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Poinsettia Joy

Hi friends! I've got a little Christmas in July recap of the current Viva la Verve sketch for you today. You have until Thursday, July 28 to get your entries in for this month's prize drawing.

Well, I had a bit of fun digging through one of my Christmas drawers and rediscovered some glittery snowflake stickers I found on clearance at the end of last season and just had to find a way to use them on my card.

I started out with the poinsettia image from Pinecone Christmas, stamping in archival ink on distress watercolor cardstock.  I then colored with Zig Real Brush Clean Color markers and a water brush and cut with the coordinating Poinsettia Pinecones Die Set.  The Joy to the World plain jane sentiment is embossed  in gold on a vellum panel which I inked with antique linen and vintage photo inks.  Behind this I layered a piece of designer paper, then set things down to get the snowflakes and everything tilted.  I liked the look of it, so went all skewed with the sketch.  I added some gold thread behind my poinsettia, accenting the center with teeny tiny rhinestones.

To finish off, I cut one of the glitzy snowflakes in half and glued it to the bottom edge of the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamps)
Paper: October Afternoon, vellum, white (Neenah)
Ink: Black archival, vintage photo and antique linen distress (Ranger), Real brush clean color markers (Zig)
Accessories: Poinsettia Pinecones Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), gold embossing powder (Ranger), glitzy snowflakes (Recollections), rhinestones, gold thread

Seasonal Mojo

Hi friends! Monday has rolled around again and it's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch!  Verve has a Christmas in July sale going on, so I was inspired to pull out some Christmas goodies and get started.

I really wanted to capture the feel of warm candlelight, but it took quite a bit of trial and error to get there. I started by stamping the candle trio from Light My World in archival ink.  Next I masked off the stamped image and added a layering of squeezed lemonade and fossilized amber distress inks.  My masking wasn't perfect near the flames, so I tried to go in with a water brush and some squeezed lemonade ink to fill in the white areas near the flames, but ended up with too harsh of an edge.  Tried more distress inks to blend it, then some white paint, but for some strange reason the archival ink bled. {insert sad face} and I got some grayish streaks in the background.  I let that sit while I thought about it and colored the flowers and candles with Copics.  Next I tried adding a yellow distress crayon around the stamped image.  Still not the effect I was looking for, so in a last desperate attempt to fix things, I scraped white paint over the entire panel.  Luckily I had stamped the image originally using the MISTI, so could just line it back up and over stamp in black again to make everything look crisp.  Things still looked a bit plain, so I lightly stamped the Merry Christmas stamp in the background for some texture using antique linen distress ink, then distressed the edges of my panel.

Did a similar technique for the season's greetings panel (without all the trial and error).  Then I stamped the single poinsettia, fussy cut and layered it over some tangled golden thread.  The background is a couple scraps of designer paper that I glued together and then embossed and sanded to give an aged look.  Finished off with more distressing on all the edges and some golden pearls for the flower centers.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderfully creative start to the week.

Mojo Monday 457 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Light My World (Verve Stamps)
Paper: designer paper scraps, cream (Neenah)
Ink: squeezed lemonade, fossilized amber, antique linen, vintage photo distress inks, black archival ink (Ranger), Copic markers, white heavy bodied acrylic paint (Golden)
Accessories: victorian embossing folder (Sizzix), gold thread, gold flatback pearls, sander, paper distresser, MISTI

Birthday Bots Viva la Verve

Hi friends! It's time for a new sketch over at Viva la Verve!  Lesley is our hostess this week with a fun sketch with a large panel perfect for all sorts of stampy goodness.

Card by Julee Tilman featuring Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

My boys have a birthday party to go to next weekend, so the sketch was the perfect opportunity to pull out my favorite little Birthday Bots and do some coloring with prismacolors and gamsol.  I sketched in a bit of floor for him and colored him in my boys' favorite colors... orange and blue.  I kept things simple, since it's going to a 4 year old, so a bit of Cosmo Cricket paper from way way back and an Award Banner Trim die cut with white gel pen accents finish things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous start to the weekend!

VLV July Sketch 2
Enabler's List
Stamps: Birthday Bots (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Cogsmo (Cosmo Cricket), Basic Gray (SU!), white
Ink: Black Archival (Ranger), colored pencils (Prismacolor)
Accessories: Award Banner Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), gamsol
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