Thursday, December 19, 2013

December Diva Dare ~ Day 10

"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.  

Hello Verve lovelies! It's Andrea here with you today! Over the past few years at the end of the year, I've posted my favorite cards, month by month as a recap. I have to say that probably 11 out of 12 of those cards feature Verve stamps..only because they are my VERY FAVORITE! I'm going to narrow down my list just a little so I hope you enjoy!

This card features the No Matter What set...which was a new release in January. Here's the original post.

Guess what?! I love No Matter What so much, I used it again in February. Here's the post from my blog with the deets.

This card came about from our March Diva Dare challenge. I created this beauty with the Beautiful Plain Jane merged with Maureen's Buttons and Bling and Laurie's Just Give Me Stamps. A very nice marriage...I must say!

 This card was Pinterest inspired (one of my very favorite inspiration sites!) I love the type-written font from the Twitterpated set. This is how I made it.

 A bold burst of color for me...the idea was to feature yellow, so I had this bright gingham ribbon and matched it up with some pretty yellow and green flowers. The Verve set I used is Take Note. Here's the original post.

And...lastly...another Diva Dare creation! This one paid homage to our wonderful leader, Julee and the always uplifting Teresa! I inked up Words of Wisdom and shabbed up some Truly Madly Deeply seam binding to make this vintage gem. Here's where you can find the original post.

Ok, time for a little Q & A:

What are your three favorite Verve products?
Like my fellow Diva do you pick just three (or just one hundred)? Let me see...I really love Julee's stamps, dies and ribbon...but to be a tad more specific...I do reach for the Pennant Trim Die quite often, the Truly Madly Deeply ribbon collection is the most cut into and my inkiest stamp set would have to be Celebration of Thanks.

What is your current go-to colour combo?
Ah, that's easy. Every color, though muted down to almost colorlessness. Well, not that extreme, but I do love my pastels and almost every card I make has earthy tones, brown, tan, cream with muted accent colors.

What is your current go-to embellishment?
Past, present and future will always be flowers. I absolutely adore the sweet, delicate feminine look of truth, they just make me happy. :)

What is your favorite stamping or organizational tool?
Currently...two pencils. What? I've devised a way (my resourceful side coming out) to make the tightest, prettiest bows using two pencils. I have a tutorial for that here. Of course, this card features a beautiful Verve stamp...Harvest Blessings.

What is your favorite treat to eat while stamping?
That's easy. Life cereal. Yummy wheat squares with a smidge of sugar in the middle. I can put those things away by the handful!

I hope you all have a wonderfully Merry Christmas and Happiest of New Years!

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. Your cards are gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

  2. Gorgeous cards, Andrea!! Love your amazing attention to detail on each of your cards...always an inspiration!!

  3. Gorgeous cards and truly your stlye. Love them all.

  4. You have such a beautiful style!! Love them all!!

  5. Gorgeous!! All if them!! Flower and pearls...beautiful!!

  6. These are all so gorgeous. I love your style.

  7. I love all of the layering on the cards. The tattered cards are very pretty. The one with the pearl swirl is great. thanks for sharing.

  8. Your cards are all stunning!! You definitely have a signature style that screams "Andrea!" All so soft and pretty and feminine and did I mention . . .gorgeous!

  9. Oh, my........ Words fail me for how exquisitely gorgeous I think your cards are. Breath-taking. When I grow up, I want all my cards to look like yours.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  10. Absolutely gorgeous cards - each prettier as you go along! Impossible to pick a favorite!

  11. Beautifully embellished cards!

  12. Love seeing all the wonderful layering you do each time...beautiful!

  13. Elegant, exquisite, gorgeous! From the layers, to the colours, to the images, your cards are stunning!

  14. Beautiful cards! Wonderful textures and trims!

  15. All these cards are so beautiful!

  16. Your cards are so completely gorgeous! I think I will Pin this post-I love your style!

  17. Every card you shared is just breathtaking! Love your way with flower clusters!

  18. Amazing cards, full of feminine charm ... bling, glitter, ribbon and especially flowers! Anita (in France) :)

  19. Stunningly beautiful cards. The layers, the colors, the patterns, the embellishment. Wow! My favorite are card one and card three, but they are all gorgeous. Fantastic job. I think I feel a pin coming on.

  20. Your cards are really gorgeous. Love the layers and embellishments as well as the beautiful stamp sets you used.

  21. Aw, man, it's so hard to choose a favorite here, Andrea! They are just so breathtaking.

  22. Wowsers...these are fantastic!! I love them many great verve favorites...this has been a super fun diva dare!!