Mallard - Female

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brushed birds - with sympathy

Hi! I'm back tonight to share another card I made on the weekend.  I often find Sympathy cards not an easy card to make, not quite sure what it is. This one I mailed out today to one of our church families who lost their nephew in a work related industrial accident at the age of 24. So very sad!

I pulled out my PTI - brushed birds along with a few dies and this is the outcome:

I stamped the bird using PTI - aqua mist & hawiian shores. I used the co-coordinating die to cut it out. The branch is from Memory Box, and the background (white) is PTI - Mix & Mat - confetti die.  I sponged some PTI Lemon Tart & Raspberry fizz in the center to kind of represent the sun (not sure if it does but that was what I was going for).

On the aqua mist background c/s I stamped the  PTI Marbled background using aqua mist ink.

For finishing touches I stamped 'with sympathy' from PTI - Willow set, and added some prima flowers to the branch.

I'm glad you stopped by today.  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Feathered Hope

Good morning all.  It's a dreary day today -rain, rain, rain, today, tomorrow and snow/rain mix for Monday - will Spring ever get here?

Well, according to my little bird below, looks like it might. Seems he has found himself a little 'worm'! It's amazing how Robin's can find those guys beneath the grounds surface, have you ever seen them hunt for food?  It is quite interesting.  Okay enough of this, lets get on with my card.

This image is from a very old SU set called Feathered Hope (1998)  I bought this off of ebay roughly 15 years ago when I was first getting into stamping. 

After stamping the image onto some white cougar c/s with black memento, I used Prismacolour pencils to colour. I used PTI - Mix & Mat - confetti die to cut out the image.  I left the die in place then sponged some inks for the grass & sky area.

Paper is some older Basic Grey - Two Scoops.  I added some yellow silk ribbon to bring out the yellow from the flower pot.  The flowers were dotted with my white gel pen, but then when I added some wink of stella it seemed to disolve the white gel ink??, so I just lightly dabbed the wink of stella as to not remove too much of the white.

I was going to add some sequins or enamel dots, but ended up not doing so.

I'm hoping to get some more stamping done this weekend since the weather is not co-operating for doing photography. ( I will have some new pics to share once I get them done, I have a great egret and a tern).

I appreciate your visit today, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Cup of Columbine

I'm sharing today a new image I coloured  a couple of weeks ago.  I was so excited when I saw the newest Power Poppy digital image.  This is right up my alley - flowers, nature - Marcella out did herself with this one, as she always does.

I printed the resized image onto some white cougar c/s and then used my prismacolour pencils to bring this to life! I love the outcome, just not quite sure on the mauve napkin.  I was trying to use the same colours within  the florals without introducing another colour.  It was  a deeper purple, but I took my eraser to remove some of the deeper colour, which seem to soften it a bit. Oh well, sometimes things always don't go the way you expect it to.

My BFF's  (Nancy) husband called me up and asked if I could make him an Easter card to give to her.  This is the card she received.  She is also a nature lover, so this one worked well.

I used MFT's die to cut out the image - die-namics blueprints #27.  To add the finishing details I used my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of sparkle on the flowers and added a few enamel dots.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Full of Glee

Isn't it always a 'feel good' moment when you need a card to send and you actually have one to do so?
My sister's anniversary is early next week, so needed to get a card in the mail to her today.

Image is from Penny Black - full of glee.

I started by embossing the image onto some Strathmore Mixed Medium 140lb watercolour paper with white embossing powder.  I pulled out my Zig Clean  markers to colour. Rather than add the ink directly to the paper and watercolour, I added the marker to an acrylic block and picked up the colour with a wet paint brush.  Since these markers are very vibrant in colours it was easier to get a transition from light to dark areas by doing it this way.  Once the flowers were dry I went around them with a couple shades of grey.

I used PTI - Leaf and sprig die for the grey border.

Finished off with some sequins and a bow.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 31, 2018


I was planning on posting these 2 cards yesterday, but was away all day, so thought I best get these posted today.  Easter is early this year so only had time to make 2 Easter cards.

For both cards I'm using MFT die-namic lily dies. 

For my first card I used Spellbinders A2 Filigree delight die, and cut this out of a soft green. For the lily's they were cut from white c/s and then I used copics to do the colouring.

The banner is from PTI and the sentiment is from Flourishes. I added some clear sequins to finish off.

For my second card, I cut the lily's from white c/s then colour using  peach and pink copic markers.
Isn't the background die cut stunning?  My BFF Nancy gave it to me as part of my birthday gift.  I love the cut areas along with the embossed.  This die is by Jeanine's Art.  Not sure where Nancy purchased this one, but I see that Die's R Us carries these dies, you can find them under Find It Trading.

I have since found a few more of these types of dies and scooped them up.

To finish off this card I added some clear sequins and an enamel dot.  Banner and sentiment same as above.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter.  Thanks for your visit today.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Algonquin Park winter birds

Back in February on the Family Day long weekend, Bill and I headed up to Algonquin Provincial Park.  We had our sights on hopefully finding some red crossbills, and white-winged crossbills while there.  Last February, we had no luck as we saw  a few but they were on the tree tops, which was not good for pictures.  This year we had luck. Not only did we see both crossbills, we saw a few other species. Unfortunately, we saw a male pine grosbeak, but he was so high in the trees, we were unable to get a picture.

Here are some of our favourites.  (click each picture to give you a larger view).

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back later in the week with a couple of Easter cards to share.
Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wedding wishes

I'm a bit behind in taking pictures of new cards that I have made recently,  but I came across this card that I made back in December.  The request for this wedding card was that it was to be in burgundy and gold if possible.  Well you know me, I aim to please.  Here is my card:

Not a lot of explaining on this one. Paper is from  Maja Designs.  The gold triangle patter paper is velum  from MME - Necessities. I just wanted to use a bit of this to add more gold to the card. Love the way it looks in the corners.

The white die cut is from Creative Expressions - Scandinavian Collection - Stockholm.  The gold layer and the sentiment layers are all from the same die set.  The sentiment is from Verve.

To complete the card I added pearls, ribbon, a couple of heart stick pins,  and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  See that little white crystal heart at the bottom right hand corner, well that was on a stick pin, so I snipped of the pin part and glued it down. I also added a bit of shimmer to the flowers using Wink of Stella clear pen.

I will be sure to get my new cards photographed, so I should have new ones to share next week.

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

My first photography photos

Hello everyone!  Hope your enjoying your weekend.  It's a beautiful day here in SW Ontario, still a bit cool temperature wise, but the sun is shining which helps warm it up. 

A few weeks ago Bill asked if I wanted to get into Photography. He has mentioned it a few times over the past year, but I was undecided.  You all know that Bill is the photographer and I am the 'binocular' gal.  I find all the birds and Bill captures them, and I was happy with that.  I often thought of photography but knew I would never be able to handle the weight of Bill's camera to catch those small birds.  He gave me a few suggestions for lenses, something lighter,  we went and looked at one and made the purchase. 

So last weekend, we went up to Hamilton/Burlington/Oakville area, and I had my first attempt at photography.  I must say, watching someone else it looks fairly easy, but it's not! It took a bit  to be able to hold the camera up without shaking too much, focus and shoot.    It wasn't bad when shooting along the lake edge because you are crouched down and the camera was low, but flight shots etc, it will take sometime. I think I need to lift some weights, to strengthen my arms! There is so much still to learn as I am just beginning.

Although I took tons of pictures and a lot were blurry,  I did mange to capture some pretty good ones. Here are the ones I took:

Mallard (male) in the morning sunlight -

Wood duck

Mute swan - isn't the sunlight gorgeous against the swan?

This was taken yesterday, a Great Horned owl with an owlet.

So what do you think, not bad for my first attempt eh?

Okay, now onto some amazing photos from Bill.  

This first one of the Eagles, was taken along Lake St. Clair back in February.  We had a bit of a thaw, so the ice was breaking up and they were floating down river.  On one of our outings we  spotted eagles flying above and they landed on this floating ice.

Next up, we have a pair of cardinals.  These were taken in our backyard after a snowfall.

This was taken up on Oakville last weekend.  Mute Swan. 

Mallard (female) along one of the creeks in Chatham - early morning - gorgeous!

Northern Harrier Hawk - male - also known as 'the grey ghost'

Northern Harrier Hawk - female

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I will be back soon with some pictures from our trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in Feb.

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Good luck!

I'm back today to share a St. Patrick's Day card I made for a friend to give to a friend! I didn't realize that this coming Saturday is the 17th!  This month is flying by fast!

 I have very limited St. Patrick day stamps, so it really limits me to the type of card I make.

The stamp set I used today is from Flourishes LLC - called Good Luck.

I stamped the image onto some white cougar c/s using black memento and then coloured using copics.  I then cut out the bouquet. The sentiment I used is also from the same set, which fit perfectly on the center die cut, which I have outlined using my gold krylon pen.

The die set I used for the focal point is from Marianne Creatables - #LR0242. 

I added some green sequins and gold twine to finish off the card along with some wink of stella clear to the yellow flowers on the bouquet. 

Have a great day!


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Especially for you

Hello! I'm back today to share another card I made back in December. 

This card is using a stamp set & matching die from  Papertrey Ink (PTI) called Beautiful Berries: Spring.

I started by taking a die (sorry I don't remember the name of this one and it's been a while since I made this) and cut it out of cardstock to create a mask.  I also used the die from the set and cut the branches from copy paper.  I then set my mask in the center of my card and then places the copy paper branches with some removable tape and placed them underneath the mask and onto the card ( I hope I'm explaining this correctly for you).  I then used aqua mist and sponged being careful as not to tear the copy paper.

When I was happy with the coverage of the ink, I removed the mask and branch masks and then stamped the branches and flowers using PTI inks in the white space of the branch mask.  I then added the sentiment using black versafine.

Finished off by cutting out my image piece using MFT wonky stitched rectangle die.  I then add some sequins and a silk bow.  I used my wink of stella clear pen to add some sparkle to the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, March 5, 2018


Good morning and Happy Monday! I haven't had a chance to work on anything 'new' lately, but I was going through some of my files and found a couple of cards that I have not posted yet.  I believe I was making these in between Christmas cards and completely forgot to post.

This card today is using a Stamping Bella 2.0 Cosmobella.  This particular one is kind of my 'go to' bella stamp for a  girlfriend.  I know I have coloured her up several times and posted, but different colours, different layout warrants another post, don't you think?

I coloured her with Prismacolour pencils after stamping her with black memento ink. I used MFT Mod rectangle stax to cut our her and the layers.  Papers are from my scrap bin.  The Happy Birthday is an Impression Obsession die.

To finish I added a bit of sparkle to her martini glass with wink of stella and added a few enamel dots.

Wishing you a happy day!  See you back her soon.  I have to make a St. Patrick's day card for a friend to give to a friend, so need to get that done this week.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

On your special day.....

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've posted, it's been a busy few weeks. I haven't even had a chance to work on any new cards either.  I was out of town for a week of training - work related, and then last weekend Bill & I went up to Algonquin Provincial Park for a getaway for the long weekend.  Our trip was successful as we sighted and took pictures of some birds that we went there for.  Last year this time we had no luck in getting any photos of these birds.  I will have some pictures to share shortly.

Our weather this past week has consisted of lots of rain for 2-3 days and mild temperatures which melted snow, which has caused severe flooding.  Our city is under state of emergency.  The Thames River is to peak tonight. This has been the worst in 60 yrs.  The downtown area which the Thames River runs through has swollen so much the parking lots and homes are flooded.  Several roads in town are closed and many homes have flooded basements.  You can see photo's of our town and surrounding areas in this news report here.

My card today is a wedding card which I made a few weeks ago.  I used some Spellbinders dies, flowers, pearls,  & sequins. You know me, I just love to make these types of cards!

Not a whole lot of explaining for this cards, so I will list the supplies below.


Stamp - Justrite - ever after antique labels one
Dies - Spellbinders - Chantilly paper lace
Paper - SU soft suede, PTI - aqua mist, Cougar - 110lb white, scrap of DP
Misc - mulberry flowers (Wild Orchid crafts), sequins, pearls

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to get back at creating soon.  Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Washi tape Christmas cards

Happy Valentines Day!  I don't have a Valentines card to share, but I have a couple more Christmas cards to share with you.  I made these back in Dec.  Our local stamping store The Paper Pickle, has make n' takes every third Saturday of the month.  In November, we did this cared below.  When I first saw the card, I thought the image was paper, but it is actually washi tape - who would of thought?

This is the card we made at the store: love the wood grain background paper, and we use Tim Holtz  Happy Holiday sizzix thinlets for JOYFUL. This card worked up so quickly - it helped that Kim had everything already cut and you just had to assemble.

I was feeling the crunch, as I was trying to get all my Christmas cards done and in the mail. I knew I could probably mass produce this card but didn't want to copy exactly.  The 2 cards below is what I came up with using Kim's idea above, to make them my own. The washi tape has 2 images on the roll - birds & reindeer.  I ended up making 6 of each.

Supplies for my version:

Dies: Tim Holtz - sizzix thinlits - Happy Holidays #660976, Memory Box Frosty Border #98171, Impression obsession - snowflake dies - #DIE100-F,  Peace # DIE226-A, MFT - stitched oval frames, MFT stitch rectangle scallop edge frame
Paper: cougar white cardstock, gold stardust cardstock, cream shimmer cardstock, wood grain dp.
Misc: washi tape  - gold border & image, twine, wink of stella pen (I added glitter to the washi tape images for a bit of sparkle).

Have a wonderful day, thanks for your visit!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Delicate & Dainty

Just in from another hour of shoveling.  We got dumped on yesterday about 10 inches of snow, a  couple more inches predicted for today and same for tomorrow! I must say if you didn't have to travel anywhere it is very pretty.  The male cardinals just pop as they sit on the snow covered cedars and branches of the snow covered bare trees.  The vibrant red is so pretty. I filled the feeders before coming in so they are all happy :).

Okay enough about that, lets get on with my card today.  I'm using Penny Black's Delicate & Dainty stamp.

I started by embossing the image onto some white cardstock with white embossing powder.  I then took some distress inks - shaded lilac and lightly sponged over the image, then added a bit of distress wilted violet.

I added a die cut border along the bottom - this is from Altenew - creative edges: lace die.

Finished off with TH distress rock glitter on the leaves, a few PTI crystal dots, pearls and silk ribbon.
I was tempted to add a sentiment to the front, I first thought of sympathy, but decided to leave it blank, so it could be used for numerous occasions.

Thanks for visiting today.  Enjoy your day!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Doodled lace

Hi there, I'm back today to share a card I just made.  When I was in London on Saturday, I stopped at the  stamp store there and lucky me, they had 25% off everything in the store.  They are making room for new items from Creativation.  I picked up this Altenew Doodle lace cover plate.  Because it is a bit busy wasn't sure how I was going to display it on a card.

I also picked up some of the new distress oxide inks at Paper Pickle once I got back into town.  I wanted to try out the new inks so thought I should make a distress background to go under the cover plate.

I started with a piece of Canson 140lb water colour paper.  I smooshed the follow distress oxide inks on my teflon craft mat - shaded lilac, tattered rose, wild honey - gave it a spritz and then laid my water colour paper onto it, lifted up and then heat set it.  The tattered rose is really pale, but I wanted a bit more vibrancy, so added a bit of picked raspberry to my craft mat, spritzed again and then tapped my c/s into the ink where I needed to add more colour.  I heat set again, then repeated once more.  I then spritzed some water into my hand then dropped the water onto the distress background, let it set for about 15 sec, then took a paper towel and laid it over the card stock, picking up any loose water.  By doing this it will leave watermarks.  I then reached for my adirondack metallic - gold dabber, and it was dried up inside.  So I took a craft knife put some on a palette then added a bit of water and mixed it up.  took a fine paintbrush, dipped it into the gold wash and flicked it on my background.

I cut the background down to size to fit behind the doodle lace, adhered and then adhered to my card base.  The sentiment is from Altenew  - Sentiments & quotes set.  I embossed it in white onto some grey c/s, trimmed the ends.  I then added a piece of pink under neath it.  I added dimensionals behind the sentiment before adhering to the card.  Then I added lots of sequins in various colours.  I hope I didn't go overboard!

Overall, this was a quick and easy card, great to mass produce, with different colours and sentiments.

Have a wonderful day!

PS - my new photo at the top is a picture Bill took a few weeks ago.  A 4th year bald eagle floating down Lake St. Clair on a chunk of ice!