Friday, May 6, 2016

Welcome Lesley

Hi Verve fans!  Today I'm thrilled to announce that we've got a new Diva joining our lovely design team. She'll be taking over Design Team Coordinator duties as I'm trying to free myself up to do things like illustrate more stamps! Hooray!  So without further adieu, let's meet the new girl!  {grin}


If you haven't met Lesley Croghan already, you're in for a real treat.  Not only is she an amazing designer, but she's one of the nicest people on the planet and the creator of a ton of fabulous crafting challenges around the blogosphere.  This girl is pure inspiration and I'm so glad she's joining our team!  

Prize alert:  Leave a welcome message for Lesley in the comment section below to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift voucher to Verve.

Read on for a question and answer session with Lesley, along with some of my favorite Verve cards from Lesley's blog.

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 1. When/how did you get hooked on stamping?

Stamping and card making was something I had tried a couple of times on my own many years ago. I wanted to make my own Christmas cards. I made them and I know they were not the best cards I had ever made but I enjoyed doing it so much. Then when my husband and I moved to the small town we live in now, I met a lovely new friend through one of my husband’s colleagues; his wife. She was part of a Stampin’ Up Club and once I saw that glossy catalogue, I was hooked! So I started going to the monthly classes and soon after started to play along with the challenges at Splitcoast Stampers. Then I formed a blog and the rest is history!

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2. How often do you stamp?

When I first started making cards, I stamped ALL THE TIME. I was younger then and had more energy I think! Ha! Now I am a weekend stamper, and do all of my best cards on Friday evenings. I enjoy coming home from work, putting on my comfy clothes and getting inky! My go-to Friday inspiration is the Viva la Verve Sketches! I LOVE them!

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3. What's your favorite embellishment or finishing detail?

I love twine! It is one of my favourite embellishments to use! I also love little pearls. I have been playing with sequins a bit more at times. My ultimate FAVOURITE thing to do when making cards is watercolouring. I just love mixing colours and exploring how they blend together. I love ink and especially monochromatic colours!

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4. How long does it typically take you to create a project that you're happy with?  

The funny thing is, the longer I spend on a card, the less I like it? I find the ones that I create quickly and with abandon, are the ones I am most happy with. When I over think it, that is when my card gets bogged down and too busy for my liking.

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5. What's your usual starting point for a project?  (sketch, colors, stamp, inspiration piece, embellishment, etc.)?  

I guess my starting point depends on the stamp I am using. If I have to use a certain stamp, I go with colour. The colours that work best for the stamp lead my card. However, sometimes I want to go with the sketch and that will dictate the stamps I should use…I look through and see what will “fit”. Most of the time, it is a stamp that I really want to use and so I go looking for a challenge where I can “showcase” it. Then I find I am more inspired to create!

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Well, that wraps up this introduction. Thanks so much for helping us welcome Lesley! You'll be seeing more cards from her at our upcoming release later this month.
Look for sneak peeks starting right here on May 18.

88 comments:

  1. Good luck on your new role! Looking forward to seeing your creations!

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  2. Congratulations, Lesley! You are just amazing and I know you'll be a great asset to Julie, who is also amazing! Beautiful gallery of cards, too!

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  3. Great to know more about Lesley, and I love all the lovely cards shared here. She will be a fabulous diva at Verve!

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  4. Great to know more about Lesley, and I love all the lovely cards shared here. She will be a fabulous diva at Verve!

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  5. Welcome. Love your cards, they are lovely and bright without being too busy.

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  6. I like creating after work on Fridays too! Congrats Lesley!

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  7. Congrats Lesley. I always love your bright cheerful cards. Your flowers are always so beautiful.

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  8. Fantastic choice for your DT leader!! I'm so thrilled for Lesley!

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  9. Congratulations on joining the Verve team, Lesley; your talents are impressive, your cards, gorgeous and your personality, warm and bubbly (I follow you via Feedly, so my 'observations' come from all my visits to your marvelous posts). Crafting after work is my therapy, especially on Fridays. Thrilled for you and doubly thrilled for us, because we now have the pleasure of seeing even more of your creative magic!
    ~carol

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  10. Welcome, Lesley! Congratulations on joining the Verve team. Your cards shared above are fabulous! I look forward to seeing more of your creations.

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  11. Congratulations and welcome to Lesley! Really enjoyed the cards you shared and getting to know you with the Q and A. Looking fwd to lots more in the future!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  12. WELCOME Lesley - she does AMAZING work; it will be a joy to see her creations!

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  13. Welcome Lesley. Like you I really got started stamping cards at a Stampin' Up workshop. I love all your projects displayed. Creating is a joyful blessing and we enjoy sharing that with others.

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  14. Congratulations Lesley on becoming the design team coordinator at verve, I am sure it will be a pleasure for you as it is a team of wonderful designers. I look forward to seeing more of your designs.

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  15. Wow, Lesley...congratulations! I don't know how you do it all...and you do it all so well! It is always a treat to see her designs...she will be a wonderful addition to the Verve team!

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  16. Yahoooooooooooooooo Lesley!
    She's perfect for Verve!

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  17. Wow! What awesome news!! Julee, you got a real gem here, not only is Lesley an inspiring artist, but I have been on two of her design teams, and she is so wonderfully organized and energetic - what a great thing for Verve :o)

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  18. Thank you so much, Julee. I am thrilled to be joining the Verve team. It's a dream come true!

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  19. I loved reading the interview! You're going to ROCK this, Lesley! No doubt! Congrats to you and to the Verve team!!

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  20. Lesley is awesome and amazing and no better a Verve Diva!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!

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  21. congratulations to Lesley... she will be an amazing asset to the verve team!!

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  22. A big congrats to Lesley for making the team. I'm sure she'll do great, also as the new DT coordinator. It seems she thrives on creating and coordinating blogs and challenges lol.

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  23. CONGRATULATIONS, My Friend! You are SO AMAZING!!!!!!! Verve is blessed to have you on their team! SO happy for you! XXX

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  24. Welcome, Lesley and congratulations. Your cards are all fabulous. I love the bright colors and the fresh look they have. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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  25. Oh that Lesley is amazing! She will be a wonderful addition to your fabulous team!

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  26. I couldn't be more happy for you both.....you will make great partners in crime! Lol A big congrats to both of my blogging friends!!! Whoopwoooooo!

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  27. Yay, Lesley!! Your cards are always beautiful! :)
    Love the mini Q & A, too!

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  28. Hi there! I just love all the beautiful cards you've put on this post. Your work speaks volumes of creativity! I know you'll love working with this awesome company and cat wait to see more. Welcome!

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  29. Congratulations, Lesley! You will make a perfect addition to the Divas!

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  30. WOWIE, all of these cards are FANTASTIC! I'm a big fan of Lesley, she's my "boss" at The Challenge and she's a pure joy to work with! Lesley, I'm very happy for you, you'll be a fabulous addition to the Verve dt!!

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  31. Fantastic! Congrats Lesley! What a wonderful addition to the team!

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  32. Welcome Lesley! Your card designs are so cheery.

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  33. How exciting, fabulous choice. Lesley is a star!

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  34. Congratulations, Lesley--no surprise! All your cards are beautifully designed & implemented!

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  35. Wow! Lesley, your cards are so bright and lovely! Congratulations on being chosen as a Verve Diva!

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  36. Congratulations, Lesley! You are so talented and creative - -this will be a wonderful position for you!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  37. Welcome to Lesley! Her work is gorgeous and it's great to hear that you'll have some more time to illustrate!

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  38. Congratulations to Lesley! I really enjoyed reading all about you! Your cards are beautiful! I look forward to seeing more inspiration from you!

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  39. Welcome Lesley!!! Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot.com

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  40. Beautiful cards! Congrats Lesley.

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  41. Welcome Lesley! Lovely card!

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  42. What an inspirational lineup, Lesley! It was so fun to read a little more about your creative side! Congratulations again, and I look forward to seeing what you cook up!

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  43. Congrats, Lesley! The is so perfect for you - there has been more than one time that I have gone and purchased a Verve stamp because of a card of yours that showcased it!! You go, girl!!

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  44. Congrats Lesley!! I follow your blog and love all your work. I'm so happy for you. So glad to see you have joined the Verve Design Team. Can't wait to see more of your work with them!

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  45. So excited for you Lesley!! I love your work and will continue to follow you.

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  46. Congratulations, Lesley! I love your work and hope to find some tips on watercoloring as your watercolored Verve blooms are gorgeous! I, too, look forward to new sketches on Friday.

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  47. Congrats Lesley! I have her blog info in email box and it's always amazing work that she does!

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  48. Congratulations!! Lesley's work is nothing less than amazing!! I am so happy for you BOTH!!

    Patti

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  49. Congrats to Lesley!! I've admired your work many times on other DT/challenge sites. Can't wait to see what you do with the gorgeousness of Verve Stamps!!

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  50. Lesley...so happy and excited for you. I know you will do amazing and inspiring things with all of Verve's goodies. Congrats again!

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  51. Hi Lesley and Welcome! (I am relatively new here myself but loving what I see!) I am looking forward to what you will be sharing here and also seeing more about Verve products!

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  52. I love Verve Stamps and can't wait to see more of your cards. Love what I see already!

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  53. I love Lesley's style and can't wait to see her work more!

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  54. Congrats on your new stint with Verve! Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize, too. :D

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  55. Congrats Lesley!!! Looking forward to seeing your creations on Verve's blog!!!

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  56. Welcome, Lesley! Looking forward to seeing lots of your creations here! Love your style and can't wait to see more from you!

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  57. Welcome to the team Lesley! Looking forward to your projects.

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  58. Welcome! You will be a delightful addition to the team--that is obvious!

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  59. Welcome! You will be a delightful addition to the team--that is obvious!

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  60. Welcome! You will be a delightful addition to the team--that is obvious!

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  61. Congratulations, Lesley! Looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous designs on Verve!

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  62. Congrats Lesley. I love your blog and your card making style. You will be a great asset to the Verve design team.

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  63. Congrats Lesley. I love your blog and your card making style. You will be a great asset to the Verve design team.

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  64. Congratulations Lesley and Verve! Lesley is an amazing creator of cards, loved seeing her inspiration in this post

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  65. All very beautiful cards Lesley.
    Enjoy the new journey.

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  66. Yay Lesley!! You couldn't have picked a more wonderful and talented person to join your team!!!

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  67. So happy for Lesley, she is such a sweet person, always encouraging and so talented!!!

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  68. Congratulations Lesley- you are going to have a fun ride! Super lovely designer for sure - have a blessed week!

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  69. I love Lesley's card creations and am so happy for her dream to be realized with Verve. I would love to add to my Verve stamp collection with a gift card to the store. Thanks!

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  70. These cards of Lesley's are amazing! Lesley is such a nice person....she often visits my blog and always leaves positive uplifting comments. She will be a real asset to your team.

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  71. Congratulations to Leslie! Her cards are amazing!

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  72. Congratulation Leslie! You are so very gifted and talented and I always enjoy seeing all your new projects on your Blog, "Always Playing With Paper".

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  73. Congrats!! I too have become a WE stamper and Friday night is my fav time- doesn't always work out!! Fabulous cards!!

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  74. Congratulations!!! You are going to be fabulous!!! Can't wait to see what you create!!!!

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  75. How wonderful to see you on here, congratulations it's going to be fun seeing what you have come up with each challenge. Your cards are so lovely and bright.
    Sue

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  76. Congrats Lesley!! You feel blessed but Verve is VERY luck to have you on their team!

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  77. Welcome, Lesley. I find your story similar to mine. I like the reminder to keep it simple.

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  78. Hooray Lesley!!! Love your clean style and beautiful color choices.

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  79. Welcome, Lesley! I love your clean lines and choices of color and stamps! Looking forward to more from you!

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  80. Welcome Lesley and thanks for the peek into your creative process. I am a beginning stamper so I am always impressed with the beautiful cards that I see out there and wonder how stampers learn all those new techniques. I love your color combos!

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  81. Awesome news!!! Congratulations!

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  82. Welcome Lesley!! Love your cards and look forward to your new creations!

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  83. Welcome to Verve, Lesley! Looking forward to more inspiration from you. Love what I see so far ... :-)

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  84. Congrats Lesley!! Love all your cards!!

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  85. Congrats and welcome Lesley!! Can't wait to see what you share with us and am already loving your adorable, colorful designs! I always like getting to know the DT members and their creative process.

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  86. Welcome Lesley! I've seen your work before and I'm excited to know youve joined the Verve DT. Congratulations.

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