Thursday, October 22, 2009

...October Verve Sneak Peeks : Day Three

Happy Thursday, and welcome to Day Three of the October Release Sneak Peeks for Verve Stamps! We're still celebrating Christmas, and I have TWO more samples to share with you let's get started!

Christmas In The Air
I simply adore this sentiment that accompanied this fun and whimsical set. I also loved the one-of-a-kind snowflakes...and there are several sizes to choose from included in the set. I used the smallest of the flakes on the Baja Breeze focal panel, then the next size up on the Old Olive panel. The sentiment was stamped first with Chocolate Chip Ink, then I used Baja Breeze Ink to create a shadowed or embossed effect (you can see it better by clicking on the picture to get a larger view). I added some faux-stitching around the focal panel using a Mat Pack, a Paper Piercer, and a Chocolate Chip Marker. The edges of the olive panel were distressed using a Heidi Swapp Distressing Tool, Old Olive Ink, and a Sponge Dauber. The striped patterned paper was from Bo Bunny, and was matted with Old Olive Cardstock. The only embellishments used on this were Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware and Chocolate Felt Ribbon.

Holly Jolly Christmas
How can you not love Christmas ornaments? And these are simply phenomenal...great designs and several to choose from! You all know how much I love non-traditional colors used for Christmas cards, and this card is no different! I stamped this fabulous striped ornament on Watercolor Paper with Basic Black Craft Ink, then embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder and a Heat Gun. I used an Aquapainter along with Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo Inks to color and shade it. The holly was stamped, embossed, and colored in the same manner, but it was cut out and attached to the ornament using Dimensionals. The edges of all the panels were pierced using a Mat Pack and Paper Piercer, but I used a Black Marker to create faux-stitching on the bottom two panels. The sentiment, "happy holly-days", was stamped in Staz-On Black Ink, then a piece of Melon Mambo Dotted Ribbon and Black Brads were added to complete the card.

That's it for me today! Don't forget that there will be 7 new sets released immediately following the Release Party @ 9:00 p.m Eastern this Friday, October 23rd. All the Divas are sharing sneak peeks each day this week at the Verve Blog, too. There are some Release Week Challenges at the Verve forum that you can play along with for a chance to win some FREE STAMPS. There is even a Winter Mittens Digi Set that you can download for go check it all out! Until later...
Christmas In The Air Card Supplies
Stamps: Christmas In The Air (Verve)
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Bo Bunny Patterned Paper
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Baja Breeze
Accessories: aged copper hodgepodge hardware, mat pack, paper piercer, chocolate marker, sponge daubers, dimensionals, distressing tool, felt ribbon
Holly Jolly Christmas Card Supplies
Stamps: Holly Jolly Christmas
Papers: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Watercolor Paper
Inks: Basic Black Craft, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Going Gray
Accessories: dimensionals, mat pack, paper piercer, black marker, brads, ribbon, clear embossing powder, heat gun, aquapainter, scissors, sponge dauber


Jessica Diedrich said...

Gahhhhh BOTH of these are amazing and I NEED THEM....NEED! Hello is that quote any more perfect for me??? That is so beautiful and I LOVE your handmade DP! The ornament is super fun and I LOVE the sentiment! Julee has outdone herself and so have you with your remarkable samples! LOVE THEM!!!!!!

Lisa Foster said...

WOW these are gorgeous!!! I promised myself, no more Christmas stamps this year, but as time draws closer, I get weaker! I think I'm going to HAVE to get these!

Unknown said...

You just keep on producing these stunners Mercy! Your cards are all so pretty and Verve are SO lucky to have you on their team.
Hope you're feeling loads better today!
Hugs Viv xx

Leigh said...

I love both your cards. The bottom one is gorgeous with it's colours.

Peggy said...

Beautiful cards!! I especially love the ornament and the colors you used. I am trying to remember if I have bought any Christmas stamps this year.....what's one more?!

Cindy Haffner said...

Love your BEAUTIFUL cards Mercy. Love the stitching on them.

--Hugs Cindy

Basement Stamper said...

Love that first card and the colors of it! Gorgeous!

C said...

Loving the colors you've used. Great cards!!

TannyP said... pretty! The non traditional card is a perfect color combo with awesome faux stitching and your snowflake-infused card is phenomenal. Lovely work, Mercy!

Kelly Mahany said...

Gorgeous color choices Mercy!

Barbara said...

Love them both, Mercy!! Can't wait to see tomorrow :)

Jodi Collins said...

I can't wait til' tomorrow...I can't wait til' tomorrow (can you hear me singing???) LOVE these gf!! AND, I can't wait for the release manana!! WOO!!

Robin McK said...

Hi Mercy!
These cards are just fantastic! You belong on the Verve DT! I hope to be at the Release party tomorrow! TFS


Silke Ledlow said...

Mercy - all your sneak peeks are gorgeous!!! You really rock these Stamps!!!

Hope to see you at the release tomorrow!!! Hope you are feeling better??? Hugs ~S~

Jessica G. said...

Beautiful cards! Perfect examples for these new stamps sets and I'm loving those sketches!!