Monday, June 20, 2016

Mojo Monday #453

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Time for a Mojo Monday sketch and I am using Julee's limited time free digi called Three Cheers which she created for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

I used the colours from the hop's banner for my card and the iced coffee cups from Three Cheers!  Coloured them with Twinkling H2Os and added my beloved Chicken Wire embossing folder.

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 kids are now out of school and all they have left to do are their English provincial exams at the end of the week, followed by my daughter's Prom evening next weekend.  Excited for this new stage in her life, but still in a bit of mommy denial that my first born is now out of high school LOL!  

 

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




  

  
What Is In It?
Stamps:  Jeremiah 29:11 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections (Michael's), Cool Caribbean, Sage Shadow (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Flutterby and Sprightly Sprigs Dies (A Cut Above by Verve),  Copper Blush Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), 5/8 Red Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's Ribbon Bin), Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Tasty Tropics


Welcome to the second Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge for June.   This inspiration picture is particularly close to my heart as I grew up in the tropics and we often drank "pipas" :)   As kids, I remember trips to the beach and being mesmerized while watching a man/boy climb up a palm tree with a machete between his teeth, get to the top, cut a few coconuts down and then come back down the palm tree.  Then, he would use the same machete to cut the top off the coconut, insert a straw and give it to us so we could drink the fresh coconut water in the coconut.  And that was years ago before coconut water became all the rage LOL!  Use the inspiration photo however you wish and by whatever inspires you.

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For my card today, I had to go with that gorgeous orchid and surrounding colours to create my own tropical flower.  Used PTIs flower die, added a doily to pick up the brown and two yellow banners for the yellow center in the second flower.  Bold and bright and my tribute to the tropics :)  

TASTY TROPICS

Guest Designer
 Sonja Kerkhoffs, The Art of Stamping

Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.





 


What's In It?
Stamps:  Frilly Flowers (PTI), Best Yest (Stampin' Up) 
Paper:   Tan and Yellow (LSS)
Ink:  Orchid Opulence, Green Galore, Black (Stampin' Up)   
Accessories:  Frilly Flower Die (PTI), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil' Inker), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, June 13, 2016

Mojo Monday #452

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Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses and it is wonderful to have it in stamp form in Faith Medley.  I paired it with my beloved Flutterby butterfly die and the Sprightly Sprigs die set.  A doily for a bit of softness and a scatter of sequins from the Copper Blush Sequin Mix to fill in the sentiment panel a bit.

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.



Love my local scrapbooking store, as they hold an annual garage sale where vendors can pass on their  unloved supplies to others.  I have been a vendor for five years now and it is wonderful knowing someone else will be enjoying things you no longer use :)   A total win/win.

We are also entering the last week of school - where did the year go?!!  It will be a busy week with class finals and then each of my kids has an English Provincial exam to write the following week, followed up by my daughter's Prom and all night extravaganza at the YMCA.  

Hard to believe summer is almost here!!  I remember my mom telling me when I was younger and complaining that I was bored, that one day you will wish I was bored.  Didn't believe her then, but am living proof of it now LOL!  Carpe Diem!




  

  
What Is In It?
Stamps:  Jeremiah 29:11 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Recollections (Michael's), Cool Caribbean, Sage Shadow (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Flutterby and Sprightly Sprigs Dies (A Cut Above by Verve),  Copper Blush Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), 5/8 Red Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's Ribbon Bin), Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Friday, June 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop - June 2016

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! 

There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until July 5 to link up. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps aren't required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when we see them!

Summertime is on the way and a soft beachy vibe is our inspiration this month. Soft neutrals and bold pops of color are sure to bring a bit of summer flair to your projects. Take your inspiration from the graphic or follow the color pattern, just have fun stamping. We can't wait to see what you create!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Tuesday, July 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!


If you have come here from our newest Lesley's blog you are right on track.  If not, you can go to the Verve blog for the hop list to get caught up.


What a fun colour combination!!  I love orange and turquoise together, but in this case, I have a bit more grey than turquoise because that is the way my paper patterns worked!  I used this week's Viva La Verve sketch for my card, and since I am desperately low on birthday cards, I pulled out one of my favorite birthday stamps, the Happy Birthday Plain Jane.  Used the Stitched Pennant Die Set for the turquoise banner, and the smallest leaf die from the Beautiful Flowers Die Set to help create a bit more sustenance to the butterfly and upper half of the card.

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!


  
1. Julee7. Marisa
2. Betty8. Maureen
3. Charmaine 9. Stacey
4. Christyne 10. Susan
5. Laurie 11. Teresa
6. Lesley  
  


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Time to head on over to Maureen's blog to see her take on the inspiration photo :)







What's In It?
Stamps:  Happy Birthday Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
PaperOn The Bright Side (My Mind's Eye), Recollections (Michael's)
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Beautiful Flowers and Stitched Pennant Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve),  Lacy Square and Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Butterfly and Daisy Border Punches (Martha Stewart), Twine, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Mojo Monday #451

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I can not believe it is June already!!  At the rate this year has been flying by it will be Christmas before I know it!!  Hoping things slow down a bit over the summer because it is always a blur from September until Christmas.  At this rate, my birthday won't catch up with me and I won't be another year older LOL!

Fun sketch from Julee today and with it being the first Monday of the month, that means it is contest time over on the Mojo Monday blog!  Them ore that enter, the greater your chances of winning so come on over and play along - you don't need to use Verve stamps to join in - but if you have them we love to see them :)

For my card I used some Divinely Sweet paper by Bazzill Basics and pulled the rest of the colours from it.  Out came my beloved "U" die from I Heart You Die Set.  Added the "thank" word die over top of it in black as the paper was quite busy and no other colour really stood out.  Sorry about the picture...missed my best "photo time" due to having to be out and about a good part of the day. 

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 to watch my son be the center ref this weekend and it is great to see his improvement over the last time I watched him ref.  He is very diligent in applying what he is taught at his reffing clinic each week and I love the passion he has for the job :)   Who knows, maybe one day we will be cheering for him as he refs at a FIFA tournament!




  

  
What Is In It?

Paper:  Divinely Sweek (Bazzill Basica), Real Red, Wild Wassabi, Kraft, Black (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories: I Heart You Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve),  Word Die Set (PTI), Stitched Circle Dies (Lil' Inkers), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Half Pearls

Friday, June 3, 2016

Graduation Time

Hard to believe my daughter will be graduating from High School this year!!  On one hand, my mommy heart is in denial, and on the other, I am excited for a new chapter in her life to begin!

Many of you have seen these on Facebook, but if not, here you go :)

The graduate!!

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Celebrating :)

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My beautiful, intelligent, caring girl - love her to bits!!

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Daddy's girl too!

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Baby Brother taking front and center instead of the graduate - always the ham!

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Proud parents!

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Having fun :)  Hair still wet - yikes!

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We needed a photographer for the four of us as my son took this selfie because he has the longest arms!

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Best friends.

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Where did the years go??!!  Blessed beyond measure to be her mom.  Love you more than words could ever express, sweetheart!!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Sail On


Welcome to the first Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge for June.  With summer quickly approaching and with sunshine, warm weather and water are a delightful trio, our challenge is called Sail On.  Use the inspiration photo however you wish and by whatever inspires you.

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For my card today, I used some Down By The Shore paper by Fancy Pants.  Used the corner of a piece that had a whale on it  (as per the pillow) and another piece that reminded me of waves.  A few nautical die cuts, a doily and a few pops of red completed the card.

SAIL ON

Amy Kolling

Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.





 


What's In It?
Stamps:  Strong Anchor  (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   Down By The Shore (Fancy Pants)
Ink:  Black  
Accessories:  Nautical Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Tag Die (PTI), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Twine, Brad, Button, Glue Dot, Dimensionals 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Mojo Monday #450

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This week we get to play with a Tall and Skinny sketch over on the Mojo Monday blog :)  Love these as you can have embellishments, dies, banners etc. hang over the edge of a card and it will still fit into an A2 envelope!

I love this Watercolour Blue Daisy paper from Michael's so had to use it again.  It looks amazing with red and in accordance with my current obsession with these flowers from Beautiful Things, I used them again.  Sorry....just can't help myself.  I cut them out with the coordinating Beautiful Flowers Die Set and coloured the flower as per Lesley Croghan's gorgeous card here.  Added some black accents for some contrast, including the "beautiful" word die from the same die 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.


Had a very busy week with my daughter's 12th Grade / Senior Commencement ceremony.  They were the largest graduating class on record for their high school topping out at 450 graduates (not big by US standards, but big for our part of the world).  Two valedictorian speeches (senior class voted and it was a tie - the first time it has ever happened - so they let both candidates speak), a tribute to one of the triplets who died in an ATV accident this spring along with the presentation of a beautiful, commissioned wood panel carving by a local Native Indian carver to the family, School Board, School president etc. speeches and finally each graduate walking the stage for their diploma.  Five and a half hours later we were done, and five and a half hours of sleep later I had to go work a twelve hour day!  Good thing it was a busy one as it kept me awake LOL!  

A few amazing statistics on this graduating class.  They won over $600,000 in scholarships and bursaries - amazing!  One student got a full ride, $250,000 hockey scholarship to an American university (we grow good hockey players up here in Canada wink, wink - after all, it is our national sport), another student received an $80,000, another $42,000, another $30,000 and two others got $20,000 scholarships.  My daughter got a $1,250 Fine Arts scholarship for her photography skills, and there was a host of others who received scholarships ranging from $200 - $2,000 dollars.  In addition, 56% of the graduating class is on the Honor Roll!!   Many students received scholarships for volunteering, community work and leadership, as well as athletic, academic, artistic and excellence awards.  It is a truly exceptional graduating class in so many ways and it was wonderful being able to celebrate with the graduates and their parents. 

Weekend didn't slow down any either....worked on Saturday, played taxi driver for my son's two reffing gigs on Sunday followed immediately by our family's May birthday celebration that evening!!  I am peopled out and quite exhausted today - one more event and I would have been calling the men in the white suits to come and put me in a padded room with a straight jacket on LOL.  The joys of being an introvert and needing down time to recharge.  

Trusting you had a good weekend.  Enjoy the sketch and look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery :)

Challenge:  Simon Says




  

  
What Is In It?
Stamps:  Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Watercolour Blue Daisy (Recollections at Michael's), Real Red, Basic Black (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories: Beautiful Flowers Die Set and Stitched Pennants (A Cut Above by Verve), Twinkling H2Os, Twine, Dimensionals

Friday, May 27, 2016

Verve May 2016 Release Retrospective Hop

Welcome to Verve's May Release Retrospective!  It's been a fabulous release week at Verve and today the Divas and Guest Divas are back with another dose of inspiration using the brand new release! Everything spotlighted is available to order in the Verve Store and is 25% off through the end of May! Plus, we've got a sweet hop prize in store!

If you have come here from LauraJane's blog you are right on track.  If you happened upon the hop you can check the Hop List below to get caught up.

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I have been hoarding this Hugs and Kisses paper by American Krafts and decided it was time to use a bit today {grin}.  I paired it with this wonderful sentiment from Beautiful Things (so many fabulous sentiments in that set - not to mention the flowers!) and the Stitched Pennants Die Set.  Some pops of pink and some bling along with the scalloped hearts from the Scalloped TrimTrio Die Set finished things off.



Want to win some shiny new Verve? Julee will be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, leave a little comment love as you hop around to the blogs linked below! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee7.  LauraJane {guest}
2. Lori {guest}8.  Marisa
3. Betty9.  Maureen
4. Charmaine10. Stacey
5. Laurie11. Teresa
6. Lesley

Time to head on over to Maureen's blog to see what she has showcased for today's Hop.  Don't forget the new release special going on over at the Verve Store AND the Memorial Day weekend sale - double the pleasure for double the shopping fun!!




Free first class shipping on US orders over $35 May 27 - 31, 2016.

Have a fabulous weekend and enjoy the Hop!!

Challenge:  Simon Says




 
 
What's In It?
Stamps:  Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Hugs and Kisses (American Krafts), Turquoise (Bazzil), Real Red, Rose Romance (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Stitched Banners Die Set, Scalloped Border Trim Trio (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities, Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Black Half Pearls, Bling, Button, Twine (Michael's), Dimensionals

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mojo Monday #449

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I'm still enamoured with the flowers and sentiments in the newly released Beautiful Things set so had to use it again - especially since they were still out on my desk from last week's release ;)

Tripped across this old Kioshi paper by Basic Grey and pulled the colours from there.  It was calling for purple flowers so purple flowers it is.  Coloured them with Twinkling H2Os and the leaves are from the Sprightly Sprigs die 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.


Busy weekend as my son was reffing in a tournament over the long weekend.  Twelve games in 3 days!! Good thing he is young and bounces back quickly!  Not sure sure about hubby though....he got called in to be his Assistant Ref for four games on Saturday as they were short ARs...needless to say he is not  moving too swiftly yet LOL!




 
 
What's In It?
Stamps:  Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Kioshi (Basic Grey), On the Bright Side (My Mind's Eye), So Saffron, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Beautiful Flowers Die Set and Sprightly Sprigs (A Cut Above by Verve), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Twinkling H2Os, Twine, Button, White and Black Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals