Friday, February 27, 2015

Coffee Lovers Spring Hop

I am a coffee-loving-cardmaker!

I am so excited to participate in the Coffee Lovers Spring Hop! The theme is coffee and spring and so I just had to use my new Simple Stories 6x6 paper pad called "I Am". As soon as I saw that paper, I had to have it! I love the polka dots and the floral print! SO pretty!


I used the fun sketch over at Viva la Verve. It is from Week 1 and I am playing along with Simon Says Stamp-the Anything Goes Challenge! I have been waiting to use it and it seemed perfect for the coffee hop. I must admit that I gave up coffee for medical reasons. I stopped drinking it about 4 weeks ago. But I LOVE my tea! (And yes...I miss my coffee).

 

I used a Martha Stewart doily and the die cut banner is from my MFT dies. I stamped the coffee cup on the white paper, the pink paper and the blue paper and carefully cut them out to layer the cup.


I inked up a Stampin' Up set that is retired but one I have not used as much and I paired it with the Tea set called One Cup from Verve (for the sentiment). I love the fonts in this set!


I hope you are enjoying the hop and thank you to Amy Tsuruta for setting up such a fun event!

SpringCoffeeLoversBH-01


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Viva La Verve {From All of Us}


Well, it's a bright birthday card and I made it using one of the Viva la Verve Sketches! I have noticed that I do not have a lot of birthday cards in my stash...so I decided to make it a goal for me this year! More birthday cards are needed! 


Anyway, pulled out a fun set called Small Packages from Verve and went to work. I coloured the cupcakes with Copics and fussy cut them out. Then I stamped the birthday sentiment in Strawberry Slush ink onto Pink Pirouette paper from SU! I wanted to create my own background. I pulled the colours from the new SAB paper pack and tried to mix it up. It's a bit busier than my usual style. The "All of Us" sentiment is in one of the new Lawn Fawn label dies I picked up at my local craft shop yesterday. I am a sucker for all stitched dies!


Is it too busy?


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Viva La Verve {Kind Words} & The Color Throwdown



Hi stamping friends!

Been slow to craft these days. Life has been full and I was unwell. I tried to craft today and I will admit I am out of practice. It's funny how hard it can be to throw a card together when you have not stepped into your craft space for weeks. But I went to work and played along with my friend Stacey's fun sketch at Verve. I didn't follow Stacey's sketch to the letter but I was inspired to play along!


My sweet friend, Debbie told me to add some glitter to my flower...so I did! I think it turned out great! Thank you, Debbie for pushing me out of my comfort zone!



Also entering this into the current Color Throwdown Challenge. 

Supplies Used:
Papers: Black, White, MME
Inks: Black-Versa Magic
Stamps: Verve
Dies: Stitched Ovals-MFT & Flags (MFT)
Embossing folder-Stripes by SU!


Monday, February 16, 2015

The Challenge #25 {Welcome to Anita!}

Welcome to The Challenge! Every other week we bring you a colour/sketch combo! You are welcome to combine the colours and sketch or just use one part of the challenge! It is totally up to you! The design team have created inspiring samples to get you into the crafting mood! Come and join us!



Sketch Dimensions
(this is only a suggestion)
Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5"
Gray Flag: 1.25 x 3.75"
White Flag: 1 x 3"
Oval: Any Shape
Butterfly: Any Shape


For my card I used one of my favourite Verve stamps called Lean On Me-I love those blooms! I also used a sentiment from Bloom & Grow. Keeping my design fairly simple, I die cut my side "flags" with some dies from MFT and used a Martha Stewart doily to add a feminine touch. My flower is coloured much more delicately than it appears in the photo...but my colouring is also a tad off these days...so there you go! I used both the colours and the sketch this week! As you can see I put my card together a bit differently than the sketch and that is ok...as long at the sketch is visible!

My Photo

I am also excited to welcome Anita Madden to our team! She is joining us starting today! Welcome, Anita! I am sad to announce than Veronica and Lynn have decided to step down from the team. Thank you so much ladies for being on the team and for all the wonderful crafty goodness you have shared! You will be missed!

The design team and Featured Designer, Amy Tsuruta have created some wonderful eye candy to get you in a crafty mood! Let's get crafty!


Lynn Put - The Queen's Scene



The Challenge Winners

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the last colour/sketch combo here at The Challenge! It is always challenging to choose a winner and top picks!!! I appreciate everyone who plays along. Thank you so much.


Our winner this week is: 


Who could resist this adorable card! I love her take on the sketch and the wonderful colouring she did on this sweet image! I hope you will join us as a Guest Designer for The Challenge! Please email our Guest Designer Coordinator, Kimberly Wiener at  oloughlin.ka @ gmail.com (no spaces) for more information!


I also chose three other cards from the challenge to be our "Runner-Up's"! 

(In alphabetical order)




Please join us in one hour, we will be back with a brand new challenge for you!


Freshly Made Sketches {Grow with Love}


This weekend I made a quick and easy card using the fun sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I had some pretty flower pieces in my stash from LONG ago and thought that it would look pretty with the sketch! I hope you do too! The flowers in the pack have glitter right on them!


My flower represents the second rectangle in the sketch. It was a fun sketch. It felt good to get crafty!



Monday, February 2, 2015

The Challenge #24


Hello and welcome to The Challenge
You are welcome to use the sketch, the colours or mix them up to create a card! Have fun! I have included the dimensions for my sketch design.

Sketch Dimensions
(this is only a suggestion)
Card Base: 4.25 x 5.5"
Gray Side Strip: 3.5 x 5.5"
Rectangle: 2.25 x 4"
Long Flag: 2 x 4.50"
Star: Any Shape



The start of a new month means a new Featured Designer and I am thrilled to welcome one of my best blogging pals, Amy Tsuruta! Amy is not only a gifted crafter but a lovely person. She has boundless energy and we are so excited to have her with us this month!

We are also thrilled to have Nance Leedy as our Guest Designer this week!

Guest Designer

The design team have created inspiring samples to get you into the crafting mood! Come and join us!


Lynn Put - The Queen's Scene


The Challenge Winners

Another amazing gallery of cards. I was not able to leave comments on all of the blogs who linked up as I have been under the weather. Sorry about that! But I did enjoy viewing your projects! WOW! Amazing work.


Our main winner for this week is:



I just adored this "sweet" card!!! 

I hope you will join us as a Guest Designer for The Challenge! Please email our Guest Designer Coordinator, Kimberly Wiener at  oloughlin.ka @ gmail.com (no spaces) for more information!




I also chose three other cards from the challenge to be our "Runner-Up's"! 

(In alphabetical order)

SO cute and uplifting! Love it!

Love the sponged balloons!!!

I adored this sweet scene she created with the colours!

Please join us in one hour, we will be back with a brand new challenge for you!


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