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.

Richly Blessed 1

Richly Blessed 2

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

Crafting Compulsion?

Does this ever happen to you??? Do you ever become obsessed with the silliest things? Do you sometimes exhibit a crafting compulsion that could potentially land you in a twelve step program? Okay maybe I am being a tad melodramatic, but I think I may have a problem:) So I have been going OCD over these Lace & Doily Stickers that they are carrying at the Dollar Tree. They are so adorable, and I feel this overwhelming compulsion to get them. It’s been hit or miss for me in finding them, and I have found myself guilty of drawing others into my sickness.

My mother was able to obtain several sets…my girlfriend Jona found a few…my girlfriend Karen made an attempt, but alas there were no doily stickers to be found where she went. In an effort to appease her crafty friend, she did however find some adorable 3D garden stickers. No they were not doilies but they were hecka cute!

So to say thank you to her for redirecting my one track doily loving mind, I made her this set of mini cards using the garden stickers.

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They were super easy to put together, and the turned out really cute. I even made a tiny desktop box for them to sit in, so they could be kept close at hand.

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So thank you to all those crazy ladies, who were trying to help this crazy crafter in her quest.

Until the next obsession…Happy Crafting!

Elaine

Butterfly Birthday Card – Cricut Explore & Anna Griffin

As many of you know, I adore all things Anna Griffin…paper, textiles…you name it, I love it. So when the new Cricut Explore came out with the Anna Griffin images, it was a no brainer.

I wasn’t sure what to create first so I opted for a card from the pre-designed projects library, and I am uber smitten with the results!

Also impressive, was how wonderfully the Explore functions. I have owned several versions of ProvoCraft’s Cricut Machine and this is by far my favorite. It is steady, quiet and exact. I still have a bit of a learning curve to overcome using Design Space as opposed to Craft Room, but this machine will make it totally worthwhile.

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Now I need to decide what to do with that Imagine Machine of mine! Maybe a prize to one of my subscribers??? Stay tuned for that.

Below are pictures of the gift bag and gift tag that accompanied the card. I hope their recipient enjoys them as much as I do!

 

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Until Next Time…Happy Crafting!

Elaine