Showing posts with label Verve Visual. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Verve Visual. Show all posts

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Stars are Brightly Shining

Today I have a Christmas Card to share (yes - I work on them year round so I'm done by December!) And I'm so glad there are lots of challenges out there to inspire my designs!
I used Multi Step Ornament and Stars stamps from Kitchen Sink to stamp the star in my sky and the sentiment is from Peace on Earth by Verve.

My card was inspired by:
I was inspired by the stars and the dark night outside the windows

Happy weekend everyone!
Stamps:  Multi Step Ornament and Stars - Kitchen Sink, Peace on Earth - Verve.
Paper:  White, Soft Stone - PTI, Brushed Silver - SU, star patterned paper from stash.
Ink:  Hero Arts Black, Brilliance Starlite Silver, Brilliance Starlite Black.
Accessories:  Star and rectangle dies - Nestabilities, foam dots.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fusion March 31 - Orchid Occasions

Spring is here - hopefully weather wise as well - and it's time for a lovely new Fusion Card Challenge.
I was inspired by the blues and the sketch this week.
First I did a watercolor wash over the watercolor paper panel.  I die cut the oval out of matboard, inking it by rubbing my Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink pad over it.  Then I flicked water onto it and dried it with my heat tool.  I die cut the butterflies also out of mat board and used Tim Holtz' Eroded Metallic Technique on them shown on this post.

So show us what inspires you with this weeks Fusion Challenge!   Link your cards up here.
You will find all of the Design Team cards there too - they are also linked below.
Julia Aston - me!
Stephanie Severin

as well as our March guest designer!
Kate Lorenzi

Stamps:  Everlasting Life - Verve
Paper:  Water Color Paper - Ranger, Mat Board - Sizzix, True Black - PTI, DP Fine and Sunny Paper Pad - Kaiser Craft.
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Ranger Distress Mermaid Lagoon
Accessories:  Die - Small Oval/Alterations, Small Butterfly - Movers and Shapers - Sizzix/Tim Holtz, sequins - Waltzingmouse, blue watercolor paint, paint brush, water.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Leaving the Nest

Happy Saturday everyone!  I'm so glad it's the weekend!
I made this Easter card for the Card Concept challenge - Naturally Pink.  I'd say my card was CAS Mixed Media
I was inspired by the colors and the nest!   I was going to add eggs to the nest but then felt an empty nest was the perfect illustration of  the empty tomb on Easter Day as 'He has Risen!"  
I made my background using my friend Loll's Splash Watercolor  technique using Worn Lipstick and Brushed Corduroy Distress Inks and water on my craft mat.
I dried the background with my heat tool and then stamped the nest from the Bird Feather set using Ranger Distress Ground Espresso ink.  I love the look of the splash watercolor. Some of it's a wash and some of it's water spots!
I gold embossed the sentiment from Everlasting Life by Verve on the panel.  It really sparkles in the light IRL - you can see that sparkle a bit in the two photos above.
I layered panel over a slightly larger gold foil panel from SU and added 3 Sugar Blend sequins from Avery Elle

I'm also linking my card to:
I used stamps, watercolor and wet embossing
Cute Card Thursday - Easter
Splitcoaststampers - Mixability Challenge - Trio of Spring colors

Let us celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem this Palm Sunday and his final teachings to his disciples during the week before the sadness of Good Friday when he dies for our sins.  How wonderful that Joy returns on Easter Sunday - when He is Risen!
Stamps:  Bird Feather - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, Everlasting Life - Verve
Paper:  watercolor - Ranger, Vintage Cream - PTI, Gold Foil - SU
Ink:  Versamark, Ranger Distress Ground Espresso, Brushed Corduroy, Worn Lipstick
Accessories:  water mister, Craft Mat - Ranger, gold embossing powder, Sugar Blend Sequins - Avery Elle.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Winter White Trees

Wishing everyone a most Blessed Christmas Day!
My cards today were inspired by this beautiful card made by Bobbi Smith

I used 3 different sentiments on the front -  this one is from Verve.
 First, I white embossed the beautiful trees from the Tree Line Set extending the embossing to the bottom of the panel.   Next, I sponged the sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.
This Bible verse sentiment is from Silent Night by PTI.
I flicked water onto the sky with my finger and dried it with my heat tool.  Then I splattered Picket Fence Distress Paint onto the panel using my splatter brush.
This is another sentiment from the Silent Night set by PTI.

For unto us, is born this day, a saviour which is Christ the Lord.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Rustic Snow

I have a Mixed Media Christmas tag to share today.  I started my design with something I just saw in an advertisement for the Renegade Craft Fair in the December 2015 25th Anniversary Issue of Martha Stewart that came in the mail this week.   See the package in the middle with the foliage and red washi tape?
Here is how I used that inspiration on my creation.
I die cut the tag out of Kraft cardstock and then stenciled it with Tim's Stripes stencil using Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  I used Tim's Speckles stencil with Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste for the 'snow'.  I looped some Linen Ribbon through the hole and added a Jingle Brad.  The 25 is die cut out of Brushed Gold cardstock and layered with foam dots.
I used Spruce and Sprigs stamps and dies for the pieces of foliage.  I layered them with foam dots and added a piece of Washi Tape across their stems (it looks like I have the exact same tape they used on the package in the ad!).  I knotted a piece of tinsel string from Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop around the tag looping the tails behind it.  I adhered two Small Talk/Occasions stickers and stamped Merry Christmas along the bottom.
To make this tag into a Christmas decoration that could be put on display -  I die cut Tim's small easel and adhered it to the back.
I'm linking my rustic tag to several challenges:
Anything but Cute - It's Ornamental
Virginia's View - Textures
Stamps:  Spruce and Sprigs - PTI, Crazy Talk - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Kraft, Scarlet Jewel - PTI, Brushed Gold - SU
Ink:  Ranger Distress Iced Spruce, Classic Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Scarlet Jewel - PTI, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, Washi Tape, Idea-ology Small Talk/Occasions, Jingle Brads, Linen Ribbon, Tag and Bookplate Die, Small Easel, Stacked Words/Christmas - Alterations, Spruce and Sprigs - PTI, Speckles stencil and Stripes Stencil - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous, tinsel string - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pastel Christmas in the Round

I have two round Christmas cards to share today -  
I used the same technique for the background on both cards.  I took Worn Lipstick and Salty Ocean Distress Stains and ran them over my NonStick Craft Mat in two lines.  I spritzed the mat with water over the stains and then swiped a panel of glossy card stock straight through the colors.  I flipped over the panel and let the colors drip a bit - then dried it with my heat tool and blotted any big pools of color with a paper towel. The card above was made using the first panel I swiped through the stains - so the colors are stronger.

The card below was made with a glossy card stock panel swiped through what was left on the mat after the first swipe, so the colors are a little weaker, especially the Worn Lipstick on the right..  I die cut the panels with a circle Nestability as well as the card bases - having the die a little over the fold in the card so it didn't cut through all the way around, leaving a fold at the top.  The PEACE cut out was made with a Movers and Shapers die from Alterations/Tim Holtz.   This panel is popped up on foam dots to accent the cut out.  I adhered Lemonade Blend sequins from Avery Elle on the card above and sequins from Neat and Tangled on the card below (the sequins were included free in an order I just got from them!)
I'm linking my cards to two Christmas Challenges:
Festive Friday - which was this photo for inspiration
and Merry Monday - which was to use sparkle -  I used sequins for sparkle and glossy paper that shines!

Joy Card:
Stamps:  Joy to the World - Verve
Paper:  White - PTI, Gloss Card Stock - Ranger
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders, Ranger Distress Stains Worn Lipstick and Salty Ocean, Non Stick Craft Mat - Ranger, Water Mister - Ranger, Lemonade Blend sequins - Avery Elle.

Peace Card:
Paper:  Sweet Blush - PTI, Gloss Card Stock - Ranger
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders, Peace Movers and Shapers die - Alterations/Tim Holtz, foam dots, sequins - Neat and Tangled, Non Stick Craft Mat - Ranger, Water Mister - Ranger,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy Birthday to You - Honeycomb

I used a new toy on my card today -  the Frameworks Border - Honey Comb die from Tim Holtz.  I embedded the die in a white panel having the negative cut on the panel and filling it with the die cut in Green Bazzill cardstock and filling the honeycombs with patterned paper Out of Print by Basic Grey.  I think the colors I used make this a good choice for a Masculine card.  I added home made enamel dots made from Perler Beads.  I had to add the sentiment from Verve on a square of card stock since I stamped it a little crooked directly onto the panel and had to cover it!
My design was inspired by this week's Cas(e) this Sketch.
Stamps:  Birthday to You - Verve.
Paper:  White - PTI, Green Bazzill, DP - Out of Print - Basic Grey
Ink:  Archival Leaf Green
Accessories:  Honey Comb Die - Tim Holtz/Sizzix, Glue N Seal - Ranger, Enamel Dots made from Perler Beads.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Joy to the World - Sweet Pea

I have several DT posts coming up this week so I wanted to sneak these two challenge cards in before I ran out of posting time!
When I saw this Festive Friday Challenge 

 I knew that I'd pull out my sweet little star die  and this wonderful digital wood grain DP from  the Etsy Shop - All About Scrapping, that I won for a card I entered into a Stamplorations Challenge.  The sentiment from Verve seemed perfect for it - stamped directly on the paper in Archival Jet Black Ink.
I'm also linking this to Jingle Belles - to use at least 3 layers -  I know this card looks pretty CAS but there ARE 3 layers on it!

For my second card -  I needed a baby card for the baby shop that buys cards from me.  I've made cards with this peapod stamp and buttons before and the owner said they are quite popular and so she wanted more.  
I used my Stitched Mat Rectangle and Circle dies for the panels - the pea pod stamp is from Baby Button Bits by PTI.  I used the large green circle panel to suggest a pea in keeping with the theme! (I tried a half circle first but it just didn't look right to me!)
My design was inspired by the CAS-ual Friday's challenge - Three Things (to use three of something on just one third of the card front)
I used three buttons, 3 colors (2 shades of green and yellow (buttons)), and 3 layers - and the pea pod itself is on approximately just 1/3rd of the card!

I'll be back tomorrow with a Mixed Media Post for the eclectic Paperie Blog - I hope you'll stop by to check it out!

Joy to the World
Stamps:  Joy to the World/Plain Jane - Verve
Paper:  red Bazzill, white - PTI, woodgrain Digital DP from the Brown Grunge Texture Set - All About Scrapping Etsy Shop.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Star die - Savvy Stamps/Ellen Hutson, thick foam dots.

Little Sweet Pea
Stamps:  Baby Button Bits - PTI
Paper:  White, Limeaide Ice - PTI
Ink:  Archival Leaf Green and Jet Black
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle and Circle dies - Lil' Inker Designs, vintage buttons - PTI, foam dots, Glossy Accents (as adhesive for the buttons)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Perfect Day for a Happy Birthday

I'm squeezing in a couple more challenge cards that I had time to make this week.  First is a card I used some of my brand new Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi stencils on.  The background is Check Mate and the tree is Layered Tree.  The sentiment is from Sentimental Art by Studio 490 Stampers Anonymous.  I stenciled on a panel of watercolor paper so there is a nice texture on it.  I used Ranger Distress Bundled Sage, Archival Leaf Green and Tree Branch.

I'm linking this card to the Keep It Simple challenge - Stencil
As well as Virginia's View Challenge - Stencil
and the Moxie Fab World Styling with Stencils 

For my second card I used some pretty patterned papers I just got at a friends Stampin' Up Party.   The balloons are dies from WPlus9 Whole Lotta Happy that I added twine balloon strings to!   The sentiment  Verve.
My card design is from Seize the Sketch
and I was also inspired by the Cure for the Monday Blues - the colors and mix of patterns!
Tree card
Stamps:  Stampers Anonymous Studio 490 - Sentimental Art

Paper:  White - PTI, Watercolor paper - Ranger
Ink:  Ranger Distress Bundled Sage, Archival Leaf Green and Tree Branch
Accessories:  Stencils:  Check Mate and Layered Tree - Studio 490 Wency Vecchi

Happy Birthday to You
Stamps:  Verve
Paper:  White, Aqua Mist - PTI, DP - Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Up.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  foam dots, square Nestability, Stitched Mat Rectangle Dies - Lil' Inker Designs, Caribbean Twine- The Twinery, balloon dies - Whole Lotta Happy - WPlus9.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Creations by AR - April Release DT Blog Hop - Easel Top Box

Welcome to the April Creations by AR Release Design Team Blog Hop!  Today we are showing you the marvelously creative design of Adela's Easel Top Box.  This unique box can be used to store and display photos or recipes - I made mine as a way to store and display Bible Verses

I used a textured Coredinations paper in Mystic Grey for the outside of the box.  I sponged all the edges  with Ranger Distress Pumice Stone.  The cross is a Nestability die as well as the oval it's adhered to
Here are photos of the box from all angles - open and closed.
 The decorative piece along the bottom was put on because of a mistake I had to cover (!) its a silver  Industrious Sticker - Borders from Tim Holtz that I inked with Orange Blossom and Fern Green Archival Inks.  I didn't have enough to go around the whole box - so I just put it on the front.
 The top of the cover when closed.
The box open - with the 9 Bible Verse cards I created tucked inside. You can see there's plenty of room for more!  I included 3 blank ones where I could write special prayers or thoughts.
The back view when the easel is open - 
I used Box Corners from Tim Holtz Ideology on the bottom corners of the box.
Side View
I made the Bible Verse cards using a Stitched Mat Rectangle die with Soft Stone card stock.   Even though the verses are from different stamp sets - I kept them uniform by using the same colors of ink and the pretty stem stamp.  The verses below are from Beautiful Blessings and Everyday Blessings by Papertrey Ink.
 Some of these verse stamps are from Verve and Clear Dollar Stamps (no longer in business)

I will put this box either on my desk at work or on my window sill by the kitchen sink - where I can rotate the cards daily or weekly to remind me of God's word every day.
The finished box measures 6.18" W x 4.5" H x 3.25" D.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the template.  It also comes as a PDF file that can be printed and hand cut out.
What would YOU use this creative box for?
Here's what you can win:
The Easel Top Box Template:  

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Stamps:  Prayer Journal and Beautiful Scriptures - Clear Dollar Stamps (no longer available),  Scripture Medley 1 - Verve, Beautiful Blessings and Everyday Blessings, PTI, Scripture (they no longer have the ones I used but others are here - Print Works collection
Paper:  Coredinations Canvas Textures - Mystic Grey, Dark Razzleberry Prismatics/Prism
Ink:  Ranger Distress Pumice Stone and Aged Mahogany, Archival Fern Green and Orange Blossom.
Accessories:  foam dots, ScorTape, Industrious Stickers/Borders and Box Corners -Tim Holtz Ideology, Crosses Two and Oval - Nestabilities, Stitched Mat Rectangle Die - Lil'Inker Designs, Silhouette Cameo.