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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August Diva Inspirations Hop

Well, it's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!  You should have made it here from STACEY'S BLOG, but if you've just joined us, there's a link list at the bottom of this post so you don't miss a thing!

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 September 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!

Summer brights fade into earthy tones for the dog days of summer. 
With the hustle and bustle of the end of summer coming, a breezy, free-spirited graphic 
is what we have in store for you this month. 
Follow the color pattern, or be inspired to journey where the creative winds may take you. 
We can't wait to see what you create! 
I had really good intentions of keeping this card light and breezy like the inspiration photo suggests to me, but as I was making it, I realized that the black accents really made it pop!  I started my card using the latest Mojo Monday Sketch #460 HERE.  

Once I had all the "bones" of my card created and laid out, I chose the LEAN ON ME stamp set to stamp the flowers and sentiment from (wow, only one stamp set this time!)  After I had stamped and colored the flowers, come to find out, I don't have the coordinating dies for it (I guess I need to place an order!).  So pardon my rough cutting on them.  My eyes were definitely getting cross-eyed as I cut them out by hand!  Before adding the ribbon, I snuck the cute scalloped hearts from the SCALLOPED TRIM TRIO die set along the side because it needed that color to balance the banner on the left side.  Then the ribbon is some of the seam binding ribbon from VERVE.  It's from the SIGNATURE RIBBON SELECTION (and's on sale, along with everything else!).  

Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Monday, September 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!

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. Julee
7. Marisa
2. Betty

9. Stacey
5. Laurie
10. Susan
6. Lesley
11. Teresa


  1. Your gorgeous card has created a "need" for the Lean on Me set. The blooms remind me of Gerber daisies, and I love the bright layers!

  2. beautiful card, Susan. Your art is always fabulous!

  3. Beautiful, beautiful card. I love your use of bold colours and the pops of black.

  4. Oh my! How lovely is this?!?!! Vibrant colors and the ribbon is a great finishing touch!! TFS!

  5. Love the bold and beauty. The black really does change the effect for the better. TY for sharing

  6. So pretty. I agree the black does make the pretty elements pop. TFS

  7. Love this stamp set too, really awesome. A fantastic card Susan!

  8. Fun colors and great design! I like the glitter on the flowers.

  9. Bright, happy, fabulous!!! This is awesome!

  10. Your flowers are fabulous - love the added sparkle. Lovely card and gorgeous layering.

  11. Sparkle makes everything lovely! :)

  12. Love this card with all of the sparkle!

  13. Such a pretty, fun and colorful card!

  14. Beautiful card with bold colors and blooms.

  15. Wow! Another great challenge!!! I love your card!!! Simply beautiful!!!

  16. Lovely colors and great take on the sketch. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. The black definitely makes it pop - love the colours and the layout. I was struggling with this sketch but you've definitely rocked it!!!

  18. Love love this card. The colors are amazing as is your coloring. Nice job on the sketch!

  19. Love love this card. The colors are amazing as is your coloring. Nice job on the sketch!

  20. Beautifully designed
    card! All the pretty
    layers of paper.
    Carla from Utah

  21. Fabulous card! Such great color and patterns! Love all the beautiful layers!

  22. Oh your card makes me so happy so fine!

  23. A stunning friends card - beautiful color choices!

  24. Very pretty card. I love the colors and layers. Really caught my eye.

  25. I just love all the wonderful layers to your card, and the colours are stunning. The Glitter and shading for the centre of the flowers gives them fabulous dimension.

  26. Love that floral paper. Your flowers are great! They pop right out.


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