Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Please say a prayer!

Quick little note for those of you who visit my blog, my Dad is in MICU and not sure what the next few days will bring. I'll return as soon as I can and may I be so bold as to ask you to say a prayer on his behalf? His name is Ralph and it would mean so much.
Thanks and God Bless,

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Tale of Two Challenges

Good morning! It's a rainy Monday morning in my corner of the world and I wish I could stay inside but appointments await so off I go. Before I head out I wanted to post this card which I am entering in two challenges, CR84FN Color Challenge and Viva la Verve Nov 2011-Week 2. The color palette was chosen by the main colors in the CR84FN43 Color Challenge which are brown, tan and green with the sketch being provided by Verve Diva, Jackie Pedro, which you can see here. Without further ado here is my card. 

I used a Spellbinders Lattice Pendant, which I cut down the middle, for the decorative edge the sketch called for and the color brown as my base and accent color. A green silk ribbon and bow brings the third color into play in a bold way and I also used it to stamp my sentiment from Bright Spirits by Verve which I popped up on foam squares for dimension. A Copic marker colors my clear rhinestones in a matching green hue to add a little sparkle and tan dp's bring in the second color and add some visual interest. This was a great sketch to work and the first by Jackie for me. To check out all of the beautiful entries visit the CR84FN blog and if you'd like to enter this color challenge you have 4 days and 16 hours as of this posting so get going and good luck. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and hope your day is sunny and fantastic!

Stamps: Bright Spirits (Verve)
Paper: Lost & Found dp's (MME), polka dot dp-5&Dime (October Afternoon), Choice Buttercream (TE store); brown cardstock
Ink: Olive (Michael's)
Accessories: Standard Circles Large & Lattice Pendant (Spellbinders); green silk ribbon (TE store); clear rhinestones (PS); foam squares (Therm O Web)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Viva la Verve Week 1

Hi everyone, hope all of those in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with their families. So glad to be back in my craft room and today I'd like to share my card for the monthly VLV Sketch Challenge going on over at SCS. My head is held low, in total shame, for waiting until now to make my 1st card for this challenge but this month has been a blur. I am going with the "better late than never" attitude and pressing on. Here's Amy's fun sketch for the first week of November.

As I was choosing paper for my card I came across this Jillibean Soup-Homemade 6 Bean dp that actually coordinates brilliantly with the snowflakes in the Bright Spirits set. I decided to stamp the two smaller circles using the snowflakes and colored the smaller one with Copics YG03 & YG21 while the larger circle was randomly stamped with the large snowflake image. Julee designed Santa's Helper (aka Rudy) with a snowflake on the hat which coordinates perfectly and I stamped the smaller snowflake in a matching shade, cut it out and glued it to my main stamped image panel. The ribbon looked lonely so I placed three green dew drops at the top and I should note that I used a Copic marker to color the rhinestones to match the outlined snowflakes. Love this little trick! 

This card is serving as one of my "thank-you" cards for Christmas gifts we'll receive from friends and family. Just in case you are wondering why Rudy's nose is pink that's because this is Mrs. Rudy. ;) I have more "thank-yous" to make so might use the remaining sketches to do that, we'll just have to see where the mojo leads me.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Stamps: Bright Spirits & Santa's Helper (Verve)
Paper: Homemade 6 Bean (Jillibean Soup), Maraschino & Parakeet cardstock (Bazzill Basics), Choice Buttercream (TE store)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Pear Tart
Accessories: Classic Scalloped Circles Lg. dies (Spellbinders); Fresh Mowed Grass Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest); Fruit Punch & Black Diamond Stickles, Rouge & Lettuce Liquid Pearls (Ranger); Copics; rhinestones (PS); ribbon (TE store)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A little out of order....

I know, where's February? Well it will be here soon but for today I am sharing the month of May from my altered project.

Since May is the month we celebrate Mother's Day, in the US, I thought I'd dedicate this one to my mother. I'll start by explaining what everything means on this page beginning with my red base. Red is her favorite color with pink a close second and you'll see that combo used in the flower embellishment & ribbon as well as the sentiment below. The button and the sewing pattern paper echoes her love of sewing and she was quite the seamstress. I was very young but I remember her making matching outfits for my sister and I and a coordinating one for her. We were attending a special event at the AFB my Dad was stationed at and the Thunderbirds were there to perform. Our outfits stood out and I have to say we looked good, insert big smile here, and my Dad was so proud of us. He's 84 years old and he remembers that day vividly. It was a good day! Moving along, the music clip is there because she loved to sing, could play piano and organ, and loved listening to music. The  bling swirl represents her 'love of bling" and the "S" is for Sally, her name. Actually it is Sarah but she doesn't like being called Sarah because her cousin teased her and pronounced it SAY-RAH, lol. So Sally she became and the long stem red rose comes from a tradition I started many years ago. Around the age of 12, I would visit the mall where my mom worked and I'd buy one long stem red rose and write a note that read "One perfect rose for one perfect Mother" and take it to her. She loved those roses and I loved giving them to her! :-) The angel reminds me of a cross-stitched angel she made me, Angel of Love, which has hundreds of teeny tiny seed pearls on it. I don't know how her eyes held out to do such intricate work but it is gorgeous and more precious than gold to me.

There's one thing I haven't explained yet and that's the text paper from the same dp collection. Printed all over is the word-Memory & Memories. In 2009, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and shortly afterwards her craft career came to an end. (She was quite the crafter!) At the time she was heavily into cardmaking but she was having difficulty with keeping her thoughts on track, numbers were an issue and her eyesight was poor. She made the decision to stop crafting altogether and graciously passed on her cardmaking supplies to my dd and I as we'd just begun to make handmade cards in early 2010. I don't know how much longer she will know us, only God does, but I am truly thankful for memories that will last a lifetime. There's so much more I could share like what a wonderful gardener she was and how delicious her homemade Chocolate Pie is and that she'll be 76 on her next birthday...

Thanks for letting me share and hope yours is a blessed day!

Stamps: Fresh Flowers & Tweet Hearts (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Ladybug & Rosebud
Paper: the Thrift Shop & Fly a Kite (October Afternoon), cardstock
Accessories: Die-namics Decorative Doily (MFT); Charming Oval Die (Verve); black swirl bling (Want 2 Scrap); felt flower & butter from stash; music clip & metal "S" (PS); rub-on rose (Paper House Productions); mini-dated calendar download (TE store); angel (Hobby Lobby); Word Fetti Family Findings (Making Memories); red pearls (Kaisercraft)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tag...You're It!

Hello, I'm popping in quickly with some holiday tags that I whipped up this morning. The Tag...You're It! stamp set and Favor Frame Die make these a snap to put together and Copic markers bring them to life with two receiving a little bling to make them sparkle. ;)

I know this is short and sweet but it's another busy day and I hope to be back tomorrow with more tags and another calendar from my altered project.

Have a great day!

Stamps: Tag...You're It! (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue & Ladybug
Paper: Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions)
Accessories: Copic markers; rhinestones; Favor Frame Die (Taylored Expressions)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

January Calendar & To-Do List Organizer

Hi there and welcome! I'm sharing the first month of my 2012 calendar/scrapbook album and I have a bonus for you. I made a To-Do List which helps me during the Christmas season and I hope it will be useful to you. 

My January calendar doesn't feature scrapbooking because I opted for a larger calendar this month and you only have so much room on a 6x6 page. I couldn't resist this Pure Innocence stamp and it was great to "dress" her using the technique you'll find on the My Favorite Things blog. The calendar can be made through Microsoft's Word program or you can download one from various companies. I stamped the month on a die cut oval and traced the outer lines of the die on cardstock to back the stamped image. Liquid pearls, rhinestones, and a few snowflakes finish it off!

As for my second project, I am drawing inspiration again from TE's 12 Days of Christmas with this project. However my booklet is a handy To-Do List that features the Santa List Download available from Taylored Expressions. I trimmed the lists with my paper cutter and used book board to make the front & back covers which I decorated with Christmas dp's, a paper rose and brad. The sentiment was stamped on a die cut and Santa's coat was highlighted with a red glitter pen which you may not be able to see in the photo, sorry. A Cinch binding machine brings this project together with ease and I chose to use the colored images from the download which I've shown below. There are four images with two colored and two outlined so you can personalize. NOTE: Use a heavy duty paper cutter to cut the book/chipboard because a regular paper cutter will NOT cut through this material. Also you might find this video from Day 9 of TE's 12 Days of a Handcrafted Christmas helpful. Here's a photo of Santa and his elf from the Santa List Download.


That's all for today and I hope your creativity is sparked in some way. Need to save some money??? If you sign up to receive email from Hobby Lobby they will send you their weekly ad with a coupon. The coupon varies but quite often they offer 40% off and it is offered frequently from now through Christmas. ;) Who doesn't like to save some money? A few items are restricted like Cricut products, Copics and a few more I'm not sure of but everything else you can save some moolah on. JoAnn Crafts also offers coupons for signing up for email but they bar code their coupons and they can only be used once where Hobby allows you one coupon per day per customer during the weekly sale, how awesome is that? Hope this tip helps out! As for JoAnn, it doesn't cost anything to sign up and a coupon is a coupon, right?

Calendar Supplies:
Stamps: Calendar Borders & Centers (Just Rite Stampers), Pure Innocence-Snow Day (MFT)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Color-Boysenberry
Paper: Little Girl Collection (Echo Park), Sweet Seasons (Webster's Pages), cardstock
Accessories: calendar (Microsoft Word); Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large; Small Snowflake punch ( Marvy Uchida); Medium Snowflake punch (Emagination); lilac ribbon (Hobby Lobby); white liquid applique (Marvy Uchida), purple rhinestones

To-Do Lisa Supplies:
Stamps: Keeping Tabs  & Take Note Holidays (Taylored Expressions),
Ink: ColorBox Chalk Warm Red, Antique Linen (T!m Holtz)
Paper: Botanical Christmas (Webster's Pages), Jovial (Basic Grey)
Accessories: Cinch binding machine, .75" gold binding wire, book board & wire cutters (We R Memory Keepers); Charming Oval Die (Verve); red velvet ribbon (TE store); T!m Holtz Micro Serrated Scissors
(T!m Holtz for Tonic Studios); atyou Spica 03 Red Glitter pen; Jovial glazed brad (BG); paper rose (Recollections); red pearls (Kaisercraft)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Favorite Things are...

scrapbooking, stamping and altered art.

Hello and welcome! I am back today with the "beginning" of my altered project and it is a combination of ideas. First, I love to scrapbook but I also love to stamp and I love altered art, so I combined the three and came up with a calendar + scrapbook album with lots of stamping. Last year I used the project from Day 2 of Taylored Expressions 12 Days of a Handcrafted Christmas to make calendars as gifts. Each recipient received hand stamped/colored monthly calendars along with the frame. This year I wanted to "kick it up a notch" as Emeril would say and incorporate scrapbooking. The cover and pages slip into page protectors that hang from the Frame Your Imagination Vertical Stand and can be decorated to suit any decor. Mine is still in its original unfinished state but a coat of paint is on the way.

Now for the cover info-I started off with a base of 6x6 designer book board by We R Memory Keepers and used October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker DP's. The polka dot DP is bordered with Ranger's Ruby Red Liquid Pearls and I die cut a Spellbinders Lattice Rectangle and Classic Rectangle die to frame my sentiment. The sentiment is from the Words of Wisdom set by Verve and I stamped it in Black Soot Distress Ink by T!m Holtz. Chipboard numbers, gingham ribbon, black pearls and a die cut doily by Colorbok's Flea Market finish it off. Just in case you're curious you can download, for a nominal fee, calendars from Taylored Expressions. She offers the 6x6 Dated Calendar or the Mini Dated Calendar and another cool resource is Crafty Secrets free printables which includes a vintage 2012 Dated Mini Calendar. 

Hope your day is a happy one with lots of sunshine, as for us the rain is on the way which makes for more stamping time. No leaves to rake today, yippie!

Stamps: Words of Wisdom (Verve)
-See post above for everything else-

Monday, November 14, 2011

Introducing my friend, Cuppie!

Hello all, popping in this afternoon to post a card I made for my DD last Christmas. Both of us are huge fans of this adorable little cupcake, Cuppie. You can find him cavorting on cute stamp sets that Taylor sells at Taylored Expressions. ;) In fact, I CASE'd this card by Taylor in her gallery which you can see here. For now, here's a close up of my card featuring Cuppie in his holiday house.

I have some "new to me" Cuppie stamp sets that I can't wait to ink up so you'll be seeing more of him real soon. Just wait til you see this little guy decorating a Christmas tree, kinda looks like me after the second string. :-) He's just so sweet, isn't he?

Also, for inquiring minds I'll have a sneak peek on the altered project that I mentioned in my last post tomorrow and I'll reveal what it is. My plan is to release pages as I complete them through the remainder of the month and it combines a few of my favorite things. How's that for a hint? hehehe

Have fun today, what's left of it, as for me I am off to browse blogs and enjoy the creativity of others for a while. I have a rare cup of afternoon coffee in one hand and a trusty mouse in the other.
Life is Good,

Stamps: Holiday Wonder (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Life is Good (Echo Park), Choice Snow White (TE store), cardstock
Accessories: Polka Dot Frame-used as a template, not a die (Spellbinders); white liquid applique (Marvy Uchida); gingham ribbon (Hobby Lobby); clear rhinestones (PS); Winter Wonderland Snowflake Dies (Taylored Expressions)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thank You

Hi there, I am popping in today with a card I made in September for a friend and co-worker of my DH who brought us the most delicious tomatoes, corn and peas all summer long from his garden. They were so tasty and the tomatoes were the best I've ever tasted, anywhere. I actually day dream about those tomatoes! LOL!! Oh well, it just gives me something to look forward to next summer. :-)

I'll be back this week with an altered project I am currently working on that's actually for me, yea! I had plans to make a lot of my Christmas this year but got sidetracked with moving my Dad in with us in October and having a junior in high school who is also taking six semester hours of college. Have I mentioned that I homeschool her? I do, and what on earth was I thinking when we signed her up for college??? I am sooo behind it isn't funny but I am trying not to stress out and figure I'll make this project for myself and if I like how it turns out then I'll make some as gifts. It will all get done somehow, I hope. Otherwise I will be decorating more altered tins to give out those handy dandy giftcards. ;)

Thanks for stopping by and I'd like to welcome my new followers to my blog. I am so grateful for you and love checking out your blogs as well. There are so many talented people in blogland and I love how crafters share their talent so graciously. A big thank you also to everyone who has left a sweet comment for me, it really means so much and they put a smile on my face.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Stamps: You're My Type-Upper (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Garden Variety (Cosmo Cricket), cardstock
Ink: Memento's Bamboo Leaves, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (T!m Holtz)
Accessories: Arbor Border Punch (EK Success); I Heart U Die Set (Verve); Nested Lacey Pennants (Spellbinders); Sew Easy Piercer (We R Memory Keepers); black brads

Friday, November 11, 2011

CASE Study Challenge #65

I'm back today with a CAS card inspired by the CASE Study November Muse, Kryssi Ng. For my card I used kraft paper for my base, chose a DP with a snowflake theme and stamped a pair of mittens attached by a string to mimic her image. I paper pieced the mittens to match the colors she chose for her stamped image and added two vellum stickers for a little detail. I die cut a matching border and stamped my sentiment and it was that simple. The CAS style that Kryssi is so popular for is definitely the way to go for those with busy lives. Here's a picture of her card which was my inspiration. 

A quick note of appreciation to all those who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. My family and I appreciate your sacrifice more than words can express and wish you and your families a Happy Veteran's Day! God Bless.  

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Winter Mittens (Verve)
Paper: snowflake DP (MME-12 days of Christmas); kraft & cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, StazOn Cotton White
Accessories: Die-namics Solid Bracket Border (My Favorite Things); vellum stickers

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Waltzingmouse CASE Competition

Did someone say CASE? How exciting! Claire Brennan, owner and designer of WMS, releases stamps every other month and the in-between months she sponsors SOAP (Stamp of Approval Parade) using previously released stamp sets. It is always wonderful to see what the design team comes up with and they never cease to inspire. Naturally when it came to CASE'ing a project of theirs that was a tough decision. I thought I had my DT member picked out only to find I did not have the stamps she used on her project and wanted to make sure that I stayed within the guidelines so I changed course. As I was browsing through the line up, in no particular order, I found this lovely Christmas shadowbox on Anya's blog and knew what I was going to CASE. This was a FUN project for me and I've included more photos with different views at the end of my post.  

I have mini pizza boxes that have been in my alterables stash for a while and they work perfectly for a shadowbox. I cut  the top off and using the base I backed it with some fun Merry Christmas-Words paper by Paper Studio and cut rolling hills from green cardstock which I staggered. The sides of the box were lined with a polka dot DP from the Tinsel & Twig collection by The Girls's Paperie. Red metallic string covers the seams and I punched borders from two MS border punches, Doily Lace & Aspen Snowflake, to frame the top and bottom. All of the stamps used are from Christmas Cottage and I adore this set, this cottage is adorable and I want one in real life. :-)  I colored the cottage, snowman and trees with Copic markers and used Ranger's Frosted Lace Stickles on the trees and Baby Blue Stickles on the snowman's scarf. The windows and ledges received a dusting of snow with StarDust Stickles and love all the snowy goodness on this image. The roof got its sparkle from MS's sugar cube glitter and I popped up the arched facial board on foam strips for some dimension. A lot of little steps but so worth it!  

Long post but as Claire would say, hope it tickles!

Stamps: A Cottage Christmas (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink (T!m Holtz), Cardinal (Versa Color)
Paper: MC-Words (PS), polka dot (The Girls Paperie/Tinsel & Twig), cardstock
Accessores: Mini Pizza Boxes (HOTP-Sara's Surfaces); see post

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Merry Christmas to You...a little early!

It is a gorgeous day here in west Tennessee but the bad weather is on the way unfortunately. My thoughts and prayers are with those in Oklahoma affected by the recent earthquakes and tornadoes. The weather is crazy and I hope it calms down for everyone.

Today's card is one I made using a sentiment & border from Merry Little Christmas by Just Rite Stampers. I love going through their gallery and checking out the inspiration you can find there. Once again I decided to CASE Kathy Jones, Wattle on SCS, and her cute little Christmas card which you can see here on her blog. While I was in the same card gallery I spotted one by Amy Sheffer I'd like to CASE using the exact stamp set in a different way. Such incredible talent on that design team!

Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate it! The community of crafters is a special one and I join my fellow crafters in expressing my deepest sympathy to the Renz family. Katie Renz died yesterday of Stage 4 Stomach Cancer and left behind a loving husband and three sons. All of them will be celebrating birthdays within the month so I thought it'd be nice to make birthday cards for them as some of Katie's friends have suggested. You can click here for more info if you'd like to send a card.

Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Merry Little Christmas (Just Rite Stampers)
Ink: Memento's Rosebud, Celadon (Versa Color)
Paper: Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket), cardstock
Accessories: Classic Scalloped Circles Lg. & Standard Circles Lg. (Spellbinders); clear rhinestones (PS); glitter snowflake brads (PS); MiniStitch Doodle Dot template (Crafter's Workshop)  

Monday, November 7, 2011


Happy Monday! I am sharing a card today that puts a smile on my face because I happen to love penguins and this adorable stamp set from Taylored Expressions, Penguin Pals, is right up my alley. I had a busy craft afternoon/evening yesterday and whipped this up to enter in the current sketch challenge. Here is TESC149
that was our inspiration and I love the layering of paper this one calls for.

I stamped the penguin guy and gal, the musical notes and sentiment in Memento's Tuxedo Black ink and die cut my panel with a Classic Rectangle Die and backed it with a Scalloped Rectangle Die in a sweet pink. ;) I selected Copic markers to match the DP and colored my pals and made the snow for their hats with liquid applique and crystal glitter. The panel was framed with Ranger's Flamingo Liquid Pearls and while that was drying I stamped a snowflake from the Winter Wonderland set in two different ink colors, Rosebud & Bahama Blue, and used Taylor's coordinating dies to die cut them. The DP's used on my card are from MME's 12 days of Christmas which I found at Taylored Expressions in her wonderful paper department. I {heart} paper and she has a large variety of designer and patterned paper which makes me a happy girl.  

Hope you like it and comments are always welcome, thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! :-)

Stamps: Penguin Pals and Winter Wonderland (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rosebud & Bahama Blue
Paper: 12 days of Christmas (MME); French Vanilla & Chablis cardstock (Bazzill); Bluebell cardstock (Coredinations); Choice Snow White (TE store)
Accessories: Classic Rectangles Lg. & Classic Scalloped Rectangles Lg. (Spellbinders); Winter Wonderland Snowflakes Die (Taylored Expressions); Flamingo Liquid Pearls (Ranger); rhinestones (PS); crystal snow white glitter (Stampendous); Copics-Y15, 19, & 35; R35, 83 & 85; RV10; E30; G07; B02; BG01; white liquid applique (Marvy Uchida); 3D foam dots (EK Success)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

CASE Study Challenge #64

I've taken advantage of a lazy Sunday afternoon to make this CAS card to enter in the first challenge of the month over at CASE Study blog. With a new month comes a new muse and November's Muse is Kryssi Ng, known as the Queen of CAS, and I love her style. Personally I am trending more toward this style out of necessity as time is scarce around here and it allows me to make a card quickly without too much fuss.

I stamped the image onto Choice Snow White paper and colored with Pebbles Inc. Classic and Pearlescent Chalks. I used a Spellbinders Labels Eight to stamp the image on and cut out a window. A carnation pink polytwill ribbon and bow add some color and I stamped "Hello" onto a smaller Labels Eight die in Memento's Rosebud ink. Clean and Simple!

I have to say I am envious that as we enter our winter season our Australian friends are entering summer time. I will be totally jealous in January when I am longing for spring to arrive, LOL! Guess that is what inspired the spring like card from me today. :-)

Happy crafting everyone!

Stamps: Bunnies (Northwoods Rubber Stamps), Hello (Crafty Secrets/Bouquet of Joy)
Paper: Avalanche & Fussy cardstock (Bazzill), Choice Snow White (TE store)
Ink: Memento's Rosebud
Accessories: Labels Eight (Spellbinders); Classic & Pearlescent Chalks (Pebbles Inc.); polytwill ribbon (TE store)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall Pumpkins

Hi everybody, I'm back today with my 3D pumpkins and an apology for not posting as I said I would on Tuesday. These are so easy to make and love that they can be customized based on your home decor. I gained inspiration by visiting Lisa M's blog, a blog buddy of mine, and she offers a fabulous tutorial on how to make them. Not to mention she is really funny and very talented so please check out her blog, You Made Me Ink, for more details. I did see these on Sankari W's blog as well and I love the DP she used so I did too. The papers are from MME's Mabel Papers in the Stella Rose Collection and this is one of my favorite paper pads, ever.

Here are a few individual close-ups of my pumpkins.....

I plan to make a set for my dining room to match my colors of black, red and cream but for now these are going in my great room. If I get some serious crafting time this weekend I'd love to make a few sets for my in-laws and my sister in Wyoming. In case I haven't told ya my big sis, Cyndy, is the reason I got into cardmaking. She'd send handmade cards that were little works of art and we'd ooh and aah over each one. They were such a treat to receive that my daughter and I decided to start making cards ourselves and we haven't looked back. She was our original source of inspiration and just thought I'd share that today. BTW, can't wait to see what she is making me for Christmas as she has teased me for weeks now, not nice Cynthia. :-( Hehehe!

Have a great weekend and please share if you've made pumpkins of any sort before. After all, variety is the spice of life!!

Stamps: Mindscape Maple Leaf (Inkadinkadoo), Distressed Leaf 02 & Maple Leaves (Stampabilities)
Paper: DP from Mabel Papers (MME/Stella Rose Collection), cardstock
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa & Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Orange Peel Stickles (Ranger); brads; Natural Raphia, Olive & Orange Wraphia (Berwick)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Viva la Verve Week 5

Hi all, sorry for not posting my pumpkins as promised but look for them tomorrow. For now I am entering this card in the VLV October Week 5 challenge and the sketch is provided by one of my favorite diva's, Andrea Ewen. I love that I could bring this card together in a jiffy because of the simplicity of this sketch. I can see so many options for this one and it's definitely a go-to for me in the future. Here's Andrea's fabulous sketch for Week 5 of October.

I used DP's from Basic Grey's Porcelain paper pack and paired them with a coordinating shimmer cardstock. A Lacey Oval and Standard Oval follow the sketch requirements closely but I opted for a Winter Rose by Prima to accent the main stamped panel instead of a circle. The sentiment is from the Words of Wisdom set Julee released in August and I love the fonts and great sentiments. It is definitely a must have set in my book and some branches from the Sunny Days set complete my panel. A row of clear rhinestone embellishments add a little bling and finish it off. 

Just in case you didn't know, I love this sentiment and how very true it is. Life isn't always perfect but we decide whether it is wonderful or not. 

I'll be back tomorrow with my 3D pumpkins and sorry for being MIA the past two days. Have fun and enjoy your life! :-) 

Stamps: Sunny Days & Words of Wisdom (Verve)
Paper: Porcelain (Basic Grey), Choice Snow White (TE store), shimmer cardstock
Ink: Fired Brick Distress Ink (T!m Holtz), Memento Bamboo Leaves
Accessories: Lacey Circles, Standard Circles Lg., Lacey Pennants (Spellbinders); Winter Rose Vanilla Ice (Prima); clear rhinestones (PS) 

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