Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's Julee here and I'm so excited that Verve is a Super Sponsor for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!  It's no secret from the number of sets Verve has related to tea and coffee that this is definitely my kind of hop!
The hop starts today and runs until Friday, March 6th at 11:55 pm pacific. You must link up a newly created spring-y themed coffee, tea &/or cocoa project over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog post in order to be eligible for any of the sponsored prizes. Winners of sponsored prizes will be picked by random draw and announced on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog on Sunday, March 8. Some participants may be offering blog candy to commenters on their individual posts as well, so be sure to check out all the coffee loving goodness!

Click here for the full list of Super Sponsors and Flash Sponsors.

Verve's prize for this hop is something hot off the presses.  So new it's not even in the store yet! I'd hoped to have it here before Valentine's Day but our order got unexpectedly delayed by the manufacturer and is set to arrive next week.

Chaitali has designed another fun set in her one word series (others in the series include the Coffee and Cupcakes sets) and this one is themed around chocolate, complete with a stamp or two for you hot chocolate lovers, but also many sentiments that will pair perfectly with the new coordinating Chocolate Word Die or our Coffee Word Die! The Chocolate set and coordinating word die will release next Friday, March 6.  But we're giving away the soon to be released Chocolate stamp set and Chocolate Word Die as our sponsored prize for the hop!  So go ahead and make a card or two to link up over on the hop linky!


And since I couldn't wait to ink up my sample set, I have a little hot chocolate-y sneak peek using this set and die for you today...


I started by stamping the sweet little cocoa mug in brown sugar ink and then coloring with Copics.  I stamped the melted chocolate border in brown sugar and then embossed the HOT sentiment in white, then hand trimmed a portion to add as a border.  Next I stamped the 'You had me at' sentiment on designer paper and layered my pieces together.  I used the Chocolate Word Die to cut the chocolate word in pool party and brown sugar cardstock, then I offset them for a bit of shadowing and glued the piece down the side of my panel.  The background is embossed with an embossing folder and then sponged with scattered straw and tumbled glass distress inks.  I used the same colors on the wood veneer butterfly and then coated with a healthy dose of glossy glaze and glitter.

Alrighty, the Divas will have more inspiration using this new set for you on March 6!  Our next re-stocking shipment is expected tomorrow and all of our stamps are currently 20% off!


Enabler's List:
Stamps: Chocolate (releasing 3/6 from Verve)
Paper: Dolled Up (MME), baked brown sugar, pool party (SU!), cream
Ink:  baked brown sugar (SU!), Versamark, scattered straw, tumbled glass and broken china distress ink (Ranger), Copic markers
Accessories:  Chocolate Word Die (releasing 3/6 from Verve), embossing folder (Darice), glossy glaze (Ranger), glitter, wood veneer butterfly, embossing powder

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vivacious Valentines Inspiration Challenge Winner

Hi Verve fans! Julee here, popping in with some happy news for one of you! 

Sorry this is a bit late, I've been holding sick kiddos and battling migraines, tendinitis, and vendors as well as prepping for a tax appointment and well, the list goes on and on.  I'm also sorry if I didn't get to comment on your creation.  I did look at every entry, but that tendinitis makes typing not so fun for me right now!  Okay, on with the announcement...

This month our challenge winner is Elizabeth S.!  


Isn't her Vivacious Valentine using Chevron Love and Dream Big just darling?  So vibrant and fun!

Congrats Elizabeth!Send an email to contests@vervestamps.com to claim your $40 gift voucher to the Verve store!


Here's one last look at all of our Vivacious Valentine linky entries:

Nothing says "I love you" like a handmade Valentine in your signature style.
Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction
  - just make us swoon with a fabulously flirty creation!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Blog Hop Winner

Hi Verve fans! Julee here, popping in with some happy news for one of you! Thank you for hopping with us on the 5th, we're so glad you enjoyed our Vivacious Valentine creations!

This month our comment prize was hidden on Anya's Blog
I love the soft romantic feel to it!

A random commenter on Anya's post wins a $40 gift voucher to Verve!!!  
Drumroll please.... and the winner is....

Blog Hop Winner: Katy
Prize: $40 Verve Stamps gift voucher 

Congrats Katy!  Send an email to contests@vervestamps.com to claim your prize.


Don't forget:
There's still one more week to play along with our Vivacious Valentine challenge!

Nothing says "I love you" like a handmade Valentine in your signature style.
Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction
  - just make us swoon with a fabulously flirty creation!

Click here to link up your challenge entries

Important Stuff
1. Make a new card (Feb 5 or later) inspired by the Vivacious Valentine theme
2. Link up your card to the entry form link list
Challenge Deadline: 5pm Mountain on Thursday, February 19
Prize: $40 gift voucher to Verve's online store


Viva la Verve is back with February Week 2 today.
Check out the VLV Sketches blog for the latest sketch!