Rootbeer Polka Mess

Hey everyone! Tonight's our release party! Things get started at 9PM Eastern - I hope to "see" ya there! And that means that today is the final day of sneak peeks over on the Verve Blog. Hop on over for some fabulous peeks and a chance to win two of my favorite sets from this release, Happiness Found and Harvest Blessings. But you better hurry, our challenges and giveaways all end at 6PM Eastern tonight (9/18).

My card for today is nothing like the card I started making yesterday afternoon. I needed a break and headed up to my studio giving myself a 1 hour time limit to make something happen. I was working along, with all my pieces embossed, masked, trimmed out and just ready for glue and a few embellishments. But at the 58 minute mark, I went to grab my glue runner, and in the process knocked over a bottle of root beer! It COVERED my entire project, entirely coated four stamp sets, that were laying out open and soaked my Taken with Teal ink pad! ARRRRGH! I was so mad, and I couldn't even blame it on the cat, who was peacefully sleeping in the doorway.

Needless to say, EVERYTHING was ruined! I did immediately rinse all the stamps with warm water, and they seem to be doing okay, although they now have a faint smell of rootbeer! LOL The ink pad has definitely seen better days and the project - well a completely soaked, muddled, runny mess! I just didn't have the heart to attempt all the masking and embossing again, so decided to start fresh with a much simpler card, which is what you are now seeing.

I used Charmaine's color challenge from our Release Week Challenges, although I had to substitute Broken China ink for Taken with Teal due to the rootbeer incident. I stamped the polka dot leaf from Harvest Blessings several times in old olive, rich razzleberry, dusty durango and broken china, then trimmed out quickly. I then stamped a random background on the olive paper with the same leaf and two of the smaller leaves from the Happiness Found set. Next I cut out the circles with Nestabilities, embossed the sentiment from Harvest Blessings and then inked the edges with broken china ink. I finished off with some Cinnamon Stickles on each scallop, some ribbon, rounded corners and a few little chocolate pearls.

What's In It?
Stamps: Harvest Blessings, Happiness Found (Verve)
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Rich Razzleberry (SU!), Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Classic & Scallop Circles (Nestabilities), sponge, Cinnamon Stickles, polka dot ribbon, chocolate pearls, clear embossing powder.


  1. That's terrible about the root beer, although I love the smell so having some stamps that smell like root beer sounds good to me!!

    LOVE your beautiful "replacement" card! It's really gorgeous!!

  2. Sorry about the root beer mess, Julee! What a shame!

    Love what you've done with THIS card, though - amazing!!

  3. What a lovely card, Julee! Very creative (as always :)

    Oh gee...sorry about your root beer flood. Yikes!

    SO...Guess what??? I have a brand new never opened extra Taken with Teal pad...I will send it to you today! I'm such a bone head, I can't ever remember what I have, so I end up having doubles of things and they just sit around...So please email me your snail mail addy and I'll throw it in the mailbox!

  4. Oh my goodness.. So sorry to hear about your mess... but, I love the smell of root beer, too!

    Your card is just beautiful!

  5. Gotta love those days! I bet they smell nice, though, with the eau de root beer.

    Your replacement card is spectacular, though!

  6. OMG that's hilarious! Sorry, I know, it's horrible, but I'm still giggling. lol
    Love this one though!

  7. This is just GORGEOUS Julee!! At least your stamps smell like Root Beer...but I LOVE the smell of Verve stamps just the way they are!

  8. Love the colours with these stamps Julee! Elegant and warm. Sorry about the root beer...but your stamps always smell good anyway ;) Looking forward to the release tonight!

  9. Oh no! That's rough, but at least it's a good smell like Rootbeer. ;)

    Love the leaves and what you've done with the layout.

  10. When I read the title and glanced at the card I was thinking "rootbeer" was a color, like that pretty brown polka dotted ribon. Sorry you had such a disaster. I have started sitting my Diet Coke off my work area and I must trot my bottom over to take a drink. I have enough problems without adding a harzardous spill to the mix. At least you can still stamp an awesome creation in the middle of chaos. Here's to better days!

  11. LOL Julee!! Sorry to hear about your mess ~ just what you needed!!! If you need a new Taken with Teal, you can have mine since that is a color I don't use EVER that I know you use it, I better hang on to it so I can CASE you!!! LOLOL!!! Your card is beautiful and your new stamps ROCK!!! Have a great day!

  12. Absolutely stunning.
    Hugs and smiles


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