Friday, April 24, 2015

Cup of Tea

Hi friends!  It's Friday again and time for a brand new sketch over on the Viva la Verve blog.  This week's hostess is the lovely Stacey.

I received a shipment of out of stock stamps this week, so couldn't wait to pull out the One Cup set for a little inky time.  Although my cough has finally subsided, I still have a very scratchy throat (probably from months of continuous coughing), so I've been drinking less coffee and more tea lately. The Lost & Found Antique paper pad from My Mind's Eye caught my eye when I was looking through paper, so pulled it out and went with a black, cream and red theme.

I'm also on a kick to use some of the mountains of washi I keep collecting.  So a washi banner up top was a must, just folded over a piece of twine and adhered to the card.  Next I stamped the sentiment from One Cup on a Rounded Rectangle die cut and colored with Copics.  I also colored a piece of cream cardstock with Copics and cut out with the Award Banner Trim die to match my colored tea cup.  I finished off with some bows on the ends of my banner and a little matching washi on the sides of my sentiment panel.

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

VLV April Week 4 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: One Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found Antique (MME), cream
Ink: black archival (Ranger), copic markers
Accessories: Rounded Rectangle Die, Award Banner Trim Die (A Cut Above by Verve), washi tape, tiny attacher, baker's twine

Monday, April 20, 2015

Aqua Sunshine

Hi friends! It's Monday again and time for a brand new Mojo Monday sketch from yours truly. I had a bit of fun playing with stencils and distress inks last week, and am continuing on this week. Here I used broken china and mermaid lagoon distress inks with a Donna Downey stencil and the stencil monoprint technique.

Both the background and the flowers from Button Best are done with this technique. I fussy cut the flowers and their centers, then added some white gel pen accents to each petal to lighten things up. The sentiment is the Psalm 94:18 verse and I stamped the larger flower from Button Best in the corner with so saffron, then again on so saffron paper for the yellow panel. A few leaves cut from black using the Sprightly Sprigs Die Set and a few little rhinestone flower centers finish things off.

That's all for me today! I hope you have a wonderfully creative start to your week. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Mojo Monday 394 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Button Best, Psalm 94:18 plain jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, black, watercolor distress paper
Ink: mermaid lagoon, broken china distress inks, black archival ink (Ranger), so saffon (SU!), white gel pen
Accessories: Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), black glimmer ribbon, Poppy Collage stencil (Donna Downey), twinkle goosebumps (Queen & Co)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Without Fear

Hi friends! It's Friday and time for a new sketch over at Viva la Verve! This week's hostess is the lovely Sarah.

For my card, I went with a very loose interpretation of the sketch. {grin} I made another background using the stencil monoprint technique I used on my last card, this time with cracked pistachio and peeled paint. I didn't want to cover up too much of the background, so stamped the Proverbs 31:25 plain jane directly on the background as my vertical panel.

The flowers are from the Button Best set, and cut with the coordinating Petal Points Die Set. The coral pieces are all cut from a piece of cardstock that I smooshed abandoned coral and dried marigold ink onto and watered down, then brayered with a small heart brayer in abandoned coral, adding more water, then blotting off. Did a similar technique for the greenery, which is cut with the Sprightly Sprigs Die Set. The banner is the Pennant Trim Die, accented with some silver pearls and I finished off with a butterfly embellie (drifted a bit in place of the heart in the sketch), a couple flower centers and some white gel pen accents.

I think my favorite part of the card is the happy accident of a wayward splash of abandoned coral ink that hit the "v" in Proverbs exactly right to make it look like a heart.  Little things like that just make my heart happy!  {grin}

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you have a super creative weekend!

VLV April Week 3 Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Button Best, Proverbs 31:25 plain jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Watercolor Distress Paper (Ranger)
Ink: abandoned coral, cracked pistachio, dried marigold, peeled paint distress ink, black archival ink (Ranger), white gel pen (Signo Uniball)
Accessories: Pennant Trim Die, Petal Points Die Set, Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), silver pearls, butterfly, flower center rhinestones, hearts brayer (American Crafts)