Thursday, 4 June 2015

Living the verve

I didn't expect to be away from the blog for a whole week, but I've just had to be sensible and not spend so much time in my craft room.

My other major hobby, besides crafting, is singing, and with half-term behind us rehearsals are well and truly ramping up. Something had to give, but there's been a little bit going on, and all month I've wanted to work on all five VLV sketches, so here goes with the last two.

Sorry the pictures are a bit dark, I had to recharge my camera batteries, and the light went!

I know it's rather a CAS vintage/shabby chic, but it works for me. The crochet ribbon is something that I wouldn't normally put on a card, and if that shoe isn't chic I don't know what is :-) The green is a scrap from the card below. Stamps from Clarity, inks were Adi Salmon, some yellow that was left on my blending mat, and Distress Evergreen Bough.

Quirky #11 - Put your Quirky Shoes on
Viva la Verve May #4
Allsorts #313 - Vintage
That Craft Place - Shabby Chic
CASology #149 - Vintage
Behind deadline - Color Throwdown #344 (Coral Pink, Pale Yellow, Spring Green)

This was an exercise in bright 'ink to paper' application. Distress inks (Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Evergreen Bough, Dried Marigold) applied directly to the card with a blending tool. Also attempted a bit of 'letterpressing' with some ink and a Embossability folder. Lots of mark-making with some faux stitching around the edge. It's not in the photo, but I have subsequently gone around the blue 'tails' as well to give them a bit more definition.

Viva la Verve May #5
Sunday Stamper #358 - Breaking the Law: No stamping
Addicted to Stamps and More #147: Mark your mark
Behind deadline - Colour Me #73 (Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Lost Lagoon, Pumpkin Pie)


  1. So pretty! What a cool shoe image. Thanks for playing along with Viva la Verve!

  2. Such wonderful creations! Love the colorful background on your design for the second card with the distress inks! The colors look great together! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Addicted to Stamps & More! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

  3. Love that inky background... lush colours.... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  4. Thanks for entering my challenge at Quirky Crafts, pretty card, good luck in the voting.

    Cazzy x

  5. Great cards, love your colour blending on the second, such great colours together. Thanks for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

  6. These are lovely, Claire! The elegant shoe is perfect for the challenges on your first card and I love that colour combo on your second card :)

  7. Wonderful cards!! Thanks for playing at ATSM!!