Thursday, March 5, 2015

Birthday Rerun and a Diva Inspirations Hop

Hi friends!  Welcome to Verve's March Diva Inspirations Hop!  I'm the first stop on the hop, so settle in and let's get hopping!

There are two ways to win Verve prizes: (1) comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration and (2) go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!

Our March challenge is B is for Birthday...

Don't be caught short - make a fabulous birthday card to keep in your stash or give away! Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction - just show us your birthday creations!

Click here to link up your challenge entries

Challenge deadline: Thursday, Mar. 19.
Prize: $40 gift voucher to the Verve online store!


So if you're reading this, it means that my little Kellan was admitted to the hospital with a respiratory virus and I was unable to make a card. (I'm prescheduling this Tuesday night in case I don't make it home Wednesday). And I really wanted to make a card, since Kellan and Trevor turn 3 next Monday and I haven't stamped anything for them yet.  But alas, trying to comfort my sweet boy takes precedence. So I'm sharing a little re-run that happens to totally fit this month's challenge.


From my original post:  I used the Small Packages set and coordinating Cupcake Frame Die Set from Verve.  The coastal cabana layer is stamped randomly with the small cupcake stamp and then accented with stardust stickles.  I embossed the belated sentiment directly onto patterned paper, then stamped the from all of us sentiment on blushing bride and hand trimmed as a banner.  The star is a resist chipboard star that I sponged with pool party and coastal cabana inks and then around the edge with black ink.  I stamped and cut out one cupcake with the die, then colored it with Copics and accented with stardust stickles.  The only other accent was a big crystal star stick pin, that I stuck through my layers to hold everything together.

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!

1. Julee 7. Sankari
2. Amy 8. Sarah
3. Anya 9. Susan
4. Betty 10. Marisa
5. Jen 11. Maureen
6. Karen 12. Stacey

Monday, March 2, 2015

More than Chocolate

Hi friends!  Another week has flown by and it's already time for a new Mojo Monday sketch!  And since it's the first week of a brand new month, than means there are prizes up for grabs if you play along with this week's Mojo Monday sketch!


My card is a sneak peek at the brand new Chocolate set and word die that will be releasing this Friday from Verve. {For another sneak peek card click here.}  I made the card I'm sharing today a couple weeks ago for Mark's birthday, since he used to tease me about my love affair with chocolate. I wrote "and that's a whole lot" as the inside sentiment.   {grin}

The I love you more than sentiment is stamped inside the shaker which I made with classic and pinking circle nestabilities and some sequins from the Signature Sequin Mix.  I accented with a bit of liquid pearls around the circle, then die cut the Chocolate Word Die and layered it below.  The chocolate hearts are embossed tone on tone on chocolate chip cardstock, then hand trimmed and I stamped and embossed the dripping chocolate border stamp tone on tone as well.  I finished off with a hearts embossed card base, a few rounded corners and some lightly sponged edges.

In other news, Verve's restocking shipment arrived over the weekend, so I've added 44 out of stock products back into inventory and extended our 20% off all stamps sale through March 15!  Hooray!



Mojo Monday 387
Enabler's List
Stamps: Chocolate (releasing from Verve 3/16/15)
Paper: dp scraps, Chocolate Chip (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: chocolate chip (SU!), vintage photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Chocolate Word Die  (releasing from Verve 3/16/15), Signature Sequin Mix (Verve), classic & pinking circles nestabilities (Spellbinders), clear embossing powder (Judikins), hearts embossing folder (Sizzix), corner rounder, liquid pearls

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Deconstructed Coffee

Hi friends!  Happy Saturday!  It's a happy one for me, since Verve's restocking order FINALLY arrived and I'm swimming with stamps that need to be packaged!  44 products back in stock and 20% off, including our Coffee and One Cup sets!  Hooray!  :)

Today I'm sharing another coffee themed card for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  I just love aqua and yellow together and they definitely make me think of spring.  I used this week's Deconstructed Sketch for my jumping off point, then added the ribbon and coffee cup accent at the end.

Lot's of tone on tone stamping on the smoky slate, pool party, so saffron and basic black layers with the cups from Delightful & Delicious.  Also added some white gel pen accents.  The focal cup is stamped in black, colored with Copics and fussy cut to layer over some circle die cuts.  Added a bit of wide striped ribbon behind and then finished off with a couple washi tape corners and liquid pearl accents.  I added some Coffee Word Die cuts to compete the card and then skewed it a bit on the card base for a whimsical feel.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Delightful & Delicious (Verve Stamps)
Paper: pool party, so saffron, smoky slate, basic black (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: pool party, so saffron, smoky slate (SU!) jasmine (Mix'd Media Inx), black
Accessories: Coffee Word Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Classic circle and pinking circle nestabilities (Spellbinders), wide striped ribbon (SU!), liquid pearls (Ranger), washi tape