Thursday, April 28, 2011

April Verve Diva Dare ~ Day 5

Good morning Verve fans!  It's Maureen and Day 5 of the April Diva Dare!  For those of you that are new to this challenge, here is how it works...following each release, we will post a theme that we 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!

This month we dare you to make a card, project, layout, or whatever fits your stamping style using this month's theme - April Showers Bring May Flowers!  With the warmer weather, new growth, and all the fresh and beautiful blooms that abound, it is easy to be inspired by Spring!  How you interpret the dare is completely up to you!  To sweeten up the challenge, stay tuned to learn how you could win some brand new Verve!  Okay, here’s how I answered the DARE…


I have been having a ball lately making paper flowers with my stash of sheet music paper (from Janelle!).  So I cut out 4 layers of paper with the large and medium Floral Circle dies, scrunched and inked them up with a bit of tea dye ink and attached all the layers with some crystal brads.  For the leaves, I die cut some balsa wood with the Elegant Leaves die and stamped the matching image from Bloom and Grow in chocolate chip.  I found that green wasn’t bold enough to show up against this fabulous Basicgrey paper.  The Classy Label die with matching stamp image from Love Notes was the perfect shape and size to hold the Love Deepens sentiment.  Now, I just couldn’t stop at a card…remember these flower pots on Splitcoast Stampers?  LOL  I saw these 2 years ago and fell in love with the idea so I thought I’d revisit it!


I tried keeping the flowers relatively flat so that this could eventually be used as a book mark.  Again, I made the flowers using the Floral Circle dies and stamped the bookmark with 2 sentiments from Love Deepens.  This time, however, the Elegant Leaves are just die cut from cardstock….balsa wood is very fragile, especially after being flattened in the Cuttlebug so it wouldn’t last very long on a book mark (my little FYI to you! lol). 


Want to know how you can win some fabulous new VERVE GOODIES?
  1. Play along with us and link up your new April Showers Bring May Flowers creation (posted April 22nd or later) to the linky widget on the DAY ONE post before midnight MST on Saturday, May 7th. 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 April Showers Bring May Flowers creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing!  Winners will be announced on Monday, May 9th right here on the Verve blog.
Now it's YOUR turn!  We DARE you to show us your creations!