Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop - February 2016

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have until March 5 to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.


The pop of color in this industrial style loft speaks of the hope of spring in the midst of winter. Kind of like February… it’s still cold and wintry, but new life is on the horizon. Feel free to take your inspiration from the photo or the color combo, whatever suits your fancy!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Saturday, March 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

If you have come here from Laurie's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened upon the hop, you can check out the hop list below to get caught up.

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For my card I pulled out some my favorite sets.  First I embossed a brick background as per the wall, then used the bed cover as inspiration and added rose coloured flowers using Joyful Blooms and the coordinating Joyful Blooms Die Set , accented with the leaves from Dream Big and the matching Dreamy Leaves Die Set.  The sentiment is from Great Friend and I tossed in some grey butterflies and some black half pearls for added dimension and fullness.


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're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop! 

1. Julee8. Marisa
2. Amber9. Maureen
3. Amy10. Sankari
4. Betty11. Stacey
5. Charmaine12. Susan
6. Christyne13. Teresa
7. Laurie

Time to head on over to Maureen's blog to see her wonderful creation!  Enjoy the hop!






What's In It?
Stamps: Joyful Blooms, Great Friend, Dream Big (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Going Grey (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black, Certainly Celery (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Joyful Blooms and Dreamy Leaves Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inkers), Butterfly Punches (Martha Stewart), Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals

Monday, February 8, 2016

Mojo Monday #434

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Had fun making this Valentine's Day card for my daughter.  She is a pink loving girl and also loves a bit of sparkle so this is what I came up with.  Most likely not quite girly enough for her, but unless I get a chance to make another this will be her card.

Adore this shimmer paper I found at my local dollar store!  This heart absolutely glistens in the sunlight.  Paired it with some pink polka dotted paper, a few buttons, some twine and a few sequins for added dimension and sparkle.  The sentiment is from Stronger 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.



Going to be a tough week as my MIL is going in for bowel cancer surgery on Wednesday.  From what the surgeon says, she has lots of tissue to work with so they should be able to go in, remove the cancer and then reconnect her right then and there with no need for a colostomy bag - phew!!  That would be amazing and we continue to pray for that outcome.  On second thoughts, I think I will send this card with hubby to give to her to encourage her and remind her of how much we love her and are praying for her.

Have a fabulous week and enjoy the sketch!!

Challenges:  Simon Says




 


What Is In It?
Stamps:  Stronger Love (Verve Stamps) 
Paper: Bee Mine (3 Bugs in a Rug), Rose Romance (Stampin' Up), Silver Shimmer paper (Dollar Store) 
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Scalloped Heart, Heart and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Paper Distresser (Stampin' Up), Sequins, Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals    

Monday, February 1, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Sachet


We are back with our first Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge for February.  This time round, our challenge is Sachet.  Made me think of my grandmother's lavender sachet's and brought back some great memories of her : )

The LEAD for this challenge will be invited to be a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge.  Today our Guest Designer is Tricia Traxler.  Welcome Tricia :)

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I used last week's Friday Mash Up sketch, and paired it with this fabulous Bella Boulevard paper as the flower patterns matched the ones on the sachets.  The sentiment is from Verve's Making a Statement and I added an arrow for interest and some sequins to glam it up a bit.


SACHET

Guest Designer - Tricia Traxler

Amy Kolling

Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.



 




What's In It?
Stamps:  Making a Statement (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Spring Fling and Easter Things (Bella Blvd), Pretty in Pink, Bravo Burgundy (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
AccessoriesScalloped Heart and Heart Nestabilities, Arrow Die (Reverse Confetti), Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Mojo Monday #433

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It's the first Monday of the month so that means it is contest time over at the Mojo Monday blog, and Julee has provided this lovely sketch for us to work with.

I was in the mood for Spring so out came this fabulous butterfly die and some floral paper which I just "had" to pair with some polka dotted paper wink, wink :)   Used the "friends" die for my sentiment and added a few leaves to ground my butterfly.

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.



Hard to believe January is over and we are now into February - eeek!!  Kids just went through exams and my son through Provincial Exams as well and they definitely enjoyed a quiet weekend before starting a new semester today.  Still in denial that my kids are in the grades they are in LOL!  My "babies" are growing up!!

For anyone who has been dropped by Blogger from following any blogs, I just found out there is a second action you must take if you have been disconnected from following me via Blogger and wish to be reinstated.   First you have to sign up for a free Google account and you also have to REclick to join as a follower because you have been dropped by Blogger. You can rejoin using the blue button on the side bar that says "Join This Site."  As a safety precaution, every time I visit a blog by Blogger now, I click the "Join" blue button to double-check that I'm still hooked up.  You can read about what's happening here.  Modern technology always has some downsides ;)

Challenges:  Simon Says 




 


What Is In It?
Paper: The Sweetest Thing (My Mind's Eye), Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up) 
Accessories:  Dreamy Leaves Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Butterfly and Friends Die (PTI), Button, Twine, Glue Dot

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mojo Monday #432

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Julee has a fabulous square sketch for us to work with today.  I love making square cards and realized I haven't made one in ages so this was great fun to create!

I kept things monochromatic as I was using scraps up from MME's Lost and Found Heirloom pack - love this paper pad!  So much so that I bought two so I would have it longer LOL!  Embossed the block hearts in the background and used the Luke 1:45 Plain Jane for my sentiment.  Love this verse!  Added a butterfly sitting on the leaves cut with the leaf die from the Butterfly Dreams die set.  A perfect card to add to my stash for my daughter :)

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.


Hard to believe I am another year older.  Where does the time go?!  No big milestone to celebrate, just a few more grey hairs LOL.  Going to be a busy one with my daughter graduating this year as well as applying to colleges and universities as well as scholarships and then transitioning to the next phase of her life.  Going to need to ensure I have times to just "be" versus just "do" all the time.  Look out 2016 here I come :)




 


What Is In It?
Stamps:  Luke 1:45 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost and Found Heirloom (My Mind's Eye), Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up) 
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Butterfly Dreams Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Block Hearts Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Viva La Verve Sketches Are Back

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Welcome back to Viva La Verve sketches!  After a December hiatus, we are back in action with a few tweaks for 2016.

This week I am recapping Charmaine's sketch.  I used some scraps from MME's Love Me collection (always a bonus to use scraps!) and as per Charmaine's card, I accented with hearts using the Heart Quartet die.  The sentiment is from Stronger Love. 

This year, we are switching things up a bit...there will be only two sketches per month, and each month there will be a draw for two winners to receive a $40 gift certificate to the Verve Store - that doubles your chances of winning! The new schedule will be as follows:

1st Friday: Sketch 1
2nd Friday: Recap of Sketch 1
3rd Friday: Sketch 2 posted
4th Friday: Recap of Sketch 2
5th Friday: Winners posted

If a month only has four Fridays, winners will be posted on the 1st Friday of the following month. Other than that all the same RULES apply.  Feel free to link up as often as you like. Verve Stamps are not required, but we do LOVE to see them! :)

If you want to see who I showcased in my recap post, or if you simply want to enjoy some card candy or added inspiration, head on over to the Viva La Verve blog - the gallery is full of it!

Have a fabulous day!



What's In It?
Stamps:  Stronger Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Love Me (My Mind's Eye), Going Grey, Rose Romance (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Heart Quartet (A Cut Above by Verve Stamps), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lil' Inker), Circle Nestabilties (Spellbinders), Bling, Twine, Dimensionals

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mojo Monday #431

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Found this fun Bo Bunny Love Letters note paper at my LSS and since my daughter plays the piano, I thought it would make a fun card for her.  It ended up being a bit on the masculine side so this may end up for hubby.  Thankfully he is manly enough to handle the twine bow.

Adore the font of the "love" sentiment.  So elegant and classy.  You can find it in the Love Notes set.  Added hearts from the Heart Quartet die set and a set of notes by MFT.

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.



Wishing you all a fabulous day and hope you have time to play along!





 


What Is In It?
Stamps:  Love Notes (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Love Letters (Bo Bunny), Black, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up) 
InkBlack 
Accessories: Heart Quartet Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Circles (Lil' Inkers), Notes Die (My Favorite Things), Button Die (PTI), Crimper (Fiskars), Twine, Dimensinoals

Friday, January 15, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Girly


We are back with our next Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge of 2016!  This time round, our challenge is Girly.

The LEAD for this challenge will be invited to be a Guest Designer in an upcoming challenge.  Today our Guest Designer is Toni Maddox.  Welcome Toni :)

In addition, we are welcoming some new designers to the Crew!  Lori Tecler, Tara Godfrey and Lynn Magnan!  Welcome ladies - so excited to have you :) 

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The kitty hat caught my attention immediately as I am a cat lover (dog lovers, don't hold it against me...I do like dogs but cats a bit more wink, wink).  That lead me to dig through my Penny Black stamps which I haven't used in ages.  I simply adore this big, fluffy kitty, all the more because he reminds me of our new cat Paddington, who very much looks like this stamp as he is also big, fluffy and has the same cute face :)  I coloured him with Twinkling H2Os (the non-colourer's emergency go to LOL), as per the image on the stamp (lest you think I am a professional colourer wink, wink), added the sentiment and a button for some interest.

GIRLY

Guest Designer - Toni Maddox

Amy Kolling

Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.



 




What's In It?
Stamps:  Penny Black
Paper: Black and White
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil' Inker), Twinkling H2Os, Word Die (PTI), Button, Glue Dot, Twine

Monday, January 11, 2016

Mojo Monday #430

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It is Mojo Monday time today, and Julee has provided this great sketch for us to work with this week.

I wanted to created a Valentine's Day card for my stash -- or more truthfully, just wanted to play with hearts as I just love them!  Pulled out some Devoted Carta Bella papers and accented them with blue and a few pops of red.

Love this sentiment from Stronger Love!  It is so, so true!  Certain people can bring out the best in us and sometimes show us a side of ourselves we never knew we had.  Added a few hearts from Heart Quartet and couldn't resist leaving me crimper out of the mix.

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.


I finally got some much needed down time this weekend and boy did it feel good!!  December was abnormally busy for us due to some unforeseen circumstances popping up, and a month of way too much socializing and activity, paired with a busy time at work, just about sent this introvert off the deep end.  Thankfully, I was able to recharge this weekend.  I stayed home, had a jammie day, spent time in my craft room, read, and didn't interact with anyone other than family - and then only when it was necessary LOL!!  Just what I needed as I am feeling much more like myself.  The joys of being an introvert and needing down time to stay sane.

Enjoy the sketch and have a fabulous day!






What Is In It?
Stamps:  Stronger Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Devoted (Carta Bella), Cool Caribbean, Going Grey (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Heart Quartet (A Cut Above by Verve), Lacy Circle and Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Heart Punch (Marvy), Crimper (Fiskars), Button, Twine, Black Half Pearls, Glue Dot, Dimensinoals

Monday, January 4, 2016

Mojo Monday #429

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Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first Mojo Monday sketch of 2016!

Trusting you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to enjoy all the new year has to bring.  We some wonderful family time and our daughter gave us an amazing photo book for Christmas.  Flipping through the pages brought back so many wonderful memories.  Hard to believe so much time has passed!

Not only is this the first Mojo Monday sketch of 2016, but it is also the first Monday of the month which means it is contest week!!  A fabulous way to start out 2016 :)

I pulled out a piece of this wonderful Hugs and Kisses paper by American Crafts.  It is bold and makes such a statement.  Figured it was a great jump into 2016.  The sentiment is one of my all time favorites from Verve and is from the Kind Words set.  Added five extra hearts, my accessory of choice at this time of year - well, any time of year really {grin} - an da touch of bling and pearls to gussy it up a bit.

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.



Look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery, and since I love new beginnings, I also look forward to writing my 366 day book on 2016.  Best wishes for a fabulous year everyone!!





 
 

What Is In It?
Stamps:  Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Hugs and Kisses (American Crafts), Turquoise, Black, Real Red
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities, Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Heart Die (The Cats Pajamas), White Half Pearls, Bling, Dimensinoals