Friday, September 18, 2009

You Put a Song in My Heart



I have a couple more peeks at the new Verve stamps that are releasing tonight. This first one shows a set called Swan Song - a gorgeous collection. I was drawn to the sketched look of this bird on a branch, as well as the tiny, sweet font of this particular sentiment. The partially stamped, text-style background was the by-product of a happy accident. I really liked the look so I went with it - love when that happens! The layout is from Julee's Mojo 104 sketch. I stamped the bird image in Papertrey's Dark Chocolate, then die-cut with a Spellbinders circle. I masked the body, then sponged on SU's Soft Sky and Papertrey's Ocean Tides with the die still in place. Then I added just a touch of Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink to the bird's body. I think everything else is pretty straightforward, so I won't go into extra detail, but if you have any questions, just ask!

Next up is a clean-and-simple take on Harvest Blessings, a simply awesome new fall set:



I used the color combo Charmaine picked for her Color Challenge - a tough one for me, especially trying to balance those four strong, deep colors. In the end (which is to say after MUCH fussing), I went with a lot of neutral and just small amounts of each color. Some ribbon, a touch of piercing, and a bit of scoring add just a bit more interest. I don't think you can see it at all in the photo, but I also stamped some of the smaller leaves from another new set called Happiness Found in VersaMark ink onto the cream background. Be sure to visit today's post on the Verve Blog for some amazing projects featuring these two fall sets, not to mention a chance to win both!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you can join us at the Release Party tonight, beginning at 9 pm EST in the Verve Forum. Have a great day!



Song in My Heart:
Stamps: Swan Song (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Stampin' Up Kraft, Papertrey White, Dark Chocolate, and Aqua Mist card stock
Ink: Papertrey Snow White and Ocean Tides, Stampin' Up Soft Sky
Accessories: Spellbinders classic circle Nestabilities and Blossom Nestabilities, Stampin' Up scalloped border punch and Vintage brads, Papertrey Ocean Tides saddle-stitch ribbon and Aqua Mist button, May Arts natural burlap string, foam adhesive

Autumn Wishes:
Stamps
: Harvest Blessings, Happiness Found (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Vintage Cream, Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry, Daisy D's dp
Ink: Stampin' Up Old Olive, Dusty Durango, and Rich Razzleberrry, Tsukineko VersaMark
Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Circle and Peony Nestabilities, Spellbinders RicRac Piercabilities, Scor-Pal, Ornare piercing template, Stampin' Up Rich Razzleberry ribbon

25 comments:

Jackie Pedro said...

The Swan Song card is GORGEOUS!!! And dare I say that you do CAS BEAUTIFULLY!!! That second card is perfect!!

Heather P. said...

Wow, these are gorgeous! Love your happy accident with the sentiment, such a fab detail! :)

Ashley Cannon Newell said...

These look great! I love how you off-centered the layout on your first card! I can't wait for the release!

Dawn B. said...

These are beautiful Amy. I love happy accidents. Especially when they involve stamping. Super job.

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

These are both STUNNING Amy! LOVE the top one a bit more though! GORGEOUS! See you at the party tonight!!

Shannan Teubner said...

These are both stunning, Amy! Love love love how you did the sentiment in the first one...WOW!!

chercroppin said...

Both are gorgeous, love those color combos!

ChristineCreations said...

Oh I LOVE what you did with the text in the first card, so classy. And the colors paired with the white are just YUMMY Amy. Beautiful sets!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Love the colors and the open circle of the first one Amy!! Wow!! And your second is so rich and vibrant. Everything you create is just pure gold!!

Desire Fourie said...

Beautiful Creations Amy. Especially love the first one which really makes one feel nature.
Hugs
Desire

Angella D. Crockett said...

Wow, Amy! Both are totally gorgeous!!! You make ANY color combo work, whether soft or bold!!! You rock!!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

These are both beautiful Amy!!!! I just love the color combo and the layout of the first with your happy accident. Gotta love when that happens. Your colors and design of the second are so clean and cheery. Gorgeous creations as always gf!!
Hope you are having a fab weekend.
hugs,
Chris

Silke Ledlow said...

Amy - both cards are super gorgeous!!! Hugs ~S~

Betty Wright said...

Gorgeous cards, Amy!!! Love the look of the happy text style background accident....lol!!! I am trying to figure out how you did it. Beautiful look and design!!! I just ordered this Swan Song set!!!
Love the richness of the Autumn Blessings card!!! Beautiful!!!

Barb said...

Amy, these cards are beautiful! I really like the color combos on both of them. The paper piercing is such a great touch and your placement of it is inspired!

Barb

Mari said...

I absolutely *adore* that little bird card. Lovely image, lovely sentiment, great colors. You ALWAYS choose the *best* colors!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Absolutely gorgeous Amy!!

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Love the simple elegance of these Amy. The sentiment stamped behind on the first and that stunning image panel is just gorgeous! What a fabulous way of using the bold colours on the second - love the fun circular mat and the piercing along the top!

Sandee said...

Amy both of these are gorgeous! As usual!!!!

Conniecrafter said...

Love the text background and colors in the first, great shading around the bird.
The peircing is so neat on the second and love those leaves!

Patti.Jo said...

Love the color combination you did with this card and the layout! Wonderful work as always.

dpkennedy said...

Both are so pretty! Your designs are always amazing!

deconstructing jen said...

Wow! These are both great but that second one is awesome. Very nice use of negative space. I love it!

alienanessa said...

Wow wow, and triple wow!! Those are absolutely beautiful! Love the work on that bird, and the white space on the autumn card!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh my goodness, Amy, how did I never see this card? I absolutely LOVE it! It is GORGEOUS!

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