Winter Wishes November Diva Inspirations Hop

Hi friends! Welcome to Verve's monthly Diva Inspirations Blog Hop and Challenge! I'm the first stop on the hop, so settle in for a little blog tour of pretty projects and have some fun.


There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve shop 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 December 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!


I love the dreamy trees in the inspiration photo, and decided to pull out the Holiday Greetings set and paper piece some layers with curled up edges.  So I stamped the tree once on a cream colored square, then 5 more times on different patterned papers.  I sponged around the tree image on the cream square with old paper, then tumbled glass then faded jeans distress ink.  Next I added a bit of "snow" with white texture paste and the dot fade layering stencil.  Finally, I cut the 5 layers of the tree out, distressing the bottom edge and pieced them onto the square.



For the background, I took a piece of green patterned paper and randomly stamped the wreath image and snowflake image from Holiday Greetings for a bit of texture.  I added a few strips of the same papers I used for the tree and then overlaid some bits of lace.  The sentiment is stamped onto a Stitched Pennants die cut and I added a paper flower and leaves to finish things off.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Next stop on the hop is Betty.


Read on for all the challenge and hop details...



These rustic trees in blues and greens bring images of Old World Christmas to mind. Add in some baubles and finery, or keep it simple and rustic.  Either way, it's sure to inspire.  There are no rules... follow our color pattern or head off in whatever direction these pretty trees take you.  We can't wait to see what you create!
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Monday, December 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. Julee6. Marisa
2. Betty7. Maureen
3. Charmaine8. Susan
4. Christyne9. Teresa
5. Laurie

Enabler's List
Stamps: Holiday Greetings (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Figgy (BasicGrey), Polka (Echo Park), crumb cake (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: old paper, tumbled glass, faded jeans, vintage photo (Ranger Distress), mossy meadow, pear pizzazz (SU!), marker (Copic)
Accessories: Stitched Pennants Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE),  flower (Recollections),  pierced square stax (MFT), tiny attacher, dot fade layering stencil (Tim Holtz), leaves (Prima), vintage lace trim, texture paste

43 comments

  1. Wow, I really love the colors and patterns! So pretty.

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  2. Such a lovely card and the color combination is so pretty

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  3. Fabulous card and Awesome inspiration:)

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  4. Love the non traditional colors and the design!

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  5. Love your pieced together tree. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  6. Truly Gorgeous!! I love the greens and blues, beautiful combo! That is a very cool tree too :)

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  7. Julee that tree is just so elegant. Love your card and all the elements.

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  8. Gorgeous card. Love all the layers and the colors.

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  9. Beautiful--I like the colors,texture and lace.

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  10. BEAUTIFUL, LOOKS LIKE AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS.

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  11. Talk about nailing the inspiration photo!! Gorgeous card, Julee - I love the bits of lace :o)

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  12. What a beautiful card. The elements fit so well together. Gorgeous!

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  13. Love the vintage, shabby chic look!! Truly beautiful. I especially love the colors and the pieced tree.

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  14. It has a shabby look but then the
    lace elevates it to more elegant.
    Beautiful. Love the colors.
    thanks for sharing.

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  15. Great color combo....You do Shabby the BEST!

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  16. Awwww..... I'm in love with this amazing card!!! Pinned!
    https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524485503683/
    The topper with thetree and all the textures and details is a joy for he eyes! Thank you very much for sharing the whole process, really inspiring! The lace and the inked dp background give a fab texture and love the distressed edges of he papers! Awesome work!

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  17. Love the layering of the tree and the distress look. More of a piece of art than a greeting card.

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  18. I really love this card.. The colors make this such a standout. Beutifully layered too

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  19. Your stunning cards always make me swoon.

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  20. I love the shades of blue and green, the fun textures, and gorgeous lace! Your mixed media cards are amazing!

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  21. I love the way you used these beautiful colors!!! Especially the tree!

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  22. Love the textures and colors on your pretty card! The tree is adorable!

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  23. Julee, you make the most fabulous shabby chic cards and this Christmas card is a stunning example. I absolutely love it!! The tree is brilliant with all the layers and various patterns of dsp. A real beauty!

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  24. Beautiful layers and colors and the lace is such a wonderful touch.

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  25. Oh wow! I love all the details of your stunning card!!! Amazing!!!

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  26. Amazing layout! Love all the lace!

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  27. I just LOVE the non traditional colors on this card! So pretty

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  28. Another beautiful card, Julee! This is why I am always inspired by you!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  29. Blue and green are a favorite combo of mine and you have blended them beautifully here, Julee! Love this card.

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  30. I love this vintage-shabby chic looking festive card. The choice of pattern papers, the positioning of the laces and tree is great!
    Cheers
    Preety

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  31. Love your card! The different patterns on the tree are fun.

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  32. Such a pretty card. I love your collection of papers and your distressed design. I'd also like to thank you for the pretty birthday card you put into my last order. It was very thoughtful and will be treasured.

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  33. Wow! Love the colors and the distressing. Beautiful!

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  34. Such a beautiful, shabby chic card. Love the layers.

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  35. This color combination is gorgeous, and you've done an amazing job with it, Julee. Your talents astound me. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope to play along.
    Blessings,
    Karen L
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  36. Loving the lace and piecing/dimension on the tree!

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  37. I love this inspiration image and the colors, lovely work!

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  38. I love this challenge and really LOVE your card! Wow!!

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  39. Hi Julee! your card is just great, I love your photography is awesome too! they are both inspiring! This is my first time playing along at verve stamps! Fun!
    Ginny M

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