Happy Spring and a HOP

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month and that means it's time for our monthly Diva Inspirations Hop! This month we've got a fabulous challenge that's sure to put a string in your step! So in addition to a comment prize hidden along the hop, you can play along with the challenge and link up your creation for a chance to win another prize!  I'm smack dab in the middle of the hop, so you probably came here from Tiffany's, but if not, the whole list is at the bottom of the post for you to continue on!



My card for the challenge is all about the soft subtleness of spring.  I started with pink, yellow & aqua in my head, then glanced at a brand new paper pad I just picked up and saw the same colors in this yummy watercolored design that I stamped the sentiment from Easter Joy on.  I wanted to add in some softness with vellum to match that yummy background in the inspiration pic, so sewed a chicken wire embossed piece of vellum to the blushing bride layer.  The butterfly from Easter Joy is stamped on barely banana then covered with a layer of vellum.  I stamped the butterfly again onto designer paper and cut just the butterfly wings and body out and popped up over the vellum.  Some lace and a paper doily add to daintiness of the card, then I added some Pastel Sequin Mix  randomly and flicked on some watered down gesso.

Our March challenge is Spring Has Sprung:


It's time to ditch the winter blues! Create a card that sings Spring using inspirational quotes, pretty colors and florals or themes that celebrate new life. Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or blaze your own trail, just show us what spring means to you!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines.

Next up on the hop is Teresa!

1. Amy 11. Teresa
2. Anya 12. Stacey
3. Betty 13. Marisa
4. Karen 14. Laurie
5. Sankari 15. Maureen
6. Sarah 16. Jen
7. Sony 17. Christyne
8. Susan 18. Charmaine
9. Tiffany 19. Andrea
10. Julee

If you haven't checked it out already, Verve is having a sale on all stamps & dies this month, plus we've added a bunch of stamps to our retired list at a great savings!



Enabler's List
Stamps: Easter Joy (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Style Board (Crate Paper), blushing bride, barely banana (SU!)
Ink: black, white gesso
Accessories: Pastel Sequin Mix (Verve), circle punches, classic circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), chicken wire embossing folder (Cuttlebug), lace trim, paper doily

29 comments

  1. I have some recent cards on my blog with that same chicken wire die. This is so soft and pretty.

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  2. Adorable! I love how you cut down the butterflies and left their antennae behind the vellum. Great idea!

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  3. great texture on this card -- makes you want to reach out and touch!

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  4. making me melt with this one, Julee! the texture is incredible!

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  5. This is stunning, Julee, as always! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  6. What a beautiful card! I love the pastel sequins! (clayandamy@sbcglobal.net)

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  7. Lovely as always, Julee. Love the embossed vellum and scatter of sequins.

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  8. Stunning card! Love distressed edges and embossed vellum! Beautiful!

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  9. Beautiful colors - beautiful design - perfect card!

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  10. Beautiful Spring card. I like the chicken wire embossed vellum.

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  11. Love the tattered look, very vintage

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  12. Stunning card and really love the sewing! It adds so much. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Very pretty. Love the pink and all the sequins sprinkled around. the small circles with the stamping really pop. Great job.

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  14. Beautiful as always! Love all the distressing.

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  15. You do the tattered look very well!

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  16. Love the butterflies and spring look.

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  17. The watercolor effect on the sentiment panel is so lovely! Awesome embossing pattern, too!

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  18. This is beautiful Love all the texture and the pretty springy colors.

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  19. So beautiful and elegant. I really like the papers you used.

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  20. I really like how you did the butterflies and the vellum. Lovely soft card... would not think that would go with "chicken wire" but it does!

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  21. The embossed vellum is gorgeous over the pink cs, and I love the zigzag stitching and heavy distressing.

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  22. Beautiful! Love the embossed vellum layer. It really adds softness and interest at the same time.

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  23. I usually love a clean and simple feel...and then I see your distressed edges and think I want to go all shabby, chic. I never seem to pull it off well. This is beautiful!

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  24. So pretty! Loving the mix of modern and vintage and shabby chic. Just gorgeous!

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  25. Loving this diva blog hop. Your card is just lovely.
    Sue. C

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  26. Beautiful Spring card. The embossed vellum background really does give the softness to the overall look here. I love the way you did your butterflies with the vellum overlay. I always love to see sequins scattered on a card.

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  27. Such a pretty, feminine card, Julee ... love the softening effect of the vellum! Anita :)

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