I'm back! When I saw Amber's Viva la Verve! sketch this morning I just had to make time to play! I absolutely love doing Amber's sketches - she inspires me to be a better crafter and try things through her layouts and twists that I never would have tried. I always love the way my cards with her challenges turn out, even when I'm a bit nervous starting out! So thanks, Amber! You ROCK!
If you haven't tried out Amber's sketches, you simply must. Every Friday she posts a new rockin' VLV sketch with a twist and if you participate in every sketch during the month your name goes into a drawing to receive the next ENTIRE Verve release! Amber just pulled a winner today from our May participants, so now is the time to start fresh and jump into Viva la Verve!
When I saw Amber's twist of threes for this week my heart did a little dance of fear and excitement. LOL The twist was to use three or more colors of cardstock, three or more types of embellishments, and three stamp sets! I knew the stamp sets would be easy, so I started first on selecting my colors.
One of my favorite sources of inspiration is the uber talented Debbie Olsen. So when I saw this card the other day on her blog, I knew I simply had to try a card with this color combo. Since I didn't have the exact colors she used, I went with what I had that I thought would work... pink passion, baja breeze, so saffron and white.
For my stamping, I started with the oval portion of the sketch and chose to work with the Scallop and dotted ovals from Sweet on You. I first stamped the scallop oval on white cardstock in Pink Passion, then cut out with Classic Ovals Nestabilities and matted on a Scallop Oval Nestabilities cut out in Baja Breeze. For the center of the oval, I stamped the dotted oval in Baja Breeze, then the sentiment from Dare to Be You in black in the center, before punching out with the wide oval punch. I added dimensionals between each layer or cardstock to give it some extra punch.
For my third set, I chose Wishful Elegance and stamped the background in Pink Passion on So Saffron, then sponged the edges with So Saffron ink. I stamped one flower on So Saffron and the other on Pink Passion cardstock with Pink Passion and then cut out, layered with pop dots and added a filigree brad to the center. The so Saffron strips have been letterpress debossed with the Textile Cuttlebug folder and the pink passion borders are done with the EK Success fleur de lis border punch. I still needed two embellishments, so I added some yellow twill from Taylored Expressions and some bling from Kaiser Craft.
This blog is for personal inspiration only and all projects are my original designs unless otherwise stated. I own Verve Stamps and have received products and materials to work with from several generous companies over the years. While I have received free products from these companies, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.