Ruddy turnstone

Ruddy turnstone
Ruddy turnstone

Friday, July 1, 2016

Welcome little one

Happy Friday, and Happy Canada Day!

So in between all of my Bella cards I was making, I did manage to make some other cards as well. I had a request for 2 baby cards, one a boy baby and the other generic.  My friend (Carla - cardsbycarla - check out her blog, she also has some beautiful cards for sale on her Etsy site ) sent me some digital baby boy images, so I used one of them for this card.

Not much explaining on this, so I will just list the supplies:

stamp - PTI - everyday classics - sentiment
dies - MB - button border, Spellbinders - labels 40, elegant ovals
paper - heidi grace - frost blvd - paisley, cougar white, blue
ink - SU blue bayou
misc - SU oval punch, pearls, digital image

Thank you for stopping in today. Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Final Bella post and beautiful storm skies

Hi everyone, happy Wednesday.  Well I must say the past 2 months have flown by so fast, I can't believe this will be my last Stamping Bella guest designer post.

First - for my post today I'm using Mason Jar of flowers - very fitting for me because as you know how much I love flowers.

I stamped the image onto some cold press canson watercolour 140lb paper using black memento. I used my Zig  clean colour makers to colour.  

Paper is from Memory Box.  I used spellbinders A2 curved borders for the  edge of the strip paper.
I added wink of stella clear pen to the flowers and water. Added dry glitter around the flowers and also some rhinestones on the frame and center of bow.

stamp - stamping bella - mason jar of flowers
ink - black memento, zig clean colour markers
dies - spellbinder - oval, floral ovals, A2 curved borders one
paper - canson water colour 140 lb, dark purple bazzill, white cougar, Memory box DP
misc - rhinestones, wink of stella pen, water brush, hero arts glitter, quickie glue pen

Secondly, on Sunday night we had some really bad storms go through  around 8:30- 9 pm. This was due to very high temps all day, lots of humidity, feeling like over 100F.  It lasted for about 1/2 hour or so, it was really dark, heavy, heavy rains, you could barely see outside it was coming down so hard,  and strong winds. When it was over, I was sitting in my craft room, looked outside and it was like it was 2:00 in the afternoon. It was so bright - looking out to the East you could see blue skies and sun - it was very strange have it that bright  at 9:30 pm.  I grabbed my camera - a little sony point and shoot and these are the pictures I took.  They are all tree top/roof top pictures to capture the skies. Over the span of about 10 minutes the colours varied as you can see below. The colours were so vibrant.  I didn't not touch up the colours, what you see is exactly what I took.  It was really amazing!

Thanks for you visit today. Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Enjoy the ride

Hi everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

For my card to day I have an Art Impression image to share.  I borrowed this set from a dear friend of mine.  These images are always so fun to colour.  I tied to google the set but I couldn't find it on the AI site and there was no name on the package.

After stamping her on some white cougar c/s, I used copics to colour.  I then used stitched circle die to cut her out and then layered her onto some red card stock cut using the circle blossom die. I used Martha Stewart's border punch for the yellow strip under the ribbon.

Designer papers used are from MME - Tangerine.  To finish off the card I used some sequins and some yellow seam binding ribbon.

stamp - AI
ink - black memento, copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, R20, R21, R 01, R105, R12, R14, R17, E41, E40, E42, 471, Y11, Y13, Y15, YG11
dies - sb round blossom - simon says - stitched circles
paper - cougar white 100 lb, red, SU baked brown sugar, MME - tangerine
misc - sequins, seam binding ribbon, Martha Stewart border punch

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll see you on Wednesday for my last Stamping Bella post as a guest designer.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Sneak Peak - Sleepy wobble

Hello everyone! It's a happy Friday, as well as another Stamping Bella sneak peak. So what do you think so far with all the sneak peaks? pretty amazing don't you think.  I just love the bella 2.0's, I can't wait to purchase them. Don't forget release date is tomorrow June 25!

So this is my last sneak peak for this release, and I have a wobble image to share.  This is
sleepy wobble - so darn cute!

I used copics to colour and then cut it out using MFT inside & out round rectangle.  Designer paper was just a scrap from my scrap basket.

I cut out a couple of stars from the same designer paper, added some enamel dots and some wink of stella clear pen to the pink stripes and pompom.

Well that's it for me, be sure to hop over to bloggabella and leave a comment for a change to win today's images.

Thanks for your visit. Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sneak Peak - Bella 2.0 Spabella

Well here I am  again, back with another Stamping Bella sneak peak.  Be sure to stop over at Bloggabella to see the other gorgeous sneak peaks.  Leave a comment for a chance to win the sneak peak stamp of the day.

One of today's sneak peak images is Spabella!

I started out by making my background paper using watercolour paper and my Gunsai Tambi paints.
I know I wanted to make spabella in a purple robe, so I went with purples and added some green. Unfortunately, most of the green is under spabella, so you can't see much of the green paint.

I coloured her using copics, then cut her out using Memory Box - pinpoint mainstreet tags.
Spabella also comes with her own sentiment, which I added along the left side. I cut a piece of green cardstock using an MFT doily die, cut in half and layered it under the image.

Finished off with lots of sequins.

image - Stamping Bella - Bella 2.0 Spabella
ink - copics- E000, E00, E01, E11, E20, E21, YG01, YG03, V01, V12, V15, YR00
dies - Memory Box - pinpoint mainstreet tags, MFT doily, MFT stitched rectangle
paper - cougar 100lb white c/s, TH water colour, green, dark purple
misc - sequins

That's it for me today, I'll be back with another sneak peak on Friday, see you then!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sneak Peak - Bella 2.0 Flowers behind my back

So excited to be posting today.  I'm sharing a sneak peak for Emily's upcoming release over at Stamping Bella - yup another huge release and you are going to love it. Emily is celebrating 10 yrs in business, I'm so excited for her! You will be able to purchase her new release on June 25! I still remember the first time I went to Bella land up in Thornhill ON, some 9 or 10 years ago, along with Lindabella and Paulabella.  It was amazing!

I'm sure you have seen the sneak peaks from the last couple of days right? If not - hop over to bloggabella and check it out. Be sure to leave comments each day of the sneak peaks to have a chance to win the release stamp for that day.

Without further ado here is my card today.  Today I am showcasing Bella 2.0- Flowers behind my back.

Isn't she gorgeous! I'm in love with these Bella 2.0. So nice to have facial features, arms, legs and hair - LOL.  They sure have come a long way from the stick figures - but those were amazing as well!

Okay enough of that, lets get on with how I made the card.  I coloured her using copics, then cut her out using spellbinders Labels Twenty-eight. For my card base I used spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence - (one of my fav dies). 

I added some blue silk ribbon, pearls and lots of glitter (glitter ritz) to finish this off.

stamp - Stamping Bella - Bella 2.0 - flowers behind my back
dies - spellbinder - labels twenty - eight, A2 Devine Elequence
ink - copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, R20, R21, R22,, E23, E25, E27, E15, E09, E79, BG000, BG01, Y02, Y19, Y38, V01, V04, RV14, RV13, TG01
Misc -glitter ritz, silk ribbon, pearls

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back tomorrow with another sneak peak! See you then,


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Backyard birds

I hope you are having a good week.  I'm back to share some of Bill's photo's.  These are all taken in our backyard.


Thanks for your visit. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Lots more to come.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'll always have your back

Hello everyone.  Another crazy busy week it's been!

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means? Yep, another Stamping Bella post. Today's card is featuring a sweet image from the Stuffie collection called "I'll always have your back".

 I stamped the image onto some cougar white 100lb cardstock using black memento, then coloured using prisma pencils.  I didn't keep track of the pencils I used, but I do know that I used the cool grey colours 20%, 30% 50% & 70%, lime peel for the grass and the flowers I used some yellows a purples.

I cut a frame using PTI - Pretty Frame die and just used the inside piece.  I cut my image slightly smaller than the frame, added some pop dots behind the frame to pop it up off the image.

Designer paper is from MFT - Tranquil textures.  I made a little flag tag for the upper corner, added a pop dot behind it so it would lay evenly, then added a little bow using silk ribbon and my easy bow maker.

To finish off I added wink of stella clear pen to the flower and pearls around the frame.

I was going to use the sentiment that came with the set, but opt not to at this time. I could always use it for the inside if I choose. 

I appreciate you stopping in for a visit today.  I'll have some new birding photo's in my next post.

On a happy note - wedding invitations are complete - yah!!!
Enjoy your day!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Spring Ducks and more

As I was going through our bird pictures from May to post, I realized I never posted these guys.
These were take at High Park in Toronto back in April.

One of Bill's favourite  - Wood duck.  These guys are not shy at all, I think they are so use to having people around in the park, they jumped up beside me as I was sitting on the ledge overlooking the ponds.

Finally after a several years of trying to get the Hooded Mergansers, there were  3 pairs at High Park.  This was the highlight of the day!

Next, is a pair of breeding Cooper Hawks. Look at those talons!

A pair of owlets - Great Horned 
Isn't this one just adorable?
There are so many more to share, but I'm trying to do them in groups of when we took the pictures.
I hope you enjoyed these. Back with more shortly.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Live every day.... it's your birthday!

Hello everyone! Yes, it's Wednesday again, which means  another Bella card.  It's been one crazy busy week, hence no postings.  I'm working on cards as well as my sons wedding invitations, so a couple more weeks and they should be done, which will  open more spare time for card making.

Today's card I'm using another Edna image - Edna with a cupcake on top.  I love these gals and they are so fun to colour!

I stamped her onto some white cougar 100 lb card stock then coloured using copics. For the curved side I used a die from Simon Says called A2 card curved edge, then layered it onto a piece of PTI paper and cut  the one side with the curve border as well.

Designer paper is Crate paper - confetti.  I didn't really have a spot to add a sentiment at least not the one that comes with the set - but I stamped that inside the card - it says - live every day like it's your birthday.  For the front of the card I sniped a slim piece of the confetti paper (backside has birthday wishes in small script)  and glued it to the left side of the image.

Finished off with enamel dots, wink of stella clear pen and some  twine. I just love how this turned out!

Bill is getting some photo's ready for me to post, so stay tuned over the next couple of days for that.

Thanks for your visit today. Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Uptown girl Bailey

Gosh, I can't believe that it is Wednesday again, and not only that but June 1! Where does the time go?

Today I have an Uptown girl to share with you.  This is Uptown girl Bailey has a baby

I stamped her onto some cougar white c/s then coloured with prisma pencils.  I thought I wrote all the colours down but I don't even see anything in my book about this card!

I used MFT stitched rectangle to cut her out, then layered it onto a piece of aqua mist c/s.
The scallop border is from PTI - cover plate pretty frame die - this is the outer edge I used.

Designer paper is Lawn Fawn - perfectly plaid.

Finished off with some enamel dots.  How cut is she? Love her.

Thanks for your visit today.   Have a great day.


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Delightful Daffodils

Happy Saturday everyone, and a delightful day it is here.  Very warm temperatures, lots of sun and humidity.  I can do without the humidity though.

Today's card I'm featuring another Power Poppy image.  I'm still playing along in their May challenge - use your favourite flower, well like I've said before how can you just pick one.

I taught this card in one of my classes this past week.  It just speaks spring time doesn't it?  This image is from the Daffodils stamp set, and it is also available in digi form called dancing with daffodils.

After stamping it on white cougar c/s using black memento I coloured using prisma pencils. I then cut the image using spellbinders oval and layered it onto a piece of mauve cut using spellbinders scallop oval. For the curved edge on the dp I used a Simon Says die  - A2 card curved edge.  Cut once from the dp and once from the mauve c/s, then layer the mauve behind.

I also stamped a small sentiment in the corner using Penny Blacks snippet stamp set. Love this set, lots of small sayings.

To finish off I added a double bow made from twine, and of course you must have glitter on a flower card.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day.


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!