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Hi friends!  It's the first Friday of a new month and my turn to host the Sketch + Color challenge over on the Viva la Verve blog.  This month's colors are pink, kraft and green.  It's also the 5th of the month and time for our monthly Diva Inspirations Hop and Challenge!  I'm the first stop on the hop, so settle in and let's head out on an eye candy excursion!  The full hop list and other hopping and challenge info can be found over on the Verve Blog today.



Over Committer's Confession:  I've had very limited stamping time lately and made this card well in advance.  I even based the VLV sketch and color challenge on the finished card so I wouldn't have the pressure to create so close to a big release.  So earlier this week, when I realized VLV and the Diva Inspirations hop were on the same day I did just a little freak out inside. {Okay, more than a little.}  But to my delight, when I looked up the Sweet September challenge information, my card could squeak by for a two-fer, since I used pastels and after all, the card IS pretty sweet (if I do say so myself!).  {wink}  


For my card, I stamped the flower duo from Happy Place on cream colored card stock, then added some random background stamping in antique linen with one of the background stamps from Text Objects, also adding some sponging around the flowers.  Next I stamped the flowers again and colored with blushing bride, regal rose and a white gel pen, then coated them with a clear wink of stella glitter pen for extra shine and hand trimmed and glued down using strong liquid glue all along the bottom and a foam dimensional near the top to give them some shape.  The leaves are colored with Copic markers.




I did a bit of distressing on all the edges except the stamped panels, also sponging with antique linen and then spritzing with a crumb cake marker and the air art tool.  The sentiment banner is stamped with the same background in antique linen and then over the top with the FRIEND stamp from Text ObjectsI finished with a bit of twill tied in a bow and the friend sentiment banner clipped on with a mini library clip.

Okay, next up on the hop is the fabulous Amy Kolling.

1. Julee7. Sarah
2. Amy8. Sony
3. Anya9. Susan
4. Betty10. Maureen
5. Karen11. Stacey
6. Sankari12. Marisa

Enabler's List
Viva la Verve September Week 1
Stamps: Text ObjectsHappy Place (Verve Stamps)
Paper: crumb cake, blushing bride (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: antique linen (Ranger), Jasmine (Mix'd Media Inx), blushing bride, regal rose (SU!), copic markers, wink of stella glitter pen, white gel pen
Accessories:  honeycomb embossing folder, mini library clip, twill, air art tool, paper distresser

45 comments

  1. Beautiful Julee, those flowers really pop!

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  2. Gorgeous card. I love your layers, distressing and gorgeous colour palette.

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  3. Lovely card, love the embossed & distressed background. And, this is my all time favorite flower from Verve.

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  4. Beautiful card, love the dimension!

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  5. darling, Julee...I love the banner and the ribbon :)

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  6. LOL, I just reread your post and had a similar situation...I made a card with the new release! Had to change the sentiment! LOL AND I had made a second card with older stamps, but the colours were WAY too vibrant! Not that I minded creating more cards {wink} ox

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  7. :)........yes your card IS very sweet! I love it. The distressing and pastel colours are all wonderful. Plus, I love how you've done these pretty flowers.

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  8. So pretty - love the shabby chic look and all the layers and colors.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  9. Beautiful. Love everything about it, especially the colors and shabby chic look.

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  10. This is beautiful. That is one of my favorite flowers. And I love the distressed and embossed look.

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  11. Love the shabby look of the card.
    the flowers are colored so nicely.
    thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love the confession :) Life seems to be moving too fast for a lot of us lately! Your card is beautiful.

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  13. Very pretty colors and I like the embossed background.

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  14. So pretty! Love the color combo and the flowers are beautiful! The twill ribbon and the clip on the banner are both fabulous touches!

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  15. Oh, it's lovely! Glad to know we can fit the sweet theme with some sweet pastels and not necessarily have to use confection images. :)
    Love the subdued colors on your card and the wonderful distressing.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  16. Lovely layers and I like how you colored and shaped and popped the flowers. Well done.

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  17. Very pretty use of the sketch and inspiration colours.

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  18. beautiful card the colors r perfect!!

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  19. Well, I freaked out due to my boo-boo and couldn't do anything about it :( So sorry...

    Just love this colour combo and those gorgeous flowers always make me smile. Lovely touch with the embossed BG and white tips to the flowers. Hmm, hmm good :)

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  20. This is beautiful! Love the distress and embossed card :)

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  21. Beautiful card. Great color combo. Love it.

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  22. This is to the perfect card to send to a FRIEND!!! LOVE it!!!!

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  23. Beautiful card Julee! I love the subtle script on the background.

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  24. Beautiful card, Julee! Love the embossed & distressed panel and how the flowers pop!

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  25. What a great card! I love the distressed edges and the amazing job you did coloring the floral focal image!

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  26. What a beautiful card! Great colors!

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  27. What a stunning card!! I love the text objects details and the distressing on the card. Beautiful design!!

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  28. Always such beautiful cards and this is no exception <3

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  29. Ooh I can't wait to play! I love these colors. The texture on this particular card is fantastic. Love!

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  30. Those flowers are fabulous and they make a super sweet card!

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  31. This is a very sweet card, and I'm really looking forward to participating in Verve challenges again after having to take a month off.

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  32. Oh Julee this is GORGEOUS! I LOVE the colors and the distressing. And you used my favorite flower from that set. Thanks for sharing.
    I hope to play along soon.
    I had to take a crafting break with the start of a new school year and recuperating from heat exhaustion.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  33. Julee, This is beautiful! Love the distress and the shabby chic feel. Love keeping up with you and your creativity and your personal stories too! HUGS!

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  34. So pretty! I love all the distressing and texture from the embossing and love the dimension on the flowers!

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  35. I'm a distressing fanatic. Love this!

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  36. When you are the owner and lead designer, I think you can get away with pretty much anything cardwise. : ) And you're right, this card is very sweet. The color combo is fabulous and the sketch is awesome.

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  37. Julee, what a beautiful card. So so sweet certainly fits the bill. Love the popped image and all that distressing too.

    Sue

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  39. Beautiful card. I love the ruffed edges and the popped out image.

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  40. So sweet and so cute... Love the added distress and thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the last order I received...adore the entire release!

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  41. Beautiful card!! Love all the distressing & inking elements!!

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  42. Beautiful card! I love the misted and embossed background...it really makes the flowers stand out!

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  43. This is just stunning! I love the colors, elements, everything! Putting these flowers on my wishlist--hoping to get Verve into my collection soon!

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