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,


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. 

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.