Much Joy and Birthday Wishes

Hi friends!  I'm popping in today to change up the scenery a bit.  Today I'm sharing two cards (but if you checked out the Verve Blog for our Release Retrospective Hop you probably saw one of them already. They were both started with the exact same concept and transformed into two very different looks rather quickly.  I love when stamps are that versatile.

For both cards I stamped the medallions from Peaceful Medallions on plain cardstock in two coordinating shades of ink.  I stamped the large medallion, cut out with nestabilities and then stamped and fussy cut the flower from Happy Place to pop inside my medallion.  For both flowers I used the back side of the stamp to stamp the solid image for an easy colored in effect.

At this point, the cards looked roughly the same, just different colors.  I liked the white space on the purple card, but I then decided to stamp the Much Joy sentiment on the turquoise card and add even more medallions and the flower randomly stamped to fill in the entire background.  Next I pulled out the mini ink tool thingy with the round sponge from Tim Holtz (can't remember the name of it!)  and sponged polka dots of squeezed lemonade all over, then filled in the gaps with antique linen.  I wanted a bit more blending, so I used some white oil pastels around the edges and blended with my fingers.  I also used the tool to sponge squeezed lemonade on the flower center.  Some walnut stain around the edges finished off the look.

To finish off the purple card, I added a sentiment from Be Blessed in the corner, punched out a couple of the smaller medallions and then added some bling.  I also added a thin strip of black cardstock to ground the design.  I'm wishing I had matched the cardstock color to the scalloped circle, but I glue down for REAL, so there was no turning back!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I'll be back tomorrow with the kick off to our August Viva la Verve challenges!

Enabler's Lists

Aqua/Yellow Card
Stamps:  Happy PlacePeaceful Medallions (Verve Stamps)
Paper: bermuda bay (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: bermuda bay, pool party (SU!), squeezed lemonade, antique linen, walnut stain (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Classic & Scallop Nestabilities (Spellbinders), liquid pearls (Ranger), oil pastels (Pentel)

Purple card
Stamps: Peaceful MedallionsBe BlessedHappy Place (Verve Stamps)
Paper: perfect plum, basic black (SU!), cream
Ink: wisteria wonder, pale plum (SU!)
Accessories: Classic & Scallop Nestabilities (Spellbinders), circle punch (EK Success), liquid pearls (Ranger), rhinestones


  1. Oh both of these are gorgeous. I love the layered stamping. I need to do, love, love this set.

  2. Gorgeous cards. Love the colors on each one, but especially the purple one.

  3. These are both beautiful Julie - I love this new release. Great design. Have a Blessed day, DIANA L.

  4. I've had an "a-ha" moment!! BRILLIANT to use the back of the stamps to "colour" in the image, especially for us non-colourers. Doing a happy dance here. Hopefully I can remember to do this! Gorgeous set of cards - love them both :)

  5. These are awesome!


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