Sunday, October 30, 2011

Confident! VLV Sketch Challenge!

Hope everyone is having a great relaxing Sunday afternoon.  It has been a few days since I posted.  My blog was deleted and it took a few days for blogger to verify that it was legit and not a spam blog!  Needless to say I was freaking out just a bit.   Anyway, all is good now and I have my blog back!   

Today I have a Verve card to share.  I am using the sketch for Week 5 VLV Sketch Challenge.  Andrea is the host this week.  Great sketch, Andrea!  For my card I am using MME designer papers.  I  am using Verve's New Mercies, Beautiful You, and Philippians 1:6 Plain Jane.  I am using Verve's Cut Above Flutter By die. 

I layered some spellbinders. I added some stitching, a border details to center panel, ribbon accenting, and a stamped sentiment layered butterfly.  I finished with some glitter, soft sponging, memory thread, and a few black gems.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

A few blog challenges I am playing along with today.  Craft Your Days Away Autumn(colors)  Sweet Stampin must Stamp Anything Goes   Card Makin' Mamas  cards only die cuts  Inspire Me Fridays always anything goes Stamptacular Sunday Challenge borders and frames, Shelly's Images Tic Tac Toe (bling, FREE, kraft)Crafty Ribbons BINGO (handmade embellies, ribbon, gems)Crafty Creations  fall palette Paper Shelter Challenge  Anything goes Scrapbook Sisters Anything Goes, The Paper Players Anything Goes (add a fall element....leaves stamped under scripture)


Stamps:  Verve
Paper:  The Paper Company kraft, Flourishes classic ivory, MME dp,  PTI true black
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Ranger antique linen, PTI chamomille
Accessories:  Spellbinders, Spellbinders book pages 2(border embossed trim), Verve Cut Above Die(Flutter By), sewing machine, sponges, foam tape, dimensionals, score tape, black memory thread, black gems, quickie glue pen, Stampendous glitter,  May Arts gingham ribbon

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Viva La Verve Christmas Wishes!

Happy Saturday!  I have a Verve Christmas card to share with you today.  I am a bit behind with my Christmas cards for this time of year.   I am using the sketch from Viva La Verve Week 3 Moe is the host for this sketch.  Great sketch Moe.   I am using Verve's O Christmas Tree and Merry Wishes stamp sets.  I tried to keep this card sort of simple for easier mailing.  I layered some MME Christmas designer papers and colored the wreath with copics.  I had to add some colored glitter to make the wreath a bit more dimensional.  I used Verve's Tiny Sweet Scallop die set to add the sentiment and keep with the sketch double focal elements.  I finished with a seam binding bow, some olive Memory Thread curly ques, and a couple gold pearls.  I am also playing along with SCS Inspiration(IC307) Challenge. Here is my inspiration pic.

As always thanks so much for stopping by! 


Thursday, October 20, 2011

ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge (SNTODBD46)!

It is time for ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge (SNTODBD46)! The assignment is to use Our Daily Bread Design stamps. The challenge this rotation is all about cards with TAG! T= Thankful, A= Appreciation, G= Grateful.  You can use an actual tag, create a card that is thankful, shows appreciation, or conveys gratefulness, or you can combine a tag with the themes.   Remember, the more you play the more you increase your chance to win! We look forward to seeing what you create using ODBD stamps!

For my card I am using ODBD's Faith and Mini Tags 1 stamp sets.     I combined these sets with some Prima Londonberry  designer papers.  I stamped the image in Vintage Cream pigment ink.  I embossed with detail opaque white embossing powder.  I colored with copics and lightly distressed sponged the edges.  I added a grateful sentiment tag, bow, and did a bit of stitching. I layered the focal image with Spellbinders.   I am using the sketch at Card Patterns Sketch 137.  

Check out some more samples from ODBD Designers!

365 Cards So Sophisticated 
Charisma Cardz Embossing Scrapbook Sisters anything goes, Inspire Me Fridays - always anything goes The , Totally Gorjuss Bingo(Bows, Pearls(stickpin), bling(shimmer), Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Anything Goes, Stamp Scrap and Doodle Saturdays Anything with Leaves, Crop Stop Challenge Leaves, Make it Monday Anything Goes

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, October 17, 2011

From Our Home to Yours at Christmas!

I have a card to share today.  It has been a really busy few weeks and finding time to craft is starting to feel like a luxury.  I realized a few weeks ago that I am terribly behind in my Christmas card stash for this time of year.   Today's card is just that.  A way for me to add to my collection for mailing in early December.  

My card today uses ODBD newly released Christmas Door set.  I colored the image with copics and added layers of colored glitter to create added dimension.  This is my new favorite thing to do.  I am trying to come up with quicker cards even though the bow is still a part of the look and will cost more to mail.  Today's card uses a kraft card stock base, but instead of layering for a background I added the MME Lost and Found Christmas paper directly to the base.  Sort of fools the eye a bit.  The other layers are smaller accent pieces as well as part of the focal image.  I finished with some lace, gold pearls, bow, and gold ornate button with sentiment tag.  I am playing along with this week's Shining the Light Challenge(ODBDSLC80) to make a Christmas card and use ODBD stamps.  I am also using colors from CR84FN40.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Swimming For Katie Renz Blog Hop & Fundraiser!

I am absolutely honored and humbled to be a part of a community of designers who reach out from all over the world to connect with each other through paper crafting.   It is paper crafting that has joined us, and when one needs help, we all  join together and take paper crafting to a whole new level!  Katie, my prayers are with you and your family!   I am cheering you on!  Keep Swimming!

"From October 10-12 some of the best stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer.  If you're not familiar with her, Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year.  This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of 3 with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight.  A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer.  Her first post about it is here.  The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here.
This exclusive stamp used in my sample, designed by Becky Oehlers is available as a clear stamp, as well as a digis or a dig and SVG cut file.  100% of the profits go to Katie's fund to help her and her young family.  Her husband Kevin and her three young children need our help and support.  In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and True =D Doodle Designs both also donated digis that are for sale.  Direct donations are also being accepted.  Information central is HERE.  This is a permanent page that will stay active at i {heart} papers with current information and the full 3 day blog hop listing, as well as the donation button.  

Keep Swimming Octopus
Peachy Clear stamp

$5.50 with free shipping

Keep Swimming Octopus DIGIstamp
$3.00 with instant download

Keep Swimming Mermaid DIGIstamp
$3.50 with instant download

I hope you will join me in supporting Katie through a purchase or donation.  The following is a list of everyone who has projects posted today.  I hope you will be inspired by them and moved to purchase or donate.  If you would like to send Katie a card, her mailing address is:

Katie Renz
PO Box 5913
Bellingham, WA 98227-5913

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hang in There! HOPE You Can Cling To!

This card is for Hope You Can Cling To Challenge for Wanda Cullen's Hang In There Challenge taking place all month at SCS.   For Wanda's challenge we are to create a card that has something hanging. I chose to have my hearts dangle!


For my card I am using Verve's Always on My Mind, Believe, and Tag Time stamp sets. The inside hearts were die cut with Verve's Jotted Heart die.  I am using the VLV OCT2011 Week 2 Sketch.  I combined some Victoria Gardens designer papers.  I cut out a few of the words on one of the papers and added to the sentiment strip across the front along with a stamp word to create a fun sentiment strip.  I added some stitching, glitter card stock, gold memory thread, and gold pearls to finish my card.

As always thanks so much for stopping by! 

Stamps: Verve
Paper: Flourishes Classic Ivory, The Paper Company cream, Victoria Gardens dp, glitter cardstock
Ink: Memento rose bud, PTI chamomille
Accessories: Spellbinders, Sizzix, Verve jotted heart die, gold memory thread, CAD, sewing machine, gold pearls, sakura gel pen

Thursday, October 6, 2011

ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge (SNTODBD45)!

It is time for ODBD Stamping In Time Challenge (SNTODBD45)! The assignment is to use Our Daily Bread Design stamps.  The challenge this rotation is all about color!    Fall Colors that is!  Combine one, two, or more fall colors to your card or projects.  Release your Autumnal hues!       

For my card I am using ODBD's Full of Grace set from the Blessings Collection.  I used Cheery Lynn's Kiwi doily die.   I kept this card pretty simple and just chose one color of fall to focus on.   I love the golds!  I cut the kiwi doily out twice using The Paper Company's cream cardstock and layered.  I ink distressed the edges and rolled them a bit for added texture and dimension.  I think this photo really showcases all the intricate cuttings, piercings, and embossing that make these dies so amazing.  I layered some Spellbinders.   I ink distressed the center sentiment panel.  I stitched the panels.  I finished with  a cream color seam binding bow, a prima flower, and two gold pearls.  I am playing along with Moxie Fab World:  Tuesday Trigger inspiration picture.  Just love the warm golds and intricate doily look from the picture. 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!
 Playing along with some blog challenges!  Craft Your Passion Anything Goes, Crafty Cardmakers Anything Goes,   Make it Monday always Anything Goes, Creatalicious Challenges  Anything goes,  Craft 4 Eternity Anything Goes, Inspire me Fridays Anything Goes,  Sew Many Cards Anything Goes, 4 Crafty Chicks  Anything Goes, Southern Girls - Anything Goes, Penny's Paper Crafty  Anything Goes,Simon Says Stamp  Anything Goes, Whimsical Wednesday Anything Goes

Monday, October 3, 2011

Verve Diva Inspirations Blog Hop! FOR the CURE!

Welcome to the October Diva Inspirations Blog Hop! Our Diva Inspirations and Release teams are here to start your month off right with a little Verve inspiration! Take a little peek at each of the fabulous blogs below and leave a little comment love for their Verve-alicious eye candy and you just might win some Vervey goodness of your very own!

Diva Inspirations Blog Hop
Master Hop List
1. Julee10. Sankari
2. Betty11. Teresa
3. Dawn12. Andrea
4. Jen d.13. Tosh
5. Lynda14. Maureen
6. Shannan15. Amy
7. Sony16. Laurie
8. Susan17. Jen T.
9. Charmaine

We've hidden a little mystery prize on one of today's hop spots, so be sure to leave a little comment love as you hop around for a chance to win!
Comment Deadline: 11:59pm Mountain, October 10
Prize: $30 gift certificate to Verve 

Think Pink Sale
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we're doing our part to raise awareness. We've got a special Think Pink SALE, with all in-stock stamps and dies 20% off October 1 - 16. And to sweeten the deal, Verve will donate 10% of proceeds from this sale to the
Susan G Komen For the Cure foundation.
A little something for you... a little something for the cure!

Happy Monday!  I am using Verve's Believe and Words of Wisdom stamp sets.  I combined the images with some Spellbinder's dies and Verve's Curvy Bookplate and From the Heart dies.   I layered some MME  Blush designer papers all in wonderful hues of pink.  I used a dress form die and added a 1/4" grosgrain ribbon Breast Cancer Ribbon topped with a tiny heart and pearl.   I added a seam binding bow and some fun pink and white pearls my dd bought for me with her own money! Cool, huh?  She is only 17 so I thought that it was very thoughtful and sweet of her!  I am using the sketch from MOJO Monday 209!    As always thanks so much for hopping by!

I know no one whose family has not been affected by this terrible disease.  In the past few years my family members have experienced a breast cancer scare and  one a double mastectomy.    I just know one day a little girl will walk hand in hand with her mommy into a museum and in a clear box will be the pink ribbon.  The little girl will ask...."What was the pink ribbon for, mommy?"  The mom will say...."It represented HOPE and the WORLDWIDE FIGHT for a CURE.....and, it WORKED!"    


And last but not least, a new month brings a new Stamp of the Month...
Harvest BlessingsHarvest Blessings
At 40% off during the month of October, Harvest Blessings is one splendid deal!

Stamps: Verve
Paper:  MME designer paper, The Paper Company kraft, Flourishes Classic Ivory
Ink: Memento Cocoa, PTI Chamomille
Accessories:  Spellbinders Circle Hearts, border, sewing machine, Pearls, seam binding, foam circles, glue dots, score tape, PTI dress form die, grosgrain ribbon, Verve dies

Saturday, October 1, 2011

ODBD October Release Blog Hop!

Hello friends! Welcome to the Our Daily Bread designs October Release Blog Hop!    If you got here from Lisa's Blog, you are in the right place. If not you might want to start at the Our Daily Bread designs Blog and start from the beginning.  If you get lost along the way, simply return there where the entire hop is listed with links.
Here are the Hop Details:
The Hop will run 8am EDT Oct. 1 until 8pm EDT Oct 2. The winners will be announced on the ODBD Blog on Oct 3. THREE blessed hoppers will win their CHOICE of ONE FREE SET, and ONE very blessed hopper will win the GRAND PRIZE of their CHOICE OF THREE FREE SETS
Here is what you have to do to be qualified to win one of these prizes: Hop to each designer’s blog and leave a comment Return to the Our Daily Bread designs blog and leave a comment telling us that you completed the hop, making note if there were any you could not comment on. Answer the question on the ODBD blog when you leave your comment.


Happy Saturday!  Hope you are enjoying the HOP so far!  For today I created a quick and easy gift bag with card ensemble.   We always need a few quick and easy gifts at the ready just in case during the Christmas season.  

For the card, I used some of My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Christmas papers.   I stamped the Joy Tree image using versamark and embossed in gold.  I love this image!  So elegant and different with the different fonts and song shaped into a tree.  I actually made the tree a wee bit smaller by using the  Spellbinder's lacey pennant die to cut it out.   I love this option.  I added a picture so you can see how beautifully gold it is.   I added a Spellbinder's border, to the top of the card and topped it off with a few gold pearls.   I added a seam binding bow.  I finished with a few gold pearls and gold memory thread bow.   Please note the tiny stars in the background dp.  It mimics the stars on the tree.  Love that!

  I made the gift bag from ivory card stock and stamped the Christmas Collage stamp in versamark and gold embossed.  Cut out and adhered to the front of my bag.  This stamp is so detailed and has the perfect look.  It just completes the whole bag or card front with one stamp!  Love that!   I added some seam binding handles and a smaller Spellbinder's lacey pennant for tag that I lightly stamped in a different color with the same stamp.  I stuff the bag with a few goodies and was done!  I just fell in love with the hounds tooth print pencils I got in the dollar spot at Michael's.  I thought I would add a couple of those in just in case some of you are looking for quick and easy teacher gifts.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

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