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Anniversary Hearts

Hi friends! It's time for a new challenge over at The Card Concept. As soon as I saw the heart in the photo, I knew I wanted to make some primitive hearts with shabby papers and golden touches.

The glitter really caught the camera in the photo, but is a bit more subdued in real life. My card is mostly vintage/shabby with a bit of mixed-media thrown in for good measure. I started by cutting the Primitive Hearts die (pretty sure this is my all time favorite Sizzix die) from chipboard and from a couple of coordinating papers in the Archivist line.  I collaged the papers onto the chipboard, then distressed with antique linen and ground espresso inks.  I wanted a little something more, so I pulled out some Mica flakes and a glue stick and added them to the hearts.  Next I smudged on some antique bronze distress paint and then added a little more definition to the outer edges with a stabilo brown pencil and smudged with my fingers.

I used one of the same papers as the vertical panel, inking with the same colors of distress ink and embossing the anniversary sentiment from  Love Everlasting in copper in the corner.  I distressed the edges just a bit and layered on a piece of espresso cardstock that I accented with a column of liquid pearls.  The card base is kraft cardstock which I stenciled first with a Prima stencil in ground espresso, then with a doily stencil in antique brass distress paint.  I love the look it gave, really tying in with the papers I had chosen.  The cheesecloth gives an extra little punch of shabby and also softens things up a bit.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  For more inspiration, head on over to The Card Concept blog to see what the other designers are sharing today.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Love Everlasting (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Archivist (Prima), early espresso, crumb cake (SU!), chipboard
Ink: antique linen, tattered rose, ground espresso distress ink, antiqued bronze distress paint (Ranger), versamark
Accessories: Primitive Hearts Bigz Die (Sizzix), Frantage Copper Lux Mix (Stampendous), liquid pearls (Ranger), copper embossing powder, cheesecloth,

A Valentine Birthday

Hi friends!  It's Valentine's Day, which also means it's my Dad's birthday and Mark's birthday tomorrow.  So right in the midst of all the lovey dovey pink and red heart stamping, I always have to switch gears and remember how to make a masculine card.

Today I'm sharing the card I made for my Dad and gave to him this past weekend. It's my masculine take on this week's Mojo Monday 484 sketch.  I can't seem to start a masculine card without thinking of the Birthday Bash set, so that's just where I went.  I knew the little birthday sentiment would fit perfectly in one of the squares and had visions of balloons and stars popping out. My dad is red/green color blind so I always try to stick with blues and browns, although a little green snuck in there.

The papers are from a My Mind's Eye paper collection and I sponged them with antique linen and ground espresso distress inks, then matted with early espresso cardstock.  I stamped the balloons and stars on designer paper and fussy cut, sponging along the edges.  I then layered my pieces together and stamped the balloon image on the card base, then on the designer paper panel and lined them up and pieced the balloons onto the image.  I finished off with some glossy accents and a sprinkling of glitter.

Since I can't let Mr. Verve's birthday go unheralded, we've got a little promo code going on in the Verve shop today and tomorrow.  Use gift code LOVE15 at checkout for an additional 15% off your purchase.

Hope you have a day filled with love and laughter!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Birthday Bash (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Breeze Lost and Found TWO (MME), early espresso, soft sky (SU!)
Ink: antique linen, ground espresso distress (Ranger), espresso Altenew)
Accessories: glossy accents, glitter, grosgrain ribbon

Pastel Love

Hi friends! It's Monday again and time for another Mojo Monday sketch. I hope you'll play along with this fun sketch that's perfect for using up scraps of paper.

Handmade card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

I had this new to me paper pad on my desk and fell in love with this particular pattern, so used it for my squares, matting them with bits of gold wrapping paper.  The Love sentiment from Love Notes is embossed onto the larger square in gold along with a bunch of trailing hearts on the different layers.  I finished off with a couple paper flowers and a seam binding bow.

Handmade card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous start to your week.  For more inspiration with this sketch, hop on over to the Mojo Monday blog to see what the other designers are sharing today.

Mojo Monday 484 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Tea Party (Craft Smith), white (Neenah), gold wrapping paper
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: gold detail embossing powder (JudiKins), flowers (Recollections), seam binding
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