Friday, July 3, 2020

Yellow Blooms

This afternoon I worked up a quick design using the Artsystamper Four Leaves digital stamp and also a flower and sentiment from the Artsystamper Oxalis digital set. I colored the design in with my Bics and added the focal design panel to a yellow card base. I finished the card with some ribbon and  brown rhinestones.


I am entering this in the following challenges:
Artsystamper Challenge
Arty Divas-Challenge #25

Well, that is all for today. I wish you a great one and thanks for the visits.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Christmas Leaves

Remember the last post I did was using the Four Leaves freebie given to those who belonged to the Artsystamper Facebook page. Well, when the internet was down  yesterday I used it again and this time created a Christmas card design. I really like it too!


I added four sets of the leaves to my page starting with a larger one and then gradually going down in size. Also on the same  page I added the sentiment which is by Donna Ellis. She always has such nice fonts when she makes sentiments and this is one I thought would work for any occasion.....even Christmas.

I printed out the leaves and proceeded to color them with my Bic Alcohol markers. Next I fussy cut each one and layered them together to create a poinsettia. Poinsettias are really a cluster of leaves and not really a flower. But I still refer to them as a flower.

I added some pattern paper from Gina K. Designs to a white card base and then to that I added the sentiment which was die cut with Gina K. Designs double stitched square die and then layered to a Gina K. Designs single stitched die which makes just the perfect green border when placed together. The layout was then ready for the addition of the poinsettia. I added some light yellow pearls to the center to make it look more realistic. A little strip of the pattern paper inside the card finished it. And, that is my Christmas leaves card.

I am entering this in the following challenge:
Double D Challenge-Use Stitches

Yesterday the internet was down almost all day except for a 15 minute stretch. So this morning my inbox was so full of emails with all the wonderful  posts you card makers had done but I am afraid I had to just look and leave for most of them as this morning it was still in and out. So even though I did not always comment I did look and you all did awesome work making great creations. So forgive me for not commenting. I hope this works long enough to get this posted. We have such humid weather which messes with satellite systems like ours. So take care everyone and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Leaves Card

Members of the Artstystamper Facebook  page are randomly given some free digis and this week the Four Leaves digi was our gift. I love leaves so I could not wait to try and make a card using the leaves. I also grabbed a sentiment from the Artsystamper Koi Pond digital set to use with my card.


I arranged the leaves in a  pattern and then also popped up a couple extra leaf clusters on my design. . I colored them with my Sharpies and then took my blending brushes and added some light blue around them. I placed this onto a turquoise card base and finished by adding a few  gold sequins to the card.

That was fun and thanks for visiting. It appears we may be getting some storms later so I better get this posted.

God bless,
Verna

Independence Day Card

Last week I finished up my cards for the Fourth of July and got them sent off. However, I had not blogged about any so I thought today if the internet holds out long enough I would share one I made using the Jan's Digital set called Independence Day Friends. I will enter this into Jan's Digi June  2020  Challenge. The theme is always Anything Goes.



The first thing I did was to put some fireworks in the background.  I then grabbed Eunice and Gertrude who were sitting at a picnic table holding their flags. But it occurred to me that they might be a little hungry so I debated between serving them hamburgers or hotdogs. Finally I decided that the hotdog was a favorite of mine for the Fourth so I served them both a plate of goodies and some beverage. The final addition to my card was to add the sentiment Independence Day along the bottom. For this card I used all pre-colored images so we shall give Jan the credit for the beautiful coloring.

So glad the internet is holding up yet so I think I can get this posted. Thanks for the visits and wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, June 25, 2020

June Rudolph Days

Sorry I have been not around but life has been busy with company starting on Father's Day weekend and then again Tuesday and now this morning two of our grandsons arrived to spend a couple days. They want to get some fishing in with Grandpa. The summer is flying by fast and when the oldest one works so many days it is hard for him to get away to visit.

So not a lot of time for crafting lately but however, I did manage to get a couple cards done. See I had to play with a new die cutting machine I got from Altenew called Mini Blossom and a new Altenew stamp and die set  combo called Peaceful Wreath. The dies are smaller ones and that is what my Mini Blossom is to be used for. This way I don't have to drag out the big die cutting machine which works well yet but is still more cumbersome. This is a small machine and sets on the table without taking up a lot of space. It was a free shipping promotion at Altenew so I decided I needed to treat myself to a birthday present. I sure do like it too. Anyway, here are the cards I made with these sets.



I really like this done up in a wreath. The stamp set is a multi-layering one. And I love the sentiments that came with the stamp set too. Now below is the second CAS card I made.


For this one I used the individual holly leaves and berries and the same sentiment as on the first card. And again these are multi-layering images. I think these stamps and dies will be getting lots of use.

I am entering this into the June Rudolph Days Challenge. 

Thanks for the visit and I hope all is going well with you too. I will be having company over the Fourth as well so hopefully, we can all stay well and be okay. We are resisting hugging though which I so miss. So until next time, take care.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, June 15, 2020

Another Masculine Card

This time my masculine card used a digital stamp as well as an old wood mounted rubber stamp. So I made a card for the Artsystamper Challenge #18-Vacation. The card I made represents a simple road trip type of vacation which was mainly the kind I grew up taking with my parents and sisters. Most of the time they were only a couple days. And, when I married a farmer I knew that would be the same type of trips we would take as well. The only big trip we took was the one to Japan to visit our son and family which was a ten day one. Otherwise we only left for a couple days. After all we were dairy farmers and we could  not afford to have someone come in and milk the cows for too many days. But we still had fun! So I hope you enjoy my take on a vacation!


The tree is one of my all time favorites and it was made by A Stamp in the Hand company. I was afraid it would not stamp very good but luckily it still worked. I colored direct to the stamp with Arteza water color brush pens, huffed on it and made the impression. And, then later added more color with more ink using the same  pens.  I filled in some blue for the sky with my blending brushes and then framed the background with a layer of blue card stock. I added that to a kraft card base and then popped up the card from the Artsystamper digital set called Cruzin. The last thing added was some gems.

Have a good evening. Supper is almost done so I best be running along. 

God bless,
Verna




Masculine Card

I saw on Beccy's Place blog that she was offering some free digitals again so I grabbed them and created this card which I will be entering in the Beccy's Place June Challenge. It makes for a great masculine card. Why don't you hop on over and grab those free digis and join in.



Part of the challenge was a bingo grid where one was to choose a line across or diagonal to create your design. I chose to use 3 colors, ribbon or lace and a digi for mine.


The sentiment for the card was taken from another digital set from Beccy's Place called Fallow Fields. I so often grab a sentiment from that set for my cards and this one is one of my favorites.

Thanks so much for the visit and I hope your week is off to a great start.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, June 12, 2020

Thanks Card

Hi everyone. My in ter net  is so ver y sl ow! I hope you get the drift from that sentence so I hope it stays on so I can post this card I made for the Altenew Educators "Giving Thanks" Blog Hop & Linky Party +  Giveaway. The theme is to make a card of thanks. So that is what I did.



I stamped around the outside of the white card base with the open hydrangea using black ink to create some design along the edges. The focal panel was done by taking white card stock and then adding two kinds of Washi tape for the background. I did the layered stamping for the hydrangea and  then masked off the blossoms so I could add the layered leaves. The sentiment was stamped on white  in black ink and then fussy cut out and layered to some gold mirror card stock. The last thing added was some black gems with hints of gold glitter in them.


Supplies used:
Altenew Gold Foil Washi Tape
Altenew Deco Lines Washi Tape
Altenew Garden Hydrangea Stamp Set
Gina K. Designs inks and card stock
Crafter's Companion Matt Mirror  card stock
Doodlebug Designs Inc. Beetle Black Glitter Gems
Scotch Double Stick Photo Tape
Crafter's Companion Glue Runner

Thanks always for the wonderful visits and comments. I hope all have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Get Well Card

Today was my turn to work with digitals again and this time I created a simple Get Well card using the  Blossom from the Artsystamper Digital set called Lucky Oxalis. I computer generated the sentiment and used some pattern paper from Gina K. Designs.


After I had arranged the blossoms to my liking I then printed them out on  regular computer paper and with my Zig pens I colored them in. What took the longest was all the fussy cutting around the blossoms. Once I had that done I took the pattern paper and added that to a white card base. Then I was ready to glue the blossom design on. I also took and used a marker to color card stock to match the blossoms and used that to layer the sentiment on which was also printed on  plain computer paper.
And that completed my card.

I am entering this in the Artsystamper Challenge #17 Black & White with 1 color.

The internet is still spotty at times and especially in the evening when the wind goes down and the dew sets in. So I have to work around that time and try to get my computer projects done before that happens. But if there is nothing in the evening good on TV I am reading books. So I still find a way to keep my evenings busy.

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



Monday, June 8, 2020

Water Color Birthday Scene

Today I worked with a Gina K. Designs stamp set called Framescape Simply Spring and some Artzea Water Color Brush pens. I  placed the frame stamp on to my MISTI and then took the Artzea  pens and colored direct to the stamped design. Then with the water brush in the pen set I went over it to create the more water colored look. I cut the frame down a bit and then layered it to some black card stock from Gina K. Design. I placed this onto a white card base and then finished it by stamping the sentiment from that stamp set with Gina K. Design Obsidian Amalgam ink.

 
Besides the basic  tree and grass scene provided I added the boy and the dog and the tulips. I thought they provided a nice touch.

I am entering this is the Mod Squad Challenge which calls for water color stamping.

Thanks for the visit and so far my internet is behaving itself. I hope it continues to do that now.

Take care and until next time God bless,
Verna

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Washi Tape Scraps

Here is a card using scraps of leftover wide washi tape which I cut into thinner strips to create a background. I then added an image from Jan's Digital Stamps called #1 Dad to create a simple card for Father's Day.


I used the already colored image from the digital set and fussy cut it out. I then placed it on a scrap of black card stock and then cut a thin border of black. After I had the washi tape strips on the white card base I then simply added this image to the front of it. Very easy card. The washi tape used is Altenew Watercolor Strokes. It is about a 2 1/2 inch wide tape but I cut the leftovers from another card into strips for this card.

I am entering this in the following:
Jan's Digital June Challenge-Anything Goes
Double D Challenge-Use Your Scraps

Internet is still on yet so I am hoping to get this posted now. Thanks for the visits and all the wonderful comments you leave me. Until next time take care and stay healthy.

God bless,
Verna

Scrap Quilts

Hi Everyone. I am back at least today.  It seems the whole neighborhood was having internet issues and the explanation for it was that the atmosphere in our area was preventing the satellite signal to get through. Those days there was no wind hardly at all and today it is really windy. I don't know if that makes a difference or not but I am online today. Whew! We even cut down a tree thinking that was in the way of the signal. But since I have service today I will take this opportunity to show you some artwork I did while it was down. I also am reading a book. So it was some constructive idle time at least.


I used three scraps for the quilt. One of pattern paper and two of card stock. My quilt die is from MFT Die-Namics. And, the deer head is from Cutplorations. All the card stock and pattern paper as well as the sentiment are from Gina K. Designs. The glitter paper was from my stash of scraps.

I am entering this in the Double D Challenge-Use Your Scraps.

I apologize for not commenting on your posts but once I got the internet working again I looked at the messages and blog posts but did not take the time to comment. I was in a hurry as I was not sure if the signal would last and I had to clear my inbox. I even had ordered some digital stamp sets and it took me three days to download them to my computer. My signal was too weak and too slow to do it. But today I got that done as well. So I am feeling so much happier.

My heart goes out to our nation and world too with all the violence of late. I hope we can find healing now and also peace. My sympathy to the family of George Floyd too.

Take care everyone and if I am missing again for a long spell no doubt it may be to internet issues again. But as long as I can keep in touch I will.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Notice

Due to internet issues I will not be commenting or posting unless something changes. So sorry about that. The trees are so thick that unless it is a windy day I cannot get service from the satellite dish.

Take care in the meantime. And don't reply back to this post as it clogs up my inbox. I just wanted to let you know why I am missing in action. Hope the internet works long enough to get this published.

God bless,
 Verna

Friday, May 29, 2020

Final Coffee Card

I got a  new stamp set in the mail today and saw it had some coffee elements on it so of course I had to make a quick card design for the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop using some of the images on it. It is a collaboration of several companies who went together to create this stamp set called Thinking of You by The Stamping Village. For each stamp set sold $5.00 will be given to Save the Children organization. They are on the front lines supporting children during the COVID-19 battle, delivering meals to families that struggle with food insecurity. Companies in this collaboration are Altenew, Avery Elle, Concord & 9th, Dare 2 B Artzy, Gina K. Designs, Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, LDR Creative,  Picket Fence Studios, Pink & Main, Pink Fresh Studio and Studio Katia.


Sorry about the crooked line of the fingernail decals in the center. Arthritic hands don't work so well these days. I also added more of them individually to the front of the card. I used an old decorative scissors to cut out the panel and then placed it on a Recollections Printed Card Stock base. I colored in the images with a few Tombows that still had some inkiness. Most of mine are dried up now. The coffee designs were from Picket Fence Studios and the sentiment was from Avery Elle.

Thanks for the visit and to all of you who came by I wish you good health and happiness.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Peony Song

Before I get too involved with today's projects I wanted to post this entry I have for the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge-Anything Goes with the option of Gingham or Plaid. I chose to use some plaid with my design this time.


I used a combination of  Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol and Bic markers to color the design. But I also brushed some ink around the edges of the scene too. The House Mouse Designs image I chose is called Peony Song. The pattern paper, card stock and inks are from Gina K. Designs.

Thanks for the visit and I hope your day is off to a great start. We had an electrical outage so now a lot of the appliances that have clocks have to be corrected. I always hate when that happens. LOL But it is not a big thing but mainly an annoyance.

Until next time take care and God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

#5 Coffee for Dad

This might be my last post for the coffee hop this week as I have a lot of things I need to work on around the house in preparation for the coming weekend.  But I wanted to share this card I made for the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop at least. The logo information is along my side bar in case you want to submit a card. There are lots of prizes and this time you can use a coffee, tea, hot cocoa design for any season. So that might help promote more entries.


For this card I used a Creative Expressions embossing folder called Coffee Stains but instead of embossing with it I just inked it up and placed the design onto some Gina K. Designs Sandy Beach card stock. It worked like a stamp this way. I used Gina K. Designs Warm Cocoa ink too. The strip of  Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry card stock was a perfect addition I thought to add some bright color to the sentiment which is also from Gina K. Designs. I punched out the scalloped circle to frame that wood chip with the cup design. The  wood chip and embossing folder were won from the last hop so there you see one can get some lovely prizes.

I hope you are having a great week and I thank you so much for stopping to visit.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, May 25, 2020

Coffee Card #4

This is my fourth card I made for the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. This one is done strictly using pattern papers. So it is not one of my normal things to do and I must tell you since it was out of my crafting zone I did struggle a bit with the design. But I hope I pulled it off. I also made it one of the new craze slim line cards. The photo is not the best either so  please forgive that.


The papers used for the card are from the Echo Park Coffee Paper pad. I also added some bling to the card which is some I won in a prize years ago. It is from Want 2 Scrap. I don't know if they are still in business or not but I thought the bling added a lot to the design. The card base is Gina K. Designs Dusty Pink.

Well, I hope you are having fun with the hop. For more information check out the website info along the side bar where you can see the dates for entering. There are lots of prizes to be given out and you could be a lucky winner.

Until next time please stay well and have a fun time.

God bless,
Verna

May 2020 Rudolph Days Challenge

I used a tree I got in a prize package to create this Christmas scene. It was die cut or silhouette cut from plaid card stock and I had to think a long time on how to make use of it. Well I finally decided to just make it into a scene and the end result was this. This is my entry for the May 2020 Rudolph Days Challenge.


I used blending brushes to add some color to the dusty peach ribbed card stock card base and also added some color to the plaid tree in a light green. I took some scraps of Ivory card stock and made some snow banks for the background of the tree. The last things I did then was to add some sequins to the tree and also some snowflake sequins in the sky area. The sentiment was one from a stamp set I won a few years back and it is from the Art-C brand.

Very non-traditional in design but I really still like it.  I hope you like it as well. And have a great Memorial Day! Those normal events for this day are on hold here so we are having a really quiet one.

Take care everyone!

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Coffee Card #3

JessicaLynnOriginals offered a free coffee gnome digital and that was the image used for the focal part of my card. I  printed him out and then built a scene around him. I like it a lot and was very happy with the design.  So this is my third entry into the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.



I colored the gnome with my  Bic markers and also added some grass along the bottom.  The sentiment is one of Gina K. Designs. And, the Leafy Frame is from Kat Scrappiness.

Thanks for visiting and if you want to join in on the fun there is information on the sidebar of my blog  post. There are lots of prizes to be given out.

Until next time God bless,
Verna

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Tea Card #2 For Coffee Hop

This time I used a darling House Mouse design called Feeling Rosy to  make a card for the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers  Blog Hop.


I colored the image with my Bic markers and then with a Marvy-Uchida large circle punch I  punched out the main focal image and also two black circles. I arranged them onto a piece of Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry card stock and then with a white paint pen I added some dots to the card front. The  sentiment is also one of Gina K. Designs. Inside I added a sheet of white card stock so I can write a message.

The information for the hop is posted on my side bar at the top. You might want to consider joining in as there are lots of prizes again being offered.

I am also entering in the Double D Challenge for this time.

I wish all of you a wonderful weekend. So until next time, stay well and take care.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 22, 2020

Coffee Card #1

Time once again for the 2020 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I don't know if I will make very many cards but at least I have one to enter. You have this week to join in and the information is along the right side of my blog.



I downloaded the free Coffee Bloom print offered by Stamplorations and then printed it out. I made a  background for it by using an Artplorations stencil called Rubber Bands and my blending brushes. Then I stamped several sentiments from the Stamplorations Coffee Happy stamp set.  After I had the coffee cup colored I fussy cut it out and then popped it up onto the card base with the stenciled design. The last element added was some purple flower sequins.

I am also entering this to the Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes challenge.



Have a great weekend everyone. We went and  put flowers on the graves tonight and then did a drive through at Dairy Queen afterwards for our supper. That was a nice outing. Other then that I don't have any plans for Memorial Day. Most of the services will be online I think.

Oh, and we got our stimulus money in the form of a debit card. One card for the two of us and since we wanted to divide it up we took the option of going to the bank and cashing it in. We put half of it  into our individual checking accounts. This way I know that my share will be used for groceries and other items. His will be used for things he normally pays for.

Take care and God bless,
Verna


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Pansy Sympathy Card

For this card I used the pre-colored pitcher of pansies and used it for a sympathy card. This digital design is from the Jan's Digi Pansies for Mom stamp set. The sentiment is also one of Jan's Digitals and is from the Church Sympathy set. I die cut the design out with a Gina Marie Designs Loopy Ovals set. And after placing all on a white card base I finished the card by adding three rhinestone gems.


I am always needing more sympathy cards so when I saw this  pansy design I knew I would be using it for making beautiful cards to bring comfort to someone during their time of mourning.

I am entering this into Jan's Digi May Challenge-Anything Goes.

Well, time to call it a day. I had a busy one and very productive as to card making. I hope all of you had a great day as well.

God bless,
Verna

Clean and Simple Christmas Card

The past few days I have been putting in a lot more effort into making Christmas cards. This is the set I worked on today. As you can see it is a very CAS design but I feel it fully expresses the real reason for the season. I hope you like it.


The stamps used for this card are from the Joy Clair Away in a Manger stamp set. It was one of the first sets I ordered from that line and I still love it to this day. The images and sentiment were stamped with Gina K. Designs Obsidian Amalgam ink. I colored the Christ Child with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. Then I finished by using my blending brushes and adding color around the star. The last thing I did was to stamp a verse inside the card so now it is ready for sending come this Christmas season.

Over the next few weeks I intend to work on more Christmas designs and will share them with you occasionally. I am cutting down on my submissions to challenges too. I may only enter once instead of multiple times. I find that I now have so many things that at times it can be a bit overwhelming. And that is not a good thing for letting the muse do it's work. I never thought I would say that but even though I have given lots of stamps and things to others I still find I have more then I need. And I have so many things that have not been shown any love  too.

And, the fact that my income is less and does not go as far plays into the factor too. Many things I used to buy for the home and health use are hard to find now and if I do they are more spendy. So far we have not gotten the government stimulus but I think maybe by the first of June we may have it as well. That will help with food and other needs. We are not starving at all, so don't think that. But personal things like toilet paper and over the counter type medicines and supplements are scarce.

Well, see you next time. Take care and stay well.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 15, 2020

Vase of Peonies

Today I used some freebie digitals from Beccy's Place and made a card using the sketch that is shown on Beccy's Place May Challenge. I chose to color my own peonies for this card but if one wanted there was a colored version offered too.


The strip of gingham paper is also one of  Beccy's freebies and is from the Birthday Bear set. I followed the sketch and added my layers to match it. I also added the ribbon, gems and sentiment according to the sketch too.

Thanks for visiting. I hope all is well with you.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Card with Envelope

Here is a card with a matching envelope I made this afternoon with the Gina K. Designs Vine & Butterflies stamp set. It is one of my favorites.


I have always been a lover of daisies and butterflies so it was a "given" that I would want to own this set. I stamped the images with Obsibian Amalgam ink from Gina K. Designs and for the card I colored it with Prismacolors and Gamsol except for some brushing of ink around the edges. This was layered to white and then to a base card of Dusty Rose. The last thing added was some gems that in real life pick up lots of colors from it's surroundings....sort of irridescent. The envelope was a marbled pink and white so I chose to use that one to stamp another black outlined daisy on to tie the envelope and card together.

Thanks for visiting me on this cloudy and dreary day. I hope all is well with you. We are still fine here.

Take care and God bless,
Verna


Monday, May 11, 2020

Waiting For Santa

While waiting for Santa they soon fell asleep so when Santa arrived they heard not a peep!

That is the message I am trying to convey with this little scene I made with the House Mouse Candle Light Vigil stamp set. I colored them with Prismacolor and Gamsol and then placed them among the evergreens surrounding the edge of the card. I had to fussy cut a bit of the evergreens to give the illusion of them being nestled more among them.


The pattern paper is from the Noel Paper Pad from American Crafts. I thought that beautiful paper was the perfect thing to use with them.

I am entering this in the HMFMC #316-Always Anything Goes/optional theme "Pastel Colors". I am not using the optional theme.

I hope all of you had a great Mother's Day weekend. We had a wonderful one with the visit of our youngest grandchildren. And, they were not shy about giving hugs especially Jack who is the youngest. We helped Anna with some school work and while she did that Jack had some crayons and a coloring book to use. So he thought he was doing school work too. They also got lots of tractor rides and spent lots of time swinging with the swing set that we bought years ago for our own kids to play on. And, they helped Grandpa feed the kitties in the barn too. I guess when they got home their Mom said they were both so tuckered out from all the fun they  had.

Then later in the weekend we also heard from all our other children and their families. I was remembered with a hydrangea bush we can plant out, also two hanging pots with geraniums in them and some beautiful cards.

Well until next time please take care. And, now we have three cases in our county so we will be extra cautious when going out among people. I hope your week is off to a great start.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Cowslip For Mother

I have all the cards sent out for Mother's Day this year to my daughters and daughter-in-law but I made one more to wish all of you mothers a wonderful day as well. I chose to use the Power Poppy Cowslip from the Spring Borders One digital stamp set. I computer generated the sentiment.


Once I had it printed out I then colored the design with my Zig Clean Color markers. They are a water based marker with little brushes on the ends.  I did my best to try and control the coloring so that I did not got too much outside the lines. These are a bit tricky for me with my arthritic hands but I must say I am very pleased with the look so I am content. I also brushed a bit of blue around the design too. I hope you like it and that everyone will have a great Sunday when all Moms are to be celebrated.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-A Day for Mothers
Double D Challenge-Lavenders~Lilac~Purple Challenge

I don't know if I will be posting anymore this week. I am baby sitting with my youngest grandkids Friday and I might have some guests pop in over the weekend too so I am in cleaning mode again. We will try to do distancing visiting but in person this time. Maybe if it is not raining we will have a  picnic with chairs wide spread apart. We will figure something out at any rate. So in the meantime take care.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sea Life Birthday

Happy Sunday to you! I hope it is a lovely one and that the sun is shining bright for you. I took the opportunity this afternoon to make a card which I thought would work for a masculine birthday design. It was a die I had not used before from Impression Obsession which worked perfectly for the Dies R Us Challenge #144-Seas the Day.


I used a bunch of scraps to make my card except for the card base. I used the Impression Obsession Sea Life Frame die and also a sentiment from the Impression Obsession Life Stuff Sentiments stamp set. With a Crafters Companion glue runner I added all the elements to the card and I also used a white paint pen and a black fine tip marker to add some eyes to the fish.

Thanks for visiting and I hope all is well with each of you.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Princess Birthday

Some time ago I bought this darling stamp set from Picket Fence Studios and today I decided to work ahead and make a card for my granddaughter who loves being a princess at times and at some times is a real tomboy. And, since she also loves unicorns I thought this was a perfect one for her. The little girl even looks like her. The name of the stamp set is Kylee's Unicorn.


Other supplies used:
Rina K. Designs Electro-Pop Neon Glitz
Rina K. Designs Electro-Pop Inks
Rina K. Designs Stencil
Tool for spreading the Glitz
Bic & Sharpie Markers
Gina K. Designs Card Stock
Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam Inks
Adhesive
Misti

I am entering this is the Mod Squad Challenge-Get Your Happy On (you have to use a form of HAPPY on the card) Also no digitals.

Another sunshiney day but it did get cold over night as it was into the upper 30's. And we are needing moisture. Can you believe that? Every time they say we are to get rain we end up with a tenth or less and with the newly seeded crops it is imperative we get some rain soon so they will germinate and grow.

Well, take care everyone and I hope all are feeling well.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Pansies For Mom

I wish my Mom was still with me as I would have loved to give her a card with these beautiful Pansies on it. She would have loved it. But I know she will be celebrating in Heaven so I would not wish her back with me just so I could give her a card. Instead I will give it to one of my daughters or daughter-in-law. They will love it too.


I chose to use the colored version from the Jan's Digital stamp set called Pansies for Mom. I took a Spellbinder die from the A2  Curved Borders One set to add some interest on the edge and placed that onto a darker purple card stock. Then I cut the panel down a quarter of an inch on the top and side so that I could add it to a lavender card base. The sentiment is also from the same digital stamp set so I added that as well after layering it to a darker purple card stock. Then I took some blending brushes and lightly added some blue and lavender inks around the pitcher of pansies. The last step in the design was to add some lavender rhinestones.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Jan's Digi Stamps April 2020 Challenge-Anything Goes
Artsystamper Digital Challenge #14-Springtime

Thanks for the visit and I wish you all a great evening and please stay well.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, April 27, 2020

Pansies

Well, this is a digital design and I used digitals from two different shops. I hope the combination looks okay and in my opinion it went together quite well with the two digital designer's products. I am so glad my computer is back working great so that I can still work with digitals too.


The pre-colored pansies and the sentiments are from Jan's Digital Shop and the background pattern paper is from Beccy's Place. The pitcher of pansies and the pansy stem were added to the background paper digitally but the sentiment was printed onto white paper and then cut out and placed onto the card. I used a Cutplorations Crazy Double Stitched Running Rectangle Stacked die to cut out the main panel. I then added a layer of white before placing it onto a light lavender card base. After I added the sentiment I placed three lavender rhinestones below it. I think this will be a Mom's Day card for one of my daughters.

I am entering this in Jan's Digi Stamps April 2020 Challenge-Anything Goes.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Spring day.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Scent of Lilac

April will soon be history and in a couple days we will welcome in May. That is the month when the flowers start to bloom more and more. One thing we always see in May is the Lilac bushes blooming and the wonderful aroma from them is beautiful and so sweet smelling. I love the scent but I do find that it does trigger more allergy issues for me so I usually only keep the bouquet of lilacs my hubby brings in for me a couple days as I am beginning to suffer with them there. But they are so very beautiful and I love that my man wants to please me with them. In fact, when we were courting my parents did not have a lilac bush so he dug up some roots from his Mom's and transplanted them to our yard as a gift to me. So therefore, I really like lilacs even if they do bother my allergies.


I colored the House Mouse image titled Scent of Lilac with my Bic and Sharpie pens and then brushed on some blue around the design with my blending brushes. I die cut the scene out using the Spellbinder rounded corner rectangle die set as well as all the other layers. The last thing I added was a few rhinestone gems from my stash.

I am entering this in the following:
HMFMC #315-Anything Goes with the option Better Together.
Jan's Digis April 2020 Challenge -Anything Goes

I hope this finds you all doing well still. We are okay here as well. So until next time please continue to stay well.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, April 26, 2020

Dr. Susan

Here is another card made with the Rina K. Designs Electro-Pop Neon Glitz and the Rina K. Designs stencil. I also added a freebie doctor digital image from My Favorite Things. She reminds me of my lady doctor so therefore I will be sending this to Dr. Susan. I used my Sharpies and Bic markers to color her and then fussy cut the image out. The sentiment is from the same set. I popped up the doctor image and the sentiment to make it have more dimension.


I am so glad I grabbed those freebie sets from My Favorite Things. I hope this will be uplifting to Dr. Susan and let her know how much she is appreciated. And we just heard that where she has her clinic that there is the first case of Covid-19 in their town. So I pray she and all the healthcare workers there will be safe.

Well, happy Sunday everyone. I went to church by Facebook this morning. Not the same but it helps to make one feel like it really is Sunday. It seems I lose track of days since we are self distancing. Until next time, take care.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Neon Glitter Glitz and Stencil

While my computer was down I made some backgrounds using some NBUS items...a new stencil and some new Rina K. Designs Electro-Pop neon glitz. It is similar to her Mom's glitter glitz only in the neon colors. I also have the neon inks to match so this was a given that I had to try and make some backgrounds for future use. This is the first one I actually made into a card though. I used some Gina K. Designs card stocks for the card too.


The sentiment is one I have had for ages and it is a wood mounted stamp from Stampendous. I made a background panel in the same colors as the stenciled dotted design by swiping the ink pad onto white card stock and then with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Imalgam ink I stamped the sentiment over that colored panel. I added black card stock to make the bright panels stand out more.

This is going out in the mail Monday to the family who has just moved to a new home. I hope it will be a good way to let them know we wish them the best.

Take care everyone and enjoy your weekend.

God bless,
Verna

April Rudolph Days

Well, the computer is back and working again so I can now enter my card I made for the April Rudolph Days Challenge. I am so happy that I no longer have to just rely on the iPad as that was not fun! So here is the card I made for the challenge.


I chose to use the Picket Fence Studio Christmas Poinsettia star. This is a huge stamp  and I could not get all of it on an A2 card but just the portion I used looks great I think. The sentiment is also from Picket Fence Studio and is from the String of Lights stamp set. I used my old water based markers which I rejuvenated with some dipping in a little tub of water. The sentiment was stamped onto white card stock and then placed over the bottom of the poinsettia.

Thanks so much for putting up with my last two posts. I know they were really shabby the way I did them with the iPad but at least I got something posted this week. I found out I have too much stuff on my computer so a cleaning is in order.  I hope  all are well and until next time please take care.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Crocus Scene

Well before the computer crashed I managed to get another digital design done using Atrsystampers Digitals Early Spring Beauty set. I used a photo of a sky that a gal gave me years ago when we both belonged to a Yahoo group for scene card makers. I only used it once before but I still had it saved so this was the background that I added the crocus images to.  I added several bunches to make a little Crocus garden. Then with markers I added some earth below them.



I hope I can add this to the Artsystamper https://artsystamperchallenge.blogspot.com/2020/04/challenge-14-springtime.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ArtsystamperDigitalsChallengeBlog+%28Artsystamper+Digitals+Challenge+blog%29

Thanks for putting up with this glitch.

God bless,
verna

Computer Down



I used a stencil  from Stamplorations designed by Helen Gullet  and stamps from  a Stamps of Life stamp set. Also used blending brushes.
Well, of course my computer would go down when I was working with digitals. I will try to post by the iPad but I am not sure I know how. It took me awhile to figure out how to take a photo. But this was done with a stamp set I won. Posts will be short  and I most likely won’t enter challenges. I hope they can fix it. I want to enter Rudolph Days.

God bless,
Verna




Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Digital Day Practice

Well another light bulb idea that sort of did not work out as well as I liked. But for this one I again made my own background. I am entering this card in the Artstystamper Challenge #14-Springtime. I used one of the digital tulip image from the Early Spring Beauty set and printed it out as a line drawing and then colored it myself.


First thing I did was to make my own background by using a little jam jar and a stenciled background. The stencil is from a Sheena Douglas Design called Just Groovy by Crafters Companion. I used a Beach card stock and stenciled it on in shades of blue. When I took the photo I had the jar sitting in front of the background and then I printed out two of them right away.

Next I printed the line drawing of the tulips out and colored them with my Bic and Sharpie pens. They were fussy cut and placed on the jar but by doing this it took part of the jar design away. So with the extra printing I fussy cut out another jar and placed it over the top. I then just added a stem to that to make you think it was sitting in the water in the jar. (I guess I forgot to say I had water in the jar when I took the photo.)

Then I layered the design to black and finally to the pink card stock base.

It took me a long time to do this as I had a long phone call interrupt me. It was a bit of a trial and error on my part as to how I would accomplish this too. I had to figure out my system.

Hope all of you are doing okay. So far we are fine here. And, the sun is shining today too so that is good. We got the potatoes and onions planted in the garden as well this week. So it was a productive week so far at least in that respect.

Well, gotta go and do my dishes. They are still resting in the sink. No one else is a dish washer in our family now. LOL See you next time.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, April 17, 2020

April Twofers

Finally I got around to doing my April Twofers for Darnell's challenge. Again I  used digital stamps from Lili of the Valley. The April Twofers Challenge theme is Rain/Umbrellas so guess this will fit fine.


This first one I am showing was done with colored pencils and Gamsol. I also hand drew a sun to match with the sentiment which was from the Lili of the Valley Spring Sentiments set. The main focal image is from the Lili of the Valley Under the Weather set. I also used my blending brushes to add some blue for the sky.



The second card used the same image but for this one I computer generated the sentiment. I also took my old dried up markers and dipped them in water and got enough color out of them to do sort of a water color design. I was very happy and the points on the markers were so much easier to use then a paint brush. So I plan to save them just for this sort of thing. If they dry up completely I can always grab some color in the similar shade from an ink pad and do pretty much the same thing.


Again I did some ink blending with brushes for the sky and then I die cut the design with a Spellbinder die. I also used some pattern paper from my stash and die cut that with a larger die from the same Spellbinder set. I placed this on a yellow card base. Inside the card I finished the sentiment with the words "Brings May Flowers".

And that folks is my Twofers for April. I hope you liked them. No showers today and lots of sun. That is always good.

I am also entering these in the Double D Challenge as they fit their theme too which is Showers and Flowers.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Lili of the Valley Digitals

I found another source for digital images and since I could not find the perfect image in my supply on hand for what I wanted  I decided to use digitals from Lili of the Valley.  I used Under the Weather set and Spring Sentiments set for this card.


I colored the image with my Zig Clean Color pens but I am afraid my arthritis made my hands shake so the coloring is pretty awful. But at least I tried. I think next time I will make the design bigger and maybe it won't be such a fine detail for me. But this image did fit the theme I wanted so that was good. I also did some blending with brushes around the image to simulate a sky and tried to add some darker blue to make it look a little like rain clouds. I also added some white dots with a paint pen.

I am entering this in the Double D's Challenge-Showers and Flowers.

Well, the sun is shining here today so that is good and makes one feel a little more upbeat. And gradually it is starting to warm up a bit more too. By the weekend we are to have much better temperatures.

I pray all of you are doing well...please stay that way!
God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Toilet Paper Dudley

This image was another free digital design and it was from Whimsy Stamps. I thought it fit the present occasion perfectly and might give a bit of a laugh or two to the recipients of cards made with it. I turned this one into a birthday card by adding another sentiment on the bottom which was from the Gina K. Designs Grand Greetings stamp set.


Please excuse the coloring. I have only a few water based markers left and alas I had no green. But I did have a turquoise and a yellow so I used the two together to color my design along with some gray and brown. These were Tim Holtz Distress markers. After I had the image colored I took my Picket Fence Blending Brushes and added some light blue around the image. I hope my recipient of the card gets a chuckle on his "in house" birthday celebration!

Things went a little better for hubby last night. He did not groan as loud last night as he did the night before when he tried to get out of bed. He did not like the lift chair I put him in either as it made his arms go to sleep. It was made for a little woman and not for a guy. But I was glad it was available for him as it did help that first night a lot. Also some Aleve helped the situation as well. Maybe took some of the swelling down. But I am sure in time he will recover.

I hope this finds all of you well now and able to find some enjoyment in your "in home" isolation. I always find things to do. Creative cooking is on the schedule a lot these days. Haha! Take care and see you next time.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

In This Together

This card features another free digital image from Impression Obsession which was designed by Lindsay. I downloaded the image and then used the PNG design and added it to some also free digital pattern paper from the Vase of Peonies set from Beccy's Place. It was a nice soft pastel and so I though Lindsay's design would look great added to that pattern paper. I think it is so nice that one can use images from two different digital sources and create great looking cards.


Again I colored over the designs with markers and a white paint pen. I then added it to a light blue card base. Inside I added a sheet of white paper for a quick note.

I sure enjoyed working with these designs. And I thank those who designed them for offering them for free. Also thanks for the visits and wonderful comments all of you leave me. Keep the faith and we will get through this together.

God bless,
Verna

Put On Your Positive Pants

Yesterday I downloaded some free digis at Impression Obsession from Lindsay and Nola. This is one of the designs I got and used today for making a couple cards of encouragement. I am afraid my coloring isn't all that great as arthritis is bothering my hands but I still like how they turned out. I hope you enjoy them too and I am so grateful to Lindsay and Nola for offering them.


I thought this was a cute design. I happened to have a direct to paper background photo on my computer that I did with lightly kissing stamp pads to a white card stock sheet. So I took the PNG form of these images and added them to that background. I then took markers and a white paint pen and proceeded to color in the rabbit design.


Here is the blue version and below is the one I did and added to a yellow card stock base.


I am not sure that was a great background to use but since I did it I decided to work with it regardless. I had another one printed out and tried to use bleach but that did not bleach out the colors so I just worked over the top of the pattern.

I hope this finds all of  you still feeling fine and staying safe. We are well here too except hubby slipped when coming off the tractor and fell on his back and hurt himself. But the doctor said no broken ribs but just bruising. But he is still mighty sore when he moves wrong or has to sneeze. So I hope he can soon feel better too. It is hard on a farmer guy when he has to sit still. So I found some things for him to do which might help pass the day for him that were not too strenuous.

Until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Yellow Blooms

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