In the Pink

Having a play day today!  Wanted something bright and cheery as we are about to get upwards of 5 cm. of snow.  Mother Nature’s way of reminding us that while the calendar says spring…it’s just not quite here yet 🙂

Another card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, as well as a couple of other challenges…

My background was made by adding Versamark through my stencil and then heat embossing in white.  Then I added three colors of Distress Ink to my craft mat, spritzed them with water and dragged my watercolor paper through it.  Once it was dry, I added some gold mica paste through a different stencil.
More heat embossing for the sweet little coffee cup and sentiment…this time in gold.  Yes, I know, I’m still on that gold kick!  A bit of gold cording and a smattering of sequins and done!
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  watercolor, vellum and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress and Versamark
Stamps:  Verve Coffee Helps
All the other stuff:  Verve Cup for All Seasons die set, TCW stencils, white embossing powder, gold embossing powder, gold cording, gold mica paste, sequins, adhesives
Challenges entered:
The Card Concept #51 – this could fall into the classy & elegant category or the mixed media category
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Coffee Lovers Garden

Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night with a card idea?  This one happened about 2:30 a.m. this morning 🙂    So I did go back to sleep but…had to make it happen this morning for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

And what coffee lover wouldn’t love to wake up to this in his/her garden?

Watercolored the background with Distress Inks, the layered sun and the little coffee cups. Added some more color with some Distress Markers and some shimmer with some Wink of Stella. The clouds were die cut from some sparkly felt.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress and MFT Hybrid
Stamps:  Verve Coffee Helps, New Beginnings and Rise Above
All the other stuff: Party Cloudy, Springtime Stitches and Cup for All Seasons Verve dies; Distress Markers, felt, Wink of Stella, foam tape, Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder

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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…

Verve March Spotlight Hops Day Four

Welcome back to Day 4 of Verve’s March spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting our new release! Everything previewed this week is available to order in the Verve online store. So come hop along and take a closer look at Simply Amazing, and the Simply Daisies and Amazing Adjectives 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 Laurie’s blog if you are hopping in order 🙂


Simply Amazing Simply Daisies Die Set
Amazing Adjectives Word Die Set

I love working with watercolors!  Just added three shades of Distress Inks to my watercolor paper and dried it.  Then the fun begins 🙂  I’ve die cut the three sentiments from the Amazing Adjectives Word Die Set from my watercolored background and then cut them again in craft foam.  Then they were layered and I added some Wink of Stella for some shine (that doesn’t show up in my picture!).

Hope you’ve got your sunglasses on for this next one 🙂  I placed some Distress Inks on my craft mat and sprayed them with a bit of water, then I pulled my watercolor paper through the inks until the entire paper was covered.  Next, I heat embossed the daisies in white.  I die cut a couple of the smaller daisies with the Simply Daisie Die Set and colored them with my Zigs.  Then for some added sparkle…lots of Wink of Stella.

                   

The sentiment is stamped and then I added the “awesome” die cut from the Amazing Adjectives Word Die set.  A smattering of sequins and done!
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 8. Mackie
2. Amber 9. Marisa
3. Betty 10. Maureen
4. Charmaine 11. Stacey
5. Christyne 12. Teresa
6. Laurie 13. Vicki
7. Lee-Anne
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Verve Spotlight Hops Day Three

Welcome back to Day 3 of Verve’s March Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting our new release! Everything previewed this week is available to order in the Verve online store. So come hop along and take a closer look at Hip Hop Bunnies, the Bunny Hop die set and the Welcome plain jane.

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 Laurie’s blog if you are hopping in order 🙂

Hip Hop Bunnies Bunny Hop Die Set
Welcome Plain Jane

Had lots of fun creating this mixed media Easter card 🙂   I’ve used the Viva la Verve sketch for this week.
The background is a stencil monoprint created with a stencil and three shades of Distress Inks.  If you’ve never tried this quick and easy way to make a background, here’s my tutorial.  Then I mixed up some fiber paste and ink and stenciled a piece of vellum.   The vellum piece was machine stitched to my background. A little square of turquoise  paper was embossed with the same stencil as was used in the background for even more texture.
Don’t you just adore this bunny?  hehehe  There are two more darling bunnies in this set 🙂 It has been die cut with the coordinating die from the Bunny Hop Die Set and colored with Copics.  The same goes for the little bow ties around the card.  And for the sentiment, just a quick little shaker design filled with pretty, sparkly stuff.
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 1 Hop List

1. Julee 8. Mackie
2. Amber 9. Marisa
3. Betty 10. Maureen
4. Charmaine 11. Stacey
5. Christyne 12. Teresa
6. Laurie 13. Vicki
7. Lee-Anne


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Verve March Spotlight Hops Day Two













Welcome back to Day 2 of Verve’s March Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting our new release! Everything previewed this week is available to order in the Verve online store. So come hop along and take a closer look at the Coffee Helps and Cup for All Seasons die set.

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!

Coffee Helps Cup for All Seasons Die Set

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

Today, I’m sharing a pocket letter to show the versatility of this set (among others).  If you’re not familiar with pocket letters they were created by Janette Lane.  Here’s a link to her blog explaining the background and how to make them.

For my pocket letter I’ve used some designer paper and added white gesso to it; some lightweight cork and a cute tiny striped envelope that I’ll be tucking some stickers into.  I’ve stamped, colored and die cut most of the elements from this set to use, along with some other stuff from my stash.  Here are some close-ups:

Top row: (look at that sweet die cut coffee cup…the whipped cream topping just makes me happy)

Middle row: (snowflake die cut and take out coffee cup die cut)

Bottom row:  (more take out coffee cup die cuts, die cut leaves and a floral die cut coffee cup)

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 1 Hop List
1. Julee 8. Mackie
2. Amber 9. Marisa
3. Betty 10. Maureen
4. Charmaine 11. Stacey
5. Christyne 12. Teresa
6. Laurie 13. Vicki
7. Lee-Anne

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Verve Stamps New Release Spotlight



So pinch me, please!  This girl is living the dream.  So totally thrilled to be a Guest Diva for Verve over the next week 🙂  When Julee e-mailed me and asked if I’d like to do this hop it took me about 1.5 seconds to reply.  Ummm. yes, hello???, of course, I want to join in the hop and play with some shiny new Verve!

So here it is…welcome to the first day of Verve’s March Spotlight Hops!  It’s an exciting day as there’s a whole bunch of new Verve in the store this morning! 5 beautiful new sets, 6 die sets and a plain jane just released and they’re all available to order right now. Throughout the next week, we’ll be spotlighting each of the new sets with a hop to show you just how versatile these sets are.

Today the Divas and special guests are showing you their first projects with the new release. And it’s designer’s choice, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves!

And here’s my first card using Hip Hop Bunnies, Bunnie Hop Die Set, Partly Cloudy Die Set and Welcome Plain Jane:

For my background, I cut a couple of stencils from some heavy card stock using the two clouds from the Partly Cloudy Die Set. Then I added some white gesso through the homemade stencils with my finger. The oval is some designer paper that’s been stenciled with translucent gesso and rubbed with some more of the white gesso to soften the look of the paper.  Don’t you just adore that sweet little polka dotted bunny? And there are two more adorable little bunnies in this set too!

I’ve stamped the Welcome Plain Jane on some coordinating designer paper and die cut it with the Curvy Bookplate Die.  A trio of resin roses completes the card.

Hip Hop Bunnies                   Welcome
Hip Hop BunniesWelcome Plain Jane

Partly Cloudy Die Set        Bunny Hop Die Set
Partly Cloudy Die SetBunny Hop Die Set

If you’re hopping in the order of the hop list you should have arrived here from Laurie’s blog. And seriously you need to check out the hop…there are some fabulous prizes…too good to miss!

From here why don’t you head over to Mackie’s blog and see what she has in store for you?
Here’s a complete list for the hop so you don’t miss a thing:
Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee 8. Mackie
2. Amber 9. Marisa
3. Betty 10. Maureen
4. Charmaine 11. Stacey
5. Christyne 12. Teresa
6. Laurie 13. Vicki
7. Lee-Anne

Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today’s prize is a BIG one. We’ll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! 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 and all the prize info and deadlines!

Back soon with more my sweet friends…