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Birthday Star

Hi friends! It's Monday again and time for another Mojo Monday sketch challenge. My card this week is the one I made for Mark's birthday.

Handmade masculine birthday card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

I started with the Birthday Bash set, stamping the cake image onto a tag cut from the Flourished Tag Die Set.  I then paper pieced the center of the cake and colored the rest with Copic markers.  I stenciled some dots down the side of the tag and then stamped a few stars and cut them out to scatter around the cake.

I stamped the birthday sentiment on the green polka dot panel, then cut some stars with the Starry Die  and inked them up, adding a bit of an outline with a marker.  The soft sky layer is lightly stamped tone on tone with two of the star stamps from the set, then I finished with some twine and a bow accented with a metallic star.  A super fun masculine card.

Handmade masculine birthday card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a fantastically creative week.  If you're shopping today, our Weekend Free Shipping promo for US orders over $30 is still on through the end of today.

Mojo Monday 485 Card Sketch designed by Julee Tilman.
Mojo Monday 485 Card Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Birthday Bash (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Breeze Lost and Found TWO (MME), early espresso, soft sky, crumb cake (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: antique linen, ground espresso (Ranger Distress), espresso (Altenew), Copics
Accessories: Flourished Tag Die Set, Starry Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), dot fade layering stencil (Tim Holtz), stars and swirls embossing folder (Sizzix), twine (Hemptique), metallic star (MME), stickles (Ranger)

Anniversary Hearts

Hi friends! It's time for a new challenge over at The Card Concept. As soon as I saw the heart in the photo, I knew I wanted to make some primitive hearts with shabby papers and golden touches.

The glitter really caught the camera in the photo, but is a bit more subdued in real life. My card is mostly vintage/shabby with a bit of mixed-media thrown in for good measure. I started by cutting the Primitive Hearts die (pretty sure this is my all time favorite Sizzix die) from chipboard and from a couple of coordinating papers in the Archivist line.  I collaged the papers onto the chipboard, then distressed with antique linen and ground espresso inks.  I wanted a little something more, so I pulled out some Mica flakes and a glue stick and added them to the hearts.  Next I smudged on some antique bronze distress paint and then added a little more definition to the outer edges with a stabilo brown pencil and smudged with my fingers.

I used one of the same papers as the vertical panel, inking with the same colors of distress ink and embossing the anniversary sentiment from  Love Everlasting in copper in the corner.  I distressed the edges just a bit and layered on a piece of espresso cardstock that I accented with a column of liquid pearls.  The card base is kraft cardstock which I stenciled first with a Prima stencil in ground espresso, then with a doily stencil in antique brass distress paint.  I love the look it gave, really tying in with the papers I had chosen.  The cheesecloth gives an extra little punch of shabby and also softens things up a bit.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  For more inspiration, head on over to The Card Concept blog to see what the other designers are sharing today.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Love Everlasting (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Archivist (Prima), early espresso, crumb cake (SU!), chipboard
Ink: antique linen, tattered rose, ground espresso distress ink, antiqued bronze distress paint (Ranger), versamark
Accessories: Primitive Hearts Bigz Die (Sizzix), Frantage Copper Lux Mix (Stampendous), liquid pearls (Ranger), copper embossing powder, cheesecloth,

A Valentine Birthday

Hi friends!  It's Valentine's Day, which also means it's my Dad's birthday and Mark's birthday tomorrow.  So right in the midst of all the lovey dovey pink and red heart stamping, I always have to switch gears and remember how to make a masculine card.

Today I'm sharing the card I made for my Dad and gave to him this past weekend. It's my masculine take on this week's Mojo Monday 484 sketch.  I can't seem to start a masculine card without thinking of the Birthday Bash set, so that's just where I went.  I knew the little birthday sentiment would fit perfectly in one of the squares and had visions of balloons and stars popping out. My dad is red/green color blind so I always try to stick with blues and browns, although a little green snuck in there.

The papers are from a My Mind's Eye paper collection and I sponged them with antique linen and ground espresso distress inks, then matted with early espresso cardstock.  I stamped the balloons and stars on designer paper and fussy cut, sponging along the edges.  I then layered my pieces together and stamped the balloon image on the card base, then on the designer paper panel and lined them up and pieced the balloons onto the image.  I finished off with some glossy accents and a sprinkling of glitter.

Since I can't let Mr. Verve's birthday go unheralded, we've got a little promo code going on in the Verve shop today and tomorrow.  Use gift code LOVE15 at checkout for an additional 15% off your purchase.

Hope you have a day filled with love and laughter!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Birthday Bash (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Breeze Lost and Found TWO (MME), early espresso, soft sky (SU!)
Ink: antique linen, ground espresso distress (Ranger), espresso Altenew)
Accessories: glossy accents, glitter, grosgrain ribbon
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