Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffee Please!


 Hello friends!  Before I start, I must say thank you to the kind commenter, Sandy Kay, who let me know that I was the PTI Release Night Winner on Friday!  WAAAHOOOO!  You see, I did check the winners' page on Saturday, but I was on last month's page and didn't realize it.  So thank you again, Sandy.  With my big win, I wanted to pull out my stamps and get inky!  This week's Make it Monday challenge is from (my sweet) Dawn McVey. She is challenging us to use multiple floral sets.  I've used 3 different PTI sets along with the Verve Coffee Please  Digital download (cup and sentiment).  I was matching the leaves/foliage with the colours on the paper and didn't know what to do with the Gran's Garden leaves so I embossed them in gold!  Love how it turned out! I'm also entering this card in the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  Thanks for visiting!  Hope your week is going well :)





Kindness ~ The Card Concept


 Hello everyone! Today starts a new challenge over at The Card Concept challenge blog based on the picture below...


I was inspired by the patterns and colours!  I also needed some more thank you cards, so I chose one from Verve's Kindness Matters.  My second card's sentiment was a freebie from a Verve order.  Fingers crossed Julee puts it in a set soon! It's a Shakespeare quote I shared with her a while back :)  I hope you'll head over to The Card Concept blog to see all the different interpretations from the Design Team then join in the fun!  Have a great day!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Peace on Earth


 Hello friends!  I've been a bit of a no show for my favourite challenges this past month. With school starting, selling my old car (2004 VW Jetta), and buying a new vehicle (2018 VW Tiguan), time in the studio has been at a premium.  I was determined to get back to my favourite PTI Create Along with Us so here it is!  I chose Heather's tag for inspiration and made my first 2 Christmas cards of the year! Yahooo!

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Here's the second card!


Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great week!

 

 stamps: Tis the Season (PTI), Autumn Blessings (Verve)
dies: tag (PTI), stitched rectangle (Lil Inkers), Autumn Thanks Die Set (Verve)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Happy Cake and Candles ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


 Hello everyone! It's time for a new challenge over on the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  This time we’re inspired by this photo…


Oh, I would have loved this room as a teenager! Hey, I love it as an adult!  I was inspired by the colours and patterns on a white background.  I couldn't wait to ink up my favourite birthday sentiment I asked Julee at Verve Stamps to turn into a stamp...and she did!  Wishes do come true! Want to play along?  Head over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration and then join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!






stamps: Cake and Candles (Verve)


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Birthday to You ~ The Card Concept Challenge




Hello everyone! Today starts a new challenge over at The Card Concept challenge blog based on the picture below...
 


I was inspired by the wood background and those gorgeous pink blooms!  I'm calling this card style Clean and Layered with a hit of shabby chic! I hope you'll head over to The Card Concept blog to see all the different interpretations from the Design Team then join in the fun!  Have a great day!









stamps: Cake and Candles, Bloom Brighter (Verve)
dies: Blooming Die Set (Verve)

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Whole Lot of Awesome ~ Curtain Call Inspiration


Hello everyone! It's time for a new challenge over on the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.  This time we’re inspired by this photo…



Ah, it's September and time for me to say goodbye to my beloved vacation.  I had a wonderful restful and fun time with lazy mornings, daily workouts, traveling, visiting, professional reading, reading for fun, and time in the studio.  But now it's back to school.  I took the colours from the inspiration photo and used them to create a card for our school secretary 'cause she is definitely "a whole lot of awesome."  I will put this on her desk ready for the first day of school :)  I am also using the latest Viva La Verve sketch!  Yes, Viva La Verve is back with monthly sketches!  Check it out over on the Viva La Verve blog.

Want to play along?  Head over to the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration and then join in the fun! Thanks for stopping by!






P.S. Oh, and here is my second card!  I sure do love making teacher cards!



stamps: Bloom Brighter, Teachers Count (Verve)
dies:  Blooming Die Set, Flourished Tag Die Set (Verve)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Verve's 10th Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop ~ Release Day!


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!

When I first got the "Cake and Candles" set out, I thought it would be cool to make a background with the stamps as they were on the acetate sheet.  So I turned the whole stamp set over, inked it up with versamark, stamped it onto some sweet blush cardstock, poured white embossing powder on it, then heated it up.  Below is the finished result before I put my card together. (hey, how do you like my new Canada EH? mug?!).  This card was snatched up by my sister as one of her birthday card set selection...I give my sister's a set of 10 cards as birthday presents.



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)



what's in it?
stamps: Cake and Candles (Verve)
paper: white, sweet blush, black, gold and white stripes (PTI)
ink: onyx (Versafine), versamark
accessories: scalloped circle die (PTI), stitched circle die (MFT), bakers twine, white embossing powder

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Verve's 10th Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop ~ 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.

Oh, how I love the verses by John in this new set!  We had two readings from John at my wedding and I just loved them.  I asked our priest if we were going to have any of the Old Testament readings and he said, "no, it's the 21st century and we'll go with the New Testament."  He was a very cool 75 year old priest :) I've always believed that actions speak louder than words so I chose this beautiful verse.  I thought it could be an anniversary or an engagement card so I added the "congrats" to the side tab.

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)


what's in it?
stamps: Scripture Medley, Love Everlasting (Verve)
paper: vintage white, sweet blush (PTI), Craft Market (Crate Paper)
ink: onyx (versafine), Lovely Lady (PTI)
accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), stitched rectangle die (Lil Inkers), stitched circle die (MFT), wooden butterfly, twine (craft supply), stitching

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Verve's 10th Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop ~ Day 3


Welcome to Day 3 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 a couple 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 just can't wait, you can pre-order the entire release now as the August 2017 Buy it All Bundle at a 30% discount through August 27.

Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Cake and Candles stamp set, another fusion of old and new. This birthday themed compilation includes some brand new birthday sentiments with a classy modern font pairing, as well as a few re-introductions of previous sentiments and plain janes.

I was just tickled pink (and aqua and purple and green and yellow) when Julee included my favourite birthday greeting into her new birthday set AND even made it the title of the set, "Happy cake and candles."  Honestly, though, I did not make it up.  I heard it somewhere eons ago and just loved it instead of the same ol' "Happy Birthday," (not that there's anything wrong with that sentiment either).  The spell predictor on my iPhone now adds "and candles" whenever I type in "cake." HA!  I made a card with things I love, a water coloured rainbow cut into a doily...perfection in my world!

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!

Cake and Candles

Day 3 Hop List
1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Maureen8. Christyne
3. Betty9. Laurie
4. Charmaine10. Kelly (Guest)
5. Marisa11. Michelle W. (Alumni)
6. Tosha L.(Alumni)


what's in it?
stamps: Cake and Candles (Verve)
ink: onyx (versafine)
paper: white (PTI), Perfectly Plaid - Winter (Lawn Fawn)
accessories: Zig Watercolour pens, doily die (PTI), circle die (MFT), bakers twine, sequins (craft supply), stitching

Friday, August 25, 2017

Verve's 10th Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop ~ Day 2


Welcome to Day 2 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 a few 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 just can't wait, you can pre-order the entire release now as the August 2017 Buy it All Bundle at a 30% discount through August 27.

Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Bloom Brighter stamp set and coordinating, Blooming Die Set. A fresh take on the flower from the retired commemorative set Beautiful You, this beautiful encouragement set is perfect for a variety of cardmaking occasions.

For this card, I chose the papers I wanted to use first.  Then I used ink on an acrylic block and my water pen to colour parts of the bloom.  Yes, leaves can be grey when colour coordinating your cards!  I added a few extra sprigs with the old Dreamy Leaves dies so I could frame that gorgesou sentiment :)

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!

Bloom BrighterBlooming Die Set

Day 2 Hop List
1. Julee7. Amy K. (Alumni)
2. Maureen8. Lesley
3. Betty9. Christyne
4. Charmaine10. Laurie
5. Marisa11. Kelly (Guest)
6. Amy S. (Alumni)12. Laurie W. (Alumni)


what's in it?
stamps: Bloom Brighter, Dream Big (Verve)
paper: white, black, lovely lady (PTI), Gather (Crate Paper)
ink: onyx (versafine), going gray (SU), lovely lady (PTI)
accessories: Blooming die set, Dreamy Leaves Die Set (Verve), scalloped circle die (PTI), stitched circle die (MFT), sequins (craft supply)
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