Friday, November 19, 2010


TGIF!!!! Truer words have never been spoken! This week has been very loooong. I've been at work everyday this week, and winter has arrived in Alberta with a bang. It started snowing Monday afternoon, and has been snowing off and on ever since. We now have about 6 inches of snow on the ground, and it is here to stay.

This card uses Jen del Muno's SFYTT from this past Saturday. The stamp is one that I found at Scrapbooker's Paridise, and is from a Canadian company called The Stamp Barn. As soon as I saw the Shakespeare quote, I knew I had to have it.

I stamped the image in black Staz On ink on watercolor paper, and used my aqua painter and distress inks to watercolor the image.

Here's the recipe:
Card Sketch : Jen del Muno's SFYTT
Stamps: The Stamp Barn - Shakespeare's Blessing
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Watercolor paper, Lavender Moon, Bo-Bunny DSP - Midnight Frost
Ink: Staz On Black, Distress inks - Vintage Photo, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Victorian Velvet, Forest Moss, Aged Mahogany
Accessories: Aqua painter, Cuttlebug, Shapeabilities - Snowflake Wonder, rhinestones, dimensionals
Techniques: watercolor painting, dry embossing

Sunday, November 14, 2010


If you've ever checked out my gallery at Splitcoast Stamper's, you know how I love patterned paper, especially Basic Grey!! I think I have owned just about every 6x6 collection that Basic Grey has released. Here is another Christmas card that I made using Basic Grey's Jovial collection. I think the card is pretty self explanatory so I'll leave you with the details.

Here's the recipe:
Card Sketch: SCS306
Stamps: PTI - Holiday Button Bits, Background Basics: Christmas
Paper: Simply Chartruse, Pure Poppy, Basic Grey DSP - Jovial
Ink: Versamark, Black, Distress Ink - Old Paper, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (Circles, Pinking circles), gold EP, clear EP, buttons, DMC floss, dimensionals
Techniques: embossing, sponging

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Peace Be Still

I think it's safe to say that I am in full Christmas card mode! This card uses Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge 99. The only thing stamped on this card is the sentiment, which I think is a first for me.

The dove is die cut from Vintage Cream felt, the circles are cut using nestabilities, and the die cut border is Papertrey Ink's Victorian Lace die. I cut the border out of Bermuda Bay twice, and offset it before adhering it to the back of the Jovial decorative paper. The Aqua Mist background is embossed with the bookprint impression plate, which is also from Papertrey Ink.

Here's the rest of the details:
Card Sketch: MTSC 99
Stamps: PTI - Peace Be Still
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Aqua Mist, Basic Grey DSP - Jovial
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Fresh Snow
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (circles), PTI Victorian Lace die, Peace Be Still Die, Bookprint Impression plate, vintage cream felt, Kaiser black pearls, clear rhinestones, aqua mist buttons, cream button twine, dimensionals
Techniques: dry embossing, sponging

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Ghost of Christmas (Releases) Past

While I am waiting with breathless anticipation for Canada Post to deliver the latest Verve release, I got out some Verve from Christmas releases past.

I love this snowman from the Snow Wonderful set. He is soooo cute and easy to cut out. I stamped him on kraft cardstock, and colored him with Fresh Snow ink from Papertrey Ink, using a Q-tip. His scarf and nose are colored with Copic markers. His top hat, eyes and buttons are highlighted with Ranger Black Enamel Accents. The sentiment, snowflakes, and snowflake wreath are from Christmas in the Air. The decorative paper is from the 6x6 pad of Midnight Frost by Bo-Bunny Press. This collection has all sorts of different shades of blue snowflake prints, with a hint of burgundy.

P.S. Both these Verve sets are now on sale!!

Here's the rest of the recipe:
Sketch: Jen's SFYTT
Stamps: Verve - Christmas in the Air, Snow Wonderful
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Kraft, Bo Bunny DSP - Midnight Frost
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Fresh Snow, Chipped Sapphire, Stormy Sky
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities(Circle, Label 4), white EP, Scarlet Jewel ribbon, Ranger black enamel accents, sewing machine, dimensionals, Copics
Techniques: sponging, embossing, Copics

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge - Marigolds

Good Monday morning! I can say that because I have the day off! Yesterday, between walking Will in the Alberta sunshine, and preparing dinner for my parents, I made this card using Karen Giron's SSSC 92.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I saw this marigold image from Papertrey Ink's Year of Flowers set for October. I colored it with Copic markers (something I need to use more!), and matched it up with some Basic Grey Pyrus paper. The sketch calls for a large embellishment where the glazed brads are, but I wanted the flower to take centre stage, so I exercised some artistic license and used the brads instead.

Here's the recipe:
Sketch: SSSC92
Stamps: PTI - Year of Flowers:Marigold, Signature Greetings
Paper: Always Artichoke, Orange Zest, Wild Wasabi, White, Basic Grey - Pyrus
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (Square, and Scalloped Square), Copics, Basic Grey glazed brads - Pyrus, Woodgrain Impression plate, dimensionals
Techniques: dry embossing, Copics

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Jingle All the Way

Good Morning all! Here's my card for Viva la Verve for the second week of November. As you can see, I went with the red and cream color scheme again in the second photo. I did however use a tiny bit of blue from the first photo, so we'll call this a doubly inspired card! (LOL!!)

The snowflakes are from PTI's Peace Be Still set. I placed five of the snowflakes on one acrylic block so it was quick and easy to stamp the snowflake ovals. The plaid mat, bell, and sentiment are from PTI's Tiny Treats Christmas set (which is SUPER CUTE!) I colored the bell with Copics, and mounted it on a pinked circle of Pure Poppy felt cut from PTI's Limitless Layers circle dies.

That's all for now. I'm off to church this morning. We are having a mass said for my Grandma who passed away 4 years ago. I hope to spend the afternoon stamping before my Mom and Dad come over for supper.

Here's the recipe:
Amber's Sketch for November Week 2

Stamps: PTI - Tiny Treats Christmas, Peace Be Still
Paper: Pure Poppy, Very Vanilla, white, Rustic Snowflakes DSP
Ink: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy, Tea Dye Touch Duo, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Mat Stack 1, Limitless Layers circle dies, Nestabilities oval dies, Copics, Pure Poppy felt, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging, Copics

Saturday, November 6, 2010

MOJO Saturday

It's Saturday!!! It's been ages since I've been able to play with Julee's MOJO Monday sketch challenge. This week's sketch really caught my eye. It is very simple, so there are oodles of possibilities!

I've been following Jennifer McGuire's Thinking Inking Christmas series over at her blog, so I was inspired to dig out my distress inks and blending tools to make the main background. The nativity stamp is from Stampendous which I picked up at my local scrapbooking store, Scrapbooker's Paradise. It is stamped in Versamark on some Basic Grey Jovial paper, and then embossed with chocolate embossing powder. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from PTI's 2010 Holiday Tag set. The little charm dangling from the ribbon is a Tim Holtz fragment with some more Jovial paper.

Now it's time to take Puppy Will to Three Mile Bend for a walk, and then I'm going to see the movie version of The Tempest with Christopher Plummer, that was filmed at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival this past season. I was fortunate enough to see this production in person in September during my yearly visit to Stratford. It was AMAZING so I've had today circled on my calendar for a long time.

Here's the Recipe:
Sketch: MOJO163

Stamps: Stampendous - Sacred Silhouettes, and Music Score, PTI - 2010 Holiday Tags
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey DSP - Jovial
Ink: Versamark, Distress Inks - Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (long rectangles, scalloped rectangles, labels 4), White EP, Chocolate EP, Cranberry Crisp stitched ribbon, Tim Holtz Fragment, dimensionals, gold cord

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Christmas Wishes

Happy Wednesday! It's that time of year where I start to think about Christmas cards. I don't know about you, but I LOVE Christmas stamps. Every year I add to my collection, and this year is no different. This card uses PTI's Big & Bold Holiday Wishes, and Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 91. I kept this card super simple so that it is easy to mass produce. In the past, I would decide on one design of Christmas card, and that's what everyone on my list would get. Recently though, I've started making fewer cards of the same design, to allow me to show some lovin' to all my Christmas stamps. I don't make a different card for everyone, but I am making a bigger variety of Christmas cards. KWIM?? I made 6 of this design which are probably destined for my church's craft sale.

Here's the recipe and link to Karen's Sketch:
Stamps: PTI - Big & Bold Holiday Wishes
Paper: Pinefeather, Blueberry Sky, Christmas Print, Distressed Dots, white
Ink: Pine Needles Distress Ink, Pure Poppy, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Red Rhinestone, dimensionals
Techniques: stencilling, sponging
Sketch: SSSC91

Monday, November 1, 2010

You Make Me Smile

Well, it's the beginning of another new month, so it's time for a new addition of Viva la Verve. My card this week uses some new Verve (at least new to me!), and a red and cream color scheme. Dawn McVey did a fantastic set of tags in this color scheme which you can check out HERE. Then a few posts later, she created this AMAZING CARD.

Here's the Recipe:
Amber's Sketch: VLVNOV2010 - Week1
Stamps: PTI - Quilter's Sampler Additions, Fillable Frames 9, Verve - Fabulous You, Stampendous - Music Score
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pure Poppy
Ink: Vintage Cream, Pure Poppy
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Beautiful Blooms Dies, Fillable Frames 9 die, Pure Poppy, and Vintage Cream felt, SU Neutral buttons, red eyelet, MS Baker's Twine, DMC floss

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Nicole

Yesterday was my niece Nicole's 6th birthday, and the entire family was at my brother's for a birthday barbecue. It didn't rain until about 8:30 but the air was very smokey due to forest fires in British Columbia, so we had to take the party inside. We are all hoping that the rain will take care of the smoke.

I stamped Birthday Flopsey on watercolor paper in Staz On black ink, and then used my aqua painter and reinkers to color him in. I added some pink rhinestones to the top and bottom of the frame, and some Diamond Stickles on the flames of the candles, because Nicole LOVES anything that sparkles.

Here are the details:
Stamps: MFT - Birthday Flopsey, PTI - Background Basics - Tin Type
Paper: Simply Chartruse, Aqua Mist, Pink Pirouette, watercolor paper, Basic Grey DSP - Lemonade
Ink: Staz on black, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swirls EF, Nestabilities Labels 10, watercolor pen, SU reinkers (Creamy Caramel, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Green Galore), Diamond Stickles, Kaiser pink rhinestones, dimensionals
Sketch used: MTSC61

Thursday, August 19, 2010

More Verve and Happy B-Day Nicole

I got a chance to finish the two remaining sketch challenges for Verve's 3rd Anni-VERVE-sary. I have to say the sketch three was a bit of a stinker! I'm very happy with how it turned out though. I painted the butterfly with Smooch Illuminate ink after coloring it with Copics, so it is very shimmery in real life. All the Verve Divas are doing an awesome job with the sneak peaks, so I REALLY hope I win a little something. My wallet could use the break!!!

Sketch A

Stamps: Verve - Abundant Blessings
Paper: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Very Vanilla, October Afternoon DSP - The Thrift Shop, Blushing Bride DSP
Ink: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Tea Dye Touch Duo
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, New Leaf Bitty dots ribbon, Diamond Lace border punch, dimensionals

Sketch C
Stamps: Verve - Blue Skies
Paper: Pure Poppy, Simply Chartruse, Very Vanilla, white, October Afternoon DSP - The Thrift Shop, and Fly a Kite
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black,Crushed Olive Distress ink
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Copics, Pure Poppy ribbon, Corner Rounder, dimensionals, Cuttlebug, X-large ric-rac die (PTI), Simply Chartruse felt, black mini brads, Smooch - Illuminate

Today is my niece Nicole's 6th birthday. The entire family (two-legged, and four-legged members) are heading to my brother's place this evening for a birthday barbeque. Here's hoping the weather holds out!! I hope to have her birthday card to show you tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Verve Sketches X 3

Happy Wednesday!! It's Verve release week, and even better, it's Verve's 3rd Anniversary. Julee has created some awesome sketches for this release week challenge. I have three of the five done. Hopefully I can get the other two finished today. Here's what I have so far.

Sketch B
Stamps: Verve - Believe, One Person
Paper: Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, White, October Afternoon DSP - The Thrift Shop
Ink: Marina Mist, So Saffron, Memento Rich Cocoa, Tea Dye Touch Duo
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Copics, Chocolate satin ribbon, Antique Linen Stickles, Corner Rounder, dimensionals

Sketch D
Stamps: Verve - Blue Skies, Floral Whimsy
Paper: Spring Rain, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, October Afternoon DSP - Fly a Kite
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Spring Rain
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Square lattice EF, sewing machine, SU markers (Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight), Spring Rain ribbon, corner rounder, crystal effects, dimensionals

Sketch E
Stamps: Verve - Accent Notes, Always on My Mind
Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Aqua Mist, October Afternoon DSP - The Thrift Shop
Ink: Aqua Mist, Real Red, Tea Dye Touch Duo
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, sewing machine, ribbon (Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Real Red), Kaiser Pearls - Bliss, Liquid Pearls - White Opal, corner rounder, dimensionals

Sunday, August 8, 2010

MOJO Monday on Sunday

Happy Sunday! It's been ages since I've participated in MOJO Monday. Last night, Mother Nature decided it was a great time for a thunder storm, so in between lightening strikes, I came up with this card.

Card Details:
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II - PTI, Circular Sayings - Verve
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, October Afternoon DSP - Fly a Kite
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Tea Dye Touch Duo
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EF, Beautiful Blooms Die, Corner Rounder, 1 1/8 circle punch, Diamond Lace border punch, Dark Chocolate felt, Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, Harvest Gold buttons, DMC floss

Card Sketch: MOJO150

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Anni-Verve-say Blog Hop

Welcome to the Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop! Verve turns three today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! If you've already been hopping along, you arrived here from ANDREA'S BLOG. If not, head on over to Julee's Blog (owner of Verve), for all the info on how to win prizes (after all, what's a party without presents?), and to start hopping from the beginning. If there's a hiccup along the hop, you can always head to the Master Hop List to get the full list of links.

In honor of Verve's 3rd Anniversary, I used two of my favorite Verve sets for this card. Petals and Stems, and Blessings, along with a bunch of new Stampin' Up goodies.

Thanks for hopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to SARAH'S BLOG, for a little more Verve-y goodness. Thanks for stopping by!!

Card Details:
Stamps: Blessings and Petals and Stems by Verve

Paper: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, white, Sunny Garden DSP, Greenhouse Gala DSP (SU!)
Ink: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait
Extras: Sewing Machine, buttons, DMC floss, dimensionals
Card Sketch: Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #122

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Viva la Verve July 2010

It's that time of the month again (No, not THAT time!) It's Viva la Verve champions post time!! Here are my cards for the month of July.

Week 1
Stamps: PTI - Year of Flowers: Roses, Take Three: Summer
Paper: White, Raspberry Fizz, 2009 Bitty Dot DSP, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, In Bloom Impression Plate, Copics, sewing machine, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Kaiser pearls - black, dimensionals

Week 2
Stamps: Verve - Blue Skies, PTI - Giga Guidelines, Background Basics:Tin Types
Paper: White, So Saffron, October Afternoons DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Square Lattice EF, Nestabilities, buttons, DMC floss, So Saffron Twill ribbon, Smooch - Illuminate, dimensionals

Week 3
Stamps: Celtic Knots, Verve - Always on My Mind
Paper: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, River Rock
Ink: Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Vintage Cream, Versamark
Accessories: Paper piercer, mat pack, Making Memories Lacy brad, clear EP, dimensionals

Week 4

Stamps: Favorite Thoughts, PTI - Tea Time Additions
Paper: Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Blueberry Crisp DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Sahara, Sand, Not Quite Navy, Basic Gray, Vintage Cream
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Victorian EF, Ric Rac die , and teacup die (PTI), Kaiser Pearls - Chino, kraft taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

Monday, July 26, 2010

You Make Me Smile

A HUGE thank you to everyone who commented on my blog hop post yesterday! This card was inspired by Kristina Werner's Make a Card Monday from July 12. I have a ton of ribbon scraps so this is the perfect way to use them up.
Card Details:
Stamps: PTI - Signature Greetings, Background Basics: Petal Power
Paper: Kraft
Ink: Vintage Cream, Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Beautiful Blooms die, ribbon scraps, button, cream button twine, white gel pen, dimensionals

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy Birthday Julee!

Hey There! It's Juliee Tilman's Birthday, and I am thrilled and honored to join the Verve Divas and friends in a special birthday blog hop. (My very first blog hop I might add!!!) I love all of Julee's creations. I love all the sentiments and sayings she puts together for the Verve stamp sets, and I really love her stamping style. She is also a very generous person. There's always a chance to win Verve stamps between new release giveaways, Project Parade giveaways, and my personal favorite, Viva la Verve on Splitcoast stampers.

Here's my birthday card for Julee. It uses one of the first Verve sets I bought, and one of the sets that got me hooked on Verve - Floral Whimsy. It also uses another one of my "go to" Verve sets, Circular Sayings.

Thanks for stopping by. The next stop on Julee's Fabulous Birthday Journey is Verve Diva Extraordinaire, Charmaine Ikach of Oodabug Alley

Card Details:
Stamps - Verve Floral Whimsy, Circular Sayings
Paper - Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss, white, Basic Grey DSP - Olivia
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Extras - Copics, 1 3/8" circle punch, SU scalloped circle punch, paper piercer, Mat Pack, Sewing Machine, Kaiser pink rhinestones, Bazzil Basics Whirlpool double dash ribbon, dimensionals.
Card Sketch - Jen Del Muro SFYTT

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I'm Baaaaack!!

It has been AGES since I've posted anything here. There are lots of reasons, but it all boils down to life getting in the way. Another reason is what I like to call Birthdaypalooza! What's birthdaypalooza? Well, in my family we have a birthday or family get together just about every weekend from Mother's Day until July 9th. This includes Mother's Day (May 9), my Grandma's B-day (May 21), sister-in-law Leigh Ann's B-day (May 28), brother Tom and sister Leanne's B-day (June 6), #1 nephew's B-day (June 12), Father's Day (June20), Canada Day (July 1), and finally my Dad's B-day (July 9). As you can probably guess, I have one or two birthday cards to share.

Grandma's B-Day card details:
Stamps: PTI - Delightful Dahlia, A Little Argyle
Paper: White, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ripe Avacado, Versamark
Accessories: Clear EP, Dahlia Dies (PTI), SU Scalloped border punch, Picnic Plaid and Woodgrain impression plate (PTI), Copics, dimensionals.
Card Sketch: Karen Giron's SSSC 54

Sister-in-law Leigh Ann's B-day card details:
Stamps: Bow Wow, A Little Argyle, and Round and Round (PTI)
Paper: white, Chocolate Chip, Hawaiian Shores, Basic Grey DSP - Max and Whiskers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip, Vintage Cream, Spring Rain, Hawaiian Shores
Accessories: Copics, Basic Grey brads (Max and Whiskers), Dark Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Vintage Cream felt, Terracotta Tile Ribbon, Rick Rack die (PTI), Cuttlebug, dimensionals
Card Sketch: MOJO 138

Tom's B-day card details:
Stamps: Verve - Relax, and Circular Sayings
Paper: white, Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi, Kraft
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, New Leaf, Spring Rain, Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Accessories: Copics, Cuttlebug, Nestabiliaties, cloud die (PTI), Distressed Stripes EF, Basic Grey brads (Marrakech)
Card Sketch: TESC114

Sister Leanne's B-day card details:
Stamps: Watercolor Trio
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, white, Cottage Wall DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry, Tea Dye Duo
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities (circle and Blossom), Woodgrain Impression plate (PTI), Embosslits Beautiful Wings, sewing machine, Kaiser Pearls - Chocolate, dimensionals
Card Sketch: TESC114

Dad's B-day card details:
Stamps: PTI - Masculine Motifs
Paper: White, Spring Moss, New Leaf, Basic Grey DSP - Origins
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Memento Rich Cocoa, Spring Rain, Soft Sued, Distress Ink - Crushed Olive, Tea Dye touch duo
Accessories: Copics, Cuttlebug, Woodgrain Impression plate, Basic Grey brads - Origins, dimensionals

Card Sketch: SC255

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekend Sketches

Welcome to Monday. I had a very interesting weekend. On Saturday, my sister and I went to Laura Fredrickson's stamp sale, and what a sale! I got 10 Stampin Up! sets for $88! Most of them were retired Hostess sets, but some, like Garden Whimsy, were sets that had been on my wishlist for a long time. So, you know that once I got my new goodies home, I had to try them out. This card uses Jen's Sketch for You to Try for April 10, and is an SU only card. By the way, all the remaining sets that Laura did not sell are available on her blog, Scrapnextras. All her stamp sets are in great shape, and some have never even been mounted.
This second card is for my cousin's new baby Charlie. My Mom and Dad are headed to Saskatchewan to visit my Grandma, so they are going to deliver the quilt that I made for Charlie.

Here are the details:
Best Friends Listen
Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Paper: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, White, Welcome Neighbor DSP, Sweet Pea DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, Bashful Blue
Accessories: SAMJ, Nestabilities, sewing machine, dimensionals
Techniques: sewing, sponging
Simply Adorable
Stamps: Cute Converse, Doodlebug Baby
Paper: Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, white, Delicate Dots DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: Clear EP, So Saffron ribbon, button, DMC floss, Copics, Crystal Effects, Sewing Machine, dimensionals

Friday, April 9, 2010

Viva la Verve April - The Little Things

Happy Friday! Here's my first card as Amber's sidekick for Viva la Verve for April. This month's inspirations come from the living room. I chose this as my inspiration photo. I love the casual feel this room has, and I love the display of pottery on the bright pink shelf in the back corner. I used my favorite Verve set, Petals and Stems. This was one of the first sets I ever bought from Verve, and it is definately one of my "go to" sets.

Here are the details:
Stamps: Verve - Petals and Stems
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray, white, K&Co. DSP - Wild Raspberry
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Tea Dye Duo - PTI
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Birds and Swirls EF, buttons, DMC floss, Butterfly Die (PTI), Nestabilities, Kaiser Pearls - Charcoal, dimensionals

Monday, April 5, 2010

Viva la Verve March Recap

Here's a quick recap of the last two weeks of Viva la Verve sketches for the month of March. This first card was for week 4. The inspiration photos were all different aprons. Now I love to bake, but I am not an apron wearing kind of girl. However, I might be persuaded to wear the apron used as inspiration for this card. I actually have a bag made of this same fabric ( It's designed by Amy Butler - one of my favorites!!)

The inspiration for week 5 was up to us to find. It could be anything from your own kitchen, or a kitcheny photo from the internet or a magazine. I chose this small quilt which sits on my kitchen table as my inspiration. It was made from a Thimbleberries pattern designed by Lynette Jensen. (Another favorite of mine)

So all my cards for the month of March were done, and posted to the March 2010 Champion's Thread over at Splitcoast Stamper's. On Friday morning before I went to church for Good Friday, I checked my email, and SURPRISE... I won for the month of March!!! I won Verve's stamp release for the month of April, and I get to be Amber's sidekick for the sketches for April! How cool is that!!!

Here's the rest of the details for these cards.

Butterfly Thank You
Stamps: PTI - Butterfly Wishes, Background Basics: Tin Type
Paper: Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz, white, Basic Grey DSP - Sultry
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Basic Black, Spring Moss
Accessories: Cuttlebug, PTI butterfly die, sewing machine, dimensionals

Seeds of Today
Stamps: Verve Plain Jane (sentiment), PTI - Quilter's Sampler Additions, Garden of Life
Paper: Lemon Tart, white, Garden Green, Basic Grey DSP - Origins
Ink: Lemon Tart, Garden Green, Distress Ink - Scattered Straw, and Vintage Photo
Accessories: sewing machine, dimensionals, Basic Grey brads - Origins