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Let Your Heart Be Light

Hi friends! Long time no post! Life has been very hectic around here with a prolonged sickness the past couple of months. Seems like one or all of us has been sick since September. Between official school days off and sick days for the boys, I think one or both boys has been home with me more than at school in the past 2 months. I'm happy to be able to stay with them, but it certainly does make running a business very difficult.

Since I've been playing nursemaid, I missed my holiday manufacturing deadlines.  So I've decided to do an all digital holiday release this year. Today there are 5 new DIGITAL sets in the shop, along with the re-release of a couple of our Christmas digis from the past.

Today I'm sharing a card made with the November Viva la Verve sketch and the Winter Peace DIGITAL Set. I tried to evoke the quiet stillness of a snowy day in the font choices and imagery, and am so excited for all the elegant cards to come with this set. I can't wait to foil that deer image!

Here's a photo of the printable PDF of the Winter Peace DIGITAL set. I printed it on white cardstock with my laser printer and colored the images with Copics, adding a bit of Nuvo glitter drops to the flower centers before cutting out.  The larger flower fits the die in our Autumn Thanks Die Set.

For my card, I've hand trimmed the smaller flower. I'm totally obsessed with my Minc machine, now that I've finally plugged it in, so just had to foil the let your heart be light sentiment in silver to add a little elegance to this modern card. The foiling is so hard to photograph, but is such an easy way to class up a card!

I layered a couple different papers then added some grosgrain ribbon to replace the wide horizontal strip in the sketch.

So as I mentioned, there are a BUNCH of new digis in the shop today. And all of our digis are on sale through the end of the month. So shop, print and craft away!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Winter Peace DIGITAL Set (Verve)
Paper: Holly Jolly (Bella Blvd), Bundle of Joy (Echo Park), white
Ink: laser printer, Copic markers
Accessories: Nuvo glitter drops (Tonic), stitched rectangle die (Cottage Cutz), grosgrain ribbon (SU!), polka dot embossing folder (QuicKutz), Minc machine, Silver reactive foil (Heidi Swapp)

Other Links
November Viva la Verve Sketch
Autumn Thanks Die Set

Shabby Viva la Verve

Hi friends! It's the first Friday in November and that means it's time for a brand new Viva la Verve sketch. This month's sketch has lots of straight lines for those of you who like them, and it's easy to dress up or down depending on your style.

I went a little shabby for my sample card, so more is more! I get lot of requests for sketch measurements, and I've kind of shied away from doing it for a couple of reasons.  1. I don't like to measure things. Unless I'm making a treat box where measurements are imperative, I just wing it.  2. I don't want anyone to feel they have to make their card the same way I did. The sketches are open to interpretation so that you can make the sketch fit the images and stamps you want to use, not the other way around. However, I'm trying out adding the measurements to the sketch image this month.  Let me know if you like to have them.  If not, there's no reason for me to have to measure each month. {grin}

My card started with this stamped panel that was in my leftovers bin from a previous stamping session. The Psalm 34:18 verse and the flower from Scripture Medley 5 were embossed in early espresso ink with clear embossing powder.  I decided to go for an autumn feel to the card, so colored the flower with copics and then sponged the edges with distress ink.

Next I started on the background. I stenciled a leaf stencil (quite messily, if I do say so myself) with modeling paste. I got a new craft mat a while ago which I absolutely love, but unfortunately washi tape won't stay stuck to it, so my stencil slipped a bunch. I sprayed with some Lindy's sprays, then sponged with distress oxide inks until I had a nice warm background.  A piece of vintage lace is wrapped around this layer as my horizontal panel, then I just layered some scraps of Amber Moon paper behind the sentiment and added a bunch of upholstery thread.  The finishing touch was a metal embellishment in the corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a splendidly creative November. We'd love to have you play along with the sketch this month. Verve stamps aren't required, but there is a monthly prize up for grabs!  Play as long as often as you like. I love to see what you create!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Scripture Medley 5 (Verve Stamps)
Paper: amber moon (Prima Marketing), cream (Neenah)
Ink: antique photo, vintage photo, walnut stain, wild honey, fossilized amber distress and oxide inks (Ranger), spray ink (Lindy's Stamp Gang), early espresso (SU!)
Accessories: leaf stencil (Carta Bella), upholstery thread, embossing powder, metal embellishment (The Funkie Junkie Boutique), modeling paste (Prima Marketing), vintage lace trim, paper distresser

Other Links
November 2017 Viva la Verve Sketch
Best Ever Craft Mat by Ken Oliver (Amazon)

Foiled Autumn Coffee

Hi friends! I got a chance to do something new to me this weekend. Two years ago I purchased a Minc machine from Amazon and plugged it in and it started smoking and burning up.  It would never get to the ready state, just smoked and smoked. So frightening! So I immediately packed it back up and returned it.  Later that season, one of the local craft stores was having a big sale and I picked up another machine for a steal, thinking at least if I bought it locally, the return process would be a little less painful than taking the package to UPS.  But the holiday season and sicknesses hit and the minc got tucked away in the closet and forgotten. Fast forward to this weekend when I decided for better or for worse, I'd give the thing a test drive.  I really love the look of foil, so was excited to pair it with our Coffee Please digi.

I used one of the sentiments from the printable PDF that was already printed on some pearlized cream cardstock. I ran it through with some orange foil and it worked like a charm! No smoking and success right off the bat! Now I must foil all the things!  :)  I had a hard time catching the foil in my photography, only the close-up above captures a bit of the real shimmery orange-y goodness of it.  Those letters on the left side and the tip of the leaf are orange too, I just couldn't find the right angle to show the glimmer of the whole piece.

The background started with a piece of cream cardstock.  I embossed it with a new embossing folder I picked up at Tuesday Morning. Don't you love those dimpled leaves?  I coated the whole piece with clear gesso, then added some prima and dylusions sprays to get the coloring I wanted.  Next I painted on some gold paint and some copper wax to highlight things.  The leaf on the sentiment is watercolored with the same colors of sprays, then I added a couple fabric leaves that I did the same treatment with.

Finishing embellishments were some brown striped ribbon, a metal leaf embellishment and a chipboard coffee cup sticker from the Amber Moon collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you have an inspired day.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Coffee Please DIGITAL (Verve Stamps)
Paper: pearlized cream (Paper Accents), cream (Neenah)
Ink: laser printer, vanilla caramel spray (Dylusions), Pot Marigold Color Bloom spray (Prima), antique gold paint (Prima), rich copper metalliqu wax (Prima)
Accessories: orang Minc foil (Heidi Swapp), Amber Moon chipboard stickers (Prima), Downton Abbey leaf flourish embossing folder (Crafter's Companion), metal leaf embellishment (The Funkie Junkie Boutique), fabric leaves (Recollection), ribbon (SU!), paper distresser, Minc machine (Heidi Swapp), Clear gesso (Prima)

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