Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy, Happy Birthday!

I have a card to share today that is for this week's MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge.  I am also playing along with this week's Color Throwdown.  For the color throwdown we are challenged to use gray, light blue, blue, and citrus-y green.

I started with MFT Card Stock Sampler pack.  I used steel gray ,limeade, blu raspberry, sno cone, and smooth white.   I used Blueprints 16 to cut the steel gray base.  I used another panel of steel gray, but I stamped first with the Happy Birthday Background stamp in watermark ink.  Then, I die cut with thePolka Dot Cover Up die namics.    I actually cut each color of card stock with the Polka Dot Cover Up die namics to have different colored dots to fill in the panel.  I used the larger of the circle dies in the Blueprints 16 for the focal image.  I stamped this panel with Blue Raspberry premium ink using the Cheesecloth Background stamp for some added texture. 

 I die cut the Happy Banner die namics in sweet tooth card stock and stamped the coordinating PI Happy Banner image with black memento ink.  I colored with copics.    Next, I assembled the card.  I used foam tape to pop up the blue raspberry circle and PI Image.  I used the double-ended banner in the Blueprints 16 to stamp the sentiment which I masked to get just the "Happy Birthday" portion.

To finish the card,  the limeade tab was cut using an element from Blueprints 11.  The button die is from Blueprints 18.  I used a lime colored twine to finish off the button.  I debated adding some tiny clear gems, but I decided I really love the card just the way it is. 

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Verve's August Release Retrospective Blog Hop!

Welcome to Verve's August Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the August release stamps & dies! Besides a peek at some really cool cards, there are also a couple of prizes up for grabs!

For my card I combined some Fancy Pants As You Wish designer papers with Verve's newly released Coffee stamp set, Verve's Cut Above Coffee Word and Cuppa Joe dies.  I stamped the sentiment in Momento Cocoa.  I die cut the word twice and glued together for some added stability. I die cut and stamped the grande mug.  I used some copics for shading.   I accented the card with some clear gems and some silver sequins from Verve's Signature Sequin Mix.   I thought this simple design was a great way to house a fantastic coffee shop gift card.

1. Julee10. Janelle
2. Teresa 11. Christyne
3. Amber 12. Jen
4. Charmaine 13. Andrea
5. Marisa 14. Betty
6. Monika {Guest} 15. Karen
7. Stacey 16. Sarah
8. Maureen 17. Amy
9. Laurie

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

Want another chance to win? Now it's your turn! We'd LOVE to see what you've done with the August release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our August release and you'll be entered in a drawing to win our entire next release! All the details and the linkup widget are on the Verve Blog today. The deadline is October 3, so there's still plenty of time to get the August release if you haven't already.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Welcome little baby!

Happy Sunday!   I am playing along with week's Papertrey's Make It Monday Challenge.  This week we are to make an easel card.  I needed a baby card for a couple at school who met, fell in love, got married, and now are expecting their first baby.  I thought the chalkboard easel design was fitting for two teachers for this wonderful occasion.

With school starting back, I have not had as much time to get crafty lately.  I just had to play in this PTI challenge, though.  I guess it is no surprise that I started with the Shakers and Sprinkles dies.  I go to these dies a lot!   I used the stitched oval to create the easel base.  I used the square to make my chalkboard frame.  

I combined PTI script sentiment set and baby word die to create the focal point.  I used the negative baby word to sponge in pure white ink to create a drop shadow effect.  I stamped the chalkboard frame with background woodgrain.  I used the a alphabet image in the Ombre Builders to stamp the word baby.  I stamped the aqua mist background with aqua mist ink using PTI background gingham.  I used the pure white ink again to smudge the edges for a softer effect.   I assembled the card and used foam tape to lift the chalkboard frame.  

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)I used some red and white twine with the tiny tags die to tie a tag to the letter "y" in baby.  I die cut the tiny tag solid circle then layered the one with the cut out heart.  I die cut the tiny heart tag in red and inlaid the tiny red heart.  Love the little pop this gives.   The size of this card is a horizontal 5 X4.25.   I am playing along with the NBUS Challenge #2.  I have had this baby die for awhile and not used it.  I am also playing along with Seize the Birthday!  Baby cards are all about the Birth Day!

As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Blessings this Season!

Happy Saturday!    I have a card to share.  I am playing along with this week's MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge.  I am also playing along with the Curtain Call and House of Cards.  Love the inspiration from the Curtain Call and the selection of colors from the House of Cards.

I started with MFT Card Stock Sampler pack.  I used steel gray ,nightshift blue, gray grout, tangy orange, orange fizz, and smooth white).   I used Blueprints 10 to cut the nightshift blue rounded edge layer.  I stamped this panel with BG Woodgrain Background stamp with a watermark ink.  I softly sponged on some pure white pigment ink to create to depth and variation around the edges of the wood image.   Next, I die cut the gray grout and blue strips with the stitched strip dies in Blueprints 1 and Blueprints 2.     In order to create the over edge sentiment focal frame, I used the rounded edge frame from Blueprints 10.  Since it was too long for the sketch, I just lined up the die and ran it through again to shorten it.  

I die cut the leaves from LJD Fall Foliage die namics.  I stamped the leaves using the coordination images  LJD Fall Foliage.   I used the same set to stamp the sentiment. I assembled the card using foam tape, and dimensionals for added depth.   I finished the card with one coordinating button threaded some some hemp cord. #mftstamps


As always thanks so much for stopping by!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Verve's September Diva Inspirations Hop!

Welcome to Verve's September Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for the Divas to serve up some fresh inspiration with their Verve stamps! Leave some comment love along the hop spots for a chance to win a prize, then grab some stamps and play along with our September inspiration challenge for another chance to win!

For my card I started with some Pebbles Special Delivery designer papers.  I love the patterns and the colors.   I am using Verve's Carpe Cupcake stamp set.  I stamped the cupcake onto 

white card stock, colored the bottom of the cupcake with copics, and paper pieced the top.  The paper comes from the  same paper pad.  The rick rack mimics frosting to me. 
I added some texture by using my Tombow Aqua glue to add some frosted icing effect to the rick rack pattern in the paper.   I let it dry and surprisingly it dried very similar to crystal effects(all of mine had dried up so I had to be resourceful). I finished my card with Verve's Shine Bright Sequin Mix.  I am playing along with this week's Mojo Monday Sketch. 

This month's challenge is entitled Sweet September:

Sugar-high! Get sugary sweet with pastels, cupcakes or candy. Create a calorie free confection to delight the senses! Feel free to use the graphic as inspiration or not.

1. Julee7. Sarah
2. Amy8. Sony
3. Anya9. Susan
4. Betty10. Maureen
5. Karen11. Stacey
6. Sankari12. Marisa

Anni-VERVE-sary Sale
We've got some sweet savings in the store with all of our brand new releases marked 10% off and some of our sweetest stamps & dies from releases past marked 20% off!
As always thanks so much for hopping by!

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