Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sketch challenge

With this challenge we were to use (4) 1 inch strips and (4) 1 inch circles from the same papers to make this card.  And we were to use our scraps.  Well since I make mostly A2 cards 41/4 x 5 1/2, I had many strips from the same paper pack that I used on these two cards.  You over lap the circles over the strips and to hide that you place a one inch strip across the bottom, well I thought that looked a little plain so I got out my ribbon dies set and cut some borders with the left overs I had from cutting the 1 inch strips.


BasicGrey-- Picadilly papers
Hero Arts -- Zinnia flower stamp, colored w/markers
Spellbinders - Leaf die
Cheery Lynn Designs -- Alison's ribbon die


On this card I just used some butterfly stickers for my image, the largest one I placed on patterned paper from the same set and cut around it.

BasicGrey-- Picadilly papers
Hot off the press -- Butterfly Dazzles over pattern paper
Cheery Lynn Designs -- Alison's ribbon die

Hope this gave you a good idea for using up your scraps, I loved the challenge, it helped me catch up on my birthday cards that needed to go out and a plus when we can use up those piles of scrap papers we have :)

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

Connie

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tarnished Foil Technique

I have been seeing on Pinterest a whole bunch of these Tarnished Foil cards and our stamping group is having a challenge week so this is what I picked for a challenge.

You can see the tutorial for the technique HERE.

I first took the foil carstock and swiped it with my Stazon ink, then repeatedly stamped the sunflower all over the backgound with my versamark ink and added enchanted gold embossing powder, well I think that was my first mistake because it is too light for this challenge I believe, you just can't see it very well.  Then I embossed with my embossing folder. Used gold and copper embossing to add to the embossing.  I think it turned out ok but I guess not what I was hoping for, and as a whole card it just seemed to busy to me, so I cut it in half and I will use the other half on another card.   Now I am thinking of adding a corner treatment of some sort to the right corner, I feel it needs some balance.  I stamped the sunflower again onto brown cardstock and embossed in gold.



p, embossed w/ Enchanted gold embos

DCWV - Foil cardstock (silver)
Hero Arts - Sunflower stamp (embossed with enchanted gold on background and gold on brown cardstock for focal image)
Cuttlebug -Textile embossing folder
Gold and copper embossing on the after dry embossing
Our Daily Bread Designs - mini tag die and mini tag sentiment stamp

Let me know if you decide to give it a try would love to see what you come up with.
Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great week!

Connie

Saturday, October 14, 2017

No line coloring

Well I tried my hand at no line coloring again, although I can see a bit of lines still but there is a funny story behind this one.

I stamped the image with distress ink planning on watercoloring the image, Well I had bought some Spectrum Aqua markers and also some Illustrator markers which are alcohol based not water based, well yep you guessed it I grabbed the Illustrator markers by mistake when I was going to color this, I just couldn't figure out why the ink wasn't blending well and I even added some directly too the flowers and finally gave up and added some distress inks to them and after I was all done and had come back to it after some housework and was putting away the markers I realized I was using the wrong ones, I am surprised it came out as well as it did.


Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine-- tag and stamp, colored w/markers and distress inks
Spellbinders -- Majestic Labels one and lavels one dies
Teresa Collins -- He said she said papers
Wink of stells - clear glitter pen
Brad
Lace

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

Connie

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sunflowers / Colorado

When we were on Vacation out in Colorado I picked up a Papercraft Essentials magazine that had a few sunflower stamps in it along with some papers, and I used those for my card today. 


In this stamp set the pumpkin seeds, the seed packet, sentiment and center flower are all separate stamps, so you can decorate the packet anyway you would like, I colored it with markers and added some more burlap decorations to frame it, along with some pearls and Washi tape.

Papercraft Essentials magazine -- Sunflower dreams stamp set and paper, colored w/markers
Burlap stickers
Queen & co. - Yellow sunshine pearls
Washi tape

Sharing a few more pictures the first too taken around Red Mountain area in Colorado, just couldn't get over the color of the water due to all the minerals in the area.



The last two are from Pinkerton Hot springs that are on the San Juan Skyway




The colors in the rock where so cool in person, I couldn't quite capture it well in the pictures.

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

Connie

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Woof Woof

I bought this set of stamps and dies combo at Michaels a little while back but it has taken me a while to finally use them, just wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but when a girl that my hubby works with that I have also become friends with Birthday came up and she loves her dogs, I had to break it out and give it a go.  I tried coloring it like her dog since the shape isn't quite like hers, but she still loved it :)


The bowl and sentiments are also part of the stamp set and have matching dies for the bowl also so the cutting of all this went quite quickly, I popped up the images with foam tape. 

Tim Holtz -- Dog talk stamp and die set colored w/markers
Lawn Fawn -- Fancy scalloped Rectangles stackables die
Lace
Provocraft -- cuttlebug corner die
wink of stella clear glitter pen
Papertrey ink paper

I have been away to Michigan this past weekend, visiting family and then we took a little day trip along Lake Huron, little behind on visiting your blogs but hope to catch up soon :)

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and letting me know you have, hope your week is off to a good start, we came home to much needed rain here.

Connie

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Young boy and Colorado

I try to do a little more bright cards for young kids in my family but I think I may have gone a little too bright :)  I think kids like to see their names on things so that was my inspiration for this one.


After doing his name I should have stopped there but I wanted to add a sentiment and so I used these star coasters I have had for some time to stamp the sentiment, of course I had to apply it with some really good adhesive, so that is the way it went out.

memory box -- Contour typewriter keys die (name)
Carta bella -- Alphabet junction paper
Gin-X - Starstruck Rays of sunshine coaster (star)
Gina K design- tag lines sentiment stamp
Star sequins

These pictures are the Ouray Colorado area of our trip, sorry it is taking me so long to go through the pictures.

This first picture is of a washed out road we came across, I was too nervous to go over it after seeing this view of it and my hubby was nice enough not to do it.  After talking to the guy at the hotel he said they had an avalanche there a couple  weeks prior and he said the 10 years he has been there he didn't know there was cement under there, other jeeps did go through there.




Overlook of the town of Ouray


We came across these Falls, they had an over look you could go out onto and see them better but I just took this shot at the side and went back.


Hubby out on the platform. Yep that platform is just hanging out over, I wasn't going out there.


This was at the base of another trail going up into the mountains but there was no way our car was going to make it up there, I do suggest if you go to this area that having a jeep of some kind would be good.  We were told we could probably rent one for $200 a day but we decided to just see what we could with our car.


We took country Route 5 out of Ridgeway Co. to get the sunset pictures, we had a little picnic down there and just sat and watched the sun go down, another beautiful end of the day.


Thanks for stopping by again today, hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Connie

Friday, October 6, 2017

Card Inspiration

Debbie was sweet to send me THIS LINK if I ever needed a quick card, they are printable cards.  Well I thought that was such a pretty design, and since I had the time I just had to give it a go and see what I could come up with using the stamps I have.



I liked the idea of it being on kraft cardstock, although I think mine is a bit lighter.  I used a few different sets to achieve this, using distress inks and chalk inks and pigment inks, on the purple flowers I stamped with a light purple and then used a darker purple for the edges on the bottom two but when with a little darker on the top one.  She loves purple so I was going for more purple but just had to add a few other colors in there too :)

Liquid pearls, stickles, nuvo drops and pen work were used for the dots I added.

Inkadinkado -- Garden Delights stamp set (purple and yellow flowers)
Ms. Sparkle & co. - Give thanks stamps (leaves and orange flowers0
Gina Marie Stamps -- birthday words sentiment
DCWV -- Old world stack
Liquid pearls -- Chestnut
Stickles -- Dusty concord
Nuvo drops - pale gold
Sharpie marker (yellow flower centers

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

Connie

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Football

I have a lot of guy cards that I make between September and October for family members. This one went out to my great nephew that is playing football.

The images are stickers and I made the frame by taping two dies together and cutting them at the same time.  The background was done using Distress Oxide inks, I added a bit of water to the background, that gave me those spots.


NRN Designs -- stickers
Distress Oxide inks -- Walnut stain, peeled paint, fossilized amber
Distress ink- Walnut stain for shading around the edge
Spellbinders A2 Distressed edges for frame

Prayers continue to go out to all those effected by the shootings in Las Vegas, it is so hard to understand these senseless attacks.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today and taking the time out to let me know you have,

Connie

Monday, October 2, 2017

Sympathy

My friend lost her husband a couple weeks ago, I took it hard, I don't know if they remind myself of my hubby and I and our relationship, or if it was also he was a little younger than we are, but I just came up blank on what to do for a sympathy card for her when I remembered a week or so before his passing Darlene posted this card and she shared a link of what gave her inspiration for her card.  I went with that and was so happy that we can be an inspiration to each other when we need a card and just come up blank.


Inking of acrylic block spritzing with water and stamping onto cardstock
Distress inks -- Spun Sugar, Shabby shutters and weathered wood
Inkadinkado -- Garden Delight stamp set
Stampendous -- Sincere Sentiment stamp

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Connie

Saturday, September 30, 2017

New Car

My great nephew turned 18 recently and just before he did he went out and bought his own car!  Isn't that great, it seems more and more these days the kids just expect to get a car, but he earned it all on his own,  now the card doesn't look like this one, but this is the die I have :)


I cut the die 3 times, first out of silver for the body of the car, then the wheel portion out of black and the light portion out of yellow for the headlights and pieced them all in and taped them into place from behind. I sanded the embossing folder so the design would stand out.

Frantic Stamper -- Convertible Roadstar die
Darcie -- Diamond Plate embossing folder, sanded
Little yellow Bicycle -- Burlap sticker
Tim Holtz - Idea-ology tissue tape
Spellbinders -- ribbon die
Hero Arts -- Birthday message sentiment stamp

Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend, I have the doors open and a nice breeze is going through, loving this!

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

Connie

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Alcohol ink floating background

One of the girls in my stamping group shared THIS VIDEO on this technique, I had never heard of it before and it was fun to play with.  At first I did it on watercolor paper, like he says, but then I thought how would it work on glossy paper which is what I always use alcohol inks on, and this was my results.

Watercolor paper



Glossy paper


Sorry as I was doing this I never wrote down any of the inks I used, I just had them all lined up and would just put drops in of all different colors.

You can probably tell which background I used for the following cards, this was my first card. I did add a few touches of marker to the flowers and the stem.


Tim Holtz -- THMM107 stamp set, colored w/markers
My Favorite things -- Label Maker sentiments stamp and stitched Rectangle word window dies

Next card was for my nephew and I wanted to do like an Autumn scene, this was done on Glossy paper. The deer and front tree were all stamped on regular cardstock and then colored with pencils, the background trees were first stamped with a green memento ink, that didn't work at all, I let it dry for a little while and stamped again with brown stazon and that gave me the color that the trees ended up being.



Heartfelt Creations -- Woodsy Critters stamps and die set, Woodsy Treescape stamp set  and Woodsy
   Landscape die set, Colored w/pencils
Hero Arts - Birthday messages stamp set fussy cut

This last card was also done on Glossy paper, I added a touch of the metallic silver alcohol ink just to see what it does in the water and as you can tell it doesn't mix as well as the others. It is right under the envelope.  The border, envelope and tag are from Esther, I just added a little bit of chalk to the border and some stickles to the centers and added a sentiment to the tag.

 
Border, envelope and tag RAK
Paper smooches - Happy Birthday sentiment stamp
Stickles - Dusty concord
Chalk on border
Martha Stewart -- butterfly punch
Enamel Accents -- white

If you have the supplies why not give this a try, I love watching how it will come out, you just never know.  The glossy cardstock was very flimsy after getting wet but dried ok.

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

Connie

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Watercolored Violets

When I saw this stamp and die set at my Local scrapbooking store I thought oh my I have to get that, it was so pretty in the packaging, but for someone that doesn't color well that can be scary because you know it isn't going to turn out looking as nice as their's, and even though it didn't turn out looking as nice I was happy with what I achieved.  I used my Spectrum Aqua markers by adding the color to my acrylic block and adding a bit of water, in some places I added the color directly to the image and blended with water.


I didn't use the die that comes with it on this card, I just stamped it directly to the cardstock.


Cottage Cutz -- Violets flower February stamp and die set, colored w/Spectrum Aqua Markers
Spellbinders - Labels 8 and A2 Devine Eloquence dies
Papers from Cardmaking & papercraft magazine
Queen & co. - Light pink gems

I am getting excited we are going to break this heat wave and get back down to our normal temps by the end of the week, then it will feel more like Fall.

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

Connie

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Masculine

My hubby had a card with all the years calendars on them from a magazine subscription he has and he was going to put it in the recycle bin and I told him wait a minute I may use them on a card, now that is probably said more times and I never use the item but this one I put into use for my Nephews card :)


I took some corrugated packaging and tore the edges,   added a bit of green paint to it, laid that on top of some Fall paper, the leaf and the corner leaves are stickers and the sentiment die came with my order from My favorite things, cut out the calendar sponged on the ink, highlighted his birthday and tied it all up with twine.

DCWV - Rustic Paper
Corugated cardboard
Adirondack -- Lettuce paint
Calendar from Magazine
Miss Elizabeth - Stickers (leaves)
My Favorite things - just for you die
Twine

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and taking the time to let me know you did :)

Connie

Friday, September 22, 2017

New Technique and Grand Mesa

Happy First Day of Autumn, I decided today would be the perfect day to post an Autumn card.  My stamping group challenge for the month of September was to use Pearl Ex, luckily my hubby had bought these quite awhile ago for his art but I just never gave them a try.  They are like a soft colored powder that you can apply to your projects using glues or in my examples using Versamark ink which is an embossing ink.

I started off stamping the background with the versamark ink, I just love the way these look against black card stock. Then I applied sunset gold with a paint brush to the stamped leaves, you don't need much of the powder.

I have a tip for you, I have seen in video's to use a fluffy paintbrush to remove the access powder but after not getting the clean results I wanted from that I got out a swiffer sheet and it removed it nice and clean.

Next I stamped the smaller leaves onto cream cardstock and used Brilliant gold, supper Russet and Super Copper on these.  I wanted more color so I tried spraying some Olive Vine glimmer mist on them and liked the results, although I don't feel you can see it well in the photographs.


I used my vine die for a base to put the leaves onto, and added some berries with liquid pearls in chestnut. Topped off with the banner.

Papertrey ink -- Meadow greens stamp set -- Background w/ Pearl Ex sunset gold and versmark ink
Stampin up 1997 Leaves on wreath stamped w/versamark and used Pearl Ex, Brilliant gold, super russet and super copper, sprayed with Glimmer mist and fussy cut
Memory Box - Grapevine wreath die, cut twice and layered
Spellbinders - Ribbon dies
Gina Marie -- Birthday words sentiment stamp set
Liquid Pearls -- Chestnut

Here is a closeup of the wreath



Now I would like to share some pics from our day at Grand Mesa Scenic Byway in Colorado.


The best picture to see some of the changing leaves of the Aspen up there had my hubby in the shot too :)




We had a picnic up at the top with this as our view, love the view of the water below, couldn't have been better :)


On our whole trip we saw more cow on the road signs than anything else and around one bend in the road this was what was right along the road, so we had to stop and get some pictures :)



Don't know if you can see it or not, by the time we got out of the car, grabbed our camera's the rainbow was almost gone but you can see a bit of it left.


I loved the way they used trees for the post of this fence, no matter how crocked they were, and loved the different colors in the grasses and trees.


These guys were eating when we drove up and when hubby stopped the car, the deer popped up his head and just starred at us so I grabbed my camera and took a picture from the car window, they were a far out in the field but I just loved how he was posing for the picture, as soon as I took it, he went back to eating :)


A dramatic sunset to end the day!


I still have about 400 pictures to look through, I took about 840 pictures, so I may have more to share.

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

Connie

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Preteen and Vacation part 2

My great nephew has turned 12, it is so hard to figure out what to do for preteen boys, so I went with this cute dog, you will be seeing more from this set soon :)

I stamped the dog and bone directly onto the card base and then stamped the hat separately and cut it out to put on the dogs head, scored a line to separate the stamped paw border.


Newton's Nook design-- Fetching friendship, colored w/markers
memory box -- stitched rectangle layers die
Tim Holtz -- vintage shabby papers

The following pictures are from the same day as my post yesterday, just taken in the evening at Colorado National Monument.

I love the way the tree is growing here and you can see the roots



These  below were called Coke Ovens because how they are shaped




My husband started teasing me about how I could spot these little guys wherever we went, so I had to get a picture, when I first spotted him he was on a plant but you couldn't see him very well so I got another picture when he ran off.



My hubby likes to take pictures early morning and in the evening because of the lighting and it does make such a pretty glow on everything :)



We stayed at this point all evening, my hubby took some great pictures of the town below with all the lights, but I just sat back and enjoyed the cool evening after such a HOT day.

Next time I will share the Grand Mesa, we actually saw some trees turning high up there :)

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

Connie