Yellow Rumped Warbler

Yellow Rumped Warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Embossed resist sympathy cards

Hello!  Today I'm back to share a couple of sympathy cards.  

For both cards I started by heat embossing the image in white, onto some white cougar c/s. I then created a rectangle mask out of some thinner cardstock, so I could sponge on some ink. I used distress oxide inks for both - sorry I did keep a list of colours as I did these a while ago.

First card I used an image from Gina K - Natural Silhouettes, sentiment is from SSS.

Second card, image is from Woodware - Scandinavian Spray, and sentiment is from PTI.


To finish off I added enamel dots and tiny coloured pearls.

Thank you for stopping by.  I know I have some blogs I need to catch up on, will visit very soon.

Take care and have a wonderful day!


Sunday, June 6, 2021

For someone Special

 Hi, hope you are all doing well.  I was going to post this card last week, but had to wait until our daughter-in-law received her birthday card, as I didn't want to ruin her surprise.

I had the floral piece stamped out a while ago, as I had stamped out several of these in a variety of colours to have on hand.

Stamps and dies are from Pinkfresh Studio.  For the frame, once cut I sponged some speckled egg onto it. (I think that's what I used).  I popped the frame up from the background piece, and also added some foam squares behind the flowers so everything was level with the frame.  

For the sentiment, I used my Spellbinder Hot Glimmer machine and glimmer dies, using foil.

To finish off I added a crystal heart and some tiny pearls.  Added SSS unicorn dust glitter to the flowers.

It is very hot here, started on Friday and will continue all next week. Heat warnings are out.  Currently as I type this it feels like 94F (34C).

Thank you for stopping by, keep well,


Monday, May 31, 2021

Slimline Birthday

 Hello everyone I'm back! You probably wondered where I've been?  Well, lets just say, life has been busy, work has been hectic, and with that no blog posts.  I basically lost my mojo back end of march early April so card making kind of took a back burner.   I had a friend reach out and ordered 20 cards, so that kind of pushed me to continue to make cards but I struggled with it. I finally have her order done after 2 months.  So hopefully now that I have that completed, and pictures taken I will be posting more regularly now.

Today's card is a birthday card I made using Spellbinders die of the month for April. This is a slimline die set, which contains 4 slimline dies and several flower and leaf dies.

I started with SU Bermuda Bay c/s.  After all the pieces were cut, I added some foam tape for the top layer, but before that I embossed the 'happy birthday' using white embossing powder.

For the flower and leaves, I used scraps from my scrap bin.  

To finished I added some tiny white pearls to the centers of the flowers and scattered some rhinestones across the front.

Well that is it for today.

I hope you are all keeping well.  I'll be back again soon,

Take care and have a wonderful day.  


Monday, April 12, 2021

Floral Notes

Hello everyone, hope you are all doing fine!

Sorry for not being around much in the last few weeks.  Work has been busy, and I don't feel much like making cards or blogging at night.  This weekend, weather was gorgeous, we did a lot of yard work, much more to go, but we put a big dent into it.

My card today is one that I made for my last card order last month, but just never posted yet.  This is a Mother's Day card. 

Using Pinkfresh Studio dies and stencils.- Floral notes stencil & die, slim lacey edger die and Inverted diamond stencil.

I started by stenciling the floral notes using Pinkfresh studio inks.  I then cut it out using matching die, and also cut an extra one and adhered together for some dimension.

For the layer on top of my base, I using one of the edger dies from the set and cut it along the bottom edge.  I then placed the inverted diagonal stencil on top and sponged inks very lightly, blue more in the middle and the yellow and greens out towards the sides.

I stamped the sentiment in black versafine clair and cut it out with a flag banner die.

I adhered everything together, flat, but popped up the sentiment.

To finish off I added tiny pearls to the centers of the floral border, TH rock candy glitter to the centers of the flowers  and enamel dots around the floral.  For the centers of the flowers - I using a tiny stamp from on of my Papertrey Ink stamps sets and stamped it in black.  I just thought it was too plain and needed something.

That's it for me today. I appreciate your visit.  See you again real soon!


Saturday, April 3, 2021


Hello!  I'm back today to share another  Easter cards I made last weekend.  I didn't want to post this until I knew my Son Mark and DIL Anna received it, and they did on Thursday.

 I used products  from The Greetery - Bunny Hop stamp, stencil & die set, Square Dance die. Inks are from Altenew.

I started by stenciling the bunny wreath  - once done I used the matching die to cut it out. I then used white cardstock and  the Square Dance die to cut out the layer behind the wreath. Next I cut a circle  from the square dance piece.  This allowed me to have an opening in the white die cut so I could stamp my sentiment.  

Sentiment was stamped using Versafineclair nocturne  ink  - I used my Misti just incase I needed to stamp again, as the blue c/s is from Bazzill, so it has some texture on it.

Once everything was together, I added some sequins to finish it off.

Well that's it for me for today.  I wish everyone a very Happy Easter!

Thanks for stopping by, have yourself a wonderful day!


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Happy Spring

 Hope this finds you well!  Here we are the last day of March already!  I"ve been scrambling in trying to get my Easter cards done and out in the mail, as I didn't realize last week that  Easter is this weekend! Yikes!

This is one of 3 I did on the weekend.  Using stamps and dies from The Greetery, - Bunny Hop stamp, stencil &  die, Spring word die, SSS square dance stencil, and Altenew dye inks

Starting with the bunny stencils and Altenew inks I sponged the bunnies, flowers and carrots.  The greenery is one stamp the fits perfectly around the bunnies.  I used my Misti for the greenery so I could make sure I got good coverage.  Small stamps in the set for the accent on the ears were used in a slightly darker in, then I used my prismacolour pencils to add some detail to the flowers and carrots. I then cut the image out with the matching die.

For the background I used SSS square dance stencil and added inks from what I currently had on my brushes when I sponged the bunnies. A bit of yellow and purple.

Spring - was cut out 3x and adhered together for some dimension.  Sponged some ink heavier on the bottom of the word and light on top for some interest.  Stamped Happy onto a piece of white c/s then cut out with a flag banner die from The Greetery as well.

To finish I added a little enamel purple heart above the happy and some white glitter rhinestones. I sent this off to my sister, I just hope she gets it in time.

Thanks for stopping by.  I will have the other 2 Easter cards in my next post.

Take care everyone, till next time.....


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Sending Springtime smiles

Hello!  I'm back today to share another springtime card using products from PinkFresh Studio.

This is the same stencil set that I used in my last post - the  Daisy Wreath Stencil  and matching die, along with Diagonal Stitched Circles dies and Simply Diamonds die.  I also used a background stamp - Floral Diamond.

I started by embossing the floral diamond background stamp onto some white c/s using white embossing powder. I then sponged the entire background using PF inks - Grassy Knoll and Fresh Pear, not too heavily.

My florals were done with PF inks as well, I used inks from the green set - Over the Hills as well as inks from Rise and Shine set.  

Using white c/s I cut out the diamond background using the Simply Diamond die, as well as one of circles from Diagonal Stitched circle die.  I figured out where I wanted the sentiment by arranging the floral pieces, then embossed the sentiment in gold - sentiment is from PTI.

I then layered everything together, added some glitter to the flowers using SSS unicorn glitter and my quickie glue pen.  Added some pearls and rhinestones to finish this off.

Love the fresh springtime feeling to this card. 

Thanks for stopping by today, always appreciate your visit. Stay healthy, keep well, till next time.....


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Spring Wishes

Here we are in the middle of March already, which means spring weather will be upon us shortly.  We had a few nice days last week, around in the upper 50's, but yesterday, it was bitterly cold.  Chance of rain/snow mix for today, but next week looks to be around 50 for Monday and Tuesday. Bring on the spring!

With that said, I have a lovely floral card to share today.  All products are from PinkFresh Studio. I used the Daisy Wreath Stencil  and matching die, as well as the A2 Diamond Plaid stencil and Stitches die (which only cuts the stitching lines).

To start I placed my white cardstock onto my Wendy Vecchi make art station, and then added the stencils as required.  This is a 4 step process.  They are so easy to use, and so easy to line up.  Grid marks on embedded right into the stencils for an A2 size, so as long as you have your cardstock within the 4 corner marks, everything lines up.  I used distress oxide inks for this card.  Once inked, I used the matching die to cut it out. I cut a piece of vellum to go behind the image so I could emboss my sentiment.  Sentiment is from PTI Spring Hills which I embossed in gold.

I cut the white piece behind the flowers using the Stitches die, and then trimmed it down.

Stenciling with the diamond plaid was done on the layer behind again with distress oxide ink.

To finish off I added  Tim Holtz rock candy glitter to the center of the flowers, and then 3 coloured pearls.

I have a few more cards in the works using some new products from PinkFresh Studio.

Thanks for stopping bye, keep well and and a happy day!


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Spider Mums

Hope everyone is doing well.  I have a floral card to share today from Altenew Stamps - this one is a Paint-a-flower stamp - Spider Mum.

I stamped the image onto some white cougar 100lb using Gina K's black amalgam ink.  I then pulled out a variety of copics and went to town.

Once coloured I pulled out a SSS stencil and sponged some soft ink colours around the flower.  I used distress oxide, but pretty much what was on my brush and sponged very lightly.

Image was cut out using MFT stitched rectangle.  I layered 2 more pieces of white cardstock behind it for dimension then adhered to my card base.

Finishing touches I added clear Nuvo glitter pen to the flowers, and add a couple of gems.

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


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Lucky you

I'm back today to share a couple of St. Patrick day cards I made for a card order.

I made both the same, just changed up the sentiment and the direction of the leprechaun.

The Leprechaun is a die cut from Simon Says Stamps.  When I bought this it looked really easy to put together, well I tell you this was my 4th & 5th attempt.  There is a base die along with the die for all the pieces.  I cut the base, then as I cut the pieces and glued them onto the base and always found that there was a gap when I got up to the hat, ( as I was starting from the bottom).  I finally figured it out, hence the 2 you see below.

For the shamrocks - this is also a stencil from SSS. I started by sponging some distress oxide inks - lucky clover, rustic wilderness and twisted citron. I then left the stencil in place and then added Nuvo clear shimmer paste.

It didn't take very long to dry. I then cut it out with a MFT stitched rectangle die, then layered it onto some PTI - New Leaf c/s.

The sentiment strips are from SSS.  I just trimmed them down to fit the card, also added a couple more pieces of cardstock behind each strip for some dimension.  

I used a white gel pen to add some accents to the Leprechaun.

I appreciate you taking the time to stop by today.  Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Airbrushed flowers

 I'm back with a second post this week, which has not been my norm lately, but I made a couple of cards on the weekend, so this is the second one I made.

Using Altenew's Airbrushed Flowers set and matching dies.

Inks used are from the Altenew sets Nature's Wonders and Sugarplums. This set is a multiply layer set, which I just love doing.  Step by step instructions with each makes stamping so much easier.  Once stamping was done I cut it out with matching dies.

It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do for the background.  Most of my papers were either too busy of a pattern, or not the right shade of purple/plum.  So I decided to go white.  I used the Pinkfresh Studio die  called Diagonal Stitched Plaid which only cuts the plaid marks, and then I also used the oval frame which is called Francy Oval Frame also by PFS.  I cut 2 of the frames and glued them together.

I arranged the florals around the frame, tucking the leaves underneath, and adding some foam squares under the flower petals in spots as well as the top and bottom leaves.  

Using Nuvo glitter gloss pen to add some sparkle to the centers of the flowers, then added some Studio Katia Icy Sparkle crystals.

I was going to add a sentiment, but decided not to.  This way I can use it for anything, either add a sentiment at that time, or just on the inside.

That's it for me this week.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone, see you back here next week.  Keep well!


Monday, February 22, 2021

Peaceful Florals

Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well.

Today's card is one that I don't need, but always good to have on hand.  I'm using a stamp set from Gina K, called Peaceful Florals.  I had thoughts of water colouring this image, but changed my mind and decided to use my Polychromos pencils and a bit of gamsol for blending.

Since I always tend to go with pink or purple flowers, I decided to go with a yellow/orange this time around.  Once coloured I sponged a bit of light yellow from Altenew, but as you can see I have a bit of a pinky/orange glow, so I think my brush with the yellow ink picked up some of the orange from the pencil colouring, which I really don't mind at all.

To finish I cut it out using a MFT scallop rectangle die.  Sentiment is from a set from Simon Says Stamps.  Now it looks crooked, but I tell you when it was flat and I used my Misti to line up and stamp it was perfectly straight.  Maybe it's the way the script is written.  But it's stamped now, so gotta go with it!

I added some Pretty Pink Post diamond rainbow rhinestones.  For my card base I used a piece from my scrap bin, but I think it might be baked brown sugar from SU.

I appreciate you stopping by. Have a fabulous day!


Friday, February 12, 2021

Spellbinders Valentine cards

Happy Friday! I have a couple more Valentine cards to share today.  Both cards are using the Spellbinders  small, large and glimmer kits of the month for January.

My first card (although it looks crooked, but it's not in real life, must of been the angle of my camera) is using the larger die of the month.  I cut it from gold mirror cardstock and cut off the ends on each side (this die is a slimline size).  I used my glimmer hot foiling machine and dies for the sentiment and the heart in the center.

The set also comes with some flower and leaf dies, which I cut form green and pink cardstock, sponged some distress inks on them for added interest.  Behind the gold centerpiece I adhered some vellum, it gives it that frosty look.  For my card base I used my score buddy and added score lines.

To finish off I added some small gold pearls.

For my second card, non traditional Valentine colours - a request from my co-worker for his girlfriend who's favourite colour is purple.

Again, I used the small die of the month for this one.  I cut the outer frame from white, and the inner frame for purple and also from silver mirror c/s.  I adhered the purple to the silver just offset just a pinch. Used my hot glimmer machine for the foiling on the sentiment and the center heart. Die cut some flowers and greenery and added to the bottom corner. 

To finish off I added some pearls and rhinestones from Studio Katia.

Well that's it for me for today.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's day on Sunday.  We are still in lock down here until the 16th.  Still very cold,  looks like it will continue into next week.  How many more days till spring? !!

Oh I was so surprised yesterday, as I was working away in my craft room (that's where I have my work station set up for work) I was looking out my window and saw a different bird.  It was a Common Redpoll.  We have never seen one in our backyard, they never seem to be this far south in Ontario.  Grabbed my camera did a quick picture from the back door before he flew off.  Such a pretty bird.  Anyway just had to share that with you.

Take care, see you back here next week.  


Monday, February 8, 2021

Potted Passion

 Helle everyone, and Happy Monday! Very cold temperatures here all weekend and right through into next weekend. The wind is so brutal it is suppose to be around -21C today with the wind chill.. Can't wait for Spring to arrive.

Today's I'm sharing  a Valentines card.  The stamp set I'm using is from Penny Black - Potted Passion.  I bought this last year, had it coloured up but just never made it to a card.

Going through to see what I had in my partially done bucket, I pulled the potted blooms out and I also found the die cut behind it as well.  

Went through some of my 6x6 paper packs looking for the right background.  I ended up using this piece from Prima Marketing - Apricot Honey.  I thought the grayish colour went well with the planter.  I sponged some distress oxide worn lipstick just in the center of the die cut for a bit of colour behind the floral once I popped it up.

I die cut the work 'love' 3x's from black card stock, this is also from Penny Black. Card base is a deep red, although it kind of looks like a rusty colour in the picture.

To finish off I added some Studio Katia winterberry pearls, Nuvo glitter gloss to the heart flowers, also used my white pen and added some dots to the flowers, and lastly added a Nuvo crystal heart just above the word love. I sent this off to my sister, I wasn't going to post this until she received it, but I don't think she reads my blog.

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate it when you do.  Keep well everyone.


Monday, February 1, 2021

Balloon Bouquet

 Hello.  I'm slowly getting back into the groove of card making. Sorry it's taking so long.  I pulled out some stamp and die sets from The Greetery for my cards today.  I'm trying to replenish my stash basket as it is pretty much depleted.

Stamp sets I used are :  Balloon Bouquet and matching die set as well the  Birthday Blooms and matching die set.  Also used the Stitched cloud dies.

The large balloons are layering stamps, which really make the flowers look so real.  I used distress oxide inks for these. Once the large balloons were done, I sprayed some clear glitter spray for added sparkle.  The larger balloon on each are popped up with some fun foam behind.

For the sentiments, I used the same inks I used in the card and just stamped in two colours for a gradation look.

To finish off I added some sequins and enamel dots.

As always, thanks for taking to the time to stop by.  Keep well, stay safe,