Wednesday, August 10, 2016




It's time for the Verve Divas to bring you our monthly Diva Inspirations Challenge and Blog Hop!
There are TWO $30 gift vouchers to the Verve store up for grabs this month and two ways to win! First, comment on the design team's blog hop posts (linked below) for an entry in the first giveaway. Then to be entered into our challenge prize drawing, go get inky and link up your take on the challenge. You have until September 5 to link up. Feel free to play along with the challenge as many times as you like. Verve stamps aren't required to play, but we do smile a little brighter when we see them!


Summer brights fade into earthy tones for the dog days of summer. With the hustle and bustle of the end of summer coming, a breezy, free-spirited graphic is what we have in store for you this month. Follow the color pattern, or be inspired to journey where the creative winds may take you. We can't wait to see what you create!
Click here to link up your challenge entries
Challenge deadline: Monday, September 5.
Prize: $30 gift voucher to the Verve online store!







I started with watercolor paper.  I inked the small leafy image from Verve's New Mercies stamp set and did some spritz stamping with distress inks to create my background.  Once my background was finished, I added some gold splatters using a gold paint pen mixed with some water on an acrylic block.  I set it aside to dry. I took my versamark pad and swiped around the edges and heat embossed in gold.  I brushed away the gold embossing powder I did not want before I heated it.  




 For my flowers, I stamped and watercolored a trio of flowers using the flowers from Verve's Beautiful Things stamp set.  Once the flowers were dry I die cut them using the coordinating Beautiful Flowers die set.  For my  leaves I used Verve's Sunny Day stamp set and Verve's Leafy Sprig die set.  I did a color wash of distress inks onto the watercolor paper in hues of greens.  I let it dry.  I die cut the leafy sprig, stamped with coordinating image, then took a waterbrush to softened/distress the leaves. 


  For the sentiment I die cut a piece of vellum using Verve's Stitched Pennant die set.  I embossed in gold a sentiment from Verve's Words of Wisdom stamp set.  I added some loose gold threading and a few gold sequins from Verve's Holiday Sequin Mix

Need a little inspiration? Check out the blogs linked below to see what the other Divas did with the challenge! It's sure to be a treat, and speaking of treats, we're giving away a $30 gift voucher to Verve to one random commenter along the hop.  Just leave a little love as you hop about for a chance to win!




1. Julee7. Marisa
2. Betty8. Maureen
3. Charmaine9. Stacey
4. Christyne10. Susan
5. Laurie11. Teresa
6. Lesley



As always thanks so much for hopping by!

Betty



42 comments:

  1. I love all of the elements. Very Pretty!

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  2. Stunning card, Betty! Love how you used the foliage stamp is multiple colors for the gorgeous background, and the flowers are lovely!

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  3. Beautiful and colorful card! Love the bold flowers, very eye catching.

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  4. Love the background and edge embossing. Beautiful card

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  5. Betty, you have nailed this totally. Love your card today, so dreamy
    Sue

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  6. Wonderful background for these lovely flowers and I like the touch of gold.

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  7. Beautiful background and the vibrant flowers are scrumptious!! TFS!

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  8. Lovely card. Love the background and the Verve flowers.

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  9. Wow...you really brightened up the muted color combe. LOVE the watercolor background and gold edge. Kinda Bohemian.

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  10. A beautiful card Betty, great stamp sets and dies! ♥ them!

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  11. I love the challenge colors. The cards are amazing!

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  12. Beautiful floral card! I love the gold edges.

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  13. This is so pretty! Love the colors!

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  14. Your background is spectacular!! Lovely card!

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  15. Love the distressing! Beautiful card!!

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  16. Love that background, awesome! Very pretty card.

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  17. What a beautiful background you created for your colorful layered blooms Betty! Julia xx

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  18. Swoon...that background is amazing!

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  19. Love this! Gorgeous background and flowers and the added touch of gold embossing.

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  20. Betty you have used all the colors of the source in a very pretty way! lovely card.

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  21. Wow! Another great challenge!!! I love your card!!!

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  22. O what a lovely card - the background is so pretty and those painted flowers are exquisite. And who doesn't appreciate a bit of gold

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  23. Gorgeous card! I just bought that stamp set. I can't wait to play with it.

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  24. I love your background!
    Those lovely, vivid flowers really
    stand out against it!

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  25. Beautiful! Love your background and embossed velum. Perfect with the gorgeous flowers.

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  26. Love that dreamy background! Pretty flowers too!

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  27. Gorgeous card! I love the watercolor look! Such beautiful colors!

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  28. Oh beautiful stamping
    and coloring. Love
    all the flowers.
    Carla from Utah

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  29. Love your background, title and thread!

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  30. This is so pretty! I love colors and that background is fabulous!

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  31. Absolutely beautiful, the colors are remarkable!

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  32. Love the stamped background and the colors. Beautiful!!!

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  33. I like the stamped background and the embossed edges.

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  34. What a lovely card! I especially like the colors of your background!

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  35. What a gorgeous background!
    I love the multi colored leaves.
    Beautiful card!

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