April Diva Inspirations Hop

Welcome to Verve's monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!  I'm the first stop on today's hop, so settle in for a bit of sunny tropics inspiration.

There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store 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 May 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!

Verve's April 2016 Diva Inspirations Challenge | www.vervestamps.blogspot.com
A little tropical flair is in the air for inspiration this month. Bright pinks, aquas, golden tones and a touch of white promise easy breezy days ahead. There's no script for this inspiration... go floral, keep it modern, follow our color pattern or forge your own path, just show us your tropical chic inspired creations.

I just loved that golden sun mirror in the inspiration photo (for a closer look at the inspiration photo, head on over to the Verve blog), and knew just the kind of background I wanted for my card. So I pulled out some distress inks and stencils to create a chevron background in worn lipstick, squeezed lemonade and warm mustard. Next I used the sun ray stencil to add some warm mustard rays and then keeping the stencil in place rubbed with collage glue.  I peeled up the stencil and placed some gold foil down to give some golden accents to the rays.  I created the same type of background for my sentiment tag using the Flourished Tag for the shape and then using the gold foil with the chevron stencil and embossing the sentiment from Simply Amazing in gold.

The flowers from Simply Amazing are clear embossed on watercolor cardstock and then sponged with tumbled glass and broken china distress inks.  I cut them with the coordinating Simply Daisies Die Set. and layered them onto the card.  I added a partial gold doily to the side, then some white string and a few Sprightly Sprigs leaves cut from the rest of the doily.

Card by Julee Tilman using Verve Stamps| www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Check out the hop list (first 11 entries in the linky) below, then play along with us and come back to link up your own creations. If you're in the mood to shop, we've got a bunch of products (including the tag and leaf dies I used today) marked 30% off in our sale category this month.

Enabler's List
Stamps: Simply Amazing (Verve Stamps)
Paper: distress watercolor paper (Ranger), gold doily
Ink: worn lipstick, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, broken china, tumbled glass (Ranger Distress), Versamark
Accessories: Simply Daisies Die Set, Flourished Tag Die Set, Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), white thread, gold and clear embossing powders, gold foil sheets (Ranger), bling, stencils


  1. Super tropical! I love the layers on your card and the pop of blue with the flowers and the gems. Such a very happy card that is sure to bring joy to the recipient!

  2. Love the bright, warm colors, the great mixed-media look and the super-fun gold accents! Cant't wait to play along!

  3. Tropical with a hint of grunge - I LOVE IT! Beautiful.

  4. Love your tropical chic card with all the distressing and pretty colors.

  5. Very pretty colors and patterns and the gold really makes it special.

  6. Very cool! Great use of those tropical colors!

  7. Wow! So many gorgeous layers! Absolutely lovely!

  8. Hi Julee! Your tumbled glass flowers are Simply Amazing indeed!! I love how the soft blue really pops with your bright and sunny background. So pretty!

  9. OMGosh I loVe your sweet card. LoVe the colors and gold accents. Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

  10. What an awesome background!
    I love this card-great use of the colors!

  11. Great inspiration photo this month, Julee! I love your distress ink background - what a gorgeous mix of colours :o)

  12. Wonderful card using those great colours. Love the touch of midas.

  13. Beautiful card! Love those colours together.

  14. Fabulous Card! Thanks for the inspiration! And the gold mirror adds the right amount of glam to all those hot tropical colors! My creative wheels are turning....

  15. Your card is a whole lot of goodness! I love every element and inch of your card!

  16. So pretty! Love the layering and the daisies! Great details!

  17. Layers and more lovely layers of ink, foil, and die cuts....absolutely fabulous! Love this bright and golden sunny card!!!

    Thank you, Julee, for your very sweet comments on all my projects this week. You are awesome!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  18. Your inspiration card is gorgeous, Julee. I sure enjoyed making my Verve card using this inspiration photo as well. Thanks for an awesome challenge and fun blog hop. I always LOVE playing with my wonderful Verve stamps and dies.

  19. Hi Julee - I found your blog challenge through a posting at Karen L blog site - I am excited to get creating to enter the challenge - and loving there are Scripture stamps available - hoping to get an order in soon - thanks for the challenge and for your lovely eye catching creation - have a blessed day!

  20. Love the gold with all the layers on your beautiful card.

  21. I love the layers and the gold effect on your card.

  22. Love the layers and the gold. Very pretty.


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