White rumped sandpiper

White rumped sandpiper
White rumped sandpiper

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Happy Monday Tuesday!  Here I thought it was Monday, probably because I was off work yesterday, and this was my first day back to work  this week. Gosh!

A week or so ago, I pulled out some of my sprays and mists and decided to play around and make some backgrounds.  I used some Lindy's stamp gang sprays ( I have had these for years,  I'm thinking 5-7 yrs old.  I bought them at a stamp convention in Michigan.  You know how it is -you get to these conventions and watch the demos, you get all pumped up - because that's why they do the demos to suck you into their product right? - well yes I get sucked in easy for somethings. So you buy the supplies, then you get home and put away into the special spots (in a container on the shelf) and forget about them!) I also used some Stamp Zia sprays as well. So after playing around and let the piece of water colour paper dry, I used a new Hero Arts stamp (well new to me) and embossed it onto the sprayed background in white.  Some of the sprays I used have shimmer in them, so the background is very pretty in real.

I used Spellbinders Scallop borders two to cut the bottom edge of my image piece and also different edges for the base card from the same set.

My sentiment is stamped in SU elegant eggplant.  The sentiment is from Altenew - Label Love.  I then trimmed it down in size.

I used some gold twine, pearls and sequins to finish this off.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Wedding card

Hey  everyone - TGIF! I must say this week as flown right on by and I haven't even had a chance to post a card for you.

So tonight I'm sharing a wedding card I made a few weeks ago.  I love making wedding cards - using various dies, flowers, ribbon and pearls, there is just something about it!

Designer paper is from Basic Grey Cappaella.  I used one of my newest dies from Creative Expressions called Australian collection - Brisbane, for my focal point. I just love CE dies - there is so many I would love to have - someday!

After adding some prima flowers and Wild Orchid crafts flowers I die cut some leaves from scraps of cappella paper using Creative Expressions finishing touches - olive branch.

Add a bow and pearls to finish off.

Well that does it for me today.  Tomorrow is my dress fitting for my son Mark's wedding in Sept. Can't believe it's a month away - boy how time flies doesn't it?

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for visiting today.
Take care


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lone bird

Hi everyone! Hope your enjoying your weekend.

Here is my card for today:

I stamped the bird using memento rich cocoa onto some cream cardstock.  I then layered this onto another cream c/s which was stamped using a text stamp from Magenta.

The pearlized background was done as follows.  I  embossed my background using a hero arts background stamp with white embossing powder onto some canson water colour paper. I then  used some Inka gold platinum and some tattered rose distress ink.  I squished my distress pad onto my craft mat, added a bit of inka gold, a bit of water and mixed to make a wash.  I then painted on the wash over my embossed background.  It dries fairly quickly as well. Once dry I layered this onto a piece of cream c/s, then adhered to my card base. Added some lace, twine and a prima flower.  I also added some small gold sequins to finish this off.  The technique of the background came from Kim over at The Paper Pickle. 

The inka gold comes in a variety of colours, but for a wash like I did, if you add ink to the platinum colour you can make it any colour you desire. 

stamp - Hero arts - wavy leaf pattern, Stampendous - lone bird, Magenta - text (no name on package)
ink -  memento rich cocoa, distress tattered rose, inka gold platinum
paper - cream, rose metallic, canson water colour
misc - lace, twine, prima flower, sequins, white embossing powder, versamark

Thanks for your visit, see you soon,


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Touches of Texture

Hello all.  Hope everyone is having a good week. Well the heat has hit once again,  as I'm writing this at 10:20 pm it is 99F, it was over 100 today.

My card to day is one I made with my new Stampin Up set called Touches of Texture.  Love this set, there is so much variety within this set.  I made this card as part of the 29 card order.

I  used several of the texture stamps that come in this set to make the background using various inks.
I then stamped the floral in black memento and coloured using SU markers.   I stamped the sentiment using black versafine.  Sentiment is from the PTI set - Willow. This was then cut using a grand scallop die from spellbinders. I then cut an oval frame using MFT stitched oval frames.

Designer paper is Kaiser craft - devonshire collection.  Finished off with lace, gold cord,prima flowers, a rhinestone and used my wink of stella pen on the flowers.

stamps - SU- touches of texture, PTI - Willow
inks - black memento, black versafine, SU baja breeze, crumb cake, crisp cantelope, certain celery, SU markers - dustry durango, pistachio pudding (for the flowers)
die - spellbinders - grand scallop, MFT stitched oval frame
paper - SU dusty durango, cougar white, Kaiser craft - devonshire
misc - lace, prima flower, gold cord, wink of stella clear pen, rhinestone

Thanks for visiting today, have a wonderful day.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Sunny sunflower and a couple of cards

Hi there.  Just popping in for a quick post tonight.  This is the end of my 4 day weekend.  Not much done in the line of card making.  We had a beautiful weekend, low humidity, but starting tomorrow, we are back up into the 100's again, very hot and humid, with maybe a chance of rain Friday into Saturday (much needed rain!). With the great sunny weather we had I spent a lot of time out in the gardens and just enjoying the beautiful weather.

I wanted to share this picture of a 'sunflower' that popped up in our garden.  Now many of you know how much we love birds, so I think the sunflower sprouted from some of the sunflower seeds the birds drop from the feeders.  We had a total of 6 sunflowers grow this year, 4 were fairly small but we had two full size and this is one of them. 

Now for my card, actually I have 2 versions of it.  With the large Thank you card order I spent some time on Pinterest looking for ideas.  I came across PTI Make it Monday video which shared  the making of  a card, which I have done 2 of.  I changed the sentiment,colours and changed up the die cut base plate so they weren't the same. I did do a Thank you one as well but never took a picture.  I did it in the green/blue tones using the design of the 2nd card.

These were both so easy and fun to do.  I used water colour paper measuring 5.5 x 4.25 then coloured various Zig clean colour markers across the paper on a diagonal.  Then I took a wet paint brush and started to blend the colours.  Once dry ( I used a heat gun to speed up the process) I used a PTI base plate in the two different designs above and cut it out.  Because the water colour paper is a bit heavier I was lucky that all the pieces remained in the die cut.  I added some adhesive to the back of each piece, then layered a piece of white card stock onto the die cut.  Turned over the die cut face up and removed the negative piece.

I then cut a couple of different coloured tags and stamped the sentiment.  Added some fun foam to the back of each then adhered to the front of the card.  I attached the die cut piece to the front of a top folded card, then added  sequins and enamel dots to finish off.

Well that's it for me for today.  Enjoy your day.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Cakeabella 2.0

Hello everyone. Hope you are all having a good week.  Today is actually my Friday since I'm off work until Tuesday.  Just using up some vacation days!

After doing that huge card order - which most of them were done by stamping and die cutting rather than colouring, I was ready to sit down and colour something.

I pulled out my latest Stamping Bella order that I received over a month ago, just didn't have a chance to use them yet.  I decided on 'Cakeabella'.  I am so loving these new bella 2.0 images.  I have all the original stick figure bellas - still love those too, but there is just something about having actual arms, legs, face with features and lots of hair - so life like.

I stamped her onto some white cougar 100 lb card stock using memento black ink.  I used copics for the skin tones, then switched to prismacolour pencils for the rest.  After colouring her jeans I decided to paper piece her apron.  I rummaged through my scrap dp bucket and found some K & Co paper.  I then finished colouring her and then cut her out using MFT inside & out stitch round rectangle die.

I used fun foam cut slightly smaller than my image piece and adhered to the back.  For the sentiment - which comes with the set - I embossed it onto a strip of black cardstock using versamark and white embossing powder.  Cut one end to make a flag fishtale  end.

Because my scrap piece of dp was only just that - a scrap piece,  it wasn't large enough to cover the front of the card.  I decided to  use my MFT Homespun stitch lines die to do some piercing/stitching long the top of the card, and then rounded the right corner.

I wrapped some twine around the card 3 times then tied a bow over to the left.  Added my image  to the card and then adhered the sentiment.  Finished off with lots of glitter on the cake and 3 enamel dots.

So there you have it, a super fun birthday card.  See you soon, thanks for stopping by.


Stamp - Stamping Bella - cakeabella 2.0
ink - black memento, copics - E000, E00,  E01, E11, R20, prismacolour pencils & gamsol
paper - white cougar 100 lb, black, K & Co - wild raspberry
dies - MFT - homespun stitch lines, inside & out stitch round rectangle
misc - white embossing powder, versamark, fun foam, enamel dots, glitter, corner rounder, twine

Monday, August 1, 2016

Monochromatic Thanks

Hello everyone.  I'm off today due to a Canadian Stat Holiday, (Civic Holiday) and I've been out in the gardens doing some much needed weeding.  Just thought I would take a quick break and post a card.

Remember, I had mentioned that I had a 29 card order to do, well it's done and 20 of those 29 were thank you cards.  Here is one of them I did.

I started by stamping a script from PTI  - Background basics - text style using crumb cake along the bottom of my front piece.  I then stamped the image using the same ink.  Image is from Endless Creations, and I have had this for years.  I have seen it released by a few other companies as well.

I used my MISTI to stamp the 'thank you' just in case I didn't get a good impression the first time this would allow me to stamp it again.

I added a couple of strips of stripe paper from my scrap bin to another piece of white card stock. - top and bottom.  I think it was a left over piece from one of my MME 6x6 pads. I then adhered the floral stamp piece onto that.

I added some silk ribbon around the bottom of the card where the stripe paper meets the stamped script and added a tiny bow tied with the same ribbon.  Added a couple of small gold sequins.  I made several off these but switched up the image from the right side over to the left side.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Enjoy the rest of your day.  I'm heading back outside for a bit then hope to get a card made later today.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Lifetime of love

Happy Friday and another 3 day weekend for Canadians. It's the Civic Holiday here  on Monday.  No plans for me, just love hanging around the house and outdoors.  Maybe I'll make a few cards, all depends on the weather.

I was asked a couple of weeks ago by my friend at work to make a 60th anniversary card for her In-laws, and this is what I came up with.

Not much explaining on this one, just a lot of die cutting.  The rolled flower is made with a MFT die, glittered the edges after it was made, added some glitter and then popped a pearl in the middle.

For the '60' I cut the numbers 3 x's.  2 out of card stock and the top layer from gold glitter paper, then glued all 3 together to give it some dimension.

Stamp - Justrite - ever after antique labels one
paper -  cream linen, Graphic 45 - baby & bride collection
dies - spellbinders - A2 filigree delight, MFT - rolled flower die, Quickutz - Jacqueline alphabet set
misc - silk ribbon, leaves from Wild Rose, pearls.

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful day!


Monday, July 25, 2016

In Nature

Hi there! Here we are at the beginning of another week, and a very hot one at that. The weather has been brutal ever since last thursday, temperatures into the low 100's.  It's been very hot a humid and not much in relief until the weekend.  

I finally finished my 29 card order and another 6 card order late last night.  Everything is packaged up and ready to deliver at work tomorrow.  Most of the 29 card order was for Thank you cards and I was able to do multiples of each, which really helped.  I will share some of those at a later date, but first I wanted to share a Father's Day card I made last month.  

This one is using a Flourish LLC stamp set called - In Nature.

I stamped the image onto come canson watercolour paper using black memento, then coloured using my Zig Clean Colour Markers.  I then cut it out and layered it onto a some black cardstock cut using Justrite vintage labels two. I don't recall the top part of the designer paper, but the bottom orange wood grain is from MME. I also used Memory box stick frame border to add a bit of interest at the bottom of the card.

Finished off with some striped ribbon, some Stamping Bella - bella dots and I used my wink of stella clear pen to add a bit of shimmer to the water.

stamp - Flourishes - In Nature
ink - black memento, Zig clean colour markers
paper - SU black, MME, canson watercolour coldpress
dies - spellbinders - oval,  MME - stick frame border, Justrite - vintage labels two
misc - ribbon, bella dots, wink of glitter clear pen

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Welcome Baby

Last month I was asked to make a couple of baby cards, one I have already posted and the other was specified as a non-gender, so this is what I did.

Dies are from MFT as well as the stamp sets.  This was such a fast make I should of made a couple more just to have on hand.

Paper is from Prima - Bedtime Story.  I added a yellow gingham bow made with my bow maker and some enamel dots to finish this off.

Hope your week is going well, back soon with another post.

Thanks for your visit.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Celebrate your day

Happy Monday everyone!  Today's card is one that I made for my friend and co-worker. She celebrated her 25th work anniversary last month.  I made this card for our dept to sign.

Not much in the line of stamping for this one, so I'll just go ahead a list the supplies below.

stamp - Verve (sentiment)
ink- versamagic, gold embossing powder
dies - Spellbinders A2 scallop border, spellbinders circle & circle delight
paper - Carta Bella, white
misc - silk ribbon, flowers & pearls

Sorry for the short post, but I'm in the middle of working on a 29 card order for a Director at work.
Back again real soon,

Thanks for your visit today,

Friday, July 15, 2016

Shade canopy tree

Hello everyone. I hope you had a good week.  It's been a busy week for me.  Last weekend I went  shopping for a dress to wear to our son Mark's wedding in Septemeber.  After trying several on I did manage to buy one.  I can't  believe how expensive they are! Then again anything 'wedding' related  seems to have that higher price tag attached.  Now I just have to find shoes and a clutch.

My card today, is a card I made for Father's Day.  I have since made a few more for a card order I'm working on, and made them as Thank You cards.

I used a Penny Black image called Shade Canopy.

I started with some Canson water colour paper, sponged some tumbled glass distress ink all over then placed it in my MISTI.  I think inked my image using Peeled Paint distress markers, spritz and close the Misti to stamp.  I then added a bit of Forest Moss distress marker and  bit of gathered twigs- spritz and stamp.  I then trimmed it down to the size I wanted, then layered this onto a piece of black card stock. 
I put it back in the MISTI, lined up the  sentiment using the graph guide, then stamped using black versafine. I stamped the sentiment a couple of times to get a nice crisp black image.
I used  a couple of different flag stax dies to make the embellishment in the corner using scrap pieces of designer papers.  Added a pewter stick on brad.

Stamp - Penny Black - shade canopy, PTI -sentiment from Pond Life
ink - black versafine, Distress ink - tumbled glass, distress markers - forest moss, peeled paint & gathered twigs
paper - canson water colour, SU black and Old Olive, scraps of dp
dies - Justrite - stitched A2 banners and rectangles, MFT - flag stax

Thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Spring birds # 2

Today, rather than a card post I thought I would share some more of Bill's photo's.  These are during the month of May during Spring Migration.

The swallows were all sitting in this bare bush along the shoreline of Lake Erie down at Pt. Pelee National Park. There were hundreds of them.

Be sure to click on the pictures to have a closer look.

Pt. Pelee National Park

Countryside in Kent County

Rondeau Provincial Park

Skunk's Misery

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. See you real soon with a card.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fresh Freesia

Hello everyone.  Just popping in for a quick post today before heading to work.  It's going to be a very hot and high humidity day - forecasting temperatures to reach 102 this afternoon, way too hot for me. I'm more for around the low 70's!

Anyway, I purchased a few Altenew sets from our local store - The Paper Pickle a few weeks back.
I wanted to do a water colouring card using my Zig clean colour markers, so I decided to use 
Fresh Freesia.

I embossed the image onto some Tim Holtz water colour paper using white embossing powder. From there I just added a bit of Zig markers and used my Koi water brush to move the colours. I was thrilled out it turned out.  Not sure if this is a Freesia colour or not, but I went with it anyway.

There are several sentiments with this set, it was hard to choose.  I stamped the sentiment in black versafine using my Misti to line it up.  I ended up stamping it a couple of times to get a nice crisp clean impression - that is what I love about the Misti.

I then trimmed it down to the size I wanted, used some SEI paper - Mimosa for the background and the back side I cut a couple of smaller strips and layered this behind the image.

To finish I added wink of stella clear pen to the flowers and some clear sequins.

Okay, must run - have a wonderful day, and I thank you again for stopping by.  See you soon,


Monday, July 4, 2016

Spring birds #1

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed the long weekend, both for Canada and US.  Bill and I took off for the long weekend, on a birding expedition.  Lots of new pictures to come.  But first let's start with the May spring migration pictures.

These were all taken at Pt. Pelee National Park.  Enjoy!

 Peek-a-boo, I see you!

One of my favourite warbler picture this year is the Philadelphia warbler.  Isn't he just the sweetest little bird? So soft and fluffy.  This would also make a beautiful baby gift to have one of these framed!

The worm eating warbler is a rare warbler to find.  Warblers do not sit still for more than a couple of seconds so it was very  hard to capture this picture.  I think Bill said that he took almost 300 pics to get 2 that were good!

One of my favourite warbler picture this year is the Philadelphia warbler.  He looks so soft. warm and fluffy.  This would also make a beautiful baby gift to have one of these framed.

I hope you enjoyed these photos.  Have a wondeful day!