coopers hawk - 1st year

coopers hawk - 1st year
coopers hawk - 1st year

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lulu's orchids

Hello!  I've been working on my cards for Septembers SCS Dirty Dozen challenge, and decided to take a break to post a card.

I just love this image.  It's an older one from Stamping Bella, but I remember when I was on the DT a few years ago, I coloured this image up a few times.  Since I have a love for flowers, and they are a popular type card in my sale basket I reached for this image again.

After stamping the image on cougar 100 lb white cardstock I coloured this using copics.  I then cut out the image using spellbinders square die, left the die in place and sponged Adirondak shell pink ink around the edges

Designer paper is from Basic Grey - Curio.  I'm such a hoarder, I think this is the first time I used any paper out of this pack, it's just so pretty I hate to part with it! Like get a life right- there is so much more out there.  I have enough paper to last me 2 life times and maybe more - anyone else there like me? I'm sure there is!

Okay back to my card.  To finish up I added some shading around the flower using the 'pointillism' technique,  some lace, ribbon, sequins, stitching and pearls.

stamp - Stamping Bella - Lulu's orchids (this stamp has been discontinued)
ink - black memento, copics - Yg0000, YG000, YR0000, E01, E02, E09, YG97, YG93, G000, G0000, G00, G12, R00, R07, R08, RV13, adirondack - shell pink
paper - Basic Grey - Curio, cougar 100 lb white, SU Soft Suede, Bazill - peach & green
dies - spellbinder square
misc - SU Mint Macaron lace, taupe chiffon ribbon, light green silk ribbon, sequins, pearls, stitching, bow maker

Thanks for the visit.  Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Best wishes

Hi everyone!  Just here for a quick post.  As I mentioned before I had made quite a few Wedding cards, so here is another one that I did.  I was asked to make it in blues.

I'm not even sure of the designer paper I used, this was over a month ago when I made this and didn't keep track of the source of paper.

Spellbinder dies used were labels 42, labels 42 decorative accents, and grand calibre square.  Other misc items are ribbon, lace, pearls, flower and stamens.

Sentiment  is from a Justrite set stamped using black versafine.

Thanks for visiting today, see you again real soon,


Thursday, August 20, 2015

a little shabby and a little chic

Hi everyone. Well we are on the home stretch towards another weekend.  Actually this is my 'friday' per say as I have both friday and monday off - woohoo!! So looking forward to a 4 day weekend.

I'm back today with another coloured image using Power Poppy's sunflower power digital image.
I googled colours of sunflower's and I was amazed at all the different shades.  Instead of going with the typical yellow I went with this:

I am also entering this into the Power Poppy challenge this month - shabby & chic!

So here are some details about my card:  after re-sizing and printing I cut out the image using spellbinders labels 22, then coloured using copics. After the image was coloured I placed the die back in place and sponged some antique linen around the edges, then  I edged the border using my krylon gold pen.

To get the shabby look, I distressed one of my layers of designer paper around the edges using my heidi swapp edge distresser, then I also cut one of the matching papers using a doily die to lay behind the image. 

Added some green seam binding ribbon, and attached a prima gem using gold twine.  I was trying to come up with something for the right corner of the image, and I had this die cut laying on my table, so I snipped a piece of it off and added it to the corner.  Not sure if I'm sold on it, but it's glued down now!  I added a couple of green rhinestones for accents. For the center of the sunflower I added some hero arts glitter.

stamp - Power Poppy - digital sunflower power
ink- distress antique linen, copics - E08, E19, YG01, YG03, YG17, YG63, YG67, YG98, G28, Y02, Y26, Y28, V01, V04, V05, V06, V09, V99, RV09, BV08
dies - spellbinders labels 22, memory box rose border (#99142), cherry lynn - english tea party doily die (#DL101)
paper - white cougar 100 lb, beckett expression (for image), Basic Grey - Eva
misc - seam binding ribbon, gold twine, glitter, rhinestones, prima gem, edge distresser,  

Thanks for visiting me today, have a wonderful day,


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Sunflower Power

Hello and hope your enjoying your weekend.  

Many of you know how much I love to colour flowers, well when Marcella from Power Poppy announced that there was a challenge this weekend with Passionate Paper Creations & Friends over on Facebook with a chance to win $25 to shop at Power Poppy I was in!  You can read all about the challenge here.

I resized the image and sentiment to make it fit to the size I had in mind.  I must give huge kudos to Cheryl for helping me with combining both the image and sentiment into one image.  If you only knew how many wasted hours I have spent trying to figure out how to remove the boxes so I could combine them!  After following Cheryl's instructions I had it done less than 10 min! Phew.....

So with out further ado this is what I came up with....

After printing the image I cut it out using a square die, then left the die in place and sponged some distress antique linen inside the frame area.  I then coloured the image using copics.

Used this image as a colour inspiration:

 Image result for sunflowers

The rest is pretty simple - some distressing of paper edges, ribbon, glitter and clear dots.

stamps - Power Poppy - Digital sunflower power
ink- copics - R30, R32, R35, R37, R39 R89, RV99, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, YG01, E19, YR27, distress antique linen
paper - PTI Kraft, burgundy, Basic Grey - Lucille
dies - spellbinder square, spellbinder triple floral
misc - burgundy ribbon, glitter, kraft foam (I cut a piece slightly smaller than the image square and glued it to the back- I find it gives it a more stable even level of height), PTI raindrops, bow maker

I'm really thrilled with how this turned out.  I hope you enjoy it as well.  Thanks for stopping by.

Again, thanks to Cheryl for your help. I couldn't of done it without you! :)


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

the birthday girl

How is your week going? I was just about to work on another card,  and watch my favourite baseball team play on tv (Toronto Blue Jays - they are on fire these past couple of weeks! :) ),but thought I best post a card, because I did promise you that I would post a card that I coloured up.

I had a request for a this image but in blue tones - navy to be exact.  Do you know how many tones of 'blue' there is out there?  I tried so many different pencils to try and come up with a 'navy' colour, and after this being my 3rd try at this image, I settled for this:

This is Uptown Brittany the Birthday Girl by Stamping Bella.  I stamped her on cougar white 100 lb using black memento, then coloured her with prismacolour pencils.  I did the skin tones and hair  with copics.

After colouring I did some shading around her using the 'pointillism' technique using copics. Next, I trimmed the image down to the size I wanted, stamped the sentiment in black versafine, then layered this onto a piece of navy cardstock then stitched around the edges.

Designer paper - the 2 pieces behind the image are from Glitz - vintage blue and the background paper is MME - hattie.

To finish it off I added glitter to the frills on her dress and cake.  I also added some rhinestones for some added bling!

Well that's it for me for tonight, I'm off to do some colouring.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit, love to hear your comments.

Enjoy your evening.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

today, tomorrow and always

I back to share another wedding card.  I hope you are not getting tired of these types of cards. I promise my next post will be a coloured image :).

A co-worked requested a wedding card in green, silver and lace theme, and this is what I came up with:

Sentiment is from Justrite which is stamped in black versafine onto some white cougar 100 lb cardstock.  I used spellbinder decorative labels one die to cut it out. I cut another one using the same die and layered behind my sentiment piece.  

The larger white piece was done using spellbinders ornate labels one embossing folder.  I cut it down to 4 1/8 square, then layered this onto a piece of lime green c/s.  I was playing around one day cutting a bunch of different spellbinder dies just so I could have them handy if needed, so the layer behind the white/green layer was cut using spellbinder victorian medallion three die.  I needed something behind the green and this seemed to fit perfectly.

The grey/silver paper behind is a pearlized cardstock I picked up at my local scrapbook store.

Pulled it all together with some lace, lime green silk ribbon and pearls.

Thanks for visiting today, take care and see you again real soon.....


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Uptown Claudia

Gosh, another week gone by and I haven't posted yet.  I apologize for the long stretches of non-postings.  Sometimes 'life' gets in the way of things we love to do.  Work has been very busy, lots of overtime, and also I have been working on my august theme for SCS -DD team.  I have 3 done, 3 more to go.  And on top of that the weather this weekend has been fantastic, no humidity, sunny, blue skies, breezy, a perfect day to be outside rather than in working on cards.  

But... I thought I would pop in doors for a moment and post this long lost card I made back in April! Yikes, I know I'm bad.  I was saving it for a later post at that time and completely forgot about it.

Anyhoo... this is Uptown Claudia...

I coloured her using copics and prismacolour pencils.  Not sure of the colours, I thought I wrote them down but can't seem to locate them at this time.  I cut her out using a MFT pierced die, then layered her onto some paper from MME Dolled Up.  

To finish off I added a silk ribbon bow, glitter, MME enamel dots and I cut out a butterfly from the designer paper to pull it all together.

Thank you for stopping by today, enjoy your week.


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.....