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Hip to Be Square Mojo

Hi friends! It's the last Monday of the month, so we're going for a non-traditional shape with the Mojo Monday sketch this week.  It's hip to be square!

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

My card is a sneak peek of the new Angel Voices stamp set that releases from Verve this Saturday, October 1.  I paired it with some pretty My Mind's Eye papers and some glitzy gold die cuts to set things off.  This was a super easy 15 minute card, perfect for crunch time during the holidays.  :)  The angel is embossed in gold onto vellum and then I colored with Copics for a stained glass effect and cut with the coordinating Angelic Die Set.  The sentiment is also embossed in gold, then I simply sponged all my layers and glued them down, adding a bit of linen thread and a rhinestone to my sweet little angel tag.

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

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

Mojo Monday 467 Card Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Angel Voices (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost and Found Christmas (MME), glitter paper (Recollections), cream (Neenah), vellum
Ink: Versamark, Copic markers, Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs Distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Angelic Die Set, Flourished Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), stitched circles stax (MFT), scalloped circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), DIY shoppe round tags, rhinestone, linen thread, gold embossing powder.

Coffee Notes

Hi friends!  Happy Saturday!  I'm back with another card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The past few Fridays I've made a point to work in a little mixed media in the afternoon. This is the result of yesterday's experiments.

Handmade mixed-media card by Julee Tilman featuring Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Did you know when you mix tiptop taupe, cajun craze, white and some aqua paint you end up with a beautiful purplish pink?  Kind of fun to see how colors mix when you're too impatient to hit things with a heat gun in between layers. {grin}  Anyhow I started with a bit of heavy gesso on some Fabriano watercolor paper, then used a leftover piece of cardstock cut with a Tim Holtz die as a stencil to add whipped spackle to it.  For those of you who asked last time I used this, it's a super light, creamier version of spackling (the kind you use to fix holes on your walls), that's a lot like light modeling paste or texture paste.  It's great for stenciling, adding dimension and because it's so light, dries relatively quickly.

So after that was dry, I swiped some tiptop taupe and cajun craze inks onto my craft mat and then did a little watercolor wash over the top first with tip top taupe and then with cajun craze.  Next I scraped on some aqua paint, then went back in with some heavy gesso and a palette knife to scrape a bit of white space back in.

Handmade mixed-media card by Julee Tilman featuring Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

I found a 7 Gypsies ticket in my stash, and loved how there was just enough room to stamp the word Coffee as every one of the notes.  I added the is happiness in a cup sentiment from the One Cup sentiment, embossed in copper on vellum, then layered this over the ticket, adding a bit of tissue tape and a library clip to attach it.

From some of the excess of the aqua panel, I stamped the cup from Get Together in early espresso and cut with the coordinating Cup for All Seasons.  A bit of antique linen softened the edges up just a bit.

For the cream panel, I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, then sponged with antique linen.  I scraped aqua paint and some of the leftover cajun craze and tip top taupe inks over it, then finished with a bit of heavy gesso.  I tied a linen thread bow around this panel, accenting with a vintage brad.  To finish off, I added some wood veneer leaves from Stampin' Up.  I may have bought a quintillion of these a couple years ago and was so happy to have rediscovered them in the closet yesterday.  I watercolored them with the leftover inks on my craft mat, then added just a bit of detailing to the solid leaf with a cajun craze marker.  A tiptop taupe card base and a bunch of distressed edges finished things off.

Alrighty, that's my card in a rather long nutshell.  If you're still reading, thanks so much for hanging out with me today! I hope you're enjoying all the coffee loving cards along the hop.  Have a fabulous weekend!
Enabler's List
Stamps: Coffee, Get Together, One Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: tip top taupe (SU!), cream (Neenah), watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: cajun craze, tip top taupe, early espresso (SU!), antique linen (Ranger Distress), Versamark, aqua acrylic paint, heavy gesso
Accessories: Cup for All Seasons (A Cut Above by VERVE), Mixed Media dies, tissue tape (Tim Holtz), linen thread, mini library clip, leaf wood veneer, vintage brad (SU!), ticket (7 Gypsies), Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder (Cuttlebug), paper distresser, copper embossing powder, whipped spackle (Faber Castell)

Spicy Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's that time again... time for another week of fabulous coffee, tea and cocoa creations courtesy of the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Verve is a Super Sponsor again and there are loads of FABULOUS prizes for those who create and link up some fall hot beverage themed goodness over the next week. There's also a blog candy giveaway (and another card I made with this set) up on the Verve Blog today where you can win some NEW Verve!

My card for today is a sneaky peek at a set that releases next Saturday, October 1.  The set is called Everything Nice and has a sweet little pumpkin spice theme.  Now, truth be told, I don't care for pumpkin spice lattes. Not one little bit. If it's not chocolate, caramel or peppermint it doesn't belong in my coffee, but I'm happy to let you have it in yours with no judgment whatsoever.  :) I do love me some pumpkins, though, especially pumpkin spice candles... and fall.... ooooooh I LOVEEEEEE fall!

So this card is a celebration of fall... the warm tones, the warm cuppa and a touch of gold.  I started by stamping the cup in early espresso on designer paper, then embossing one of the bitty pumpkins from the set in gold and coloring with markers.  The cup is hand cut, since the coordinating die hadn't arrived when I was creating. The whip cream is highlighted with some Nuvo crystal drops, making it look so rich and creamy in real life!

The pumpkin spice and everything nice sentiment is embossed in gold onto a stitched circle die cut and then matted with a gold pinking circle.  Some pretty autumn papers with early espresso (my favorite neutral) mats are the perfect backdrop and I embellished with a doily, some gold ribbon and a few golden pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a marvelous time along the hop!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Everything Nice (Verve Stamps)
Paper: early espresso (SU!), Autumn Day (Photoplay), The Story of Fall (Echo Park)
Ink: early espresso, tangerine tango, pumpkin pie (SU!), Versamark (Tsukineko), antique linen, tea dye (Ranger Distress), white gel pen
Accessories: stitched circles stax (MFT), pinking circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), gold embossing powder (JudiKins), crystal drops (Nuvo), ribbon, flatback pearls, doily
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