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Shabby Viva la Verve

Hi friends! It's the first Friday in November and that means it's time for a brand new Viva la Verve sketch. This month's sketch has lots of straight lines for those of you who like them, and it's easy to dress up or down depending on your style.


I went a little shabby for my sample card, so more is more! I get lot of requests for sketch measurements, and I've kind of shied away from doing it for a couple of reasons.  1. I don't like to measure things. Unless I'm making a treat box where measurements are imperative, I just wing it.  2. I don't want anyone to feel they have to make their card the same way I did. The sketches are open to interpretation so that you can make the sketch fit the images and stamps you want to use, not the other way around. However, I'm trying out adding the measurements to the sketch image this month.  Let me know if you like to have them.  If not, there's no reason for me to have to measure each month. {grin}

My card started with this stamped panel that was in my leftovers bin from a previous stamping session. The Psalm 34:18 verse and the flower from Scripture Medley 5 were embossed in early espresso ink with clear embossing powder.  I decided to go for an autumn feel to the card, so colored the flower with copics and then sponged the edges with distress ink.


Next I started on the background. I stenciled a leaf stencil (quite messily, if I do say so myself) with modeling paste. I got a new craft mat a while ago which I absolutely love, but unfortunately washi tape won't stay stuck to it, so my stencil slipped a bunch. I sprayed with some Lindy's sprays, then sponged with distress oxide inks until I had a nice warm background.  A piece of vintage lace is wrapped around this layer as my horizontal panel, then I just layered some scraps of Amber Moon paper behind the sentiment and added a bunch of upholstery thread.  The finishing touch was a metal embellishment in the corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a splendidly creative November. We'd love to have you play along with the sketch this month. Verve stamps aren't required, but there is a monthly prize up for grabs!  Play as long as often as you like. I love to see what you create!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Scripture Medley 5 (Verve Stamps)
Paper: amber moon (Prima Marketing), cream (Neenah)
Ink: antique photo, vintage photo, walnut stain, wild honey, fossilized amber distress and oxide inks (Ranger), spray ink (Lindy's Stamp Gang), early espresso (SU!)
Accessories: leaf stencil (Carta Bella), upholstery thread, embossing powder, metal embellishment (The Funkie Junkie Boutique), modeling paste (Prima Marketing), vintage lace trim, paper distresser


Other Links
November 2017 Viva la Verve Sketch
Best Ever Craft Mat by Ken Oliver (Amazon)

Foiled Autumn Coffee

Hi friends! I got a chance to do something new to me this weekend. Two years ago I purchased a Minc machine from Amazon and plugged it in and it started smoking and burning up.  It would never get to the ready state, just smoked and smoked. So frightening! So I immediately packed it back up and returned it.  Later that season, one of the local craft stores was having a big sale and I picked up another machine for a steal, thinking at least if I bought it locally, the return process would be a little less painful than taking the package to UPS.  But the holiday season and sicknesses hit and the minc got tucked away in the closet and forgotten. Fast forward to this weekend when I decided for better or for worse, I'd give the thing a test drive.  I really love the look of foil, so was excited to pair it with our Coffee Please digi.



I used one of the sentiments from the printable PDF that was already printed on some pearlized cream cardstock. I ran it through with some orange foil and it worked like a charm! No smoking and success right off the bat! Now I must foil all the things!  :)  I had a hard time catching the foil in my photography, only the close-up above captures a bit of the real shimmery orange-y goodness of it.  Those letters on the left side and the tip of the leaf are orange too, I just couldn't find the right angle to show the glimmer of the whole piece.


The background started with a piece of cream cardstock.  I embossed it with a new embossing folder I picked up at Tuesday Morning. Don't you love those dimpled leaves?  I coated the whole piece with clear gesso, then added some prima and dylusions sprays to get the coloring I wanted.  Next I painted on some gold paint and some copper wax to highlight things.  The leaf on the sentiment is watercolored with the same colors of sprays, then I added a couple fabric leaves that I did the same treatment with.



Finishing embellishments were some brown striped ribbon, a metal leaf embellishment and a chipboard coffee cup sticker from the Amber Moon collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have an inspired day.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Coffee Please DIGITAL (Verve Stamps)
Paper: pearlized cream (Paper Accents), cream (Neenah)
Ink: laser printer, vanilla caramel spray (Dylusions), Pot Marigold Color Bloom spray (Prima), antique gold paint (Prima), rich copper metalliqu wax (Prima)
Accessories: orang Minc foil (Heidi Swapp), Amber Moon chipboard stickers (Prima), Downton Abbey leaf flourish embossing folder (Crafter's Companion), metal leaf embellishment (The Funkie Junkie Boutique), fabric leaves (Recollection), ribbon (SU!), paper distresser, Minc machine (Heidi Swapp), Clear gesso (Prima)

Thankful Altered Embroidery Hoop

Hi friends! Welcome to another week. I had a chance to do a little mixed media altered embroidery hoop project over the weekend. I've been wanting to do one of these for ages, and Tiffany's Create with Prima video tutorial (link below) a couple weeks ago was just the push I needed to actually do it.


It will come as no surprise that I pulled out the Amber Moon collection again. I loved Tiffany's project so much that I wanted one for my very own! I was also thinking about the Home for the Holidays Falliday Fest challenge to create something with a window or a door. A friend of mine once had a circular window in her house with these really ornate custom shutters all around and I thought I could recreate the look of that window with this little 4" embroidery hoop.

I started by tracing the embroidery hoop on the journaling card I wanted to use as my backdrop.  I then treated with a very thin coat of gesso and stenciled some vines onto the entire sheet with light paste. While that was drying, I coated the hoop and the prima resin frame with gesso. Since the frame was huge and an oval shape, I broke it in a few pieces with my hands and used just the bottom section of the frame, keeping the other section for another project.  I then added a thick coat of crackle paste all around the hoop and set aside to dry.  Next I dry brushed on some gold paint just on the stenciled portions of the journaling card circle.



The 1 Chronicles 16:54 verse is from the Scripture Medley 3 set and I've embossed it in gold onto a vellum circle to fit inside the hoop.  I tore off the top and bottom of the circle, then laid it over the paper and glued everything to the back side of the embroidery hoop.

Now that everything was dry, I went back in with a prima planner glue pen, adding some glue here and there to the raised edges of the resin frame pieces and the hoop.  Then I used prima rub-on foil to give the golden accents to each of the pieces.  I then glued the resin pieces down, making sure to glue down that leaf in between to break it up, and also to give me a wide enough even platform to lay the thankful ephemera piece over the top. I finished off with three flowers from the Amber Moon collection, a bit of upholstery thread and some metal embellishments.  My finishing touch was the little ephemera birdie popped up on the windowsill.

I've had a real struggle over the years trying to use things in my stash.  Flowers like this are so pretty and expensive on a per embellishment basis, so in the past I've always doled them out one or two at a time on projects. But many are too big for cardmaking, which means I have collected an entire shopping tote full of leftover flowers over the years. They don't make it onto my cards as often as they used to, and since I'm so inspired by all the mixed media projects I see using Prima embellishements, I decided it was time to actually start using up what I buy, and not caring about how much goes into a project, just that I enjoyed creating it and like the finished project. And I love it!  I think I'll have to make another Christmas themed hoop to change out when the seasons change.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you found a little inspiration here. Have a fabulous start to your week.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Scripture Medley 3 (Verve Stamps)
Paper: 4x6 Amber Moon Jounaling cards (Prima), vellum
Ink: Versamark, Art Alchemy ancient coin metallique paint (Prima)
Accessories: Memory Hardware Resin Frames- Montchamp Imperial, Amber Moon Ephemera, Aspen & Woodrow Amber Moon Flowers, Planner Glue Pen, Golden Girl Rub-On Foil sheets (Prima),  Light Paste, White Crackle Texture Paste, Heavy Gesso (Prima), Gold embossing powder (JudiKins), metal embellishments (The Funkie Junkie), 4" embroidery hoop (Darice)

Other Links:
Fall Theme Altered Embroidery Hoop video tutorial by Tiffany Solorio
Falliday Fest Home for the Holidays challenge on SCS
4" embroidery hoops on Amazon
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