Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dare to get Dirty ~ Distressing with Christina

My goodness!! August is just around the corner!! This summer is just flying by!! Well, I'm excited to be sharing some "Dare To Get Dirty" challenge cards the next few days. Today, I made a sample for Christina - aka: cmf1216 on Splitcoast Stampers. Her challenge was distressing. If you've frequented my blog enough, you'll know I LOVE both ink and paper distressing, so I used both on my card. :)

The sentiment is from the Verve set Words Cannot Express, the dp is Journey by Authentique, and the butterfly is a die from Marianne Design. Notice the little clothes pin? I added some glitter to it to bling it up a bit. I love me some sparkle!! I also added some sparkle to the butterfly with Versamark and Iridescent Ice ep by Stampin' Up!.

Well, that's it for today. Check back tomorrow to see a card I made with a Sketch designed by Amber ~ aka: AmberDawn on Splitcoast Stampers. I love me a good sketch!!

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Stamps: Words Cannot Express (Verve)
Paper: Journey (Authentique), Smokey Gray and White (PTI)
Ink: Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress), Onyx Black (Versafine), Versamark
Accessories: Butterfly die (Marianne design), Flower (Prima), Seam Binding (MemrieMare), Button (PTI), Natural Burlap String (May Arts), Close pin, Silver Glitter, Sewing Machine, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter), Iridescent ice ep (Stampin' UP!), Border Punch (EK Success)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Viva la Verve August Week 1

Hello my stamping friends!! Are you ready for the weekend? I know I am. Today, though, I have a card, to share with you, that I made using Amber's sketch for the first Viva la Verve sketch for August. I used a sentiment from, the recently released Verve set, Words Cannot Express.

I stamped the sentiment with Vintage Sepia Versafine onto Fine Linen cs by Papertrey Ink, and diecut it with the Spellbinders' Tags 5 die. I then ink distressed the inside, while it was still in the die, with Pumice Stone Ranger Distress Ink.

I ink distressed the Kaisercraft wood heart with Pumice Stone ink as well, and added a trio of Kaisercraft rhinesones to the corner. The rhinestone studded tulle is from Prima, the seam binding ribbon is from MemrieMare, the Icy White Metallic String is from Pizzaz a Plenty, and the button is from PTI. Lastly, the paper is Conservatory by 7 gypsies.

That's it for today's card. I have many more to share with you next week, since it's SOAP week for Waltzingmouse, and there are Dare To Get Dirty challenges over on Splitcoast Stampers. (That's why I've been MIA for the last week...I've had a lot to get done for the first week of August.)

Be sure to stop by the Verve Forum to see the samples the other Divas have made, and to learn more about the Viva la Verve challenges.

Have a super weekend!!
Happy Stamping!!

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Stamps: Words Cannot Express (Verve)
Paper: Fine Linen and Ripe Avocado (PTI), Conservatory (7 Gypsies)
Ink: Vintage Sepia (Versafine), Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress Ink)
Accessories: Ribbon (Prima, MemrieMare, and Pizzaz a Plenty), Button (PTI), Heart and Rhinestones(Kaisercraft), 5 Tags die (Spellbinders), Sewing Machine

Friday, July 22, 2011

Verve Diva Dare for July

(Click on the photo to see how much the Tag frame really sparkles)

It's my turn for the Diva Dare over on the Verve Blog today. The theme this month is "Sentimental about Paper". The challenge is to use sentiments (no images), with some of our favorite decorative paper. Head on over there for close-ups of the sentiments, and more details on how you can join the challenge.

You could win some Verve stamps too!!! Here's how:
  1. Play along with us and link up your new Sentimental About Paper creation (posted July 15 or later) to the linky widget on the Diva Dare Day 1 post before 9PM Mountain on Sunday, July 31. One lucky stamper will win a $30.00 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 Sentimental About Paper creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing! Winners will be announced on Monday, August 1 right here on the Verve blog.
Now it's YOUR turn! We DARE you to show us your creations!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teapot Tuesday Riddle

It's time for another Teapot Tuesday Challenge, and this week's destination is for a young teenager who's been through quite a lot. His name is Jake, and he's scheduled for surgery #17 . Click HERE to learn more about Jake. For the challenge, we were encouraged to make a cheerful card with happy images, jokes, or riddles. I included a riddle that, according to my kids, is perfect for a teenage boy. Although I went....ewwwwwww. You can see why when you read the answer below.

I hope this brings a smile to Jake's face. :)

That's it for today folks. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a wonderful week!
Happy Stamping!

Card Supplies:

Stamps: None
Paper: Boo Crew Stripe (BoBunny), Black, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Orange Zest and White (PTI)
Ink: None
Accessories: Standard Circle, Star and Long Rectangle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders), Computer for sentiments, Hole punch, Border Punch (EK Success)

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Couture Birthday

It's that time again. Time to Waltz with friends of Waltzingmouse!! How delishesly fun!! Just click on the image above, and it will take you to the Waltzingmouse ball room (or forum :).

This month's theme is a Birthday party, so I decided to mix it up a bit with a variety of WMS images. These are the sets I used: Frame it, Eat Cake, and You're Lovely.

The dp I used, for the card and the pieced dress, is Journey by Authentique. I also used a Prima Rose (Which I added some Silver Ice Stickles to) and leaves, some Maya Road tickets and a stick pin, and some Zva Creations and I-Rock rhinestones. All the papers were ink distressed with Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress Ink), and Onyx Black (Versafine). Here's a close up of the Couture dress. I added some tear drop Zva Creative Rhinestones to the bottom of the bodice. LOVE this image Claire has designed!

That about sums it up ya'll. Thank you so much for dropping by. Hope you're having a fantastic weekend!!

Happy Stamping!

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Frame it, Eat Cake, and You're Lovely.
Paper: Journey (Authentique), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Rhinestones (Zva Creative and I-Rock), Rose and leaves (Prima), Tickets and Stick Pin (Maya Road), Seam binding Ribbon (MemreMaire), Buttons (PTI), Silver Cording
(May Arts)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Summery Birthday Treat

It's time for another CCEE Stamper's Blog Challenge, and this week we were challenged to make a card/project with an ice cream image or sentiment since it's National Ice Cream Day July 17.

Well, since I don't own any ice cream images, I decided to make my own cone with a template by Linsey Rickett that I found on the Scor-Pal website. She calls them Ice cream cups.

See the sweet medallion I attached? I made it with a JustRite set called Elegant Charms. I love them. There are a variety of shapes and sentiments, and they come in handy for packages, or just to dress up a card. I got mine at Stamper's Dream.

To get the cone texture, I embossed it with the bottom portion of the Sizzix Embossing Folder Thank You Set #5, and lightly sanded it.

The ice cream portion of the cone was made with felt, and I added some Burlap String and a sweet little button.

Thanks so much for stopping. Be sure to check out the CCEE Stamper's Blog to see what summery treats the other gals are sharing.

Happy Stamping!

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Elegant Charms (JustRite)
Paper: Webster's Pages Holiday Collection
Ink: Latte and French Roast (Amuse), Old Paper (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Cone Template (Scor-Pal), Charm Dies (JustRite Custom die from Spellbinders), Sizzix Embossing Folder, Sewing Machine, Burlap String (May Arts), Button (PTI), Felt (Prairie Point Junction)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Christmas in July

(Click on the photo for a closer view)

I have another card to share with you today, that I made with images from the JustRite set Christmas Trimmings. You can get JustRite images, as well as a plethora of fun stamping and scrapping supplies, from Stamper's Dream. I stamped the wreath and garland directly onto the Webste's dp, colored them with Copics, and diecut them with Labels 15 from Spellbinders. I just love the holly leaves and berries. And the bow is separate so you can attach it wherever you please. This set has a wonderful variety of images to play with.

The dp is all from Webster's Pages Holiday Collection; including the bird. I just glued the dp to cardstock to make it strong, and cut him out. Lastly, I just sewed around the panels and added a couple of buttons.

That's it.
Thanks for dropping by!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Teapot Tuesday: Birds and Daisies

Hello!! Happy Tuesday!! I'm excited to share a card with you today that I made with JustRite images that I got from Stamper's Dream. I LOVE birds, bird cages, bird houses...well, anything to do with birds. So when I saw these charming birdcages from the JustRite set Spread your wings, I knew I had to have them. I combined the birdcage with a sentiment from the JR set Elegant Charms. I love it when I can mix and match sets.

Now, this card was made for this week's Teapot Tuesday challenge, and is going to a sweet lady named Rita who has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer. She loves birds (a gal after my own heart), and the teapot we were to use had daisies on it, so we were to include 3 daisies, birds, and bees. Do you see the bees? No? Well, they're hiding behind the flowers. *grin* back door for

The medallion in the center of the ribbon was made with Silver Viva Decor gel and a Silicone button mold.

Now, before anyone says anything, I do realize the gray ruler is upside down. Well, that's the way they made the dp. There was a bright yellow "right-side-up" ruler underneath which I originally had, but decided to cover it up because it was blinding me in the photo. Since the card was all sewed up, there was no way to change the upside down ruler...*sigh*...handmade ya know. lol

That's it for today ya'll. Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see what I've come up with with some more JustRite images.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you're having a fantastic week!

Happy Stamping!!

Card Supplies:
Stamps: Spread your wings, Elegant Charms (JustRite)
Paper: Blissful (Authentique), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Pumice (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Circle and Big Scallop Circle die (Spellbinders), Ribbon, Silicone Button Mold, Silver Viva Decor Gel, Daisy punches (Punch Bunch), Buttons (PTI), Chipboard Bird (Maya Road), Rhinestones (I-Roc), Lace (Wild Orchid Crafts), sewing Machine

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sweet Baby

This past weekend, Verve released 3 new sets: New Mercies, Words Cannot Express, Small Phrases, along with 3 Plain Janes: Phillipians 1:6, Life is Good, Light Tomorrow, and they're fabulous. I took all the baby themed sentiments from the Small Phrases set, laid them out on a clear block, and stamped them with Versamark across my panel. I then heat embossed them with White ep, and sponged Tattered Rose Ranger Distress Ink over them.

To finish the card, I scored a border panel with my Scor-Buddy, diecut the border with a Lattice border die by Spellbinders, added a few pearls and buttons along with some ribbon and Bakers twine.

That about sums my card up for today. Be sure to stop by the Verve Blog to see all the diva favorites for this release.

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Stamping!


Stamps: Small Phrases (Verve)
Paper: White (PTI)
Ink: Versamark, Spun Sugar (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Lattice Borderabilities (Spellbinders), Buttons (PTI), Ribbon (American Crafts), Twine (Twinery), White embossing powder, Scor-Buddy, Pearls (Kaisercraft)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Verve Spotlight Hop Day 3 ~ Small Phrases

TODAY'S Featured Set:

plus the Philippians 1:6, Light Tomorrow and Life is Good PJ's

It's the final day of the Verve Spotlighting. Have you liked what you've seen? Are the sentiments fabulous? The fonts beautiful? And the images charming? Today I decided to use the Viva la Verve sketch I'm hosting over in the Verve Forum, along with the Philippians 1:6 Plain Jane. I love this verse!! It's so encouraging!!

I framed it with a Circle and Lacey Circle die (Spellbinders), and sponged the inside with Old Paper and Tumbled Glass Ranger Distress Ink. I embossed some Webster's Pages dp with a Sizzix embossing folder, added some lace, Rhinestones, some seam binding ribbon and a button. The sweet little scallops were made with the mini-scallops die by Amuse.

Here's a close-up of the sentiment.
"Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ" - Philippeans 1:6

That's it for me for today. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Here's a list of all the hoppers today. You don't want to miss a stop!!

1. Amber 7. Laurie
2. Amy 8. Robin {Guest}
3. Andrea 9. Sankari
4. Charmaine 10. Teresa
5. Jackie 11. Tosh
6. Julee

Hey Verve fans! The time for new Verve Release is FINALLY here and we can't wait to share it with you! There are 3 new sets and 3 plain janes being released tonight!! Friday, July 8!

So, make yourself a lemonade and come join the fun! Click here!

9PM Eastern, 8PM Central, 7PM Mountain, 6PM Pacific, 3PM Hawaii
World Clock link for other locations


Card Supplies:

Stamps: Philippians 1:6 Plain Jane (Verve)
Paper: Spring Market and Country Estate (Webster's Pages), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine), Old Paper and Tumbled Glass (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Circle and Lacy Circle dies (Spellbinders), Rhinestones and Pearls (Zva Creative), Lace (Wild Orchid Crafts), mini-scalloped border die (Amuse), Button (PTI), Seam Binding Ribbon (MamrieMare), Sewing Machine, Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Sanding block

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Verve Spotlight Hop Day 2 ~ Words Cannot Express

TODAY'S Featured Set:

It's day two of Verve's Spotlight Hop, and we're featuring the set Words Cannot Express. This set is full of wonderful sentiments of gratitude in a beautiful font.

I was inspired the other day by a photo of summer beach and poolside umbrellas, and thought I would use my Octagon die (Spellbinders), to recreate the look and make a thank you card.

If you click on the photos, you can see more of the detail on the umbrellas.

Here's a close-up of one of the sentiments included in this set.

I also added a continuation of the sentiment on the inside with a single umbrella topper.

Here's a close up of this beautiful sentiment.

Don't forget, Verve's release party is this Friday night, July 8, and there's a big PRIZE hidden on one of today's hop spots! Just leave a little shout-out in the comments as you hop about for a chance to win the entire July release! You can check out the Verve Blog for all the prize details and deadlines.

1. Julee 7. Amy
2. Robin {Guest} 8. Teresa
3. Sankari 9. Laurie
4. Amber 10. Jackie
5. Tosh 11. Andrea
6. Charmaine

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you've been enjoying the hop. Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for some more Verve goodness!!

Happy Stamping!


Card Supplies:
Stamps: Words Cannot Express (Verve)
Paper: White (PTI), Bazzill
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories: Octagon and Wizard Tag Trio die (Spellbinders), Border Punches (EK Success and MFT), Rhinestones (Kaisercraft), Baker's Twine (The Twinery)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Verve Spotlight Hop Day 1 ~ New Mercies

It's time to shine our sneaky Verve spotlight on some brand new stamps! We're counting down to Verve's release party this Friday night, July 8, with THREE days of Spotlight Hops! And since new Verve is something to celebrate, there's abig PRIZE hidden on one of today's hop spots! Just leave a little shout-out in the comments as you hop about for a chance to win the entire July release! You can check out the Verve Blog for all the prize details and deadlines.

For my card today, I used this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch 198, and chose to highlight the "Morning by morning" sentiment, from the set New Mercies, along with the sweet little sun and clouds. There is a fabulous variety of scriptures and sentiments in this set, as well as some beautiful flowers and solid leaf sprays. I know I'll find a lot of uses for this set. I added some ultrafine glitter to the sun, and the dp is all Blossom Soup by Jillibean Soup.

Okay, I rarely do this, but I couldn't decide which way I liked this card better. With the sentiment highlighted, or I included both. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!!
I've included the hop list below. Make sure you visit each stop. You want to miss what these girls have to share!!

1. Andrea 7. Tosh
2. Jackie 8. Amber
3. Laurie 9. Sankari
4. Teresa 10. Robin {Guest}
5. Amy 11. Julee
6. Charmaine


Card supplies:
Stamps: New Mercies (Verve)
Paper: White and Black (PTI), Blossom Soup (Jillibean Soup)
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories: Square die (Spellbinders), Sewing machine, Ultrafine glitter

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tea-putting Tuesday

Hello and happy Tuesday!! Are ya all rested after celebrating July 4? As tradition goes at our house, my husband's brother, his wife and four boys came over for swimming, hot dogs, and of course setting off tons of fireworks. (legal ones....don't worry) It was a lot of fun.

Since it is Tuesday, I have a Teapot Tuesday card to share with you today. The destination this week is a young man, and new father, named Nathan, who recently found out he has myelogenous Leukemia. He loves golfing, playing basketball and bowling, so Cindy challenged us to make a golf themed card if we could. If not, anything sports related would be fine.

I don't have any golf images, so, I decided to make a golf ball with a scene. The "Hope" sentiment is from the Verve set Richly Blessed, the clouds were made with diecuts by Amuse, and the flag was made with a q-tip stick.

If you have a few moments to whip up a card and send it to Nathan, I'm sure he would appreciate the encouragement. Head on over to Cindy Motherway's blog: This is my story for all the details.

Thanks for dropping by. And thanks for all the kind comments you've been sending my way. They just warm my heart!!
Happy stamping my friends!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Waltzingmouse July Release

It's Release Day over at Waltzingmouse Stamps and the DT is hopping!! Woo-Hoo!! And what a fabulous release it is too. 8 sets of pure stamp gorgeousness!! Claire is starting off the hop. So if you haven't been there yet, head on over there. You won't want to miss a thing. I assure you.

I have some very clean and simple projects to share with you today. Since it's the weekend leading up to the United States' Independence day, I was inspired to make my projects fit that theme. So, for my card, I made a patriotic cake, with the new Eat Cake set, complete with a topping of blue sparklers ( in which I used a flourish image from the Flourishes~Scallops~Dots set.)

I used Perfect pearls to get the shimmer and glow of the flourishes for this CD case. I just love the look of the flourish in the brilliant blue. I reminded me of fireworks. The sentiment is from the Cameo to Go set.

Like I said, Clean and simple today. Next up on the hop is Sarah. You have a chance to win a Prize too. So be sure to check out all the blogs and leave a comment in order to be entered into a random drawing to win a stamp set of your choice. You have until July 2, 11:59 EST, 10:59 Central and 8:59 Pacific.

Thanks for visiting this week. I hope you've been inspired!
Have a fabulous weekend, with Happy Stamping!!

Card Supplies

Stamps: Eat Cake and Flourishes-Scallops and Dots (Waltzingmouse)
Paper: White and Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Red Magic (VersaMagic), Versamark, Onyx Black Versafine, White (ColorBox)
Accessories: Wonky Rectangle (Spellbinders), Stars Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), White ep, Glitter, Rhinestone (Kaisercraft), Corner Ticket Punch (SU!)

Stamps: Flourishes-Scallops and Dots and Cameo to Go (Waltzingmouse)
Paper: Smokey Gray (PTI), Silver (SU!)
Ink: Versamark, Stazon Black, Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Rhinestones (I-Roc), Perfect Pearls
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