Friday, February 12, 2016

Pleasant thoughts

When I saw this image it reminded me of my great nephew, when he was younger he was always climbing, even on his parents :)  Now he is in middle school, so I don't know how much climbing he likes to do anymore but hope he liked this card.

I used this image from a Mary Engelbreit daily calendar.


Image from Mary Englebreit daily calendar
Spellbinders -- Lg. classic inverted scalloped squares die
Stamps of Life -- Stand up 4 sentiments stamp
Decorative scissor for half circle

We had a full day yesterday at the St. Louis Art Museum, it was just too cold for outdoor activities for me, and since my hubby has to work on Valentines day that is what we did for our day out to celebrate.  While I was using the rest rooms he went into the shop there and bought me a pair of very pretty earrings, he is such a sweetie :) I will share the card I made him on Sunday.

Hope you have a great weekend and get a little time to create!

Connie

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Shutter Valentine card

Since my daughter is very busy with work, college and her hubby, I figured I could share the card I made her for Valentine's day, you will have to wait until after to see what I did for my hubby, he checks my blog every now and then and I want it to be a surprise :)

This was another challenge in my stamp group, we had to do a shutter card, it didn't need to have the band but I like how it helps keep it closed and more fun to remove it wondering what is inside, and there had to be stamping on the front and inside.

HERE is the link to the video showing how to make this card.  This is the outside with the band on it, you want the band to be a bit lose or it is hard to get it on and off.


I had to add a little premade flower to the center of the heart and punched a border  on the band.

Here it is opened:


It was fun to make and my daughter likes the ones I send that do a little something extra.  I had to trim the ends of the inside a little more so that it opened and closed a bit smoother and I think she says that in the video or it is written and I didn't see that until I was having problems with it working smoothly and reread or watched the video a few more times.

BasicGrey -- Sugar Rush paper
Hero Arts -- All Occasions messages (for inside of card)
Stampin up -- Say it Simply stamp set on band
Martha Stewart -- border punch
Spellbinders -- classic sq. lg. die
Wilton -- fabric flower

Here are a couple pictures from our trip to find an Eagle that I was telling you about last week.

The first my hubby wrote on the picture how far away the Eagle was when we spotted it across the river. I took this picture with my point and shoot so we would remember how far away it was, the next two of the pictures are taken with his nice camera with a big lens that could capture it across the river.




Those were all taken from the Missouri side of the river, the eagle was on the Illinois side, so we drove around back to the Illinois side and walked down this nature preserve about a mile to where we saw the eagle and he flew away as soon as my hubby came up, he was so bummed, we started walking back to the car and I said now watch he will land on our car and tease us and fly away again and maybe 5 minutes later he landed on a tree right in front of us and my hubby was able to get these shots of him.



My hubby was bummed about all the branches being in the way but still happy to have seen an eagle in the wild that close up.

Hope your week is going well so far, thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Outside my window

In years past I have always had some kind of goal for the year in my card making, last year was to use those items that I had bought early on in my card making and I called the posts my Forgotten Treasures, I really need to carry that into this year I still have so many I want to use.

 At the beginning of this year I thought what should my challenge be for this year and I couldn't think of anything so I just went on, then I thought of all the ladies that come to my blog and give me such encouragement with your loving comments and I have decided to make each one of you lovely ladies a card throughout the year.

 I kind of started this last year with a few ladies.  But the first for this year went to Debbie from It's All about Purple .  She lives in New Jersey and we lived there for 5 years before being stationed (my hubby is now retired from the Air Force) down here in Mid/Southern Illinois.  So going to her blog and seeing some of the places we had went while living there brings back a lot of good memories.  She also takes the most beautiful pictures of the birds outside her window and that is what gave me the inspiration for this card.  She loves purple so that is where I started.  I used a piece of vellum on top of the pattern paper I used for wall paper inside her house, hubby said I should have use acetate it would have looked more like a window but the card was already put together when he made that suggestion, maybe next time :)


I wish now that I would have put something behind the card, all that white kind of washes out the tree. I added a bit of pen work and shading to the birds and squirrel and stickles to the flowers in the planter. Debbie also knits and shares projects that she is working on from time to time as well as all her adventures and Beautiful nature outside her door.

Here are the items I used in the card:
Sizzix -- Card base step up die
Fiskars -- Grass border punch
Impression Obsession -- Bare Tree, squirrel set and Oak leaves die sets
Poppystamps -- Country Fence, leafy sprig, small madison window set and Cheery Cardinals dies
Stickles -- Yellow on flowers


I am not setting myself a time frame to do these, when I think of a card that I feel would be good for a person I will email and ask for your address, if you don't want a card or don't want to give me your address I will understand completely.  I just wanted to give back a little something for you ladies that have been such an encouragement to me over the years, it means so much that you take out the time from your busy schedules to let me know what you think and just share life.

I am sharing today's post over at Stephanie's Roses of Inspiration

As always thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, and have a lovely day,

Connie

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fetching you a Happy Birthday

Our niece on my hubby's side of the family and her hubby adopted a puppy this year, the same breed as we have but their puppy is shades of brown, I know it doesn't quite look like this dog but I still thought it would work for him on his birthday this year.



I tried to add a little shadow under him, LOL, yep still need practice with that. Did a little shading around the edges to dirty it up a bit.

Newton's nook design -- fetching friendship, colored w/markers
Memory Box-- distressed baptisia collage die

They are telling us once again we have a chance of snow in our future, may only be half an inch but we are behind on what we normally get in the winter so I guess we can use it.

Is anyone else here a Downton Abbey fan?  I am getting so sad that it is getting close to the end of this show, I have so enjoyed it.  I was wondering there for a bit they were going to kill off Lord Grantham with that ulcer.  Wow was that ever a scene they did.

Hope your new week is off to a great start, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by once again, and thanks again for your prayers for little Evelyn, I have told her Mom all the prayers that are going up for her.

Connie

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Bird House

Do you all remember little miss Evelyn that I asked if you could pray for her, well this card went to her Mommy.  I feel so bad that I haven't done an update on how she is doing.  I will add that after the card.

I used Mojo sketch 284 for this card


JustRite -- Bird Houses stamp set, colored w/markers
Spellbinders -- classic circles lg, big scalloped circles lg and A2 matting basics A dies
DCWV -- Garden Party paper
Doodlebug designs-- sentiment stamp
Offray -- ribbon
Martha Stewart -- gems

Now onto Miss Evelyn, she has had to go in for another surgery, for hernia this time that she had as a result of the last surgery, but she is doing very well now, she still has appointments often as they keep a close eye on her progress, but she is just the sweetest little girl and is crawling and I think soon to be walking.

Here is a picture of her getting into her treats while Mommy was doing the dishes.


This is at the hospital a month ago. What you can't see is they have a screen above the bed that they show videos to the kids, I think it is a good way to get their minds off of what is going on, technology today huh!!


We are so thankful of how far this little girl has come, and thanks again for your prayers and thoughts for this little one.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful and creative weekend,

Connie