Category Archives: Verve Stamps

Beautiful Soul

Verve_May2016_Lori Craig_1350

Verve May2016 Spotlight


I am so, so happy to be sharing a few new release projects for Verve Stamps over the next few days! When Julee emailed me and told me about these sets, I was drooling… sight unseen because of the phrasing… I didn’t even have to see them to know that they would be beautiful things with the magical words.


Today I’m sharing my first project featuring the Beautiful Things stamp set and Beautiful Flowers Die Set .

Verve_May2016_Lori Craig_1355

This was the first card I created for this release. You are a beautiful soul. The Beautiful Flowers were so easy to color, and the coordinating dies lined up nice and even…it was a real treat to color all of these blooms. I airbrushed a pale blue background and then popped the blooms up on X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape. Notice how my die cut leaves weave under and over the blooms? That’s an easy way to add depth and interest to any of your projects!

verve-blog-post-bookmarkI had been sitting in church last weekend, and flipping through Scripture that our pastor was sharing, and this bookmark uncovered itself. It’s a duct-tape bookmark that my daughter made. (If you have any pre-teen girls in your life, I know you’ve got your own stash of duct-tape accessories. My husband carries a camouflage duct tape wallet. #truth)

I loved the colors, and quickly made a mental note that I’d have to pair these up for at least one of my release projects. I feel like that inspiration definitely worked to my favor.

Verve_May2016_Lori Craig_1363

Next up, I wanted to share a simple ‘beautiful’ card that features the Beautiful word die cut and flowers colored and cut from Beautiful Things and Beautiful Flowers Die Set. I stretched out of my ordinary and grabbed some black cardstock to make things pop!

Verve_May2016_Lori Craig_1366

This beautiful word die does cut easily, and I didn’t have to poke or pick any of the little pieces out – even the dot for the i. Again, I’ve used X-Press It Foam Mounting Tape to vary the heights of my card elements for interest.

Here’s another trick I’ve been using a lot lately, I cut my die cut words or small accents from the same white cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card used here) that I color my images on and then color the die cut words with Copic Marker or the Copic Airbrush System. This way everything coordinates when I’m finished. The pink mat layer is cut from white X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic, as well.

I do recommend that you use the same white cardstock for each of your elements on a single card. Papers with different milling processes or raw material will have different weights, textures and tints that affect the finished visual color, so using the same white for each piece keeps the color matching consistent.

Verve_May2016_Lori Craig_1365

My Beautiful Things blooms are stamped in Black Memento and colored with Copic. The outer edges of the blooms are RV02, YR04 and R22 – The centers have a light feather blend outward of RV00, YR000 and R00, respectively.

Verve SneakyWant 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!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Day 1 projects! I sure have enjoyed creating them and sharing them with you. Can’t wait to send the cards off to special someones! All of the Verve products I’ve shared with you today will be available for purchase on Friday… I will be back tomorrow with more goodies to tease you…

Have a beautiful day!


Whatever You Are…

kirarina tag

I love the idea and the look of hand-lettering on projects, and I’ve been practicing in the car, volleyball games, at night in front of the tv… I’ll keep practicing.

Last weekend, I was playing around with the Kirarina Wink pens from Imagination International, because they write on glass, acetate and plastic…lightbulb. So, even though acetate doesn’t photograph very well, I thought I’d share this project for a slightly different take on “stamping” and “hand-lettering” for a more  hand-crafted look.
FullSizeRender (25)First, I stamped my butterflies (from my favorite Sparkly Dreams from Verve) in a row with the MINI MISTI. I know there are a lot of toys that get oohs and aahs in our craft, but I am serious when I say I love using the MISTI.  I can re-stamp for crisp impressions every, single time – with perfect alignment. I’m not trying to sound overly dramatic, but it really has renewed my enjoyment of stamping!

Mini-MISTI-comparison What I’m using is the MINI MISTI that was shown at the Craft Hobby Trade show earlier this month. It is perfect for people like me who have trouble finding the top of their desk because of all the creative expression piled on top! 🙂 Here you can do a little size comparison. I put a little piece of washi tape on my corner to use as a lifter when I’m opening and folding the MISTI.

FullSizeRender (27)Once my butterflies were stamped, I created a tag from the Verve Flourished Tag set out of acetate, layered it over a sentiment stamped on a post-it note from the same Verve set that I love. And, I basically traced the pretty handcrafted letters onto my acetate with the Kirarina Wink.


Kirarina-Wink1The Kirarina Wink pens come in 18 beautiful colors – including a fabulous white. They have a firm nib, and a beautiful opaque ink with a tad bit of shimmer. For this card, I used the new Emerald, and there is a beautiful new Violet, as well.



I added a tad bit of stark white glitter behind the clear tag and beautiful crisp Shine Bright sequins from Verve.



kirarina tag

So, basically, the thought I want to leave you with today is… to embrace different aspects of paper crafting, think outside of the box and try new things, and above all… whatever you are… even a tracer!… be a good one! 

Joy to the World


I see Christmas Morning on the horizon! Joy to the World!

This is a card that I created last night while my daughters and I were watching Christmas movies and wrapping gifts in the office. I used a 3×4 Christmas Watercolor Panel from Taylored Expressions that I had colored last month when I had a crafty day with Jami.


After I had watercolored, I used an XPress It Glue Pen to add adhesive and transparent glitter to the dove wings. I also used green XPress It Glitter Deco Tape from Imagination International as an accent to the card base. Watercolor can totally stand alone on a project, but the shimmer of the glitter in both places adds a little punch!


Here is a 2nd project I did last night… I’ve been anxious to make a few things with the Weary World set from Verve, too! (Apparently many of you like this set as much as I do because when I went to grab a link I see it is temporarily sold out.)


Again, because there are 10 colors in the package, I used the blue Glitter Deco Tape as an accent. Here I put it though the Big Shot and cut it with the coordinating star die.

The tape is only 6mm wide, but the beauty of this glitter product is that it’s smooth and fine grit glitter, so you can lay pieces of it side by side and not see the seam. There are 3 short rows of tape, side-by-side, to cut this star! I just adhere them to a piece cardstock and then die cut.

We are off to go caroling with some friends in a few minutes. The temps are mild here but the wind is crazy… I hope we don’t blow away with the Christmas cheer!

🎶 Joy to the World, my friends! 🎶



Let everything that has breath…


In the bustle and activity, I’m really trying to rest on this sentiment this season…

The sentiment is Psalm 150:6 and the gorgeous wheat from the set Good Work, both from Verve. The wheat is a single shock, but I like that with clear stamps you can often manipulate the image just enough to get varied angles for interest.

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. ~ Psalm 150:6

Abundant Blessings

abundant blessing final

The holidays. In just a few short days we’ll be into them full swing. I’m determined to spend some time with my family this week reflecting on abundant blessings that have been ours this year. Our family has weathered some difficulty this year, so I think that it’s important to remember, reflect and appreciate.

I wish I had time this weekend to make and share a few dozen of these turkey cards. I just love him…I colored this one up this morning with Copic Marker, and I’m sticking it in the mail as soon as I hit publish on this post.

Mr. Turkey and the sentiment are from the Verve Stamps set Bountiful Blessings. The label die was a gift with purchase from Sizzix, so I’m not sure of the name. The little flag dies are retired MFT.

abundant blessing close final

While the 2015 Copic teaching schedule is totally and completely finished, there are CHA classes open for enrollment. I’ll be teaching some fun ones: Faces and Hair, Clothing and Accessories and Vintage Values and Monotones. We’ll also be offering both certification classes and a brand new FLOWERS class! Can’t wait to see what people think about that class. It’s been such a popular request over the past year or so! You can find all of the current class information HERE.

I’m off to mail my card and run into town for a few errands, then tonight my little family will enjoy a dinner, just the four of us and reflect on our abundant blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

Good Work in You

Good Work close up Lori Craig_edit

Finally Friday, and welcome to Verve’s October Release Retrospective! ! You may have arrived from Rosemary‘s blog. Welcome!

I am super excited to share two cards with you using the Good Work set before I shut it down for the weekend! 🙂 I have something you’ll be excited about, as well!

Would you like to win some shiny new Verve? Julee will be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift voucher to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs listed at the bottom of this post to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about the new products (all with a 20% discount!) and all the prize info and deadlines!

Good Work Full edit Lori Craig

About my cards… I mentioned earlier in the week how much I love that most of Verve’s sentiments can stand alone as a focal point? Here I’ve paired this sentiment from the set Good Work with a few simple embellishments. The feathers were cut from the packing tissue paper that always comes wrapped around a Verve order. It’s such a pretty Tiffany Blue with silver sparkles right in the paper. {love} The sequins around my oval sentiment panel are from a new little Verve sequin mix called Frosted Snowfall. Seriously cute with the little shiny snowflakes!

God is Good Lori Craig

My second card to share with you today features adorable flowers from the Good Work set. I’ve stamped them with my MISTI using grape, Marina Mist, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon ink on a panel cut with a retired Verve die, Notebook Paper.

God is Good Lori Craig close

The flowers stamp so pretty! I love the detail work to them that looks beautiful stamped and colored or, as I’ve done here, simply stamped in a variety of different colors of ink. I used the Frosted Snowfall sequins again. So sparkly… I tried to get up close and personal so you could see the shimmer.

Thanks so much for hopping by today… I’ve loved participating in the Verve release with all of the Divas this week! (Hoping to stamp some more this weekend!) And, I can’t wait to see the other designers cards with these beauties. Don’t forget to comment on each of these blogs for your chance to win the $50 Verve Voucher.

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee 8. Amber
2. Teresa 9. Andrea
3. Charmaine 10. Laurie
4. Marisa 11. Christyne
5. Amy {Guest} 12. Rosemary {Guest}
6. KellyJean {Guest) 13. Lori {Guest)
7. Maureen

Don’t forget that I also have that fun $30 Verve Voucher up for grabs on my Monday Verve blog post. Comment on this post before Sunday evening for another chance to win!

One last thing! Remember that Hope You Can Cling To cancer awareness campaign is still going strong at Splitcoast. There are a lot of prizes to be given away in the next few weeks (including four fabulous Verve prizes!)  I hope you have time to check it out and join us for the fun!

I think that about covers it! Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

New Verve… O My Soul


Bless the Lord, O My Soul… A few weeks ago, I received an email from the incredibly talented, Julee Tilman asking me if I would be interested in a Guest Spotlight for Verve’s October release!? Of course, I barely could type yes fast enough when I read through her entire invitation and saw these words: there’s even a little wheat stalk image in the set!  Wheat! eep! Though, I’ve lived different places around the country… I am a born and bred Kansas girl… if you even murmur wheat or sunflowers, I’m all yours…


Isn’t that a classy Guest Spotlight graphic? Julee is one of the most talented graphic designers that I know! This is a fairly long post, but I’m just going to throw it out there: I *may* have a giveaway graphic and prize details mentioned below for those who stick with me to the end. 😉

So, speaking of wheat, it’s only fitting that I show you my favorite image from the newest Verve release first… The wheat and the Psalm 103:1 scripture shown on the card above both come from the new set, Good Work. Swoon.


I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and Ranger Distress Inks (Wild Honey and Scattered Straw) to create a focal point base using the Wrinkle Free Distress tutorial at Splitcoaststampers. (The key is to allow your ink to dry well between layers!)

When I had created the base layer, I used a chocolate pigment ink and clear embossing powder to add the sentiment. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment twice since I wanted to be sure and have good, solid ink coverage. Amazing results. I’d actually been shying away from embossing the past few years because speckled spots of non-inked image bothered me so. Not anymore! (We produced a Product Focus review at Splitcoast for the MISTI last week, if you aren’t sure what that is!) The stalk of wheat was added with Brown Sugar ink (SU!).  This card also perfectly fits a fun Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.


Next, I used the set Breath… Just beautiful, in general, but oh-so-appropriate for October, and I used the fun boxing gloves to make another Hope You Can Cling To card for Jeanne’s awesome challenge! The boxing gloves were colored with Copic Markers (RV52 and RV55), and I think the sentiments are perfect.. Fighter. Inhale courage. Exhale fear.


After I had made the most beautiful creative mess on my desk using both of the new Verve release sets I showed off above, I pulled out this adorable text Psalm 150:6 Plain Jane and Baja Breeze ink.

It seems like I am often stamping in a short window of time for a specific card that I need for one friend or the other, and one of the things I appreciate about Verve stamps is that the design of the sentiments is always so well done. It’s totally appropriate to let beautiful scripture or sentiment stand alone as a focal point on my cards.  From the Heart and Pennant Trim dies finish this off.

For this card above and the two below, I paired my sentiment with remnants from a favored 6×6 patterned paper pad (Harvest Lane – Simple Stories).


Here I used Romans 12:12 and the Praise the Lord sentiment, both from Good Work, Gumdrop Green (MFT) and Pumpkin Pie (SU!) ink with fun journaling tags that were a part of my paper pack and a trio of enamel dots.


And, finally for this last card in this quick and easy series with the Good Work sentiment, I pulled out some twine and a button to use with a few enamel dots and a scrap of the pennant die as accents to another journaling card in my paper pad. As you can see, I’m also partial to the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Verve cards today. I’ve certainly enjoyed crafting with the new goodies. A special thanks to Julee and her team for including me with the release week fun!


If you are still reading, there is fun for you, too! Verve will be using random generator to select one of my readers who comments below to receive a $30 gift voucher to the Verve Store! How fun is that? So leave a little love before Sunday, November 1st, and the winner will be announced November 2nd on the Verve Blog!

And, I’m having so much fun with these stamps, I’ll have more to share later in the week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be A Good One


I knew I wanted to make a sample for Lori’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at several events over the years, and she’s so sweet! Love that she helps us so much at Splitcoast, too!

I used watercolor paper and Stampin’ Up! ink refills to wash the background of the tag, and then paired it with a sentiment from the Sparkly Dreams set by Verve and a fun Dainty Flower from Paper Smooches.

I’ll be sharing the cards I’ve made so far for Hope You Can Cling To with the cancer center this week. (That’s the power of the entire project!) I know the patients who end up using these blank cards to send thanks, appreciation or special greetings to their own loved ones are grateful for these small gifts. These cards allow them to be a blessing to someone special in their own life…and I know for me, helping someone else always lifts my own spirit when I’m facing a dark time.


This was a quick card that I made for Misti’s challenge, Show Me Your Scars. The snowman is from Stampendous. I got it a few years ago… Such a cute little guy! He is colored with Copic Markers.

Still plenty of month left to participate with us in Hope You Can Cling To – thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs from our FABULOUS sponsors. Come stamp something and share HOPE!


Golden Serenity



Yesterday’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge was to bolster a piece of patterned paper. And, I had fun with it! This piece had been sitting in my ‘too pretty to cut’ pile for quite some time!



I loved the beautiful floral pattern on the paper, but to add some extra depth and dimension, I worked with a stencil from MFT and embossing paste that I brushed into the negative recesses of the stencil, wipe flat with a palette knife and let dry. I left the stencil in place, and I think it took about 15-20 minutes to dry and set up.


After the paste was dry and hard, I used a stipple brush and applied Viva Gold  over the textured areas. Keeping the stencil in place contains the gold and makes the application so easy. I love the shimmer and shine.

I stamped the Serenity Prayer sentiment from Verve Stamps’ Sparkly Dreams onto a watercolor paper tag that had been distressed with Ranger Distress Inks. The MISTI stamp positioner was invaluable to create this tag because the recesses of the watercolor paper required a few impressions of ink for complete coverage. With the MISTI, the text is stamped crisp and clean with no shaking or mis-stamped mistakes.


I’m planning to continue stamping over the weekend. The challenges have been so fun and inspiring. I know the cancer patients and their families will be blessed to receive these cards to use while they are in treatment.

Hope You Can Cling To is a fun event with lots of chatter, inspiration and prizes, but it is significant because it sends a little handmade hug of encouragement and support to people in their time of greatest need. I hope you find time to join us this month! An inspiring new challenge is posted every morning.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful weekend!

Share Your Sparkle



My desk is full of sparkle because I’ve had some time to create in the last few days! This is a sample that I made for a Product Focus review ( <– you can read it, if you’d like) that we published at Splitcoaststampers today for my friends at the ever-innovative Scor-Pal! It’s a fun new product line for them called PocketPenPals! I even did a video tour…eeks! Does my hair look alright? 😉

For this card, I airbrushed a background of roses with Copic Marker and the Copic Airbrush System. I love using my airbrush. Notice how smooth and fluid the color is on the flowers and leaves, but the darker green is more of a splattered pattern? For the flowers and leaves, I used the chisel end of the marker in my airbrush grip, but for the depth on the leaves, I switched to a darker green and used the super brush tip in the airbrush system. The different ends of the pen will give you different patterns. Just a little tip to try!

If you are interested in more Copic info, I’m teaching one more class for Copic this year and the other instructors have a few locations left, too! I’ll be in Long Beach, CA the first weekend in November if you can join me! We’ll be covering my favorite workshop series of classes: Faces/Hair, Clothing & Accessories and Values & Monotones class! That one is always a hit that surprises a lot of participants. 🙂 You can find all of the Copic class info for the rest of 2015 HERE.

The sentiment comes from a set that I’ve been using a lot lately called Sparkly Dreams from Verve. I used my MISTI from My Sweet Petunia to stamp the sentiment. It is the best investment I’ve made in my hobby in quite some time. Notice how rich and crisp the stamped sentiment lines are? I have never been able to achieve that depth before. {love}

Hope You Can Cling To starts tomorrow at Splitcoast! I’ll be back often because I really do love crafting for a cause! I hope you’ll be able to join us!