Monday, September 30, 2013

Zva Creative September DT Blog Hop

Zva Creative and my fellow Design Team members welcome you to our September blog hop! We are excited happy you are joining us and look forward to sharing our new work with you!

Today's Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's Facebook page! Be sure head on over to check it out!

Here's a list of participants (in case there is a glitch along the way):


As you know, Zva Creative offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. If you like what you see along the hop, you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.



  I've paired these glorious Zva Creative pearl flourishes with some new Maja Design Vintage Autumn Basics paper. I really like the dichotomy of the elegant pearls with the ripped/distressed paper. I also added a strip of petite pearls along the edge of the lace. The sentiment is from Verve's newest release...this set is called Each Day.
Today also happens to be my 18th wedding anniversary and I just wanted to wish my most wonderful, patient, caring, thoughtful husband....(the list goes on)....Happy Anniversary! Flashback 18 years ago...


And now:



If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

The Blog Hop starts today, September 30th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, October 1st.

***Prizes***  Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 2nd on Zva Creative's Facebook page!

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! To increase your chances of winning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.


The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's Facebook page! Your next stop is Marilia Lopes. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on October 28th for our next Zva blog hop!



Stamps: Each Day (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Autumn Basics (No. XVI-bs, No. XXII, No. XXII) Maja Design, Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Whisper White (SU!)
Ink: Outdoor Denim (CTMH)
Accessories: PE-02CB-127 (Double Flourishes Pearl (a)- white), PEW-03CA-104 (Basic Lines Pearl - White (0.3 cm & 0.5 cm) Zva creative, ribbon, lace, copper brads, paper distresser, Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), paper flower
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Saturday, September 28, 2013

New Verve, Post Release Inspiration

Happy Saturday all! Last week Verve released a slew of darling stamps, sequins and dies. I'm back here today with a card that I made both for the release and also for my posting on Maja Design's blog. This card features the newly released Poppy Birthday stamp set from Verve and the newly released Vintage Autumn Basics collection from Maja Design:


I seriously adore these stamps and papers. Mmm...Me thinks you may be seeing more of them in the future. {wink, wink}.
The photo is part of the paper collection...there all kinds of vintage photos of different people with different backgrounds. I thought that the Verve sentiment from Poppy Birthday would fit perfectly with the theme of this card. The edges are all distressed with scissors and I added some of Verve's Truly Madly Deeply seam binding...adorned with a fabric flower and I also added the chipboard heart that I outfitted with some lace, twine and pearls.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting!


Stamps: Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Autumn Basics collection (Heritage, No. VI, No. X, No. XVI) Maja Design, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand (SU!)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Truly Madly Deeply Seam Binding collection (Verve), fabric flowers, chipboard heart, twine, pearls, lace, wooden flourish, paper distresser
Size:  4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Friday, September 27, 2013

New Verve Spotlight Hop...Rain or Shine

Welcome to our September 2013 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! Each day this week, the Divas will be shining their Verve spotlights on a different set, so stay tuned for a week filled with inspiration! Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 9/27. Today is our final day of reveals...and Julee has come up with the most adorable idea for last! Today's card features the Rain or Shine set...complete with sweet images and uplifting sentiments:


More bold colors from me! Feels good to stretch those wings a bit! This is a new paper pack that I purchased from Michael's, however, both the front and back covers were ripped off so I don't know what line, nor who is the manufacturer. (The nice cashier at Michael's gave me 40% off, though!) I hand cut out the umbrella and added some Glossy Accents to it to make it shine as if it were wet. The banner is a new one which premiered on Tuesday...it's called the Award Banner die. I added some pearls and gems to the negative spaces on it for a bit of sparkle.
1. Julee7. Amber
2. Teresa8. Laurie W.
3. Charmaine9. Christyne
4. Stacey {Guest}10. Marisa
5. Andrea11. Janelle
6. Jen12. Laurie S.

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 and all the prize info and deadlines!

Thanks for stopping by today...enjoy your weekend!


Stamps: Rain or Shine (Verve Stamps)
Paper: ??? (maybe My Mind's Eye?), White, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Award Banner die (Verve~A Cut Above dies), pearls, gems, button, twine, Glossy Accents, sewing machine
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Verve Spotlight Hops...Poppy Birthday

Welcome to our September 2013 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! Each day this week, the Divas will be shining their Verve spotlights on a different set, so stay tuned for a week filled with inspiration! Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 9/27. Today we're featuring Poppy Birthday stamps set, along with a coordinating new die...Build a Poppy. So what did I do? I built a Poppy! Take a look:





My inspiration for today's card comes from CASE Study's current challenge...we're gleaning from super creative Muse Kathy Racoosin. I chose to emulate her design and the faux stitching around the perimeter. I changed up the colors, stamps and sentiment. I made my own background paper with this new stamp set. There are different sized poppies and leaves for more versatility. The red poppy was cut out using the new 'Build a Poppy' die set.

Here's another...a little more shabbied up:

This one uses Maja Design's newest collection, Vintage Autumn Basics. This sentiment is also included in the Poppy Birthday set. My design is based on this week's Mojo Monday.




1. Julee8. Laurie W.
2. Teresa9. Christyne
3. Charmaine10. Maureen
4. Stacey {Guest}11. Marisa
5. Andrea12. Janelle
6. Jen13. Laurie S.
7. Amber

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 and all the prize info and deadlines!

Thanks so much for your visit today!


Card 1:
Stamps: Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper: American Crafts, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark Watermark pad
Accessories: Build a Poppy die set (Verve~A Cut Above dies), ribbon, button, twine, Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), White paint pen
Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Card 2:
Stamps: Poppy Birthday (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Autumn Basics (Maja Design), White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: burlap, daisy chain lace, pearls, organdy ribbon, tulle, fabric flower, crystal stamens, distresser, dauber, Pearl lines (Zva Creative)
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Verve Spotlight Hops...Birthday Bots

Welcome to our September 2013 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! Each day this week, the Divas will be shining their Verve spotlights on a different set, so stay tuned for a week filled with inspiration! Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 9/27. Continuing with our heavy metal tribute...today's spotlight set is Birthday Bots and as a special treat...Julee has added sequins to Verve's repertoire of charming accessories! Today the gals are introducing the Metal Mix and Pastel sequins! (Psst...my card yesterday had the Metal Mix sequins on it....) Here's my sample using today's Birthday Bots:


Some more fun, bright colors on this one...I made my own background paper with the 'Robots Are Awesome' stamp...I used white craft ink on the black paper and Versafine Onyx Black on the orange paper. The robot is colored with Copics and I added a gem to his little belly button area. :) As accents, I added Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls to the outside perimeter and I drew in white stitch marks on the black panels with a white paint pen.

1. Julee7. Amber
2. Teresa8. Laurie W.
3. Charmaine9. Christyne
4. Stacey {Guest}10. Marisa
5. Andrea11. Janelle
6. Jen12. Laurie S.

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 and all the prize info and deadlines!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Stamps: Birthday Bots (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Wander (Basic Grey), White, Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, White craft ink 
Accessories: Copics, Scalloped Circle die (Spellbinders), Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Star brad (SU!), White paint pen, gem
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Verve Spotlight Hops...Programmed to Party

Welcome to our September 2013 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! Each day this week, the Divas will be shining their Verve spotlights on a different set, so stay tuned for a week filled with inspiration! Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 9/27.  Today's featured set is Geared Up and a brand new die...Award Banner die. Here's my take on this cutie robot set:


If you can believe it, I really have no 'kid colors' of card stock in my stash...well, my current stash, anyway. I had to dig waaaaay back to find this bright green paper. I think it works well with the black/gray/white neutrals of the card...it certainly adds a pop of color! The robot is colored with Copics and I happened to have this bright green matching ribbon...so I just had to use that as well!

1. Julee8. Laurie W.
2. Teresa9. Christyne
3. Charmaine10. Maureen
4. Stacey {Guest}11. Marisa 
5. Andrea12. Janelle
6. Jen13. Laurie S.
7. Amber


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 and all the prize info and deadlines!
Thanks for your visit and have a great day!


Stamps: Geared Up (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Hello Luscious (Basic Grey), Black, White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Metal Mix Sequins (Verve), Scalloped Trim Trio dies (Verve~A Cut Above dies), ribbon, twine, button, Copics 
Size: 4 1/2" X 5 1/2"
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Verve 2013 Spotlight Hop...Each Day

Welcome to our September 2013 Spotlight Hops!  We're so excited to share some new Verve with you! Each day this week, the Divas will be shining their Verve spotlights on a different set, so stay tuned for a week filled with inspiration! Everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 9/27. Today the team is peeking two new sets, Each Day and Psalm 94:18 Plain Jane. I decided to make something for each set:


I have to admit that Pinterest helped me out with a little inspiration for this one. I wrapped a length of burlap around the candle, then the floral trim and Verve's Polka Dot Basics collection ribbon. I purchased the charm from Michael's clearance bin, it had a generic photo in there so I stamped 'God is Able' from the Each Day set, sponged the edges and Modge Podge'd it to the charm. I then glued that to the ribbon.


And here's a card featuring the Psalm 94:18 Plain Jane:

I am always inspired by the Fall colors I see this time of year, so I pulled out some lovely papers from American crafts. I added a bit of Victorian lace trim, some blinged out Autumn leaves and a metal flower charm. Some of my favorite liquid pearl accents give it a finishing touch.

1. Julee8. Laurie W.
2. Teresa9. Christyne
3. Charmaine10. Maureen
4. Stacey {Guest}11. Marisa
5. Andrea12. Janelle
6. Jen13. Laurie S.
7. Amber


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 and all the prize info and deadlines!

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Stamps: Psalm 94:18 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: American Crafts, More Mustard, Early Espresso (SU!)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Victorian Lace & Scalloped border punch (SU!), Hot Cocoa Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Fall leaves, metal flower charm
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Make Your Own Happiness

Happy Sunday friends! Today marks a new challenge for our Russian friends over at the Vintage Card Cafe ...we're continuing our rainbow blitz and today's feature color is white! I've gone and added a little 'grunge' to my whites...stark white is not a color that I'm very comfortable with...I really love the softness of antiqued, brown edges to any light color. Here's what I mean:


I bought a clearance woodgrain snowflake from Michael's and used that as my background shape. I added a scalloped circle, painted with modge podge, a book print page and some coarse crystal glitter. I added some White Liquid Pearls and then my sentiment which is from Verve's Fairy Tales set. There's a strip of floral ribbon and floral lace overtop that. The background paper is embossed with Swiss Dots and I outlined the perimeter with Platinum Stickles. 

Here's the inspiration piece from the Vintage Card Cafe:

 Thanks for visiting today and enjoy the rest of your day!




Stamps: Fairy Tales (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Walnut  Stain distress ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Floral ribbon, floral lace, Christmas ornament, Scalloped circles (Spellbinders), twine, pearls, Liquid Pearls, diemnsionals, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Platinum Stickles (Ranger), Modge Podge, Coarse crystal glitter (Martha Stewart)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

CASE Study...Make A Wish

Good early morning CASE Study fans! We're in full swing with our wonderfully creative muse, Kathy Racoosin! This week's card is loaded with lovely color and is gorgeous in it's design! Here's how I interpreted it:


Oh my, this card was so super easy. I took Kathy's lead with the polka dotted paper and the colors of the flowers. The birthday theme is also there as well. Turns out that I cleaned my desk a couple of days ago (that takes a few week's worth of motivation to accomplish!) and I found these lovely floral stickers. I just staggered them down the side and added a Verve sentiment, this one from the Birthday Phrases set. 
Here's Kathy's sweet card:
Want to see how the other CASE Study design team members were inspired?
Here's the list of the other ladies' blog:
Our September Guestie:
Amber Hight 

Now all you have to do is play with us!
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 CSC158), 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!

Thanks for visiting and have a great night!



Stamps: Birthday Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Flamingo Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Extra Large Modern Label punch (SU!), Swiss Dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), dimensionals, Pink Hydrangea Velvet flowers (Petaloo)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" 
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Friday, September 13, 2013

September Diva Dare

Morning Verve fans! Andrea coming to you here on this Friday the 13th with this month's Diva Dare entitled "Tic-Tac-Toe".

So what we're daring you to create this month is a card or project using inspiration from a tic-tac-toe board.  For example:  x’s and o’s, hugs & kisses, squares, circles, grids...you get the idea.   
  
Here is my card using this month's dare:


I wanted to incorporate the 'X's and 'O's without making them blatantly obvious. My first trip was to Pinterest...typing in 'tic tac toe' as my search parameter. I'm scrolling along when I spot a picture with a cross stitch design. Eureka! That's the subtlety I was looking for! So what I did was to hand-stitch a cross pattern around the outside perimeter of the card. I then filled in the middle with some Verve goodies...namely two wonderfully vintage stamps from Verve's Wings of Love set. I kept the theme neutral...adding gingham ribbon, distressed/shabbed up papers and some coarse crystal glitter. And some Zva bling to finish it off.

Deadline to link your cards is 8PM Mountain on Wednesday, September 25th.  Entries must be new (posted 9/6 or later), include at least one Verve product, include inspiration from a tic-tac-toe board, and be linked up to the linky widget by 8pm Mountain on 9/25/13. 

During this month's Diva Dare, there are 2 prizes up for grabs!

Win a $40 Gift voucher to Verve Stamps! Take our "Tic-Tac-Toe" Dare and link up your card (created September 6th 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 "Tic-Tac-Toe" 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 September 25, 2013.

Winners will be announced on September 26, 2013.


Thanks for visiting today!


Stamps: Wings of Love (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Attic Treasures (Melissa Frances), White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: button, ribbon, coarse glitter, modge podge, paper distresser, dauber, dimensionals, doily, needle and thread, CR-03CA-111 (Clear Crystal Flourish) Zva Creative, Platinum Stickles
Size: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4"
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

CASE Study...Forever-and-Always

Hello CASE Study fans! We're into our second fabulous week with inspiring muse, Kathy Racoosin! I've taken her gloriously uplifting card and transformed it into my own shabby style:


I used Maja Design's Sofiero collection with some decadent ribbons, twine and lace. The sentiment is courtesy of Verve's No Matter What set.
Here's Kathy's sweet card:

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

Now all you have to do is play with us!
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 CSC157), 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!

Thanks for visiting and have a great night!




Stamps: No Matter What (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Sofiero collection (Maja Design), Almost Amethyst, Vellum, white
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: lace, twine, ribbon, Pastel Raspberry Liquid Pearls (Ranger), paper distresser
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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