Saturday, August 25, 2012

Twinkle, Twinkle Baby Card for MOJO 255

I used the MOJO Monday Sketch 255 from Verve to make this sweet baby card for a friend.  She was scheduled to find out whether she is having a boy or girl, but I used rather neutral colors (peach, yellow and green) to welcome baby either way!  {By the way, I've since found out she's having a BOY.  Just in case you were wondering.  ;) }

The sentiment is Verve's Little Star Plain Jane.  Did you know that Verve's Plain Janes (single stamps)  are usually only $3.00, and Julee runs sales and specials all the time.  I think this one is the sweetest.
Papers are a mix of MME.
The teddy bear is a button that I cut the shank off of, with a couple old Making Memories buttons and some Twinery twine.

Special Birthday for VLV

For the Viva la Verve! August week 3 sketch challenge:
I turned the sketch on its head. The sentiment and balloons are from Verve's Birthday Surprise, another older set but new-to-me!  I really need some additional birthday stamps.  I tend to make everyday inspirational-type cards rather than for specific holidays or events. But let's face it, you can't be a card maker, make bunches of cards, and then not make someone a birthday card!!  LOL.
Anyway, I used bright colorful papers from BG, colored the balloons with Copics, added some seam binding, Liquid Pearls and a tiny paper clip.
I thought the birthday theme was particularly appropriate as it's Verve's 5th Birthday this month.  See the post below about all the fun challenges, hop, and release party.  And check out Verve are really missing out on some great stamps and dies if you haven't already!

Verve Stamps Turns 5!

Verve Stamps is celebrating their 5th Anniversary (Birthday?).  During August, they had a site-wide sale, hosted creative challenges, had a terrific blog hop over 9 days with creations using their new release products by the Design Team (AKA "Divas"), and wrapped it all up with a phenomenal release party on Splitcoaststampers.  There were tons of prizes and giveaways for participating in the challenges, commenting on the blog hop, and posting on the party thread (I scored a $25 gift code to the store!!)
Truly amazing products, wonderful service and creativity, and the best, kindest design team AND customers/fans around.

These are my creations for the Anniversary Challenges.
DAY 1: Color Challenge (Use pink, brown, and green)

 I had a great time making this card.  I had some new 6x6 paper pads with beautiful choices in pinks, greens, and browns (the hard part was choosing which to use).  AND I had some lovely new-to-me Verve stamps and dies in hand from their Anniversary sale.
I used this long Irish Blessing stamp from Verve's Blessings set.  The leaves are cut with the Elegant Leaves die (I stamped with Versamark and clear embossing powder first, so they have a bit of shimmer and depth IRL).  The little butterfly is from one of my all-time favorite Verve sets, Blue Skies, and is cut out with the coordinating All Aflutter die.
I folded the brown dotted paper and cut within the edges of the Ribbon Banner Die to make it longer.
The long ticket-edged pink panels were cut with an MFT Die-namics in the Layered Label set.
And I used a little twist on Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try for August.

DAY 2: Anniversary Themed Card (Using silver or wood)

The challenge was to create an anniversary card with silver or wood (the modern and traditional gifts given for 5th anniversaries).  I opted for silver.  It's much more shiny and elegant in person. I embossed the frame and sentiment from Verve's Love Story set in silver embossing powder, used silver sparkly ribbon, and dangled a silver charm that says "love."
The camera doesn't like photographing silver, I have to tell you.  But imagine that the sentiment is shiny and the card overall sparkly, OK?  I added a bit of red Copic to the frame, a thin red mat, and a red Recollections paper rose. I also stamped the leaves from Verve's Bloom & Grow set in Weathered Wood Distress ink, first stamping off with varying degrees of pressure to make the stamps lighter and darker for depth.

DAY 3: Sketch Challenge

Day 3's challenge for Verve's 5th Anniversary celebration was a sketch challenge (my favorite).
I did add one extra long thin panel, slightly offset from the one in the sketch.  I liked the darker blue, but the whole piece showing was too overpowering.  And yet, just the bird and hexagon pattern got a bit lost by itself.  So I used them both.  ;)
The sentiment is from Verve's Here for You set, a new purchase for me, and on sale during the Verve Anniversary Sale.  It's cut out with the Embossed Oval Die, which is layered on a Spellbinders die.
Papers are MME, including some of the new The Sweetest Thing in Bluebell (love them).
I have to dedicate this one to the lovely Verve Diva, Teresa, for her use of such yummy trims.  I threaded some stringed pearls through this beautiful trim in place of the scallop edge in the sketch.  Twill wrapped with twine to form a bow, and some larger pearls finish it off.

DAY 4: CAS (Clean and Simple) Card

Believe it not, Verve's Anniversary Day 4 challenge was the most challenging to me: A CAS (Clean and Simple) card.  By nature, I unfortunately keep very few things simple in my life, and papercrafting is no exception.  So I had to reach deep to not add layers of patterned papers.  I did bring in a beautifully colored, subtle pattern in the flower, from Echo Park's So Happy Together 6x6 pad.  And the leaves are MME.
The stamps, my absolute favorite flower from Verve's Great Friend set, are cut out by hand and layered with dimensionals between, then topped with black rhinestones.  The leaves are from the Sunny Days set and cut with the coordinating Leafy Sprigs dies.
The simple sentiment (maybe that was my further attempt to keep the card CAS??) is also from Great Friend.
I scored a few lines on the edges of the front of the card.
And that's it!  I know, seems kind of a lot for being CAS, but hopefully the finished card comes across that way.

DAY 5: ABC (Anything But a Card) Challenge

You got it...make anything except a card.  Easier said than done.
I was puzzling over what to make.  I have some great cutting files...little boxes or bags or 3D items.  But while browsing Joann's at an impromptu stop in (dh wanted to go to Sports Authority next door), I found these adorable tiny 3x3 canvases.  I absolutely love the inspirational quotes in the Words of Wisdom stamp set by Verve.  I decided to decorate three of the little canvases with some of my favorite quotes in the set.  I colored the backgrounds with Copics (actually much more difficult than I thought.  The ink didn't want to stay).  Then stamped with Staz-On, and added a few stamped and cut out elements from other Verve sets and added my signature bling (nothing's finished until it has some bling) in the form of alternating colors of flat backed pearls around the edges.
Very simple, but with the coordinating colors and designs, and the wonderful uplifting quotes, I like my little art pieces.  I plan to hang them up in my craft room, unless I find someone who needs the inspiration even more than I do.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Life Doesn't Have to Be Perfect

For the Viva la Verve! August Week 2 Sketch Challenge:
I noticed this terrific sentiment in Verve's Words of Wisdom set still hadn't gotten inky, and it seemed to fit the front panel sizing just right for this sketch.  I used several papers from Echo Park's So Happy Together. and quite a few punches and dies (SU's scallop border punch, TCP's Easy Rosette die, and the fishtail banners from MFT's 1st Place Awards Die-namics).
A bit of the new Ocean twine from The Twinery, a button from SEI, and rhinestones from Pizzazz Aplenty top it off.
I actually left out the half oval shape from the sketch.  Just too many colors and shapes going on for my card already.
Words of Wisdom

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cast Your Cares for MOJO 253

For the Mojo Monday Sketch #253:
This card was a bit out of my normal paradigm.  First, this is a bright one.  But then, hopefully the verse from Verve's I Peter 5:7 set brings a bit of hope and joy and calls for some bright, sunshine-y papers.
These are the new MME The Sweetest Thing-Tangerine papers.
The panels are skewed.  But then, the sketch calls for it.  And I've followed sketches with skewed panels before.
Also, a bit different for me, I distressed and inked the edges.  You have no idea how much I wanted to back each layer with cardstock to make them stand out.  I love that clean look.  But I decided to go out of my comfort zone and try something a bit different.
Notice, thought, that my seam binding and bling make their usual appearance, as well as the fishtail banner (this one from MFT's 1st Place Award Die-namics).  I can't depart from all my wouldn't be MY card.
1Peter 5:7Die-namics First Place Award Ribbon DIE ONLY

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

August SFYTT

For Jen del Muro's August Sketch for You to Try (SFYTT) challenge:
This month's sponsor is one of my very favorite companies, Verve.  And with a brand new 6x6 pad of the bright and sunny Echo Park "On the Sunny Side" papers in hand, I had to pull out this sentiment from Verve's Happy Hello, and the tiny sun and cloud from New Mercies.  The center panel took the form of the Sweet Scallop tag and coordinating die.
Lots of stitching, yummy orange ribbon from Raisin Boat, and a matching brad to EP's On the Sunny Side papers.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Aircraft on the Brain?

I think I must have aircraft on the brain lately.  Both my cards for sketch challenges this weekend star some for of aircraft.

I used the MFT WSC#83 sketch challenge with the super cute Airplane Greetings Die-namics and a sentiment from PTI for this card:
I had an idea in my mind, but I'm afraid it didn't translate well.  None of my friends who saw my card in person could figure out what I was going for.  The graduated round circles, separated with foam tape, and topped with embossed vellum is supposed to represent the moon (you know, the craters and all?) in the dark night sky with wispy vellum clouds (also cut with MFT Die-namics) floating by.  Hmmm...No one gets my moon.  My husband asked, "How are they supposed to see the plane's banner in the dark?"  LOL.  That's being too practical.  Oh well.  I love the little plane.  I cut the propeller out of aluminum foil backed with heavy cardstock, and it spins on the brad.

Viva la Verve
For the Viva la Verve! August week 1 sketch challenge
I stamped one of the balloons from Verve's Up, Up & Away set (and stamped again on patterned paper to paper piece just the main central balloon portion) and a sentiment from Blue Skies for the main panel of this card.
Papers are an eclectic mix of BG's What's Up, EP's Sweet Day, and MME Paris & Co.
I used two new Twinery colors of twine, Ocean and Seaweed, as the twine made me think of the ropes tying off the hot air balloons.  A tiny clothespin finishes it off.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

You Make the World a Better Place for MFTWSC

I had hoped to enter this in the MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge #82, but didn't quite finish and get it photographed, edited, and posted in time.  But I love the color combo, and again, what a great sketch from the MFT lovelies.
I used a sentiment from MFT's Vertical Greetings set, cut with the first Vertical Greetings Die-namics.  Lots of other MFT dies play a roll in this card, too.  A Mini Tab Die-namics diecut peeks out from beside the sentiment.  That  yummy paper rose is cut with the second largest of their Rolled Rose Die-namics.  And the Jumbo Scallop and Scalloped Scallop are Die-namics, also!  (The leaves, however, are Sizzix.  LOL).

Papers are Vintage Vogue by Pink Paislee.

Die-namics Vertical Greetings Die & Stamp Set
Die-namics Mini Tabs Foursome

Die-namics Scalloped Scallop Die
Die-namics Rolled Rose Die
Die-namics Jumbo Scallop Die