Hero: Another Name for my Dad

If you’re reading this blog regularly, then you may recall reading about my adopted parents.  My dad is a Vietnam Vet, a loving husband, a father, grandfather, great-grandfather.  He is a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin…he is countless things to countless people but to me, he is my hero.  This was the Father’s Day card I made to honor him:




The official name of the card is something like full front tri-fold shutter or something close to that.  The center sentiment and the “Best Dad Ever” and “Happy Dad’s Day” sentiments are from Verve.  1 Thes verse is from Our Daily Bread Designs.  On the lines at the left, I wrote a very sappy note to my Daddy.  Upon receipt he called me and thanked me for the “most beautiful card” he has ever received.  He’s one of the most amazing and beautiful men I know so it’s fitting he received a beautiful card.

Love you Dad, thanks for being my hero!


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.


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!


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:



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 with Lever Card

I’ll be the first to admit, this card was quite challenging for me and I’m not sure I even totally love this but here it is regardless.




Stamps used were the Words of Wisdom set from Verve.  The card base comes from DCWV shimmer stack and the patterned paper is from their Glam Gal stack.  I used Tim Holtz distress ink in two different purple colors for the flowers and butterflies on the right panel but they are kind of hard to see.  The sentiments were stamped using versafine ink which continues to be a favorite ink.  Not my best work that’s for sure…maybe I’ll have to just practice this card style a few more times before I like who knows.

He knows the plans

I have to say that today’s project may very well be my all time favorite one ever.  Till the next all time favorite ever anyway.  This Diva Dare has really inspired me that’s for sure.  And so, without further adieu allow me to present:



The sentiment is from Verve of course but I have no idea of it’s a plain jane or comes from a set.  I’m guessing it’s a plain jane but I don’t know.  The card base and mint green colored label is from a random pack of paper I get at a LSS and.  The darker blue/slate paper is from DCWV’s Shimmer Stack and the flowers in the upper right are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I tore them apart, colored them using Broken Glass and Faded Jeans distress stain from Tim Holtz then used my embossing gun to try and shape them the way they are here.  I glued them to the card using my glue gun and of course, the die cuts are from Spellbinders.  I believe the sets are majestic labels 8, labels 8 and winged things.  Finally, the background paper is from Creative Memories but has since been discontinued.

Although this card has no set recipient in mind, I find the sentiment perfect comfort in a personal situation I’m dealing with and trust that His plans are far superior to any I may have for myself.  Thanks for looking!

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:



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?


I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything crafty anywhere (save Facebook), let alone here at this new all-inclusive blog.  For those of you that just love that kinda thing, this post is for you.  Just before Mother’s Day this year I made a good half-dozen to dozen cards to acknowledge the women in my life who are mothers.  Then, for Mother’s Day the littles and I rearranged my tiny two bedroom apartment and in the end, I wound up having my own dedicated craft space.  In order to move the space, I had to pack it up out of my bedroom and in doing so I came across some new old and once loved treasures. Among them Verve…

I decided to pop on over to the Verve Blog and Owner/Designer Julee Tilman’s blog just to see what was up and decided this time I was gonna do it.  I was gonna step out of my creative comfort zone and enter a challenge.  What challenge you ask? Why the Verve Diva Dare challenge.  This month the challenge was to create something use a butterfly, a flower and of course a Verve stamp.  The winner gets a gift certificate to the Verve store and bragging rights.  Here is one of the cards I am entering:



GOR JUSS if I do so myself and I just did right?  The best part about this card I think is the ease in which it all went together.  Lemme tell you how I did it, but first you’ll need to gather some supplies.  Here’s what I used:

Black card base (C’oredintations or DCWV I think)
Red Card Stock ( I used C’oredinations)
Floral patterned paper (I used some from a Colorbok stack I got at WalMart)
Scrap paper
Black lace (also from WalMart)
String of pearls (bought from Craft Warehouse)
Spellbinders Dies (Labels 8, majestic Labels 8, and Wings of Hope)
Glue Gun
Scotch Tape
Adhesive (I used an ATG)
Foam dots (I used some I got from Scrapbookpal.com)
Stamps (Mine are Verve’s Words of Wisdom)
Ink (as always it’s Versafine)
Manual Die Cutting machine

That’s it…it’s a standard A2 card but before you get started, go ahead and plug your glue gun in so it’s nice and hot when it’s time to use.  Because we’re making an A2 card, you’ll want to take your black card stock and cut a piece to 8.5 by 11 then cut that in half on the long side giving you a 8.5 by 5.5 piece.  Score at 4.25 and fold in half.  Next cut a mat piece out of your red cardstock that is 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 and then finally cut your patterned paper piece at 4 x 5.25.  Cut a piece of your scrap paper to fit (same dimensions as floral background piece) and adhere pattered paper to the scrap cardstock.  This step can be eliminated entirely if you’re using good weight cardstock and not lightweight paper.

Next you’re going to wrap your lace around your card and, using the cheater’s method, tape it down using scotch tape in the back.  Now it’s time to break out that glue gun that’s been heating up since we got started.  Use the hot glue to affix pearl strand to the band of the lace.  Adhere floral patterned paper with lace and pearls to card red mat piece then to card base and set aside.  Pull out your fave manual die cutting machine and cut the second from largest labels 8 in red.  Cut the next size down in white and the majestic labels 8 and the butterfly in black.  Stamp your sentiment on the white piece before assembling these cuts. Adhere sentiment piece to floral background with foam dots but make sure you leave it high enough so it doesn’t smash the lace and pearls.  I had to stack my foam dots three high to get enough clearance.

And that my friends is all it takes.  Stay tuned, more crafty postings are on the way.