Thursday, August 24, 2017

10th Anni Verve sary Release Spotlights Day 1

Welcome to our 10th Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hops!  It's such an honor to still be here a decade later bringing new stamps to the world!  Thanks so much for tuning in! Whether it's your very first time joining us or your 10th year of following, we're glad you're here.

We've got a special release that's a fusion of new and classic Verve releasing on Monday, August 28. The release includes 4 stamp sets and 2 die sets. If our peeks inspire and you feel like you just need to have it all, you can pre-order the Anni-VERVE-sary Buy it All Bundle right now at a 30% discount through August 27. In fact, our whole store is on sale right now to celebrate 10 years of Verve!

Over the next few days we'll be shining our creative spotlights on the new Verve sets and dies, giving you tons of inspiration with the new goodies, and a chance to win! Today's hop is spotlighting the Little Ones stamp set and coordinating Little Ones die set.

Kelly blogs at Flutter by atomicbutterfly
Joining us as a Guest Diva for this milestone release is the oh-so-amazing Kelly Lunceford. She's a super talented artist, has a super encouraging heart, and has long been on my list of top 10 inspiring stampers. She joined us as a guest way back in March 2009, and I'm so thrilled to have her joining us again 8.5 years later! She's created an amazing array of cards for this release and I know you're going to love them all! Below is a little bit more about her and a little Q&A about her stamping style.

My name is Kelly Lunceford. I live in Utah with my husband and my 5 amazing children. I have 4 boys and 1 girl that keep me BUSY!  I also contribute my time and talents to the community, the schools my kids attend as well as involvement in my church. I am so excited to be a guest stamper with Verve for its 10th Anniversary! I am an avid papercrafter and I am so happy to be back in the creative community again! Stamping has taken a backseat to raising my kids the last few years, but I am happy to be back reconnecting with the friends I have made over the years and getting to know others! 

 1. How/when did you get hooked on stamping?   I got hooked on stamping after I attended my first Stampin’ Up! Workshop. I had dabbled in it here and there, but I was “all in” after that!

2. How often do you stamp? I stamp almost every day now, which is so refreshing! I love being in my creative space whether I am stamping or not. I like to organize things to keep it easy to find what I need. I have found that I keep my mind in a creative mode if I visit my space often. 

3. What style(s) are you most drawn to creating? I am drawn to pretty much anything, really! I appreciate the artistic world and pretty things, so there is rarely something that I don’t want to try at least once! I like well executed designs with interest and appeal.

4. What do you love most about paper crafting? I love the way I feel while I am creating! Creativity brings me such happiness and joy! There is an adrenaline rush that I feel when the ideas are flowing and my hands are working! I love it when my mind’s eye and hands work together to create something that didn’t previously exist! 

5. What technique or product is currently making your paper crafting heart go pitter patter? I think right now, I am enjoying using watercolors and Oxide Inks the most!

I've also invited six rockstar Diva Alumni to make guest appearances over the next few days. Building a business is a lot like building a family you get to choose yourself, and I am so honored to still consider these amazingly talented designers part of the Verve family. Over the years, each of these wonderful gals blessed Verve with their time and talents and I am forever grateful. Look for some fabulous cards from them sprinkled in over the next few days of hopping! 

My heart is filled with love and appreciation for EVERYONE who has ever been on the design team or been a Guest Diva for us. Thanks for 10 wonderful years of Verve!

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! Leave a little shout out in the comments section on all the blogs below to increase your chances!
Little OnesLittle Ones Die Set

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee5. Marisa
2. Maureen6. Lesley
3. Betty7. Christyne
4. Charmaine8. Kelly (Guest)

Comment deadline for prize drawing is Thursday, August 31.

My card for today pairs the Little Ones set with the previously released  On Occasion set. I love this little frame from On Occasion and thought it was the perfect fit for this sentiment. I stamped the chick from Little Ones, colored with Copic markers and then cut with the coordinating Little Ones Die Set.  The sentiment is stamped inside the frame and then cut with the coordinating Occasion Frame Die.

Sometimes a simple layout is best, so I stuck with a classic aqua polka dot background (a color I think works perfectly for a boy or girl) and accented with a couple black die cut border strips. A little bit of glitter on the chick's beak finishes things off with some pizazz.

Little Ones is a set of 17 clear photo polymer stamps that retails for $24. Some of our most popular plain janes make a re-appearance here in this baby themed set that's perfect for welcoming a little one (or little ones) into the world. As a mother of twins, I've found most baby sets lacking in options for making cards and memory keeping for multiples. Though my twins aren't babies anymore... they're heading off to Kindergarten next week (sniff, sniff)... I have plans to finally scrapbook some of their baby memories with this set.

In this set, the former Little Star, Smallest Things, Promoted and Welcome plain janes return, along with sentiments and images from retired sets Hundred Hearts and Practically Perfect. And since I've always wanted a full sized birdie stamp, I've added a body and legs to the bird from Chicks Rule. A chick in a past life, she now lives it up as a duckie, because, let's face it... duck feet are much cuter than chicken feet!  A sweet little baby rattle image and several new sentiments round out the set.

Also in the spotlight today is the coordinating Little Ones Die Set. This set of 3 steel dies will retail for $14. It includes dies to easily cut out the duck, heart and rattle images in the Little Ones stamp set.

The hop starts over on my blog, Poetic Artistry, so click on over there and see my first couple of scrapbook layouts featuring this set. See ya there!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Little OnesOn Occasion (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Bundle of Joy Dots & Stripes (Echo Park), black, white
Ink: Onyx black (Versafine), Copic markers
Accessories: Little Ones Die SetOccasion Frame Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), border dies (TCP), Nuvo Crystal glitter drops