Thursday, December 1, 2016

November Release Retrospective Blog Hop Winner

Hi Verve fans!  It's Julee, here, popping in with the comment winner for our November Release Retrospective Blog Hop. Thanks to all who hopped along, I hope you were as inspired as I was by the Diva creations.

 Kirsty Vittetoe
winner selected randomly from comments on Tenia's blog post
Wins: $40 gift voucher to the Verve shop

 Congrats, Kirsty! 
To claim your prize, please send an email to me at  

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

Hi Verve fans! The retail world is all decked out in its little black dress today. As a small business owner and Mama to two incredibly cute boys, I opt to spend this time with my family, putting together puzzles, decorating for the holidays and making precious memories to last a lifetime. So you won't see a bunch of marketing blasts or new sales that change daily or hourly.  We've got a simple sale that gives you a chance at some fantastic stamps and dies at a great price, and allows me the flexibility to pack orders during Mickey Mouse episodes and (insert sarcastic laugh here)... "quiet" times.

I truly love to see what you do with Verve products and take joy in packaging every order myself.  As I package each order, I think about what you might create and the lives that might be touched by the handmade kindness you share with these stamps. It warms my heart, and I envision myself as a happy little stamp elf. 

Kellan in green, Trevor in blue.
Photo credit Memory Lane Photography
So if you choose to spend your hard earned dollars at Verve, just know that my family truly appreciates it from the bottom of our hearts. Be it Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, or any day ending in the letter y, we're thankful for the opportunity to give you the tools to create. And we're blessed to be able to use the income I make to send these sweet boys to Montessori school where at 4 years old Trevor is excelling at reading and Kellan is rocking multiplication, division and fraction work... and they're both loving every minute. Our family is oh-so-blessed that I have a job that allows me to spend the afternoons with my boys and quite often take more sick days than work days through the winter months as we battle their asthma. So a great big thank you from our family to yours! We couldn't do this without you. 💗

Okay, so here's the sale info. All the promotions work together, so you can stack up the savings. Promotions run through 11:59pm Mountain on November 28. Have a fabulous weekend!

1. 25% off ALL in-stock stamps, dies and embellishments
2. EXTRA 15% off orders over $50 (based on subtotal after any other discounts)
3. Buy one stamp set, get its coordinating dies for 50% off
4. 40% off retiring plain janes

And just for the holidays...

Free first class shipping on US orders over $30 through 12/23/2016. Offer not valid on US Priority, International or Canadian shipping methods. Free shipping is calculated on your subtotal after any discounts or gift codes.

In honor of Black Friday, I'll leave you with a card I made earlier this year featuring black...

by Julee Tilman featuring the Beautiful Things stamp set and Beautiful Flowers Die Set

Friday, November 18, 2016

November Release Retrospective Blog Hop

Welcome to Verve's October Release Retrospective Blog Hop!  Have you had a chance to get your inky fingers on the latest Verve release? It's a beautiful holiday release and the Verve Divas and November Guests are hopping again today with a fresh dose of inspiration using the new stamps! Everything in the shop is on sale 25% off right now, so it's a great time to stock up. Come take a tour of our blogs to see these fun stamps in action.

And be sure to leave a little comment love as you hop about
 for a chance to win today's super sweet prize!

Comment deadline for prize drawing is Monday, November  28.

I've been trying to find a bit more simplicity in life and crafting lately, and I think I'm starting to enjoy the process a bit more without all the frills. Now don't get me wrong, I'll always love a really decked out card, but there's something so sweet about a single phrase with a bunch of white space around it.

For this card, I stamped the jingle all the way sentiment from Jolly Jingles in ranger black ink on a 2.5" x 3.5" panel of white, then colored the bells with Copic markers.  I matted this with basic gray cardstock, then tied a bow around it with white taffeta and added a couple of jingle bells and some silver cord with a hot glue gun.  This piece is layered onto a 4" x 5.25" piece of designer paper, also matted with basic gray.  I finished off with a corner of the same designer paper and a few sparkly little circle embellishments.

Okay, now for the hop list... everything kicks off on my blog, Poetic Artistry, with a card that's anything but simple.  {grin}  See ya there!

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be be picking a random comment winner on one of the hop spots below to win a $40 gift voucher to Verve! To be entered in the giveaway, leave a little comment love as you hop around to the blogs linked below!

Release Retrospective Hop List
1. Julee6. Laurie
2. Lee Ann (Guest)7. Charmaine
3. Lynn (Guest)8. Betty
4. Tenia (Guest)9. Maureen
5. Marisa10. Teresa

What's in it?
Stamps:  Jolly Jingles (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Perfectly Plaid Winter (Lawn Fawn), basic gray (SU!), white (Neenah)
Ink: Black dye ink (Ranger), Copic markers
Accessories: jingle bells (Michaels), silver cord, taffeta ribbon (SU!), irock embellishments