Where Flowers Bloom on Sunny Days

Welcome to our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops! Verve is celebrating four wonderful years with a HUGE release and today's the first day of spotlights!  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.

Today the release team is joined by a few members of our Inspiration Team, plus our August Guest Divas... Marisa Ritzen and Sarah Gough.  Our spotlight for today is shining on a new set called Sunny Days, with its coordinating Leafy Sprigs Die Set and the Where Flowers Bloom Plain Jane.  I used all three on my card today and the layout is the Viva la Verve! August Week 2 sketch.


I know there's a lot of hopping to do, so hopefully I won't ramble too much.  I embossed a piece of vellum with the Square Lattice, then layered it over patterned paper and stitched them together with a sewing machine to achieve an aida cloth type of look.  I'd forgotten by this point that I intended to stamp the plain jane in the corner, or I might not have done the embossing.  But sometimes you just go with it, right?  So I stamped the sentiment in Archival black ink, then lightly filled in the missing parts with a permanent marker and dusted with a coat of clear embossing powder to make it stand out a bit.


The ribbon is scrunched Julee-style.  To achieve this look, I simply lay down a piece of tacky tape where I want the ribbon to go.  Then I squiggle Zip Dry glue over the area (because tacky tape alone doesn't seem to be strong enough to hold the shape for very long) and then just press my ribbon down as I like.  In this case, because the ribbon was so bulky, I went back and added a little zip dry behind each fold as well to keep things looking fine and dandy.  Then I finished off with a little Fray Check on the tail of the ribbon so there wouldn't be any frayed ends.  A bit of handstitching, some liquid pearls, some die cuts and I was done.

All righty.  That's all from me today... thanks so much for stopping by!  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. Julee8. Marisa {Guest}
2. Charmaine9. Laurie
3. Tosha10. Maureen
4. Andrea11. Amy
5. Teresa12. Shannan
6. Jackie13. Lynda
7. Sarah {Guest}

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Sunny Days, Where Flowers Bloom Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Victoria Gardens (Echo Park), Vellum, Black, Cream
Ink: Jet Black Archival, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress (Ranger), Copic markers
Accessories: Leafy Sprigs Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Square Lattice Texture Impressions folder, wide striped ribbon (SU!), black thread, paper piercer, black scrapper's floss (Karen Foster), Labels 10 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Peacock Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Say it in pearls Go Green (Prima), sewing machine, paper distresser

149 comments

  1. Как обычно, очень красиво! Восхищаюсь вашими работами!

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  2. Juleeeeeeeeeeeeee! This is amazing! I love the effct you've created by ebossing vellum and putting it over DSP! FANTASTIC!

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  3. YOU are probably my favorite card maker! This is no exception....inspired! :)

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  4. Beautiful! Love your embossed vellum, and the leafy die is so delicate - love your card!

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  5. Gorgeous Julee...I love the neutrals with the gorgeous pop of color on the flower...stunning!

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  6. WOW!! Love all these colors and the embossed vellum over dp is fabulous along with the ribbon, flowers, and the new sprig die (can't wait for the release!!)

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  7. Beautiful--I like your scrunched ribbon and hand stitching.

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  8. Wow, I don't know what else to say! I would have never known you used vellum if you hadn't told us! I love that look and will have to give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. Julee this is such a beautiful card! I love the distressed edges and the stitching! Beautiful!
    Lisa :)

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  10. Stunning! I always love how you scrunch up your ribbon "Julee style". I am so excited for this new release! Congratulations on your Anni-Verve-sary!

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  11. Beautiful work as always. Love how you did that blue flower

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  12. Just gorgeous, Julee! I LOVE that flower! Those Liquid Pearls and colors. . .just stunning!

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  13. Just beautiful Julee! I try to do random when I create but it doesn't seem to like me...lol...but I love that ribbon!

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  14. Oh my word, I am in love! That leafy sprig is amazing, and the liquid pearls on the flower look fabulous! I cannot wait to see more of this set!

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  15. love the pop of turquoise in the flower - very creative design! TFS!

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  16. Woweee! This card is amazing, Julee! Love the embossed vellum over it (great job with the sentiment)! The colors are fantastic and I adore the sentiment.

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  17. Your card is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I just love the embossed layer on top. It really makes the look of aida cloth. Love the new stamps and dies too.

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  18. Wow! What a fabulous card..I just love the little touches you added..Love the cross stitches and scrunched ribbon.

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  19. I love black on a card. And, I never thought of using FrayCheck on the ribbons. Thanks for a beautiful job and a helpful hint!

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  20. Wow, all your texture is amazing!

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  21. This is such a beautiful creation! I love that wide ribbon and the colors are gorgeous!!

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  22. This is such a beautiful creation! I love that wide ribbon and the colors are gorgeous!!

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  23. AMAZING; you achieved the aida cloth look beautifully; LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the stitching!

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  24. I love the softness that the vellum gives. Such a pretty card

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  25. Love the colors you used. Thanks for the tips on Frey Check and Zip Dry. You do very nice work!

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  26. Great card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  27. Oh my gosh, this is sensational, Julee! I love the whole aged, textured look of the background, your stitching, and the pop of the ruffled ribbon and turquoise flower! Awesome!!

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  28. WOW, this is amazing! Love, love that aida cloth look!

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  29. Super super creative. Love the embossed vellum and scrunchy ribbon.

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  30. stunning, just stunning, Julee :) Love the zigzag stitiching :) The release has started with a bang!

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  31. Love, love the embossing! Looks like an exciting release this month with the leaf sprig, sentiments, etc.!

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  32. Absolutely STUNNING card, Julee! Love the embossed vellum over the DP and the touch of stitching to tack it down - brilliant. I'm a sucker for that wide striped ribbon too. Total gorgeousness. Cheers to an amazing release!!

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  33. So beautiful. The worn texture and stitching is cool. And love that pop of blue elegance.

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  34. What an excellent way to start the celebrations! I love the splash of green/turquoise up against the muted, vintage colours. Looks like another amazing set of stamps and dies from your talented self :)

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  35. This is so beautiful! The very first thing I am drawn to here are those gorgeous die cut leaves!!!

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  36. So richly elegant, Julee...that striped ribbon just grabs your eye! Love the background paper and those gorgeous black accents! Beautiful!

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  37. Exceptional! Your designs are all so inspiring...love your vellum idea.

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  38. what a great idea to emboos vellum and layer over pp, i'm so going to use that. lovely card, like how you did that large ribbon

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  39. Beautiful!! Love the embossed vellum and the hand stitching!

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  40. what a COOL card! love that embossed vellum and how you did the ribbon! awesome flower!

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  41. This is BeauTiFUL! You have put in a lot of work and it shows. So much detail I just love the flower with the peacock pearls, just lovely! It is all just gorgeous, you did a wonderful job!

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  42. WOW!!! your cards are GORGEOUS!!! LOVE your style girl!!!

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  43. Stunning! Very different from what I'm used to seeinf and I like it very much!

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  44. OMG I love your card! It is amazing!
    Rachelle
    joyfulhrt at gmail dot com
    www.creationsbyrachelle.blogspot.com

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  45. Love your hand stitiching - you included lots of creative elements. TFS

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  46. What a beautiful card, love the color combo!

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  47. What a great way to start the blog hop...your card is fabulous. Love the embossed vellum and the new die.

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  48. I'm seeing things that I LOVE already! Beautiful Julee!

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  49. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Julee! Love the pop of aqua!

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  50. Oh where do I begin? I love it all! The embossed vellum is so cool looking. I love the the colors, the ribbon, oh wish this was on its way to me, lol! Totally gorgeous!!

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  51. Lovely!! I really like the handstitching in the corner, and the new leaf die!

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  52. The vellum technique is so cool! And this sentiment is one of my favorites, ever!

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  53. What a stunning card with loads of detail... thanks for your inspiration...k

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  54. Julee, this card is nothing short of pure AMAZING!! I LOVE the texture, your sweet little hand stitches, the colors and ribbon, and the vellum overlay...fabuloso!!! GORGEOUS!

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  55. Stunning! LOVE the Julee-style squiggled ribbon trick & that fabric texture look is hot.

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  56. Love your scrunchy ribbon, Julee! And this looks like another great leafy stamp & die... Happy Anniversary :o)

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  57. Oh, this is absolutely FAB! Love the scrunched ribbon and the hand stitching! Thanks for the inspiration! C

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  58. What a gorgeous card! I love the stitching...

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  59. Gorgeous card! It is filled with techniques that are new to me. I am going to try the ribbon on my next card.

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  60. Beautiful card. Love the hand stitching and all the texture. TFS

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  61. Oh my! I love how this is so eclectic in the textures you used and the elements. Love the twisted ribbon and I'm digging that leaf die!

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  62. Lovely! The handstitching, the embossed vellum, the ribbon, all perfect. I love the sentiment and the mix of fonts is spot on.

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  63. Beautiful card!! And you can NEVER ramble on too long when you are giving the details of how you did it. I read blogs to learn and we can only learn from those who teach us by explaining what they do!!!!

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  64. Great card! Lovely flower medallion and the ribbon is fantastic!

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  65. Beautiful card - love the sentiment. Can't wait to see all of the new release.

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  66. What a lovely card, Julee. I like how you used the ribbon.

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  67. This is really beautiful, but I'm not surprised! I love the look of cloth you created with the embossed vellum.

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  68. Julee, this is seriously stunning!!! My favorite elements are your sentiment stamped over the embossing (happy mistake), that scrunchy ribbon, and the bow finishing off your hand stitching!!! Fabulous & that die/stamp combo is to "die" for - lol :)

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  69. What a wonderful card - love what I see of the upcoming release!

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  70. Oh my goodness, Julee ... your card is amazing! I love everything about it! As always, you inspire me!

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  71. Beautiful card. Love the way you did the ribbon. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Like the color combos and new leaf sprig.

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  72. WoW!! Love that texture and scrunched ribbon. Stunning!

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  73. Love the stitching ! Blue and brown - my favorite color combo !

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  74. Love the beautiful "scrolly" font on the sentiment...the stitching detail...and the black sprig - gorgeous creation!!

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  75. eek! this is amazing! I love all the liquid pearls, and hey, great ribbon choice chickie! *grin*

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  76. "Fray Check"? So that's what that notch is called? I have to laugh because I'm a grammarian and this is new to me. So excited.
    I do love your card, though, and the scrunched up ribbon. Having a ball on this hop.
    Peace, Becky Johnson

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  77. Love the ribbon technique on this one. Very nice!

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  78. Wow! Gorgeous! Love every little detail about this card!

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  79. The way you layer your die cuts is always amazing! I love your "Julee-style" scrunching!

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  80. This is breathtaking. Your design and wonderful details work so well with your touching sentiment.

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  81. Beautiful! Love that scrunched ribbon!

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  82. What a beautiful card. I had never considered embossing vellum before. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  83. Love your work! Happy Anni-verve-sary!

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  84. girl you are amazing...I luv this..the design, the ribbon, and the stitching....gorgeous my friend just like you *grin*!

    enjoy *~*

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  85. super stunning card and I love the stitching and placement of the ribbon

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  86. lovely card!
    great detailing,
    Carol N<><

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  87. Simply gorgeous! Love all the details! The black ribbon is the perfect touch to an amazing card!

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  88. Love it! I must try the embossing on vellum and layering with patterned paper. :D Thanks for the inspiration!

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  89. This is so beautiful. Love the great design and the background you created. Thanks for the ribbon tip, I have a card I made for my dh and everytime I walk past the ribbon has given way and in unruffled. I'm taking my zip dry glue to it right after this blog hop!

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  90. Sexy card! The stitiching looks like a corset, LOL! TFS!

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  91. Love the stitching and the look of the sponging on top of the embossing folder- looks terrific!

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  92. Gorgeous card, Julee! I love the new flower and leaf die!

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  93. Very nice card!! Great look! Thank you for the very detailed instructions!! The whole card was VERY, VERY nicely done for a great look!

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  94. wow, great card. Can't wait for the new release!

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  95. Gorgeous! Looking forward to some new Verve goodies. ;-)

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  96. Classy card with so much detail. Love it!!

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  97. Such a beautiful card. The colours are elegant and speak to me so well. This is just gorgeous! I've just read your profile for the first time and you sound like me! Only I haven't taken the leap of faith into business yet. Inspiring!!

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  98. You constantly amaze me with the gorgeous cards you design!! This is beautiful, love the pop of turquoise color!

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  99. Oh WOW! Your artwork is stunning! Congrats on 4 creative years of Verve goodness!!

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  100. As always, a beautiful creation to bless the recipient as well as inspire. Thanks for sharing.

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  101. Yea! It's finally started and oh what a spotlight opener, Julee. Fantastic texture on the vellum and the pop of color with the flower is creme de la hop!

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  102. Girl you always amaze me with your talent. I'm so glad I found your blog and your incredible stamp line.

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  103. Fantastic card - first time at your blog and I love your work

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  104. Wow! I love this new set!! Great job on your card!

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  105. Oh my gosh! Your card creations are spectacular! They are just so creative and beautiful.

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  106. so, so pretty! Thanks for sharing your tips to tacking down the ruffled ribbon - mine never stays. Now I'll use zip dry and I hope it works for me too! Great hop, as always :)

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  107. This is gorgeous Julee!! I would have never known you missed a step if you wouldn't have said anything!!! Great job. Thanks for sharing your creativity!!

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  108. Beautiful! I love your crinkled ribbon, too!

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  109. Beautiful! I can't wait for the new stamps.

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  110. How cute! i LOVE the sentiment! :)

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  111. Love the flower in turquoise and aqua. The little bit of stitching is super cool too!

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  112. W-O-W! That's one stunning card. I love that stitching and all of the dimension. You truly are a creative goddess!

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  113. Gorgeous, Julee! I love all of the layers and those leaves are so pretty! Embossing on vellum - genius!

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  114. This is gorgeous! I love the hand stitching!

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  115. WOW! your cards are just all beautiful. You are such an inspiration and a very talented lady!!TFS
    Hugs

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  116. Just stunning! Love the cool background you created and the fab ribbon treatment and hand stitching!

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  117. Beautiful. I love the pop of blue on here.

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  118. Inspired by your embossed vellum! what a beautiful card!

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  119. Julee (hollering!) this is just beautiful. I love the embossed vellum and the edges are so sweet. Beautiful shapes on the card: elegant and yet shabby/vintage feel. Very creative my friend.

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  120. Love the "scrunched". Ribbon. It looks great, and I can't wait to try it!

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  121. Fabulous card! I love the sentiment!

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  122. Wonderful!! I love all the stitching. The vellum over the patterned paper looks great. I love how you adapted when it came to the sentiment - a good reminder to me that everything doesn't have to be perfect immediately and that there are ways to fix the little things that don't quite work the way you want them to at first.

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  123. Your work is just so beautiful in both designing of your stamps and also in your cards.

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  124. Gorgeous card. Beautiful color paletter and design.

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  125. The sewing, the ribbon....love it!

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  126. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

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  127. What a pretty sentiment...love the cross stitching and the ribbon technique!

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  128. Julee, this is beautiful. I love the stitching and the vintage look. The pop of color is perfect.

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  129. Swoon! The pops of black, especially the stitching is fantastic! A beauty for sure....but do you ever make anything that I don't like? No, no you don't!

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  130. I love the stitching and those stamped images are fantastic!

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  131. So much to love about this card, Julee. The vellum, the stitching, the ribbon -- and of course the sentiment!

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  132. What an amazing card. Gorgeous! It should be the cover of a vintage album!

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  133. That leafy sprigs die just goes with everything! Sign me up for it. LOL I looooove dies. =D

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  134. This card is AMAZING! I love the hand stitching. Blue and brown is my favourite color combo. And I Adore the ribbon. Great job!

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  135. Love the colors you chose along with the stripe on the ribbon - what an eye catcher!

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  136. Beautiful! I can't wait to get more Verve Stamps. Love em..

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  137. wow. beautiful card, loved the idea of vellum over patterned paper, the stamp over it is beautiful, like the flower.

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