Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Verve Holiday Diva Dare

Hello, sweet blog friends! I hope my fellow Americans enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving last week!

Have you been following Verve's current Holiday Diva Dare challenge? If not, hop on over to the Verve blog to catch up. We're on Day Six already and today happens to be my lucky day to share how I answered the dare!

Our theme this month is A Handmade Christmas. The theme is pretty broad and can be interpreted in so many different ways...from a lovingly made card, to heartfelt gifts and homemade decorations! With the Holidays right around the corner, this will be the perfect time to get a jump start on your card and gift making! So ... will you take the DARE? Visit the Verve blog for details on TWO ways you could win a fabby Verve prize.

After quite a bit of productive playtime in my studio, I decided to answer the dare with this rustic tree ornament created with the tree die in Verve's new Winter Fun Die set. It's a fairly quick project to create. I started with a decorative oval chipboard frame, then layered on a Classy Label diecut, then an accordian-fold paper rosette, and then a stacked felt tree with a sentiment flag tucked behind (the sentiment from Verve's Glad Tidings set). At the bottom is a rusty jingle bell, and at the top are some vintage ivory buttons. For the tree, I die-cut three felt trees, stacked them and then stitched vertically through the middle. You could press open the seams for more of a 3D effect, if desired.

I'm planning to incorporate these into my gift packaging this year. Kraft bags and wrapping paper will be the perfect backdrop for the rustic look and feel of these ornaments.

Have a happy day!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday with VERVE

You'll find all the details about Verve's Black Friday Weekend Sale on the Verve blog and at the Verve Store.

I promise to be back soon with something crafty to share! Just enjoying a little blog break right now. Miss you guys!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Stamper's Dream Store Closing -- FINAL WEEK - 60% Off

Well, this is it {sniff, sniff} ...

Take an additional 60% Off the lowest marked price on EVERYTHING in stock at Stamper's Dream! Final Week...everything must go! Use coupon code SDClosing60 on the checkout page to receive your discount.
Minimum purchase of $25 BEFORE the discount is required to activate the coupon. Please be aware that there may be a slight delay in shipping due to the volume.

Please note the 60% off code is not yet published on the Stamper's Dream store page, but it DOES work, so be sure to use it at checkout!!

I'll try to be back soon with something crafty to share!

In the meantime, some re-runs using stamps that are currently 60% off in the Stamper's Dream store (as of this post time).

Love Song by Penny Black
Originally posted HERE

Call Me by Webster's Pages/Unity
Originally posted HERE

  Star Noel by Penny Black
Originally posted HERE

Star Noel by Penny Black
Originally posted HERE

Tree Limb by Stampendous 
Originally posted HERE

Speckled Ornaments by Hero Arts
Originally posted HERE

Speckled Ornaments by Hero Arts
Originally posted HERE

 Dare to Dream by JustRite Stamps
Originally posted HERE

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Peaceful Wishes

Have you played along in November's Sketch For You To Try challenge? Here's what we're playing with this month:

I'm in love with the wintry tree pattern that I used in the background (from Prima's North Country 6x6 pad, a gift from Michelle at Stamper's Dream) and was a little reluctant to cover up a single square inch of it. But layers triumphed, which wasn't too surprising given all the fabulous new Verve I've been playing with lately. The snowflakes, from last year's Glad Tidings set, are stamped, then die-cut with the new Snowflake Tidings Die Set. I topped them with gorgeous mother-of-pearl buttons (from Pizzazz Aplenty), then layered them over a Lovely Marquee diecut and a Rounded Scallop Frame die-cut. Distressing, satin ribbon, and crochet trim add a little oomph.


All Verve's newly released stamps and dies are available in the Verve Stamps store. Be sure to note the savings when you purchase the bundles! See all the new releases HERE!

Also ... don't miss the Holiday Sale! Save 20% on select holiday stamps and dies!

Football season finished last Saturday with a championship win for my son's team -- woohoo!! They finished the season with an impressive 12-0 record, including five shutouts. Even more impressive, they never even trailed during a game and allowed their opponents only 50 total points all season (compared to their 256)! Definitely a season to remember -- Go Mustangs! I have to confess, I'm a little lost without a football game to anchor our Saturday. A little Breaking Dawn should fill the gap nicely, don't you think? ;) Stamping, too!

Here's my champion with his proud mama:

Enjoy your weekend!

Stamps: Glad Tidings (Verve Stamps) 
Paper: Papertrey Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, and Vintage Cream card stock, Prima North Country 6x6 pad 
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain and Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Stampin' Up Crumb Cake, Papertrey Ocean Tides 
Accessories: Verve Snowflake Tidings die set, Lovely Marquee die, Rounded Scallop Frame die; Pizzazz Aplenty mother of pearl buttons, foam adhesive, corner rounder, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, distressing tool, Papertrey Fine Linen satin ribbon, May Arts crochet trim, Lil' Inker Designs sentiment flag die
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, November 18, 2011

Nuts About You

Thought I'd pop in and share a little treat that the staff at my children's elementary school are getting today from the PTO. I thought this adorable acorn idea that I found via Pinterest (thanks for pinning it, Laurie Schmidlin!) would work perfectly with Lil' Inker's equally adorable Acorn Die & Stamp Set.

I used mini nutter butters (found packaged in plastic cups at grocery and convenience stores) and Hershey Kisses to make the acorns. For the stems, I used a frosting bag and small round tip to squeeze out just a smidge of melted Wilton dark cocoa candy melts (available at craft stores). Mini chocolate chips (shown in the original idea) would work, too -- the candy melts were a bit more efficient for me. Hopefully you can kind of see the acorns in the above photo. I didn't think to photograph them before bagging them all up.

The tag dies are by Verve (Tabbed Rectangle for some and Sweet Scallop for the others). The acorn and sentiment flag dies are by Lil Inker Designs. The acorn bottom, cap, and (one) leaf are all part of the same die, so the fun part was cutting out a bunch and then mixing and matching colors and patterns. You know I would have stuck a button on there if I didn't have so many to make! Some combos turned out better than others, of course. Here are a few more:

And here's all 64, boxed up and ready to take over to the school!

Sorry I haven't had anything else to blog this week :)  Have a super weekend, my sweet, stampin' friends!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Verve After Party

It's been a tradition at Verve this year to have an after-party on the Monday following each release. Each Diva shares a favorite card made with the new stamps and/or dies. Be sure to head over to the Verve blog, where you can see all the Diva creations in one place! I chose to feature the card above, which uses the new Bright Spirits stamp set and Jackie's Viva La Verve sketch from this past Friday.

Also, Teresa is hosting a brand-new Get Your Diva On Challenge, with the theme "Celebrate the Season." In her words ...
My challenge is broad, it is for Christmas and it is called Celebrate The Season. I want you to be inspired by the Christmas tree; what goes on it, under it, or the inspiration photo provided. Make an ornament, make a gift, gift wrapping, gift card holder or a card to send at Christmas. 

You have until this coming Sunday, November 20 at 9 pm MT to enter for your chance to win a $100 Verve gift certificate.

And here is Teresa's inspiration photo:

Thanks for stopping by and thanks again for all the recent comment love. Congratulations to all the giveaway winners!!


Stamps: Bright Spirits (Verve Stamps) 
Paper: Papertrey black, kraft, and rustic white card stock, My Mind's Eye "Rosy" Lost & Found Two 6x6 dp 
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Antique Linen Distress 
Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Circle, Twisted Metal Accents, Ribbon Banner, and Labels Twenty-Two dies, Stampin' Up large oval punch, My Favorite Things Medium Scallop Border Dienamics, sewing machine, Kaisercraft black rhinestones, foam adhesive, Papertrey button, May Arts twine
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops - Day Four

Welcome to our final Holiday Spotlight Hop!  Last night Verve released 2 new stamp sets, 5 plain janes and 6 dies to coordinate with new and old Verve holiday sets!  All of the new products we've been showcasing this week are available now in the Verve store! Be sure to leave a little comment love as you take one last stroll through the Diva and Guest Diva blogs. One lucky commenter from today's hop will win the ENTIRE Release! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize details and deadlines.
1. Julee8. Sankari
2. Andrea9. Teresa
3. Vickie {Guest}10. Charmaine
4. Amy11. Tosha
5. Maureen12. Wanda {Guest}
6. Laurie13. Jackie
7. Gretchen {Guest}

My card features a sentiment from Bright Spirits and the new Frosty Snowflakes Die Set (which coordinates with the snowflakes in one of my all-time favorite Verve sets, Christmas in the Air, from two years ago). I had the beginnings of a Mojo 214 sketch laid out with leftovers from my day one spotlight card, but I set it aside, thinking it wasn't very "Christmas" and didn't really work with what I had in mind for the rest of the stamps and dies previews. Then yesterday I tossed on a few leftover snowflakes and thought it looked plenty wintry after all! The beautiful scripty "Peace" sentiment, from Bright Spirits, is punched with a Stampin' Up oval punch, then layered onto a flag/banner strip, then a pink Classy Label die-cut, and then a kraft Rounded Rectangle die-cut. I accented with black buttons, pink pearls, and a random application of silver vintage glass glitter around the edges.

Here's the Mojo 214 sketch:

It's a contest week at Mojo Monday, too! Upload your sketch creation to the Mojo 214 post and you could win a Verve set of your choice. Good luck!

Thanks so much for hopping with the Verve Divas this week. Your sweet and enthusiastic comments mean the world to me! Glad you're liking the new Verve!! And before I go, a huge shout-out to the three super talented guest Divas this month: Gretchen, Vickie, and Wanda. Their projects have been amazing!

Have a fantastic weekend,

Stamps: Bright Spirits, Christmas in the Air (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft and Rustic White card stock, My Mind's Eye "Blush" Lost & Found Two 6x6 pad
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Pumice Stone Distress, white pigment ink
Accessories: Verve Frosty Snowflakes Die Set, Classy Label Die, Rounded Scallop Frame Die, Stampin' Up striped ribbon, Pizzazz Aplenty mother of pearl button and 4mm pink halfback pearls, Papertrey black buttons, May Arts burlap string, My Favorite Things Medium Scallop Border Dienamics, paper doily, sewing machine, Stampendous silver vintage glass glitter, Kaisercraft black rhinestones, foam adhesive, distressing tool 

Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, November 11, 2011

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops - Day Three

Welcome to Day Three of Verve's Holiday Spotlight Hops! Today we're peeking the remaining sets and dies that will be released tonight at 11 pm EST. Join us in the Verve Forum beginning at 9 pm EST for our Release Party ... stamp set and die reveals, chit chat, prizes, and FUN!

One lucky commenter from each day's hop will win the sets and dies featured that day, so be sure and leave a little love in the Divasphere! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize details and deadlines.
1. Julee8. Sankari
2. Andrea9. Teresa
3. Vickie {Guest}10. Charmaine
4. Amy11. Tosha
5. Maureen12. Wanda {Guest}
6. Laurie13. Jackie
7. Gretchen {Guest}

After yesterday's wild card, I thought I'd tone it way down today! The sweet reindeer is from Santa's Helper -- so adorable! I stamped him three times and popped up his face and arms once and then just his nose again. Layering the image allowed me to reposition his left arm to better "hold" the sentiment panel. The sentiment is from Bright Spirits and is stamped onto a Vintage Oval diecut. The snowflakes are from Christmas in the Air, and have been colored with Copics and die-cut with the Frosty Snowflakes Die Set. I also dotted on some glitter and added red buttons to the centers for some extra zip. Those same snowflakes images are stamped onto the Kraft card base in a mix of white craft ink and VersaMark ink. Other details include some black glaze on the eyes and a teeny rhinestone in the center of the poinsettia on his hat.

Enjoy the hop, and hope to see you tonight!


Stamps: Santa's Helper, Bright SpiritsChristmas in the Air(Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft and Smokey Shadow card stock, Copic XPress-It Blending card stock
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, white pigment ink, VersaMark
Accessories: Verve Frosty Snowflakes Die Set and Vintage Oval Die, Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirls embossing folder, The Twinery twine, My Favorite Things Medium Scallop Border Dienamics, Copic markers, Papertrey buttons, May Arts twine, two-way glue pen, clear glitter, foam adhesive, corner rounder, Sakura black glaze pen, Pizzazz Aplenty 2mm clear rhinestones
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops - Day Two

Welcome to Day Two of Verve's Holiday Spotlight Hops! Hop along with the Divas this week as we share our first looks at a few of the new products releasing from Verve this Friday night! One lucky commenter from each day's hop will win the sets and dies featured that day, so be sure and leave a little love in the Divasphere! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize details and deadlines.

1. Julee8. Andrea
2. Jackie9. Vickie {Guest}
3. Teresa10. Amy
4. Charmaine11. Laurie
5. Maureen12. Gretchen {Guest}
6. Tosha13. Sankari
7. Wanda {Guest}

Are you ever in for a treat with today's sets and dies! Those who have already picked up previously released Christmas in the Air will be thrilled to see the Winter Fun Die Set, which includes a die for the tree in that set. And in case you haven't picked up Christmas in the Air (on sale now in the Verve store, by the way), now there's a slight variation of that tree in Plain Jane format: Winter Tree PJ! Not only that, but remember the sweet love birds in Love Story? Dies for those as well (Love Birds Die Set), plus the love birds make a reappearance in today's big set, Bright Spirits, which also includes, among many other wonderful images and sentiments, a six-point star image that handily works as a star, poinsettia, or snowflake. Versatility at its best! The Winter Fun Die Set includes dies for both sizes of that star, too! Whew!! Did you get all that? *grin*

For today's card, I went a little crazy combining papers and elements and came up with a busy, but fun holiday card. The papers are from Bo-Bunny's 6x6 Blitzen pack. I stamped the Winter Tree PJ onto ivory card stock, die-cut it with the Winter Fun Die Set, then paper pieced it using a green pattern from Blitzen. The tree is placed on a Sweet Scallop Tag and accented with one of the smaller birds from Bright Spirits (colored with Copics and die-cut with the Love Birds Die Set) and two snowflakes from Bright Spirits, colored with Copics and die-cut with the Winter Fun Die Set. If you look closely, you'll see an early peek (and literally just a peek) at one of tomorrow's featured dies, too. Julee peeked this die earlier this week, too. Check it out HERE.

Enjoy today's hop, and I hope to see you again tomorrow!

Stamps: Winter Tree Plain Jane and Bright Spirits (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft and Rustic Ivory card stock, Bo-Bunny "Blitzen" 6x6 paper pad
Ink: Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Papertrey Fresh Snow ink
Accessories: Verve Winter Fun Die Set, Love Birds Die Set, Sweet Scallop Die, and Lovely Marquee Die; 5/8" lightweight natural twill, Papertrey red baker's twine, Pizzazz Aplenty clear 4mm rhinestones and 3mm Cranberry pearls, May Arts crochet trim, foam adhesive, Stampin' Up circle punch, distressing tool and sanding block
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Verve Holiday Spotlight Hops - Day One

Welcome to the first of Verve's Holiday Spotlight Hops!  Hop along with the Divas over the next few days as we share our first looks at a few of the new products releasing from Verve this Friday night!  One lucky commenter from each day's hop will win the sets and dies featured that day, so be sure and leave a little love in the Divasphere! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize details and deadlines. And be sure to join us Friday night, 9-11 pm EST, in the Verve Forum for our Release Party!

1. Julee7. Andrea
2. Teresa8. Vickie {Guest}
3. Charmaine9. Amy
4. Maureen10. Laurie
5. Tosha11. Gretchen {Guest}
6. Wanda {Guest}12. Sankari

I hope you love this release as much as I do! Today I'm featuring the Jeremiah 33:3 Plain Jane, the Flared Cross Plain Jane, and the fabulous Cross Die Set. I stamped the Flared Cross PJ in Stampin' Up's Purely Pomegranate ink onto Papertrey Rustic White card stock, die-cut it using the coordinating cross from the Cross Die Set, and gave it a frame using Verve's Curvy Bookplate Die and a Spellbinders Fancy Tags die. I am going to love having dies to match the Flared Cross and Curvy Cross images! The Jeremiah 33:3 Plain Jane is stamped in Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink onto a pink gingham pattern from My Mind's Eye's Blush Lost & Found Two 6x6 paper pad. I used My Favorite Things dies for the rolled flower and the scallop border. Stitching, twine, and a small button and ribbon accent finish things off.

Enjoy the hop!


Stamps: Flared Cross Plain Jane, Jeremiah 33:3 Plain Jane
Paper: Papertrey Rustic White and Dark Chocolate cards stock, My Mind's Eye Blush Lost & Found Two 6x6 pad
Ink: Ranger Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Stampin' Up Purely Pomegranate ink
Accessories: Verve Cross Die Set and Curvy Bookplate Die, My Favorite Things Rolled Flower and Medium Scallop Border Dienamics, Spellbinders Fancy Tags die, foam adhesive, sewing machine, burlap string, Papertrey button and white ribbon, Kaisercraft adhesive pearl
Size: 5 12" x 4 1/4"

Sunday, November 6, 2011

You're Wheely Great

I grabbed a few minutes just now to attempt some handmade tags for my daughter's roller skating birthday party favor bags. I'm really, really, really looking forward to the awesome paper-pieced wardrobe I can give this sweet little roller skater (My Favorite Things Pure Innocence - Roll With It). A different outfit for each party guest, naturally. But methinks Plan B is in order: re-purposing the tag idea into thank-you cards instead. The party starts in only a couple of hours and this is only the first of more than a dozen that I'll need. Whatever Plan B turns out to be, I'll be sure to share it here!

Have a great Sunday!

Stamps: Pure Innocence - Roll With It (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft, White and Aqua Mist card stock, Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar Soup dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers, paper piercer, white gel pen, My Favorite Things bracket tab die, The Cat's Pajamas grass die, Lil' Inker Designs cloud die, Papertrey button, May Arts burlap string, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder

Saturday, November 5, 2011

November SFYTT - Verve

As hard as it is to believe, here we are, folks, already at the first Saturday of November, which means a brand-new Sketch For You To Try, a brand-new sponsor, and a brand-new guest designer. Without further ado ...

... our sponsor is the one and only Verve Stamps! Having proudly designed for Verve for the past few years, I simply cannot say enough wonderful things! Fantastic designs, superb quality, excellent customer service, and an owner who is one of the classiest women I know -- Julee Tilman. As our sponsor, Verve is offering a set of choice to a SFYTT participant who uses Verve in her creation. The random winner will be announced with the December SFYTT.

Here's what we're playing with this month:

I took a more minimalist (for me) approach using the pumpkin trio in Verve's Bountiful Harvest. I paper pieced the pumpkins, colored the sky and grass with Prismacolor pencils, and added a stamped moon and stamped stars (all from Bountiful Harvest as well). For the horizontal band in the background I chose to add a subtle dry-embossed strip in the same chocolate brown as the card base.

For more sketch inspiration, visit our uber-talented Designer of the Month, Broni Holcombe
as well as the SFYTT Sisters:

Many of the Verve Divas also have samples. Visit Jen's blog for a complete list. You might get to see some advance peeks at next week's release, too!

1. The SKETCH FOR YOU TO TRY {SFYTT} will be posted on the first Saturday of each month on www.iheart2stamp.com at 8am EST and will stay open to participants until the last day of the month, unless otherwise noted.
2. This is for fun! Interpret the sketch as you wish and embellish as desired. There are no vendor restrictions, but we would love to see you use the sponsor’s stamps!
3. Each month we will have a Designer of the Month that will be chosen from past month’s participants.
4. Come and play with us on each and every sketch! On Christmas Day 2011 a prize package worth over $200 will be given away to one very lucky and loyal SFYTT stamper that participates in EVERY sketch for the year.
5. To be eligible for the prize package, you must complete ALL of the sketches by each of the deadlines AND link your creation to the link system on that month’s sketch post (the first Saturday of the month). Everyone except for SFYTT Sisters are eligible for the prize package, including Designer of the Month and international players.
6. When posting your sketch creation on your blog, please post the sketch and link back to the sketch post on www.iheart2stamp.com. When posting to online galleries, please use the keyword “SFYTT.”

Stamps: Bountiful Harvest (Verve Stamps) 
Paper: Papertrey Dark Chocolate, Kraft, and Rustic White card stock, Jillibean Soup Cheddar Soup dp, Crate Paper Farmhouse dp 
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tuxedo Memento Black, Ranger Distress inks 
Accessories: Distress Stickles, Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, sewing machine, Papertrey buttons, May Arts burlap string, Stampin' Up oval punch, My Favorite Things Medium Scallop border Die-namics, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, Scor-Pal, foam adhesive
Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"