Viva La Verve and ColourQ 130

Quickie post today with a card for the Week 4 sketch to round out my Viva La Verve entries for March, and also for the ColourQ #130 combo.

This is supposed to be the clean and simple week for the VLV sketches, but I just couldn’t stop adding things.  And my ‘Berry Sorbet’ isn’t exactly ‘Melon Mambo.’  Oh well.

The above photo doesn’t really show it, but I did add a little Spica glitter pen to the flower petals and yellow centers.  You can see it a little better in the close-up photos below.  I also stamped the leaves with Versamark, but it doesn’t show very well at all.  I didn’t have more time to play around with things, so this is the ‘get it done and call it good’ type of card.

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Hope you’re all having a good week.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:


Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bloom & Grow, Kind Words (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Polka-Dot DP (Doodlebug); Misc Cardstocks (Unknown Brand); Rustic White (PTI)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate, Berry Sorbet (PTI); Versamark
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Spica Glitter Pen
Tools:  Boho Blossoms Punch (SU!); Flower Punch (McGill); Elegant Leaves Die (Verve); Cane Print Impression Plate (PTI)


Viva La Verve – Lavender

First, thank you all so much for your sweet, kind comments regarding my health and well being.  I appreciate all your well wishes, and I am really looking forward to sending these Pretty Peonies stamp sets on to two of you sweet people!

On Saturday, I found a (very) little time and energy to create a card.  Interestingly, though, I am just now finding time to post about it – three days later.  Haha!  😉  I suppose time marches on, eh?

This one is for the Viva La Verve March Week 3 Sketch.  The colors are not associated with a challenge, I just found some pretty papers and such in my new DCWV Chateau Lavender paper stack and went with them.

I also happened upon one of my little-used embossing folders, and I thought it would be a nice touch for this card.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Celebration of Thanks, Love Story (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Stamper’s Select White (PTI); Designer Paper (DCWV Chateau Lavender Stack)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft)
Tools:  Eyelet Circles Die (Spellbinders); Lovely Marquee Die (Verve); Tag Sale #5 Die (PTI); Embossing Folders (Cuttlebug)

ColourQ 127 and Viva La Verve

I tried to use the ColourQ #127 combo, but I think my computer printed out a mutant version of the colors – it’s entirely possible, since my computer has been giving me such grief, for months.  My ‘coral’ doesn’t look so very coral when placed next to the challenge photo on a computer screen.

At any rate, I also gave the Viva La Verve March Week 2 sketch a go, the result being this card:

I grabbed some K&Company designer papers and a quickie embossing folder for this one.  I also pulled out my favorite Great Friend stamp set, for the flower and sentiment.

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉  Hope you have a great weekend!

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Great Friend (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Rustic White, Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush (PTI); Designer Papers (K&Company)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Glitter Brad (American Crafts)
Tools:  Love in the Air Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); Scallop Trim Border Punch (Stampin’ Up!); Double-Ended Border Die (PTI)

Viva La Verve and CR84FN

A week or so ago, I bought a new stack of paper/cardstock – the Lemon Flower Stack by DCWV.  It has some really pretty yellow, green, gray, black, and silver colors in delightful patterns, and I thought I would grab it to help me prepare for the yellow challenges that inevitably arise when I least expect or want them.  At least I’ll have pretty paper on hand to help inspire me and get me in the mood a little more, since we know that yellow by itself will not do a darn thing for me! LOL! ;-D

Then the CR84FN #49 challenge turned out to be yellow, craft, and gray, so I figured ‘why not?’ and used the Viva La Verve March Week 1 sketch for further inspiration in creating this card:

I also used my Verve Framed Wishes stamp for this one, which I haven’t used since purchasing it.  So I was happy about that.  These flowers were all fussy cut from one of the 12×12 sheets from the paper Stack as Hubby and I were watching the college basketball game at 11:30 pm last night.  (I had ignored the fact that basketball is sooooo NOT worth staying up that late!  I have definitely been sleep walking today!)

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Bloom & Grow, Framed Wishes (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Designer Paper and Flowers (DCWV Lemon Flower Stack); Kraft, Rustic White Cardstocks (PTI)
Inks:  Versamark; Kraft (PTI); Tea Dye Distress Inks (Ranger)
Embellishments:  Silver Embossing Powder; Machine Stitching
Tools:  Sewing Machine

Viva La Verve and ColourQ

I figured I had two Viva La Verve cards already created, I may as well try to do the last two.  Although, I haven’t the slightest bit of gumption to craft, really.  I’m in quite a slump, for various reasons.  But I made an attempt anyway.

The first card is for the VLV Feb Week 3 sketch, using random colors:

I broke out some designer paper and a Floral Doily Motif die for this card, wanting to use some not-used-very-often supplies.

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The second card is for the VLV Feb Week 4 clean-and-simple sketch, using the ColourQ #126 colors:

Used the Leafy Sprigs die from Verve for the leaves and Spellbinders’ Big Scalloped Circle Dies for the flower.  I colored all the rhinestones with a Sharpie marker.

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Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:



Card #1:
Love Story (Verve)
White Cardstock (Xpedx); Designer Paper (DCWV Be Mind Stack)
Black, Aqua (Colorbox)
Pearls (Recollections); Ribbon (Offray)
Musical Flourish Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug); Hearts Dies, Scalloped Hearts Dies, Floral Doily Motif Dies (Spellbinders Nestabilities)

Card #2:
Stamps:  Celebration of Thanks (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Dark Chocolate, Rustic White, Simply Chartreuse (PTI)
Inks:  Chestnut (Colorbox); Versamark
Embellishments: Sharpie-Colored Rhinestones (Recollections); Sharpie-Colored Rhinestone Brad; Harvest Gold Felt (PTI)
Tools:  Leafy Sprigs Dies (Verve); Hello Friend Embossing Folder (Sizzix); Big Scalloped Circles (Spellbinders Nestabilities); Pinking Shears (Fiskars); Sewing Machine

Viva La Verve and Color Throwdown 179

Thank goodness for sketch and color challenges, because I wouldn’t be creating any cards right now, without them.  Well, I guess that, and the fact that I am getting used to the new computer.  That, and I spent just about all day in the kitchen yesterday making cookie dough to freeze, banana bread, granola, and a big breakfast.  And then we had to change the locks on both our doors because the old ones were falling to pieces.  And there was a nasty stench in the garage building up for the last few weeks, so we tore the place apart looking for that because my nose is sensitive and little smells make me want to pass out, not to mention big nasty garage smells!

So I guess there’s more than one reason why I’m not in much of a creative mood right now. 😉

But back to business!  I made use of the Viva La Verve February Week 2 sketch and the Color Throwdown #179 combo.  Although, I will admit that I took much liberty on the sketch, because the two uneven panels just weren’t working for me, no matter how I tried to work them.  I am just NOT that creative!  So I finally resorted to just adding a big-scallop element next to the tall panel and called it good.

I also took great liberty on this card, with my interpretation of Poppy Parade and Blushing Bride.  I just used what I had that I thought was close and that I liked.  And the flower is not one of my ‘vacation flowers,’ but is a Stampin’ Up! flower that I purchased a long, long time ago and am finally using.  (One out of the 9 in the package, anyway.)

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉

Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Great Friend (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Kraft, Vintage Cream (PTI); Red Cardstock (DCWV); Designer Paper (K&Company)
Inks:  Dark Chocolate (PTI); Brown (Stampabilities)
Embellishments:  Lace (Offray); Pink Ribbon, Crochet Flower (SU!); Decorative Brads (I don’t know the brand); Machine Stitching
Tools:  Jumbo Scallop Die (My Favorite Things); Sewing Machine

Play Date Cafe 116 and VLV

I figured I’d better get a jump on the last Viva La Verve sketch for January, before time gets away from me again.  I combined the sketch with the Play Date Cafe #116 color combo.  I was happy to see that the VLV sketch this week was geared more toward the clean and simple.

I actually made two cards with this sketch and color combo, one masculine and super simple, and one feminine and a little less simple.

So first, a feminine, slightly-less-simple card:

I found this block of ‘Post Card’ patterned paper while shuffling through my paper stash (I really am serious about using more of my DP stash!).  I thought it was perfect, with the green/pear and moldy cheese/blue colors, so I simply distressed and inked the edges a bit and matted it onto some blue DP, also from my stash.

The other card I made with this color combo (which you’ll see in a moment) was a little overwhelming for me.  So I lightened the purple a bit for this card – in the ribbon, gems, and butterfly – and I like the combo much better this way.

And…….. LACE!  I know.  You’re soooo surprised, aren’t you?!

What can I say?  I am in love with this lace.  We might actually run off together next weekend and get married.  Shh!  Don’t tell my husband! ;-D

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This next card was made to be a birthday card to send to my foster dad next week, so I tried to make it masculine.  I wanted to add in some texture or a pattern at the top, but I had a brain cramp and couldn’t come up with anything.

I think I was overblowing the fact that guys don’t necessarily like lace and frilly things, so my fingers kept fighting any effort to add anything more. In fact, those brads and brown lines are lucky to be there at all – haha!  Actually, the brown hand-drawn lines were more of an afterthought – the color strip seemed like it needed framing of some sort, and for lack of a better idea….

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So, there’s my little Tale of Two Cities Cards.

Thanks for stopping by today. 😉
Challenge Photos:
Supplies Used
Card #1
Stamps:  Blessings (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Vintage Cream (PTI); Post Card Designer Paper (K&Company, Best of K&Company Stack); Blue Designer Paper and Lavender Glittered Cardstock (Unknown Brand)
Inks:  Chestnut (Colorbox); Brown (Stampabilities)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Satin Ribbon and Lace (Offray)
Tools:  Butterfly Punch (Marvy Uchida); Labels One Die (Spellbinders Nestabilities)
Card #2
Stamps:  Big Wish (Verve)
Paper/Cardstock:  Vintage Cream, Simply Chartreuse, Enchanted Evening, Plum Royal Velvet (PTI)
Inks: Chestnut (Colorbox); Tombow Marker
Embellishments:  Glitter Brads (Unknown Brand)
Tools: Paper Trimmer