Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hope and Strength Release Retrospective Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's been a couple weeks since our latest release, so it's time for our October Release Retrospective Blog Hop!  New to us?  It's just a fun way the Divas can share bit more inspiration with the new stamps now that you've had a chance to get them in your stamp rooms.  Plus, there's a Verve gift voucher up for grabs for a lucky commenter!  Woohoo!  I'm the first stop on today's hop, so grab your treat of choice and let's go to the hop!

I was cleaning up my catastrophe of a desk the other night and quite by accident (die cuts and rejected stamped images strewn all over the place) discovered that the Ribbon Die fit perfectly inside the leafy image from the Inspire Hope.  I was giddy, I loved the look of it so much, and had to completely abandon my cleaning  (twist my arm) and make a card!  This one's pretty simple, but it's got a strong message.

I started by stamping the leafy image from Inspire Hope in mossy meadow on a square of white cardstock.  Next I stamped the strength stamp from Pink Power in the bottom center and the hope stamp from  Inspire Hope on either side of it.  I added a little silver washi tape border up top and embellished with a string of adhesive rhinestones.  The ribbon is cut with the Ribbon Die from designer paper and popped up over the leafy image.  I finished with some chevron ribbon behind and a metal heart to "pin" it down.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Next stop on the hop is Stacey!

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.  Head on over to the Verve Blog today for the prize details and deadlines and a recap of our October release.

1. Julee8. Laurie
2. Stacey9. Christyne
3. Marisa10. Teresa
4. Chaitali11. Andrea
5. Amber12. Betty
6. Jen13. Sarah
7. Charmaine14. Maureen

Enabler's List
Stamps: Inspire Hope, Pink Power (Verve)
Paper: designer paper (7 Gypsies), white, black, brushed silver
Ink: black, mossy meadow (SU!)
Accessories:  Ribbon Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), washi tape, ribbon, metal heart, adhesive rhinestone strip.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Snowflake Celebration

Hi friends!  It's Friday and that means it's time for a new challenge over at the Viva la Verve Sketches blog.  This week's hostess is Chaitali and she has a super fun sketch and inspiration pic for you.  Play along with the sketch OR the inspiration, or combine them both.. it's up to you!

I knew when I saw the inspiration pic that I wanted to use the new gown from Masquerade along with the coordinating Gown Die. I'm also playing along with the HYCCT Hope Floats challenge and figured a dress floats across the dance floor and snowflakes float through the air.  I had images of a fun holiday bash or winter formal going through my head, so interpreted the circles on the sketch as snowflakes.  While I was making the card, I discovered the major reason why I'm not a clean & simple stamper... I'm too messy!  {grin}

I had a pretty clean and simple concept for the card, using the snowflakes from Glad Tidings and sentiment from Moments Remembered.  I whipped it up really quickly, glued everything down, then OOPS.. my inky fingers got blushing bride ink where it wasn't supposed to go while I was adding the silver pearls.  {big sigh}  So, out came the Snowflake Tidings Die Set and I stamped a few more snowflakes and die cut them to layer over my oopsies.  I finished with a thin mat of brushed silver cardstock and a white card base.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful start to your weekend!

Viva la Verve October Week 3
Enabler's List
Stamps: Masquerade, Glad TidingsMoments Remembered (Verve Stamps)
Paper: blushing bride, brushed silver (SU!), white
Ink: blushing bride (SU!), Versamark
Accessories:  Gown Die, Snowflake Tidings Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), adhesive silver pearls, silver embossing powder

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pink Power Blog Hop

Hi friends!  Today I'm participating in a very special Pink Power Blog Hop.  Chaitali has rounded up some of her crafty friends to help spread breast cancer awareness. This is a cause close to her heart after her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. She designed the Pink Power set for her mom with a lot of love and is sponsoring this hop by providing this set to her invited hop guests. Some of the Verve design team members are joining in the hop today as well, rounding out a list of power crafters!

So if you've been hopping along, you should have come by way of Catherine Pooler's awesome blog.  If you're just popping in and want to check out all the crafty goodness from the very beginning, the hop starts over at Chaitali's blog.

Chaitali would love to see cards made and sent for this cause, and a perfect way to do that is the Hope You Can Cling To challenges going on every day this month at Splitcoaststampers.  For my card, I chose the Stripping Down challenge and this week's Mojo Monday sketch is just perfect for using scraps and paper strips.  All of the pieces on my card came from scraps I had on my desk.  I glued each strip of paper down on top of the one before it in 1" intervals to make a 4" background for the card, then cut 1" circles from each of the papers to add as the scallops.

I sort of pieced together the sentiment to say "beautiful hope" using stamps from the Pink Power set. I really do think hope is the most beautiful thing and the most caring thing we can try to nurture in those who are struggling with illness.  Hope can change everything.  To make the sentiment, I masked off the bald is words with tape before inking, then peeled off the tape and stamped the beautiful in black.  Then I added the Hope stamp in pink.  The silver striped banner is a piece of washi tape I taped to white cardstock, then trimmed into a banner.  I added the butterfly from Pink Power embossed in white on vellum, then hand trimmed and layered over some white thread.  I colored the ribbon body pink so it would stand out, then added some sparkle with a mix of pearls, rhinestones and glass glitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful time hopping along and a fantastic start to your week.

Mojo Monday 367
Enabler's List
Stamps: Pink Power (Verve Stamps)
Paper: dp scraps (Echo Park, SU! and BasicGrey), vellum, white
Ink: blushing bride (SU!), black, VersaMark, Copic marker
Accessories:  thread, rhinestones, pearls, glass glitter, washi tape, paper distresser