Thursday, July 17, 2008

Some Verve Inspiration

Happy Thursday, everyone! It's another late post for me -- I just can't seem to get ahead of things this week! I've been spending lots of time in the car and not enough time stamping! I did get a chance this afternoon to spend some time at the Verve Stamps Forum at SCS. This week's Meet the Verve Divas Challenge was posted. It's an Inspiration Challenge, with this photo from Crate and Barrel as the inspiration piece. Since there is a grid in the pattern, it was a perfect reason to include this week's Technique Challenge as well!

Well, I couldn't stop there!! I saw that Verve Stamps also has their July Project Parade Challenge posted, and the challenge is to make an Artist Trading Card (ATC). An ATC is a 3.5" x 2.5" card used for trading and inspiration. If you've never made one, see Jen del Muro's ATC tutorial HERE. They're easy and fun!

I used my Scor-pal to make the 1/8" grid pattern, then I stamped Linen in Cool Caribbean over the scored grid. I pulled the colors from the photo and stamped the flowers and sentiment from Petals and Stems. I cut out the Cool Caribbean flowers and mounted them on dimensionals. I stamped the centers, punched them out with a 1/4" circle punch, and mounted them on the flowers with rolled up glue dots. I used Fiskars decorative scissors to cut the sentiment mat, and I added some ribbon and brads to finish the card.

Here you can see the dimension a little better. I packed a lot into a small canvas! :)

The great thing about ATCs is that you can easily turn them into a regular-sized card! I just created a card base, embossed a background with my Cuttlebug, and mounted the ATC on top! :)

I had fun combining these challenges -- it was just what I needed to get me stamping today! Thanks for taking a look -- I appreciate your visit so much! Have a great day! :)

Stamps: Petals and Stems (Verve Stamps), Linen (SU!) Ink: Brilliant Blue, Cool Caribbean, Summer Sun (SU!) Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun, Whisper White (SU!); C.C. Designs White Cardstock Other: stitched grosgrain (Michaels); ric-rac, lg oval punch, 1/4" circle punch (SU!); Scor-pal; Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder (Provo Craft); Scalloped scissors (Fiskars), dimensionals

8 comments:

Alyssa said...

I love your idea to combine the challenges! Just has my mind a smokin'! Love the ATC and card too - very cheery! :o)

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

This is gorgeous. I love these colors together.

Alexandra said...

Wonderful and matches the set perfectly, such a bright, fun card! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Renée said...

Oh, so very WOW! Love both projects, totally can see th einspiration piece in each. The grid pattern looks fab!

Linsey said...

OH, what a wonderful card and ATC, Christina! I love your source of inspiration too! Even with your limited stamping time this week, just look at the marvelous creations you give us to gaze upon! I love the scoring on your ATC and this fabulous detailing--so YOU! Awesome stuff, tfs it!

PS- I totally missed this month's MFT party and I just saw that you won the August Designer spot with that beautiful birthday creation! Congrats! I loved it so much too and am so happy you won! Have a super fun time with them!

Rita Kegg said...

Beautiful Look! I love the 1/8" scoring .... but I can see why you did it on an ATC. The finished card is great too! Blessings

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness! This card is fantastic! I love what it looks like finished! So simple yet gorgeous! Great job with both challenges! :D

Keri Lee Sereika said...

as an ATC it is amazing...as a full card STUNNING...