Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Friend, Spread You Wings And Fly

I have two cards to share tonight, I am trying to get some cards together for a friend who needs cards for a fund raiser.  I used today's sketch SC287 with Sharon's stamp simply challenge, ssnotime145 to use yellow and gray.  I also added a pop of black by adding the large ric rac.  I used the PTI set Flutterby Friend with October Afternoon designer paper. 
Stamps:  Flutterby Friend(PTI)
Paper:  Going Gray, White(SU) and Thift Store(October Afternoon Designer Paper)
Ink:  Going Gray, Crushed Curry, Black(SU)
Accessories:  Janome, Gemstones, Ric Rac, Embossing Folder, Distressing Tool, and 3D Foam Squares

For the second card I used the Clean & Simple Sketch, FTL96 and The Color Throwdown colors, CTD99.  Speaking of the Color Throwdown, next week is CTD100 and the gals over there have an awesome challenge scheduled.....there is going to be a blog hop and lots of prizes along the way.  You do not want to miss it!  I  hope to see ya there, I have the great pleasure of participating in the hop with the DT, I look forward to seeing you along the way.  Enjoy!
Stamps:  Beautiful Kindness and  Bountiful Backgrounds(Verve)
Paper:  Hawaiin Skores( PTI), Very Vanilla(SU), and Mud Pie(Bazzil)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip(SU)
Accessories:  Martha Stewart Ribbon, Heat Embossing Tool, Judikins Embossing Powder, SU Butterfly Embosslit, KaiserCraft Pearl, and 3D Foam Squares

A Speedy Recovery

I have several posts today, this is a quick post for the Unscripted Sketch #61.  I needed a manly get well card, this is also for yesterday's color challenge, CC277 from SCS.  I would not have paired these colors together, but hey it is a challenge.  It is good to stretch yourself from time to time.  I used distressing, stitching, and twine around the stars to give it a manly feel.  I hope you have a great evening, I am counting the days until the weekend; it is a three day weekend for me.  There is a chance I will be off next week, but I will not know until tomorrow.  Enjoy! 
Stamps:  Wishing You(Verve)
Paper:  Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Kraft(SU), and October Afternoon Designer Paper
Ink:  Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay(SU)
Accessories:  Janome, Distressing Tool, Twine, SU Star Die, Embossing Folder, and 3D Foam Sqaures

Monday, June 28, 2010

Blue Skies

Be sure to leave a comment on the Verve Blog Hop post here you could win the entire Verve release.  You will want to leave comment on all the divas blogs, to see the list and start at the beginning go here.
Good morning, it is Monday and you know what that means, it is time for this weeks mojo sketch, Mojo145.  You have the option of a circle or square card or both if you are feeling snazzy.  I chose the circle card, they are a favorite, but I must say I am loving square cards too.  I used the stamp set from Verve's new release called Blue Skies, isn't this butterfly gorgeous?  I heat embossed it on October Afternoon designer paper and cut it out.  The scrungy ribbon I bought on Etsy from this awesome shop here.  I embossed the background with a Sizzix embossing folder and added a piece of paper ric rac using the PTI ric rac die, this too is a must have.  I hope that you can play along with us....have a wonderful start to your week!  Enjoy.  
Stamps:  Blue Skies(Verve)
Paper:  Sage Shadow, Very Vanilla(SU), and October Afternoon Designer Paper
Ink:  Sage Shadow(SU), Tuxedo Black(Momento), and Jet Black(Stazon)
Accessories:  Scalloped Circle Nesties, Circle Nesties, PTI Ric Rac Die, Ribbon,Nesties Labels Four, Heat Embossing Tool, Judikins Embossing Powder, Sponging, and 3D Foam Squares

Sunday, June 27, 2010


If you are looking for the Verve Blog Hop scroll down one or click here.

Good day to you, I am showing casing today's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, CIC65 with Verve stamps(new release stamps too, you gotta luv that).  I used the new set American Hero, this is a wonderful set of grateful sentiments and stars.  The sentiments in this set are very versatile.  I embossed the background with the stars embossing folder and then sponged it with SU night of navy ink.  I distressed the edges and stitched a crazy stitch above the clear gems.  I made a bow tie bow with the ribbon and then added a SU star brad.  I used Taylor's Sketch, TESC118.  Be sure to check out the other sweeties CIC over at the new Cupcake Inspiration BlogI can't wait to see what you create, have a fantastic summer day!  Enjoy.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Verve Release Blog Hop


Good morning, Verve Stamps just released 3 new sets and the Divas are celebrating with a new release hop today! First, a little housekeeping… if you clicked over from Laurie Schmidlin’s blog, then you’re right on track. If not, then head on over to Julee’s blog, to start from the beginning. If the chain gets broken along the way, you can head over the Verve Blog for the full link list. Oh, and we’ve hidden a little prize for one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to spread a little comment love around as you hop! Okay, well, maybe it’s not so little. {grin} You could win the entire release, so let’s get hoppin’! I made a tag, I luv making friends and family like them too.  I used Jen's SFYTT and used a fabric flower(luv these too) with a ribbon center.   I used the new set Blue Skies with the October Afternoon Designer paper.   I hope you like my tag creation, enjoy the rest of the hop!
Next on the hop is the super talented Susan Lilies, you wont want to miss her creation! 

ETA:  I have had a lot of questions about the how to's of the scungy ribbon, I got the tutorial from Ashley Newell, you can see the video here....enjoy!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Verve Release Sneak Peek - Day 2!

Today is day two of the Verve sneak peeks and myself and some of the other divas in spotlighting the new set Always On My Mind I luv your comments here they really make my day, but be sure to head over to the Verve Blog and leave a comment too; it is your chance at this set Friday night.  You don't want to miss the release Friday night there will be more peeks of the new sets to come!  You can also play along with the Verve Release Week Challenges for another chance at winning, sounds like fun, huh?  Have a great day abd I hope to see ya at the party...enjoy!
Stamps: Always On My Mind and Hundred Hearts (Verve)
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla(SU) and Chloe's Closet Designer Paper(Making Memories)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie(SU) and Versamagic
Accessories: Heat Embossing Tool, Judikins Embossing Powder, Ribbon, Nesties Labels Eleven, Gemstones, Janome, EK Success Border Punch, Distressing Tool, Scor Tape, and 3D Foam Squares

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another Verve Sneak Peek

Good morning, today the Verve diva's will be sharing sneak peeks over at the Verve Blog, head on over to see the fabulous creations they have come up with!  I have a little peek of another Plain Jane, Amazing Grace.  Julee also has some sketch challenges, you can learn more about that could win FREE Verve!  I used one of the sketches from Amber's Viva la Verve Jan'10 Week 3.  I paired the Plain Jane with the Because Of You set, I used Ancestry Designer Paper by K & Company.  Have fun creating, I hope to see you at the Verve release Friday!  Enjoy. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Verve-Sneak Peek

Well, if you haven't heard, Verve is having a release this Friday night and Julee has some fun stamps ready to share.  To join us at the party go here!  You won't want to miss the DT's creation, see ya at the party.  In the mean time, you can get your mojo flowing by playing along with the sketch challenge Julee has offered.  You can go here to get the details. 
I used this weeks CAS72 challenge, it was a sketch for this little sneaky peeky......have a fantastic day!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Celebrate Today

Good morning, it is time for another mojo sketch and Julee has brought another fun one!  I so luv this sketch, Mojo144; I used a mix of Webster's pages and October Afternoon designer papers.  The stem on the flower is Verve Serenity set.  I made one of those gorgeous little ribbon flowers, I found it on Jennifer Ingerick's Blog.  You can go here to check out the tutorial....I have that wide striped SU ribbon in every color......eeeekkk...I can make lots of ribbon flowers!  I hope you will play along with us this week.  You may be interested to know that Verve is having another release this Friday JUNE 25, the sneak peeks will start in a couple of days.  Also, you have a chance to win $30 of free Verve by playing along with the Ready Set Stamp Challenge, check it out too!  Enjoy. 
Stamps:  Serenity(Verve)   
Paper:  Black, Vanilla(SU), Thrift Store Designer Paper(October Afternoon ) and Webster's Pages Designer Paper
Ink:  Certainly Celery and White(SU)
Accessories:  Nesties, Janome, KaiserCraft Pearls, SU Wide Ribbon, PTI Button, PTI Linen Thread, Distressing Tool, SU Twill Ribbon, and 3D Foam Squares

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wishing You

 Good morning, I have a gorgeous cupcake to share and get your mojo flowing....this cupcake is covered with teals and browns.  What a fabulous color combo, I really like SU Taken with Teal and it's not in the new cattie...I will have to see if Mikey's has a color in Bazzil to compare.  On with today's card,  This is this weeks Cupcake Inspiration, CIC64....I used a really deep chocolate Bazzil paper and the teal houndstooth SU Sweet Pea designer paper.  The sentiment is Verve Wishing You (Verve is having a release this Friday, JUNE 25..I will be peaking sets later in the week) and the big ole flower is from the Ippity set Now and Always.  I layered the flower and added a little stickles and a dark brown button.  Speaking of buttons, I had bought a bag of buttons at Hobby Lobby(in PA, we don't have one near me) a year ago; anyway I thought the buttons where a mix of soft green, blue, and plums.  I discovered last night that they are a deep chocolate(I had been looking for deep chocolate) I felt like I had hit the  I was under my trusty Ott light and seen that they are truly chocolate.....what a wonderful surprise!  Back to the card, I added a piece of ric rac, it is paper but it sorta looks like ribbon.  The die is from PTI, I also added a row of stitching.  I hope you have a wonderful day and I surely hope you will play along with us, you can see the all the other sweeties creations at the Cupcake Inspiration Blog.  I used the Clean & Simple sketch, FTL95...luv the sketches over there, check them out!  Enjoy! 
Stamps:  Wishing You(Verve) and Now and Always(Ippity)
Paper:  Bazzil and Taken With Teal, White, and Sweet Pea Designer Paper(SU) 
Ink:  Taken With Teal(SU) and Rich Cocoa(Momento)
Accessories:  Janome, Linen Thread, PTI Ribbon, PTI Ric Rac Die, Buttons, Stickles, and 3D Foam Squares

Friday, June 18, 2010

Seeing Stars-Ready Set Stamp Verve Challenge

I have a couple of Father's Day cards to share, the first is using Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge, it is a sketch this week, ssnotime144 and for the Color Cue color challenge.  I had forgotten where I found the Color Cue challenge, but I found it today...yeah!  I saved it in my side bar with all the other daily challenges.  I used the Verve stamp Seeing Stars, Julee has posted the new Ready Set Stamp Challenge using this set Seeing Stars, you could win a $30 gift certificate from the Verve!  That is a challenge worth taking, don't ya think?
Stamps:  Seeing Stars and Dad's Day(Verve)
Paper:  Bazzil, Hawaiian Shores(PTI), Old Olive, Tangerine Tango(SU), and Bella Blvd Designer Paper
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Tangerine Tango(SU), and Hawaiian Shores(PTI)
Accessories:  Ribbon, Janome, Silver Star Brad, SU Stars Die, and 3D Foam Squares

My second card is for the Curtain Call Color Challenge Act34 and for Everything But The Kitchen Sink Challenge, EBTKS17;  it is a sketch.  This sketch was perfect for the simple Father's Day card I needed for my Father in law.  It had been a long time since I played along with the kitchen sink gals, if you have time check out their fun challenges!   I adore these colors together, I kept it simple but added textured by embossing and distressing.  The sentiment is from the Verve set Dad's Day.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned, dh and are going to take our first motorcycle ride of the year.  Since he has had his surgery he has not felt like riding, we will have a nice relaxing day on the bike, stopping for lunch and shopping if the mood hits....hehehe.  Enjoy your weekend!
Stamps:  Dad's Day(Verve)
Paper:  Dusty Durango, Kraft, Rich Razzleberry, White(SU)
Ink:  Dusty Durango(SU)
Accessories:  Embossing Folders, Distressing Tools, SU Corduroy Brads, and 3D Foam Squares

Please Read!

Happy Friday, I have some very important information I need to share and a couple of cards, people are more important than cards so I will share the people part first.  My fellow diva Susan Liles's  husband, Eric has been fighting cancer the last few months.  Susan has a wonderful, fun personality and has taken this very lightly on the surface, but this is a really big deal.  Anyone who has gone through such a thing with a family member knows that, she could use your help.  There are several ways you can help, there is a place to donate on Susan's blog and you can also make a purchase of Verve, My Favorite Things or The Cat's Pajamas  stamps and can read more about that here.  Thanks for listening and for helping!

The first card I am sharing is from Mercy's Tuesday sketch, MTSC78.  I used a sentiment stamp from Verve and the circle stamp is from PTI Round & Round set.  The papers are October Afternoon, these paper packs are wonderful, you can mix and match with any combo and it looks fabulous!
Stamps:  Verve and PTI
Paper:  Sea Salt(Bazzil) and October Afternoon
Ink:  Blue Bayou(SU)
Accessories:  Janome, Border Punch, Distressing Tool, Blossom Nestie, PTI Impressions Plate, PTI Buttons, PTI Linen Thread, and 3D Foam Squares

I used the new sketch challenge from Waltzingmouse sketch, WMSC2The stamp set is from is called Enjoy from VerveI luv this set, the flower can be turned upside down and be used as a sweet!  I used the Waltzingmouse labels four stamp set to frame the flower.  I added a few gems in the upper corner and black ribbon.
Stamps:  Enjoy(Verve) and Waltzingmouse
Paper:  Kraft(SU) and October Afternoon Designer paper
Ink:  Tuxedo Black(Momento) and Riding Hood Red and Wild Wasabi(SU)
Accessories:  Labels Four Nesties, Black Ribbon, Gems, and 3D Foam Squares

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Happy Day!  I have created a CAS card for the TLC277, to create a one layer card.  I used Verve stamps, I added scoring and red gingham ribbon.  There are tiny gemstones in the center of each flower.  I have been making two of every card lately.  I have had some rather large orders for cards and I will be donating to several different fund raisers and outreaches.  It makes it easy to make duplicate CAS cards and they are so very adorable.  It is amazing how simple they are, but yet so vibrant.  Have a wonderful evening......enjoy!
Stamps:  Heart's Desire and Love's Flower(Verve)
Paper:  Kraft(SU)
Ink:  Real Red(SU) and Tuxedo Black(Momento)
Accessories:  Bling, Ribbon, Scor Pal, and Glue Dots

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Warm Hello

Good morning, it is time for another mojo sketch.....this sketch is so fun!  I used October Afternoon papers and the new Verve set One Person.  I sponged around the stamped image and layered it vanilla on vanilla card stock.  I used three tabs of designer paper and then askewed a sentiment over top of the tabs.  I hope you have a wonderful day, be sure to head over to the Mojo Monday Blog and check out the other mojo makers creations. Happy creating, make the most of today!  Enjoy.
Stamps:  One Person(Verve)
Paper:  Very Vanill(SU) and FLy A Kite(October Afternoon Designer Paper)
Ink:  Rich Cocoa(Momento) and Copics
Accessories:  Ribbon, Janome, Circle Nesties, Scalloped Circle Nesties, and 3D Foam Squares

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Rolled Paper Flower Card

Good morning, I have the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, CIC63 to share.   I think today's cupcake is adorable, but I haven't met a cupcake I didn't like...hehehe.  Have you seen the new Cupcake Inspiration Blog and Rachel will be announcing the Top five every week, so get your creations in.  I used the sketch from the Dirty Dozen Challenge, DDSKETCG0510.
I am having so much trouble with my computer and editing pictures this morning.  I am going to keep this post short, I am getting a little aaahhhh  I have to share the fabulous tutorial for these flowers it is from the super talented Rae, Simply Rae, click on the link to find out how to make them!  I added a piece of chocolate card stock to the end before rolling to give the center bloom a little punch, I like the look, do you?  The sentiment is Verve stamps, I will be back to clean up this post, I am in a hurry this morning.  Enjoy! 
Be sure to check out the other sweeties creations
Karen    Piali    Rachel

Friday, June 11, 2010



 I have two cards to share tonight, this is a super short post...I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  I will have some other creations to share this weekend!  The first card is for the Clean & Simple Sketch, FTL94 and for The Color Throwdown, CTD96.  It is also my submission to The Tuesday Trigger inspiration challenge, the ice cream inspired me to make a cupcake card, I luv cupcakes but really luv them with ice cream...yummy.  I used the Verve set Cupcake Affair.

This card is for the OCC Sketch Challenge, OCCSC19 and for Stacey's Curtain Call Color Challenge Act 33.  I used SU Butterfly die and the sentiment is PTI.  I luv this sketch, it is square...I have been on the square cards lately.  Enjoy!

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Sketch Challenge

I have a couple of cards to share tonight, I have played along with several challenges.  The first card is a new challenge from WaltzingMouse Sketch Challenge,WMSC1; I adore this cute square sketch.  I used Verve stamps(I only have one Waltzing Mouse set and it goes with the Nesting labels).  This is also my submission to Jenny's Wee Memories Challenge, WMC9; to uses punches.  I used a SU Square punch to make the flag on the end of my tag.  I also used SU Circle punches.  
Stamps:  Becuase Of You and One Person (Verve)
Paper:  Kraft, Very Vanilla(SU), and October Afternoon Designer Paper
Ink:  Old Olive, Riding Hood Red(SU)
Accessories:  Circle Punches, SU Square Punch, Square Scalloped Nesties,  PTI Button, PTI Linen Thread, Pearl, Distresing Tool, and 3D Foam Squares



I created this for Taylors Sketch Challenge, TESC116 and for today's CAS70, to use a quote, verse, or sentiment as your focal point.  I also played along with Keesh's Color Challenge #26; to use kraft, gray, red, and white.  I used stamps from Unity.  I embossed the back panel, add some Melissa Frances trim and gemstones.  I hope you have a wonderful week!  Enjoy.
Stamps:  Unity
Paper:  Kraft, Gray, Real Red(SU)
Ink:  Gray and Real Red(SU)
Accessories:  Embossing Folder, Blossom Nesties, Circle Nesties, Gemstones, and 3D Foam Squares