Viva la Inspiration

Happy April!  It's time for the April Diva Inspirations Hop and I'm the first stop on the hop!  Today the Inspiration Divas are starting the month off with a little inspiration using Verve favorites, so there's sure to be lots of fabulous eye candy!  And speaking of candy... hop around to the entire list and leave a little comment love for a chance to win a $30 Verve gift certificate!  The official hop list, prize info and details can be found over on the Verve Blog.

Here's my inspiration project using the April stamp of the month, Kindred Spirits. This set of elegant images and sentiments based around the timeless fleur de lis is 40% off during the month of April!

I've always been a fan of the fleur de lis, so Kindred Spirits is still one of my favorite sets.  Here I took a fresh look with it in combination with the new Fleur de Lis Accents and Fleur de Lis Squares that just released from Spellbinders.  I went with a timeless black, cream and a splash of color combo, using some light blue felt for the vertical panel and the rolled flower.  The main cream background as well as the felt are embossed with the Fleur De Lis Cuttlebug embossing folder.

As far as stamping, I created a horizontal background with the long fleur de lis stamp, added the sentiment to a square and then embossed and cut out the fleur de lis cluster as a little "greenery" for my felt flower.  The rest of the accents are die cuts using the new Fleur de Lis Spellbinders and I finished off with some Platinum liquid pearls accents as well as some fun silver skeleton leaves from Pizzazz Aplenty.

The sketch for this card is this week's April Viva la Verve Week 1 sketch by Amber Hight!  It's the first week of the month, so it's a fresh new start!  Play along with all the sketches during the month for a chance to win an entire future Verve release!


If you're hopping in order, next up on the hop is the talented Betty Wright.  Otherwise, here's the hop list!  Happy Hopping!

Diva Inspirations Blog Hop

Master Hop List
1. Julee5. Jen T.
2. Betty6. Lynda
3. Dawn7. Shannan
4. Jen d.8. Sony


Enabler's List:
Stamps: Kindred Spirits (Verve)
Paper: Cream, Black
Ink: Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories: 3D Flowers Die (Sizzix), Fleur De Lis Accents, Fleur De Lis Squares (Spellbinders), Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Fleur de Lis embossing folder (Cuttlebug), felt (TCP, silver skeleton leaves (Pizzazz Aplenty)

93 comments

  1. Absolutely gorgeous design and beautiful color combo and that felt rose takes my breath away :)

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  2. oh wow your card is super lovely..

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  3. Another gorgeous card, loving the colours you've chosen!

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  4. Your card is so wonderful. Love the color combo - white & black are my fav but adding the other color really make a huge difference

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  5. Wow, Julee, this is gorgeous.
    I had to look twice at the felt flower. Would not have know it was felt from first glance.
    I love this stamp set and the nesties.These nesties are going on my list of things I need,,mmmm want,lol.

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  6. Very pretty. Hey I already know exactly what I would get if I was the lucky winner :)

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  7. Wow I really like this Julee. The black and white is very striking against the embossed background and I really like all of the embellishments you added. Gorgeous card!

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  8. This is fabulous. I love the blue with the striking black and white, and your background paper you stamped. What a way to incorporate all those fleur de lis(es?..what is the plural...LOL).

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  9. oh my! Your card is gorgeous!!
    into my faves

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  10. How pretty! I love your color combination. So striking! I need to see if I can find time to play in the VLV challenges this month!

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  11. Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the soft blue added, and that rose, beautiful!

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  12. Beautiful card, love the layout and embellishments. Thank you for your beautiful designs, I love them!!!!

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  13. So beautiful and I love that color combo! The rose is just the perfect touch! XOXO

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  14. Julee -- all the pieces are so perfect and come together so well in your card! It's really a piece of art!

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  15. Black always makes things look so classy, and your card is no exception! Fab details & colour, too!

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  16. Super Verve alicious, Great design and layout.

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  17. Beautiful card. Very elegant.

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  18. Beautiful colors and detailing, Julee! I love the little flower in the center of the fleur stamp! Lovely card and design!

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  19. Love your card Julee!

    Julie L.
    jlearned at charter dot net

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  20. The rose and the leaves are stunning!
    This card is so serene and so gorgeous, I just love it!

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  21. I love fleur de lis also! (I'm from southwest Louisiana, so who here doesn't! lol) Your card is so beautiful!

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  22. such elegance Julee, I luv the color combo and all the scrolls..hope your weekend is fabby girl!

    enjoy *~*

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  23. ohhhh, that blue felt rose is so yummy! Love your card.
    Kim

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  24. Gorgeous! I wish I could get my stamps that crisp. I always have to touch the up after.

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  25. WOW! This is just stunning. Love the elegant feel and the splash of blue. Sad day... hugs to you my friend and thank you for everything you have done for me.

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  26. This set is one of my favorites and after recently purchasing it have enjoyed creating with it! I love your new design and can not wait to see what the other talented DT ladies have produced!

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  27. Gorgeous card, Julee! Love the colour combo and your use of the fleur de lis, especially as the foliage for the flower! You totally rocked the sketch!

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  28. What a gorgeous card Julee.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  29. Very pretty card! I love black and white with a touch of color!

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  30. Julie, I love this sketch!! Such an elegant, feminine card!

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  31. Beautiful card -- you always inspire me.

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  32. I've always been a big fan of Kindred Spirits but you have taken it to a whole new level.

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  33. that card is just GORGEOUS!!! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful cards. :)

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  34. This is stunning Julee! I love using the black as the accent color - it makes everything else POP - love all the liquid pearl dots too - terrific!

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  35. This is so elegant and beautiful, Julee!

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  36. Wowza, beautiful work, love the white, black and a touch of blue, love all the details, pearls, just a beautiful composition.

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  37. yOUR COLOR CHOICE IS VERY ELEGANT. bEAUTIFUL CARD.

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  38. Always a delight to see your creations, Julee!! Beautiful combination of colors!

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  39. Wow! Beautiful! I just bought these Spellbinders accents and now I have some inspiration on how to use them! Love it!

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  40. Ooo! Beautiful! Love the light blue and black!

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  41. This is a smashing card! It just pops off the page. Love the contrast and the Kindred Spirits stamps.

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  42. Beautiful card Julee. Love how you brought in just a hint of a third color. Awesome layout.

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  43. Classy card with nice touches!

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  44. Beautiful card!! So elegant! You make it look so effortless! TFS!

    sueot33@yahoo.com

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  45. Beautiful Julee! Love the blue and black.

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  46. Very elegant--I like the color combo and the flower.

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  47. Very Elegant indeed! I love

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  48. Beautiful, sophisticated card. Love the black and white.

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  49. Beautiful card! Your colors are gorgeous and dimension is fabulous.

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  50. What a lovely card! The perfect way to showcase the sentiment.

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  51. Wow Julee....this is divine!!!.....that rolled flower is scrumptious. Love the fresh take on such a great stamp set.

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  52. Goooorgeous Julee... but then all your creations are :) love your fleur de lis-iciousness!!! Have a great weekend!!!! :)

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  53. This is so elegant with the fleur de lis and the liquid pearls!

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  54. Wow what details. Very nice. Thank you for sharing.

    Traci Lord
    3team3lord3@comcast.net

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  56. your card is to die for ..............sigh love the colours

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  57. Julee this is STUNNING!!! Love the little flowers!

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  58. Oh my is this ever GORGEOUS, Julee! LOVE that rolled flower. It is absolutely perfect!

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  59. Julee, this is GORGEOUS! Wow! The colours the embellishments those nesties! Wow!

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  60. Love this card ~ hoping I've got time to play along as well!

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  61. Gorgeous - love these colours. Wow so much attention to detail here - beautiful. This new set is wonderful - I have a friend who this would be perfect for.

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  62. Great design and gorgeous color combination. A stunning card.

    Babe
    youiesmom@att.net

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  63. Julee, really? This is stunning, lvoe the black n white, fleur de lis, the sketch: all just beautiful.

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  64. I just love that stamp set, and at that price I just can't pass it up. You used it beautifully on your card, it's very classy!

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  65. Just gorgeous, Julee...I feel like I use that word all the time here! Love those colors together...your card is perfectly elegant and perfectly beautiful.

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  66. Oh I love all the edges/borders on this card! It all goes together so well! Just beautiful!

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  67. Absolutely Amazing! I love your card and all the scrumptious details! The sketch is terrific! Definitely going to add that to my sketch stash! :) Thank YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing and inspiring Julee!! This new set is really beautiful.

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  68. Very elegant card. Love
    the color combo.

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  69. Julee, this is beyond stunning...so elegant!

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  70. Truly beautiful. Love the light blue with the cream and black.

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  71. I love the Fleur de Les punch. It gives such a beautiful accent without being too feminine. Stunning card.

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  72. I love your cards, Julee! They are lovely.

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  73. WOW! This is incredibly beautiful!!!!

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  74. Love what you have done with the sketch.

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  75. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Your card is gorgeous!! I am so in love with the fleur de lis and you have used them in so many different ways.

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  76. OMG, I just ordered this set tonight. Now, I can hardly wait to get it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  77. Wow! Your card is just stunning! I love the colours, so elegant, and all the texture you've given it.

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  78. Simply beautiful! Love the way you used dies on this one....and a great sketch!

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  79. Gorgeous card! I love the combo of black with any other colour ... it's so rich looking.

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  80. That rose is amazing and I love the color combo! Great card!!

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  81. Beautiful in the blue and black! I really like the co-ordinating frame and, paper, and trim!

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  82. Whoo hooo...another HOP another chance to win!!!! I am def gonna buy KS while it's on sale...what a great buy!!!

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  83. Absolutely gorgeous! I seldom use this set and it's good to be inspired by such a lovely card as this!

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  84. What a lovely card. So elegant and classy. Thanks for a great hop. SO inspiring.

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  85. Beautiful, love the colors.

    ShersL84bed@aol.com

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