Sometimes Paper Speaks to Me

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Don't you find that some papers just really speak to you?  I've been hoarding this paper for a while and decided it was time to use it.  This fabulous sketch from the amazing Amy Sheffer was just the right layout for showcasing this paper:
Yes, I turned it on it's side!

The various layers of designer papers were distressed and inked.  The second layer of designer paper has been stamped with a Verve image using the rock 'n roll technique.  If you haven't tried it, it's very easy...simply ink your stamp with a lighter shade of ink and then touch the edges with a darker shade of ink.  I love this cool look!

The fan-shaped piece of paper has been distressed by wetting it, then crumpling it and folding it into a fan shape before drying it with my heat gun.  Then it was wrapped with some twine and I also glued a button on top.  I used one of my favorite tools ever on my buttons...a button-shank remover.  Cuts the back off so you can glue the buttons down very easily.

A stamped leafy sprig has been placed between the layers of the sentiment piece for a little more interest. And I stamped off the same image used on the mid-sized rectangle before stamping it on the designer paper behind the sentiment.

And there you have it!  Whoo hoo!  My July Verve sketches are now complete!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU Basic Black, Soft Suede and Naturals Ivory, and Prima Printery
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Sunny Days and Verve Kind Words
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Leafy Sprigs Die, Spellbinder's Lacy Circles, Spellbinder's Circles, Tim Holtz Accoutrements, twine, distressing tool, sponge, water mister, heat gun, dimensionals

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Black Butterfly Hugs and Smiles

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hello friends!  Another Verve sketch...this time from another of the very talented Verve Divas, Maureen Plut:

Well, it's not the first time I've used a black butterfly on a card.  I seem to have a propensity for them for some reason.

I took my "dotty" cue from the dotted outline in the "Sweet Scallop Tag" and used dots around the outside of the card and in the beautiful jet black flourish.

Just a little stamping on this...the tag and sentiment.  A little texture in behind on the Rich Razzleberry piece for some interest.  A piece of beautiful black taffeta ribbon across the card but decided against a bow.

And there you have it!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black and Memory Box Pixie
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Sweet Scallop Tag and Verve Kind Words
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Sweet Scallop Die, Verve All Aflutter Die, Tim Holtz Bubble embossing folder, Copic Micron Pen, ruler, Recollections Rhinestones, and black taffeta ribbon

Thanks for joining me again dear friends!

CAS - Live the Life...

Friday, July 27, 2012

When I looked at the Verve CAS sketch that Andrea provided this week, there was no doubt what my design would be: 

Did a little shopping on the Verve website earlier this month...couldn't help myself...there's a sale...what can I say?  So I pulled out two of my new sets for this sketch.

Simple stamping with several of the stamps in three different colors.  The sentiment has been cut out with a Spellbinder's die.  I stamped off the the sprig image before stamping and then over stamped with the sentiment.  Then the edges were sponged a little.  The oval has been popped up with dimensionals.

Easy peasy right?  Well, if truth be known it took me several tries for this card...CAS isn't always so simple!  LOL!  The first card I made was to my liking and I was ready to take my photo of it, only to discover a big ink smudge in the upper right corner.  And with a CAS design it was really difficult to say..oh opportunity for embellishment right? So into the circular file and I started again.  Took me six tries but finally came up with something I'm happy with.  Therefore in this case CAS was clean and definitely not so simple!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Solar White
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Bundled Sage and Faded Jeans
Stamps:  Verve Sunny Days and Verve Words of Wisdom
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's ovals, sponge, dimensionals

Hope you have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Thanks so much for joining me today!

Fun Birthday Card

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The first time I saw this fun image and sentiment...knew I had to buy it!  It totally appeals to my sense of ha ha!

Some die cuts for the ribbon banner and sentiment.  The sentiment image was stamped off before stamping on the die cut.  The flower is made from a die cut, a fussy cut flower and a button.  I shaped it with a paper piercing tool and my fingers.

The image has been colored with Copics and paper pieced.  Easy peasy! 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU More Mustard, SU Basic Gray, Copic X-Press It Blending card stock and MME A Happy Heart
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Image:  Art Impressions Power Napper Set
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Ribbon Banners die, MFT Bracket Tab die, MFT Botanical Beauty die, button, thread, needle, Tim Holtz Paper Piercer, Copics:  R32, R35, R37 for her shirt, purse, lips and shoes; E00, E02, E11, E31 for her skin; E81, E84 for the chair; T1, T3, T5 for her smart phone; E84, E87 and YR24 for her pants, YR24, E27 and E29 for her hair.

Hope you're having a terrific Thursday!

Stripes, Paisley, Dots and All

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Yes, the title says it all...I've used just about every pattern possible on this, but it works.

This is for the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge for July (week two) going on over at Splitcoast.  Check it's lots of fun!

Love this sentiment from's so versatile.  Would work for any tough situation a loved-one or friend is going through and the colors are sedate enough for a sympathy card but colorful enough to brighten some one's day.

Just lots of simple layering on this. The flowers have been fussy cut.  One of the them has two layers and the other has three.   I used my scissors to snip into the petals which allowed me to use my fingers to shape them which gives them lots of dimension.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU More Mustard, SU Basic Black and MME A Happy Heart
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve One Day and Verve Joyful Blooms
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Circle nesties, paper crimper, paper piercer, brads, scissors, adhesive.

Hope your Wednesday is wonderful!

Thanks Bunches - MFT Weekly Sketch #80

Monday, July 16, 2012

A square card for a change today.

Isn't this an adorable mouse image?  I masked the image first and air-brushed the background with a custom Copic color.  Sherrie Siemens mentioned that she loves using a mixtures of half Y21/half Colorless Blender, so I made up my own marker.  Love this soft color!  Thanks Sherrie!  The image has been colored with Copics and her little shirt has been paper pieced. 

I tried my hand at some stitching on this today.  Love the look of free motion quilting, so that's what was used on this.

Here's the sketch and as you can see I deviated from the original sketch by changing the area left to the mouse image, but that's my take on it:
Here's what I used:
Paper:  Memory Box Brioche, X-Press It Blending Paper and SU Island Indigo
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  My Favorite Things Blessed Mouse
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Double Scallop Border die, sewing machine, misc. ribbon, misc. hemp twine, Tim Holtz button, Copics:  custom Y21 (background); E40, E42, E44 (mouse); E50, E53, E55 (basket); RV10, RV13, R35 (flowers); G40, G43 (leaves); W1 and T5 (shading); BG53, BG57 (skirt)

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

Finger Painting

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Finger painting?  Why yes...playing with paints today took me back to my childhood!  We'll won't discuss how many years ago that was, OK? LOL!  It's fun and therapeutic...why don't you try it?

Lots of die cuts today...some from Spellbinders and some from Verve of course...because this is for the July Week 1 Verve Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoast.  Here's the sketch by the very talented Amber Hight:

Started out by using my distressing tool on the designer paper back panel.  Then added paint here and there with my fingers.  Next comes pieces of corrugated kraft, one cut with a Spellbinder's die and one cut with a Verve A Cut Above Die.  Both of these pieces were painted with Distress Stain and an Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber.  Next is another layer of designer paper that's also been cut with a Spellbinder's Die.  It's been inked with some Distress Ink to darken it a bit.  On top of that is another piece of corrugated kraft, again cut with a Spellbinder's die and painted with the same two mediums. 

The sentiment has been stamped on a piece of coordinating designer paper that's been inked and then I touched it here and there with a little more acrylic paint.  The flower is a die cut from Verve.  And yes, just a little more paint. 

Here's the recipe:
Paper:  SU Crumb Cake, MME Paris & Co and Kraft-E Flute corrugated paper
Ink:  Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Stamps:  Verve Be Okay Plain Jane and Verve Joyful Blooms
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Spellbinder's Classic Oval Large , Classic Scallop Squares Small, Labels 22,  Fleur de Lis Rectangles; Verve Joyful Blooms and Ribbon Banner A Cut Above Dies; Picket Fence Distress Stain; Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Cloudy Blue; distressing tool; lots of dimensionals and Recollections Pearls

Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone!

MFT Sketch Challenge #79

Monday, July 9, 2012

And, I'm back....

Spent the last week mostly in the yard creating perennial beds and planting many, many perennials.  It was fun and I'm so glad it's almost done before the high temps hit.  We're in the low to mid 30's for the foreseeable future...too hot for me and the flowers!

It's time...for the weekly My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge:

As you can see, I've flipped the sketch on it's side to accommodate the large sentiment. I've done lots of distressing and added some faux stitching to the sentiment panel. 

Here's the recipe:
Paper:  SU Pear Pizzazz and Basic Black as well as MME Lost & Found Rosy
Ink:  Versamark Onyx Black
Stamps:  MFT June Triple Scoop bonus stamp set
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, MFT Royal Leaves, Botanical Beauty and Notched Border Die-Namics, retired button from SU, twine, heart pin, ruler, piercing tool, piercing mat, distressing tool, 1" square punch and Copic 0.5 multiliner

Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!