Saturday, December 10, 2016

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop - December 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 January 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!

If you are here from Laurie's blog you are right on track.  If you just happened across the hop, check the hop list below and get caught up!

Find a little inspiration from this sweet stocking graphic, make a colorful winter card, or head off in your own direction. There are no rules.. just have fun creating!
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Thursday, January 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

 I wasn't happy with my first card (see below) so I created a second one using the darling stocking image from Jolly Jingles and matching Winter Friends die set.  The Happy Holidays paper from Echo park was a perfect fit and I combined it with this month's Viva La Verve sketch and lots of snowflakes {grin}.

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Below is my first card....keeping it real here!  My creative genes were having a hissy fit :(   I finally settled on using the middle stocking - the white one with the gold and brown strips up top and orange tassel.  Pulled in the green background as it worked well with those colours.   Quite the non-traditional Christmas card for sure - and somewhat on the masculine side so will use it for one of my male buddies.  Love this tree die from the Winter Fun die set (psssst - it is 50% off right now as it is a retiring set!).  The sentiment is from Weary World, and I added a scatter of sequins for "falling snow" an some gold twine as a finishing touch.

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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. Julee6. Marisa
2. Betty7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Susan
4. Christyne9. Teresa
5. Laurie 10. Sankari

Time to head over to Maureen's blog to see what she has created.



What's In It?
Jolly Jingles:
Stamps:  Jolly Jingles (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Happy Holidays (Echo Park), Real Red, Pink Passion (Stampin' Up)  
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Winter Fun Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Jumbo Snowflake (Martha Stewart), Silver Half Pearls, Button, Twine, Glue Dot, Dimensionals

Merry Christmas:
Stamps:  Weary World (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Sage Shadow, Early Espresso,  (Stampin' Up), Brushed Gold 
Ink:  Black 
Accessories:  Winter Fun Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crimper (Fiskars), Sequins, Glue Dots, Gold Twine, Dimensionals


Sheri said...

WOW! Two treats for us today! Both so different but very festive. Thanks for sharing your talent!

Carmela said...

Love the colors on your first card and I really love all the trees on your second card. Both projects are very pretty.

Dee Earnshaw said...

Love your cards - especially the way you cut the circle panel in the second card:)

Becca Yahrling said...

Both cards are darling! Love those stockings!!
And the 2nd card is such a cute design. Well, they
BOTH are!

Cynthia said...

love that pink snowflake!

Christi Flores said...

Both of your cards are SO cute!!

Mary Holshouser said...

Love the trees on the black.
the squares on the first card
are fun. Adding the elves
shoes on another square is
great. Pretty pink snowflake.
Fantastic card.
thanks for sharing.

Janelle said...

My favorite is your tree card. I make lots of Guy cards, so it attracts my attention. Cool colors.

Super Stick Chick said...

Fabulous cards, love the fun little bells on the socks and copper sequins.

Sue Crease said...

2 different cards here but both lovely! The fun first card you display is more like the you we see. Happy Christmas and look forward to more super cards next year.

Cynthia said...

Both cards are adorable, Marisa.

Christine said...

I adore your second card! Love the pink snowflakes in the patterned paper, and you made a daring and perfectly effective choice when embellishing with that big, happy pink snowflake. You are being too tough on yourself about the second card...I think it would be more your usual style with a pretty patterned layer instead of the white, but it's great as is!

Christy Q said...

Gorgeous cards, Marisa! I love the gold trees with the sequins on the black circle - such a clean and elegant card! Love the little silver accents you added to the elf shoes on your first card - fantastic detail!

JoAnn said...

Love both of your cards. Great design and colors in each one.

nwilliams6 said...

Hey sweet friend! I love that you shared your first attempt too! They are both good but the more colorful one is so much more you!!! Love the pops of color and the fun stockings. Hugz

Sheri Gilson said...

Fabulous cards, Marisa! Love them both...but the stockings are too cute especially how you embellished them!

Kay Miller said...

Both of your cards are so pretty! I love the blocked background on the first one! Love the trees too!

Gail said...

Two fabulous card creations for the holiday and I love that four panel layout you created! TFS

Arianna Barbara said...

Beautiful cards!!!

stampfoldandrepeat (Jeanie) said...

I like both cards. The first card has a warm / festive vibe and the second card has a modern / masculine vibe. In other words, both are very pretty :)

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

These are just fabulous, Marisa! I think I'm going to have to start cutting myself some bright pink and red snowflakes to play with. :)

ScrappyHorses said...

Such beautiful cards! Loving the bright colors in the first one with that pink snowflake! The woodsy trees are lovely with the subtle colors!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Cute and fun and awesome design!

Denise Bryant said...

Great cards! I love your embellishments! The stockings and trees are awesome!

Sue D said...

Wonderful card designs.

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

so pretty! i love your take on the challenge. those stockings are adorable :)

Dodie said...

Marisa, your card is so fun to look at! I especially love those stockings with the trim! Happy new year to you and yours!

Lucy E. said...

The first card pictured is so
playful and fun! Love the
stockings and papers! The
second card is a great masculine

Tina Z. said...

Both cards are lovely, so different.