Saturday, October 18, 2014

Verve Release Retrospective Hop

Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the October release stamps & dies! Besides a look-see at some really nifty cards, there's also a comment prize up for grabs!

If you have come her from Stacey's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened upon the hop, you can check the hop list below to get caught up.

In honor of Diva Chaitali's mother's current battle against breast cancer and her subsequent creation of Pink Power, as well as my sadly having to miss her Breast Cancer awareness Hop this past Monday, I created a card using this set.  I have said it before, and I will say it again, this set is a must have!  So many wonderful, encouraging sentiments to be able to put on a card for any woman who is in the midst of her battle with breast cancer, or celebrating an anniversary of victory over it.  I plan on dropping a few I've made off at a lingerie store who works with women who have had mastectomies and are being fit for prosthetics.  The options are endless!

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For my card I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch. The papers are from MME's Lost and Found Heirloom paper pack and the seam binding is from Verve's Truly Madly Deeply ribbon collection.  I used the Ribbon Die to create a border and garnished them with white half pearls.  Love this "fight like a girl" sentiment, and when I found a heart shaped button, I knew I had to add it to the bow.  Pink power all the way :)


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

1. Julee8. Laurie
2. Stacey9. Christyne
3. Marisa10. Teresa
4. Chaitali11. Andrea
5. Amber12. Betty
6. Jen13. Sarah
7. Charmaine14. Maureen

Next up, Chaitali's blog, where you are sure to be treated to a wonderful, card creation.  Happy hopping, and I'll be back on Monday with my Mojo Monday card. 




What’s In It?
Stamps:  Pink Power (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Lost and Found (My Mind’s Eye), Blush Blossom (Stampin’ Up), Cream Linen 
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Ribbon Die (A Cut Above by Verve Stamps),  Truly Madly Deeply Seam Binding (Verve Stamps), Button, Twine, White Half Pearls, Glue Dots

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Burlap Banner


It's time for another Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  This week our sponsor for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Burlap Banner is The Twinery!  A randomly selected participant in the Burlap Banner challenge will receive a fabulous bundle from The Twinery, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!


 


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I took the inspiration photo quite literally this time round and created a Halloween banner on my card. Love this bright orange twine!  Such a fun, under loved colour by many - but not me :)  A few more orange accents and I was good to go as the paper from Authentique's Thrilling did most of the work for me.    

The Twinery Designers, our Guest Designer and the Curtain Call Crew have lots of additional inspiration for you today!  Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs!

Burlap Banner Designers
Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Burlap Banner for the challenge details and to play along with us!


Thanks for popping by and hope you can play along with us!

 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Lower Case Letter Set (Hero Arts), Neat and Tangled  
Paper:  Thrilling (Authentique), Black, Kraft (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Twine (Twinery), Buttons, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mojo Monday #367

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First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian followers!

This week's sketch is brought to us by Sarah.  When I saw the stripes, I thought of designer paper, and since I was in the mood to change things up a bit, a Christmas card emerged!  Not exactly the right theme for today, as it is Canadian Thanksgiving, but it is the next major holiday so I'm going with that LOL!

Dug out some old Stampin' Up papers for the bottom panels, add scallops with half pears, some twine and this sentiment from Christmas Carols by Cas-ual Fridays Stamps because it has my favorite word, "joy". A quick, CAS card that would be easy to mass produce if you needed to.

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 wonderful Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday and it was great to have mom back at the table with us. She has been release from hospital and is doing much better.  Fingers crossed the trend continues!  Off to enjoy a fun day as a family.


What's In It?
Stamps:  Christmas Carols (CAS-ual Friday Stamps)   

Paper:  Designer Series Paper, Real Red, Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen 
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Medium Scallop Die (PTI), Twine, Black Half Pearls, Button, Glue Dots 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Verve Diva Dare ~ October 2014


This month's Diva Dare is entitled "Pink Power".  In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, this months we are daring you to flash some PINK on your card or project.

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I absolutely adore the new Pink Power set, especially this beautiful silhouette, and find it hard not to use on a card.  The sentiments in this set are fabulous too!  A definite "must have" set in my books, and one I wish I had a few years back when two of my good friends were battling breast cancer.   

I combined two pink papers and used silver as my accent colour.  Added some scallops, bling and half pearls to girly it up a bit, along with the Ribbon Die for a little accent.  Finished things off by adding the butterfly from the set as a symbol of new birth after metamorphosis.  Sorry if the last few cards have looked somewhat the same.  I'll try to branch out next time, honest LOL! 

You can check out all the Diva Dare details over on the Verve blog.  Would love you to come and join us this month!

Challenges: The Pink Elephant












What's In It?
Stamps:   Pink Power (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Lovey (Bella Boulevard), Letterbox (American Crafts), Rose Romance, Brushed Silver (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:   Black, Silver
Accessories:   Ribbon Die (A Cut Above Verve), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Silver Half Pearls, Bling, Heart Button (Michael's), Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Verve Release Celebrations ~ Day 4

It's the final day of Verve's October 2014 Release Celebration! Three new sets, three new dies and a sequin mix just released on Saturday and today we're back sharing our inspirations with a new set designed by Julee Tilman called Inspire Hope.

If you have come here from Stacey's blog, you are right on track.  If not, you can check the Hop List below.

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Today's set, Inspire Hope, has a wonderful mix of sentiments which you can frame or use on their own.  I chose to use the frame and matted it with the Rounded Scalloped Rectangle.  Some cream seam binding from the Signature Series ribbon collection, a touch of twine and a pearled, scalloped border provided the feminine feel I was going for.


Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products!


Featured Products: Inspire Hope, Pink Sparkle Sequin Mix
Today's Prize: $30 gift voucher to Verve

1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen

Now it is time to head on over to Chaitali's blog to see what she was inspired to create with this wonderful set. Happy hopping and happy shopping wink, wink.

Challenges:  Your Next Step Challenge





What's In It?
Stamps:  Inspire Hope (Verve Stamps)  

Paper:  LBW Madeline (K & Company), Sahara Sand, So Saffron (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen
Ink:  Black, Old Olive, Rose Romance (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Rounded Scalloped Frame (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Cream Seam Binding (Signature Series), Button, Twine, Cream Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Smooches Reminder

This is my second post of the day. Scroll down for my Verve Release post. 

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We are half way through our current "Smooch" Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge so there is still time to play.

Paper Smooches is our sponsor and they have a ton of fun stamps you can chose from should you be the randomly selected winner of this challenge!  In addition, don't forget the LEAD for this challenge will be a guest designer for one of our upcoming challenges :)

For my card, I used We Connect, a fun sentiment set for Valentine's Day, Wedding, and love themed cards.  So many fun sentiments to mix and match - love it (no pun intended LOL).  I created a background by versamarking a sentiment on it and then built the sentiment on the tag, finishing it off with a row of hearts.

If you haven't played along yet we'd love to have you join us!




What's In It?
Stamps:   We Connect (Paper Smooches)  

Paper:  Recollections (Michael's), Real Red, Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Tag, Medium Scalloped Border and Heart Border Dies (PTI),  5/8" Black Satin Ribbon (Michael's), Button, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals 

Verve Release Celebration ~ Day 3

Welcome back to Verve's October 2014 Release Celebration! Three new sets, three new dies and a sequin mix just released on Saturday and today we're back sharing our inspirations with a new set illustrated by Chaitali Narla called Masquerade and the new Gown Die and Mask Die Set!

If you have come here from Stacey's blog, you are right on track.  If not, you can check the Hop List below.

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I found this fantastic sparkly, chevron paper at my local dollar store and knew I had to use it with this set, especially after reading a book this summer that had a "glitzy, masked costume party" in it.  I simply adore this amazing mask image and matching die, and love the different accessories you can add to it!  Added a pop of colour with the raspberry coloured seam binding from the Spring Fling ribbon collection and a few touches of bling.


Featured Products: Masquerade, Mask Die, Gown Die
Today's Prize: $30 gift voucher to Verve

1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen



Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products!

Time to head on over to Chaitali's blog to see what she has created with this fabulous set!  Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another chance to win a Verve gift certificate!



What's In It?
Stamps:  Masquerade (Verve Stamps) 

Paper:  Black, Specialty (Dollar Store)
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Mask Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Clear Embossing Powder, Bling (Michael's), Spring Fling Ribbon Collection (Verve Stamps), Black and Silver Half Pearls, Bling, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Viva La Verve - October Week 1 Recap

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Time for this week's Viva La Verve sketch recap.  I was thrilled when I saw the sketch as it meant I could use the newly released Masquerade set again.  This is such a fun set, especially for those of us who are not big on Halloween.

I always think of glitz and glitter when I see these fabulous Mardi gras masks and I was dying to use the gown die to create a glittery ball gown to go with a swanky mask LOL!

Decided to go with the classic and dramatic red, black and white colour combo after tripping across this wonderful, sparkly red paper I got at my local dollar store last year.  I die cut just the bodice of the gown in red using the Gown die and then die cut one out of white and stamped it.  Then, I used the Mask die to die cut the red masks and the rest of the mask ensemble.  I fussy cut the feathers, added some red bling to the dress to glitz it up a bit, and embossed the background.

I learned a great "trick" from "Jedi Julee" for proper placement of the tassels to the mask.  Simply stamp the mask in VersaMark where you want it to be on your card, and then stamp the tassels on the mask so when you place the die cut mask over top, they are perfectly placed.  Brilliant idea, Julee, thank you!  Needless to say, I had great fun creating this card :) 

Want to see whose card using this week's sketch I spotlighted this week?  Head on over to the Viva La Verve blog and find out! 




What's In It?
Stamps:   Masquerade (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Black, Sparkly Red (Dollar Store)   
Ink:   Black
Accessories:   Gown and Masks Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Nat Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Bling, Dimensionals

Monday, October 6, 2014

Verve Release Celebration Hop ~ Day 2

Welcome back to Verve's October 2014 Release Celebration! Three new sets, three new dies and a sequin mix just released on Saturday and today we're back sharing our inspirations with a new set called Pink Power and the new Ribbon Die!
 
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If you have come here from Stacey's blog, you are right on track.  If not, you can check the Hop List below.

I can't get enough of this fabulous silhouette image from Pink Power!  A dear friend of mine decided to be "bald and beautiful" during her chemo treatments and proudly displayed this exact image.

The papers from my last card where still out so I used them again (sorry...just loved them together) but this time round added a touch of lace and pearls, and then bookended the sentiment with the Ribbon Die.


Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products.


Featured Products: Pink Power, Ribbon Die
Today's Prize: $30 gift voucher to Verve

1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen

Time to head on over to Chaitali's blog to see what she has created with this fabulous set!

Challenges:  The Pink Elephant



What's In It?
Stamps:  Pink Power (Verve Stamps) 

Paper: 
Small Polka Dots (Making Memories), Recollections Paper, Rose Romance, Blush Blossom (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Ribbon Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Bling, Dimensionals 

Mojo Monday #366

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It's the first Monday of the month and that means it is contest time over on the Mojo Monday blog and Julee has created this wonderful sketch to work with.

I needed a masculine card for a neighbour to say a HUGE thank you for the very special gift he gave my son and hubby.  He won a draw for two tickets to enjoy watching the Vancouver Canucks hockey team warm up before their game from their penalty box!  That is ice side and a once in a life time experience.  He and his wife were unable to go and knew my son would be over the moon to be able to go and he is indeed.  Game is not until the end of the month so the anticipation can build LOL!  We are blessed to have such amazing neighbours :)

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.


Was soooo grateful for a much quieter weekend and a big sleep in Saturday morning after an insane week last week.  Mom is still in hospital as they continue to try to get her body to retain sodium so her levels are where they should be.  However, when you change one thing there is a chain reaction so it is finicky work to get everything to balance and work together again.  I'm ever so grateful for the fabulous, local hospital we have and the staff we have been blessed to interact with!  I sleep well knowing mom is in good hands :)

Make sure you come back in a few hours for Day 1 of the Divas showcasing one of the stamp sets from Verve's Saturday release and a chance to win a $30 Verve gift certificate!



What's In It?
Stamps:  Better Together (Verve Stamps)  

Paper:  Costco DP Package, Kraft and Night of Navy (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Chicken Wire Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Brads, Spiral Clips (Michael's), Dimensionals