Some exciting news!!

Hey folks!

I have some BIG news to share today! Its been so hard to keep this to myself all along because its SO AWESOME!

I’m excited to share that today I’m joining Verve as an Illustrator and DT member!!!

Can I scream now? Yes? Ok! EEEEEKKKKK!!!! 🙂

You all probably know my illustrating journey if you have followed my blog for a while. Verve is one of my favorite companies when it comes to stamps and dies and my illustrating style is in line with theirs! I’m so glad Julee thought the same and gave me this chance! So honored to be a Verve Diva and to know that some very talented ladies will create with my designs!

Watch out for my designs with Verve in the coming months!

So today I am joining the Verve divas in the May Inspirations Hop!

The hop starts at Julee’s blog and you should have come here from Susan’s blog!

The theme today is Font Focus. Here is the inspiration image:


I pulled out my favorite set from Verve – On Occasion! I love the frame it comes with! It has some great font sentiments that go inside the frame so it was perfect to bring the focus to the sentiments. And the inspiration made me think of WATERCOLORS!

Here is my card:


And here is a quick little photo tutorial on how I made it…

Step 1: Draw light lines with pencil to mark off the sections



Step 2: Stamp the long border from the set on the lines with Versamark. Heat emboss with Ranger black embossing powder. Don’t worry about them all making a jumble in the middle. That’ll get covered up with the frame. You can erase the pencil lines after the embossing cools down.


Step 3: Color with your favorite watercolors in each section! I used Inktense pencils.



Then add the frame diecut with the matching die and stamp the sentiment! And go crazy with home-made enamel dots! (I mentioned that I’m making them in this week’s Iron Craft! Watch out for some photos of that this week!)

Hope you enjoyed the card and the photo tutorial!

Oh did I mention that there is a lil ol’ prize for y’all? 🙂 There is a prize for one lucky commenter along the hop! Check out the Verve Blog today for all the info and deadlines, and a little bit about moi!

Here is the full hop list if you like to randomly hop around like I do sometimes 😉 Hope you will leave all my fellow divas some comment love ❤

1. Julee 9. Susan
2. Amy 10. Chaitali
3. Anya 11. Stacey
4. Betty 12. Maureen
5. Karen 13. Marisa
6. Sankari 14. Andrea
7. Sarah 14. Charmaine
8. Sony 14. Christyne

Thanks for dropping by today!! Now go check out Stacey’s blog for an even bigger dose of inspiration!


  1. Kymona

    I was so excited that I forgot to comment on your card. I love it. Watercolor is my new favorite technique. I must pull out my Inktense pencils! They are intense for real!! Great job!


  2. Mauree P

    OH, welcome Diva Sistah! We are so exciting to have a new Diva with exciting new stamp ideas! This rainbow effect is just gorgeous! You had me fooled with the enamel dots! I’ll be looking forward to that tutorial!


    1. Chaitali

      Thanks Maureen!! Such an honor to create with you all Divas!

      The enamel dots are SO easy to make with Perler beads! I have a flood of them in my house now because I got the large bead container with like 10 thousand beads!


  3. Jen H

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to see your designs. I purchased my first Verve stamp set this Spring and have fallen in love with all of them! I love what you did with your design with the rainbow and loopy lines… and I can’t wait to try out my DIY enamel dots — I made my first batch last night.


    1. Chaitali

      Aren’t the dots so fun to make?! 🙂 And so cheap too when you DIY!

      You’ll LOVE Verve designs Jen. They are so beautiful and versatile to use!


  4. Virginia L.

    I am THRILLED for you! What AWESOME news! I can’t wait to see your illustrated images from Verve! Your card today is darling…love those yummy watercolors! Congrats, Chaitali!


  5. Lynn Noe

    Congratulations!! Can’t wait to see some of your stamp designs! Your card is wonderful. Such a beautiful way to make that sentiment shine.


  6. c

    CONGRATULATIONS!! You should be able to hear me applauding and cheering this outstanding, wonderful news all the way from Alberta! How exciting for you, and especially for us, who love VERVE products! I already know my wish list will be expanding, once I see your creations. Excited! Your card here: gorgeous! Yet more evidence of why you’ll be a valued, inspiring member of the Verve team!! Way to go!!! Yayyyy….


    1. Chaitali

      THANKS C!!! I hope you will crate with some of my designs! I’ve seen your style and these will fit right in for you I think! Can’t wait for the designs to become real stamps! 🙂


  7. marylouh

    Congratulations on your selection to the DT
    with this card you proved that Verve didn’t make a mistake.
    Great card. So pretty and colorful.


  8. Pat McCleary

    Congratulations, Chaitali. What an opportunity for you & you surely deserve it. Will look forward to your designs. And this card is just too cute; great job.


  9. Winnie

    Congratulations to you and Verve! Your card is lovely, lot the doodles and your use of the pencils for the background. I have a few sets from Verve of their birdies and a few of their sentiment stamps. Look forward to seeing what you do!


  10. Darlene

    First……….Congratulations and second…….what a beautiful rainbow card. I love how you used the swirls between each colour. Thanks for the tutorial too.


  11. Donna Oates

    Congratulations on joining Verve. Since I first found them last year, I am now addicted. Love your fun card. I will get around to purchasing that frame one of these days, but with each new month come more beauties! Sigh!


  12. Christine Miller

    What a wonderful card! I love that set and am so excited to think of using it in this way! Congratulations of becoming part of the Verve team. I so enjoy my Verve stamps and know that you must be somebody absolutely amazing to have been chosen to work with Julee.


  13. Lisa (ThePurplePlace)

    That is VERY happy and EXCITING New and I am very happy for you! I’m sure you must be super happy and I can’t wait to see what you create for the teams.

    I think your little doodle card is adorable and no doubt you’ll be a fabulous addition to the Verve Design Team.




  14. Kris B

    Congratulations! How exciting, can’t wait to see your designs! Love your rainbow card! Love the homemade enamel dots, I’ve been making them too! Thanks for the tutorial!


  15. Linsey

    What exciting news–congrats!!!! I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve–I’ll keep my eyes peeled in the coming months for what I know will be fabulous designs from you! This card is absolutely wonderful and totally inspiring! I love the watercolor rainbow burst and how you centered the sentiment. Perfection! thanks so much for sharing your fantastic card and awesome news!!!


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