Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse 2017

Wow is all I can say, this is my first time seeing a total Eclipse and I will have to say it was quite an amazing experience.  I heard talk that before hand that it can be quite emotional and I didn't quite understand what they meant by that, but after seeing it, I understand.  It is an experience like no other. Yes I will admit tears did come to my eyes, God is just Awesome in all his creation!!

Since we didn't have any filters for our camera's to catch the whole eclipse the only pictures I could take was while we were in Total Eclipse, so I will also share the day :)

By the time we got there, which was really surprising to use it only took about 15 minutes longer than it should, we both had to use the Toilet, so off we went searching, now can I just say that it was HOT!!! 80's when we got there but the humidity was so thick that it was like soup out there. It reached into the 90's. We were drenched by the time we found them.  We headed back to our car to get our chairs, camera, cooler to have lunch before the eclipse. We headed for any tree that had shade, well everyone had already taken all the mowed areas so we were in the almost knee high grass, but I didn't care as long as we were in shade.

Look what I saw fluttering around.


Here he opened his wings wide for me


We were very nervous because there were some clouds that started rolling in after the eclipse had started, I took this picture as you could see the rays peeking out from around the clouds going over head.


The biggest group of people were to our left, were the pavilions are and the outhouses.


To our right


In front of us


Now for the total eclipse, of course my camera just can't do it justice but this is what I got, do you see that bright spot to the left of the sun, that is Regulus I believe they said, my camera didn't capture any of the stars.


I won't bore you with anymore shots but this one was my last shot, my hubby yelled at me to quit taking pictures after this one since the sun was starting to peek out again and I could ruin my camera, but it is cool seeing the sun come out again. We were in totality 2 minutes and 37 seconds but the time just went by so quickly to see everything and capture it all.


We were glad we went to Fort De Chartres to view the eclipse, there were people all around and I didn't take their picture but we had an older couple that shared the shade of the tree with us that were from Wisconsin, so we shared the experience with everyone, so neat to hear the oohhhs and awwws of everyone around and all the excitement leading up to it, but it wasn't so over crowded as other spots were.  This was our first time there but we will be going back on a cooler day to view the whole Fort area.

Because of the clouds all around us there was a lovely sunset going on also but I didn't get my settings correct to get a good picture because I had my camera set to take a picture of the eclipse.  The evening songs of the birds came out just before the total eclipse and the bugs became a bit louder.  We also saw waves of light on our chairs, as my husband describes it looked like light glistening on water. Just amazing.  We are already looking forward to our next eclipse in 2024 we will once again be very close to total eclipse so we will be doing that again. It's in April, looking forward to it be a little cooler than yesterday was :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

Connie

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hydrangea

I love these collage stamps, I hope this wasn't too dark of colors to use for a summer birthday.


Hampton Art - Hydrangea Collage stamp, colored w/markers
Spellbinders -- Captivating Squares die
Martha Stewart -- Border punch
Recollection -- Pearls
Wink of stella- clear glitter pen

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Connie

Friday, August 18, 2017

Transparency Flower

I have been seeing all kinds of window cards around lately and so I decided it was time to do one myself, I decided to go with a flower with it and then at the last minute I thought I should do a vellum or acetate flower, well since I couldn't find that I went with the transparency, coloring on the transparency is a little rough going, I had to throw away the first but decided to go with my second try, figuring I probably wouldn't get much better :)  I used Stazon ink to stamp both the flower and the leaves and then cut them with my scissor.


Stampendous - Zinnia and Bouquet for you (leaves) stamped on Transparency colored w/markers
Spellbinders-- Labels one and A2 matting basics A dies
Paper Smooches -- Happy Birthday sentiment stamp set
Nuvo Crystal drops -- Pale Gold
Stickles flower center

I added a bit of stickles to the back side of the flower center, I think you can better see it on the card below, once dry I added Glue dots brand pop up clear dots to the back center to attach it to the card, on the leaves I ran them through my Xyron sticker maker and that hides the adhesive on those.

To cut the center window, I first cut my white panel with the die, I then centered it on my card front and then cut that layer with the next smaller size die in the set.



Are you like me and there is a whole list of cards or whatever your craft or hobby may be you want to make or do, and being in two different groups I find myself with not enough time to try all the challenges either, oh my and we are half way through this month.

To answer a few questions from my last post, yes we did finally find the glasses we need to view the eclipse, can't believe how many places were sold out. My hubby did not buy the special lens to take pictures of the sun directly but he does hope to get some landscape type pictures, it depends if we make it to the location he was hoping for, we are hearing that the traffic is going to be just terrible that day with so many people coming to this area to view it.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, I sure do appreciate when you let me know you have stopped by,

Connie

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2 for 2

Recently in my card making group they were discussing getting rid of punches because they just don't use them anymore, OH MY!! I still use my punches and actually really love a few of them still, I had made this card just before they were talking about it and thought I just made a card using two punches and two dies.  Is there something from your old tools or supplies that you just don't use anymore and want to get rid of them.



Tim Holtz-- Vintage shabby paper
K&co. -- Blue Awning paper
Martha Stewart -- Border punches
Spellbinders -- Majestic Labels one
Inkadinkado -- Garden Greetings

We are getting just enough rain so that I don't have to water my peppers, that sure has been nice, but I hope it gets it all out of it's system before the Eclipse, I am hoping for a nice clear day, we are right in it's path so we are going to see total eclipse, so excited!

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

Connie

Monday, August 14, 2017

Missed Birthday

I have been known to be a little late getting a card out on time, so thank goodness for belated birthday stamp sentiments :)

I used very lightweight handmade papers on these die cuts to give it a softened look, it made gluing down the branch a bit hard but like the softness it gave to it.  Had to add a bit of bling to the flowers.


Spellbinders-- A2matting basics A die
Memory Box--  Magnificent Mum Floral blooms and Botanical Stems dies
Colorbok - Homespun collection paper
handmade papers for diecuts
Gina Marie Stamps- Birthday words sentiment stamp set
Queen & co. -- Iridescent gems

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead!  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today,

Connie