Monday, July 15, 2019

Ludington Michigan

We headed for Ludington Michigan after leaving Grand Haven and after getting our hotel we headed to the beach, you can see a bit of cloudy skies but it was still clear to see the Ludington North Breakwater Light. As you can see it is out there a ways so you I had to use my zoom to get what I did.





When we got out to the end of the pier we could see the car ferry The Badger coming in to port. The Badger makes trips from Michigan over to Wisconsin over Lake Michigan.  I remember doing the trip as a young kid, the main thing I remembered is I didn't think the ferry was very pretty and I was motion sick the whole way across, my Dad stayed outside with me so that the fresh air would hit me and help me feel a little better. I enjoyed it so much more on dry land this time :)





We are standing just on the other side of the rocks that you see there, so that is how close it comes to you, and then they blow the horn because everyone comes down to watch it come in, that made me jump quite a bit since I wasn't expecting it.


Now the back side as it is going down to anchor in the port.  A few people around us said we really need to go watch it back up into port that it is pretty neat to see but we never did get around to that, maybe next trip :)


After the crowd of people left after watching the ferry come in this little guy ran from the one set of rocks on one side of the pier over to the other, I am not really sure what it was, but googling it may have been a mink.

We turned around shortly after and we saw that what we thought were clouds off in the distance was actually fog rolling in.



I heard a seagull over head and got this picture of the fog over the sun with the seagull



The fog came rushing in pretty quickly at this point. and then it was gone. All you can see is the end of the pier on the left.



We decided to head back to the hotel and we just managed to get inside before the rain came down in sheets, but that gave us time to rest from all the driving and our excitement before we headed out for our supper and evening fun.

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

Connie

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Card and Foggy Lighthouse

In the Instant card art collection once you make a card there are always these little extra bits that you don't use, I decided to challenge myself to use those up. Today I am using the tag and sentiment from the pack. I decided to use pieces of paper from my scraps bin to make the flower, shaping it with my stylus and foam pad.


Hot off the press- Cardmakers Instant Card Art - Pretty colors
Spellbinders - Carnation Creations dies
Martha Stewart - border punch
Sequins
Brad

We took off from our home town and headed to Grand Haven Michigan, this is one of my hubby's favorite Lighthouses.  They have been working on the pier for the last year, so it was a little different from the last time I shared pictures.  This time it was a foggy morning too, so that makes it look different also.


We parked in town and walked down the walk along the harbor to the light house, it is a really nice walk and neat to look at the lighthouse as you go along.


Here we are out on the pier, as you can see the lake was pretty rough that morning too, I love hearing the waves crash along the  pier.  We talked to a local person on our way back to the car and they mentioned that they aren't quite sure why they had the pier go down as you got closer to the light house, as you can see the water is going over the pier, they said you can go out at your own risk but we decided to be happy with what we could take from the part that was higher.



Here we are at the edge before it dips down, do you see the life ring at the bottom right.



I just love the splash of the water on the rocks, so had to get that shot, hubby had to get it too :)


No I didn't go out past the barrier to get my pictures like hubby did, I just leaned over the rails to get mine.


After this we headed up to Ludington but I will save that for next time, I had a hard time deciding which pictures to share so I have a lot so that will be a long post next time.

Hope you all enjoy a fun and creative weekend ahead!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Baseball

My great nephew was on the baseball team this year so I thought I would go with that theme for his card today. I was given this baseball & mitt stamp and there is no name on it, colored them with markers and cut them out, wanted something small in the other corners to kind of balance it off so I went with some eyelets, haven't used them in some time. The sentiment would not stamp fully for me but after sitting back and deciding what to do I thought well it looks a little grungy and we know that playing ball you can get a bit dirty so I just kept it that way.

Since there was the look of stitching along the other papers and on the mitt I decided to add some faux stitching around the bottom piece.



 Baseball & Mitt and Birthday sentiment stamps - Unknown, colored with markers
October Afternoon - campfire papers
Spellbinders - Labels Eight die
Eyelets
Faux stitching on bottom piece of paper

Wow we had heat index's of 105 yesterday, I had a hard time breathing, thankfully it isn't supposed to be as humid today, hopefully I can get out there and get some weeding done in my garden :)

Hope you all are well, thanks so much for stopping by today,

Connie

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sweet Pea

Once again broke out some of the pretty printed die cuts from a card making magazine for my card today. I also picked up these pretty shaped border dies, I liked the rounded edges. The sentiment sticker was silver so I colored it with my markers before adding to the tag so that it matched the border sticker I used.


Quick cards - Kaisercraft Sweet Pea collection, flowers, tag and papers
Pink Fresh Studio - Classic edgers dies
Star Form - Glitter border stickers
Stamp on it - Sentiment sticker, colored w/marker

Adding another picture so that you can hopefully see the shimmer in the bottom border sticker.


Thanks so much once again for stopping by, Hope your week is going well,

Connie

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Back Home

After our family reunion while we were in Michigan we were heading  back to my brothers house where we were staying and we decided to go by our first apartment we had when we first were married. The town is right next to the town we grew up in.  Our first stop was the Dam and there was a big tree that was stuck in it, they had resent flooding there too.


Then we headed to the park in town which just happens to be across the street from our old apartment.  They are in the middle of building a little heritage town with old buildings from the county, these are a few of them.









We have lived all over the world being in the Air Force but we always call the place we grew up as being our home.

We have been away for another week in Minnesota this time, I haven't down loaded the pictures yet but thought I would share the pictures from Michigan first. So I will try to do that in between card postings :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and hope you all are well.

Connie

Saturday, July 6, 2019

The end

Do you sometimes save your supplies or that last thing of a bunch because it will be the end of them once you use it?  I have had these group of Penny Black stickers for many years, they have such beautiful artwork in them, and this was my last in the series and I am using the last today.


I added the sticker to a green die for framing, the little strip at the bottom is even a sticker I place on some of the brown background strip so that it would reach to the end of the card.

Penny Black - Stickeroos
Graphic 45 - Botanical Tea paper (text)
BasicGrey- Periphery paper strips
Spellbinders - Labels one die
Gina K - Tag lines sentiment stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Colorful

I find it hard to come up with good blog post names but when looking at this card that is all I could come up with, LOL!

This is for my Great niece who has turned 10, she is such a sweetie, just recently in a Facebook post she was wearing quite the colorful outfits so I am hoping she liked this.


I added a bit of crystal drops to the heart balloon. I am not sure what this animal is supposed to be but he is cute.  The butterfly embellishments were given to me, the little flower was part of the round die cuts, I added a little gem to it.

Mama Elephant - Up we go stamp set, colored w/markers
Spellbinders - Picot edge circle dies
American crafts - Stitched butterflies
My Favorite things - More essentials sentiments
Cloud 9 designs - Christy & Friends paper
Nuvo crystal glaze on balloon
Green gem on flower

Wishing all my American friends a very Happy Independence day, hope you all have safe and happy celebrations.

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

Connie

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sweet Sister

I made this card for my Sister and was able to even hand deliver it, I bought these dies at the Scrapbook convention and was waiting to use them until my sisters card.  I started cutting out all these shapes with yellow papers, thinking I would use them for the flowers when I decided to check out the video on how to put them together because I couldn't figure it out and realized those were the bases for the tiny flowers you make, so here I was with all these yellow pieces I had cut out, I put them aside and started cutting them all over again in green this time, shaping them so that the flowers would be puffed up in a circle, I still wanted to use yellow for the bigger flowers so I cut the little flowers out of purple, after gluing them all on I took a extra fine purple sharpie and added center dots to all the flowers.



The basket die cut was bought at the same time, I did a touch of inking to the basket. There are little leaves die cuts too and I cut a few of them to put on the end of the branches. Then I started thinking of what flower I wanted to use for the bigger flowers and thought, I should just start shaping those pieces I had already cut to see if I could make a flower from them, and I think they turned out pretty cute. I added a couple of them to the bottom of the basket to kind of ground it. I also punched some bigger leaves out of a different color green paper to go with the bigger flowers.
 I shaped the basket with my biggest stylus and added some foam tape behind so that it rounded out in the center and glued the sides directly to the paper.  Added the tag and gem and I was done.

Elizabeth Craft designs - Garden notes- Gathering basket die and Countryscapes Mini Botanicals dies
Martha Stewart - leaf punch (veins using stylus)
Our daily bread designs - Mini tag sentiment and mini tag die
Ms. Sparkle & co. - Marble paper
Paper Studio - Gem

Can you quite believe it is July already.  Hope this month is off to a good start for you,
Thanks so much for dropping by,

Connie

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Graduation

When we went home to Michigan we had our family reunion and Open house for my nephew, he is graduating High school. My last nephew to graduate. From here on out they will be great nieces and nephews.

His school colors are red and white so that is why I went with these colors. I broke out my Silhouette Cameo to cut out this grad that I found in the Silhouette store, it came with a girl jumping in the air also :) Popped him up with foam tape for more dimension, Stenciled the background and the sentiments were all done with dies.


Silhouette Cameo - Jumping Grad
Memory Box - Alphabet tiles die
Taylored Expressions - Whimsy#s
Tim Holtz - Rays stencil

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy a wonderful Sunday!

Connie

Friday, June 28, 2019

Puffies and Garden

I am back from a week in Michigan, we had beautiful weather while home visiting family and when it did rain while we were up North was when we were not out wanting to get pictures and needed some down time so it was a great week. I haven't had the chance to go through my pictures but if any turned out from the trip I will share later.

First off the puffies are these flowers and butterflies I had found at Tuesday morning a few years back and I still have them, they are sewn together and have stuffing inside to give them the dimension, I was hand delivering this card so no worries about how thick it was :)   trying to use some of my old along with some of my new :)



Sassafras - Mix and Mend paper
Ki - puffies (flowers and butterfly)
Cheery Lynn Designs - Fanciful flourish die
Sequins

I just love when the paper does most of the work for the background.

Sharing my potted garden that is on my deck, I have some bad but some good too.

First off my Spinach just was never growing, then when I looked closer it looked like something was eating it, I thought maybe bugs, although I couldn't see any, then one evening I heard some noise on the deck so I went out to investigate and a whole family of raccoons were on my back deck, although the babies were cute I yelled at them to leave and they waddled away crying like I had hit them. So I am thinking that is who has been messing with my spinach.


Now on the other hand my Romaine lettuce is doing very well, I have even picked some since and it is getting full again.


Whoever is eating my spinach does not care for Romaine lettuce, isn't that funny, they are right beside each other.


I have my peppers growing out in the garden in the yard and the plants seem to be growing well but not getting much peppers so I don't know how well they are going to do this year, although a friend said they love the heat and it is warming up here so they should be taking off soon.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and I am still trying to play catch up on visiting blogs,

Connie

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sangchris Lake State Park

Usually we head south or west to Missouri when we go to a park but since there has been a lot of flooding in those areas we decided to check out a park we hadn't been to before, Sangchris Lake State Park. There were many areas to stop and look at the lake with nice picnic areas. I forgot to take a picture of the area where we had our picnic but this was another stop we went to.


Then we stopped where there were all kinds of geese.



They were so cute walking around.







We were heading to a different area of the park and this deer ran across the road, by the time I grabbed my camera she was running to the woods.


Then she stopped when my hubby stopped the van and she turned to look at us.




Since we have been getting so much rain, everything is so lush and green, so thankful for those days we get a break from the rain to enjoy getting out.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Back with a card next time,

Connie