Eastern Bluebird - Male

Eastern Bluebird - Male
Eastern Bluebird

Monday, December 9, 2019

Peace

Hello everyone!  I'm a happy camper as I have all my Christmas card orders completed, and all my Christmas cards in the mail as of last week! Woohoot!!!! Such a good feeling. I massed produced some of my cards that I shared in Oct & Nov which help speed things up, as well as I had a few left from last year that I made.

Today's card is one I made using Memory Box dies - Ruffled Poinsettia #94296 and Petite Leaf Frame #94318.  The 'peace' is from IO # DIE226-A.


I die cut the poinsettia and frame from white linen c/s.  I layered it onto some smooth white c/s, then onto some gold mirri c/s.  Love the look between the two different whites.

The 'peace' was also cut 3 times - 2 from white and then from the gold mirri, and adhered together.
I popped the poinsettia up so I could tuck the leaves underneath.  I then used a Nuvo clear glitter pen and coloured the poinsettia to add sparkle, so pretty in real.

I adhered the Peace along the bottom and then added some prills to the center of the poinsettia.

I made 5 of these!

Thanks for stopping by, have yourself a wonderful day!

Pauline

Thursday, December 5, 2019

With Sympathy x 2


Hello.  Well I finally finished all my Christmas card orders as well as all my cards for my mailout.  I have 3 birthdays in December to make cards for, so that is next on my list.

Today, I'm sharing a couple of sympathy cards I made for one of my orders.

These were a quick make.  I used images from Alexandra Renke - just love her papers.  I cut out the images and layered them onto silver card stock.

I used some teal Bazzill card stock and used a stitched rectangle die to cut it out.  I then used Eucalyptus washi tape from Alexandra Renke (which goes with the images), and added a piece of this to the bottom of the teal c/s.

For my first card I used a die from Simon Says Stamps - Ecualyptus leaves




This one uses  a die from Simon Says Stamps - Cottage stems which seems to be discontinued as I couldn't find it on their website.



That's it for today. Have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Nourish & Flourish


Sorry I haven't posted in almost a week.  I've been busy with another card order which I'm almost done. 14 cards this time, and the good thing about it is that I am just re-making cards that I have already posted, so this makes the process so much faster, as I just need to copy from my first card.

Can you believe that it is Dec 1 already! Yikes, still have Christmas cards to make, how about you?

Before I started this card order and right after I finished the last 19 cards, I made this one.  This is a digital image from Gracielliedesign called Nourish & Flourish. I love digitals for two reasons, does not take up space (only on your hard drive) and you can resize it to your preference.




I used copics to colour and believe it or not I actually remembered to write down the numbers this time!

This was pretty straight forward, so I will list the supplies below.

Supplies:
Image - digitial from Gracielliedesign - Nourish & Flourish
ink - printer, Copics - R30, R32, R35, R37, Y35, YG00, YG03, G97, G99, BG0000, BG10, C00, C01, C02
Paper - Bazzill Basics Paper pack - Vintage Lace, cougar white, Bazzill - kind of a sage green
Die - Aliexpress
Misc - silk ribbon, sequins, Nuvo glitter gloss aqua shimmer

Okay back to finishing up this order.  So glad you stopped by today.  Have yourself a wonderful day!

Pauline


Monday, November 25, 2019

Wishing you....


Good morning!  Hope you had a good weekend, and this posts finds you all well. I accomplished so much this weekend in the line of card making.  I finally finished my 19 card order, all the liners done, envelopes attached to each and all ready to deliver to my friend when we meet for dinner.

Yes, 19 sounds like a lot, but I was able to double up on some, some new ones and others were ones I had made previously but never have given to her in her previous orders, so this makes it fast for me as I had already made them once before! I made Christmas, birthday and sympathy.

Today's card is a Christmas one that worked up very fast.  I'm using Simon Says stamp set - Holiday Greetings Mix 1.




I started by embossing the image with gold embossing powder onto some white cougar 100lb c/s.  I added the 'wishing you a' and 'christmas' to complete the sentiment - also included in the set.

I used copics YG03, G97 & G99 to colour the leaves, and R39 for the red berries.

I had this gold shimmer oval already cut out and it seemed to work perfectly for this.  I stamped the card base using Simon Says Leaves & Berries Background stamp using versamark.  I then adhered the oval on top, added a felt poinsettia secured with a gold brad, then added some gold sequins to the image. Voila!

Thanks for visiting today, I really appreciate it.

Pauline


Friday, November 22, 2019

Sending caring thoughts


Hello everyone, I hope your week is going well.  While I continue to work on my Christmas cards, I change it up now and again with others.  I made this card a few weeks back, finally got around to photographing it.

The stamp set that I'm using is from The Greetery called Cotton Comforts. I love Betsy's sets, most are multiple step stamping, which gives it the realistic look.




I found cutting out the pieces before stamping makes it much easier to line up.  So once my floral pieces were cut out I stamped the branches then the flowers.  She makes it so easy.

I then cut some soft pink cardstock using The Greetery - Halfsies Dies, sponged some distress ink around the edges then spritz some metallic spray for some shine.

I also sponged some soft pink onto some white c/s, which my flowers would be mounted to.

Stamped the sentiment in dark brown ink and then die cut them out.  I love the variety of fonts she uses.

To finish off I added several pearls throughout the card.

I need to finish one of my card orders this weekend, as I meeting up with my friend Monday after work. 4 more to go for a total of 19 cards! Yikes.

Have yourself a wonderful weekend.

Pauline

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Sassy Gal Nurse

Hello everyone! Today I have a different type of card to share.  My co-worker underwent surgery to remove his tonsils.  We put a little care package together and I was trying to come up with some sort of card a 'guy' would love.  I looked through my Art Impressions, but didn't have anything that would work, so hopped over to Bugaboo digital images and sure enough I came across Sassy Gal Nurse. Perfect!!


How fun is she??.  I used copics to colour her.  My first attempt I coloured her stockings black but did not like it, so thought hey, how about some fish net stockings. Love how these look! So as you can see not a lot of colouring on her, added some wood grain papers to give it a more 'masculine' feel to it.

Notice the little sentiment under her medical bag - well I am covering up a boo-boo! When I pulled my red copic cap off a spurt of ink fell right there, I tried to use my colourless blender to remove, but it seem to bleed more, so a sentiment was placed to cover it up.  I used Simon Says Stamps Sentiment Strips.  The nice thing about these strips is that you can use your laminator to adhere different colours of foil.  They are pre-printed in black ink so I applied some gold foil to it.

I also added some tooth hound washi tape, followed by a gold peel off.  Added some enamel dots to finish this off. 

Well that's it for me today, back again real soon!  Thanks for stopping bye, love when you do.

Pauline

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fir & Foliage

Hi, I'm back today to share another Christmas card. I've been busy mass producing the cards I posted last week.  Those are quick cards as they are all die cut and no stamping.

For today's card I'm using a stamp set and matching die from The Greetery - Fir & Foliage No2.
I started one night just stamping a variety of trees in greens, blues, pinks, gray's etc.  I really liked the pink and gray together, so from that I build my card.



I didn't keep track of the distress oxide ink colours as I was just too busy creating them! I sponged the blue background using Tumbled Glass Oxide and Broken China oxide inks.  I then splattered some white paint.

The snowdrift die is also from The Greetery.  I love the pierced snow drifts on this.I added some foam tape behind the front pink tree and adhered the other two in behind the snow drift. Sentiment if from the Christmas Eve set also from The Greetery.  I added some little snowflake sequins and some tine circle sequins to the trees.  I also used the decorative tree trimming set to add that decorative layer to the gray tree.

These stamp sets are so easy to use, as they are multiple step stamping.  Just use my Misti and everything lines up perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  Have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Friday, November 8, 2019

Christmas Shadow Box

Hi everyone! TGIF!! I'm back today to share another Christmas card.  I did this 2 weeks ago, finally got around to take a picture and now I can share.

When I was in London a while ago at my favourite stamp store Stamp Art, Nancy shared some new designs her team has come up with.  Well when I saw this I new I had to have the die right away.  So in my basket it went. I replicated her card and then I created one of my own.

The die set is from Sizzix - Christmas Shadow Box #663611

First card is very similar to Nancy's card:
- die cut the tree arch for top layer
- sponge some tumbled glass distress oxide ink on my base layer
- cut trees and adhere to base layer
- adhered some light blue shimmer fine tulle tot he back of the top layer
- cut deer and add to bottom right
- add peel off sentiment



And this is what I came up with:
die cut the tree arch for top layer
- sponge some tumbled glass distress oxide ink on my base layer
- cut trees and adhere to base layer
- cut bunny from  gold shimmer and sprigs from white c/s and adhered to bottom right
- cut holy leaves from dark green shimmer and sprigs from  gold c/s and adhered to top center, then                 added 3 tiny gold beads
- added gold Merry Christmas peel off, as well as some peel off stars to the tops of the trees




These were fun cards to make and so simple as it is all die cuts.  I will be making more of these to add to my Christmas stash this year, and to fill some orders.

I hope your enjoyed my post today.  I appreciate you stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Pauline




Monday, November 4, 2019

Chickadeer

I'm back today to share another Christmas card- YAY!!!!!!!  Card making has been quite slow lately, I have explained at the end of the post why.

A few weeks back I was going through my Christmas stamps and came across a few that I have not even touched yet.  It's just like Christmas finding new stamps that you kind of completely forgotten about! LOL.

So here is Stamping Bella's Chickadeer. How cute is this image?



Again, I used Polychromos pencils and gamsol to colour.  Once coloured I cut a some snowy hills using The Greetery Drifting die set. Love this set, it cuts and pierces.

Paper used is from Penny Black Holiday Trimmings. I was debating on whether or not to put a sentiment on the front, so played around with several and ended up using the sentiment from The Greetery called Sentiment Suite : Christmas Stamp Set and matching Sentiment Suite die set.  The one good thing about the sentiment sets so far from The Greetery is that the die set she created matches her last 3 sentiment sets. I'm probably not explaining it correctly, but if you go the The Greetery or click on the link's above I created you will see what I mean.

For finishing touches I used some twine and glitter.

I hope I inspired you today, have yourself a fabulous day!

PS - on the health issue I have been having with my RA - Rheumatoid Arthiritis - well I went for my yearly checkup with my specialist today in London and the reason my feet have been so sore and my right wrist swollen and left hand knuckle issue for months is that my RA is doing a major flare up.  I haven't had any bad flare ups in a couple of years. Normally my flare ups are very painful and only last 2 days, - the type I have is called Palindromic Rheumatism. My feet have been so sore and as of late they are so painful it even hurts to walk or to even rest my feet my bones in my feet are very painful, and my ankles throb terribly when I'm standing or moving. Here I thought it was Planters Fasciitis all along, had a pair of orthotics made for my running shoes and no relief, actually my feet were getting worse.  I never experienced pain like this before in my feet so believed it was something other than RA.  She sent me for xrays and blood work and will follow up with me once she gets the results back.  Card making hasn't been very fruitful lately, with being in pain I have no desire to stamp.  I still continue to dabble at it, but I really need to get going as I have a few orders plus my own Christmas cards to make and time is slipping away.  Sorry for blabbling on and thanks for listening! :)

Thanks for your visit today,
Pauline

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sweet Baby

Happy Halloween!! Sorry I do not have a Halloween card to share with you, as I really don't seem to make those. I sure hope the rain stops tonight for the Trick or Treaters, it's been raining since Wed morning. We don't get too many in our neighborhood as we live just on the outskirts of town, and most of who lives here, their children are grown up and gone.Although we have parents from the country drive their little guys into our neighborhood for treats. But with the rain we will even get less.  One year we only had 7 because of poor weather.  Fingers crossed it clears up.

One of my co-workers is expecting their first baby in about 3 weeks.  I wanted to make her a 'special' card to welcome her new baby boy into the world.  She buys plenty of cards from me, so didn't want to make something she might of already seen.





The baby clothes dies were purchased from Aliexpress back in the summer.  I also purchases a baby girl set as well.  I kind of had a vision on what I wanted, so did some die cutting, pulled some papers and then everything else came together.

I thought I had some small clothes pins, but they were actually too big, so I added some small gold beads to act as the clothes pins.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink - Daily design sentiments, stamped in black versafine and then used a tag die from The Greetery.  I added some flowers, pearls and used my Nuvo clear glitter pen for a bit of sparkle on the flowers. Paper is from Echo Park - Bundle of Joy!.

Now I can't wait to make another one of these for my sale basket as well as one of the baby girl, but I really need to work on some card orders I received for Christmas, Birthday and Sympathy.

I'm so glad you stopped by today. Have yourself a fabulous day!

Pauline




Monday, October 28, 2019

Cosmo Bella

Hello there!  Hope you had a good weekend.  I just finished a baby card, but haven't had a chance to take a picture yet, so thought I would share my last of the Bella's I coloured from the group of 5.

This is Cosmobella.  She seems to be my go to girl, when I need a girl friend card, as I have coloured her many times.  I pulled out my Polychromos pencils and blended with gamsol.



I used a MFT set of edgers to cut the scallop arch on the pink and a Simon Says edger for the white layer. Layered these together, then added a narrow strip of dp along the edge for some interest. 

To finish off I added some enamel dots, Nuvo glitter pen on her martini, and some twine.

I appreciate your visit, see you here again real soon.  Have a great day!

Pauline

Monday, October 21, 2019

Rudolph

Hope you had a good weekend!  I finally finished up a couple of Christmas cards on the weekend, so today I'm sharing a Whimsy image called Rudolph! I believe I bought this last winter and never had a chance to colour it up.



Polychromos pencils where used to colour.  I then used MFT Inside & Out Stitch Round Rectangle to cut him out. 

Paper is from Echo Park - I love winter.  I wanted to put a sentiment on the front, so played around with many sentiments - banner style, round but nothing appealed to me.  I then pulled out some dies and ended up going with Happy Holidays which is from IO.

To finish off I added some red glitter from Art Institute on the berries and added a few enamel dots.

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Have yourself a fabulous day!

Pauline


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Madison has a margarita

Well it's back to work after our long weekend here in Canada, where we celebrated Thanksgiving. I had a chance to work on some Christmas cards yesterday, but I don't have them totally completed, colouring is done but that's it.  So with that being said, I will share another Stamping Bella image today.

This is "Madison has a Margarita"!




She is coloured using Polychromos pencils, (which seems my go to medium as of late), and blended out using gamsol.

I used a very old set of Spellbinder dies to cut her out - long rectangle.  Designer paper is from Authentique - Blissful collection.(2011).

I added some sparkle to her drink using Nuvo glitter pen, added some sequins and ribbon to finish this off.

I'm so glad you stopped by today, have yourself a wonderful day!

Pauline

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Winobella

As promised I'm back today to share another Stamping Bella image.  This is the 3rd of the 5 I made.
This is Winobella.  Looks like she is getting ready to Party!!!



I coloured her using Polychromos pencils and blended with gamsol.  Once coloured I then cut her out using an MFT die, left the die in place and sponged some soft pink around the edges.

Designer paper is from my scrap basket.  I cut a little stitched flag tag, added a silk bow and a rhinestone.
Added some sparkle to the wine glasses and her dress using my Nuvo glitter clear pen, then added some more rhinestones.

Well that wraps it up for today.  Wishing you an fabulous day!

Pauline



Monday, October 7, 2019

Spring/summer birds #2

Hello! Bill and I spent  last week up north at Algonquin Provincial Park. Beautiful fall colours to be seen, yellows, oranges, reds, browns, burgundy, truly remarkable.  We have lots of pictures to go through, so when we do I will have some to share. Until then,  I thought I would share some more Spring/summer bird photos that I've been working on over the last little bit in between card making.


First up we have the Ruby Throated Hummingbird - in our backyard doing a little fluttering of his wings.

Here we have a  robin cooling off in the bird bath during a hot day in August. He/she spent almost 10 min in there splashing around, love the water spray.


Next is a Canada Warbler - I tried to photograph him last year but had no luck. 


Playing a little hide-n-seek was this Chestnut Sided Warbler.  Love him peeking out from the top of the branch.

Along the country side roads was this black swallowtail fluttering around. He stopped just long enough to capture this picture.


I'm working on more photos from the summer, it takes a while to do one as I still don't fully understand all the processing techniques, but slowly getting there. I try to do as much as I can and keep tackling them, when I get stuck at a certain point and can't figure it out I call for Bill's help!   I hope you enjoyed these, next post will be a Bella girl, stay tuned.

Pauline