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Thursday, September 17, 2009

...Verve September Sneak Peeks ~ Day Two

I am still in awe at the talent that is Julee Tilman! I can't believe that she can take a simple geometric shape like a star, and make it look like a million bucks...but she's done it again! These next two sets feature some new and some revamped stars along with some new coordinating phrases. Ready to see what I'm talking about?
This first card showcases the new set, Starstruck. I have a habit of sitting down as soon as I get these amazing stamp sets, and drawing up card sketches that I want to use for each and every one. As soon as I saw these amazing star images I knew that I wanted to create a clean and simple card with colors that popped...so what do you think of the final result? You all know that I am a "watercoloring fool", and so this card is no different! I colored the star with an Aquapainter and Classic Ink Pads, then added some Crystal Stickles for a little sparkle. I also accentuated a piece of patterned paper from the Jackpot Designer Series Paper pack with a smaller star from the same set to create my very own coordinating paper. I am loving the result, people! LOL!
This last card was so fun to make! I knew I wanted to make something bright and girly when I sat down to draw up a card sketch for the new You Rock set. I also wanted to make a longer card than normal, so this is what I came up with. I stamped the large start on the Melon Mambo Cardstock base in the same color, then added two horizontal stripes with Brilliant Blue and Green Galore Cardstock. I wanted to add a scallop, but the simple scallop didn't look right. I dug out one of my Fiskars border punches instead, and it worked perfectly...I love the stark white against the mambo and blue! The sentiment and star were stamped in craft ink, then embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. The star was cut out, and popped off the card base using Dimensionals. I added some Bright Pink Kaiser Rhinestones to the flourish on the focal panel, and finished off the card with some paper piercing and dotted ribbon.
That's it for me today! If you are loving these Verve stamps, then you don't need to miss the Release Party this Friday, September 18 @ 9:00 p.m. EST at the Verve Forum. This month Verve is releasing 6 new sets and a scripture Plain Jane immediately following the party. The Divas will be sharing sneak peeks for the rest of the week at the Verve Blog, and also on their individual blogs. Would you like a chance to win some FREE STAMPS?!? Then hop over, and join in the Release Week Challenges issued by several of the Divas!
Supplies
"Be The Star" Card
Stamps: Starstruck (Verve)
Papers: Kraft, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor, Jackpot DSP
Inks: Basic Black Craft, Real Red, Sahara Sand
Accessories: clear ep, heat gun, aquapainter, mat pack, paper piercer, nesties, big shot, brads, photo corner punch, stickles, scissors, dimensionals
"You Rock" Card
Stamps: You Rock (Verve)
Papers: Melon Mambo, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Whisper White
Inks: Brilliant Blue Craft, Melon Mambo, VersaMark
Accessories: fiskars border punch, mat pack, paper piercer, ribbon, rhinestones, clear ep, heat gun, dimensionals, scissors

12 comments:

Jackie Pedro said...

Awesome cards, Mercy!! LOVE the colors and don't you love those stars? Sigh....I'm in love!!

Betty Wright said...

Both are fabulous, Mercy!!! Great colors and I do love the touches of sparkle!!!

Silke Ledlow said...

Both cards are beautiful - Mercy!!! WTG!!! Hugs ~S~

Dawn Easton said...

Both cards are awesome, Mercy! Love the clean look of those images!!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

AWESOME cards Mercy! I can already tell that I must have this set!

Danni said...

Wonderful cards!! So nice!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Both cards are fabulous Mercy!! I LOVE the kraft/red on the first! And the layout and fun colors on the second is just as fantastic!! Super job!!

Steph K (booga3) said...

Awesome cards, Mercy! I love them both!

torico said...

Both cards are AWESOME, Mercy! I love your simple and crisp layout.

By the way, I was surprised and was pleased with your comment on my blog last night. Thank you so much.

torico XX

Amy Sheffer said...

Awesome cards, Mercy! Fantastic color combos and layouts, and I love the watercolored star!

Elena said...

Fabulous cards, Mercy! I agree with you - Julee creates the most amazing and elegant designs! Really love the colors of your cards! and what a beautiful layouts you created!

Christi said...

Oh wow!! I love them both but that first card is amazing!!!