Sail the Ocean Blue

Hi friends!  It's the first Friday of a new Viva la Verve series, and that means it's my turn to host a sketch + color challenge.  Mark and I are heading to Hawaii at the end of this month, so I've got the ocean on my mind, but the leaves are turning here in Idaho, so I decided to make this month's color challenge ocean blue + yellow + orange.  Can't picture it?  Here ya go...

Mmmmmm... so cozy and warm and Autumnal.  (I love that word!)  Anyhow, I started with a piece of crumb cake, letterpressed using the Darice autumn leaves embossing folder and some Vintage Photo distress ink.  Then I pulled out my Stampin' Pastels.  Remember those?  I think it's been years since mine saw the light of day, but I wanted to add multiple colors across the piece, so pulled out the chalks.  Next I embossed the swirly maple leaf from Harvest Blessings onto Hello Honey cardstock with bronze embossing powder and hand trimmed.  The sentiment is from Tall Oaks and is stamped in early espresso and then stamped again a little offset and embossed with bronze. Some distressing with inks and a distressing tool and I was done.  It's a pretty simple sketch, which means there's lots of possiblities for making it your own.  Can't wait to see what you make!  I hope you'll come join us this month over on the Viva la Verve blog!

Alrighty, thanks so much for stopping by!  It's a busy week coming up on the blog, starting tomorrow with Release Day at Verve! Hooray! Due to some shipping delays, we're doing things a little differently this time, with the release happening first, and then we'll spotlight each of the three new sets and dies on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  Tune in tomorrow for brand new Verve and a fun blog hop!

Saturday 10/4:  World Card Making Day Verve Release Hop
Sunday, 10/5:  October Diva Inspirations Hop + Challenge
Monday, 10/6:  Verve Post-Release Spotlight Hop
Tuesday, 10/7: Verve Post-Release Spotlight Hop
Wednesday, 10/8: Verve Post-Release Spotlight Hop

VLV October Week 1

Enabler's List
Stamps: Harvest Blessings, Tall Oaks (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Harvest (WRMK), crumb cake, hello honey (SU!)
Ink: early espresso, Stampin' Pastels (SU!), vintage photo distress (Ranger), Versamark
Accessories: bronze embossing powder (Judikins), leaves embossing folder (Darice)


  1. Gorgeous and more Verve coming......I cant wait to see the new goodies <3

  2. How beautiful. What a nice way to get some inspiration--a trip to Hawaii. Have fun!

  3. Oh how I love this mix of colours and the added maple leaves - need I say more LOL! Gorgeous! SOOOOO glad you are going to go to Hawaii!!!! Wish your flight was going through Vancouver as I'd pop into the airport and give you a big hug :) Beyond glad you decided to go!!

  4. This is really fabulous, Julee! Wow! It has all the usual Julee-isms plus an overall fab vintage feel! So nicely done!


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