Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #30


Hi there. I am here today to share a card for the April challenge on the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. The customer challenge this month is 'Shades of Grey'. Your cards can be any theme but should use white, gray, or black (or other monochromatic color) on them. This week the Design Team is combining this with a love theme.

Here is what I created:


I used the Love Scroll image to create an elegant design. I used a lot of gray on my design and added black and white when I wanted things to stand out. I did a lot of layering for this one and finished things off with some pretty adhesive pearls.

Be sure to stop by and visit the rest of the Design Team:


I hope you'll join us for this month's challenge - all you need to do is use a monochromatic color scheme and at least one Serendipity Stamps image or die. Need to add to your collection? This week's sale is buy 3 items get a 4th one free. The sale runs through 4/23. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Love Scroll Large - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: White, Black, Dove Grey - Wplus9; Going Gray - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: Farmhouse - October Afternoon
INK: Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Standard Circles, Lacey Circles, Labels 22 Dies - Spellbinders; Fancy Fan Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Adhesive pearls

Saturday, April 12, 2014

All of my Smiles

Good morning!

I really love the sketch that Teresa came up with for this week's Viva la Verve challenge. Its one of those that is really versatile and allows for some fun pattern or color combinations.



The new Better Together set showed up in my mailbox earlier this week and I couldn't wait to use it.


I also used the Flag It Die Set - I use this little set of dies all.the.time. I really love the different shapes and its 20% off right now - at just over $10, its a steal!!

I hope you will join us for this week's sketch - your entry makes you eligible for a $100 gift certificate to the Verve store. You can find more details on the Viva la Verve blog. I hope you will join us!

Have a great day, we have a first birthday in the family to celebrate. Gotta love a one year old + smash cake! :)


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Recipe
STAMPS: Better Together - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Kraft - PTI; Soft Sky - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection - My Mind's Eye
INK: Wild Mango, White Pigment - Wplus9; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Flag It Die Set - Verve Stamps; Big Scalloped Circles, Standard Circles - Spellbinders; Butterfly Chip shapes - Studio Calico; button

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's April Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's hopping time! This month we've got a fabulous challenge that's sure to put a spring in your step! So in addition to a comment prize hidden along the hop, you can play along with the challenge and link up your creation for a chance to win another prize!
Our April challenge is Chic Chevrons:

 
Chevrons are the new polka-dots! Get groovy and use this popular pattern somewhere on your creation. Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or zig-zag off on your own, just show us some chic chevrons!

Who doesn't love the fun geometrics of chevrons?

My card started with the chevron-bordered tag from the Holiday Treats set.  I paired it with some fun patterned paper, a chevron-embossed strip of cardstock, and a sentiment from Brighter Days.  I accented my design with the chevron strip from the Borderline set as well as one of the arrows from Brighter Days.  It was a fun and cheery card to make!  
 
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've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines.
1. Julee9. Susan
2. Amy10. Stacey
3. Anya11. Teresa
4. Betty12. Maureen
5. Karen13. Marisa
6. Sankari14. Charmaine
7. Sarah15. Janelle
8. Sony16. Christyne


Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of the hop!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Brighter Days, Borderline, Holiday Treats - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Lake House, Oatmeal, Steel Mill - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Simply Happy Journaling Card - We R Memory Keepers
INK: Lake House, Sweet Nectar, Wild Mango - Wplus9; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Tagged Rectangle Die, Arrow Die, Metal Mix Sequins - Verve Stamps; Chevron Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Sewing machine; Button

Friday, April 4, 2014

Rising

Happy, happy Friday, friends!

Looks like we have a rainy weekend in store for us, but you know what they say about April showers!

I am popping in this morning to share this week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge.

The first week of the month brings us around to Julee as our hostess, and she's offering a color challenge along with this week's sketch.



Feel free to combine the sketch and colors or pick one or the other! This week, I used just the sketch to create this card.


I started by stamping my sentiment - from Verve's Learning to Sail and just took it from there. I used the rope border from Strong Anchor and the Pennant Trim Die.

I had fun adding in some chipboard, twine and a button. It was a good time! I hope you will join us this week, too.

For all the VLV details, head to the blog and link up your card. You could win $100 of Verve store credit!

Hope you have a wonderful day!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Learning to Sail, Strong Anchor - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Not Quite Navy - SU!; Dove Grey, Cupid's Bow - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: Basics White, pb&j - Basic Grey
INK: Nautical Navy, Silver Lining - Wplus9; Pumice Stone Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Pennant Trim Die - Verve Stamps; Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Ocean Twine - The Twinery; Dear Lizzy Chipboard Shape - American Crafts; Button

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Viva la Verve!

Good morning. Dr. says I have bronchitis, so at least I felt so bad for a reason!

I wanted to make sure I share this week's fabulous Viva la Verve sketch challenge with you. Its a fun one brought to us this week from Stacey Schafer. Its her first sketch, so you should let her know how much you love it!


I created this card for the sketch, using Verve's Happy Days set.


I love the fun, beachy vibe to this card. Wishful thinking? You bet.

I hope you will join us for this week's sketch - if you've been playing along all month, you'll just increase your chances of winning the $100 gift certificate to the Verve store. You can find more details on the Viva la Verve blog. I hope you will join us!

Have a great day!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Happy Days - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Spring Moss, Kraft - PTI; Soft Sky - SU!; Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Spring Moss - PTI; Crumb Cake - SU!; Lake House, Nautical Navy - Wplus9
OTHER: Flag It Die Set - Verve Stamps; Linen & Canvas Impression Plate - PTI; Washi tape

Friday, March 28, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop


Hi there. Today the Serendipity Stamps Design Team is having a blog hop to share the new Teapot and Tea Cup dies that Serendipity is releasing.


Like Serendipity's other dies, these are very detailed and produce wonderfully elegant die cuts.

Before I share my card, I want to make sure you know that one random commenter will be chosen from the Design Team blogs to win a $20 gift code - so be sure to leave a comment on each blog, you could be the winner! Comments are open through March 30 at midnight and will be announced on the Serendipity Stamps Blog on the 31st. You should have arrived here from Vickie's blog. If you'd like to join us from the beginning, things are kicking off on the Serendipity Blog.


I used my nifty technique to replace the die cuts bits with different colors. It really isn't anything mind-blowing, I just remove all the cut out pieces from my bottom layer (in this case, the blue teapot and cup) and adhere it to my card, making sure to leave adhesive in all the little openings. Then I die cut the design from the other colors I want to use. I carefully remove the die cut shape from my cutting plate so that all the pieces remain intact, and then place it over my original bottom layer. I use a paper piercing tool to pop out the little pieces I want to fill in my die cut. I repeat with the different colors until my design is complete. It is much easier that trying to maneuver all those little bits into their right spots. Here is a close up of the new dies.


My friend Jeanne will be your next stop along the hop, here's the full list if you need it.


Have a great day!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Get Well - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9; Soft Sky, Barely Banana - SU!; Spring Moss - PTI
PATTERNED PAPER: The Sweetest Thing Lavender Collection - My Mind's Eye
INK: Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Teapot, Tea Cup die - Serendipity Stamps

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Festive Friday #27

Happy Wednesday - I am popping in super quick to share my card for the current Festive Friday challenge. Sometime over the weekend I managed to pick up some nasty little bug, and I'm struggling here. I have a date with the couch tonight.

Here is the inspiration photo:


And the card that I made.


Sorry for the blurry picture; it is what it is. 

I used a cute set from J.Day Designs called Country Christmas. I paired it with some of my favorite 25th & Pine paper and new inks from Wplus9. They are scrumptious.

Thanks for stopping by, I think its time for some tea.


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Recipe
STAMPS: Country Christmas - J.Day Designs for Market Street Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Steel Mill, Dove Grey, Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: 25th & Pine - Basic Grey
INK: Appletini, Silver Lining - Wplus9; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Antique Silver Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts

Friday, March 21, 2014

Well with my Soul

Hi there!

Today I am the hostess for this week's Viva la Verve sketch challenge! It is also inspiration photo week, so you can use the sketch by itself or pair it up with the inspiration photo to add some pizzazz!

Here is the sketch and inspiration photo:



And the card that I created using a combination of the sketch and some elements I pulled from the photo:


I used the Surely Goodness stamp set paired with the coordinating Goodness Flowers Die Set. The cute tag is the Sweet Scallop Tag Die.

I hope you will join us this week. Be sure to head to the Viva la Verve challenge blog to check out the other samples the Divas have created and to link up your own. Playing along with all four challenges for the month enters you into the chance to win $100 for the Verve store!


Also, be sure to check out the newly released set Better Together. It is 20% off now, along with ALL the other stamps and dies!

Have a great day!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Surely Goodness - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal, Ballet Slippers - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: The Thrift Store - October Afternoon
INK: Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Goodness Flowers Die Set, Sweet Scallop Tag Die - Verve Stamps; Copic markers; Twine; Button

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #29


Hi there. I am here today to share another card for the March challenge on the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. The customer challenge this month is 'In Stitches'. You can use faux, real, stamped or a stitched theme (like knitting) on your project (the DT will provide inspiration twice each month, but you have the whole month to play along!)

This week we are debossing Serendipity's dies along with our stitches. I used the Floral Drangonfly Die along with the In the Attitude of Silence sentiment.


I stamped the sentiment first and then oriented the die in the bottom left to balance things out. I went over the debossed die with some Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to highlight the detail. I also went over it with some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls. It settled into the creases of the die, and adds a pretty sheen to the card. Perfect Pearls never show up well in photos. Here is a little close up for you.


Be sure to stop by and visit the rest of the Design Team:


I hope you'll join us for this month's challenge - all you need to do is use stitching and at least one Serendipity Stamps image or die. Need to add to your collection? This week's sale is free shipping on all US orders of $10 or more. This is a great chance to snap up the stamps from the Wood Mounted Stamp sale and to throw in some grab bags. The sale runs through 3/26. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Recipe
STAMPS: In the Attitude of Silence - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal, Lake House - Wplus9
INK: Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Floral Drangonfly Die - Serendipity Stamps; Lacey Squares Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls - Ranger; Rhinestones - Recollections; Sewing machine

Friday, March 14, 2014

Birthday Blessings

Hello, hello!

I am back again with my regular Friday post to share the new Viva la Verve sketch for this week!

Today's sketch is brought to you by birthday girl Maureen Plut.


And my card for you today..


This is such a great, classic layout. Lots of options with this one! I used a sentiment and the fabulously fun flowers from On Occasion. I love the way this turned out with the pop of coral and yellow against the green. This cutie even was delivered to a friend for her special day, so what can be better than that?

I sure hope you can play along with this challenge. Don't forget that if you join us for each of March's challenges (there are 4!) you can be in the running for a fab Verve prize! Head over to the VLV Blog and get all the deets!


And don't forget that Verve is having a sale - 20% off all stamps and dies, and extra off of retiring sets! Get them before they are gone!

Hope your weekend is great!



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Recipe
STAMPS: On Occasion - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9; Soft Sky - SU!; Spring Moss - PTI
PATTERNED PAPER: 5 & Dime - October Afternoon
INK: Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Standard, Scalloped Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Copic Markers; Doily - Wilton; Sequins