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Thursday, April 5, 2012

April Diva Inspiration Hop From Verve

 
Well, I'm sure ya'll have seen the devastation caused by all of the 10-15 tornadoes that swept through our area the other day.  My mom and I had the TV on the whole time and saw it unfold live from a helicopter viewpoint, 18-wheelers flying through the air, sirens blaring near our backyard and our plan in place to take cover.  (One of those trucks landed on top of a lady's house 100's of yards away in that town, but thankfully no one was hurt.)   Our girls were even on lock-down at their schools and had to huddle and cover their heads in the safest classrooms and ride it out just in case, while Eric's office went to a more "inside" area of their high-rise in Fort Worth.  Luckily, we are northwest of where most of it hit, although the skies were pretty scary looking and the clouds were really swirling overhead.  Arlington is the closest city to us that was hit and it's only about 20 minutes away.  The massive losses are mind-boggling and some of the sheer images of the damage are simply unbelievable (one that stands out were some fence slats sent through a 2-story house window like spears that stabbed through interior walls of the house--crazy!).  Please pray for all of those who were affected by this storm!  Anyway, today the weather is beautiful, but that's springtime in Texas for ya!

1. Betty5. Lynda
2. Jen d.6. Sony
3. Jen T.7. Susan
4. Julee

On a brighter note, today is the 5th of the month and that means it's time for another inspiring Diva Inspiration Hop from VERVEFirst some navigation tips:  If you're just joining us, jump back a minute and take a peek at the Verve blog to get the 411 on what we do for this hop every month--there's prizes!  If you've been traveling along with us, then hopefully you came from Sony's blog and left her a little love (and some for everyone else on the way, since I'm the last one on the hop!).


So many times when I start stamping, I have a plan in mind.  Not with this card.  Other than the fact I thought the "March Week 3 Viva la Verve" Sketch that Maureen designed was "interesting", but not layer-y enough for me and was convinced that it was going to be so plain no matter what I did.  So I went to my magical VERVE stamps drawer of my Elfa cart and closed my eyes and pulled out the Starstruck set.  Ok.  That was a start.  Considering I still had Shelbie, our oldest daughter on the brain with her becoming all of a sudden a "responsible adult" in her new apartment, I thought this sentiment commemorated the new phase in her life well so I chose it and matched it up perfectly with the Classy Labels Die, the coordinating line stamp for it from the Love Notes set (I'm pretty sure it's my all-time favorite Verve set), and a few Elegant Leaves die cut and stamped with Bloom & Grow set.  Then I topped off the little flower rosette with one of those cute hearts from the From the Heart Die set.  Pretty soon the sketch wasn't so plain anymore and everyone lived happily ever after.

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So there ya'll have it...I'm the end of the line today for the hop.  I've enjoyed sharing with ya'll today and I hope you've enjoyed hopping along as well. Thanks for hopping and I'll see ya'll soon!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  The moral of this story is to never underestimate the power of a sketch.  You can make it as plain or fancied up as you want it when you take into consideration the patterned papers, textures and embellishments you add. 

Stamps: Starstruck, Bloom & Grow, Love Notes (Verve)
Paper
: White, Kraft, Aqua Mist (PTI), Orange Fizz (MFT), On the Bright Side (MME)
Ink
: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories
: Classy Label Die, Elegant Leaves Die and From the Heart Die Set (Verve), Easy Rosette CutUps Die (TCP), Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Circle Punch, Sewing Machine/Thread, Mango Seam Binding Ribbon (TCP), Orange Divine Twine (TCP), Button, Adhesive Rhinestones, 3D Glue Dots, Jody Boosters 
Finished Size:  A2

52 comments:

  1. this is so beautiful, love the colors and the great design

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  2. Great card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  3. Will be praying for those in your area. The weather has just been crazy the past year. Your card is fantastic. I've been cutting the legs off of jean, making them into short for the kids.. Now wishing I had saved some of that denim for a card! LOL! Maybe I should cut just one more pair....

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  4. I think this is beautiful! I love the denim and orange together!

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  5. Your light sure shines through your beautiful card creations! Your talent is an inspiration to us all! I just love my verve stamps and your beautiful ideas! Thank you for being here for us all!

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  6. I really like the leaves on the patterned paper. Such a good idea! Your card is wonderful!!

    Tricia

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  7. my prayers to those in Texas...terrific card! love the denim look!

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  8. Love this card! The papers are fabulous and I love the stitching that you added, perfect. And so glad to hear that you all made it through the storms safely!

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  9. Love your bright and fun, delightful card. ;-) And happy to hear you are well after the crazy storms going through that part of the country! Sending up prayers for all those affected.

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  10. Wowzers, Susie!!!
    Your card is awesome and cheery!! You didn't leave out one detail!!! I love the crystal as the dot on the 'i', the denim /stitching, the dotted lines behind the sentiment, the way you cut out the leaves leaving some polka dots showing---really you did such an uber awesome job!!!I am very thankful that the Lord protected y'all from the storm---He's so faithful:) Thank for sharing and allowing me to glean from you!! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure
    tammy
    www.urbeyondmeasure.com

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  11. What a lovely card for your daughter. I feel for you, my daughter will leave our home soon and we'll be empty nesters, aahh! I love the denim look and the color combination is pretty, too. I love that sentiment...a very nice card!

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  12. I love Verve hops! They just ooze great projects :) My favorite thing about your card is the denim background with the stitching, paired with the florals. Very pretty!

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  13. I LOVE that bluejean paper!! And the orange is the perfect choice to go with it. I love how you selected what stamp set to use, I'm going to have to give that a try, as the results are amazing!! On another note, Kentucky had some devastating tornados last month, and I know how scared I was (two whole towns were wiped out!) So thankful you and your family are okay. We continue to pray for all those that have been affected. (hugs)

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  14. Darling card with all sorts of Susie goodness on it :) Glad you are safe and sound!

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  15. What a great mix of PP - plus fab stitching!

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  16. Gorgeous card love all the little embellishments you added thanks for sharing

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  17. Wow, Susan...so much happenin' in your neck of the woods! I went to Arlington years ago when my kids were little - my son had an ear infection and Arlington was the closest Kaiser for us to have him treated on our car trip...one week after we had been there, Arlington was under water!! Things sure do change fast in Texas!

    Good advice in the Q-tip...I need to practice my "fancying up" of sketches! Very cute card, too!

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  18. I love this card - what beautiful papers. I love the stitching and the bow with a button center and of course the heart. Your daughter will love this - wonderful encouraging sentiment - love the bling for the dot on the "i".

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  19. Hi Susan, I got so wrapped up in this gorgeous card that I forgot I had wanted to say that I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are all safe after the tornadoes.

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  20. Beautifully done! Love the textures and design! I was in a tornado during high school. When I finally got home it looked as if someone had robbed us! The home 2 houses down was completely gone down to the concrete! Scary!

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  21. Lovely card. This is a great sketch also.
    So glad you didn't have any damage from the tornadoes. Praying for the ones that were hit.

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  22. First... this is my first blog hop with Verve... so also my first visit to your blog. That said, I knew by you're 4th word, that you were from Texas!! LOL! :)
    Second... I'm so glad that "ya'll" were just far enough away from those awful storms... they made headline news here in the panhandle, with those tractor-trailers flying through the air, at about what... 50 ft up or more? Ultra-Scary!! But like you said... that's spring-time in Texas!
    Third... your card... AWESOME! I think this one's my favorite in this hop! Just love everything about it (and not just because it was made here in good 'ole TX!) :)

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  23. So beautiful! Love the colors and layout!

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  24. This is definitely anything but plain! it is absolutely stunning!! That denim background is fabulous. I don't know if you stitched it or it came that way, but either way it is really awesome. And your color combo is gorgeous!

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  25. sorry for not enough layers, Susan!! LOL It's only 2D until one gets her hands on it :) LOVE the extra layers and the bright cheery colours that always remind me of you :)

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  26. I adore this card and thank you so much for your advice about sketches. This card reminds me of a favorite Friday outfit...comfy jeans and a colorful blouse! Love the sentiment and the way you added the bling to set it off!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  27. Saving the best for last!! when I opened your blog and saw your card, it was like a rush of memories that brought a BIG smile to my face. It reminded me of a very special outfit I bought to wear to school on the very first day they allowed girls to wear jeans to our school. (It was 1968). Bought the jeans in the boys department, did not sell them in girls, and a turquoise shirt with a big butterfly in oranges on the front. I was the only girl who wore jeans that day. I felt like a rebel, and I looked so cute!
    Your card is so cute, and just made my heart sing! Thanks for the great card :)

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  28. Great card! I love your colors, especially the orange. I believe it is the in color for 2012.

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  29. Glad to hear you made it through the storms unscathed. Love this beautiful card!

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  30. Beautiful card. Love the colors and design.

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    1. Your card is simply gorgeous! Love all the detail and the stitching. Glad that you weren't affected by the tornados - stay safe!

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  32. this card just makes me smile! Love the bright colors and the details!
    Simply adorable ♥
    hugs,
    Stephanie

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  33. love your card~ the colors are great and love the stitching. You sure can make a card go from plain to fabulous!

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  34. LOVE your card. Beautiful color combo. Really like the DP, stitching, the denim.

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  35. Love all the colors and what detail!

    Chris R. from Iowa
    ckrobinson01@hotmail.com

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  36. Susan can this get any more scrumptuous or what? I love every darned thing about it,from the little dot details on the leaves to the twine. YUMMY.

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  37. I'm so happy to know that everyone is safe. What a horrible tragedy! Your card is beautiful Sus!
    Hugs
    Karen

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  38. Gorgeous colors Susan! Beautiful work.

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  39. This is a beautiful card! I love the layering and this sentiment! So glad to hear nothing happened to your family, but so sorry for those who were affected! Many positive thoughts and prayers going out to all of them! Thank you for sharing!
    Lisa

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  40. Oh my! I have let my Bloom and Grow go unloved for too long! I love what you have done with this card! So pretty!

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  41. Believe it or not but this is my very favorite saying!
    Let your light SHINE!!!! The font is welll done by Julee. and it is a gorgeous card! Love it.

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  42. I love this card! The papers are fabulous and that stamp is great!

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  43. What a great card...love the background denim paper and the grid pattern you made. I will pray for all those affected by the storms.

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  44. Susan, your cards are always so bright and cheerful. LOVE the design here and your color combination!

    And SO thankful that you and yours weren't in the path of that storm system. It is mind boggling how much damage tornadoes can cause. I saw the footage of those semis being toss around like they were toys. Unbelievable. Living here in Nebraska I know first hand how frightening they can be. My prayers are with all those affected! HUGS!

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  45. Lovely card! I really like the background and how everything came together.

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