Ruddy turnstone

Ruddy turnstone
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Just for you

Hello everyone! Life has been hectic in every way this past week or so, hence the lack of posting.
I have something to share with you starting next week, as I've been working on that project as well.

This weekend starts our birding venture, which Bill and I do every spring.  Bird migration happens usually the first 3 weeks of May, at least that is when the big influx of birds come through our area. We spend lots of time at Pt. Pelee National Park and Rondeau Provincial Park, both along Lake Erie. Can't wait, so excited.  Beautiful day tomorrow, chance of rain Sunday and Monday, but then again when is the weather man every right!

So my card today is done with some back ground distress ink wash, stamping, die cutting and embellishing.  I will be doing a similar card for my card classes at Paper Pickle in May as well.

I started with some TH water colour paper, soaked it down with water and then added distress inks - peacock feathers, twisted citron and squeezed lemonade. I then cut it out using an MFT stitched rectangle die.

For my tag I stamped an image from Penny Black blooming tags using squeezed lemonade onto some white card stock. It is in the shape of a tag which made it easy to cut out, then sponged some ink around the edges. The black vine is a rub on which I pulled out of my stash- gosh I really need to use these more, just love that little bit of extra it gives. I punched the tag hole out and added a peel and stick enamel rain dot (another embellishment from my stash) - getting good at using stash items on this card!.  I also stamped a little flag tag with a sentiment from Penny Black - Snippits.  This is a beautiful set of lots of small font and small sayings- a great set for all card makers to have - just sayin!

For the top butterfly I used water colour paper and made a colour wash again- a bit more saturated in colour because I wanted it to stand out.  I then used MB moonlight butterfly die to cut it out.  I also used MB Lunette butterfly to cut the turquoise butterfly.

To put it all together, I adhered the doily to the background piece, added some fun foam to the back of the tag to give it some dimension off the card.  Adhered the two butterflies together and then adhered to the tag. Added some clear sequins and some gorgeous glitter dots from Prima. And there you have it! I will be making more of these - this was a fun card to do.

Thanks for the visit today. I hope you have a great weekend - I know I will.  I'm sure I will have lots of 'bird' photo's to share over the next couple of months.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring meadow bouquet

I hope everyone is having a good week.  This week is flying  right on by for me, so much that I almost forgot to post.  I was going to do it on Monday, but was so busy out in the garden (my day off), that it slipped my mind.

Anyway, here I am today, another Power Poppy digital image all coloured up and ready to share:
This image is called  spring meadow bouquet.

After resizing I printed it onto some white cougar 100 lb c/s.  I used prisma colour pencils to colour.
I didn't even keep track of the colours all I can say I used lots! I used Copic BG0000, BG000 for the shading around the flowers.

I used spellbinders grand calibur square die to cut the image out and then for my card base I used spellbinders Triple floral die. I cut two from this die, scored about 1" on the top back side and just glued the 1" part to the front, this way the recipient is able to open the card because of the score line.
Instead of dimensionals  I used fun foam for the backing of the image piece to lift it off the card base.

I added wink of stella clear pen to the flowers and  some  sequins. I think you can see all the shimmer from the wink of stella pen on this close up picture.

Enjoy the rest of your week, thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 15, 2016

March birds #2

I'm back to share some more of Bill's photo's.  We had the opportunity to see a Gyrfalcon.  This is one of the largest falcons in the world.  Because they breed so far north along the Arctic, it is rare to see them down this far in SW Ontario. As we were driving around the concession where he was reported being I saw him way out in a field (with binoculars).  Looks like he took down a Gull. He didn't seem to mind Bill being there.  Bill was about 50-60 ft from him for close to an hour.


We decided to take a drive back up the following day to see if he was still around to get a better picture of him - preferably up in a tree, and guess what - we lucked out!

After spending a few hours with the Gyrfalcon we took a drive to Springbank Park in London because we heard that there was a juvenile harlequin duck there.  Bill went down the river bank and spotted him out on a little island.  He is so cute!

 It was our lucky weekend.  Two more 'lifers' checked off on our list.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Another abstract card

 Hello everyone.  I must say it is starting to feel like Spring has arrived, warming up a bit each day and by the weekend we should be in the upper 60's! I'm getting that 'itch' to get out in the gardens and get everything cleaned up.

My card today is a card I made for my Team Lead - he started a new job within our company but in another department. So we had a little celebration and everyone in our dept signed the card.

I started with a piece of canson water colour paper, MISTI,  MFT abstract art stamp set and various distress inks (peacock feathers, cracked pistachio, peeled paint, ripe persimmon, carved pumkin)

I placed my paper in my MISTI, laid one of the abstract stamps where I wanted it, closed the MISTI to pick up my stamp, ink the stamp, spritz then closed the MISTI to transfer the ink to the paper.  I continued to do this by adding different shapes and sizes of stamps - ink, spritz & stamp. What I love about the MISTI is that if you don't get  clean crisp impression the first time, you can re-ink your stamp and stamp again - perfect everytime!

For the sentiment I used one of the sentiments from a Penny Black set called - snippets.  The sentiment actually says - just for you - I only wanted the 'for you', so again I placed the stamp onto my stamped background while it was in the MISTI, closed the lid to pick up the stamp, inked with black versafine the ' for you'  and closed.  It was a perfect impression so I didn't need to re-stamp it.

For the leaves I used Papertrey Ink - Leaf Silhouette dies, I cut them from brushed gold metallic paper, and for the plain leaf die I cut from deep orange.

To finish off I tied some twine around the top layer then glued the leaf cluster under the bow.

Thanks for stopping in today, have a wonderful day.


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Springtime Tulips

Hi everyone.  I can't believe how fast this week has flown by. It's been a busy week, both at work and home.  I've been working on Mother's Day cards as well as Mark & Anna's wedding invitations. 

Today's card is a digital image from Power Poppy called "Tulips".

After resizing and printing I used copics to colour.  I then cut the image out with an oval die, left the die in place then sponged some antique linen around the top and shabby shutters around the bottom.

Designer paper is from Authentique - Springtime.  I did a top folding card this time - which I don't do to often.  I used a  corner rounder to round the bottom corners on all three pieces.

After adhering the dp to the  black card stock I tied some yellow gingham ribbon around the adhered this to my base card.

Finished off with some enamel dots and wink of stella clear pen for the a bit of glitter on the tulips.

Stamp - Power Poppy - digital tulips
ink- distress antique linen, shabby shutters, copics - Y21, Y38, YR27, YG01, YG03, YG17, YG25, YG67
paper -  cougar white 100 lb, black, Authentique - springtime
dies - spellbinders - oval, grand calibur nested ovals one
misc - corner rounder, gingham ribbon, enamel dots, wink of stella clear pen

Thanks for the visit.  I hope I inspired you today. Have a wonderful day,


Monday, April 4, 2016

Birding Photos's March #1

I'm back to share some more birding photo's that Bill took during our outings in March.


I'll have some more to share next week.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Butterfly kisses

TGIF!  First of all, thank you for all the wonderful comments on Bill's photo's in my previous post. I will share some more next week.

For my card today I did some water colouring with my new set of Gansai Tambi paints.  Wow, these are such a treat to use, the colours are so vibrant and you only need very little paint and it goes a long way.

This image is called Butterfly Kisses from Penny Black. Another stamp I pulled from the archives!

Using watercolour paper I embossed the image using white embossing powder. I then taped down my watercolour paper so it would remain flat as I added the water.   I then added my paints to the image.  Once my image was coloured and dried (I used a heat gun to speed up the process) I went along and wet the paper around the image with a big fat paintbrush, then picked up some light colours and dropped it in, and with having laid some water down first the paints just move and blend.  To get the splatter, I made sure my brush was good and wet, picked up some paint and tapped the paint brush against my finger and voila - splatters! So cool - love this!

I cut out the image using spellbinders labels twenty eight die, then added some gold krylon marker around the edge.  I then layered this onto some aqua paper cut using spellbinders A2 devine eleoquence die, then onto a layer of white, then onto my card base.  

To finish I added some enamel dots. Another Mother's Day card for my basket (which has already sold :))

stamp- Penny Black - butterfly kisses
ink - versamark, white embossing powder, Gansai Tambi water colours - pale aqua (50), Yellow (40), orange (33), cadmium red (30), brown (46), for the shading around image I used- light brown(44), aqua (50)
dies - spellbinder - A2 devine eleoquence, labels twenty eight
paper - bazzill aqua, white cougar, canson water colour - 140 lb
misc - enamel dots, gold krylon pen

Thanks for your visit, have a wonderful day!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Birding Photo's Feb 2016

Hi everyone.  I'm back today to share some of Bill's Photography from our outings back in Feb/16.
No explaining here, so I'll let you browse.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Potted primroses

Yay, the end of another work week, and looking forward in having the next 4 days off. Weather is suppose to be somewhat not to bad, so Bill and I hope to get out and do some more birding.  We have been getting out over the last few weekends, so I will have some photos shortly to share with you.

For my card today, I'm using a Power Poppy image called Potted Primroses.   

I stamped the image onto some white cougar 100 lb cs using black memento and my Misti.  I find lately my memento ink pad must be breaking down, I keep adding ink but just doesn't get that nice dark crisp image that I use to, so with using the Misti, you can stamp over and over and you get a clean crisp image because it stamps exactly in the same spot every time.

I then coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. I then cut the image out using spellbinders regal frame, left the die in place and sponged some antique linen ink around the outer edges.  Papers used are from Memory Box. I added a piece of a die cut to the right side of the image, I felt it just needed a bit of something. 

To finish off I added some sequins, lace and wink of stella clear.

This will go into my sale basket at work as a Mother's Day card.

stamp- Power Poppy - potted primrose
ink - black memento, antique linen distress ink, prisma colour pencils - light umber, dark umber, burnt ochre, sienna brown, grass green, chartreuse, dark green, spanish orange, carmine red, poppy red, scarlet lake, crimson red, yellowed orange, orange, dahila purple, mulberry, french grey 20%, jasmine
paper - cream, white cougar 100 lb, java bazzill, Memory Box dp
dies - Memory Box - woodland oval die, spellbinders - regal frame
misc - lace, sequins, wink of stella clear, Misti

Thanks for your visit today.  Have a blessed Easter weekend.


Monday, March 21, 2016

The unfolding

Well lets try this again, I had the post complete, when to hit enter and for some reason I hit delete!! GRRRRRRR.....  so lets start again!

Hello there, Happy Monday, and it is my day off again - woohoot!!  We have a program at work if you work an extra hour every day you get every other Monday or Friday off, so I opt for the Monday. We are busy at work so the extra hour a day goes by fast.  I had lots of errands to do this morning, then after lunch I finally got around to taking pictures of the cards I have made over the last week or so.

The card I'm showing you today, I actually had the image done about 3 weeks or so ago.  This was just a practice piece, never thought it was going to turn out good enough for a card, but it did!

I'm using Penny Black's - The Unfolding

I didn't keep track of the inks I used because like I said this was just a practice piece.  I used Tim Holtz distress markers to colour the image, gave it a spritz of water then stamped onto some water colour paper. Once dry I went back in with my prisma colour pencils and added some darker shading to the flowers.  I used my new Gansai Tambi paints to do a wash around the image.  It does look a bit more green in the picture than what it really is in real.

Since this was suppose to be just a practice piece I cut my paper too small to do any fancy die cutting  with it, so I used spellbinders long rectangle die to cut it out.  I then took some white paint and a very wet paint brush, picked up the paint and splattered it onto the image. Once it dried you couldn't see to much of it but you can see a bit on the large flower.  I also did the same with my wink of stella gold pen, tapped the end to flick some gold paint on the image.

I tried layering the image onto some papers, but it was too distracting, so I opt to keep it simple. I used spellbinders scalloped border two to cut along the bottom.  I wasn't sure whether I should do the same to the back of the card or keep it plain. Would you of kept the back plain as I did or would you cut the back to match the front - would love to hear your thoughts on this?

To finished off I added some pearls and some silk ribbon.  Lesson learned - don't use silk ribbon when you have dry hands, the tiny pieces of dry skin seem to catch on the ribbon and snag it!

Thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Card class #2

Today I'm sharing a  a couple of cards for my next upcoming class at Paper Pickle. My class dates are March 30 & April 6.  If you are local and interested, please call The Paper Pickle to reserve a spot.

My first card I started with some distress inks to cover my top layer. I then laid a stencil over part of it and used a baby wipe to remove the ink in the stencil openings (you can see the effect in the bottom left - yellow portion).  I then took a couple of background stamps, inked them and stamped off first, then stamped using a 2nd generation of ink to stamp in the top right corner and top left.  I used a mesh stamp and a fine script - I don't know how well you can see that in the picture.  I then stamped a Magenta queen's anne lace stamp using black versafine.  Finished with some black ribobn and a couple of enamel dots.

For the second card, I did some colouring using prisma colour pencils.  This is a penny black stamp set I'm using.  After it was coloured I cut it out and popped it up onto a piece of white c/s that was cut using a spellbinder circle delight die and then I sponged some distress tumbled glass for a bit of colour.  To finish off I added glitter, and piece of crochet lace and button.

Thanks for your visit today,


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Soaring by...

to say Hi!  Hello everyone.  Well it looks like a very gloomy day ahead with rain.  A great day to be doing some stamping don't you think?

My card today is using a Papertrey Ink set called - Everyday Button Bits.  There are so many pieces to this set to make a variety of images.  You just add a 'button' to finish off your image. 

I first made my frame by using spellbinders square dies. I then cut another piece to fit almost the same size, as the opening of the frame, then sponged some clouds using SU soft sky. I then stamped the basket part of the hot air balloons where I wanted them, then added the buttons. For the rolling hills I used some green card stock and MFT stitched snow drift die. 

I used some foam tape to raise the frame then added some punch flowers in the corner. For the embossed background I used my scor-buddy  - first score on a diagonal every 1/2" across, then turn to the next corner and score again across the page. (I hope I explained that correctly?).

stamps: PTI - everyday button bits 
paper: cougar white, bazzill green, scraps of light pink and green 
ink: SU soft sky, versafine black 
dies: spellbinder square dies, MFT stitched snow drifts
misc: buttons, martha stewart hydrangea punch,  scor-buddy

Thanks for your visit today.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gift of spring

Hello everyone. I'm back tonight to share a card I made yesterday on my day off.  Not only did I manage to make a card, I cleaned up my stamp room. What a job that was, I came across stuff I didn't even know (well probably did but forgot) I had.  I have way too much stuff! I need to have a sale someday just to purge some of the stuff I never use.

So onto my card.  I needed an Easter card to pop in the mail along with the St. Patricks day card.
I'm using an Easter set from SU called - Gift of Spring.

I stamped the image using black memento and colouring using copics! After it was cut out using an oval die, I used my gold krylon pen around the edge. For the layer behind the image I did a colour wash onto some water colour paper.  I used spellbinder large oval scallop to cut it out.

The rest is pretty straight forward.  I added wink of stella clear pen on the flowers , added some ribbon and sequins to finish off.

stamp - SU - gift of spring
ink - black memento, distress inks - peacock feathers, pickled raspberry, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, copics - E31, V0000, B0000, G00, R00, R81, R83, Y00, Y11, Y13, 18, Y38, YG01, YG23, YG67
paper - white cougar 100 lb, canson 140lb water colour paper, bazzill pink
dies - spellbinders large oval scallop, oval
misc, - SU embossing folder, gold krylon pen, sequins, ribbon, wink of stella clear pen

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope I have inspired you today.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lucky Day

Hi everyone!  What a hectic week it's been, so glad it's the weekend, and actually I'm off Monday, so it's a three day weekend!

A friend had asked me to make her a St. Patrick's day card, which I usually do every year for her to mail to one of her friends.  I have very limited stamps for St. Patrick day, but this particular one I haven't used in a number of years (actually I forgot I even had it - I guess that's what happens when you have too many stamps!).  I'm using a House Mouse image called - Lucky Day.  

Rather than just make a plain ole' card I made my first 'shaker card'!

I started with the background.  I am so addicted to do the colour wash on water colour paper.  I just love this technique and you never get the same look twice! After doing the wash and letting it dry, I cut it out using a stitched rectangle die from MFT.

I stamped the image onto some white cougar c/s and used copics to colour.  This was then cut out using a circle s/b die.  To do the border I used a larger scallop circle die and also a circle die one size smaller than the circle die I used for the image.  I cut a piece of acetate and glued this to the back of the scallop border, then cut some foam tape and added it along the border. I then glued the image to my water colour background, added some sequins ( I really need to get some shaker card fillings) to the center of the image, then took the frame and laid it over the image.  Pressed down firmly to make sure the tape adhered. And there you go - my first shaker card!!

I added a couple of different colours of twine to finish this off.

image - House Mouse - Lucky day
ink - black memento, copics - YG01,YG06, YG09, YG25, YG61, YG93, E51, R20, E31, E33, V05, V09, distress inks - forest moss, twisted citron, lucky clover, shabby shutters
paper - Tim Holtz water colour, white cougar 100 lb, dark green, acetate
dies - spellbinder, - circle & scallop circle, MFT - stitched rectangle
misc - sequins, twine, foam tape

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Climbing clematis

Well hello everyone. I'm just popping in today to share another Power Poppy digital image card.

I'm using Climbing Clematis which can be found here.
After re-sizing I used my magic with my prismacolour pencils and went to work, and this is the end

A few weeks ago I was in at our local copy center and they carry a small amount of 'scrapbook' supplies, but I came across a piece of 12 x 12 Fabscraps paper -OMG I fell in love with the colours on this.  As soon as I saw this paper I knew I was going to colour the clematis  to go with this paper. Sometimes it all just works out!

So as you can see I did some stitching around the image once is was layered onto some teal bazzill card stock. I used BG0000 copic to add some colour around the flowers and blended out with the clear. I added some glitter to the flowers, pearls and a bow.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!  It is suppose to hit a high of 10C (54F) today, but look out the rest of the week, we plumage again with winter like conditions!  It has been a very strange winter this year as I'm sure most of you can contest to that!