Sunday, March 8, 2009

Bunnies, Butterflies, and Flowers - Oh My!

All that yummy new Verve I've been talking about for the last few days has now been officially released! You'll find all eight new sets and five new Plain Jane single images in the Verve store. Be sure to check out the bundle pricing, good through the end of the month (while supplies last).

Here are a few projects I showed at the release party tonight, but haven't posted here:

Practically Perfect:



I used Amber's Viva La Verve March Week 1 sketch with a twist. The twist this time was to use buttons. Think I got that part covered? LOL. I colored this little sweetie with Prismacolors and layered it three times - first the body, second the head and feet, and third the bowtie. Silly me, when I first started coloring I had a baby girl card in mind. When I got to the bow-tie, I said, "Hey, wait a minute, where are her pearls?" I had pulled out the wrong bunny, but you know what, he's just as sweet! This is an awesome set with both the boy and girl bunnies and some great mix-and-match sentiments, too! [Update: I've received a lot of emails asking for more info about the embossed buttons. They were done with a Cuttlebug embossing folder from the Just My Type collection (there are five borders in this collection). I did a quick search and was able to find them at All That Scraps. Here's a direct link: Just My Type Embossing Borders ]


Floral Symphony and Circular Sayings:



Y'all know I can spend for-EVAH on just one card, right? Well, with Mo and Jo (as Amy calls them) up and leaving for a few weeks this month, combined with sick kids this past week, I found myself a little behind on my Verve projects. So I had to speed up a little, and you know what? Making a quick card wasn't so bad! This one was finished in about a half-hour. I had sketched out most of my layouts when the stamps first arrived a month or so ago, so the hard part was already done. I don't know how well you can see it, but there is a very light hint of Soft Sky behind the flowers. I used a trick I learned from Ila at Artfully Ila, which is to mask the image and use a mop brush to apply the ink, kind of like stippling, but the mop brush is so much softer that it gives the sky more of an airbrushed look. I was just looking at the Copic airbrush system ($150) tonight. My mop brush was probably less than $10 :)


Beautiful Kindness:



Still lovin' the yummy colors of the "Chloe's Closet" line by Making Memories. When I used Beautiful Kindness for my Verve Release Sketch sample yesterday, I felt like such a cheater because I used just the sentiment and didn't stamp the beautiful butterfly at all! It's WAY to pretty to leave uninked!


Psalm 51:10 and Everlasting Life



A fun layout and cool papers I'd been wanting to try. The Scripture is a Plain Jane stamp, and the light blue flower behind it comes from Everlasting Life. For the buttom "ruffle," I punched white card stock with Stampin' Up's scallop border punch, then used scissors to make the slits between each scallop. I curled every other one up and the remaining ones under. This very well may fall into the "what was I thinking?" category at some point - LOL. It looked really nice when I tried it out with lightweight copy paper. Not quite the same with cardstock.


Thanks for stopping by! See you on Tuesday as Our Daily Bread Designs kicks off a fabulous week-long celebration leading up to its first anniversary the next Tuesday (March 17).



Practically Perfect:
Stamps:
Practically Perfect (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey White, SU Bashful Blue
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Ranger Antique Linen Distress
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, blending stumps, Gamsol; SU clear button and taffeta ribbon; white button (unknown); burlap string; clear embossing powder; Cuttlebug button embossing folder; foam adhesive

Floral Symphony Thanks:
Stamps:
Floral Symphony and Circular Sayings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: SU Basic Black and Soft Sky textured card stock, Basic Grey Urban Prairie, Papertrey White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU Soft Sky
Accessories: Copic markers, mop brush, clear embossing powder, foam tape, paper piercer, Robin's Nest dew drops, Spellbinders Piercabilities

Beautiful Kindness:
Stamps:
Beautiful Kindness (Verve Stamps)
Paper: SU Buckaroo Blue, Kiwi Kiss; Prismatics Medium Desert Coral; Making Memories "Chloe's Closet" dp
Ink: SU Not Quite Navy craft, Buckaroo Blue
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and square Nestabilities and tag die, Chloe's Closet button and ribbon, burlap string, clear embossing powder, foam adhesive

Psalm 51:10:
Stamps:
Everlasting Life, Psalm 51:10 (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Riding Hood Red and Whisper White (SU); Dutch Girl by Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Soft Sky, Ranger Old Paper Distress Ink

Accessories: Robin's Nest dew drops, Spellbinders Nestabilities, SU scallop border punch and Riding Hood Red ribbon, sewing machine, foam adhesive, sponges

42 comments:

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

These are just jaw dropping, Amy! I love every single one!

Evelyn S. said...

Thank you for sharing these absolutely beautiful creations!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Beautiful cards. I really like the rows of embossed buttons.

Lori Craig said...

I agree with Julee - Love the Floral Symphony - the orange butterfly is beauiful, too! What's a 'mop' brush?

Lori Craig said...

OK - I looked at the link - I now know what a MOP brush is.. Thanks, sweetie!

Kelley said...

These are all so beautiful!!

Barb said...

All of these cards are amazing and each individually unique. I wouldn't be able to pick a favorite if I had to. I love them all. Fantastic!

America said...

Amy, Im in LOVE with the baby card-those buttons ROCK!!!!! But then again, all of these beauties have such wonderful details, layouts, colors, etc... such great cards!!!

Viv said...

That's IT!! When I win the lottery, I'm coming over there so you can teach me.
I think I'll take up snail racing.
I'm SO wickedly jealus of yer wonderful talent Sweety!! ;0)
Viv xx

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Oh My, Oh My, Oh My!!!! These are GORGEOUS!!!! Amy you are amazingly talented!!!!

"Luv 2 Glitter" by Brenda M. said...

All your cards are just stunning. Your colouring is totally awesome. Love how you created the baby card. So sweet and delicate. The embossing is just gorgeous.

Marti - Pez-A-Doodle Design Studios said...

hi amy!!

all the cards are truly wonderful! but i especially ADORE the first one - FABBY!! so funny i am the queen of *get that card done quick* and am just in awe over how much you put into each of yours!

so sorry the kids were sick! maybe you and the little man can come over to play....

BIG hugs!!
M

Nikki Schmaltz said...

These are all so pretty Amy. I just love all your work. Those bunnies are great. I'm so glad to know that with a bit of practice I can just use my prismas and not have to go into dept for copics:)

Norine said...

love them all but really like the boy bunny and funny I was just playing with the CB buttons you did a great job on the LO
Hugs
Norine

Danielle said...

What fantastic cards Amy! I love every single one of them - what fabulous new stamps to play with!
Hugs, Danielle

Chriss Blagrave said...

Awesome cards. Beautiful new stamps and you have shown them off wonderfully. Your colours are beautiful and I want to thank you for the mop brush tip. I will be trying that. Have a great day!

pescbrico said...

Your cards are the greatest... my favorite is the first one, too cute!

Dawn Easton said...

Amy, they are all so wonderful girl! Your talent just goes on and on!

ScrappyKy said...

oh my gosh! Where do I start? The button border on the bunny one is fantastic. I have never even thought about using those little strip folders like that. I can't wait to try it myself. And those red flowers on the Floral Symphony one just POP! All of the cards are fabu though! Way to go!

Jessie/knightrone said...

These are all STUNNING Amy!!

Michelle said...

Holy Moly you've been busy!! Love all of them, I'm stuck on the Chloe's Closet paper too! And....**gasp**.. there's a BUTTON CB folder??!?!?! Just when you think you know all & you've seen all....

Marcie S. said...

Wow Amy! You have outdone yourself! These are all so gorgeous. I especially love the first one (baby card)- those "buttons" really make the card, and it gives me a great idea for how to use that Cuttlebug folder on my OWN creations!

diane mcvey said...

Your projects are all GORGEOUS!! They couldn't be any more perfect! And that baby card took my breath away...how adorable with the embossed buttons! OMGosh! TOO CUTE! Thanks for all the great inspiration...what a jackpot I hit! :D

Silke Ledlow said...

Amy - all of your cards a fabulous!!! You have a great eye for colors and I love how you made each and every card stand out!!!

Have a great week!! Hugs ~S~

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Oh my goodness!! Girl...what masterpieces! The bunny card with the embossed buttons is just charming and sweet!! The tulips are gorgeous, the butterfly card so pretty and whimsical, and the tabs on the pure heart card are so creative and fun!! Amazing...AGAIN!!

KanataNewf said...

Beautiful cards as always!!!

Kimberly Crawford said...

Spectacular does not even come close to describing these!!!! The buttons on the baby card are way too perfect and the cut scallops-SHUT UP!! How totally clever!!!!
Loud applause!!! :)

Candy said...

When I saw those cut scallops, know what screamed at me??? Piano Keys!!!! Possibilities, possibilities.......... :)

Candy
http://candy-momentsintime.blogspot.com/

Jenn said...

Wow...your cards are STUNNING! :D

Kim C. said...

As always your cards are beautiful!

Thanks fro sharing.

Nancy Riley said...

These are FABULOUS! ... every single one of them!!!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

These are so beautiful!! They all great, but I especially love the baby card and the one with the tulips. Great layouts and colors!

MJ said...

Wow, you sure know how to play catch up Amy! Fabulous cards. And thanks for the tip on the mop brush, I will be trying that (if I can find a mop brush, lol)

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Oh Amy, your cards are wonderful, every single one, but I especially love the baby card and the butterfly card. I gave up buying stamps for lent, so I'll have to wait until after Easter, but I now know that I NEED some Vervaliciousness!

Judy Rozema said...

Wow! Every one of your cards are just amazing!! Great designs and layouts, fabulous details and color! Love them all, Amy!

Conniecrafter said...

Wow so much to take in, just love the coloring of the bunny, and perfect border too, the flowers on the second are just lovely, just love your color combos on all of these!

Tracy said...

Your cards are just to die for. Absolutely Beautiful! I'm adding you to my blog list of blogs to inspire. Hope you don't mind.

dpkennedy said...

Everyone of your cards is fabulous! You are a wealth of inspiration! I love the tip about the mop brush...how come Ila didn't tell ME about that one? LOL! They all look wonderful!!

Cheri Howard said...

That bunny card is just too adorable! But all your cards are fantastic!

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Stamp and Smile said...

So adorable Amy! All these card are just so cheery and full of smiles!! I love the baby card how you gave the bunny a 3-D effect... TFS!! :)

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