Saturday, June 16, 2018

Gone Fishing!

As soon as I saw the saying included with the die set I used from Cheapo Designs called Gone Fishing Truck that old melody my Mom used to sing to me was recalled. "Gone fishing in an inky dinky pool. Gone fishing! Wish I could be that kind of fool". I think that is about all I recall of the song but it was a real reminder and brought back some fun memories. So with that die in mind I made a masculine card but it would have worked for my Mom as well as she was an avid fisher woman.


I cut the die out with white card stock and then with my Copics did some coloring. I based this card on the color of my hubby's pick up so that is why it is a white one. And, he is a Ford man. However, I love my Chevy Equinox which I drive so I guess you can say we are a divided house in that respect. LOL I also used Gina K. Designs card stock on which I sponged the road, grass and sky. The panels were die cut with a Memory Box Cross Stitched  Border die set. The sponging inks were from Gina K. Designs.

I am entering this card into the Dies R Us Challenge #99-Summertime Fun.

Thanks for the visit and I hope all the dads out there have a wonderful Father's Day!

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Rainy Day

Believe it or not but today it is not a rainy day but I still wanted to use this die for a square card to have on hand in case I need one for a wedding or baby shower in the future.


I used the Cheapo Die called Rainy Day. I die cut it three times in white, light blue and a darker blue. Then I placed it on another shade of blue card stock die cut with the Gina K. Designs single stitch square die which in turn was layered onto a light green shade which was cut with my guillotine cutter. After I had added all the puzzle pieces from various die cuttings of the design with Connect Glue from Gina K. Designs I then added the whole layout to a white square card base. It ended up being a 4 1/4 inch square card.

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #98 - Sunshine and Clouds. And, since I have only a very few minutes left I best get it posted.

Whatever the weather your way I hope the day is going great for you.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cat on a Fence

I am just getting in under the wire with this card for the Dies R Us Challenge #98-Sunshine or Clouds. I really had to hunt to see if I even had any dies I could make into a card and finally found this Cat on a Fence die from Cheapo Dies which I thought I could use. However, I colored it with my colored pencils and I am now wishing I had used some markers instead. But it is what it is. Not my best work that is for sure. I hope you can see the sun shining behind the die.


I also layered the Cat on a Fence die onto a Cottage Cutz double stitched circle die cut. The background on the card was done by using a background stamp from Gina K. Designs. And, my sentiment is from the Altenew Shadow Play stamp set.

It is a pretty simple card but it still took me a long time as I had to search for something that might work. I am ready to drop now as it is nearly 11:00 p.m. and time for bed. Have a good night all.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, June 10, 2018

June Twofers-Trees

The June Twofers Challenge #6 sponsored by Darnell Knauss uses a Trees theme. I have had this Poppystamps Boddington Tree Border die for several months so with this die I am using it to make not only a Christmas card but also a Father's Day card. The object is to try and use the same die or stamp in a different way to make two different types of cards.



For the Christmas card I used the Kiss Cute Glitter  technique shown in this video by Demo Donna from Sparkle N Sprinkle. By sharing this video it is a much easier way to explain how I made it. All the glitter is from Sparkle N Sprinkle. The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! stamp set called Christmas Pines.


My Father's Day card uses Gina K. Designs stamps. The background for the sentiment is done using the Diagonal Striped Background stamp and Lucky Clover ink and the sentiment is from the By The Sea stamp set using Amalgon Jet Black ink. I also used some Gina K. Designs black card stock too to frame the striped background.. This time I simply die cut the Boddington Tree Border with Lucky Clover card stock from Gina K. Designs and added it to a white card base.


Well, I must admit this was fun to do and of course, my floor and I both sparkle too! I am sure we will have glitter in everything for a few days. I got a lot of glitter when I was designing for Sparkle N Sprinkle so it is something I should try and use a lot more often.

I wish you a great Sunday and hope the rest of the week is a great one too! Thanks for stopping by.

God bless, Verna

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Coloring On Dark Paper

I find the easiest way to color an image on darker paper is to do an embossed design and then proceed to use colored pencils to add the colors you choose. That is what I did on this card using some Slate card stock and gold embossing powder, both of which are from Gina K. Designs. The image used is also from the Gina K. Designs Joyful Holiday set.


I colored the images in with red and teal and then used matching colored card stocks for layers. I die cut the design using the Gina K. Designs Double Stitched Oval die and then layered it onto a gold glitter paper die cut using the Gina K. Designs Single Stitched Oval die. These were glued together and then placed on a Red Hot card stock layer which in turn was placed on Teal card stock. All were added to a base card of Slate and inside the card I added a panel of white card stock so I could stamp or write a message. The final addition to the card was some punched tiny circles from the same gold glitter paper. The card stock used for this card is all from Gina K. Designs.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge
Double D's Blog Challenge

This design will also work for the Monday Challenge at Stamp TV.

Well, since the guys went fishing I was able to do a bit of crafting. Too bad they did not catch any fish. And, also the motor quit on them and they had to row part of the way to shore. So they certainly got some exercise. I best go fix my men something yummy for supper now so that they can recoup all the calories they burned.

And thanks for the visits. I hope you are having a great week.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Golf Dad's Day Card

One of my son-in-laws likes to golf so I decided to make him a card using a golfing theme for
Father's Day. I had a special stamp in mind but for the life of me could not find it so I came up with a different idea which resulted in this card.


I did the black part of the sentiment with the computer and printed it on white card stock. Then I used the Lawn Fawn Quinn's Capital ABCs stamp set to make my green letters which I stamped with black ink right onto green card stock. These were then fussy cut and placed on that same panel which was die cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die. The golf ball was made by using a Cheery Lynn Designs small circle die and cutting it twice with white card stock. Then I took a hand punch to the second circle and added some holes to make it look more like a golf ball. This circle was then layered on top of the other one. Another panel of green card stock was also cut with the Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die set but in a larger size which served as a layer.

My base card was of white card stock so I decided to stamp a background onto that to make a plaid design. I used the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Striped Background set. First I inked it up well with green ink and placed the card base face down onto that inked background. I took another piece of larger card stock and placed it over that and then rubbed with my hands well over to get the impression from the diagonal stamp. So since I wanted a plaid I inked the same background stamp up again but this time I placed the card base going the opposite way which when stamped created the plaid.

I am entering this card into the Mod Squad Blog Challenge which calls for a hand stamped background. I think this will be a qualifying one. Well, I guess I missed the challenge as it rotates from a one week to a two week and I sure find that confusing

Oh, and later on after the card was all done I did find the original stamp I was looking for. But I will go with this design and then use that another time for a card.

I am afraid I won't be doing much card making this week as I have my grandson here all week and that means more cooking and laundry to tend to. Anyway, I want to spend time with him too. So don't be concerned if this is all I post this week. I hope in the meantime your days are filled with fun and sunshine.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Floral Coffee

The other day when I printed out the free digital from Stamplorations I did one in a smaller size too. So since I had so much fun working with the larger one I decided today to make the smaller version into a card as well. This will be my final entry into the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I have really enjoyed this event again.


After I had the design colored I cut it with my guillotine cutter and then took the Die'Sire Edge'ables Lattice Flourish die to cut the border. I then layered this onto a panel of grape card stock which I thought was a good match to some of the flowers in the image. These panels were then placed onto a white card base. The last thing added was three pearls on the bottom right edge of the card.

I hope you have enjoyed all my coffee and tea creations and that I have not bored you too much. But I do know for sure I have had a great time doing this hop again. But it is time to put the play things back in their places and get ready once again for weekend guests, a wedding to attend and also a church pot luck. And, on one of those days is my hubby's birthday so that may need a bit of celebrating too.

Thanks for the lovely comments you have left me. I wish blogger would allow me to reply when people make comments but unless I have your email address I cannot thank you the way I wish or even answer questions. If you do have a question I will have to just make a comment on my blog in hopes you will come back to see the answer.

Have a great rest of the week.

God bless,
Verna

Hello Coffee

Stamplorations offered this digital stamp freebie and I took advantage of it and  used it for this card design for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I am quite pleased with the way it turned out too. It is just a very simple design but CAS is my style as most of you know.


I printed it out on white card stock and then colored the design with my Copics. I then die cut that panel out with a Gina Marie Designs Loopy Rectangle die. I placed it on a light blue card base and the finishing touch was to add a few black gems around the sentiment.

I hope many of you took time to enter this hop as there is lots of fantastic prizes being offered once again. And I so enjoy seeing what others do as I am always inspired by their talents.

Until next time, have a great life! And thanks for the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Cute Coffee Stickers

I did a simple card using a printable coffee bean design from The Cutting Cafe for the background, some adorable stickers from Doodlebug Designs Inc. from the Latte Love set, and a sentiment and washi tape from Gina K. Designs. I am entering this in the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop for my sixth entry.


Don't you just love those smiling faces on those stickers. I was so fortunate to win these from a previous hop and now this time I am using them for a card design. I really like them.

Well, I thank all who have stopped in lately to visit and leave comments. I am afraid I don't have any way to thank you as I don't have email addresses for all of you. But I assure you I read all of them and so appreciate the lovely words you leave me.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, May 28, 2018

Coffee Friendship

I hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day. The last of our company left about an hour ago so now I can get back to my posts showing the projects I made for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop. 


I tried to use some more spring/summer colors for this card design. My cup and sentiment are from the Stampendous set called Coffee Talk. I stamped the cup onto some alcohol ink background paper I had made previously and since it was a glossy card stock it resembled a ceramic look. The Coffee die is one from Cutplorations the die division of Stamplorations. I used the negative of it and just mounted it over a piece of light green paper. I went with a yellow panel to place all the elements and then added it to a base card of light green. The flowers are some I had in my stash from years back so I used them by alternating two of the blossoms between a yellow and green one. The last thing I added was some gems in the center of each bloom.

Well, that is it for today. I think it is time to do some relaxing after this busy weekend. Next weekend we will have guests again and we will also be attending a wedding. And with doctor appointments and a birthday in the middle of the week I am sure not much creativity will be done. At any rate, I don't want to make a big creative clutter since we will be getting more company soon.

 So until next post, take care and forgive me for not commenting when you post as I am not getting notices anymore. I guess from what I have heard it is a blogger issue and therefore not a great deal we can do. Hopefully, things will soon be resolved.

God bless,
Verna


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Mother's Day Tea Card

While my internet is still working I will post my fourth card I made for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop. This time it is a card for Mother's Day.


I used pattern paper, card stock, the stacked cups and a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs line. The teapot is a Cheapo die. And, the edging die is from Die'sire from Crafter's Companion. Putting them all together created a great design I think.

Thanks for the visit.
God bless,
Verna

Father's Day Shaker

I have another offering for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I made a shaker card using a cocoa cup die from Gina Marie Designs.




The sequin package is from Sparkle Blends and is called Coffee. I cut the cup die several times in order to get some depth in the small opening to add shaker elements and even at that it was a cramped space. I think if I ever do it again I will have to find smaller shaker items for it. I decorated the cup with Washi Tape and added a sentiment from Gina K. Designs. The background paper used is a printable coffee design from The Cutting Cafe.

Thanks for stopping in. We are in more summer like temps with our thermometer to reach into the 90's this weekend. Very humid too as we had quite a bit of rain last week. So that means my computer won't function very well. In fact, I will be lucky to get this posted.

And since I got my blog updated with the Privacy Protection I don't seem to get emails anymore saying when someone has published a comment. But I check periodically to read them and I thank you so much for visiting and for your wonderful words.

Have a great weekend.
God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 25, 2018

Perk Up!

Oh, my! What a busy time this weekend with the holiday and company arriving and trying to get my blog in order so it complies. But thanks to a good friend I think I have the blog at least okay so now it is just a matter of getting the rest of my cleaning done and flowers out to the graves of my family. Thank goodness I did a few cards ahead of time for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop so that I can do a quick write up and post them. This one I am really pleased as to how it turned out.


All the stamps, inks and papers used are from Gina K. Designs except for the Coffee die which is from Stamplorations! I used the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder template stencil to get the images onto my focal panel using stamps from the Gina K. Designs Coffee stamp set. The die cut Coffee was added to a pattern paper that I made using the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Stripes background stamp.

Thanks for the visit and I wish you a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

May Rudolph Days Challenge

I made a little scene card using stamps for my May Rudolph Days Challenge entry. I had to add a bit of my own hand drawing to get the look of a stable but all the stamps are from Hero Arts.


I stamped the images and then hand cut them and placed them onto a supposedly bed of straw and inside a stable which had an open window area. I am no artist but even I like the way this looks.

Thanks so much for your visit and comments.

God bless,
Verna

2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog

Before I get to my original post I have a short message for you. I do not use or give out any of your personal information unless I have permission. But by the fact that you are a follower or that you leave a comment you are yourself advertising personal information. I hope that you will continue to follow and leave comments as I am always so happy when you visit. For a more extensive Data Privacy Policy I have included it at the top of my blog.

Now to today's card. I am showing you a shaker card I made using a Tea theme. I gave this card to my daughter-in-law for Mother's Day. I thought it would be perfect for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop.


The tea pot is a negative area from a Cheapo Tea Pot die and I used it along with pattern paper, a stack of cups and sentiment from Gina K. Designs. The sequins are a Sparkle Blend mix.


I am sort of a novice at shaker cards but for the most part I think this was a successful one I made. 

I hope you are enjoying the hop so far and that you can find some time to join in.

God bless,
Verna




Sunday, May 20, 2018

Puddle Duck

I was searching for ideas for making a Father's Day card when I saw the Dies R Us Challenge #97 was Birds so with that in mind I brought out this Cheapo Die called Duck and made a simple little scene with it. I am very happy how it looks too.


I wanted a Teal Duck so I went online to research how to color it and this was similar to what I saw. Of course there are variations but this one seemed to be very beautiful with those colors. So I went with it. I colored the die in with my Copics. And, I used card stock, inks and the sentiment from Gina K. Designs. I used a sponge to add some sandy area around the puddle and also for the sky.

Well, this card went quick and I managed to sneak in a bit of crafting before going to a graduation open house. Happy Sunday to all and I hope your week will be a great one. Thanks for the visit.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 18, 2018

Another Graduation Card

This weekend one of our local towns is having their high school graduation and we have been invited to a few of the open houses. Since the school colors are maroon and gold I went with that theme on this card design. I used the Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Graduation stamp set to create it.


The pattern paper is from Lawn Fawn. And, the inks used were from Gina K. Designs. They were Ivory, Cranberry Tart, Kraft, Slate,  Dandelion Yellow, Tangerine Twist and Amalgon Jet Black ink. Sometimes I had to stamp off the inks to create a lighter shade but that was no problem.  The enamel dots are from Stampin' Up! I used the Gina K. Designs Small Rectangle Die for the card stock layers.

I am entering this in the Double D's Challenge-Bling It Up. I don't have a lot of bling but I think those enamel dots should qualify as bling. They seemed perfect for this card at any rate.

Well, the weekend is once again upon us. I don't plan much crafting as I have these graduations to attend and also need to clean my house. I am tracking cut up paper scraps all over the place. LOL Thanks for the visit and comments. I'll visit again with you soon.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Bling It Up!

The title of this post is the theme for the Double D's Challenge this time around. I just had to join in with at least one card as I like to add a few rhinestones or pearls now and then. I am not much into glitter as it is so messy but I think adding some rhinestones or sequins is a great way to dress up a card.


I used Gina K. Designs Stippled Flowers set and also the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Striped Background stamp. I stamped the flower images along the edge of my white panel and then colored them with Copics. Next I cut about a 1/4 inch off of the top and bottom and also used a scissors to cut along the flower design edge. This panel was then layered onto the main card base on which I stamped the diagonal stripes background with Gina K. Designs Dusty Rose ink using my MISTI. I really like the striped background showing through which I think really compliments the flowers.Very easy design. The hand cutting around the flowers took as long almost as it did to color the design. But maybe that was due to phone calls that interrupted the process. LOL The last addition was to add a sentiment and some rhinestone bling.

I am not sure what flowers the artist intended these blooms to be but to my way of thinking they remind me of the wonderful peonies that bloom in the Spring. I have some deep red ones which look very similar to these. So I am calling my flowers peonies.

Well, evening is upon us and so I best get busy and think about something for our meal. I hope your evening is going great! Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May Twofers

I finally got my twofers done for the May Twofer Challenge #5 that Darnell Knauss is hosting. The theme this time was butterfly so these are the cards I made using the same butterfly image.


I used a butterfly from the Gina K. Designs Boho Flowers set. That set also has dies so I used them as well.



Not only did I use the butterfly but I also used a sentiment from another Gina K. Designs set called Butterfly Kisses. The Loopy Oval die is from Gina Marie Designs. And, the lovely background paper is done with a new background stamp from Gina K. Designs called Diagonal Stripes. I placed that big stamp in my MISTI to make the background. I flipped the paper to the other direction and then  stamped it in a different color to make a plaid design.  I finished the card by adding some rhinestones.


My second card also used the butterfly stamped image along with a sentiment and die cuts from Gina K. Designs Boho Flowers set but this time I cut the butterfly apart and proceeded to make a flower with it. The Geometric Cutout circle is a die from Impression Obsession. The butterfly before surgery was stamped onto a piece of alcohol inks glossy card stock panel that I had made years ago and recently found. I thought it would be perfect for this card. I finished the flower by adding some blue rhinestones in the center.

I had a wonderful Mother's Day with family as we all went to Perkins to have lunch together and then later gathered at the home of one of my daughters. And, the highlight of the day for all the adults was taking turns holding Jack. He is doing great and was all dolled up for the day too! He seemed to know he was at a special occasion as he was awake and smiling and cooing all the while we were there. So yes indeed, he was a perfect gentleman. I hope your Sunday was a great day too!


Thanks for the visit, lovely comments and you have a great week too.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, May 11, 2018

Tone On Tone

The Gina K. Designs May release was held yesterday and Gina put out the challenge for us to make a tone on tone card design. Well, I love a challenge so I pulled out the Wreath Builder stamp set and template by Gina K. Designs and proceeded to make this card.


Gina has a fabulous array of green inks and card stocks so I decided to make a card with those tones in mind. The only other colors are the white and black.

I started to build the wreath on a 3 3/4 piece of Key Lime card stock. I stamped the images from the Wreath Builder stamp set with Jellybean Green and Lucky Clover inks. The sentiment was stamped in Gina K. Designs Amalgam Jet Black ink. Next I took a white piece of card stock size 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches and placed some green and white polka dot Washi Tape along the bottom and in the middle of that I added some black and white twine. The Key Lime panel was then also layered onto the white above the Washi tape layer. This panel was then placed onto a card base of Lucky Clover card stock. The last thing I added to the card was a white panel inside so that I can add a message.
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Well here we are to the weekend already. I hope you have a great one. And, all you mothers or motherly type have a great Mother's Day. Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Stenciled Graduation Card

Just when I thought I was done with getting graduation announcements two more came into my mail box. So I made a quick card today using a stencil and some dies and a sentiment. I really like the look of this one and since this is for a young lady I more or less catered to more feminine colors.


I took a sheet of white card stock and stenciled on the design which is one of Gina K. Designs stencils called Water Droplets. I then added that stenciled panel to a white card stock base. Next I took the sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Lettered and Lovely stamp set and stamped that in black. I added a few droplet looking elements from that same set in various colors around that sentiment before I die cut it with the Gina K. Designs Small Rectangle Double Stitched die. I added this to a die cut rectangle using Gina's Large Single Stitched Rectangle die of Dusty Pink card stock. My jumping young lady graduate is from an Impression Obsession die set. It also has a young man die but I only used the  young lady one. My last addition to the card was to add some black rhinestone bling.

This was a really easy and fun card to do. And, I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment design as that way I could re-stamp the designs if I needed and they would be perfectly aligned.

I am entering this in the Scrapy Land Challenge #89-Anything Goes.

Well, our weather has turned to a more chilly type. And, we are getting rain showers quite often too. Just a few days ago it was in the 80's and now it is highs in the 50's to low 60's. And, windy today too. So I thought it a great time to stay inside.

While I am here I want to send you a reminder that soon the Spring and Summer Coffee Lovers event will be going on. So maybe if you find time you can make a few projects for that event. There are always lots of prizes to be given out so it is worth entering. I know it is a busy time of year but I hope to get a few projects made for it.


You have a great rest of the week. Thanks for the visit and for all your wonderful comments. Until next time, take care.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Blooming Birthday

Here is another stenciled design. I have this wreath builder stencil from Gina K. Designs and even though it is a very open stencil I figured I could still add some sponged inks to it and make a card with it. As an experiment I was not sure what I would end up with but I guess in this case it isn't too bad and certainly will be a card I will send to someone.


I used a 4 inch square of white card stock and added the inks in the center of the stencil by going in one direction only. But for the last color of a lime green that I added I went the opposite direction and that made for even different colors when it all blended together. I think I did goof though when I stamped the images from the Gina K. Designs Bold & Blooming set by placing them upside down  but I guess it still looks fine to me. The sponged design was layered onto Slate card stock and then I cut it down the center and placed one half on top and one half on the bottom of the A2 size   
(4 1/4 x 5 1/2) inch card stock base. I then stamped the sentiment on a white panel and layered that to Slate card stock and placed it over the two split sections. The last step was to add some black gems.

Well, plans today are to do some baking so I don't think I will be stamping much at all. It is okay to take a break. Thanks for visiting and for all the wonderful comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Spring Wedding Card

Happy Sunday to all! While I was still in the mood of working with a stencil and some sponges I decided to try and make a wedding card for our great niece who will be getting married early in June. I like how this turned out as well. This card will also be entered in the Stamp TV Monthly Challenge.


The stenciled design is done using a lace one from Tim Holtz. I used Gina K. Designs inks to add color by sponging. Next I added a gold edged chiffon ribbon down the center. My flowers are from the Gina K. Designs Stippled Flowers set. I colored them with Copics and then cut them out and laid them over the top partially covering the ribbon and lace background. The sentiment is also from that stamp set and I stamped it in black onto the white sentiment panel before adding it to some gold glitter paper. Several years ago I bought a bag of buttons and in that bag were these double heart charms so I thought that would look nice attached to the sentiment. The final touch was to punch out three circles from the gold glitter paper and add them randomly.

I am also adding this to the following challenges:
Double D's Challenge
Mod Squad Challenge

Well, another gorgeous day here. Sun is shining and there is a light breeze. I hope your Sunday is a good one too. Enjoy the day!

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Stenciled Birthday Blooms

I have not used a stencil in quite some time so when the challenge to use stencils in rainbow colors came about with the Stamp TV Monthly Challenge I just had to play along.


I used a Gina K. Designs Art Stencil and also used Gina K. Designs inks. The sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Elegant Florals 2 stamp set. I die cut the focal panel with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die and then added it to a layer of black card stock. Next I added some black and white twine and then placed it on the white card base.

Oh, this was fun as I always enjoy sponging and that is how I added the color to the stencil design. I tried to use a gradual change of colors in it too as I sponged along. 

Well, another week gone by and here we are on a Saturday morning. I hope your weekend is off to a great start. Thanks for the visit and lovely comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Charming Mom's Day Card

Earlier today I watched a video by Karen Hightower from Gina K. Designs where she colored in a floral image using colored pencils. Well, I had not worked with colored pencils for ages so I decided that this would be a new way for me to get my muse working better. So with that in mind I created this card. And I must say that even I am impressed with the way this card turned out.


The lily is from the Gina K. Designs Thank You Friend stamp set. And the sentiment is from Gina K. Designs Elegant Florals 2. I used my Misti and took my kraft card stock and ran an anti-static pad over it and then with Versamark inks stamped the lily image. I then added Gina K. Designs white detail embossing powder and heat set it. Then I took my Prismacolor pencils and colored in the lily. Once the lily was colored the way I wanted it I then took white acrylic paint and mixed it with a bit of water and using a fine brush tapped on some white specks.

This kraft panel was layered onto some Gina K. Designs Plum Punch card stock and then added to the white card base. My sentiment was stamped with Gina K. Designs Plum Punch ink onto white and also layered to some Plum Punch card stock. I wrapped some white and kraft twine around the sentiment panel and added a heart charm. This was then placed also on the kraft panel. The last thing added to the design was a plum colored rhinestone gem.

I will be adding this to the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge
Double D's Challenge

Well, we had another beautiful sunny day with temps in the upper 70's. Yesterday it was chilly but today was much nicer. I hope things are improving for you weather wise too.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Baby Oh Baby!

I find myself in need of a baby shower card and so this time I pulled out this stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Baby Oh Baby! I thought it a perfect set for making my card. I can see making this for a Mother's Day card for the mom-to-be too!


Since the happy couple are expecting a boy I went with a lot more blue in the design. My background was made just using the Baby Oh Baby sentiment repeatedly in various colors. I then did some distressing with blue ink around the edges. The Mom To Be sentiment was die cut out with a double stitched circle die from Cottage Cutz and again I did some distressing with blue ink on it.

The young lady image was colored with a combination of Copics and Sharpies. I did no special blending but simply colored in the image. And, the background was stamped with various ink colors using Gina K. Design inks. After I had the young lady colored I fussy cut it and placed it on the background.

I am entering this in the following challenge:
Double D's Challenge

Well, I must confess I am in a stamping funk. For some reason I have lost my mojo but am mainly stamping according to my needs. So maybe that shows in my work but I still think this looks fairly nice anyway.

I hope all of you are having a great week. Hard to believe it is Wednesday already. I guess they call that "Hump" day. When you get through with Wednesday you are over the hump. LOL

Thanks so much for visiting. You have a great evening.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Popsicle Shaker Card

I am finding that I so enjoy making shaker cards now. I even have proper supplies on hand now with more on the way. So I may be posting a lot more from now on. I also look at dies in a whole new way too to see if they would work well on a card of this type. Today I am very proud as to how this one turned out and I wanted to share it with you.


Oh, looking at this card just makes my mouth water for a cool popsicle. And, I chose my favorite flavors of orange, lime and grape. The stamps and die set are from Sunny Studio and is called Perfect Popsicles. The shaker elements are from Doodles Paper Playground and this Sparkle Blend is called Purple Passion.


I took a close up picture so that you can see the beautiful blend of beads and fun sequins in the mix. I had added some light weight purple card stock behind the die cut so that it would look like a grape popsicle. I also added some kraft card stock to the stick area of the die cut popsicle. This card sure makes me think of warmer weather and summer fun!

Well, outside it is windy and chilly today. But in South Dakota we know that the weather can change in a flash from one type to another. So I guess we are used to it. I hope you are having a great Sunday. And, thanks for the visits and comments you leave. They mean so much to me.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pocket Full of Posies

The challenge at the Mod Squad Challenge is to use flowers on your card or project and then water color them. The sponsor this month is Stamplorations. So I used some scraps and the Stamplorations clear stamp set called Pocket Blooms to make my card. I used Tim Holtz water color paper for my card. I tried to keep my paper from curling but it seems it still has a curve and did not lay quite flat.


I used the Zig Clean Color markers for my water coloring. I stamped onto the card stock using Gina K. Designs Amalgam Jet Black ink using my Misti as with the rougher surface of the water color paper I needed to stamp more then once to get an impression I was satisfied with. I took the Zig pens and scribbled onto a double folded piece of wax paper and then spritzed water on them. Then with a fine detail paint brush I proceeded to color in my image and the white area around it. I then die cut it with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Border die and placed it on another layer of Slate card stock cut with that same die set. I added some black and white twine around the combined layers and then added it to a white card base. Along the sides and the bottom I added strips of striped black and white pattern paper (unknown brand) for contrast. I also added some inside. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I wanted to add some splats of black or gray color so I took the paint brush and tapped on it. Again, trying to get a bit of an artistic look to it. I am not sure I achieved that, but I still like this card regardless.

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

Sunny, warm and windy was the weather today. I got a hair cut this afternoon so I feel quite light in the head. I also did some shopping so I think this evening it will be just a relaxing evening of watching (sleeping) in front of the TV with hubby. Hahaa!

I wish all of you a pleasant evening and I thank you for stopping by to visit and comment.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April Rudolph Days Challenge

Once again it is the time of the month to join the April Rudolph Days Challenge. I went with a CAS card using die cuts and some sequins. I chose to use a snowflake design.


The dies used on this card are:
Memory Box Hanging Evelyn Snowflake
Cheery Lynn Designs B186 Merry Christmas Set

And the snowflake sequins I found at Kat Scrappiness. I thought the snowflake ornament, the sentiment with the snowflakes added and those sequins all worked great together. I placed them all on a duplex navy and white card base. The card was finished by adding a rhinestone gem to each snowflake on the card.

I am also entering this in the Scrapy Land Challenge #88-Anything Goes.

No more snow can be seen around here now. It has all melted with the 60 and 70 degree temps we have enjoyed most days. Yesterday was a rainy one but today it is nice and warm again. I hope the Spring has finally arrived in your area too. And, it was so nice of you to visit me and leave such lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Shower Shaker

I was in need of a shower card for a young lady who is getting married soon. I struggled with this type of card until I found this cute designer paper and decided that it would work well for my card and could in fact, work for either a bridal shower or a baby shower. And, I also found some sentiments that worked great with it too. Inside I added a cut out portion of the pattern paper and another sentiment from the Enjoy the Sunshine Kit.


The pattern paper is from the Gina K. Designs Spring Parade pack. And the sentiments are from the Gina K. Designs Enjoy The Sunshine Kit. I stamped the sentiment inside the shaker which was framed with a cutting of several layers of  MFT Die-namics Single Stitch Line Circle Frame dies. Inside the shaker I added various elements from my Mom's stash of confetti designs.

As I mentioned before I had no sequin mixes for shakers so I resorted to checking into my box of goodies I inherited. But I will soon be having proper shaker elements to use in my cards as I finally placed an order for some sequin mixes.

Also required for the bridal shower was for each person to include a recipe. So I even decorated my recipe card using a stamp from Embossing Arts in the corner and along the top I added a swirly designed stamp from Gina K. Designs.


Along with the recipe card and card will be a gift of money for the bride-to-be to spend anyway she wishes.

Well, today we are cloudy and having a few showers of rain. It is still a fairly warm temperature but since it is windy it doesn't feel that way. So I am staying inside and might work on a card or two as well. I hope your day is going great and thanks for the visit and lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, April 23, 2018

Graduation Card

Well, the graduation announcements are starting to arrive so I figured I had better start working up a few cards for that occasion. For this card I used stamps from the Sparkle N Sprinkle Stamp Set 435-Graduation.


After I stamped the background and colored it I sponged lightly around the edges with some light turquoise ink. Next I layered it to some Slate colored card stock. I also stamped the center panel and added the words before sponging around the edges of that. I also placed that on a layer of the Slate card stock. All were added to a white card base. I added the diploma which I fussy cut and popped up onto the center sentiment panel. Last I placed some rhinestones onto the center panel.


The pens I used to color the background in were from a set of Sharpie Fine Point pens that I got for Christmas from my daughter. I really like these and know I will be using them a lot for some straight coloring projects.

I am entering this in the Words Art Wednesday challenge #332-#333 Anything Goes..

Well, we are having sunshine and warmer temperatures and it sure makes one feel more energetic and less blah feeling! So that is a great thing. I hope the sun is shining for you as well. Thanks for visiting and until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, April 20, 2018

Square Birthday Card

I wanted to enter a card into the Mod Squad Challenge which calls for a birthday theme but the extra rule is that you have to add a balloon to the design. I decided since I had my wreath builder template out I would try to do a card using that method and I ended  up with a very different look then I had anticipated but it is gradually growing on me.


I used images from the Gina K. Designs Scooter Diva set for the balloon and presents. And, the circle frame and the sentiment is from the Wreath Builder stamp set. I die cut the circle frame and the orange layer with Gina K. Designs small and large stitched dies. I colored the balloons and gifts designs with Bic Mark-It pens.

I got this birthday card done yesterday evening and then later on I read a message where we were invited to attend a birthday party for a cousin of Arlin's. So this will be a card for that occasion.

Well, I hope you are having a happy Friday. The weekend arrives too soon each week. And, my Friday will be spent getting ready for company that is arriving Saturday morning. I thank all of you for your visits and comments and I hope your weekend is a great one.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Springtime Friendship

Today I used up some scraps of card stock and using the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder template and Wreath Builder stamp set made a square card. Normally, I don't use square cards but this will fit into an A2 size envelope so I decided to make one anyway.


The center circle frame design I die cut with a Cheery Lynn Designs small circle die set. It worked perfectly for that stamped frame. And, the sentiment was made so that it would fit right into that frame as well.

I love the flowers which are always a great reminder to me of Spring. And, the colors were chosen by whatever scraps I found to use. But sometimes that works out quite well and in this case, I think very much so.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Double D's Challenge-Friendship
Dies R Us Challenge #95-Springtime

Thanks for the visit and for the wonderful comment. The latest round of snow missed us so we feel quite blessed about that. And, it sounds like things will be warming up now. That really makes me happy! I hope the weather is improving for all of you as well.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, April 16, 2018

Double Slider Motion Card

I had to laugh. When I told my hubby I was making a double slider he immediately thought of hamburgers. But, no, this is not a hamburger, but instead it is an animation card I made from a new die set and stamp set from Motion Crafts by Uchi's Design. The stamp set I used is called Hello Friend.

Here is the way the card looks closed. I am not saying it is perfect as I think I misaligned some of the dies but I was still able to make it work well enough that I was satisfied.



The next photo shows how it looks when the sliders are pulled out.


And this third photo shows the way I did the inside. All of the images and sentiments are from the Hello Friends stamp set which is so handy. It makes it much easier to design a card with that feature.


The pattern paper I chose is some I had for a long time and it is from a pad by Die Cuts With a View. I really had to search for some pattern paper that was big enough and luckily these pads were 8 x 8 so they worked just fine.

I am entering this in the Dies R Us Challenge #95-Spring Time. I know a lot of the critters are coming out and being more visible in the Springtime. And I loved the Spring Green color in this pattern paper.It goes so well with the navy color. 

Well, that was my afternoon activity. It involved a lot of running back and forth to the computer to view the video showing how it was done. But I think I have a much better idea on how to do it now. 

Thanks so much for your visit. I love to see all the wonderful comments you leave too. Have a great evening now!

God bless,
Verna

Friday, April 13, 2018

April Twofer Challenge #4

Before the newest round of April snowstorms blocks my internet I thought I best get the Twofers posted as no doubt with the predicted 12+ inches of snow it most likely will take care of the internet and TV. Oh, one of the joys of country living. I hope we don't loose electric power too!



Anyway, the theme this time for the Twofer Challenge #4 is Pets.  We have only a dog and lots of barn cats. When I say lots, I mean LOTS! In fact, one of my daughters calls it a Herd of Cats. And, my hubby is usually the one who feeds them in the barn area and if he is not out there when they think he should be they come up the driveway from the barn and sit and wait outside our kitchen door.


For the barn scene I used an old wood mounted stamp from Stampendous for the background. I colored it with a combination of Bic Markers and Copics. Then I  used the cats from Gina K. Designs in the foreground of the scene. I thought this depicted them sitting and waiting for their master to show up and feed them. This will eventually be a birthday card for my hubby!


My next card used one of the same cat images on it and I combined it with some Halloween elements to create a Happy Halloween card. I sure struggled trying to get my cat to look black but still be able to see the features of it. I finally after several attempts settled on this one. And, the pumpkin I made into a Jack O' Lantern. I never was very artistic when it came to hand carving a pumpkin and the face hand drawn on this one looks like a Grumpy Gus. LOL But it is what it is. The cat and pumpkin images are from Gina K. Designs and the sentiment, spider and web are from a set by Rosewood Stamps. I added them all to a wood grain background that I made by taking a score board, added lines and then swiped my ink pad down it until I felt it looked okay.

If you get a chance, I encourage you to join in on the fun of the Twofer Challenge that Darnell Knaus has sponsored. It sure is a fun thing and having a theme to follow is always an incentive to be creative.

Well, the first flakes are falling so I guess the fun will begin with another snow storm. Just in time for the weekend again. But I guess we do need moisture so I won't complain too much as long as we can stay warm and safe inside. I wish all of you a great weekend and I thank you for the visit and wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Xavier Zebra

I made another simple little scene card using the Gina K. Designs Xavier Zebra stamp set and the masking technique. It reminds me of Spring too with that pretty flower I added. I am entering this into the Mod Squad Challenge-Simply Clean.


I think he is so cute and the first time I saw this set and little cutie I started to smile. He sure makes a cheery card. Once I had my panel stamped and colored with some Bic Markers I then die cut it with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Die. I layered it to a panel of black card stock and then onto a white card base.

Well, no snow yet but sounds like in the morning (Sunday) we are to start in again with more Winter type weather. They predict 5-8 inches. I guess time will tell if that will be the case. But we are still having very cold weather yet. Last night the temps got down into the single digits again. I hope wherever you are that you can stay warm and cozy. Thanks for the visit and lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Gone Fishing!

As soon as I saw the saying included with the die set I used from Cheapo Designs called Gone Fishing Truck that old melody my Mom used to si...