Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge – July Sketch No. 2

Okay, mission accomplished. Here is my entry into the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge for July Sketch no. 2. For this card, I opted to make a shaker, and used stamps from the ‘Surely Goodness’ and ‘Beautiful’ Verve stamps sets. To make the stamped images pop, I used my Nuvo embossing powder in Jet Black.


I recently purchased a lot of the Nuvo brand of products, so I plan on doing a haul/review on YouTube in the next few days.

If you’ve entered the Viva La Verve challenges this month, leave a comment. I’d love to see what you’ve designed.

Until next time, happy crafting!


Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge – July Sketch 1

Okay so I am a little late to the game on this one, and I am going to try to play catch-up and get to sketch no. 2  today as well. It seems like ages, since I’ve participated in a card sketch challenge. Many of you who follow me on Instagram already know, I was recently introduced the Verve brand of stamps, by a wonderfully talented friend of mine, Sybil Stephens, who is @sybil_stephens on Instagram and Sybil B on YouTube.

It was love at first sight. Sybil made several cards while participating in the The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge, hosted by Kathy Rac of She featured these stamps and it was a definite I gotta have them moment!

Well the stamps are very high quality photopolymer, and they stamp beautifully!!! I will absolutely be placing an order for more. As I was researching the brand, I started following them on IG (@vervestamps)almost immediately, and then noticed they host a sketch challenge on their blog

That brings us to my entry for July’s sketch no. 1.

Richly Blessed 1

Richly Blessed 2

It has been ages since, I’ve created an easel card, so I thought that’s what I’d do here. I used the Verve stamp set ‘Richly Blessed’ and their coordinating die.  I masked part of the sentiment, which originally read “May you be richly blessed this Christmas and always.” I am not even ready for Christmas in July, LOL!

Along with the Verve sets, I used my Anna Griffin ‘Blessed’ die and embossing folder ‘Chrysanthemum Toss’ and my Teresa Collins embossing folder ‘Woodgrain Cottage’. I think the embossing and gold foil cardstock lend alot of elegance to this card.

If you have an opportunity to enter one of the Viva La Verve sketch challenges this month, let me know, I’d love to see what you create!

Until next time friends,  Happy Crafting!


Christmas, Christmas, Everywhere!


I have had Christmas on my mind since early July. Every year as September and back to school approaches, my mind wanders to fall, football and the upcoming holidays! The girls and I got together recently and made some Christmas cards and tags, and I think they turned out super cute with a retro feel.

I especially liked the snowmen!!!

I had some vintage snowmen jpg images which I converted to png files, and then print and cut using my Cricut Explore. If you are interested in either png image so that you can recreate them on your own, message me and I will send you a link to the file.

I would love to know what you’ll be working on for the coming holiday seasons.

Until next time…happy crafting!


Mojo Monday Challenge No. 294

Julee Tilman designed this sketch for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge No. 294. Below is my take on the sketch. I really am drawn to a French Country, Shabby Chic feel, and I tried to capture it here with this card, using neutral tones and natural cotton ribbon.

I’d love to see your take on Julee’s design.

Happy Crafting!



Card Base: 8.5 x 5.5 (Scored at 4.25) – Very Vanilla
Punch: Lace Ribbon
Stamp Set: Stampin’ Up! © Nice & Narrow
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
Miscellaneous: Cotton Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Kraft Brown Cardstock, Stampin’ Pierce Mat