Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Baby oh Baby!

I am sharing a CAS card I made for our niece and her husband who are expecting a little girl in January. She will join a big sister so when I saw this stamp set #857 called Baby oh Baby from Sparkle N Sprinkle I decided it would be a good set to have on hand for making cards of congratulations for such an event. We are so happy for them and know this little girl will help to bring their family much joy!


I made the sentiment look pink since they are having a girl. I also made the rose in the same shade of pink. All were colored in with Tombo pens.

Well, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I might pop back in Thanksgiving Day to wish you a great one but just in case I don't I hope you have a very happy one filled with God's blessings.  Enjoy the good eats too!

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge

I had not planned on doing any cards this week as I had other duties I needed to attend to but when I saw the Stamplorations CAS Card Challenge I had to join in. Right before I put my stamp supplies away I made this card for my hubby for Christmas. I think this fits perfectly. I had used the optional color twist too so I was happy about that.




My deer image and sentiment are from the Stamplorations Big Grins by Becca Cruger and is called Reindeer Games. The focal panel was die cut with my Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Frame Die and then I layered it onto a panel of red which I cut out with just a scissors. The pattern paper added to the white card base is from Gina K. Designs. I colored the image with Copics.

I am also adding this to the Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes challenge.


Well, back to the cleaning. I hate this part of the holidays. Hahaaa! You have a good week and if I don't post again, have a great Thanksgiving. I love your visits and comments. All of you are a wonderful blessing to me.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Card and Tag

I made a quick little scene card and tag to match using Gina K. Designs inks and a stamp set called Peaceful Holidays. It involved masking off the edges with Post-It Tape and then adding another mask to make some snow and a sky line. It went together quite fast and was so fun to do.


I see I got the border a little off on the top on the card but I still like it. I found the Post-It Tape on Amazon so ordered some to use for a "no layer" type of card. I did another portion of the scene and then die cut a tag with a Gina K. Designs tag die set and added a chiffon gold trimmed ribbon to the tag.

A quick and easy creation and I am also entering this in the Art Impressions Challenge 221-Tag It.

Well, thanks for your visit and for all the comments you leave too. Have a good evening.

God bless,
Verna

Cards for Little Hearts

I got my cards done a bit early as I know I am going to be extra busy for the next weeks with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming soon. So I am sharing the cards I made using Penny Black stamps for them. The pattern papers are from Gina K. Designs and were purchased quite a few years ago. I think they are a retired paper pack.


If you want to participate in this cause you can read about it on the Cards for Little Hearts blog site.
Be sure you check all the rules and regulations for these cards which will be given to children who have heart disease by the hospital staff.

This afternoon I am writing out my Thanksgiving cards both from my hubby and me personally and also from the church. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a great Sunday.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Humorous Birthday Cards

I fell in love with a couple stamp sets from Art Impressions and could hardly wait to make some fun birthday cards with them. But alas, it has been months and I am just now getting to use them. So on that thought I figured I would share a couple of them.


This one uses a sentiment and an image from the Art Impressions Spring Chicken set. I just could not resist that set as it has so many ways of letting someone know they are being though of on their birthday in a fun way! Hopefully, this will bring them much happiness. I know making it made me laugh! I stamped it with black Momento ink and then colored it with Copics.

And this second one is also a fun and hilarious set from Art Impressions and it is called Udderly Fantastic set. I hope you enjoy this card design as much as I enjoyed making it. It too was stamped with Memento black ink and colored with Copic markers.


Now in my days of living on a farm I had lots of experience with both chickens and cows but none made me laugh like these do. These both will be delivered to their recipients soon and I don't think they will read my blog so I think it will still be a fun surprise for them.

Well, today I am working on some Cards for Little Hearts in which fun cards are made for children up  to 19 years of age who are suffering with heart disease. These cards are not to be Get Well but instead a Thinking of You type and they will be distributed by the hospital staff to the patients with a little note the nurses or staff members write. So basically one has to make a card with just a design on the front. If any of you are interested in helping out with some cards let me know and I will include your name for membership on the private Facebook page for membership. On that page you can read all the rules and regulations. I do hope some of you will consider joining in. On my blog side bar is a badge with the card drive logo and web site. I think all the information will be included at the web site as well so perhaps even if you are not a Facebook user you can still join in.

Well, happy weekend to all of you.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Peace, Joy & Love

While my dinner rolls were raising I worked up a quick card design using stamps from the Inspired by Stamping set called Poinsettia. I chose to use just one of the sentiments and the holly that was also included in the set to make my card.


I made this specifically for the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week in which we are not to use any white or ivory on our card. I thought this was a nice combination and worked up well for a very festive looking Christmas card. All the panels were die cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die. Since the stamps were silhouette type it went quite fast to stamp a design using the Gina K. Designs Red Velvet and Christmas Pine inks. I also used Gina's card stock for this card.

Well, thanks for taking a quick look and I guess this will do it for me today. As soon as my rolls are done I have to fetch hubby from town as he took one of our pickups in to get new tires on it. And, they won't do it until tomorrow so I guess he does not want to stand all night outside the shop waiting for it. Hahaaa!

God bless,
Verna

Baby Boy

I have been Christmas shopping and also shopping for a new grandson who will be arriving in February. He will be joining a big sister so therefore a lot of the things used for her won't work for a little boy. So I had some fun looking for things he will be able to use when he is born.

So on that note I downloaded a free digi from Sparkle N Sprinkle and made a baby card for a little boy. Now please excuse my blurry coloring of the digi. For some reason no matter what kind of coloring medium I use on digis they smear the black ink for me. So any suggestions on a remedy for that is appreciated. I guess that is the main reason I don't use them often.


The onesies I thought were a cute design to put on a baby card whether it be for a girl or a boy. I tried to stick to more masculine colors. And, I think I went a bit overboard with the Nuvo drops as it looks more like a freckled mess. LOL But none the less I did enjoy working on it as I am getting super excited to have a new addition to our family soon.

Well, yesterday I baked seven loaves of bread and today I plan to bake some buns and rolls. I hope your week is going well. Thanks for the visit too.

God bless,\
Verna

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Winter Village

Hi everyone! Did you miss me? Hahaa! I have been busy doing some baking and also some Christmas shopping as I need to get my box ready fairly soon to send to the family in Japan. I want to be sure it reaches them by Christmas and so I usually send it to them by Thanksgiving. But in between baking I did make a few simple card designs as well so I am sharing one of them on this post.


I cut out a piece of blue card stock with a single stitch die from the Memory Box Blueprints 29 set and then I took some white acrylic paint and mixed it with a bit of water and then lightly tapped on the brush to make some snowflakes. Next I added the Winter Village die by Frantic Stamper Inc. and used a Zig 2-way glue pen to add it to the blue panel. This was all mounted onto a white card base. The finishing touch was to add a sentiment from Gina K. Designs.

Now I love this look and this is another clean and simple but still very lovely design for quick Christmas cards.

I hope all have been doing well this past week and that all remembered to turn your clocks back. That was our last task of the day Saturday night before we went to bed. So our clocks are on time but my body is out of sync again. It always takes me awhile to adjust after we change the time.

Thanks for the visit and for the comments you always leave. I love hearing them.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, October 30, 2017

Frosted Pines

This is my second post of the day. And again I used some NBUS images from Serendipity. I just love these stamps and together I think they make a wonderful card front.


Now these images could be done in any color but since I already had my blue inks from Gina K. Designs out I went with the blue and matched it to some blue card stock of Gina's as well. The panels were die cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die. And, I used my Crafter's Companion glue tape runner to adhered them all together. This card went together really fast so it would be a good one for using when you needed a lot of cards in a hurry.

I love the image of the pines and also the sentiment. The Serendipity image and sentiment are two separate stamps. The trees image is called Midnight Clear and the sentiment is called As The Frosted Pines.

I am also adding this to the October Crop Stop Blog Challenge. The challenge is trying to get 100 entries if at all possible so please link up your projects which use some of the products Crop Stop sells. If the 100 goal is reached she will give out two prizes.

Well, my crafting for today is done. I might take a break from card making and concentrate more on baking as we finally got a date for the church bake sale. I try to support that as much as I can as it is a big fund raiser so that we can use the money for outreach projects and other expenses.

Have a great evening and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Winter

Well the snow we had gotten before melted yesterday but as I look outside my window I see the flakes once again falling softly. And, it is cold as we only reached a high of 35 above. Yes, I know later in winter we will think that is so warm but when one is adjusting from the mid-70's to half that amount it can feel ccccoold! So since the next season fast approaching is winter I made a card depicting that season.


I used some NBUS on this card as the stamp set and ribbon had not been used before. The stamp  from Serendipity is from the Steeple Cling Set and I have no idea where the ribbon is from. I just thought it fit the theme quite well and matched the blue.

I used some Black Magic Core'dinations card stock and embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder. Then I sanded it with sand paper to pull out the blue behind the black side. This type of card stock has a hidden core and you can sand it or tear it to reveal the other color or just leave it the way it is. I die cut it with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die. The blue snowflakes revealed matched to some blue card stock I had from Gina K. Designs so I used that for a card base. The stamp image was inked up with Versafine Black Onyx ink and added to some of the Gina K. Designs blue card stock. All the layers were then assembled with the use of my Crafter's Companion glue tape.

I wasn't sure I would like this combination but it seems it has grown on me as I began to assemble it all together. It has a chilly look to it I think and much like winter.

I am entering this in the October Crop Stop Blog Challenge #33.

Thanks for your kind words that you leave each time you visit. I really appreciate them.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Snowflake Kisses

Apparently since we got our first snow of the 2017 season I am doing quite a few snowy scenes or snowy designs. But that is okay. This is a simple one that I just love. I hope you do too!


Supplies used:
Cuttlebug folder from Winter Collection
Snowflakes Dies from Fri-Dies from CAS-UAL Fridays
Sentiment from Penny Black Yuletide Wishes
Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Die from Blueprints 29
Crafter's Companion Tape Runner
Blue Rhinestones (unknown)
Card stock from Gina K. Designs
Silver halographic paper unknown
Zig 2-Way Glue Pen for adding dies

I am entering this in the October Crop Stop  Blog Challenge #33 and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge.

This went together so quickly that I might do some more if I can find more of the silver paper for the snowflakes. Thanks for coming by to see my lastest snowy creation.

God bless,
Verna

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Snowman Christmas

This card used a lot of different stamp sets but that just goes to show that one can borrow various images and mix and match them still to make a great looking design. I was inspired by a charity solicitation envelope that came in the mail recently. So I did my own version of that idea.


Stamp Products used are:
Crafter's Companion:
Sheena Douglas Groovin' 60's Hattie stamp set
Sheena Douglas Wishes of the Season
Crafter's Companion Glue Runner

Heartfelt Creations Products:
Snow Kissed Spruce Stamp Set
Frolicking Frosty Stamp set
Frolicking Frosty Spruce Die Set

Other Products:
Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Border Die
Gina K. Designs Card Stock and Inks
Scrapbook Adhesives Dots (for snowman)

This card is being entered into the October Crop Stop  Blog Challenge #33.

Thanks for the visit and for the wonderful comments you always leave. Have a good week.

God Bless,
Verna

Friday, October 27, 2017

Christmas Purple

Normally I am not a fan that much of purple when it comes to making cards but for some reason I am loving it for Christmas card designs. And, since I already had a lot of the supplies on the kitchen table I proceeded to make two Christmas card designs using the new stamp set I got from Gina K. Designs called Peaceful Holidays. It is illustrated by Theresa Momber who is always coming up with some fantastic scene images in her sets.

First up is the card I titled Peace Dove.


I cut two panels of layering weight white card stock. In the center of one I die cut a circle using a Gina Marie Designs die. I laid aside the positive circle for another project and instead used the negative as a mask. I like to tape it on each edge to the second piece of card stock so it won't slip when I do my sponging. I sponged the card with Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac ink until I had it solid. Then with Gina K. Designs black ink I stamped the silhouette dove image on the set. Before I removed the mask I took some white acrylic paint and mixed it with a bit of water. With a small paint brush I picked up some of that mixture and lightly tapped on the brush so that I got some dots that would appear as snowflakes. I then removed the mask and die cut the panel out with a stitched border die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprint 29 set. I wanted a frame so I used the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Single Stitched Line Circle Frame set and cut out two white ones and a third one from the Gina K. Designs Hot Dots Foil Mates which I had foiled with some of her Wild Lilac Fancy Foil. I glued all three frames together so that I had dimension around the sponged scene. I then finished the card by adding it to a card base of Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac card stock.

My second card is called Peaceful Winter.


I also uses the same circle mask to do some sponging but before I sponged I also cut a snow line and placed that under the bottom of the mask. Once I had the sponging done for the sky I stamped in the trees and the deer. Then I added blotches of snow the same way with the acrylic paint and water mix with flecks off a brush. After removing the mask I also die cut that panel with the Die-Namics stitched die from the Blueprints 29 set and then added it to a layer of Wild Lilac card stock which I cut by hand. This was then placed onto a white card base.

These are fairly quick and easy cards to do as they use solid silhouette images so there is not a lot of coloring involved. I really am happy with the way both look too. So all in all a very productive day. And I wanted some snow in my work as this morning we woke up to a cover of snow on the ground and strong winds. It just seemed right to make snowy scenes on a snowy day.

I will be entering this into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to use snow and also into the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday challenge in which we were to use the color of our birth month. Mine happened to be purple.

Well, that will do it for me today anyway. I think I will move away from purple too for awhile. Thanks for your continued support with your visits and comments.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Christmas Deer

I was running low on my tape runners which I always get from Crafter's Companion and while at their website I saw this Sheena Douglas stamp set called Wishes of the Season which had the most awesome scene stamps  and sentiments. There was also dies that went with the set if you wanted them but I only purchased the one with the deer and trees on it. It is a huge die and if you used it the way it is it would be a very large square card design but I chose to cut it down to an A2 size card instead and I am very pleased with the way it looks too.


I think though I should have left the trees on the outside of the die cut area alone and not added the snow with a white paint pen but since the deed was done I left it go. Still I guess it is not too bad and does sort of go with the snow on the evergreens. The die cut part is the outer trees, bottom snow and the deer.

First thing I did was stamp the deer onto white card stock and then I aligned my die over that as it cuts very close to the image. I just thought I could not stamp that image into the frame after die cutting it since it is a rubber stamp and my eyesight is a bit off. This method worked better for me.

Next I stamped the background which is the evergreens with the snow using Gina K. Designs black ink. I also stamped the deer with that ink. I filled in the evergreen areas with a green Bic Mark-It alcohol ink pen and then sponged on some blue for the sky and the snowy areas. I also added some Wink of Stella to make the snowy areas a bit more shimmery. I could not get it to show up very well though on the photo but I think you get the idea.

Lastly I then sponged ink onto the deer and the outer trees die cut. I added them to the scene where I wanted them with adhesive and then I die cut the glued together layers with a My Favorite Things Di-Namics die. This panel was then added to a Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine card stock layer before I added it to the white card stock base.

Dies and stamps used are from Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglas Perfect Partners series using the Christmas Deer die and the Wishes of the Season stamp set. I also used a stitched border die from the My Favorite Things Di-Namics die set called Blueprints 29.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
October Rudolf Days
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
Mod Squad Blog Challenge
Scrapy Land Challenge #76
October Crop Stop Challenge #33

Well, I certainly am so happy to see all of you stop by and visit. Thanks for the wonderful comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Purple Christmas

Since I already had my purple papers and inks out I made this card using the Gina K. Designs Fabulous Holiday Labels stamp set and the Fabulous Labels Die set. I went with the purple again as for the Stamp TV challenge we are to make a design using the color of our birthday month and some neutral colors only. Black and white were both on the neutral list but I chose to use just white with my purple. Purple is for the month of June which is my birth month.


I enjoyed making this card and with only the purple with the white I had to figure out how to add design elements that would look great together. Having those stamps on that set really made for great choices. I decided after I had it all stamped and layered together I still wanted some bling so I took little white pearls and outlined the oval area.

Also inside the card I added some white card stock where I can stamp a message or write a little note to whomever will be on the receiving end. I also stamped a few snowflakes inside as well. This tied the outside design into the inside of the card.


This set as well as other stamp sets illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger are so neat to work with using the label dies. And, you have lots and lots of choices on how you can add stamped designs to the labels. I really am glad I bought these products.

Well, I did get the dishes done and since it was too early to make my evening meal I proceeded to make this card. It went together fairly fast too. Thanks for your visit and have a great evening.

God bless,
Verna

Mary and Jesus

I really struggled with this card as I knew I wanted the focal image to be Mary and Jesus and finally came up with the idea of framing them with an ornate die frame from Cheery Lynn Designs. But for some reason I had difficulty getting the glitter paper I used to die cut very well and I had to do several passes and then poke almost all of the pieces out with a tool. That was time consuming.


The image of Mary and Jesus is from a Gina K. Designs set called Christmas Joy. I also die cut that image with the inner die that goes with the Cheery Lynn Designs die set. The Mary and Jesus image was stamped with Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac ink onto white glossy card stock. The base card is of Wild Lilac too. To add a bit more gold I hand cut a couple of narrow strips of the gold glitter paper and added that along each edge. Then I made a bow with Gina K. Designs ribbon to add to the top. Inside I added a white panel where I can stamp or write a message.

Cheery Lynn Die:
Mirror Mirror Doily Frame DL286


I am entering this in the following challenge:
Scrapy Land {Challenge #76} Anything Goes

Thanks for looking at my artwork so far for this afternoon. I really like the elegant simplicity of the design as that die really makes it look so regal. My dishes still await attention so guess I best quit playing and wash them up. You have a great evening.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, October 23, 2017

Peace on Earth

Today I played with a wonderful stamp set from Penny Black called Snowy Village. I had admired the way others had used it so I decided it was a set I would love and use a lot. So today I made three cards using that image. Also the sentiment on each of the cards is from the Gina K. Designs set called Peaceful Holidays. I thought it worked perfect for these cards. I will show all three versions and here is the first one.


Then I did another version which I liked as well as this one.


And, lastly the third way of using the stamp. However, I must explain that I messed up the big trees from the set so I downsized my design and used some of the trees from the Gina K. Designs Peaceful Holidays set instead. I had a leftover frame die cut so I put the smaller version into that cut out area so that it looked like a frame around the scene.


I was happy with all of them. Even the screw up turned out to be a nice design. I just wanted to share with you what I was doing today. And this is a stamp set that would work for any type of winter card needs such as a get well, thinking of you, birthday and even a sympathy card.

Thanks for the visit and for stopping in. I always love to see you look at my work and leave such lovely comments. Take care and have a good evening.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fabulous Designs

Well, the title is misleading. I named it that because my card and label I made go with the Gina K. Designs Fabulous Frames, Fabulous Holiday Labels  and the Fabulous Labels Dies that are all illustrated and designed by Melanie Muenchinger. She is the one who is fabulous and I am trying to at least make a great effort on reaching that status. So here is my card I made.


I also used some of the Gina K. Designs pattern paper from the Blizzard Paper Pack, Gina K. Designs White and Christmas Pine card stock, and Gina K. Designs Red Hot and Christmas Pine ink. I colored the white ribbon with the Christmas Pine ink to make it match, but be sure it is fully dry before adding it to the card. I got some smudges on mine but with the Tombo Sand Eraser I got rid of most of it.

And this is the label I made which will be used for future use on baked goods or some Christmas goodies for friends. I used some Copics to color around the inner framed design which was stamped from the Fabulous Frames set on pattern paper and then fussy cut and placed on the label die. And the end pieces had to be pieced in as I fussy cut them too. I wanted that Copic colored frame to show up. The cookies were used as a photo prop and actually will be eaten by us.


One can add a ribbon to the label as well and use it for tags on Christmas packages. I chose to just leave it as a label and will fasten it to a plate of goodies when the time comes.

Well, I think I might have to have one of those cookies now. Yummy! Most are in the freezer so they are not so tempting to me.

Thanks for the visit and I hope your Sunday evening is a great one.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Another Traditional Colored Card

I was in a red, white and green mood again so I worked up a card using a holly embossing folder from Darice, stamps and dies from Gina K. Designs as well as her card stock and inks and my newly acquired MFT Die-Namic stitched scalloped frame die. The little bit of coloring on my holly images was done with the Zig water color markers.


Oh, and I forgot I added a bit of ric rack that was almost a perfect green color to go with my design. I really am loving how this turned out. Inside the card I added a panel of white so that I can stamp or write a message.

Well, time to call it a day! I am going to get comfy, sit in front of the TV a bit and then get some shut eye! I wish all of you a great evening too and thanks for your comments as well.

God bless,
Verna

Thoughts of You

Lately I find myself making more Thinking of You type of cards and then leaving the inside blank. That way I can use it for a number of occasions from celebrations to illness and sympathy. This is one I made today using stamp sets from Kitchen Sink Stamps.


I chose to use a fall leaves design which has a hint of orange in them and I also colored my Gina K. Designs ribbon with orange ink. It was originally a white ribbon. I sponged on some blue for the background after I had stamped the leaves. I also added a few swipes of the orange color here and there as well. I was trying to implement a color scheme from an inspirational photo at Double D Challenges. My leaves were not as orange as I thought they would be as they ended up getting some of the blue ink  onto them when I sponged the background. But I still went along with the design.


The stamp sets from Kitchen Sink Stamps used were 3 Step Autumn Squirrel for the leaves and 3 step Heart & Roses for the sentiment. I used a Cottage Cutz double stitched die to cut out the main card panel and then the blue layer was cut using a die from the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Blueprint 29 set. The card base was white card stock. The finishing touch was to add a few orange rhinestones to the main panel.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

We have a beautiful day here in our part of South Dakota with temperatures in the mid-70's which is fabulous for this time of the year. And, lots of sun! I really like that. I hope your day is going well too and thanks for your visits.

God bless,
Verna


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Red, White and Green

Now these are the colors to be used at the Monday Stamp TV challenge for this week and I just had to join in as that is the traditional colors for Christmas. I had always meant to get more of Gina K. Designs new Christmas foil mates colored with foil but have not had the time so far. So I grabbed one she designed called Flower Power which I had foiled with her Red Velvet Fancy Foil. I thought by the stretch of the imagination it could be implemented into a Christmas design as well.



I used the tree and sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Christmas Wishes set. Gina just recently got dies to go with that stamp set so since I had them now I die cut the tree. For the center circles under the tree I die cut one of the double stitched dies from Gina K. Designs in Red Velvet and one of the larger single stitched dies of Gina's in Christmas Pine for the outer layer. The ink colors I chose to use also were Gina K. Designs Red Velvet and Christmas Pine. On the outside of the foiled background I added a My Favorite Things Die-Namics die called Stitched Rectangle Scalloped Frame. Before adding all the elements to my framed background design I added one of Gina K. Designs white gold edged ribbons. The sentiment was stamped with Red Velvet onto Gina's White card stock and then layered onto a piece of Christmas Pine card stock.

The card base is Christmas Pine card stock but inside I added a layer of white card stock which I die cut with a My Favorite Things Die-Namics die from the Blueprints 29 set. Along the bottom of the inside white panel I added a layer of the foiled floral design which was added to a green strip. This tied the front design into the inside of the card.

My finishing touch was to add some red rhinestones to the tree. I really love how this card looks and wish I could have gotten the foil to shine better then it did. But I guess one cannot always get a good shot when using foil. I hope at any rate you get the sense of it's beauty!

Here is another photo but again it does not do the card justice.



Well, I spent a lot more time on this card than I did most of the others I made lately as I got 14 Christmas cards done all total Sunday and Monday. But this was a lot of fun and as I went along I would think of something else I could add to make it a cool design. Guess that is how it goes sometimes.

I hope your week is off to a great start. Mine is going well so far so I am very thankful for that. Thanks for the lovely comments you leave me too.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, October 14, 2017

For My Handy Man

Well I just noticed that next week is our wedding anniversary and I figured I best make a card for my hubby while he was outside puttering around. So using a Memory Box Tool Border that was in my birthday gift of die cuts I made this card for him.


I dry embossed a bluish gray panel with a Cuttlebug diamond plate embossing folder which sort of made a steel looking design. In each corner I added a screw looking brad before adding the Tool Border to the embossed panel. By the way the tools were already done up in the gray and red so that cut down on the work for me. This panel was then placed on a light brown card base. The sentiment is one I die cut using a Tonic Studios die. I also added a panel matching the color of the sentiment inside the card so that I could add my own personal message to my hubby!

I think my hubby will like this card as he is redoing an old granary over into a storage area right now and has lumber and tools handy for that project. He is putting in lots of shelves to place some of the things taking up room in his big machine shed.

I am entering this card into the Scrapy Land Challenge #75 -Anything Goes.

That's all for today. I wanted to get another Christmas card done but then I recalled I needed this special card so that of course took preference. Have a great rest of the weekend everyone. I love to have you visit me and leave comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Noel Wreath

Several weeks ago I bought this stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle so yesterday late afternoon I colored in the wreath image and the birds. The name of the set is called Winter Greetings Bird & Wreath. Originally I was going to have it all on a white panel but I was not too happy with the look so I changed my design up to this one,


I fussy cut (hand cut with scissors) the images and left a white border all around the wreath and the birds which I had colored in previously with Zig Water Color Markers. I arranged the wreath onto a Gina K. Designs Grass Green card stock base. I decided I wanted a little border around the wreath so I grabbed one of the fantastic die cuts from my birthday stash and used that to create a frame. Then I finished it by popping the birds into opposite corners. I also added a piece of white card stock inside so I could stamp or write a message.

I don't know about you, but I am loving the end result. It looks so vibrant and more festive having the green card base instead of having it all done on white. Oh, and in each of the berries I took a white pen and added a little dot to make them more realistic looking. I really love that scalloped frame too which by the way is a Die-Namics one from My Favorite Things. I loved it so much I did some shopping and now have one on it's way to me for future use.

Well, it appears our Saturday is going to be a rainy one. Maybe I can get some more cards done for my Christmas supply. But first I have a sink full of dirty dishes to do. No dishwasher here but me! LOL I hope your Saturday is going well too and thanks for stopping in.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fright Night

Once again I dived into the treasure trove of wonderful die cuts sent to me and this time I made one that will work well for Halloween. I simply punched out a small circle with a Post-It Note in the sticky area and added that to a white card base. This made a moon for my scene. Then I took the ink colors of yellow and orange first and sponged them on randomly. Then over the top of them I added some purple shades. Once I had it to my liking I then simply added the die cuts which are both from Cheery Lynn Designs.


I had to cut off part of the spooky tree in order for all to fit on the card front but I think it still looks like a great little scene. Inside I added another Cheery Lynn Designs die cut which is a Happy Halloween sentiment.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Double D Challenges-Fright Night
Scrapy Land Challenge #75-Anything Goes

Well, that does it for me today. I need to put my things away for the night and work on an evening meal. But I sure enjoyed working with these dies and I will be featuring more of them in the next few days.

Thanks for you wonderful comments too and I hope you have a great evening.

God bless,
Verna

Anniversary Card

I was so fortunate for my 70th birthday to get dies from friends and I am trying to use some of them to make cards for my personal stash. I have several anniversaries coming up soon so I thought these dies made a nice design for one of them.


The blue lattice cover die is from Cheery Lynn Designs and I added this to a lavender glitter paper.  The cake is also from Cheery Lynn Designs and the bells are from Cottage Cutz. All of these were assembled and placed onto a white card base. I added a sentiment from Gina K. Designs below and also some flowers that I have had in my stash to which I added a pink pearl. I have no idea what company I bought them from anymore. To finish the cake and the bells to make them more elegant I added some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

I am entering this in the following challenge:
Scrapy Land-Anything Goes-Challenge #75

Well since we had a killing frost I decided that hubby should dig the carrots so yesterday was spent scubbing, peeling, slicing and dicing carrots and then freezing them for winter use. That was an all day job and I had to rest a bit before I decided to try some card making. I will share that card in my next post so stay tuned. LOL

Hope you are having a great day and thanks always for your visits.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, October 9, 2017

Nordic Christmas

This is my second card made today and also the second post. I went with a very CAS design and used the gorgeous stamp from the Gina K. Designs Nordic Christmas set which is illustrated by Claire Brennan.


The Gina K. Designs inks used were Red Velvet and Christmas Pine. So you can see it is in traditional colors. I also stamped inside the card using the pretty Nordic stamp. Then I finished the card off by adding some green rhinestones. I am sure glad I have a MISTI to use for stamping as I had to repeat the stamping several times and I know I would never be able to eyeball and align it up perfectly.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you are having a great start to your week.

God bless,
Verna

City of David

Today I brought out an older Gina K. Design set called the City of David. I wanted to use a negative die cut frame and build a scene inside it. I thought maybe a more religious card design would look nice in that frame. And, I added some Versamark ink around the edge of it with a Versamarker pen and then embossed it with gold embossing powder from Gina K. Designs. So the frame was now ready to place a scene in it.



On a white card base I used Gina K. Designs inks to sponge in my sky line and then stamped the solid images with the black over this sponged area. I could tell that the city would not be all included in the frame but only a portion of each end is cut off. I also took a Sailor Gold Rolling Ball Pen to go over the large stamped star and to add smaller dots to represent the little stars. I placed the prepared frame over the top.


I had some leftover holly leaves that were die cut with a Cheery Lynn Designs die and I added them on opposite corners of the card along with a few red rhinestones for the holly berries.

I know my frame isn't perfect as I have shaky hands and it often shows  up in my artwork, but even so I think this makes for a fantastic looking card. I hope you have enjoyed seeing it. I think this is a true representation of what Christmas is really about.

Thanks for stopping in. I always love to see your comments on my cards. You have a great evening now.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Card Making Day 2017

Well, as most of you know I don't need a reason to make cards but today since it is World Card Making Day I really got busy this afternoon and did up a few Christmas cards. I won't go into great details on how I did them. And I used a lot of scraps and leftovers to create them.

First up is a card using pattern paper and die cutting it in a half circle and then making it into a tree. One has to use a pattern paper that has both sides decorated. I had some from Stampin' Up that I thought would work. This idea was from a blog post by Karen Hasheck and she also made a video. The snowflakes are from Kat's Scrappiness.com and the gems are from Eyelet Outlet. I hand cut out a star for the tree and also the snowline. The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs.


I found a foiled piece that somehow had slipped between the cracks so I finished that off into a card. It uses Emerald Watercolor Deco Foil, a Tim Holtz stencil, Deco Transfer Gel, as well as some gems and ric rac that I have had for ages. The panel was of Gina K. Designs Kraft and the card base was Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine. I also lined the card with white.


This next card uses strips of pattern paper from Stampin' Up and a sentiment and die from Gina K. Designs. It is just a simple design but I like it. I added some red rhinestones also on the sentiment die cut panel. I also added some of the pattern paper inside the red and white duplex card base.



My fourth card of the day features more Gina K. Designs dies and a sentiment.  I sponged on some red ink in the center die cut panel. I found some Cheery Lynn Designs holly leaves that I had die cut so I added them also to the design. And, the pattern paper and gems are from unknown sources. All were mounted onto a white card base.



The last card I made today is one featuring some Cheery Lynn Poinsettia dies and Holly Leaves. I had them tucked away inside a cellophane sleeve which were leftover from another year. So I used them to create a fun card design. And, the pattern paper is from an unknown source. That is the only little bit of it I had but I thought it worked great with the poinsettias of varied shades of pink and red. I added a few gems from Kat's Scrappiness.com on each poinsettia in the center. I used a Gina K. Designs sentiment again on this card.


Well, that is my parade of cards I did today. Now I have to figure out something for supper that won't give away that I spent all afternoon just making cards. I hope you have been enjoying this day as I have and that the rest of the weekend will be wonderful as well. Thanks for the visit.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Colors of Fall

I already have my Halloween cards made but still need to make a few more for Thanksgiving so I used the colors of Fall to create a card  using a NBUS stamp set called Nurturing Blooms from Gina K. Designs. I also used a sentiment from a Gina K. Designs set called The Simple Things.


All the inks were from Gina K. Designs. Colors used were Honey Mustard, Faded Brick, Sweet Mango, Sweet Corn and a touch of Grass Green.  Once I had my panel stamped I layered it onto a piece of  Honey Mustard card stock before adding it to my white card base. The sentiment was stamped with Gina K. Designs Black Onyx ink on the bottom of the card base and on the top I added a trio of black rhinestones. The finishing touch was to add a metallic gold fiber along the left side of the card.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge and the Double D Challenge.

Well, that was great fun and really worked up quite fast for a fantastic looking CAS card. I hope you like it too. Thanks for the visit and for your comments.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

So Much Heartache

Our nation and people are going through so much heartache of late with all the hurricanes and the senseless attacks that seem to continue to plague our nation and world. More then ever prayers are needed for our world and we trust that whatever befalls us next that the Lord will be with us. I hope that all who are affected ( which I think is our whole world) will turn to Him in this time of crisis. But also that we will put our trust in Him and know that the Lord is in charge and that whatever befalls us  He will be there to help us through it. So please keep your prayers going. If you cannot physically help or send money at least you can be uplifting them with your prayers.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, October 2, 2017

Vellum and Foiling

I have had this beautiful leafy Autumn Leaf Foil Mates sheet from Gina K. Designs for a long time but finally today made it into a card. I took the sheet and foiled it with Gina K. Designs Grass Green Fancy Foil and then colored in each leaf with a different fall color.  I also sponged on some light blue as well on the sheet. This made my background which was die cut with a Gina K. Designs single stitched large die and mounted onto black card stock which was fussy cut. For all those not knowing what fussy cut means, it is just using a scissors and hand cutting a border. I had a gal ask me the other day what it meant so I thought perhaps that should be explained.


Then I stamped my sentiment from the Stitched Leaves Kit with black Versafine Ink onto some white vellum which was also embedded with some little foil like dots. I got that vellum so long ago and I have no idea where it came from at all but every now and then I grab a piece of my varied colors of vellum for a card design. After I had stamped the sentiment I die cut it with one of the tag dies from the Gina K. Designs Decorative Tag Die set. Before I added the panel to Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus card stock I added a black and white gingham ribbon along the side. Then over this  panel I added the vellum tag by adding a touch of glue on the bigger solid sentiment areas. The last thing I added was a little black rhinestone gem to the tag.

Sorry I only have one photo that worked well in showing off the foil. And, I had to hold it with one hand and take the picture with my other hand. Not an easy task but this one came out fairly well so I used it. The foil has more of a gold look in the photo but believe me it is really green.

Another gloomy dreary day here with lots of rain last night and more to come. I do not envy the farmers who are having so much trouble trying to get their harvests in. For one thing it is so wet and lack of sun does not dry the crop down and if it is dried down it is still wet from all the rain. I guess my hubby picked a good year to quit farming and retire.

Thanks so much for your visit. I always appreciate all the wonderful comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Falling Leaves

This is my second post of the day. I am back to a Fall design and once again I am using the pretty Gina K. Designs Stitched Leaves Set for the leaves and for the sentiment I used the Joy Clair Harvest Blessings Set. And, I also used a stencil from Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglas division called Groovin' 60's. That stencil has a swirly look to it and I thought it would look like the swirl that falling leaves would leave if they were whipping off a tree. I only used a small portion of the stencil as it is huge.


I used a rainbow pad of Autumn ombre colors from Hero Arts for my leaves. And, the sentiment and outline designs on the leaves were done with Gina K. Designs black ink. I die cut the panel using a die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 29 set. My last addition to the card before adding it to a Gina K. Designs Tomato Soup card base was to add some black rhinestones randomly. I also added a panel of white card stock inside the card for a message to be added.

This card will be entered into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to use Fall Colors.

Well, that will most likely do it for me this week. I have other plans tomorrow. I hope your day has been a fun and fulfilled one. Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

2 Layer Christmas Card

I have to start making a Christmas card now and then this month or I will be very short handed when it comes time to send my greetings out so I found this NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) stamp set from Penny Black called Red Star. After using it I find I absolutely love the way it looks on a card. So this will be my last card entered into Darnell Knaus's Blog #12 NBUS Challenge.


I used my MISTI so that I could get a good impression and colored the image in with Zig Clean Color markers. These are a watercolor marker and so I only did a small portion of the design at a time and repeated adding the colors until I got the look I wanted. Well this image has a more grainy look to it and so since I wanted to smooth it out a bit more I then took and did a direct to already stamped image using the red colored Zig marker to fill in some of that grainy look. I added some little yellow rhinestones to the center to dress up the design and used black ink to stamp the sentiment. This panel was then die cut with a die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 29 set and then placed on a card base of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine card stock.


I also die cut another panel from the white card stock and added that to the inside of the card so that I could stamp or write a message.

This card will be entered into the September Rudolph Days Challenge. And, I think I will be making several of this design in the future. I love it.

Thanks for the visit and I hope your week is going great.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

CAS Fall Birthday

I have a gentleman who is having his birthday in a few days and I did not have any that looked very masculine so I decided to do this CAS design using the Hero Arts Black ink and Ombre Autumn rainbow pad. The leaves and the sentiment are from the CAS-UAL FRIDAYS stamp set called Casual Elegance.



I used Post-It notes to mask off the area I wanted to add color to. Once that was done I took the Ombre stamp pad and swiped it along that area to cover it. I removed the Post-It notes and revealed my colored strip. My next step was to stamp the leaves in with black ink over the top of that colored area. Next I took a marker and a corrugated piece of card board and drew a faux border along the colored area. The corrugated card board sort of made a little bit of a jagged design which I liked. The last step to the card was to add the sentiment with the black ink.

Another very simple design but the colors of those inks make it so beautiful I think and I believe this would be an appropriate birthday card for a man. I will be entering this into the A Blog Named Hero One Layer Challenge.

Thanks for the visit and all the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

CAS One Layer

I was a bit cramped for time but decided to make a simple one layer card for the A Blog Named Hero-One Layer Challenge. I used the stamp set from CAS-UAL FRIDAYS called Snowy Sayings. I used the long mixed snowflake image and repeated it several times on a white card base to get my snowflakes design using blue ink and then simply added the sentiment with red ink. All inks are from Hero Arts, namely Deep Ocean and Crimson.


I love to do CAS designs and this one took about five minutes to complete. I tried to rotate the snowflake strip so that they were more mixed in alignment. For the beginner stamper this is a good way to start out in card making. To dress it up a bit more one could also add some of the flakes inside the card and also onto an envelope to make everything match.

Well, off to do a few household things and then I will be back later to add another post to my blog. Thanks for visiting and for checking out my CAS one layer card.

God bless,
Verna