Anniversary Greetings

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Trying to keep this CAS sketch as clean and simple as possible today.  Need some anniversary cards for next month, so trying to get a jump on things! 

Here's the August Viva la Verve! sketch that I used:
I managed to stay true to the sketch...this time.

Again, playing with paper, ink, background stamps and templates I made the long narrow strip of paper.  Using an ivory card stock I stamped a gingham background stamp in Pumice Stone,. This was followed by sponging the same color over the leaf shaped template, topped with more sponging in Frayed Burlap over the script style template.

The card base is wrapped with a piece of beautiful silk ribbon that has a wonderful pearl embellie.  The sentiment was stamped on some ivory card stock and then I punched three little flowers out in card stock that I sponged to match the ribbon.  Each flower was then topped with a larger pearl.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, and Soft Suede
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap
Stamps:  Verve Sunny Days, Impression Obsession Gingham Cover-A-Card background stamp
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders oval die, Recollections pearls, sponges, SU! punch, The Crafter's Workshop 6 x 6 templates in Mini Maple Leaves and Art Is

Thanks for joining me today...hope you have a fabulous day!

Scattered Buttons

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

After yesterday's neat, precise sort of look it's time for the rebel in me to come out!  LOL!  This is messy, rustic and was just plain fun to do.  As you can see from the Viva la Verve! sketch below I even left off a panel...and turned the sentiment panel askew too, so the challenge police may be after me when they see this! 

The paper was made with plain white card stock which was stamped with the various images from the Verve Better with You stamp set.  Next came some sponging over a template, followed by some spritzing and finally a thin layer of  Distress Crackle Paint.  I used a fairly thin layer that resulted in very little crackling. 

The skinny panel across the top was created by more sponging with a template on some designer paper, more sponging, running it through the paper crimper and finally more crackle paint.

The sentiment panel was stamped with the coffee and steam images first, then over stamped with the sentiment, some sponging and finally a little more of the crackle paint.

Yes, I'm on a button kick the embellies were just scattered across the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White and Early Espresso and MME Kraft Funday Everyday
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge and Bundled Sage
Stamps:  Verve Better with You
All the other stuff:  paper crimper, MFT buttons, sponges, The Crafter's Workshop 6 x 6 mini punchinella template, Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Tarnished Brass, SU!  Early Espresso marker, SU! spritzer

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Bold Colorful Life

Monday, August 27, 2012

A card for August Viva la Verve! week two challenge.  Here's the sketch my card is based on:

OK, so with the paper stash I've got you'd think I'd just pull some paper from that for my cards right?  No...I love making my own papers just as much as using what's in my stash.  The paper on the large panel behind the sentiment was made like this: 

Step one - I stamped the various images from Verve's Sunny Day's stamp set in black on a plain sheet of white card stock.  Turning your stamps and making sure that you stamp off the page really adds to the look.
Step two - Next the 6 x 6 harlequin template was placed over the stamped paper and was sponged in three different shades of ink.
Step three - The last step is to ink up the background stamp in the lightest shade of ink and again stamp over top of the same paper. 

Not difficult at all and lots of fun.  You can experiment with all sorts of stamps, templates, background stamps and colors and make a wide range of very unique papers.

I've matted all my papers on black.  The dotted paper is actually a designer paper that picked up on the light plum color of my hand made paper so it works.  Both the card base and the sentiment panel were sponged with the same template in the lightest shade of ink.

The flowers were stamped and hand-cut.  Some Stickles were added to the center of the buttons for a little bit of bling.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! retired paper (orange tone), SU! Basic Black, SU! Whisper White and MME A Beautiful Life
Ink:  Versafine in Onyx Black and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon and Dusty Concord
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card in Canvas, Verve Sunny Days and Verve Words of Wisdom
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's nested pennants, SU! corner rounder punch, Crafter's Workshop Mini Harlequin 6 x 6 template, sponges, MFT buttons, Orange Peel Stickles

I'm so happy you joined me today!

Vintage/Shabby Chic

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Time for a little vintage/shabby chic today.  I've used the August Viva la Verve Sketch Challenge for week one.

This is a  5 1/2" square card today.  The designer papers have been distressed and inked for the bottom two layers and in between them...a doily.  The sentiment rectangle was distressed, inked and then I used the "cracked glass" technique for some aging.

Added some ribbon, a bow and several buttons as well as a hand made paper flower backed by some tulle.  The paper flower was made by stamping the flower from the Joyful Blooms set several times and then each bloom was cut by hand.  Next, the flower layers were shaped with a stylus and molding mat and then further shaped with my hands.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray and Melissa Frances Fifth Avenue
Ink:  SU! Blush Blossom, SU! Going Gray
Stamps:  Verve Words of Wisdom and Verve Joyful Blooms
All the other stuff:  misc. white satin ribbon, MFT buttons, Ellen Hutson doily, tulle, Glassy Glaze, heat gun, sponges, needle and thread, Becca Peg Bow Maker, distressing tool, McGill Paper Blossoms Craft Molding Mat and Paper Tool Kit, Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher

Thanks for joining me today friends!

Christmas Mitten Tag

Friday, August 24, 2012

This is my final submission for the Anni-VERVE-sary celebrations going on at Splitcoast and on the Verve site.  Our challenge was to make anything but a card.

I started out with using a die to make my tag.  The reinforcements were cut with a contrasting paper.  The mittens are also die cut.  Cute paper hmm?  Looks like they've actually been knit.  It's an oldie but a goodie from my vast (!!!!) paper stash.  Then the tops of the mittens are die cut in a contrasting paper.  The little mittens are hand cut.

A few buttons, some string, some ribbon and done.  But what about the back of the tag?

I simply back the tag with more die cut mittens, added a couple of little button images and the "to" and from"

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black and DaisyD designer paper
Ink:  SU! Cherry Cobbler and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Winter Mittens and Verve Glad Tidings
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Sizzix Tag and Bookplate die, Spellbinder's Nested Mittens die, SU! Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Hug Snug Black seam binding, Becca's Peg Bow Maker, MFT buttons, SU! button, twine, embroidery thread

Verve products can be found here.

Have a great weekend my friends!

CAS Winter Wishes

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Another quick card for the Anni-VERVE-sary challenges over at Splitcoast.  This challenge...a CAS design.

Very simple card...just stamped the three snowflakes in black first, as well as the sentiment.  Then I over stamped each snowflake with a different color.

Easy peasy right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Luxury Heavyweight card stock
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Seedless Preserves, Tumbled Glass and Broken China
Stamps:  Verve Glad Tidings and Verve Merry Wishes
All the other stuff:  rhinestones

See you soon!


The Verve Stamps Anni-VERVE-sary is on right now and this sketch from Julee Tilman is fantastic!  I love showcasing designer papers and this sketch really plays up the papers.

Each piece of designer paper has been matted on black card stock.  Then I added some bling with the black rhinestone swirls. 

For the sentiment...I've stamped the poinsettia flower a couple of times and then added the lovely script "JOY" sentiment from Verve over top.

A layered embellie of seam binding, twine and a button finish off the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake, SU! Basic Black and Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas
Ink:  SU! Crumb Cake and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Merry Wishes and Verve Poinsettia Christmas
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Nesties circles, circle punch, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, SU! Cherry Cobbler seam binding, misc. twine and misc. button

Have a terrific Thursday my friends!

Catching Up

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's Verve's 5th anniversary this month and the Verve Divas are providing some fabulous challenges.  You can check out the challenges over at Splitcoast on the Verve Stamps Forum.

The challenge today is to use silver and wood.  It's our wedding anniversary later this month and so needed to make something masculine. 

I started out with a piece of faux wood designer paper and ran it through my Big Shot with a wood grain embossing folder.  Then I added a bit of  Picket Fence Distress Stain and some Distress Ink here and there.  Next...distressing of course!

The sentiment panel has also been distressed and instead of the little flower on the sentiment stamp, I opted for a more manly star!  LOL!  Then I used the little row of stars from the same set across the upper right corner of the panel.  The banner was cut out of a piece of scrap cardboard that's been ripped and distressed a bit. 

I looped some jute twine across and behind the panel and added a few silver embellies to make sure I'm compliant!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray, SU! Kraft, SU! retired designer paper, misc. cardboard
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Weathered Wood
Stamps:  Verve Super Dad and Verve Beautiful You
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Time Holtz Alterations Wood Grain embossing folder, Verve Ribbon Banner A Cut Above die, circle punch, jute twine, SU! clip and Tim Holtz Idealogy Findings Sprocket Gears, Picket Fence Distress Stain, dimensionals, glue, distressing tool, sponges

Thanks for being with me today!

It's been a while...

Finally, a card!  My MOJO has been MIA for the last while.  Sometimes you just can't seem to put things together the way you'd like.  So it's rather appropriate that I used the MOJO Monday sketch for this card today, don't you think?

I've taken a great deal of liberty with the fabulous sketch by Carole Burrage:

This card is also for the Verve Anni-VERVE-sary 2012 Challenges Day 1 over at Splitcoast.  It's a color challenge using pink, brown and green.  So I dug through my paper stash and came up with an oldie but a goodie pack of paper.

I've used the Verve Ribbon Banner die peeking out from behind the sentiment panel but chose not to extend it like the sketch.  And then I used the Verve Rounded Scallop Frame die and placed it over the sentiment panel at an angel.  Another Verve A Cut Above die was used for the butterfly.  It's been popped up with a dimensional.  Then for some sparkle...6 pink rhinestones.  Funny though, the picture looks like three rhinestones and three pearls for some reason...sigh...sometimes pictures don't turn out either :)

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Basic Grey Sultry, SU! Rose Red, and SU! Early Espresso
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso
Stamps:  Verve Kind Words and Verve All Aflutter Plain Jane
All the other stuff: Big Shot Pro, Verve A Cut Above Ribbon Banner die, Verve A Cut Above Rounded Scallop Frame die, Verve A Cut Above All Aflutter die set, misc. pink rhinestones

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

More Challenges - Dare to Get Dirty

Friday, August 3, 2012

Another card for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoast.  It's fun to combine challenges on  cards and I've done that again with this one. 

Simple layering again.  The flower has been hand made from a die cut.  The petals have all been shaped, inked and edged in black.  I like to use a piercing tool to shape my flowers.  It's a great size to shape the petals!

The sentiment has been die cut; a flower image has been stamped off and stamped in the background; then sponged and edged with a Copic marker.  I only used the marker on the rounded edges and left the corners for a different sort of look.

I added a little sparkle with a black Spica marker to the curlicues on the sentiment and to some of the black hexagon shapes in the patterned paper.  Unfortunately, the picture doesn't really show the sparkle.  The center to the flower has a little sparkle too!  Guess you'll have to take my word for it (grin)!
Next comes a simple black bow and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Black and More Mustard, MME Kraft Funday Everyday Fun
Ink:  SU! More Mustard and Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps:  Verve Beautiful You and Verve Elegant Flower Plain Jane
All the other stuff:
Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's Rose Creations dies, Spellbinder's Labels 18 die, SU! brad, Snug Hug Seam Binding in Black, Becca's Peg Bowmaker, Copic 100 Black, Spica Pitch Black, sponges, piercing tool, dimensionals
Hopefully I can get a few more challenges done yet this weekend...  See you soon!

Bright and Sparkling

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A quick and easy card today my blog friends.  This is for some of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoast.

I simply used my Scor-Pal to dry emboss some lines at the bottom of the card.  Then I stamped two sizes of the flower in two different colors and used two full and one half rhinestones for the centers.  How did I get half a rhinestone you ask?  Just used my heavy duty scissors.  But beware of flying half rhinestones!  Don't say I didn't warn you! 

The seam binding has been hand-dyed and simply knotted.  A quick stamp of the sentiment and done!

If you haven't tried hand-dying your own seam binding try it.  I use a craft sheet...add a few swipes of the ink pad...spritz it with a little water and then scrunch up my seam binding, soaking up all the ink and water.  A word of caution...this is messy!  I keep a supply of medical examination gloves around for messy jobs like this...unless you like orange hands???  LOL!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Heavyweight Base card stock
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Ripe Persimmon and  Worn Lipstick as well as Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Hope Blooms (yes, I'm stuck on Verve these days and that's not a bad thing!)
All the other stuff:
Scor-Pal, Snug Hug Seam Binding, gloves, craft sheet, misc. rhinestones, Tim Holtz Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors

Hope you have a terrific Thursday!

MOJO252 and Dare to Get Dirty

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Well, not only are the butterflies distressed but pretty much every piece of paper on this card is distressed.  I've used the MOJO Monday layout from the amazing Julee Tilman.
This card is also part of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over at Splitcoast.  In case you're not familiar with these fun challenges, each and every year the current and former Dirty Girls (perhaps you need to head to Splitcoast to understand this term??) put up a whole bunch of challenges for those of us that are Fan Club Members.  And, then a lot of fabulous prizes are donated by the Splitcoast member companies for those that choose to participate.  It's a blast!

Just lots of distressing, sponging and some sewing on this.  A wee tiny bit of bling on the sentiment too!  Again, I've stamped off an image before stamping it on the sentiment circle and then stamped the actual sentiment over top. 

Today, I tried a zig-zag stitch for a change...normally I like the look of free-hand quilting but wanted to try something a little different.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Early Espresso and Glitz Pretty in Pink
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain
Stamps:  Verve All Aflutter Plain Jane and Verve Bloom and Grow
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve A Cut Above All Aflutter Die Set, Verve A Cut Above Ribbon Banner Die, distressing tool, sponges, sewing machine, Zva Creative rhinestones

Well my beautiful blog buddies...that's it for today.  I so appreciate you spending time with me!