Friday, September 30, 2011

Viva La Verve...Happy Anniversary To My Guy

'Tis my 16 wedding anniversary today, so I figured what better way to celebrate than with a Viva La Verve sketch! I'm sure my husband was thinking the very same thing! Seriously, I'm really so in love with him, and not only have we been married for 16 years, but we dated for 9 years before we tied the knot! That's 25 years together, more than half of my life! I was a sophomore in high school (15) when we started dating and I knew that I still had 3 years of high school to finish and 5 years of college...so he waited patiently and after a year's engagement we took the big step. I've fashioned a card for him, actually a very quick one as I've been working a lot lately and haven't had much craft time:


Our hostess this week is Amber, and she's come up with a fabulous sketch:

My sentiment panel consists of a Fleur De Lis Rectangle Nestability with a rectangle popped up in the middle. The second die cut is Verve's A Cut Above Charming Oval dies, matted once and adorned with liquid pearls. I paper pierced the edges, and funny thing, while I was piercing, in very slow motion, I watched myself pierce my own finger. It's so strange. I saw the point going right towards my finger and I just couldn't stop it in time. It did bleed, but I managed to keep my project clean. All for the sake of art! Maybe I can get my sweetie of a husband to take me out to dinner, since I have a sore finger and can't really cook. (Can't cook with un-poked fingers either...FYI).
Have a super weekend and thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: You & I, Small Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Botanical dp (Prima), Always Artichoke, Vintage Cream
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Charming Oval dies (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Bling (Zva Creative), Fleur De Lis Rectangles (Spellbinders), lace, Platinum liquid pearls (Ranger), sewing machine, dimensionals, paper flower, paper piercer, Layered Arches border punch (Martha Stewart)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Play Date Cafe...The Coolest Chicks

Yes indeed, I think that the Play Date Cafe gals ARE the coolest chicks around! I've been working on this team for over a year and let me tell you, they are some sweet, fun ladies! Everyone gets along so well and they are all so helpful and kind. What a great gift to be able to participate with such talented women! Speaking of talent, I have to show you this awesome graphic that Jax has come up with, showcasing some ultra cool colors, keeping right in line with Autumn's vast spectrum of hues. Take a look here:


Oh, so warm and inviting! I had some papers that I thought would go perfectly with these colors, here's my take on this marvelous inspiration:



For my card, I used these sweet Farmhouse papers by Crate paper. I think the little apples tie in well to a Fall type theme (actually I think they're cherries, but I'm gonna keep rolling with the Fall accents.) The sentiment panel is a Labels 18 under two Oval Nestabilities. The top layer was sponged with some Antique Linen distress ink while still in the die. The fancy rectangle shapes were made with a Fleur De Lis die by Spellbinders. I lightly sponged those edges as well.


Today's challenge is being sponsored by another teamie of mine, Julie Smith, who happens to own Paper and Such, an online crafting store. Thanks, Julie, for providing an awesome prize! Wanna know what it is? Check out the Play Date Cafe's website for the low down on prizes and how the other cool chicks fashioned projects using these fabulous colors!



The Fine Print:
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday.
The 'Cup of the Week' will be announced during the next challenge.

**ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! **

We want you to enjoy this challenge.
Interpret the colors the way you see them.
We do not use specific card stock color names or brands.
Break out of the box and have fun!
The main requirement is:
PDCC COLORS BE THE
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
When using additional colors, please limit them to neutrals.
You are welcome to combine challenges,
but we do ask that:

1. The PDCC name and/or photo is used
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.

Have fun and happy stamping!



Stamps: Chicks Rule (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Farmhouse dp (Crate Paper), Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red (SU!), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Fleur De Lis Rectangle, Oval & Labels Eighteen Nestabilities (Spellbinders), twine, dimensionals, daubers
Size: 4 3/4" X 5 1/2"

CASE Study...Birthday Wishes

Oh, it's Thursday, must be time for a new CASE Study Muse inspired challenge! Sadly, this is our last week with the lovely Julie Lacey, however, I was able to draw plenty of inspiration from her time here at CASE Study! Our last beauty of a card is quite minimal in detail, but let me assure you, quite maximal in impact! Take a look at this blue darling:


That blue color is just striking! I definitely wanted to add that component, and I also was drawn to the gems, pretty bow and birthday theme. I chose to CASE all of those elements while changing the design, the papers, stamps and adding some pearl goodness. Here is my take on Julie's fabulous card:



My first inclination was to make a large sentiment panel above the bow. After a few {too many} failed attempts, I decided that maybe a pearl flourish with a smaller sentiment tag may be the way to go. That and I have a very hard time saying no to pearls :) The sentiment is from Verve's Birthday Phrases and is perfect for any type of small tag sentiment. The black on the patterned paper (which is from Authentique) is not quite as black as card stock or satin bows, so I tried to stay away from those items, for fear that the patterned paper would look washed out. That's where the blue mat came into play, and the white bow for that matter. All in all, I'm quite happy with this birthday card!

Time to check out how the other CASE Study gals made some gorgeousness with Julie's card:

Chupa
Amy Wanford
Clare Buswell
Cristina Kowalczyk
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams

Here are the deets for creating and uploading a project:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC59), and link it to CASE Study Challenge blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12:01 AM EST, and you've got until the end of Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose one winner randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor. In addition, the authors of the four most impressive creations will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!



Stamps: Birthday Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Journey dp (Authentique), Pacific Point, Basic Black, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Large Designer Label punch, Silver cord, Pinking Hearts border punch, Whisper White Organza ribbon (SU!), Pearl flourishes (Zva Creative), paper flower, gems
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Monday, September 26, 2011

Mojo Monday...Believe In Fairytales

It's still Monday, for a few hours anyway, and I've got my Mojo on! In looking at Mojo Monday's sketch, I couldn't help but feel that there had to be a cohesive way to make all of those panels coordinate. The design team did a fabulous job of that, but I noticed that most of them matched diagonal panels with their patterned paper. I happened to have had a Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime paper pack on my desk from my previous Dahlia card and noticed a page in there that had some sweet fairy images, one of which being a fairy and a frog sitting in a lake.


Then I remembered that I had a Verve set called Fairy Tales and I thought that would be a great match.



Here's my vintage fairy/frog creation:




And the sketch I followed:




This was pretty easy to put together, once I cut out the images and arranged them for maximum effect. I added a few accents, the pearl strip across the middle, the pinking hearts on the top image and the trio of buttons on the postcard. The ribbon embellishment consists of crinkled seam binding, jute twine, paper flowers and the sentiment tag. I sponged all the edges with Antique Linen distress ink for a more vintage feel.
Off to bed, thanks for visiting!



Stamps: Fairy Tales (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Once Upon A Springtime (Graphic 45), Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (CTMH), Antique Linen Distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), jute twine, paper flowers, Large Oval punch (SU!), buttons, pearls, daubers
Size: 5 1/2" square

A CAS Monday

A quick post for today, a clean and simple card that I made last week for Splitcoast's Color Combinations challenge. I would normally be posting a Mojo Monday/Shabby Tea Room card today, however, I am at work and not able to do so...maybe I'll have time tomorrow (hopefully!). For now, this card is using a palette of turquoise, olive green and orange. Didn't sound appealling to me at first, but after I fashioned this card, I changed my mind:


I added the scoring using a score board and I really like the finished look of it. The leaves were simply cut out using a Maple Leaf Nestability and the flower is from Kaisercraft. A plain jute bow and a little curvature of the sentiment panel and...voila!


 A quick reminder that Verve's Autumn stamps are on sale now through the end of the month!

Have a great day!



Stamps: Happy Fall (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Sweet Threads dp (Basic Grey), White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Nested Maple Leaf die (Spellbinders), scoring board, jute twine, paper flower (Kaisercraft)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Waltzingmouse Dahlia

So last night I was surfing around Pinterest and spotted the cutest project for my sweet flower-loving heart, it was to make a Dahlia out of felt to fashion a brooch. The picture was absolutely fascinating and therefore my mind's wheels started to spin...if it could be done with fabric, why not paper? Waltzingmouse's sketch challenge includes a large circle, which is why I started looking for inspiration in the first place, so I made one of these darling flowers quickly {quicker than I should have}...it turned out to be the one I used on my card. That being said,  I'm keeping in mind that nature is not perfect...and neither is my flower. Here it is anyway:



I had close ups of both the sentiment (I smudged it) and the center crystal that I colored with a Copic to match the flower (I got ink on the lace), therefore you will not be seeing close-ups of those little misapplications. However, here is a closer view of some individual petals: 


And the sketch, that I VERY loosely followed:

To make this striking flower, I followed this tutorial here. I just substituted paper for felt and followed the exact measurements. I used a hot glue gun for more instant gratification. No time to let Elmer's dry...
My sweet little crafting buddy, Miss Pickles, kept jumping up on my table while making this and wanting to play with my hot glue gun so I inadvertently got streams of glue everywhere. To remedy that blunder, I added the home-made lace center to the flower, to which I adhered the crystal. To make the lace flower, I cut a 4" strip of lace and used a needle and thread to sew a stitch to just the bottom of the lace. I then pulled it tight to curve it into a flower. I tied it off and stuck it in the middle of the flower.

Work again today...hope you all have a wonderful Sunday and thanks for visiting!



Stamps: Fancy Phrases (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Once Upon a Springtime (Graphic 45), Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Victorian Lace (SU!), jute twine, Bazzill button, R32 Copic, pearl, crochet trim, hot glue gun
Size: 5 1/2" square

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Another Thank You...Viva La Verve Style

Happy Saturday, all! I'm presently at work, but wanted to share a card that I made last night (up way too late) using this week's Viva La Verve sketch, designed by Laurie. I have to admit that when I first saw this design, I thought to myself, "Uh, I don't think I can"...and proceeded to go to bed. And although my inclination was to do that again last night, I was determined to make something with that design and so here's the result of my perseverance:



Laurie's awesome sketch:

After tackling the design, I feel really good about this card. I wasn't sure how to cut the papers initially for this, so I just used my Fiskar's cutter and measured 1" diagonal increments. Each panel has been stitched down and I also ran my Kenmore around the whole perimeter as well. I think my diagonal measurements were off as the sketch calls for 4 decorative diagonals and I was only able to eek out 3. No matter...I triumphed and that's all that counts! :)
Have a great weekend and happy crafting!



Stamps: Celebration of Thanks (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Six by Six Everyday Flair (My Mind's Eye), Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Ink:   Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Tiny Sweet Scallop die (Verve~A Cut Above Dies), red grosgrain ribbon, gems, Baby Blue Liquid pearls (Ranger), sewing machine, dimensionals  
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Friday, September 23, 2011

Heartfelt Thanks

Hey there, good Friday morning and happy almost weekend! I guess I can say with all certainty that today IS the first day of Fall and hopefully will be a glorious one at that. I've got a card to share with you today, one that I made a couple of nights ago for Splitcoast's Sketch challenge. The design is pictured below my card, which is here:


The sketch I followed:



This card took me less that 1/2 hour to make...the design is so simple, yet so effective when the right combinations are used. The gallery is packed with gorgeous creations! For my card, I simply made 3 frames with a Fleur De Lis Rectangle Nestability, measured the inside parameters and added some designer paper to each one, but not before I sponged all the edges in Vintage Photo distress ink. I think that small detail really softens the difference between the light and the dark, while still maintaining the integrity of the contrast. The sentiment panel was cut out using Verve's A Cut Above Charming Oval die and I sponged that die cut as well. I punched a rather large hole at opposite ends of the sentiment, then snaked the twine through and added some pearls to cover the holes.
Have a super weekend, I'm working but hopefully will get some crafty time in, maybe after the laundry is done? Let's hope!



Stamps: Celebration of Thanks (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Portrait Collection dp (Crate Paper), Basic Black, Very Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Vintage Photo distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Charming Oval dies (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Fleur De Lis Rectangles (Spellbinders), jute twine, pearls, daubers 
Size: 4 1/2" X 6 3/4"

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Play Date Cafe...Falling For 100

Hello there blogging friends! It's that time again, time for brand-y new, fresh color inspiration from the Play Date Cafe! And do you know what? Today marks our 100th challenge! This is certainly a momentous occasion, I do hope that you'll play along with us this week! Jax has gotten us right into the swing of things for Autumn (yes, I was a bit premature with my welcoming of Fall yesterday...it's actually tomorrow...thanks Marisa ;) with this glorious color palette, take a look here:


Ahh, simply lovely and inviting! I do love the changing seasons, Fall being one of the most colorful, in my opinion, and these colors certainly bring to mind changing leaves, cooler temperatures and one of my favorites, apple cider! Mmm, mmm! But I digress...Here's how I fashioned a card using these delightful colors:



The Cafe gals were so lucky to receive some sweet stamps from Lawn Fawn and let me tell you, I really was inspired using these adorable stamps with our colors. They're so fun and whimsical, a departure, I know, from my usual style, but I must say that it feels good to step outside my own skin every once in a while!

Now, to check out the design team's projects and the prize being offered, go to the Play Date Cafe's website for all the details.


The Fine Print:
Deadline for prizes is 11:59pm EST on Tuesday.
The 'Cup of the Week' will be announced during the next challenge.

**ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAY! **

We want you to enjoy this challenge.
Interpret the colors the way you see them.
We do not use specific card stock color names or brands.
Break out of the box and have fun!
The main requirement is:
PDCC COLORS BE THE
FOCUS OF YOUR SUBMISSION
When using additional colors, please limit them to neutrals.
You are welcome to combine challenges,
but we do ask that:

1. The PDCC name and/or photo is used
2. OUR colors are the focus of the card.

Have fun and happy stamping!



Stamps: Blissful Botanicals (Lawn Fawn Stamps)
Paper: Whisper White, Really Rust, More Mustard, Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Really Rust, More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories: Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"

CASE Study...Every Season

Hey there crafting lovelies, it's CASE Study time! Are you ready for another gorgeous inspiration card from the super talented Julie Lacey? Oh, goodness...these cards just keep getting better and better! Julie has a clean, distinctive style which is consistently beautiful. I enjoy her endless inspiration and here's another gorgeous card to get those mojo juices flowing:


The first thing that I was attracted to on this card was the design. I followed the basic layout, except when it came to the sentiment panel...but I'll get to that later. I was also interested in the floral embellishment as well as the seemingly random stitching. I chose to CASE all of these items while changing up the colors, stamps and sentiment panel. Here is my CASE of Julie's delightful card:




The sentiment panel was made using a corner punch, Vintage Floral to be exact, by Martha Stewart and cutting around a circle to form the design. I have a tutorial that I made last year which you can view here...it goes into a more detailed explanation. I layered the doily design on top of a Lacey Circle, just to give some contrast in the colors. The floral accent was made by making a single bow from crinkled seam binding, layering a Victorian lace bow on top of that, then a jute twine bow, then my paper rose. I had to squish it down a bit to make it look somewhat reasonably flush with the card. (It's not flush at all...but looks better.)

Time to check out how the other CASE Study gals made some gorgeousness with Julie's card:

Chupa
Amy Wanford
Clare Buswell
Cristina Kowalczyk
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Teresa Kline
Teneale Williams

Here are the deets for creating and uploading a project:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC58), and link it to CASE Study Challenge blog with the inlinkz widget. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12:01 AM EST, and you've got until the end of Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose one winner randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor. In addition, the authors of the four most impressive creations will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!




Stamps: Every Season Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Woodland Walk dp, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain distess ink (Ranger), Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Vintage Floral corner punch (Martha Stewart), Circle & Lacey Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Victorian Lace (SU!), crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Angelica Rose (Prima), jute twine, gems, daubers, dimensionals, needle & thread
Size: 5 1/2" square

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Find Your...Peace

Good morning and happy first day of Fall! I think the technical term is the "Autumnal Equinox" and if my science background serves me correctly (sometimes it doesn't), the earth is half way to it's furthest point away from the sun, at least here on the East coast. Whatever...all I know is that the days are getting shorter and colder! So I figured that some warm browns and pinks were in order, and I also wanted to use Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try for September. Here's my card based on the sketch pictured below:






Jen's fabulous sketch:

I really love this set, called Simple Joys, from Market Street Stamps...such versatile sentiments that can be mixed and matched to basically cover every occasion in the human experience. Every one that I'd encounter anyway, although I didn't see any that said "Happy Autumnal Equinox"...hmmm, maybe I'll have to write the company...haha...

Have a super swell day and happy crafting!


Stamps: Simple Joys (Market Street Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found Madison Avenue dp (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Circle & Lacey Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crinkled seam binding (MemrieMare), corner rounder (EK Success), Paper Blooms (Kaisercraft), pearls, Petal Pink Liquid pearls (Ranger), dauber, dimensionals, sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mojo Monday...Vintage White

Oh, I feel like I'm getting in the groove again with Mondays! Kids are back in school, work schedule in place and Mojo Monday inspired! Julee's got a fabulous sketch for us to work with this week and I've also taken my color (or lack of) cues from The Shabby Tea Room's Vintage White inspiration. Here's my neutral, shabby sample for both challenges:


Here's Mojo's sketch:



And this gorgeous photo is courtesy of the Shabby Tea Room:


I've mixed two sets on my card, the "You Make Me Smile" sentiment is from the Thankful Hearts collection and the scripted "love" is from Verve's newest release, You & I. I also mixed paper lines, some of them being from Melissa Frances' Attic Treasures and others from Prima's Printery pack. All edges are sewn and most of them distressed/sponged with a combination of Antique Linen and Vintage Photo distress inks. Speaking of Ranger, I just recently found out that their production plant is only 45 minutes from my house and on October 1st they are having a grand sale! From 9am to 3pm all discontinued and slightly imperfect items are between 50-75% off. Looks like a road trip in my future!

Have a great day and happy crafting!



Stamps: Thankful Hearts, You & I, Bloom & Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Attic Treasures (Melissa Frances), Printery (Prima), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Antique Linen & Vintage Photo distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Elegant leaves, Rounded Scallop Frame die (Verve~A Cut Above dies). Elegant Scrollwork die (memory box), paper flower (Prima), jute twine, Oval & Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), needle & thread, sewing machine, daubers, dimensionals, button, paper distresser
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"

Verve's September Diva Dare...CASEing Amber Hight


Hello and welcome to this month's Diva Dare! We've come up with a fun challenge this month, to CASE a Diva! I have to tell you that it was so hard to narrow down my choice of a Diva (I ended up putting everyone's name in a hat and drawing one out) and then to narrow down a card to CASE? Daunting! I'm CASEing the ultra talented, ultra lovely Amber Hight! Her gallery and blog are so chock full of inspiration and pure gorgeousness, it literally took me all day to find a card that I thought would make her proud.  Here is the card I made based on this card here by Amber:



For this card I used one of my all time favorite stamps from One Person, one that is just beautiful in both words and style. I'm pretty sure I say that about all Verve Stamps but I do have favorites of my favorites, :) I lightly sponged the sentiment panel and just changed up the design a bit, making the ribbon accent a flower and moving it to the bottom of the card.
Stamps: One Person (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Romantique dp (Prima), Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla (SU!), Rustic White (PTI)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH), Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: Blossom & Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Beaded Arcs border punch (Martha Stewart), paper flower (Recollections), jute twine, crocheted flower (Kaisercraft), Bisque Liquid pearls (Ranger), dimensionals, dauber, sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"


I have to tell you that I REALLY loved CASEing Amber, she rocks so many different styles of card making! Her coloring, the accents she uses, the pretty papers...I couldn't stop at just one so I picked another card, this one, to CASE. Here's my take on her beauty of a card:


On this card, I kept the design pretty much the same, although I used different stamps, these being from Verve's newly released You & I set. The versatility of this set is incredible, you could mix and match words to create endless possibilities of sentiments. I sponged the center of focal panel and also added some liquid pearls. (I guess I sprinkled a bit of Sankari on here, too...I told you it was hard to narrow it down to one Diva!) The little black heart to the left was made with Verve's A Cut Above dies, this one from the I Heart U set.

Want to know how you can win some fabulous new VERVE GOODIES?
  1. Play along with us and link up your new Case-a-Diva creation (posted September 16 or later) to the linky widget below before 9pm Mountain on Sunday,October 2nd. One lucky stamper will win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Verve Store. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we would  LOVE to see ‘em!
  2. For another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout-out in the comments section as we share our Case-a-Diva  creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing!  Winners will be announced on Monday,October 3rd right here on the Verve blog.
Have fun and happy stamping!

Stamps:  You & I (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Portrait dp (Crate Paper), Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: I Heart U die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Fancy Scalloped border Pierceability, Blossom & Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Barely Banana grosgrain ribbon (SU!), Beaded Arc border punch (Martha Stewart), jute twine, $1 bin flower, doily, Bisque Liquid pearls (Ranger), dauber, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

One Hundred Minus One

Hello and good morning! It's Saturday, I've got the weekend off and was hoping to make a little card goodness...which I do have to share with you. I started this card last night and finished it this morning, but not before I took my "in progress" sentiment panel and very assertively crumbled it up and threw it in the trash. Funny, just 2 posts ago I was really KIDDING when I said that I relegate cards to the card cemetery under my desk weekly. That kind of frustration has not happened to me in a while and in the midst of my tantrum, I grabbed my paper piercer and was ready to stab it into my project (scary, huh?), but...I composed myself in the nick of time and gingerly put it down. I really love my paper piercer, it would have been a shame to break the tip off, or worse, put a crater in my desk.  All in all, there IS a happy ending and it's here:


I used Jen Shults' Deconstructed Sketch for this week...I adore her designs! I found myself going back into earlier posts on her blog to make some cards using her very workable sketches. Here's the current one that I modeled my card after:


The color combination is using Splitcoast's Free 4 All challenge, to use mostly blue. I think I bent the rules a bit, because I see mostly black. Must have been the mood I was in. Haha. :)
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for coming by to visit!



Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Journey dp (Authentique), Pacific Point, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Lacey  Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Brackets die (Tim Holtz Alterations), lace, button, twine, pearls, White Opal & Baby Blue Liquid Pearls (Ranger), dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" square