For the Birthday Girl

Hi everyone.  This week has been a rough one for me.  My grandmother passed away, so I've been laying low, trying to process things.  And so I missed a very special birthday yesterday... my best friend, Laurie's!  I actually made the card earlier this week and squeaked it in under the wire for the February SFYTT challenge.  Jen's sketch got my creative juices going and I only strayed a little when making this little number for Laurie!


Laurie loves leafy designs... like crazy love... so I stamped the basic gray, cherry cobbler and basic black layers with the leafy sprigs (embossing the black on black, which is something Laurie does and I always think it looks amazing!).

Next I went for the flower.  I stamped all three sizes of the line art flower from Great Friend on white, then cut out, sponged with a bit of Pumice Stone, curled the edges and layered on dimensionals.  Then I added a little German glass glitter, a prima flower center and a nice coating of glitter/diamond glaze mixture on everything.  It's so super sparkly in real life!

For the little horizontal strip, I used an SU! border punch, stamped the For You sentiment from Great Friend across it three times, then added some German glass glitter, red rhinestones and some of that polka dot ribbon I love so much.  And since Laurie got me hooked on those tiny library clips, I had to add the sentiment circle (from Birthday Bash) with a silver library clip, then accented with a couple star trinket pins, because Laurie's such a star!

Okay, that's all from me.  Have a fabulous weekend!  And here's a refresher of what's going on in Verveland...
March Diva Inspiration Hop: Deadline to comment is Saturday night
Verve Fan Hop: Deadline to link up your creation is noon (Mountain) on Saturday
Verve Fan Hop Commenting:  Commenting is open until Sunday night
Viva la Verve! March Week 2:  Charmaine's this week's hostess

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Great Friend, Birthday Bash (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler (SU!), Natural White (Neenah)
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler (SU!), Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress), Frost VersaMark
Accessories: circle punches, glass glitter, mini library clip, eyelet border punch (SU!), star stick pins (Maya Road), diamond glaze and glitter mixture, flower center (prima), rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), paper distresser (Tonic), polka dot ribbon, file folder die

22 comments

  1. Wow. This just makes me so happy. I love love love this card. The colors look fabulous. The design is outstanding. This has to be one of my favorite cards of yours. I absolutely love it. My birthday is June 17 in case you feel the need to make another..LOL.

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  2. This is awesome, Julee!! A perfect blend of signature "Julee" and signature "Laurie"! I love Keva's comment above - LOL! Ditto!!

    You've been on my mind almost constantly this week. Sending hugs and prayers, sweet friend!

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  3. This is gorgeous! Such a fabulous colour combo. Love the tone on tone and the pretty embellishments!

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  4. Julee, so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sure your BFF more than understand and will love your card.

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  5. This card is stunning, Julee! I too am a lover of leafy images and flowers of course so this is the perfect combination. Lovely sparkle with the glasss and all the other wonderful details. She'll absolutely love it, I'm sure.

    SO sorry to hear about your grandmother....hugest of (((hugs)))

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  6. A masterpiece that will be treasured for sure!! Love this card Julee!! Been praying for you my friend!!

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  7. Laurie will totally love this, she loves a little sparkle, right? She'll understand too, with the loss of your Grandmother. Sending you (((hugs))) and praying for God to comfort you.

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  8. I'am sorry to hear about your Grandma and I'm your your best friend will understand for her late birthday wish from her best friend. I absolutely love the card and the colors!!! Sending {{{hugs}}} to you and may God comfort you.

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss, Julee - you and your family are in my prayers. This card is beautiful - sometimes the most beautiful things come out during the most difficult times. That is why I love the Jeremiah 29:11 plain Jane. Hugs!

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  10. I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother Julee. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    The card for Laurie is gorgeous. Love the color combo and the flower is so sparkly and beautiful!

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  11. Gorgeous!! Love all the details you add so well. Sorry to hear about your grandma... it's tough to lose someone you love. Sending hugs and prayers.

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  12. Oh no, Julee! I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you can relish in the sweet memories that I am sure you have.

    Laurie's card is luscious! I'm sure she will absolutely love it!

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  13. Sending you a special Verve sentiment: "May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead". So sorry to hear about your grandmother's death. Your card for Laurie is absolutely amazing! The added textured layers on the flower and the pop of red are great elements!

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  14. So sorry about your grandmother. Sending hugs & prayers.
    Your card is gorgeous. Love the colors.

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  15. What a great card. So saddened to hear about your grandmother. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

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  16. OH MY GOODNESS, Julee, this is absolutely stunning gorgeous! LOVE the colors and I adore each details! WOW! Laurie will LOVE it!

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  17. What a gorgeous card! Love everything about it

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  18. Julee- I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother, prayers for you and your family.
    As for the card, i think it is absolutely stunning, that leafy images are awesome and so well used by you. I would not have thought about using it that way. I personally am going to use this as my BIRTHDAY card since mine is next week. It is awesome.

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  19. Oh, Julee - I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I am happy you are still creating - wonderful distraction. This card is absolutely fantastic!! I love the colors & all the wonderful stamping. I am sure Laurie loved it!

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  20. This is a seriously beautiful card, and Laurie is lucky to get it! Also, I'm really very sorry to hear about your loss.

    Hugs!
    Michele R.(CA)
    LuvkittysFandF at Gmail dot com
    Butterfly Whispers

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  21. I love this card. You did a beautiful job. It makes me happy!

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  22. First, I am so sorry about your grandmother, they are very special people so I know how you feel! Mine was already 8 years ago and still miss her oh so much! All my love and hugs to you!!! But girl, this card, OMG!!! Freakin' brilliant!

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