Friday, August 24, 2012

Simply Fabulous CASE Study

Hi Everyone!!

I made my card yesterday for Case Study 105 challenge to CASE another player. I chose this sweet and simple card you see here to the left by Maureen Merritt. I just loved it and I needed a quick card to do yesterday. I tried to keep my card CAS as well by following the basic pattern and layout of the original; but made it different by choosing some different colors and papers. I tried to add the button or flower; but it just didn't work with my design, so I left it off. The sentiment is from Verve's "Beautiful Kindness" set, which you can find in the Verve Store.
This is my final entry for the Verve Card Carnival. The release party is tonight!! I hope to see you all there in the SCS forums. I'm excited to see all the new sets and to see if I might be a lucky winner, as well! Yippee!! Good Luck to everyone.

I'm only entering this card into one other challenge (for now!)

PaperPlay Challenges: Sentiment as Focus

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Beautiful Kindness Sparkles

Good Morning Everyone!

Are you all still enjoying The Anni-Verve-Sary blog hop that's going on? I know I sure am. I can't wait to see all the new releases Friday night!!
I am here today to share my card for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I decided to use Verve's "Beautiful Kindness" set and focused on the sentiment.  The pattern papers are from the Stella Rose collection (Mabel papers) by My Mind's Eye. I used Pure Poppy, Hawaiian Shores and Simply Chartreuse papers from Paper Trey ink. Lots of sparkle on this card today!
I hope you like it.
Lots of challenges for this card, so I'm going to say goodbye for now so I can get all the links done.
Have a great day!!

Challenges:

Joanna Sheen Challenge: Sentiment as a Focus

Stampin Sisters in Christ: Sentiment only (no image)

Card Cupids: Anything Goes

Desert Island Crafters: my choices: (make it sparkle, flowers, embossing, swirls,

Pretty Little Ribbon Challenge: Use ribbon and add sparkle or bling

The Cupboard Trilogy: Embossing

Unique Crafters Challenge: Sparkle and Shine

Lollipop Crafts: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Stamp with Fun: Sparkle/Bling

Tammy's Scrapin Corner: Anything Goes

The Crazy Challenge: Anything Goes

Mojo Monday: Sketch

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dream Big (CASE study 104)

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was good. Yesterday was quite busy; and truth be told, I'm quite happy that everyone has gone to school and work today! I am still working on my challenges for the Anni-VERVE-sary celebration going on over at the Verve Blog. If you're playing along also, remember you have until this Friday to get all your creations completed and uploaded to the proper SCS gallery etc.I can't wait for Friday when all the new sets will be available in the Verve Store.
For today, however, I wanted to share my card for the current CASE study challenge. The challenge this time was to CASE a member of the design team. Well, for me this was a no brainer! I chose one of my all time favorite stampers and bloggers, the uber talented Teresa Kline. Seriously, this girl's creations....well, they just make my heart flutter! LOVE her! This is the card I chose to CASE from Teresa. She blogged it recently here in this post; and I just thought it was beautiful. Sometimes CASEing a card can be tricky because the idea is that you use another persons design to create your own without necessarily just copying what the original person did. For me, I knew right away that I wanted to keep the Eiffel Tower image as a focus, so I used a set called "Vintage Traveler" from Our Craft Lounge and I tried to also keep the basic color scheme with the neutrals and pinks and light green/blues.I also wanted to keep the basic layout of the card as well. I used Dark Chocolate, Sage Shadow, Kraft, some pattern paper from My Mind's Eye. The sentiment at the bottom is from Verve's "Tag Time". I roughed up the edges and then did a bit of distressing with Victorian Velvet, and Vintage Photo distress inks. Finally, I added the flower and button embellishment and completed the card.
I was quite pleased with the final result; and I hope you all like it as well!

Challenges for this card:

Delightful Challenges: Punches and Dies

365 Cards: Muted (no bright colors or designs)

Craft Your Days Away: Anything Goes

Catered Crop: Distressing

The Crafty Pad: Dies/Punches

Friday, August 17, 2012

Love U so Much (Anni-VERVE-sary Day 2)

 Good Morning Everyone!

Once again, I'm on my out the door again this morning. I sure have been busy lately, so I'm very glad the weekend is here! I want to share with you my card for the 2nd release challenge for Verve's Anni-VERVE-sary challenge. I'm still trying to play a bit of catch up (see note above about being busy! LOL) Oh my goodness! There is so much going on in Verve World this week, it's enough to make your head spin!! Which is awesome, cause there's lots of chances to win great prizes for new stamps which will soon be available in the Verve Store. Be sure to visit the Verve Blog to find out all the details about everything you need to do to get on this fun celebration!

The challenge for day 2 was to make an Anniversary (loosely interpreted as a "love" card) that contained a silver or wood element which are the modern and traditional gifts given for 5 year anniversary gift. I used this week's SCS sketch challenge along with this week's Color Throwdown challenge. (I don't have the exact SU colors; but I think I found comparable equivalents!) For my silver element, I embossed a strip of Aluminum foil with a "Hearts" embossing folder as well as adding some silver stickles as shown. I used Verve's "You and I" set (along with coordinating "I heart you" Cut above Die Set) I also use the set "Tag Time" and the "Curvy Bookplate" Die

Now, it's a little hard to see in the picture; but I did add scoring lines to the Aqua Mist background for another element of texture. I decided not to link this one up for anymore challenges, since I'm a bit pressed for time.

I do hope you like it. Thanks so much for stopping by, and I'll see you all again sometime this weekend (or maybe not until Monday!)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Call to Me (Anni-VERVE-Sary Day 1)


Good Morning Everyone!

Today is the first day of school for everyone! Just got all the kiddos on the bus and have a little while to post a card before I'm out the door for some other events today. Did you know that Verve Stamps is getting ready to release more new stamps?! Yep! August 24th is when they'll be available. However, there is lots of stuff going on with great opportunities to win some free stamps and see sneak peaks for the guest designer. Pop on over to the Verve Blog and read all about it. I decided to participate in the challenges being posted in the SCS forum. Granted, I just started yesterday and I'm going to have play catch up; but you have until August 24th to get all five challenges done and uploaded to the proper gallery in SCS.

Ok, so the first challenge is a color challenge to use Pink, Green and Brown. I used Dark Chocolate, Sage Shadow, Kraft and a Pink from my stash. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. The scripted background stamp on the Sage Shadow piece  is "Tapestry Script Background" by Basic Grey. The scripture stamp in the center is a Verve Plain Jane stamp called "Jeremiah 33:3"  I cut the cross in the corner using Cut above Die set from Verve. I used some embossing folders on the Kraft and pink and then distressed the edges to give it all a bit of texture.

Challenges:

Creative Card Crew: Newsprint,Script, Music etc

Creative Craft Challenges: Just a Sentiment

Flourishes: Use Kraft paper

Tuesday Testimonials: Anything goes with a Scripture

Fresh Brewed Blog: No digis, rubber stamps only

My Mum's Craft Shop: Use Kraft

Whimsy Stamps: Lots of Layers

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mojo Monday Christmas!


Good Morning!

Well, here it is, the first Christmas card of the season! I don't think I've ever made one quite this early before; but I just couldn't resist when I was flipping through my stamp sets and found this adorable set from Verve called "Santa's Little Helper" Since I was using the Mojo Monday sketch, it was even more perfect! I also used one of my favorite Christmas color Combinations: White, Red and Aqua. I used some embossing folders to add some texture to the white layers I used.I added some red stickles to the Poinsettia in his hat and put some glossy accents on his hate and his little nose. So he's all sparkly and shiny in real life...it's a little hard to see in the picture, though.
All in all, it was a pretty simple card to put together and a lot of fun as well!
Just a few challenges for this card. Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll see you tomorrow!











 
Mojo Monday: Sketch

Catered Crop: White as Focus

Christmas Card Challenges: Texture

Lexi's Creations: Sparkle and Shine

Love to Create: Sparkle

Monday, August 13, 2012

Beautiful Baby

Good Morning!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was good. I took the kids to the pool early in the day and then we had a wicked storm late into the afternoon and lost power for a while. This was actually OK, because it translated into a dinner out because...hey can't cook if the oven won't turn on!!
Anyhow, yesterday I was able to do a bit of crafting while all the boys in my life spent some time at the pool. I figured between swimming lessons and the time at the pool Saturday, I'd logged enough hours at the pool for a little while!
This card I'm sharing today is an usual card for me. As you can see, it's all white. One of my challenges for the day (see list below) was to use a white on white scheme with just a pop of color in the sentiment or image. I think that white on white cards can be very elegant; but you have to remember that because every layer is the same color (or lacks color....however you prefer to think of it) you have to make each layer distinctive from the next. I have found the best way to do this is to add various forms of texture, which is what I did. For the first layer (not including the card base) I used my Inkadinkado Polka Dot stamp and embossed it on the white card stock using Versa Mark and irridescent embossing powder, so it's all sparkly when you move it around. I embossed the next two layers with different embossing folders. I wanted to add a bit more dimension, so I cut two circles using my Petite scallop circle nestablitlies before adding the layer of flowers. I added the sentiment, which is an old stamp from SU and completed the card!
I hope you like it! Thanks for sharing part of your day with me, and I'll see ya tomorrow!!

Challenges:

365 Cards: Blossoming (Use at least 3 flowrs on your project)

All Sorts Challenge: Use Circles

Craftymess Challenge: Words (no images)

Crazy 4 Challenges: White on White

Just Some Lines: Layer it Up

Rogue Redhead Designs: Shape recipe (use at least 1 rectangle, 1 square and 1 circle)

Speedy and Friends: Use Dots

Sweet Stop: Sketch

One Stitch at a Time: Anything Goes

Friday, August 10, 2012

Glad we're Friends

Hi Everyone!

Just here to share a quick card with you. Sorry I haven't been around much this week. It's been a busy week; but I did find time yesterday to put a quick card together for this week's Color Throw Down challenge. When I saw the colors, I just knew I had to put something together for it. I love this combination of Grey, Pumpkin Pie, Red and Vanilla. Now, my flower in the middle for some reason looks more blue in the picture than it does in real life. It's actually grey, I promise!
Anyhow, I'm going to try to do some more crafting today, so I better get busy with all the domestic stuff I need to do before I can play!

Color Throwdown: Color Challenge #204
House that Stamps Built: Sketch
Simon Says Stamp: and play Bingo (I chose diecuts, free, glitter)
Stamp n Doodle: Button

Just a few challenges for this card. Enjoy your day, and I'll be back soon!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Rainy Day Crafting

Hi Everyone!

It was an overcast, cloudy rainy day yesterday here, so I thought it would be a perfect day to do some crafting. I decided to go to my mom's house and spend some time with her. She's a crafter as well; but we haven't had anytime to stamp together since I moved back here close to her.
I was able to make two cards and was pleased as punch with both of them! So for this first card, I used "I heart 2 Stamp's" August Sketch (FYTT) The paper I used is from my mom's stash (I think the pattern paper came from K&company). The sentiment and the butterfly are from Verve's "Blue Skies" set. I thought it was oddly appropriate that as I was carrying the cards inside after returning from my mom's house, that a raindrop fell right onto the sentiment. I guess the rain wanted to be a true part of the sentiment as well! When I send the card to someone, I'll redo the sentiment; but for now I'm keeping the raindrop!

Challenges for this card include:

Catch the Bug: Anything Goes
That Craft Place: Things with wings

The second card for today is one I'll be giving to a family in my husband's office who recently had a baby girl. Sometimes, you don't always have to have the exact words on a card for it to be perfectly acceptable. I loved this pattern paper (again from my mom's stash) and thought the stamp and sentiment from Verve's "Joyful Blooms" set was perfect for a baby card. This card was simple; but I think it's rather elegant as well.

Challenges for this card include:

Card Positioning Systems "Sketch"
Stamping Sisters in Christ: Baby or pastels
Challenge up Your Life: Anything goes
Our Creative Corner: Bling it up and an item from nature (my flower is my nature item)

Have a great day everyone! Thanks for visiting with me.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Happy Everything



Hi Everyone!

Phew, I'm finally getting around to posting this card. I actually made it yesterday; but I've been super busy and just haven't had a chance to sit down at the computer until now.
Today I have, what I hope will be a bright and cheerful card for you.
I used papers from Basic Grey, and PTI as well as stamps from Hero Arts. Lots of challenges for this card, so let me just jump right in here with the links and try to get them all here before I'm off and running with the kids to swimming lessons!

Craft your Passion: Sketch

Make it Monday: Anything Goes

Paper Playtime: Anything Goes

Paper Pretties: 2 Pattern Papers

Simon Says Stamp and Show: Sentiments

Craft Room-Buttons and Bows

Crazy Amigo: Dies and Punches

Die Cut Divas: Anything Goes

Party Time Tuesday: Anything Goes

The Stamping Boutique: Anything Goes

Twisted Tuesday: Anything Goes

Hopefully, I can find some time to do some more crafting over the weekend! Until then, enjoy your day and I'll see you again soon.




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