In the Spotlight: Blessings

Hey everyone! It's time for another New Release Spotlight over on the Verve blog!  The Divas are peeking a new set called Blessings, and there's a chance to win just for telling us what you think, so be sure to hop on over there when you're done here!
The concept for Blessings originally started out as a St. Patrick's Day set, but circumstances kind of collided earlier this year and I wasn't able to get it prepped in time for a St. Patrick's Day release.  So I tabled the set, thinking I'd just wait until next year to release it.  But the more I thought about it, the more I kept coming back to the set, knowing that I wanted some of these blessings year round.  So I sat back down at the drawing board and re-worked it as an all-occasion set, and Blessings was born!  

For my card today, I chose to use one of the flourishes as my focal point, with a simple thinking of you sentiment.  The set has birthday, sypmathy and wedding sentiments too, as well as a few beloved Irish blessings and proverbs.  The sketch for this card is the fourth challenge in Verve's Beach Party Challenges (VSAPRBP4).

I started by embossing the flourish on an oval die cut in black and Broken China.  On the bottom baja breeze panel, I stamped another flourish tone on tone, and then added a sentiment in black.  The dp is from Making Memories and I added some QuicKutz flourishes to set off the little rose in the corner.  When I brought all my new release cards down to show Mark, this was his favorite.  Funny that the girliest of all the cards this week was his favorite, huh?

This set is really quite elegant, but I'm also excited to show you some really cool ways to mix this set with the other more rugged sets we've been previewing.  Of course, time is running short the closer it gets to release, so I'll have to save that for sometime next week.  :)

What's In It?
Stamps: Blessings (Verve)

Paper: Making Memories DP, Black, White, Baja Breeze
Ink: Baja Breeze, VersaMark, Onyx Black
Accessories: Fountain Fun punch (EK Success), Flourish Dies (QuicKutz), mini rose (prima), wrinkled ribbon (May Arts), Classic Ovals Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Stickles, clear embossing powder


  1. what an incredibly classy looking card, not to mention the sentiment so inspiring. i love your choice of rich and the ribbon just add so our old velvet sashes at the black tie ball. yes! this is what the card looks like to me....a classic black tie ball for GOD!

  2. I'm jumping up and down (well...not literally) with joy - LOVE LOVE LOVE this set...especially that flourish! Julee, your card is gorgeous in those colors!

  3. ACK!!!!I was thinking that Verve needed a St. Patrick's Day set!!! You read my mind....and my Irish ego is going to pretend you made this set for me (a St. Patty's Day baby!!! :) LOL I know I'm going to love this set...I just love all the Irish blessings :) Love the black accents on your card...I can see why Mark loves it :)

  4. Love the flourish and the sentiment script. Totally elegant card too :D

  5. goegeous! love the colors and the swirlies are just beautiful! great inspiration!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE this, Julee!! And you know I adore this set!

  7. Wow, what a pretty and elegant card! I love the color scheme and the card as a whole is just so well thought out and put together!! Amazing!!

  8. Beautiful card! I love the flourished oval and accent piercing around it! The blue and black/white is very striking! Sue (suen)

  9. Love those colors and love the new sets of stamps. Wonderful.
    have all the inspiration I needed for today.

  10. What an incredible card! Can hardly wait for the release of this set - it's a "must have" for sure!


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