Tuesday, November 20, 2007

{ verve visual rocks }


Wow! What a fun treat I received in my mailbox today! Julee sent me this gorgeous card and her brand new stamp set Starlight Starbright to thank me for being her Guest Designer this month! Thank you so much, Julee! I've been having tons of fun playing with your stamps and can't wait to see what new designs you come out with each month.

I just have to tell you... these stamps are an amazingly good deal and so versatile. And the quality is superb! Verve Visual's stamps are real red rubber... deeply etched and stamp perfectly every time. And they are only $10 US for a stamp set! You can't beat that.


Monday, November 19, 2007

{ try this challenge #3 }

Good Monday Morning!

Are you ready for our third Try This Challenge?! This week Nancy over at Nancy's Creative Mess is challenging us all to come up with a gift card holder. To participate in this challenge all you need to do is create a gift card holder of some sort and upload it to your blog or the scs gallery with the keyword TTC3. Then post a comment either on this post or on Nancy's challenge post so we can all take a peek at your creation.

Here's what I came up with. I hope you like it! To create this card I started with a 4" x 9" piece of card stock and scored it at 3" and 6". I then stamped the front of the panel with a Lizzie Anne paisley - so cute - I love that stamp! For the main flower image (also a Lizzie Anne stamp), I stamped it with Cranberry Crisp on Confetti White card stock and while the ink was still wet I went over it with a wet aquapainter to move the color around.

I created a pocket inside for the gift card by cutting the corner off and folding the flap in, adhering it with double sided tape.

The "Birthday Wishes" image is a newly released stamp from Verve Visual! I'm so excited that I was given the opportunity to be a Guest Designer for Verve Visual for the month of November. Thank you so much Julee. I've really been enjoying creating with your stamps!

Have a great week everyone! I can't wait to see your gift card holders.


Nancy's Gift Card Holders
TTC3 Gallery on SCS

More Gift Card Holders I have come across:
Big Ideas from a Little Girl
Stampin' in the Prairies
Forever Young
Virtual Convention
Palmtrees and Pogosticks

Monday, November 12, 2007

{ try this challenge #2 }

Well, it's Monday and that means it's time for Nancy and I to challenge you! This time Nancy has come up with a challenge for us all to try. The challenge is to use punches in a creative way on a card. Please head over to Nancy's blog to find out all the details and to see her cute card!

Here is Jill's card for the challenge! What a creative use of punches!

Since we're moving in a couple of weeks my stamping room is all packed up... so, sadly, I won't have anything to post for this challenge! If you participate please let me or Nancy know by leaving a comment in either of our posts with a link to your card.

Have a great week!


Skip1116's Card

Sunday, November 11, 2007

{ my verve visual cards }


Here are the cards I made for Verve Visual!

I'm off to the Circle Craft Christmas Market in Vancouver this afternoon with friends - should be fun!

The Creative Expo yesterday at the Tradex was OK... not nearly as good as the last craft event I went to at the Tradex, though. In fact, I didn't buy a thing... and I didn't do the one thing I wanted to do which was the make & take at the Crafty Secrets booth with Sherrie. Every time I went by her table it was full. My daughter had a great time, though, so that is good. She did about 4 make & takes.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

{ verve visual guest designer }

Good Morning!

Today is the day that Verve Visual is releasing two new stamp sets and revealing who their two guest designers are for November. One of the guest designers is Susan Liles (congratulations Susan!) and the second one is.... me! How exciting! It was a lot of fun working with Julee's new stamps and coming up with a few designs for her. Thanks for the opportunity, Julee!

Be sure to head on over to Verve Visual to see the 2 awesome new stamps sets and the gorgeous samples that the entire design team have created.

This afternoon I'm off to a Creative Expo with my Mom, Sister & Aunt. I can't wait!


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

{ new look for winter }

Well, what do you think of my new look for winter? Just yesterday I emailed Dina over at Mama Dini's Digi-Sig Diner to ask her if she'd make me a snowflakey banner for my blog using the Stampin' Up! colours Purely Pomegranite, Sky Blue and Blue Bayou and this is what she came up with. Isn't it pretty?! I've been fiddling around with the colours on my blog and I can't decide if I want the background (the edges that are now Purely Pomegranite) to stay as they are or if they should be Blue Bayou or Soft Sky or another colour? Any ideas? Also, this mid-section is Soft Sky. Is it too hard to read? Would it be better if it were white? I'm open to your ideas and suggestions! I don't want to turn anyone away if it's hard on your eyes. :-)

Dina also made me a beautiful watermark to match the banner. You'll be seeing it on the next card I post!


{ we're moving }


So, have you heard the exciting news? We're buying a house this month! What's the first thing you do when you find out you're moving? Make cards, of course! I made 30 of these cards to announce our move and let our friends & relatives know our new address and phone number.

I love the neat design of this card. It's called a Z-Fold card. As you can see I used the cuttlebug for most of this card. The entire card base was put through the cuttlebug with a Big Shot embossing plate. The scalloped rectangle and circle were cut out and the rectangle was also embossed using my new nestabilities dies. You can get the nestabilities from Urban Trends if you're in the Abbotsford area. I LOVE these! It's a really economical way to get scalloped and straight edged shapes in a bunch of different sizes and they take up WAY less space than punches.

The "Our New Home" tag was cut out using a cuttlebug die. The house image on this card is from Stamping Bella and was purchased from Urban Trends. I colored it in with Stampin' Up! markers.

Don't forget to read the post below this one... Nancy and I are hosting a weekly paper crafting challenge and we'd love for you to participate! We have a really fun one up our sleeves for next Monday as well. I'll give you a hint... it's not going to be a sketch challenge.


PS. If you have any moving boxes I'd love to take them off your hands.

Monday, November 05, 2007

{ try this challenge #1 }

Good Monday Morning!

Nancy over at Nancy's Creative Mess and I are excited to be starting a new feature on our blogs! Each Monday morning we will be hosting a paper crafting challenge of some sort on our blogs.

The first "Try This Challenge" is to come up with a card using this sketch! This sketch is taken from a card I created recently (shown below). The exciting thing about this card is that it gives you a sneak peek of one of the Verve Visual stamp sets that is going to be released on November 10!

We would love it if you'd like to play with us too!!! Just create a card using this layout and link your card either in the comments for this post or the post Nancy has for this challenge. You can also post it over at Splitcoast Stampers if you want... just use TTC1 in your title so we can find it!

Play along... we'd love to see what you come up with!

Nancy's card
Carol's card
Tracy's card
SCS TTC1 Gallery


Friday, November 02, 2007

{ beate's sketch challenge }


Here's a card I just made while making dinner and wondering if the power was going to come back on in time to finish cooking the whole chicken that's in the oven!

I used Beate's weekend sketch for the layout of this card and the SU card stock that Jill gave me today when we were having our stampy morning. The stamp is a Lizzie Anne stamp, which was a gift from Nancy.

Today I also finished 30 "Our New Home" cards! They're very cute, if I do say so myself. :-)

Have a great weekend!


{ sneak peeks }

You won't want to miss the Verve Visual sneak peeks over the next few days! They are releasing brand NEW stamp sets on November 10th... and maybe you'll see some samples from someone you know. *wink* *wink*