Friday, December 6, 2013

December Diva Dare ~ Day 1

"Playing Favorites", December Diva Dare

Welcome to the last Diva Dare of 2013!  This month's Dare is entitled "Playing Favorites" and it is a fun one indeed!

What we're daring you to do this month is to post your favorite Verve Stamps 2013 creation OR make a new card using your favorite Verve stamp set.  

Initially, I was going to make a new card, but ran into a rather big issue...I couldn't pick a favorite set!  It felt like having to choose your favorite child.  Needless to say, it was not a brilliant start to completing this month's Diva Dare. 

In order to ease some stress, I decided to go with posting my favorite Verve card of 2013.  Well... you guessed it....I couldn't pick just one card!  I have a hard time narrowing down a favorite card for each month when I do the year in review posts on my blog, never mind one favorite card for the entire year, so my indecisive issues carried over to Option B!  Rather than stress out over it, I decided to be a rebel and post four cards (wasn't easy getting down to four either LOL!) and then promptly go sit in my Diva, time out chair {grin}.

This first card uses a Mojo Monday sketch showcases the Wavy Heart dies and Chevron Love.  I love hearts, and combined with this fun paper, this card just makes me happy.

This second card also uses a Mojo Monday sketch and showcases Strong Anchor.   It is one of my favorite masculine cards to date.   

This card features two of my favorite Verve dies, Winter Fun and the Scalloped Trim Trio set.  I made it for this week's Mojo Monday sketch -- seeing a trend here wink, wink.  Yes, I definitely love Julee's sketches!  It also features a new colour combination I'm enjoying, as well as my favorite winter element - snowflakes!

Last but not least, I chose this card because it has some of my go to Verve goodies on it -- flowers (these happen to be from Surely Goodness), a butterfly (my favorite Flutterby butterfly die), and one of Julee's fabulous, mixed-font sentiments (also from Surely Goodness). 

As a fun extra this month, the Divas are answering "The Diva Fab Five Questionnaire".  I'm excited to read each Diva's answers as I love getting to know the person behind the cards.  Here are my replies to the Fab Five questions.

What are your three favorite Verve products?
Cheater Answer:  Verve stamps, dies and ribbon - ha!
Real Answer (with a side of cheating):  Hard!!  I have always loved Julee's combined font sentiments.  Some of my favorites are Kind Words, Lean On Me, Words of Wisdom and Let It Be.  I love the Scripture Plain Janes with Ps 46:10, Phil 1:6 and Phil 4:13 being some of my favorites.  I also adore Teachers Count, Glad Tidings, To The Moon, Fabulous You and Dream Big.  A few more than three favorites, but I couldn't narrow it down much more than that LOL! Back to my Diva time out chair I go! 

What is your current go-to colour combo?
With Christmas in the air, I just love kraft, brown, red and cream, as well as kraft and red paired with a green.  Red, grey and white has also been popping up a bit.  Sorry...having issues with choosing just one again.  And yes, I'm bad that way in other areas of my life too! 

What is your current go-to embellishment?
Current season: snowflakes and bells.  Year round:  ribbon. 

What is your favorite stamping or organizational tool?
If you don't count my Cuttlebug (which I use on just about every card I make), I would say dies.  I just love them!  Some of my favorite Verve dies include: Flutterby, Winter Fun (tree), I Heart You (U shaped die), Elegant Leaves and the Jotted Heart.  I don't think I'm getting out of this time out chair for some time today LOL!

What is your favorite treat to eat while stamping? 
Most times you will find me sipping green tea (yes, I'm boring that way), and on "treat days" a Starbucks, decaf, non-fat latte.

Look forward to seeing everyones' favorite Verve card from 2013 or a new creation using their favorite Verve set!  Good luck choosing just one LOL! 

Deadline to link your cards is 8PM Mountain on Thursday, December 26th.  Entries must be posted 12/6 or later, include at least one Verve product, be your favorite Verve Stamps creation of 2013 or a new creation using your favorite Verve Stamps set, and be linked up to the linky widget by 8pm Mountain on 12/26/13.   As an reminder, last month's $40 gift certificate winner did not use any Verve stamps on her card so she was not eligible to win and we had to draw another winner.

During this month's Diva Dare, there are 2 prizes up for grabs!

Win a $40 Gift voucher to Verve Stamps! Take our "Playing Favorites" Dare and link up your card (created December 6th or later) to the linky widget below to be eligible to win.  One participant will be randomly selected to win the gift voucher.  You can enter as many times as you like, but each card needs to be in a separate post.

Win a set of your choice! For another chance to win some new Verve, leave a little comment love on our design team's "Playing Favorites" Diva Dare posts!  One lucky commenter will win a Verve stamp set of his or her choice, so be sure to tune in each day!  Comment deadline to be entered in our prize drawing is December 26, 2013.

Winners will be announced on December 27, 2013.

- Go forth and get inky! We DARE you! -


  1. Fabulous challenge - great opportunity to play with my VERVE to create a new card! Your set here are all so beautiful; little wonder you could select a single favourite. Great inspiration. The behind-the-scenes interviews: fun!!

  2. If my cards were as beautiful as yours, I would have a hard time choosing just one, too! :) All four of these are gorgeous!! I think I like the first two the best. The hearts and the paper combo on the first are so fun and the masculineness of the second is just perfect.

  3. What beautiful cards! I don't know how I would pick my favorite Verve set/sentiment! But I will definitely give it a try!

  4. What a fun challenge! It's going to be hard for me, though, because I love all of my Verve sets so much! How to choose? I guess I will have to go with my fave Verve creation from the past year. It was fun reading your answers to the questions and seeing your lovely creations, Marisa!

  5. I love all your favorites! All soooo pretty.

  6. Oh, this is going to be fun to read everyone's answers! I hope you get out of Time Out before Christmas!! ;)

  7. Each one of your cards is gorgeous, I can see why you can choose just one. I'm not sure how I'm going to choose a favorite Verve set either.

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  9. Love your wonderful cards. TFS.
    Great challenge idea... now to try and choose a fav set. {Don't worry babies Momma loves you all equally. lol}
    Crafty hugs,

  10. Wow! I can see why it would be hard to pick just one favorite! I especially like the first card you posted. The background paper is a perfect inspiration piece for collecting dies, twine, ribbon, and buttons. Your entire card comes together so nicely!

  11. What a FUN challenge!! Love all your fabulous cards, Marisa!!

  12. What a great challenge! All the cards you show are just so pretty!

  13. These cards are all so cute!

  14. Hoping I can find some time to play along!

  15. What a fun diva dare...but picking a favorite...yikes!! I love them all!! I am guessing we could all sit in the time out chair!! :-) I decided on one of my cards that uses the Christmas tree love love it!!! I might just have to make a new one too using my other favorite stamp set...Holiday Treats!!

  16. A fun diva dare. All your cards are favorites, just beautiful.

  17. Wow! Love all your cards, each one unique and made with love!

  18. wonderful cards...its always so hard to pick just one fav.

  19. Hmmm. Think I am going to have to pin some of these lovely cards.

  20. Ah Marisa! This is a fabulous collection of favorites! Well done!

  21. Beautiful color schemes! Such beautiful work!

  22. Fun challenge, thanks for the opportunity! Lovely cards!

  23. Love the black with a pop of blue. All of the cards are so pretty. Great inspiration for my greeting cards. thanks.

  24. Love the hearts in your cards!! The bold contrasts and bright colors are so pretty.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  25. I can see why it would be hard to choose just one favorite! You have amazing cards!

  26. What amazing cards ... such lovely layering and delicious die cuts! Anita (in France) :)

  27. Wonderful cards. I especially like the snowflake card with that great background stamping and also the anchor card. Wonderful design and choice of colors and papers. Well done.

  28. Such beautiful cards and always love your designs!! Enjoyed reading your answers to the questions