Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rejoicing On Your Birthday with Viva la Verve

          My husband has a birthday this week so using the Viva la Verve April 2014, week 3 sketch, I went to work.  I kept it to 3 colors – Tempting Turquoise on/over Whisper White cardstock with a splash of Wild Wasabi for the leaf flourishes.  I did add a little bit of glam with some glitter cardstock ‘cause I just couldn’t help myself!  LOL  I did make a little change to the sketch just to make the elements fit!  I am going to make an envelope because I have added dimension with the frame, heart and foliage.  The dimensions of the card are 4¼” by 5½”.  I kept the card simple and graphic so as not to overwhelm my wonderful man with “pink” stuff on his card!  Gotta love it!

·       Stamp set(s):  Verve – Chevron Love & Scripture Medley 1

·       Ink(s):  Stampin’ Up! – Tempting Turquoise

·       Paper:  Stampin’ Up! – Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise & Wild Wasabi; The Paper Studio – Aqua Solid Glitter Paper – and it is a perfect match for Tempting Turquoise!!!

·       Dies:  Verve – Heart Quartet & Wavy Hearts Die; Spellbinders – Classic Rectangles Large, Classic Ovals Large, Classic Scalloped Ovals Large and Foliage Shapeabilities

This Tempting Turquoise by Stampin’ Up! just pops off the Whisper White cardstock.  I really love the clean, graphic feel this gives the card.  I did have to keep it from getting girly - or as my husband says, Pink, and I think I almost achieved that.  I did a little change to the sketch by moving my window up and centering it at the top on 3 sides which gave me a bit more room at the bottom.  I stamped the sentiment and then popped up the blue cardstock on top of the white.  The Chevron Heart is popped up.  I took 3 more hearts and scattered them on the card to accent the sentiment.  I tucked the foliage behind the bottom of the frame and added some individual leaves that you see peeking out around the heart and the sentiment.  I choose the Wild Wasabi for its more subtle green, but I could have done them out of another shade of blue, but I think the green brings more contrast into the overall feel of the project

 I worked with the two sentiments from the Chevron Love SS to get them aligned on my clear blocks.  It took several tries but the inside sentiment looks like it’s one stamp instead of two.  The fonts are the same so it worked out beautifully!  I chose to go tone on tone with stamping the inside sentiment and hearts to keep it simple and cohesive!

 Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by my home on the web!  I hope that you have enjoyed what you’ve seen and read.  Please feel free to leave a comment.

Many Blessings,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Refuge

          I love this sketch for Viva la Verve April 2014, week 2.  Add some fun designer paper and some color, and it’s perfect!  I needed a get well card for my church card ministry.  I liked the card so well, that I did two!  I am entering this card is 3 different challenges – Dynamic Duo #98, Chevron Chic April 2014 Inspiration Challenge & Viva la Verve April 2014 Sketch Challenge.  The colors were easy since I chose to do the Dynamic Duos color challenge for the week.  I quickly ran across the dsp in my Stampin’ Up! stash with these colors – So Saffron & Wisteria Wonder which are 2 of my favorite subtles.  I made these 2 colors the focal colors against the background patterned paper – in chevrons of course for the Chevron Chic Challenge.  I stamped an oval chevron background from the Oh, Hello stamp set and cut it out in a circle (just barely if you look closely it didn’t quite fit).  Instead of a star I choose the floral embellishments that I colored with a dauber and then sprayed with the Glimmer Mist.  The Glimmer Mist gave me both a nice sheen and spread the ink out on the flower.  You’ll see a peek of the So Saffron flower behind the daisy like blooms!  Finish off the flower with the Antique Brad and attaché it with a pop-up glue dot – perfect!  I used my newly acquired Verve Awards Banner Die to make the flags on the lower left of the sentiment circle.  I assembled the card according to the sketch and added a few sequins, and I was done!  Pretty, soft, subtle and perfect for all 3 challenges!
  •    Stamps:  Verve Stamps - Scripture Medley 1 & 2; Stampin' Up! - Oh, Hello 
·          Ink(s):  Stampin’ Up! – Basic Gray, Wisteria Wonder, & So Saffron

·         Paper:  Stampin’ Up! – Afternoon Picnic DSP, So Saffron & Wisteria Wonder 

·         Dies & Embossing folders:  Verve Stamps – Award Banner Die; Spellbinders – Classic Circles Large & Classic Scalloped Circles Large; Cuttlebug – Kassie’s Brocade EF

·         Embellishments/Other things of note:  We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper; Recollections – Floral Embellishments; Stampin’ Up! – Antique Brads; Tattered Angels – Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist; Tree House Studio - Sequins
         Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.  I know that I haven’t been as active lately, but I’ve been dealing with some health issues that have sapped my strength.  We hope to get some answers soon so that I can get back up to speed!


Many Blessings,




Sunday, April 6, 2014


          This was not a card that came easily for me for some reason or another.  This is my second attempt – I threw the other one away as I felt like I was trying to force it!  Believe it or not, I actually recycled the patterned paper.  It was too old, and I was trying to force the colors from this week’s Color Challenge.  I did take a little liberty with the “green” from the color challenge and used this blue/green color, Bermuda Bay from Stampin' Up!  The patterned paper was from a prize package I won in a contest over at the Papercraft Magazine website.  What was funny about that prize package is that I’d already gotten the 6x6 pad from the same collection – must have been destiny that I won!  LOL

          I am working on a card for my card ministry for my church and needed a “get well” card.  This lovely lady has had both strains of the flu this year.  She deserved a special card!  I think that I succeeded with this one!

·       Stamp set(s):  Verve Stamps – Plain Jane Zephaniah 3:17 & Flourish (Thank you for Verve Purchase

·       Ink(s):  Stampin’ Up! – Bermuda Bay, Primrose Petals & Smoky Slate (edge of pattern paper); Memento – Rich Cocoa; Ranger – Antique Linen Distress Ink (doily)

·       Paper:  Stampin’ Up! – Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate & Bermuda Bay CS; Crate Paper – Elizabeth Kate

·       Dies & Embossing folders:  Spellbinders – Classic Scalloped Circles Large & Blossom 2 

·       Embellishments/Other things of note:  Tree House Studio – Sequins; American Craft – ribbons; Stampin’ Up! – White Tea Lace Paper Doilies & Antique Brads

I took the white paper doily and distressed it with the Antique Linen ink using a dauber to get the color mellowed.  One of the hardest things I did – and still isn’t where I’d like it to be was the stamping of the sentiment.  I experimented with several inks and inked up some pristine cardstock trying to get the sentiment stamped.  The combination of paper and juicy ink pads just wasn’t doing it for me.  The best images were achieved using the Memento Rich Cocoa so that is what you are seeing here.  I chose to use ribbon for a more feminine touch for the angled feature in the top 1/3 of the sketch and bottom feature.  After assembling the card, I randomly placed some silver and gold sequins around the card front to add some interest and sparkle!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  Let me know what you think of this creation if you’d like.  I love hearing from you!  Your kind and generous comments are so encouraging and deeply appreciated.

Many Blessings,