Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Retrospect of Verve's July Release Sets and Dies

It's a Verve July Release Retrospective Blog Hop today! The Verve Divas and guests are serving up some more inspiration using the July release stamps and dies! Besides a peek at some really cool cards, there are also a couple of prizes up for grabs! Let's have some fun on a Saturday.

Special Guest Diva Kay was your last stop on the hop and when you are done here you'll head on over to Charmaine's blog for more Verve inspiration.

I'm so excited to show you this card on my blog today. Since the release earlier this month it's been tucked away in the gallery so if it looks familiar to you then I've just connected the dots, but I've kept it for the hop today because it was a fun creative process for me.

The feather stamp really needed to have a serendipitous feel to go with it for my card so I randomly brought out a few mixed media tools. It's quite a free flowing card.

I added some water to acrylics and create the washed background paper on watercolor paper, then went back over it with some whitewashed spritzed around with an old toothbrush. Next I grabbed a stencil and added some white acrylic paint with a palette knife. Then splattered with a paintbrush and a few different colors. The border was made by evenly taping around the watercolor paper at the very beginning.

The sentiment and feather are on monoprinted paper to match the hand painted background.

That's it! I hope you are having a great Saturday! Now let's see what Charmaine has for us!

1. Julee10. Jen
2. Stacey11. Sheri {Guest}
3. Maureen12. Laurie
4. Chaitali13. Andrea
5. Marisa14. Amber
6. Teresa15. Christyne
7. Kay {Guest}16. Sarah
8. Janelle17. Anya
9. Charmaine18. Betty

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

Want another chance to win? Now it's your turn! We'd LOVE to see what you've done with the July release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our July release and you'll be entered in a drawing to win our entire next release! All the details and the linkup widget are on the Verve Blog today. The deadline is August 23, so there's still plenty of time to get the July release if you haven't already. 

Don't miss this weekend only discount offer in honor of Julee's birthday:

Stamps: Moments Remembered (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Watercolor Paper (Fluid), white cardstock (Neenah)
Ink: Jet Black (Archival, Ranger), acrylic paint
Accessories: Stencils, paper towel, toothbrush, masking tape
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stampendous Christmas in July

This week the Stampendous team is sharing Christmas theme from the new July 2014 Catalog release. I'm sharing my Bundled Kitty with some fun Copic Marker color.

You can find out how I made this card by going to my Bundled Kitty Project Sheet on Stampendous website. Copic colors are available there. Go ahead and take a look around at the other July release products.

ALSO, also... Stampendous just might be in your area at a show! Yea! Check out where they are in this blog post.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer means Projects, right?

Hi blog friends,

Summer always has expectations of fun and travel even when it's just down the hill from home. I'm usually ready to get going on projects in all my unfinished puddles as well. The problem is I end up mixing them all up together and getting injured. Go figure, right. I'm doing all the activities I want to do and it gives me grief in return. Ha.

So while my sewing, knitting, papercrafting, bicycle and swimming suit have all sat idle, I've been laying in a recliner or flat on my back recovering from strained and scarred back muscles. Yes, you can giggle at me or with me if you've been there too. Anyway, I'm able do short spurts of typing and one-button photo editing on existing projects to share with you until I'm able to flex my neck and work with my hands at the same time on projects. Maybe I should try and work as Michaelangelo did on the Sistine Chapel, flat on my back. Hmmmm, I' would probably end up with more glue on my face than my project.

This card was done for the July 4th Mix-Ability challenge MIX75: I Love a PARADE. I stamped one of the Peaceful Medallion stamps multiple times on the charcoal background paper using the stamping with bleach tutorial on SCS. Then the sentiment from Moments Remembered is stamped on mixed media paper scrap adding a hand drawn frame. Medallions are stamped and hand painted with acrylic wash paints handcut and glued randomly to the card. Some mixed media paper is punched out in a few flowers and glued down for some eye flow assistance.

There are a few sales going on over at the Verve Shop. I hope you'll take the time to see the new release if you haven't already and also the Christmas in July sale. :)

Stamps: Peaceful Medallions, Moments Remembered (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White cardstock (Neenah), Charcoal and black cardstock (Wausau), Kelly green (unknown)
Ink: Jet Black (Archival, Ranger), acrylic paints, bleach
Accesories: flower punch (Fiskars), paper towel, scissors, adhesive foam squares (Tombow), black pen and ruler

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