Monday, May 30, 2016



I am popping in with a couple of cards to share today.  For my first I am playing along with a couple of challenges.  The ColourQ! and Freshly Made Sketches.





The top photo does not really do this card justice.  I rarely stamp flowers onto colored card stock. I decided to mix things up a bit with this card.   I used PTI Bold Blossoms.    I felt the flowers needed a little something something so my wink of stella was to the rescue.  This photos shows off all that luscious shimmer.  Plus, it shows off the black embossed leaves onto gold card stock.  I used the sentiment from PTI Calligraphy Classics.  The little dot trio comes from PTI Splits: Thank You. I finished with a few sequins from Verve's Copper Blue Mix.




For my next card, I am playing along with this week's City Crafter's Challenge and CAS(E) This Sketch.

Black and White


First of all, I decided to buy a few of the PTI Splits with my last order.  I am so glad I did.  I literally cut this one in half.  It opens up a world of possibilities.  I wanted to keep it CAS, so I stamped the top and bottom portions separately onto linen paper using the MISTI.






I die cut the PRAISE word from black and gold card stock and layered.   I stamped the sentiment from Inspired Praise set.  I added some gold sequins and a couple of freehand birds to balance things out and to comply with look of sketch.  I also added some gold metallic gel pen to the sun and lightning bolt.  

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty
Friday, May 27, 2016







Welcome to Verve's May Release Retrospective Blog Hop!  It's been a fabulous post release week at Verve and today the Divas and Guest Divas are back with another dose of inspiration using the brand new release! All of our new products are available to order in the Verve Store and are 25% off through the end of May! Plus, we've got a sweet hop prize in store!

If you got here from the fabulously talented 
Lori Craig's blog you are in the right place!






For my card I watercolored a bold and bright background using my Kuretake watercolors.   I stamped the heart from Love Everlasting stamp set in versamark using the MISTI and white embossed.  Next, I used the Everlasting Heart die set  to die cut the heart image from the watercolored background panel.  




I  used foam tape to pop up the heart image.  I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Things stamp set in black licorice hybrid ink.  I finished my card with a few of Verve's Shine Bright Sequin Mix.



Want to win some shiny new Verve? Julee will be picking a random comment winner on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, leave a little comment love as you hop around to the blogs linked below! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!


Are you ready for more inspiration?  
Head on over to the super talented  Charmaine's blog as she is next up 
on the hop! 



Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee7. LauraJane {guest}
2. Lori {guest}8. Marisa
3. Betty9. Maureen
4. Charmaine10. Stacey
5. Laurie11. Teresa
6. Lesley





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As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
  


Happy Wednesday!  I am popping in with a card to share for this month's Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop!  







 


I chose to use a watercolor background with some splatters along with pops of colors using these fun sketch florals.  I used stormy sky for the contrast stamping on the flowers.   I also loved that the inspiration picture sported a dual font sentiment, so these sentiments from the set worked perfectly.  





Instead of stamping in a soft gray, I opted to heat emboss on gold using some Heat Resistant Acetate that I die cut with a stitched pennant die.  I think the acetate showcases the sentiment as well as the watercolor background beautifully. I just had to add some wink of stella to the centers of the flowers for some extra shimmer!

As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty
Sunday, May 22, 2016






Happy Sunday!  I got some new Papertrey Ink goodies in the mail yesterday and finally got some time to get inky.  I am playing along with this week's CAS(E) this Sketch.



On a split second decision....pun intended....I decided to add this PTI Split: Thank You set and coordinating die into my shopping cart.  As soon as I saw this week's sketch, I just knew this image would work perfectly.


I started with some watercolor paper.  I sponged some Tumbled Glass and Broken China inks.  I spritzed some water for water splatters.  I die cut, inked and watercolored the focal image.  I used wilted violet for flowers and twisted citron and mowed lawn for the leaves.  I love my free flowing watercoloring which I think adds to the whimsical look.




I turned the image at an angle and clipped off a little touch of the side edge to comply with sketch detail. I added some wink of stella to the purple flowers for some added shimmer.  I finished the card with some loose threading and Verve's Shine Bright Sequin Mix.


As always thank so much for stopping by!

Betty

Friday, May 20, 2016

Verve Stamps May 2016 Spotlight Hops


DAY 3 - Friday, 5/20/16
Welcome back to Day 3 of Verve's May Spotlight Hops!  It's an exciting day as there's new Verve in the store this morning! 2 beautiful new sets, 3 die sets and a sequin mix just released and they're all available to order right now. To celebrate our new release, we're putting on another blog hop!
Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves!

If you got here from the fabulously talented 
Lori Craig's blog you are in the right place!





I have two cards to share today!  I went CAS with both.  For the first one, I used some patterned papers mixed with three layers of the Stitched Pennants die set.  




I stamped a sentiment from Love Everlasting stamp set.  I finished with some Verve Shine Bright Sequin Mix.


 For my second card, I distressed stamped the layered heart image from Love Everlasting stamp set in versamark onto red card stock.  I combined the new "Beautiful" word  from Beautiful Flowers die set and the letter "U" from I Heart U die set to create Beautiful You sentiment in gold foiled card stock. 



I  added a layered die cut heart from Everlasting Heart die set in white.  Instead of stamping the coordinating image, I chose to just use the die covered in some clear wink of stella for added sparkle.  I finished with some gold sequins from the Holiday Sequins Mix.
 
Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list and all the prize info and deadlines!


Beautiful ThingsBeautiful Flowers Die SetStitched Pennants Die Set
Love EverlastingEverlasting Heart Die SetCopper Blush Sequin Mix



Are you ready for more inspiration?  
Head on over to the super talented  Charmaine's blog as she is next up on the hop! 


Day 2 Hop List
1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Lori {guest}8. LauraJane {guest}
3. Betty9. Marisa
4. Charmaine10. Maureen
5. Christyne11. Stacey
6. Laurie




As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty

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