Friday, July 3, 2009

Happy Graduation

Last month I purchased my first Verve stamps. I have admired the stamps and the beautiful work the design teams does for a while and finally decided to buy a couple of my favorites. I needed one more graduation card so I pulled out one of my new sets, Up, Up, and Away. I like how my card turned out. If I had to describe my favorite style of stamping, this card would be my example. I really like mixing a vintage papers, distressing, lace, vintage embellishment with different types of images.

The card layout is the Verve challenge in the Verve Forum at Splitcoast. The sketch challenge includes a twist each week. This week the twist is distressing. With that in mind, all my edges are distressed with Tim Holtz Distressing Ink in Tea Dye. To make my scene, I stamped the trees, clouds, and air balloon. Then and cut out hills from my DP. The paper on this card is Graphic Design. I just love their papers!

After coloring with Copics, I added some stitching to my hills. The larger tree and clouds are popped up. The air balloon is paper pieced. I did some more stitching around the edges of the papers. I added black lace and a metal flower from Maya Road and a few rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by! To all my friends here in the states, have a fun Fourth of July!



Stamps - Verve Up, Up and Away, Whimsical Tree
Papers - DP Graphic 45, SU Black, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Ink - Memento Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Other - Sewing Machine, lace, rhinestones, glitter, copics, flower Maya Road


  1. Wowww Melody,what a beautiful card,l love the images and colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  2. What a wonderful card! The mix of papers, stitching the popped up clouds, almost looks like "folk art".

  3. This is unbelievably stunning, Melody!! I just copied down this sketch to work on today and what you have done with it is AMAZING!!! WOW!! Absolutely perfect.

  4. Melody this card is beautiful, I love all the papers and the stitching on the hills looks awesome. Happy 4th to you and your family!

  5. Melody, this is just breathtakingly beautiful!!! It's perfect in every way!

  6. Hi Melody. I love this type of fun, funky and whimsy card. Awesome layout and colors. I'm so glad I found your blog today and definitely will be following you. Many blessings.