Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Winter Scene Card

Hello again. I am back to making a card. It has taken me a bit longer then I thought it would to get my strength back but it is improving little by little. So yesterday I worked on the card in the afternoon and then finished it in the evening after I had rested for a bit. Hubby was gone for the evening so I did not have to fix supper.


I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge and the NBUS # 7 Challenge. The stamped scene image on this card is my Never Before Used Schtuff. And, the Mod Squad challenge says to use a pet or animal on the entries this week. So I am hoping this will be acceptable for those challenges.




This is a stamp from Penny Black called Sentinel. I thought it would be a unique and different type of card for Christmas and winter time giving. I used my MISTI to help get the colors dark enough. I used a combination of water based pens and dye inks to color it. I also added some snow to the trees using a white Uni-Posca paint pen.

I layered it onto Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green card stock and then onto the Gina K. Designs Ivory card base. Well, not much more to add I think. It is quite a simple card but I don't think it needed lots of embellishment.


It sure felt good to make a card again. I want to thank all of you for the get well wishes and prayers. They meant a lot to me and I know that I am feeling better each day because of them.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I'm Home Again

Hi all,
Just a quick note to let you know I am home again. The surgery was a success but they ended up doing a few extra things so I had to stay a bit longer. I got home Wednesday late afternoon. I am still a little weak so I am using a walker to help me get around. I am doing more each day. I made meals and with hubby's help got some laundry done. I also froze beans this afternoon as that is an easy task. He had to put things in the freezer though.

Also thanks to all who visited, sent cards, flowers and phoned me. I so appreciate them.

I am sure it will be awhile before I do any card making. My job now is to just get back to normal. I have an appointment tomorrow to have things checked out. And, also they called and said the tissue removed was not cancerous so that was good news.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Birthday Shaker

Well, this has been a very trying afternoon trying to make a shaker card. I think now I recall why I only did one other one before. From the "get go" I had one thing after another interfere with my design. First I had part of the raised tape portion showing so I had to fix that. Then I almost forgot to add the heart sequins to the shaker and of course, my acetate was filled with finger prints. And at the last minute I decided to add some black dots to the outer parts of the card and in doing so did not realize that I was in fact getting black smudges on the frame too. So using an old trick from years ago, if you get some smudges, then add more and declare it part of the design. So that's my story and I am sticking to it.


And then I had the problem getting a good photograph. Acetate is a fickle creature it seems when you want to take it's photo. One shot even had my hands holding the camera reflection in it, so that got scrapped. I finally settled on a few from a great many as possibly suitable.


As you can see in the above photo there is some faux stitching in the frame. So in one of the challenges it called for stitching so I hope this will suffice.


Well, I just wanted to try out some of the new goodies I got from Simon Says Stamps. And, this birthday frame is one of the items I purchased. I also in an earlier purchase got the stamp set from Simon Says Stamps as well.

Simon Says Stamps Products:
Birthday Wishes Frame SSSD111582
Friendly Flowers SSS101432

I used Gina K. Designs dye inks and black Memento ink on the card. I also used some heart sequins that I had gotten as an incentive from Gina K. Designs for my shaker elements.

Other supplies used:
Scor Tape
Scor Board
Black Ribbon with White Sheer Dots

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Sew Easy
Crop Stop Linky Party #19-Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge-Contain Yourself (Created a Shaker Container for Sequins)
Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge-Let's Go Wild (wildflowers)

Well, that about sums up what I will be doing this week as far as crafting goes. Now I will concentrate on last minute things to do before my surgery Monday. So if I am quiet for a week or so you will know I am recuperating.

Thanks for looking and putting  up with my "boo boo" card making. Have a great rest of the week and weekend. I love all your sweet comments.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Top Cat

I made a different Halloween card this time with the Cheery Lynn Dies and this card will be entered in the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge-Back to Nature and also the Crop Stop Linky Party #19-Anythng Goes. I am also entering this in the Double D's Blog Challenge to use polka dots.


This time I had that cat perched on top of a Jack-O'Lantern and I also added some more foliage flourishes too. My background is polka dot pattern paper and I have no clue as to who makes it. The black cat, sentiment, tie  and the flourishes were cut from Gina K. Designs card stocks. Also the pumpkin was too, but only in white paper and then I colored it with the Bic Mark-It pens.To highlight the eyes, nose and ears of the cat I used Galaxy Markers as they show up well on dark card stocks.


I adhered the layers together with Scor-Tape and used a Scor-Pal to score the crease in my base card of jelly bean green. The dies were added using Ranger Multi-Medium Matte glue. The final touch to the card was to add three black rhinestones along the edge in some of the white polka dots.


I just love that cat image and I thought he looked so cute sitting on top of the pumpkin too! It feels good to have another Halloween card done as well.

Cheery Lynn Dies used:
Whimsical Halloween Cat B850
Happy Halloween Twiggy Wreath B469
Jack-O'Lanterns B594
Mini Fanciful Flourish B117S

Other Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Card Stock
Scor Pal Tape
Scor Pal Scoring Board
Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue
Bic Mark-It Makers
Pattern Paper-Unknown
Galaxy Markers
Black Rhinestones-Unknown

I always love to see what comments you leave on my blog. They are very precious to me as well as each of you are too! Have a great rest of the week!

God bless,
Verna

Monday, August 8, 2016

I Love Polka Dots

The Double D's Challenge this week is to use polka dots so I created a card for Halloween and used die cuts and polka dot pattern paper. This is the card I will enter in their challenge. I am also entering this in the Scrapy Land Blog Challenge-Anything Goes.




My first step was to sponge a background on white card stock by including a moon in the sky with a masking technique. Then over the top of that background I added my die cut images.


I die cut the cat, leaves and the saying out with various colors of card stock, but the Jack-O'Lantern was die cut on white and then I colored it with Bic Mark-It pens. I replaced the negative pieces in the cat and the pumpkin. And the sentiment and the tie were made to look like polka dots by using a white paint pen and adding them. I also used the paint pen to add a bit to the eyes and to the nose on the cat. The pattern paper I chose had a polka dot design and was part of the Zoology Collection by Bo Bunny.


The Cheery Lynn Dies used are:
Jack-O'Lanterns B594
Whimsical Cat B850
Flourish Leaf Strip B178

So fun working with these dies. I enjoyed my afternoon and know I will be using these dies many times again.

Thanks for dropping in and for all the wonderful comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pierced Border Pinecone

There were a couple challenges that called for a bit of piercing on a card and another that wanted a bordered sentiment. So I combined the two together and made this Christmas card using the Gina K. Designs Peace and Joy set which is illustrated by Theresa Momber.


My first step was to stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment in a slanting upward way on the white card stock. I used Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart ink. I then took some Bic Mark-It markers and combined a deep red and a brown together to try and match the cranberry tart ink and using a ruler made a faux border. Next I took a Tim Holtz Retractable Pick and pierced another border along the sentiment and the faux border. Forgive me if I got a bit crooked as I did not use a ruler to do the piercing.

I then proceeded to stamp the pine cone and needles with black Versafine ink. Next I colored them with Bic markers. Then I took a white paint pen and added some of that to make it look like a bit of snow is gathered on them.



My base card is also Cranberry Tart colored card stock and I added a sheet of white paper inside so that I could stamp some more images along the bottom and then add an inside sentiment.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week.

Well that is my stamping creativity for the week. I plan to do other activities the rest of this weekend. Perhaps read a book or watch a movie.

My week was a busy one with several doctor appointments and so now I have an upcoming surgery on August 15. Hopefully, I won't be laid up too long. In the meantime I will try to do some crafting if I can and keep working on the garden preserving. It seems everything is happening at the same time. But I have been trying to keep up and being busy keeps one mind off other matters too.

You have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, August 4, 2016

#C9BIRTHDAYBASH

Concord & 9th are celebrating their first birthday so I used one of their stamp sets to create a birthday card for them. The stamp set is called Eat Cake & Celebrate. I am entering this card in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which one is to use a bordered sentiment but no flowers on the card.


First in the approximate center of my white panel I stamped the sentiment. First in multi-colors by using a Kalaidacolor rainbow dye ink pad called Birthstone. I then re-stamped over it with black so that it appeared to be a shadow of multi-colors.

My next step was to to take a ruler and a black Bic Mark-it pen and draw lines above and below to create a border. I then masked off the sentiment with Post-It notes and proceeded to stamp the stacked birthday cakes and sprinkle of stars patterns with the multi-colors ink pad.

Once I had my panel stamped I layered it to black card stock before adding it to the base card of light turquoise card stock.


This was a pretty easy way to create a colorful birthday card. I hope Concord & 9th have many more birthdays in their future.

Thanks for visiting and I love all the comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna