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Beautiful Card Concept 56

Hi friends! It's time for a new Card Concept challenge, and the new graphic totally pulled at my coffee loving heartstrings.  When I saw the spoon and cup, I just had to pull out the Coffee set and get right to work making a shabby little creation.


I had these flowers from the Beautiful Things set all stamped and colored with prismacolors and cut with the coordinating Beautiful Flowers Die Set left over from the release cards I made last week. It seemed so perfect that they were already done in pink, just like the bloom in the graphic.  So I went for a similar look by embossing the cup and spoon images from Coffee in white on crumb cake and then coloring with colored pencils.  I hand cut the spoon and cut the coffee cup with the coordinating Cuppa Joe Die Set.

I did a bit of distressing with sandpaper and watered down gesso on the designer papers, then masked off the you from one of the sentiments and embossed it on a vellum Stitched Pennants die cut.  I then colored some crumb cake paper with the same color of pencils I used for the teacup and cut the beautiful word out.  The oval picture frame in the graphic had me digging through the closet to find my oval nestabilities and it became the perfect little grounding point for my collage of die cuts.  I finished off with a bit of twine and some crumb cake leaves.



Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you have a second, be sure to hop on over to The Card Concept to see all the wonderful inspirations by the design team.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Beautiful ThingsCoffee (Verve Stamps)
Paper: conservatory (7 Gypsies), vellum, crumb cake (SU!)
Ink: Versamark, early espresso (SU!), colored pencils (Prismacolor), picket fence distress stain (Ranger)
Accessories:  Beautiful Flowers Die Set, Cuppa Joe Die Set, Stitched Pennants Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), petite classic and scallop ovals nestabilities (Spellbinders), twine (Hemptique), clear and white embossing powders (JudiKins), liquid pearls (Ranger)

Beauty For Ashes Spotlight Hop

Welcome to Day 3 of Verve's May Spotlight Hops! It's release day and that means all the new Verve that we've been sharing this week is available in the store!  To celebrate, we're putting on another hop and the prize is the ENTIRE release!  Woohoo!  Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves!  I'm the first stop on today's hop, so let's get to it!


I was down and out most of last week with a sinus infection, and on a particularly rough day I spent most of the morning on YouTube instead of preparing for the release.  I stumbled across a fantastic video by DeeDee Catron on making some mixed media tags and I immediately KNEW I had to test out some of the techniques with the new Beautiful Things set.  I thought the black and white combo would pair perfectly with the Isaiah 61:3 verse.

I started by collaging a few papers and some Tim Holtz tissue paper together, adding a whitewash of gesso and water, then collaging some more and adding in some black paint.  Then I scraped some white gesso over the project with a palette knife.  The flower was then embossed in black and I pulled out a black stabilo marks all pencil and outlined the stamped image.  I then spread it around with a waterbrush, bringing a bit of dimension and a grungy look.  The sentiment is also embossed in black.


I added splatters with watered down black gesso and added a bit more grunge where I felt it needed it with the stabilo pencil and water.  Next I cut the leaves from black using the Beautiful Flowers Die Set and glued them to my project, adding a few basic highlights with a white stabilo pencil.

For the base, I collaged more of the Tim Holtz tissue paper directly onto white card stock, did a little stitching and a bunch of distressing of the edges to finish things off.  I just love how it turned out. Can't wait to make more like this!

Okay, that's all from me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for hopping with us this week!

Oh, and one last thing before you hop along. We have a brand new Instagram account for Verve, so we'd love it if you'd follow us @vervestamps!

Next up on today's hop is the fabulous Lori!
Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list and all the prize info and deadlines!
Beautiful ThingsBeautiful Flowers Die SetStitched Pennants Die Set
Love EverlastingEverlasting Heart Die SetCopper Blush Sequin Mix

Day 2 Hop List
1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Lori {guest}8. LauraJane {guest}
3. Betty9. Marisa
4. Charmaine10. Maureen
5. Christyne11. Stacey
6. Laurie


Enabler's List 
Stamps:  Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Conservatory (7 Gypsies), white (Neenah), Melange tissue paper (Tim Holtz Ideaology)
Ink: black archival, black gesso, white gesso, stabilo marks all
Accessories: Beautiful Flowers Die Set,(A Cut Above by VERVE), collage medium (Ranger), sewing machine

Love Everlasting Spotlight Hop

Welcome to Day 2 of Verve's May Spotlight Hops! There's a new Verve release just around the corner and for the next couple of days we'll be shining our creative spotlights on the new Verve sets and dies releasing this Friday, May 20!  I'm the first stop on today's hop, so why not settle in for a fresh little dose of inspiration?

Card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps| www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Love Everlasting stamp set, Everlasting Heart Die Set and the Copper Blush Sequin Mix.  Check out the Verve Blog post today for the full product reveals!

For my card today, I was feeling a bit shabby chic, so I just went with it.  The sequin mix colors inspired me, so I pulled out a bit of groovy guava cardstock and stamped around the edges in calypso coral with a portion of the big flowery heart stamp.  Next I embossed the heart with copper embossing powder, colored with Copics and cut with the coordinating Everlasting Heart die. I sponged lightly around the edges with antique linen to give a hint of an aged look, then added a bit of glossy glaze and glitter to each of the flowers.

Card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps| www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Next I pulled out the Stitched Pennants Die Set and cut the larger one from vellum, then embossed the sentiment in copper.  (Side note: this bottle of copper embossing powder is the first embossing powder I ever bought way back in 1997 and it's still going strong!  Can't believe I haven't spilled the whole bottle by now.  LOL)  I sewed the pennant directly onto the guava layer, then added some Copper Blush Sequins, some copper mica flakes and a bit of shabby white embossing powder to the corners.  Dry embossing for the base layers and a bit of lace trim finishes things off.

Okay, that's all from me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Next up on today's hop is the fabulous Lori!
Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random comment winner on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Love EverlastingEverlasting Heart Die SetCopper Blush Sequin Mix

Day 2 Hop List
1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Lori {guest}8. LauraJane {guest}
3. Betty9. Marisa
4. Charmaine10. Maureen
5. Christyne11. Stacey
6. Laurie12. Teresa


Enabler's List 
Stamps:  Love Everlasting (Verve Stamps)
Paper: groovy guava (SU!), vellum, white (Neenah)
Ink: calypso coral, VersaMark, Copic markers
Accessories: Everlasting Heart Die SetStitched Pennants Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Copper Blush Sequin Mix (Verve), copper embossing powder (PSX), mica flakes, shabby white embossing powder (Stampendous), glossy glaze, glitter, lace trim, embossing folder (Darice)
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