Viva la Grunge

Hi friends... happy Thursday.  What a week so far... having twin two year olds feels a bit like being on a never ending tilt-a-whirl!  Yesterday was one of those "the world is spinning" kind of days where both boys refused to nap or eat and yet still somehow had the energy to figure out how to climb our built-in bookshelves to huck books from the top shelf across the room!  Little monkeys, I tell ya!

Anyhow, after I finally got them to bed, I stepped into my stamp room to find the half finished Viva la Verve card I started last weekend and haven't had a minute to work on since.  The papers I had chosen were so bright and cheery and my mood was so stormy, that I just had to grunge it up a bit.  I mean, really, what's more therapeutic than gritting things up with sand paper and glitter and rubbing gelatos in with your fingers?  {grin}

As I mentioned before, the layout is this week's March Week 4 Viva la Verve! sketch.  Today is the final day to get your entries in for the March Viva la Verve! drawing, so if you haven't linked up yet, be sure to head on over.

The paper is from the Seaside collection by October Afternoon, which I randomly chose from the shelf.  I cut the Rounded Scallop Frame Die with the aqua paper, then matted the inside cut with the Rounded Rectangle Die in basic gray.  I backed the frame with the yellow paper, then stamped Happy Birthday from Chevron Love in black.  Next I created a butterfly embellishment using the All Aflutter Die Set and some rhinestones.  I tied a bit of black scrapper's floss around the panel, adding a bow and some bling, then accented  the frame with liquid pearls and a white gel pen.  I finished off with a white card base embossed with the chicken coop embossing folder and then pulled out some black and white gelatos, and some water and blended it around the edges with my finger.  For the final touch, I added a little glue around the edges and sprinkled on some glass glitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope if you're weather's stormy, there's a bit of sunny yellow peeking through!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Chevron Love (Verve)
Paper: Seaside (October Afternoon), basic gray (SU!), white
Ink: black, Gelatos, black pen, white gel pen
Accessories: Rounded Scallop Frame DieAll Aflutter Die SetRounded Rectangle Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), scrapper's floss (Karen Foster), bling, chicken coop embossing folder (Cuttlebug), corner rounder, sander, paper distresser, black liquid pearls


  1. LOL! What a day you had! Hooray for stamping therapy!! : )

  2. Wow, I got tired just reading your post...imagining just how FULL your days must be keeping up with those energetic boys! The grunge effect looks great and if it works for stress...I predict more grunge cards in your future - lol!

  3. This is fabulous, Julee, and I think it definitely let you unwind a bit after a crazy day! I'm beginning to think straight jackets may be in order for the boys now and then - yikes! The mix of cheery colours against the black is fabulous and just love the double butterfly and touches of bling. Fingers crossed for a better day today ((hugs))!!

  4. Pretty card even for a grunge. Hope things get brighter for you. You have inspired me to want to get my gooey stuff out. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


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