Thursday, September 29, 2016

National Coffee Day

Because it is National Coffee Day I just had to make another card with the coffee theme. I am also entering this in the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog challenge and the Mod Squad Blog Challenge.

I used the Acorns (digital image) from I Brake for Stamps and the cup and sentiment from Gina K. Designs. I colored the images in with my Bic Mark-It pens but did do some paper piecing on the cup and used pattern paper from Gina K. Designs for that.

I die cut two ovals from the MFT-843 Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Ovals set in two different sizes. One in cream and one in brown. It was over these stacked ovals that I added the images and sentiment.

Well, this will be the last card I do in the coffee theme until the next hop comes along. I have so enjoyed working with the coffee images and I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did along that line too.

Have a great rest of the week. We might be combining beans and if not, I will be putting away the craft supplies and clearing off the kitchen table again as we are getting weekend company. Thanks so much for stopping in and for all the wonderful comments.

God bless,

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Coffee Thanksgiving

Another coffee card but this time I am going to use it as well for a Thanksgiving card. I just love this free digital image that was given to those who did the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop this year. I am not much of a digi fan but this one really caught my eye so I decided to work with it. It is from Stamplorations and is called A Pumpkin and 3 Lattes. Therefore I will be entering this in the Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge too besides in the coffee blog challenge.

Besides using the digi I also used pattern paper and a sentiment from Gina K. Designs. The card base is done with kraft card stock. The leaf die cuts are from Cheery Lynn Designs. And the fiber on the card is from D. L. Art. The digi design was colored with Bic Mark-It pens and the leaves were die cut from some paper that I had previously inked with various Fall shades of dye ink. I also used the Bic markers on the panel that has the sentiment on it.

I lined the sentiment and the pattern paper panel with black card stock as I thought it made it stand out better. And it was much easier then to add the fiber to the pattern paper panel.

I really like how this card design came about and I think I will be doing more with that digi. While I was at it I printed out several so I am set to go. Just need to get some coloring time in.

Here is a closer view of some of the images and elements in the card. I think this shows how I popped up a lot of the layers.

Supplies used:
Digital image-Stamplorations Pumpkin and 3 Lattes
Fiber: D. L. Art
Cheery Lynn Die: Small Leaves #1 D133
Gina K. Designs Bounty of Blessings Stamp Set
Gina K. Designs Grateful Heart Pattern Paper Pack
Gina K. Designs Kraft and Black Card Stock
Zots Adhesive Dots
Bic Mark-It Pens

Well, that is all for me today. I am going to take the night off from stamping and hopping and watch some TV. I am a fan of Dancing With the Stars so I don't want to miss that.

Thanks so much for checking in and for all the lovely comments. I appreciate each and every one of them. And, I count all of you among my greatest blessings.

God bless,

Monday, September 26, 2016


Today my card uses a stencil on it for the main design. I got the Artplorations stencil and the stamp set which has the sentiment on it from the Stamplorations line which are designed by Sherry Russ. I am entering this in the 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I am also entering this in Stamplorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge.

This is actually the first card I made for the hop but for some reason I was not satisfied with the look of it with just the sponged design on the card. Then I remembered that my son had given me a coloring book and colored pencils for Mother's Day and I thought perhaps the colored pencils would be the answer to giving me some additional color to the coffee cup design and allow me better control on how the colors would be applied instead of using more sponging of ink or using a marker. And, it did achieve the look I wanted. I applied white to make it look like a cream with the coffee and also some light green to enhance the cup design.

My base card was a rustic orange color but the panel with the stenciled design on it that I applied was a lighter yellow color. The front panel was die cut with a My Favorite Things Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die. I also applied some die cut leaves from a pre-sponged fall colored card stock using a Cheery Lynn Designs die to the front of the cup. Then over the top of the steam I stamped the sentiment with black dye ink. The final touch was to add some metallic copper looking dots in each of the upper corners and a yellow panel inside the card.

Supplies used:
Artplorations Coffee Cup stencil from Stamplorations
Stamplorations Clear Stamp set called Coffee Happy
MFT Die-Namics Wonky Stitched Rectangles MFT-839
Cheery Lynn Designs Flourish Leaf Strip B178
Gina K. Designs Dye Inks
Crafters Companion Glue Pen
Scor Pal
Sargent Art Colored Pencils
Mark Richards Metal Sticker Nailheads

I am so glad you could stop by and I just wanted you to know that I appreciate each and every comment too!

God bless,

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stained Glass Coffee Cup

I have another card for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. This is an image that I found to be so beautiful when it was used on cards in the last hop so naturally I purchased it so that when the next hop came along I could make my own version of the card. All the stamps used are from Jillian Vance Design.

Usually with my arthritic hands I have issues stamping larger stamps but with the use of the MISTI I was able to stamp over it several times in just the exact same area and by that measure assured a good stamping. I stamped it in Memento Black ink onto white card stock. While I had it already on the MISTI I also stamped the sentiment in the bottom and the fall colored ivy leaves on the cup. I used a Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves ink pad to stamp the leaves.

I used a base card of yellow card stock which pretty well matched the colors I had colored my cup and outside border. And, all the stained glass areas were colored with my Bic Mark-It pens. I used my Crafters Companion glue pen to add the main panel to the yellow card base. 

Sorry for the poor coloring on the image. It was so dark outside that even the inside lights did not provide enough for me with one partially bad eye. But I am going to leave it as is and this way you can be sure it is handmade as it is not perfect. LOL But there was a lot of love and fun going into the coloring of it regardless.

Stamp sets from Jillian Vance Design used are:
Cup of Love 2016-014
Simply Said:Coffee & Jesus 2015-007

Well, we have been having so much rain with lots of lightning and thunder and so many times we had to shut the computer off  and unplug it so lightning would not strike it. We had lightning strike before and destroy a computer so we don't take any chances. Then for yesterday afternoon and evening we had no internet service. So it is good to be back up and running again. One sure misses it when it is not available.

Thanks for stopping in and for all your sweet comments. I so appreciate all of them.

God bless,

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Today's star is the Altenew line and I used both Fall colored images and coffee designs on this card.  As you may know by now I am doing coffee cards for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is going on now. I am also adding this to the Mod Squad Blog Challenge as well.

First on a white piece of card stock from Gina K. Designs I stamped the coffee ring from the Altenew set called Coffee Ring in the Gina K. Designs Warm Cocoa dye ink. Next using the Gina K. Designs black ink I stamped the sentiment.

Now all that was left was to stamp the leaves from the Altenew Beautiful Day set in the open areas. I first stamped the solid part using a Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves rainbow pad. Once I had them all stamped I then stamped over them with the second step design and used Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus dye ink for that.

I die cut that white panel then with the largest die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics set called Wonky Stitched Rectangles. I love the stitching details and the way the stitches weave in and out to create this look.

I selected a base card of Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus card stock and to that I added the white panel. Also I added a white panel inside for the inside message for when I am ready to send this card to someone.

I just love how this card turned out. And, I love that the coffee rings show little spatters as well. I think that adds so much to the design. I debated about adding more spatters but I finally decided to leave well enough alone.

Other supplies used:
Scor Pal
Crafter's Companion Glue Pen

Well, we did have a brief bit of sunshine this morning but now it is once again clouding up and looks like rain. It was so nice to see the sun though for a little while. I hope whether it is rainy or sunny that you are having a wonderful Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comments.

God bless,

Friday, September 23, 2016

Perk Up

Here is my second entry for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. And for this card I used images from Gina K. Designs stamps.

The sentiment was added to the center of a pre-printed label frame which was in a past card kit from Gina K. Designs. I die cut that patterned paper circle with a die from My Favorite Things. It was a die that cut out the center and left the outer part for a frame. It also has some stitches in it.

I used ivory card stock and stamped the cup with Gina K. Designs black ink. After that I colored it with Bic Mark-It pens. But to finish the cup off I pieced a portion of the pattern paper from the Gina K. Designs Autumn Wishes paper pack on the band area. I then popped it up over the stitched framed sentiment.

My base card was in a deep red color so I thought these designs would work well on it. I also added a strip of the pattern paper along the bottom of the card which was layered onto ivory card stock.

It looked sort of plain to me so I took some complimentary colored enamel dots from Stampin' Up! and added them randomly. Also in the center of the card I added a sheet of ivory card stock so that I could stamp a sentiment or write a message.

Gina K. Design Stamp Sets: We Go Together and Coffee which are both illustrated by Claire Brennan
MFT Die-namics Die:
MFT-948 Single Stitch Line Circle Frames
Gina K. Design card stock and pattern paper
Enamel Dots from Stampin' Up!
Gina K. Designs black ink
Bic Mark-It pens
Zots Dots (popped up the cup)
Crafter's Companion Glue Pen

Thanks for  checking in and leaving so many kind words about my card. I hope you are having a fantastic day too!

God bless,

Happy Fall Ya'all

Time once again for the 2016 Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and this is the first card I have made for this challenge.

The oak leaves and acorn design is a digi that I purchased from I Brake for Stamps digital images. I printed it out on card stock and also printed out another copy on regular thin printer paper so that I could use that as a mask. Then I added the cup which was a clear stamp.

The combined images were then colored with my Bic Mark-It pens and then fussy cut out. These were popped up and added to the card front. I also stamped the sentiment on white card stock and placed that under the cup and acorn image.

The final addition to the card front was to add die cut chevrons in various colors which I thought represented the colors of Fall. I also added some white paper inside the card so that I could later add a stamped sentiment or a hand written message.

Die used:
MFT Stepped Up Chevron

Digital stamp:
Acorn and leaf-I Brake For Stamps

Clear Acrylic Stamps:
Sentiment and Cup-Stamplorations-Coffee Happy Set designed by Sherry Russ

Other supplies:
Zots for popping the acorns/leaf and cup image
Scor Pal
Scor Tape
Sailor 2 in 1 Glue Pen
Bic Mark-It pens
Black Memento Dye Ink
Various colors of card stock

I am also entering this in the Stamplorations Never Ending Challenge and Crop Stop Linky Party #20-Anything Goes.

Thanks for looking and Happy Fall Ya'all!

God bless,

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Vintage Christmas

I was hoping to get a more vintage look and I think by using a cut out from a set of Heartfelt Creation Christmas papers from year's back I managed to get that type of design. I combined that with dies from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Using a cover die I added the white layer over the glitter infested beige card stock. And, sorry! I have no idea where that card stock came from but it sure is pretty! Next I added the Heartfelt Creations cut out and layered it to Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus card stock. This was then placed over the top of the card front panel.

I die cut a poinsettia from card stock which closely matched the poinsettia in the cut out and also some evergreen branches. I shaped the poinsettia and layered it over the right lower corner of the card. I popped the poinsettia up by adding several layers of  Zots thick dots so that there was more dimension. I also added some yellow rhinestone gems to the center of the poinsettia.

To finish the card design I took my Wink of Stella pen and added some glittery shimmer to the poinsettias.

Cheery Lynn Dies used:
French Lattice Small Frame FRM132
Pine Branches B146
Poinsettia Strip B324

Other Supplies:
Wink of Stella
Zots Clear Adhesive Dots
Scor Pal
Heartfelt Creations Paper Collection
Rhinestone Gems-Unknown

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge-Vintage
Crop Stop Linky Party #20-Anything Goes

Well, another cloudy day with the promise of rain later on. It is a good day to make cards. But I think the rest of my day will be working with tomatoes again. Oh, well! That is a productive activity too!

Thanks for stopping and for the lovely comments.
God bless,

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Funky Flakes Christmas

I finally made a card using snowflakes on it as I had been wanting to use some new dies and images ever since I had purchased them a couple months ago. So today I decided was the day to use them. I made a very clean and simple card design and wanted to have the sentiment as the main focal image. I hope I did not over do it with die cut embellishments and take too much away from that concept.

My card stock used was White and Blue Lagoon from Gina K. Designs. I also used Gina K. Designs Blue Lagoon ink. And for the snowflakes I used silver glitter paper from Stampin' Up.

The snowflake stamps and sentiments are from the CAS-UAL FRIDAYS set called Snowy Sayings and the die cut snowflakes in the silver paper are a FRI-DIES set called Funky Flakes.

I used My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles to die cut the sentiment and the frame to help showcase it.

I carried the snowflake theme over into the inside as well and once again used a sentiment and snowflakes from the same stamp set.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week in which the focal image is to be the sentiment.

It is a nice warm and sunny day and once again I was able to join my fellow church members at church. I better go while the weather is still good because when the ice and snow come I don't get out as much.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope your week is off to a great start.

God bless,

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fall Blessings

I just love the beautiful sentiment on this card which reminds me of all the times we went to the county fairs and walked through the exhibit buildings and saw the field crops and all the lush produce from the gardens. Of course, it often depended on the weather that growing season as to how much and how well the crops produced but it never failed to show off a lot of goodies. So this card is dedicated to the good Lord for all those Fall blessings he bestows on us each growing season.

Besides the sentiment I also used an apple image. I used Bic Mark-It pens to color it and fussy cut it out and layered it above the sentiment panel which was also die cut with the Die-Namic rectangle die. This panel was layered over the base card and on the bottom I added some leftovers from using a chevron die using various colors of card stock..

The last thing I added to the card design was some wheat stalks which were die cut and given to me by a friend. They sure do work well on this card and I am very thankful for them. I think I might have to get my own wheat die for future designs.

I lined the inside of the card with some white card stock and on this area I can then write a message or stamp an inside verse.

Sentiment from I Brake For Stamps
Apple from Gina K. Designs Harvest of Wishes Set

Dies used:
Die-Namics: MFT-839 Wonky Stitched Rectangles and MFT Stepped Up Chevron
Impression Obsession: Wheat

Other Supplies:
Card Stock: Gina K. Designs
Scor-Pal for scoring card
Ranger Multi-Medium Matte Glue
Bic Mark-It Pens

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Double D's Blog Challenge-Down on the Farm
Crop Stop Linky Party #20 Anything Goes
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Make Sentiment Focal Point
Scrapy Land Challenge{Challenge #49} Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #57-County Fair

Well, the weekend has arrived and the week went by in a flash it seems. I hope your weekend is filled with great and fun things. We are having company so I better get ready for that now. Thanks too for checking out my blog and for commenting.

God bless,

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sending Sunshine

Today is a dreary and rainy day which makes one feel tired and chilly! But in hopes it might help I decided to make a sunshiny card design with the colors of oranges and yellows. This card will be entered into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge, Scrapy Land Blog #49 Challenge and The Crop Stop Linky Party #20 Challenge.

The sunshine and the sentiment are from a set from Technique Tuesday which I was fortunate to win and it is called Hello Sunshine. I tried to make the sentiment the focal image by framing it with a die from Die-Namics. I cut the frame three times and popped up the pattern paper one on top to give it more dimension. The final popped up frame was added with small pieces of Scor-Tape. I also used Scor-Tape to add the center portion which contained the sentiment.

The inks used for my card were all Tim Holtz Distressed inks. For the sentiment and smiley face in the sun I used Black Soot. The sun was inked up with Dried Marigold and inside the sun I used a Distress Ink marker called Squeezed Lemonade.

The sun was then popped up over the top portion of the frame using some Scotch Double Stick Photo Tape. The last thing I added to the card was some yellow and orange rhinestone gems.

Here are supplies used:
Technique Tuesday Hello Sunshine Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Marker
Scor-Pal to fold card
Scotch Double Stick Photo Tape
Die-Namics MFT-948 Single Stitch Line Circle Frame
Rhinestone Gems-Unknown
Pattern Paper-Unknown
Card Stock from Gina K. Designs

Well, making a card with sunshine on it brightened my day. I hope you have a bright and cheery day going on as well. And, thanks for stopping by and for the wonderful comments.

God bless,

Monday, September 12, 2016

So Thankful

A special card for all of you who were so kind with sending cards and uplifting messages when I was recovering from surgery. I would love to send a card to each and everyone of you, but since I can't do that I will just show this one which expresses my feelings for your wonderful friendship.

I used some of the new dies I got from My Favorite Things Die-Namics line and a pumpkin image and sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Harvest of Wishes set. I purchased this set just recently but it had been released quite some time before that. Now I wonder why it took me so long to acquire it as I love all of the images in that set.

The Die-Namics dies used are:
MFT-948 Single Stitch Line Circle Frames
MFT Stepped Up Chevron (I got free with $60 plus order)

I hope the close up photos will let you see the wonderful design of these dies and I tell you they cut like a charm. I am so very happy with them. I also added off white pearls from Eyelet Outlet in each of the upper corners.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Scrapy Land {Challenge #49} Anything Goes
Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Color Inspiration-Fall Colors

Once again I thank all of you for being there for me when I was recovering from surgery. Your friendship means so much to me. God bless all of you.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Christmas Presents

Today I am working with products from My Favorite Things for my Christmas card design. I used the sentiment and the little snowflake present design from the LJD-54 Trim the Tree stamp set and also used a die from the Die-Namics MFT-986 Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges.

I went with the traditional colors of red and green but used varied reds and greens for my card design. I matched my inks as best I could to the card stocks I had chosen and created my own pattern paper design by stamping the little package randomly in the various colors onto the front of the white base card.

Next I chose one of the dies from the set and made a design with those reds and greens by cutting the scalloped edges and then layering them. These I placed at the top and on the white top layer I added the sentiment from the stamp set.

I really like this simple card design and I found with these color choices it seemed quite festive in nature. At any rate, I had fun making it.

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Scrapy Land {Challenge #49} Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Stamp It
My Favorite Things You Could Be a Card Design Superstar Contest-2016

Well, I hope your Sunday is a wonderful one. I went to church this morning for the first time since my surgery and it was so nice to be able to join in worshiping. I am really feeling much like my old self now and for that I am so very grateful. God is good!

Thanks for stopping by.
God bless, Verna

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Chevron Hello

I got my order from My Favorite Things in which I had ordered several dies. As a perk for a $60 or over order I got this wonderful Die-Namics Stepped Up Chevron free. And, I also ordered the Die-Namics Big Hello die and together I have used scraps to create a great card design. I am entering this into the You Could Be a Card Design Superstar Contest-2016 and also in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge.

I don't know what you think but I am tickled pink to see the great results one can do with these dies. And, a fantastic way to use up scraps.

The center portion of the design was done from some water colored paper I had made previously, Since in the process of cutting the chevrons this came out as a leftover bigger chevron I decided to use that for the center of the design.

I just know that chevron will be a favorite of mine and the design made with this die really created the perfect background for that Big Hello die which is cut with a dark brown card stock. I simply glued all the chevrons onto a base card of ivory and then over the top I popped up the Big Hello.

This was so much fun to make. It sort of reminds me of a southwestern style. I could have connected them but I liked the idea of a little of the ivory showing through.

Well, everyone have a fun weekend. I might even get to making more cards if I find time. It is such a good feeling to have energy enough to do crafting again. I am so fortunate. And, thanks to all who stop by and visit and leave such uplifting comments.

God bless,

Friday, September 9, 2016

Snowy Christmas

Finally the garden is slowing down and I am back into the swing of making cards again. I decided I still need a lot of Christmas cards so today I worked on a design using Gina K. Designs stamps and one die.

The stamps I used were the evergreen tree line from the Gina K. Designs Northwoods set and the snowman from the Wishing You Joy Gina K. Designs TV Kit.

My base card is white card stock. Over this base I added a background made with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. But before I embossed it I added some clear Versamark ink to the raised dots and then embossed it. Next I took some Gina K. Designs white embossing powder and added it to the Cuttlebug design and heat set it.

Then on white card stock I stamped the tree line and cut along the edge of the trees so that could be the next layer of my card. Onto this layer I added the fussy cut snowman by popping him up with some double stick photo tape. Next I added the die cut sentiment from Cheery Lynn Designs and on the snowflakes I added some white pearls. And, I dotted the eye with a red rhinestone gem.

I added Wink of Stella onto the snowman and also below the tree line. I thought this looked a bit more like sparkling snow. The card was then finished by adding a strip of white lace and over that I added a strip of red rhinestones.

Cheery Lynn Designs Die:
B186 Merry Christmas Set

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn Designs Blog Challenge-Lace Theme
Scrapy Land Challenge-Anything Goes
Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge

We are having more gloomy type of days lately and one can feel a hint of Fall in the air as it is much cooler. But I am happy and glad I can be back to making cards and that I am feeling better every day now. Thanks for visiting and for the lovely comments.

God bless,

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Trim The Tree

I went with a Christmas card again and this time used images and dies from My Favorite Things. Therefore I will be entering this in the My Favorite Things-You Could Be a Card Design Superstar Contest-2116.

I tried to create a scene and piled a lot of gifts beneath the tree. For this card I used the LJD-54 Trim the Tree stamp set and also used the FT-788 Trim the Tree Die-Namics die set which matches.

I stamped the ornaments on the tree with clear Versamark ink and then used embossing powder of red and white on them which I heat set. I added extra gem embellishments to the ornaments on the tree and the star. And, The tree was popped up with double stick photo tape. I also popped up the gifts below the tree with photo tape too! The last thing I did was to add a panel of red card stock behind the back of the card so that it had a framed look when closed.

I used pretty much traditional colors of green, gold and red but could not resist adding a few images stamped with wisteria colored ink too. All the inks were from Gina K. Designs;

Well, I now have another Christmas card done but I still have a long ways to go. I thank all of you for stopping in and checking out what my creative juices came up with today and I hope you are having a productive day as well.

God bless,

Fluttering By

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