For the Viva la Verve! October Week 4 challenge:
Amber provided a beautiful sketch, but left inspiration up to us. I happened to have lunch with some friends at a quaint Mexican restaurant this week. The color scheme was warm fall colors, deep brown and orange and yellow. But the surprising color twist was a bright, deep blue. It totally called to me. I just recently bought these Recollection paper roses on clearance at Michael's, and remembered there was a beautiful blue one just that color! So that was my starting point. I found this perfect sentiment in my new un-inked Verve set, Beautiful You (the set is actually from 2008, but new to me, and I'm thrilled to have found it. It has my favorite verse from a poem by Robert Frost in it).
The papers are Basic Grey Pyrus and MME (the tan background). I used a Cuttlebug embossing plate, a Spellbinders Nestability, and a Sizzix leafy vine die. A little Antique Linen Distress ink around the sentiment and on the embossed leafy background to make the embossing stand out a little more.
And for the Thursday Sketch Challenge over on StampTV's forum:
I used Melanie's beautiful poinsettia from Year of Flowers, and layered portions from three separate stampings with dimensionals. The lower layer is also a little darker red/burgundy, to mimic the colors in the papers. Topped it with some topaz rhinestones. The sentiment is from another of her sets, Festive Frame. Papers are Basic Grey Jovial and Boxer (the green).