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Believe in Fairy Tales Retrospective Hop

Hi friends! If you're here hopping along with Verve's October Release Retrospective Hop, welcome! This is our time to share a little more inspiration using our new release, now that the stamps are hopefully in your creative little hands. I'm the first stop on the hop, so settle in for a treat.

And speaking of treats, we've got a $40 gift certificate up for grabs to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to give a little shout-out to the Divas and our special guests as you hop about for a chance to win.

Verve is a sponsor of the Hop to Stop, a hop to raise awareness for the victims and survivors of domestic violence. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs just for linking up newly created cards featuring the color purple (the awareness color for this cause) before October 30. So for my card today, I knew I wanted to participate in the Hop to Stop, and the Everything Nice stamp set seemed like the perfect pairing.

I just love this believe in fairy tales sentiment. It's so full of hope and wonder and a reminder that we need to look for and capture the little tidbits of the extraordinary in our everyday lives. To not settle for the things that make us feel not enough, but to keep toiling and believing and striving, because someday we will rise up and the diamond we've been hiding inside will shine so bright that no one can stop it from lighting the room.

Anyhow, that was where my little brain was headed when I started this card. I wanted the sentiment to be this bright circle against a dark galaxy background.  I started with a piece of fabriano paper, coated with heavy gesso, then I added some spackled diamonds with a stencil.  I used dylusions sprays to create the background, adding some butterfly washi tape, then splattering on some white linen dylusions.  I needed a bit of grounding for my butterfly, so I fingerpainted some acrylic paint on, then set to work on my butterfly.

The butterfly was created with distress inks, sponged onto white cardstock, I stenciled the same diamonds in black soot, then cut  the butterfly out with a Cheery Lynn die.  I layered it onto a black butterfly cut with the same die and added it to my card.  I finished with a black strip of cardstock down the side and some rub-ons and doodles.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Next stop on the hop is Marisa.  I'm also sharing my Viva la Verve card over on the Verve Blog today, so be sure to take a peek.

Want to win some shiny new Verve? I'll be picking a random comment winner on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, leave a little comment love as you hop around to the blogs linked below! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee6. Vickie (Guest)
2. Marisa7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Teresa
4. Betty9. Lesley
5. Lisa (Guest)

Enabler's List
Stamps: Everything Nice (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor paper (fabriano), white, black
Ink: crushed grape, funky fuschia, white linen Dylusions spray, shaded lilac, wilted violet, black soot distress ink (Ranger), lilac acrylic paint (Claudine Hellmuth Studio), heavy gesso (Prima), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell)
Accessories: washi tape, stitched circles stax (MFT), pinking circles (Spellbinders), rub-ons (Scarlet Lime), butterfly die (Cheery Lynn Designs), Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits (Sizzix)

Autumn Greetings Card Concept 60

Hi friends! It's time for a new inspiration challenge over at The Card Concept and this one is full of autumn splendor. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew I wanted to pull in the color of that sunflower in a fun background.

I started out with some fabriano watercolor paper, scraped lightly with a coat of gesso. Next I stenciled the harlequin background in whipped spackle using the negative cut of a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die. While this was drying, I started in on my pumpkin.

The pumpkin from the Everything Nice stamp set is stamped in pumpkin pie, then to pull in the chevrons from the inspiration, I inked up the chevron border from Borderline and stamped in white pigment over the pumpkin two times.  I then clear embossed the whole thing. The cheveron stamping didn't show up quite as much as I'd hoped, so I filled it in with a paint brush and some opaque white Copic ink.  This piece is cut with the coordinating Pumpkin Spice Die Set.

The leaves in the photo made me think of a package of leaves I had picked up from Michaels on a recent trip.  I pulled one out, scraped with a bit of gesso, then spritzed with Dylusions ink to add a bit of texture.  By this time, my stenciled background was dry and I sprayed on some Dylusions ink to make my watercolored background.  I dried with a heat gun and then embossed the Autumn Greetings sentiment from Everything Nice in copper.  To bring a bit more cohesiveness to the piece, I lightly scraped some versamark ink onto my leaf, then embossed with the same copper ink.

For embellishments I chose some tangled twine, copper nailheats and scattered bling.  The background of the card is crumb cake embossed with a leaves embossing folder and sponged with vintage photo ink.  I added a strip of designer paper down the side to balance the color, then distressed the edges and glued it all together.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous day. For more inspiration, be sure to head on over to The Card Concept blog and see what the other designers have done in their own styles.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Everything Nice (Verve Stamps)
Paper: crumb cake (SU!), designer paper scrap (BoBunny), watercolor note card (Fabriano)
Ink: lemon zest, pure sunshine Dylusions ink spray, vintage photo distress ink (Ranger), pumpkin pie (SU!), gesso, Versamark, opaque white (Copic)
Accessories: Pumpkin Spice Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), twine, Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits (Sizzix), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), nailheads, leaf (Recollections), bling, clear embossing powder

Give Thanks Mojo

Hi friends! It's Monday again and time for another Mojo Monday sketch. I knew I wanted to make a card for Lori's Falliday Fest challenge to make a Thanksgiving card with a wheat image. So I had to tweak my card just a bit to fit in the wheat stamp I wanted to use, but all the sketch elements are there, I just swapped to a wide card and changed out the rectangle for a square.

The wheat image from Good Work is stamped twice in soft suede onto designer paper and colored with a blender pen.  I then stamped the flower and leafy elements from Autumn Blessings in soft suede and cut with the coordinating Autumn Thanks Die Set, coloring again with a blender pen.  The Give Thanks sentiment (also from Autumn Blessings) is stamped onto the square and I gave all my layers a bit of distress with some antique linen and vintage photo inks.

The soft sky base is stamped tone on tone with the wheat across the bottom edge and I added some aqua polka dot paper I had in the scrap pile as my accents, cutting off one bit of a pierced die cut to make the strip on my triangle and then accenting with flatback pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulously creative start to your week. For more inspiration with the sketch, be sure to head on over to the Mojo Monday blog.

Mojo 470 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Autumn Blessings, Good Work (Verve Stamps)
Paper: soft suede, soft sky (SU!), cream (Neenah), Autumn (Carta Bella), Let's Polka (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: soft suede (SU!), antique linen, vintage photo (Ranger Distress), blender pen
Accesories: Autumn Thanks Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), stitched circles stax, pierced squares stax (MFT), flatback pearls, rhinestone
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