Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Abundance

Today is Verve Release Day! Five new sets are available in the Verve Store, including Abundant Blessings, which I used for today's card. There's a special discount if you buy all 5 sets together, plus, we also opened up online ordering for Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Okay, on with the card. I can't arrange flowers to save my life, so I wasn't really sure what I was doing when I set out to make this card, but I really like how it turned out. I figured I'd just play around and see if I could get the picture in my head out on paper. I started by stamping the three sizes of the flower, coloring with Copics, trimming out and then layering. I added Orange Peel Stickles highlights all over the place and then set it aside to dry. Next I tackled the sprays. I stamped the fern leaf twice on opposite edges and then the spray a few times in Always Artichoke ink.

Next I wanted to use my new Martha Stewart branch punch that Cindy's been using like crazy. So much that I HAD to go buy one of my own. I punched the branch a few times out of scraps of Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive and Always Artichoke and then layered them behind the flower. I then very carefully (since I'd already glued down my leaves) embossed just one end of the paper with the Cuttlebug border strip. I sponged the edges with Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip and then tied a Nestabilities tag on with some chocolate satin ribbon from Target. The sentiment is stamped in Tangerine Tango. I finished off with some Stardust Stickles on the branch punches and across the embossed dots, then matted everything on a Chocolate Chip card base.

So, there it is, a beautiful fall card with the new Abundant Blessings set. I think just by changing the oranges to reds you could make a beautiful Christmas card as well.

51 comments:

  1. This is such a gorgeous card! And it is definitely making me want that set! Wow, it is simply beautiful. Would it be hard to ship to South Africa?

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  2. This is just breathtaking, Julee! Oh my! It really just pops off the page!

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  3. That is very pretty! I love the foliage behind the flowers. I am going to have to add this set to my wish list.

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  4. ohhh your card is gorgeous! I lvoe the flower arrangement and the colors you used! Super!!!

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  5. Hi Julee love all your new stamps, and love that I made you get that punch, isn't it fun. I also love this card, so so pretty. love all the glitter must try that.
    Hee hee that's alot of love i'm feeling this morning.

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  6. For someone who can't arrange flowers for her life...lol...you look like a pro in your creation here! Gorgeous Julee! Glad I had a few minutes to pop in to the party last night! Fantastic new sets!

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  7. This is stunning! You said you can't display flowers but I think your card turned out great. It has such a realistic feel and the stickles just makes it pop!

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  8. This is one of the prettiest cards I have ever seen!

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  9. First words that camem out of my mouth when our gorgeous card popped on my screen was "Wow!" I was awe struck. It's so beautiful and I too can see it in red for Christmas {my favorite time}.

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  10. Julee - when I saw this card during the release party last night I just couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I'm going out today in search of one of those punches and placing and order for this set. Just Gorgeous.

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  11. WOW Julee this is GORGEOUS! I love the dimension of all the greens behind that pretty flower and the thought of changing to red for the upcoming season is amaaaaaazing!

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  12. Wow, Julee! This is totally beautiful! Love the foliage behind the popped up flowers.

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  13. OMG... I don't even have words to describe this card... stunning and gorgeous are not even close... this is amazing... It is dazzling... it is WOW!!!

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  14. This is an amazing card! I love everything about it! The foliage looks amazing :)

    Cindy

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  15. this STILL takes my breath away. I've never seen a card so beautiful!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Incredible! I thought I was going to need this punch, but now I am very sure! TFS :o)

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  17. Stunningly beautiful! It was my personal favorite out of all the samples I saw last night at the release party. I love all the new releases; however, until I saw this card, I really wasn't leaning towards buying this set.

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  18. What an elegant card Julee. You seem to have no problem arranging these flowers. TFS.

    Debbie/Phx AZ

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  19. Wow! what a beautiful card! I love everything about it! The flower is gorgeous!

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  20. WOW, this is stunning!!! I always love your stuff, but this just might be my favorite of all the cards you've ever posted!

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  21. That is just so pretty and I am sure you can arrange flowers you are so artistic.

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  22. This is truly one of the most beautiful cards I've ever seen! I can't wait to get this set!

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  23. Wow, Julee, you rocked this stamp set.
    Your card is so gorgeous, I can't wait ot get his set.

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  24. Beautifully done.....I love the colours and the style.

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  25. This card is just stunning Julee - it made me do a double-take!! Amazing! :)

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  26. Absolutely Gorgeous!

    Toota-loo,
    Karen

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  27. OMGOSH!!! WOW! This is just stunning!! I LOVE every single thing about it! WOW!

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  28. Wow, I don't usually like orange... but this is amazing! I love, love, love it!

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  29. Julee! Your card is so gorgeous that I just placed my first order - for all the September releases. Can't wait to get it.

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  30. This is just BEAUTIFUL! That flower is awesome!

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  31. Gorgeous! Love how it has a fall look, and yes, it would be fabulous in red for Christmas. Love the new release sets...wonderdul designs! My wish list grows!! LOL!

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  32. Oh my, this is out of this world gorgeous. I get so inspired whenever I see your work. Thank you so much.

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  33. Julee -

    that card is GORGEOUS! It wasn't my first choice on the new sets, but you are making it move up the ranks! lol

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  34. This is such an amazing card. It is stunning. After the cruise next month, I plan on making a visit and purchasing this set! tfs

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  35. This is absolutely gorgeous, Julee! The colors and the layering and the foliage...well, I just love everything! Beautiful!

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  36. This is so beautiful!! You did a wonderful job with the arranging. I love the way it just pops right out and the color is fabulous. Keep up the great work!

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  37. Pam Limric SCS "Craftea19"September 11, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    You are a creative genius Julee! I Love how you put all of the greenery behind your flower. It's a real eye catcher! Beautiful!

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  38. Gorgeous...beautiful colours and I love the silhouette stamps in the background. WOW!

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  39. This is one of the most beautiful cards I've ever seen. It's just amazing Julee - love it!

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  40. This is gorgeous and ditto to all who came before me! Ha~!

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  41. This is absolutely stunning, What as creative little beaver you are. I really enjoy the variety on your blog and your great descriptions of what you did. You give me courage to explore.

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