Lake Superior Provincial Park

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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Up, up and away

Hi everyone. Hope your week is going well.  I decided to play along in this weeks Stamping Bella challenge.  Theme is 'Happy Birthday'. 

I pulled out one of my newest images that was waiting patiently to be inked.  Here we have Uptown Bentley gets blown away.

I stamped Bentley on white cougar paper using black memento and coloured her using copics. Once she was coloured I cut her out using spellbinders rectangle die, using a smaller die so I could have the balloons reaching outside the die cut.  Since she was floating off I needed to place some clouds to ground her.  I used the paper towel and ink technique - tear a piece of paper towel, place onto your card and sponge ink using the paper towel as your stencil, continue to move the paper towel to form clouds - I really love this technique.

Once the card was done I added some sequins and glitter.

stamp - Stamping Bella - Uptown Bentley gets blown away
ink - black memento, SU cool caribbean, copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, E53, E55, E57, E59, R20, R22, V01, V12, V15, V17, BG10, BG11, BG13, Y21, Y35, Y38, YG01, YG03, YG05
dies - spellbinders rectangle, MFT - blueprints 13
paper - cougar white 100 lb, Prima - Firefly, Basic grey (layer behind Bentley - scrap piece)
misc - glitter, sequins

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bedelia and Betsy

I forgot I still had an Easter card that I did not post yet.  I made this for a co-worker to give to her daughter.  

I'm using one of Stamping Bella's newest images called Bedelia and Betsy go for a walk. Such a sweet image. This image is part of the Woodsie collection.

The image was stamped on white cardstock using black memento.  I then coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a spellbinder circle die to cut the image and then layered this onto a layer of purple c/s cut using the sb blossom die.

To cut the green designer paper and I used spellbinders A2 curved border.

To finish I added some seam binding ribbon, glitter, sequins and used my souffle pens to add some pink and lilac dots in the grassy area to represent some timy flowers

stamp - Stamping Bella - Bedelia and Betsy go for a Walk
ink- black memento, SU soft sky
prismacolour pencils - lilac, light aqua, blue slate, lime peel, kelp green, blush pink, carmine red, magenta, violet, light umber, warmer gray 20% & 30%, putty beige, french gray 90% & gamsol
dies - spellbinder - circle, blossom & A2 curved borders
paper - white, purple, lilac, basic grey - Kioshi
misc - souffle pens, glitter, ribbon, sequins

Its' such a gorgeous day, wind still a bit cool, but nice and sunny, so going to head outside for a walk.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mother's Day card #1 - pastels

I had a 4 day weekend this past Easter weekend, and I accomplished so much in  'card making'.  I'm working diligently on my Mother Day card orders.  I saw that Power Poppy's challenge this month is "Pop of Pastel' so decided to whip  something up that falls into that category and enter it into their challenge.  You can see all the details for the challenge here.

I'm using Marcella's digital image called "dancing with daffodils'.  This is one image that I will never get tired of colouring.  So many different colour combo's you could use, I can't wait to colour more.

After printing off the image, I pulled out my copics to colours -  but first I cut out the image using one of the dies in the spellbinder A2 devine eleoquence set.   Next I cut some MME paper using spellbinders labels 28, which was then layered onto a piece of Memory Box paper.  

I used some deep purple ribbon to pick up the colour in the purple flowers, which was tied on a diagonal.  Finished off with some glitter and some clear baubles from PTI.

stamp - Power Poppy digital - dancing with daffodils
ink - printer, copics - Y11, YR0000, YR000, YR01, YR02, YR12, YR15, YG01, YG13, YG17, YG67, V01, V12, V15, E21, E23, E25, E27, B0000, BG0000
paper - white, MME - miss caroline, Memory box
dies - spellbinders - labels 28, A2 Devine eleoquence
misc - glitter, seam binding ribbon, pop dots, clear baubles - PTI

Well that's it for tonight.  Lots more to share, see you again real soon,


Friday, April 3, 2015

Bunny in a Rose

Hi everyone, and Happy Easter weekend.  It's been a very busy week which meant I had no time for card making.  Our son Mark and his girlfriend Anna - along with her 2 little boys, came home today to celebrate Easter.  I got up this morning and realized I didn't have a card for them, so began looking for something fairly easy to colour up, since I would only have a couple of 'free' hours this afternoon. I landed at 'A day for Daisies" website and found a few digital images.  Love digis - instant gratification!!  One of the images I purchased is called Bunny in a Rose. There were a few different flowers to choose from but  I decided on the rose.

After resizing and printing off I coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a couple of copic colours to do the  'pointillism' method for some shading (B0000, B000, YG21, and V20). I then cut the image out using spellbinders elegant ovals.  Then layered this onto a piece of designer paper from MME - Memorable, which was then layered onto a piece of SU Basic Grey.  I used another piece of dp from the same paper pack to do the bottom layer. 

I added some light aqua silk ribbon to finish off.  The ribbon does look a bit darker in the picture, it is a bit softer shade in real.  I picked this colour to pull some of the colour from the flower paper.  A bit of glitter was added to the rose for a bit of sparkle.

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter holiday.  Thanks for stopping by and take care.


Saturday, March 28, 2015


It felt like winter again yesterday here in SW Ontario, we had snow!!!! and here I thought we were done with that.  It's cold again today -9C (-16C with the wind chill) but next week it starts to warm up again - lets hope it sticks around this time.  I see I have some of my bulbs already popping through the ground which is another sign spring is on its way.

Well lets get on with my card for today.  A few weeks ago, I wanted to try the 'smooshing' technique, where you apply ink to your craft sheet, spritz and lay our cardstock in it. It's amazing the different looks you get each time. Anyway I did up several using differernt colours, then never did anything with them.  

I had a request to do a 'guys' Easter card for a co-worker and I knew he loved to fish. The stamp set I gravitated to was from Flourishes - Kids Play.  The images in this set are all silhouettes so I needed some kind of background to stamp this on, and I just happen to have a smooshed background that fit perfectly.

See for yourself:

The inks I used for the background were - PTI - summer sunrise, berry sorbet, limeade ice, and aqua mist.  I then stamped my image using black versafine.

I used my wink of stella (clear)pen to add some shimmer to the water.

stamp - Flourishes - kids play
ink- black versafine, PTI - summer sunrise, berry sorbet, limeade ice, and aqua mist
die - spellbinder square
paper - white, black, MME - hattie papers, Bo Bunny (polkadot)
misc - copper brads, wink of stella clear pen

See you soon, till next time...... have a wonderful weekend.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Uptown Lolly

It's been a while since I coloured up an Uptown Girl by Stamping Bella.  My friend at work needed some Easter cards to give to a few young adults (early 20's) and when she saw one of my Uptown Girl cards she asked if I would make her some.  Of course I will - right!

For my first card she picked Lolly and her Brolly- I love how she turned out, the vibrant red, and the flowery background, just so springy looking.

I started by stamping her on white cougar 100 lb using memento black ink.  I then coloured her using copics and the shading around her was done with prisma colour pencils.  I didn't have a die the size I wanted so I just trimmed her down, then layered her onto a piece of SU bermuda bay c/s and then stitched around the edges.

Design paper is from MME - Lime twist - Life of a Party.  I added a piece of gold washi tape along the top of the striped paper.  To finish off I made a fish tale out of a piece of scrap tucked it behind the image and then added a flower on top held together with a brad.  And of course glitter on her coat and umbrella and glossy accents to the center of the sunflower.

Ah, I just love this card! Just saying - :)

Stamp - stamping bella - Lolly and her Brolly
ink- black memento, copics - R20, 21, 22, 24, YG03, 17, E000, 00, 01, 08, 11, 51, 53, 55, 57 Y11, 15, 17, BG0000, 000, 10, 13, 15, 32, 34, prismacolour pencils - parrott green, light aqua
paper - cougar white 100 lb, SU bermuda bay, MME - Lime Twist - Life of a party
misc - glitter, gossy accents, washi tape, prima flowers, brad (basic grey)

Thanks again for the visit, see you soon....


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Good luck to charm you

Hi everyone.  I was going through my 'picture' file to see what cards I have left to post and realized I never posted this card I made for a friend for St. Patrick's Day.  She want two cards, so I made them both the same since they were going to different families.

I have very limited St. Patrick's day stamps, but out of the few I have I always lean towards my Flourishes set called Irish Blessings.

Not a lot of explaining on this, used some dies, ribbon, stamps, sequins, paper and voila - done!

stamps - Flourishes - Irish Blessing, 
Paper - white cougar 100 lb, Basic Grey - Kioshi, kfraft
ink - versafine black
dies - spellbinder ovals, scallop oval,  MFT - blueprints die-namics #13 (for the stitched layer), Verve - Flourished Trim (for the scallop edging)
Misc - sequins, ribbon

I'm working on my card orders, so lots of cards to share. Stay tuned...
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your day!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dancing with Daffodils

I was so excited to see Marcella's (Power Poppy) digital image release on Sunday.  I wasted no time in colouring this beautiful image called Dancing with  Daffodils.  What I love about digi's is being able to resize them.  I printed off  6 images all different sizes, and this is what I did with my first one.

After printing and cutting out the image I used copics to colour.  Then came the tough part.  I had a heck of time thinking of how I wanted to do the layout and colours, so pulled out different papers, still couldn't decide so I walked away.  Actually I left it over night (sometimes you just need to step away for a bit) and then today it seemed to fall into place.

I didn't have any ribbon in the blue tones that I wanted so I coloured some white seam binding ribbon using copic B66.  I also added a gold edge around the image using my gold krylon pen.  Since I added some gold to my card I decided to play along in the Power Poppy challenge this month.  The theme is "go for the gold"!

I added some hero arts glitter to finish off.

This was such a delight to colour, can't wait to do some more.

Stamp - Power Poppy digital - Dancing with Daffodils
Paper - cougar white 100 lb, SU brilliant blue, Webster pages - Your Life - beautiful
Dies - spellbinder labels twenty-eight, A2 Devine Eleoquence
Ink - copics - YG03,YG17, YG63, G05, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y26, Y35, YG21, YR00,YR12, YR15, YR16, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, B63, B60, B66, B69, B96, B0000, B000
Misc - quickie glue pen, hero arts glitter, gold krylon pen, ribbon

Thanks for your visit,


Sunday, March 15, 2015

A day full of happiness

Hi everyone.  I can't believe I haven't posted all week, but I'm back to do just that. It's been a busy week, and the weather is slowly warming up.  Yesterday I spent some time outside raking up all the sunflower seed shells from my bird feeders.  It's amazing how much has accumulated on the ground since the winter began. And then got really ambitious and clean the BBQ - you know all the droppings the collect underneath in the catch tray.  Scrapped the whole inside out, so it was nice and clean and ready to go.  Then I BBQ'd burgers for dinner and made a potato salad. It was delicious!

Okay enough about all that, now for my card. I really should be focusing on my card orders. BUT.. Since my hairdresser closed shop, tI took the basket I usually leave at her place, and brought it into work. Well, sales are booming.  I sold a few, have orders for 16 more and that is not including Mother's Day cards, which I already have about 10 spoken for- Yikes.  But.... for some reason I was looking through some of my stamps I have and came across this adorable one, which again have had for over a year but never used it!! I'm so bad at that.

This image is from LOTV - not sure of the name I couldn't find it in their online store, maybe it's discontinued.

I coloured this image using prismacolour pencils.  I even did some clouds in the background.  I saw a tutorial a while ago on how to do this - is is simple easy - tear a piece of paper towel and (they used an airbrush) and then lay it onto your card stock and use a sponge and sponge away, move the paper towel around to form the clouds.  I will be using this technique a lot, so easy - compared to when I tried to draw clouds - well lets not go there!

I added a frame to the image using IO die -6 in 1-  242-YY.  Love the possibilities with this die set.
Designer paper is Basic Grey - Urban Prairie.  The pink paper is cut using MFT - blueprints #15.  I then added some white flower rub-ons down the left side (see I'm trying to use what I have - rather than buy more - I have so many of these rub-ons, need to use them more often).

The sentiment is from LOTV as well.  There are 12 different says.  I stamped this on white c/s using black versafine then cut it out using a circle die, then glued this to the frame.  I used my new die that I bought yesterday at Paper Pickle - Memory Box - curled ribbons - cut one out of the pink paper and added it to the corner of the frame - then added a yellow flower rhinestone.

I added some wink of stella clear pen on the flowers and leaves,  white flock on the bunnies tale, then some coloured sequins to finish off.

Stamp - LOTV
Ink - black memento, black versafine, prismacolour pencils, SU soft sky, certainly celery
Dies - MFT - blueprints #15, Memory Box - curled ribbon, IO - 6 in one die set
Paper - cougar white 100 lb, Basic Grey- Urban Prairie, Kraft
Misc - wink of stella pen, rhinestone, sequins

Thanks for the visit - have a wonderful day.


Monday, March 9, 2015


Hi, today I have this really cute digital image to share with you.  He is so ugly he is cute!! LOL.
I came across the owner of this hand drawn digi 'birds' over the holidays, finally got around to print it off and colour.  You can find them over on her blog here. You will have to scroll down thru to find them, I love her Christmas 'birdies". She had these digi's free over the holidays, she has now been approached to sell her new images in a Swedish stamp store.

I started to colour  using copic E40, then I changed to prismacolour pencils and continued.  I found I am able to do better shading with pencils then I am with copics.

I used Spellbinders circle die to cut him out.  Designer paper is from Pebbles - Family ties. I wasn't sure how I was going to finish off this card.  Thought of stamping a sentiment on the image, then thought what if I don't like the look of it, and I didn't really want to take the look away from this cute guy, so pulled out some word dies.  I decided to go with "hello" from PTI.  Added some pop dots behind the lettering and popped it up on the card.  

To finish off I added some little white dots on his cheeks using my white uniball pen and then added some blue metallic pearls.

I hope you like my little 'birdie' as much as I do!

Have yourself a wonderful day.  Weather was awesome today, we were sitting at 0C - it felt like a spring day.


Thursday, March 5, 2015


I received my order from Stamping Bella last week, so decided it was time to colour up something 'cutsie', as well as play along in this weeks challenge.  The challenge this week is use washi tape or ribbon on your card.

I just love the new 'woodsies' collection Emily has released.  It was a hard decision as to which one I would colour first.

I decided on "Especially for you, Petunia".  Now doesn't the name Petunia fit this little piglet just perfectly?

After stamping the image on cougar 100lb white cardstock using memento black ink, I coloured using prismacolour pencils.   Now I used many colours and never thought to keep track of the colours I used before scooping them up off my desk and putting them away.  So I went back to figure out what colours I used  and this is what I came up with:

petunia:seashell pink, light peach, peach, henna, for her ears I used carmine red
chick: deco yellow, canary yellow, sunburst yellow, spanish orange
grass & leaves: limepeel, kelp green, 
flower: process red, dahlia purple
shading: sky light blue, caribbean sea, peacock blue

Designer paper used is from MME - now & then - dorothy.  I thought the wood grain paper fit so well with the image.  Finished off with some washi tape in the corner, cut the end to make a flag tail then added another piece of gold stripe along the top.  It was kind of bare so added a bow tied with hemp cord. Not sure if you can see or not but in the grassy area I used my Souffle pens and added some pink and mauve dots to represent little flowers in the grass.  Used my wink of stella clear pen for some sparkle on the flower.

Now I need to make 2 more of these, a co-worker ordered them for Easter.

Thanks for the visit, wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Sweet baby

Good morning and Happy Monday to all! I had very good intentions of posting this yesterday, but time slipped away, so I'm going to do this before heading out the door to work this morning.

Today, I'm using a stamp from LOTV - All our dreams.

I first stamped the image using black memento, then cut it out using spellbinder die labels 18. I then coloured using copics and prisma colour pencils.  Now I made this card over the Christmas holidays, and I thought I wrote down the colours I used but don't seem to see it in my book (my bad!!).

Designer paper is from simple Stories - baby steps, also the green check is from my scrap bin.
I also used a border die from Nellie Snellen called - Flower.  I layered this die cut along the bottom of the card cut from the same designer paper.  Sentiment on the little tag is from PTI - and the tag is a spellbinder die.

To finish off I found some tea dyed pink ribbon which had the same tones as the image (love when that works for me!).  Added some prima flowers, die punched leaves, button and twine.  I also added some glitter to the hearts as well as the prima flowers using my wink of stella pen.

That wraps it up for today, back again real soon with another card to share.

Have a wonderful blessed day, stay warm (cool) and be safe!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beautiful Camellia's

Well it's almost the end of another week, and not only that,the month of February!  Where is the time going.  You know the saying - March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb or vise versa, well it is coming in like a lion - more snow! - no, no, no - another 5-8 cm on Sunday! Okay enough of that!

For my card today, I have another Power Poppy digital image - Camellia's.  You can find Marcella's digital stamps here.

I love working with digi's because I can make them an size I want.  After printing I coloured using copics.

I kept the design simple for this card, did some embossing along the bottom of the card, added some washi tape along the top and bottom of the designer paper.  Finished off with some yelllow gingham ribbon, wink of stella pen on the flowers and pearls along the bottom.

Stamp - Power Poppy digital Camellias
ink-  printer, copics - leaves - YG03, YG21, YG17, YG67, YG99, flowers - Y32, Y38,  YR27, YR65, R11, R22, R24, stem - E57, shading - B000, BG10, B95, B52, YG21
Paper - cougar 100 lb white, Webster designer paper
Dies - spellbinder - labels twenty, oval, eyelet border
misc - gold krylon pen, pearls, wink of stella clear pen, yellow gingham ribbon, deminsionals, little "B"gold washi tape

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day,

Monday, February 23, 2015

French Lilac

There is just something about digital images I love.  Maybe it's the gratification of having it instantly.
I can be very impatient when I order stamps - I hate the wait of 2-3 weeks before I get them. Well Marcella (Power Poppy) is releasing digital stamps the 15th of every month.  When I saw the sneak peak of this on I knew I was going to buy when it came available. 

The other thing about digi's is that you can resize them, smaller or larger, to fit your design of your card.  For me this time, I made the image smaller.  I wanted to use one of my new dies (purchased before Christmas) that I haven't used yet.

I imported it into a Word document, resized and printed.  As I have learned from past experience I need to cut out my image before I colour.  Nothing worse than having your image all coloured up and then cut it out and something goes wrong -ie - your die slips - grrrrrr, so like I said I have learned the hard way as I'm sure many of you have experienced that as well.

Here is my card using Power Poppy digital image - French Lilac.

I started by cutting out my image first and then coloured with copics.

flower: V01, V12, V15, V17, RB69
leaves: YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, YG99
stem: E33, E57
shading: B000, BG10, B95, B52, V01

For my ribbon I coloured it using copic V15

Paper is from Kaisercraft - Kaleidoscope and I used Spellbinder die - 41.

Finished with some pearls and wink of stella clear on the flowers.

I so love this image, I have already finished another card using the lilacs.  Stay tuned...

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.  For all those that are experience this cold artic air -keep warm -today  it's -24C (-9 F) - wind chill colder than -30C (-20F).  Another cold week ahead with snow - I can't wait until spring arrives, when my miniature lilac bush starts to bloom - oh the smell is so heavenly.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Morning frost

I wanted to share a couple of pictures I took early this morning around 6:50 am.  We had a very mild day here yesterday compared to the frigid week we had, but it drops again tonight down to -30C.  Yesterdays temperature was around -1 and light fluffy snow.  With the warm temps yesterday and the cool night we woke up to heavy ice/frost on everything.  I went out and snap a few pictures. Now mind you these are nothing like Bill with take with his Nikon, this is just my little point and shoot Lumix Panasonic.  Not the best but you will be able to see the frost.

 this was looking out into our backyard towards the east as the sun was rising:

frost on some tall grass:

looking down the street.  Now the tree on the left that is tilting, it is really tilting - it's not me (LOL).
this is from over the years with the strong winds from the west have forced the tree to lean.

There you go, my frosty morning.  Have a wonderful day,