Monday, September 25, 2017








Happy Monday!  I am popping in with a card to share.   I am playing along with this month's PTI Blog Hop Challenge!











When I saw this inspiration photo, I immediatly thought of a Christmas card so that it what I did.  The first thing I had to do was find the perfect bird from my PTI sets.  I chose this lovely dove from Christmas Faith set.  I die cut and stamped it using soft stone ink.  I layered several die cuts together to make it thicker for added dimension.  I also used wink of stella (maybe to extreme?excess?) to add some shimmer.



I set the dove to the side and stamped the holly and the berries in versamark and heat emboss in red and greens directly to the square of true black card stock.  I stamped and white embossed the sentiment from the same set.  I did not stress too much about white embossing fallout because I wanted some subtle stars to go along with the theme of the card.  


Since the inspiration photo had some warm tones in the bird, I thought I would use a kraft card stock base.  Since this card is pretty much CAS, I thought the card base needed a little something.  I stamped the background basic sheet music in versamark at  a slight angle for some added interest.   I added foam tape to the back of the black square  to add some dimension and added it to the base.  I toiled with adding some other embellishment, but in the end I left it just as it is.  

As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty

Sunday, September 24, 2017





Happy Sunday!   I have a card to share today.  I am playing along with two challenges.  I am playing along with this week's Papertrey Inks Make It Monday Challenge and I am using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.



For the MIM Challenge we are to combine mix florals/foliage stamps.   I combined Mums the Word and Paper Clippings:  Thankful for You.  I just think these flowes and sprig thingys work fabulously together.  




I stamped and die cut all of the images plus a few extras.  I used some warm autumnal colors in hues of olive twist, saffron spice, ripe avocado, pure poppy, royal velvet, tangy orange (MFT), and bright buttercup.  I started with some stampers select white for my card base.  I die cut a panel of saffron spice and stenciled the dots using the Dots Stencil Collection in saffron spice ink.  I started darker at the bottom and gradual faded the ink.  





I stamped the sentiment from Friendship Jar Flowers in versafine onyx black ink.  I finished my card with a few tiny gold halfback pearls I have had in my stash for years. I just felt like they completed this fall card perfectly.

As always thanks so much for stopping by!

Betty

Monday, August 28, 2017

Verve Stamps August 2017 Spotlight Hops



DAY 5 - Monday, 8/28/17
Welcome back to Day 5 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's an exciting day as there's new Verve in the store this morning! 4 beautiful new sets and 2 coordinating die sets just released and they're all available to order right now. To celebrate this special 10th Anni-VERVE-sary release, we're putting on another blog hop, with a pretty cool prize!


Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves, especially since we've got a full line-up of Divas, guests and Alumni today!

If you got here from Maureen's blog you are in the right place.







I love all of the sets, but  I chose to make another Birthday card!  I just love the Cake and Candles  stamp set.  It has everything you need to make a great birthday card.   


Even if you want just a clean and simple design, some of the sentiment are both sentiments and images all in one. 




The card I made, while clean and simple, could work for anyone young or old, male or female.    I did top off the candle flicker with some sparkle pen.  I finished this card with a trio of enamel dots.









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!
Little OnesLittle Ones Die Set
Bloom BrighterBlooming Die Set
Cake and CandlesScripture Medley 5

Day 5 Hop List
1. Julee9. Lesley
2. Maureen10. Christyne
3. Betty11. Laurie
4. Charmaine12. Kelly (Guest)
5. Marisa13. Laurie W(Alumni)
6. Amy S.(Alumni)14. Tosha L. (Alumni)
7. Amy K.(Alumni)15. Tiffany S.(Alumni)
8. Michelle W. (Alumni) 



Next on blog on the hop is Charmaine's!

As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty


Sunday, August 27, 2017
Verve Stamps August 2017 Spotlight Hops


DAY 4 - Sunday, 8/27/17
Welcome to Day 4 of the Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's time for another day of spotlighting the Verve release with the Verve Divas and special guests! We're super excited to have another very special Diva Alumni joining us for the hop today. Everything previewed this week will be available to order in the Verve online store on Monday, August 28. If you know you want it all, today is the final day to pre-order the August 2017 Buy it All Bundle at a 30% discount! Only one more sleep until release!


Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Scripture Medley 5 stamp set. This set includes the re-introduction of the final 2 scripture plain janes, as well as 9 all new scripture verse stamps.

If you got here from Maureen's blog you are in the right place.





I started with some watercolored paper.  I stamped the floral image from Scripture Medley 5 stamp set several times using versamark and embossed in white.




I used my Kuratake Gonsai Tambi watercolors and created a watecolor wash using hues of blues, greens, and yellows.  I dabbed the color with a crumpled paper towel to remove some color and to create some color variation for added dimension and depth.  I created this process two to three times until I achieved the saturation of color that I wanted. 



I added some splatters of black watercolor for effect.  I die cut and stamped the scripture for the focal point onto vellum.  I attached it with a tiny attacher.  I finished my card with a few of Verve's Shine Bright Sequin Mix.

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!


Scripture Medley 5




Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee6. Tiffany S. (Alumni)
2. Maureen8. Lesley
3. Betty10. Christyne
4. Charmaine11. Laurie
5. Marisa12. Kelly (Guest)


Next on blog on the hop is Charmaine's!

As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty 


Saturday, August 26, 2017


Verve Stamps August 2017 Spotlight Hops

DAY 3 - Saturday, 8/26/17
Welcome to Day 3 of the Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's time for another day of spotlighting the Verve release with the Verve Divas and special guests! We're super excited to have a couple very special Diva Alumni joining us for the hop today. Everything previewed this week will be available to order in the Verve online store on Monday, August 28. If you just can't wait, you can pre-order the entire release now as the August 2017 Buy it All Bundle at a 30% discount through August 27.

Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Cake and Candles stamp set, another fusion of old and new. This birthday themed compilation includes some brand new birthday sentiments with a classy modern font pairing, as well as a few re-introductions of previous sentiments and plain janes.


If you got here from Maureen's blog you are in the right place.



I created a shaker card using That's My Boy Echo Park pattern paper and Cake and Candles stamp set.  




 I stamped the focal sentiment using Versafine Onyx black ink.  I used a variety of Verve's Sequin Mixes in my shaker.  




I colored and fussy cut the cupcake and added some wink of stella for some sugary shine.   I finished with a few gold sequins.





I am playing along with CAS(E) this Sketch.



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!

Cake and Candles



Day 3 Hop List
1. Julee
7. Lesley
2. Maureen
3. Betty
9. Laurie
10. Kelly (Guest)
5. Marisa
11. Michelle W. (Alumni)
6. Tosha L.(Alumni)



Next on the hop is Charmaine's blog!

As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty 

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