Monday, May 22, 2017

Mojo Monday #498

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A wonderful, quick and easy sketch this week that you can keep CAS or glam up a bit.  I went more on the CAS side as we have a very busy weekend and time was limited.

Love this happy paper by My Little Shoebox and pulled the turquoise out from the centers of the flowers for the strips behind the sentiment panel.  Adore the Beautiful Things set as there are so many wonderful, uplifting sentiments in it.  Into my stash to give to my daughter when I give her a little something to help her through exams or the like.

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 busy long weekend, with my son reffing 11 games in 3 days at a soccer tournament.  Thankfully, his games were at our local soccer club fields which are just a ten minute drive from home and even better, the sun showed up!!!   It was so nice to feel some warmth and sunshine - everyone was almost giddy after a six month stretch of more rain than we ever want to experience again - heck we were close to having Noah's ark appear LOL!

Have a fabulous week and thanks for popping by today :)



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Garden Party (My Little Shoebox), Black, Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Lacy Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Martha Steward Butterfly Punch, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals



Monday, May 15, 2017

Mojo Monday #497 With A Touch of Curtain Call Frosting

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This week's Mojo Monday sketch coincided with the second Curtain Call Inspiration challenge so I doubled up on challenges once again as it was a busy Mother's Day weekend.

I loved the colours of grey and coral in the inspiration photo and the touch of wood grain in the background so drew on them for my card.  I stamped a wood grain background in Versamark on the grey, added two coral panels, crimping one for some dimension and texture, stamped and die cut two flowers using Brighter Days and the coordinating Scalloped Flowers  die set as the flower pattern resembled the cupcake frosting designs on the cupcakes.  I opted to use lace for the diagonal strip to "girly" it up a bit, the  sentiment is from Beautiful Things, and added a pop of green with the leaves for some contrast, and a few butterflies to finish things off.

Made this card for my daughter as she finished her freshman year of university, and did exceptionally well, earning herself a $5,600 academic scholarship for next year!!  She also interviewed for and got one of the 12 Collegium Assistant positions on campus.  It has been such a delight watching how she has grown in so many ways, tackled university, learned the ropes and excelled, stretched yourself, matured and "adulted" well :)  She is continuing to blossom and grow into the beautiful, intelligent, gifted and tender hearted woman God created her to be, and I am beyond blessed to be her mom.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday and Curtain Call blogs where you can view all the wonderful design team samples. 

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



 

   

What's In It?
Stamps:  Brighter Days, Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Going Grey, Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up) nk 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Heart Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Heart Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Sequins, Black and Crystal Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Verve Release Spotlight Hop - May 2017


Welcome to Verve's May New 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 Butterfly Grace stamp set and Graceful Butterflies 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, check out the hop list below so you can get caught up.

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I just LOVE this new set!!  If you have followed me for any length of time you know how much I love using butterflies on my cards and how much I love scripture stamps.  Grace is such a gift, one we can graciously give and one we can humbly receive.

Couldn't stop at just one card so made a second :)

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Used one of my favorite colour combinations of pink and green for this card, and added black accents for a bit of pop.  Adore the sentiments in this set and the butterfly dies - you need not say more LOL!
This release is going to get a lot of use in my craft room! 

New Release Hop List

Julee
Charmaine
Christyne
Laurie
Maureen
Marisa
Teresa

Butterfly GraceGraceful Butterflies Die Set

Time to head on over to Teresa's blog to see her fabulous creation and if you love the new set, why not treat yourself to a Mother's Day pressie wink, wink.

Challenges:  Simon Says

      




First Card:
What's In It?
Stamps:   Butterfly Grace (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Collectible (My Mind's Eye), Teal and Kraft (LSS)  
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Graceful Butterflies (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft),  Button, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Second Card:
What's In It?
Stamps:   Butterfly Grace (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Lollia (Sandylion), Gracie - Bubble Gum (Dream Street Papers)
Ink:  Black, VersaMark
Accessories:  Graceful Butterflies (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crimper (Fiskars), Twine, Black Half Pearls, Bling, Dimensionals

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mojo Monday #496

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Mojo Monday time again and the big blank panel on the sketch means lots of space to work with and lots of possibilities :)

A wedding card came to mind when I saw the sketch (have to give you a break from flowers {grin}) and I used the sentiment from Love Everlasting along with a double heart die from The Cat's Pajamas.   Added an embossed background and a few half pearls and sequins called it a card.

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.



Nice to be back to my normal part time work week this week.  Last week my job share partner was on vacation so I covered all four days.  By day four 5:30 a.m. was not my favorite time of the day lol - actually, it wasn't all that bad.  Just had to get to bed by ten, but it was a huge struggle as I am loving the newest Wilbur Smith book War Cry and it is soooo hard to turn off the light at ten.  Needless to say, I had a few later nights this weekend and am half way through the book now.  What are you reading these days, or do you have any good recommendations.  I am always looking for new books to add to my reading list.

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



 

  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Love Everlasting (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Black, Silver, Pink 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), Heart Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Heart Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Sequins, Black and Crystal Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Reminder ~ Flutter



We are half way through the Flutter challenge and since I love butterflies and this PTI butterfly die so much, I had to make another card for this challenge :) 

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I used a Case This Sketch from a few weeks ago, pulled my colours from the photo (other than the "pink" which took a rather strong detour towards orange LOL), added the birthday sentiment, a button, and finished things off by rounding the bottom corners.  A nice, quick and easy card.

FLUTTER

Guest Designer - Marcie Sharp of Sharp Designs

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!







What's In It? 
Paper:  Dots and Stripes (Echo Park), Only Orange, Pale Plum (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Birthday and Butterfly Dies (PTI), Corner Rounder, Button, Twine, Glue Dot

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mojo Monday #495 Meets The Curtain Call

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Welcome to the first Monday of the month which means it is contest time over at the  Mojo Monday blog :)   The more entries we get, the greater your chances of winning a Verve set of your choice!

I had this MME paper pad out on my desk still so decided to go with it, even though it has more of a fall versus spring colour theme.  I love fall colours and never tire of using them, though you may tire of seeing them {grin}.

This card combines this week's Mojo Monday sketch with the first Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge of the month called "Flutter".  If you know me at all, you know my love of butterflies, and I also love this butterfly die by PTI.  A match made in heaven :)   The sentiment is from Verve's Take Note.

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.


Our weekend was a 50/50 split.  Saturday was wet and rainy and Sunday was gloriously sunny - the weather is taunting us with spring something fierce!!   I bought a few Osteos to plant in my garden as I am dying for some pops of colour and I was finally able to mow the back yard for the first time this year!  Still a bit boggy in spots, but it had to be done as it is in a terrible state.  The winter snow and rain has done a number on it and it will take a lot of TLC to bring it back :(   The moss is having a rave party out there, so hopefully we can get it under control. 

Thanks for popping by and have a fabulous week!



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Take Note  (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), So Saffron, Vellum (Stampin' Up) 
Ink:   Black 
Accessories:  Butterfly Die (PTI), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Threading Water Punch (Fiskars), Button, Twine, White and Orange Half Pearls, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, April 24, 2017

Mojo Monday #494

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Last Mojo Monday sketch of the month and it is a fabulous one to work with!  Still playing with some of my hoarded Stella and Rose papers by My Mind's Eye - one of my all time favorite paper sets.

The flower is from Be Blessed and matching die set is Petal PointsElegant Leaves die was paired with the Versamarked leaf image Bloom and Grow over the die cut.  I sponged around the edges of the kraft panel and used the Autumn Thanks die set for the "thanks" and then added the extra/double sentiment tab to fill in the square.

  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.


Another weekend on the soccer fields, and the weather was rather nasty and wet :(   One day Spring will arrive and I won't have to dress like Nanook of the North any more LOL!

Wishing you a fabulous week!



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Dream Big,  (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Mind's Eye), Kraft
Ink:   Black, Real Read, VersaMark (Stampin' Up), Antique Linen (Tim Holtz) 
Accessories:  Elegant Leaf and  (A Cut Above by Verve), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mojo Monday #493

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Happy Easter Monday everyone!!   Trusting you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. 

Every Easter I am deeply humbled and grateful for the depth of my faith in God and Christ's death on the cross for me....brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart :)    So in celebration, I created a thank you card with my favorite theme - flowers.  I love flowers as they bring beautiful colour, brightness and joy to the world.  Can't wait for them to begin blooming in my yard again!!

I pulled out one of my favorite Verve sets, Dream Big.  It is an oldie but a goodie and these large flowers are da bomb {grin}.  I chose to go with orange flowers as I wanted a bold colour and to give it some screen time as it is an under loved colour and one I personally love.

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 son reffed all weekend in a high end provincial tournament so spent a lot of time at the soccer field and my daughter has two out of five final exams done before she can say she has completed her first year of university!  Glad for some great family time and relaxation tossed in too.

Thanks for popping in and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.  Have a great week!!




 

  



What's In It?
Stamps:  Dream Big (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  On The Bright Side (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso
Ink:   Old Olive, Only Orange, Black (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Dreamy Leaves (A Cut Above by Verve), Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Tulip


This week's Inspiration picture had me drooling because tulips are my favorite flower!!  LOVE the pops of colour they bring in spring, and they come in so many different colours...happy sigh {grin}.

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I have kept Stampin' Ups tulip set well after it was retired as I just refuse to part with it!  I think it will go with me to the grave LOL!   I pulled the colours from the tulip colours in the picture and added a blue trim and sentiment as per the bucket colour.   

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Guest Designer - Anita Bowden, Neet & Crafty

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!







What's In It?
Stamps:  Tulips (Stampin' Up - retired) 
Paper:  Cool Caribbean (Stampin' Up)  

Ink:  Only Orange, Marvelous Magenta, Passionate Pink, Green Galore, Going Green (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Wet Pain Word Die (PTI)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mojo Monday #492

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Happy Monday, everyone!  Love starting the week off with a good Mojo sketch :)

With the deluge of rain we have had for the past month (we have broken an 80 year old record for rainfall in March!!), I am thinking Spring as much as I can, so I paired this wonderful verse from Scripture Medley 2 with some flowered paper and some butterflies.  Added an extra sentiment tab to balance off the sentiment panel as it was a bit bare on the left side and a touch of Swiss Dots along the bottom for some texture and to ground the card.

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 son finally hit the wall this weekend....over the past three weeks he has reffed or been and AR (assistant ref - the sideline refs) for 35 games, and it has been made worse by the nasty weather they have had to work in.  However, he is not done just yet as he has another 11 games this week!  After this weekend, I think they have finally caught up on all the games that had to get rescheduled due to bad weather earlier in the year, much to everyone's delight - players included!!

Have a fabulous week, enjoy the sketch - so many possibilities with this one - and blessings for a wonderful Easter weekend.



 

  



What's In It?
Stamps:  Scripture Medley 2 (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Stella and Rose (My Mind's Eye), Kraft, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up)
Ink:   Black
Accessories:  Flutterby Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft),  Crimper (Fiskars), 3/8" Olive Grosgrain Ribbon (Stampin' Up), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Button, Twine, Brown Half Pearls, Dimensionals
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Mojo Monday #491

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It is the first Monday of the month which means it is contest time over on the Mojo Moday blog :)    The more entries we get the greater the chance you have of winning some free Verve!  Whoo hoo!

I was cleaning out some paper pads and found the bright coloured polka dotted paper and decided to go with it and make a bright, birthday card using Verve's Get Together set so I use this big cupcake :)   Used a white background so the colours popped.

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.


Another busy weekend driving my son to all his soccer reffing gigs.  He has been a reffing machine lately as they are making up a ton of the games that had to be cancelled earlier in the season due to the snow and frozen fields.   It is a real joy being able to see how much he has improved, and once the warmer weather comes, I will definitely be wearing my "Ref's Mom" jersey on the sidelines LOL!

Have a fabulous week everyone, and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!

Challenge:  Simon Says



 

  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Get Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Lime Twist (My Mind's Eye), Black
Ink:   Black
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilties (Spellbinders), Twinkling H2Os, Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge ~ Speckled


Can you believe it is April already??!!  We are celebrating April 1st with the first Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge of the month called Speckled.  Soon enough there will be lots of robins in the area and we will find empty egg shells on our lawn from the those babies that have hatched.  Never ceases to amaze me how delicate those eggs are!    I also want to offer a big welcome to this month's guest designer, Susie Moore.

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I don't have any speckled paper so polka dots were my speckle of choice.  Pulled the colours from the picture and used this wonderful Viola Sprouts die from Simon Says.  Such a delicate die - like the eggs and of course the flowers in the picture.  Added a few touches of tan for the third colour and there you have it. Quick and easy card.

SPECKLED

Guest Designer - Susie Moore, The Dies Have It

Have a fabulous week and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery!







What's In It?
Stamps:  Happy Birthday (Amuse) 
Paper:  Lime Twist (My Mind's Eye), Cool Caribbean, Tan  
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Provo Craft),  Flag It Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Violet Sprouts Die (Simon Says), Twine, Dimensionals  

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mojo Monday #490

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Today's post is the perfect combination:  a Mojo Monday sketch combined with the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  Julee created a free digi set in honor of the hop called Rise and Shine, and it is available at the Verve Store until April 17th. She is also running a contest with cards created with the set over on the Verve blog so check it out!  A great way to win some free Verve!

Verve has some fabulous coffee sets, and I chose to use Get Together and the Coffee word die for my card.  Paired them with some wonderful papers and some grosgrain ribbon - remember that stuff {grin}.  Still love using it and since the sketch called for some, I was all over it.  A paper pieced latte cup with a heart on the sleeve finished things off.

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 son reffed three games a day at a provincial soccer tournament all last week and had four games over the weekend, which means we are all pretty soccered out!  He did an amazing job despite the weather not being the best (thankful it didn't rain every day), and he made close to $700 last week!  Not bad for a 16 year old kid.  Told him I am going to start charging him mileage LOL!

Have a fabulous week everyone!



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Get Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Letterbox (American Crafts), Kraft (Stampin' Up)
Ink:   Black
Accessories:  Coffee Word Die and Cup of Cheer Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Heart Punch (Michael's Dollar Bin), Dimensionals

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby Girl Blog Hop for Lesley



Welcome to our "Baby Girl Blog Hop" for Lesley Croghan!!   The wonderful Lori Turner organized this fun hop so we could throw Lesley a "cyber card shower" in celebration of her baby girl to be :)  Thank you Lori for all your hard work behind the scenes and to Nance for designing our Hop Banner.  I just LOVE being part of the card making community as it is full of many amazing ladies with huge hearts!!  You can check out the post HERE

I had the joy of meeting both Lesley and her hubby Corey in person a few years back.  She has a heart of gold, a passion for card making and teaching, and it was wonderful to be able to have a "cyber friend" become a "face to face" friend!

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Wishing you a quick delivery, Lesley, and you and Corey many years of parenting joy!!  Hugest of ((hugs)) to you, my friend, and I look forward to popping in the next time we are in your neck of the woods to congratulate you in person and snuggle you bundle of joy!






Monday, March 20, 2017

Mojo Monday #489

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Happy Monday everyone!!  Julee has created this fabulous sketch for us to work with and I absolutely love it!

I wanted to focus on spring colours when I saw this sketch, but as I flipped through my designer papers, I ran across this hoarded Simple Stories paper and just had to use it.   Calling it my week of winter/week before spring pallet {grin}.

I simply adore the mix of colours on this paper, and pulled the rest of my card colours from it.  Used a PTI "birthday" die cut and added a tab with just the word "happy" from the happy birthday sentiment in Poppy Birthday.  Added this gorgeous PTI butterfly for some dimension and pizzaz.

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 week off turned out to be much less productive than I had hoped and planned....I was absolutely wiped out and most likely fighting the bug the rest of the family got so I ended up sleeping a lot and laying low.  Fully energized again and ready to take on the weeks ahead  - booyah!!

Have a fabulous week and I hope you enjoy the sketch as much as I did!



 

  


What's In It?
Stamps:  Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Simple Stories, Kraft, Old Olive, Black, Going Grey (Stampin' Up)
Ink:   Black
Accessories:  Flag It Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Circle Dies (Lil' Inker), Butterfly Die (PTI), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals