Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler

Monday, January 24, 2022

Sending Love

 Hello, hope everyone is doing well.  I meant to post this last week, but it didn't happen so posting today.  I have a standing order with a friend, and although she didn't reach out to me yet to ask(which she normally does as a reminder) for some Valentine cards & St Patrick, I was being pro-active, made them and popped them in the mail to her.  She should get them this week, which will be a nice surprise for her, because normally I run so late with getting her orders done, not because I don't want to, just because sometimes you don't have the time.

But regardless, I will share a couple I made for now.

Both cards are using the same dies from Spellbinders January Dies of the month club (large & small dies)  from 2021.  I ordered this back last January when it was released, but by the time it got to Canada it was already into Feb, which was too late.  So I used this for this year.

The gold heart is a hot foil glimmer plate called Heart Grid.  Love how this foiled using gold foil!

After I die cut the center piece, I laid a piece of Vellum behind it, then adhered to the card front.  The flowers and leaves were die cut as well, then added them to the front along with some gold pearls.  I gold foiled the sentiment as well, added some foam tape and popped it up.  I also added a die cut heart in gold and layered that behind the vellum, in order to make the heart stand out from the front side.



2nd, card, using the same small die of the month and the stamp sent of the month.  Cut the frame from white, then cut the center frame from green and pink.  I cut the little pink flowers out and glued them to the green layer where the flowers were.  The center 'sending love' was stamped in a light pink, due cut then layered.  
I added some Nuvo drops to the centers of the flowers, and little pink heart.


I hope I inspired you today.  Thank you for stopping by, always appreciate your visits.  
Well I'm off today, going over to visit a good friend for coffee and conversation!  Enjoy your day.

Calling for another dump of snow today, 5 - 10 cm! Me no like, but it does bring the backyard birds around, which I love, cardinals, blue jays, dark eyed juncos, house finch, gold finches, house sparrows, nut hatch, woodpeckers, black capped chickadee and of course or not so welcomed squirrels (4-6 of them depending on the day!).  

Pauline

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Sympathy cards

Good day everyone!  It's another cold and gloomy day here today, a bit of rain this morning with a high of 3C (37F) and then it turns bitterly cold again for Monday & Tuesday (feeling like -17C & -15C).  We had a bit of snow last week, but with the rain it will be almost gone. All I can say is bring on the Spring!

I had to make some sympathy cards  to go along with one of my Christmas card orders, so today I will share a couple of them with you.

For my first one, I am using Gina K's Wild Blossoms.  Using my Misti, I lined up the stamp to my paper, then inked the vine with green ink.  I then added the flowers one by one using a stamp and acrylic block, these were very easy to line up along the vine.  I then stamped the sentiment in black, then cut out the image using Gina K's master layouts 2 stitched rectangle die and matching layer.  To finish off I added 3 tiny white pearls. 



For my second card, I'm using an embossing folder from Altenew - this one is from one of the Life Project kits - Hello Beautiful.  Not sure if you can tell by the photo, but the side I used is the debossed side.  To achieve this look, I added a pigment ink to the raised side of the embossing folder, added my paper, run through my Spellinders Platinum 6 and voila.  So beautiful! I then stamped 'with sympathy' (stamp from Papertrey Ink).
To finish off I added a pearl to the center flower, and some layering foam behind the image to give it some dimension.


Well, that's it for me for today, I need to start working on some Valentine Day cards for my friend.  Hope you all have a wonderful day, whatever you are up to.  Keep well,

Pauline

Monday, January 3, 2022

Brilliance x 2

 Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I still have a few Christmas cards to share that I didn't get a chance to post before the Holidays. Today I have a couple of cards made using Penny Black Stamps & dies.

Once stamp (PB - Brilliance) was in my Misti, I added various ink colours to the stamp, spritz and stamp.  I continued to do so until I achieved the depth in colours I was going for.

I then cut the frame - (penny black - stitched frame) from white cardstock.  I placed it over my dried image and then sponged ink into the corners before adhering together.  Sentiment was then stamped, and glossy accents added to the berries.


below card was done the same as the first card just changed up the colours.



To finish off  I added some Simon Says Stamps Unicorn Dust glitter to the leaves for some sparkle.

This card was so simple to create, I massed produced 12 of them, which really helped me out as I was crunched for time.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit today.  See you again real soon!
Have a wonderful day, take care,

Pauline


Sunday, December 12, 2021

Winter Sketches

 Hello!  I'm back today to share a couple more Christmas cards using stamps from  The Greetery - Winter Sketches, Opposites Attract Holiday  & stencil - Frosty Flakes. The Merry Christmas sentiment stamp on the blue version is from Gina K

I've seen a few cards on Pinterest using this stamp set and just love how festive this stamp set is.

Both cards are made the same just changed the colours and sentiments.  I aligned the card fronts in my Misti and stamped away, stamping the bottom first, the flipping my card front around and ink and stamp again.  This set is multiple stamping which I love because it gives you so much dimension for real life look.  This is a very quick and easy process, so I ended up making 8 card fronts all at once.

For the branches I used Pink Fresh Gathered Twigs, greenery - Gina K Fresh Asparagus (I think, I had too many greens on my desk, now can't remember which I used), blue berries - Pink Fresh - summer shower & storm. Outside snowflake border - sponged distress antique linen through the stencil


After all the stamping was done I sponged distress antique linen through the  stencil to create the snowflake border.  For the sentiment I first sponged the whole sentiment using PF summer shower, then just along the bottom edge I added the darker blue - storm to give it that gradient look.

For my second card, created the same what using PF Passion Fruit and Candy apple for the red inks, all others were the same. Sentiment was stamped in passion fruit, then I added the 'greetings' using black versafine.

Before mounting the cards onto either silver foil (for the blue card) or gold foil for the red card) I sprayed some Sheer shimmer sparkle spray from Imagine.  Love all the shimmer it gives when dried, but I don't think you can see it in the photo's.


For finishing touches I added some pearls and gems, along with some Diamond Dust along the branches for the wintery Christmas feel.

Thank you for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of your day!

Pauline

Friday, December 3, 2021

Cozy Christmas

 My plan was to post this last night for today, but we are have some major internet connections. I even had to go into work today, which usually I work from home on friday's and mondays :(.  Looks like we won't be able to get anyone out to look at it until early next week.

I popped on after dinner tonight and it is very slow, but thought I would create this post and see how far I get.

So here is another Christmas card I made.  Lots of these cards are around on the internet.  Image is from Tim Holtz - Cozy Christmas. Love his Christmas images.



I stamped it onto some canson water colour paper using black archival ink.  I then used some distress reinkers and coloured the image.  I then sponged the back ground using distress tumbled glass and faded jeans, some shabby shutters and anitque linen.

Then came out the sprays:  Oxide distress speckled egg, and pumice stone.  I then took some walnut distress ink and went around the edges to darken it up.

I cut the image down with an MFT stitched rectangle die, layered it onto some antique gold stardream c/s, then onto some dark brown c/s for the base.

I cut the snowflakes (Memory box) from kraft c/s then applied some embossing ink and then embossed them using some chocolate sparkle embossing powder from Sparkle N Sprinkle.

I also added some tiny little gold star sequins along to top portion for a bit of added interest.

What do you think?  I love it, need to make more.  I made 2 so far, but need to get an assembly line going with this.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope this will post, doesn't seem to want to save, but I'll keep trying.

Have a good weekend

Pauline

Monday, November 29, 2021

Christmas bungalows

Hi! I finally got around to taking pictures of my cards.  I also finished 2 of my card orders this weekend as well, what a good feeling that is!

A few months back when I had no mojo, I saw these Penny Black images.  What's great about them is they are already printed, all you have to do is make/add them to a card.  You can be a simple as you like or elaborate, choice is yours.

I'm so glad I purchased these as I made several of these images into cards. They work up so fast. Today I have 3 to share.

For my first one, I layered the image onto so antique gold shimmer cardstock. then onto some white which was cut using Penny Black Zig Zag Stackers die, then adhered this onto some navy cardstock.  I then took a sentiment also from Penny Black, stamped in black, then cut out with a narrow sentiment die.  Snowflake  is from Penny Black - Ava Snowflakes - used the 3rd size.  I then used my quickie glue pen and dotted the roof of the house and into the trees, and added Simon Says unicorn dust glitter.


My second card, I started with some white cardstock and cut an opening using Penny Black Stitched frames.
I also cut the corners once more with gold stardream c/s, popped the white ones out and put in the gold.
For the sentiment I used Spellbinders glimmer sentiment plates, and used gold foil for this.  Trimmed it down with a sentiment strip label die. Again added lots of glitter!

 


For my last cards, kept it nice and simple, layered the image onto some gold stardream c/s, then onto some white which was cut using the zig zag stacker dies once more, then layered it onto some dark green.  Added lots of glitter!



The only thing about using pre printed images, is that I feel I am cheating the recipient, because it wasn't had coloured, if you know what I mean.  But the end results are beautiful!

I thank you for taking the time to stop in today.  Wishing you a wonderful day.
Take care,

Pauline

Monday, November 22, 2021

Enchanted Meadow.

 Hi!  Hope you had a good weekend.  Mine was busy, and spent most of the day Sunday working on my Christmas card orders.  I still haven't gotten around to taking pictures of any new ones yet, but I do have one from a while ago to share.

This one is using Pinkfresh Studio Enchanted Meadow.  The entire card was done using stencils.



The floral meadow was done using a variety of Pinkfresh Studio inks.  Once done, I then layered the argyle stencil and added glitter paste through the stencil.  Once dry I tied some twine around it and added a little take with 'happy birthday', and also included a little pink heart from Trinity Stamps.  Added a few pearls in different colours as well, then adhered to a blue cardstock.

A quick and easy card.  

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!

Pauline



Monday, November 15, 2021

Baby Girl Shaker Card

 Hello everyone! Yes it's me, I'm finally back.  I'm pretty sure I don't need to explain my whereabouts over the last 4 or so months, but as it happens to all of us, family life and work life sometimes takes priority over crafting life.

I was wanting to get back at it back in Sept, but I just couldn't get my mojo going no how.  This weekend I was able to start my Christmas cards, although I don't have pictures yet, I realized there are some cards I made back in June & July that I have not posted.

Today's card is one I made for a friend who is expecting her 2nd grand daughter, so she needed this early to send over to Australia. 



The 'bundle of joy' die set is one I've had for a few years, purchased from AliExpress. I cut out the pieces, then sponged some light pink on the stork and sack. I then added some foam tape to the back of bundle of joy, added some sequins on the bottom layer, adhered the top and voila a shaker card!

Papers are from Echo Papers - Bundle of Joy.  All the other supplies - flowers, lace, ribbon and pearls are from my stash.

I've been off since Thursday, enjoying some much need time off from work.  I put up my Christmas tree up on Friday, oh it looks so pretty! I'm back to work tomorrow, so I'm going to visit a good friend this morning as we catch up and chat over a cup of java!

I wish you all a wonderful day! Hugs,

Pauline

Monday, August 16, 2021

Heartfelt Condolences

Hello everyone! Hope you had a good weekend! 

Today I have a couple more sympathy cards which I made for my last card order.

All products are from Altenew - 

My first card is using the stencil and die from Hill Blossoms set.  I used Altenew inks for this. Once my floral was all stenciled I cut it using the matching die.  For the background I took a stencil and sponged some light ink just for some added interest.  Sentiment was stamped in black versfine, and then a few pearls were added to finish this off.


For my second card, I used Altenew's Flower Bunch stencil and die. Again used Altenew inks for the stenciling, once done I cut it out with the matching die. I then ran a piece of white card stock through my Platinum 6 using the Altenew Angled  Mosaic 3D embossing folder. I added the die cut floral piece to the front and added some pearls and wink of stella glitter pen to the flowers.



I love using the stencils, they make for such a fast and very pretty card.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  See you back here real soon.  Take care,

Pauline

Monday, August 9, 2021

Sending Hugs

 Hi, I'm back.  I kind of lost track of time to tell you the truth.  Lately I find the days just roll right on by.  Last week it was a holiday here in Canada on Monday, so when Tuesday rolled around to go to work, I thought it was Monday, so on and so on, it just messes with you week!. I haven't been stamping lately either (seem to have lost my mojo) but I had this one done last month, so thought best to share with you today.

Using Pinkfresh Studio products, washi tape (English Garden), dies, glimmer plates and gold pearls. 



If you haven't used PFS washi tape, I must say it is the best. Several images in each set, and there is about 19-20 sets on one roll.  Basically just cut it off between sections, adhere to white c/s, use the matching die (which cuts all your pieces at once, as the die is one large with all the floral pieces in one).  Once the die cutting is done, then you just need to create your card.

I also used the glimmer hot foil plate for my sentiments, again this has several sentiments on one, so foil your paper then die cut all at once then you have several sentiments to use.

I used PFS mini slim line die for my top layer.  Once I adhered everything down, I added some gold pearls to finish this off.

Well that's it for me today, Hope you are all keeping well.  We have another hot week ahead of us, temp close to 40C (over 100F).

Pauline



Sunday, July 25, 2021

Florals

 Hi everyone.  It's been a few weeks since I've been here, hope you are all doing well!

For my card today, it was kind of a bonus at putting it together, as most of this was already coloured and die cut, just sitting in my parts basket.  I was going through it looking to see what I could put together, and came across this coloured image which was done over a year ago.  I also came across the die cut frame in purple, which seem to fit perfectly with my image.



The floral image is from Justrite, and the die cuts are from Spellbinders, the small die of the month for January/21.

After assembled, I added some purple pears, and some flitter to the flowers.

Well, it's a hot day here in SW Ontario today (feels like 95F) hence I stayed indoors and did some much needed purging.  Still more to do, but I did put a dent into it.

Thank you for stopping by today, see you back here real soon! Enjoy your day!

Pauline



Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Find Peace and Comfort

 Hi friends, hope everyone is doing well.  I have another sympathy card to share with you today.

Here, I'm using a Penny Black stamp called Entranced.



I started with some canson watercolour paper, placed the stamp in my misti and added distress oxide inks using daubers, spritzed and stamped.  I repeated until I was happy with the results.

I cut a rectangle out of a scrap piece of lightweight cardstock, then placed it over my image - centered- and sponged some distress oxide inks to create the centered coloured piece.  Sentiment is also from Penny Black, this was stamped using black versafine.

I then used my Trinity embossed rectangle die to cut this out.  I really like how it finishes the edges.

Well that's it for me folks.  Have a fantastic day! See you back here real soon.

Pauline

Monday, July 5, 2021

Floral frame x 2

 Hello everyone! 

I am sharing a couple of more sympathy cards in which I made for my card order.  I have a few more sympathy cards to share after this post, I hope you won't be bored with them.

Both cards today are using products from The Greetery - Print Shop: Floral Frame Stamp & Stencil set.

I used distress oxide inks for both.  Once all the stenciling was completed, I used the matching die set (removed out part, just used center die) to cut the center away.



I then sponged a coordinating colour in the center , then stamped my sentiment. Sentiments are from Penny Black  - Sympathy Sentiments.


I added some SSS Unicorn Dust glitter on the flowers  and a few pearls on the pink card.

I find I really gravitate to stencils lately, probably because they make for fast card making, and now a days with all the layers, the florals look so real.

I have so many new stamps and stencils that haven't been touched, mainly because I haven't had time. I'm kind of getting back into stamping again, so hopefully I'll get to use them soon.

Thanks again for stopping by.  Hope you have a fabulous day my friends!

Pauline



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Something for Baby

Good day everyone! We are stuck in the middle of another heatwave.  Yesterday felt like 107F and today is suppose to be a bit hotter than that.  No relieve until maybe Thursday.  I know the West coast is experiencing like conditions but even hotter if one can imagine, and worse for them as they don't normally see these types of temperatures.

My card today is one that I made for my card order last month.  A baby girl.  Now I know this probably isn't your typical 'girly' colours, but I went with a more vintage look.  Also the clothes look more pink than what the dp paper is, but in real I tell you they are pretty close in colour.  So strange how a camera can make it look so different.

Regardless, here is my card:


The dies I used for the clothes, I purchased from AliExpress a few years ago, I also have the boy set, they are so cute.  Oval die is from Spellbinders.

Paper is from Graphic 45 - little darlings collection. The sentiment 'baby girl' is from a Papertrey Ink set, stamped in versafine gray ink.

Once everything was put together I added some flowers and pearls to finish this off.

Wishing you all a wonderful day! Take care,

Pauline


Monday, June 21, 2021

Miss Your Smile - slimline

 Hi!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Weather has been so hot here, but looks like tomorrow and Wednesday we have a little reprieve before it heats up again. 

Today's card is a slim line using Pinkfresh Studio - Miss Your Smile stencils.  I am so hooked on stencils lately, it makes for speedy and beautiful cards. I used a variety of colours to create this all being Pinkfresh Studio inks.



The Happy Birthday is also a Hot Foil plate from Pinkfresh with a matching die set.  All sentiment words are on one glimmer plate, so you just need to run it through your Glimmer machine and the die is all in one sheet as well, so one pass through your Spellbinder Platinum I have a variety of sentiments at once.  

To finish off I added some pearls and wink of stella clear glitter pen.

I appreciate you stopping by for a visit.  Hope you have a fabulous day!

Pauline