Friday, July 11, 2014

New Verve...Happy Place

Welcome to our July 2014 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! The Divas have been spotlighting 3 new sets, a plain jane and a coordinating die set over the past few days, so I hope you were able to glean some fresh Verve inspiration! Everything previewed this past week is now available in the Verve online store on today, 7/11. If you've come from Laurie's blog welcome! If you've just happened by here, there's a list at the bottom of the blog hop order (wouldn't want you to miss any delightful card inspiration!). Here's a card featuring one of Verve's new sets, Happy Place:


I had to search my craft room high and low to locate these daisy stickers that I just knew I had, but had NO IDEA where I had stashed them. Luckily I was able to locate them, cos they seriously go so well with this paper. And the sentiment from Verve was just the perfect way to cap off this coordination. I modeled this sketch after this week's Mojo Monday sketch.


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 today for full set reveals, an introduction of our 2 lovely guest divas, and all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee9. Charmaine
2. Stacey10. Jen
3. Maureen11. Sheri {Guest}
4. Chaitali12. Laurie
5. Marisa13. Andrea
6. Teresa14. Amber
7. Kay {Guest}15. Christyne
8. Janelle

Today's Prize: The ENTIRE release!
Now onto the talented blog of Amber!
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!


Stamps: Happy Place (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Coffee in the Arbour (Maja Design), Natural White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Daisy Stickers, doily, pearl lines (Zva Creative), Buttercup Liquid pearls (Ranger), distresser, Scalloped Rectangles (Spellbinders), Deco Fan border punch (Martha Stewart), dimensionals, dauber

Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

New Verve...Corinthians 12:9

Welcome to our July 2014 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! The Divas will be spotlighting 3 new sets, a plain jane and a coordinating die set over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled for some fresh Verve inspiration! If you're following the blog hop in order, welcome from Laurie's blog! There's a complete list of hoppers below if there's a break in the links.
Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 7/11. Today's sneak peek is from the Corinthians 12:9 Plain Jane:


Lots of pearls and swirls...I thought this sentiment should be encompassed by lots of frills...so I did. :) The swirly borders are from Spellbinder's Detailed Scallops die set and I added lots of liquid pearls, regular pearls and a big ol' organdy bow at the top. The papers are from Maja Design's Vintage Summer Basics collection.

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 today for full set reveals, an introduction of our 2 lovely guest divas, and all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee9. Charmaine
2. Stacey10. Jen
3. Maureen11. Sheri {Guest}
4. Chaitali12. Laurie
5. Marisa13. Andrea
6. Teresa14. Amber
7. Kay {Guest}15. Christyne
8. Janelle

Today's Prize: Happy Place (illustrated by Julee Tilman), Happy Doodles Die Set, 2 Corinthians 12:9
Now to follow the hop...Amber is up next!
Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Corinthians 12:9 (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Summer Basics (Maja Design), Natural White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Detailed Scallop frames (Spellbinders), Whisper White Organdy ribbon & Pinking Hearts border punch (SU!), Pastel Raspberry Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Pearl Lines (Zva Creative), Blosssom Spica pen, doily, pearl
Size: 4 1/2" X 6 1/2"
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Verve...Peaceful Medallions

Welcome to our July 2014 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! The Divas will be spotlighting 3 new sets, a plain jane and a coordinating die set over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled for some fresh Verve inspiration! Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 7/11. This card I made today is a little more back to my style of card making, compared with yesterday's peek:


I raided my home first aid kit to bring out a bit of gauze...I doused it in some Antique Linen distress ink and attached it to the background paper. It's a subtle effect, but definitely adds the the shabby look. I used a medallion from the Peaceful Medallions set, along with the 'Congrats' sentiment. I fussy cut out the design, distressed the edges and added some Dark Chocolate liquid pearls around the inner perimeter. A crinkly bow, a button, some twine and champagne Zva Creative pearls finish the look.

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 today for full set reveals, an introduction of our 2 lovely guest divas, and all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee9. Charmaine
2. Stacey10. Jen
3. Maureen11. Sheri {Guest}
4. Chaitali12. Laurie
5. Marisa13. Andrea
6. Teresa14. Amber
7. Kay {Guest}15. Christyne
8. Janelle

Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you here tomorrow with more peeks!


Stamps: Peaceful Medallions (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Life in the Country (Maja Design), Natural White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Baked Brown Sugar (SU!)
Accessories: Gauze, doily, glitter, Dark Chocolate Liquid pearls (Ranger), Champagne Pearl Flourish (Zva Creative), crinkly seam binding, twine, button, paper distresser, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Verve...Moments Remembered

Welcome to our July 2014 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! The Divas will be spotlighting 3 new sets, a plain jane and a coordinating die set over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled for some fresh Verve inspiration! If you're following the blog hop in order, welcome from Sheri's blog! There's a complete list of hoppers below if there's a break in the links.
Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 7/11. Today's sneak peek is from the 'Moments Remembered' set and enticed me to pull out some markers for a little color show:


I don't normally do any coloring, however, these new stamps were just begging to be colored brilliantly! I used Copics for the image and then cut out coordinating colored circles for the design. 



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 today for full set reveals, an introduction of our 2 lovely guest divas, and all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee8. Janelle
2. Stacey9. Charmaine
3. Maureen10. Jen
4. Chaitali11. Sheri {Guest}
5. Marisa12. Andrea
6. Teresa13. Amber
7. Kay {Guest}14. Christyne

Today's Prize: Moments Remembered (illustrated by Chaitali Narla)

Now to follow the hop...Amber is up next!
Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Moments Remembered (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Whisper White, Positively Pink, Pumpkin Pie, YoYo Yellow (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), Oval & Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), corner punch
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Americana Birthday

Morning friends! Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends and a special 'Happy Birthday' to my super special husband, Guy! I posted this card on the Maja Design blog yesterday, but thought it would be more appropriate to post it here today:


I used Maja Design's Life by the Sea collection along with a multitude of various textiles of stars, including sequin, wood and paper. I distressed all the edges, both with a knife and some ink.  Here's another angle:


Hope you all enjoy the day!



Stamps: American Hero (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Life by the Sea (Maja Design), Natural White (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Outdoor Denim (CTMH), Vintage Photo distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Star die cuts (MFT), wooden star, star sequins, twine, paper distresser, dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just Checking In

Hi blog friends...just checking in to let you know that I haven't abandoned card making altogether, though my time to create has been drastically diminished. The biggest chunk of my time now has been focusing on a new pharmacy that I've opened with a partner and I have to say that I really had no idea how much time and effort went into opening your own business. And it seems when I do have time to myself, I'm so exhausted that my creativity is not usually forthcoming. But enough about boring business stuff...here's a card I posted on Maja Design's blog last week, in case you didn't see it:


This card features Maja Design's Vintage Spring Basics collection, lots of Zva Creative crystals and pearls and also some vintage/shabby accents. 
Hope to back here soon with some more card goodness...'see' you then!



Stamps: Be Blessed (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Spring Basics collection (Maja Design), Natural White, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Daisy chain lace, crystal flourish & green pearls (Zva Creative), Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), Floral Oval Nestability (Spellbinders), dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Monday, June 16, 2014

June 2014 Diva Dare

Hey Verve fans...I'm bringing you a little somethin' somethin' to get your Father's Day creative juices flowing! 

A Man's World - June Diva Dare

Soo...welcome to June's Diva Dare!  As the weather heats up, dads and grads and outdoor fun are foremost in our minds, so our June Dare is entitled A Man's World.    


This month we're daring you to create a stamped card or project with a masculine theme.  It doesn't have to be a Father's Day card, just something masculine. However, if you need to get one done, we're here to help wink, wink. If just reading the theme gives you a creative block, take a deep breath and think clean lines, few embellishments, rugged or distressed edges and muted or earthy colors. Replace bling with wood or metal embellishments, and replace ribbon with twine, rope or twill and you'll be surprised how quickly a masculine card will come together! And I have to say with my love of feminine, frilly, over-the-top girly cards...if I can do this...so can you! Take a lookie...


Ok, ok...I admit there is some semblence of flowers, though, I tried to tone them down a bit with Shine Bright sequins and liquid pearls. Uh, re-reading that sentence didn't really help with my cause at all, haha... Well anyway, I stamped the sentiment from Verve's latest release, Wonderful Marvelous on a piece of cork and added the 'Dad' stamp on a Flag It die cut, also from Verve. I adhered some striped washi tape behind the sentiment and added the wood accents (they're really snowflakes...I kid you not ;). I scored the outer perimeter with my Martha Stewart scoring board and added a bit of cork accent at the bottom, highlighed with more liquid pearls (at least they're black, lol).

Two ways to win prizes for double the fun!

Win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! Take our A Man's World dare and link up your card to be eligible to win.  Entries must be masculine in theme, posted 6/6 or later, include at least one Verve product and be linked up to the linky widget by 8pm Mountain on 6/25/14.  One participant will be randomly selected to win the gift voucher.  You can enter as many times as you like, but each card needs to be in a separate post.

Win a Verve set of your choice! For another chance to win some new Verve, leave a little comment love on our design team's A Man's World Diva Dare posts!  One lucky commenter will win a Verve stamp set of his or her choice, so be sure to tune in each day!  Comment deadline to be entered in our prize drawing is June 25, 2014.

Winners will be announced on June 26, 2014.

- Go forth and get inky! We DARE you! -

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wonderful Marvelous (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Natural White
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), Flag It die set (Verve~A Cut Above dies), wooden snowflakes, Black Onyx liquid pearls (Ranger), washi tape, scoring board, A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader die & Scalloped Rectangle (Spellbinders)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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