Mallard - Female

Monday, June 11, 2018

Using up Remenants

Hello everyone, and Happy Monday.  I hope you had a good weekend.

Today's cards that I'm sharing are using scraps from 'what's on my table'.  You know the stuff that you stamp but don't like or wasn't what you had in mind once you start it, then you toss aside.  Well, I have lots of those.  I have a few 'masculine' birthdays this month, so decided to go through my pile to see if I could salvage any of it.  I had success.

These were quick and easy, so here goes:

First card, I already had the leaf background stamp off (MFT stamps), and I already and the die cut Celebrate (MFT) inked up.  Added a few other elements and this is the end result:

My second card - I had the sponging already done.  Not sure what I had intended this one for, but I stamped Flourishes LLC - an image from Country Roads in black memento.  I then stamped a branch from Penny Black in scattered straw along the side, top and bottom, just to fill in the open spaces.
I felt it still needed something, so cut some scrap paper using MFT Flag Stax dies and added a brad. Not sure if the brad is a bit distracting from the image. What do you think?

I wish all cards were this easy to pull together. I'm off to enjoy the afternoon outdoors.  I'm off today, so need to get some much needed weeding done.

Enjoy your day!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Watercoloured Dahlias

Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well. I'm back today to share a birthday card I made for a long distance friend - Carla (AKA cardsbycarla on SCS).

I didn't want to post this until I knew she had received it and she has.   The image I'm using is from WPlus9 called Beautiful Bouquets - Dahlias.

I started by embossing the flowers onto some prima watercolour paper using white embossing powder.  I then coloured the images with Prima Watercolour Confections.  I used colours from both of these sets: Tropicals & Decadent Pies.  This is the first time using these paints and I love them. 

Once the paint was dry ( let it sit overnight) I splattered some blue paint onto it.  I then cut out the image using the outside die from a set by Creative Expressions - Frames & Tags - Isobel.

I was undecided as to what colour do layer my image onto, so after several attempts of blues, yellows or greens, I decided on a medium gray.  I embossed the gray using a SU embossing folder by Sizzix called Modern Mosaics.   Some fun foam was added to the back of the floral piece before adhering to the gray c/s. I then embossed in white the birthday sentiment onto a piece of black c/s and popped it up for some added dimension.  Added sequins and a silk bow to finish this off.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sending you Sunshine...

on a cloudy day!  Isn't that how the song goes?  Well it's anything but cloudy here these past few days, actually it is very muggy and hot here this weekend and even worse tomorrow.  Currently at 7:22pm it is 91F - there is a air quality advisory out for tomorrow as temperatures surge over 100F. But a bit cooler  - well back to normal temps for the rest of the week.

For my card today I did something a bit different.  I pulled out my Magenta Nuance powders and played with them.  I finished one card and started another.  Here is my first finished card:

Again, the camera does not do this justice.  The yellow c/s under the flowers is a very soft yet pretty yellow, the camera makes this kind of washed out :(. 

So how did I do this you ask? well let me tell you.  I started by white embossing my flower image from WPlus9 called Kind Soul onto some Canson 140lb watercolour paper.  I then dropped powder from the pinhole cap on each of the colours, strategically placing the colours as to where they should be - at least for the most part.  I then took my fine mist sprayer bottle and mist with water, tilting the paper to let the inks run.  I then took my heat gun to speed the drying process.  I went back in a painted the leaves with some green ink just because too many were not green, not that that really matters.  I really liked it at that point, but thought the edges around the flowers were too heavy in colour, I wanted more of a light wash, so..... I decided to trim away the bottom side of the flowers as it was darker than the top,  which made it kind of hard to tell where the flowers where.

I cut out the flower panel using a stitched rectangle from MFT, then added some fun foam to the back side and popped it up on the yellow c/s.  I stamped the sentiment (Papertrey Ink - Corner Adorner February) using my Misti and black memento ink. To finish off I added some sequins.

I was happy how this turned out.  Now just need to finish my other card.  The colours are pretty much the same, so I'll see what I can come up with as far as a layout.

I appreciate your visit, enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Graceful still life

Hello everyone! I guess it's a Happy Monday since I was off today due to a Stat Holiday here in Canada - Victoria Day, but the sad news is that my week long vacation is over, back to work tomorrow!  Bill and I have been busy this past week, walked a lot of trails, took lots of pictures, did lots of yard work (which never seems to end), and I didn't even have time to make a card! I have a couple of birthday's coming up over the next few weeks so need to get back into my routine.

Today's card is another one I made for Mother's Day.  This one actually went to my BFF - Nancy. Nancy's husband requested a card for her for Mother's day.  I knew she would love this, and she did!  I"m using Powerpoppy's Graceful Still Life digital image.

I used prismacolour pencils to colour.  I then cut it out using  MFT stitched rectangle die.
I die cut the border from white c/s - die is by Find it Trading - african border.  Designer paper is Kaisercraft - Kaleidoscope.  The card base is a bit darker here in the picture than in real, I guess I woud call it a deep coral. 

To finish off I added a small flag banner and added an enamel dot and a small silk bow. Used my wink of stella clear pen to add some shimmer to the flowers.

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


Friday, May 11, 2018

Garden Treasures

 I'm back today to share another Mother's Day card with you.  I'm using Altenew's Garden Treasure stamp set and matching dies. 

I used Altenew dye inks to stamp out all the flowers and then die cut with the matching dies. I had PTI - Shape Shifter oval die 1 already cut out laying on my table so decided to use this as my centerpiece background.

Designer paper is from my scrap bin.  On the bottom part of the pink gingham paper I added some white rub-ons to give it that bit of extraness.  This seemed to work out well because by doing the rub-ons I was able to add a small rhinestone in the center of each flower.

I also added some small pearls to the oval die.  Now you probably think I'm a bit crazy using such a bright ribbon, but I tell you honestly it is not that bright of a pink in real. It actually matches the gingham pink colour pretty close.  Sometimes the camera captures colours in a different way.  I used my wink of stella clear pen to add sparkle to the flowers.

I made this for a friends MIL.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Mother.....

Well it's that time of year again, quickly approaching - Mother's Day!  Although my Mom passed 9 years ago in July, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her.  It's hard to believe it's been that long already.  Every year when I make MD cards, I always make them with my Mom in mind - what would I make her if I were to make one. She always loved my cards, and saved every one of them.  Now my Dad always looks forward to my handmade cards.

Today's card is one of 3 that I made this year.  I started by die cutting using one of the Find It Trading dies by Lilly Luna called No 1 Flower to love frame. On a piece of white c/s  I stamped the sentiment from AmyR stamps (discontinued) - set is called  All about Mom Sentiments using black versafine.  I then cut it our with a Spellbinder circle die, then using the next size up  die, I cut it using Papertrey Ink Lavender Moon.

I found some scrap designer paper in my bin which seem to match up with the lavender moon paper quite well.  I layered the Lilly Luna die cut over the designer paper. Adhered the 2 circles then added flowers from Wild Orchid.

Finished off with wink of stella clear pen painted over all the flowers for that bit of sparkle and then added small pearls to the centers of each of the flowers on the background.

Have yourself a wonderful day.  I'll be back soon with another Mother's Day card.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Becoming x 2

Hello everyone.  Hope your week is going well.  Spring migration has arrived and I can't wait to get out there this weekend and enjoy the birds and hopefully get some pictures. 

I have two cards to share with you today.  Same image just different colours.  I'm using Penny Black's Becoming stamp.  For best results in stamping these types of stamps I'm using my Misti.

All the stamps I used on both cards are by Penny Black.

Inks used on my first card are as follows: Memento inks: Lulu lavender, Elderberry.  Distress inks: Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron & Seedless Preserves. Inks for sponging are: Memento - new sprout & PTI - simply chartreuse. Inside liner I kept blank to be used for various occasions.

Inks used for my second card:  Distress inks: Twisted citron, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Antique Linen, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral & Barn Door.  For sponging - dried marigold & spiced marmalade.  Inside liner I stamped Happy Mother's Day.

Finished both off by adding some sequins.
Have a  wonderful weekend!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Washi tape note cards

Well I think Spring has arrived, but there is still a touch of winter that just doesn't want to leave.  Sunshine but cold north winds prevail. I'm still wearing my winter coat, and gloves in the morning as the temperatures are around freezing or just below - crazy weather.  May is just around the corner, so hopefully that will bring warmer winds and lots of sunshine.

I've been working all day in the flower gardens, cleaning up from the winter (not sure if I'll be able to walk tomorrow - lol).  Nice to see new growth under all the leaves and such.

My cards for today are basically made with washi tape and paper from Alexandra-renke. The paper is 12 x 12 and has a variety of images, so you just need to cut accordingly for the images you want. Some of the papers have matching washi tape as I show in the butterfly card below.

For the first card below, I cut out one of the butterflies with a stitched circle die, then layered this onto a another circle die from Spellbinders called Circle delight.  I used the butterfly washi tape along the bottom and added some silk ribbon just above the washi tape and a small bow. To finish off I used some enamel dots and wink of stella clear pen for some sparkle on the butterfly.

For my second card, I cut a flag banner from dark olive green and then cut out the image to fit in behind. I stamped a PTI leaf using versamark on my background paper, then cut it out using MFT wonky stitch rectangle die.  I used the leaf washing tape across the lower part, as well as a couple of strips of gold peel offs to the top and bottom of the washi tape.  I  then added the flag banner image off to one side.  For the wooden leaf embellishment I sponged some distress walnut stain to darken up the wood.

These were both fast cards to make, that is once I figured out what I was doing.  I left both blank inside so they could be used for a few different occasions.

I appreciate you stopping by.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Penny Black - Twofer

Happy Wednesday! Well we are half way through another week. Today I have not one but two cards to share with you.

I'm using an image from Penny Black called - Melange.  The first one worked up fairly quickly so I ended up making 5.

I started by embossing the image with white EP onto some Canson 140lb watercolour paper.  I then added some oxide distress inks.  The first one I used twisted citron, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers.  After I added the inks I took an old rag and buffed the image - this makes the white embossing pop.

I trimmed down the image but die cutting a stitched rectangle (MFT),  then I used Penny Black curved stitch die to cut my piece two. For the leaves along the top, I used Penny Black leaf edger die.  I cut it from the same c/s as my base.  For the sentiment I used the curved happy birthday from PTI - Fly away stamp set.  I then added sequins to finish this off.

For my second card I used oxide ink colours - wild honey, worn lipstick and picked raspberry. The sentiment is from PTI - banner sentiments.

I made 2 of the first, 2 of the second - one was thinking of you and one thank you, and then I made another in lime green and purple, but don't have that one finished yet.

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Butterfly Blooms

Hello everyone!  Just flying by with a quick post tonight. We were out all day enjoying some beautiful weather.  Sunny and in the low 50's and the same for the next couple of days.  I think Spring is finally here! Yay!!

My card today reminds me of Spring - flowers and butterflies!  I"m using Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Blooms stamp set and mini stamp set.

I stamped the flowers from both sets onto my card front using various PTI ink colours.  I then layered my card front onto some yellow bazzill.  I then stamped my sentiment also from PTI  using black versafine ( I used my MISTI just to make sure I got a good impression, I ended up stamping it twice just to get it nice and dark).

I embossed both butterflies onto some white heavy vellum (I believe this is also from PTI) using white embossing powder.  I used the die to cut the large butterfly and hand cut the smaller one. I added sparkle to the wings using my wink of stella clear pen.

I tied some pink silk ribbon around the top layers before adhering to my card base.  I then added my butterflies, just adding a bit of glue to the centers of the butterflies so their wings are lifted.

The die I used for the base and the floral layer are both from the same die set - PTI - Noted: Scallop A2 Vertical die.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brushed birds - with sympathy

Hi! I'm back tonight to share another card I made on the weekend.  I often find Sympathy cards not an easy card to make, not quite sure what it is. This one I mailed out today to one of our church families who lost their nephew in a work related industrial accident at the age of 24. So very sad!

I pulled out my PTI - brushed birds along with a few dies and this is the outcome:

I stamped the bird using PTI - aqua mist & hawiian shores. I used the co-coordinating die to cut it out. The branch is from Memory Box, and the background (white) is PTI - Mix & Mat - confetti die.  I sponged some PTI Lemon Tart & Raspberry fizz in the center to kind of represent the sun (not sure if it does but that was what I was going for).

On the aqua mist background c/s I stamped the  PTI Marbled background using aqua mist ink.

For finishing touches I stamped 'with sympathy' from PTI - Willow set, and added some prima flowers to the branch.

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


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Feathered Hope

Good morning all.  It's a dreary day today -rain, rain, rain, today, tomorrow and snow/rain mix for Monday - will Spring ever get here?

Well, according to my little bird below, looks like it might. Seems he has found himself a little 'worm'! It's amazing how Robin's can find those guys beneath the grounds surface, have you ever seen them hunt for food?  It is quite interesting.  Okay enough of this, lets get on with my card.

This image is from a very old SU set called Feathered Hope (1998)  I bought this off of ebay roughly 15 years ago when I was first getting into stamping. 

After stamping the image onto some white cougar c/s with black memento, I used Prismacolour pencils to colour. I used PTI - Mix & Mat - confetti die to cut out the image.  I left the die in place then sponged some inks for the grass & sky area.

Paper is some older Basic Grey - Two Scoops.  I added some yellow silk ribbon to bring out the yellow from the flower pot.  The flowers were dotted with my white gel pen, but then when I added some wink of stella it seemed to disolve the white gel ink??, so I just lightly dabbed the wink of stella as to not remove too much of the white.

I was going to add some sequins or enamel dots, but ended up not doing so.

I'm hoping to get some more stamping done this weekend since the weather is not co-operating for doing photography. ( I will have some new pics to share once I get them done, I have a great egret and a tern).

I appreciate your visit today, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Cup of Columbine

I'm sharing today a new image I coloured  a couple of weeks ago.  I was so excited when I saw the newest Power Poppy digital image.  This is right up my alley - flowers, nature - Marcella out did herself with this one, as she always does.

I printed the resized image onto some white cougar c/s and then used my prismacolour pencils to bring this to life! I love the outcome, just not quite sure on the mauve napkin.  I was trying to use the same colours within  the florals without introducing another colour.  It was  a deeper purple, but I took my eraser to remove some of the deeper colour, which seem to soften it a bit. Oh well, sometimes things always don't go the way you expect it to.

My BFF's  (Nancy) husband called me up and asked if I could make him an Easter card to give to her.  This is the card she received.  She is also a nature lover, so this one worked well.

I used MFT's die to cut out the image - die-namics blueprints #27.  To add the finishing details I used my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of sparkle on the flowers and added a few enamel dots.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Full of Glee

Isn't it always a 'feel good' moment when you need a card to send and you actually have one to do so?
My sister's anniversary is early next week, so needed to get a card in the mail to her today.

Image is from Penny Black - full of glee.

I started by embossing the image onto some Strathmore Mixed Medium 140lb watercolour paper with white embossing powder.  I pulled out my Zig Clean  markers to colour. Rather than add the ink directly to the paper and watercolour, I added the marker to an acrylic block and picked up the colour with a wet paint brush.  Since these markers are very vibrant in colours it was easier to get a transition from light to dark areas by doing it this way.  Once the flowers were dry I went around them with a couple shades of grey.

I used PTI - Leaf and sprig die for the grey border.

Finished off with some sequins and a bow.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 31, 2018


I was planning on posting these 2 cards yesterday, but was away all day, so thought I best get these posted today.  Easter is early this year so only had time to make 2 Easter cards.

For both cards I'm using MFT die-namic lily dies. 

For my first card I used Spellbinders A2 Filigree delight die, and cut this out of a soft green. For the lily's they were cut from white c/s and then I used copics to do the colouring.

The banner is from PTI and the sentiment is from Flourishes. I added some clear sequins to finish off.

For my second card, I cut the lily's from white c/s then colour using  peach and pink copic markers.
Isn't the background die cut stunning?  My BFF Nancy gave it to me as part of my birthday gift.  I love the cut areas along with the embossed.  This die is by Jeanine's Art.  Not sure where Nancy purchased this one, but I see that Die's R Us carries these dies, you can find them under Find It Trading.

I have since found a few more of these types of dies and scooped them up.

To finish off this card I added some clear sequins and an enamel dot.  Banner and sentiment same as above.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter.  Thanks for your visit today.