You Brighten My World

Hi everyone! Thanks so much for all the kind comments yesterday. You guys are the best blog friends a gal could ask for. It's nice to know y'all understand. Today I have a special card to post. This one uses a sketch I created for the Verve Visual Honored Guest Card Contest that starts today. For a chance to win, all you need to do is submit a link to a card using the sketch provided. If chosen you could be the next Verve Honored Guest and will get to play with the March release sets right along with the Verve Visual Design Team. We'll be doing some random prize drawings throughout the contest, so be sure to get your entries submitted. For all the details and to see the sketch, check out the Verve Blog. Everyone on the design team has created a card with this sketch, so be sure to check out their creations, too.

I really like how this card turned out, although it took FOREVER to get to the finished card. I guess that's what's been frustrating me the most about my stamping lately. Things that used to come quickly are taking a lot more effort. This card really shouldn't have taken much more than half an hour, especially since I already had the sketch drawn up and the stamps picked out. But I spent so long deciding on what papers and accents to use, that by the time I finished the card, two hours had passed! Sheesh! Who has 2 hours to sit around and only finish one card? Not me! LOL

I eventually decided on this BasicGrey Scarlet's Letter paper, because I was thinking about Allison's Suggestive Sunday challenge this week. The striped star is from the Verve Visual Seeing Stars set and I actually stamped it first in Crimson Red Versafine and then colored in the star with Prismacolors and Gamsol and then just stamped over it with Onyx Black Versafine. To give it a nice glassy look, I painted the star with Diamond Glaze. The trailing stars on either side of the striped star are from the Swirly Stars set and I outlined them with a light gray Tombow marker for a little softness. The sentiment reads "you brighten my world" and is actually created from two different stamps. The first two words are from the you brighten my day stamp in the Thoughtful Florals set (a remixed photopolymer version of Thoughtful Phrases that's releasing soon). The second two words are from the You rock my world stamp in the Uplifting Phrases set. Both phrases are stamped on a word window punch with Satin Red Versafine ink and bordered with the word window dashed frame stamp from Thoughtful Florals. I added a tiny red rhinestone to each punch and also to each tiny scallop behind the horizontal layer in the sketch. To finish off, I tied a black satin ribbon around the top.

19 comments

  1. I love the graphic look of this, it is such a dichotomy. I love the look of the striped card on the swirled surfaces of Basic Grey. I may case the idea of this card for my sweetie's valentine. I have been stuck trying to come up with an idea. If I do I will attempt to link it to you. Maybe I will link in SCS gallery. Thanks for the beautiful card and the idea behind it!

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  2. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing all the details! I guess that's where I am too! Stuck on details so everything takes twice as long! Of course, I usually don't even have a sketch in mind so that doesn't help either~ Jeanne

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  3. This card is fabulous. I love everything about it.

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  4. This is beautiful (I think the first commenter took all the good things to say about it!). I am so glad you played (being a supahstar and all!)...

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  5. ohhh I like how this turned out! The vibrant red is gorgeous! Good paper choice!

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  6. This is a beautiful card! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  7. red/b/w is sooo sharp and classic!! great details....what an awesome sketch.

    I gotta go look up "dichotomy"....ahahah!!

    shirley

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  8. What a beautiful card! I love the almost "Asian" feel it has (must be the Scarletts letter). Awesome sketch too...I'll definately be playing, but unfortunately without any Verve stamps. This being unemployed really puts a damper on my stamp spending budget!

    Linda

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  9. What a fun sketch! Since DH is working from home this week (and driving me INSANE), I feel the need to go make some NOISE in the stamp room... What a perfect opportunity! LOL!

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  10. This is so so nice. I just love the papers you used. I am having fun with the new stamp sets.

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  11. This is so pretty!! I love the paper you used as well!

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  12. What a fantastic beauty you created using this sketch - awesome! Here's mine:

    http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/797260?cat=7036

    Thanks for showing us your wonderful card.

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  13. Ummmm, don't give up on you? Are you crazy? You're one of the reasons I love bloggin' so much. Your sketches are amazing and I think your cards are A-dorable. Just take it easy. We'll be here through thick and thin because we know what it's like to need to be inspired. Take care. Love all the details on your card.
    Misty

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  14. must i say.. AMAZING

    TALENTED would be the other word

    i love your FANTASTIC work...

    lalala
    RaeAnne

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  15. This card is beautiful!!! It looks so perfect. This card does not show one inch of you losing any mojo >"< One thing I have learned {the hard way as a mother} is that if I am lacking sleep, everything in my life is harder...ya know? Spring is coming soon and before you know it your mojo will be blooming from everywhere! Have a great weekend.

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  16. Awesome Creation....As always your work is Wonderful!!!

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  17. Groovy Julee! Great soft colors with a cool graphic look! I love Bella on top of the cupcake! TFS!
    Deena

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Thanks so much for taking the time to brighten my day with a comment! I love hearing from you.

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