Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Baby Bots

Hi friends! I'm excited that Verve is in the spotlight on the Paper Crafter's Library blog today! 

Here's a sneak peek of my featured project using Birthday Bots...

Head on over to the Paper Crafter's Library blog for the full feature, plus a chance to win a Verve prize package!

While I was making the card for this feature, I made another with the same set that I posted over on the Verve Blog the other day for the Little Things Diva Dare that ends tonight. Here's the replay for those who missed it over there.

When I was very young I had a patchwork pillow and quilt my great grandmother made me that was so dear to my heart.  It was a rainbow of fun colors and patterns and my most favorite sections were made from a bright pink and green fabric.  So when I sat down to make a card for a friend's little bundle who will be arriving this summer, I just couldn't resist throwing in some 1970's pinks & greens!

The baby bot from Birthday Bots is paper pieced onto a pre-made tag from JoAnn's.   I layered two tags back to back so I could slip that star pin with the sentiment flag in between through a pop dot so there wouldn't be any sharp edges poking around.  The stars on the green polka dot "blanket" are cut with the Starry Die and I added a bit of glossy glaze and glitter to them.  A bit of seam binding and my favorite embossing folder finish things off.

Supply List
Stamps:  Birthday Bots (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Bundle of Joy Dots & Stripes (Echo Park), pretty in pink (SU!)
Ink: Black, copics
Accessories: Starry Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Truly Madly Deeply Ribbon Collection (Verve), pre-made tag (JoAnn), stick pin, glossy glaze, glitter, bling, Stars & Swirls embossing folder (Sizzix), corner rounder 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Take Joy

Hi friends!  It's Mojo Monday on Tuesday again for me!  What a fun (and exhausting) time we had with the twins over Easter weekend.  By the end of it, I just didn't have anything more in me but to curl up in bed and hope that I'd find a bit of time later in the week to stamp a Mojo Monday card. Well, that time happened this morning when I woke up early and the boys slept late and everything aligned for me to play with neocolor II watercolor crayons and paper!

Verve is having a Classic Verve {re-visited} release and blog hop this Friday. One of the sets releasing is called Petals & Wings and it's a compilation of the former Petals & Stems and Fluttering By sets (on clearance and being retired when our current inventory runs out).  I've made the antennae for the butterflies a separate stamp in the new compilation and created a die set to match, but kept everything else the same.

For my card, I pulled out the Petals & Wings set and the coordinating Wings & Petals Die Set and had a little fun.  I love the look of watercolors over book print, so started with some book print designer paper and cut the die set from it.  Next I stamped the small flower and the big butterfly on the matching die cuts and colored with watercolor crayons and a waterbrush pen. The flower center is stamped on the book print as well and punched out with a 3/8" circle punch to layer over the flower.  The sentiment is stamped onto a circle die cut and then I also watercolored the bookprint square behind it.  My border piece is a Flourished Trim Die cut layered over one of the dies from the Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set.  I finished with a polka dot embossing folder, some black liquid pearl accents on the flourished trim and butterfly body and a bunch of distressed edges.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Petals & Wings {releases 4/25} (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Walnut Grove (Pebbles), dp scrap (Prima), sahara sand, basic black (SU)
Ink: black, Neocolor II crayons (Caran d'ache)
Accessories: Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set, Flourished Trim Die, Wings & Petals Die Set {releases 4/25} (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), 3/8" circle punch (SU!), Polka Dot embossing folder (Cuttlebug), liquid pearls (Ranger), paper distresser, waterbrush

Friday, April 18, 2014

Smile Sunshine

Hi friends!  It's Friday again and time to get your Viva la Verve! on.  {grin}  This week Laurie is giving us a double dose of inspiration with a sketch + color challenge.  You can play along with the sketch, the inspiration, or both.

I just loved the inspiration photo, particularly the teensy pop of yellow amongst the aqua and navy. Oh, and stripes + polka dots are de-lish!  Anyhow, I decided to start by picking some patterned paper with the same prints, so flipped through some paper pads until I came across the Walnut Grove pad from Pebbles.  I cut the Wavy Heart die from the navy striped paper and the Elegant Leaves die from the yellow patterned paper, then sketched in some lines for the leaves and heart.  Next I pulled out Joyful Blooms and stamped two sizes of flowers and then cut them out by hand and layered on pop dots.  The sentiment is stamped onto a die cut from the Flag It Die Set.  I looped some hemp twine and tucked it behind the whole ensemble.  Next I added some stitching and sketched outlines to my polka dot layer and colored a Freckled Fawn woodcut with a Copic marker and some stardust stickles.  I finished off with a few distressed edges and some black liquid pearls on the flower.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend.  We've got an egg hunt/pizza party with our neighborhood on Saturday and then a day filled with family on Sunday.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Joyful Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Walnut Grove (Pebbles), cream
Ink: black, copic marker, black pen
Accessories:  Wavy Hearts Die Set, Elegant Leaves DieFlag It Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), liquid pearls, hemptique twine, woodcut (Freckled Fawn), stickles, sewing machine