Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Birthday, and Zva Blog Hop Winners

My sweetheart is celebrating his 43rd birthday today. We woke him up by singing Happy Birthday to him, and surprised him with gifts and handmade gifts from the girls. We won't have a party today as Eric has to work, and the girls have to play hockey at the end of the day and early in the evening. We'll invite our family for dinner on Sunday. For Eric's birthday card I used Rocket Age from October Afternoon. Happy Birthday, sweetie!






Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Sawdust), Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (Rocket Age) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Wonderful Words Additions) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Seeing Stars Die Collection, Wonderful Words Die Collection), EK Success border punch, sewing machine | Adhesive dots: Zva Creative

The Zva Creative August Blog Hop ended yesterday. We'd like to congratulate the FIVE August Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:

Julianne McKenna-De Lumen
Tara Orr
Gail Lindner
Susan Lui
Tanya Tahir

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

I'm off to eat some cake with my sweetheart and our girls. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Zva Creative August DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special! We thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! See details below.

The summer trade show was in July, which means brand new Zva Creative products. So please keep an eye out for them at your local craft stores.

As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, August 29th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, August 3oth and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 31st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday...plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

  • Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

  • Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

  • Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry


Sooo, you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes! That's technically OVER 50 chances.

Just like last month I used a large silk flower combined with one of the gorgeous white pearl flourishes. The green die-cut label and sentiment banner were adhered with Zva's adhesive dots. The large foam dots are my favorites.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream) | Patterned paper: Crate Paper (Portrait) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Damask Designs) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Silk flower, flourish, pearl, adhesive dots: Zva Creative (FL04CA124, PES02CA106, AD01CB101) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Double-Ended Banners Die, Edgers #3, Mat Stack 5), sewing machine | Doily: Cards & Wishes

The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes.

Your next stop is the talented Camilla Ekman.

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us, and have a wonderful day.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Congrats

Our sweet niece Rebecca is celebrating her 13th birthday today. We sang Happy Birthday to her on Skype, and Eric talked to her for a while. Too bad Australia is a bit too far away to go over and eat cake with her. Fortunately we'll be seeing Rebecca and her family in January 2012 when they come over to Europe for family visits. The birthday card I made for Rebecca is inspired by this card from Betsy Veldman. When we got back from holiday I really had to get in the mood for card making again and Betsy is always a great source of inspiration. My card didn't turn out as cute as Betsy's card as I was really struggling to make something, but Rebecca liked it anyway.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (5 & Dime) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Congrats All Ways, Sweet As Can Be) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Onyx Black), Versamark | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Twine: May Arts | Felt: Papertrey Ink (Harvest Gold), Felt on the Fly | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Harvest Gold) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Half & Half Die Collection, Sweet As Can Be Dies), sewing machine | Other: sheet music, felt

I'll be back with another card tomorrow for Zva Creative's August Blog Hop. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Yesterday my brother and sister-in-law celebrated their anniversary. For their card I used papers from The Girls' Paperie that were sent to me by my friend Tanya Tahir. We both are on the DT of Zva Creative and My Scrapbook Nook. I participated in a card kit swap on the Nook forum and Tanya was my swapping partner.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper: The Girls' Paperie | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Damask Designs) | Ink: VersaColor (Pinecone) | Felt flower, pearl brad, adhesive dots: Zva Creative (FL01CB114, BRBK02CA103, AD01CB101) | Doily: Cards & Wishes | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Heart Prints Die Collection, Mat Stack 4 Die), sewing machine |  Other: sheet music, felt

We have a busy weekend ahead of us. The hockey season is about to start again, and Fleur has her first match tomorrow. She's in a new team, and it will be nice to get to meet the other girls.

Thanks for your visit, and have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

40

Today my brother is celebrating his 40th birthday. The birthday card I made for him is based on the new weekly card sketch I designed for My Scrapbook Nook. The papers from My Mind's Eye are part of the August kit. Happy Birthday, Peter! Have a wonderful day!



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper: My Mind's Ey (Lime Twist) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Birthday Basics) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Fresh Snow), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Manila tag: Cards & Wishes | Journaling sprout, twine: Jillibean Soup | Button: Papertrey Ink (Simply Chartreuse) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (By the Numbers Die Collection), sewing machine | Adhesive foam dots: Zva Creative (AD01CB101) | Other: Gesso

And here's a sneak peek of the Nook's August kit. A great kit to scrap your summer photos or make colorful cards.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Anniversary

Today my dear mom and dad are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. 45 Years!! That's wonderful, isn't it?

I sat down this weekend to create an anniversary card for my parents, but it was quite a bit of a struggle. I've hardly created anything in the past few weeks and really had to get in the mood again to make some cards. For this anniversary card I was inspired by this card from my sister-in-law Lisette. I didn’t really copy Lisette's card design, but she inspired me to use certain elements such as a stamped background, the large doily and a heart cut from sheet music.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft), Papertrey Ink (Rustic White, Pure Poppy) | Patterned paper: Papertrey Ink (Damask Designs) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Damask Designs) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Fresh Snow), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Raspberry Fizz) | Button: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Twine: May Arts | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Limitless Layers: 2 1/2" Circle Collection, Parisian Lace Doily), sewing machine | Adhesive foam dots: Zva Creative (AD01CB101) | Other: sheet music

Happy Anniversary, mom & dad. Hope you have a wonderful day! xoxo

I'll be back with another card tomorrow. Until then...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Happy 40th Birthday

It's been more than a week since we got back from a 2-week holiday. Just like last year we spent our holiday in Texel, one of the islands in the north of the Netherlands. Fortunately the weather was reasonable. We had some days of rain, but mostly it was dry and sunny. We had a great and relaxing time. If you would like to see some photos of Texel hop on over to Eric's blog.

Today my sweet friend Angy has been celebrating her 40th birthday. I made her this card based on the card sketch I designed for My Scrapbook Nook. The large manila tag is available in my store.



Supplies: Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (5 & Dime) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Big Birthday Wishes) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Manila tag: Cards & Wishes | Tools: Papertrey Ink (By the Numbers Die Collection), sewing machine | Adhesive foam dots: Zva Creative (AD01CB101)


This past week the girls went to the IJVO, a summer camp in our town. On the first morning they built a shed of pallets with help from some of the parents. Eric helped Fleur and her friends, and I helped Sanne and friends. Well....the dads built the shed. I was there to support them. {wink} Since it's a kids' camp all parents had to leave after 1 hour. The kids had to finish and paint their sheds themselves. Each day they did crafts, sports and games. And of course they could spend time together in their sheds. It was a fun week, and the girls had a blast with their friends. Eric made some photos last Thursday.

Sanne and her friends...



Fleur and her friends...



The girls go back to school on Monday, and we have to go back to work.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Love You Forever

Eric and I are celebrating our 15th anniversary today. We're not married, but we always celebrate the day we officially got together. 15 Years ago we went out for dinner on our date, and this evening we'll do the same. Only this time we'll be joined by our girls. Of course I made him a card. The card is based on the card sketch I designed for My Scrapbook Nook.



Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (Kraft) | Patterned paper: October Afternoon (5 & Dime) | Clear stamps: Papertrey Ink (Heart Prints) | Ink: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Touch Tea Dye Duo, Pure Poppy), Versafine (Onyx Black) | Ribbon: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream) | Twine: May Arts | Buttons: Papertrey Ink (White & Cream Mix) | Tools: Papertrey Ink (Just the Ticket Die, Heart Prints Die Collection) | Other: sheet music, thread

Have a nice day!