Wednesday, November 25, 2020

November Rudolph Days

 Well I am doing a quick post for my entry into the November Rudolph Days Challenge. I made a simple scene using Altenew stamps. It is a very clean and simple design but I still like it.

The snowflakes are embossed with white embossing powder from Gina K. Designs. I also brushed on my sky with Gina K. Designs ink. I left the bottom white to represent the snow.

Thanks for visiting and I am still very listless and not very energetic. But I have less cough now and my throat is not so sore as it was before. I still don't have a good appetite though. But hopefully, I am on the way to being better.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

God bless, Verna

Thursday, November 19, 2020


 Well we now have the virus in our household. Hubby started not feeling well Saturday and I told him if he did not feel any better by Monday he better get tested. Sure enough he has the virus and now I am started with the same symptoms as he did. Mostly like a head cold with sore throat, cough and runny nose. He had a low grade fever a couple times but so far I have not had any fever.

Anyway since I was to have an appointment on Wednesday with my surgeon I called in to see if I should cancel. They recommended I keep the appointment because of my cancer diagnosis but go to the outside clinic which was in the Emergency parking lot. So we did and parked in special slots with numbers assigned to them along with a phone number. So when we got there I called that number and told them Slot #5 and the surgeon and a nurse came out and checked my incision while I sat in the car. They both were gowned and masked up really well and so I hope that they will not be infected. But the good news is that my incision is doing what it is supposed to do....drain. I am to see him again after we are done quarantining.

We are instructed to rest a lot, drink lots of fluids, take Tylenol and so therefore I don't imagine I will be posting any cards for awhile again. At least before I got this COVID-19 I had sent out all the Thanksgiving cards to the shut-ins. So many of the nursing homes have this virus too. So I hope the cards will perk up those infected.  

It seems to be very catchy stuff. And, we always masked up but I guess that doesn't mean you will not get it. Only went to the grocery store and drug store. Also the doctors office a lot. So far we seem to have mild cases as the fevers are low or non existant in my case. I hope all of you continue to stay away from it.

God bless, Verna

Monday, November 16, 2020

Pilgrim Thanksgiving

 This is the Thanksgiving design I made to send to the shut-ins. It was very simple to do as I printed out the pre-colored images from Jan's Digitals Pilgrim Thanksgiving set. It was one of two colored versions of this image but I chose to use the one with a blue background. I am entering this in the November 2020 Jan's Digitals Challenge-Anything Goes.

I added the image and sentiment to my program and then proceeded to print them out. I cut them to the size I wanted and then layered them onto a Gina K. Designs Cranberry Tart card base. I also grabbed a sentiment from the set for the inside too!

Thanks for visiting! Each day I feel a bit better except for the old that never seems to end for me! Stay well everyone!

God bless, Verna

Friday, November 13, 2020

100th Christmas Card

 Well my goal of 100 Christmas cards has been reached so any I make above that amount will go towards next year's supply. I was glad I started in January making my cards so that I am not so rushed in finishing them. And, especially this year when I am still in recovery mode from breast cancer. I am very happy with this last one I made too.

The pattern paper, coffee and poinsettia are all from various digital sets from Artsystamper. All are pre-colored. If you look close you can see a slight variation in the background paper as I found out I was running out of ink. It originally was to be light brown but it ended looking more like lavender towards the bottom. I used it regardless though. The sentiment is from Cutplorations and I die cut it once in white and once in dark green and layered them together to give a different look. I thought it looked like the sentiment was more outstanding this way. The card stock base and red layer are pre-cut and from The Paper Cuts. The white and dark green card stock for the sentiment are from Gina K. Designs.

Not only is this my last Christmas card for this season but also the last entry I will be adding to the 2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop challenge. I have enjoyed making cards for this hop and it was an incentive for me to get back into my old hobby too. I think that was a great part of healing as well. 

Well, my focus now will be on a few Thanksgiving cards I will be sending to shut-ins this year. I have the elements all ready for assembling so it should not take me too long. Then I will write in them and get them posted. Until next time everyone stay well and have a fantastic life!

God bless, Verna

Snowman Mug

 Here is another Christmas design I made using the Stampin' Up! pattern papers, Gina K. Designs card stock, Cutplorations Merry Christmas die and Stamplorations Christmas Mugs Circles Printable sheet. All combined together they made another great looking Christmas card.

I am entering this in the 2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop Challenge. I wanted most of my cards for this hop to be Christmas ones. Today is the last day for the challenge too!

Thanks for visiting and I will be sharing one more card with you as well today!

God bless, Verna

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Be Merry

 For this card I used several Artsystamper pre-colored digitals as well as some of the coffee themed pattern paper offered at Artsystamper. I arranged them on my computer program and then printed them out so that I could make a card with it. I hand stamped the Be Merry which is a sentiment on the A Jillian Vance Design stamp set called Simply Said: Whimsical Santa. The coffee cup digital I colored with my Copic markers and the sentiment was stamped with ink from Gina K. Designs. 

This will make me another Christmas card for my stash and it will also be entered into the 2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Challenge. There is still time to enter projects so if you are so inclined I would suggest you do it soon. Entries end Friday!

Thanks for visiting and for all the great comments.

God bless, Verna

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hot Cocoa Time!

 I decided to make a card showing that winter is the time for hot cocoa too. I chose to use The Penguin and Marshmallow stamp set from Stampingbella for my design. I colored it with my Copics and then sponged on a wintery looking sky with Gina K. Designs Navy ink. I used a fussy cut paper in a curvy  edge to use as a mask when I sponged on the sky. The next step was to add some flicks of snow from a paint brush with white acrylic paint by lightly tapping on the handle of the brush. Lastly I stamped the sentiment and then mounted this simple scene to a green panel before adding it to the white card base.

This card will be entered in the 2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers challenge which is ongoing this week. If you want to join in you have until Friday. 

Also I want to wish all the veterans past and present a wonderful Veteran's Day! Thank you for your service. God bless all of you!

Take care everyone!

God bless, Verna

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Slimline Coffee Card

 I made another one for the 2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers challenge using more Stampin' Up! pattern papers. I also used the Gina K. Designs circle die set and a sentiment. The red and white card stock are also from Gina K. Designs. The little cute guy in the cup image is from the Stamplorations Christmas Mugs printable sheet. Before adding all the layers together I added a light tan ribbon and then placed some red rhinestones on it. The circle designs I popped up!

Have a great day everyone. And thanks for visiting!

God bless, Verna

Peppermint Christmas

 Another dip into my stash of pattern papers and among them I found some great pattern papers from Stampin' Up! I just love the striped one and also how great the peppermint candies one goes together with it. I used a Stamplorations Christmas Mug circles design from the Stamploration Printable division of the digitals and placed it onto a layer circle which was die cut using Gina K. Designs circle dies set. The red and black card stock is from Gina K. Designs. The Merry Christmas die is from Cutplorations. I really like that big sentiment. 

One other thing I used my Mini Blossom die cutting machine from Altenew to die cut all these dies. I love that for using small dies and find it much easier for me to manage a smaller machine.

I am entering this in the 2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Challenge. You can still enter a card or two as well as you have until Friday.

Thanks for the visit and have a great day! Sounds like we may get some snow this afternoon. Our weather was in the 80's last week and this week we have highs in the 30's. No wonder my arthritis is acting up. But such is life! Take care.

God bless, Verna

Monday, November 9, 2020

Confetti and Christmas Mugs

 I made another card for the 2020 Fall and Winter Coffee Lovers Challenge using products from Stamplorations and Gina K. Designs. I am entering this slimline card in the challenge.

The background was made with the Artplorations Confetti #1 stencil and then I used Gina K. Design clear embossing ink and Gina K. Designs gold embossing powder on it before heat setting it.

I fussy cut out the designs on the Stamplorations Christmas Mugs printable sheet and then to make a border circle for them I used Gina K. Designs green card stock and also Gina K. Designs circle dies.

The sentiment was cut from the same green card stock using the Cutplorations Merry Christmas die.

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. Stay well.
God bless, Verna

Deck The Yard!

 In our neighborhood they have contests at the holiday season where home owners get their yards all decorated with all sorts of holiday designs. One year I saw where a home owner had this huge set of beautiful ornaments in their yard and it was so outstandingly beautiful. So with the freebie from Jan's Digitals and the Christmas Cardinals stamp digital stamp set I created my own version of a decorated yard for Christmas. I hope you like my slimline version. Digitals are very handy for me to use now that I am in recovery mode still.

I am entering this in Jan's Digitals November Challenge-Anything Goes.

Thanks for visiting and take care. I am feeling some better each day but now I have a drainage issue from my incision which is a nuisance. I called the surgeon and he said this sometimes happens. It is lymph fluid draining off. I was a bit concerned when I first saw what was happening.

God bless, Verna

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Seasons Greetings

 A few days ago I made a simple scene using the Altenew mini stamp sets called Pine Trees and Snowing. Together along with some blending of inks I created this scene. The pine tree set is a layering set. The snow was stamped in clear ink and embossed with Gina K. Designs white embossing powder.

I am entering this in the Double D Challenge-Pine Trees And/Or Pine Cones.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

God bless, Verna

Donut Ever Give Up!

 I took a bit of time to use some Artsystamper digitals to create a card that will fit the Artsystamper Challenge-Something Yummy and also work for the 2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop. I think I like the way it turned out and I can see this being a very encouraging card to someone who is feeling down and out from any situation. And besides I like coffee and also yummy donuts. Haha! Makes me hungry for one now!

Again I used a slimline design using the Artsystamper Coffee and...set and also the Artsystamper Coffee Break Paper Pack. The card stock used is from Paper Cuts and it is already cut to the size for slimline cards. Very handy and much easier to use for this style of card. The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

I hope this finds all of you having a great Saturday. 

Take care and God bless, Verna

Friday, November 6, 2020

2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop

 Well, it is that time again to share your coffee lovers (also includes tea and cocoa) themed cards at the 2020 Fall/Winter Coffee Lovers Hop. I won't be doing many entries myself because I am still in recovery mode from Breast Cancer surgery but any of you who are interested can get into the hop at any time now. 

I do have a couple cards though that will work for the hop. Awhile back I made a couple coffee Christmas designs using digital stamps from Artsystamper. I am lucky I only posted one of them so that I could share this one in the hop. I hope you like it. It is a slimline card.

Last year I said I was going to learn how to do something different and thus I put lots of effort into learning how to use digital stamps. This design was created from two stamp sets at Artsystamper and one free coffee pattern paper that she offered. I think they work great together.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you can find some time to join in on the fun!

God bless, Verna

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

 Today I was inspired to work up a design for Thanksgiving and this will be entered in the Mod Squad Challenge. I used all Gina K. Designs products for it except for some inks and ribbon.

The leaves are from the Gina K. Design Stitched Leaves stamp set. The sentiment is from the Autumn Wreath Builder set and the printed paper circle around the sentiment is also from Gina K. Designs. I don't recall if they came with the Stitched Leaves Mini Kit or with another release. The card stock is all from Gina K. Designs but the ribbon I used is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. The ink for the leaves was a rainbow pad from Hero Arts.

Thanks so much for visiting. Take care everyone and stay away from the Covid.

God bless, Verna

Fluttering By

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