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Saturday, May 5, 2012

May Diva Inspiration Hop From Verve


Well, I do believe it's the 5th of the month (of May in case ya'll haven't been paying attention), and with that date comes the Verve Diva Inspiration Hop. I was just reading my post for this hop from last month and was reminded of all the crazy tornadoes and weather we had just had the day before. In contrast, last night I took the girls to the talent show at Lindsie's school and when we came out around 8 pm, the skies were weird looking, bright orangey and there were big lightning flashes, but as we were looking up at the sky, there was a HUGE rainbow, with just an inkling of another one right beside it. Amazing!

1. Betty5. Julee
2. Jackie6. Shannan
3. Jen d.7. Sony
4. Jen T.8. Susan


Ok, let's get our heads out of the clouds and get down to the business at hand--the Verve Diva Inspiration Hop. If you're just joining us, jump back a minute and take a peek at the Verve blog to get the 411 on what we do for this hop every month--there's prizes! If you've been traveling along with us, then hopefully you came from Sony's blog and left her a little love (and some for everyone else on the way, since I'm the last one on the hop!).


I'm all about following sketches (in fact in a short while, I'll have another post up for May's Sketch For You To Try!). I'd say I actually LOVE to follow sketches and interpret them in different ways (maybe that's why Jen keeps me around for SFYTT). However, on occasion, I like to walk on the wild side and go "sketchless". That's exactly what I did here and it felt so good. I got out my Words of Wisdom stamp set ( I love the large fonts it has!) and my Tagged Rectangle Die from Verve, and made the little tag. Then I was inspired to use some paper from Simple Stories and just cut random shapes and borders from it. Are ya'll ready? Then, I really stepped out of my box and put some Glimmer Mist to use on some of those (very old) Prima flowers and even sprayed it on my black cardstock, and ribbon, which was off white to begin with. The ribbon actually looked a little too orangey (I can't believe I've used that word twice in one post!), so I scraped a black ink pad along it here and there, really crumpled it up, dried it with my heat gun and frayed the ends before tying the bow. For those of ya'll who know me, I like bows to be "just so", but here it didn't even matter as it is supposed to look messy! Sketchless means no rules.


Once I had all my bits and pieces distressed and ready to go, I just started layering them on haphazardly and added the bling and flowers last. It's something a little different from me, in contrast (see I used that phrase again too!...I'm so well-spoken today!) to my usual cute and brightly colored creations! Going sketchless set me free.


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So there ya'll have it...I'm the end of the line today for the hop. I've enjoyed sharing with ya'll today and I hope you've enjoyed hopping along as well. Thanks for hopping and I'll see ya'll soon!


SUSIE Q-TIP: When I DO use glimmer mist or sprays, I don't want to have to leave my stamp spot to go spray small things somewhere else for fear of making a mess. I just look in my trash and usually there's some kind of small box of some sort that I just tear open to make a semi-enclosed "spray box". Good thing Audrie fell down at the playground this week or I wouldn't have had this Band-aid box handy. Just kidding.

Stamps: Words of Wisdom (Verve)
Paper: Black, Kraft (PTI), Documented (Simple Stories)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Charcoal and Chestnut Roan Cat's Eyes (Colorbox), Sugar Maple Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
Accessories: Tagged Rectangle Die (a Cut Above Dies by Verve), Faux Crochet Border Die-namics (MFT), Paper Distresser (Tonic), Prima Flowers, Various Brads, Rhinestone Stickers (Michael's), Seam Binding Ribbon (TCP), Hot Glue, Foam Boosters
Finished Size: A2

32 comments:

  1. Your card is gorgeous! Great tip for dealing with glimmer mist.

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  2. Love that sentiment ... absolutely gorgeous.

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  3. Very, very pretty! And that rainbow sounds breathtaking! Isn't God's creation glorious!!!!

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  4. Great card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  5. Susan, You are so creative! Love the glimmer mist and all the layering! It's a beautiful card. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Yum! Love the colors and warmth radiating from this card. Great eclectic use of the brads, too.

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  7. Your card is gorgeous. Love the colors and the flowers. TFS

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  8. What a beautiful card. So many cards in brown hues this blog hop - I love them. The earth tones are my favs. Just love the random, grunge look.

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  9. That is my favorite sentiment from that set and you have used it fabulously on this card. Great flowers!

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  10. Very pretty card! I use newspapers right now, but you're totally right about finding boxes. I see the back splashing in your picture and now I'm wondering what else I've sprayed blindly. :D Great idea!

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  11. Fabulous card! Love the different techniques and embellishments!

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  12. Your card is as beautiful as usual ... a little different then I'm used to with you. I am the only comment>

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  13. Totally love this collage card full of so many great elements! Great earthy colors!

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  14. Have to say I'm a big fan of sketches as well! You did great going sketch-less though!

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  15. Beautiful Card! Fantastic Job! Thanks

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  16. OMGosh, Susan, you need to think out of the box more often...this card is absolutely stunning!!! SO love it!! ;D

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  17. Love how you colored the flowers, and I really love this sentiment. Great card!

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  18. Susan!!! REally?!?! Uber lovely!!! Wow-- you are uber gifted!!! Thank you so very much for this creations---love the messiness of your beautiful creation:) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sentiment---I used to deal with fear and this sentiment so explains how the Lord used His word to over come the fear in me:) Thank you for sharing and for allowing me to glean from you! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure
    Tammy
    www.urbeyondmeasure.com

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  19. Your sense of humor totally cracks me up! Right up my alley! LOve your card and I, too, usually spray WHATEVER in my scraproom! Sometimes I just set the object(s) in my trash can with a bag inside and give it a squirt right there! Of course, digging it back out can be challenging! Thanks for your Tip!

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  20. Fabulous card- love the sentiment.

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  21. Love your card...the flowers and how you added Glimmer mist...thank for the tip too about the box.

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  22. Love love love the layers on this card! Man, I wish I could layer like that. And you rocked those self dyed flowers! i dig thru the trash for little boxes for that sort of thing too!

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  23. Great sketchless card! Great tip too.

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  24. Love it! Way to just go with the flow. Maybe I should trying going sketchless a bit more often!

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  25. I like that two tone ribbon, great idea, and you can never lose with glimmer in my book!

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  26. Way to step outside your comfort zone and rock it!! Very gorgeous card. Love the black and orange contrasts and that ribbon is awesome.

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  27. Oh I do love all the layers and the rich orange color!

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  28. I adore your cards and style! Thanks for the tip on the mists - I don;t know how many times I have misted my cat!

    Lisa - Scrappy Distractions
    www.ScrappyDistractions.blogspot.com
    lisa dot rea at kbmg dot com

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