Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Verve Project Parade

Good morning! I have a very simple card to share with you today. This month's Project Parade Challenge over on the Verve blog was "Divine Details." Put simply, it was the opportunity to create a card or project and pay attention to how you get inspired to get crafty. So fun!

For me, the start to almost every single project is finding a layout. Like so many others, I am addicted to sketch challenges. Somehow having a sketch already figured out for me and a deadline for submittal gets me really motivated! I don't know how or why, but usually as soon as I see a sketch, I know pretty quickly which stamps I want to use. After fishing those out, my next stop is usually my designer paper. I like to pull my solid cardstock colors from the dp. After that, it just flows together. As I create the card, I always see if there is an opportunity for some ribbon (simply because I'm addicted), or some other embellishment. I do like to keep my cards simple and clean. I like open space, so that is always something I watch out for when creating.

For this card, I pulled out this week's Weekend Sketch Challenge layout. That oval in the middle really screamed "large sentiment" to me. I immediately went to my Verve stash and pulled out my Feel Better Soon PJ. I love this little stamp! After stamping it in Old Olive and framing it in craft, it still felt a little empty. Sponge to the rescue! I sponged some Not Quite Navy around the perimeter.

Time for some ebellishments. I wanted to keep it really simple and ribbon just didn't feel right on this card. So, in come the flowers. I stamped the large and small flowers from Because of You, cut them out, placed brads in the center, popped them up, and the stickled the outsides for some shimmer. I stepped back for a second from the card, and then decided to add some brads to the bottom. Voila!

At this point I usually walk away from the card and call it done. I hate to overembellish my cards. I like the colors and words to do the talking. Though, I always do admire all those gorgeous vintage looking cards, but when I attempt them it's a little scary, lol.

So, quick review of my "divine details."

  1. Find a sketch.
  2. Pick the stamps.
  3. Raid the dp.
  4. Choose cardstock colors from the dp.
  5. Create card. Search for ribbon opportunities. :)
Phew! It's kind of fun to step back and really analyze my creative process. I don't think I realized too clearly before that I really do have a pattern to my creating. But it's definitely there!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps- Verve: Feel Better Soon, Because of You
Paper- Enchanted Evening (PTI), Old Olive, Whisper White, Urban Garden dp
Ink- Old Olive, Not Quite Navy
Accessories- brads, stickles, nestabilities, sponge, dimensionals


  1. Absolutely beautiful and I love the way you search for ribbon opportunities! Very cute!

  2. Love the bright blue and the flowers are adorable :) TFS your process...

  3. Kristina, that is so beautiful. Love your colors. Thanks for sharing your Divine Details.

  4. I loved reading about your process. What a beautiful outcome that card is!!

  5. I loved hearing your process. The project parade was a great idea. Now about the card. That is an awesome color combo. And you balanced simplicity (CAS) with powerful color so it just works. Great job.

  6. What a gorgeous card. I am totally smiling at the step to search for ribbon opportunities! That's so me! :) Thanks for playing along in our parade!