Saturday, February 28, 2015

Window to the World

Today's challenge in my cardmaking group was to use either a stamp or a die of a window and what you usually see outside.  I have french doors that lead out to our deck and we have trees at the end of our deck that a lot of birds hang out in because we have a bird feeder close by.  That is why I picked this stamp set, of course I had to go further and make a table with some flowers and a frame on it to top  it off :)


Poppy stamps -- Grand Gothic arch die
American crafts -- seed stamp set (birds on branch)
Distress inks -- tumbled glass, mustard seed, tea dye and walnut stain
Cosmo cricket -- paper
Inkadinkado -- Florals stamp set for vase stems and flowers, colored w/markers
Spellbinders -- Labels trio (table) classic scalloped square small (frame) die
Sizzix -- Woodgrain embossing folder
Stamps of life -- minis 4 circles sentiment stamp

They are once again predicting more snow for tomorrow, but they are talking we will get in the 50's on Tuesday, one day of warmer weather even though it is suppose to rain but I will take it.

I am quite sore this morning our Church is redoing our sanctuary, new carpeting, painting, molding, platform, rewiring of the sound.  Our church family is doing all the work except the carpeting and we did it all in this past week.  It has been great to see us all come together and work hard to bring new life to our Lord's house.  This girl is done tired out and hurting all over, but I haven't put in nearly the hours the men who rebuilt the whole platform, they did a wonderful job too.  So needless to say today I am taking the day off except to do dishes. I also have a few more challenges I need to finish up with my cardmaking group.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend, and get a little time to create!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, I love hearing from you,

Connie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sailing Birthday

My father in law loves boats, he even built a 36 foot sailboat from scratch, he has since sold it, couldn't do it anymore, but hope he likes his card.


Recollections -- boat & rope stamp, colored w/markers
Spellbinders -- classic circle, Labels 22, A2matting basics A and grommet tags dies
DCWV -- Rustic stack paper
Hero Arts -- It's your day sentiment stamp
Recollections -- button brads

We are getting more snow fall today and all this coming weekend. it just feels like winter is going to be here forever, My daughter is even getting snow in North Carolina, she sent a picture today, she said it is nice to be able to stay home and do her college courses from home in her pj's :)

I have more cards coming for the challenges I just have been quite busy the last couple of days so I am still working on them.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gesso Resist Challenge

I am linking up today's post once again with Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration , stop by and check out the others inspiration for today.

Like I said yesterday I am doing a week of challenges with my on line cardmaking group and we are to use gesso as a resist, apply gesso to your stamp with either paint brush or foam brush, I used a sponge. I didn't end up having any gesso like I thought I did so I had to use Liquitex Gel medium in Glossy heavy gel.  It took all night to dry, then I added my distress inks to the different areas, it sure is a different look then I have ever done before, I may try it again if I ever actually get gesso, I am sure it would probably go on a little smoother than the gel medium did but it worked.  You take a baby wipe after your done inking over the gesso and it reveals you stamped image.



Rubber Stampede -- Lily, colored w/distress inks
Distress inks -- picked rasberry, mustard seed, peeled paint
Liquitex -- Gel medium, glossy heavy gel
DCWV -- Primrose paper
Spellbinders -- curved rectangles die
Stamps of life -- mini 4 circles sentiment stamp
Taylored Expressions -- Designer mini tags die
Queen&co. -- snowflake pearls

Hope you all are having a good week, enjoying whatever weather you are having, ours is still very cold, but I am dreaming of spring :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, Love hearing from you,

Connie

Monday, February 23, 2015

Faux Patina Challenge

My online cardmaking group is having a week of challenges, using different techniques, the first one I tried was Faux Patina Background, using a embossing folder and embossing powder. This card was my first attempt :


Cuttlebug -- Leafy branch embossing folder w/ silver embossing powder
Memento -- Desert sand ink
Distress inks -- Tumbled glass, peeled paint, tea dye and Walnut stain inks
Design co. -- Black eyed chickadee stamp, colored w/markers
Inkadinkado -- All occasions sentiment stamp

Then I tried another one this time not using traditional colors for my background, I accidentally used the deboss side of the folder but I think it still turned out neat:


Sizzix -- leaf embossing folder w/ copper embossing powder
Memento -- Desert Sand ink
Distress inks -- Mustard seed, Spiced Mamalade and Dusty Concord
Stampin up -- leaf punch embossed with copper embossing powder and colored with distress inks
Stamps of life -- Praise 4 Him sentiment stamp

Hope you enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend, and have a wonderful week,
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With Sympathy

A friend at church lost her husband to cancer.



Our Daily Bread deisngs -- Bird and butterfly Labels stamp, embossed with black embossing powder
Spellbinders -- Labels 18, Labels 4 and Decorative Labels 8 dies
Lilybeedesign-- head over heels paper
Elizabeth craft designs -- with sympathy die
Martha Stewart -- border punch
Hot off the press -- Black Jewel stickers

We had an ice storm come through last night, was so thankful my hubby made it home ok from work. The sun isn't coming out yet so nothing seems to be melting but our temps are around freezing, hoping for melting before church tomorrow.  Thankfully no need to get out today.

Hope you all are staying safe where you are and you have a fun weekend creating!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Connie