Summer by the Sea Birthday

Hi friends!  Happy 4th of July.. today we'll be celebrating with family and making the rounds to a couple different places.  The boys will be decked out head to toe with red, white and blue mickey mouse shirts, shorts, hats and sandals.  Hoping to get a few fun pics before the hats and sandals become molten hot lava that they refuse to wear.  {grin}

Anyhow, it's the first Friday of a new Viva la Verve series and that means I'm hosting the sketch and a color challenge over on the VLV Sketches blog.  This month I chose a color combo that reminded me of summer by the sea.  My concept for the sketch was to make a cute little gift card pocket with my envelope punch board. But as luck would have it, our Internet was out the entire day when I needed to make my card and I didn't actually remember how to make one!  So I decided to save that idea for later and just make a traditional card with the sketch.

The papers are from the Lost & Found Two collection and I stamped the flowers from Button Best directly onto the patterned paper, then cut with the coordinating Petal Points dies.  I used a fun brad I've had in my stash for many a year and tucked some greenery behind, cut with the Sprightly Sprigs dies out of lucky limeade.  The sentiment is from Small Phrases and I stamped it onto a crumb cake die cut from the Flag It Die Set.  A bit of walnut stain distress inks touched every single paper layer to give a little aged look, and I embellished with a punched border, rhinestones and some lucky limeade ribbon.  

If you haven't heard already, Verve is having a store wide sale through July 10.  Everything is at least 15% off, so it's a perfect time to pick up a little something for your summer crafting!

VLV July Week 1 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Button Best, Small Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found Two (My Mind's Eye), crumb cake, lucky limeade (SU!)
Ink: bermuda bay (SU!), walnut stain (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Petal Points Die Set, Sprightly Sprigs Die SetFlag It Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), border punch & lucky limeade ribbon (SU!), rhinestones, decorative brad


  1. I love the colour choices here on this card. It is very pleasing to the other eye too! INDEPENDENCE DAY!

  2. Love the colour combo and that striped paper is fabulous for the flower! Lovely touch of sponging around the edges too. Happy 4th of July to you :)


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