Learning to Dance

Happy Friday, friends!  There's a Get Your Diva On challenge going on this week and the prize is a Guest Diva spot for a future Verve release, so if you haven't played along... you totally should!  The deadline is this Sunday night, so it's the perfect excuse to sneak away for a little stamping time this weekend!  {grin}  Sankari's our hostess, and her challenge is to make a monochromatic card.  That could be a bunch of neutrals and one color, or different shades of the same color, or just one color... whatever you choose.  I've fallen in love with green recently, so decided to use different shades of green (with a hint of gray and cream for my neutrals).

I picked out the Blue Skies set because this sentiment really spoke to me. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." It seems like the storm clouds have been rolling in a bit here lately, and I thought this sentiment was the perfect reminder that we are in control of our own happiness.  We're given the race that's set before us, and our job is to finish it well.  The goal isn't to finish first, or with the most toys, or to wish we were running a different race, but to finish the race we're in and to do our best to make sure that at the end of the race we deserve to hear two precious words.. well done.  So, I don't know what tomorrow brings, but today I'm going to dance in the rain and enjoy the life I've been given.

The Making Of:
I paired the sentiment from Blue Skies with the new Graph Paper Plain Jane.  I matted with a basic grey Rounded Rectangle die cut, then layered onto a Rounded Scallop Frame die cut, stamped with the flourish from the Blue Skies set.  I did the same random flourish stamping for the card background.  A few different patterned papers, ribbons and green embellishments kept the monochromatic march going, then I finished off with the butterfly, who always seems ready to dance!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Blue Skies, Graph Paper Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Lost & Found Two (MME), Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray (SU!)
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray (SU!)
Accessories:  Rounded Scallop Frame Die, Rounded Rectangle Die  (A Cut Above by VERVE), ribbon (SU!), lace trim (Webster's Pages), flatback rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), flower embellishment (Jesse James Dress it Up Flats), Leaf trinket pins (Maya Road), Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz), Corner Chomper (WRMK)


  1. OH my word! This is the most greenalicious card ever! I think I about swooned looking at all those rhinestones on the notebook paper and the little embellies of the leaves, the flower and the sweet butterfly is beyond perfect!! Soooo lovely Julee!!!
    Big hugs,
    Sankari :)

  2. Beautiful monochromatic card. Love all the verve-alicious details. Great sentiment and great post. TFS

  3. Very much beautiful! I really enjoy green myself!

  4. Beautiful! Green is my favorite color. Wish I had seen this before I placed my order today. That little PJ Graph Paper would have hopped in my cart.

  5. So pretty! Greenalicious is a perfect description!!!

  6. Gorgeous, Julee! Love all the shades of green and all the rhinestones scattered about!

  7. Green's my favorite colour so what is not to love about this beauty :) The bling on the notebook image is fabulou sand the gingham butterfly is too fun!

    I've been dancing HARD amidst the thunder, lightening, hail and downpours for the past two years, but know there will come a calm after the storm at some point. Best part is having God to lean on and as you said, the words well done are the only ones I want to hear. As one man said "still waters run deep" and that depth needs to be cultivated so they can be still. Enter my favorite verse Phil 1:6 (still sending you hugs for making it a PJ!!) Huge hugs to you from a fellow rain dancer :)

  8. Julee, this is beautiful. Love the green and the paper piecing.

  9. I couldn't agree more that Greenalicious is a perfect description!!!
    What a card!!!! Just perfect!!

  10. D is for Divine! Love this sketch, and I too am partial to green! There's so much to look at here little nooks & crannies to make me happy! Thanks for sharing and well said!

  11. Green is gorgeous! Wow! You've created a wonderful card, Julee! Stunning!

  12. Dear Julee,
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    Many warm Hugs from Marina from Germany
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  13. I love all your cards - they are gorgeous - so I hope it`s ok, that I have liftet this one. (http://www.private-vision.de/portal/?q=node/6725)



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