Saturday, January 5, 2013

Enjoy the Journey and a Blog Hop

Hi friends!  Happy January!  I can't believe it's the 5th of the month and this is the first chance I've had to blog.  Nothing has gone according to plan this week and so I'm giving myself a pass for this past week and my 2013 officially starts.... NOW!  {grin}  Let the fun begin!  And speaking of fun... it's the 5th of the month, which means it's time for our monthly Diva Inspirations Hop!

I'm kicking off this choo-choo train, so you're all ready to go!  Just hop around to the list below to see some Verve-alicious eye candy using some oldies but goodies.  Leave a little comment on each blog and we'll draw a winner from one of the blogs' comments to win a $30 gift certificate to the Verve store!  Sound good?  All the prize details and info are on the Verve Stamps Blog today.  Okay, let's hop to it...



I've been filling in for Katrina this past week, shipping orders from our big year-end sale, and as I was packing orders, I rediscovered so many sets that I wanted to play with.  I'm hoping to spend a lot more time in my studio this year, and so I made a mental list of stamp sets I wanted to dust off.  First on the list was Bountiful Backgrounds.  I haven't used it in forever, but I LOVE it!  I love the sentiments, I love the backgrounds.  I'm totally going to keep this one out on my desk!  I paired it with Wings of Love.

I love the chalkboard technique I've been seeing on cards lately and wanted to give it a go.  Only when I sat down at my desk, I realized, I've just looked at cards, never really read how it's done.  So I went with the flow and used some white Mix'd Media ink, white embossing powder and basic grey ink to achieve the effect.  I then colored a little with a soft pink colored pencil to give it a rosy glow and added glossy accents to the wings on the heart as well as the journey part of the sentiment.   The stripes & dot background stamp from Bountiful Backgrounds is stamped in Pool Party and I stamped some hearts along the sides with stamps from the Wings of Love kit.  A couple layers of the Pennant Trim Die, some taffeta ribbon and some grey pearls finish things off.

That's all from me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to head on over to Bettys blog for the next bit of Verve inspiration! Here's the hop list...

1. Julee6. Amber
2. Betty7. Andrea
3. Sankari8. Charmaine
4. Sony9. Maureen
5. Susan10. Teresa

Enabler's List
Stamps: Bountiful Backgrounds, Wings of Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Secret Crush (Pink Paislee), Pool Party, Basic Gray (SU!)
Ink: Jasmine (Mix'd Media Inx), Basic Gray, Going Gray, Pool Party (SU!), Prismacolor pencils
Accessories:  Pennant Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), taffeta ribbon and cheveron embossing folder (SU!), pearls, corner rounder, Glossy & Crackle Accents (Ranger), Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz), opaque white embossing powder (JudiKins)

59 comments:

  1. OH this is wonderful, Julee! Don't you love finding old treasures!! You rocked that card. Your chalkboard technique turned out beautifully! Never thought to use that set for it....but will do so now ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. this card is awesome Julee. Love the wings on the heart...pure perfection and a great way to rock the chalkboard technique!

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  3. Oh, this is just beautiful! I haven't really looked at the chalkboard technique, I think I need to!

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  4. Stunning card, Julee; love how you shared your story of how it came to be! The combination of re-discovered treasures with the chalkboard technique makes for gorgeous+++ Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  5. Fantastic card, Julee! I love the chalkboard technique. I haven't had time in the craft room in weeks... I need to get in there and try this out! Looks fun! Have a wonderful day!

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  6. This is just gorgeous, Julee!! I LOVE it!

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  7. Beautiful card. Love the way you used the chalkboard technique with this set. Great idea. TFS

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  8. Great card Julee! Love the little banner and the heart and journey stamp! Always love a pop of black too.

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  9. I am loving the polka dotted banner with the chevron base and the chalkboard...perfect combo!

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  10. Gorgeous card! I love the chalkboard technique but haven't had the courage to try it lol. You did such a great job!

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  11. Just gorgeous....thanks for sharing your technique....will have to try!

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  12. Gorgeous, Julee! You rocked the chalkboard technique and those two elements really make your card pop!

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  13. I just purchased the Pennant Trim Die and planned to make a chalkboard card as well.

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  14. Love the card.

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  15. cute card and I love the Chevron background!

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  16. So fun Julee! I love how you did the chalk board on just a couple pieces, they really pop! I also love the BB set, I love to find old favorites:)

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  17. lol, creative minds think alike! I was thinking those wings and hearts would look great on a chalkboard! Love the added pink ink...so wonderful! Here's to things getting back on track :)

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  18. What a wonderful card! love the winged heart and embossed chevrons!

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  19. Thank you for explaining the technique you used to get the chalkboard effect. I love it. I'll be trying it out for myself. I love the stamp you used and checked out the items on the Verve website. The sale was a bonus!

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  20. Beautiful colors and details! Love the chalkboard effect on the heart with wings! Love it!

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  21. I really like how you achieved the chalkboard effect on the heart.

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  22. Love the chalkboard heart element....especially like the dusting of pink! Just got my Verve order and am ready to use the new sketch...as soon as I finish hopping! Thanks for an inspiring project. Happy New Year!

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  23. Fabulous chalkboard work, Julee! Makes me want to get my eraser out LOL! Darling mix of colours and a wonderful card as always :)

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  24. Love the card and that you sorted out the chalkboard technique all on your own. I think that's an indicator of your talent!

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  25. Cute card...I love the colors and the polka dot pennants really make it pop. :-)

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  26. Love the winged chalkboard heart!

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  27. Love the use of the chalkboard technique with this image! Great chevron embossing as well!

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  28. Julee-

    cute card. I love your color combination.

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  29. Love this card! The embossed base and the color are perfect, love the red and black chalkboard touches. So sweet!

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  30. The card is great. Loving the hop.

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  31. Love the chalkboard technique here. I'm so glad you rediscovered this stamp set because we get to feast our eyes on this beautiful card you've used it on.

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  32. This is such a great card. I am inspired to try the chalkboard effect, thanks.

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  33. Beautiful card, Julee! Now you have me wanting to try my hand at that technique as well!

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  34. Beautiful card,love your chalkboard effect,scrappinggg.blogspot.com/

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  35. So beautiful. The chalkboard technique works so well.

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  36. What a beauty. That is one pretty heart.

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  37. this is gorgeous Julee, I luv the lighter background... beautiful!

    enjoy *~*

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  38. Hi there...WOW great card. I have been reading about the chalk effect and yours looks wonderful. I didn't think of using it on just a piece (like your heart)...I like that a lot. Great job!

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  40. so very beautiful! I love the color combo!!!

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  41. Love the chalk board heart with wings..I think I could just fly away now.

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  42. Gorgeous card, Julee! I love the soft pink wash on your chalkboard heart. Inspires me to give this technique a whirl ASAP!

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  43. So pretty! Love the chalkboard look and the "journey" sentiment.

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  44. Such a beautiful card! Love your colors and your chalkboard element. And of course, your pennant die. i just got mine this week and just love it!!

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  45. Your card is amazing, Julee. Love the wings on the heart and this cool chalkboard technique!

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  46. Beautiful card, love your chalk board effect :)

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  47. I really like your chalkboard technique. Using the pink colored pencil adds to it.
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  48. Love your chalkboard technique card!

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  49. Such a beautiful card. Love the little heart with wings.

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  50. love the colour combo of red, black and blue. The banners look great off the bottom.

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  51. Love your color combination and the Pennant Trim die is one of my favs!! Lovely card!!

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  52. Hi Julee, I haven't tried the chalkboard technique. Might have to give it a try too. Love your card!

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  53. Hi Julee, I haven't tried the chalkboard technique. Might have to give it a try. Love your card!

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  54. These colors are fantastic! Love the new release!

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  55. Super Cute! Love the distressed look.
    Tons of Hugs, Dangina

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  56. This is absolutely stunning!!

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