Friday, February 22, 2013

Fun with New Verve...A Collection

Hello blog friends! Have you enjoyed all the new Verve that was previewed over the last few days? Today I'm sharing a project that I've been working on a bit here and there over the past week, featuring just about all of the new sets that Verve is releasing today. Have you ever heard of the term 'happy accident'? While it's true that there really are no 'accidents' (everything happens for a reason whether you realize it at the time or not), I really was not planning to stop at Staples on my way home from work last week, but my daughter needed a tri-fold presentation board for her Science Fair project. Well, right next door happens to be Michael's, so I figured I would just wander in and see if anything caught my eye. Yes, in fact, my eye was caught many a time, as I picked up these fabulous papers from My Mind's Eye, perfectly coordinating flowers (from the $1 bin) and a chipboard album (also from said bin). The stars over my craft room came together so that I could make this:

The first page is always the hardest. I mounted Verve's Surely Goodness stamp onto a medallion, sponged the edges and dotted the perimeter with liquid pearls. I added two strips of lace, one authentic and the other with a strip of pink velvet. The flowers (both peach and white/yellow) were a score(!) at Michael's in the $1 bin. Then there's some Zva Creative flourishes sprawled about. I added some Star Dust Stickles to the flowers for a bit of sparkle. I sewed the edges with my sewing machine and when you're making a two sided book...the seam shows on the back. What's the fix, you ask? 
A border of pearls...

They beautifully cover up the stitch marks. This was a heart that I made for a card using a heart shaped burlap piece with lace hot-glued around it. It ended up being way too big for a card, but perfect for a 
6" X 6" Chipboard book. I placed a banner stamped with 'this wonderful life' across the bottom and attached a velvet flower and Alphabet Twill ribbon. And of course, some lovely pink pearls...

I didn't want to sew again, yet in retrospect I should have because I layered the back with pearls again. The fabric frame is from K & Co. that I've had gathering dust for years. I added a cool pre-printed sentiment a la Coco Chanel that reads "In order to be irreplaceable one mush always be different". The floral accent consists of a yellow felt flower, Truly Madly Deeply Seam binding from Verve and some pearly leaves. I stamped 'love this' from Verve's Remember This set.


Here's the back...with more pearls. I added a doily and MORE pearls, pink ones, to connectors in the doily. I also added a ring of Buttercup yellow liquid pearls as well. The sentiment is Verve's You Make Me Smile Plain Jane and that's stamped and sponged on a Rectangle die. The floral arrangement consists of paper flowers, tulle accents, a hemp bow and a pink twine bow. And, oh yeah, another pink pearl.

This last page came together very quickly. I had these felt flowers from the $! bin at Michael's...they came 4 to a package. I also have these heart doilies that are just too big for a card...so voila! They have come together! The sentiment from Verve's So Fluttery set is stamped on a kraft envelope and I added lots of pearls. The bow is from Verve's Truly Madly Deeply Seam binding collection and I crinkled it up a bit before making the bow and adding the button. And what is inside the envelope you may ask?
Nothing really....


Just a cute little die cut from K & Co.'s Valentine collection and Verve's Beautiful Plain Jane stamped underneath the flap.

Here's the whole book.


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog for all the prize details and deadlines. Woohoo! Let's get started...

1. Amber7. Julee
2. Andrea8. Laurie S.
3. Charmaine9. Laurie W.
4. Christyne10. Marisa
5. Janelle11. Maureen
6. Jen S.12. Teresa

**Today's Prize: The entire release!**

Page 1:
Stamps: Surely Goodness (Verve Stamps)
Paper: In Bloom (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Cameo Coral (SU!)
Accessories: Lace, PEW-03CA-104 Basic Lines Pearls-White 0.3cm & 0.5cm) PE-03CA-114 (Double Flourishes Pearl (d) White) Zva Creative , paper flowers, Petal Pink Liquid Pearls & Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Cherise Label die (Memory Box), Rosette die (Ranger), hemp, sewing machine

Page 2:
Stamps: Remember This (Verve Stamps)
Accessories: burlap lace heart (homemade), velvet flower (Prima), Alphabet Twine (Ribbon Carousel), CRW-04CB-137 Dots Pearl Soft Pink (0.3cm& 0.5cm), PEW-03CA-104 Basic Lines Pearls-White 0.3cm & 0.5cm) Zva Creative, pearl accents, Tilth Floral die (Memory Box)

Page 3:
Stamps: Remember This (Verve Stamps)
Ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Truly Madly Deeply Seam binding collection (Verve), Felt flower, pearl leaves, fabric frame (K & Co.), La Rue Flourish die (Memory Box), heart charm, fabric bow (Jolee's boutique), crystal stick pins, tulle accent, Die cut accent (s·e·i)

Page 4:
Stamps: Smile Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Accessories: pink & natural hemp, paper flowers, pink pearls, Buttercup Liquid Pearls (Ranger), paper doily, tulle accents, PEW-03CA-104 Basic Lines Pearls-White 0.3cm & 0.5cm) Zva Creative, Whimsey Circle die (Memory Box)

Page 5:
Stamps: So Fluttery, Beautiful Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Accessories: Truly Madly Deeply Seam binding collection (Verve), CRW-04CB-137 Dots Pearl Soft Pink (0.3cm& 0.5cm) Zva Creative, kraft envelope, Heart paper doily, felt flowers (Michael's $1 bin), button

80 comments:

  1. Um, WOW!!! You certainly make that dollar bin at Michaels work for you! :) It's too dangerous for me to just wander in there but now I want to make a special trip! Beautiful project!

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  2. Beautiful book! Love the papers and embellishments. Gotta love when you get a great deal along with a great idea.

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  3. Very lovely and classy book. Great use of the new stamps.

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  4. Pretty in pink and white! Beautiful feminine cards!

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  5. Oh, what a neat booklet! Every single page is so pretty! Don't you love a good find? Your Mike's shopping spree produced Loy's of lovelies!!

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  6. all pages are very pretty1..what an effort

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  7. O.M.G. Andrea! How in the world do you find the time for all of this! Every single page is stunning! You rock, girl :D Ugh, now you make me want to go to Michaels!
    hugs,
    Ellen

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  8. That is truly spectacular. Love that dollar bin. I have found many great items there too.

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  9. Holy wowsa! Each one is as beautiful as the one before it. Gorgeous work!

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  10. Andrea, this is Gorgeous! Soft, flirty and v-e-r-y feminine! Love it!

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  11. WOW!! this is sooooo beautiful!! I love it! my favorite part of it all is that burlap heart!! great job!!

    Candace
    scrappin2littleprincesses.blogspot.com

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  12. Love all the lace and pearls on this book. What an awesome creation!

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  13. This book is priceless, Andrea. You put so much work into it and it shows~

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  14. Wow Andrea, this is gorgeous. Love the details on each one.

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  15. This chipboard album is just beautiful. I can imagine using something like this to give to one my daughters after a "right of passage" is experienced.

    I absolutely love the verse you used on the cover.

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  16. WOW!! OH my goodness it is just absolutely gorgeous!! Every single page! I just love Michael's too!

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  17. That is the most gorgeous chipboard album I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Beautiful Andrea, the front cover is my FAV!!

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  19. Wow what an awesome book...amazing detail and embellishments.

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  20. Gorgeous book...lots of beautiful detail...very feminine and girly!

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  21. A very soft and lovely book with amazing details! Thanks for sharing all about how you created it!!!

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  22. Wow! You did a fabulous job on this, Andrea!! Great "Andrea touches" on every page and way to score at Mike's $1 bin! I always check them out myself :) Have a great w/e ((hugs))

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  23. Wow! This book is stunning! So much detail and gorgeousness on each page. Love all your elements.

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  24. Oh my goodness, this looks like weeks of work! Super project!

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  25. gorgeous cards! love all the pearls! :)

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  26. Just absolutely gorgeous, Andrea! I love everything about this! Have a fantastic day!

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  27. Wow! These are absolutely stunning Andrea. I'm learning so much by following your blog every day. Thank you so much for the inspiration. x

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  28. Gorgeous creations, Andrea! I love all of them. Each is so very soft, feminine, and lovely in design.

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  29. I love your girly touches! Thanks for the gorgeous ideas :)

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  30. What a beautiful set of cards! Great details, and all so soft and pretty!

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  31. OMG... your little book is absolutely GORGEOUS!! the details are stunning!

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  32. What a happy accident! Beautiful.

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  34. I love the gorgeous, romantic colors and the vintage feel on each of these beauties! The Psalm on your first one is so comforting.

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  35. Awesome job love all the little details.

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  36. Wow! These are really beautiful!

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  37. OMGOSH, Andrea...this is absolutely breath-taking! TFS!

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  38. Lovely creations! Beautiful details on each one! I love the new release... so many possibilities!
    DeniseB

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  39. Oh Andrea this is beyond fabulous!

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  40. What a gorgeous book! So many mind blowing and breathtaking details!

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  41. Gorgeous mini book!!! Yes, I would've had to pop in Michaels myself and you/Marisa are good at the dollar bin!!

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  42. Gorgeous, all of them! I especially love page four. :) I love the soft colors, and those adorable little felt flowers. I never would have guessed they came out of the $1 bin! :) Sometimes you can find real crafty treasures in that isle! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Perfectly gorgeous book! All the pages are absolutely beautiful! FTS God bless!!

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  44. Wow! Your book is fabulous. I love all of the beautiful elements that you added. Just lovely.

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  45. You have outdone yourself with this gorgeous book! Love the soft colors, lace and pearls!

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  46. Oh, I love it when the stars come together over your craft studio! This is fantastic!

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  47. Oh, so pretty! I like the " You are so beautiful" page best!! I really love the felt flowers. sigh!

    Tricia

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  48. Beautiful book full of wonderful sayings. That is one of my favorite Psalms. Wish my mind was as creative.

    (Don't you just love Michaels dollar bin!)

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  49. Lovely cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  50. Your cards are just SO lovely! All the elements come together so well and accentuate the images and sentiments! TFS!

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  52. Andrea, truly gorgeous mini album!!! everything is beautifully designed and embellished. lucky verve for the showcasing that you gave their stamps..
    ava g

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  53. Oh my goodness, your pages are beautiful! I really like how ornate and antique-looking they are!

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  54. Wow, so gorgeous! Love it. My eyes may have to wander by michaels to check out that paper soon too!

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  55. I love how feminine all of your creations are. The colors and delicate embellishments are just so darn pretty!

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  56. A lot of creative beauty in ONE post! Holy cow!

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  57. What a gorgeous project and all because of a stop at Staples!! LOL - thanks for sharing your creative talents with us!

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  58. Wow, what a work of art. Love all of the pages, so pretty and well thought out. Beautifully done.

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  59. Stunning, eye-catching project; a perfect 'canvas' to showcase the new release. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  60. This is gorgeous! I love the soft colors, and the trim & pearls are such a beautiful accent!

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  61. Wow. That's all, just wow. Your stars really did come together.

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  62. These are so pretty and soft and I'm loving all of the pink and white together, so girly!!! Thanks!

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  63. Wow, you have been busy. Love all the soft colours and texture.

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  64. I absolutely LOVE that mini! Just beautiful! TFS!

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  65. Your cards are fantastic! I am so happy I found this blog hop...you are now on my "Blog Reading List"!

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  66. Awesome card. Such inspiration!

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  67. Oh wow these pages are over the top gorgeous. I love all the hearts, the stitching,the pinks, the burlap and the pearls etc etc. What a wonderful way to showcase all the new Verve.

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  68. Gorgeous album! Each page is just amazing.

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  69. Beautiful, Andrea! Love that paper and paper is on sale at Michael's this week. Off I go... I found some great embellishments for albums or altered art there in the $2 Bins this week but didn't look at the paper. I got a large (2"x 2-3"), metal (heavy), flat camera, old style phone and crowns. Wish I'd gotten some of those felt flowers but didn't see any at my store. Love the paper, LOVE the card!!

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