Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Glad Tidings

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Hey there friends!  In the middle of the studio reorganization, I took a break while the desk was semi-cleared to make this card for the Festive Friday challenge.  I think it’s easy to see what inspired me: kraft/white palette, snowflakes, vintage finds, and twine.  This little “Glad Tidings” stamp from Verve is one of my most favourite Christmas sentiments.  In fact, I think it should be used all year long!  Who doesn’t want to hear some glad tidings?  “Glad tidings, it’s summer!”  “Glad tidings, happy mail!”  “Glad tidings, spent the day in the studio!”  See, it totally works!

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Okay, back to cleaning!  Thanks for visiting!  ox

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Check out the sale over in the Verve Store!

Christmas in July Sale

Monday, July 28, 2014

How Wonderful Life Is

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Hi friends!  Friday and Saturday was busy on the blog, so I saved my Viva La Verve card for today to spread out the love! ox   I went BOLD today with some new Basicgrey Highline paper.  Some fun stitching and a PINK sentiment with loads of enamel dots made this card complete :)

I’m still at the beginning of organizing the studio.  I tried to get caught up on my card making and posts so I could just focus on the reorganization.  I’ve taken before shots and will happily share the after shots once they are ready!  I can’t wait!  Have a great day and thanks for visiting!  Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for more samples and all the details of how you could win some big Verve bucks!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Verve Release Retrospect Blog Hop

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Welcome to Verve's July Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas and guests are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the July release stamps & dies! Besides a peek at some really cool cards, there are also a couple of prizes up for grabs!

I have been dabbling in art journals and mixed media this month and although I haven’t tried anything YET, I’ve been inspired by texture and cut out words.  I’m using the new Happy Place stamp set along with the matching Happy Doodles Die Set.  I had the birthday sentiment from Be Blessed sitting on my desk from the last release and thought it was perfect for the bottom of the card :)  I HAD to find an inspiring phrase to tie into the birthday theme and found the perfect one in Words of Wisdom.  I was inspired by Amber’s card HERE where she cut up a sentiment.  I just love the look!  I left out the “goal” part of the sentiment and just left the dream part :) Then I traced around each word with my black pen.

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1. Julee          10. Jen

2. Stacey        11. Sheri {Guest}

3. Maureen     12. Laurie

4. Chaitali      13. Andrea

5. Marisa        14. Amber

6. Teresa        15. Christyne

7. Kay {Guest} 16. Sarah

8. Janelle        17. Anya

9. Charmaine  18. Betty

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

Want another chance to win? Now it's your turn! We'd LOVE to see what you've done with the July release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our July release and you'll be entered in a drawing to win our entire next release! All the details and the linkup widget are on the Verve Blog today. The deadline is August 23, so there's still plenty of time to get the July release if you haven't already.

Don't miss this weekend only discount offer in honour of Julee's birthday:

 

what’s in it?

stamps: Happy Place, Be Blessed,Words of Wisdom (Verve)

paper: rustic white, white (PTI), yellow (SU), Capture Life (Echo Park)

ink: onyx (Versafine), perfect plum (SU), autumn rose (PTI)

accessories: Happy Doodles Die Set, Shine Bright Sequin Mix, enamel dot (MME), twine (hemptique)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Do Beautiful Things ~ PTI Blog Hop

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Hello! Welcome to my July PTI Blog Hop post!  This month we are inspired by this gorgeous collection of vintage fun!  ACK, while just checking out the photo again, I remembered that I was going to use the Button Card stamp!  Oh dang!  My sister asked me to make a card for our oldest sister’s retirement in a couple of weeks and I knew I needed to add a teapot somewhere…that must have been what led me astray!  Anyhow…here’s a list of what inspired me…

*banner

*colours

*thread

*doily

*button cards (but not found on my card! HA!)

 

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I can’t wait to see what everyone else created! Thanks for visiting!

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PTI products: cardstock, aquamist ink, white embossing paper, Life is Beautiful stamp set

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Diva Dare Hostess!

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Hi friends!  I’m the hostess for Day 7 of the Diva Dare challenge over on the Verve Blog.  Head over there to read more about my card and how you can win some great prizes by participating!  See you there!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Sugar and Spice ~ Curtain Call Reminder!

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There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  You have until July 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!  Current challenge details and link-up are here.

As many of you know, the DH and I are new grandparents and loving every minute of it.  This card will be going to our new granddaughter next month with THE MOST GORGEOUS quilt my sister has made for us.  I took inspiration from the quilt which ties in perfectly with the inspiration photo.

photo source:  decoritdarling.net

Here’s the inside of the card…

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I can’t show you the quilt yet, not until after the Baby Barbeque, but here are a couple of pictures with me, Grandmoe (bonus grandma), and our little grandpeanut!  LOL

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We have loads of sponsors for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  Check out the Curtain Call Inspiration Blog for all of the amazing prizes that our sponsors are giving away to YOU, our randomly selected challenge participants!  A LEAD and several SHOW STOPPERS will also be named from the Anything Goes challenge gallery!
 

We look forward to seeing your creations!  Be sure to stop back on July 31st for the Lead and Show Stoppers from this challenge. Then come back on August 1st for the next challenge!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

My Happy Place ~ Viva La Verve

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Happy Friday morning, everyone!  I’m the hostess over on the Viva La Verve blog today with a sketch and inspiration photo to get your mojo going!  When I was looking for a photo, I made sure that there was a chalkboard in it somewhere {wink!}.  I found a few I could have easily used, but this one won out with the little Canadian flag in the background! 

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Head over to the Viva La Verve blog for all the details on how you could win $100 in Verve money, then join in the fun!  Have a great start to your weekend!

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what’s in it?

stamps: Die Sidekicks, Happy Place (Verve)

dies: Happy Doodles Die Set,Hearts & Swirls Frame Die (Verve)

accessories: Stormy Skies Ribbon Collection (Verve)

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