Peeking Express Yourself

Happy Tuesday! Did y'all get a chance to play in the Divas' giveaway threads yesterday? Well, most of them are still open, plus there will be a few new ones posted today, so don't miss out! Today is also the first day of Sneak Previews over on the Verve blog, so be sure to head on over there for another chance to win and to see what the gals have cooked up with Express Yourself.



I chose to work with one of the flourishes and the title sentiment from Express Yourself for my preview. I've paired these with the Anni-VERVE-sary 202 sketch and my favorite Everafter papers by Cosmo Cricket.

The orange DP is embossed with Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder and then sanded for a little emphasis. The ovals are done with the Classic & Scallop Oval Nestabilities. For the focal panel, I first stamped the flourish on either edge in Tangerine Tango, then overstamped with clear VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice. I just love the elegant sparkle it adds. You can see it a little better in the close-up (especially if you do a little clicksy to embiggen it). I then stamped the flourish again in the open areas with Soft Sky to form a little border, then stamped the sentiment in the center with Basic Gray ink. I added a little Soft Sky sponging around the edges, layered with lots of dimensionals and white mats, then finished off with two taffeta knotted bows.

What's In It?
Stamps: Express Yourself (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Everafter (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Soft Sky (SU!), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Iridescent Ice EP, white taffeta (SU!), Swiss Dots (Cuttlebug), Classic & Scallop Ovals (Nestabilities), sanding block

19 comments

  1. This is gorgeous, Julee!! Love the papers you chose!

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  2. Gorgeous take on the Sketch - Julee!!! I printed them all out and I'm ready too play - wahooo!!! Hugs ~S~

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  3. SHUT UP!! This is STUNNING, Julee!!

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  4. This is so pretty Julee...the card and the set. Every girls dream!!!

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  5. Julee, this is gorgeous! I have not seen this dp before, it's beautiful! Love the embossing and sanding idea!!
    Wonderful new stamp set! Looking forward to all the sneak peeks!

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  6. Beautiful as always!!! ~Olena~

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  7. Beautiful!! Love the layers & texture.

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  8. Yum Julee! I love this paper! And you crack me up with "a little clicksy to embiggen it"! Can you hear me laughing here in Washington?

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  9. beautiful. Love the colors. the layout and all the visual textures.

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  10. WOW!!! This is stunning, Julee! I absolutely love this!

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  11. Gorgeous, Julee! I love those flourishes!

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  12. SHUT UP!!! this is an absolute knock-out! love everything about this card, lady! it is so elegant and colorful!

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  13. Awesome job. Your work is always so beautiful.

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  14. Oh WOW Julee, this is beautiful! I love how you used the flourishes with the sentiment.

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  15. Magnificient! What a pretty card!

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  16. The white borders keep this so bright and pretty!

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  17. I love all the layers & diff elements of this card and the kinda unusual mix of colors is perfect! :)

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