Friday, September 26, 2014

September 2014 Diva Dare

Terrific Trios - September Diva Dare


Hi Verve fans and welcome to September's Diva Dare! It's Andrea here with you bringing this month's dare which is entitled Terrific Trios. Back to school time usually means life is a 3 ring circus, so this month we're daring you to add 3 of something to your card or project.


I started off by cutting out the focal frame with Verve's Rounded Scallop Frame. I took the outside scalloped edge, distressed the edge with ink and then sprayed it with Elmer's glue. I then sprinkled some coarse glitter over it. The sentiment is from Wonderful Marvelous and for that frame I inked the edges and then added some White Opal liquid pearls. Turns out that the liquid pearls interacted with the ink and they turned green! Ugh! In a fit of mild anger, I scraped off the dots with my finger nail. It actually adds to the distressed look so we'll chalk that up to a happy mistake. :) The floral accent consists of silk ribbon with paper flowers attached. I added some pulled apart gauze to the base of the card and then added strips of paper.

Two ways to win prizes for double the fun!

Win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! Take our Terrific Trios dare and link your card up to be eligible to win.  Entries must have 3 of something on your card or project, be posted 9/12 or later, include at least one Verve product and be linked up to the linky widget by 8pm Mountain on 10/01/14.  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 Celebrate Good Times 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 1, 2014.

Winners will be announced on October 2, 2014.


Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, September 13, 2014

August Release Retrospective Hop

Welcome to Verve's August Release Retrospective Blog Hop! The Verve Divas are hopping today and serving up some more inspiration using the August release stamps & dies! Besides a peek at some really cool cards, there are also a couple of prizes up for grabs! I've combined some new with old...the newer Moments Remembered with the older All About You:


Starting out the Fall-ish weekend out with some Fall-ish colors to go along with my Verve Stamps! I combined two sentiment (very easy to do with Verve Stamps) to make this 'Thinking of You' 'You make each day feel brand new' sentiment. I added a twine bow to the leaf dies, some wooden snowflakes adorned with pearls and lots of ink distressing.



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. 

1. Julee10. Laurie
2. Teresa11. Janelle
3. Chaitali12. Christyne
4. Amber13. Jen
5. Charmaine14. Andrea
6. Marisa15. Betty
7. Monika {Guest}16. Karen
8. Stacey17. Sarah
9. Maureen

Want another chance to win? Now it's your turn! We'd LOVE to see what you've done with the August release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our August 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 October 3, so there's still plenty of time to get the August release if you haven't already.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!


Stamps: Moments Remembered, All About You (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Walking in the Forest (Maja Design), Very Vanilla
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Copper Liquid Pearls (Ranger), pearls, wooden accents, leaf die (Spellbinders), ribbon, corner punch, dauber, twine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Verve's 7th Anniversary Spotlight Blog Hops Day 6

Welcome to our last day of Anni-VERVE-sary 2014 Spotlight Hops! This month Verve is celebrating 7 wonderful years and our release is filled with all sorts of treats! All week long the Divas will be spotlighting new stamps and dies and each day there's a chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve just for commenting on our posts! So tune in each day for a new spotlight and a fresh chance to win. Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store today, 8/30. Today's featured set is the Small Packages and Cupcake Frame die sets:



I hope you've enjoyed all the glorious eye candy you have seen over the past 6 days...I surely did! Today's card was made with the adorable Small Packages collection...full of sweet cupcakes and birthday celebration phrases. I used some Truly Madly Deeply seam binding (crinkled up) and Verve's Cupcake Frame die accessories. I added a bit of sparkle to my cupcake, just to give it a little pizazz. 



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}14. Andrea


Today's Prize: $50 gift code to Verve

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your holiday weekend!

Stamps: Small Packages (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Sofiero collection (Maja Design), Natural White
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Cupcake Frame die (Verve~A Cut Above dies),  Truly Madly Deeply ribbon collection (Verve), Zva Creative pearls, twine, paper distresser, Star Dust Stickles & White Opal Liquid pearls (Ranger)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Verve's 7th Anniversary Spotlight Blog Hop Day 5

Welcome to our Anni-VERVE-sary 2014 Spotlight Hops! This month Verve is celebrating 7 wonderful years and our release is filled with all sorts of treats! All week long the Divas will be spotlighting new stamps and dies and each day there's a chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve just for commenting on our posts! So tune in each day for a new spotlight and a fresh chance to win. Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store on Saturday 8/30. Today, I'm spotlighting Verve's Psalm 34:8 Plain Jane:


Back to my ol' style...to a Detailed Scallops die, I added metal & fabric flowers, a silver doily, pearl/tulle accents and some Zva Creative gems. I stamped the Psalm 34:8 Plain Jane sentiment on two Banner Bundle dies...the sentiment is broken up so that it would fit on the tag. 


1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}14. Andrea


Thanks for visiting!


Stamps: Psalm 34:8 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Coffee in the Arbour (Maja Design)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Banner Bundle Dies (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Zva Creative Crystals, fabric flowers, pearl stamens, tulle accents, metal flowers, silver doily, Detailed Scallops die (Spellbinders)
Size: 5" X 3"
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Verve's 7th Anniversary Spotlight Hops Day 4

Welcome to our Anni-VERVE-sary 2014 Spotlight Hops! This month Verve is celebrating 7 wonderful years and our release is filled with all sorts of treats! All week long the Divas will be spotlighting new stamps and dies and each day there's a chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve just for commenting on our posts! So tune in each day for a new spotlight and a fresh chance to win. Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store on Saturday 8/30. Today we're featuring the Framed Florals stamp:



I wanted to highlight the bluebell frame, so I stamped it on Natural White paper, then stamped the bluebells in Cornflower blue ink and accented them with some liquid pearls. I lightly sponged the inside panel and liquid pearl dotted each perimeter with black liquid pearls. There are two strips of  "Life by the Sea" striped paper underneath the main panel just for a little accent.



Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!


1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Teresa9. Maureen
3. Chaitali10. Laurie
4. Amber11. Janelle
5. Charmaine12. Christyne
6. Marisa13. Jen
7. Monika {Guest}14. Andrea

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Framed Florals (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Natural White (Stampin' Up!), Life by the Sea (Maja Design)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Cornflower Blue (CTMH)
Accessories: Black Onyx & White Opal Liquid Pearls (Ranger), daubers, dimensionals
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Verve's 7th Anniversary Spotlight Hops Day 2

Welcome to our Anni-VERVE-sary 2014 Spotlight Hops! This month Verve is celebrating 7 wonderful years and our release is filled with all sorts of treats! All week long the Divas will be spotlighting new stamps and dies and each day there's a chance to win a $50 gift code to Verve just for commenting on our posts! So tune in each day for a new spotlight and a fresh chance to win. Everything previewed this week will be available for purchase in the Verve online store on Saturday 8/30. Today we're featuring Framed Lillies:


I stamped the Framed Lillies set 3 times, once on blue paper, once on pink paper and once on the green paper. I cut out the flowers and the inside of the frame and paper pieced them onto the original stamped green paper. I then added some Signature Sequins and some Star Dust Stickles to the perimeter. I mounted that panel on a doily and added both daisy chain lace and a piece of white lace going vertically down the left side. My card is loosely based on this week's Mojo Monday sketch.



1. Julee7. Stacey
2. Teresa8. Maureen
3. Amber9. Laurie
4. Charmaine10. Janelle
5. Marisa11. Christyne
6. Monika {Guest}12. Andrea


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift code to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on each blog on the list to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for full set reveals and all the prize info and deadlines!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Framed Lillies (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Coffee in the Arbour (Maja Design), Natural White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Signature Sequin Mix (Verve), Star Dust Stickles & Black Onyx Liquid Pearls (Ranger), lace, doily, pearls (Zva Creative)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Celebrate Verve

Hello blog friends! Today is my day to post on both the Verve blog for August's Diva Dare project and Maja Design's blog for a sampling of Maja Design vintage papers. I combined both challenges into one card to come up with this summer delight:




Verve's Diva Dare theme is 'Celebrate' being that Verve is turning 7 this month! I used the latest release stamp set, Moments Remembered. I also added some Shine Bright Sequins and a floral cluster consisting of a paper flower, fabric leaves, wooden feathers, a floral stamen and distressed gauze. I also distressed all the edges and inked them up. The middle panel is also sewed. My design is modeled after this week's Mojo Monday sketch.



Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



Stamps: Moments Remembered (Verve Stamps) 
Paper: Vintage Summer Basics (Maja Design), Natural White (SU!)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH), Walnut Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), Wooden Feathers & paper flower (Kaisercraft), fabric leaves, gauze, paper distresser, dauber, sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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