Friday, January 14, 2011

January Diva Dare - Day 1



Hi Verve fans!  Welcome to the all new Diva Dare challenge!!  On the Friday following each release, we'll post a theme we'll dare you with, and you'll have two weeks to complete the challenge.  During those two weeks, the release team will post their creations and tell you how they answered the dare!

We dare you to make a card, project, layout, or whatever fits your stamping style using this month's theme - Baby Love!  The baby part could be for a new little someone...or a special someone!  Be sure to look for the details on how you can win some new Verve goodies at the end of this post!


This is how I answered the dare... I created a custom cover for a box of chocolates that I will be giving to my daughter for Valentine's Day.  Don't let the words "custom cover" fool you though...this was not a difficult project to make in the least!  In fact, I was actually feeling a little guilty at how quickly I was able to finish it!  You know, something from the heart should take a loooong time to make, right?  LOL!  I quickly got over that guilt though...because I will be making three more for my other kiddos!  Teehehee!

To create the cover, I placed the lid to the chocolate box upside down on the patterned paper and then traced around it.  After cutting it out, I then decorated it with some more patterned paper, ribbon, flourishes, and the stamped frame I created (using images from the Swirling Hearts set and the Vintage Oval Die).

So...do you want to see what the box looked like before I covered it? 


(You can click on any of the photos to see them larger.)   Teeheheee!  This might just qualify as an Extreme Chocolate Box Makeover!!  LOL!



 Here's how you can win some shiny new Verve!

1. Play along with us and link up your new Baby Love creation (posted January 14th or later) to the linky widget on the DAY ONE Diva Dare post before midnight MST on January 29th. One lucky stamper will win a $30.00 gift certificate to the Verve Store. Verve Stamps are not required, but if you've got 'em we would  LOVE to see ‘em!

2. For another chance to win, be sure to give the Divas a little shout-out in the comments section as we share our Baby Love creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing!  Winners will be announced on Monday, January 31st right here on the Verve blog.

So go ahead and show us your Baby Love creations...we DARE you!



65 comments:

  1. Oh goodness...that IS an extreme makeover. You're the new Ty Pennington..lol. I love what you did with the chocolate and I cannot wait to play!

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  2. Love it! I am going to take the challenge! :)

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  3. Very clever idea and much better looking than the original!

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  4. What a fantastic makeover! Beautiful end result and easy is always good when it is going to a kid!

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  5. How cute!! I just got my stamps yesterday and cant wait to play! My grand daughter already made a hanging tag for her mom to hang in her car!

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  6. So cute!!!! Great make over!!!

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  7. Cute makeover....that box took me back to childhood...then you snapped me right back with the 2011version. {tee hee} I've taken the dare....and boy is it a dare for me. I'm always intimidated by such lovely inspiration/competition here. TFS

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  8. Love this new cover you've created Laurie. The 2 separate sentiments making 1 complete thought is wonderful. I love the whole heart theme.

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  9. Fabulous!!!
    I just recently found Verve so I don't have many stamps to work with yet...but I'm taking the dare!!!

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  10. You went from funky to pretty- how sweet is this box??!! Can't wait to get my new stamps to play- they have been ordered but no mail service all week here in the frozen south (US) so the anticipation is worse than the cabin fever!!!

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  11. Ya know I never did a challenge before for anything but I'm def doing this one! I love verve stamps and i'm really into the whole "Love" thing with Valentine's day just around the corner! Love Laurie's beautiful box!!!

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  12. I'm lovin this little makeover! Too cute. And did you say fast and easy!!! Key words, my friend. LOL. Seriously though, you would NEVER know how fast you created this beauty.

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  13. Extreme Chocolate Box Makeover - love it LOL! Though that is what you did. Love the box and can't wait to see the ones you do for your boys.

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  14. I agree, your heart is fantastic! Fun challenge too!

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  15. Although I think the monkey is sort of fun, your cover is certainly better! :)

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  16. What a fabulous makeover for that chocolate box! I wouldn't have thought to do this, but I will definitely give it a try now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Great idea and a lot prettier than the orginal. TFS

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  18. What a great challenge. I love the idea of making a new cover for chocolates.

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  19. Sounds like fun! Laurie, your sweet treats covered container is fabulous! Love the diva dare!

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  20. This is so pretty! Love what you did to this box!

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  21. Oh wow! What a fabulous idea! I can't wait to go the Valentine isle now to get me a box of chocolates! This is such a fabulous alteration!

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  22. just gorgeous, Laurie!!!AND yummy...the chocolates, the ribbon, the tag...just yummy!!

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  23. What a great idea! How did you think of that?!! it is so pretty. I just got this stamp set and I can't wait to play with it. I may even try the challenge!

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  24. This is super cute! And.....way better than that funky monkey! I don't think a handmade gift really needs to take forever to make, not if it is from the heart!

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  25. What a cute idea! I love that it came together so quickly - those are the best ones!

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  26. Just adorable..and what a makeover. Now I want to hunt out everyday packets and make them over too. :)

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  27. Brilliantly done.... Something so simple & regular could look so adorable... Thanks for inspiring.... I would love to be a part of the challenge.... Wishes & Hugs))))

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

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  28. Wow, what a great idea! Though the monkey was cute, your makeover is fabulous!! It would make something so much better for an older child. Awesome!!

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  29. This is adorable! I love it! I have some products on their way and I think I will just have to take this challenge.

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  30. I love this chocolate box makeover! The details are fabulous and I love that it was easy. This sounds like a fun challenge. The theme is perfect because my sister just had another baby!

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  31. Love all the new stuff going on and this this makeover is great. Now I should head to the store and get some chocolates so I can play.

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  32. Oh I do like this one. I need a baby card for a co-worker, so this is wonderful.

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  33. What a fabulous makeover! Dang- how easy! I know what I'll be doing for my kids for Valentine's Day! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm going to give it a try.

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  34. Great make-over! Well, I guess I need to go get me a Valentine box! You did awesome!

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  35. A great way to dress up a gift of chocolate to make it extra special!

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  36. WOW that was one ugly box that you started with, lol!! Talk about a transformation - you made it sooooo beautiful! What a GREAT makeover!

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  37. What a cool idea! I love sprucing up simple stuff to make it special and fabulous. Such a beautiful job, too.

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  38. What a cute idea!! Will have to try this one for my son!!

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  39. This is such a great simple idea! And it definitely looks better than the original!

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  40. Lovely stamp-set! Really sweet to have it in any-one's collection!

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  41. GREAT idea with the chocolate box!! Now you will know what my kiddo's are getting this year. Hubs too!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  42. What a clever idea! The boxes chocolates come in are always so corny, or plain! Love it!

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  43. What a clever idea to dress up that box! Great project!!

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  44. oh goodness! Super fun! I love the idea...but I'll have to use EMPTY boxes as they never last long enough for me to cover them while they are full! ;)

    Need to enter this dare...gotta get me some more verve! :)

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  45. What a great idea, Laurie! So simple, yet so grand! The perfect Valentine treat for the little ones!

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  46. Love your make over, now off to find some chocolates and see if I can come even close. You did make it look easy and do-able for me! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  47. SO cute and what a great idea! I may have to steal it. ;) Yummy chocolate and Verve-y goodness rolled into one - what could be better?

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  48. That little box is cute but you definately DO JUSTICE to it. So pretty!

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  49. I love quick project ideas...there's not enough time for many of us to do really detailed, labor intensive projects! Fabulous extreme chocolate box makeover! (why do I feel like saying MOVE THAT BUS! hehehe)

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  50. Love the Baby love:))

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    Thank u Julee and all the divas!!
    I made a combo. VLV #3 and the baby love:))

    COULD not up load on Spit C:(
    Will do it soon:))
    XX

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  51. your creation never cease to amaze me Laurie - this is beautiful!!!

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  52. Fab idea to cover an 'all ready' box. I am definitely going to case this idea, Laurie. make mine square!!!!

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  53. I Think I will do an Extreme makeover too for the girls in my office. Sooo... CUTE!

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  54. Wow...this sounds so exciting. Thanks for all the chances to win. Love how the lid turned out. hard to believe it is the same lid.

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  55. I love what you did to the box. Wow. Very pretty.

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  56. Fabulous remake! This box is a keeper!

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  57. You continue to amaze me with your creativity! I want to be just like you guys when I grow-up! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. That is such a great start to the Diva Dare. Your daughter will love it.Thanks so much again for all of the inspiration you share.

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  59. What a fantastic idea! I love that, and may just have to try it. Ontop of that your design is beautiful! You took a $2 box of chocolates and made it look like a million bucks :D

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  60. Brilliant! I love the covered box!

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  61. I love the altered Valentine box idea. It is wonderful!

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  62. Great makeover! Love your box and love the bold red for a baby gift, different from pastels. Cheers!

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  63. Sweet! I am always looking for ideas on using or reusing household items. Nothing like being "green". Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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