Friday, March 27, 2015

hope dream fly

Hi friends!  Another week has flown by and it's time for the last March Viva la Verve sketch.  Get your sketch card entries linked up by next Thursday to be entered in our $100 Verve Stamps gift voucher giveaway.  This week's sketch is a sweet and simple layout from Anya.



I was on my way to an appointment yesterday when I had this idea to pair the Gown Die and the wings from Wings of Love.  I just couldn't wait to get home to test it out!  I pulled out some distress paints, stamper's big brush pens and pan pastels for my color mediums, then got to work grunging things up.

The dress is cut with the Gown Die from Pool Party cardstock.  I stamped over the die cut in Versamark with the coordinating stamp from Masquerade and then used Pan Pastels to color it in, adding white gel pen accents to the bottom and bodice.  The wings are from the Wings of Love  set, and are stamped on a manila tag, then colored with a white gelato, a white big brush pen and white gel pen accents.  The background is done with scattered straw and tumbled glass distress pains, then accented with some big brush pens to get a glow effect.  The hope. dream. fly sentiments are also from Wings of Love and I used the same background technique, also adding in some distressed polka dots with the background strip from Better Together and the white big brush pen.  I matted this with black, continuing with the distressed polka dot theme, then tied it together with some baker's twine.
The cream card base is done with distress paints and the same background stamp.

Was pretty much thinking of myself as I made this card. I  needed a little reminder to hope and dream and fly, as I'm beyond tired from the cough and fatigue that the pneumonia is still bringing. There's only so long a mom and business owner can be sick without consequences, and I'm pretty sure I've reached the limit.  Now it's time to fly.  {grin}

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

VLV March Week 4 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Wings of Love, Masquerade, Better Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper: pool party, basic black (SU!), manila tag (Ranger), cream (Neenah)
Ink: archival black ink, scattered straw and tumbled glass distress paing (Ranger), Pan Pastels, Stamper's big brush pens in white, dark sepia, sanguine and cobalt green, white Gelato (Faber-Castell)
Accessories:  Gown Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), baker's twine

Monday, March 23, 2015

Love Life

Hi friends!  It's Monday again and time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week is a fun one from Wanda that you can easily dress up or down to suit your mood.


Unfortunately I'm still unable to shake my sickness.  Coughing and wheezing seem to be my new all-day companions,   In a rare period of no coughing yesterday I sat down to make a card.  It started with hot gluing one cream flower down in the corner, and that  felt so invigorating that  I just had to keep adding more and more until ALL. THE. THINGS. ended up on my card.  Seriously, I had to make myself stop before the card toppled over!

The sentiment is a favorite from the More than Love stamp set and I edged the circle with a bit of vintage lace trim and added some glass glitter randomly around the edges.  Each layer is sponged with antique linen and vintage photo and distressed lightly with a paper distresser.  The cream flower was a bit too stark, so I colored it with some tattered rose distress stain and adirondack gold paint.  More glass glitter coated a couple of paper leaves I had in the stash and I added tons of paper flowers and glass embellishments a well.

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

Mojo Monday 390 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: More than Love (Verve)
Paper: Miss Caroline (MME), cream (Neenah)
Ink: vintage photo, antique linen, walnut stain (Ranger Distress ink), tattered rose distress stain, Adirondack gold pain dauber
Accessories:  Classic circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), lace trim, paper flowers, glass vines, paper leaves, glass glitter, pearl stick pin, paper distresser

Friday, March 20, 2015

Much Joy

Hi friends!  It's Friday and time for another Viva la Verve challenge!  This week's lovely sketch is from the brilliant mind of Stacey.


I'm still down and under with pneumonia.  I keep waiting for the day I wake up and feel half good instead of fully miserable.  Today I feel half better than yesterday, so that's a step in the right direction, right?  My part-time nanny didn't have school today, so offered to come some extra hours. That meant I got a little stamping time in the morning before I feel so miserably exhausted I can't do anything but lay down and try not to cough.

For the sketch, I pulled out the Peaceful Medallions set.  I've been watching some old youtube videos and was reminded of the poppin' pastels technique, so did that hear with Versamark ink and Pan Pastels.  The blue layer started out white and the brown layers were crumb cake, then I just stamped randomly in Versamark ink and rubbed lightly with the pan pastels.  Love the end result.  I shabbied up the layers with a bit of distressing, then added a resist chipboard star, colored with pan pastels and lightly glittered.

That's all for me.  Hope you have a wonderful start to your weekend!  And as my boys happily said this morning...  bye by winterday, hello springday!

VLV March 2015 Week 3
Enabler's List
Stamps: Peaceful Medallions (Verve)
Paper: white, crumb cake (SU!), paper doily
Ink: brown sugar, soft sky (SU!), VersaMark, pan pastels
Accessories:  Stormy Skies Ribbon Collection (Verve), resist chipboard star (Heidi Swapp), thread, glitter