Thursday, August 14, 2014

a bucket of lavender

Hi everyone.  So glad it's almost the weekend.  It's been a very busy week, but the days just seem to drag along.  I thought on Wednesday that it was Friday - well I was hoping - LOL.

I'm back to share another Powerpoppy card with you today.  This image is from the Lavender set.  I started by stamping the image using black memento on 110lb white cougar card stock.  Image was coloured using copics and shading using prismacolour pencils.

I then cut the image out using an oval spellbinder die, and layered this onto a scallop oval cut from purple c/s.

The white flower flourish was a piece I had previous cut from a memory box die but never used it.  I thought it fit nicely in the corner.




Designer paper is from Memory Box.  Finished off with glitter on the lavender, pearls and rhinestones on the floral flourish.

Supplies:
stamp: Powerpoppy - lavender
ink: black memento, copics - BG000, BG10, BG53, RV63, RV66, G43, G85, prismacolour pencils, PTI -Aqua mist (sponging around lavender)
Paper: Memory Box, white, purple (I think it's pale plum)
Dies: spellbinder - oval, scallop oval, Memory Box - wildflower corner
misc: glitter, pearls, rhinestone

Thanks for your visit, until next time..... 

Pauline


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Flowers in blue


It's a beautiful day here in SW Ontario, no humidity, nice breeze and sunny, a perfect summer day!  I've been spending my day outside, but thought I should come in for a moment or two and post a card.
I did this card a few weeks back. The stamp I used is a new release from Hero Arts called Flowers on a Stem.

For my card, I coloured directly on the stamp using distress markers, spritzed and then stamped on 110lb white c/s.  I then cut out the flowers using spellbinders majestic labels twenty-five.  I had laying on my table a white piece of cardstock cut from spellbinder tile works.  The wheels got turning and from there the card came together.  The ribbon is really not that bright of blue in real life. It's funny how a camera can pick up colours and show them differently than what they really are.




Supplies:
Stamp: Hero Arts - flowers on a stem
Ink: black versafine, distress markers - broken china, faded jeans, stormy sky, forest moss
paper: 110 lb white cougar, blue bazzill
dies: spellbinders - majestic labels twenty-five, tile works, cuttlebug tag die
misc: seam binding ribbon, silver twine, pearls

Thanks for the visit today, I'm off to enjoy this beautiful day we are having.  I think a bike ride is in store for early evening.
Till next time....
Pauline

Monday, August 4, 2014

Uptown Bryann

Hello and Happy Monday to all.  Today is another holiday for us in Canada - woohoo! - love having long weekends.  So this morning I was up extra early - 6am- well that's my normal weekday wakeup - and I knew I wanted to finish off a card I coloured up last night.  So that's what I did.  I then went for a 40 min bike ride before it got too hot, then made by stewed zucchini - which is a combination of
sliced zucchini, onion, peppers, garlic, saute this until zucchini is half cooked then add a can of diced tomatoes and simmer.  I love this and it is zero points on weight watchers  since it's all vegetables.
While this was cooking I also started to make my stuffed Zucchini boats - OMG these are so delicious - you must try them - here is the link. (Note: I added extra salsa in the bottom of my pan and I also added the rest of my 19 oz can of tomato sauce around the zucchini in the pan.  I like lots of sauce rather than dried up).  These taste better the 2nd day.  So going to make them today and have them for dinner tomorrow.  Love have dinner ready on work days!

Okay, sorry I got a bit sidetracked there so lets get on with my card. I thought I would play along with Stamping Bella's challenge this week - Use an Uptown Girl on your card.  It's been a while since I coloured up one of the Uptown, and this one has never seen ink yet, I've had this one for quite a while.

So here she is - Uptown Bryann has a Baby shower:


Image was stamped using black memento, then I coloured with both copics and pencils. I love putting down the lightest layer of copic colour then come back in and add pencil colour. 
I then cut down to the size I wanted and layered this onto a piece of  quartz  bazzill c/s. Designer paper is from Teresa Collins - you are my happy 6x6. 

To finish off I used some lime green silk ribbon to pick up the lime green I used in my image since there was no lime green on the paper.  Added lots of glitter to her dress trim as well as on the parcels.
I love that I never stuck to pink or blue - which I always seem to do when doing baby cards - this way it can be used for either.

Supplies:
stamp: Stamping bella - uptown bryann has a baby shower
ink: black memento, Copics: E000, E00, E01, R20, R11, R32, YG00, R12, E30, E31, E33, E34, E37, E41, E42, E43, prismacolour pencils - French grey10%, 20%, 70%, Sandbar brown, Blush pink, Deco pink
Paper: Teresa Collins - you are my happy, white cougar 110lb, bazzill - quartz & blossom
misc: silk ribbon, bow maker, glitter

I'm off to finish my stuffed zucchini boats.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

See you again real soon,
Pauline 
 

 


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Do I need a crown?

I'm back today to share a fun card with you.  I have been collecting some of the Art Impressions stamps, so finally got around to colouring one up a few weeks back.  This image is called Crown Set.


After stamping the image using black memento ink, I proceeded to colour her using prismacolour pencils and gamsol.  Skin tones were done using  copics E000, E00, E01, R20.

After colouring, I cut the image out using an MFT die Rounded Banner Stax.  Leaving the die in place I sponged some light aqua ink around the image.

Designer paper is from Authentique - flourish 6x6 pad. I used the MFT Die-namics blueprints #12 to cut this out.  Love how the stitching around the edge is built right into the die. The sentiment which comes with the stamp set is stamped using black versafine, then I cut it out using an MFT flag stax die.  To get the stitched edge I placed the square stitched die where I wanted the edge of my sentiment tag to be then run that through my big shot to cut the end off which left the stitched edge.  I added some pop dots behind the sentiment and lined it up along the stitched edge of the dp to make it look like it was stitched on.

Finished off with some white flock on her jacket trim, then dotted my quickie glue pen here and there on the fur and added a bit of glitter to give a bit of sparkle.  To fill in some of the open space around her, I added some sequins from Verve.

Supplies:
Stamp: Art Impressions: Crown Set #4370
Ink: black memento, black versafine, prismacolour pencils, copics
Paper: Authentique - flourish, pink, white & light grey
Dies: MFT - flag stax, blueprints #12, rounded banner stax
Misc: white flock, sequins (Verve), glitter

Well that's it for today, I hope you enjoyed my card.  See you again real soon, have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A little bit vintage

Hi everyone.  Hope all is well.  I'm back today to share a little bit different kind of a card using some chipboard, distressing, die cuts, flowers,  and some washi tape.

I have had these butterfly chip boards for quite some time, I bought that at a rubber stamp convention about 5 years ago.  Yes, I'm a hoarder, and really I didn't know what I was going to do with them!

I knew this card needed to be a bit larger than what I normally make to fit everything I had in mind.
I started with the leafy die cut from Memory Box, cut this from some scrap basic grey paper I had laying on my table. From this I designed my card.  The designer paper layer is 4 1/8 x 6 1/8.  I distressed the edges using some distress brushed corduroy ink.  I then used 2 different washi tapes to put along the bottom of this panel.  I very rarely use washi tape, although I have been collecting them  just because they are so pretty - lol.  I love how this looks, it looks as though it is made on the designer paper already.  I then layered this onto a piece of cherry cobbler, then onto a piece of darker tan (not sure what this is called, I found a couple of pieces in my stash, but not in a package) and then this was all layered onto my card base of soft suede textured - 7 x 5.


For the chipboard I sponged some brushed corduroy around the edges then layered this over the leafy diecut.  From there I added some Prima flowers, and amber rhinestones. The seam binding ribbon was some I had from a while ago, but seem to match perfectly - color wise - after making the bow I added a basic grey brad to the center to hold it together.  To finish off I added some more amber rhinestones to the front of the card as well as a studio calico wooden bird.

I hope you like my card today.  I ended up making 2 more of these - one for my friends 60th birthday and the other for my sale basket.  This one I will keep for a while - sometimes I find it hard to part with certain cards and this is one of them.

Enjoy your day! till next time,

Pauline

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Countryside Bouquet

Well it's a gloomy rainy day here in SW Ontario - a good day to work on cards don't you think? Why is it that it is always nice during the week when we are at work and then on the weekends it rains? just not fair is it? So before I start working on any new cards, I thought I would share another Powerpoppy image with you today.  I am in love with Marcella's images, she is one talented gal! I have a very soft spot for anything nature related, so I scoop them up as soon as they are released.

Today's card showcases a beautiful flower arrangement called Countryside Bouquet.  Again this is a digi image - which I love - instant gratification - I mean who can really wait for a stamp to be mailed to them?? Not I!
I am also entering this card into the Powerpoppy Peep of the week.

Okay so enough jibber, jabbering, this is what I came up with:


After resizing and printing the image I cut it out using spellbinders circles.  I then coloured the image using copics, put the die back in place then sponged some ink around the image - I don't remember the colour I used to sponge. Layered this onto a piece of charcoal grey scallop circle. I wanted something behind the image so I just happened to have a die cut laying on my table from a previous card- that I never used- layered this behind and loved the look, so went with it.  I also sponged some soft yellow on the edges of this die cut.  I then cut my dp and then layered it onto a piece of charcoal grey.  My card base is a nice deep golden yellow c/s with some paper from the same 6x6 pack Authentique.

I finished off with some satin PTI ribbon, button, pearls, and some glitter on the flower centes.

Supplies:
Stamp: Powerpoppy - digi countryside bouquet
Ink: copics - Y00, Y11, YR21, YR24, YR27, BV0000, BV01, BV02, BV04, C01, C02, YG01, G29, G46
dies: Spellbinders - circles, circle scallop,  magestic labels 25
paper: Authentique - blissful, charcoal grey, golden bazzill yellow, white
Misc; pearls, PTI satin ribbon, button, glitter

Thanks for the visit, till next time.  Whatever you are doing have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A hardy summer flower

Hi, hope your week is going well.  I'm back today to share with you another Powerpoppy card.
The image I'm using is from this months digital release - Geraniums. I love geraniums - they are such an easy flower to grow, can take the heat of the summer and still survive. And not only that they seem to bloom all summer long and into the fall.  Such a hardy flower.  I'm also entering this into this weeks Peep of the Week challenge.



After printing the image I pulled out my prismacolour pencils and gamsol to colour.  I then cut it out using spellbinders hexagon die, left the die in place and sponged some memento sprout around the image.  The sponge seemed to pull some of the dark pink pencil that's why you see the pink hues, which I kind of like.  I had a doily already cut out just lying on my table so reached for that and liked the look of that layered behind the image.  I then cut a larger circle from heavy vellum to lay behind the flowers.  DP is MME - dilly dally & dolled up. I cut a small doily from MFT out of some dark pink, cut the doily in half then adhered it to the pink check fish tale strip.

Finished with some stitching, ribbon,glitter, pearls and sequins.

Supplies:
Image: Powerpoppy - digital geraniums
ink: prismacolour pencils, gamsol, memento- sprout
dies: spellbinders hexagon, MFT small doily, Cheery Lynn - italian flourish doily
paper: MME - dilly dally, dolled up, grey, dark pink, PTI-vellum
misc: sequins, ribbon, pearls, glitter 

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time....

Pauline
 


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Along the shores of Lake Superior

Sorry no card to share today, I thought I best share these photos of our trip up to Sault Ste Marie in May.  You can click the picture to make them bigger for viewing.

These  were taken at sunset the first day we arrived. It was absolutely beautiful to say the least! You can see they still had snow on the lake and shorelines.  Very late for the end of May, but that goes to show you the harsh long winter we had this year.










These next ones were taken on one of hiking days through Lake Superior Provincial Park at Sinclair Cove.  It was a very calm day, no wind, sun was coming up, but very muted behind the soft white clouds. It was a so tranquil.












After a morning of rain on day 3, we stopped at Kitty's Cove in the park and took these shots


















During the day of off and on rain, there was lots of fog over the lake.  We ventured up to a hilltop lookout and Bill captured this, a panoramic view from above




This photo was taken at Sinclair Cove - Bill did a  panoramic view.  This one is now framed in our living room.  Picture measures 33 x 13 not including mat and frame.  Its gorgeous!



Thanks for letting me share our photos. 

See you real soon with a card to share.

Pauline

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Faith & Hope

Today's card is one I have not done before, but have been asked if I have any of these types of cards. There is always a need for a nice 'pick me up' when someone is going through Cancer.  Most times it's a difficult situation where one never really knows what to say and sometimes a card can help do just that. I'm sure  we all know someone who has had it or as beaten it, and the struggles they go through.   A card is a nice way to reach out to them to show that you are thinking of them, and that you are there for them.

The set I'm using today is from PTI - Faith & Hope.  It's pretty straight forward, so won't go through all the steps to bore you.



Supplies:
Stamps - PTI - Faith & Hope
Ink - PTI - dark chocolate, aqua mist, sweet blush
Paper - cream, scrap dp
Dies - spellbinders - Scallop borders one, decorative labels twenty-two, PTI - ribbon
Misc - pearls, ribbon, flower, pop dots

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a wonderful day, I'll see you again really soon, I've been busy working on cards, lots to share.

Pauline 






Thursday, July 3, 2014

Powerpoppy roses

I was so excited when I saw the Powerpoppy's July release was digital.  I love the option to be able to have the images now, rather than having to wait for them to be shipped.  Not only that, you can adjust them to the size you want.  I purchased all 3 images this month, and I didn't waste any time colouring them.  My first card is made from the digital image called Arranging Roses. I will be entering this for the
Peep of the Week challenge.


After printing the image I went ahead and cut it out using a spellbinder die - I learned the hard way too many times where I have coloured the image then cut it out and the die moved or  didn't cut right which ruined the image and after all the time spent colouring, it just isn't worth it, so I always cut it first then colour. I  coloured the image using copics and  the shading was done using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. Sorry I never kept the list of colours, there was just too many.

After colouring I put the die back over the image and sponged some antique linen around die.  I then cut a light green layer from the same die and layered it in behind.  Designer paper is by Glitz design - beautiful dreamer floral.  I layered this onto a piece of SU Pink Piroquette, then onto the card base of this beautiful shade of green.

I finished of with some soft green silk ribbon, rosette and some pearls.  I also used my wink of stella pen to add a bit of sparkle to the roses.

Supplies:
Image - Powerpoppy digital - arranged roses
ink - antique linen distress, copics, pencils and gamsol
paper - Glitz designs, SU pink piroquette, light green, white
dies- spellbinder - adorning squares
misc - silk ribbon, rosette, pearls, wink of stella pen


 Thanks for stopping by, see you again real soon.

Pauline

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The grillfather

Hey friends, hope your enjoying your summer weekend!  Warm enough were you are?  It's suppose to reach 100 again with the humidex - way to hot for me.  Thanks for all your concerns regarding my root canal.  All is well, no more pain. :)

Before I head out to my gardens to do some weeding I thought I should post my 3rd fathers day card as I mentioned in my last post.  Although, I guess you could use this for a birthday as well.

Here you go:


I stamped the image (Art Impressions) on 100lb cougar white c/s using black memento ink.  I coloured the image using copics, and I'm sorry I never kept a list of the colours.  After coloured, I added some grass using prisma colour pencils, then I cut out the image using the largest square nestabilities, left the die in place then sponged some SU soft sky and memento new sprout around the image.  I then layered this onto a piece of SU soft suede.  

Designer paper is from Basic Grey - Bowties. I used a piece of washi tape from Little B as a divider between the 2 pieces of paper.  I have a fair bit of washi tape but never think to use it.  I then layered this onto a piece of soft suede then a dark brown for the card base.

Finished off with a couple of stars use a star die from the MFT die-namics set - sun, moon & stars. I added a bow made from twine and then held it all together using a gold star brad.

There you have it  - an awesome 'masculine' card for that special guy in your life.  

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you enjoyed my card.
Til' next time,

Pauline

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

40th Wedding Anniversary

It's been a rough week last week, one of my back molars was giving me grief.  Lots of pain, I ended up having a root canal done yesterday.  So much better today, no more pain although my jaw is a bit stiff this morning because of the 5 needles I was given, and for keeping my mouth open for an hour, but as the day went on it was feeling better.

I was going to share my 3rd Fathers Day card I made, but thought I would change it up, you're probably board looking at 'guy' cards, I'm sure something pretty and feminine would be more pleasing to the eye.  I had a request from a friend at work for a 40th anniversary card for another co-worker.  Here is the end result:


I wanted to put their name on the front somehow, so I computer generated the sentiment then cut it out using a MFT flagstax die, then sponged the edges using Adirondak Lights - Willow.  I wanted a soft muted background so it wouldn't take away form the flowers so found these papers from Kaisercraft - On This Day.

For the leaves I used my new Memory Box die - Massa Leaf frame - cut from a piece of scrap from Basic Grey - perhaps. I love the variation of the colour of the leaves.  I then cut a circle from the bottom piece of dp - since I was layering other papers on top no one would see the circle cut out and I didn't want to cut into another piece - (I tell you I am a paper hoarder!) Adhered this over the leaves, I then used one of the punch out circles from back of the paper pack on top of the circle then layered it with a Memory Box - Chochitlan wreath.

I popped the sentiment up using pop up foam squares by Scotch (love these, they squish down, so when mailing it makes it much easier).  I then proceeded by adding an assortment of flowers - most were purchased from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Finished off with a little wooded heart from Studio Calico, glitter on the flowers and pearls.  Do you think I put too many pearls on the card?

Hope you enjoyed my creation today.  Thanks for stopping in. Have a wonderful day.

I will share my 3rd fathers day card next - image from Art Impressions.

Pauline

Thursday, June 19, 2014

May photo's

I have some more pictures to share.  These ones were taken in early May.  Please click on the image to have a closer view.

This was early one Saturday morning, we were up at 3:30 am and drove up to Burlington (2.5hr drive) to catch a sunrise.  This was the view from the shores of Lake Ontario looking across the way to the Hamilton Skyway.  It was a very calm morning as you can see the lake was like glass, and the sun's glow was beautiful.



On one of our stops along the lake later in the morning, we came across this female mallard, soaking up the sun.  Love the haziness around her.





Male wood duck flying by as we were watching him from the road side by Ojibway Park in Windsor Ontario



Female Red Wing Blackbird - Ojibway Park - Windsor ON


That's it for this time around.  Next set of photo's will be from the spring bird migration from Pt. Pelee National Park.
See you again real soon with a card to share.

Pauline


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wonderful marvelous you!

Sorry I haven't posted sooner this week, I thought I would of had time, but life is just too busy sometimes.  I've been working overtime, and today I was up in London visiting my Dad for Father's day as well as celebrating his birthday which is next week.  We gathered at my sisters, had a bbq, lots of eats and laughs.  It's always good getting together with family, it just seems we don't do it enough.  Everyone has such busy lives.

Okay on with my card.  If your like me 'masucline' cards are the hardest to do.  After making the last card I posted for my Dad, I was struggling to come up with another.  I woke up on Wednesday morning, with an idea so I put it into action before heading off to work.  It worked up very fast, I used MFT's dies to help it along.  



I started with a 4x4 confetti cream c/s.  I then inked up my Penny Black hot rod using Distress Paints.  I applied bundled sage over the entire image, then went in with peeled paint here and there, and then finished off with some forest moss - spritzed with a bit of water then stamped.  I love the effect this gives.  I then took a leave from PTI - turning a new leaf - and inked it with MFT grout gray and stamped it in the top corners and the bottom right.  I then inked it again using peeled paint, stamped off a bit then over stamped in the top corners. I then sponged around the edges using distress pumice stone then a bit of brushed corduroy. Next I used the sentiment from Verve - wonderful marvelous- and stamp it using PTI chocolate brown. 

Next I cut a flag tag using one of the dies from MFT blueprints #12, added a brad and the wrapped some twine around it and then adhered to the front of the card.  For the middle layer again I used one of the dies from MFT blueprints # 14.  I really love these blueprint die sets.

Finished card measures 5.25 x 5.25.  I know I will be making more of these in different colours.

Supplies:
stamp - Penny Black - hot rod,  Verve - wonderful marvelous, PTI - turning a new leaf
Ink - distress paints - bundled sage, peeled paint, forest moss, distress inks - pumice stone, brushed corduroy, PTI - chocolate brown
Dies - MFT blueprints # 12, & 14
Paper - confetti cream, bazzill greens - not sure of the colour names
Misc - brad, twine

This card will be going to my husband - Bill's birthday is tomorrow (June 15th).

Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow as you spoil your favourite guy on Father's Day!

See you again real soon, I have another 'guy' card to share. I'm on a roll! LOL

Pauline 

Monday, June 9, 2014

How wonderful life is....

Just thought I would post this before heading off to bed.  Last week was a busy week, and so was the weekend.  We had our year end choir party Sunday afternoon - lots of fun as always.  It's so nice getting together and spending time with friends.  

I've been working on getting Father's Day cards done for my sale basket at my hairdressers.  I go tomorrow night, so wanted to make sure I had a selection to take.  This is one of the ones that I'm taking.

It was a pretty simple card once I decided what I was going to do.  I have been buying MFT's  die-namics blueprints die sets - boy do they ever take the guess work out of card making.  The larger dies basically make up your card base with layers.  For this card I used blueprints # 14, and here is my card.


I stamped the verse from Verve onto a  piece of Basic Grey Pyrus.  This series of paper is from a few years back.  I have so much of Basic Grey it isn't funny.  I could probably open a little stamping shop with all the supplies and papers  I have.  I'm good at hoarding it, but I'm slowly diving into it to use it up. The top 3 layers are from the blueprints #14 die set, the row of flags is a die from Verve.  The card base is confetti olive toned c/s.  So there you have it, like I said it was an easy card once I got going at it.  I made a couple of these.

Supplies:

Stamp: Verve - Wonderful Marvelous

Dies: MFT - die-namics blueprints#14, Verve - pennant trim
Ink: PTI - Dark chocolate
misc - ribbon, gold beads (they are like pearls but shiny gold)

I will have a couple more Father's Day cards to share over the next week or so.  I have lots of birthdays in my family during the month of June - 4 guy birthdays, 2 fathers day.

Thanks for the visit, enjoy your day!

Pauline