Monday, October 20, 2014

Button Lovers!

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Good morning everyone!  This week I’m finally able to share a couple of cards I made last month with some goodies that Christie from Buttonslovers.com sent me!  She somehow stumbled upon my blog “Buttons and Bling” and thought her product and my blog title were a match made in heaven.  I agree!  She sent me this fabulous stash of goodies to play with a a sweet “hand written” note.  I just LOVE those!

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She also gave me full creative reign so I thought I’d turn some of the small buttons from Soft Stars Blister and beads from Embellishments Brights into “shaker fillers.”  Then I went back for some of the larger buttons from Embellishments Brights to accent the shaker. 

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Head over to the Button Lovers store to see all the whole new line of buttons!  Have fun!  I’ll be back soon with another fun button card!

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products used:

             Embellishments Brights

                    Soft Stars Blister

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October Release Retrospective Blog Hop

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Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the October release stamps & dies! Besides a look-see at some really nifty cards, there's also a comment prize up for grabs!

I’ve used the Inspire Hope set again to create this serene card for any occasion that calls for uplifting someone’s spirits.  I pulled out the Sprightly Sprigs Die Set to help make some 3D leaves that hold the paper roses. Some Shine Bright Sequin Mix always finishes off a card perfectly :)

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

1. Julee             8. Laurie

2. Stacey           9. Christyne

3. Marisa         10. Teresa

4. Chaitali       11. Andrea

5. Amber         12. Betty

6. Jen             13. Sarah

7. Charmaine  14. Maureen

Friday, October 17, 2014

October Rewind and my CBS winner!

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Hi everyone!  I won’t bore you again with how busy I’ve been…just assume that when the posts slow down, there is nothing I can do!  Well, I could “rewind” again, right?  So here it is one of my Clearly Besotted Stamps cards from two Octobers ago along with the winner of my Clearly Besotted Post from last week!  Yikes!  Sorry again for not letting y’all know in a timely manner.

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The winner was KT Fit Kitty :) 

Ah, Friday, where have you been all my week?  But no rest for the wicked.  I’ve got classes this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Much Joy ~ Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

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

We have a new sponsor, The Twinery, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Burlap Banner!  A randomly selected participant in the Burlap Banner challenge will receive a fabulous bundle from The Twinery, while the LEAD will be invited as a Guest Designer in a future challenge!

I went very “literal” with the inspiration photo…can you blame me?  I love those banners against the clean background so tried to create the same look.  I’m using some Twinery twine in cantaloupe for the ties on my sweet little banner :) 

The Twinery Designers, our Guest Designer and the Curtain Call Crew have lots of additional inspiration for you today!  Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs!

Burlap Banner Designers

The Twinery Designers


Guest Designer, Kelly Latevola
Amy Kolling
Amy Sheffer
Gayatri Murali
Kim Singdahlsen
Laurie Willison
Lisa Henke
Marisa Ritzen
Maureen Plut
Monika Davis
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: Burlap Banner for the challenge details and to play along with us!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Power Bloghop & Diva Dare

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Hello friends!  If you’ve arrived from Amber’s blog you are right on track.  Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread BC awareness. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with BC earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set for her mom with a lot of love. She is sponsoring this hop with the set for the hop guests. We also have some of the Verve DT playing in the hop today!

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On my pinkalicious card, I’ve use the brand new Inspire Hope and Pink Power sets from Verve.  I’m mixing and matching the powerful words from both sets to create a chalkboard-ish panel wrapped in my own “pink ribbon” and finished off with some Shine Bright Sequin Mix.  

Spliltcoast Stampers is also having a  SCS Hope You Can Cling To event so be sure to check out all the challenge and prize info!  Thanks for visiting! Now head over to Lydia’s blog to finish off the hop.  Have a great day and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian peeps!

Hop List:

Chaitali

Jennifer

Amy

Julie

Vera

Stacey

Catherine

Julee

Virginia

Amber

Maureen (you are here!)

Lydia

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p.s. I’m also hosting the Diva Dare over on the Verve Blog so be sure to head over there after this hop!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Halloween ~ Viva La Verve

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Hi friends!  Wow, what a couple of busy weeks I’ve had.  Thanks for not thinking I’d fallen off the planet, just super busy with work and school.  I’m keeping my eyes on the prize, though, so busy is good right now.  After an all-day field trip on Tuesday, I was too tuckered to do anything but stamp! HA!  I broke out some new Verve and went to town creating the first Halloween card of the year with the Masquerade set and Mask Die Set along with the Pennant Trim Die.  I’m playing with Stacey’s sketch from the Viva La Verve blog.  Be sure to head over there to find out how you could win some BIG Verve goodness by playing with the sketches this month.  Take care and see you soon!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Nature Gives To Every Season ~ Verve Inspiration Hop

naturegivesmaureenplutWelcome to Verve's October Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our October inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

This month's challenge is entitled Fall Fancy:

The air is crisp and the colors are warm – celebrate fall with a spook-tacular creation or a thoughtful thank you using Fall as your inspiration! 

It’s easy to be inspired by fall when you have a whole lotta gorgeous Verve stamps to choose from.  I pulled out the flowers from Be Blessed and the matching Petal Points Die Set to create a few sunflower inspired blooms.  Then I used the Every Season Plain Jane for my sentiment and some gorgeous Stormy Skies Ribbon Collection ribbon to wrap around the whole card.

Need a little more 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     8. Sony

2. Amy       9. Susan

3. Anya    10. Maureen

4. Betty    11. Laurie

5. Karen   12. Marisa

6. Sankari 13. Jen

7. Sarah

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