Monday, May 2, 2016

Candle ring/Wreath

Hi, I am sharing another post over at the Die R Us Blog today.

Mother's Day is fast approaching and I have a gift idea for you. I am using this for a candle ring but you could also use it for a small wreath too, I will share that later.

Here it is with the candle.



I started out with the Sizzix Flower Clivia die.  I used yellow cardstock and added Viva Inka gold in the color Apricot to the tips of the leaves as shown in the picture. I used a makeup sponge to apply the Inka gold because you are not to touch it with your fingers you can contaminate it and it will go bad on you. You can also see that I did a bit of shaping of the petals with my McGill stylus set, I used the 3mm end and the mat they also sell.


Next I cut the stamens out of white cardstock and colored the bases and the tips with two different colors.  after rolling them up, I glued some Sunshine yellow flower soft to the petals by dipping into my craft glue and then dipping into a bowl of the flower soft and shaking off any extra.


I wanted some smaller flowers to go with the set so I chose Impression Obsession Spiral flowers dies this is the smaller set they also have the set in Large too :)  after cutting out in cream cardstock I added a bit of Tea Dye distress ink to the tips of the flowers, then using a Quilling tool, but you could use tweezers, I rolled the flowers and glued them together with glossy accents, that glue seems to dry quickly of all the wet glues and it doesn't burn your fingers like hot glue would.


I wanted a little bit of green under the flowers but all my leaf dies were too big in comparison to how small these flowers are so I started looking for what else I could use and I came upon my Poppystamps Valley Snowflakes dies that were just the right size.


Before gluing on the Clivia flowers using a Hot Glue Gun, I laid them all out around the wreath to get an idea of where I wanted them.  In the process of gluing them on I had a bit of a hole left and instead of making another flower I decided to add a Memory Box Leavenworth Butterfly trio die and I just love the look and was happy for the mistake!!


Here is a top view of the ring.


Closeup, you can see a little better in this photo that I bent the leaves a bit for the Clivia flowers and added a bit of chalk to the centers of the leaves.


I promised you a picture of how it would look if you would like it for a wreath instead.


TIPS:

My tip for today is if you don't have a die that will work in your project like I didn't have the kind of leaves I wanted for my smaller flowers look for dies to use that are meant to be used in a different way, you can even cut apart pieces that you have die cut and just use portions of a die cut.

The Grapevine wreath measures 6 1/4 and I found mine at Hobby Lobby but I am sure you can find one at any craft store.  I also used gems on the butterfly.

Here are the dies I used, all the links are above in the description.  

 
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Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and let me know what you think.

Connie

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Vintage Postcard and Baby Geese

I was going for a vintage looking post card with this one.  I inked the embossing folder with Old Paper distress ink before running the embossing folder through my cuttlebug to give it an aged look, then swiped some Tea Dye distress ink over the raised area's after taking it out of the embossing folder.  Stamped and colored the flowers with markers. After adding the sentiment I couldn't leave well enough alone and thought it needed a little extra something so I added some flowers one of the girls in my card making group gave to me.  I used my stylus and a mat to give the flowers some dimension and then added stickles to the centers.  I think that ended up taking away from the vintage feel of the card though.  I shouldn't have been in such a hurry to glue them on.


Sizzix -- Postcard embossing folder
Cloud 9 designs -- Flowers 1 stamp set
Penny Black -- Sprinkles and smiles sentiment stamp set
Flowers -- From card making friend
Stickles -- Shabby shutters

I narrowed my pictures of the geese down to 10 pictures.
I start off with when we first arrived there were some tiny baby geese and as we walked up they headed for the water.


I love this one of them all following the leader.


After they swam out of site we went walking and came across this group of cuties, they were a little bigger than the other geese and they were not shy they were walking right for us.


Here is the close up I got of these ones, isn't that too cute.



Same geese they headed for the water so we watched them go down and I took these after they are all settled in the water.
 I actually caught one flying by.

I know it isn't a goose but I was thrilled I took a picture of a bird flying and it isn't blurry, LOL!


And here we are getting ready to head back to the car and I saw this little family and had to get some more pictures.  My hubby said this reminds him of that game at the carnival where you have to pick a duck and turn it over to see what your prize is :)


This was my first time seeing this small of baby geese so it was a fun day, plus we took a picnic lunch with us and the bugs weren't too bad so it was enjoyable!!

Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow I will be sharing a Dies R Us post, so stop in and see what project idea I have for Mother's day.

Connie

Friday, April 29, 2016

Grace and peace

My Son in laws mother lost her sister to cancer and I wanted to send her a card.  I found these little coloring messages at our Base Exchange, it was the last set and they have encouraging sentiments and some bible verses, I thought this one was a good verse.


These cards are made out of a very heavy cardstock, almost a board feel to them, the surface seemed a little slick to me, so I don't know how watercolor would do but my Specturm Noir alcohol markers worked fine. They measure 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. You can't see it in these pictures but I put a bit of glitter pen on the wings and center of the flowers.  I added the die cut around it, thought it gave a garden feel to it.



Creative Expressions -- to calm and inspire images, colored w/markers
Spellbinder -- Lattice Rectangle die
Martha Stewart -- Swirling lace border punch
Recollections -- Iridescent rhinestones
Wink of stella-- clear glitter pen

We went to a lake near by and were able to take some pictures of Geese and their babies yesterday, I haven't had a chance yet to download them, hopefully I got some good pictures, if I did I will share them next time.

Hope you all have a wonderful, fun and creative weekend,
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,

Connie

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Happy Birthday

I am using an image cut from my Silhouette machine.  My hubby really bought the machine thinking it would be better than the Cricut machine I own but like me I think it is too much of a chore for him to get it out and set it up. When I use it I usually sit down and cut out a whole bunch of things at once and then put them in envelopes to use later, I would not get the machine out to just cut one thing like I do when I use my dies.  Maybe if it was always set up and connected to my computer but we have them stored away, no room to have them out all the time.   How about you do you own one of these cutting machines?



The framing was done with a spellbinder die, added some pearls to the flowers, and some stickles to the leaves but it doesn't show up well.

Silhouette Cameo -- Happy Birthday sentiment cut
Spellbinders -- A2 matting basics A and Decorative Labels one dies
Liquid Pearls -- Lemon Yellow
Stickles -- Rock Candy
Jute
Button

It looks like the Mid West is getting hit with more storms again.  Yesterday we were coming home from grocery shopping and we saw this wall of clouds coming so my hubby pulled over onto a dirt country road and was taking pictures until there was some close lightning and very loud thunder, he asked if I would drive and he could take pictures from inside the car so we switched places, I didn't even get down the road a 1/2 mile and we had such force winds and heavy rain that it was hard to stay on the road and I had to cut my speed quite a bit, it was that way all the way home. The roads were flooding over quite quickly but we made it home and I was so thankful we have a garage so that we could unload the groceries without getting soaked.

Here is one of the pictures he took.


I hope everyone is keeping safe through these storms, and that your week is going well,
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today :)

Connie

Monday, April 25, 2016

Awesome Blossoms

Yes I am doing a coloring page from the Awesome Blossoms colorist I bought at the Scrapbooking convention.  Our Pastors wife's birthday isn't until this week but I gave her the card yesterday so I can share :)

I started out with this paper there were so many different colors on the flowers so I thought I would just pull the colors from it and match them, welllll as you can see after cutting out the panel it took up most of the card.  I may have to make bigger cards using these panels from now on :)



There are little labels in this pack so that you can add sentiment to your cards and this one matched the style of this panel, so I cut it out and sponged a little ink into the center to darken it a little more than the background panel and stamped my sentiment, I also added some foam tape to the back to give it a little dimension.

Hot off the press -- Awesome Blossoms for Colorist pad, colored w/markers
Gina Marie -- Birthday words sentiment stamp
BasicGrey -- Picadilly paper

Hope you had a good weekend and they week ahead brings much joy!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me a little comment to let me know you did,

Connie