Monday, September 30, 2019

Another Napkin Card

This is the second card I have posted and blogged about using the napkin technique that I saw in this VIDEO. It shows how to use cheap napkins in layers and then die cut them to create a fun canvas for your water coloring. I even used some napkins that had printing on them and that still worked so it does not necessarily have to be white ones.


The dies used are from the Cheery Lynn Designs Christmas Bell set. And, the sentiment is from the Altenew Lyrical Script. I colored the die in with Zig water color markers and then with a paint brush added some metallic paint. Some times the inside design on the bells is die cut too but I liked the way the bells looked with the negative cuts remaining in the design. This was placed onto Ivory card stock and then with the brush I flicked on some of the gold paint to the background.

I thought I should share this with you too. I hope to see what others do with this idea as well. Thanks for visiting and have a great day. I need to freeze tomatoes that are ripe and too many for us to eat fresh so I may not get any card making in today. But at least I got to share this one with you.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, September 28, 2019

95th Birthday

As much fun it would look on a card for a 95 year old man if it would have 95 balloons I decided to nix that idea as that is a lot of balloons. But balloons I think work for anyone and any age so I still stuck to the idea of having several balloons. I hope our good friend and former neighbor Cliff will like this card.


The wonderful variety of balloons are from the Gina K. Designs Beautiful Balloons and matching die sets and they were inked up with Gina K. Designs inks. The cake is from the Crafters Companion Cake Party stamp set and this was stamped onto a separate sheet of paper and then colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. After fussy cutting it out I placed it in front of the balloons.

I hand printed most of the sentiment on the balloons except for the Happy. I was going to add Birthday too, but alas it was a tad to big for the balloon so I instead hand printed the rest. And, to make it look like confetti I took various colors of pencils and made little dots here and there.

Well, that was a fun project I did a few days ago but since I had to have my eye checkup done yesterday I could not see well enough to tell if a photo was blurry even if I wanted to. Those drops sure do play havoc on the eyes. And everything was looking blurry. LOL So today they were back in good working order again. And, the good news I don't need any changes made for my glasses and eyes are doing great still even if I am partially blind in one eye. So God is good!

Well, happy weekend all. We got down into the 30's last night so it really felt like Fall around here. The furnace was kicking in more often with temps that low. So if you are in a colder area stay warm and if a hot area then stay cool.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

September Rudolph Days Card

A good stamping friend directed me to this video showing how to use die cut napkins and then paint them to add to your card designs. Well this intrigued me so I just had to give it a try. I did not do as great a job as the guy on the video but I can see possibilities. At least I had fun! So I used this technique to make my September Rudolph Days Challenge card. Check out the video as he explains how he did it so well.


The die I used is from the Cheery Lynn Designs Christmas Bell set. I colored the design with Zig Cleancolor markers and then painted over the top with some metallic water color paints that I have in my stash. Sorry I have no idea who made them either as I seem to have lost the inner sheet with the company name on it. But they sure did give the images some shimmer. I also added some specks of the shimmery water color paint on the Ivory card front. Next I took a narrow strip of card stock and made it look like another piece of the ribbon and put that on the bottom. The sentiment is from the Altenew Lyrical Script stamp set which was inked  up with Gina K. Designs Obsidian black ink.  The last thing I added was three red rhinestones for the center of the bow.

**Update: I found out the shimmery watercolors are the Yusotoma Niji Pearlescent Watercolor set-21 colors. You can see the set HERE. Click on the 21 color set but I see there is a smaller set too.

I have another card in the works using this method which I will post another time. I hope you get to try this as I thought it really a fun thing. Only downside is that you have to let things dry before you do any assembling. I found that out the hard way and that is the main reason my red rhinestones were added as my little berries fell apart when I attacked them too soon. LOL

Well I am so happy to see you visit and I always read your comments. Have a great day!

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 23, 2019

Welcome to Fall!

Today I have made a Fall bouquet for you using lots of products from The Greetery. However, the background of my card was one I had done quite some time ago using a scrunched up piece of plastic wrap as a stamp. I dipped the scrunched up piece in the kraft ink pad and then lightly tapped it on the back of my card stock to create the background. So with that background I made that a basis of my Fall bouquet card design.


The first thing I did was stamp the Mason jar onto white card stock. This is a multi-stamp process and it was super easy to do too which surprised me as usually I have issues aligning things  up. Then I die cut the jar and it cuts so close to the design that one can barely tell it was die cut. I then added this to the card base. I also stamped the twine and die cut that and added it to my jar.

Now I was ready for the stenciling of the background foliage. So I used my blending brushes to add color through the stencils going not only on the background but also on the fruit jar image. This in itself made a great design.

But I wanted to kick it up a notch so I took the sunflower die set and die cut everything from the set out of  yellow card stock but using blending brushes again I added some color to each element. For the sunflowers I just added a bit of light orange,. For the centers I did them up in various shades of brown. And, the two parts of the leaves were done in two different shades of green. Once I had them all assembled I added them to the bouquet. I love how they look too!

The final thing to do was to add this panel to a light turquoise card base. And as an extra design element I added some brown rhinestones. And there you have it...my Fall bouquet.

All products except for the plastic wrap, card stock, rhinestones, glue runners and inks are from The Greetery!

The Greetery Products:
Just Mason Around Stamp sets and Die set
Mason Jar Fillers Stencil
Botanicuts Sunflower


I hope all of you have a wonderful Autumn season and for me it is a most gorgeous season which is filled with wonderful colors. Take care everyone and until next time may God bless you.

Stamping hugs,
Verna

Sunday, September 22, 2019

September Twofers

Time is almost up for getting my Twofers into Darnell's September Twofer Challenge so I worked on these this afternoon.


I used stamp cat images and the bottom sentiment from the Stampinback designs which are sold at I Brake For Stamps. The top birthday greeting was computer generated. And dies from Cheery Lynn Design were also used.


I stamped the cats with Gina K. Designs Obsidian Amalgam ink as well as the bottom sentiment. I used blending brushes to add color to the white panel these kitties were stamped on. I then die cut the design out with a die from The Greetery called Crimped Frame Die. The design was added to a black card stock base and I lined the inside of the card with another die cut panel of white card stock.  The sentiments were fussy cut with a scissors and then added.


My Halloween card was done by die cutting a circle die with a Cheery Lynn Designs die from a folded piece of orange card stock but not cutting all the way at the top where the crease was so that my card would still be hinged. The stem I did myself (you can tell an amateur did it) and then found some previously die cut leaves from Cheery Lynn Designs which I used as well for my pumpkin decor. I fussy cut the cat and then added it to the front and also die cut the sentiment which is from Cheery Lynn Designs and added that. I cut the sentiment in two so that I could fit it onto my pumpkin better though.

Well, that does it for me today. Three cards accomplished so maybe my muse is coming back. Thanks for visiting!

God bless,
Verna

Angel

When shopping recently online I found this darling Tiddly Inks Angelic Wishes digital stamp and immediately I knew it would be a wonderful stamp for Christmas cards. But then when I saw the free scripture verse at Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge/Weeks #404-#405 I knew it went perfectly with that too. So with the combination of the two I made this card.



I printed the angel and the verse onto white card stock and then after coloring the angel with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol I cut it out by hand. The verse was die cut with a double stitched die from Cottage Cutz. These both were then added to a Plum Punch card stock base. The design was then finished by adding some rhinestones and a white panel inside the card.

I am also entering this into the Double D Challenge-Focus on the Sentiment.

Thanks for visiting and for the wonderful comments. Have a great new week now.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Focus On The Sentiment

Since I am still in need of a lot of Christmas cards I am mainly working on that type of card now. So here is the fairly quick card I made today.



I made the plaid background with a stencil  using all Gina K. Designs inks on white card stock. I added this to a white card base. Next on white card stock with the use of my Misti I inked up the sentiment tree with the varied colors of green, yellow and brown. I then die cut out this panel and placed it onto the plaid design. To finish the card I added some gems.

Supplies used:
Artplorations Plaid Maker Stencil
Gina K. Designs A Very Merry Christmas stamp set, inks and card stock
Picket Fence Studios-Blending Brushes
The Greetery-Crimped Frame Die
Gems-Unknown

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Double D's Challenge: Focus on the Sentiment
Mod Squad Challenge:Stenciled Background

So fun to make another card. I had to redo it as the first rendition I did not care for but this one I really like. Thanks for visiting and hard to believe another week is soon gone. May all of you have a great evening now.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Over The Edge

My friend Barbara Campbell is hosting the Creative Confetti Challenge this time and it looked like so much fun to do that I stayed up late last night working on an entry for it. After I had started my card and stamped the image I realized that I did not have a die for it. So I thought a bit and decided to see if a craft knife would work to cut the design and I am glad to say it did work although it was a lot more involved with the process. So with no further ado, here is my card I designed.


I chose the Gina K. Designs Winter Flower stamp set for my card. I stamped the image and then masked the flower before adding the leaves.  I used Gina K. Design Obsidian black ink and placed it  onto Ivory card stock.  Before I stamped the design though I took a pencil and drew a light line where the fold would naturally be on an A2 card. That gave me an idea where to place the flower. I then colored it with Copics. Once I had cut out the upper part of the flower I then completed the fold. To enhance the image a bit more. I used my blending brushes to add a light coating of yellow around it. I also added yellow gems to the center of the flower. Then in order to get this to fit into an A2 envelope I had to cut off a portion of the bottom so that it measured 4 1/4 inches from the top of the flower to the bottom of the card.

Be sure to click on the link for the challenge to see the way Barbara did it with the die. If I try it again I will try to select an image that has an accompanying die with it.

Well, I did enjoy that experience and hopefully soon I won't be so busy with garden salvaging. So much of the produce is rotting because of too much moisture so we are trying to catch things before that happens. So it is an every day process except when it is raining. Today it is my job to make refrigerator pickles. We gave a lot of cucumbers away but I decided to make another batch of these for winter consumption.

Thanks for visiting and I always love to read your comments. Take care and have a great day!

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Conductor

While looking at some of the new images that were recently released at Tiddly Inks I opted to check out some of the older digital images and in the process found this cute image called The Conductor. I thought it a perfect design for a little toddler boy. So I purchased it and made this card with it.



I used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol to color the design. And, then I die cut it with a Poppy Stamps Stitchwork Rectangle Frame once in white (to cut out the center design) and again in red where I just used the frame part.

I placed it on a blue denim card stock base and then stamped the sentiment which is from the Gina K. Designs Beautiful Balloons stamp set. To finish the card I added a white panel inside for stamping a verse or writing a message.

Since I wanted this for a toddler I on purpose did not add any gems or sequins or ribbon bows. Little ones sometimes stick lots of things in their mouths and I did not want them to swallow or choke on these items.

I am enttering this in the Dies R Us Challenge which calls for Planes, Trains and Automobile designs. I figured this would fit right in.

Well, happy Monday to you and I hope your week is off to a good start. Take care and until next time enjoy life! Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Ugly Sweater??

I was trying to make an ugly sweater design but to tell the truth when it was all done I really liked it and did not think it ugly at all. But I would love to hear what you think.


I got new stencils from The Greetery which is called Knit Wits and with that set of stencils I made the ugly sweater background. I admit that is a bit ugly looking with those colors but when I added it to the red layer and  light green card stock base I changed my mind. I stamped the images with deep black ink and then fussy cut each one out and placed it over the center of the knit look. The deer I popped up even more with some double stick photo tape. Final touch was to add some rhinestones to the card. All stamps used are from the same stamp set.

Supplies used:
Knit Wits Stencil set from The Greetery
Dashing Stamp set from Gina K. Designs
Card Stock and inks from Gina K. Designs
Blending Brushes

I am entering this in the Double D's Challenge.

Thanks for visiting. I am not doing a lot of card making. This one I worked on for two days before I finally finished it today. Too many other irons in the fire. LOL

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Paying Tribute

Over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog they are hosting a tribute to Craftin Desert Divas who closed up their business at the end of August. So as a tribute they are holding a challenge and of course, I decided to join in and use the cute Java Fox digital image from Craftin Desert Divas. Their products were so darling and so I know they will be greatly missed.


The background for that cute fox image was done by using the Spellbinder A2 Curved  Borders One die set  and images from the Jillian Vance Design Winter Woodland stamp set. I started by using my blending brushes to make the sky line. Then I added the other images. I colored the fox with Prismacolor pencils and the inks used for the trees and sky were from Gina K. Designs. Also all of the card stock is from Gina K. Designs.

Besides entering this card in the challenge at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog I am also entering this in the Double D Challenge too.

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you check out the challenge at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog and will join in too. Have a great rest of the week and weekend everyone.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Bookmark

While searching for something else I ran across these old bookmark covers from Posh Impressions and I decided to make a bookmark instead of the original idea I had for my project today. I am glad I found this as it was a perfect afternoon activity for me.


I took a 2 inch by 7 inch strip of white card stock and then took my blending brushes and added shades of green, pink, orange and blue to it. Next I took the Gina K. Designs Obsidian Amalgam ink and stamped the butterflies and verse from the Gina K. Designs Women of Faith set. I then added a few black pearls before slipping it into the plastic sleeve. The final touch was to add some old fiber from my stash which had bits of color mixed in with the black.

Here is a closeup of the verse as I am sure it is harder to read in this first photo


I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge-Anything But a Card
Double D Challenge-Featured Challenge

Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is going well. Prayers for all who are in the path of the hurricane. May the Lord keep you safe!

God bless,
Verna

Monday, September 2, 2019

Pattern Papers

I have so many pattern papers that are so gorgeous and beautiful that I think it is high time I start to use them for card making. I tend to stray away from using them and they need to be shared as they are so wonderful. So with that in mind I made this card.


It is a very simple card with the pattern paper cut on a curve with a Spellbinder A2 Curved Borders One die and then with another die from that same set I cut a Gina K. Designs Fresh Asparagus card stock border. This combination in turn was placed onto a Gina K. Designs Honey Mustard card base. Inside I did add a White panel for my written or stamped message that I will add later on. I then finished the card by stamping the sentiment from the Gina K. Designs Bitty Blossoms Stamp set using Gina K. Designs Almalgam Obsidian ink and then placing various colors of rhinestones along the curved border. Those rhinestones are from my stash and I have no name brand for them.

I am entering this in the Gina K. Designs Monthly Challenge and also in the Dies R Us Challenge #128-Nature.

I hope you are having a good Labor Day holiday. We are all alone here so it has been pretty much like any Monday. But that is okay too. Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit and for the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna

Winter Wonderland

This evening I made a quick card using some Sparkle N Sprinkle (no longer in business) stamp sets which were designed by Jan Mahew to make a...