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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Verve Release Week Sketches that I'm Nuetral about

I've gone Nuetrals over Verve. Well only with the paper I'm using. I decided to use the same designer paper for all of the sketches during Verve Release week. The paper is from Making Memories and I thought it would be great to have a set of cards to package into a gift set. The Making Memories Neutrals pack is a nice, well neutral set of paper that can be used in so many directions.

I spent a good portion at the beginning of the week trying out a new-to-me and new products as well as a new technique. The products were Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Paint that my mother-in-law let me borrow and my new Martha Stewart Arch Lattice edger punch. The technique is to use a blender pen and some loose chalk for coloring technique (scrape some of the chalk puck to make some "dust" and then dab the tip of your blender pen into it and start shading your piece.)

First I want to quickly run through my Viva La Verve cards for the rest of the month of June.

Viva La Verve Week 2 sketch with a {twist} of New.

My "new" was my mother-in-law's Cuttlebug With Love embossing folders she keeps at my house. (How cool is that!) and EK Success Fleur de Lis edger punch.
Stamps: Verve World Best
Paper: Colorbok Ripe Berry pkg, LSS purples and cream
Ink: Lavender Lace
Accessories: Michael's rhinestones and purple ribbon, EK Success Fleur de Lis edger punch, Cuttlebug With Love EF

Viva La Verve Week 3 sketch with a {twist} of White.

Stamps: Dad's Day, Medallion
Paper: White, Cream, Vellum, Old Olive
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, Green Organdy ribbon, White rhinestones

Viva La Verve Week 4 sketch with a {twist} of Designer Paper Inspiration.

Stamps: Verve Wishful Elegance, SU Watercolor Garden
Paper: Old Olive, Brocade Blue, Grey, LSS Cream
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, VersaMagic Cloud White
Accessories: KaiserCraft black rhinestones, LSS mauve ribbon, Cotton Candy Stickles, Sizzix Flowers Layer Die cut

Now for the Verve Release Week Challenge Sketches
(The new Verve stamps were released on Friday night. Go check them out at the Verve shop.)

The card below uses the pearlescent paints, chalks with a blender pen and arch lattice edger punch. Love, love, love the paints and that bold edge!


Sketch 1 (VSJun01 SCS Gallery)
Stamps: All Verve - Floral Symphony, Everlasting Life, Dad's Day
Paper: Making Memories Nuetrals, Cream, Basic Black
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Old Olive, Really Rust, Brilliant Blue
Accessories: SU! Black corduroy ribbon, LSS cream ribbon re-inked Really Rust, Green Satin ribbon, black button

Sketch 2 (VSJun02 SCS Gallery)
Stamps: Beautiful Kindness
Paper: Making Memories Nuetrals, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: Black Button, thread, SU! ribbon

Sketch 3 (VSJun03 SCS Gallery)
Stamps: Sweet on You
Paper: Making Memories Nuetrals, Basic Black, LSS Cream
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Really Rust
Accessories: Martha Stewart Arch Lattice edger punch and Hydrangea punch, Sizzix Leaves Die cut, Martha Stewart Onyx and Carnelian glitter, Yasutomo glitter paint and aqua pen, SU chalks and Prismacolor Blender pen

Sketch 4 (VSJun04 SCS Gallery)
Stamps: Wishful Elegance, Floral Symphony
Paper: Making Making Memories Neutrals (background and flowers), Basic Black, LSS Cream
Ink: StazOn Jet Black
Accessories: LSS Cream grosgrain ribbon, American Crafts velvet rickrack ribbon, Sizzix Bigz Leaves Die, Nesties Classic Circles, Quick Kutz Limited Edition Circles die (hidden by the flowers), Sizzix Texturz plate Tween Daisies, Martha Stewart Onyx glitter, Glossy Accents

Sketch 5 (VSJun05 SCS Gallery)
Stamps: Dare to be You, Beautiful Kindness, Wishful Elegance
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Making Memories Neutrals, Cream
Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Versamark
Accessories: American Crafts Velvet black ribbon, Cuttlebug Leafy Branch EF, Martha Stewart Onyx glitter, chipboard (for Beautiful Kindness serif)


  1. All the cards are fantastic, but the purple one really caught my eye.

  2. All the cards are fantastic! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the "bloom where you are planted" one. Great color combos on all of them.

  3. Fantastic cards! I especially like "You Inspire Me"! I am glad that I stopped by your blog!

  4. Beautiful cards hun!! I love the last 4 they are all sooooo sooo pretty!!! And I love the colors on them as well:)


  5. Wow, those are some sharp cards! So beautiful and elegant - I'll be back!



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