Saturday, August 1, 2009

Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the first ever official Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop. Verve turns two today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! The party kicked off over on the Verve blog, so if you’ve just happened along, be sure to hop on over there to start from the beginning! And to make this party a real shindig, there’s a mystery jackpot hidden at one of the stops along the hop. One lucky commenter on that blog will win Verve’s entire August release! But of course, it wouldn’t be a mystery if you knew which blog, would it? So if you’re feeling the love, give a little shout out to the bloggers in the hop and you just might have a reason to jump for joy!

Here's what I came up with for the hop. My mom and I are going to start our "craft fair circuit" (haha, we've only ever been to one!) soon, and I'm busy preparing. I've been making coasters (like for drinks). I started with those because they are the easiest!! I've done eight sets so far. The last two are with my Verve:



I LOVE this butterfly!! I first stamp in Staz-On and then bake at 375 for 15 minutes to set the images. When cooled, I color with a Versamarker and pastels. I find that if you wait a half a minute or so to let the Versamark dry a little, you will have better results with the pastels. If you don't wait, the color doesn't transfer and you just get empty spots.

I then stick them back in the oven at 375 for another 10 minutes to set the color. When cooled (usually the next day), I seal them with two or three coats of matte acrylic sealer. This ensures they don't run or fade. The coasters I made last year for myself and my mom and sisters are still going strong. They don't run, and the color doesn't fade.



I used a variety of quotes on each set--sometimes, I have a hard time using some of the quotes for cards, because I'm never really sure I would need a card that would say that. They are WONDERFUL quotes, I guess I just don't know that many people in unique situations!! But, these coasters are perfect for the quotes--they look nice and you get a nice variety.



Thanks for stopping by! Now it’s time to hop on over to Cheri's blog, for a little more Verve-y goodness.




***Coaster Ingredients***
Paper: n/a

Stamps: Verve- Fluttering By, Beautiful You, Because of You

Ink: Staz-On

Other: tiles (menards), stampin up pastels, acrylic sealer, oven
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161 comments:

  1. Those are beautiful, what a great idea!

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  2. Brilliant idea! Very nicely done!

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  3. These are wonderful! Great idea, and thanks for sharing!

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  4. What a fun idea! I've never thought about making coasters before, but with Verve stamps, they would be so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  5. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. what a cute idea, great job and I wish you much success on the fair!

    enjoy *~*

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  7. Love the butterflies! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Oh my, great idea!! Beautiful job!!

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  9. Wow, these look great! Hope you're successful at the craft fairs!

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  10. wow, what a great ideal. I have never stamped on tiles before. Something new for me to try.

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  11. What a creative and inspiring idea to put the verses on coasters. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. Great idea using all the wonderful verve sentiments on coasters. And those butterflies and flowers make perfect accents for summer when coasters are out for cool drinks. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Oh wow; these turned out great!!

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  14. These are great and Verve has the best sentiments as well. Great idea to use them on coasters.

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  15. What a great idea!!! These stamps are perfect for your project!

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  16. What a cute idea. Those are awesome coasters! Might have to try this out for Christmas gifts!

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  17. THe simplicity of these are great!

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  18. Oops! I think I posted on one of your other adorable projects. These coasters are so cute! Great idea.

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  19. Wow These are a super idea. They are great. Marion

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  20. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing ;o)

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  21. Thanks for sharing! I have the coasters, now I know what to do with them!
    Jill

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  22. Your coasters are great! I haven't tried stamping on tile, but you have inspired me to try it! Love all of the designs!

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  23. These are AWESOME!! I totally have to try this!

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  24. what a fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing your process, and what gorgeous coasters!

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  25. I hope you don't mind if I book mark this one! Love these! Off to the next stop!!!

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  26. Such talent - hope the rest of your creating goes well too!

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  27. Thanks for the directions! Love that idea. I'm going to have to pick some tiles up at the HI store next time. LOL Awesome project.

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  28. Nice coasters, thanks for the inspiration.

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  29. These tiles are gorgeous!! I love the original Verve butterfly - that is my favorite image of all Verve images!

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  30. What a cute idea, love it :)

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  31. You have been Vervey busy!
    Kavi Coulson
    kavicoul@yahoo.com

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  32. These are awesome!!! Good luck at your craft show!!!

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  33. Your coasters are fabulous! What a great idea and a perfect personal gift!

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  34. Kayla what a grand idea making coasters. Now that I have your instructions I can make some also.

    thanks much

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  35. These are AWESOME!!!! I can't wait to try this out.

    Shelly :)
    Manitoba, Canada

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  36. Verve Stamps are fairly new to me and I love them. I'm always excited to see something new created with them.

    What a beautiful project...those are some of my favorite stamps too.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  37. These are so nice, good luck with your craft fairs!

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  38. Wonderful projects! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  39. What a good idea. That would make a fantastic gift. I love it.

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  40. What a great idea! These are beautiful!

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  41. I love these! Thank you for the instructions!

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  42. These are beautifully done. Great idea. Good luck.

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  43. Great coasters! Love the butterflies!

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  44. These are beautiful--hope you do well at your craft show.

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  45. What a great idea! have fun at the craft show!

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  46. Great idea! I'm getting thoughts of Christmas gifts in my head :)

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  47. I love your non-card idea - they are beautiful!

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  48. What a fabulous project! I love these coasters and the baking, then coloring, then baking process was really interesting. Thanks so much for playing along in our hop! :)

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  49. What a neat idea! Great use of the stamps!

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  50. love the technique you used for the tiles. When I think Verve I think these vey butterfly images! I love them so much!

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  51. These coasters are beautiful! Love the butterly stamp...one of my favorites!

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  52. What a neat idea!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

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  53. Excellent! These should sell like hotcakes!

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  54. What a wonderful idea to do with such special stamps. Thanks for sharing.

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  55. Great project! Thanks for sharing.

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  56. very pretty - I enjoy making tiles - so much fun. TFS

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  57. What a great idea and so neat to see something other than a card on the hop!

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  58. Such a super idea for gifts.....Love the stamp set used.
    Louise

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  59. great project.. have fun.. tu amiga Kat..

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  60. nicely done! Your site is so pretty.

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  61. What a great idea, thanks for sharing your instructions with us. The coasters look great.

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  62. Super project idea! :)
    Kim Smith

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  63. Great job on the coasters! The sentiments do look great! I never thought to use sentiments before!

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  64. What great gifts these will make. Thanks for giving the directions.

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  65. Good luck with the craft sales. The coasters are practical and very nice for anyones home.

    Happy Verve Day.

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  66. Just adorable - what a great idea to make coasters!!!

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  67. WOW! What a great idea. Thanks for the directions, I may just have to try this. :)
    Sylvia

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  68. What a great idea and so beautifully done!

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  69. These are fantastic! I am going to have to make some of these myself! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  70. SO beautiful! Those would make a great gift!

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  71. What a great idea....I love them!

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  72. Love the coasters ~ hope they sell well for you at the fair!

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  73. These are beautiful!! Such a fun idea!

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  74. Very creative. I know someone will love to get them as gifts.

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  75. great project and thanks for the details. Good luck at your craft fair!

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  76. What a fabulous idea, putting Verve on coasters! They're just beautiful, every single one of them!!

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  77. 3-D items are a great way to extend our stamping skills and share with others. Beautiful idea!

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  78. These are great! Love them ...

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  79. Wow, I love your coasters! What a great idea. And I love that you did each one a little differently. Thanks!

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  80. Your coasters are gorgeous...they will do great at the fair!

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  81. FYI - This type of commenting doesn't work with Firefox browsers :( I had to load explorer to leave a comment...

    These tiles are a fabulous idea! I love them and would make fabulous gifts

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  82. What a great project!!

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  83. I LOVE these tiles! I have "Beautiful You" and this is a great idea! Good luck on the circuit!

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  84. what a great idea for the coasters!!!! good luck on the craft fairs....

    Lorene H

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  85. great idea.. terrific sentiments. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  86. Gorgeous! So creative and wonderful!

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  87. I love coasters, and I am going to try them the way you describe so the colors stay put and new looking. Thanks.

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  88. I love your project idea!! It is so fun to
    have a way to have a longlasting way to see
    all the wonderful designs from Verve!

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  89. These are cute. Good luck on your craft fair!!

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  90. The coasters are great, wonderful for a gift! I love the stamps used.

    Cazzy x

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  91. These coasters are a great idea! I love the sentiments on them.

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  92. Super pretty and thank you for the instructions. I love the verses and the butterflies.

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  93. Great idea. Thanks for the instructions and Thanks for sharing!

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  94. Wonderful tiles. Thank you for the instructions. I'll have to try them too!

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  95. these coasters are just too cool!!!

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  96. These coasters are great! Good luck in your craft fair adventure. TFS!

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  97. Wow! These are just beautiful!!! You've challenged me to get my set out!!!

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  98. Such a Super idea! Love the butterflies too :o)

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  99. Beautiful and what great gifts - thanks for sharing how you heat set and colored them.

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  100. What a fun idea! Thanks for the details on how to do them.

    Chris R. from Iowa

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  101. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  102. I'd buy a set or 2 or 3... LOL Great Job!!!!!

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  103. How clever. Thanks for sharing. These will make great gifts.

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  104. What a neat gift idea! Thank you for sharing.

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  105. WHat a lovely and practicle way to use your stamps. Happy verveday!

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  106. i love making these too! beautiful job! i am sure they will go over well at your craft fairs. i have only done one too but am looking forward to some more in the fall :) good luck!

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  107. The coasters are a great idea. thanks for tips on how to set the colors.

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  108. Your coasters are fabulous, and the tips are much appreciated. Thanks for sharing!

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  109. What a wonderful idea, Kayla! Love how crisp the Verve images look!! Good luck with your craft shows!

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  110. I really like the ones with flower and quote. Good luck.

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  111. What a great project!! I love it!

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  112. What a great project -- so creative!!

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  113. Love the project idea. Thanks so much for the instructions..

    Wishing you abundant blessings,
    Tami

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  114. wow - these are beautiful. thanks for the great directions, too :)

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  115. Thanks so much. Am enjoying these blogs so much. Just found verve stamps and you divas. Thanks.

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  116. beautiful coasters - great choice of stamps to use!

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