Lake Superior Provincial Park

Lake Superior Provincial Park
Along the shores of Lake Superior Provincial Park

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A bit of sunshine...

Well lately we haven't see much sun at all, just typical gloomy, snowy, cold winter days.  So to bring a bit of cheer I wanted to colour up something that makes me smile - flowers!  I absolutely love colouring anything flower related.  When I was on that little purging and organizing a few weeks back after the holidays, I found many stamps that have not even seen ink yet! How bad is that?  

I came across this stamp I'm using today, a Penny Black sunflower stamp.  Penny Black is one of the first stamp companies I started to collect.  I just love all of the brushstroke floral images along with all their flower/nature stamps.  I am a sucker for anything floral, I have no will power and just have to have them.  I saw a sneak peak of their CHA release and oh my, oh my, I'm in trouble! Yikes.

Okay, so lets get on with my card.  This image is called Sunny Pair.

I stamped the image on white c/s using black memento ink and then coloured using copics.  I also did some shading using prismacolour pencils.

After this was coloured, I cut out the image using Spellbinder rectangle die, left the die in place and sponged some antique linen and soft sky this kind of gave it a green look.  This was then layered onto a piece of dark chocolate c/s.

Designer paper is by  Prima - Sunkiss.  These papers are 6x6, so in order to keep the border on the paper around my card, I cut a piece out of it, then taped it back together on the back side. To hide the seam after I layered this onto some chocolate c/s, then wrapped some twine around that area.  Love it when little tricks like this work.  I cut a couple of little flag ends and glued them to the back of the image, then added some foam tape to the back and popped it onto my card.  

To finish off I added a PTI brown button which was threaded with some twine and tied a bow on the back side and adhered to the top.  Used my wink of stella pen - clear, to add some glitter to the flowers and the used some glossy accents on the center of the two flowers.

I have a new little Penny Black die coming in the mail this week that says 'smile', so think I might cut one out and layer it along the bottom of the image.  I will have to wait and see if I like the look of that or not.

Well, that's about it for me for today.  I hope to get another card made this weekend, so off to see what I can whip up!  Thanks for your visit today, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stamp- Penny Black - sunny pair
Ink - black memento, copics - YG61, YG63, YG67, YG97, R46, E31, E19, E08, Y21, Y23,Y35,Y38, YR04, YR14, YR27, Prismacolour pencils - spanish orange, sienna brown, grass green, kelp green, SU- soft sky, distress ink - antique linen
Paper - cream, PTI - chocolate, Prima - sunkiss
dies - Spellbinders A2 Matting basics A & B, MFT flag stax
misc - wink of stella clear pen, glossy accents, twine, button


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Celebrate today

Hope your week is going well.  I'm back today to share another creation using a variety of dies.
I originally started out by wanting to make a birthday card, but I think you could use this for a wedding card as well.

Not a whole lot of explanation on this one, so I will just list the supplies I used.

Dies - spellbinders - victorian medallion three, royal circles
stamps - PTI - mixed messages
ink - black versafine
paper - kaisercraft - on this day, gold mirri, PTI cream
misc - silk ribbon, pearls

Well that's it for me. Enjoy the rest of your week, and thanks for stopping by.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Chicks rule

Not sure what has come over me, but so far this year this is my second challenge that I have submitted a card for.  I normally never participate in challenges, not that I don't like them, but mostly it's a timing thing, where I just don't have the time.  So maybe this is my year to change that.

I'm entering my card in this weeks Stamping Bella sketch challenge.  I didn't have much to actually fit in the circle for my image, so I changed the circle to an oval.  Image is called Chicks Rule.

Not a whole lot of explanation on this one.  I used lots of copic colours to colour this chick! Ground shading and shading around the chick was done using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. Designer papers are by Memory Box.  Dies used are spellbinders oval and  a Nellie Snellen die called border lace - flower.  I added some crystal rhinestones along the top of the border and one on her crown, and also added glitter to the fur on her robe to finish this off. 

Sorry for the quick post, but it's almost 11 pm and I wanted to get this done before heading off to bed.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Where there is love....

Happy Monday everyone.  Well this is a happy monday for me, because I have the day off.  No plans, other than hopefully work on some more cards.

Yesterday afternoon I pulled out me new Verve set - More than love.  I love the sentiments that come with this set.  After looking through some of my 6x6 paper pads I decided to go the the Prima - Tea thyme.  So with lots of die cutting, this is what I came up with.

I began by cutting out a tag shape by using a Verve die.  I placed the die on the paper to incorporate some of the flowers on one side.  I then stamped the sentiment using black versafine.  After playing around with several dies and about an hour of time I finally made a decision on how to finish this.

I cut a piece of vellum using Marvelous Squares.  I adhered this to the middle of my base designer paper.  Next I used a die from Anna Griffin, then used labels #6 for the green layer, then sponged the edges with gathered twigs.

The Eiffel Tower was cut from a piece of brownish/grey c/s.  I wanted something a little more sturdy, so I cut it again using some chip board.  I coloured the chipboard by sponging some distress gathered twigs.  I then glued the c/s to the chipboard, then sponged some gathered twigs around the edges.

To finish off I added a piece of tattered pearl lace along the top. Added some silk ribbon to the tag along with a little bow made with my bow maker, then added dimensionals to the back of the tag to give it some height off of the card. I cut one of the flourishes from - SB corners and accents and adhered that to the right side of the green layer. I then cut the flourish again from some bazzill quartz c/s and then just cut the flourish part off and adhered the heart flower part over the green flourish then added a pearls.

Stamps - Verve - More than love
Dies - MFT - Eiffel tower, Spellbinders - labels 6, corners and accents, marvelous squares, Anna Griffin - Flourish Medallion
Paper - Prima - Tea Thyme, bazzill quartz, chipboard, vellum, brown/grey c/s
Ink - black versafine, distress ink - gathered twigs
Misc - silk ribbon, pearls, tattered lace w/pearls, bow maker, SU dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.  Take care and have a  good week.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Stamping Bella challenge - Seniorita

It's been quite a while since I participated in a Stamping Bella challenge, and as I was colouring up my image I realized that the challenge this friday  was 'anything goes' so this worked out perfectly.

I have several new Stamping Bella images from the past couple releases that I haven't had a chance to colour yet, so thought it was about time I did.

The image I'm using today is called Seniorita - Millicent - isn't she cute! I think the sentiment suits me to a tee! LOL - Isn't it terrible when you go into a mall or work, and you come out hours later and don't remember where you parked!!!  this is so me!

Millicent is stamped on cougar 110 lbs white card stock with black memento.  I coloured her using copics.  I used the rectangle stitched die from MFT blueprint die-namics #13 to cut her out.  I cut a couple of flag tags from designer paper using MFT flag stax dies.  Sentiment included with this set was stamped using black versafine.

To finish off I added some glossy accents on her glasses and a button on the flag stax.

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by, and have a great day.

Stamp - Stamping Bella - Seniorita Millicent
Paper - cougar 110lb white, MME - Indie Chic - Saffron, pink bazzill
Ink - black memento, black versafine
Die - MFT - blueprints die-namics #13, flag stax
copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, R20, R23, r81, R83, R85, B0000, B000, C00, C01, C02, C03, C07, E42,W2, W3
Misc - button, twine, glossy accents

See you soon,

Monday, January 5, 2015

Painted Flowers

Good morning to all on this cold, blistery winter morning here in SW Ontario.  Wind chills today to reach -23 C (-9F). Although it is cold, we did escape the freezing rain and snow that fell on other parts of Ontario and Eastern Canada. We just had a dusting of snow, but strong winds and a bit of snow which are to continue all week.

During my off time through the holidays, I managed to get several cards done - which I'm so happy about.  So my plan is each week to do at least 2-3 new cards to keep myself ahead, and also keep notes of what supplies I used so when I do go to post the card at a later date I have the list of supplies I used to pass onto you.

The card I'm showing you today is made using a new set from Altenew called Painted Flowers. This set is a 3 step stamping - love these types of stamps - love the dimension you get.

I started by cutting a white panel to fit inside the embossed area.  I then took some my ink pads - PTI - Aqua mist, & Hawaiian shores and rubbed them on my teflon mat, spritzed, then picked up the paint using an old tooth brush and flicked it onto my panel.  I must of had some glitter ink on there previously because when you tilt the card you can see glitter sparkles - so pretty.

I then followed the 3 step process to stamp the flowers and leaves.  I then added a couple of outline leaves to fill in some spaces as well as the 3 little dots from the set PTI - Life is beautiful.

I stamped an extra flower on some scrap white c/s and then cut it out and popped up over the other flowers.  Used my silver krylon pen and edged the panel before adhering to the embossed panel.

To finish I added the sentiment which was stamped in black versafine, added some glitter to the flowers using my wink of stella clear pen, and then added some sequins.  I kind of like just the one turquoise sequin mixed in with all the clear ones.

Okay, well that's it for today, off to get ready for work.  Have yourself a wonderful week, my next card will be a Stamping Bella image - I'm going to participate in their challenge this week. Until next time....

Stamps - Altenew - painted flowers, PTI - Delightful Dahlia additon (sentiment), PTI - Life is beautiful - (for the 3 little dots)
paper - PTI aqua mist, white - 110lb cougar
ink - black versafine, PTI - aqua mist, hawaiian shores, spring moss, new leaf
Misc - SU embossing folder, silver krylon pen, wink of stella pen, sequins


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Don't Sweat it!

Happy New Year!  I can't believe we are into a new year, where did 2014 go - it was a very fast year! Did you stay up and ring in the New Year, or were you like this ole' gal at hit the pillow at 10?  LOL - I never seem to make it to midnight anymore - all my party days are done!

To start the new year off with a bang, I thought I would share a card I made before Christmas.  Just looking at the image,  it brings back many new years resolutions that I have broken in the past - dieting!  Exercise, exercise, exercise!  Well I must admit over the 2 weeks I was off, I did put on a couple of lbs, (just so much good food around and I have a very sweet tooth!) so now I'm focusing on taking those off - for me it's exercising (I do my daily 1/2 hr brisk walk) and drink plenty of water - along with following the WW plan.

Art Impressions - Don't Sweat It:

Is this not hilarious?  I love these AI Images.  I stamped her onto white cougar 110 using black memento and the coloured using copics.  Sorry since I did this before Christmas I never kept track of the colours I used.  This was then cut using a circle spellbinder die and then layered onto a piece of cut black c/s.

Designer paper is from Kathy Davis - Journeys - I picked this up at Joanne Fabrics a while ago. I was going to make a flag tag for the sentiment but decided to stamp it down in the bottom right corner, then balance this out with placing 2 black Bella dots in the top right corner,  and 3 mini bella dots on the side of the image. And there you have it!

My days off have come to an end, I'm heading back to work tomorrow, but at least it's only for one day, then I have the weekend off.  Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Pick-me-up

Hello everyone.  Hope your week is going well.  I'm still enjoying my time off, I go back to work on Friday.  I did some major purging of stamping supplies the other day.  It just felt so good to get the Christmas stamps put away, and then I went through my stamps, papers, punches etc that I have not used in a few years and gave them to a couple of my friends who love to stamp as well. Some new goodies for them to play with! With purging, I came across so many images that I completely forgot about, so made a mental note that I need to pull them out and use them again.

With my room so tidy and my desk cleaned off, (love working on a clean desk) I decided to finish off an image I started to colour before the Holidays.  I'm using one of the newest PowerPoppy digital images called - Winter Pick-me-up.  I love this design, Marcella sure knows how to create realistic and loveliness all in one.  This is what I came up with. I'm also entering this card into the Peep of the Week challenge.

After printing the image onto some Bekkett Expression 80lb weight, I then coloured the image with Copics.  Once done, I cut out the image using spellbinders A2 tranquil moments die.  Left the die in place and then sponged some SU Certain Celery around the image.  I then layered this onto a piece of light green c/s, and then onto my base.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to add a sentiment or not.  Sometimes it nice not to have anything on the front of the card, that way you can use it for many occasions.  This time I chose to use a sentiment from the Geraniums Take Two set.  For my ribbon, I used some white silk ribbon and coloured it with my copic marker #B66 (this was one of the  colours that I used to colour the flowers) so it would match the flowers.  Once everything was done I added some pearls to the four corners on the inside frame and used my wink of stella brush to add some glitter to the flowers.  

stamp - powerpoppy - digital image - winter pick-me-up
dies - spellbinders - A2 tranquil moments
ink - printer, copics - B60, B63, B66,B69, E41, E43,  YG00, YG03, YG11, W0, W02, Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, SU Certain celery, black versafine
paper - white beckett expression 80lb, light green, cougar 110lb for card base
misc - silk ribbon, pearls, wink of stella pen (clear)

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you again real soon...  take care


Friday, December 26, 2014

Sweet Posies for me

Hi everyone and Happy Boxing Day - that is what we call Dec 26th here in Canada.  Not only is it boxing day, but it is my Birthday!! woohoo for me. -- 29 again!  LOL

It's been a very relaxing day as I guess our birthday's should be right?  Bill and I took a drive this morning in search of some Snowy Owls that are in our surrounding area.  We were able to spot 5 of them, what a beautiful bird.  Bill took some photo's, not sure how close up we will be in order to crop them since they were quite a distance away.  Looking through the binoculars they were gorgeous. I'll share them if they turn out.

So this afternoon I decided to work on some cards.  My stash basket is empty so need to replenish.
I pulled out a new stamp set from Justrite called Sweet Posies.  

I started by white embossing the image on some Tim Holtz water colour paper.  To colour the image I pulled out my Peerless swatches and painted away.  This is the first time I actually coloured an image using the Peerless, I'm quite pleased on how this turned out.

I then cut out the image using a circle die, but first cutting the stems up to where I wanted the circle to cut so the stems would hang over the circle edge.  I then edged the circle using my Krylon Silver pen.
The image was then layered onto  another piece of white c/s cut using the larges die from the spellbinder royal circle die set.

My card base is 5.5 x 5.5.  Along the front edge I taped down one of the borders from Spellbinders scalloped borders two and ran this through my big shot.  I did the same with the designer paper, and then adhered the dp to the card front.  Cut a strip of matching paper  2 x 5.5 and adhered this to the left side then cut a .25 x 5.5 of the background paper and layered this onto of the stripe.  Adhered some fushia seam binding ribbon starting at the top edge then brought it down behind the image. I then adhered a bow.  Finished off with some sequins and added glitter using my wink of stella clear pen to the posies.

Stamp: Justrite - sweet posies, 
Dies: Spellbinders - standard circle, royal circle, scalloped borders two
Paper- cougar white 110 lb, Kaisercraft - chanteuse collection
Ink - Peerless swatches
Misc - silver krylon pen, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, seam binding ribbon

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Enjoy your day.  


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a blessed Christmas as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.  May your days be merry and bright and all the best in 2015.  Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

From our house to yours

I'm back today to share another Christmas card with you.  This one is so simple - a great card to mass produce, which I I did.  I made 8 of them.

Sorry the picture doesn't make it look very white, but it is.  I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 white card base.
I then taped my Simon Says snowfall stencil over my card, then applied some pearlescent paste about 3/4 of the way down the card.  Set this aside and let dry - this doesn't take very long about 15 -20 min.

While waiting to dry I cut a piece of white c/s 5.5 x 2 3/4.  Using the row of house die I placed it close to the top on the left side and brought the right side down to form a hill, then ran this through my big shot. I then cut a strip about 1/2 x 5.5, applied a piece of score tape 1/4" wide along one edge of the strip.  Took the backing off and then applied some crystal glitter ritz. I then adhered the top part of the strip to the back of my winter scene piece.  I embossed the sentiment using detailed platinum embossing powder.

Using my quickie glue pen, I coloured the row of houses and then added some glitter ritz to give them a sparkle. I then applied some foam tape to the back of this piece and popped it up on my card front. Viola! done. This is so sparkly and pretty in real life. I noticed I have a smudge mark by the sentiment - hmmm oh well this is just my sample that I keep for future reference.

Stamps - PTI - Love lives here : holiday
Die - Impression Obsession # DIE118-H
Paper - cougar 110 lb white
Misc - Simon Says snowfall stencil, dreamweaver pearlescent embossing paste, crystal glitter ritz, PSX platinum embossing powder, versamark, score tape 1/4", quickie glue pen

Thanks for the visit, have a wonderful day,


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Circle of roses

Hey everyone.  I'm trying to stay awake while I waiting for  a phone call from my daughter.  She is at her friends wedding, so I offered to drive and pick her up so she could have a few drinks.  So thought I would share a birthday card I made a couple of weeks ago.  Made this in between working on Christmas cards.  I ended up making 2 of these, I need to build up my stash so I can replenish my sale basket at my hair dressers.

I'm using a Memory Box stamp I bought last year.  Yep, another stamp I dug out to use. I'm bad for that, buy a stamp, don't use it right away, and it gets tucked into one of my stamp drawers and then completely forget about it! But... at least I'm slowly getting around to using them! LOL.

I started by stamping the Memory Box script in MFT gray grout ink.  I then took the circle of roses stamp and coloured onto the rubber using markers, huffed, then stamped over the text.  I cut the image out using a circle die, then layered this onto another piece of white c/s, cut using a spellbinder flower blossom die (not sure the correct name of the die). I inked the edges using distress ink gathered twigs. I then layered this onto a piece of chocolate brown which was  cut using spellbinders labels 22.  I stamped the birthday sentiment using memento rich cocoa onto some scrap white, cut it out using the smallest of labels 22, then dusted the edges with gathered twigs. I used foam tape to pop the sentiment up.

The top layer - pink paper is from MME - miss caroline - dolled up, and not sure on the polka dots and stripes.  I can't find the 6x6 pad I took it from.  (I need to write my supplies down as I do them because if I don't post it right away, I seem to forget some of the items.) The edges of the paper were sponged with gathered twigs as well.  

Finished off with some pink velvet lace, sequins, twine and some prima flowers.  I added a gray epoxy dot to the center of the flower. 

Well it's getting late for this ole' gal, think I go lay down on the sofa and wait for my call.  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

have you been good?

Hello everyone.  Can you believe that it is only 3 weeks away until Christmas?  This whole year has just flown right by.  Although I have all my Christmas card orders completed, I still need to make cards for me to send out.  So going through my container of stamped off images, I came across this digi image from last year  - I think it is from ' Birdie Brown" off of Etsy, she now is designing for MFT,

I just think this image is so adorable:

I coloured the image using copics.  After cutting out the image I sponged some soft sky ink while the die was in place, then layered this onto a piece of cherry cobbler card stock cut using the scallop circle die. I added a couple of white dots on their cheeks using my white Marvy pen.

Background paper is from a piece in my scrap basket, and the fish tale tag is the reverse side of the snowflake paper.  Both pieces where cut using MFT's die-namics blueprints #13.

To finish off I added some red and green twine, some gold glitter snowflakes cut from POW paper using a Memory Box die - Christmas baubles, Tim Holtz - distress glitter - clear rock candy, and some white flock for his beard and hat.

I will leave you with this.  As I was looking at some older pictures I still have on my camera, I came across this one, which I absolutely love.  This was taken on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago around 6:20 am on Sept 26/14 as the sun was rising.  This depicts Bill to a tee - his passion - photography.  There is just something about this picture that puts a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes every time I see it.  So thought I would share with you.

Thanks for you visit today.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Birthday wishes - Hero Arts - Forever

In between all my Christmas card making I had to make some birthday cards as well.  Today's card is an image from Hero Arts.

I started by inking up the tag like stamp using SU Soft Sky and stamped this onto white card stock. The stamp has the bird design cut into it as well as the swirly border.  I used one of the stamps in the set - branch with the bird and inked this using distress markers, huffed then stamped onto my tag.
I then stamped the sentiment in black ink.

For the layer on top of the card base I used one of the embossing folder from Sizzix - 2pce floral vines set.  I then layered some lace and adhered it to the back of the embossed piece.  This was then adhered to my card base.

I used dimensionals to raise the tag up on the card.  Finished off with some silk ribbon for the tassel, used my clear wink of stella pen for the green leaves and bird and then added a couple of flower sequins over one of the little stamped flowers.

Overall a very easy card - another great card to mass produce.  Finished size 5.5 x 4.25.

stamp - Hero Arts - Stamp your story - Forever set,
ink- SU soft sky, distress markers - peeled paint, pine needles, tumbled glass, faded jeans, vintage photo, black versafine
card stock - cougar white 110 lb
misc- silk ribbon, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, sizzix - floral vine, dimensionals, lace

Thanks for the visit today, have a wonderful day,


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Angels watching over you

Good morning.  I have another Christmas card to share today.  Again, I bought this set last year but never had the chance to use it.  I know I could of made this card in colour but I choose to do it all white.  There is just something about all white cards I love - maybe it's the crispness and cleanliness of white - I find it very  appealing.

I used the set from PTI called Love Lives Here: Holiday.  

I love when stamp sets have the matching dies!  I started by cutting out the angel and then stamped the angel onto the die cut using versamark and white embossing powder.  Once assembled I pop dotted the angel onto a piece of white c/s cut using Justrite vintage labels five dies.

The background was created with an embossing folder from Crafts-Too - I don't know the exact name of the folder but love all the flourish swirls it provides.  For the star I punch  it out of a piece of WOW light gold glitter paper.  Finished off with some white silk ribbon and pearls.

Another great card to mass produce!

Well, all our snow has disappeared, this weekend we have had rain and temperatures around the 50 degree mark - what a change from 20 -25 last week, but then the cooler air settles in again on Tuesday so back in the low 20's again.

That's it for me today, back again real soon, I have more cards to share.
Thanks for the visit, keep warm and stay safe!