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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Joyous Verve

Well, it's been a crazy couple of weeks in Lilesland!  Friday two weeks ago, I started getting a toothache and it just wasn't going away.  By Sunday, I was thinking about ripping the tooth out myself, but came to my senses and found a dentist to see me that Monday as an emergency.  Turns out, I had a "super infected" tooth along with an abcess the size of a grape!  It hurt so bad!   After lots of nitrous, several anesthetic injections and a palette injection, he got me all fixed up.  It took almost the whole next week to recover with some ups and downs (no more Clindamycin for me--apparently I'm allergic!), but I'm well on the mending train now!  Needless to say, I got no crafting done, and was definitely ready to create once I felt better. 

I needed a condolences and encouragement card for a sweet friend that would be "mailable" with not a lot of layers and whatnot, so it was a good card to start with getting my mojo back in working order using some cool stuff from VERVE.  I was inspired by a card by Lisa Henke (now I can't find it!) to use the subtle colors, lots of kraft and minimal layers to give it an organic feel.  I started by heat embossing the NEHEMIAH 8:10 scripture directly onto my card base with some gold embossing powder.  I created a popped up layer and cut a circle for the scripture to show through. 

Then I stamped the bunch of flowers from the FRAMED FLORALS stamp set.  I like this stamp because it comes as the outline of the flowers, but then another stamp "colors" in the flowers for you that lines up perfectly into the inside of the line image.  I stamped them in blue, but then gave them a little shading with my Copic markers.  I cut this out using the BLUEBELLS coordinating die and just adhered it to the front, highlighting the scripture.  I hope this cheers up my friend.  She is so kind and I just hate to see her down.  ((hugs to everyone))

SUSIE Q-TIP:  To soften the look of kraft paper even further, ink the edges with a white ink.  This is especially fun to do with Christmas themed projects using kraft cardstock to give it a wintery feel.

Stamps:  Framed Florals, Nehemiah 8:10 (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky (PTI), Light Kraft (MFT)
Ink:  Chocolate Chip (SU!), Versamark (Tsukineko), White Chalk Ink
Accessories:  Bluebells (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder, Circle Nestabilities, Gold Sequins, Linen Thread (Fun Stampers Journey), Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Foam Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

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