Perk Up

Welcome to Day 4 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop series! Hop along with the Divas all week long as we share our first looks at a few of the new products releasing from Verve on Friday night! One lucky commenter along the hop will win today's featured sets and dies.  So be sure and leave a little love as you hop around the Divasphere!  Check the Verve Blog for prize details and deadlines.

Our spotlight for today is shining on a new set called Better With You, and its companion set, Sip and SavorYou'll also be seeing peeks of the From the Heart Die Set, which will be available exclusively as a free gift with a $35 minimum order through August 31, while supplies last.  {This promotion starts AFTER the sets go live on Friday night, August 12.}

Okay, on to the peeks!!! It will come as no surprise to many of you that I love coffee... and tea.  The aroma, the warmth, and all the pretty designer mugs just make me happy!  So I thought it was about time for some more coffee/tea themed sets!

For my card, I knew I wanted to play along with Jackie's Tag You're It! Get Your Diva On challenge.  So I pulled out the Sweet Scallop Tag stamp and coordinating die to make a tag using the new Better With You set.  I thought this perk up sentiment would be perfect for a little pick me up and decided to make a card and gift in one by adding a little Maya Road library pocket to house a gift card.  The background is stamped in crumb cake randomly with the coffee rings stamp from this set, then I stamped the coffee mug, the skinny oval for the coffee inside the mug, and a decorative flourish, then colored with copic markers and trimmed out with scissors and a hobby blade.  Here's a little detail of the stamping...


The java background stamp is stamped repeatedly on the library pocket, then I inked up the pocket and ran it through the paper crimper to give it the look of a java jacket.  Next, I added some wide striped ribbon, a bit of linen thread, a button and some rhinestones as accents.  I finished off by tucking a gift card to a local coffee shop in the pocket.  Here it is when everything was said and done...



There's still time to play along in our Get Your Diva On Challenge!  The challenge is to incorporate a tag on your card or project OR make a set of tags  The winner of the challenge gets to be a Guest Diva for a future release.  It could be you posting sneak peeks next time around, so be sure to play along! Check out all the details on the challenge thread in our forum.


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Divas have to share today and leave a little comment love as you hop about for a chance to win!  Next up on the hop is ... Charmaine!


1. Julee7. Sarah {Guest}
2. Charmaine8. Marisa {Guest}
3. Tosha9. Laurie
4. Andrea10. Maureen
5. Sankari11. Amy
6. Teresa

Enabler's Lists:
Stamps: Better With You, Sweet Scallop Tag (stamp) (Verve)
Paper: Basics Manila (BasicGrey), Black, Cream
Ink: Jet Black Archival, Pumice Stone Distress (Ranger), Soft Suede, Crumb Cake (SU!), White Dye Ink (Memories)
Accessories: Sweet Scallop Tag Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Library Pocket (Maya Road), striped ribbon (SU!), linen thread (TCP), button, rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), paper crimper (Fiskars), gift card

103 comments

  1. Love this card!!! Wonderful tag and great gift card pocket! You can't go wrong with coffee :)

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  2. This is fabulous! Love the sweet tag and of course the gift card will be well loved!

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  3. Cute sentiment, beautiful card! I love the gift card idea:)

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  4. Great idea for giving a gift card to a coffee shop.

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  5. How fun is this??? Love it Julee!

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  7. Beautiful card, love the gift card pocket!!

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  8. How cute and what a great pick me up this would be. TFS

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  9. Another wonderful design :) My OCD's will not allow me to use skewed panels, it physically pains me! But I really love the way they look on other poeple's cards - well jel! :)

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  10. CUTE! Love your color scheme, and that ribbon is perfect!

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  11. Oh my word; how stinking cute is THAT??? Gosh, the details- so many, so beautiful!

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  12. Totally gorgeous! This would definitely be a fabulous peek me up gift! I love the color combo and the layout is beautiful, with the gift card tucked in the front, sooooo sweet!

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  13. Absolutely darling! this card gets Two pinkies up! :)

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  14. SHUT UP!!! LOOK at the Sweet Scallop Tag! LOVE the gorgeous ribbon!!! Fantastic card, Julee!!

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  15. Eek! I wondered if there would be a coffee set when I saw the cute coffee cups in your Spotlight Hop graphic! I can't wait to see more of it on today's hop!

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  16. Super fun card! Love the sentiment and the colors! : )

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  17. Cute card! Love your bow, button and ebellishment!!

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  18. This is fabulous Julee. I am so into corregated cardboard these days. Love your creation!!!

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  19. Love this!! Can't wait to see the rest of the set.

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  20. Another fabulous creation! Love the tag, the ribbon, the gift card holder, the coffee ring background, all of your attention to detail... it just makes my heart happy! Have a fantastic day Julee!

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  21. This is so beautiful, love the card design and the colors.

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  22. What a sweet card - I LOVE that little coffee cup since it made its debut the first day of sneaks! I like the tan, black and red color combination and that bold striped ribbon with the perfectly tied bow too!

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  23. Oh I love this. You've really outdone yourself (again) on this release, Julee! The tag and gift card holder aspect are so perfect!

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  24. Juleeeeee! This is simply gorgeous! I love those colors together and the way you did the Perk Up sentiment as a tag with a gift card: GENIUS! I love looking at your blog as I sip on my cup of Java! Your card is my visual cup of mojo!
    Big hugs,
    Sankari :)

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  25. This is over the top FABULOUS!!! LOVE all the layers of embs!!!

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  26. Beautiful card, Julee! I too, am an avid coffee lover, so I am looking forward to seeing more of this set!

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  27. Beautiful card and tag Julee. Love the shape of that cup. I can't wait to see/get that From the Heart Die set. I love hearts!!

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  28. How beautiful! I love the element of the corrugated cardboard to mimic a coffee cozy! Perfect for a coffee card!! Very pretty card!

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  29. love the idea for the gift card, so cute. can't wait to see the new set I love coffee sets

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  30. Absolutely love this card, Julee. That wide ribbon always has me smiling and your GC pocket is perfect with the touch of crimping. The lights have now gone on re: the skinny oval LOL!

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  31. Great card!! I can't wait to see the whole set!! It looks like a must have!!

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  32. What a clever little card! Love the new set- I'm a big coffee drinker too :)!

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  33. Very colorful and crisp! Your work is full of details... love it!

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  34. I lOVE this! The colors are so great-- just the right amount of red and a little brown to warm up the black and white. Elegant and funky all at the same time.

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  35. This is such an awesome stamp set Julee! I love your coffee cup with that great pop of red color and the crimping to make a coffee sleeve is so clever! This is a must have set in my opinion.

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  36. so cool! love the coffee rings!

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  37. LOVE the little pop of red and the wide black & white striped ribbon is to die for!!!

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  38. it is a perfect card for such a coffee-fan like me! ;-)

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

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  39. LOVE the background paper. Who would ever think we'd WANT coffee rings on our paper? lol

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  40. I just LOVE this!!!! I love the promotion too and can't wait to get my order in to get mine. I will definitely have to have these from today to make up gifts.

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  41. I LOVE your colors. I'm really into the red, black white or beige!

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  42. I know that I sure would "perk up" if I received this sweet card! Thanks for sharing it with us today. :D

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  43. love the stamp set and the fabby bow!!

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  44. This is a fabulous card! Love the ribbon...the whole scheme, and color choices, too.

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  45. I love this ! Black,red, and white make for such a stunning color combination - who wouldn't love getting this card ?

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  46. Absolutely adorable!!! Love everything about your card, especially the gift card holder on the front!!! Fantastic job!

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  47. How fun is this? Sure to make someone's day!

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  48. What a pretty card you have posted for today!

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  49. Darling, this is darling! Coffee and coffee sets are one of my loves!

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  50. I left a comment at a little after 11:00 a.m. EST today (8/10)and it still has not shown up. Sorry if I am duplicating! Love your card, the gift card pocket is a great idea.

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  51. LOVE LOVE LOVE this card! Two of my favorites - Coffee of course and the color combo - a win win situation!

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  52. Marvelous card! My favorite color combo.

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  53. Love it! Wouldn't change a thing!

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  54. wow, simply amazing!! love it!!

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  55. What a great card and I know so many people who would just go mad for the card you created too.

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  56. This is so sweet, and is the perfect housing for that wonderful gift card. How lovely!!

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  57. Gorgeous creation, so in love with your choice of colors

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  58. What a fabulous card- love the color scheme. I would love to get a card like this from a friend!

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  59. Oh I totally love the card it is so fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. Love the texture and colors.
    God bless,
    Peggy Allen

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  61. Awesome card, Julee! I love the sort of urban chic feel (okay, whatever "urban chic" even is ... but it sounds good!). I especially love the coffee rings in the background!

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  62. Julie, I have always loved your coffee sets and this one is no exception!!! The card is wonderful! I hope you are well!!

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  63. Fabulous--I like the crimping and the sentiment.

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  64. I like the crimped piece because it looks like a coffee cup sleeve.

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  65. Fabulous card! Love the colors, the bow, the rhinestones, everything!

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  66. Impressive! Lovely colors & textures & design!!

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  67. Great card and gift card pocket - the colors are great and I love that wide black and white ribbon!

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  68. What a great way to start of the day 4 of the blog hop peeks! Love all the details you put into this card. I probably would have missed them if you hadn't pointed them out. I do love the gift card pocket, it is just perfect.

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  69. Julee- I caught this on FB this morning and knew it is a set that I just might need to add to my collection. I don't drink coffee but what a great perk up sentiment and lots of people love starbucks and such....

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  70. Oh, I love this!! That java background is fabulous!

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  71. What a fabulous concept - love it! ;-) Love the touches of red on that beautifully sophisticated card.

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  72. Love the card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  73. Just love your creations! Thanks for the chance to win

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  74. Cute cute card. I am a coffee drinker so this really speaks to me. Love it.

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  75. Julee. Darn it. What are you doing to me!??! When I got hooked on Verve, I had no idea you would keep introducing sets every five minutes ... and somehow you always make the next one better than the last ... seriously, my kids are going to go hungry because I can tell you right now that I am going to need this whole new release - AGAIN - and I have NO will power to control myself or my spending. Darn it. Incredibly darling card Julee; your talent astounds me. Love the wee splashes of that fabulous red ~ I can't wait to get this set for my best friend; it's like you made this set just for us! Your card is incredible!

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  76. So many details - love the color combo and the use of stamps for the different backgrounds.

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  77. Gorgeous Julee...love the tag sentiment and the beautiful ribbon!

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  78. Beautiful as can be! I'm so glad you decided to do more coffee and tea sets! I can't wait!

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  79. Love this gift card pocket and coordinating tag! Awesome card!

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  80. Fabulous gift card pocket!....Love the Java background stamp, it's perfect for all the coffee lovers.

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  81. this is so graphic and bold Julee, I love it!

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  82. Oh I love it! Looks like I'm going to be having another big Verve order placed! ha!
    The background you created with the coffee rings is awesome~
    GREAT card, Julee!

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  83. one of the prettiest ways I have seen a gift card presented in a long time!

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  84. Eek! That is just fabulous! What a fun sentiment!

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  85. I love this, Julee! You have such a way with black and pops of color and this is a gorgeous example!! Can't wait until tomorrow!

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  86. Love the little pocket, great stamps, lovely layout!

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  87. Wonderful stamping on this cretion and that pocket is such a great idea!

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  88. Bold and beautiful, Julee! Striking colors and I just love that corrugated sentiment panel! Fabulous!

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  89. Cute card full of great details. Love the black and white ribbon

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  90. I love giving and getting coffee gift cards. Whoever you give this absolutely amazing card to is going to be one happy person!

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  91. absolutely GORGEOUS, Julee! That ribbon is fabulous as are the colors!

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  92. This lovely card would perk me up!

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  93. Absolutely Gorgeous! that ribbon is perfect!

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  94. I love this tea pocket card! Aren't they all the rage over the past year. Fun for the tea lovers in our lives. Love the colors on yours. ;)))

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  95. I can't thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of all this gorgeousness by hosting this event and opening for shipping to Norway! I've loved everything I've seen so far and it's only getting better. Thank you and the other divas for oodles of inspiration! XO

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  96. Love black, white, & red and this comes with a gift card too. Great card/gift idea!

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