Monday, March 30, 2009

Verve Project Parade - I made it all from scratch!

Easter is almost here and I've been seeing a lot of card ensembles over at Splitcoaststampers and with the Verve Divas. So I decided to make a cardfolio of Easter cards to send to my mom to use.
It didn't start out as a folio. I wanted to make an egg-shaped box. Thought I could play with some Cold Clay Porcelain, but it wasn't the right material and I had never used it. I moved to chipboard and designer paper. Too stiff. So I moved to something simple and made a cardfolio.
I have a stack of chipboard from my father-in-law's office supplies so I started by covering it with some discontinued Stampin' Up designer paper (sorry I don't know what the name of it is. I bought it at a garage sale.) The spine cracked when I folded it in half so I made an accordian strip of paper to allow for expansion when closed, but it also cracked from being scored. Any sugestions for next time would be greatly appreciated. I wanted an egg-shaped embossed paper for the cover. The cuttlebugged (Textile emboss folder) egg shaped paper needed to stand out a little bit so I used some scrap quilt batting and built it up before putting. Another piece of covered chipboard with the egg shaped cut out and a ribbon and the cover was done. Really. I had to add the ribbon afterwards because it looked to plain. The edges just barely fit into the crease of the two front panels.

I hope my mom gets time to use these cards for Easter. I'll put a panel of stamps in with it so she won't have to go buy them. Here's the inside of the folio.

I used my new set of Verve stamps for the images on the card and the sentiment on the front. It's called Everlasting Life. I love my Verve stamps. It took me a while to get use to the differences of rubber stamps, but I think I do like photopolymer stamps better.

The cross and sentiment were stamped with Staz-On Timber Brown and then I used my own set of watercolor pencils to do a little bit of green on the swirls and blue around the cross. I add some Lime Green and Waterfall Stickles to complete it. The sentiment card is also Staz-On Timber Brown. I used Stampin Up Old Olive and I think Brocade Blue to go along with the DSP. Thanks for stopping by.

If you have a chance to go see all the of the other projects over at the Verve Blog, they are a must see.


  1. This is beautiful and I'm sure she's going to love it! tfs!!!

  2. Wow! I love the way you embossed the egg, and the big ribbon is fabulous! I bet she'll LOVE this!

  3. I'm so impressed that you constructed that box from scratch! I loved hearing your "trial and error" process... it seems that's always the way I end up creating boxes or card holders!

  4. This is precious! Great job with the verve parade.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

  5. This is truly a beautiful set you have made. I am sure she will love this gift!

  6. This is really gorgeous! I love the embossing on the agg! So Special!

  7. Beautiful project! Love it all!

  8. Wow, this is just gorgeous! Love the cards and your embossed egg. Beautiful work. Thanks for playing! :)

  9. This is just stunning!!! love every detail!


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