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Every Little Moment and Seasons Givings Winner

Hi friends! Thanks to all of you who left comments over the past week on my Seasons Givings blog hop post. It's been so fun to read your favorite books, movies and tv shows of 2017 and I've added a ton of books to my reading list for the coming year. Thanks! I'm announcing the winner for my two giveaways below, but first I'll ahare the card I made for today.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, hubby and I celebrated out 20th anniversary just before Christmas. It's always a crazy time with the holidays so close, so I decided to make his card earlier in the year and save it.  But you know what? I still can't find the card! Ack. I remember putting it in a "safe" place so I wouldn't lose it, but after two weeks of searching, I'm admitting defeat. And wondering just how "safe" the card needed to be!  LOL

So I decided to make him a new card with some of the goodies I got on the shopping spree he took me on. The sentiment is from the Bloom Brighter set. Mark took a bunch of time off for Christmas and we were even able to have 4 entire days where the kids were in school and we could hang out together. It was so nice having uninterrupted moments of coffee and conversation, so this sentiment was the perfect choice for my card.

I love this Welcome Home line of papers and picked a few to coordinate and then stamped the sentiment on a stitched circle die cut and matted with a lacey circle die cut.  I added a scallop border die to one of the panels to repeat this pattern, then picked out some coordinating ephemera, a little toothipick flag, some twine and teeny rhinestones to finish things off.

Okay... now on with the winnner's announcement...

Giveaway #1: Box of papercrafting goodies

Giveaway #2:  $50 Gift certificate to Verve

Congrats Laurie and Rebecca! I've emailed both of you, but if you don't receive it for some reason, feel free to email me at contests@vervestamps.com.  Thanks!

Some of you had asked about my favorites for 2017, so here they are...

I love to read, but haven't made it a priority the past few years. In 2017, my favorite book was Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb. It was the ending of a trilogy that was the continuing story of several other trilogies she had written and woven together in a seemlessly beautiful way. It was bittersweet and hopeful and I'm sad to see these characters I have loved since I first picked up one of her books 15 years ago end their journey. On Audible, I really enjoyed listenening to the Birthright series by Gabrielle Zevin. Think of a world where chocolate is outlawed and there's an underground mafia supplying chocolate to the world. It's YA and light, but still entertaining. And although I've never read anything else by Nora Roberts, Year One called out to me in December and I devoured it.  I love a good apocalyptic outbreak story and am looking forward to the next installment in the series.

For TV, in 2017 we discovered Travelers and Helix on Netflix and binge watched both series. So excited that Season 2 of Travelers just arrived on Netflix. We watched several others, but those two were probably my favorite, since I'm a big fan of sci fi. In other genres, VictoriaThe Missing Season 2 and Anne With an E were top on the list. (Note: started watching Anne with an E with my boys in the room, thinking it would be okay, but soon herded them out as it's a bit intense, especially with flashbacks to Anne's past.)

For movies, we saw a total of 2 in the theater. Guardians of the Galaxy and Wonder Woman, both of which were huge favorites of mine. My favorite rental was Logan... love me some Wolverine, and this movie exceeded my expectations.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Bloom Brighter (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Welcome Home (Carta Bella), black, cream
Ink: archival black (Ranger)
Accessories: stitched circles stax (Cottage Cutz). lacey circles nestabilities (spellbinders), Welcome Home ephemera (Carta Bella), border die, teeny rhinestones, linen thread, toothpick flag

Grace is Sufficient

Hi friends! It's the first Friday of a new month and that means it's time for me to bring you a brand new Viva la Verve sketch. This month's sketch has some fun layers. I hope you enjoy it!  The challenge is open for the whole month, play along as often as you like and Verve stamps are not required (but we do love to see 'em, wink wink).

Back in November, I picked up this Rose Quartz paper pad and ephemera and got so busy with holiday activities that I didn't have a chance to break it open. The fun little feathers in the ephemera pack just make my heart go pitter patter, so my only stamping here is ithe 2 Corinthians verse from Butterfly Grace. It seemed the perfect verse to send to the person I had on my heart when I made the card. A seam binding bow and the layered pieces of ephemera accent things and the pretty papers do the rest.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a seriously fabulous first weekend of the new year!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Butterfly Grace (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Rose Quartz (Prima), black, white
Ink: Black
Accessories: Rose Quartz ephemera (Prima), seam binding, Falling Leaves Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE)

Other Links
Viva la Verve January Sketch Challenge

Thankful for Time Out

Hi friends! Time Out Challenges is celebrating their 100th challenge this week. Wow! Having been behind the scenes of challenges for over 10 years, I know what a work of heart it is to keep these challenges running. Big thanks for all the inspiration The Challenge has brought over the past few years.  I'm so honored to have been asked to guest design for this milestone. Plus there's a prize this week sponsored by Verve Stamps, so head on over to the official challenge post to read all the details.

The challenge this go round is "thankful" and I pulled out a trusty old favorite stamp set to create this shabby little card. I've got a lot to be thankful for, and always need a supply of thank you cards.

In December, my husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary, and because hubby knows me so well, in lieu of flowers he treated me to a shopping spree at a local craft store! One of my treasures from that shopping trip was the Welcome Home collection of paper by Carta Bella. I loved the colors and wood grains, so started with those, then selected a texty print that I could stamp some sunny yellow flowers on.  The blooms are from the Dream Big stamp set and cut with the coordinating Scalloped Flowers Die Set. I also stamped the leaves on the same paper and cut with the coordinating Dreamy Leaves Die Set, layering them all together and accenting with pearls to make my focal point.

Next I stamped the sentiment in navy ink onto a yellow print, then cut with a circle die and matted with a navy scalloped circle die cut.  I shabbied up the edges of my background panels, then wrapped a bit of lace across the center as a backdrop for the sentiment and flower.  I finished off with a linen thread bow and another pearl on the sentiment circle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're having a wonderful start to the year!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Dream Big (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Welcome Home (Carta Bella), faded denim (C'oredinations), white
Ink:  (Altenew), midnight muse (SU!)
Accessories: Dreamy Leaves Die SetScalloped Flowers Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), stitched circles stax (MFT), scalloped circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), linen thread, pearls, lace

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