Sunday, October 31, 2010

Simple Snowflakes

Hi everyone!  I had a chance to play along with this week's Fall to Layout (FTL114) challenge.  Pretty cool layout and I thought Verve's snowflakes from Glad Tidings would work perfectly.  I also used some of my snowflake sequins
My plan was to do blue snowflakes on white cardstock and then the opposite of white snowflakes on blue cardstock.  But my blue card got all crooked, so I trimmed out the stamped part and mounted it to a white base.  Still turned out pretty cool!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Glad Tidings
Ink - Bashful blue and Night of Navy
Paper - white, bashful blue
Accessories - snowflake sequin (Cartwright Sequins), silver pearls (Recollections, score-pal


Friday, October 29, 2010

Verve Winter Release day!

Hi everyone!  Today is Verve's Winter Release day!  Yahooo!  Tonight after the Release party on SCS, the sets will be available for purchase.  The party starts at 6pm (Pacific time) and I hope to see you there.
Did you SEE THE BIG NEWS?  Verve is releasing DIES!!  Yep!  Dies designed by Julee?  Does it get any better?????  I am sooo happy!  Starting with this release, Verve is adding a new line of coordinating dies called A Cut Above Dies by Verve to our offerings!.  This release was scheduled for two new dies, but due to a manufacturing error, only one die is ready for tonight's release.  The Sweet Scallop Tag Die has two coordinating stamps  (the single Sweet Scallop Tag stamp as well as the snowflake tag stamp from Glad Tidings).

BE SURE to check out the Verve blog's post to get all the packaging details about the dies.  They COME WITH THEIR OWN PACKAGING!  My card uses the new Sweet Scallop die and the snowflake tag and snowflake images from, Glad Tidings. I highlighted the snowflakes with a red copic marker and then added red stickles. The sentiment is from Merry Wishes.  The ribbon is red Wrinkled ribbon and is tied into a double bow.
Here is a list of the Divas who have Spotlight samples to share today.  As usual, one lucky random commenter will be winning all the stamps spotlighted today!

1. Laurie
2. Charmaine
3. Lynda
4. Mercy
5. Amy
6. Shannan
7. Michelle -this is me!
8. Jackie
9. Teresa
10. Sankari
11. Tosh
12. Jen T.
13. Amber
14. Jen d.
15. Andrea
16. Julee

Thanks for stopping by!!  Enjoy the peeks and see you tonight!!

**I posted the wrong card on this post for several hours.  It's been changed to the snowflake tag card, sooooo if you see comments describing a different card don't be confused!  They are not crazy, I was -lol!!**

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Verve Winter Spotlights - Day 4

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Day 4 of the Winter release spotlights!  Today we are spotlighting the fabulous set, Glad Tidings.  This set has 3 wonderful snowflakes, another cool tag image, a wreath and 14 sentiments!   Trust me, YOU WILL LOVE THIS SET!
My card is super quick and easy, and (bonus) this will mail easily.  I used the FTL113 sketch and I think it worked perfectly for the snowflakes.  I stamped them in black, colored them with a couple blue copic markers and punched them out.  They can easily be dressed up with stickles, rhinestones, etc, but I kept it really simple with a couple scored lines and 3 rhinestones by the sentiment.

It's hard to tell in the picture but that is NOT black cardstock, it is SHINY silver.  Which, by the way, is next to impossible to photograph.  Oh well...

Here is a list of the Divas who have Spotlight samples to share today.  As usual, one lucky random commenter will be winning all the stamps spotlighted today!

1. Amy
2. Jackie
3. Mercy
4. Michelle -this is me!
5. Lynda
6. Charmaine
7. Laurie
8. Tosh
9. Sankari
10. Teresa
11. Jen T.
12. Andrea
13. Amber
14. Julee

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the peeks!!

Card Deets:
Stamps -  Glad Tidings, Holiday Phrases
Ink - Memento Tuxedo black
Paper - white, bashful blue and shiny silver cs
Accessories - copic markers, blue rhinestones, score-pal, square punch


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Verve Winter Release spotlights - Day 3

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Day 3 of the Verve Winter release spotlights!  Today we are spotlighting the FABULOUS sets, Merry Wishes (a delightful set of 13 sentiment and 6 image stamps) and Sweet Scallop Tag (a fantastic tag shaped stamp, shown on my Day 1 post).

I have 2 cards to share today.   My first card uses a sentiment from Merry Wishes -the fonts in this set are perfect and can carry a card on their own!  The pattern paper is from MME, the I Believe collection.  I have been seeing this clever corner punched square design all over and decided to try it myself.  I like how this turned out!  It would be just as cute and quicker to make by eliminating the brown matting layers.  I loves me some quick Christmas card designs!!
Next up is a card that uses two sizes of the holly branch image, also from Merry Wishes.  I colored them with a red copic marker and then added red stickles.  The sentiment is the JOY plain Jane that we spotlighted on Day 1.  The pattern paper is from Cosmo Cricket, Mitten Weather.
Here is a list of the Divas who have Spotlight samples to share today.  As usual, one lucky random commenter will be winning all the stamps spotlighted today!

Happy hopping!
1. Charmaine 8. Teresa
2. Michelle 9. Sankari
3. Lynda10. Tosh
4. Jackie11. Susan
5. Laurie12. Amber
6. Mercy13. Andrea
7. Amy14. Julee

Be sure to leave some comments along the way for a chance to win!

The release party will be Friday on Verve forum on SCS.  The fun starts at 6pm Pacific - I'll be getting the family take-out dinner and will be ready to party!  Hope to see you there.

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned for more spotlights tomorrow!!


Monday, October 25, 2010

Verve Winter Release Spotlights -Day 1

Hi everyone!  This is such a happy week for me.  It's Verve's Winter release week!!  Each day we will be spotlighting new sets that will be released on Friday.  There WILL be a release party for this release on Verve forum on SCS.  The fun starts at 6pm Pacific, I'll be getting the family take-out dinner and will be ready to party!  Hope to see you there.

Today we are spotlighting the Plain Janes and the mini sets in the release.
The Plain Janes are: Christmas Blessings and JOY to the World
The mini sets are: Winter Mittens (a cute set based on the freebie digi download from last year's Christmas release) and Friendly Phrases, Holiday Phrases and Munchkin Phrases these 3 sets have 5 cute sentiments in them!

My card uses the set, Winter Mittens.  I pieced the mittens with designer paper from KaiserCraft 6x6 Be Merry collection which was also used for the layers.  I stamped the sentiment directly on the card base.  I love this layout because you can totally use up those designer paper scrap strips that you get from cutting the 6x6 down to fit on a card! 

Here is a list of the Divas who have Spotlight samples to share today.  As usual, one lucky random commenter will be winning all the stamps spotlighted today!

Happy hopping!

1. Lynda8. Sankari
2. Michelle (me!)9. Tosh
3. Mercy10. Susan
4. Amy11. Amber
5. Shannan12. Jen d.
6. Laurie13. Andrea
7. Teresa14. Julee

Be sure to leave some comments along the way
for a chance to win!
Have fun and we'll see ya tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of peeks!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Winter Mittens, sweet scallop die stamp
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Kraft and white cs, Be Merry PP (KaiserCraft)
Accessories - baker's twine, scallop trim border punch (SU!), green rhinestones (Zva Creative Round Wheel), 1/2" wrinkled red ribbon (May Arts), sweet scallop die, dotted embossing folder


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ippity Stamps SALE!

Hi everyone!  I need more room in my craft area, sooooo.....
I decided to have an Ippity Stamps inventory sale!

I have reduced the prices on ALL IPPITY STAMPS IN MY INVENTORY!

All sets normally $18 are now only $16
All sets normally $15 are now only $13.50
All sets normally $8.50 are now only $7.50
All sets normally $6 are now only $5.25

AND, I will include FREE with every order 5 sheets of 6x6 designer paper!  Papers will be chosen from Basic Grey or My Mind's Eye.

For pictures of all the sets in my inventory, click on my BUY {IPPITY} HERE TAB AT THE TOP OF MY BLOG.
The stamps are red rubber mounted on cling and can be used with any acrylic block.  They are die cut, so no cutting required!

Here are pictures of my top 5 favorite sets:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!


Friday, October 22, 2010

A Proper Gentleman to the rescue

Hi everyone!  I had a chance to play along with this week's SCS sketch challenge.  I really liked this one!  I had a birthday card to make for my dad, so I used this to get me motivated.  You see, I stress every year about making cards for my dad (here is the card I made in 2007, my post from 2008, and post from 2010).  SERIOUSLY I really struggle.  I searched my stamp sets for something to use that I haven't ALREADY used multiple times, when I got the idea to pull out my Graphic 45, A Proper Gentleman 8x8 pad!
My card has no stamping!   I only used pattern papers from Graphic 45.   I also used some of my much neglected 1.5" wide striped grosgrain which I found was a perfect match with the fine linen cardstock.  The sketch called for an oval, but I changed it to a rectangle to accommodate the trio of oldie cars.
I was really torn on adding the buttons, but I tried all kinds of different stuff for the "circle panel" of the sketch, but nothing worked.  In general, buttons are borderline girlie, but I thought by sticking to masculine colors and threaded them with black floss it would work.  And I am surprised, but I think it did!
So, this was mailed off and I really hope he likes it.  Thanks for stopping by, have a great Friday!!

Card Deets:
Paper - Black, Fine Linen (PTI)
Accessories - Striped grosgrain ribbon, buttons, black floss (DMC), swiss dots EF


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Technique Tuesday October Guest Designer

Hi everyone!  I have some fun news- I am a Guest Designer for Technique Tuesday this month!  I am having so much fun playing around with their amazing stamps!!!

You may or may not know that I have been using their stamps for a LOOOOONG time.  Here is a link to a card I made in March 2007 and here is a link to another one I made shortly thereafter.  Yeesh, isn't it SCARY to see the cards we FIRST make?  These were made when I was brand new at stamping!

Anyway, I have a couple projects to share today.  First up is a set of CAS thank you cards made from the Thanks for Everything set which uses square note cards I bought on clearance at Craft Warehouse.  Set of 8 WITH envelopes for 50 cents -what a deal!!  Here is what they looked like before, what I love about these note cards is the various colored polka dots -lots options to dress them up!
Here is one that I dressed up with some 1.50" pink silk ribbon, a button and a strip of cardstock.  I colored in the sentiment with copic markers. 
This one uses the solid image stamped in Soft Suede.  I colored the border with a green Copic marker and added some of the little punched flowers I am so fond of.
The last one uses some white wrinkled ribbon, another button, some cardstock and the large solid Thanks sentiment.  Aren't these fun?!?
Next up is a quick baby card using the set, Sweet Baby by Ali Edwards.  This card uses a sentiment and fun pattern papers from October Afternoon's Ducks in a Row.  The border was made from the punch, Garden Flower Chain.  Yep, I used those little flowers again.  What can I say?  THEY ARE CUTE!

Lastly, I have a Christmas card using the AMAZING Good Cheer set by Ali Edwards.  LOVE the sentiments in this set.  It looks good on a tag, don't cha think?!?  The pattern paper is MME, I Believe.
That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stay tuned next week for the TT DT challenge -I get to play along!  Have a great day.


Monday, October 18, 2010

I feel pretty, oh so pretty!

Hi everyone!  I finally have the SU Pretties Kit!  Yep, I have had my eye on this kit since it debuted a couple years ago, but it was just too expensive for me.  Well, no more -it's now on the SU Clearance rack for just $12!  I snagged this beauty for myself last week -and it IS so pretty!  I get my SU goodies from my demo friend, Kari Linder.

Here's my first card I made using the kit.  Ironically, I really struggled with this card!!  Like 4 hours struggle!  The large flower is bigger than I thought and for some reason I had trouble with a layout.  Anyway, here is my card.  I used a wedding sentiment from Verve's Love Story, and some pattern papers from Webster's Pages, Garden Gala.  The prima in the center is from the Athena flowers collection in Aurora Pink.
Next up I have a card using the adorable Harvest Birds Plain Jane set and sentiment from Autumn Splendor.  Aren't these little guys the cutest??  I added some bling to the tails and for the eyes.  My layout is from Julee's World Card Making Sketch #2. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets (wedding):
Stamps - Love Story
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Paper - White, blush blossom, Garden Gala PP
Accessories - Swiss dots EF, Kaiser pearls and Jute String (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), scallop trim border punch (EK Success), SU pretties kit, Prima flower, large oval punch

Card Deets (birds):
Stamps - Harvest Birds Plain Jane
Ink - Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie (SU!)
Paper - Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Dotty Biscotti PP (PTI)
Accessories - Chocolate twill ribbon, orange zest button (both PTI), oval nesties, brown striped baker's twine (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friends with Flair Friday

Hi everyone and welcome to Friends with Flair!  OK, so here is the deal.  I got totally confused with the days of the week when I signed up for FWF.  I thought Thursday was WEDNESDAY.  Sooooo, long story short, I realized -panic stricken- that I had to make a card, photograph and blog it LATE Thursday night.  Sigh... one day I will BE as organized and I think I am!!  LOL!

Angela has the master list of all the 50 designers participating in the FWF this week, so take a lookie at the Unity Blog for links to all the Unity goodness.

My card uses the September KOM, When I am With You.  I really tried to get those cutie leaves images to work on this card, but it was just NOT happenin', so I ended up only stamping a sentiment, but I like how this turned out.
The pattern paper is from Webster's Pages, Garden Gala and the ribbon is 1/4" sapphire silk.  That amazing rose looks like Prima, but at 1/2 the cost -it is by Reflections from Michael's!! 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card Deets:
Stamps: September KOM, When I am With You (Unity Stamp Co.)
Paper: Kraft and Webster's Pages Garden Gala  PP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1/4" sapphire silk ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon store), red rose by Reflections, scallop edge border punch by SU!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Stamp Simply October blog hop

 Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store October blog hop!  

This month's theme It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year -CHRISTMAS.  The new Christmas papers out this year are AMAZING!  I love them all -Cosmo Cricket, Webster's Pages, Imaginisce.  My card uses the papers from Kaiser Craft, Be Merry.  I love Kaiser paper pads because not only so some of the papers have glitter BUT there are die cuts in the back.  The striped scalloped piece is a border die cut.  The cutie Snowman is my favorite image from JustRite Stamper's set, Groovy Snowman.  You will notice the close up picture I took was NOT of my snowman -unfortunately, my coloring was not the best and I shuddered when I saw it up close -LOL!
 Have you SEEN Sharon's new Stamp Simply kits??  
They. Are. Fabulous.
She has made 2 new Christmas kits that will make your Christmas card making this year a snap!  The papers, ribbons and bling is all chosen and coordinated for you.
As with all of our monthly hops, there is hidden blog candy along the way!!  Be sure to check out my fellow DT's Christmas creations and leave a little love along the way.  One random commenter will win a fabulous prize -$50 of ribbon of your choosing!  THUD.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Hippity Hop Monday

Hi everyone!  It's Monday and I had a chance to play along with the H{ippity} Hop!!  It's been a busy month with Verve having 2 releases -the Fall collection just released and Christmas is in a couple weeks.  But, I took some time to play with one of my old Ippity Stamp sets, Life's Little Moments.  This set was from the first release and although geared towards scrapbooking, has lots of images that are perfect for cards!

My card uses Jen's Sketch for you To Try and some paper and goodies from K&Company, the Olivia Rose collection!  This collection has a totally fun and whimsical feeling to it and Ippity was a perfect match!  AND...see that strip of daisy flowers?  Yep -my new toy!  A jumbo border punch called Garden Flower Chain from EK Success.  This is really cool, I have never had a punch that punched both sides before and I love it!!
Here is a detail picture.
Be sure to go to the {ippity} blog to see the master list of all the players with Ippity goodness for you today.  Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned tomorrow for the October Stamp Simply Ribbon store blog hop!

Card Deets:
Stamps - Life Little Moments (Ippity)
Ink - Black
Paper - White,
Accessories  - felt accents, rectangle nesties, Garden flower chain jumbo punch (EK Success), pink rhinestones (Tiny Twinkles), circle punch and scalloped circle punch (SU!)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Verve Autumn Release Spotlights: Day 3 -RELEASE day!

 Hi everyone!  Welcome to Day 3 of Verve's Autumn 2010 New Release Spotlights!!  Today we are spotlighting the amazing set, Bountiful Harvest.  This is a set of 17 stamps, yes -17 stamps!!  There are several pumpkin images, a pumpkin turkey and 8 amazing sentiments.  

Like all the sets you have seen so far, you will LOVE this set too!!

My first card uses the pumpkin turkey image.  I pieced all his parts from the Cosmo Cricket, Wanted 6x6 paper pad.  The sentiment is from Happy Fall and I used another one of Julee's WCMD - Release day sketches!  I made those little flowers again -not only are they cute, but I finally use one of the trio of mini punches from SU that have been collecting dust!  lol!
This card uses a trio pumpkins image, I love how Julee drew stars at the top.  How cute is that?  Me likey!!  I colored everything with my copic markers and used some of my satin edged organdy ribbon that I haven't used in forEVER!

Today is RELEASE day!  The sets will go live at the Verve Stamps store for purchase at 11am PST!!  So, happy shopping!!

Here's the link list of the Divas who are playing in today's spotlight hop. Check out our first looks at Bountiful Harvest:
1. Mercy 8. Amy
2. Charmaine 9. Susan
3. Michelle 10. Andrea
4. Jen D. 11. Jackie
5. Tosh 12. Sankari
6. Teresa 13. Amber
7. Lynda 14. Julee
                                                                                  15. Laurie
Be sure to leave some comments along the way for a chance to win!
Deadline for comment entries is 10PM Mountain Friday, October 8.  Winners will be announced on the Verve Blog along with the winners from our Release Week Challenges on Saturday.  Have fun and thanks for stopping by!