Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Wishes

Happy first day of Spring. In honor of the occasion I tried to make a spring like card design and I used something new for me called Chalkboard Embossing. You can view the post at the Crop Stop Blog to see how it is done. Very easy I might add. All you need is black card stock, an embossing folder and some white chalk. Luckily I had a stash of white chalk which had been in my craft drawer for a long time and today I finally found a purpose for it other than writing on a chalk board. Yippee!


Nothing says Spring like a spray of flowers. For my flowers and sentiment I chose stamps from the Gina K. Designs Warm Spring Wishes set. They were all fussy cut and that took me quite some time to do but I am glad I did them this way as it was easy to build my design later on. Both the chalkboard panel and the light green panel were die cut using the Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle set.

I placed all of the layers and flowers on a base card of white card stock. The card was then finished by adding some black rhinestones.

Other supplies used were my Scor Pal, Scor Tape and a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Floral Fantasy.

This will be entered into the Stamp TV Mix It Up Monday Challenge as well as the Crop Stop Linky Party Challenge #26.

Well, we had another gorgeous day but it sounds like we are going into a cooler mode again for our weather and another chance of rain or snow. But then that is the way Spring begins. It is always a mix of weather so that is no surprise to me.

Well, take care and thanks for the visit and comments. Happy Spring to all of you as well.

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Trees

I remembered the poem I learned in grade school called Trees and so I decided with that inspiration I would make a card. The poem goes like this.

TREES

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast.

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair.

Upon whose bosom snow has lain,
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
                                        --Joyce Kilmer


On ivory card stock I stamped the scene with my Versamark black ink pad. I then colored the tree  scene in with Tombow markers, but the sky was done by sponging on inks. This image comes from the Gina K. Designs Farm Life stamp set by Theresa Momber. The sentiment is from a Gina K. Designs set called Sympathy Duo. Once I had my scene complete I then die cut it with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle set. As the die had a nice double stitched border I decided it did not need to be layered further.

Well, this was a fun way to spend a beautiful Sunday afternoon. We have reached the 60 degree above zero mark today. But not surprising at all, the wind is traveling at a pretty good speed. Even this morning when we went to church it was 40 degrees.

I hope your Sunday is going well too. Thanks for your lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Saturday, March 18, 2017

One Layer With a Pop Up

The Mod Squad Blog Challenge for this week was to make a one layer card and then add one popped up image on it. So this was the design I came up for this challenge.


I have developed a fond love of stencils of late so I went and found one in my stencil drawer that had never seen ink before and used that. It is a Sheena Douglas one called Distress Grid. And, I just recently bought a rainbow type pad from Hero Arts which is called Ombre Spring Brights which I used to ink up the stenciled design using some finger daubers. I also stamped flowers randomly with that ink using a set also by Sheena Douglas and called Just Truckin'.

One of the flowers I stamped onto a separate piece of white card stock and fussy cut that out. I laid that aside and then took and placed two strips of Washi tape masks on the card with approximately a 3/8ths opening. In that opening I sponged on some black ink to make it look like a ribbon. After removing the tape to reveal my faux ribbon I then popped up the fussy cut flower over the top. I added a black gem to the center of that popped flower and stamped a sentiment from an Altenew set called Painted Inspiration to finish the card.

Well, I got some unexpected company today which was my daughter and granddaughter. And they brought me some beautiful coral colored roses. I was so surprised. They stayed for lunch and some visiting until it was time for them to travel back to their home.


Well here's wishing you all a wonderful rest of the weekend. It sure was a nice sunny day here. And, thanks for visiting and for all the great comments you leave.

God bless,
Verna

Friday, March 17, 2017

Easter Garden

This is my second post of the day and I was inspired by a quote I ran across on the internet and had to create a card to go with it. Easter is my favorite holiday. What a wonderful thing to know that He Lives!

"See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices. --Charles Kingsley


I used images from the Gina K. Designs Springtime Baskets set which is illustrated by Claire Brennan. For quite awhile I had it in my mind that I wanted to make a simple garden scene and when I ran across that quote I just knew it would be perfect. So I proceeded to put daffodils in my garden and then added a little butterfly flitting around too!

I stamped my simple scene and then colored it in with Prismacolor pencils. I also masked off below the daffodils so that I could create a green lawn line in which they are growing. By simply adding a butterfly from the set and the sentiment I had a clean and simple garden. I had this scene on white card stock so I then die cut it out and added it to another layer of darker green card stock with one of my favorite die sets from Memory Box called Cross Stitched Frame Borders. Once all the layers were assembled I added it to the base card of white card stock.

Well, this was fun and I am so happy I have another card for my Easter giving. I will be entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge-Bits O' Green
Double D Challenges: Things That Fly
Scrapy Land Blog Challenge #62-Favorite Holiday-Used a Memory Box Die Set

Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comments.

God bless,
Verna

Happy St. Patrick's Day! #Verve

I wish all of you a wonderful St. Patrick's Day today. We don't celebrate it ourselves but I know a lot of people do. So for that reason I wanted to make a quick card today using a free digital set from Verve called Lucky Day. If you go to the site I think you can still download it. But hurry!


I am not too good at doing things with digitals so for this one I simply did a copy and paste of the shamrocks and put them onto a Word doc. Then I printed them out. Next I took a Hero Arts stamp pad called Ombre Meadow and swiped it across that printed design. I added a bit more coloring in by using some shades of green Tombow pens.

Once that was done I layered it onto some die cut rectangle layers with the Die-Namics MFT 839 Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stackers and placed it on a light green card base. My sentiment was printed out as well from that digital stamp set and I layered that before I added it to the main designed panel and finished it off with another shamrock which I popped up.

Well, blessings to you and I hope whether you celebrate or not that you have a great day.

God bless,
Verna

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Stamping Up the Sixties!

I recently ordered several stencils from Crafter's Companion which have a 60's theme. I just had to have a few of them and on this card I featured the one called Just Groovy. I made the stenciled background first with various colors of Gina K. Designs inks using sponges and sometimes they blended together to create newer colors. Once I had that done I proceeded to add the stamped images from the stamp set.


I stenciled and stamped on a piece of white card stock and when it was done I added it to the front of a white card stock base. I did pop up the records and guitars to add a bit of dimension to the design. They were also embossed too. And, I was very happy how it turned out. The quote for this card by Bob Marley fit the theme perfectly.

The stamp set I used is Gina K. Designs Live Life Loud set which was illustrated by Tami Mayberry. I think if I am not mistaken that this set is discontinued now. I am so glad I was able to get it before that happened as I have used it several times in the past too.

I had a lot of fun working with all of those bright colors and I am looking forward to using more of the 60's themed stencils I purchased in the near future. This was the era in which I was a young adult. Although I was not very much of a hippie! LOL No drugs or protests for me!

I hope your week is going great and that yours and our weather will get to being more Spring like. According to the forecast it should for the weekend at least warm things up. Hopefully, we will melt all the snow we accumulated too.

Thanks for stopping and for your wonderful comments. I think they are all so groovy!

God bless,
Verna

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Color Me Krafty

Yesterday I told you how I was gifted some Silhouette cut stencils and this one I used today was of a dotted design. So I used that for the background of my card and combined it with some wonderful stamps from Gina K. Designs.


I chose to use only black and white on my kraft card stock. My background was done by first applying Gina K. Designs white ink onto the stencil which covered the kraft paper. Then the next step to creating the look I wanted was to move the stencil slightly so that I had an overlapped design of a black dot. In between where they overlapped it was a lighter shade of black or almost like a gray. I love the way it turned out. It is always so surprising and exciting to see what the result is after doing a stenciled background.

My butterflies were stamped with Versafine Black Ink and then I used a white Prismacolor pencil to add the white to them. This panel was then die cut with a Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle set. I backed it onto a thin layer of black card stock. I also die cut the stenciled background with a die from Die-Namics called Blueprints 29. It did not have the double stitching but I thought it would match quite well regardless. This was also layered onto a thin black card stock. My sentiment was stamped with the Versafine black ink and also die cut with the Cottage Cutz set. And, again I added a thin layer of black. I thought the addition of the black made the layout more pronounced and better looking. After all the layers were done I assembled them together to make the finished product.

Supplies:
Scor Pal
Scor Tape
Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle CCB-021
Die-namics MFT-914 Blueprints 29
Gina K. Designs Stampers Favorites stamp set
Gina K. Designs White Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stencil-Silhouette cut from a friend
White Prismacolor Pencil

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Crop Stop March Linky Party #26-Scor Pal, Scor Tape
Simon Says Monday Challenge-Make Your Own Background

This is an easy way to create a great looking card. And, I think this is a design that would work for a man or woman.

Well, we are getting snow today and lots of wind. A good day to craft and make some cards. I hope your Sunday is going well too!

God bless,
Verna