Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gatefold

There are so many ways that you could use this border die but I decided to use it in a gatefold card today.


I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/2x 8 7/8.  On the long side I scored my card stock at 2 3/8 and 6 5/8. With these measurements I was able to get the two borders to just barely overlap.

My tip for you is to take your die and line it up with a grid of some kind to make sure you are getting your die cut straight as you see in this picture below. I always tape my dies down with a removable tape so the die doesn't shift on you.



Once I lined up and cut both sides I applied tape to the left side so that I could put a flower panel of paper so that when the card is closed you see the flower panel and not the message I wrote on the inside. I used scor pal tape, I suggest using heavy duty tape you use for things you don't want to move at all, you just want to be very careful when taping your panel to the side panel.



Here is what it looks like when opened.



I used the Frantic stamper rose cutout border die but at the time of this post they have sold out of that die, Here are some borders  in the store.

The inside floral paper I added was 4 1/8 x 5 1/2.





Added the sentiment stamp to the left front and some bling to the right side.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Slam Dunk and Elephant Rock State park

My great nephew had just started basketball just before his birthday, so I decided to go with that theme for his birthday card this year.  The images are stickers, I just added a bit of marker under the boy to ground him and I decided to write the sentiment myself, I thought it would be neater than just saying Happy Birthday. I used a sketch from Splitcoast stampers for this card.


Dimple Street gang- Sports boys stickers
Spellbinders -- Long classic rectangle small die
Marvy - 1" square punch
Making memories -- paper

I never get around to going through my pictures I take to share when I actually take them, so I made an effort to do that this time, on my hubby's day off a couple days ago we drove over to Missouri to Elephant Rocks state park, they have a very nice paved trail there, although you can go off and do some climbing if you want.  It is very hilly though.

They have an old ruin of an engine house that serviced the trains that worked in these Quarries years ago, they use to mine here and when they were done they turned it into a park.  Here is my hubby standing in front of it, isn't the brick work so cool. Yep he has two cameras he takes picture with and I now have the very first camera he ever bought.


First signs of spring, the buds are forming, YAH!!!



Here you can see the holes they would make when mining.



Here we are at the top of Elephant Rock


The trail has these tight spaces to get through the rocks or you can go an easier way for those with wheel chairs, we chose to go this way, more fun :)


The lake at the Quarry


My taking of this picture


This is how my hubby chooses to get this picture, I think my way is safer :)


We enjoyed a beautiful day out!  Hope you enjoy your weekend.
Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you join my again tomorrow for my next Dies R us  blog post.

Connie

Friday, February 17, 2017

Z fold card

I have been seeing these Z-Fold cards all over and wanted to give it a try, but I never did give it a try until I was thinking about what I could do for Kim at Sarah Lizzies and it hit me that the strip that holds the card together might be perfect for Hexagons, and since she loves making hexagon quilts I thought it would be perfect for her.

For the life of me I can not find the tutorial I used and must be I didn't write it down but if you do a search for Z fold card tutorial you will find a whole bunch of them, so me easier than others, I tried one that you cut into the base and I didn't like the way that looked so I started over with this type that you cut the long strip  and glue it on instead and I thought that looked a lot better.


Sorry about the pictures, this was a hard card for me to photograph. I used an embossing folder on the front, adding a little chalk to the raise areas in green and cut many hexagons as you can see, the die already has the stitched marks so that was perfect.

The inside:


Now what card doesn't need a flower :)  The space you see blank there is where I wrote my message.

Here it is all open.



I hope you get a chance to stop over to Kim's blog, she makes such Beautiful creations and takes the most Lovely pictures, it is a joy for the eyes to take a stop by.

BasicGrey -- Porcelain paper
Paper studio -- Lattice embossing folder
Diamond Press -- Hexagons
g.c.d -- Melody Ross Designer paper collection (for the flower and leaf)
Spellbinders -- Anemone flower topper die set
Tulip fashion bead paint - pink for flower center

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, and I hope you are enjoying some nice weather wherever you are.

Connie

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mixed media challenge

Going back to the challenges my stamp group had a few weeks ago, this time one of the girls challenges was to do a mixed media project. You had to have some kind of texture, color and embellishments along with stamping.  This is way out of my comfort zone, and I had in mind to do a canvas for this project, well while looking for my canvas (which I never found) I came across these Body Forms that I had won off a blog many years ago and I never did do anything with them.

I started off with my color and I used paint as my choice of medium.  I used Spun sugar and Lettuce distress paints on the form.

Then came the texture and I decided to use molding paste but I didn't want it to be white, so I added Lime green glitter to the paste, let me just say here right now that was quite the mess to clean up, especially off my stencil I used, but I totally loved the results.

While that was drying, I set out to figure out what stamp I would use with it and then I remembered my new Heartfelt creations Woodsy wonderland stamps I had bought that had flowers and I thought they might look neat at the base.  I am thinking about coloring another set and adding them to the back of the base, might be neat to have them all around the base and not just in the front.  I colored them with markers.

Then came figuring out what embellishments I wanted and decided to do a necklace, so I went through my small gems and beads and found this cut bead heart and added gems to it also. It needed something on the top and I found this pretty rose that fit just right on the top.  Of course to me it still felt like it needed something and then I remembered my leaf ribbon I found at my stamp store and I felt like that was the perfect thing to finish it off.




This was a bit out of my normal but that is what challenges are for, right?

Well I didn't expect a Valentine's card from my hubby this year, work has been really rough and he hasn't been feeling well on top of it all so I was thinking he probably wouldn't get around to it but he did surprise me with this card yesterday.  The image is one he drew a few years back and had scanned, he printed it off and added the other embellishments.  He said he was really tired when he made it, but I think he did a great job.


He had a border of swirls on the inside too with the sentiment, but that part is private :)

Wishing you well on this mid week. We have a chilly start today but the sun is shinning bright and the birds are singing, couldn't ask for more :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, and letting me know you did,

Connie

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines's Day

I would have shared these earlier with you but I did just manage to get them done a couple days ago and also my hubby does check in on my blog from time to time, so I didn't want him seeing his Valentine before the big day.

I was fortunate to win these wonderful die cut images off of Birgit's blog, she is one of the sweetest ladies I was blessed to get to know through the Dies R us design team. These dies are from the Green Duck Sales die cut club. They had two sets of the owls and so I decided to use them for my hubby and for our daughter and son in laws card also :)

First up is my hubby's card:


Yep those are google eyes on them and they come all glittered and ready to go, aren't they cute :)  The heart and sentiment were also part of the dies, all I had to add was the paper and the branch for them to perch on.

Basic Grey - Sugar Rush paper
Spellbinders -- Cherry Blossom dies (tree branch)

Now Esther over at Shoregirlscreations was so sweet to send me some of her lovely creations she makes for embellishing cards, you will be seeing more of her goodies soon I am sure, today I used one of her library cards that she stamped the love you and little heart, it was the perfect backdrop for the owls.


BasicGrey -- sugar rush papers
Green Duck images and sentiment

Wishing you all much Love today, thanks for always being so sweet to stop in and say hi,

Hugs,
Connie