Monday, October 20, 2014

With Sympathy

If you're looking for my October Release Retrospective Hop post, click here or scroll down.

Hi friends!  It's Monday again and time for another Mojo Monday sketch.  This week's sketch is from Debbie and has a great big focal panel that leaves you lots of room for options.

For my card, I picked out my favorite color combo (aqua + brown) from my scrap pile and got to work distressing with ink and a paper distresser.  I stamped the bluebells from Framed Florals in the corner of my aqua paper, then stamped the solid flowers in pool party to color them in.  I highlighted with glossy glaze.  The butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch that I punched from the same paper, sponged around the edges and embellished with some dark chocolate pearls for the body.

The sentiment is stamped in early espresso on vellum, then layered over a circle punch of designer paper and matted with early espresso.  Soft and serene and hopefully will give a little comfort to the recipient.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fabulous start to your week.  If you've got a little time, be sure to check out what the other Mojo Makers did with this week's sketch...

Enabler's List
Mojo Monday 368
Stamps: Framed Florals (Verve)
Paper: designer paper scraps, vellum, soft sky, early espresso
Ink: early espresso, pool party (SU!),  brushed corduroy (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  circle punches, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, glossy glaze, dark chocolate flatback pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), classic circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hope and Strength Release Retrospective Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's been a couple weeks since our latest release, so it's time for our October Release Retrospective Blog Hop!  New to us?  It's just a fun way the Divas can share bit more inspiration with the new stamps now that you've had a chance to get them in your stamp rooms.  Plus, there's a Verve gift voucher up for grabs for a lucky commenter!  Woohoo!  I'm the first stop on today's hop, so grab your treat of choice and let's go to the hop!

I was cleaning up my catastrophe of a desk the other night and quite by accident (die cuts and rejected stamped images strewn all over the place) discovered that the Ribbon Die fit perfectly inside the leafy image from the Inspire Hope.  I was giddy, I loved the look of it so much, and had to completely abandon my cleaning  (twist my arm) and make a card!  This one's pretty simple, but it's got a strong message.

I started by stamping the leafy image from Inspire Hope in mossy meadow on a square of white cardstock.  Next I stamped the strength stamp from Pink Power in the bottom center and the hope stamp from  Inspire Hope on either side of it.  I added a little silver washi tape border up top and embellished with a string of adhesive rhinestones.  The ribbon is cut with the Ribbon Die from designer paper and popped up over the leafy image.  I finished with some chevron ribbon behind and a metal heart to "pin" it down.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Next stop on the hop is Stacey!

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.  Head on over to the Verve Blog today for the prize details and deadlines and a recap of our October release.

1. Julee8. Laurie
2. Stacey9. Christyne
3. Marisa10. Teresa
4. Chaitali11. Andrea
5. Amber12. Betty
6. Jen13. Sarah
7. Charmaine14. Maureen

Enabler's List
Stamps: Inspire Hope, Pink Power (Verve)
Paper: designer paper (7 Gypsies), white, black, brushed silver
Ink: black, mossy meadow (SU!)
Accessories:  Ribbon Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), washi tape, ribbon, metal heart, adhesive rhinestone strip.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Snowflake Celebration

Hi friends!  It's Friday and that means it's time for a new challenge over at the Viva la Verve Sketches blog.  This week's hostess is Chaitali and she has a super fun sketch and inspiration pic for you.  Play along with the sketch OR the inspiration, or combine them both.. it's up to you!

I knew when I saw the inspiration pic that I wanted to use the new gown from Masquerade along with the coordinating Gown Die. I'm also playing along with the HYCCT Hope Floats challenge and figured a dress floats across the dance floor and snowflakes float through the air.  I had images of a fun holiday bash or winter formal going through my head, so interpreted the circles on the sketch as snowflakes.  While I was making the card, I discovered the major reason why I'm not a clean & simple stamper... I'm too messy!  {grin}

I had a pretty clean and simple concept for the card, using the snowflakes from Glad Tidings and sentiment from Moments Remembered.  I whipped it up really quickly, glued everything down, then OOPS.. my inky fingers got blushing bride ink where it wasn't supposed to go while I was adding the silver pearls.  {big sigh}  So, out came the Snowflake Tidings Die Set and I stamped a few more snowflakes and die cut them to layer over my oopsies.  I finished with a thin mat of brushed silver cardstock and a white card base.

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

Viva la Verve October Week 3
Enabler's List
Stamps: Masquerade, Glad TidingsMoments Remembered (Verve Stamps)
Paper: blushing bride, brushed silver (SU!), white
Ink: blushing bride (SU!), Versamark
Accessories:  Gown Die, Snowflake Tidings Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), adhesive silver pearls, silver embossing powder