Just Breathe Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's almost time for some new Verve to release into the world and we're celebrating with a blog hop!  Hooray! I had intended these sets for an early October release, but life has sent a few curve balls my way and I'm rolling with the punches.  No better way to roll with the punches, then a set themed around keeping up the fight, eh?  That's just what the Divas are serving up today in their spotlight hops.  I'm the first stop on the hop, so settle in and let's get to it!  Be sure to hop about and leave a little love on each of the Diva's amazing creations for a chance to win today's featured set, Just Breathe!


I had planned on making a completely different card for today, but my boys and I have been hit with a bug and there hasn't been any crafty time.  Luckily I made a little mixed-media tag with Just Breathe this weekend and decided it would be super easy to turn into a card.  So that's jut what I did!

I love this sentiment... just breathe.  It reminds me of that Ever After movie with Drew Barrymore, where she's about to enter the great hall all dolled up in her wings and she's so nervous and says, "Just breathe". So often I need to remember this, as my life is a bit crazy and I find myself holding my breath just gritting through the day. So that was my inspiration for the tag.  I used a die from the Good Works Flower Die Set we'll be spotlighting tomorrow to make the tag topper portion, then glued down some Tim Holtz butterfly tissue paper, added craft paints, a bit of whipped spackle stenciled dots and some accents with Stampers Big Brush pens.  The wings are highlighted with glossy accents and glitter to stand out and I stamped the  Just Breathe sentiment in archival ink and added some seam binding from the Autumn Elements and Truly Madly Deeply collections.


I've always loved photo corners, and couldn't resist adding a couple cute ones when I designed this set, to go along with the "I'm in your corner" sentiment.  I embossed the smaller photo corner in gold, then hand cut and added some 2mm pearls in the little circles and added to my tag.  The perfect accent in my opinion.  {grin}

The background is done with a Donna Downey stencil.  I flipped the stencil over, rubbed some worn lipstick and tattered rose inks directly on the stencil, spritzed with water and then layed my cardbase directly onto the inky stencil. As a happy accident, there was a bit of antique linen already on the stencil from a previous project, and it tied in very nicely with the gold accent I had already added.  I layered a doily behind my tag, sprinkled a bit of glass glitter and added a couple more embossed photo corners to accent the edges of the card and I was finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my spotlight and have a grand old time hopping around to the rest of the Diva blogs!


Next up on the hop is Teresa!

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee5. Maureen
2. Teresa6. Amber
3. Charmaine7. Andrea
4. Marisa8. Christyne


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!
Just Breathe


Enabler's List

Stamps: Just Breathe (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white card stock, Melange tissue paper (Tim Holtz Idea-Ology), doily
Ink: archival black (Ranger), tattered rose, worn lipstick, antique linen (Ranger Distress), VersaMark, Stampers Big Brush Pitt Pens (Faber Castell)
Accessories: Good Works Flower Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Autumn Elements Ribbon Collection, Truly Madly Deeply Ribbon Collection (Verve), paint (liquitex basics), gesso, gold embossing powder (Judikins), Poppy Collage stencil (Donna Downey), dots layering stencil (Tim Holtz), glass glitter (SU!), flatback pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), whipped spackle (Faber Castell)

37 comments

  1. I love these sentiments. What an awesome stamp set. I like the idea that you are going to continue to focus on great sentiments. Verve continues to be a class act.

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  2. I love your products! This new set is strong in sentiment and design!

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  3. Hooray for shiny new Verve! Your card is beautiful. I can't wait to add this set to my collection. Hope you have a wonderful day, Julee!

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  4. So many perfect elements to mention ... BUT LOve your ribbon! Come teach me how to tie one?
    =] Michele

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  5. Sooooo Ever After is by far my favorite movie. Something tells me this is gonna be a must have set for me. LOVE the romantic loveliness of your card!

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  6. Love your gorgeous card and that pretty background.
    Sorry you and the boys caught a bug. I pray you all will be better real soon.

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  7. OMGosh Julee your wonderful card with its beautiful sentiment is just what I needed right now. Thanks sooooo much for sharing this!!!
    I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with the new school year, my crazy new work schedule and then getting sick on top of it all I haven't had much time or energy to craft :( Okay I admit it I've been overwhelmed to tears. Last Friday I literally sobbed on my drive home from work. Good thing I really LOVE working with the kiddos.
    I love your inspirational sets! Keep them coming!!!
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  8. Yikes I forgot to add... I hope you and the boys feel better real soon!!
    Sending healing hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  9. What a gorgeous card! And I LOVE this set! :D

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  10. Sych a beautifulcard,lovely soft colors and great embellishment.
    Love the new stampset with some very lovely sentiments.

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  11. Just lovely, Julee! The set looks wonderful - more great Verve sentiments :o)

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  12. So sorry to hear you guys are sick, hopefully it will pass quickly! Love this fun card, you are so good at mixed media!

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  13. excellent card- nice background technique

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  14. Julee, I love your eclectic eye for design! Beautiful new stamps, well done!

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  15. What an awesome card with so many great texture details! Love the sentiment!

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  16. Love this! Love all the different elements in this card. Sooooo very pretty ♥

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  17. Fabulous card! Love the mixed media tag and the background looks amazing! Such wonderful sentiments in this new set! !

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  18. Your card is gorgeous!
    The techniques used are
    wonderful to look at.
    Carla from Utah

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  19. Beautiful mixed media card with so many pretty details.

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  20. Beautiful colors. I am fascinated by the background. Very cool!! I remind myself often to "Just Breathe." Great words to live by when overcome with stress or worry.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. Gorgeous!! That tag is beautiful and it looks perfect as the focal point of this card. I think we all need a reminder to just breathe every once in a while.

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  22. LOVE this terrific new set!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  23. Some very powerful sentiments here. Love your card. Hugz

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  24. Great sentiments. Always a useful thing to have on hand!

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  25. What a wonderful new set to add to the Verve collection! Love all the sentiments and those cute gloves! Your card is fabulous too!

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  26. Love this release and your very sweet card. Keep up the good fight!

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  27. This set is amazing! and your card is so beautiful, I love the background!

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  28. So pretty and sparkly! This is a girly card with a great message.

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  29. This is such a beautiful card with the doily and stencils...and a great saying!

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  30. Gorgeous. Love the sparkle and dimension.

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  31. Oooo, so soft and beautiful! Love the background, the "Vs" with the pearls and the stunning bow.

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