Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Golden Christmas

Hi friends!  I'm popping in with a card using this week's November Week 3 Viva la Verve sketch + inspiration.  As soon as I saw the inspiration picture, I knew I'd have to find some time to play along with the challenge.  Christyne had me at pumpkins.  {grin}  So, I'm recapping this week's sketch and sharing some of my favorite entries from the last week over on the VLV Sketches Blog today.

Anyhow, since my desk is covered with Christmas goodies from the recent release, I decided to trade the pumpkins for poinsettias, using lots of cream on cream and golden accents.  I wanted a really clean, crisp look and you would not believe how many times I had to stop and remind myself of my objective and step away from the paper distresser.  I'm pretty sure I have a distressing problem!  LOL

Anyhow, the card came together really quickly.  I stamped the poinsettia with leaves from Pinecone Christmas in Versamark six times and embossed with gold embossing powder.  Next I cut three of the images out with the coordinating die from Poinsettia Pinecones Die Set.  The other three I cut with the smaller poinsettia die, so I could pop up over the other die cut.  (You get a little bit of the leaves on the border around the poinsettia, but since I was popping it up over the same image and not doing any coloring, I knew it wouldn't be very noticeable.  I loved the effect and it was much easier than cutting the poinsettias by hand.)

Next I die cut 3 circles (embossed with dots) from cream and matted with some gold vellum scraps I had.  The sentiment is also from Pinecone Christmas, embossed in gold and hand cut into a banner.  I layered everything together, added some gold ribbon, jingle bells and 3 shiny flatback pearls to the center of each flower and I was done.  Pretty quick and super elegant.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  On the agenda for today is lots of the boys' favorite new book, Dinosaurumpus and some toddler crafting in the form of no glue paper bag turkeys. Wish me luck!  {grin}

Viva la Verve Nov Week 3
Enabler's List
Stamps: Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamps)
Paper: cream, gold vellum
Ink: versamark
Accessories: Poinsettia Pinecones Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic circles nestabilites (Spellbinders), dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), ribbon, jingle bells, flatback shiny gold pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Wintry Cross

Hi friends!  It's the last Monday of the month and time for a tall & skinny sketch over at Mojo Monday.  I used a 3.5" x 5.5" base for my card so it will still fit in a regular A2 envelope.

The current Diva Dare over on the Verve Blog is Vellum Visions, and I've been wanting to play along.  So I pulled out some vellum and the new Weary World set and got started.

My original vision for the card was that all the panels would be white.  I first cut the white panels and embossed them with a snowflake embossing folder.  The cross is embossed in silver on pearlized card stock, then cut with the coordinating Starry Stable Die Set.  Next I took a strip of vellum for my diagonal banner.  I wanted silver, but didn't have any, so I decided to make my own by covering the vellum with brushed pewter distress stain, spritzing it with some white linen Dylusions spray and then embossing it with the snowflakes folder before attaching it to my white layer.

Next I embossed the "Christ is the Lord O Praise His name forever" stamp onto vellum, cut it into a banner and embossed just the top of it with that same embossing folder.  I found a scrap of red vellum in the pile, and decided it would make just the right splash behind the cross image, so embossed it with that snowflake embossing folder (are you sensing a theme?  LOL), then brushed it with some of the pewter distress stain.  Liked how it looked, so I decided to lightly brush the distress stain on all my panel edges.  Finished with a bit of silver cording and two silver jingle bells.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving week. Our family will be having twice the pumpkin pie as we're doubly blessed to have both of our families nearby. A busy time for sure, since the twins are a bit squirrely at meal times in general, and turn on the drama when their off their routine.

If you're shopping this week, Verve started it's Thanksgiving Sale a little early with our new release last Thursday.  20% off all stamps, dies and embellishments (INCLUDING the brand new release)!   Gobble up the savings before November 30!

Mojo Monday 373
Enabler's List
Stamps: Weary World (Verve Stamps)
Paper: pearlized white (Paper Accents), regular vellum, red vellum
Ink: Versamark, Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, White Linen Dylusions Spray (Ranger)
Accessories:  Starry Stable Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), snowflake embossing folder (Tim Holtz Alterations), jingle bells, silver cording

Friday, November 21, 2014

Silvery New Year

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  It's been a super busy week here and I'm just now getting to share the card I made for last week's November Week 2 Viva la Verve challenge and it's already time for a new challenge to post! Be sure to head on over to the VLV Sketches blog to see Christyne's lovely sketch + inspiration for this week.

I just watched Tangled (one of my favorite recent Disney movies) again with the boys last week and totally had paper lanterns on the brain, so I knew I wanted to use the lantern image from Light My World. I started by embossing it in silver on pear pizzazz, then cutting it out by hand.  I used a cropadile for the hang hole, then threaded some silvery ribbon through and tied with silver cord.  The black panel is stamped with the small star image in jasmine Mix'd Media Inx, then matted with silver shimmer paper.

I used the same star for and a Versamark pad for some tone on tone stamping on the pear pizzazz panel, adding the Happy New Year sentiment at the bottom in black.  A silver doily is behind this layer and my main black panel is embossed with a chevron embossing folder and lightly sponged with the jasmine mix'd media inx.  I finished off with a rhinestone and silver pearl accent on the lantern.  A little hard to photograph because of all the shine, but sparkle-tastic in real life.

That's all for my card.  If you haven't had a chance to comment on my Verve Spotlight Hop posts, here are the links.  The prize drawing deadline is tonight (11/21) at 10pm Mountain.

Day 4 Hop

The master hop lists are linked on each post, or you can view all of the cards in this week's spotlight hops on our November Spotlights Pinterest Board...
Follow Verve Stamps's board November 2014 Spotlights on Pinterest.

In addition to our new release being available, everything in the store is marked 20% off through November 30, during our Thanksgiving Sale.  Offer is good while supplies last, so hurry in for best selection!

VLV November Week 2
Enabler's List
Stamps: Light My World (Verve Stamps)
Paper: black, pear pizzazz, silver shimmer paper (SU!), doily
Ink: versamark, jamine (Mix'd Media Inx), black
Accessories: doily, ribbon, rhinestone, Cropadile