Monday, October 15, 2018

Pumpkin Patch Halloween Card

Today I am sharing one of the Halloween cards I made recently. I found some scraps of pattern paper with a spider web and a spider and so I chose to add a pumpkin patch and a sentiment to complete the card.


I die cut the pumpkin patch design out of orange card stock and then with Galaxy pens and Copic markers I added more colors to the die cut. Then I placed the original die cut negative pieces back in so that there was a contrast in colors. The Galaxy pens color over dark papers so they worked great.



It just so happened that the orange color in the pattern paper was an exact match to the orange card stock I used to die cut the sentiment and pumpkins from. So that worked great. This scene was placed on a white panel and then from there layered to the purple card base.

Dies used:
Rectangle Single Stitch Die from Gina K. Designs ( for cutting the focal panel)
Happy Halloween from Cheery Lynn Designs
Pumpkin Patch from Cheapo Dies

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #107-Anything Fall.

I hope your week is off to a good start. I am trying to adjust to cooler weather and it seems my joints don't want to comply. LOL Anyway, I thank you for the visit and I hope you come by again.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, October 12, 2018

October Twofers

That time again! Darnell's new Twofer Card Challenge #10-Harvest is now ongoing and I had to join in on the fun! Since we find we are now bringing in all of the garden crop I thought some pumpkins might work for the harvest theme. We did not grow pumpkins but we did grow squash but I did not have any squash stamps to work with. So pumpkins will have to do. I don't have a carrot stamp either. LOL


I chose to use the Gina K. Designs Always Autumn stamp set for my pumpkin/sunflower image and the leaves. The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is also from that set. But the sentiment on the sympathy card is from A Jillian Vance Design set called Simply Said: Sympathy.


I die cut this Thanksgiving card out with a My Favorite Things Die-namics die called Wonky Stitched Rectangles. I also cut another piece of the ivory card stock to place inside the card for a liner so I can add a message.


I had never made a sympathy card using a pumpkin and sunflower before but since this is the season for those items to be harvested I decided it would work and I was in need of a sympathy card anyway. I also used a My Favorite Things Die-namics die called Stitched Rounded Rectangles for this card and die cut a panel for the inside as well. 

Both cards are fairly CAS in design but I just love this pumpkin/sunflower image and decided it was pretty enough on it's own without a lot of extra details.

Well, I wish you all a wonderful rest of the day and evening. It is a chilly one here but we have seen the sunshine so we are feeling a little more rejuvenated. Thanks for stopping in and for the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Autumn Thank You

Today's card is what I call a quick and easy one. I simply used a Hero Arts Ombre Autumn rainbow pad and stamped the foliage from the Penny Black peaceful winter stamp set to make a frame and then added the sentiment in the center which is also from a Penny Black stamp set called a wish. The names of these sets were all in lower case letters so I highlighted them.


I am entering this in the Penny Black and More challenge in which the theme is October-Autumn Splendor.

Well, it really feels like Fall here and the forecast calls for a mix of rain and snow tonight and tomorrow. So far it is just rain. At any rate I don't like to hear that but I guess it will be a change of pace. I am so glad we have a functioning furnace now too!

I wish all of you a great rest of the day and thanks so much for the wonderful comments and visits.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, October 8, 2018

Happy Monday!

Before I get to my last batch of cards made for the Winter Cards for Little Hearts drive I want to wish all of my friends in Canada a very Happy Thanksgiving. I know I am grateful to have all you Canadians as friends as well as all my other friends from blog land. I hope you have some great celebrations. It is also Columbus Day here in the United States and many have the day off from work and school.





And an update on the carrots. So far I have 22 pints of frozen ones in the freezer. I am waiting a bit with the rest of them as I have a Schwans order coming and I am not sure how much freezer room will be left. In case you don't know Schwans is a frozen food delivery business and we have been customers of theirs for years.

Well, I wish all of you a wonderful day and I thank you for all the lovely comments and visits to my blog.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Happy National Card Making Day

I am not making cards but I will share more of my Cards for Little Hearts that I did in the last few weeks. I enjoyed making these cards and I hope the children will like them too. And if you decide to make cards for this cause be sure to read all the guidelines first.




I also am sharing an ornament I made using a Gina K. Designs stamp from the set called Snow One Like You. I stamped the snowman with Staz On black ink to an acrylic ornament piece and then colored behind the stamped image with Galaxy Markers. When it was all dry I then put Versamark clear embossing on the back and added white embossing powder and heat set it. I also added some Versamark along the edges to make sort of a distressed frame and embossed that with gold embossing powder. I finished by adding a gold cord for hanging it.


Oh, yes! We dug the rest of the carrots and found one bigger then the previous one I posted of hubby holding it. Here is is resting on the scale.


At the biggest part of it my husband's hands would not quite touch. I am glad all are out of the garden now so that they don't grow any more. LOL I think the freezer will be packed this year. Last year we ran out during the winter but I don't think we have to worry about it for this coming season.

Well, take care until next time when I will post more of the Cards For Little Hearts that I made. Have a great card making day and weekend.

God bless,
Verna









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Friday, October 5, 2018

Winter Cards For Cards for Little Hearts Drive

Yes, it is that time again for the winter drive for Cards for Little Hearts. I have been making cards for the drive for the last three weeks off and on. But when I cut my thumb I had to quit for a spell until it healed more. So I was so happy when a wonderful lady, Kay Barnes of White Rose Crafts said she would donate sheets of stickers to help with the card making process. I am so grateful to her and so I am going to start sharing some of the cards I made using some of them. Not all of the cards used stickers though. I hope the children will like them as well. I won't be stating who makes the images or what brand of stickers were used but if you wish to know something just let me know.




I will post more designs in future posts. And, if you want to make some cards for the drive be sure to check out all the rules and regulations for the winter drive which is ongoing now until November 1st.
I wanted to get mine done and mailed off because I am going to be busy taking care of carrots.

All summer long my hubby said that we had a poor crop of carrots as so many of the seeds did not germinate. So I decided to give them as much time to grow as they could and when we got frost I thought we should use them. I wanted to make some soup so I told him to bring in about four carrots for it. So he certainly obliged. Below are the four carrots he brought in and I have them on a sheet of paper towel. They just fit on it except for the big one which went over the edges of the square sheet.


And I took a picture of him holding the biggest one. He was able to get his hands around it and we weighed it and it was 2 lbs. 4.4 oz.


I think even though not many germinated that the good Lord was certainly in charge because if all the seeds had grown I would be even busier. As it is I am sure I will have plenty of carrots this year and no doubt will have some for our kids too. Today he brought in a 3 gallon pail filled with 12 carrots which I scrubbed up as they had lots of mud on them. And, tomorrow I will peel and cut them up so that I can blanch and freeze them. So if 12 carrots fills a pail I will have plenty. There should be 2 to 3 more pails in the garden.

Well, have a great weekend and I will be back another day to post some more of the Cards for Little Hearts.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Pumpkin Inchies Card

This afternoon I worked up a quick card by sponging a background, doing a bit of background stamping and then using as the focal point some pumpkin inchies, I added a sentiment and all the stamps used on this card are from Gina K. Designs Autumn Wreath Builder. I used a Spellbinder Die for the inchies and then added a thin border of black card stock to each.


I went the clean and simple route with this design but I still think it makes for a great design and I will be using it for one of my Thanksgiving cards.

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Double D Challenge-Scare'n Up Some Pumpkins
Mod Squad Challenge- Use Inchies as Focal Point

Well, I have been making lots of Christmas cards so I have been very busy this week. They are for the Cards for Little Hearts Winter Drive. Also we have had guys in and out as they are installing a new furnace so with all the interruptions I did not get to posting any of them. But maybe next week I can get a few posted. I did take photos though.

Well in the meantime I want to thank all of you for the visits and wonderful comments. Have a great evening now.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Emboss Resist Holly Card

I am not sure if I like this card or not but none the less it is what it is. So I am posting it on the blog regardless. I used a new stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Holly Jolly and it is supposed to be used with foiling but I thought I could get some use from it without using a foiling technique.


I embossed the holly using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. One could also use white and have it work as well. Then I simply sponged on colors to the background. At first I just colored up the areas of the holly but I found that too dull. So I decided to add some shades of yellow and it did brighten it up some. And, adding the ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the sentiment helped as well. I used a red card base and added a white liner inside. The main panel is die cut with a My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched rectangle die and the sentiment used both the Gina K. Designs large and small circle stitched die sets.

Sorry I have not posted much but I accidentally cut my thumb while trying to cut up a great big squash so that I could bake it. So I had a hard time doing things as any little pressure on it hurt like the dickens. I am now able to put more pressure on it. Who knew a thumb could bleed so much?

Well, I hope your week is off to a good start. Take care and thanks for the visit and lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Rudolph Days

Time for the September Rudolph Days Challenge so I made up this card using an elf image from the Creative Visions Elf This stamp set.


The image was colored in with Copics except for the sky to which I sponged a bit of light blue and then die cut using a Cottage Cutz double stitched rectangle die. I also  used that die set on the green layer. Oh, the layer with the image was added to some white card stock to create a thin border. I added all of these panels to a red card stock base and then used some snowflake die cuts from CAS-ual FRI-Dies called Funky Flakes for embellishments. Inside I added a sheet of white paper so that I can stamp or write a message,

Some Wink of Stella was added to the snow and flakes but I could not get a photograph to show that for some reason. It might be due to the bleak and dreary day we are having. It is supposed to be cold for quite a few days with below normal temps. And, in the western part of our state in the Black Hills area they are to get some snow. I am not quite ready for the white stuff here though. Maybe around Christmas Eve, LOL

Well, I am so happy you visited and I love the comments. Have a great day! And keep the snow away!

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 24, 2018

Acetate Thank You Card

I and my niece were the lucky winners recently at White Rose Crafts LLC and were given a June Kit filled with great summer themed elements including papers, printed acetate, ribbons, buttons, stickers, stamp sets and more. And, I know it is no longer summer but I still had to make a card using some of the goodies from that kit. So I made a thank you card. I hope you like it.

I used one of the stamp sets to stamp the design at the top and the bottom of the card and in between those areas I added the acetate. I just loved that pink polka dotted acetate and knew right off I wanted to make a card like this. And the thanks sentiment is a sticker from the kit.


Here is what it looks like inside. The pattern paper that covered up the back of the stamped papers were also in the kit. I thought they matched up with the Hero Arts Ombre ink pad I used for stamping the designs. I also added a bit of the stamped design inside the card too! The little leaves I stamped with a green ink pad from Gina K. Designs. Since the sentiment was in green I had to find a way to add some to my design so I picked out that little leaf design and used that. All of these stamped designs are from the same stamp set from Docrafts Creativity Essentials called Paisley. It is a set that can be used as a multi-step or otherwise.


Anyway, I had fun this rainy and dreary afternoon. And, it is getting colder again after a nice warm weekend. And, the furnace repair man did not come like he said either and since it is late in the day already I doubt he will make it. So I am not looking forward to the cold temps in the house tonight  But if it gets too cold we still have some wood to burn which will heat it up for awhile so we will get by. It did not even pay to open the drapes today and let the sun shine in as we never saw the sun at all.

But my wish for you is that the sun is shining brightly on you and that you are off to a great start for this week. At least I was able to play a bit. And, we had a great time with our company this weekend.
I have to share a photo with you showing Jack and Anna who went to visit the local pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins. They are both growing up so fast. I can't believe that Jack is seven months old already. The prayers you said for him sure paid off as he is doing great now.


Until next time take care and may the Lord bless you.
Hugs, Verna

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Witch Is In!

This was a quick Halloween card I made one evening while working on an evening meal. We call it supper! Anyway, I simply sponged on the colors I wanted and left a lighter colored area where I figured I could stamp the spooky old house. Then I added the other images with black. Voila! It was done. So easy but I still like it a lot. I used Gina K. Designs heavy weight white card stock. It is a no layer card.


I only had to color in some yellow and orange in the house windows and the moon. Also the tree was not filled in so I added some black marker to that. I even did an outline with the marker on the sentiment as well as I wanted it to show up well. These are images from an old (retired) stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Halloween-RIP. It was a stamp set I acquired when I was on their design team a long time ago. I still love that set a lot and have used it many times. So if you wanted to get some of those images I am afraid you are out of luck unless you can find it on Ebay.

I just wanted to share that even though I had not posted much this week that I was still trying to work on some cards for the upcoming Halloween holiday. I had to work with lots of garden things again and also do some emergency baking.

Let me explain the emergency baking. My wonderful hubby went to town and so I told him to pick up a few groceries of which some eggs was part of the order. Well, when he was bringing the groceries in from the car he dropped the eggs. And, so that day for a noon lunch we had some scrambled eggs. The other cracked ones I used for baking some Dump Bars. I do love the Dump Bars so I was not too disappointed that I had a good excuse to use them. Well from an 18 count carton of eggs we managed to have five of them come through the ordeal unscathed.  So just in case you drop some eggs and need a recipe that uses quite a few of them I am giving the recipe for Dump Bars for you next.

Dump Bars

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
5 eggs beaten
1 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients except chocolate chips. "Dump" into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips (or butterscotch if  you prefer) on top. Don't stir them in. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Depends on your oven.

And, here is a another tip for you: Yesterday I made a card using an acrylic block background and then stamped on some ballet slippers. Well, let me tell you that Hero Arts Ombre Ink would not scrub off with water from that acrylic block. I did not know what to do and then I thought about the Clorox Wipes I had for disinfecting and decided to try that. With a little elbow grease it got that block looking just like new again. So if you have some stubborn ink stains this might be a good thing to try on your blocks too.

Well, I best get my sink full of dishes washed up and also do another load of laundry. Hubby has been working on some machinery and changing oil on vehicles and he sure has some dirty and nasty items I need to take care of. One thing you can always expect is every day clothes with grease and grime on them.

I wish all of you a great rest of the week and weekend. I have to clean my house tomorrow so I won't be posting for awhile again. Thanks for coming by and commenting too.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Well, it is footwear!

I saw that the Double D Challenge this time was to use some sort of footwear as the theme is If The Shoe Fits! Well, I am afraid I am not finding a lot of success with footwear but did remember I had this one and some cowboy boots or work shoes. Well, I decided to girly it up a bit and use some ballet slippers or at least one for my card. And, I had an acrylic block design handy that made for an easy card design.


I used an Hero Arts Ombre stamp pad for the background. Then I stamped the ballet slipper and the sentiment with black ink over the dried background. I used my MISTI so that I could re-stamp it if needed as I wanted a good printing. Good thing I did too as I did the slipper and the sentiment three times. Then I added it to some Dusty Rose card stock and finished by adding some black rhinestone gems. I also added a white panel inside the card.

The ballet slipper image is by Stampitcrazy and the sentiment is from CAS-UAL FRIDAYS. I could not find any sentiments that involved dancing or ballet but I thought this one would work okay too.

Well, sorry I have not posted much. I have been very busy again with garden work. I did get some Halloween cards finished though in between but have not had time to post about them. Maybe another day I will find time. And, I think I am getting company for the weekend so I better clear the kitchen table off again. LOL

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments and I always love to hear what you have to say. Take care and we will visit again another time.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 13, 2018

September Twofers

Time again to do my Twofers for Darnell's Twofer Challenge #9. This time we are to use a leaf two different ways or for two different types of cards. I chose to do a Fall one and a Christmas one with my leaf. The leaf used was one from the Gina K. Designs Fancy Flowers set.



For the Fall card design I masked off the area I wanted to sponge color on. I chose to  use shades of yellow for the main sponged area. Next I then took the leaf and using a Hero Arts Ombre Autumn ink pad I stamped the leaves. After I had all the leaves on my design like I wanted them I then took a black ink marker and with a ruler drew a faux layer along each side. The sentiment was stamped in black and it is from the Joy Clair Harvest Blessings stamp set.


The card base for my Christmas design is white but I used the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Stripe  background stamp to create a plaid design with the green and red colors. I took a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Holly Jolly stamp set and stamped that onto a rectangle that I had die cut using Gina K. Designs single stitched die. That die cut was added to another larger rectangle from the same set in the green color. The sentiment was then placed onto the lower right corner. For the poinsettia I used a masking technique to make it and then cut it out by hand and popped it  up onto the upper left corner making it so that it slightly overlapped the sentiment panels.  The last thing I added to the card was some yellow pearls on the poinsettia center.


I did not think I was going to get to finish my Twofers today as we discovered that we had several cantaloupe that needed to be cut up and refrigerated. There were so many that I went online and found a recipe for Cantaloupe bread but instead of making it into loaves I opted to make it into one carb choice muffins. Not bad tasting too. And, a great way to use some of the over ripe melon.

Well. that is enough activity for today. I think I will take the lazy route and fix a pizza in the oven for supper. Along with some lettuce salad it should make a good meal. I hope your day went well and that you got some productive crafting in. Thanks for the visit and until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dirt Road at Dusk

Hello again! I hope your day is going well. I got a late start but finally got to working on a birthday card for my cousin who is an elderly farmer and I thought this scene might be to his liking.


I was trying to make it look like the edge of night. I am not too sure I achieved it but I still think it is a nice card. I know it is a great scene and it is a Blue Knight rubber stamp called The Dirt Road.

I used Gina K. Designs white layering weight card stock and stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink. I then  used a combination of Copics and ink sponging to color in the scene. Sponging was mostly done on the sky area but I did carry a bit of the blue down into the lower scene to depict it getting darker as the day goes on. It really was an easy card to make. I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from Gina K. Designs.

Well, I think that does it for me today. At least I got one card done. And, I have a lot of ones to do yet this week if at all possible. Oh, where does the time go every day? Hahaa!

Take care and thanks for visiting and commenting.

God bless,
Verna

Humorous Writing

Good morning all!

A local gal named Terri writes a blog and also a column for a newspaper. She is also a wonderful card maker and was instrumental in getting me into the stamping game as she owned the store next door to where I worked that had all those tempting stamps and supplies for sale. Anyway, I am just loving the funny articles she writes and I thought if any of you need a dose of humor to brighten up your day that you might want to check out her blog too.

I hope your morning is off to a great start. Until next time.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 10, 2018

Blast From The Past

I ran across this photo I took years ago when I had my design and poem published in Scrap & Stamp Arts. I thought maybe you might like to see it. I sure do miss that magazine as it was one of my favorites.


The images  used are from Sutter Stamps. This was done in the earlier days when I did not have many sentiment stamps and when I was into writing poetry. I seldom write poems now. I mainly just make cards. But I was really proud when they published my card and featured it all on one page. It was in the Inklinations column in the May/June 2005 issue.

Please forgive the bad photo. I tried to enhance it as much as I could. But I think you get the idea and can read the small print.

I should get back into more scene stamping as I used to love it a lot.  Maybe soon. In the meantime you have a great afternoon.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Caroling Penguins #pbcreativechristmas

This afternoon I decided to make up a quick Christmas card and I used a really cute and delightful stamp for my card using the Penny Black Caroling Penguins set. There is also some sentiments with it so I chose one to add to my card.


I recently purchased some wonderful ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon called Vintage Christmas so I tried to use the same colors in my penguin design. I think I got the Copics to match quite well too. After coloring the penguins and adding the ribbon I simply added it to a Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart card stock base. I also added a piece of the white card stock inside so I can stamp or write a message.

I used my MISTI to get a good stamping and I am glad I always rely on that tool. It is a lifesaver with me not being able to stamp well anymore due to my arthritis.

I am entering this into the Penny Black Creative Christmas Challenge.

Anyway, I wanted to share it and I especially want to thank my friend Patti for giving me the stamp set too. I love it!

I hope your Sunday is going great and that your new week will be a great one.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Let's Pop a "Wheelie"!

The title is the theme for the Double D's Challenge this time around and I must say when I made this card I "wheelie" had a good time doing it too! It was such a fun image to work with and I added it to another acrylic block background.



I used images from the Gina K. Designs Face To The Sun stamp set which included the sentiment and the girl on the bike image. I put the acrylic stamped design into my MISTI and then stamped the image and sentiment. Both needed to be re-stamped so I was so glad I had the MISTI working for me again. It seems I don't have the strength to get good impressions like I used to do. So that tool is a real asset for me.

I did not have a sun stamp so I took a snowflake from the Gina K. Designs Holiday Wreath Set as I thought it sort of resembled the rays of a sun. I tried my best to get some yellow in the upper corner for it when I did the acrylic background and I guess enough showed up so that it worked okay. I had to mask off the corner first though before I added the snowflake image.

Well, that will do it for me until next week I think. I worked most of the day with garden things and then I managed to finish this up. I had started it yesterday but ran out of steam. LOL I hope all of you are having a great weekend. We are having more Fall like days now with cool nights and moderate days with highs in the low 70's. Very nice weather in my opinion. Well, I will see you next time. Take care.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, September 7, 2018

Autumn Wreath

Using another of my acrylic block backgrounds I decided to make a wreath using the Gina K. Designs Autumn Wreath Builder set. I first stamped the basic wreath using the flower and leaf design using the MISTI. Then I took and hand stamped the leaves and pumpkin around that basic wreath oval. And the final addition of the sentiment was done by placing it back in the MISTI. Good thing I did that too as I had to re-stamp it more then once to get a good impression.


I cut by hand around the acrylic block design quite closely leaving only a small border of Ivory card stock. Then I placed it on the black layer and fussy cut around that as well. The final step was to add it to an Ivory card base. Really an easy design and I am quite pleased with it too!

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge which calls for an acrylic block stamped background. I sure have been enjoying working with these backgrounds and I hope to share another one with you tomorrow as well.

Have a great evening and please drop in any time. I love to see you visit and leave such wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Stamp Your Block!

Another card using a background by adding ink to an acrylic block and stamping it onto card stock. I am concentrating more on Fall cards and so I thought this color scheme looked like some apple harvest colors. So I went with using apples  from the Harvest of Wishes stamp set by Gina K. Designs. I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog challenge too!


Once I had my block stamped and the designs stamped in black onto it I then cut it down a bit of the edges and layered it to black card stock. And, for the card base I chose to use Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green card stock. I don't know about you but I always like to incorporate the least used color as a base for a card with the exception of black, kraft, white or ivory which are always great ones to use. So since the Jelly Bean Green matched the splotches of green from the block stamping I went with that for my card base.

I originally used the Red Velvet, Red Hot and Jelly Bean Green inks from Gina K. Designs for ink on my block and then spritzed with water before stamping it down on the Ivory card stock. I re-inked it again and stamped again as I did not get as much coverage as I wanted with the first stamping. So keep that in mind if you are not liking the way it looks the first time around.


Even though the Jelly Bean Green card base was quite light in color and could have shown off a stamped or written sentiment quite well I still decided to add an insert of the Ivory card stock to that as well. And, before I added all of the design to the card I took some black and white gingham ribbon and placed that along the right side. I love gingham ribbon so I tend to use it a lot.

Well, here it is Friday already and I hope your week went well. I wish all of you a wonderful weekend and I thank you for always being so kind with your comments.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Acrylic Block Background

The Mod Squad Challenge this time is using an acrylic block to make a background. I chose to use Gina K. Designs inks and then I spritzed the block with water before stamping it down on my card stock. My choice of card stock for this panel was Ivory. I repeated the stamping until I got the design I wanted.


I tried to use a mix of colors that would work well for an Autumn color scheme. I think I succeeded with this background. I cut around the stamped panel to leave an Ivory border.


The stamps  used on it were from the Gina K. Designs Grateful Heart stamp set. I just love the great patterns on those leafy branches.  They were stamped with Versafine black ink. So was the sentiment which is also from that same stamp set. Then I placed this on a layer of Plum Punch card stock before adding it on the Ivory card base. All card stock is from Gina K. Designs.


I did not have pearls in the colors I wanted so I took Copic markers and colored them with what I thought were a close match to the inks incorporated in the background.

I made up several acrylic block panels so look for more designs to be forthcoming. I love this look and one never knows exactly how the panels will look too. That is the exciting part when you see what has developed.

Well, thanks again for stopping in and taking a look at what I have been doing. I love your visits.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Masculine This Time!

This card is more of a masculine style and I chose to use a stamp from Blue Knight Rubber Stamps called Country Life. I thought this was a great card for a guy and especially for those who live in my neck of the woods. LOL This would be a typical scene many times where an old truck was chucked out in the field and left to rust.


I stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink. I then used sponges for adding color to the scene. However I did take a marker to define areas where a sponge just would not work efficiently. I tried to match the sponged on colors. After I had the scene all colored I placed it back in my MISTI where I had kept the stamp in position and stamped it again in the black ink to bring out all the details which had been smudged by the sponging.

I then added this scene to a layer of black card stock and then placed it onto a white card stock base. I on purpose did not add any sentiment as I want to keep my options open as this could be a card for a birthday, get well or even a sympathy one.

I am entering this in the Double D's Challenge which calls for using something with wheels on it. I believe this old pick up truck qualifies.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your evening is a great one. And, I love all the comments you leave me too.

God bless,
Verna

Make It Feminine

Well, this diva certainly oozes her feminine side with this wonderful image that I got as a freebie with an order from Crafter's Companion. She is from the Scuffy Little Cat line and her name is Francesca. When the Penny Black and More September Challenge came  up with a theme of Make it Feminine I decided this was a perfect image to use for it.


I stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink and then colored her with my Copics. I then proceeded to die cut around the image with a Spellbinder Timeless Rectangle die as I thought it had more of a feminine look to it then just a plain rectangle. I mounted this panel to black card stock and then placed it on a light blue card base. The finishing touch to the card was to add some rhinestones to the necklace she was dangling from  her hand.

This was a "just for fun" card and I had been meaning to use this diva image for quite some time but just had no idea exactly how to go about it. So I am glad another NBUS (never before used stamp) had seen some love.

I hope your day is going well and I so appreciate your comments and visits.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Thanksgiving Blessings

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day holiday. We had a good visit with some of our children and their families so we enjoyed that. We played some fun games too! That is a nice change of pace.

Today I got an order from Gina K. Designs and so I grabbed a few of those stamps and decided to play with them and create a Thanksgiving card. Before we know it that time will be here as well, so I think it best I get busy with those and Halloween cards.


I recently bought a set of Fall colored ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbons and so I chose to use one of each color to create a background. Then I took a leaf image from the Gina K. Designs Skeleton Leaves set and stamped one in each color to sort of match the ribbons. The sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Autumn Wreath Builder set. All of this was arranged on a piece of Ivory card stock. The card base is black so I stamped the sentiment in black too and added three black sequins. Inside the card I added another Ivory piece of card stock for the sentiment or message I will be adding.

Really a simple design and the fussy cutting of the leaves was not that difficult as it was a fairly simple outline to follow. I hope you liked my quick and easy card I made after lunch. Thanks so much for visiting and I hope your day is going well.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Traditional Christmas (Red & Green)

While I was cooking some food and had to be close by to check on it I decided to use my MISTI and stamp up a quick Christmas card design using traditional red and green colors. I always love the look of holly so I chose to use images from the Gina K. Designs Festive Foliage stamp set.



I stamped the holly and berries repeatedly using Gina K. Designs Lucky Clover, Christmas Pine and Red Velvet inks. When I had my holly all stamped I cut along the holly on the right edge leaving a slight white border. I also cut my card stock down by a 1/4 inch so that I had room to leave a bit of border showing from the red card base. But before I added it to the red card base I took some ribbon I bought from Reasonable Ribbon called Christmas Traditions as it fit in perfectly with the color combinations I was going for.


To finish the card off I added a white panel inside on which I stamped the words "peace, joy, be merry" with red ink. These words were from the same stamp set.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Challenge for this week which is Anything Goes.

Well, I see I have a bunch of red ripe tomatoes that need my attention today. I think I am just going to place them in hot water for a bit, then slip the skins off and put them in a freezer bag and toss them in the freezer that way. Then when I want to make soup, chili, spaghetti or other types of tomato dishes I have them all ready to use.

I had not expected to do another post this week so I am quite surprised I managed it. At any rate, after the tomatoes are done I have to clean some more for the guests who will be arriving Friday I believe. I wish all of you  a great weekend and thanks for all the sweet comments you leave me.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Butterflies Love and Prayers

I made this card last night as I was having withdrawal so bad from not doing any stamping. So I pulled out a Gina K. Designs stamp set called Tropical Tidings and used this image from it to make this very simple card. And it was a NBUS stamp set so I am happy that I finally got to using part of it.


I stamped it with Amalgon black ink from Gina K. Designs and then colored it with Copic markers. Dies used were the single stitched rectangle one from Gina K. Designs and the double stitched rectangle die from Cottage Cutz. After assembling the blue and white layers I added it to a white card base. The final touch was a few rhinestone gems.

I am lucky that the Mod Squad Challenge this time is for Anything Goes so this will fit right in. The rest of the week will be spent getting ready for company over the long weekend. So no stamping for awhile again for me. I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend too. Thanks for stopping in and for all the sweet comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cold Winter Night

I recently ran across this scene I made using Stampscapes that I had never made it into a card. So yesterday I finally got around to doing that.


I think the reason I never made it into a card was because I just could not think of parting with it since it reminded me so much of our farm yard and our old barn. In fact it reminds me of the aftermath of a storm we had when I was 4 1/2 months pregnant with our son. The snow was so deep and the only way we could get to the barn to feed and milk the cows was to trudge through it. We would think we were going to walk over it and then just like that we would break through the crust and be over knee deep in the stuff. I followed my husband's tracks going over that big snowbank and by the time I got to the top I was just so tired out and had terrible side aches. So I plopped down in the snow and rested. When I observed the view below the snowbank I saw where it sloped right down to the barn entrance so I took the easy way out and just laid down and rolled down the rest of the way. It must have been quite a sight as I remember my husband laughing when I got to the bottom of it.

Well, back to the card. I added a white sheet inside the card so I could write or stamp a message later on. And, I added the scene to a layer of white before placing it to a red card base. I used regular Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a white gel pen for more details. And, the colors were added with sponges. For the finer details I used a few make up applicators which had sponges on the ends. They work well for fine areas. The title of the painting was computer generated.


Anyway, I wanted to share this with you. I think it only appropriate that this will be my son's Christmas card this year. I am sure he will see the resemblance as well to our farm yard. And he seldom gets back to the USA in the winter time anymore.

Well, take care everyone and thanks so much for all the uplifting and wonderful messages you leave me. I love all of them.

God bless,
Verna

Pumpkin Patch Halloween Card

Today I am sharing one of the Halloween cards I made recently. I found some scraps of pattern paper with a spider web and a spider and so I ...