Thursday, October 23, 2014


Hi everyone.  I'm back today to share another Christmas card with you.  I received my new stamp set from Power poppy and it just was screaming to be inked.  So...... this is what I did.....
I'm using the new set called Poinsettia stamp set.  I'm going to enter it into this weeks Power poppy - Peep of the Week contest.

I stamped the image using memento toffee on 110 lb white cougar c/s.  Image was coloured using copics.  I then cut it out using the spellbinder ovals, and layered this onto a piece of Soft Sky which was cut using spellbinder elegant ovals.

Background paper is from Authentique - Glistening.  I used one of the edges from the spellbinder A2 bracket borders one to cut the bottom edge, and did the same on a piece of soft sky.  I then cut the bottom front edge of my white card base using 2 of the edges from the same set.

Finished off adding crystal glitter to the berries, pink silk bow, clear rhinestone, and some crushed glass glitter for the center of the poinsettia.  

Oh and of course across the top of the card, I thought it looked a bit plain, so I added a strip of peel off's.  Hind site - I should of edged the poinsettia oval using my gold krylon pen.  Next time I guess! 

Stamp - Power poppy - poinsettia
dies - spellbinder - oval, elegant oval, A2 bracket borders one
paper - 110 lb cougar white, SU soft sky, Authentique - glistening
misc- Stampendous - champagne crushed glass glitter, crystal glitter, pink silk ribbon, rhinestone, peel off.

Thanks for stopping by, till next time...... another power poppy card to share.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Warm your heart

Hi everyone, I'm back today with another Christmas card to share.  I love doing the pretty & elegant cards, but sometimes it's always fun to do those whimsical ones as well.  You need a variety - right?

So when I saw these adorable images from Art Impression, I knew I needed them.  I bought four of their whimsical images (ordered them through my local stamp store - The Paper Pickle - for all you local folks, if you see something online and you just have to have it, let Kim know and she will be more than happy to order them in for you - she is the best!).

So this cute guy is called Warm your Heart set.

I started by stamping the image on 110lb cougar white c/s, using black memento.  I used copic markers to colour the image - sorry did not keep track of the colours, but there was lots!
I then layered this onto a piece of red pattern paper, then onto some kraft.  The stripe designer paper is from Basic Grey - aspen frost, and the red polka dot is from Basic Grey as well, but it was a scrap piece.  Card base is soft sky.

To finish this I stitched around the image.  I cut 2 snowflakes from my Simon Says snowflake dies, one from soft sky and one from vellum.  I added lots of glitter to both.  The soft sky snowflake is glued down behind my image and the the vellum was added to the top of the image in the corner and added a red button on the center.  White flock was added to the penguins had, and glossy accents to the berries, and basically glitter on everything else.

Isn't he cute?!

Stamp -  Art Impressions - warm your heart set
Ink - black memento, copics, 
Paper - 110 lb cougar white, SU soft sky, PTI kraft, Basic Grey - aspen frost, vellum
Dies - Simon says snowflake - Eliza & Kate, spellbinder square die
Misc - white flock, glitter, glossy accents, button, stitching, quickie glue pen

I just finished another card yesterday.. will post next.. it's from the newest release from Powerpoppy stamps.. can't wait to share with you... til then,

Have a wonder day!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Time to give thanks

Hello everyone.  I hope your enjoying your weekend.  This is our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to say Thanks to all my followers.  Without you, I wouldn't be posting, it's comments and visits to my blog that keep me going. So a big Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

The weather was perfect today to get all the yard work done before winter (did I really say that word!) - patio furniture put away, flowers pots cleaned out, grass cut etc. Then I made a big pot of vegetable soup - simply delicious.  I love making homemade soups.

And of course I have a card to share with you as well.  I made this back in August for my sale basket and it was scooped up in no time.

I don't remember all the colours I used, I never kept track, but I stamped the image on cream card stock using brown memento  and coloured with copics.

I then cut the image out using the Justrite vintage labels three,  I also stamped the sentiment on a piece of green c/s and used the vintage labels three to cut this out as well. I then layered this onto a piece of terra-cotta card stock cut out using Spellbinders decorative labels twenty-eight, which was first stamped with a  flourish using versamark.  The background paper is from Bo-Bunny.  I layered this onto a piece of cream c/s, wrapped some twine around it several times then tied off in the front. My base card is chocolate brown.   To finish off I added some Bella glitter dots to the corners.

stamp - Justrite - Autumn vintage labels three
Ink - black memento,brown memento,versamark,  copics
dies- Justrite vintage labels three, spellbinders - decorative labels twenty-eight
paper - Bo Bunny, terra-cotta, cream, green, chocolate brown
Misc - twine, Stamping Bella dots

Well that's about it for me for today.  I'm off to have a bowl of that delicious soup!
Thanks for the visit - up next a Christmas card.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends,


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cabrini ornament

--> Hi Everyone.  Sorry it's been so long since my last post, but with good reason, I've been away on vacation.   Bill and I took off for 9 days.  We first headed to Sault Ste Marie - Ontario ( drove up through Michigan)  and hiked in the Lake Superior Provincial Park for 4 days,(the fall colours were spectacular) then we headed to the windy city of Chicago for 5 days. Never been to Chicago - what a beautiful city.  We stayed right downtown, right across from the Trump tower. Our view from the hotel room was gorgeous, we could see up and down the river and street, we had a corner room. A very clean city.  I will have some pictures to share, Bill took tons, so it will take a bit to go through them and process the ones he likes.

So with that said, I'm back, and I have my first Christmas card to share.  This was a very simple card once I figured out what I was doing (lol).

--> I started with a piece of white card stock (4 1/8 x 5 3/8) and embossed it using a snowfall embossing folder.  My scalloped layer was cut using a spellbinder border edge die.  I then adhered this to the snowflake piece using foam tape, then wrapped some burgundy crepe ribbon around it and tied a bow. Now comes the fun part.  I used a Memory Box die and cut it once using gold mirri paper.  I cut it again using green for the holly leaves and some burgundy (stardream) paper for the berries.  The ornament itself was cut --> from a piece of pale gold glitter paper.  I laid all the pieces back into the ornament where they belong and adhered them to the frame on the backside using tape.  I then applied some foam tape to the back of the ornament and tucked the hanger under the scallop edging as if it was hanging.

Here is a closer look at the ornament:

Cardstock: white, dark green, burgundy stardream, pale gold glitter paper, gold mirri paper
Die: Memory Box - Cabrini Ornament, Spellbinder - A2 Scalloped border two
Embossing folder- (sorry not sure who makes this)
Misc - ribbon, foam tape

Thanks for stopping by, until next time....


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Best wishes

Hello there.  Hope your week is going well.

I'm back today to share a wedding card (that I made at the beginning of August!) I made for a friend's mother-in-law to give to her daughter on her wedding day. I love fussing with making wedding cards, making them so pretty and elegant. This is what I came up with:

The only bit of stamping was the sentiment, which was stamped on a pre-cut flag stax fish-tale using black versafine.  Sentiment is from PTI.  

The gold metallic paper at the bottom is a strip of washi tape - isn't this so pretty?  The rest of the card was basically using dies, flowers, pearls and sequins.

Stamp - PTI - propose a toast stamp set
Ink- black versafine Ddies- Memory box - Massa leaf frame, Chochitlan wreath, spellbinders circle, MFT - fish-tale flag stax, MFT - rolled roses
Cardstock - textured/embossed white
Misc - Little B -  washi tape, pearls, sequins, flowers from Wild orchid crafts & Prima

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, September 19, 2014

Fun with Hexagons

Hi everyone, I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post.  Life just gets so busy at times doesn't it?

I'm just going to do a quick post today, I have the day off and I have a long 'to do' list to get done.
I'm just taking a break before I continue on with my errands.

I have been seeing lots of cards done using some of the larger background dies so I thought I would give this a try.  I think my favourite background die plate would have to be this hexagon die from Papertrey Ink.

First, I stamped a background stamp from Justrite called French Rose - I stamped it on MFT  pink lemonade using the pink lemonade dye ink pad. I then cut out the frame using some designer paper from K & Company.  Now this is the tricky part, while trying to keep all the hexagons in the right spots - on the back side, I taped some the hexagons while they were still in there spots catching the tape on the borders of the hexagons and across to the next border edge in order to keep the hexagon adhered to the die cut.  I hope I'm explaining this well for you to understand.  After I taped down as many as I wanted, I then adhered some foam tape to the border as well as behind the hexagons that I taped down. I then layered this onto my background piece, which gives this a bit of dimension.

For my sentiment piece I used a die from Spellbinders de-lites and cut the green layer, then used the next die in the set to cut the pink lemonade c/s.  I stamped the sentiment from an MFT set I have using black versafine.
Now the sentiment looks crooked but really it's not in real.  Must of taken the picture off kilter or something- lol!. 

Finished up with some glittery gems in some of the hexagon openings and a small pink ribbon bow on the sentiment.

This was a fun card to do, a bit of time but love the outcome.  I hope you give this a try sometime as well.  

Well that's it for me for today.  Enjoy your weekend, till next time....


Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome baby

Hi, I'm back today to share another baby card.  I had a request from a co-worker for a baby shower card. She specified - if I could- a card with an owl - the expected Mother has the nursery in an 'owl' theme.  So I browsed several blogs and pinterest to get ideas, and at this time Papertrey Ink was just starting to showcase their August release sneak peaks. The were showing an owl die, but I new I did have time to order and get it here in Canada in time for when she needed the card,...... so I winged it, and this is what I came up with.

After making this one I made 3 more for my sale basket.  No need to go into details, I will list the supplies below.

Paper - MME - fine and dandy - true blue, white c/s, pink c/s
Die - spellbinder oval, scallop oval, Memory box - branch,  EK success border punch
misc - buttons, googly eyes, twine

thanks for stopping by, enjoy your week!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thanksgiving blessing

Well here we are in September, which is really hard to believe.  Our Canadian Thanksgiving is only 5 weeks away, so I thought I would be a bit pro-active and get a couple of Thanksgiving cards made.  I usually keep putting 'holiday' cards off and then before you know it, it's here.  So this is my first card of two that I'm sharing today.

I received my order from PTI a couple of weeks ago and this set  Autumn Adornments was just waiting to be used.
I started with my top layer measuring 5.5 x 3 7/8.  I stamped the flourish in each corner using distress milled lavender.  Added the acorns with distress antique linen, and the small pink flowers using PTI - sweet blush.

I used a piece of scrap paper (5.5 x 1) in kind of a plum/grey tone and placed that along the left edge of my folded card base.  I then adhered the the stamped layer on top of my card base about 1/8" from the right side of the card.  For my sentiment I used the Thanksgiving blessings which comes with this set stamped using PTI - dark chocolate onto a piece of kraft c/s.  Along the top of the kraft strip, I adhered a piece of Little B gold washi tape.  I cut this kraft piece a little bit wider than the top layer because I wanted to overhang on each side of the main panel. Under the kraft panel I stamped 'so grateful' from a Flourish stamp set using distress antique linen.

The leaves were cut from scraps using the leaf from the die Phrase play #7 die.

So now for the finishing touches- I added some PTI Rainstones - love how crystal these little gems are, little white bow made from silk ribbon, wooden bird, and then for the center of the bow I added crystal self adhesive from Prima.

Finish card size - A2 - 5.5 x 4.25

Stamps - PTI - Autumn adornments, Flourishes - autumn blossoms
Ink- Distress inks - antique linen, milled lavender, PTI - dark chocolate, sweet blush
Cardstock - white cougar 110 lb, kraft, scraps
Dies - PTI - phrase play #7
Misc - PTI - rainstones, silk ribbon, studio calico wooden bird, prima crystal self adhesive embellishment

Thanks for your visit. Enjoy your week.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Baby girl

Hi everyone.  Hope you had a good weekend.  Can you believe we are into the last week of August already? How did that happen?  

I'm just popping in for a quick post tonight.  I had a request for a 'baby girl' card a few weeks ago, and this is what I came up with. 

I started by using a stamp set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry called Baby set.  I love these types of stamps, they are all small little stamps on pegs.  I have so many of these sets, it's been a while since I used them. I stamped the word Baby, then with the peg stamps I added the flowers then the greenery. I then cut this out using a spellbinder circle die,  left the die in place then sponged some light pink inside the die.

The rest is self explanatory so I won't  bore you with all the detail. 

I've had a couple of emails asking me the name of the border: it is Spellbinders A2 Scalloped Borders One. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a good week.


Friday, August 22, 2014

To tide you over

I was about to post another card but then realized that I never posted Bill's pictures from Spring Migration, and I didn't want to wait much longer, because then I will probably have pictures of fall migration.

These were taken at Pt. Pelee National Park.  (click on the image to enlarge).

these yellow- headed black birds were take out at Mitchell's Bay area

I hope you enjoyed them.
Back real soon with a card to share.


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.

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..... 


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.

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....

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.

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,


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.

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!


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,