Sunday, September 20, 2009

...Challenge Cards

I am still in the mountains with these crazy and hilarious women, but I wanted to go ahead and pre-post something for you guys to look at today. I attended my first Verve Release Party as an official Diva, and I got the opportunity to share these two brand-spankin' new cards that I've made since we got to the stamping retreat.
This first card is for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #99 from Thursday. I used some patterned paper from the Laundry Line series from My Mind's Eye, and some Melon Mambo and Sage Shadow Cardstock. The images were from the new Verve set Harvest Blessings, and the leaves and sentiment were embossed on Kraft Cardstock. I added the berries in Melon Mambo for a bit of contrast. The button was actually a Clear Button that was covered with Sage Shadow Craft Ink, then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. It actually looks marbled up close, and I love the way it turned out.
This last card was for Friday's Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge found at the Verve Forum at SCS. The twist for this week's sketch was to use black and white. I stamped the bird and sentiment from Verve's new set, Swan Song, in Basic Black Craft Ink, then embossed them with Clear Embossing Powder. The patterned papers were from The Paper Studio's Black & White collection, and the only embellishments used were brads and a piece of Black Ribbon.
On a sadder note, I received news Friday that a dear and faithful friend of our family had passed away suddenly. His family and friends are devastated, and would deeply appreciate your prayers and thoughts at this time. He will be sorely missed, but his eternal effect on my life and the lives of those who knew him will never be forgotten...I love you and will miss you, Lanny!

"Autumn Wishes" Card
Stamps: Harvest Blessings (Verve)
Papers: Sage Shadow, Melon Mambo, Kraft, Laundry Line (My Mind's Eye)
Inks: Sage Shadow Craft, So Saffron Craft, Melon Mambo
Accessories: mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, brads, ribbon, button, linen thread, clear embossing powder, heat gun, scissors
"Song In My Heart" Card
Stamps: Swan Song (Verve)
Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, Black & White (The Paper Studio)
Inks: Basic Black Craft
Accessories: mat pack, paper piercer, clear embossing powder, brads, ribbon, dimensionals


Viv said...

Mercy, your cards are always a delight to see and that black and white one is the MOST delightful!
I do envy you your time with those wonderful ladies and hope the rest of your time with them is amazing.
My thoughts are with you and your friend's family at this very sad time my friend.
Big hugs Viv xx

June Houck said...

Mmmmm, I LOVE your papers. These are not papers I would have chosen for a fall card. It totally works! You are amazingly talented and I am so happy to see you as an official Verve diva :)

Cindy Haffner said...

Lov8in both cards Mercy!!

Danni said...

Wonderful creations!

Pam Speidel said...

As always, I'm lovin' your creations Mercy! Sounds like you're having the time of your life this weekend. Happy Stamping! :D

Dawn Easton said...

Beautiful card, Mercy!