Friday, September 23, 2022

Helleborus

 Ok so I decided not to go with Autumn colors for this birthday card and went with the coloring example on the package and wow did it come out looking like bright spring, LOL!  Hubby saw it and just said wow. I used water coloring.


  • Gemini - Create a card, Helleborus die, water color with Zig markers
  • Tim Holtz - Metallic Sticker book sentiment


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, Have a great weekend!

Connie

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Masculine Autumn

 I was thinking I was going to want to use the 49 and market goodies for ladies cards but I am finding I am loving them for masculine cards too. I love when these sets work for both guys and gals.  This little guy was just too cute and I had to pair something else with him so I broke out  a leaf I had cut from some smooshed ink papers I had made and a mushroom from the same set as the chipmunk. Inked around a torn piece of paper to base them all on. The stamp is a rub on and the corner is a punch.


  • 49 and Market - Curators Meadow 6x8 paper and rub ons
  • Tim Holtz - Leaf fragment cut from smooshed ink background and Small talk sentiment
  • Fiskar - corner punch
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,

Connie

Monday, September 19, 2022

Birthday Balloons

 For my great nephews birthday.  I added a touch of Glossy accents to the balloons.


  • stampendous - Balloon Kiddo stamp, colored w/markers
  • Glossy Accents on Balloons
  • Crate Paper - Party day papers
  • Honbay - birthday sentiments

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

Connie

Saturday, September 17, 2022

50th

 Friend and her hubby have celebrated their 50th Anniversary.  I went with some wallpaper background papers and flower.


  • Tim Holtz - Worn Wallpaper Scraps paper and flowers
  • Martha Stewart - Embroidery punch
  • Spellbinders - Circle Delight die
  • Taylored Expressions - Whimsy#s die

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

Connie

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Joy

 The challenge for Christmas in my card making group is to have Joy on your card.

This first one is a sticker. The joy is gold foil and I like how they added detail too it, I tried to mimic that in the corners.


  • Recollections - Joy sticker
  • Paper Studio - Cozy Christmas paper
  • Tim Holtz - Funky Festive dies
  • Sequins
This next one I used a Tissue box image, I found some papers that went well with the colors on the box and added a joy die cut.


  • Tissue box image
  • Graphic 45 - Christmas past papers
  • Taylored Expressions - Joy die
This last one is Joyful but I am using it because it has Joy in it :)


  • 49 and Market - Vintage Artistry Peace & Joy 12x12 paper pack & die cuts
  • Mark Richards - Nailhead gems
I have 3 cards done for this month, at least two more to go, my other group has a pink challenge so they will be done in Pink :)

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

Connie

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

No Words

 I am saddened to say that a dear cardmaking friend has lost her son.  Our kids ages were just a few months apart.  You don't expect your kids to go before you do, especially at a young age, so it is hard to put your head around it all.  Praying God give her strength in the days and months ahead.


  • Tim Holtz - Wildflowers Stems #2 dies
  • Stampendous - Sincere sentiments stamp
  • Jute

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Connie

Monday, September 12, 2022

Fall

 My Favorite season!! I started off by making a background with my color burst to cut out the border die and the leaves, I ended  up doing the butterflies with it too :)  I hope all the people that have fall birthdays don't get sick of all the Autumn cards I made for their birthdays, I do try to change it up every now and then :)



I am sharing my card with Memory Box Challenge which is Fall. They also asked for you to use some element of water so I used Mixed media paper and Color bursts and water to mix it up  and that is what I used to cut out my dies.

  • Memory Box - Autumn Border, Marvelous Maple Leaves and Leavenworth Butterfly trio dies, cut from paper colored with Color Bursts, marigold and Naples Yello
  • 49 and Market - Vintage Artistry In the leaves 6x8 papers
  • Whimsy stamps - Simple sentiments
I would also like to share with Four Seasons Challenge which is Fall.


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

Connie


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Enjoy Life

 I didn't realize this was my nephews 40th birthday but I am hoping he enjoyed this card anyway.

I had just received this die set in the mail.  I have started back in July making Junk Journals and so I thought this set would be good to use with them.  When I sat down to make my nephews card I thought the folder might make a nice card base.  It measures 4 1/2 inches x 3 1/4 inches. I used other dies from the set for the embellishments along with some 49 and market papers, rub ons and ephemera.


  • Tim Holtz - Specimen Dies
  • 49 and Market - Vintage Artistry, Essentials 6x8 paper collection, Curators Meadow Laser cut elements and Wedgewood Rub ons
  • Ranger - enamel accents Black

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

Connie

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Goodbye

 I am so saddened to do this post, it has taken me awhile to get around to it.  A great woman in the cardmaking industry has passed away.  Her dear husband has kept many of us up to date on her health as she worsened and then came the news that she is now with our Lord and Savior away from all pain she has endured over the past few years.  Cheryl was always kind, uplifting and sweet as can be.  She shared her love of God so well on her blog with all her visitors too.  Even going through all her health problems over the years she would always tell me Connie the Lord is good, I lean on him everyday and he gets me through.  An amazing example for me and all of us who knew her.

Just before she passed I had seen this technique I came across on Pinterest and never tried before and when trying to figure out what I should do for her husbands sympathy card, I thought this might be nice.

You can find the Faux wood burning technique video HERE .


  • Hero Arts - Leaf cluster stamp with Canson Watercolor paper
  • The Greetery - Sentiment Suite - Thinking of you stamp
  • Distress Ink - Ground Espresso

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

Connie

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Bird Tag

 When I saw this challenge to use a tag on your card over at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog I knew just the tag I wanted to use.  I had recently been looking at my old papers and I have been hoarding these, I have used quite a bit but now it was time to break them out again.

The stamp is from 2002 and the paper is from 2005, so both good oldies :)

I first thought to use a vine for my trellis off to the side but felt it still needed something so I added a branch with some flowers to mimic what was in the stamp.  I stamped directly onto the pattern tag and colored with markers.


  • Stampin up - Seasonal birds stamp set, 2002
  • BasicGrey - Sweet Pea Alyssa Paper and tag - Brad
  • Martha Stewart - Garden Trellis punch
  • Poppy stamps - Climbing Vine die
  • Memory Box - Woodland Branch and Seraphine Laurel die
  • Hero Arts - It's your day sentiment stamp

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

Connie

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Don't forget to fly

 Sometimes we just need that little reminder don't we.  I just had to get this bird from Spellbinders, isn't it a cutie and so many ways to use her :)  This time she is taking a rest on the wreath.


  • Spellbinder - Sweet birdie, Be Bold Blooms and Wreath dies
  • BasicGrey - Periphery papers
  • Tim Holtz - Crochet die and Small talk sentiment sticker
  • Pearls


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and hope you are enjoying your weekend, we have had a few times when the rain has stopped so that has been nice, not a total wash out.

Connie

Friday, September 2, 2022

Autumn Birthday

 Over at Can you handle the pressure Blog the challenge is embossing with a twist of adding a Sentiment as your focal.  This stamp and die set makes a great focal for a sentiment. Of course I also had to add a flower ;)  I cut the sentiment and flower out of the same piece of background I had made using Oxide inks.

The embossing folder was given to me by April, I used Tim Holtz paper and sanded it a bit, I need to get a better sanding piece, mine doesn't seem to work as well.

I am also sharing with Simon Says Challenge anything goes.


  • Parklane - Embossing folder (JoAnn)
  • Distress Oxide background to cut out the flower and sentiments
  • Jillibean Soup - Enjoy stamp and die set JB1287
  • Spellbinders - Be Bold Blooms dies

I hope you all enjoy your holiday weekend. We have a rain chance almost everyday but seems to be in the evenings so not a wash out.

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

Connie

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Pumpkin Truck

 When I saw the challenge over at Double D Challenge which is wheels, I knew just what I wanted to do, make my first fall card, and one of the first things I think of is pumpkins, so that is what I put in the back of this truck :)  I stenciled the background with clouds and then sponged in the road and grass.

The pumpkins are from a punch hubby had, I cut them from orange paper and did a little sponging of orange around them and colored the stems.  Cut the leaves from pattern paper and added them to the tree die cut, of course you have to have some falling to the ground.


  • Taylored Expressions - On the road - Truck die
  • EK - Pumpkin punch
  • Distress inks - Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn and Black soot for background
  • My Favorite things - Cloud Stencil
  • Impression Obsession - Bare tree and Oak Leaves & Rake dies
  • 49 and Market - Vintage Artistry in the leaves rub on sentiment

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

Connie

Monday, August 29, 2022

Get Wells

 I had a couple of get well cards to make, this first one is for my sister in law who was in the hospital for a week, and has a few weeks of recovery ahead of her. I used some new goodies I had bought. I brought out one of my old flower dies, did a little inking to color it. Added some nuvo drops to the background.


  • 49 and Market - Artoptions Avesta 6x8 papers and Avesta Ephemera Bits
  • Spellbinders - Rose Creations dies
  • ODBD - All Occasions Sentiments stamp
  • Nuvo Drops - Pale Gold 
  • Brad

My second card went to a lady in our church that has had to go to the hospital a couple of times, hopefully she is on the road to recovery. She loves riding horses and was so hoping to be well enough to do it again. She also loves quilting so I mixed the two on this card :)


  • John Sloane's country season calendar 2022 - Horse image
  • Sassafras - Mix and Mend paper
  • PPD - A2 stitched Banner set die
  • Pebbles Inc. - Rub on sentiment

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

Connie

Saturday, August 27, 2022

February Challenge

 I am sharing more cards from my Splitcoast team post, this time our February challenge.  You can read about it HERE .

This was my favorite. I used gold embossing splatter stamps for my background. The gold on the heart is part of the cardstock.


  • Spellbinders - Lace Hearts and Ribbon Banner dies
  • Altenew - Antique gold embossing powder
  • Momenta Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things - More Essentials sentiment stamp
  • Distressed Patterns stamp
On this second one I tried a new to me fold called Diamond fold.


  • DCWV - Rustic Paper
  • Spellbinders - Labels 3 die
  • Stampin up - Birds & Bees stamp
  • Elizabeth Craft designs - Bees die
  • Hot off the press - Dazzles - 130 tiny words and phrases, colored w/marker
Hope you enjoy your weekend, I seemed to have caught a stomach bug so I will be staying close to home this weekend.

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

Connie

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Shape card

 Over at Let's Squash it blog they have a challenge to use anything but a square for your card shape, since I had just recently posted a circle card and a shaped rectangle card I went with my hexagon die, which made it a smaller card then I am use to using, it is approximately 4 x 3 3/4.  I have been thinking I need to get my bee die out and use it before the summer is over so I went with using my honeycomb embossing folder.  Of course the bees need something to be buzzing around so I added some flowers I cut from pattern paper and a leafy vine die.  Used a couple gems for the centers.


  • Spellbinders - Hexagons and Foliage Flourish dies
  • Paper Studio - Honeycomb embossing folder
  • Elizabeth Craft Designs - Bees die
  • Impression Obsession - Floral Set dies
  • Me & My big ideas - gems


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

Connie

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

The Last

 Ok I thought I was done with the snowmen cards but when I was putting all my supplies back I saw a couple more snowmen stickers and thought I could make a couple more quick cards, so I did, can't have too many right :)

The stickers in these sets are so cute, I just loved the racoon peeking out from behind the snowman I just had to use this one.  I found this paper that almost looked like swirls of snow for the background. I added a couple strips of scraps I had to the top and bottom and that peace sentiment is actually a part of an ornament stamp set my sister in law gave me, I just punched out the peace part for a sentiment.


  • Recollections - Christmas stickers
  • Fancy pants designs - Saint Nick papers
  • Peace stamp unknown
The next one I chose this paper to go with the globe sticker because it reminded me of the globes with all the sparkle and stuff floating around inside. The sentiment is also from stamps my sister in law gave me.


  • Recollections - Christmas sticker
  • Martha Stewart - zig zag border punch
  • Fancy pants designs - Saint Nick paper
  • Sentiment stamp unknown
I would like to share today's cards with Peace on Earth Blog, the bottom right corner is the one I went with. 

I promise now that is it, everything is now put away waiting for next months prompts :)

Hope you are enjoying your week so far, I am enjoying the cool morning starts still but see in the forecast that won't last for long, but always thankful for the breaks in the heat :)

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

Connie

Sunday, August 21, 2022

from me

 I decided to use some of the things I colored while I was healing from my foot surgery last year, and this leaf background was in my envelope of goodies.  I went with adding birds to it that I had already stamped using my layered stamp set.


  • The Greetery - Robin and Wren stamp and die set
  • Coloring for calm 2018 calendar (leaves) colored w/markers
  • Momenta - Cardstock
  • Our Daily Bread designs - Mini tag sentiment stamp

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

Connie

Friday, August 19, 2022

More Snowmen

 First up is the one my hubby liked the best of them all and the image came from a children's coloring book I think was at the Target $ spot last year.  I colored with markers but forgot how much they bleed on this cheap paper so have to remember to use pencils next time.


  • Image, coloring book from Target $ spot, colored w/markers
  • Dazzles - 31 White Jewel Border stickers
  • PPD - 6mm Sparkle confetti
  • Hobby Lobby - Country tags Chipboard 3D

This is a mini slimline card. colored the die cuts and used white and silver pen for the snow falling.

  • Taylored Expression - Little bits snowman and Central Park dies, colored w/markers
This last one I put the sticker directly onto pattern paper and then colored in some portions and added a bit of glitter for the snow.



  • Elizabeth Craft Designs - 2583 stickers, colored w/markers
  • Art Glitter - Crystal, for snow
  • Fancy Pants designs - Saint Nick paper
  • Hobby Lobby - country tags, chipboard 3d

That makes my 5 Christmas cards for this month :)

Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend, we have a chance for rain tomorrow but that's ok, the garden would enjoy that :)

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

Connie

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Birthday Rose

 I have a few of these flowers I made ahead, and wanted to use one of them for this next birthday card I needed.  When looking for the right papers to go with them I found just a small piece of this flower paper left in the pack and thought it matched perfectly with my die cut flower, so I went through and found more scraps to go with it to make up the background.


  • Gemini - Rose double sided dies
  • BasicGrey - Porcelain Paper
  • Gina Marie - Birthday words
  • Dew drops

I love having these dies all ready to go when I want to make a project. I have been trying to work on having these things made up ahead of time.

We are having a cool morning so I am on my way out to do some yard work before it heats up.

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

Connie

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Gallery cards

 End of last year I was asked by Splitcoast Stampers if I would be on the Dirty Dozen Group.  For those of you that don't know this is a group that you can pay to join, it keeps the site up and running and only those people can see your cards and other Dirty Dozen members.  You can go on Splitcoast Stampers anytime you just can't view what is in that gallery unless you join as a Fan club member.

My months to create for the theme of the month was January thru June.  We are allowed to share a couple cards from each month after we are all done with our commitment on our personal blogs.  We had to make at least 6 cards every month, here are a couple from January.


  • Picket Fence studio - Slice of wood stamp
  • Gemini - Torn edge circle die
  • Impression Obsession - Spring bird die
  • Lawn Fawn - Fancy Scalloped Rectangle die
  • Echo Park - Fine and Dandy paper
  • Tim Holtz - Crochet die and small talk sentiment
  • Memory Box - Botanical Stem die
  • Pizzazz aplenty - 3mm Red gems

  • Gemini - Pattern paper from Advent calendar for blooms
  • Spellbinders Layered colorful blooms dies
  • Sizzix - Printers Ornament embossing folder
  • Bottom portion of card is from distress ink smooshing technique
  • Lace from my Mom
  • Sequins
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Tall or short

 I have had this snowman set for quite a few years, bought it at a yard sale and finally playing with it, one of my groups challenge is snowmen, the other challenge in another group is using silver or gold.  I went with embossing these snowmen in silver embossing powder and then doing a bit of embellishing with silver pens.


It was a tad hard to get the pencils into these very tiny areas after they were embossed, I should have stamped first in soft color, colored them and then embossed after.  The snowline was drawn with silver pen as were all the snowflakes in the background and the sentiment was stamped with silver ink.

  • Stampin up - Snow much fun stamp set, embossed in silver, colored w/pencils
  • Silver pen for snow drift and snowflakes
  • Silver ink for sentiment

  • Stampin up - Snow much fun stamp set, embossed in silver, colored w/pencils
  • Spellbinders - Card Creator Holiday - Holly and Poinsettia die, silver pen in the embossed leaves
  • Momenta - Cardstock
  • Silver pen dots for snow

  • Thanks so much for stopping by today,
    Connie

    Friday, August 12, 2022

    Gerbera

     I am using more of the Gemini dies I bought off of HSN. I cut them out twice and layered and then colored with markers.

    I found this Sketch that I thought would work great with this die and give a little interest to the background. 


    • Gemini - Create a card, Gerbera die, cut twice and layered, colored w/markers
    • K&co. - K-ology Hanna cardstock for base
    • Teresa Collins - Tell your story paper for strip
    • Martha Stewart - border punch
    • Offray - spool of ribbon
    • Stampendous - Birthday assortment sentiment stamp

    We took advantage of having cooler weather yesterday to take everything out of the garage on one side, which consisted of 4 big shelves full of stuff, plus all the Christmas and winter tubs (10) and put them out in our driveway and so glad we did, we had put down plastic thinking that would be good to put under the shelves and into the walk space where we had boxes sitting and it would keep from the damp well when you have a flood all that does is keep in the wet, so we had to totally take it all out and then put fans on to dry, we saw a little black on the wall so we sprayed the walls all down with bleach and let that dry and then put it all back.  Let's just say we decided to let a few more things go along the way, I still have things to look through but we were getting pretty tired by the end. The other side of the garage is my hubby's work bench and all those tools, we have no idea what it looks behind all that but we will save that for when it is a bit cooler out, no plastic was used on that side.

    Hope you all enjoy a great weekend,
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and let me know you have,

    Connie