Just Because

Happy Thursday! Today's the final day of the Verve New Release Spotlights and we've saved one of my favorites from the new sets for last... Great Friend.  Be sure to check out the full hop list at the bottom of this post and leave a little love for the Divas as you hop around the blogosphere for a chance to win this set! 
 

For my sample card, I used the flowers in Great Friend both as a focal point and to create a stamped background.  This set has three sizes of bold and solid flower images, perfect for layering, which I did with the bold images for my focal point.  Each is trimmed out, layered on dimensionals and I added a few leafy sprigs (also from this set) behind it.  For the background, I stamped several of the small and medium outline flowers in basic gray ink, then filled in the smaller flowers with the solid flower inked in Peach Parfait.    This card was my inspiration for Anni-VERVE-sary Sketch AVS2010E.  {You still have until Friday at 6PM Eastern to get your sketch cards in for a chance to win some new Verve!  Click that sketch link above for all the details!} 

Okay, on with the card... I layered some SU! poly twill ribbon in pear pizazz and peach parfait each direction, then made a sentiment strip by embossing the Just Because sentiment from Great Friend onto vellum cardstock, then sponging with Peach Parfait and layering onto vanilla cardstock.  My final touch was a Basic Gray mat, some rounded corners and a few Stardust Stickles highlights on the flower center.

That's all from me today.  Time to check out the final peeks on the Diva blogs...

1. Laurie8. Teresa
2. Amy9. Jen T.
3. Michelle10. Tosh
4. Mercy11. Julee
5. Susan12. Jackie
6. Maureen13. Lynda
7. Sankari

Be sure to leave some comments along the way for a chance to win!

109 comments

  1. Fantastic card! Love the flowers and colours!

    sfread171@hotmail.com

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  2. "Just Beautiful". Love it Julee!

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  3. Fabulous! Beautiful background and flower!

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  4. I love how you created patterned paper with this set and the stunning popping flowers. Simply gorgeous Julee.
    Yet another great release.

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  5. Gasp! This is beautiful Julee. what an incredible release

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  6. Wonderful card and the quotes and flowers in this set are terrific. Go Verve Stamps!

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  7. Beautiful card and the new stamp set is great.

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  8. Really like that pretty layered flower and the great background you created-tfs.

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  9. Dramatic - love the colour accent!

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  10. These blog hops are dangerous for my wallet!! uuugh!
    Love it, love it, love it!

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  11. Your background I stunning. Wonderful colors!

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  12. This is beautiful! Love these colors together and, of course, your details are perfect!

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  13. Gorgeous card, fabby colour combination.

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  14. once again beautiful - I wish I had a tenth of your talents!
    Sandra

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  15. stunning! I love the patterned paper you created too!

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  16. Wow, another fabulous flower! I am so excited! That is a beautiful card!

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  17. Julee, I can't tell you how much I'm loving this release! Every single card/project by the girls have been SO pretty! I'm loving this set, I think you saved the best for last, and now I want everything. This card is beautiful too. That flower is just gorgeous. You are amazing!!

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  18. Loving all of these cards and all of the new releases. tfs.

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  19. Oh my gosh Julee, I never thought to stamp the flowers like that!!!! It looks AWESOME!!!

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  20. Wow what a wonderful card. Gorgeous stamps. Hugs Marja

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  21. Oh WOW! Stunning! Love that both kind of flowers are in the set, and they look fabulous together as DP, sigh. Beautiful colors, love this.

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  22. I think 'Just Because' cards are the sweetest - don't you? ;) I like the DP you created Julee and am impressed with how meticulously you cut out the flowers and leaves. Looking forward to the full reveal tomorrow evening!

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  23. what a great set and a great card to show it off!! Love this!

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  24. love these flowers and this sketch!

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  25. Love the background paper you created and the 3-D flower. This set is fabulous!

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  26. Jullee,

    This is a great stamp set. Love the card reminds me of poppies in my yard. Love the colors.

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  27. Wow...I love everything about this card...the flower, the colors and the layout!

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  28. Great card, love the colors, love the flowers!!!
    This has been a wonderful blog hop!!!

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  29. Oh my word - fabulous, Julee! You've outdone yourself on this release =)

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  30. What a happy card! It's just great!

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  31. Ummm...lovely! The colors are fantastic!

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  32. Gorgeous - love the colors!! The flowers just pop! :)

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  33. Love this bright cheery card. How beautiful! I especially like the flower and the sentiment stamped on the vellum and sponged. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  34. Good heavens, woman!! This is amazing! Love the zesty orange and the different ribbons. The flower design in the background works beautifully withnthe floral focal point!

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  36. Beautiful card. Love the colors and that flower is great.

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  37. Love how your 3D flower matches the others on your card! Beautiful!

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  38. Oh, you are going to sell a bundle of this set, it is awesome!

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  39. Pretty! I really like the colors you used in this card!!!

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  40. eye candy alert!!! Yikes, Julee...love the idea of stamping the large outline and then using the medium solid...so cool!!!! That layered flower has me jaw dropping and you are enabling me with that ribbon!!! I already have the peach and grape on order although I can't stop thinking about the pink you used yesterday...may have to add that!!! This was one of my fav sets too :) (not that I play favourites!! LOL)

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  41. Super cute! Love that you colored you vellum too!

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  42. Love your card - that is such a clean and simple stamp set.

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  43. Can you hear me squealing with delight all the way from BC??!!! This flower is GORGEOUS!!! You are killing my wallet with this release and making me jump for joy while you're doing it! Flowers, flowers and more flowers along with some amazing sentiments - who could ask for more!! Just love how you have used the flower on your card as the BG and the focal. All I can say is can you pleeeeeeease pick me to win this set LOL! I'll even come and package stamps pre: release for you LOL! Can't wait to see the whole set on Friday!

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  44. this is such a gorgoeus card julee-love the flower image in this new set

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  45. the flower layering and colors... beautiful. i can't wait to get that flower stamp!

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  46. Just gorgeous, Julee! LOVE everything about this card and the fabulous set!!

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  47. Love those bold flowers-this is one gorgeous set that I can't wait to see what else is in it!

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  48. I love this, Julee! I'm so happy to see that there are layers of flowers in this set and can't wait to see more!

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  49. This is such a pretty card!! I love it!!

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  50. Beautiful! So striking with the orange and blue and I like that you layered the flower by only stamping the insert.

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  51. Wow!! Your card is so stunning. I love how you stamped the background and then added the pop with the flower. Great layout.

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  52. Loved these colors on Lynda's card yesterday and I'm lovin' them again on your card today. That flower is da Bomb! and so much fun in layers.

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  53. Oh Julee! This is amazing. I love seeing how you use your stamps. I didn't think of pairing the outline images with the solids -duh! Such perfection! Hugs,

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  54. Love all those flowers and the colours you have used.

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  55. Gorgeous! Just love the color combo you used.

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  56. The flower in this set is so beautiful!! Love your card.

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  57. How beautiful! It's just perfect :)

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  58. Gorgeous card!! LOVE the focal flower!!

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  59. Oh I love orange and your card is so beautiful. Love your dimensional flowers - really beautiful.

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  60. What fun this new release has been - but this flower is one of my favorites, especially when cut out and layered on top of itself - just stunning results!

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  61. Lovely! ! ! Very nice job with this card.

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  62. Gorgeous artwork! Love this set Julee!

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  63. Love how you used the solid and outline flower images to made dp. Love the bright colors too---this set is definitely on my list!!

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  64. This is fabulous as ever! Love the fun and funky flower.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  65. I think this is going to be one of my favorites in the new release, Julee. And you created your sample with my favorite color! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  66. Love the colors you used. This is a great set. Definitely on my wish list.

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  67. This has been a fun week! Great posts all week!

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  68. Julee, the sketch, the new set and your card are beautiful!
    Hugs and smiles

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  69. Oh Julee I love the colors you used and this sketch is just perfect for this set! I really am loving this release!

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  70. so beautiful! I love the way you used the 2 stamps to make the background paper :)

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  71. Love, love , love the flowers in this set! Great card - love the colors!

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  72. Oh, this is beautiful! Your 3-D flower is gorgeous!! Just from this card alone, this set could be my favorite from the release, too. Great work on this whole release!

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  73. Love your card - love the new sets!

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  74. Every sample I see I'm loving this flower more. The orange and grey are great together!

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  75. I HAVE to get this set. Loving what you did for the background.

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  77. This set is awesome! You are all making such pretty cards! Very nice!

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  78. Wow!!! Just gorgeous. I own no Verve sets, but that will change after seeing this. It's just beautiful. Great colors, wonderful layout, and lovely stamps. Love it!

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  79. What a gorgeous patterned paper these flowers create! I love the orange and black together, and it doesn't look a think like Halloween. :) I'm so excited to start layering up these flowers and playing around with different colors and patterns!!

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  80. awesome card Julee. I have really enjoyed these hops and I can't wait for the releases! thanks for so many chances to win

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  81. very pretty love the colors very nice way to display the stamps.

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  82. Very pretty. Love the stamped background. Awesome flowers.

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  83. This is so stunning, Julee!!! WOW, I love that flower, and your design is just flawless! Can't wait to see all the sets, tomorrow:)

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  84. Great fall colors to showcase friend graphic stamp possibilities. Very gentle alluring eye travel across the card and off into imagination land makes a second look most enjoyable.
    mt23stamperatyahoodotcom

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  85. WOW, what a beautiful card. I'm really loving these flowers and all the new sets.

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  86. THIS set is the BEST one yet!! I love this card, the colors, the flowers are fabulous and chic :0

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  87. Great colors - love how you used the flower images as a background and focal point. Beautiful work on both the card AND the stamps, Julee!

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  88. This is beautiful! I love that stamped background!

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  89. Another beautiful card. Thank you!

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  90. That colour combo totally rocks - beautiful card, as usual!

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  91. This is fabulous... I love the orange & the flower is amazing!

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  92. Very nice. Like the color choice.

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  93. Love these flowers!! What a great background!

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  94. what a groovy card! i love how the flower works as a cool background and as the focal point - fabulous :)

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  95. Love the flowers!!! Great colors too! Happy Party tonight!

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  96. Julee, do you even get down here to the very bottom to read these? (lol) Gorgeous card as always, love those orange flowers...would have never have thought to use that color but it's beautiful!

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  97. I love how you made your own patterned paper, great card!

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