Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year's Eve!

Wow! Another year has flown by and once again I have to learn to write a different year on my checks. It seems I just got used to writing 2019 and now I have to learn to write 2020.  But I am sure we will all adjust in time. At any rate I hope your 2020 is a wonderful new year for you. We will watch the old year out and the new year in by sitting in front of the TV.  We no longer do the party scene. We are lucky if we even stay awake until the new year arrives.

I got a reminder in the mail this last week of the upcoming drive for the Cards for Little Hearts so I thought I would share it with all of you as well. This way if you get a chance to work on some cards for the kids in between times during January you can find out all the details from the website. I hope you will consider making some cards. Even one or two would be of great value for this cause. When I make these cards I try to imagine in my mind that hopefully it will bring a smile to a little one who is having heart health issues.


So in the next days I plan on making some cards and in fact, have already gotten a few made for the drive. I have enjoyed doing that while we were in a blizzard. We got around 9 inches of snow again and it was very wet. So it was hard snow to push around and in fact, hubby took the tractor and loader to move it as the snow blower would not work with it. That was much better then shoveling it all by hand. I hope all of you who were in the line of the storms fared okay too. We were lucky and did not lose electricity but some of our friends did for a time loose their power. The only thing affected mainly for us was the internet as we were out quite a bit of the time. Also most churches canceled their services Sunday including ours.

Well, here's to a happy 2020. I wish you all the best and God's blessings.

Hugs,
Verna

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas

Just a quick card to share and to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas holiday. A simple design with pattern paper from Gina K. Designs and a die cut from Stamplorations Cutplorations which I think is a great sentiment to place on it. It was die cut from red mirror card stock. But the shimmer does not show as much as I would have liked it to do.


I wish all who are traveling for the holidays to have a safe journey. I hope you have a great time with family and friends and enjoy celebrating the birthday of our Lord Jesus!

God bless,
Verna

Friday, December 20, 2019

O Christmas Tree!

I made a card with Impression Obsession products and will be entering it in their latest challenge, The Impression Obsession Challenge-Quick and Easy Holiday Cards was perfect for me as that is mostly the kind of cards I make these days. I just love the tree I used for it and also by masking made a few presents to put beneath it.


The Impression Obsession products used are the following:
Pine Tree-K16247
Presents and Sentiment from the CL980 Holiday Icons stamp set

Other Supplies:
Various brands of ink
Bic Markers
Rhinestones from my stash -unknown

I had to finish up a few last minute details for cards and such as I found out that tomorrow night I am getting company. I had not figured on any this year but it is my two grandsons who want to visit for a couple days so I had to say yes to them. The house is a bit disheveled but they won't care. I hope all of you are doing well and if I don't get back on again before next Wednesday I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Seventh Day of Christmas

I had to join the Double D Challenge-Twelve Days of Christmas: Part 2 and I chose to use the seventh day for my entry. I found a wonderful digital set of swan stamps which was originally made for sympathy cards but with the use of another digital set I managed to make my swan look more like a Christmas design. I know it calls for seven swans but I am only using one swan for my card.


I printed out the large swan and then using my blending brushes added some color around it. This was then die cut with a stitched rectangle die from Maker's Movement.  Next I took poinsettias from another digital stamp set and fussy cut them as adornments and also fussy cut some very small poinsettias to make a garland for the swan's neck. I computer generated the sentiment. I added this main panel to a layer of printed poinsettia paper and only used the very edge of the poinsettia pattern so that it resembles more of a colored stitched outline too.

Stamp Sets used:
Artsystamper Poinsettia Pair Stamps & Paper
Sweet N Sassy, LLC-Be Still stamp set

Well, my cookies and dinner rolls are baked and ready to go. Now I want to coat a few pretzels and that probably will conclude my holiday baking. I might still make a few no bake cookies as they are easy to do and always enjoyed. Most of the goodies except for the dinner rolls will be put in containers and given as Christmas gifts.

Everyone have a great rest of the week and a pleasant weekend. Christmas is soon here so I hope you are catching up on all you wanted to do. I guess I am about done so I am good in that department. Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Cute Penguin Card

I love this stamp of that cute penguin  and all those floating hearts. I got him at Jan's Digi Stamps. The set he comes with is 3225J Puttin' On The Ritz. I know he will make cute Valentines but I was hoping I could use this set also for the Cards for Little Hearts Drive which is in January. For this particular card I once again went with the pre-colored version but I can see me coloring with my markers the line versions for the kids too. I would go with different colors of hearts for sure. Try to get away from the Valentine look. What do you think? Would it work for the kids?


I die cut the panels out with Memory Box Cross Stitched Border Dies and added some washi tape from Stampin' Up! Then I mounted all of these layers onto a pink card base.

I am entering this in the following challenge:
Challenge #4-Anything Goes Jan's Digi Stamps

No bread baking today. My arm was sore and I did not think I would care to make it worse by kneading bread. Maybe tomorrow. I am sure it will soon be better. The gal who gave the shot told me to wiggle my fingers while she gave it to me. That way my muscles would not get sore. Well I must not have wiggled the right way. LOL That was the first time anyone had told me to wiggle my fingers.

Nice and sunny here and we love it. Warming up too. So that makes us happy! I hope wherever you are that you are having a wonderful day too. Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna


Monday, December 16, 2019

Digital Gift Wrap

I did not get much done as far as crafty work today as I got the call from the pharmacy that my shingles shot was available now so I went in and got that done and also did a few other errands. But when I got home I did wrap some gifts with some pattern paper that I made with digis from Artsystamper. I used the pine cone, evergreen and the poinsettia digis from Artsystamper to make a few sheets of paper to wrap my smaller gifts in. So that is what I am sharing with you today.


I think they look very festive with the images I used. These were already colored so that made it even easier to create with them. I found some pretty bows to top them off with and that makes my pretty gifts ready for giving.

I am entering this in the Artsystamper Digitals Challenge #6-Wrapping and/or Tags.

I hope you found this post interesting and maybe inspiring you to create some simple wrapping paper. I just printed them all out on some regular computer paper so they were thin enough to bend and shape rather then using any card stock.

Well, I hope your week is off to a great start. Last night we attended the children's program at church and they gave a wonderful performance and told the story of the real meaning of Christmas--the birth of our Lord Jesus!

Until next time God bless,
Verna

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Snowy Christmas Scene

Before I quit with making Christmas  cards I wanted to create a snowy scene to enter into the Impression Obsession Challenge: It's Snow Time! So using some IO stamps and a die I created this card.


I masked off the bottom of the panel so I could brush on my sky. And then when I removed the mask I lightly brushed on the bottom with the same color but in not as intense coloring to make my snow. I then stamped one of the trees, masked that off and then added two other trees along side of it. With my Copics I colored the trees. I added snow with a white paint pen to the trees and also added some flakes to the sky. Then I die cut the panel out with an IO die and also cut another one of the same size out with some red glitter paper to make the frame. I finished the card by placing it on a white card base.

Impression Obsession Products:
CL980 Holiday Icons Stamp Set
DIE805-YY Checkered Frames

Other Supplies:
Inks of Various Companies
Copic Markers
Stampin' Up! Glitter Paper
White Card Stock-Gina K. Designs
Crafter's Companion Glue Runner
Life Changing Blending Brushes

I hope you like my clean and simple scene. I know it works okay for me. Happy Saturday to all of you too!

Thanks for visiting and God bless,
Verna

Friday, December 13, 2019

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbon!

Here is another really easy to make design using the Power Poppy Big Ol' Bow digi. I printed it out, colored it and then cut it out so that I only  had the ribbon and tag part. I then added it to a card base that I had covered with some Gina K. Designs pattern paper. And, that my friends is my beautiful card. A great way to use the stash of pattern papers and I personally think it looks fantastic!


I think those snowmen are so cute and together with the bow design it makes for a very festive and Christmasy looking design.

Well, I wish all a great weekend. I might do a few more cards but I am pretty much caught  up now. Time to begin some baking. Maybe a cookie batch and some covered pretzels. I am not baking a lot of that really carby stuff. I might bake some bread though if I feel energetic enough. I have the flour and  yeast so no reason not to on that score.

Thanks for the visit and until  next time take care and God bless,
Verna

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Big Ol' Bow

This is another digi that I acquired with the Black Friday sale at Power Poppy. And I chose to use the image on it that had no writing on the tag so that I could add a small stamped Merry Christmas to it. I am entering this in the Creative Confetti:Nature's Christmas Colors Challenge.


I had to extend some of the ribbon on each end to accommodate my A2 card size with a fine point black marker. Then I masked off the tag only and took my blending brushes and added Memento Nautical Blue ink to the paper area. After I had that colored then I colored the bow in with Copic markers using a green similar to the colors in the challenge photo. Next I removed the mask from the tag and added the gray. With an old stamp from Gingerbread House (an out of business company from Arlington, SD) I added the sentiment with Gina K. Designs Red Velvet ink. And that completed my card.

I like this simple digi design as I can see it being used for birthdays, anniversaries or any occasion where a gift would be given. And one could always stamp some other images to the paper area to coordinate it with that particular occasion. A birthday could have candles, an anniversary flowers etc. I chose to keep it in the original form however.

Well, all is much better here on the home front and hubby is feeling better now too. Have a good evening everyone and thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Blueberry Candy Cane

Most of the time I gravitate to traditional colors for my Christmas cards but when the Power Poppy challenge was announced I knew I wanted to use the Candy Cane Classic image that I acquired in the recent sale Power Poppy had for Black Friday. I love that image and it is so fun to color. I hope you like my take on the challenge which called for the colors of  Nautical Blue, Evergreen and Silvery Gray.


I colored the candy cane design with a mixture of Bic and Copic markers. I also took a white paint pen and added a highlight to each holly berry. Then I die cut the design out using Gina K. Designs small double stitched oval die as well as her large stitched oval die for the outline layer. I placed this design on some Gina K. Designs pattern paper and finished off the card by adding a few enamel dots from Stampin' Up!

So this card will be added to the Creative Confetti Challenge: Nature's Christmas Colors 
and Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes + Optional: Candy Cane.

Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is a good one.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Digital Angel Christmas

Well, it has been quite a week already. Monday my husband had an angiogram and lo and behold they found three arteries in his heart nearly blocked so they put in stents. He is doing fine and coming home again today from the hospital so that is good. While he was in the hospital I did a few cards from snippets and some digitals I had printed out previously. I also wrote out Christmas cards.

This card used an angel image from Tiddly Inks Digital Stamps and also a digital sentiment from Word Art Wednesday. Together with some pattern paper and some gold paper I made a simple card design.


I also added some sparkle to her wings with some Wink of Stella. The photo below should show a bit of that sparkle. Sparkle is not always easy to capture in a photo but I think  you will get the idea from this one.


The angel was colored with my Bic markers and some Tombow markers. The pattern paper is from the Noel pad from American Crafts and the gold paper is from Crafter's Companion.

I am entering this in Word Art Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes #416 #417.

Thanks for the visit and wonderful comments.  I hope all is well with all of you my dear blogging friends.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Having Fun With Digitals

Those who regularly follow my blog know that I have recently ventured into digital stamping. And, I am slowly learning a bit more about the art of using them. So if they are not perfect just keep that in mind. I am a newbie to it.

The first one I am showing you is one using Artsystampers Digitals. I am entering this one in the Artsystamper Digitals Challenge #5-Winter Holidays.  I used the colored versions of the pine cone and pine needles images along with an image from the Poinsettia set. I then used a frame of red mirror card stock using a die from Paper Smooches called Fab Frames.


The second card I made used a set from Jan's Digitals called Toyland Bear. Again I used the colored versions. I took the evergreen branch and kept placing it into a formation that sort of resembled a tree like we had one year. It was a short wide tree with long needles. I also added a sentiment from that same stamp set. This one I will be entering in Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge #3-Anything Goes. I brushed on some blue color around the design. Then I die cut it out with a Makers Movement die called Stitched Rectangles Nested Essentials. I know I got my tree a bit larger then I had hoped but with using this die it sort of gave it a frame too. Afterwards I thought perhaps I should have added some darker blue color with my brushes to make the outside more outstanding but maybe I will try that another time. The last thing I added was an Epoxy clear star which I added to some yellow card stock to make a topper for the tree. This design was added to a darker green card stock and then inside the card I added another sheet of white paper for the inside sentiment.


Anyway that was my fun with digitals this week. Now I have to get down to business and get the cards out. I did manage to print off family photos and write a newsletter yesterday and the postage stamps are now on hand too so there is no excuse in putting it off any longer. Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great day!
God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Non-Traditional Christmas

I went with non-traditional colors for this Christmas card and I rather think I like how the whole design turned out. I was rather surprised about that!


I used the colors of light brown, dark brown, yellow, blue and black. I found some plaid paper and that was a given that I should use that. So I built my design around those shades of blue. I added a frame around it and then also added some ribbon and a bow made from glitter paper. The extra tails of ribbon were not die cut but instead cut by hand with a scissors. And excuse the little blips of color outside the lines. My shaky hands sometimes create an extra shadow or two. LOL

Supplies used:
Gina K. Design pattern paper, stamp set from Fruit of the Season TV Kit, Small Double Stitched             Oval Die and card stock.
Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle Die
Poppy Stamps Stitchwork Rectangle Frame Die
Cheery Lynn Designs Christmas Bell (bow) Die
Stampin' Up! Gold Glitter Paper
Crafter's Companion Glue Tape Runner
Rhinestones Unknown

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge-Non-Traditional Colors
Double D Challenge-Twelve Days of Christmas Part 1 Days 1-6
Jan's Digi Challenge #3-Anything Goes

This was a fun card to do and took a bit of thinking as to how to make it look more outstanding. That was the reason I added the glitter ribbon and bow. I thought it dressed it up a lot.

Well, another day nearly over. I cannot seem to get much done but I did order my postage stamps so I think I will begin writing Christmas cards soon. Maybe they will mostly be sent out this week. I did do some Christmas shopping one day for the younger grandchildren. When they turn 18 we give them an adult gift of money. Everyone likes GREEN!

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

For My Grandson

Just wanted to share a card I made for my grandson's 19th birthday. He was so happy to get it too and said he was going to post it on his billboard in his dorm room. That made me feel good as I could tell he loved it. But lo and behold when I searched for the photo I was sure I took it was no where to be found on my computer. So I emailed my grandson and asked him to email me a photo of it so that I could share it with all of you. He was a sweetie and obliged his old grandma.


I had purchased what I thought was a smaller Vikings stencil but when it arrived in the mail it was in fact a 12 x 12 one and pretty much suitable for a scrap page. But I used a portion of the stenciled Viking and used that on my card. I also happened to have some Vikings pattern paper so I used that with the card too. Inside the card I added a Happy Birthday greeting and a written message.

Thanks for visiting and for the wonderful comments you leave me. I so appreciate each and every one of them

God bless,
Verna

Winter White

I made a scene card with dies and glitter paper and I think it looks very elegant and beautiful. A perfect Winter design too.


Dies used:
Frantic Stamper Inc. Winter Village FRA-DIE-10345
Cheery Lynn Designs Joy to the World Wreath B481

Other Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Connect Glue
Gina K. Designs White Card Stock
Stampin' Up! Glitter Paper
Kat Scrappiness Frosty 11 Sequin Mix ( I just picked out the white snowflakes)

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Artsy Stamper Digitals Challenge #5-Winter Holidays
Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge #3-Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #134-Winter White

It is a beautiful winter day here with sunshine and that makes the snow sparkle when the rays hit it. And, we are fairly warm with temps in the mid 30's too last I looked.

I hope all of you are having a great day. Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna


Monday, December 2, 2019

White on White

I thought this card would have looked better then it does but none the less this is a white on white design I made. I added Sparkle embossing powder from my old stash of powders from Sparkle N Sprinkle which is no longer in business. But if you still want her powders and glitters they are being sold at Glitters Galore which is owned by her son. I had a hard time getting a good photo too.



I die cut the Holy Nativity die twice and attached them together. I also die cut the sentiment twice and attached them together also. Next I added Versafine clear ink to both and then sprinkled them with the embossing powder and heat set them. They were attached to a white card base and in the corner I added some pearls for an embellishment.

Here is a close up and hopefully you can see the glittery embossing powder on the design better.


Dies used are:
Tutti Designs Holy Nativity TUTTI-357
Cheery Lynn Designs Joy To The World Wreath B481

Other supplies:
Connect Glue-Gina K. Designs
Pearls- Eyelet Outlet
Card Stock-Gina K. Designs
Versafine Glue
Sparkle N Sprinkle-Sparkle Embossing Powder


I am entering this in the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge #134-Winter White
Rudolph Days Extra Challenge

I hope all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our US family did manage to all make it except for one son-in-law who recently started a new job and therefore he could not get extra time off to attend Friday. And, I am so grateful all our family got back to their various homes okay too. We had a wonderful time together visiting and playing games and of course, eating lots of yummy food!

Well, take care and until next time have a good life.
God bless,
Verna




Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Another Digital Layering Card

This time I took the bough from the Jan's Digital set called Toyland Bear and used it to layer it over and over to create a wreath. I used the colored version. I also added a sentiment from that same digital set too. This was fun to do and surprisingly did not take quite as long to do as I thought it would. Maybe I am catching on. Hahaa!


I added a ribbon bow to the top and also some of the same ribbon between the sentiment and the wreath design. Another of the verses on the set is inside on a piece of white card stock.

I am entering this in Jan's Digi Challenge #2-Anything Goes.

I am as ready for the Thanksgiving holiday as I intend to be. Hubby helped with job too! He is a sweetie! He vacuumed for me. First guests are arriving tomorrow afternoon.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe traveling if you are on the road.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

November Rudolph Days

Just a quick post to show my card I did for the November Rudolph Days Challenge. Once again I used the digital Poinsettia set from Artsystamper Digis. I am certainly getting good mileage from that beautiful set of stamps and papers.


I found some leftovers that worked great with the beautiful paper and poinsettia. I also added some gems to the circle die cut as well as by the sentiment. Inside I added a white piece of paper to write my message.

Thanks for visiting and I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is stormy weather predicted so I don't know if our planned weekend Thanksgiving celebration will develop or not but because I will have the turkey thawed I will still have to roast it. Lots of food to freeze in case they can come another weekend. At any rate, I wish all of you safe travels and that you will be so blessed this Thanksgiving holiday!

Hugs,
Verna

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Digital Layering Attempt

I love the traditional colors mostly for Christmas cards and so today I spent some time at the computer trying to figure out how to layer one digi stamp upon another and I think I made great progress. I used the colored images from the Artsystamper Digital Poinsettia stamp set and two freebies that were offered by Artstystamper called pine cone and pine needles if you were a member of the Facebook group. So those were the images I worked with besides a sentiment which I hand stamped from Impression Obsession.


I think I figured out quite a few things when it comes to layering digitally. At any rate, I am very happy with the design. My only glitch was that I wanted to make a copy of it also on the same page and for some reason I could not do that. But the little card stock that was left over was used mostly by me regardless. I combined this sentiment with some green mirror card stock from Crafter's Companion and then added a few red rhinestones. The sentiment was printed with Gina K. Designs Red Velvet ink.

I am entering this in the Double D Challenge.

Well, I have dishes to do now. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a wonderful day!

God bless,
Verna

Friday, November 22, 2019

Traditional Colors Christmas

I saw where the new Impression Obsession Holiday Wishes Challenge was posted so I made this card for that challenge. I went with traditional red and green on my design as that is a style I use most.  I used some mirror card stock to make it more festive looking. Here is the link to Impression Obsession.



Impression Obsession Products used:
DIE482-X Christmas Circle Cutouts
CL980 Holiday Icons stamp set

Other products:
Mirror Card Stock-Crafters Companion
Ribbon-Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stitched Rectangle Die-Makers Movement
Card Stock and Ink-Gina K. Designs
Gems-Unknown

I am also entering this in the Double D Challenge and Scrapy Land Challenge #126-Anything Goes.
Thanks for visiting. I appreciate your comments too!

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Turkey Shaker Card

Okay, right off the bat I will confess I love shaker cards but am a poor maker of them. But I had this leftover negative of the turkey card I had made earlier in the week so I decided it looked like it could be a shaker one. And that big opening took a lot of shaker elements to make it even appear when it was standing upright so I took another photo showing more of the sequins, beads and other things that were added.


I could not find a frame that would fit that odd size shaker opening so I instead just added some leaves and some metal sticker decor. The pattern paper is some I had in my stash for years so I have no idea which company made it.


The supplies  used are:
Turkey Die-Cheery Lynn Designs
Filigree Leaf Die, card stock and sentiment-Gina K. Designs
Shaker Filler-Mix of  Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blends
Scotch Double Stick Photo Tape
Mark Richards Nailhead Stickers

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge-Thanks or Thankful
Dies R Us Challenge #133-Give Thanks and/or Turkey
Artsystamper Challenge-Give Thanks

I am glad I made another Thanksgiving card as I ran short so this will be going out in the mail really soon. Thanks for visiting and I may be missing in action a lot from now on but I wanted to get a few more cards done. If time permits in the next couple weeks I will try to make and post some things I have done ahead of time. Take care until then.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Digital Thank You Cards

What with the arthritis in my hands affecting me I still was able to create some cards using digital stamp sets. I figured I would be needing some thank you cards so I will show a couple I made today.

The first one is a Fall Note digital stamp set from Jan's Digital Stamps. It was such a pretty design and even though I still don't know how to digitally add the sentiment I still opted to do it with a fussy cut method and the use of a Word doc. I hope you like this design. The image was pre-colored but I did add some Wink of Stella to give it a bit of sparkle and I also distressed the edges of the scalloped die cut. And, that is an unknown scalloped die but it is one of my favorites. The last step was to add it to the light purple card base.


I am entering this in the following:
Jan's Digital Stamps Challenge #2-Anything Goes

The next thank you card I made is with a Christmas theme. I mainly like to go with more traditional designs for Christmas and that was also what I used for this thank you card.  I used the same digital sentiment from Jan's Digital Stamps but combined it with a poinsettia from Artsystampers Digitals.


I  cut the poinsettia from some pattern paper I had printed out earlier in the season and added that below the big Thank You sentiment. I also die cut this panel with the scalloped unknown die too. After placing it on a red card base I then added some red and green rhinestone gems to finish the card.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Artsystampers Digitals Challenge #4-Give Thanks
Double D's Challenge-What Is Your Christmas Style

Thanks for your wonderful comments. I guess since we are to have snow and rain mix that may be explaining why my hands and other joints hurt more today. Tis' the season for weather like that! I am still glad I can still be creative. And, I am pleased with my afternoon work too,

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Turkey Thanksgiving Card

I was gone for a few days so I got behind in everything this week but I did manage to take some leftovers from another card and with that I added a die cut turkey to make a simple Thanksgiving card. I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #133-Give Thanks and/or Turkey. I chose to use the turkey as well as a Thanksgiving sentiment.



The turkey die is from Cheery Lynn Designs. And the sentiment is from Gina K. Designs. I tried to embellish the turkey with markers and I also wanted sort of a shadow look for the sentiment. I may not have succeeded exactly as I had it in my mind as for some reasons my hands were more shaky. In fact, it has been an achy day for me everywhere on my body so perhaps I should have just left it as it came from the die. But what is done, is done. I hope you don't think it too terrible. I also added some gems to sort of match the plaid paper.

Well, have a good evening. I got a late start but I am slowly getting all my Thanksgiving cards ready to mail. Then it is cleaning and baking for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. So I may be missing in action a lot in the next week or so.

Until next time God bless you,
Verna

Friday, November 15, 2019

Thankful!

Here is a card design of thanks that I made today. I am entering this in the current Impression Obsession Challenge-So Thankful. This is a card that expresses how I feel about all my blog followers. You do bless me!


I used a orange card base and then to that I added the plaid paper from my stash. I don't recall who made it. The wheat were then added and the last thing I did was to add the sentiments and some brown rhinestone gems.

Impression Obsession products used:
Wheat DIE 085-X
Sentiments from from Mini Messages 3 CL653

Other products:
Gina K. Designs Card Stock, Connect Glue and Ink
Crafters Companion Dotted Glue Runner

I really like how the wheat looks against the plaid. It was another fun and quick card to make. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

God bless,
Verna

Heads Up!

Christina Hor reported that the Winter Cards for Little Hearts Drive was a huge success and now they will be able to give cards to three hospitals instead of two. I think that is awesome news.

She also said the next drive will be the January 2020 "Heart-Themed Collection" so if you want to get a head start on making cards for that drive you can get the information for it at the Cards For Little Hearts website.

This is a joy to make heart cards for kids with heart disease knowing that it might make their days a little brighter while they are in the hospital. I know I will try my best to add a few cards for the collection. I hope many of you will join me too! 💗

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, November 14, 2019

One, Two, Three!

I created a card today for the Creative Confetti Challenge-Triple Play. And, I went with my usual CAS design style but I still love that it has such a festive feeling to the card. I hope you like it too!


Again I implemented the pattern paper to help enhance my design inside and out. And, I chose the holly leaves from the Carta Bella Jingle All The Way stamp set. I stamped the holly three times on white card stock and then I added some glitter paper punched circles for the berries. I added that stamped white strip to the pattern paper before placing it on the base card. The card was completed  by adding the white insert to the inside along with a strip of the red gingham paper. The card stock, inks and pattern paper are all from Gina K. Designs.

Thanks for stopping in and I wish you a wonderful day. I have to get back to baking again. I think this is my last day of baking as I think I have a nice supply for the church fund raiser now. See you next time!

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Winter Wonderland

This evening I made a quick card using some Sparkle N Sprinkle (no longer in business) stamp sets which were designed by Jan Mahew to make a simple winter scene. I am entering this in Jan's Digi Challenge #1-Anything Goes. I made one similar to this before but this time I did not frame it but instead it is a no layer card design.


I just love the simplicity of this scene and it depicts the beauty of the winter season with all the white snow laden trees and ground. So far we have not had that much snow....just a dusting. But I am okay with that as I can always get my snow fix by using this stamp set. I used a green Sharpie to color the trees and then I took a white paint pen and enhanced the snow on the trees where I had gotten blue onto the snow when I made the sky with blending brushes.

Sets used for this set are Sleigh Ride and Tree Scene.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are having a great evening too.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Surprise, Surprise!

That was what I got when I opened up and started reading my recent Holiday issue of Rubberstampmadness. When I turned to Page 27 I was so shocked to see an old submission of mine being published. So since for me it is a blast to the past I thought I would share the card with you here. I don't even have those stamps anymore. They were cute though!


The images are all from Posh Impressions. They are no longer in business but I do believe some of their images are still available at Judikins.

Well, thanks for looking and sharing in my big surprise!

God bless,
Verna

Twofer Challenge #22-With a Twist

Before I start a week of baking for a church fund raiser I decided to make my Twofers for Darnell's Twofer Challenge. This time there is a twist as we can make two cards for the same occasion if we so desire and since I am working mainly on Christmas designs I went that route. So here is my November Twofers. We still have to use the same die, stencil or stamp though with the holiday greenery theme.





The red and white design uses all products from Heartfelt Creations. The dies used are Holly Berry and Sun Kissed Fleur Dies. The sentiment is from the Holly Berry Stamp set.  And the die to frame the sentiment is an unbranded one. I used a punch to make the berries for the holly branches. And the red glitter paper is from Stampin' Up! All other card stock and inks are from Gina K. Designs.

This red and white card I am also entering into the Mod Squad Challenge which calls for red and white only.


Again I used the Holly Berry die from Heartfelt Creations but this time the pattern paper, sentiment and card stock were all from Gina K. Designs.  And again I punched out some berries with the glitter paper.

Well, we  have had a snowy afternoon with a few flakes falling as well as the temperatures falling. Ahhh! Tis' the season I guess.

Well, thanks for visiting and for your comments. Until next time have a great life!

God bless,
Verna

Friday, November 8, 2019

Red and White-That's It!

The title of my post is the challenge this time at the Mod Squad Challenge. So I had to make a card to fit the theme and I chose to do another little scene.



All stamps are from the Gina K. Designs Christmas Wishes set except for the snowman which is from the Season's Greetings set. The inks and card stock are from Gina K. Designs and the die used is an unknown brand.

I added more color with the blending brushes and then I stamped the sentiment onto white card stock with red. The whole card was assembled with a Crafter's Companion glue runner.

Thanks for visiting. I wish  you a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Final Fall Coffee Card

Well I have had so much fun creating cards for the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and after making this one I will cease for now until Spring. But this is one hop I love to take part in and I hope many of you got enjoyment from the hop and from seeing my card creations. So with no further ado, here is my card.


Once again I chose to use the free digi set that was offered to all for the coffee hop from Jessica Lynn Originals Designs. It is a lovely set and if you pop into their website you might find it and see all three images included.

 For this one I decided to make it a Fall card with the pretty leaf adornment. So with the cup design and the leaves I added them to a Word doc. and then proceeded to color them with my Bic markers. After I had the designs colored I cut them out with my scissors. To the cup I added a bit of distressing with my blending brushes as well as some distressing around the edge of the pattern paper from Gina K. Designs. The center band on the cup is from the same pattern paper.

Oh, the purple frame was die cut with a My Favorite Things die from some paper my son and daughter-in-law brought me from Japan. It is such fragile paper so it was added to the card but ended up being sort of crooked or out of whack. LOL But I left it that way regardless as I know it would have torn if I had attempted to remove it and try again. The paper has a silky feel to it.

 And the sentiment is one from Unity Stamps which I have used many times as I love those three words on cards of Thanksgiving.

Well, thanks so very much to all who have stopped to visit and leave me comments. They mean the world to me. Take care everyone and have a wonderful Fall and Winter.

God bless,
Verna

#11 Java Fox

Here is another entry into the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop which features the Java Fox digi from Craftin Desert Divas which sadly to say is no longer in business. So I am glad I acquired this cutie before that happened. Edited: I forgot to say I made the pattern paper with a stencil from The Greetery which was supposed to look like knitting.


It is a good thing he is dressed warm too as we woke up around six this morning to a temperature of 10 above. Too ccccold for this time of year I say. I colored him with Bic markers and then added some strips of pattern paper that I had stamped for a previous project. The leaves are from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Thanks for visiting and stay warm.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

#10 Neutral Thanksgiving

This is my tenth card for the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I used the beautiful free digital from Stamplorations for this card. I think it is an amazing digi and I computer generated a sentiment to go with it.


I hope you love that image as much as I do. I was going for the whiter pumpkins so I hope I pulled it off. I used a combination of markers, brushing on of inks and a paint pen to make the card.



I am also entering this in the following:
Stamplorations Anything Goes Never Ending Challenge
Double D's Challenge-Fall Neutrals

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Monochromatic Christmas Scene

This card I made for the Artstystamper Digital Challenge #3-Monochromatic. I had a little old fashioned sleigh scene I have been wanting to do for a long time so I decided to use the stamps for that which are from the Heartfelt Creations Snow Kissed Spruce stamp set and make the card. I also used a stencil from The Greetery to add some snowflakes. And, with blending brushes from Picket Fence Studios I added some extra color. The inks and card stock from Gina K. Designs are White and Turquoise Sea.


I also added more snowflakes with the stamps from the set on the white card base. I thought it was a good way to showcase the focal design.

Well. that will do me for today. I hope your day is going great. And, thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

#9 Jill Girl

I made another card for the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop using the stamp set Jill Girl from Picket Fence Studios, a snowflake stencil from The Greetery and a sentiment from Unity Stamps.


I used a white card base and then added the royal blue paper to the front. Next I took the stencil and with Gina K. Designs white ink added the snowflakes using blending brushes from the Picket Fence Studios. On another piece of white card stock I stamped Jill Girl and then colored her with Bic markers. After I had cut her out I glued her to the card front. The sentiment was stamped with Gina K. Designs Obsidian Amalgam ink and then I added that to finish the card. And none of my stamped designs would be very good if it were not for the Misti. I love that tool.

There is still time to enter some cards into the lineup. Make any type of card as long as you use a tea, coffee or hot cocoa theme in it. Check out the info in the link provided and also along the side bar of my blog post.

Take care and have a good day. Thanks for the visits.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, November 4, 2019

Playing With Digis

I am sure you recall I said I was not that great at using digis but last week just for fun I did some experimenting with Paint 3-D and made the background for this Christmas card using the Toyland Bear set from Jan's Digital Stamp Shop. Now forgive me if my background isn't too great but this is my first rodeo more or less with trying to do the layering with a computer. But for a first time I am feeling pretty confident I might be able to do it again if I can remember how I did it in the first place. LOL


The images come pre-colored or in the black open version but for this card I chose to use the pre-colored designs. Once I had my background made with the one pine bough repeated I then used the Paint 3-D to add a computer generated sentiment over it. I layered this design onto red and white card stock layers and then after that I fussy cut the bear and toys out and added them at the bottom.

I am entering this in Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge #1-Anything Goes Jan's Digi Stamps. I hope all of you with more experience then I will forgive my feeble effort to do a layered computer generation. And, my printer is getting low on ink so the printing was not that great either. But I do feel that perhaps there is room for digitals in my crafting life now.

Thanks for visiting and I love to see your opinion.

God bless,
Verna

#8 Shaped Cup Card

I acquired some time ago a die in the shape of a cup from Picket Fence Studios and with that die I have made a Christmas card. I chose to use pattern papers from the Noel paper pad from American Crafts and along with some gems, glitter and glue I made my design. This is my 8th entry in the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


The big poinsettia on the cup was cut out from another piece of pattern paper as was the trim along the bottom. I thought the combination of traditional Christmas colors was a great choice. The glitter was added with the aid of Connect Glue from Gina K. Designs. The glitter is some from Sparkle N Sprinkle which is no longer in business. And the gems are unknown.

I hope many of you are having fun doing the hop. I know I hop and check out the cards others have done and then I take a break and work up a card design or check my email. Oh, and of course, I still have to cook and do laundry and other household chores. I am glad I no longer have a job in town though as then I know I would not be able to keep up. If you want to know more about the hop just click on the link where I have at the top of the post and it will take you to the site where you can add your entries or visit and see what others have done. And the cards are on an Anything Goes basis as long as it includes either coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Perhaps hot cider might work too.

Take care and have a great rest of the day! Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

#7 Pumpkin Spice Latte

I was so lucky recently to be a winner of a wonderful stamp set from Stampendous called Pumpkin Latte so that is the set I used to make this entry into the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

You can read the dates and website information on the side of my blog where I placed a badge about the hop. I hope more of you can join in on the fun and this year it is an Anything Goes as long as you use coffee, tea or hot cocoa in your card. But now here is the card I made.



I colored the cup with my Bic markers and then put it aside until I had added a layer of pattern paper to an Ivory card base. I also took Ivory card stock and stamped more designs from the stamp set on it along with the sentiment. The swirly designs were inked up with a rainbow pad of Autumn colors. I took a Martha Stewart punch from my stash and made the edging design on both top and bottom. Then all that was left was to take my Crafters Companion Glue Runner and assemble everything to the card.

The pattern paper is some I bought years ago when a store went out of business and I got every sheet of it that was left. It works so well for Fall card designs.

Thanks so much to all who are visiting and leaving such wonderful comments. I wish all of you a wonderful Fall morning.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, November 3, 2019

#6 Blessings

My sixth card for the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is one that I adore too. And, here I go bragging again. But it turned out so much better then I had imagined that I can't help but love it. I hope you like it too. I used all Stamplorations stamps except for the background die which was one from Impression Obsession.


I pre-colored my white card stock with fall colors and then die cut it with the Impression Obsession Lg. Flourish Background die. I stamped the sentiments and images with Gina K. Designs Obsidian Amalgam ink. The cup and basket of goodies were colored with my Bic markers. I then cut them out and all were placed onto a black card stock base. I also added a liner inside the card so I could add a message.

I am also entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #132-Trees and/or Leaves.

Well happy Sunday to all of you and I will be back again tomorrow with some more coffee inspiration. You can see more of the information about the hop on my side bar with the badge I added.

God bless,
Verna

#5 Coffee Is Calling

Some weeks ago I acquired some coffee card making products at a company called The Greetery and these dies and stamps are what I have used on this card I made. All the inks and card stock are from Gina K. Designs. I also used Crafters Companion Glue tape to fastened the items to the card. So this is entry #5 for me in the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


The photo below shows the sentiment and some close ups of the details on the card.


The logo on the side bar gives the date and website in case you want to join in on the fun. And this year it is an Anything Goes as long as it contains a coffee, tea or hot cocoa theme. It does not have to be winter or fall related necessarily. Thanks for visiting and I hope your Sunday is off to a good start.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Skates and Cocoa #4

Once again I have chosen hot cocoa to go with some ice skates to create a holiday/winter card for the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop. I hope you like my design which I admit I am pretty proud of so here with no further ado is my card.


I took a navy/white duplex card stock for my card base. Then I added some die cut squares of beautiful snowflake pattern paper. At the top I added my cup and my sentiment and on the bottom I added the ice skates design.

You would think this card would not take long to create but in fact it did take longer then I had figured. You see the ice skates are from a Stampendous Dreamweaver die called Ice Skates. I put the stencil and my card stock through my die cut machine and embossed the design. Then while the stencil was still in place I added color to the pair. What really took the time was that I went and fussy cut the whole design out and then placed it on my card. But I love it! This will not be a card I will do often because of the time factor involved. But I am glad at least I tried it this way.

Supplies used:
Stampendous Dreamweaver Ice Skates metal stencil
Gina K. Designs pattern paper, dies and inks
Stamplorations Snow Cozy stamp set
Crafters Companion Dotted Glue Runner

Oh, you know I am having fun again with the hop. I hope you can join in too. The information is in the logo along the side of my blog.

Take care everyone and have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

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