Retrospective bloghop and a poll!

Hey folks!

I’m joining the Release Retrospective Bloghop today for Verve’s July release. All of the stamps and dies from this release (including my 2 debut stamps) are now available in the Verve Store!!

And you can get a discount on the sets till July 31!

So back to the hop. You should have come here from the fabulous Maureen‘s blog! If you want to begin at the beginning, you can start from Julee‘s blog (don’t forget to wish her a belated happy birthday!)

Now I’ll admit I had a selfish reason for designing the Indian inspired stamp designs – I wanted to use them on my Diwali cards this year! Thankyou Julee for releasing them now. I can get started on my Diwali cards early!

For those of you who don’t know Diwali, it is one of the biggest festivals in India. For the past 2 years I have been sending Diwali cards to friends and family. And the list gets longer each year. This time its 60 cards!

So I laid down some rules for my cards this year to make the mass-producing easy. I’ll tell you that story in another post. Today you get to see the cards!

I made 4 cards as prototypes! And those are my hop cards today! On all of them I used the Moments Remembered and/or Peaceful Medallions stamp sets.

Card 1 features red and gold and a simple layout. The gold feather is with Delicata ink. All other inks are Memento.


Card 2 features dry embossing with a Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder that I inked up with Delicata gold ink. I kept the stamping low on this one because of the embossing involved.


Card 3 has a Raspberry Fizz background and has a pink and gold combination. there is some dimension with the raise center panel.


Card 4 has a kraft background with a sweet blush frame behind the front panel. Also has gold and rich cocoa stamping.


I’m in love with all of them! And having a hard time deciding. So before you continue with the hop, would you mind taking a minute to cast your vote on which you like? The most voted one will be my mass-produced and sent-with-love Diwali card this year!!

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Now back again to the hop and more information about some fun prizes and a DISCOUNT code!

1. Julee 10. Jen
2. Stacey 11. Sheri {Guest}
3Maureen 12. Laurie
4. Chaitali 13. Andrea
5. Marisa 14. Amber
6. Teresa 15. Christyne
7. Kay {Guest} 16. Sarah
8. Janelle 17. Anya
9. Charmaine 18. Betty

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We’re giving away a $40 gift voucher to one lucky commenter along the hop, so be sure to leave a shout out in the comments as you hop about.

Want another chance to win? Now it’s your turn! We’d LOVE to see what you’ve done with the July release. Link up your cards using at least one product from our July release and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win our entire next release! All the details and the linkup widget are on the Verve Blog today. The deadline is August 23, so there’s still plenty of time to get the July release if you haven’t already.

Don’t miss this weekend only discount offer in honor of Julee’s birthday:

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Your next stop is the super talented Marisa!!


  1. Mary-Anne V.

    Love these 4 cards…really 2 things sttod out that I liked the most the use of gold (very Indian of you) and the inking of the embossing folder. I want to try that inky technique with the Darice Henna embossing folder…when I buy it!


  2. Vicki Smith

    All of the cards are outstanding and I really like the new stamps. You did a wonderful job on all of them but #4 is my favorite. Excellent design techniques.


  3. marylouh

    I vote for Card #1. It speaks India to me more than the other cards. I would rule out 2 completely. #3 and 4 are getting closer but I still love #1. You can add me to your mailing list for that one 🙂 thanks


  4. Celeste Goff

    Wow, all of your cards are beautiful! It was a toss-up for me between #1 and #4 but I think #4 spoke more to me. Just gorgeous!


  5. c

    Chaitali – wow x 4 for this stunning set of cards! Each one is gorgeous in its own right, that narrowing down to one is quite the challenge! Given that you have 60 to make, maybe 15 of each would work; that way all these lovelies would have an opportunity to bring smiles to faces! Plus, you won’t get bored making 60 of the same. I tried mass producing once: didn’t make it past two of the same! Love them all, but if we *have* to vote, I’ll choose #4…and #2…and #1…and #3 …


  6. BarbGhig

    Really gorgeous cards, Chaitali! I love every one of them, and even though it was difficult, I finally voted!
    I think it’s wonderful that you send so many cards to your family and friends…I’m sure they appreciate it very much!


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