Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge – July Sketch No. 2

Okay, mission accomplished. Here is my entry into the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge for July Sketch no. 2. For this card, I opted to make a shaker, and used stamps from the ‘Surely Goodness’ and ‘Beautiful’ Verve stamps sets. To make the stamped images pop, I used my Nuvo embossing powder in Jet Black.

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I recently purchased a lot of the Nuvo brand of products, so I plan on doing a haul/review on YouTube in the next few days.

If you’ve entered the Viva La Verve challenges this month, leave a comment. I’d love to see what you’ve designed.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Elaine

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Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge – July Sketch 1

Okay so I am a little late to the game on this one, and I am going to try to play catch-up and get to sketch no. 2  today as well. It seems like ages, since I’ve participated in a card sketch challenge. Many of you who follow me on Instagram already know, I was recently introduced the Verve brand of stamps, by a wonderfully talented friend of mine, Sybil Stephens, who is @sybil_stephens on Instagram and Sybil B on YouTube.

It was love at first sight. Sybil made several cards while participating in the The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge, hosted by Kathy Rac of www.thedailymarker.com. She featured these stamps and it was a definite I gotta have them moment!

Well the stamps are very high quality photopolymer, and they stamp beautifully!!! I will absolutely be placing an order for more. As I was researching the brand, I started following them on IG (@vervestamps)almost immediately, and then noticed they host a sketch challenge on their blog www.vlvsketches.blogspot.com.

That brings us to my entry for July’s sketch no. 1.

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It has been ages since, I’ve created an easel card, so I thought that’s what I’d do here. I used the Verve stamp set ‘Richly Blessed’ and their coordinating die.  I masked part of the sentiment, which originally read “May you be richly blessed this Christmas and always.” I am not even ready for Christmas in July, LOL!

Along with the Verve sets, I used my Anna Griffin ‘Blessed’ die and embossing folder ‘Chrysanthemum Toss’ and my Teresa Collins embossing folder ‘Woodgrain Cottage’. I think the embossing and gold foil cardstock lend alot of elegance to this card.

If you have an opportunity to enter one of the Viva La Verve sketch challenges this month, let me know, I’d love to see what you create!

Until next time friends,  Happy Crafting!

Elaine

Christmas, Christmas, Everywhere!

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I have had Christmas on my mind since early July. Every year as September and back to school approaches, my mind wanders to fall, football and the upcoming holidays! The girls and I got together recently and made some Christmas cards and tags, and I think they turned out super cute with a retro feel.

I especially liked the snowmen!!!

I had some vintage snowmen jpg images which I converted to png files, and then print and cut using my Cricut Explore. If you are interested in either png image so that you can recreate them on your own, message me and I will send you a link to the file.

I would love to know what you’ll be working on for the coming holiday seasons.

Until next time…happy crafting!

Elaine

Altered Thinking calls for an Altered Notebook

Today was a day for contemplation…with beautiful weather and lots of fluffy clouds in the air, who couldn’t help but daydream. Whether you’re daydreaming about possibilities or the past, sometimes it is helpful to chronicle those thoughts. It’s always nice to be able to put your introspection down on paper as a way to organize, catagorize, examine and move on.

I decided to use my creative energy today to create a chronicling vessel all of my own. I started with a kraft notebook I got from Daiso…got to love Daiso. I added some glitter paper, lace, ribbon, pearls, vintage trims, including rhinestones and seam binding and I’ve taken the ordinary to a place where romantic, shabby chic and ballet pink rule.

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I’d love to hear how you organize your reflections when you’re in a contemplative mood, and to see how you refashion everyday objects until they become visual expressions of you.

Until next time….Happy Crafting!

Elaine