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Always Coffee

Hi friends! I'm popping in with a quick little card I made with the sketch at The Challenge this week. I loved the sweet clean lines of it and thought it would pair perfectly with the new Always Time set.

This sentiment is one of my favorites. No matter what's going on in my life, one of the only things I always make time for is coffee. It might be coffee that's warmed up in the microwave three times over and then finished cold because I got distracted yet again, but there's always time for coffee!{grin}


I started by stamping the there is always time for sentiment and the cup and steam in Versafine onyx black, then coloring with copic markers. I embossed the little cup liner in white for a foamy look to the coffee, then added a yellow mat to this panel.  I lined the bottom of the yellow with a Flourished Trim die cut, then cut out the Coffee Word Die in aqua (I just colored white card stock with copics to get an exact match) and black. My idea was to use the two descenders in the coffee word in place of the little tags in the sketch. Hope that's not too much of a stretch! {grin}

I layered the two die cuts for a bit of shadow, then coated with Nuvo crystal drops for some shimmer. The paper is from a Valentine's paper pack I recently picked up on the cheap at Tuesday Morning. Don't you just love that little chalkboard accent background?


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I'm looking forward to it. The boys are going over to Nana and Papa's for a sleepover and Mark and I get to go to a real honest to goodness no kids allowed birthday party!  Hooray!


Enabler's List
Stamps: Always Time (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Valentine (American Crafts), barely banana, basic black (SU!), white (Neenah)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine), versamark (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Coffee Word Die, Flourished Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Nuvo Crystal Drops (Tonic)

Day 4 July Release Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome back to another day of hopping! It's Day 4 of our New Release Blog Hops and it's an exciting day as there's new Verve in the store this morning! Three beautiful new sets and two coordinating die sets just released and they're all available in the shop right now. To celebrate our new release, we're putting on another blog hop with a fabulous giveaway... the entire July Release Collection! Doesn't it look fabulous? {grin}
Shipping note:
Our new release shipment was unexpectedly delayed and is now scheduled to arrive by end of business day tomorrow.
 All orders with new release items will begin shipping on July 12. Thanks for your patience!

I'm the first stop on today's hop, so you're right at the beginning and I'm so glad you're here! Today's featured focus is designer's choice, so you're sure to see some must haves as you hop along!  For all the prize details and a little run-down on what's in store, head on over to the Verve Blog. And don't forget to leave a little comment love as you hop about for a chance to win some shiny NEW Verve!


I started with the fueled by Jesus sentiment from Fill My Cup, stamped onto a Flourished Tag Die. I chose a strip of paper that said be fearlessly authentic. Love this for an encouragement card. I also chose to paper piece the little cup with a strip that says Keep Moving Forward, because who doesn't need a little push to do that?  I cut the finished cup out with the Happiness in a Cup Die Set.


Down the side I stamped the give me Jesus sentiment a few times in sahara sand and added the little sun and cloud image at the bottom.  I finished off with some burlap, a bit of distressing and some jumbo rivets from my stash to give off a rugged look that could work for either a girl boss or a guy boss. {grin}

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

 Next up on the hop is the fabulous Kathy Schweinfurth


Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list and all the prize info and deadlines!
Always TimeKettle Time Die Set
Happiness IsHappiness in a Cup Die Set
Fill My Cup

Day 4 Hop List
1. Julee7. Teresa
2. Kathy (Guest)8. Maureen
3. Sheri (Guest)9. Betty
4. Wanda (Guest)10. Christyne
5. Charmaine11. Laurie
6. Marisa12. Lesley

Enabler's List
Stamps: Fill My Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: World's Fair (Graphic 45), mixed media cardstock (Ranger)
Ink: sahara sand (SU!), antique linen, gathered twigs distress ink (Ranger), onyx black (Versafine), copic markers
Accessories: Happiness in a Cup Die SetFlourished Tag Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), burlap, jumbo rivets (WRMK), stardust stickles (Ranger)

Day 3 July Release Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome back to another day of hopping! It's Day 3 of our New Release Blog Hops and the Divas and special guests are back at it with their sneaky little spotlights on the Fill My Cup set today. All of the stamps we've been spotlighting today will be available to order on Monday, July 10. If you already know you need them all, go snatch one of the July Release Collections up at the 25% pre-order discount. Pre-order pricing ends tonight (7/9).

I'm the first stop on today's hop, so you're right at the beginning and I'm so glad you're here! For all the prize details and a little run-down on today's set, head on over to the Verve Blog. And don't forget to leave a little comment love as you hop about for a chance to win some shiny NEW Verve!


I went super sunny for my card today, using a stencil with scattered straw and wild honey distress inks for the main background. Next I stamped the sentiments from Fill My Cup onto a white panel, then the sun and clouds.  I stamped the sun and clouds again and fussy cut the image without the rays to pop up on dimensionals. I added a little bit of coloring with Copics, then accented with Nuvo crystal drops.


I added the Award Banner Trim Die across the bottom to define an edge, then finished off with a mug from this set paper pieced with a watercolored background I had in my pile of left overs. I cut the completed mug with the coordinating Happiness in a Cup Die Set and added just a hint of glitter to the brim of the cup.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hop on over to Kathy's blog next to see the eye candy she's sharing today! 


Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!

Fill My CupHappiness in a Cup Die Set

Day 2 Hop List
1. Julee7. Teresa
2. Kathy (Guest)8. Maureen
3. Sheri (Guest)9. Betty
4. Wanda (Guest)10. Christyne
5. Charmaine11. Laurie
6. Marisa12. Lesley

Enabler's List
Stamps: Fill My Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, black, soft sky
Ink: scattered straw, wild honey (Ranger Distress), onyx black (Versafine), Copic markers, watercolors (Daniel Smith)
Accessories: Happiness in a Cup Die SetAward Banner Trim Die (A Cut Above by VERVE), Nuvo crystal glitter drops (Tonic)

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