Monday, May 9, 2011

Get Your Diva On Challenge

Happy Monday to all, and I hope mothers everywhere had a wonderful day of pampering yesterday!

Today begins a week-long Get Your Diva On Challenge in the Verve Forum on Splitcoast, and I am the lucky hostess! This is the monthly contest that gives Verve Fans a chance at becoming a future guest designer, so I hope you'll give it a shot!

I've come up with a supplies-type challenge, "Material Girl," which is basically just to incorporate fabric into your card or project somehow. I love the texture and interest that fabric adds! You can use a premade fabric embellishment or create your own (felt counts!), stamp on fabric, or start with a fabric item (tote bag, apron, canvas tag or album, etc.) and embellish/stamp to your heart's content. Three samples are posted on the challenge thread for your inspiration. You'll also find the challenge details there. The deadline is this Sunday, May 15, 9 pm MT.

My thoughts were all over the place with my sample -- just ask Kristin, who shopped Hobby Lobby with me on Saturday! I ended up making a white linen flower accent using Verve's Floral Circles dies and used it as an embellishment on a card. The dies come in three graduated sizes. I die-cut, then crumpled the linen a little bit, and then sewed the layers together, adding glass beads for the flower center. I personally like the look of the frayed edges (easy to get with linen), but if that doesn't appeal to you, there are fray-stop products available at fabric stores.

Here's a closer look at the Floral Circles linen flower:

The sentiment is from Faithful Phrases and has been die-cut with the Charming Banner dies. Papers are from the Portrait collection by Crate Paper. The border and fancy frame behind the flower were done with Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Doily Accents Shapeabilities dies. I've been using this paper and these dies a lot lately. They're officially in a short-term time-out for leaving out their fellow craft room playmates! They'll come out again when they learn to take turns.

Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Faithful Phrases (Verve Stamps) 
Paper: Papertrey Black  and white card stocks, Crate Paper Portrait dp 
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: white linen fabric, Verve Floral Circles and Charming Banner dies, glass beads, Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Doily Accents Shapeabilities, Papertrey ribbon and twine, paper piercer, needle, thread, foam tape
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"


Oliwiaen said...

Fantastic challenge :-)
The linen flowers looks great against the black background (and THOSE dies ;-)), I also love how different patterns compliment one another :-)

Marisa said...

Gorgeous flower, Amy. Love the frayed look. Tough challenge for my one creative gene though LOL! Going to have to sit on this one for a while and see if anything surfaces :)

Marimer said...

Preciosa tarjeta, las flor me encantaaaaa, esta genial.
Enhorabuena, besitos.

Niki Estes said...

Such a pretty card, Amy! I love that fabric flower!

Betty Wright said...

Bold and beautiful colors, fabulous design, and wonderful details, Amy! I must try this challenge! I love you Verve flower layered fabric flower. I need to look for some fabric! Lovely card!

Magento Themes said...

wow...Gorgeous card!!! This is absolutely stunning card.. I just love this colors. This black and white flower is looking awesome. Those background papers are nice. Thanks for this great post.

Luanne said...

Awesome flower Amy! Love your pretty card! Now I've got to go pull out some fabric from my quilting days...thanks for the challenge!

Dawn Easton said...

Beautiful, Amy! LOVE that flower! I need to shop for some fabric's all your fault ;)

Star Ark Creativity said...

I like the card you made and it was very cute. Thank you for sharing.
Have a nice day :)

Michelle said...

Amy this is gorgeous, those colors together are WOW & I love your flower :)

Connie B. said...

Love the flower. Great design.. Great card.

JD said...

So Lovely!