Friday, July 31, 2015

Ruth's Card

Ruth Auerilo who is the mother of Gina at Gina K. Designs recently underwent surgery so I made this card for her.


I am not sure I pulled it off but I wanted the look of second generation stamping (I think that is the term) so I stamped the images from the Gina K. Designs Stippled Nature set and then took a fine line black pen and drew around them. I did not do it accurately on purpose as I wanted that outline to be a little off set.

The background of the card is a piece of card stock that I mopped up the residue on my craft mat after working with the Color Bursts. I thought all those mixtures of color were too pretty to waste.

Well, it has been a good last few days this week. Hubby passed his stress test, I got two thumbs  up on the ulcer on the leg as it made a great leap in healing this last week and with the humidity down it seems my computer is working like a charm. Also today I downloaded Windows 10 and I am exploring things with that and trying to figure out where things are and exactly how to work with it.

I am not sure if I will get much work done for cards this next week as the Munchkins might be coming again for a few days. So I will be more or less cooking so they can munch, munch, munch. LOL They do have good appetites.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hanging Ornaments

A quick card with the Hanging Ornaments die from Memory Box using dark blue Stardream card stock. I used the negative circles as extra embellishment.


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

Thanks for stopping by and I am sorry there is not much written about it but I think it is self explanatory.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wedding Hearts

Internet has worked for five minutes now so I am going to hurry as fast as I can do it and put up a post. This card is for the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 195-Anything Goes.



I used a Marvy Heart punch for the groom heart. I fussy cut out a bowtie for the groom.  For the bride I used Cheery Lynn Designs DL128 Two of Hearts and added some fingernail decal stickers for the bridal bouquet and for the groom's boutineere. Don't know how to spell that. LOL

My panel layers are made using the Cheery Lynn Designs ST 014 Rectangle Stacking Nesting Dies. In the corners I used the Cheery Lynn Designs B162 Lace Corner Deco B set.

The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Always and Forever duo set.

Thanks for looking and sorry about any mistakes as this is a hurried up thing due to internet being "in and out". But it took me a long time anyway as I had outages often. Good thing I saved my post a lot.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, July 27, 2015

Internet Issues

I think I may have to get another provider for internet as it is not working anymore for us. So I am really bummed and not sure what will happen as I don't have a lot of options in our area. So please excuse me if you don't see any more posts for awhile. The signal is too weak to give us good service.
Thanks for looking at my things and I don't now when or if I will be able to resume blogging or emailing people. My signal is in and out so perhaps I might get a message out occasionally until we find someone new.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bleeding Tissue Paper Art

When the Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV  this week called for using tissue paper I just had to dig out my stash of bleeding tissue paper and make a simple scene with it. And, beware, my hands match the project. So if you try it and want to stay clean, wear some gloves. But I know that after several washing of dishes by hand, mine will gradually lose their colorful appearance. LOL


Here are the supplies needed to do this project. You need watercolor paper, bleeding tissue and water mainly. Next you let it dry or if you are like me take a heat gun to it to hurry the process. Then use stamps to finish your card and add any extra embellishments or layers you wish.



I used Tim Holtz water color paper for my front panel. I placed my Spectra bleeding tissue over it and spritzed lots of water to get the color out of the paper. The end results are shown in this next photo.


To get good impressions with the stamps from the Gina K. Designs The Wetlands set illustrated by Theresa Momber I used my MISTI so that I could repeat the stamping with black ink until I attained a deep vivid impression.



Once I had the images stamped on the way I wanted them I proceeded to take first a black fine BIC pen and added my water lines. Also along those same lines I took a white gel pen to further enhance the look of water.

Next I took a water brush and dipped it in bleach and put some clouds in the upper part to make it look like a sky.

My final step was to layer this scene onto a black card stock panel before I added it to the A2 size white card base.

I really enjoyed the making of this card and I hope you can understand how it was done. Really it is quite easy to do. So I hope you can try it yourself sometime. Not all tissue paper bleeds, so it has to be the type that will work this way.

Thanks for looking and I am always happy to read your lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Always & Forever

Another wedding card and this time I kinda/sorta followed the sketch given for the Die-Namites July Sketch & Dare Challenge.  At least I did get the Dare part in and since I am not a great doodler it is a really simple one.


The bridal couple and the sentiment are from the Gina K. Designs Always & Forever duo set. And that elegant lace frame is from the Gina K. Designs Frame & Flowers 1 set. I used a new Gina K. Designs ink called Wisteria on the frame and also used the new card stock called Wisteria too. The sentiment and bridal couple were stamped in Gina K. Designs Edible Eggplant dye ink.

I incorporated the Dare by drawing little hearts and coloring them in random colors using my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens. I also used the alcohol pens on the Die-Namites Rose Bush DN 1021 die which was cut out in white first and then blended with the inks to create my color choices.

Here is the die image:

Rose Bush


And here is the sketch we were to follow. I at least got some of the sketch things into my rendition.



I had a fairly busy day today but still managed to get some crafty time in. And it was a lovely day as it was cooler and not such high humidity.

Well, once again I appreciate all the comments and I am always happy to share my artwork with you.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, July 20, 2015

Winter Wedding

Today I decided to make a card that carried a winter theme but would still be for a wedding. I think I found a way to get that message across using a Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder and some dies from Cheery Lynn Designs. So therefore I am going to enter this in the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog challenge for this week. The challenge this week is to use silver or gold and since I used silver I figured it was a qualifying entry.


I used silver embossing powder from Gina K. Designs to emboss the sentiment which is from My Sentiments Exactly. I also used the embossing powder around the outside oval to match.

On the snowflake die cut I used a white embossing powder which had flecks of silver glitter in it which is from Sparkle N Sprinkle. However the silver flecks don't show up to well for some reason. In order to get more body to the snowflake I cut it out three times and then layered it.

The ribbon I added was almost a perfect matching silver so I used that on both corners of the card in opposite sides.

Here is a close up of the snowflake and I think the glitter shows a bit better with this photo.



Cheery Lynn Dies used:
DL 166 Snowflake 2
M-7 Oval-Classic
XM-8 Oval-Scalloped

Well, I am feeling a bit recovered from my busy weekend. It was a fun one and I enjoyed the visiting with friends and family. I plan to do less this week and try and have some crafty fun now and then.

Thanks for coming by and I always love the comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 17, 2015

White on White

With two of my daughters getting married this year as well as other relatives and friends, it seems weddings have been on my mind a lot. So I have been in great need for cards for those occasions. I always admired the look of white on white but never tried it before so when the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 193 - White on White was given for this week I decided if I had time I would try to make a wedding card for that challenge.


My card is fairly simple in design. I used only one Cheery Lynn Designs Die which is called Japanese Lace and Flourish Frame DL137. I die cut them from the white card stock and then glued them onto a plain A2 size white card base.

Then I punched out some little flowers from an EK Success punch, laid them on a piece of fun foam and using a stylus shaped them by just pressing down in the middle so the flowers pop out on the outside but retain a dip in the center. I glued these on the leafy flourish and in the center added a clear rhinestone.

My card was finished by adding a ribbon bow to the bottom of the flourish stems and stamping the sentiment in black ink. The sentiment is from the Magenta line.

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful weekend. I know I am looking forward to mine.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lone Tree Sympathy

Well, I found things went faster then I anticipated this morning so I did work on a card I had started yesterday and got it finished so at least one card will be posted to my blog this week. Of course, I still have a sink full of dishes to do but that will not be so hard to handle. Anyway, I was told to rest a bit now and then as well so that is a good excuse. I did elevate my leg on another chair. LOL




Once again I did a simple scene design and used the tree image from the Kitchen Sink Stamps line called Multi Step Trees LRGC 031. I don't think one could fail in getting a great tree with the way those stamps are constructed with their various steps. I really like them a lot.

I also used a sentiment from the Kitchen Sink Stamps line from the Simple Sentiments MINI 006 set. I stamped that in Gina K. Designs Charcoal Brown.

I did not have the exact ink colors recommended but I did use three shades of green ink from the Gina K. Designs line for the tree. First was Jelly Bean Green, then Fresh Asparagus and the final green shade was Christmas Pine followed by the Charcoal Brown layer.

My sky was done with Gina K. Designs Powder Blue ink and I took a small sponge dauber and added some Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn ink to make the sun. I gently sponged on a little yellow ink around the dauber stamped sun to create a glowing affect. The final step for the sky was to take bleach and a brush and create a few clouds in the sky.

Ink colors used for my sponged ground surface were Jelly Bean Green and Charcoal Brown.

Once my scene was complete I mounted it onto a Charcoal Brown card stock layer before adding it to the A2 size white card stock base.

When I first saw this tree image set the first thing that came to mind was that it would work for fabulous masculine cards and especially for a sympathy card. Just a simple lone tree is beautiful I think.

This card will be my entry into this week's Mod Squad Blog Challenge as the theme is to use water or sky on one's card. I guess this certainly fits the challenge then.

Well, thanks for looking and I am glad that between two days' time I was able to make a card. Tomorrow is wound care clinic again so that pretty much takes up a whole day for me. And, then I have to clean up the house for the weekend guests who are coming. Not quite so bad though...just some sweeping of floors and dusting.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What a Wonderful Weekend!

No card from me today as my life has been more of a social one this past weekend. And, it was so fun and enjoyable. The weekend began with our town's 130th anniversary and an all school reunion all weekend long. With approximately only about 60 + students at a time in our high school that meant all students in the four upper classes were pretty much acquainted with all in the school so it was fun to run into so many old friends there and visit. As it was I missed catching up with many who attended.

Saturday there was a special reunion of my class only as we celebrated our 50th anniversary. That was wonderful to see classmates and catch up even if it was just five or six of us who attended. And one of the gals sent an email so we could see what the last 50 years had been like for her. Sadly we were missing two of our classmates who had passed on but we remembered them as well.

To round off the weekend Sunday I had family members over to our home where we shared a supper and got some more great visiting in.

 Monday the celebration continued as we then traveled to Huron, SD to visit with my all my sisters at our Sister Reunion that we started after the death of my Mom. We went through old pictures and had a fun time just recalling past times. My oldest sister is 84 so it is hard for her to travel now so we meet at her home. We did a potluck lunch and her daughters came by for a bit to help set up the meal.

Well, now the garden is picking up speed so I will be busy with that until the weekend again when we will once again be having family and friends come by. It is also the bridal shower on Saturday for our youngest daughter so that will be fun too.

I hope your week is a fun and fulfilling one as well. Thanks for stopping in and in a couple weeks I hope to be able to do a bit of artwork. But then I might find a spare minute or two to do a quick and easy one again this week. Those new stamps sure do look inviting to me each time I happen to glance there way. LOL And I got new ink pads two with luscious colors that are calling my name as well.

Until next time may God bless you richly.
Hugs,
Verna

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fast & Easy Gift Card

I am in need of a gift card for a wedding shower next week so I decided to make a fast & easy one using the Bluebonnets and the Simple Sentiments sets from Kitchen Sink Stamps. I got my stamps earlier in the week and my idea was to make a simple gift card and since the Mod Squad Blog Challenge this week was Fast & Easy I decided this would be a perfect card to use for that challenge.


I did not have the recommended colors of ink but I think I still made a fairly good ink combo to create these images which involve steps. Believe me, that sure makes it a lot faster to work up a quick card.

It is a very busy week for me with a class reunion, company for the weekend and also a reunion of me and my sisters on Monday so if I am a bit scarce that would be the reason why. I hope you all have a great week and thanks for stopping in and commenting.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 3, 2015

Blast From the Past- Happy Fourth of July!

I am sharing a card I did when I was on the design team at Sparkle N Sprinkle several years ago. I forgot to photograph any of the new cards I did for the Fourth of July this year, so this will have to do. I hope all enjoy their weekend and have a great time with family celebrating our nation's birth.



Excuse the poor quality of the photo as this was done in the days when all I had was a scanner to make copies of my cards.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pink Floral Thinking of You

I found a need to make a card today so the supplies I put away yesterday are out once again. It seems they always find a way to break out of their storage but then while they are out I enjoy some fun, right? They are worse than the cattle we used to have on our farm. LOL Today I used some scraps up and added a simple floral design and a sentiment to create a card.


I used some leftover pattern paper from the Gina K. Designs Delicate Essentials paper pack and added it to some white card stock and then again to some deep pink card stock. This was layered and placed across the upper portion of my base white card. Then on white card stock I stamped the largest of the flowers from the Gina K. Designs Frame & Flowers 1 set with Vivid Tea Rose dye ink three times. I then fussy cut them out and popped them over the pattern paper. I stamped the sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Elegant Florals 2 set with black ink in the lower left corner. My card was finished by stamping the smaller flower with the Tea Rose ink on the inside which then ties the front and inside of the card together.

Since the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week is to make use of pattern paper I think I will enter this into that challenge,

Well, I wish all a Happy Fourth of July. I will be entertaining part of the weekend and then attending a birthday party for our little granddaughter who will be one year old July 5, but we will celebrate it early on the Fourth. I guess we have found out she is really a little fire cracker too! She has brought us so much joy!

Thanks for stopping in and I love all your comments. Enjoy the holiday!

God bless,
Verna