Day 3 AnniVERVEsary Spotlight Hops

Hi friends! We're back with Day 3 of our 10th Anni-VERVE-sary release! I've been so inspired by the fabulous samples everyone's been sharing, and we're back with another day of hopping! Hooray!



I'm the first stop on today's blog hop so settle in and let's get HOPPING! Verve is releasing 4 new sets and 2 die sets on Monday, August 28. The Divas and our very special Guest Diva, Kelly Lunceford, are joined by two more talented former Divas for today's hop. Michelle Woerner and Tosha Leyendekker. Both these gals are phenomenal designers with the sweetest hearts. I'm so excited to be hopping alongside of them again!

Today's feature is on the Cake & Candles stamp set. It's only fitting for our 10th Anni-VERVE-sary release to have a birthday set, right? This one is another fusion of new and classic Verve, with the re-appearance of the so very popular Happy Birthday and Birthday To You plain janes, as well as a fun Dr. Seuss quote from our 1st Anni-VERVE-sary commemorative set, Beautiful You. I added in a new cupcake and a few new sentiments that I frequently find myself writing inside birthday cards. Oh and a special request for a happy cake and candles stamp for Moe.

For my sneak peek today, I did a little watercolor plopping. A few weeks back I watched an Ali Brown video on this technique. In the video she mentions that your brush really matters for this technique. I nodded my head, looked at the price of large paintbrushes on Amazon, then decided my largest brush from my stash would work just fine. And the results were TERRIBLE.  LOL Like seriously... size really matters!  Then last weekend on a trip to Michaels I saw a round #12 brush on clearance and a lightbulb went off. It's pretty huge, and that's why it works... it can hold a ton of water! I brought it home and now I want to plop watercolor on all the things! Seriously fun, and the results have been wonderful every time. Here I used the blues and greens from the Pastel Dreams watercolor confections palette. Such a dreamy, ethereal look, don't ya think?

I first did the background for the sentiment, then did a card panel as well. I die cut the stitched circle from the previously released Springtime Stitches Die Set out of the card panel so it would match perfectly, knowing I would be covering up the hole with the sentiment panel. The sentiment from Cake & Candles is stamped in black, then I added some black rhinestone stars for accent.


The cupcake from the set is stamped onto the stiched circle die cut, then matted and accented with a touch of crystal glitter drops.  I finished offf with some baker's twine and a small sunburst rhinestone (another find in the beading section at Michael's). Super fun, but still relatively simple to make, and the colors and styling would work for a girl or guy. Bonus!



I've got another fun card with this set over on the Verve blog today, so don't forget to hop on over there for a little more inspiration!  If you already know you want the whole release, be sure to get in on the 30% off Buy It All Bundle pre-order.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy hopping!

Next up on the hop is Maureen.

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! Leave a little shout out in the comments section 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!

Cake and Candles

Day 3 Hop List
1. Julee7. Lesley
2. Maureen8. Christyne
3. Betty9. Laurie
4. Charmaine10. Kelly (Guest)
5. Marisa11. Michelle W. (Alumni)
6. Tosha L.(Alumni)

Enabler's List
Stamps: Cake & Candles (Verve Stamps)
Paper: watercolor paper (Creatology), basic black (SU!)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine), Pastel Dreams Watercolor Confections (Prima)
Accessories: Springtime Stitches Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), classic circle die (Spellbinders), rhinestone stars, baker's twine, Nuvo crystal glitter drops (Tonic), sunburst sticker gem (Darice)

49 comments

  1. Beautiful water coloring along with the little sparkle on the cupcake.

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  2. I love this birthday set and your cute card.

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  3. The new Birthday set is so tempted and love your card!

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  4. Another gorgeous watercolored background, which really allows that beautiful sentiment to shine!

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  5. Awesome card! Love the color and the cute cupcake! The shimmer on the cupcake is a great finishing touch!

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  6. What a beautiful watercolor card Julee! Love that cupcake!

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  7. Such a cute card! I'm going to try to use water color backgrounds more often!

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  8. SUPER sweet! I love this! I am a huge cupcake fan so I absolutely love this..LOL! I also love the pretty watercolor background!I need to try that. TFS
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting with Creative M

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  9. Nice find on the brush...and what beautiful results!! Love the pretty background with the simple black stamping. The wonderful sparkles on the cupcake add a touch of magic!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  10. This is beautiful! I haven't had much success with watercolour and my brush is definitely smaller than the one pictured, so it could be my brush as well... gotta check it out after the hop. Thanks Julee!

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  11. Using the brush to plop color
    sounds like fun. So many
    ways to watercolor and enjoy
    doing it.
    Love the layering.
    beautiful card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  12. So very very pretty. It is just lovely

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  13. Very nice card, the watercolor is super cool .

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  14. Very pretty. Love your watercoloring. Great new stamp set.

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  15. That water coloured background is beautiful! Love the simplicity of your card, it really makes the sentiment stand out.

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  16. Love the watercolor background, and the fun new stamps!! I am learning to use the Prima watercolors and appreciate the link to the video....probably need a new brush.

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  17. Love the watercolor technique you used for the background!

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  18. Such a beautiful card with a lovely bg! Pretty pretty :)

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  19. Well, sweet Julee, you've been rocking this new release! I love how you've used watercolors and washes for the backgrounds, and what an amazing collection of inspiring cards from the team. It's a joy to see the alumni come back and delight us! LOVE it all! Hugs!

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  20. Great find at Mike's! Lovely swirls of colour for a beautiful bg, and I am sure we will see many more ;)

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  21. Wow! I'm in love for your stunning watercolored background!!! I like also so much the touch of glitter!!!

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  22. Love the blues and greens, such a pretty card!

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  23. My absolute favorite colors!! LOVE your background Julee!! It's the perfect backdrop for your sweet, sparkly cupcake! Thanks for the honor of hopping with y'all today too! Mwah!!

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  24. hmmm, the largest brush size I have is a 10 ... guess a trip to Michaels is in order. hehe Your card is beautiful. Love this great set.

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  25. Thanks for introducing us to Plopping. Love your use of it on this beautiful card. Great balance, too.

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  26. So sweet. I like the sparkle on the cupcake.

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  27. Very sweet card, Julee! Love the cupcake!

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  28. Super cute card, Julee! I love your watercolored background. Love this set too, such a great variety of birthday sentiments. Always need those!

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  29. Super sweet card with that beautiful background!

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  30. Such a pretty background!
    You have to stop posting the links
    to the videos-I keep getting sidetracked! Lol!
    I did enjoy her video-thanks!

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  31. I am in love with the mixed fonts in this set on my list!

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  32. Wonderful card, love your watercoloring. Fabulous new release! Happy 10!!!

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  33. Love your cool card today. Great cupcake & frosting and what a find with the Stars. X

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  34. Beautiful watercolor background. And I love the sparkle on the cupcake.

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  35. Oh, wow what a gorgeous background you've created. I love the blues and greens. Your card is so pretty.

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  36. I love the watercolour! Love how few elements you use which highlights every element you use.

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  37. Love your card and the background. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

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  38. Pretty colors! Love the sparkle on the frosting!

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  39. Don't know which I love more...the water coloring or that sparkly frosted cupcake!

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  40. I love what you create! All your cards are lovely!

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  41. Julee, I always love your watercolors. This is so pretty and the glitter on the cupcake is just perfect.

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