Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler

Friday, January 22, 2021

With Love

 Hello everyone! I meant to post this to be loaded up this morning, but I think I lost a day somewhere.  I tell you when you work from home, each day just rolls into the other. I've been totally off my game this week for some reason.

Well, as promised here is the other Valentine card I made for my friend.  I got the stenciling idea from Jennifer McGuire - love her videos, always packed with so much information.  Stencil is from SSS.  I started with some Fog Grey c/s (SSS) and used a light grey ink, I think it was from Altenew.  I then trimmed down the sides and lined it up to where I wanted it on the card base.  I then laid the stencil over top of the fog grey, and then carefully removed the grey c/s and then sponged the stencil onto the pink using PTI peony pink ink and c/s.

I cut the hearts (Aliexpress) from 3 different shades of pink/coral/red.  The heart flourish is from Penny Black (love is growing #51-181) - had it forever, and cut this out of some fine red glitter paper.  Stamped the sentiment (PTI - Ink to Paper) with some black versafine.  I added the 4 red hearts, these were from the Penny Black heart flourish die.

I was going to add some sequins but decided to keep it simple.

Well that's it for me for today.  Hope you are all doing well, and thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend, see you real soon.



Monday, January 18, 2021

Branches of Love

 Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well.  Sorry for my absence, I took a much needed break, but ready to get back at crafting once again.

Today I have a  valentine card to share - one of two requested by a friend.  

Dies and stamp sets are from PTI - Ink to Paper - Border bling: Tin stitched die and Branches of Love, stamp and matching die set.

To stamp the branches, I die cut it first, then placed the branch back into the negative piece, put it in my misti, then lined up the branch stamp over top.  The branch was stamped in PTI olive twist.  For the flower pot, I did the same, and used Altenew Limestone - very lightly on the first layer, the a bit heavier on the second stamp (the pot is a two step stamp set).

Background in pink is using the Border Bling die.  I also cut a white piece that fits over the center portion of the border bling die using MFT stitched rectangle.  I added some dimension behind the flower pot but adhered the branch flat to the card.  Die cut a variety of pink/red hearts and added them here and there.  

Stamped Penny black sentiment ' just for you' using black versafine.  Added some clear sequins to finish this off, as well as nuvo clear glitter pen which was applied to the hearts for some shimmer. 

I"ll be back later in the week to share the other valentine card.

As always I appreciate you stopping by.  Take care, stay safe,


Thursday, December 17, 2020

Sparkle and Shine

 If you are ever in a hurry and need some quick Christmas cards, my cards today are just that.  And so easy to mass produce.  Everything today is from the Gina K Sparkle and Shine card kit.  I've never bought her kits before and for what was included in the kit was well worth the money. 

I have 4 cards to share, using images from 2 of the 3 stamps sets that are included in the kit.  These pictures seem a bit dark, lighting was terrible, dark and gloomy day, but they are so pretty in real life!

For my first one I embossed the ornament in gold, these are 3 stamps to this, the ornament, the hanger and then the bow.  I embossed the sentiment onto some white c/s, trimmed it out using a MFT flag end die, then added some gold sequins.

I'm using the Christmas tree for this one, again embossed in gold, and also embossed the sentiment in gold onto the same dark green c/s.  I sponged some distress ink rustic wilderness around the edges. Added some red rhinestones to finish off.


The next 2 cards are the same, except one is embossed in gold and one in silver.  I embossed the tapestry stamp twice, once from the top and the other from the bottom onto some SU Bermuda Bay c/s.  Once embossed I sponged the same ink around the edges for the embossed piece to darken it up.  The sentiment I used for this one is actually from Papertrey Ink  from the Beautiful Berries: Winter set. To finish this one off I added some gold pearls

same as above, but I used silver embossing powder some silver pearls to finish off.

Thank you for stopping by.  Keep well and be safe!


Monday, December 14, 2020

Metallic poinsettia

 I'm back today to share another Christmas card.  This one is using Simon Says Stamps Center Cut Holiday Floral.  The center 'peace' is removable, so you could put a different sentiment if you wanted to.

First of all, sorry about how this picture isn't the best.  Yesterday was very gloomy and dark, so I had a really hard time photographing my cards.

I started by embossing the image onto some black cardstock using gold embossing powder.

To paint I am using something very old, not sure if they still sell these or not, but it is from USArtquest watercolour palette, this one is pearlescent and metallic.  Just spritz each little colour with some water, mix it up with your paintbrush and you are good to go.

Once everything was dry, which really doesn't take that long, I trimmed it down, layered it onto some brushed gold cardstock, then onto black for my card base.

I embossed the center again separately, then cut it out using a spellbinder circle die, added some black fun foam behind to pop it up.

To finish off I added some jewels from Studio Katia.

I think I am pretty much finished my Christmas cards for this year, just mailing out my last of them today, but I do have some more Christamas cards to share, and probably will continue to work on Christmas so I can get a head start on next years.

As always, I appreciate your visit! Have a wonderful day.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Refreshing Florals

 Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I was going through my cards that I have not shared and I only have a couple left.  I really need to get on the bank wagon and get some 'new' cards produced, rather than re-make older ones.  But most times for my orders  people ask for ones that I have previously made, so don't want to bore you with those.

Anyhoo, a while back I found some water colour paper at Micheals (cheap price and cheap paper!).  Sometimes you just never know how the paper will work.  Well I  wasn't overly impressed by it.  It is rougher than normal, but quite heavy. I also found that the water colours DO NOT move on this... grrrr.

I started by smooshing the background, which I really liked. I stamped the floral vase from PB Refreshing set using black archival ink.

Painting the image was a struggle, as like I mentioned the paints soaked up so fast, it was difficult to make them blend, but I did my bet.

Once coloured, I cut it out using MFT cross stitch rectangle dies, then added a bit of splatter.

I used Nuvo clear glitter pen for the flowers, I took a close up for you to see the shimmer below.

For the sentiment I used one of Simon Says sentiment strips and foiled it using some rose gold foil.  It is so pretty in real. To finish I added some crystals.

Despite the struggle I had with painting this, I really like how it turned out.  I might have to persevere and make another as this one was sent out in one of my card orders. Sad thing is I don't even remember what inks I used to colour with.  Oh memory is a wonderful thing when it works!

I'm off until Tuesday now, my plan is to work on some new cards.  Thank you so much for visiting today.

Hugs and take care,


Monday, December 7, 2020

Darling Deer

 Here we are approx 2.5 weeks until Christmas, can you believe it?  For a year that it has been, I must say the weeks have flown by rather quickly.  How are your Christmas cards coming along?  All done or still working at them? For me I have a couple more to make, along with a few birthday's that are coming up this month as well.

My cards for today, actually I made it a few years ago, but never sent it out to anyone, so thought I would remake a few more, which makes for a fast (or faster) card to mass produce.  They are all the same, just changed up the colours, washi tape, sentiment and a different reindeer.

Reindeer is by Tim Holtz - Sizzix  Darling Deer die set, I used washi tape and printed c/s by Alexandra Renke, Tag dies are from Sizzix - Fancy tags, I used a much older dies set from SB for the little tag I stamped the sentiment on, silk ribbon, the leafy holly sprigs are from Find It - Jeanine's Art frosty ornaments set. For the tags I used metallic shimmer paper as well as for my card bases.  Back ground paper is from my scrap basket.

To finish them all off I added some clear mini dots to each.

It's a short week for me this week, just working Mon, Tues & Wed, then off until Tuesday.  Still using up vacation days for this year.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day, stay safe, keep well!


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Happy Anniversary

I still have more Christmas cards to share, but thought I would break it up with a showing of an Anniversary card I made for my last order.

This was a very simple card, I should of made a few while I was at it, but as I was trying to get the order done, I just did one.

I started with a piece of peach pearlized metallic paper, I think it is made by Star Dream, I've had this and many other colours for years.

I stamped the floral design from Simon Says Stamps - Beautiful Flowers in versamark then embossed it in gold.

For the Happy Anniversary sentiment I used my Glimmer Hot Foil machine, the hot foiling dies from Spellbinders - set is called Elegant Occasion Sentiments, and gold foiled it onto some cream cardstock.  Once foiled, I used the matching die to cut it out.

I layered the image piece onto some cream cardstock, popped up the sentiment and added some gold and cream pearls. Card measures 6.25 x 4.5.

I was very pleased on how this turned out.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by.  Hope all is well with you.  Take care,


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Sweet Baby x 3

 I know I should be working on Christmas cards, but trying to finish up a card order that has Christmas as well as other occasion cards including 3 generic baby cards.  Two of them I have made before, but I changed up the colours and the other one is brand new.

For my new card I used some Alexandra Renke washi tape and image for this card. So fun.  I also used a die from The Greetery - twisted crepe. Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  I also embossed the card base using Creative Expression 3-D Quilted Pillow EF. Added a couple of enamels dots and an enamel heart to finish.


My second card is one I have done before, just changed the papers and image, but layout is the same.  Bib die is from MFT, bunny image and dp  is from Papertrey Ink.  Added some enamel dots and ribbon to finish off.



My third card, is similar to one I made before except this time, I went to a more lighter tones on the balloons, kind of kept it more pastel than bold. Image is from Penny Black, stenciled the clouds using distress oxide tumbled glass, sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  Finished this one off with some glitter on the balloons, and  an enamel heart.  I used copics to colour.


 This finishes up my one card order, a total of 27 cards, whew!!!

Wishing all my American friends a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know it won't be the same as in past years, but hopefully you will be able to celebrate with family, whether it's over real time, zoom, or however you are able to keep a safe distance.  

Thank you for your visit today, Keep well everyone!



Monday, November 23, 2020

Snowflake Cascade

Hi there.  I'm back today to share a few more Christmas cards.  Today's stamp set that I'll be sharing is one I purchased during the Stamptember release by Simon Says Stamps in collaboration with Gina K. I missed out on Gina K's Stamptember release last year, so I made sure I grabbed it early this time around because when they are gone, they are gone!

One of the stamps in this set is a half snowflake, which allows you to adjust the space between each half when you stamp them in order to place a sentiment between.

My first card I embossed the snowflake in white ep, then sponged distress oxide peeled paint, then tumbled glass. I then sprayed the front of the card using Shimmer Craft spray - sparkle, and boy does it sparkle! I embossed the sentiment in white onto some navy cardstock, which was then popped up for a bit of dimension. This was then layered onto some navy c/s, then onto the card base which is a shimmer light blue.  I've had this for so long I don't even know who makes it or where I bought it.  To finish off I added some Prismatic Sky Pearls from Studio Katia. 

For my second card, I embossed the snowflake top and bottom along with the sentiment in white ep.  I then sponged distress oxide worn lipstick and a bit of candied apple.  I then splattered the card with bit of water then laid some paper towel to soak up the splatters.  I then embossed the ornament holder in silver and the bow in white.  I then sprayed the front with Shimmer craft spray. Iridescent bubbles- Studio Katia were added to the ornament.  I cut a couple of strips of silver mirror c/s and added to each side and then onto a white card base.

There are a few more stamps in this stamp set I want to use, not sure I'll get around to using them this year, if not for next year for sure.

I've been working on a lot of Christmas cards for my orders but they are already ones I have posted, hence the lack of postings over the last few weeks.  I do have some new ones to share, just need to take pictures.

I'm off on vacation this week, so I hope to get all my orders completed and mailed out to my friends, so they have time to mail them off.

I appreciate your visit today.  Whatever you are up to today, have a great one!


Monday, November 16, 2020

Heartfelt Sympathy

Hello everyone,  Just a quick short post today.

Today's card was inspired by a card that Leslie made a while back.  I was asked by a friend for a couple of sympathy cards.  Since I already had the flower done a few weeks back,  I decided to use Leslie's idea for mine.

Stamp and die set by Altenew - Positive Vibe, and the inks were all by Altenew as well.

My embossed border along the left side was done using a border die from Creative Expressions  - Frames & Tags - Stella's Border.

Added a few mini pearls and Nuvo Glitter gloss on the flowers.

I am off today, so I decided to put up my Christmas Tree this morning.  So pretty, my colour theme is gold, copper and clear.

Well, I think I will work on some more cards this afternoon!

Have a wonderful day, and thanks again for stopping by.

My new picture in the banner - this is a yellow-rumped warbler taken in my backyard a couple of weeks ago.  With the weather still warm at that time (which is very unusual for end of Oct) this little guy was hanging around. He was very co-operative as I took his picture.


Monday, November 9, 2020

Poinsettia 3D

 Hello everyone! Hope everyone had a good weekend.  I must say it does not feel like November, the temperatures have been in the 60's on thurs and friday, and yesterday, today and tomorrow in the 70's! I'm not complaining but just so unusual!

I have been falling behind in my Christmas card making, and I have a few orders to fill along with some everyday cards such as birthday, sympathy, anniversary, and baby cards, so I made myself work on some yesterday.  

This card was so easy to mass produce, I ended up making a total of 9.  All die cuts and some hot glimmer foiling.  The 3D poinsettia die is from Altenew.  Love all the details that is embedded when you die cut, just adds so much detail to the finished product.  The decorative border is by Papertrey Ink ( Ink to Paper) - Joy Frame die.

 One all the layers of the poinsettia were cut out - I used 100lb white cougar c/s, I added the following:

Sponged distress antique linen, then spritzed with Medieval Gold from Lindy's. I also added some gold splatters using the Brilliant Gold from my US Art Quest pearlescent and metallic tray. This set is about 10 years old, never goes bad, just spritz with water to activate. Used gold foiling for the sentiment.


 For this one I sponged distress victorian velvet and twisted citron, spritzed with the same gold, and used Rose gold for the foiling.

 I tried to get a close up of the gold spray, hope you can see it.  In real these are just beautiful, the spray shimmers perfectly.


For the blue one I used some Prima watercolour paper, and spritzed distress oxide inks in pistachio,  blueprint sketch and tumbled glass.  Once it was dry, I cut out the poinsettia, then splattered some Misty Lavender pearlescent from the same US Art quest tray.  Skybright foil was used on the sentiment.  When I made the second blue one, I did spray the poinsettia with some clear shimmer spray, but this one I left as is.


 This last one I sponged distress candied apples and scattered straw.  Sentiment was foiled in Red.

 Well, that's it for me for today.  I hope you enjoyed the variety of colourful poinsettias. Do you have a favourite?

Wishing you a wonderful day,




Monday, November 2, 2020

Glimmer Happy Holidays

Well here we are into November already! I can't believe how fast this year is going.  I thought I would pop on today to do a quick post as I have not posted in about a week.  I haven't had time to work on any cards, as work has been busy, long days, and when I'm done at night, I'm exhausted. Then on the weekend, it's getting caught up on all the stuff you should of done during the week, and well you know it's never ending.

I did happen to have one card that I have not shared yet.  I was hoping to make a few more with my Glimmer machine to post all at once, but have gotten around to it.  So here you have my one and only card left to share.

I bought the Spellbinders Glimmer machine a year ago and have not used it much.  When I saw that they had some new Christmas glimmer plates come out I bought a couple to give it a try.

Glimmer plates used on this card are:  Winter village, Yana's Christmas Sentiments, Christmas Organic Foliage and Christmas foliage background. 

Colours used for the foiling are:  Prism and Skybright

Paper : Simon Says Stamps  - Fog, Cougar 100 lb white

Not a lot of explaining on this as it was all done with the Glimmer Foiling Machine.

I thank you for your visit today. Have a wonderful day, keep well.


Monday, October 26, 2020

Christmas baubles

 I hope everyone had a good weekend.  I think we have seen the last of our nice fall weather.  Friday it was close to 70F and yesterday it only reached 45F but felt like 39F with the wind.  Clocks go back an hour this coming weekend, which means shorter daylight days.  

About a month or so ago, I happened to come across a beautiful card, I believe it was on You Tube.  Once I watched the video I knew I needed the stencil.  So I order it and it came about 2 weeks later.

The stencil is from Sweet Poppy Stamps in the UK.  These are not your typical plastic stencils, these are steel, and the edges are sharp, so you have to be very careful when cleaning them as to not slice your fingers. I've made 6 of these so far, 2 of each of the designs below.

Distress Oxide inks were used for all 3.

My first card I used victorian velvet and aged mahogany.  Using a large round ink blending tool, lightly sponge on the ink through the stencil.  I then took the small poinsettia from Stampers Anonymous - Winter watercolour #CMS354" and stamp it using the aged mahogany ink.  The little sprays coming from the poinsettia I stamped in the same ink but stamped off once.  Sentiment was stamped in black versafine and is from Stampers Anonymous Deco Christmas CMS176. I added some TH distress glitter to the poinsettia and a gold rhinestone in the center.

Card below was sponged with iced spruce and wild honey.  Image I used is from Stampers Anonymous Holidays Drawings CMS284.  I added glitter to the snowy roof top and some along the ground.

My last card is using the same inks as the first, victorian velvet and aged mahogany.  The cardinal image is from a set from Flourishes and sentiment is from the same set. Glitter was added to the branches and berries.

All card fronts where adhered to a 5.5 x 4.25 card base. 

I would like to try making some and masking off the entire card except for the bauble part and spray with a fine glitter spray, for lots of shimmer.  

So glad you stopped by today.  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 19, 2020

Slimline Christmas cards

 I sat down today to tackle making a slimline Christmas card, as this seems to be the rage now.  I ended up making 2.

I'm using Simon Says Stamps Slimline Scene Builder - Christmas set along with Pinkfresh Studio slimline stitched rectangles die set (there are 4 dies in this set - 2 are stitched and 2 plain).

Using my Misti, I applied distress inks onto the background stamp.  I threw the first couple in the garbage as I did not like how they were turning out.  I found the background looked too streaky and blotching.  So.... added the ink directly from the ink pad to the stamp, then used a dauber to tap it out and blend it and this seemed to work.

Inks I used were distress tumbled glass, broken china, stormy sky and chipped sapphire.  I used the same inks for both, but think on the second card I was a bit more lighter when applying the inks. Once the background was done, I stamped the small trees using stormy sky, then heat embossed the large tree in silver. I also embossed the sentiment in silver. I used Enchanted evening (PTI) and a scrap of lighter blue from my scrap bin for the layers on this one.

For my second card, the small trees were stamped in distress hickory smoke, then white embossed the large tree.  I also used the decoration stamp for the small trees and stamped them in stormy sky.

I cut out both backgrounds using the smallest die from the slimline set, then used the next size up for the next layer. Before adhering to the stitched layer, I sprayed both backgrounds using Imagine sheer shimmer craft spray in Sparkle. I tried to take a picture of all the shimmer but just couldn't capture it, but trust me, these are very sparkly.  I used SU Soft sky and Not Quite Navy for my layers on the 2nd card.

One everything was adhered I added some red jewels to the first tree, and kept the white tree plain.

I also embossed the sentiment onto some Almost Navy (SU) c/s using white embossing powder, trimmed to fit then added a small strip of  silver glitter paper along the bottom edge.

Which one is your favourite?  

I appreciate you stopping by today, enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday, October 12, 2020

Nature's Decor - A Trio

 Good morning everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian followers.  Celebrating Thanksgiving is very different this year as all the other holidays since Covid. We will not be getting together as a family, as most years my sister holds it at her house and we all bring a dish and spend the day there. Today is also our sons Mark's Birthday - the big 36! I can still remember when he was a baby, sometimes seems like yesterday, boy the years sure go by don't they!

Today's card is a set of 3.  Same image, I just changed up the dp and sentiment. A great card to mass produce!

Stamp is from Penny Black - Nature's Decor #30-608.  I stamped the image using black versafine, then added colour using copics.  I then embossed the bow in gold and silver and the last one.  Sentiments are stamped in black versafine as well.

Images were all cut using MFT - cross stitched rectangle die.  I then layered the image onto some gold or silver mirror c/s.

For the dp I used scraps from my scrap bin.  I also added some peel off's top and bottom of the dp piece before adhering to the card front. I added some fun foam behind the top layer for added dimension.

Must have glitter on Christmas cards, so I pulled out my bucket of Art Institute glitter, and add red to the first two cards and a bluish glitter to the last one.

So there you have it, 3 fairly quick Christmas cards.

I appreciate you stopping by today, I hope I have inspired you in some way.

I'm off until Oct 21, taking some much needed vacation days.  No plans, lots to do around the house, and hoping to squeeze in a card or two!  Take care everyone, hugs,