Thursday, March 5, 2015

Verve Diva Inspirations Hop

 

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It's the 5th of the month and time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!

Our March challenge is B is for Birthday...

Don't be caught short - make a fabulous birthday card to keep in your stash or give away! Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction - just show us your birthday creations!


Click here to link up your challenge entries

Challenge deadline: Thursday, Mar. 19.
Prize: $40 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

Oh, I love these colours!  I dug through my stash of paper to find designs inspired by the birthday photo.  I had this birthday sentiment from Small Packages already on the die cut from Cupcake Frame Die Set sitting on my desk waiting for the perfect card :)  I love when that happens!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee    7. Sankari

2. Amy     8. Sarah

3. Anya     9. Susan

4. Betty   10. Marisa

5. Jen      11. Maureen

6. Karen  12. Stacey

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lucky I’m Yours ~ Curtain Call Inspiration

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It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

photo source: meandmydiy.com

The LEAD of Lucky will be invited as a Guest Designer in our next challenge!

It’s no secret that this is my favourite time of year :)  It’s almost Spring and almost St. Patrick’s Day, my birthday :)  So when those sweet green shamrocks start appearing, I’m all over it!  I went for a very CAS look, inspired by the photo, then mixed a couple of Verve sets (Lucky You and  Twitterpated) with Papertrey Ink’s Lucky word die. 

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Lucky Designers

Amy Kolling

Amy Sheffer

Amy Tsuruta

Gayatri Murali

Kim Singdahlsen

Laurie Willison

Lisa Henke

Marisa Ritzen

Maureen Plut

Monika Davis

Sarah Gough

Sheri Gilson

Stacey Schafer

Tenia Nelson

Tracey McNeely

Follow us!

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Facebook Page

Curtain Call Pinterest Boards

Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Lucky for the challenge details and to play along with us!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Celebrate ~ PTI Blog Hop

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Hi everyone!  I finally made a few spare moments to make a card this week!  I always love to participate in the Papertrey Ink blog hop.  We were asked to use this photo for our inspiration…

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I took the colours from this photo and translated them into Tim Holtz distressed ink colours.  I smooshed them on my craft mat, spritzed them with water, then laid a piece of white PTI cardstock on top.  Here’s my work space…

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I went over to Laura Bassen’s blog to get some more inspiration on how to NOT cover up all this beautiful water colour.  I went for a black banner with simple white sentiment.  Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the hop!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Have an Amazing Birthday (and Friday!)

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Good morning, everyone!  It’s my favourite day of the week and my favourite Friday challenge!  Here’s the new Viva La Verve sketch hot off the press!

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Oh, I love me some tags and twine!  I pulled out the Happy Place stamp set with the Happy Doodles Die Set to make those fun doodle flowers.  Then I used a sentiment from Poppy Birthday in the cork frame I cut with the Rounded Scallop Frame Die.  Some Shine Bright Sequin Mix adds shine and sparkle :)

Head over to the Viva La Verve Blog for all the details on how you could win some BIG Verve Bucks!  Have a fabulous start to your weekend.  I’m off on a two day Professional Development Conference here in town.  We’ve got some amazing international speakers here.  It’s going to be fantastic! 

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Click the banner below to check out the new sale over at the Verve Store

Love Abounds Sale

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Love, Clean & Simple ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

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It's time for a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

photo source: howsweeteats.com

The LEAD of Donut Delight will be invited as a Guest Designer in our next challenge!

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Are you done with hearts and love?  I’m sure not.  As I always say, it’s not just for weddings, anniversaries, or Valentine’s Day, it’s for every day.  And I’m not just talking romantic love, but love for family, friends, neighbours, community, students, strangers, the earth, God…and the list goes on.  More love, lots of it, 24/7 :)  So with that, I saw hearts when I looked at those yummy donuts.  I wanted a super clean and simple card and that’s what I came up with.  “Love,” clean and simple.

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Donut Delight Designers

Guest Designer, Jessica Frost-Ballas
Amy Kolling
Amy Tsuruta
Gayatri Murali
Kim Singdahlsen
Laurie Willison
Lisa Henke
Marisa Ritzen
Maureen Plut
Monika Davis
Sarah Gough
Sheri Gilson
Stacey Schafer
Tenia Nelson
Tracey McNeely

Follow us!

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge Facebook Page

Curtain Call Pinterest Boards



Stop by the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:  Donut Delight for the challenge details and to play along with us!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

I Have Loved You for 3417 Days!

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Good morning everyone!  Happy Valentines Day!  I am fortunate that days around here are often like Valentine’s Day.  The DH is quite sweet and attentive :)  However, I still like to make him a handmade Valentine’s card on February 14th.  I’m all about putting a little twist on things and was so happy that this card turned out.  I was inspired by the PTI Challenge to use a stamp set that hadn’t been inked yet.  I have a little pile of stamp sets so it wasn’t too hard to find something.  I’m using Uncorked for the first time and it was so fun to mix it with some Heart Print images and “be mine” sentiment.  Here’s the inside…

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Yes, it’s been exactly 3417 days since I told my Valentine I first loved him :)  How’s that for a good memory?  It was a long weekend so I knew the exact date and then this Time and Date calculator did the rest!  I also put “2005” on the bottle to commemorate the year :)  Sending you all hugs and love!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Teachers Live Forever

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Hi everyone!  TGIF!  Oh how I love me a Friday!  It’s also my last “free” weekend before Spring Break. That is if writing papers and sneaking into work is considered “free.”  Oh, but it’s all good!  I must say I get more done by being busy :)  Today’s card is for the new Viva La Verve Sketch.  Since it’s so close to Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d sneak a heart on my card!  Making teacher cards sure feeds my soul :)  Head over to the Viva La Verve blog and see how you could win some Vervey Love!  All the details are there plus some more inspiration with the sketch. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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In need of some inky love?  Check out the Valentine Sale over in the Verve Store until tomorrow!

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what’s in it?

stamps: Teachers Count,With Love

dies:  Apples Die Set

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