Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy 3rd Anniversary, Verve!!

Welcome to the Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop! Verve turns three today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! If you've already been hopping along, you arrived here from Andrea's blog. If not, head on over to Julee's Blog (owner of Verve), for all the info on how to win prizes (after all, what's a party without presents?), and to start hopping from the beginning. If there's a hiccup along the hop, you can always head to the Master Hop List to get the full list of links.  My first card is to wish Julee a "very happy Anniversary!" I really wanted to use that little notebook page and was stuck on a sentiment when I thought, hey...it's an Anniversary...duh!!  And I added some "bling" because I got some "bling" on my third anniversary this year too!! LOL 
This second card was an experiment in making my own background paper from 2 similar stamps.  I used the same technique on Julee's birthday card, but had actually made this one first.  I just love these colours and how the butterflies look...unless you knew (because I just told you...) you can't really tell they're butterflies at first glance. 
And because I love to do 3 cards in my blog hops (and am off for the summer so have lots of time!! LOL) I wanted to use a hot air balloon with this blue skies sentiment.  This card has lots of layers!!! Even the dh said, "Wow, there's lots on that one!"

Thanks for hopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Verve Diva Laurie S.’s blog, for a little more Verve-y goodness.

What's in them?
{Wishing You}
stamps: verve wishing you, blue skies
ink: su rose romance, basic grey; versafine onyx
paper: pti white, sweet blush, su basic grey, so saffron; basicgrey dp
accessories: ms border punch, stitching, gemstones, hole punch, jump ring, twine, long nestabilities, prima flower, distressor


{I Lift Up My Eyes}
stamps: verve plain jane; blue skies; pti library ledger
ink: su baroque burgundy, pumpkin pie, more mustard, perfect plum; versafine onyx
paper: pti cream, kraft, autumn abundance dp; su razzleberry, dcwv dp
accessories: fiskars border punch, stitching, gemtones, ms butterfly punch, su grosgrain


{Blue Skies}
stamps: verve up,up & away, blue skies
ink: su choc chip, close to cocoa
paper: pti cream, kraft, berry sorbet,ocean tides; su kiwi kiss; october afternoon, basicgrey & cosmo cricket dps, doodlebug glitter cardstock
accessories: stitching, long and circle nestabilities, pti ribbon & cloud dies; gemstones

135 comments:

Melisa Hunter said...

Wow! What beautiful cards, Maureen! Love all the details and colours you chose. I may have to "copy" some of your ideas! ;) Love the DP you created on the kraft paper!

I'll talk to you today re: coffee!

Smiles and hugs!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Wow, such beauties! Love all of your creative layering and EVERY detail!

Janelle said...

What stunning cards, richly detailed, lovely colors, style.
Best wishes.
Chanticlear1@gmail.com

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, Maureen, all three cards are stunning! I love them all but especially the stamped background on the kraft card!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Love them all! especially the anniversary one!

Karen B. said...

Wow, what a fine array of cards, love your use of patterned paper.

Vickie Z said...

Lovin all three cards!! Gorgeous!! Congrats on your guest DT...I'll bet you are jumping and squealing!!!

Susan said...

WOW!! All of these cards are spectacular!!

Shirl said...

I LOVe all your 3 cards! Thanks for sharing all of them, they are great inspirations!

Marisa said...

Darling set of cards, Maureen :D Loving those butterflies all over again and the bling on the polka dotted balloon i stoo cute! Darling work on all of them :D

The Paper Princess said...

HI Maureen,

I scrolled thru your blog - your Verve cards are beautiful but I also love ALL of your cards - you've got great style!

I signed up to follow you and hope you'll visit me too - I am glad to have met you on the hop!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Olga said...

these are jaw dropping gorgeous!

jennifer mitten said...

The three cards are all amazing - great job!!

Joan Switalski said...

Maureen's on a roll!!! My favorite is the second one :D

Betty Wright said...

Stunning suite of cards, Maureen! Fabulous details and design! Lovely cards!

Lisa Christine said...

I love all of your cards! The butterfly background on the second one is beautiful! And the Blue Skies card is a favorite!

Brandi said...

Your cards are amazing! The first was WOW... the second was.. AWESOME... the third was... SERIOUSLY??? You have some major talent lady! :) Loved each and every one of your cards! :)

Terri E. said...

Wow, three fun cards! Way to rock this challenge.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Tracy said...

What great cards! Love the papers that you used - great job on your handmade background paper! TFS!

Nancy L. said...

Wow!!! Your cards are amazing!!!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW! I love all 3 of your cards!

Ravengirl said...

Maureen, you have really outdone yourself! These are all so amazing! I am very excited to see your work as you move forward on your Diva stint!

Patty said...

These cards are amazing... don't make me choose one! I love the colors and the layering and all the details. Hey, congrats on being a guest Diva - have fun!

Shari said...

Very unique. One of a kind!

Kristina said...

YOU'RE A GUEST VERVE DIVA!!!! Ahh! Congratulations, Maureen! I knew it was only a matter of time. Now I know how it felt when I couldn't tell you the exciting little secret. I can't wait to see what you whip up with all that new Verve-y goodness! It's going to be amazing. Fact. I'm going to be extremely jealous. Also a fact. ;)

I love your three cards for the blog hop today! All so different from each other, but all so lovely.

Ok, I'm still reeling from you being a guest diva that I can't focus on anything else right now, lol. You so deserve this little time to shine. Congrats, again!

Jen P said...

Love the stitching - the 3rd card is awesome!!

Jamie N. said...

Wow...lovely cards. But the second one is my *fave*! Love the colors and how you created the background panel using the butterflies. You're making want to buy those butterflies!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Congrats on making GD for Verve! Your cards will fit right in! How exciting for you!

Angel said...

these are all AWESOME!!!! wonderful details!!!

silvia said...

Fabulous cards!!

stamphappy said...

All 3 of your cards are fabulous! Congrats on being selected as a Guest Diva! Whoo hoo!! :)

GrannyCharlotte said...

Wow!!! These are three wonderful cards. Love the sentiments, colors and design. Thanks for sharing.

debhorst said...

All three of these cards are gorgeous!! What an awesome job showcasing Julee's stamps!!

Cindy said...

Three very lovely cards!

Nicole said...

I love how much stuff you put on your cards! There is so much to look at! Also, these cards show the versatility of the stamps!

Julie Carlisle said...

Beautiful cards....love your bows!

Julie C
afancycat@yahoo.com

Tanya said...

Eek! I saw you are a guest Diva, congrats girlie you so deserve it!!! These cards are fabulous! Love everything fantastic embellishments.

Cheryl said...

These are fun cards. Love the use of print cardstock

Bogner's said...

THese are all fabulous! Love the butterfly background and your clouds. You are so amazing!

Lynn McAuley said...

Beautiful work on these sensational cards!!

Shannan Teubner said...

WOWZA, girlfriend...these are all gorgeous!! You rock!

Michele Gross said...

Yay! 3 eye candies :) I love the way you split the sentiment on the first one. That last card is off the hook cute!

Martha said...

beautiful

Melissa Cash said...

Wow, 3 gorgeous cards. Thanks for all of the eye candy.

Wanda Cullen said...

Maureen, you do such lovely work on ALL your cards but I especially wanted to congratulate you on your guest diva position! Way to go!

marilynwillauer said...

Love your cards, especially the first Anniversary card, it's beautiful, the colors,format, and the roses!
Happy Anniversary VERVE!!!

Luanne said...

All of your cards are so unique and wonderful! Congrats DIVA..! Looks like you totally deserve it!

Cassie_lu said...

all three cards are amazing. I really love how you created the background on the second one.

Heidi said...

Mo- you have definately outdone yourself girlfriend. They are all beautiful but I have to say that last one just POPS girl. You have such a wonderful creative eye and the colors on all of them are sensational. You did Julee proud! :) Oh and congrats on DT position

Sonja "Sony" Christoph said...

Hiii Maureen!!! Just wanted to leave a little love for my fellow Guest Diva!! :) Your cards are truly amazingly beautiful and I'm so excited we get to work together! :)

Kimberly S. said...

WOW!!! All 3 of these cards are STUNNING!! I LOVE the colors on first one...and the notebook paper...so cute!!!! I simply ADORE the butterflies in the second card!!! I'm a bit of a butterfly addict, and these are FANTASTIC!!!! And the third card just made me think of my friend who's been through some rough times lately...I LOVE the layout, the colors, and especially the sentiment!!! EVERYTHING'S GORGEOUS!!!

Jackie said...

These are all so pretty! I don't even know where to start! All three of these cards are beautiful, fabulous work!

Lorus! said...

You have fabulous taste in color! These are gorgeous cards!

Chrisd said...

Great papercrafting with those terrific Verve Stamps. Bravo on your 3 cards.

Julie E said...

Ahhh, 3 fab cards?!?! You are making the rest of us look like slackers :>) Great cards, with lots of detail and elements! Blue Skies may be my fave, mostly because Up Up and Away & Blue Skies are my 2 favorite sets from Verve.

Denise said...

WOW...what amazing cards! Each one is absolutely beautiful!

Sherry said...

They are all gorgeous! Love the butterfly background!!!

Sherry said...

They are all gorgeous! Love the butterfly background!!!

Barbie said...

All of your cards are beautiful, but my favorite is your anniversary card.

Sari said...

Beatiful cards, too hard to pick a favorite. Sari Olsen

Loretta said...

I like all the cards but #2 has my favorite verse on it.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh goodness, what a treat! Love the bling, bling on the anniversary card. That DIY background on the second card IS beautiful - just love the colors, and ooh, la, la - love your balloon card! Thanks so much for celebrating with us today!

Christina said...

These are all gorgeous cards, but I especially love the butterflies you stamped for the background on the second one!

Kerri said...

These are all amazing!!! Fabulous details on each and every one! Congrats on your Guest Diva status!!!

Erika M. said...

Your cards are fabulous!

jodie said...

love,love,love all the cards.so much verity on each one.simply wonderful.

Pam said...

WOW!!!!! Love everyone of them, but I woould have to say the ballon is probably my favorite. Thanks for all the great work.

Sarah said...

Goodness me! You worked so hard....three great cards!

*Spring Blossom* said...

I just love all 3 cards!!! You are a super star!!!!

artfulwhimsies said...

what a nice surprise!3 beautiful cards!!

Bethany said...

What great cards!! love the set choices; the hot air balloons has to be my fav set right now. Personally, I love all the layers on the cards; they work so well together and add such interest.

Dani said...

These are just fantastic!! I likey!!! :)

Samantha said...

Very beautiful cards! I like how you repeated the butterfly pattern as a background for the second card!

Makiko Jones said...

Wow! What a beautiful set of cards!! Beautiful styles and details!

SimpleScrappin said...

WOW!!! I love all three cards...they are all soooo pretty. TFS!
Hugs
Nikki
Simple.scrappin@yahoo.com

Wendy Space said...

Beautiful cards! I love how the background turned out on the 2nd card. Congratulations on being a guest Diva!

Wilfreda said...

All of these are great.

Jennifer Roach said...

Wow, where to begin....these are just amazing!! Who wouldn't love to get one of these stunners????

Sarah/WAstamper said...

These are ALL amazing, but I think my favorite is the third (balloon) one. Just LOVE all the layers and colors.

Joanne Gilch said...

All three of your cards are stunning, but my fave is 'I lift up my eyes" because of the sentiment and you made your own bg paper and the colors are beautiful together.

Crafty Engineering said...

Well you just went to town creating! They are all stunning!

Elaine said...

Beautiful cards. Great sentiments

Janelle said...

Maureen your cards are picture perfect! Designed with just the right size of everything. So glad you did that clever sentiment collage on the first card, I've never thought to do that! Thanks for the inspiration.

Patty said...

I would be hard pressed to pick which of the three is my favorite. They are all beautiful! I love them!

Wendy said...

Beautiful cards!! Congratulations on being a Verve Guest Designer!! Lucky, lucky!!! You deserve it!!!

Billie A said...

Great cards how stunning all of them and such perfect bows.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

WOW, WOW, WOW, Maureen! All of these are gorgeous! So glad you'll be joining us! :)

Jessy said...

All 3 of these cards are just absolutely gorgeous!! Love how you made background paper on one of them. Great design on all. :-)

Liz Williams said...

You have been one busy gal. These are all super.

Anonymous said...

You have always been my Diva babby... ;)

Mary (Happy Now) said...

Stunning and fabulous, all three! Congrats on being selected a Guest Diva... Have FUN!!

LindaR said...

All three are amazing! I love the butterfly background.

Little GTO said...

Wow! Three totally different cards!I can't choose my fav. LOL
Sharon L

kim.mom said...

WOW!!! I'm glad I don't have to pick one as I love all three!!

Barb said...

Just perfect!

Jami said...

Amazing! I love all the layers. You could find something new to love every time you looked at all the cards.

Teresa said...

Beautiful and cheery card. Love the colors.

Kelly said...

love all the cards, esp. the hot air balloon card. WOW! very cute!

judybob3 said...

Wow! Great job! Thanks!

Sandra Hansen said...

Hard to pick a favorite.

TannyP said...

As usual, you've outdone yourself with all three spectacular cards. Simply gorgeous, my friend!
I can't wait to check out all the others tomorrow morning. While I've got over to a few, 12 hour days at the clinic prevent much blog hopping =)

Jane Bosi said...

All amazing cards! WOW!

Mary said...

what a great set of cards - love all the details!

Angela said...

Wow, I am glad I found your blog through the blog hop! (I am now a follower!) I love your style; it has a very nice, shabby chic appeal. Beautiful cards!

scripperscrapper said...

Beautiful Cards!! I love your style. happy blogging.

Lillian Child said...

Three amazing cards celebrating three amazing years with Verve! This is my first time on your blog and I want to say I really like your card making style. These creations are just stunning!

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I love your idea of using that big butterfly for background paper! Clever and well done!! Congrats on your guest diva gig, too! Much deserved!

Yvonne said...

Great card!

Expressions of a Creative Mind said...

These are just plain awesome!! Nuff said

LaurieJ said...

Wow! You've been busy! I love how you split up the sentiment on the first card. And the background paper on the second card is beautiful.

Purple Princess said...

Gorgeous cards!!

pink lady said...

Wow what stunning cards, I love them all but particularly the up up and away card, the elements just go together perfectly x

Maureen said...

Wow!! These are all awesome - love your papers and 'bellies!

Nancy said...

All three cards are fabulous. My favorite is the third - blue skies. It's very uplifting and cheerful.

Sassy Scrapin' said...

Goodness girl! 3 cards! I really really love them all, but that last one with the hot air balloons just takes my heart! Great job!

Wendy K. said...

All the cards are so nice, I love the bows!

Sandi said...

All three cards are just wonderful!

Naomi said...

Lovely cards, especially the 2nd one. Love the color combo!

Heather said...

Wow, three gorgeous cards! My fav is the 1st, the anniversary card--it is amazing!

scrappingnana said...

Beautiful cards. The 2nd one (I lift up my eyes) is my favorite.

Amy Sheffer said...

Three AMAZING cards, Maureen! Love your stamped background on the second epecially!

Janine said...

3 great cards - not sure I can pick my favourite.

K Trask said...

Three cards, wow. Think the middle one is my favourite.

Ola said...

Wow... all three of your cards are gorgeous!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

All 3 are beautiful! Love the layers and the bows and especially love the colors in #2!

Tina said...

Wow 3 cards? All are amazing! Absolutely beautiful. I think my favorite is card #2 - love those colors! I will be following your blog from now on!

Diane Clark-Sutton said...

Three awesome cards.

Amy D said...

Your cards are awesome. I love the layering and the attention to detail. The sentiments are wonderful and I love the notebook paper stamp.

Martha said...

all beautiful cards.

Iris said...

Beautiful cards. I love that you use so many embellishments and I love the colors you used. Iris

Tina said...

Wow, they are all simply gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Vera said...

Love how you split up the sentiment on your gorgeous anniversary card!

Crafty Math Chick said...

You have time to make THREE cards? WHOA - I am JEALOUS! LOL! They all look great and I love the soothing color palette you used on all of them, though the first is my favorite, LOVE that stunning DP! Thank you for sharing your art with us!

Sweetpz said...

gorgeous cards! i love all the details and layer!
hugs
juli

BarbaraB said...

Enjoying your blog while I do Verve Anniversary blog hop! Great job. Really love the butterfly background.

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