Beauty For Ashes Spotlight Hop

Welcome to Day 3 of Verve's May Spotlight Hops! It's release day and that means all the new Verve that we've been sharing this week is available in the store!  To celebrate, we're putting on another hop and the prize is the ENTIRE release!  Woohoo!  Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves!  I'm the first stop on today's hop, so let's get to it!


I was down and out most of last week with a sinus infection, and on a particularly rough day I spent most of the morning on YouTube instead of preparing for the release.  I stumbled across a fantastic video by DeeDee Catron on making some mixed media tags and I immediately KNEW I had to test out some of the techniques with the new Beautiful Things set.  I thought the black and white combo would pair perfectly with the Isaiah 61:3 verse.

I started by collaging a few papers and some Tim Holtz tissue paper together, adding a whitewash of gesso and water, then collaging some more and adding in some black paint.  Then I scraped some white gesso over the project with a palette knife.  The flower was then embossed in black and I pulled out a black stabilo marks all pencil and outlined the stamped image.  I then spread it around with a waterbrush, bringing a bit of dimension and a grungy look.  The sentiment is also embossed in black.


I added splatters with watered down black gesso and added a bit more grunge where I felt it needed it with the stabilo pencil and water.  Next I cut the leaves from black using the Beautiful Flowers Die Set and glued them to my project, adding a few basic highlights with a white stabilo pencil.

For the base, I collaged more of the Tim Holtz tissue paper directly onto white card stock, did a little stitching and a bunch of distressing of the edges to finish things off.  I just love how it turned out. Can't wait to make more like this!

Okay, that's all from me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by and for hopping with us this week!

Oh, and one last thing before you hop along. We have a brand new Instagram account for Verve, so we'd love it if you'd follow us @vervestamps!

Next up on today's hop is the fabulous Lori!
Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! 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 and all the prize info and deadlines!
Beautiful ThingsBeautiful Flowers Die SetStitched Pennants Die Set
Love EverlastingEverlasting Heart Die SetCopper Blush Sequin Mix

Day 2 Hop List
1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Lori {guest}8. LauraJane {guest}
3. Betty9. Marisa
4. Charmaine10. Maureen
5. Christyne11. Stacey
6. Laurie


Enabler's List 
Stamps:  Beautiful Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Conservatory (7 Gypsies), white (Neenah), Melange tissue paper (Tim Holtz Ideaology)
Ink: black archival, black gesso, white gesso, stabilo marks all
Accessories: Beautiful Flowers Die Set,(A Cut Above by VERVE), collage medium (Ranger), sewing machine

61 comments

  1. You certainly weren't "down and out" when you created this card--what an incredible amount of detail and such a striking result.

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  2. Cool card! Love the new Verve sentiment stamps!

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  3. Such an awesome beauty with grungy look, you really achieve the amazing result, I just love it!

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  4. A beauty!! This flower is my fave!!!

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  5. This is gorgeous, Julee! You sure have a way with shabby chic. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. WOW Julee, this is a great card! Congratulations on your new Verve IG account, (following now, thanks for the heads up!). I am new at Instagram myself so I don't have many cards on there yet so I'll be watching what you all add there. I don't have any Verve products yet so I would be over the moon if I was to win this generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance and good luck to everyone commenting!

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  7. Fabulous card Julee and I love this new stamp - a promise and prayer I've held to for years.

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  8. This is an amazing release! You have a real talent for shabby chic!

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  9. Your card is fabulous. I love the grunge look.

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  10. Julee, your grunge effects are amazing! And you can distress a card like nobody's business :o)

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  11. It turned out lovely! Hope you're feeling better!
    Hooray for Instagram!

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  12. Awesome card! Love the color and the design.
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  13. I just love this card!! Great job!!

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  14. This is so unique and beautiful! Perfect for that wonderful scripture.

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  15. I'm loving this whole release. Keep those scripture related sentiments coming. They're perfect for the cards I make for our church pastor to send! Incredible samples everyday, too!

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  16. Your cards are like a piece of art work. I enjoy seeing your creations and aspire to be able to make cards as beautiful as yours are.

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  17. Clever juxtaposition of words and design

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  18. Oh oh love this card, it's so me! Thanks for the offer, how sweet of you, did I tell u I just love this card!!?

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  19. Beautiful! Love the design ♥

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  20. Love the colors and it is a stunner!

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  21. Adore you shabby chic card. My fav style.

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  22. Wow, Julee, I love this flower too! And I really love this Scripture verse and how it reminds me of what God has done in my life. And what amazing and perfect colors! Beautiful shabby chic card, sweet friend! And I'm following you on Instagram!! Hugs!

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  23. Oh my, such a beautiful shabby card. I can't wait to get my order in for this new release.

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  24. The Beautiful Things stamp set IS beautiful. I love this set along with the dies. You've done this set justice with the inspiring card. Thank you.

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  25. One of my favorite scripture verses & you did it justice with the papers you used. Soft & subtle like the verse. Wonderful & simple stamp, just perfect!

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  26. Love this beautifully lettered scripture and how you have visually created both an "ash-y" and a beautiful look.

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  27. Incredible card which screams the sentiment in every aspect of the card. So Lovely!

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  28. Fabulous card! Love the shabby grunge look!

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  29. I love the distressed look of your paper. Also love that stamp about beauty from ashes.

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  30. Oh what a beautiful message on this card! Praise God that He can take our ashes and make something beautiful with our lives. I am always so inspired by the gorgeous cards you make with Verve stamps. I am so enjoying using the ones I have collected to make cards that make someone's day a little brighter. Thank you for making these stamps available for us to share God's love through handmade cards.
    God bless in all you do!

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  31. Love this beautiful card with the distressed look and the perfect scripture verse to go with it. Thank you for sharing all your creative projects.

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  32. Well, how beautiful is this!! Love the neutrals and shabby design!! Great release!!

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  33. Another inspiring and beautiful creation!

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  34. Great techniques--this turned out fabulous.

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  35. Enabler list indeed! Nice choice keeping it white and black!

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  36. This is beautiful! Love it! Thank for the heads up on the new IG account. I'm a follower now 😊

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  37. Cool card Julee. Love love the new stamps and dies...as I hop around I'm seeing such beautiful cards are being made with these!

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  38. Love the card Julee. Great inspiration! Thanks for the links as well. You can never checkout too many great ideas.

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  39. Gorgeous card, a lovely release so uplifting. I can imagine cards made with these gorgeous stamps are going to bring many smiles to faces

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  40. What a pretty girlie card. Looks like sinus infections are very inspiring.

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  41. Glad you are feeling better this week. The grungy look is right up my alley as I just love anything TH. I just love your card grunge and beauty together!

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  42. Oh dear I sure hope you feel ALL better real soon my friend.
    Your card is wonderful. The colors are perfect.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  43. Love this card. So appropriate for many of those occasions none of us care to think about.

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  44. Julee your card is beautiful. Hope you are feeling better.

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  45. This is just gorgeous Julee! LOVE the black, white and grey!

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  46. This is just gorgeous Julee! LOVE the black, white and grey!

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  47. Another gorgeous one!! Love this release!!

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  48. This is so Artsy Fartsy as my hubby would say! I mean that in a good way! LOL Super card as always Julee and love the effect and the colors! Glad you are feeling better!

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  49. Great artsy look on this card.

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  50. This is absolutely stunning!! How can something so "messed up" and distressed look so beautiful?? I don't know, but it sure does! Also love the card you showed on the Verve blog. The two-toned image and sentiment is so pretty.

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  51. Beautiful! Love the shabby chic look.

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  52. Excellent color scheme. Love the black and white contrast.

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  53. Another gorgeous set. Lovely shabby chic black/white card. Hope you feel better!

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  54. Stunning card. Love all the texture and details. Feel better soon.

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  55. I am going to pin this one Julee and hope it will inspire and motivate me. I love the collage/grunge of this one.

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  56. Your cards always ALWAYS amaze me and make me think will I ever be able to make such beauties?! AMAZING!! :)
    Suchi xx

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  57. Gorgeous card! I especially love that sentiment!

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