Blooming Bricks Diva Hop

Hi friends! It's the 10th of the month, and after a break in January, the Divas are back and ready to inspire with a new Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop.  There are two prizes up for grabs, one for commenting on the blog hop posts and one for linking up to this month's challenge, so come play along with us! I'm the first stop on the hop, so let's get to it...



Our February challenge is Industrial Chic and I've got just the inspiration photo to get you in the groove.  I'm so wishing I had a wall like that in my house!  Check out the Verve blog today for a closer look at the inspiration picture.

The pop of color in this industrial style loft speaks of the hope of spring in the midst of winter. Kind of like February... it's still cold and wintry, but new life is on the horizon. Feel free to take your inspiration from the photo or the color combo, whatever suits your fancy! We can't wait to see what you create.



Challenge deadline: Saturday, March 5.

Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

My jumping off point was the wall.  I started with smokey slate, embossed with a brick embossing folder, then sponged with pumice stone, brushed corduroy and black soot until I got the desired effect.  Next I pulled out the Doodled Occasions set, thinking I would use the birdcage image.  But I saw the doodled flowers and just had to pull them out and start stamping in purely pomegranate and lucky limeade instead.  I colored with a waterbrush and the same color inks, then quickly fussy cut them and layered with some die cuts using the Sprightly Sprigs Die Set.


For accent I added some glossy accents to each flower center and a pinch of glitter, then sprinkled some of the new Lots of Love sequins all around and glued them down.  I couldn't bear to cover up any more of my brick wall, so decided to stamp the sentiment (also from Doodled Occasions) on an acetate die cut circle and then clipped with a mini library clip.  I finished off with distressed edges all around.

Alrighty, next up on the hop is the lovely Amber.

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're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop! 
1. Julee8. Marisa
2. Amber9. Maureen
3. Amy10. Sankari
4. Betty11. Stacey
5. Charmaine12. Susan
6. Christyne13. Teresa
7. Laurie
Enabler's List
Stamps: Doodled Occasions (Verve Stamps)
Paper: smoky slate, white
Ink: black, purely pomegranate, lucky limeade (SU!), black soot, pumice stone, frayed burlap (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Lots of Love Sequin Mix (Verve), brick embossing folder (Tim Holtz), stitched circle stax (MFT), mini library clip (SU!)

54 comments

  1. Gorgeous card Julee. I love how you did the brick wall and added the colorful flowers. Great idea to stamp the sentiment on the acetate die cut. Love it.

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  2. Great job on this Industrial Chic challenge! and thanks for providing a link to the larger photo, it was very helpful.

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  3. I love the bloomin bricks. It was a cool picture for inspiration but it would have taken me forever to wrap my head around it and come up with something and never something as cool as you did!

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  4. Great design! Perfect for this inspiration pic. Love that tiny tiny clip!!!

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  5. This is utterly gorgeous! ❤️❤️❤️

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  6. A very beautiful card. I love the gray brick wall with the pretty pink flowers on it.

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  7. Awesome card, love all the flowers with your brick background.

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  8. I love how your gorgeous flowers just pop against the brick wall, Julee! Absolutely beautiful!

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  9. Wow, I love the look of this card! The bright flowers against the dark background is so pretty!

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  10. Love that wall-on the card and in the picture. And the flowers give it that WOW pop .

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  11. Whar a gorgeous card! I love the acetat idea, and those colors are wonderful against that beautifully colored background.

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  12. So shab-ulous, Julee!! LOVE the inspiration piece, too!

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  13. Love, love the colors and your card is awesome~!

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  14. Gorgeous! Love the flowers and beautiful colors!

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  15. Your brick bg is amazing!!! Oh my!! and the vellum sentiment panel and pop of colours with the flowers - gorgeous!!

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  16. I love your beautiful card. The brick background looks so good.

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  17. Wow, Julee, those flowers are so bright and beautiful against the dark brick background. Fab card.

    Julie

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  18. Really love the bright flowers against that dark brick wall! Beautiful card!!

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  19. Beautiful card! Love the brick and flowers! Great colors and I love the sentiment on the acetate circle!

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  20. Great room, great colors, great card!

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  21. I love this, the background is wonderful to show off the Awesome flowers!!

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  22. I love so many things about your beautiful card! I love how you created the brick wall background and stamped your sentiment on the vellum circle. And the bright colored flowers are perfect!

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  23. You did a marvelous job with inspiration from the picture... I want that room! But speaking of your card: the sequins are my fave, aside from the perfect wall!

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  24. Fantastic! I love your card! The background is amazing!

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  25. I love this gorgeous card! The bright flowers against the grey bricks create a beautiful contrast!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  26. You truly captured the essence of the inspiration room. Lovely!

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  27. Gorgeous flowers and greenery sprigs!

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  28. Julee, this is such a stunning card. Boy do those flowers POP against the wall. Your cards are so inspirational.
    Sue

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  29. Absolutely gorgeous, Julee! Love the that cluster of flowers! Great design!

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  30. Well, I already told you how much I loved your card on FB...but thought I might make it official over here! The colors of the flowers against that smokey grey wall really pop! Awesome job!

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  31. Julee, your card is gorgeous. The background is FANTASTIC, love the detail and texture on the brick wall you creared. And those flowers are just gorgeous!

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  32. Ooh - the inspiration pic is fabulous! So is your take on it - I love your floral cluster, and of course, the fun brick wall :o)

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  33. I,too, hope for the warmth and colors of Spring! The inspiration photo is glorious, and I love your card. The embossed brick is just amazing and the bright bouquet is so cheerful. The clip is the perfect touch of metal for the industrial look. Can't wait to play along with this challenge!

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  34. Oh my goodness! The flowers are absolutely gorgeous! I can't stop drooling over them! :0p

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  35. Gosh, that is gorgeous. Love your grungy grey bricks and the vellum circle sentiment. So cool. Hugz

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  36. This is stunning, like that wall and the bright, cheery flowers!

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  37. Great card. Love the brick with the bright pops of color.

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  38. Julee, this card is stunning!! I LOVE the inspiration photo and I love your card. The brick wall you created is fabulous!

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  39. Lovely card! Very chic. Love the brick background

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  40. This is really pretty Julie and the mix of pinks and greens in the flowers and foliage go beautifully with the grey of the bricks in the background . x

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  41. Love those gorgeous flowers against the dark brick background, beautiful!

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  42. What a wonderful card. Doodle Occasions is one of my favorite stamp sets of yours. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  43. I really like the brick background on this card! Is is just a embossed background? Beautiful color choices on your flowers. Thanks for a great challenge, I can see why you choose this picture

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  44. So excited to have discovered the Verve blog and I was so inspired by the gorgeous inspirational photo! Absolutely love your card. I really like how you stamped the sentiment on acetate - so clever!

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