Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Turkey Trot

Well, since it is the beginning of Fall lots of activities are going on lately on the farm which are keeping me more occupied instead and so therefore not much creativity going on this week. We are doing the soybean harvest now. I did manage to make one card though so thought I would share it with you.


I just had to purchased that cool turkey die. I think he is so proud and looks like he is ruffling his feathers as he trots along. I die cut him out of kraft card stock and then used my Bic Mark-It alcohol ink pens to color him in. I like the fact that you can elevate his tail feathers at different levels and it really does look like he is ruffling them out.

I also completely colored some white card stock with my dye ink pads using Autumn colors and then when they were dry took another die and cut out all those leaves to add embellishment to the card.

The turkey and the leaves are layered onto two die cut panels which have a cross stitched design. I used card stock from Gina K. Designs and also used a sentiment from Gina K. Designs. Another panel was added inside so I can add a message when I am ready to send it in the mail. I also added some die cut leaves inside too.

Cheery Lynn Dies:
Tom The Turkey B599
Flourish Leaf Strip B178

Memory Box Die:
Cross Stitched Frame Borders Style No. 99124

Gina K. Designs stamp set Always Autumn, which is illustrated by Theresa Momber, provided the nice big sentiment which worked wonderfully  on my card. I stamped it in dark brown ink.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge-Anything Goes
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Anything With Wings

Well, I hope you are enjoying this Autumn type weather. It does get cool at night so we just try to bundle up more and add a blanket as we don't care to start the furnace quite yet. And, thanks for stopping by and for all the lovely comments. Have a great rest of the week.

God Bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pattern Paper to the Rescue

Remember I was telling  you last time how I was needing Halloween cards and was sort of stumped as to what I could do with a pumpkin theme which would be different from other years. Well, I happened to remember I had purchased the Gina K. Designs Spooktacular You paper pack so I looked the papers over and found some I thought would work up well with the few Halloween stamps that I own. These are 6 x 6 sheets and I got three cards from each sheet. I ended up making 12 cards and hope that will be enough to carry me through this season.




The stamps I used are from a set I won a few years back. The set is CP-N1 Halloween Cling Pack and they are made by Rosewood Stamps from Canada.

I tell you this is a good feeling to have my cards done even if they are a very clean and simple design. All I really have to do now is add an inside sentiment. I am thinking of stamping a little pumpkin and simply adding the sentiment Smile!

I will have to check into some other options for next year so I might go with a small purchase of dies to change it up a bit. I don't have any with a Halloween theme. But I have time to shop around now at least.

Well, hope your week is going great so far. Thanks for stopping by again and checking out my card making projects.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Gingerbread Couple

Hello all. I hope you had a great weekend. It goes by so fast it seems. This Sunday afternoon I did get a bit of time to make a card so since the Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge was sent to me by email I decided it would be a good time to work with my new Cherry Lynn Designs Gingerbread Family dies. Part of the challenge was to use lace and it could be real or faux. I chose to go with the faux as I have a great lace border stamp from Gina K. Designs that I thought might work.


I stamped the lace in light blue ink right onto my base card of white card stock. Then I layered red gingham paper which is also from the Gina K. Designs Cold Snap paper pack onto dark green card stock and placed that between the lace borders. My Cheery Lynn Designs Christmas lights swag was then added.

Next step was to add the gingerbread couple but first I had to sponge on some darker brown ink to give the illusion of being baked. I then dressed them up with the accessories that come with the die set. I added white paper behind them for the eyes and used a black pen to make a little dot for their pupils. I also added red card stock behind for their buttons on their belly. Once this was done I popped them up onto the gingham pattern paper.

The final step was to stamp the Merry Christmas from Gina K. Designs in red ink on white card stock which I fussy cut out. Next I added it to the dark green card stock and again fussy cut them leaving a fine border.

Now that I have the card complete I think the next time I will use a different color for the lacy border. Somehow I just don't think it shows off as much with the light blue color.

Cheery Lynn Designs dies:
B131 Christmas Light Swag
B607 Gingerbread Family

Well, another week is underway. I don't know what will be in my agenda for sure but hopefully, a little card making is in order. I need to work on Halloween cards and those types of cards always make me scratch my head as to what to do. I need several for the shut-ins, so maybe I will do some quick and easy ones.

Thanks again for stopping in and leaving comments. You have a great week too!

God bless,
Verna

Friday, September 18, 2015

Poppy Birthday

I recently purchased some gorgeous poppy images which are from the Stampinback line and available at I Brake For Stamps. When I saw what the Scrapy Land Blog Challenge was I decided to use those flowers to make a card. The sentiment is also from the Stampinback line.


I also thought this was a good way to try and use my new Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers as well. I tried to get a realistic look to the poppies with blending. They were stamped in black dye ink onto Tim Holtz watercolor paper and then colored.

When the coloring was completed and the sentiment added in navy ink I then cut the design out with a Spellbinder Lacey Circle die. Next I cut out a circle from a Cheery Lynn Designs XL-4 Circle Classic Nesting Die with navy card stock. I layered those two together before I added them to another larger white circle of the Spellbinder Lacey Circle die cuts.

I set these aside until I had die cut my Cheery Lynn Designs FRM 132 French Lattice Small Frame from navy card stock. I on purpose left some of the negatives in place to create a different pattern design. The French Lattice was then layered on to some Gina K. Designs Tomato Soup card stock.

The final step was to add my focal images over the background I had created. Oh, I also added some white card stock to the inside where I could add a message.


I am so glad the use of dies can make a card look fantastic without adding a lot of bulk. I mail most of my cards and I am sort of frugal when it comes to sending them. I want them to go with just one postage stamp since I send out quite a few. Hey! I have to cut corners somewhere and sometimes a ribbon bow really makes it more spendy to send.

Well, another week has flown by. Not sure what my weekend will entail but I think I will put aside the crafty card making and concentrate on other things. I wish all of you a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping in and commenting.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Carnation Thank You

Today I worked with a flower set from Kitchen Sink Stamps called Multi Step Carnations. Carnations are one of my favorite flowers and were the ones I chose to carry in a bouquet at our wedding. I had red and white ones but for this card I did a pink/red combination. I am entering this card in the Mod Squad Blog challenge for this week in which we are to use flowers for the focal image.


I stamped my carnations and sentiment with Gina K. Design inks first on white card stock and then took one of the dies from the Spellbinder Opulent Opals set and cut them out. I then placed these onto a pink oval I also cut out from the same Spellbinder set. I added them to a red card stock panel and then onto my white card base. The final step was to add pink corner elements from Cheery Lynn Designs.

I really like how the corner elements really dressed up this card and framed the carnations so well. I think they really show that they are the focal image on the card this way.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used:
Multi Step Carnations LRGC 045
Simple Sentiments MINI 006

Dies used:
Spellbinder Opulent Ovals S5-160
Cheery Lynn Designs B162 Lace Corner Deco B

My goodness! I am so grateful to have made another card this week. The weeks before the wedding were pretty much scarce for me in card making so it feels like I am making up for lost time this week. I am having fun and having the garden slow down a bit is helping as well.

Thanks for stopping in and for the lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

David's Tree

A friend emailed me just recently and said she enjoyed the photos I took. So she suggested I take a photo of something on our farm and then try and duplicate the scene as best I could. Well, I thought about it for a while before I finally decided to give it a try. So here is my card design using stamps and the photo I tried to duplicate.



The photo I took shows the tree our friend David gave us many years ago. It sets on top of the hill where our home is located and behind it is the valley below with the corn field and the tree line running along the river.

He had some seedlings growing in a ditch and he wanted to get rid of them so he asked us if we wanted one and we said  we did. It is a beautiful tree and we decorate it every year for Christmas. Our friend David passed away several years ago in a combining accident and we still miss him greatly to this day. And, each time we look at our tree we think of the wonderful friendship we had and all the great gab sessions we enjoyed.


I used Kitchen Sink Stamps to create my scene and lots of masking. I started first by stamping the pine tree and then masking that. I used a grassy stamp to make the corn field in the background by stamping it over and over in the lighter golden colors and finally at the last stamping used some green to make it look like the drying corn crop that is abundant now.

Next I masked off that area and added a line of trees behind the corn field by only using the top portions of the tree stamps. And, while the mask was in place I also left an area blank where I wanted my gravel road. I colored the gravel road in with a light brown but found that too dark so I went over it with a white gel pen. It was just right then.

My last step was to mask off the gravel road area and then add my grassy foreground. I used the same grass stamp that I had used for the corn field but only this time went with all green tones. Right under the tree I put the grass stamp on in a curved position on my acrylic block and used that to stamp darker tones and create the illusion of shadow.

Once this was done I took Bic Mark-It alcohol ink markers and filled in here and there and sponged on some blue ink for the sky.

It was then ready to layer to black card stock and then again to my white card base.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used:

Multi Step Pine Trees LRGC 034
Multi Step Trees LRGC 031
Multi Step Tree Friends Mini 020

I am loving the stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps. I get wonderful results using those stamps and if you need some directions on how to use them, you can always find help at the forum that Kitchen Sink Stamps offers.

And, a special thanks to my friend for suggesting this idea. I am hoping she takes the idea to heart and duplicates a scene from her yard too. **Hint, Hint**

Thanks for the visits to my blog and all the comments  you leave. I so appreciate each and every one of them.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 14, 2015

Marbled Rose

Today I made a last minute entry for the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week which is entitled Marvelous Marbling. I found a way to do it with the MISTI on Splitcoast Stampers so went that route to make it a quick and easy design.


Now this was my first attempt at this technique so not sure I got it completely right but it does sort of show some marbling in the design. My stamps of choice for the rose were from Gina K. Designs Pressed Flowers set by Melanie Muenchinger. Also the sentiment is from a Gina K. Designs illustrated by Melanie and is available on the Wild Flowers set.

All inks used are from Gina K. Designs. I arranged my rose and leaf stamps on the MISTI and then stamped all them first in Lemon Drop Yellow on white card stock. Next I added Peach Bellini randomly on the rose stamp and again pressed this onto the paper. Lastly I added some Cranberry Tart and stamped that.

Next I worked on the leaves which had been first stamped in the yellow too. I then added some Jellybean Green and later some Christmas Pine. By masking I was able to add another leaf by the rose as well using first the yellow and then adding my darker green tones.

My sentiment was then stamped in black ink from Gina K. Designs. And, the finishing touch after I had added this panel to Peach Bellini card stock was to add a few green pearls.

With the MISTI this went really fast. I think I might have to try this again. And, one must use a bold type image to make it look right.

I am also entering this in the Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV which is entitled Short on Time. This really fit the category for making a quick card I thought.

Thanks for looking and I stopping by. Have a great day.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Butterfly and Mums

This week the theme for the Cheery Lynn Designs Inspiration Blog Challenge is Things With Wings. I decided I was in a Fall mode so went with the colors of Autumn in my design. It seemed all I had in the Cheery Lynn line for die cuts was butterflies which sported wings so that was my only option but I do love butterflies so I am satisfied using them.


First I took a white piece of Tim Holtz textured watercolor paper and then stamped the Mums randomly in black ink which are from the Stampinback Sheet 131A which is available at I Brake for Stamps. With sponges I added different shades of orange and reds to the mums stamped sheet.

I then die cut the background out as well as a black card stock layer using the Cheery Lynn Designs Card Maker's Stacker's Nesting Dies ST 014. I glued those layers together and added them to a base card of light orange card stock.

Next I sponged on inks in the same colors onto a plain piece of white card stock. Out of that inked paper I cut the angel wing for the butterfly. The lacy part of the butterfly was cut out of black card stock. I then glued the two together to make the butterfly complete. This was then adhered to the stamped panel in the lower right corner.

My sentiment is also from the same stamp set and I stamped it onto the light orange card stock with black ink and then layered it onto more black card stock before I placed it on the panel.

To complete the card I took some leftover background paper and layered it to some black card stock and placed that inside the card along the bottom.

Cheery Lynn Dies used:
ST -014 Rectangle A2 size stacker nesting dies
DL 156 Small Lace Butterfly with Angel Wing

Thanks for looking to see how I spent Sunday afternoon with a little card making project. I wish you all a wonderful week as well.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Photo Inspired

Today I worked on a very simple card design using pattern paper and die cuts. I am entering this in the Die-Namites blog challenge for the month of September. They had a photo on their post and that is what inspired me to make this card.



This is the photo that inspired me. I thought the flowers and colors were very beautiful and so I went with that theme.


My base card is white and the beautiful floral pattern paper that I layered onto black is from the Gina K. Designs Garden Tour paper pack. I went with a small floral pattern because my sentiment was so large and I thought this way you would see more of the flowers if they were smaller.

The sentiment was cut out with black card stock.

Happy Birthday

I then used the Presents Border die and cut that also with the black card stock. But instead of using it as a border I cut out presents to use individually on the card. I even added some to the inside as well.

Presents Border

This was a quick and easy way to make a card design. I chose to make it a birthday one as that is one of my most needed types of cards it seems.

Well, I hope all have a wonderful weekend. And thanks for coming by to visit.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sending Thoughts and More

After a busy Labor Day weekend and a few days of catching up after we got back home Tuesday evening I finally got time to make a card. So I am once again getting inky! LOL This card will be entered in the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge for this week. The theme is All About Texture and I think I got some with the sunflower die I used and also with the embossing folder too.


My embossing folder is from Darice and is called Leafy Vine Border. I inked up the front side of the embossing folder with various Autumn colors of ink from Gina K. Designs. After I had run it through the Crossover Machine it left the raised areas white with the more ombre colors showing for the background.

My sunflower is from Cheery Lynn Designs as are the leaves I used. I used some Bic Mark-It alcohol ink pens to color the sunflower. Note the lovely texture for the inside of the flower.

Since I had this nice wide open area at the bottom I thought a larger sentiment would work so I used one from I Brake For Stamps. I got it a bit crooked and should have used my MISTI but I was in a hurry so did not. See what happens when one hurries? But I will use it just as it is regardless.

Cheery Lynn Dies used:
DL 121 Sunflower
B181 Build a Flower #1 (I only used the leaf strip)

On a more personal note: This past weekend we had the joyous event of our daughter's marriage to a wonderful young man. I will include a few pictures for you. It was a theme wedding and they chose it to be a Doctor Who theme.


First dance as a married couple.


Cutting the cake.


Father/Daughter Dance.


Finally some food. All were very hungry.


Some of the guests.


Our good looking grandchildren. I think they take after their Grandma. LOL

I am sorry I was not able to get more photos but with a leg all wrapped up it was hard for me to get around, so I just took photos where I was stationed.  The one with the grandchildren was taken the next day at the gift opening event. That phone booth was originally put outside by the venue and the guests had to walk through it and be transported to the wedding, dance and reception area.

The cake was a one layer one but the topper showed the bride and groom going into the phone booth to be transported away. Each of the groomsmen and the groom chose to dress in a different version of Doctor Who. And the fathers of the bride and groom each wore a theme tie with the phone booth images on them.

The colors were light purple and blue. The women attendants were dressed in the light purple. I chose a black dress pants, a purple shirt and a jacket with the purple and blue colors in it. The groom's Mom also wore black and purple.

Well, thanks for checking my post and for all the wonderful comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna