Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sneak Preview: Kindred Spirits

Welcome to Day 1 of our Sneak Previews! We've got some fabulous new sets to share with you this week, so lets jump right in. Today we're featuring cards made with Kindred Spirits, a set with timeless fleur de lis imagery and classic sentiments to honor those special friends in your life. This set will be available immediately following our Release Party this Friday night. Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post to find out how you can have a chance at winning this beautiful set!





From the desk of Diva Tosha Leyendekker:

I couldn't be happier!! This is my first sneak peek with Verve, and when I saw this set I was like...*this is so me*!! Woot!! I love the different sizes of the images, and the sentiments are fabulous! I don't know what to call the main image shape, but the instant I saw it I thought how perfect the little one would fit into the stamped off larger one. What fun!! This set is so versatile I can see myself coming back again and again to these images.



I used Frayed Burlap Ranger Distress Ink, and stamped off the main image. The smaller one was stamped directly over it (no stamp positioner was needed since they're clear) with the same color. All the edges were ink distressed with Frayed Burlap also. I framed this fabulous image with an oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), and provided a pierced bg that I made with an Ornare template. The swirls and flowers are SU! diecuts, and the punched border is fiskars. I added a touch of bling with Kaisercraft pearls and rhinestones, and Zva Creative Multicolored Mini Rhinestones. I had so much fun using these images, that I decorated the inside of the card and an envelope also. (Two things I rarely take the time to do!!)


From the desk of Diva Michelle Woerner:

Oh, Julee did it again! This set is amazing! I love how you can mix and match the images and create your own backgrounds - so versatile. The sentiments are all perfect for sending cards to your very special girlfriends. I stamped the damask-ish image in alternating colors and punched the sentiment with the SU large oval. Some ribbon, a large flower and a button finish off the card.





From the desk of Diva Laurie Schmidlin:

"Timeless Elegance" is the best way I can describe the new Kindred Spirits set! I just LOVE it! There are so many possibilities with this set, and I just adore how Julee adds different sizes of the same image for even more versatility!

For my card, I chose to showcase the Fleur de Lis border paired with one of the sentiments included in the same set. I used a slightly modern color combo (black, gray, & coral) but added a vintage feel with the layered and distressed horizontal strips.



From the desk of Diva Lynda Benden:

I am SO excited to show you my card for today’s sneak peek! I was SO drawn to this set and could hardly wait to use it!!! The 3 strips of DP are from SU!’s Rockabilly Specialty paper collection. The bottom Fleur de Lis border is actually one of the stamps included in the Kindred Spirits set and was stamped with Kiwi Kiss ink. I added some small black rhinestones using my Quickie glue pen.



I stamped the oval Fleur de Lis 2 times on Whisper White card stock. One time using Basic Black ink and the second time using Kiwi Kiss ink. I cut the entire Basic Black Fleur de Lis oval out and set it aside. I punched just the oval out, using my large SU! Oval punch, of the Kiwi Kiss Fleur de Lis and then stamped the sentiment in the center using Basic Black ink. This piece was then mounted on top of the Black Fleur de Lis using dimensionals. Before I adhered this piece to the center of my card, I added 3 black strips of narrow grosgrain ribbon and then added a Kiwi heart button on the oval using a glue dot. I hope you enjoy all the sneak peeks coming up this week. I KNOW the Diva’s will have some gorgeous creations to share!!!



From the desk of Diva Julee Tilman:
I have a soft spot in my heart for fleur de lis imagery, so I had to design a set around these classic symbols. In my initial sit down with this set I cranked out 3 cards in less than an hour and the ideas just kept flowing - there are just so many options.



My card uses the VSJUN03 sketch from our Verve Release Week Challenges. The large oval fleur de lis frame is stamped on Regal Rose and then again on classic cream. I punched the regal rose piece with the Marvy Mega Oval punch (mainly because my oval Nestabilities were temporarily lost) and the inner oval with the SU! wide oval punch. I created a little border on the cream layer with the dotted line stamp and the small fleur de lis. Then I muted the stamping a bit by layering with a piece of vellum cardstock that was embossed with the Swiss dots folder.


Okay, so what do you think? Did the Divas rock this set, or what? Stay tuned tomorrow for another rockin' set debut!

We've got a little bit of somethin' somethin' in the Verve Candy Jar today, so we're doing a giveaway! Just leave a comment with your answer to the following question before 5PM Eastern on Friday, June 26 and you'll be put in a drawing to win Kindred Spirits! Winners will be announced during our release party that night.

Question: What's the #1 Verve set on your wishlist?


120 comments:

  1. At this moment, it would be Kindred Spirits. OMGosh, but this is PERFECTION! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. I agree with Leslie. Right now, it's Kindred Spirits. But tomorrow, when I see another new set, I'll love that one just as much. I love them all! Great job again, Julee!

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  3. Right now I'm really loving this new set. I have all kinds of ideas going thru my head for this one.

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  4. Besides the new releases, I have my eye on Ornamental Christmas since I'm already thinking about Christmas cards!

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  5. Kindred Spirits is certainly tempting me, but one I've had my eye on for a while is Fairy Tales. There are still quite a number of Verve sets I'd love to get my hands on!

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  6. My eye has been on an older one for awhile...Starlight Starbright...I love all of the sayings in it!. But then I need the Star sets to go with it!

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  7. I agree with Leslie. The amazing samples of Kindred Spirits the dt has come up with show how tremendously versatile this set will be. Great job and thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  8. Wow Julee, you have outdone yourself with this stamp set.
    Its gorgeous.
    Since I have all your stamps, this set is going to the top of my list.
    Ladies , all your cards are gorgeous and I can't wait to get this stamp set in my hands.

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  9. Holy smokes, these girls did a fantastic job! I'd love to receive any of those cards in the mail!

    In answer to your query, Whimsy tree is on my wish list. And Up Up and Away is a close second!

    But honestly, everything is ADORABLE!

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  10. Oooh beautiful samples! I think this is the set that is on my wish list first! (until tomorrow of course when I see the next one!)

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  11. I am loving this new set after seeing all these fabulous cards, but I love so many of them :), but the next one on my wish list is "Because of you"

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  12. I luv all the sneak peeks, you gals are amazing, each one of your creations are wonderful! The set or sets on my list are all of the new releases, WOW...they look fabulous!

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  13. Definitely Kindred Spirits. I love anything that has an elegant look like damask or Fleur de Lis.

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  14. I think "Wonderful Wishes" - you can never have too many sentiments to choose from!
    All the samples with this set are beautiful, by the way. What an elegant set!

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  15. Since I have all the sets that were on my wishlist, I would have to say this new Kindred Spirit set is now at the top!! Can't wait to see the whole set!!

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  16. Fairy Tales is at the tip top of my wishlist. But Kindred Spirits is gorgeous!!!

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  17. Okay, so besides the whole new release! I am going to have to say that my #1 wish list item is the Fairy Tales set, though any of the star sets comes in a close second, and then I am open to suggestions. i have a lot of sentiments, but am needing some more main images for my Verve cards...
    Oh, and I LOVE all the DT creations! Always beautiful.

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  18. I'm sure I'll want the entire release!! I just LOVE Verve stamp sets! I don't think I have a single set that I don't reach for time after time! If I HAVE to choose, I'll pick Kindred Spirits!!

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  19. I'm such a fan of the Verve style and already have many of the sets. For now, Kindred Spirits would be at the top but I'm sure there will be other new sets that will be just as tempting! Can't wait to what else Julee has created!

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  20. I can only have a top choice!? That makes this even harder! I would have to say this stamp set, Kindred Spirits, of course that is until others are previewed, then well....all bets are off!

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  21. This ladies did an awesome job!!! At the top of my list would be, Beautiful You.

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  22. Probably... Because of You...this new set is very lovely!

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  23. Wow what an amazing set! The cards are goregous as ever too. I would say right now at the top of my list is the whimsy tree.

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  24. Okay, my favorite Verve set would have to be the Kindred Spirits one. I do not own any Verve and NOT sure why, but this set has just reached out and struck a chord with me so to speak. Love it!!! The design team has created some fabulous cards with this set, too!!! Beautifully done!!!

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  25. Ah, my #1 set now on my wishlist? Does it count if it's this set? LOL I love the images and sentiment...otherwise, it's Floral Frenzy :)

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  26. I always love seeing what you've created, Julee. Think this one will be a hot seller. So many wonderful sets to choose from! For now, I think "Because of You" is on the top of my wish list, but that could all change by Friday LOL. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  27. These are all breathtaking! So elegant, I love them! Top of my wishlist? That would be Because of You. Still kicking myself for not ordering yet! :)

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  28. All of the Divas did such an amazing job!

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  29. Kindred Spirits looks very appetizing! I love the words. Sometimes words are the hardest things to find. Simplicity and beauty? What more can you ask for.

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  30. Your beautiful cards make me want the new release of course but I've had my eye on Miracle Blossoms. I can't wait to see more and hope I win! :D

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  31. Your new Kindred Spirits is a top pick for me! i love the fleur de lis design. And your team created lovely cards using it! and you're offering a chance to win!! Thanks!

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  32. I am really liking the new release set Kindred Spirits, but for me the stamp set on my wishlist is Wonderful Wishes!

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  33. Lovely set and samples! I would have to say I've been wanting Ornamental Christmas for awhile now. Love all the Verve sets and can't wait to see the new ones!

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  34. All the stamp sets are beautiful and would be a pleasure to work with, but a favorite right at this moment is Filigree Fantasy. I think the DT was very clever in their use of the stamps in their examples.

    I look forward to participating in your challenges.

    Rosanne Cooper

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  35. I really love the designs in Up Up and Away! They are so fun and you can use them for lots of stuff!

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  36. Up, Up & Away would be my #1 choice at the moment - it's so adorable!

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  37. Right now even though I have not seen the whole set I love Kindred Spirits and can't wait to get it. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  38. The number one Verve set on my wish list keeps changing. :P lol Right now it's currently Up, Up and Away. (but then, there are very few Verve sets that I don't want!) :D I love the look of Kindred Spirits!

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  39. Since i'm just starting out it is the Beautiful Kindness set.

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  40. Right now - this one! I love Fleur de Lis!

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  41. I want them all, but Floral symphony is on my list.

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  42. As of this minute it's the Kindred Spirits set!! I would love to get the remaining Plain Janes that I don't have as well. Can't wait to see all the new releases!

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  43. I haven't picked up the hot air balloon set, so that is still up there, but the Kindered Spirits is a must have as well.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  44. Oh gosh. I have to choose just one stamp on my wishlist? At the moment is has to be the Hebrews 11:1 Plain Jane that Julee did a sneak peak of on Tuesday. I love that verse and I can hear it replaying in my mind all day long after reading it. Definitely on my "must have" list!

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  45. Wow - this is difficult, but I'd have to say "Floral Symphony" is tops on my Wish List!

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  46. Hello! Up, up and Away is on my wish list...but that could change on Friday, tee hee. Looking forward to more sneak peeks. Heather J.

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  47. Well my #1 pick is actually not a set (although i wish it was!) but the various scripture stamps- Isaiah 61:3, Joshua 24:15, Matthew 11:28, etc- are awesome and I'd love to get my hands on them soon :)

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  48. Love these cards. Gorgeous!! There are so many that I would love to have. I really like Protector. I know Father's Day is over but it would be great for scrapbooking as well. :)

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  49. Such beautiful artwork! When I read that I had to answer a question I thought, "ug-oh, bet this will be tough!" Then I read the question and immediately knew the answer! My fav is Beautiful Kindness. . . .however. . . Because of You is a close second!

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  50. Well, I love the look of Kindered Spirits, but probably if I had to pick a set that has already been released and that I don't already have :) It would have to be Winter Wonder Remixed.

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  51. hmmm, only one? With christmas coming, mmmm, snowflake splendor.

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  52. GREAT peek cards! Awesome!

    My wishlist (and my budget) are dwindling -- I've been following Verve since the beginning and I purchased the entire release last month. Yikes! :) But Hundred Hearts is still on my list! Thanks!

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  53. Um, yeah, THIS ONE! Gorgeous stamps!! LOVE the images!!!!

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  54. oh my goomie, Beautiful You has been on my wish list for MONTHS! my favourite, hands down!

    love the new stuff, and can't wait to see what's next! a friend told me about you, and i think i've found a new addiction!

    ---Karmyn

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  55. It is difficult to choose, Verve has so many great sets, but I think my fave is Wishful Elegance. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ~Meredith (a.k.a. Crafty Math Chick)

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  56. i do not own any of these stamps so i probably say all of them but i love anything with butterflies and saw a darling set with those. Fairy tales looks cute and did a pumpkin one i saw. thanks for the chance to win and your sketch challenges were great to.

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  57. Gorgeous cards ladies! Kindred Spirits is right there at the top along with Filigree Fantasy. Thanks for the chance! :o)

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  58. Until today, the top Verve set on my list was Wishful Elegance, but it might have just gotten replaced with Kindred Spirits. This set is just beautiful, and the rose and black fleur de lis card on Julee's blog is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. YES, your design team ROCKS! My wish list contains Up, Up & Away!!

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  60. It's so difficult to decide on ONE favorite - I want them ALL!!! LOL I'd probably say Artful Elegance is high on my list, since I just bought my current fav - Because of You! I love the Fleur de lis patterns and this latest release looks like something I'm also going to NEED! LOL Carol

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  61. Yes, the Divas definitely ROCKED this set!!

    Top of my wishlist is Beautiful Kindness - those butterflies and so elegant!

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  62. Oh wow!! When there's always sooo many wonderful sets to choose just one??? It would be most definitely the Kindred Spirits!!Just gorgeous!! I can't wait to see what other goodies you have in store for us!

    Hugs

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  63. Wow, I would hsve to say Kindred Spirits by far is my favorite. I am on a fleur de lis kick, can't get enough of them.Although Up Up and Away is a close second.Just got back from a hot air festival, and i am am thinkin i could combine them for my scrapbook pages!!!! Great job ladies on the cards. Can't wait to see the other previews.

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  64. Since I *just* placed an order, I'd have to say that right now, it's Kindred Spirits! So Anne of Green Gables . . .

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  65. It would be a toss up with this one of Kindred Spirits OR Up, Up, and Away from the last release. Fab job as always!

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  66. Yesterday it would have been Up, Up and Away...today it's Kindred Spirits!! This set is amazing Julee :)

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  67. Beautiful, beautiful samples of this Kindred Spirits. If I had to name a favourite stamp set on the top of my wish list right now it would be Because of You. I have seen amazing cards made with this set!

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  68. I think I'm partial to Kindred Spirits as well. There are so many things you can do with that set. :)

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  69. I would have to say Miracles Blossom. There have been so many cute cards with this set.

    Robbie

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  70. I love this new set!!! Fabulous examples! On the top of my Verve wish list would be Up, Up & Away, with Wishful Elegance a really close second.

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  71. Oh my!!! Do I really have to pick just one?! If I gotta.....Filagree Fantasy tops my current fav (read wish)list.

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  72. Seeing stars would be a great choice today, but by the end of the week I'm sure that would change. Thanks for the great products and great service, you always deliver. Thanks also for the chance to win a wonderful addition to my Verve stamps.

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  73. My first choice is Up Up and Away. My sister has it but she lives a long way aways.

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  74. Currently, I like the the Sweet on You set. However, this Kindred Spirits has me very intrigued. It has a lot of the images I like.

    JL

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  75. Wow - looks like this is going to be a beautiful set!! I have several sets on my wish list (which keeps growing and growing ...) but Beautiful Kindness is up there! Can't wait to see the rest of the peaks :)

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  76. Aside from this gorgeous new set...I really would love to own Beautiful You!

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  77. How do you pick just one, there are alot I would love to have but I really Love fleur de lises so Id have to say Kindred Spirits!

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  78. Awesome creations ladies!! As always your sneak peeks make my wish list grow. At the moment I will have to say Kindred Spirits. Actually I want the all.....boy,does that sound greedy!!

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  79. UUUU is this a trick question? Silly girl, Kindred Spririts of course. Gonna be hard to top my new favorite Up Up and Away though. Nicely done ladies

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  80. I love Sweet on You. It's gorgeous!

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  81. Aside from the new releases I am wishing for Filigree Fantasy. I have to say that I am soo glad I found you all!

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  82. Well, that is a hard question to answer. Which set is #1 on my wish list...it is always changing and the list keeps getting longer. At the top (thanks to this post) is your new stamp set Kindred spirits. I think you could make some nice masculine cards out of this set. I never have enough cards for men!

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  83. Without a doubt, Kindred Spirits will be the first must have set on my list! Its exactly what I've been waiting for. It will add a timeless and elegant touch to any card or scrap page.
    -Roberta

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  84. AmaZING cards and they are so inspiring!!! After seeing these cards it's KINDRED SPIRITS on the top of my WISHLIST! Thanks so much for a chance.

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  85. I think the next set on my wish list is Starbright, Starlight. But the new set Kindred Spirits looks really great too!

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  86. Being Canadian and living near Anne of Green Gables I would say "kindred Spirits" is an everyday expression here...sooo I would choose Kindred Spirits set today love the set. Thanks to all the creative Divas doing such absolutely stunning creations!!

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  87. I have to say that my favorite Verve is Just For you. I love that it says what I mean to say on my cards.

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  88. That is a hard question, as I love so many of the sets, but if I were to pick one right now it would be
    Thankful Blossoms. However, it looks like some awesome sets are coming out soon. Can't wait to see them all.

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  89. hum............i must say i gotta have the kindred spirits, so up lifting...awesome awesome

    regina
    fabriccutups@prodigy.net

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  90. Oh, this is so exciting. I love Verve Release week. I'm gonna wait to find out what else Julee's cooked up for this release, but I do love the "kindred spirits" sentiment...can't wait to see more.

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  91. As of this release, I would have to choose Kindred Spirits. I have always loved the Fleur de Lis design, and from what I've seen, this set uses the Fleur de Lis in many beautiful ways.

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  92. OK, I am sooo new to Verve. I don't have ANY of your stamps YET! I LUV Kindred Spirits and the fleur de lis. The card samples are spectacular and WILL be cased ... count on it! LOL I tried to decide what I like and I like everything I see! I also took a look at every ones choices, since I'm just beginning. Kindred Spirits, Because of You, all of the Father's Day sets, Beautiful Kindness, any/all of the scriptures...OH! It is so hard to pick! I want them all and would love to win my first. Thanks for the opportunity. Martha

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  93. I think because of you is tops on my very long wish list. Can't wait to see all of the new releases.

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  94. #1 on my wishlist right now IS Kindred Spirits (I simply must have this set to go with my border punch that Julee- unbeknownst to her- talked me into buying) Hee!

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  95. Gosh that is a hard question to answer! I love the peak at the new set, but still no. 1 on my list is "Beautiful You". I love all the quotes with the frame, too. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  96. DT you rocked these...they are amazing!

    Right now Kindred Spirits looks like the top, but up up and away is a close second.

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  97. I see a set with FLEUR DE LIS so I *MUST* have it!!!! La. girl here, so I'm a BIG Saints fan!!! Love the samples!!!

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  98. Uh, right now it's Kindred Spirits. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Angie Lutz
    chicsjeep2@yahoo.com

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  99. Because Of You is #1 on my wishlist and of course, Kindred Spirits will be right up there also. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  100. I would say abundant blessings is my favourite set but this new one looks like it could be a timeless classic!

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  101. I'm lovin" Kindred Spirits. I think the verve divas are helping sell this set!
    Way to go, cute cards.
    Kisha

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  102. Wow! I hate to sound like everyone else, but Kindred Spirits is awesome! Definitely top of my list!

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  103. Right now I love the set "Because of You". It is so wonderful!

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  104. Definitely "Kindred Spirits". This set looks absolutely gorgeous.

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  105. It would have to be "Kindred Spirits" what a beautiful set!

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  106. Because of you is up there but some of these new ones might knock it off top spot.

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  107. Oh , its so hard to pick, but I would say Kindred Spirits is my #1 now.

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  108. I, too, love this set and it is #1 on my wish list. A close second is Because of You.

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  109. It is now "Forever in our Hearts"! Love it so far, and think it fills a big need! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  110. I'm thinking Kindred Spirits but I could change my mind because they are all super!!!

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  111. How about All of them!!! I love them all!!!

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  112. Julee, you and your DT are so talented. I think that Filigree Fantasy is gorgeous - it is #1 on my wishlist. Thanks!

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  113. This set is gorgeous! Beautiful cards ladies!

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  114. So pretty! I think Becasue of You is currently top on my list!

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  115. With Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up I really want Tall Oaks, but I have this feeling I'm going to be ordering Kindred Spirits as well - it is GORGEOUS!

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  116. Hmm...hard to answer without seeing all the releases yet but 2 that are on my wish list now are Practically perfect and Up, Up and Away

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  117. So far its Kindred Spirits, but im starting to like Forever in our hearts too

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  118. Besides the new releases, I want All About You and Anniversary Birds-love them both to death!!

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