Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 2015 New Release Spotlight Hops Day 4

Welcome to Day FOUR of Verve's June 2015 Spotlight Hops!  Wasn't yesterday's hop just lovely? I can't wait to see what the Divas have come up with today! If you're just popping in, you can click these links for our Day 1 and Day 2, and Day 3 hops.  Commenting on all of our spotlight hops is open until June 21. There's 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 and special guests this week!  Everything we preview this week will be available in the Verve online store tomorrow, 6/19. So come hop along with us and see what's new at Verve!

I intended to make another card for today's hop, but time has just not been on my side this week. Release weeks are always super busy, but my toddlers are having a rough week as well and I'm spending a lot more time holding them instead of working.  :)  I did however make another post-it note holder like the ones I shared yesterday, this time featuring The Buzz stamp and coordinating die set.

The base is crumb cake, and I stamped the front with the BE and BLESSED sentiments in opposing corners, leaving room in the center for some ribbon to tie the folder shut.  Next I stamped the bee in black, and cut with the coordinating die from The Buzz Die Set.  I colored the bee with markers, then accented with glossy glaze and dusted some glitter on the wings before it dried. I then stamped the teeny bee from the set on crumbcake, colored with colored pencils and then punched out with a 3/4" circle punch, matted with black and added some white gel pen accents.

The bee die in this set is an exact cut of the stamped image (no border) in The Buzz stamp set.  I've made a short little rambling of a video showing an easy trick for lining up dies that don't have alignment holes, especially tricky ones that are solid (like the honeycomb) or that have little to no border (like the bee).  Hope you enjoy it! Sorry about the low video quality.  It was high def when I recorded it, so not sure what went wrong.  A great big huge thanks to Mr. Verve who got it working (despite much technical difficulty) when I was ready to scrap it all!  :)  View below or directly on YouTube at

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the Day 4 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!
The BuzzProverbs 16:24 Plain Jane
The Buzz Die Set

The hop starts over on my blog, Poetic Artistry.  

Today's spotlight is shining on The Buzz illustrated by Julee Tilman and the coordinating The Buzz Die Set.

The Buzz is a 4" x 8" set of  15 clear stamps and will retail for $18.  

I've had a bee set on my mind almost as long as Verve has been around.  I didn't want it to be like all the other bee sets, so I kept thinking.  Then I ran across a beautiful art deco piece of jewelry with a bee image that made me stop and stare.  I HAD to illustrate it, and the set grew from there.  Honeycomb needed to be involved and I wanted some sentiments that were both congratulatory and fit some occasions that would pair nicely with our other art deco set.  The beehive image was one I illustrated way, way back while I was designing the now retired Cupcake Affair.  This particular cupcake attempt looked more like a bee hive to me, so I filed it away for future use, along with the all things are possible sentiment.

Coordinating dies for the large bee, honeycomb and beehive are available in The Buzz Die Set (sold separately).

The Buzz Die Set is a set of 3 open style dies and will retail for $17. 

Two of the dies in our The Buzz Die Set are open style in the center, so you can just lay them on top of  your stamped image for easy alignment.  The bee die is an exact cut of the stamped image (no border when cut), the beehive leaves a 1/16" border all around the coordinating image.  The honeycomb is an exact cut on the inner hexagons and leaves a 1/16" border around the outer image.

The Proverbs 16:24 plain jane  will retail for $3

That's all for today!  We'll see you back here tomorrow for the big release and another day of hopping!