Sunday, March 29, 2015

Bisters and Rosebuds

Well, I am not sure if I will get time to stamp much or be creative this next week or so as it will be a week in which I will be cleaning and spending time with doctor appointments again. And, also the last of the carpentry will be done too this week. So I thought this Palm Sunday afternoon I would make one last card and then start putting all my creative supplies away.


The background of my card front panel was done with Blue Bisters on white glossy paper. I then stamped the rosebuds from Stampinback whose images are available at I Brake for Stamps in black Gina K. Designs dye ink. I used Copics to color in the roses. I also used the black dye ink to stamp the sentiment which is also from Stampinback.

This panel was then placed on a Spellbinder A2 Fancy Weave Frame die cut of black card stock before I mounted it onto the white base card panel.

I finished the card by adding the smallest butterfly from the set of seven found on the Cheery Lynn Designs D130 Butterfly Bundles which is a die cut and emboss set. This butterfly die was inked up with black ink before I die cut  and embossed it on  Mohagany Bisters watercolored yellow matte card stock. I then inked it again with Versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. By creasing the butterfly in the middle and adding some popping tape down the center of it I was able to create the illusion of the butterfly in motion.

Since this fits the challenge for this week at the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog challenge  I guess I will enter it in. One never knows....maybe I will be lucky!

I hope your week is fantastic! And, if I am quiet this week and perhaps the next don't be surprised as there is a lot going on these next ten or so days.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, March 27, 2015

Blossoms and Bisters

The carpenters left early today so I did get a chance to play with my Bisters and some great stamps from Gina K. Designs.


I started out with a yellow Bisters background and from there I added the blossoms and leaves from the Gina K. Designs Blossoms set. Also the butterflies were from Bister backgrounds. One is from blue background and one is from a red background. They are popped up over the background which I created for the card and the butterflies are from the Gina K. Designs Butterflies and Dogwood set. I colored the blossoms which were originally stamped in black ink with a blue Copic marker.

I layered this panel onto a medium pink or almost salmon colored card stock and then on the base card of ivory. The final step was to cut an oval from the ivory with a Cherry Lynn Designs die and then a frame die of the pinkish salmon colored card stock to showcase it which is from Sue Wilson's French Collection.

Oh, I almost forgot to add that the rhinestones around the sentiment were originally clear but I colored them in with the same Copic marker that I used on the blossoms.

Well, it was a fun time and I am happy to have you stop by and look at my little piece of artwork. I hope your weekend is fantastic.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter Eggs Card

Yesterday I cut out a lot of ovals which I used for a stencil for an Easter egg design. Well, I saved those ovals and today I created a little mini scene of the eggs nestled in the grass ready for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.


I took those die cut ovals from Cheery Lynn Designs and using a masking method added stripes of inks to them. Then I stamped the little cross image from Sparkle N Sprinkles Stamp Set 383 called Religious Sympathy on each one. I colored the cross in with a white gel pen and then added some Wink of Stella to provide a bit of shimmer.

The sentiment I used is also from Sparkle N Sprinkle and I think even though you cannot find it on her web site, if you asked for that certain sentiment I bet Margaret could find it for you. Just refer to my blog post so she can see the sentiment I used.

I used My Favorite Things Grassy Edges Die-namics die set for the grass and used two shades of green card stock. I finished the scene by sponging on some blue ink for the sky.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week in which the theme is Easter.

Well, this will be my last Easter card I do unless I decide to work on more for next year. I am enjoying using my new die cutting machine called the Crossover. I am so happy I purchased it.

Have a great day and thanks for your comments.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Egg Stencil and Card

Just a quick post to show you my Easter card design I did by making my own stencil with oval dies to look like an egg background.  I simply sponged various colors of ink onto white card stock and then added my Happy Easter sentiment from Sparkle N Sprinkle. This went really quick and I made four cards similar to this one. Oh, and save the cut out ovals for another project.


Thanks for taking the time to check out my Easter card design I did today. We are getting rain right now and so it is a good day to just be creative inside.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, March 23, 2015

Daisy Spotlight

Well, I got my new die cutting machine the Crossover from Cheery Lynn Designs this last Friday but being I was gone all weekend I just got to play today with it. I love it and it is so much easier for me to crank a handle on this machine than my Big Kick.

With that in mind I decided to enter the Cheery Lynn Blog Challenge for this week which has the theme Anything Goes. And, since I made it a spotlight card I am entering it in the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge too.


I stamped the daisy bouquet from the Gina K. Designs Enjoy the Sunshine set with black ink and then left that uncolored. It was stamped onto a Cheery Lynn Designs DL183 Oval Doily Stacker One using the smallest doily frame. The flower bouquet was again stamped onto the center oval of this same set and that was what I colored in. I then popped that up over the original daisy bouquet and making a spotlight affect.

I found some old card stock I had that was almost the exact shade of deep pink that I had used on the daisies so I cut a rectangle panel out of that and in each corner I added one of three corner elements from the Cheery Lynn Designs B162 Lace Corner Deco B. This created an additional frame which showcased the center design. All was added to a white card stock base.

I love the bright colors of this card and it makes me think Spring even if the weather does not seem to act like it. We had a brief meltdown of snow today but I understand more is on the way again. But thanks to the Lord anyway for some much needed moisture so I won't complain too much.

I hope you are having a wonderful start to this week as well. And, thanks for all the nice comments you leave each post I write.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Easter Cross in Ombre Colors

Another Easter card design and this time I used another cross image from Sparkle N Sprinkle and stamped it in black ink onto a Peeps advertisement in a magazine. I embossed it with black ink and cut it out.

This will be entered in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week in which one is to use magazine ads in your card designs. Magazine Madness is the theme.



This design was then placed onto a Spellbinder Lacey Ovals die which was cut of yellow card stock. Next I layered the die cut onto a piece of light blue card stock and lined it with black card stock. Finally I adhered this onto the base card of pink card stock.

I finished the card by stamping the sentiment from Gina K. Designs in black ink onto white card stock and then layering it onto black card stock before placing it on my card front panel.

This went together very easily as the colors of the peeps were perfect for the look I was trying to achieve. And, pretty simple fussy cutting too.

Well, thanks for joining me for a fun Sunday afternoon. I am so happy to see all of the comments you leave me too.

God bless,
Verna

Easter Chick

I have made another card using magazine ads for the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week which is entitled Magazine Madness. When making your card design you are to use something from a magazine on the card. I chose this design and pieced different parts of various ads on to color in the image.


The only place where I used markers were on the beak, the feet and the center of the flowers but first I had to use a white pen to lighten them up so the orange marker would show. The rest of the design is all pieced in. Everything was embossed with black fine detail embossing powder and heat set, even the portions of the ads I fussy cut and glued on.

I finished the card then by stamping the sentiment in black ink and heat embossing it before adding some black and white gingham ribbon.

This was a long process as it takes a long time to stamp each little portion and then fussy cut it out. Even the gluing on can be tricky as you have to place it pretty much in line with the original stamped image.

Thanks for stopping by again. I always love to see your comments too and I thank you dearly.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring-It's Here!

Happy first day of Spring to all of you. In honor of the day I did a ten minute card for the occasion.


I used a stencil called Circles 1 from Stampinback and also the silhouette flowers from Stampinback. These are available at I Brake for Stamps. My stencil was sponged onto white card stock with pink and blue. Then I stamped the flowers in black.

My sentiment is from Biblical Impressions and that was also stamped in black ink. My base card is called Spring Green.

So I hope this makes you feel like it is spring in your neck of the woods too. Have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, March 19, 2015

For God So Loved

I got home early enough from the Wound Clinic to join in on the fun that the Mod Squad Challenge Blog is creating with their challenge to use something from a magazine on your card or project. I chose again to make an Easter card design.


I used the cross image and the sentiment from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Stamp Set 362 Crosses. I chose lavender and egg plant card stocks for my card. I cut out the Spellbinder Labels 6 shapes and layered them together. On the front label of lavender card stock I stamped the cross in Versamark and then added fine detail gold embossing powder and heat set it. I also stamped the cross on an ad from Ruby Tuesday which showed a piece of grilled steak. I also embossed that with the gold embossing powder. I fussy cut around the image on the magazine ad and glued it to the gold cross template I created on the top label.

Before I added the layered cross design onto the base card of lavender I took some gold fiber and added that beneath it to create a bit more elegance. It is a simple design but the message is perfect for the Easter season.

I don't think you can tell it was piece of grilled steak either now. Thanks for looking and leaving lovely comments always too.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Celebrate Easter

I decided to join in on the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog challenge for this week. I am glad I did as it was a nasty mix of rain and snow outside and so a good way to spend an afternoon. The theme is Celebrate, so I chose to make an Easter card as that will be the next major holiday in which we celebrate the great gift that our Lord gave us. He took our sins and paid the price so that we might be saved. Now that is really true love.


On my card I used a Cheery Lynn Doily called French Pastry DL 102. I lightly sponged on some Gina K. Designs Bubblegum pink ink and then stamped my Gina K. Designs sentiment in black ink. Once I had that done I took Versamark and dabbed clear ink all over the doily and then embossed it with Sparkle N Sprinkle EP107 Sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. This was added to the base card of blue card stock.

Next I die cut the DL 208 Lace Egg 2 in a medium purple card stock and then placed it on lighter lavender card stock and then cut around it to have a solid background. I then took an orange marker and lightly colored in the areas where the cross design appeared. Once I had this done I then inked it up with Versamark ink and added the Sprinkle EP to that and heat set it. I placed this in the lower center of the doily.

My butterfly is from the DL130 Butterfly Bundle which is die cuts and embosses. To emphasize the embossing more I used a green sheet of the Easy Color Sheet from Cheery Lynn Designs and that way I could see the raised areas in the green hue. The butter fly was cut out of a rusty orange card stock and with the green embossed areas showing clearer I was able to add white gel pen to the open areas. Once I had the white on the butterfly, I then went over it with a yellow marker so that it had a multi-colored design. I again added Versamark ink to the butterfly and embossed it with the Sparkle embossing powder. The butterfly was then popped up in the upper left corner of the card.

I finished the card then by adding some flowers and gems. The leaves on the flowers are from the Cheery Lynn Designs  B178 Flourish Leaf Strip.

Below is a photo showing the glittery affect on the card design.


Well thanks for all the lovely comments you always leave. I so appreciate all of them. I hope your evening is a great one.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, March 16, 2015

Die Cut Flowers

I did another simple card design for the Die-Namites Challenge for March. I am limited on their company dies but am surely giving some of the few I own a workout as I love them. The March challenge is to use the sketch and also  a cut out on the card. So I found this to be an easy challenge.



First of all I used a Cheery Lynn Designs circle die to cut my circle in the upper part of the panel. Then I embossed that panel with the Die-sire Embossalicious Florabunda embossing folder. This panel was popped up over the base card of white card stock.

My Die-Namites "Love Arrangement" die cut was done with black card stock. I then placed that over the circle portion of the panel.

The sentiment I chose was a more generic one that I thought would work for many types of occasions. This is a Gina K. Designs sentiment and is from the Stippled Nature set. This sentiment was embossed and heat set with white detail embossing powder onto black card stock and then popped up on the card base. My card was now complete. Inside I can later add an appropriate sentiment for the occasion needed.

Thanks so much for checking out my design and for the comments that you leave. I always appreciate each and every one of them.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lace Egg Easter

Not a lot of crafting getting done this week with being laid up but with a little each day I finally finished a card design just in time to enter it into the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog challenge for this week. The theme is Easter.


For my egg I used Cherry Lynn Designs DL208 Lace Egg Two. I cut it out in two different colors and in fact found scraps that were perfect. Then I applied Versamark clear ink to the lace eggs and added Sparkle Embossing Powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle. It is a clear embossing powder with just a hint of glitter in it. Once I had this done I glued these eggs to a background card stock and fussy cut around them. In the center of each egg is a cross like pattern and I added some markers to those open areas so that my cross would be more predominate. I like this egg die because that brings on the Christian reason for this special day.

The grass is cut from multiple colors of green card stock and I used a set of grass dies called My Favorite Things Grassy Edges which is made by Die-Namics.

I then sponged on some light blue color in the upper open area to look like sky. And, over that I stamped the sentiment in black ink. This is an older stamp I own and love. It is or was made by Sonlight Impressions. I am not sure if the company is in business anymore at all, but I really liked this big bold sentiment so I used it on my card.

Thanks for looking and I hope your weekend is a great one.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

For the Guys!

I am in need of a few masculine type birthday cards soon so today I worked with a stencil from Stampinback called Flagstones which I thought resembled the hide of a giraffe. Along with that background I also used the giraffe images and sentiment from the Stampinback Sheet 138B.


Both the stencil and the stamps I used are available at I Brake For Stamps. I used Gina K. Designs Ivory and Black card stock and also used Gina K. Designs Warm Cocoa and Black inks on this card. After layering the main panel onto black I then added the ribbon before I adhered it to the Ivory card base.

Well, not a lot of time to stamp this week but at least I got couple done towards my supply of birthday cards.

Hope you are having a good week and here we are having spring like weather. Hurray!

God bless,
Verna

Friday, March 6, 2015

Inked Embossing Folder Background

The theme at the Mod Squad Blog Challenge this week was to make a background for a card by any method as long as it was not a pre-printed one. I chose to use an embossing folder to which I added inks and then spritzed with water before I placed my card stock on it. The folder I used was Seeing Spots by Cuttlebug.



The color of ink used on my background was Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac and I added it to Gina K. Designs White card stock. Also used for the "Love Arrangement" die by Die-namites was Gina K. Designs Edible Eggplant card stock. It was backed up on a sheet of Gina K,'s Wild Lilac card stock. I used Edible Eggplant to frame the panel from leftovers by making just a corner design. My sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Birthday Blessing set and was inked up with Edible Eggplant. After combining all the layers onto the base of white card stock I then finished it off by adding a ribbon bow at the bottom.

I am cleaning up my work space this week and since I ran across all of these things I had done previously but not used I decided they could work together for a nice card design if I were creative enough to get the leftovers to stretch. I am happy with it and not only am I getting some cleaning done I am also getting some creative fun in.

Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for the lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Frugal Splats!

A few years ago I was always buying special ink cleaners which had a dauber top. They worked great too! But then I went to a scrubber instead to clean my inks off the stamps and so I did not use the dauber type anymore. But I saved a few of the bottles because they had good daubers on them. I am glad I did too!

I was wanting a yellow ink to make a card but my bingo daubers were all different colors then that. So I took this old ink dauber bottle, cleaned it out and added water and food coloring to create my new dauber with a yellow color. Here is a card I made with it.


I suggest if you use this method that you use a heavy card stock or water color paper. And, again I added the sentiments from the Gina K. Designs Stamp It Big set illustrated by Carolyn King. Although two sentiments are used in the stamping I stamped them close to make it appear as one big sentiment. Like I said before, I do love that set of sentiment stamps.

Well, I am glad I could share a few of my recliner thoughts and creative ideas I had this past week. I may have to take a recliner hiatus more often. LOL

Thanks for stopping by too!
God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bingo Dauber Splat!

A few days ago I had so much fun making splats with various forms of inks and methods. So while I was recuperating I remembered I had bingo daubers and thought perhaps if I slapped them on the card stock really hard they might make a splat! Well, guess what? It worked. I was really pleased with the splats I created.


However, not all daubers are the same. I had two of the same name brand but for the life of me I could not get them to splat. I own four of them so only my red and green worked. I even turned the others upside down overnight thinking the dauber needed to be juicier with the ink but still it did not work. I purchased them years ago at a dollar store in our local town. I have not seen any since! But never fear I will make use of all of them for a quick and easy background.

I used sentiments from the Gina K. Designs Stamp It Big set by Carolyn King. This is actually two sentiments and in that set you can combine them to make various different sayings. I like that!

Well, here in South Dakota it is a blustery day with snow earlier and now the winds. Oh, winter! You are growing weary for me! LOL

Well, thanks for looking and I hope your day is going great!

God bless,
Verna

Monday, March 2, 2015

St. David's Day

This post is a day late but on March 1 was the celebration of St. David's Day. I had no inkling of this before until my friend Dolores told me all about it in an email.  The Welsh celebrate this day much the same as the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Whereas the Irish use the Shamrock, the Welsh use the Daffodil or a Leek image. My friend sort of challenged me to make a card for this occasion so I chose to use a leek image on my card.



Well, guess what? I did not have an image of a leek so I had to rely on my limited artistic talents and draw one. I decided I wanted my leek to be sort of a comical version. So please keep in mind that I am no artist in any sense of the word but even so I was not too unhappy with my happy little fellow!

The sentiments used on this card are from the Gina K. Designs Stamp It Big set which is illustrated by Carolyn King. Also the pattern paper is from the Gina K. Designs Birthday Hoot pattern paper pack.

I added a ribbon and some black pearls before layering onto a complimentary green card stock. The card base was white card stock.

Here is a little more history on the use of the leek for St. David's Day. Apparently the leek was chosen as their symbol to celebrate the winning of a battle against the Saxons which took place in a field of leeks.

Anyway, to all those who are of Welsh decent I hope you had a wonderful St. David's Day.

God bless,
Verna

Final Card

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