Saturday, January 23, 2010

Viva La Verve!

It's been far too long since I last participated in one of Verve's Viva La Verve sketch challenges. At the beginning of this year, Amber, our sketch artist/challenge host, changed things up a bit, and I love the new format! (I wish I loved my card as much - more on that later.)

The VLV theme is "At Home With Verve: A Year-Long Home Walk-Through," and each month Amber will be featuring a different room, along with some gorgeous inspiration photos. Foyers and entryways have been the focus this month. Just like last year, there is a grand prize each month - the next month's full stamp release from Verve! That's HUGE! To be eligible for the drawing, all you have to do is complete all of the sketch/inspiration challenges for that month. The deadline for participating this month is January 29. You can find all four January Viva La Verve challenges in the Contests & Challenges area within the Verve Forum on Splitcoast.

I've used the January Week 4 challenge for this first card, along with this inspiration photo:

As you can see, I pulled my color combo from the inspiration photo - lots of black/white/gray neutrals and little pops of green. My card is a little different from my "usual" (if there is such a thing), and I'm still deliberating whether I like it all that much. The heart floral, the sentiment, and the florals I used to create my background pattern, are all from the new Love's Flower set.

Since I'm already posting one card outside my comfort zone, how about another one? I have to say this next one is a radical departure from almost anything else I've ever done. You'd be hard-pressed to use up even ten minutes to create this - I, on the other hand, spent over an hour on it! Clean-and-simple just doesn't come naturally for me. I puzzled and puzzled, stitched and unstitched, distressed edges and cut again, switched a white felt stem for a black one, switched back ... you get the picture. I think I would like this one if I saw it on someone else's blog, so hopefully someone else will like it on mine :)

One of the things that first attracted me to Verve was the abundance of these small sentiments. I'm so glad Julee continues to put together sets of these little gems, like she's done this month with Celebrating You. The fonts are fun and the sentiments are always a fabulous mixture of traditional and fresh.

I try to check in soon with some CHA pictures!

: Love's Flower (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Stampin' Up Sahara Sand and Basic Black, Papertrey Vintage Cream, Smoky Shadow, and Spring Moss
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Papertrey Spring Moss, Stampin' Up White craft
Accessories: Oval Nestabilities, Stampin' Up striped ribbon, May Arts burlap string, Papertrey button, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, EK Success scalloped border punch

Just Because:
: Celebrating You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Stampin' Up Kiwi Kiss textured, Papertrey Vintage Cream and Kraft
Ink: Papertrey Dark Chocolate
Accessories: Prima felt stem, Spellbinders tag die, Papertrey button and twine, sewing machine, distressing tool, Scor-Pal, EK Success scalloped border punch


Pam Speidel said...

Oh Amy! These are both just FABULOUS! You Go Girl! :) Smiles, Pam :)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

You're not sure if you like it? Oh my gosh, Amy, it's GORGEOUS! LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

Whatever girl, they both rock! And a new banner I see?? Outstanding!

Maureen said...

Love them both, Amy!! The wide ribbon is gorgeous and the clean lines and colour of the second are fabulous :) Yummy card, totally :) It's funny, because I have problems making rich detailed cards like yours and am always amazed by how you put things together...are different styles fun?

Dotty Jo said...

These are stunning - sometimes its good to move outside your comfort zone! Love them!!! Jo x

Allison said...

Both are beautiful. I lvoe the colours.

Betty Wright said...

Amy, these are fabulous! Great ribbon detailing and I love the felt stem with sentiment tag! Lovely cards!

Viv said...

Silly Billy! The cards are amazing!!
how can you not love the Verve card!!! Fabulous is RIGHT!
Hugs Viv xxx

Julie Marshall said...

And...Fabulous is what that card is! I love the colors and how you've used the ribbon. Hmmm...I just need a sewing machine now ;) TFS!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

Amy both cards are fabulous....but anything you touch is fabulous.....we all have a harder time out of our comfort zone, but that is where we grow...have a great day!

enjoy *~*

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

Both of these are FABULOUS Amy!! I didn't think you had a 'comfort zone' everything you touch turns into something incredible!!