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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Heidi Swapp + VERVE=LOVE

Well, when I come off of a blogging hiatus, apparently I try to make up for lost time. This is my second post for today. (If you're looking for the Ribbon Carousel/YNS Hop, click HERE.)

My oldest daughter, Shelbie had to break up with her mean boyfriend of 5+ years after some unfortunate circumstances. (She's in a much better place now, too, and we are so proud of her for standing her ground!) So I wanted to make her a really cool card to lift her spirits, one that totally says, "Shelbie". This is what I came up with using a few stamps from Verve and my latest obsession--Heidi Swapp's Sugar Chic collection. (I gleaned much inspiration from THIS book which I now OWN and have been looking at for days! Ya'll can get yours at Scrapper's Boutique!)

Actually, this isn't a card. As I was showing it to my mom right before I was about to add it to a card base, she said it should be framed. OOHH!! Good idea! What about those little frames I just bought at IKEA yesterday that were totally also inspired by page 64 of the HS book? Nope, too small. I had a shadow box frame (also from IKEA), but it just swallowed it. So I remembered I had some black chipboard that Jody sent me a long time ago that I was still hoarding...attached it to that, set it up on a little easel and that was that! I LOVE IT and I know she will too.

I used the Viva la Verve sketch (loosely) from last Friday and NO cardstock at all, just Sugar Chic! I got all crafty too, and used a few techniques here--the cracked glass with UTEE on the heart from the Wavy Hearts Die was my favorite, even though the first time I tried it was a fail. But I promise it wasn't hard to do...maybe I'll show ya'll how I did it in a couple of days!?! Wanna see?

I made my own fringe from some vintage hymnal paper. (I can't wait to get my own pair of those Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors for next time ;)--I borrowed some for this.) The dark pink paper was stamped with the Accent Notes set in black ink and the turquoise has a faint pattern from the Great Friend set in pink ink. The sentiment is from the set, Happy Days, that makes you really think Hawaii, but not this time as I thought the boldness of it went really well with the shabby feel. Then all the panels are highlighted with an Adirondack paint dabber in silver as opposed to a bunch of paper layers. I had it from my class with Tim Holtz. I love those things now that I know what to do with them. Anyone want to give theirs up? LOL!

Anyway, I'm so excited for my daughter to have fresh start on her life. Her wild heart may be a little cracked, but it's still shining bright, and at 20 years old, she has an amazing future ahead of her!

SUSIE Q-TIP: Paper doilies are super fun to work with and can be inked, sprayed or painted to go with any project. These are from Michael's in the cake decorating section, 30 to a pack for $2.

Stamps: Happy Days, Accent Notes, Great Friend (Verve)
Paper: Sugar Chic (Heidi Swapp), Vintage Hymnal, Black Chipboard
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), So Saffron (SU!)
Accessories: Wavy Hearts Die Set (a Cut Above Dies by Verve), Labels 8 Nestabilities, Sewing Machine/Thread, Fringe Scissors (Martha Stewart), Paper Doily, UTEE, Heat Gun, Rhinestone Flower, Flower Center Button (Prima), Heart Charm, Linen Thread (TCP), Silver Paint Dauber (Adirondack), Square Rhinestone Brads, Seam Binding Ribbon (TCP), Hot Glue, Foam Boosters
Finished Size: 5 1/2 x 6"


  1. Look at all those textures! An eye popping card indeed! :)

  2. this is absolutely a work of Art...gorgeous!

  3. Bless Shelbie's heart for standing her ground... and your scissors will be there SOON my friend, and if this is the kinda stuff you will be making with them I am TOTALLY excited for you to get them!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!

    PS: I had a bad day the other day.... ;) lol

  4. Love it, love it LOVE IT! It's a fabulous piece of art! And how wonderfully thoughtful of you to make it for your daughter to reinforce the positive choice she made.


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