Saturday, February 23, 2013

Keep Shining Little Star

Happy Saturday friends! I'm away this weekend on a fun, scrapbooking (read: do-nothing) excursion called Scrap Away Get Away with some girlfriends...no work, no house, no cooking, no cleaning...just sitting around for 72 hours and crafting! And I can guarantee I'll walk away with nothing done! It's all good...it's mental health therapy. :)
Today Verve released 5 new stamp sets, 3 Plain Janes, 5 new dies and 1 new Seam binding collection. I thought I would combine a few of those items today for a fun, masculine card:


I started with Maja Design's Life by the Sea collection. I love these papers for any type of masculine card. I distressed all the panels and the smallest two are sewn. The sentiment panel is Verve's Curvy Bookplate die and I sponged the edges with Pumice Stone distress ink after stamping the sentiment from Verve's new Shining Star set. The stars are also a new die set released by Verve, this one is called Starry die (appropriately enough). The three border strips are all the same die, Scalloped Trim Trio (Verve); I just staggered the shapes and mixed up the colors. The seam binding is from Verve's Signature Seam binding collection...I crinkled it up before tying the bow and then added a silver cord bow adorned button. The stars are outlined with Platinum Stickles for a little sparkle. 'Keep Shining' is from the same set, I just added a trio of silver pearls to the base of the panel for a little appeal.

Before I go, I just wanted to show you quickly a new light box set up that my husband made for me. I was having trouble before with an overhead light, my photos always seemed too dark, so he rigged up some lights that are velcroed to the bottom of my shelving unit to provide just a bit more light. I'm really happy with the results! (The window sill is still my favorite, though :)



Well, thanks so much for stopping by today, I'll be back tomorrow with a Vintage Card Cafe Challenge sample. Have a wonderful day!


Stamps: Shining Star (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Life by the Sea collection (Landmark - bs, Nautic, the West Coast, Sailing - bs, Bottle message) Maja Design, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pumice Stone distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Scalloped Trim Trio, Starry die & Curvy Bookplate die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Signature Seam Binding collection (Verve), Silver cord (SU!), Divine Twine (Ribbon Carousel), button, Platinum Stickles (Ranger), paper distresser, dimensional, dauber, silver pearls

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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19 comments:

  1. What a great monochromatic card. Lots of great details. A cute pairing of sentiments, too.

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  2. Great monochromatic card :) Just love this set and you have made it shine :) Enjoy your weekend!!! SOunds fabulous!

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  3. Love this masculine birthday card cause blue is my favorite color! Thanks for sharing your creative talents with us!

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  4. beautiful card, bye from France,PITCHOUNE

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  5. Gorgeous masculine card, Andrea! Love all the wonderful layers, the stitching, the sparkle, and the coordinated papers! Your new light box set up looks fabulous...I'm sure it will make a huge difference in your photography! Hugs!

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  6. Beautiful card. Love all the layers and the blues. I like your light box setup also. TFS

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  7. Loving this beautiful blue card. So unusual to have the dark blue for a small child but it is amazing!

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  8. Great post! Love the deim-y card, the new Verve, the fact that u get some r & r time, tour new photo light tent set up and the picture looks very good!

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  9. So nice. Love the colors and distressing.

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  10. So nice. Love the colors and distressing.

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  11. I love the colors you chose for that card - for that sentiment.

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  12. Stunning! These papers are gorgeous. Beautiful way to showcase this sentiment on the bookplate die. I love the layered scalloped die with the star die being prominent. Gorgeous crinkled bow.

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  13. Love the little star card. The blue combination works really well. Thanks also for showing the light box. I've been having problems with my photos too so hopefully by following your example mine will be better too. Enjoy your therapy session. I can think of nothing that i would enjoy more!

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  14. Gorgeous card - that blue fits wonderfully with the stars. Thanks for sharing your light box setup. I have trouble with the overhead lighting as well and might have to try to do that clever trick with the velcro!

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  15. Your new lighting is great! Clever hubby! Nice of him to help you! I love the card tho I don't usually use ribbon tied in a bow on my boy cards. And with three boys and a hubby I make a LOT of boy cards! They think ribbon in a bow is too girlie but if it is flat, I'm allowed to use it. I tend to stick to twine, rope and twill. Your card is lovely tho and perfect for a baby or young child who doesn't know about 'girlie' yet!

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  16. LOVE that card! And what a great thing for hubby to do for you. Looks like it works great! :)

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  17. Andrea it was so great to meet you in person today and drool over all your amazing cards! Thanks so much for the websites and tips! Love your work including the adorable Shining Star card above.

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  18. OMG this card is gorgeous!!

    Great set up for your photos!!

    Susie

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