Sailing - AVS Hops Day 7

Hi friends!  Happy Wednesday.  It's Day 7 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops and we're on the verge of some new VERVE!  (Yes, Marisa, that's a nod toward your Kindle Fire auto-correct that keeps replacing Verve with verge!)  {grin}  There's a lot of delicious eye candy to see today as the Divas showcase more scrumptious new stamps and dies.  Are you ready?  Let's go to the HOP!!!

Did I mention we're giving away a prize?  Leave a little comment love on each of today's hop posts (see full list below) and you just might be the lucky winner of: Learning to Sail and the Flourished Trim Die!  Head on over to the Verve Blog for all the details and a little back story on today's featured products.


Well, I think I finally ended up with a CAS card, or as close as I'm going to get!  {grin}  I've been trying all week, but kept getting distracted by all the toys in my studio that I haven't had a chance to play with for so long.  I knew I wanted to use the cloud technique I used in my Day 1 card with the sailboat image from Learning to Sail, so that's where I started.  The boat is stamped onto a Classic Square Nestabilities die cut, with the bottom of the water lined up with the embossed edge of the square.  I then masked off the edges from the embossed square outward and used a Scalloped Flower die cut to sponge Soft Sky ink directly onto the image.  I wanted to get lots of clouds and some darker areas of ink so that it really looked like a storm could be coming.  After that, I pulled the masking tape off, outlined the border of the embossed square then paper pieced and colored the sailboat image.

The waves are colored with a Tumbled Glass Distress marker and a waterbrush, then I filled them in with Frosted Lace stickles and a pinch of polar white flowersoft.  The waves on the base of the card are made by using half of the negative left over from cutting the  Flourished Trim Die.  I used it as a mask and inked up just the bottom section of my card.  The title sentiment from Learning to Sail is stamped directly on the card base and I paper pieced the banner portion to match the sails on the boat.  I finished off with a scallop rectangle mat for the image and a fun twirly ribbon treatment in the corner.


I'm getting so EXCITED for Friday!  We'll be revealing all the sets in their full glory at our Release Party this Friday night from 9-11PM Eastern.  Are YOU going to be there?  You've still got a few days to hop and participate in our Anni-VERVE-sary festivities in the hopes of winning some of these new sets and dies we've been sneaking!  A recap of all the ways to win is in the first post on our Release Party Thread.

Okay, time to move along... I can't wait to see what the rest of the Divas came up with, so I'm going to grab a mocha and hop on down the list!  Want to join me?  Next up is the always inspiring, 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 Learning to Sail (Verve Stamps)
Paper: paper scraps (MME), White, Black
Ink: Soft Sky (SU!), Black, Distress Markers (Ranger)
Accessories:  sneak preview of Flourished Trim Die and Scalloped Flower Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic and Scallop Squares Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Polar White FlowerSoft, Frosted Lace Stickles, Glossy Glaze, ribbon

61 comments

  1. Bless Marisa and her Kindle - my iPhone does that to me ALL THE TIME! Most irritating!

    This card is so sweet! I love the clouds and that ribbon is fab. However, the image and then sentiment totally steal the show! I love that the sentiment has the little scroll in that co-ordinates with the scroll stamp and die - genius! :)

    I am really looking forward to Friday/Saturday to see all the new Verve, however, I will be sad as there won't be any more blog hops - so torn!

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  2. Oh, beautiful!! I love how you made the storm clouds and paper pieced the sails and the banner scroll. That is such a wonderful sentiment for anyone who needs a little support.

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  3. What an adorable card! Wow the clouds are awesome. I love the way the sentiment is stamped directly on the card. Learning to sail, adorable also. Just added to my must have list! Thanks for a beautiful bit of inspiration this morning! Blessings!

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  4. I see the hop is off to another fantastic start! This is sucah a sweet card - love that new sentiment.

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  5. this is such a fab card... my DH loves all things nautical so this is a must have... thanks for sharing

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  6. Great card--I like the ribbon, and the clouds and sea!

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  7. Wow! What a gorgeous card!!! the black and white give it such striking impact. I love your clouds behind your sailboat and the sentiment is one to take to heart!!!

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  8. LOVE that new sentiment, but oh my...your details with the sponged clouds and the waves are AWESOME! Beautiful card!

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  9. What a fantastic card! I love all the white space and those amazing clouds!!! I can almost feel the wind!

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  10. Julee, this card is perfection! Love those clouds, water, and your paper piecing too. I just love how you added the tiny banners to color match the card design!

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  11. Your clouds are magnificent and I love this set and the sentiment. Looks like I will be doing a little more shopping at Verve!!

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  12. great card and I love the curled ribbon accessory!

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  13. Great card...love this sailboat image and thanks for the great idea on how to create a stormy sky.

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  14. Oh my, what a beautiful, creative card. Awesome!
    -- Connie C.

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  15. So pretty! I love this this sentiment and that sweet sailboat, and there are so many great elements on this card - love the mesh trim, the glittered waves and that striped green paper for pieing. Perfect!

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  16. Oh my goodness! This is one fantastic card. The quote, the ship and the sky, and the ocean waves.This would be a great set for so many reasons.

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  17. I love your ribbon choice. The netting style is perfect for the sailboat image.

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  18. How ingenious to use a die cut for the cloud template! You've created a gorgeous little picture, I love the sparkly water!

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  19. What a beautiful card, love everything about it!!! Isn't the font on this quote just wonderful!!!

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  20. OMG! Julee! Those clouds are amazing! It looks like a photograph! How incredibly fabulous! LOVE the curly ribobn too :) Oh, I am busting for Friday!

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  21. Love this sentiment!! Your sailboat is adorable and the clouds are fabulous!! Loving that ribbon too! Think I'm going to have to advise Kindle that they are missing a VERY important word from their dictionary!! We are heading home today so no more auto correct or two finger typing ina tablet - yeah!!

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  22. Laurie is not the only inspiring one on this hop, you are too! What an amazing card, love it. Thank you for sharing on this hop.
    jellybeankahler@yahoo.com

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  23. What a beautiful card --- I love the way you colored your ship scene, the coloring of the "storms" on your sentiment to match the mast AND the twirly ribbon to top it all off!

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  24. Super cute! Flourished Trim die? Sounds good!

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  25. Your card is amazing. Your waves, clouds, sails. Awesome. And your sentiment is just fabulous.

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  26. Great card. Love the way you did the clouds, boat image and the sea. Great touch on the waves also. Awesome bow in the corner also.

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  27. Wonderful card! I love the waves and your clouds and the long, tall sentiment!

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  28. adorable card i love that sailboat.

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  29. The clouds are just wonderful and the sailboat darling!

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  30. So adorable! I really like the black trim with the soft aquas and white. Great Sentiment also.

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  31. oh goodness! This card is fabulous! Your clouds are absolutely amazing! I need to try that. I love this ship and the sentiment which means I know I'm going to adore this set!

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  32. Those clouds are absolutely stunning! I am loving the look of these stamp sets with the fonts and flourishes. They are so perfect! I can't wait to add them to my collection. Have a wonderful day, Julee!

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  33. I am in love with this set already and those banner sentiments are so inspired! Super job!!

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  34. Wow!! This card is amazing!!! For clean and simple, it has so many great details, and yet, it does look clean and simple. Great job! That boat is adorable and the sentiment is awesome!!

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  35. Julee, this is such a super adorable card!!! Love your paper pieced boat and sentiment and the trim is super adorable!!!

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  36. Adorable sailboat and a perfect sentiment. What a sweet card. I love how you matched the sail to the banner in the sentiment.
    I agree with Marisa the Kindle Fire needs to correct their own spell check and add in the very important word "Verve" ;)

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  37. Oh my Julee, you are the master of all different kinds of styles. Your work never ceases to amaze me.

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  38. WOW!!!! This is beutiful card!!!!Your waves, clouds, sails. Awesome. Great job, Julee. Olena

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  39. So beautiful ! Fantastic clouds.

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  40. This is so lovely! Your sky is amazing. Love that quote, and the little boat. How great is this going to coordinate with the Text Objects set!! Wonderful sneak.

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  41. What a fabulous card! I love how you did the storm clouds. And I love that ribbon treatment!

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  42. Sweet looking card with the neat ribbon on top!

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  43. Love the card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  44. Wow Beautiful...love the clouds and waves with the boat and that ribbon is the PERfect embellie :)

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  45. Super cute card. I love, love, love your clouds and that Verve phrase. cheers Linda

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  46. WOW! I just LOVE your card! Your clouds and waves are incredible. I am loving these sneak peaks. :D

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  47. Love how you paper pieced that little word of the sentiment. Can't wait to see the whole set of sentiments!

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  48. Wow! Love this! Your clouds look so great and I love the little sailboat! Super cute ribbon too!

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  49. Julee, the ribbon here is perfect and the composition is beautiful. It's like a dream~

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  50. Great job, Julee - it's a good thing talent and creativity like yours doesn't run out. You just keep producing amazing things!


    Lisa - Scrappy Distractions
    www.ScrappyDistractions.blogspot.com

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  51. That bow is gorgeous and I LOVE the sentiment!

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  52. okay first glance your card looks amazing but how you made the clouds---thank you so much for sharing this tip--it's a stunning effect! Great card!

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  53. Love your card! The clouds background is so lovely and I love the sentiment with the sailboat image!

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  54. Perfectly done card. Love the colors and paper piecing.

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  55. The clouds are perfect and the black ribbon adds just the right touch.

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  56. So cute! I love how you made the waves look a little more real. It adds nice dimension to the card. Love your ribbon too and how you curled it.

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  57. I would LOVE to learn how you do your clouds... they look fabulous! I love the darker shades too. Great card! I've forgotten how many awesome ideas one can find on your blog :)

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  58. Love that cool sailboat, and the sentiment and image are perfectly matched.

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