Verve Visual Beautiful Things + Cupcake Inspirations

I had a chance to 'play' this weekend and it was such fun! I was inspired by a photo of a card from a recent Simon Says Stamp (SSS) card kit; I decided to use the inspiration for this card, completely changing the colors. The smaller flowers are from the SSS Birthday Flower set and do not have outlines, but since the gorgeous flower from Verve does - I just drew my own outlines on the flowers and leaves! :D The leaves are from Hero Arts You're So Lovely set.

The gorgeous purple patterned paper was also in a recent SSS card kit, but you can find it sold separately here. I added a tiny black border and layered up all my flowers and leaves using Press N Seal to hold them as I applied glue, flipped them back over and applied.

I cut the 'thanks' from black card stock, added some versamark to the bottom and dipped it in chunky gold embossing powder and heat set.

Thanks for popping in; hope you are having a great week!


Stamps: Verve Visual Beautiful Things, SSS Birthday Flower, Hero Arts You're So Lovely
Papers: PTI True Black, Winter Wisteria, and polka dot vellum, PinkFresh DP, Ranger water color paper, Neenah 80 lb. white
InkHero Arts Intense Black, VersaMark
Accessories: copics, chunk gold embossing powder, Verve Visual Beautiful Things dies, sharpie, MFT Blueprints, Mama Elephant Femme Frames



Beautiful Things

I recently won a gift certificate to Verve Visual - I ADORE Julee's images and have had my eye on this stamp set, Beautiful Things, for quite some time. Honestly, I won the certificate and spent it in under 15 minutes - HA! Even purchased the matching dies. :D It's soooo pretty with so many great sentiments; and those extra dies, (the word beautiful and two sizes of leaves), swoon! I also loved the Color Throwdown challenge this week (CTD405) so I wanted to play along using this new set.

I stamped the images on Ranger water color paper and used distress crayons for the base yellow layer - but you know me; it's never quite as intense as I'd like so I switched to Copics to finish the flowers. I traced the images with a sharpie for intense black lines and added some dots with a white gel pen.

The card was inspired by Kay, you can see her version HERE. I die cut the leaves from green checked paper for some extra fun; splattered on some twisted citron ink and stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts intense black.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT week!


Stamps: Verve Visual Beautiful Things
Papers: Neenah 110 lb. white, Ranger water color, DP by MME, PTI Summer Sunrise
InkHero Arts Intense Black
Accessories: copics, MFT pierced square, sharpie, white gel pen, nuvo crystal drops


  Dragonfly Journey 70

Hero Arts + The Ton + Pop of Color

Hi friends - I'm up over at A Blog Named Hero with a pop of color card; hope you'll stop by and check it out!


What's it take:


Hero Arts You're So Lovely - in blue this time

Hi friends - I'm up over at a2z Scrapbooking with a fun card - showing you more of Hero Arts You're So Lovely flowers. Hop on over, I'd love for you to visit!


Masculine Thank You

A co-worker requested a thank you card for a friend, no specific requirements although she did pick the quote for the inside. I thought the MOJO459 sketch would be perfect for this card; the sentiment is from MFT's Amazing set and matching dies. I die cut the word 'amazing' 3 times from PTI's smokey shadow cardstock; you can't tell in the photo but I added some black distress ink to the bottom of the amazing so it's a bit of an ombre look. I coated the final layer with glossy accents. Lots of distressing with ink and tool and that's it - super easy peasy!

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend!


Stamps: MFT Amazing
Papers: PTI Rustic White, Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow, DP by MME
InkHero Arts Intense Black, Black Soot and Pumice Stone distress inks
Accessories: Heidi Swapp distressor, MFT Amazing die cut, arrow ephemera, glossy accents, washi tape



A CASE for Color It In!

Welcome back - IT'S AUGUST 1ST...already, seriously - HOW. DOES. THAT. HAPPEN.???

We are back at a2z Scrapbooking with a new challenge - Color It In! I'm not sure mine really counts? But we're going to roll with it! Have you seen THIS video by Kelly? Yeah - this is a complete CASE (copy and share everything) - I adore what she did with the flowers from You're So Lovely! Her flowers were done in blue, mine are in purple - I RARELY ever create with purple, but I adored THIS tag card I did so I made a small version using the same stamp set but a different coloring method and no embossing (well, on the flowers at least). :D

I needed another thank you card for my boss and his wife so this is what I created - after I had it all done it was just plain, so I went back and added some black polka dots and I like the little addition - subtle but I think it looks nice. I did a close up photo of all the sparkle before I added the dots, but you can definitely see the shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join us this month at a2z Scrapbooking for our Color It In challenge!


Stamps: Hero Arts You're So Lovely, Hero Arts Many Everyday Messages
Papers: Hero Arts Snow Layering Paper
InkSSS Willow, SSS Wisteria
Accessories: Lawn Fawn Party Banner, Copics: BV02BV08BV13YG03YG63G99Clear Wink of StellaWhite Gel Pen



BLOOM with Abandon!

Hi friends - you haven't heard from me this much in forever, huh? :D

I am loving getting DIRTY over at Splitcoaststampers! Anyone else playing along this week? I made this card for a few of the challenges. I embossed the flowers from Stampin' Up's Upsy Daisy (I have loved this set forever) and a super old sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms in Hero Arts white embossing powder and then played with zig brushes and distress inks - the more color, the better!

Once it was completely dry, I cut out the part I liked best with the largest MFT pierced square die and mounted on kraft card stock with a super small border. I added a light brown wash to a layer of water color paper, a small strip of MFT DP and then created a small piece of foiled teal card stock using adhesive. I tied on some twine, tied a bow and called it good. Everything was mounted on PTI Hawaiian Shores card stock.

Tried to capture the shimmer

Gosh - writing it up, it doesn't seem like much but it basically took me all day doing bits and pieces to get it finished up. LOL Guess it's all that drying time for the water color and water?? Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Stampin' Up Upsy Daisy, Cornish Heritage Farms
Papers: Ranger water color, Neenah 80 lb. white, PTI Kraft and Hawaiian Shores, MFT DP
Ink: VersaMark, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China distress inks
Accessories: Zig Clean Color brushes, Hero Arts white embossing powder, twine, MFT Blueprints, MFT pierced square dies, Shimmer Mist



Birds - watercolor + copics

Hi friends - how is your weekend going? Mine is good; tomorrow will be a super busy day so I was thrilled to find some time to sneak into my craft room for some relaxation! I really love the colors for the Color Throwdown challenge this week (CTD403) and I couldn't pass up the chance to get DIRTY too!

I haven't used these birds from Inkadinkado in F-O-R-E-V-E-R, I knew right where they were and was glad to dig them out and get them inky! I stamped the image in black VersaFine and embossed with Hero Arts clear embossing powder. I originally did the image with watercolors but just didn't have as much pop and depth as I wanted so out came the Copics. :D

I added some shading then went back and water colored around the image with a couple different zig brushes. The layout is from MFTWSC291 (see below). I added the same colors to the background using water color crayons, I dried between each layer and continued to add more color. I did have some issues with the water color paper pilling but it wasn't too bad. I added some drops of Hero Arts unicorn white spray, mounted the main panel on fun foam, added a button and multiple-looped bow. The hello sentiment is from PTI's Heart-to-Heart set embossed with platinum embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by; have a GREAT day!


Stamps: Inkadinkado, PTI Heart-2-Heart
Papers: Ranger water color, Neenah 110 lbs. white, vellum, MFT DP
InkVersaFine, VersaMark
Accessories: copics, platinum embossing powder, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, twine, PTI button, fun foam, Hero Arts unicorn spray, MFT Blueprints



SCS - The Bird is the Word


August is almost here...as is school!

Hi friends - how are you doing? I'm doing great, sweating away in our 100+ temp days. :D

I had a friend request a card for someone heading off to college in August; awwwww, I remember when our oldest went to college just a few years ago; we'll be sending another one off in a year. Meanwhile the oldest will now be studying abroad...see quick update below.

Anywho, the college colors are purple and gold...and it needed to be masculine - yikes, you know me - I struggle with those masculine cards; but this one came together pretty quickly!

The base focal point is purple (yeah, you probably figured that out huh? LOL); I added a Hero Arts stencil and rather than just adding whipped spackle or gesso; I decided to combine whipped spackle with gold paint. I love it!!

I then used PTI's notebook die, stamped the Verve Visual sentiment in purple and sponged on some Antique Linen distress ink. I mounted it with a piece of PTI's striped vellum and purple striped acetate and adhered with some washi tape. I added some tape runner and gold foil to a few places on the notebook die. The entire piece was mounted directly to a purple card base; I stamped another sentiment inside and added 3 pieces of double-stick tape, tapering lengths and added more gold foil.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!

UPDATE: A week ago, our oldest and I ventured to Chicago to appear before the French Consulate to apply for her year-long study abroad visa - WOW...what an experience. BUT we did ride this uber cool ferris wheel while at Navy Pier. Good times; it was super hot, we walked over 8 miles, about 22, 000 steps...memories I'll cherish forever!


Stamps: Verve Visual Great Expectations and Brighter Days
Papers: PTI Royal Velvet and striped vellum, We R Memory Keepers Acetate, DP by MME
InkAntique Linen Distress Ink, PTI Royal Velvet
Accessories: Ranger foil, tape runner, Hero Arts stencil, whipped spackle, gold paint, washi tape, PTI notebook die