Friday, July 20, 2018

Thinking Autumn

The new release at Gina K. Designs got me thinking of Autumn and all the gorgeous colors that season brings. So I brought out the Gina K. Designs stamps and dies from the Stitched Leaves Mini Stamp Kit and made this card and a matching envelope. I used the Kalaidacolor Autumn Leaves rainbow ink pad and the Versafine Black ink. All card stock is from Gina K. Designs.


I also lined the inside with a white panel so that I can stamp or write a message to the recipient. I really like this set and of course, I love the Autumn season too!

Have  good weekend and thanks for the visits.

God bless,
Verna

Have a Laugh!

I have almost always made copies of the cards I created and this one I am sharing with you is from my pre-blogging days. I used this funny stamp from Stampitcrazy and made a background scene for that lady image. The trees are also from Stampitcrazy.


 And, believe me on more then one occasion I have seen this type of hilarious thing happen. One time in church a lady had her dress caught up in her girdle and as she walked down the aisle to the front of the church everyone could see the nice white tight girdle she was wearing. When she sat down she was two pews ahead of me so I could not help her out but thankfully the lady in front of me pulled her dress out and politely told her "Excuse me" so that she might think she had bumped her and not feel so embarrassed. I don't know if anyone ever told her or not. And, I got toilet paper caught up in my panty hose and it was trailing behind me but thank goodness my sweet hubby extracted it before I went out in public.

Anyway with this card I decided I would join Patty's Linky Party  in hopes it might give her a laugh or two. She recently got some disappointing news so I thought some smiles were in order.

Thanks for the visit.
God bless,
Verna

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Double D's Challenge-Tea or Coffee

Well, it was a "given" that I would need to enter this challenge for sure as I recently got  a new coffee stamp and die set and this was the perfect opportunity to try them out. The stamps and dies I used are from Newton's Nook and are the Cuppa Cactus sets.


I used a white card base and then added a strip of green gingham paper from Gina K. Designs in the middle. Over this strip I popped up the two cactus designs. With the use of my MISTI I stamped the sentiments from the set in Gina K. Designs Amalgam black ink. The last thing I added was some enamel dots from Stampin' Up!

I hope that I colored the cactus images okay as I have not seen very many of them at all. I did see some succulents which was referred to as hen and chickens I think and some of them had a pinkish hue to them here and there. So I went with what my memory recalled about them.

This is going to be at least one entry for the Double D's Challenge.

Well, that most likely will do it for me in the crafting department. I am nursing an ingrown toe nail  again so I don't like to be on it too much. It will be a couple weeks before I see the doctor so I am sort of babying it now. Have a great day and thanks for the visits.

God bless,
Verna

This Christmas

Happy Thursday! It is a rainy day so I get to craft a bit. Yay! I am trying to use some of my older stash of papers up for cards and I ran across this kraft card stock which had specks of glitter embedded in it so I used that for this Christmas card. The stamps used are from the Stamplorations Layered Holly stamp set.


Hopefully you can see the little flecks of glitter in it. It is very pretty when the light hits it just right. I stamped the holly and berries with Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine and Red Velvet inks and then I over stamped with the line image using Versafine Black ink. The last thing I added to the front panel was a Christmas Pine and White twine bow which I also got from Gina K. Designs.

I carried the theme over to the inside of the card too.


This will be my entry into the Mod Squad Challenge in which the theme is Christmas in July.

Thanks for visiting and hard to believe how fast the week has gone by. I love to read all the comments you leave and it is so nice that they all come to my inbox once again. Until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Daisy Birthday

This afternoon I got out my 3 Step Daisy stamp set from Kitchen Sink Stamps and used it to make a no layer birthday card. I folded my card base up and placed it in my MISTI and then proceeded to do all the step stamping.


The sentiment and the lady bugs are also part of the set. I am not so great at this multi step stamping but even if they don't quite align up like they should I still love the look I get with that process. And I am always in need of birthday cards. I used Gina K. Designs inks but there are lots of other brands that would work well for this type of card too.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge. The theme is a floral birthday.

I hope your weekend is going well. Until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July Twofer Challenge #7

I always love Darnell's Twofer Challenge and the one for July is a fun one again. The theme this time is beverage. Well, I did not use the same beverage but I did use the same beverage container so I hope it is acceptable.



My first card I am showing you is a friendship card and in this one I used the beer mug for a vase to hold the poppies. The beer mug is from a set by Repeat Impressions. And, the poppies are from a new Gina K. Designs set I got as an incentive with a qualifying order called Inspiring Poppies. That sentiment was also with the poppy stamp set. I colored the images in with Copic markers and also added a little sponging along the bottom to create a shadow..


The second card is a birthday card and this time I used the beer mug in the right way by trying to have it contain some beer. The frothy topping is also from the same stamp set by Repeat Impressions as is the sentiment. Most of the card was colored with Copics but I did add some sponging on the bottom. The pattern paper is from Gina K. Designs Casual Fridays paper pack. I think this makes a great masculine card design.


Well, that is my Twofers. I am glad I got to participate. The garden is starting to thrive and give off it's goodies so no doubt I will be in the preserving mode quite a bit. At least tomorrow anyway. I hope your week is going well and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bleach It Out

The challenge at Stamp TV that Gina K. posted in honor of the new release is to bleach out a design and make a card with it. So I worked on that while the rain was pouring. I chose the stamp images from Gina K. Designs Vine & Butterfly stamp set. I also chose to use some pattern paper from the Gina K. Designs Watercolor Garden pack.


Using some Gina K. Designs Red Velvet card stock and Versamark I stamped the daisy and the butterfly. I added Gina K. Designs fine detail black embossing powder and heat set them. Next I took plain old Clorox bleach and removed the color from the card stock. I used a water brush but I just dipped it in the bleach. After it had dried I then took and added just a smidge of color back in with my Zig Watercolor markers. I die cut the design with Gina K. Designs Small oval die and then layered it onto a black layer die cut with Gina's large oval die. When they were placed together it made a narrow black border around the design. I added a few black gems too. Pretty simple card but I do love the way it looks.

Have a great evening. Your visits and comments sure make me happy.

God bless,
Verna

Thump, Thump Away!

By the title no doubt you are realizing that I did the thumping technique on this simple no layer card. I used images from Gina K. Designs Festive Foliage stamp set. I did he solid images first with an inking from a pad and then with a marker I thumped or pounced onto the image using a different color and then stamped it. That is called thumping.


I had to do my thumping with some Zig water color markers so it might not look as good as if I had some inky Tombos or Memento pens. But I worked with what I did have on hand. I did not think Copics would work.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Thump, Thump Away!

Thanks for the visit and I just love to read all the comments you leave me. I will be back later today with another post. I got behind due to weather conditions so had to leave the computer alone. Until then take care.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Nautical?????

I wanted to make a nautical card design and although I had some anchors and a few really small sail boats I felt for a birthday card for a young man it would be more appreciated if I did one which features an image which looks a great deal like Captain Jack Sparrow. So with a stretch of the imagination I did make a card which I hope will pass as a nautical designed card.


I had no dies that would work for this card but I did have a score board and a scalloped designed scissors so with these tools I constructed my boat and my sea. I even added in a shark. The Captain Jack Sparrow image is from Stampitcrazy and the sentiments are from Gina K. Design. I twisted some brown and white fibers together to sort of look like some rope. I assume there is rope on a ship and anyway I thought it looked okay.

Providing they will let me get by with calling this a nautical themed card I am entering this in the Double D's Challenge. I guess I took my inspiration from the sailboat. 

Thanks for visiting and I really love to read your wonderful comments too. 

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Winter Shaker Card

This afternoon I made a shaker card. And, what should have been quite an easy one to do turned out to be a mess for sure. I recently ran across a little packet of white micro beads and thought they would work great in a shaker card for a winter scene as the snow. Well, what I didn't realize that all those little beads once out of the packet were rolling all over the place. I had a mess. And, when I finally corralled a few into my shaker area my hand got caught on the double adhesive strips I had put down and once again those beads were all over the place. Al the adhesive strips were covered with them so I had to scrape them off. I decided that was not the route I was going to go. I cleaned up all the beads except for those rolling still around on the table and the floor and decided to substitute some sparkly snowy looking sequins from Kat Scrappiness. Well, they worked much better. So without further ado I present my shaker card for you.


I chose to use the tree, deer and sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Christmas Wishes set. I stamped the tree and then used some post-it note to mask off my snow line. Then I took light blue ink and sponged on the sky area. That was my background for the shaker area. Really a simple one.

Next I took an A2 size white card stock panel and with the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Striped Background stamp I made a red striped pattern paper. Out of this panel I used the large set of Gina K. Designs Single Stitched rectangle die set and cut my window using the middle die. Then I placed my acetate under that window. With double stick tape strips from Darice I proceeded to make my frame which was to hold the shaker elements.  Then very carefully I added some of those sequins and placed the frame over the top of my scene that I had created. I did not want to leave that shaker window plain so I took the middle and larger die and placed one inside the other and then die cut a frame from the Christmas Pine card stock. This was then added to the window.

My next step was adding the whole panel to a white card stock base. I find that by placing the base card in the corner of my MISTI or in the corner of my score board that I can align the top panel more easily to it and have it placed almost perfectly. I simply align the top panel up with the corner as well.

Well, that looked too plain so I stamped the little deer and colored it and used the dies that are with the set to die cut it out. I also stamped the sentiment and layered that to Red Hot so that I could add that to the card as well. I placed the deer in the lower left and the sentiment in the upper right corner. My final addition to the card was to use some Connect glue and add a few of the sequins to the outside of the acetate window.


It really is quite a clean and simple shaker design but it sure was a hassle for me to make. I hope it still will be appreciated by the recipient.

Thanks for the visit and I wish all of you a wonderful Fourth of July. I am not sure if I will get much more card making in as I have things to work on for our weekend get-together. So until next time, please take care.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, July 2, 2018

Celebrate Freedom

Wednesday is the Fourth of July so I thought I should get this post out so that I can wish all of you a wonderful Fourth of July celebration a bit ahead of time.  Being the holiday is in the middle of the week it sort of puts a cramp on long distance traveling but if you are traveling I do hope you have a safe trip. Also if you are shooting off fire works please be careful as well. Use safety precautions. As for us I am not sure if we will be doing much. Perhaps we may take in a few fireworks displays from the neighborhood which is always a fun thing. I think our family will get together on the weekend instead to celebrate not only the Fourth but our granddaughter's birthday.  So anyway in honor of that occasion I made this card for you. I hope the birthday of our country will make us recall how much our freedom means to us. And, we owe so much to all who sacrificed so that we could enjoy these freedoms.


The sentiment used for this card is from the A Jillian Vance Design Cross Stitched Freedom stamp set. I stamped it in red and in the center there is a star to which I added a light blue tiny star gem. This sentiment was die cut out and then layered onto a layer of red card stock before adding it to my starry fireworks display panel.

I made the fireworks with a die from Lawn Fawn. I took an Emboss embossing pen and swiped some of the ink along each fireworks design and then added some white embossing powder. After heat setting this it caused a bit of resist so that when I did the sponging on my scene I could still wipe off the ink with a paper towel and have the bursts show up more clearly. By diluting some white acrylic paint with water I also took a small brush and then tapped it to make little dots on the background to make it sort of look like stars. I also used the same cross stitched die to cut out this panel before adding it to a red card base. Inside I added a panel of white so that I can leave a message either stamped or written.

Dies used:
Lawn Fawn Stitched Fireworks
Memory box Cross Stitched Frame Borders

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Says: Monday Challenge-Red, White And/Or Blue
Dies R Us Challenge #100 Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting and for your wonderful comments. God bless you and God bless the USA!
Have a great one!
Verna

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Blue Christmas

I am still working on Christmas cards. I have been having so much fun with the Gina Marie Designs die I bought from Kat Scrappiness and this is just one of many ways I have used this die.


This time I dressed the card up a bit more by adding a snow flake pattern behind it. And, I used a variety of blue card stock shades on it along with ivory card stock. I also added some Wink of Stella to the snowflake die cut background and the background behind the tree design. The last step was to add some gems to the tree and stars.


The dies used for this card are;
Taylored Expressions-Snowflake Cutting Plate
Gina Marie Designs-Cut in Cut Out Christmas Tree

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge #100-Anything Goes
Kat Scrappiness July Card Challenge-Crazy for Backgrounds
Muse: Christmas Visions103  I used the trees and snowflakes as my interpretation.

I hope I am not boring you too much with this tree design but I really am having fun working with it. It makes for such wonderful looking cards I think.

Well, hard to believe it is July 1st already. I wish all of you a great July filled with lots of crafty fun! Thanks for visiting too!

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Faux Embossed Foiling

Today I am sharing a card I made quite quickly this afternoon using the Gina Marie Designs Cut In Cut Out Christmas Tree die. I purchased this die from #KatScrappiness. On the last post I used it to make a shaker card but this time I decided to make a shiny background for it. I think I have a winner here too! That is such a pretty die that it would be hard to mess it up!



I die cut the tree design from Gina K. Designs Ivory card stock. I then added the embossed foiled design behind that die. Just by looking at it can you guess what my embossed foil is? Anyway, I cut the Ivory panel smaller so that there was a strip of the Gina K. Designs Red Velvet card base showing along the edges. I also added a strip of the plain foiled piece on the top to look like a ribbon strip. The next step was to add the sentiment from Stampin' Up! And, the card was completed on the outside by adding some red and yellow rhinestones to the design!

Perhaps by now you have guessed what the faux embossed foiled panel is from. Some time ago I got some items I had ordered in the most beautiful gold bubble wrap envelope. I just could not bare to toss it so I kept it and when I saw this die I knew I had to try making a card with it. To make the bubble wrap a bit flatter on the opposite side of the bubble wrap I poked holes in each bubble with my Tim Holtz pick and then rubbed over it to get the air out so it was a bit flatter. Once this bubble wrap was placed behind the die I then took some raised double stick foam strips to make the panel as high as the bubble wrapped area. I then placed it onto the card base. I also added a piece of the Ivory card stock inside for my sentiment and message I will be writing.

Here is a closeup of my faux embossed foiled design.


Now I think it is right pretty. The more flatter strip was cut from the outer edges of the bubble wrap bag. Too bad there is a mailing label on one side as it does limit the amount of wrap available for using. But I think it is a great way of recycling.

Well, thanks for joining me today and for your lovely comments you always leave. I hope your week is going well.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, June 25, 2018

June Rudolph Days Challenge

I have been working on Christmas cards and this is the one I am submitting for the June Rudolph Days Challenge. I made a shaker card with a beautiful die from Gina Marie Designs bought at Kat's Scrappiness.


I used some Crafter's Companion card stock which had a shimmery blue finish to it for the card base. I then die cut the Cut in Cut Out Christmas Tree design on a piece of white card stock. After adding some acetate under the cut out area on that panel I then added some double sided thick tape to create a raised panel. But before I added this design to the card base I placed a pile of some Kat Scrappiness Frosty II Sequin Mix where the open area would be. The focal panel was die cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die. Then very carefully I aligned the panel up and added it to the shimmery blue card stock base. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! The last thing I did  was to add some sequins on the top of the card and some gems to the tree and stars.


I am so happy with the way this turned out. I think that is such a gorgeous die and I am glad I finally am using up some of that older card stock too.

Thanks for visiting and for the lovely comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Coffee for Two

This time around at the Mod Squad Challenge the theme is Coffee, Tea and Summer. I used the Stamplorations Pocket Blooms and Framed Coffee for Two stamp sets to create this card design. I think this will be a great card for an anniversary or even a wedding.


I stamped repeatedly the daisies around my card panel with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Jet Black ink. Then I took Copics and colored in the frame I created. I fussy cut that frame out and placed it on a white card base. Next I stamped the coffee cups design also in Amalgam Jet Black ink and colored that with Copics. I cut that out as well leaving a border of white around it and then layered it onto a piece of black card stock. This was then added over the daisy frame I made to finish the card design.

I have been wanting to make a frame with those daisies ever since I purchased the stamp set and finally I have done it. And, I am very happy with the results too.

Thanks for the visit and I think this will be the final card for this week. I hope your weekend is a great one.

God bless,
Verna

Card and Solution for Blogger Comments

Hi Everyone,

I am sharing a card I made with a design from Blue Knight Rubber Stamps. I confess that I liked the way the stamp was used on the packaging of the stamp that I did a CASE of it.


I sponged on the background colors first and then with the use of my MISTI I stamped the silhouette image several times to get a good impression. With the set there is a little leafy stamp with which I added some more leaves to make it shaped the way I wanted it. I added a sentiment from Stampin' Up! to complete the main panel which I die cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Die. This was all placed on a white card base. I think it is such a peaceful looking scene.

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Good news for all of us bloggers who have been missing our usual comments by email. According to Darnell and Kathleen this is the solution to getting comments by email again. I hope it gives you good results and I am hoping it works well for me too!

1. Go to your Dashboard.
2. Click on Settings.
3. Click on Email.
4. Delete email address and click "Save Settings" in upper right corner.
5. Re-enter email address and click "Save Settings" again.
6. You should now get an email from Blogger confirming that you want to subscribe. Click the underlined word "Subscribe".

Hopefully, this will work now. I did the process above and did get the email from Blogger. So we shall see what happens now. Just in case I will thank you for visiting and also for the wonderful comments you always leave me. Have a great Thursday.

Update: I am getting emails now showing the comments so it did indeed work. Hurray!

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Butterflies Collage



The challenge at the Double D's Blog Challenge is to use butterflies in our design. So that was a good excuse for me to make use of the Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage and some background paper I had previously made using alcohol inks.


The sentiments and card stock are all from Gina K. Designs except for the alcohol ink background. I had an assortment of different shaped gems that I had in my stash for years and so I decided to add them to the butterflies for their bodies.


To finish the card I added a piece of white card stock inside to which I could stamp another sentiment or write a note. I am so happy with the way this all came together too.

The inspiration photo has so many wonderful options and ideas  but I chose to use the purple and blue butterflies this time. Who knows! I love butterflies and might just have to work another one in for the challenge too.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fourth of July-Summer Fun!

I think one of the most fun summer holidays is the Fourth of July. We not only celebrate our country's birthday but we also gather together with family and friends for picnics, parades and watching the fireworks at dusk. At least that was what our family usually do each Fourth. So on that note I made a Fourth of July card which I am entering in the Dies R Us Challenge #99-Summertime Fun.


I used Gina K. Designs Diagonal Striped Background border and by turning the card stock the opposite direction was able to make a plaid design. And the stamps used on the card are from A Jillian Vance Design Cross Stitched Freedom set. I used Gina K. Designs rectangle and square double stitch and single stitch dies. And, the stars were die cut from Lawn Fawn Puffy Star Stackables. All were added to a white card base.

Well, we went to extreme nearly 100 degree heat to the 70's. Quite a change and I must say that I do prefer the cooler weather. But then again here in South Dakota the weather is lots of times changing drastically from one day to another. Hard to believe summer will begin this week. Time is sure flying by again. Thanks for stopping in and until next time have a great week.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gone Fishing!

As soon as I saw the saying included with the die set I used from Cheapo Designs called Gone Fishing Truck that old melody my Mom used to sing to me was recalled. "Gone fishing in an inky dinky pool. Gone fishing! Wish I could be that kind of fool". I think that is about all I recall of the song but it was a real reminder and brought back some fun memories. So with that die in mind I made a masculine card but it would have worked for my Mom as well as she was an avid fisher woman.


I cut the die out with white card stock and then with my Copics did some coloring. I based this card on the color of my hubby's pick up so that is why it is a white one. And, he is a Ford man. However, I love my Chevy Equinox which I drive so I guess you can say we are a divided house in that respect. LOL I also used Gina K. Designs card stock on which I sponged the road, grass and sky. The panels were die cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched  Border die set. The sponging inks were from Gina K. Designs.

I am entering this card into the Dies R Us Challenge #99-Summertime Fun.

Thanks for the visit and I hope all the dads out there have a wonderful Father's Day!

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rainy Day

Believe it or not but today it is not a rainy day but I still wanted to use this die for a square card to have on hand in case I need one for a wedding or baby shower in the future.


I used the Cheapo Die called Rainy Day. I die cut it three times in white, light blue and a darker blue. Then I placed it on another shade of blue card stock die cut with the Gina K. Designs single stitch square die which in turn was layered onto a light green shade which was cut with my guillotine cutter. After I had added all the puzzle pieces from various die cuttings of the design with Connect Glue from Gina K. Designs I then added the whole layout to a white square card base. It ended up being a 4 1/4 inch square card.

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #98 - Sunshine and Clouds. And, since I have only a very few minutes left I best get it posted.

Whatever the weather your way I hope the day is going great for you.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cat on a Fence

I am just getting in under the wire with this card for the Dies R Us Challenge #98-Sunshine or Clouds. I really had to hunt to see if I even had any dies I could make into a card and finally found this Cat on a Fence die from Cheapo Dies which I thought I could use. However, I colored it with my colored pencils and I am now wishing I had used some markers instead. But it is what it is. Not my best work that is for sure. I hope you can see the sun shining behind the die.


I also layered the Cat on a Fence die onto a Cottage Cutz double stitched circle die cut. The background on the card was done by using a background stamp from Gina K. Designs. And, my sentiment is from the Altenew Shadow Play stamp set.

It is a pretty simple card but it still took me a long time as I had to search for something that might work. I am ready to drop now as it is nearly 11:00 p.m. and time for bed. Have a good night all.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, June 10, 2018

June Twofers-Trees

The June Twofers Challenge #6 sponsored by Darnell Knauss uses a Trees theme. I have had this Poppystamps Boddington Tree Border die for several months so with this die I am using it to make not only a Christmas card but also a Father's Day card. The object is to try and use the same die or stamp in a different way to make two different types of cards.



For the Christmas card I used the Kiss Cute Glitter  technique shown in this video by Demo Donna from Sparkle N Sprinkle. By sharing this video it is a much easier way to explain how I made it. All the glitter is from Sparkle N Sprinkle. The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! stamp set called Christmas Pines.


My Father's Day card uses Gina K. Designs stamps. The background for the sentiment is done using the Diagonal Striped Background stamp and Lucky Clover ink and the sentiment is from the By The Sea stamp set using Amalgon Jet Black ink. I also used some Gina K. Designs black card stock too to frame the striped background.. This time I simply die cut the Boddington Tree Border with Lucky Clover card stock from Gina K. Designs and added it to a white card base.


Well, I must admit this was fun to do and of course, my floor and I both sparkle too! I am sure we will have glitter in everything for a few days. I got a lot of glitter when I was designing for Sparkle N Sprinkle so it is something I should try and use a lot more often.

I wish you a great Sunday and hope the rest of the week is a great one too! Thanks for stopping by.

God bless, Verna

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Coloring On Dark Paper

I find the easiest way to color an image on darker paper is to do an embossed design and then proceed to use colored pencils to add the colors you choose. That is what I did on this card using some Slate card stock and gold embossing powder, both of which are from Gina K. Designs. The image used is also from the Gina K. Designs Joyful Holiday set.


I colored the images in with red and teal and then used matching colored card stocks for layers. I die cut the design using the Gina K. Designs Double Stitched Oval die and then layered it onto a gold glitter paper die cut using the Gina K. Designs Single Stitched Oval die. These were glued together and then placed on a Red Hot card stock layer which in turn was placed on Teal card stock. All were added to a base card of Slate and inside the card I added a panel of white card stock so I could stamp or write a message. The final addition to the card was some punched tiny circles from the same gold glitter paper. The card stock used for this card is all from Gina K. Designs.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge
Double D's Blog Challenge

This design will also work for the Monday Challenge at Stamp TV.

Well, since the guys went fishing I was able to do a bit of crafting. Too bad they did not catch any fish. And, also the motor quit on them and they had to row part of the way to shore. So they certainly got some exercise. I best go fix my men something yummy for supper now so that they can recoup all the calories they burned.

And thanks for the visits. I hope you are having a great week.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Golf Dad's Day Card

One of my son-in-laws likes to golf so I decided to make him a card using a golfing theme for
Father's Day. I had a special stamp in mind but for the life of me could not find it so I came up with a different idea which resulted in this card.


I did the black part of the sentiment with the computer and printed it on white card stock. Then I used the Lawn Fawn Quinn's Capital ABCs stamp set to make my green letters which I stamped with black ink right onto green card stock. These were then fussy cut and placed on that same panel which was die cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die. The golf ball was made by using a Cheery Lynn Designs small circle die and cutting it twice with white card stock. Then I took a hand punch to the second circle and added some holes to make it look more like a golf ball. This circle was then layered on top of the other one. Another panel of green card stock was also cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die set but in a larger size which served as a layer.

My base card was of white card stock so I decided to stamp a background onto that to make a plaid design. I used the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Striped Background set. First I inked it up well with green ink and placed the card base face down onto that inked background. I took another piece of larger card stock and placed it over that and then rubbed with my hands well over to get the impression from the diagonal stamp. So since I wanted a plaid I inked the same background stamp up again but this time I placed the card base going the opposite way which when stamped created the plaid.

I am entering this card into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge which calls for a hand stamped background. I think this will be a qualifying one. Well, I guess I missed the challenge as it rotates from a one week to a two week and I sure find that confusing

Oh, and later on after the card was all done I did find the original stamp I was looking for. But I will go with this design and then use that another time for a card.

I am afraid I won't be doing much card making this week as I have my grandson here all week and that means more cooking and laundry to tend to. Anyway, I want to spend time with him too. So don't be concerned if this is all I post this week. I hope in the meantime your days are filled with fun and sunshine.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Floral Coffee

The other day when I printed out the free digital from Stamplorations I did one in a smaller size too. So since I had so much fun working with the larger one I decided today to make the smaller version into a card as well. This will be my final entry into the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I have really enjoyed this event again.


After I had the design colored I cut it with my guillotine cutter and then took the Die'Sire Edge'ables Lattice Flourish die to cut the border. I then layered this onto a panel of grape card stock which I thought was a good match to some of the flowers in the image. These panels were then placed onto a white card base. The last thing added was three pearls on the bottom right edge of the card.

I hope you have enjoyed all my coffee and tea creations and that I have not bored you too much. But I do know for sure I have had a great time doing this hop again. But it is time to put the play things back in their places and get ready once again for weekend guests, a wedding to attend and also a church pot luck. And, on one of those days is my hubby's birthday so that may need a bit of celebrating too.

Thanks for the lovely comments you have left me. I wish blogger would allow me to reply when people make comments but unless I have your email address I cannot thank you the way I wish or even answer questions. If you do have a question I will have to just make a comment on my blog in hopes you will come back to see the answer.

Have a great rest of the week.

God bless,
Verna

Hello Coffee

Stamplorations offered this digital stamp freebie and I took advantage of it and  used it for this card design for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I am quite pleased with the way it turned out too. It is just a very simple design but CAS is my style as most of you know.


I printed it out on white card stock and then colored the design with my Copics. I then die cut that panel out with a Gina Marie Designs Loopy Rectangle die. I placed it on a light blue card base and the finishing touch was to add a few black gems around the sentiment.

I hope many of you took time to enter this hop as there is lots of fantastic prizes being offered once again. And I so enjoy seeing what others do as I am always inspired by their talents.

Until next time, have a great life! And thanks for the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cute Coffee Stickers

I did a simple card using a printable coffee bean design from The Cutting Cafe for the background, some adorable stickers from Doodlebug Designs Inc. from the Latte Love set, and a sentiment and washi tape from Gina K. Designs. I am entering this in the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop for my sixth entry.


Don't you just love those smiling faces on those stickers. I was so fortunate to win these from a previous hop and now this time I am using them for a card design. I really like them.

Well, I thank all who have stopped in lately to visit and leave comments. I am afraid I don't have any way to thank you as I don't have email addresses for all of you. But I assure you I read all of them and so appreciate the lovely words you leave me.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, May 28, 2018

Coffee Friendship

I hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day. The last of our company left about an hour ago so now I can get back to my posts showing the projects I made for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop. 


I tried to use some more spring/summer colors for this card design. My cup and sentiment are from the Stampendous set called Coffee Talk. I stamped the cup onto some alcohol ink background paper I had made previously and since it was a glossy card stock it resembled a ceramic look. The Coffee die is one from Cutplorations the die division of Stamplorations. I used the negative of it and just mounted it over a piece of light green paper. I went with a yellow panel to place all the elements and then added it to a base card of light green. The flowers are some I had in my stash from years back so I used them by alternating two of the blossoms between a yellow and green one. The last thing I added was some gems in the center of each bloom.

Well, that is it for today. I think it is time to do some relaxing after this busy weekend. Next weekend we will have guests again and we will also be attending a wedding. And with doctor appointments and a birthday in the middle of the week I am sure not much creativity will be done. At any rate, I don't want to make a big creative clutter since we will be getting more company soon.

 So until next post, take care and forgive me for not commenting when you post as I am not getting notices anymore. I guess from what I have heard it is a blogger issue and therefore not a great deal we can do. Hopefully, things will soon be resolved.

God bless,
Verna


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mother's Day Tea Card

While my internet is still working I will post my fourth card I made for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop. This time it is a card for Mother's Day.


I used pattern paper, card stock, the stacked cups and a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs line. The teapot is a Cheapo die. And, the edging die is from Die'sire from Crafter's Companion. Putting them all together created a great design I think.

Thanks for the visit.
God bless,
Verna

Father's Day Shaker

I have another offering for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I made a shaker card using a cocoa cup die from Gina Marie Designs.




The sequin package is from Sparkle Blends and is called Coffee. I cut the cup die several times in order to get some depth in the small opening to add shaker elements and even at that it was a cramped space. I think if I ever do it again I will have to find smaller shaker items for it. I decorated the cup with Washi Tape and added a sentiment from Gina K. Designs. The background paper used is a printable coffee design from The Cutting Cafe.

Thanks for stopping in. We are in more summer like temps with our thermometer to reach into the 90's this weekend. Very humid too as we had quite a bit of rain last week. So that means my computer won't function very well. In fact, I will be lucky to get this posted.

And since I got my blog updated with the Privacy Protection I don't seem to get emails anymore saying when someone has published a comment. But I check periodically to read them and I thank you so much for visiting and for your wonderful words.

Have a great weekend.
God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 25, 2018

Perk Up!

Oh, my! What a busy time this weekend with the holiday and company arriving and trying to get my blog in order so it complies. But thanks to a good friend I think I have the blog at least okay so now it is just a matter of getting the rest of my cleaning done and flowers out to the graves of my family. Thank goodness I did a few cards ahead of time for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so that I can do a quick write up and post them. This one I am really pleased as to how it turned out.


All the stamps, inks and papers used are from Gina K. Designs except for the Coffee die which is from Stamplorations! I used the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder template stencil to get the images onto my focal panel using stamps from the Gina K. Designs Coffee stamp set. The die cut Coffee was added to a pattern paper that I made using the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Stripes background stamp.

Thanks for the visit and I wish you a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

May Rudolph Days Challenge

I made a little scene card using stamps for my May Rudolph Days Challenge entry. I had to add a bit of my own hand drawing to get the look of a stable but all the stamps are from Hero Arts.


I stamped the images and then hand cut them and placed them onto a supposedly bed of straw and inside a stable which had an open window area. I am no artist but even I like the way this looks.

Thanks so much for your visit and comments.

God bless,
Verna

2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog

Before I get to my original post I have a short message for you. I do not use or give out any of your personal information unless I have permission. But by the fact that you are a follower or that you leave a comment you are yourself advertising personal information. I hope that you will continue to follow and leave comments as I am always so happy when you visit. For a more extensive Data Privacy Policy I have included it at the top of my blog.

Now to today's card. I am showing you a shaker card I made using a Tea theme. I gave this card to my daughter-in-law for Mother's Day. I thought it would be perfect for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop.


The tea pot is a negative area from a Cheapo Tea Pot die and I used it along with pattern paper, a stack of cups and sentiment from Gina K. Designs. The sequins are a Sparkle Blend mix.


I am sort of a novice at shaker cards but for the most part I think this was a successful one I made. 

I hope you are enjoying the hop so far and that you can find some time to join in.

God bless,
Verna




Sunday, May 20, 2018

Puddle Duck

I was searching for ideas for making a Father's Day card when I saw the Dies R Us Challenge #97 was Birds so with that in mind I brought out this Cheapo Die called Duck and made a simple little scene with it. I am very happy how it looks too.


I wanted a Teal Duck so I went online to research how to color it and this was similar to what I saw. Of course there are variations but this one seemed to be very beautiful with those colors. So I went with it. I colored the die in with my Copics. And, I used card stock, inks and the sentiment from Gina K. Designs. I used a sponge to add some sandy area around the puddle and also for the sky.

Well, this card went quick and I managed to sneak in a bit of crafting before going to a graduation open house. Happy Sunday to all and I hope your week will be a great one. Thanks for the visit.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 18, 2018

Another Graduation Card

This weekend one of our local towns is having their high school graduation and we have been invited to a few of the open houses. Since the school colors are maroon and gold I went with that theme on this card design. I used the Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Graduation stamp set to create it.


The pattern paper is from Lawn Fawn. And, the inks used were from Gina K. Designs. They were Ivory, Cranberry Tart, Kraft, Slate,  Dandelion Yellow, Tangerine Twist and Amalgon Jet Black ink. Sometimes I had to stamp off the inks to create a lighter shade but that was no problem.  The enamel dots are from Stampin' Up! I used the Gina K. Designs Small Rectangle Die for the card stock layers.

I am entering this in the Double D's Challenge-Bling It Up. I don't have a lot of bling but I think those enamel dots should qualify as bling. They seemed perfect for this card at any rate.

Well, the weekend is once again upon us. I don't plan much crafting as I have these graduations to attend and also need to clean my house. I am tracking cut up paper scraps all over the place. LOL Thanks for the visit and comments. I'll visit again with you soon.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bling It Up!

The title of this post is the theme for the Double D's Challenge this time around. I just had to join in with at least one card as I like to add a few rhinestones or pearls now and then. I am not much into glitter as it is so messy but I think adding some rhinestones or sequins is a great way to dress up a card.


I used Gina K. Designs Stippled Flowers set and also the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Striped Background stamp. I stamped the flower images along the edge of my white panel and then colored them with Copics. Next I cut about a 1/4 inch off of the top and bottom and also used a scissors to cut along the flower design edge. This panel was then layered onto the main card base on which I stamped the diagonal stripes background with Gina K. Designs Dusty Rose ink using my MISTI. I really like the striped background showing through which I think really compliments the flowers.Very easy design. The hand cutting around the flowers took as long almost as it did to color the design. But maybe that was due to phone calls that interrupted the process. LOL The last addition was to add a sentiment and some rhinestone bling.

I am not sure what flowers the artist intended these blooms to be but to my way of thinking they remind me of the wonderful peonies that bloom in the Spring. I have some deep red ones which look very similar to these. So I am calling my flowers peonies.

Well, evening is upon us and so I best get busy and think about something for our meal. I hope your evening is going great! Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May Twofers

I finally got my twofers done for the May Twofer Challenge #5 that Darnell Knauss is hosting. The theme this time was butterfly so these are the cards I made using the same butterfly image.


I used a butterfly from the Gina K. Designs Boho Flowers set. That set also has dies so I used them as well.



Not only did I use the butterfly but I also used a sentiment from another Gina K. Designs set called Butterfly Kisses. The Loopy Oval die is from Gina Marie Designs. And, the lovely background paper is done with a new background stamp from Gina K. Designs called Diagonal Stripes. I placed that big stamp in my MISTI to make the background. I flipped the paper to the other direction and then  stamped it in a different color to make a plaid design.  I finished the card by adding some rhinestones.


My second card also used the butterfly stamped image along with a sentiment and die cuts from Gina K. Designs Boho Flowers set but this time I cut the butterfly apart and proceeded to make a flower with it. The Geometric Cutout circle is a die from Impression Obsession. The butterfly before surgery was stamped onto a piece of alcohol inks glossy card stock panel that I had made years ago and recently found. I thought it would be perfect for this card. I finished the flower by adding some blue rhinestones in the center.

I had a wonderful Mother's Day with family as we all went to Perkins to have lunch together and then later gathered at the home of one of my daughters. And, the highlight of the day for all the adults was taking turns holding Jack. He is doing great and was all dolled up for the day too! He seemed to know he was at a special occasion as he was awake and smiling and cooing all the while we were there. So yes indeed, he was a perfect gentleman. I hope your Sunday was a great day too!


Thanks for the visit, lovely comments and you have a great week too.

God bless,
Verna

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