Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Belated Holiday and Many Blessings!!

Had a wonderful Holiday... my dad came home from the hospital after some emergency surgery last Wednesday!!!! We were blessed that although, his gallbladder was "dead" he was able to have laparascopic surgery--much easier on the body than an "open abdominal" sugery and with a little pneumonia on top -so much easier for the coughing and deep breathing!! He's still fighing the infection and moving slower than most people who have laparascopic surgery but, doing well!!

Last weekend I was playing with some new Verve stamps and Websters Pages papers. This card is for the weekly Verve sketch challenges on SCS- Amber is taking a break and the other Divas are providing the sketchs. This is Sankiri's. The theme is winter holidays/decor... now, when you see the colors you may wonder what I was thinking... well, I wasn't at the time, hehehe!! Just playing with new stuff...I'm sure you have done that before, KWIM!! BUT- I think that the holidays are a time for us to reflect on our "Many Blessings"!! I have much to be thankful for myself- family, friends, health, and I wish "Many Blessings" on everyone!!

Happy Holidays!!

Honestly... I was blessed with something else... SNOW on Christmas!! This is the first time we have had snow on Christmas day since 1947... can you believe it??? Grew up in the Midwest and not a snow person for everyday life but, recently commented that I Loved it on Christmas... you think someone knew and helped me out????

TFL!! Appreciate when you stop by and leave comments... makes my day!!

Stamps: Verve Many Blessings and Sweet Scallop Tag
Paper: Websters Pages, black, vanilla, always artichoke
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Accessories: Prima flower with glitter (yummy), twine, SU antique brad, Verve sweet scalloped tag and die, ribbon, MFT crochet border die-namic

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Where there is Love there is Life!!

Quick post as things are busy around here. Sketch is from Verve's weekly challenges on SCS...messed up a little... the theme is Christmas. Well, I was playing with some Websters Pages paper and Text Objects from the new Verve release and "totally spaced" the Chrismas theme. Was going to find a Christopher Radkoff bird ornament {oriole} or something similar but, alas no time!! Text Objects has image sentiments and background sentiments to coordinate--absolutely wonderful!!

Still working on a Christmas and my dad is in the hospital in Indiana {I live in NC}... little stressful and I'm a nurse so naturally I want to be there and know what is going on. Good thing life is different from when I was younger... you know long distance free calling... okay, maybe I'm showing my age!! The surgeon is trying to wait to do surgery but, I don't think it's going to happen. Prayers for my dad, he is a wonderful person!!


Stamps: Verve Text Objects
Paper: Websters Page, white, black, daffodil delight
Ink: black, white kraft
Accessories: buttons, TCP twine, nesties lacey circles

Sunday, December 19, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas...

everywhere I go....!!!! Finally getting some things done... no decorations as the construction folks are coming my way {due to those rascals!!} but, I have had fun with some Xmas shopping - getting something that someone wants just by remembering a comment made- makes me feel wonderful!! We had some snow yesterday- one of those with beautiful large snowflakes--loved it!! This card is for The Cats Pajamas weekly sketch challenge, you can check it out here !! The challenge is to use any TCP Holiday Stamp. These penguins are absolutely adorable climbing all over the fireplace/mantle!!

Added crystal effects to the penquins and glitter to hats/stockings/bow. Did a little paper piecing for the rug in front of the fireplace and added some lines to the top of the mantle!!

A little Xmas spirit going on here or what??? Hope you are enjoying the holidays!!


Stamps: TCP
Paper: Websters page, black, white
Ink: black, copics
Accessories: MFT ribbon, crystal effects, glitter

Friday, December 17, 2010

Just Because!!

Just Because... I wanted to make this card this way!!?? Stacey's Curtain Call Color Challenge this week is old olive, certainly celery, chocolate chip, real red, and whisper white. Inspiration pic was Xmassy but, I really wanted to use these Waltzingmouse stamps that coordinate with nestabilites and as the card progressed- this is the Verve sentment I used from one of my fav sets Great Friend. Tried different embossing folders on the red panel but, didn't like anything so I left it plain. Used the MFT large scallop die-namic on some twill and added a chocolate chip ribbon that was folded and sewn. Old Olive panel is embossed with a Quikkutz embossing folder that I absolutely adore!! Haven't perfected the twill and dies.... Used Karen's Sweet Sunday sketch.

The sketch and colors...


Hope you are having wonderful holidays!! After my "glitch" with the thieves- we are starting to get straightened out-- have caught up with Xmas with on-line shopping {totally addicted but, I was before- ask my DH about the deliveries-no, don't ask!! LOL!!} and did some shopping yesterday with my youngest daughter!! She turned "18" yesterday and wanted to spend the day with her mom??? Went for haircuts, lunch, and shopping!! She gave me a "high five" that it was a wonderful day-- made my heart sing!!
Stamps: Verve Great Friends and WMS Holiday Label 14
Paper: chocolate chip, red, olive, celery
Ink: chocolate
Accessories: nesties, ribbon, twill, Quikkutz EF

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Snow Day!!

I grew up in the Midwest but, moved to the South many years ago... yes, to get away from the cold and snow!! No snow here but, cold right now {for us anway}... my sis tells me I'm being a little wimpy!! Made a card for the MFT weekly stamp club challenge which was Winter Wonderland. I confess, when I go home for Xmas and it snows while I'm there, I LOVE it!! Just don't want to deal with it on a daily basis... maybe that's where the "wimpy" comes in??? This Pure Innocence stamp set from MFT reminds of those "snow days"... you know, when you send the kids out several times and they go through all the mittens, hats, pants on hand and you set them out over the heater/in front of the fire to warm up/thaw out so they can go out again!!

Not normally a purple person but, I have been able to work with this Mitten Weather dp by Cosmo Cricket!! Added glitter to the hat, snowballs, and scarf fringes--IRL it's sparkly!! Hope you are enjoying the holidays and if you have snow are able to "play a little" in it!!


Stamps: MFT Snow Day
Paper: CC Mitten Weather, early espresso, white
Ink: chocolate chip, copics
Accessories: MFT felt, glitter, MFT die-namics tree and snowflakes

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A MOJO Sweet Season

MOJO Monday on time!! Have been playing but, a little late most days!! Maybe I'm back in the swing of things...we'll see how long that last since I still have Xmas shopping to do!! I know... I need to get on the ball!! Used some gorgeous dp from Websters Pages that I have had for a while. Added snowflakes from Verve's Glad Tidings. Love these snowflakes! Behind the snowflakes is a piece of muslin that I pulled the threads from and netting from Websters Pages, pearl in the center and pearl bling. Distressed edges curled a corner. Bright pink ribbon to finish it off.

 Close up of the fabulous netting, muslin, pearls...

TFL!! Hope you are having wonderful holidays!!

Stamps: Verve Glad Tidings
Paper: Websters Pages, vanilla, artichoke
Ink: cameo coral, always artichoke
Accessories: pearls, Websters pages netting, muslin

Friday, December 10, 2010

I'm baackkk!!

Now, that may not be immensely important to ya'all but, I'm happy not to be dealing with difficult issues!! Worked on this card last weekend and was done early in the week but, life has a habit of getting in the way.... or maybe I just have bad luck. Live on a corner lot that is fairly secluded... and someone(s) did a B & E last week {do I sound like I understand this stuff, LOL}!! We have a security system and worked well--only made it into the living room {the police were on their way before I even got the call it had happened!!}. All the Xmas presents were at my daughters so, they just got a few things {like a big plasma TV, Wii, computerized telescope etc.} and did some damage to the walls and back door. I say "some" but, honestly my DH had exellent deadbolts/security and they had to kick the back door enough to tear up the frame/studs etc. on the inside--we have found out a few days of construction will fix everything. Didn't tear up some antiques and that was good... not replaceable.

Anyway... enough of the whining. Card is using Stacey's Curtain Call Color Challenge to use always artichoke, basic gray, real red, and white. Sketch is Lynda's from the weekly challenges in the Verve forum on SCS and inspiration is Xmas!!

The colors--
TFL!! Photo is showing up a little blurry...sorry!!

Stamps: Verve Plain Jane Christmas Blessings
Paper: Websters pages, basis gray, whisper white, real red
Ink: basic gray
Accessories: Websters pages trim, SU buttons, TCP twine

Friday, December 3, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge and MOJO X 2 !!

Curtain Call Color Challenge 58 to use crumbcake, basic gray, white, concord grape, black. Again, I only have the in-color ribbon so I decided to make it work!! Used  MOJO Monday sketch challenge 166 from a week ago. Just recently received the SU textile texturz embossing folder and had to use it on the crumbcake panel. The white panel is embossed with Quikkutz dots. Concord grape ribbon was basted down the middle, scrunched, and adhered to another layer of the ribbon. Added a couple stick pins. Leaves and sentiment are from Verve's Great Friends set {one of my favs}!!

The sketch and colors:

My card... 

Yes, I SAID times 2!! Holidays and unexpected company slowed me down a little!!

Stacey's curtain call color challenge 57 (2 saturdays ago) used the colors cajun craze, turqoise, chocolate chip, basic gray, and white. Laid out the card and just needed to make the bow and adhere it all but, Thanksgiving and company came!! Used the MOJO Monday sketch 165 (2 Mondays ago also).

The card..


Ingredients: All stamps Verve and colors from Stacey's CCCC

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Vervey Enjoy Your Day!!

Last card for the weekly sketch/inspiration challenges on the Verve SCS forum. Pretty straightforward- sentiment stamped in teal onto a square that was stamped with pink pirouette leaves. Popped on top of the oval and vertical panels. Added some baubles and ribbon. DP is retired from SU and is glittery but, I'm back to using the lightbox {work during the day} and doesn't show up.

Inspiration pic was from Bath & Body works {need to stop by for stocking gifts for my two DD's and future GD}.


Stamps: Verve Big Wishes and Great Friend
Paper: SU retired dp, white, teal
Ink: teal
Accessories: baubles, SU ribbon

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Verve Week 3 and 4.... Catching Up!!

Verve weekly challenges on SCS- "no time, no time, ain't, ain't, ain't got no time"--- that is to add the sketches!! Really behind on challenges and cards right now. Don't tell my DDs that I used the word "ain't"- absolutely not allowed at my house!! LOL!!

Verve week 3- used first pic with blacks/grays with a touch of green. Here's my card...

I liked this card {not always pleased with what I make, KWIM??} Used  some new SEI dp called Moonrise.. has a lot of these colors and some orange. The sentiment panel {per the correct sketch} is supposed to be square, but, loved this circle instead. Sentiment is from Verve's Forever in Our Hearts and the circle image is from Verve's Just For You. Used retired SU ribbon and new antique brads. Added some rhinestones on the outer circle.

Verve Week 4....
Struggled with this card. Chose the first pic {inspiration is crinkly seam binding ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy- wonderful colors and great prices. Used some ribbon directly from the source. Chose the first set of ribbon- turquoise, rust, and dark gray/black?? This card I wasn't as pleased with. Like the layout {Julee's} and the colors. Here's the card....
Love that crinkly ribbon but, it isn't balanced or adjusted right...etc. etc. {I really, really could critique this card!! LOL!!}

Had fun though and that's what really counts- enjoying creating and trying!!