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Perfectly Wonderful Card Concept

Hi friends! It's the start of a new challenge over at The Card Concept today.  I couldn't wait to play with the colors as soon as I saw the inspiration pic.  I intended to have a mostly white card with a splash of orange, but by the time I finished my orange piece, I couldn't bear to cut it down, so it became the backdrop for the entire card.



I loved the black and white photos in the inspiration with the super wide white mats, so tried to reproduce that for my sentiment panel.  I modpodged a piece of black and white tissue paper to a white panel, then stamped the sentiment from Words of Wisdom  on vellum and laid over the top.  It has a nice little effect in real life, but of course for the photo shoot that vellum decided to fly up, so you can't see the tissue paper behind very much.

The background started as white cardstock, covered in heavy gesso.  Then I sprinkled on some orange Magical powders and spritzed until I was happy (well actually, a little giddy) with the results.  I finished off with some wide pink ribbon that reminded me of the blanket in the photo, a fun prima flower and a teeny library clip.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! For a little more inspiration, head on over to The Card Concept blog to see what amazingness the other designers have created with the inspiration.  We'd love to have you play along!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Words of Wisdom (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, vellum
Ink: heavy gesso (Prima), Magicals powders (Lindy's Stamp Gang), archival black (Ranger)
Accessories: flower (Prima), ribbon and library clip (SU!), tissue paper (Tim Holtz), modpodge


More than Chocolate

Hi friends! It's Monday again already and that means it's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  My son, Trevor, helped me with the sketches this month.  He sat on my lap and told me what shapes to draw and where to draw them.  I think we might have a little sketch master in the making! {grin} When we finished the month's sketches he told me he would help me with February's on another day, he needed a break!


As my boys say, it's been winter for days and days and days around here. With all the snow and rain and freezing temperatures, I felt like I needed a little perking up.  So I chose these fun, vibrant papers from the Fancy Free collection by Pink Paislee.  Each layer is matted in basic gray cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment and the candy hearts from the Chocolate set in grey ink, then colored the candies with copics and die cut the circles.  The Chocolate Word Die  is cut from basic gray cardstock and I finished with a bit of taffeta ribbon and a bow.

It wasn't planned, but I kind of love how the word bubble that catches my eye on the designer paper is the one that says "whatever".  Which is what I can totally imagine Mark saying when he reads this sentiment!  LOL


Thanks so much for stopping by today. Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog to see what the other designers did with this sketch.  We hope you'll play along!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Chocolate (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Fancy Free (Pink Paislee), basic gray, blushing bride (SU!), white (Neenah)
Ink: Lava Rock (Altenew), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Chocolate Word Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), stitched circles STAX (MFT), classic and pinking circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), taffeta ribbon (SU!), Nuvo crystal drops (Tonic)

Seasons Givings Winners and Year in Review Part 2

Hi everyone! It's time to announce the winners from my Seasons Givings Blog Hop Giveaway.  I so enjoyed reading all your wonderful comments, quotes and fun advertisements over the past 10 days. I don't watch much TV, so it was fun to read about some of the commercials you enjoyed.

Okay, on with the winners, who were selected using random.org.

The winner of the My Paper Pumpkin giveaway is ...

Debbie who said...


And the winner of the $75 Verve Gift Certificate is...

kRen K who said...


Congrats Debbie and kRen! I'll be in touch to get your prize to you! If for some reason my email or comment doesn't get through to you, you can contact me at contests@vervestamps.com.

And since every post needs a pretty picture or two, here is the second half of my 2016 year in review...

July Favorite: ColorfulWishes

August Favorite: Slipping Feet

September Favorite: Coffee Notes

October Favorite: Autumn Greetings


November Favorite: Joyful Tidings


December Favorite: Cup of Joy

Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope your day is fantastic!
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