Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just Checking In

Hi blog friends...just checking in to let you know that I haven't abandoned card making altogether, though my time to create has been drastically diminished. The biggest chunk of my time now has been focusing on a new pharmacy that I've opened with a partner and I have to say that I really had no idea how much time and effort went into opening your own business. And it seems when I do have time to myself, I'm so exhausted that my creativity is not usually forthcoming. But enough about boring business's a card I posted on Maja Design's blog last week, in case you didn't see it:

This card features Maja Design's Vintage Spring Basics collection, lots of Zva Creative crystals and pearls and also some vintage/shabby accents. 
Hope to back here soon with some more card goodness...'see' you then!

Stamps: Be Blessed (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Spring Basics collection (Maja Design), Natural White, Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Cocoa (CTMH)
Accessories: Daisy chain lace, crystal flourish & green pearls (Zva Creative), Dotted Scallop border punch (EK Success), Floral Oval Nestability (Spellbinders), dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Monday, June 16, 2014

June 2014 Diva Dare

Hey Verve fans...I'm bringing you a little somethin' somethin' to get your Father's Day creative juices flowing! 

A Man's World - June Diva Dare

Soo...welcome to June's Diva Dare!  As the weather heats up, dads and grads and outdoor fun are foremost in our minds, so our June Dare is entitled A Man's World.    

This month we're daring you to create a stamped card or project with a masculine theme.  It doesn't have to be a Father's Day card, just something masculine. However, if you need to get one done, we're here to help wink, wink. If just reading the theme gives you a creative block, take a deep breath and think clean lines, few embellishments, rugged or distressed edges and muted or earthy colors. Replace bling with wood or metal embellishments, and replace ribbon with twine, rope or twill and you'll be surprised how quickly a masculine card will come together! And I have to say with my love of feminine, frilly, over-the-top girly cards...if I can do can you! Take a lookie...

Ok, ok...I admit there is some semblence of flowers, though, I tried to tone them down a bit with Shine Bright sequins and liquid pearls. Uh, re-reading that sentence didn't really help with my cause at all, haha... Well anyway, I stamped the sentiment from Verve's latest release, Wonderful Marvelous on a piece of cork and added the 'Dad' stamp on a Flag It die cut, also from Verve. I adhered some striped washi tape behind the sentiment and added the wood accents (they're really snowflakes...I kid you not ;). I scored the outer perimeter with my Martha Stewart scoring board and added a bit of cork accent at the bottom, highlighed with more liquid pearls (at least they're black, lol).

Two ways to win prizes for double the fun!

Win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! Take our A Man's World dare and link up your card to be eligible to win.  Entries must be masculine in theme, posted 6/6 or later, include at least one Verve product and be linked up to the linky widget by 8pm Mountain on 6/25/14.  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 A Man's World 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 June 25, 2014.

Winners will be announced on June 26, 2014.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wonderful Marvelous (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Natural White
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), Flag It die set (Verve~A Cut Above dies), wooden snowflakes, Black Onyx liquid pearls (Ranger), washi tape, scoring board, A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader die & Scalloped Rectangle (Spellbinders)
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's June Diva Inspirations Hop. It's the 5th of the month and that means it's hopping time again! So climb aboard Desination: Inspiration for a fun trip through Verveland today. In addition to a comment prize hidden along the hop, we're debuting our June inspiration challenge as well! Play along for another chance to win! I pulled out lots of Verve dies for this card...

Here are some close-ups of the details:

I popped up the small butterflies from the Die Sidekicks set. I mounted them on a tagged stamp from the same set, and cut out both with the coordinating All Aflutter and Sweet Scallop Tag Die. The sentiment is from the Petals and Wings set and that's stamped on a Flag It die cut. I also added some flowers made with Verve's Shine Bright Sequin Mix. The border just underneath the sentiment is from Verve as well, this border dies set is called the Scalloped Trim Trio set.

Our June challenge is Winged Whimsy:

Let your creation soar by featuring wings! Think butterflies, birds, feathers or related sentiments. Celebrate the beauty of flight! Whether you draw inspiration from the graphic or fly a solo mission, let's see some winged beauties!

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we've got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines, and a little bit about our brand new Diva!

1. Julee8. Sony
2. Amy9. Susan
3. Anya10. Stacey
4. Betty11. Maureen
5. Karen12. Marisa
6. Sankari13. Charmaine
7. Sarah14. Andrea

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Stamps: Die Sidekicks, Petals and Wings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Vintage Autumn Basics (Maja Design), Natural White, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!), vellum
Ink: Versafine Onyx black
Accessories: Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), Sweet Scallop Tag die, All  Aflutter die, Flag It die & Scalloped Trim Trio die set (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Boho Blossoms punch (SU!), paper & fabric flowers, PEW-03CB-117 0.2cm White pearl lines (Zva Creative), Platinum Pearl, White Opal & Silver Pearl Liquid pearls (Ranger), twine, tulle accents
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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