Sunday, September 24, 2017

Masculine

My hubby had a card with all the years calendars on them from a magazine subscription he has and he was going to put it in the recycle bin and I told him wait a minute I may use them on a card, now that is probably said more times and I never use the item but this one I put into use for my Nephews card :)


I took some corrugated packaging and tore the edges,   added a bit of green paint to it, laid that on top of some Fall paper, the leaf and the corner leaves are stickers and the sentiment die came with my order from My favorite things, cut out the calendar sponged on the ink, highlighted his birthday and tied it all up with twine.

DCWV - Rustic Paper
Corugated cardboard
Adirondack -- Lettuce paint
Calendar from Magazine
Miss Elizabeth - Stickers (leaves)
My Favorite things - just for you die
Twine

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and taking the time to let me know you did :)

Connie

Friday, September 22, 2017

New Technique and Grand Mesa

Happy First Day of Autumn, I decided today would be the perfect day to post an Autumn card.  My stamping group challenge for the month of September was to use Pearl Ex, luckily my hubby had bought these quite awhile ago for his art but I just never gave them a try.  They are like a soft colored powder that you can apply to your projects using glues or in my examples using Versamark ink which is an embossing ink.

I started off stamping the background with the versamark ink, I just love the way these look against black card stock. Then I applied sunset gold with a paint brush to the stamped leaves, you don't need much of the powder.

I have a tip for you, I have seen in video's to use a fluffy paintbrush to remove the access powder but after not getting the clean results I wanted from that I got out a swiffer sheet and it removed it nice and clean.

Next I stamped the smaller leaves onto cream cardstock and used Brilliant gold, supper Russet and Super Copper on these.  I wanted more color so I tried spraying some Olive Vine glimmer mist on them and liked the results, although I don't feel you can see it well in the photographs.


I used my vine die for a base to put the leaves onto, and added some berries with liquid pearls in chestnut. Topped off with the banner.

Papertrey ink -- Meadow greens stamp set -- Background w/ Pearl Ex sunset gold and versmark ink
Stampin up 1997 Leaves on wreath stamped w/versamark and used Pearl Ex, Brilliant gold, super russet and super copper, sprayed with Glimmer mist and fussy cut
Memory Box - Grapevine wreath die, cut twice and layered
Spellbinders - Ribbon dies
Gina Marie -- Birthday words sentiment stamp set
Liquid Pearls -- Chestnut

Here is a closeup of the wreath



Now I would like to share some pics from our day at Grand Mesa Scenic Byway in Colorado.


The best picture to see some of the changing leaves of the Aspen up there had my hubby in the shot too :)




We had a picnic up at the top with this as our view, love the view of the water below, couldn't have been better :)


On our whole trip we saw more cow on the road signs than anything else and around one bend in the road this was what was right along the road, so we had to stop and get some pictures :)



Don't know if you can see it or not, by the time we got out of the car, grabbed our camera's the rainbow was almost gone but you can see a bit of it left.


I loved the way they used trees for the post of this fence, no matter how crocked they were, and loved the different colors in the grasses and trees.


These guys were eating when we drove up and when hubby stopped the car, the deer popped up his head and just starred at us so I grabbed my camera and took a picture from the car window, they were a far out in the field but I just loved how he was posing for the picture, as soon as I took it, he went back to eating :)


A dramatic sunset to end the day!


I still have about 400 pictures to look through, I took about 840 pictures, so I may have more to share.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today!!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Connie

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Preteen and Vacation part 2

My great nephew has turned 12, it is so hard to figure out what to do for preteen boys, so I went with this cute dog, you will be seeing more from this set soon :)

I stamped the dog and bone directly onto the card base and then stamped the hat separately and cut it out to put on the dogs head, scored a line to separate the stamped paw border.


Newton's Nook design-- Fetching friendship, colored w/markers
memory box -- stitched rectangle layers die
Tim Holtz -- vintage shabby papers

The following pictures are from the same day as my post yesterday, just taken in the evening at Colorado National Monument.

I love the way the tree is growing here and you can see the roots



These  below were called Coke Ovens because how they are shaped




My husband started teasing me about how I could spot these little guys wherever we went, so I had to get a picture, when I first spotted him he was on a plant but you couldn't see him very well so I got another picture when he ran off.



My hubby likes to take pictures early morning and in the evening because of the lighting and it does make such a pretty glow on everything :)



We stayed at this point all evening, my hubby took some great pictures of the town below with all the lights, but I just sat back and enjoyed the cool evening after such a HOT day.

Next time I will share the Grand Mesa, we actually saw some trees turning high up there :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today!!

Connie

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Summer card and Vacation

My hubby's niece's birthday is in August and so I had to go with a summer theme for her card. This was another border die that I had bought awhile back and am using for the first time :)


Poppystamps -- Freida Curve die
Teresa Collins - He said she said paper
Wooden butterfly
Spellbinders -- Labels trio die
Gina Marie -- Birthday words sentiment stamp set
Liquid Pearls -- Lemon Yellow

Ok I am going to apologize in advance for the amount of pictures from our trip but I had a hard time deciding :)

Our first stop was in Goodland Kansas, very close to the border of Colorado, after having some supper that evening we came across this sunflower field and decided to take a few pictures before heading back to our hotel. This one was my favorite.


The next day we drove to the other side of Colorado to Grand Junction, got our hotel and rested up so we could get out to Colorado Monument park early in the morning to catch sunrise.  As you can tell I love getting trees in with the mountains :)


The following pictures are of the sun shinning on the mountains, I thought that looked neater than getting the actual sun.












It was a hazy day so the backgrounds weren't as clear as we had hoped but it was still beautiful!  That was just the morning, we went back to the hotel to rest up for the evening pictures we wanted to take. I will have them later.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you are having a good week.

Connie

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pinterest inspired

My cardmaking group had a challenge to make a card from something you saw on Pinterest, well I have seen these folded cards on a few blogs but This card , is the one that I went with.  I was doing the challenge before leaving for vacation and I didn't have a lot of time to color, so I reached for my stickers so it made getting this card out  in the mail on time just perfect!

I first added the sticker to card stock so that it would be a bit firmer so I could pop it up with some foam tape.



I colored the gems with a yellow marker so that they would match more to the flower.

K&co. -- classic K paper
Hampton Art - sentiment stamp
Miss Elizabeth's- Sun flower sticker
Gems - colored w/markers

Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by, Have a blessed Sunday!

Connie

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gift Bags

I am a guest designer today over on The Crop stop blog today, with some cute gift bags!  Be sure to drop by and see all the past wonderful projects from the blog too, great inspiration over there!

I am showing it in two different sizes to give you an idea of the different sizes you can achieve with this but there are many different sizes you can make depending on the size you cut your paper.
I wanted to show you that they have great picture instructions as long as a description on how to score and punch your paper to make these bags, and they even come with their own score tool that stores right in the base so you won't lose it.  




The tall bag started as a 12x12 inch piece of paper and the smaller one started as a 11x6  inch piece of paper.  I am showing in this picture the different ways you can add holes to the bags. The tall bag I used the punch board that has a whole punch on it and created hole punches all around, that way I can add my ribbon all the way through to keep the bag tied shut tight.  The little bag I used my Crop a dile to add my own holes to add the ribbon.




Here they are both finished with their tags, I love the different sizes you can make depending on the size gift.  I used more heavy duty paper for the taller bag and a thinner paper on the smaller bag.



Here is a close up of the tag on the taller bag.  I cut the sentiment die twice, using my cuttlebug and plates,  glued them together for more bulk and added glossy accents to make it stand out a bit and used Dusty concord Stickles to dot the i.  I love my craft mat for blending inks as I did on the tags also, while my paper is still inside the die.


Here is a close up of the small bag, I just added the tag directly to the bag on this bag, but you could add it to the ribbon before adding to bag.


Here I wanted to show that I made the holes too big for the size ribbon I used so I applied the ribbon to the inside of the bag with my scor tape and then with scor tape again I added strips of paper to the inside to cover my ribbon ends, but if you do the holes smaller you can just tie the ribbon ends on the inside of the bag.


I hope you have fun making up your own bags and you can even match your cards with your bags for a nice set to give to someone.


Here are all the links to the products I used from Cropstop


Thanks so much taking the time to stop by today, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Connie

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Flowers

Using another image from my coloring daily calendar. I went with the pencils this time instead of the markers. The background was made from the scraps of this paper pad, I made two backgrounds and that is all that is left to the paper pack, feels so good to use up every bit of a pad of paper.


Once again after coloring the image I applied it too cardstock to make it a little stiffer and then cut out the image, and applied it to the die cut base with foam tape, I did color the shadow to the container in a gray marker but the rest of the shadow is from it being lifted off the cardstock. Stamped the tag and added it under the bow with a brad.

Basic Grey -- Lilykate paper
Image- Color for calm daily calendar (colored w/pencils) hand cut
Spellbinders - Majestic labels 25 and back to basics tag
Our Daily bread designs - Mini tag sentiments
JoAnn - ribbon
Brad

 To all of you that take the time out of your busy day to stop by and leave a comment letting me know you have, I thank you so much, so fun to hear from you!!

Connie

Monday, September 11, 2017

Potted Flowers

I have been on Vacation for over a week, hubby and I went out to the west, mainly Colorado and New Mexico, but drove through Missouri and Kansas too.  It is good to be home, there never is much relaxing on our trips.  I haven't had a chance to go through pictures but I may be sharing them in the future, but it will take some time going through the many I took.  I did pretty good at visiting blogs at the beginning of our trip so I wouldn't be too far behind but toward the end when we finally got to a hotel I just needed to rest and not use my mind for anything, so I will hopefully catch up soon on all your blogs :)


Every now and then I like to send cards to those people that are pretty regular at coming to my blog and I have been blessed with a few great cards from Gina, so it is very fitting that she was next on my list to send a card too :)

I decided to send her a potted plant mixture, in a golden pot of course :)


I tried to go with more Autumn colors since that is what we are leading up to.  The bigger flowers were made by spreading Apricot Inka gold onto mixed media, cotton rag paper, then cutting out the flowers with dies and molding them using my foam mat and stylus and then further using tweezers to give them a big more shape.  The smaller flowers were from a rolled flower die.  Added a pretty frame, stamped a tag, some pearls for embellishing.

Spellbinders -- Flower pots, Back to basics tags and Majestic Labels 25 dies
Heartfelt Creation -- Carnation die (large flowers)
Tim Holtz -- Tiny tattered florals
DCWV -- Metallic stack
Queen &co. -- Chocolate Delight pearls
Purple flower gems
RS Tapestry -- Trellis vine stamp on tag
Hampton Art -- Sentiment stamp
Inka Gold -- Apricot for large flowers

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and to all those that are in Hurricane Irma's path, I have been praying for your safety, hope all will be well soon!

Thanks so much for stopping by to all of you that are so sweet to let me know you have,

Connie


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Another year older

I have talked about this lady before on my blog, she is in her 80's and she and her husband have had many health problems and they had to move about an hour away to an Assisted Home, so we don't get the opportunity to see them much anymore but a couple weeks ago their daughter brought them to church and you could just tell how happy everyone was to see them again.

While talking to her, I mentioned how good she looked and she said she doesn't feel it, she says she just feels old, so when I saw this sentiment in my stamps I thought that will be perfect for her and hope it brings a smile to her day.  I embossed it with gold embossing powder to match the gold piece.


Most of this card came from my collection of unused products from other cards.

Pink patterned piece is a cut from Cricut machine
Sentiment tag from Making memories packaging
Spellbinders -- Long classic rectangle small die (gold)
Paper Smooches -- Happy Birthday sentiment (embossed w/gold embossing powder)
Paper flowers
Gold Brads
Embossing folder


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Have a great weekend,

Connie

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Colorista cards

Have you heard of the Colorista line that Spectrum Noir came out with.  The only thing I watch HSN for is their crafting days and this past one in August they had a new line of watercolor papers, cards, card fronts, tags, Aqua markers and watercolor pencils and watching Sara play with them just got me more excited and so I fell for it and bought the whole set. It came with a video that I haven't had time to sit down and watch yet so I started with something very simple to start off with.


This card front came with the text background, that you can't see well until you add your watercolor and the Gold sentiment, as well as the deer in gold on the tag.  You just add your watercolor to it and it all appears.  I was going for a gradient look but didn't blend the purple into the blue very well, I started with the purple then went onto a lighter blue and then a darker blue for the top.  There are two of every tag thank goodness cause I ruined the first one with too much water, the tags are a thinner paper than the card fronts, so instead of using the Aqua markers like I did on the card front for the second tag I used watercolor pencil and that worked nicely. I just put the jute through my gold button and added it to the tag.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Connie

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Delicate Butterfly

I really love how delicate this butterfly is, and don't you just love pink and gray combo of colors! It almost looks red here but it is pink :)  I believe this corner die was meant to be use the opposite way where the corner is cut from a whole piece of paper but I wondered how it would look used this way and I think I like it this way. I hope you can see the pretty embossing it has on it too!


Poppystamps -- Clara Corner die
Memory box -- Surely stitched circle  and Leavenworth Butterfly dies
Lilybee designs -- Head over heels paper

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend and now it is once again time for all the kids to go back to school, although here they have been back for a couple weeks now.  It is amazing how much more traffic there is once school starts up again.

Have a wonderful remainder of the week!
Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by,

Connie

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Christmas

I know I need to start making some Christmas cards soon or I am going to be scrambling at the last minute.  I decided to start with cards that will be going to two families that we still keep in touch with from England since we were stationed there 17 years ago.

I bought this magazine with all these papers and images last year but never got around to making them into cards.  Since it is a British magazine I thought I would use it for their cards :)


On this first card, the border strip, tag, image and papers all came from the pack, all I had to do was punch out the border and add some brads to the image panel.


On the second card, I shaped the ribbon that was in the pack with my stylus and foam mat, and also scored the banner so that I could give it some dimension and pop it up with foam tape. The image was already matted too, so I just adding some sequins around and was done :)

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