Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Smells like Christmas

Hello friends!  Sorry I haven't posted in over a week, but I've been busy working on a card order, the one that is a repeat of last years cards that I already posted.  I finally just finished the last card last night for this order, but changed it up a bit so will post that one later.

But tonight I wanted to share a card that I made in between the card order that I am ecstatic about! I just love the way this one turned out.  As soon as this digital image was released from Sassy Cheryl's called "smells like christmas' I just had to have it. 

I resized the image along with the sentiment then coloured it using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I then sponged some clouds using MFT cloud stencil.  I also sponged a bit of light blue along the ground just for a bit of shading/colour.  I was going to just add glitter for snow, but went through some of my dies and came across this fence from Penny Black.  I cut it out 3 times all from kraft cardstock, glued together and then sponged some distress gathered twigs.  I then took my white  gel pen and put some white highlights along the fence to resemble snow.  I added some glitter along the fence and ground area.

 I thought I was done but then decided I needed something up in the right corner.  Pulled out a couple of branch dies, decided on this one from Penny Black and cut it from some white glitter paper. 

I am just in love with this card, I don't even want to part with it! LOL.

Background paper is from StudioLight - Winter Feelings.

Okay, I'm off to work on another card.  See you back here soon.  Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Winter Cabin

Hello there!  What a busy week it has been, with the long Thanksgiving weekend that just passed, and after being off for a weeks vacation, then back to work on Tuesday I was totally exhausted by the time I got home from work on Tuesday! As they say, you need to go to work to get rest, because when your at home it's never ending.  On the bathroom reno side of things, slowly getting there.  So hopefully I have some spare time to get some more of my christmas cards done.

I'm also back teaching classes at our local stamp store The Paper Pickle.  I have a class tomorrow night, so I was busy cutting and preparing the papers for class tonight.  We will be making 2 cards which I have already previously posted - this (the orange one) and this one. I thought I best do a post as I knew I would have a chance to do it tomorrow night.

When I was in London (Ontario) a few weeks back I saw a card sample in the stamp store that I figured I could mass produce.  So bought the dies, came home and whipped a couple of these up.  I changed it up a bit because I don't like to copy someone elses' cards 100%.

I ended up making 2 cards, but I think there is so many more variations you could do with these dies. and they were fairly quick to make.

Both cards are using  Cottage Cutz die - Winter Cabin border, and the rounded square pierced die is from Nellie Snellen - Straight dotted square.

I started with a 4 6/8 square white card stock and cut the straight dotted square from that.  I then cut another piece of white measuring 4 7/8.  I sponged lightly some distress tumbled glass on the 4 7/8 piece and then used my MFT cloud stencil and added a bit more tumbled glass to make the clouds.

I then cut the winter cabin out and added TH distress glitter to the trees, ground and roof of the house. I glued this to the back of the opening, then adhered the front to the back.  This was then mounted onto a 5.5 x 5.5 white card base.

The bell die is from Amy Design - Christmas Bell Corner, and I cut this from some brushed gold ( I bought this from Micheals last winter), then adhered it to the corner. I added some gold glitter peel-offs to the bell dongles for a bit of sparkle.

For the 2nd card I used Impression Obsession fir branch and cut this from shiny silver c/s.  I cut one and then snipped off the longer branch to make it wider rather than longer.  I had some thin silver twine on my desk, so added a tiny bow to hold the ends together. I also added a peel-off sentiment and the bottom.

So there you have it, 2 quick and easy cards to mass produce. I'm still so far off from what I need, but need to work on my Christmas card orders first!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous week!


Friday, October 5, 2018

Bountiful Bouquet

I can't believe it is the weekend already.  We have been on vacation this week, so rather than go away somewhere we decided to stay home and tackle some much need work around the house. We decided to tackle the bathroom, we put a new floor down, fresh paint job, new fixtures etc. It's a lot of work and we are still not done yet, getting there though.  I haven't had  time to stamp, but I did manage to save this one that I coloured a couple of weeks ago when Marcella introduced this beautiful digi image called Bountiful Bouquet. What a gorgeous fall arrangement Marcella has created!

I coloured this image using Caran D'ache pencils.  I then cut the mage out using MFT scallop die.  I was going to add some shading in and around the flowers but decided to just ground the pot with some shading along the bottom.

Paper is by Authentique - Thankful.  I added some burgundy ribbon and to make the bow settle into the card I took some great advice from a dear friend Leslie, who suggests to punch a hole in the top layer, this way the knot from the bow will inset a bit which makes it for easier mailing. 

I added some Art Institute bronze glitter to the centers of the daisies.  Using a white gel pen I added some white dots to the persimmons for some added interest.  I left off a sentiment so it can be used for various occasions.

Well it's bed time for me, it's been a long day.  It's almost 10, and lots to do tomorrow.  I'm behind in commenting on the blogs I follow.  I haven't forgotten you, I will get there eventually, just haven't had the time this week.

Enjoy your weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian followers!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Cherry blossom notecards

Good morning.  I have a couple of quick and easy cards to share with you today.  I've made a couple of these types a few months back.  Basically it is using die cuts and washi tape.  Sound pretty easy? - let me show you.

Sometimes you just need some blank note cards on hand, so these can be used for a variety of occasions as I have left off the sentiment.

I'm using Alexandra Renke washi tape for both of these cards. For the cardstock I'm using, white, MFT grout gray, and some pattern paper from Alexandra Renke.  For the dies on the first crad I used Simon Says stitched circle, and Altenew fine framed circle dies.

When I first saw this paper I was drawn to it because of the bird images. So pretty!  Dies for this one I used PTI Tag Sale #12 die, Altenew fine framed circle, and spellbinder circle to cut the image. I also cut a flourish from vellum to adhere at the top of the tag die behind the bow.

To finish off I added some sequins for a bit of bling.

I'm off this coming week, so I do hope to get a bit of stamping done, but..... we are painting our bathroom and putting down new flooring, plus have to get some birding time in as well.  See you again real soon.  Have a fabulous day, and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jolly snowman Mr. Purdy

Hello all!  Can you believe that it is 3 months until Christmas?  This year is flying by fast.  I've been trying to work on some Christmas cards for myself, but I had a friend order in February, 14 of my Christmas cards I made for last year.  I've been slowing working away at them, I have 5 more to go.
I won't be sharing these with you as I have already posted them last year.  It's just a matter of remaking them all.  Although, I had to do a couple of Mr. Purdy snowman cards, so made this one a bit different, so thought I would share.

Image is coloured with prismacolour pencils. Used a circle die to cut him out then layered onto a small scallop circle.  Paper is from Echo Park - I Love winter.  For the bottom fancy cut paper I used Penny Black die called Border Edgers.  Love the look of this, adds a bit of interest don't you think? Also along the top edge of the stripped paper, I added a white peel-off to finish off the edge.  I have so much of peel-offs, I seldom use them.

To finish off I added some TH distress glitter to his hat, along the branches and along the ground.

Okay, back to working on some more cards.  See you again real soon.

As I'm writing this post, we are in the middle of a nasty thunderstorm.  There are tornado warnings out again for our area, really scary stuff!  Heavy rains through the night until early morning.  Might need the canoe to get to work tomorrow! ha ha, just kidding, but there is a lot of water already and it only started 15 min ago!


Friday, September 21, 2018

Chinese Lanterns

I had a chance to do some stamping this week, so decided on a fall image.  It didn't feel much like fall weather here this week, with temperatures in the upper 90's, but a cold front moved through this afternoon, so tonight and the weekend are much cooler (high 60's - low 70's- love this weather).  I haven't done much in the line of 'colouring' an image, so decided to pull out Power Poppy's Sunny Harvest set.  I'm using the "chinese lanterns" from this set.

Using Prisma colour pencils to colour.  I then used an oval die to cut out the image, left the die in place and sponged PTI green parakeet ink around the image.  Next I took MFT stitched oval frame and cut it using some rusty coloured cardstock. 

Designer paper is  from Memory Box. From the scraps of designer paper I cut some leaves using MFT Fab Foliage dies.  Added a twine bow to adhere the leaves together.

To finish off I added some TH distress glitter.

Hope you enjoying your weekend.  See you again real soon.


Saturday, September 15, 2018


Hello everyone!  The other night I was trying to get my creative juices flowing.  Went on Pinterest, checked out Feedly, blogs, etc, but I continued to be in a rut!! So, I looked on my desk and saw a small pile of cut dies and papers etc and decided to go through it and see what I had.

I happened to have this bird below along with the brown frame and paper all bundled together but nothing was finished.  I believe I was going to make this for Father's Day, but changed my mind and came up with something different. So figured I might as well finish it.  I never have too many 'masculine' cards made ahead.

The background paper is from Bo Bunny - Trail Mix. 
Brown c/s frame is using MFT Stitched square frame
Image of bird is from some designer paper from SU - and just cut out the bird to fit behind the frame.

Added some twine where the two dp meet. It still needed something.  I didn't want to add sequins or enamel dots, so pulled out TH Wildflowers # 2 Thinlets and cut a couple of the stems using metallic bronze c/s.  I wasn't sure at first if I liked the stems, but the more I look at it, I do.

It was a quick card, but another little unfinished project completed!

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dainty whispers

Hello!  I'm back today to share another Penny Black image. 

I started by applying distress oxide inks to some canson watercolour paper, using twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peakcock feathers & blueprint sketch.

I then stamped the image - dainty whispers, using memento black.  I was sure to put this in my Misti as I was afraid I might not get a good impression first time around, so this way I can re-stamp the image,

Next, I took a wet paintbrush and dotted each flower blossom to remove the oxide ink.  It only takes a few seconds and you can see the ink lifting.  You can dab it with some paper towel to soak it up.

For the corner leafy branch, I used a Penny Black stencil and some blueprint sketch oxide ink. I just love how it fills in the corner and completes the card.

along the bottom I used a Memory Box die cut - Valencia Border.

I added some TH distress glitter on each of the flower petals.

This worked up fast, a good card to mass produce if need be.  Well looks like I'll be back to working 12 hour days again next week, so won't have any time for carding.  I'm trying to squeeze in as much stamping as I can these week nights, and looks like I'll be working this saturday as well.

I do have a couple of cards ready for posting, just need to take some pictures.

See you back here real soon, thanks for your visit.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Happy new home

It is sure starting to feel like fall here.  After a week of 100 degree weather, the next week will be much cooler.  Right now at 9 am it is only 61F (compared to  95 yesterday) - reaching up to the 70's this afternoon.  My kind of weather for sure!

I had a request from a co-worker for a 'new home' card.  So what exactly kind of card would you make? I had a funky house image but she wasn't fussy on that, so I told her to leave it with me and I would come up with something.

Plants are always a nice gift for a new home owner, so pulled out this set from MFT , with matching flower pot die, and here is the end result:

I first cut my background white c/s using MFT scallop pierced die.  I then figured where I would place the flower pots, then pulled out a Memory Box stencil and stenciled a bit of a background using antique distress ink.  Plants and pots were stamped and coloured with copics. Then cut the pots out using the matching die, but free hand cut the plants (as I did not have the dies for these).

Happy New Home was embossed on a piece of black c/s, using white embossing powder.  I then trimmed off the edges to the desired length and width, then angled on end.  I glued this down first, then figured out how to arrange the planters.  The middle one is popped up.

To finish off I added some enamel dots.

(BTW - she loved the card :) )

Stamps - MFT - sweet succulents & die, PTI - Keep it simple - home stamp set, Tucked in- New - home stamp set
Die - MFT - scallop stitched rectangle
Copics - G40, G43, G46, YG03, YG21, YG23, YG25, E15, E17, E19, E43, E44, E47, E81, E84, E87, BG34, V05, RV06, RV08, RV21
Misc - white embossing powder, enamel dots, antique distress ink, Memory box stencil

Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy!


Monday, September 3, 2018

Birds #3

Hello all, and happy Labour Day! It's nice to have an extra long weekend isn't it?  And back to school starts tomorrow as well.  I know in the US a lot of schools have already started their school year in August.

Well it's been quite a day so far.  I was doing a load of laundry and my drier died! :(.  So good thing I have clothes lines. It's over 100 again today, so with that heat it dried them pretty quickly along with the bit of breeze.  Then about 5 min ago winds picked up and the sky darkened, thunder and lightening,  and then the heavens opened up - torrential downpour and strong winds.  When the weather gets this hot it's always a trigger for Tornadoes! (I did manage to grab the clothes before all this started.) The heavy winds also tore off our Gazebo top ( canvas), ripped the 2 corners and away it went!

Well lets get back to why you are really here - too see some more of our photographs.  These were taken around our area over the last couple of weekends. Enjoy the show.  (for larger image please click the picture).

 I was at the kitchen sink and just happened to look out the back kitchen window and saw this guy sitting looking for his dinner! Bill was able to capture some pictures of him.  He wasn't successful in his catch so off he flew after about 10 min.  We get these guys a lot especially fall and winter. 
I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I'm sure I'll have more to come soon.
Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bejewled x 2

A quick post tonight to share a couple of Penny Black cards.  This image is called Bejewled.
I'm a bit behind in posting as I have been working lots of overtime over the last 4 weeks, which leaves no time for stamping. These 2 cards I finished back in July.

Using my Misti, white cardstock and Memento inks.  As these were done a while ago I did not keep track of the colours I used. After I was done with the stamping, I sponged some inks for the background.

I didn't want to stamp a sentiment on the front, but felt it needed something.  I pulled out my container of pre-cut dies cuts and came across this swirly one and thought it looked interesting along the bottom.  This die is from Memory Box - Valencia border.

I kept it fairly simple, I didn't even add wink of stella for a bit of sparkle!

Since I had my Misti out and stamp inside, I decided to to another card using the same stamp but different colours. Again I used Memento inks.

I cut out the image using a die from MFT.  Leaving the die in place I sponged some inks for the background.
For this one, I stamped 'Hi there' in black versafine and then added some white chiffon ribbon tied on a diagonal along the bottom portion.

I love how these turned out.  Once you get going on these types of brushstoke stamps and your Misti, they work up pretty quick.

I hope to get back to stamping soon, O/T should wrap up this week, and with the long weekend ahead, I hope to get into my craft room.  Thanks for being patient and continuing to follow.  I will have some more bird pictures in my next post, so stay tuned.

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Summer birds #2

I don't have a card to share today, but I do have some more of our birding photographs.  These were taken over the past few weekends. Most of these are Bill's photo's, to tell the difference between mine and Bill's, if you look at the bottom right hand corner of each photo, if my name is first, then I took it, if Bill's is first then he took it! Fall migration is starting to happen, as we are seeing more birds each weekend moving through the area and heading south for the winter. 

So sit back and enjoy the show! (click each to enlarge).


I have a few more pictures, but for some reason they wouldn't upload.  I will have Bill take a look and do another post next week.  I hope you enjoyed these.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, August 20, 2018

Mum floral frame

Hello! Well here we are at the start of another week.  This summer is flying by don't you think?
I'm back today to share a card I made for my daughter to give to her group's summer student.  At work we have summer students that come in from May to mid-end of Aug.  Karen asked if I would make a card for the dept to sign, and she specifically said it has to have pink in it and say 'thank you'.

Here are the details:

I'm using Simon Says Mum Floral Frame.  I cut it out of a 4.25 square white c/s. I took another piece the same size and sponged some distress oxide. I used spun sugar, pickled raspberry and tumbled glass.

I then added some foam tape to the back of the frame and popped it up over the distress background.
I was going to just layer this onto another piece of white, but how boring would that be?  So I pulled out Simon Says Beautiful flower stamp, inked it up with some spun sugar and stamped it diagonally on the card base.  I then adhered the frame on top.  For the sentiment I used Papertrey Ink Inside & out Thank You set and embossed it on a piece of black c/s using white embossing powder.  Once heat set I cut the front end on an angle, added some foam tape and adhered to the card.

To finish off I added some clear sequins.

Wishing you a wonderful day!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ist Christmas card for 2018

What can I say? Over half the year gone and I'm just starting to work on my Christmas cards for this year.  My thoughts were to make a couple each month so I wouldn't have so much to do in the end, but you can see how that thought went!

Nevertheless, I have started.  When I received my package in the mail a couple of weeks ago from Whimsy Stamps, and pulled out this cutie, I knew I had to colour him up right away. This image is called Jingle Bells 2 - Elephant.

I used prisma colour pencils to colour. After I was done, I sponged some blue and green around the edges to fill in the white space.  I originally thought of making it a square card so that's why I went with the square stitched frame, but I was hard to do some embossing on a 5.5 card, when trying to maneuver the embossing folder and to have it fit in the machine - sometimes it just doesn't work. So I opt for the 6.25 x 4.5.

I used a Darice snowflake embossing folder for the background.  MFT stitched square frame and flag stax for the sentiment.

To finish off I added some glossy accents to the jingle bells, white flock to the hat trim, stamped some little snowflakes around the edges of the image topped with some glitter, then  added a couple of small snowflakes on the side of the frame- I covered them with glue using my quickie glue pen then dunked them in my jar of TH distress glitter.
I used one of the sentiments from MFT BB Santa's Elves set and stamped it in black on a flag stax. I then layered some red c/s underneath just to give it a bit of colour, and then added some dimensionals behind it.

So there you have it, my first 2018 Christmas card in the books! Now just to get working on the rest.
I haven't had much time lately for stamping.  I've been working a lot of o/t through the week (12 hr days)  and on Saturdays, which will continue for another couple of weeks. So when I'm up to it a night (which doesn't seem to be to often) I try to squeeze a bit of stamping in.

I appreciate you stopping by. Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Birds of Summer

I thought I would give you a break from my cards and decided to share some bird photo's that Bill & I took back in July. These were taken in Northern Ontario.  It was a long drive 5 hrs each way, and we did these on Saturday day trips. Left at 4am and got home around 9 pm.  Yes, we are a bit crazy aren't we? Hey, if you want to get certain birds you need to travel to where they are.

The first section are pictures that I captured, and the second is what Bill took. I had a hard time deciding on which ones to post as we have many to choose from.  These are some of our favourites. To see a closer up view you can click on each picture.

My pictures:

This juvenile male wood duck was just moving ever so slightly across a small little pond just off the road way when we arrived. 
 We were sitting in the car on the side of a dirt road, and I happened to see something moving in the trees behind the fence line.  All of a sudden this Flicker was flying toward the car, and he landed about 20 feet in front of me on top of a bird house! How cool was that?  Bill is saying "there you go, he is right in front of you, hurry up take the picture" as these birds are very skittish, so I was panicking, trying to focus and click away, I managed 3 good pictures of this guy! I"m surprised he sat as long as he did.

This next bird, is the whole reason we traveled so far .  This is a Golden Winged Warbler,  and we were thrilled beyond words when we found him.  We have tried to see this bird during spring migration here in SW Ontario at Pt Pelee, but always seemed that  we were never in the right spot at the right time when it is spotted.  So after a few years of trying to photograph this beautiful bird we were successful! If you look closely you can see his tongue as he is singing!
A Common Yellowthroat Warbler landed on a branch as he was fluttering around.

Another pose of the Golden Winged Warbler - looks like he has lunch in his beak!

As we decided to head home (on our 2nd visit to this area)  we were traveling down another dirt road and Bill happened to see this guy wandering around in the meadow.  This is a Sandhill Crane. 

Next up, and last for my photo's is the Male American Redstart.  

 Bill's Photos:

A Common Yellowthroat Warbler - looks like he has his meal all planned! Not one but two worms!

Sandhill Crane - this was taken the first time we ventured up to this area. 

The Golden Winged Warbler - love him perched against this branch covered in lichen. He sat for quite a while as we photographed him .

And lastly, another pose of the Common Yellowthroat Warbler.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I have some more to share of this past weekend.  Will post those next week.

Have a wonderful day!