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:

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

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  2. 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.

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

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  4. 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!

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

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

    JoAnn Williams

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  7. love the creativity, the colors, great card

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  8. 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!

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

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

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  11. Очень приятные оттенки :)) Красиво!

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  12. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  20. Very pretty card. Love the button with the ribbon.

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

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

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

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  24. 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!

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

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  26. Beautiful Card Amy!
    Love the papers too
    Rachelle

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

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

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  29. How very creative- love your card!

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  30. What lovely card. Thanks for sharing.

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

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

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  33. What a fabulous idea to have the cake like that!

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

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

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

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  37. Well you certainly rocked the challenge and the sneak peaks!

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

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

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

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

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  42. Awesome card -- so creative and clever!

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

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  44. Oh I just love this layout.
    Beautiful card.

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  45. This card is sheer perfection!!

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  46. 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.

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

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  48. Cute card! Thanks for sharing.

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  49. 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!

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  50. Beautiful card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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

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

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  53. 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!

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  54. 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!!!!

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

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

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

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  58. Beautiful! Love those candles, Jo x

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

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

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  61. 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 :)

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

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  64. 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!

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  65. 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!!!

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

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

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

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  69. 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!

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

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

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  72. So pretty! The butterfly punch is a wonderful accent.

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  73. 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!!

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

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