Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Verve Anni-VERVE-sary overload!

Hi guys!

I hope you're all good  :)

I shall warn you now - this is going to be a long post.  I have been on a Verve Anniversary challenge marathon - it's been awesome! 

I had already completed the card for Day 4 of the anniversary challenge - I think it's physically impossible for me to complete these things in chronological order!  Anyway, as the deadline is Friday 24th, I wanted to get all the challenges completed in time - I can't quite believe that I've got them all done and it's only Tuesday!?  Maybe I'll have tim to catch up on the other challenges I want to complete, that have fallen by the wayside due to my craft space dilemma  :)

If you would like to join in, visit the Verve forum on SCS and play along!

Ok, so here we go...get yourself a brew!

Day 1 - Colour Challenge
This card is very un-me!  As is my card for Day 5 actually :)

This is a close up of the heat embossing - it doesn't show up very well in the photographs though.  It's WOW1's Verdigris embossing powder and I love it!  It's so much more interesting than one flat colour.

Ok, Day 2 - Anniversary Card
I don't have any wood papers (although, you could argue that all papers are derived from wood - I didn't feel like putting that argument forward this time :)) so I went with the silver element.  I did add some brown paper however, as a gesture to the wooden theme.

Day 3 - Sketch Challenge

This card is exceptionally un-me!!!  I have tried my hand at using patterned papers (whoa!) and girly colours!  When I finished this card and it was sat on the table, I couldn't quite believe that it was me who had made it - do you know what I mean?!  This is sooo far out of my comfort zone, but I am fairly pleased with the way it turned out - surprisingly so in fact!  Let me know what you think..?!

I dyed the seam binding with Victorian Velvet and Broken China Distress Inks.  The photo actually makes the bow look like it blends into the card, it doesn't in real life - isn't that always the way!  :)  The sentiment is also embossed with WOW!'s hologram sparkle - something else that I could not get to show up in the photograph, believe me, I tried!!!

I made a little 'twizzly' thing to wrap around the centre of my bow - going all out with the girly!

I have already posted Day 4's CAS challenge entry - you can see that post here is you so wish/haven't already looked.

And, last but not least;

Day 5 - ABC (Anything But A Card)
I have been meaning to have a go at making a little set/box of note papers since I saw this tutorial on SCS.  It was a while ago that I saw this tutorial and I've just realised that I have actually used very similar colours!  It must've made more of an impression than I thought!  Anyways, here it is...

I made an acetate lid and added some little pearls in the top left corner so that it wasn't quite so plain. 

Phew..that's all of them!!  If you are still with me then you deserve another brew!  Thank you!

Let me know what you think of my Verve marathon, I always love to 'hear' your opinions on my projects :)

Thanks for dropping by :)


Day 1
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Peppermint, Raspberry, Pink Sorbet, Dark Brown, Ivory; Parcel paper
Stamps:  Stampendous - Congratulations
Ink:         VersaColor - Brown; Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Other:     WOW! Embossing Powder - Verdigris; pearls

Day 2
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White; Parcel paper
Stamps:  Verve - Notebook Paper PJ; Waltzingmouse - Big Day Additions
Ink:         VersaColor - Silver
Other:     WOW! Embossing Powder - Silver; Crafty Ribbons - Lemonade seam binding; rhinestones; tin foil

Day 3
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Off White, Coral Pink, Sky Blue, Lilac, Sky Grey, Dark Brown;
               K&Co. - Best of papers
Stamps:  Verve - Kind Words
Ink:         VersaColor - Black, Old Rose; Distress Ink - Victorian Velvet, Broken China, Antique Linen
Other:     WOW! Embossing Powder - Clear Hologram Sparkle; Crafty Ribbons - Ivory seam binding; pearls,
               thread, jewellery wire, seed beads

Day 5
Card:      Paper Mill Direct - White, Peppermint; Parcel paper
Stamps:  Verve - Bloom and Grow, Wishful Elegance
Ink:         VersaColor - Old Rose, Magenta, Evergreen
Other:     Crafty Ribbons - Rose Quartz seam binding; pearls


  1. Ahh wow, some gorgeous makes here! I particularly like the first one - really striking. Love the note paper too! M x

  2. It's fun to make cards that are outside your comfort zone - then your comfort zone gets bigger! These are gorgeous!


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