Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Silver Sparkle

Hi friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I'm up on the Viva la Verve blog today with this week's sketch recap.

I started my card with the papers I still had on my desk from my Mojo Monday card.  No surprise that I loved the aquas in the paper pack, so went for a subtle card using stitched circle dies.  I decided to do a shaker card with the square in the sketch inside the circle, embossing the sentiment from Sparkly Dreams in silver on vellum, then tucking some Aqua Skies Shaker Mix behind.

The butterfly is stamped in Lost Lagoon, colored with a wink of stella clear pen, cut out with the coordinating Butterfly Dreams Die Set, then given a healthy coat of glossy glaze and glitter.  I added a bit of ribbon across the center for embellishment and I was done.  Super easy, super fun and an itty bitty 4.25" square card.

Sorry there's a bit of glare on my photo.  My photo studio is out in the garage and with temps reaching 108 degrees here, walking into the garage and turning on photo lights is pure misery.  So I did the quickest photo session I think I've ever done! Zip, zap, done! {grin}

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Sparkly Dreams (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Be Amazing (MME), white
Ink: lost lagaoon (SU!), versamark
Accessories:  Butterfly Dreams Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), stitched circles stax (MFT), square nestabilities (Spellbidners), ribbon, silver embossing powder

Monday, June 29, 2015

Listen to Your Soul

Hi friends!  It's Monday again and time for a brand new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week is tall and skinny, which always makes me giddy with the possibilities of hanging something off the edge of a card and still fitting it in an envelope.  {grin}

As I was flipping through paper pads to find something to work with, I came across this paper that says listen to your soul.  I absolutely felt inspired, as this is something I need to remind myself often. I find myself listening to all the voices running through my head about what other people might think of what I do or say, instead of following that soul fire inside of me that I should know by now will guide me true.  As I was thinking of soul fire, it made me think of that awesome steam Chaitali illustrated for the Coffee set, so in an instant I knew I had to make a coffee card.  {grin}

So I started by cutting that strip of paper for my horizontal strip, then adding some pumpkin pie butterflies from the  Get Together set.  I then stamped the cup from  Get Together on white, paper pieced with some aqua star paper and then stamped the steam from the Coffee set over the top and colored with Copics.  My layers are all sponged with pumice stone, then I matted with smoky slate and added some platinum liquid pearls.  The butterfly is cut with the new Butterfly Dreams Die Set and I added a few aqua rhinestones for the body.  My finished card size is 3.5" x 5.5" (plus a touch of an overhanging butterfly).

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a chance to listen to your soul and enjoy this coming week.

Mojo Monday 404 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Get Together, Coffee (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Be Amazing (MME), smoky slate (SU!), white (neenah)
Ink: pumpkin pie (SU!), pumice stone distress, black archival (Ranger), Copic markers
Accessories:  Butterfly Dreams Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), classic circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), platinum liquid pearls (Ranger), rhinestones, bracket border punch (Fiskars)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Gracious Words

Hi friends!  It's finally Friday and time for the final June Viva la Verve sketch.  Be sure to link up your cards before Thursday, July 2 to be entered in our $100 Verve voucher prize drawing!  This week's hostess is the lovely Amber Hight with a fun layered sketch.

I hadn't had a chance to use the Proverbs 16:24 plain jane, so I decided it would be fun to use the honeycomb stamp from The Buzz as my four circles.  I stamped them in hello honey ink and then cut with the coordinating The Buzz Die Set.  (Sorry, the dies sold out quickly, but there are more on the way in a few weeks.)  I love this verse because it is so true.  I can't even count the number of times kind, gracious words have changed my day and lifted my spirits.  I'm the kind of person that still rehashes conversations from when I was 12 in my head, so I know firsthand how powerful the spoken word can be.  I try my best to think before I speak and endeavor to make my words full of grace and kindness.  This stamp is a great reminder of that.

To play on the word theme, I decided to use some dsp from the First Edition pack, lightly scraping it with gesso, then sponging scattered straw and fossilized amber distress inks over a hexagon stencil to do the background.  I did the same technique on another square and stamped the Proverbs 16:24 verse in Archival Black ink.  I cut a black frame using two pinking circles dies for the underlying circle, then added several small bee stamps from The Buzz to both the background and the sentiment panel and colored with a marker and a white gel pen.

I wanted that busy feeling of buzzing around the beehive, so I added some enamel dots here and there, then finished off with the big bee from The Buzz stamped onto the dbook paper, then cut with the coordinating die.  Lots of distressed edges lend a shabby feel and the finished card size is 5.5" square.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful start to the weekend.  It's supposed to be the start of a heat wave around here with temperatures in the 108-109 range this weekend.  I'm thinking we'll be spending some time in our subdivision pool with the boys!  {grin}

Proverbs 16:24 Plain JaneThe Buzz Die Set

Viva la Verve June Week 4 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: The Buzz, Proverbs 16:24 (Verve Stamps)
Paper: First Edition DSP, hello honey, basic black (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: hello honey (SU!), black archival, fossilized amber, vintage photo, gathered twigs distress (Ranger), white gel pen
Accessories: The Buzz Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), enamel dots, pinking circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), honeycomb stencil (Tim Holtz), gesso