Friday, April 18, 2014

Smile Sunshine

Hi friends!  It's Friday again and time to get your Viva la Verve! on.  {grin}  This week Laurie is giving us a double dose of inspiration with a sketch + color challenge.  You can play along with the sketch, the inspiration, or both.



I just loved the inspiration photo, particularly the teensy pop of yellow amongst the aqua and navy. Oh, and stripes + polka dots are de-lish!  Anyhow, I decided to start by picking some patterned paper with the same prints, so flipped through some paper pads until I came across the Walnut Grove pad from Pebbles.  I cut the Wavy Heart die from the navy striped paper and the Elegant Leaves die from the yellow patterned paper, then sketched in some lines for the leaves and heart.  Next I pulled out Joyful Blooms and stamped two sizes of flowers and then cut them out by hand and layered on pop dots.  The sentiment is stamped onto a die cut from the Flag It Die Set.  I looped some hemp twine and tucked it behind the whole ensemble.  Next I added some stitching and sketched outlines to my polka dot layer and colored a Freckled Fawn woodcut with a Copic marker and some stardust stickles.  I finished off with a few distressed edges and some black liquid pearls on the flower.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend.  We've got an egg hunt/pizza party with our neighborhood on Saturday and then a day filled with family on Sunday.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Joyful Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Walnut Grove (Pebbles), cream
Ink: black, copic marker, black pen
Accessories:  Wavy Hearts Die Set, Elegant Leaves DieFlag It Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), liquid pearls, hemptique twine, woodcut (Freckled Fawn), stickles, sewing machine

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Better With Mojo

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday!  We had a super fun-filled weekend with the boys, including their first egg hunt. Lots of fun, plus Trevor deciding that his crib is now unfit for sleeping meant that there was no time to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch until last night.


I was really craving coffee, even though I started the card at 10:30 pm, so I decided to feed my craving with stamps and pull out Better With You.  I flipped the sketch to accommodate the stamps I wanted to use, then started with the coffee stain in crumb cake and the better with you sentiment over that in black.  Next I pulled out some chevron paper from the Snap Color Vibe pad to paper piece the large mug.  The paper was white and I'd already chosen cream for my base color, so I sponged the chevron paper with crumb cake to make it fit right in.  The banners are hand cut from the same paper and matted with early espresso.  I added some background random stamping with the coffee stain stamp on the crumb cake top layer and around the mug.  A Flourished Trim  die cut was my chosen border and I finished off with liquid pearl accents and a button.

This also fits the current Chevron Chic challenge going on at Verve.  Hope you can play along!

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

Enabler's List
Stamps: Better With You (Verve Stamp)
Paper: Snap Color Vibe (Simple Stories), crumb cake, early espresso (SU!)
Ink: crumb cake, early espresso (SU!), black
Accessories:  Flourished Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), classic and pinking circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), button, scrapper's floss, liquid pearls

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friendship Flowers

Hi friends!  It's Friday and that means it's time for a new sketch over at Viva la Verve!  This week's sketch is from Teresa, and I had a whole lot of layering fun with it!


I've been a bit overwhelmed by choices lately, so I'm trying to just work with scraps that are on my desk this week.  That way I don't have to delay the whole card making process just because I'm having a hard time deciding what paper to use!  {grin}  I swear, sometimes I spend 30 minutes just deciding whether to start with white or cream cardstock!  Eeek!

Anyhow, so here's that Seaside paper from October Afternoon once again.  For stamps, I pulled out Lean on Me and the leaves from Bloom & Grow.  The flowers are cut with the coordinating Pointed Flowers Die Set and the leaves are cut with the coordinating Elegant Leaves Die Set.  I just kind of clustered the leaves around the circle, then realized when I flipped the sketch in my mind, I didn't flip the direction of the leaves. Oh well... artistic expression, right?!  I finished off with a bit of twine, some enamel dots and a touch of glossy glaze and glitter.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Lean on Me, Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Seaside (October Afternoon), in color patterns DSP, basic black (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: lucky limeade (SU!), black
Accessories:  Pointed Flowers Die Set, Elegant Leaves Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), enamel dots (Freckled Fawn), scrapper's floss (karen foster), glossy glaze, glitter


Lean On MePointed Flowers Die SetBloom & GrowElegant Leaves Die