Friday, December 2, 2011

Holiday Diva Dare ~ Day 9


Welcome to the Holiday Diva Dare!  It's Andrea here and I'm so glad you've stopped in for a visit! A quick rundown of the deets and then we'll get to the good stuff...

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's theme is A Handmade Christmas! The theme is pretty broad and can be interpreted in so many different ways...from a lovingly made card, to heartfelt gifts and homemade decorations!  With the Holidays right around the corner, this will be the perfect time to get a jump start on your card and gift making!

So, we DARE you to make a Handmade Christmas card or gift!

 I answered the dare with this sweet, vintage envelope...suitable for gift cards, holiday cards or any kind of sweet treat:




A little peek of the inside:


 I used Verve's Charming Oval die for my Santa's Helper sentiment on the front and the inside stamp is from the new Bright Spirits set. The finished envelope measures 4" X 5 1/2". I took a piece of Vintage Cream card stock, cut it down to 5 1/2" X 11" and then scored at the 4" mark, twice, starting at one end. The envelope lid ended up being 3".  I wanted it to be a bit smaller because I wanted to fancy it up with a Martha Stewart French Scroll punch. To do that, I measured exactly the middle of the edge of the flap and marked it with a pencil. I then aligned my corner punch and cut. I then laid the card stock diagonally on my cutting board and cut from that first punch towards the closest score line. Next, I aligned my border punch and punched away! There are lots of perimeter pearls, sewn and distressed edges.

Want to know how you can win some fabulous new VERVE GOODIES?
  1. Play along with us and link up your new A Handmade Christmas creation (posted November 18 or later) to the linky widget on Laurie's Day 1 post before 9PM Mountain on Thursday, December 8. 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 A Handmade Christmas creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing! Winners will be announced on Friday, December 9 right here on the Verve blog.

Now it's YOUR turn! We DARE you to show us your creations!

23 comments:

  1. Oh my word, Andrea. How amazingly lovely. I'm afraid you might build up the expectations of the recipient way beyond anything that could actually be IN the envelope! LOL. Beautiful work.

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  2. Beautiful envelope. Love it.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  3. What a lovely envelope! I love the colors you used - so elegant. Thanks for the inspiration. :D

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  4. The most beautiful envelope I've ever seen!!! So lovely, Andrea. ;)

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  5. This is awesome, so beautiful, I love it!

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  6. This is just so fabulous. What a wonderful way to tuck in a gift card. I love the creams and lacey edges. Gorgeous!

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  7. This is such a beautiful project! I love the scalloped lacy-ness of it!! : )

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  8. Another stunner, Andrea! Love the neutral pallet and the punched edge. Great focal ribbon and star feature too! Simply gorgeous!

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  9. This is stunning. Love the soft colors and the flap with the border punch and sentiment underneath. TFS

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  10. This is so pretty, Andrea! I love the gorgeous neutrals and all of the embellishments are amazing! Well done!

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  11. You do make the most elegant projects! Love it!

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  12. Oohhh, Andrea, this is gorgeous! I have really been loving your style lately, and this is no exception. Great job!!

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  13. So elegant in the white on white! Pure gorgeousness!

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  14. Such an elegant and beautiful envelope! Gorgeous!

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  15. Soft vintage is my favorite style! I love the way you incorporated the die into the design!

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  16. This is so beautiful. Love the vintage feel of all the elements. Beautiful paper - yummy color.

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  17. Oh my gosh is all I can say when i first saw this- how breathtakingly gorgeous it is- LOVE it.

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  18. Oh my stars, Andrea this is out of this world gorgeous! You are a rockstar with paper ANY day of the year!

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  19. Elegant as always and love the MS punch and pearls, so feminine.

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  20. Andrea this is gorgeous.. love the colors and the vintage feel. It is absolutely elegant.

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  21. And WHAT an envelope this is! Talk about ultimate in femininity and so gorgeous!

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  22. This envelope is just gorgeous! Love the neutral colors and all the beautiful details. Thanks!

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