Preparing Room and a Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving here in the States and I've got a whole lot to be thankful for.  I have never been so grateful to have a job that allows me to work flexible hours all from the comfort (or more often chaos) of my own home.  Hearing the laughter of little boys down the hall while I'm working keeps me going when I've lost my drive and don't think I can possibly finish a website in time!

And speaking of finishing a website, Verve released a few new and re-arranged products just this morning!  I'm the start of a delightful little blog hop showcasing the new stamps, and there just happens to be a delightful little prize (a $75 gift certificate to Verve) for a delightful little commenter along the hop.  So grab something delicious, settle in for a treat, and leave a little comment love as you hop about!


My card features the new Every Heart Plain Jane, paired with the snowflakes from Holiday Treats. In my wanderings the other day, I saw a printed card (you know like the kind other people buy in the store?) that was just black with some simple white snowflakes and a Merry Christmas sentiment.  It was just lovely, and I decided to make a handmade card inspired by it, adding a bit of a chalkboard look.  So the Every Heart Plain Jane and the snowflakes are all stamped in Versamark and then embossed in white on black card stock.  I then stamped over each snowflake with Jasmine White Mix'd Media Inx and then smudged with my finger to achieve the chalky look.  Next I added some super sparkly swarovski rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes and added a bow using ribbon from the back in stock Autumn Elements Ribbon Collection.  Some distressed edges and more white ink rubbed onto the black layer finish things off just shabbily!  {grin}

Okay, that's the eye candy here, but I have a little Verve sale info to share with you, too!

I've marked 50 products 50% off for the rest of November.  These deals are only good through Saturday, so be sure to shop early for best selection.


In addition, we've also got a Thanksgiving Sale going on through December 4.  I've marked all Verve stamps and dies down 25% off, INCLUDING the new releases!  Woohoo!  That's rad!

Okay, want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $75 gift certifcate to Verve! Comment deadline for the prize drawing is Sunday, December 1.

Next up on the hop is Amber!!!
1. Julee8. Laurie W.
2. Amber9. Marisa
3. Andrea10. Maureen
4. Charmaine11. Stacey
5. Christyne12. Teresa
6. Janelle13. Verve Blog
7. Jen

Enabler's List
Stamps: Every Heart Plain JaneHoliday Treats (Verve Stamps)
Paper: black, white
Ink: Versamark, Jasmine White Mix'd Media Inx
Accessories: Autumn Elements Ribbon Collection (Verve Stamps), swarovski crystal rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), paper distresser, white embossing powder

43 comments

  1. So pretty yet simple, live the chalkboard effects!

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  2. This is so beautiful! I love the new sentiment! :)

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  3. Love your Christmas chalkboard, Julee! Great sale... I'm making a list & checking it twice :o)

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  4. Beautiful card, I love the the new sentiment. Gorgeous card design, love the chalkboard design with the pop of color from the ribbon.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

    Annette Salinas

    (AnnetteASalinas@aol.com)

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  5. Great card...and awesome sale!! I too got to work from home when my kuds were little...what a blessing!!

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  6. Love the rich red colour of that gorgeous ribbon - a perfect match to the black chalkboard technique! Fantastic prize, too.

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  7. Beautiful chalkboard design! Love the unique color combo for a Christmas card!

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  8. stunning, Julee! the embossed snowflakes on the black make a beautiful chalkboard effect! and that gorgeous bow..yum!

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  9. What a cute chalkboard design and love the distressing along with the white embossed snowflakes and sentiment!

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  10. Gorgeous card! Love the chalkboard look! What a wonderful sentiment! Pefect for Christmas!!

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  11. Just beautiful! I like the bling in the snowflakes and that sentiment is gorgeous!!

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  12. Love that snowflake image and the black background reminds me of the night when the shepherds came to see baby Jesus :)

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  13. I absolutely love this card! Love the classic black and white with the shock of the ruby red ribbon. Gorgeous!

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  14. First off Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy it with those sweet little guys. I'm so happy you get to spend so much time with them and have a job you love. It's a win-win.
    Love your card. Love those colors. TFS.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  15. This such a fabulous sentiment! It really tells it all! Thank you Julee!

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving, Julee! While Canadian Thanksgiving has long passed, I'm happy to celebrate 'vicariously' with my friends in the US. thank you for sharing your creativity and talents with all of us; and how fortunate your twins are to have mom just down the hall! LOVE your card; another fabulous new release! Off to checkout the hop and the shop!
    c

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  17. This is so beautiful! The sentiment is gorgeous and I'm always a sucker for a beautiful snowflake.

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  18. Beautiful card. Love the black & white with the pop of red ribbon.

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  19. Beautiful card and the new sentiment is perfect. On my wish list!

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  20. Gorgeous. Love the chalkboard look and the bow.

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  21. Beautiful card! I love the chalkboard look.

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  22. I love your card! The chalkboard look with that sentiment is beautiful!

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  23. beautiful take on the chalkboard technique!

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  24. This is gorgeous! Love the shabby chic blackboard look. This new stamp is my favorite from the new release!

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  25. I love this saying with the snowflakes - looks fantastic with the chalkboard technique! Awesome!

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  26. Very beautiful! I think I may try chalkboard for my cards this year.

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  27. Oh man, this is beautiful! I'm excited to begin this hop! !

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  28. Absolutely STUNNING! I love the colors and the blackboard effect!

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  29. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love the black background with white embossing! BEAutiful!

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  30. Love the sentiment you chose and I especially enjoyed the snowflakes. Great job.

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  31. What a lovely and dramatic card!

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  33. Just beautiful. Love the sentiment and also love your bow and the rhinestones in the snowflakes. Gorgeous!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  34. Beautiful card and a perfect sentiment!

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  35. I absolutely love this card, Julee! I think it is simple, beautiful and conveys the true message of the season perfectly.

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  36. Very elegant card. Love the combination of the black and white. Great job.

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  37. I love this sentiment and how you used it on this amazing card.

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  38. Who would think black for a Holiday card but wow this is so elegant and the simplicity really works TFS

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  39. This is just stunning. Love everything about it, especially that gorgeous red bow.

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  40. Wow is this ever pretty! I love that you did the chalkboard effect and also I love how the sentiment appears to be in the sky framed by snowflakes - such a peaceful and beautiful look!

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  41. Very striking an dramatic! Love the message...

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  42. Love your color combo with those snowflakes - so pretty!

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  43. JULEE!! I LOVE this stamp so much...and your card is just amazing. Thanks for inspiring me!

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