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Sensational Stripes and a Hop

Hi friends!  It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have the rest of the month to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.

I'm the first stop on today's hop, so grab your favorite refreshment and settle in for a hopping good time!  It's also Friday, so this is my sample for the July Week 2 Viva la Verve sketch hosted by Marisa.



So, do you see the graphic below that Sarah chose for this month's inspiration?  I just love a sandy beach and was so inspired by the colors I got right to work. I started by stamping the Deco Borders trim on the Flourished Tag die cut.  I also cut the tag in crumb cake and clear acetate.  Next I stamped the same border in smoky slate on smoky slate, then cut with stitched circles.  I made a frame by layering two stitched circles dies and cut from bashful blue.  I cut another smaller stitched circle from bashful blue to layer under my flowers (totally inspired by Wanda's Mojo card this week). Next I pulled out the smaller poppy image from Floral Notes, cut it with the coordinating die from the Floral Notes Die Set and then watercolored with marina mist ink, adding a bit of glue and glitter to make the centers stand out.

For my stripes I added a layer of crumb cake embossed with stripes and then I used a white pencil to color the stripes to give a sandy sort of look.  The next cream layer is embossed with an SU! frame embossing folder and I matted again with crumb cake and layered onto a cream card base.

Finally, I stamped the birthday blessings sentiment from Floral Notes in archival black on the acetate Flourished Tag.  I layered everything togethr and punched a hole in the tags with my cropadile, then threaded some ribbon from the Signature Ribbon Collection through the hole and tied in a bow.

Okay, next up on the hop is Amy!  You can find the full hop list below.

Our July challenge is Sensational Stripes

Stripes go with everything! Make them nautical, or pair with florals for a graphic look. Use stripes however you're inspired! Use the inspiration graphic or head off in your own direction, just show us your stripes! 

Click here to link up your challenge entries

Challenge deadline: Friday, July 31.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee8. Susan
2. Amy9. Maureen
3. Betty10. Marisa
4. Jen11. Stacey
5. Karen12. Laurie
6. Sankari13. Amber
7. Sarah


July Week 2 Viva la Verve Sketch
Enabler's List
Stamps: Floral NotesDeco Borders (Verve Stamps)
Paper: bashful blue, crumb cake (SU!), cream (Neenah), acetate
Ink: crumb cake, smoky slate, marina mist (SU!),  black archival (Ranger), white pencil
Accessories: Floral Notes Die SetFlourished Tag Die SetSignature Ribbon Collection (A Cut Above by VERVE), (Verve), Stitched Circles stax (MFT), embossing folders (EK Success), glitter

34 comments

McStamper said...

What a great card. Love all the different elements you used.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card! Love the soft colours!

Dolores Raml said...

Awesome card, there's so many neat elements to it.

Marisa said...

Loving this all over again, Julee! Gorgeous, soft colour pallet and adore the stripes you created.

Stacey Schafer said...

Beautiful card, Julee! The sentiment appears to be floating over the tag....amazing!

Cynthia said...

great idea of coloring the embossed stripes with a white pencil

sharrilou said...

Beautiful color combo on this card.

Mary Holshouser said...

Love all of the layering. The blue and kraft really make the cream with the flowers and the bow pop.
thanks for sharing a great card.

JoAnn said...

Beautiful card and great inspiration photo. Love the colors.

Lyn said...

Oh my goodness I am forever amazed by your beatuiful creations, thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration you provide with all these beautiful cards <3

AnnieD said...

A very pretty, feminine rendition of the inspiration colors.

Karen Day said...

Julee, this colour combo is amazing! I love the mix of stamps you've used, too - gorgeous card :o)

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

Julee, this is gorgeous!!! Love the beautiful colors!

Kris B said...

Love the color combo and the accent stamp down the side of the tag looks great! The white pencil on craft looks amazing and so does the clear acetate panel! Beautiful card!

Nancy said...

Such a beautiful card! I had to keep looking because you used so many lovely details!

Fishlady said...

This is really a pretty card and the colors are so soothing!

Vickie Z said...

Love how used these colors...the stitched circle is perfect with the modern outline and those flowers!! Gorgeous!

Janet M said...

Fun card, every time I look at it I see something new. Great color combo.

Heather said...

Such a beautiful card! Love the color scheme. And the card you posted on Verve's blog is soooo adorable!! Emory is just too cute and the background you stamped is so pretty.

Lisa said...

Love these colors! It feels like the beach!

jan metcalf said...

So many ways to use stripes, like the emboss with whitewash!

Nancy said...

Julee, I am running out of ways to tell you how much I love coming by and seeing your work! This card is stunning! Hope the boys and you are adjusting well to school!

Miriam Prantner said...

Gorgeous colors and I just love those stripes!

Nana Griffin said...

Very pretty and great colors used.

Rosemary said...

beyond gorgeous!! love the soft pretty colors!

tiffelijah said...

Beautiful work Julee! You never disappoint me! I love the way you used strips in this background

An'Jenic G. said...

Beautiful card. I love the strips you created and the background embossing.

cghundley said...

Lovely card and
great layers!
Carla from Utah

Katia said...

wow your card is so elegant and so beautiful!!!

D- said...

Julee your card is gorgeous. I love your touch of glitter in your flower centers. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Sue Crease said...

I can see a lot of work has gone in to this wonderful creation. The stripe background is fab.
Sue

Sue D said...

Very pretty. I like the soothing colors.

Unknown said...

I love all the layers!

loulou said...

Gorgeous card. I love how your sentiment floats over the top. I love these colours too.