Prothonotary Warblers

Prothonotary Warblers
Making a nest

Monday, August 21, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet Dahlias

Hello everyone.  Hope you had a good weekend.  Bill &  I took off for a short mini vacation up to Algonquin Provincial Park for a few days.  It is so peaceful and relaxing there. Although it's a long  drive it was well worth it, we got home last night totally exhausted! We are up around 4:30- 5am each day and go all day. We (Bill) were able to photograph Common Loons (which we never expected to see) - and the pictures he took are gorgeous! We sat at the edge of a lake hidden by leaves for over an hour each day and took pictures.  The second day the loon came up very close to us, so you can image the amount of pictures Bill has to go through.  We also saw a number of birds, and a Momma and baby Moose along the highway.

Okay, back to the real reason why your here, to see a card!

This one is using an image from Wplus9 called Beautiful Bouquet Dahlias.


I embossed the image with white embossing powder onto some Strathmore Mixed Media vellum surface paper.  I then pulled out my Zig Clean colour markers and watercoloured the image.  I used MFT pierced frame die to make my frame.  One the frame was cut, I laid this onto my watercolour piece and marked where I needed the leaves and flowers to extend over the frame, then carefully cut around those pieces, before adhering my frame.

Designer paper is from Prima - firefly collection.

I added some wink of stella to the flowers for a bit of shimmer and some sequins and pearls to finish this off.

I'm off today, so lots to get done after being away (laundry, groceries, cleaning etc).  See you soon.  Have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bee balm

Hello everyone, hope your week is going well.

On Sunday, I did something that it not the norm for me.  I'm not one to sit for a length of time, always busy doing something.  Well, this Sunday was different.  I turned on Netflix, and watched season 1 of
"The Crown".  Oh my goodness it was awesome, I loved it.  I can't wait until Season 2 comes out in Dec.  So while I was watching, I also was making cards!

I know Bee Balms are normally red, at least the ones I have in the yard, but I decided I wanted to colour mine purple tones.  I just googled now and there is purple bee balms! Who would of thought?
I'm using one of the images from Power Poppy's Vibrant Thanks set.


I know your probably thinking, omg what was she thinking with these colours, but I tell you, in real the card is very pretty.  Sometimes the camera just doesn't pick up the right tones. 

I used MFT Die-namics essential cover up vertical die to cut the dark purple frame.  I then used scraps of Memory Box paper to fill in the top and bottom pieces.  Again the bottom piece looks more blue, but it really does have a purple tone to it in real.

I coloured the bee balm using prismacolour pencils.  I then cut it out using Memory Box Pinpoint Main Street Tags die.  I pulled out some seam binding ribbon in the deep fuschia colour to pull some of the colour of the bee balm.  After it was all together, it looked kind of plain (the tag part) so I added some shading around the stem and leaves using a fuschia pencil,  well I got a bit to close with the stump and gamsol, that it pulled in some of the green, so what could I do but go with it, so pulled in some of the green in other spots to balance out.

To finish off, I added a couple of purple rhinestons, and Nuvo clear glitter pen for the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day. See you again real soon, as I have more cards to share!

Pauline



Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy for You

A few weeks ago, I was going through a bucket of images that I have previously stamped off, looking for something that would inspire me to colour! I was particularly looking for an image for one of our young contractors at work.  She is taking time off work to travel to Australia for a year - and she is traveling alone.  I don't think I would be that brave to venture afar alone! Well, I came across this image that was already coloured (bonus).  I believe I coloured this a few years back and just never made it to a card.  Well, now that I was ahead of the game, I proceeded to finish the card.


The image is from Stamping Bella, I believe this has been discontinued.  All papers are from one of the MME paper packs.  I did some layering and some stitching.  I found a sentiment that worked perfectly for the occasion.

Added some ribbon and sequins to finish off.

Wishing everyone a great weekend! See you again real soon.

Pauline

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Retirement for a co-worker


Good morning! Another beautiful day here in SW Ontario - temp right now 57F - quite the change from last week when we had 100F days!

Back in June, one of my friends and fellow co-workers retired.  Since I'm the 'card maker gal' at work I was asked to make a card from  the group and it had to be large enough for 25 people to sign.  Well I had already started on this when I was asked, and of course I would make a card for her.  Card size is 5 x 7.



Very little stamping on this other than the sentiment.  Paper is from my scrap bin.  I wanted something soft and pretty, and I was lucky to find some co-ordinating papers with the pinks in it to match.

So with some die cutting, lace, stitching, flowers, ribbon, pearls it all came together.   It ended up being a little booklet - I had 8 liner pages inside for everyone to write.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Wish everyone a wonderful day!

Pauline

Monday, July 31, 2017

Antilles for you

Happy Monday everyone!

I had a chance to play around yesterday with some of the Tim Holtz distress oxide inks.  I love that you can keep adding inks to your paper and they don't get muddy (of course you need to heat set between each colour).  This was the end result of my first piece.



I started with a piece of canson watercolour paper.  I smooshed the spiced marmalade onto my silicone mat, spritzed with some water, the put the paper to the ink, moved the paper around and added some more ink, then heat set.  I continued to do this with worn lipstick and fired brick.
I then took a stencil and laid it on top of my ink piece, spritzed water, let it set for a bit, then took a paper towel and laid it over top hoping to soak up the water and remove some of the ink.  Well it did just that but not very well.  You can see some lines of the vines but not very clearly.  But, hey that's okay it still gave the background a bit of texture.  I then splattered some watered down fired brick and flicked the paint brush.  I think I might of added too much water because when the droplets dried you can hardly see them.  I also flicked a bit of white paint, that too is kind of pale.

I then cut out the Antilles floral border using white c/s and adhered to my inked piece. 

I embossed the sentiment from Penny Black - snippets onto some black card stock using white embossing powder.  I cut it out using Simon Says stitched flag stax die.

To finish off I added both yellow and orange rhinestones in the centers of the flowers. 

Supplies:
stamp - Penny Black - snippets
ink - Tim Holtz distress oxide inks - spiced marmalade, fired brick & worn lipstick.
paper - canson watercolour 140 lb, cougar white, black, shimmer bazzill in burnt orange
die - Simon says - stitched flag stax, Memory Box - antilles floral border
misc - rhinestones, white embossing powder, versamagic

Thanks for your visit, greatly appreciated.  See you soon,

Pauline

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cosmobella 2.0


Good morning.  Hope your day is off to a wonderful start.  It's a beautiful summer day here in SW Ontario, no humidity today as was yesterday!

My daughter had asked me one evening last week if I had a birthday card for one of her co-workers (which she needed for the next day - nothing like thinking ahead - lol). Of course I had some 'flowery' cards already made, but that wasn't what she had in mind.  She asked me if I had some 'bella' girls and of course none done, so I pulled out some easier ones to colour, and gave her a choice of a couple of images (such a nice Mom eh?).  Karen picked Cosmobella 2.0.

I'm also using this card to enter into this weeks challenge over at Bloggabella.  By the inspiration piece Emily showed, I think these colours work!




I stamped her on cougar 100 lb white card stock using black memento and then coloured using copics.
Sorry didn't keep a list of colours, was in a hurry just to get this done.  Used prisma colour pencils for the ground area.  Found some scrap paper in my scrap bin to use for accent.

The sentiment was stamped using black versafine ink  then cut out using one of the flag dies from MFT die-namics blueprints #27.  I then layered this onto a piece of black card stock and trimmed around it.

To finish off I added some enamel dots.  I also used my Nuvo clear glitter pen and added sparkle to her white t-shirt - so pretty.

Well that's it for today folks, I wish you all a wonderful happy day! See you soon,

Pauline

Friday, July 21, 2017

Bridal shower

Hello everyone.  TGIF - and even better I'm off until Tuesday! Yay!!!!

It's a very warm one here today,  hot and humid, it's already 93F and suppose to go over 100 this afternoon.

I had a request from my boss for a wedding shower card, and this is what I came up with.
I loved the outcome I ended up making another one for a spare.



Not a lot of stamping, actually no stamping at all.  The dress was embossed using an embossing folder from Darice. I then cut a white frame from MFT stitched rectangle frame (largest die).  The pink  was cut down to size to fit in behind.

The silver embossed paper behind is from Kaisercraft - The lake house. I then layered it onto a piece of MFT pink lemonade, then onto my card base which is dark grey bazzill.

Then the fun begins.  Me and all my fussiness with flowers, pearls, glittered tiny rhinestones & ribbon. After it was all together, I used Nuvo Aqua shimmer clear pen to add sparkle to the flowers, and boy do they shimmer.  It is so pretty in real.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Stay cool!

Pauline

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Harvest berries

Good morning.  Just here for a quick post today. 

Today's card is a sympathy card.  Sad to say, but I always seem to run out of them.  I used Papertrey Ink stamps for this - Harvest Berries.



I started by stamping the script (PTI - background basics : text style) along the bottom of my top piece in PTI Limeade ice.  I then stamped the vines in limeade ice & lavender moon inks.  I added the berries using scarlet jewel ink. I used one of the smaller dot stamps and randomly stamped them in limeade ice.  Sentiment is stamped using black versafine.

I used my corner rounder to round the top right corner.  Used some scrap dp for a strip along the left side of my card base and a piece of gold washi tape on top.  I was going to pop the top layer up with some craft foam, but decided to keep it flat - easy for mailing.

Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful day!

Pauline


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wedding # 4

Well here we are once again, at the end of another week.  Boy, is it hot here, temps up in the mid 30's but feels like 41C and very muggy. It's not even enjoyable to be outside.

I have another wedding card to share with you today.


For the lacey edging I used Martha Stewarts large punch.  I then layered a piece of Memory Box paper between the punched areas, then ran a strip of Little B's washi tape.  This one has the word 'love' in different fonts through out - perfect for my card :). The centerpiece is a die from Marianne Design.  There is no name on the pkg, but it is # LR0116.

The sentiment is from PTI - I stamped it in black versafine.  Die cut some Justrite leaves, then added some flowers, pearls and a little wooden heart, which I painted a coat of clear wink of stella glitter for some sparkle, as well as the ends of the flowers.

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful weekend. See you soon,

Pauline

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Flower Cascade

Hello there!

Just got back from my early morning walk.  It's a beautiful day, sun just over the horizon, air is cool, no humidity, and temperatures to reach mid 80's.  A perfect summer day (but mid 70's is more to my liking - just saying!)

Today's card is one I made a few months ago.  Yes I'm holding out on you guys - lol!  Stamp used is from Penny Black - flower cascade.





I embossed the image onto some white 100 lb card stock using white embossing powder.  I then coloured the image using Zig Clean colour markers.  I scribbled the markers onto my craft mat then picked up the colours using my watercolour brush. Because this wasn't watercolour paper I tried not to use too much water.

Once dried, I then cut it out using MFT - die-namics blueprints #27, the large scallop die.  Then layered onto a piece of purple c/s, added some yellow gingham ribbon in the bottom right corner, then white silk ribbon tied in the center for a bow.

To finish off I used some Nuvo jewel  drops in pale periwinkle around the bouquet in various sizes of droplets. 

Whatever you day has in store for you, enjoy!  See you again real soon,

Pauline

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wedding # 2 & #3

Hi folks!  I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend on both sides of the border.

I'm back to share a couple more Wedding cards.

Both are the same layout just using different papers and colours.



Stamps - Justrite - ever after antique labels one (mr & mrs)
Ink - black versafine, SU - baja breeze (for sponging inside the oval die)
paper- Blue fern studios - tranquility - contentment,  SU- taken with teal, tip top taupe, cougar white
dies - spellbinders - oval regalia, radiant rectangles, fancy label tags one, justrite - open leaf vines die, memory box pippi butterfly & isabella butterfly
misc - wild orchid crafts (for the flowers), pearls, silk ribbon, prima - say it with crystals






Stamps - Verve - Love story - (wedding wishes)
Ink - black versafine, SU - barely banana (for sponging inside the oval die )
paper - Maja design - vintage summer, PTI - smokey shadow, yellow, cougar white
dies - spellbinders - oval regalia, radiant rectangles, fancy framed tags two, justrite - open leaf vines die, memory box pippi butterfly & isabella butterfly
misc - wild orchid crafts (for the flowers), pearls, silk ribbon, prima - say it with crystals

I also made one using purple and green, but forgot to take a picture.  Maybe someday I will reproduce it.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!

Pauline



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wedding card # 1

Hello everyone.  Sorry for my absence but been busy with home life these past couple of weeks, as well as working o/t at work.

I did manage to get several wedding cards completed, so today I'm going to share one of them with you.

I'm also going to enter this into the Double D challenge.  The theme is ' anything wedding' .


You know how much I love to make wedding cards.  Love all the fuss with die cuts, flowers, pearls etc.  Not a lot of explaining on this, so I will just list the supplies below.

supplies:
paper - Webster pages, PTI Aqua mist, cougar - white 100 lb
stamps - Justrite - ever after antique labels one
ink - black versafine
dies - spellbinders - Labels 41
misc - wild orchid flowers, pearls, prima flowers

My new photo above of the Prothonotary Warblers was taken this spring.  These warblers are considered endangered species in Canada.  Bill was able to capture them (male - leaving nest, female at the nest) bringing in nesting material.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gordon the Golfer

With Father's Day  tomorrow, I thought I would share another card I made for the occasion.  I actually made 3 of this one, as a couple of gals at work wanted this for their Dad.

The image is from Art Impression - called Gordon Golfer set, which comes with the sentiment I used below.


I stamped it onto some cougar 100lb white cardstock using Simon Says Black Intense ink and then proceeded to colour with copics.  I used prisma colour pencils for the grassy ground area.

Cut out the image using MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, then layered it onto a piece of burnt orange cardstock.  I don't seem to have a lot of 'masculine' papers, but I did manage to find an older Basic Grey 6x6 paper pack in my stash that suited this image just fine.  This is fairly old - it's called Pyrus, I thought the little trees were a perfect backdrop for this golfer!


For the sentiment, I stamped it onto some PTI - prairie grass c/s using black versafine, then cut it out using a die from MFT die-namics blueprints 27.

To finish off I added some Stamping Bella dots (these are discontinued, but have several colours in my stash- they are just a nice little accent!)

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful day!

Supplies:
Stamp - AI - Gordon Golfer Set
Ink - black versafine, Simon Says- black intense ink, copics - E000, E00, E01, R20, R21, E70, E71, E74, E79, YG91, YG93, YG97, C03
Paper - white cougar 100 lb, burnt orange, PTI - prairie grass, Basic Grey - Pryus
Die - MFT - die-namics blueprints #27, MFT - wonky stitched rectangle
Misc - Stamping Bella dots (discontinued)

Pauline

Monday, June 12, 2017

Big guy golfing

Hello everyone and Happy Monday to you! 

Today's card is one of 2 that I made for Fathers Day. For my card today, I'm using a MO Digital image - Big Guy Golfing.  This is one of the images that Stamping Bella released a few years back.





I coloured using copics, then cut out the image using a spellbinders square die.  Left the die in place then sponged some soft sky around the upper part, just to give it a bit of colour, rather than all the white space.  I used prisma colour pencils for the grass.

Papers I used were from my scrap bin, so not sure on the name.

To finish off I added some enamel dots and glossy accents on the golf ball.

That's it for today, thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day.

Pauline


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Magenta Silhouette


Good morning.  I'm back today to share another card I made using the Magenta Nuance powder inks.





Yes, these powder inks are similar to Colour Burst and many other brands that are out there.  I love them, you will never get the same background twice.

After my background was dry, I stamped a Magenta solid flower, (no name on the package) using my Misti of course, as I wanted to make sure I had  nice dark crisp image as the water colour paper (Prima) is textured.

I then used PTI die set to cut it out.  I wasn't thinking when I used this die that it would also cut a scallop border and release the inside as well.  No worries, I just glued it down flat!

To add a bit of interest to the card base, I cut another piece of black c/s using MFT die-namics blueprints 27 - used the scallop border die.

I added some black silk ribbon and a couple of glittered dots.

There you have it, pretty simple.  I left the inside blank so it can be used for many occasions.

Enjoy the rest of your week, see you again real soon! Have a wonderful day.

Pauline