Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Verve April Spotlight: Day One

Lots going on at Verve this week, starting with our first day of April New Release Spotlights. That's right - new stamps are coming!! Mark your calendars for this Friday, April 15, 9-11 pm EST and join us in the Verve Forum for our Release Party (and tax refund assistance program {wink}).

Today, the Divas are showing a few different sets. The one I've focused on is Birthday Phrases. I've written about this before, but these tiny sentiment sets are always among my favorite and most-used Verve stamps, simply because they're the perfect size to tuck into just about anything. And now that we have the Charming Oval and Charming Banner dies (released last month and sized perfectly for these stamps), they're even better!

I'm also playing along in Amber's Get Your Diva On Challenge. She's come up with an awesome recipe challenge based on the first letter of your name. Remember, this is the new Verve challenge that gives you a chance to earn a future guest designer spot. We sure would love hanging out with you behind the scenes for an upcoming release, so go ahead and get your diva on! Deadline is this Sunday, April 17, 9 pm Mountain Time.

Here's the recipe:

Isn't that fun? I saw the blue, yellow, and ivory combo and immediately thought of my October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers. I have loads of scraps and as I was laying them out, they resembled a tiered cake, which I thought would be perfect for the new Birthday Phrases set. See the candles? They're die-cut with the Charming Banners die. It doesn't show up well in the photo, but I taped a little piece of burlap string to the top for the wick. Fun! The sentiment is stamped in a Charming Oval diecut and anchored with black eyelets. And the flower requirement was met with two of the paper patterns.

Be sure to hop around to see all the Diva spotlights today. A warm welcome to guest designers Janelle, Cresta, and Melissa! As always, leave comments for your chance at today's hidden prize. Enjoy the hop!



1. Andrea8. Julee
2. Jackie9. Tosh
3. Charmaine10. Amber
4. Janelle11. Amy
5. Teresa12. Maureen
6. Laurie13. Cresta
7. Sankari

TODAY'S PRIZE:
Bunny Shake, Birthday Phrases, Faithful Phrases and Happy Phrases




Thanks so much for visiting!





Stamps: Birthday Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Papertrey Kraft, Black, and Vintage Cream card stock, October Afternoon Thrift Shop designer paper
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Verve Charming Oval and Charming Banner dies, Kaisercraft black pearls, Stampin' Up black eyelets, Papertrey ribbon, string, and button, Martha Stewart butterfly and border punch, My Favorite Things Jumbo Scallop border Die-namics die, Scor-Pal, corner rounder

91 comments:

Crestajune said...

What a fabulous card! I always love your amazing layers and designs. Have a wonderful day, Amy!

Nicole said...

Always loved these papers. Your creation with them is amazing. Love the use of the die for the candles!! So creative. Thanks for the inspiration.

Bloomin Rose said...

Love this combination of colors, very pretty, soft, yet very stunning.

June Houck said...

I love your card...and the creative wicks! I was drooling over your paper choices (as usual) and as I read your post I realized I HAVE those papers!!! Go me :)

Now I need to be off and meet a fab girlfriend for coffee; see you in a few!

Kathi Silvia said...

You are just so clever using the die cut for the candles! So creative and beautiful! My fav so far!

Anonymous said...

I'm just loving how you made your card like a cake!! So pretty!!

JoAnn Williams

bethann said...

love the creativity, the colors, great card

Luanne said...

Amy, this is beautiful! I agree, the little sentiments are perfect for a small tag/touch... Great job with the diva challenge too! I'm working on mine now. SO fun! TFS!

Teri said...

This is a very different card and I just love everything about it! Thanks for more inspiration!

Charlene said...

Very nice work.

Debbie said...

Amy, this is super cute!

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow, your cake card is so creative and fun! Love the soft colors you used and the tag candles idea is fabulous!

Sherry said...

Gorgeous card

Elena_ss said...

Очень приятные оттенки :)) Красиво!

Debbie Gaydos said...

This is SPECTACULAR! I can't get over how brilliantly you pieced together that adorable cake shape. And the CANDLES from the banner die?? Pure stroke of genius!

Pam said...

Love it! The cake is great and so are those candles. Great!

Mrs Ham said...

This is a great card. I love the paper pieced cake.

marilynwillauer said...

Love this card!! From the colors to the embellishments, and that butterfly is my favorite!!! Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

Lillian Child said...

Amazing creativity! WOW!

Marisa said...

Fabulous cake, Amy!! Love all the details and the scoring in the BG is perfect.

ladybugg61 said...

Amy, this is such an amazing LO/idea for a birthday "cake" card - the scored/embossed background is perfect!

jan farnworth said...

so pretty love the colors might have to case this as a sketch you did a great job.

Leslie Deering said...

You always make my day with all the things you make soooo beautiful !

Aissa's said...

Very pretty card. Love the button with the ribbon.

Lea L. said...

This is gorgeous, Amy!! I love how you created the cake, and the butterfly is such a lovely touch!! ♥♥♥

Vickie Z said...

Gorgeous card!! Love the cake and candles are just too clever!!

Jennifer Shults said...

Amy this is gorgeous! I love that you used the Charming Banner die to make candles... very creative! And the rest is just gorgeous. :)

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh my word, Amy! You always make my jaw drop! A cake and candles??? That's so crazy cool! And your design is just absolutely stunning, as usual. Fabulous card!

Jillisgram said...

Your birthday cake is just beautiful. I love the papers you chose!

Rachelle said...

Beautiful Card Amy!
Love the papers too
Rachelle

Colorado Crafter said...

Wow! Your card is amazing! Thanks for sharing one of the new Verve stamps!

Tanya said...

This is beautiful! Love how you used the die for the candles, clever!

pmm said...

How very creative- love your card!

Jacqueline Smith said...

What lovely card. Thanks for sharing.

Oliwiaen said...

I always love to see hoe you use dies - but candles out of banners? That's super creative!!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Love the cake you made with those gorgeous papers!! Great card!!

Rachel B said...

What a fabulous idea to have the cake like that!

Sheree said...

Your card is just beautiful!! Love your papers and layout... everything goes so well together.. Your bow is fabulous!

Karen said...

lovely card!

joy said...

Love how you have made the sentiment the focal point with the placement of your embellishments.

Moira said...

The layers are great and I love your candles - thanks for sharing your creative talents!

Jennipher Lowery said...

Well you certainly rocked the challenge and the sneak peaks!

Denisse said...

OMG! this is super adorable and amazingly creative! i totally LOVE erything about your creation!

Vickie Merrick said...

Beautiful birthday card! I love how you built the cake layers and the colors you chose!!!

Michelle said...

so very cute! I'm going to check out the diva's thing....if I can find time. ha ha right?!

readysetlove said...

CUUUUTE! I love your cake!

snowbear said...

A very cute cake card!

Darlene said...

Oh I love this Amy! Especially the colors, very spring like and awesome for a birthday cake. As always I love the details!

Mary said...

Awesome card -- so creative and clever!

ocean-dreamer said...

TOO cute! Thanks for sharing!

dj said...

oh so creative...love the birthday cake you created!!

mustangsarah said...

Oh I just love this layout.
Beautiful card.

Tammy said...

This card is sheer perfection!!

Marsha said...

So lovely !

Sandra said...

very sweet!
Sandra ltb

Heather said...

Love this card!!! The cake is absolutely To Die For! What a great idea to use the banner dies as candles, they are perfect. Love the whole thing.

Darla said...

LOVE every detail of this card, it's beautiful!!

Nikki said...

Cute card! Thanks for sharing.

Laura Pryor said...

HOLY SHNIKIES! This is SO amazing! Brilliant idea to make a cake and use the new die from Verve as the candles! WOW!! Really beautiful!

craftymom205 said...

Beautiful card.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

Sheri said...

WOW! You truly inspire me

Lisa Lynn said...

How creative and elegant! This is just BEAUTIFUL!!!

Terry Montgomery said...

I love how the cake is layered

Moosisk said...

WOW! I love the colors, papers and stamps used in this card. Thanks for sharing with us today. :D

Julie E said...

What a great idea! Wonderfully warm colors and patterns. I think I need to cheat on my first name so I can be with the "a"s too!

mekei said...

very, very, very nice

Joanne Gilch said...

Amy, Your talent is showing. The birthday cake is amazing and just so clever of you. Seems that is the one thing about the divas this hop....every one is so super creative!! Verve shines when the lot of you come and get your Diva on!!!!

Lisa M. said...

YOur layers are amazing and this card with the birthday cake is just spectacular! I love it!

irishgalkelly said...

This is AMAZING! So many details, so polished, so pretty! I just loved looking at this card and seeing your amazing creation.

Julia said...

Wow...I'm lovin' that cake. Love those dies turned into candles..they're awesome!!!!

Dotty Jo said...

Beautiful! Love those candles, Jo x

Rona said...

OK that is so cute and so clever!! Love it!!

Conniecrafter said...

Love the colors and the papers, great decorating of the cake!

Sankari W. said...

Amy!!!! This is soooo sweet and amazing girl!! Seriously stunnnnnnning! Did I mention stunning!? Love the gorgeous cake (wow!) and those candle and the way you did the scallops on the cake is awesome!!! Gorgeous!!!
Hugs,
Sankari :)

Lori said...

Wow, what a stunning card! Love the layers and colors! Super cute birthday card :)

Lori said...
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Tina said...

I am late in commenting but I couldn't resist letting you know how fabulous your card is. What a wonderful and creative idea! I love it!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Seriously?!?!?!? Candles with the Charming Banner dies? Really?!?!?!?! Now that is just over-the-top clever!! I ADORE this cake Amy!! Oh how I dream of having just an inkling of your creative skills!!!

inga said...

Love your combination of colors, so pretty, soft,so amazing.

Ravengirl said...

This is so clever! You made candles for your cake with the new dies!

Tessa said...

Oh my goodness!!!! *squeal* I just love your cake! How creative!

Karen Linarez said...

I love this card. The way you made & decorated the cake is so creative, and I love the colors. It has just the right amount of everything, very beautiful!

Tarina said...

Once again, your artwork is stunning! This card is just beautiful. How fun it must be to get these stamps first...waiting for Friday!

~ Jo ~ said...

Wow this card is lovely!!! Again you have created a masterpiece!!!

Lisa T said...

So pretty! The butterfly punch is a wonderful accent.

Crafty Math Chick said...

AMY!! This is AWESOME!!! SO creative!! I love the cake you created here and how you used that die from the last release as your candles! FAB!!

Jan Garber said...

What a clever card! Adorable!

Sue D said...

Very clever cake card.

Cher said...

LOVE THIS PAPER! oh...and THE CARD lol...of course..your work is great

KanataNewf said...

Wow! Just beautiful.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Just beautiful Amy!

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