Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Man's Birthday Card

While the hubby was away today on business I had to work up a quick card design as his birthday is June 1. I went with the foils again and also used a Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder. The foil of choice this time was Deco Amber Watercolor which I just love. The first time I saw it come out of the laminator I thought it might look good as a wood grain and I was so right.


It is a very CAS design but with the foil on the background and also on the sentiment I thought that it was a perfect combination for a man's card. I also had some ribbon which was a brown and gold which I thought was a great match too. My card stock colors were white and black. And, I used Foil Mates from the Gina K. Designs line and also a Gina K. Designs circle double stitched die. The rectangle die used was a Cottage Cutz double stitched die which I thought worked so well with Gina's dies.


I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Birthday Bash

My next projects will be making Father's Day cards for all the guys and I have those started but not completed. Other factors came into play this week.

I had to freeze some rhubarb, do some baking and put some strawberries into the freezer. Rhubarb is grown on our farm but the strawberries came from the grocery store. They were such a bargain I stocked up on a few quarts and threw them in the freezer for use later on. Then I cooked up a batch of strawberries and rhubarb sauce and since hubby is diabetic I sweetened it afterwards with a packet of Crystal Light Punch flavored powder. No sugar added that way. The baking I did was a loaf of rhubarb bread and a loaf of chocolate banana bread.

Well, soon the Memorial weekend will be upon us. Not sure if we will do much or if anyone will be visiting. Either way we will have a good one. And remember to honor our veterans and the families of all those who lost loved ones while serving our country. 

So nice of you to visit my blog and leave such wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sentiment Focus

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

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



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



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

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

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

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

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

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Foiled Die Cuts

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Two More Foiling Cards

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Foiled Again! Not Fooled Again!

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

God bless,
Verna

Monday, May 8, 2017

Graduation Card

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

God bless,
Verna

Positively Negative

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


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

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

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

God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 5, 2017

Stencil, Rubber Cement, Foil

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


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


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


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


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

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

God bless,
Verna


In Memory of Pat

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



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

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

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Red,White & Blue Mom's Day

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

God bless,
Verna