Saturday, October 14, 2017

For My Handy Man

Well I just noticed that next week is our wedding anniversary and I figured I best make a card for my hubby while he was outside puttering around. So using a Memory Box Tool Border that was in my birthday gift of die cuts I made this card for him.


I dry embossed a bluish gray panel with a Cuttlebug diamond plate embossing folder which sort of made a steel looking design. In each corner I added a screw looking brad before adding the Tool Border to the embossed panel. By the way the tools were already done up in the gray and red so that cut down on the work for me. This panel was then placed on a light brown card base. The sentiment is one I die cut using a Tonic Studios die. I also added a panel matching the color of the sentiment inside the card so that I could add my own personal message to my hubby!

I think my hubby will like this card as he is redoing an old granary over into a storage area right now and has lumber and tools handy for that project. He is putting in lots of shelves to place some of the things taking up room in his big machine shed.

I am entering this card into the Scrapy Land Challenge #75 -Anything Goes.

That's all for today. I wanted to get another Christmas card done but then I recalled I needed this special card so that of course took preference. Have a great rest of the weekend everyone. I love to have you visit me and leave comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Noel Wreath

Several weeks ago I bought this stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle so yesterday late afternoon I colored in the wreath image and the birds. The name of the set is called Winter Greetings Bird & Wreath. Originally I was going to have it all on a white panel but I was not too happy with the look so I changed my design up to this one,


I fussy cut (hand cut with scissors) the images and left a white border all around the wreath and the birds which I had colored in previously with Zig Water Color Markers. I arranged the wreath onto a Gina K. Designs Grass Green card stock base. I decided I wanted a little border around the wreath so I grabbed one of the fantastic die cuts from my birthday stash and used that to create a frame. Then I finished it by popping the birds into opposite corners. I also added a piece of white card stock inside so I could stamp or write a message.

I don't know about you, but I am loving the end result. It looks so vibrant and more festive having the green card base instead of having it all done on white. Oh, and in each of the berries I took a white pen and added a little dot to make them more realistic looking. I really love that scalloped frame too which by the way is a Die-Namics one from My Favorite Things. I loved it so much I did some shopping and now have one on it's way to me for future use.

Well, it appears our Saturday is going to be a rainy one. Maybe I can get some more cards done for my Christmas supply. But first I have a sink full of dirty dishes to do. No dishwasher here but me! LOL I hope your Saturday is going well too and thanks for stopping in.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fright Night

Once again I dived into the treasure trove of wonderful die cuts sent to me and this time I made one that will work well for Halloween. I simply punched out a small circle with a Post-It Note in the sticky area and added that to a white card base. This made a moon for my scene. Then I took the ink colors of yellow and orange first and sponged them on randomly. Then over the top of them I added some purple shades. Once I had it to my liking I then simply added the die cuts which are both from Cheery Lynn Designs.


I had to cut off part of the spooky tree in order for all to fit on the card front but I think it still looks like a great little scene. Inside I added another Cheery Lynn Designs die cut which is a Happy Halloween sentiment.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Double D Challenges-Fright Night
Scrapy Land Challenge #75-Anything Goes

Well, that does it for me today. I need to put my things away for the night and work on an evening meal. But I sure enjoyed working with these dies and I will be featuring more of them in the next few days.

Thanks for you wonderful comments too and I hope you have a great evening.

God bless,
Verna

Anniversary Card

I was so fortunate for my 70th birthday to get dies from friends and I am trying to use some of them to make cards for my personal stash. I have several anniversaries coming up soon so I thought these dies made a nice design for one of them.


The blue lattice cover die is from Cheery Lynn Designs and I added this to a lavender glitter paper.  The cake is also from Cheery Lynn Designs and the bells are from Cottage Cutz. All of these were assembled and placed onto a white card base. I added a sentiment from Gina K. Designs below and also some flowers that I have had in my stash to which I added a pink pearl. I have no idea what company I bought them from anymore. To finish the cake and the bells to make them more elegant I added some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

I am entering this in the following challenge:
Scrapy Land-Anything Goes-Challenge #75

Well since we had a killing frost I decided that hubby should dig the carrots so yesterday was spent scubbing, peeling, slicing and dicing carrots and then freezing them for winter use. That was an all day job and I had to rest a bit before I decided to try some card making. I will share that card in my next post so stay tuned. LOL

Hope you are having a great day and thanks always for your visits.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, October 9, 2017

Nordic Christmas

This is my second card made today and also the second post. I went with a very CAS design and used the gorgeous stamp from the Gina K. Designs Nordic Christmas set which is illustrated by Claire Brennan.


The Gina K. Designs inks used were Red Velvet and Christmas Pine. So you can see it is in traditional colors. I also stamped inside the card using the pretty Nordic stamp. Then I finished the card off by adding some green rhinestones. I am sure glad I have a MISTI to use for stamping as I had to repeat the stamping several times and I know I would never be able to eyeball and align it up perfectly.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you are having a great start to your week.

God bless,
Verna

City of David

Today I brought out an older Gina K. Design set called the City of David. I wanted to use a negative die cut frame and build a scene inside it. I thought maybe a more religious card design would look nice in that frame. And, I added some Versamark ink around the edge of it with a Versamarker pen and then embossed it with gold embossing powder from Gina K. Designs. So the frame was now ready to place a scene in it.



On a white card base I used Gina K. Designs inks to sponge in my sky line and then stamped the solid images with the black over this sponged area. I could tell that the city would not be all included in the frame but only a portion of each end is cut off. I also took a Sailor Gold Rolling Ball Pen to go over the large stamped star and to add smaller dots to represent the little stars. I placed the prepared frame over the top.


I had some leftover holly leaves that were die cut with a Cheery Lynn Designs die and I added them on opposite corners of the card along with a few red rhinestones for the holly berries.

I know my frame isn't perfect as I have shaky hands and it often shows  up in my artwork, but even so I think this makes for a fantastic looking card. I hope you have enjoyed seeing it. I think this is a true representation of what Christmas is really about.

Thanks for stopping in. I always love to see your comments on my cards. You have a great evening now.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making Day 2017

Well, as most of you know I don't need a reason to make cards but today since it is World Card Making Day I really got busy this afternoon and did up a few Christmas cards. I won't go into great details on how I did them. And I used a lot of scraps and leftovers to create them.

First up is a card using pattern paper and die cutting it in a half circle and then making it into a tree. One has to use a pattern paper that has both sides decorated. I had some from Stampin' Up that I thought would work. This idea was from a blog post by Karen Hasheck and she also made a video. The snowflakes are from Kat's Scrappiness.com and the gems are from Eyelet Outlet. I hand cut out a star for the tree and also the snowline. The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs.


I found a foiled piece that somehow had slipped between the cracks so I finished that off into a card. It uses Emerald Watercolor Deco Foil, a Tim Holtz stencil, Deco Transfer Gel, as well as some gems and ric rac that I have had for ages. The panel was of Gina K. Designs Kraft and the card base was Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine. I also lined the card with white.


This next card uses strips of pattern paper from Stampin' Up and a sentiment and die from Gina K. Designs. It is just a simple design but I like it. I added some red rhinestones also on the sentiment die cut panel. I also added some of the pattern paper inside the red and white duplex card base.



My fourth card of the day features more Gina K. Designs dies and a sentiment.  I sponged on some red ink in the center die cut panel. I found some Cheery Lynn Designs holly leaves that I had die cut so I added them also to the design. And, the pattern paper and gems are from unknown sources. All were mounted onto a white card base.



The last card I made today is one featuring some Cheery Lynn Poinsettia dies and Holly Leaves. I had them tucked away inside a cellophane sleeve which were leftover from another year. So I used them to create a fun card design. And, the pattern paper is from an unknown source. That is the only little bit of it I had but I thought it worked great with the poinsettias of varied shades of pink and red. I added a few gems from Kat's Scrappiness.com on each poinsettia in the center. I used a Gina K. Designs sentiment again on this card.


Well, that is my parade of cards I did today. Now I have to figure out something for supper that won't give away that I spent all afternoon just making cards. I hope you have been enjoying this day as I have and that the rest of the weekend will be wonderful as well. Thanks for the visit.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Colors of Fall

I already have my Halloween cards made but still need to make a few more for Thanksgiving so I used the colors of Fall to create a card  using a NBUS stamp set called Nurturing Blooms from Gina K. Designs. I also used a sentiment from a Gina K. Designs set called The Simple Things.


All the inks were from Gina K. Designs. Colors used were Honey Mustard, Faded Brick, Sweet Mango, Sweet Corn and a touch of Grass Green.  Once I had my panel stamped I layered it onto a piece of  Honey Mustard card stock before adding it to my white card base. The sentiment was stamped with Gina K. Designs Black Onyx ink on the bottom of the card base and on the top I added a trio of black rhinestones. The finishing touch was to add a metallic gold fiber along the left side of the card.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge and the Double D Challenge.

Well, that was great fun and really worked up quite fast for a fantastic looking CAS card. I hope you like it too. Thanks for the visit and for your comments.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

So Much Heartache

Our nation and people are going through so much heartache of late with all the hurricanes and the senseless attacks that seem to continue to plague our nation and world. More then ever prayers are needed for our world and we trust that whatever befalls us next that the Lord will be with us. I hope that all who are affected ( which I think is our whole world) will turn to Him in this time of crisis. But also that we will put our trust in Him and know that the Lord is in charge and that whatever befalls us  He will be there to help us through it. So please keep your prayers going. If you cannot physically help or send money at least you can be uplifting them with your prayers.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, October 2, 2017

Vellum and Foiling

I have had this beautiful leafy Autumn Leaf Foil Mates sheet from Gina K. Designs for a long time but finally today made it into a card. I took the sheet and foiled it with Gina K. Designs Grass Green Fancy Foil and then colored in each leaf with a different fall color.  I also sponged on some light blue as well on the sheet. This made my background which was die cut with a Gina K. Designs single stitched large die and mounted onto black card stock which was fussy cut. For all those not knowing what fussy cut means, it is just using a scissors and hand cutting a border. I had a gal ask me the other day what it meant so I thought perhaps that should be explained.


Then I stamped my sentiment from the Stitched Leaves Kit with black Versafine Ink onto some white vellum which was also embedded with some little foil like dots. I got that vellum so long ago and I have no idea where it came from at all but every now and then I grab a piece of my varied colors of vellum for a card design. After I had stamped the sentiment I die cut it with one of the tag dies from the Gina K. Designs Decorative Tag Die set. Before I added the panel to Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus card stock I added a black and white gingham ribbon along the side. Then over this  panel I added the vellum tag by adding a touch of glue on the bigger solid sentiment areas. The last thing I added was a little black rhinestone gem to the tag.

Sorry I only have one photo that worked well in showing off the foil. And, I had to hold it with one hand and take the picture with my other hand. Not an easy task but this one came out fairly well so I used it. The foil has more of a gold look in the photo but believe me it is really green.

Another gloomy dreary day here with lots of rain last night and more to come. I do not envy the farmers who are having so much trouble trying to get their harvests in. For one thing it is so wet and lack of sun does not dry the crop down and if it is dried down it is still wet from all the rain. I guess my hubby picked a good year to quit farming and retire.

Thanks so much for your visit. I always appreciate all the wonderful comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Falling Leaves

This is my second post of the day. I am back to a Fall design and once again I am using the pretty Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves Set for the leaves and for the sentiment I used the Joy Clair Harvest Blessings Set. And, I also used a stencil from Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglas division called Groovin' 60's. That stencil has a swirly look to it and I thought it would look like the swirl that falling leaves would leave if they were whipping off a tree. I only used a small portion of the stencil as it is huge.


I used a rainbow pad of Autumn ombre colors from Hero Arts for my leaves. And, the sentiment and outline designs on the leaves were done with Gina K. Designs black ink. I die cut the panel using a die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 29 set. My last addition to the card before adding it to a Gina K. Designs Tomato Soup card base was to add some black rhinestones randomly. I also added a panel of white card stock inside the card for a message to be added.

This card will be entered into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to use Fall Colors.

Well, that will most likely do it for me this week. I have other plans tomorrow. I hope your day has been a fun and fulfilled one. Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

2 Layer Christmas Card

I have to start making a Christmas card now and then this month or I will be very short handed when it comes time to send my greetings out so I found this NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) stamp set from Penny Black called Red Star. After using it I find I absolutely love the way it looks on a card. So this will be my last card entered into Darnell Knaus's Blog #12 NBUS Challenge.


I used my MISTI so that I could get a good impression and colored the image in with Zig Clean Color markers. These are a watercolor marker and so I only did a small portion of the design at a time and repeated adding the colors until I got the look I wanted. Well this image has a more grainy look to it and so since I wanted to smooth it out a bit more I then took and did a direct to already stamped image using the red colored Zig marker to fill in some of that grainy look. I added some little yellow rhinestones to the center to dress up the design and used black ink to stamp the sentiment. This panel was then die cut with a die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 29 set and then placed on a card base of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine card stock.


I also die cut another panel from the white card stock and added that to the inside of the card so that I could stamp or write a message.

This card will be entered into the September Rudolph Days Challenge. And, I think I will be making several of this design in the future. I love it.

Thanks for the visit and I hope your week is going great.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

CAS Fall Birthday

I have a gentleman who is having his birthday in a few days and I did not have any that looked very masculine so I decided to do this CAS design using the Hero Arts Black ink and Ombre Autumn rainbow pad. The leaves and the sentiment are from the CAS-UAL FRIDAYS stamp set called Casual Elegance.



I used Post-It notes to mask off the area I wanted to add color to. Once that was done I took the Ombre stamp pad and swiped it along that area to cover it. I removed the Post-It notes and revealed my colored strip. My next step was to stamp the leaves in with black ink over the top of that colored area. Next I took a marker and a corrugated piece of card board and drew a faux border along the colored area. The corrugated card board sort of made a little bit of a jagged design which I liked. The last step to the card was to add the sentiment with the black ink.

Another very simple design but the colors of those inks make it so beautiful I think and I believe this would be an appropriate birthday card for a man. I will be entering this into the A Blog Named Hero One Layer Challenge.

Thanks for the visit and all the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

CAS One Layer

I was a bit cramped for time but decided to make a simple one layer card for the A Blog Named Hero-One Layer Challenge. I used the stamp set from CAS-UAL FRIDAYS called Snowy Sayings. I used the long mixed snowflake image and repeated it several times on a white card base to get my snowflakes design using blue ink and then simply added the sentiment with red ink. All inks are from Hero Arts, namely Deep Ocean and Crimson.


I love to do CAS designs and this one took about five minutes to complete. I tried to rotate the snowflake strip so that they were more mixed in alignment. For the beginner stamper this is a good way to start out in card making. To dress it up a bit more one could also add some of the flakes inside the card and also onto an envelope to make everything match.

Well, off to do a few household things and then I will be back later to add another post to my blog. Thanks for visiting and for checking out my CAS one layer card.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 25, 2017

Stitched Leaves Kit

Today's mail brought my Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves Kit and I just had to play with it right away. So I guess since this card is the first outing for these leaves and dies it will qualify for Darnell Knaus's NBUS challenge. Today is Day 2. You can see on the side bar the label relating to it.


I was inspired to make this card by the photo that was featured in the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge in which they posted an inspirational photo. This card is my take on that photo.



The plaid pattern paper is from Lawn Fawn. I layered the pattern paper onto a piece of dark brown card stock and then die cut the panel using a Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die. My leaves were stamped with a Hero Arts ink pad and also a Kalaidcolor Ink Pad. These rainbow ink pads work great to capture the colors of Autumn. Both the stamps and the dies for the leaves are in the kit.


Once I had the leaves attached where the plaid and brown card stock met I then added my black and white gingham ribbon which was also from Gina K. Designs. This panel was then mounted onto a white card base.

My final step was to stamp the thankful sentiment from the kit in black ink onto white paper and then die cut it. I also stamped the I'm so in black ink on white card stock and fussy cut that. Each of these were then popped up onto the plaid paper.


I am really happy the way this turned out. And, even if I did not get as great a stamping of the leaves as one really should I still like it. Good thing I am not on a design team as I know that I don't always get things perfect. I just am making my designs for the fun of it. And, hopefully, whoever gets this card will overlook the imperfections.

Well, another dreary day and cold now. Maybe summer is really over. No rain so far today but there is still that chance and it still feels very damp with all we got in previous days. I am going to have to snuggle in more tonight to keep warm as I am sure the hubby will not allow us to turn on the furnace

I thank you for visiting and for all of the sweet comments you leave. It sure makes me feel good to read all of them. 

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fall Owl and Pumpkin Cards

This is my second post for today. We had more rain again so that was a good time to just sit and craft and make some more cards. I chose for these cards to use the darling owl and pumpkin image along with the sentiment from a digital set by Craftin Desert Divas. I had printed out several and instead of coloring them in myself I chose to try the already colored version. At least these stay in the lines. Hahaaa!


The first design will be entered into Scrapy Land (Challenge #74) which is Anything Goes. I used circle dies from Gina K. Designs and the corner dies are from Cheery Lynn Designs. The pattern paper from Lawn Fawn was added to a white card base. I am also entering this in the Dies R Us Blog Challenge #81-Fancy Corners.



The second card I am entering into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to use leaves. Once again I used the same digi image set from Craftin Desert Divas as well as the same circle die sets from Gina K. Designs. I had a strip of the same pattern paper from Lawn Fawn left over and I used that on my orange card base. The leaf dies I used on this card are some from Gina K. Designs also.


Dies used:
Gina K. Designs Double Stitched Small Circle Die and Single Stitched Large Circle Die
Gina K. Designs Filigree Leaf Die
Cheery Lynn Designs Die is B161 Lace Corner Deco A


Well I hope up are enjoying these first days of Autumn. So far it has seemed more like summer days as we had temps in the 90's for the first day and then that was followed by lots and lots of rain. But I guess we just have to take the Lord's decision that this is the type of weather we should be having and try to enjoy it to the utmost. I am sure before long we will be back into the colder temps that we experienced in the beginning of September.

Well, that will do it for me today. I thank you for visiting and for all the kind words you leave me.

God bless,
Verna

Autumn Leaves

Today I pulled out a wonderful multi-step stamp set from Kitchen Sink Stamps called 3 Step Autumn Squirrel. I made a card with this set and although I am sure I did not perfectly align all the steps I still love how it turned out. Around here all we have is grey squirrels but since I did not have the correct colors I went with a red squirrel on my design. I am entering this into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge which calls for us to use leaves. This is the first time I inked up this set but I have had it in my supply for quite some time.


I chose to back my design onto a base card of kraft card stock. I also added some pattern paper in each corner with fun Fall colors which is from Gina K. Designs. My main panel and these pattern pieces were die cut with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Border dies. To the white panel  I added a layer of black card stock which I just fussy cut. To balance the design a bit more I added three black gems to the upper right corner.


Inside the card I also added a strip of the same pattern paper and then die cut out another white panel and placed that also inside so that I could write or stamp an appropriate message.

I am also adding this to the NBUS Challenge that is held by Darnell Knaus on her blog DJKardkreations.com  .


We had lots and lots of rain last night and a great deal of thunder and lightning. At one time we had very strong winds that we were fearing might have been a tornado but no damage was done. But it sounded really bad. There is talk of more rain today but right now it is bright and sunny.

Well, thanks for visiting and I hope your Sunday is starting your week off in great fashion.

God bless,
Verna


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunflower Tea

This afternoon I took time off to make a card using a stamp set I won last year in the coffee blog hop. It is a lovely set called Tea In The Garden by Laura K. Bray. I decided my flowers would be sunflowers as they are always a fantastic fall flower I think.  All the stamps are from that set and I made my background by repeated stamping of the small floral image and then adding some random splats of color with my Copic pens. This will be also entered into the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


I used colors I associated with Autumn and used them for coloring and for layering. I was quite happy with the way it came together too. The background panel was cut with a Cottage Cutz double stitched die and the other layers I just cut with my scissors by eyeballing. 


I think this would make a nice note card that would work for many occasions by adding an inside message.

There is still a couple days left for the hop so if you want to join in on the fun and have a chance for oodles of prizes get those tea, coffee or hot cocoa cards entered. You could be a lucky winner.

Thanks for visiting and for commenting. I so enjoy reading all of the lovely messages.

God bless,
Verna

Stamplorations Halloween Card

Another freebie offered on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was this darling image from Stamplorations. So I downloaded that one as well, colored it with Copics and this morning made a card using it and lots of plaid papers from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall Petite Paper Pack.


I die cut the Stamploration image with a Gina K. Design Small Double Stitched Oval die and then did another one of Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus card stock using the Gina K. Designs large single stitched oval die for a layer. I also die cut a small tag from the Gina K. Designs Decorative Tag set from white card stock and then added to a layer of the Fresh Asparagas as well. On this little tag I stamped in black ink the Hello which is included in a set called Shadow Play from Altenew.  I then added a orange brad to the tag and placed it on my layers which I added to a base card of white.

I am entering this in the Stamploration Never Ending Anything Goes challenge too.

We had a big storm last night but no major damage for us but we did get lots of rain again. Anyway, I shut the computer down and unplugged it as there was a tremendous amount of lightning and I did not want to take any chances of ruining my computer. We lost one that way before so we learned our lesson.

Anyway, I appreciate your visits and comments and I hope you have a wonderful day.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Vintage Lady Coffee Card

This morning I grabbed a few minutes and did a bit of hopping on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and found this free digital from Tlc Creations which I think is called Paulette. Anyway I saved it to my computer and this afternoon made a card with it.



The digi was in black and white and lightly sketched but for my card I added some subtle colors with my colored pencils. Then I added Versamark ink all over the cut out image and added some clear embossing powder from Gina K. Designs and heat set it. I then layered this to a black double stitched square die cut which was cut with a Gina K. Designs die. Next I added this to a panel of pattern paper which came from my gift box of yellow items which I won in the hop last year from The Cutting Cafe.

Along the edge of this panel I added a row of the Filigree Leaf Die from Gina K. Designs which I cut out in various Fall colors. Then along the other side on the bottom I added the sentiment and pumpkin which were from the Harvest Blessings set by Joy Clair. The pumpkin and sentiment were stamped with Gina K. Designs black ink and then I colored the pumpkin in with some Copics.

This main yellow pattern paper panel was then layered onto black card stock and then again some orange card stock before I placed it on the white card base.

Now that was fun and I was glad I got time to get a card done again today. We are in a tornado watch until midnight so I may have to turn off the computer later on if there is a lot of lightning. So I am rushing this post. Hopefully, I got all the details in. Thanks for visiting and I hope you are able to do some of the hop as well.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 18, 2017

Brentwood The Owl

This is the third card I have made for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and this time I used another freebie digi that is available for a limited time during the coffee hop. You can get it at JessicaLynnOriginals.com and even though I am not too fond of using digital stamps, this little guy just caught my eye and I had to use him in a card as well.


I used this digital stamp in a little scene and I took a tree die by Diemond Dies and die cut it from a scrap piece I had foiled using Deco Foil Amber Waterfall. I just love that Deco Foil and ever since I got myself a laminator I have used foiling a lot in my cards.

This Brentwood image was colored with my Copics and then that was layered also over the tree die image. Next I die cut this panel with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die. I had previously sponged that panel of white card stock with light blue ink from Gina K. Designs. All were then placed on a base card of white card stock and that completed my simple scene.

Even though I had to work with tomatoes again today I am glad I managed to get a little bit of card making done. I hope all of you are having a fun week and if at all possible will take in some of the fun of the Coffee Hop too. You never know! You could be a lucky winner as there is lots and lots of prizes.

Thanks for the lovely comments you always leave too.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Another Coffee Card

I was doing some commenting on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop when I came across this free digital stamp from Craftin Desert Divas so I grabbed it and today I made a quick card using it. I used the already colored version on the stamp set and from there used pattern papers and dies to make my card. I love how it turned out too! And having the image already colored felt a bit like cheating but it sure did go a lot faster and it matched all the items I wanted to use too!


I used two sets of Gina K. Designs square die sets to cut out the image. I also added some frost on the pumpkin with Gina K. Designs Frozen glitter. The plaid paper is from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall Paper Pack. This pattern paper and the sentiment were die cut using dies from the Die-Namics Blueprints 29 set. I outlined all of the layers with black card stock. After adhering all of the items to a white card base I then added some little orange rhinestones along each side of the sentiment.



Oh, this is such a fun and cute image and it is perfect for this time of year. I hope many of you will join in on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Hop. It is a fantastic fun thing and there is lots and lots of prizes being awarded too besides getting free digital stamps. By doing the hop this is getting me a jump start on my Fall card designs.

Well, thanks for the visit and for the comments. I love each and every one.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Puppy Halloween

Oh, my! I was really caught off guard with all the garden preserving I had been doing that I completely forgot that the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was starting this week. So I am a bit behind but at least I will get one card in for the event.


2017 fall hop

I just fell in love with that cute little puppy image and decided that was a design to be used on my Halloween cards this  year. The sentiment is also on the set from Sparkle N Sprinkle which is called A Puppy's Halloween #863.

I stamped the sentiment and puppy with Gina K. Designs black ink and then colored it in with Copics. The sentiment I cut apart so that I could insert a coffee pot which is from a Stamplorations set called Bunnies 'N Beans. My plaid paper which I die cut using a Memory Box Cross Stitch Border die is from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper pack. And the card stock I used is all from Gina K. Designs.

I also added some fiber which is a braided orange and white which I thought worked well with this design. It is from DL Arts.


I will also be entering this in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge for this month.

Oh, this felt so good to make a card again. At least my hands are stained from ink now and not from tomatoes. LOL Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments. I love reading each and every one of them. Have a great Sunday.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, September 8, 2017

Losing The Lines

Wow! This is my second post of the day. And, again I tried the "no line" stamping. This time I went with an Autumn theme and made a Thanksgiving card. I used a leaf and sentiment from the Simple Things Stamp set by Gina K. Designs and the leaf was stamped three times with the Memento Desert Sand ink. I used alcohol ink markers which were a combination of Copics and Bic Mark-It pens.


I fussy cut around the leaves and then layered that panel onto some Gina K. Designs pattern paper from the Grateful Heart paper pack. These two layers were then added to a white card stock base. I then stamped the sentiment with Gina K. Designs black ink and fussy cut it out. The finishing touch was to add some gold nailhead stickers from the Mark Richards line.

I will be entering this card into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge as well in which we were to lose the lines when stamping our images. I think this time I did a little better. LOL

Well, that's all for today folks! Have a good evening and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

No Lines??

Well, at least I tried to make a no lines card design. But I am afraid my coloring that way does not compare at all to some of those artists out there who can do it so beautifully! None the less I did my best and so I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to use the "no lines" technique.


I stamped the design from the Gina K. Designs Rose Bouquet mini stamp set with Memento Desert Sand ink onto Gina K. Designs layering weight white card stock. Since I wanted to use alcohol inks I decided I had better go with a Memento ink. And, I used a combination of Bic Mark-It alcohol ink markers and my Copics. I had to go that route as so many of both sets of markers are dried up and of no use anymore. I should make another purchase one of these days.

I die cut the panel out with my Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die and also cut out another panel of Gina K. Designs green gingham pattern paper for a layer before adding it to a base card of Gina K. Designs white heavy weight card stock. Once I had it all layered together I then added the sentiment from the same stamp set using Gina K. Designs black ink. My final addition was to add some pink rhinestones as an embellishment.


Well, even though it is not as an accomplished looking coloring as some others do I still like it and especially so after I added it to the gingham pattern paper layer. I just cannot seem to get a no line look. Maybe the secret is not to outline things so much but for some reason I cannot help it. I started out that way and it really looked bad so I ended up adding some of the design of the image with darker pink.

Yesterday I had my checkup on my leg and it is as good as it is going to get I guess. I still have a divot spot on my ankle. I go back to see him in a year again unless something develops in the meantime. My next doctor appointment is to a podiatrist to see if I can get some help with my feet.

Well, here it is the weekend already. This morning I froze some tomatoes again. And, sorted out a bunch of others which will be ready to care for in a day or two. So there is not a big break in the garden. I think in a couple days I will need to do some more dill pickles too. So my life is busy and productive one way or the other.

Take care all of you in the middle of the hurricane and for all who are being pushed out of their homes by wild fires too. It sure is a time for much prayers including for the threat from North Korea.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Adding Some Glitter

The Double D's Blog Challenge is entitled Glitter-Glitter-Glitter! So I made a new Christmas card using a brand new set from Gina K. Designs called Perfect Poinsettia which is illustrated by Claire Brennan. This is a multi-step type of stamping set but since she has an outline you can use it as just an image to color in as well. And, also included in the set is some sentiments. So not only is the stamped poinsettia from that set but so is the sentiment. And I glittered it up by adding strips of red glitter paper from Stampin' Up!


I added some green gingham paper which is from the Gina K. Designs Winter Whimsy paper pack. When I fussy cut the poinsettia and leaves out I left an outline of white card stock showing as I thought it would make the image pop more against the background. All was assembled together and added to a white card base.

The red inks I used were Lipstick, Red Velvet and Cherry Red. For the green I used Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus. And, for the center I started out with Lemon Drop then added Sweet Corn followed by Prickly Pear last. The sentiment was stamped with black ink. All the inks were from Gina K. Designs.

Well, I am still quite busy these days with garden and then over the weekend we had company which was nice. I even sent some of my garden stuff off with them so that I could find a small frame of time to make a card. When this set arrived in the mail yesterday I knew I wanted to try making one with it.

Now tomorrow I have a check up on my leg and also want to do some shopping so that will take care of most of the day.

And, it was quite cold this morning. Our thermometer showed 40 degrees. I am so glad we shut all the air conditioners off. It still was quite chilly in the house overnight but it did make for great sleeping.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful beginning to your week. And that you enjoy the rest of it too. And my thoughts and prayers are with all in Texas and for those who are facing the onslaught of Irma too.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Christmas Scene

I know I said I was not going to post anymore this week but I remembered I had made a scene for the Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV so I decided to post it here for you to see as well.


All the stamp images are from the Gina K. Designs Christmas Wishes set. I made a mask with Post-It notes and masked off the snow line. Then I sponged on a medium  blue sky. Next I stamped some of the trees using only a portion of the tree stamp. After I removed the mask I laid it the opposite way so that I could then add a bit of even lighter blue to the snow. Then on the snowy area I added two more trees. The deer was stamped on another sheet of white card stock, fussy cut and then popped up on the card. Next I used some water and white pigment ink mixed together and added some specks for falling snow by using a brush on which I tapped the snow mixture off. I finished the card by layering it onto red card stock and then onto a white card base.

So that will be the last post. LOL Have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

More Foiled Christmas Cards

I wanted to share a couple more foiled Christmas cards I made with the Tim Holtz stencils, Deco Transfer Gel, laminator, Deco Foils and Fancy Foils from Gina K. Designs. The sentiments on both cards are from Gina K. Designs as well as all of the card stock I used. My ink was Black Onyx from Versafine.


I think these are so beautiful and actually after all the foiling is done it is an easy way to finish them off into fantastic cards. I used the negatives for both cards. For the holly one I chose Christmas Pine and Jelly Bean Green card stock. For the poinsettia one I chose to implement Ivory and Red Velvet as that was the color of the Fancy Foil I used. I so love the stencils from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 and I think that was an awesome purchase for me as I know I got my money's worth from them already.


I took two different photos in hopes that you could see the foiled shimmer on one and the design on the other.

Well, I will be putting away my crafting things for awhile. Over the weekend we expect company so we will need the whole kitchen table for all of us to fit around it for meals. One of the drawbacks on not having a crafting room. But I am lucky we have a big kitchen table so that I can work on one end and we can eat on the other when it is just the two of us. I hope you are having a great week and that you will enjoy the holiday weekend as well.

My thoughts and prayers are also with all of those in the Houston area and I hope that soon the rain will stop and that the sun will shine. I know we are enjoying a lot of sun these days and it is wonderful! Take care everyone. See you next time.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Red Velvet Foiled Poinsettia

I had to make this card special for the Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV in which you take the numbers in your birthday and make a card using the corresponding numbers on the chart. Since my birthday is June 23 I had to work with die cuts and stitching. I hate sewing so I did only a simple cross stitch on each corner on the right side. And, I die cut the sentiments. So this should qualify.


I used Lipstick card stock and Deco Transfer Gel to add the poinsettia design from a stencil from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 series.  Once it was dry I used Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Fancy Foil and my laminator to get the design on the Lipstick card stock. Along the edge of that design I added the ribbon. Then in the bottom and top corner on the right side I added a simple cross stitch using some red metallic fibers. In between the sentiment and the cross stitches I added some red rhinestones from Eyelet Outlet. This panel was then added to a white card base. The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment from Gina K. Designs Festive Foliage set by Claire Brennan with black Versafine ink and then die cut that and the outer layer of Red Velvet card stock with oval dies from Cheery Lynn Designs. They were then popped up over the card panel.

It was a lovely morning today when we went to church to see that sun showing and feeling it's warmth. And, it really heated up this afternoon. I guess we can tell we have not seen that sun for a long time. It seemed so bright to us.

Well, I hope your day is a great one and that the week is off to a great start for you. Thanks for the visit and for your lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Holly & Pine Christmas

I have been meaning for a long time to enter a card into the Rudolph Days Challenge which is held every month. Of course, that means to make a Christmas card. So once again I used a stenciled design from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 and along with Deco Transfer Gel and Deco Amber Watercolor Foil I made a design on some metallic green card stock which I left to dry overnight. By running it through my laminator I foiled it and then added it to a card base of metallic gold card stock. I used a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die to cut out the panel. The sentiment from Gina K. Designs was stamped with Versamark ink and then embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. It was added to a strip of the foiled paper and I also added a strip of foiled paper along the one side. I then popped the sentiment over the top.


I finished the card by adding a panel of ivory card stock inside so that I could stamp a message or write one.

Well, we got lots of rain again last night so we continue to be in a wet state here in our area. But I guess that is better then not enough rain so I will try not to complain too much. We are mudding the produce out of the garden. Only certain footwear is used this year to gather the crop. Normally August is hot and dry but this year we have been cooler and very wet.

I wish all of you a great weekend and I thank you for visiting and for always leaving such wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, August 25, 2017

Butterfly Fairy

The challenge at the Mod Squad Blog was to use a fantasy design and so I was very upset as I did not think I had any such image in my supply but luckily I ran across this butterfly fairy image from Stampitcrazy which I thought would work perfectly with the Bisters background made using yellow, red and brown granules.

I stamped the butterfly fairy image with Versafine Onxy Black ink. My MISTI was used so that I could get a good deep black printing. I then colored in the wings and the background with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The image was fussy cut and then placed onto a Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart card stock layer. That was also the color I used for the card base on which I placed the Gina K. Designs Ivory Bisters background. Once all the main layers were together I decided I wanted a corner design to go with it so I die cut some Cranberry Tart corner pieces from Cheery Lynn Designs. These were added by using a Zig 2-way glue pen.



I finished the design by adding a sheet of Ivory card stock inside so that I could either write or stamp a message.

I felt so good to get a little stamping in again. I hope you are doing great and I thank you for stopping in and leaving your wonderful comments. Looks like we are going to get more rain as it is cloudy and quite dreary looking.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Deco Foiled Poinsettias

Once again in today's post I am featuring products from Therm-o-Web along with a poinsettia stencil design from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 series. I am showing both the positive and negative designs I came up with using these products.


First step to the process was to add the design to the pink card stock using Deco Foil Transfer Gel which was spread thin over the stencil design. I then allowed that to dry overnight. The next day I then added the foil to it by using some Deco Foil Summer Rainbow foil and my laminator. I heated the laminator up for 25-30 minutes and then placed the foil over the stenciled design with the shiny surface up. I placed this between a folded sheet of parchment paper along with an extra shim of card stock to make for a good pressure when it went through the laminator. This made my positive design.

I used this panel then to make my first card. I used an old credit card type tool to add my gel but I think I might have to invest in a different device as I seemed to get some of the gel along the edge. But that did not deter me as I then just added some gold rickrack to cover up those smudges. And all that was left to do was add it to a white card base.


What was left was the negative design which I then placed over a panel of Deco Foil Toner Sheet and again using the same process ran it through my laminator. I was thrilled when I saw the beautiful way it looked and it was then just a simple matter of adding it to a black panel before adding it to the darker pink card base. I stamped the sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Festive Foliage stamp set, die cut it with a Cheery Lynn Design oval die and then popped it up over the card design.


Some might find it strange that for a Christmas card design that I chose to use the Summer Rainbow foil from Deco Foil but I am so glad I did as I really love the way both of these cards turned out. I hope you like them too. And I love the pink card stocks I chose as well to go with them.

I confess I made these up a couple weeks ago when I was not so busy with gardening and just now found a break to post them. I have as of today frozen 10 pints of green beans, pickled 19 jars of dill pickles, nine jars of beet pickles and 10 pints of frozen beets for buttered beets. The tomatoes are starting to come in now as well and I am sure I will be working with those this next week. The cabbages have been maturing and we are enjoying cole slaw and cooked cabbage dishes as well as cucumber salads. I even gave a couple heads away. So now you know why my blogging and card making is sort of been put aside. But this is a good thing. And, it is a great feeling when you realize that you have foods put away for winter enjoyment too.

Well, it is time to work on lunch. I hope you are having a very fun and productive week. Thanks for visiting and as always I love to see your comments. I read them all too.

God bless,
Verna