Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lucky Day Winner

Hi Verve fans!  It's Julee, here, popping in with the winner from our Lucky Day challenge. I just loved seeing the world fill up with green!  As I read all your posts, I was reminded that many years ago, before I started Verve, a friend of mine asked me to guest design on her blog and I was tasked with creating a St. Patrick's Day card. I was completely stumped, as I had NO St. Patrick's Day supplies at all. I eventually ordered the adorable Pot O' Sprinkle from The Cat's Pajamas and made my own sentiment with snap stamps that said 'feline lucky'.  LOL  I believe that experience has fostered a love for St. Patrick's Day and I'm always searching for Irish themed papers and embellishments.  If you want to take a look at that card from long ago here's the original post.

Anyhow, I'm here to announce the winner.  If you haven't had a chance to download the Lucky Day digi yet, I've extended the download deadline to March 20. My boys are having a bowling party to celebrate their 5th birthday, and I want to spend time with them instead of working on the website! Sometimes it pays to be the boss.  :)

Wins: $40 gift voucher to the Verve shop

 Congrats, Donna! 
To claim your prize, please send an email to me at contests@vervestamps.com.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time Out Challenge

Hi friends! Verve is sponsoring Time Out Challenges this go round, and it's a lovely little excuse to CASE a fabulous card by Jenny Mullins.  There's a Verve set of choice up for grabs for a lucky participant, so be sure to head on over to Time Out and play along.  Not to mention take a fun little stroll through the post to see all the gorgeous Verve cards their design team has made!  It's truly a treat.

Here's the card we're CASE-ing.  Take your inspirations from the the layout, the colors, the theme, using dies, sponging... there are so many possibilities.


Time Out Challenge #79  CASE this card by Jenny
I've been under the weather with a pretty miserable sinus infection the past couple weeks and got mixed up and posted my take on the challenge over on my blog, Poetic Artistry.  So head on over there to read a bit more about the process that resulted in this sunny little CASE of Jenny's card. Then grab your stamps and make something to link up for this fun challenge!  I can't wait to see what you create.

Handmade card by Julee Tilman. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Time Out and a Lucky Day Freebie

Hi friends!  Time Out Challenges is celebrating their 3rd birthday with a fun challenge and lots of prizes up for grabs, including some Verve!  The challenge theme is love/friendship with an optional twist of spotlight stamping.  Head on over to Time Out for all the details, then play along for a chance to win.


My card features a sentiment from the new limited time free Lucky Day digital set that we're introducing today. All the details are later in the post, so be sure to read to the end.

I must admit, other than experimenting with mixed mediums, I don't often set out to do a technique on a card. I even had to look up what the spotlight technique was to make sure I was going the right direction!  {grin}  I saw a lovely tutorial on splitcoast using the MISTI and thought it would be fun to try with one of the flowers from the Simply Amazing stamp set.


I had a background ready from experimenting earlier this week with a mixture of water and modpodge as a glaze with Magical powders.  I got a little more pigment than I intended, but still liked the results.  I stamped the flowers in archival black on the background, then embossed them in white on a larger piece of basic gray card stock.  Lined up the two panels and shabbied the edges a bit, running a bit of ribbon between the two layers to set things off.  The sentiment was printed with a laser printer and cut with a stitched circle die.  I matted it with a lacey circle die cut and accented with some black rhinestones, then glued on a bow.  The card is on a white card base, but it seemed a little plain, so I dressed up the upper and bottom edges with some washi tape.

Alright, that's all about the card, now onto the details for the digi and a little giveaway..
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This year has been flying by for me. Seems like it should still be January and not the beginning of March as I've never seemed to fully kick my upper respiratory infection from the first of the year.  During one afternoon early in January I worked on designing some stamps for a St. Patrick's Day set, then the boys got sick, too, and I wasn't been able to work for several weeks.  Now that everyone's starting to feel better it's a bit late to send them off to manufacturing, so I decided to offer another free digital set. Hope you enjoy it!  Can't wait to see a little Irish spring in the air!


The Lucky Day Digital Set is a fun little printable available as a free download through March 17, 2017. It's filled with sentiments and coffee images that are sure to put a little Irish spring in your step! Feel free to download and make something fun for a lucky someone.  If you share your creations online please credit Verve Stamps and use @vervestamps on Instagram and Facebook.


Make something fun for a lucky someone, then link your creation up below for a chance to win a $40 gift voucher to the Verve store.  I'll draw a random winner on March 18.