Thursday, April 17, 2014

Verve's April Diva Dare

"Little Things" - April Diva Dare

Welcome to April's Diva Dare!  In honor of Spring's arrival (in some parts of North America anyway!), this month's Dare is entitled "Little Things".  

What we're daring you to do this month is to create a baby or kids themed card. 
Generally, I don't make many kids/whimsy styled cards...but I had this old paper pack from Basic Grey and I thought it would make an adorable baby boy card:


I used many Verve dies on this one, the sentiment is housed by a Mini Bookplate die and it's mat, the banners are from the Banner Bundle die set and the vertical flag is Verve's Pennant Trim die. The sentiment and sweet little bear is from Verve's To the Moon set. I colored him in with Prismacolor pencils. I modeled my card after this week's Mojo Monday sketch.


During this month's Diva Dare, there are 2 prizes up for grabs!
Win a $40 Gift voucher to Verve Stamps! Take our "Little Things" Dare and link up your card (created April 4th or later) to the linky widget below to be eligible to win.  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 set of your choice! For another chance to win some new Verve, leave a little comment love on our design team's "Little Things" 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 April 23, 2014.

Winners will be announced on April 24, 2014. 

Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: To the Moon (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Wander (Basic Grey), Natural White, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx black, Memento Tuxedo Black 
Accessories: Mini Bookplate die, Pennant Trim die, Banner Bundle die set (Verve~A Cut Above dies), twine, button, Black Onyx Liquid pearls (Ranger), metal accent, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Collection of Maja

Morning friends! Sorry that I've been rather quiet lately...you can chalk it up to paying too much attention to serious things and not scheduling any fun in between. I can feel things starting to fall into place, so hopefully my well of creativity will start to fill up. I did go away this past weekend for some 'backwoods' scrapping with some friends...a get together at a hunting lodge where we converted all the testosterone in the joint to some good ol' fashioned estrogen. Love it. Here's the result:


The above card features Maja Design's Vintage Spring Basics collection, Verve's All About You stamps set and a Pink Crystal flourish from Zva Creative.


This one uses Ska vi en ta fika? collection, Verve's Celebration of Thanks and White Pearl flourishes from Zva Creative.


I love crocheted flowers so I used a bunch of them this card, which is a base of Vintage Summer Basics, washi tape, vintage lace, ribbon, Zva Creative blue pearl flourishes/Crystal gems and Verve's No Matter What stamp.

Today is my turn to post on Maja Design's blog...you can check out the deets here.




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Elegant Be Mine

Hello friends! I had a chance to play along with this week's CAS challenge at Splitcoast Stampers...this one was an easy one, I think...dry embossing. This past weekend I had a chance to go out to a Hobby Lobby...which is quite a trek from me from where I live, and frankly, I didn't even know that we had one in New Jersey. I purchased this embossing folder and I thought it would look lovely paired with some Zva Creative crystal flourishes:


Simple, simple...emboss the base, add a black satin ribbon and embellish with a buckle and then lay down those crystals. Oh, and I also added a wee sentiment from Verve, this one is from More than Love set.



Stamps: More Than Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Black satin ribbon, CRB-06CA-115 (White Crystal Flourish) Zva Creative, buckle, Wicker Weave Embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

All Of My Smiles

Morning friends! It's my turn to post on Maja Design's blog today...here's a card I made with one of my very favorite collections, Ska Vi Ta En Fika:


This card features Verve's latest release stamps, Better Together. I added some vintage lace, twine, some distressed edges, heart die cuts of various sizes and a spattering of pearls.

Short on time, short on words...

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Stamps: Better Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Ska vi ta en fika? collection (Maja Design), Natural white
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH), Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Vintage lace, twine, Heart die cuts (MFT), pearls, paper distresser, button, dauber
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Better Together Release Hop

Welcome to Verve's Better Together Release Hop! There's a brand new Verve set releasing today and we're celebrating with a blog hop! I wanted to go neutral with a pop of color on this card and settled on some lovely coral stitched ribbon to draw your eye:


For the background, I stamped the dotted stamp from this set in smokey grey, so that it wasn't too bold. I then added a doily and the sentiment stamped on a Curvy Bookplate die, outlined with liquid pearls. I added a layer of the Pennant Trim die, to which I garnished with lots of pearls. The strip of pearls actually covers a seam between the two papers. Sometimes you gotta cover your tracks ;)

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to the Verve store! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

Hop List:
1. Julee
2. Amber
3. Andrea
4. Charmaine
5. Christyne
6. Janelle
7. Jen
8. Laurie
9. Marisa
10. Maureen
11. Stacey
12. Teresa

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!



Stamps: Better Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Black, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Smokey Grey, Black
Accessories: Pennant Trim die, Curvy Bookplate die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Hydrangea flower (Petaloo), lace, doily, pearls, Black Pearl Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Groovy Guava Stitched ribbon (SU!)
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

CASE Study...Hugs and Smiles

Happy Thursday morning, CASE Study friends! It's our second week with multi-talented muse, Joni Nina Andaya! Today's card is full of beautiful color...to which I've chosen to illustrate on my card, but to a smidgen lesser degree....


I wanted to focus on the colors, but concentrate them in a smaller area. I also gleaned the "Hugs and ..." sentiment from Joni's card. I added a couple of punched butterflies, flowers and a leaf to mimic the bright colors. The rest of the background is muted using Maja Design's Vintage Autumn collection papers.

Here's Joni's card:


 I modeled my sketch after this week's Mojo Monday design:


Want to see how the other CASE Study design team members were inspired?
Here's the list of the other ladies' blog:

March Guest Designers: 
Sarah Gough
Kate Lorenzini

If you'd like to play along with CASE Study's challenge this week...here are the deets:
1. Create a paper crafting project (card, layout, off-the-page item), based on provided inspiration (being a featured creation, made by our Muse).
2. Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code CSC182), and link it here with the inlinkz widget below. Please provide a direct link to your post, not an entire blog.
3. A new challenge is being posted every Thursday at 12.01 AM EST, and you've got until midnight on Tuesday to submit your entry.
4. You may enter as many times as you like, but you're asked to provide a newly designed project.
5. We will choose the authors of four most impressive creations, who will be awarded the Winner and Top 3 awards. In addition, there might be a person chosen randomly from the list of players, who will receive the prize provided by the sponsor - if there is one.
We will announce the winners on Wednesday.
6. If you'd like to be considered for our next month-long Guest Designer, put "GD" next to your name when linking up your project (only valid on every second challenge of the month).
7. Above all, have fun - and be inspired!




Stamps: Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Autumn Basics collection (Maja Design), Early Espresso, Natural White (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Doily, Petite Scalloped & Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Monarch butterfly & Vintage Floral border punch (Martha Stewart), Dark Chocolate & Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls (Ranger), dimensionals, flowers, scrunched seam binding
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Diva Dare

"Do The Polka", March Diva Dare

Welcome to March's Diva Dare!  This month's Dare is entitled "Do The Polka".  

What we're daring you to do this month is to use polka dots somewhere on your card. Whether you choose to strut your polka dot stamps, paper, ribbon or all of the above, we want to see you do the polka!


And....I'm peeking Verve's newest stamp set, this one is called 'Better Together'. I simply love Julee's style of mixing fonts on one sentiment. I also adore these darling rustic arrows included in the set too. I stamped them on an Occasion Frame die after I lightly inked the edges with some Vintage Photo distress ink. I added some copper accents, flowers, twine, a doily and wrapped it up, package style, with Verve's Polka Dot Basics collection



Deadline to link your cards is 8PM Mountain on Wednesday, March 26th.  Entries must be posted 3/7 or later, include at least one Verve product, polka dots, and be linked up to the linky widget by 8pm Mountain on 3/26/14.   



During this month's Diva Dare, there are 2 prizes up for grabs!
Win a $40 Gift voucher to Verve Stamps! Take our "Do The Polka" Dare and link up your card (created March 7th or later) to the linky widget below to be eligible to win.  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 set of your choice! For another chance to win some new Verve, leave a little comment love on our design team's "Do The Polka" 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 March 26, 2014.

Winners will be announced on March 27, 2014. 

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



Stamps: Better Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Art of Life (Kaisercraft), Early Espresso, Natural White, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Vintage Photo distress ink (Ranger), Desert Sand (CTMH)
Accessories: Polka Dot Basics collection (Verve), Occasion Frame die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), twine, antique copper medley accents (CTMH), doily, lace, flowers, paper distresser
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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