Friday, May 22, 2015

My Happy Place

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  Friday means it's time for a new sketch challenge over at Viva la Verve, and this week Stacey is our hostess with the mostess.  I love the possibilities of her sketch.


I started with a little ATC sized white panel and sponged some distress paint on over a Memory Box stencil.  Once this dried, I layered the dot fade Tim Holtz stencil over this and sponged with fossilized amber and then with walnut stain.  I added some black soot around the edges and then wiped off and repeated.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Happy Place on white cardstock and cut out.  The flags are a couple of paper clip embellishments from my stash and I decided to add a hint of washi to my sentiment panel to tie in the orange in one of the flags.

For embellishment, I looped some linen thread around the panel, added a silver heart and finished off with a mini library clip.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous start to the long weekend.  And if you're in the mood to shop, be sure to head over to Verve and use gift code MEM25 for 25% off your purchase now through May 26!

Viva la Verve May Week 4
Enabler's List
Stamps: Happy Place (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, black
Ink: tumbled glass, peacock feathers, peeled paint, fossilized amber, walnut stain, black soot (Ranger Distress inks & paints), black archival
Accessories: butterfly vine stencil (Memory Box), dot fade stencil (Tim Holtz Alterations), washi tape, paper clip embellishments, silver heart, mini library clip, linen thread, Chicken Wire embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Monday, May 18, 2015

All Things

Hi friends!  It's Monday again and time for a brand new sketch over on the Mojo Monday blog. We've had a super rough week of sickness at our house, topped off with an a still going strong stomach virus for the twins, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet and just share a picture and the ingredients for my card.



Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a healthy and creative week!

Mojo 398 Card Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Miss Caroline (MME), smoky slate (SU!), white (Neenah)
Ink: soft sky, coastal caribbean (SU!), pumice stone distress (Ranger), white pencil (Stabilo)
Accesories:  Floral Circles Die Set, Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), hexagons embossing folder (Cuttlebug), pearls, 1/2" circle punch (SU!)

Friday, May 15, 2015

I Totally Meant To Do That

Hi friends!  It's Friday again already and that means it's time for a brand new Viva la Verve sketch. This week Charmaine has a sweet and simple layout that I just adore!


My card for today turned out much different than I originally had expected. My brain painted this picture of a super simple white on white with a touch of watercolor look. And it definitely started out that way. I spent a little time relaxing and trying out the no line watercolor technique using the flowers from Kind Words and my Neocolor II watersoluble pastels and a waterbrush. I just scribble the pastels on my craft sheet and then pick up the color with the waterbrush.  My coloring session looked something like this...


Soft and serene, no? I walked away to let it dry, then came back ready to stamp my sentiment, cut a few panels and be done. BUT... I totally fumbled my black archival ink pad when I was taking the lid off and it landed ink side down right in the spot I was going to stamp the sentiment. Eek! There's NO way to hide that on a clean & simple card. So I took it as a sign that the card needed to be grunged up... my secret weapon against all manner of card bloopers.

So out came the distress inks and the paper distresser and the air art tool to splatter more black ink to make my focal panel look like my black ink stain was artistic choice. I then needed a background that matched in grunginess, so picked out an embossing folder, sponged distress inks on it, and painted in some of the detail with the Neocolor II crayons and a waterbrush. The embossed butterfly didn't stand out as well as I would like, so I mixed some light modeling paste with a few scribbles of the watercolor crayon to tint it and stenciled some dots on the butterfly and a few random areas on the card.  I added some white gel pen accents, then finished off with a black bow for my vertical strip.

Well, that's all from me today.  I hope you have a fantastic start to your weekend!

Viva la Verve May Wk 3 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor paper (fabriano), cream (Neenah)
Ink: black soot, tumbled glass, vintage photo, antique linen, dusty concord distress inks and black archival ink (Ranger), Neocolor II water soluble pastels (Caran d'Ache), white gel pen, wink of stella clear pen
Accessories: butterfly embossing folder (Darice), light modeling paste (liquitex), waterbrush, ribbon
dot fade Tim Holtz stencil (Stampers Anonymous)