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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Viva La Verve, Newness and What's OLD is NEW again!

Well, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution (goal, actually), I participated in another challenge! Yes, this time the Viva La Verve sketch for this week caught my eye and I just could not stop thinking about it and HAD to get this card out of my head and translated to cardstock and stamps. I was losing sleep--seriously! So I closed my eyes (while I was awake) and pulled out this stamp set--Delightful & Delicious (my goal was to use any older set--keep reading to find out why), I said "this will work", and sat down to make this card for a friend. I threw in a little something new from last month too. It's layered into the main focus of the card--can you see the Vintage Oval Die? I stamped it too with the Vintage Oval Frame Stamp. It created the perfect backdrop for the chipboard heart that is super sparkly with Glimmer Mist.

So. Why did I use something that's a little older that ya'll have already seen? Along with this challenge, it's my first post of the year as one of the NEW Verve INSPIRATION team DIVAS. Let me "esplain"...Julee has formed a NEW team this year called the Verve Inspiration Team. It's going to be our job to inspire ya'll to dust off those older, unused sets and start playing with them, as well as provide rejuvinated inspiration by combining the old with the newer sets too. I'm super excited about this, as just like ya'll, my older sets don't get enough love. As soon as my new stamps come, they get shoved to the side like a no-longer loved babydoll. So SAD! (I had one when I was little. I don't know why I didn't like her, but she always got the spankings!)

I'm tellin' ya'll--there is so much NEWNESS going on with Verve! Check out THIS post on the Verve Blog to see what all the fuss is about with Verve in 2011 and then go ahead and look HERE daily for links to all the SNEAK PEEKS from the Release Team Divas for the Verve January Release happening this Friday night the 7th! OH and don't forget to play along with this week's sketch shown here. It's a great one to lose sleep over (I'm probably the only one who does that, huh.)!

SUSIE Q-TIP: Layer a little hole punched piece of cardstock under your flatback pearls, rhinestones, baubles, brads or other similar circular embellishment. This will help set it off against whatever you are adhering it to. Here I used a 3/8" inch punch and I even inked the edges. And lots of fingers.

Stamps: Delightful & Delicious, Vintage Oval Frame (Verve)
Paper: Dark Chocolate (PTI), Blush Blossom, Close To Cocoa (SU!), Laundry Line (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Chestnut Cat's Eye (Colorbox), Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Accessories: Vintage Oval Frame Die (Verve), Small Open Scallop Border Die-namics (MFT), Sewing Machine/Thread, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Copic Marker, Small Hole Punch, Chipboard Heart (MR), Scarlet Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Button, Twine, Gold Flatback Pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), Jody Boosters
Finished Size: 7" x 4.25"


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! Stunning, is the word :) I love all the layers, the piercing, & the wonderful focal elements - definitely makes me want that set!!

  2. You have made this sketch and set sing, Susie :) Gorgeous card and fun tip about the half pearls.

  3. Holy Moly is this ever GORGEOUS, SUsan!! STUNNING! BEAUTIFUL!! WOWZA!!

  4. Susan, this is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! LOVE the colors and embellishments. . .they are all just so yummy!

  5. This card is so pretty. It's soft and it's cozy, it definitely bring to mind sitting on a couch with a good friend over a cup of coffee.

  6. I love the idea of showcasing the older sets (many of which I have) and this is one of them. You did a fabulous job with this card, love the layout you used for it.

  7. I love this sketch and the colors you chose are beautiful. Your work is always so amazing, enjoy following you!!

  8. You had me at coffee!!! :) Absolutely gorgeous, Susan! Love the papers and all your fun little details. Beeeeeee-YOU-tiful!

  9. Spanking your doll??? Sounds like you. Love this card- it is a great sketch and you have used it wonderfully to make an absolutely gorgeous card!!

  10. this is fabulous luv these colors and all your gorgeous details....sweet girl!

    enjoy *~*

  11. What a beautiful and detailed card. How do you do your distressing? the warming on the edges? Gorgeous!

  12. Viva la Susie! Your card is gorgeos! I love the color and the embellishments that you chose! I must try this sketch!

  13. Wow! This is STUNNING, Susan! I love the soft pinks, the stitching, kraft..all of it!

  14. Gorgeous card Susan - I LOVE what you did with this set, which by the way is one of my faves!

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  16. Susan, I'm so glad some of you divas are continuing to show us new creations with the older sets! I have this set and never know what to do with your inspiration card with this unique layout!


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