Freestyle Breathing and a Verve Hop

Hi friends! It's another blog hopping kind of day at Verve, and our Divas and Guest Divas are coming together to celebrate our release with one last hop featuring the brand new products!  And there's a chance to win a $50 gift voucher to Verve, so be sure to give the gals a little shout out in the comments as you hop about.  I'm the first stop on this hop, so if you're just starting out, settle in and let's get hopping!


I'm going to start by saying I just love how my card turned out. {grin}  Sometimes things just click, and this was one of those times. It's a few bits and pieces left over from my release hop stamping that I pulled together to make a freestyle collage card for Teresa's Hope You Can Cling To challenge. A bit of mixed media, a bit of bling, a tag, a doily, a butterfly... creating this card was definitely a highlight of my week!

The pink panel is a bit of card stock I covered with tissue paper, then colored with distress inks and did a bit of blending with a stamper's big brush Pitt pen.  Next I added a very thick layer of gesso with the chevron stencils.  I love how the distress inks seeped through to create a slightly pink effect!


The tag was me playing around with the new scalloped topper die in the Good Work Flower Die Set. I stamped the Just Breathe sentiment in black, then offset a bit and stamped again with blushing bride for a shadow effect.  I eyeballed, it, but it's much less stressful to use a MISTI, which just happened to show up on my doorstep right after I finished this card.  So I made a little video to show how to use the die to make a tag like this, along with a review of the whole release and a rambling first look at my new MISTI with this shadowing technique.  I finished off the tag with some blushing bride polka dot hearts (probably my favorite stamp in the whole release!).



The ribbon accent is stamped with the awareness ribbon from the Just Breathe set, then cut with the coordinating Ribbon Die (previously released).  I layered a few of the die cuts together to build thickness, then added some glossy glaze and glitter to the top layer.

The butterfly is a chipboard resist shape that I sponged with distress inks, then added a bit of chunky glitter to the outer edges of the wings and accented with black rhinestones for the butterfly body. That background layer is a bit of designer paper that I scraped some gesso on. A doily and a thorough sprinkling of Shine Bright sequins finishes things off!

Whew! If you're still reading, thanks for hanging in there!  I hope you've enjoyed reading about the card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Here's a peek at the card I created using the tag I made during the video.  You can view the full card over on the Verve Blog today.



Next up on the hop is Teresa!



Want to win some shiny new Verve? I'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift voucher to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about the new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee7. Maureen
2. Teresa8. Amber
3. Charmaine9. Laurie
4. Marisa10. Christyne
5. Amy {Guest}11. Rosemary {Guest}
6. KellyJean {Guest)12. Lori {Guest)




Enabler's List
Stamps: Just Breathe (Verve Stamps)
Paper: designer paper (SU!), Melange Tissue Paper and Watercolor Distress paper (Tim Holtz), white (Neenah), paper doily
Ink: blushing bride (SU!), tattered rose, spun sugar, worn lipstick (Ranger Distress), stamper's big brush Pitt Pens (Faber Castell)
Accessories: Good Work Flower Die SetRibbon Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Shine Bright sequins (Verve), corner chomper (WRMK), glossy glaze, glitter, resist chipboard, chunky glitter, MISTI, rhinestones, gesso, chevrons layering stencil (Tim Holtz), crop a dile, linen thread

50 comments

  1. Absolutely beautiful! What is there not to love about this card.

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  2. I love this card! So pretty and effortless! Beautiful! Thanks so much for having me join you this week. I've LOVED it!

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  3. Ultra Fabulous Card! All those layers & textures are blended so perfectly 😀

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  4. You make it look so easy! I love the layer upon layers that you have on this card and the pink is perfect!

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  5. That butterfly is so pretty! I am looking forward to watching your video.

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  6. So cool! Love the mixed media play... (and your nails! hehe)!!!

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  7. Turned out beautifully, Julee, a great way to use the MISTI. :)

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  8. I thank the Lord for surviving Cancer, and was so pleased to see these glorious stamps. Your video, and card were very inspiring to those in the battle.

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  9. Love the cards but the second one really is my fav. Love this new release.

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  10. Your mixed media work is gorgeous, Julee! And I LOVE the new Scripture stamps!! They are definitely on my wish list!!

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  11. Beautiful layers and the perfect amount of sparkle!

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  12. LOVE, love, love layered cards and yours is Just Perfect. Wonderful design elements and colors!

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  13. Lovely layers on both cards and I love your paper choices. So well done.

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  14. This is gorgeous, Julie. Love the layers and of course your fabulous touches :)

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  15. Gorgeous card. Love all the details. You always pull everything together so wonderfully. The butterfly is pretty. I have some of those - I need to use them. :)

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  16. Great card! I bet it was much fun to put together! Lots of bit and pieces of cool stuff you put together in just the perfect way!! Loves, Ruthie

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  17. Such a beautiful card. I love all the layers and little embellishments yet the card is still fresh and clean. Lovely colourway too.

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  18. I love your beautiful and thoughtful pink card!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  19. Love your cards. Thanks for the great video! It is always nice to see how someone else does it, and you make such wonderful cards.

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  20. What a stunning card....it is easy to tell you had fun making it. Thanks for the awesome video, too!

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  21. I love the butterfly card so much. The colors & everything just tie it all in together. Now that's talent! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  22. Wow, stunning cards, Julee. I can see why the pink card was such a delight for you. I love the mixed media cards and love the inspiration.

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  23. Time and time again you put layers, colors and textures together that are just stunning! Great job Julee!

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  24. This is so gorgeous!! I can definitely see why you love it. I LOVE that butterfly! The patterns/colors, glitter, etc are perfect!

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  25. Julie, your card is just an amazing work of art! Just fabulous!!

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  26. Beautiful card! I love the layers and textures, and that awesome tag shape you used the Good Work Flower Die Set edge on... pretty!

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  27. Love how you used the pink ribbon to tie your card to breast cancer. Great job!

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  28. I love your card, is so beautiful, the combo color is perfect!!!!

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  29. Totally beautiful and encouraging card for those who are fighting! Love your video, thanks for the tip using MISTI. Just got mine couple days ago and can't wait to try the shadowing you did :)

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  30. Very pretty and uplifting card! Love the Verve sentiments in Just Breathe!

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  31. this is beautiful. I usually don't care for pink that much but it looks so pretty on this card.
    the layering is great.
    thanks for sharing.

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  32. I see my comment didn't post by my name, so I cam leaving another one. I love your beautiful card and the special sentiment.

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  33. Such a pretty card! Love all the layers and the smattering of sequins. So smitten with this release!

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  34. Lovely card/tag. And a great sentiment.

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  35. This is really pretty card. I like the textures.

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  36. Cute color combos. I love this sentiment!

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  37. Love the touch of sparkle on the butterfly!

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  38. You card is beautiful! Love all the layers! Thanks for the video, loved the off set stamping on the sentiment!

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  39. Your card is beautiful with so pretty details! Thanks for the chance to win new goodies!

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  40. Beautiful cards. Love all the layers and details.

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  41. Love the layers and texture on this card!! thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  42. This beauty just takes my breath away -- you are such an artist!

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  43. Such a beautiful card! I love every perfect detail. I just watched your You Tube video for this card and I am even more excited to get the new release. The tag/bookmark topper die is going to get a lot of use. Such a brilliant idea! Thanks for the inspiration today and for designing such fantastic products!

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  44. Love your card, the beautiful butterfly and tag and ribbon too are gorgeous... Just Breathe, says alot... Hugs..Patti

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  45. Lovely layers and color combo.

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  46. Cannot tell you how much I love this, Julee! The colors and layers are simply perfect!

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  47. Just breathe. I love that sentiment. When I get stressed or I am worried about something, I just need to tell myself that. Maybe I could make something for my desk and in my craft room. Or pin it to myself, LOL!

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  48. Love that sentiment, so good on so many levels. And speaking of levels - your layering is awesome!

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