Ruby throated hummingbird - male

Ruby throated hummingbird - male
Ruby throated hummingbird - male

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wedding #2

Hi, just popping in for a quick post tonight.  I have been busy making several wedding cards for orders, and this is one of them.  

I made this a couple of weeks ago, just after I bought a couple of Sue Wilson die sets,  I also made 2 more this weekend.  Using dies makes this a very quick card.

I started out by cutting the black dp 5.25 x 5.25 then laid the decorative die along the bottom edge to cut.  The 3 top layers were all cut from one die set - Sue Wilson - Greek Island collection - Santorini.
The sentiment layer and the 3rd layer was cut using decorative paper and the middle layer is cut from cream card stock.

I finished off with some silk ribbon, pearls and a prima 'say it in crystal' embellishment.

Stamp - Justrite - ever after antique labels one
Paper - cream, Prima - Almanac
ink - black versafine
dies - Sue Wilson - Gemini Dies - Phoenix, Greek Island Collection - Santorini
misc - pearls, silk ribbon, dimensionals, prima - say it in crystal

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Asters abuzz

Well here we are, a start to another week.  I've been dying to use my new digi images from Power Poppy.  I had a bit of free time on Sunday, so this is what I came up with.

I'm using Power Poppy's digital image called Asters Abuzz.  There is also a challenge going on over at Power Poppy this month called "hang some paper", so basically use 3 different patters or colours of designer papers on your card.  I am entering this card into their challenge this month.

After resizing and printing the image I used copics to colour.  I then cut it out using a spellbinders circle die, left the die in place then sponged some SU Soft sky around the edges.  I then used my gold kyrlon pen and send around the edge.

Designer paper is from Authentique - summer collection.  I also distress the edges of the paper as well as sponge some walnut stain around the edges.

To finish off I added some ribbon, glitter  and sequins.

stamp - Power Poppy digital - Asters abuzz
ink- copics -BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, G24, YG17, YG67, BV11, B63, YG01, YR31, Y13, Y18, Y19, Y23, Y38, YR24, E08, E79
dies - spellbinders circle & square dies
paper - cougar white 100 lb, SU Crushed Curry, Authentique - summer
misc - sequins, ribbon & glitter

Thanks for the visit, see you soon,


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hey Chicky

Hi everyone, hope your week is going well.  Can you believe that we are into the middle of July already?  Summer is half over already, and we have not really had much in the line of hot summer temps.  This weekend we are in for a hot and sweltering weekend up into the low to mid 30's C,  but other than that I would say it's been a much cooler summer, lots of rain and cooler temps.  I don't mind the cooler days, but just a little heat would be good, none of the hot and humid days.

The card I'm sharing with you, I made for a co-worker's birthday today.  She is a young gal mid 20's, who a few months ago decided to raise some chickens (layers).  She just loves her little chickens and always has some funny stories about them.  

I remembered I had a chicken stamp somewhere in my collection, but do you think I could find it?  I also have and folder of images that I have stamped off previously, so went looking through that and found a couple of this cute chicken just ready and waiting to be coloured up! Isn't she just  the cutest chick around?

I coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.   Used a spellbinder die to cut it out and layer it onto some new papers from Penny Black.  Kept the card simple with just a bit of glitter and some seam binding ribbon.

stamp: unknown - (It might be Inky antics)
ink: black memento, prismacolour pencils - lime peel, grass green, kelly green, green ochre, light aqua, peacock, jade green, parrot green, process red, black cherry, magenta, lavender, sand, goldenrod, yellow ochre, mineral orange, pumpkin orange, carmine red, blue slate, cloud blue, orange, light umber
die: spellbinders - floral ovals
paper - Penny black - painted blooms, white
misc - seam binding ribbon, glitter, bow maker

BTW -Melissa loved her card!

Thanks for the visit, enjoy your day.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Two hearts

Hi everyone, hope you had a good week.  It's early Saturday morning, so thought best I get my post done so I can work out in my gardens today.  We have had a lot of rain and cooler weather the past couple of weeks, which means the weeds keep growing! but the gardens of so lush in growth and colour.

As I mentioned in my last post I have a few wedding cards to share.  Here is another one:

As you can see there is not a lot involved in this one.  I used spellbinders regal frame for the frame part and then used the inner piece from spellbinders A2 tranquil moments die set for the focal piece and stamped my sentiment on.  Sentiment is from the set called Love and Marriage from PTI. I used dimensionals to pop up the sentiment piece.

Designer paper is by Fancy Pants called french press.  Ribbon is beautiful deep aqua from Sharon's store - 
Stamp Simply.  To finish off I added pearls and a couple of prima flowers.  I had a hard time parting with this one, but now it's sold, so just might need to make another one to have on hand.

The picture about of the ruby-throated hummingbird was taken in our backyard among the bee-balms.

I appreciate you stopping by, enjoy your day.


Sunday, July 5, 2015


It's summer which means wedding season.  I have been busy with a lot of requests for wedding cards lately.  So you know what I will be sharing in the next few posts.... wedding cards.

The one I'm sharing today is using a stamp from Our Daily Bread called "1 Corinthians".

It's a fairly simple card but elegant.  I took this picture outside under the gazebo, I hope it's not too dark.

I started by embossing the sentiment stamped using versamark on cream card stock and embossed with gold embossing powder.  This was then cut out using spellbinders labels eight die.

For the next layer I used spellbinders decorative labels eight with some cream pearl cardstock. This was then layered onto a piece of Memory Box designer paper.  I love the softness of the green, it goes so well with the cream colours.

To dress it up a bit I added some prima flowers in the bottom corner, two tiny bows layered on top of one another crosswise, added a prima glitter dot to the center, as well as some tiny pearls around the decorative edge of the cream pearl card stock.

I hope you are enjoying your day.  Thanks for stopping by. See you again real soon...


Monday, June 29, 2015

Go wild

Ah, I finally made it back to my blog to post a card!  Last week was crazy busy, working lots of overtime because of quarter end, so by the time I get home from work I'm pooched!

But today was my flex day, so Bill and I headed out of town till mid afternoon to do some bird photography. 

Knowing that I haven't posted since last Sunday, I sat down before dinner and  pulled out one of Power Poppy's newest stamp set Go Wild and coloured up this:

I used prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I'm entering this into Power Poppy's challenge this month - Pencil me In.

After colouring the image I cut it out using one of the dies from the spellbinder labels 40 set. Paper used is from Simple Stories - vintage bliss. When I normally make A2 cards I always have the fold on the right side, well this time I did something different, I made the fold at the top and rounded the bottom corners

To finish off I added some tiny clear sequins and used my wink of stella pen clear to add a bit of sparkle to the flowers.

stamp - Power Poppy - Go wild
ink - black memento, prismacolour pencils - leaves - artichoke, olive green, flowers - deco pink, pink, hot pink, process red, magenta, sunburst yellow, yellowed orange, tetra-cotta, imperial violet, violet blue - jar - electric blue, parrot green, ground shading - sandbar brown, french grey 90%, background shading - deco aqua, light green, electric blue
dies - spellbinders label 40
paper - cougar white 100 lb, light aqua, simple stories - vintage bliss
misc - PTI white satin ribbon, clear sequins, clear wink of stella pen

Thanks for sticking with me, see you again real soon. Up next is a wedding card.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Garden Fireworks

Hi - hope your having a great weekend.  I'm back today to share another digital image I coloured up.
This one is Power Poppy's newest digi called Garden Fireworks - just love this, as I love all of her images.

After downloading I made several different sizes to print out.  I like doing this because I never know what dies or layout I might use, so having different sizes available makes it easier in the end.

So, with saying that I used one of the smaller images.  I'm also going to enter this into this months challenge - Pencil me in!

Sorry for the bit of shadowing in the picture.  I took this outside rather than in my shadow box.  I love how white the white is in the natural light.

I cut the image out using one of the dies from spellbinders Captivating Squares.  I then coloured the image using Caran D'Ache pencils and blended with gamsol. For my next layer under the image I used spellbinders ornate labels one embossing folder.  The folder is an A2 size, but I cut off the bottom portion once embossed and just kept the top portion. 

Designer paper is a piece of 12 x 12 MME - Penny Lane. It's very lightweight paper so I layered this onto a piece of white card stock before adhering to the card base.  I wrapped some pink shimmery ribbon around the center portion of the card, popped the image up using some foam tape then adhered a tiny bow in the bottom corner of the image.  Added some pearls and glitter to the flowers.

A beautiful card for any occasion.  I think I'm just going to keep the liner blank and add it to my sale basket.

Thanks for visiting today. 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lilac time

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments and support regarding on becoming a 'dirty girl' over on SCS.
It was such an exciting day yesterday when my first posts were revealed.  Such good times.  I can see why they say your 6 months will fly on by, well I can't believe one month is down and I'm starting to work on my cards for next month!  Don't worry, my blog posts will not be forgotten, although I can't post my dirty girl cards  on my blog for 6 months, I will still make cards to post here.  At first it might be a bit slow on my blog, but it will pick up once I get a routine going.  I hope you continue to stick with me through this process.

So that brings me to a post tonight.  I received my order from Power Poppy a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to use it.  I'm using one of the images from the set Lilac Time. I am also going to enter this into their monthly challenge - Pencil me in.

I love how I coloured the image, but over all just not pleased on the papers I used, maybe too much purple and green, I don't know for sure, but it's okay.  Here is what I did:

I stamped the image onto which cougar card stock using black memento. I used my prismacolour pencils to colour and blended with gamsol.  After cutting out the image I left the die in place and sponged some light purple around the edges.  Not sure of the colour I used because I just used one of my sponges that I used with purple ink.

For my ribbon, it started out to be white, so I using my V15 copic marker to colour it to match the lilacs and cardstock.  Added some glitter to the flowers to finish this off.

stamp - Power Poppy - Lilac time
ink- black memento, prismacolour pencils - canary yellow, deco yellow, sunburst yellow, chartreuce, olive green, dark green, limepee, lavender, dahlia purple, tuscan red, imperial violeet, peacock blue, sky blue light, peach beige, french grey 20%, french grey 30%, warm grey 50%, warm grey 70%, sandbar brown, caribbean blue,
paper - cougar white, K & C - celeste, purple, scrap plaid
dies - spellbinder - labels 22
misc - glitter, white silk ribbon - coloured using copic V15

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


Monday, June 15, 2015


Happy Monday!  Just popping in for a quick post.

As I mentioned in my last post I was going to reveal my 'secret' today.  I can't hold it in any more - I am a   "DIRTY DOZEN" gal! How exciting is that!

I received a private email from SCS a few weeks back.  At first when I saw the email I thought someone was asking a question about one of my cards I posted. As I was reading the email I couldn't believe what I was reading - Lydia asking me to join the Dirty Dozen team - WHAT? Me??.  I re-read the email again thinking maybe I read it wrong.  Nope.. I read it right.  So of course right away I emailed Lydia back and told her I would love to join the team.

So as of today, I'm officially a Dirty Girl for 6 months.!  It still hasn't sunk in yet though - hehe!  I'm just so honored and thrilled to be on this team among so many talented ladies past and present.  I hope you will get a chance to pop over to the Dirty Dozen gallery and have a peak.

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, June 12, 2015

For Dad

Hi everyone.  I never thought Friday was going to get here.  It's been a hectic week, both at work and at home.  I've been working on something, which is a 'secret' for right now, you will have to come back on Monday, and I will reveal.

With Father's Day not so far away, I figured I best be working on some cards.  A few weeks ago I went through a zip lock bag of images that I have started and not finished over the years.  Well I came across this one, background was created and the wheat was stamped.  Hmmm... this could work for a Father's day card, so I went to work to complete it. 

To tell you the truth, I don't even remember doing this image, I know it's a Hero Arts wheat stamp, but as far as inks and stencil I couldn't tell you what I used.  

I added some gold krylon around the image edges, then layered it onto some black c/s.  I pulled out some burnt orange/terracotta colour cardstock to layer the image on then onto some SU river rock for my card base.

I used a Verve set to stamp DAD then cut it out using a spellbinders tag set, left the die in place and sponged some antique linen.  Tied some gold cording to the tag then adhered it to the back of the image.

Thanks for the visit.  Have a wonderful weekend. I'll see you on Monday.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hello friend

I was so excited to receive my order from Power Poppy earlier this week, I couldn't wait to colour up one of the new images.

I ended up choosing one of the images in the set called Simply Camellias.

I stamped the image on cougar white 100lb card stock using black memento.  I then coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.

My good friend Nancy surprised me one day at work  by sending over a 6x6 paper pad from Prima called Butterfly collection.  OMG if you know me I love paper and especially since this is 'nature' based. The papers are to die for in this collection.  I knew I wanted to use it with this image.  After colouring I cut it our using a circle die using the out of the box technique so I could allow the leave to spill outside of the circle edge.  I layered this onto a new die set called circle delight, and delightful this is!.  For the scalloped edge on the prima paper I used scallop borders two.

To finish off I added the sentiment stamped in black versafine, silk taupe bow, glitter on the flower and  a tiny wooded heart.  I just love how this all came together.  The colours are a bit softer in real - so pretty.

stamp - Power Poppy - simply camellias
ink - black memento, black versafine, prismacolour - pink rose PC1018, deco peach PC1013, deco pink PC1014, pink PC929, magenta PC930, carmine red PC926, deco yellow PC1011, limepeel PC1005, kelly green PC1096, kelp green PC1090, peacock blue PC1027, warm grey 30% PC1052, warm grey 50% PC1054, warm grey 70% PC1056, dark umber PC947
dies - spellbinders - circle, circle delight, scallop borders two
paper - Prima - butterfly collection, bazzill light taupe, white, pink
misc - glitter, calico studio wooded heart, silk ribbon, bow maker

I can see some more Power Poppy stamps coming into my collection next week.  Have you seen the sneak peaks for the release on Monday? Oh my goodness, they are gorgeous.  Marcella has done it again!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend.  So glad tomorrow is friday! :)


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Purple Mum

Hi everyone.  Well it is a very gloomy day here today in SW Ontario. It's been raining since late yesterday afternoon, and suppose to continue into the evening hours.  We did some planting in the gardens yesterday, so the rain is a nice welcome for them.

I guess today is a good day to be working on some cards.  The card I'm showing today is one of the Mother's Day cards I made a while ago.  I think this is the last of them - I told you I made a lot!

I'm using the Justrite stamp set called Mum.  I had used it before, so again I have used the same technique as my first card, but changed the colours and layout.

After embossing the flower onto some watercolour paper using white embossing powder I coloured the image using distress inks.  Once the image was dried I then coloured the background, first by wetting the area with water then going back in with ink on my brush and dropping it into the area and blending a bit.

I then cut it out using an oval die, and adhering it to white card stock that was cut from the Fleur de Elegance die. While the die was in place I sponged some dusty concord (very little ink on sponge) and lightly brushed it over the open areas on the die.  Once die is removed you can see where I had sponged the ink - so pretty.

To finish I made a bow with some dark purple seam binding ribbon, added a flower and leaf, and pearls.

stamp - Justrite - Mum
ink - versamark, distress - peacock feathers, seedless preserves, forest moss, salty ocien, dusty concord, peeled paint
paper - white cougar 100 lb, bazzill blue, watercolour
die - spellbinders - oval & Fleur de Elegence
misc - pearls, ribbon, flowers, white embossing powder

Thanks for the visit, see you soon,


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beautiful foxgloves

Hi everyone, I'm back today to share a gorgeous digital image by Power Poppy.  Marcella continues to wow us with the most beautiful digital flower images.  Let me show you what I did ....

After resizing and printing the image I first cut it out using Spellbinders Regal Frame (using the inside die).  I then coloured the image using copics.  I added some shading around the image using SU soft sky and celery inks.

After cutting the outside die from white c/s, I layered this onto a piece of memory box paper then a piece of SU blush blossom.  I then wrapped a piece of peach seam binding ribbon around the layers and under the white bars on the die cut.  I then layered this onto a piece of SU Soft Suede for my base. I added some foam tape behind the flower image and layered this onto the card.  Using my bow maker I made a bow and adhered it to the right side.  Finished off with coloured glitter from Art Institute.

I also made another card using the same copic colours, just changed the ribbon colour, card stock from peach to yellow  and designer paper.

stamp - Power Poppy digital - bees in foxgloves
ink - SU - soft sky, celery, copics - Y00, Y04, Y11, Y17, Y21, Y23, YR000, YR01, YR02, YR14, YR21, G20, G24, YG63, YG93, YG97, R00, R01, R11, R21, R22, YG21.
dies - spellbindes - regal frame
paper - SU soft suede, blush blossom, white, yellow, Memory Box DP
misc - art institute glitter - flax & cosmo, seam binding ribbon, bow maker, foam tape

 I appreciate your visit and comments.  See you again real soon....


Friday, May 22, 2015

Happiness is....

Hi Everyone, hope your week is going well.  One good thing is that it is Friday - whoot, whoot, but then on a sad note this is the end of my weeks vacation, although I do have Monday off, so back to work on Tuesday. 

Weather has been on the cool side this week hovering around low 50's some sun, some cloudy days, but that didn't stop Bill and I to venture out to do some birding.  We are suppose to climb back up into the 70's this weekend. So on the cloudy days I was able to create a couple of cards, since it's too dark for bird pictures.

Today I'm sharing a card using an older Penny Black stamp called Aspire.

I started by inking my flowers using Tombow markers, huffed then stamped onto some white card stock.  I then cut it out using a square nestabilities die.  For my sentiment, which is also from Penny Black, I stamped this using black Archival Ink onto some shimmer/pearl vellum.  I bought a few sheets of this years ago (yes I'm a hoarder- because I don't think you can buy this anymore). I wrapped the ends around my image and taped on the back side.  Layered the image onto a couple different pieces of blue card stock, then onto a Night of Navy card base.  I know you can't see the  background I stamped on the  base card very well, but I stamped a Justrite rose garden background stamp using versamark.  In real it is so pretty, but I couldn't get the camera to pick it up.  The card base actually looks black in the picture - so you will have to just imagine it - LOL.

To finish off I used my wink of stella clear pen for the flowers, a string of pearls and a small flower from Wild Orchid Crafts.

There you have it, a fairly simple card don't you think?

stamp - Penny Black - Aspire - 3381K, Happiness (sentiment) 3384F, Justrite - rose garden
ink- black archival, versamark, tombow markers - 055, 140, 158, 393, 472, 725
die- spellbinders - square
paper - SU - Night of Navy,  scraps of blue, white, vellum
misc - string of pearls, wink of stella clear pen, wild orchid craft flower

I appreciate you stopping in today, enjoy your weekend.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blooming lilacs

I can't believe how fast a week goes by.  I haven't even had time to work on cards this week, with work, and yard work and bird migration it eats all my time, not complaining because the bird migration only lasts for about 3 weeks, so things should start to wrap up by next weekend. Good thing  I have a few cards I haven't posted yet which come in handy in a pinch.

Yes, I have been holding out on showing you this card, not sure why, I guess maybe I always had something else to post. I made this back when the digital image was released, which I'm thinking maybe February.  This is one of Marcella's Power Poppy Lilac digital images.

After printing my image I cut it out using an oval die and went out side the box on the leaf and stem.
The image was coloured using copics (listed below). I then layered this onto a piece of wistera wonder which was cut using  the Heirloom Legacy die.  Background paper is by Memory Box.  I added a couple pieces of white silk ribbon which was coloured using copic marker V20.  I then popped the image piece on top using dimensionals.

Finished off with some pearls and glitter.

Stamp - Power Poppy - digital Lilacs
ink- copics - V20, V22, V25, V79, E57, YG03, YG17, YG21, B0000, B000, BG10, B95, R24, R59
dies - Spellbinders - oval, Heirloom Legacy
paper - cougar white 100 lb, Neenah, SU Wistera Wonder, Memory Box
mics - silk ribbon, pearls, glitter, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great  week.