Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Feelin' Love with the Card Concept Challenge

Morning blog friends and welcome to the Card Concept's second challenge for January! I've used the graphic below to make a card in my customary shabby/chic style, though this time I also used the colors shown in the picture:


I started off with pulling out some of Authentique's Lovely collection of papers, scruffed up the edges (as well as inking them) and added a bunch of cute accents...namely Zva Creative crystals, heart stick pins & chipboard, tulle pieces and a little homemade paper heart. You can see how I made that heart  here. The sentiment is from Verve's Love Notes stamp set.




Here is a reminder of the rules if you'd like to join in the fun:

1. Use the challenge to create a card
2. Choose one of the design team "styles" to create your card. Click HERE for a summary of the different styles.
3. Explain in your post which style you used. 
4. Link to your blog post for this challenge only, not your whole blog. 
5. Comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. Everyone loves comments!

Thanks for joining me today and enjoy your day!




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy Anniversary Card Concept Challenge!

Morning blog friends and Happy New Year! I was recently invited by the super sweet Lesley Croghan to participate in The Card Concept's one year anniversary challenge...and of course I accepted! The basis of the challenge is to make a creation in one of the styles illustrated on the blog, based on an inspiration picture. I'll be representing the Shabby/Chic style for the month of January. Here's my card, followed by the inspiration picture:


I started off with Prima's Romance Novel collection of papers. I loved the way the pink flowers were set upon the vintage sepia background. I then placed the big white flower over a kraft doily. Then, I went crazy. I just started added whatever flowers/pearls/stamens/ leaves I could find floating around on my desk. I tuck everything, pretty much, behind the big flower and work around it. The sentiment is from Verve's On Occasion set and I adhered it to a sweet wooden heart. The edges are all distressed and I chose to for-go a mat.

Here's the inspiration pic:




Here is a reminder of the rules if you'd like to join in the fun:

1. Use the challenge to create a card
2. Choose one of the design team "styles" to create your card. Click HERE for a summary of the different styles.
3. Explain in your post which style you used.
4. Link to your blog post for this challenge only, not your whole blog.
5. Comment on the card ahead of you and behind you in the linky. Everyone loves comments!


Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: On Occasion (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Romance Novel (Prima)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Kraft doily, flowers, leaves, pearls, paper distresser, White Opal liquid pearls, wooden heart, vintage lace
Size: 5" X 6"
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Prettiest Paper Flowers and a Verve Hop


Hello blog friends! Welcome to Verve's Holiday Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas and special guests are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using our Holiday Release stamps & dies! Besides a look-see at some really lovely cards, there's also a comment prize up for grabs!
Here are some super pretty paper flowers that you can coordinate with any project! Take a look:


I used the Light My World set for this Christmas beauty. The flowers are made with a Posy die and stacked/crinkled to give them dimension. 

Day 3 Hop List

1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Laurie8. Teresa
3. Chaitali9. Andrea
4. Marisa10. Christyne
5. Amber11. Maureen
6. Diana12. Nancy






Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random
commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift voucher
to the Verve online store! So be sure to leave a little comment on all
the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today
for all the details!


Thanks for stopping by!

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November Diva Dare

Morning friends! It's my turn to post a card on the Verve blog for this month's Diva Dare...visions of vellum. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch as my inspiration:


This set is called Pinecone Christmas. The papers are from Crate Paper's Portrait collection. I added the big poinsettia to tie in the Christmas theme. All edges are sponged with Walnut Stain distress ink and I also added a sweet little twine bow.


Here's this week's sketch: 
Check out the Verve blog for all the details!

Thanks for stopping by and wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!


Stamps: Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamp)
Paper: Portrait (Crate Paper), Early Espresso, Natural White, vellum
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH), Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Poinsettia flower, twine, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X  5 1/2"
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Verve Release Day Hop

It's release day at Verve and we're celebrating with Day 4 of our November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  Have you enjoyed the spotlights we've been sharing this week? Well, the wait is over and everthing previewed this week is available in the Verve online store now! And to cap off this release, we're giving away the entire release to one lucky commenter along today's hop, so come along with us as we share one last look-see at our holiday spotlights!
Today's spotlight is on the November 2014 Release Collection, so grab a treat and hop along!



For this card I wanted to highlight an uplifting sentiment and accent it with the ornate cross. I stamped the cross image on a piece of Natural white paper and then cut out the design. I then used the die to mat the image and give it a bit of depth. 


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE November 2014 Release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the shopping and prize info and deadlines!

November 2014 Collection

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Laurie9. Teresa
3. Chaitali10. Andrea
4. Marisa11. Christyne
5. Amber12. Nancy
6. Diana13. Maureen
7. Charmaine14. Janelle

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


Stamps: Weary World (Verve Stamps)
Paper: A Gift for You (Maja Design), Black, Natural White
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Starry Stable dies (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Black Onyx Liquid pearls (Ranger), lace, pearls, Whimsey Circle die (Memory Box, Inc.)
Size: 4 1/2" X 5 1/2"
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Verve's New Release November 2014 Spotlight Hops

Welcome back to Day 3 of Verve's November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting the new holiday release! And the wait is almost over... everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store tomorrow (Thursday, 11/20). So come hop along with us and see our first looks at today's featured products!
Today's spotlight is shining on the Weary World set and Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane illustrated by Julee Tilman, as well as the coordinating Starry Stable Die Set.


I was in the mood for a little snow (not in real life, though) so I decided to pair this warm, uplifting sentiment with some cool colors and wintry accents. The snowflakes are wooded and to the smaller ones, I added Verve's Holiday Sequin Mix gold colored sequins. I wanted to tie in the gold letters and the gold jingle bells. I also wanted to add some silver accents as well, so I added a second bow in silver twine and silver liquid pearls to the sentiment panel. The sentiment is stamped on one of Verve's A Cut Above dies, this one is the inside frame to the Rounded Scallop Frame die.

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products, an introduction of our 2 fabulous guest divas, and all the prize info and deadlines!

Weary WorldStarry Stable Die Set
Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Laurie9. Teresa
3. Chaitali10. Andrea
4. Marisa11. Christyne
5. Amber12. Nancy
6. Diana13. Maureen
7. Charmaine

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!



Stamps: Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Winter Fun (Carta Bella), Creamy Caramel, White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Holiday Sequin Mix (Verve) Rounded Scallop Frame die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), jingle bells, Pool Party seam binding (Stampin' Up!), silver twine, wooden snowflakes, paper distresser, Silver liquid pearls (Ranger)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Verve's New Release November 2014 Spotlight Hop

Welcome back to Day 2 of Verve's November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting the new holiday release! Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Thursday, 11/20. So come hop along with us and see what's new at Verve!
Today's spotlight is shining on the Pinecone Christmas set illustrated by Chaitali Narla and the coordinating Poinsettia Pinecones Die Set.


These pine cone boughs are just the cutest! I added my image to some festive papers, tacked on a sweet gingham bow adorned with a jingle bell and outlined the focal image with some liquid black pearls. I distressed/inked the edges and layered a bit of distressed gauze underneath...for just a little more shabbiness.


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Pinecone Christmas

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Laurie8. Stacey
3. Chaitali9. Teresa
4. Marisa10. Andrea
5. Amber12. Nancy
6. Diana

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!


Stamps: Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamps)
Paper: A Gift For You (Maja Design), Natural White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Chocolate, Cocoa, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Gingham ribbon, lace, twine, gauze, black onyx liquid pearls, velvet jingle bell, paper distresser, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
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