Thursday, December 18, 2014

Santa Suit Gift Cards

I cannot take credit for the idea for these cards since I saw a larger version similar to these two on an email that came in from Pinterest. I was in need of some gift cards since I am wrapping today so I took inspiration from that card and created my own. I just wanted to share them with you.



Oh, and a great way to use those pop-top tabs. I used some black stitched ribbon that I purchased from Gina K. Designs. I liked the stitching but you could use ribbon without the stitching as well.

Sorry I have been missing in action but this is a busy, busy time for me. Between doctor appointments and getting ready for the holidays I just have no time for blogging or stamping. But I hope everyone who sees this has a great week and if I don't pop in again, have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year.

God bless,
Verna


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sympathy Card

This week I heard that the mother of a classmate of mine passed away. She was such a wonderful and talented lady! When she became a widow she started up her own florist shop and the bouquets she arranged were out of this world beautiful! I remember one time she did a gorgeous bouquet of red roses and evergreens as it was during the Christmas season. So I decided that my card would carry a similar bouquet in memory of her.


The roses are from the Gina K. Designs A Year of Flowers 2 set and the sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Sympathy Duo set. I used a masking technique to create a multiple set of roses and then colored them with Copics. I used the evergreen bough die from Diemond Dies to add my greenery behind the popped up roses. I just love that beautiful evergreen die and will be finding many occasions for it's use I am sure.

Well, another week is gone again! Time goes so fast it seems but then I guess that is always the case when one is busy! I hope your week was a great one.

God bless,
Verna


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shimmer and Shine With Use of Die Cuts

I found a few spare minutes again today so proceeded to make another Christmas card. I am sure it will be winging it's way out of here before too long as I got way behind on my card making. So I am trying to make them on an "as needed" basis. I wanted to get a festive look and do it in a clean and simple way and I think I achieved that with this design.


I used this Top Dog Dies Ornament 1 Die using some Stardream brown card stock and some gold mirror card stock. I hung this pretty ornament then from a pine bough cut out from Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine card stock. That pine bough is a die from Diemond Dies. I just love how fine and realistic looking it is. My sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Wishing You Joy Stamp TV kit. My card was completed by adding a few red rhinestones randomly on the Gina K. Designs Ivory card base.

This card will be entered in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week in which we were to use two or more dies in our art work.

Well, it has been a long, long day! I did make some Christmas goodies but I am afraid even though they tasted good, they don't exactly look so great. But guess what? I bet it will all be eaten anyway. I sure like it. Really yummy and fattening! Good reason for me to put it in the freezer as soon as possible or it won't make it to the celebration.  And, I seem to have no problem putting on weight at holiday time. It goes on a lot faster than it comes off! Oh, well! We have to celebrate Christmas in good fashion and we always seem to have goodies on hand.

I need to decorate the tree and house too yet! But that will wait for another week I think. Time has a way of flying by so fast each week!

You have a good night now.
God bless,
Verna

CAS Winter Wedding/Anniversary Card

I found myself in need of a winter wedding card and my Christmas stamps were all handy and waiting on the table to be used when I spotted the pair of mugs image on the Gina K. Designs Season's Greetings set. The thought occurred to me that the image represented a couple, so I searched for a sentiment to use with them. I was so tickled when I saw on the Gina K. Designs Fabulous Holiday Fillers set illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger the perfect combination of sayings which could be used for just this purpose.


To finish my CAS card I simply added some Rouge Liquid Pearls randomly which were a close match to the Gina K. Designs Cherry Red dye ink that I used on the sentiment. Adding the pearls made it a bit more shimmery and festive looking I thought. My mugs and the inside snowflakes were stamped with Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine dye ink.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful week. I know mine has been busy writing out Christmas cards to mail and then when I ran out I had to make a few more. I am sure my time will now be spent doing a few extra cards on a "as needed" basis and hopefully, I can get some Christmas baking done as well. It is a busy season and also in between the hubby and I have check up appointments to deal with too.

Thanks for stopping by to see my posts.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, December 5, 2014

My friend Karen Has A Great Give Away

My friend Karen Hasheck is giving away a fantastic prize package on her blog. In fact, here is the grand prize which is only one of several she is giving away. You can check out her blog post here: http://karenskreativekards.blogspot.com

There is a side photo to click on like this one and from there you can learn how to enter and have a chance to win. Good Luck!

God bless, Verna

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bisters & Bokeh Effect

I made a Bisters watercolor granules background several weeks ago and had not gotten to use it yet, so I decided today was the day to find a way of making it look even more awesome. For this background I used blue Bister granules but as you can see it took on the shades of green and blue as well as some brown. I liked it though. So that was my base for the background I created for this card.



To make a Bokeh Effect on this background I simply took two sizes of round sponge daubers and randomly stamped them down using white pigment ink from Gina K. Designs to create the effect. It looked quite well that way too, but I decided it was to be a snowy design so after the pigment ink was well dried, I then added various sizes of snowflakes from Gina K. Designs. I inked them with the white pigment ink and then added Gina K. Designs white detail embossing powder and heat set it. My background was now finished.

My little snowman is also from Gina K. Designs and I colored him with the Spectrum Noir markers. He was fussy cut out and popped onto the background. My card base is Gina K. Designs Red Velvet card stock. That little snowman image always reminds me of Frosty the Snowman with that top hat he wears! So cute!

Next I took an old sentiment which is from Stamp Towne Ladies, a company which I think is no longer in business and stamped that in Gina K. Designs cherry red dye ink onto white card stock. After layering it to some red velvet card stock I adhered it to the background. I then took two snowflake shank buttons, clipped off the shanks and with a glue dot added them to the sentiment for an embellishment.

My card was completed with the addition of some Wink of Stella on the snowman and also on the snowflake shank buttons.

I am so glad my friend Karen Hasheck posted how to do the Bokeh Effect on her blog. I know this will be something I will certainly enjoy doing again and again to create a fun look!

I am going to submit this to the Mod Squad Challenge for this week in which they wanted snowmen used on the projects.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful day and thanks for always coming by to see what I have been up to in my card making adventure.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Awesome Weekend

Well, we are still reliving and remembering all the fun we had this weekend with our family when we celebrated our family Thanksgiving. One of the most enjoyable things of course, was playing "Pass the Baby". Our little Anna is at the cute stage where she smiles and responds to you with some "cooing talk" of her own. Needless, to say there was always someone eager to play with her.

Then earlier this week I wrote the Christmas Letter which I insert into my cards I create. That took some thinking and re-writing but finally I had a draft that was acceptable to both myself and hubby!

Today I got back to some card making as I am still finding myself a bit short on designs. This one I made with the negative part of the deer family die cut which I had used earlier in a card design. It is the Deer Family die from Diemond Dies. It originally was cut out of kraft card stock, but after I got done with it you can not tell that it ever was kraft card stock unless you looked on the back.


I cut the panel with the deer die cut to the size I wanted it and then took some Gina K. Designs white pigment ink and inked up my snowline. I then added some Gina K. Designs white detail embossing powder and heat set it.

I masked off the snow and then took some Versamark ink and inked all over the rest of the panel to make my sky. Once I had it well covered with ink I added Sparkle N Sprinkle Blueberry fine detail embossing powder and heat set it.

I backed this up with a panel of black card stock, layered it to some red card stock and then again onto my white card stock base. I finished by adding my sentiment from the Peace and Joy set from Gina K. Designs which I stamped in Versamark on red card stock and embossed with the white detail embossing powder.

A very simple scene but I do love making use of a negative image to create a great looking card too!

I hope you are having a great week so far. Mine has been going great as well. Thanks to all who stop in and take a look at what I did today too!

God bless,
Verna