Monday, October 25, 2021

Die Cut Layered Daisy

I love the look of layered flowers and images and so when I saw this Altenew Craft-A-Flower:Daisy Layering Die Set I had to buy it and see if I liked working with die cuts as well as I do the layering stamps and stencils. Well, although the end result is beautiful I found that for me with my arthritic hands they would not work well with the small pieces. But I struggled and did finally get my card to sort of look okay. So my concensus is that I will not buy the die cut sets but will continue to buy the stamps and stencils. I must say my favorite is the stencils too. They were much easier to line up.

I started out with white card stock for all the die cut layers. I then used ink pads to color in the various colors. The white daisy I simply added a bit of light blue to the layers but not so heavy as to have them look blue but still maintain the white. The pink daisy was colored in with various shades of pink to create my layered look. And the leaves were with various shades of green ink added to the layers. The same with the centers of the daisies to which shades of brown were used. Those centers were where it was so hard for me to layer together as they were too small for my clumsy hands. 

The sentiment is from one of my favorite Altenew sets called Beautiful Day. I am sending this one out to my niece who is now in remission from her Pancreatic cancer. I so hope she stays that way for a long, long time too. She has gotten well enough that she can resume her job. I am so glad as I know this has been an expensive ordeal for the family with her having to go to treatments. 

Well, thanks for all the sweet comments which make my day. You are so good to me.

God bless, Verna

October Rudolph Days

My card for this challenge is made with all Stamplorations product lines. That includes the stencil for the background, the ATC ephemera card and the sentiment sticker. As you can tell I love the paper line from them which allows for quick and easy card designs. I am entering this in the October Rudolph Days Challenge.

Using the stencil I tried to get about the same pattern as was on the ATC. Although not perfect I do think it still ties them together and I liked it so that was what really counted. Haha! And, those stickers have such wonderful sayings so I chose to add one to the card front and also inside the card. The card stock used for the card base and the layer though is from Gina K. Designs.

Thanks for visiting and I wish all of you a great week. 

God bless, Verna

Friday, October 22, 2021

Peeking Sunflowers

Once again I had to use the stencil called Peeking Sunflowers from Stamplorations. It is in the Artplorations division. And the colors I used were supposed to resemble one of the images on the mood board at Double D's Challenge which is Sunflowers. So without further ado here is the card I created and tried to capture fairly close the colors on the board.

For this card I stenciled in the sunflowers with white pigment ink on black card stock. And, then I overlapped with some mixes of deep reds and purples to create the flowers with a bit of color. The next step was to add some Gina K. Designs clear embossing powder and heat set it. Well, of course, when I did the stenciled design I got some white ink outside of the stencil onto the black card base so I had to find a way to cover that up. So to the rescue was some Washi tape from Altenew which I thought was a fairly close match to the colors. The sentiment die is from the Cutplorations division of Artplorations and the finishing touches were some white pearls and some Posco white paint marks in the sunflower centers.

I lined the inside of the card with white paper so that I could stamp or write a message when I am ready to send it off. And, that was my card. Below is the photo of the mood board. This way you can see why I chose to try this color combo for it.

This was supposed to be done yesterday but instead we entertained insurance salesmen for over two hours in the afternoon. They had to review our coverage. So by the time they left I was no longer in the mood to make a card.

Well everyone thanks so much for the visits. I wish I could respond individually to each of you but a group thanks will have to do. I love the comments you leave me too.

Until next time God bless, Verna

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Slimline Sunflower Card

I haven't been joining in many challenges lately because if I win a gift certificate I can't seem to curb myself to just that amount but instead buy a lot more. I love buying more but to tell the truth I am running out of room so I figured I best not tempt myself. But when I saw the Double D Challenges theme was Sunflowers I just had to join in with a card I made using an Artplorations Sunflower Stencil and a Cutplorations die which are all part of Stamplorations. I used inks from Rubbernecker to add the colors with a blending brush. I just love this stencil and I had so much fun. And that is a wonderful sentiment especially this time of Thanksgiving. But it works all year long as far as I am concerned.

I took a marker and with a little darker brown I tried to add some texture to the centers of each sunflower. I thought it might bring a little more realistic look to them.

Thanks for stopping by on this rainy day. And, it is to really get cold I hear and we may be having a hard freeze in the next few nights. They even mentioned that word SNOW! Not sure I am ready for that unless it falls and disappears right away. Anyway, everyone take care.

God bless, Verna

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Digital Cards

Yesterday I played with some digitals and used one little daisy design and merged three of them together to make one big cluster of daisies. I had to turn some of them around in different directions to make the design and what was an experiment turned out quite well I think. I then printed that merged design out and divided it into four panels. I had intended to use them just as card fronts but when I saw them this morning I decided to use them with a little extra embellishment and layers. Below is the four card panels before I made them into cards. You can see where together they made a huge cluster of flowers.

The daisy design is from Jan's Digtal Pumpkin Blessings set and the Thinkng of You sentiment is from Jan's Wild Blossom's set. The birthday cards sentiment is from the Artsystamper Artsy Sentiments set. I think it is nice when one can use digitals from more then one company to create a design.

And here is the four cards I made this afternoon with those fronts. 

I used a stitched rectangle die from Maker's Movement on a couple and on another I used a rounded corner rectangle die from My Favorite Things. The one with the fancy corners uses a die from Cheery Lynn Designs. And the one card I just used the panel as a plain card front to which I added it to a card base. The gems used were from my stash. Oh, and again the green was yellow so I had to add some green color in with marker to make it look like leaves and stems should. The card stock used is all from Gina K. Designs.

I am showing you a card I posted a few weeks ago where I only used one of the daisy clusters. This way you can see what the cluster looked like before I did the merging.

Well that is it for me today. My hubby and I are celebrating our 52nd wedding anniversary today. We exchanged cards and maybe on the weekend we will get a meal to celebrate further. Big celebrations are not on the "to do" list anymore as we are getting older (the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak) and with the still active Covid spread going on it is best not to do too much group gathering. 

Everyone take card and thanks for visiting. 

God bless, Verna

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

Fluttering By

 First of all I want to wish all my Canadian friends a Happy Canada Day! I hope your day is extra special. This card I am showing uses an Al...