Monday, June 21, 2021

Dragonfly

 I am sharing a masculine card today, I love this layering stamp dragonfly, this time I have him sitting on top of a wood slice, trying to figure out more ways to use that die.


I thought the sentiment was perfect for my brother, After stamping and cutting out I added a little sparkle to his wings you can see it better on the photo below. It needed a little bit more so I broke out my grass die.  I also added some crystal glaze to the grass to look like dew in the grass.


  • The Greetery - wood slice die
  • Hero Arts - Color layering dragonfly stamp
  • Basic Grey - Periphery paper
  • Impression Obsession - Grass die
  • Nuvo - Crystal glaze
  • Simon says stamps - Tiny words Birthday
  • Spectrum clear sparkle pen
We are getting some relief from the high temps today :)  I hope out west is getting that too, and praying for all those caught in the storms this past weekend.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and letting me know you did,

Connie

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Cosmos

 The Flower Challenge Blog has a Clean and simple challenge, which is a challenge for me because the more the better in my book, LOL!  White space makes me nervous :) But I went for it and here is my result.


I used my layering dies for the flower and leaf, a strip of paper that a die cut a stitched border to and sprinkled some paint onto the background and added my die cut sentiment, it was quick because I have a stash of flowers already made up :)

  • Gemini - Cosmo flower and sentiment dies
  • Teresa Collins - He said she said paper
  • Memory Box - Country stitches die
  • Gem for the top of birthday ( lost the tiny die cut)


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Connie

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Centerpiece

 I shared a card last time for the girl that got married last year, but because of pandemic we couldn't have a shower for her. Well I think most of her friends and family must have bought presents for her last year because when I went on the registry there wasn't much to pick from, well I decided to get this cake plate for her. After I bought it I remembered seeing a picture of a cake plate that had a decoration on it instead of a cake and I thought that was a neat idea for those times that you don't have a cake.  

I remembered for my daughters wedding we had bought a bunch of these plates that were clear and had center pieces on them for her table decorations, they were in my garage all wrapped up nicely so I grabbed one, washed it up and made some flowers to put on top.  Her kitchen colors are navy blue and her favorite color is yellow so that is what I went for to make the arrangement. I also found a candle with the scent of lemonade to put in the center :)


I shaped the flowers by cutting them out from patterned paper with my dies and then lightly inking the edges with a little darker yellow ink, then I flipped them over and lightly misted with water before shaping them using my stylus and a foam mat, the centers were made by crunching together two of the smallest dies in the set, each flower was 5 layers.  The smallest flowers were punches that I shaped the same way to fill in the blank spaces. I used blue patterned paper for the leaves too!


The doily piece below was cut with my big scalloped dies.

Just before I was getting ready to wrap the present I thought I should show you how it looked on the wooden cake stand I bought for her. But it was to big for my light box I use for my cards so here it is on a table near the best lighting in my house :)


It was fun to create a project to go along with the gift :)

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

Connie 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Happily Ever After

 Another young lady in our church got married last year during the Pandemic, she was only able to have their parents at the wedding so they decided to renew their vows on their Anniversary but invite everyone that they wanted to come to their wedding the first time. So the church ladies decided to give her the wedding shower she never had also.

It felt funny making a wedding card for someone that has already been married a year already and then I remembered this cute stamped image Birgit had sent me, I hadn't colored it yet because I just wasn't sure what I would use it for, but it was perfect for this shower.  I will have to say she just loved the card.


The saying in the card was something like walking hand in hand with the one I love ect. So I thought this image worked great.

  • Stamp unknown - colored w/markers
  • Echo park - Fine and Dandy papers
  • PPD- Wavy stitched Rectangle die
  • Impression Obsession - 6 in 1 Rectangle Frame die
  • Spellbinders - Baby Buntings die
  • Taylored Expressions - Many Minis - Occasions stamp sentiment
  • Paper studio - Mint Gems


Hope your week is off to a good start, Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and let me know you have,

Connie

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Skateboard Kiddo

 Time for a boy card, I don't know if my great nephew is into skateboarding but I like this little guy, he looks like he is having so much fun.


  • Stampendous - Skateboard kiddo stamp, colored w/markers
  • Spellbinders - Lg. Deckled Rectangle die
  • BasicGrey - Oxford papers
  • Honbay - Sentiment stamp


We are extremely HOT this weekend, the last few days the heat index has hit in the 100's.  I hope you all are staying safe out there if you are having the same kind of weather.

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

Connie

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Bee Inspired

 I have been wanting to make another card with bees on it, I have seen so many cute cards out there but I kept for getting when I went to make a card, I just love this bee die.  

When I saw this challenge over at Double D Challenge Blog, I knew I just had to play along.


They had a mood board to get your inspiration for your card and I picked both of the images on the left side, I liked just using partial honeycomb on my card and I also liked the image with the 3 bees.  Of course what bee doesn't need flowers so I had to add some of those.


  • Sizzix Tim Holtz - Mixed Media die
  • Elizabeth Craft designs - Bees die
  • Spellbinders - Layered Colorful Blooms dies
  • Hot Off the press- Dazzles - 130 tiny words & Phrases sticker
I am also sharing today's post with the NBUS Challenge Blog sharing my never before used Spellbinder flower dies, I love this set and look forward to making more.



 Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and letting me know you did,

Connie

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Faith Hope and Love

 My great niece was just married this past weekend. We were not able to make it up to Michigan for the ceremony but I sent a card and some money :)

Her invitations had this pretty soft blue flowers on it and so I wanted to go with that theme for her card, and I remembered the flowers that my friend sent me to color while I was recovering from my foot surgery and they worked perfectly.  Added a sentiment and a die cut corner and some pretty pearls and I was done.  

The background paper looks a bit gray in this picture , but it was a soft blue.


  • Flowers unknown- colored w/markers and fussy cut
  • Art-C - Cardstock
  • Gemini - Opulent swirls die
  • Fiskars - Just Married Quotes
  • Pearls


Thank You for stopping by today and saying Hi,
Hope your week is off to a great start,

Connie

Sunday, June 6, 2021

New Home

 Our niece on my hubby's side of the family just got her first apartment, I didn't really have an apartment die but this was close to looking like where she lives now. Used my stencil to make the cloud background, colored the roofs and doors and added cardstock behind the windows. Stamped the grass and then inked the background, added those cute birds flying around.


  • Poppystamps - Brevilla House die
  • D.R.S. - Easy Grass Background stamp
  • My Favorite things - Cloud stencil
  • Memory Box - Flying birds die
  • Inkadinkado - All Occasions sentiment stamp


Hope you enjoy a lovely Sunday!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and say Hi,

Connie

Friday, June 4, 2021

10th Anniversary

 It's hard to believe it has been 10 years since my daughter got married, wow time just flies. I went with a faux stitch this time, this set has a cute faux stitch heart that I thought would work for their card. I used some scraps for the background.


  • Taylored Expressions - Stitch by stitch & sentiment stamp and Embroidery hoop die
  • Gemini Heart die
  • Teresa Collins - He said she said paper
  • Doily
  • Stampin up - enamel shapes


So fun to go through these oldies and give them some time to play :)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Brave wings

 My friend has been going through a lot with health problems here lately and through it all she has stayed positive, she is single and says she puts all her trust in God. So when I saw this sentiment I just had to use it on her birthday card.

I love Hunkydory's artwork, always makes beautiful cards.  Since it is a big size circle I decided to make a circle card instead of putting it on rectangle or square base.


  • Hunkydory - Flutterbye wishes, layers built up with foam tape
  • Spellbinders - Grand Decorative Circles one die
  • Tim Holtz - small talk sentiment
  • Gems
You can see more of the foiling on the images with the side view.


I hope you had a nice weekend.  

My hubby is replacing out deck, he has done 85% of the work all by himself, I have helped with what I can. We are now on the home stretch, we have to start building the rails and install the step yet, getting so close, can't wait to sit out their and enjoy it :)

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

Connie

Monday, May 31, 2021

Memorial Day

 This little guy is today remembering all those who have given their lives for our country. We are so thankful for all they have done to keep our land free.  May God bless their families as they have had to live without their loved ones.


I used more goodies given to me, the star is from a pack my sister gave me a long time ago and the border is from Esther's goodies she sent me :)  

  • Paperbilities - Add ons (star die cut)
  • Bazzill - Brad
  • Tim Holtz - Dog talk stamp and die, colored w/markers


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

Connie

Saturday, May 29, 2021

do what you love

 I think we need to be reminded every now and then in our busy lives to take out time and do what we love.

I brought out my border embossing folder today, that is where it started, I wanted it embossed on this patterned paper, can you believe I put it in the embossing folder backwards so that the embossed side was on the white, I found just the piece I wanted and trimmed it down to fit in the embossing folder, so I decided to try flipping it over and embossing again and see how it looked and I didn't think it looked bad at all, in the close up picture you can see both embossing but when I added ink to the embossed side I thought it worked ok, now what to put with it. I have been wanting to use my wood slices more and I found the mushroom in an ephemera pack and added one of my stamped wrens to it.


  • Recollections - Tall grass embossing folder, inked with gathered twigs distress ink on patterned paper
  • The Greetery - Wood Slices die and Wren & Robin stamp and die
  • Tim Holtz - Field Notes Ephemera and small talk sentiment
  • DCWV - Tattered time papers



Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and hope you have a great weekend!!

Connie

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Space and bling

 The Let's Squash it Challenge for this month is Space and bling, use an embossing folder that has open space on it and some bling.  Well when I was going through the goodies that people have sent me I came across this embossed piece and it has open space and she had embossed it from shimmer cardstock, I thought it would be perfect.


The folder had 3 butterflies on it but they just didn't seem to stand out enough for me, so I stamped and die cut the big butterfly and I punched out the two smaller butterflies, and I don't know if pearls are considered bling but I added them to the butterfly bodies.

  • Embossing folder - unknown
  • Gemini - butterfly stamp and die
  • Martha Stewart - Butterfly punches
  • Pearls
You can see a little better in the close up the shimmer the cardstock had to it.


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

Connie

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Plants for you

 I just had to play more with my market basket dies, this time I added the liners that come with the die set using patterned papers.  I used copper and gold metallic papers this time for the wire portion.


Used some ivy's and ferns to fill the baskets, I already had these dies.

  • The Greetery - Market Basket dies
  • Spellbinders - Ivy and fern dies
  • Paper Studio - Kirby Teesdale paper and Gray Gemstones
  • Tim Holtz - Metallic collection card stock and Crochet die
  • Fiskars - Essential sayings sentiment stamp
  • Martha Stewart - Butterfly punch


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

Connie

Monday, May 24, 2021

Tie dye

 We had our zoom meeting once again through my stamp group and we used coffee filters with inks to make a tie dye look.  We crunched up the filter so it was in a straight line and then added three different inks to it using a baby wipe, you want to use dye ink pads. When you are done adding the inks, you unfold it and it gives you this tie dye look.  We glued that onto cardstock then cut it up and use parts on the strip at the top and the base.


We were to add some stamped images to the top and I had these flowers already stamped and added some punched leaves to go with them. You fold down the top flap and glue it to the base after added your ribbon or floss as I used.


  • Coffee Filters, scrunched adding distress inks with baby wipe
  • Gemini - Perfect Posy stamps and dies
  • Martha Stewart - leaf punch
  • Floss
  • Hero Arts - Fabulous birthday sentiment stamp
  • Hot off the press - Life Happens sentiment for inside
The insert comes out of the pocket to reveal the inside sentiment.


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

Connie

Saturday, May 22, 2021

March Challenge

 I know you are probably thinking does she know what month it is :)  I started these cards back in March just before I had my foot surgery, well by the time I could get back to making cards I was in a rush to get Birthday cards made and mailed out in time, I am still very close right now in getting them made but I had a couple days before I needed to get  started on my June cards, that is one of my busiest months, I know a lot of people born in June. So I took some time to bring out the goodies and get to putting the cards together.

This set is from a cardmaking magazine. The fireplace is an embossing folder that I embossed, fussy cut out and then colored w/markers. It came with a stocking die which I used on one of them and a stocking stamp that I used on the other two. The candle, wood and fire are other stamps in the set and the sentiment stamp which I used white embossing powder to add to a die to make it look like a framed piece on the wall.


Oh I forgot to mention our challenge for March was to use stockings on our card.


On this last one I used a wreath above the fireplace instead of a frame. The bow stamp was also in this set and I just stamped it on patterned paper.


  • Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine issue 174 - Fireplace embossing folder, stamp stockings, wood, fire, candle and bow , colored w/markers
  • Taylored Expressions - Door to Door decor (wreath die)
I already have something in mind for our April challenge so hopefully I can get to that soon and get caught up on my Christmas cards.

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

Connie

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Fancy Shoe

 I am trying to do more organizing, it seems to be a nonstop thing for me, I have it one way and then decide that isn't quite working for me so I try something new.  Through my stamp and cardmaking groups and sweet blog friends I have over time received a lot of goodies to play with, and they are everywhere in my room, under different categories.  I thought it would be good to have them all in one place and to challenge myself to use them at least once a month.  I decided to go with one that I have had for many years, it isn't quite my style I guess so I didn't use it but the lady this is going to I hope she does.


The paper pack I chose to use with it also had a sheet of these tags inside so I used one for the framing of the shoe that I fussy cut and one to stamp my sentiment on.

  • Stamp image unknown, colored w/markers
  • DCWV - The Primrose paper
  • ODBD - Mini tag sentiment stamp
  • Pearl drops



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

Connie

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Yellow Finch

 When I was going through my stamps I came across this one that I don't think I have ever used, and it was with all my other bird stamps.  It came with a die to cut it out too :)

I colored one this one and wasn't so sure about it, so I stamped another and liked that one more, the next day I came to make the one into a card and ended up liking the first one I colored too, so I made them both into cards :)


  • Cottage Cutz - Yellow finch w/cone flowers stamp and die, colored w/markers
  • Hot off the press - 4 Lacy rectangles frame die
  • My mind's eye - Lost & Found paper
  • Recollections - Bling on a roll
  • Simon Says stamps - Tiny words birthday stamp
  • Pink & Main - Sentiment strip die
Sharing this card in the Inspiration Station Challenge blog music sheet


The second I was going to just mount onto white cardstock but I wanted a light blue behind and remembered my mulberry papers, I like the soft touch it gave behind it.


  • Cottage Cutz - Yellow finch w/cone flowers stamp and die, colored w/markers
  • Spellbinders - Noble Rectangle and A2 matting basics B dies
  • Graphic 45 - Botanical tea paper
  • Paper Studio - Mulberry paper and Flower gems
  • Hero Arts - Birthday message stamp
  • EK Success - circle punch


I think this just proves if you don't like something you made one day, leave it and come back to it, you might just find you like it after all :)

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

Connie

Monday, May 17, 2021

Flowers and butterflies

 I think I needed a little more pressure to get the embossed flowers on the corners, so I hope you can see them well.  The butterflies were cut from 3 different shades of yellow card stock.


  • Poppystamps - Clara Corner die
  • Memory Box - Leavenworth Butterfly trio dies
  • Hot off the press - Life Happens Greetings stamp
  • Mark Richards - Gems


I am sharing todays card with the Poppystamps Challenge 

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and hope you have a wonderful week!

Connie

Friday, May 14, 2021

Market Basket

 Oh my goodness, when I saw this market baskets die from the Greetery I just knew I had to get it, I have not seen anything like it and I just loved the look.  I have been wanting the die that I framed it with too but kept putting it off because I felt I had plenty of rectangle dies but it just ended up in my cart :) She was having a sale so that justified it :)

Added a stamped bird from the Greetery also but didn't have any spring flowers from them so had to go with another die for that, I cut it out of water color paper and water colored them.  Added a little shiplap to the bottom to ground the scene!


  • The Greetery - Market baskets, Shiplap and Crimped Frames dies, Robin & Wren stamp and die
  • Memory Box - Bella Bouquet, water colored w/ Spectrum Aqua and Zig clean markers
  • ODBD - Mini tag sentiment stamp


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

Connie

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Live your dream

 I decided to go through my dies and see what I haven't used in a long time and came across this one. If you are stuck for what card to make for someone, challenge yourself to use something that hasn't been used in awhile.


  • Memory Box - Debutante Frame and Orchard tree frame dies
  • RubberNecker stamps - Wide Terracotta pot die
  • D.R.S. design - Easy Grass background stamp
  • Taylored Expression - Flower box sprigs dies and Birch tree accents die (cardinal)
  • Tim Holtz - TH93193 Small talk sentiment
  • Stickles - Warn Lipstick
I colored everything with markers except the flowers and sprigs that were cut from pattern paper and cardstock.


I would like to share this post with the Dies R Us Challenge blog using Memory Box dies


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

Connie