Let it Bloom Diva Inspirations Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month and that means I'm kicking off Verve's May inspiration challenge as part of our monthly blog hop today.  So grab a drink and get ready for a little inspiration from the Divas with this month's challenge theme... LET IT BLOOM!  There's a blog hop prize and a challenge prize up for grabs, so be sure to read to the bottom for all the deets!


I loved the inspiration pic that Sarah picked out this month and just had to do something with aqua and pink!  So I pulled out an old My Mind's Eye paper pad, the Poppy Birthday set and coordinating Build a Poppy Die Set and got to work.

Whenever I use patterned paper on a card, I always start by flipping through a pad and picking out 3 patterns that I want to use (bonus if they are double sided).  Here I picked the bright pink polka dots, the aqua stripes and a dainty little rose pattern that brought the two colors together.  The text print is the backside of the aqua stripes paper.  So I cut a piece from each pattern and ran them through my die cut machine with the three largest flower dies from the Build a Poppy Die set.  Next I stamped the coordinating stamp on each pattern, distressed the edges with antique linen distress ink and popped each layer up on dimensionals.


Next I built the background with the two pink patterns on either side and I pulled in the book text (which was the back side of the aqua stripes) and stitched them all together to give a nice background for my poppies.  I cut 4 stems from black and then layered them under  the poppies, using two stems to make the tallest poppy.  The sentiment is stamped on the book print paper and hand cut in an angled banner and matted with black.  I layered a Charming Oval die cut beneath it for a fun look, then finished off with tons of distressing and a black bow.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I can't wait to hop along and see the bloomin' creations from the other Divas!  I hope you'll play along with us too!  You can find all the challenge details and linkup info on the Verve Blog.

Next up on the hop is the fabulous Amy Kolling!

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!

1. Julee6. Sarah
2. Amy7. Susan
3. Anya8. Maureen
4. Betty9. Marisa
5. Sankari

Enabler's List
Stamps: Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found - Blush (MME), basic black (SU!)
Ink: archival black, antique linen and pumice stone distress (Ranger)
Accessories:  Build a Poppy Die Set, Charming Oval Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), ribbon

40 comments

  1. Lovely,lovely card Julee. Beautiful flowers.

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  2. So pretty, Julee - love your poppies...
    =] Michele

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  3. Oh I love the vintage look to your card! Just darling!

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  4. Beautiful Julee, love the colors and those blooms!

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  5. Beautiful vintage style card. Love the poppies and the papers you used. This is my kind of challenge as I love making flowers and I love all the Verve flowers.

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  6. Your card is gorgeous Julee! I loVE your pattern paper flowers and stitched background.
    I really need to break out some of my pattern paper. I have a ton. {no exaggeration lol}
    I've tried distressing my edges but I just can't seem to get my cards to have the same beautiful feel yours always do. You've inspired me to give it another go.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  7. Oh My! It's Ah-Mazing! The poppies look like fabric! Beautiful card!

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  8. Your poppies go so well this card!

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  9. Those flowers are gorgeous! Love your card.

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  10. Gorgeous card! Fab colors and wow the distressing! LOVE it ♥

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  11. Love the shabby chic with the playful twist!

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  12. Very pretty colors and patterns and the black really sets everything off.

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  13. Love the colors and the way you layered the poppy stamps! Very pretty!!

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  15. I love Julee, I think these poppies will have to be on my list. Looking forward to the next sale I hope this die is in it (hint hint) I love the shabby chic look you have going here after watching your video making the distressed card I decided to buy a DIA-- it goes so quick now. Thanks for you inspiration -- I am glad the family is feeling better. We had that awful cold for about 3 months.
    Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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  16. Thank you, thank you for your inspiration. You always help me to 'think outside the box' and create in a different way. Gorgeous card, as always!

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  17. Gorgeous as always, Julee :)

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  18. nice card... love the flowers... the pattern papers are very beautiful..

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  19. Beautiful card - such pretty papers - and the flowers are gorgeous.

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  20. Love the shabby look. the flowers are great
    thanks for sharing.

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  21. beautiful color choice for your card, these flower are so pretty!

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  22. Beautiful card! I love your flowers.

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  23. Awww, those little flowers are so adorable and your card is pretty pretty!!!

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  24. Love how you created the flowers with the patterned paper. So pretty! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  25. Amazing card! Love those poppies and the sentiment label/banner!! The distressing gives it a beautiful vintage look!

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  26. Such pretty poppies...that MME stack is one of my favorites. What an awesome card!

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  27. Love the vintage feel to this card, its like you found it in a keepsake box. Love it.
    Sue

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  28. Gorgeous vintage style card. I love your distressing, stitching and lovely patterned papers.

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  29. Wow this is stunning! Those flowers and papers are gorgeous!

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  30. Pretty shabby-antiquey card. I always pick 2 colors out of a pack of paper but 3 is a better idea.

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  31. Beautiful papers used for a beautiful card! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. This is soooo gorgeous! Love the poppies on the patterned papers. And I LOVE the angled banner over the Charming oval dies!! What a great idea; it totally gives it a whole new look.

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  33. The poppies look awesome!! Love the technique you used.

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  34. Oh I love the layers on these flowers! Beautiful papers too!

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  35. Beautiful! Love the paper you used on this card.

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  36. What a beautiful card. I love these blooms and gorgeous paper.

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  37. Wonderful card!!! Thanks for the tips on your techniques!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  38. Fabulous card - the poppies are so clever!

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  39. I always am in awe of your cards, Julee. I love the colors, the sewing, and as always, your signature distressing. I just got back into making cards after nearly a year of not having any time or space to play. I have missed it so much. The first place I went for inspiration was my 3-ring binder where I keep all the Mojo and VLV sketches that you and your wonderful divas created. Then I looked at all the stamps I've collected over the years, and nothing would do but Verve. I never grow tired of them. I love my Verve stamps and will always be a fan!

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