Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gordon the Golfer

With Father's Day  tomorrow, I thought I would share another card I made for the occasion.  I actually made 3 of this one, as a couple of gals at work wanted this for their Dad.

The image is from Art Impression - called Gordon Golfer set, which comes with the sentiment I used below.

I stamped it onto some cougar 100lb white cardstock using Simon Says Black Intense ink and then proceeded to colour with copics.  I used prisma colour pencils for the grassy ground area.

Cut out the image using MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, then layered it onto a piece of burnt orange cardstock.  I don't seem to have a lot of 'masculine' papers, but I did manage to find an older Basic Grey 6x6 paper pack in my stash that suited this image just fine.  This is fairly old - it's called Pyrus, I thought the little trees were a perfect backdrop for this golfer!

For the sentiment, I stamped it onto some PTI - prairie grass c/s using black versafine, then cut it out using a die from MFT die-namics blueprints 27.

To finish off I added some Stamping Bella dots (these are discontinued, but have several colours in my stash- they are just a nice little accent!)

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful day!

Stamp - AI - Gordon Golfer Set
Ink - black versafine, Simon Says- black intense ink, copics - E000, E00, E01, R20, R21, E70, E71, E74, E79, YG91, YG93, YG97, C03
Paper - white cougar 100 lb, burnt orange, PTI - prairie grass, Basic Grey - Pryus
Die - MFT - die-namics blueprints #27, MFT - wonky stitched rectangle
Misc - Stamping Bella dots (discontinued)


Monday, June 12, 2017

Big guy golfing

Hello everyone and Happy Monday to you! 

Today's card is one of 2 that I made for Fathers Day. For my card today, I'm using a MO Digital image - Big Guy Golfing.  This is one of the images that Stamping Bella released a few years back.

I coloured using copics, then cut out the image using a spellbinders square die.  Left the die in place then sponged some soft sky around the upper part, just to give it a bit of colour, rather than all the white space.  I used prisma colour pencils for the grass.

Papers I used were from my scrap bin, so not sure on the name.

To finish off I added some enamel dots and glossy accents on the golf ball.

That's it for today, thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Magenta Silhouette

Good morning.  I'm back today to share another card I made using the Magenta Nuance powder inks.

Yes, these powder inks are similar to Colour Burst and many other brands that are out there.  I love them, you will never get the same background twice.

After my background was dry, I stamped a Magenta solid flower, (no name on the package) using my Misti of course, as I wanted to make sure I had  nice dark crisp image as the water colour paper (Prima) is textured.

I then used PTI die set to cut it out.  I wasn't thinking when I used this die that it would also cut a scallop border and release the inside as well.  No worries, I just glued it down flat!

To add a bit of interest to the card base, I cut another piece of black c/s using MFT die-namics blueprints 27 - used the scallop border die.

I added some black silk ribbon and a couple of glittered dots.

There you have it, pretty simple.  I left the inside blank so it can be used for many occasions.

Enjoy the rest of your week, see you again real soon! Have a wonderful day.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Terraced Lane

Happy Friday all, so glad the weekend is upon us again! Hope everyone had a good week. Weather has been good here lately, I guess your typical spring weather, days of sun and rain, temps around 68-70, so one can't complain.

A few weeks ago, I played around using some Magenta Nuance powder inks.  Wow! I was impressed.  Here is  the outcome of on of my backgrounds I made.

Started with Prima water colour paper, sprinkled a bit of powdered ink here and there, then took my spritz bottle and spritzed away.  I guess the idea is not to get your colours too close together, because they can turn pretty muddy looking - trust me I know!  It took a couple of times to get it to how I liked it.  I played around for a bit using different colours, with no image in mind.

After my pieces sat for a few days, I pulled out Penny Black - Terraced Lane stamp, placed it in my Misti, applied black versafine ink and stamped.  I had to repeatedly stamp to get it nice and crisp.
And this was the outcome.  I then trimmed the image down to just along the edges of the stamped area, then layered it onto some SU dusty durango and black cardstock. The cool part about these backgrounds is how the colours disbursed, and how the image fits perfectly with where the colours are!

For my card base background I used SU Baked brown sugar ink and a Cornish Heritage (remember that company, I don't know if they are still around or not, but I have lots of their background stamps) stamp.  I used PTI birthday sentiment onto some SU dusty durango paper using black versafine, then cut it out using PTI stitched flag banner.

I will have another card to share as soon as I get it put together using one of my other backgrounds.

Well, that's about it for today, thanks for your visit today, and wish you a lovely weekend. Stay safe, have fun!


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Morning glory

Hello! Hope you enjoying your weekend. 

Today's card features a stamp set from Justrite.

I stamped the image onto some cougar 100 lb white cardstock and coloured using copics.  Once coloured, I fussy cut out the image. 

I used Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles Two for both layers.  Once the white layer was cut I left the die in place I sponged some soft pink ink around the edges. I then used the largest die from this set to cut out the pink layer.

Once the base layer and the other two layers where adhered, I added the cut out morning glory.  I also added a sentiment (PTI) and stamped it in black versafine.

Finished off with some clear wink of stella on the flowers and a couple of enamel dots, and dome pearls.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Live, Laugh & Love

Hello everyone.  Hope your enjoying your weekend.  It's a long weekend for us in Canada- we are celebrating Victoria Day tomorrow - in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday. It's nice for me because I was on holidays all last week, so this just adds another day to my vacation :).

Today's card is using Penny Black's Flower Cascade.

I started by stamping the image to the top right corner using black memento, onto some white 100 lb cougar cardstock and then coloured using copics. I then cut the image using MFT stitched rectangle.

I sponged some SU certainly celery and SU soft sky around the edges.

I pulled out my MISTI to stamp the sentiment which is also from Penny Black - Happy wishes. I love using the Misti for sentiments, because most times (at least for me) it doesn't always stamp nice and crisp,  so this way you can restamp multiple times.

To finish off I added some sequins and clear wink of stella to the flowers.

I gave this card to my girlfriend at work a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for visiting today, enjoy your day!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mother's Day #2

As Mother's Day has come and gone I still have one more card to share with you.

I'm using some PTI dies for this card.  The focus point is using a die called Cutaway Tags - spring die.  This die also comes with a coordinating stamp set.  You can either colour the flowers once you cut out the tag or you can use the coordinating stamps - ink - and then stamp over the image on the die cut.  In this case I used the stamps to stamp on the die cut piece.  I also cut a piece of tiny polka dot vellum and layer it behind the tag. I then layered it onto a scrap piece of dp, using PTI - tag sale - quilted die. For my card base and back ground layer  I used PTI- Noted scallop A2 vertical dies. 

For the sentiment I cut another cutaway tag and trimmed off the center part, so I could stamp the sentiment and pop it up.  This set comes with a variety of sentiments that can be used.

Finished off with some ribbon, and glitter on the flowers.

I wish you a wonderful day.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Hello everyone.  Just popping in to wish all the Mom's a Happy Mothers Day.  I still have a couple of Mother's Day cards to share that I made a few weeks ago.

The one today, is using a digital image from Power Poppy called - sunset sway.  This digi comes in 2 variations - one with a butterfly and one with out.

After printing it off, I used prismacolour pencils to colour.  I then cut it out using spellbinders labels twenty-eight.  Leaving the die in place I sponged a light layer of Memento  new sprout around the edges.  I then cut  spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence using dark purple bazzil cardstock, and added a layer of light mauve behind it.  

To finish off I added some lace, silk ribbon and sequins along with a bit of shimmer added to the flowers using my wink of stella clear pen.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Live well, laugh often......

Hello everyone.  Just finishing up some cards last evening, and thought I would share this one with you.  This was made with no occasion in mind, just a blank card inside, can be used for anything.

I started off using PTI Butterfly kit stencils. I love there kits, as I have a few of them now.  they come with stamps, dies, and 3-4 layering stencils. I staarted by sponging Live waqua mist for the butterflies, then stamped the center of the butterflies using the same ink.  Next stencil is the flowers - sponged summer sunrise, then stamped the centers with harvest gold, and for the purple ones, I sponged amethyst allure and then stamped using the same ink.  The next stencil is the leaves which I sponged in spring moss & over stamped in same ink.

I then cut out my background using MFT wonky stitched rectangle.

For my sentiment I white embossed the sentiment from PTI Summer Hills.  I then cut it out using one of the dies from MFT blueprints 13.

I finished off with some PTI polka dot ribbon, and a wooded butterfly from Studio Calico.  I added some clear wink of stella to the butterfly for a bit of sparkle.

Well that's it for today, must head off to work (insert sad face).

I wish you all a happy and wonderful day, and many thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Spring showers brings May flowers!

I'll be so glad to see Sunday arrive.  We have had nothing but constant rain 24hrs a day since Tues! It's been gloomy and damp as you can well imagine. Rivers are running over their banks in some areas, the ground is so saturated, there is just no where for the rain to go. We really need to see the sun! And besides this weather is putting a real damper on our spring birding! (just saying :) )

So with that being said, I thought I would share something bright and cheerful!  I loved how this turned out as I made 4 of them, and one of them says "MOM" on the front rather than sending birthday wishes. 

I embossed the image onto some Strathmore Mixed Media vellum surface paper ( thanks Leslie for mentioning this, it is beautiful paper to watercolour on)using white embossing powder and then watercoloured the image and background using my Zig Clean colour markers.  Image is from Simon Says - Spring Flowers.  I then cut out the image out using MFT x-stitch rectangle die.  The pink paper was cut using one of the dies from MFT - die-namics blueprints 27.

I cut the 'sending' from black cardstock twice and then adhered together to give it a bit of stability and thickness.  Die is from Simon Says as well.

I then stamped 'birthday wishes' using black versafine.

To finish off I added some sequins and coloured the flower with my clear wink of stella pen.

I have some more Mother's Day cards to make so might make a few in different colours.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring has sprung

Good morning and Happy Monday.  Although it is raining out it is still a good morning, since I"m off today. It was a cold weekend, still wearing winter coat, hat & mitts as we ventured down to Pt. Pelee National Park.  It was a north west wind, which made it very cold.  But non the less we were able to see some migrant warblers at the tip.  We were lucky enough to see a Prairie Warbler (rare) but not a very good picture as it was gloomy and dark, but at least we can see we saw one! Some of the other varieties we saw were Yellow-rumped warbler, blue headed vireo, baltimore oriole, cape may, palm, black & white, warbling vireo, and a solitary sandpiper.

Since we are on the topic of birds, I thought I would share this card today.  I'm using an image from the Flourishes LLC set called Spring has Sprung. 

I stamped the image onto some white cougar 100 lb c/s, then coloured using prismacolour pencils.
I then cut it out using a Papertrey Ink die called Fun frames die.  I actually cut the rectangle piece a second time so I could layer it under the image piece for a bit of dimension.

I used my MFT- Die-namics stitched cover-up companion - vertical die to cut my designer paper - Pink Paislee- butterfly garden.  I used papers from the same collection for the 2 inserts.  Love how this looks!  To finish off, I added some silk ribbon, clear sequins and used my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of shimmer on the flowers.

This card could be used for many occasions, but I am using  it as a Mother's Day card!

I hope I have inspired you in some way today.  Have a wonderful day, and thanks for your visit.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wishing you a lovely day

Hello everyone!  It's a beautiful Spring day today, a bit on the chilly side, but hey I'm not complaining. It's around 50F, but the winds are cool, which made it nice for doing yard work today.
It's so nice to get the gardens cleaned up, to see all the new growth coming through. Still not done, but it was a good start today.

I haven't been doing too many cards lately, when it's nice out Bill and I are out scouting to see what new migrants have flown in the area.  A  couple more weeks and we should be in full birding season.
Can't wait!

I've had this image printed off quite a while ago, but just never got around to colouring it up. So last night that's what I did. Image is from Power Poppy  - digital Cuppa Buttercups.

It was  very quick card.  I usually stress over the papers etc, but everything fell into place on this one fairly quickly.

Copics were used to colour, and I used the pointillism technique for around the flowers.  

I used MFT stitched rectangle to cut it out.  Papers are from MME- Stella Rose - Mabel papers.
This is old but I still have a few sheets left in this 6x6 pack.

I used some new sequins called 28 Lilac Lane - spring butterflies.  Just love the assortment of spring colours, yellows, blue, clear, orange, clear butterflies as well as all the little sequin holes, which you can see I added them here and there. So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Wishing you a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vintage Easter Egg #2

Good morning and Happy Easter to all!

Today, I'm back to share another Easter card I made using Power Poppy's Vintage Easter Egg.

Being that this is a digital image, I was able to shrink the image to make it the size I needed. After printing it off, I coloured using copic markers.  Sorry, I did not keep a list of colours as this was done a couple of weeks ago, and I was working on a couple of cards at the same time.

I used spellbinders circle, and circle blossom to cut our the image and layer underneath.  Dark purple flag end is a die from Simon Says, and the larger flag end is cut using a die from Justrite.

Paper is by Prima - butterfly collection.  I've had this paper pack for a while, just have a hard time using it because it is so pretty.  Love the wood grain paper and all the soft delicate details papers as well in this pack.

To finish off I added some white seam binding ribbon, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, and a Studio Calico wooden butterfly, in which I added a layer of glitter to it using the wink of stella pen.  It just gives it a bit of sparkle.

Well that's it for today.  Wishing you a wonderful Easter.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter chicks

Good morning.  Well it was a wonderful weekend, nice spring weather has arrived - finally, yesterday was around 70, just too bad I was stuck indoors at work to enjoy.  Looks like another gorgeous day today as well.  Which brings us to Easter, being this weekend, I have another Easter card to share I made for a co-workers little nephew.

The image is from LOTV (Lilly of the Valley). 

I coloured the image using copics, and the ground using prismacolour pencils. I then cut the image out using MFT stitched rectangle I sponged some clouds using SU soft sky.  I then cut a couple of clouds out from white c/s, using PTI cloud dies.

Designer paper is MME - On the sunny side.
Finished off with some glitter around the clouds, and on the egg for a bit of sparkle.

Wishing you a wonderful day!  Thanks for your visit.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Vintage Egg #1

Thank goodness it's Friday! We woke up to some winter weather this morning - SNOW! But it didn't last. It's been a very gloomy week with lots of rain this week, but the sun finally came out this afternoon.  This weekend is going to be fabulous with temps ranging from 50's to the 70's by Monday.  Hopefully we have seen the last of winter weather.

With Easter next weekend, I've been busy making a few Easter cards.  For my card today, I'm using Power Poppy's digital image Vintage Easter Egg. 

After resizing to what I wanted, I printed it off and coloured using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a square die to cut it out, then layered it onto a piece of coral card stock which was cut using spellbinders captivating square die.

Paper is from MME Howdy Doody.  I added some lace and blue silk ribbon, pearls and a prima flower to finish off.  I also added some nuvo jewel drops  orange marmalade for the centers of the yellow flowers, and wink of stella clear pen on the blue flower.

I will see you soon as  I have 2 more Easter cards to share over the next week.

Have a wonderful weekend.