Life is better when it SPARKLES

Happy Monday everyone!

If you're here for Mojo Monday, it's been postponed for two weeks until August 18, while our Anni-VERVE-sary celebration and next release is going on. I'll return to regularly scheduled Mojo Monday's on August 18, and it will be the contest week that was originally scheduled for this week. But never fear, you can still get your sketch fix, even without Mojo Monday! I've created and will be posting DAILY sketch challenges on the Verve forum through August 12, so come play along!

Today's card uses Anni-VERVE-sary sketch #4. I went with paper from the same Daisy D's pad I used on yesterdays card. My main image is from Thankful Blossoms and believe it or not, the flower was originally on white card stock with brown ink. I colored it with Copic markers, and then kept adding more and more Orange Peel Stickles to it until it ended up supah sparkly! To get the layered, dimensional look on the flower, I just cut both edges of the four solid petals all the way to the center and added pop dots below just these petals, while gluing the rest of the flower down flat. It gives the same effect as if I'd stamped two flowers and cut out different pieces, but is 1/2 the work! :)

The background for the floral image was reverse embossed with the Textile Cuttlebug folder using Pumpkin Pie ink. I pierced holes in the bottom in a swiss dot pattern and then added some poly twill to the top. The sentiment uses SU! circle punches and the Life is better when it Sparkles sentiment from Starlight Starbright. To match the sentiment I added orange bling all over the place to embellish the card. Both the stripey and the horizontal strip of aqua paper are embossed with the Distressed Lines Cuttlebug folder. I used the ticket corner punch for the corners, some Marvy square punches cut in half for the triangles and then matted everything on a Bazzill card base.

I don't have the slide show ready from last week's entries, because I haven't had a chance to finish looking at every one's beautiful cards. I like to comment on each and every one of your cards, but as the number of participants have grown it's taking more and more time for me to view them all. That's a good thing - I love to see your cards! ;) Just bear with me, as the next few weeks will be really busy with the Anni-VERVE-sary celebration and release, but I'll try to finish viewing all the cards right away and post the show as soon as I can.


  1. ohhh, so pretty! I love the rich jewel tones you've used - it looks...sumptuous!

  2. all your cards are fantastic!

  3. Gorgeous, Julee! Love the warm colors and golden sparkle. The Anni-VERVE-sary sketches are the BOMB!! I love them all!

  4. Gorgeous card - Julee!!! Wonderful warm colors - love the stickle sparkles on your card too!!!

    I have finally caught up with all the sketches....if you want to swing by my blog to take a look

    I have also posted them on SCS..
    Thank goodness you didn't add the MOJO Sketch - LOL - I thought I was running out of time and steam -LOL!!!

    Hope you are enjoying your Anni-Verse-sary week??? Hugs ~Silke~

  5. Absolutely Stunning Julee! LOVE the Sparkles!!!

    (I just got my NEW Verve stamps today!!!(That was some seriously FAST shipping!) I'm so excited! I hope I can catch up on these challenges this week! Could someone please call me in sick for the rest of the week...I NEED to STAMP!:)

  6. WOW this is GORGEOUS!!!!!! And also WOW, you are busy these days. :-) Sorry I bugged you with such a silly email...! I've been out of blogging touch recently - I need to get cracking on the challenges!!

  7. Very pretty!! I love the color combinations and papers with this one also. Thanks so much

  8. oh my! this is so striking!! gorgeous!!

  9. This is so pumpkin pie delicous.
    I love the popped flower and sparkles and the warm colours.
    Lovely card, Julee

  10. WooHoo! Glitter rocks! Love the flower.


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