Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December Diva Dare - Day 9

"Playing Favourites", December Diva Dare
Welcome to the last Diva Dare of 2013!  This month's Dare is entitled "Playing Favourites" and it is a fun one indeed!
What we're daring you to do this month is to post your favourite Verve Stamps 2013 creation OR make a new card using your favourite Verve stamp set.
Though this Diva does not like to play favourites either, it was easy to pick my favourite Verve set of 2013...Teachers Count!  Are you surprised? LOL  Julee took my idea for a teacher set and created the most beautiful stamps with sweet apple images and the most heartfelt sentiments.  I took this set and put a Christmas twist on it!
I've used a sentiment from Merry & Bright and the Winter Tree Plain Jane with coordinating Winter Fun die to create a sweet teacher Christmas card.  Here are some of the cards I made throughout the year with Teachers Count.  My set is very brown and well loved! 
This first card was for a teacher who retired last June.

 I left this card on a new staff member's desk in September.

 A colleague bought this card to give to her daughter's teacher!
What are your three favourite Verve products? 
Well, I love it all!  The dies that match specific stamps, the stamps, and all the yummy seam binding ribbon.  Julee's ribbon is super soft and a dream to tie!
What is your current go-to colour combo?
Hmm, I really don't have a favourite!  I'm a lover of colour and my choices come from the beautiful paper pads I use.  I do, however, love non traditional colours for Christmas and Valentine's Day.
What is your current go-to embellishment?  
Are you ready?!  Doilies, bakers twine, jingle bells (continuing for 3 years now!), gems, seam binding ribbon, tags, oh my! 
What is your favourite stamping or organizational tool?
I would have to say that my Big Shot and Stampin' Up guillotine cutter are the two tools I use for every card I make.  I also love my jewellery organizer that I bought at Michaels.  It sits by my Big Shot and holds all my Verve dies.
What is your favourite treat to eat while stamping? 
 I rarely eat in the studio as my hands are too busy!  BUT you'll often find a coffee, or latte, or glass of water on my desk.

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 favourite Verve Stamps creation of 2013 or a new creation using your favourite 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 Favourites" 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 Favourites" 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. Beautiful cards. I don't have children with teachers now, but I hope to have g'children someday and these would be perfect for them to take to their teachers. Really wonderful cards.

  2. I love the Teachers Count set, too! Your cards are wonderful!

  3. wonderful the bows and the teacher stamp set too.

  4. Beautiful cards! You do such a great job with your trims/bows!

  5. Fantastic teacher cards! Love Verve sentiments and the fonts they come in are always great! Love all the colors and patterns!

  6. Such fun cards! and a much needed sentiment.

  7. Wow you have made this wonderful set shine Maureen. I can see why it is near and dear to your heart. Your cards are gorgeous. Thank you sharing them again and reminding to pull out my set and show it some love.

  8. Love all your fabulous teacher cards! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  9. I love all your colorful cards, Maureen! It's so fun to see everyone's favorites!

  10. Beautiful cards. I love your teacher Christmas card.

  11. I love what you do with your ribbon! So beautiful!

  12. Love all of the cards. the first just seems much prettier - the use of the paper doily, the soft pastel colors. Hate to pick. thanks for sharing.

  13. Your teacher cards are such a wonderful way to express gratitude for the impact that teachers make on the world. Lovely cards.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  14. Great variety of teacher cards.

  15. Love love love...all of them!! what great teacher cards...I wish I had done better at sending cards to my kids teachers!!

  16. I LOVE how you highlighted this set. I would have loved receiving any one of them. They are all wonderful.
    Thanks for making the teachers in your life feel special.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Crafty hugs,

  17. Gorgeous bunch of cards! They use the same set, yet are all different beautiful in their own right. Genius to even use the set for Christmas!

  18. What a great set of cards ... fabulous selections of DP paired with the ribbons and those gorgeous jingle bells! Anita (in France) :)

  19. Very pretty cards. My favorite is the chalkboard one.