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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Verve Visual Project Parade

Is this not the best parade you've ever been to? How's the view from the boulevard? Up close and personal? Thanks to Julee (our fabulous Grand Marshall and owner of Verve) for having a parade to show off our creations up close and thanks to Carole (one of SCS's newest dirty inductees) for the opportunity to reveal our thoughts in the ever-so-personal realm we so belovedly call The "Verve-iview"! But before I get to the meat of this post (my innermost thoughts), let's discuss the "parade float" at hand before it turns the corner onto Herald Square. Not even near 40 feet tall, my card today is a little sway from the "normal size" A2. I had to make it 4.25 x 6.25 to accomodate the Making Memories tag that was a perfect match for the inspiration photo. I also loved playing off the black accents with the little splash of yellow here and there. (I love More Mustard--can I get a hot dog over here? This IS New York, right?) Ope, there it goes, passed us right by without getting stuck on a building. So just as Santa heads up the rear of the Macy's parade, who everyone really waits for, I give you my "Verve-iview". Go have some turkey.

1. When/how did you get hooked on stamping? I was introduced to it about 8 years ago and thought everyone at the party was crazy. Anyone in the market for some retired 4th of July stamps? Re-introduced to it by a fabulous SU demo 3 years later and never looked back.

2. How often do you stamp? I try to stamp everyday, but my friends keep calling me. (you know, Mr. Clean, the Scrubbing Bubbles and someone who just wants to Cheer all the time.)

3. Tell me about your funniest or most embarrassing stamping related injury. giving this interview--I will now be scarred for life.

4. How long does it take you to create a project that you're happy with? It depends on when you consider the starting point. When I'm dreaming of them while I'm sleeping? Then it would be about 12 hours, but if you are only considering once I have a real idea in my head that is actually doable, then 1-2 hours (Keeping in mind that doesn't account for making the paper and melting the rubber into the molds by hand. Add 30 minutes for that.)

5. I am usually a little messy in my creating. Tell me about your creative space. (I'm sorry you have that issue, Carole.) I have a small space. Some call it a bedroom corner. I call the entire room my studio and we just happen to sleep in there. Having a small space allows me to be messy while in "the zone", but I am always one to have to clean up before starting my next project. I told you Mr. Clean calls me too much.

6. If you were stranded on a deserted island, which craft tool could you not live without? Why? Chocolate. 'nuff said.

7. What is your biggest source of inspiration? My squarehead boyfriend speaks to me through these things called blogs, and a website called Splitcoast. When he talks, I listen.

8. Who in the stamping world do you want to be when you grow up and why? I would drop a few names here, but I'm afraid I would sorely misrepresent. So the perfect stamper would have this name:
Belaurentina del O' Stainturragener

9. What is your favorite part of the creative process? All of it! Oh, and the Chocolate.

Ok, if you stuck with me through that, you deserve to know how to win $15 in Verve Bucks!! All you have to do is play in this Vervalicious challenge with us! Leave a comment with a link to your project on THIS POST at the VERVE BLOG by 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Time on June 21st, and you will be entered for a chance to win! Using Verve stamps is not a requirement, although it doubles your chance of winning. We will have two winners, one randomly drawn from a pool of all entries, the other will be selected as our favorite from all the projects using Verve stamps. Both winners will receive $15 in Verve Bucks. We will announce the winners later that day.

So, it's time to get inspired! Use the photo to let your creativity soar. There are no guidelines - take your inspiration from the images, designs, patterns, colors - whatever strikes your fancy! If you upload to Splitcoast, please use the keyword VVPP03 so we can all see your creations!

TIP: You don't always have to stick with a standard sized card. Make it as big as needed--you can always find (or make) a bigger envelope for it!

Stamps: Serenity, Petals & Stems (Verve Visual)
Paper: Basic Black, Kraft, More Mustard (SU!), Papertrey White, Bohemia (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior), More Mustard, Cranberry Crisp (SU!)
Accessories: Journaling Tag-Travel (Making Memories), 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Hole Punch, Black Brads, Sewing Machine, Black Thread, Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals


  1. I think I need to come hang out in your craft room - there never seems to be any chocolate in mine! Love your project, Susan! The tag is way cool.

  2. Fab card and you're cracking me UP! LOL... Love your idol's name, btw. Such a diplomat... HUGS!!


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