Monday, July 16, 2012

July Diva Dare 2012 - Day 1

Hola, Verve fans, welcome to Day One of our July Diva Dare! We haven't done one of these in a while, so as a reminder, here's how it works. We post a theme 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 or project using a BIRTHDAY theme. Did you know that July is a big birthday month here at Verve? Five of our Divas have July birthdays, including the boss lady, Julee. Let's celebrate with some fun birthday projects!  We can't wait to see how you answer the dare! (Stay tuned to see how you could win some shiny new Verve!)

Here's what I came up with …


The cupcake tote is a cut file designed by Lori Whitlock for the Silhouette store. I enlarged the pieces by 125%, then cut them on my Silhouette out of a combination of ivory card stock and papers from Crate Paper's Random collection. I tied the top closed with some jute string, added some crinkled and dyed seam binding, then topped it with a red checked button (to look like a cherry on top). I further embellished with some paper flowers and a small tag that I die-cut with Verve's Tiny Sweet Sallop Die Set. On the tag I added a sentiment using stamps from the Birthday Bash stamp set. 


While making the cupcake tote, I fell in love all over again with Crate Paper's Random collection and decided to make a coordinating card: 
The balloons are from Birthday Bash and the tiny "happy birthday" sentiment is from Small Phrases. I die-cut the heart using the Jotted Heart die and the chunky letter "u" using the I Heart U
Die Set. I finished up with a little bit of this and that here and there, or maybe I should say quite a bit of this and that here, there, and everywhere! 


Here's the pair:


Would you like a chance to win some fabulous new VERVE GOODIES? There are two ways to win:


  1. Play along with our Birthday Diva Dare. Link up your creation (posted July 16 or later) to the linky widget below before 6:00 pm MT on Sunday, July 29. One lucky stamper will win a $30 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 birthday creations. One lucky commenter will win the Verve stamp set of his or her choosing.

Winners will be announced on Monday, July 30 right here on the Verve blog.

Click the "Click here to enter" link at the bottom of this post for the Diva Dare entry form. Please type your name or screen name in the Caption or Title field, then choose the link and photo you'd like to enter.  Please link directly to the specific blog post or gallery page where we can view your creation.  If you're having problems linking, try entering the link to your card, then choosing From File instead of From Web. Then just browse to where your picture is saved on your computer to get your thumbnail.

37 comments:

  1. Love your projects.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  2. Yay! It's Diva Dare time again! I need to pull out my Verve stamps and play. : ) Cute, cute birthday set today!!

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  3. What a fun dare for this month, and I just LOVE that cupcake box! Looks amazing!

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  4. I love the delightful bow and fun colors on your card and cupcake tote! ;) The flowers are beautiful!

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  5. What a fun and creative cupcake and card. I need a lot of birthday cards in July too so great challenge.

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  6. What a cute set! It has quite a funky feel!

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  7. What fun projects. Love the papers and beautiful card. TFS

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  8. Such an adorable project, Amy! Just love the little HB2 banner over the U. The little gift bag is beyond cute!!

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  9. July is the best birthday month! I am in there and so are my 3 aunts, father,brother and daughter plus a whole host of my girlfriends!

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  10. both of your projects here are beautiful!

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  11. You've done it again!!! SUPER DUPER cute!! Love these projects and I'd be so blessed to get to create with some Verve Stamps! Thank you so very much for your generosity!! You will be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure
    Tammy
    www.urbeyondmeasure.com

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  12. Such super cute projects! Love all the wonderful elements Amy! I have many, many July birthdays too! Better get crafting....!

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  13. LOVE your cute bday box and all the detail. I can't wait to play along. =)

    Jewels

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  14. How sweet! Just love your projects.

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  15. Oh this is just sweeter than can be! Great birthday set, Amy!

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  16. Those projects are flippin' adorable! Love the papers and the colors!

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  17. What a lovely little set, I especially like the cupcake box though - how adorable is that!?

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  18. Oh my, this is grogeous, love the tote and the card, such pretty colors

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  19. I just entered a card for the birthday challenge

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  20. Love the cupcake tote - and the matchy card is perfect! Will definitely have to play along!

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  21. OOh so loving this cupcake tote and matching bday card! The details that went into this are great! I love the colors, so fun and vibrant!

    Hugs,
    Jo

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  22. Amy, they are so cheerful! What a great birthday set.

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  23. WOW!!!!! The cupcake tote is so ADORABLE!!!! Beautiful card!!!

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  24. Amy this is a beautiful set!

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  25. LOVE this cupcake tote and coordinating card! Fabulous gift idea!

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  26. love love love that HB 2 U....sweetness!

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  27. Adorable! I just love your tote and matching card. :D

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  28. wow those are awesome! What a wonderful pair!!!

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  29. Well, this is my first time to join in on the Diva Dare challenge. It was so much fun.

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  30. cute projects...love the cupcake tote.

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  31. I'm blown away by the wonderful talent in each of the designers. The work is awesome and you gals are totally amazing!

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  32. When I first saw that bag, it reminded me of a popcorn box with those vertical stripes and the little white flowers along the top! Really cute set, and I love all the layering of you card.

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  33. Very cute cupcake tote! Beautiful!

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  34. Happy Birthday, everyone.
    I was so inspired I gave your challenge a try, in fact, I did it twice! Hope that is OK. I am a newbie at this. Last week I did my first ever challenge, and this week I had to do it again. Finally after all these years of blog hopping, I got around to posting some cards of my own. Wasn't as hard as I thought.

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  35. Just found your blog and I love it. Looking forward to your challenges and the fantastic inspiration of the followers.

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