Forever and Always

Hi friends!  Happy Tuesday!  I'm re-capping the January Week 1 Viva la Verve challenge over on the Viva la Verve Blog today and this is the card I made for the re-cap.

I absolutely love the way this card fell together.  A week before Christmas I treated myself to a trip to our local craft store and they had all of their paper pads 1/2 off.  So I couldn't NOT come home with more Valentine paper than a person could ever need, right???  Seriously, I LOVE making Valentine cards.  I rarely give them to anyone but Mark, but something about hearts and bling and all the meaningful sentiments just brings out the romantic in me.

So, the paper is from the Devoted collection by Carta Bella.  I added scalloped mats to make each pattern stand out a bit and then added some flowers (from the Hope Blooms set) that had already been stamped, sponged and cut out from a previous project.  It just seemed to be the perfect match.  I just love cards with split sentiments, so this sketch is right up my alley!  Both sentiments are from the No Matter What set and I used the Flag it Die Set.  As I was cleaning my desk looking for my scor-pal to fold my card base, I came across these little word pins that I'd recently found in the closet and set aside to use.  So I added two little pins to let Mark know that I love us! {cheesy grin}

If you haven't stopped by the Verve Blog lately, our January Diva Dare is going on.  This month's challenge is "Smitten" and you just need to have a heart and at lease one Verve product on your card.  Come play along and don't forget to leave comments on the Diva's posts as they share their takes on the Dare each weekday through Jan. 20 for a chance to win a prize!

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for all the well wishes yesterday.  I'm starting to feel like I might beat this sickness instead of it beating me. ;) Still no hearing in my right ear, which makes me very off balance, but the pain has lessened and I'm starting to feel a bit more human again.

Enabler's List
Stamps: No Matter WhatHope Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Devoted (Carta Bella), early espresso (SU!)
Ink: strawberry slush, early espresso (SU!)
Accessoriess:  Flag it Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic and Scallop Squares & Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), chevron ribbon (SU!), pearls, liquid pearls, wooden pins


  1. Gorgeous card! I love that sentiment! And you're right, the flowers are perfect for this!

  2. Love the scalloped mats...and you chose some pretty papers at half off!

  3. This is gorgeous. Love the colors and pretty papers. The scalloped mats are a great idea and I love the flowers and sentiments to.

  4. Such a pretty card! I like the pins, too!

    I'm glad you're starting to feel better. Mom's just don't have time to be sick!! : )

  5. what a darling card full of love for your darling :) That no matter what set is one of my favourite Valentine sets :) So glad you are on the mend! ox

  6. Half off on paper pads would bankrupt me LOL! Great mix of papers and love those little word pins! A fabulous card for Mark indeed :) SO glad to hear you are feeling better. Have a great day!

  7. I love how you combined so many different patterns without the card looking too busy!

  8. What a beautiful card.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  9. Beautiful card
    and I really
    like the stick
    pins on it.
    Carla from Utah

  10. Oh my what a beauty I am always wowed with your creativity

  11. I love this card! The colors, layers, and use of embellishments really makes it special. I also LOVE valentines and end up making so many just because I love hearts and all things LOVE-ly!

  12. I love all the different patterns you`ve put together, and the flowers are gorgeous! Those stick pins look like they were made just for this card! Glad you are starting to feel better.

  13. Those blooms are stunning~lovely embellishing too, Julee!


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