Take Joy

Wow! Can you believe it's already Wednesday? My life has been so busy lately I barely have time to stop and think. I think the sentiment for today's card (and a little "me" time in my studio) is just what I needed to feel grounded and re-prioritize the chaos that is my to-do list. I didn't really have a plan for this card, other than something to bring a little smile to a friend who's been a little down lately.

I pulled out one of my favorite images, the flower from Everlasting Life and started coloring with Copic markers. I then painted a mixture of Diamond Glaze and glitter over the flowers and set aside to dry. The Cameo Coral layer is stamped with the background from Wishful Elegance in the same color ink, and then I lightly sponged the edges of the square with some coral ink as well. The scallop square was an unused Nestabilities die cut in my stash and I used a little scrap of black May Arts taffeta ribbon for a knotted bow. The background paper is a scrap of Scenic Route paper from my stash and I added a few little black Kaiser Craft rhinestones down the side. And since I still hadn't used my new Stampin' Up! scalloped oval punch, I had to test it out. I stamped the sentiment from Petals & Stems in Versafine Onyx Black, then punched out with the oval punch and matted with the scallop oval. Pretty quick, but it was fun and changed my whole mood.

What's in it?
Stamps: Everlasting Life, Wishful Elegance, Petals & Stems (Verve)
Paper: Cameo Coral, Basic Black (SU!), Scenic Route DP
Ink: A Muse black dye ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Oval punches (SU!), Scallop Squares (Nestabilities), Black taffeta ribbon (May Arts), Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft), glitter, Diamond Glaze, sponge


  1. This is absolutely stunning!!

  2. This is gorgeous! LOVE those colors together!

  3. This is a beauty, Julee! Love the pop of black!

  4. Beautiful, love the colors.

  5. Black is such an awesome accent, I need to use it more and less of chocolate chip! Love this Julee!

  6. What a gorgeous card Julee.

    Hugs Riet.

  7. Wonderful card!!

    I often forget how much I like black!! The black accents on this really make the card look crisp and even cheerful!!

    Great layout, too!

  8. Beautiful Julee! This is sure to bring a smile to your friend's face!
    I keep meaning to try your diamond glaze and glitter technique...it's so pretty!

  9. Wonderful card!!!

  10. Beautiful card! Love the colors!


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