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Wish Card Concept

Hi friends! It's time for a new challenge at The Card Concept.  I had lots of things swirling through my head when I looked at the inspiration photo, but the thing I kept coming back to was the wish banner and the pine garland above the fireplace.  So I set out to recreate it in card form with the Pinecone Christmas set, a few dies and some new snow paste I picked up at Michaels and was excited to test out.

Handmade mixed media card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

I started by cutting the WISH letters from sticky fun foam using the Vintage Market alphabet die from Tim Holtz. Next I coated them with the snow paste.  I then cut four of the small pennants from the Stitched Pennants Die Set in early espresso and lightly scraped a bit of the leftover paste onto them.

I set the banner pieces aside to dry and stamped the pine branches, boughs and pine cones from the Pinecone Christmas stamp set.  I then scraped on a bunch more of the snow paste (can you tell I was loving the snow paste?) all over the panel to make a snowy scene.

Back to the banner, I layered the die cut letters over the pennants and then folded them over a piece of baker's twine that I wrapped around the panel.  I also tied a bow with two lengths of twine and hot glued to the piece.  I finished off with a wooden snowflake coated with texture paste and sprinkled with glitter.  A winter wonderland for sure!

Handmade mixed media card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful last day of November.  If you get a chance, be sure to hop over to The Card Concept to peek at the loveliness the other designers are sharing today. It's our last challenge until January, so we hope you'll play along.

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Pinecone Christmas stamp set from Verve Stamps. www.shopverve.com
Pinecone Christmas
Stamps: Pinecone Christmas (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white (neenah), early espresso (SU!)
Ink: mossy meadow, old olive, early espresso (SU!)
Accessories: Stitched Pennants Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Vintage Market Alphabet Die Strip (Tim Holtz), baker's twine (Hemptique), snow paste and wooden snowflake (Recollections)


Hi friends! It's Monday again and time for a brand new Mojo Monday challenge. This week it's time for a square sketch (but you can easily adapt it to an A2 card size if you prefer).  I love making 4.25" square cards.  The smidgen of a smaller canvas always seems to come together quickly for me.

Mojo Monday 476 Card Sketch designed by Julee Tilman.I went rustic woodlands with my take on the sketch with lots of layers, distressed edges and sponging on my cream layers. I also added a bit of subtle faux texture by stamping the berry stamp from Beyond Measure randomly in antique linen all over my bottom two cream layers. The focal stamped panel is stamped in mossy meadow with the one of the greenery stamps from Beyond Measure and I added the Noel sentiment in early espresso.  A big snowflake die cut in early espresso and a bit of twine and rusty jingle bells complete the look.

Super fun and it came together so nicely.  For a little more inspiration, head on over to the Mojo Monday to see what the other designers cooked up with this week's sketch.

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

It's Cyber Monday in the online retail world and the final day of Verve's Thanksgiving Day Sale, with all sorts of bargains to be had.  If you missed it over the long weekend, I wrote a post on the Verve Blog with a little heartfelt backstory on my family, my business and my "why" for Verve.  It's worth a read, and it's got a super cute pic of my boys and all the details on the Verve sale, too.

Thanks to all of you who have already ordered! I was a happy little stamp elf all day Friday and have a huge pile of orders to start in on today, too. Can't wait for everyone to get their stamps!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic week!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Beyond Measure (Verve Stamps)
Paper: cream (Neenah), early espresso (SU!)
Ink: mossy meadow, early espresso (SU!), antique linen, vintage photo, ground espresso (Ranger distress)
Accessories: pierced squares stax (MFT), snowflake die (Darice), rusty jingle bells, twine

The Stockings Were Hung

Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope all my friends in the States had a fabulous Thanksgiving filled with love and laughter. My family did a two Thanksgiving dinner shuffle, which is not for the faint of heart, I tell ya! Seriously, so much amazing food, I don't think I'll need to eat for another month.  ;) Anyhow, I'm popping in today with another fun little Christmas card I made with the Viva la Verve November Sketch 2.

I started by stamping the stocking images from Jolly Jingles directly onto patterned paper, then hand cutting and sponging with distress inks. I colored the brims of each sock with a white gel pen, then stamped the sentiment on a die cut circle, adding some sponging around the edges here as well.

Next I layered three different pieces of paper for my pennant banners and a couple doilies underneath those.  I accented the top of the card with some vintage lace and a paper poinsettia that's been sitting in the stash for years.  I wanted to tie in the gold doily a bit more, so added a bit of chunky glass glitter to the flower.   Everything is on a base of cream cardstock embossed with snowflakes and sponged lightly with distress inks.

In Verve news, our Thanksgiving Weekend Sale continues today with lots of opportunities to stack up the savings! Everything in stock is 25% off, plus there are loads of stamp and die sets buy one stamp set, get the coordinating dies 50% off.  Plus, free US shipping on orders over $30. And if you're stocking up, you'll receive an extra 15% off if your order total after any other discounts if $50.  And no codes to enter... the shopping cart does all the work for us! Woohoo!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous Friday!
Jolly Jingles

Enabler's List
Stamps: Jolly Jingles (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Authentique designer paper, cream (Neenah), doilies
Ink: antique linen, vintage photo (Ranger Distress), onyx black (Versafine), white gel pen
Accessories: poinsettia, brad and definition tag (Making Memories), stitched circles stax (MFT), snowflakes embossing folder (Darice), glass glitter, vintage lace trim
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