Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective Blog Hop! Today the Verve Divas and Guest Divas are back with another dose of inspiration using the brand new release! All of our new products are available to order in the Verve shop and on sale through ...

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  1. Verve October Release Retrospective Blog Hop!!
  2. Warm Winter Wishes
  3. Crafty Points Giveaway Winner!!
  4. October Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop
  5. Santa's Adorable Helpers
  6. More Recent Articles

Verve October Release Retrospective Blog Hop!!

Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective Blog Hop!  Today the Verve Divas and Guest Divas are back with another dose of inspiration using the brand new release! All of our new products are available to order in the Verve shop and on sale through the end of October! Plus, we've got a sweet hop prize in store!

If you've come from visiting Marisa, you're in the right place!!  For my card, I used the Everything Nice set along with the coordinating Gown Die.  I started with the latest Mojo Monday Sketch and some papers from the Sunny Days Ahead Collection from Echo Park.  The gown was stamped and embossed in white on a polka dot patterned paper and then I die cut a vellum gown to adhere over top to soften the dress.  To finish the card, I added some Shine Bright Sequins and sponged white ink on the edges of the card to give it a soft, dreamy feel.    Next on today's hop is Betty!!

Want to win some shiny new Verve? Julee will be picking a random comment winner on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, leave a little comment love as you hop around to the blogs linked below! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize info and deadlines!
Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee7. Vickie (Guest)
2. Marisa8. Maureen
3. Charmaine9. Christyne
4. Betty10. Teresa
5. Stacey11. Lesley
6. Lisa (Guest) 


Warm Winter Wishes

Hi there!  I have a card to share today that uses one of my favorite sets from Taylored Expressions, Critters on Ice.  I just LOVE all of the little critters in the set.  I paired it with papers from the Build a Scene - Christmas 6x6 Patterned Paper Pack.  I thought the sky background with the star worked very well for my little scene. . .and so did the snowflake paper!!

I embossed the snow on the bottom of the card using the Snowfall Embossing Folder.  The little polar bear was stamped, colored and then die cut using the coordinating Critters on Ice Dies.  The focal and sentiment circles were die cut using the Stitched Circle Stacklets.   I finished off the card with some Snow Flurries Sequins.

I hope you've been inspired to create today!!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!



Crafty Points Giveaway Winner!!

I'm back to announce my winner from last week for the 100 Taylored Expressions Crafty Points!!  My winner is:

Jackie Adair said...
Love your products and look forward to this release! My favorite thing about the holidays is the decorating! I love decorating the house, the tree and cards and cookies!

Jackie, please email support@tayloredexpressions.com with the Subject Line: Crafty Points Winner to claim your prize!!  Congratulations!!


October Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop

It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!
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 November 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!

The crisp, cool change in the weather, brings thoughts of warm beverages and long crafting sessions.  This sweet little beverage nook has lots of hidden treasures to be inspired by.  Follow our color pattern, or take flight from the inspiration, you decide!  We can't wait to see what you create.
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Wednesday, Saturday, November 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

If you've come from visiting Julee, you're in the right place!!  I used the Floral Notes set along with the coordinating Floral Notes Die Set on my card.  I started off by using the latest Viva la Verve Sketch.  I LOVED the colors in the inspiration photo, so this card came together pretty easily.  The flowers were stamped, colored with Copic markers and then die cut.  I also add some leaves using the Sprightly Sprigs Die Set.  The finishing touch was the Shine Bright Sequins.  Next on today's hop is Christyne!!

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're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!

1. Julee6. Marisa
2. Charmaine7. Maureen
3. Christyne8. Sankari
4. Laurie9. Stacey
5. Lesley10. Teresa


Santa's Adorable Helpers

It's RELEASE DAY at Taylored Expressions!  All of the products we've been sharing with you all week are NOW AVAILABLE in the TE Store!!  Before you head off to shop, I have one more project to share with you!  It features the NEW Santa's Helpers set along with the coordinating Santa's Helpers Die Set.

I started off by using the Center Stage Cutting Plate to create a "stage".  I created the background by stamping the NEW Woodgrain Background onto Toffee cardstock.  The lights were created by coloring white pieces of cardstock with red and green Copics.  The straight strands of lights are part of the Center Stage Cutting Plate, but the draped lights are part of the NEW Skinny Mini Holiday Borders Die Set.  The ivy along the bottom of the card is from that die set as well.  Santa's cute little helpers were stamped, colored with Copics and die cut.  Aren't they adorable?!!


Thanks for stopping by each day this week!  I hope you've enjoyed all of the new products!  Have a wonderful day and HAPPY SHOPPING!!


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