Friday, April 3, 2009


Life sometimes gets 'in the way' of crafting. Lately there really does seem to be too much to do, and too little time. *sigh* I think I need to set aside some time for another crafting session, but first I need to get my craft room re-cleaned up (and really cleaned OUT). All the 'stuff' I've collected for this fabulous craft sometimes becomes a hindrance to creativity rather than a boost for it, KWIM? I think it's time for a clean sweep, and a bit of reorganization! *wink*

Alrighty, enough rambling...onto the card!
I absolutely love this set (Beautiful You) from Verve. It was a set for their 1-year anniversary, and each of the design team members picked a favorite quotation, so it is VERY versatile, and it has a beautiful floral image that is great as a focal or as a background image. Verve's stamps are clear polymer (aka 'acrylic'), and they are super high-quality...nice and thick, and give great detail and very clear stamping.

I stamped the 'Life' sentiment onto a scrap of Very Vanilla using Ruby Red ink, and mounted it to a scrap of Ruby Red CS, adding three self-adhesive rhinestones to accent the sentiment. Next, I stamped a panel of Kraft CS with the flower image using Ruby Red ink. The card base is a standard A2-sized card in Bashful Blue. I stamped a border along one edge using Versamark ink and Martha Stewart Crafts 'Clear Pattern Stamps' polka-dot border (it's actually stamped twice, and since the stamp is clear, aligning the pattern was EPLS). I tied a bit of satin vanilla ribbon around the base, then adhered the Kraft panel, and attached the matted sentiment to the top using foam tape.

This was a *very* quick card, and the layout is one that would be easily adapted for other cards (and it's a great way to use up scraps! *wink*)

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:
Paper: Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, Kraft, Very Vanilla CS (SU!)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Ruby Red (SU!)
Stamps: Beautiful You (Verve Stamps); Clear Pattern Stamps (Martha Stewart Crafts)
Other: foam mounting tape (3M); satin ribbon (Offray); rhinestones (Michael's)


Melinda aka Passionfruit said...

this is very versatile, I love it and will probably CASE it! Thanks for sharing, my friend!

Chris S. said...

Very pretty. Glad you had time to do a project.

lori vliegen said...

your card is wonderful, michelle! and i know what you mean about all of our "stuff" sometimes proving to be counterproductive! for me, too much stuff equals too many decisions to make! i really need to pare down...oh, i hate to even think about that! :)

Eve said...

This card is really beautiful. I am a true fan of the cards that make you stop- and think...."wow that is stunning". This is one of those!