Saturday, June 24, 2017

Coffee Friends

Here is my second card for the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I used an older Rubber Romance stamp I had purchased several years ago from I Brake For Stamps but I guess that the Rubber Romance company is out of business now. On the bench I added a couple of cups of coffee which I got from the digital set from Verve called Rise and Shine. The sentiment is from the Stampendous set called Coffee Talk. By combining all of these elements together I thought I had a nice card design.


I used my Zig markers to color in the image and then die cut it with a Cottage Cutz double stitched rectangle die. I also die cut the sentiment panel. The coffee cups were downsized a lot by me and colored and then I did a slit by each of the ladies' knees and added the cups onto the bench between them. My finishing touch was to add all to a pink card base and also a rhinestone flower to the sentiment panel.

Well, thanks again for your comments and visits. I hope your weekend is off to a great start.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, June 23, 2017

Gopher A Coffee?

I am so excited as today is the first day of the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. And, it is also my birthday as I have been knocking on the door for a couple years now and today I got to enter into the 70's Club. Yup! I am now officially 70 years old and to tell the truth I don't feel any different from yesterday. And birthday cards began coming already in May and in the last few days I have gotten so many and so therefore, I feel very blessed indeed. Thanks to all who sent me greetings.



I just love this little guy and this is from a stamp set by Gerda Steiner Designs called Gopher It. The little guy comes without the glasses but there is the option to add them so I chose to do so. I also used some Glossy Accents on the lenses to make them look more realistic. My design was colored with Zig Clear Color pens.Then I die cut the design out with Gina K. Designs Double Stitched Rectangle Die and placed it on another  black layer die cut with a Gina K. Designs Single Stitched Rectangle Die before adding it to the card base.

I will not be making quite as many cards this time around for the hop but I still wanted to participate a little bit. I hope many of you will find time to enter a few to the hop too.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.  Some of my family will be spending time with me to help me celebrate so I might be pretty occupied. But that's okay too! Thanks for visiting and for all your wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Just Stamp and Color

That was pretty much the way this card went together. I used my MISTI to stamp my images with Onyx Black Versafine ink onto the card stock and then when done I simply colored the image in with my Zig markers. The stamp set I used was Gina K. Designs Bold & Blooming set.


The card stock I used was some base cards already folded along with matching envelopes and lots of different colored yellow card stock. This was from a kit that I won in the last Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and was put out by The Cutting Cafe Shop. Not only did the kit include card stock and pattern and plain papers in it but almost everything one would need to make cards from CAS like I do to more elaborate types.

So after I had stamped and colored the design and added the sentiment I then die cut it with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Rectangle die. Next I added a black and white gingham ribbon instead of one of the many yellow ribbons in the yellow kit as I wanted more of a contrast. Now the panel was ready so I finished the card by placing it on the yellow card base.

This card will be entered into the Mix It Up Monday challenge-Be Flowerful and the Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Colorful Creations

Well, thanks for looking and for always leaving such wonderful comments. Have a fabulous day.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Reminder Of Cards For Little Hearts Drive

Just a reminder that soon the Cards for Little Hearts Drive will be held. For all the information about it please check HERE for the ins and outs of the drive. These handmade cards are given out by the staff at the Heart Center to patients while they are awaiting treatment or surgery. Hopefully, these cards will lift their spirits. Please be sure you read all the rules. And, there are lots of fantastic prizes to be given out too.


These are samples of some I have made so far for the drive. I worked ahead on them so as not to be pressured at the last minute to come up with some ideas. I searched for free digis and also used a few stamps I already had in my stash. And these are winter themed designs that are needed and stick to non-holiday winter sentiments.

On the side of my blog is a badge showing the dates and other information. But please go to the website to read all the rules. That is very important as these cards are given out from little tiny babies up to patients of 19 years of age.

Thanks and I hope you had a great Father's Day weekend. Hubby enjoyed his outing and was back to spend Sunday with me.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cool Popsicle Birthday

Wow! It is amazing what one can get done for card making when you don't have to cook meals and do so many dishes. My hubby got a Father's Day gift of an outing to a rodeo and also the next day to our state capitol in Pierre where he was going to see the Vietnam Memorial and also a museum. Since it involved a lot of walking to go these places I opted to stay home and make cards. I got ten cards done for future projects so I was happy with that. I will share one I made today with some new stamps and dies I got in the mail today. I could not wait to try using them. And, I love how they look too.


I love popsicles and I went with Mango, Pineapple and Strawberry! And, I was so glad I remembered I had some ribbon with popsicles all over it in a row that was a great asset for this card design. I think this is perfect for a summer birthday.

I used the Sunny Studios Perfect Popsicles Stamps and Dies sets. My base card is similar to a lime green and the center panel is like a lemon yellow which was die cut with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle die.

I think this is a cool, cool fruity delight for a card and I am so glad I purchased those multi-step popsicle stamps and dies. The inks I used were those from Gina K. Designs but I am sure there are many brands that would work great too!

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge#75 where we are to make a card or project for a celebration.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope all the Dads out there have a wonderful Father's Day.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, June 12, 2017

Blue and White with Sparkle

I go through so many sympathy cards it seems these days that I thought I best make another one to have on hand. I went with the Gina K. Designs Heartfelt Hydrangea stamp set for the flower and butterfly and for the sentiment I used the Gina K. Designs Vintage Rose set.


I used the little Gina K. Designs stamp cubes and did a direct to stamp inking on the images with the use of my MISTI. That way I could repeat the process as often as I liked. Once I had my outlines done I then took the same colors of ink and mixed them with water on a plastic lid. A small fine paint brush was used to color the images in. The Gina K. Designs ink cubes used were Wild Wisteria, Powder Blue, Grass Green, Warm Cocoa, Sweet Mango and Wild Dandelion. Then I added the sentiment using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I flicked on some splats of Grass Green and Powder Blue inks which were mixed with water using the paint brush.  The last step was to add some shimmer using a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
Double D's Blog Challenge-Blue and White
The Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Sparkle It Up

Well, if I am missing a lot it is because the internet is not functioning like it should and many times we have to shut down due to T-storms now. Also we were without electricity for a couple hours and I imagine that may happen again if we get strong winds with these storms. But thanks for stopping in and for the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sparked It Up!

I recently got this freebie stamp as an incentive from Gina K. Designs and today I decided to use it along with some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens to make a card.


I also added the sparkle with the pens to the butterfly and on the top layer of the sentiment. However, they don't show the sparkle as much in this photo but I think you get the idea. All the stamps used are from the Gina K. Designs Heartfelt Hydrangea set. For areas on the design where I wanted a lighter shade I took the pen and added some of the color to a plastic lid and then diluted it with some water. So therefore it has a sort of water colored look to it. You still see the sparkle.

The background die is one I got quite some time ago called Modern Mosaic and is from Top Dog Dies which I am sad to say is no longer in business. I think this is one of my favorite backgrounds for cards and it always cuts perfectly so I am happy for that too.

Card stock colors used were Gina K. Designs White and Lovely Lavender. And, I used a Zig 2-way Glue Pen to add the images which I fussy cut.


My card design was finished by adding some rhinestone gems around the sentiment. By the way, I die cut the sentiment with a Cottage Cutz double stitched die and wanted to have a thin outer layer of the Lovely Lavender, so I cut the outer stitched line off the White layer and then glued it to the Lovely Lavender one. That gave me a nice little border. 

This card will be an entry in the current Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to get some sparkle on our projects. I hope you like what I did and I look forward to seeing all your comments too! 

God bless,
Verna