I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything crafty anywhere (save Facebook), let alone here at this new all-inclusive blog. For those of you that just love that kinda thing, this post is for you. Just before Mother’s Day this year I made a good half-dozen to dozen cards to acknowledge the women in my life who are mothers. Then, for Mother’s Day the littles and I rearranged my tiny two bedroom apartment and in the end, I wound up having my own dedicated craft space. In order to move the space, I had to pack it up out of my bedroom and in doing so I came across some new old and once loved treasures. Among them Verve…
I decided to pop on over to the Verve Blog and Owner/Designer Julee Tilman’s blog just to see what was up and decided this time I was gonna do it. I was gonna step out of my creative comfort zone and enter a challenge. What challenge you ask? Why the Verve Diva Dare challenge. This month the challenge was to create something use a butterfly, a flower and of course a Verve stamp. The winner gets a gift certificate to the Verve store and bragging rights. Here is one of the cards I am entering:
GOR JUSS if I do so myself and I just did right? The best part about this card I think is the ease in which it all went together. Lemme tell you how I did it, but first you’ll need to gather some supplies. Here’s what I used:
Black card base (C’oredintations or DCWV I think)
Red Card Stock ( I used C’oredinations)
Floral patterned paper (I used some from a Colorbok stack I got at WalMart)
Black lace (also from WalMart)
String of pearls (bought from Craft Warehouse)
Spellbinders Dies (Labels 8, majestic Labels 8, and Wings of Hope)
Adhesive (I used an ATG)
Foam dots (I used some I got from Scrapbookpal.com)
Stamps (Mine are Verve’s Words of Wisdom)
Ink (as always it’s Versafine)
Manual Die Cutting machine
That’s it…it’s a standard A2 card but before you get started, go ahead and plug your glue gun in so it’s nice and hot when it’s time to use. Because we’re making an A2 card, you’ll want to take your black card stock and cut a piece to 8.5 by 11 then cut that in half on the long side giving you a 8.5 by 5.5 piece. Score at 4.25 and fold in half. Next cut a mat piece out of your red cardstock that is 4 and 1/8 by 5 and 3/8 and then finally cut your patterned paper piece at 4 x 5.25. Cut a piece of your scrap paper to fit (same dimensions as floral background piece) and adhere pattered paper to the scrap cardstock. This step can be eliminated entirely if you’re using good weight cardstock and not lightweight paper.
Next you’re going to wrap your lace around your card and, using the cheater’s method, tape it down using scotch tape in the back. Now it’s time to break out that glue gun that’s been heating up since we got started. Use the hot glue to affix pearl strand to the band of the lace. Adhere floral patterned paper with lace and pearls to card red mat piece then to card base and set aside. Pull out your fave manual die cutting machine and cut the second from largest labels 8 in red. Cut the next size down in white and the majestic labels 8 and the butterfly in black. Stamp your sentiment on the white piece before assembling these cuts. Adhere sentiment piece to floral background with foam dots but make sure you leave it high enough so it doesn’t smash the lace and pearls. I had to stack my foam dots three high to get enough clearance.
And that my friends is all it takes. Stay tuned, more crafty postings are on the way.