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He is Risen

Hi friends! I'm happy to say there's a new Verve stamp set in the store today!  Hooray! The Risen Savior set is officially part of our upcoming April release, but I've added it to the store early since Easter is just around the corner! And since all of our stamps are on sale this month, you can pick it up at 30% off! Double hooray!

My card uses the March Viva la Verve sketch and you can even sneak a peek at a border die set that's coming in the April release. I pulled out some St. Tropez papers by Prima for this shabby chic card and used a piece of ephemera also from the St. Tropez collection. It had a bit of wording in the center, so I covered that with gesso and then stamped the sentiment from Risen Savior in the center.  Lots of distressing, a bit of seam binding and upholstery thread, and a pretty paper flower finish things off.

I've been wanting a new Easter stamp set for some time, but these early Easters keep sneaking up on me. This year, I just decided to move forward even if the manufacturing timelines were cutting things close. Hope you enjoy this inspirational set. I have lots of ideas running through my head... just hope I can make time for them all!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Risen Savior (Verve Stamps)
Paper: St. Tropez (Prima), crumb cake (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: antique linen, vintage photo distresss (Ranger), Coffee Archival (Ranger)
Accessories: Lacey Trim Duo Die Set (releasing April 2018 from A Cut Above by VERVE), St. Tropez ephemera (Prima), gesso, upholstery thread, flower and leaf (Prima), seam binding, paper distresser

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

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