Sunday, October 31, 2010

Hollywood Glam....

Yikes... Websters Pages delivered to my door... and I played a little, this was last week of course!! Moving my older daughter since last Thursday sooo... it's chore, what can I say!!! Used my new nesties labels 14, vanilla with Plain Jane Psalm 3:3 from Verve {taking you to the whole shebang!!}and cut two more in different colors from the same size nestie and layered. Added the silver trim from Websters Pages {a little glam} on top of MFT's ribbon, some sponging on the smallest nestie... not great at this but, working on it slowly!! LOL!!

Close up of the ribbon... and, yes that's netting from Websters Pages also.

Not sure the netting shows up like it should but, definitely fun stuff to play witth!!

We have the CANDY ready for the trick-or treaters {my DH thought I forgot for a minute there!!}

Stamps: Verve Psalm 3:3
Paper:  Webster's Pages Hollywood, vanilla, black
Ink: memento tuxedo black, TH vintage
Accessories: Webster's Pages trim and netting, silver pearls, labels 14 nesties, foam dots and red stickie dots from Jody {love this stuff}

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Little Halloween.... and A Little Flowers

Stacey's Colors and Jen's sketch... X 2!! When I first looked at the colors, I thought flowers and I thought Halloween. So, I made two cards with the colors and Jen's guessed it... one HALLOWEEN and one with FLOWERS!!

We've been busy at my house, helping my older daughter get ready to move... and it's moving dayssss!! Haven't even carved pumpkins yet, but... Halloween isn't until Sunday and the pumpkins will be carved tomorrow night {cause I said!!}- ever pulled that trump card?? {being the mom, you know!! LOL}

The colors {daffodil delight, basic gray, black, white, pumpkin pie} and sketch....


The first card uses the MFT tree die-namics with a little daffodil delight moon embossed with swiss dots, large scallop square  and circle nesties, Verve pumpkins glossed with crystal effects and Verve sentiment. Added buttons tied with divine twine, some ribbon, and embossed the background panel with a Sizzix folder.


Some of my fav flowers -- image from Verve's Great Friends. Used Basic Gray Basics White dp for the background, cut two white nesties in the same shape, stamped the flower 3 times on watercolor paper and watercolored with basic gray, pumpkin pie, and daffodil delight-- popped them all on top of each other. Used MFT's open scallop border die-namic on top of a strip of black, added gray ribbon {Becca Feeken's tutorial-I need to adapt to a leftie!!}, clear shimmer mist all over the flowers, silver pearls, and a little tag from SU's tiny tags!!

Tomorrow... 8 am sharp back to moving--- along the way I think we will "find" some pumpkins!!

TFL!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Casing a "Dirty" Verve Diva!!

Week 3 of the Verve weekly challenges was to case Jackie Pedro who was inducted into the Dirty Dozen this month!! A year ago when I started participating in the Verve challenges, for one of the release week challenges, we had to case a Diva.... made me nervous!! When this came up, I thought, okay.... as long as you don't deviate toooo much~~ you have it made KWIM???

Changed the sentiment and paper. Kept to the same layout. Xmas is coming so... Xmas card it was!! NO stitching {still coming to terms with the sewing issues}.  Isn't Jackie's layout adorable!!!

Here's my card--

Notice the different fonts on the sentiment.... one of Julee's trademarks--LOVE IT!!

Thanks for looking!! Love when you stop by and comment.

Stamps: Verve Snowflake Splendor and Fabulous You
Paper: Tinsel & Twig, black, vanilla, red
Ink: black, red, white craft
Accessories: SU buttons, divine twine, MFT large scallop die-namic, scor-buddy, SU ribbon, MFT lace

Monday, October 25, 2010


Off on a Monday...unusual for me but, Saturday was a seminar!! Actually, had to present. I know lots of you are okay with that but, it is not something I normally do and the last time was several years ago-- had a "minor" panic attack!! It's one thing to sit around a table and talk and quite another to stand up behind a podium!! I survived with no anxiety so, maybe I'm a grown up now LOL!!

Today I have a gift bag. MFT's weekly stamp club challenge this week was to make a gift bag. Christmas is coming and I usually make a few of these. Used one of the adorable PI's "Merry Kissmas". Stamped with memento tuxedo black, paper pieced the scarfs, colored with copics, and glittered the snowman or is that snowgirl?? Layered on  a large scallop nestie. The background paper is Tinsel & Twig {love this stuff}, added a lower border with the open scallop die-namic and some black pearls. Finally used my banner die-namic {tease Jody aka texasjodylynn on SCS} about suggesting that having several of these is great!! I gotta admit it would have been wonderful to have more than one. Added divine twine along the top and some ribbon on the handle. Here's the bag....

A couple of close ups of the image and banner...

Thanks for looking!! Love when you stop by and leave comments!!
Stamps: my favorite things PI Merry Kissmas, alphabet stamp set
Paper: Tinsel and Twig, vanilla, black
Ink: memento tuxedo black, copics
Accessories: die-namics Banner and Open scallop, divine twine, assorted ribbon, black pearls, glitter

PS Yikes, that poor little girl doesn't have "cute" pom poms" on her hat!! WUWT?? Family bugging me while I was trying to finish up~~ she's fixed now!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Winter is an Etching....

Won the last release of Verve stamps... the fall release and still playing!! The leaves are from Autumn Splendor and MOJO Monday 161 is the layout. You may notice the upper right corner isn't "exactly" true to the sketch but, generally followed the layout!! Leaves stamped in old olive, early espresso, and dusty durango~~ cut out and layered on top of each other. Border at the top is an EK success border punch. Added some ric rac dotted ribbon from We R Memory Keepers with vanilla on top, lace bow, and pearls. A little scoring on the kraft and durango. The tag is from SU~~ my sis gave me these and I hadn't even used them yet!! {shame on me}!!

Thanks for looking!!
Stamps: Autumn Splendor~ Verve
Paper: dusty durango, kraft, vanilla, old olive
Ink: early espresso, old olive, dusty durango
Accessories: ribbon, lace, tag, pearls, EK success border punch, scor-buddy

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Viva La Flowers....Ohhh... Viva La Verve Flowers

Week 2 of the monthly challenges, a sketch and colors... brown, turquoise, white, and orange!! Made a 5.25 x 5.25 card this time. Wanted to use some BOLD SU striped ribbon that I love and sometimes you gotta' go big!!

Used nesties to cut out all the of the layers. Stamped the different size flowers from Verve's Great Friends {absolutely wonderful}- different sizes of solid as well as outline flowers!! Stamped the outline flower in 3 sizes onto dp, cut out, and popped each layer. Added a sentiment from Verve's Big Wish using SU punches, some pearls in the corners, lots of turquoise rhinestones, and the bodacious bow I wanted {sometimes it just feels good!!}.

Thanks for looking!! Love to hear from you!!

Stamps: Verve Great Friend and Big Wish
Paper: SU tangerine tango and dp, chocolate chip, white, tempting turquoise
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: SU ribbon, pearls, SU punches, nesties

Monday, October 18, 2010

For The Boys

MFT's weekly stamp club challenge is "For the Boys". So, I scrambled through my MFT "boy" stamps and I just received the Clearly Sentimental About Books set {if you are a person who reads, this is a must!!}. The image is from I{heart} books and was stamped in early espresso onto vanilla. Colored a little with copics and paper pieced the book. Added trees from Grow Love, Plant a Tree {another fav}, used the jumbo ric rac die-namic, added twill, a little ribbon {boy card, you know}, brads, and a clip for the sentiment flag!!

My card....

Thanks for looking!! Love when you leave comments!!

Stamps: MFT Grow Love, Plant a Tree, I {heart} books, and Clearly Sentimental About Books
Paper: CC Wanted, night of navy, chocolate chip, vanilla
Ink: early espresso, copics
Accessories: MFT ric rac die-namic and twill, ribbon, brads, and clip

Sunday, October 17, 2010

CCCC and Jen's SFYTT!!

Hello Pumpkin!!

Lovin' these pumpkins. They are from Verve's latest release and I LOVE them!!! Used Jen's SFYTT for the layout and Stacey's colors!! Okay... so pumpkins don't have bermuda bay leaves.... work with me here??!!
Stamped the pumpkins in chocolate chip onto an oval nestie, colored, and added some crystal effects... pumpkins should "shine" you know!! Popped up with foam dots onto a scallop oval nestie. Used some SU paper that is retired. Used several SU punches for the sentiment and scored some lines on the tangerine tango panel {Silke Ledlow does a lot of scoring on her cards and I love it... trying my hand a little!} Bow needs a little work??
Here's the sketch and colors....

Here's my card....

Thanks for looking!!
PS looked at this on my blog and must have been the angle I took the pic cause the scallop nestie is balanced under the oval one... oh well!!
Stamps: Verve Bountiful Harvest
Paper: SU mini dp {love this dp}, white, chocolate chip, tangerine tango, bermuda bayInk: chocolate chip, tangerine tango, bermuda bay { didn't have the marker so substituted some copics}Accessories: MFT ribbon, nesties oval and scalloped oval, SU crystal effects, SU punches circle- modern label-and label, scor-buddy, pearls

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Some Bunny Special!!

Mercy's sketch and TCP Tuesday....

Have been wanting to play in Mercy's sketch challenge but, haven't had an opportunity to get it done on time. May be late now even??? Have been trying to get this done and not a lot of time during the week. Flippped the sketch on its' side, moved the scallops towards the outside, not a square but, pretty much otherwise in line!! LOL!! Also, for the TCP inspiration challenge using a pic {pink and ivory}... added a little green/turquoise and crumbcake. Am I being a "rebel" here????
Here's the sketch and inspiration pic....

Here's my card....

Adorable bunny from TCP was stamped in crumbcake, heat embossed with clear and watercolored with crumbcake and pretty in pink. Used MFT's large scallop die-namic, with a little faux stitching, colored pearls with copic marer, used the small "dandelion" image for two of the panels, colored a Jenni Bowlin button with a copic marker, added some divine twine with a button... whew, lot's of little things going on here!!
Thanks for looking!! Love to hear from you!!

Stamps: The Cats Pajamas
Paper: TE key ingredients, vanilla, crumbcake, BG Olivia, watercolor paper
Ink: crumbcake, pretty in pink, copic
Accessories: button, divine twine, jenni bowlin button, MFT large scallop die-namic, pearls


MOJO Monday and HYCCT03...unsentimental

Verve released this set Believe a year ago in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month!! Fell in love with the set, not only because of the flowers {which are gorgoeus btw} or sentiments but, because research is "near and dear" to my heart!! I am a nurse by profession but, have worked in research for > 10 years now. I have lost a dear friend {college roomy} to breast cancer and my SIL was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer. We {meaning researchers, not just bench researchers but, those that try to bring new therapies to patients} work HARD to find options for the patients we see every day!!! This set is on sale right now and not only do you get a discount but, $10 from every set sold goes to breast cancer research!! WOW... can't go wrong with that!!
Used the MOJO monday sketch and HYCCT03 unsentimental {no sentiment on the front of your card}!! Here's the sketch....

Here's my card....

Stamped the stems in crumbcake onto the vanilla panel and then, stamped two sizes of the flowers, colored both with copics, popped the smaller flowers on top and added pearls. Used and EK success punch for the border on the left, pierced some and stitched by hand. Sponged and distress all panels. My scallop border is the two layers of crochet trim and added ribbon, bow, button with TCP twine and a pin {on the bottom instead of top of the card}!!

Thanks for looking!! Love when you stop by and leave comments!!

Stamps: Verve Believe
Paper:Girls Paperie Vintage Travel, vanilla, crumbcake
Ink: crumbcake, copics
Accessories: TCP twine, buttons, pearls, stick pin, thread, paper piercer, crochet trim, crinkled ribbon

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Enjoy Your Day

I love this Verve border image... it's from Fabulous You but, there are some...oops to confess to here!! One you will notice when you check out the sketch and one you will notice when I post the card!! Here's the deal... when I was flipping the sketch, I didn't flip the circle and sentiment in proportion {the ribbon, button, and twine should be below the rectangle image} and then, I didn't stand up and look down when I was adhering my panels {crook in neck trying to make that right upper corner come in line, LOL} but, I still like this card and I'm posting it!!!

Here's the sketch and inspiration pic from Amber {Verve's weekly sketchs and inspiration pics in their SCS forum}... tried to upload and "no go", sure it is operator error!!

Anywho... here's the card

Stamped the frame and sentiment in memento tuxedo black, colored the sentiment with SU marker, added Stampendous rhinestones {this also meets the HYCCT06 challenge to use Something Old -stampendous rhinestones, and Something New- Girls Paperie Toil and Trouble dp and Verve Fabulous You}. Sponged a little Tim Holtz distress ink around the edges of everything, ribbon is SU, and the twine is "divine" from The Cats Pajamas!!

Thanks for looking!!

Stamps: Verve Fabulous You and Big Wish
Paper: Girls Paperie Toil & Trouble, black, orange, and vanilla SU
Ink: vanilla, SU marker
Accessories: SU black ribbon, divine twine, button??, Stampendous bling

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Make a Wish...

Playing with new stamps from Verve's last release {some recent busy months at my house and hadn't had a chance to ink some sets yet, I know shameful!!}. Used Stacey's Curtain Call Color Challenge of marina mist, black, so saffron, white, and crumbcake- these colors are gorgeous together!! Jen's sketch from this last week SFYTT and it also meets the Crazy 4 Challenges challenge to make a b-day card!! Whoa.... 3 in 1!!

The balloons were stamped on marina mist and so saffron. Struggled with "decorations" and ended up pulling out some "old faithfuls"- SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds and Background Basics- thought they worked perfectly!!?? The balloons and sentiment are from Verve's Birthday Bash and the angled panel with the beautiful scrollwork is from Verve's Fabulous You!!

Here's the sketch and colors...

Here's my card...

Thanks for looking!! Love to hear your comments... all are appreciated!!!

Stamps: Verve Birthday Bash and Fabulous You, SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds and Background Basics
Paper: SU marina mist-so saffron-white-black-crumbcake
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Accessories: SU so saffron ribbon, The Cats Pajamas divine twine {love this stuff}, viva decor pen, foam dots from texasjodylynn {SCS name} or blog-confessions of a ribbon addict

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth....

Honestly, some days at my house I would gladly let a "geek" inherit!!! Just think on those days when the computer is acting up, how wonderful would that be to have a geek in the house, LOL!!

This week's MFT challenge was a sketch. I hadn't inked up this set yet and really think it is great for guys!! Image was stamped in chocolate chip and paper pieced everything with Cosmo Cricket's Wanted collection. If you look, you can see the back of the chair has horses on it!! Even "grown" up boys would be okay with that!! It also meets the F4A33 challenge on SCS to use a computer.

Thanks for looking!!

Stamps: My Favorite Things Who's That Geek Guy
Paper: CC Wanted
Ink: chocolate
Accessories: SU library clips, MFT twill, SU square and round punches

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Take a Deep Breath.... and Think Pink

The Cats Pajamas has a weekly challenge on their SCS forum. This week was a sketch. They are also hosting a customer blog hop challenge for Breast Cancer Awareness month to "Think Pink". You can find both challenges on their blog here. This is one of the bunnies from their latest release!! Adorable!! Stamped the image on vanilla and colored with copics and popped on top of an oval nestie. Added liquid applique to the brim and pom pom on her hat. Added a couple glittered snowflakes with a button and TCP divine twine. Used the big pinking border {also from TCP}, did a little hand stitching along the vertical panel {Janome is caput- even took it apart and tried to work some magic- and my old sewing machine and I are still getting re-acquainted!!} and added some MFT ribbon and lace.

Here's the sketch...

Here's my card....

Thanks for looking!!

Stamps: The Cats Pajamas "Deep Breath"
Paper: October Afternoon Ducks in a Row, Crumbcake, vanilla
Ink: black, copics
Accessories: MS glitter, TE snowflake chipboard, SU button, TCP twine, MFT lace and ribbon, TCP big pinking border die, pop dots and red sticky adhesive I purchase from texasjodylynn {SCS name} thru her blog Confessions of a Ribbon Addict- she has all kinds of sizes and already cut out circles etc.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Phew..... Thank Goodness Tomorrow is Friday!!

Really busy week at work and my older daughter is in San Fran for work so, DH and I have been helping a little with the fiance's kids. Going through card withdrawal {LOL!!}. Laid this card out early this week and just now got a chance to finish. Thank Goodness I was a "lucky duck" and won the Verve release {check out the Verve thread in SCS forum- weekly sketch challenges with inspiration pics and complete them all- puts you in a random drawing to win the next release} as I haven't had a chance to play in the release week sketch challenges except for this one!! Verve has a new Fall release tomorrow and the sneek peaks have been awesome!! Can't wait!!
Colors are from the Curtain Call Color Challenge to use Old Olive, Crumbcake, Cajun Craze, and More Mustard. Used Julee's sketch from World Cardmaking Day/Release Week-VSWCD5

Here is the sketch and colors-

Here's the card-

Stamped the "fleur" from Blessings {this has become a fav of mine recently} onto the background and heat embossed with clear, sentiment from the Verve set Blue Skies was stamped in old olive on a spellbinders nestie, cut out the next size nestie in cork and layered behind at an angle, added silky leaves {Amy Sheffer aka pickletree on SCS recently used one on a Verve card and it reminded me that I had purchased some last year}, paper pierced and add some hand stitching with TCP linen thread, used a MFT wood button with a little ribbon and done!!


P.S. Betty left you a PM on SCS to get you to the ribbon. I think it is May Arts but, I bought it at Taylored Expressions- pick ribbon, polka dot, and keep going- lots of colors!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Being Cute!!

Okay.... I'm on a challenge kick {trying to stretch my wings a little! KWIM??}. For the MFT guest DT challenge. Honestly, there are some gorgeous cards out there for this but, I had FUN just trying!!! Jen del Muro and Susie (susiestampalot with q-tips} hosted the challenge and they are fabulous at big, bright, bold creations!! Just wanted to try. Here's my card:

Colors: raspberry {substituted melon mambo}, lime green, aqua, and yellow {optional}


Stamps: MFT PI Being Cute is What I Do
Paper: melon mambo, turqoise, black, white, CC DeLovely
Ink: black, copics
Accessories: ribbon, crochet flower from Pixie Petals on Etsy, brad from TE Key Ingredients kit, eb folders x 2 Quik Kutz

Monday, October 4, 2010

One of those days....several days... maybe a week??

Added new computer detection software....dang, what a project it became!!! Detecting toooooo much!! Then, went to make this card.... Janome Sew Mini is caput!! Got out the "old" Singer.... what a project!!! Anywhoo... here's the card, for MFT's weekly stamp club challenge. This PI was a fav for me when I first saw it!! You see, when my youngest was 2 I made her a Bumble Bee costume for Halloween... she was adorable!! {pic to follow, maybe not the best but, I'm learning to deal with adversity!! hahaha}. Used Mercy's Tuesday sketch challenge from last week.

Definitely a sewing problem but, I'm trying to "work it" so, give me some slack!! LOL!!

Here's my youngest in her costume {sorry for the pic, it is a pic of a pic!!} Black headband with pipe cleaners and pom poms on the ends!!

Now... all grown up!! She's the beautiful girl on the left and on the right is my beautiful neice!!! {Will show a pic of my oldest soon....don't want anyone to be left out!!}


Stamps: MFT PI Honey Bee
Paper: OA Ducks In a Row
Ink: black, copics
Accessories: glitter, MFT large scallop die-namic, Pixie Petals crochet flower, TCP twine, ribbon

Saturday, October 2, 2010

SFYTT Times Two!!!

Last week made a card using Jen's sketch and the Color Throwdown colors of pacific point, melon mambo and river rock!! I tried to focus on just the colors {didn't think I could do it???} not normally something I would do {i.e. just colors without DP etc.!!!} but, I did and depending on the pic, I think I did okay!!! Do you ever have those days where you wonder about the pic { I know, prob'ly not!!}

Let's see..... here's the sketch

My card....

Jen's SFYTT this week....

Here's the card...

Thanks for looking!!