Monday, June 15, 2015

June 2015 New Release Spotlight Hops Day 1

Welcome to Verve's June 2015 Spotlight Hops!  After a long hiatus, we're back with a fantastic bunch of new products (although we might bejust a smidge biased)! {wink}  Today through Saturday, June 20, the Verve Divas and our special guests will be spotlighting 5 new sets, 2 plain janes and 4 brand new die sets! The inspiration is bound to be dripping from the screen, but there's also a chance to win new products each day, so be sure to hop around and leave a little love for the oh-so-talented Divas!  Everything we preview this week will be available in the Verve online store on Friday, 6/19. So come hop along with us and see what's new at Verve!

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the Day 1 Hop spots to win today's featured products!   Our prize drawing will be open until 8pm Mountain on Sunday, June 21.  Just leave a comment on the blogs linked below and you'll be entered to win!

Today's spotlight is shining on the Get Together set illustrated by Julee Tilman and the new Psalm 19:14 plain jane.

Get TogetherPsalm 19:14 Plain Jane

Hopping along with us this week are three super talented Special Guests! These gals have some crazy stamping skills! I'm so excited to have them joining us for this release and I just know you're going to love the magic they've created with the new stamps!  I've been a long time follower of Shantaie Fowler, who brings a gorgeous shabby-chic flair to all of her cards.  Amy Tsuruta of Coffee Lovers Bloghop fame has an amazing knack for all things clean and fabulous. And former Verve Diva, Janelle Stollfus brings a refreshingly unique mixed-media/fine art feel to all of her projects.  Be sure to head on over to their blogs today to give them a shout out!

The hop starts over on my blog, Poetic Artistry.  
Here's the full hop list:

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee7. Andrea
2. Stacey8. Christyne
3. Teresa9. Janelle
4. Amber10. Amy
5. Marisa11. Shantaie
6. Charmaine

Okay, now that you know the who... it's time for the what.  Today's set reveal is the Get Together set illustrated by me.

For this card, I decided to load up all the smaller mugs and cups from Get Together onto one acrylic block and stamp it repeatedly on Lost Lagoon card stock for a fun DIY background. I sewed this panel on three sides to my polka dot embossed card base to create a little pocket to tuck a couple tea bags in for the recipient.  I added a Smokey Slate Flourished Trim die cut for a little accent, jazzing it up with some silver liquid pearls.  The sentiment is stamped onto a die cut from the Cupcake Frame Die Set, and I layered two of the same die cuts behind, offsetting to make a mat for the sentiment.  Finally, I stamped the striped mug, cutting it out with the coordinating Cuppa Tea Die Set and adding to my sentiment panel.

Here's a little behind the scenes look at this set:  It's no secret that I'm a coffee and tea lover.  Earlier this year when I was designing cards for the Spring Coffee Lovers Hop, I was really wanting a sentiment that would work to invite a friend to coffee (or tea or cocoa).  So the concept for Get Together was born, complete with a mix and match type of sentiment that could be paired with our Coffee Word Die or personalized to the type of drink the recipient likes.  I started designing with a big cup and saucer image, then decorated it with butterflies and vines, including both versions.  The vine cup screamed summer to me, and I've always loved the Summertime song and wanted a sentiment I could use for those no occasion catching up cards in the summer months.  

I also heard from a lot of customers how sad they were that our Sip & Savor set had been retired.  So I had the idea to bring back the mug and to go cup from that set, resizing them to fit our Cup of Cheer Die Set, and throwing in some polka dot designs (always a timeless favorite for me) as well.  I also decided to bring in some striped versions of images in the One Cup set to fit our Cuppa Tea Die Set.

Get Together is a 4" x 8" set of  16 clear stamps and will retail for $18.

The Psalm 19:14 Plain Jane is also being featured today.  This verse was included in the now retired Meditations set.  I love this verse and decided to size it down a bit to fit our plain jane packaging and re-release it.

The Psalm 19:14 plain jane will retail for $3.
Psalm 19:14 is paired with the Sunny Days set on this card. Click here to view my original post.
That's all for today!  We'll see you back here tomorrow for another day of hopping!