Call to Me and a Spotlight Hop

Hi friends!  Welcome to the first day of Verve's New Release Spotlight Hops!  The Divas are posting their first looks at today's featured stamps and dies, so hop around and leave a little comment love for a chance to win!  All the details and prize deadlines can be found on the Verve Blog.


I have two cards for you today that feature three new plain janes and a new die set.  All the items we're previewing this week will be available for purchase following our release party on Friday night (11/11/11).


I chose a clean, masculine feel for this first card, which uses the Flared Cross plain jane and the Cross Die Set.  It also features the previously released Amazing Grace plain jane.  The cross images on both of these cards are solid stamps, but to achieve a wood feel, I simply inked them with Soft Suede ink, then swept a bristle brush over them before stamping.  Love the effect.  I tied a little twine around the center of the cross and added some twine across the main panel for some interest.


For the second card, I used the same bristle brush technique for the Curvy Cross plain jane, cutting it out with the coordinating cross from the Cross Die Set.  The Jeremiah 33:3 plain jane is embossed on cream, then cut out with Nestabilities.  I added some twine, stitching and some bling to finish things off.

The Cross Die Set also coordinates with the cross images in Richly Blessed and Blessed Christmas, giving you plenty of options this holiday (and throughout the year) to celebrate the reason for the season.

Now it's time to move along to the next stop on the hop.  Have fun!


1. Julee7. Andrea
2. Teresa8. Vickie {Guest}
3. Charmaine9. Amy
4. Maureen10. Laurie
5. Tosha11. Gretchen {Guest}
6. Wanda {Guest}12. Sankari

Enabler's List - Card 1:
Stamps: Flared Cross Plain Jane, Amazing Grace Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper:
Picadilly (BasicGrey), Soft Suede (SU!), Cream
Ink: Soft Suede (SU!), VersaMark
Accessories: Cross Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), fine detail white embossing powder, linen thread (SU!), bristle brush

Enabler's List - Card 2:
Stamps: Curvy Cross Plain Jane, Jeremiah 33:3 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper:
Picadilly (BasicGrey), Cream
Ink: Soft Suede (SU!)
Accesories: Cross Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), peridot rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), linen thread (SU!), sewing machine, bristle brush

66 comments

  1. Julee, Oh my...you out did yourself. The samples are gorgeous! I love hoe you used the twine on the first one!

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  2. Beautiful cards! I love the stitching on the first, and the woodgrain on each of the crosses. Just gorgeous!

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  3. LOVE the brush technique and the addition of the twine to the cross...awesome effect! Can't wait to see everyone's samples today!

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  4. Love, love, love these Julee!!!! Oh this hop is going to be GOOD!!

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  5. Julee, your samples do every time......I love your cards. The twine accent on the first cross is awesome!

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  6. So fabulous, Julee! I love the wooden cross look! You're a genius with details!!

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  7. Love the cross die....awesome!! Your brown and green color combo really rocks!!

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  8. Beautiful cards. Love the way you used the bristle brush before you stamped the crosses. Great technique. The twine is a great touch for the cross on the first card. TFS

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  9. First off, I'm in LOOOOOVVVVEEEEE with that Jeremiah 33 plain Jane!!!! I have to have it!!! Secondly I love the olive and suede combos you used! I don't make enough manly cards, but these colors always work for them!

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  10. Fabulous cards!!! Love the style of both crosses! And, the sentiments are just perfect! Beautiful color with great design!

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  11. Awesome cards, I love how they are similar in color but so different in style. Love the touch of twine, it is the perfect finish.

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  12. Great job on this. Love the colors!

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  13. Loooove green and brown together. Two fabulous cards using the colour combo. Love that verse in Jeremiah so into the cart it will go :) Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve for this release!

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  14. these are beautiful! love the green and brown. so excited for a new release!

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  15. Love the brown and green combo.Your cards are gorgeous as always!

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  16. I love that brown and green together and your twine treatment is amazing!! Excellent!!

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  17. Really gorgeous card! I love the colors!:)

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  18. Cards are so beautiful, love the chance to win

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  19. Two fabulous cards...love the colors that earthy green with the brown looks great. Fabulous sentiments - great layouts and design.

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  20. Absolutely beautiful set, Julee!! Those cross dies look fantastic!

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  21. the cards are so awesome!

    love the colour-combo!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

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  22. Beautiful as always! Looking forward to all the peeks this week!

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  23. Love this verse and the cut out crosses are so neat. Really like the colors you used.

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  24. These are beautiful cards. Love the rustic look of them. I love the crosses and this verse.

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  25. Julee, a beautiful stamp and die and your layout if wonderful. May fav. combination. I love how you have added your elements. Gorgeous. Divine Love, Samara

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  26. Julie, I LOVE the idea of a cross die, how fabulous, that's a dream come true - love both these cards and the way you made the woodgrain effect - I've always wanted a "rustic" cross and this fits the bill!

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  27. Beautiful cards Julee! Thanks for sharing that cool technique!

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  28. So lovely. And I love that you included the ability to cut the previous stamps with the new dies.

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  29. I do so adore this lovely cross stamp! And adding the twine to the cross - so beautiful! Thanks for sharing both card creations with us!

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  30. I love the wood effect on the cross and the twine. Great cards!

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  31. Wonderful cards! I haven't seen that suede ink before but love it with your brush technique, can't wait to try it!

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  32. my favorite color combo..luv these Julee!

    enjoy *~*

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  33. These are gorgeous! LOVE the colors and the cards!

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  34. I love both of them, however, the Amazing Grace is just awesome.

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  35. wow these cards are beautiful... love your choice in colors...thanks for sharing..

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  36. love how you made the faux wood look! These crosses go so well with all the scripture plain janes :) gorgeous!

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  37. I love your masculine cards and I love the new cross die set. Great color combo!

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  38. These are just lovely. Thanks for sharing the brush technique.

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  39. Love your two cards. Great color choices.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  40. These cards are stunning. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  41. Fabulous artwork! Love the new crosses & dies Julie!

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  42. I absolutely *love* how you textured the crosses. The flared cross is my new favorite I think! Great sneak peek! :)

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  43. I love the rustic feel of this card. Thanks for sharing.

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  44. Wow, I love the way both cards look, give you a sense of warmth and love.Fabulous job

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  45. very rustic feeling cards today...just beautiful

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  46. What a wonderful technique of creating a wood feel to the crosses - beautiful cards Julee - Love the bling and the twine and that green is positively GORGEOUS!
    Big hugs,
    Sankari :)

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  47. I love the "Grace" card. Simple and strong like the faith it represents.

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  48. wow! very beautiful cards. the colors just matched together and very inspiring it itches my desire to make a card now, hehehe i'm on break preparing for vacation.


    Luanne
    http://craftersreference.blogspot.com/

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  49. Beautiful as always! Looking forward to all the peeks this week! Olena

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  50. Beautiful --the green makes the card.

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  51. Beautiful cards. The cross dies will be nice not just for faith based cards but also for celtic inspired cards.

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  52. Wow! These are gorgeous Julee! I love the stipple brush idea - will have to try that!

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  53. Beautiful cards! Love how you made them look like wood.

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  54. Beautiful cards, Julee. Love the new products. ;-)

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  55. Such incredible cards, and stamps Julee. I love both your samples. ;)

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  56. those colors are stunning together! and well your cards...just gorgeous!!

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  57. LOVE this!!! These are great masculine cards to give!! I love the color coordination and the distress detailing.

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  58. I really like the rustic look to these crosses.

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  59. Love the look of the crosses and the colors that you have chosen for these cards.

    TFS
    Trina

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  60. Beautiful cards. Love the colors that you used for them.

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  61. great set and I love those cards-the green and brown combo is so peaceful and calming! Nice job!

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