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)

56 comments

  1. oh wow those cards are incredibly beautiful!

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  2. The first card looks so fun to make with all the mixed media but the second one is my favorite. So clean and white and crisp - overall serene feeling. Love it! Thank you so much for having me along this release - you Divas are the best!

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  3. love your cards they are very pretty.

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  4. Love the rustic edges on the first card. Very pretty.

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  5. Love th new stamps...awesome .Gina F

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  6. Beautiful cards, lovely release! Love how you've added mixed media on the first card to create that warm background that matches the candle image!

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  7. Wow gorgeous cards...the distressing on the first is beautiful and love the nativity stamp.

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  8. Love that mixed media background on the first one - I had to just stop and stare at it. The second one is beautiful with the serene blue and white combo. Thanks for your GDT invitation - I had so much fun with this release!

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  9. I like the candlelight effect achieved in the first card and the silver bead accents on the creche card.

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  10. More fabulous cards!! The mixed media is so cool and the second card with the manger/embossing/soft colors is perfect!!

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  11. Love the distressing and the background for your candle. So pretty. The O Holy Night card is so pretty. The manger scene is colored so beautifully.

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  12. These cards are both SO beautiful...I just can't pick a favourite!

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  13. Wow, these are both gorgeous. I love the distressing on the first one and the colors on the 2nd one. Love all the new stamps in the release.

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  14. Such beautiful details on both cards. Two more stunning creations.

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  15. Oh, Julee, I love your first card today...the distressing and the beautiful candles - love them popped up. Then I scrolled down and saw your second card and I was blown away. This is stunning. Everything just works together so well. From the silver embossed "O Holy Night" on vellum to the shimmery star to the ribbon/bells and then the row of silver pearls......I don't know what part I like best because it one complete work of art.
    The "Weary World" (with it's matching dies) is by far my favourite from this release.

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  16. Oh Holy Night and the Plain Jane are my favorites! I really like your natvity card. The colors and the bells... gorgeous!

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  17. I think both cards are lovely. The distressed card is amazing and I like the embossing and vellum on the second card! Lovely sets with this release! Off to hop.

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  18. Your cards are great...and whoa...love the second one so much! :)

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  19. Wow! Julee, both cards are just gorgeous. I love this entire release--hoping I'll win it. Thanks for sharing your cards. Have enjoyed this hop.

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  20. What a great release. I just had to have the (Weary World) set so I've already ordered it but hey if I win I can always share that one with a friend. - Your card with the pretty silver embossing convinced me that I needed this set.

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  21. Love the shabby look on the first - in contrast to the second that is so elegant.
    thanks for sharing some great cards.

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  22. Both cards are gorgeous - love the layers and the shabby chic look of the first one and the elegant, crisp look of the second. Awesome new release too.
    isoscia at aol dot com

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  23. Julee, as everyone above has said both your cards today are just wonderful. The first one is so different with the torn edges layered up and the lovely candles which you can almost feel the heat from.
    But the second one, oh my it is just wonderful.
    Have a lovely break with your family.
    Sue

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  24. Love, love, love the first card - that is just gorgeous! Beautiful coloring and the distressing is so pretty

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  25. Wow! These are beautiful and love the mixed media along with the elegance of the second one.

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  26. Wow, what beautiful projects!
    Thanks so much for a chance to win this gorgeous release!

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  27. Gorgeous cards. Love the second one!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing release.

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  28. both cards are gorgeous!! though 2nd one is my favorite!! love the colors and the bell you have added...
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  29. Both of your cards are wonderful, but the nativity one is my favorite. I love its simple elegance.

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  30. both cards are just lovely and what great textures on the candle card. Also like the simplicity of your second card. Very pretty

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  31. OH MY! What can I say? Both are incredibly beautiful and so thoughtful! I could never choose so a blue ribbon for both! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. Gorgeous mix of colours on the first card and oh how they pop against the white. Fabulous second card using the vellum and gorgeous turquoise :) Celebrating the birth of Christ times two indeed!!

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  33. Oh my goodness your cards always Wow me, I adore the turned over corners very much. Again a lovely release <3

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  34. wow... what gorgeous cards!! this release is just beautiful!

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  35. Two fabulous cards, I like them both!

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  36. The release hop has been amazing and you ended it with two beautiful creations. Love the MM touch of the first one...and your distressing always looks amazing Julee. Your second card is clean and beautiful...love the added lines of pearls and the jungle bell ribbon! Thanks for inspiring us!

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  37. Love both Christmas cards.
    God bless,
    Peggy Allen

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  38. Both of your cards are BEAUTIFUL. I really LOVE the blue, white and silver colors with the embossing. They really allow the manger to be the main focal point. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,
    D~
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  39. Both are so stunning! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  40. Beautiful cards.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  41. So so beautiful! Both if them! Love the edges on the candles!

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  42. These cards are both incredibly beautiful. Love the background of the first one, and the colors on the second.

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  43. Julee i love your beautiful cards! The weary world staml and dies are coming hkme for Christmas! I love them sooooo much! Thanks for an early Christmas present to myself for cards! :) Happy Thanksgivjng to you and your lovely family!!!! Jill

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  44. I'm so sorry that I have been so busy this week, work has been crazy and I've missed all the fun. But I'm happy now that I can catch up on the Verve gorgeous release. Your cards are stunning. I really love the light my life candles card. So many gorgeous layers and delicious texture with the distressed edges. The second card is lovely too. Love the embossing on the vellum

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  45. Beautiful! I love your projects and that little manger card has me in awe!

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  46. Great background for the lovely candles and such a sweet and elegant Nativity card.

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  47. I love the your cards! I love that the stamps are super cute and protray the real meaning of Christmas!

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  48. These are both so gorgeous! That first one is just amazing with the background you created and all the torn edges. I don't see that very often any more and it used to be "the" technique everyone was using. And that second card is just plain stunning! I think the set you used on that one is my favorite of the release. I always love sets that show the true meaning of Christmas.

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  49. both cards are so beautiful, but my favorite was the second card!

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  50. Both of your cards are gorgeous! I love these new releases!

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  51. Really love the candle background. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

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