April Verve Spotlight Hops Day 2

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Hi friends! We're back with another day of hopping counting down to our new release on April 10. I hope you'll hop along with us to see the eye candy the Divas are sharing. Leave a little comment love for them as you hop about for  a chance to win some shiny new Verve!

I'm the first stop on the Day 2 April New Release Spotlight Hop, so if you didn't hop here from somewhere along the hop, you're in the perfect place to jump right in! All of the stamps and dies you'll be seeing over the next few days will be available in the Verve shop on Tuesday, April 10. If you missed yesterday's hop, click here for my Day ONE post.


Today the Divas and our special guest, Michele Greenwood, are featuring the new Hope Lifts stamp set and the coordinating Lifted Hope die set. The design for this set has been floating around my head for a while. Whenever I read a blog post about someone facing a health or other tough challenge, the sentiments in this set are some of the things that go through my head. You know the... "I wish I had a stamp for that..." type of moments in life? Luckily, since I have my own stamp company, I can sometimes make my wishes (well at least the stamp related ones!) come true. 😉

So maybe, like, me, you've been wishing for a hot air balloon stamp with a matching die. Or maybe you wished that the butterfly in Sparkly Dreams was just a teeny bit larger and easier to color?  Or maybe you could just use a little word of hope for a friend going through a difficult time? Well, this is the set for you!


Since I used the butterfly image for my Viva la Verve card on Friday, I decided to start with the hot air balloon image from Hope Lifts for today's card. I simply stamped it and cut with the coordinating Lifted Hope die set and started coloring with Copics.


Next I pulled out some shimmerz sprays and did a watercolor wash on a piece of watercolor paper.  I embossed the hope things start looking up sentiment in white.  At this point I decided that the Copic colors I chose didn't quite match my wash, so I used some of the leftover ink to watercolor over the Copics.  I then used a little white india ink to add in some white highlights, then coated the whole thing with wink of stella.

I chose a tall card layout to reinforce the looking up sentiment.  A piece of patterned paper, a taffeta bow and some shiny sequins finish things off.

That's all for me, next on the hop is our super duper fabulous Guest Diva, Michele!


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog post today for the full hop list, prize details and a little more on this fun new set.

Hope LiftsLifted Hope Die Set

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee5. Laurie
2. Michele (Guest)6. Marisa
3. Betty7. Maureen
4. Charmaine 8. Teresa


Enabler's List
Stamps: Hope Lifts (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Perfectly Plaid Winter (Lawn Fawn), watercolor pad (Prima), white (Neenah)
Ink: Jet black (Altenew), copics markers, jenni b bleu and palm reader Vibez, ride the tide creameez (Shimmerz), versamark, white india ink (Bombay), wink of stella clear glitter pen
Accessories: Lifted Hope die set (A Cut Above by VERVE), ribbon (SU!), white embossing powder, paper distresser, sequins

35 comments

Maggie Miller said...

What an uplifting set! Hope does indeed lift us up. I can’t wait to see what other cards you make! Love the set!

Christine said...

That lovely shade of shimmery blue, the beautifully scripted sentiment, and the whimsical balloon are indeed hopeful. Such a pretty card and it always is fun to hear of the crafting steps!

Rachel Jolley said...

What an uplifting ( pardon the pun!) card. Such wonderful sentiments on this new set, and that ballon is just the nicest one I’ve ever seen. Tfs

DIANA L. said...

Beautiful, love the colors Julee

Denise Bryant said...

So pretty! I love the shimmer on the balloon, and the colors you used!

JuliaP said...

Beautiful card! Love the sentiments in this set.

Gail said...

Julee - If I were a millionaire I would be buying all of your products! I am blessed to have several in my stash - these new releases are so AMAZING - love a Faith Focused card always - your layout is truly lovely and eye catching-- and such encouragement for the recipient - thanks for sharing

Roberta (Stampin'nana) said...

Your sentiment Truly Shines, Julee! A Beautiful, uplifting card with a gorgeous bg! I love the sentiments in this set, and I always appreciate the different fonts that Verve stamps use~

Greta said...

Came over from the store blog because I'm totally in love with that card! But I'm thinking I can justify getting the new stamp set because of the wonderful sentiments I would actually use & the hot air balloon! I've wanted that image in a stamp, but never bought one. So glad, since this one is my favorite I've ever seen! Love your watercolor wash, white embossing & the gray plaid background! Another wonderful card, Julee!

h klepser said...

I love the Lifted Hope set. It is going on my wish list.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

A lovely new set and adore that butterfly.
Love the sparkle, the pretty color, the white
embossed sentiment (which are all fabulous!)
and your 'trademark' distressing.

Patt H. said...

A truly beautiful creation! Love your card & those sentiments are wonderful!

Christi Flores said...

This set totally speaks to me and I know that you know why. ;) Definitely going on my wish list! Maybe once I kick this battle I can go back and scrapbook my journey and use this set. Your card is absolutely gorgeous and just happens to be another favorite color combo of mine! I love everything about this card!

Marisa said...

Fabulous as always. Love the blue water coloured sky for the balloon to soar in :)

lorrayneingram said...

Great verse for this card

Donna Whitten said...

Love your beautiful card, so serene! Thanks for sharing.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

LOVE the colors and the beautiful products you used!

Sue D said...

Very pretty colors and design.

solarj said...

Beautiful card. I really like the balloon design. Very cute.

Valerija said...

This is beautiful card, such a fabulous design - absolutely gorgeous.

cincyem said...

You are right, just the right sentiments. At my age, lots of my friends need to know that things will be better, just not the same.

Lucy E. said...

Such an uplifting card (no pun intended)!
This sentiment and die set are so beautiful!

Rosemary said...

another gorgeous set... your card is amazing, of course!!

Super Stick Chick said...

Wonderful card! Love the blues and grays together. Fabulous stamp set too!

Karenladd said...

I love that beautiful watercolor wash and the inspirational sentiment!

ionabunny said...

That balloon is so vintage and cute and I love the matching dies. Pretty card. Hugz

Giovana Smith said...

The balloon is so pretty, beautiful card and design!

Camille said...

So beautiful. Great Work. These sets are amazing.

Iris said...

Such a sweet, pretty card - love the balloon.

Vivian Foo said...

Beautiful creations.

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Awesome card! Love so much all the details and your choice of colors!!!

F. Andre said...

Wonderful card with this impactful stamp set.

Carmela Hubler said...

I am glad to see that cute balloon making a comeback! I love the set I have with it. Cute card!

Darlene Gabriel said...

Such a pretty "blue" card and a great sentiment. This is a wonderful new set.

Purple Princess said...

I love that balloon stamp!