Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Embossing and Plaid

You all need to sit down because shocker of all shockers I actually made a couple Christmas cards.  Generally I wait until the very last moment to make mine, probably because I pack away all my stuff and so I wait until that is all I do and I do them all at once, but it is getting very stressful to do it that way, so hopefully I can keep this up all year and will be able to have at least half done by Christmas :)

My Stamping groups challenge was to use plaid, so I did that in both these cards and I also saw on Janice's blog, that she is now a team designer for that  they were doing an embossing challenge, so I decided to combine the challenges.

So head over to Winter Wonderland Blog if you would like to play along.
I decided to do both dry and wet embossing on my card.  I forgot to use my anti static pad and after dry embossing my background I was rubbing my embossing ink over the raised area, I couldn't tell if I was getting good coverage so I ended up going over every dot with my embossing pen doing a section at a time and applying the embossing powder, good thing I only did one of these :)  I also used gold embossing powder for the sentiment on the tag.


Cuttlebug- Swiss dot folder (embossed with gold powder)
PoppyStamps- Pinpoint Main Street tag die
Studio G - Sentiment stamp embossed in gold
Button, colored w/marker
Ribbon
Washi tape

Next I stamped the plaid background stamp using Distress Oxide Lucky clover ink onto patterned paper. Used the same paper to die cut my flower.


Stampin up- plaid background stamp
Poppystamps- Blooming Poinsettia die
Impression Obsession- Pine branch die
Taylored Expression - Joy  die

Wish me luck in keeping this up for the rest of the year.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Beach Birthday

My Niece and her family went on a trip to Florida just before my Great Nephews birthday, and she shared pictures of all the boys playing in the water and so that is where my inspiration for this card came from.

I used flocking for the sand, and punched my birds from gray paper so they looked more like seagulls :) Sponged on the water with distress inks, adding a few highlights with my white gel pen and used my homemade stencil for the clouds. 


Stamp image from a swap - colored w/markers and cut out
Distress Ink - Mermaid Lagoon (water)
Doodlebug designs - Crushed velvet flock (sand)
RS Tapestry - pegstamps- Trellis leaf vine and grass blades stamps
Memory Box - Birds dies

Hope you will have a lovely Sunday!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thanks

I hope you are not getting tired of my images from my coloring calendar, it is like having a different stamp every time.

I forgot to post this with my other thank you's I sent out.


I punched the border twice to get that look, I think this is the first time I have been able to line up a punch border, we want talk how many years that took me, LOL!

Daily calendar coloring image, colored w/markers
DCWV - Linen closet paper
Martha Stewart - Border punch, cut twice
Reminisce- thank you sticker

Wishing you a fun and creative weekend, thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sketch Challenge

My cardmaking group had another sketch challenge, sketches are such a nice point to start if you go in to make a card from someone and you have no clue where to begin.


Can you tell I am ready for spring anytime now :) I cut out the die with white cardstock and then colored each individual piece and then pieced them back together, I don't know if I will do this again with these tiny pieces especially in the flowers. I used a stitching die to add a bit more to the blue panel.

Memory Box - Fancy potted flower and Country stitches dies
Spellbinders - Labels 8 die
Echo park - Fine and dandy paper
Sassafras - mix and mend paper
Wimsy stamps - simple sentiments
Dew drops

Hope you all are having a great week so far. Thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Monday, January 15, 2018

Use up challenge

One of the girls in my stamping group suggested that we think of what supplies we want to use more of in 2018, and all I know is I have so much paper in my room it is crazy, so for the challenge I used two different papers for layering of my background and then another piece to frame my stamped image and some of that same paper to make my tag.  All to often when I got to make a tag I grab for white cardstock, maybe I will try to use more pattern paper this year for tags :)  I used almost 3 entire sheets of 6x6 paper on just one card with very few scraps :)


I was trying to bring out the blue in the paper with my coloring but I think I may have been a bit heavy with the dark blue and for the life of me I couldn't get it to blend out.

I also added a bit of sparkle with my stickles to bring out the snow and sparkle in the river.You can see it a little better in the close up.


Northwoods Rubber stamps - Eagle pair over winter stream frame stamp, colored w/markers
Stickles - Waterfall and diamond
Bobunny - Welcome home collection paper
Spellbinders - A2 matting basics A&B dies, Back to basics tags
Perfect layers - 1/8 for matting of the stamp
Impression Obsession - Sentiments II stamp

I can't really tell with all the blowing out there but I think we got around an inch of snow over night and the temps are going to fall throughout the day and by tonight with windchill it will be -15.  They were not kidding when they said this was going to be a cold winter, our normal for this time is 40 degrees.  But this next weekend it is going to warm up again, so if we can just get through this week we will be ok :)

Hope your week is off to a good start and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by an say Hello :)

Connie