Friday, April 12, 2013

April Diva Dare - Day 1



Hello Verve Fans!  It's Marisa here, kicking off this month's Diva Dare entitled "Bright Blooms and Butterflies".  This month's dare combines a bit of Diva Charmaine's (Oodabug Alley) and Diva Marisa's (Rosemary Reflections) signature styles:  Charmaine often uses wonderful, bright colours on her cards, and I use a plethora of flowers and butterflies on mine.  So this month, we dare you to create a colorful card using either a flower or butterfly image, (or if you'd prefer... a fun die shape) as the focal element.   Here is the card I created for this month's dare.


Bright colours and bold patterns are not something I use very often on my cards so this was a stretch for me!  I dug around in my paper stash and opted to go with this chevron paper from MME's Happy Day.  I used the circle die from the  Scalloped Trim Trio set to create a border and then heat embossed the fabulous flower from Surely Goodness in white on both Only Orange and Certainly Celery paper and then used the matching Goodness Flower Die Set to cut them out.  Of course, where there is a flower there needs to be a butterfly so I out came my beloved Flutterby Die.  I VersaMarked the solid image from So Fluttery on to the cut out and added some black pearls for the body.   A yellow ribbon finished things off nicely.

I must say this card is definitely growing on me.  It is always good to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone so you don't get stuck in a rut, and who knows, you may find you like what you tried -- I did :) 
 
Finally, noted below are two ways you can win some shiny new Verve! 

  1. Win a $40 Verve gift certificate! Play along with our March Diva Dare and link up your creation to the linky widget entry form.  A winner will be chosen by random draw. To be eligible, your entry must:
    • Be a new creation - posted April 12th or later.
    • Be a card or project using bright colours and having a flower and/or butterfly (or other die shape) as your focal point.
    • Use at least one Verve product.
    • Be added to the linky widget before 5pm Mountain on Wednesday, May 1.
  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 this month's dare weekdays through April 29th.  A random comment winner will be chosen from all the comments over the course of the Dare.
  3. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 3rd.
- Go forth and get inky! We DARE you! -

34 comments:

  1. Gorgeous card, Marisa! What a lovely pairing of strengths :)

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  2. It's so beautiful! I just had a feeling when I saw the title of the challenge, Marisa would be involved.

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  3. So pretty and colorful. All the colors worked together so well. Love the butterfly and flower.

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  4. Wow Marisa, you have mastered this "stretch" out of your comfort zone. What a beautiful, cheerful card you've created. I love the flower and your beloved flutterby;). Great use of the circle border too.

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  5. Loving these bright colors, especially on a gray and rainy day like today!

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  6. This card is gorgeous! Love the bright colors.

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  7. what a fun and cheerful card!!

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  8. Marisa, this card is fantastic! You'd never know it was outside your comfort zone!

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  9. Beautiful bright colors, Marisa! Love that orange flower!

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  10. Fabulous card. I don't usually use bright colors so I am anxious to see everyone's creations.

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  11. Very pretty! So bright and cheerful, just like Charmaine's cards. For being outside your comfort zone, you did a fabulous job.

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  12. Love this card.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  13. What a fun card....no need for it to grow on me; I liked right off. What fun it will be to break out the new bright papers and play along!

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  14. Lovely card, all bright
    and colorful.
    Carla from Utah

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  15. Wow- i love the bright colors but they are always a challenge for me !! The white emobssing on the flower loosk great ! Wonderful card !

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  16. This is just BEAUTIFUL, Marisa!! I LOVE the pop of blue with the butterfy! Just gorgeous!

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  17. I (obviously) had difficulty with the Linky Tools. So sorry to have linked more than once. Will be glad to remove extra links with if instructions are provided.

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  18. Beautiful card, Marisa!! Love the bright & bold colors you used!

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  19. LOVE the colors! Such a bright and cheery card!

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  20. This is such a nice card! Love the embossed background and the die cut border! Awesome!

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  21. Wonderfully done Marisa...love all the detais especially the touch of black to give it some pop.

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  22. Love this card. I'm not one to jump for bright colors, but this one makes me want to give it a try.

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  23. Gorgeous card! Lots of great details! Love the fun colors!

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  24. Lovely, bright card chevron paper is great. Flower is so pretty.

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  25. Marisa, this is beautiful! I love the colors, especially the turquoise butterfly. It's a wonderful mix of both your styles. I think it shows your clean crisp lines, your eye for placing die cuts just perfectly, and your love of texture. And it shows Charmaine's fresh style and her love of those beautiful pops of bright color against white. Terrific card!

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  26. Very bright and cheery, love it!

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  27. Great card..the colours are bright and cheerful.

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  28. BRIGHT! How fun. Love that huge flower in the middle and your beautiful border.

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  29. Marisa, this is simply BEAUTIFUL!
    I love the design & the striking colors.

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