Monday, February 20, 2017


This card is a clean and simple design using the Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish CL945 stamp set. I wanted my design to appear as it would in a fish tank. I am trying to come up with masculine cards and I thought this one might work for any age male.

My goldfish was stamped onto a white panel using the Gina K. Designs ink colors of Sweet Mango, Honey Mustard and Black. The weeds were stamped with the colors of Gina K. Designs Faded Brick and Fresh Asparagus. The stones I added to the bottom were stamped with Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea, Blue Lagoon and Blue Raspberry ink. The sentiment was stamped with Gina K. Designs Black.

Before I added the stamped scene to my base card of turquoise card stock I die cut it with the Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stackers MFT-839 set. I also cut another white plain panel out and put that to the inside of the card so I can stamp a verse or write a note.

When I first stamped the goldfish I stamped it upside down. But since nothing else was added I simply turned the card stock the other direction. So my fish ended up swimming a different way then I thought it would originally. LOL

I am going to enter this card in A Blog Named Hero Challenge. The theme is to go clean and simple.

Thanks for swimming by and for your awesome comments.

God bless,

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Gears Birthday

Today I made a masculine card using only dies except for the inside in which I will stamp a greeting. I am in need of birthday cards for the guys so that was the purpose of this card creation, And one of my favorite tools to use in card making is my die cut machine...the Crossover. The use of dies is a great way to add texture too!

I used the card stock colors of red, blue and silver. The gears were cut from the Gina K. Designs Metallic Silver card stock and used with some Gina K. Designs Red Velvet and some blue of unknown origin.

Besides the dies used I saved some of the little circle digits from the gears and used them as extra embellishment on the card. I also added some light gray card stock inside the card to make for a lighter surface for stamping a sentiment.

Dies used:
Cheery Lynn Designs Just For You Oval B784
Memory Box Deluxe Gear Set Style No. 98962
Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Dies Style No. 99124

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Blog Monday Challenge-Favorite Tool
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-No More White
Scrapy Land Challenge #60-Add Texture

Happy Saturday to all! Thanks for taking the time to stop and comment.

God bless,

Friday, February 17, 2017

Hydrangea Sympathy

Well, one type of card that is always in demand is sympathy cards it seems. And, the older I get the more those types are needed. So with that thought in mind I decided to use my new Altenew Garden Hydrangea set along with A Jillian Vance Design sentiment set called Simply Said: Sympathy. I like the big hydrangea for the focal image and I thought the large script sentiment worked well with it. Now the hydrangea is a multi-step set so please excuse if it is not perfectly aligned. Sometimes I have issues with that.

For the flower I used the Gina K. Designs ink colors: Powder Blue, Wild Wisteria, Wild Lilac and Edible Eggplant. I also used the Gina K. Designs inks Grass Green, Fresh Asparagus and Christmas Pine for the leaves. The sentiment was done with the Edible Eggplant. The stamp images were done using my MISTI so that I could get fairly good coverage. After coloring the images I took a white paint pen and put some dots in the centers of the hydrangea blossoms.

I fussy cut all of the leaves and the flower and then added them to my card base. The finishing touch was to add some blue rhinestones.

I am entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Fantastic Florals.

Well, here it is the beginning of the weekend already. And, I hardly got anything accomplished with card making this week. I best not waste too much time watching movies. LOL Some free previews were featured so we took advantage and watched a few of them. I understand there might be more this next week. I will try to confine it to the evening only. Whatever your plans I hope you have a great weekend. And, once again thanks for stopping in and for all the wonderful comments.

God bless,

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Florescent Edward Elephant

I have been eyeing the four florescent Zig Watercolor markers in my set of 60 for quite some time and finally I decided to use them on a card featuring Edward Elephant. This is an image from the digital set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Edward Elephant St. Patty's Day #2. .

The colors appear less intense in the photo then they actually are. For some reason I always get a washed out look and this seemed to be the closest one I finally captured.

I colored the digital image in with the Zig Watercolor markers using the florescent colors of pink, yellow, orange and green. The elephant was colored in with the light gray. After the image was colored I die cut it with a scalloped circle die. I placed this on a black panel which was embossed using the Darice Honeycomb folder.  I also die cut it with a cross stitched border die. This black panel was added to a similar green colored card base.

I thought that was just too plain so I die cut some zig zag chevrons from white card stock that I colored in first with the Zig markers of orange and yellow. These were added to the right and left corners. The card was finished by adding some tiny shamrock fingernail decals onto the black panel.

Dies used:
Cheery Lynn Designs XM5 XM Scalloped Circle
Die-Namics MFT Stepped Up Chevron
Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders Style No. 99124

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #60-Add Texture
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-No More White
Double D Challenge-Ric Rac/Zig Zag
Dies R Us Challenge #67-Think Spring (I always think of Spring when I start making St. Pat's cards.)

Once again I look forward to your visits and wonderful comments. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you extend to me each post.

Until next time may the Lord bless you.

Cyber hugs,

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Edward Elephant

I have been working on some St. Patrick's Day cards for the shut-ins this week and did this one using the already colored digital image from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Edward Elephant St. Patty's Day #2 set. I tried to pair my colors as close as I could to the already colored image.

Well, I am a novice at using digitals but I did manage to do one with the colored image of Edward Elephant but I misjudged on the size. It was too big for my open circle dies so I thought I would use the only other circle sets I had that were enclosed in the center. They had bigger circles. Well, that did not work well. This image is supposed to have the sentiment printed around it but my die cutting with the bigger die took a portion of the sentiment off and it was all crooked. With the enclosed center I was not able to see exactly where to position it. So my only option was to fussy cut the sentiment off and make my card without it.

And, when I layered it on a dark green circle I see I did not get the image centered. Oh, dear! But I will show it anyway.  I had a scrap of the pattern paper I had made with the digi shamrock from the set and colored it in and just added a strip of that for contrast.

Well, after this mishap I have decided that I need open circles of a bigger size. So I spent part of my afternoon perusing a web site where I won a gift certificate to and one of the items I have on order now is a new set of larger circle dies. Now if this was not a digital stamp I could have hand stamped inside a white solid circle but for an already printed design it just does not work well. Another reason I like the kind of stamps I can hold in my hands and control more.

I sort of lost my enthusiasm for making cards for a few days and spent some time watching movies with hubby over the weekend. And, we celebrated our Valentines day a bit early with a purchased meal. No cooking or dishes to do then. I also was gifted with a card and some Dove chocolates. We will share the chocolates. And, on Valentine's Day he made breakfast and made me a heart shaped pancake. Such a romantic fella I have! LOL I did give him a handmade card and also made him a special supper too!

I hope you had a great Valentine's Day as well. And, thanks so much for all who stop in to see what I am doing these days. I very much appreciate those visits and your lovely comments.

God bless,

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hi Grandma!

My 2 1/2 year old granddaughter loves to call Grandma Verna now and then. She seldom says much but loves to listen to Grandma talk to her. I saw this cute image on the Loads of Love set by Penny Black and decided this would be a good valentine design to use for her. She also loves kitties so this I know she will like. I did not add any bling at all since she is a toddler.

I embossed a white panel with this Cuttlebug design from the Winter Wonderland collection. I just love that plaid design. I then rubbed some red ink onto the surface of it. And, I cut that panel with a die. I also used a die set to cut out the kitty image. I did several of the outer circle ring so that the insert of the image is recessed.

Dies used:
Die-Namics MFT-948 Single Stitch Line Circle Frames
Die-Namics MFT-914 Blueprints 29

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Cute
Crop Stop Linky Party #25
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Heat or Dry Embossing

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Heart Flutter

I am back to the Valentine mode. I used a negative of a Cheery Lynn Designs heart die cut, an embossing folder and some stamp images from the Hero Arts CL867 Color Layering Butterflies. I stuck with shades of red except for some white and black added for contrast.

First thing I did was die cut a heart so that I could use the negative. I applied the heart to the panel with some washi tape that I folded over so that it was then sticky on both sides. I find that releases well and does not tear the paper. Next I took the Gina K. Designs ink colors of Dusty Rose, Lipstick and Red Velvet and sponged on color to that panel being careful not to get ink under the heart mask.

Oh, and here is a tip: If you do get some ink under the mask I found that a little bit of a white paint pen applied lightly will erase it quite nicely. Only dab it on, let dry and then apply more if needed.

I removed the mask and I proceeded to stamp my triple stamped butterfly in the heart center. I used the MISTI to align the layers up correctly. With a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die I cut the panel out to the size I wanted. Next I placed that panel into a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Floral Fantasy and ran it through my machine. The result was that the whole panel was embossed then.

This panel was then added to a black layer. I took two styles of red with white dots and the other black gingham and layered them together before adding them to the panel. I also used both of the ribbons together to tie a simple knot bow.

I was ready to place this on a white card stock base. I then added the sentiment from the same Hero Arts set and some bling to finish the card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
a2zScrapbooking Challenge - Any Shade of Red
Mod Squad Blog Challenge - Dry or Heat Embossing

Well, the afternoon just flew by. I only got this one card done and now it is time to concentrate on what to fix for supper. I hope you are having a wonderful and fun day. Sun is out here and even though it is chilly yet, we are looking forward to warmer temperatures next week. Thanks for your visits and comments. They are much appreciated.

God bless,