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Sunday, December 6, 2009

...From The Heart

Have I ever told you that I love Verve Stamps? Every month I am blessed to receive a perfectly-wrapped package containing the most extraordinary stamps in the world! This month was no different. I was so happy to see that this month's releases were so whimsical on nature...fun and fantastic fonts, and handsome hand-drawn images. Luckily, I got to use some of them to create this card for today's Featured Stamper #148 at SCS...mitchygitchygoomy! I chose her card HERE to CASE (copy and share with everyone). I kept her same layout, but changed everything else. I used the large and small hearts from Thankful Accents to create the horizontal strip across the cardbase. I used the heart border image from Thankful Hearts on the lower portion of the Kraft focal panel, and one of the sentiments from the same set inside my focal image. The focal hearts were created the same way that I created the one yesterday, but I used white craft ink instead. After it dried, I repeated the process with a different heart shape in guava ink. I added a Chocolate Button and Linen Thread for a third element.

I decided to sew a piece of Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper to the focal panel after I had matted it with chocolate cardstock. I also added a white scalloped border to the bottom for some contrast to the browns...but it still didn't look right yet. DUH...paper piercing! LOL! I pierced around the upper portion of the panel to frame the focal hearts. That was just the touch it needed...or was it? The more I looked at it, the more I was certain that something else needed to be done. I finally walked away from my crafting area for a break when it hit me...corner rounding! I rushed back to my table, and rounded the corners on the bottom of the panel. I was finally satisfied! What do you think of the end result?

That's it for me! It's my birthday, and I am going to spend it running around with my guys today. I will see you back here tomorrow, though! Until then...
Supplies
Stamps: Thankful Hearts, Thankful Accents (Verve)
Papers: Groovy Guava Textured, Kraft, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip DSP
Inks: Groovy Guava, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: scallop edge punch, sewing machine, full heart punch, heart to heart punch, sponge dauber, button, linen thread, mat pack, paper piercer, 3/16" corner rounder, dimensionals

24 comments:

Renée said...

oooh, gorgeous card! I love Verve stamps too (I've got a large collection!). These colorus are great!

Hope you have a fabulous birthday! (mine's in December too - just a few weeks later)

Peggy said...

Your card is fabulous! Love all your details you added and the color combo is lovely.
Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day!
Mine was a week ago, so we are fellow Sagittarians!

melissac said...

Beautiful card!! The color combo is wonderful!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! May your day be filled with much love and joy!!!

Cindy Haffner said...

Happy Birthday Mercy, so nice it's a Sunday and you can spend the day with your guys!! --Love your card so pretty.

Dawn Easton said...

Happy birthday, Mercy!!! Enjoy your day!

Lovely card, love the clean lines and colours...so pretty!

Kimberly S said...

What an absolutely beautiful job you did on keeping it simple and making it so pretty at the same time!

Happy Birthday! A popular birthday in my family today as well. Enjoy your day, and I hope it's everything you could hope for! :)

Steph K (booga3) said...

Such a sweet card! I love it! And I love it when my Verve package comes, too - SO yummy!

I hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday!!

Vicki said...

Have a super birthday Mercy!!! Love your card!!

Julie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MERCY!!!

Enjoy your day, girl! :)

Barbara said...

Gorgeous card, Mercy!! Happy Birthday!!

Stampin Mindy said...

Love the simplicity, Beautiful card!

Julia said...

Have a Wonderful Birthday Mercy!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Happy Birthday Mercy! This is FABULOUS! LOVE the CAS look!!! Hey...did you get my email? LOL!!

Harriet Skelly said...

Happy Birthday!!! I saw this card on SCS and just love it! So CAS!

Ida P. Krause said...

Hope your birthday was fantastic!

Your card is just wonderful!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Happy Birthday Mercy!! And what a charming card to feature today!! Love the colors and sketch!!

Viv said...

Fabulous card and your thoughts on each addition were fascinating Mercy.
Wow! Why didn't I know it was your birthday!! Many happy returns my friend!!
(I know for next year, as it's only 5 days before mine).
Hope you had a wonderful day.
Big birthday hugs
Viv xx

torico said...

Happy Birthday Mercy!! I hope you had a wonderful day. :)
This card is fabulous. I love your simple layout and color combo. The stitching and piercing are so effective.

torico XX

Marisa said...

Just LOVE this card!! Fabulous colour combo and the hearts are wonderful. Happy Birthday to you too :D Enjoy your day (((hugs)))!

WickedPixie said...

Mercy, this is SO pretty! I LOVE the layout!! :-)Traci

Yvonne said...

Hi Mercy!

I had such a good time browsing your blog! Your cards are absoutley gorgeous, and they have such a professional look!!
Happy birthday yesterday:)
Yvonne.

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my gosh, Mercy, what a beautiful card. LOVIN' the colors!!

Denise said...

Very pretty! Love thecolors.

kadie said...

Oh I LOVE this!! So CAS and beautiful color choice!