Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Verve August 2016 Release Spotlight Hop ~ Day 2

Verve Stamps May 2016 Spotlight Hops

Welcome back to Day 2 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting our new release! Everything previewed this week will be available to order in the Verve online store on Friday, August 26.

If you have come here from Lesley's blog you a right on track.  If not, you can catch up using the hop list below. 

Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Kindness Matters stamp set and coordinating, Great Kindness Die Set.

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Verve flowers are da bomb and I am beyond giddy with glee to have yet another wonderful flower to create with, and have matching dies for!!  Thank you, Julee!!  I coloured these gorgeous flowers with Twinkling H20s and added an embossed, brick background for some texture and black leaves for a pop of colour.  A few sequins from the Harvest Gold Sequin Mix were the perfect finishing touch.  


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 the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Kindness MattersGreat Kindness Die Set

Day 2 Hop List
1. Julee7. Betty
2. Stacey8. Charmaine
3. Maureen9. Laurie
4. Lesley10. Teresa
5. Marisa11. Christyne
6. Hillary (Guest)12. Autumn (Guest)

Time to head on over to Guest Designer's Hillary blog to see what kind of Verve eye candy she has created for your viewing pleasure today.  Happy hopping!





 


What's In It?
Stamps:   Kindness Matters (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Kraft, Mellow Moss, Black (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories: Great Kindness Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Harvest Gold Sequin Mix (Verve Stamps), Brick Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Glue Dots, Dimensionals      

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Verve August 2016 Release Spotlight Hop ~ Day 1

Verve Stamps May 2016 Spotlight Hops


Welcome to the Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops! A new release is just around the corner and for the next couple of days we'll be shining our creative spotlights on the new Verve sets and dies releasing this Friday, August 26.

Today we're sharing inspiration featuring the new Scripture Medley 4 compilation set. Check out the Verve Blog post today for more on this set and a little bit about our fabulous Guest Divas, Autumn Clark and Hillary Harris!

If you have come here from Maureen's blog you are right on track, if not, you can check the hop list below to get caught up.

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One of my favorite passages is Proverbs 31:10-31 so I absolutely love the fact I now have part of it in stamp form in the Scripture Medley 4 set!!!  It was the perfect sentiment to put on a card for my daughter as she will be starting university in just a few weeks and is quite nervous.  A perfect way to reminder her who is her strength and who has her future in the palm of His hands. 

She is a romantic, girly girl, so this paper from MME's In Bloom was a the perfect fit.  I added a flower from one of my favorite Verve sets, Dream Big and the coordinating Scalloped Flowers die set, and accented it with the Sprightly Sprigs dies.  A few pops of red to liven it up a bit and I was good to go.   Can't wait to give it to her :)


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 the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Scripture Medley 4Gold Package Sequins

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee7. Charmaine
2. Stacey8. Laurie
3. Maureen9. Teresa
4. Marisa10. Christyne
5. Hillary (Guest)11. Autumn (Guest)
6. Betty

Time to head on over to Guest Designer Hillary's blog to see what kind of Verve eye candy she has created for your viewing pleasure today.  Happy hopping!





   


What's In It?
Stamps:   Scripture Medley 4, Dream Big (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:   In Bloom (My Mind's Eye), Going Grey (Stampin' Up) 

Ink:  Black, Apricot Appeal (Stampin' Up)
Accessories:  Sprightly Sprigs and Scalloped Flowers Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Border Punch (Stampin' Up), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Black Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Glue Dot,  Dimensionals  

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mojo Monday #462

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Time to start the week off right and  take the time to create a Mojo Monday card :)

I pulled out a paper pad that has a lot of scraps in it so I can use more of them up - on a mission to use what I have as far as designer paper and it has reminded me of exactly how much paper I have LOL!  Decided to make a coffee card as it has been a while since I have done so and I just love how Julee has created so many coffee/tea sets that you can mix and match!

For my card, the sentiment is from a limited time free digi, the cups are from Get Together and the coordinating Cuppa Tea die set, and the foam/whipped cream on top is the cutest little stamp from Coffee Helps  Tossed in a few sequins to fill things in and was good to go.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below.


Our hot weather streak has continued through last week (a bit too toasty without air conditioning!!) and a great time to clean your carpets as they sure dry quickly LOL! 





 

What Is In It?
Stamps:  Coffee Helps, Get Together (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  The Sweetest Thing (MME), Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral (Stampin' Up)  
Ink: Black 
Accessories:   Cuppa Tea Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Sequins, Glue Dot, Dimensionals 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Flamingo


Can't have a warm summer without thinking of flamingos :)   Lots of bright, colour and fun!

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I don't own any flamingo stamps or paper so I went with my favorite colour combination of pink and green as per the shirt in the middle of the inspiration photo.  Sorry about the horrible photo....had to work for part of yesterday so the lighting was far from optimal when I took this picture :(


UNICORN


Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:   Dream Big and Good Friend (Verve Stamps) 
Paper:  Country Drive (Echo Park), Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, Kraft (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Pink Passion, Black
Accessories:  Scalloped Flowers and Flag It Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Leaf Filled Flourish Die-namic (My Favorite Things), Buttons, Twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Mojo Monday #461

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Summer returned this weekend, with some hot temperatures, so we ended up watching a ton of the Olympics - not an issue for me as I LOVE watching them!  Canadians are doing a great job in the pool and elsewhere - go Canada!!!  Wonderful to see Michael Phelps pulling in a few more medals and setting some more Olympic records (first person to win Gold in the same event over four consecutive Olympics).   Many other wonderful stories too - love it!

I decided to make a wedding/anniversary card with this sketch.  Love using black and white and another colour on cards, so black and white and grey it was.   Created the background on my Scor-Pal, softened things up with the doily and focal frame and added a bit of bling for some celebratory sparkle.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below.


Can't believe we are half way through August!!  September is a comin' quicker than I would like so making sure to take some time to relax, spend some good family time, read etc. because September is going to be crazy busy.  Hope you are having a great summer and getting some down time too :)





 

What Is In It?
Stamps:  Love Story (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Black, Going Grey (Stampin' Up) 
Ink: Black 
Accessories:   Lovely Marquee Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Doily Die (Top Dog Dies - retired) , Scor-Pal, Bling, Dimensionals 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Viva La Verve August Week 1 Sketch Recap

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This week, I get to recap this wonderful Viva La Verve sketch by Julee.

I found this delicious Echo Park paper in my stash and just had to use it as it is one of my favorite colour combinations - pink and green.  Plus, I needed an encouraging card in my stash to be able to give to my daughter when she begins to stress out about starting university and has to deal with all the changes and emotions that will bring her way.  She is a worrier, hates change, and gets herself wound up way more than a given situation often calls for, so I wanted to remind her to keep her focus on God's promises to her and not her circumstances.

The sentiment is the Luke 1:45 Plain Jane, and I paired it with my beloved Flutterby die and Heart Quartet die.

You can check out the challenge details on the Viva La Verve blog, as well as get some added inspiration from the gallery.





 


What's In It?
Stamps:  Luke 1:45 Plain Jane (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Country Lane (Echo Park), Wild Wasabi, Rose Romance, Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Black
Accessories: Heart Quartet and Flutterby Dies (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Button, Twine, Half Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop - August 2016

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!

There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until September 5 to link up. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps aren't required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when we see them!


Summer brights fade into earthy tones for the dog days of summer. With the hustle and bustle of the end of summer coming, a breezy, free-spirited graphic is what we have in store for you this month. Follow the color pattern, or be inspired to journey where the creative winds may take you. We can't wait to see what you create!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Monday, September 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

If you have come here from Lesley's blog you are right on track.  If not, you can go to the Verve blog for the hop list to get caught up.

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For my card I honed in on the gorgeous colours Julee has highlighted on the inspiration photo.  I LOVE working with Fall colours and this gave me the perfect excuse to be able to dabble in them {grin}.

I used one of our past Viva La Verve sketches for my card along with Kind Words for the sentiment, Bloom and Grow for the flower and the Elegant Leaves and Floral Circles die sets for the flower and leaf cluster.  Crimped the kraft panel for some texture and woodsy feel as per the tree branch and the dream catcher screamed doily so I had to include one {grin}.


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're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!

1. Julee7. Marisa
2. Betty8. Maureen
3. Charmaine9. Stacey
4. Christyne10. Susan
5. Laurie11. Teresa
6. Lesley 

Time to head on over to Maureen's blog to see her take on the inspiration photo :)

Oh, and don't forget, Verve has its Anni-VERVE-sary Sale running right now!  You get 30% off everything in the Verve store!!  A great way to get yourself some Verve goodies at a discount :) 





Have a great day and happy hopping!! 






What's In It?
Stamps:  Bloom and Grow, Kind Words (Verve Stamps)
Paper:   Kraft, Always Artichoke, Real Red, So Saffron, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up), Cream Linen
Ink:  Black, Real Red, Early Espresso, VersaMark (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Elegant Leaves and Floral Circles Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve),  Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil' Inker), Tag Die (PTI), Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart), Crimper (Fiskars), 5/8" Red Grosgrain Ribbon (Michael's), Twine, Button, Cream Half Pearls, Sequins, Glue Dots, Dimensionals 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Mojo Monday #460

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Mojo460sketch Absolutely adore this sketch by Julee. So many wonderful options!!

We were heading out of town for the weekend so I was a bit rushed to make this card.  That means I usually go monochromatic so I don't have to match a bunch of papers.

The sentiment is from Hope Blooms, and I created the pattern on the orange panel by stamping two leaves from Bloom and Grow.  Of course, my beloved Flutterby die had to make an appearance.

All the challenge details are over on the Mojo Monday blog and you can also view all the wonderful Mojo Makers samples.  Should you wish more details on the Mojo Maker's cards, you can also visit their individual blogs noted below.



Another busy weekend, with a trip over to Vancouver Island to visit my in-laws.  They are in their mid and late 80s and still living on their own and in fairly good health, which is wonderful to see :)   Enjoyed some wonderful time together creating memories and enjoying some Island Farms, mint moose tracks ice cream at Coombs - yum!

Wishing you a fabulous day, and come back on Wednesday for this month's Verve Inspiration Challenge blog hop!





 

What Is In It?
Stamps:  Bloom and Grow, Hope Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Floral Chic (Fancy Pants), Early Espresso, Real Red, Kraft, Orange (Stampin' Up) 
Ink: Black,  VersaMark 
Accessories:   Flutterby Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Stitched Rectangles (Lil' Inker), LEaf Filled Flourish die (MFT), Button Die (PTI),  Doily Die (Top Dog Dies), Border Punch (Stampin' Up) Twine,  Button, Glue Dot, Dimensionals 

Friday, August 5, 2016

You Make A Difference

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Created this card for a challenge that got cancelled so have an extra card to share this week - score!  Totally cased the Match The Sketch challenge sketch - butterfly and all :)  

Looking forward to another restful weekend and some fun, family time as we all need it.  Hubby will be BBQing some ribs and we may watch a movie, play a game, or have some friends over for a visit.  Low key is the theme and I can't wait! 







  

  
What Is In It?
Stamps:  Bloom and Grow (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  On the Bright Side (MME), For the Record (Paper Loft), Handmade Holiday (Simple Stories), Fancy Floral Chic Fancy Pants), Real Red, Going Grey, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up) Ink: Black 
Accessories:   Flutterby die (A Cut Above by Verve), Scalloped Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crimper (Fiskars), Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Monday, August 1, 2016

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Snow Cone


August is a warm, summer month and our Snow Cone Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge is a perfect fit!  It has me wanting to go make one for myself and the kids as our weather is heating up here.

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I fiddled around with a few ideas, all of which didn't work, so I opted to use the colours instead.  Birthday cards are always in high demand so I created one using Verve's Birthday To You Plain Jane, Banner Die and Flag It die set.


UNICORN


Have fun with the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Curtain Call gallery.



 

  

What's In It?
Stamps:  Birthday To You Plain Jane (Verve Stamps) The Moon, Smallest Things (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Happy Day (MME), Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Pennant Trim and Flag It Die Sets (A Cut Above by Verve), Circle and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Black Half Pearls, Dimensionals