Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pretty in Purple

I had no plans to make any more cards this week but we found out we will need a sympathy card in a few days and if I have company I know I won't find much creative time so I thought I better do one up quickly today. I used a new stamp set from Penny Black called The Unfolding. And, I went with purple as then I can add it to the Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge .


I used my MISTI and colored the image in with Zig Markers and repeated this until I was satisfied with the colors. I also spritzed just a bit of water on the stamp so the colors would blend more. This was stamped onto glossy card stock and then I diecut it with a Cheery Lynn Designs rectangle die.

I also added the sentiment from Inspired by Stamping from the Big Sympathy stamp set. I used Gina K. Designs black ink to stamp that. I decided this panel needed more layers so I added a thin layer of green card stock which I fussy cut to the size I wanted.

On the main card of lavendar card stock I added the Large Window frame die as a contrast design. And, over this layer I added the focal image panel. The last step was to add some rhinestone gems.


The Cheery Lynn Designs dies used:

A2 Frame Die Large Window FRM113
Card Maker's Stacker's Nesting Dies ST014 A2 size

Well, I need to get back to my cleaning for the company over the Fourth and beyond. It was so nice of you to leave such wonderful comments too. I love every one of them.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Happy Birthday USA!

I made a birthday card for the USA and I decided I wanted to make mine into a flag design.


The pattern paper with all those stars looked like a great celebration design for the USA's birthday. It is from the Liberty Collection from BoBunny, It was layered onto red card stock which in turn was added to the base card of white.

I took the Gina K. Designs swipe image from the Tiny Textures set and stamped it twice in red ink leaving a space of white between the two. I then cut it out with a rectangle die from Cheery Lynn Designs. This was then layered onto the middle of the pattern paper panel. The final touch was to take a square of navy blue inked white card stock and place that in the upper left corner of the swipes. This was the mini canvas layer for the Candi star paper embellishments which I glued on with mini glue dots.


It was an idea I dreamed up when sleep eluded me and so in the morning I put the idea on paper and I really like the look. Afterwards I thought maybe each swipe should have been masked off with a couple paper strips to create more stripes but I like it this way too.

Thanks for stopping in. I am now going back to cleaning mode. I hope all of you are having a good day.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, June 26, 2016

God Bless The USA

I finally got some Fourth of July cards finished. I need to get them in the mail so it was high time they were completed. Here is one of the designs I made.


I went with some die cuts of pattern paper and used some silver glitter paper from Stampin' Up and fussy cut some stars. I also lined the sentiment with silver which was stamped on white card stock with red ink.


The pattern paper is from the Liberty Collection by BoBunny. I cut banners using a die from Cheery Lynn Designs called DL303 Pireced Banners. And the sentiment I used is from Unity Stamp Company.


This card will be entered in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mod Squad Blog Challenge

Well I hope your week is off to a good start. I have a busy one coming up. I have a checkup on my eyes tomorrow and then I need to put my things away and clean for the Fourth of July visitors and an extended visit with our two grandsons who love to spend a bit of their summer vacation on the farm. So that means I need to bake too. LOL They are a hungry crew. But I guess baking is creative as well!

God bless,
Verna

Friday, June 24, 2016

Morning Paper Shy Bear

I am doing some purging of old wood rubber stamps and I ran across this particular one and I think I am going to keep it around a bit longer. I love this image and it works for masculine cards for many occasions. For that reason I did not add a sentiment as it could be a birthday, retirement, get well or a just because type of card. The stamp image is from the Merry Stamper line and can be found at I Brake For Stamps.



I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink on white card stock and then colored it with my Zig watercolor markers and did a more or less scribbly type of coloring. In other words I did not do a lot of blending.


The image was die cut with a Memory Keepers stitched borders die and from there I layered it onto black. Before I added this panel to the base card of turquoise card stock I added some black and white fiber to add a bit of an accent to the card.


This card will be entered in the following challenges:

Double D's Blog Challenge-One for the Boys
Scrapy Land Blog Challenge #44 -Masculine
Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

And as always thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Coffee Friendship

Here is my final coffee themed card for this time around. I did enjoy working with coffee though and I am sure these stamps will be used again and again. I just love how the solid images in this Coffee Therapy set from Gina K. Designs works so well for card making. I am also entering this in the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop as well.


The base of the card is ivory and I added a layer of kraft that I had dry embossed with a Cheery Lynn Designs die called French Lattice Small Frame FRM-132, It may not show up as much on this photo but hopefully in some of the others you can see it better.


Next I stamped the cups all over that kraft embossed background and before I layered it on the ivory base I added a dark chocolate and white gingham ribbon. My inks of choice were Gina K. Designs Dark Chocolate.

The sentiment and two of the cups were stamped with the Dark Chocolate ink on ivory and then I die cut the sentiment out with an scalloped circle die from Cheery Lynn Designs. I also cut another circle out with the dark chocolate card stock. I layered them together then and added them to the card front panel.

The cups I fussy cut and popped them up around the scalloped circles by the sentiment to finish the card front design. I also stamped a row of cups inside the card too.


I hope you enjoyed this little series of coffee designs. This is the first year I have participated in this challenge so I worked with the images I had on hand in my private supply. I prefer to work with actual stamps but I might have to select a few cute digis that I saw in other cards in this hop. It has been so fun to see all the wonderful designs. And, I truly thank all who have stopped by to check out what I have done and to leave comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coffee Ello!

Using more of the hot sizzlin' colors of summer I created another coffee card using Gina K. Designs stamps for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The set I used is called You Say Goodbye, and I Say Ello which is illustrated by Rebecca Oehlers.



I also used the Die-namic Wonky Stitched Rectangles from My Favorite Things to make the layers. I colored the images in with my Zig water color markers. Once I had the background chevron pattern and the sentiment stamped I then layered all panels together. The last step was to color the coffee cups. I fussy cut them out and then popped them up over that ivory background.


Seeing the cute smiles on those cups makes me grin too! I hope this finds you enjoying a lovely summer day and that you have some coffee, tea, or whatever you choose to drink to make it an even better day.

Thanks for stopping in and I appreciate all of your comments as well!

God bless,
Verna

Monday, June 20, 2016

Stacked Cups

I made another card for the  Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop in which I brought out an old stacked cup image from the Stampendous line and some older pattern paper that I had in my stash and combined them with some dies to make a quick card.


I colored the images in with Zig Water Color pens and then took a brush and water to soften the cups somewhat and blend and also filled in the background areas. I stamped a sentiment from Gina K. Designs and then die cut the focal image with a Die-namics Wonky Stitched Oval die from My Favorite Things.  I then layered that onto a purple layer cut with a classic oval die from Spellbinders.

My ivory card base was covered with pattern paper from the Die Cuts With A View Latte Stack paper pack. The purple oval die layer was also from this same paper pack.

After all was assembled I then added some light purple rhinestone gems to the focal image.

Thanks for stopping in and checking out what I have done. I so appreciate all your comments.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I Love Coffee

I had to make a card using a coffee theme today as it is my favorite beverage. Even in summer. I even like iced coffee! So with that in mind here is the card I created.


I used images and a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Coffee set which is illustrated by Claire Brennan. I stamped the design on ivory card stock and then with a Memory Box rectangle I die cut it, I layered it again onto a red piece of die cut card stock and onto another layer cut with the blue. But before I adhered this all together I added some red gingham ribbon which reminded me of the table cloths my Mom used to have years ago and then proceeded to add it to the ivory card stock base.


The Memory Box die used is the Cross Stitched Frame Borders Style No. 99124.

I am entering this in the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop challenge. I urge you to check it out and maybe enter too.

Well, that will end my week of card making. I usually take Sunday off and try to rest more and being it is Father's Day I am sure we will be getting phone calls at least from some of the kids. I hope all the Dads out there have a great day too!

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Butterfly Anniversary

Just for fun I decided to work with the fabulous butterfly die I purchased a few months ago from Memory Box. I sure love that die. And, I made it into an anniversary card because as as far as I know there are no weddings this year but there will be anniversaries.


I had a panel all done up on Tim Holtz water color paper which used the Color Bursts water Color granules in shades of red, yellow and orange. I always think those are great colors together. And, since with the blending they sort of drifted into a little pink I decided to die cut the butterflies from pink card stock.

My base card is ivory and I also stamped the sentiment from Gina K Designs on ivory card stock with red ink. I die cut that with a scalloped circle die from Cheery Lynn Designs and then I cut another scalloped circle in red with the same size. I put the two together and off set them a bit so that a smidgen of the red showed behind the ivory one creating a shadow effect. I then popped the sentiment up.

Along the edge of the butterfly pink panel I added a red card stock double scalloped border from a Cheery Lynn Designs Die. The last step on my card was to add rhinestones to the center of the butterfly and also on the sentiment area.


I just love these colors together and they remind me of hot sizzling days too! And, although we had a brief cool down here we are slowly building up towards the 90 degree mark again. So the sizzlin' summer heat is in session once again. LOL

Dies used:
Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage Style No. 99145

Cheery Lynn Designs XM Scalloped Circle XM-5
Cheery Lynn Designs Double Scalloped Border B465

This card will be entered in the following challenges:

Word Art Wednesday Challenge
Dies R Us Challenge
Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge
Mod Squad Blog Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Crop Stop Linky Party

Well, have a great evening and I hope you are keeping cool!

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Football Dad's Day

I needed another card for Father's Day so I went with a purple, gold and white color arrangement and finally made it into a card for a dad who is a Vikings fan. I am entering this in the Crop Stop Linky Party #17 and Double D's  Blog Challenge.


I used glossy card stock for the whole card design. First I stamped the ties randomly all over the white base to make a background. I used images and the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Dad's Day stamp set for the background. The inks I used were Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac and Prickly Pear.

The football player image is from an old stamp I purchased year's back and it is from L. A. Stampworks. I am not sure if they are in business anymore or not. I colored it with Zig markers except for the sky which was sponged in with Gina K. Designs Ocean Mist ink with a small make-up sponge dauber and then I die cut it with a Die-Namics die from the My Favorite Things line called Wonky Stitched Ovals MFT-843. I also cut another oval using the die from the white glossy card stock and colored it by using a direct to paper inking of the Wild Lilac. This way it was a match to the background colors. This was the layer then for the focal image and once together I popped it up on the card.



Well, I think I will get these cards for the dads in the family signed and addressed this afternoon so they get into the mail tomorrow. And, if time still permits I will maybe do another card design.

You have a great afternoon and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Embossed Border Christmas

I bought an embossing folder from Stampin' Up called Boughs & Berries which is manufactured by Sizzix and decided that I would use it on some of my Christmas cards. It is a very pretty border design. I am going to enter this card I made in the Crop Stop Linky Party #17 challenge. Hopefully, it will be a qualifying design.


I used stamps from Altenew for the sentiment and also for the holly. I first stamped the sentiment from the Lyrical Script set with a rainbow ink pad from Kaleidacolor called Fruitcake. Then I took a Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen and went over it to add some shimmer. Next I cut this out with a Die-Namics die from My Favorite Things called Wonky Stitched Rectangles,  And using the same die I also cut a red rectangle out for an extra framed layer for the sentiment. I then added these to the embossed card front.

My last step was to take the holly leaves from the Altenew Poinsettia & Pine set and stamp them with black Versafine ink. I then took my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and colored the leaves which made them shimmer with a sparkle look. I then fussy cut these out and popped them up over the corner of the sentiment. My last step was to add three red rhinestones for the berries.


I am also entering it in the Word Art Wednesday Blog challenge as well.

Thanks for checking in again. I am always happy when I get another Christmas card done as I still have a long, long ways to go before I get at least 90 completed. A few each week and I might make it by Thanksgiving. That is my goal at least.

You have a great day and God bless,
Verna

Friday, June 10, 2016

Scoring Background

This is a clean and simple Christmas card and I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge and also in the Mix It Up Monday Challenge at Stamp TV.



I started out with glossy white card stock and proceeded to make my score lines with my score board. Once I had my scoring design done I then took the tree from the Gina K. Designs Merry Tree set and stamped it in Christmas Pine ink. I was hoping that some of the score lines would show up and they do a little bit under the tree stamping.


I took a base card of glossy card stock and over that placed the Cranberry Tart gingham pattern paper. Then I added my tree panel. I also added some of the gingham paper inside the card. The last thing I did was to add a enamel dot from Stampin' Up to the star on top of the trees.


I told you it was a clean and simple design. I might have to show you another one with this Merry Tree image another day. But for now this will end my posts today. I really like that solid image and it works up for great quick card designing.

Well, have a good evening.
God bless,
Verna

Dad's Day!

I worked up a Father's Day card and will be entering it in the following challenges: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Mod Squad Blog Challenge, Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge and the Scrapy Land Blog Challenge.


I used hot sizzlin' summer colors on my card. The background was done on glossy paper and I used hot colors along with the Tiny Textures stamp set from Gina K. Designs. The sentiment and chair image are from the Dad's Day set from Lawn Fawn.


The chair image was popped up over the sentiment which was die cut from jelly bean green card stock with a banner die by Cheery Lynn Designs. I then layered that banner onto card stock in a similar blue color as the ink on the card. The base of the card was in sweet mango card stock and the layer next to that was sweet corn yellow card stock. All the inks and card stock are from Gina K. Designs. I originally had the chair stamped in Tomato Soup dye ink but later I decided I preferred the black chair instead. It went well with the black texture I had stamped over the paint swipes images.


Cheery Lynn Designs Dies used:
Card Maker's Stacker's Nesting Dies A2 size ST 014
Pierced Banners DL303

It is very appropriate to use hot sizzlin' colors as we are getting up into the 90's these days. Our AC gets turned on mid afternoon now and runs all night. By morning it seems cool enough to leave it off for awhile. So if inside we remain fairly comfy. I hope you are staying cool too if the hot weather is affecting you. And, of course, this triggers T-storms so it is very humid as well! At any rate, have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Birthday Garden

I was looking at my flowers in the yard again today and so I decided to create a card with lots of flowers on them. So far my daisies are not blooming but I imagined them to be and in lots more colors then I really have. It is fun to let your imagination go sometimes when you create on paper and I tried to pick some glorious colors for my imaginary garden.


I chose to use the daisy image from the CAS-UAL Fridays stamp set called Truth Is and also the sentiment is from the CAS-UAL Fridays stamp set called Casual Elegance. I stamped all the images with black Versafine ink and colored them in with my Zig water color pens. After all were colored I sponged on some light blue to look like a sky background.

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge
Mod Squad Blog Challenge

Also I took some more photos of my flowers that are in bloom now. First up is my double red peonies which always bloom later then the rest. I think it is because they are more in the shade and therefore bloom later and do not get very many buds on. This year I only had four on the plant.

I also took some photos of my tiger lilies. I only have a few of them and they are the orange colored ones. But I still think they are pretty.

Well, that is it for me. You have a great evening.

God bless, Verna





Monday, June 6, 2016

Peek a Boo Father's Day Card

I had a brilliant idea and had all my ducks aligned in a row so to speak (or so I thought) when I was making this card. After I had done the first few steps I found out I had stamped everything on my card upside down. Oh, no! So I was ready to trash it  but then looked it over again and decided I could redo it and still use it for my card. And this is the outcome.


I first took a white base card and die cut the scalloped circle in the center of it with the Cheery Lynn Designs XM-5 Scalloped Circle set. Then I took the paint swath from the Gina K. Designs Tiny Textures stamp set and added color to my front panel and overstamping so that the colors showed through the die cut area.

By then I saw my mistake. So I decided it was going to be a sunset scene. So I grabbed some more blue and overstamped on the kraft which I accidentally had put at the top. This made a more darker blue. Next I added some orange in between the swaths to create the illusion of a sunset.  I also stamped more orange further down to be the reflection in the water. And, then I added more kraft at the bottom to create my sandy shore. Oh,  and I used my MISTI tool to stamp the background.

Now I proceeded to construct my scene. I decided to use only Versafine black onyx ink to stamp the images. I took images from two different sea sets to create the scene. They were the Gina K. Designs By The Sea and By The Sea 2 which are both illustrated by Theresa Momber. I also used the sentiment from the By The Sea set.

As you can tell the sail boat was stamped inside the die cut area. When the card is opened you can see how it looks from that view.


The inside sentiment is from the Love You set. Since my son's name is Joe I thought that the Joe which refers to a cuppa would also work for his name.

I always like to take a photo of the card laying down too as I think it shows more of the details. So here is a laying down photo.


Well, I think I actually made a better scene then I had first envisioned. At least I am happy and I hope my son Joe will love it as well.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge.

You have a great evening and thanks for taking a look at what I have done.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Pop of Color

After I baked some cookies I made a quick and easy card design with a new set I got in the mail today. Yes, I got some happy mail with two new stamp sets and some dies. And, since it was a cloudy, cooler and dreary day it was a good time to bake and make cards.


The feathers set is from Gina K. Designs and is called Fine Feathers, It is illustrated by Claire Brennan, These are the small feathers from the set but there are lots of other sizes as well as wonderful sentiments.  I know I really like this sentiment and this can be a card of comfort for many situations.

This card was  stamped all in black except for the dark red feather. I also added a darker red rhinestone to show a pop of color amongst all the black rhinestones scattered on the card.

Well, I think it is time to sample the cookies. And, the sun is peeking out now too. You have a great evening.

God bless,
Verna


Friday, June 3, 2016

Come Ye Faithful

The Wednesday Challenge at Simon Says was to do masking. I chose to make a Christmas card and I used Altenew Stamps for my design. I also colored my image in with Zig water color markers and fussy cut them out.


I am a real fan of poinsettias so of course, I had to use the image from the Altenew Poinsettia & Pine set. I masked the poinsettia off using Post-It notes and then added the holly leaves and the pine needles. It was then ready to color with my Zigs.

I used the sentiment from the Altenew Lyrical Script set with this card. I just love the big bold sentiments and I know they will be used on many of my Christmas cards this year.

I die cut a panel of white and red with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders Style No. 99124 and layered them onto the base card of white. Next I added the cut image over the top of those two frames. My last step was to add some yellow and green rhinestone gems to the card.


This card will be entered in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Mask It
Scrapy Land Blog Challenge-Anything Goes

Thanks for looking and of course for all the lovely comments. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Another Christmas Card

This is a card I also made this week for Christmas. It is done with mostly dies and I just love the design of it. I know I will be doing more similar to this one for sure.


I just love that background paper I used for a backing for the wreath design and other dies. The pattern paper is from Gina K. Designs. And all the dies are from Cheery Lynn Designs except for the little bird embellishment which is from David Tutera.


The little bird was part of a prize package and this was the first time I have used anything from that little package of birds. There are several more in it so I am sure I will be incorporating a bird in more cards. I thought he looked so cute perched on the wreath.



The colors used on this card are card stocks in the color of Christmas Pine, Cranberry Tart and Ivory and all are from the Gina K. Designs line.

Cheery Lynn Designs Dies used:
Joy To The World Wreath B481
Lace Corner Deco A B161

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge
Scrapy Land Challenge
Dies R Us Challenge

Thanks for looking at my newest Christmas card. I enjoyed making it.

But today I also took the walker and went out into the yard to get some photos of my peonies while they still looked fairly nice. I am sharing a few photos with  you and if you have a peony image you need to color you can check out these. Seeing the colors might be useful to you. I only have the deep red and the pink ones. But I know they come in white as well.














I hope you enjoyed my little post today and that the flowers will brighten your day too! 

God bless,
Verna




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Dahlia Congratulations

There is a new Altenew Inspiration Challenge and I decided I wanted to join in and try to capture the essence of the photo. I hope I succeeded. First I will post my card and then I will post the inspiration photo. I am also entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which Altenew is one of the sponsors this week.



And this is the photo I was inspired by.

photo inspiration challenge_June_2

I chose to use the flowers from the Altenew Dahlia Blossoms set and the sentiments were from the Altenew Painted Greetings set. The lower dahlia image was popped  up. In the corner I used a Sizzx die from the Tim Holtz Alterations Collection and it is called Mixed Media 660220. I also used some green rhinestones in a darker and lighter color to add some bling and glitz to the card.


Pattern paper from My Favorite Things Subtle Plaids paper pack was added inside and then I topped it off with a die cut from Cheery Lynn Designs called B465 Double Scalloped Border. The paper has yellow and two shades of green in it but for some reason it shows more blue then green. I also added another sentiment inside too.


And, once again I have included a photo of the card in a flat position so that perhaps you can see more of the details. I love how the pattern paper shows through the die cut.


The Tim Holtz dies are a new acquisition and I was dying to try them out. I figured today was as good a time as any. I hope you approve of my congratulatory card design. I know I am happy with it.

Well, time to work on the evening meal again. If I didn't have to cook I could perhaps make more cards. But I do love to eat too. If  you were to see me you would know I was telling the truth with that statement. LOL

Thanks for visiting and I hope you have a good evening.

God bless,
Verna