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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

...Up, Up, and Away

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! It has been a whirlwind couple of days, and yesterday's announcement from Stampin' Up didn't help matters. If you are one of my customers, I must tell you that I WILL NOT be selling SU effective immediately. They have pushed through some very demanding and outrageous rules and guidelines that not only restrict the use and/or mentioning of different products, but also restrict what demonstrators can and can't say on their personal blogs and other online forums. They are also going to restrict any demo from being a part of a design team for any other company besides them. I will not be party to a company that behaves this way in order to strong arm their workers, nor will I give that company FREE publicity on my blog. So from here on out, if I use any SU products they will not be mentioned by name...only as a very generic item. Hosta la vista, SU!

With that being said, I would like to move on to the card I created for yesterday's Color Challenge #234 at SCS, and the CPS Sketch Challenge #131. I used the Verve set Up, Up, and Away, and I created my own patterned paper with the concave squares stamp from the same set. The hot air balloon, sentiment, and clouds were embossed, then watercolored before being popped up off the focal panel with foam squares. I added some Stickles to give the balloon some sparkle, and placed three Silver Brads on the focal panel as well. Some melon-colored dotted ribbon was tied above the focal panel to complete the card.
That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by to see me, but I am headed to bed now. I will see you all in a bit with another card or project. Don't forget to visit Verve before September 9th to get a 10% discount on your order by simply using the discount code MercyRocks. Happy Shopping!
Supplies
Stamps: Up, Up, and Away (Verve)
Inks: black, pink, yellow, teal
Paper: pink, teal, black, white, watercolor
Accessories: paper piercer, piercing guide, clear embossing powder, heat gun, ribbon, foam square adhesive, water-filled paintbrush, brads, stickles, scissors

17 comments:

Elena said...

So Sorry to hear about the SU...
But you have some good news too! Congratulations on the Gardeners DT at The Greeting Farm!!!! I am so very happy for you Mercy! You are very talented! And I am very excited for you!
Almost forgto to tell that i love your gorgeous card with a ballon!

mudmaven said...

I wish I wasn't, but I'm right there with you on the SU mess. I loved being a demo, but this was over the top! Love today's card and look forward to seeing your wonderful creations continue to inspire me! ~chris

L.Nielsen (Lynda) said...

This card has definite "WOW" factor, I love it.... I stopped to say CONGRATS to you for being chosen as one of the "Fall Gardeners" for TGF.
I can't wait to get to know you and star working with you.
Isn't this just so exciting?
Big Hugs
Lynda =)

chercroppin said...

That is awesome Mercy! Love those colors, and the layering too!

TannyP said...

Wow - another stunner. Great job, Mercy! Congrats on all of your DT additions - I'm not surprised....your creations are outstanding!

LORi said...

Happy for you and the DT position!!! Wow, I read the SU! notice last night and I was sick to my stomach...See all this time, I thought I was living in America!! Imagine that!! Whew!! A mess is what they have probably started!! As a result they are most likely gonna loose a LOT of Demonstrators!!!

Sandra MacLean said...

Congratulations Mercy!! Can't wait to work with you! You are everywhere! LOL :)

Kerri said...

I am right there with you, girl, and just finished posting something very similar on my blog! Gorgeous card by the way!

Renée said...

CONGRATULATIONS ON BECOMING A VERVE DIVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go girl!! Your work is awesome and I LOVE seeing what you make. This card is no exception!
about yesterday ... well ... a day of heart-wrenching choices for many. I'm sorry you're leaving SU although I completely understand.

kadie said...

A new sketch challenge blog, A Verve Diva and A TGF Gardener all in the same week!! Girl, you got it goin on!! But we already knew that! You're work has long since inspired us all. Congrats!!

Shannan Teubner said...

YOU GO GIRL!!!!! And I love this card!! WOWEEE!!!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oooooh. Aaaaaah. Sparkly goodness! Love it, Mercy!

Pamela said...

FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!

JulieA said...

Great card! And I'm sorry to hear that you won't be selling SU any more. I can see from their side that it was a business decision, but will disappoint others.

Monica said...

I completely and totally agree with your decision re:SU. Can they really do that...absolutely unbelievable? This new policy is over the top as far as I'm concerned. They are going to lose a lot of demonstrators and potentially customers...maybe then they'll open their eyes and realize they are not the "Queens of Ink"! ;-) Best of luck to you!

Silke Ledlow said...

Hola chicka!!!! I just saw that you are a new Verve Diva - OMG how super exciting!!!

Congratulations!!! I know you are still doing the happy dance - LOL!!! Have fun and enjoy the ride!!!

I'm leaving SU as well...they really overstepped their boundries.....but like you said who need them..not me!!!! Hugs ~S~

Heidi said...

WOW- Mercy you are you are movin in the world aren't you girl. I love your work and you deserve these new positions girl. I am glad I found your blog!