Last Friday, my friend Steuby-Shanoopy-Shannan-Teubner made a comment about me on her blog. It was in passing, but it didn't escape my notice. She is the current Viva La Verve sketch challenge hostess, and she came up with a very cool sketch and gave a tutorial for a quilt-y paper technique. Here's Shannan's sketch:
"This is a perfect time to use those less-loved colors like Orchid Opulence or Yo-Yo Yellow. Unless you're Carole."
Well. I could hardly let such a remark slip by, could I? I daresay, that was a direct challenge. Especially considering I'd just received a Verve order in the mail the previous day.1 Usually when I receive a new shipment of stamps, I let it sit and collect dust for at least 6 months or so unless it's got a design team deadline attached to it. Not this time! Shannan, this one's for you, sister...
Just for kicks & giggles, I added a little Green Galore and Cool Carribean to my beloved Orchid Oppulence and YoYo Yellow. And -- for the record -- the folks at Echo Park share my sensibilities; see that delightful, perfectly coordinating patterned paper? That's from Echo Park's new Summer Days 6"x6" paper pad. To keep things lively, I added a little Stardust Embossing Glitter from Powder Keg to give the flowers and leaves a little flash. The edges of the paper layer were inked with Papaya pigment ink from A Muse | Studio.
Thank you, Steuby-Doo, for getting me back to my vibrant roots. My Bold Brights had been missing me. This really is a great sketch and fun technique. I likey!
Here's another bright little number I threw together when I was trying out my new A Muse|Studio inks:
Fun & super easy. I repeatedly stamped out the guitar (in Cranberry, Orange, Fern, Ocean, and Blackberry A Muse|Studio pigment ink) and then heat embossed the You Rock sentiment in black embossing powder. All stamps are from the Rock Star set.
Okay, dahlings. It's late and I'm plum tuckered out. I'll be back manana with a sample for this week's Color Throwdown. See you then!
1. Perhaps you didn't notice, and of course, I didn't mention it (BECAUSE I'M SO MODEST!), but I was one of the April Mojo Monday sketch challenge winners, and so I was lucky enough to receive a free Verve stamp set of my choosing. Fortunately, this occurred right at release time, so I selected the beautiful new Bloom & Grow set. But, as I mentioned to the fabulous Julee Tilman in an email, if you give a mouse (or me) Bloom & Grow, she's going to need the accompanying dies and a few other new sets to go with it... I ended up with a nice, fat package of Verve-iliciousness in my mailbox a couple of days later. That's what I call some happy mail! :)
Bloom & Grow: Stamps - Bloom & Grow from Verve Stamps; Paper - Summer Days 6"x6" pade from Echo Park, Orchid Oppulence, YoYo Yellow, Green Galore (SU!), Neenal Solar White; Ink: Green Galore, VersaMark, A Muse Papaya, Marvy Matchables Black; Accessories - Elegant Leaves and Floral Circles A Cut Above dies by Verve, Stardust Embossing Glitter from Powder Keg, brads, gingham ribbon, Jody's foam boosters.
You Rock: Stamps - Rockstar by A Muse|Studio; Paper - Neenah Solar White, True Black (PTI); Ink: Cranberry, Orange, Fern, Ocean, Blackberry, VersaMark; Accessories: black detail embossing powder, Jody's foam boosters.