Opeongo Marsh

Opeongo Marsh
Foggy morning in Algonquin Park

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Simple Joys

Hello everyone.  I mean to post this a few days ago, but time just flew by.  I just finished up one of my Christmas card/birthday card order for a friend, so thought this was a good time to take a break and  share a card with you.

For my card today, I'm using an image from the set called "simple joy" from Power Poppy.  I am in love with this set, love the images and they always have such perfect sentiments  with a variety of fonts!

I had visions on using purple on my card, so pulled out some papers from Bo Bunny - Altitude collection as my guide line.  I used prismacolour pencils to colour. Once finished I used a stitched die to cut out the image. I used distress ink pumice stone to sponge some colour along the bottom and side.

After it was all layered up, I used a stitched banner die to cut a piece of the designer paper and then die cut a small snowflake to lay on top.  I added a purple rhinestone.

I wanted some glitter or shine and decided to go with both.  I added crystal stickles to the tiny white dots and added glossy accents to the balls. Well my purple balls turned pink!!! Yikes! So not sure if this falls into the category of this months challenge - to use pink, but I'm going to enter into the challenge over at Power Poppy.

Stamps: Power Poppy = simple joys
ink - black memento, prismacolour pencils & gamsol, distress pumice stone ink
paper - cougar white 100lb, Bo Bunny - altitude collection, dark purple bazzill, SU sage green 
dies - MFT - stitched rectangle, Simon Says - stitched banner, Poppy stamps - Ava snowflakes
misc -  stickles, rhinestone, glossy accents

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lockhart Lilacs

Hi everyone! I know I should be sharing Christmas cards, but this is another one that I had tucked away and never wanted to part with.  Enough of the hoarding I say.

I made this several years ago, but don't think I ever shared it.  I used one of several Lockhart images that I have.  I love their images, nice a small, which you don't have to spend a lot of time colouring.

Image was coloured using copics.  Sorry, I do not remember the colours.  Paper is from Memory Box.

Well that's it for this time, a real short and sweet post.

I also want to wish all my American followers a very Happy Thanksgiving.

I promise my next post with be a Christmas card - a Power Poppy image :)

Thanks for you visit today.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

a card from the archives

A number of years ago when I first started card making I would keep one of everything I made- yes one of everything - pretty crazy eh?  The reason for this was because where I worked back then I would get lots of card orders, so the girls would look through my selection of cards that I made and would order from that.

Slowly over the years I eventually put them in my sale basket and sold them.  But I still have a few - some of my favourites that I didn't want to part with.  Well the time has come  - no more hoarding!  

I don't have much in details since it was a few years back.

If memory serves me correctly, the image is from Stampendous.  Paper is from Basic Grey.  My stamp store in town carried the little metal sentiment tags which I adheared to the bottom of the card.
I popped the image up with foam tape, and added ribbon and glitter. This is now in my sale basket at work.

Thanks for your visit today.


Monday, November 14, 2016

I love snowy days.....

As I was gearing up to work on Christmas cards I went through a container I have that has left over die cuts, images not completed or images stamped off.  I have  tons of images that I have stamped off in past years but just never had time to get them coloured up and made into a card.

I came across this image and I believe it is from There She Goes - which is no longer in business.  Since it was ready and waiting for me, all I had to do was colour and make a card.  Here are the results:

I used copics to colour, then cut it out using MFT stitched rounded corner rectangle.  Left the die in place and sponged some soft sky around the image.

Designer paper is scraps from Basic Grey.  Snowflakes are from Poppystamps die  called Ava snowflakes. I added some glossy accents to the snowman's buttons and the dogs nose, then dotted the background with my quickie glue pen and added hero arts prisma glitter for lots of sparkle.
A gold glitter enamel dot was added to the center of the bottom snowflake.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Algonquin Park #3

I was scrolling through my pictures early this morning, since I was up because I couldn't sleep.  I have this terrible head cold that started last sunday with a very sore throat that last 5 days and now it's into my chest.  I have been blessed because I have not had a cold in over 5 years! I thought I had posted everything Bill had given me but there were a few more I didn't post. Here are the last of them.
Sorry, there is quite a few, hope you don't mind.

I hope you enjoy our photos.  Another Christmas card due up for my next post. Stay tuned.
Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Chickadee in Barberry

I guess it's that time of year to start working on Christmas cards.  I have a few done, but have a long way to go.  I always say every year, I'm going to start in January, and even if I can make one or two each month I wouldn't feel the crunch come Nov, but I never seem to do it - one of these years!

Today's card features one of the recent digi images from Marcella over at Power Poppy.  This one is called "Chickadee in Barberry".  I absolutely love this image and of course this bird.  Whenever I see a chickadee, it takes me back to times in Algonquin Park, when they will each right out of your hand, it's an amazing experience!

After resizing, I printed this onto some white 100lb cougar c/s.  I then cut it out using MFT stitched rectangle die and then ran it through my MINC machine to get the gold foil on the sentiment.  I can see from this angle for some reason it didn't adhere to the tale on the 's'. I find that happens now and again, not sure why, because the complete sentiment was covered with foil.

I coloured the chickadee using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. I used scraps of christmas paper from my scrap bin, but I think the papers are all from Basic Grey.

Finished off with glitter on the snow, sequins and gold twine. I also added some white dots on the berries using a white gel pen.

I really appreciate you stopping by today, have a lovely day,


Sunday, November 6, 2016

Jungle vine

Good morning everyone!  Yesterday we were up at my son Mark's home to celebrate my grandson's 6th birthday.  How soon we forget how much noise 6 -  5 & 6 yr olds can make.  Good thing it was a beautiful day when they were able to play some games outside - ah-- peace and quiet inside! LOL. But all in all it was a wonderful day.

I procrastinated all week as to what kind of card to make for James. I really don't have much in stamps for young ones, but I did remember this die from Poppystamps that I purchased back in the summer.  It's called Jungle Vine Oval, and this is my card:

I started by cutting the green square with MFT stitched rectangle and then I cut the oval vine from that.  I also cut a piece of white card stock using the stitched rectangle die. One the white I sponged memento summer sky ink in the back ground and then I used MFT cloud die (I cut the die using copy paper - so it would be thin) and sponged clouds in the sky.  In real you can see the clouds, but they don't look very noticeable in the picture.  I then cut a couple of pieces from kraft c/s using MFT stitched snow drifts, then sponged some memento rich cocoa along the edges of the hills.

I sponged memento new sprout around the edges of the vine piece and added some olive grove as well, and sponged rich cocoa around the kraft card base edges.

Now for the monkeys - cut them from cream c/s and then  sponged them with memento inks - one using espresso truffle, desert sand, and rich cocoa.  These little monkeys even die cut their faces and tummy's, so cute!

After I hung the monkey's, it seemed pretty plain, not that a 6yr old would really know or care, but hey it's also the parents - right??.  so I thought how about one of the monkeys holding some balloons! I cut a couple of Simon Says -celebration time balloon dies from Bo Bunny's zoology collection. Did you notice that I was able to use one of the words on the paper - monkey - for the heart balloon! 
I attached the balloons using some twine and popped up the heart balloon from the bottom balloon.
I also popped up the frame using foam tape.

So there you have it! This was fun creating.

dies - Poppystamps - jungle vine oval, happy monkey, dancing monkey, MFT - stitched snow drifts, MFT clouds,MFT stitched rectangle (from die-names blueprints 13),Simon Says - celebration time (balloons)
ink- memento - summer sky, desert sand, rich cocoa, olive grove, new sprout
paper - PTI kraft, cougar white, SU certain celery
misc - twine, foam tape

I will have a Christmas card for my next post so stay tuned for that.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day,


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mark & Anna's wedding

Can you believe that it is Nov 1?  One would never think that with the weather we are having today.
Low 70's for Nov 1 - kind of unheard of but I'll take it.  It's short weather not long pants and coat weather.  But I'm sure it won't last.

Just a warning - this is a long post - lots of pictures to share.

So, today I thought I would share pictures from our son Mark's wedding.  First up is the wedding card I made.  A few months ago I purchased a new die set from Wild Rose Studio, and when I saw it on line I knew I wanted to use for their wedding card.  I computer generated their names and date, and then I used my MINC machine to gold emboss it. The rest is pretty much explanatory.

Mark would of loved to of had his Dad take all the pictures but he didn't think that was fair.  He wanted his Dad to enjoy the wedding rather than devote all his time to picture taking. But Bill was able to capture a few.  The wedding was on the grounds of Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, and the reception was inside.

The Venue:

Rehearsal night

Wedding Day:

I absolutely love this  picture of Mark 

Mark  & me:

Karen (my daughter) & Me:


 Mark & Dad (Bill) - petty good picture eh - I took this one :)

Mark & the boys (Ethan 10, James 5)

The newlyweds: Mark & Anna


Pictures during the reception:

And now for our all time favourite.  I just love how Bill did this one. Anna squealed when we showed them this one.

We are so blessed to have a wonderful Daughter-in-law along with Ethan  & James.  They call us Nana Pauline and Papa Bill - they are such sweet boys.

Thanks for your visit today, and hope you enjoyed the pictures.


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Edna needs a Martini

Hello everyone! I think we all could use a Martini don't you think? Although I'm not much of a drinking, the occasional glass of wine is always good.

For my card today I have a Stamping Bella image - called Edna needs a Martini.

I just love the Edna series of images and they always have cute sentiments to go along with them.

I stamped her onto some cougar white c/s and used copics to colour. Used an MFT stitched rectangle to cut her out and then layered her onto some MME Hazel papers - Stella Rose.
I stamped the sentiment onto some white c/s using black versafine, then used a circle die to cut out and used one of the copic picks to go around the edge just to add a bit of colour.

To finish off I used wink of stella clear pen for her wings and added some clear sequins.

stamp - Stamping Bella - Edna needs a martini
ink- copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, E09, E29, E97,R20, R30, R32, R43, R56, R89, BG0000, BG000, BG34, BG57, Y0000, C0, C01, C02, C03, V0000
dies - MFT- stitched rectangle, spellbinders circle
paper - cougar white 100 lb, MME Hazel Papers - Stella rose, dust rose bazzill
mics - sequins, wink of stella clear pen

Just to answer Leslie's question on my last post:

Leslie, to answer your question about the fox.  We just happened to be driving along one of the trails to have a picnic lunch and he was right there in front of the car.  He ran across the road and into the forest but came back around behind the car and down towards the small river and Bill jumped out and took pictures.  Shortly after that we saw another one around the picnic tables - looking for nibbles - and again Bill had his camera waiting just in case we saw another.  But, yes Bill has a lot of patience when it comes to his photography.  He will sit for hours waiting if he knows something is in the area.

Heading off to work shortly, it's a gloomy rainy day.  Would much rather be home working on cards!
Enjoy your day,


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Algonquin Park # 2

I'm back to share some more of photos of our trip to Algonquin Park.

Costello Lake:

Adult and juvenile Loons

Rusty Blackbirds

Red Fox at Tea Lake Dam 

Fall colours along Hwy 60


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I will have more to share.
Have a wonderful day,


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Black-eyed susan

Happy Wednesday - we are half way through the week, even though it feels like a Tuesday to me since I was off on Monday.

Thanks so much for those who commented on Bill's photography from our trip (previous post)- greatly appreciated.  I will have more to share in my next post.

A quick post this morning before heading off to work.  One of my very closest and best friends birthday was last week, so I surprised her with a little gift and this card:

I'm using Power Poppy's black-eyed susan digital image.  After re-sizing I printed it out onto some 100lb cougar white c/s and coloured with copics.

I used an older MFT die-namics die set to cut out the image.  I searched their website and can't seem to find this set, it must be discontinued.  Papers used are from MME - Fine and Dandy - true blue.

Now these are not my colours by any means and I found it hard to go this direction, but since I had my flowers already coloured in yellows/oranges I didn't have much choice, but I do like out it turned out.

Finished off with some art institute - autumn glitter in the centers of the flowers.

stamp - Power Poppy digital image - black-eyed susan
ink - copics - Y04, Y18, Y38, YR15, G40, G24, YG01, YG0000, E08, E09, E19, E99
dies - MFT die-namics- ?, EK success border punch - abstract flowers
paper - MME - Fine & Dandy - ture blue, PTI chocolate, cougar white
misc - ribbon, art institute autumn glitter, quickie glue pen, bow easy.

Well, that's it for me for today.  So glad you stopped by, have a wonderful day.  Another beautiful day here - high of 20 C (70F) today, but then it falls off over night, and the rest of the week is in the 50's.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Algonquin Park #1

Hello everyone.  A few weeks ago Bill and I spent 5 days up in Algonquin Park (this is the oldest and biggest provincial park in Canada measuring 7,653 square kilometres or 2,955 square miles). We knew before heading, that the park was showing stunning fall colours, but when we arrived it was nothing like we imagined.  Even locals say this was the best year for 'fall colours' in years. They have never seen colours so intense. We were not disappointed to say the least, from yellows to oranges to reds to burgundy's - it was breathtaking!  

We try to get up to the park at least once a year.  It's an amazing park, with 20 interpretive walking trails, some include waterfalls and lookouts. Being here is so serene! It's a great place to unwind from the hectic everyday life. I know a lot of people would much rather be on a sunny beach on some island far away, but for us we love to drive to our destination and soak up the scenery of our beautiful country we live in, along with what nature has in store for us.

The weather was cool in the mornings in the mid 40's to low 50's up to low 70's in the afternoon. First couple of days were cloudy, but sun broke out late afternoon, the rest of the week was sunny.

Bill took so many fabulous pictures capturing the fall colours.  I will share some in this post and then more in a future post.

Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them for a better view.


This was taken on day 2, just as the sun was breaking through the fog, shortly after 7am. So tranquil.

A view from across Tea Lake.

Colours of Autumn - along Opeongo Road

The Common Loon has been on Bill's list of 'lifers' to get for years, and finally he was able to capture them on Opeongo Lake.

And how about a bit of nature - mushrooms - gorgeous!
I hope you enjoyed what I shared today.  I will have more in another post shortly. Thanks for your visit today.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mr Fixit

Good morning.  Today is my son Mark's birthday.  I can't believe where the 32 years have gone. Since he bought his home  a year ago he has taken up a new hobby - wood working.  He has blow my mind on what he has created.  He has made a coffee table - gorgeous, small shelving units for the wall, and he also made their wedding card box for guests to deposit their cards at the reception.

So I was racking my brain as to what image I could use for his birthday card.  I came across an image over at Mo's Digital Pencil called Mr. Fixit. We had our family Thanksgiving on Saturday so we gave it to him then, and he loved it!  He is going to put it in a frame and place it in his workshop room.

After re-sizing the image I used prismacolour pencils to colour. I used MFT stitched rectangles  to cut out the image. 

Designer paper is Basic Grey -Granola.  For the corner I used Verve's Pennant trim - I cut off 2 of the pennants, overlapped them and added a screw brad to hold them together.  

Well that's it for me today.  Hope you have a wonderful day.