Friday, January 8, 2010

Make the Most of Yourself

Hello! Today's card uses Amber's first Viva La Verve sketch of the year, VLVJan{10}01. Instead of having a twist each week, the theme is At Home with Verve and each month of the year will focus on a different room. For January, we are walking through Foyers and Entryways. We had 3 inspiration photos to choose from and I chose the Sunflower Foyer (photo below).

We lost a dear friend a couple of days ago, so it's been a tough week. I'm so glad it's almost the weekend. I really needed to make something bright and cheerful, so I the sunflowers as inspiration. I did some googling and found that "the sunflower has recently been adopted as a symbol of happiness, strength, a love of the sun & sunlight and because it is said to always turn its face to the sun it is considered by some to be a symbol of faith". I couldn't think of anything better to draw inspiration from at a time like this. I chose some happy patterned paper, both by October Afternoon ~ Farm Fresh (polka dot) and Report Card (floral). The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote is from Verve's Seeing Stars. I added some stitching, flower brads and a handmade crochet flower w/ pearl brad center.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Supplies ~
Stamps: Seeing Stars (Verve)
Cardstock: Summer Sunrise, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Farm Fresh, Report Card 8x8 paper pads (October Afternoon)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Labels Three Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Brads (Making Memories), Crochet flower (handmade by me), Pearl Brad, Foam tape, Thread, Sewing machine.


  1. OMG...this is amazing! love the papers, the stitching, and the sponged sentiment. amazing job!

  2. stunning! great sentiment! Love all the stitching detail and the gorgeous flower! Hugs Juls

  3. So pretty! Love the stitching, lol. :) It's pouring here today, so your card is my sunshine today!

  4. Beautiful! Love that sentiment, and the pretty flower & stitching! Have a great weekend.
    Aloha & Hugs,

  5. This is GORGEOUS Stephanie! This is my fav paper and I LOVE how you sponged the focal panel! Fab crocheted flower! Sorry to hear about your friend. HUGS!

  6. WoW this card is so stunning! Gorgeous work! I love all of the stitching. I'm not sure how I have missed you cards in the past, but they are wonderful!!

  7. Oh and thanks for commenting on my 2S4Y card!!

  8. Oh my gosh, I was just STARING at this card over on SCS! It's incredible! Such awesome sewing and GREAT combination of patterns from that Farm Fresh DP. Beautiful...absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

  9. Sorry for your loss Stephanie. This card is stunning! Your take on the inspiration photo is amazing as is your stitching! I adore your little crocheted fleurette :) TFS

  10. This is a beautiful card and i love the sentiment! Wonderful!

  11. I just came across your site for the first time - beautiful!

    i was wondering if I could ask you info on your crocheted flower - did you find a pattern somewhere or make it all on your own? What did you use to make it? I would love to try to make a few to try on a few cards, and do have hooks from my grandma.
    Thanks for any info you have for me!!



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