Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunflower Tea

This afternoon I took time off to make a card using a stamp set I won last year in the coffee blog hop. It is a lovely set called Tea In The Garden by Laura K. Bray. I decided my flowers would be sunflowers as they are always a fantastic fall flower I think.  All the stamps are from that set and I made my background by repeated stamping of the small floral image and then adding some random splats of color with my Copic pens. This will be also entered into the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


I used colors I associated with Autumn and used them for coloring and for layering. I was quite happy with the way it came together too. The background panel was cut with a Cottage Cutz double stitched die and the other layers I just cut with my scissors by eyeballing. 


I think this would make a nice note card that would work for many occasions by adding an inside message.

There is still a couple days left for the hop so if you want to join in on the fun and have a chance for oodles of prizes get those tea, coffee or hot cocoa cards entered. You could be a lucky winner.

Thanks for visiting and for commenting. I so enjoy reading all of the lovely messages.

God bless,
Verna

Stamplorations Halloween Card

Another freebie offered on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was this darling image from Stamplorations. So I downloaded that one as well, colored it with Copics and this morning made a card using it and lots of plaid papers from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall Petite Paper Pack.


I die cut the Stamploration image with a Gina K. Design Small Double Stitched Oval die and then did another one of Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus card stock using the Gina K. Designs large single stitched oval die for a layer. I also die cut a small tag from the Gina K. Designs Decorative Tag set from white card stock and then added to a layer of the Fresh Asparagas as well. On this little tag I stamped in black ink the Hello which is included in a set called Shadow Play from Altenew.  I then added a orange brad to the tag and placed it on my layers which I added to a base card of white.

I am entering this in the Stamploration Never Ending Anything Goes challenge too.

We had a big storm last night but no major damage for us but we did get lots of rain again. Anyway, I shut the computer down and unplugged it as there was a tremendous amount of lightning and I did not want to take any chances of ruining my computer. We lost one that way before so we learned our lesson.

Anyway, I appreciate your visits and comments and I hope you have a wonderful day.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Vintage Lady Coffee Card

This morning I grabbed a few minutes and did a bit of hopping on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and found this free digital from Tlc Creations which I think is called Paulette. Anyway I saved it to my computer and this afternoon made a card with it.



The digi was in black and white and lightly sketched but for my card I added some subtle colors with my colored pencils. Then I added Versamark ink all over the cut out image and added some clear embossing powder from Gina K. Designs and heat set it. I then layered this to a black double stitched square die cut which was cut with a Gina K. Designs die. Next I added this to a panel of pattern paper which came from my gift box of yellow items which I won in the hop last year from The Cutting Cafe.

Along the edge of this panel I added a row of the Filigree Leaf Die from Gina K. Designs which I cut out in various Fall colors. Then along the other side on the bottom I added the sentiment and pumpkin which were from the Harvest Blessings set by Joy Clair. The pumpkin and sentiment were stamped with Gina K. Designs black ink and then I colored the pumpkin in with some Copics.

This main yellow pattern paper panel was then layered onto black card stock and then again some orange card stock before I placed it on the white card base.

Now that was fun and I was glad I got time to get a card done again today. We are in a tornado watch until midnight so I may have to turn off the computer later on if there is a lot of lightning. So I am rushing this post. Hopefully, I got all the details in. Thanks for visiting and I hope you are able to do some of the hop as well.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 18, 2017

Brentwood The Owl

This is the third card I have made for the 2017 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and this time I used another freebie digi that is available for a limited time during the coffee hop. You can get it at JessicaLynnOriginals.com and even though I am not too fond of using digital stamps, this little guy just caught my eye and I had to use him in a card as well.


I used this digital stamp in a little scene and I took a tree die by Diemond Dies and die cut it from a scrap piece I had foiled using Deco Foil Amber Waterfall. I just love that Deco Foil and ever since I got myself a laminator I have used foiling a lot in my cards.

This Brentwood image was colored with my Copics and then that was layered also over the tree die image. Next I die cut this panel with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die. I had previously sponged that panel of white card stock with light blue ink from Gina K. Designs. All were then placed on a base card of white card stock and that completed my simple scene.

Even though I had to work with tomatoes again today I am glad I managed to get a little bit of card making done. I hope all of you are having a fun week and if at all possible will take in some of the fun of the Coffee Hop too. You never know! You could be a lucky winner as there is lots and lots of prizes.

Thanks for the lovely comments you always leave too.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Another Coffee Card

I was doing some commenting on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop when I came across this free digital stamp from Craftin Desert Divas so I grabbed it and today I made a quick card using it. I used the already colored version on the stamp set and from there used pattern papers and dies to make my card. I love how it turned out too! And having the image already colored felt a bit like cheating but it sure did go a lot faster and it matched all the items I wanted to use too!


I used two sets of Gina K. Designs square die sets to cut out the image. I also added some frost on the pumpkin with Gina K. Designs Frozen glitter. The plaid paper is from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall Paper Pack. This pattern paper and the sentiment were die cut using dies from the Die-Namics Blueprints 29 set. I outlined all of the layers with black card stock. After adhering all of the items to a white card base I then added some little orange rhinestones along each side of the sentiment.



Oh, this is such a fun and cute image and it is perfect for this time of year. I hope many of you will join in on the 2017 Coffee Lovers Hop. It is a fantastic fun thing and there is lots and lots of prizes being awarded too besides getting free digital stamps. By doing the hop this is getting me a jump start on my Fall card designs.

Well, thanks for the visit and for the comments. I love each and every one.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Puppy Halloween

Oh, my! I was really caught off guard with all the garden preserving I had been doing that I completely forgot that the 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop was starting this week. So I am a bit behind but at least I will get one card in for the event.


2017 fall hop

I just fell in love with that cute little puppy image and decided that was a design to be used on my Halloween cards this  year. The sentiment is also on the set from Sparkle N Sprinkle which is called A Puppy's Halloween #863.

I stamped the sentiment and puppy with Gina K. Designs black ink and then colored it in with Copics. The sentiment I cut apart so that I could insert a coffee pot which is from a Stamplorations set called Bunnies 'N Beans. My plaid paper which I die cut using a Memory Box Cross Stitch Border die is from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper pack. And the card stock I used is all from Gina K. Designs.

I also added some fiber which is a braided orange and white which I thought worked well with this design. It is from DL Arts.


I will also be entering this in the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge for this month.

Oh, this felt so good to make a card again. At least my hands are stained from ink now and not from tomatoes. LOL Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments. I love reading each and every one of them. Have a great Sunday.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, September 8, 2017

Losing The Lines

Wow! This is my second post of the day. And, again I tried the "no line" stamping. This time I went with an Autumn theme and made a Thanksgiving card. I used a leaf and sentiment from the Simple Things Stamp set by Gina K. Designs and the leaf was stamped three times with the Memento Desert Sand ink. I used alcohol ink markers which were a combination of Copics and Bic Mark-It pens.


I fussy cut around the leaves and then layered that panel onto some Gina K. Designs pattern paper from the Grateful Heart paper pack. These two layers were then added to a white card stock base. I then stamped the sentiment with Gina K. Designs black ink and fussy cut it out. The finishing touch was to add some gold nailhead stickers from the Mark Richards line.

I will be entering this card into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge as well in which we were to lose the lines when stamping our images. I think this time I did a little better. LOL

Well, that's all for today folks! Have a good evening and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

No Lines??

Well, at least I tried to make a no lines card design. But I am afraid my coloring that way does not compare at all to some of those artists out there who can do it so beautifully! None the less I did my best and so I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to use the "no lines" technique.


I stamped the design from the Gina K. Designs Rose Bouquet mini stamp set with Memento Desert Sand ink onto Gina K. Designs layering weight white card stock. Since I wanted to use alcohol inks I decided I had better go with a Memento ink. And, I used a combination of Bic Mark-It alcohol ink markers and my Copics. I had to go that route as so many of both sets of markers are dried up and of no use anymore. I should make another purchase one of these days.

I die cut the panel out with my Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die and also cut out another panel of Gina K. Designs green gingham pattern paper for a layer before adding it to a base card of Gina K. Designs white heavy weight card stock. Once I had it all layered together I then added the sentiment from the same stamp set using Gina K. Designs black ink. My final addition was to add some pink rhinestones as an embellishment.


Well, even though it is not as an accomplished looking coloring as some others do I still like it and especially so after I added it to the gingham pattern paper layer. I just cannot seem to get a no line look. Maybe the secret is not to outline things so much but for some reason I cannot help it. I started out that way and it really looked bad so I ended up adding some of the design of the image with darker pink.

Yesterday I had my checkup on my leg and it is as good as it is going to get I guess. I still have a divot spot on my ankle. I go back to see him in a year again unless something develops in the meantime. My next doctor appointment is to a podiatrist to see if I can get some help with my feet.

Well, here it is the weekend already. This morning I froze some tomatoes again. And, sorted out a bunch of others which will be ready to care for in a day or two. So there is not a big break in the garden. I think in a couple days I will need to do some more dill pickles too. So my life is busy and productive one way or the other.

Take care all of you in the middle of the hurricane and for all who are being pushed out of their homes by wild fires too. It sure is a time for much prayers including for the threat from North Korea.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Adding Some Glitter

The Double D's Blog Challenge is entitled Glitter-Glitter-Glitter! So I made a new Christmas card using a brand new set from Gina K. Designs called Perfect Poinsettia which is illustrated by Claire Brennan. This is a multi-step type of stamping set but since she has an outline you can use it as just an image to color in as well. And, also included in the set is some sentiments. So not only is the stamped poinsettia from that set but so is the sentiment. And I glittered it up by adding strips of red glitter paper from Stampin' Up!


I added some green gingham paper which is from the Gina K. Designs Winter Whimsy paper pack. When I fussy cut the poinsettia and leaves out I left an outline of white card stock showing as I thought it would make the image pop more against the background. All was assembled together and added to a white card base.

The red inks I used were Lipstick, Red Velvet and Cherry Red. For the green I used Jelly Bean Green, Grass Green and Fresh Asparagus. And, for the center I started out with Lemon Drop then added Sweet Corn followed by Prickly Pear last. The sentiment was stamped with black ink. All the inks were from Gina K. Designs.

Well, I am still quite busy these days with garden and then over the weekend we had company which was nice. I even sent some of my garden stuff off with them so that I could find a small frame of time to make a card. When this set arrived in the mail yesterday I knew I wanted to try making one with it.

Now tomorrow I have a check up on my leg and also want to do some shopping so that will take care of most of the day.

And, it was quite cold this morning. Our thermometer showed 40 degrees. I am so glad we shut all the air conditioners off. It still was quite chilly in the house overnight but it did make for great sleeping.

I hope all of you are having a wonderful beginning to your week. And that you enjoy the rest of it too. And my thoughts and prayers are with all in Texas and for those who are facing the onslaught of Irma too.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Christmas Scene

I know I said I was not going to post anymore this week but I remembered I had made a scene for the Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV so I decided to post it here for you to see as well.


All the stamp images are from the Gina K. Designs Christmas Wishes set. I made a mask with Post-It notes and masked off the snow line. Then I sponged on a medium  blue sky. Next I stamped some of the trees using only a portion of the tree stamp. After I removed the mask I laid it the opposite way so that I could then add a bit of even lighter blue to the snow. Then on the snowy area I added two more trees. The deer was stamped on another sheet of white card stock, fussy cut and then popped up on the card. Next I used some water and white pigment ink mixed together and added some specks for falling snow by using a brush on which I tapped the snow mixture off. I finished the card by layering it onto red card stock and then onto a white card base.

So that will be the last post. LOL Have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

More Foiled Christmas Cards

I wanted to share a couple more foiled Christmas cards I made with the Tim Holtz stencils, Deco Transfer Gel, laminator, Deco Foils and Fancy Foils from Gina K. Designs. The sentiments on both cards are from Gina K. Designs as well as all of the card stock I used. My ink was Black Onyx from Versafine.


I think these are so beautiful and actually after all the foiling is done it is an easy way to finish them off into fantastic cards. I used the negatives for both cards. For the holly one I chose Christmas Pine and Jelly Bean Green card stock. For the poinsettia one I chose to implement Ivory and Red Velvet as that was the color of the Fancy Foil I used. I so love the stencils from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 and I think that was an awesome purchase for me as I know I got my money's worth from them already.


I took two different photos in hopes that you could see the foiled shimmer on one and the design on the other.

Well, I will be putting away my crafting things for awhile. Over the weekend we expect company so we will need the whole kitchen table for all of us to fit around it for meals. One of the drawbacks on not having a crafting room. But I am lucky we have a big kitchen table so that I can work on one end and we can eat on the other when it is just the two of us. I hope you are having a great week and that you will enjoy the holiday weekend as well.

My thoughts and prayers are also with all of those in the Houston area and I hope that soon the rain will stop and that the sun will shine. I know we are enjoying a lot of sun these days and it is wonderful! Take care everyone. See you next time.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Red Velvet Foiled Poinsettia

I had to make this card special for the Mix It Up Monday challenge at Stamp TV in which you take the numbers in your birthday and make a card using the corresponding numbers on the chart. Since my birthday is June 23 I had to work with die cuts and stitching. I hate sewing so I did only a simple cross stitch on each corner on the right side. And, I die cut the sentiments. So this should qualify.


I used Lipstick card stock and Deco Transfer Gel to add the poinsettia design from a stencil from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 series.  Once it was dry I used Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Fancy Foil and my laminator to get the design on the Lipstick card stock. Along the edge of that design I added the ribbon. Then in the bottom and top corner on the right side I added a simple cross stitch using some red metallic fibers. In between the sentiment and the cross stitches I added some red rhinestones from Eyelet Outlet. This panel was then added to a white card base. The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment from Gina K. Designs Festive Foliage set by Claire Brennan with black Versafine ink and then die cut that and the outer layer of Red Velvet card stock with oval dies from Cheery Lynn Designs. They were then popped up over the card panel.

It was a lovely morning today when we went to church to see that sun showing and feeling it's warmth. And, it really heated up this afternoon. I guess we can tell we have not seen that sun for a long time. It seemed so bright to us.

Well, I hope your day is a great one and that the week is off to a great start for you. Thanks for the visit and for your lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Holly & Pine Christmas

I have been meaning for a long time to enter a card into the Rudolph Days Challenge which is held every month. Of course, that means to make a Christmas card. So once again I used a stenciled design from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 and along with Deco Transfer Gel and Deco Amber Watercolor Foil I made a design on some metallic green card stock which I left to dry overnight. By running it through my laminator I foiled it and then added it to a card base of metallic gold card stock. I used a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die to cut out the panel. The sentiment from Gina K. Designs was stamped with Versamark ink and then embossed with Gina K. Designs Fine Detail Gold embossing powder. It was added to a strip of the foiled paper and I also added a strip of foiled paper along the one side. I then popped the sentiment over the top.


I finished the card by adding a panel of ivory card stock inside so that I could stamp a message or write one.

Well, we got lots of rain again last night so we continue to be in a wet state here in our area. But I guess that is better then not enough rain so I will try not to complain too much. We are mudding the produce out of the garden. Only certain footwear is used this year to gather the crop. Normally August is hot and dry but this year we have been cooler and very wet.

I wish all of you a great weekend and I thank you for visiting and for always leaving such wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, August 25, 2017

Butterfly Fairy

The challenge at the Mod Squad Blog was to use a fantasy design and so I was very upset as I did not think I had any such image in my supply but luckily I ran across this butterfly fairy image from Stampitcrazy which I thought would work perfectly with the Bisters background made using yellow, red and brown granules.

I stamped the butterfly fairy image with Versafine Onxy Black ink. My MISTI was used so that I could get a good deep black printing. I then colored in the wings and the background with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The image was fussy cut and then placed onto a Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart card stock layer. That was also the color I used for the card base on which I placed the Gina K. Designs Ivory Bisters background. Once all the main layers were together I decided I wanted a corner design to go with it so I die cut some Cranberry Tart corner pieces from Cheery Lynn Designs. These were added by using a Zig 2-way glue pen.



I finished the design by adding a sheet of Ivory card stock inside so that I could either write or stamp a message.

I felt so good to get a little stamping in again. I hope you are doing great and I thank you for stopping in and leaving your wonderful comments. Looks like we are going to get more rain as it is cloudy and quite dreary looking.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Deco Foiled Poinsettias

Once again in today's post I am featuring products from Therm-o-Web along with a poinsettia stencil design from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 series. I am showing both the positive and negative designs I came up with using these products.


First step to the process was to add the design to the pink card stock using Deco Foil Transfer Gel which was spread thin over the stencil design. I then allowed that to dry overnight. The next day I then added the foil to it by using some Deco Foil Summer Rainbow foil and my laminator. I heated the laminator up for 25-30 minutes and then placed the foil over the stenciled design with the shiny surface up. I placed this between a folded sheet of parchment paper along with an extra shim of card stock to make for a good pressure when it went through the laminator. This made my positive design.

I used this panel then to make my first card. I used an old credit card type tool to add my gel but I think I might have to invest in a different device as I seemed to get some of the gel along the edge. But that did not deter me as I then just added some gold rickrack to cover up those smudges. And all that was left to do was add it to a white card base.


What was left was the negative design which I then placed over a panel of Deco Foil Toner Sheet and again using the same process ran it through my laminator. I was thrilled when I saw the beautiful way it looked and it was then just a simple matter of adding it to a black panel before adding it to the darker pink card base. I stamped the sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Festive Foliage stamp set, die cut it with a Cheery Lynn Design oval die and then popped it up over the card design.


Some might find it strange that for a Christmas card design that I chose to use the Summer Rainbow foil from Deco Foil but I am so glad I did as I really love the way both of these cards turned out. I hope you like them too. And I love the pink card stocks I chose as well to go with them.

I confess I made these up a couple weeks ago when I was not so busy with gardening and just now found a break to post them. I have as of today frozen 10 pints of green beans, pickled 19 jars of dill pickles, nine jars of beet pickles and 10 pints of frozen beets for buttered beets. The tomatoes are starting to come in now as well and I am sure I will be working with those this next week. The cabbages have been maturing and we are enjoying cole slaw and cooked cabbage dishes as well as cucumber salads. I even gave a couple heads away. So now you know why my blogging and card making is sort of been put aside. But this is a good thing. And, it is a great feeling when you realize that you have foods put away for winter enjoyment too.

Well, it is time to work on lunch. I hope you are having a very fun and productive week. Thanks for visiting and as always I love to see your comments. I read them all too.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, August 21, 2017

It's All White!

Well, a little break in pickling and visitors so I took the opportunity to make one card design using all white. I brought out a NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) die from Crafter's Companion called Birthday Flowers from the Creat-A-Card Collection. After I had the design cut out from a matte white card stock I layered it onto some glossy white card stock. Then my panel was ready to add to a white card base.


Once I had my layers added to the base I then took some Nuvo White Glitter Drops and added them to the center of the flowers and also in various places on the card.


I think normally I would have used a more colorful background but since the Double D's Blog Challenge is to use all white I decided to try it. So this will be my entry. I know it is not a very elaborate design but you know me....I am a CAS person by nature. LOL

Well, I hope your week is off to a great start. Take care and thanks for visiting and commenting.

God bless,
Verna


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Remember

I am pretty well recuperated from the flu I had earlier but then I went and hurt my ankle so I was babying that by elevating my leg a lot. With all that and the garden it is hard to find any stamping time. But this was a quick design I made for a sympathy type card.


This was made for a gentleman who made his living as a trucker and then in later life was a mechanic and worked on semi tractors and trailers. My husband worked with him for several years so we became good friends. He was tragically killed in a vehicle accident so it was a real shock to hear he had died.

The semi tractor is from Stampitcrazy, the trees are from Sutter Stamps and the sentiments are from A Jillian Vance Design. I used a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched die to cut out the scene and I chose not to color it in.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge which says we need to feature wheels.

Thanks for visiting and for always leaving such wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fishing Scene

I realize it has been a few days since I posted a card. The first part of the week I was busy with gardening and preserving and then the last part of the week I have been sick. I caught a flu of some sort and had fever, joint aches, severe headache and just wanted to sleep all the time. Well, I am glad to say I am feeling some better but still very weak as it seems I do a little bit and I am all tuckered out again. But at any rate I wanted to share a card I made several weeks ago using all stamp images from Stampscapes. I just love those stamps for nice scene cards.


This was done very quickly by me and used for a sympathy card for a gentleman who had died but who always enjoyed fishing so very much. I thought this was an appropriate card in memory of him. And, I made it a sunset card.

The scene was stamped out with Versafine black ink and then I sponged on colors using Gina K. Designs inks. I used a double stitched Cottage Cutz oval die to cut the scene out and another die from My Favorite Things to make a frame. This panel was then mounted to a white card base.


Well that is all from me this week. I am so far behind on things that it may not be until later in the next week before I post again. And, forgive me if I have not commented on all of your blog posts too. I just have not been very energetic with this bug I caught. At any rate I hope the coming week will be a great one for all of us.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Neutral Holiday

I spent yesterday afternoon using Deco Transfer Gel and stencils and making a lot of patterns which I dried overnight and then this afternoon added the foil to them. For this particular card I used a stencil from the Tim Holtz Collection 19 and added Deco Amber Watercolor foil to the design by heat setting it with my laminator.



The card stock colors I went with were Gina K. Designs Kraft and Ivory. I simply added this design to the ivory base but before I did that I added two different types of ribbons along the side. Both are from unknown sources but I sure am tickled with the way they looked. I had issues trying to keep the ribbon in place so I added a brown pearl to each and that way they were anchored a bit better.

I am adding this card as an entry for the Double D's Blog Challenge in which we are to use texture and neutral colors. The colors I picked are neutral and also this is a design that would work for any winter holiday as I did not add a sentiment.

Well, the past few days I have been without a hubby in the house. He went fishing for several days so I decided to try and get a bit ahead on the Christmas designs. I have a lot of things all foiled now and ready to work with. So it was a fun activity for me.

I hope all of you are having a great weekend. And thanks so much for visiting and for your lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Elf Peeker

I had to play with the cute Elf Peeker set from Sparkle N Sprinkle again today. This time I used a scrap of kraft and red striped paper from Stampin' Up! and again colored the elf in with my Zig markers. I was going to use Copics but forgot to stamp it with Memento ink so I had to switch to the Zigs and they worked well too.


I also added some branches from the Diemond Die Pine  Branch set. I thought it would appear like the elf is under the tree and peeking behind a package as a friend of mine suggested. I think she had a great idea so I went with that. I also used the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die to cut out the main panel.

Well, tomorrow is my half a year checkup at the doctor so no doubt I will be busy with blood draw early in the morning and then later on a visit with her. I hope all of you have a great day and thanks for stopping in.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, July 31, 2017

Peace, Hope, Love

Again I am using leftover scraps from other cards I had made and making some great Christmas designs. I combined some leftover Oxide Ink Distress backgrounds and some smaller foiled pieces. I used a Gina K. Designs Foil Mate dotted image and foiled it with some older foil that was a deep pink in color that I no longer had a company name for. It had been purchased several years ago and I did not keep the outer wrapper for it. But it seemed to be the perfect match to this background on which I added more stenciled poinsettias from the Tim Holtz Collection 19. I also added more poinsettias and a bit of the foiled leftovers to the inside too.



The sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Festive Frames set. The darker shade poinsettias are inked up with Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart ink and the card base is Dusty Rose card stock from the Gina K. Designs line too.

Since this used foil on it I will also enter this in for my final entry into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge.

Well, I am so happy to have a few more Christmas cards added to my supply. I am  having fun working with the Christmas images too. I hope your week is a great one for you as well and that you are having some crafty fun. Thanks for the visit and wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Foil It Up!

I am working with leftover scraps and so this card is one I did with some of them. I used Oxide Distress Inks and regular Distress Inks and also Gina K. Designs Red Velvet ink. The sentiment was from the Holly Jolly stamp set by Gina K. Designs. And, the Fancy Foil used was Turquoise Sea and the striped design from the Foil Mate Stars & Stripes set. The Fancy Foil and the Foil Mates are from the Gina K. Designs line.


The holly design was done using a Tim Holtz stencil from Collection 19. I not only stenciled the background but I also stenciled extra portions and fussy cut them out to place along the sentiment. My layers were all cut out with the Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle Die. And the last step was to add red rhinestone gems to the holly and pop them up along the upper left side and the right lower side. 

This card will be used as an entry in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge which is entitled Foil It Up!

Thanks for the visit and lovely comments and I hope your week is off to a great start.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 28, 2017

Psst.....

I was just working on several Christmas cards using the darling stamp set called Elf Peeker from Sparkle N Sprinkle. And, one of the cards I made I used some leftovers from another foiling project which seemed to work just great with this little cutie!


The image was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then colored in with my Zig markers. I added the strip of foiled design which used the Gina K. Designs Foil Mates Stars & Stripes and also Gina K. Designs Fancy Foil Wild Dandelion. The panel was then die cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die and placed onto a red card base. Inside I added a panel of white card stock so that I could write a message or stamp an inside sentiment.

I just love how he seems to be peeking out from a curtain or a wall. I hope you like it too!

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

Well, back to my Christmas card making. I hope all are having a super great day.

God bless,
Verna


Reminder

Just wanted to remind you that there is still time to send cards for the Cards for Little Hearts Drive which is ongoing now until August 25th. Please look at all the details first though and follow the guide lines. These cards are for the hospital staff to give to their patients to try and brighten their stay with them.

I have been busy with garden produce preserving and other things so not a lot of card making being done. However, I did stamp several images out for a mass production of Christmas cards one of these days. I know I have to get moving on those if I will make my deadline by the end of November.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you can find time to make a few cards for the kids who have congenital heart disease.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Black, White and a Pop of Color

I already had my Gina K. Designs Lovely Lilies stamp set out and so I decided to try and make a mostly black and white lily with just a pop of color in it. I wasn't at all sure it would be even feasible to do that but half the fun of doing things is the trying. And, I am happy to say I love the look. And once again I made it a sympathy card.


Besides the Lovely Lilies stamp set I took a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Sentimental Calla Lily set. My inks were grays and black for this lily. The pattern paper I used is unknown but I thought it was just enough color to dress up the design a bit more. On the white card base I added some splats of black ink thinned with water by flicking it off from a paint brush. And, since the stamen I stamped in the lily did not show up as well with the golden yellow ink like I wanted, I used a Pearl Pen to make them stand out with a bit more dimension.

This card seems to fit the theme for the Double D's Blog Challenge to use black, white and a pop of color so I will enter this card design into that challenge.

I am so happy with this beautiful multi-step lily set and am having a lot of fun with it. It is quickly becoming a favorite for me.

Thanks for the visit and I hope your day is going well.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lily Sympathy

I am adding another sympathy card to my stash as I have needed two so far this week. For this card I chose to use images from Gina K. Designs. The sentiment is from the Frame & Flowers 1 set and the lily is from the Lovely Lilies set. The lily is a multi-step design and I had to struggle to get it right as my eyes were all messed up from getting drops in them as I had my check up today. And everything is still okay. 😄


Then when I wanted to upload the photos from my camera I had to figure out the new way of doing it as they did an upgrade and I am  having to relearn how to do so many things again. It's as bad as getting used to a new computer. But finally I got my photo loaded. 

I am entering this card in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge.  

Sorry for the short post but it has been a very busy day. Thanks for visiting and for all the wonderful messages you leave which are always a pure delight to me.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 21, 2017

Some Fantastic News

I am so excited finally to announce that today my spot as a guest designer at The Crop Stop Blog goes live. I am happy I was given this chance but I must admit it was a bit daunting for me as I have not had a lot of experience with this sort of thing. I did enjoy doing it though and I am thankful for this new opportunity. I don't think I want a permanent job though. I mainly did it just for the fun of it. 😄


I used stamps from Stamplorations called Trendy Spring Blooms as well as a matching die set from their Cutplorations division. These sets are designed by Shery Russ.  For more details and for the supplies I used please check out the full article at The Crop Stop Blog.

This card is being entered in the Stamplorations the Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks so much and God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stencil Art

Today I felt like getting inky again so this time I just played with a Gina K. Designs Art Screen stencil called Floral. This is a very CAS card and I simply added a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Sentimental Calla Lily set.


I layered the front panel onto a layer of black card stock before adding it to the card base. And, the finishing touch was to add some Nuvo Jewel Drops.

Thanks for visiting. I had a great time working with the stencil. I used small finger sponges to add the ink. I wish all of you a wonderful evening too.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hugs

As I stated in a previous post some of my stamping friends sent me some of their die cuts that would be all ready to place on a card. So when the Dies R Us Challenge #77 email showed up I decided to use one of those die cuts to add to a background I had made with the Distress Oxide Inks and other Distress Inks.



This was a background I had made with the Distress Oxides that I originally did not care much for but when I took a Gina K. Designs Art stencil and sponged the design with an original Distress Ink over the top I was very happy with it. I die cut that panel out with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Rectangle Die and placed it on a white card stock base. The big Hugs die is from Papertrey Inks and that seemed to be the perfect addition to the card. I finished the card off by adding some Nuvo Rosewater Jewel Drops which before I added appeared to be a light pink. But as they dried they took on more of an orange hue. I was not so pleased with that but I guess it still looks quite nice.

I am also going to post this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to make the sentiment the focus of our card. I do believe this will qualify for that as well.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me and I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 14, 2017

Focus On The Sentiment

This morning I took another panel I had worked up with Distress Oxide Inks and Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart ink using a Poinsettia stencil from the Tim Holtz Mini Collection Set 19 and combined it with a sentiment from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Set 475 Holiday Foliage.


I had earlier done the water technique using the Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Cranberry Tart combination. First I sponged a coat of the Worn Lipstick and then added some of the Cranberry Tart. I thought the Cranberry Tart took too much of the lighter color away so I sponged over the top again with the Worn Lipstick and then used the stencil spritzed with water to make a patterned design. I placed a paper towel over the stencil and held it down so that the water would seep into the panel and create the more subtle poinsettia images. Then I dried the stencil off and then used it again to add just a bit of the stencil design here and there using the darker Cranberry Tart ink.


I just love that sentiment and font and decided to just stamp it with the Cranberry Tart. Next I took a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Die to cut it out and added it to the card design. I thought the cross stitched design looked like a frame. The main colored panel of the card was die cut with a larger Memory Box cross stitched border die as well. All were added to a base card of white card stock.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week where we are to make the sentiment the focal point. I hope this works well for that challenge.

Well, I am so glad you are visiting and leaving such wonderful comments. I can tell you that working with the Distressed Oxide inks has been a pleasure and I am sure I will be doing many more things with them as I experiment with them. I wish all of you a pleasant weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Holly Christmas

Today I pulled out a set of stamp images from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Holiday Foliage Set 475 to go with some of the Distress Oxide Ink backgrounds I made the other day. I stamped the holly image with Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored the image of the holly in with my Zig markers. I also stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Then using the Out of the Box technique I die cut the panel out with a double stitched rectangle die from Cottage Cutz.


Next I die cut another panel of the same white card stock as a layer for the first stamped panel. All that was left then was to add the background with those panels to a white card base.


I think this is my favorite I have done with the Oxide inks. And, even though it is a CAS design I think it has a certain elegance to it. I am adding this to the Mod Squad Blog Challenge in which we are to focus on the sentiment. I think this qualifies. 

Well, that's all folks for today! I am so happy I have three cards for my Christmas supply. And, this has been so much fun playing with the Oxides. I have several more backgrounds made so who knows? I might be playing again this week.

Thanks for stopping in and as always I love your comments.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Oxides and Foiling

Yesterday I made several backgrounds using Oxide Inks. There was one I really was not so happy with as the water stenciled design did not show up too well, but I did not toss it. Instead this time I added some of the same design using one of the stencils from the Tim Holtz Mini Collection Set 19 using the regular Pine Needles Distress Ink pad to stamp over the background which had been done previously with the Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink. Now I had both a light pattern and a darker pattern. And, one thing I find with the Oxides. If you don't like what you see just ink over it again when it is dry and redo it.


I paired the panel I had made with some of the Stripes pattern from the Gina K. Designs Foil Mates line that was foiled with her Turquoise Sea Fancy Foils. It was almost a perfect match to the Oxide inked panel. The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Holly Jolly Stamp set and was inked up with Red Velvet. Each of these panels were then added to a layer of Gina K. Designs Red Velvet card stock.


I finished the card by adding all to a white card stock base. I was going to add more to the design but in the end I decided to keep it clean and simple as I think the foiled background dresses it up a lot.

Well it feels good to have another card added to my Christmas stash. On Stamp TV the theme for the Monday challenge is Christmas in July so I thought that a great incentive for me to get a start on my supply.

We got some much needed rain last night along with some hail and strong winds but the moisture is very appreciated. Thank you Lord!

Thanks for the visit and have a great evening everyone!

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Played With Oxides

Finally I got to use some of my Oxide Inks to make a card. I watched a video by Jennifer MaGuire in which she added designs with water using both stencils and stamps on her Oxide Ink backgrounds. So that seemed so interesting to me that I decided to try my luck with it and I was really pleased with the outcome.


For my background I inked up the Gina K. Designs white card stock with Distressed Oxides Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick. Then I took a Tim Holtz poinsettia stencil and spritzed it with water and laid it on my card stock. Next I placed a paper towel over it and left it do it's magic for awhile. I ended up with a gorgeous subtle designed background. The stamps I used for the card are from Gina K. Designs Festive Frames and A Year of Flowers set. The white background was stamped repeatedly with the poinsettia image in Cranberry Tart ink and I also used that ink color to add the sentiment and the popped poinsettia image. The popped poinsettia was colored with Zig markers and  I added additional color using the Worn Lipstick.


The background was die cut with a Cottage Cutz double stitched rectangle die before adding it to the white stamped layer. The card base was of Cranberry Tart card stock and I lined it with a panel of white so I could add a sentiment later on and write a message. The finishing touch was to add some pearls.

This was fun and although I only have six of the Oxide inks I think I may have to play more and gradually add other colors to my supply. I wanted to try them first before investing in a lot of new things.

I hope your week is going well. And, thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 7, 2017

Wedding Card

We have an upcoming wedding in July so I thought I best get busy and work up a card for that happy occasion. For my birthday I was given lots of die cuts from a couple different gals and in one of them was this pretty arch with the bride and groom which is from Cheery Lynn Designs. I thought it a perfect opportunity to make use of it.


I also used a Cheery Lynn Designs die set to add my sentiment which is from Gina K. Designs Arranged With Flowers stamp set. I backed the sentiment panel up with a bit of gold glitter paper from Stampin' Up! This was placed below the bride and groom. 


And then below that I added some flowers from the Frame And Flowers set which were stamped in black and fussy cut out. In the center of them I took a glue pen and then sprinkled on some Gina K. Designs gold glitter. All of these were added to a white card panel and the last step was to add a white and gold sheer satin bow using ribbon from Gina K. Designs.

I am so happy as to how this turned out. And, I love the black and white with just a bit of gold added. I am adding this in the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Challenge and the Scrapy Land Challenge.


Well, that completes my week of crafting. I don't know if I will do much this weekend. I might just do some celebrating of birthdays for grandchildren instead and just rest and relax. I cannot believe that our youngest one is three years old. They grow up way to fast.

Thanks for the visits and all the comments as well. Have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna