Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Acorns


Acorns are the cutest things!  We have quite a few trees in our area that drop them this time of year and it is always fun to collect them.  When you remove their "hats" they are a perfect cat toy too!

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I used PTI's Autumn Acorns and matching die set for my card.  Love how it has various acorn sizes and textured tops you can use.  I mounted them on a woodgrain background to pull in the photo background and added a few leaves and some black accents for a pop of colour.  A touch of twine and half pearls finished the cluster nicely.

ACORNS
Guest Designers 
 Laurel Seabrook, Seabrook Designs
Elizabeth Stewart - Paper Sweetness 
 
Betty Wright


Still having a bit of an issue wrapping my mind around the fact we are in November already!!  Time to get my Christmas letter and cards done - eeek!! We even had a surprise snowfall last week to keep us on our toes (very rare for us to get snow out on the West Coast never mind one in early November!!).  Was quite the week as we went from 20C on Sunday to snow on Thursday!  Time to get the winter tires on asap! 

Enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.  Have a wonderful day and thanks for popping by :)







What's In It?
Stamps:  Autumn Acorns ( PTI)
Paper:   Going Grey, White (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:  Black, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Going Grey, Old Olive (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Distressed Lines Embossing Folder, Autumn Acorns Die Set (PTI), Ribbon,  Twine, Black Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Cider


Now this picture made me smile as it brought memories of hot apple cider on a cool winter evening...and/or mulled wine {grin}.  Hmmm, hmmm good and a big happy sigh to go with it :) 

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I used this month's Viva La Verve sketch, pulled the colours from the photo and went with a beverage theme for my card.  Lots of orange and yellow going on with a some grey as per the counter and a touch of brown.   Was still pretty blah so added some leaves using Autumn Leaves the matching Falling Leaves die set.  The sentiment is from Verve's One Cup and the heart is from the Little Ones die set.

CIDER

Our weather the past week has been simply amazing!  It has been beautifully warm and sunny and the gorgeous fall colours of the leaves against the blue sky are making me swoon on a regular basis!  A glorious lingering taste of summer weather before the rains begin and before all the leaves begin to fall.

Thanks for popping by, and have a fabulous day!







What's In It?
Stamps:  One Cup, Autumn Leaves (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Stella and Rose and On The Bright Side  (MME), Recollections (Michael's) 
Ink:  Black, Antique Linen (Tim Holtz) 
Accessories:  Little Ones and Falling Leaves Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Twinkling H2Os, Button, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Viva la Verve October 2017 Sketch

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Once again bringing up the rear with October's Viva La Verve sketch.  Still enjoying Fall to the fullest as we are having a glorious one here with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.  Add that to beautifully turning maple leaves and I am in heaven :) 

I carried on with the Fall theme on my card, using one of my favorite lines ever, Stella and Rose by My Mind's Eye.  Lovely rich colours that remind me of the changing leaves and the blue sky I see out my front window - happy sigh....

Paired the paper with Verve's newly released Autumn Leaves and matching Falling Leaves die set.   Added pumpkins and for what it is worth, some tealish/turquoise maple leaves - only in card making can you make them any colour you want to match your card {grin}.   Always great to tell people you are thankful for them so replenishing my stash so I have a few on hand to give out.

Would love for you to come and play along - after all you do get a chance to win some free Verve!  Need some additional inspiration, check out the challenge gallery for some inspiration.

Have a fabulous day!  Thankful for you ♥

Challenges:  Inspired by All The Little Things
                       Simon Says Stamps






What's In It?
Stamps:  Autumn Leaves (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Stella and Rose (MME)  
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Falling Leaves (A Cut Above by Verve), Twinkling H2Os, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 5/8" Brown Ribbon (Michael's), Bling, Buttons, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Cuddle


 


This picture made we want to crawl into bed with a stuffy and read.  It's that time of year where the air gets chillier and cuddle time in bed, or with hubby or with the kids is always a bonus for added warmth.  My son and hubby call me a heat leach {grin} as I lose heat faster than a reptile lol.

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I loved the grey and mustard colour combo and as much as I wanted to make a baby card, this new to me PTI set was calling my name!  It has been on my wish list forever and the only frustrating part was realizing I didn't get the large flower die as it isn't part of the die set I ordered - duh!!  Total idiot doesn't describe it...sigh....  So had to fussy cut the large flower but had the dies for the rest.


CUDDLE



With the cooler temps the craving for soup was on so I made some butternut squash soup as well as turkey soup after our Thanksgiving meal last Sunday.  Hmmm hmmmm good :)   Look forward to eating lots of soup over the coming months as I love it. 

Thanks for popping by!  Have a fabulous day!







What's In It?
Stamps:  Friendly Flowers (PTI)
Paper:   Peachy Keen (American Crafts) 
Ink:  More Mustard, Going Grey (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Friendly Flowers Die Set, Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Buttons, Bling, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Verve October 2017 Release Hop



Welcome to Verve's October Mini 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 Autumn Leaves stamp set and Falling Leaves 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, you can check the hop list below and get caught up.

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For my first card, I used these wonderful Verve pumpkins and of course the maple leaves - happy sigh :)  Plus, our Thanksgiving was this past weekend, so the the sentiment fit as well.  I have always loooved maple leaves, and being Canadian, it is a good thing, after all, we do have one on our flag LOL!   We have lots of maple trees of various varieties on our street and a few in our back yard as well, so this time of year their beauty against a blue sky or evergreens often takes my breath away.   We also have various pumpkin fields in the area so I combined both elements on my card.  An embossed woodgrain background and some delicious autumn colours (my favorite to work with), and some twine and a few brown half pearls brought things together nicely.

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For my second card, I continued with the maple leaf theme, only added latte's to the mix {grin}.  Another mix of fall colours and more opportunities for thankfulness.


New Release Hop List
1. Julee6. Betty
2. Charmaine7. Teresa
3. Maureen8. Lesley
4. Marisa9. Laurie
5. Christyne

Autumn LeavesFalling Leaves Die Set

Time to head on over to our Alumni Christyne's blog to see her fabulous creation and then carry on with the hop for a chance to win today's set. 
  

      





What's In It?
CARD 1
Stamps:   Autumn Leaves (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Minds Eye), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up), Cream (LSS)
Ink:  Black, Rudy Red (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Falling Leaves Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve),  Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Twinkling H2Os, Twine, Brown Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals


What's In It?
CARD 2

Stamps:  Autumn Leaves (Verve Stamps), Woodgrain (Echo Park)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Cream (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:   Black (Momento), VersaMark
Accessories:  Falling Leaves Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders),   Twinkling H2Os, Sequins, Twine, Ribbon, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Iced Coffee


Now this inspiration picture makes me a happy girl!  I can literally smell and taste the coffee {grin}. 

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For my card I used two of Verve's coffee sets:  Always Time and Get Together along with the matching Cup of Cheer die set.  I stamped various sentiments from Always Time to create the kraft background panel and used Get Together for the focal sentiment and latte cups.  A few sequins and twine finished things off.

    
Big celebrations in our house this week as my son passed his "N" drivers test with flying colours so he can now drive himself to many of his soccer reffing gigs - happy sigh :)   He still needs to drive to some of the further away locations with us a few more times before we give him full reign, but having him drive to the local fields will be a huge help and free up a ton of our time.   A bit of a catch 22 as I am thrilled for him and yet now scared to have him driving on his own as he is a teenage boy - once a mom always a mom {grin}. 

Wishing you a wonderful week, and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!


Challenges:  Simon Says





 

What's In It?
Stamps:  Always Time, Get Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Kraft 
Ink:  VersaMark, Black  
Accessories:  Cup of Cheer Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lil' Inker), Twine, Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Viva La Verve - Septmeber Sketch

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Cutting it down to the wire here with this month's Viva La Verve sketch.  Been a crazy busy month, and the need for some down time and available down time aligned for this card - happy sigh :) 

Fall colours are my favorite to work with and always make my heart sing.  Toss in some maple leaves and coffee (decaf latte please) and I feel like I have won the lottery {grin}.  

Used Verve's new digi set Coffee Please for the sentiment and added maple leaves to frame it. 

Want a chance to win some free Verve, simply play along with our monthly Viva La Verve sketches!

Thanks for popping by and have a wonderful day!

Challenges:  Simon Says







What's In It?
Stamps:  Coffee Please (Verve Stamps Digi), Leaf Prints (PTI)
Paper:   Stella and Rose (MME), For The Record (Paper Loft), Kraft   
Ink:  Black, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Really Rust, Rudy Red (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers), Crimper (Fiskars), Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Coffee Lover's Fall Blog Hop





It is time for the Fall Coffee Lover's Blog Hop and I played along using last month's Viva la Verve sketch and images from the  new Verve Digi set called Coffee Please available for purchase on the Verve website.  

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I absolutely love Fall colours and the Just Us Girls challenge this week had some lovely Autumn colours so I used them and and added a pop of turquoise/teal for some colour.   Added an  embossed wood grain background, coloured the pumpkin mug and added a corrugated maple leaf using a Starbuck's sleeve, because after all, they are the Pumpkin Spice coffee capital.

Thank for popping by and have a fabulous day!

ChallengeJust Us Girls 






What's In It?
Stamps:  Coffee Please (Verve Stamps Digi)
Paper:   Kraft, Stella and Rose (MME), Floral Chic (Fancy Pants), Recollections Paper (Michael's)  
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Maple Leaf and Button Dies (PTI), Arches Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Ribbon, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals  

Friday, September 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Dreamcatcher


Hello September!!   The blitz to Christmas is on!!   Sorry, that is how my mind works as Fall is always such a busy time of year with school back on and all the kids' activities back up and running at full speed.   

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I pulled a lot of elements from the inspiration photo - the wood grain, feather, blue beads and the twine from the dream catcher, along with the colours.  A full meal deal LOL!  


We are at the beginning of a very busy weekend as my son is reffing in a Labour Day tournament - four games a day three days in a row and mama is chief taxi driver.   Gonna be a warm weekend so our summer continues :)  

Wishing you a wonderful week, all the best with getting the first week of school and fall calendar under your belt (for those of you with kids that age) and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!

Challenges: Simon Says






What's In It?
Stamps:  Light as a Feather (Taylored Expressions), Woodgrain Background (Hero Arts)
Paper:   White and Kraft 
Ink:  VersaMark, Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel, Passionate Pink, Black (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Oval Nestability (Spellbinders), Feather Dies (Taylored Expressions), Burlap, Twine,  Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Verve Anniversary Release August 2017~ Day 5


Welcome back to Day 5 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's an exciting day as there's new Verve in the store this morning! 4 beautiful new sets and 2 coordinating die sets just released and they're all available to order right now. To celebrate this special 10th Anni-VERVE-sary release, we're putting on another blog hop, with a pretty cool prize!

Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves, especially since we've got a full line-up of Divas, guests and Alumni today!

If you have come here from Charmaine's blog you are right on track.  If not, you can check the hop list below to get caught up because today's prize is a big one!

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My daughter made muffins today while I was working on some of the anniversary release cards so the cupcake image was calling my name LOL!  A few fun papers, cupcakes coloured to match with some Stickles on the icing for a bit of glam (sorry, doesn't show up in the picture!), a double sentiment to balance the card, and a few silver half pearls and twine to finish things off. 


Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new 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 the full hop list and all the prize info and deadlines!

Little OnesLittle Ones Die Set
Bloom BrighterBlooming Die Set
Cake and CandlesScripture Medley 5

Day 5 Hop List
1. Julee9. Lesley
2. Maureen10. Christyne
3. Betty11. Laurie
4. Charmaine12. Kelly (Guest)
5. Marisa13. Laurie W. (Alumni)
6. Amy S.(Alumni)14. Tosha L. (Alumni)
7. Amy K.(Alumni)15. Tiffany S.(Alumni)
8. Michelle W. (Alumni)

Time to head on over to Alumni Amy's blog to see her fabulous creation and then over to the Verve Store  for a bit of shopping - you can thank me later for the enabling {wink, wink}.
  

      




What's In It?
Stamps:   Cake and Candles (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Lime Twist (MME), Simple Stories, Burgundy (LSS)  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Twinkling H2Os, Stickles, Silver Half Pearls, Twine, Dimensionals

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Verve Anniversary Release August 2017~ Day 4


Welcome to Day 4 of the Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's time for another day of spotlighting the Verve release with the Verve Divas and special guests! We're super excited to have another very special Diva Alumni joining us for the hop today. Everything previewed this week will be available to order in the Verve online store on Monday, August 28. If you know you want it all, today is the final day to pre-order the August 2017 Buy it All Bundle at a 30% discount! Only one more sleep until release!

Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Scripture Medley 5 stamp set. This set includes the re-introduction of the final 2 scripture plain janes, as well as 9 all new scripture verse stamps.

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I needed a sympathy card, so I used the Matthew 5:4 stamp and paired it with one of my favorite colour combinations of soft pink and grey.  Added the adorable distressed hearts to form a cluster and frame the sentiment along with a few bits of bling to bring a bit of sparkle to the muted tones.  Finished things off with a touch of twine.    

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Love John 3:18, such a fabulous verse and oh so true!  Actions speak so much louder than words and when words are spoken after them, you have proof in the pudding so to speak.  Time is a commodity you never get back and it is a very valuable one these days with our busy schedules, so when you take time to do something for someone, it speaks volumes without a word having to be uttered.  Of course, I just had to add the new Verve flower as I absolutely love it.  


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 the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Scripture Medley 5

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee6. Tiffany S. (Alumni)
2. Maureen8. Lesley
3. Betty10. Christyne
4. Charmaine11. Laurie
5. Marisa12. Kelly (Guest)


Time to head on over to our Alumni Tiffany's blog to see her fabulous creation and then carry on with the hop for a chance to win today's set. 
  

      




What's In It?
CARD 1
Stamps:   Little Ones (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Bundle of Joy (Echo Park), Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black, Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion, So Saffron, Old Olive (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Little Ones Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve),  Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provocraft), Twine, Buttons, Glue Dots, Dimensionals


What's In It?
CARD 2
Stamps:  Scripture Medley 5, Bloom Brighter (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Simple Life (Echo Park), Early Esspresso (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:   Black (Momento)
Accessories:  Blooming Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Chicken Wire Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Twinkling H2Os, Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals