Saturday, October 18, 2014

October Release Retrospective Blog Hop

Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the October release stamps & dies! Besides a look-see at some really nifty cards, there's also a comment prize up for grabs!


I dug through some of my old papers and came up with Basic Grey's Origins line. I don't often use yellow, but I really liked the way this one came out. I stamped the sentiment from Verve's Inspire Hope set onto a Sweet Scallop Tag die. I then stamped the mums from the same said set in Chocolate ink and added some Buttercup Liquid Pearl centers. I also added some of Verve's Pastel Sequin Mix to the tag and the card base. 

1. Julee8. Laurie
2. Stacey9. Christyne
3. Marisa10. Teresa
4. Chaitali11. Andrea
5. Amber12. Betty
6. Jen13. Sarah
7. Charmaine14. Maureen



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.

Thanks for the visit and have a great weekend!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Diva Dare


Pink Power- October Diva Dare

Hi Verve fans and welcome to October's Diva Dare!  This month's dare is entitled Pink Power in honor of October being breast cancer awareness month.  Many of us have had friends and family who have waged a battle against this disease. I was just informed recently that a wonderfully sweet neighbor of mine was just diagnosed with breast cancer. I am hoping that she wins her fight against this terrible disease. Here's a card that I made for her in her honor:  


I wanted the pinks to really stand out, so I based them on a very muted background, with just hints of pink in it. I used Verve's Pink Power stamp set, stamped on a cut out tag from Prima's Romance Novel papers. I mounted that on a Spellbinders die and added my array of vibrantly pink flowers, with a silver charm and some black/pearl stamens thrown in for a little interest. The edges are all distressed with a paper distresser and Walnut Stain distress ink. I decided to make the card base smaller than the card front...just cos you don't see that very often. :)




Two ways to win prizes for double the fun!

Win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! Take our Pink Power dare and link your card up to be eligible to win.  Entries must have pink on your card or project, be posted 10/10 or later, include at least one Verve product and be linked up to the linky widget by 8pm Mountain on 10/26/14.  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 Pink Power 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 October 26, 2014.


Winners will be announced on October 27, 2014.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

From Santa With Love

Morning friends! I had a chance this week to play with some new Maja Design papers I received in the mail and I thought that I would share here with you today. I haven't had much time to craft, let alone do it "for nothing"...meaning that lately I haven't had any mojo for card making, but I capitalized on the spark of creativity that settled upon my head two days ago:

It's never too late to start upon the Christmas card stash, eh? One down, 99 to go...
Seriously though, I used 'given from the heart', 'from someone special', and 'from Santa with love' papers from this new collection. I added a glittered snowflake, a bell-adorned fuzzy candy cane and some vintage lace. I did not use any stamps, the sentiment was cut out of the paper directly.



'Tis all from me for now, here's to hoping that the mojo fairy visits me again, soon....
Thanks for visiting and have a great day!


Stamps: none
Paper: A Gift for You (Maja Design), Natural White 
Ink: none
Accessories: candy cane, bells, twine, glittered snowflake, paper distresser
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Verve...Inspire Hope

It's the final day of Verve's October 2014 Release Celebration! Three new sets, three new dies and a sequin mix just released on Saturday and today we're back sharing our inspirations with a new set designed by Julee Tilman called Inspire Hope.



Inspire Hope contains beautifully written, heartfelt sentiments...it was so hard to choose one to use! I brought out my Ska vi ta en fika papers, added a daisy chain lace border, adorned with crystals and tied off with a sweet little twine bow. The sentiment panel is a Rounded Scallop die frame, dotted with some liquid pearls.


Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products!
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen
Thanks for visiting!


Stamps: Inspire Hope (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Ska vi ta en fika (Maja Design), Natural White (SU!)
Ink: Outdoor Denim (CTMH)
Accessories: Rounded Scallop Frame die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), lace, twine, crystals, paper distresser
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Verve...Masquerade

Welcome back to Verve's October 2014 Release Celebration! Three new sets, three new dies and a sequin mix just released on Saturday and today we're back sharing our inspirations with a new set illustrated by Chaitali Narla called Masquerade and the new Gown Die and Mask Die Set!



I pulled out some Enchanted Authentique paper for this one...I've been just itching to make a Fall inspired card and this Verve set gave me the perfect inspiration! This set is full of fun, goth-type stamps (well, as goth-y as my taste allows). I used some of Verve's Polka Dotted Ribbon basics for the bow, a Rounded Scallop Frame to highlight the dress and a Mini Classy Label die for the sentiment. I added a bit of Crystal glitter to the dress for some shimmer and lots of strategically placed liquid pearls.


1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen 


Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products!


Stamps: Masquerade (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Enchanted (Authentique), Black, Vanilla
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Polka Dotted Ribbon Basics collection, Rounded Scallop die & Mini Classy Label die (Verve), Lattice Rectangle (Spellbinders), Black Onyx Liquid Pearls (Ranger), dauber, dimensionals
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
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Monday, October 6, 2014

New Verve...Pink Power

Welcome back to Verve's October 2014 Release Celebration! Three new sets, three new dies and a sequin mix just released on Saturday and today we're back sharing our inspirations with a new set called Pink Power and the new Ribbon Die!



I've recently heard from an old neighbor that she was diagnosed with breast cancer...I felt devastated by her news! The timing of this new set is perfect as I would like to send this to her to let her know that I'm thinking about her. I used two sentiments from the Pink Power set and also the coordinating Ribbon die from Verve. I stamped them on Vintage Summer Basics paper and outlined the perimeter with some liquid pearls. My sketch is modeled after this week's Mojo Monday design:



Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below. So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the scoop on prizes and today's featured products!




1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen


Featured Products: Pink Power, Ribbon Die
Today's Prize: $30 gift voucher to Verve

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Pink Power (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Summer Basics (Maja Design), Natural White (SU!)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Ribbon die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), pink lace, mauve ribbon, Zva Creative pearl flourish
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Making Card Day and New Verve!

Happy World Cardmaking Day and welcome to Verve's October 2014 Release Celebration! Three new sets, three new dies and a sequin mix just released this morning and the Divas are here to share some of our first looks at the new goodies with you! I'm so excited to show you a sneak peek of some new stamps that we're also going to be previewing for you next week! My card samples from the new Inspire Hope...which is full of uplifting and encouraging sentiments:


I started off shabbing up the edges with both a paper distresser and some Antique Linen ink. I then sewed the perimeters of all the patterns on to the base. There's a peek of a Floral Oval die cut off to the right and the sentiment is stamped on a Wavy Heart die...then lightly distressed with Tattered Rose distress ink. The floral cluster consists of roses, pearl/tulle stamens and a cannibalized raffia piece from another sticker. Lastly I added the Zva Creative crystal flourish.



Want to win some shiny new Verve? One random winner will be drawn from the comments on the blogs linked below! So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment box at each stop along the way to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the prize details and the scoop on all the new releases!


1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Marisa9. Christyne
4. Chaitali10. Teresa
5. Amber11. Andrea
6. Jen 


Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!