Thursday, February 27, 2020

Tulip Hello Tag

Tonight I made a tag card so I could enter it in the Impression Obsession Tag You're It Challenge. I made the tag and then added it to some polka dot pattern paper from my stash. Very simple design. All the dies I used can be found at Impression Obssesion's website. I did a little sponging on part of the tulip flower too.


Impression Obsession Dies Used:
DIE937-S Stitched Tag
DIE938-E Stitched Tulip
DIE 174-W Greeting Set

I am also entering this in the Double D's Challenge-Saying Hello

Thanks so much for visiting. I love your comments too.

God bless,
Verna

Fuchsias

Today I am featuring a card I made with a pre-colored image from Beccy's Place which was the free digi in January. I did not have time to make a card with it then but finally I used it and will be entering this in the Beccy's Place Monthly Challenge for February. 



After printing the flower out I then die cut it with the Cozy Cup Coaster Die from The Greetery. I placed that onto a piece of glitter paper from Crafter's Companion that was die cut with the Crimped Frame Die from The Greetery. All was then added to a white card base and the last element I added was some rhinestone gems.

Such an easy card to make but I love it. I was so happy that the glitter paper was a perfect match with the colored image too.

Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is going well.

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bed of Roses Hello

Today I was in a bit of a funk and not feeling too well but I did manage to make this simple card with die cuts. I used snippets to make it too.


I used the Bed of Roses Cover Die from Essentials by Ellen. And, I die cut it from a leftover piece of cranberry tart card stock from Gina K. Designs. The Hello die is one of Gina K. Designs too and I chose to use black card stock for that. All were added to an Ivory card base.


It was a very easy card to make and I was happy that both dies cut quite well too. I am entering this card in the Double D Challenge-Saying Hello. I think it fits in quite well with the challenge theme and the inspirational photo.

Well, I wish all a great evening. I am going to fix a bit of supper and then crash for the day. Thanks for stopping by.

God bless,
Verna

February Rudolph Days

Today I am showing the simple card I made for the Scraps of Life ScrappyMo February Rudolph Days challenge.  It is a simple design but I really like it and the sentiment that goes along with it. These digital stamps are from the Little Donkey set from Beccy's Place. I printed out the donkey and sentiment on white card stock and then colored the donkey with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I also added some blue around the donkey with my blending brushes.


I die cut the panel out with a scalloped stitched Unknown brand die. And, then I layered it to red before placing it onto a white card base. To finish off the card I added some holly die cuts from the Cheery Lynn Designs Christmas Bell die set. With a white paint pen I added some highlights to the holly berries.

I just love that sentiment as it is so true that a little donkey was a key part in the birth of our Lord Jesus. He carried Mother Mary until it was time for her to give birth to Jesus.

Thanks so much for visiting and for always leaving such wonderful comments. I appreciate each and every one of them.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, February 24, 2020

Wheat Sympathy

A good farmer friend of ours passed away this last week so my husband asked me to make a sympathy card that reflected the rural farming life. So with that in mind I chose to use the Jan's Digi Fall Note stamp set for it. I also used a background I had made and photographed so that I could digitally add the PNG images of the wheat to it as that wheat is very fine detailed and there is no way I could have fussy cut it decently. I also hand stamped sentiments from the now retired Sparkle N Sprinkle Memory In Our Heart set which was illustrated by Donna Ellis. All of these elements made for a nice sympathy design.


I think you can see where I did do a bit of fussy cutting of the wheat design and added it to the inside of the card to carry the wheat theme over. And because of the fine details I did not capture the full essence of that beautiful design. I guess I should have printed it off on a separate paper and glued it inside but this will have to do this time.  And, the photo below will show that on the other side of the card I added the sentiment from Donna's stamp set.


I used my paper cutter to cut out the layers. And, by adding a layer of black card stock I thought it gave more definition to the design and helped to showcase the wheat images better. I used Ivory card stock for the card base.


Well. still sunny yet here but I think they said the clouds would be moving in. And, colder temps are on the horizon. But these past few days we did see quite a bit of snow melt. So perhaps it is a sign of more spring like weather I hope. Thanks for visiting and I wish all of you a great rest of the day.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, February 23, 2020

February Twofer

Finally I got my Twofers done for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #24-FRUIT. I found this stamp set of melons that I had not inked up before so I decided that I would try to use that set. However, my thinking cap was working overtime without any success until I finally had a light bulb moment as to what I wanted to do. This set is the result. I hope you enjoy seeing them.


As you can see I created two entirely different looking designs with the melon stamp set which is from Stamplorations and is called Layered Watermelon. My placement of the images is not spot on but I will just call that artistic license on my part to pretend I wanted it that way. LOL All card stock used on both cards is from Gina K. Designs.

The first one is more traditional in design as I actually made melons on the card. I used Electro Pop Inks which are designed by Rina K. and available at Gina K. Designs. These are a deep vibrant ink and quite juicy so they bleed through light weight card stock. So I had to layer the designs but that was okay I guess. I also used a bit of white paint pen to add some highlights to the melon seeds along the edge. Oh and the border along the edge of the white melon panel is done with a black marker.



This second Twofer is off the grid and with this one I let my imagination run wild and created a sort of smiley imogi kind of design. I added a bit more decorative stamping to the card and ended up with a fun birthday greeting. Again I  used the Electro Pop inks and a white paint pen. All the sentiments used on both cards are from this same melon stamp set.


I hope you enjoyed this crafting excursion of mine. I know I surely did. And, it was a great way to spend a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. Take care everyone and thanks for the visit.

God bless,
Verna

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Hot Drink Shaker Card

I am totally out of my comfort zone when it comes to making shakers. However, after repeated attempts to get it right I finally accomplished making one with a hot drink theme. I chose the colors of Tranquil Teal and Plum Punch on white for stamping my images. I also used card stocks to match with those colors too.


I used the cups from the Artplorations Snow Cozy stamp set. The sentiment is a clear sticker from Stamplorations which I placed onto the acetate panel. The die cut window was done using the Cutploration dies that go with the Artplorations Bloom Happy stamp set. I used glitter paper from Crafters Companion. And the panels were die cut with Cutplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies.


I added sequins from two different Doodles Paper Playground: Sparkle Blends packets: Breakfast at Tiffy's and Purple Passion. But before adding them I took an anti-static tool around the sticky edges so that the sequins would not stick to them. Together these sequins pretty much captured the colors I was using for the stamped images and also for either hot coffee, hot tea or hot cocoa with the brown tones. To pop up the design I used double layers of Scotch Double Stick Photo tape. All was added to a white card base. Other adhesive used was from a tape runner.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge-Project
Artsystamper Digital Challenge #10-Hot Drinks
Artplorations Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge



I got my walker and I am going to love getting around with it. No more clump, clump like it was with the old fashioned one and I can keep walking more normally. No stop and go walk.

Take care everyone.
God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Oxalis Coffee Cup

Today I bought myself another digital set from Artsystamper called Lucky Oxalis and this is one I will use for St. Patrick's Day cards and for other reasons too. I owned two Oxalis plants at one time and one had white blossoms and the other one had pink blossoms. So with the card I made today I went with the pink blossoms. I did download the colored image of the Oxalis but I colored the blossoms in pink with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I also used a sentiment from the set.


The die cut cup is from Picket Fence Studios. I cut that out after I had  printed out the Oxalis. At the same time I also printed out a sentiment from the set and some extra blossoms which I colored with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The sentiment and blossoms were cut out by hand. Along with Lucky Clover, White and Passion Pink card stock from Gina K. Designs I assembled my card together. The one panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die from Makers Movement.


Inside the card I added a panel of white card stock so that I can later write or stamp a message. I am not sure yet what I will add inside but this way it is ready for whatever I choose to do.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge #10-Hot Drinks
Jan's Digi Challenge #8-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping in and I always love to read the comments you leave me. Have a great evening!

God bless,
Verna


Donkey Birthday

I thought my computer might be crashing a week or so ago so I quick printed out some digital stamps sets just in case. Well it is still functioning like normal so perhaps it was just a little glitch. Anyway, one of the images I printed out was this little donkey and the sentiment from a set from Beccy's Place called Little Donkey.


I thought this was a cute and fun card design and that it would work for anyone who was having a birthday. I cut the main panel out with my paper cutter and then added a border of pattern paper before placing it on a yellow card base. I chose to use the already colored version of the donkey. But if I colored it myself I could switch up the colors of the scarf and make it look cool too!

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Beccy's Place February Challenge
Jan's Digi Challenge #8-Anything Goes

My six month physical went great and my doctor also ordered me a new walker. I only had use of one that a friend gave me and it was very old so this one will be the state of the art new version with wheels. LOL I came to realize I was in need of such a support such as that now as my walking has not been as stable as in the past. I also got my flu shot and after the snow melts a bit more I plan on getting the second of my series of shingle shots in too. And, my hubby is down to two more weeks of cardiac rehab and then he will be finished with that. So we are both doing well. Thanks to everyone who asked about us and another big thanks to all who have stopped to visit and leave comments.

God bless,
Verna

Monday, February 17, 2020

Giraffe Card

I made this card for the Dies R Us Challenge #139: Wild Things-Animals using one of my favorite stamp and die sets from Stampendous called Giraffe. I also die cut the main panel out with a Memory Box Cross Stitched Rectangle die.


I used Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol to color the scene  and the giraffe. The extra leaves were die cut from green glitter paper snippets. All was then placed onto a Sand card stock base. I think this may be a birthday card for one of my grandsons.

This morning I had to go to the hospital and do a blood draw to get my statistics for the actual doctor visit tomorrow. And, hubby also had cardiac rehab this morning so we spent quite a bit of time at the hospital and rehab center. So since I had done this card yesterday I thought I would post it this afternoon for you to see.

I hope all are having a great day and I thank you so much for visiting.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, February 14, 2020

Yellow Rose

A week or so ago I worked with the Power Poppy Rose digi and created this card to send to a friend. I am so glad I took a photo of it. I really love how it turned out. It reminds me of the song Yellow Rose of Texas.


I colored it with my Bic and Sharpie alcohol ink markers. I then used a Maker's Movement die to cut the panel out and placed it onto a yellow gingham card stock base.  The sentiment is also from Power Poppy. To dress it up a bit more I added some yellow enamel dots from Stampin' Up!


I hope you are having a fantastic day! Thanks for visiting and for the sweet comments too! I love them.

God bless,
Verna

Happy Valentine's Day!

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Hello everyone and I wish all of you a wonderful Valentine's Day! I hope you all get some Valentine goodies too.

I saw on the news that Major Bill the 104 year old Marine got over 70,000 Valentines. Wow! People really came through for him and I am so happy to hear that.  They showed a few cards but I did not see the one I sent him. And get this! He is a scrapper and so I am sure he will be extra busy for a long time to come filling scrap books with his cards.

I was treated to some chocolates and a card from my hubby. I will share the chocolates with him. He is such a sweetheart and always remembers me. I don't think we have any big plans for celebrating otherwise.

Anyway I want to wish all of you a great day and I hope you get lots of Valentine wishes too!

God bless and  O X O X ,
Verna

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Inspired By A Song

I heard a song on the radio this morning and it brought back memories of listening to it years ago on the radio. It was one of my favorites so I decided to make a card with that song in mind as it happened to work well with the Creative Confetti Challenge: Inspired by a Song.


 I wanted to keep the lyrics of the song in my design so I computer generated them. However, I did not realize how many verses that happened to be so I had to split up the lyrics with half on each side. Then I simply stamped the silhouette image from the no longer in business Sparkle N Sprinkle stamp set called Puddles Stamp Set which was illustrated by Beccy Muir. I cut that stamped image out by hand and put it over the top. And if you want this silhouette stamp set I did see it was included in the digital section at Beccy's Place. The raindrops are from Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Well we are in a big blizzard and the temperature was 30 above at six in the morning and now it is thirteen below zero. The strong winds brought a cold front in from Canada which cooled things off in a big hurry. By noon it was already zero. But at least we are nice and warm in the house and I have no plans to go out at all. In fact, there is a no travel advisory for our county. So if you are experiencing this weather I hope you stay safe and nice and warm too.

God bless,
Verna


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Time To Celebrate!

I pulled out a set of stamps that was handy to locate without having to look through a lot of things and decided to make me another card using Bella the Elephant. She is ready for a celebration and she is from the Wild Rose Studios AS007  Bella's Party 2 set.



The first thing I did was to make a striped background by masking off the stripes and then adding colors with my blending brushes and markers. The sentiment and Bella were then stamped with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Jet Black ink and Bella was colored with my Bic and Sharpie markers  I then cut her and the sentiment out by hand. All of these elements were placed onto a white card base and the last thing I added was some Doodlebug Design Inc. Beetle Black Glitter Assortment Sprinkles. I think you can make out the glitter in the photo too.

Thanks for stopping in and as always I love to hear what you have to say. Have a great day everyone!

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Love Card

I really do not need a Valentine anymore but I thought perhaps this design might work for someone who is having an anniversary also. I may just leave this one set though until next year at this time of Valentines when I need to tell people I love them.  But I had to play a bit today since our birthday party plans were canceled.


I die cut the heart frame into white card stock. The sentiment was then die cut with red. Then I added some pink to match the pattern paper behind the heart. I had to trim up the focal panel and then added a very narrow trim of red card stock. I just used my paper cutter for these layers. I added the panel in a wonky direction on to the pattern paper covered card base and finished it off by adding three red rhinestone gems. An afterthought was to add a strip of the pattern paper inside the card too.

Die Used:
Impression Obsession DIE779-Y Heart Window Set

Other Supplies:
Card Stock, Connect Glue and Pattern Paper-Gina K. Designs
Rhinestones-Eyelet Outlet
Scrapbook Adhesives Big Grand Tape Runner

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Impression Obsession Challenge-Hugs & Kisses
Mod Squad Challenge-You're All Heart
Dies R Us Challenge #138-XOXO (Hearts, Love, Valentines)

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope your week will be a great one. My computer acted up yesterday so I sure hope that is not a sign of more problems to come. So if I am missing in action that may be the reason.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, February 7, 2020

Another Experiment with Digis

The idea of having some backgrounds to use for digis got me thinking that perhaps I could make some of my own backgrounds.  So with that thought in mind I went ahead and sponged a background with various shades of inks and then took a photo of it and added it to my Pictures on my computer so that I could grab it whenever I wanted to use for placing Png type of digis on it. So here is the first card I made with my first background I made.


Once again I made a very CAS design  and then colored in the Calla Lilies from Artsystamper which by the way was a freebie Png image from her as a member of her FB gallery page. The sentiment is one I stamped the regular way with an acrylic sentiment stamp, my Misti and some Jet Black Amalgam Ink from Gina K. Designs. The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Savior Inspired stamp set. 

The second card background used was a photo I took years ago of a satin apron as I did not have much pattern paper and I thought it was so pretty. So I took that photo and enhanced it a bit and that was the background I used for this card. Once again I used the Calla Lilies from Artsystamper.


On both cards I colored the Calla Lilies with my Bic and Sharpie pens. The sentiment on this last card is from a Jillian Vance Design set called Simply Said: Sympathy. And, again I used the GKD Jet Black ink to stamp it. I went with just a hint of yellow here and there so that it would look more like the more familiar white Calla Lilies I usually see.

Well I cleaned as much as I wanted to do and now it is just a wait and see if our company can arrive or not. Snow and strong winds may prevent them coming and also for us to travel to help our grandson Jack celebrate his second birthday. I sure hope we can make it but I guess if not we might have to shoot for another day to celebrate. It is also one of our son-in-law's birthdays too. So we usually do a celebration for both then. So time will tell if it all goes as originally planned. I hope all of you have a great weekend and thanks for coming by to visit my blog and for all the wonderful comments.

God bless,
Verna





Wednesday, February 5, 2020

More Digital Practice

I just got a new digital stamp called Calla Lily from Artsystamper and so I had to do a bit of practice in making a card with it. I also used a pattern paper digital that I got years ago from Gina K. Designs which had never been used before for the background. This was an exercise of placing one digital image onto another. In this case I placed the black and white open line calla lilies onto the pattern paper and then I proceeded to color them in. I finished the card by adding a sentiment by hand stamping it. It is from a set from Papertrey Ink called Savior Inspired. I was fortunate to get this set from a friend and I know it will be used many times by me.


Well, that was all the creative work I did today. I just got the digital calla lily this afternoon so this evening I relaxed and worked up this design. I hope I passed the test on placing one image onto another. I colored with Copics but so many of mine are drying up and I am not going to spend money replacing them or adding more ink. So if they look a bit blotchy that may be the reason why.

Have a good evening.

God bless,
Verna

No Heart Valentine

Here is the card I made for the  Creative Confetti Challenge-Anything But A Heart Valentine. I was cleaning yesterday when I came across this no line Rose digi from Power Poppy that I had worked with earlier and set aside. So I decided to finish the card so I could enter this in the challenge.


It was a good thing I had not finished the card earlier as I know if I made it a Valentine as planned I would have added some little hearts. But I do think with that wonderful Loopy Oval die from Gina Marie Designs that it still looks very elegant against the Dusty Rose card base. The coloring was done with a mix of Bic and Sharpie alcohol markers. The sentiment is from Gina K. Designs.

Thanks for coming by to visit and I hope your day goes great!

God bless,
Verna

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Anniversary Card

While perusing my digital files I ran across the darling caterpillar couple digi from the Tiddly Inks  Nice 2 See You set and so along with a heart swirl digi from the Puttin' On The Ritz digital set from Jan's Digis Shop I created an anniversary card. I also used a regular acrylic stamp from Kitchen Sink Stamps for the sentiment which I added with Gina K. Designs Jet Black Amalgam ink.



All of the images were already colored so I did not use any markers on them. The heart swirls came in two sets but I arranged it so that the one set of swirls was on the opposite side of the paper. That way I could add that to the inside to tie the two designs together. I think you can see just a little sneak of that in this next photo. Both panels were die cut with a stitched rectangle frame from Makers Movement.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

Well, I am off to clean now. I saved a few things already partly done that I can play with if I get tired of cleaning. Oh, who am I kidding! I am tired of cleaning even before I start it. LOL Take care and have a great day!

God bless,
Verna

Turner Syndrome Awareness Hop




I am posting this reminder that you should check out Lori Kobular's blog and  learn a few things about this syndrome and join in on the hop. You might be lucky and win a prize too! I already hopped and learned a lot about it as it is very informative.

Have a good day!
God bless,
Verna

Monday, February 3, 2020

Baby Girl Crocodile Card

Once again I used the February Crocodile Baby image from Beccy's Place but this time I used the uncolored version and did my own coloring for this card. It does not compare in quality at all to the pre-colored version but I still like it. I hope you do too. This will also be entered into the Beccy's Place February Challenge.


I colored my image with a mix of Bic, Sharpies and Copic markers. Then I cut the design out and added it to pattern paper from Beccy's Place using the paper that came with the Vase of Peonies digital stamp set. I found some ribbon with white polka dots on it so I tried to make the ribbon on the crocodile look similar to that. I again added a sentiment from a no longer in business Sparkle N Sprinkle set called Baby oh Baby! I finished the card by adding this all to a white card base.

I am happy to say that now if anyone has a baby in the future I will have a card all ready for them in my stash. I am glad I played a bit today. I need to do some major cleaning this week and get ready for some company on the weekend. And, I am very slow at doing this type of thing as I have to rest often. Sometimes these golden years seem quite tarnished. LOL So until next time take care.

God bless,
Verna


Sunday, February 2, 2020

Baby Boy Crocodile Card

I just fell in love with the free digital set that was offered at Beccy's Place so I decided I wanted to use it and join in the Beccy's Place Monthly (February) Challenge using those free images. The set comes with a colored version, lined version and also pattern paper so you can't beat that for having everything handy for happy card making. I chose to use the colored version along with the pattern paper.


I did some brushing on of extra color to the edges of the pattern paper which I had die cut with a Spellbinder Curved Rectangle die. I also stamped a sentiment from the Sparkle N Sprinkle (no longer in business) Baby Oh Baby Stamp Set. The crocodile baby was fussy cut out and placed onto that pattern paper. And once all was adhered together I then added it to a white card stock base.

I think he is so cute and I think I am going to make a girl version with the non-colored design. So that may be on my next post.

I am also entering this card in the Mod Squad Challenge-Get Your Animal Stamps Inky!

I hope all of you are enjoying February so far. We have had sunshine so that is nice but a cold front is moving in tonight and with that comes the clouds. So we are enjoying it while we have sun and warmer temps. Have a great week everyone!

God bless,
Verna


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Heart Frame Card

This afternoon I made a card using my new die from Obsession Impression to make a card using the Heart Frame die. I combined it with red/white gingham paper and red, white and pink card stock to create my card. I used an white ink pen to add some highlights.


Here is the link to the DIE124-Z Heart Frame. I can see this die working for weddings/anniversaries as well as for Valentines. Even a birthday card could be done with it.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Impression Obsession Challenge-Have a Heart!
Scrapy Land Challenge #130-Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #138-XOXO (Hearts, Love, Valentines)

Thanks for visiting and I hope your Saturday is going great. And, hurray for us! We have a bit of sunshine! It has been missing all week long. So that is a positive indeed.

God bless,
Verna

More Monochrome

Well here I am again which surprised me as I had no plans to get creative but yesterday when I did a momochrome card I had so much fun that ...