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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gardening chicks

I'm back today for another Stamping Bella post.  This weeks card is featuring 'gardening chicks'.

After stamping the image onto some cougar 100lb white cardstock I used prisma colour pencils to colour.  Once done I cut it out using spellbinders oval die, left the die in place and sponged some soft sky around the edge. This was then layered onto a piece of aqua mist c/s cut from a spellbinder scallop die.

My background papers are from Simple Stories - vintage bliss.  I just love the papers in this pack! I used my corner rounder punch for the top corners on the plaid piece.  

It seemed kind of plain and needed something so I pulled out several 'leafy' dies and ended up going with Memory Box - fresh foliage.

Finished off with glitter and sequins.

stamp - Stamping Bella - gardening chicks
ink - black memento, SU soft sky, prisma colour pencils- way to many to list
dies - spellbinders - oval and oval scallop, MB fresh foliage
paper - cougar white, bazzill lemonade, PTI - aqua mist, Simple Stories - vintage bliss
misc - sequins, glitter, corner rounder

I hope I have inspired you today.  Thanks for your visit.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Planning for Magnolias

Hi all.  Well it's a dreary rainy day today, a good day to be working on some cards don't you think? It's a 3 day weekend for us Canadians, and the weather for Sunday and Monday is suppose to be upper 60's low 70's and sunny! This also concludes my weeks vacation - why do they always fly by so fast?!

I needed a birthday card for my friend at work.  Wasn't sure what Power Poppy image to colour for her and I know I wanted to use my new Justrite die as well.  So looking through my images I came across Planning for Magnolia set and it had this cute little flower sitting in a vase of water - so sweet.

I"m also entering this into the May challenge over at Power Poppy - May flowers - use your favourite floral image from Power Poppy.  How can you just pick one! I have so many favourites.

Here is my card:

I stamped the image onto some white cougar c/s using black memento ink.  I then coloured using prisma colour pencils as well as copics.  I did a base coat using copics YG03 for the leaves and V01 for the flower.  I then used pencils to add colour and depth.

I then cut out the image using Simon Says stitched circles.  This fit perfectly over the center opening for the Justrite - garden circle die.

All background papers are from Basic Grey - Eva collection - another collection I have been hoarding forever!.  My card base is a deep, deep purple.  Layers were all cut out using Simon Says stitched squares.

To finish off I added glitter ritz to the flower, silk ribbon, and sequin.

stamp - Power Poppy - planning for magnolias
ink - black memento, copics - V01, YG03, prisma colour pencils - dahila purple, black cherry, dark green
paper - cougar white 100 lb, Basic Grey - Eva, dark puple
dies - Justrite - garden circle, Simon Says - stitched circles & squares
misc - glitter ritz, sequin, silk purple ribbon from PTI

Thanks for your visit today.  Enjoy your weekend. 


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Meet Edna....

Hi everyone. Hope your week is going well.  Can you believe that we are just over halfway through May.  It hasn't felt like spring here though in SW Ontario.   Freezing temperatures this past week with snow, rain and hail - unbelievable weather! This coming weekend is suppose to be spring like temperatures.  Bill and I have been enjoying our birding ventures spite the cold weather.  I will have lots of pictures to share in the coming weeks.

With this being Wednesday, I'm back to share another Stamping Bella creation.  This week I am showcasing
 Meet Edna - one of Emily's latest images from her last release.  I just love these gals.

After stamping Edna on cougar c/s using black memento, I coloured her using copics. I used one of the dies from MFT blueprints 5 to cut her out.  In the corners I stamped a small flourish in pale yellow just to add a bit of detail.  

Designer paper is Simple Stories - Vintage Bliss.  For the Fishtales I used MFT fishtale dies.

To finish off I added some sequins, and wink of stella clear pen for her wings.

stamp - Stamping Bella - Edna
paper - cougar 100 lb white, Simple Stories - vintage bliss, 
dies - MFT - fishtale, blueprints 5
ink - black memento, copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, R20, R22, YR01, Y0000, Y00, Y02, Y13, Y23, BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG23, E23, E25, E29, E79
misc - wink of stella clear pen, sequins

I hope you enjoyed my card today.  Thanks for you visit.  Have a wonderful day!


Friday, May 13, 2016

Lovely tulips - power poppy challenge

 I just love the May challenge over at Power Poppy blog, but how can one pick a favorite floral image? I love all of Marcella's floral images!  I guess maybe I will have to participate in the challenge a few times this month!

Well here goes, here is my first card using one of my favourite images.  This is a digital image called-
tulips in a hobnail pitcher.

After I re-sized my image I printed it on cougar white 100 lb c/s, then coloured with copics. I then cut it out using spellbinders circle die, then layered this onto another piece of white c/s cut using spellbinder royal circle die.

For my designer paper I used some older Basic Grey - stella ruby - love this line! For the card base I used some bazzill lagoon paper and cut using spellbinders grand calibur scallop square. I cut 2, then scored across the back side about an inch down, then just glue the top above the scoreline to the front of the card.  This way it allows you to open the card much easier.

To finish off I used, lace, silk ribbon, wink of stella pen and sequins.

image - Power Poppy -digital tulips in  a hobnail pitcher
ink - copics - YR01, YR15, YR16, YR27, YR31, Y11, Y15, Y19, Y38, V09, RV13, RV14, RV19, RV10, RV14, BG70, GO0, C00, C1, C2, C3, T1, T5, YG01, B60, R20, YG03, YG17, YG25, YG67, YG91
paper - white cougar 100 lb, basic grey - stella ruby, bazzill - lagoon, 
dies - spellbinder - circle, royal circle, grand calibur scallop square
misc - lace, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, silk ribbon

Thanks for you visit, have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

the modern bride

Gosh, I can't believe it's Wednesday again! With that being said I'm back to share another Stamping Bella image with you today.

This week I coloured up Melanie the Modern Bride - one of the newest Uptown girl images over at Stamping Bella.

Melanie was stamped on cougar white 100 lb card stock then coloured using copics (listed below).
I trimmed her down to the size I needed and added a piece of scallop border along the right side.
I then layered this onto a piece of designer paper from MME  - follow your heart.

For the sentiment I embossed the sentiment that comes with Melanie onto vellum using platinum embossing powder. I then wrapped the sentiment around the image adhering to the backside.  I did add a bit of glue in being some of the letters to adhere to the card.

A bride must have lots of bling - so I added lots of glitter to her dress.

image - Stamping Bella - Melanie the modern bride
ink - black memento, copics - skin - E000, E00, E01, E11, R20, R21 hair - E23, E25, E27  leaves- G02, G20, G24 flowers- Y04, Y423, R11, R12, R43, BV0000, V01 dots - G000, G00, BG10, Y11, R11, E01, V01, prisma colour pencils - french grey 70 & 90%, sandbar
paper - white cogar, MME - follow your heart, bazzill peach, vellum
misc - platinum embossing powder, glitter ritz glitter, 
dies - PTI - pretty frame die (used one side for scallop border)

Have a wonderful day, thanks for your visit today.


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Live it up

Today I have a fun card to share with you.  As soon as I saw Power Poppy's digital 'layer cake' last month I knew I just had to have it. Such a versatile image. 

Since I  had a piece of water colour paper already prepared from a few weeks ago I used it and moved forward with my design.  This was done by adding distress inks onto a piece of water colour paper which was wet down with water. I resized the image then used copics to colour.  I used Memory Box die to cut it out as well as the layer below. 

I punch a whole in the top of the tags and pulled some multi-colour seam binding ribbon through.  I ended up having 4 ends because I doubled it up, but didn't like the look of just the way it hung. So I tied bows with them.

To finish off I added wink of stella clear pen on the layers of cake, added glossy accents to the dots on the outside and lots of sequins.  I hope I didn't over do it with the sequins, I just couldn't stop! LOL. But hey, it's a fun card which deserves a lot of sequins.

image: power poppy - digital layer cake
ink: copics -YG01, Y18, BG11, BG23, E23, E25, E27, RV04, distress inks - peacock feathers, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade
dies - Memory Box - pinpoint main street tags, MFT - stitched rectangle
paper - TH water colour, dark blue, green, white cougar 100 lb
misc - silk ribbon, sequins, wink of stella clear pen 

I appreciate your visit today, have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tiffany loves to text

Hello everyone! Today I have something exciting to share with you.  I have been asked by Emily from Stamping Bella if I would be a guest designer for a month. How could I not! I just love her images. So not only did I say 'Yes' to the month of May but I will be a guest designer for June as well, Woohoot! So my post here will coincide with Emily's post every Wednesday over on Bloggabella.

So with out further ado here is my first post.  I am sharing Uptown Tiffany loves to text.

Wouldn't you just love to look like Tiffany, so tall and slender? Only in my dreams! LOL

After stamping her onto some white cougar 100 lb card stock using black memento ink, I coloured her using prisma colours pencils except for the skin tones - I used copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, R20. I didn't keep a list of prisma colours - just way too many.

For the paper I used scraps from my scrap bin, but I believe these are from MME. I added glitter to the flowers, polka dots on her bag and to her dress ruffle. The resin flower is from the dollar store, and I thought it just finished off this nicely.

I hope you enjoyed my first of many posting for Stamping Bella images.  Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Just for you

Hello everyone! Life has been hectic in every way this past week or so, hence the lack of posting.
I have something to share with you starting next week, as I've been working on that project as well.

This weekend starts our birding venture, which Bill and I do every spring.  Bird migration happens usually the first 3 weeks of May, at least that is when the big influx of birds come through our area. We spend lots of time at Pt. Pelee National Park and Rondeau Provincial Park, both along Lake Erie. Can't wait, so excited.  Beautiful day tomorrow, chance of rain Sunday and Monday, but then again when is the weather man every right!

So my card today is done with some back ground distress ink wash, stamping, die cutting and embellishing.  I will be doing a similar card for my card classes at Paper Pickle in May as well.

I started with some TH water colour paper, soaked it down with water and then added distress inks - peacock feathers, twisted citron and squeezed lemonade. I then cut it out using an MFT stitched rectangle die.

For my tag I stamped an image from Penny Black blooming tags using squeezed lemonade onto some white card stock. It is in the shape of a tag which made it easy to cut out, then sponged some ink around the edges. The black vine is a rub on which I pulled out of my stash- gosh I really need to use these more, just love that little bit of extra it gives. I punched the tag hole out and added a peel and stick enamel rain dot (another embellishment from my stash) - getting good at using stash items on this card!.  I also stamped a little flag tag with a sentiment from Penny Black - Snippits.  This is a beautiful set of lots of small font and small sayings- a great set for all card makers to have - just sayin!

For the top butterfly I used water colour paper and made a colour wash again- a bit more saturated in colour because I wanted it to stand out.  I then used MB moonlight butterfly die to cut it out.  I also used MB Lunette butterfly to cut the turquoise butterfly.

To put it all together, I adhered the doily to the background piece, added some fun foam to the back of the tag to give it some dimension off the card.  Adhered the two butterflies together and then adhered to the tag. Added some clear sequins and some gorgeous glitter dots from Prima. And there you have it! I will be making more of these - this was a fun card to do.

Thanks for the visit today. I hope you have a great weekend - I know I will.  I'm sure I will have lots of 'bird' photo's to share over the next couple of months.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring meadow bouquet

I hope everyone is having a good week.  This week is flying  right on by for me, so much that I almost forgot to post.  I was going to do it on Monday, but was so busy out in the garden (my day off), that it slipped my mind.

Anyway, here I am today, another Power Poppy digital image all coloured up and ready to share:
This image is called  spring meadow bouquet.

After resizing I printed it onto some white cougar 100 lb c/s.  I used prisma colour pencils to colour.
I didn't even keep track of the colours all I can say I used lots! I used Copic BG0000, BG000 for the shading around the flowers.

I used spellbinders grand calibur square die to cut the image out and then for my card base I used spellbinders Triple floral die. I cut two from this die, scored about 1" on the top back side and just glued the 1" part to the front, this way the recipient is able to open the card because of the score line.
Instead of dimensionals  I used fun foam for the backing of the image piece to lift it off the card base.

I added wink of stella clear pen to the flowers and  some  sequins. I think you can see all the shimmer from the wink of stella pen on this close up picture.

Enjoy the rest of your week, thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 15, 2016

March birds #2

I'm back to share some more of Bill's photo's.  We had the opportunity to see a Gyrfalcon.  This is one of the largest falcons in the world.  Because they breed so far north along the Arctic, it is rare to see them down this far in SW Ontario. As we were driving around the concession where he was reported being I saw him way out in a field (with binoculars).  Looks like he took down a Gull. He didn't seem to mind Bill being there.  Bill was about 50-60 ft from him for close to an hour.


We decided to take a drive back up the following day to see if he was still around to get a better picture of him - preferably up in a tree, and guess what - we lucked out!

After spending a few hours with the Gyrfalcon we took a drive to Springbank Park in London because we heard that there was a juvenile harlequin duck there.  Bill went down the river bank and spotted him out on a little island.  He is so cute!

 It was our lucky weekend.  Two more 'lifers' checked off on our list.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Another abstract card

 Hello everyone.  I must say it is starting to feel like Spring has arrived, warming up a bit each day and by the weekend we should be in the upper 60's! I'm getting that 'itch' to get out in the gardens and get everything cleaned up.

My card today is a card I made for my Team Lead - he started a new job within our company but in another department. So we had a little celebration and everyone in our dept signed the card.

I started with a piece of canson water colour paper, MISTI,  MFT abstract art stamp set and various distress inks (peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, peeled paint, ripe persimmon, carved pumkin)

I placed my paper in my MISTI, laid one of the abstract stamps where I wanted it, closed the MISTI to pick up my stamp, ink the stamp, spritz then closed the MISTI to transfer the ink to the paper.  I continued to do this by adding different shapes and sizes of stamps - ink, spritz & stamp. What I love about the MISTI is that if you don't get  clean crisp impression the first time, you can re-ink your stamp and stamp again - perfect everytime!

For the sentiment I used one of the sentiments from a Penny Black set called - snippets.  The sentiment actually says - just for you - I only wanted the 'for you', so again I placed the stamp onto my stamped background while it was in the MISTI, closed the lid to pick up the stamp, inked with black versafine the ' for you'  and closed.  It was a perfect impression so I didn't need to re-stamp it.

For the leaves I used Papertrey Ink - Leaf Silhouette dies, I cut them from brushed gold metallic paper, and for the plain leaf die I cut from deep orange.

To finish off I tied some twine around the top layer then glued the leaf cluster under the bow.

Thanks for stopping in today, have a wonderful day.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Springtime Tulips

Hi everyone.  I can't believe how fast this week has flown by. It's been a busy week, both at work and home.  I've been working on Mother's Day cards as well as Mark & Anna's wedding invitations. 

Today's card is a digital image from Power Poppy called "Tulips".

After resizing and printing I used copics to colour.  I then cut the image out with an oval die, left the die in place then sponged some antique linen around the top and shabby shutters around the bottom.

Designer paper is from Authentique - Springtime.  I did a top folding card this time - which I don't do to often.  I used a  corner rounder to round the bottom corners on all three pieces.

After adhering the dp to the  black card stock I tied some yellow gingham ribbon around the adhered this to my base card.

Finished off with some enamel dots and wink of stella clear pen for the a bit of glitter on the tulips.

Stamp - Power Poppy - digital tulips
ink- distress antique linen, shabby shutters, copics - Y21, Y38, YR27, YG01, YG03, YG17, YG25, YG67
paper -  cougar white 100 lb, black, Authentique - springtime
dies - spellbinders - oval, grand calibur nested ovals one
misc - corner rounder, gingham ribbon, enamel dots, wink of stella clear pen

Thanks for the visit.  I hope I inspired you today. Have a wonderful day,


Monday, April 4, 2016

Birding Photos's March #1

I'm back to share some more birding photo's that Bill took during our outings in March.


I'll have some more to share next week.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Butterfly kisses

TGIF!  First of all, thank you for all the wonderful comments on Bill's photo's in my previous post. I will share some more next week.

For my card today I did some water colouring with my new set of Gansai Tambi paints.  Wow, these are such a treat to use, the colours are so vibrant and you only need very little paint and it goes a long way.

This image is called Butterfly Kisses from Penny Black. Another stamp I pulled from the archives!

Using watercolour paper I embossed the image using white embossing powder. I then taped down my watercolour paper so it would remain flat as I added the water.   I then added my paints to the image.  Once my image was coloured and dried (I used a heat gun to speed up the process) I went along and wet the paper around the image with a big fat paintbrush, then picked up some light colours and dropped it in, and with having laid some water down first the paints just move and blend.  To get the splatter, I made sure my brush was good and wet, picked up some paint and tapped the paint brush against my finger and voila - splatters! So cool - love this!

I cut out the image using spellbinders labels twenty eight die, then added some gold krylon marker around the edge.  I then layered this onto some aqua paper cut using spellbinders A2 devine eleoquence die, then onto a layer of white, then onto my card base.  

To finish I added some enamel dots. Another Mother's Day card for my basket (which has already sold :))

stamp- Penny Black - butterfly kisses
ink - versamark, white embossing powder, Gansai Tambi water colours - pale aqua (50), Yellow (40), orange (33), cadmium red (30), brown (46), for the shading around image I used- light brown(44), aqua (50)
dies - spellbinder - A2 devine eleoquence, labels twenty eight
paper - bazzill aqua, white cougar, canson water colour - 140 lb
misc - enamel dots, gold krylon pen

Thanks for your visit, have a wonderful day!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Birding Photo's Feb 2016

Hi everyone.  I'm back today to share some of Bill's Photography from our outings back in Feb/16.
No explaining here, so I'll let you browse.

Thanks for stopping by today.