Sunday, February 25, 2018

Touch of spring

As many of you may have noticed I tend to go toward earth tones when making some of my cards, but today I went with bright colors.  Spellbinders was having a sale just before Christmas with dies half off so you know I had to take advantage of that, I went with the white base to this, that way when I stenciled through the die you would see the colors better, do you know how hard it was for me to have that much white :)  All of the decorating inside the die came from that same set.


Spellbinders - Labels 50 Decorative Accents die
Raspberry Road Designs - paper
Penny Black - Sprinkles and smiles sentiment stamp
Stickles - flower centers

I am so excited the sun is shining this morning, we have not seen the sun in a few days and it is just wonderful!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Friday, February 23, 2018

Rustic Nativity

Since I still had all the Christmas stuff out I decided to go for another one, this time with a Nativity stamp.


I wanted to go a little rustic and to keep with the wood theme, I first stamped a wood plank stamp onto kraft cardstock and then cut it down to be an accent piece behind the stamp. I thought the twine would give it a little more rustic feel to so I added that and decided to tie on my tag with it also.  One of those cards that just kept going together.


Northwoods Rubber stamps- Holy Family in Arched Rectangle, colored w/markers
Fun Stampers Journey - Board wall stamp onto kraft cardstock
Spellbinders - Back to basics tag die
Taylored Expressions - Poinsettia Bouquet (sentiment stamp)
Twine

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today, Hope you have a wonderful weekend, we are suppose to see a bit of sunshine on Sunday so I look forward to that :)

Connie

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Christmas with wood

Our Christmas challenge this month in my stamp group is to do use wood.  Well since I had 3 extra wood grain backgrounds from our last challenge that is where I started.  This wreath stamp is an all over red stamp, so I was trying to figure out what I would do with it.  I could have embossed all in one color but I wanted it to be colorful against the background. I first tried to stamp with a light ink and I started coloring the bow, then went onto the ornaments, that was all looking good but then when it came to the pine cones it started looking sad, so that went into the trash and I started again this time with watercolor paper and colored the whole stamp with my Spectrum Aqua markers, when all done coloring the stamp I spritzed it with water and stamped down onto the watercolor paper and let it sit there for a few minutes.  When I lifted it up this was my results, I thought it was pretty cool.  I added some Spectrum clear sparkle pen to the ornaments and it was done.  I hand cut it, the outside with my scissor and the inside with a Fiskars craft knife.

If you missed how to do the background you can find it HERE .


Inkadinkado - Folk Wreath, direct to stamp coloring w/Spectrum Aqua markers onto watercolor paper
Wood Grain background on glossy paper using My favorite things Kraft and Stampin up Chocolate chip inks
DieVersions - Season's Greetings die

I have only managed one Christmas card this month but I guess the month isn't over, hopefully I am not losing speed on getting them done early.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and all your kind words about the accident, we are heading to the shop today and see if they feel it is fixable.

Connie

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tattered Florals

I save my double sided papers for just these kind of cards, I love this look.  I cut through the center of the paper and adhered the sides down with scor tape so that it would stay put.


The flower was die cut a couple times with each size and I did a little shaping of the flowers, the button was sewn through all the layers. A few gems to top it off.

K&co. - Classic K paper
Sizzix -Tim Holtz -  Tattered florals die
Button
Spellbinders - Special Birthday sentiments
Recollections - Iridescent gems

Personal note here.  My hubby and I went to Mississippi this past weekend, since my hubby had 4 days off and it was a 10 hour drive and we hadn't been to the gulf coast there we thought it would be fun to explore a new place. We were only 6 miles from our hotel when we were side swiped by a Semi.  It tore the whole drivers side of the car up and we can't even get the back door to open, the drivers side is bent but it at least opens and shuts well enough to lock. But most of all we are so thankful that no one was injured in this accident.  It shook us up quite a bit, by the next morning we decided to stay with our plans for the trip instead of heading back home, and I think we made the right choice.  We are safely back home, now time to deal with the insurance and find out if they will replace the doors or say it is not worth repairing and we will have to get a new car.

I hope you are all well and having a lovely start to your week, we have come home to much rain but we are in need of it here so that is all good too :)

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say Hi,
Hugs,
Connie

Monday, February 19, 2018

You are a Star

Card for another great nephew, hopefully this is a good preteen card.


Studio G -  Stamp
My mind's eye- Boy Crazy paper
Spellbinders - Square and Square swatch dies
Die Versions - Stitched  nesting stars

Hope your week is off to a great start!
Thanks for coming by today,

Connie