Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer means Projects, right?


Hi blog friends,

Summer always has expectations of fun and travel even when it's just down the hill from home. I'm usually ready to get going on projects in all my unfinished puddles as well. The problem is I end up mixing them all up together and getting injured. Go figure, right. I'm doing all the activities I want to do and it gives me grief in return. Ha.

So while my sewing, knitting, papercrafting, bicycle and swimming suit have all sat idle, I've been laying in a recliner or flat on my back recovering from strained and scarred back muscles. Yes, you can giggle at me or with me if you've been there too. Anyway, I'm able do short spurts of typing and one-button photo editing on existing projects to share with you until I'm able to flex my neck and work with my hands at the same time on projects. Maybe I should try and work as Michaelangelo did on the Sistine Chapel, flat on my back. Hmmmm, I' would probably end up with more glue on my face than my project.


This card was done for the July 4th Mix-Ability challenge MIX75: I Love a PARADE. I stamped one of the Peaceful Medallion stamps multiple times on the charcoal background paper using the stamping with bleach tutorial on SCS. Then the sentiment from Moments Remembered is stamped on mixed media paper scrap adding a hand drawn frame. Medallions are stamped and hand painted with acrylic wash paints handcut and glued randomly to the card. Some mixed media paper is punched out in a few flowers and glued down for some eye flow assistance.

There are a few sales going on over at the Verve Shop. I hope you'll take the time to see the new release if you haven't already and also the Christmas in July sale. :)




Details:
Stamps: Peaceful Medallions, Moments Remembered (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White cardstock (Neenah), Charcoal and black cardstock (Wausau), Kelly green (unknown)
Ink: Jet Black (Archival, Ranger), acrylic paints, bleach
Accesories: flower punch (Fiskars), paper towel, scissors, adhesive foam squares (Tombow), black pen and ruler

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Verve July 2014 Spotlight Day 4 and RELEASE!


Welcome to the final day of the July Verve Spotlight Week! Release day is finally here! I hope you've enjoyed our sneak peeks and given you some fresh inspiration to crafty by. Everything you have seen this week is available for purchase in the Verve shop!

Kay was before me today if you have been jumping along in the hop. If you just found out about it then you can start at the beginning of the list (below) for the full inspiration line-up.


My card today is using the new Plain Jane, 2 Corinthians 12:9 stamped over a splash of mixed acrylic paints that made a blue-gray. The butterfly from Happy Place is stamped on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers and then for some pop of color I smeared water-soluble oil pastels over the wings (MIX76: Finger Painting). The border is from the Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set and I used two color cardstock and popped out the yellow border from the die and place the teal one inside with the yellow dots still in the die. to get them all out I place a piece of tape across the back and rubbed it on real well. The rest of the tape is used to adhere it to the back of the sentiment panel. I saw this somewhere, probably a fellow Diva, a while ago and I thought it was brilliant. The leftover teal dots were randomly added to get a good flow to the card.

Now it's time to head on over to Charmaine's blog! Thank you for all your kind comments this week and good luck!


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals!


Today's Prize: The ENTIRE release!
Comment Deadline:  Sunday,  July 13 @ 5PM Mountain

1. Julee9. Charmaine
2. Stacey10. Jen
3. Maureen11. Sheri {Guest}
4. Chaitali12. Laurie
5. Marisa13. Andrea
6. Teresa14. Amber
7. Kay {Guest}15. Christyne
8. Janelle

Details:
Stamps:  2 Corinthians 12:9, Happy Place (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Fluid), white cardstock (Neenah), teal and yellow cardstock (unknown)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento, Tsukineko), acrylic paints, alcohol markers (Copic), water-soluble oil pastels (Binney-Smith)
Accessories: Happy Doodles Die Set (A Cut Above, Verve), Scalloped Trim Trio Die Set (A Cut Above, Verve)

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Verve July 2014 Spotlight Day 3


Welcome back to Day 3 of the July 2014 Spotlight Hop! We have had a lot of fun sharing our sneak peeks with you this week and today there is even more complete yummness!

Earlier in the week we had our spotlight on Moments Remembered (Day 1) and Peaceful Medallions (Day 2) by illustrator/designer Chaitali Narla and now we are spotlighting stamps and dies from Verve owner, Julee Tilman. Hold on because it's fantastic imagery!

Today and all this week I've followed our talented Guest Diva Kay, in the hop list so if you just came from her blog then you are in the right spot. She's done an incredible job with this release, don't you think?

It's almost time to ready the pocketbook. Everything in the spotlight hops this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 7/11. Are your fingers getting itchy?



Julee's doodling style stamps are among the top favorites of mine. I cannot make them muted and dull because they just are not meant to be that way!

My theme this week is watercolor paper backgrounds using acrylic paints, sorry for the overload, and so it's fitting that I make a little sky and grass for these festive flowers in the Happy Place Stamp Set. The flowers are colored outside the lines with Copic Markers and then cut out with the coordinating Happy Doodles Die Set. There is a web of adhesive foam squares, glue and intertwining of stems to get them all in place before I glued it down to the background paper. White highlights are made with Copic Opaque White Medium and size 4 round tip brush.

Background border detail are two sized of PITT artist pens loosely drawn around the edge of the taped border.

Thanks for commenting and stopping in today! It's time to go on over to Charmaine's blog for more inspiration. 

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals, an introduction of our 2 lovely guest divas, and all the prize info and deadlines!

Today's Prize: Happy Place (illustrated by Julee Tilman), Happy Doodles Die Set, 2 Corinthians 12:9
Comment Deadline:  Sunday,  July 13 @ 5PM Mountain

1. Julee9. Charmaine
2. Stacey10. Jen
3. Maureen11. Sheri {Guest}
4. Chaitali12. Laurie
5. Marisa13. Andrea
6. Teresa14. Amber
7. Kay {Guest}15. Christyne
8. Janelle
Details:
Stamps: Happy Place (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Watercolor paper (Fluid), white cardstock (Neenah), retired cardstock (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento, Tsukineko), acrylic paints, alcohol markers (Copic)
Accessories: Happy Doodles Die Set (A Cut Above, Verve), Opaque White Medium (Copic), black brush and .08 pens (PITT Artist Pens, Faber-Castell)

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