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Saturday, August 1, 2009

In a VERVE and a Hop!

Welcome to the first ever official Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop. Verve turns two today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! The party kicked off over on the Verve blog, so if you’ve just happened along, be sure to hop on over there to start from the beginning! And to make this party a real shindig, there’s a mystery jackpot hidden at one of the stops along the hop. One lucky commenter on that blog will win Verve’s entire August release! But of course, it wouldn’t be a mystery if you knew which blog, would it? So if you’re feeling the love, give a little shout out to the bloggers in the hop and you just might have a reason to jump for joy! 
  This is my very first hop as well and I am so happy that you have clicked on to here to see what I have created with Julee's beautiful set Wishful Elegance and a very elegant single flower image! I will tell you that I so enjoyed making this card and love colouring the flowers in this set to truly customize my cards.  Here are the details and steps that I used to create this one.  I first stamped my floral images in SU Rose Red and coloured with Copic markers.  I am sorry that I didn't include the colours that I used, but let me say that I layered different colours to obtain the shades of green and pink to match the colors in this new Basic Grey "Lemonade" line.  All of the dp that I used in this card are from this new line.  After colouring them, I cut out and decided, after selecting the buttons that I wanted to use for the centers, that they needed a little "je ne sais quoi" so I had an idea that I wanted to encircle the buttons with some french knots.  I hadn't made these in decades and I remember as a teenaged girl that I loved embroidery floss and all the colour choices, so I went to the craft store and bought a bunch of fun colours.  I made the knots on the inside perimeter of the flower center and then adhered the buttons with mini dots.  I had the layout of the card in my head and covered the card base with the fun polka dot pattern from the pack and then cut a smaller green layer that I corner rounded.  Next was the top panel that I wanted to act as a frame and I cut it out with my Spellbinder Mega Curved Rectangle die and sponged the edges with a sponge dauber and SU Rose Red.  I then created some borders with two different MS border punches and layered them and then used the little narrow leftover strip of the dark berry colour paper to finish off the bottom part of my card.  The flowers needed a little framing/platform too and I cut out three shapes with the blossom Spellbinder die.  These three went on top of the bordered area and I placed the flowers onto a dimensional and then onto the blossom shape.  The last was the center sentiment and panel.  I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black directly onto a green paper, cut it out using my Spellbinder Labels Four die and sponged the edges with the SU Rose Red ink and a dauber.  I then cut out the next larger size in the same dark berry colour that I used in one of the borders.   Here is a close-up of the flowers with the embroidery floss french knots.  Thanks so much for looking!  I had a blast making this card and I am really looking forward to everyone's creations (later today as I have to go to work for 9 AM today, Saturday...boo hoo)  I am really looking forward to the next release from VERVE!   For the  next visit, hop over here to see Gretchen's creation!

128 comments:

  1. I love this card! I especially love all of the layering you put on it. Very pretty!

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  2. Lovin' this tour of Central Texas and all your verve-alicious goodies! Kim (in Dallas).

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  3. Wow! What a bright and cheery card! :o)

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  4. How bright and cheerful! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Gorgeous colors! LOVE your card!!

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  6. I absolutely love your flowers and the border punches you used!

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  7. what a cheerful card! great colours!

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  8. Your flowers match the DP perfectly! And those French Knots!! Incredible!

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  9. This is gorgeous!! LOVE those flowers!!!

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  10. Wow! Amazing job, all the details really make the card!

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  11. Such fun colors! Love the layering on your flowers!

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  12. OMG I love a card that makes you gasp for a little more oxygen the moment you see it!!!!
    Thanks for sharing your inspirational talents.
    All good wishes,
    Nancy

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  13. Great flower cut outs and fun color combo.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  14. Love this, Chriss!! Your layered flowers are fabulous!

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  15. Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Nice job on the card. It is very happy.

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  17. What a lot of work you did! Great job!!!

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  18. This is absolutely gorgeous, love the colors! And how nice to find another Austin blogger on the hop! :-)

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  19. Awesome card! LOVE the colors, papers and layout!

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  20. I was so excited by this card. I may have to add some french knots to my next card too!

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  21. This is a striking card. I love the details you put into the flowers, and it is so pretty with that Lemonade paper. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Wowza! Those are some fancy flowers!

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  23. Beautiful card - those flowers are gorgeous!

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  24. Nice job on the card. Marion

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  25. Beautiful card! I love the intricate flowers!

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  26. Nice job! I really like the mix of different flowers.

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  27. Like the flowers....very sweet.

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  28. Wonderful! The layered flowers make the card pop.

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  29. A very cheerful card! That color combination is fun!

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  30. Love the bold colors and the layering, beautiful! :)

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  31. Very pretty card Chriss.

    thanks much

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  32. Verve Stamps are fairly new to me and I love them. I'm always excited to see something new created with them.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  33. bright and cheery!
    Very pretty card!

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  34. Beautiful card and vibrant colors ..

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  35. Oh gosh Chriss, this is SO pretty, such beautiful colors!

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  36. That card makes me smile. It's so bright and cheerful...very pretty indeed.

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  37. Sooo cute! Love the flowers!

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  38. Bright and cheerful - so fun!

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  39. I love this card. I like the layering and colors.

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  40. Gorgeous!! I love the color combo....striking! I love it.

    Shelly :)
    Manitoba, Canada

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  41. Very uplifting card and I love the details on the flowers...they really pop.

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  42. DETAIL! Beautiful. And brilliant colours! (and not just as in bright)

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  43. Love the summery choice of colours.

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  44. very pretty - lots of details :) TFS

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  45. Beautiful colors, I love the layered flowers!

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  46. Those flowers are gorgeous!!!

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  47. this card is an eye catcher, summery look. Thanks for sharing

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  48. What lovely work and the details are great!

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  49. Your card is stunning...love the colors and the idea you used for the flowers, with buttons.
    Louise

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  50. Love your card and especially the layering -- well done!

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  51. Lovely, love all the detail you've added!

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  52. Your flowers are stunning!! Beautiful creation!

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  53. Wow, this is such a cool card! Love the little embroidery knot accents around the buttons. So pretty! Thanks so much for playing along in our hop! :)

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  54. Your card is a knock your socks off kinda of card. Good Job

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  55. Your pretty card puts me in mind of the quilts stitched with love for a dear friend. Love in colorful papers!

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  56. Oooooh gorgeous card! I {LOVE} your colour combo!

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  57. WOW!!! I agree with everyone else this is a gorgeous card!

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  58. Beautiful card...I love all of the detail!

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  59. Cute card! Lots of fussy cutting huh? I would never have the patience for that :0)

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  60. Very pretty card! My shoulder is starting to hurt pretty bad from being on this computer and all this hopping! :)
    Sylvia

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  61. You did a great job on the colors! I love how bright it is!

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  62. WOW! Your card just pops off the page!

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  63. this is a great happy card! love the colors....

    Lorene H

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  64. I love all the detail you put into this card. It really stands out. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  65. Wow, love the colors and the layering. Thank you
    for sharing all the details of your creation. It is
    so fun to have a new idea for the next design. I
    love the three flowers with the one tied with the
    thread in the center!!

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  66. Lovely card, those flowers really pop out!

    Cazzy x

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  67. What gorgeous, summery colors!

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  68. Very pretty! Love the flowers!

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  69. Love the flowers and the color combo! Thanks for sharing!

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  70. Pretty card! Very bright and cheery colors, love it!

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  71. Lovely card -- so bright and cheerful, as so many have commented. Thanks.

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  72. Love these colors!!! Gorgeous colors!!

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  73. What beautiful colors! You are so creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  74. OH.... WOW.... That color combo is SO pretty and such a BEAUTIFULLY put together card!!!!!

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  75. Great card and color combo. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. I love how you altered colours to make those flower petals.

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  77. Pretty shapes and layering on those flowers.

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  78. Such a fun card! And who doesn't need a stash of birthday cards? Thank you for sharing!

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  79. Your cards are lovely!

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  80. Great card! You have a great eye for detail. Thanks for sharing!

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  81. love the colors and those flowers!

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  82. Very bright and cheerful - what I need on this rainy morning!

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  83. What a very beautiful cheery card.. I love it..
    The flowers are amazing..

    Wishing you abundant blessings,
    Tami

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  84. Love your colors and your cards. Thanks so much. Just found you and verve. Loving it.

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  85. So pretty! Love the colors and dimension!

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  86. LOVE these flowers...great colour combo...very cheery :)

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  87. beautiful colors and i love that you took the time to cut out the flowers - lovely card :)

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  88. Ooooo, Chris, this is GORGEOUS!! Love the texture and dimension - it looks like fabric!

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  89. heyza
    i was look aroung your homepage
    and will not leave again
    before i was saying hello
    it is a nice homepage you have
    good luck in future
    Hugs
    Miracela

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