Friday, September 18, 2009


This card is for a couple of challenges. It is for today's Limited Supplies Challenge(LSC238). We are to use spooky colors; although, we do not have to use them in a spooky way. This challenge was just in line with ine's Verve Color Challenge(SEP09B)! Charmaine is challenging us to use teal, burnt orange, olive, and deep purple. Thansk for the fab challenges Jeanne and Charmaine!

I stamped everything you see. No dp was used in the making of this card. I would like to say I used a BUTTON!!! So proud as I have a hard time with this embellishment. I used ribbon, gold pearls, button, and punches as my four embellishments.

*****Edited to say that I wanted to participate in more of the Verve release challenges, but I ran out of time. I had a lunch date with a friend today, another friend came over to chat for a bit this afternoon, then my parents came over for awhile. After that I was packing for my ds and dh to go off for a beach weekend together. So, it is now after 7pm and I do not have all of my Verve done..bummer!!! Of course, I did wait until the last minute thinking I could do all 5 in one day. What was I thinking?

I was rushing around this morning so I never did get to finish all of my card commentary. I stamped the leaves in different colors. I sponged with antique linen and the edges with pumpkin and eggplant. I stamped the dots from the bountiful backgrounds set in old olive. After layering the card and looking at it, I felt that it needed alittle something more. I stamped the En Francaise background in pumpkin pie. I stamped off a couple of times before I stamped the script at an angle. I used the same stamp with no more ink added to do the dotted image as well. I sponged the dotted image with tonal ink to make the dot effect alittle more neutral. After all of this was done and the card layed out, I kept thinking it need alittle more. I ended up getting out my canvas background stamp, inking in taken with teal and stamped the large die cut with tonal ink to give the look of texture. I did not want to add texture at this point as I lose my frame embossing when I do that. I then cleaned and inked the canvas with pp, stamped off 5 times, then stamped off to the side a bit the focal image and sentiment. I love this look so I went with it.

I added the bow and felt it need a button. I tried string, but knew I wanted to use gold pearls so I added the gold cording. The card needed the corner punch detailing in the top right because I felt it needed balance.

Stamps
Verve Abundant Blessings, Bountiful Backgrounds, Plain Jane Leaf sprig, canvas and en francaise bg
Paper
ivory, taken with teal, elegant eggplant, pumpkin pie, old olive
Ink
taken with teal, elegant eggplant, pumpkin pie, old olive, ranger antique linen
Accessories
Nestabilities, MS butterfly punch, gold pearls, button, ribbon, gold cording, sponges, foam circles, SU scallop border punch, photo corner punch.


Abundant Blessings







****EDITED****I took my advice and added a little mellow moss butterfly. That is all I did and it really finished this card for me.


This card is for Michelle's Verve Color Challenge(SEP09C)! Fabulous colors, Michelle!!!

I stamped this background, too!!! I really wanted to keep this more neutral and I must say after I took the picture and saw it on my screen, I really thought I had used more mellow moss color than I did. This card evolved. I had initially stamped the focal flower in mellow moss for the background. It was too busy. At least from my point of view. I chunked that idea. To keep the card warm and neutral, I ended up going with the cattails image from this set. I stamped around the edges to keep a flowy look, but trying not to be too busy with it. I wanted to add another stamped panel, but I opted for just texture. I sponged this panel with some of the mellow moss, pp, and dark chocolate inks. I really love the warm earthy feel to this card. Of course, I did finish with this dark chocolate bow and some touches of gold pearls. Could not help myself with these two items. I probably should have added some mellow moss embellishment...one butterfly like I did in the top card....hmmm. Still thinking about that one.


Stamps
Verve Abundant Blessings
Paper
dark chocolate, pumpkin pie, ivory, mellow moss
Ink
dark chocolate, pumpkin pie, mellow moss, Ranger antique linen
Accessories
Nestabilites, ribbon, gold pearls, 1/4" circle punch, sponges, foam circles, texturz plate








29 comments:

  1. Betty, both of these are just jaw dropping beautiful!! Really love the color combination on the first one and the layout and texture of the second one. Great job!

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  2. GASP! These are stunning! Girl you are a Diva in my book! Hugs and oh by the way, LOVE my color challenge card. LOVE it!!

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  3. These are GORGEOUS! Love those colors together and how you layered everything up ... just beautiful !!

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  4. Oh my goodness, Betty! These are both totally amazing! I LOVE what you did with the first one especially!

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  5. Oh girl you are amazing, love those colors!!!

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  6. Goodness, Betty, both of your cards are truly amazing!!!! Love the layering of all of the different Nesties and the second one, well, it still got me drooling over the gorgeous ribbon and the yummy Fall colors. GORGEOUS!!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

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  7. No DP? on that first one? Amazing job stamping...such gorgeous colors Betty...and love that sentiment...it's one of my favorite quotes : )

    And the second one? Wow! Just beautiful! Your cards are always very classy and chic and an inspiration to me!

    Have a great weekend Betty! : )

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  8. WOW - WOW - WOW - Betty!!! Both of your VV cards are fantastic!!! You are really rockin' these stamps!!! Hugs ~S~

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  9. Both of these are beautiful Betty! I love your ribbon bows you have been making!

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  10. Seriously, you are SOOOOOOO absolutely AMAZING!! These are both MAGNIFICENT, but the first card made me SIGH out loud! WOW WOW WOW! You ROCK my sweet friend!

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  11. Wow -- you are so incredibly talented and do so well with these Verve stamps!! Amazing stuff!!

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  12. OH GASP woman! You made that DP on the first card???? I was looking where I could buy it! LOL! Fabulous creations both of them!

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  13. Wow Betty these are both amazing! I just love the first one! Love the dp you made... great colors and layering on that one! The second one is fantastic too... yummy scrummy ribbon and great double bows!!!

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  14. Betty both of these cards are absolutely GORGEOUS! I so love how you did the ribbon and button with that gold cord on the first one! Fabulous!

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  15. Betty, both of these are total KNOCK-OUTS...just like you!! :)

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  16. WOW Betty! These are absolutely stunning!

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  17. Two absolutely stunning cards, Betty! Can't believe there was no dp involved! Methinks you need to start designing paper! I think you're right about a mellow moss butterfly on that second card - it would tie it all together. Simply fantastic cards!

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  18. Wow Betty!! These are gorgeous! I couldn't believe that you stamped all the backgrounds... thought for sure it was dp!! Your bows are just gorgeous!! I can't believe (i know you didn't today but am sure you have before) you can make 5 of these amazing cards in one day!! Wow!!

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  19. Wow Betty! These are both exquisite!! I love your stamped backgrounds and all your shading!! The bows, colors and layouts are phenominal!! Gorgeous through and through!!
    hugs,
    Chris

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  20. Both of these are stunning-but when I Tell you that first card made my jaw drop, I am NOT kidding! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!

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  21. You are SO very gifted. Love looking at your blog! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. Hugs.
    ~Chelsea

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  22. Lovely challenge card, Betty! Love the sponging and multiloop bow.

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  23. Didn't realize they were both on one post -- I must be tired LOL! You ROCKED this colour challenge! It threw me for a loop when I first say it! Love the nestie layers and the DP you created with the leaf stamp. Great card!

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  24. The blues on the dreams card are stunning. I thought your background was designer paper until I realized I have that same Verve stamp! Abundant blessings is lovely, also. The color combo is superb.

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  25. Betty,
    These are both fabulous. Love how you tied your bow on the first one. Hey, who needs DP when you create such beautiful backgrounds without it?!!

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  26. betty...these are so beautiful! thanks for playing along with my sketch for this week! :)

    {{{hugs}}}
    mercy

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  27. Both cards are just gorgeous, but the first one is a stamping masterpiece!! I love how you stamped in layers, creating such a wonderful look, not to mention the eye-popping colors! Love that button!!

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  28. Every card you stamp is a piece of art! You are amazing!
    Hugs and smiles

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