Friday, November 21, 2014

Silvery New Year

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  It's been a super busy week here and I'm just now getting to share the card I made for last week's November Week 2 Viva la Verve challenge and it's already time for a new challenge to post! Be sure to head on over to the VLV Sketches blog to see Christyne's lovely sketch + inspiration for this week.

I just watched Tangled (one of my favorite recent Disney movies) again with the boys last week and totally had paper lanterns on the brain, so I knew I wanted to use the lantern image from Light My World. I started by embossing it in silver on pear pizzazz, then cutting it out by hand.  I used a cropadile for the hang hole, then threaded some silvery ribbon through and tied with silver cord.  The black panel is stamped with the small star image in jasmine Mix'd Media Inx, then matted with silver shimmer paper.

I used the same star for and a Versamark pad for some tone on tone stamping on the pear pizzazz panel, adding the Happy New Year sentiment at the bottom in black.  A silver doily is behind this layer and my main black panel is embossed with a chevron embossing folder and lightly sponged with the jasmine mix'd media inx.  I finished off with a rhinestone and silver pearl accent on the lantern.  A little hard to photograph because of all the shine, but sparkle-tastic in real life.

That's all for my card.  If you haven't had a chance to comment on my Verve Spotlight Hop posts, here are the links.  The prize drawing deadline is tonight (11/21) at 10pm Mountain.

Day 4 Hop

The master hop lists are linked on each post, or you can view all of the cards in this week's spotlight hops on our November Spotlights Pinterest Board...
Follow Verve Stamps's board November 2014 Spotlights on Pinterest.

In addition to our new release being available, everything in the store is marked 20% off through November 30, during our Thanksgiving Sale.  Offer is good while supplies last, so hurry in for best selection!

VLV November Week 2
Enabler's List
Stamps: Light My World (Verve Stamps)
Paper: black, pear pizzazz, silver shimmer paper (SU!), doily
Ink: versamark, jamine (Mix'd Media Inx), black
Accessories: doily, ribbon, rhinestone, Cropadile

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Verve Release Day Spotlight Hop

It's release day at Verve and we're celebrating with Day 4 of our November 2014 Spotlight Hops!

Have you enjoyed the spotlights we've been sharing this week? Well, the wait is over and everything previewed this week is available in the Verve online store now! Today's spotlight is on the November 2014 Release Collection, so the Divas and special guest will be sharing creations using whatever inspired them from the new release.  It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats we have another giveaway, but this one's the MERRIEST of giveaways... the ENTIRE release!  So be sure to give a little shout out in the comments as you hop about.

I'm the first stop on today's hop and am so glad you're here.  Stay tuned at the bottom of the post for the prize info and hop list.

First up is a little mixed-media card using the Light My World set.  This is the first card I made with this release and it was so much fun.  I created a background piece on gessoed watercolor paper with grey and yellow pan pastels, some gold acrylic paint, and a charcoal pencil.  I scribbled some of the words to O Holy Night over the piece, then added a bit more pan pastels and spritzed with Dylusions white linen spray and finished off by stamping the little star in white a few times.  Next I stamped the candle image from Light My World in Archival black, then again on cardstock and colored with Distress markers and a waterbrush, cutting the image out by hand and popping up over the stamped piece on dimensionals.

The Merry Christmas sentiment is stamped onto a Charming Oval die cut and matted in basic gray. The candle panel is torn by hand, and then I tore a basic gray mat for it as well, then adhered to an embossed panel of white, distressed the edges and tied some silver cording around it.

Next up, to bookend the spotlights, I'm sharing the last card I made for release.  This one uses the manger scene from  Weary World, embossed, colored and cut with the coordinating Starry Stable Die Set.  I also cut the smallest star in the die set from shimmer paper and popped it up above the manger.  The O Holy Night sentiment is embossed in silver onto vellum and then adhered to a piece of cardstock embossed with snowflakes.  I embellished with some lines of silver pearls, then added a fun little jingle bell ribbon treatment down the side.

Thanks so much for hopping along with me this week!  There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to pull off a release, and it's always this big bright spot in my very long release week days to read your lovely comments in between putting the finishing touches on the website and marketing materials.  I hope you enjoy these stamps and I'd love to hear which set is your favorite from this release.

Our holiday release came later than I had hoped and since it's so close to Thanksgiving I decided to start our Thanksgiving sale a little early.  That way I can spend some time with my sweet boys and family next week and only need to do one website changeover.  That means all of our products (including the brand new releases are 20% off  through November 30.

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE November 2014 Release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! All of this week's prize drawings end on Friday 11/21 at 10pm Mountain, so you've still got some time to peruse all the fabulous samples the design team has shared this week.

November 2014 Collection

Next up on the hop is Laurie! 

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee8. Teresa
2. Laurie9. Andrea
3. Marisa10. Christyne
4. Amber11. Nancy
5. Diana 12. Maureen
6. Charmaine 13. Janelle
7. Stacey

Enabler's Lists
Candle card
Stamps: Light My World (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, basic gray (SU!)
Ink: pan pastels, paint, gesso, distress markers, charcoal pencil, white linen dylusions spray, jasmine (Mix'd Media Inx)
Accessories: Charming Oval Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), silver cording, diamond glaze, snowflake embossing folder (Darice)

Manger card
Stamps: Weary World (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  pearlized card stock (Paper Accents), vellum and silver shimmer paper (SU!)
Ink: black archival (Ranger), VersaMark, Copic markers
Accessories: Starry Stable Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), lost lagoon taffeta, silver cording (SU!), jingle bells, silver pearls, snowflake embossing folder (Darice)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weary World Spotlight Hop

Welcome back to Day 3 of Verve's November 2014 Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guests are back for another day of spotlighting the new holiday release! And the wait is almost over... everything previewed this week will be available in the Verve online store tomorrow (Thursday, 11/20). So come hop along with us and see our first looks at today's featured products!

I'm the first stop on today's hop, so grab a treat and hop along with us to see what's new!
Today's spotlight is shining on my illustrations for this release... Weary World, Psalm 119:105 plain jane and the Starry Stable Die Set.

While I love fun and whimsical Christmas decor, my favorite kind of Christmas cards to make are the ones that put the meaning of Christmas front and center.  So that was my intent when sitting down to design this set, inspired by one of my favorite Christmas hymns, O Holy Night.

For my card, I decided to watercolor the manger scene from Weary World with Distress markers and a waterbrush.  I added some glitzy accents with a Wink of Stella pen, then stamped the sentiment in the Vintage Oval frame from Die Sidekicks, watercolored and cut with the Vintage Oval Die.  The papers are from the Glistening collection and I added some seam binding and aqua jingle bells, then finished off by accenting the star on  the stable with the smaller star from the die set, cut from silver shimmer paper.

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 a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!
Weary WorldStarry Stable Die Set
Psalm 119:105 Plain Jane

Next up on the hop is Laurie!

Day 3 Hop List
1. Julee8. Stacey
2. Laurie9. Teresa
3. Chaitali10. Andrea
4. Marisa11. Christyne
5. Amber12. Nancy
6. Diana13. Maureen
7. Charmaine

Enabler's List
Stamps:  Weary World (releasing 11/20), Die Sidekicks (Verve)
Paper: Glistening (Authentique), watercolor paper (Ranger), pearlized card stock (Paper Accents), glitter paper (SU!)
Ink: black archival, distress markers (Ranger), copic markers
Accessories:  Starry Stables Die Set, Vintage Oval Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Signature Ribbon Collection (Verve), jingle bells, silver cording, waterbrush, clear embossing powder