Looking UP - AVS Hop Day 5

Hi friends!  It's Monday morning and that means it's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch.  This week's sketch was designed by Teresa Kline.  I've flipped the sketch horizontally for my card.  Head on over to the Mojo Monday blog for all sorts of inspiration to jumpstart your creativity this week.

It's also Day 5 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops and today the Divas are showcasing a set called Brighter Days, along with the coordinating Scalloped Flowers Die Set and Arrow Die, which will all be available following our release party on Friday night (8/24).  Hop along and leave some comment love on each of the blogs on the list and you just might win the sets and dies featured today!  Who wouldn't love a little new Verve?!  {grin}  Check out the Verve Blog for the full hop list, all the prize info and a little back story on today's stamps.


My card uses all three of today's featured products, plus another peek at the Flourished Trim and Pennant Trim dies.  I like to play with flowers with a lot of petals and layers, so these flowers are right up my alley.  For this card, I chose to use only stamps (no patterned paper) and one color of ink.  So everything is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then I just used a colorless blender pen to fill in each of the flowers.  I love the different depths of color it creates on different colors of cardstock.  Here I used cream and Pretty in Pink.  The arrow shape has a pennant tail, so I decided to decorate my Pennant Trim border by stamping the end of the arrow on each pennant and coloring with a blender pen.  Then I had to stamp the full arrow and cut out with the Arrow Die to pop up next to my sentiment.  The pink and white layers of the flower add-on are cut with the Scalloped Flower Die Set.  I hand cut the smallest flower center to give a little more dimension, then coated with glassy glaze and a sprinkling of glitter.

I layered my borders, including my favorite dotted edge border punch, which I think looks great with the Pennant Trim Die and Flourished Trim Die.  I finished off with a ruffled ribbon treatment, a vintage button ad some liquid pearl accents.

Not sure if you noticed the little bit of "character" built into my card, but on my way from my studio to take the photo, one of the twins had a meltdown and I had to set the card down on the kitchen counter to go calm him down.  And sometime between then and when I picked the card up again it got splashed with water from the kitchen sink, so there's a little water spot on the T in "things".  In my life before twins, I would have remade the card, but the new there's-never-enough-time-in the-day-me is saying it's "good enough".   {grin}

There's lots to see today, so I'll stop rambling.  Now it's time to head on over to Laurie's blog to see her fabulous spin on these new products!  

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

Enabler's List
Stamps:  sneak preview of Brighter Days (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Pretty in Pink (SU!), Cream
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU!) Colorless Blender Pen (Dove)
Accessories:  sneak preview of Scalloped Flowers Die Set, Arrow Die, Pennant Trim Die, Flourished Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Dotted Edge punch (EK Success), Classic Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), seam binding ribbon (SU!), button (MME), liquid pearls (Ranger), Candy Cane embossing folder (Cuttlebug), corner rounder, glassy glaze (Ranger), glitter

 Love the peeks you've been seeing and want a chance to win the whole release?

  1. Create a new card using Verve Stamps
  2. Post your card to your blog or gallery
  3. Include a link to the Verve store in your write up
  4. Link your card using the entry form HERE
One lucky participant from all the entries will win our entire new release of products! That's over $300 worth of stamps and dies! You may enter as many times as you like, and feel free to link any new* Verve challenge cards, but each entry must be a different card, use Verve Stamps, be posted in a separate post, and include a link to Verve. *Only new cards posted August 16 through August 24, 2012 are eligible.

Deadline to link your cards is 5PM Eastern on Friday, August 24. The winner will be announced at our release party that night (you don't need to be present to win)!

66 comments

  1. Love the monochromatic color scheme and that lovely ribbon! The bracket die is very appealing and I can imagine lots of uses for it. Thanks for a wonderful card!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Simply gorgeous card. I love your ribbon and bow. Love this sentiment stamp, cheers Linda

    ReplyDelete
  3. Julee what a pretty card - I love the bright colors, the arrow with your sentiment, all the layers AND your distressing!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow, how gorgeous with all the pink, white, and red accents! I love how you made your own DP with your stamps. I always forget I can do that! Love the flower and flourish trim with the pearl dots.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love the different layers and colors. great card.

    ReplyDelete
  6. More than "good enough"~fantastic! You're a good momma. ;)
    I love the way you showcased this color with ribbon and layers.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love the card and especially the "splash" of color. Hug the twins for me :) I just love the flower and the dimension you popped all over. Very nice. Can't wait for the release, but I am enjoying the hop. Blessings!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Total redness! I love it - so striking!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Absolutely gorgeous, Julee!! Love the colors and that ribbon treatment is to die for!!! Hope you and yours are well :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. LOVE this stunning card! You amaze me that you can come up with all these gorgeous cards with having infant twins! The water mark comment made me smile, but hey...doesn't every card need a water mark? LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love the card (including the water spot). I believe hand made cards should have some "flavor" so mine are never perfect. Ha!

    ReplyDelete
  12. The monochromatic color scheme is gorgeous!! Love the hues of reds and pinks against the cream card stock. Ribbon treatment is so pretty!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Your card is gorgeous Julee, Love the big red bow and the trim on the bottom.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Yeah more flowers!! Love how you flipped the sketch and created your own BG paper. Totally gorgeous card. Had to giggle at your leave it as is - I know that all too well.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Love this Brighter Days set and the arrow die is previous. Can;t wait for the Pennant Die - I've been seeing it for days on everyone's postings and am so jealous!

    Lisa - Scrappy Distractions
    www.ScrappyDistractions.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love a card with character ... which I didn't even notice until you wrote about it. Of course, I had to go back and look for it. My mind would be saying still looks fabulous ... going as is! Gorgeous card and I'm lovin' the new Verve!

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a fabulous card! I am loving all the new Verve, especially today's Brighter Days and yesterday's Wonderfully Made. They are just so perfect! I am definitely going to be needing to them! Have a wonderful day, Julee!

    ReplyDelete
  18. It's more than good enough....it's fabulous!!! Love all the background stamping and how you used one color...with the blending it's a wonderful look!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wow, so striking! I wouldn't have even noticed the water spot had you not mentioned it! That ribbon looks absolutely fabulous too!

    ReplyDelete
  20. You never cease to amaze! Sometimes your cards are dark and mysterious, then they're bold and bright like this one - I love the diversity :) this card is stunning, I like these new sentiments :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Amazing colors and I just love that stamped background! Can't wait to see more of Brighter Days!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Loving those reds and all your wonderful accents!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Using the arrows on the pennant die, pure genius! LOVE how versatile these sets are, and I'm loving this pink/red combo!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Wow, Julee! This is gorgeous! I absolutely love the monochromatic appeal of this and all that seam binding luciousness. Truly spectacular!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Gorgeous, Julee! Love the pink and red and ALL the new Verve! That arrow is so fun, too!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Julie, this is one stunning card!!!! I love the monochromatic look. I don't do it often, so I am inspired! And I adore how you used the Pennant trim and the "character" is just perfect, it was meant to be....

    ReplyDelete
  27. Oh my!!! This is so beautiful!!!! My favorite colors together. The ribbon is gorgeous!!!! Fun arrow to add emphasis to the sentiment!!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. This is such a beautiful monochromatic card. I'm really loving the new sentiments and flowers. Love that they have matching dies too. That Flourished Trim is gorgeous. What beautiful DP you've created with this new flower.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Such a pretty card. Cute bow. Very bold colors too.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Ah, yes! Beautiful card. I love the arrow tail on the pennant trim. It brings the card together so nicely!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Great card. Each element of this card is so lovely. I really like the flower, the bow, the arrow... I guess I just like everything!

    ReplyDelete
  32. wow love all of this red! And those flowers are awesome!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Beautiful card! I love the red - and the water spot...well, when something like that happens to me, I just say that it's a bit of whimsey. Works every time LOL.
    -- Connie C.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Love the card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  35. WOW, I love the red and pink together. Why can't I think of something like that. Great detail. Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  36. Gorgeous!!! I have so been enjoying the release week hops and today looks to be more of the same wonderfulness. Love the gathered ribbon treatment. And if you hadn't mentioned the water spot, I would never have noticed.

    ReplyDelete
  37. What a beautiful card! I love all the red - it is so rich looking!

    Tricia

    ReplyDelete
  38. very pretty card using the different does. Love that flower image.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Ooo-la-la! So luscious in red. Loving those sentiments with the little scrolls.

    ReplyDelete
  40. OMG, what is that yummy red color you have used? This is to die for!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I am in AWE! Red is my favorite color and wow did you ever rock the red and the stamps.

    ReplyDelete
  42. This card is just stunning Julee! The colors are gorgeous :) Did you ruffle that ribbon or was it "pre-ruffled"? LOVE the new release so far!!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Love the card, that ruffled ribbon is so pretty.

    Katy x

    ReplyDelete
  44. A lovely card! Love red! Love the sweet new sets!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Fabulous sentiment and love that flower. Beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  46. What a beautiful monochromatic card! Your cards are such an inspiration. :D

    ReplyDelete
  47. Love the vibrant feel of this monochromatic card. It's amazing how you've used the stamps to create your background. I'm always finding small or even tiny imperfections on my finished cards, but in most cases the recipient won't even notice. I hadn't noticed your watered T until you pointed it out LOL.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I am so loving your work, Julee! Love the knock em' dead, color schemes! and wonderful labor of love you put into each and every card! Am your newest follower from the Verve blog hop!

    ReplyDelete
  49. Gorgeous colors and love how you put the card together. It is stunning!

    ReplyDelete
  50. Stunning card! The red really popped!

    ReplyDelete
  51. Love how you colored in the flowers...Awesome card Julee!

    ReplyDelete
  52. Wow this is stunning! Love the sweet new sets! Olena

    ReplyDelete
  53. Pretty colors used!! the trims, the flower, the banners, the arrow, the dies used.. all too lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  54. So much crafty goodness, hard to compliment just one thing - accept the whole package is DyNOMite!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Pretty, pretty, pretty! I love how you used a colourless blender to fill in the stamped flowers! I didn't know about that product! Sweet sentiment and card!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for taking the time to brighten my day with a comment! I love hearing from you.

Back to Top