Friday, April 13, 2012

Oh Joy.... a Verve Release!

Hi friends!  Today is release day over at Verve and the Divas are putting on another hop.  I wasn't sure I'd be able to make something, so I'm not officially on the hop, but I couldn't let the day go by without posting a little something!


I designed this release during one of those final spurts of creative energy when I was pregnant and thought I'd still have a few more weeks to prepare everything before the babies came.  As fate would have it, the samples for the release arrived hours before I left for my OB visit that turned into an emergency C-section.  And if you've read the saga of the recovery, NICU stay for the twins and then my emergency return to the hospital 2 weeks later for more surgeries, you'll understand there hasn't been much time to prepare for this release.  We had to arrange for my mother-in-law to come help out with the babies just so I could get the website ready for the release.  While she was here I snuck a little time in the studio to make a sample or two and to prove to myself that I haven't forgotten how to stamp.  {grin}


This little trio of round cards was so fun to make.  I just love the pop of black and white with pastels and am so happy they turned out like I had imagined them in my head!

I used the Joyful Blooms Die Set to cut out the outer flower, then hand trimmed the inner flower to pop up for some dimension.  The leaves are from the previously released Leafy Sprigs Die Set and don't you just love that Ribbon Banner Die?  It's exactly the size I've been looking for.   Here I've cut the colored cardstock with the die and hand trimmed the black mat to make it pop.

Okay, I'm totally exhausted and I hear my two colicky babies giving Mark a very hard time, so I'm just going to leave you with the final close-up and the enabler's list.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the New Release Hop on the Verve Blog for a chance to win the entire release.



Enabler's List:
Stamps: Joyful Blooms, Purely Sentimental, Sunny Days (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Basic Black, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Barely Banana (SU!)
Ink: Basic Black, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Barely Banana (SU!), White (Memories)
Accessories: Joyful Blooms Die Set, Ribbon Banner Die, Leafy Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic and Scallop Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), clear embossing powder (Judikins), Stardust Stickles, Onyx Liquid Pearls (Ranger)

17 comments:

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

These are GORGEOUS, Julee! I LOVE what you did with the flowers! So glad you got to stamp. . .you definitely haven't lost your touch! :)

scrappingnana said...

These are lovely. I too like the pastels with the black/white. Glad you are doing better and had some time to stamp.
Hope the boys are doing good also.

Annheidel said...

These are so cute! I love the black/white/pastel combos. Congrats on the new little ones and I'm glad things are going better.

Wanda Cullen said...

The cards are adorable and am loving that new banner die! So good to see you online and your mojo is still fabulous! :-)

Piali said...

Beautiful card set!!!
Hope you and boys are doing fine!!!

Nancy L. said...

adorable circle cards!
hope your little ones feels better in their tummies!

StampAcademy said...

Beautiful! So CLEAN looking! Love them!

Radha said...

so so stunning the way you can create papers-slyle with a simple flower, and that flower is GORGEOUS my lady! BTW hope you are healed and the babies a in great health!

Marisa said...

Love these, Julee!! Glad your MIL was able to help out - was pining away for some new Verve and with the flowers and matching dies I'm in heaven :) Only dilema...buy now or wait until Monday to see if I win something first...patience is not high on my list LOL! Hugs to you and Mark and the boys - oh and a pat for Katie! Hope she is okay with the new house guests invading her territory LOL!

Kerri said...

Julee, you are a wonder! After everything you and your family have gone through you manage to come up with a beautiful spring release! Your cards are gorgeous and the stamps look wonderful. I know what it's like dealing with only one caulicky baby, and it's great that you got to do some creating. It's really important to make a little "me" time along our journey of motherhood. Thanks so much for sharing. Wishing you many many cherished moments with your two beauties - it will inspire you in a totally different way!

Vickie Z said...

These are gorgeous Julee!!! Hope you're felling better and that colic will go away...even if it doesn't seem like it now!!! Not my business but, not sure if you are Breast or bottle feeding... If bottle ask doc formula change mat help.

Ravengirl said...

Of course you still know how to stamp! These are wonderful! I am loving all of the newly released product!

Dawn Easton said...

Gorgeous set of cards, Julee!!! Love that new die and flower set! Can't wait to place an order soon!
Hope all of you are doing well!!!

Maureen said...

you never cease to amaze me, Julee!! You have not lost your touch at all :) If anything, all those pregnancy hormones kicked your MOJO into high gear! What a gorgeous set of cards...love the stamped background :) love and hugs to you and Mark and the boys :) So glad to hear you are getting some help :)

Karen Day said...

Beautiful cards, Julee! The pastels & black make such striking colour combos. Give us a photo update of the babes when you get a chance!

Janine said...

You certainly haven't lost that creative sparkle despite sleep deprived nights. These are great. Take care.

Darlene Gabriel said...

Wow - how did I miss these until now?? I know it's only been a couple of days and I have been very sick, but.....at least I get to enjoy them now:) Julee, you have definitely not forgotten how to stamp!! These are gorgeous. I love the colour combos you've done here. The liquid pearl and stickles centers on the flowers are beautiful!