Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April Diva Dare Day 4

Howdy everyone! Jen here with you this morning for Day 4 of this month's Diva Dare!   This month we are challenging you to "Bright Blooms and Butterflies", a combination of Diva Charmaine's (Oodabug Alley) and Diva Marisa's (Rosemary Reflections) signature styles. Charmaine often uses wonderful, bright colours on her cards and Marisa uses lots of lowers and butterflies. 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. 


For my card I started with an old sketch I had sitting around on my desk that I wasn't quite sure what to do with and a background I made a while back but didn't end up using because it was too bright for the card I was making. It just so happens that the two seemed to be meant for each other. :) The background is made using the large flowers from Surely Goodness embossed on watercolor paper with white embossing powder and then I used all the warm yellows, oranges and reds in my Distress Marker set to color over the the entire paper. I activated the ink with a paint brush and water to make the colors flow a little bit. I then used a baby wipe to clean up the white embossing where the color stuck a little extra. The top panel is embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder. The sentiment is from Surely Goodness and die cut with one of the Flag It Dies. The three little flags are a portion of the Pennant Trim Die and the wonderful butterflies are die cut using the Flutterby Die and embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder.

That's my take on Charmaine's wonderful bright colors and Marissa's flowers and butterflies! I can't wait to see what YOU make!


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! -

29 comments:

  1. Love this card.

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  2. Wow - everything in your card seems "meant for each other." Winning combination of colours, images, layout - and that little dotted butterfly is that perfect 'special touch.' Stunning - I'm getting closer and closer to giving this challenge a try...Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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  3. I so love bright colors and your card my dear, is fabulous!!! Love the embossing and the pennants!

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  4. Gorgeous card. Love the colors!

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  5. Just WOW ! The color combi is fabulous and i like your layout.

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  6. Beautiful card, Jen! Love the embossing and cheery color combo!

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  7. Truly a sunshiny cheerful card - a breath of spring. I love the butterfly embossed with the swiss dots. Your "Surely Goodness" background is gorgeous. My new Verve should be arriving any day now and I can't wait to start using these beautiful flowers from this wonderful set.

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  8. Beautiful and cheerful. Love the colors and the background.

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  9. Whoa! Where did I put my sunglasses? Love the rich, bold colors! Love it, love it!

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  10. Gorgeous! Loving the wet and dry embossing and the great background on this card. Just stunning!

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  11. ohhhh look at all of that beautiful embossing!!! LOVE the bright colors too!

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  12. Cute, very cute! So much texture and fun!

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  13. Beautiful card! Surely Goodness is one of my favorite sets! Lovely flowers!

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  14. Pretty card, great background!

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  15. What a sweet card! The pressure embossed panel is very eye-catching, and your watercolored background is wonderful!

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  16. Love the embossing and bright colors!

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  17. This is a beautiful card! I love the colors and the watercolor technique for the background!

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  18. I just love your card, it is beautiful, so glad you put them together because it turned out great!

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  19. oh em gee! love the bright orange/yellow!

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  20. Well done. Love the orange gradient background. Worked well together. 5424saisouot

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  21. WOW- not this is a bright and cheerful card girl! I love how you embossed that strip- sets it out so well.

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  22. Loving those embossed white flowers against that bright orange. Nicely done!

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  23. Love it, so colorful, would make a wonderful Mother's Day card!

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  24. Wow the use of embossing and distressed markers on the water colour paper is amazing.

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  25. Love the background you made with the embossed flowers. Very pretty.

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  26. Jen, this is STRIKING! I love the embossing.

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