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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever official Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop. Verve turns two today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! The party kicked off over on the Verve blog, so if you’ve just happened along, be sure to hop on over there to start from the beginning! And to make this party a real shindig, there’s a mystery jackpot hidden at one of the stops along the hop. One lucky commenter on that blog will win Verve’s entire August release! But of course, it wouldn’t be a mystery if you knew which blog, would it? So if you’re feeling the love, give a little shout out to the bloggers in the hop and you just might have a reason to jump for joy!

The Viva la Verve Sketch with a {twist} this week is to CASE a Verve Diva. I chose to CASE Jackie Pedro. You can see her card here. The {twist} was that since Jackie used printed paper, I could not. I ended up making 2 versions and since I couldn't decide which one to use I am posting both. Hopefully all you visitors will help me to decide which one to submit for the challenge. Card A used Barely Banana, Dusty Durango and Burmuda Bay. Card B used Barely Banana, Purely Pomegranate and Soft Sky. Stamps used were Verve's Up Up and Away, Inkadinkado's Textile Borders with a sentiment from StampinUp. The stamps used to create the look of printed paper are a miscellaneous assortment from Inkadinkado, Hero Arts, My Cute Stamps and StampinUp. Plain and scalloped oval punches are from StampinUp and the plani and scalloped circles are dies from Spellbinders. For the final touch I used clear buttons from Hero Arts tied with DMC Pearl Cotton.

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

Til next time...

141 comments:

xrciznuts said...

Beautiful cards Katie! They look good on your post. The real thing is still more beautiful. LOL! Nice Job!
Kim Smith

utahrose said...

I can't decide which one I like better...hmm...maybe you could give me both? hehehe
I'm so happy you've been able to blog again. It's a highlight for me to come here and see what you're up to!

Jacklyn-Jessa said...

SO pretty! I just love those stamps... and I really like those patterned papers you used! I just love everything about these cards :)

mustangsarah said...

Very pretty cards.

Kim said...

Wow Katie, those are both beautiful cards!

Scrappy said...

Love the colors on both cards! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing!

Bogner's said...

what a beautiful card. Love the paper pieced balloons. They are one of my favorite Verve stamps!

Jackie Pedro said...

I'm flattered that you chose my card to CASE! You did a fantastic job!!! Love both versions!!

Renée said...

Wow, beautiful cards!

Susan aka "Crunchy" said...

These are both so gorgeous! Such great colors and I love the layout!

Christi said...

This is gorgeous!!!

Dani said...

Both are fabulous! I love how you stamped to make it look like patterned paper, genius!

Nan said...

Love the color combinations. Fabulous details! Someone will be a very happy recipient of this beauty!
All good wishes,
Nancy

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

one of my favorite stamps from Verve, very prety!

enjoy *~*

Kristina said...

BOTH of your cards are fantastic! I love the punch borders on them.... I need to go get that apron lace punch. With all this inspiration today, I might need to make a shopping trip this afternoon, lol.

Shannan Teubner said...

These are awesome, Katie!! Love that punch, and that DP is fabulous!

Terri E. said...

Such a fun card and great case!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Janet said...

Very nice work. Thanks for sharing.

Tricia said...

Great job on the challenge!

Alyssa said...

These are great! I really love the softer blue - goes well with the image! :o)

Lynn said...

super cute cards!

Libby Hickson said...

These are both fantastic! But there's something about the colors in the 2nd one that I like just a little bit more. :-)

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

These are both SO beatiful! LOVE the colors and layouts!

-heather said...

I like the first one better, but they are both lovely. The balloon stamp is such a hit!

Kathy W said...

I like both of these cards, but lean toward the second. Wow, no patterned paper here? Great job combining stamps to come up with fun patterns. Thanks for sharing.

dakotastamper said...

Both cards are amazing. Hard to choose one over the other!

Janine said...

Love them both

Candy said...

Very pretty. Love it!!

crazy4scrappin said...

Wow Katie...two very pretty cards. I love what you did with the hot air balloon stamp. Great work.

Marion said...

Very pretty. Marion

Holly said...

Beautiful cards! I like the Pomegranate better - it just pops out and catches my attention more. :-)

Rosie said...

I love that balloon stamp set. Your cards look great.

Beverly aka beestamper said...

These are so fantastic! I love all of them!

Janelle said...

Great card Katie. That balloon set is a good one and it's always begging for paper piecing. Great job.

Bethany Paull said...

I LOVE the blue and orange! My current fave combo. These are such beautiful cards. TFS.

Regina (TheStampin'Bean) said...

Really fun and cute! Love that set!

Emily said...

Very cute! Love your color choices!

Tanya said...

Beautiful cards! I really have to get that set :)

Lisa M. (aka. Lisabee) said...

Those cards are so bright and cheerful with the colors you used! That balloon set is super cute. Thanks for sharing!

Sue D said...

I like Card A better--colors are more vibrant.

rachel jackson said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours.
Rach:)

Linda w said...

Very pretty cards Katie.

thanks much

Desiree said...

Verve Stamps are fairly new to me and I love them. I'm always excited to see something new created with them.

Thanks for sharing.

Doris Snyder said...

wow - 2 beautiful cards

Michelle said...

Nice, nice, nice! Love the color combos on both cards.

jennifer mitten said...

Gorgeous cards - they are so different even though they have some of the same images.

JenMarie said...

LOVE this! Super CUTE!

Lynne said...

Beautiful cards!

Lynda Benden said...

These are both absolutely darling Katie!

Jackie said...

Just darling! That set is moving to the top of my wish list!

Tami said...

Love these- and the papers you used.

Gloria said...

Love the colors and balloon

Maria Gurnsey said...

These are both really cute :)

Beth S said...

Love the cards. Great colours.

Carrie said...

Super cute!

Julie E said...

I like the 1st one - the black stitching just pulls it all together...matches the black sentiment.

Georgia said...

Well done!

Shelly said...

Both cards are gorgeous!! Great Job!!! TFS!

Shelly :)
Manitoba, Canada

JPScraps said...

Great job! Love the cards

itsabrt said...

Wonderful creation!!! BR-T

Lil' Inker said...

I have to get this set. I love it everytime I see it. PURCHASE!!!

Anjou Krelovich said...

Wow! This is gorgeous -- in both colors!

Tanja said...

I really like the colours you used for your card. And the balloon set- a fav!

Colleen said...

Beautiful card!

Cheri Howard said...

I love how the same layout and stamps can end up with a very different card when you use a different dsp. Beautiful!

KanataNewf said...

Just love this balloon stamp!

leenda said...

Most EXCELLENT artwork!

Karen said...

so very cute & BEAUTIFUL - LOVE your card! Thanks for sharing

Becky Carafa said...

Great case!

Jackie said...

Oh I love the color variation!

Kerri said...

I love them both! This set just makes me smile : )

dotygirl said...

Great card, wish I had that stamp as my brother was married in a hotair balloon and their anniversary is coming up would be great for their card. Thanks for sharing, great colors.

Chrisd said...

Great details with your creation and those wonderful Verve Stamps.

lbcrafts said...

Love the hot air balloon stamp set....can be used for so many different occassions....Beautiful card.
Louise

Martha said...

Those hot air balloons seems to speak of freedom and joy. You've made lovely cards!

Randi said...

very nice!

Enchanting Stamping said...

Super cards. Such pretty work!

Donna Baker said...

sweet cards

addicted said...

YEAH VERVE

Stampin_melissa said...

Cute cards!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

These are just beautiful! Thanks so much for playing along in our hop! :)

The Mama Monkey said...

Beautiful colors on both of them! Very striking!

Ravengirl said...

Both are equally good, but I prefer A!!!

Paula said...

Love both of them.

Sarah-Jane Kale' said...

I LOVE that balloon stamp, it's just gorgeous.

Jodi said...

These are both gorgeous, but I think I like the 2nd a bit better.

Laurie in MN said...

Both cards are terrific.

Happy Verve Day.

Lynne in NI said...

Both cards are fabulous, but I think I prefer the colours on the first

scrappysue said...

love that border punch!

Debbie Yates said...

Your card is so cute...love the balloons! I seriously want (need) that set!!

Randee E said...

I love this ballon set, you've used it perrfectly! Gorgeous card

STAMPING SAM said...

how cute!

Erika M. said...

Lovely cards!

sanadon said...

I like them both but the stitching on the first one is my fave.
Sylvia

Banu said...

Beautiful Cards

Creative Mish said...

What a pretty card!

Pat S. said...

Hi Katie! Your card is oh so cute...love those balloons!

Chandra Hough said...

Love the sentiment on your card!

silvia said...

cute card

Susan said...

Nice colors and great layout. Good work!

lorene said...

great job on the card! love that balloon....


Lorene H

frogers said...

Very pretty cards.
Faye

Steph K (booga3) said...

Great cards! Love those balloons!

Tanya said...

Great card. I like your paper.

mitch47 said...

I love the stamps, the paper, and oh yeah, the colors. Thanks for sharing with us!

Kat Gomez.. said...

cute..love it..

Nena said...

So many balloons today it is like a ballooning
event. Yours is beautiful!! Thank you so much
for sharing today. It has been so fun!

Cazzy said...

I like them both, I can see why you couldn't choose! The balloons are great.

Cazzy x

Anonymous said...

Your cards are fantastic! I love the layout of your cards!

Teri said...

Great cards. Thanks for sharing!

Lost in Paper said...

cute card!!!

Patti Jo said...

These are great layouts! Well done!

Grace said...

Wow! These are great!

Tina said...

Oooo! Love your cards, very nice! TFS.

Chris said...

I love your cards! I really like the placement.

annesatx said...

I like the first one best, but both are really cute. The balloons look great. Thanks.

scrappingnana said...

Really cute cards. TFS

Angel said...

both are so very cute!!!

Moosisk said...

I just love the balloon! Cute card. Thanks for sharing.

Kelli said...

those air balloons are a fun lil stamp love the lay out and the colors!

CraftinGranny said...

Great card! Thanks for sharing.

Meda said...

How cute! I really love the balloon image!

Jen said...

The balloons have such a sense of whimsy about them. Thanks for sharing!

Sharyn said...

These balloons are getting me - I may just have to swing by Verve after this blog hop. Lovely card showcasing it too.

Chriss Blagrave said...

Lovely cards and both colour combos are awesome!

SeaStar Creations said...

oh, hard decision! i like them both a lot :) i think i am more drawn to the darker colors -- i sometimes have a hard time making more "masculine" cards and this one would work! lovely job!

Joann said...

Lovely cards

Barbara Ax. said...

Super cute design and execution! Love it.

Helen F. said...

Very nice, love your cards

Chris Simon said...

These are great! I love the patterned paper on the balloons. Thanks for sharing!

Stampin' Pam said...

Fantastic cards - LOVE the balloon set and how you worked with it.

Kristyn said...

great job! love the balloon stamp!

Raquel said...

Great cards!

txbluiz said...

wow - love your cards!!

annheidel said...

Cute cards! I so need to get this set!

Tamara Putvin said...

ohhh that is going to be hard. They are both beautiful cards.. Good luck choosing. I know I know I am no help at all..

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Tami

Gary and Evalee said...

Wonderful. Thanks so much. Just found verve and you divas. Love it.

pammy jo said...

both color combos are lovely - this is a great layout :)

Maureen said...

Both great! I prefer the second version!

Maureen said...

these are so fun! Love the colours and border punch :)

Amy Sheffer said...

Oh my gosh - these are incredible!! Love the colors, the pattern on the balloon, your layout - everything!