Friday, July 11, 2014

Viva la Verve

Good morning!

Just wanted to let you know that I am hosting this week's sketch challenge on the Viva la Verve challenge blog. I hope you will stop over and check it out - the Divas made some fabulous samples using sets from the new release.

Here is the card that I created..


I hope you'll stop by and see the sketch and hopefully create a little something to play along! There are prizes! :)

And be sure to check out the new Verve release - the sets are just beautiful.


Have a great day!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Button Best - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Sahara Sand - SU!; Ballet Slippers, Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: The Sweetest Thing (Lavender) - My Mind's Eye
INK: Always Artichoke - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Detail White Embossing Powder - Stampendous; Crocheted lace; Sewing machine; Button twine

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's July Diva Inspirations Hop.

It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our July inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

Our July challenge is Red, White and You:



Red and white are always classic, pair this gorgeous color combo with a color of YOUR choice! Make a statement or keep it muted, it's all up to you! Feel free to use the graphic as inspiration or not, we just want to see you flash a little red, white and "up to you" color on your creation!

Here is the card that I created.  I also pulled a little inspiration from this week's Viva La Verve sketch challenge:
And here is what I created.  I used a yummy peachy coral to go along with red and white.


I used the Wonderful Marvelous set (which is both wonderful and marvelous!) for my card.  I also added some lovelies from the Shine Bright Sequin Mix

Need a little more 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. Julee8. Sony
2. Amy9. Susan
3. Anya11. Maureen
4. Betty11. Stacey
5. Karen12. Chaitali
6. Sankari13. Amber
7. Sarah 14. Marisa

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


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Recipe
STAMPS: Wonderful Marvelous - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Poppy Parade - SU!; Melon Berry - PTI; White - Wplus9
INK: Poppy Parade - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko
OTHER: Shine Bright Sequin Mix - Verve Stamps; Washi Tape

Monday, June 9, 2014

June Viva la Verve

Hi there. I'm sorry that I am always a few days behind on everything. I am having a difficult time accomplishing everything I need to.

I wanted to make sure that I shared the first Viva la Verve sketch for June. Julee is always the first hostess of the month, and she always creates the most beautiful sketches and color combinations.

Here is what she came up with for this week:



And here is the card that I created using both the sketch and the color combo together:


I kind of love those poppies in a non-traditional color combination. The yellow and blue together look so funky! The sentiment is from Words of Wisdom. My mom just retired after 35 years of teaching, so I thought this would be perfect for her. I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge - all the details, more inspiration from the divas, and the link up can be found on the Viva la Verve Blog.

Hope you're having a great Monday!



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Recipe
STAMPS: Poppy Birthday, Words of Wisdom, Better Together - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Lake House, White - Wplus9; Lemon Tart - PTI
INK: Soft Sky, Barely Banana, Night of Navy - SU!
OTHER: Build a Poppy Die Set - Verve Stamps; Corner rounder; Washi tape; Sewing machine

Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's June Diva Inspirations Hop.

It's the 5th of the month and that means it's hopping time again! So climb aboard Destination: Inspiration for a fun trip through Verveland today. In addition to a comment prize hidden along the hop, we're debuting our June inspiration challenge as well! Play along for another chance to win!

Our June challenge is Winged Whimsy:



Let your creation soar by featuring wings! Think butterflies, birds, feathers or related sentiments. Celebrate the beauty of flight! Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or fly a solo mission, let's see some winged beauties!

I have noticed that the butterflies are starting to show up in my garden.  It is so lovely to see them fluttering around.  I used them as inspiration for my card today.


I used flowers from the Sunny Days set, combined with the All Aflutter Plain Jane.  The sentiment and small butterfly are from Blue Skies.  Lots of bright, happy colors on this one!

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. Julee8. Sony
2. Amy9. Susan
3. Anya10. Stacey
4. Betty11. Maureen
5. Karen12. Marisa
6. Sankari13. Charmaine
7. Sarah14. Andrea

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


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Recipe:
STAMPS: Sunny Days, All Aflutter Plain Jane, Blue Skies - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Vintage Cream - PTI; Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Barely Banana - SU!; Ballet Slippers - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: 5&Dime - October Afternoon
INK: Melon Mambo, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko

Friday, May 30, 2014

Viva la Verve

Happy Friday!

Today I am posting over on the Viva la Verve challenge blog with a new sketch for this week:


I hope you will stop over and see the samples and join us for some fun.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Best Day Ever

Hi there! How is your weekend going? We have had another weekend trying to get as much yard work done as possible. If its not cutting grass, its cleaning up debris... we have a lot of years of neglect to make up for and the storms this past week have wreaked havoc on our place.

But I am not here to complain, I am here to share this week's Viva la Verve sketch with you. This week Stacey is bringing you her sketch along with an added inspiration challenge.



Feel free to use the sketch and inspiration picture together or separate. I used the sketch and pulled some color and embellishment inspiration from the picture to come up with this:


I used the Remember This and Chevron Love stamp sets from Verve, along with the Banner Bundle Die Set.

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 can't wait to see what you create!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Remember This, Chevron Love - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Black, Kraft, Oatmeal - Wplus9
INK: Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Banner Bundle Die Set - Verve Stamps; Mini Rays Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Detail Gold Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior; Star punch - SU!; Doily - Wilton

Friday, May 16, 2014

Serendipity Stamps New Die Release Blog Hop


Hi there!

Serendipity Stamps has released some new dies, and the Design Team is here today to share some creations and inspiration using them. In addition to a super fancy Floral Frame Die, there are seven word dies also being released!

You should have arrived here from Vickie's blog. If you'd like to start from the beginning and get more details about the blog hop, please head to Mary's Blog.

One lucky commenter will win a $20 gift code prize to the Serendipity Stamps store. Be sure to leave a comment on EACH blog to be eligible for the prize! To enter to win leave a comment through midnight Sunday 5/18. The winner will be posted on Mary's blog on Monday 5/19.

Here's what I made using some of the new dies:


This first card combines the Hello Die with the Blackberries (or raspberries if you like!) image.

I love the fun scripty font of these dies. They cut beautifully, too!

My second card uses the Happy Die.


On this card I used the negative die cut instead of the actual word. I overlayed the cardstock onto my background, which was stamped with the Candle image. I stamped my negative die cut with the Ink Spots image before adhering it - it reminds me of confetti. I thought it would be fun to follow up on the inside with the Large Cupcake image along with a birthday sentiment.

The last card is made uses the Floral Frame that I mentioned before.


These dies are so elegant, I knew I wanted to create a wedding card. The actual frame part of this die is large - almost 5 inches square, so this card is a little oversized.

I die cut the frame and before adhering it my card base, inset a piece of patterned paper into the center with the sentiment. I thought the Joy to You sentiment was equally appropriate for a wedding as it would be for the Christmas holiday, so that's what I used. I stamped it in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with gold detail embossing powder. The fancy butterfly is also from this set, and is slightly smaller than Serendipity's corresponding Floral Butterfly Die. After die cutting, but before removing it from my cardstock, I covered it with Versamark ink and also heat embossed it in gold. Then I just carefully removed it - all of these dies are very delicate, but well worth the extra time to remove them - and adhered it to my card with a glue dot. Isn't it beautiful?

Each of the Design Team members is focusing on two words, so you can see some of the others in action by visiting their blogs. All of the new dies are available in the Dies section of the Serendipity store.

From here, Jeanne is your next stop along the hop. Here is the full list, be sure to visit everyone and leave a little love for a chance to win the $20 prize!


Have a great day!


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Recipe
Hello Card
STAMPS: Blackberries - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Ballet Slippers, Oatmeal - Wplus9; Raspberry Ripple - SU!
PATTERNED PAPER: This & That - Echo Park Paper Co.
INK: Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger; Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko
OTHER: Hello Die - Serendipity Stamps; Baby's Breath Embossing Folder - Sizzix; Copic Markers

Happy Card
STAMPS: Candle, Ink Spots - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Soft Sky - SU!; Dove Grey - Wplus9; Guide Lines - PTI
INK: Soft Sky - SU!; Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko
OTHER: Happy Die - Serendipity Stamps; Diamond Stickles - Ranger; Copic markers

Floral Frame Wedding Card
STAMPS: Joy to You - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Soft Honeydew, Oatmeal - Wplus9
PATTERNED PAPER: This & That - Echo Park Paper Co.
INK: Versamark - Tsukineko
OTHER: Floral Frame Die Set - Serendipity Stamps; Gold Detail Embossing Powder - Stewart Superior; Gold Pearls - Recollections

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Blessings

Hi there!

I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day. We had a beautiful day here with my Mom and Nana. The weather was gorgeous, and it was so nice just sitting outside.

I am stopping in to share this week's Viva la Verve challenge with you!

This week's sketch is from Janelle.


And my take...


The flowers in the background are from the Poppy Birthday set and the sentiment is from On Occasion. I also used the fancy Flourished Trim Die along the bottom.

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 can't wait to see what you create!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Poppy Birthday, On Occasion - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Oatmeal - Wplus9; Pale Plum - SU!
INK: Pale Plum, Strawberry Slush, Sage Shadow - SU!; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Flourished Trim Die, Flag It Die Set - Verve Stamps; Rustic Cream Button Twine - PTI; Buttons

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Serendipity Stamps Challenge #31


Hi there. I am here today to share a card for the first May challenge on the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. The customer challenge this month is flowers. Create a project - any theme - featuring flowers. Be sure to include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your project! Our favorite design will win our winner blog badge and one random winner of this challenge will receive a $20 discount code off their next Serendipity Stamps order.

The design team used letters from the Floral Alphabet for our cards this week.


I used the letter C for Camillia on my card. I stamped it in Memento Ink and colored it with Copic markers.

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 flower image or die. Need to add to your collection? This week's special is 20% off all the stamps in the ALPHABET category. The sale runs through 5/14. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Recipe
STAMPS: Floral Alphabet: C - Serendipity Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Cashmere, Oatmeal - Wplus9; Spring Moss - PTI
PATTERNED PAPER: This & That - Echo Park Paper Co.
INK: Rich Cocoa Memento - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Modern Wallpaper Embossing Folder - ProvoCraft; Crocheted Lace - JoAnn Fabrics; Copic markers

Monday, May 5, 2014

May Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's May 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 take you on a sentimental journey! 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 Font Focus:



Fancy fonts are all the rage! Let your inner wordsmith shine and make a gorgeous sentiment (or two or three!) the focus of your card. Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or take some poetic license of your own, just flash us some fonts!

In my opinion, Verve has some of the prettiest fonts ever!  I couldn't decide which sentiment to choose, but one thing is sure, whichever you use it can easily take center stage.  I finally settled on a sentiment from the Wonderfully Made stamp set.

 
I stamped it on the largest banner from the Banner Bundle Die Set and accented it with the leafy sprig from Bloom & Grow.  I added some other little complimentary accents, but let my pretty sentiment be the center of attention. 

Will you play along with us?  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, and a little bit about our brand new Diva!
1. Julee 9. Susan
2. Amy 10. Chaitali
3. Anya 11. Stacey
4. Betty 12. Maureen
5. Karen 13. Marisa
6. Sankari 14. Andrea
7. Sarah 14. Charmaine
8. Sony 14. Christyne
Check out our May special...


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


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Recipe
STAMPS: Wonderfully Made, Bloom & Grow - Verve Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Ballet Slippers, Oatmeal - Wplus9; Spring Moss - PTI
PATTERNED PAPER: Emma's Shoppe - Crate Paper
INK: Wild Wasabi - SU; Onyx Black Versafine - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
OTHER: Banner Bundle Die Set, Elegant Leaves Die - Verve Stamps; Doily - Wilton; Washi Tape; Button