Viva la Verve July 2015

I am in love with the week 5 sketch from Viva la Verve! I have had these fun papers from Echo Park for ages, I love the pink, black, gray - such a great paper pad, I'll be sad when it's all gone. I quickly cut several strips of paper, cut them in triangles and set to work layering.

I already had the Raspberry Fizz circle from Lawn Fawn's Stitched Party Banners in my stash; I quickly stamped the 4 YOU from MFT's DC Greetings, then used MFT's stitched circle dies to cut the Smoky Shadow piece. I went a little crazy with the Star Dust stickles - oops - and this was even after I brushed some off - HA! I added some fun Verve clear sequins to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!! Take care!


Stamps: MFT DC Gift Card Greetings
PapersDP by Echo Park, PTI Smoky Shadow and Raspberry Fizz
InkRanger Black, MFT Ripe Raspberry Pigment
Accessories: Lawn Fawn Party Banner Dies, MFT Stitched Circles, Star Dust Stickles, Verve Visual Sequins, Heidi Swapp distressor


Viva la Verve Week 5


Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes

Hi friends! It's the challenge EVERYONE loves - Anything Goes over at Crafts for Eternity! I have lots of cards I haven't shared but I really like this one - an image in which I tried my hand at no line water coloring made into a sweet little birthday card!

Up for grabs are 3 downloads from Stamping All Day, hope you will take some time and join the fun!

I used this adorable image, la soiree, from Penny Black and Inktense Pencils; this was my second attempt at no line coloring and I like this one a lot more; but man oh man - have you seen Alice Wertz's no line coloring? That chick is 'DA BOMB - check her out!

I added some clear Wink of Stella and glossy accents to the balloons, a shiny piece of silver card stock finishes it off. Thanks for stopping in; hope you'll join the fun this week!


Stamps: Penny Black la soiree
PapersTim Holtz Watercolor Paper, shiny silver card stock, PTI Blueberry Sky, DP by MME
InkMemento Desert Sand
Accessories: Inktense Pencils, glossy accents, clear Wink of Stella



Crafts 4 Eternity - Music

Hi friends - happy Friday! How was your week? Ours has been C-R-A-Z-Y...in 3 days (Monday - Wednesday), I had traveled 1600 miles with ZERO travel on Tuesday. GULP; crazy; I'll add another 150-200 miles to that on Friday. Lots of fun stuff, hope to share some of it soon! You can see a sneak peak of some of the fun on my Instagram feed! :D

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we want to see your projects featuring MUSIC; doesn't everybody love some good music? One lucky participant will win 3 free digital images from Michele at Crafts 4 Eternity!

I have had this stamp from Inkadinkado for ages and LOVE it so much! As I was working on a totally unrelated project, I saw the paper pad I was using included sheet music - seriously, doesn't get much easier than that. Super easy card, lots of distressing with both ink and a tool; a strip of vellum, a button, and some music washi tape on the inside finishes it off.

The layout was last week's MFTWSC237 (see below). A fun, skewed sketch; love sketches too!

Thanks for popping by; hope you have a great weekend! Our oldest has oral surgery this morning, then I'm picking up our middle one later in the day, she's been shadowing a neurosurgeon for 2 days (yes, she was IN the operating room with him); lots of good stories there too.

Take care!!


Stamps: Inkadinkado Friends
Papers: MFT Steel Grey, SU Real Red, DP by MME, vellum
InkMemento Tuxedo Black, Distress Inks: Old Paper and Frayed Burlap
Accessories: PTI button, twine, Heidi Swapp distressor, sponging, music washi tape



AUD Sentiments - Anything Goes


Viva la Verve July 2015 Week 2

I have not played with the Viva la Verve challenges in...well...forever? It's been ages; but I really loved the inspiration for them team; I also wanted to use up some scraps from this paper pad from MME so I set about making a fun little card.

The tags were cut with MFT's tag builder set, I then hand cut the tails; the 'hello was cut 4 times from Kraft cardstock, the final layer is Tim Holtz water color paper sponged with Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry and layered onto a PTI scribbled circle. The tags were layered on PTI's polka dot vellum; the rest is self-explanatory. Easy but fun - love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a GREAT week; take care!


Stamps: NONE
PapersPTI Sweet Blush, Kraft, and vellum, Tim Holt watercolor paper, DP by MME
InkSpun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks
Accessories: MFT hello dies, stitched circle, and tag builder dies, Janome Sew Mini, PTI ribbon


Viva la Verve July 2015 Week 2


Crafts 4 Eternity - Sport

Hi there - hope you are each doing well!

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we want to see projects with a SPORTS theme or element - hope you will join the fun! One lucky participant will win 4 FREE IMAGES from Sassy Studio Designs.

Our two younger babes have been very busy with activities this summer, particularly sports related. Our daughter drives, but not our son (although he finished driver's ed this summer and can officially drive - he needs a vehicle - HA)...anywho...there were several times a co-worker's son gave our son a ride from one practice to the next practice so what perfect timing for this challenge (often those rides were to or from basketball practice)!

We purchased a gift card for him and I created a card using his favorite color - KState purple. And what a perfect time to play along with Laurie's challenge at Papertrey Ink to create your own custom border!

Nothing fancy, some stamping, a bit of shading with Copics on the basketballs, some embossing, a vertical gift card holder (from MFT), a "Thank You" rub on and some shiny silver card stock as a final decorative touch. I heard he loved the card and the gift card - success! Nothing like helping a kiddo with fuel, or a treat, or both if they so desire - we truly appreciate his help!

Hope you'll play along this week; we'd love to see your SPORTS themed project!


Stamps: Msic. basketball stamp
PapersMFT Steel Grey, Whip Cream, PTI Royal Velvet, True Black,  Misc. silver mirror
InkMFT Black and Grape Jelly
Accessories: MFT Stitched Circle Dies and Blueprints (inside), Cuttlebug embossing folder, rub-on, Copics


PTI - Make It Monday


Fusion Challenge - Bright Butterfly

Hi friends! I was so drawn to the colors in the inspiration photo at the Fusion Card Challenge (see below) that I had to play along. LOVE smooshing some distress ink colors onto Tim Holtz water color paper - Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed. I used the elegant MFT Dienamics Rose with Overlay and cut the overlay piece from PTI's True Black card stock. The butterfly is from Heidi Swapp and was painted with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint and I finger painted on some black enamel accents. I added a layer of glossy accents to the butterfly, stamped the sentiment on a vellum flag and layered everything onto a piece of True Black card stock embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

Super simple, yet the colors really pop off the black. And look how elegant that flower is when you add a layer of Clear Wink of Stella - SWOON!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week. Take care now, ya hear?


Stamps: Verve Visual Dream Big
PapersPTI True Black, Tim Holtz water color paper, Neenah 120 lb. white
InkDistress Inks: Mustard Seed, Spun Sugar, and Picked Raspberry
AccessoriesMermaid Lagoon distress paint, glossy accents, MFT dienamics Rose with Overlay, Cuttlebug embossing older, misc. vellum, black enamel accents, clear wink of stella




Hi friends - super quick post here. I started this card on Monday and FINALLY got to finish it tonight - Thursday. Life just gets in the way sometimes - HA!

The layout is MOJO403 (see below), love these flowers from Great Friend and fab sentiment from Treasured Words. Playing along with Kathy's #thedailymarker30day2 challenge to color a bit each day and although I rarely have time to play, I did enjoy coloring these flowers. I accented the black dots in the middle of each flower with a sharpie and then added white dots. Love the striking colors with black; embossed the background for a bit more dimension and interest.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a GREAT Friday!


Stamps: Verve Visual Great Friend and Treasured Words
PapersPTI True Black, Aqua Mist, and vellum, Neenah 120 lb. white, DP by MME
InkMFT Hybrid Black Licorice
Accessories: MFT Stitched Circle Dies, Copics, white gel pen, black Sharpie, Cuttlebug embossing folder



Papertake Weekly Challenge - Trio-Tastic


C4E - Dads

Hi friends - welcome to the weekend!

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we are celebrating DADS; we want to see any project or theme related to DADS. This week's prize is donated by The Stamping Boutique; one random winner will receive 2 free images!

the stamping boutique

I needed a Father's Day card for hubby from the kiddo's so I made a quick mixed media card. The Steel Grey panel was layered with the Hero Arts Arrow Pattern stencil; I mixed up some light modeling paste and black enamel accents for the perfect grey color; tone on tone. Some MFT card stock, blueprints, stamps from Verve Visual's Father Figure, wood accents colored with Copics and some Inktense Pencil scribbles on the frame finish it off (talk about the kid in me - HA)!

Hope you have a GREAT weekend and be sure to join in the fun, we can't wait to see your creations!


Stamps: Verve Visual Father Figure
PapersMFT Steel Grey, Sno Cone, Nightshift Blue, Copic XPress It
InkMFT Steel Grey
Accessories: Inktense Pencil, MFT Blueprints, wood heart accents, Copics, modeling paste, Hero Arts stencil, Lil Inkers dies



C4E - Black and White + DS204

Hi friends - HAPPY FRIDAY!! Who is ready for the weekend? ME, ME, ME!!

We're back this week at Crafts 4 Eternity with a super fun challenge - BLACK AND WHITE! One lucky winner will receive 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs - you can see all their images HERE.

I went with no stamping and this is nothing that I was planning to do. :D Love how that happens sometimes! I used Jen's Deconstructed Sketch #204 (DS204) for the layout. Nothing fancy, die cuts, embossing and some ombre shading on the word 'hello'; it's soft and subtle with white fading into gray - super cool IRL.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have time to join the BLACK AND WHITE challenge!


Stamps: None
PapersPTI True Black, Neenah White, DP by Echo Park
Accessories: Copics, misc. ribbon, MFT hello dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners, PTI border die, Cuttlebug embossing folder


Deconstructed Sketch #204
Deconstructed Sketch 204
Challenge Up Your Life - monochromatic


Another MOJO400 + The Daily Marker Color Challenge 2

Hi there,

I  have a few more flowers I colored inspired by Kathy of The Daily Marker and decided to make a CAS card using the MOJO400 layout and allowing the fun background and flowers be the star of the show.

The background was created by sponging through Tim Holtz's Dot Fade Stencil with some yellow and pink but kept it to the center portion of the card; I added a layer of vellum and some Verve ribbon to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you've had a great weekend! Take care!


Stamps: Verve Visual Lean on Me
PapersNeenah White, Copic XPress It
InkMFT Black Licorice
Accessories: Verve Visual ribbon, vellum, sharpie, Tim Holtz Faded Dot Stencil



Creative Knockouts 92 - Ribbon and Bows