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Friday, September 18, 2020

Healing Bouquet

Today is such a beautiful fall day, not only do I have the day off, but temperatures are 59F as I write this post, sun is shining, breezy, couldn't ask for a more perfect day!  Had to visit the dentist this morning as a piece of my side molar tooth broke off last week. M outh is still slightly frozen, you know it's really hard to drink a coffee with a frozen mouth!  Spent some time outside after my appt doing some weeding, I noticed leaves are starting to change.  I love this time of year!

When I saw that Power Poppy released a couple of new digi images a couple of weeks ago, I had to scoop them up.  This is one of them called Healing Bouquet.  But I decided to use it for a birthday card.



I used my Poloychromos and gamsol for colouring.  I then cut it out using an MFT scallop rectangle die, then layered it onto some soft pink, in real it matches the lotus blossom colour.

I added glitter and pearls rhinestones to finish this off.

I'm using up some more of my vacation days so I'm off until Wed! whoot whoot!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Keep safe stay healthy.  

Pauline



Monday, September 14, 2020

In the forest

 Hello everyone and Happy Monday.  I hope you all had a good weekend.  You can sure tell the fall is upon us, days are shorter, nights are cooler, and day time temps in the lower to mid 70's, just perfect, my kind of weather.

With that said I have a couple more Christmas cards to share.

Stamps user are both from Impression Obsession: # L13829 (forest) & E13830 (deer)

I started by stamping the forest in a soft grey ink.  To tell you the truth I had so many grey inks on my desk trying a variety as some were too dark, some too much on the brown tones and some too light.  I honestly don't remember which brand I used.

I then punched a circle die for the moon from a post-it note and adhered to where I wanted the moon.  I then sponged some distress oxide blueprint sketch very softly, as I can always build up the intensity but you can't take it away.

Once I got it to my liking, I stamped the deer in black versafine ink, I think I stamped twice using my misti to get a good impression.



Next came the snowbanks.  I used The Greetery die set called Drifting die, there are 2 dies in the set, so cut both, then placed them to make them fit.  I then stamped the sentiment, and added some glitter along the snow drift stitched lines and as well as in the trees.


My second card is done exactly the same as the first except I tore the edges of the snow drift and sponged ink on them. This card was created by seeing a sample at my craft store in London, called Stamp Art, so I give them credit for the inspiration.


So there you have it, 2 more to add to my stash for this year.

I appreciate your visit today, have a wonderful day! 

I also want to say my thoughts and prayers are with everyone out west who are dealing with the forest fires. Such devastation and despair.  Hugs to all,

Pauline

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Wintery scene

 I hope everyone had a nice long weekend!  I ended up having Friday off as well as yesterday, so it was a nice long weekend for me.  Weather was good for the most part, much cooler temperatures.  We did some bird photography, as fall migration is underway.  Did some yard work as you know weeding never stops, and even made a couple of cards yesterday.

Although I'm in need of birthday cards, I still am trying to focus on Christmas as well.  I need to start stock piling, as I always get a few standing orders from friends, so it would be nice this year to be a bit ahead of the game.

Today's card is using stamps and dies from The Greetery.  Now I've had this set almost a year now and just getting around to using it, isn't that awful?  The sets I used are: Christmas Eve &  Fir & Foliage No 2,   and the stencils are Frosty Flakes & Pathway.



All the inks I used are distress oxide ins.  I stamped the church - which is a multi stamp set, then cut it out with the matching die.  There is some trees that come with this set, so I stamped one of them off to the right, the other two I had stamped and die cut a while ago, so used a few of them in behind the church.  One I had everything in place where I wanted it, I used my pathway stencil (again this is a 2-step design if you want it to be), and created my path.  I then added the cobblestone stencil over top of my lightly sponged pathway and sponged in the cobblestones. I then dusted the sky with a light blue ink then used the frosty flakes stencil to add some snowflakes.  There is also a die to cut out the windows of the church if you desired, but I just left it as is.

I used one of the sentiments that come with the Christmas Eve set and stamped using black versafine

To finish off I used my quickie glue pen and TH distress rock glitter for some sparkle.

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

Pauline


Friday, September 4, 2020

Slim line Happy Birthday

 Well, I'm down to may last card that I haven't shared with you yet.  I guess I better get busy making cards this weekend. 

The big rage right now is slim line cards, so I decided to make one.  I had lots of leftover Pinwheels I decided they would work well on this type of card.  The pinwheels stamps and die cuts are by The Greetery.

 


 Once I had an idea of how I wanted them laid out on the card, I used distress oxide inks in the same colour family and sponged lightly onto some white c/s.  Spritzed the background with Sheer shimmer craft spray- love the shimmer.

I adhered the pinwheels across the card some flat some popped up, then stamped my sentiment using black versafine ink.

Added some sequins and stars to finish this off.

 I'm off till Tuesday, looking forward to a nice long weekend.  Hoping to get out and do some bird photography as fall migration has started.  Bill and I went out last Sunday morning and saw quite a few.  Haven't had a chance to work on any pictures yet, but when I do I will share.

Enjoy your weekend, keep well, hugs,

Pauline


Monday, August 31, 2020

Warm wishes

Here we are the last day of August already! Where did the summer go? With less than 4 months till Christmas I thought I better get at it, as I only a few done. 

My card today features everything from The Greetery - dies and sentiments.



The pine one die cuts several pieces and they all interlock together. Very cleaver idea! Pine ones were cut from Kraft c/s, and the pine boughs and leaves were cut from white c/s and the everything was sponged used distress oxide inks.

The bow is cut from gold mirror c/s .I sponged some evergreen bough distress ink every so lightly on the white layer for a bit of colour before I adhered the pine cone and boughs down.

I then added some chunky glitter for sparkle as well as some tiny gold balls.

Paper is from Studio Light, and I used Kraft c/s for the base.

Dies I used from the Greetery are: Nordic Frames, Inside & out berry branch & Bontanicuts Pine Bough dies.

I appreciate you visit today.  Have a great day!

Pauline


Friday, August 28, 2020

Dear Friend

Well here we are at the end of another week! It's hard to believe next week is September. It's a raining day here to day, been raining most of the night. 

For my card today I'm using a stamp from  Penny Black  - At Grace.



I started by putting my stamp in my Misti, adding distress oxide inks directly to the rubber using a finger dauber, this way you get into those time spots.  I stamped it and didn't like it, so I inked it up again, and this time I stamped it off lightly onto a piece of copy paper, then added a new piece of white c/s back into my Misti and stamped, and it was perfect.  the first time it was too dark, but second impression just perfect.  I then added details but using fabre castell polychromos pencils. Love it!

I stamped the Dear Friend using black versafine.  This is from Ink to Paper (Papertrey Ink) Framing Floral set.  Love the big font and the two different scrips.

Trimmed the image to be a bit narrower, then  added a thin layer of black cardstock down the right and thin added some designer paper along the edge.  

Finished up with some twine and some pearls from Studio Katia . I added a bit of glitter to the flowers as well.

Well that's it for me folks.  Thank you for stopping by today, and have yourself a fantastic weekend! Hugs to all,

Pauline

Monday, August 24, 2020

HO HO HO

Hi everyone!  I figured I better start on my Christmas cards, as last year I left it too late, and well you know how that goes, burning the midnight oil trying to get them done.  When I saw that Lily of the Valley had 60% off sale last week, I hopped over the their Etsy store and grabbed a couple of images.

This was one of them. HO HO HO! So simple and I love it.  

I used copics for colouring and no shading, just plain ole colouring, quick and simple.  I cut the image out with a MFT stitched rectangle die, then layered a piece of  black c/s behind 2 of the corners.  I also used Memory Box  Snowflake Breeze die, cut from white c/s, and layered behind the image.  The red layer is cut from The Greetery Postal Frame die.  

For finishing touches, I added lots of glitter.

A sweet Christmas card which I will make several of.

I appreciate you stopping by today.  Keep well....hugs,

Pauline

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Bontanical Notes

 I'm back today to share a card I did a few weeks ago.  I'm using Penny Black's Bontancial Notes. I've had this stamp for a while I think it's 3-4 yrs old, maybe older. I found this already stamped off in my basket waiting to be coloured.



I used copic markers to colour, then cut it out using Spellbinders Square die. I then sponged some distress ink around the edges.  I looks really green in the photo but in real it's not that vibrant.  Layered this onto some star dream yellow/gold paper (love the shimmer of this star dream c/s).  I then layered it onto some dark purple star dream c/s, then on to my card base.

For finishing touches I added some shimmer to the butterfly using my Nuvo clear glitter pen, and then I added some Prills to the center of the flower.

That's it for me for today.  Thanks for stopping, have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sunflower Daisy day!

Can you believe it is  Friday already, boy does time fly! Good thing for me as I'm off for a nice 4 day weekend.

Today's card is using Altenew Sunflower Daisy stamp set and matching die. This is one of those multiple step stamping sets which I love.


I started by stenciling a background using Simon Says Stamps Square Dance stencil and Frayed Leaf Altenew ink.. I used MFT stitched rounded corner rectangle die to cut this out. I splattered the background by using my SU platter tool along with a Tombow marker.  Sentiment is from PTI and  was stamped using black versafine.

All the stamping of flowers and leaves were done using a variety of Altenew Inks, then everything was die cut.

I added a couple of strips of washi tape in behind my top layer, popped the top layer up with some craft foam, added the flowers and leafs,  some dollar store glittery rhinestones, and some Art Institute glitter for the centers of the daisy's. 

I appreciate you stopping by today, have yourself a wonderful weekend.  Hugs,

Pauline


Monday, August 3, 2020

Brilliant Butterfly


Hello! I'm finally back, last week has been  busy but I did manage to work on some cards. I finally got around to taking pictures of them yesterday.

My card today is one of my favourites.  I'm using MFT Dandelion Greenery and Brilliant Butterlies, I'm in love with both sets.  Love the whimsical feeling to the butterflies, and there are a variety of shapes and sizes, and for the greenery, I"m just a sucker for such things, so basically anything nature related I love.




I started off by stamping the greenery using PTI  spring moss, simply chartreuse and a bit of hawaiian shores, then stamped a few times and filled in where needed.  I used the tiny floral stamp and stamped using first and second generation stamping here and there.

For the butterfly, I used my distress inks - I actually only used the ink that was on the daubers, so not quite sure of the exact colours, but if guessing I would think worn lipstick pick raspberry and mustard seed.  I then over stamped it with the black wing overlay. So pretty isn't it? Can you see that bit of script in the background?.  I used a Magenta Company script stamped, add some spring moss very lightly to the stamp then took a rag and removed some of the ink in places then stamped very lightly, I just wanted a very loosely stamped script for a bit of interest.

The sentiment I from Simon Says Stamps - Tiny words, stamped in black versafine (using my misti). To finish off I added some tiny bubblegum pearls and iridescent butterflies, both from Studio Katia. Also added some clear glitter using my Nuvo clear glitter pen to the coloured portion of the butterfly.

MFT stitched rectangle to cut out the image, and background paper is from Memory Box.

So glad you stopped by today.  I"m off today as this is Canada's Civic Holiday, I"m hoping to get a bit more stamping done.

Have yourself a fabulous day! 💗

Pauline


Friday, July 24, 2020

Hello


A few weeks ago we took a drive to London (ON) and I stopped at my favourite stamp store - Stamp Art. If you live in the area and looking for a great stamp store, this is it.  Nancy carries a wide variety of many companies and will be glad to order something for you if you don't see it in her store.  I literally could spend a couple of hours in her store, just so much to see and she is always very helpful at showing you 'what's new'.

So with the 'what's new', one of the many things  I came home with was this beautiful die from Studio Light. I went through some of my backgrounds I made and came across this vibrant one. 



I think I used distress oxide sprays onto some watercolour paper.  I cut it using an MFT scallop die, cut out the floral from white c/s twice and glued together.  I also cut a 'hello' from black c/s twice and layered.  The hello die is from creative expressions.

To finish off I added some sequins and pearls and used my Nuvo clear glitter pen for sparkle on the flowers.

I love that dies make the card making process much quicker.  What did we ever do before dies were available??

Thanks for stopping in today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Pauline

Monday, July 20, 2020

From the archives


Hello everyone, hope you had an enjoyable weekend!  Yesterday we got some much need rain (thunder showers) to give some relief from this terrible heat wave we've been having. It will still be in the mid 90's for most of this coming week, and then back up to about 110 on Saturday!

After reading Leslie Miller's post a few weeks back about UFO (unfinished objects), I decided to take a look in my basket to see what I had and if there was anything I could salvage.  Low and behold I came across this embossed Thistle.  You will never guess how long I have had this? Are you ready? I'm going to say at least 10 yrs! Back in 2009 or 2010 our local stamp store had Fred B Mullet come teach us a class.  We did fish, leaves, flowers just to name a few.  Looks like I had embossed this with a couple of different embossing powders but that was as far as I got with it.

So pulled out some papers and put it all together.


I dusted the edges around the thistles with some antique linen just to soften the white down somewhat.The card base and the frame around the thistles is a deep purple/gold metallic cardstock. It is a very rich colour.  Designer paper is from Memory Box. 

To finish I added some coloured pearls.

I appreciate you stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day!

Pauline






Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Watercoloured Hydrangea


Don't you find this summer is flying by, I mean here we are already in the middle of July! Maybe it's  because I'm super busy with a new job I started at work end of June.  Lots of long days, so much to learn, but I love it. Change is always good! Still working from home which I really don't mind, I just miss seeing everyone, although we can still chat through Skype and Microsoft Team - technology is a wonderful thing!

Any way, lets get on with my card.  I had this coloured almost a month now, so thought  I best share it with you.

This is a Paint-a-flower from Altenew, it's a monthly club stamp set.  Price is great and you can opt out of a month if it something you really don't want which is always nice.

To start I white embossed the hydrangea onto  some Canson 140lb water colour paper.  I then pulled out my Altenew Brush Markers - spring garden set and watercoloured away. I covered the hydrangea once done and splattered some blue and purple inks.





I kind of visioned another layout but in the end this is what I ended up with!  I used some Papertrey Ink paper for the bottom part, added some silk ribbon  and some tiny colour pearls to finish this off.  Also added Nuvo clear glitter pen to the hydrangea for some shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by, have a fabulous day!

Pauline

Friday, July 10, 2020

Sunrise


Well it's going to be another scorcher of a day.  It's been hot and dry here you would think we were living in the desert! This past week temperatures felt like 40C (104F), with no end over the next couple of weeks, other than Monday it's suppose to drop down to 32C (90) but that's it. 

June was a busy month for the need of masculine birthday cards.  Today I have one to share with you.

I'm using a stamp from Magenta.  There is no name on the package, sorry.  I stamped this onto some water colour canson 140lb  paper using black ink.  I then sponged on some distress oxide inks.





Trimmed the image down slightly to fit behind my black frame cut from MFT stitched square frames.  The blades of grass are from Impression Obsession, cut from green c/s, then sponged a bit of green ink.

Paper is from MME - dilly dally.   Added a sentiment and a couple of enamel dots.

An after thought, I think next time I would use white c/s rather than water colour.  It was hard to get a really good impression of the crane as the paper has a bit of texture to it.

Well that's it for me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Keep well, stay cool!

Hugs,
Pauline

Monday, July 6, 2020

Colourful pinwheels


Hello everyone and Happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend.  It has been so hot here in SW Ontario, ( as a matter of fact for most of Ontario)  and looks like it will continue into next week.  As much as I love to be outdoors, the heat is just unbearable with the humidex making it feel over 100F.  So what better place to be but in my craft room!

For my card today, I'm using stamps, stencils and dies from The Greetery, The Pinwheel Party Stencils, Pinwheels Party Die, and Birthday Blooms stamps set.




I started with the stencils.  There are 4 stencils to this set, Set A - has 2 stencils and Set B has two stencils along with three individual single stencils varying in size from large, med, and small.

I used distress oxide inks, and I didn't keep track, just too many inks and I just played and had fun.  I created a couple of backgrounds and then I die cut several of each size and used the stencils to colour.  I have lots of extras for future cards.

Once I created my pinwheels using both Set A & B stencils, Betsy has also created a stencil to cover your pinwheels so you can add some ink blending below the stenciled pinwheels - you can see where I added the blue ink. 

I die cut the background shadow fro white c/s  for the "YOU", and then I stamped the "YOU using black versafine ink.  I lined up very carefully the 'let's celebrate' and also stamped with black versafine. 

I cut the streamers and ink blended using oxide inks. I also stamped some little stars here and there using oxide fossilized amber.

I then put all the layers together, popping up two of the single pinwheels for dimension. 

Then the fun part, I added bling and lots of it, I mean how could you not, it's a celebration! I also added some wink of stella for some shimmer.

This was a lot of fun making this.  Just love those pinwheels.  I can't wait to try a Christmas card using some holiday colours!

I am also entering this into the Inspired by Challenge

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

Pauline