Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Witch Is In!

This was a quick Halloween card I made one evening while working on an evening meal. We call it supper! Anyway, I simply sponged on the colors I wanted and left a lighter colored area where I figured I could stamp the spooky old house. Then I added the other images with black. Voila! It was done. So easy but I still like it a lot. I used Gina K. Designs heavy weight white card stock. It is a no layer card.


I only had to color in some yellow and orange in the house windows and the moon. Also the tree was not filled in so I added some black marker to that. I even did an outline with the marker on the sentiment as well as I wanted it to show up well. These are images from an old (retired) stamp set from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Halloween-RIP. It was a stamp set I acquired when I was on their design team a long time ago. I still love that set a lot and have used it many times. So if you wanted to get some of those images I am afraid you are out of luck unless you can find it on Ebay.

I just wanted to share that even though I had not posted much this week that I was still trying to work on some cards for the upcoming Halloween holiday. I had to work with lots of garden things again and also do some emergency baking.

Let me explain the emergency baking. My wonderful hubby went to town and so I told him to pick up a few groceries of which some eggs was part of the order. Well, when he was bringing the groceries in from the car he dropped the eggs. And, so that day for a noon lunch we had some scrambled eggs. The other cracked ones I used for baking some Dump Bars. I do love the Dump Bars so I was not too disappointed that I had a good excuse to use them. Well from an 18 count carton of eggs we managed to have five of them come through the ordeal unscathed.  So just in case you drop some eggs and need a recipe that uses quite a few of them I am giving the recipe for Dump Bars for you next.

Dump Bars

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
5 eggs beaten
1 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips

Blend all ingredients except chocolate chips. "Dump" into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips (or butterscotch if  you prefer) on top. Don't stir them in. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Depends on your oven.

And, here is a another tip for you: Yesterday I made a card using an acrylic block background and then stamped on some ballet slippers. Well, let me tell you that Hero Arts Ombre Ink would not scrub off with water from that acrylic block. I did not know what to do and then I thought about the Clorox Wipes I had for disinfecting and decided to try that. With a little elbow grease it got that block looking just like new again. So if you have some stubborn ink stains this might be a good thing to try on your blocks too.

Well, I best get my sink full of dishes washed up and also do another load of laundry. Hubby has been working on some machinery and changing oil on vehicles and he sure has some dirty and nasty items I need to take care of. One thing you can always expect is every day clothes with grease and grime on them.

I wish all of you a great rest of the week and weekend. I have to clean my house tomorrow so I won't be posting for awhile again. Thanks for coming by and commenting too.

Take care and God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Well, it is footwear!

I saw that the Double D Challenge this time was to use some sort of footwear as the theme is If The Shoe Fits! Well, I am afraid I am not finding a lot of success with footwear but did remember I had this one and some cowboy boots or work shoes. Well, I decided to girly it up a bit and use some ballet slippers or at least one for my card. And, I had an acrylic block design handy that made for an easy card design.


I used an Hero Arts Ombre stamp pad for the background. Then I stamped the ballet slipper and the sentiment with black ink over the dried background. I used my MISTI so that I could re-stamp it if needed as I wanted a good printing. Good thing I did too as I did the slipper and the sentiment three times. Then I added it to some Dusty Rose card stock and finished by adding some black rhinestone gems. I also added a white panel inside the card.

The ballet slipper image is by Stampitcrazy and the sentiment is from CAS-UAL FRIDAYS. I could not find any sentiments that involved dancing or ballet but I thought this one would work okay too.

Well, sorry I have not posted much. I have been very busy again with garden work. I did get some Halloween cards finished though in between but have not had time to post about them. Maybe another day I will find time. And, I think I am getting company for the weekend so I better clear the kitchen table off again. LOL

Thanks so much for your wonderful comments and I always love to hear what you have to say. Take care and we will visit again another time.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 13, 2018

September Twofers

Time again to do my Twofers for Darnell's Twofer Challenge #9. This time we are to use a leaf two different ways or for two different types of cards. I chose to do a Fall one and a Christmas one with my leaf. The leaf used was one from the Gina K. Designs Fancy Flowers set.



For the Fall card design I masked off the area I wanted to sponge color on. I chose to  use shades of yellow for the main sponged area. Next I then took the leaf and using a Hero Arts Ombre Autumn ink pad I stamped the leaves. After I had all the leaves on my design like I wanted them I then took a black ink marker and with a ruler drew a faux layer along each side. The sentiment was stamped in black and it is from the Joy Clair Harvest Blessings stamp set.


The card base for my Christmas design is white but I used the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Stripe  background stamp to create a plaid design with the green and red colors. I took a sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Holly Jolly stamp set and stamped that onto a rectangle that I had die cut using Gina K. Designs single stitched die. That die cut was added to another larger rectangle from the same set in the green color. The sentiment was then placed onto the lower right corner. For the poinsettia I used a masking technique to make it and then cut it out by hand and popped it  up onto the upper left corner making it so that it slightly overlapped the sentiment panels.  The last thing I added to the card was some yellow pearls on the poinsettia center.


I did not think I was going to get to finish my Twofers today as we discovered that we had several cantaloupe that needed to be cut up and refrigerated. There were so many that I went online and found a recipe for Cantaloupe bread but instead of making it into loaves I opted to make it into one carb choice muffins. Not bad tasting too. And, a great way to use some of the over ripe melon.

Well. that is enough activity for today. I think I will take the lazy route and fix a pizza in the oven for supper. Along with some lettuce salad it should make a good meal. I hope your day went well and that you got some productive crafting in. Thanks for the visit and until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dirt Road at Dusk

Hello again! I hope your day is going well. I got a late start but finally got to working on a birthday card for my cousin who is an elderly farmer and I thought this scene might be to his liking.


I was trying to make it look like the edge of night. I am not too sure I achieved it but I still think it is a nice card. I know it is a great scene and it is a Blue Knight rubber stamp called The Dirt Road.

I used Gina K. Designs white layering weight card stock and stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink. I then  used a combination of Copics and ink sponging to color in the scene. Sponging was mostly done on the sky area but I did carry a bit of the blue down into the lower scene to depict it getting darker as the day goes on. It really was an easy card to make. I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from Gina K. Designs.

Well, I think that does it for me today. At least I got one card done. And, I have a lot of ones to do yet this week if at all possible. Oh, where does the time go every day? Hahaa!

Take care and thanks for visiting and commenting.

God bless,
Verna

Humorous Writing

Good morning all!

A local gal named Terri writes a blog and also a column for a newspaper. She is also a wonderful card maker and was instrumental in getting me into the stamping game as she owned the store next door to where I worked that had all those tempting stamps and supplies for sale. Anyway, I am just loving the funny articles she writes and I thought if any of you need a dose of humor to brighten up your day that you might want to check out her blog too.

I hope your morning is off to a great start. Until next time.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 10, 2018

Blast From The Past

I ran across this photo I took years ago when I had my design and poem published in Scrap & Stamp Arts. I thought maybe you might like to see it. I sure do miss that magazine as it was one of my favorites.


The images  used are from Sutter Stamps. This was done in the earlier days when I did not have many sentiment stamps and when I was into writing poetry. I seldom write poems now. I mainly just make cards. But I was really proud when they published my card and featured it all on one page. It was in the Inklinations column in the May/June 2005 issue.

Please forgive the bad photo. I tried to enhance it as much as I could. But I think you get the idea and can read the small print.

I should get back into more scene stamping as I used to love it a lot.  Maybe soon. In the meantime you have a great afternoon.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Caroling Penguins #pbcreativechristmas

This afternoon I decided to make up a quick Christmas card and I used a really cute and delightful stamp for my card using the Penny Black Caroling Penguins set. There is also some sentiments with it so I chose one to add to my card.


I recently purchased some wonderful ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon called Vintage Christmas so I tried to use the same colors in my penguin design. I think I got the Copics to match quite well too. After coloring the penguins and adding the ribbon I simply added it to a Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart card stock base. I also added a piece of the white card stock inside so I can stamp or write a message.

I used my MISTI to get a good stamping and I am glad I always rely on that tool. It is a lifesaver with me not being able to stamp well anymore due to my arthritis.

I am entering this into the Penny Black Creative Christmas Challenge.

Anyway, I wanted to share it and I especially want to thank my friend Patti for giving me the stamp set too. I love it!

I hope your Sunday is going great and that your new week will be a great one.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Let's Pop a "Wheelie"!

The title is the theme for the Double D's Challenge this time around and I must say when I made this card I "wheelie" had a good time doing it too! It was such a fun image to work with and I added it to another acrylic block background.



I used images from the Gina K. Designs Face To The Sun stamp set which included the sentiment and the girl on the bike image. I put the acrylic stamped design into my MISTI and then stamped the image and sentiment. Both needed to be re-stamped so I was so glad I had the MISTI working for me again. It seems I don't have the strength to get good impressions like I used to do. So that tool is a real asset for me.

I did not have a sun stamp so I took a snowflake from the Gina K. Designs Holiday Wreath Set as I thought it sort of resembled the rays of a sun. I tried my best to get some yellow in the upper corner for it when I did the acrylic background and I guess enough showed up so that it worked okay. I had to mask off the corner first though before I added the snowflake image.

Well, that will do it for me until next week I think. I worked most of the day with garden things and then I managed to finish this up. I had started it yesterday but ran out of steam. LOL I hope all of you are having a great weekend. We are having more Fall like days now with cool nights and moderate days with highs in the low 70's. Very nice weather in my opinion. Well, I will see you next time. Take care.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, September 7, 2018

Autumn Wreath

Using another of my acrylic block backgrounds I decided to make a wreath using the Gina K. Designs Autumn Wreath Builder set. I first stamped the basic wreath using the flower and leaf design using the MISTI. Then I took and hand stamped the leaves and pumpkin around that basic wreath oval. And the final addition of the sentiment was done by placing it back in the MISTI. Good thing I did that too as I had to re-stamp it more then once to get a good impression.


I cut by hand around the acrylic block design quite closely leaving only a small border of Ivory card stock. Then I placed it on the black layer and fussy cut around that as well. The final step was to add it to an Ivory card base. Really an easy design and I am quite pleased with it too!

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge which calls for an acrylic block stamped background. I sure have been enjoying working with these backgrounds and I hope to share another one with you tomorrow as well.

Have a great evening and please drop in any time. I love to see you visit and leave such wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Stamp Your Block!

Another card using a background by adding ink to an acrylic block and stamping it onto card stock. I am concentrating more on Fall cards and so I thought this color scheme looked like some apple harvest colors. So I went with using apples  from the Harvest of Wishes stamp set by Gina K. Designs. I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog challenge too!


Once I had my block stamped and the designs stamped in black onto it I then cut it down a bit of the edges and layered it to black card stock. And, for the card base I chose to use Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green card stock. I don't know about you but I always like to incorporate the least used color as a base for a card with the exception of black, kraft, white or ivory which are always great ones to use. So since the Jelly Bean Green matched the splotches of green from the block stamping I went with that for my card base.

I originally used the Red Velvet, Red Hot and Jelly Bean Green inks from Gina K. Designs for ink on my block and then spritzed with water before stamping it down on the Ivory card stock. I re-inked it again and stamped again as I did not get as much coverage as I wanted with the first stamping. So keep that in mind if you are not liking the way it looks the first time around.


Even though the Jelly Bean Green card base was quite light in color and could have shown off a stamped or written sentiment quite well I still decided to add an insert of the Ivory card stock to that as well. And, before I added all of the design to the card I took some black and white gingham ribbon and placed that along the right side. I love gingham ribbon so I tend to use it a lot.

Well, here it is Friday already and I hope your week went well. I wish all of you a wonderful weekend and I thank you for always being so kind with your comments.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Acrylic Block Background

The Mod Squad Challenge this time is using an acrylic block to make a background. I chose to use Gina K. Designs inks and then I spritzed the block with water before stamping it down on my card stock. My choice of card stock for this panel was Ivory. I repeated the stamping until I got the design I wanted.


I tried to use a mix of colors that would work well for an Autumn color scheme. I think I succeeded with this background. I cut around the stamped panel to leave an Ivory border.


The stamps  used on it were from the Gina K. Designs Grateful Heart stamp set. I just love the great patterns on those leafy branches.  They were stamped with Versafine black ink. So was the sentiment which is also from that same stamp set. Then I placed this on a layer of Plum Punch card stock before adding it on the Ivory card base. All card stock is from Gina K. Designs.


I did not have pearls in the colors I wanted so I took Copic markers and colored them with what I thought were a close match to the inks incorporated in the background.

I made up several acrylic block panels so look for more designs to be forthcoming. I love this look and one never knows exactly how the panels will look too. That is the exciting part when you see what has developed.

Well, thanks again for stopping in and taking a look at what I have been doing. I love your visits.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Masculine This Time!

This card is more of a masculine style and I chose to use a stamp from Blue Knight Rubber Stamps called Country Life. I thought this was a great card for a guy and especially for those who live in my neck of the woods. LOL This would be a typical scene many times where an old truck was chucked out in the field and left to rust.


I stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink. I then used sponges for adding color to the scene. However I did take a marker to define areas where a sponge just would not work efficiently. I tried to match the sponged on colors. After I had the scene all colored I placed it back in my MISTI where I had kept the stamp in position and stamped it again in the black ink to bring out all the details which had been smudged by the sponging.

I then added this scene to a layer of black card stock and then placed it onto a white card stock base. I on purpose did not add any sentiment as I want to keep my options open as this could be a card for a birthday, get well or even a sympathy one.

I am entering this in the Double D's Challenge which calls for using something with wheels on it. I believe this old pick up truck qualifies.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your evening is a great one. And, I love all the comments you leave me too.

God bless,
Verna

Make It Feminine

Well, this diva certainly oozes her feminine side with this wonderful image that I got as a freebie with an order from Crafter's Companion. She is from the Scuffy Little Cat line and her name is Francesca. When the Penny Black and More September Challenge came  up with a theme of Make it Feminine I decided this was a perfect image to use for it.


I stamped the image with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink and then colored her with my Copics. I then proceeded to die cut around the image with a Spellbinder Timeless Rectangle die as I thought it had more of a feminine look to it then just a plain rectangle. I mounted this panel to black card stock and then placed it on a light blue card base. The finishing touch to the card was to add some rhinestones to the necklace she was dangling from  her hand.

This was a "just for fun" card and I had been meaning to use this diva image for quite some time but just had no idea exactly how to go about it. So I am glad another NBUS (never before used stamp) had seen some love.

I hope your day is going well and I so appreciate your comments and visits.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Thanksgiving Blessings

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day holiday. We had a good visit with some of our children and their families so we enjoyed that. We played some fun games too! That is a nice change of pace.

Today I got an order from Gina K. Designs and so I grabbed a few of those stamps and decided to play with them and create a Thanksgiving card. Before we know it that time will be here as well, so I think it best I get busy with those and Halloween cards.


I recently bought a set of Fall colored ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbons and so I chose to use one of each color to create a background. Then I took a leaf image from the Gina K. Designs Skeleton Leaves set and stamped one in each color to sort of match the ribbons. The sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Autumn Wreath Builder set. All of this was arranged on a piece of Ivory card stock. The card base is black so I stamped the sentiment in black too and added three black sequins. Inside the card I added another Ivory piece of card stock for the sentiment or message I will be adding.

Really a simple design and the fussy cutting of the leaves was not that difficult as it was a fairly simple outline to follow. I hope you liked my quick and easy card I made after lunch. Thanks so much for visiting and I hope your day is going well.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Traditional Christmas (Red & Green)

While I was cooking some food and had to be close by to check on it I decided to use my MISTI and stamp up a quick Christmas card design using traditional red and green colors. I always love the look of holly so I chose to use images from the Gina K. Designs Festive Foliage stamp set.



I stamped the holly and berries repeatedly using Gina K. Designs Lucky Clover, Christmas Pine and Red Velvet inks. When I had my holly all stamped I cut along the holly on the right edge leaving a slight white border. I also cut my card stock down by a 1/4 inch so that I had room to leave a bit of border showing from the red card base. But before I added it to the red card base I took some ribbon I bought from Reasonable Ribbon called Christmas Traditions as it fit in perfectly with the color combinations I was going for.


To finish the card off I added a white panel inside on which I stamped the words "peace, joy, be merry" with red ink. These words were from the same stamp set.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Challenge for this week which is Anything Goes.

Well, I see I have a bunch of red ripe tomatoes that need my attention today. I think I am just going to place them in hot water for a bit, then slip the skins off and put them in a freezer bag and toss them in the freezer that way. Then when I want to make soup, chili, spaghetti or other types of tomato dishes I have them all ready to use.

I had not expected to do another post this week so I am quite surprised I managed it. At any rate, after the tomatoes are done I have to clean some more for the guests who will be arriving Friday I believe. I wish all of you  a great weekend and thanks for all the sweet comments you leave me.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Butterflies Love and Prayers

I made this card last night as I was having withdrawal so bad from not doing any stamping. So I pulled out a Gina K. Designs stamp set called Tropical Tidings and used this image from it to make this very simple card. And it was a NBUS stamp set so I am happy that I finally got to using part of it.


I stamped it with Amalgon black ink from Gina K. Designs and then colored it with Copic markers. Dies used were the single stitched rectangle one from Gina K. Designs and the double stitched rectangle die from Cottage Cutz. After assembling the blue and white layers I added it to a white card base. The final touch was a few rhinestone gems.

I am lucky that the Mod Squad Challenge this time is for Anything Goes so this will fit right in. The rest of the week will be spent getting ready for company over the long weekend. So no stamping for awhile again for me. I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend too. Thanks for stopping in and for all the sweet comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cold Winter Night

I recently ran across this scene I made using Stampscapes that I had never made it into a card. So yesterday I finally got around to doing that.


I think the reason I never made it into a card was because I just could not think of parting with it since it reminded me so much of our farm yard and our old barn. In fact it reminds me of the aftermath of a storm we had when I was 4 1/2 months pregnant with our son. The snow was so deep and the only way we could get to the barn to feed and milk the cows was to trudge through it. We would think we were going to walk over it and then just like that we would break through the crust and be over knee deep in the stuff. I followed my husband's tracks going over that big snowbank and by the time I got to the top I was just so tired out and had terrible side aches. So I plopped down in the snow and rested. When I observed the view below the snowbank I saw where it sloped right down to the barn entrance so I took the easy way out and just laid down and rolled down the rest of the way. It must have been quite a sight as I remember my husband laughing when I got to the bottom of it.

Well, back to the card. I added a white sheet inside the card so I could write or stamp a message later on. And, I added the scene to a layer of white before placing it to a red card base. I used regular Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a white gel pen for more details. And, the colors were added with sponges. For the finer details I used a few make up applicators which had sponges on the ends. They work well for fine areas. The title of the painting was computer generated.


Anyway, I wanted to share this with you. I think it only appropriate that this will be my son's Christmas card this year. I am sure he will see the resemblance as well to our farm yard. And he seldom gets back to the USA in the winter time anymore.

Well, take care everyone and thanks so much for all the uplifting and wonderful messages you leave me. I love all of them.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, August 25, 2018

August Rudolph Days

Wow! Time has flown by once again this month and  here we are to the August Rudolph Days Challenge. Anything goes as long as it is Christmas. And, I had won some digi files last year so I was determined I would make use of them for at least a few cards. I hope you like my endeavor using them. I got a new printer so I was all set up to make it happen.


The files are all from iralamija shop,  I used the Gingham No. 2 collage file and also the Christmas Carol file for this card. With a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil from Collection 19 I  added some holly in random colors to the gingham paper. The background paper was just printed on regular printer paper but the tags were printed on Gina K. Designs white layering weight card stock. I also used Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart and Kraft card stock. The ribbon is some I recently acquired as I admired the colors of it so much for using on my Christmas cards. It is called Vintage Christmas and is from Reasonable Ribbon.  I finished the card by adding some ivory paper inside so that I can stamp or write a message.

Sorry I have not done much lately in the crafting department. The garden just keeps on producing and so therefore I keep on taking care of the food retrieved.  And, I managed to get a haircut in this week which in itself was a great accomplishment. I feel so light headed now. LOL And, I got good doctor reports as my leg and toe are both healed up and things were fine with my other medical and eye doctor appointments. Mammogram was normal too. So maybe with all of those behind me now I can get back to being more creative.

I need to bake this week too as hubby needs some one carb choice cup cakes again. That is the easiest way to make them so that a portion is just right for his diabetic diet.

Well, happy weekend to all. I thank you for your visits and for all the great comments you leave me. I read them all too.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Back To School

Hard to believe it is that time of year again! But most of the schools around here are starting their school year this next week. So for that occasion I wanted to make a card that would work for a teacher or for a student. I really was scratching my head as I knew I did not have any school related items that I could recall until I suddenly remembered that I had on a whim picked up a couple of stamps at a dollar store years ago. So with only those two stamps and a computer generated sentiment I have made a card. I think this will go to our little Anna who is four and so excited to start her pre-school  year.


The two stamps I picked up in the dollar store bin were a bus and four crayons images. They are made by Imaginsce Snag 'em Stamps and are from the Teacher's Pet Collection. I think they were made for teachers to put on their students papers for encouragement for doing a great job!

Since this card fits the theme for the Mod Squad Challenge I will be adding it to the challenge as my entry.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all have a great week. I love to read your comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Moon and Stars

The Shine On stamp set and the Stacked Stars die which are both from Simon Says Stamp! are now officially no longer NBUS items. I used them to make this card design. And about time I would say as I have had them in my possession for several years. What a shame. And, I really like the die especially! I cut a few of the die cut stars off so I could have enough room for the sentiment.


The main panel was die cut also with a Memory Box border die. After I had the stars die cut I then added some Versamark ink to them and embossed them with Gina K. Designs Silver embossing powder. I also stamped and fussy cut out the moon before embossing it with Gina K. Designs clear embossing powder. I had stamped it on yellow card stock with black Versafine ink and used a Copic marker to add some shading. After I had all assembled on a white card base I then added the sentiment using black ink.

Dies used:
Stacked Stars-Simon Says Stamps!
Cross Stitched Frame Border-Memory Box

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge#103-You Are a Star!
Double D's Challenge-Moon/Stars

I think this will be a good card to save for a graduation card or for someone trying out for a new job!

Well, thanks for the visit and I hope you have a great weekend. Tomorrow is another day to have a check up on the toe so my day will be once again interrupted. Hopefully, this might be the last visit for a long time. Until next time, take care.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

August Twofers

Darnell has announced the theme for the Twofers Card Challenge #8 so I had to join in once again. This time we are to use a geometric die or stamp two different ways.


On both cards I used stamps from the Catherine Pooler Beautiful World Collection using the Catherine Pooler Geo Builders stamp set.


For the Christmas design I used Gina K. Designs Season's Greeting set and also the Just a Little stamp set. The foliage is not really an evergreen frond but I decided it looked very much like it so I used it and made some ornaments to hang from them.


For the thank you card I made the geometric design as a border and then I added the sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Beautiful World Collection using the Sugar Pea Designs-Enchanted Garden stamp set. I decided to make my layers a little wonky and I really am happy with the way they look too.

Well, it has been a busy last two weeks. Maybe I will manage to get another blog post in this week but it seems that with hubby and I taking turns with doctor appointments it means for a lot less crafting time. I hope all is well with all of you and thanks for visiting and for the lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, August 6, 2018

Hog Wild Birthday

This is a quick card I made this afternoon while resting from doing some cleaning. I was able to sit and color and then it was just a few panels die cut and a fussy cut pig image and I was done.


Images and sentiment used were from the Gina K. Designs Sophie Pig stamp set. It was the first time I had inked up this set so I have one more NBUS (never before used)  item off the list. I have had that stamp set quite a while too. I popped up the pig image. I also added a sun using a new stencil which makes for another NBUS item. It is a Gina K. Designs stencil called Nature's Elements.

The double stitched die used for the panels was from Cottage Cutz. I decided to add them in a wonky way to give a bit of different interest to the card.

I am entering this in the Penny Black and More Challenge-I Spy.  (Beach and Birthday)

Thanks for stopping in and for all your encouraging comments. I love them all.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Shaped Card

The challenge at the Mod Squad is to make a shaped card so I went with a round one using the stamps from the Gina K. Designs Just A Little set. I also used several different dies for all the layers and then I popped up the flowers on the card.


I used Copics to color in the flowers but the fronds behind were stamped directly to the white panel with Gina K. Designs ink as was the sentiment. After I had the flowers colored and cut out I placed them onto the fully layered card front. A few of them I popped up with pop dots.


 I used both the small and large sets of stitched dies from Gina K. Designs, a stitched die from Cottage Cutz and the main card base was die cut with a Cheery Lynn Designs die.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Challenge and the Monthly Mix Challenge at Stamp TV.

I am not doing a lot these days as yesterday I had a toe nail edge removed and the doctor told me to take it easy so most of the time I will be in the recliner I guess. Well, now I am off to soak the toe and rebandage it but I wanted to get this card posted while I was up and about. I hope all of you have a great weekend.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July Rudolph Days Challenge

This is my second post of  the day. I was lucky that I did a card ahead of time for this challenge but it is posted late because our host was on a wonderful vacation so she has a delayed time for entering. So check out the Rudolph Days Challenge to see the change.


My card uses three dies from Gina Marie Designs. They are Falling Snow Background die, Winter Village Border Die and Winter House Scene Die. I thought they all worked well together and I also stamped a sentiment from Stampin' Up! I used only Navy and White card stock and then stamped the sentiment in red.

Thanks for the visit and I hope if it is warm where you are that this winter card will help to cool you off. Hard to believe it is August already. Time is flying by so fast and before we know it this may be the type of scene we will be viewing instead. Until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Black and White

I always think that a black and white card has such a dramatic look to it. And, with these lovely stamps from the Gina K. Designs Just a Little stamp set I think that look is certainly prevalent. I also used a die from Crafter's Companion Die'sire Edge'ables line called Lattice Flourish to add even more drama to the look.


The white panel was added to a black card base and I also added a sheet of white card stock to the inside so that a sentiment or message can be added later on. Also on each butterfly I added some pearls to the bodies of the butterflies.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Dies R Us Challenge #102-Black and White-No Other Color
Double D's Challenge-Don't Bug Me

I really am happy with this card and I hope you like it as well. Thanks for the visit and for your wonderful comments you leave me.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Space Explorers

I have some family members who are Trekkie fans so for their birthdays I made some cards for them with a space theme. I used images from two sets of Kindred Stamps sets called Space Explorers and The Next Space Explorers. I thought these would be perfect for my family members. One member even went to a Trekkie Convention in Las Vegas last year for her birthday so I thought this would be a nice reminder of the great time she had. Also the other young man was always a fan from little on. And, I know his sons are also so this should be a design that will be enjoyed by his whole family.


I worked on these cards little by little as I have been so busy with taking care of the garden but gradually I got them completed. I made them both into shaker cards too. The Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground is called Shooting Star and I thought it fit the space theme quite well.

The circle die used on the first one is from My Favorite Things Die-Namics Single Stitch Line Circle Frames and the die used on the other card is also one from my Favorite Things Die-Namics and is from the Blueprints 29 set.

Well, tomorrow will once again be a day to work with garden things. So until I post again I hope all are having a good week. Thanks for the visit too!

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Happy Trees

My friend Rosy recently showed a card she had made with this same stamp set I am  using today. In fact, her fun card was the enabler for me to order the set for myself. And, it must have been meant to be because another friend Mary has been very ill but she managed to send me a belated birthday card and she mentioned that her grandson loved to watch Bob Ross do paintings. So for that reason I made this card and sent it to her to pass on to her grandson if she wishes.


Now Rosy's card was much more professional looking and mine of course showed off quite a few happy accidents but even so I was pleased with my simple scene and did have a blast making it. The stamp set I used is from Kindred Stamps and is called Happy Accidents.

I was so excited that I even went on the internet and watched some of Bob Ross's videos showing how he painted his works. Wow! He makes it look so easy. I only had markers to work with. I wish I had a bit of his talent and maybe working with the right supplies might help.

At any rate I am also going to post this in Patti's blog where she wanted cards that might make her smile. She had some disappointing news lately so I hope this one gives her one or two!

Thanks for the visit and have a great rest of the week.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, July 23, 2018

Fall Blooms

While the mood was still with me to make a Fall card I decided to  use a stencil from Gina K. Designs called Mega Flowers and by sponging my colors onto a white card stock panel I made this lovely design.


I used the Gina K. Designs Lemon Drop, Warm Cocoa, Coral Reef and Amalgon Jet Black ink. Once I had all the design sponged onto the white panel I took a black pen and added some dots and splots to the centers of each flower. I also added a black and white gingham ribbon. And the sentiment is from the Stitched Leaves stamp and die sets. To finish the card I added it to a panel of Tomato Soup card stock and then placed a white panel inside where I can write  a message.

Quick and easy to make. I hope you liked it. I had the beans all frozen and so decided to make a fast card design. And, it helped that my mail today brought this lovely stencil too.

Thanks for visiting and for commenting. Until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 20, 2018

Thinking Autumn

The new release at Gina K. Designs got me thinking of Autumn and all the gorgeous colors that season brings. So I brought out the Gina K. Designs stamps and dies from the Stitched Leaves Mini Stamp Kit and made this card and a matching envelope. I used the Kalaidacolor Autumn Leaves rainbow ink pad and the Versafine Black ink. All card stock is from Gina K. Designs.


I also lined the inside with a white panel so that I can stamp or write a message to the recipient. I really like this set and of course, I love the Autumn season too!

Have  good weekend and thanks for the visits.

God bless,
Verna

Have a Laugh!

I have almost always made copies of the cards I created and this one I am sharing with you is from my pre-blogging days. I used this funny stamp from Stampitcrazy and made a background scene for that lady image. The trees are also from Stampitcrazy.


 And, believe me on more then one occasion I have seen this type of hilarious thing happen. One time in church a lady had her dress caught up in her girdle and as she walked down the aisle to the front of the church everyone could see the nice white tight girdle she was wearing. When she sat down she was two pews ahead of me so I could not help her out but thankfully the lady in front of me pulled her dress out and politely told her "Excuse me" so that she might think she had bumped her and not feel so embarrassed. I don't know if anyone ever told her or not. And, I got toilet paper caught up in my panty hose and it was trailing behind me but thank goodness my sweet hubby extracted it before I went out in public.

Anyway with this card I decided I would join Patty's Linky Party  in hopes it might give her a laugh or two. She recently got some disappointing news so I thought some smiles were in order.

Thanks for the visit.
God bless,
Verna

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Double D's Challenge-Tea or Coffee

Well, it was a "given" that I would need to enter this challenge for sure as I recently got  a new coffee stamp and die set and this was the perfect opportunity to try them out. The stamps and dies I used are from Newton's Nook and are the Cuppa Cactus sets.


I used a white card base and then added a strip of green gingham paper from Gina K. Designs in the middle. Over this strip I popped up the two cactus designs. With the use of my MISTI I stamped the sentiments from the set in Gina K. Designs Amalgam black ink. The last thing I added was some enamel dots from Stampin' Up!

I hope that I colored the cactus images okay as I have not seen very many of them at all. I did see some succulents which was referred to as hen and chickens I think and some of them had a pinkish hue to them here and there. So I went with what my memory recalled about them.

This is going to be at least one entry for the Double D's Challenge.

Well, that most likely will do it for me in the crafting department. I am nursing an ingrown toe nail  again so I don't like to be on it too much. It will be a couple weeks before I see the doctor so I am sort of babying it now. Have a great day and thanks for the visits.

God bless,
Verna

This Christmas

Happy Thursday! It is a rainy day so I get to craft a bit. Yay! I am trying to use some of my older stash of papers up for cards and I ran across this kraft card stock which had specks of glitter embedded in it so I used that for this Christmas card. The stamps used are from the Stamplorations Layered Holly stamp set.


Hopefully you can see the little flecks of glitter in it. It is very pretty when the light hits it just right. I stamped the holly and berries with Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine and Red Velvet inks and then I over stamped with the line image using Versafine Black ink. The last thing I added to the front panel was a Christmas Pine and White twine bow which I also got from Gina K. Designs.

I carried the theme over to the inside of the card too.


This will be my entry into the Mod Squad Challenge in which the theme is Christmas in July.

Thanks for visiting and hard to believe how fast the week has gone by. I love to read all the comments you leave and it is so nice that they all come to my inbox once again. Until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Daisy Birthday

This afternoon I got out my 3 Step Daisy stamp set from Kitchen Sink Stamps and used it to make a no layer birthday card. I folded my card base up and placed it in my MISTI and then proceeded to do all the step stamping.


The sentiment and the lady bugs are also part of the set. I am not so great at this multi step stamping but even if they don't quite align up like they should I still love the look I get with that process. And I am always in need of birthday cards. I used Gina K. Designs inks but there are lots of other brands that would work well for this type of card too.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge. The theme is a floral birthday.

I hope your weekend is going well. Until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

July Twofer Challenge #7

I always love Darnell's Twofer Challenge and the one for July is a fun one again. The theme this time is beverage. Well, I did not use the same beverage but I did use the same beverage container so I hope it is acceptable.



My first card I am showing you is a friendship card and in this one I used the beer mug for a vase to hold the poppies. The beer mug is from a set by Repeat Impressions. And, the poppies are from a new Gina K. Designs set I got as an incentive with a qualifying order called Inspiring Poppies. That sentiment was also with the poppy stamp set. I colored the images in with Copic markers and also added a little sponging along the bottom to create a shadow..


The second card is a birthday card and this time I used the beer mug in the right way by trying to have it contain some beer. The frothy topping is also from the same stamp set by Repeat Impressions as is the sentiment. Most of the card was colored with Copics but I did add some sponging on the bottom. The pattern paper is from Gina K. Designs Casual Fridays paper pack. I think this makes a great masculine card design.


Well, that is my Twofers. I am glad I got to participate. The garden is starting to thrive and give off it's goodies so no doubt I will be in the preserving mode quite a bit. At least tomorrow anyway. I hope your week is going well and thanks for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bleach It Out

The challenge at Stamp TV that Gina K. posted in honor of the new release is to bleach out a design and make a card with it. So I worked on that while the rain was pouring. I chose the stamp images from Gina K. Designs Vine & Butterfly stamp set. I also chose to use some pattern paper from the Gina K. Designs Watercolor Garden pack.


Using some Gina K. Designs Red Velvet card stock and Versamark I stamped the daisy and the butterfly. I added Gina K. Designs fine detail black embossing powder and heat set them. Next I took plain old Clorox bleach and removed the color from the card stock. I used a water brush but I just dipped it in the bleach. After it had dried I then took and added just a smidge of color back in with my Zig Watercolor markers. I die cut the design with Gina K. Designs Small oval die and then layered it onto a black layer die cut with Gina's large oval die. When they were placed together it made a narrow black border around the design. I added a few black gems too. Pretty simple card but I do love the way it looks.

Have a great evening. Your visits and comments sure make me happy.

God bless,
Verna

Thump, Thump Away!

By the title no doubt you are realizing that I did the thumping technique on this simple no layer card. I used images from Gina K. Designs Festive Foliage stamp set. I did he solid images first with an inking from a pad and then with a marker I thumped or pounced onto the image using a different color and then stamped it. That is called thumping.


I had to do my thumping with some Zig water color markers so it might not look as good as if I had some inky Tombos or Memento pens. But I worked with what I did have on hand. I did not think Copics would work.

I am entering this in the Mod Squad Blog Challenge-Thump, Thump Away!

Thanks for the visit and I just love to read all the comments you leave me. I will be back later today with another post. I got behind due to weather conditions so had to leave the computer alone. Until then take care.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Nautical?????

I wanted to make a nautical card design and although I had some anchors and a few really small sail boats I felt for a birthday card for a young man it would be more appreciated if I did one which features an image which looks a great deal like Captain Jack Sparrow. So with a stretch of the imagination I did make a card which I hope will pass as a nautical designed card.


I had no dies that would work for this card but I did have a score board and a scalloped designed scissors so with these tools I constructed my boat and my sea. I even added in a shark. The Captain Jack Sparrow image is from Stampitcrazy and the sentiments are from Gina K. Design. I twisted some brown and white fibers together to sort of look like some rope. I assume there is rope on a ship and anyway I thought it looked okay.

Providing they will let me get by with calling this a nautical themed card I am entering this in the Double D's Challenge. I guess I took my inspiration from the sailboat. 

Thanks for visiting and I really love to read your wonderful comments too. 

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Winter Shaker Card

This afternoon I made a shaker card. And, what should have been quite an easy one to do turned out to be a mess for sure. I recently ran across a little packet of white micro beads and thought they would work great in a shaker card for a winter scene as the snow. Well, what I didn't realize that all those little beads once out of the packet were rolling all over the place. I had a mess. And, when I finally corralled a few into my shaker area my hand got caught on the double adhesive strips I had put down and once again those beads were all over the place. Al the adhesive strips were covered with them so I had to scrape them off. I decided that was not the route I was going to go. I cleaned up all the beads except for those rolling still around on the table and the floor and decided to substitute some sparkly snowy looking sequins from Kat Scrappiness. Well, they worked much better. So without further ado I present my shaker card for you.


I chose to use the tree, deer and sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Christmas Wishes set. I stamped the tree and then used some post-it note to mask off my snow line. Then I took light blue ink and sponged on the sky area. That was my background for the shaker area. Really a simple one.

Next I took an A2 size white card stock panel and with the Gina K. Designs Diagonal Striped Background stamp I made a red striped pattern paper. Out of this panel I used the large set of Gina K. Designs Single Stitched rectangle die set and cut my window using the middle die. Then I placed my acetate under that window. With double stick tape strips from Darice I proceeded to make my frame which was to hold the shaker elements.  Then very carefully I added some of those sequins and placed the frame over the top of my scene that I had created. I did not want to leave that shaker window plain so I took the middle and larger die and placed one inside the other and then die cut a frame from the Christmas Pine card stock. This was then added to the window.

My next step was adding the whole panel to a white card stock base. I find that by placing the base card in the corner of my MISTI or in the corner of my score board that I can align the top panel more easily to it and have it placed almost perfectly. I simply align the top panel up with the corner as well.

Well, that looked too plain so I stamped the little deer and colored it and used the dies that are with the set to die cut it out. I also stamped the sentiment and layered that to Red Hot so that I could add that to the card as well. I placed the deer in the lower left and the sentiment in the upper right corner. My final addition to the card was to use some Connect glue and add a few of the sequins to the outside of the acetate window.


It really is quite a clean and simple shaker design but it sure was a hassle for me to make. I hope it still will be appreciated by the recipient.

Thanks for the visit and I wish all of you a wonderful Fourth of July. I am not sure if I will get much more card making in as I have things to work on for our weekend get-together. So until next time, please take care.

God bless,
Verna

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