Monday, May 10, 2010

Flourishes for Mercy



Yeah!!  I finally got to play Mercy's sketch challenge this week - even though I am just getting it in under the wire LOL!  My hubby and kids gave me some "uninterrupted free time" today as part of my Mother's Day gift (along with a fabulous meal cooked by my gourmet chef husband) and it was a no brainer what I was going to do with that time - much to my garden's chagrin and the weeds in my garden's delight LOL!

It felt wonderful to stamp again, especially with the craziness of the past three weeks now over.  I'm hoping to be able to get back into more of a stamping routine before summer hits and the kids are home all day, which always makes it harder to find time to stamp regularly.  However, I do treasure the days I have with them in the summer (even though they can drive me nuts at times LOL) because before I know it, they would rather be with their friends for the most part rather than with me.  Boy, I'm getting all sentimental on you LOL!  Think Mother's Day got me going because I just love being a mom, even though I still have the teenage years to deal with, but knowing that in just over ten years my "babies" will be adults and possibly out on their own makes me want to pour as much as I can into them while I have them at home. 

Now on to the card :D  When I first saw this sketch the first thing that popped into my head was Stampin' Up's Baroque Motifs set.  Just love this flourish image and figured it would be perfect to use with this sketch, and it was.  Don't you just love it when things work out the way you want them to -- insert happy *sigh*.

The sentiment is from Verve and I chose it because the script had curls in it that matched the flourish stamp fabulously.  A few butterflies, some sheer black ribbon, black and white half pearls and the card was good to go.  I'll replace the dark picture with a better one later today.

Wishing you all a fabulous day and thank you for sharing a part of it with me :D





What's In It?
Stamps:  Baroque Motifs (SU), Wishing You (Verve)
Paper:  Black, White, Glossy Silver
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Black and White Half Pearls, 5/8" Sheer Black Ribbon, Dimensionals

15 comments:

TannyP said...

Beautiful job, Marisa! I just love the black & white elegance and those sweet pearl bodies of the butterflies.

liz said...

so elegant! love it!

Alex said...

Gorgeous and elegant Marisa, I love how you did the pearls on the butterflies - this is stunning, girl! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

LOVE this Marisa!! FAB layout and stamps!!!

Dawn B. said...

SO glad you had time to stamp.. What a wonderful Mother's Day present. I love food and stamping so the meal and some uninterrupted time sounds awesome. This is so elegant and pretty. Great job..

Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

WOW! This is just stunning!! Love the elegant black and white with the pearl accents on the butterflies! Hugs,

Christine said...

What a pretty card Marisa! So glad you're back to your regularly scheduled stamping!

Maureen said...

love the black and white...always so classy...glad you felt spoiled yesterday and got to do some things you love :) It's funny, but maybe it's because Jake is older now and not at home...but I feel like Mother's Day for me is on his birthday :) But now that I think about it, it's not when we became a mother but for what we do as Mothers...but I also think New Years is July 1st!! Oh, congrats on Julee's paper win!!!! I hope we can see some of it when it arrives :)

Vickie Z said...

You do black and white well!! Saw this earlier today but, I think I got "cut off" from making comments at work or SCS wonky!! Great job on that sketch, I thought the swirl was tricky.

Kristina said...

So classic and lovely! I love the black and white. I totally understand about the "turning out the way you pictured it" thing. I wish that would happen more often!!

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your Mother's Day and got some wonderful time-off to do some fun stamping. I can't even imagine making 300 cards!! AH! Friends always tell me I should sell cards at Farmer's Markets, etc... But I just don't enjoy mass production. I do simple pieces of art, lol. I dragged my roomie into helping me with my sister's bridal invites, and that was only 35 cards!

Here's wishing you some more quality time with your stamps!

Grace said...

This is so beautiful! I love this stamp and hardly every get a chance to use it! Don't you love when they come together just right?! Glad you had some great stamping time plus a great meal!!!

Sue Kohler said...

another stunning creation, just love your colour choice- will be saving that in my favourites-lol! :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful card and I like those butterflies.
I am with you on the summer and finding time to stamp. But I agree with you on one day they won't want to be with you. So I enjoy it even on the days where I want to scream. heehee Kids grow to fast, and I like your sentimental side. :0) Makes me feel I am not the only mom out there going through it too. hugs...

TrishG said...

Beautiful black and white job. Great job with Mercy's sketch.

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous!!!! Love this black and white beauty - the stamped flourish is PERFECT in this sketch and love the ribbon and butterflies!!