Friday, December 13, 2013

December Diva Dare - Day 6

"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.  

Pick a favorite! EEEK! That is so much easier said than done. I have so many Verve favorites that I decided to show case my favorite cards from 2013 using Verve stamps. :) So here they are!

Beautiful Just The Way You Are

You Make Me Smile

Deepest Sympathy

Happy Birthday To You

Have a Very Merry Christmas

What are your three favorite Verve products?
This is such a hard question because I really do love everything Julee releases BUT what I noticed when I was going back and picking my favorites is that I seem to really love the bold Plain Jane's. I find them to be so easy to create with and they are stamps I reach for a lot! I also REALLY love all of the dies but with out a doubt my most used ones are the Banner Bundle Dies, Flag It dies and the Dreamy Leaves Set. Lastly, I am just in love with the wonderful Ribbon Collection. I seriously can't get enough of that stuff - it's so easy to work with and makes some gorgeous bows!

What is your current go-to color combo?
Haha! Let's all say it together now... kraft. Beyond that I honestly don't think I have one. I love a good strong neutral that can stand up to other colors and be a nice base, other than that I don't know that I tend to always reach for one thing or another. Right now I am LOVING red, pink, aqua and grey together. :)

What is your current go-to embellishment?
LOL, again, all together now... burlap twine. :) A fellow card maker constantly teases me that I can make twine work on any card and that any time she asks if a card needs something else she knows I'm going to say twine and low and behold when I scrolled up to check my favorites they all have it. :)

What is your favorite stamping or organizational tool?
Hmm, I couldn't make anything without my Fiskar's Cutting Board, my Big Shot and good selection of metal dies. I'm always on the hunt for ways to organize my stash of stuff better and right now I think the best thing I've added is a peg board behind my desk. It's so nice to have a bunch of things within arms reach. It has REALLY sped up my card making speed. :)

What is your favorite treat to eat while stamping? 
I don't usually snack while stamping - I have a BIG pet peeve about crumbs and chocolate getting on my stamping stuff but I do always have either a big jug of water or a Diet Dr. Pepper near by. :)

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 awesome, and I agree with your comment about the bold PJs. They do make beautiful cards and and the layouts seem to come together more easily for me when using them!

  2. Love these wonderful cards you selected many great sentiments.

  3. It is so fun to see everyone's favorites! And I love Kraft, too!! : )

  4. These cards are all so beautiful! You really do have a way with using that twine!

  5. Gorgeous batch of cards, Jen!! You really ROCK kraft!!

  6. Love your beautiful cards. It is hard to pick Verve favorites. I love them all.

  7. I LOVE your wonderful card collection. They are all so pretty. TFS.
    Crafty hugs,

  8. Beautiful cards! Love them all!

  9. All the cards are beautiful but I like deepest sympathy best

  10. Jen these are all gorgeous. I can see why you can't pick a favourite I know I couldn't. Thanks for sharing these wonderful creations.

  11. Love all the kraft cards you showed today! You have a gift for putting all the elements together.

  12. Your gallery here is stunning - and gives me more incentive to invest in some good kraft and, of course, PJs. Your creativity, amazing!

  13. The cards are all so pretty. A good break from all of the Christmas cards.

  14. Your cards are all so pretty!

  15. Your cards are just my style! REally love the way your use the colors and layers on all of your favorites!

  16. Gorgeous! your layouts on cards are just so beautifully done!

  17. Love your neutrals that really let the sentiments and embellishments shine.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  18. I think that fellow card maker was absolutely right. You CAN make that burlap twine look good on any card! It sure looks great on all your favorites!

  19. way to go showcasing your Verve favorites...I loved them all!! Burlap makes such a great country looking card...and you manage to dress it up as well...awesome work!!

  20. What fantastic detailing ... those dimensional floral embellishments are amazing! Anita (in France) :)

  21. Wonderful cards. My favorite is the Birthday card. I love the shapes you chose to layer. The stamping and coloring of the sunflowers is well done. The background chevron stamping looks great. I especially like the wood grain panel. Very cool.