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.

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!


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.

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....


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.  We are heading back to Sault Ste Marie - Canada to the provincial park for fall colours as well as Chicago! OMG I can't wait.

See you real soon with a card to share.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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,


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.


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.


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.

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


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.


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!


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A nice surprise and a card

I have some exciting news to share with you.  Remember the Powerpoppy card I entered into their sketch challenge ...... well I won the challenge- how exciting is that!!  I rarely enter challenges, basically because I don't have the time, but last week I had some extra time and decided to get my mojo back by trying  out the sketch. You can see the announcement here. Thanks to Marcella for designing such lovely stamps to create with! This was such a lovely surprise to start off my week.

So last night I decided to work with another  digi image I had printed off a couple of weeks ago, but with being on holidays I never got around to colouring it up.  I'm using the gerber daisy digi image.

After printing off the image I used one of the dies from Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five set.
Leaving the die in place I sponged some new sprout memento ink around the image. I then coloured the image - I will list the colours below.

To make the card base I used Spellbinders Scalloped Borders Two. Using these borders really adds to your cards, I need to use them in different ways more often.  I have 4 of these sets, so I have lots of different options for borders.  I then cut my designer paper using one of the plain scallop dies from the same set so it would fit accordingly.   I used dimensionals to raise the image off the card base, added some pearls along the border, glitter in the center of the daisies and a bow, made with variegated chiffon ribbon.

I debated whether or not to put a sentiment on the front, but decided not to.  This way I can use the card for many different occasions rather than one - if a sentiment was in place.

Stamp - Powerpoppy digi image - gerber daisies
ink - printer, memento new sprout
Dies - Spellbinder Majestic labels twenty-five, scalloped borders two
copics - Y11, Y15, Y38, YR07, YR15, YG0000, YG01, YG13
Paper - cougar white 110 lb, MME Notable
misc - glitter, glue pen, ribbon, pearls

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope I have inspired you in some way.  See you again real soon.
Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Spring Pictures

Good morning all.  I'm back today to share some of Bill's pictures he took when we were up in Algonquin Provinical Park Easter weekend.  Even though Easter was later this year, and due to the harsh long winter there was still snow up there, but it was so worth the trip. Here are some of our favourites.

For a closer look, just click on the photo.

 Grass reflections in Costello creek ~

As were we sitting beside  Costello creek early one  morning watching the Common Mergansers, a blue heron flew in and landed on this log - so cool!

Evening Grosbecks, which are rare to see where we live, so it was nice to be able to capture their pictures up in Algonquin.

 Common Grackle - beautiful colour tones in the morning sunlight

 And then of course, the highlight of our trip -- to see some Moose!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  Bill is working on pictures from our trip up north, so will share those with you soon. Have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Powerpoppy challenge

Hi everyone.  You are probably wondering where I have been (or maybe not!).  Well I was on vacation since May 16th, just returned back to work today.  Bill and I took a trip up to Sault Ste. Marie Ontario.  We did (well Bill did) lots of picture taking along the shores of Lake Superior.
We spent a lot of our time doing the hiking trails in Lake Superior Provincial Park.  It is so beautiful up there.  As you can image because of the harsh winter they still  have ice/snow along the lake edges, some of them are huge like small glaciers! There is also snow along some of the trails that are in the hills and in the interior of the forest areas. Upon returning home on thursday night, I noticed that my gardens needed some attending to.  Because of the warmer weather and rain we had while gone, everything is up and in bloom (and so were the weeds!). So needless to say I spent a few days tending to the gardens.

So tonight I decided that I needed to get some cards made.  I decided play along with the challenge going over on 
Powerpoppy's blog.

I used the gladioli digi image.

After printing off the image I coloured using copics.
I then cut out the image using Spellbinders Opulent Ovals - I actually cut out the image before cutting - I've learned from past experience that something can go wrong and you ruin your coloured image!

I layered my image on a piece of light lime green that was cut using the larger die from the same set. I used dimensionals behind the image to lift it a bit.

Here is a picture of the glitter, since it's hard to see in the above picture.

Stamp - Powerpoppy digi - gladioli
Paper - Memory box, lime green bazzill, white, SU Cameo Coral
Ink - copics - YG01, YG03, YG25, R30, R32, R35, Y38 (stamens), YG0000 (shading around the flowers)
Misc - silk ribbon, pearls, glitter, MME enamel dots

Thanks for your visit today.  Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Poppies of a different colour

Hope everyone is having a good week.  I'm back today to share a card with you that I will be teaching in June at our local stamping store The Paper Pickle.

I've made a card using this stamp before, but this time I coloured the Poppies Yellow! I googled poppies and I was surprised to see the different variation of colours for them.  Light pink, coral, yellow/orange, deep red, orange, so I decided to go with the yellow/orange tone.  It's a colour I don't use much when I make cards, so needed to step outside my comfort zone.

I used copics to colour and shading was done with prismacolour pencils.  I love the outcome of these poppies.  I'll list all supplies below.  I finished off with glitter and made some small dots using white liquid pearls.

Stamp - Penny Black - blooming garden
Ink - black momento, copics - Y00, Y21, Y35, Y38, G40, G99, YG63, Prismacolour penci - pumpkin orange, Distress ink - tumbled glass, scattered straw
Paper - Bazzill - blue, Webster Page - morning glory, white, yellow
Dies - spellbinder oval, floral oval, Grand labels twenty-three
Misc - white liquid pearl, glitter, glue pen, silk ribbon

Thanks for stopping in today, have a great day!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Memory box flowers

Hi everyone.  So sorry for not posting sooner.  I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post! Yikes! where does the time go?

I have actually 2 cards to share with you today.  Simple fast cards.  I needed a couple more cards to finishe off my friends card order, and saw that I had already had some backgrounds done when I was playing around with some stencils and just never got around to making them into cards.  I also had some new memory box dies waiting to be used.  This is what I came up with:

Memory box texture honey comb stencil, MB bountiful sunflower, sentiment from PTI,  PTI ink for the sunflower - spring moss, simply chartreuse, orange zest, classic kraft, harvest gold.  I'm not sure of the background stencil colours since this one was done over a month or more ago.  Card stock - SU marigold morning.

Memory box texture honey comb stencil , MB delightful peony outline, sentiment from PTI, distress inks - broken china & shabby shutters for the stenciling, PTI inks for the flower - spring moss, simply chartreuse, hibiscus burst. Card stock PTI Aqua mist

Finished off both cards with some ribbon, pearls and sequins. I added some glitter to the flower portion of the card using my wink of stella pen. My friend absolutely loved these!

Well I have no more cards in my stash to share so I best be getting creative.  It's kind of hard to be indoors when there is so much yard work that needs tending to, but I'll try to get something made to post next week.  Have a wonderful weekend.