Verve Diva Inspiration Hop!

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Best Teacher Ever by Jen Shults, Stamps and dies from Verve Stamps

It’s time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team’s blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have the until October 5 to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.

Best Teacher Ever by Jen Shults, Stamps and dies from Verve Stamps

My card for today is a quick thank you card to add to my stash of thank you cards to give to the kids teachers. I LOVE the Teacher’s Count stamp set. It has such FABULOUS sentiments and the apples are so fun. I’m also putting together a set very similar to this of blank note cards to give to one of my daughter’s teachers this year.

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Our September challenge is Autumn Lovelies

September brings to mind crisp apples, bouquets of sharpened pencils, baked pumpkin delights, rainbows of fallen leaves and don’t forget Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Salted Caramel Mochas! This month we’re challenging you to to show us your autumn inspired creations. Use the inspiration graphic or go off on your own tangent, just share a little autumn loveliness with us!

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Monday, October 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’ve got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee 7. Susan
2. Amy 8. Maureen
3. Betty 9. Amber
4. Jen 10. Stacey
5. Sankari 11. Marisa
6. Sarah

Card Details:

Stamps: Teacher’s Count (Verve)
Ink: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper: Oreo, Cherry Pop, Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Accessories: Copic Markers, Banner Bundle Die Set (Verve), Apple Die Set (Verve), black baker’s twine, white gel pen, foam tape, Quick Dry Adhesive (3M)

Verve August Diva Inspirations Challenge Blog Hop

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It’s time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team’s blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have the rest of the month to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.

Our August challenge is Celebrate
Sparkle and Shine by Jen Shults
I had SO MUCH FUN making this card for today’s blog hop. I made a big giant mess with Heidi Swapp’s Color Shine Spray and it was awesome. I made the background paper with Distress Reinkers (Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar) along with Gold Color Shine Spray.
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For the sentiment cluster I used the Flourished Tag Die Set, Banner Bundle Die Set, Jotted Heart Die, Butterfly Dreams Die Set (all from Verve) and a Sizzix Scribbles and Splat die. The sentiment is from Sparkly Dreams.
My card also happens to be for one of the awesome Dare to Get Dirty challenges over on Splitcoaststampers!
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It’s our Anni-VERVE-sary month, so we’re celebrating! Create a card to celebrate something or someone special, an anniversary, birthday, new baby, any occasion filled with joy! Use the inspiration or go off on your own tangent, just share a celebration with us!Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Monday, August 31.
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’ve got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee 6. Susan
2. Amy 7. Maureen
3. Betty 8. Marisa
4. Jen 9. Charmaine
5. Sarah

Card Supplies:
StampsSparkly Dreams (Verve)
Paper: Earl Grey, Sugar Cube, Oreo Cardstock (Taylored Expressions), Watercolor paper (Canson), Glitter paper (American Crafts), Gray Stripe (Scrap out of my scrap box)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
AccessoriesFlourished Tag Die Set, Banner Bundle Die Set, Jotted Heart Die, Butterfly Dreams Die Set (Verve), Scribbles and Splat die (Sizzix), flower (Recollections), baker’s twine, foam squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Quick Dry Adhesive (3M)

Viva La Verve July Sketch 5

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Sparkle by Jen Shults

Sparkle by Jen Shults

Hi everyone! I have a card to share today that I made using the most recent Viva la Verve Sketch over on the VLV Sketch Challenge blog. I actually designed the sketch for this week. 🙂 It’s a bit different for me and I had fun figuring out how to use it, lol. It’s a great scrap eater card and I definitely need more of those.

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The stamp set I used is called Sparkly Dreams from Verve. I really love this set. It’s a newer one and it has some fantastic sentiments and images.

Here’s a look at the sketch:

Card Supplies:

Stamps: Sparkly Dreams (Verve)
Paper: Red Pepper, Oreo, Sugar Cube Cardstock (Taylored Expressions), scrap patterned paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Soot (Ranger)
Accessories: Sprightly Sprigs Dies Set (Verve), Circle Dies (Spellbinders), Shine Bright Sequin Mix (Verve), flowers (Prima), Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Mini Ink Blending Tool (Ranger), Distress Tool (Prima), Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Quick Dry Adhesive (3M)

VLVJuly2015 – You Make Me Smile

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You Make Me Smile by Jen Shults

You Make Me Smile by Jen Shults

Hi! I’m hosting today’s recap for the Viva La Verve July Week 3 sketch over on the Viva la Verve blog today!

Here’s a peek at Stacey’s awesome sketch:

Card details:

Stamps: Smile Plane Jane (Verve)
Ink: Dandelion (Memento)
Paper: Toffee, Sugar Cube, Potato Chip, Salt Water Taffy (Taylored Expressions), Sunny Days Ahead 6×6 (Echo Park)
Accessories: Flag It Die Set (Verve), Wood Veneer Hearts (Studio Calico), Paper Flowers (Prima), Sticky Back Pearls (Recollections), Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives), Quick Dry Adhesive (3M), Big Shot (Sizzix), Tweezers

Verve Diva Inspiration Challenge

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Thanks For Making My Day Awesome by Jen Shults

It’s time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team’s blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings! You have the rest of the month to link up, so feel free to play as often as you like.

Our July challenge is Sensational Stripes

Stripes go with everything! Make them nautical, or pair with florals for a graphic look. Use stripes however you’re inspired! Use the inspiration graphic or head off in your own direction, just show us your stripes!

Thanks For Making My Day Awesome by Jen Shults

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week so far! Today I have a bright sunny Verve card to share with you. 🙂 I hope my take on our Diva Inspiration Challenge actually fits the challenge because my interpretation of stripes is a little loose. I used dots from Better Together along with white embossing powder and Color Burst watercolors to create the background for my card… thus the stripes… see the dots, they make stripes… right? I stamped the flowers from Be Blessed and watercolored them with Color Burst watercolors as well. The leaves are die cut using the Sprightly Sprigs Die Set and were also painted with Color Burst watercolors. Because I had so much color going on I stamped the sentiment on white and kept it simple by die cutting it with the Vintage Oval Die.

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Supply List:

Stamps: Better Together, Be Blessed (Verve)
Paper: 90 lb Watercolor Paper (Canson), Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (Verve), Vintage Oval Die (Verve), Pthalo Green, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue Color Burst Powder, Mini Mister (Ranger), White Embossing Powder, scissors, Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Friday, July 31.
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’ve got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee 8. Susan
2. Amy 9. Maureen
3. Betty 10. Marisa
4. Jen 11. Stacey
5. Karen 12. Laurie
6. Sankari 13. Amber
7. Sarah

 

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop!

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It’s the 5th of the month and time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team’s blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!

Our June challenge is Eat Me, Drink Me
Hey There Cupcake by Jen Shults
For my card I went with the Eat Me part of the challenge (that sounds terrible, lol). I used Cupcakes and Small Packages stamp sets my cupcake and sentiment. I colored the cupcake with Copics.
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I added a bit of Stardust Stickles to the cupcake for shine and some Sprinkles for a little bit of something extra.
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For the background I used a burlap background stamp and embossed it with white embossing powder and then sponged over that with Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink. I love how the subtle gradient turned out. 🙂
For my layout I used Sweet Sunday Sketch 271.
Card Details:
Stamps: 
Cupcakes, Small Packages (Verve), Burlap Background (MFT)
Paper: Sugar Cube, Peapod, Lemon Meringue Cardstock (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Classy Label Die (Verve), Banner Bundle Dies (Verve), foam tape, sponge ink applicator (Ranger), white embossing powder, Stardust Stickles, Sprinkles (Doodlebug)
Are you fueled by coffee, tea or cocoa? Find cupcakes irresistible? Create a card featuring an edible treat or favored beverage!  Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction – just leave us needing a fix of your favorite indulgence!

Click here to link up your challenge entries

Challenge deadline: Saturday, June 20.
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’ve got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee 7. Susan
2. Amy 8. Maureen
3. Anya 9. Marisa
4. Betty 10. Chaitali
5. Sankari 11. Stacey
6. Sarah 12. Amber

Verve Diva Inspiration Hop!

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Easter Blessings by Jen Shults

It’s the 5th of the month and time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop! There are two ways to win Verve prizes: comment on the design team’s blog hop posts (linked below) to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!

Our April challenge is Bunnies & Babies

Spring is a time of birth and renewal – celebrate the season by creating a card for Easter or a bouncing new baby. Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction – just show us your sprightly spring creations!
Easter Blessings by Jen Shults
Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day today! We are off with family celebrating Easter. All of our extended family flies in or drives from their respective other states and we all converge on my in-laws house for a giant three day Easter celebration. It’s a wonderful time and it great to see everyone. 🙂
For my card I went with the Easter theme. I had a lot of fun making the watercolor background using Distress Inks and shimmer mist. I went a little crazy with the sequins and flowers to brighten everything up. 🙂
Card Details:
Stamps: Eggstra Special (Verve – retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Distress Inks
Paper: Kraft (MFT), Strathmore 400 Series Watercolor Paper, Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Accessories: Sweet Scallop Die (Verve), Mini Bookplate Die Set (Verve), Spring Fling Ribbon Collection (Verve), Shine Bright Sequins (Verve), twine thread (May Arts), Flowers (Recollections), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Quick Dry Adhesive (3M), Foam Tape (3M)

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Sunday, Apr. 19.
Prize: $40 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’ve got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee 7. Sankari
2. Amy 8. Sarah
3. Anya 9. Susan
4. Betty 10. Maureen
5. Jen 11. Stacey
6. Karen 12. Chaitali

Deconstructed Sketch 191/March Verve Diva Inspiration Hop

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Deconstructed Sketch 191

Deconstructed Sketch 191

Morning! Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 191? I hope you like it! Here’s the scoop on what you need to do:

1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.

2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your personal blog, SplitcoaststampersFlickrPinterest, etc). Use keyword DS191.

3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post.

My card today is also for the March Verve Diva Inspiration Hop! Here’s our inspiration pic for the month and our theme is B is for Birthday. Don’t forget the Verve Diva Inspiration Hop always has prizes – you can win my commenting along the hop and by joining us for the challenge! You can read all about it on the Verve Blog!

Our March challenge is B is for Birthday…

Don’t be caught short – make a fabulous birthday card to keep in your stash or give away! Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction – just show us your birthday creations!

Happy Birthday by Jen Shults

I had a lot of fun mixing in all of these challenges today! The colors I used are from this week’s Color Throwdown. I LOVE this color combo. I did a little background stencil/stamping to make  the dotted paper by inking through an old stencil I have. The rest went together super quick!

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Supplies:
Stamps: Chevron Love (Verve)
Ink: Midnight Blue (MFT), Frost White (Colorbox)
Paper: Toffee, Cookie Monster, Cherry Pop, Sugar Cube (Taylored Expressions)
Accessories: Pierced Circle Stax (MFT), Banner Bundle Die (Verve), Circle Dies (Spellbinders), twine, foam tape, Quick Dry Adhesive, dot stencil (Heidi Swapp)

Click here to link up your challenge entries for the Verve Diva Inspiration Hop/Challenge!
Challenge deadline: Thursday, Mar. 19.
Prize: $40 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’ve got a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!

1. Julee 7. Sankari
2. Amy 8. Sarah
3. Anya 9. Susan
4. Betty 10. Marisa
5. Jen 11. Maureen
6. Karen 12. Stacey

I also used this week’s Color Throwdown color palette for my card today!

Deconstructed Sketch Info and Link UP!

Want your sketches a little early? Follow the Deconstructed Sketch on Facebook!! Need a little extra inspiration on how to use the sketch? Be sure to follow our Deconstructed Sketch Pinterest Board where I will be pinning lots of great inspiration each week! And if you are looking for some older sketches to dig through you can find them in the Deconstructed Sketchbook. Now it’s time to hop around and see what everyone else on the DT has been up to and leave them a little love.


Color Throwdown #329 & 7 Days of Love Day 4!!

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Hi Friend by Jen Shults, handmade card using Color Thowdown #329 and Verve Stamps

Hi everyone! I’m back today with another addition to my 7 Days of Love with the FANTASTIC Sankari Wegman and this card also happens to be my sample for this week’s Color Throwdown where I am SO EXCITED to be guest designing. I love this fantastic challenge and it’s ability to force me out of my usual color pairings into brighter and bolder color schemes!!

Hi Friend by Jen Shults, handmade card using Color Thowdown #329 and Verve Stamps

This card went through a lot of transitions and lives as I was working on it. I love this color combo now that my card is done but I won’t lie – it gave me some fits when I was working with it. I started originally with a white card base but scrapped it half way through for something stronger so I opted for the aqua color – one of my little color balancing secrets is I like to try to use each color twice in the card – usually once large and once small and I ended up going with an aqua cardbase because it needed that larger presence of aqua in the card. So back to it, after I got the cardbase squared away I changed my mind on which flower stamps to use 3 times, once after getting them fully colored. THEN I started with one set of leaves, didn’t love it, cut another set and ended up using both of them together in the card. WHEW. It was a hard fought battle but I hope I won. 😉

My layout is a slightly modified version of Karen’s Sweet Sunday Sketch #255!

Sweet Sunday Sketch #255

This is also my card for 7 Days of LOVE! You can’t leave your friends out on Valentine’s Day BUT you don’t always want to send hearts and romantic script so what better than a few flowers and a nice hello to a dear friend!

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Card Details:

Stamps: Lean On Me (Verve), Dream Big (Verve)
Cardstock: Cookie Monster, Jelly Donut, Cherry Pop, Granny Smith, Peapod, Sugar Cube Premium Cardstock (Taylored Expressions), Rainbow Brights Paper Pack (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Bamboo Leaves, Espresso Truffle, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copic Markers
Accessories: Dreamy Leaves Die Set (Verve), Sprightly Sprigs Die Set (Verve), Pointed Flower Die Set (Verve), Tag Me dies (Reverse Confetti), foam tape, Quick Dry Adhesive (3M), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Twine Thread (May Arts)

Here’s a look at the color inspiration for this week:

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Be sure to check out what all of the other designers have for you this week!

Barbara Anders – Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen – Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin – Stamping With a Passion 
Broni Holcombe – Splashes of Color
Lori Tecler – Inking a Loud
Tammy Hershberger – Stamp Happy
Vickie Zimmer – Smitten With All Things Stamping
Monika Davis – M.A.D Stamper
Jodi Collins – Stamping a Latte
Jen Shults – Deconstructing Jen – February Guest Designer (That’s ME!)

7 Days of Love Day 2 – You Make Me Smile

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You Make Me Smile by Jen Shults, handmade card #7daysoflove

Hi Crafty Friends!

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This week my friend and fellow DT member Sankari Wegman and I decided to countdown to Valentine’s Day with 7 days of Love Cards! Each day this week we will be celebrating by posting a card all about love on our blogs! We also decided to each create a sketch and a color inspiration to use in case we need a little extra mojo ;)

7 Days of Love Inspiration:

Stop by our blogs each day for a fun little love surprise! <3

Jen’s LOVE filled Day 2:

For my card today I am going a little more subtle with the love message. 🙂 Valentine’s are for friends too you know, but you don’t want to scare them away with anything too over the top. 😉

I wanted to use Sankari’s awesome color palette for this week so I pulled out my watercolor paper again for this card and tried my hand at a Distress Watercolor background.

You Make Me Smile by Jen Shults, handmade card #7daysoflove

To start I created a cardbase using Poppy Seed Cardstock (TE) and then used Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to make the background. The blue tag is cut from Sprinkles cardstock (TE) and more Poppy Seed cardstock (TE). I glued them together offset just a bit and added the ribbon and twine. I stamped the tiny hearts from Love Notes (Verve) using Frost White (Colorbox) ink and then heat embossed it using White Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger). I die cut the Jotted Heart Die (Verve) out of Strawberry Milkshake cardstock (TE) and stamped and embossed a heart on it as well. I stamped the sentiment on Sugar Cube cardstock (TE) using Espresso Truffle ink (Memento) and die cut it using the Flag It Dies (Verve). I stamped the leaves from Dream Big (Verve) onto Granny Smith cardstock (TE) using Pistachio ink (Memento) and die cut them using the Dreamy Leaves dies (Verve). The paper flowers are both from Michael’s dollar spot area and are attached with Glossy Accents (Ranger). The clear dots are also from Michael’s and are attached with Glossy Accents (Ranger). To finish it all off I added some small dots to the background using a white gel pen.

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Be sure to stop by and visit Sankari today to see what AMAZING love themed project she has to share!! I’ll be back tomorrow with day 3!!

Thanks so much for visiting!