Sunday, October 13, 2019

Autumn Flower

I broke out my coloring calendar for this card, I love how the flowers in this set can be anything you want them to be. I colored this one with markers.  The background piece is one full piece of paper, love how they look so layered.


Coloring for calm 2017 calendar - colored w/markers
Sassafras - Mix and Mend paper
Spellbinder - Special Birthday sentiment stamp and Lg. Deckled rectangle die
Silhouette cameo - ivy diecut
Brads
Wink of stella sparkle pen

You can see the sparkle on the flower in the close up


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

Connie

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Painted Harvest

I broke out the stamp set I shared a few posts ago and tried using them again, this time for a Thanksgiving card on the first one. This time I fussy cut them out after stamping and I actually lined up the leaves this time :)


You can see the different colors and shading in the stamps in the closeup photo


Stampin up - Painted Harvest stamp, fussy cut
Spellbinders - A2 matting basics A &B and Labels trio die
Liquid Pearls - Chestnut

The next time I tried a wreath like I saw on line when I googled the stamp set.


I really loved how this one turned out, very simple but pretty.

Stampin up - Painted Harvest stamp
My Favorite things - Cross stitch Rectangle die
Mark Richards - Red Glitter Dome gems
Our daily Bread design - Poinsettia wreath stamp for the sentiment
Jute

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

Connie

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Autumn

The other day I was going through all my goodies to see what I should play with next and I came across the package of goodies that Esther had sent to me awhile back and I decided not to hoard them anymore and pass on to someone else in a card.  She sent along these cute Library cards, with the different seasons on them, This one already had Autumn and the pumpkin on it, I just stamped the sentiment and added the flowers.  See the cute die cut border?  yep she sent that along too but it was all white card stock that I am thankful for because I was able to color it to match my card :)  All of this was put on some patterned paper.



Sassafras - Mix and Mend paper
Library card and die cut from blogging friend, colored w/markers
Hero arts - It's your day sentiment
Stickles - Diamond - flower centers

Thanks Again Esther for the fun items to create with.

And thanks to all of you for answering my question about the blog posts and emails, sounds like it isn't only me, thankful that it doesn't mean there is something wrong with my computer or email system but hopefully it will be fixed in the future, and thanks for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Monday, October 7, 2019

Falling Leaves

I keep forgetting to ask by the time I am done with a posting so I am starting off by asking those that get updates of who has posted to your blog are you getting your emails of those comments?  Mine has not been working for some time now, I have gone in twice to my profile and asked that I receive them and have even signed up to get them in another way and it works for a couple days and then I don't get them anymore. I am once again not getting them and I am getting frustrated, just curious if anyone else has had this problem.

Now onto my card, I love fall and I hope all my family members born this time of year are not getting sick of getting fall themed birthday cards :)  When Memory Box had a falling leaves challenge I knew exactly what dies I wanted to use on my next birthday card.  Instead of using it as a side border I used a section of the die and put it on the angle so my leaves would be falling from the top of the card.  My inspiration for this card came from an unusual place, at church our hymns or put on a screen and they have backgrounds to them and this one had leaves falling and rays coming out, so when I saw this challenge it reminded me of that background scene and I went with it.



I first used my Colorbursts for the background, I took a big watercolor sheet that I had bought at Michaels, trying out there Artist Loft Level 2 watercolor 140 lb./300g/m2. For this technique I loved how it worked out but having tried it for actual water coloring yet.  I let that dry and then cut out my top border and the two leaves, I still have a big sheet to use.  While that was all drying I took a scrap piece of cardstock and used those makeup brushes to lightly add ink to the sides of the paper to get the rays.  Added my sentiment and some raindrops and I was done.

Memory Box - Autumn Border and Marvelous Maple Leaves dies
Ken Oliver Colorbursts - Sap Green, Naples Yellow, Marigold and Wisteria
Watercolor paper
Distress Oxide - Scattered straw (rays)
Hot off the press - Life happens greetings stamp
Cloud 9 designs - Rain dots


I hope your week is off to a great start, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,

Connie

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Hand in Hand

I went to a wedding shower last weekend and this is the card that I made for them. I added a bit more dimension since it was going to be hand delivered so I broke out my tiny tattered florals die.


This is my favorite type of card to make, all frilly and pretty, so I went all out even adding some lace :)

Fiskars - Just Married Quotes stamp
BasicGrey - Porcelain papers
Spellbinders - Lace Hearts die
Lawn Fawn - Fancy Scalloped Rectangle die
Sizzix - Tiny Tattered Florals die
Recollections - Lace on a roll 
Gems


We went off to a park yesterday, had a picnic and long walk, finished by enjoying a lovely sunset. Today is attending a fall festival, Oh how I love Fall time, wish it lasted longer than it does :)  but I will enjoy today!!

Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend,
Thanks so much for stopping by today and saying Hi,

Connie

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Christmas cards

Last time I shared the Thanksgiving cards for the Veterans Home, today I am sharing the Christmas cards I made for them.  I just love the calming feeling Thomas Kinkade pictures give so that is the set I reached for to make my cards. This set was from last year Hunkdory put out that I bought at Barnes & Noble.

In my first card I added some Hot off the press Dazzle stickers with it to border the picture.


My next card I used my postage stamp die to frame the picture, I am showing all of these at an angle so you can see the dimension in these.  In this set they all were hand cut out.





Our weather has finally broke today and what a break it is, last 3 days we have been in the 90's and today's high is 75 and it looks like we have already reached that and it is getting cooler as the day goes, Wow!  I think Autumn is here :)

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

Connie

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Autumn collection

There is a girl in my card making group that was asked by a Veterans home if she could make more cards for the people there, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards.  I offered to make 5 of each.  As you know about 98% of the cards I make are for people I know and intend on giving them too, so it is hard for me to make a card not knowing who they will go to, so I brought out my Autumn papers and trying to figure out what to do when I saw all these card toppers in one of the paper packs and thought they would work for these.  They have glitter on them and are a bit raised so it will be something they can feel too.






DCWV - Wild Splendor paper
Paper Studio - Glittered Cardstock

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

Connie

Monday, September 30, 2019

Cat Sympathy

My friend that I have had all my life, we grew up next door to one another, her cat just passed away, she is very close to her two cats and having this one past I know was very hard.  I tried to color this cat to look like hers.


I used a tissue box for the top portion of the background and then embossed some green cardstock for the bottom piece. I colored the stamp with pencils, her cat had soft coloring and I thought pencils would help me achieve that better.

Whimsy Stamps - Cat stop thinking about you stamp set, colored w/pencils
PPD - Stitched Curved Coved Rectangles dies
Cuttlebug - border embossing folder
Starform - border stickers
Craftaroo - clear gems


Hope your week is off to a great start,
We have 3 more days of high 80's to low 90's temps then we will be back to normal in the 70's, I can't wait :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and say Hi,

Connie

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Your Kindness

I have seen so many cute things done with this set, and I plan on trying them all, but first of all I just wanted to learn how to layer everything up, as you can see I need a little more practice but not bad for my first one :)


I added a little bit of pen work around the image but the rest are all the stamps in the set.

Stampin up - Painted Harvest stamp set
Sharpie pen for dots

Adding some more pictures from our Minnesota trip, today we were in Grand Marais at the Lighthouse.



This boat was taking people for a ride around the bay.





We were surprised to see that there was still flowering trees in July up there.





Now the boat was heading out into the lake.



 I am not sure where this was, but it was a very pretty pull off.





Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy a fun and creative weekend!

Connie

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Foxy

I am lucky that my coloring calendar has images of foxes in it that I can use for my friend who loves foxes. I colored this with markers. The image already had leaves around him, so I decided to add a wreath to have him laying in and adding some more leaves to the side and a banner for the sentiment.


Coloring for calm 2017 calendar image - colored w/markers
Spellbinder - Wreath, Banner ribbons and A2 matting basics A dies
Memory Box - Botanical Stem die

I went through some more pics of our trip to Minnesota in July, today is from High Falls in Grand Portage State Park. They have a nice path to the falls and a small path that goes along it for a little ways. On the other side of the river is Canada.





The pic above is looking down the river.


Tree growing within a tree trunk, life goes on.


Going down the road after leaving the park, I loved how you can't really tell where the water ends and the sky begins :)


This was taken in the side yard of a house, you can see in the close up shot that he situated animals made out of ceramic or cement I believe all throughout the property, it was really cool. You can tell that some of the rocks were put in certain places too, can't imagine the work that went into all of it, they covered a good amount of land with them.  My hubby took pictures of all that was around his house but I felt funny taking pictures of their home, wish I would have now.


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and say Hello,

Connie

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sepia

Last sympathy card was for the son of this man that passed away today's card is going to his sister, I sat there deciding what to do for her card when I looked at Power Poppy's Sepia Challenge, I thought that would make for a nice subtle card but I had never tried coloring this way. I decided to go with colored pencils thinking that would give me a softer look and I used 4 different tones of browns.  I actually really like the way this turned out and may use this for sympathy cards in the future.  That is what I like about these challenges, we don't always think to try something different until we are challenged to.


I inked around the image before adding foam tape and adding it to my card base.


Power Poppy - Countryside bouquet Deluxe stamp set
Hero Arts - Everyday Sayings stamp
Spellbinders - A2 matting basics B die

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

Connie

Monday, September 23, 2019

B&W with green

Sad to say I am in need of another sympathy card, when I went through my challenges I thought the Time Out Challenge blog had a Black and white with green inspiration photo and that would work for this card for a guy in our church who lost his Dad.

It ended up being a little more than what I usually like to do for a sympathy but I went with it anyway.


In this picture maybe you can see how I popped up some of the leaves with foam tape and the rest I adhered directly to the paper. I did add a bit of ink to the leaves to tone it down a bit.

Best Ocassions - Mixed Media paper
Memory Box - Fresh Foliage
Hero Arts - Everyday sayings sentiment stamp
Spellbinders - Labels trio die

This challenge is open until the 25th if you are interested.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, and hope you have a great week ahead.

Connie

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Botanical

I thought a nice purple backdrop would be so pretty for these flowers, and I had to add a butterfly for this person too ;) I love these flowers and butterflies that come in this set of images from Tim Holtz, I guess they have a bit of a vintage feel to them but I added them to a more contemporary background and I still feel like they work well.



Of course I had to add a bit of sparkle with my stickles, the bow turned out looking more blue in the picture but in real life it was more of a purple.

Tim Holtz - Botanical Layers
Spellbinders - A2 matting A, Symmetry in Space and Ribbon Tags Trio dies
Gina Marie- Birthday words sentiment stamp
Ribbon
Stickles - Dusty Concord


Thanks for dropping by today, I hope you are enjoying a great Sunday!

Connie

Friday, September 20, 2019

Embossing

I have two cards for the challenge over at Sisterhood of Crafters blog.  The challenge is to use wet or dry embossing, I went with dry.  I had these two embossed panels in my stash that were just crying to be used :) 

The first I made for my nephew who is in his late 30's so I was going for a more mature card. I love the colors in this especially because it is for an Autumn birthday. I added some orange paper behind my happy sentiment die, so they would stand out a little better.


Darice - Steam punk embossing folder
Hero ARts - wood frame die
Papertrey ink - Happy Die set
DCWV - Burlap paper

The next card is for my great nephew turning 20, so I went with a bit more colorful, and hopefully younger feel to the card. The die cut of Gears I cut from a piece of Alcohol ink background.



Darice - Steam punk embossing folder
Spellbinders - A2 Distressed edges die
Provocraft - Jagged edge scissor
Brea Reese - Blush, Lavender and Sky alcohol inks for Gears die

The challenge ends on the 22nd of September so if you want to play along there isn't much time.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have a great weekend!

Connie

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sympathy

My sister in law lost her father, I have reached for this set many times for a sympathy card, not really sure what it is about it, maybe feels peaceful. Instead of leaving the background plain I stamped a script background stamp first. I then stamped the leaves and then stamped again right away without reinking the stamp. Adding a bow and sentiment.


Spellbinders - A2 matting basics B die
Inkadinkado - Fake handwriting and Garden delight stamps
BoBunny - Sentiment stamp
Spool o ribbon


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

Connie

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Roses

I am sharing once again a flower from my coloring calendar images, this time I colored with pencils.

I added a bit of shimmer to it with some washi tape at the top. I really like the way the flower pops from the dark green background. I added some crystal drops to the background also.


Coloring for calm 2017 calendar image, colored w/pencils
Tim Holtz - Rose design tape
Nuvo Crystal drops - pale gold

I am also sharing more pictures from our Minnesota trip we took in the beginning of July, I may just get through them by the end of the year, LOL!

I am not sure what these falls were called, but boy did they have some really cool trees around them, and if you have followed me long enough you know I like my weird trees.



My hubby takes some time when he was taking pictures of the falls and this little guy was quite entertaining while I waited :)




Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, hope your week is going well,

Connie