Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Let it Bloom Diva Inspirations Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month and that means I'm kicking off Verve's May inspiration challenge as part of our monthly blog hop today.  So grab a drink and get ready for a little inspiration from the Divas with this month's challenge theme... LET IT BLOOM!  There's a blog hop prize and a challenge prize up for grabs, so be sure to read to the bottom for all the deets!


I loved the inspiration pic that Sarah picked out this month and just had to do something with aqua and pink!  So I pulled out an old My Mind's Eye paper pad, the Poppy Birthday set and coordinating Build a Poppy Die Set and got to work.

Whenever I use patterned paper on a card, I always start by flipping through a pad and picking out 3 patterns that I want to use (bonus if they are double sided).  Here I picked the bright pink polka dots, the aqua stripes and a dainty little rose pattern that brought the two colors together.  The text print is the backside of the aqua stripes paper.  So I cut a piece from each pattern and ran them through my die cut machine with the three largest flower dies from the Build a Poppy Die set.  Next I stamped the coordinating stamp on each pattern, distressed the edges with antique linen distress ink and popped each layer up on dimensionals.


Next I built the background with the two pink patterns on either side and I pulled in the book text (which was the back side of the aqua stripes) and stitched them all together to give a nice background for my poppies.  I cut 4 stems from black and then layered them under  the poppies, using two stems to make the tallest poppy.  The sentiment is stamped on the book print paper and hand cut in an angled banner and matted with black.  I layered a Charming Oval die cut beneath it for a fun look, then finished off with tons of distressing and a black bow.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I can't wait to hop along and see the bloomin' creations from the other Divas!  I hope you'll play along with us too!  You can find all the challenge details and linkup info on the Verve Blog.

Next up on the hop is the fabulous Amy Kolling!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee6. Sarah
2. Amy7. Susan
3. Anya8. Maureen
4. Betty9. Marisa
5. Sankari

Enabler's List
Stamps: Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found - Blush (MME), basic black (SU!)
Ink: archival black, antique linen and pumice stone distress (Ranger)
Accessories:  Build a Poppy Die Set, Charming Oval Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), ribbon

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello Sunshine

Hi friends! It's Monday again and time for a brand new Mojo sketch! And since it's the first Monday of a new month, that means it's contest time! Play along with this week's sketch for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice from Verve!


Speaking of Verve, our National Scrapbooking Weekend Sale runs through tonight (midnight Pacific on 5/4/15). All stamps and dies are 20% off, plus we've marked down a selection of products 50% and are offering free first class shipping for US orders over $30.

For my sketch card, I pulled out one of the sets that's 50% off during the sale, Framed Lilies.  Asiatic lilies are my favorite type of flower.  Love, love, love the look of them, but my allergies go berserk around them in real life, so I'm happy to have a stamp I can enjoy without getting all asthmatic.  {grin}



I stamped the lily duo from Framed Lilies several times on cream cardstock, colored with copics and highlighted with a gold wink of stella pen. Next I sponged scattered straw distress ink over the panel through a stencil to give a polka dot background.  I did the same for the under layer of the sketch and added pumice stone ink around the edges for a worn look.  The patterned papers are from MME and I stamped the lily duo in island indigo on the indigo banner.  The sentiment is also stamped with island indigo and then sponged with scattered straw.  I stamped an extra lily, colored it, fussy cut it, and popped it up for a little depth.  I finished off with a linen thread/seam binding/button ensemble an a few red rhinestones to accent my angled panel.

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

Mojo Monday 396 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Framed Lilies (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Dilly Dally (MME), cream (Neenah)
Ink: island indigo (SU!), scattered straw, pumice stone distress inks, black archival ink (Ranger), Copic markers, Gold Wink of Stella brush pen
Accessories: Signature Ribbon Collection (Verve), Classic Circles Nestabilites (Spellbinders), Poppy Collage stencil (Donna Downey), linen thread, button, rhinestones

Friday, May 1, 2015

Always Good

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  I'm kicking off our May series of sketches over on the Viva la Verve blog today.  I love how this card came together and just had to turn it into a sketch for y'all.  Hope you have fun with it and I'd love to see what you create!


I pulled out the One Cup set and started with the teacups.  I stamped them in archival ink on designer paper and then colored with copic markers.  I added a few accents with a white an a black stabilo marks all pencil.  Just got a couple of these to try and am amazed that they really do write over just about any media!

The tea panel was made with manila cardstock, sponged with distress inks, then I used a Tim Holtz stencil for the tea rings, making the main one with thick gesso and then coloring with various browns.  I used the same stencil on the background paper and ran it through the corrugator for a little extra texture.  The good idea sentiment is stamped on manila cardstock and added under the teacups.  I also added a little tea bag to the Tea word and then dressed some grosgrain ribbon up with rhinestones.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a sunshiny day!

Viva la Verve May Week 1 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: One Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found - Antique (MME), manila cardstock (Ranger), basic black (SU!)
Ink: spiced marmalade, barn door, scattered straw, walnut stain, vintage photo, black soot distress inks, black archival ink (Ranger), stabilo marks all pencils
Accessories: grosgrain ribbon (SU!), rhinestones, paper corrugator, Splatters stencil (Tim Holtz)