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A Brighter World

Hi friends!  It's Friday and time for a brand new Viva la Verve sketch!  This week's hostess is Amber, with a fun square sketch (one of my favorite types of cards to make). My finished card size is 5.25". It's been a long week of migraines for me, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet.

I played along with a beautiful pad of bargain papers I picked up at Michael's last weekend and pulled out my Copics to color in the flowers.  The set I used is Let it Be and I added some word stickers to the side for the three little somethings in the sketch.

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

Viva la Verve February Sketch 1
Enabler's List
Stamps: Let it Be (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Hello Love (Crate Paper) basic black, white
Ink: pumice stone (SU!), copic markers, black
Accessories: circle dies, enamel dots, Big Chat stickers (Tim Holtz Idea-ology)

Card Concept 48 Verdigris

Hi friends!  Welcome to Wednesday!  I'm thrilled to officially be joining the Card Concept Challenge team this year as one of their shabby chic/vintage designers.  I'm hoping a regular stamping gig like this will be just the motivation and challenge I need to dig myself out of my creative lull. {grin} And if these gorgeous inspiration photos don't inspire, I don't know what will! I had a lot of fun with this card, so that's definitely a step in the right direction, right?

Isn't the inspiration photo beautiful? I loved those itty bitty roses on the lined up hearts, which reminded me of the Devotion collection of papers from Prima. I started by cutting a bunch of butterflies using the Butterfly Dreams Die Set, making sure I cut it so the bitty roses would show on the mint colored butterfly.  I then sponged all of the butterflies with brushed corduroy and set them aside.  I originally thought I would fill the whole card base up with butterflies, but then decided I liked the look of just a single column. So now I have a few extras for another project.  Bonus!

The background is embossed with a new to me damask background embossing folder (embossing folders were 6 for $10 at JoAnn's recently, plus a 20% off entire purchase coupon, so I just couldn't resist!).  Then I dry brushed some mint colored acrylic paint, as well as some tan paint over the embossing for a verdigris look. I sponged with brushed corduroy around the edges, then lightly rubbed some Versamark here and there and dusted some copper embossing powder on and set with a heat gun.

Each of the antennae is cut with the Butterfly Dreams Die Set and then embossed in copper before layering over the butterfly bodies.  I finished with a happy birthday sentiment from the Big Wish set and a good paper distressing to all the edges.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll head on over to the Card Concept blog to see what amazingness the other designers have created, then get inky and link up your own creation! Feel free to use any of the styles of our team or better yet, share you own style by combining one or more of the styles. We want you to have fun and make a card in a style that you feel good about!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Big Wish  (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Devotion (Prima), cream, vellum
Ink: Brushed Corduroy (Ranger Distress), versamark, mint and tan acrylic paint
Accessories: Butterfly Dreams Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), damask background embossing folder (Darice), copper embossing folder, circle punch

Feeling a Little Square

Hi friends, I'm popping in today with a quick little card I made with leftovers and scraps that were on my desk.  There hasn't been much crafting for me lately, I guess I've been feeling like a little square that's supposed to go in a round hole, but can't quite figure out how to go about it!  Every day or so I go sit in the studio for about 5-10 minutes with the intention of stamping and then no motivation comes and I move along.  I've come to know this cycle, and it usually ends up with a wonderful creative outpouring afterwards, but struggling through the "meh" is a bit difficult, and always makes me second guess whether or not I'll ever be creative again.  However, this card came together so easily... especially since all the stamping was done previously! LOL

I had stamped the honeycomb circles and sponged them, as well as cut the bee from The Buzz out with the coordinating The Buzz Die Set.  The sentiment is from the same sent, with the mine portion coming from Twitterpated.  I stamped these all for a Mojo Monday card earlier this month and then decided I wanted them on cream cardstock instead of white, so set these to the side until today.  I matted the circles with some gold vellum pinking circle diecuts and then did a split background of so saffron and strawberry slush, embossed with the chicken wire embossing folder.

Super quick and a fun little valentine! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Enabler's List
Stamps: The BuzzTwitterpated (Verve Stamps)
Paper: strawberry slush, so saffron (SU!), white (Neenah), gold vellum
Ink: so saffron, blushing bride (SU!), tattered rose distress ink (Ranger), black archival
Accessories: The Buzz Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), classic circles and pinking circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), chicken wire embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
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