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Friday, June 28, 2013

A Trio of Cards

For the first time ever I played in the Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge. It is a month long challenge with a new sketch each week and you have till the end of the month to do all four.
Well, I didn't realize that today was the due date for all four. I still had three left to do. I still can't believe that I made three cards in a few short hours plus I finished the laundry, cleaned all three bath rooms and got the trash and recycle out to the curb. I feel like I accomplished quite a bit today.
OK, now for my first card:
 Here is the sketch for Week 2:
This was a very unusual sketch for me so I left this sketch for the last card. But it actually came to gather rather easily. I was very surprised but thankful since time was not on my side today. I ran the blue cardstock that I used for the background through my Cuttlebug with a swirly embossing folder then I  cut an oval in half from the floral pattern paper.
 Finding a stamp for this card was actually the most time consuming part. I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to use. Finally I went with a Verve stamp which I stamped with VersaMark WaterMark ink on white cardstock then embossed with white embossing powder. I then inked the white cardstock with Wild Honey Distress Ink & Rusty Hinges. I adhered it down over the oval halves, adhered the green strip and the yellow ribbon over the green strip. I knew I didn't want use the square shape so I used an orange button threaded it with baker's twine and tied it in a bow on the backside of the button.
Up next is the 3rd:
 This is the sketch for week 3
And I used the Colour Q Challenge #195 for color inspiration.
I don't use purple very much in my cards although I love the color. I think it is because I just don't have much purple in my pattern papers. So I made my own with a flower stamp set from Papertrey Ink and used all the colors in the ColourQ Challenge. After I was done with the random stamping I embossed it with the Swiss Dot embossing folder and inked the edges with Dusty Concord Distress ink.
I made the three banners with the deep purple and light gray cardstock and stamped the sentiment with the dusty concord ink.
 Here is the last card and sketch:
I went with classic black and white I have admired so many other cards that are white on white or black and white so I thought it was time I made my own. I also  wanted to use the black and white teacup ribbon  because I have had it for a while and haven't had the opportunity to use it till now.
Here is sketch #4:

The dies and and stamps are from Papertrey Ink. I Used black soot distress  ink for the teapot and VersaMark WaterMark ink for the sentiment then used white embossing powder. After adding the teapot die and the sentiment I thought the background die needed something to make it pop so I added the white pen stitching around it.
I didn't want to add the two little banners in the corner so I used a white button and threaded it with black and white baker's twine instead.
I think this one is my favorite and I also really like the first one. Which one is your favorite?
If you want to see Week 1 card and sketch here it is.
Happy Friday!



  1. Love your cards, Teresa, each one so different but following the sketches! Thanks for playing with us at the colourQ this week.

  2. Love these cards - I hope you'll link up at 52 Card Pickup this week!

  3. Pretty cards!! So glad you joined us at the ColourQ!!!

  4. Lovely cards! I really must do more adds such great texture to a card. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

  5. Lots of cards - great work! Love all of your special touches!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog as well - have a great day!

  6. Wow, you made some great cards with tough sketches! Wonderful variety with all 3 cards, so different and appealing. Great job knocking out all those sketches!

  7. Congratulations on the Courtier honor from ColourQ, Teresa!!


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