Font Focus Challenge: Verve Stamps

Sometimes we just have to treat ourselves and Verve Stamps are among my all time favorites.  I love that Julee is now designing stamps that can work on card fronts or interiors and one such set that works perfectly either place is the Words of Wisdom set.  I seriously can’t get enough of it and am glad I decided to let it be what I treated myself to for my belly button birthday.  Here’s what it looks like:

 

There are some real beauties in here I’m telling you!  I wanted to use the sentiment that reads “you are never to old to set a new goal or dream a new dream” in the Diva Dare challenge but the particular sentiment I had must have been a teenager as it was pretty rebellious.  Wouldn’t ink right and then when I finally could MAKE it ink right, it wouldn’t stamp right…no matter what I tried.  See for yourself:

I posted this image to the Verve’s Facebook page and Julee (the owner) promised to send me a better behaving stamp.  It arrived today along with a handwritten note from Julee.  Oh how I love great customer service.  Check out the note from Julee…yes I’m keeping it.

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Anyway, I opted to use this sentiment with the Font Focus challenge instead.  Though I suppose technically it DOES qualify for the Diva Dare because there are flowers and butterflies in the background paper.  I don’t know what the background paper is, it was gifted to me by a friend from church.  The card base and piece the sentiment is on is from a pkg I got at my LSS and the beautiful majestic labels eight die cut from Spellbinders was cut from the DCWV shimmer stack leftovers I used in a earlier project.  The ribbon in this project is organza ribbon I bought from Dollar Tree and was tied using my hideously ugly bow board.  Finally I lifted the labels 8 die cut and sentiment off the card a smidge using foam squares from Creative Memories.  I like that this could be used for a girl (it’s pretty) or a boy (it’s not THAT pretty) to remind them that it’s never too late to set goals and dreams.  With this card, I’ve now entered Verve challenges 6 times.  Hopefully I win, but if not it’s been fun being inspired to create again!

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Altered Canvas Diva Dare Style

I had no idea what I was doing when I created this.  I simply knew that the challenge required a butterfly and a flower and I thought maybe since I just got new dedicated craft space I could spruce the area up with some art.  Once this project was totally complete I had to take a step back and say WOW!  Maybe it will give you that same reaction:

 

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My stamp choice is again from Verve’s Words of Wisdom set.  The butterflies are stickers that I believe are made by K & Company and the ribbon is random from my stash.  I used lattice rectangles and another Spellbinders die but I can’t remember which set it is and am too lazy to go look it up ha ha ha.  The flower is something I created using leaves and stamens from Wild Orchard Crafts and paper from my stash.  The first step was to paint the canvas.  Once painted and dried I embellished and the result is what you see here.

Verve Diva Dare Challenge Take 2

Butterflies and flowers are kinda my thing.  No really they totally are so this Diva Dare is right up my alley.  The beauty is you can enter as many times as you’d like so here’s my second entry:

 

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For this card I used the following items:

Card base (here I used DCWV)
Scrap paper
Paper for mat behind background paper (DCWV)
Background paper (from Lady Couture Stack by DCWV)
Ribbon (dollar store or WalMart I forget)
Stamps (Verve Words of Wisdom)
Flowers (Wild Orchid Crafts)
Brads (also from Wild Orchid Crafts)
Spellbinders Butterfly Circles and whatever coordinating circle it is that goes with it
Ink (Versafine as usual)
Magenta Stickles (I got mine from Oh My Crafts forever ago)
Foam dots (Scrapbookpal.com)
Adhesive (ATG)
Glue (Scotch fast drying glue or something like that and glue gun)
Hideously Ugly Bow Board
 

Plug your glue gun in if it’s not hot already.  Create your standard A2 card base then cut a patterned contrasting/complementary piece of paper at 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8.  Next cut your background paper to 4 x 5.25.  Using the hideously ugly bow board, tie a great bow like mine then adhere to background paper.  Apply patterned background paper to color mat and then adhere this piece to card base.  Cut both the butterfly and regular circles out of your scrap, stamp sentiment on solid circle, adhere to butterfly circle and set aside.  Clean out your butterfly circles die holding onto a couple of the butterflies it cut when making basic doily shape and glue to circle with sentiment however you see fit. Add stickles if desired and set aside.  Place brads in middle of flowers, adhere butterfly circle to card base using foam dots and hot glue flowers to edge being careful to avoid gluing the butterfly circle to the card base as well.  That’s it…pretty easy don’t ya think?

Life is good

Actually, in light of recent events, life is REALLY good.  If you love a good romance, you can check out more of the story.  The short and sweet of it though is that I’m finally engaged to the man of my dreams.  His Mom doesn’t live local to me and so I wanted to take the time to make a card for her and include a letter introducing myself and giving her a little bit of information about me.

Here’s what I came up with:

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My bow was tied using some tulle from Walmart and my hideously ugly bow board.  The patterned paper comes from  DCWV, the rest is random stuff from my stash.  The sentiment is from Verve.

I hope my soon to be mother in law (though I’d prefer to call her mother in love) loves it.

Sentiment free

I was thinking maybe I’ll do Project 365 for crafty stuff and photography both.  It would be a huge challenge considering I only got to day 15 with the photography project.  At any rate, I decided to sit down and see what my hands could create again today.  This is what I came up with:

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The oval with the cake is a piece of paper from the Sweet Stack that I cut with oval Spellbinders.  The bow was tied using my hideously ugly bow board (I’m telling ya every card maker/bow tier should have one) and the pink brown and white paper is random paper I have in my stash.  Perhaps I’ll return with another creation tomorrow.

A Mother, A Sister, A Friend

Man I can’t even tell you how much I miss having the internet at home…

It is a royal pain sometimes to have to go somewhere to blog, but it is what it is for the time being so enough about that.

One of the most amazing mommies I know is my little sister.  For Mother’s Day this year, my Mom, Lil Sis and I all got together for brunch at my place.  Missing from the party goers were my sister-in-law and brother’s girlfriend, but a good time was had anyway.  I made both my mom and my sister a card for Mother’s Day, but I didn’t take a “blog worthy” photo of my mom’s.  Inquiring minds…or eyes actually…can see it on my Facebook fan page.

This was the card I made for Lil Sis.  Her favorite colors are pink and the sentiment is really quite perfect.  It’s from Verve.

 The card is 6 x 6 and was made with papers and ribbons in my stash.  I have no idea who the vendors are.  The die cut shape is one of the label options from Spellbinders and I tied the bow using my hideously ugly bow board.  The bling in the corners are heat fix gems.

I have dreamed about a card I want to make for days.  Hopefully I can get it created and blog it soon!  Until next time!

Just a lil tulle will do

I love to tie bows on my cards using tulle.  Especially when I make them with multiple loops like I did in this one:

This is a birthday card I’ve made for a dear friend of mine whose birthday is coming soon.  Her favorite colors are blue and green and she is EXACTLY what this sentiment says…classy and fabulous.  I ♥ her severe!  The tulle bow has three loops and was tied using my hideously ugly bow board.  I used Spellbinders labels dies (I’m at my sister’s house and have no idea which number they were), Spellbinders Heart Circles and Classic Circles Large and Small.  The butterfly is from the Fundamentals 1 SD Card from Craftwell and the sentiment is from Unity.  The inside reads “You are BOTH” and I used my Teresa Collins stamp maker to make a “BOTH” stamp.  The background paper is K & Company and the card base is Core’dinations and the heart circle die cut is my fave solid core cardstock I get at a LSS.  The other two circles and butterfly are from scraps.

Of the last three projects I’ve posted, only this one was “blog-worthy” IMHO, but I shared the other two anyway.  You’re welcome Ildi!