Saturday, July 26, 2014



Welcome to Verve's July Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas and guests are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the July release stamps & dies! Besides a peek at some really cool cards, there are also a couple of prizes up for grabs! 

If you got here from Anya's blog you are in the right place!  


For my card I am using Deconstructed Sketch 161 and Carta Bella So Noted designer papers.  I thought these papers worked beautifully with the inspiration photo. I chose the scripted background pattern and stamped two of the larger images from Peaceful Medallions.   I used a smokey shadow ink.  I used the smaller flower from Button Best  stamp set to stamp inside of the medallions using lavender moon ink.  I love how the medallions are subtle yet create a look of texture.  They blend in, but are noticeable.  I bet if I had not mentioned that I stamped them you would have thought they were part of the papers.  That is what is so amazing about these images.  From focal point to backgrounds they help create or build a look.      

Next, I die cut a background panel using Verve's Cut Above Classy Label die  for the background element in the sketch.  I decided to use a smokey gray card stock for this.  I stamped two  sentiments from Happy Place stamp set.  I embossed one in white and one in black.  Love the contrast.  Then, I die cut the flower  from the Happy Doodles die set and stamped it with coordinating flower from Happy Place.  I just love this flower.   I colored it with copics.  I added some vellum embossed banners using the Verve's Cut Above Banner Bundle dies.  I finished my card using Verve's Shine Bright and Pastels Sequin Mix.  I am using the inspiration photo from the Fusion Challenge for my card.  I have been doing so many bold colors lately, it was nice to use some soft muted tones.  I am also Guest Designer for the Catered Crop Recipe Swap:  Vellum!


 
1. Julee10. Jen
2. Stacey11. Sheri {Guest}
3. Maureen12. Laurie
4. Chaitali13. Andrea
5. Marisa14. Amber
6. Teresa15. Christyne
7. Kay {Guest}16. Sarah
8. Janelle 17. Anya
9. Charmaine 18. Betty


 
Want to win some shiny new Verve? We're giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

Want another chance to win? Now it's your turn! We'd LOVE to see what you've done with the July release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our July release and you'll be entered in a drawing to win our entire next release! All the details and the linkup widget are on the Verve Blog today. The deadline is August 23, so there's still plenty of time to get the July release if you haven't already.



Don't miss this weekend only discount offer in honor of Julee's birthday:



I am last on the hop so you are all done!  However,  if you got here first or started midway,  make sure you start from the beginning and work your way through.  You are not going to want to miss out on your chance to win!


Catered Crop Recipe Swap ButtonDeconstructed Sketch 161



As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty

44 comments:

  1. I'm oohing and aahing outloud at your card and all the verve cards on this hop. Just beautiful.

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  2. Love the soft colors with the brown...this release is awesome!

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  3. Your card turned out wonderful with the hand stamped bg is my fave part :)

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  4. Wow, I just love the color combo. Beautiful card.

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  5. Oh my, this is simply gorgeous, Betty! Love it!

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  6. Very pretty. Love the picture frame effect with the text background. Very effective.

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  7. Beautiful card...love the pink & black together!! The scripted background is fabulous!

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  8. Your card is just gorgeous, i love it all x

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  9. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. Love all the great details.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  10. Don't know how you do it, all the design teams cards are awesome, and so different.

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  11. What a lovely card, Betty. Thanks for being part of this amazing blog hop for Verve. It's been great to see the new stamps and all this creativity. I LOVE Verve stamps, and have found some that I now "must have"...LOL
    Be blessed,
    Karen
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  12. So pretty - love the subtle colors and all the layers.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  13. You may be last on the list, but certainly not the least!! I love this card SO much! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  14. Oh, a very beautiful card. I love the overstamping you did - yes it does look like it was part of the DP - great job. I love the black and pink combo and the softness that the touch of vellum adds.

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  15. Beautiful card. Love the background paper. The framing is so pretty. The sentiment with the flowers was a great touch.
    thanks for sharing a wonderful card.

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  16. I love the background paper. the framing is so pretty. The sentiment with the flowers was a good idea.
    thanks for sharing.

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  17. How pretty...love how those flowers stand out so nicely against the background.

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  18. What wonderful layering on this beautiful card Betty!

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  19. Beautiful card Betty! Love those pretty flowers!

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  20. What a great card! I love the little vellum banners at the bottom!

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  21. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

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  22. Wow!! I have come away with so many ideas from this one beautiful card! Thank you for sharing what are, to me, some innovative techniques!! Love it!!

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  23. Cute little card, love how the pink and black really work well together? Thanks for sharing!

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  24. Beautiful card! Love those pretty flowers and the use of the banner across the frame!

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  25. Gorgeous! I am seriously in love with those flowers and the background used is amazing.

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  26. This is gorgeous Betty! Wonderful colors and such beautiful flowers.

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  27. Your card is gorgeous! The soft grays and lavenders are just stunning!

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  28. Very pretty! I just love the colors and the background paper!

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  29. I really like the frame and colors... the background is so pretty and you make it sound so easy

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  30. Really nice card, totally up my alley;). & I want sure wether the paper was stamped or if it was the pattern that came like that.

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  31. So pretty - love the soft colors!

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  32. I love your colours on this pretty card. Thanks for sharing.
    Sue

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  33. Very pretty! I really like the colors on this card.

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  34. LOVE how you did your background. Wonderful card!!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  35. I like the creative way you used your dies, especially the sentiment. Pretty card!

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  36. SUPER lovely,, love the colors!!!!!! Thanks for joining us at FUSION, I sure hope you join again this Thursday!!!!

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  37. So pretty! I love the soft pastel with the black matting looks so stunning!

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  38. Oh WOW!! This is one gorgeous card! Love your take on the challenge!
    Thanks for joining us at Fusion!

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  39. So pretty Betty. Love the french script background and the soft tones... those flowers are beautiful.

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