Better Together Blog Hop

Hi friends!  Today Verve is releasing a brand new set called Better Together, filled with bold and graphic sentiments and some distressed washi inspired elements and backgrounds.  Hop around to the blogs on the list at the bottom of this post and leave a little comment love for a chance to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve's online store!  Ready? Set.  Hop!



I needed a masculine birthday card for my brother, so that's the direction I went with my card.  I started by embossing the big distressed polka dot background in white on kraft going lengthwise and then horizontally across my panel.  Next I offset just a bit and stamped in crumb cake both directions and then embossed that with clear embossing powder to really make the offset stand out. The sentiment from Better Together is stamped in early espresso and then embossed in clear, then I added the chevron washi type stamp to the top and bottom edges in old olive.  For embellishment I wrapped some hemp twine around the panel, tied in a bow and then added some darling small and large sequin stars from Pretty Pink Posh.  I finished off with a bunch of distressing, dry embossing the old olive panel with the dot matrix folder and then stamping the distressed background from Better Together around the edges of my card base and sponging early espresso on every layer.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Next up on the hop is Amber.
Hop List:
1. Julee (ME)
2. Amber
3. Andrea
4. Charmaine
5. Christyne
6. Janelle
7. Jen
8. Laurie
9. Marisa
10. Maureen
11. Stacey
12. Teresa

Enabler's List
Stamps: Better Together (Verve)
Paper: crumb cake, old olive (SU!)
Ink: crumb cake, old olive, early espresso (SU!)
Accessories:  hemp twine (Hemptique), star sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), dot matrix texture fades (Sizzix), paper distresser (Tonic), clear and white embossing powder (JudiKins)

62 comments

  1. It is always a pleasure to do a blog hop with Verve's DTs. So talented and so unique. Love it!

    kReN

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  2. Wow! So different to the last site I hopped from. These stamps ate starting to look fabulously versatile! Clair xxx

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  3. So cute! I love the graphic elements and the way you crossed the rows of dots.

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  4. Love this card different love the edges on the paper!

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  5. You are a truly creative artist when it comes to making cards - your style is like no other. It is a totally masculine card with the distressed edges. Love the distressed dots and chevron images - they are going to be a huge hit and the sentiments are awesome. I love sentiments and this new set has some awesome ones.

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  6. What a wonderful basic set to have! Love the look of your great masculine card too!

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  7. What a wonderful card - I love the distressed look and all the texture and dimension. And old olive and kraft are two of my favorite card stock colors.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  8. This is SO cool Julee!!! I can't wait till I move up there and you can show me how you do that awesome distressing ;)

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  9. Love this stamp and all the little details on the card!

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  10. so AWESOME and cool, Julee! I LOVE this new stamp set!

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  11. Oh, I absolutely LOVE this set! Can't wait to order! What a gorgeous masculine card with all the distressing!

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  12. This is really fantastic!! All the distressing & earth tones look great together!

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  13. Wow!!! The dot background looks fab.The chevron and stamp is so bold in green . Love the effect.

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  14. Love the off set stamping on the distressed dots and what a wonderful mix of colours - happy sigh :) I now know what the purring sound I heard the other day was - and it wasn't our cat LOL! It was you working on this card having a ball doing so :) Sure your brother will love it.

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  15. This looks like a great masculine card. I like all the detail you put into it.

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  16. Love the distressed look of this card. It is very masculine. Your brother should be very happy with his card.

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  17. WOW, I really do like this card a lot, Julee!!!

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  18. Great masculine b-day card! Thanks for sharing your creative talents with us :)

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  19. Fantastic card! Love the look!
    claudiagassett@me.com

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  20. Awesome card! I love the distressed look...perfect for a man!

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  21. Love the olive leaf color on your card - so pretty!

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  22. How excited I am that I can finally leave a comment on your blog! Finally got my google account working so I can post comments! Let's say I've been a lurker and am happy to now be able to comment! I absolutely LOVE your designs and this set is going to have to go on my 'must have' list .. which is growing longer .. You're very talented and have provided me a ton of inspiration!

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  23. Love your card. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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  24. Some pretty wild distressing going on here - I love it!! GREAT looking new set, Julee :o)

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  25. Awesome card, and fabulous set! I love the mix of fonts and great sentiments!

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  26. Beautiful layered card. Love those sentiments!

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  27. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.
    I LOVE THIS STAMP SET!
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  28. Julee, I love the dots on your card...How cool to do them in both directions...Very Nice

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  29. Holy Distressed Batman! This is stunning!

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  30. Love the way you've made the dots background look 3D - a great card with lots of details!

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  31. aw, rats! I thought that with the green it was a St. Patrick's Day birthday card! I love the stars! The set is a hit if I go by all the wonderful comments so far! ox

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  32. Oh this is so
    pretty! Love
    the crinkled
    edges on it.
    Carla from Utah

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  33. I like the distressed look and how you stamped the polka dots.

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  34. Gorgeous masculine card. Love the colors, the distressing and the background stamping. Love the new stamp set.

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  35. What a great masculine card...love the sentiment font.

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  36. Awesome masculine, vintage card Julee!

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  37. I love how you embossed the distressed dots in white and the chevron arrows. Great masculine card!

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  38. This is really a great masculine, distressed card. I can really appreciate this because making cards for my husband if very difficult (a real he-man kinda guy), so thanks for the help!

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  39. This turned out very rugged and masculine. Great job. My guy cards usu still look to girly.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  40. LOVE this distressed card...inspiring!!

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  41. Awesome card!! Very unique & very masculine!!

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  42. So much dimension, Julee ... love the dot stamping ... so textural! Anita :)

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  43. WOW!!! My mouth literally dropped open when I saw this card. The stamp set is great but the way you put it all together on your card is awesome!!

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  44. Great masculine card! Love the new stamp set! The star sequins look amazing! Love the layers and distressing!

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  45. What a great masculine card! I love the look that's created when the pattern intersects!

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  46. Great masculine card. Love your paper choices. Well done.

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  47. Awesome sentiment and fabulous distressed look!

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  48. Beautiful card, everything works so well together.
    Hugs,
    Sue
    http://suek86401.blogspot.com/

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  49. Those distressed polka dots are awesome!

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  50. Great masculine card! I am in love with the distressed dots in this set!!

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  51. How gorgeous! I LOVE the embossing, it totally lifts this to another level!

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  52. fantastic...love sets that are great for creating masculine cards!!

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  53. I love all the distressing you did on this card. And the sequin stars gave it just the right bling.

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  54. Gorgeous! In a very masculine way, of course! : ) Love how you used the dots, just overlapping them a bit. It looks awesome.

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  55. What a great super grungy card! love all the distressing!!!

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  56. Out of the park, Julee! Fab new stamp set and beautiful card for your brother!

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  57. What a great new set Julee. I love the sentiments in it. Your card is a wonderful masculine one. I love the scattered star sequins and all the distressing.

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