Wednesday, November 30, 2016

simon says stamp/anything goes-peace, love, and joy

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Hello and welcome to this weeks simon says stamp wednesday challenge, the team is using amazing stamps and dies from my all time favorite company concord & 9th! Their stamps and dies are so beautiful and sure to check them all out! Don't forgot every week at Simon Says Stamp we give away a $50 that is worth playing for!

I have used the uber gorgeous stamp set called hello lovely for my card, it is an extra large stamp that can be cut once stamped and zoom in on one is sooo pretty! I have used prima confection pans to color it in, added some gold leaves to bring in some gold accents, wanted to create a christmas card with this gorgeous stamp. Tilted the panel added gold twine, and gold gems. 

words with meaning - there is a certain happiness in being silly and ridiculous.

can you case it: sketch/cyci141

Let's go shopping!

Monday, November 28, 2016

mojo monday/mojo476-kindness

A super fun sketch this week at mojo monday, luv the square elements. I have used the kindness matters verve stamp set. I have used wink of stella over top of the patterned paper, bit sure you can see it in the photo. A little watercolor splash background and some embossing dots make this a super happy card. I also luv the addition of the b&w twine, one of my favorites to use; so bold and crisp and fun!

words with meaning - health is not just about what you're eating. it's also about what you're thinking and saying.

color throwdown: colors/ctd420
mojo monday: sketch/mojo476

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


I can't tell you how much I luv concord & 9th, their stamps are stunning and the flower image from one of the latest releases is no exception. It is called hello lovely and lovely it! I have used the colors from stampin royalty and went with prima confection watercolor favorites! I have used the sketch from retro sketches and made the flower sparkle with wink of stella pen for the creativity meets c9...I also used clear gemstones and other favorite embellishment!

words with meaning - the real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. 
                                                                                                                     ~ robert holden

creativity meets c9: sparkle/#3
retro sketches: sketch/rs241
stampin royalty: colors/sr355

simon says stamp/christmas to die for-christmas joy

Be sure to check out the Simon Says Stamp Store!

Hello and welcome to this weeks simon says stamp wednesday challenge, we are using dies from simon says stamp. The simon says stamp store is full of dies, words, stars, snowflakes, hearts, tags, and so on and so on! Don't forgot every week at Simon Says Stamp we give away a $50 that is worth playing for!

I used the christmas blessing die and then covered it with a thin layer of green nuvo crystal drops, it is shiny IRL. I colored the tree with prima watercolor pans and added some white gel pen markings and shimmer. The stars are cut using paper smooches star wise dies and tim holtz glitter paper. The stitched tag is one of my all time favorite tags, perfect size. I used 3d foam to give depth to the tree. I can't wait to see what you create!

words with meaning - your best teacher is your last mistake.

simon says stamp: christmas and dies

Let's go shopping!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


I adore the sketch and photo this week from fusion, I have watercolored the background using th distress inks. I cut out the simon says stamp eliza snowflake, it is so pretty! The twine is from lawn fawn and the glittery joy sentiment is heidi swapp letters, I colored over with tim holtz marker.

words with meaning - let joy be your compass.

fusion: sketch and photo
paper players: CAS christmas/pp322

Monday, November 21, 2016

mojo monday/mojo475-peace on earth

A super quick card for me today, I have been working a lot and now have this week off to enjoy some whatever it may bring. I surely hope to get in the studio and create and of course cooking and baking. I have used gold watercolor paint to create the stunning shimmery heart, added the sentiment, and twine. I hope you have a fabulous start to your week.

words with meaning - those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves.

curtain call: inspiration photo
mojo monday: sketch/mojo475

Sunday, November 20, 2016

sunday stamps-silent night

I have used the gorgeous paper from my mind's eye sugar plum collection for my card, a super easy and fun card to make. The glittery star, gems, and twine just make me smile! be sure to check
out the other teams blogs and see what they have created!  

words with meaning - there are some people who could hear you speak a thousand words and still not understand you...and there are others who will understand without you even speaking a word.


sunday stamps: sketch/ssc149

Friday, November 18, 2016

verve november release retrospective blog hop

Welcome to Verve's November Release Retrospective Blog Hop!
Have you had a chance to get your inky fingers on the latest Verve release? It's a beautiful holiday release and the Verve Divas and November Guests are hopping again today with a fresh dose of inspiration using the new stamps! Everything in the shop is on sale 25% off right now, so it's a great time to stock up. Come take a tour of our blogs to see these fun stamps in action, then leave a little comment love as you hop about for a chance to win today's prize!

I have used a glittery chipboard snowflake and the let it snow sentiment from the Verve set jolly jingles.

Want to win some shiny new Verve? One lucky comment from all of the stops along today's hop will be randomly selected to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, comment on each of the stops below. Comment deadline for the prize drawing is Monday, November 28.

Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee6. Laurie
2. Lee Ann (Guest)7. Charmaine
3. Lynn (Guest)8. Betty
4. Tenia (Guest)9. Maureen
5. Marisa10. Teresa

viva la verve: sketch/nov. #2

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

simon says stamp/christmas critters-merry christmas

Be sure to check out the Simon Says Stamp Store!

Hello and welcome to this weeks simon says stamp wednesday challenge, we are challenging you to christmas critters. The design team is using the adorable stampendous items. from Don't forgot every week at Simon Says Stamp we give away a $50 that is worth playing for!

I have used the adorable winter penguin from stampenous, it's a fun stencil. I colored it in using tim holtz markers and a little stickles for the ball of his hat. The background is watercolored with tim holtz black soot ink. The merry christmas sentiment is from the simon says stamp holiday hellos. The glitter snowflake is created using the ashlynn snowflake die from simon says stamp and tim holtz glitter paper. I can't wait to see what you create! 

words with meaning - in a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic.

Let's go shopping!

Monday, November 14, 2016

mojo monday/mojo474-holly jolly

for today's mojo monday sketch using the new verve release, check it out here. the holly jolly is chipboard from the my mind's eye sugar plum collections and a few gold accents. a water color splash background created with prima confections watercolors. this weeks sketch is perfect for your christmas cards, I have been creating away on mine.

words with meaning - may my heart be kind, my mind fierce and my spirit brave.

card concept: inspiration/#61
mojo monday: sketch/mojo474

Sunday, November 13, 2016

you are amazing

I wanted to play along with the fun orange and yellow color combo from can you case it. They are back with an every other week challenge, I am sooo excited...YAY! I usually do not use those colors naturally, so I was challenged to do so I have used a fun favorite stamp and die set from simon says stamp called ranunculus. A few gold accents and hemp twine to pull it all together.

words with meaning - you will never influence the world by being just like it.

can you case it: colors/cyci140

together is cozy

a quick CAS card to play along with a couple of challenges. I have used concord & 9th stamps...the background wood stamp and the sweet stockings from the set cozy up and cozy up die set. I used a portion of the sentiment from another set called beautiful words. The inks are simon says stamp; willow, dark chocolate, and khaki.

words with meaning - be good to people. you will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain. 

                                                                                                                        ~ mandy hale
freshly made sketches: sketch/fm262
inspired by: inspiration photo/#32

Saturday, November 12, 2016

joy to the world

I have used the adorable chipboard tree from the my mind's eye sugar plum collection...this is the prettiest colors and patterns. I tinted the wendy vecchi embossing paste with tim holtz blueprint distress ink. I used my all time favorite stencil simon says stamp falling snow...luv! The sentiment is from concord & 9th and small pieces of scrap designer paper and twine complete my card. Trying to do better this year with creating christmas cards.

words with meaning - if you want to change the world, go home and love your family. 
                                                                                                                            ~ mother teresa

fusion: sketch
just add ink: colors/jai336

Thursday, November 10, 2016

verve november retrospective hop

Welcome to our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!

There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! 

First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until December 5 to enter. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps are not required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when see them!

Without further ado, here is our November challenge... 

Here's a closer look at the inspiration. 

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the 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.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!
1. Julee6. Marisa
2. Betty7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Susan
4. Christyne9. Teresa
5. Laurie PS. Laurie's post
will be a little late