Friday, September 7, 2012

Fanspiration Diva Dare - Day 1


Hi friends!  It's Julee kicking off this month's Diva Dare!  As I was perusing our fan gallery and all the fabulous entries for our recent card carnival, I was so inspired to go get inky!  So that's what led me to this month's Diva Dare theme...Fanspiration!   This month, we "dare" you to show us your new creations inspired by projects made by Verve fans!  You can pick any little Verve project to inspire you, as long as it is not by one of our design team members (or yourself!) {grin}.  To get your wheels a turnin', the Divas will be posting their Fanspiration creations using our newly released products right here each weekday for the next 2 weeks!


Okay, let's get to my project.  It was inspired by these sweet mini canvases by Nicole.  I loved the uplifting messages and thought it was the perfect concept for a little gift to brighten a hospital room. So I pulled out the new Borderline set and my mixed media supplies and got started.


I began by collaging some vintage pattern scraps and book paper onto the canvases, then painting with acrylic paints.  I glued down a Flourished Trim die cut and then doodled some extra layers to it for a fun divider.  The dare to dream and mini vintage oval are from the Borderline set and are stamped onto book paper, cut with the Mini Vintage Oval Die Set and then Modpodged onto the canvas.  I stamped the stitching border from Borderline on the top and bottom, as well as on the sides for some texture.  I thought the two glittered chipboard pieces glued together looked a lot like an angel, so I glued it to the canvas, along with a fun prima flower, which I added a bit of paint and ink sprays to grunge it up. I finished off with a cluster of stars and some chitchat Tim Holtz stickers to form the message...  "she has great courage".


For the second canvas, I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil to stipple in the stars.  I then painted each star with some Glass Bead Gel for a super fun textured look and outlined with some faber castell pitt pens.   The sentiment and mini label frame from Borderline are stamped directly onto the canvas with archival ink and I added the arrow border stamp pointing to the frame as well as on the sides of the canvas.  A few scalloped doodles finish off the sides and I accented it with a bit of bling and some more chitchat stickers to form the phrase, "she is hopeful".  For those of you wondering, I purchased the mini canvases at Michael's in a pack of 4 for $4.99.  With a 40% off coupon they worked out to be only about 75 cents each.  The mini easels were on sale at my local craft store for $1 each.
  

Well, hopefully you've enjoyed this first day of our Fanspiration Diva Dare! Join us on Monday to find out who Laurie was inspired by!  Read on to see how you can win some shiny new Verve!  There are two ways to win...

  1. Win a $50 Verve gift certificate! Play along with our Fanspiration Diva Dare and link up your creation to the linky widget entry form. Winner will be chosen by random draw.  To be eligible, your entry must:
    • Be a new creation - posted September 7 or later
    • Be inspired by a non-design team created Verve card or project
    • Include a link to the inspiration piece you used, as well as a brief explanation of what inspired you
    • Use at least one Verve product
    • Be added to the linky widget before 5pm Mountain on Sunday, September 23.
  2. Win a Verve set of your choosing! Leave a little shout-out for the Divas in the comments section as we post our answers to the Fanspiration dare each weekday through September 20.  A random comment winner will be chosen from all the comments over the course of the Dare.
- Go forth and get inky! We DARE you! -


26 comments:

  1. Great project.

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  2. Love the color- such a bright and happy canvas!

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  3. What a wonderful idea to brighten up a dreary hospital room. Beautiful job!!

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  4. Beautiful take of the inspiration! I love the vibrant green and black.

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  5. So pretty! I love the use of the stencils, turned out beautifully!

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  6. Wow Julee, you are so good at doing these multi media/collage projects. Definitely something I admire as I cannot do them. Your colours are so striking. These are filled so much encouragement anyone would be cheered by them.

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  7. You are the mixed media queen, Julee. Beautiful work on both.

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  8. These are awesome and I am sure Ali will love them.

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  9. Very cute stuff! I'm going to have to check Michael's again. I bought some quite a while ago and have not been able to find them since!

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  10. This was a fun challenge!! Had a hard time picking as there is so much inspiration out there and I've been creating like crazy with my new stamps. Can't wait to see what the Diva's have been up to.

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  11. I like how you were inspired by the sweet mini canvases from Nicole. Great colors and bling and I like the collage look.

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  12. These are so pretty! They would definitely brighten someones day. Great colors. I can't wait to check out the customer cards and play along.

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  13. These are fantastic, Julee. I love all the beautiful elements you used - and I LOVE the colors!

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  14. You made my week! Imagine ME inspiring anyone...let alone the Queen of Inspiration! ;) Thanks, Julee, for the shout out. And I love your canvases. Truly wonderful mini works of art. I was definitely pinning some great inspiration during the challenges, so I bet I have lots of material for the Diva Dare. Verve fans are the best fans!

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  15. This so wonderful! A what a fun contest to play! I've really been enjoying my new Verve. I love Borderlines!! I like how you've used it, so inspiring! :) thanks!

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  16. Ooh, what a good idea! I always love the designs that verve fans come up with :) the only trouble now is choosing which one of all the inspirational people to go with?!!
    I had also pinned Nicole's mini canvasses as they are brilliant! Your take on them are just as awesome - I love the different styles :)

    Beautiful :)

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  17. Great canvases! Love the colors and creativity!

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  18. Gorgeous colour, I love all the texture and how the elements come together. I especially love the faux stitching stamp (maybe 'cause I'm hopeless with a needle and thread). Cheers Linda

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  19. Wow! Such lovely projects made by the talented verve divas!

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  20. Those canvases are outstanding! I love the shades of green with the black and all the sparkle. Nicole's canvases were beautifully done too and such a neat idea!

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  21. Beautiful work, love all the texture, very pretty, the green is just gorgeous

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  22. I just love all the texture... this is just fantabulous...so encouraging and cheery. Thanks for sharing

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  23. Great project! Love the colors and textures of this mixed media project. Adore the BLING too!

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  24. WOW gorgeous work of art..beautiful mini canvas!

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  25. These minicanvases are uber stellar!! Boy you put lots of detail into these---they will dfinitely be uysed to brighten up her hospital room!!! To the moon and back:) be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure
    Tammy
    www.urbeyondmeasure.com

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