Sunday, November 19, 2017

Grateful

Now I know this isn't probably your first idea for a Thanksgiving card, but I think these two will give my daughter and son in law a smile.  We will miss them this year as they won't be making the trip back home from Connecticut to Illinois, but wanted them to know how grateful we are for them in our lives :)


I used both distress inks and Oxide inks on some orange cardstock to give the leaves some extra color. Both of these stamps were in a bag of stamps I bought at the yard sale at my stamp store :)

Great impressions - Scarecrow and crow, colored w/markers
Spellbinders - Curved Rectangles, Lattice rectangle and A2 matting basics A dies
DCWV - Wild Splendor paper
Northwoods - Sentiment stamp
Taylored Expressions - Mini Leaves die
Brads

Wow did we have a big storm come through on Saturday that took a lot of leaves off the tree, it was raining leaves around here, so pretty but sad to see so many go.

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

Connie

Friday, November 17, 2017

Double stamping and covered bridge

A challenge in the stamp group was to use a stamp you haven't used in quite some time or not at all and this one was given to me and I wasn't quite sure how I would use it and while staring at it I thought, how about putting one on top of the other and this is what came of it :)


After stamping and coloring it just was too white so I added a bit of shading around the edges first with a yellow and then with a brown.

Image stamp from friend/ no name
Hampton art -- sentiment stamp
Distress inks -- fossilized Amber and tea dye
Liquid pearls

On our way home from Michigan my hubby found Cataract Falls covered bridge on the map in Indiana that wasn't too far off the highway so we decided to check it out.  It was a bit cloudy when we arrived but still got some pretty pics.

The water falls were down stream from the bridge.







This area was in the same park but quite a ways from the bridge farther down stream.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, we are getting a lot of wind in this area.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by, love hearing from you!

Connie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Masculine/ Michigan part 2

I am winding down on the Fall masculine birthday cards. This time I used an embossing folder for the tree and colored it with my markers.


Had to add some die cut deer and birds :) a bit of sponging with my distress inks for the sky and grass.

Darcie - Leafy tree trunk embossing folder colored w/ markers
Poppystamps -- Cheery cardinals die
Memory Box -- Valley Deer Trio die
Distress inks, background

The rest of these pictures are from different stops we made going up the eastern side of Michigan along Lake Huron.  Sorry about all the sunset pictures but I must have taken over 50 pictures it was just a beautiful end to the day.




I don't recall the name of this lighthouse, we walked out on this long pier and even with my lens fully zoomed in as much as it could the lighthouse was still a bit too far away to get a good picture.


Not too often do you see a farm right on the edge of the water


Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse





When I turned around the glow on the trees from the sunset was just spectacular, it really doesn't even show up real well in the photo





Thanks again for taking the time to stop by, I know how busy this time of year can be!!

Connie

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Teen Birthday and Michigan

It is so hard for me to do older teen boy cards, my great nephew turned 17, I was coming up blank so I went for the boy paper pack I have and let that do most of the work for me, just added some stamped leaves and sentiment and it was done.

I love how you can add multiple colors using the Misti stamping tool, and if you don't get it right the first time it will line up perfectly for the next time to try it again!


Recollections -- Awesome Boy paper
Studio G -- It's your day and leaves stamps
Distress Oxide inks -- Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade on leaves

I thought I should probably get to sharing more of the pictures that I took on our little trips we have been taking, I still haven't finished with our trip out west but since it is fall I thought I had better get those shared will it is still fall.

Today's pictures are from Port Huron Michigan.  The land you see on the other side of the port is Canada and the Blue Water bridge is what takes you over to Canada, we don't have passports so we didn't end up going over there.


It really fascinates me how big these ships are, and it was perfect to get the birds in the shots too :)







They really have a pretty walk along the port there, I love walking along the water and they have it all paved so it isn't as hard to walk through as sand :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Connie

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fairy

I don't really know if this is Autumn themed but it does have fall colors.  The stamp and embossing folder are from another Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine, I did get another subscription so you will probably be seeing more, plus I bought more at the yard sale at my stamp store.

I decided to use my sparkle markers on this one, Fairies have to sparkle, right? I also used it on the embossing folder to highlight the centers of the flowers, the tag came from another set but thought it worked well with this.


I took a few side shots to try and show the sparkle and this one seemed to be the best of them, the ink on the dress smeared a little bit.


Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine -- Stamp, tag and embossing folders, colored w/Spectrum sparkle pens
Spellbinders - Classic Oval lg
Brad

Have you tried the new sparkle pens, I see Nuvo has their own sparkle pens now too, oh my.

I am linking this card with Sisterhood of Crafters, Let the sparkle fly challenge.

Hope your week is off to a good start.
I appreciate the time you take out to stop by and say Hi :)

Connie

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Autumn woods

I think we have been going on so many Autumn trips here lately that it has given me plenty of inspiration for cardmaking :)  I had planned on posting this on Thursday but my hubby had off Thursday and Friday so he said we should run over to Branson Missouri and see how the colors are in that area of the Ozarks, so off we went, even though I always have fun and enjoy looking at the fall colors I can honestly say I am ready to be home for awhile.

Here is another card using the Mega flakes on the frame, I just love the colors in this Autumn Blaze.


I did a little sponging with the tumbled glass distress ink on the back of my cardstock before putting together the scene to give a bit of sky color to the background. Also did some inking on the diecuts and added some white dots to the deer.


Poppystamps -- Thicket frame and stitched landscape dies
Indigoblu - Autumn blaze mega flakes on frame
Taylored Expressions -- Evergreens die
Memory Box - Valley deer trio and birds die

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and letting me know you have!

Connie

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cabin

I have had these leaves left over from other projects on my desk for awhile now and instead of putting them somewhere that I would never find them again, I decided it was time to use them, I searched through my stamps and decided to use this cabin, but instead of coloring it I decided to just emboss it with copper embossing powder to go along with the leaves that had been done with mega flakes. A little bit of  sponge inking inside the die before removing.


Stampscapes - Cabin 140E, embossed w/copper embossing powder
Ms. Sparkle & co. - Fall paper
Spellbinders - A2 distressed edges, A2 matting basics B and Circle delight dies
Tim Holtz -- Design tape, Rose
Hero Arts -- Birthday messages sentiment stamp set
Leaf die with Indigo Blu, Autumn blaze mega flakes
Starform - Transparent Glitter gold dot (center of sentiment)

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and letting me know you have.

Connie

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Autumn arrangement

This is certainly my favorite time of year and there are a few challenges out there that I would like to link my creation with today.

Double D challenge- Feeling Fallish
DiesRUs anything fall
Cropstop October challenge


Tim Holtz -- Wood Grain embossing folder
Spellbinder -- Fall Foliage die set
My Favorite things - Essential sentiment stamp set

I used my brayer to add ink to the embossing folder before embossing to get the background color. Cut the leaves out of paper I had made from Colorburst that was in my stash.
I added some white ink to the embossed areas of the pinecone to bring that out. Shading with ink on all the rest.  Added a little jute bow and the sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder.

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

Connie

Friday, November 3, 2017

Floral Frames

I was walking through JoAnns and I saw this package of Acetate frames and I thought oh my those are pretty, then I saw some little round images that went along with them. Now normally before I buy something I think how I might use them or for what situation I would use them, but this was one of those buys that I bought just because I thought it was pretty :)

I wanted the frame to be lifted up, so I used some clear pop up dots and tried to put them behind the images on the frame, the little round images come with little sticky pop up dots on them already.

 The paper in the background reminded me of a lattice and added the stamped sentiment with some pearl pen accents.

Here is a close up to show the glitter that is already on the images.


How do you shop for your craft supplies, do you think about how you might use it or do I have something similar already, or do you go by what ever you like and figure out how you would use it later.

K&co. - SW floral acetate frames and SW floral Icon
Teresa Collins -- He said she said paper
Spellbinders - Floral Ovals die
Gina Marie - Birthday words sentiment stamp set
Pearl Pen - Salmon

Hope you enjoy your weekend, we are suppose to have above normal temps so hopefully I will be able to spend most of it outdoors enjoying this Autumn season and hope you can too!

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy life to stop by, loving hearing from you if you do!

Connie

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Oh Deer

Using another daily calendar coloring image for today's card.  Oh Dear was the first thing I said when I flipped the calendar page and saw this image, but then the more I thought about it, I thought it would make a cool Autumn card.  I used another one of the backgrounds I made and showed in an earlier post using the Alcohol inks in the water. Did a little bit of sponging around the border while the background was still in the die.

Colored the image with pencils and cut out.


Calendar image - colored w/pencils
Alcohol ink, water color background and sponging of ink around edges
Spellbinders - A2 Distressed edges die
Penny Black - Sprinkles and smiles sentiment stamp
Mark Richards - Metal nailheads

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by,

Connie

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Boo

My only Halloween card I sent to our daughter and son in law for our grand furbabies, I ended up adding their cat too but forgot to take the picture after I did, I tried coloring them to match their cat and dog and it must have been close because she did notice that :)

I used Tim Holtz dog die and stamp set, and made a little sign from a little frame stamp, but had to cut it in half just didn't have a small enough one :)  The embossing folder for the background also comes in this set, I bought it at Michaels.  I used a brayer with orange ink to go over the raised areas.



I found the little google eyes at a stamp store over in Missouri, thought they would go cute with this set :)

Tim Holtz - Dog talk, stamp die and embossing folder set, colored w/markers
Making Memories -- Mini Journaling stamped frame
Martha Stewart - sanserif font stamp set (boo)
Ms. Sparkle & co. - Marble paper pad
Wiggle eyes
Pumpkin die
Spellbinders - Ironworks Accents (corner die)
Poppystamps -- Country fence die

Here is a picture my daughter sent in a text of the two taking a nap on her lap, isn't that just too cute!


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

Connie

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Place

My hubby and I went away for the past few days to celebrate our Anniversary, that will have to be for another post, but today I will share the card I made him.

I used another calendar image from my daily coloring calendar.  Once again I colored it, glued it to cardstock to give it a little more thickness and cut it out, put it on top of a background I made sponging on my distress ink.



Daily coloring calendar image- colored w/markers and fussy cut
Background using Tumbled glass ink using homemade cloud stencil
My Favorite things -- More Essential sentiments stamp set

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

Connie

Friday, October 27, 2017

Liquid Pearl Techniques

Two more challenges in my stamp group, this time using Liquid Pearls through a stencil and Mother of Pearl technique.

I think my paper was a bit bowed after die cutting so when I laid the stencil on top and using a piece of card to swipe the pearls across the stencil a bit of it went under the stencil, After coloring and cutting out of my snowman I looked at it again and thought it looked ok to use as the backdrop of my snowman. One of the girls gifted me some "snow" so I cut some scortape into hills and added it to the base and applied the snow on top, I love the stuff she sent it is so much finer than the stuff I had bought.


Spellbinders -- Labels 8 die
Tim Holtz- Dot fade stencil
Liquid Pearls -- White opal
Snow from friend
Penny Black -- Jolly follies stamp, colored w/markers
Craft magazine -- sentiment stamp

So excited I have another Christmas card done :)

The next technique is adding the Liquid pearl with a scrunched up piece of Cling wrap to the cardstock and after it is dry, blending ink over it. I hope you can see it this was my 3rd attempt, didn't like the other ones, this was nice and soft and pretty.  I used my die to emboss, no cutting, so I could have a frame around the flowers but you could still see the background.


This stamp was given to me and has no name, if you know the maker, please let me know :)

Liquid pearls - White opal for background, inked over with Spun sugar Distress ink
Flower stamp - Unknown, colored w/markers and fussy cut
Memory Box -- Stitched Rectangle layers die -- embossed only to frame
Spellbinders -- Ribbon tags trio die set
Gina Marie stamps - Birthday words sentiment stamp set

Wishing you a great weekend!! Thanks for stopping by,

Connie

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Get Well/ San Luis

My childhood friend who lived next door, recently went through surgery, and I had remembered these Acetate images that I found at the yard sale at the stamp store. You can find the booklet of these HERE. As you can see I did one that was on the cover but I changed it  up a bit.

If you are having problems with applying your acetate to things I really suggest you getting a Xyron machine, I have the 5", 3" and the little sticker machine, I used the 3" one with these and it worked perfectly, you can see any of the tape :)

I took the first picture of it laying down so you can see it closed.


Standing up


Inside


I really like window cards and these acetate elements with them are a neat touch. 

Hot off the press - Paper Flair Clearly collage
Xyron 3" Sticker maker to apply transparency

I didn't get many good pictures of this town but I thought I would share, San Luis Colorado, it is the oldest city.

I just loved the detail on this lamp post with the flag of the town.




Very cool dimensional Mural on the side of the building above and another painted one below.


Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, love hearing from you!

Connie

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Leaf Frame

I used a couple different stamp sets to stamp out this frame, and colored it with markers.


I have had the rain dots for many years but they were the perfect colors to dress up the center around the sentiment. I wonder if those born in Autumn are getting tired of receiving Autumn themed birthday cards :)

Leaves stamps -- Unknown, colored w/markers
Stampin up - Ferns, pine needles and acorns
Hero Arts -- It's your day sentiment stamp set
Cloud 9 Design - Rain dots

Thanks so much for stopping by today, hope your week is off to a good start!

Connie