Friday, June 27, 2014

Wishing You the Most Fabulous Birthday EVER!

Happy Friday!   It is time for Week 4 of the Viva La Verve Weekly Sketch Challenge!  This week we have a sketch by Christyne.   Check out the VLV blog for more details.  

For my card I am using Verve's  Better Together and Sunny Days stamps sets along with Verve's Cut Above Goodness Flower and Banner Bundle die sets.  I finished the card with a few buttons with coordinated hemp cording.  I accented the card with Verve's Pastel and Shine Bright Sequin Mix. 

"Neat" Distressing?   I got this really cool paper pad in the mail full of bold colors and geometric patterns.  I just knew I had to create some distress, but did not want to tear or ink distress the edges on these pretty papers.   I wanted a clean distressed feel, but not too distressed.  I wanted neat and clean torn or jagged edges, or vintage inky edges for that matter.  I wanted the slight distressing to come through in the loose tension stitched border,  zigzag stitching, and flyaway threading.  

To add even more neat distressing, I stamped the green panel with the background image from Better Together several times overlapping to create some dimension and less than a perfect look.  I also left the extra stray black embossing pieces that I normally brush off prior to heat embossing stay.  I decided it would add a cool and "neat" effect.   If you click on the pic, you can see all the little black cool!   I liked that the paper sort of warped on me, too, during the heat embossing part.   I chose not to try and flatten it with something weighty or adhesive, but use it like it was.  So, did I accomplish some neat distressing? 

I am also using these other products on my card.  Glitz Finnley paper pad Scor-Tape, TomBow Mono Aqua Liquid glue, and Watermark/Resist Ink Pad & re-inker from Ranger.  

Playing along with Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes,  Simon Says Monday Challenge: I Ought to use this more! (heat embossing I rarely gravitate to heat embossing til recently.  I actually went out this week and purchased some fun colors), and  Seize the Birthday:  Anything Goes.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Gorgeous card and colors Betty! Thanks for sharing your talents with us over at Seize the Birthday!

  2. Betty this card is beautiful I love your colours bright and chirpy is what we need in life <3

  3. Fabulous card! Wonderful layers and vibrant colours and the stitching is great. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  4. Stunning card Betty. I love that you used those rich vivid colors and all the layering, fabulous card.

  5. Gorgeous card Betty, so colourful and I love your different stitching.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  6. Love the bright, happy colours and wonderful patterns - great layout too! Thanks so much for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  7. I really love the design of the card and all the fabulous stitching!
    So glad you joined us at Seize the Birthday!


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