Thursday, March 31, 2011

Flutter By CAS-Thinking Of You

Another super quick post, I wanted to play along with a few more challenges, I thought the new butterflies from Verve's release would be perfect for this sketch.  The set is called Chick's Rule and it has some of the cutest chick images too.  I added some stitching, bakers twine and gemstone bling for the butterflies bodies...sweet!  I am busy working on future creations so be sure to stay tuned, I also have another surprise later in the weekend.  I will share this weeks Viva la Verve sketch tomorrow, Amber is kicking off April with a great sketch.  I hope your day is shaping up to be a great one....enjoy! 
Clean & Simple- FTL133 sketch
Color Q-CQC78 colors
Paper Pretties-PWC147 bling
Pixie Cottage- PC63 stitching
Paper Romance- #44 bling
Stamps:  Chicks Rule and Fabulous You(Verve)
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Kraft, White(SU) and Kraft Designer Paper(Basicgrey)
Ink:  Early Espresso(SU)
Accessories:  Flutter By Die(A Cut Above By Verve), Bakers Twine, Gemstones, Janome, and 3D Foam Squares

March Diva Dare-Day 4/Egg-Stra Special Flower Pot

Good morning, I am sharing a little peek of my Diva Dare creation.  I luv reading your comments and you are welcome to leave them here, but to be eligible for the prizes Julee is giving away you will want to comment on my creation here and all the other divas as will increase your chances of winning!  I took the diva dare and made this Egg-Stra Special Flower Pot, look closely at the blooms on my flowers are the eggs from the newly release set Egg-Stra Special...they are sooooo cute!  To learn all the detail of my Diva Dare creation head over to the Verve Blog....enjoy!
Delightful Challenges-flowers
Diva Dare-color me spring
Flutter By Wednesday-butterfly, buttons, and bows
The Paper Variety-flower, paper, buttons
Stamps:  Chicks Rule, Egg-Stra Special(Verve)
Paper:  Stella Rose Designer Paper(My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Early Espresso(SU)
Accessories:  Charming Oval Dies, Flutterby Die(A Cut Above Verve), Paper Mache Flower Pot, Wooden Dowel, Florist Wire, Gemstones, Glass Glitter, Crinkled Ribbon, Prima Lace, SU Crystal Effects, and Glue Dots

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Stampers Dream-Vintage Tag

I have created a birthday vintage tag for ya today, I so luv Tim Holtz products.  I do not get to use them as much as I would like, but I have some new stuff so it is time to share!  I first took a tag and covered it with the new Tim Holtz distressing stain....luv, luv...this stuff is fabby!  It covered the tag perfectly.  I then stamped the background stamp in Tim Holtz Black Soot Distressing Ink.  The stamp is a new Tim Holtz called Papillon, the background stamp is soooo amazing.  I adore the word "Paris" peeking out from the is my hopes to one day visit Paris.  I used designer paper by Crate Paper called Portrait collection.  The brown flower is made from ribbon, it was a small piece I had in my stash and I scrunged it all togethr and made my sweet little flower.  I added a button to the center and another burlap bow behind.  A couple of hair pins and the birthday sentiment from My Favorite Things complete my vintage tagI hope you are having a great week, it is hump day ya know.....enjoy!  
Anything Goes-make your own embellie
Party Time Tuesday-make a flower
Tuesday Throwdown-floral
Stamps:  Papillon(Tim Holtz) and Polka Dots Greetings(My Favorite Things)
Paper:  Portrait Designer Paper(Crate Paper)
Ink:  Black Soot Distressing Ink and Distress Vintage Photo Stain(Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Ribbon, Pins, Janome, Gemstone, Distressing Tool, Crate Paper Button, and 3D Foam Squares

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mojo Monday Sketch-Sweet Hola!

Good morning it is time for a another Mojo Monday Sketch, this week it is circle or square.....I adore these little circle cards.  I have simple instructions on how to make my circle cards here.  I like for them to be a complete circle and not squared off at the top.  I have both sets of instructions for YOU, it is totally a preference thing.....I will put them in this post too.  If you check out the link at the top of my blog that reads "Just 4 You" you will find instruction links to several different techniques.  I have used the adorable chick from the Verve new release set called Eggs-Stra Special, isn't he the cutest?  He is popping out of the paper pieced eggs, so sweet.  The little circle card makes it darling.  Be sure to check out the other mojo makers creations the gals are fabulous!
Mojo Monday-sketch
Sentimental Sunday-cute & cuddly
Totally Stampalicious-for your bff
Victorine Originals-use round
Stamps: Egg-Stra Special and Chicks Rule(Verve)
Paper: White(SU) and De Lovely Designer Paper(Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Melon Mambo(SU) and Rich Cocoa(Memento)
Accessories: Charming Oval Dies(A Cut Above By Verve), Scalloped Circle Nesties, Circle Nesties, Bakers Twine, Janome, SU Square Punch, Glass Glitter, Crystal Effects, and 3D Foam Squares
Circle Card Instructions
I have been asked how I make my circle cards, so I am going to list quick instructions. I am listing two different options
-cut card stock using the largest circle or scalloped circle nesting label
-score one of the circles on Scor Pal on the first mark(1/2 inch mark) this will be the back part of the card
-decorate the top circle
-put glue on the part above the scored part of the bottom circle and adhere the decorated circle to the bottom
-be sure to line up as much as possible so that your card when free standing is straight

-run a piece of folded card stock through the cuttlebug with a small part exposed above the nesting label
-this option makes it so you do not have to glue, it is held together by the piece that is not cut

I hope this helps, if you need anything else please let me know.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

CAS Card-Hi There

ETA:  Donna Huisinga has honored me on her blog, stop by and show her some luv please, a super talented lady that has lots to share, so sweet too!  Thanks so much.
Here is a quick little CAS card I made using the new flower set that was released by Verve Friday night.  It is from the set Chicks Rule.  I cut it out using the Nesties labels Seventeen and then heavily sponged around the edges.  I added bakers twine, twill ribbon, and stitching.  I played along with several challenges one being from my good friend and SU demo Deb Horst, she has started a new challenge called Last But Not Least.  This time around we are to use embossing.   I hope you have a relaxing evening....enjoy!
Last But Not Least-embossing
Less Is More-sketch
Stamps:  Chicks Rule and Happy Hello(Verve)
Paper:  Kraft, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla(SU), and Stella Rose Designer Paper(My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Sage Shadow(SU)
Accessories:  Embossing Folder, bakers Twine, Twill Ribbon, Gemstones, Nesties Label Seventeen, Janome, Tim Holtzs Die, Sponging, and 3D Foam Squares

Verve After Release Party

Good morning, if you where not able to be with us Friday night at The Verve release Party, you can get a recap of the divas creations and the sets and dies that went on sale over at the Verve blog.  this is one of my favorite creation of the release, I adore the glittered eggs nestles in the sweetness, don't ya think?  The eggs in the Egg-Stra Special set are so amazing, the designs make them extra sweet and you know me I added the amazing glass glitter, luv my glass glitter....hehehehe.  The butterfly is so charming, it makes my heart go pitter patter and of course it matches the butterfly stamp in the Chicks Rule set....just a darling release!  I hope you pick your Verve Stamps up today, I cannot wait to see what gor-juss creations you  create!  Be sure to check out all the fellow divas creations, you will not be disappointed, these gals amaze me every release!  Have a fabby day, oh; we woke up to several inches of snow here in VA, the only spring I see at the moment is my!    
Pixie Cottage-sketch
Stamp Something-spring
Totally Gor-juss-spring
Stamps: Egg-stra Special and Easter Elegance (Verve)
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla(SU), and Once Upon A Springtime Designer Paper(Graphic 45)
Ink: Early Espresso and Groovy Guava(SU)
Accessories: Flutterby Die and Charming Oval Die(A Cut Above by Verve), Spellbinders Nesties Wonky Rectangles, Crinkled Ribbon, Button, Burlap String, Glass Glitter, Cut Grass Die, SU Embossing Folder, Crystal Effects, Janome, and 3D Foam Squares

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Verve Sneak Peek-Easter Blessings

Hi Verve fans! Are you ready to see some new Verve? We're counting down to our Friday, March 25 release with three days of Spotlight Hops! This release is all about spring whimsy, lucky ducks and hip chicks and we're starting things off with a look at our brand new mini set and plain jane.  If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck... well, then, it's probably a Lucky Ducky, which is today's featured set!  All the new stamps and dies you see over the next three days will be available following our ReLeAsE pArTy this Friday night from 9-11pm Eastern.
 And hopping along with us this month is our March Guest Diva, Janelle Stollfus......welcome Janelle!  

 Here's the official hop list for today.  On your mark, get set.... HOP! :)
5. Tosh
12. Amy
Just Us Girls-colors
Monday Lunchtime-sketch
Stamps: Egg-stra Special (Verve)
Paper: Very Vanilla(SU) and Stella Rose Designer Paper(My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Early Espresso(SU)
Accessories: Charming Oval Die Set, Charming Banner Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Tim Holtz Border Die, Prima Lace Trim, Ribbon, Button, Burlap String, Glitter, Scor Tape, and 3D Foam Squares

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Verve Sneak Peek-YOU Quack Me Up

 Hi Verve fans! Are you ready to see some new Verve? We're counting down to our Friday, March 25 release with three days of Spotlight Hops! This release is all about spring whimsy, lucky ducks and hip chicks and we're starting things off with a look at our brand new mini set and plain jane.  If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck... well, then, it's probably a Lucky Ducky, which is today's featured set!  All the new stamps and dies you see over the next three days will be available following our ReLeAsE pArTy this Friday night from 9-11pm Eastern.
Oh, and did I mention there's a prize??? We love to celebrate here at Verve, so we've hidden a prize along the hop today! One lucky commenter on one of the Diva Hop Spots below will receive today's featured stamps, (Lucky Ducky and the Hope Perches Plain Jane) plus the Charming Oval Die Set we'll be previewing tomorrow! Deadline for commenting is 6PM Mountain on Friday, March 25. Winners will be announced during our ReLeAsE pArTy that night!

And hopping along with us this month is our March Guest Diva, Janelle Stollfus......welcome Janelle!  


 Here's the official hop list for today.  On your mark, get set.... HOP! :)

1. Charmaine 7. Teresa:ME<---
2. Janelle 8. Amber
3. Laurie 9. Tosh
4. Jackie 10. Amy
5. Sankari 11. Andrea
6. Julee 12. Maureen 
Just Add Ink-colors
Sketchbook Saturday-sketch

Stamps: Lucky Ducky (Verve)
Paper: Kraft, White(SU), and Springtime Designer Paper(Echo Park)
Ink: Perfect Plum(SU), Tuxedo Black(Memento), and Copic Marker Y000
Accessories: JillyBean Soup Corrugated Flower, Twinery Bakers Twine, Book Page Die, SU Circle Punch, Spellbinders Nesties Labels Seventeen, Distressing Tool, and 3D Foam Squares

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Stampers Dream Card

If you are looking for the Stampers Dream post click here or scroll down one.  Also, for Sarah's birthday/anniversary blog hop click could win by commenting on these posts.
I am sharing with you another Stamper's Dream card, if you have not had a chance to check out the Just Rite stamps that coordinate with Spellbinders Nesties, you have to check them out!  I adore these beautiful scroll and flourishe stamps...they are just awesome!  I used the Kindness Cling for this card, but there are lots of others, be sure to look at them all!  The sentiment is from another set called Sympathy Nested Sentiments. The lace and bling flourish is by Prima, I used crinkled ribbon and a button for a bow.  The popular burlap string is peeking out from behind the bow...I luv this stuff, it is great for lots of things.  Have a fun filled night....enjoy!  
Let's Ink It Up-dies/punches
My Favorite Things-sketch
Stamps:  Kindness Cling and Sympathy Nested Sentiments(JustRite)
Paper:  Very Vanilla(SU) and K& Company Designer Paper
Ink:  Always Artichoke and Blue Bayou(SU)
Accessories:  Prima, Crinkled Ribbon, Burlap String, Button, Janome, Distressing Tool, Sponging, and 3D Foam Squares

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stampers Dream Blog Hop

Good morning, the Stampers Dream Team is having a hop with a few of our friends, be sure to visit all the blogs and will increase your chances of winning!  My card used the JustRite set Hugs To You  set.  I used the gorgeous designer paper from Prima called Madeline, I accented with a Prima flower.  The circle border shape is a die from My Favorite Things, I added a pearl to each one.  the shape behind the oval is a Spellbinders Nesties Seventeen, I luv this shape, I embossed it for my texture.  Have fun and a great day...enjoy!
Along the hop we have 3 great blog candy prizes hidden!! No one knows where the blog candy is !  For your chance to win one of these three prizes simply leave a comment on each blog.  Blog comments will remain open until 8 pm CST - Tuesday March 22nd.  The 3 winners will be announced on the Stamper's Dream Blog and the JustRite Blog on Wednesday March 23rd.

JustRite Inspiration Blog
Becca Feeken
Michelle Rodgers
Debbie Olson
Amy Sheffer
Kazan Clark
Cindy Lawrence
Heidi Blankenship
Kellie Fortin
Tosh Leyendekker
Barb Schram
Arlene Cuevas
Michele Kovack
Teresa Kline
Kathy Jones
Mariana Grigsby
Sankari Wegman
Christina Fischer
Angela Barkhouse
Lea Lawson
Eva Dobilas
Kim Teasdale
Card Patterns-sketch
Sentimental Sundays-sentiments
Stamptacular Sunday-talk 2 me
Stamps:  Hugs To You(JustRite)
Paper:  Soft Sky, White(SU), and Madeline Designer Paper(Prima)
Ink:  Early Espresso and Purely Pomegranate(SU)
Accessories:  Spellbinders Nesties Label Seventeen, Embossing Folder, Crinkled Ribbon, Pearls, MFT Border Die, Prima Flower, Distressing Tool, and 3D Foam Squares

Mojo Monday Sketch-Birthday Cheer

Don't forget about Sarah's Birthday/Anniversary Giveaway, you will want to leave a comment on this post and you have another chance at winning by using her sketch to create a card.  You can get the details on her blog here.   
Good morning mojo makers, I adore this weeks sketch, I know you will too.  Be sure to visit the mojo makers blogs and show some can get the sketch and link up on The Mojo Monday Blog.  I used my new Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles for the shapes.....these are so fun!  I am not a big purple fan, but you know me I am palying in a couple of challenges, so it works  I used a favorite Verve Set, Birthday Bash; luv the balloons, so sweet.  The "birthday cheer" sentiment is from the Big Wish set.  I punched the border, used Tim Holtz tape, I luv this stuff too...the musical strip is perfect for a birthday, don't ya think?  I then finished my card with plum colored crinkled ribbon and a button with burlap string.  I hope you have a wonderful Monday...enjoy!  
Mojo Monday-sketch
Res-Q Challenge-stitching
Stamp Something-sweet
Stamps: Big Wish and Birthday Bash (Verve)
Paper: Old Olive, Very Vanilla(SU), and Mitten Weather Designer Paper(Cosmo Cricket), and Springtime Designer Paper(Echo Park)
Ink: Early Espresso and Perfect Plum(SU)
Accessories: SU Circle Punches, Spellbinders Nesties Wonky Rectangles, Crinkled Ribbon, Burlap String, Button, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Tim Holtz Tape, Janome, Distressing Tool, Stickles, and 3D Foam Squares

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sarah's Birthday and Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

Good morning peeps, I have the great pleasure of celebrating with my friend and fellow mojo maker Sarah today.  She is celebrating her birthday and blog anniversary with a Verve giveaway, a treat worth playing for, don't ya think?  Be sure to leave a comment on all the blogs listed below and if you use the sketch she has designed and upload it to her blog you have another chance at winning....woohoo!  To get all the details and to load your card head to Sarah's blog...................Happy Birthday Sarah...enjoy!

14. Amy

Hand Stamped Sentiment-photo
Sugar Creek Hollow- anything goes 
Totally Gorjuss-button it

Stamps:  Big Wish and Kind Words(Verve)
Paper:  Very Vanilla(SU) and Stella Rose Designer Paper(My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Riding Hood Red and Sage Shadow(SU)
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Die, Crinkled Ribbon, Flower Lace Trim, Button, Burlap String, Janome, Distressing Tool, and 3D Foam Squares

Black & White with Red Challenge Card

Hi friends, I have a gal who places large orders of sympathy cards, this is to fill that order. I luv playing along with challenges so I have played along with a few today.  I will be playing with more challenges to complete my customers order.  The sentiment stamp is from the JustRite set Sympathy Nested Sentiments.  I added lace trim and bakers twine, the colors are black and white with a touch of red.  I drew my inspiration from the floor screen here.  I hope your day is bright...enjoy!
Monday Lunchtime-sketch
Paper Roamance-b&w one other color
Stamps:  Sympathy Nested Sentiments(JustRite)
Paper:  White(Bazzil) and Unknown Designer Paper
Ink:  Black Soot(Tim Holtz Distressed Ink)
Accessories:  Black Lace Trim, Bakers Twine, utton, and 3D Foam Squares

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy Friday

I hope you are having a great Friday and have a wonderful weekend planned....I luv the weekends!  I am sharing a quick and easy CAS card with you, I wanted play with several challenges favorite thing to do.  I used buttons as the main focal point of my card and fancy stitching for stems.  The birthday sentiment is from Verve, the gorgeous set is Wishful Elegance. This set has a great background set and sweet flowers!  I hope the weather is gorgeous where you are at this weekend....enjoy!
F4A56-how does your garden grow?
Moxie Fab-button photo inspiration
Clean & Simple-sketch
Stamps:  Wishful Elegance(Verve)
Paper:  Very Vanilla(SU) and Stella Rose Designer Paper(My Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Basic Grey(SU)
Accessories:  Button, Bakers Twine, MFT Die, Janome, Distressing Tool, Gemstone, and Glue Dots  

Thursday, March 17, 2011

FYI-Happy Mothers Day

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Hi peeps, I am sharing my creation for this weeks FYI Challenge, a new challenge sure to head over and check it out!  I have had the honor of being there first guest designer, these ladies are awesome...thank you so much!  The photo seems peaceful to me, I can image just sitting and watching the sun set.....I luv doing that!  I used the chair image from Impressions Obsessions called Heart Chair.  The gorgeous paper is from Graphic 45 and it is called Once Upon A Springtime, I distressed the edges.  I added lace trim and ruffled ribbon.  The sentiment tag is a kraft mini tag from Maya Road, it is tied with burlap string.....these are soooo cute..I luv em!  I hope your day is filled with peace and you make time to relax and perhaps watch the sunset...enjoy!
FYI-inspiration photo
Sweet Sunday-sketch
Stamps:  Heart Chair(Impressions Obsessions)
Paper:  Kraft, Very Vanilla(SU), and Once Upon A Springtime(Graphic 45)
Ink:  Early Espresso(SU)
Accessories:  Circle Nesties, Scalloped Circle Nesties, Lace Trim, Ruffled Ribbon, Maya Roads Tag, Burlap String, Distressing Tool, nad 3D Foam Squares

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Waltzingmouse Sketch-Thinking Of You

Hello friends, I need a manly card tonight and this is what I came up with..I am very happy with the results.  I combined a few challenges, one of my favorite things to do.....hehehe.  I used my new Waltzingmouse stamps; the Bitty Banners set, so cute and so many possibilities.  I embossed the background, added a star with burlap string, and a button to complete my card.  I hope you have had a wonderful day, only three more to go....yah!  Share a smile with someone today....enjoy!  
., kraft, and green
Paper Sundaes-keep it simple
Stamp Something-cream and green
Stamps:  Bitty Banners(Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Black, Kraft, and Very Vanilla(SU), and Designer Papers
Ink:  Old Olive(SU) and Black Soot(Tim Holtz Distressed Ink)
Accessories:  Circle Nesties, Star Nesties, Burlap String, Embossing Folder, Janome, and 3D Foam Squares

Monday, March 14, 2011

Mojo Monday Sketch & Get Your Diva On

Be sure to check out my stamps for sale here!
Good morning, today's Mojo Monday sketch card is extra special because it is also my take on the Get You Diva On hosted by Tosh.  The divas have started a new monthly challenge this year and each diva will be bringing you a week long challenge over at SCS and you know there is always prizes, don't you?  Well, this prize is like no other, the winner will get to be the guest diva for the next release, worth playing for wouldn't ya say?  Tosh's Challenge is to use mainly naturals with a hint of color.  The carte postale piece of paper is a download, I have given it to you today FREE, take it and have fun!  I have used lace and pearl trim, burlap string, and the with sympathy sentiment to complete my card.  Be sure to check out the mojo makers creations and show them some luv.  I hope your Monday is a good one...enjoy!
Kraftin Kimmie-anything goes
Mojo Monday-sketch
Totally Gorjuss-pearls & lace
Stamps:  Kind Words(Verve)
Paper:  Very Vanilla(SU) and Madelline Designer paper(Prima Marketing)
Ink:  Purely Pomegranate(SU)
Accessories:  Lace Trim, Flowered lace Trim, Stitching, Distressing Tool, Nesties, Burlap String, and 3D Foam Squares

Saturday, March 12, 2011

CAS-Thinking Of You

Good evening, I have created a CAS card for several challenges....yes, I am a challenge  I used a SU set, my poor SU sets are very neglected, I do not have many but cannot seem to find time to use them.  I needed a tree image so I reached for this sweet little tree, so cute...don't ya think?  I used dry embossing, a sponged tag, and bakers twine to complete my card.  It is gearing up to be another busy week, I do hope you can find time to create....I always feel better after completing a card, especially if I have a special someone to send it to.  Hope your weekend is going fabby....enjoy!
Crazy 4 Challenges-tree
IC275-fossil website
One Stop Craft Challenge-CAS
Twisted Sketches-sketch/pretty
Stamps:  Trendy Trees(SU)
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Very Vanilla(SU), and MME Designer Paper
Ink:  Early Espresso and Sage Shadow(SU)
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, Scalloped Circle Punch, Circle Punch, Button, Bakers Twine, SU Square Punch, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Pearl, and 3D Foam Squares

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thinking About You

I am sharing another challenge card with you, I used Waltzingmouse Stamps and my new favorite designer papers MME Stella Rose.  I added my beloved glass glitter to the butterfly and burlap string to the piece of ric rac ribbon.  Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend...enjoy!
Card Patterns-sketch
Moxie Fab-inspiration
Stamps:  (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft(SU) and Stella Rose Designer Paper(MY Mind's Eye)
Ink:  Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie(SU)
Accessories:  Ric Rac Ribbon, Burlap String, SU Butterfly Punch, MFT Die, Tim Holtz Die, Janome, Glass Glitter, Pearls, Distressing Tool, and 3D Foam Squares