Friday, June 5, 2015

Eat Me Drink Me Diva Inspiration Challenge and Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi friends!  It's the 5th of the month and that means our Diva Inspirations team is putting on a hop to reveal this month's inspiration challenge.  It's a two-fer today, since our hop theme chosen back in January serendipitously coincides with the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop we're sponsoring!

There are over 30 Super Sponsors for the Summer Coffee Lovers Hop and anyone is eligible for a Super Sponsor prize if they link up a newly (June 5 or later) created Summer Themed Coffee, Tea &/or Cocoa project.  Our sponsored prize is a $30 gift voucher to Verve along with the brand new, can't even buy it yet, Get Together set (one of 5 sets we'll be releasing 6/19). 

Okay, along with the Coffee Lover's hop, our team is hosting their usual monthly challenge hop and this month's challenge goes hand in hand with the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, so feel free to link up to both (if your card is coffee, tea or cocoa themed)!  Verve Stamps are NOT required, but we do love to see 'em?  {wink}

There are two ways to win Verve prizes on today's Diva Inspirations hop... check out and comment on the design team's blog posts to see their take on the inspiration, then go get inky and link up your take on the challenge to be eligible in our prize drawings!  Be sure to scroll down for all the challenge deets and the master hop list!

Our June challenge is: Eat Me. Drink Me.
 Eat Me, Drink Me
Are you fueled by coffee, tea or cocoa? Find cupcakes irresistible? Create a card featuring an edible treat or favored beverage!  Use the inspiration graphic as a starting point, or head off in your own direction - just leave us needing a fix of your favorite indulgence!
Click here to link up your challenge entries ~

Challenge deadline: Saturday, June 20
Prize:  $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store

Here's my take on the challenge, a 6" square mixed-media canvas using the Psalm 34:8 plain jane and the Better With You set (which just arrived back in stock!).

I made this one quite a while in advance, but have been saving it to post for this challenge.  (If you're in the Coffee Lover's group on Facebook, you might have seen me post a cell phone pic back when I created it.)  You can see I went pretty literal with the inspiration photo.... greens, browns, blues and mugs!  It was so much fun to make, throwing a bunch of things together in a collage style.  I started by covering my canvas randomly with bits of designer paper, then adding distress inks, gesso, gelatos.  I used a few stencils and modeling paste, as well as bits of washi, some rub-ons and a white gel pen for accenting.  I love the way it turned out and have been enjoying it on my desk as I create for the last couple months.

Alrighty, let's get on with the hop!  Check out the blogs listed below and leave a little shout out in the comments section at each stop for a chance to win our comment prize of a $30 gift voucher to the Verve store!  Comment deadline is Friday, June 12.

The hop starts over on my blog, Poetic Artistry(and I might just be sharing a peek at that new Get Together set!)

1. Julee8. Marisa
2. Amy9. Chaitali
3. Anya10. Stacey
4. Betty11. Amber
5. Sankari12. Karen
6. Sarah13. Jen
7. Maureen