Happy Friday!  This week has totally flown by and it's already time for another Viva la Verve! sketch to start your weekend off right!  This week's sketch was designed by the talented Amy Sheffer and it totally inspired me to get inky!

I pulled out one of my favorite sets from 2010, Blue Skies, because I wanted to use this courage quote.  The card is for a friend who I think has shown extreme bravery during the past year and I just wanted to let her know I'm thinking about her.  My batch of SU! goodies that arrived this week had some new papers in it, so I decided to play with them, keeping a neutral palette with just a pop of color.

My sewing machine and I are still on the outs, so I chose to go with torn edges instead of stiched ones.  The butterflies from Blue Skies are stamped on First Edition paper, then cut out and colored with a Copic marker.  Most of the layers on the card are sponged with Early Espresso ink, to give it an aged look, then I added a little ruffled twill before adding the butterfly trail of pearls.  I was only going to add a few, but placing the three sizes of chocolate pearls (from Pizzazz Aplenty) was so fun, I extended it all the way to the edge of the panel, then finished off with three pearls on each butterfly body.

Okay, that's all from me today!  I hope you'll play along with our VLV sketch this week!  And if you haven't had a chance, there's still time (until 2/5) to get your comments in for our Diva Inspirations Blog Hop prize drawing.  Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Blue Skies (Verve Stamps)
Paper: First Edition DSP, Botanical Gazette DSP, crumb cake, early espresso (SU!)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU!), Copic marker
Accessories:  Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), paper distresser (Tonic), clear detail embossing powder (Judikins), 2mm dark chocolate pearls, 3 and 4 mm chocolate pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), mini library clip (SU!)


  1. Lovely. Blue Skies is one of my most favorite sets, too. I love the quotes and inspiration, and the butterflies are wonderful. I am addicted to the rhinestones and pearls in the different sizes from Pizzazz Aplenty. Thanks for turning me on to them.
    Have a great weekend! Hoping to make it through two short papers and a test today so I can play with the sketch this weekend.

  2. Wow..this card is brilliant, Julee. I love love love that paper (and this time I actually HAVE the paper you use and won';t have to go and of course this set is just gorgeous. I love it. I really like how you tore the edges - genius - and your coloring looks superb. Just a lovely card.

  3. Ack! Amazing, simply amazing! This card is so elegant and beautiful. I love the way you arranged the pearls and the torn edges complement the card so well.

  4. This is brilliant, Julee!! Love the ripped edges and neutral colour scheme you used with the pop of red in the butterflies. As for the sketch....let's just say I'm on a Bad Diva, hunt LOL!

  5. This is so beautiful Julee! I love those yummy pearls and the deep colors!

  6. it is beautiful and I really like hte peek-a-boo circle and colros

  7. Love those torn edges and inked edges. Butterflies stamped and then, colored-how wonderful!! The spotlight and pearl trail.....sigh!!

  8. Whoaaaa.....what a beautiful card!! Love the colors too! Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

  9. Gorgeous card, Julee! Love the pop of color and the amazing trail of pearls!

  10. So sweet, love the sketch and how you used it for this card. Ok, but I am trying to figure out- the circle (or what appears to be a circle) is it a punch or what? It looks almost 3D.

    Your friend is very lucky to get this one. My SU products are delayed due to SNOW- what were they thinking?

  11. Wow! This card is amazing. I haven't tried this sketch, but it looks wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration!


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