Sunday, June 26, 2011

Viva La Verve: Birthday Wishes, Thank You, and Friendship!

I spent almost all day in my craft room trying to find my mojo! I have been in a stamping slump and I figured the best cure was to surround myself with stamps, ink, and paper!   I started with some VERVE, some VLV Sketches and a stack of MME paper collections. 

I am using Viva La Verve's Week 2 sketch by Andrea Ewen. Great sketch, Andrea! There is still time to play for June! Check out the link in the SCS Forum Thread!
  I am using Verve Amazing Wishes and Bloom and Grow stamp sets.  I combined this set with some MME  Stella Rose Hattie Collection.  I stamped the larger flower in the set directly to the paper with Memento black ink and cut out.  I used Verve Vintage Oval die  for the sentiment.  I die Elegant Leaves and stamped the leafy image from Bloom and Grow offset a bit so the designer paper would show more.  I then embossed it and sanded a bit.  I inked distressed for add dimension.

Stamps: Verve Amazing Wishes
Paper: Flourishes Classic Ivory, MME designer paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, PTI enchanted evening, chai
Accessories: Spellbinders Label 18, embossed oval, lacey oval, cuttlebug embossing folder, sanding block, sewing machine for paper piercing, PTI linen buttons, gold pearls, cream seam binding, PTI banner border dies, Verve Vintage Oval die and Elegant Leaves

For this card I am using Verve's Bloom and Grow and Dream Big stamp sets.  I combined this set with MME So Sophie Savvy collection and VLV Week 1 sketch.  AmberDawn is this week's host.  Awesome sketch, Dawn!  I sort of turned the sketch upsidedown. Quite by accident I must say.

I stamped the leafy image from the set.  I then die cut two of the largest dies from the Verve Floral circle dies.  I stamped the medium flower from the Dream Big set.  While this die is not designed to work with this die, I still love this look.  I stamped one of the smallest images from the Bloom and Grow set with Hawaiian shores ink into the center.  I scored the flowers and accordian fold and combined the two onto a circle to create a cool scrunchy die cut flower look.  I added some sparkle and finished it with a gold metalic dew drop.  I added some light green touches of glitter to the stamp leaf image and punched out two tiny MS hydrangea flowers to add for extra touches of red to the leaf.  I added tiny gold pearls to the center to complete the look.  I stamped directly to the paper a sentiment from the Dream Big set.

Stamps: Verve Bloom and Grow and Dream Big
Paper:  MME, Flourishes Classic Ivory
Ink:  PTI ripe avocado, Memento black, PTI chamoille
Accessories: sewing machine, Verve floral circle dies, MS punch, cream seam binding, button, May Arts ivory twine, gold pearls, stampendous glitter, glue pen, gold metalic dew drop

For this card, I am using Verve's Texted Objects.  I combined this set with VLV Week 4 sketch and  MME Quite Contrary Jack and Jill Favorite Thing collection.  Teresa Kline is this week's sketch host. Thanks, Teresa!  Fun sketch!  I stamped the sentiment and little sailboat in Memento black ink.  I colored the little sailboat with copics.  I added a ribbon tab with button and topped it off with a sparkly heart button.  I finished with some coordinating twine.  I kept this card pretty simple.  A little distressing, sewing, sponging, and coloring!  A fun card!

Stamps: Verve Text Objects
Paper: Flourishes Classic Ivory, MME
Ink:  Memento black, PTI spring moss, chai
Accessories:  Spellbinders, nestabilities, twine, PTI aqua mist double stitched ribbon and button, glitter heart button(stash), copics, sponges, glue dots, foam tape, dimensionals,  Verve Elegant Oval die

I am entering my cards in a few blog challenges!
Fun with Shapes & More - must include die cut/punch (all three cards)
Inspire Me Fridays - Always anything goes
(all three cards)
Sew Many Cards - Dry embossing(first card)
Southern Girls - anything goes
(all three cards)
Ruby's Rainbow -  flowers
(first and second cards)
Scrapbook Sisters -  anything goes
(all three cards)
A Spoonful Of Sugar -  Ribbons & Bows (first and second cards)
Deep Ocean Challenge - Flowers  (first and second cards)
Everybody-Art-Challenge  Anything Goes
(all three cards)
Bows 'n Berries -  Thank You/Appreciation (second and third card)
Corrosive Challenges -  Ribbons and Bows( first and second cards)
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Clean & Simple (third card)
 Moving Along With The Times -  Clean & Simple (third card)
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge - Use Red Somewhere (second card)
Hooked on Crafts - Show us your flowers (first and second cards)

 As always thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Your hard day's work paid off, Betty! These are all fabulous :)

  2. I think you found your mojo Betty!! All three cards are gorgeous...those bows are fabulicious!! Thanks for joining in the fun at LCI this week xx

  3. Gorgeous cards Betty! Love your colour combinations (they are different but go perfectly together). Your handmade flowers are awesome too.
    Thanks for joining us at Hooked On Craft Challenges!
    Kelly (Hooked On Craft DT)

  4. WOWZER Betty!! Each card is so beautiful!! Love all of the different styles in each one!! :)

  5. I'd ssay you got your mojo back - these are all fantastic!!!!!

  6. Another batch of simply amazing cards!!!
    I adore all your darling flowers!!!!!!

  7. All of your cards are so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your card with us at DDCC this time.
    hugs Dorte
    Seems like you found your mojo!

  8. Hey girl! Well, your mojo is back because these are just amazing! Big hugs!!

  9. I thought you said you were in a slump? My word... if I had half your mojo I would be set for life! Just beautiful, Betty!

  10. Stunning cards, thanks for playing on MAWTT with our CAS Challenge this week Hazelxoxo

  11. 3 beautiful cards - stunning work
    Thanks for sharing with us at MAWTT this week and good luck with the challenge
    Hugs Laurie x

  12. Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing at LCI this week.

  13. Girl!!! You have no more lost your mojo than the man in the moon...(not a good analogy)...these cards are just amazing! I am lovin all of the color combos and your emellishments add such a perfect touch to each card! TFS!!

  14. Wowza Betty, these are fabulous!!! Beautiful colors & designs on all three!
    Thank you for joining in @ Inspire Me Fridays with your gorgeous creations this week!

  15. Wow! All the cards are fantastic! I wanted to do those sketches too! Let's hope I have a day as productive as yours! Perfect CAS card! Thank You so much for joining us at Dutch Dare this week! If you get a chance you may want to check out my Blog. I have a no strings attached Blog Candy with a few gifts to share.

  16. what beautiful cards - i love the little sail boat - gorgeous colours
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week for our CAS challenge
    Lisa x

  17. Wow! These cards look all very gorgeous. The first one is my favorite! Love that paper!

  18. well if you misplaced your mojo you found it again with these three beauties-you really worked these sketches over girl-incredible!!

  19. Looks like you have found your MOJO to me theses are 3 beautiful cards & it's very hard to begin what you like as there are so many, thank you for playing along at B&B. Janet

  20. WOW! I think you found your mojo - beautiful works of art!!

    trying to catch up again...vacation does set you back

  21. These are all GORGEOUS!!! Love the papers you've chosen for each one! The sail boat one is darling and the sentiment is perfect! Thanks for playing along at The Corrosive Challenge! :)
    Regan ~ Design Team

  22. All such beautiful cards! Love the colours in the thank-you card! Thanks so much for playing with Bows and Berries!


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