Thursday, August 28, 2008

Procrastinator's Special

I've been crazy busy this week. My oldest son turned 8 on Monday. He ended up sick, so we had to postpone his "party" (not really a party, just a few friends heading off to the water park for the day). We rescheduled it for today, but since it was supposed to be rainy (and is), we had changed it to bowling. He's still not fully well, so now we're looking at moving it to sometime in September. Bummer for him - he's so upset! School starts next week, so there's shopping and some PTO stuff to do. DH is going in to work in the late afternoon and working all night this week, which always makes dinnertime and bedtime kinda hairy. And I'm trying to help my mother get ready for a baby shower next weekend. Plus all the "usual." Anyway, it's all good (except for the sick stuff).

I've also been madly trying to finish up some of my design work for the month, and the good news there is that I have six Verve cards to show today. This first one I posted on SCS Tuesday for the color challenge: Rose Red, Black, and Kraft. What a fun color combo!



I absolutely LOVE the "Beautiful You" sentiment that the stamp set was named after. Beautiful You is made up of special quotes and phrases from the Verve design team members. This one was Laura Fredrickson's genius choice - just an all-around fantastic sentiment for so many things. I'm sending this card to my mom, who celebrated her birthday on Tuesday. My poor mom, I'm always so caught up in my son's birthday the day before that I'm never ready for hers anymore. Hopefully, her 60th birthday gift eight years ago (first grandchild) makes up for all future tardies :)

These next two cards are both made with Fairy Tales. On this first sample, I can't decide which I like more, the edgy color combo of black and Stampin' Up's new Kiwi Kiss or the awesome sentiment, "Make Your Own Happiness." No matter what the circumstances around us, I'd like to think we have the power to choose happiness over sadness or despair, to choose to see the good over the bad, to actively seek out that which satisfies. I just love it!!



This next sample shows an out-of-the-box combination of the ring from Fairy Tales and the flourishy circle from Artful Elegance: a Christmas ornament! The hook stamp came from a retired Stampin' Up set called Fun With Shapes. The tree branches are from another retired SU set, Peaceful Wishes. The sentiment is from SU's All Holidays.



Next is a 4 1/4" notecard using a sentiment from Notes of Prayer. I love Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, and Chocolate Chip together. I added some dry embossing with the Argyle Cuttlebug folder for a bit of a masculine look and feel.




Last but not least is the totally gorgeous Cupcake Affair set. I'm certain I've never seen prettier cupcake stamps!





I'm sure I say this each month, but this month's Verve sets are the best yet! For many, many more samples, be sure to visit the Verve gallery!

"See" you again on Saturday for my regular Saturday challenges - Jen's Sketch For You To Try and a new challenge from Our Creative Corner.



Most of the supply lists are available in the Verve Gallery. Here are direct links: Beautiful You, Make Your Own Happiness, Merry Christmas, Our Prayers are With You, and Cupcake.

Cupcake Trio:
Stamps: Cupcake Affair (Verve); Polka Dot (SU!)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Rose Red (SU!); Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers, classic and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon, oval punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU!)

26 comments:

Cindy Haffner said...

Amy all your cards are gorgeous.

Flossie's Follies said...

WOW, all these cards are fantastic, love the cupcakes, sorry to hear the party had to be delayed due to your son getting sick.

Jackie Pedro said...

Happy birthday to your son....the 25th is a great day for a birthday (mine, too!)...LOL! All of your cards are amazing!

Michelle said...

Oh Amy...every single one of these is a FABULOUS work of art! Beautiful in every way. :-)

Bonnie said...

These are all just gorgeous Amy....!!

Julee from Verve said...

Oh, Amy these are all stunningly gorgeous! That Christmas card has me all giddy though - my mind is a whirl with ideas now! Absolutley beautiful work!

silke said...

Hope your son is feeling better soon so he can celebrate his birthday!!! It's a bummer - I know how important b-days are when they are that age....

Amy - all of your cards are fabulous!!! Love each and every one!!!
Hang in there...hugs ~Silke~

Sue Hyer said...

Honestly Amy, I don't know how you get it all done! 6 cards in one day????? You're amazing - I bow down to you, girlfriend!

Regan said...

GASP!!! these are stunning Amy

Sue (suen) said...

Wow, all of the cards are fabulous! You're such an amazing artist, thanks for the inspiration you share! Hope your son is better soon.

Jessie/knightrone said...

OMGOsh, would you get a load of all that eye candy....it is giving me a cavity!!LOL!! Gorgeous work as always, and I hope your son feels better soon!!

Susan said...

Wow, all wonderful cards. I love the Christmas ornaments. So clever. Beautiful work, thanks for the inspiration.

Carolyn King said...

yowser--you have been busy---they are all amazing! Great job on each one---just spectacular!

Hope everyone feels better soon!

Christyne (aka Apple Blossom) said...

WOW! You've been busy! Your cards are just GORGEOUS!

Hope everyone feels better soon!

Sophie said...

Wow!!! all wonderful cards!!!

LOUISE said...

Beautiful cards Amy, love them all! Louise x

Laurel said...

I love all of the beautiful creations, but the Christmas one is my favorite! Clever!!!

Lynda Benden said...

OMG Amy, ALL of these cards are just stunning! You are so very talented!!! I LOVE how you made the ornaments and the layout of the Kiwi, Black and white card is just fantastic! Great job!

Dawn Easton said...

Girl, all those cards are FABULOUS! Wow! Love each one...and I agree that Verve stamps are awesome!

Sorry that your son has been ill and is missing his parties. Hope that when he's better he has the BEST party with his friends!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Every one of these cards is just beautiful!!! Sending "get well" wishes to your son!

Kristin said...

Amy you so rocked these cards! I have to run, but I will leave this page up so I can study every detail of what makes you such an artist when I get back! You are amazing!

Conniecrafter said...

Awesome cards, great colors and sparkle and fun! I especially like your prayers are with you card!

Sandra Smart said...

wow, have you been busy! The cards are all great! Love the Christmas ornament idea!
Hope you son feels better soon!

Bethany Paull said...

Those are gorgeous! Very unique with the ornaments.

Christine said...
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My Paper Adventures said...

Each and every one of your cards are works of art! I just love them all!!

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