My Nicest Thoughts

Welcome to Day 2 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop series! Hop along with the Divas all week long as we share our first looks at a few of the new products releasing from Verve on Friday night! One lucky commenter along the hop will win today's featured sets and dies.  So be sure and leave a little love as you hop around the Divasphere!  Check the Verve Blog for prize details and deadlines.

And since today is Monday, I'm also sharing my weekly Mojo Monday card.  This week's sketch was designed by the fabulous Debbie Carriere.  Be sure to check the Mojo blog today for the DT samples with this sketch!

But for now, it's back to the sneaky peeks!!!  Our spotlight for today is shining on a new set called You and I, with its coordinating I Heart U Die Set and the Nicest Thoughts Plain Jane.  For my card, I chose to work with the Nicest Thoughts Plain Jane paired with the Sunny Days set and Leafy Sprigs die we showcased yesterday.



I just love this Georgia O'Keeffe quote in the same font treatment as last month's Words Cannot Express set and the Light Tomorrow plain jane.  And since you know how I like mixing and matching sets, I wanted to show how the small sun image from New Mercies works with the sun/flower images in Sunny Days.  To make my flower, I stamped the two sizes of flowers from Sunny Days and the small sun from New Mercies onto patterned paper and punched them out with a 1-3/8", 1-1/8" and 3/4" circle punch.  I sponged the edges lightly with ink to give a little depth, then snipped every few lines all around each circle to give that shabby feel and layered together on dimensionals.  A nice little edging of Stickles and a pearl center gives it some super sparkle. Here's a little closeup so you can see it better...


The leaves are cut from patterned paper with the Leafy Sprigs die and then stamped with the coordinating leaf stamps from Sunny Days.  I layered the whole thing on a scrap of white burlap that I inked with Antique linen Distress Stain and finished off with a bit of filmstrip and some real red taffeta in the corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Divas have to share today and leave a little comment love as you hop about for a chance to win!  Next up on the hop is ... Charmaine!


1. Julee9. Laurie
2. Charmaine10. Maureen
3. Tosha11. Amy
4. Andrea12. Jen d.
5. Teresa13. Shannan
6. Jackie14. Lynda
7. Sarah {Guest}15. Jen T.
8. Marisa {Guest}16. Betty

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Sunny Days, New Mercies, Nicest Thoughts Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Odds & Ends (Cosmo Cricket), basic black, real red (SU!), cream
Ink: Jet Black Archival, Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen Distress (Ranger), Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Accessories: Leafy Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), 1-3/8, 1-1/8 and 3/4" circle punches (EK Success), film strip (Advantus), ribbon (SU!), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), white burlap, pearl, lace doily border punch (Martha Stewart)

108 comments

  1. Gorgeous!!! Always a pleasure to see what you have created as the detail is always wonderful!

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  2. WOW WHAT A jaw dropped!!! SO many pretty details to adore...LOVE it!

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  3. So, we're starting off with a bang this morning! I learn so much from watching how you work the details. I'm looking forward to Friday!

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  4. This is so very pretty! I love the glitter on the edges of the flower.

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  5. Absolutely beautiful, Julee! I love this sentiment... will definitely have to add it to my collection! Have a fantastic day!

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  6. I think you're pretty fabulous, too :) And this card is fantastic!!!! Love the colors and that burlap is an awesome addition. Love this PJ!!

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  7. Beautiful card. This sentiment is so nice as are all the details on your card. Love your flower element.

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  8. Absolutely a beautiful card! Tks for the new ideas... will have to try this! Tks for sharing.

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  9. Julee, your card is beautiful! I love all the "new" I have seen so far! (As I knew I would!)

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  10. Love the way you used the flimstrip ribbon !

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  11. a fantastic and brilliant card with powerful colours!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

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  12. this is really wonderful! I love the diagonal bow in the corner... that's a gorgeous touch. Beautiful work. :)

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  13. SO cool! Love the burlap embellie you made!

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  14. Wonderful card! One of the many reasons I love Verve is the fact that so many of the sets can be mixed and matched.

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  15. Wow, this is stunning! I love all the fantastic goodness you have going on, so many awesome details Julee, love it!

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  16. Beautiful, Julee! I love all the details -- the film strip, the burlap, the glittery flower petals. Awesome card!

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  17. Another amazing creation, Julee! Truly are so very inspiring. Love the colors and all the details.

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  18. gorgeous!! oh my! it makes me smile!

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  19. oh, my! Love those flowers with that paper:) Gorgeous, Julee!

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  20. Eeeeekkkkk - THAT BURLAP; oh be still my heart!

    What a beautiful creation; love all the details!!

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  21. Just gorgeous, Julee! I like this PJ a lot :o)

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  22. Love the bit of burlap under the flower and your great use of the sketch. You are the Queen Diva indeed :)

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  23. Perfect balance and luscious color mix. Hugs, M

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  24. Texture galore! Wow! I'm so digging all the different elements you added to this card! And I love how you did the flower!

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  25. What wonderful textures and colors! And that sentiment is perfect! The technique on the flower is amazing!

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  26. Gorgeous as always, Julee. Looks like you've done a real number with these AnniVervesary stamps. Let's skip this week until it gets to Friday!

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  27. I LOVE your card, Julee! The colors immediately caught my eye! Just beautiful!!

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  28. Very pretty--I like the flower and the papers you used.

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  29. Very pretty shabby chic card Julee - a style I have not mastered unfortunately. I love the touch of glitter around the edges of the petals.

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  30. Very cool elements. Like that burlappy layer. And leave it to you to coordinate the sets so well. You're making this release another that I won't be able to resist. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to pay off my school loans this way, Julee!! LOL.

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  31. Darling card, in a beautifully distressed way, lol! The colors are gorgeous and that red ribbon is simply striking!

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  32. It's so pretty and I just love the pops of red.

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  33. Nice job mixing and matching all the elements. Love the little touch of burlap.

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  34. So gorgeous, Julee! Beautiful colors and scrumptious details! Wonderful card!

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  35. This is so pretty, love that bit of burlap!

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  36. Lovely card and love that sentiment!! Love the red on the card and distress look! TFS
    Hugs

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous, Julee! Love all the new Verve goodness here!

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  38. What a pretty card, Julee! I love the added texture from the burlap!

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  39. Oooh, those flowers are just lovely! I like the little film strip across the middle :)

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  40. Love that little burlapy square! It gives a little extra texture to an awsome card! :-)

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  41. Terrific card, Julee. Love the way we can put these flowers together. I admire how you think of all sides of the "box."
    Peace, Becky Johnson

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  42. Fabulous card. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  43. How beautiful. LOVE it. sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

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  44. Love all the texture Julee!! Great looking sets.

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  45. SO many wonderful details in this card...the touch of burlap, the sparkle, the distressing...it's all gorgeous!

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  46. So, so beautiful. ;-) That sentiment font is just fabulous. I am loving the new products this week!

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  47. Such a beautiful card! Love the sentiment!

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  48. I love that sentiment and can't wait to see more on Friday! Brilliant!

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  49. this is so beautiful, that sentiment is a definite must have.

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  50. Lovely card - all the colors and patterns works so well together and I love the verse.

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  51. Oh, wow... what a great card!! Such great new stamps and dies.

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  52. Beautiful Julee...I am absolutely LOVING all the sneak peeks!!!

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  53. Love the paper, distressing and texture.
    God bless,
    PeggyS

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  54. I love your card!!! The texture is fantastic!

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  55. the best of the best julee. I love your style. Love it..

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  56. This is so beautiful, love your card design and the colors.

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  57. This is really beautiful! I am loving that new font!

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  58. Lovely card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  59. Simply stunning comes to mind! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  60. This is so beautiful! The distressing looks so perfect (I can never pull this off) Love that cute little flower!
    Lisa

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  61. What a sweet flower! Great inspiration for this sketch!

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  62. What a beauty! I love this sentiment and those gorgeous flowers. The burlap adds such a nice texture, too!

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  63. So gorgeous, as always! You always manage to put just the right amount of fabulousness into a card, not too much and not too little. Love the layered sparkly flower, so pretty, and of course, I am loving that new sprig die.

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  64. Julee this is just gorgeous. I love that flower- thanks for sharing and loving this release as always.

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  65. This card is amazing. Love the paper and the details to match!

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  66. This is a stunning card! It's jaw droppin' gorgeousness.

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  67. Gorgeous card Julee...love the burlap and the sentiment.

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  68. This is so soft and pretty, I like how you stamped the background. That red ribbon looks so beautiful and exquisite work you shared with us. logo mat

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  69. This is just gorgeous and I love that quote~

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  70. Julee, this is gorgeous! Love that bit of burlap that you included....adds so much!!!

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  71. Oh my gosh! I absolutely love this card. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas. I have been making cards for a really long time and it is my passion along with digi scrapping. It was nice to find you! I am your newest follower.

    Michelle
    www.micheggy.blogspot.com

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  72. Really stunning card! It's just lovely! :)

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  73. Love this sentiment. I love how your sets work so well with together - thanks for showcasing that here. Beautiful card.

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  74. Great textures and wonderful designs.

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  75. Sooo pretty Julee!!! Fabulous card!!!

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  76. Wow, what a beautiful card. Love how you made the flower.

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  77. luv this Julee, your sweet details are awesome...hope your day is grand!

    enjoy *~*

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  78. As always... a GORGEOUS card from you! <3 Love it.

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  79. I love this card. The colors are great. Thanks for sharing.

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  80. Beautiful card! The flower looks fab and the sentimen goes straight on my must-have-list!

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  81. WOW, the more I see the more I want!

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  82. Lovely! I like the little spot of burlap and the texture that it adds.

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  83. The colors are gorgeous, great details! Thanks :)

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  84. What a beautiful card! So many wonderful details! I especially love the square of burlap peeking out from behind the flower!

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  85. I love the papers and the layout is great!

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  86. I never tire of your beautiful cards.

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  87. oh you're amazing Julee, this is beautiful!

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  88. Just beautiful, Julee! Look at that fabulous flower!

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  89. I love the textures and layers! I may have to sign up for your blog...awesome cards girl.

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  90. Very pretty - love all the texture

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  91. Lovely card, I like the layered flower and the piece of burlap underneath.

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