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Simply Lucky

Hi friends! I've had a busy week and until last night, hadn't stepped into my studio since last Saturday. Some weeks are like that. I love to get inky, but there are times when a book or a chance to play basketball with the boys on a sunny day wins out over stamping.

Anyhow, last night I decided to spend a little time stamping and was totally surprised when I got to my desk and saw that there was a card I had put together but hadn't glued down just sitting there waiting for me!  Always nice to start a stamping session with a little success, right? {grin}

When I created this one I was in a very rare clean and simple mood. The spring cleaning bug has started nipping at me and I wanted to make a card with lots of white and crisp green for the March Diva Inspirations challenge. Growing up my parents always used Ivory soap, but when we went to my grandma's she had Irish Spring soap and I remember how crisp and clean and nice smelling it was. I used to love washing my hands at grandma's! Anyhow, I tried to capture that crisp and clean Irish freshness with this card.

The sentiment from the Irish Coffee digi is printed on vellum.  I also printed the four leaf clover and cup from the digi on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The cup is cut with the coordinating Happiness in a Cup Die Set.  For the layout I just grabbed a few scraps from the Emerald collection by Authentique and glued them together, then I used my sewing machine to zigzag stitch the vellum sentiment on. A plaid strip to ground things and a few scored lines at the top and bottom of the card base finish things off.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day weekend. The boys were pretty excited for the Irish dancers to come perform at their school this morning. And tomorrow we're going to an annual St. Patrick's day brunch with friend and there will be live bagpipe players. Pretty exciting!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Irish Coffee DIGITAL Set (Verve)
Paper: Emerald (Authentique), white, vellum
Ink: laser printer, copic markers
Accessories: Happiness in a Cup Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), sewing machine, scor-pal, Zazz glitter glue (American Crafts)

Shabby Calling

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing a fun little shabby collage card I made with the Amelia Rose collection from Prima and a sentiment from the new Irish Coffee digi.

As I was flipping through the Amelia Rose 3x4 pad, this journaling card just spoke to my soul. It reads...

"The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling." -fabienne fredrickson 

How true. I felt it would be a perfect little start to a new adventure kind of card.  I distressed it a bit with distress inks and gesso, then added the good luck sentiment from the Irish Coffee set. It is printed on vellum and embossed with pink foil, then cut with a circle die and I tucked a cream colored circle below it to help it stand out.  I added the fearless ticket from the amelia rose collection, then fussy cut a couple of flower images from the 6x6 paper pad. Since I didn't want to cut off any part of the journaling card, I decide to go with a 5.5" square card base to give things a little room to breathe. The dream sticker is from the sticker collection and I tucked in a couple butterflies and some flowers, adding accents with black tulip color bloom spray and a watercolor brush where needed.  The background is from the 6x6 pad, splattered with white india ink and I added a bit of cheesecloth behind the collage for some interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fearlessly passionate kind of day.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Irish Coffee DIGITAL Set (Verve)
Paper: Amelia Rose 6x6 paper pad and 3x4 journaling cards (Prima), cream (Neenah), vellum
Ink: pumice stone, hickory smoke, spun sugar distress (Ranger), white india ink (Dr. Ph. Martin's), black tulip color bloom spray (Prima)
Accessories: Amelia rose paper tickets, Amelia Rose ephemera, Amelia Rose word & quote stickers, Briella Cherry blossom flowers, Rose Quartz butterflies, Damianne Love Story flowers (Prima), cheesecloth, pink foil, Minc Machine (Heidi Swapp), tiny attacher (Tim Holtz), gesso, paint

Drink Me Coffee Card and a Blog Hop

I'm happy to announce that we're bringing back Verve's monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge Hop!  I'm the first stop on the hop, so grab a little cup of something and settle in for a Vervey treat! This month the challenge is to use the color green and I'm so excited to see what the girls have created.  Hop along and leave a comment at each stop, then link up a new green creation over on the Verve blog for a chance to win!

PRIZE ALERT: Our challenge comes with a prize drawing for a $30 gift voucher to the Verve shop. To be eligible, be sure to hop around and leave a comment on each of the Diva blog posts, then play along and link up before April 5. Verve stamps are NOT required, but we do love to see 'em!

There are no rules.. just have fun creating!
This month we'd love for us to show us your green. Feel free to take inspiration from this drippy, weathered gate photo or just pull out some green toys from your stash and start to play. We can't wait to see what you create!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Thursday, April 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

For my card I started by dripping and spritzing some color bloom spray onto a gessoed tag. I loved the look and didn't want to cover it up too much, so printed the drink me sentiment from the Irish Coffee digi on vellum and adhered to the bottom of the tag, accenting with a bit of thin washi tape and rounding the corners. Next I colored the shamrock with copics and cut out the shamrock with a circle die, matting with gold foil cardstock.  I finished off the tag with a bow of seam binding.

Next I decided I wanted to make a card shaped like a coffee cup. To do this I cut a 3.5" x 11" piece of cardstock and scored at 5.5" and folded it over.  On the front bottom edge I marked 0.5" from either side with a pencil. Then I lined up the top edge and the pencil marked line with my guillotine trimmer and cut, repeating on the other side.

The top of the cup is two panels.  I cut a 1" x 4.25" piece  and a 0.5" x 4.25" piece from white cardstock.  I rounded the bottom two corners of the bigger piece with a 1/2" corner rounder, then rounded the top two corners of the thinner piece with a 1/4" rounder.  I then used dimensional tape to line the two up overlapping, so the whole piece is 1.25" x 4.25". This piece is glued to line up with the top of the card.

I then cut a 2" strip of patterned paper for the java jacket and adhered it to the front of the card, trimming the excess edges with scissors.

I wanted my card to hold a coffee gift card, so I cut a 2" x 3.5" strip of patterned paper for a pocket on the inside. I then placed sticky strip along the bottom and up about 2" on the side edges of the inside of the card and adhered the panel, burnishing the edges. Then it was just a matter of trimming the excess with scissors, popping in a gift card and accenting a bit with some of the same washi tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project.
Next stop on the hop is the fabulous Betty.

PS. You can save a little green during our March sale, with everything in the shop, including our new digis,  30% off!

Need a little more inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve.  Just leave a little love as you hop about, then come back and link up your green creations for a chance to win!

1. Julee 4. Laurie
2. Betty 5. Maureen
3. Marisa 6. Teresa

Enabler's List
Stamps: Irish Coffee DIGITAL Set (Verve)
Paper: Emerald (Authentique), white, vellum, gold cardstock
Ink: laser printer, Copic markers), Color burst spray (Prima)
Accessories: corner chomper (WRMK), circle dies, washi tape, seam binding, gesso, tag
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