Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hydrangea

I love these collage stamps, I hope this wasn't too dark of colors to use for a summer birthday.


Hampton Art - Hydrangea Collage stamp, colored w/markers
Spellbinders -- Captivating Squares die
Martha Stewart -- Border punch
Recollection -- Pearls
Wink of stella- clear glitter pen

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Friday, August 18, 2017

Transparency Flower

I have been seeing all kinds of window cards around lately and so I decided it was time to do one myself, I decided to go with a flower with it and then at the last minute I thought I should do a vellum or acetate flower, well since I couldn't find that I went with the transparency, coloring on the transparency is a little rough going, I had to throw away the first but decided to go with my second try, figuring I probably wouldn't get much better :)  I used Stazon ink to stamp both the flower and the leaves and then cut them with my scissor.


Stampendous - Zinnia and Bouquet for you (leaves) stamped on Transparency colored w/markers
Spellbinders-- Labels one and A2 matting basics A dies
Paper Smooches -- Happy Birthday sentiment stamp set
Nuvo Crystal drops -- Pale Gold
Stickles flower center

I added a bit of stickles to the back side of the flower center, I think you can better see it on the card below, once dry I added Glue dots brand pop up clear dots to the back center to attach it to the card, on the leaves I ran them through my Xyron sticker maker and that hides the adhesive on those.

To cut the center window, I first cut my white panel with the die, I then centered it on my card front and then cut that layer with the next smaller size die in the set.



Are you like me and there is a whole list of cards or whatever your craft or hobby may be you want to make or do, and being in two different groups I find myself with not enough time to try all the challenges either, oh my and we are half way through this month.

To answer a few questions from my last post, yes we did finally find the glasses we need to view the eclipse, can't believe how many places were sold out. My hubby did not buy the special lens to take pictures of the sun directly but he does hope to get some landscape type pictures, it depends if we make it to the location he was hoping for, we are hearing that the traffic is going to be just terrible that day with so many people coming to this area to view it.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, I sure do appreciate when you let me know you have stopped by,

Connie

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2 for 2

Recently in my card making group they were discussing getting rid of punches because they just don't use them anymore, OH MY!! I still use my punches and actually really love a few of them still, I had made this card just before they were talking about it and thought I just made a card using two punches and two dies.  Is there something from your old tools or supplies that you just don't use anymore and want to get rid of them.



Tim Holtz-- Vintage shabby paper
K&co. -- Blue Awning paper
Martha Stewart -- Border punches
Spellbinders -- Majestic Labels one
Inkadinkado -- Garden Greetings

We are getting just enough rain so that I don't have to water my peppers, that sure has been nice, but I hope it gets it all out of it's system before the Eclipse, I am hoping for a nice clear day, we are right in it's path so we are going to see total eclipse, so excited!

Thanks so much for taking out the time to stop by today,

Connie

Monday, August 14, 2017

Missed Birthday

I have been known to be a little late getting a card out on time, so thank goodness for belated birthday stamp sentiments :)

I used very lightweight handmade papers on these die cuts to give it a softened look, it made gluing down the branch a bit hard but like the softness it gave to it.  Had to add a bit of bling to the flowers.


Spellbinders-- A2matting basics A die
Memory Box--  Magnificent Mum Floral blooms and Botanical Stems dies
Colorbok - Homespun collection paper
handmade papers for diecuts
Gina Marie Stamps- Birthday words sentiment stamp set
Queen & co. -- Iridescent gems

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead!  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,

Connie

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bird Frame

More goodies from the yard sale at the stamp store, I bought a package of embossing folders that were all frames.


I sanded down the cardstock after embossing to bring it out a bit more.  I used the same pattern paper for both the sentiment and the punched flowers that I shaped with my stylus and a foam mat. Stickles to the center of the flowers and some wink of stella clear to the dots and birds eye along the frame.  Added a row of bling and it was done :)

I am linking with the CropStop Blog HERE .

Darcie -- Bird in Border embossing folder
Tim Holtz -- Distress collection core'dinations cardstock
Spellbinders -- Sentiments one die set
Darcie -- Bling on a roll, added w/scor pal tape
Cloud 9 designs - Christy & friends paper, flower and sentiment
EK Success -- Flowers punch
Stickles - worn lipstick, center of flowers
Wink of Stella- added to dots on embossing and bird's eye

Hope your weekend is off to a good start and hope all those affected by the smoke and fires are getting some relief.

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

Connie

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Puff flower

I found these flowers that have a bit of stuffing  in them and the button already on it a few years back and I think I bought like 4 packs of them and I really need to use them up so that is what started this card, then I wanted to make a card using an angle die but I don't have them and since I am trying not to buy so much anymore and just use what I have I thought I would try to make an angle using my straight border dies, and I think it worked pretty good :)


This sentiment came with the the little flower so I decided to pick up the colors in the polka dot paper I used for the sentiment and color it in red.  This is another one of those cards I was really pleased with at the end, love it when that happens :) My great niece just turned 22 and her Mom tells me she liked it :)

Crate Paper -- DIY shop paper
Poppystamps -- eyelet stitches die
Inkadinkado -- Garden Greetings stamp set
Ki -- puffies (flower)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, I appreciate you letting me know you did also,

Connie


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Waterfall card

I have seen these but this was another technique that I just hadn't got around to trying, so when we were challenged to do it in my stamp group I was excited to give it a try.  I think the hardest part for me was finding stamps that would be the correct size to use, I ended up just using bits of these stamps to make it work. HERE is the video I used to for dimensions. Once again I stamped my images onto patterned paper, I am determined to get my papers used :)






Inkadinkado -- Utopiary stamp set
Stamps of Life -- Standup 4 sentiments
Crate Paper -- DIY shop paper
Spellbinders -- Square die
Fiskars - square punch
EK Success - Circle punch
Ribbon

My friend opened it in front of me so I was able to let her know to pull down on the ribbon, but you may want to put a note inside your envelope if you were sending it through the mail. Or you can stamp or write pull at the bottom, but I liked the look of the ribbon :)

Thanks so much again for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Sunday, August 6, 2017

All aboard

Masculine card today. I embossed the train with silver embossing powder onto black patterned paper.
Then layered onto silver cardstock. The gears I took some ink to them to give them a bit of a used look to them.


Sorry about the shadow on the right side, I believe that was probably my head, This was the best picture without the bad glare and I have already sent it out so no taking anymore pictures.

Technique Tuesday -- All aboard stamp set w/silver embossing powder
Spellbinders -- Fleur De Lis Rectangles and A2 matting basics A dies
Memory Box-- Mini gears dies
My favorite things -- Label maker sentiments stamp set w/silver ink onto black paper

I thought I would also show some of the goodies from the garden we picked these over a week ago and I have just gone out today and picked another bowl full of the peppers.



The carrots didn't do so well so we didn't do a second planting of them.  I was shocked when I turned around and my hubby had picked them all.  We are thinking that they are not the best to plant inside these patio planters.


The green tops look really good but the product underneath, not so much.  You can see my newly painted deck  a little bit.  I still need to paint the rails, which I may be able to get done soon cause the temperatures are a little better this week :)  We have been able to have the doors and windows open all day today, I am just loving it!! Hope all you that are suffering from the heat out west can get some relief soon like we have.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Hope you are enjoying your weekend,

Connie

Friday, August 4, 2017

Texture stamping

Back with another challenge from my stamping group, we were to use solid stamps on a embossed background.  My tip for you is to get an embossing folder with a lot of area to stamp on and if you don't like it on the embossed side try it on the debossed side of the paper.  I went through a lot of embossing folders until I came up with the right one.  The background was also chalked before the stamping in 3 different colors of chalk.


Taylored Expressions -- Burlap Embossing folder
Inkadinkado -- Garden delight and Garden Greetings stamp sets
Spring colors chalk set
Flower gems for the centers
Wink of stella -- clear glitter pen on dragonfly and flowers on sentiment

Now this is the cool part I found doing this technique, when you ink up your stamp and then stamp it onto the embossed background you are left with that pattern on your stamp where the ink didn't apply to the background, (hope that makes sense)  Well I wondered if I could make a card using that technique and this is what I came up with :)


Inkadinkado -- Garden Delight stamp set
Taylored epressions -- Burlap embossing folder
Darcie -- Flourishes embossing border folder
Hero Arts -- May today be one sentiment stamp set
Cloud 9 design -- Rain dots

 I used different colors on the flowers in this one, I also added an embossed border strip and a sentiment that I popped up a bit to give the card a little dimension.

Which way do you like better?  I just love when these fun new techniques come from trying something else new.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend, ours is starting off perfect, it is a nice cool morning!!

Connie

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Eyelet frame

Since my son in laws birthday is in August and soon after they were moving I decided to give him his birthday gift a little early.  My cardmaking group was having a challenge to use those eyelets that have been neglected, remember when that was our biggest embellishment back in the day, well I decided to use quite a bit of them by making a frame with them and some thin jute.



Instead of just leaving a knot at the top I decided to hang a dragonfly charm from the top of it also.

I wonder what other old embellishments are in our stash that could use to come out and play once again :)

Penny Black-- Fantasy stamp, ink applied directly to stamp
Making memories -- eyelets
Stamps of Life -- Minis 4 circles sentiment stamp set
American crafts -- jute
Dragonfly charm

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today,

Connie