Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Anni~Verve~sary Spotlight Hop Day 4 ~ Better with you & Sip and Savor

Welcome to Day 4 of our Anni-VERVE-sary Spotlight Hop series! Hop along with the Divas all week long as we share our first looks at a few of the new products releasing from Verve on Friday night! One lucky commenter along the hop will win today's featured sets and dies.  So be sure and leave a little love as you hop around the Divasphere! Check the Verve Blog for prize details and deadlines.


Hi Everyone!


Today starts Day 4 of Sneak peeks of this awesome Anni-Verve-Sary Release and today we are previewing two awesome stamp sets:  Sip and Savor and Better with You stamp sets and the awesome From the Heart dies ( this die  will be available exclusively as a free gift with a $35 minimum order through August 31, while supplies last.  {This promotion starts AFTER the sets go live on Friday night, August 12.}). I just adore all of these stamp sets and love how easy they are to mix and match - they totally coordinate so beautifully with all the dies, mixed and matched or in any combination possible!


For my project, I wanted to create something very special for one of my dear dear friends who moved away to Colorado this week :((( (can you hear me crying?!) My friend Ila is more like my sister - she is family and we have been living in the same town for the past 12 years - and when she left town this week - its been absolutely awful - like there is this big hole that is missing! She and my friend Kali and I have always made it a point to get together a couple times a week since we met in college 12 years ago to meet up for coffee at our local coffeeshop... even if it was for 20 minutes... it always made the day perfect! Those quiet moments filled with laughter and joy and just being with each other was something I always looked forward too. Now that Ila has moved away, myself and my friend Kali are putting together a little carepackage to send to her.


I decided to make a little coffee/scrapbook/notebook for her using the cardboard coffee cup cozies that you get at the coffee shop. I covered 4 of the coffee cozies with DP and then decorated them with both the Sip and Savor and Better with You stamp sets. The sides were adhered together and then I made little pockets out of the cozies for little notes and such. Here is the cover:




And here is the first little pocket on the cover that you can pull out - which is a picture of the three of us at our last coffee get together this last week:

Here is the first page when you open it up - the little pockets hold little notes that we are both going to write little messages for our friend.... I love these sentiments and paperpieced the to go coffee cup - and adhered a little grouping of hearts From the Hearts die set: The cup and sentiments are from the Better With You stamp set: Aren't these sentiments just awesome! I love the fonts and sizes and all the fun combinations



 Here is a pic of the next page - the coffee cup and sentiment is from the Better With You stamp set and is paper pieced and the steam is done in vellum and I love the sentiment! On the other side, I created a line of to go cups using the little to-go cups from the Sip and Savor Stamp set and used the sentiment from that set: "Treat Yourself"


Here is a closer picture from both pages - 
the pocket on one side reveals one of my favorite picture of all of us:




Here is the opposite page - a little pocket of money for her to have a treat in her new hometown. I love this sentiment because we always took turns "treating" each other - I would always laugh when ever I was the one who paid because I seemed to always pay in loose change that I found from the car, the couch, my purse, the glove compartment or anywhere around the house (lol!)- I was originally going to put in some change for her with this sentiment because I knew she would crack up- but since it would probably fall out - I opted for the dollar bills :) I loved making the line of the to-go coffee cups:

Here is a view of the next page - I mixed the Sip and Savor coffee cup and the sentiment: Sip and savor on one side using the hearts from both stamp sets to decorate the notebook:


Here is a view of the same page when the pockets are lifted to reveal more pictures and the sentiment: "Let's Get Together"... I can't wait for our next get together! I am thinking: "roadtrip!" :D




And here is another view of the Coffee Cozy Notebook from a different angle - I love how it turned out - and I can't wait for Kali and I to get together and write our notes and send her a little care package as she begins a new journey in a new town!




I have been so sad and in a little bit of disbelief these last few months that my BFF was really moving away to a different town - and our last few coffee get togethers have been even more sweet and lovely as all of us savored our friendship and our love for each other.  It really was therapeutic to create this little notebook and creating this with these amazing stamps and dies were the perfect way to create a little scrapbook of memories of our times together. 

These stamp sets were so much fun to stamp with and mix and match with the super cute heart dies!
I can't wait to see what the amazing Divas have created with this stamp set!!! 
Please check out their amazing creations here

1. Julee7. Sarah {Guest}
2. Charmaine8. Marisa {Guest}
3. Tosha9. Laurie
4. Andrea10. Maureen
5. Sankari11. Amy
6. Teresa




Don't forget to leave a little comment love as you hop about for a chance to win!  Next up on the hop is ... Teresa! 

THank you so much for stopping by today!
 Please stop by tomorrow for more peeks!
hugs,
Sankari :)

89 comments:

Lynn said...

Sankari, Your gift is absolutely wonderful. I'm sure your dear friend will absolutely cherish it!

Debbie Carriere said...

Oh, Sankari!! What a wonderful, heartfelt gift!! It just oozes warmth!

Kathy said...

Sankari! I'm blown away by this awesome little gift book!! I love the papers, love the sentiments, love the pictures...I love it all. Stunning:)

Laurie said...

What a cute idea, especially for a Starbucks addict!

scrappingnana said...

This is darling. Love what you have done with the new stamps and dies. Love the sentiments. TFS

Luanne said...

Can you see my tears of saddness over your friend moving away? How hard that must be for all of you! She will have sweet tears of love when she opens this heartfelt creation. It is jaw dropping awesome. (((hugs)))

Jackie Pedro said...

As always, I leave here with my mouth hanging on the desk!! SNORT! What a wonderful gift to send to your friend! I'm sorry you're sad!!! ((((hugs))))

Vickie Z said...

Wow!!! This is wonderful and I'm sure your BFF will treasure it!!

Whimsey said...

Oh my heavenly stars - how incredible is this????

My fave? The line of coffee cups - absolutely, unbelievably adorable!

Tanya said...

What a beautiful and fun little book! My bff from high school moved away recently too, it's so depressing :(

Steph Herbert said...

Super cute project! I love the sentiments! :)

Tricia said...

What a precious post! Your friend is going to love this. This would be a great idea to make for my dd who is going to college this fall!!

Wendy said...

What a fabulous, fabulous little album to share with friends!! Great job and wonderful inspiration!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

what a great idea, this is so cute

TannyP said...

A truly wonderful gift that your friend will definitely cherish (although the change would've been very funny given the story behind it!) Gorgeous work as always, Sankari!

Crafty Math Chick said...

My gosh - what a wonderful little book Sankari! So heartfelt, so much love and care is put into every detail on every page, I just adore it! I like how you aged all the colorful papers you used too, and I just LOVE this new cup set - I can't wait for the full reveal to see the entire set!!

Tracey said...

OMGOODNESS this mini book is so AMAZING!!! Really it is over the moon FABULOUS...LOVE it!!!!

Dori said...

Brilliant...positively brilliant!! I love everything about this. The concept, the colors, the sentiments. All of it!! Nicely done!

Loralei said...

Sniff, sniff...reminds me of the way I used to get together with my 2 BFFs over coffee...but life happens and it's been too many years since that has happened, such sweet memories. You've captured that feeling so well. Thank you for sharing.

Carrie said...

wow what an awesome little book, love all the details . your friend will love this.

Darlene Gabriel said...

What a gorgeous little booklet for your friend and how ingenious to use the Coffee Cozies for it. I love all glimpses you've given us into these wonderful new sets too. I'm loving all the hearts I'm seeing.

Charlotte Zweigoron said...

I can certainly relate to the emotion you are feeling. How special that these stamps came along in time for you to make this wonderful gift!

Jen Carter said...

Such a beautiful book! Very special! Fantastic use of the sets and the dies and the papers!

Laraine R said...

Absolutely stunning!!

Marisa said...

This is amazing Sankiri! Love the book! What a treasure for your friend. University friends are special :)

Gretchen said...

what a fun little gift for your friend! Beautifully done!

Kathy said...

Wow.. what a lovely gift to give and to recieve! You have provided some amazing looks into how to use these products.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

What a stunning mini album! This is gorgeous!

Karen said...

This is amazing! What a wonderful and creative way to use the stamp set and make a treasure.

Katy said...

How CUTE and what a great gift!!!

Lisa M. said...

What a fabulous gift this is! She's going to love it and cherish it forever! It's amazing with all the details!

Basslady said...

a very special and loving gift you made!

stunning and fantastic!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Jeanne said...

What a great friend you are! Now you have another place to send a card to. lol

Susan said...

The book is great, but I'm enamoured by the saying on the front: Life DOES happen over coffee :)

Tenia Nelson said...

How cool is this!!!

Tarjteachr said...

This is so incredible!! What a fabulous gift and a fabulous way to use those stamps.

sharon g said...

You are a genius--I never would have thought to use those. Second, I'm sorry that your friend is moving. I've had so many GREAT friends move over my lifetime, it's really hard. For a while I decided not to even get close to others because they just moved! But that was silly.

Sheila Davis said...

SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! I just LOVE how you did this. Such an inspiring piece. I hope to try something similar when I get mine in hand.

Moosisk said...

Oh, what a special gift for your friend! I am sure she will absolutely LOVE it. Thanks for sharing it with us today during the hop. :D

Rhonda said...

What a perfect gift!!! Girlfriends are what keep the world sane.

Dottie said...

Oh my gosh, the work involved in this card! You sure pulled it off as each page is so unique and cleverly assembled. The colors are fabulous! Thanks for sharing it with us.

DonnaJ said...

How fun ! I'm not a coffee girl but have lots of friends who would appreciate this set !

Maureen said...

oh, Sankari, girl...you keep out doing yourself!! This is just the most fantabulous book! What a treasure on each page :) Sorry to hear your BFF is moving...but I'm sure you'll still do coffee over the phone or when you visit :) hugs, sweetie!

joannhw said...

super cute idea!!!! love it!!

Vickie Merrick said...

What a wonderful gift to show a cherished friend how much you love her!!! The mini album you created for her is adorable and I bet that money will stay put in it's special pocket as a sweet reminder of the times you shared together!

I love the way you stamped the steam on the vellum for the coffee cups. Too cute!!!

Ravengirl said...

That is a darling little notebook which showcases the new sets fabulously! I am particularly impressed with your "steam"!

Mary said...

What an adorable project - It really doesn't get much better than coffee and friends :)

kksb said...

Sweet coffee cozy notebook! Wonderful way to say I love and miss you!

Chrisd said...

What a great gift you created for your special friend. I know she will treasure it.

Julie K said...

So cool!! Who wouldn't love to receive this creation? Thanks for the chance to win.

Nicole said...

This is so inspired!! I always thought there must be something cool to use those coffee cup sleeves for...perfect!! I love it all.

Sian Ridley said...

Oh bless you, I really feel for you and your girls! I was the one who moved away from my family and extended family and it's just as bad for the one who's moved away, believe me!

Isn't today's release just perfect for you guys though?! It's almost as if Julee made it with you in mind :) I think it's a really sweet gift and I like the extra touch that you made it from coffee sleeves, very sentimental :)

Tara said...

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful book. This inspires me to make some for my friends! Awesome!

Peggy said...

Love the coffee cozy book. So sweet!
God bless,
Peggy Allen

Teresa said...

You are one smart cookie!

Serena said...

Great project! Love the dp! Very creative!!

Shabby Pati said...

What a beautiful project.

Moira said...

Your BFF will feel the love when she receives this and have a great momento of the time the 3 of you spent together! What a wonderful story to go with your creation! TFS!!

Kathi Silvia said...

This is so awesome I love it!!

Heather said...

What a wonderful gift for your friend. I'm sure she will really appreciate all the time you put into it. And how perfect is this new set considering your coffee get togethers?!

Heidi said...

As always- you have done a beautiful job on this book, a dear treasure for any friend.

Sue D said...

What a special notebook!

jennifer mitten said...

I love this! I have been grabbing these little coffee cup do-hickeys at Starbucks and knew they'd be good for something! You have inspired me...

Shelby Goolsby said...

I love this set but most of all I love this gift you created!! It is so cute creative and thoughtful.

Ally said...

Wow, what an amazing project!! I mean, really! So original and creative and fabulous. I love all the little details that add up to something spectacular that I'm sure your BFF will just love, love, love. So sorry she had to move away. :-( I hope the parting will be eased by all your wonderful memories together. ;-) Thank goodness for BFF's!!!

craftymom205 said...

Love the project.

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Charlotte Taylor said...

How clever of you to use the coffee cozies. Beautiful color on the inside and out of the mini scrapbook. Excellent job.

Michele said...

Wow WOW WOW! What a work of art and heart and love! Truly beautiful, I would love to try and make this for my dear friend, thank you for the amazing inspiration!

Amy Sheffer said...

Two words: YOU ROCK!

Seriously amazing project! I can see and feel the love you poured into this. So sorry your friend has moved away. It's the things like this that will keep you close across the miles!

Andrea Ewen said...

Sweet Sankari...my heart aches for you! It's terrible to lose a good friend to such a distance! Your book is gorgeous...such fun pictures and awesome details...for which you are the queen! Stunning work, my dear!

jill said...

What can I say....Wow,Wow and Wow, this is truly a gift to behold

Wanda Cullen said...

Wow, this is such a special gift and filled with so many wonderful details! Awesome project!

Janelle said...

Oh goodness me, I didn't even see the vellum steam until the last photo! So cute! Wonderful, just wonderful scrapbook. You have packed sooooo much goodies from the spotlights sets into this its a master showcase! Wonderful job!

Julia said...

Fabulous book Sankari...I'm sure your friend will cherish it, and she has a beautiful keepsake of the special friendship you share.

KanataNewf said...

I am sure your friend will cherish this beautiful keepsake.

Georgee said...

Such a great album. It inspired me to make a quick one for my BFF who has stood by me for over 32 years. Yeah, our friendship has had it's ups and downs bet stronger than ever. Thanks.

Jen Cuthbertson said...

What a wonderful gift! I love it and know she will treasure it always!

Good2BT said...

What a treasure you have created for your friend! Just beautiful!

Karen Linarez said...

I'm blown away...this is such a creative and adorable project, and an absolute treasure for the one receiving it. I love all the elements you put into it, it shows this is a creation from your heart and something to be proud to give.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Your friend will love (and remember) you for life with this awesome personalized gift!!

Michelle said...

What a fabulous work of love! It's fantastic.

riggy said...

Oh, my gosh, I just love this! WOW!!!

Denisse said...

super creative and beautiful! wow i love the colors!

Dawn Easton said...

Sankari! This is amazing, as always ;) You have the best ideas and what a thoughtful keepsake! GREAT details and SWEET pictures of you girls!! FUN!

Christine said...

This is a touching tribute to a dear friend and the very best reason to stamp and scrap. Bless each of you as you cope with this huge change!

Charlene said...

Love the colors - great gift idea!

Becky Carafa said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing project!

Scrapacat said...

Aww! She is gonna break down and cry for a week when she gets this. It is so beautiful - both the components and the thought behind it all. Darling!!

Trendy Twine said...

This is a gorgeous idea. I love your work. Beautiful.

Lesley @ Trendy Twine