Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


I will be taking a break from card making and blogging for a week or so. But I wanted to wish all of my blogger friends a great Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks so much for all your visits.  See you in 2018.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, December 21, 2017

CAS Last Minute Christmas Card

This was one of the last cards I made and I simply used some leftover card stock, fastened them together with some Washi tape and then put it through a Darice Holly embossing folder.  I then die cut the panel out with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Border die, added some leftover black for a border and then placed that panel onto a white card base.


Now all that was left was to add the sentiment and the holly which are both from a set from Carta Bella Designer Stamps called Jingle All the Way. I got this set as a prize one year and I used it several times on my cards. I hand cut the holly out.

I am entering this in the Stamplorations December 2017 CAS Challenge.

Well, I am so happy I managed to get another post in before Christmas. I am almost done with my preparations too. Take care everyone and enjoy this holiday season. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Winter

I sneaked in a bit of card making today as there were a couple of challenges I wanted join in on and this card I made fits both of those challenges. I made it a Winter themed card. And what says winter better than an ice skating snowman and some snow.


The snowman image is from Heartfelt Creations and is from the Frolicking Frosty stamp set. After the scene was colored I cut it out with a My Favorite Things Die-Namics die from the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stacker set. The outer snowflake die was cut with a Memory Box die called Frosty Border. After adding this design to a blue card base I then added some rhinestones to the die cut snowflake border and also used a white paint pen to add some snowflakes to the scene too. The card was finished by adding another white die cut panel inside the card.

I am adding this card to the following challenges:
Mod Squad Blog Challenge
Double D's Challenge

Well, I got an early Christmas gift in the mail. I got a post card in the mail saying that I was released from jury duty. I was so worried as I know all my health issues would make it very difficult for me to serve. And, the worst part was it was not local and I would have to drive and stay overnight. Or should I say my hubby would drive me as I seldom drive in winter and especially in a strange city. Not that I was not capable mentally to serve but physically it was not in the cards. I wish they had asked me when I was young and not waited until I was so old and decrepit. So I think I will be sleeping much better from now on. This was an answer to my prayers. The Lord did not let me down but then I knew he would help me through whatever happened.

Well, time to think about what to fix for supper. I hope your week is going great and thanks for all your visits and wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Birch Tree Christmas

I had an occasion to play with a die that I had purchased and never used before recently. So today I thought I would share it with you. It implements a die set from Impression Obsession called Birch Trees. I die cut the trees in white and then die cut the birds in red.


These dies were added to a bluish gray card stock which has little flecks of glitter in it. And, I have no idea where I got it from. And, the sentiment is one of Gina K. Designs which I stamped in red. The final touch before adding it to a white card base was to add the red frame from My Favorite Things called Stitched Rectangle Scalloped Frame. I thought it showed off the inside image quite well.

Well, I am busy and I am sure most of you are as well getting the last minute things done for the holidays. I am in cleaning mode as I have all the baking done and all the presents wrapped that have arrived so far. And, this weekend I got the tree up so I think I will manage okay since we are not getting together until the weekend after Christmas. I might even have a bit of time to watch some of the holiday movies on Hallmark. I always love to do that this time of the year if possible.

Well, don't work and stress out too much with your holiday planning. I hope you have a great week.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Final Card

This is my last project I did for the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. My card is a very CAS design but I still love it. I am posting this for International Tea Day a bit early as I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and then later in the day we hope to get to our granddaughter's pre-school Christmas program. So time is limited tomorrow. Any time I do have at home will be used to check as many of the contributors designs for the hop and post some comments.


I named this card Christmas Tea. I got this cute little stamp set in a bargain section at Crafter's Companion named Verity Rose Cupcake Accessories.  The little coffee or tea pot had a floral design on it but I masked it off before stamping and then I hand drew in some holly to make it more festive looking before I colored it. I used my Copics.

I added a sentiment from Gina K. Designs which was in clear acrylic but to make it look in a rounded way I bent it on the stamping block. Then I stamped the small cupcakes. After coloring this design  I cut it using Gina K Designs Small Double Stitched Circle Die and also an outer layer with her Large Single Stitched Circle Die. My background paper is from Gina K. Designs too. I chose to color the images with the same colors as the pattern paper.

Well I am glad I could take part in the hop again this time around. I know I did not make so many projects but this is certainly a busy time of year so that I think was understandable. At any rate, I sure had fun. Thanks so much for your visits and comments and I hope you are enjoying all the festivities of the season.

God bless,
Verna

Card No. 7-A Valentine

I remembered that Valentine's Day falls in the Winter months so this time for the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop I made a simple valentine. With  a cute owl image holding a cup and a sentiment along with the owl dies from Gina K. Designs and some Gina K. Designs pattern paper I created a really cute little valentine. I used some circle dies from Gina Marie Designs.



I also added some of the pattern paper along the bottom of the inside of the card to tie the inside and outside together. I like to do that if at all possible. I think it is a great way to finish off a card.


I am very happy with this look and I might have to do several more for my valentine designs this year for the shut-ins. I think the bright colors are so cheery.

Well, I hope you are enjoying some of my coffee theme card designs. I know I love to see all the comments you leave when you visit.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Coffee Hop Entry-Day 6

I made a card for this entry into the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and used a hot cocoa mug and deer die set I won one other year from doing the hop. The die set used is from Gina Marie Designs. I thought it quite appropriate as this is National Hot Cocoa Day.


I die cut the front panel with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Frame die and then added all to a red card stock base. The sentiment and the steam are from Gina K. Designs as is the pattern paper. The ribbon I used is from Crafter's Companion. I thought it matched the pattern paper fairly well. I used some small gems to decorate the deer's face. I think he looked like Rudolph to me. Hahaa!

I must say I am enjoying doing projects again for the hop. I hope you can join in too as there are a lot of prizes up for grabs. Thanks for the visit and for your wonderful comments. I'm off to have me some hot cocoa now.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 5 Card For 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Wow! Day five already. What fun this is for me to do the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. This card used images from Gina K. Designs.


The card stock, pattern paper and the ribbon are all from Gina K. Designs as is all the ink I used. She is your one stop place for lots of card making goodies. The red rhinestones on the cups are unknown.

I hope you got a chance to enter a project or two featuring hot cocoa, coffee or tea designs. I think I heard there were over 70 prizes up for grabs. Well, I have to go now but I thank you for stopping in and for all the comments.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 4-2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Once again I am using the 3-D cup template from The Cutting Cafe for my fourth entry into the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I needed containers for giving some gifts to various delivery persons so I thought this was a great little way of doing that. This would be a great gift for a teacher or co-worker too. And, when empty they could store their pens inside it.


I placed cookies, hot cocoa packets and some Hershey's kisses inside a bag and then added it to the cup. The pattern paper used is very old and featured Christmas cookies on it. I do not know where it came from. But the tag die cut used was from Gina K. Designs. The sentiment was also from The Cutting Cafe 3-D Cup Template set. The card stock and the ribbon are from Gina K. Designs. The glitter paper for the tag is from Stampin' Up!

I hope you find time to join in. If not, I hope you are having a wonderful week. And thanks for the lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 3-2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Hop

In our family we have a few December birthdays that are just before and after Christmas and so I decided to not go with a Christmas or winter design for this card. Instead I made a card that would work for any season. But I did include cups in my design so I think it still qualifies. The stamps used are from Crafter Companion's Party Time stamp set. This is my third entry for the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop ongoing now.


As you can see I hand cut out the images and popped them up. I also used a Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Border die on the main panel and then cut out the black layer. Below is another view of the card.


I hope you can join in on the hop and show us a few of your own designs using either coffee, tea or hot cocoa images. Since this card is going to Japan I think it will be considered more of a stack of tea cups. Thanks for the visit and comments.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Post No. 2

This time I made a card for the 2017 Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop using a stamp set from Art Impressions and a Christmas tree die set from Kat Scrappiness. Along with some varied pattern papers and some sponging I made a cute little scene. I hope you like it too!


This was so much fun to make and I really love the way it looks. I hope you can join in on the fun at the hop too. And, there are awesome prizes. Thanks for visiting!

God bless,
Verna

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 Winter Coffee Blog Hop Day 1

Well, I am so happy that I tried something other then a card for this 2017 Winter Coffee Blog hop. It took a bit of learning to do it but I was so happy with the outcome and pleased that I could make a fun way to give a gift of some hot cocoa packets. I  used the 3D Cup Template from The Cutting Cafe. Now I don't have the SVG capabilities but the nice thing about these designs is that Regina Easter also makes them in PDF form so that people like me can still use them by cutting the images out by hand.



Regina also includes a sentiment sheet which comes in really handy as well. I plan to use this cup as part of a gift this Christmas to give some hot cocoa packets in a gift basket.. The circle dies used were from Gina Marie Designs and Gina K. Designs. The card stock, pattern paper and the ribbon I used are from Gina K. Designs.

I did find out with this process that I did not have big enough sheets of pattern paper for the most part so I had to piece my designer paper to make it work. I know many really decorate their cups a lot more but for me this was a big accomplishment already.

Thanks for checking my blog post and for commenting and I hope many of you can join in the fun of the hop too.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Made My Own Pattern Paper

I had a few minutes break so decided to do a quick card again which although has Christmas colors on it could technically be used for other winter occasions. My pattern paper was made with the use of snowflake stamps. My stamps on this card are all from Gina K. Designs Christmas Wishes stamp set and I also used the dies that accompany that set too.



I stamped the images from that set with Gina K. Designs Red Velvet and Christmas Pine inks. I also used Gina K. Designs Red Velvet and White card stock.


I added a white panel inside the red card base so that I could stamp or write a little message later on.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mix It Up Monday at Stamp TV
Double D's Challenge
Mod Squad Blog Challenge

I hope tomorrow I can get a start on making a few holiday goodies. We shall see if that happens or not. At any rate, I enjoyed a little crafting today. I hope your day is going well too and thanks for your visits and comments.

God bless,
Verna

Card for Big Sister

My daughter and her husband are expecting a new addition in February and she read somewhere that the transition of their daughter to a Big Sister would be easier if Little Brother gave her a little gift from him so that she won't feel so left out when more of the attention from her is transferred to him. Well my assignment was to come up with a card for that occasion. So I worked on that this week to get it done in time to send it along with another daughter who will be stopping in on her way to the expectant family's home.

I decided I wanted to make a bridge card and although in reality it was quite easy to do I of course, had to make it a lot more complicated. My card got done but it ended up being a lot of patching along the way. LOL I got the idea for the bridge card from Karen Hasheck's You Tube video. Hopefully, the next time I try it I will know what I am doing a lot better.


I computer generated the sentiments but the stamp images are from Gina K. Designs. And, the pattern paper is some I bought years ago when a stamp store went out of business and I thought it sort of looked like a snowy day. I have no idea who made it. I colored the little girl with the colors of my granddaughter's coat and hat so that she would right away think it was her. Excuse the poor coloring though as my hands were hurting and therefore I did not do as great of a job. Old Art Ritis was bugging me.

At any rate my daughter was very pleased with the card as I sent her a photo to get it approved. She had not expected anything so fun. And, it is so cool that it folds together and will fit flat in an envelope too.

Gina K. Designs Stamp sets  used: Warm and Cozy Christmas and Season's Greetings.

Also while I am here I will remind you that in a few days the 2017 Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop will be going on. So if you want to join in on the fun, make a few coffee, tea or hot cocoa themed designs using winter images.  Just check out the date information on my side bar. I know I am working on a few things for it. And there are lots of fantastic prizes being given too. When I show my first project I will include the blog site so you can read all the rules and more information.

Well, have a great week and thanks for visiting. I love your wonderful comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Clean and Simple

I saw where the Penny Black and More Challenge featured clean and simple designs so I just had to make a quick card and enter it. I used all Penny Black stamps. The snowman image is called Snowy and the sentiment is from the Yuletide Wishes set.


I colored the image with Tombo markers and then die cut the front panel with a Cottage Cutz double stitched rectangle die. To keep it simple I just added it to a white card base.

Now this was so fun and quick to do. And, it can be a card that could be sent during all the winter months. By the way I guess snow was on my mind as we are to get some overnight. The 70 degree weather is behind us again. It sure was nice while it lasted.

Thanks for checking in. I love to see you visit and leave some comments.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, December 1, 2017

Ornaments 2017 Style

This year's ornaments I made to Deck the Halls are using a die from Cheery Lynn Designs called Christmas Ornament #4. I purchased this die several months ago when I had a gift certificate to apply to my order and just yesterday started working on them. I really like them too. I used both glitter paper and foiled paper that I had in my stash and this die cut perfectly every time. I was so happy with it.


Now this ornament die does not mesh up on each side so since I wanted to cover both sides with the design I had to cut out one on the foil or glitter side and then flip the paper over and cut out a die on the other side. The pieces that fell right out were then added into each side using Scor Tape but any double stick type of tape would work. Then I added a little bit of gold thin thread between the sections before I placed them together. Very easy and fun design.

The glitter paper I used is from Stampin' Up! and the Deco Foils used were Emerald Watercolor and Summer Rainbow.

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #86-Christmas Carols. My carol I chose is Deck The Halls.

Well, thanks for the visit and I hope your weekend will be a great one. I love to read your comments too. They mean so much to me.

God bless,
Verna

Pocket Full of Posies

The challenge at the Mod Squad Challenge is to use flowers on your card or project and then water color them. The sponsor this month is Stam...