Friday, May 19, 2017

Sentiment Focus

Well, I started out having lots of plans to get a whole bunch of cards done for the Cards for Little Hearts card drive but alas so far not one has been finished for this week's design. My hubby brought in a bunch of rhubarb which needed my attention so I worked with that and made a loaf of Rhubarb Cinnamon Bread. I guess that was his way of hinting to me that he wanted a rhubarb treat.

But then later this afternoon I did a quick card design with some Hero Arts images, a die and Distress Inks. And, believe me making the card was easy but getting a photo of it was not. I chose to make it a circle shaped card and it kept rolling away on me. Yikes! Oh, well, you might tell that one of the photos shows the card a bit out of whack as I had to get it to the edge of my Scor Pal in order to keep it from rolling off.



I die cut my stamped design out with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Circle Die. I also cut another one out with a matching light green card stock for the inside panel. And, I chose to use just the leaves to circle the sentiment from the Hero Arts You're So Lovely stamp set. I really like that look too!



The Tim Holtz Distressed Inks used for the card were Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn. I tried to use a bit of both on the leaves and I used my MISTI to try and align them up in a more circular pattern.

Before I fastened the two die cut circles together I took the top panel and did a half inch score line and then folded it so that it would lift up. Using some Scor Tape along the half inch folded area I then placed the front panel onto the back one.

Supplies:
Hero Arts You're So Lovely Stamp Set
Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Circle Dies
Tim Holtz Distressed Inks
Scor Pal
Scor Tape
Crossover Die Cutting Machine
MISTI

This will be entered in the following challenges:
a2zScrapbooking Monthly Challenge May 2017-Sentiment Focus
Dies R Us Challenge # 73-Shaped Cards
Crop Stop May Challenge Link Party #28

Well, this weekend perhaps I can get my cards made for the kids. I will certainly try at least. Thanks for all the wonderful visits and comments. You are the best and I wish you all a very beautiful day and weekend!

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Foiled Die Cuts

I had a lot of small pieces of foiled papers so I decided to die cut some flowers and a frame to make a fairly CAS card design. I used all dies from Gina K. Designs for my design. And, the foiled pieces used are a combination of Gina K. Designs Foils, some from Deco Foils and some from an unknown source.


I used Gina K. Designs Gold Sequins foil for the doily frame and inside it I added a circle from the same die set of Gina K. Designs Ivory card stock to which I had stamped the sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Just Because duo stamp set.

The Gina K. Designs Flutterby die was cut from some leftovers to which I had used Deco Rainbow foil. And the leaves and one pink flower were also die cut from some off brand foil I had gotten years ago.. Each of the other blooms were from Gina K. Designs foil, namely Lovely Lavender, Wild Dandelion and Turquoise Sea. The Gina K. Designs Delightful Doily Die set includes not only the doily but those wonderful flowers and leaves as well.

The design was then finished by adding all of these elements to a base card of Gina K. Designs Ivory card stock and then adding some rhinestones to the flowers and the butterfly.



Other products used:
Scor Pal
Zig 2-Way Roll and Squeeze Glue Pen
Crafter's Companion Glue Tape Runner
Laminator-Royal Sovereign
Die Cutting Machine-Crossover
Paper Cutter-old guillotine type
Deco Foil Toner Sheets

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-A Bit of Sparkle
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Floral Framed Sentiment
Double D Challenges-Flowers Galore
Crop Stop Link Party #28

I am so glad you stopped in to see some of the latest fun I have been having. I hope to work on some more cards for the Cards For Little Hearts Card Drive which will be held July 1st to August 25th, 2017. On the side bar is a badge I added showing the website information. I hope some of you can join in and make cards with a winter theme for the kids who have heart health issues. Try to use designs that appeal to children. Please no Merry Christmas or Get Well greetings. I mainly am sticking with Winter Wishes or something similar to that. Thanks for all the lovely comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Two More Foiling Cards

What a fun Mother's Day I have had. My oldest daughter and I played with the foils and we had so much fun. I am going to show you a couple that I did with a stencil, Deco Transfer Gel and some Deco Foil in a rainbow array of colors. The sentiments I added to these cards are from Gina K. Designs.


I made this one using the positive side. The transfer gel was applied with a plastic card similar to a credit card that I had saved and used that to spread it onto the taped down stencil over the black card stock. I had to wait over an hour for this to dry but you can tell when it is dry as it will no longer be white but will turn clear.

Then I took the rainbow foil, placed it on the card stock, put it in a parchment paper sleeve and ran it through my laminator. I forgot to add the extra shim of card stock like Gina K. suggested in a video  but luckily it still came out quite well. I die cut the design and added it to a base card of turquoise and then finished it by adding a stamped sentiment from Gina K. Designs which was also die cut.

And here is the negative side of things. I love how this looks as well and will be definitely using stencils for more fun card making.


The negative was applied to a black foiling sheet by putting it in a parchment sleeve and then through the laminator. I simply die cut it out and added to my yellow card base. The nice long sentiment was perfect I thought so I stamped that in black below. I felt with the foil there is no need for further embellishing as this is a fun and festive look for birthdays.

The dies used on these cards are some from a Die-Namics Die set from My Favorite Things called Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stackers.

So I enjoyed my time with my daughter making cards. I hope all of you Moms out there had a wonderful day as well. Thanks for stopping in and for all your kinds comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Foiled Again! Not Fooled Again!

Well, I spent a good part of my day and last evening foiling and finally later on today sat down and created a card with some of the items I worked on. Wow! My new laminator worked like a charm. I am very happy with it.


I recently got lots of the new Gina K. Designs line so I worked with items past and present from her foiling products. My monochromatic card is done in shades of green, namely Grass Green and Jelly Bean Green along with white. I foiled a plain piece of the new Grass Green Fancy Foils and then used a Seeing Spots Cuttlebug folder to emboss it. I also did the pattern from Gina's Swirls & Flourishes with the Grass Green Fancy Foil and the saying which is from an older foiled design of Gina's.


I layered the embossed and swirl pattern together and then die cut them with Gina K. Designs Small Double Stitched Designs Rectangle Die set. And, I also made a layer for it using the Jelly Bean Green and the Gina K. Designs Large Single Stitched Rectangle Die. The sentiment was die cut with Gina K. Designs Small Square Double Stitched Design Die and then layered onto a die cut from the Gina K. Designs Large Single Stitched Square Die. These dies align perfectly together to give a nice little border around the smaller version used.

Next I added these all to a base card layer of white card stock. I also stamped in Grass Green and die cut two of the flowers from the Gina K. Designs Frames & Flowers set which is from the Frames & Flowers Stamp TV Kit. I popped these up in the lower left corner and overlapped the two previous layers.

The finishing touch was to add some green rhinestones to the edge along the upper right side of the card base.


I took several photos to try and capture all the beautiful foiling shimmer on the card. I know I sure like the look. I think this card could work for a birthday, graduation or maybe even a retirement card. Any occasion which makes for a happy day!

Thanks for sharing in the fun I am having with the foiling. I hope you come back often as I plan to try and do a few more foiled designs in the future. Thanks for all the comments you leave as well.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, May 8, 2017

Graduation Card

Yesterday evening I assembled a graduation card quickly as I had already used a stencil and some rubber cement earlier to make a background on Gina K. Designs Red Hot card stock. So since it was dry I decided to add the gold sequins foil from Gina K. Designs and with a few dies made this card.


And that graduates die from Impression Obsession was a perfect one for the fun background design that was made with the stencil called Geometric Groove from the Sheen Douglas Collection at Crafter's Companion.


I also die cut the main panel with the Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangle set. I thought that added a nice touch with the double stitching. This panel was then placed onto Gina K. Designs black card stock as a base and then I added some Gina K. Designs white layering weight card stock inside it.

I hope you like my little quick card. And, I hope you can see the foil design. I tried and tried again to get a decent photo and these were the two that looked best. You can see the sequin look a little bit in them.

This card I am entering in the Scrapy Land Challenge  #65 in which the theme is Anything Goes. I got the Impression Obsession jumping graduates die from them when they had a sale. I just love that set and can remember that was the way I felt when I had graduated from high school too. Wish I could jump like that again now. But alas, old age has fixed that option. Haha!

Well, I guess I better do my dishes, finish the laundry and then I will open up all the goodies that arrived in today's mail. I may not be able to play much more today but I can look all the things over and figure out a plan of action for tomorrow. 

You have a great Monday now. I always take Monday evenings off to watch Dancing With The Stars. I really like that show for some reason. Thanks for visiting and I love the comments you leave too.

God bless,
Verna

Positively Negative

The Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week is entitled Positively Negative and of course, I had to make a quick card for it as that is always so fun to do. I chose the Gina K. Designs Stampers Favorite set and captured that butterfly with both white and Eggplant ink on card stocks also from Gina K. Designs.


The white portion was embossed with Gina K. Designs embossing powder on the eggplant card stock. And, as usual, a little bit of it strayed which seems to be the way it always works for me when I emboss but for the most part it looks pretty good. We will just call them extra embellishments. LOL
And, the other half was stamped in the Eggplant ink which is a dye ink onto white card stock so therefore could not be embossed.

I fussy cut through the two panels and was lucky enough to get them to match up. Whew! They were both fastened to another layer of thin white card stock and then cut out with the Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Circle set. I saved the other negative parts and  die cut that out with a Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangle die. All were then assembled together and placed on a card base of Lovely Lavender. The finishing touch was to add some lavender rhinestones.

I am so glad I got time to work up a new design. And, my laminator just was brought to me too, so I bet I might be playing a bit with that later on. I hope all had a great weekend. Thanks for your visits and comments.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 5, 2017

Stencil, Rubber Cement, Foil

Wow! I found this most amazing website where they had some fantastic ways of getting foiling done on your cards without having to use a heat source. I suggest you check it out. I happened to have a few items on hand that would work so this card is done with foiling using a stencil and rubber cement.


I did my design on black card stock and once it was dry I then added the foil to it. You have to burnish it to get the foil to stick. And, I know I did not get a really good stencil design but I think this way it has a more artsy look to it.


I used stamps from the Gina K. Designs Happy Birthday to You stamp set. I embossed the balloons and the sentiment with Gina K. Designs Gold embossing powder. And, I die cut the black balloon panel and sentiment panels with the Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle Dies. The Deco Foil I used was a Rainbow one. My card base was Turquoise Sea but for some reason looks much lighter in these photos.


I think this photo shows the shimmer affect of the foils more. Also the balloons were colored in with Metallic Galaxy Pens. These pens show up on dark card stock and I like to have ones that will work that way as on occasion they are just perfect. This was one of those occasions. Each panel was placed on a Turquoise Sea layer before I fastened all the layers to the card base.


I admire those who can get a good photograph of this type of cards. I have spent over an hour trying to get just the right ones and still I am failing at that. LOL

Well, this was a fun project again and I think this is a card that would work for any type of birthday....kids to adults....and also for mile stone ones. Thanks for visiting and for all the comments you leave me.

God bless,
Verna


In Memory of Pat

A dear stamping friend whom I never met in person died May 1st but we became close friends regardless and would phone each other fairly often. She was a really dear person and was very generous to her family and friends and I know she will be deeply missed. This is a card I made for her husband and family in her memory. She loved to make cards and do other crafting. She had been quite ill of late and so it is a blessing that she is no longer suffering. I know that Heaven is a better place with her arrival.



I used the Penny Black A Moment in Time stamp which is a really large flower image and if stamped in it's full length would be enough to fill a bigger card surface than an A2 size. But I wanted to use it on an A2 size card so I just stamped the blossom twice which I inked up with little Hero Arts ink cubes and placed them on  the side along with one leaf. I then fussy cut around the side design. This was added to some gingham pattern paper and then mounted onto a card base of light pink. The sentiment is from  A Jillian Vance Design set called Simply Said: Sympathy. I stamped that in black ink on white card stock and then lined it with a layer of green card stock before I added it to the card front. The final touch was to add some light green rhinestones.

Well, thanks so much for your wonderful comments. I appreciate all of them.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Red,White & Blue Mom's Day

So sorry I have been missing in action for a few days but life got in the way and so my card making got put on hold. I had planned earlier in the week to work with foil on a card and yesterday when I tried to foil my design I found out that my laminator was no longer functioning. Well, I had just placed an order for a lot of goodies for foiling so I absolutely needed to invest in a new one so I am happy to report it is on it's way to me now.

But I remembered that there was still a way to do some foiling with sticky paper so that was what I did. Although this is not the original design I had in mind I did find this to be a good one too.  I placed the foil on top of the sticky paper and pressed it well all over it to get my foil to stick. Once I had that done I cut it into strips for use on my card design.


These strips I made were then added to a white card stock panel. That made up the background. Next I stamped some roses onto Gina K. Designs Red Velvet card stock with Versafine Black ink. I also added a deeper red in the shadow areas of the rose like I saw Melanie Muenchinger do in her video at Stamp TV.  The roses I used were from the Gina K. Designs Frame & Flowers 2 set which features a multi-step rose design but I only used the one step on the red card stock and then die cut them with the matching dies that came with that set. These roses were placed onto the background I had made and two of them I popped up.


The sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Springtime Baskets set. I stamped that in black ink onto white card stock and fussy cut it and layered it to some red before placing it on my front panel. I also added some little red rhinestones. This panel was added to the base card of Red Velvet. I also lined the inside of the card with white card stock.

Supplies;
Gina K. Designs Red Velvet and White Card Stock
Gina K. Designs Frame & Flowers 2 Roses Stamp Set and Dies, Springtime Baskets Stamp Set
Blue Deco Foil
Sparkle N Sprinkle Sticky Paper
Crafter's Companion Glue Runner
Red Rhinestones-Unknown
Black Versafine Ink
Deeper Red Tombow Marker
Scor Pal


I am entering this in the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge #72-Flowers
Double D Challenge-Red, White, Blue and Optional Stars and Stripes

Thanks for visiting and I hope I will be able to do better next week with my card making. And, thanks for your comments. I love them all.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Color Burst Background

The last card I posted used this Color Burst background and someone requested that I post a photo of the background before it was used on the card so here it is. I used blue and purple colors on Tim Holtz water color paper.


And since the tulips were in full bloom and looking beautiful this year as the nasty wind did not destroy them, I thought I would share a photo of those as well. And, it looks like a weed is growing in the area as well. Oh, dear!


Well, happy Saturday to all. Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, April 28, 2017

Lovely Hello

I worked up a quick card using some Hero Arts inks and stamps and will be entering this at the last minute for the A Blog Named Hero April Challenge -Anything Goes. I had my background layer already done with some purple and blue Color Bursts so it was just a matter of stamping the focal panel.


The Hero Arts Stamp set I used is called You're So Lovely. I used my Misti to stamp most of it and then in the center I added a fussy cut flower and some leaves. This panel was die cut with a Cottage Cut Double Stitched rectangle die  and then placed on a panel of the Color Bursts card stock using a Die-Namics stitched rectangle die from the Blueprints 29 set from My Favorite Things.

The inks used were Hero Arts Ombre Meadow ink pad and a Versafine Black ink pad. The layers were then mounted on the white card base and finished by adding some turquoise blue rhinestones.

Well, I will be taking a bit of a break over the weekend from posting as I will be working on some winter and Christmas card designs. At least that is the plan so far. LOL I hope you have a great weekend and thanks again for stopping in and for the lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Moment in Time and Card Drive Information

Yesterday I got to work with some free stamps I won from Penny Black. One of the sets I chose is an image called A Moment In Time. I used it on this card along with a sentiment from A Jillian Vance Design called Simply Said: Sympathy.


Now this is a large stamp so I had to make a bigger card then an A2 size to get all of the image on the front panel. I used my Misti and then colored in each part of the image using Tombow markers with the direct to stamp method. Once I thought I had enough color on it I then took a bit of water and a fine brush and blended some of the ink out. When the image was dry I then reapplied ink to the images with the markers and stamped it again to get more details which had washed away with the water.

I also took some green ink from an ink pad and rubbed a bit of that on some acetate and then added some water to it. With the brush I then flicked on some splashes of green color. Next I added  the sentiment and placed this panel onto a green card stock layer. The card was finished  by adding it to a base card of ivory card stock.

I might be taking a break now and then to work on some cards for a great cause with a drive that will be held in July called Cards for Little Hearts. There is a side logo with the site along the right side of my blog if you want to check into it. Also you can go to this website to get all the details for it too.
I feel that I have been so blessed these past years and that this might be a way of giving back for all I have received. So I hope to devote as much time as I can to make a few. And I hope some of you will join in as well.

I spent a good deal of time this afternoon looking for free digis online for this card drive that would be appropriate for youngsters and also looking at some stamp sets that I thought might be great too. So I was shopping but only bought two small sets. I think along with some of my supplies already on hand I can come up with a few great designs for the card drive by July. Once the garden starts to produce I will find less time for my hobby so I better try to get in some work for the card drive in the meantime.

Well, it is time to concentrate on the evening meal. I thank all of you for visiting and for all the wonderful comments you always leave me. Each of them are so uplifting to me. Have a great rest of the week.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

40th Birthday Card

Today I am sharing with you a card I made for my son-in-law for his 40th birthday. I used a stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Simple Numbers which was illustrated by Tami Mayberry. Unfortunately, I do not see this set in the store so either it has been discontinued or it will be remade into a clear one. I like it for using on milestone birthdays.


I also used some NBUS items at the time which were a Gina K. Designs Swirls & Flourishes Foil Mates set and also the Gina K. Design Rectangle Small double stitched die set of which both are from her new Therm o Web line.

I took the swirled Foil Mate design and first added some Gina K. Designs Tomato Soup and Peach inks to it and then put it through the laminator using Deco Black Foil. I maybe could have skipped using the black foil on it as the image is already black and white but I was anxious to see if it made a lot of difference. It did add a bit more shimmer but the black is not as shimmery as the metallic foils are. Either way it would have looked great.

That was put onto the base card of light orange card stock. I also took a die cut panel of that same light orange card stock and stamped The Big and the circle frame with the number 40 in it with Versafine black ink. The candles were die cut from the rectangle set of Gina's as they came with the set.  I offset this panel onto another black layer cut with the die set.  I  added some Wink of Stella to the flames and added a different shade of orange inside the card where I placed my message.


I really love how this card turned out and I hope my son-in-law liked it as well. He had a really nice party to celebrate the occasion too.


Well thanks for stopping in and for all your sweet comments. I look forward to reading them every time.

God bless,
Verna


Monday, April 24, 2017

Anchors Away

I had so much fun making a scene with the silhouette stamps that I decided to do one more before the day was through. This one is a sea scene and this time I did sponging for my inked backgrounds. This design will fit in with this week's Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge.


Besides sponging the background for the scene I also sponged a stencil design of anchors which I thought would work well with it. As for the waves I fussy cut a wavy pattern from a Post-It note and used that for my mask. I also added some white to the waves to make it look like they had white caps as we call them around here. Once I had my designs done I layered them on black card stock and then to the base card of white card stock.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Inks: Powder Blue, Blue Lagoon, Blue Denim and Peach Bellini
Versafine Black Ink
Gina K. Designs Stamp set: Ship to Shore
Scor Pal
Artplorations Stencil: Anchors Away
Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle Dies
Crafters Companion Glue Pen
Gina K. Designs Black and White Card Stock

I am also entering this in the following challenges:
Double D's Challenge-Silhouettes
Crop Stop Linky Party #27
Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge
Stamplorations Things With Wings Theme Challenge

This is the second post of the day. I really had fun working with the little simple scenes. I hope you enjoyed viewing them as well. Have a great evening and I love the visits and comments.

God bless,
Verna

Smackin' Acetate Background

I made a a background using a technique called Smackin' Acetate Background. It is very simple to do as all you do is take a piece of acetate, add color either with stamp pads, markers or water colors of some sort, spritz with water and then place a piece of card stock into the mix. One can move it a round a bit to pick up a mix of the colors too. I have done a similar technique with a big acrylic block when I did not have the acetate to work with. It gets the same results. This was originally made to enter into the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge.


I used a Hero Arts ink pad called Ombre Meadow to get the colors for my background which are such pretty spring colors. I simply stamped the pad twice to create a longer line of color and then added my spritz of water and it was ready to place the paper down on it.

Once my background was dry I then took silhouette stamps from the Gina K. Designs Country Roads 2 set which is illustrated by Theresa Momber and created a scene using Versafine black ink. I used my MISTI to make sure I got good impressions.  I wanted my fence a bit longer then the actual stamp was so I turned my fence image upside down and extended it on both ends. On the one end I made the post more solid colored and on the other end I also colored it solid but then took a Tombow eraser and removed some of the black ink to get it to match the other posts in the fence.


The scene was die cut with a Memory Box cross stitched border die as was the outer layer of black card stock. These in turn were placed onto a base card of Jelly Bean Green. I think that is one of my favorite light green colors and it seemed to match the green ink in the stamp pad I used perfectly.

Supplies used:
Scor Pal
Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Border dies
Hero Arts Ombre Meadow ink pad
Gina K. Designs Country Roads 2 stamp set
Crafters Companion Glue Pen
Versafine Black Ink Pad
MISTI tool

This will also be entered into the following challenges:
Double D Challenge-Silhouettes
Crop Stop Linky Party #27

A new week has begun and I hope all of you will have a great one. I look forward to your visits and comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fake It Birthday

I just saw where a gal on Stamp TV did the tutorial on making fake layers on a card. Thanks to Cat Tidwell for that inspiration. However, I was not as successful at doing it as she was and was about to trash my basic fake layered creation but then decided to try and save it somehow. I did keep the center layer which is fake. And, if you look close you can see the faint outline of the other layers to which I sponged on more colors to make it brighter looking.


Like I said earlier I sponged on more Blue Lagoon and Grass Green inks from Gina K. Designs and then over the top of my fake layers I stamped the leafy branch in black ink. All stamps are from the Birthday Essentials set by Gina K. Designs. The last step was to stamp the butterfly in black ink onto Lipstick Pink card stock and then die cut them. They were then placed on each corner. So except for the addition of the butterflies which I glued on it is just a one layer card. I used blue card stock for the card base.

This was "just a for fun" design and I don't intend to enter it into any competition. And, this will do it for me this week. I won't be available tomorrow as I will have other plans to keep me busy. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the comments and visits.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Poppy Thinking of You

I recently won a gift certificate to a2zScrapbooking and with it I got a few Hero Arts stamp sets. One I really like was a color layering poppy one and I do love to work with color layering images. So today I made a card with that set.


I found it so easy to work with this stamp set as they give directions on the back showing which layers go first, second, third and fourth. And, I also bought the Hero Arts ink cubes which were picked for use with this set so that really helped a lot. I took a sentiment from another Hero Arts set and added it to a fussy cut tag. My main panel was die cut with a Memory Box die and also the black layer underneath it. Once all was assembled onto my white card base I then added some red rhinestones and a metal spiral clip embellishment.

Supplies used:
Hero Arts Poppy Layering Inks; Color Layering Poppy and Prayers stamp sets
Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders
Creative Impressions spiral clip
Scor-Pal
Crafters Companion Glue Pen
Ribbon Unknown

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge #71-Tags
Crop Stop Linky Party # 27
a2zScrapbooking Monthly Challenge-"Getting to Know You". I love color layering stamps.

Well, the week is sure speeding by fast. But I am glad I got to do a few card designs this week. And, I so appreciate your visits and comments. They mean so much to me.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Silhouette Mother's Day

I decided I would make another card for Mother's Day late this afternoon and evening. It went together quite fast when using a Misti and silhouette stamps.



I happened to have the ink colors of Peach Bellini and Tomato Soup by Gina K. Designs laying out so I added ink to some white card stock and then stamped some silhouette images which are from the Gina K. Designs Botanical Blocks set. I used Versafine black ink. Then I cut this design out with Gina K. Designs new dies line using the Rectangle Small set which is double stitched and then a die from the Rectangle Large set which is single stitched. It The single stitch was the perfect size to add just a hint of a layer of black card stock to my design.

For the base card I used Gina K. Designs Peach Bellini card stock and along the bottom I stamped some of the silhouette daisies from Gina K. Designs Daisy Delight set which is illustrated by Theresa Momber. I only stamped the top portion of those daisies with the Versafine black ink along the bottom. Then I took some dotted black Washi tape and added three strips across the top. Over those strips of tape I then placed the layered Botanical Block design.

The card was finished by adding my sentiment. This card will be entered into the Double D's Challenge. They asked that silhouette images be used. And, isn't that a pretty mood board. I love it.


Well, I thank you for your visits and kind comments. I hope your evening is a wonderful one.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Altenew Inspiration Challenge

I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter! I had company over the weekend and then I had some other things to work on Monday but today I finally got a card for the Altenew April Inspiration Challenge made. I had been admiring those colors in the photo so today's card takes inspiration from not only the colors but also the flowers in it.



I used blue and green Color Bursts to make a background using some Tim Holtz water color card stock. First I wet the card stock with water using a foam brush and then sprayed on the Color Bursts. Then to move the colors around a bit more I took the brush and swiped over the background. Next I die cut that background out with a die from the Die-Namics MFT-914 Blueprints 29 set and also used one of the dies in that set for the sentiment which resembled a tag. My flowers were from the Altenew Magnolias For Her stamp set. I made it into a Mother's Day card which will be given to one of the three young moms in our family.

The magnolias were stamped in yellow ink onto ivory card stock and I fussy cut them as well as the leaves which I had colored with a Zig green water color pen. And apparently the water color crystals from the Color Bursts were on the flowers and sentiment just ever so slightly so now and then you will see a little blue as I brushed all of the elements with my Wink of Stella to give a glittery look. I just decided that a whisp of blue would work anyway so I just left them that way. 

Supplies used:
Altenew Magnolias for Her stamp set
My Favorite Things Die-Namic Blueprints 29
Ken Oliver Color Bursts
Scor Pal
Crafter's Companion Glue Pen
Zig Watercolor Pens
Wink of Stella

I am entering this also in the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge #71-Tags (sentiment was on a tag from the die set)

Well, another week has already started to speed by for me. So I may not get in too many blog posts this week. But I am so happy you stopped by to visit and leave some lovely comments. Take care and may the Lord bless you.

Hugs, 
Verna

Monday, April 10, 2017

More Emboss Resist

I received new stamps sets in the mail today and had to do another card using the emboss resist technique. The stamp I used is from the Gina K. Designs Daisy Delight set which is illustrated by Theresa Momber. I know this set will be used a lot by me as I love daisies.


I took white card stock and used my anti static bag on it and then stamped the daisy silhouette stamp image with Versamark and embossed it with Gina K. Designs fine detailed white powder and the heat set it.

Then I simply added some sponged inks to it, backed it onto some black card stock and then again onto the base card of white card stock. In the upper right corner I stamped the sentiment. I just love how this came out and it will be a design I will be using often.

Thanks for looking and  blessings to all of you this Holy Week.

Hugs,
Verna

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Emboss Resist Sympathy

I used to love doing the emboss resist technique on cards and I had not done it in a long, long time so when Gina K. Designs release challenge was to use a card with that technique on it I decided I just had to make a very simple design to join in. And, it seems I am always needing sympathy cards more and more often these days so having one made up ahead is always a good thing. This one I think would be wonderful for a masculine type.


I dusted my white panel with my static bag and then stamped the leaves with Versamark ink. Then I added Gina K. Designs white fine detail embossing powder and heat set it. Once the embossing was cooled I then sponged on shades of green over the leafy portions and then blended in a little light blue below to have it look like the sky. My card was finished by stamping the sentiment. All the images are from the Peace, Courage & Memories set which is designed by Gina K. Designs and Unity Stamp Company.

Happy Palm Sunday to everyone and I thank you for your lovely comments and visits.

God bless,
Verna



Thursday, April 6, 2017

Tie Dye Birthday

Using some as close as I could neon colors I decided to make  background with a stencil from Sheena Douglas called Tie Dye. And over the top of this design I stamped in black ink an image of some of those groovin' 60's characters from a set called Just Truckin'. I did the background and the silhouette image all on a white card base. It was finished by adding a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Altenew Painted Greetings set.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Happy Birthday
Double D's Challenge-Neons/Brights Challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Make a Rainbow

Just a quickie for this week. Too busy trying to clean and bake in between other things going on. I hope your week is been great and thanks for visiting and commenting.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Special Day Card

Sometimes you need a card that will work for many special occasions such as a wedding, anniversary, confirmation, first communion or even a birthday. This card I made using a NBUS stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Sending Love fit right into that category. I am entering this into Darnell's NBUS challenge #11 since this is a first outing for me using this set.


I stamped the images and sentiment onto white card stock with a black Versafine ink pad and then colored them in with Prismacolor Pencils which were blended with Gamsol.  I die cut the design out with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle set. And this was added to a white card base to which I added the purple design cut with a Top Dog Modern Mosaic A2 Mat Die. I believe that company is no longer in business but I am sure there are other dies that would work just as well.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Say Monday-Things With Wings
Word Art Wednesday-Challenge 276-277 Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday-Anything Goes
Dare 2B Artzy Challenge-Anything Goes
Penny Black and More Challenge April-All Things Spring

Thanks always for your visits and wonderful comments. I hope you are having a great Sunday afternoon too.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fool's Day Boo Boo

If you have been following along on my blog many of you know that I am considered a novice at making cards with digital images. So since I was participating in the past spring coffee hop where there were a lot of free digis being offered I decided to take advantage and try my hand at using them.
Well, I did print off a nice image and colored it in but decided that I needed to get a larger version then originally planned. So I set the colored one aside so I could use it another time.

Well, somehow I grabbed the wrong sheet of card stock and put it into my printer and proceeded to print out a larger version. What a surprise I got when out came this big "boo boo". Oh, well, guess that is part of the learning process.


So since this is it's first and most likely only publication of this cute digi from Limited Runs in this particular condition I thought I would share it with the 2nd Annual April Fool's Boo Boo Blog Hop and NBUS Challenge #11. 

I hope you are not having too many tricks pulled on you and if you are I hope they are just some good fun ones. Nothing bad.

Thanks for stopping in.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bunny Latte Entry #14

Well there was one more free digital stamp set that I wanted to use and finally I took a few minutes to make a quick design using the image from the Craftin Desert Divas Bunny Latte set. I think this is so cute and so I was hoping I could work in a design. And, of course, for some reason I had issues uploading the photo so finally opted to the solution of restarting my computer and thank the Lord it worked. So this will be my last card in the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.



I used Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol to do my card. I also did some sponging of light blue around the edges of the die cut design. I combined the two circle images for an off set frame and layered this onto a My Favorite Things plaid paper. I also used elements from two different die sets. The plaid paper and the sentiment banner are cut with the Die-Namics MFT-914 Blueprints 29 set and the circles are die cut with the Gina Marie Designs stitched circles set. I added some pearls from Gina Marie Designs to the sentiment banner and once it all was assembled I added it to the white card base.

Thanks so much to all who joined in and came to visit and comment. I have really enjoyed this venture and I hope you have as well.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Entry # 13 A Baker's Dozen

Well, I have been eyeing all the wonderful cards that were made with the free Verve Rise and Shine Digital and so I took a bit of time to make a simple card using that digital set. I am so happy with it and think I may use this set of stamps a lot more for card making. Maybe I am finally getting onto this digital thing. Ya think? Anyway, this card will be entered into the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. 



I again took the images and put them on a Word Doc. and then printed them off. I colored them with the Zig water color markers. I chose card stock scraps that were pretty much matching in color to my Zigs and added two strips of that to a black and white gingham background which was placed on the pink card base. I then fussy cut the cup and die cut the sentiment. They were then popped up over the gingham and the green and yellow strips. I carried the theme over into the inside too.


Dies used on this card are the following:
Cheery Lynn Designs XM-4 Circle Classics
Die-Namics MFT 914 Blueprints 29

I hope you have seen a little sun your way. We saw a bit of it but for the most part it was off and on today. And, I think we will get down to freezing again tonight. But it was in the 50's during the day time. I wish all of you a great evening and I thank you for visiting and for commenting.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Coffee Easter Basket Entry #12

Once again I am using images from Gina K. Designs. I chose the basket images from the Springtime Baskets set and the cup was taken from the Coffee Therapy set. This card will also be entered into the 2017 Spring Time Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is ongoing now. Just click on the link and learn all about it and perhaps you can work up a few cards and enter as well. Lots of fun prizes and if you do the hop you can find all sorts of free digital sets and more chances to win.


I used my MISTI and a masking technique to make the basket of eggs as the basket can be filled with lots of different things. I chose to add some eggs this time and I colored them in with Zig water color markers. I took a Zig marker and made a border to sort of look like a table top surface. The cups were stamped with ink from the Hero Arts Ombre Spring Brights ink pad. I then fussy cut them out and popped them onto the card along each side of the basket so that they appeared to be sitting on a table surface as well. Each layer was die cut with a Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stackers die set. After they were attached to each other I added them to a white card base.

Thanks for visiting. I think I am almost done with my Easter cards but I still might make a couple more if time permits. But soon I have to get to baking and cleaning as it takes this old body a long time to do those chores these days. And I love and thank you for your comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Entry #11 Coffee Happiness

I really had no plans to make any more cards for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop but I ran across this background I had made earlier using a stencil a friend gave me which was from a Silhouette cut. So since I had some Gina K. Designs coffee stamps already out I proceeded to make a card using her Coffee Therapy set.



The stenciled pattern was done with a Hero Arts Ombre Spring Brights ink pad. This was die cut with a Cottage Cutz Double-Stitched Rectangle Set. And, after I had the sentiment done I die cut that also with a die from this same set but left an open area at the one end where I popped up the cup that was stamped with inks from the Hero Arts ink pad. The card was completed by adhering all the layers and then placing them onto a yellow card stock base.

I really like the spring feel to this card with those awesome colors. When I saw a friend use that ink pad I knew it was one I had to own as well. I am sure loving it.

To join in on the challenge fun go to my link above and also the dates are posted on the side bar. There are lots of prizes to be given away and if you join and do some commenting you can find some fantastic digis as well that are free.

Thanks for visiting and for your wonderful comments. And, I apologize to anyone who did not see their comment posted as I accidentally deleted three wonderful comments from some of my previous cards. And, guess what? Once they are gone, they are gone. I was really disappointed in myself for doing that. I think I was getting too tired at that point to think straight. So I am very sorry if your comment was one of them.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Springtime Coffee Entry #10

Okay, as far as I know now this will be my last entry this time around into the 2017 Spring Coffee Lover's Blog challenge. I have enjoyed making all of these cards and this one was fun to do as well but I was a bit disappointed as it seemed the computer ink for this digi wanted to smear a bit. But we shall just pretend it is some extra special look to create the look of chick fuzz. It is a cute image from Limited Runs and it was a free digital as well. The sentiment below was part of the digital image.


I tried to color it with Tombow markers and they smeared even worse with the ink so then I did another one with the Bic Mark-It pens which seemed somewhat better. When it was all colored I die cut it with a Cottage Cutz double stitched rectangle set. I also cut a bit larger panel in black card stock. And, this time to shake it up a bit I went wonky with the layering. All was then placed onto a card base of Gina K. Designs Apple Mint card stock. The finishing touch was to add some darker pink rhinestones.

I am entering this into the Word Art Wednesday Challenge too which is Anything Goes.

Well, I hope your weekend is going well. It has been a rather cloudy and dreary one here but still I am happy that it is finally Spring. Take care everyone and thanks for visiting my blog to leave so many wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Coffee Cup Easter Entry #9

As you know I have been taking part in the 2017 Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop and one of the sponsors is Jessica Lynn Originals. That stamp company offered a free digital image and that is what I am using for this card.


I went really simple with this card. After I had moved the digital image to a Word Doc. I then sized it to my desire and printed it out. In fact, I printed out a whole sheet of them as I think this could work for many types of cards. I used the Bic Mark-It Pens to color in the image. Then I die cut it with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle set. I also die cut another layer with the die using black card stock to make a frame. After they were all adhered together I added it to a white card base. I originally was not going to add a sentiment but since I needed more Easter cards I opted to add a greeting from a Gina K. Designs set called Springtime Baskets.

I really am happy the way this one colored for me. Sometimes I find that my printer ink will smear when I use any type of markers so most of the time I go with colored pencils when using digis. I think I lucked out with this one.

I am also entering this in the Word Art Wednesday Blog Challenge.

Well, I hope some of your will try to enter a few cards into the challenge as there are oodles of prizes being offered. And, there are lots of free digis so even if you don't win a major prize you still get some thing wonderful.

Well, I am almost done with my Spring coffee offerings. I think I have one more to go and then I plan on just doing the hop. I hope  you are having a great weekend too.

God bless,
Verna

Finding Coffee Entry #8

Stamplorations was so gracious to gift those who are doing the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop a free digi so I used it to create this simple note card design. I added the digi to a Word doc. and then sized it how I wanted it for my card. It was originally square but I made it more of a rectangle design.


I used Prismacolor pencils to color this creation. Once it was colored I cut it out and placed it on a light lavender card base. It is a reminder to me of the coloring books images that are so popular now. I also added a sentiment at the bottom which is from a Stamplorations set called Coffee Happy.

Normally, I don't work much with digis but some of these offered free on this hop are so wonderful that I just had to download them. So even if we don't win any big prizes doing this hop we at least can have fun with the freebies.

I am also entering this into the Stamplorations Never Ending Goes Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

Teacup Kitty Entry #7

I recently ran across this older stamp of mine of a kitty sitting in a teacup. That image and the sentiment I used are from Sutter Stamps. I decided that this card I created with them would be used for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.



I stamped the image with black Versafine ink on white card stock and then colored it in with Prismacolor pencils. Then I fussy cut the image out. I die cut a light blue circle for a background and a black circle for a border using a Gina Marie Designs die set. After layering them together I then placed the kitty in the teacup image on top of that. It just so happened that I had some pattern paper from the Gina K. Designs Garden Tour pattern paper pack that was almost a perfect match for the way I colored the roses on the focal image. So I fussy cut around some of the pattern paper in a swirly design and then backed that onto some black card stock to create a border. These were all placed on a base card of white card stock. Next I added the focal image and stamped the sentiment. The finishing touch was to add some black gems.

If you are interested in the hop you can check the hop link above to read more and also the side bar of my blog for an image with the dates on it. There are lots of great prizes offered and not only by the sponsors but also by many of the blog participants as well. So I hope you would join in and perhaps be one of the lucky winners.

Thanks so very much for visiting and I love to read all the wonderful comments you leave me too.

God bless,
Verna


Friday, March 24, 2017

#6 Entry Jesus and Coffee

Last year I ordered several sets of stamps from Jillian Vance Designs and I am using two of those sets for this card design on this entry in the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


Those two sets are called Simply Said: Coffee and Jesus and Simply Said: Happy Daisy. The sentiment and flower were both stamped with Momento black ink onto white card stock. I colored them in with Tombow markers. Both were cut out and laid aside until I could make a background on my blue card base. I used a silhouette die cut stencil that a friend gave me and made a design using the black ink and a sponging tool. The sentiment was then layered onto black card stock and added to the stencil sponged card base. And, the flower I popped up to give it a bit more dimension.

I hope you are not getting too tired of my coffee and tea designs. Just a bit of warning that there will be a few more to come too. LOL And, thanks for visiting and for your wonderful comments. I hope that many of you will join in on the fun as well. For more details see the side panel and also click on the link.

God bless,
Verna

Coffee Cups Wedding Card Entry #5

This card for the 2017 Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is a wedding card. I found this set from Penny Black called You + Me this winter so I figured it would be perfect for a wedding card and also for the coffee hop. I am very pleased at the way it looks too. This is a set that would work up well into anniversary card designs as well.


I used small ink  pads from Gina K. Designs to add the colors to the solid image cups and doves. I very carefully tried to ink up only the cup with blue and then the coffee and steam with the brown. I did the same with the birds inking their bodies with blue and their beaks with black. The pattern paper I used is from My Favorite Things. I die cut the design with a Gina Marie Designs stitched circle die and placed that over the gingham and darker blue paper panel. Then all was added to a white card base.

I hope you are enjoying all the coffee and hop inspiration. I know I am. And, thanks so much for visiting and for all the great comments.

God bless,
Verna