Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FAITH can move mountains!!

Trying to squeak another card in... are you a quick card maker... sit down and "do it all" in one setting...I can do that if the setting is a few hours! Otherwise.. I piddle- start one, start the next, start the next and come back and decide. So, I've been out of town and didn't get to piddle....

Started this card for the Verve Diva Dare using the Viva la Verve sketch week 2 with Charmaine.      Just now finishing..

"Kay I am a patterned paper addict... admit it... love it... and had to play with some. Verve dies- banner, scalloped trim trio, Goodness Flowers, Verve stamps- Let It Be and Surely Goodness (whenever I hear the Surely Goodness- have to add on "shall follow me all the days of my life")

Charmaine's sketch...

The Diva Dare is to incorporate Teresa's shabby/distressing with Julee's uplifting if I had more time- I should've added some mixed media- have collected all kinds of stuff but, need to get my fingers inky!!

Details/links later- under the wire one more time this week.... have you ever been there?

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Serendipity Stamps Release!!

Good Wednesday morn'... it's even better as I have some new Serendipity stamps to show today... YIPPEE!! The DT is having a hop today and I am the start. If you get lost long the way, go to the Serendipity blog for a list/links of everyone participating. AND there are prizes!!

I've got a few pics... hang in there!

We'll call it Christmas/Fall in July with a fun addition!! I'm showcasing the Christmas in July and a fun sentiment!!

First up is this fabulous tree... LOVE!! So whimsical...aren't those curly cues on the ends of the branches fabulous and the swirly snow!!

Stamped the image a couple of times and colored with copics, the tree was popped up with foam dots and then, I added another tree to the inside leaving the ends of the branches loose. Used traditional Christmas colors, added a lot of layers, some stitching, and a big ole' bow. The star was stamped several times, fussy cut, glittered in bronze and popped up everywhere... having too much fun!!  
Here's the inside...

Next up is  a snowman/snowwomen :)

Used some non-traditional colors on this one. Stamped the image, colored with copics and fussy cut.. The snowman was inserted between some patterned paper hills and popped up for dimension. The background textured paper was stamped with a Serendipity snowflake (enlarge the pic- the detail is fabulous) and heat embossed with white.

My last card... was a bit of fun!!

Mary created this sentiment to go with... well, anything!! This is my scrappy card.

And, the inside....

Was thinking about my sis when I made this one... she has a BIG B-Day coming next year and... party plans are a week at a house at Hilton Head (looking at 16- that's a big week long party for us) .... didn't have to twist my arm to go to the beach!!

If you lasted this long, thanks!

Prizes-- One random commenter will receive the complete set of the new 4 rubber cling stamps. They have until 12 pm on 8/4 to leave a comment. Winner will be announced on the Serendipity blog on 8/5.

The next stop along the hop is Anya Schrier-- always inspiring -- can't wait to see what she created!!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Thanks chickie!!

I've been gone out of town and Waltzingmouse Stamps is having a...

I almost missed it....

I didn't find out until the night I was leaving but, I started on this "scrappy" card for a CASE study challenge using WMS Funky Feathers in a "funky" way and never had the chance to finish and post. One of the pajama party challenges is to use feathers. Had fun doing something different although the jury is still out on the overall effect!

More details later.... down to the wire on this one :)

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

SSCB #16--- Just Because!!

I LOVE this image!!
Happy Wednesday... not only is it "Hump Day" but, it's the next installment in the Serendipity Stamps Challenge... WOOT WOOT! This week it's all about fabric... that is use fabric on your creation but, not ribbon {felt, burlap, canvas, material - you get the idea!}
Mine's a little clean and simple... BUT I adore this image and I think it is most striking in a CAS card!! The pottery reminds me of the Southwest or all those boutiques/craft showrooms with handmade and hand painted pottery.

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo black and heat embossed with clear {makes the images/outlines stronger} and colored just a titch with copics. The coloring was purposeful- adding some color but, keeping the images the focus. Stamped the image again and cut out the flower jar and adhered it on top with foam dots.  Then, I spritzed with a black Maya Mist and added a few enamel dots in the upper corner for a little sumthin' sumthin' {they appear to be navy in this photo but, they are black}.

My fabric is the red burlap which I think just makes the vases pop!!

Oh, and I finished off the inside too...

Perfect sentiment, IMHO!!

Hope you find time to join us, and...

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and link it below. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For extra inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

Pauline Pollington
Miriam Napier
Jenny Gropp 

Here's the link to Serendipity Stamps since you may feel the need to go looking and shopping :))

The deal right now is a 40% Off coupon. The code is "40fromhigh713" good through 7/31.

A tidbit of information...Mary creates/sells her stamp images/sentiments in wood, cling, and cling cushion. The images are clean and crisp!! Me, I use the cling cushion; crisp image and easy to use with acrylic blocks but, you can purchase in all three options.

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Stamps: Serendipity Vases 549QCL, and Sentiment 611B
Ink: Tuxedo Black {Memento}, Real Red {SU}
Paper: Whisper White, Black {SU}
Accessories: Burlap {craft website}, Enamel dots {MME}, Mist {Maya Road}


Monday, July 22, 2013

hope it tickles!!

Still "trying" to dabble in CAS design. And I hadn't inked up my new Waltzingmouse Stamps Funky Feathers so....

Maybe I don't do a lot of CAS since I have a really hard time photographing white!! Used the colors from the ColorQ challenge for this week. Stamped the feathers onto an oval nestie and layered onto a deckled oval nestie and popped up with foam dots.

 Used the sketch from CAS(E) this sketch but, missed the deadline.... needed some help with the CAS design and they have fabulous sketches!!

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Sunday, July 21, 2013


I had to play in the inaugural Curtain Call challenge...used to play in the original and Stacey has revitalized the challenge...and Verve is the kickoff sponsor soo....

It's everything nautical...

Used Verve's Strong Anchor and papers from Fancy Pants- Down by the Shore to create my card. The sentiment was stamped on Verve's Curvy Bookplate die and layered onto a nestie which was layered onto a Lil Inkers stitched circle die. Added a wheel and anchor using Verve's Nautical die set and the matching images from Strong Anchor. Sketch is Jen's from week 3 of the Verve's sketches on SCS.

Okay, okay.... I added a little red, but, it IS my favorite color and it IS a traditional nautical color!!

Also, linking up to the Simon Says Stamp challenge.... By the Sea. (used Fancy Pants Down by the Shore)

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Smiling as I type this thinking of my "donkey" friend whom I won this set from as blog candy!! It was in celebration of her SCS dirtiness!!

Anyway, it was high time I did something with it.

This is a pretty CAS card for me!! I went with the Color Throwdown colors this week. Used Jen's Deconstructed sketch. Tried to think of something to do around those adorable cameras but, my mind was blank....ever have those days!!

'Kay how about some enamel dots...

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Friday, July 19, 2013

CBS- Our Birthday Feathers....

Playing with some feathers from Clearly Besotted Stamps (linking to the whole shebang vs. the specific stamps- lots to look at).  I only have a couple sets but, sure do LOve them!! Stephanie has started a challenge blog... this time the  challenge is Seeing Dots and there are prizes. Click the link and scroll down a little.

My card...

Love these feathers and sentiments. There are dies now too.... on my wish list :) This is sweet and short.... sweet stamps... short post.

Happy Friday! Hoping you had a great week and have a fabulous WE!!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

on your special day!!

Combined the WPlus9 Monday Mood Board with this week's Retrosketch and made a fun little card!!

Not sure I will "evah" get tired of the Fresh Cut Florals and coordinating dies from WPlus9!! The stitched circles were created with Lil Inkers dies and the checked background {using SU crumbcake- stamped off every other row} uses WPlus9's Country Charm.

The sketch...

Dawn's Monday Mood Board...
I went with the colors {added crumbcake} and the flowers. 

Checking the weather... we've been having a "boatload" of rain here in NC and it's getting in the way of cruising/chilling at the lake {well for some of us- and for others... in the way of skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding} but, it looks like this WE will be sunny!! My daughter and I were discussing tonite- we bought this great big ole' lounge {10 x 16} for those of us to lounge/relax/get sun/swim while the others are skiing, tubing, wakeboarding!! Just blow it up and anchor it- we're good to go!!

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

CASE study- One Love

Okie dokie- the NC weather is still not cooperating so, I ended up with some free time and played in the CASE study challenge this week. The MUSE this month is Jocelyn Olson and we are being treated to some hybrid fabulousness.

Jocelyn's card...
I have never done anything like this and honestly wasn't sure I had it in me, LOL!! Just don't normally have that much patience with programs and I'm usually a "hands on" kinda girl!!
My hybrid card....

That's a pic of my daughter at her wedding. I was pretty proud of myself for accomplishing this and not sure I remember all the steps in PSE to do it again!! I purchased my digital frame from  Lillypad  and the sentiment is from Verve Love Story. Added some red seam binding ribbon/bow and a flower.

While I was into the wedding pics, I thought I would post a few from the wedding {was supposed to do that for a couple of my blog friends and I'm about a year and a half late--- sorry!!

My daughter had a small but, lovely wedding. The wedding and reception were held in a historical home that had been through many changes/owners and was even an appt. type home at one time. The current owners renovated it- saved what they could from the original home and now they have events. It's a beautiful southern home.
This is a pic of Lauren and my youngest daughter, Haley.

This picture is of Lauren, Michael, and children (Devin and Maddie).

The flower girls. Lauren had ordered them flowers to match everyone else and then the oldest let us know that she thought she was throwing petals so..... I am a "sucker" for granting a fairytale!! For the wedding they had little baskets and threw rose petals.

The first pic is my youngest Haley {a close up} and the second is one happy bride!!
Sorry about the pics not being totally lined up right but, blogger is giving me a headache!!
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Strong Anhcor- Verve Week 1

Happy Friday!!! I'm hoping for a little sunshine this weekend so we can go cruising on the boat- hasn't worked out lately due to the NC rainy weather (last count was rainy 27 of last 31 days). We had a holiday WE last week (4 days off) and didn't try to go out on the boat until Sunday- it was a bit of a fiasco!! My SIL was determined to enjoy the lake in the rain- my DD and DH owe me big time- I was the party pooper that said it's time to go in!!

Anyway-thinking of all things nautical... here's my card for Verve's week 1 sketch (SCS Verve forum- weekly sketches- participate in all 4 and post and you could win big!!)

Played with Verve's Strong Anchor set and Nautical dies. Aren't the wheel and anchors adorable and the sentiment is fabulous!! Love the rope image (circle used here). Papers are Fancy Pants Down by the Shore- perfect with these images, IMHO!!
Amber's sketch...

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