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Angel Glory

Hi friends! Welcome to another Mojo Monday!  We've got a super fun sketch this week, so let's get to it.

I've been on a bit of a gold kick lately, and definitely pulled it out for this card.  Loved this elegant designer paper and didn't want another design to distract from it, so added a partial gold doily in the corner.  The angel from Angel Voices is embossed in gold, then colored with Copics and cut with the coordinating Angelic Die Set.  I also embossed and cut the cross and stars at the same time.

The sentiment is embossed onto a pierced square die cut, which I distressed with a touch of antique linen and vintage photo distress inks.  I added a pennant from the Flag it Die Set , then topped with the die cut cross and a gold bow.  I finished with lots of distressed edges and some glass glitter on opposite corners.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful start to your week.  For a little more inspiration with this sketch, hop on by the Mojo Monday blog to see what the other designers have cooked up.

Enabler's List
Mojo Monday 471
Stamps: Angel Voices (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Christmas Cottage (Teresa Collins), cream (Neenah)
Ink: antique linen, vintage photo (Ranger Distress), VersaMark, Copic markers
Accessories: Angelic Die SetFlag it Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), pierced squares stax (MFT), gold doily, gold embossing powder (JudiKins), german glass glitter (TCP), glitter, gold ribbon

Believe in Fairy Tales Retrospective Hop

Hi friends! If you're here hopping along with Verve's October Release Retrospective Hop, welcome! This is our time to share a little more inspiration using our new release, now that the stamps are hopefully in your creative little hands. I'm the first stop on the hop, so settle in for a treat.

And speaking of treats, we've got a $40 gift certificate up for grabs to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to give a little shout-out to the Divas and our special guests as you hop about for a chance to win.

Verve is a sponsor of the Hop to Stop, a hop to raise awareness for the victims and survivors of domestic violence. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs just for linking up newly created cards featuring the color purple (the awareness color for this cause) before October 30. So for my card today, I knew I wanted to participate in the Hop to Stop, and the Everything Nice stamp set seemed like the perfect pairing.

I just love this believe in fairy tales sentiment. It's so full of hope and wonder and a reminder that we need to look for and capture the little tidbits of the extraordinary in our everyday lives. To not settle for the things that make us feel not enough, but to keep toiling and believing and striving, because someday we will rise up and the diamond we've been hiding inside will shine so bright that no one can stop it from lighting the room.

Anyhow, that was where my little brain was headed when I started this card. I wanted the sentiment to be this bright circle against a dark galaxy background.  I started with a piece of fabriano paper, coated with heavy gesso, then I added some spackled diamonds with a stencil.  I used dylusions sprays to create the background, adding some butterfly washi tape, then splattering on some white linen dylusions.  I needed a bit of grounding for my butterfly, so I fingerpainted some acrylic paint on, then set to work on my butterfly.

The butterfly was created with distress inks, sponged onto white cardstock, I stenciled the same diamonds in black soot, then cut  the butterfly out with a Cheery Lynn die.  I layered it onto a black butterfly cut with the same die and added it to my card.  I finished with a black strip of cardstock down the side and some rub-ons and doodles.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Next stop on the hop is Marisa.  I'm also sharing my Viva la Verve card over on the Verve Blog today, so be sure to take a peek.

Want to win some shiny new Verve? I'll be picking a random comment winner on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, leave a little comment love as you hop around to the blogs linked below! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee6. Vickie (Guest)
2. Marisa7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Teresa
4. Betty9. Lesley
5. Lisa (Guest)

Enabler's List
Stamps: Everything Nice (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor paper (fabriano), white, black
Ink: crushed grape, funky fuschia, white linen Dylusions spray, shaded lilac, wilted violet, black soot distress ink (Ranger), lilac acrylic paint (Claudine Hellmuth Studio), heavy gesso (Prima), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell)
Accessories: washi tape, stitched circles stax (MFT), pinking circles (Spellbinders), rub-ons (Scarlet Lime), butterfly die (Cheery Lynn Designs), Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits (Sizzix)

Autumn Greetings Card Concept 60

Hi friends! It's time for a new inspiration challenge over at The Card Concept and this one is full of autumn splendor. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew I wanted to pull in the color of that sunflower in a fun background.

I started out with some fabriano watercolor paper, scraped lightly with a coat of gesso. Next I stenciled the harlequin background in whipped spackle using the negative cut of a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die. While this was drying, I started in on my pumpkin.

The pumpkin from the Everything Nice stamp set is stamped in pumpkin pie, then to pull in the chevrons from the inspiration, I inked up the chevron border from Borderline and stamped in white pigment over the pumpkin two times.  I then clear embossed the whole thing. The cheveron stamping didn't show up quite as much as I'd hoped, so I filled it in with a paint brush and some opaque white Copic ink.  This piece is cut with the coordinating Pumpkin Spice Die Set.

The leaves in the photo made me think of a package of leaves I had picked up from Michaels on a recent trip.  I pulled one out, scraped with a bit of gesso, then spritzed with Dylusions ink to add a bit of texture.  By this time, my stenciled background was dry and I sprayed on some Dylusions ink to make my watercolored background.  I dried with a heat gun and then embossed the Autumn Greetings sentiment from Everything Nice in copper.  To bring a bit more cohesiveness to the piece, I lightly scraped some versamark ink onto my leaf, then embossed with the same copper ink.

For embellishments I chose some tangled twine, copper nailheats and scattered bling.  The background of the card is crumb cake embossed with a leaves embossing folder and sponged with vintage photo ink.  I added a strip of designer paper down the side to balance the color, then distressed the edges and glued it all together.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous day. For more inspiration, be sure to head on over to The Card Concept blog and see what the other designers have done in their own styles.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Everything Nice (Verve Stamps)
Paper: crumb cake (SU!), designer paper scrap (BoBunny), watercolor note card (Fabriano)
Ink: lemon zest, pure sunshine Dylusions ink spray, vintage photo distress ink (Ranger), pumpkin pie (SU!), gesso, Versamark, opaque white (Copic)
Accessories: Pumpkin Spice Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), twine, Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits (Sizzix), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell), nailheads, leaf (Recollections), bling, clear embossing powder
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