White rumped sandpiper

White rumped sandpiper
White rumped sandpiper

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Algonquin Park # 2

I'm back to share some more of photos of our trip to Algonquin Park.

Costello Lake:

Adult and juvenile Loons

Rusty Blackbirds

Red Fox at Tea Lake Dam 

Fall colours along Hwy 60


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I will have more to share.
Have a wonderful day,


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Black-eyed susan

Happy Wednesday - we are half way through the week, even though it feels like a Tuesday to me since I was off on Monday.

Thanks so much for those who commented on Bill's photography from our trip (previous post)- greatly appreciated.  I will have more to share in my next post.

A quick post this morning before heading off to work.  One of my very closest and best friends birthday was last week, so I surprised her with a little gift and this card:

I'm using Power Poppy's black-eyed susan digital image.  After re-sizing I printed it out onto some 100lb cougar white c/s and coloured with copics.

I used an older MFT die-namics die set to cut out the image.  I searched their website and can't seem to find this set, it must be discontinued.  Papers used are from MME - Fine and Dandy - true blue.

Now these are not my colours by any means and I found it hard to go this direction, but since I had my flowers already coloured in yellows/oranges I didn't have much choice, but I do like out it turned out.

Finished off with some art institute - autumn glitter in the centers of the flowers.

stamp - Power Poppy digital image - black-eyed susan
ink - copics - Y04, Y18, Y38, YR15, G40, G24, YG01, YG0000, E08, E09, E19, E99
dies - MFT die-namics- ?, EK success border punch - abstract flowers
paper - MME - Fine & Dandy - ture blue, PTI chocolate, cougar white
misc - ribbon, art institute autumn glitter, quickie glue pen, bow easy.

Well, that's it for me for today.  So glad you stopped by, have a wonderful day.  Another beautiful day here - high of 20 C (70F) today, but then it falls off over night, and the rest of the week is in the 50's.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Algonquin Park #1

Hello everyone.  A few weeks ago Bill and I spent 5 days up in Algonquin Park (this is the oldest and biggest provincial park in Canada measuring 7,653 square kilometres or 2,955 square miles). We knew before heading, that the park was showing stunning fall colours, but when we arrived it was nothing like we imagined.  Even locals say this was the best year for 'fall colours' in years. They have never seen colours so intense. We were not disappointed to say the least, from yellows to oranges to reds to burgundy's - it was breathtaking!  

We try to get up to the park at least once a year.  It's an amazing park, with 20 interpretive walking trails, some include waterfalls and lookouts. Being here is so serene! It's a great place to unwind from the hectic everyday life. I know a lot of people would much rather be on a sunny beach on some island far away, but for us we love to drive to our destination and soak up the scenery of our beautiful country we live in, along with what nature has in store for us.

The weather was cool in the mornings in the mid 40's to low 50's up to low 70's in the afternoon. First couple of days were cloudy, but sun broke out late afternoon, the rest of the week was sunny.

Bill took so many fabulous pictures capturing the fall colours.  I will share some in this post and then more in a future post.

Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them for a better view.


This was taken on day 2, just as the sun was breaking through the fog, shortly after 7am. So tranquil.

A view from across Tea Lake.

Colours of Autumn - along Opeongo Road

The Common Loon has been on Bill's list of 'lifers' to get for years, and finally he was able to capture them on Opeongo Lake.

And how about a bit of nature - mushrooms - gorgeous!
I hope you enjoyed what I shared today.  I will have more in another post shortly. Thanks for your visit today.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mr Fixit

Good morning.  Today is my son Mark's birthday.  I can't believe where the 32 years have gone. Since he bought his home  a year ago he has taken up a new hobby - wood working.  He has blow my mind on what he has created.  He has made a coffee table - gorgeous, small shelving units for the wall, and he also made their wedding card box for guests to deposit their cards at the reception.

So I was racking my brain as to what image I could use for his birthday card.  I came across an image over at Mo's Digital Pencil called Mr. Fixit. We had our family Thanksgiving on Saturday so we gave it to him then, and he loved it!  He is going to put it in a frame and place it in his workshop room.

After re-sizing the image I used prismacolour pencils to colour. I used MFT stitched rectangles  to cut out the image. 

Designer paper is Basic Grey -Granola.  For the corner I used Verve's Pennant trim - I cut off 2 of the pennants, overlapped them and added a screw brad to hold them together.  

Well that's it for me today.  Hope you have a wonderful day.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

cuppa buttercups and pictures

Hello everyone.  Sorry for the long absence.  As I mentioned before,  we were busy getting ready for our son Mark's wedding, then back to work for a week, then last week Bill & I took off for a weeks vacation.  Nowhere hot with sunny beaches, but rather up north to Algonquin Provincial Park to soak in the wild life along with the most gorgeous fall colours.  We are still all green down in SW Ontario, there might be the odd tree that is turning yellow, or a bit of orange.  It was like driving through a tunnel of colour.  We hit it at the right time as the colours reached their peak.  A lot of locals we met even said this has been the best year in many, as far as colourful and vibrancy.

Here are a few I took with my Canon PowerShot S95.  I will have more to share later, just haven't had time to go through them all. 

along highway 60 driving through the park:

Oxtongue rapids - you can see Bill over to the right, doing what he loves best!

and now for my card post.

I made this a couple of weeks ago before I took my break but just didn't get the chance to post it.
I'm using one of Power Poppy's digital image called Cuppa buttercups.

 After re-sizing and printing I used copics to colour.  I cut it out using a stitched circle die, then cut a scallop circle using some of the designer  paper.

The bottom of the card front I used my ever so neglected spellbinder border.  I'm not even sure if they still carry this set, as  I have had it for several years.  It cuts, embosses as well as pierce tiny holes for the design. I used the same die to cut both edges of the yellow designer paper.

All papers are from the Howdy Doody MME 6x6 paper pack.

To finish off I cut a flag banner from a piece of scrap and then added a tiny bow made from silk ribbon.  Wink of Stella clear pen for the buttercups and pearls along the bottom edge.

So..... now I need to get into gear and work on more cards.  Taking almost a month off, it's hard to get back at it.  My basket at work is almost depleted, and of course Christmas card orders.  So that should get me into gear don't you think!

stamp - Power Poppy - digital image  cuppa buttercups
ink - copics - BG0000, BG000, E30, E31, R21, R24 R29, RV02, RV09, RV19, YG01, YG03, G 29, YG63, YG67, Y12, Y32, Y38, YR23
paper - MME - Howdy Doody, cougar white
dies - Simon Says - inside & out stitched circle, spellbinders - scallop circle, stitched border
misc - pearls, silk ribbon, wink of stella pen

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful day.  See you again real soon. (Wed - I will post my son's birthday card).


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sending birthday wishes

Hello everyone! Sorry I've been away for a few weeks.  It was our son Mark's wedding this past weekend.  You couldn't of asked for a better day.  Temps around 70, sunny, slight breeze just a gorgeous day.  Everything went perfectly.  It was a nice small wedding very intimate, around 60 guests. Lots of fun,  fabulous food, lots of dancing and drinking of course.  I will share pictures once we go through them.

This card I have today was made about  month ago, and of course I never kept track of what I used.
So I'll try to give you what I can remember! LOL

I started by using a chevron stencil, taped it down onto some kraft card stock(which was precut using a stitched rectangle - Simon Says die) and then applied embossing paste but not over the whole stencil, I left some areas untouched. After removing the stencil, I added gold glitter to the wet paste and let dry.  I then used versamagic to stamp the Penny black stamp around the edges to fill in the bare spots

I used a die to cut a tag from both vellum and cream card stock.  On the cream c/s I embossed a  stamp from Penny Black called Flamboyant using white embossing powder.  I then sponged some distress ink over the tag and then stamped a script background over that. (I think I used second generation stamping for the text).

fFowers are from Justrite - Floral trio One dies.  Sending die is from Simon Says cut using chocolate brown card stock - Birthday wishes is from PTI stamped using memento rich cocoa.

Finished off with some twine wrapped around the top layer.  I then layered everything onto a white bazzill card base.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Hi.  I'm back for a quick post.  With my son's wedding quickly approaching there are some finishing details we need to take of which leaves no time for card making.  But once the wedding is done I will be back, I promise.

Tonight's card is one I made a few weeks ago for our Manager of AP, she took on another role within the company. No stamping involved only the sentiment.  I was inspired by a card my friend Carla made a couple of months ago.

Paper is Basic Grey.  Dies are Spellbinders - scallop borders two,  Creative Expressions (Sue Wilson) - Striplet - lattice heart, Simon Says - stitched banners, Memory Box - lavish branch.
Finished with flowers from Prima and Wild Orchid crafts, pearls and ribbon.  Sentiment is from PTI.

Sorry for the short post, and remember I will be back in a couple of weeks for sure. Thanks for stopping by today.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Red & white wedding

Hello everyone! Hope your enjoying your weekend so far.

My card today is a wedding card I made for my friend at work.  He son got married last month and they are huge Detroit Red Wing Fans.  They got married in her backyard, so all the flowers she planted this year were red & white.  I told her I would make her a red & white theme wedding card, and this is what I came up with.

I just love the all white card with that pop of red!

This was pretty much all die cutting.  The sentiment is from a Justrite wedding set.  Dies used are Spellbinders -nested hearts, fleur de lis, Memory box - lavish branch, MFT -rolled flower, Marianne - leaves.  I also added pearls some tiny red flowers and some white silk flowers.

Well back to colouring.  I haven't coloured in over a month! I think after making those 29 cards for the order I had I got a bit burnt out and lost my mojo. It's slowly coming back.

So glad you stopped by for a visit.  See you again real soon.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Olive & Oak Trio

Hello! I hope everyone enjoyed your long weekend.  I can't believe we are into September already - where did the summer go? And today marks another heat wave for the next couple of days.  It was over 100F today as it will be until Thursday when we have a cold front move through with rain.

A few weeks ago Power Poppy had a big sale going on so I took advantaged and purchased some digital images.  I resized and printed some Olive & Oak images with good intentions of doing some colouring.  My Minc machine was still on my craft table, so I gravitated to a piece of foil that I used on one of my latest projects, placed it on one of my laser printed images ran it through the Minc and voila,  an instant card! I was sold on this look for sure. I ended up doing 3 cards.

gold rose foil:

silver foil:

gold foil:

I guess it is hard to see the foil in the pictures. I should of took an angle shot of them.

I used MFT wonky stitched rectangle die for all 3.

Thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day,

Friday, September 2, 2016

Stamping Bella sneak peak Day 7

Hi. I'm back today with another sneak peak to share with you. So what do you think so far? 

Today, I'm introducing Chick and Snowman.

I used copics to colour this sweet little snowman.  I just love snowmen, I was so excited when Emily sent me this one to colour.

I used some scrap designer paper (polka dots), kraft, confetti red and white card stock. 
Dies used are Simon Says stitched squares and Memory box - precious snowflakes.

I added lots of glitter, fun flock to the hats and a little gold ball on the bow of the snowflake.

Well that's it for me today.  Be sure to stop over at bloggabella and see the other sneak peaks. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of today's images.
And remember tomorrow Sept 3 is RELEASE DAY!  Do you have your shopping list ready?

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your weekend.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Stamping Bella sneak peak Day 5

Welcome to day 5 of the sneak peaks. Are you enjoying all the sneak peaks so far! I'm loving them, so many fabulous images it's hard to pick my favourite.

One of the images for today's release is Skylar loves to skate.

I coloured her using prisma colour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used copics for the skin tones.
I then cut her out using MFT - wonky stitched rectangles to cut her out. 
Designer paper is Bo bunny - altitude collection, layered onto some dark purple bazzill card stock.

For the sentiment I printed it off using a laser printer, then added some silver foil over it and ran it through my Heidi Swapp Minc machine (love this machine)!

I die cut some snowflakes - Memory Box Christmas baubles,  using silver glitter paper. I cut a Memory Box frosty border from white card stock and just used a portion of it tucked under the bottom of the image. 

Coloured the ice using wink of stella clear pen, and then added lots of glitter around Skylar using by quickie glue pen and hero arts primsa glitter.

Hope you liked today's sneak peak.  Be sure to check out the other sneak peaks over at Bloggabella and be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win one of today's images.

I"ll be back on Friday with another sneak peak to share.  Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Stampiing Bella sneak peak Day 2

Hello everyone! I'm back to help out Emily with some sneak peaks for her upcoming release on Sept 3. There will be co-coordinating dies available with the images.  There will be Halloween, Fall & Christmas images.  You can read all about it here.

My card today is show casing one of the newest 2.0 Bella's - Christmas giftabella.

After printing her off, I used copics to colour.  I had a bronze/gold metallic frame already cut out on my desk, so decided to use that.  I sponged some distress antique linen around the outside edges to soften the white paper.  Matched up some dp - MME - Santa Claus.

I used Memory Box tiny poinsettia die to make the flower on the side.  Added some gold metallic thread behind.  I was going to use white flock for the trim on her dress but decided to go with the glitter instead.

Be sure to hope over to bloggabella to see what the bella babes have to share today. Be sure to leave a comment while you are there for a chance to win today's image.

I'll be back on Wednesday for another sneak peak.  See you then.  Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Happy Monday Tuesday!  Here I thought it was Monday, probably because I was off work yesterday, and this was my first day back to work  this week. Gosh!

A week or so ago, I pulled out some of my sprays and mists and decided to play around and make some backgrounds.  I used some Lindy's stamp gang sprays ( I have had these for years,  I'm thinking 5-7 yrs old.  I bought them at a stamp convention in Michigan.  You know how it is -you get to these conventions and watch the demos, you get all pumped up - because that's why they do the demos to suck you into their product right? - well yes I get sucked in easy for somethings. So you buy the supplies, then you get home and put away into the special spots (in a container on the shelf) and forget about them!) I also used some Stamp Zia sprays as well. So after playing around and let the piece of water colour paper dry, I used a new Penny Black stamp (well new to me) and embossed it onto the sprayed background in white.  Some of the sprays I used have shimmer in them, so the background is very pretty in real.

I used Spellbinders Scallop borders two to cut the bottom edge of my image piece and also different edges for the base card from the same set.

My sentiment is stamped in SU elegant eggplant.  The sentiment is from Altenew - Label Love.  I then trimmed it down in size.

I used some gold twine, pearls and sequins to finish this off.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, August 19, 2016

Wedding card

Hey  everyone - TGIF! I must say this week as flown right on by and I haven't even had a chance to post a card for you.

So tonight I'm sharing a wedding card I made a few weeks ago.  I love making wedding cards - using various dies, flowers, ribbon and pearls, there is just something about it!

Designer paper is from Basic Grey Cappaella.  I used one of my newest dies from Creative Expressions called Australian collection - Brisbane, for my focal point. I just love CE dies - there is so many I would love to have - someday!

After adding some prima flowers and Wild Orchid crafts flowers I die cut some leaves from scraps of cappella paper using Creative Expressions finishing touches - olive branch.

Add a bow and pearls to finish off.

Well that does it for me today.  Tomorrow is my dress fitting for my son Mark's wedding in Sept. Can't believe it's a month away - boy how time flies doesn't it?

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for visiting today.
Take care


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lone bird

Hi everyone! Hope your enjoying your weekend.

Here is my card for today:

I stamped the bird using memento rich cocoa onto some cream cardstock.  I then layered this onto another cream c/s which was stamped using a text stamp from Magenta.

The pearlized background was done as follows.  I  embossed my background using a hero arts background stamp with white embossing powder onto some canson water colour paper. I then  used some Inka gold platinum and some tattered rose distress ink.  I squished my distress pad onto my craft mat, added a bit of inka gold, a bit of water and mixed to make a wash.  I then painted on the wash over my embossed background.  It dries fairly quickly as well. Once dry I layered this onto a piece of cream c/s, then adhered to my card base. Added some lace, twine and a prima flower.  I also added some small gold sequins to finish this off.  The technique of the background came from Kim over at The Paper Pickle. 

The inka gold comes in a variety of colours, but for a wash like I did, if you add ink to the platinum colour you can make it any colour you desire. 

stamp - Hero arts - wavy leaf pattern, Stampendous - lone bird, Magenta - text (no name on package)
ink -  memento rich cocoa, distress tattered rose, inka gold platinum
paper - cream, rose metallic, canson water colour
misc - lace, twine, prima flower, sequins, white embossing powder, versamark

Thanks for your visit, see you soon,