Saturday, February 8, 2014

A Lifting Valentine

This is a Valentine of a different sort, I suppose:  no typical Valentine's Day sentiments to be found on this card.  It's rather a combination of the holiday, and one of gratitude to a friend who always lifts my spirits.





Inspiration for this card comes from the Verve February Diva Dare challenge - 'Perk Up', combined with the Viva La Verve Sketch and Color Challenge - Week 1 of February.  

The sentiment is from Verve's Brighter Days - lo-ov-ing this set.   The way the fonts are arranged, and that each phrase is vertical, is refreshing.

It's rare that I like to gab on the phone (might be the introvert in me), but with this particular friend, it's easy. I'm always uplifted, and leave the conversation with a lighter heart.  Hoping this different kind of Valentine will 'perk up' her day.


I used some polka-dotted clouds from Inspired By Stamping / The Sky's The Limit, and touched the dots with Glossy Accents.


I heard some rain and snow were expected in some areas on the West Coast of the US.  Hallelujah!  That makes me SO happy.  The droughts have been just terrible, and I prayed that rain would be sent their way. Love it when prayers are answered.  :-)



Stamps: Brighter Days - Verve; The Sky's The Limit (clouds) - IBS Paper: white - PTI; patterns - Lovely - Authentique; Basic Gray - SU Ink: Antique Linen, Pumice Stone - Ranger; Pink Pirhouette, Going Gray - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: pink ribbon - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store Accessories & Tools: White Opal Liquid Pearls - Ranger; Petite Ovals Large, Fancy Tags Three dies - Spellbinders; pearls - Queen & Co.

35 comments:

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Gorgeous, Colleen! Your use of pattern is magnificent! I am not sure how you did it, but this card does not look busy. Your friend will love this!

Janny said...

Oh this is very beautiful.Hugs Janny

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So beautiful! LOVING those clouds and the pearls!!!!!!!

~amy~ said...

so very pretty Colleen!

Paper Crafting With Angelina said...

Wow, what a beautiful card! I didn't enter this challenge as I just couldn't come up with anything, but you sure nailed it! Love all the detail. Thanks for the inspiration!

Benzi said...

Absolutely beautiful, Colleen. This would certainly uplift anyone. Wow!

Julie said...

Just gorgeous, so elegant !

Christyne Kane said...

Beautiful job with the sketch, color combo, and Diva Dare theme!! I just love those clouds!

walchowDesign said...

Pretty card with all the pp. I am sure your friend will love it!

Shani Thomas said...

I'm sure the spirit lifting will be reciprocal when you friend receives this stunning card!

Shirley said...

Those clouds are perfect with your sentiment! The colors are fantastic together, and I love that ribbon!!!

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Marisa said...

You rocked this sketch which had me shakin' in my boots!! Love the papers and the fabulous, focal sentiment.

Darnell J Knauss said...

And turn about is fair play, Colleen. Now, whenever your friend looks at this fabulous work of art you gave her, she will be lifted up, too!! Thanks for spreading gratitude and happiness! Hugs, Darnell

Bonnie said...

We all need a friend like that and it's special that you let her know! A beautiful card!

Jill Norwood said...

A beautiful card for a lovely friend!! A blessing for sure!!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous use of the sketch -- I love the paper you used, just stunning!

Karen D said...

This is SOOO very pretty Colleen. Just love the wonderful layers.

lisa808 said...

Fabulous--the sentiment, clouds, and pretty papers.

Linda R said...

Such a beautiful card my friend. I Just love the papers you used. The west coast sure did need the rain.

Hugs~

Stacey Schafer said...

this is utterly gorgeous!

nwilliams6 said...

This is so cool! I love this card Colleen - it is so positive and so affirming and such a great tribute to your special friend. Very special!!! Hugz!

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful, Colleen! I love the mix of patterns!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Oh Colleen, that is so pretty. What a gorgeous layout. I love the Gray color too.
Bear Hugs,
Carol

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

This is so beautiful

Stella said...

Your friend will love it; it certainly is the kind of card that brghtens your day. And a wonderful way to show how much you value your friendship! XX

Emily Keaton said...

Oh goodness, Colleen--this is SO pretty!! I just LOVE all the different patterns you incorporated, and your attention to detail is divine. Beautiful work!

Leslie Miller said...

These papers are so sweet and pretty! The whole card is just divine. I really love the polka dot clouds with the added dimension you gave the polka dots. I think this is a perfect Valentine, seeing as how Valentine's Day is a time to tell someone how much you love and care for them. We finally got some rain, but today was sunny again. Hoping the snow melt from the mountains will help our water levels this summer.

Sue Lelli said...

I LOVE the glossy accents on the dots on the clouds! This is so PRETTY! Love your combo of papers!

yyam said...

Stunning work Colleen! :)

Lisa said...

Terrific job with the sketch and I adore the little polka dot clouds!!

Karen McAlpine said...

So pretty. Love how you used so many different papers on the background!!

Donna B. said...

Gorgeous take on the sketch! Love the paper and those cute clouds finished off with that beautiful bow!

Lea Lawson said...

This is beautiful Colleen!! I love the pink bow!!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

This is simply gorgeous! Those polka dot clouds just make my heart happy.

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