Tuesday, April 14, 2015

VLV April Week 2 Recap and Viewfinder

Hi everyone! Jen here with another look at our sketch for the second week of April and a look at some of the highlights so far!

We'll have 4 April challenges... play along with us and link each of your challenge creations to our Entry Form link list. The link list will be up for the whole month and we'll choose a random winner at the end of the month to win a $100 gift voucher to Verve. Challenge rules can be found on the Rules tab at the top of the blog or by clicking here.  You don't have to complete all of the sketches to win, but the more cards you enter, the greater your odds of winning.   Verve stamps are not required to play, but we do love to see 'em!  We'll also be highlighting a couple of our favorite link-ups each Tuesday, so be sure to get your links in if you're crafting over the weekend.

In case you missed it, here is our sketch for this week's challenge:

Anya's sketch this week has so many options and fun elements! I LOVE the bit of twisty fun twine or ribbon included in the sketch!

Here's my take on it:

I used to of my favorite stamp sets from Verve, Lean on Me and Dream Big paired up with the Jotted Heart Die and Banner Bundle Dies to make this fun card. I changed out the circle in Anya's sketch for a cluster of items and had tons of fun working up the watercolor background using Distress ReInkers in Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon.

I colored the flowers from Lean on Me with Copics and hand cut them. I stamped the leaves from Dream Big using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and the Jotted Heart Die was splashed with a bit of Cracked Pistachio ink mixed with water. To finish it all off and add a bit of sparkle I added a few Tiny Twinkles.

Nancy's fantastic color scheme and gorgeous dotted background caught my eye immediately in the gallery. 

I love the wonderful inking Dorothy added around her sentiment and that gorgeous embossed background!

Lori really captured the simple beauty of this sketch with her wonderful use of negative space and clean lines.

Thank you all for sharing your stunning creations with us! We still have three more sketchs left this month, so be sure to join us on Friday for some brand new inspiration!

Frequently Asked Questions...
Are Verve stamps required?  
Nope.  We do love to see them, though!  ;)

Where can I buy Verve Stamps? 
Verve Stamps are available online only through our website.

Can I combine challenges?  
Yes.  As long as your card meets the challenge criteria, feel free to do a two-for-one. 

Where do I link my card?  
There's an entry form tab at the top of the blog where the link list for the entire month resides.  Or you can click the Viva la Verve Link Up badge on the side bar.  Or you can click this Entry Form link right here. 

Can I still link up my card after Tuesday?  
Yep.  You can link up your challenge cards in any order until the deadline at the end of the month.  One link list to rule them all!  :)

What are the rules?  
You can read the full list of rules here.   Basically follow the challenge, link back to us in your blog or gallery post and HAVE FUN!