Dreams, the butterfly from Die Sidekicks and the leaves are the Sprightly Springs die.

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 cooking to death out here on the West Coast due to a brutal heal wave.   Temperatures have been in the mid 80s plus for three days and predicted to be so for the rest of the week.  Not fun when you don't have AC! We usually get a few hot days over the summer but last year and this year it is turning into a week plus at a time and happening for more than one week in teh summer.  Makes me thankful for the days I get to go to work as we have AC there LOL!    

We have also set an all time record for lowest rainfall in May and are most likely going to set an other one for June.  So sad that much of our province is experiencing forest fires so early in the summer, and from the forecast, it is only gonig to continue through the summer.   Fingers crossed we get a nice big rainfall some time soon!

Have a fabulous day and hope your part of the world is cooler than ours!
 


What's In It?
Stamps:  Sparkly Dreams, Die Sidekicks (Verve Stamps)   

Paper:   The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), Pretty in Pink, Kraft, Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, Taken with Teal (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Sprightly Springs and All AFlutter Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Crimper (Fiskars), Black Half Pearls, Sequins, Dimensionals 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

VLV June 2015 Week 3 Sketch Recap

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Time for this week's Viva La Verve recap!  Charmaine provided this great sketch which allows so many possibilities with that big panel in the middle.

I am still enamored with the newly released The Buzz.  Adore the bee image and felt it was a good match for the picnic type theme the gingham paper produced as bees (along with ants!) are often uninvited guests at a picnic.

Used The Buzz Die Set as well as the Flourished Tag die set for my focal panel and with "joy" being my favorite word, I just had to use this sentiment again.

Want to know whose cards I spotlighted this week, then head on over to the Viva La Verve blog to find out as well as to get a ton of inspiration.

Thanks for popping in today!



What's In It?
Stamps:   The Buzz (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  
Farmer's Market (We R Memory Keepers),So Saffron (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black     
Accessories: 
Flourished Tag and The Buzz Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Washi Tape, Black Half Pearls, Twinkling H2Os, Stickles, 5/8" Brown Grosgrain Ribbon, Twine, Dimensionals 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mojo Monday #403

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I love Monday because that means it is time for another Mojo Monday sketch!  Even better, there is lots of new Verve Stamps to play with after the five set release last week -whoo hoo!!

I used Floral Notes for my card and the matching die for the large poppies.  Coloured them with Twinkling H2Os, popped them up, added the sentiment and a few sequins for good measure.  The papers are from We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard series.

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 very rough weekend as a family as we had to put down our 22 year old cat, Scruffy.   My daughter started praying for a cat when she was four years old, and three years later God brought him to us via new neighbours that moved in next door from California.  He decided our house was much quieter than theirs (they had 3 kids under five), moved in and adopted us as his new family.  We had the joy of having to catch three live birds he brought into the house, ongoing bed wars for bed space, loads of entertainment, comfort, love, constant purrs, lots of snuggles, gratitude and appreciation for the past ten years.  He was our shy, handsome kitty with a huge heart.


I cried like a baby when we took him to the vet to put him down, and needless to say, we all have a very big hole in our hearts right now.  It's amazing how a ten pound, furry critter can take up so much room in your heart.   We love you Scruffy, and miss you dearly...
 


What's In It?
Stamps:  Floral Notes (Verve Stamps)   

Paper:   Chalkboard (We R Memory Keepers), Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black (Momento)
Accessories:  Floral Notes Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Twinkling H2Os, Sequins, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Verve June 2015 Release Spotlight Hop ~ Day 6

 
It's the final day of our June 2015 Verve Spotlight Hops! All of the stamps and dies you've seen this week are available in the Verve online store now! Sit back and relax for one last inspirational stroll as our sneaky Verve spotlight lands on Diva's choice today. And to cap off this release, we're giving away the entire release to one lucky commenter along today's hop, so come along with us as we share one last look-see at our newest release!

If you have come here from Laurie's blog you are right on track.  If  you just happened upon the Hop, today's hop list is a bit lower down or you can head over to Verve Blog for the full Hop List. 

Today's spotlight is on the entire June 2015 Release, so grab a treat and hop along!

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A few months back I found this honeycomb paper on sale at my LSS and picked it up for no other reason than it was on sale and I figures somewhere along the line I could use it.  Fast forward to The Buzz entering my life and a match in heaven was made - too bad I only got one sheet LOL!   Added the honeycomb die under the bee as well as some Stickles to its wings and I am indeed being joyful :)

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For my second card today, I used this fabulous Psalm 19:14 Plain Jane.  Going to be humming the song all day now :)   Adore the new Butterfly Dreams die as there are two butterfly dies in it which allows you to use the butterfly with the antennae, one without or to layer them as I did with mine.  Added a few half pearls to the wings for some detailing and focus as they needed to stand out a bit more.  



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE June 2015 Release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the shopping and prize info and deadlines!
Deco BordersFloral Notes Stamp SetFloral Notes Die Set
Get TogetherThe Buzz Die Set
Sparkly DreamsButterfly Dreams Die SetFlourished Tag Die Set
Psalm 19:14 Plain JaneProverbs 16:24 Plain Jane

Day 6 Hop List
1. Julee8. Andrea
2. Stacey9. Christyne
3. Teresa10. Maureen
4. Amber11. Amy
5. Laurie12. Janelle
6. Marisa13. Shantaie
7. Charmaine

Time to head on over to Charmaine's blog to see her wonderful creation for today's hop.

Challenge:  Simon Says
















What's In It?

The Buzz
Stamps:  The Buzz (Verve Stamps) 
Paper: Bee Happy (Pebbles Garden Party), Black, Tan, So Saffron (Stampin' Up) 

Ink:  Black
Accessories:   The Buzz and Flourished Tag Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkes), Black Seam Binding, Twine, Stickles, Dimensionals

Psalm 19:14 Plain Jane
Stamps:  Psalm 19:14 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Capella (Basic Grey), DSP, Cameo Coral, So Saffron, Early Espresso Tan (Stampin' Up)
 

Ink:  Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:   Butterfly Dreams Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve ), Tag Die (PTI), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), 5/8" Brown Grosgrain Ribbon, Button, Twine, Brown Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Friday, June 19, 2015

Verve June 2015 Release Spotlight Hop ~ Day 5


It's release day at Verve and we're celebrating with Day 5 of our June 2015 Spotlight Hops!  Have you enjoyed the spotlights we've been sharing this week? Well, the wait is over and everything previewed this week is available in the Verve online store now!

If you have come here from Laurie's blog you are right on track.  If  you just happened upon the Hop, today's hop list is a bit lower down or you can head over to Verve Blog for the full Hop List.

Today's spotlight is shining on The Sparkly Dreams set illustrated by Julee Tilman, as well as the Butterfly Dreams Die Set and the Flourished Tag Die Set.

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I used this fabulous sentiment from Sparkly Dreams for my card as I just love it.  Such a wonderful reminder to keep dreaming big and pressing on to reach your dreams, especially when the going gets tough and the dream has to shelved for a bit or takes a bit of a detour.

The paper is from Pebbles and I used the Sprightly Springs die set for my garnish under the Spring Fling seam binding bow.  Lots of butterflies fluttering around as they remind me of the caterpillar's dream of being able to fly coming true :)  And a darn dimensional back snuck in under my punched border and I missed it when taking the photo!  Just keeping it real {grin}.



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Sparkly DreamsButterfly Dreams Die Set
Flourished Tag Die Set

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Andrea
3. Teresa 19. Maureen
4. Amber10. Janelle
5. Laurie11. Shantaie
6. Marisa

Time to head on over to Charmaine's blog to see her wonderful creation for today's hop.









Challenges:  Butterfly Challenge
                     Simon Says



What's In It?
Stamps:   Sparkly Dreams (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  
Garden Party (Pebbles), Mint Medley, Ballet Blue (Stampin' Up), Tan, Cream Linen
Ink:  Black     
Accessories: 
Sprightly Springs Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Butterfly and Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Spring Fling Seam Binding (Verve Stamps), White Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Verve June 2015 Release Spotlight Hop ~ Day 4


Welcome back to Day 4 of Verve's June 2015 Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting the new holiday release! And the wait is almost over... everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 6/19. So come hop along with us and see our first looks at today's featured products!

If you have come here from Laurie's blog you are right on track.  If  you just happened upon the Hop, today's hop list is a bit lower down or you can head over to Verve Blog for the full Hop List.

Today's spotlight is shining on The Buzz set illustrated by Julee Tilman, as well as the coordinating The Buzz Die Set and Proverbs 16:24 Plain Jane.

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Since I don't own a hexagon embossing folder (need to do something about that soon!) I opted for my trusty chicken wire folder instead.  Paired it with some dots and this darling beehive and bees from The Buzz set.   Used the co-ordinating dies from the The Buzz die set and opted for this adorable sentiment as it always makes me smile.  Added some Stickles to the bee wings for a bit of sparkle.

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My second card showcases the Proverbs 16:24 Plain Jane.  In keeping with the honeybee theme, I used the chicken wire embossing folder again and layered up the sentiment panel.   The Scalloped Trim Trio circle die framed in the sentiment, I fussy cut the small bees and added Stickles to the wings to add a bit of zip to the sentiment tag. 




Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

The BuzzProverbs 16:24 Plain Jane
The Buzz Die Set

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Andrea
3. Teresa9. Christyne
4. Amber10. Maureen
5. Laurie11. Shantaie
6. Marisa

Time to head on over to Charmaine's blog to see her wonderful creation for today's hop.

Challenge:  Simon Says
















What's In It?

The Buzz
Stamps:   The Buzz (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  So Saffron, Kraft, Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up), Dots and Stripes (Echo Park)

Ink:  Black 
Accessories:   The Buzz Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Chickenwire Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Twinkling H2Os, Stickles, Button, Twine, Glue Dot Dimensionals 

Proverbs 16:24 Plain Jane
Stamps:   Proverbs 16:24 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps), Wood Grain Mats (PTI)
Paper:  So Saffron, Kraft, Old Olive, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)

Ink:  Black, VersaMark 
Accessories:   Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Chicken Wire Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Tag and Mat Dies (PTI), Square Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Twinkling H2Os, Stickles Button, Twine, 5/8" Brown Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dot, Dimensionals