Red breasted Nuthatch

Red breasted Nuthatch
Red breasted Nuthatch

Monday, January 21, 2019

You totally Rock!!

Hello and Happy Monday to all!  I hope you had a good weekend.  We had a very cold and wintery weekend, about a foot of snow and very cold temperatures  - a high of -4F or -22 C.

I almost feel like I should be sharing a Christmas card with you based on the weather, but since I don't have any made up yet for this year, I will share another Valentine card using another Power Poppy digital image from the Va Va Valentine images.

This one I call You Totally Rock.

I started by resizing the image and then colouring using Polychromos pencils and gamsol.  (Leslie, to answer your question whether or not I use gamsol with the Polychromos  - yes I do use gamsol with these. They blend so well, I just love them).

I wasn't sure where I was going with this layout, as  you can see I have a couple of different die cuts cut. I was just going to layer the image onto the black heart circle, but wanted to incorporate some red as well, so ended up using both die cuts.

I added some black gingham ribbon across the top as well as some die cut hears.  The center of the larger heart in the image, I added some red glitter for that bit of added sparkle.

Image - Power Poppy digital - Va Va Valentine
Ink - printer, polychromos pencils and gamsol
Paper - MME - Lucky in Love & Cosmo Cricket - Head over heal, black, white cougar 100 lb
Dies - MFT - square pierced frame, Spellbinders - heart circle & circle die, Verve - heart dies
Misc - gingham ribbon, red glitter, quickie glue pen for the glitter

Thank you for stopping by, see you soon. Have a great day!


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mandy's flower

First of all I have some sad news to share for those that live in my surrounding area.  Our local stamping store 'THE PAPER PICKLE', is closing it's doors on Feb 23, 2019 after 15 wonderful years. I'm sure I can vouch for most of the stampers/scrapbookers that would visit Kims' store, it will be surely missed. So many great memories, lots of laugh and even tears.  I've made some great friends through teaching here, and hopefully our paths will continue to cross at some point. Wishing Kim all the best for whatever the future holds!

For my card, I'm back today to share another card from the Simon Says - Mandy's flower set with you.  Remember this card I posted a few weeks ago, well I had a couple of this image stamped out, so when I received my new Polychromos pencils (which I was just dying to try them out), I coloured up this image. again.

After colouring, I fussy cut it out and then layered it onto a piece of pink cardstock which was cut from a Flourishes die - Victorian oval template.

I stamped the sentiment onto some white c/s, cut fish tale ends and then added some fun foam and popped it up. Added clear wink of stella to the rose and leaves and then a few clear sequins to finish off.

Have a wonderful day!

Stamp - Simon Says - Mandy's flowers, PTI - sentiment from Painted Florals
Die - Flourishes - victorian oval template
Ink - black versafine, faber-castell polychromos pencils & gamsol
paper - Memory Box, pink, SU cranberry crisp
misc - sequins, wink of stella clear pen


Monday, January 14, 2019

Va Va Valentine #1

Hello everyone.  I hope you had a good weekend.  It was busy all weekend, so never had a chance to make any cards - I always try to make at least one card on the weekend. Bill and I went out to find hawks and owls.  We did manage to find some hawks, but no owls yet! I'll share some pictures once I get them ready.

Since Valentines is only a month away, I pulled out some of my digital images from Power Poppy - Va Va Valentines to get some cards made up.

These images are so fast to colour, and love the humor/image. So fun.

I coloured them up with my newly received Christmas gift - Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. Oh boy, they colour and blend wonderfully! I've been wanting a set of these for quite some time, as my prisma's are well used, old, and they keep breaking.

The rest is pretty straight forward, I will list all the supplies below.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today.  Have yourself a fabulous day!

Image - Power Poppy digital - Va Va Valentine
Die - MFT - Inside & out stitched round rectangle, Spellbinder - heart die, PTI - heart border, Memory Box - mini heart collection
Paper - MME - Stella Rose - Mabel papers, cougar white 110 lb
Misc - Polychromos pencils, enamel dots, wink of stella - for the hearts on the image


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sweet Rose Bouquet

Hello all.  Hope your week is going well.  I have a 3 day weekend ahead of me so I'm looking forward to that.

As I mentioned in my last post I've been busy making cards.  I've been really hooked on the Altenew stamps, just love doing the multi step stamping.

Today's card features the Altenew stamp set called Sweet Rose Bouquet.

Using my Misti, I started by stamping my leaves (which is all one stamp) using the Altenew Tropical Forest set of inks, starting with the lightest colour.  I then continued with the layers using a darker ink each time.

Once the leaves were completed I laid the first layer of rose stamp onto my card lining up where the roses set among the leaves. For the roses I used the Altenew Tea Party ink set and continued added a darker colour for each layer.

I used MFT cross-stitch oval to cut out the image, left the die in place and used the lightest ink colour from the Tea Party set which was pink pearl and sponged some ink around the image. I added some fun foam behind the image and layered this onto  white cardstock which was die cut using PTI - Shape Shifter - Oval #4.

Background paper is from PTI soft stone pattern paper pack.  I cut a couple of strips of c/s - soft coral and gold metallic and adhered them along the bottom for some added interest.

For the sentiment (Simon Says - tiny word set) I embossed it onto some black c/s using white embossing powder then trimmed to fit and then added a small coral silk bow. Wink of stella clear was added to the roses for a bit of shimmer.

I really like how this turned out, I will be using this set a lot for future cards.

Thanks for visiting today, see you soon.  Have a fabulous day!


Monday, January 7, 2019

Glorious Bouquet

Hello everyone and Happy New Year (since this is my first post for the new year).  Hope everyone had enjoyed the holiday. Well it's back to work for me today, after having 2 weeks off :(.

I had some time off during the holidays, so spent it making cards and doing day trips  for the opportunity of some bird photography.  I also did a lot of re-organizing of my stamping supplies (dies, papers, stamps - lots of stamps - stamps I haven't used in a long time) and gave to a friend who I know would use it.  It's always good to de-clutter once in a while!

My card today is one that I did before the holidays.  I saw a similar card like this at our local stamp store Paper Pickle, and fell in love with it.

I stamped Tim Holtz Glorious Bouquet using distress ink tattered rose onto some cream cardstock. For the black border I stamped one of the borders from Tim Holtz Ornate Trims using black versafine.  I then stamped a butterfly in black as well.

For the leaf I used this shiny dark grey/black paper and cut out the leaf - Memory Box - Large Olive branch.  Adhered it to the card and added a small rose silk bow. 

I then layered this onto a piece of cream shimmer and then onto my card base which I believe is like a rose shimmer c/s.

A very quick card indeed!

Thanks for your visit today, I have 7 cards to share with you in future posts! Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Sending Birthday wishes

Good morning everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Today, I'm sharing a Birthday card I made  - my stash has been depleted, so I need to replenish.  Since it's my Birthday today, what better way to do a post to show you one of my latest creations.

Image and papers are from Simon Says Stamps - I believe this was one of the Simon Says Card kits.
I coloured the image using copics, then fussy cut it. The layer behind the image is from Papertrey Ink - Shape Shifters - Circle #1.  I left some of the 'v's in place while removing others.  I layered a piece of paper I received in the kit behind the circle. 

For the sentiment I cut Simon Says 'sending' die from black cardstock 3x and layered them together.
I then used Simon Says Stamptember Tiny words 'happy birthday', stamped on white c/s with black versafine. I trimmed the sentiment down to fit under the 'sending'.

Popped the flower up with foam tape, used my wink of stella clear pen for some shimmer on the flowers then added sequins. I also add a small bow on the stem of the flower using some twine.

Well that's it for me for today. Wishing you a wonderful day!


Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a wonderful Holiday season. May the new year bring much peace, love, good health and happiness to all.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Holly Frame

Hello friends.  I have another card to share with you today.  I needed another card in a pinch, so whipped this up on Saturday morning.

The die is from AliExpress.  The sentiment is from Penny Black and embossed in gold and then layered onto a piece of gold mirror paper.  I added some foam tape behind to lift it off the frame.  Designer paper in behind is some old papers from Basic Grey.

 I don't think you can see in the picture, but I cut an extra frame and snipped off some of the holly leaves and popped them up over the existing frame.  I added some wink of stella clear pen to the popped up leaves.

To finish off, I used Memory Box poinsettia dies and gold mirror paper to create the floral in the corner.

I can see me making more of these for next year!

Thanks for stopping by today and warmest wishes for the Holiday's.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Holiday Greetings

Hi folks! Hope you had a good week. I have a 4 day weekend, then work for 4 days next week, then off for the holidays until Jan 7th, so looking forward to some time off.

Well I finally finished up my Christmas cards, and mailed the last few today. My plan is (like it is every year, but sometimes I don't follow through) is to continue making Christmas cards to get a jump start on next years cards. But up next on my list are a few birthday cards that I need for next week.

Today's cards I absolutely love.  They are so simple to make, I ended up doing 5 red and 3 blue ones.
Stamp is from IO - no name on the package. This image is right up my alley with the cardinals and blue jays.

I started with white c/s  4 1/8 x 4 1/8 and stamped the image using black versafine. I then cut a white frame using MFT stitched square frame. After colouring the birds with copics, I added TH distress rock glitter to the snow areas - ground, window ledge, watering can. I embossed the sentiments  (Simon Says -Tiny words Christmas) using white ep on black c/s, then trimmed and adhered behind the frame. I then added some foam tape behind the frame to pop it up off the image.
Designer paper for the red card is Carta Bella, the blue dp is some scraps I had.


To finished off I coloured some white cardstock using G40 then cut out some holly leaves - Die from Jeanine's art - Find it Trading - frosty ornaments. I then added some YG67 for some shading.  I adhered them to the cards and added an enamel dot.

 Wishing you a great weekend whatever you are up to.  Bill and I are celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary tomorrow - where did the years go! Take care, see you back here soon,


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Under the Christmas tree x 3

Hello everyone.  I finally finished the last of my Christmas card orders for this year.  Now I just need to go through to see if I have enough for me to send out.  Funny thing is this year, I have not received one Christmas card, and I'm beginning to wonder if people are hesitant because of the Canada Post strike, which the government has ruled them back to work.  It could take anywhere from a week to month to get anything in the mail.  They are even saying parcels within Canada could not be delivered until sometime in January! I can hand deliver most of mine, so just might do that, and the ones I need to mail hopefully they will get them before Christmas.

Most of my card orders this year were based off of cards I made last Christmas or previous ( so I didn't bother to take pictures to share as I already posted them previously).  My co-worker wanted 3 cards with this same image, so I just changed up the papers.  The image I'm using is from Lily of the Valley stamps - called Under the Christmas Tree.

If you notice different lighting and tones in my pictures it's because I'm learning a new program on a new computer.  This will take some time to learn it all, so just bear with me!  I think the first card is brighter than the other 2, which I just noticed - hmmmmm.

I used scraps of papers from my scrap bin for these cards.  Papers are from MME, Basic Grey, and some odds that I don't know as the name was cut off the end.  I did stitching around all the layers, and popped up the image layer.

To finish these off, I used TH distress glitter for the tree and snow area, and added some glossy accents to the red bulbs on the tree.  The trees are really sparkly.

Now I'm off to make a birthday card that I need to get in the mail tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting today, have a wonderful day!


Monday, December 3, 2018

The Spirit of Christmas

Good morning! Well it's just over 3 weeks until Christmas, how are you Christmas cards coming along?  I have 5 more cards for an order then I need to get some done for myself to pop in the mail. There is just not enough time in a day!

Today's card features another image from Carta Bella Journaling cards.  I fell in love with this image of the deer immediately, that is basically what sold me on the paper.  I went back to get a few more sheets of this, and unfortunately the Paper Pickle was all sold out.  (Big sigh!!).

I used Spellbinders Triple Floral die to frame the deer.  I used a rosy gold shimmer card stock for this, and I also layered a piece of the same behind the image.

Designer paper (dark brown) is by Bo-Bunny.  I traced the swirls with my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of shimmer.  I added a small gold bow using some gold thread - I think it's just the right amount of 'extra bling' for my card.  I also dotted some of the snow flakes with the wink of stella as well.

For the sentiment I used Simon Says Tiny words Christmas.  This is such a nice set, the sentiments are all small fonts which is nice to have.  I embossed it in gold then added some foam tape behind to pop it up.

Another quick card indeed!

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful day!


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Comfort & Joy

I'm back with another card using a small section of the Alexandra Renke papers.  My gosh, she sure does have some beautiful papers.  I bought 3 different themes this year from her collection, and they are all various sizes of rectangles, so you just have to cut them up and apply them to your cards or tags.

Not a lot of stamping on this except for the  sentiment on the tag.  For this I used Simon Says Tiny Work Christmas set.  I stamped in black versafine, and the die is from an older Spellbinders set.

I used one of the poinsettia images cut and layered it onto a dark espresso cardstock.  I then cut 2 tags using Sizzix framelit tags ( and many thanks to Leslie Miller for enabling me to finally purchase these after seeing a couple of cards she made using these dies - here and here.) One tag was cut using silver shimmer c/s, and the other a ruby shimmer c/s.

I added some washi tape down the side of the silver tag using Alexandra Renke tape.

For the reindeer I used IO reindeer die #DIE080-N and then I rubbed some Prima rose gold metallique wax over the cut reindeer - love the shimmer of this.  I also cut some sprays using Jeanine's Art (Find It Dies) called Frosty Ornaments # JAD10049, but this time before cutting the sprays I applied the rose gold wax to an area on the white card stock, then cut, that way you don't see any white borders along the edges of the spray.  Although your die does get some coloured ink on it, a bit of warm water, soap and a old brush (I use an old toothbrush) to get the wax out.

I added a little silk grey bow to my sentiment tag, three  clear droplets to the pointsettia, and stickles to the center of the poinsettia.  Wood grain paper is from one of my Kaiser Kraft 6 x 6 which I used an MFT stitched rectangle to cut it out, and I used silver shimmer cardstock for my base.  Card measures 5.5 x 4.25.

I hope I inspired you today, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Peace & Joy

Good morning all.  I hope all my friends south of the border had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Today, I have 3 cards to share using the Stamptember Tim Holtz Christmas set from Simon Says Stamps.  Unfortunately, this set is no longer available.  There are several images in the set all are lovely as the next.  I chose to use two of the images for my cards along with one of the sentiments.
The sentiment on the last card is an old (very old) PSX wooden stamp from 2003! I still wish PSX was around, they had some awesome images and sentiments.

So, for my cards they are all done the same way, just different images and inks.
I placed my cardstock and stamp in my MISTI and used distress ink markers to colour the images and stamp several times to get the depth of colour I wanted, turn paper around and continue etc.

I then sponged distress inks around the edging for colour.   Splattered with some white paint (which you can hardly see). Sentiments were embossed with either gold or platinum.

Card # 1 - distress ink markers - shabby shutters, twisted citron, mowed lawn, iced spruce, milled lavender, wilted violet, seedless preserves, peacock feathers, and  for shading - milled lavender distress ink.  Sprayed with water with micro pearl added to my spray bottle.

Card # 2 - distress ink markers - crushed olive, shabby shutters, pine needles, vintage photo, ground expresso, fired brick, candied apple and for shading around the edges - antique linen, also spritzed background when done with Hero Arts metallic shimmer gold spray.

Card # 3 - distress ink markers - twisted citron, iced spruce, peeled paint, peacock feathers, pine needles, fired brick, tombow markers - #837 & #847 (for a deeper red).  Antique linen distress ink used for sponging the outside edges, sprayed Hero Arts metallic shimmer gold spray.  Added a few gold sequins.

These cards were part of a card order I did for a friend, but I still want to make some for me to send out this year.  These work up fairly fast once you get going on them especially if you are doing several in the same colours.

I'll see you soon with some more Christmas cards to share.  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your day!

(NOTE:  New picture above- spotted this Red Breasted Nuthatch sitting in our backyard one day after work a few weeks ago)


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Christmas Journaling Cards #1

Sometimes you just need a break to make card making a little easier.  Well I found just the thing. Our local stamp store The Paper Pickle had some Carta Bella - Christmas Journaling cards in stock, so I scooped up a couple.  There are 12 cards on a page, basically you just need to cut them out and dress them up.

I have 2 completed and 2 more on the go.  Here are my first two: the center image is the journally card.

For the first card, I used my gold krylon pen and went around the edges, then added a red cardstock layer behind.  Next I  used PTI Shape Shifter Square 3 die for the tree like border which I only used two sides of.  I then layered this onto a piece of Carta Bella Merry Snowflakes which was then adhered to my base card - measuring 5 x 5.  I added some gold shiffon ribbon and gold twin and a couple of snowflakes (Memory Box die) cut from gold glitter paper, then added a couple of small gold beads to the centers.

 For my second card, I layered a piece of gold mirri paper behind the journaling card.  I cut out a red "joy" using a die from Impression Obsession, actually cut it twice and glued together for extra thickness.  Background papers are scraps from Basic Grey.  To finish off I added so glossy accents to the berries, used my wink of stella clear pen and brushed all the greenery for that bit of extra sparkle. I then added some gold flat back pearls around the wreath.

For the most part these are  quick cards to make.  I have more on the go, so will post those once completed.

Thank you for your visit, hope you have a joyous day!


Sunday, November 18, 2018

For the cat lover in you

Hello.  Just in for a quick post this evening. Among all the Christmas cards I've been making, I had to stop and make a birthday card for my boss for our group to sign.  She is a cat lover, so how perfect was it for me to make her a cat card! I love cats, but highly allergic to them. My son has two cats so when we go for a visit I have to make sure I have taken my meds and inhaler. 

No stamping involved on this card, just die cutting.  The cat die is from Aliexpress, and the top border punch is from Martha Stewart.

Designer paper is by Three bugs in a Rug - Frisky.  I've had this paper pack for sometime, but think it's rather cute!

I cut out the die three times,  once with white c/s, aqua mist c/s & a green glitter paper. I adhered the aqua and glitter pieces back inside the frame, the added some fun foam to the back to add some dimenstion.

Added the border along the top, then trimmed it with a piece of green glitter paper.

For finishing touches I added a clear rhinestone to each of the cats.

That's it for me for this evening.  Back to working on Christmas cards.  I'm back into overtime for the next 3 weeks as well, so won't have much time for stamping at nights.  I have a small reserve for posting for the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful day,