Saturday, August 17, 2019

It's A Jungle Out There

I recently won a gift certificate to Stampendous and with that I applied it towards some goodies and this darling stamp and die set which is just perfect for the jungle theme at Double D's Challenge this time. So this is the card I made with it.


I used my blending brushes to create a background using Gina K. Designs inks and then I stamped the trees and added the black card stock die cut panel over the top of that colored background. This panel was then layered to an ivory card base. Next I stamped the giraffe on ivory card stock and then colored it with my Copics. Using the dies that came with the set I cut out the giraffe and placed it over the top of the die cut scene area. Lastly I stamped the sentiment with black ink and then with a scissors cut around it and added that to the card. Voila! I have my jungle theme card complete.

Now on a personal note: We had a wonderful visit with all our kids and their families for several days following the early 50th anniversary open house we had in our remodeled room in the shed. We had a guest book and 98 signed in and I am sure a few slipped in without signing too. So many wonderful friends and family were there and we enjoyed it very much.  Being it was advertised as an open house we had no idea as to how many we could expect so we planned for 150.  We were glad we did so that we had plenty of food on hand to feed them. We used the leftovers then to feed our immediate family who stayed to visit longer. Since our son and his family don't come often from Japan to visit we tend to do this when he does come back to the US. The girls all take their vacations during that time. And since Joe could not come home in October when our anniversary really is he requested we do an early celebration.

Then both Arlin and I had doctor appointments for check ups after all left and then it took a long time for  us to recuperate from the late nights and early mornings involved during the visits. The family helped with meal planning so that was a big help. But I can tell you we sure had a lot of showers taken and towels to wash and I was afraid we would run out of hot water but we managed to keep ahead of it. Our son and his family stayed in a hotel so that was a few less using the water. It was easier for them as they had more of an adjustment with jet lag to contend with.

Well, right now our WiFi is out and for some reason the internet has not been too great either this summer. I believe it is the weather as it quits as soon as it rains or if it is too humid. So I ask you to forgive me if I did not always leave comments on your blog posts. Hopefully, we will finally get caught up around here. We have a new router ordered so I hope we can get WiFi up again soon.

You all have a great weekend now. Until next time God bless.
Hugs,
Verna

17 comments:

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Verna. I love the background you've created for the cute giraffe. It sounds like you had a wonderful early anniversary celebration with your family and friends. xx

Greta said...

Sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your 50th, Verna! So great you could have all your family together! Adorable card & love your inked background!

Rosy Newlun said...

This is a lovely creation, Verna! I love safari themes and animals. The giraffe is so adorable! Congratulations on winning the items, a fabulous family reunion, and your upcoming anniversary!!! What a special gathering. And we would have been plum worn out, too! 💐

Barbara said...

You rocked this challenge with that adorable giraffe and the great scene behind him. Thanks for the update on the 50 yr celebration and all of hte family fun. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for joining in the fun at Double D Challenge "Its a Jungle Out There."
Barbara DT

Donna Ellis said...

How pretty! I am in love with that die used as a black silhouette, Verna, and those rich colors over the landscape are amazing with the colors in your sweet little giraffe! Wonderful card! hugs, de

Judy Woodland said...

Sounds like you had quite the celebration, so happy for you and Arlin. Congratulations!!!! Your card is so stinkin' cute and such a great take on the challenge. That die cut background is awesome and your little giraffe just brings a smile to my face!!!

Brenda in IN said...

It sounds like a wonderful time for your anniversary open house. So glad your son was able to come for it and spend some time with you. This card is adorable. Your sky is gorgeous and the scene is great. The giraffe is so cute!

Doreen said...

Love the fab giraffe, a gorgeous card.xxx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Amazing card! Love the background scene paired with the silhouette die - just gorgeous and then the cutest little giraffe! Beautiful work, Verna. Your anniversary celebration sounds wonderful, so glad you had all the family around you to celebrate!

Darlene said...

WOW you did a great job using this set (I have it too ... so much fun). Your coloring is awesome! So glad you had a wonderful time at your party and visiting with family! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘It’s A Jungle Out There!’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

Darlene
DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

wannabcre8tive said...

Verna, your card is just adorable. I love the pretty background and of course, that sweet giraffe. Happy you had a great Anniversary party. It is good to celebrate with wonderful friends and catchup with some you have not seen in a while.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your jungle themed card is cute and fun. I love the background and that die cut in black just really sets everything off!

What a great family gathering and open house you have had. That is wonderful! I know it was a lot of work, but now you have these great memories to mull over until your actual anniversary in the fall.

Carol L said...

I'm so happy for the big celebration you enjoyed with family and friends with an open house! It must have been quite an event filled with many memories to cherish through the years. Congratulations a little early :) Congrats too on your Stampendous win - this card is just adorable with a great sentiment :)

TK said...

Incredible card, Verla! I can see why you bought the beautiful stamp/die set -- stunning! Congrats on the 50 years (or soon to be), what a great memory of having so many friends and family all together! A blessing indeed...

Leslie Miller said...

Congratulations on your Stampendous win, Verna! You sure chose a cute set, which I've had my eye on, as well. Darling card with a beautiful background using the die cut and your blending. What a wonderful celebration you had! I'll bet you were plum tuckered out after. I would be! We're still on our trip, currently in Utah and the first place I've had good WiFi. Heading out again tomorrow, working our way back home, but it will still be a few days. Just wanted to stop in and say "hi". I took time to view and read your other posts, too, but not much time for comments. All will be back to normal soon enough!

Vicki Dutcher said...

What a cutie! Great card.

Lisa said...

Well happy early 50th!!! It sounds like you had SO much fun! And that background is beautiful and that giraffe is adorable! Congrats on your win!

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