Friday, January 19, 2018

Thanks

I hope you are not getting tired of my images from my coloring calendar, it is like having a different stamp every time.

I forgot to post this with my other thank you's I sent out.


I punched the border twice to get that look, I think this is the first time I have been able to line up a punch border, we want talk how many years that took me, LOL!

Daily calendar coloring image, colored w/markers
DCWV - Linen closet paper
Martha Stewart - Border punch, cut twice
Reminisce- thank you sticker

Wishing you a fun and creative weekend, thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sketch Challenge

My cardmaking group had another sketch challenge, sketches are such a nice point to start if you go in to make a card from someone and you have no clue where to begin.


Can you tell I am ready for spring anytime now :) I cut out the die with white cardstock and then colored each individual piece and then pieced them back together, I don't know if I will do this again with these tiny pieces especially in the flowers. I used a stitching die to add a bit more to the blue panel.

Memory Box - Fancy potted flower and Country stitches dies
Spellbinders - Labels 8 die
Echo park - Fine and dandy paper
Sassafras - mix and mend paper
Wimsy stamps - simple sentiments
Dew drops

Hope you all are having a great week so far. Thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Monday, January 15, 2018

Use up challenge

One of the girls in my stamping group suggested that we think of what supplies we want to use more of in 2018, and all I know is I have so much paper in my room it is crazy, so for the challenge I used two different papers for layering of my background and then another piece to frame my stamped image and some of that same paper to make my tag.  All to often when I got to make a tag I grab for white cardstock, maybe I will try to use more pattern paper this year for tags :)  I used almost 3 entire sheets of 6x6 paper on just one card with very few scraps :)


I was trying to bring out the blue in the paper with my coloring but I think I may have been a bit heavy with the dark blue and for the life of me I couldn't get it to blend out.

I also added a bit of sparkle with my stickles to bring out the snow and sparkle in the river.You can see it a little better in the close up.


Northwoods Rubber stamps - Eagle pair over winter stream frame stamp, colored w/markers
Stickles - Waterfall and diamond
Bobunny - Welcome home collection paper
Spellbinders - A2 matting basics A&B dies, Back to basics tags
Perfect layers - 1/8 for matting of the stamp
Impression Obsession - Sentiments II stamp

I can't really tell with all the blowing out there but I think we got around an inch of snow over night and the temps are going to fall throughout the day and by tonight with windchill it will be -15.  They were not kidding when they said this was going to be a cold winter, our normal for this time is 40 degrees.  But this next weekend it is going to warm up again, so if we can just get through this week we will be ok :)

Hope your week is off to a good start and thanks so much for taking the time to stop by an say Hello :)

Connie

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Happy together

When I saw this stamp I said Awwwweee is that ever cute.   I just had to use it on my daughters birthday card.  Now as you can see I had a bit of trouble with this Arbor sign post.  it comes in a few pieces so that you can hand the sign from either side of the post, which probably would have been ok if I was gluing it right down to my card but I wanted it to be free standing, you should have seen me trying everything I had to get this to stay straight and I had it until I went to take the picture and it dropped again. 


Here is a close up of this too cute stamp.


There was a couple of little flowers in the set also so I stamped them a few times to make a border, now looking at it I wish I would have cut around them like I did the girl, the things we learn after we have sent the card.

My Favorite things - Happy together stamp set, colored w/markers
Sizzix - Basic Stepups die
Taylored Expressions -- Arbor Sign post die and Many mini occasions sentiment stamp
Spellbinders - Whimsical tree die
Poppystamps -- country fence die

The bitter cold has settled in one again, with the windchill this morning we were at 1 degree.  Hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend and staying warm!

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

Connie

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thank you

I am back again Guest Designer over at the Cropstop blog.

 Have you sent out all your Thank you's yet?  That special gift or neighbor who shoveled your walk.

I know this is spring like but who doesn't like flowers and butterflies all year through!



I started out using my Colorburst to make my background.  As you can see in the picture below there is a white edge around my piece, I tape it down to a clipboard, and after spritzing it with water to release the colors I just let it sit and dry, you get so much less warping of your watercolor paper that way. Also go ahead and do a large sheet, then you can cut it down to your card size and the left overs can be use for other projects.



Next I embossed the piece with Darcie Butterfly on a Flower embossing folder.  Then I took my Distress Oxide inks and applied them to my Craft Sheet adding spritz of water to them and using my paint brush to color the embossed areas.


I can't say enough about the craft sheet, I have it on my desk at all times.  I taped it down to my desk using Scor-tape and it hasn't budged after many years of use, I love it so much that I bought another one just to have on hand just in case I want or need to change it out at some point.

I hope this gave you some inspiration to let those in your life that are so helpful or generous to know how much you appreciate them.

Thanks to you for joining me today,

Connie