New Mercies and a Spotlight Hop

Hi friends!  It's time to shine our sneaky Verve spotlight on some brand new stamps! We're counting down to Verve's release party this Friday night, July 8, with THREE days of Spotlight Hops! And since new Verve is something to celebrate, there's a big PRIZE hidden on one of today's hop spots! Just leave a little shout-out in the comments as you hop about for a chance to win the ENTIRE July release! Woohoo!  You can check out the Verve Blog for all the prize details and deadlines. 

Today the Divas and our uber talented July Guest Diva, Robin Shakoor  (you really must go visit her blog, her style is totally drool-worthy!), are showing our first peeks at a set called New Mercies.  From the time I was very young the hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" has always been a favorite of mine.  After my grandmother passed away earlier this year, this tune just kept going through my head on repeat, so when I sat down to design this release the morning by morning new mercies I see portion was the first image I designed.  And from there came the inspiration for this set of scriptures and sentiments perfect for giving encouragement to anyone going through difficult times.


Here I've used the two sizes of foliage in the set as a corner background. I used the smaller foliage stamp to stamp my rolled nest (made with the new Rolled Nest CutUps die from TCP), then added some fiber, beads and glaze with diamond glaze to give it a realistic look. The sentiment is stamped on a Classy Label die cut which was first stamped with the coordinating label from Love Notes, then I just added some distressing with Distress Stains and finished off with some shabby wrinkled ribbon.

Okay, I'm going to keep it short and just leave you with the master hop list and the enabler's list!  Happy hopping!


1. Andrea7. Tosh
2. Jackie8. Amber
3. Laurie9. Sankari
4. Teresa10. Robin {Guest}
5. Amy11. Julee
6. Charmaine

Enabler's List:
Stamps: New Mercies, Love Notes (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz (SU!), Cream
Ink: Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Coffee Archival (Ranger), Copic markers
Accessories: Classy Label Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Rolled Nest CutUps (TCP), shabby wrinkled ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique on Etsy), crop-a-dile, beads, diamond glaze, glass glitter, fiber

82 comments

  1. this is soooo darlin Julee, the little nest of eggs is sweet...amazing, it makes me want to get real close and peek inside..hehehehe..be still my heart!


    enjoy *~*

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  2. I love the verses I've seen so far in the hop. That bird's nest is absolutely STUNNING!

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  3. This is SO stunning! Love the distressing, and the way you "threaded" the ribbon through the tag. This set looks absolutely beautiful!

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  4. This hymn is one of my favorites as well Julee. Can't wait to see the full reveal.

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  5. Everything fits together so perfectly in this stunning card--LOVE it!

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  6. love, love, love this card! and your new mercies collection, a must have for me... I am so happy to see more Christian sentiments and your fonts are the best!
    enjoy your day!
    Carol<><

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  7. Oh my goodness, this is darling! I love that sweet little nest of pearls and the gorgeous foliage. So much inspiration on the hop today!

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  8. Awesome card! I lovely the yummy texture! :)

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  9. such a lovely card!! that ribbon really pops- such a great color! and the super pretty distressing, especially on the sentiment panel- and such a creative use of the pearls!! :D

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  10. Such a gorgeous card! That foliage is so pretty... can't wait to see more of it!

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  11. Holy cannoli......this is gorgeous, Julee! The nest is a perfect addition!

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  12. Wow, this card is gorgeous!
    Love your use of pearls for the eggs in the nest!!!!

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  13. this is absolutely stunning!

    the nest is so pretty and amazing!

    never seen something like that on cards!

    you are striking!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

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  14. Oh wow! Win the whole release?! Amazing...yes! I would love to win it:)
    Oops sorry just excited to hear about the winnings...forgot to say your card is AMAZING! Love that nest:)

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  15. Wow, wow, wow! Your card is gorgeous! That nest...I never would have come up with that ideal!

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  16. Julee, I may say this with each release, but this set may be my all-time favorite! LOVE the little branch and the sentiments I've seen on this hop are all ones I would use constantly. A real must-have! Thanks for all the inspiration and your creativity in designing this!

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  17. That nest is amazing!!! This set is unbelievable, Julee! I adore it and want to make it mine! :)

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  18. Oh my! Love the little pearl eggs! Beautiful card!

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  19. Fabulous song. Wonderful sentiment. And I love the little next and pearl eggs. Just awesome all over!!

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  20. Oh Julee, this is fabulous! I love those leaves, and that little nest is just darling!

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  21. Beautifully inspired card (and set), Julee. I love the leaves (can't wait to pair them with the flowers in Great Friend). And tell Alma you did a great job selling the birds nest die. I'd seen it, but couldn't imagine how or what I'd really use it for. It goes so wonderfully with your set!

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  22. Outstanding! Love the verse!

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  23. This is so beautiful! That nest is just the perfect match to go with your sentiment! Love it! Thanks for another amazing set!

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  24. Wow this is such a great looking card, can't wait to see more. Edycan

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  25. Ok, not a Catholic hymn so in my deprived childhood I've never heard it -- but I LOVE the sentiment! I'm looking forward to what else this line of thought brought you to design! And I love your cute card; just this morning I found an empty next on our driveway. It looks well lived in, kids raised, the proverbial (literally actually) empty next!

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  26. Very pretty card!! Such detail!

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  27. Gorgeous card! Absolutely love the bird nest with the pearl eggs!!!

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  28. That bird's nest is so creative. I've never seen a ribbon "anchored" to a tag like that before...I really like it! ;)

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  29. Gorgeous card. I love that hymn and the sentiments and stamps in this set look awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I have been going through the blogs trying to remember what song this snippet was in....phew, glad you told as it was beginning to bug me. On of my fav hymns too!!! Love the card...it's gorgeous!,

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  31. Such an amazing hop, Julee (thank you). What a brilliant idea to use flatback pearls in a nest - love the colours & textures on this beauty!

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  32. Love this! It is one of my favorite songs (and scriptures) and that foliage is uber-cool! you are my first stop, can't wait to see what the others have done!

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  33. I'm so gonna love your release, Julee! Thank you for providing such a wonderful product for papercrafters. The verses you are offering with this release are going to be used to encourage many.

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  34. Julee - you are simply beyond amazing! I can't even begin to describe how you always take my breath away with your cards and creations - this card is STUNNING! I mean WOW! The little pearl nest and the leaves and the green and ribbon .... sigh.... I am out of breath just typing about your fabu creation!!! YOU beyond ROCK!!!!
    beautiful card Julee!!!
    Hugs,
    Sankari :)

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  35. WOW that nest is incredible! I love it! especially the little pearl eggs! what an incredibly fabulous card!

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  36. Julee - that nest is uber-fantastic!! The little pearls are delightful, the leaves are my new favorite and that green ribbon peeking out of the corners of the sentiment panel??? STUNNING. Another fantastic set, girl. ;)

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  37. The nest is incredible. Fantastic card!

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  38. Gorgeous Julee! Love this verse and your leaves - can't wait to see the whole set.
    Fabulous job on the nest.

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  39. This has been my first Verve blog hop and I am so glad I have been able to go around and see all these amazing creations. Your card is just fabulous. I LOVE that little bird's nest...Wow! What a cleaver idea.

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  40. This is stunning! I love the branch in the background, and that nest is just lovely.

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  41. I love this card. The nest is great! I never would have thought of that. Very creative!!

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  42. That nest is AH-MAZING! WOW! Love that quote and that peek of foliage... thanks for the sing-a-long.

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  43. Knowing a bit of the story behind the design of this stamp set makes me appreciate it even more. I absolutely am in love with this set already. Your card, as always, is perfect!

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  44. Again, another beautiful creation from the studio of Julee :) the sneak peek blog hop has been fantastic (as always!) and I cannot wait to see what the next three days bring :) roll on Friday so we can see the whole release in full!! :)

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  45. Juuuuuuuuuuuuleeeee! Standing ovation! WOW! Grand slam to end the blog hop! Jaw dropping kind of beautiful!

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  46. OMGoodness!!! Love that little nest with all the pearls! How cute is that??? The greens with the craft and brown is just amazing. Gorgeous card!

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  47. This is really a little treasure with that bird's nest!

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  48. Love the card, but absolutely LOVE the birds nest. It's amazing!!

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  49. So beautiful! Love the nest! I can't wait to see the new release! !!!!!!
    Mackie

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  50. How cool is that? You made a little next of eggs! So brilliant!

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  51. Oh Julee, how amazing is this??!! Love, love, love your bird's nest! And the way you threaded the seam binding around the sentiment panel is just brilliant!

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  52. Oh wow Julee- this is gorgeous. I just want to know how you will mail this beautiful card out. Just wonderful.

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  53. Gorgeous card!! Great blog hop!! Everyone did a great job with this stamp set!

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  54. Another amazing card, Julee! That little nest put it over the top!

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  55. Lovely card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  56. I just wanted to say, Wow, so beautiful

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  57. Beautiful Julee!! I love it. I have been away to long from Verve hops! So glad to be back!

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  58. Wow! That nest is seriously fabulous! *head shaking* I love it! Of course, I love all your work, so that's not a surprise. ;-D

    I always find myself visualizing and wanting to make a card with the green and brown color scheme - but haven't found a way to bring it to reality. I just love the way you brought all these elements together. LOVE that shabby ribbon! ;-)

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  59. Perfect card... The green and pearls, oh my!

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  60. Such a beautiful project, love the colors! The nest is so adorable!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. This is gorgeous! Your stamps are fabulous, and you have one of the best DTs in the biz!

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  62. What a WOW card! I just love that cute little nest with all those little pearl eggs! Such a lovely card!

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  63. What beautiful, rich colors, Julee! Love the bird's nest with the pearly eggs and the ribbon just compliments the card wonderfully!

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  64. Lovely colors and wonderful layout.

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  65. Oh my, this one is goregeous!!! Love the colors and the sentiment just seems meant for a nest.

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  66. Sweet little nest, beautiful sentiment and design.

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  67. Love, love, love this! That nest with the pearls is sooo pretty!!

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  68. Beautiful card, Julee! I love that little nest!

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  69. Oh my. The air was just sucked out of my lungs when I saw that nest. What a wonderful, wonderful card.

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  70. Very cute card! I like the way you laced the ribbon and that nest is just too cute! Love those stamps!

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  71. Wow - this is gorgeous! I love the pearl "eggs" in the nest and the way you did the ribbon on the sentiment panel. I'm loving what I see so far of this new set - I know it going to be on my list.

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  72. Julee this is absolutely gorgeous. The sentiments in this set are just what I have been looking for. Your bird's nest is divine...Thanks!

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  73. Wow! I love all the elements on your card, especially that beautiful bird nest. As soon as I read the verse I started humming the song. Love all the elements to this set I've seen so far. I'm sure it'll be on my must have list!

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  74. Wow - this bird nest makes this even more amazing!

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  75. Julee this is absolutely so beautiful it's divine. I need very little enabling when it comes to your stamps but this hop has convinced me I pretty much need it all! Thank you for some beautiful work in your stamp line and for picking such an incredible team of designers.

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  76. Oh this bird's nest is just too CUTE love the idea thanks for sharing

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  77. totally in awe of the nest - such a clever idea!

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  78. How fabulous is this?!! Loving those pearls in the birds nest. Absolutely incredible.

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  79. Love those pearls in the nest! Very creative look using that die! :)

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