Believe in Fairy Tales Retrospective Hop

Hi friends! If you're here hopping along with Verve's October Release Retrospective Hop, welcome! This is our time to share a little more inspiration using our new release, now that the stamps are hopefully in your creative little hands. I'm the first stop on the hop, so settle in for a treat.




And speaking of treats, we've got a $40 gift certificate up for grabs to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to give a little shout-out to the Divas and our special guests as you hop about for a chance to win.

Verve is a sponsor of the Hop to Stop, a hop to raise awareness for the victims and survivors of domestic violence. There are some fabulous prizes up for grabs just for linking up newly created cards featuring the color purple (the awareness color for this cause) before October 30. So for my card today, I knew I wanted to participate in the Hop to Stop, and the Everything Nice stamp set seemed like the perfect pairing.

I just love this believe in fairy tales sentiment. It's so full of hope and wonder and a reminder that we need to look for and capture the little tidbits of the extraordinary in our everyday lives. To not settle for the things that make us feel not enough, but to keep toiling and believing and striving, because someday we will rise up and the diamond we've been hiding inside will shine so bright that no one can stop it from lighting the room.


Anyhow, that was where my little brain was headed when I started this card. I wanted the sentiment to be this bright circle against a dark galaxy background.  I started with a piece of fabriano paper, coated with heavy gesso, then I added some spackled diamonds with a stencil.  I used dylusions sprays to create the background, adding some butterfly washi tape, then splattering on some white linen dylusions.  I needed a bit of grounding for my butterfly, so I fingerpainted some acrylic paint on, then set to work on my butterfly.

The butterfly was created with distress inks, sponged onto white cardstock, I stenciled the same diamonds in black soot, then cut  the butterfly out with a Cheery Lynn die.  I layered it onto a black butterfly cut with the same die and added it to my card.  I finished with a black strip of cardstock down the side and some rub-ons and doodles.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Next stop on the hop is Marisa.  I'm also sharing my Viva la Verve card over on the Verve Blog today, so be sure to take a peek.

Want to win some shiny new Verve? I'll be picking a random comment winner on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, leave a little comment love as you hop around to the blogs linked below! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee6. Vickie (Guest)
2. Marisa7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Teresa
4. Betty9. Lesley
5. Lisa (Guest)


Enabler's List
Stamps: Everything Nice (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor paper (fabriano), white, black
Ink: crushed grape, funky fuschia, white linen Dylusions spray, shaded lilac, wilted violet, black soot distress ink (Ranger), lilac acrylic paint (Claudine Hellmuth Studio), heavy gesso (Prima), whipped spackle (Faber-Castell)
Accessories: washi tape, stitched circles stax (MFT), pinking circles (Spellbinders), rub-ons (Scarlet Lime), butterfly die (Cheery Lynn Designs), Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits (Sizzix)

53 comments

  1. Julie; my daughter is so into purple she would totally love your card and I like the way you done your sentiment. Really makes it stand out against the back ground and who doesn't like butterflies; great touch.

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  2. I didn't know purple was the color choice of "awareness for the victims and survivors of domestic violence", thanks for pointing that out.

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  3. Lovely card, the butterfly is so beautiful.

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  4. There is absolutely nothing I would like better than to win some VERVE!! I LOVE your stuff!

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  5. Beautiful card! I love the butterfly and the deep background color! Just gorgeous!

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  6. Dramatic. Reminded me of operas . Love the butterfly

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  7. ummmmm I am now off to google fabriano paper because this is STUNNING! Oh. My. Goodness. I adore what you've done with that little panel of is it ribbon? The butterflies almost look debossed. Gorgeous make! Generous sponsor! You are the best!

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  8. Love the purple background, Julee

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  9. Love your thought, it's right and hopeful :D
    Love also your purple card, it's full of textures and beautiful details!

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  10. Gorgeous card, Julee! Love the rich purple color. Great sentiment, too.

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  11. great jewel color tone to show off the stamp

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  12. Gorgeous card!! Love the mysterious look and the purple is so elegant!!

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  13. Thanks for supporting a great cause for Domestic Violence.

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  14. Thanks for supporting a great cause for Domestic Violence.

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  15. This is incredibly beautiful. That BG is just dreamy.

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  16. Beautiful background and butterfly.

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  17. Love the butterfly. The background is intriguing.

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  18. Wow love all the texture and interest you created on this gorgeous card - great cause too:)

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  19. Such a beautiful card, Julee!! I love the bold beautiful butterfly - such a beautiful image of hope!

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  20. I love the deep purple and gorgeous texture of your card. So excited about taking a peek at what the others have created!

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  21. Beautiful card. Your purple background is really fantastic.

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  22. Beautiful card. Your purple background is really fantastic.

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  23. I love the deep and rich colors of this card. I love the sentiment used with the butterfly. Beautiful! TFS!

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  24. Exquisite card. So rich and interesting!

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  25. Gorgeous!! That background is fabulous!! And the sentiment is perfect!!

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  26. You're so right about this sentiment and I feel it in your card.

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  27. Oh wow! Your card is absolutely stunning! The colors and the sentiment are amazing!

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  28. Can't believe that gorgeous rich color. Beautiful!

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  29. the purples are so vivid and powerful.
    Beautiful coloring.
    thanks for sharing.

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  30. Very cool card. I am a survivor of domestic violence and I think it's cool that you are supporting this. Good for you!

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  31. Pretty card for a great cause.

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  32. What a lovely card! I am in love with the purple colour!
    Piglet
    pysselsystrarna.se

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  33. Very cool card Julee! Inky goodness at its beast. Love seeing you support this worthy cause. Hugs, Autumn

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  34. Oh this is just gorgeous! Your background is amazing and your layout is perfect!

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  35. Love your rich colors and great texture!

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  36. gorgeous card!! love the sentiment and the textures in the background! stunning work

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  37. Absolutely gorgeous! Those deep purples are stunning, and I love the theme of this hop!

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  38. Your card is beautiful. I love the pretty purple and the lovely butterfly.

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  39. Beautiful card with stunning colors!

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  40. Such rich, deep colors. And with butterflies and positive words - what could be better?

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  41. Oh, what a beautiful card of purples. Well, well done!

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  42. This. Is. Gorgeous!!!! Love that background... you are the Queen!

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  43. I think this card is lovely & even more so after reading about your inspiration & motivation.

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  44. Gorgeous card! Love the deep purples! Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

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  45. So whimsical and unexpected! So talented!

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