Happy Labor day - hope you are all enjoying your weekend! Today over at the Verve Blog, I am your hostess bringing Day 6 of of this month's Verve Diva Dare. Each month, there is a specific dare/challenge and everyone can participate and show their creations and have a chance to win some yummy Verve stamps - this month's challenge is Sending Some Sunshine! And one of the goals of the challenge is to actually mail it/send it to someone! I love making cards - but somehow am not the very best at actually sending it out! So, we DARE you to make an uplifting and encouraging card AND send it to someone in need of a little pick-me-up!
Initially, I had a different card in mind that I wanted to make for this challenge, but after a surprise party on my birthday this weekend, I wanted to make thank you cards filled with love and sunshine to send to all the lovely people who made this birthday simply beyond awesome! I am the worst at sending thank you cards! So I was excited to sit down at my craft desk and was amazed at how rather quickly I was able to make 12 little 3x3 thank you cards using the You and I stamp set and the awesome I Heart you die and Tagged Rectangle die from Verve Stamps. Here is a close look at one of the thank you cards that I made:
I cut out all the cardstock and DP and adhered them all as a first step. For the next step, I die cut out the U's and punched out the hearts and then for the third step - stamped the word "Thank" with Rouge ink and then adhered it to black cardstock for a mat. I then adhered all the elements together and then for the final step I added some bling and buttons and then put the card together by clipping the cards together with an eyelet: Here is a look at them all in a row.
And here is a view of the cards from above - I used the eyelet to adhere the two cardstock pieces together so that it could open out like a card:
And it was fun to lay them all down on the table and just take a group shot of them:
And here is a view of how it looks when it is opened. I varied each card a little with the bling or with the buttons or with the DP - so they are all unique in their own way:
Paper: Aunthentique and black cardstock from Bazzill
Stamps: You and I stamp set from Verve stamps
Inks: Chalk Ink Rouge, Memento Inks: Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories: eyelets from We R Memory Keepers, ribbon from American Crafts, Butterfly punch from MS, Spellbinders, sponger, heart punch and bling.
I am excited to write out my thank you cards today and have them ready to go out into the mail tomorrow! YAY! I am so grateful for my dear friends and one of my big goals is to get better about sending out cards to my dear friends and family and this was the perfect challenge to get me going in that direction!!!
I can't wait to see your creations with this challenge - and check out the different ways that you can win some yummy Verve stamps here! Woo-HOO!
Big hugs, Sankari :)