Friday, October 15, 2021

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 when I looked at the card this morning it inspired me to do even more designs today. Again I used all Altenew products except maybe for some paper, ink and rhinestones.

Here is the first card I made using Gina K. Designs lipstick cardstock and then an Altenew 3D Blossoming Branches embossing folder which was inked up with a darker shade of red. I then die cut it and then added it to a white card base. Last thing I did was use a white Posca paint pen to add some interest in the flower centers and bird and the sentiment from the Altenew Watercolor Halftone stamp set..

The next card I made in monochrome blue. The Altenew stamp set used for the flowers was from the Watercolor Halftone stamp set. I also used the matching die for the set to cut out the design. I put that aside while I took a white card base and stamped a design in each corner and a sentiment from the Altenew Dot Art stamp set. The ink pad used was Altenew Persian Blue Crisp Ink. I then popped up the die cut flowers and finished by adding some blue rhinestones from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed my little creative adventure from this afternoon. I know I did. Take care everyone and thanks for coming by and leaving such uplifting comments always.

God bless, Verna

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Going Monochrome

I made an anniversary card and chose to use just shades of green for the card. My main panel was made with an Altenew 3-D embossing folder called Floating Foliage. I used inks from the Rubbernecker Color Fuse line for my card. I also used the Altenew Mix and Match Frames die set. And, the sentiment is from the Altenew Stunning Cosmos set and after stamping it I cut it out with an old Fiskers Deckle Edge scissors. I finished by adding  a white panel inside the card.

I just love this and the shades of green are so complimentary to each other. I guess you can tell I like that Mix and Match Die set as I seem to use it with almost all of the cards I make lately. I am so happy I purchased it now.

Well, I think that might be all I do this week unless the crafting bug hits me again. I do know I am only one card away from reaching my goal of 100 Christmas cards so I might finish that up. And, if I do go over the goal I can always use them for next year.

Take care everyone and thanks for the visits.

God bless, Verna

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Stenciled Flowers Card

I recently purchased an Altenew layering stencil called Greenwood Flowers. I was not sure if I could make decent looking flowers with stencils but I was so surprised and found it to be just as easy or even easier then using stamps to make layered designs. The set consists of three stencils. I love the look!

I stamped in Gina K. Designs black ink a sentiment from the Altenew Garden Hydrangea set and the inks I used for the flowers are the Rubbernecker Color Fuse layering inks. Those inks are amazing when it comes to doing layered designs such as this. I highly reccommend them. I just love the mix of colors on each flower. The top flower I cut out by hand as there are no dies with these. I wanted it to be popped up on top of the other two.

Well, we are through half of a week already. Time is whooshing by again. But at least I got a bit of card making in so far. I hope you have had a fun and productive week too. And thanks for the visit and wonderful comments you always leave me. I love them!

Take care and God bless, Verna

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Poinsettia Cards

For these cards I used digital images or ideas from my three favorite digital designers. The poinsettia is from Artsystamper, the sentiment is from Jan's Digitals and the idea came from Beccy's Place. I printed out one huge image of the poinsettias and then cut them into four panels for four quick cards.

And here is the big sheet which you can see I cut in two to make four cards. It was too bad I was out of all the colors of ink so I had to color in the green as my leaves came out of the printer yellow. LOL

Now that was a nice way to get four great cards. I will have to remember this idea with future digital designs.

Thanks for visiting and have a great new week. Also a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.

God bless, Verna

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Deer In Meadow

I am need of masculine birthday cards so I thought a little scene might work for one of them. I used the evergreen tree line and deer punches from Stampin' Up! as part of the scene. 

First thing I did was to brush on my sky and grass to a white card front. I used a marker to make the grass look a bit more real. Then I added two rows of the trees in two shades of green and next I punched out two of the deer but only put antlers on one of them. I used some markers to add some color to the deer to make them look more realistic. The final things I added then were the hand drawn birds and a sentiment from Gina K. Designs. This whole panel was die cut using one of the Altenew Mix and Match Frames. I really like that set of frames for adding a nice edging to cards. The panel was added to a white card base. And that completed my scene.

Thanks so much for all the sweet comments. I hope your week went well and that the upcoming weekend will be a great one too. I am getting company tomorrow so I won't be doing any card making. 

Until next time God bless, Verna

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Altenew Inspiration Challenge

I just saw the inspiration photo for the October Inspiration Challenge at Altenew and loved those colors so I made a card using one of the Altenew stencils called Foliage Stencil. I did my best to incorporate the colors of the photo and as a result I find I really like this card. I hope you do too! The sentiment is from the Altenew Sentiment Strips stamp set. And, the dies used are from the Altenew Mix and Match Frames. I used two of them from that set for this card. After all was layered I added it to a brown card base and then used a yellow card stock die cut rectangle for the inside so I can stamp or write a message.

Below is the inspiration photo that showed the colors to be used. My leaves are not quite the same as those on the board but they are still leaves.

Well, I am so glad you stopped by to see what I have been doing today! I love to read all the comments you leave me. I hope your day was a good one too!

God bless, Verna


With my last order from Altenew they included a thank you card and also an outline image from the Paint a Flower: Camillia Outline Stamp set which we were invited to color in and then post it on social media. So I did that and made a card with the image. Nothing really fancy but I am sure someone will like to recieve it.

My markers did not work as well as I would have wanted them too but I think it was something to do with the slick surface of the card stock the flowers image was printed on that caused that. I do think it is a pretty design. And, the sentiment was at the bottom so I left it as is. I did not have gray cardstock to match so I went with some silver instead and then added three clear rhinestones to finish it. 

Well, I am back to the wheelchair. My one foot developed a sore where the bone in the arch sticks out so I gave it first aid and now that I am not on it so much it is starting to feel better and healing. Hopefully once it is healed I will be walking again more. I do some walking but not as much as before. I find I don't tire out as much either so maybe that is a good thing as well. I made two cards today so  that in itself is an accomplishment.

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

Take care and God bless, Verna

Saturday, October 2, 2021

World Cardmaking Day

Being it is World Card Making Day I just had to get creative so I worked on a few Thanksgiving cards. I have six of them done using the Stamplorations Sweet AutumnATC-Ephemera set and the Altenew Diamond Frame Cover die. The cardstock is from Gina K. Designs. The sentiment is also from Stamplorations. Here are three of the cards I made. 

You may have noticed that the first one in the lineup did not have the complete Diamond Cover Die used for it. Well the answer is simple....I messed up half of the cut so I used what was good only. Also on the third one I only used the diamond from the center and added that as extra background for the ATC. There was room for a sentiment so I used one from the Stamplorations Words of Gratitude set. I only have to add sentiments to the insides now and then they will be ready to send out when it is closer to Thanksgiving. That will be another day though when I finish them. I think those ATC panels are gorgeous!

I hope you card makers are having fun being creative too! Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

God bless, Verna

Thursday, September 30, 2021

3D Embossing Folder Card

I cannot believe that it is the end of September already. How fast the time flies and during this last month I did very few cards. I bought a lot of stuff but did not have energy to use them much. But this week I managed to use one of the Altenew 3D embossing folders for an anniversary card. All the spending was done because I won a $50 gift certificate to Altenew so naturally I had to shop. Hahaa!

Also purchased from Altenew was the Mix and Match Frames set. I used two of the frames on this card. The sentiment is from the Altenew Sentiment Strips stamp set which I had purchased a few years ago. I use that set a lot. I added some black dots for a simple background for the daisies using a Bic black pen. The inks used were from Rubberstamper. And more accents were added to the daisy centers with another Bic pen.

Well, I wish all of you a wonderful October. Before we know it another year will have passed by. Until next time take care and thanks for the visits.

God bless, Verna

Saturday, September 25, 2021

September Rudolph Days

I just love the snowflake stencils I got from The Greetery which consists of two of them and they are called Frosty Flakes. I chose to use one of them with the Snowman from the Stamplorations paper goods division which is called the Christmas Backgrounds ATC #1-Ephemera set. I just love the look myself. So I am entering this in the September Rudolph Days Challenge. 

This was a quick and easy card to make but I love it. The sentiment is also a sticker from Stamplorations. Ink used for the stencil design is from Rubbernecker.

Thanks for looking and for the wonderful comments. I hope you have a great weekend.

God bless, Verna

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Ink Pad Christmas

I reverted back to an old way of making backgrounds for cards by just using my ink pads. In fact, the only inks used were with ink pads. I worked with the Stampin' Up! Christmas Pine Cone dies and Christmas to Remember stamp set. I went with only using the pads for coloring because I was too fatigued to look for pattern papers that would work with it. I am afraid it has a more Fall look to it then Christmas but I guess since today is the first day of Autumn it will be fine.

I die cut the pine cone in white and then colored in with the ink pads. I also earlier had tried to die cut a pine branch cover die but I was not successful in getting it to work. I should have used the tin shim plate with it. But at least most of the pine branches did cut so I cut them off and used some of them for a part of my pinecone design.

The next time I do this design or a similar one I will try to find pattern paper that will work. But it was still fun to get my fingers inky again.

Take care and until next time God bless, Verna

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Delicate Dahlias

This afternoon I played with a new Stampin' Up! set called Delicate Dahlias. I thought they were such a pretty flower and I know I can always use more sympathy cards in my stash too!

The light tan or brown marks were done by taking a light brown ink cube and swiping it in various directions and along the edges. I had to do some masking to make the design. Inks used were from Rubbernecker.

Thanks for stopping in and I love to read what you say each time too!

God bless, Verna

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Special Day

Today I made a card for a special occasion. I used a digital image and a sentiment from the set called Gone Fishin by Beccy's Place. I printed it out and then with blending brushes and markers colored in the scene. This is a card to celebrate the adoption of our grandson by his stepdad.

Several years ago when our grandson realized his biological father was no longer interested in keeping in touch with him he asked his stepdad if he would adopt him. His stepdad said he would and they began to get the proceedings going by hiring a lawyer and then starting the whole procedure involved. But of course then the pandemic hit and everything in the courts systems was stalled and put on hold. But this week they were finally notified that they should be in the court by 4 o'clock this afternoon and the adoption and name change would go through. So we are overjoyed for the family and know our grandson has a good stable father-son relationship with this wonderful man who is now his father. There is to be a celebration but unfortunately we could not attend as I had medical appointments I had to keep. But we are with them in spirit and are so excited for all of them.

And as to me I got a good report on my mammogram, got the third Covid shot, and saw my oncologist and he took me off the chemo pill permanently as it was determined it was doing more harm then good. So I feel much better and can breathe a bit easier knowing that I won't suffer with that pill anymore. 

I hope this finds all of you doing well and I thank you so much for visiting each time I post. I am hoping soon it will be more often too. I am not using the wheelchair in the home anymore but instead am back to using the walker. I am not quite 100% back but at least I am improved. And I am okay with having the wheelchair to use when I need it especially when going to doctor appointments that require a lot of walking. So that is what's happening in my little corner of the world.

Take care and God bless, Verna

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

No Layer Card

I am having a lot of pain issues still but I did manage to make a CAS no layer card today and used Fall Leaves for my inspiration. I expect any day now the leaves will be changing colors. I love that season!

I used Stampin' Up! products for the leaf images and the sentiment. The leaves come from the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set and the sentiment is from the Christmas To Remember set. I thought that sentiment would work for any season.  I took Washi Tape and taped a panel in which I then brushed on some inks. The inks used were from Rubbernecker. The it was just a simple thing of stamping the leaves over the top.

I have a mammogram scheduled Friday and I sure hope I can get it done even though I am in awful pain. I think I did something to my hip but found out that walking was less painful for me then using the wheelchair. So I am back to using the walker.

Well, I hope everyone of you are doing well and I thank you for the visits.

God bless, Verna

Friday, September 3, 2021

More Washi Tape Cards

Today my post is showing a couple more Washi Tape cards I did from that big roll of Washi Tape from Altenew called Wild Flora Washi Tape. While I was working with the tape I made several backgrounds and also did some fussy cutting and die cutting from the beautiful design. I put the tape onto cardstock so it was easier to cut out either way.

I made an A2 size card and also a mini slimline one. I love the colors in this tape so I tried to pair the designs with card stock and other additions that matched. I hope you can see the Galaxy gold pen marks I added to the A2 one in the center of the flowers and also as little dots. The slim washi tape is also from Altnew and already had a gold thread through it. Also the sentiments on both cards are from Altenew.

And this next photo of the slimline card shows off the big roll of Washi tape that these pretty designs came from. The roll was so long that I could not get it all into my photo without making the card design too small to view decently but I think you get the idea of it's length.

Well that is my cards. And, also a note to let you know the (tnics) email address is no longer in service and you have to rely only on my (gmail) one now. If you didn't change over I hope you check out the picture on my posts where it should show my email address when you get to my profile. Well, my company is holding off arriving until Sunday so I am glad for that as my arthritis is so bad I can hardly maneuver again. We have a cold and rainy day again! Oh, how I love these Golden Years. I am keeping company with Ben Gay today!

So glad you stopped by and until next time take care and God bless, Verna

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Halloween Shuffle

I finally got all my Halloween cards made and they are all the same design as I used images from Jan's Digitals Pumpkin People digi set. I thought the dancing pumpkin lady fit the theme board for the ongoing Two Old Bats Septemher Challenge. So therefore I am entering the challenge this month.

The background for the card was one I made quite some time ago and then took a photo of it. So you might say I made my own digital design. I made a big old moon for Halloween and of course my white specks were supposed to be stars. Some got a bit big though but that's the way the paint brush dripped. LOL I printed it on some cardstock that I received from my old work place at the newspaper as it was cardstock they were no longer using. It has a texture to it but I think that is okay too! In this scene the pumpkin man is playing the tune and the pumpkin lady is kicking up her heels. And, check out the cat? He is conducting them. I added a few bats and then it was ready to print out. Once it was printed I die cut it a bit smaller with a Maker's Movement stitched rectangle die. The finishing touch was to add it to an orange card base.

Well, I did a whole batch of these and in fact, made more then I needed but perhaps I can find someone who will enjoy getting a Halloween card. I hope you are ready for the big Labor Day weekend. We are getting company again...more of our kids. So this will be my last post until next week no doubt. 

Take care and until next time God bless, Verna

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Washi Tape Anniversary Card

Some few months ago I won a gift certificate to Altenew and this huge over 11 inches wide Washi tape was one of the items I spent it on. Well, I had some difficulty getting the tape to unroll without tearing but I did manage to get some pieces of it so that I could end up with some great card making supplies. This particular tape is called Wild Flora Washi Tape and it is indeed beautiful. I am hoping eventually I will get it to come off the roll easier. But I doubt I will ever order any that wide again. It is too difficult for me with my arthritis hands. A2 card size washi tape is much easier to work with. There were dies with the bundle I bought too so I might be showing some die cut flowers from the tape one of these days on future cards.

I decided to fussy cut around the bigger flower and then have that as a border design against the darker green cardstock. This panel was then die cut with a Maker's Movement Stitched Rectangle Die before adding it to the white card base.  The sentiment is also from Altenew.

I have several wedding anniversaries coming up this Fall so I thought I best work on making a few for those occasions. I think it makes a lovely anniversary card.

Well, I survived my procedure Monday and like many of  you had said I found the prep day was the worst. And, the results were that I have a healthy colon. So that at least was a good thing to hear. Thanks to all who kept me in their thoughts that day. 

Well, today no card making but instead I slept in as I got very little sleep the night before. I also had some leftover chicken broth so I decided to make a casserole with that, chicken, some noodles and veggies for a supper meal. I am sure I have way to much so no doubt I will put a few meals in the freezer for those days I want to craft and not have to worry about what's for supper. LOL 

Take care everyone and thanks for the visit and comments. 

Until next time, God bless, Verna

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #500 Entry

I have not been entering very many challenges lately but I saw the sketch design for Freshly Made Sketches #500 and it looked simple enough that I thought even I could do it. So here is what I came up with. And congratulations to them on their #500 sketch.

Below you can see the sketch I followed fairly close. 

I used Gina K. Designs card stock, pattern paper from the Grateful Hearts pack, black ink and a sentiment from the Thankful & Blessed stamp set. The panels were all die cut with a Makers Movement Rectangle Stitched die set. 

So now I have my first Thanksgiving card done. The other day I finished all my Halloween cards so that I will show you another day.

Well, it was so nice of you to visit and leave such wonderful comments. I so appreciate them.

Take care and God bless, Verna

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

'55 F250

Many inquired about being able to see our pickup so here is a photo of the pickup he put in some parades this summer. It was his Dad's pickup and my hubby overhauled the engine and worked on the transmission and got it running. He also added new seats and a headliner in the cab. He was going to have all the dings and dents removed and paint it but since it was going to cost $20,000-$30,000 for that he instead went with the rustic look and just did a clear coat over all the rust, dings and dents. I like it as it shows that it was a working pickup. It was originally owned by Milbank Hatchery but when it was advertised on sale his Dad bought it. Also originally it was painted white. It sat in a covered shed for over 20 years without it being moved so it is nice to see it up and running again.

Also in one of the parades our son-in-law drove a tractor of Arlin's that was a Farmall Model H that had a cab on it. That was an add-on feature but did not come orignally with the tractor. And as you can see my hubby had to get in character and wear his old overalls and straw hat. Hahaa! 

I hope you enjoyed seeing the pickup and the tractor. I had a video of them in the parade but could not figure out how to add it to this post.

Well, thanks for looking and have a good day!

God bless, Verna

Monday, August 23, 2021

Winter Trees Scene

A couple weeks ago I printed out the winter scene design from Jan's Digitals Over the River set and I had added a car image loaded with presents for Christmas giving to complete that design. Well I printed out more of the tree scene then I really needed so today I used the winter trees printout by itself and I like it a lot. I simply added a Penny Black sentiment in red and then placed the scene on a red card base. The scene was die cut out with a Maker's Movement stitched die.

Well, we had a nice visit with our kids who came for the weekend. They also helped install our dishwasher and now we are learning how to operate that. I guess it is not too hard. A neighboring town has a Sweetcorn Festival every year so some of the family went to get a free sweetcorn feed for us to enjoy Sunday noon. They were so generous with the corn and besides that gave buttered bread and also a 24 pack of pop. I fixed a taco salad to go with the fare and that was our noon meal which everyone seemed to enjoy. Later some of them went to the parade that was held in the afternoon and hubby drove his old '55 Ford F250 that he restored in the parade. So it was a busy and fun weekend.

Thanks for all the visits and I hope all of you are off to a great week now. I am now being deprived of my pain meds so I may be in a bit more misery. Getting ready for the procedure  next Monday. I will be glad when it is all over and done with.

Until next time take care and God bless, Verna      

Friday, August 20, 2021

Anniversary Card

Yesterday morning it occurred to me that I needed two anniversary cards for my son and daughter-in-law and for my daughter and son-in-law who have their wedding anniversaries two days apart. So I made two of this design but one of the cards I already sent off as it has to travel to Japan. But they were similar so this one will show you what I did with the combination of digital stamps, stencil and a die.

The pre-colored daisies digital is from the Jan's Digitals Pumpkin Blessings set. The sentiment is from the Artsystamper Digitals Artsy Sentiments set. I used a round stencil from Picket Fence Studios and brushed on the colors I wanted to use. I could have quit right there but I felt something was missing. So I diecut the hearts design which is from Cutplorations and added that to the bottom and with some of the negative hearts I added them also for extra embellishment. It took me very little time to do this card. What took longer was trying to locate the supplies. I also added a sentiment inside and wrote a note.

Another week has whizzed right by and here we are to Friday. I have company coming so I may be quiet until next week sometime. It seems there is always something going on in the summertime. Thanks also so very much for the visits and wonderful comments.

Until next time, take care and God bless, Verna

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Stenciled Background Christmas Cards

Today I have two more designs from the Stamplorations Christmas Ephemera Kit #1 but this time I stenciled a background for each using a Tim Holtz Poinsettia stencil. I really like how these turned out. I also added some Bic marker here and there for more definition and to change up the color a little bit.

I also am loving those little sentiment stickers and I have been using them on the outside and also on the inside of the cards. The whole kit is so lovely and makes for wonderful cards. I only bought one kit but there are other Christmas kits as well as kits for other occasions.

Well, that is all for me today. We are doing a little remodeling so that I can get a dishwasher. So things are in a bit of a mess at the moment. I hope all of you are doing well and thanks so much for all the wonderful comments you leave me each post. 

Take care and God bless, Verna

Friday, August 13, 2021

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Today I am featuring two of the Christmas cards I made from the Stamplorations Christmas Ephemera #1 kit. I simply layered the ATC designs and then placed them on a white card base to which I had used a Cutplorations Circles All Over Texture Cover Plate. I thought that was a nice way to showcase the ATC designs in an easy way. I hope the photo shows off the texture created by that plate. I really like it.

The ATC's are so brightly colored and that is what I like about them. They really look very festive with the colors and wonderful designs. I have oodles of items in that kit so I can make cards for Christmas for a long time. I was having lots of fun working with them.

I doubt I will be doing another post this weekend and I am trying to steer clear of sales and special offers. I just am not having room for all my goodies. But I am so glad I am finding time to work with this kit. Soon I have to switch up to Autumn designs. That season is right around the corner too! 

Well, guess I should get the dishes done. I put them off long enough. Haha! But it is so much more fun and  satisfying to work with crafts then dishes. Until next time take care and thanks for all your sweet words about my simple card designs. I love them and read all!

God bless, Verna

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Christmas Deer Scene

Todays card features elements that were included in the Stamplorations Christmas Ephemera #1 Kit. It had a stencil, ATC type cards, die cut designs, stickers, stamps and more. So I used a few of the items from the kit to create this scene. The only thing not from Stamplorations is the Washi tape along the edges.

I've been busy with freezing veggies and other things as well as getting a doctor's appointment in. At the end of August I am to have a colonoscopy so I had to get a pre-physical for that which I guess I passed okay. I am not exactly excited about the prospect but I guess somehow I will get through it.

I hope all of you are doing well and having a great week which is almost up again. Time goes by so fast. Thanks for the visits and lovely comments.

God bless, Verna

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Christmas Wreath

Between company and doctor appointments it seems I am not finding a lot of time to make cards lately. But I did manage to make multiples of one design that I had printed out from the digital stamp set called Over the River from Jan's Digitals. That allowed me to assemble them together quickly.

I hope all of you have a great weekend. We are getting guests again this weekend and then on Monday I have a medical appointment to tend to. So I may not be very active in the blogging department for a bit again. So until next time please take care.

God bless, Verna

Monday, August 2, 2021

Merry & Bright

Today I am showing you the last card front that I used for six more Christmas cards. These are the card fronts from Stamplorations. They sure have been handy for quick and beautiful cards. And again I added a sentiment from Penny Black.

I have always loved poinsettias so this was indeed a design I was thrilled to have in the set of card fronts. And, that sentiment seemed to fit perfectly in that corner.

And I almost forgot to tell you that I have two cards published in the Fall issue of RubberStampMadness. I knew one was going to be in it but was really surpised when I saw another of my cards included. They are using die cuts and are featured in an article on Page 36 in case you have an issue.

Not much going on today as it is a day off from the garden and so hubby and his cousin went fishing again. Last time they did not catch anything so I hope today they have better luck. At least they are in the boat enjoying a ride at any rate. Hahaa!

I have a roast in the oven and it sure smells yummy! Now it is rest time. Take care and thanks for the lovely comments.

God bless, Verna

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Beccy's Place: August Challenge

 Here is my entry for Beccy's Place: August Challenge. I used the Peony freebie being offered as well as some other pattern paper from Beccy's Place. The dies used are stitched rectangles from Maker's Movement. And the sentiment I think is one that Donna Ellis offered as a freebie too! It worked perfectly with this design. After adding all the layers to a white card base I finished it by adding some pink rhinestones from Mark Richards.

I chose to use the pre-colored image as it seemed to be a perfect match for the pattern paper. And I also added a strip of the plaid inside the card to tie the card front and the inside together.

This is the Sunday our little Leah was baptized. I was not able to attend due to the early hour and long travel. With my medical issues it was best I stay home. But Arlin went to be there so we were represented. I did watch the baptism on video though so in a way I did attend too!

I hope your Sunday and first day of August is going well. We are a bit clearer looking today. Not so much smoke from Canada clouding our sunshine. So that is an uplifting view as when it was smokey it was dreary looking. Well, take care everyone and I will see you next time. And, thanks so much for the wonderful comments you leave me. I love them!

God bless, Verna

Friday, July 30, 2021

Christmas Destination: Grandma's House

For this card I made a scene using a digital stamp set from Jan's Digitals called Over the River. I fell in love with that car loaded up with gifts and also in the set was the beautiful snowy scene background so I paired them together. I did not add a sentiment on the front of the card but did add one inside which of course is: "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go." I have so many images in that set to work with so I am sure I will be showing off more cards made with this digital set soon. I used a stitched die from Maker's Movement to cut the scene.

I could have added the car to the background right away before printing but I thought if I did the car separately I could then pop it up to give more dimension.  So that was the route I went. I chose to use the already colored designs too. I made six cards with this design. So I am really getting a good handle on my Christmas card supply. Soon I will have to think about doing Fall designs as that season is right around the corner too.

I wish all of you a great weekend. And, thanks so much for the visits and lovely comments. I look forward to reading each one of them too. Until next time take care.

God bless, Verna

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Baptism Card

Our little Leah will be baptized this coming Sunday so I had to make up a card for the occasion. Since I am getting around in a wheelchair I was not able to get to a lot of my crafting supplies so I had to rely mainly on digital and computer generation for this card. So it is not exactly what I had in mind but it will work and I hope as she gets older she will like the card I made for her.

The cross was a digital image a friend sent me so I used that for the card. And the praying child is a digital I got years ago from I Brake for Stamps. The verse I computer generated and made it personalized for her. I colored the images in with my Bic Mark It pens. The little flower stickers were from Jolees By You and the background digital paper is from Artsystamper Digitals. Inside the card I added this verse: I have called you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1.

Well we are still working with garden goodies. I took care of green beans yesterday as far as taking the ends off and cutting into pieces but did not freeze them yet. But we did freeze more beets so I think the rest of the beets I will try to find someone who will want them. We have plenty in the freezer now. We also got some huge heads of cabbage and since we have plenty of them I will be taking one head of cabbage, some beans and some potatoes to my daughter for her family. One of my daughters got some when she visited a few days ago. And there will be more coming from the garden so since it is harder for me to work with garden things I will gift some to others. But my sweet hubby is helping with the freezing of the veggies. So I am truly blessed. I gave him the day off so he could go fishing. I hope he has a good catch.

I am going to perhaps work on more Christmas cards. I think I am in the 70's now. I did quite a few last week. And mainly am using digital images and card kits for most of them. So that is very convenient. We might have to remodel and move some things so I can get to my other supplies easier. 

Well take care and have a good rest of the week.

God bless, Verna

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Rudolph Days Entry for July

My entry for the July Rudolph Days Challenge is another Stamplorations card front design. I also used another Penny Black sentiment for it.

I adhered the card front panel to a base card of Gina K. Designs Tomato Soup card stock and I also used Gina K. Designs Tomato Soup ink to stamp the sentiment to the panel. These colors I thought were a close match to the red on the berries in the focal design.

Thanks for the visit. Hard to believe July is almost over again. Time is whooshing by. Have a great week.

God bless, Verna

Friday, July 23, 2021

Christmas Card

I finally found time to photograph another of the card fronts from Stamplorations and I also used a sentiment from Penny Black on it. I just love those card fronts as they are so beautiful!

This one I simply added the front to a white card base as it had a slim line of the red around it. I am so glad I have some quick options for making Christmas cards. I will be back in a couple days with another one.

I also designed some digital cards but that was as far as I got. They still have to be cut up and assembled but at least part of the process is done this way.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying summer. I thank you for the comments you leave and I wish I could reply back to all but I have no idea how to do that anymore. But I do read all of them. 

God bless, Verna

Thursday, July 22, 2021

I've Been Busy

Well, there are several reasons why I have not posted lately. For one thing I pulled a muscle in my right leg and now am using a wheelchair. Also the garden has been producing cabbage, beets, green beans, onions and potatoes which need to be used. The photo below is just one hill of potatoes and it nearly filled up a gallon ice cream pail. If rodents had not eaten on two of them I think it would have been full. This photo was taken before we washed the dirt off. They sure look nice when clean.

But most important to us is that we have a new granddaughter, Leah Jeanne. And, she is healthy and so beautiful. We feel so blessed. Needless to say we are in love with her already.

She was born July 19th and weighed 8 lbs.1 oz. and 19 1/2 inches long. And no medical complications for her at all either. And her Mom is doing well too and they both went home from the hospital today. So again I say God is good for hearing our prayers for a safe delivery. I just had to share our new little bundle of joy with you.

I hope all of you are doing well. I am getting some better with my leg but still I am so glad I have a wheelchair to use until I can walk again better. Take care and thanks to all of you for the visits and wonderful comments.

God bless, Verna

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Quick Card Front Cards

Well it is summer and now there is lots going on here. Not only have I had company but now the garden is starting to produce. I am so thankful for a great hubby who is helping me with the taking care of the vegetables. It seems the chemo pills I am taking are really affecting my joints and muscles and I seem weak in a lot of ways now and always tired. Also my fingers no longer have the right feeling at the tips of them and so it is harder for me to pick up things or use them. I have a dickens of a time putting my earrings in now. LOL But I did manage to get a few Christmas cards completed using the Stamplorations Quick Card Fronts. I will share them with you today. I still have more of the designs to work with and I bought five packets and they have six card fronts in each packet so it amounts to quite a few. Here is the first one.

For the card above I used a light gray card stock base to layer the front on and used some red ink from The Rubbernecker for the sentiment which is from Penny Black. I love the look of it.

And below is the next card I made using some Sandy Beach card stock for the base. And the sentiment used on that is a die from Lil' Inker Designs. I love how that looks too with the beige and brown tones on it.

I love poinsettias in any color and these really looked amazing to me. I thought using red for the sentiment was a perfect fit.

Well since hubby is fishing today I think I will work on more of the card front Christmas cards. But this will add ten to my stash. I still need a lot more though so it sure is handy to have some easy and beautiful ways of making them now that my fingers don't want to work right. Hard for me to color too which really bums me out but such is life. We have to adapt I guess!

Thanks for the visit and I am loving all the comments you leave me. Please forgive me for not responding but since I no longer get email notification it is hard to keep up. I hope your week is going well. So until next time take care.

God bless, Verna

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Baby Girl Card

We are getting so excited as soon we will have another granddaughter. In fact, the due date has been moved up to July 19th so that was an incentive for me to work on a card to welcome the new little girl to the family. Since this uses a mini House Mouse image from Stampendous I am entering this in the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. The dies used for the card are an unknown brand.

I know it is a very simple design but I think little Leah will not mind it. Thanks for visiting and I hope all are having a wonderful week. I made a few Christmas cards and also am getting ready for company again this coming weekend. Then Saturday night I have my All School Reunion which I am hoping I will feel well enough to attend. So I don't want to bring out too many craft supplies so that it won't be so much work to clear the kitchen table off again. Hahaa! 

Until next time God bless. Verna

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Let the Sparks Fly!

Happy birthday to the United States of America. May God bless our nation! And if you are in a drought area be sure to be careful with the fireworks. Those flying sparks can ingnite quickly with dried up foliage.

I wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July!

God bless, Verna

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Another Fourth of July Card

 Here is another card I made for the shut-ins. I got them all ready to go in the mail now. But each one I did was a little bit different. 

This also was made using the A Jillian Vance Design set called Cross Stitch Freedom. I am not sure if that set is still available or not. I got this quite some time ago so it could have been discontinued by now.

And as to the No Comment Blogger I mean when I leave a comment on your blog post you should be able to click on my name or photo and find my email address so you can comment back if you want to. And, I will try to fix the Captcha thingie too. LOL I must have accidentally changed it when trying to figure out things lately.

Have a great week everyone. I love the comments and so glad you come to visit me. 

God bless, Verna

Saturday, June 26, 2021


 Am I listed as a "no reply" commentor? I was hoping it was fixed so that people could get in touch with me if they comment. Thanks to all who let me know.

God bless, Verna

Friday, June 25, 2021

June Rudolph Days Challenge

 It was a good thing I had my card already made for the June Rudolph Days Challenge as this past week I have not been in much of a creative mood. But none the less here is my creation and it is made with a Stamplorations stamp set called Layered Lights and some Altenew Washi tape and a Spellbinder die at each end of the design which was a gift so I have no clue as to which set it came from. But I like it a lot.

I made a slimline design with these pretty images and wonderful sentiments from the set. And I used already made card fronts and bases from Paper Cuts which sure are handy as I don't have to measure and cut them myself.  I used stamp pads from Rubbernecker to stamp the baubles and Gina K. Designs black ink for the sentiment.

I spent my week in mourning of my sister and notifying relatives. Then yesterday we attended the visitation and today was her funeral. We opted to attend only the visitation due to my health but we did live stream her service this morning so that was nice we had that option. She will be so missed but I know she is in the best hands ever now with our Lord Jesus so that is a comfort. I know she would want all of her family to go on with life as usual and just be happy she is no longer in pain. She had celebrated her 90th birthday in February so she had a long life.

I hope all of you are doing okay. Thanks for visiting.

Take care and God bless,  Verna

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Independence Day Card

 I have been working on the Fourth of July cards for my shut-ins and this is one of them I did. All I made are very CAS but I still like them. The stripe stamp is from a Gina K. Designs set called Tiny Textures and the bell and sentiments are from A Jillian Vance Design set called Cross Stitch Freedom.

I finished the card design by adding some negative swirly stars I had saved from another die cut design. I thought they worked perfectly with the theme.

I am entering this in the Double D Challenge-Signs of Summer. I chose to use the patriotic colors shown on the inspiration photo.

Thanks for the visit. I love to read the comments too. They mean so much to me. I hope you can find a way to keep following my blog posts. The new email Follow It at the top right of my blog will be an option for you too!

Take care and God bless, Verna

Friday, June 11, 2021

Golden Anniversary

This week I worked on an anniversary card for my sister and brother-in-law who will be celebrating their golden wedding anniversary in mid July. I chose a stamp from the Gina K. Designs Just a Little Stamp set and I embossed it in Gina K. Designs Fine Detail Gold powder. I also die cut the sentiment from Tonic Studios in white and then added clear embossing ink all over it and then added some of the same gold embossing powder and heat set that so that it would match the gold of the floral design. Off to the left I added a little gold washi tape from Altenew and then placed it onto a gold metallic background before adding it to the white card base. The focal panel was die cut with a Makers Movement stitched rectangle die. I struggled a bit with this design but in the end I was very pleased with it and I hope the happy couple will love it too.

Thanks so much for the visits and I love reading your comments. If you want to get my posts by email you will have to sign up for them in the newly added Follow It gadget at the right top side of my blog.

Until next time take care and God bless, Verna

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Wild Roses

I decided to join in on the Mod Squad Challenge-Simple Focus and this was the card I made for it. I used the Gina K. Designs Whimsical Wildflowers set and I immediately went to what I think was the wild rose design. I am a little bummed though as I think my Copics I used smeared with the black ink I used. It is not supposed to do that but for some reason today they did. But I went with it anyway. I think from now on I will stick with my Bic and Sharpie pens. I seem to have better results with them.

I wanted to make the flowers pop more so I took my blending brushes and added a bit of blue ink around them. Then the panel was added to black and then from there to the white card base.

Thanks to all who commented and let me know my Follow It link was up and working correctly. That made me happy. And, to all of you who had followed by email before soon the way you signed up will no longer be working so if you want to continue to follow by email you have to use the Follow It option instead.

Well, take care and thanks for visiting. I love to read your comments.

God bless, Verna

Monday, June 7, 2021

Christmas Card and a Favor

Today I decided I had to get back to the Christmas card making so once again I grabbed a set of the card fronts from Stamplorations and made up five cards with this design. The sentiment is also from Stamplorations. I really love this design as I really like poinsettias. I placed the card front onto Cranberry Tart card stock from Gina K. Designs. I thought it was a perfect match to the reds in the focal panel.

Also here is the favor I would like to ask of those who previously signed up to my Follow It link on my right side bar as I deleted the old one and uploaded it again and this time without my email address showing. So I hope by doing that I didn't mess up any of you who signed up for my blog that way. So if you get a notification can you please state so if you leave a comment. If you didn't get a post notification then you might have to sign up again. 

I still cannot figure out how to get notifications when you comment so I will just check my post now and then to read them. And, I truly thank you for the visits. They mean so much to me.

So until next time take care.

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 ...