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Monday, August 5, 2013

August Diva Inspiration Hop--Christmas in August!


Well, it's a little ironic to be posting about a Christmas card today because at this very minute, we are soaking up the sun on the beaches of Pensacola, Florida!  It's the 5th of the month and time for another fabulous, and I mean FABULOUS DIVA INSPIRATIONS HOP from VERVE.  But then again, Verve inspiration is always worth the time to hop along--the Divas are amazing designers, wouldn't you agree?

By the way, the hop started over on JULEE'S blog, and you should have traveled right along and stopped here from Sarah's blog.  Here's more about what I made...


I had gotten some of Authentique's new Christmas paper and I just couldn't resist any longer to make a card with them.  I thought it was a great idea to make this one all shabby and vintage-y using my GLAD TIDINGS set for the snowflakes and sentiment, and then I further embellished it with a little holly and ornaments from the HOLLY JOLLY set.


The snowflakes are heat embossed to give them a totally saturated black shine, and then I cut the two smaller ones using the coordinating dies, SNOWFLAKE TIDINGS

As per my usual, I started with an awesome sketch!  This time it was Julee's Viva la Verve sketch that you can find HERE for the last week of July.  It called for the little banners at the bottom, so it was super easy to pull out my PENNANT TRIM die for that.  (pSSt...If you don't already own this die, it's on sale until the end of August and I PROMISE you will use the Santa pants off of it!)

1. Julee9. Tiffany
2. Amy10. Teresa
3. Anya11. Charmaine
4. Betty12. Christyne
5. Karen13. Maureen
6. Sankari14. Marisa
7. Sarah15. Amber
8. Susan16. Andrea

Ok, well, I'll be thinking of ya'll while I'm here on the beach getting sunburned lazing the days away.  It's time to hop on over to Tiffany's blog.  I gotta go catch some waves, dudes and dudettes!

As always, there's a PRIZE up for grabs! So be sure to leave a little shout out in the comment section of each blog as you hop about to be entered in a drawing for a $30 gift voucher to VERVE STAMPS! Check out all the details and prize info over at the Verve Blog.

We're celebrating 6 years of VERVE this month with a huge sale! Your favorites are bound to be marked down, since all stamps and dies are 10-50% off during the month of August! Now that's something to celebrate!

SUSIE Q-TIP:  To create the worn look on the sewn edges, I just used my fingernail to raise/tear/chomp up papers close to the sewing.  Don't forget that you can't let the glue or adhesive be right on the edge for this technique.  Makes a mess.  In fact, when I sew panels on cards, I make sure the glue is well to the inside of the edge, so I don't gunk up my needle.

Stamps:  Glad Tidings, Holly Jolly (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado, Black (PTI), Joyous (Authentique)
Ink:  Licorice Black, Red Hot (MFT), Embossing Ink (Stampendous)
Accessories:  Snowflake Tidings and Pennant Trim (A Cut Above Dies by Verve), Oval Nestabilities, Damask Embossing Folder), Pinking Shears, Sewing Machine/Thread, Black Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger), Copic Markers, Adhesive Rhinestones, Christmas Divine Twine (TCP), Jody Boosters
Finished Size:  A2

44 comments:

  1. Beautiful card and I hope you are enjoying Florida.

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  2. Great Christmas Card. Good combo on your colors.

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  3. Stunning holiday card, Susan! Love all those details....wow!!!
    Hope you all are enjoying your vacation!!!

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  4. Absolutely stunning! I love every inch of this fabulous card.

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  5. Cute! I love that Glad Tidings set. Those snowflakes are swoon-worthy!

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  6. Fabby - love all the details; great papers too!

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  7. Enjoy your beach tinme!! Great Christmas card. Love the black accents.

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  8. What a wonderful card! Love the papers and the bold way you combined patterns! The die cuts are fabulous!

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  9. Beautiful card, Susan! I love the Santa Stamp! Your details finish the card off perfectly!

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  10. Stunning card!! VERVE to the nth degree! Thanks for showcasing the 'timeless oldies' so beautifully! My 'must make Christmas card' inspiration has been sparked!
    c

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  11. Great Christmas card!

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  12. Love Christmas and your card is perfect for it. You definitely achieved the vintage-y look.

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  13. Your Christmas card is BEAUTIFUL! What a great way to show off those Verve goodies. TFS.
    D~
    http://designsbydragonfly.blogspot.com

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  14. Beautiful card, thanks for sharing.

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  15. Absolutely fabulous, Susan! Just love your layered die cuts. Have fun soaking up the sun and finding those bushwhackers!

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  16. Love the vintage image, the papers, and the stamped/die cut pieces. Wonderful composition!

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  17. Susan - wonderful card - so much to look at & love the vintage look!

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  18. What a beautiful Christmas card. I love the layering with all the embelishments.

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  19. WOW! So many gorgeous elements to catch the eye. Beautiful card!

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  20. Absolutely beautiful, Susan! Love the colors, details, and design! The black embossed snowflakes are decadent! Beautiful card!

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  21. Love your shabby, vintagy Christmas card. Great job witht he snowflakes and ornaments.

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  22. Great job placing all the details on your card.

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  23. Gorgeous card!! I love the incredible details you showcased!

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  24. What a great Christmas card, Susan!! Love it!! TFS.

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  25. Absolutely love this, it's a show stopper!!!

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  26. Beautiful Card!!!Love the design,Awesome stamp!!!

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  27. What a great card, reminds me I need to get started on my Christmas cards.

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  28. This is so beautiful!! Love the black accents, even the black snowflakes! And those little ornaments nestled in are such a fun touch.

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  29. Adorable card! Just love the font on the 'glad tidings'!

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  30. Gorgeous Christmas card and love all of the details on it!!

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  31. Well you now have me thinking I better get started on my Christmas cards. Your card is so stunning - everyone would love to receive this card in the mail. It reminds you of the old fashioned Christmas.

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  32. Loving the shiny embossing and allllllll the layers! LOVE layers!

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  33. Wow! Love the layers and colors you have on this card. The black snowflakes really pop.

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  34. Those are festive clusters you created with the Verve Christmas images!

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  35. Love the vintage Santa and the cluster of Verve in the corner is such a pretty touch! TFS

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  36. Loving the vintage look, all the while making it a colorful blast of Christmas present. Love the layers and the snowflakes! Enjoy your vacation. Don't forget the sunscreen!

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