Saturday, April 29, 2017

Color Burst Background

The last card I posted used this Color Burst background and someone requested that I post a photo of the background before it was used on the card so here it is. I used blue and purple colors on Tim Holtz water color paper.


And since the tulips were in full bloom and looking beautiful this year as the nasty wind did not destroy them, I thought I would share a photo of those as well. And, it looks like a weed is growing in the area as well. Oh, dear!


Well, happy Saturday to all. Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, April 28, 2017

Lovely Hello

I worked up a quick card using some Hero Arts inks and stamps and will be entering this at the last minute for the A Blog Named Hero April Challenge -Anything Goes. I had my background layer already done with some purple and blue Color Bursts so it was just a matter of stamping the focal panel.


The Hero Arts Stamp set I used is called You're So Lovely. I used my Misti to stamp most of it and then in the center I added a fussy cut flower and some leaves. This panel was die cut with a Cottage Cut Double Stitched rectangle die  and then placed on a panel of the Color Bursts card stock using a Die-Namics stitched rectangle die from the Blueprints 29 set from My Favorite Things.

The inks used were Hero Arts Ombre Meadow ink pad and a Versafine Black ink pad. The layers were then mounted on the white card base and finished by adding some turquoise blue rhinestones.

Well, I will be taking a bit of a break over the weekend from posting as I will be working on some winter and Christmas card designs. At least that is the plan so far. LOL I hope you have a great weekend and thanks again for stopping in and for the lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Moment in Time and Card Drive Information

Yesterday I got to work with some free stamps I won from Penny Black. One of the sets I chose is an image called A Moment In Time. I used it on this card along with a sentiment from A Jillian Vance Design called Simply Said: Sympathy.


Now this is a large stamp so I had to make a bigger card then an A2 size to get all of the image on the front panel. I used my Misti and then colored in each part of the image using Tombow markers with the direct to stamp method. Once I thought I had enough color on it I then took a bit of water and a fine brush and blended some of the ink out. When the image was dry I then reapplied ink to the images with the markers and stamped it again to get more details which had washed away with the water.

I also took some green ink from an ink pad and rubbed a bit of that on some acetate and then added some water to it. With the brush I then flicked on some splashes of green color. Next I added  the sentiment and placed this panel onto a green card stock layer. The card was finished  by adding it to a base card of ivory card stock.

I might be taking a break now and then to work on some cards for a great cause with a drive that will be held in July called Cards for Little Hearts. There is a side logo with the site along the right side of my blog if you want to check into it. Also you can go to this website to get all the details for it too.
I feel that I have been so blessed these past years and that this might be a way of giving back for all I have received. So I hope to devote as much time as I can to make a few. And I hope some of you will join in as well.

I spent a good deal of time this afternoon looking for free digis online for this card drive that would be appropriate for youngsters and also looking at some stamp sets that I thought might be great too. So I was shopping but only bought two small sets. I think along with some of my supplies already on hand I can come up with a few great designs for the card drive by July. Once the garden starts to produce I will find less time for my hobby so better try to get in some work for card drive in the meantime.

Well, it is time to concentrate on the evening meal. I thank all of you for visiting and for all the wonderful comments you always leave me. Each of them are so uplifting to me. Have a great rest of the week.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

40th Birthday Card

Today I am sharing with you a card I made for my son-in-law for his 40th birthday. I used a stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Simple Numbers which was illustrated by Tami Mayberry. Unfortunately, I do not see this set in the store so either it has been discontinued or it will be remade into a clear one. I like it for using on milestone birthdays.


I also used some NBUS items at the time which were a Gina K. Designs Swirls & Flourishes Foil Mates set and also the Gina K. Design Rectangle Small double stitched die set of which both are from her new Therm o Web line.

I took the swirled Foil Mate design and first added some Gina K. Designs Tomato Soup and Peach inks to it and then put it through the laminator using Deco Black Foil. I maybe could have skipped using the black foil on it as the image is already black and white but I was anxious to see if it made a lot of difference. It did add a bit more shimmer but the black is not as shimmery as the metallic foils are. Either way it would have looked great.

That was put onto the base card of light orange card stock. I also took a die cut panel of that same light orange card stock and stamped The Big and the circle frame with the number 40 in it with Versafine black ink. The candles were die cut from the rectangle set of Gina's as they came with the set.  I offset this panel onto another black layer cut with the die set.  I  added some Wink of Stella to the flames and added a different shade of orange inside the card where I placed my message.


I really love how this card turned out and I hope my son-in-law liked it as well. He had a really nice party to celebrate the occasion too.


Well thanks for stopping in and for all your sweet comments. I look forward to reading them every time.

God bless,
Verna


Monday, April 24, 2017

Anchors Away

I had so much fun making a scene with the silhouette stamps that I decided to do one more before the day was through. This one is a sea scene and this time I did sponging for my inked backgrounds. This design will fit in with this week's Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge.


Besides sponging the background for the scene I also sponged a stencil design of anchors which I thought would work well with it. As for the waves I fussy cut a wavy pattern from a Post-It note and used that for my mask. I also added some white to the waves to make it look like they had white caps as we call them around here. Once I had my designs done I layered them on black card stock and then to the base card of white card stock.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Inks: Powder Blue, Blue Lagoon, Blue Denim and Peach Bellini
Versafine Black Ink
Gina K. Designs Stamp set: Ship to Shore
Scor Pal
Artplorations Stencil: Anchors Away
Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle Dies
Crafters Companion Glue Pen
Gina K. Designs Black and White Card Stock

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
Double D's Challenge-Silhouettes
Crop Stop Linky Party #27
Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge
Stamplorations Things With Wings Theme Challenge

This is the second post of the day. I really had fun working with the little simple scenes. I hope you enjoyed viewing them as well. Have a great evening and I love the visits and comments.

God bless,
Verna

Smackin' Acetate Background

I made a a background using a technique called Smackin' Acetate Background. It is very simple to do as all you do is take a piece of acetate, add color either with stamp pads, markers or water colors of some sort, spritz with water and then place a piece of card stock into the mix. One can move it a round a bit to pick up a mix of the colors too. I have done a similar technique with a big acrylic block when I did not have the acetate to work with. It gets the same results. This was originally made to enter into the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge.


I used a Hero Arts ink pad called Ombre Meadow to get the colors for my background which are such pretty spring colors. I simply stamped the pad twice to create a longer line of color and then added my spritz of water and it was ready to place the paper down on it.

Once my background was dry I then took silhouette stamps from the Gina K. Designs Country Roads 2 set which is illustrated by Theresa Momber and created a scene using Versafine black ink. I used my MISTI to make sure I got good impressions.  I wanted my fence a bit longer then the actual stamp was so I turned my fence image upside down and extended it on both ends. On the one end I made the post more solid colored and on the other end I also colored it solid but then took a Tombow eraser and removed some of the black ink to get it to match the other posts in the fence.


The scene was die cut with a Memory Box cross stitched border die as was the outer layer of black card stock. These in turn were placed onto a base card of Jelly Bean Green. I think that is one of my favorite light green colors and it seemed to match the green ink in the stamp pad I used perfectly.

Supplies used:
Scor Pal
Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Border dies
Hero Arts Ombre Meadow ink pad
Gina K. Designs Country Roads 2 stamp set
Crafters Companion Glue Pen
Versafine Black Ink Pad
MISTI tool

This will also be entered into the following challenges:
Double D Challenge-Silhouettes
Crop Stop Linky Party #27

A new week has begun and I hope all of you will have a great one. I look forward to your visits and comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fake It Birthday

I just saw where a gal on Stamp TV did the tutorial on making fake layers on a card. Thanks to Cat Tidwell for that inspiration. However, I was not as successful at doing it as she was and was about to trash my basic fake layered creation but then decided to try and save it somehow. I did keep the center layer which is fake. And, if you look close you can see the faint outline of the other layers to which I sponged on more colors to make it brighter looking.


Like I said earlier I sponged on more Blue Lagoon and Grass Green inks from Gina K. Designs and then over the top of my fake layers I stamped the leafy branch in black ink. All stamps are from the Birthday Essentials set by Gina K. Designs. The last step was to stamp the butterfly in black ink onto Lipstick Pink card stock and then die cut them. They were then placed on each corner. So except for the addition of the butterflies which I glued on it is just a one layer card. I used blue card stock for the card base.

This was "just a for fun" design and I don't intend to enter it into any competition. And, this will do it for me this week. I won't be available tomorrow as I will have other plans to keep me busy. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the comments and visits.

God bless,
Verna