Friday, July 10, 2009

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Here's something I haven't done in a long, long time: a no-designer-paper card. A year ago, I rarely used patterned paper because I was afraid of it. Now I'm dependent on it. The many different leafy branches in Verve's latest release were just begging to be stamped into a custom background pattern. I started with Kraft cardstock and then randomly stamped the different size leaves (Just For You, Forever In Our Hearts, and Leaves Plain Jane) in Stampin Up's Always Artichoke craft ink, Certainly Celery craft ink, and White craft ink. To continue the garden-like look, I added some white lattice punched borders and layered everything onto an Always Artichoke base panel. The sentiment is from Just for You and the subtle branch just behind it is the Leaves Plain Jane.

Just a reminder that Verve's Viva La Verve sketches are posted on Fridays in the Verve Forum on SCS. If you complete all of a given month's sketches, you're entered into the Sketch Champion drawing, where one lucky winner receives the entire next Verve release! (Not to confuse you, though - my card today doesn't use the VLV sketch. I made this one a month ago, and just haven't shown it here yet.) Also, if you haven't seen it, Julee has posted info in the Verve Forum about an upcoming Verve anniversary blog hop on August 1. The more participants, the merrier, so head on over for details and to sign up!

Happy Friday!



Stamps: Just for You, Forever in our Hearts, and Leaves Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Stampin' Up Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Kraft, and Whisper White card stock; Bazzill textured white card stock
Ink: SU Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, and White craft
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart lattice punch, Spellbinders circle Nestabilities, Offray ribbon flowers, SU white taffeta ribbon and white brads, paper piercer, foam adhesive
Size: 5 1/2" square

27 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous Amy! I love the layout and how you used the CB folder and border punch together! That ribbon treatment is oh so pretty!

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  2. This is beautiful! So how did it feel going back to stamped card stock? You always make the prettiest cards patterned paper or not :)

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  3. So lovely Amy!

    Many Blessings,
    M.

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  4. Just fabulous Amy! I used dp almost exclusively, and was just thinking recently that my bg stamps are missing me! The texture and appealing colors are just great here!

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  5. *Viv gasps in total admiration*!
    Amy, this is ...well, I can't think of a suitable enough superlative!!
    Fansmashitastic?
    Viv xxx

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  6. Be still my heart!!! This is GORGEOUS, girl! I am with you on the dp...can't get enough of it these days! You just proved that we really can live without it (once in a while...). lol

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  7. Beautiful card!! I can't remember the last time I didn't use DP on a card!! LOVE how the white makes the dark colors so soft! And the tiny flowers are adorable!

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  8. Gorgeous Amy! I love your "patterned paper"! So fabulous!

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  9. Totally stunning beauty, Amy! Love your leaves and those two colors!

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  10. wow i love this!!! the white totally pops off the deeper greens and the plant stamp is beautiful. love everything!!

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  11. This is so stunningly beautiful! I check your blog daily with anticipation - I just love your style!

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  12. So, so beautiful ! You've inspired me to pull out the bg stamps and have a go !

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  13. Amy, this is beautiful and just like the rest of your work - so inspiring!!

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  14. this is so pretty love the touches of white
    Hugs
    Norine

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  15. Wow, girl! This is super gorgeous! The lattice border is so perfect with these beautiful leaves! Love the white ribbon too!

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  16. Amy this is absolutely beautiful! I really love your custom made background! Beautiful! You have used some of my fave colors!

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  17. Amy, your card is amazing! I love that you were able to create such a beautiful piece without designer paper. It's something I rarely do...lol
    I want to CASE each and every card you make!

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  18. so beautiful, lovely stamping, great embossed bg, and love the borders and flowers!

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  19. Wonderful wonderful wonderful! That lattice punch is perfect with the natural tropical feel. Very lush!

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  20. MMMM this is so beautifully RICH looking Amy! There's just nothing like green on a card. I love the texture and accents, you'd never know it wasn't DP too. You've made a perfectly coordinated card!

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  21. Holy jeepers on a stick, this is incredible, just incredible. All the papers, ribbon, and flowers are fantastic, but that saying...WOW!!! What a phenomiffic card!!!! =)

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  22. Gorgeous yet again! Man, you are killing me with one stunner after another! I better start casing me some of this stamping goodness!

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