Saturday, July 26, 2014

July Release Retrospective Blog Hop

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! But before we get to the fun stuff, here's a bit of shabby stuff:

I started off with some paper from Romance Novel from Prima and basically just took a bunch of scraps, distressed the edges with a razor and then distress ink, and haphazardly arranged them on the card front. Then I glued on some coordinating flowers, tulle accents and stamens to draw the eye. I highlighted Verve's Moments Remembered set with it's signature phrase...which is indeed both true and beautiful. :)



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. Janelle17. Anya
9. Charmaine18. 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:


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Stamps: Moments Remembered (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Romance Novel (Prima), Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx black, Vintage Photo distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Paper & fabric flowers, paper distresser, CRS-06CA-110 Flourish White-pearl (Zva Creative), tulle accents
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

July Diva Dare

Inside Out - July Diva Dare

This month we're daring you to create a stamped card and continue the design on the inside for a special surprise for the recipient. Simply carry over some portion of the card front design on to the inside of your card. I'm ashamed to say that I very rarely decorate the inside of my card (though I do stamp the envelope!) so this challenge was a good excuse for me to practice! Here's my attempt at coordinating the inside (P.S. Don't close the card until your liquid pearls are dry...don't ask me how I know :)


I'm loving these new Verve floral stamps, designed by Julee. I stamped the flowers from Verve's Happy Place set onto a piece of Natural White cardstock and cut out the shape with the coordinating Happy Doodles die set. I colored in the image using Copics. I added some Raspberry Liquid Pearls to the tops of the flowers and also to the butterfly stamped on the inside of the card. I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for my design. All edges are distressed and I added a variety of lace, Organdy and daisy chain ribbon as well as twine to the top. The banners are cut out with Verve's Banner Bundle set.






Two ways to win prizes for double the fun!

Win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! Take our Inside Out dare and link up your card to be eligible to win.  Entries must have an element from the front of your card carried over to the inside, be posted 7/14 or later, include at least one Verve product and be linked up to the linky widget by 8pm Mountain on 7/31/14.  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 Inside Out 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 July 31, 2014.

Winners will be announced on August 1, 2014.

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

You only need to link 1 image if your post contains pictures of both the front and inside of the card.  If you are linking to a gallery, then include a link to where we can see both the inside and outside of your card.

Thanks for stopping by!
 

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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