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Birthday Wishes Viva la Verve

Hi friends! I'm popping in today with another take on the May Viva la Verve sketch. And I used the color pink to make it a two-fer for the May Diva Inspirations challenge too.

I just love the colors in the new Havana collection from Prima, so I started there, cutting pieces down to size, then sponging the pink layers in tattered rose and then old paper and the mint pieces in cracked pistachio and old paper distress inks.

I added a super thin layer of gesso to the pink circle so my sentiment wouldn't compete with the background paper, then stamped in Hero Arts Intense Black. I then stamped the flowers from the Joyful Blooms set in black and colored with Kuretake Zig clean brush markers and a wink of stella clear glitter pen.  I cut the large and medium flower with the coordinating dies from the Joyful Blooms Die Set, then fussy cut one more to curl the edges and pop up for a little dimension.

I then cut the Dreamy Leaves die from mint macaron cardstock and used a marker to draw in a few veins, then inked with cracked pistachio and old paper. I added a doily die cut frame to the circle, then finished off with a bit of lace, a butterfly and some nuvo drops and flatback pearls.

If you like to die cut your stamped images, Verve has a pretty awesome sale through the end of the month. Buy a stamp set and get the coordinating die set at 75% off! The perfect time to stock up.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous Fri-YAY!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Joyful Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Havana (Prima), white, mint macaron (SU!)
Ink: intense black (Hero Arts), cracked pistachio, old paper, tattered rose distress ink (Ranger), mint macaron (SU!), Kuretake real color clean brush markers (Zig)
Accessories: Joyful Blooms and Dreamy Leaves die sets (A Cut Above by VERVE), stitched circle dies (MFT), doily die (QuicKutz), lace, butterfly (Recollections), gesso, flatback pearls, Nuvo drops (Tonic)

Our Greatest Glory

Hi friends! I hope you're having a fabulous week so far. Mine is flying right by, just flitting from one activity/appointment/event to another. I'm looking forward to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, for sure!

Today I'm popping in with one more mixed media card I made for the Pink Diva Inspirations Challenge.  I had lots of fun with this card, directly sponging on worn lipstick, seedless preserves and picked raspberry distress oxides and spritzing and drying.  I then dabbed some bubble gum pink Dylusions paint on with a baby wipe until I got the look I was going for.  I splattered with some white India ink, then embossed the quote from Learning to Sail directly onto the panel in white.

The hot air balloon is from the Hope Lifts set, and I stamped it in black on white cardstock twice, cutting one image with the coordinating Lifted Hope die set, then fussy cutting just the balloon to color with copics and pop up.  I finished with some distressed edges and a trail of rhinestone stars.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising EVERY time we fall. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Learning to Sail, Hope Lifts (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white (Neenah)
Ink: archival black, picked raspberry, worn lipstick, seedless preserves distress oxide (Ranger), Copic markers, Versamark (Tsukineko), white India ink, bubble gum pink Dylusions paint (Ranger)
Accessories: Lifted Hope die set (A Cut Above by VERVE), white embossing powder, paper distresser, rhinestone star adhesive strip
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