Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hope and a HOP

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for a Diva Inspirations Hop!  I'm kicking off this shindig with a triple take on one of my favorite plain jane stamps... Hope PerchesBe sure to hop around and leave a little love on all the Diva blogs listed below for a chance to win a $30 Gift Certificate to the Verve store!  All the details are over on the Verve Blog today.


I started my card trio with a clean, masculine concept. These Dear Lizzy leaf & feather stickers came in a recent Scarlet Lime Mixed Media Kit and I immediately knew I wanted to pair them with the Hope Perches stamp.  I loved the color scheme of the feathers in the package (yellow, kraft and aqua), so I chose to stick with that for my first card.  The sentiment is stamped directly onto a plain old ruled index card and distressed it a bit.  This is layered onto a woodgrain embossed piece of So Saffron with a bit of washi tape.  I added a hint of distressing to the edges, applied my leaf & feather sticker and mounted on a kraft card base.  Easy peasy.  Seriously a 5 minute card.


Next I  chose the kraft feather and since it had some pink details, I thought it would be perfect with the left over scrap of white cardstock I had from cleaning the hollyhock stencil I used on my Snowy Grace card.  (Mixed media has taught me to never throw away a cool looking scrap!)  So I stamped over the gelato background with the Hope Perches sentiment, then added a little interest with the polka dot background from Bountiful Backgrounds.  The ribbon treatment uses seam binding from the Truly Madly Deeply Ribbon Collection.  I simply tied a bow around the side of the panel, then tied another bow and glued it over the top.  I added a little center of glass glitter and a big pink pearl as an embellishment.  The leaf and feather sticker, some distressing and a bit more of that yummy glass glitter finished that card off.  This card took about 20 minutes, mainly because I couldn't figure out what to put in the center of the bow.  :)


For my final card I stamped more polka dots from Bountiful Backgrounds on white card stock.  I was excited to play in the new Mix-ability Challenge over on SCS, so for my matte finish I whitewashed over the background stamping with a mixture of tan acrylic paint and water.  Next I stamped the Hope Perches sentiment in Purely Pomegranate and embossed with clear embossing powder for a bit of shine.  I also shaded my yellow feather with Faber Castell pitt pens, then added detailing with Glossy Accents for my shiny medium.  I laid down some Tim Holtz tissue tape in the corners.  (This stuff doesn't stick very well, but I love it, so I just put a light coat of matte decou-page over it and sprinkled some dazzling diamonds on it for a hint of sparkle).  The little birdie is a wood veneer shape which I stamped with the same polka dot border then added a bit of twine below it for a nest.  I stamped the hope from the sentiment onto cotton tape then cut it out and stuck it below the birdie.  The background is embossed with the Post Card Texture Fades from Tim Holtz, which I sponged with Vintage Photo ink and distressed, then added a twine bow and a metal button. I have no idea how long this card took, because I kept getting interrupted, so it evolved over three different crafting sessions.  It was definitely the funnest to make though.  Exactly my style.  {grin}

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my little mini tour with the Hope Perches plain jane.  It's time to head on over to Betty's Blog for the next Verve-alicious stop on the hop.  Here's the official hop list...  Happy hopping!


1. Julee8. Andrea
2. Betty9. Charmaine
3. Jen10. Janelle
4. Sankari11. Laurie
5. Sony12. Maureen
6. Susan13. Teresa
7. Amber



Enabler's Lists:

Woodgrain Card
Stamps: Hope Perches (Verve Stamps)
Paper: So Saffron, Crumb Cake (SU!), index card
Ink: Truffle (Mix'd Media Inx), So Saffron (SU!)
Accessories:  Leaf & feather detail stickers (Dear Lizzy), Woodgrain embossing folder (SU!), washi tape, Decou-Page (Americana)
 
Shabby Pink Card
Stamps: Hope Perches, Bountiful Backgrounds (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White
Ink: Gelato (Faber-Castell), Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Accessories:  Leaf & feather detail stickers (Dear Lizzy), Truly Madly Deeply Ribbon Collection (Verve Stamps), pink glass glitter (Melissa Frances), pink pearl, paper distresser

Birdie Post Card
Stamps: Hope Perches, Bountiful Backgrounds (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White, So Saffron (SU!)
Ink: Purely Pomegranate (SU!), Vintage Photo, Antique Linen (Ranger) Pitt pens (Faber-Castell), tan acrylic paint (Studio Claudine Hellmuth)
Accessories:  Leaf & feather detail stickers (Dear Lizzy), paper distresser, PostCard Texture Fades, Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz), Decou-page (Americana), Glossy Accents (Ranger), button (My Mind's Eye), wood veneer bird (Studio Calico), linen thread (TCP)), dazzling diamonds glitter (SU!), cotton tape

54 comments:

  1. Beautiful cards! I love those feathers. They are perfect with the sentiment.

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  2. Your samples are just gorgeous! Love the woodgrain on the first one!!

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  3. I thought these cards were very nice and creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Oh wow - these are incredible; love the background on the first card. LOVE the girly/pink colors on the 2nd one - the dotted background is fab! Cute, cute little birdie on the 3rd card; love the twine bow!

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  5. I enjoyed the blog hop today. It is always a wonderful experience to see artists' work that you normally don't have the opportunity to see. Thanks to all of you for the experience.

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  6. What wonderful cards! So artistic and pretty. I love all the texture and layers.

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  7. You have used the sentiment and feathers to a tee on each card, Julee. Think I like the first one best with all the clean lines.

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  8. What a beautiful set of cards you have made. I like the first card -the brown one with feathers best. It's different and also suitable for a male.

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  9. Beautiful cards Julee. I love the sentiment.

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  10. Wonderful creations! Love the creativity with the feathers!

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  11. Fabulous cards Julee ~ love those feathers! TFS :-)

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  12. Love the feathers! Perfect with that sentiment. :)

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  13. Lovely set of cards, Julee! The pink one is my favorite! TFS.

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  14. What a beautiful cards.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  15. Wow! Julee these are so awesome. I love all the mixed media elements and those feather stickers are a fun embellisment.

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  16. These are all awesome! When I saw the mixed media challenge pop up at SCS, I first thought of you! I think it's right up your alley because I am always so impressed with your mixed media creations!

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  17. Lovely cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  18. That's a favorite quote of mine, and I like the way you have shown such an array of possibilities....I'll always like the "girly" ones best, though!

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  19. Wonderful variety of cards using this verse and the feathers.

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  20. Wonderful shabby chic cards! Love the feather accents!! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. These are gorgeous! I love the tiny bird on the last one :)

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  23. You have come up with some beautiful creations. Like the variety.

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  24. Love them all, Julee! The feathers are so appropriate with your Hope Perches...

    The pink one really caught my eye...love that mixed media background girl! Amazing!

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  25. All three were great but my favorite was the first one... just colors I would never think of using but it looks sooo good!

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  26. beautiful set of cards... love how you used the feathers on each card!

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  27. I love your cards, very pretty :) Brenda

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  28. Wow how cool to do the card 3 different ways...I like the middle one with all the dots...dots are my thing!!! lovely job!

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  29. Very pretty cards...love how you used the feathers in so many different ways. The wood grain embossed card is my favorite.

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  30. Awesome cards Julee! I really like your second card with all the bling and that flower - Oh my!

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  31. An absolutely stunning suite of cards, Julee! Love all the details, textures, and design! Beautiful!

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  32. Wonderful job on the distressing. I think the first is my fave too.

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  33. What a great variety of gorgeous cards!!!

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  34. Julee, WOW! what gorgeous cards! I love how you added a little sparkle to the feathers. Very clever! and the sentiment is perfect! TFS

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  35. Wonderful cards, Julee! The feathers are the perfect accent to Hope Perches!

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  36. Really outstanding cards, each unique and beautiful! I love the sentiment and how the words are kind of staggered.

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  37. Beautiful cards, Julee. I love the different looks you can achieve with the same theme with the feathers. ;-)

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  38. Beautiful variations with the same stamps, giving each card such a different look.

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  39. I love the embellishments you used on your cards. Stunning. Thanks for sharing and for being a part of this hop! i am a new follower

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  40. Your cards are gorgeous. I like those feather stamps. They are so versatile! Hugs! xx

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  41. Wow! These are wonderful! I'm loving the feathers and the dry embossing, and the washi on that first card, swoon!

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  42. All three of these are stunning!! The first is my favorite, though. Love the masculine look to it and the feathers are just perfect for the card!

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  43. Wow, great cards. Love the different designs of each one.

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  44. Beautiful cards Julee! I really like the feather stamps.

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