Friday, September 30, 2011

A True Love Story Never Ends

I am back today with another entry in Verve's Case-a-Diva Challenge and I am CASE'ing the lovely Andrea Ewen. This lady certainly has style, doesn't she! There's no better way to jumpstart my mojo than to check out her blog on a daily basis. Needless to say my Martha Stewart punch collection has expanded thanks to the many talented and creative ways she finds to use them. Here is her beautiful card with all of the "Ewen Style" we have come to love so much.

I chose to case the layout, great color scheme, MS punch, dies, and liquid pearls. I changed the sentiment and added a bow because I made this card for my DH on the occasion of our 25th wedding anniversary which we celebrated earlier this year. He has always been supportive of me and I am a very lucky girl! Love you Dear :-)

Happy Friday and good luck to all who entered this challenge!

Stamps: Love Story (Verve)
Paper: Lemon Flower Stack (DCWV), Choice SnowWhite (TE store), black/white cs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Standard Circles Lg. (Spellbinders), Classy Label Die (Verve); String Lace punch (MS); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); silver pearl liquid pearls (Ranger); black pearls (Kaisercraft); crystals (Prima)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Abundant Blessings

I have another post today because I am entering this card in Verve's Case-A-Diva and I chose to case the very talented Laurie Schmidlin. I have lurked around her blog for over a year now and never cease to be inspired by her beautiful creations. I loved everything about this card and you can see from my previous post that I love this stamp set too! The colors were fantastic so I chose to case those plus just about everything else :-) as well. In fact I am a regular at the Verve gallery because Verve Diva's ROCK, so thanks for all that you do to inspire so many to get out there and create something beautiful. Here is Laurie's card which was my case inspiration.

VS Abundant Blessings1

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Stamps: Bountiful Harvest  (Verve)
Paper: Polka Dot DP (MME), Black Damask (PS), Choice Buttercream (TE store), black cs from stash
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen Distress Ink (T!m Holtz)
Accessories: Copics, stickles, black pearls (Kaisercraft), seam binding (Prairie Bird Boutique), brad (PS), Divine Swirls embossing folder (CB), Labels Nine Die (Spellbinders), Double Loops punch (MS), dauber

Bountiful Harvest

Good morning! I wanted to pop in and share my Week 4 card for the VLV September Challenge. Laurie's sketch below is the final one for this month and I kept it very CAS (clean & simple). 

The sweet pumpkin is from Verve's Bountiful Harvest stamp set which is an all-time favorite of mine! I colored it with Copic markers and added yellow stickles to the stars to make them sparkle. Julee has another awesome stamp set, Autumn Splendor, on sale through the 30th so check it out here for 30% off.

Thanks for stopping by today, it means alot and I hope your day is a very happy one indeed!


Stamps: Bountiful Harvest (Verve)
Paper: Jeepers Creepers pad (PS), Bittersweet Chocolate, Navel cs (Bazzill), Choice Buttercream (TE)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Embossed Oval Die (Verve); ribbon (HOTP); stickles, Copics-Y18, Y35, Y17, Y23, Y38,YR07, YR16, YR18, YG95, YG63, 0

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Welcome Baby Girl

It's not too often that I get to make a new baby card but a friend and co-worker of my DH is expecting a little girl in October. I used the Week 2 VLV September Sketch Challenge below as my inspiration.


Echo Park is one of my favorite paper companies and I used three of the Springtime DP's on this card. Even though it is not baby girl pink I think Mom & Dad will approve of it, hope so!

 That's it for today, three cards down for the September Viva la Verve Challenge and one to go. See ya tomorrow :-) BTW, isn't Amy Sheffer's sketch awesome. I think so too!


Stamps: To the Moon (Verve)
Paper: Springtime (Echo Park), Avalanche (Bazzill), Sassy and Sunrise Orchid (core'dinations), cardstock from stash
Ink: Victorian Velvet Distress Ink (T!m Holtz), Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Sweet Scallop Die and Elegant Leaves Die (Verve); Standard Circles Lg., Lacey Circles (Spellbinders); flower (Prima); ribbon (Hobby Lobby); Polka Dot embossing folder (C'bug)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

So Proud of You

Today I am sharing a card I made for the VLV Week 3 Sketch Challenge. I really liked this sketch a lot and the fall colors of the DP are so warm and comforting. I don't know about you but fall is definitely a favorite season of mine and it did not arrive a moment too soon for me. It has been very HOT and dry here in west Tennessee and I am loving the cool, crisp air.

This card is one of those that will go in my stash for a future purpose, perhaps when a moment of encouragement is needed for that someone special. I followed Tosha Leyendekker's sketch closely and I can see so many "future" cards based on this sketch. It is awesome in my book and loved the little details, it was a lot of fun to create.

I hope to be back tomorrow with my card for the Week 2 VLV Sketch Challenge, sorta jumped ahead because I liked this sketch so much. Hope the rest of your day is wonderful :-) and thanks for stopping by, you are always welcome!

Paper: Mabel Papers (MME), cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Standard Circles Lg., Classic Scalloped Circles Lg., Lacey Pennants (Spellbinders); Iron Gate Punch (MS); chocolate pearls (Kaisercraft); ribbon, twine, brad

Monday, September 26, 2011

Words of Wisdom

This stamp set is from Verve's August release and I love it! There are so many ways to use these sentiments and the fonts make it super fun too. So when my son celebrated his birthday recently  I wanted to use them for his card as words of wisdom (and encouragement.) The color palette was inspired by his favorite colors and the papers were distressd to give it the "aged" look. No bows on this card but I did tuck in a little ribbon and I added a "U" to personalize it. He loved it and that made my day :-)

I based my card on the VLV Sep 2011 Week 1 Sketch by Amber Hight below which was a little daunting at first. Most likely due to my mindset when I sat down to make this card. I did eventually pull it together and ended up loving this sketch and will definitely use it again.

Thanks for stopping by and check out all of the great entries in the Viva la Verve September Challenge at Splitcoaststampers for some awesome inspiration!


Stamps: Words of Wisdom (Verve)
Paper: Laced with Grace (Glitz), cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Classy Label Die (Verve), Standard Circles Lg. & Lacey Circles (Spellbinders), pearls (Kaisercraft), ribbon (Offray), marquee letters (Paper Studio)

It's a Love Thing

My in-laws recently had to put their beloved pet, a precious dachshund named Rosie, to sleep. They've been devastated and I wanted to make something special as a remembrance for them. I decided to scrap a page of photos that captured the love between them.

I was inspired by the layout here and the page came together very quickly. A 12x12 scrapbook frame purchased from Michael's last year helps to ensure that it will last forever.

She was a wonderful addition to their lives and loved by all!

Note: I apologize for the poor picture quality, lighting was terrible but you get the idea hopefully. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Animal Love Sentiments and Scotties in Love (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Early Bird (Cosmo Cricket), Cherry Hill Collection (October Afternoon), Choice Buttercream (Taylored Expressions), cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: From the Heart and Jotted Heart dies (Verve), Spellbinders Labels One die, Notebook border punch (Fiskars), polka dot metal frame (We R Memory Keepers), mini paper clips (T!m Holtz), gel pens, stickles and Tiny Type alpha stickers (Cosmo Cricket)

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Today is a new beginning for me in many ways. I am officially entering the world of blogging and this is my  first post ever! I am excited to begin this journey and to see where it takes me creatively.

I have been inspired by so many talented people in the papercrafting community and today I am sharing a card I made for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #146. Also another first for me. Here is my interpretation of the sketch and I chose to use the Winter Wonderland stamp set which I love, and you will too. Hope you enjoy!


Stamps: Winter Wonderland (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Rosebud, Memento Black
Accessories: Winter Wonderland Snowflakes Dies (Taylored Expressions), rhinestones (Kaiserkraft), ribbon (TE store), scallops die (QuicKutz), Spellbinders Label 8 Die
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