Friday, July 25, 2014

Hello Birthday Girl

It's my birthday, it's my birthday! {grin}  I just love birthdays because they're all about starting fresh.  And even though it meant never having cupcakes at school for my birthday (first world problems, right?), I really like having my birthday in July.  It's the perfect time for a new start!  And the sun is almost always shining.  In fact, it was 104 degrees when I was born... a year or two ago!  {grin}

Anyhow, since it's Friday, it's also time for a new Viva la Verve! sketch and that was the inspiration for my card today.   Everything except the so saffron smile panel and the card base came from my scrap pile.  The flower from Happy Place had been previously stamped, colored, cut and glittered, but didn't make it onto a card.  I layered it onto a piece of so saffron cardstock that I stamped tone on tone with the smile sentiment from Happy Place.  A little scrap of paper makes a fun photo corner and this layer is matted with black.

Next I pulled out a few scraps of paper and a doily from my scrap pile and layered them together, inking the edges lightly with black soot.  The soft sky piece is embossed with a Tides embossing folder, then I added some ribbon, thread and a button to finish things off.  Finished card size is 3.75" x 5.5"

In honor of my birthday, this weekend I've got a little gift code for the Verve Store for all of you! Enter BDAY20 in the Gift Code box at the bottom of the Verve shopping cart and click apply to receive 20% off your order placed July 25 through 28.  (Fine print:  Excludes new releases. Cannot be combined with other gift codes or vouchers.  Not valid on previous purchases or out of stock merchandise.) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Be sure to pop in tomorrow for a special blog hop with the Divas and a chance to win prizes!

Viva la Verve July Week 4
Enabler's List
Stamps: Happy Place (Verve Stamps)
Paper: basic black, so saffron, soft sky (SU!), paper doily, dp scraps
Ink: so saffron (SU!), black, copic markers, black soot (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Happy Doodles Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), wood embellishment (freckled fawn), ribbon (SU!), thread, stardust stickles, button

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Deconstructed Robot

Hi friends!  Happy Tuesday.  Today I have a fun little 2 year birthday card for one of the boys' friends.  His party was construction themed, so I decided to make a little construction bot for his card and this week's Deconstructed Sketch (flipped on its side) seemed like the perfect jumping off point.

I started by stamping this robot from Birthday Bots, then coloring with Copic markers.  I punched three coordinating mickey mouse ears for balloons, then popped them up on different levels of dimensionals and drew in the strings.  The yellow one is colored with copics, the smoky slate and basic grey ones are just cardstock wiped around the edges with pewter distress stain.  Because even robots love Mickey Mouse, right?  The silver piece is smoky slate cardstock embossed with a clockworks embossing folder then rubbed with the pewter distress stain.  The other layer is basic grey and I embossed the turning and the 2 from Geared Up in silver, then added a few sprinkles of Metal Mix Sequins.

The party was a blast and the boys actually ate cake for the first time ever.  They've refused it every time we've offered until Saturday.  It was chocolate and messy and I'm pretty sure the sugar content was enough to fuel them for a month!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a great day!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Birthday Bots, Geared Up (Verve Stamps)
Paper: basic gray, smoky slate (SU!), white
Ink: black, copic markers, pewter distress stain (Ranger)
Accessories: Metal Mix Sequins (Verve), silver embossing powder (Ranger), mickey mouse punch (EK Success), clockworks embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Monday, July 21, 2014


Hi friends!  It's Monday again and time for another Mojo Monday sketch.  I had originally planned a card with a doily for the circle element, but when I sat down to stamp I decided I wanted to paper piece the flowers from Happy Place, so went with circle dies and an old pack of paper I don't think I've ever used.

The flowers are stamped onto the circle and also onto a yellow polka dot print, then cut out the tops and paper pieced onto the circle.  I used a strong liquid glue around the edges and then a small pop dot in the center of each flower to give them a little dimension and shape.  The stems are colored with a pear pizazz marker.  I matted the circle with sage shadow and used the same card stock with the  Scalloped Trim Trio die for the border.  A couple hand cut pennants, a seam binding bow and some liquid pearl accents finish things off.

Hope you're having a great start to the week!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Mojo Monday 355
Enabler's List
Stamps:  Happy Place (Verve Stamps)
Paper: On the Sunny Side (MME), sage shadow (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: pear pizazz (SU!), black, antique linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Signature Ribbon Collection (Verve), Classic & Scallop Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), buttercup liquid pearls (Ranger)