Thursday, September 1, 2011

So we are history...the shadow covers me...the sky above ablaze that lonley lovers see...

Welcome to the September Diva Inspirations Blog Hop! We are all coming out to play and showing a little Verve inspiration! You can see all the participants at the bottom of this post, as well as some details on how to win yourself some free stuff. We all like free stuff, right? Just make sure you leave some love for everyone as you hop along today...you never know where Julee has hidden the mystery prize. She is sneaky, I'm telling you!

This card started out to be for this week's Sketch Challenge over on Splitcoast. But my brain had other plans. *wink* When I my You and I set first arrived, I wanted to see what would happen if I cut the letters out of patterned paper and then embossed the stamped image in white. So cool! I've been holding on to these letters since the release, and I wanted to use them today.



I loved the look of the dark grey with the yellow, so I went with that. At first I started with a heart cut from the Jotted Heart Die, but once I started looking at the negative image I had a light bulb moment. I couldn't cut off the tabs that come attached to the die, so using the actual negative image didn't work this time. (Don't think I won't figure out how to cut them off!) So I decided to line up the pattern on the heart to the background panel to give the illusion of an empty space. Clear as mud? Here's a closer look:



Once I had the heart cut out, I decided it would be fun to stamp the word "LOVE" from all the different Verve sets. Oh, how much fun this was!! I have to tell you, some stamps had minor surgery during this process. This is not for the faint of heart. But I was committed at this point and had to translate my idea onto paper. Here are the sets I used: You and I, Small Phrases, Love Story, Love's Flower, Heart's Desire, & Heart to Heart. They are all stamped with black Stazon. I went over the center "love" with my two-way glue pen, and then covered it with Martha Stewart Black Glitter. Love that stuff!

Anyway, once that was all done, I adhered the heart and letters to the grey panel, then mounted that onto my card base. A little white banner strip and some black scalloped edges finished it off. This was one of those YILM (yes, I love myself) moments!

Ok, now that I have jabbered all day long, it's time to go visit my girl Sony! I'm sure she has something gorgeous to show you. Have a fabulous day...and check out the Verve Blog for all the Sale and Stamp of the Month details! See you tomorrow with some fun news! *grin*

Diva Inspirations Blog Hop
Master Hop List
1. Julee 8. Susan
2. Betty 9. Andrea
3. Dawn 10. Sankari
4. Jen d. 11. Teresa
5. Lynda 12. Tosh
6. Shannan 13. Charmaine
7. Sony 14. Maureen
We've hidden a little mystery prize on one of today's hop spots, so be sure to leave a little comment love as you hop around for a chance to win!
Comment Deadline: 11:59pm Mountain, September 12
Prize: $30 gift certificate to Verve




45 comments:

Dawn Easton said...

Brilliant, Shannan! I love the dramatic look of the colours and the embossed image! Wonderful!!

Jessica said...

This is so bold- fabulous I adore it!

Teresa Kline said...

I luv these colors together girl...amazing card...hope you have super day!

enjoy *~*

José said...

I just got those dies and i LOVE them. Thanks for this inspirational card. LOVE the colors and lay-out.

Susi K said...

Love the embossing of white on DP - looks fabby! I'm a huge fan of this stamp set/matching dies, so I think your card is terrific!

Jennifer Shults said...

This is wonderful. I love how bold the die cuts are and your gorgeous color and paper choices. :)

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow, I love this graphic design! Unique and stunning color combo!

scrappingnana said...

Love everything about your card, the colors, the way you used the negative heart diecut and stamped the different "love" in it, and the white embossing also. Thanks for sharing.

Tricia said...

What pretty sparkles and embossing! Beautiful!

Marisa said...

Love the embossed letters, Shannan and well done on the heart. Great idea to use all the different love scripts.

Tanya said...

Fabulous! I love the colors and the embossed letters look awesome!

MelissaS said...

Fantastic card! I love the combination of fonts, and the color combo you used. I am going to add it to my mental list of combos :)

Basslady said...

smashing colour-combination and combination of shapes!

very vivid and fresh!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Marlena M. said...

Your card is so sweet! I love the boldness of it. ;)

Moira said...

Fabulous bold colors and great idea using the words in the leftover die!! TFS!

Lin said...

What fun colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

Newbie said...

Sweet card!! Love the layout and the colors! Nice way to make the word "love" stand out with black glitter! Nicely done!

zehra said...

Wow, lovely card, so bold and beautiful

Jan Garber said...

The embossed letters have the look of varsity felt!

Touch of Tewshay said...

very nice card. Great way of stamping, might have to scraplift that idea!

craftymom205 said...

Great card. Love the colors.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Andrea Ewen said...

Love the look of the embossing, Shannan...super cool idea!

Marsha said...

Very pretty colors. Love the boldness of this card.

Amy said...

Love your layout and the bold big sentiment!

Chunyuan said...

gorgeous. Love the embossed sentiment on die cut.

Jen Tapler said...

Ok, first of all - LOVE your hybrid card!! ;-) Yes, I recognize that CW paper when I see it! You know I love me some Crystal Wilkerson! And this design is so me! I love everything about it. AWESOME job my friend!!

Ching-a-ling said...

what a fresh looking combination.

Steph Herbert said...

Fabulous and fun card! :)

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

I LOVE this Shannan! The colors are AWESOME!

Lisa M. said...

I really REALLY love the color combo of the turquoise with the yellow and gray...and I adore the sparkly black "love"! Gorgeous!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What a great technique! Love this card!!

Sue D said...

Great idea for the heart!

Cathy Parlitsis said...

Great color combo! It reminds me of summer and the pool!

Luanne said...

Took me a minute to catch your creative genius! This is really cool, and I love the yellow and gray together too!

Betty Wright said...

Shannan, this is wonderful! I just love those letters embossed in white! Reminds me of iced sugar cookies....of course, I had to relate a card to food.....lol! Scrumptious and a lot less calories! Awesome card!

Maureen said...

oh, this is just adorable, Shannan!! The white embossing is fantastic and I love the faux negative image (I'm right there behind you finding a way to cut those tabs off!) But now we may not need to using your little trick! ;) My stamps often take a little surgery...but with clear stamps, it's easy to put them back :) Anything for the team and a gorgeous card!! LOL Hugs!!

squiggle7 said...

Love your card, especially the heart in the middle, what a great idea to line it up to match.

Emma

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

Wish I could use glitter like that! Glitter makes me itch and sneeze... wonder if it's the glitter or me? Anyway, I love your card. Isn't it great to get these inspirations and then follow them?

Ravengirl said...

Wow, love your amazing card and the fabulous story of how it came to be!

Janet Z said...

Love the bold card!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Great color combo and card~

Dori said...

Bold, Bright and Beautiful!! Well done

Heather said...

Love all the new ways you found to use your goodies. Wish you really could have figured out how to use the negative space, but you did a fabulous job faking it. : ) I definitely "need" to get those dies. Thanks for sharing.

Princess Scrapper Stamper said...

Shannan this is one gorgeous card my dear!! The colors are fabulous together and your layout is just perfect! Two thumbs up and huge pat on the back for this one, tfs!!

Alanna said...

Such a cute card. I love the colors.

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