Soft and Shabby

Friday, September 4, 2015
Hi friends! It's the first Friday of a new month and that means it's my turn to host the sketch challenge over on the Viva la Verve blog.  This week's sketch is pretty easy to dress up or down.  I hope you have fun with it and would love to see what you create.


The boys have been home sick again all week, so I was in need of a soft and feminine diversion when I sat down to stamp last night.  I pulled out an old favorite My Mind's Eye paper pad and got to work cutting all the layers and sponging with pumice stone ink.  After I was done with that I stamped the birthday sentiment from Poppy Birthday on the partial stitched circle.  Then I realized I had stamped it the wrong direction to fit with the sketch, so had to swip-swap the banners and circle on my sample.  No worries, though, it worked out a-ok!  :)

Next I stamped the scribble poppies from the set in blushing bride onto die cuts from the coordinating Build a Poppy Die Set , shabbied them up a bit with a paper distresser, a little pumice stone ink and layered them with dimensionals.  I did the leaves the same way, adding a hint of blushing bride ink, then tucking them up top over the silver thread nest.  I finished with a little piercing across the smoky slate layer, then accenting with some shiny silver flatback pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous start to your Labor Day weekend!

Viva la Verve September Wk 1 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Follow Your Heart: Be Happy (MME), smoky slate (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: blushing bride (SU!), pumice stone (Ranger Distress), black archival (Ranger)
Accessories: Build a Poppy Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), silver thread, silver flatback pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), paper piercer, paper distresser

Birthday Balloons

Monday, August 31, 2015
Hi friends!  It's Monday again and time for another Mojo Monday sketch.  Since it's the last Monday of the month, our challenge this week is a tall and skinny layout.  I flipped my card horizontally to fit the idea I had for a balloon bouquet.


One of the boys' good friends had her 3rd birthday party this weekend, so I got to make a girly card.  She loves all things sparkly and pink and purple, so I started by stamping the balloons from Birthday Bash in archival ink and then coloring with Prismacolor pencils and blending with gamsol.  I added a bit of glossy glaze to each balloon for a highlight and then dusted them with glitter.

The monkeys are from the just arrived back in stock To the Moon set.  Had to include two little monkeys, since the card is from both of MY little monkeys.  {grin}  They're colored with prismacolors and gamsol, then cut with circle dies and matted with stitched circle dies.  I added a little extra dimension to the birthday sentiment circle, layered some polka dot ribbon behind and found a scrap of dp that worked with my color scheme.  Each layer is matted with black cardstock.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a super creative start to your week.


Mojo Monday 413 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: To the Moon, Birthday Bash (Verve Stamps)
Paper: black, white, dp scrap
Ink: archival black (Ranger), prismacolor pencils
Accessories:  classic circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), stitched circles stax (MFT), glossy glaze (Ranger), polka dot ribbon (May Arts), dazzling diamonds glitter (SU!), gamsol, blending stump

Chalky Love Flowers

Friday, August 28, 2015
Hi friends!  It's Friday and I'm here to share a sample for this week'Viva la Verve August Week 4 Sketch. It's the final sketch of the month, so be sure to get your entries in by Thursday 9/3 for a chance to be entered into our monthly prize drawing!

When I originally saw the sketch, I immediately imagined a chalkboard with a back to school theme in my head. But this morning when I finally got a chance to stamp, all I could think about was the Love's Flower set.  This set has been out of stock for almost a year and a half (that's a long story about forced vendor changes and lost files and toddler twins), and finally arrived back in stock this week!  It's one of my most favorite sets and perfect for the chalkboard look that is this week's Mix-Ability challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

I started with a piece of black cardstock, stamping the John Lennon quote from Love's Flower in Versamark and then sponging with white PanPastels.  I added a few highlights with some Prismacolor pencils.  Next I did the same with the heart bloom stamp, creating a fun little trailing border down either side of the panel, brushing with white chalk and then coloring with colored pencils.

I used the same technique for the flowers, finishing off with white gel pen accents to make the flowers stand out and then fussy cutting and popping up over a crimped old olive strip of cardstock.

For the background piece, I started with a piece of smoky slate cardstock and stenciled some whipped spackle (mixed with a couple drops of blushing bride reinker) over it using the Doilies stencil from Tim Holtz.  When that dried, I sponged some pink PanPastels on the edges of the smoky slate panel, and a bit over the stenciling as well.  I finished off with some black soot dots made with the Dot Fade layering stencil, and then distressed the edges and put it all together.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Be sure to check out all the back in stock products, which are 20% off, along with the rest of our Anni-VERVE-sary sale!


Viva la Verve August Week 4 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Love's Flower (Verve Stamps)
Paper: basic black, smoky slate, old olive (SU!), white
Ink: versamark, prismacolor pencils, PanPastels, black soot distress ink, white gel pen
Accessories: doily and dot fade layering stencils (Tim Holtz), paper crimper, pink pearls, whipped spackle
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