New Verve… O My Soul

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Bless the Lord, O My Soul… A few weeks ago, I received an email from the incredibly talented, Julee Tilman asking me if I would be interested in a Guest Spotlight for Verve’s October release!? Of course, I barely could type yes fast enough when I read through her entire invitation and saw these words: there’s even a little wheat stalk image in the set!  Wheat! eep! Though, I’ve lived different places around the country… I am a born and bred Kansas girl… if you even murmur wheat or sunflowers, I’m all yours…

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Isn’t that a classy Guest Spotlight graphic? Julee is one of the most talented graphic designers that I know! This is a fairly long post, but I’m just going to throw it out there: I *may* have a giveaway graphic and prize details mentioned below for those who stick with me to the end. 😉

So, speaking of wheat, it’s only fitting that I show you my favorite image from the newest Verve release first… The wheat and the Psalm 103:1 scripture shown on the card above both come from the new set, Good Work. Swoon.

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I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and Ranger Distress Inks (Wild Honey and Scattered Straw) to create a focal point base using the Wrinkle Free Distress tutorial at Splitcoaststampers. (The key is to allow your ink to dry well between layers!)

When I had created the base layer, I used a chocolate pigment ink and clear embossing powder to add the sentiment. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment twice since I wanted to be sure and have good, solid ink coverage. Amazing results. I’d actually been shying away from embossing the past few years because speckled spots of non-inked image bothered me so. Not anymore! (We produced a Product Focus review at Splitcoast for the MISTI last week, if you aren’t sure what that is!) The stalk of wheat was added with Brown Sugar ink (SU!).  This card also perfectly fits a fun Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

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Next, I used the set Breath… Just beautiful, in general, but oh-so-appropriate for October, and I used the fun boxing gloves to make another Hope You Can Cling To card for Jeanne’s awesome challenge! The boxing gloves were colored with Copic Markers (RV52 and RV55), and I think the sentiments are perfect.. Fighter. Inhale courage. Exhale fear.

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After I had made the most beautiful creative mess on my desk using both of the new Verve release sets I showed off above, I pulled out this adorable text Psalm 150:6 Plain Jane and Baja Breeze ink.

It seems like I am often stamping in a short window of time for a specific card that I need for one friend or the other, and one of the things I appreciate about Verve stamps is that the design of the sentiments is always so well done. It’s totally appropriate to let beautiful scripture or sentiment stand alone as a focal point on my cards.  From the Heart and Pennant Trim dies finish this off.

For this card above and the two below, I paired my sentiment with remnants from a favored 6×6 patterned paper pad (Harvest Lane – Simple Stories).

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Here I used Romans 12:12 and the Praise the Lord sentiment, both from Good Work, Gumdrop Green (MFT) and Pumpkin Pie (SU!) ink with fun journaling tags that were a part of my paper pack and a trio of enamel dots.

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And, finally for this last card in this quick and easy series with the Good Work sentiment, I pulled out some twine and a button to use with a few enamel dots and a scrap of the pennant die as accents to another journaling card in my paper pad. As you can see, I’m also partial to the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Verve cards today. I’ve certainly enjoyed crafting with the new goodies. A special thanks to Julee and her team for including me with the release week fun!

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If you are still reading, there is fun for you, too! Verve will be using random generator to select one of my readers who comments below to receive a $30 gift voucher to the Verve Store! How fun is that? So leave a little love before Sunday, November 1st, and the winner will be announced November 2nd on the Verve Blog!

And, I’m having so much fun with these stamps, I’ll have more to share later in the week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

62 responses to “New Verve… O My Soul

  1. Love all the cards but the watercolor on the first card is amazing! Thanks for sharing your creative talents with us!

  2. What gorgeous cards!! I agree Julee is an amazing graphic artist!! That wheat stalk is awesome, and I love how you showcased it with the distress inks. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  3. Gorgeous cards and fabulous stamps. And, yes, I love the wheat….

  4. Each card is Ultra Fabulous!! Yeah!…Go Kansas ;-)…Love how you showcased the stamped image surrounded with simple embellishments…Each card is full of crafty inspiration :-)

  5. I am so thankful you were asked to be a spotlight guest. Your cards are beautiful. I love the first card–watercolors are gorgeous for the sentiment and image. The last three cards have such fun fall colors and wonderful layout designs.

  6. Lori, these cards are gorgeous! Congratulations on your guest designer spotlight! I look forward to seeing more later this week! Thank you for your love of Verve and for being such an inspiration to us all!!

  7. Such very pretty cards and I love the scripture stamps!

  8. All of your cards are so gorgeous. I love the way you used each set. The sentiments in this release are so perfect for so many cards and SB pages.

  9. What stunning cards you created and just love the Verve Plain Jane sentiments especially the scripture ones.

  10. Oh, Lori! These are GORGEOUS. Love the first one. Love, love, love!! And the bottom one with all the patterned paper and the little tiny staples. Marvelous! Can’t wait to see more cards!!

  11. Kimberly Jensen

    WOW! All these cards are just gorgeous and I love your designs and colors!! Great job!!:)

  12. Amazing lineup of beautiful cards! Big congrats on your feature! I just love the new releases.

  13. Wonderful selection of cards! I really love the sentiments in these new sets. Congrats on guest designing for Verve!

  14. Lovely work here, Lori! The first card with the distress ink is so warm and rich! Congratulations on your Guest spot! You have shared inspiring pieces! Enjoy your week!

  15. Sweet Lori, I love all the cards but the first one takes my breath away. I will email you soon to catch up.

  16. Your cards are beautiful! I especially love what you did with the pennant trim die!

  17. Oh my word! These are amazing, Lori! I just love that glorious watercolor background on the wheat card. And the Just Breathe card is so fabulous.. the gloves are highlighted and shaded so perfectly. And what’s not to love about gingham and teeny tiny staples? {happy sigh} A gorgeous showing of cards. Thanks so much!

  18. Hi Lori, such beautiful,but yet totally different cards.
    I love that background on your first card.

  19. Beautiful cards. I really like the one with the wheat. I also like sunflowers too!

  20. You ALWAYS do such beautiful work; but that kraft banner stamped with those fall colors? SWOON my socks off!!

    Love them all!

  21. Oh my gosh I am so in love with all of them, but the Breathe card is breath taking! These stamps are on my ‘gotta have ’em’ list. Thank you for sharing and congrats on the Guest Spot!

  22. Love all your cards, but my favorite is The Fighter. Inhale Courage Exhale Fear… One I have so many friends to share with. Thanks for sharing the beautiful cards.. Hugs from Ohio

  23. Lori, all of your cards are gorgeous — hard to pick a fave! I’ll have to check out the technique you used for the first one with the wheat – love it!

  24. Gorgeous array of cards. ADORE the wheat one – the watercoloured BG is gorgeous and so glad you now have a wheat image :)

  25. Darlene Gabriel

    Wow, what beautiful cards showcasing these wonderful new releases. I absolutely love the first one with the wheat. That is my favourite for sure. The background on this is stunning and I do love the combination of the wheat with this wonderful verse.

  26. What beautiful and unique cards. Love each of your ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.

  27. Awesome guest design Lori! Love them all…some of those verses made me start singing the hymn I associate with them ❤️

  28. Wow Lori!! You went to town with these stamps!! What a fabulous collection of gorgeousness!! Each card is unique and beautiful!! Love your layouts, the sweet little embellishment touches, and of course, the fabby papers!! You ROCKED the Verve stamps!!

  29. All of the cards are gorgeous! I love everyone. Thank you for the inspiration!

  30. Heidi Steinhebel

    These cards are so darned sweet. The Verve scriptures are unbelievable, love again.

  31. I have been singing Bless the Lord Oh My Soul all day! Just because of your amazing card. I love that verse and the song, and since I am a Nebraska girl the wheat is the perfect touch. This is a great set and I have to have it! thanks for showcasing it.

  32. WOW! I just LOVE your cards! These verses are so wonderful. I am definitely putting them on my wishlist. Thanks for the inspiration. 😀

  33. Miriam Prantner

    Congratulations on the guest spot! Your cards are just beautiful! This is such a wonderful release and you have so showcased the sentiments, I’m loving that first one, the background is just perfect with the wheat!

  34. I LOVE the Scripture stamps!!! All of your cards are beautiful!!

  35. All of your cards are
    so pretty and look
    awesome!
    Carla from Utah

  36. Wow! I love all your cards. My absolute favorite is the first card with the watercolor background! The Wild Honey and Scattered Straw distress inks blend beautifully together. Of course the verse sums it all up beautifully!

  37. Love your cards, Lori! You have a very nice selection to choose from now. “Good Work” is such a beautiful stamp set!

  38. Ordered both those sets as soon as I saw them – ! I don’t know how many stamp sets I have that I bought specifically for HYCCT…. Love your cards and your ability to pull patterns and colors and that perfect little accent together. Good to see you crafting – yay!! – and these are beautiful!

  39. Beautiful designs with such an uplifting message!

  40. Congratulations on your spotlight, Lori and wow…you cards are nothing short of impressive! Like you, I’m a prairie girl at heart (Alberta, Canada….grew up surrounded by fields of wheat, oats and barley… ), so of course, although I adore all your showcases here, the first has me swooning!. All three are powerful, in their design and especially, in their message! Gorgeous, inspired and inspiring!
    ~c

  41. You’re an amazing designer, Lori! No wonder Julee asked you to be a Spotlight Artist! Those scriptures are so beautiful they make wonderful focal points & the wheat image is stunning, as is your first card which I so adore! Thanks for sharing your work!

  42. Beautiful cards!! Love them all!! The first one is awesome!! Love the layered ones too!!
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

  43. Oh, Lori, these are each gorgeous, and I just love this verse especially and love the song that is sung by a female artist but I can’t seem to find it. But it’s beartiful and is one of my favorite Scripture passages! Thanks for the inspiration, and I too really love the first one especially with the beautiful watercolored background! Hugs!

  44. Hi Lori! I loved your cards and learning a little bit about you and your journey and love of crafting. Thanks for your beautiful inspriation!

  45. Lori, your cards are simply beautiful!
    Love the scripture stamps.

  46. Christine Miller

    Congratulations on being a guest Diva! It was such fun to “meet” you and to see your amazing cards. Just love the wheat stalk and am so glad you asked Julee for that image!

  47. Wow!! I can see why Julee asked you to be a guest designer! Your cards are all stunning.. The first one was my favorite, and then came the second and then the third and that was my favorite, and then the fourth . . . How could I even pick one out of this bunch. Fabulous job showing off these new images.

  48. Hi Lori, love your cards! They are beautiful and inspiring! Congrats on being a guest designer!

  49. What a fabulous designer you are. Your color scheme, paper choices, stamping and layouts are wonderful.

  50. Gorgeous designs, my sweet friend! LOVE that first watercolored number the mostest!

  51. wow… gorgeous cards! The first one really knocked my socks off with those lovely fall colors! Beautiful sentiment too!

  52. Alexandra Madison

    Your cards are so well made! The first card is luminous :) Wonderful work!

  53. All your projects are beautiful

  54. First of all congrats on your Guest gig over at Verve! Now all your cards are down right fantastic, but the one that I thought was super cute was the fall one with the leave banners! Super clever indeed! Thanks for all the eye candy and congrats again!

  55. The colors! The technique! The wheat! ☺️ Beautiful artistry, Lori!

  56. All those cards are AMAZING – thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  57. Dawn~DesignsByDragonfly

    OMGosh thanks for sharing all of your beautiful cards. I totally loVe the colors of your wheat one. Thanks for sharing.
    Congrats on your Guest Spotlight.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

  58. Wow! Wow! Wow! All of your cards are just amazing and gorgeous! Love all the Bible verse sentimens for sure :)

  59. Heidi Steinhebel

    Gorgeous cards Lori, loving all the color!

  60. Stunning cards! Love them all! TFS Hugs, Kristina

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