Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ribbon Carousel...Christmas In July

It's Tuesday and I've got a double treat for you today! Not only am I bringing you a sample for this week's Ribbon Carousel challenge, Christmas in July, but this is also my sample for today's Dare To Get Dirty challenge at Splitcoast Stampers! Since you need to be a member to view and play along, I'm only allowed to give you a teaser as to what my challenge consists of. Hint...there's lot's of it on my card! Well, here's my sample, then I'll get to the nitty gritty of what's in it:

I bought this craft book last year in Florida and it just has the best ideas in it! It's from this book that I got the idea to add all of those fancy ribbons to the side of this card. I tied a length of  Divine Twine - Cherry 10 yards to the side of the card. (BTW, this is a side folded card, that's why I couldn't get it to stand up straight.) To that, I added 1/2" Ivory Woven Burlap Ribbon,  5/8" Antique Gold Satin Scalloped Edge Ribbon, 5/8" Ivory Satin Scalloped Edge Ribbon5/8" Natural Crochet Ribbon Basque Red Vintage Seam Binding , 1/4" Antique Gold Satin Center Band Ribbon,    1/4" Burgundy Satin Center Band RibbonWhite Hemp Cord, Silver Colored Wire String and 1/8" Curly Sparkling White Trim all from the Ribbon Carousel. This would actually look great as a cover for a mini-scrapbook album...hmm...I may convert it. :) I did also add some 'Ewen'Style' goodness as well, the Zva Creative flourish, some stars covered in German glass glitter and some White Opal liquid pearls. 



Wanna play along with the Ribbon Carousel's challenge and have the chance to win a prize? Read on:

We'd love for you to join us this week! Here are the details:
  • Make your NEW creation following the ribbon carousel challenge of the week. Any submissions made prior to the challenge date will be deleted. Be sure to include some type of ribbon, twine, hemp, lace....basically, anything that comes on a spool. 
  • Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, (use the keyword RCC64) with a direct link back to THIS post. Including the challenge graphic isn't a requirement, but sure is appreciated! (A participant of our very first challenge didn't link back or mention our challenge and couldn't be named Top Spool, so don't let that happen to you!)
  • Link up your creation using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post. Your image may take a little while to pop up, but don't worry, it will appear shortly.
  • Come back the Friday after the challenge ends to see if YOU are a Top Spool!
Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your day!


Stamps: Star of Wonder (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found -Union Square dp (My Mind's Eye), Vintage Cream, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: All the ribbon I listed up there, Stacking Stars (MFT), German glass glitter (SU!), CR-05CA-115 (Imposing - Smoke Crystal) Zva Creative, White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Zva Creative July DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcome you to join us for our July Blog Hop! We are happy to have you join us today today!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure head on over if you'd like to start from the top of the hop. You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way).  

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.  If you like what you see you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

My colors for July are Soft Blue/Midnight Blue. I made some cards for CHA a few weeks ago and am posting them here today:


Zva Creative products used:
CRW-05CB-142 (Flourishes- Ice Blue Crystal)
FLBK-03CB-128 (mini rose (144 stems) -7/8" or 23 mm -Peach)


Zva Creative products used:
CRS-05CB-119 (Flourish - Ice Blue Crystal)
FLBK-03CB-130 (mini rose (144 stems) -7/8" or 23 mm -Soft Blue)
FLBK-03CB-133 (sweet rose (72 stems) 1-3/8" or 35mm - White)
FLBK-03CB-128 (mini rose (144 stems) -7/8" or 23 mm -Peach)

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!
Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.
The Blog Hop starts today, July 30th and runs through 11:59pm US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, July 29th. 
The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 31st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list of where our winners will be posted will be found on Zva's blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday... plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  To increase your chances of winning:
* Comment to let us know that you posted on Facebook or "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)
* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.
* Comment to let us know that your "liked" our new page on Facebook or that you have started following Zva on Twitter.

 The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is Susan Lui. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on August 27th for our next Zva blog hop!




Card 1:
Stamps:  Words of Wisdom (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Pretty Party (Crate Paper), Night of Navy, Kraft
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Scalloped & Floral Ovals (Spellbinders), Big Scallop die (PTI), linen thread & button (SU!), paper distresser, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Card 2:
Stamps: Fabulous You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Le Chateau collection (Kaisercraft), Vintage Cream, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Antique photo corners (CTMH), silver cord, Whisper White organza ribbon & button (SU!)
Size: 5 1/2" square
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Dare to Get Dirty Challenge 2012

It's that time of year again, when the past and present Dirty girls at Splitcoast Stampers host 6 days of challenges using all sorts of different themes. Today I'm helping out "Texasgrammy" aka Bev Gerard by making a sample card. You'll have to check out the site to see what the challenge is and you have to be a member to participate. Here's my card featuring her challenge:


I should be arrested by the antique police...these flowers are made from a book from 1881 that I found in my mother's basement. I've desecrated it just to make some vintage looking flowers! I used a Heartfelt Creations Daisy die and cut out 3 different shapes of the flowers, attached them with the diamond brad and fluffed up the leaves a bit. I roughed up the edges of the patterned paper and then got a little creative with my Martha Stewart Floral Band border punch. I had done a tutorial a while ago about 'Making Martha Work for YOU' and essentially it was about customizing measurements for what you needed to make your card, not what the punch determined you could do. This is along those same lines, however, I don't have (nor do I know if they make) the corner punch for this particular design. I never let something like that stop me, so I punched out 4 strips of the design, attached the two side pieces and then aligned the top and bottom strips to the back. I added some crystal dots to each flower middle to break up the black. The final measurement on this card (the black floral band 'panel') is 4 1/2" X 6"...a little larger than the standart A2 size card. The floral design fits exactly using these parameters. 
Remember to load up your creations to the Splitcoast gallery for this specific challenge using keyword DTGD12TexasGrammy. I'll be back tomorrow with a sample card from my very own challenge, I'll hope you'll join me and play along! Just a hint...You'll have to 'bling' your A game! :)

Have a great day!



Stamps: Floral Whimsy (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Elegance dp (K & Co.), Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pumice Stone distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Bookpage flowers (Daisy die-Heartfelt Creations, gems), CR-05CA-115 (Imposing - Smoke Crystal), CRW-04CB-122 (Dots Crystal - Clear (0.3 cm & 0.5 cm) Zva Creative, Floral Band border punch (Martha Stewart), paper distresser, dauber
Size: 4 1/2"X 6"
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Viva La Verve...Amazing Grace

Hello Friday! It's my turn to host this week's Viva La Verve sketch and it's amazing to me that I always end up volunteering for the CAS sketch! This sketch itself is a CAS design, however, I did add more stuff to it, as I am famous for doing. :) You can keep it as simple as you'd like, or you can slightly bennnndddd the rules and embellish to your heart's desire. Here's my sample with my design pictured below:


I used some neglected 7 Gyspies Conservatory paper, rounded some corners, added some twine and die cuts and called it a day! The focal panel consists Verve's Amazing Grace Plain Jane stamped onto an Oval Nestability, followed by a Labels Eighteen and underneath a Floral Oval. I added some liquid pearls to show distinction between the layers. It also looked a tad sparse after that so I added some Olive Jute/Twine from the Ribbon Carousel and two Zva Creative flowers.



 Today happens to be the last sketch for the month, if you've played along all month and loaded your cards up into the gallery, you have a chance at winning big with Verve! Wanna know more?

Here's the story on the Viva La Verve challenge:

Every Friday, a Diva will post a sketch for your enjoyment. Your cards, using the sketches, must be uploaded to Splitcoast Stamper's Viva La Verve forum by the last Thursday of the month. The winner will be announced on the next day and will win a $100 gift certificate to VERVE! How awesome is that?! Just a reminder, Verve stamps are NOT required but we love to see you use them. Feel free to flip, rotate, resize, or otherwise alter the sketch as long as we can tell you USED the sketch! This month's keyword with be VLVJul2012 for the whole month of July.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Amazing Grace Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Conservatory (7 Gypsies), Always Artichoke, Vintage Cream
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Olive Jute/Twine (Ribbon Carousel), FLBK-03CB-113 (mini rose (144 stems) -11/16" or 19mm - Pink Transition), FLBK-03CB-109 (mini rose (144 stems) -1/2" or 12mm - soft blue) Zva Creative, Labels  Eighteen, Oval & Floral Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Petal Pink, Bisque Liquid Pearls (Ranger), corner rounder, dauber, dimensionals,
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

CASE Study...You're The Best Thing

Hi and welcome to this 101th CASE Study challenge! We're still drawing buku inspiration from our dear Muse this month, Kristii Lockhart and this week's no exception! Well, there is an exception...I went CAS for my card which is a departure from my normal CAC (Cluttered And Complicated). In looking at Kristii's card (pictured below mine) it should be obvious how I was inspired (then again, maybe not!):


I saw this beautiful patterned paper (in a box I had tucked away so goodness knows how old it is) and it reminded me so much of the flower cluster Kristii used as her backdrop for that cutsie little bird. Since the pattern is very busy and the background is very {un}busy...there was little that I could do to add to it. So I left my mitts off of it. (No easy task in and of itself, mind you.) I kept the 'thankful for you in my life' theme, with my stamp from Verve's All About You set, and most of the colors while changing the design, stamps and omitting the bird and medallions. 



Want to see how the other CASE Study design team members were inspired?
Here's the list of the other ladies' blog:


Here are the deets:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC101), and link it to the CASE Study blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until midnight on Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose authors of the four most impressive creations, who will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. In addition, there might be a person chosen randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor - if there is one.
We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!



Stamps: All About You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: SW Meadow (K & Co.), Kraft, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: silver pearls
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Ribbon Carousel Hops with Kraftin' Kimmie's Krew

Hey there, good morning! Today some of the Ribbon Carousel's design team is having a blog hop with the members of Kraftin' Kimmie's team. We all exchanged stamps for ribbons and we're going to showcase how we've put them together to make some fun and, hopefully, inspirational cards! I received a new release stamp from the current Birthday Trinkets set. Here's how I paired it with some textiled eye candy, aka Ribbon Carousel ribbon:


I started with a plain white base and then border punched in both black and white a Arch Scallop design. I shadowed the black behind the white and attached it to my card with dimensionals. I added pearls to the center of the wheel designs. I then layered a length of 1.5" Black/Grey/White Woven Checked Wired Ribbon and then, because I wanted to add a little spice of color, I overlayed a strip of 5/8" Burgundy Satin Pleated Ribbon followed by a small strip of pearls.  The focal panel consists of 3 Circle Nestabilities and one Lacey Circle Nestabilities. I adorned two of the circles with some liquid pearls and popped up one layer with some dimensionals.
Did you know that you could win some fine prizes by leaving just a little blog love?
Check out the details below:

The Ribbon Carousel will be giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to the store and Kraftin' Kimmie will be giving away a winner's choice of 1 stamp set or 3 individual stamps!  The winner of the GC will be revealed on the Kraftin' Kimmie blog and the winner of the Kraftin' Kimmie stamps will be announced on the Ribbon Carousel's blog!


Thanks for visiting and have a great day!



Stamps: Birthday Trinkets (Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps)
Paper: White, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  1.5" Black/Grey/White Woven Checked Wired Ribbon, 5/8" Burgundy Satin Pleated Ribbon (Ribbon Carousel), PE-02CB-101 (Dots (Pearl)- White (0.3 cm, 0.5 cm & 0.8 cm) Zva Creative, pearl lines, Arch Scallop border punch (EK Success), Circle & Lacey Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), dimensionals
Size:
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ribbon Carousel...A Brand New Day

Hi and welcome to this week's Ribbon Carousel challenge! Today we are working with an inspiration picture from Pinterest, brought to us by fellow Carousel team mate, Suzanne Dahlberg! I took the picture quite literally, in both color and design. Here's my interpretation of her lovely picture:




To make this card, I took a Floral Oval Nestability (the largest one) and taped it to my white panel. I then used daubers first in Tea Dye ink and swiped from bottom up to the middle until blended. I then turned the paper upside down and did the same thing with the Bashful Blue ink. Before removing the die, I stamped the tree image with Cocoa ink. I then removed the die and dotted the perimeter with the liquid pearls. Next, I stamped the sentiment along the bottom. Lastly I adhered a length of the Ribbon Carousel's 1.5" Champagne Net Ribbon to either edge of the image and secured with the rhinestone gem. That layer is attached to the base with dimensionals.



Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items,paper crafts, paintings! *** Be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine,lace, thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). ***


We'd love for you to join us this week! Here are the details:
  • Make your NEW creation following the ribbon carousel challenge of the week. Any submissions made prior to the challenge date will be deleted. Be sure to include some type of ribbon, twine, hemp, lace....basically, anything that comes on a spool. 
  • Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, (use the keyword RCC63) with a direct link back to THIS post. Including the challenge graphic isn't a requirement, but sure is appreciated! (A participant of our very first challenge didn't link back or mention our challenge and couldn't be named Top Spool, so don't let that happen to you!)
  • Link up your creation using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post. Your image may take a little while to pop up, but don't worry, it will appear shortly.
  • Come back the Friday after the challenge ends to see if YOU are a Top Spool!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day~



Stamps: All About You (Verve Stamps), Lovely As A Tree (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: White
Ink: Bashful Blue (SU!), Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger), Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: 1.5" Champagne Net Ribbon (Ribbon Carousel), Floral Oval die (Nestabilities), Rhinestone stickers (Recollections), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger)
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mojo Monday...Wildflower

Hey there! I've got a triple fix today, I've paired Mojo Monday's sketch with the Shabby Tea Room's inspiration photo and I've also used the ruching technique from Splitcoast's Try a New Technique challenge. Here's my card based on these 3 challenges:



I used some vintage type Graphic 45 papers, A Ladies' Diary to be exact, as my starting point. The paper has small tags contained in some of the pages so I cut them out and used them for the 3 panels. I matted each panel in black to give a bit of definition. The focal panel consists of a Floral Oval and Labels Eighteen Nestability. While the Labels Eighteen paper was still in the die and sponged the edges with some Antique Linen distress ink and then carefully outlined the inner perimeter with a fine black marker. I used a much older Verve set, Feel the Sun. The flower arrangement consists of a flower from A.C.Moore and some other smaller flowers cut off of a pick. I ruched the Moss Green Seam Binding where the leaves (or stems) would be coming out, satisfying the Try A New Technique challenge. Lastly, I added some Zva flourishes coming out from the sentiment panel.


I rotated the Mojo sketch 180ยบ so that I could have the words on those two panels exposed, but ended up covering them up anyway.

Here is the inspiration photo from the Shabby Tea Room and we also needed to use pink and a flower:



Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Stamps: Feel the Sun (Verve Stamps)
Paper: A Ladies' Diary (Graphic  45), Black, Vintage Cream
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Moss Green Vintage Seam Binding (Ribbon Carousel), CRB-04CA-115 (Delightful - Champagne Crystal) Zva Creative, flowers, Floral Ovals, Labels Eighteen Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dauber, fine tipped black marker, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/2" X 5 1/2"
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

A Portrait of Neutrals

Good Sunday morning! I've been working a lot lately which has really cut into my crafting time, but I guess that I have to be able to pay for this little addiction of mine. I had a chance today to play along with Splitcoast's Featured Stamper challenge, this week the girl of the hour is Sophie LaFontaine. I chose this card here and this is my interpretation of her work:



I kept the floral and neutral theme, however, I changed up the sentiment and removed the splashes of color. The focal frame consists of a Scalloped Square, a Fleur De Lis Square and then two plain squares. I stamped the flowers and sentiment in the middle and added liquid pearls to places that needed them. :) The floral strip consists of black satin ribbon with an overlay of a daisy strip of ribbon. I then added black pearls to the centers of each daisy. The perimeter is scored and I drew a black line around the border for a little more definition. The pearls got added after I over-drew my black lines. :) Thank goodness for pearls, I ALWAYS say!

Have a great day...I'm off the next 4 days so my goal is to crank out the crafty goodness! (Hopefully I didn't just jinx myself!)




Stamps: Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Black, White, Kraft
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Black satin ribbon, Daisy ribbon, Fleur De Lis Square, Scalloped Square & Plain Square dies (Spellbinders), White Opal Liquid Pearls, scoring board, fine tipped black marker, pearls, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Viva La Verve...It's Okay

Hi and good morning! I stayed up late last night to make a sample for this week's Viva La Verve challenge brought to us by the lovely Maureen. I didn't have a chance to prop this card up on the window sill, but here is my card using the sketch below:


I started with a beautiful patterned paper base from K & Co. I rounded the corners of the inside panels and added a big chunky 1.5" White Silk ribbon bow from the Ribbon Carousel. I added a flower that already had the pearl accents and enhanced that with the tulle spikes. The sentiment is a  Verve Plain Jane called Be Okay. I stamped that onto a Classy Label die, decorated the perimeter with some liquid pearls and attached it to an Oval Nestabilities die cut. I added a Doily lace border with a rhinestone border for just a bit of interest.



Ok, so here's the story on the Viva La Verve challenge:

Every Friday, a Diva will post a sketch for your enjoyment. Your cards, using the sketches, must be uploaded to Splitcoast Stamper's Viva La Verve forum by the last Thursday of the month. The winner will be announced on the next day and will win a $100 gift certificate to VERVE! How awesome is that?! Just a reminder, Verve stamps are NOT required but we love to see you use them. Feel free to flip, rotate, resize, or otherwise alter the sketch as long as we can tell you USED the sketch! This month's keyword with be VLVJul2012 for the whole month of July.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Be Okay Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: SW Meadow dp (K & Co.), Kraft, Vintage Cream
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Classy Label die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), 1.5" White Silk Ribbon (Ribbon Carousel), Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), flower, rhinestones, Doily Lace border punch (Martha Stewart), tulle accents, corner rounder, Silver Pearl Liquid pearls (Ranger), dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

CASE Study...Hello Friend

Welcome to this week's CASE Study challenge post! Can you believe that this is our 100th challenge? Next month kicks off our second year anniversary, so we are going to save the festivities for then. As far as today's challenge goes, we're into our third week with the ultra talented Kristii Lockhart...and wait to you see this sweetie of a card we're CASEing this week! First though, I'll show you how I was inspired by her lovely creation:


I was attracted to the charming gingham ribbon, the vintage-y lace underneath the ribbon and the "Hello Friend" sentiment. I chose to CASE those aspects while changing the design, making mine *mostly* monochromatic with the red and adding some die cuts, a doily and tying my ribbon into a different type of bow. For my card, I took a plain kraft base and added the Ribbon Carousel's  7/8" Red/Ivory Check Ribbon using this method here. Ok, well apparently the link is no longer available, but in a nutshell this is what I did: 1) Lay a length of the ribbon across the front of the card and attach to the inside cover. 2) Take the same length and make it into a loop. Put a glue dot in the middle of the inside and stick the insides together. Glue dot that down to the first strip. 3) Take 3/4 of that second length and repeat loop process again. 4) Add chotchkie (in my case a flower) to middle of bow. After that process, I add the doily, the kraft medallion, the sentiment panel and finally two Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork dies to each side. One is flipped over so that it gives a mirrored appearance for them both.



Want to see how the other CASE Study design team members were inspired?
Here's the list of the other ladies' blog:


Here are the deets:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC100), and link it to the CASE Study blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until midnight on Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose authors of the four most impressive creations, who will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. In addition, there might be a person chosen randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor - if there is one.
We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!



Stamps: Hope Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Kraft, White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  7/8" Red/Ivory Check Ribbon (Ribbon Carousel), Elegant Scrollwork die (Memory Box), Flowers from a pick, button from my mom, Petite Scallop Circle Nestability (Spellbinders), Doily, Rosette die (Alterations-Ranger), Ruby Red Liquid Pearls (Ranger)
Size:  5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

July 2012 Diva Dare

Hey there....it's been a few days since I've posted...my schedule got changed around at work and totally threw a monkey wrench into my crafting plans! I do have a card to show you for this month's Diva Dare challenge...it's been a few months since the Verve Divas have gotten together to create! This is in anticipation of Verve's 5th birthday next month, so we figured that since 5 of us (not me) Divas have birthdays this month we'd throw out a birthday themed challenge! I'll list the deets below, but first, I'll show you my card using this week's Mojo Monday sketch and the Ribbon Carousel's color challenge:


I started with My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody papers and beat them up a bit. The larger sentiment is from Verve's Hundred Hearts set. I wanted to make this a birthday card for a friend, and in addition to the birthday theme,  I also wanted to let this person know how much she means to me as well. I used Verve's A Cut Above Tiny Sweet Scallop die for the birthday portion of the sentiment. "Happy Birthday" is from the Big Wish set and the "My Friend" is actually from two different sets, the Munchkin Phrases and Friendly Phrases, respectively. Each sentiment panel is sponged with Antique Linen and matted with black to accentuate the shapes. I also used lots of ribbon from July's Ribbon Club Kit from the Ribbon Carousel. When I opened the package I couldn't believe all of the beautiful, vibrant colors that it contained! I'm not much of a bold color person, but I really like the look of these colors put together. I used some gorgeous 5/8" Teal Cotton Twill Ribbon, 5/8" Orange/Yellow Grosgrain Two Tone Ribbon and  5/8" Yellow Satin Grosgrain Double Band Ribbon for the 3 small banners that peek out from the bottom and for the larger banner, I used a length of  1" Orange/Pink Reversible Satin Stitched Edge Ribbon.  The smaller sentiment tag is also tied on with some Black Hemp Cord.


Would you like a chance to win some fabulous new VERVE GOODIES? There are two ways to win:

  1. Play along with our Birthday Diva Dare. Link up your creation (posted July 16 or later) to the linky widget below before 6:00 pm MT on Sunday, July 29. One lucky stamper will win a $30 gift certificate to the Verve Store. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we would love to see 'em!
  2. For another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout-out in the comments section as we share our birthday creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing.
Winners will be announced on Monday, July 30 on the Verve blog.


Here are the colors for this week's Ribbon Carousel challenge. (I took just a smidgen of liberties as I added some yellow, but I thought it really brightened it up.):




Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items,paper crafts, paintings! *** Be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine,lace, thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). ***


We'd love for you to join us this week! Here are the details:
  • Make your NEW creation following the ribbon carousel challenge of the week. Any submissions made prior to the challenge date will be deleted. Be sure to include some type of ribbon, twine, hemp, lace....basically, anything that comes on a spool. 
  • Load your creation up onto your blog or a public viewing forum like Splitcoast Stampers, (use the keyword RCC62) with a direct link back to THIS post. Including the challenge graphic isn't a requirement, but sure is appreciated! (A participant of our very first challenge didn't link back or mention our challenge and couldn't be named Top Spool, so don't let that happen to you!)
  • Link up your creation using the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post. Your image may take a little while to pop up, but don't worry, it will appear shortly.
  • Come back the Friday after the challenge ends to see if YOU are a Top Spool!

Thanks for hanging around for such a long post, hope you have a wonderfully crafty day!



Stamps: Hundred Hearts, Munchkin Phrases, Friendly Phrases, Big Wish (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Howdy Doody (My Mind's Eye), White, Black 
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Tiny Sweet Scallop die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), 5/8" Orange/Yellow Grosgrain Two Tone Ribbon,  5/8" Teal Cotton Twill Ribbon5/8" Yellow Satin Grosgrain Double Band Ribbon1" Orange/Pink Reversible Satin Stitched Edge RibbonBlack Hemp Cord (Ribbon Carousel), Petal Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Doily cut out (Martha Stewart), dauber, paper distresser, paper roses (Recollections), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Viva La Verve...Take Two

Here's just a little different approach to this week's Viva La Verve challenge design, presented to us by Amy. I was trying to avoid using strings for the string accents and I was trying to think outside the box as far as what could replace that accent piece. This is what I came up with:


I think that the sentiment banner is just a bit too big to be overlaying the heart die. But I just really wanted to use that verse! :)


I posted the details for the Viva La Verve challenge yesterday, but in case you missed it, here it is again:

Every Friday, a Diva will post a sketch for your enjoyment. Your cards, using the sketches, must be uploaded to Splitcoast Stamper's Viva La Verve forum by the last Thursday of the month. The winner will be announced on the next day and will win a $100 gift certificate to VERVE! How awesome is that?! Just a reminder, Verve stamps are NOT required but we love to see you use them. Feel free to flip, rotate, resize, or otherwise alter the sketch as long as we can tell you USED the sketch! This month's keyword with be VLVJul2012 for the whole month of July.

Enjoy your Saturday and thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Grateful Heart Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Le Chateau collections (Kaisercraft), Black, White, Sandy Beach (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tea Dye distress ink (Ranger) 
Accessories: Jotted Heart die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), PE-02CB-141 (Symmetrical Flourish - White), FLBK-03CB-109 (mini rose (144 stems) -1/2" or 12mm - soft blue), PEW-03CB-105 (Basic Lines Pearl - White (0.2 cm) Zva Creative, Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), silver cord (SU!),
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Viva La Verve...You Are A Joy To Me

It's finally Friday! Today is technically my Wednesday as I'm working the weekend but I've still got a Viva La Verve card to share. Amy has come up with our new sketch this week and I have to say that I was trying to wrap my brain around how to use those string lines other than for string. I gave in to the sketch today, but tomorrow I have a card for you with a slightly different interpretation of this design. I'm not quite sure which one I like best as they both have some 'unfilled' space on them, but I'm going to let that go for now. Here's today's version:



I used some Black Hemp Cord from the Ribbon Carousel to make the string lines. The sentiment is from one of my all-time favorite sets, Kind Words. I stamped that onto a Lacey Circle and before I adhered it to the bottom black circle, I marked dots in between the loops so that I could dot a bit of Liquid Pearls in the centers without having it touch the white paper. I used some majorly neglected brads (who really uses them anymore? I have every color under the rainbow and NEVER use them!) and strung the cord through the holes. My card still looked a bit naked, so I added the Zva flourish and attached this cute black tulle flower I got on clearance at Michael's.

Ok, so here's the story on the Viva La Verve challenge:

Every Friday, a Diva will post a sketch for your enjoyment. Your cards, using the sketches, must be uploaded to Splitcoast Stamper's Viva La Verve forum by the last Thursday of the month. The winner will be announced on the next day and will win a $100 gift certificate to VERVE! How awesome is that?! Just a reminder, Verve stamps are NOT required but we love to see you use them. Feel free to flip, rotate, resize, or otherwise alter the sketch as long as we can tell you USED the sketch! This month's keyword with be VLVJul2012 for the whole month of July.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  Black Hemp Cord (Ribbon Carousel),  Stitched grosgrain, CRB-04CB-102 (Triumph - Jet Crystal) Zva Creative, Circle & Lacey Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), scoring board, tulle flower, White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), brads
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

CASE Study...Hello Friend

Happy Thursday! Hope your week is winding down in a good way...mine has been crazy as I work in a pharmacy in resort town, which happens to be two blocks from the ocean. We have so many tourists come in on a daily basis full of bug bites, sunburn and ear infections. After 9 hours of that, 5 days in a row, it's no wonder I want to get my craft on! We're into our second week at CASE Study with the wonderfully talented Kristii Lockhart and to get my mojo on, I CASEd a beautiful card of hers, pictured below mine:


Here's Kristii's card pictured below. I was inspired by the "Hello" sentiment, the muted tones and the geometric design. I incorporated those elements into my card, but changed up the layout, colors and I used different die cuts:


And here's a glimpse into the method of my madness. As I was sitting at my computer staring at Kristii's lovely card, I happened to glance to my left and see this neat little stack of cast-offs from a previous card. That and some dies that fell off the shelf above my head (because THAT bin is overflowing with cast-off dies):


I stamped the Elements of Style floral design onto a piece of kraft paper and then cut it into (5) 1/2" strips. I attached them to a black panel of card stock. I then attached the circle design stamped with my sentiment and adorned with silver pearls. I adhered the black/ivory gingham ribbon and then popped the sentiment panel with some dimensionals. To that, I glued the portion of the Heartfelt Creations Bella Rose die to the top left and the Elegant Scrollwork die down to the right. The red flower was added to the middle of that mix for a spot of bright color. I tied the red from the flower in with the red panel underneath the main design panel. Lastly, I added the liquid pearls to tie into the pearls on the sentiment panel.

Want to see how the other CASE Study design team members were inspired?
Here's the list of the other ladies' blog:


Here are the deets:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC99), and link it to the CASE Study blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until midnight on Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose authors of the four most impressive creations, who will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. In addition, there might be a person chosen randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor - if there is one.
We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!



Stamps: Hope Blooms (Verve Stamps), HCPC 3390 Bella Rose Leaves PreCut Set (Heartfelt Creations), Elements of Style (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: 7/8" Black/Ivory Check Ribbon (Ribbon Carousel), Elegant Scrollwork die (Memory Box), HCD 712 Bella Rose Die (Heartfelt Creations), silver pearls, Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), paper flower (Recollections), dimensionals 
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

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