Verve March Spotlight Hops Day Five

It’s the final day of our March Spotlight Hops!  Have you enjoyed the spotlights we’ve been sharing this week? Thanks so much for hopping along with us and celebrating the new release this week! Everything previewed this week is available to order in the Verve online store. So come let’s hop along one more time for a closer look at Rise AboveNew Beginnings and the Partly Cloudy and Springtime Stitches die sets.

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 the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

You should have arrived here from Christyne’s blog if you are hopping in order 🙂

Rise Above New Beginnings
Partly Cloudy Die Set Springtime Stitches Die Set

My first card today features New Beginnings and Springtime Stitches.  I just adore those sweet little flowers and the variety of sentiments.

It all starts with some paper I’ve been keeping  hoarding for a while.  For some background texture and sparkle, I’ve used a stencil and some gold mica flake paste.  Then I die cut two Sweet Scallop tags in coordinating papers, stamping the sentiment on the top one.

These little flowers make my heart sing:)  They’ve been die cut in more coordinating paper, layered and shined up with some gold Wink of Stella.  I’ve also snipped between the petals to add more dimension.  For my embellies…some gold and peach thread as well as lots of gold sequins to add even more sparkle.

And, here’s another card featuring  Rise Above and Partly Cloudy:

This one starts out with some spray mists. Next, I added some light modeling paste through a stencil and added more randomly with a spatula.  When the paste was dry I stamped the sweet little clouds and added some frosted mica flakes to the larger clouds.  It adds texture and a lovely bit of sparkle. Then  I stamped the wonderful “you are my sunshine” stamp randomly also, before adding some white gesso.  Next, I  added a sentiment from Rise Above.

Mr. Sun is shining brightly in some die cut designer paper and stamped with a sentiment from Rise Above. And, for the final touch, a smattering of sequins.

Your next stop on the hop is Mackie…enjoy!  Here’s the complete list if you’ve gotten lost along the way.  Don’t want you to miss out on the fabulous prizes!

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee 7. Mackie
2. Amber 8. Marisa
3. Betty 9. Maureen
4. Charmaine 10. Stacey
5. Christyne 11. Vicki
6. Lee-Anne

Well, all good things do come to an end and this is my final post as a Guest Diva.  I’ve enjoyed each and every minute and I hope I’ve inspired you.   Thank you, Julee, for this wonderful week 🙂

Back soon with more my sweet friends…

Dreaming of the Tropics

Ah, it’s that time of year when my mind heads south…LOL.  OK, you know what I mean…it’s winter here…on any given day it could be minus 20 or worse and by worse, I mean minus 40!!! Brrrr…
So decided to take a little vacation in my art journal:

Flowers…a must have in the tropics, right?  Sunshine, peeking through the lush vegetation.  Well, that’s where my mind has taken me.  Can you smell those glorious blooms?

It all started out with some layers of acrylic paints that I basically trowelled on with my spatula…wanted lots of texture.  Then I added some sprays of colors mists and some stenciling using two different ARTplorations stencils.  The flowers were added with stencils,  mists and Distress Inks. Just basically got lost in the process and had a lot of fun.

Don’t forget to check out our monthly Mixed Media Challenge right here!

I’ve used the following ARTplorations stencils to create my tropical paradise:

Flower Burst LARGE                                          Foiled Again
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And, I’ve used the following STAMPlorations stamp sets:

BOLD SENTIMENTS: Create                          BOLD SENTIMENTS:  Explore
preview-STAMPlorations-Create                           preview-STAMPlorations-Explore

Hope that I’ve inspired to take some time to play today!

Back soon with more my sweet friends…