Monday, September 1, 2014

Making Up for Mondays

Hi friends!  It's Monday again and time for a brand new Mojo Monday sketch.  And since it's the first Monday of a new month, that means it's contest time and there are Verve prizes up for grabs.  And with last weekend's new release, there's a whole lot more Verve to choose from!


For today's card, I used the new One Cup set.  It's been a looooong couple of weeks at my house with no nanny, a huge release and a few days of sickness and I have to admit this stack of cups is pretty much what my kitchen counter looked like last night!  {wink}  Anyhow, I started with the nature's way of making up for Mondays sentiment because I thought it was very fitting for a Monday card.  Next I stamped a trio of mugs in the corner and I liked how it looked, so decided to do a little masking and stamp the cup trio 4 times staggered, then color with prismacolor pencils and gamsol.  Because I couldn't bear to cover up any of the teacups, I flipped the sketch on its side.

Next I stamped the separate tea sentiment on a 1-3/8" circle, then also stamped the tea tag on the end of the tea loop for a fun look.  I added a square of script black vellum paper, then a seam binding bow from the Truly Madly Deeply Ribbon Collection, then finished off with some splatters with some watered down black soot distress stain.

For a truer representation of this week's Mojo Monday sketch, I'll show you the card that inspired the sketch, which I posted last week during our release previews.  It  uses the new Framed Lilies set. I liked how it came together and thought it would be a fun sketch for everyone to play with.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  If  you haven't checked it out already, be sure to pop on over to the Verve store to see all our brand new releases and take advantage of our Labor Day Sale going on through September 4.

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Enabler's List
Mojo Monday 361
Stamps: One Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: soft sky, basic gray (SU!), black vellum Script (JoAnn)
Ink: black soot, pumice stone (Ranger Distress), prismacolor pencils, red spica glitter pen
Accessories: Truly Madly Deeply Ribbon Collection (Verve), paint brush, gamsol & blending stump, circle punch and circle die, corner rounder

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Small Packages Release Day Hop

Hi friends!  It's Verve Release Day and time for the final day of our Anni-VERVE-sary spotlights! We're giving away a $50 gift code to the Verve store for a lucky commenter along today's hop, so be sure to give the gals a shout out as you hop along!  All of the stamps & dies  you've seen along the hops this week are available in the Verve online store right now.


I'm the first stop on the hop, so if you're just popping in, settle in for some fun!  :)



I started off with a left over scrap of dp from my last project, then applied some light molding paste over a starry stencil and let it dry.  I spritzed the whole page with a mixture of walnut stain reinker and water, then wiped off the molding paste areas with a baby wipe to keep them standing out.  While this was drying, I stamped the frame from Small Packages on the same dp, cut out with the coordinating Cupcake Frame Die Set, then matted on a piece of early espresso cut with the Rounded Scallop Frame Die.  (I used a piece of tape to keep the inner and outer pieces of the die cut together, so it's a solid frame for the cupcake frame to rest on.)  I sponged a little walnut stain onto the frame with a dot fade stencil, but most of it got covered up by the cupcake.

Next I stamped the large cupcake and the flag in early espresso onto cream card stock and embossed with clear embossing powder  I colored with Copics, then hand trimmed the image and highlighted with some cinnamon stickles on the frosting and flag.  Then I just grabbed a pinch of Signature Mix Sequins and dropped them onto the page.  That's my highly technical method of getting a scattered effect!  LOL  I then just picked each one up and put some crystal effects under it to hold it in place.  Finally I embossed the happy birthday sentiment in the corner and then distressed the edges of my panels to finish things off.

That's it for me today!  Next up on the hop is... Teresa

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for  the full set reveal and all the prize info and deadlines!
1. Julee8. Maureen
2. Teresa9. Laurie
3. Amber10. Janelle
4. Charmaine11. Christyne
5. Marisa12. Jen
6. Monika {Guest}13. Andrea
7. Stacey

Enabler's List - card
Stamps: Small Packages (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found (MME), early espresso (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: early espresso (SU!)walnut stain distress (Ranger), Copic markers
Accessories: Cupcake Frame Die Set, Rounded Scallop Frame Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Signature Sequin Mix (Verve), dot fade stencil (Tim Holtz), star shower stencil (Crafter's Workshop), Light Molding Paste (Golden), washi tape, Chocolate Liquid Pearls, Cinnamon Stickles, (Ranger)

Friday, August 29, 2014

One Cup Day 5 Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's time for  Day 5 of our Anni-VERVE-sary spotlights, where we're previewing the stamps and dies that will release this Saturday, August 30. We're giving away a $50 gift code to the Verve store each day to a lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to give the gals a shout out as you hop along!

I'm the first stop on the hop, so if you're just popping in, settle in for some fun!  :)



Today I have a fun little card and tea bag gift to share with you using the new One Cup set. I knew I wanted to have a tea set to go along with Chaitali's coffee set, so I sat down to illustrate, starting with a sentiment in mind that really inspired me... take life one cup at a time.  I liked the look of the font treatment I chose so much that we decided to use it on Chaitali's One Word series as well.  So fun and flirty, yet classy at the same time.


Anyhow, my card uses this sentiment and one of the mugs and tea bag stamps from One Cup.  I also used the coordinating Cuppa Tea Die Set to cut out the mugs, which I colored with Copics.  I kept the layout simple, so the glittery paper could shine and finished things off with a polka dot bow.

Front side of tea bag holder
For the matching tea bag holder, I followed a video tutorial by Brenda Keenan to make this super easy double sided tea bag holder with a single sheet of 6 x 6 paper.  I sponged ink along all the score lines before folding the holder together, then I created a little embellishment using a frame stamp and coordinating die from tomorrow's featured set and two sentiments and teacup from the One Cup set.  I stamped You, me and a cup of tea on one side and Take life one cup at a time on the other. I  finished things off with a bow up top adorned with some cute little heart embellishments.

Back side of tea bag holder
That's it for me today!  Next up on the hop is... Teresa

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!
1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}14. Andrea

Enabler's List - card
Stamps: One Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: crumb cake (SU!), cream (Neenah), Lost & Found (MME)
Ink: black archival and walnut stain distress (Ranger), Copic markers
Accessories: Cuppa Tea Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE),  Polka Dot Basics Ribbon Collection (Verve)

Enabler's List - teabag holder
Stamps: One Cup, Small Packages (Verve Stamps)
Paper: crumb cake (SU!), Lost & Found (MME)
Ink: black archival and walnut stain distress (Ranger), Copic markers
Accessories: Cuppa Tea Die Set, Cupcake Frame Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE),  Polka Dot Basics Ribbon Collection (Verve), Metallic Necessities heart embellishments (MME), crop-a-dile, scor-pal