Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Verve Diva Inspirations Blog Hop

Hi there and welcome to the first official Diva Inspirations Blog Hop! As you have probably heard by now, 2011 has seen some exciting changes at Verve Stamps - one of them being the creation of the new Verve Diva Inspiration Team. You can read more details about this team and some of the other changes HERE on the Verve Blog, but basically this new team will be focusing on highlighting stamps from previous Verve releases. I'm super excited to be narrowing my Verve Diva focus a bit with this new Inspiration Team!

Each month, this Diva Inspiration Team will be kicking off your month with some fabulous inspiration in the form of a Blog Hop! Stop by each of the blogs listed below and you just might find yourself the proud owner of some new Verve-y goodness!! We've hidden a little mystery prize on one of today's hop spots, so be sure to leave a little comment love as you hop around. One lucky commenter on the mystery hop spot will win a $30 gift certificate to the Verve Store! The deadline for comment entries is Saturday, February 5. If you get lost along the way (or if for some reason my list isn't working right), head on back to the Verve Blog for the Master Hop List.
1. Betty 6. Michelle
2. Dawn 7. Lynda
3. Jen d. 8. Shannan
4. Jen T. (that's me!)
9. Sony
5. Julee 10.Susan

And now on to my creation for the hop (and for the record, it's REALLY hard to take photos of an ensemble like this!!)...


I was in need of a last-minute birthday gift for a dear friend last week and decided to create a super simple little gift ensemble using Great Friend - with the recurring element on each piece of the gift set being an embossed image on vellum - don't you just love those vellum flowers!?


I used Kraft and Whisper White cardstock along with some retired turquoise polka dot DP from Scenic Route on a little 4x4 notecard, tall covered notepad and covered post-it notes.


I added a silver brad to the center of the embossed vellum flowers for contrast and to sort of ground them (and let's be honest - I needed something to hide the adhesive since they were vellum!). My friend LOVED this little gift and it could easily be reproduced using so many different colors and patterns of DP to totally change up the look. That's what I love about those Great Friends flowers - they are so versatile!


Now that I have my project out of the way, I have a couple more exciting announcements to share. Did you notice a few new names in that hop list up there!? That's right - we've added 3 brand new Divas to the Diva Inspirations Team! I'm so excited to be working with Betty Wright, Dawn Easton and Sony Christoph! . All 3 of these girls are amazingly talented and I can't wait to see what they've created today! Be sure to leave them a little love and a warm welcome today!

In addition to new faces, Verve has a new sale starting! During the month of February, treat yourself right with some Sweet Savings on all sorts of sweet stamps and dies from Verve! If it's for your sweet tooth or just has the word sweet in it, it's on sale! Check out our sale page for all the info. Plus don't miss our February stamp of the month, Sweet on You, which is on sale this month for 40% off! That's all for now on the Verve front. Until next time... happy hopping!

105 comments:

dj said...

awesome....those flowers are goregous done in vellum!! Beautiful!!

Luana said...

Clean, simple and pretty.

Dawn Easton said...

Love these, Jen! Thanks for the reminder about stamping on vellum! LOVE the look, especially with that floral stamp! Fabulous set!!!

Pauline said...

Very pretty. Love the vellum flowers. I never think to do my flowers in vellum, might need to try that! TFS,

Nicole said...

What a great set! Love this inspiration.

Sarah-Jane Kale' said...

Flippin' BRILLIANT you are!!!... No REALLY you ARE!!.. This little ensemble is GORGEOUS. OH and I apologise for my little YODA moment at the beginning.. hahaha.

xx SJ

Melisa Hunter said...

Love the colour combo on these cards and the CAS designs.

Kris Turner said...

Beautiful set, Jen. Love the clean look to them. TFS

ladybugg61 said...

I absolutely adore those vellum flowers, and the CAS look of your cards really focusses one's attention on their loveliness!

Luanne said...

Great Friend is one of my all time favorites! I love that flower and it looks fabulous on vellum! TFS!

Denise Willerton said...

I absolutely LOVE this color combo ~ beautiful ~ TFS

Lori said...

Very pretty friend gift! I love those vellum flowers - I might need to snag that idea :) TFS!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

These are just gorgeous, Jen! LOVE the vellum flower!

jennifer mitten said...

Wow - these are fabulous!!!

resmith said...

Love the vellum flowers! Great gift set.

Betty Wright said...

Beautiful ensemble, Jen! Love the colors and the layered vellum flowers! Wonderful!

Marisa said...

I can see why your friend loved the set, I do to!! One of my fave Verve flowers and in the vellum on the kraft is amazing! Fabulously done!

Marsha said...

Very pretty trio. I forget to use Vellum. You did a beautiful job with it.

Rose said...

Adorable trio of goodness. Those flowers are awesome, crisp looking. Beautiful work.

{Chrissie} said...

I just love the vellum flowers! And I also love card - you don't see rectangles enough and I love 'em!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Lynn said...

What a nice set...I want to be your friend!

Robbie said...

What a cute set!! Love the vellum flowers and CAS style.

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Jen, this setis so gorgeous! Love the color combo and the design.

Charlotte said...

Simple, yet so sweet. Love the vellum flowers.

Wanda Cullen said...

LOVE your gift ensemble...especially the clean, simple yet elegant lines and those GORGEOUS colors together!!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Love the kraft/blue/white combo Jen. So fun and charming!

Christina said...

Those vellum flowers are beautiful, Jen! I will have to give that a try. This is such a sweet little ensemble!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, Jen, this just makes my heart go pitter patter! Love that dotty paper and those flowers in vellum.... hellooooooo GORGEOUS! Beautiful ensemble!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

The vellum on the kraft is so pretty! Love those flowers!!

Amy said...

Wow, love this ensemble showcasing Great Friend!! A great all time favorite!

Kristin said...

I'm in LOVE with those flowers! Perfectly beautiful!

Bogner's said...

So amazing! I love the vellum flower! Beautiful!

Marnie - Queen of the Marniverse said...

Oh my word, I LOVE those vellum flowers. And that colour combo is one of my favourites. What a great gift idea.

joy said...

Great vellum flowers and love how you have combined it with the kraft.

Connie C said...

I really like projects done in kraft paper! These are simply delicious. :-)

Beka said...

What a great set!

LJ said...

I love the colors you used on this project. Just beautiful!

jill said...

I love the simplicity and elegance of this set

Tessa said...

WOW! those flowers are beautiful! Love that you used vellum!~

Patty said...

What a beautiful ensemble! Thanks for the nudge to get out my vellum... I love the look!

Janet S said...

Love your vellum flowers! Thanks for sharing with us during the hop today. :D

Shawnee said...

Very pretty flowers. I love the look of stamping on Vellum! I will have to try that.

Janine said...

wow if I could rustle up little gifts that looked that good I would be well pleased.

Andrea said...

Wow, love it, very beautiful!

Whitney, everybody knows that! said...

wow. vellum flowers are amazing! I have got to try that!

PatS said...

This set is so awesome and so easy a design. I will most definitely "steal" this one and create my own. I love vellum!

Debbie Carriere said...

oooh, I love this - fantastic colors & awesome vellum flowers!!

Tamara said...

What a lovely gift to give. Very pretty.

Happy Now said...

What a lovely set!

Maureen said...

yes! LOVE the vellum flowers and all that luscious kraft :)

craftymom205 said...

Love your projects. The vellum flowers are beautiful.

scrappinmommom said...

I love your use of vellum with the flowers. Beautiful, simple, yet classic.

Jacquetta said...

Lovely work...

Crafty Math Chick said...

hat a lovely ensemble Jen, I am sure your friend will love it! I have to remember to use my vellum more often, thanks for the inspiration. I like the brad centers too, the perfect touch.

Creative Mish said...

What a pretty ensemble. I love the flowers stamped on the vellum

Heather said...

Great ensemble! I love how you made the vellum flowers, they are gorgeous. I love the simplicity, yet it is stunning.

Lynda Benden said...

What a fantastic gift set you made Jen! I absolutely LOVE the colors you used and yes, the vellum flowers ROCK!

Tanya said...

This is a beautiful set! I love the vellum flowers, haven't tried it yet, thanks for the inspiration.

Diana Sears said...

love the flowers... very cute.

Sonja "Sony" Christoph said...

ooooooh wow Jen!!!! LOVE the vellum flowers!!! Absolutely stunning!!! And your simple clean is AMAZING!!!! I wish I could do simple clean half as good as you did here!!

Linda said...

Gorgeous! I absolutely love the vellum flowers. You choose a beautiful color combo.

Anonymous said...

I love your vellum flowers! Very pretty cards.

Joan
MN

AshKuku said...

I love these CAS stuffs..... Though simple, still speaking a TON for themselves... Very elegant & gorgeous!!!! Hugs)))

Ash...
(http://hastkala-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Jean McKenzie said...

These are just gorgeous! Love the flowers and the colours you have used.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

I see this flower everywhere! So versatile.

MelissaS said...

I adore this big flower, and the way you embossed it! It really pops on the turquoise paper and Kraft. Beautiful ensemble. I'm sure your friend loved it!

Teri said...

Very pretty! Love the vellum stamping.

Melissa said...

WOW. That's about all I can say...wait, no it's not... the vellum flower is stunning, the colors are perfect and the CASness of it ROCKS! I might have to CASE this little project - thanks for the inspiration!

bethann d said...

what a lucky friend, thsee are adorable

Kim C. said...

These flowers are grogeous and I love the color combo. Your work is beautiful.

Annheidel said...

Great ensemble! I love the vellum flowers!

Tawn85 said...

The vellum flowers are amazing! Wow.

BonnieC said...

What a gorgeous set! I'll have to try the embossed vellum flowers - love them!

Andrea Lee - Gold Canyon Candles said...

Very elegant and very cute!! Can't wait to see your future inspiration now that I am following your blog!

Janelle said...

This is fantastic! I love vellum flowers! :) You're gift set is so clean and crisp.

Anonymous said...

Very nice set of cards. Very pretty vellum flowers.
Jean McGee

Sue D said...

Very nice gift ensemble--I really like the vellum flower.

JoAnn said...

Great project. Love the vellum flowers.

Liz Williams said...

I love these lovely vellum blossoms!!

Meg said...

what a beautiful gift to give. Thanks for sharing.

Ravengirl said...

What a fabulous set! I love embossing on vellum and that silver brad works so well here!

Helen said...

I love those vellum flowers!!! The whole gift set is so fresh and useful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Joann said...

Wow those flowers are beautiful!!!! Love vellum!!! Thanks for sharing!

Paulette said...

Jen T,
What a wonderful set! And what a lucky friend who received it. Yes, I thought the vellum flowers were surely purchased, now I've got to get my hands on some plain vellum!! LOL

Toni Lyons said...

Love the card sets. These are some of my favorite colors to use. And the flower - yummy!

Melissa said...

I love the vellum flowers! Just simply beautiful!

Cathrine said...

Love these cards, and the colours, nice :)

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

ACK! Jen! What a GORGEOUS set! You never fail to inspire!!

Kristin K. said...

Beautiful. Love your color selection.

Rhonda said...

Oh my, I love the flowers in the vellum. What a set gift set.

Keva said...

Oh this is gorgeous. I live the vellum flowers and can't wait to make some. I also love the blue color - a great blue. Great projects and I'm sure your friend loved it.

P said...

Simply elegant! Love how these can be changed up with different DP for a whole different look. Am hoping some new Verve dies will include the Great Friend flower in 2 sizes- love your cut-out look, but am not good with scissors. ;O

Heidi said...

These flowers are gorgeous and love your color combo!

Bethany said...

How absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I totally love the vellum embossed flowers; I've got to try that this afternoon. Thanks so much for the idea/inspiration!!!!!!

Jeanne said...

Card might be simple, but you are right, the flowers a beautiful. Got to get some vellum.

Monique F said...

What a lovely gift ... can I be your friend? hehehe. I love the vellum flowers, which gives me an idea make some myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

Paula... said...

This set is beautiful - I love the colour scheme and the simple, but classy design.

Jan Musselman said...

This is just beautiful!

Art Simple said...

Love the vellum idea! So pretty!

irishgalkelly said...

This is such a pretty set to give. Love the kraft, white, and blue colors with that gorgous flower from Great Friends. Got to get this set now!! Wonder idea with your embossing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Cindy Lou said...

Awesome gift set! Love craft paper, makes vellum and white look so rich! Beautifully done Jen, thanks for sharing!

Kathryn B said...

Love the color combo and the white stamped on vellum looks fabulous!

Meg said...

love the flowers... miss you this week,look forward to seeing what you create next week with the sweet sunday sketch.

Wendy said...

103 commments!! Why should I bother...HA!! Because I have to that's why as this little set is amazing girl! Love the colours and the vellum flower, da bomb!!!

sl said...

Love these colors. I love this card! I have just started using these stamps and I love them! I love the clear stamps!! I love how I get a clear crisp image every time.