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:

elmi said...

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?

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

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

SparkofWhimsy said...

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

stampinsilvia said...

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

Cindy Haffner said...

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.

Dawn Easton said...

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!

Alexis said...

So pretty!

Terri Jackson said...

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!

Tina T. said...

Beautiful card!

Anne House said...

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

Carrie said...

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}.

melissa.flieg said...

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.

Krista said...

This card is gorgeous!

The Whimsical Butterfly said...

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!

Renée/prchvs said...

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

colleen schaan said...

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!!!

Cindy Major said...

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

Cindy

Maria Gurnsey said...

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

Nicole's Scrappin' Corner said...

absolutely beautiful :O)
TFS

Alyssa said...

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

Jennifer said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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

Debbie/Phx AZ

Michelle said...

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

Jessica said...

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

Janine said...

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

Jackie Pedro said...

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

leenda said...

WOW! This is STUNNING!

mustangsarah said...

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

Belas Creating Place said...

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

Amanda Angert said...

Wow! This card is GORGEOUS!

Julie Masse said...

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

Karen said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Toota-loo,
Karen

Lindsey (jacksonbelle) said...

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

Mari said...

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

Vicky Gould said...

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

Denise (peanutbee) said...

This is just BEAUTIFUL! That flower is awesome!

cherylquilts at scs said...

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!

Christine said...

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

Vickilyn said...

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

Lorraine said...

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

Genevieve said...

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

Bonnie said...

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!

dpkennedy said...

This is absolutely stunning!

Pam Limric SCS "Craftea19" said...

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!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

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

Sarah Gough said...

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

Michelle said...

Absolutely stunning, Julee!

Shirley said...

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

Janie In Canada said...

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.

Latisha said...

this card is beautiful

Craft Fairy said...

Wow. I'm in awe!