Sunday, November 20, 2011

Viva La Verve

Tomorrow marks four weeks since my hysterectomy, and I'm grateful to have come such a long way in my recuperation.  This past week, with some help from my girls, I cleaned the house top to bottom, did some laundry, and put away the Halloween decorations (they were driving me crazy this late into the year).  After looking at what I did, in print, it really WAS too much.  And now, I am paying for it.

They say that when you have any kind of major surgery to "take it easy" and "don't do too much".  Well, when I felt so good, I wanted to get my normal routine back in place.  And I didn't realize I was doing too much until my body said, "WHOA!"  I've spent a good many hours lying down this weekend, to rest up.

I did manage to fit in some crafting for a challenge I've never done before.  It's Viva La Verve, over at Splitcoast.  They offer a sketch per week in a given month, and you have to do all four sketches to be entered for a $100 gift certificate at the Verve store.  That sounds reaaaallly good to me!  I'm entering late in the game, so bear with me while I throw several individual VLV posts your way.

First up, Week 1:

I've hoarded this Stampin' Up! patterned paper for a couple of years, but finally cut into it for this challenge.  You know how you pull out your best china, silver and crystal for a special guest?  That's how I feel about the Verve challenges.  They can be intimidating, for sure, so I am using things that haven't seen daylight in a while.

More hoarded stuff:  Little Felt Flurries by SU.  They came in a pack with red, Baja Blue, and white.  Well, the white didn't exactly look clean and white to me, rather a bit grayish and dirty.  So I took the snowflakes down to a workbench in the cellar and wanted to use spray adhesive and glitter to dress them up.  Guess what?  The can of spray adhesive was empty!  So I used Clear Acrylic Matte Sealer instead, then sprinkled the glitter on top.  Worked perfectly.  When the snowflakes were dry, I glued on pearls.


This sentiment comes from Bright Spirits, the set I won from Verve last week. And the blue ribbon comes from a Baby Gap shopping bag, which had ribbon handles.

I'm off to write my second Viva La Verve post now.  See you soon!

Colleen

Stamps:  Bright Spirits - Verve
Paper:  white - PTI; Sahara Sand, patterned paper - SU
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Punch:  Double Link Trim - Martha Stewart
Other:  ribbon - Baby Gap bag; Little Felt Flurries - SU; pearls; glitter

15 comments:

Marisa said...

No need to be intimidated by these sketches, Colleen, you did a fabulous job on this one!! LOVE the sparkly snow flakes and the cluster of pearls in the corner is a great touch. You rocked this sketch big time :)

Glad to hear you are feeling better and well done on resting up after your flurry of activity.

Anonymous said...

Yes, keep the flurry of activity confined to the cards and projects! I love your sparkly snowflakes and all. I had to laught about the ribbon! Great job - can you enter it in some repurposed challenge? I love the pearls too. Then, that sentiment is just final touch! Great job Colleen!

Chris R. from Iowa

Linda Callahan said...

You do beautiful so well! this is like putting out the best china - just gorgeous! I think the Verve sketches are challenging but you nailed this one for sure! Glad you are feeling better :)

Andrea Ewen said...

Simply beautiful! Looking at your work, I wouldn't think that you would be intimidated in the least by these sketches...you can certainly hold your own! I love the snowflakes, all the effort you put into making them sparkle was well worth it! Way to go with this one, darlin'! And make sure you rest the rest of the day ;)

Janny said...

This is a beautiful card I like him,
Beautiful snowflakes.
Janny

Vicki Dutcher said...

Oh this is gorgeous! That paper is to die for!

Lisa said...

What pretty sparkly snowflakes Colleen! Great job on the sketch. Take it easy for a bit, nothing but "paper work" for you!!!

Elizabeth said...

This is gorgeous! Love the colors and the sparkle!

Benzi said...

Ooh, I love this. The blues and the beautiful snowflakes make it look so wintry and icy. Spectacular card!!

Linda R. said...

This is so beautiful.. I just love the sparkly snowflakes..

Hugs, Linda

Emily Keaton said...

Gorgeous, Colleen!! So pretty and sparkly. :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

I LOOOOVE that glitter on those snowflakes! Your papers are a perfect match--and that ribbon and punch are beautiful! LOOOOOOOOVE everything about this card! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

~Tammy~ said...

Oh my starts this is beautiful! I am so loving those felt snowflakes!!! I missed those!

Sorry late getting around! Been under the weather myself, but so happy you are getting back to normal as best as can be for what your body has been through! Thinking of you!

Shirley said...

How creative with the glitter and the felt, and the card for that matter. It is lovely!

E.T. said...

good to know you are doing well! This is a stunning stunning card! Love the sparkly snowflakes.

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