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

Hot Cocoa Card #3

Since images using hot cocoa are acceptable in the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop I decided to use a little cutie I had purchased and quite frankly, forgot I owned even until I ran across it in my box of coffee themed supplies. Am I ever glad I found him as he is adorable.


I used the Stampingbella stamp set called The Penguin and the Marshmallow. After I had colored him in with my Bic markers I brushed some blue color around him. I added the sentiment and then die cut it with a Gina Marie Die. I covered my card base with some pattern paper from Gina K. Designs and over the top of that paper I then placed my little penguin.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope many of you will take time to enjoy the current coffee hop as well.  The dates and web address are on the logo on my side bar. I will be back later with more coffee, tea or hot cocoa goodies.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, November 1, 2019

Coffee Card #2

I am sharing the card I made this afternoon using a free digital stamp set from Jessica Lynn Original Designs. The cup and the pretty evergreen arrangement on the cup are from that set. This card is my second one entered into the 2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.


Other supplies  used:
Pattern Paper-Ultimate Crafts
Snowflakes, card stock and ink-Gina K. Designs
Sentiment-A Jillian Vance Design
Crafters Companion Glue Runner
Bic Alcohol Markers

Thanks for visiting and if you want that free digital set check it out on the coffee hop at Jessica Lynn Originals Designs. You will find lots of inspiration on the hop too and if you enter a card or two you have chances of winning some awesome prizes. The side bar shows the dates of the hop.

Have a good evening now. I will see you later in the next few days.

God bless,
Verna

2019 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

It's that time again for the 2019 Fall and Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I do have a few cards that I will be sharing off and on this week. Here is my first one. I hope you like it. The logo is off to my side bar with the dates in case you want to join in on the fun!


I thought a football themed card would work well and for us in our area it can often be a cold evening attending a game and hot coffee or hot cocoa is always welcomed. The helmet die is one from Cheery Lynn Designs and the cup and sentiment are from Stamplorations. The sentiment on the helmet is from Gina K. Designs. I added all these elements together with some pattern paper I found online from Scrapbook Customs. And any card stock used is from Gina K. Designs.

We are having a brief warm up here now with daytime temps reaching the mid forties. Our lowest temp so far was 15 degrees above which was yesterday. So believe me hot cocoa is a good thing now.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Distressed Pattern Paper Christmas

This card is another I did with the digital pattern papers from the Artsy Stampers Digitals. This time I chose to use the green distressed design. I also had an already die cut lacy border from Crafter's Companion that I thought would work well with that paper. When it was added it reminded me of a table cloth we once had that was adorning our table for many Christmases.


I stamped a Merry Christmas from a set by Sparkle N Sprinkle (no longer in business) which I thought looked great with it. And, I added some gems along side of it. Also I used some green and red plaid ribbon to add to my design as I thought it dressed it up a lot and that way covered the seam between the pattern paper and the die cut design.

This will be my last entry into the Artsy Stampers Digital Challenge #2-Pattern Paper. I have made several cards this week with this digital set and although I am not really good at digitals I do find ways of making use of them by going to a Word doc. and then fussy cutting my designs. This pattern paper was so lovely I thought it was able to be used on it's own without adding another poinsettia.

Thanks for visiting and I hope your week is going well.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, October 25, 2019

Digital Christmas Card

One of my favorite things to use on Christmas cards is poinsettias so when I saw this digital set from Artsystamper Digitals I could not resist buying that Zip file. So with the use of this set I made a card to add to the Artsystamper Digital Challenge #2-Pattern Paper. This card will work for the challenge as not only do you get pattern paper but you also get the lovely poinsettia. I love all of it.



I chose to use the already colored poinsettia as it was so perfect with the beautiful pattern paper. And, I tried to find a green card stock that would work with the same colors and that was what I used for the card base. The sentiment is one from Sparkle N Sprinkle which is a company that is no longer in business. But the font on that sentiment looked so beautiful to me and I thought it the perfect one for this card.

This was my afternoon activity today. I am happy with the way it turned out. I may have to make several with this poinsettia now as not having to color really helped make it go together a lot faster. Although fussy cutting was a bit challenging for me.

Well, I wish all a happy weekend. And, I hope you can get in some crafty fun too. Thanks for all the lovely comments you leave me too.

God bless,
Verna

October Rudolph Days

Here is the card I made for the October Rudolph Days challenge. I used a tree stamp from Impression Obsession and the digital Toyland Bears stamp from Jan's Digi Stamps Digital Stamp Shop. I thought the two of them went great together. I also decorated the tree with various colors of rhinestone gems.


I did some ink blending with my brushes around the tree and then added a sentiment from Gina K. Designs. It was a fun and easy card to do. The Toyland Bear was fussy cut with my scissors.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Pattern Paper Christmas

I have so much beautiful pattern paper and I decided I have to  use more of it if at all possible. So with that in mind I chose this pretty paper and took a larger sentiment and tried to make that the focus of my card too. I hope I succeeded.


Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Season's Greetings Paper Pack
Gina K. Designs Small and Large Circle Dies
Gina K. Designs A Very Merry Christmas stamp set
MFT Die-Namics Stitched Die from the Blueprints 29 die set
Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart and Ivory card stock
Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart Ink
Crafter's Companion Dotted Glue Tape Runner

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Artsystamper Digital Challenge #2-Pattern Paper
Mod Squad Challenge-Sentiment Says It All

This was a very quick card to make once I found all the supplies for it. Using the pattern paper is a great way to dress up a card.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day and week.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Pumpkin Harvest

The new Impression Obsession Challenge is using the theme Harvest Treats. So I used some IO dies and stamps and created this card for my entry.


I used the wheelbarrow die cut and placed some stamped pumpkins in it. I also added another pumpkin laying on the ground too. And, I tried to use the leaves as those hanging from a tree but I am not sure they were a good addition but none the less this is the way it ended up. I had blended a light blue background for the sky and a brown background for the ground using the Life Changing Blending Brushes. The pumpkins were colored with Bic Marking alcohol markers and hand cut out. The leaves were stamped with a variation of ink colors and then some were enhanced with the Bic markers. I used a Crafter's Companion glue runner to add the dies and cut out stamps. All the card stock was from Gina K. Designs and also the inks used for the blending.

Impression Obsession Products Used:
Wheelbarrow-DIE165-H
Leaf Branch-E8633
Sentiment from Mini Messages 3 stamp set CL653
Pumpkin from Holiday Icons stamp set CL980

Well I was once again busy with freezing carrots and catching up on laundry after all the company I had on the weekend. Mainly a lot of bath towels as everyone had to shower. And, then to top it off I contracted a light case of flu with stomach issues first and then it developed into a head cold. So I sort of took another break from card making. But today I felt a bit better so decided to work up at least one card. I hope all of you are having a good week. Thanks for visiting too!

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sleigh Ride

I made this card using only three colors-cream, brown and black. It was a fun challenge and I think it turned out fairly nice.


I used cream card stock for my base and then I masked off the snowline so I could make the sky with a light brown. Then I took some snowflake stencils and added them with a bit darker shade of brown to the sky and also to the snowy portion on the bottom. The sentiment was stamped on cream card stock too and then I fussy cut it into a tag and added a piece of brown fiber to it. And the trees and sleigh were stamped in black.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Inks
Frosty Flakes Stencil by The Greetery
Sleigh Ride Stamp Set by Sparkle N Sprinkle which is no longer in business (but a digital version is available HERE.) The set is illustrated by Jan Mahew.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge-3 Colors
Double D Challenge-Silhouettes

I have been busy. I got some apples from my daughter and I was working with them. And then I also had to do some baking as I am getting company this weekend so I am not bringing out a lot of supplies for card making right now. It is too much work to put it all away again. Anyway, just wanted to let you know I am doing fine and just busy. Have a great rest of the week.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, October 11, 2019

Boo!

I worked up a few cards for Halloween today. I usually don't make that many so I think one more will do it for me. I only got four done today but the scene I created for them is pretty much like this one I am posting.


I stamped the tree and house from a Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set with black ink and then the ghosts were stamped with Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. I then simply filled in the ghosts and the windows and moon and the land line below with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.
All the images were stamped onto a royal blue card stock I had in my stash. The ghosts are from some old wood mounted stamps I had from Ink Links. Sparkle N Sprinkle is no longer in business and the Ink Links may be in the same situation as I bought them years ago. The Boo however is from the Impression Obsession Holiday Icons stamp set,

Well, we did get rain and a few snowflakes but they are all melted again. I hope that will be the end of it for awhile. But I guess it is the season where it could become a white world again. I wish all of you a great weekend. Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Final Cards for Little Hearts

Well, even though I was having fun I had to finish off making my collection for the Cards for Little Hearts with these designs. I am quite pleased with these. And, these were made to be more for Christmas with the sentiment included with the stamp set. But for the most part cards made for the cause should be Happy Holiday or Season's Greetings for sentiments with only a few actually for Christmas. That way all the holidays of the season are covered.


This little penguin stamp was purchased quite some time ago and had never seen any ink so I thought he would be only too happy to be on some cards for the little hearts. He even has a heart balloon. And, I think with the changing of the sentiment he would be great for a Valentine, birthday card or any type of cheerful card. This stamp set is from Wild Rose Studio and is called Penguin With Heart.
I stamped him with Gina K. Design Obsidian black ink and then colored him with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I then die cut him with a stitched rectangle die from Maker's Movement. The snowflake pattern paper is from Gina K. Designs.

Speaking of snow we might get some today later on. So far we are only getting rain here in the eastern part of South Dakota but out west and in the central part they are in a winter storm. I hope it misses us as I am not too eager to see actual snow. But on paper it is fine.

Well no matter the weather I hope you have an enjoyable day and perhaps maybe you can make a card or two for the Cards for Little Hearts drive. It gives you a fun experience and I am sure it will mean a lot to the child who gets it too. Still time as the dates are posted on the side bar image. Take care and thanks for the visits and comments.

God bless.
Verna

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

More Cards For Little Hearts

While shopping at Tiddly Inks recently I checked out their freebie section and picked up this cute reindeer image and that is what I used to make my cards. I computer generated the sentiment and used pattern papers from my stash that I had bought many, many years ago along with white card stock.


I made a really simple scene but I still like it. I tried to make it look like snow banks on the bottom of the card.

If you want to make some cards (even one will do) for this great cause here is a LINK to all the information. I also have it advertised on my sidebar. There you can see the dates for the drive. These cards are handed out by the doctors and nurses to the child patients in hopes it makes them feel more cheered. No envelopes are needed either and they really only want A2 size cards.

Well another nice day today but they are saying by Friday we may be having a winter storm. I am not looking forward to that and I only hope it stays away long enough for me to get a haircut tomorrow. I need it bad as I can see my bangs and that is not a good sign for me. LOL

Take care everyone and thanks for visiting. I love the comments you leave me.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, October 7, 2019

More Toyland Bear Cards

Today I worked on more cards for the Cards for Little Hearts Drive. And, again I used the cute little Toyland Bear design from Jan's Digital Shop.  So now I have ten cards done. But I want to make more if possible. I also used the same papers and card stock as the last time. The pattern papers are from The Ultimate Crafts Season's Greetings pack. And the card stock is from Gina K. Designs. I was lucky that they had pre-colored images as that saved me a lot of time.


I just love that little bear and I might just make a few cards for own Christmas stash. But that will be another day as this will do me for today. Tonight I think some of my favorite shows are on TV so I will watch them instead of making a card or two.

You have a great evening and thanks for the wonderful comments and visits.

God bless,
Verna

Colors of the Season

A couple different challenges called for Autumn colors so I went ahead and worked up a beautiful leafy design for them. I hope you enjoy the outcome.


I used white card stock and the randomly stamped the leaves on the front of it using a Kalaidicolor rainbow pad. Then with a checkered frame die I cut out the design and then put the frame aside as I wanted another color for my frame. So once again I die cut a frame with black card stock and this was the frame that I used for my focal panel. I added them to a Honey Mustard card base. I also took some of the negative little pieces from the frame and added them to the panel to create more interest.

And I just love that sentiment from IO as it is so true. Each day is a gift from God and I try to use it wisely.

Impression Obsession Supplies used:
Leaf Stem E8633
Mini Messages 3 CL653
Checkered Frames Die-DIE805-YY

Other Supplies:
Kalaidacolor Rainbow Pad-Autumn
Gina K. Designs Connect Glue
Gina K. Designs Card Stock
Crafter's Companion Glue Pen Runner

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Impression Obsession Challenge- Halloween or Fall Colors
Artsy Stamper Challenge-Challenge #1 Autumn Colors

We have a beautiful Fall day here and this morning they came out and got the tank valve corrected and we are once again able to have heat with the regular furnace. Makes it so much more convenient as you don't have to run in the night to add another chunk of wood to keep the fire going. Yay!

Take care everyone and enjoy your day. Thanks for the visit too.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, October 6, 2019

More Juniper Art

I still had some of that Juniper laying on my table and since it lays so flat I had the bright idea of laying it on my scanner bed and then doing a copy of it onto card stock. So that is what I did. I then added a stamped, colored and fussy cut poinsettia cluster to it to create a pretty Christmas card design. The final touch was to add some gems and a white sheet of paper inside.

Supplies used:
Gina K. Designs Dashing set illustrated by Theresa Momber
Maker's Movement Stitched Die
Bic Marking Pens
Gina K. Designs Card Stock and Obsidian Black Amagam ink
Crafter's Companion Glue Tape Runner
Rhinestones-Unknown

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Challenge which is calling for real nature items to be used on the cards. I hope this one will be okay since I more or less took a photo of it with my scanner. At any rate I had fun making it.

I had time to create cards today which makes me happy. It was lots of fun! Thanks for stopping in and for your wonderful comments. Have a good evening!

God bless,
Verna

Repeat The Sentiment

I did a very simple card which is mostly black and white with just a pop of turquoise color in it. I used the one of the stamp sets from the Gina K. Designs Fruit of the Season TV Kit.


I used Gina K. Designs Obsidian Amalgam black ink. I stamped a variety of snowflakes designs and then repeated the sentiment three times. I then added the turquoise rhinestones. I also carried the design over into the insides by adding a couple snowflakes with an inside sentiment.


I love this easy design and even though I originally had planned to use red rhinestones I found I did not have enough of them so I chose instead to use this color. I think it looks okay this way too.

It is sunny here but windy so it is still chilly out. And, of course, since the weather has turned colder our furnace ran out of fuel. So since they have to put a different regulator on the gas tank they said they could not come until Monday. So we had to start up the wood furnace for awhile to keep it warmer in the house. I am always so grateful we have the wood furnace option in emergency situations. I hope we don't need it often as most of the wood we cut outside is still soaked with moisture from all the rain we got this past summer.

Well I hope your Sunday is going well. Until next time, take care! Thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, October 5, 2019

World Cardmaking Day!

Since this was World Cardmaking Day I decided I was going to make some of the cards for the Cards for Little Hearts Drive. So I was sent to this new website by another stamping friend earlier this week and I discovered these wonderful digital stamp sets.  I also noticed that they had the images in black and white line drawings and also colored so with the set I purchased I used the colored images. I got this Toyland Bear set from Jan's Digital Stamp Shop. Check them out. They have lots of things I might indulge in for future card making especially when I am in a limited time frame for making cards like now. I only got five done but at least I have a start on my cards. The pattern paper is from the Ultimate Crafts Season's Greetings paper pad.


I hope you are enjoying World Cardmaking Day too! I see there are lots of sales as well but I am trying to resist since last month my credit card bill was more than my Social Security check. So I am trying to watch my spending. Good thing I had a little extra money in the bank for just such an emergency.  Maybe digital stamp sets will be something I may have to resort to more often. Well, anyway have a great weekend and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, October 4, 2019

Back To Nature

I was so enthused about using items from nature as elements on a card in some form or the other that my hubby went out and brought in a few juniper branches for me to use as stamps. Here is how I used one of the backgrounds I made using those junipers.


I thought when the juniper was used for a stamp on the Ivory card stock that it resembled ferny leaves so I added some flowers from the Gina K. Designs Bitty Blossoms set. They were colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I fussy cut them out and then layered them into a design in the bottom corner of the stamped juniper panel which was die cut with a Gina K. Designs small double stitched rectangle and then placed onto a layer of another die cut panel using the Gina K. Designs large stitched rectangle. The final panel layer was die cut using a Cottage Cutz double stitched rectangle die. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. All of this was placed onto an Ivory card base to complete the card.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Challenge-Back to Nature. 

Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is going well.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Seed Flower Card

Prompted by two different challenges this is the card design that I came up with. It is a very CAS design but I still like it a lot. I used pattern paper and an Ultimate Crafts Stamp and Die set called Count Your Life.


To make the flower I took some squash seed and painted them with orange metallic water based paint and then glued them around a cluster of pearls.The die cut was done with white and that way I could easily stamp the sentiment with the orange ink.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge-Back To Nature
Double D's Challenge-Orange and White

I thought I should get this posted before the internet shuts down again. Every time it rains we lose our internet. And rain is forecast into the night hours. I guess we live out in the boondocks too far for it to be a stable connection. But we get by as best we can with what we have. Anyway I hope all of you are having a great day. Take care! And thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Pumpkin Spice!

I worked up a last minute design to enter in the Impression Obsession Challenge-Pumpkin Spice! I think I just made it as the deadline is later tonight. Whew!


I took a strip of Ivory card stock and with my blending brushes added color to it but going lighter in the sky with the color when I got to the center. Then with black ink I stamped the first pumpkin and then masked that off and added a pumpkin on each side to make it look like a trio of them. These pumpkins were colored in with Prismacolor Pencil and then blended with Gamsol. I then added the sentiment. I also flicked a bit of watered out black ink onto the scene to give some interest to it.

This panel was then placed on a black card base. Then inside I added a white piece of paper so that I can write a message later on.

IO Supplies used:
Impression Obsession Holiday Icons Stamp Set

Other Supplies:
Gina K. Designs Obsidian Black Amalgam Ink and Card Stock
Prismacolor Pencils
Gamsol
Crafter's Companion Tape Runner
Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blending Brushes

Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is filled with sunshine. Ours is dark and dreary with a few sprinkles now and then.

God bless,
Verna

Cards for Little Hearts

Just a short note to let you know that soon the Cards for Little Hearts 2019 Winter Theme-Holiday Card Drive will be ongoing shortly so if you want to participate please check out the rules for doing so. This is a good way to "pay back" for all the fun you have been having creating cards and these cards will also make a little child with heart health issues happy too. Click on the link above for all the information about it. I added the logo to the side bar for you to look at too.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you can make a card or two.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 30, 2019

Another Napkin Card

This is the second card I have posted and blogged about using the napkin technique that I saw in this VIDEO. It shows how to use cheap napkins in layers and then die cut them to create a fun canvas for your water coloring. I even used some napkins that had printing on them and that still worked so it does not necessarily have to be white ones.


The dies used are from the Cheery Lynn Designs Christmas Bell set. And, the sentiment is from the Altenew Lyrical Script. I colored the die in with Zig water color markers and then with a paint brush added some metallic paint. Some times the inside design on the bells is die cut too but I liked the way the bells looked with the negative cuts remaining in the design. This was placed onto Ivory card stock and then with the brush I flicked on some of the gold paint to the background.

I thought I should share this with you too. I hope to see what others do with this idea as well. Thanks for visiting and have a great day. I need to freeze tomatoes that are ripe and too many for us to eat fresh so I may not get any card making in today. But at least I got to share this one with you.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, September 28, 2019

95th Birthday

As much fun it would look on a card for a 95 year old man if it would have 95 balloons I decided to nix that idea as that is a lot of balloons. But balloons I think work for anyone and any age so I still stuck to the idea of having several balloons. I hope our good friend and former neighbor Cliff will like this card.


The wonderful variety of balloons are from the Gina K. Designs Beautiful Balloons and matching die sets and they were inked up with Gina K. Designs inks. The cake is from the Crafters Companion Cake Party stamp set and this was stamped onto a separate sheet of paper and then colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. After fussy cutting it out I placed it in front of the balloons.

I hand printed most of the sentiment on the balloons except for the Happy. I was going to add Birthday too, but alas it was a tad to big for the balloon so I instead hand printed the rest. And, to make it look like confetti I took various colors of pencils and made little dots here and there.

Well, that was a fun project I did a few days ago but since I had to have my eye checkup done yesterday I could not see well enough to tell if a photo was blurry even if I wanted to. Those drops sure do play havoc on the eyes. And everything was looking blurry. LOL So today they were back in good working order again. And, the good news I don't need any changes made for my glasses and eyes are doing great still even if I am partially blind in one eye. So God is good!

Well, happy weekend all. We got down into the 30's last night so it really felt like Fall around here. The furnace was kicking in more often with temps that low. So if you are in a colder area stay warm and if a hot area then stay cool.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

September Rudolph Days Card

A good stamping friend directed me to this video showing how to use die cut napkins and then paint them to add to your card designs. Well this intrigued me so I just had to give it a try. I did not do as great a job as the guy on the video but I can see possibilities. At least I had fun! So I used this technique to make my September Rudolph Days Challenge card. Check out the video as he explains how he did it so well.


The die I used is from the Cheery Lynn Designs Christmas Bell set. I colored the design with Zig Cleancolor markers and then painted over the top with some metallic water color paints that I have in my stash. Sorry I have no idea who made them either as I seem to have lost the inner sheet with the company name on it. But they sure did give the images some shimmer. I also added some specks of the shimmery water color paint on the Ivory card front. Next I took a narrow strip of card stock and made it look like another piece of the ribbon and put that on the bottom. The sentiment is from the Altenew Lyrical Script stamp set which was inked  up with Gina K. Designs Obsidian black ink.  The last thing I added was three red rhinestones for the center of the bow.

**Update: I found out the shimmery watercolors are the Yusotoma Niji Pearlescent Watercolor set-21 colors. You can see the set HERE. Click on the 21 color set but I see there is a smaller set too.

I have another card in the works using this method which I will post another time. I hope you get to try this as I thought it really a fun thing. Only downside is that you have to let things dry before you do any assembling. I found that out the hard way and that is the main reason my red rhinestones were added as my little berries fell apart when I attacked them too soon. LOL

Well I am so happy to see you visit and I always read your comments. Have a great day!

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 23, 2019

Welcome to Fall!

Today I have made a Fall bouquet for you using lots of products from The Greetery. However, the background of my card was one I had done quite some time ago using a scrunched up piece of plastic wrap as a stamp. I dipped the scrunched up piece in the kraft ink pad and then lightly tapped it on the back of my card stock to create the background. So with that background I made that a basis of my Fall bouquet card design.


The first thing I did was stamp the Mason jar onto white card stock. This is a multi-stamp process and it was super easy to do too which surprised me as usually I have issues aligning things  up. Then I die cut the jar and it cuts so close to the design that one can barely tell it was die cut. I then added this to the card base. I also stamped the twine and die cut that and added it to my jar.

Now I was ready for the stenciling of the background foliage. So I used my blending brushes to add color through the stencils going not only on the background but also on the fruit jar image. This in itself made a great design.

But I wanted to kick it up a notch so I took the sunflower die set and die cut everything from the set out of  yellow card stock but using blending brushes again I added some color to each element. For the sunflowers I just added a bit of light orange,. For the centers I did them up in various shades of brown. And, the two parts of the leaves were done in two different shades of green. Once I had them all assembled I added them to the bouquet. I love how they look too!

The final thing to do was to add this panel to a light turquoise card base. And as an extra design element I added some brown rhinestones. And there you have it...my Fall bouquet.

All products except for the plastic wrap, card stock, rhinestones, glue runners and inks are from The Greetery!

The Greetery Products:
Just Mason Around Stamp sets and Die set
Mason Jar Fillers Stencil
Botanicuts Sunflower


I hope all of you have a wonderful Autumn season and for me it is a most gorgeous season which is filled with wonderful colors. Take care everyone and until next time may God bless you.

Stamping hugs,
Verna

Sunday, September 22, 2019

September Twofers

Time is almost up for getting my Twofers into Darnell's September Twofer Challenge so I worked on these this afternoon.


I used stamp cat images and the bottom sentiment from the Stampinback designs which are sold at I Brake For Stamps. The top birthday greeting was computer generated. And dies from Cheery Lynn Design were also used.


I stamped the cats with Gina K. Designs Obsidian Amalgam ink as well as the bottom sentiment. I used blending brushes to add color to the white panel these kitties were stamped on. I then die cut the design out with a die from The Greetery called Crimped Frame Die. The design was added to a black card stock base and I lined the inside of the card with another die cut panel of white card stock.  The sentiments were fussy cut with a scissors and then added.


My Halloween card was done by die cutting a circle die with a Cheery Lynn Designs die from a folded piece of orange card stock but not cutting all the way at the top where the crease was so that my card would still be hinged. The stem I did myself (you can tell an amateur did it) and then found some previously die cut leaves from Cheery Lynn Designs which I used as well for my pumpkin decor. I fussy cut the cat and then added it to the front and also die cut the sentiment which is from Cheery Lynn Designs and added that. I cut the sentiment in two so that I could fit it onto my pumpkin better though.

Well, that does it for me today. Three cards accomplished so maybe my muse is coming back. Thanks for visiting!

God bless,
Verna

Angel

When shopping recently online I found this darling Tiddly Inks Angelic Wishes digital stamp and immediately I knew it would be a wonderful stamp for Christmas cards. But then when I saw the free scripture verse at Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge/Weeks #404-#405 I knew it went perfectly with that too. So with the combination of the two I made this card.



I printed the angel and the verse onto white card stock and then after coloring the angel with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol I cut it out by hand. The verse was die cut with a double stitched die from Cottage Cutz. These both were then added to a Plum Punch card stock base. The design was then finished by adding some rhinestones and a white panel inside the card.

I am also entering this into the Double D Challenge-Focus on the Sentiment.

Thanks for visiting and for the wonderful comments. Have a great new week now.

God bless,
Verna

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...