Showing posts with label Masculine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Masculine. Show all posts

Monday, June 23, 2014

Brave Freedom

Hi friends!  Welcome to another week and a brand new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week's sketch is a simple one that I can see myself using over and over again.  After spending an all-American weekend with my family at one of our state parks, I was feeling especially patriotic, so I pulled out a pack of my favorite Americana papers and got to work.


The set I used is American Hero and I love that the stars in the set work perfectly with the largest star in the Starry Die.  I stamped the star image onto the die cut and then also onto the smaller star die cut for two different effects with one stamp and die.  I liked the tone on tone look, so decided to stamp the star randomly on my red panel, then cut the circle from my favorite section of one of the papers.  The sentiment is stamped on one of the diecuts from the Banner Bundle Die Set and I sponged everything with Antique Linen and Tea Dye distress inks to get an aged look.  The little banner is hand cut, then run through my paper crimper for the accordian look, sanded and inked with tea dye.  Easy peasy and done in under 20 minutes!   A must, since I sliced my toenail off one of my toes last night and needed to get back to icing it.

Hope you have a fantastic start to your week and I'd love to see what you do with the sketch!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mojo Monday 351
Enabler's List
Stamps: American Hero (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Glory (Authentique), cream (Neenah)
Ink: Night of Navy, Cherry Cobber (SU!), antique linen, tea dye (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Starry Die, Banner Bundle Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), paper crimper

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Marvelous Dad

Hi friends!  I know I said I was taking a bit of a break, but the boys actually napped long enough for me to make a card on Friday so I decided to pop in and share it, since it's a Father's Day card for hubby.  This card was inspired by a few different things I've seen around blogland recently.  First off was Amber's mixed media tutorial. Earlier this week, I got the itch to play in the new Mixed Media Mojo challenge, so after reading Amber's tutorial, I pulled out some gesso, stencils and sprays (which for some reason I never use) and made a few different backgrounds with scrap pieces of white cardstock.


Then, the next day some Pentel oil pastels I had seen on sale arrived.  My sister had a box of these when I was growing up and I was never allowed to play with them.  My mom had told me they were for real artists, so I mentally filed them as something I would never have.  When I saw them on sale, I had that same little girl wish to play with them, so I just had to get some.  And it was so fun filling in some of the backgrounds with these pastels, blending with my fingers and then doing a little wash with some water and a brush.  So soft and beautiful!  So the lighter yellows and greens you see are done with oil pastels.

And when I finally sat down to make a card, Stacey's Viva la Verve June Week 2 sketch was the perfect way to use some of these mixed media backgrounds.  I originally tried sewing a vellum square to my top panel, but unfortunately there was no thread on the bobbin and that bobbin winding enigma is definitely for another day. So I scrapped the square (except for the pierce marks the sewing machine made) and decided to go with a primitive star die cut instead, embossed with distressed polka dots for some fun texture.  I added just a hint of gesso around the edges to make it pop and layered it on 2 layers of dimensionals for extra pop.

The sentiment is from the new Wonderful Marvelous set and I masked off the you on the wonderful marvelous you sentiment before inking, then added the Dad sentiment to the right in Archival ink, then embossed in clear so I wouldn't have to worry about smudging while I was layering everything together. Lots of distressed edges finish things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Wonderful Marvelous (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, vellum
Ink: mint julep, honor society, water cooler Mister Huey's Color Mists (Studio Calico), jet black Archival ink (Ranger), gesso
Accessories:  Primitive Stars Die (Sizzix), distressed dots texture fades (Tim Holtz), layering stencils (Tim Holtz), clear embossing powder, sewing machine, paper distresser

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wonderful World

Hi friends!  I'm popping in to change up the scenery with a one layer card I made while playing around with the latest Verve release. It's been a while since I made the card, so hopefully I remember as I go what I did! 

I just love this sentiment and have had the song running through my head for several days now.  This card totally makes me think of a circus (maybe because that's what life at my house is like these days).  I've been burning all of the candles at all the ends and am completely worn out being ringmaster.  So I'm taking a few days off  from Verve and blogging and basically everything but being a mama to my (STILL) teething twins. I'll catch up with y'all next week sometime!


Okay, on with the card... I started by masking off the edges of my card base with some painter's tape from the $1 store. (NOT recommended, as the watercolor seeped a bit under the tape.  I've since purchased the good ole 3M kind and had much better results!)  to do the color wash  I added Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw and Spiced Marmalade to an acrylic block, then spritzed with water and pressed onto my paper.  Next I laid down a hexagon stencil into the still wet color washed area and added a bit more color with a waterbrush and the distress inks.  The banners were stamped onto the card base, then I paper pieced each of the flags with peach parfait cardstock.  The sentiment from Wonderful Marvelous is stamped in the bottom corner, then I hand drew a ltitle frame and splashed on some watered down black ink with a paint brush.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Wonderful Marvelous (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White, peach parfait (SU!)
Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks, Pumice Stone (Ranger), black
Accessories: hexagon layering stencil (Tim Holtz

Monday, June 9, 2014

Postale Favorite

Hi friends!  Welcome to another week!  Time seems to be flying by lately and I'm trying to get ready for the big father's day - mom's birthday - father-in-law's birthday card making extravaganza, since all of those things fall within a few days of each other.  Knowing that was coming, this week's Mojo Monday sketch was designed with clean lines for a little jump start on masculine cards.


I pulled out the new Wonderful Marvelous and an old favorite paper pack from 7 Gypsies to start in on this masculine birthday card.  I basically let the papers do most of the work, adding some sponging with antique linen and vintage photo distress ink, then a few piercings around a couple of the elements.  I built the sentiment Happy Birthday to my favorite Dad using four stamps from the set in Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler inks.  The Dad is stamped on the largest cut out from the Starry Die.  I finished off with a few wooden stars that I sponged with vintage photo ink and a sahara sand card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  If you're making Father's Day cards with a little Verve this week, be sure to link them up to our A Man's World Diva Dare for a chance to win a Verve gift voucher!



Mojo Monday 349
Enabler's List
Stamps: Wonderful Marvelous (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Postale (7 Gypsies), sahara sand (SU!)
Ink: night of navy, cherry cobbler (SU!), vintage photo, antique linen (Ranger Distres)
Accessories:  Starry Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), mat pack and piercer (SU!), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), wood veneer stars (Studio Calico)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Trustworthy Anchor

Click here or scroll down for my Diva Inspirations Hop post


Hi friends!  It's the first Friday of a new series of Viva la Verve sketches, and that means I'm on deck this week with a sketch + color challenge on the VLV Sketches Blog.


My card uses the Strong Anchor set and coordinating Nautical Die Set, and I threw in the Starry Die and Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set for good measure!

The stamping is all done in Midnight Muse and I kept wondering why it was looking so muted, then realized I had pulled out Night of Navy cardstock.  It still worked, so I just left it alone.  {In my pre-kid days that would have totally meant starting over, now I just go with the flow!  LOL}  Oh, I guess I did do a little so saffron stamping with the long rope image across my starry die cuts.  Added some enamel stars I recently picked up on sale and finished with a wooden anchor that I colored midnight muse with a marker and then coated with some gold stickles.

Hope you'll play along!  You can use the colors, use the sketch, or both if you're feeling really frisky!  {grin}

Today also kicks off Verve's June Diva Dare and this month's theme is A Man's World, challenging you to make a masculine themed card.  Check the Verve blog each week day for the next couple of weeks to see some fun masculine cards from the Divas, then play along for your chance to win!

VLV June Week 1 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Strong Anchor (Verve Stamps)
Paper: so saffron, soft sky, night of navy (SU!), pearlized white (Paper Accents)
Ink: so saffron, midnight muse
Accessories:  Nautical Die Set, Starry Die and Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), stars & swirls embossing folder (Sizzix), enamel stars (Freckled Fawn), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), wood embellishment (Studio Calico), gold Stickles (Ranger)

Monday, June 2, 2014

My Favorite Dad

Hi Friends!  It's the first Monday of a new month and that means it's CONTEST time over at Mojo Monday!   Come play along with this week's sketch for a chance to win a free set from Verve!  You can enter as many times as you like, so just let the mojo flow!


For my card I adjusted the sketch to a horizontal layout to accommodate the stamps I wanted to use.  I thought the trio of flags from Wonderful Marvelous would look great as little trees on a lake, so flipped it on it's side and colored with Copic markers.  Next time, I'll probably add some brown around the outer part for sand/ground, but for today we have floating pines!  {grin}  Then I built my sentiment on the circle and banner panels, added some black mats and a baja breeze background and finished off with some black dots.  Easy peasy and one more Father's Day card done!  Hooray!

I hope you get a chance to play this week... can't wait to see what everyone does with the sketch!  I'll be back tomorrow with a more feminine approach to the layout!

Mojo Monday 348
Enabler's List
Stamps: Wonderful Marvelous (Verve)
Paper: basic black, baja breeze (SU!), white
Ink: black, old olive (SU!), Copic markers
Accessories:  chevron dots embossing folder, Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), black candy dots

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rustic Chevrons

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month and that means it's hopping time with the Divas!  In addition to the hop, there's a new inspiration challenge to play along with for another way to win a prize.

I'm the first stop on the hop today, so grab a treat and let's get to it!



This month's challenge is Chic Chevrons... you can use the inspiration pic or not, we just want to see get groovy and use this popular pattern somewhere on your creation.


My concept for the card was masculine and rustic.  I stumbled across some book paper in my stash and just new I wanted to stamp the chevrons from Borderline across it, so I did.  First the outline, then the solid in alternating colors (soft sky and lucky limeade).  I also recently got a magnetic platform for my Big Shot and I love, love, love it!  And boy did I have fun with the Banner Bundle Die Set.  To make the banners, I layered two sets of nested dies together and ran them through the machine.  The magnetic platform kept the dies from shifting and I was so excited to see little frames and inner pieces that I could stagger for a fishtail look.  Squeal!  A little picket fence distress stain pulls in the whitewashed wood grain feel from the photo.

The sentiment is from Purely Sentimental and I stamped it inside the chevron classy label from Unto Us, then layered onto a Classy Label die cut from crumb cake, then added some striped ribbon and sequin stars to finish things off.

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Next up on the hop is Amy!


1. Julee9. Susan
2. Amy10. Stacey
3. Anya11. Teresa
4. Betty12. Maureen
5. Karen13. Marisa
6. Sankari14. Charmaine
7. Sarah15. Janelle
8. Sony16. Christyne

Enabler's List
Stamps: BorderlinePurely SentimentalUnto Us (Verve)
Paper: First Edition DSP, crumb cake (SU!)
Ink: black, soft sky, lucky limeade (SU!), Picket Fence Distress Stain (Ranger), black pen
Accessories:  Banner Bundle Die SetClassy Label Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), striped ribbon (SU!), sequin stars, rhinestones

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Better Together Blog Hop

Hi friends!  Today Verve is releasing a brand new set called Better Together, filled with bold and graphic sentiments and some distressed washi inspired elements and backgrounds.  Hop around to the blogs on the list at the bottom of this post and leave a little comment love for a chance to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve's online store!  Ready? Set.  Hop!



I needed a masculine birthday card for my brother, so that's the direction I went with my card.  I started by embossing the big distressed polka dot background in white on kraft going lengthwise and then horizontally across my panel.  Next I offset just a bit and stamped in crumb cake both directions and then embossed that with clear embossing powder to really make the offset stand out. The sentiment from Better Together is stamped in early espresso and then embossed in clear, then I added the chevron washi type stamp to the top and bottom edges in old olive.  For embellishment I wrapped some hemp twine around the panel, tied in a bow and then added some darling small and large sequin stars from Pretty Pink Posh.  I finished off with a bunch of distressing, dry embossing the old olive panel with the dot matrix folder and then stamping the distressed background from Better Together around the edges of my card base and sponging early espresso on every layer.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Next up on the hop is Amber.
Hop List:
1. Julee (ME)
2. Amber
3. Andrea
4. Charmaine
5. Christyne
6. Janelle
7. Jen
8. Laurie
9. Marisa
10. Maureen
11. Stacey
12. Teresa

Enabler's List
Stamps: Better Together (Verve)
Paper: crumb cake, old olive (SU!)
Ink: crumb cake, old olive, early espresso (SU!)
Accessories:  hemp twine (Hemptique), star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), dot matrix texture fades (Sizzix), paper distresser (Tonic), clear and white embossing powder (JudiKins)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Birthday Stars

Hi friends!  It's Friday and that means it's time for a new sketch over on the Viva la Verve Sketch blog.  This week's hostess is Jen Shults.  As I mentioned earlier this week, I'm on a masculine kick since I've got a couple family birthdays we're celebrating this weekend.


The only stamping is the Birthday to You sentiment on the crumb cake circle.  I hand cut the banners from the Down by the Shore papers and also ran the Starry Die through with the same papers to make my layered stars.  The navy piece is embossed with the chicken wire embossing folder, then sanded, then I layered it onto a distressed piece of white cardstock embossed with the same folder.  After a bit of ink smudging, I flipped the sketch horizontally to cover up my boo boo.

That's all about the card.  Created this yesterday during a VERY short naptime, right before the boys ended up having horrible coughing/asthma attacks.  Spent the evening in urgent care and Kellan, Trevor and I are now all stocked up on inhalers, breathing treatments and high powered cough syrup to try to finally kick this illness.  I've got great healing hopes for the weekend!  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous Valentine's Day and a great weekend!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Birthday to You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Down by the Shore (Fancy Pants), crumb cake (SU!), white
Ink: Night of Navy (SU!)
Accessories:  Starry Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Chicken Wire embossing folder (Cuttlebug), paper crimper, paper distresser

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Bit of You

Hi friends!  Happy Wednesday!  I feel like a broken record saying I've been sick again, but our whole family caught another virus and I am so completely wiped out.  So I'm popping in with my Mojo Monday card (a weeeeeeeeee bit late) today.


This week's sketch was by Debbie and I just loved the possibilities of the tag on a card.  Both my dad's and Mark's birthdays are this week (the 14th and 15th), so I had masculine cards on my mind when I sat down to stamp.  I love this sentiment from the Just for You set that says I hope that others see a little bit of you in me.  It reminds me of the Amy Grant Father's Eyes song that was popular when I was young.  And since my dad's eyes are pretty close to marina mist, that's the color I chose to work with.  The stars are cut with the Sizzix Primitive Stars die and I stamped directly on the big star, then embossed the small star with polka dots.  The sentiment flag is stamped with the happy birthday sentiment from Small Phrases.

I dug out a tag from my drawer and also saw this bit of burlap in the drawer and thought it would be cool to tuck it behind the tag like it's peeking out and you can see just a bit of it, to mirror the sentiment.  The ribbon is from Stampin' Up! and I cut it in half and frayed the edges for the top of the tag.  My card base is narrow so I could still fit it in an envelope, even with the ribbon hanging off the side.

All in all, a really quick card, and I think my dad will really like it.

Hope you're all staying well!  Thanks for stopping by!

Enabler's List
Stamps:  Just for You, Small Phrases (Verve)
Paper: marina mist, crumb cake, tag
Ink: early espresso, marina mist (SU!), antique linen (Ranger)
Accessories:  Primitive Stars (Sizzix), burlap (7 Gypsies), ribbon (SU!), polka dot embossing folder (Cuttlebug), star pearl, corner rounder

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The ONE

Hi friends!  Happy Thursday!  Today I'm popping in with a quick little masculine CAS valentine using the new More than Love set.  I made four cards when I first got this set and this was the one I made with Mark in mind, and when I asked him which card he liked the best, he picked this one as the one he was most drawn to.  So I must have hit my mark! {grin}


The card is 4.25" square and I embossed the Song of Solomon scripture from More than Love in the corner in early espresso.  A scrap of red dp with rounded corners and some dark burlap ribbon are layered onto the base, then I stamped the large heart image onto a Wavy Hearts die cut in early espresso and the smaller heart image in cherry cobbler onto one of the die cuts from the Heart Quartet Die.  These are layered on dimensionals and I finished off with just a hint of sponging around my card base.  Easy peasy!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Enabler's List
Stamps: More than Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Snippets (Studio Calico), crumb cake (SU!), cream
Ink: cherry cobbler, early espresso (SU!), brushed corduroy (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Wavy Hearts Die Set, Heart Quartet Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), corner rounder, burlap ribbon, embossing powder

Monday, January 27, 2014

Skinny Heart

Hi friends!  It's Monday again, and in 2014 I decided to change up the Round and Square feature on the last Mojo Monday sketch of the month to Tall & Skinny.  There are lots of options for measurements in making long cards, but this week's sketch was designed with a 3.5" x 5.5" card base in mind so I could hang something off the edge and still fit it in an A2 envelope.  Feel free to adapt the sketch to whatever length/width fits your fancy, though!



I enjoyed the sketch so much that I made a second one flipped horizontally which you'll see later in the week.  But today's card uses the Proverbs 16:9 scripture from Scripture Medley 3, a bunch of embossing folders and a fun little heart embellishment.  The heart is simply 3 of the same size heart cut with the Heart Quartet Die, layered with thick glue dots in between each, then sponged with a bit of espresso ink.  I love how it turned out.  I've also had this dark chocolate burlap ribbon sitting on my desk forever just waiting for a chance to use it, so I used it for both the horizontal and vertical strips in the sketch.  I also turned the rectangle panel into a little banner for a bit of fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I'm still hanging on to my cough and getting very little sleep, but yesterday was the first day I could hear in my right ear all month!  So I think there's hope that I can leave this sickness behind in January and start February fresh and healthy.  At least that's my great wish!  Hope your week starts out healthy and filled with creativity!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Scripture Medley 3 (Verve Stamps)
Paper: soft sky, cherry cobbler, early espresso (SU!), cream
Ink: early espresso (SU!)
Accessories: Heart Quartet Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), chicken wire embossing folder (Cuttlebug), hexagons embossing folder, Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), burlap ribbon


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Verve New Release Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's the final day of our spotlight hops and today the Divas are sharing cards made with any combination of the new release.  All the sets and dies are available in the Verve store right now, and you can buy the October Release Collection at 25% off!  That's like getting all three coordinating dies for free and a little change!

I'm the start of the hop, so grab yourself a treat and settle in for a hopping good time!  PS. A random commenter from today's hop will win our ENTIRE October release, so be sure to leave a comment at each stop to increase your chances! (Contest ended)



My card today was made for my hubby - yesterday was the 17th anniversary of our first date.  I used the new Chevron Love and Heart Quartet Die, along with the Wavy Heart Die Set.  The other day as I was distracting one of my twins with a Hello Kitty keychain, I remembered a stamped leather keychain my mom had when I was growing up.  It was long and thin and had hearts and other intricate designs and I loved to play with it!  So that was my inspiration for this card.  To achieve the leathery look, I inked up my embossing folder with vintage photo ink, then ran a piece of kraft cardstock through it, then spritzed with water and added more sponged ink until I got it how I wanted.

The chevron wavy heart is stamped in espresso on kraft and then cut with the Wavy Heart Die Set.  The inner heart is cut with the Heart Quartet Die and I layered it on dimensionals on top of the stamped heart.  I cut another wavy heart from the same designer paper and also a long thin banner strip.  My tag is a rectangle that I embossed the sentiment onto in early espresso, then cut the angles with a hexagon punch and added a punched circle for the hole and looped a little polka dot basics ribbon through.

Okay, time to hop along to the next stop....  Jen Shults!

1. Julee8. Amber
2. Jen9. Janelle
3. Marisa10. Andrea
4. Teresa11. Laurie W.
5. Charmaine12. Maureen
6. Christyne13. Laurie S.
7. Stacey {Guest}14. Verve Blog
Enabler's List
Stamps: Chevron Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Bramble Rose (MME), crumb cake, early espresso (SU!), cream
Ink: early espresso (SU!), vintage photo (Ranger)
Accessories: Wavy Heart Die SetHeart Quartet Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Polka Dot Basics Collection (Verve), chevron embossing folder (SU!), hexagon punch

Monday, September 2, 2013

Scrappy Mojo

Hi there friends!  It's the first Monday of a new month and that means it's time for a Mojo Monday contest! Play along with this week's sketch for a chance to win a set of choice from Verve Stamps.  We'll have up to 7 winners, so I hope you can squeeze a little time in to play!


When I don't have any ideas for a new sketch, I usually just pull out my bin of scrap paper and start layering things together until I see something I like.  That's how this sketch came together... everything but the mats and stamped pieces from my scrap pile.  The colors made me think nautical, so I pulled out Strong Anchor and stamped the rope frame in Crumb Cake and the sentiment in Midnight Muse.  Next I stamped the anchor and cut with the coordinating Nautical Die Set.  I wrapped the twine around the horizontal banner, then attached my anchor die cut.  The wave in the background is a TCP die and I accented it with some frosty lace stickles.   Then it was simply a matter of distressing some edges and I was done.

There are still some used stamps and dies listed on my personal For Sale page.  I added some stamps from The Cat's Pajamas as well as more Spellbinders dies and some of my cards (including the one featured today) to the listings over the weekend.

And if you haven't heard, Verve's Anni-VERVE-sary sale has been extended through September 4 to give me some time to hang with my family over this Labor Day weekend.  We received a few of our out of stock items on Friday evening, so if you're waiting on something go have a look-see at our back in stock page.  That's all for now!  Hope you have a fabulous start to your week!  Thanks for stopping by!



Enabler's List
Stamps: Strong Anchor (Verve Stamps)
Paper: scraps, midnight muse (SU!), cream
Ink: midnight muse, crumb cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Nautical Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE). Wave CutUps (TCP), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Viva la Birthday Boy

Hi friends!  It's Friday and I'm hosting the Viva la Verve! sketch this week along with a fun little inspiration option.  I've been thinking about decorating the twins' playroom and so the inspiration photo is a quick little mood board I created for one of the options I'm deciding between.  It seemed so festive, I thought it would make a great jumping off point for a card.


One of the boys' playmates had his 1 year birthday party recently, so this week's VLV sketch and inspiration were the perfect pairing for my card.  In fact, the birthday boy's party was giraffe themed, so what could be better than the giraffe from To the Moon peeking in?  The papers are from the Snap Color Vibe collection and I added some soft sky, kiwi kiss and basic grey to complete the color palette.  I went with some polka dot balloons paper pieced using the Birthday Bash set (also used for the sentiment), then added a bunch of die cuts... Rounded Scallop Frame DieRounded Rectangle DieFlourished Trim Die and the Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set.   Some silver liquid pearls, a bit of SU! ribbon and a little dry embossed background finished things off.

Alrighty, that about covers it for the card.  Be sure to head on over to the VLV forum and play along with all of our July sketches for a chance to win some serious Verve moulah!  {grin}

 Enabler's List
Stamps: To the Moon, Birthday Bash (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Snap Color Vibe (Simple Stories), soft sky, kiwi kiss, basic gray (SU!)
Ink: basic gray (SU!), black
Accessories: Rounded Scallop Frame Die, Rounded Rectangle DieFlourished Trim Die and the Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), ribbon and circle punches (SU!), Stars & Swirls embossing folder (Sizzix), liquid pearls (Ranger)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Presents and Stars

Hi friends! It's a brand-new Monday and time for another sketch over on the Mojo Monday blog. This week's sketch is based off a quick little card I made a while back.  I loved the layering and don't use ovals very often, so thought it would make a fun challenge for this week.

I'm in the last stretch of a very long and exhausting week as I type this up on Sunday night.  Everything from an entire house of sickies, to our switch dying while we were trying to print shipping labels for Verve orders and then spending an entire day without internet trying to figure out what happened and fix it, then a 4th of July ER visit for Kellan when he had a violent allergic reaction to some unknown thing, add in lots of family gatherings (when getting the twins ready to leave the house is a day long ordeal on its own) and it all adds up to one adrenaline filled, emotionally exhausting week.  Hopefully this coming one is low-key.


Not a lot to say about the card.  Stamps are from Borderline and I colored a bit with a Pistachio Pudding marker and then highlighted with glossy accents.  The stars are layered cuts using the Starry Die   Some washi tape, liquid pearls and star clusters finish things off.

Hope you have a little down time to play with this week's sketch.  Be sure to head on over to the Mojo Monday blog and check out the design team's sample cards as well.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Borderline (Verve Stamps)
Paper: The Pier (Crate Paper), Smoky Slate, Basic Black (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding (SU!)
Accessories: Starry Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Glossy Accents, Onyx Liquid Pearls (Ranger), washi tape (Glitz), star rhinestones (Recollections), paper distresser (SU!), Stitches texture fades embossing folder (Tim Holtz)

Friday, July 5, 2013

Beachy Birthday and a HOP

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month, and that means I'm kicking off the July Diva Inspirations Hop!  I just love seeing what each of the designers chooses to use from the Verve archives.  So pull up a chair and your favorite treat and lets go to the hop!!!

There's a little prize hidden along today's hop, so be sure to leave some comment love as you hop about to the blogs listed at the bottom of this post.  For all the blog hop prize detail and deadlines, head on over to the Verve Blog.


When I was strolling through the craft store a month or so ago, this Key Lime Collection by BoBunny literally screamed my name from across the aisle.  {grin}  It was instant love... retro, masculine and colorful and it immediately made me think of our Relax set.  So that was the inspiration I started with for a masculine birthday card I need this month.  I wanted a beachy feel so I paired the colorful papers with soft sky and crumb cake.  The surfboards from Relax are stamped onto patterned paper and then cut out.  I stamped the wave onto soft sky, then cut out and layered behind the flag, which is simply a section of the background paper.  I just loved the Live Love Surf text on the paper, so I made sure to cut the flag so it would stand out.  I wrapped a little twine around it  for emphasis, then added some Frosted Lace stickles to both the waves and the twine.

The soft sky banner is stamped in Soft Sky with the solid accent from Relax, then over stamped in white ink with the matching outlined accent for a frosty look.  Not sure if it shows in the picture, but it's pretty cool in real life.  I added to large jumbo eyelets to the top and tied some twine around them for a little interest.   The sentiment is from the Borderline set and stamped onto cream paper which I spritzed with a pool party marker and the air art tool.  Lots of distressing to the edges of everything, and you can see a bit of the embossed Rays texture fades peeking out  on the crumb cake layer.

The layout of the card is my masculine take on this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  Have you been playing along with the Mojo Monday 300 celebration?  There are oodles of prizes to be won and you have until Sunday night to get your entries in, so don't delay!

Alrighty, I've probably talked your ear off enough.  Time to hit the next stop on the hop... the amazing Amy Kolling!


1. Julee7. Sankari
2. Amy8. Sarah
3. Anya9. Sony
4. Betty10. Susan
5. Jessica11. Tiffany
6. Karen

Enabler's List
Stamps:  Relax, Borderline (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Key Lime Collection (BoBunny), crumb cake, soft sky (SU!), cream
Ink: Soft Sky, Pool Party (SU!), Jasmine (Mix'd Media), black
Accesories:  Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), jumbo eyelets, Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger), paper distresser, Rays Texture Fades (Tim Holtz), linen thread, air art tool (SU!)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Be OK

Hi friends!  Wednesday here and ever since I made the card for today, I've had that Ingrid Michaelson Be OK song running through my head.  And guess what?  Now it's running through your head, too!  {grin} But take it from me, that's a lot better than having the Three Little Kittens song playing over and over and over again in your head because the twins only want to look at one page in their musical book.


Today's card is my take on this week's Mix-Ability challenge over on SCS.  The challenge was to put a frame around your focal point, but to smear and smudge it on.  I still had the piece of white cardstock I used to mask my scroll when I was paint splattering on my last card and I just loved the dripping, so decided to use it as part of my card.  I stamped the Be Okay plain jane in pistachio pudding, then sketched a little frame with Neo Watercolor II crayons and smudged with a damp finger.  To set the frame off a bit more, I took the solid chevron border from Borderline and inked up just parts of it and used my hands (no acrylic block) to stamp just sections around the frame.  Next I sprinkled some 2 and 3mm olive rhinestones on the panel and then glued them down where they fell so it looked like a pretty natural spray.  A little chevron washi tape and a black grosgrain knotted bow finish off that panel.  The base of the card is smoky slate and is embossed with a folder from the James' Set, then I smudged on some gesso with my fingers and then added some black gelato and smudged with a baby wipe.

I just love how this turned out and I'm thinking that Smoky Slate is going to be my new go-to neutral!  Alrighty, that's all for me today!  Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Be Okay plain jane, Borderline (Verve Stamps)
Paper: smoky slate, basic black (SU!), white
Ink: pistachio pudding (SU!), black, Neo Watercolor II crayons, black acrylic paint, Gelatos (Faber-Castell), white gesso
Accessories: James' Set (Cuttlebug), washi tape (Glitz Designs), grosgrain ribbon (SU!), 2mm and 3mm olive green rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Clean and Nautical

Hi friends!  How was your weekend?  Mine was spent purchasing and switching over to a new computer, since my laptop died last week.  I always forget how much work a new computer is to set up, especially when you run as many programs as I do.  I'm feeling all spiffy (and at the same time, completely lost) with my new Windows 8 touch screen and brand new versions of all my design software.  If only this sleep-deprived brain would catch on to the new stuff a little quicker!  {grin}

Anyhow, you're probably here for a card, right?  It's the first Monday in a new month and that means it's contest time over at Mojo MondayPlay along with this week's sketch for a chance at one of seven prizes from Verve!  Woohoo!


With this sketch, I made a clean and simple Father's Day card using the new Strong Anchor set and coordinating Nautical Die Set.  The ship's wheel is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and cut with the Nautical Die Set.  I added an eyelet to the center.  The rope circle frames are stamped in Midnight Muse, then cut with Classic Circle Nestabilities.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.  I stamped the rope border on a strip of cream cardstock in Cherry Cobbler, then cut a pennant border using the Pennant Trim Die from Midnight Muse.  A stripe embossed cream panel and some old eyelets finish things off.

Okay, that's all from me today.  I hope you have a FABULOUS start to June!  My day is slated for packing and shipping orders and then trying to catch up on the mountain of emails and work that piled up while I was without a working computer!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Strong Anchor (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler (SU!), Natural White (Neenah)
Ink: Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories:  Nautical Die Set, Pennant Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), eyelets and stripe embossing folder (SU!)