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.

11 comments:

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

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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!!

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

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  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!

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  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

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

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  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!!

    Nicci
    asternitzky@wi.rr.com

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