Happy Thoughts - AVS Hop Day 1

Oh my goodness!!!  It's the first day of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops and I'm so excited!  This release is filled with all sorts of happy and whimsy and elegance, and just plain eclecticness.  Join us over the next 9 days as we showcase 23 new products releasing from Verve!

 

We've got a fun filled hop planned for you today with peeks of the soon to be released With Love, Birthday to You Plain Jane and Pennant Trim Die.  All of the stamps and dies we're peeking will be available in the Verve store following our release party on Friday, August 24. 

I'm the Grand Marshall, kicking off this shindig, so if you've just arrived, you're totally in the right place!  {grin} Let your fingers do the clicking and peek on into the creative minds of Verve's talented Divas and Guest Divas as they give you a little tour of what's to come! Inspiration abounds, and so do the PRIZES!   Check out the Verve Blog for all the details, but you'll definitely want to leave a little comment love as you hop about to each of the blogs on the hop list for a chance to win today's featured sets and dies!



Speaking of prizes, today is Day 4 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Release Challenges over in the Verve forum and today Tosh and Charmaine are challenging us to make a CAS (clean and simple) card.  Come play along for a chance to win some shiny new Verve!  The deadline is August 24, so there's still plenty of time to get in on the fun!

I'm thinking of starting a new movement called CASS (clean and {SORT OF} simple). {grin}  As y'all know, I'm not much of a CAS kind of girl, although I really admire the style!  So it's not really a surprise that somehow my card ended up a little more involved than I originally planned!  However, it's still {SORT OF} simple.

Anyhow, on with the card.  I stamped the bird from With Love (which is a larger version of the little birdie from Making a Statement) directly onto a Scalloped Flower Die {a sneaky sneaky peek}, then paper pieced with some Amy Tangerine Sketchbook prints.  I liked the border paper from the same collection and decided to hand cut the portion I wanted  and add the Pennant Trim Die underneath.  The clouds are inked onto the card base using a Scalloped Flower die cut, Soft Sky ink and a craft sponge and I embossed just the bottom portion of the card base with the Swiss Dots folder.  I finished with some flatback rhinestones and a twine bow.

Oh, and I almost forgot.  The fun layout is the CAS183 challenge over on SCS this week.

Okay, time for you to get hopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Next up on the hop is Laurie!

1. Julee8. Andrea
2. Laurie S.9. Charmaine
3. Maureen10. Janelle
4. Teresa11. Betty
5. Tosh12. Christyne {Guest}
6. Amber13. Laurie W. {Guest}
7. Amy14. Jen S. {Guest}


Enabler's List
Stamps: sneak preview of With Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Black, White, Amy Tangerine Sketchbook (American Crafts)
Ink: Black, Soft Sky (SU!), orange Tombow marker
Accessories: sneak preview of Pennant Trim Die and Scalloped Flower Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), flatback rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), black twine, Swiss Dots EF (Cuttlebug), sponge

63 comments

  1. Oh my how very pretty!! Love the sketch and the birdie in the scalloped flower. Gorgeous color palette!

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  2. So pretty and sweet! Love the bits of Amy Tangerine paper you used and that pennant trim die is fantastic! Love the bird and the bling and the clouds too.

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  3. Love this card. The bow tied everything together just beautifully. The colors are just lovely. Great job.

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  4. What an excellent way to start this blog hop-the bar is high! :) I think Your CASS idea would be welcomed with open arms by many!!!

    I love the colours and summery feel of this card, it's so happy! :)

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  5. Sweet card. Love the cute little birdie and the new pennant die.

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  6. The ribbon, colors and clouds are great.
    I like the different fonts in the saying.
    The birdie is easy to cut out and layer.
    MollyT

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  7. beautiful and simple card.love it..

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  8. I love the little bird, its not too fussy!!! Yeah!

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  9. Wow, I love your CASS version! Your card is very pretty. I love the adorable bird with the paper pieced wing and how it fits perfectly in the scallop circle. I like all the touches of black too. You know that banner die would have come in handy as I was trying to tackle the week 2 Viva La Verve Sketch Challenge for August!

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  10. I am so excited for some new Verve! I am loving all of the sneak peeks so far and am really looking forward to all that is coming. What a fun time! Your card is fabulous, as always! I love that pennant border die. That is going to be a must-have for sure! Have a fantastic day, Julee!

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  11. Love how you created the borders and put them on an angle.

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  12. Love your sorta CAS card!!! I love how you stamped the cloud background. Tha layers are so pretty! And I can't wait to get that banner die! It is so cute!

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  13. Love this sweet paper-pieced bird and beautiful clouds!! Fabulous papers!

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  14. Wow I'm already loving the Pennant Trim Die. I looks great here. I love the colours on this card, the paper pieced wing on the bird and the way you've done the tails on the bow.

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  15. Great card...everything's so wonderful...papers and your clouds!!

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  16. Very sweet--love the little bird.

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  17. I love your CASS card!! That pennant trim is so cute, and seems really versatile!

    Tricia

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  18. Such a cute little bird and that banner die sure is a lot easier than having to cut each one by hand like I had to on my card lol. As for CASS I love it :)

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  19. Oh my goodness...this is the cutest happy card ever!!!! Love the colors and the new Pennant Trim die! Must have!

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  20. Love the little birdie in 2 colors - adorable!! Like the black accents!

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  21. love the colors. a great card.

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  22. Yay! I've been counting down the days till the festivities would begin - and now they're here! Looking forward to seeing everything new, and I'm loving the sneaks so far!

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  23. What a gorgeous card.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  24. Such a beautiful card. Very nice. Love the colors you chose.

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  25. WOW your CASS card looks awesome! so pretty! I really like the effect of the clouds--thanks for the tip!

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  26. Wonderful card! I love the bright bold colors with the white.

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  27. Beautiful card, Julee. ;-) I love the colors, and how they pop off the white. I am excited to see samples of all the new products - it's going to be a fun week! ;-)

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  28. I am enjoying the ways that little bird has been used by the designers. The options are limitless! Love the cloud technique you created on your card!

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  29. Very cute card, love the ribbon and saying. THank you for sharing.

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  30. Julee, I always love your cards! Your style is bold and elegant at the same time. i'm super excited about this banner die. I've been loving all your recent sneak peaks of it.

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  31. Fabulous CASS card....I'm liking that acronym!!! Love the pennant die and smiling about the scallop flower die! Love that bird!

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  32. So darling. Love the pennant die and the use of a little bit of black twine - so cute.

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  33. Very pretty and love the simple and sort of clean design. Made me giggle!

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  34. Love the card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  35. Very cute! Love those colors with the black accents. :-)

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  36. Beautiful card.love how the pendant is showing in your card.Great little scene.

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  37. The touches of black look great against the white. The pennant die looks like a good one ;>)

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  38. Super sweet card and love your idea for CASS cards!

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  39. Julee this is totally cutesy! I don't think I've ever seen you do cutesy. I love those clouds you created. You are so rocking the inks lately. WOW. And hey, this is CAS for you. Great job.

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  40. I love the new CASS category - lol! This is just too adorable with the great color combo and the sweet paper pieced bird!

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  41. What a gorgeous card, I love the pennant trim and the soft clouds in the background, cheers Linda

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  42. Wow, great details. What a cute card!

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  43. Love your CASS card....I find it hard to do CAS too. Cute birdie and I simply adore the scalloped flower.

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  44. Great card - love the colours.

    wauw - great cards on this blog - I had to be a follower.

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  45. lovin the colours on this one! what a sweet card!

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  46. Awesome card! Love the textured bottom half and your use of the pennant die.
    -- Connie C.

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  47. Adorable! Love the bird and the the long tail of the bow curling around. Super cute.

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  48. That pennant die would have come in SO handy for last weeks Viva La Verve challenge - I kind of wondered if it might be a bit of a sneak peak! Looking forward to getting my hands on that one!

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  49. I love the angles here and the sponged sky. Such a great card Julee!

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  50. Such a cute card - I love the cloud background, all the colorful layers AND your paper pieced layered bird!

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  51. What an adorable card! I love your paper piecing of the bird. :D

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  52. More birdies, how sweet! Love this CASS card!

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  53. I just adore those birdies! CASS is up my alley, too - I just can't go CAS, lol! Love it!!

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  54. love love love! These colors are so lush!

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  55. I love this card! Those paper strips are perfect under that little birdie and what a cute sentiment!
    Lisa

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  56. I got a late start and did this blog hopping backwards, but am so excited about all the new stuff!

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  57. I love the diagonal angle of the paper strips. So pretty!

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  58. Cute little birdie with the pretty layering below!

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  59. Adorable! And love the idea of CASS - how can "simple" be so difficult to do???


    Lisa - Scrappy Distractions
    www.ScrappyDistractions.blogspot.com

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  60. Very cute card. Just love how you made your clouds.

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