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

Yellow Blooms

This afternoon I worked up a quick design using the Artsystamper Four Leaves digital stamp and also a flower and sentiment from the Artsysta...