Friday, April 17, 2015

You are Sunshine for my Soul

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Happy Friday everyone!  I can’t wait for the weekend to begin!  The weatherman has promised sunny and warm weather so I’m taking off the winter tires and spending time in the garden!  I weeded the front garden and half of the back last weekend and now plan to finish the rest!  It feels good to dig in the dirt again!  This card uses the brand new Viva La Verve sketch and is going to surprise our school secretary next week for Administrative Professionals Day :)  She is just the sweetest, most efficient secretary around and I love to leave little surprises by her computer throughout the year. 

Head over to the Viva La Verve sketch blog to see more samples and find out how you could win some VERVE by participating in all the fun this month :)  Have a great start to the weekend!

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what’s in it?

stamps: Be Blessed, Bloom & Grow, Die Sidekicks, Doodled Occasions (Verve)

dies: Elegant Leaves Die, Hearts & Swirls Frame Die, Petal Points Die Set, Pennant Trim Die (Verve)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy & Healthy Birthday

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It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

photo source:  designlovefest.com

We have a new sponsor, Penny Black, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Bouquet!  A randomly selected participant in the Bouquet challenge will have their choice of a Penny Black gift certificate, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

When I saw this Love and Yoga set, I had to have it!  It’s so unique and I definitely don’t have anything like it in my stamp collection :)  I took colours from this inspiration photo, especially the soft blue background (my cardbase) and green striped pillow (my bakers twine).

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Bouquet Designers

Guest Designer, Marcie Sharp
Amy Kolling
Amy Sheffer
Amy Tsuruta
Gayatri Murali
Kim Singdahlsen
Laurie Willison
Lisa Henke
Marisa Ritzen
Maureen Plut
Monika Davis
Sarah Gough
Sheri Gilson
Stacey Schafer
Tenia Nelson
Tracey McNeely

Follow us!

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Facebook Page

Curtain Call Pinterest Boards

Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:  Bouquet for the challenge details and to play along with us!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Just a Note

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Good morning!  Happy Saturday!  This week has been a good one :)  I sent my capstone off on Monday!!  What a relief to have it all done!  AND today is the last class of one of my courses this semester!  Lots to celebrate!  This card is going to our instructor.  She’s a teacher, musician, writer, and has her doctorate!  So I made sure to include some music paper flowers and the “just a note” sentiment.  I made the watercolour background by smooshing some Tim Holtz distress inks on my craft mat, spraying it with water, then dipping the paper in it.  Then I made the hearts with embossing paste and a heart stencil.  Here’s the inside…

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We love this instructor.  She’s so fun and down to earth.  She taught us last spring and we requested her back!  I’m sure the musician in her is loving the “encore.”  Hope you are all having a lovely day…is this time of year great or what!?

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stamps: Take Note (Verve), Inside Out Thank You (PTI)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wishing You ~ Viva La Verve!

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Greetings!  Happy “hump” day!  When I made my first card for this week’s Viva La Verve sketch, I made two cards.  This is the second one :) The first is HERE.

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Head over the the Viva La Verve Blog for all the details on how you could win some amazing Vervey goodness! Have a lovely day!

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stamps: Better Together, Bloom & Grow, Die Sidekicks (Verve)

dies: Heart Quartet Die, Flourished Trim Die, Elegant Leaves Die, Sweet Scallop Die (Verve)

accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Reminder

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There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!  

You have until April 10th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!

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The LEAD of this challenge will be invited to be a guest designer in an upcoming challenge! Check out all the details over on the Curtain Call Inspiration Blog.

I was on a roll when I made my first card for the challenge last week.  I used the same elements, but added more kraft to mimic the nest down in the lower right corner of the photos above.

We look forward to seeing your creations! Be sure to stop back on April 14th for the Lead and Show Stoppers from this challenge. Then come back on April 15th for the next challenge!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Verve Diva Inspirations Hop


It's the 5th of the month and 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!

Our April challenge is Bunnies & Babies


Spring is a time of birth and renewal - celebrate the season by creating a card for Easter or a bouncing new baby. Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction - just show us your sprightly spring creations!

A colleague at work is expecting a baby this month...and she chose to NOT know the gender...I love that!  So this card is in case it's a girl, but I'll need to make a boy version soon just in case!  This Smallest Things Plain Jane is the perfect sentiment for baby cards :)  I was inspired by the colours in the photo above and that gorgeous ribbon on the teddy bear!  The embossed hearts echo the heartfelt sentiment and the dear little tag with "sweet baby girl" from Small Phrases finishes off the well wishes.

Click here to link up your challenge entries

Challenge deadline: Sunday, Apr. 19.
Prize: $40 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

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've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!


1. Julee

7. Sankari
2. Amy 8. Sarah
3. Anya 9. Susan
4. Betty10. Maureen
5. Jen11. Stacey
6. Karen 12. Chaitali

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Birthday ~ Viva La Verve!

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Hi friends!  I’m taking a short break from writing to get inky and play with this week’s Viva La Verve sketch.

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Head over the the Viva La Verve Blog for all the details on how you could win some amazing Vervey goodness!  Hope your weekend is going well!  Thanks for stopping by!

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stamps: Better Together, Bloom & Grow, Die Sidekicks, Be Blessed (Verve)

dies: Heart Quartet Die, Flourished Trim Die, Hearts & Swirls Frame Die, Elegant Leaves Die, (Verve)
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