Celebrating Amy!

Happy Wednesday! Today's card is one I've been meaning to make for a while now, but vacation and sickness got in the way of my stamping plans. This month one of the original Verve Divas leaves us. Amy Westerman is such a fabulous designer and has a special talent for combining color and pattern in a way that constantly surprises me. She has stepped down from the team to focus on her family and will be very missed in Verveland. Last week Shannan issued a special challenge on the Verve forum to celebrate Amy's time on our team. The challenge was to make a bright, colorful, cheerful card.

One thing I've learned from following Amy's blog for close to 2 years now is to not be afraid to use that patterned paper you love. So I put the focus of my card on the paper and kept the stamping simple. This gorgeous paper is from the Daily Grind collection by Fancy Pants. Isn't it beautiful? I pulled out Fluttering By because it always make me feel cheerful and stamped the butterfly in black directly on the patterned paper and then added the sentiment, "Always look on the bright side of life." Next I stamped the butterfly once more in Riding Hood Red on white cardstock, then stamped over it in Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for a glossy look. (This also fits with this month's Project Parade challenge that kicked off today! Check out the Verve Blog for details.) I then stamped the butterfly one last time on some soft blue paper from the Daily Grind collection. Then I cut out the embossed butterfly and just the inner wings of the soft blue butterfly and layered on dimensionals over the stamped butterfly on my patterned paper. I added some dots to the blue wings with a Ruby Red marker, a few red rhinestones for the body, and some random Stickles to the flower centers in the paper for a little sparkle. Then I finished by grounding the piece with a thin black mat and placing on a Pacific Point card base.

Thanks for all your hard work, Amy! You're such an inspiring stamper and friend.

18 comments

  1. This is a masterpiece...I love the paper, I can't believe it's paper wow...Love the butterfly tooo...

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  2. It's really lovely Julee. I'm sure Amy will treasure it always.

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  3. That is so gorgeous! Amy will absolutely love it! ~chris

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  4. Julee, this is wowzer!!!! I love that paper and the butterfly looks like it's part of the paper! I have some fun paper like this too that I'm going to us to copy this card with.

    Thank you so much for the sweet shout out. You are a class act and I was honored and tickled to be able to work side by side with you for the past year. You are amazing! I'll be watching for the next release...I can't WAIT to see what it's going to be!

    Hugs,
    Amy

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  5. this is a great card! I love the way you colored some and left the others black and white. I know what you mean...I need to learn to use the paper I love because if not then it just for me to see =)

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  6. Good luck AMY!!! You've been very inspiring and Julee this card is beautifuL!!!!

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  7. Beautiful card Julee, the paper is so pretty and those butterflies are a must in any stamp collection.

    Hope you are feeling better,
    Jennifer :)

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  8. WOW! what a gorgeous PP and a gorgeous card :)

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  9. VERY pretty! I have that stamp and love it...loving that paper, too.

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  10. This is GORGEOUS, Julee! Amy will LOVE it!

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  11. This is beautiful!! I am in love with that paper!!! Gorgeous!!! I'm sad to see Amy go!!!

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  12. What a gorgeous card. I have so
    many papers with beautiful border
    edges. I never want to cut into them, but this is a wonderful way
    to use them and finish with a beautiful card.

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  13. SO pretty! I love how you incorporated the butterfly into the pattern on the paper!

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  14. Absolutely beautiful!

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  15. Love it! Lucky Amy. :)

    x Natasha x

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  16. I couldn't remember if I commented on this before, but I just had to come back to it. It is SO AMAZING!!!

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