Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops - Day 2

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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.


Verve Stamps May 2016 Spotlight Hops


Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Kindness Matters stamp set and coordinating, Great Kindness Die Set.  If you've come from visiting Betty, you're in the right place!!  For my card, I decided to use some watercoloring again.  This time, I used some heat embossing with the watercoloring.  I stamped the flowers and heat embossed them in white, then watercolored.  I die cut the flowers and then arranged them on the card.  I added the leaves and some Shine Bright Sequins for some sparkle, then finally the die cut sentiment.  Thanks for stopping by!  Next on today's hop is Laurie!!

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)



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops - Day 1

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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.

Verve Stamps May 2016 Spotlight Hops
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've come from visiting Betty, you're in the right place!!  For my card I did some watercoloring then embossing the sentiment in white on top.  As a finshing touch, I added some sequins.  Pretty simple, but easy to re-create!
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!  Next on today's hop is Laurie!!

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



Friday, August 12, 2016

SJC48 Be Still

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I have a project to share today using the latest Share Joy Challenge!  I LOVE the sketch and the fact that it's Clean & Simple.  I decided to use the Faith In Bloom set from Taylored Expressions.  I stamped and colored the sweet flower from the set and then stamped the sentiment.

In order to give the background some interest while still keeping the card clean & simple, I used the Damask Embossing Folder to create some texture.  The strips of Candy Corn and Granny Smith cardstocks tie in the colors of the flower.

I hope you'll play along with the Share Joy Challenge!!  It gives a great starting point for inspiration!!  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop

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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!

If you've come from visiting Betty, you're in the right place!!  For my card, I used the Better Together set from Verve.  I used the background stamp from the set to create a background that mimicked the inspiration photo.  I alternated the red and green color in the stamping and then added strips of cardstock in varying lengths.  The doily reminded me of the piece in the dreamcatcher.  Finally, I added some sequins from the Signature Sequin Mix to add some sparkle.  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you've been inspired to play along!  Next on the hop is Christyne!!

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

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



Friday, August 5, 2016

Christmas in July. . .or August!

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I was recently introduced to Paperless Post and inspired by their Christmas in July theme. It has been such a popular topic, they've extended it into August to see some great Christmas cards!  I definitely thought it would be fun considering I don't usually make Christmas cards with a summer twist being I live in a place where Christmas is usually cold and snowy!!  :)

I thought about friends and family members who move to warmer climates during that time and looked through my stamp sets to see what I could come up with.  I thought the Campy Christmas set from Taylored Expressions was perfect!!  Look at those adorable little animals complete with their Santa hats!  :)   There is also a coordinating die set available to make cutting out these little cuties even easier!  I started by masking and sponging ink for the "ground" and "sky".  The images were stamped and colored with Copic markers.  Last, I adhered all the pieces to the card using foam tape and stamped the sentiments.  This looks like a pretty festive, summery Christmas to me!  :)

So what do you think Christmas in July (or August) would look like?  The Paperless Post has lots of Christmas inspiration!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you've been inspired!!



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hoot Hoot Hooray, It's RELEASE DAY!!

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It's RELEASE DAY at Taylored Expressions!  All of the new products we've been sharing with you the last few days are NOW AVAILABLE in the TE Store!!  I have one last project to share with you and I've actually create a video tutorial to go with it!

I've used the Hoot Hoot Hooray set along with the Stitched Heart Stacklets and the NEW On a Limb - Branches Die Set.  In the video, I walk you through some Ink Blending and Masking.  Enjoy the video and thanks for visiting all week!  HAPPY SHOPPING!!
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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Bright Sunshiny Day!

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Welcome back for Day 3 of sneak peeks at Taylored Expressions!  Tomorrow, all of the new products we've been sharing with you will be available for purchase at 7am Pacific!!  Today I have another project to share with you that features the NEW Diagonal Stripes Cutting Plate!  You saw the Halloween card I created on Monday using this cutting plate to create a "Halloween sky". . .well, today I've created a "happy sky".

I went with a rainbow theme for the background to match the sunshiny sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Sunshiny Day stamp set and I used the fabulous new Sugar Cube ink to stamp it and then emboss it.  I used the NEW On a Limb - Branches as well as the On a Limb - Leaves to create these trees for my card scene.

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Taylored Expressions is celebrating Release Week with some fabulous giveaways! Visit the TE Blog to answer Taylor’s Question of the Day for a chance to win a prize from the latest release!  

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you tomorrow for the RELEASE!



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