Saturday, March 1, 2008

Today's the Day!

Today, Verve Visual has released THREE new stamp sets! If you haven't seen them yet, head on over and check them out! I can't decide which one I like the best! Here's a project with each of the new sets. The first one uses Thankful Blossoms. I just LOVE how whimsical and CUTE this set is. I stamped and colored the butterfly twice (once on the panel and once on scrap paper)and then cut the wings out of scrap paper and mounted them on top of the focal piece with dimensionals to give the butterfly a 3D quality. The flower is made with one of the leaf images from the set. I added some Martha Stewart Brownstone glitter to the butterfly, a rust rhinestone brad to the flower and some fine paper piercing along the bottom of the card to finish it off. (By the way, I found out with this card that I could watercolor with my VersaMagic pad! I added too much ink on the wing with my blender pen, so I used my Aquapainter to try and remove some color in the middle and it worked!)

The second card is from the Anniversary Birds set. See, I told you I couldn't decide which set was my favorite! LOL I also just LOVE the paper Julee sent to us. It's all Scribble Scrabble and I LOVE it. This particular one is from the Felicity Collection. I stamped the two birds and then masked them to stamp the stems and leaves behind them. Julee made me laugh when she said it looks like these birds are having a "secret rendezvous in the grass". That is too funny because she's right! LOL I used a small strip of mint green paper and made slices in it to look like grass and attached it along the bottom of the panel. The sentiment was stamped in Whisper White Craft in and VersaMagic Thatched Straw. I love how it shows up on the dark cardstock.


The last card is from the Easter Elegance set. I love the "wrought iron" look of the cross. For this card I used the Bouncing Brayer Technique to get the look of a "glow" of light coming from the cross. I added some orange rhinestones to enhance the glow. Finally I faux stitched around the focal panel with a Basic Black marker and added some black organdy ribbon.
Be sure and check out the Verve Gallery to see all of the AMAZING things the Design Team has come up with for these sets. I'm sure they'll make it hard for you NOT to want the sets! :) Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Easter Elegance, Anniversary Birds, Thankful Blossoms (Verve Visual); Paper- Felicity Collection (Scribble Scrabble) Whisper White, Basic Black, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron (SU); Ink- Basic Black, Versamark, VersaMagic, Kaleidacolor Melon Melody; Accessories- rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), grosgrain ribbon, duo satin ribbon, black organdy ribbon (Darice), paper piercer, piercing template (Ornare), brayer.

28 comments:

Julie Masse said...

Charmaine these cards are AWESOME!!! I love those birds - how cute?! And that cross card is amazing! You did an incredible job with these

Libby said...

These cards are all beautiful Charmaine! The sunshine effect on the cross card is truly amazing!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my Charmaine! All of these new sets look wonderful and your cards really showcase them!!
I think that your bouncing brayer technique on the cross card is absolutely PERFECT for that image! Made my jaw drop!

beate said...

Oh my goodness. All three cards are AMAZING! I LOVE them all.
The popped up butterfly is fantastic, those birdies are too stinking cute and I LOVE the background on your third card.

You rock!!! Hugs and smiles

Jenn said...

Beautiful samples! You all have made this release look stunning! I didn't realize you were in Pittsburgh - we're practically neighbors. Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration.

Maren said...

You are so convincing!! :-) Love all three of your card and the new sets!

Lila H said...

Super C~U~T~E!!! I'm with you, can't decide which set I like the best and that Scribble Scrabble paper is da bomb!!!

Alexandra said...

Charmaine, all three of these cards are gorgeous girl!!! I love them all, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be those cute little birds, they are just darling! Love your creativity, everyday I am awed!!1 *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Cindy H. said...

Love all three cards! I'm so inspired by the third card with the cross and the bouncing brayer technique.

Juanita B said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing! Everything about the cards is wonderful. I love your color choices, layout, and the papers you chose are so perfect for the stamps you used. Thank you for the joy your talent brings to me.

Jessica Smith said...

oh my these are all so stunning love it all.

Carolyn King said...

Fabulous creations girl!!!
I am in love with that first card (well, and the second and third one too)..all are so beautifully designed! Way to go!

Jules said...

What a busy bee you have been. I just checked out the sets before I saw your samples. I really like all the sets! Very nice work Charmaine! :)Julie

CHELLE said...

The Elegant Easter card is awesome. I love the cross, and the colors put together!! You have an awesome talent!!!

Melanie said...

those birds are so TWEET!

terrific bounching brayer effect, what a beauty you created! :)
Happy blogaversary!

Lauren (mytime) said...

I love these!!!
I just ordered that bird set. It totally screamed out to me-BUY ME!!! LOL!
You rocked these! The brayer one is quite eye catching too. How do you do it my friend?
You KNOW I love the butterfly. I forgot to order that set :C
Oh well. Next time

Shannan Teubner said...

This is awesome, girl! I love all of them!

carole (TruCarMa) said...

You Verve girls are killin' me! That's it! I can no longer resist... last month, I blamed Jen and Shannan for the enabling, but this month rests on YOUR shoulders, Shortcake! :) LOVE those birds especially... And the bouncing brayer effect is perfect behind the cross. Great job!!

jen del muro said...

absolutely gorgeous!!

Charlene Austin (Willow01) said...

GREAT CARDS!! I knew as soon as I saw the release I was going to buy all 3. The price is so right and free shipping! I don't know what I am waiting for. After seeing your cards I am on my way now to place that order.

Andrea Walford said...

These cards are just gorgeous! It's hard to say which one I like more!

Laura said...

Oh WOW! I just can't believe what you've done here! Fabulous...love your colous and design...so beautiful, and the bouncing brayer...absolutely perfect! Gorgeous cards, every single one!

Joan and Amy said...

Okay, Three comments: I love the butterfly on the top card, the wavy grass on the second and I love the sunrise on the third. And now that I've read some of the other comments, I have to go back and look at the cross card to see what the bouncing brayer technique it.
Love them all, Joan

hemidemisemiquaver said...

UM...YEAH...Gorgeous. Really.

Jessie/knightrone said...

Your samples are so beautiful!!! I love the new sets and the paper you have used. Awesome colors and that cross is AMAZING!!Thanks for sharing.

Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

Each card is fabulous Charmaine! I absolutely love the popped up butterly and the flower made fromt he leaves. The cross card is totally amazing and we all know how I love that secret little rendezvous those birdies are having! ;) Big SMILES!

Tandra said...

Each one of these cards is just MAGICAL!! The first one is STUNNING!!
The Anniv. Birds is just TOO adorable- I want that stamp set!..and the cross is just beautiful!!!

Rose Ann said...

Oh my gosh...I love all of these beautiful cards!! Gorgeous creations!!

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