Mixing It Up VLV Style

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  It's time for a new series of VLV sketches and that means it's my turn again to kick the month off with a sketch + color challenge.  I went with a sweet little CAS sketch that I've already made 3 cards with and a dreamy little color palette of aqua, gray and yellow. Super fun and the sketch lets me use some of the outrageous amounts of washi tape I've been hoarding! {grin}

So the other morning while the twins were engrossed with a Curious George episode (thank goodness they're finally broadening their horizons from just Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!), I had a little time to do some blog surfing and came across a fun little re-post from Lori Vliegen using Gesso and Distress inks.  It stuck in my mind and the minute I got a little crafty time (days later, of course), I had to test it out.  Here, I swiped gesso on white cardstock, in varying thicknesses and then let it dry.  Once dry, I sponged on squeezed lemonade, tumbled glass and pumice stone.  I went back over it with a wet cloth to remove a little of the ink and a fun background was born.  I just love the painterly look to it.

Next I stamped the butterfly from  Petals & Wings in Smoky Slate on a cut out from the Wings & Petals coordinating die set.  I used just regular white copy paper because I wanted a distressed look to the image and then sponged with tumbled glass and squeezed lemonade, popping up on my background with dimensionals.  A couple strips of washi and a sweet little sentiment on the card base and I was done.  {I just realized as I was typing up this post that I forgot a panel. Doh!  I'll just have to share one of my other cards using the sketch later this weekend.  And here I thought I'd finally followed all the rules!}

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fun and creative weekend. If you've got some time, be sure to hop on over to the VLV Sketches blog and see what the Divas cooked up with the sketch + colors.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Petals & Wings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, smoky slate (SU!)
Ink: black, squeezed lemonade, tumbled glass, pumice stone (Ranger Distress), white Gesso
Accessories: Wings & Petals Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), washi tape


  1. Love this colour combo and what a fabulous BG indeed! That butterfly always makes me smile too :) Wishig you a fabulous w/e! So thankful for the warm temps we are having as it has made the transition back from Hawaii much easier, though I sure do miss the sound of the wind in the palm trees LOL! Hugs to you :)

  2. Julee, this is stunning. I love the background you created. The color palette is perfect. Are the boys into Toy Story yet? They might be a bit little still but it is one of my all time favorite Disney movies!

  3. wow! This background is stunning! I love it against the white...so crisp! Hmmm, Curious George? I hope the boys don't get any ideas! LOL ox


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