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A Verve Sale and Hockey

Hi friends! Happy Friday. No card from me today, but we're having a sale at Verve, so I thought I'd pop in and share. It's a busy weekend with family as we celebrate Valentine's, my Dad's birthday and Mark's birthday.

And since we can't let Mr. Verve's birthday go unheralded, we've got a little sale in the store this weekend.  In addition to weekend free shipping on US orders over $30, you can use gift code LOVEYA for 15% off your Verve order through Monday, Feb. 15. Hooray and happy birthday, Mr. Verve!


The boys are super excited that they have the day off from school on Mark's birthday, as it falls on President's Day. Here's a pic of us last weekend at the boys' first hockey game. (They're super tired and up way past their bed time at this point, but at least looking at the camera, so I'll call it a win!)


 They LOVED the game.  Loved, as in they reenact it on a daily basis yelling "Let's Go Steelheads"on repeat and stomping, screaming at the top of their lungs and then sending their toys to the penalty box for 2 minutes... 4 minutes if they're especially naughty!  I never really noticed how much a crowd of adults at a hockey game act just like toddlers!  It must have seemed like toddler heaven to them! LOL Here they are with happy smiles during the game. So precious.


I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Blooming Bricks Diva Hop

Hi friends! It's the 10th of the month, and after a break in January, the Divas are back and ready to inspire with a new Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop.  There are two prizes up for grabs, one for commenting on the blog hop posts and one for linking up to this month's challenge, so come play along with us! I'm the first stop on the hop, so let's get to it...



Our February challenge is Industrial Chic and I've got just the inspiration photo to get you in the groove.  I'm so wishing I had a wall like that in my house!  Check out the Verve blog today for a closer look at the inspiration picture.

The pop of color in this industrial style loft speaks of the hope of spring in the midst of winter. Kind of like February... it's still cold and wintry, but new life is on the horizon. Feel free to take your inspiration from the photo or the color combo, whatever suits your fancy! We can't wait to see what you create.



Challenge deadline: Saturday, March 5.

Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

My jumping off point was the wall.  I started with smokey slate, embossed with a brick embossing folder, then sponged with pumice stone, brushed corduroy and black soot until I got the desired effect.  Next I pulled out the Doodled Occasions set, thinking I would use the birdcage image.  But I saw the doodled flowers and just had to pull them out and start stamping in purely pomegranate and lucky limeade instead.  I colored with a waterbrush and the same color inks, then quickly fussy cut them and layered with some die cuts using the Sprightly Sprigs Die Set.


For accent I added some glossy accents to each flower center and a pinch of glitter, then sprinkled some of the new Lots of Love sequins all around and glued them down.  I couldn't bear to cover up any more of my brick wall, so decided to stamp the sentiment (also from Doodled Occasions) on an acetate die cut circle and then clipped with a mini library clip.  I finished off with distressed edges all around.

Alrighty, next up on the hop is the lovely Amber.

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop! 
1. Julee8. Marisa
2. Amber9. Maureen
3. Amy10. Sankari
4. Betty11. Stacey
5. Charmaine12. Susan
6. Christyne13. Teresa
7. Laurie
Enabler's List
Stamps: Doodled Occasions (Verve Stamps)
Paper: smoky slate, white
Ink: black, purely pomegranate, lucky limeade (SU!), black soot, pumice stone, frayed burlap (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Lots of Love Sequin Mix (Verve), brick embossing folder (Tim Holtz), stitched circle stax (MFT), mini library clip (SU!)

Fabulous Mojo 434

Hi friends! It's Monday again already (I know, how'd that happen so quickly?) and time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  This one has been sitting on my desk 5 minutes from being done since I left to pick the boys up from school on Friday afternoon.  I always think there will be time to stamp on the weekends, and then it doesn't happen.


So I finished up this morning and am going to rush through this really quick because Kellan has a Chinese New Year program at school today and I can't wait to go see his dragon fan dance!

I used those same Hello Love papers from my VLV card on Friday.  The stamps are from the Love's Flower set. I stamped the flower on patterned paper and fussy cut, using copics to add a little color.  I layered them together and added a fabric brad for the center, then layered some Sprightly Sprigs Die Set behind and added the fabulous sentiment.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful start to your week!

Mojo 434 Card Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Love's Flower (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Hello Love (Crate Paper), basic black, white
Ink: black, copics, white gel pen
Accessories: Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Shine Bright Sequins (Verve), circle dies, sewing machine, fabric brad (Amy Tangerine)
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