Eastern Bluebird - Male

Eastern Bluebird - Male
Eastern Bluebird

Monday, March 30, 2020

Bliss

Hello! I happy to say I have a card to share with you today.  I finally got a little bit of my mojo back this weekend.

The weather the weekend was much warmer than normal, especially Sunday with temperatures in the high teens, and lots of sun, but today is much different! Gloomy and cold. Seeing the sun made me want to colour up something spring and floral.  I pulled out a Penny Black image called Bliss.





Image was stamped in black versafine, the I used copics to colour.  Colours are: G40, G43, G82, YG97, RV63, RV66, RV69, YR15.

I then used the Postal Frame die from The Greetery to cut it out.  I left the die in place and then sponged distress oxide bundled sage, spun sugar and seedless preserves around the image using my life changing brushes.

For the sentiment I used a sentiment strip from Simon Says Stamps, ran it through my laminator using some purple foil.  I don't think you can see the purple foil on the writing but it is there. I then popped it up off the card using some foam tape

To finish I added some bling - pearl and some rhinestones from Little Things from Lucy's Cards - Crystal Collection. Also added some TH rock candy glitter to the purple buds. I then layered my card front onto some Bazzill - Cotton Candy c/s.

Thank you for stopping by.  Stay healthy, and stay creative!

Pauline


Friday, March 20, 2020

Lucky charm

Hello! I hope everyone is doing okay during these scary times.  I have been working from home starting this week, which I am most grateful for.  I know there will be some trying times ahead of us for sure.

I meant to post this yesterday, but lost track of what day it was I guess.  So here I am today.  I should of posted this one earlier in the week as it is a St. Patrick day card, which was only a few days ago, so I guess I'm good.

I used a Power Poppy digital clover image for the focal point of my card.




Once coloured using Polychromos pencils and gamsol, I sponged some light blue ink onto it for some background shading.  I pulled out SSS stitched circle to cut it out, then layered it onto a piece of gold foil c/s.  I then layered it onto my decorative background using Joy Craft die - Square Frame.

To finish off I added some small tiny gold beads to the centers of the clover, some glitter to the flower, and die cut four clovers using gold foil c/s and Memory Box Lucky Charm die and placed them in the corners of the square frame die cut.

Well that's it for me today, I'm off today as well, already went out to pick up a few grocery items early before the stores got busy to avoid being close to anyone as much as possible.  As I am in that age group, and have Asthma, I need to be cautious.

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend, stay safe my friends! Hugs,

Pauline


Monday, March 16, 2020

Spring wishes

Well hopefully Spring is just around the corner.  This weekend was a bit warmer, sunny which is always good to see.  I took a peek at this weeks forecast and looks like sunny skies with a trace of rain with temps between 45-50F (7-10C) and then falls to 32F (0C) on the weekend, but still no snow.

I had a chance to play around on Saturday, with some dies from The Greetery.  I finished another Easter Card, using the Botanicuts Lily and Bontanicuts Palm dies.


No stamping at all except for the sentiment, (PTI - Spring Hills)  all other pieces were die cuts.  For the Botanicuts Lily's, I cut it from 100lb white c/s, then applied distress oxide inks to colour them.  I used scattered straw, spun sugar, worn lipstick.  I then took a copic marker R21 and added some dots to the petals. for the leaves I sponged, twisted citron, peeled paint and a bit of mowed lawn.

For the palm leaves and sponged distress oxide inks - peeled paint, crushed olive, pine needles, faded jeans, and peacock feathers onto a piece of 100lb white c/s, then I spritzed with a bit of water and then I die cut the palms.

For the background I sponged some spun sugar and worn lipstick and a bit of scattered straw, then splattered some worn lipstick.  I used the Halfsies Diamond Die  to add some interest to the bottom part of the card.

Of course I needed to add some bling, so added a bit of sparkle using my Nuvo glimmer pen on the Lily's, then added some pearls and rhinestones.

I appreciate your visit.  Have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Thursday, March 12, 2020

A little sunshine

Hope your week is going well.  Today I'm sharing another watercoloured card I did a few weeks ago.

For this card I'm using MFT's Floral Focus set.  I started by embossing this onto some canson water colour 140lb paper with white embossing powder.



I used my Zig Clean colour makers to colour this. Once done I went to use my largest rectangle die to cut it out and realized that when I embossed the image I didn't place the stamp in the correct position. I kind of turned the image a bit on an angle, where I should I had it vertical, only because the water colour paper was cut down and I couldn't turn the die to make it work, so....... that's when I decided to cut a wood grain border using Hero Arts Wood Frame Infinity die, cut this out of kraft, then sponged some distress ink around the edges to darken it up.  I then laid the frame over my watercoloured piece, moving it around to get the best fit.  I was able to make it fit, except for one corner which really wasn't a corner, but it's hidden so no one sees it. and I went outside the box on the left side as well.  Geesh... sometimes you really have to improvise!

Long and short of it all, it turned out okay, I added some Nuvo glimmer pen to the flowers to add sparkle, added some sequins and rhinestones, and then also a sentiment.  The sentiment is from SSS, sentiment strips.

Thanks for your visit today, have a great day!

Paline

Monday, March 9, 2020

Easter cards

Hello everyone.  I'm back today to share a couple of Easter cards I made for a friend's card order.

I don't have much in the way of Easter images, but when I saw the release last month from The Greetery, a couple of those jumped into my cart!

Betsy (the Greetery) put together an Easter kit which contains a stamp set, dies and stencils. I have used her kits before when they were released from Papertrey Ink and loved them.  Lots of details in her designs.


Started with  the 1st stencil which is the opening area where the die cuts (EASTER) will appear.  I sponged distress tumbled glass.  Next stencil is the leaves, which I used a bit of distress twisted citron and shabby shutters.  Next stencil is the flowers I sponged distress mustard seed.   Once that was done I used the co-coordinating stamps.    The first is the leaf detail - used distress mowed lawn, and then the top layer of the tulips I used distress worn lipstick.  Using worn lipstick on top of the mustard seed, kind of turned it orange, but still really pretty.  I then laid the tulip the stencil back on top and added some Nuvo glimmer paste.  Love how glittery this is once it dried.  I then left the letter die intact and centered them over the blue, then die cut.  I also cut a set of white letters.  I adhered a layer of white cardstock behind my card front, then dropped the white letters into the openings.  With the letter dies there is also a small flag end die cut for the set of sentiments which is included in the set.  I used the word 'greetings' stamped in black versafine, added some foam tape behind for dimension.  To finish off I added some pastel coloured pearls from Little Things - Lucy Cards, Crystal collection - Harmony


My second card was done the same way, just changed up the colours.  I went with distress antique linen for the area behind the letters. Once it was done I wished I went with either a bit darker colour or something completely different.  Not sure the antique linen does much for it.

For the leaves I used the same colours but used peeled paint for the leaf detail.  The tulips I used, worn lipstick and candied apple, and shaded lilac and wilted violet.  I used the die 'happy' which is also from The Greetery, die cut it a couple of times.  The top layer I sponged some wilted violet and worn lipstick. To finish off I added some crystal gems from Little Things from Lucy's cards Crystal Collection - Over the Rainbow. I know you can't see it in this picture because I added some Nuvo shimmer to the 'happy' and the tulips after I took the picture.  It was an after thought, but still pretty both ways.



I hope you are still with me after that long post.  I guess I didn't need to go in full detail, but wanted to explain all the layers of the stenciling.

I appreciate you stopping by for a visit.  Have a happy day!

Pauline

Thursday, March 5, 2020

30 day colour challenge

I decided to play along in the 30 Day colour challenge by Kathy Racoosin.  Now I don't always have a chance to colour every day, but I think this might push me to be more creative more days than none, if you know what I mean.

I started on Sunday, and finished colouring this on Monday night. 

This is an image by Penny Black - flower embrace.



I started out by stamping the image onto so Strathmore mixed media paper vellum surface using antique linen distress ink.  I used my Kuretake paints and then highlighted with Polychromos pencils. 

Sentiment is also from Penny Black - Sprinkles and smiles set.

DP paper is by Craft Consortium - Watercolours.

To finish touches I added some mini prills to the center of the sunflower.  I was going to fill the entire center in, but thought it might be too much so just did the bottom portion of the center.  I also added some clear sequins and some twine.

Now, what am I going to colour next?

Thank you for stopping by, have a  fabulous weekend!

Pauline

Monday, March 2, 2020

Snowy flight

Can you believe it that we are in March already?  Where did those 2 months go?  All I can say is that we are that much closer to spring! Last week we had some really bad winter weather, but this week and next we are above 0C, and looks like no snow, just some rain and sunshine!

Every year I have good intentions of starting my Christmas cards early, it never happens.  But a couple of weeks ago, when I was on a roll with my card making, I pulled out a Penny Black image and decided to start my Christmas cards!  So this is my first for 2020, I'm excited!!

Penny Black - Snowy flight.


I started by stamping the image onto some Neenah Desert Storm c/s using Antique Linen distress ink. I then pulled out my Polychromos pencils and coloured away.

Once coloured I splattered some white gouache, and then stamped a sentiment from  SSS - The Magic of Christmas using versafine vintage sepia.

To finish off I dotted some liquid glue along the branches and then poured Twinklets Diamond Dust onto it, to give it the snowy look on the branches.

Have yourself of wonderful day!

Pauline


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Fresh picked for You

Have I ever mentioned how much I love 'The Greetery" stamps and dies?  Every release just keeps on getting better and better!  Betsy is amazing!

My card today is using - Just Mason around stamps & die set, Botanicuts Pine Bough die, Summer sketches stamp and die set.



When I bought the summer sketches set last spring, I sat one afternoon and created a variety of these branches using different colours.  I have used a couple of them, the rest I just tucked away for a later time.  Well I pulled them out again, along with some pine bough and the mason jar.

The one thing I love about The Greetery is that most of the stamps are multiple stamping, which gives it a more realistic look.  The mason jar has 3 steps in creating this.  I used distress oxide pumice stone for the first layer, by sponging the ink onto the stamp rather than ink pad to stamp.  This gives it a softer look.  2nd layer was stamped using pumice stone again, this time I went ink pad  to stamp and then used my dauber sponge to even out the ink, then the last layer I used hickory smoke.  I then stamped the twine using rusty hinge.

The pine boughs were cut using white cardstock, then I applied ink to them using distress oxide, bundled sage, pine needles and peeled paint.

Background was done by adding distress oxide ink (more mustard, rusty hinge)  to my craft mat, spritzed and then pounced the canson water coloured paper into it, heat setting it between adding more colour.  I then sponged the edges using rusty hinge.  I also splattered the background using a couple of the colours.

The floral branches were done months ago, so not sure on the colours I used.

To finish off I added some gold sequins, added Nuvo glimmer to the floral branches, and popped up the mason jar.

Thank you for the visit.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Pauline

Monday, February 24, 2020

Hope your day is amazing


Hello everyone.  Hope you had a good weekend.  It was spring like weather here, lots of sun, breezy - a bit cold on Saturday, but yesterday was beautiful.  It won't last long as we are in for colder temperatures mid week with snow.

Today, I have another watercoloured image to share with you.

This is Peony Spray from Altenew, with matching die.



I stamped it with Intense Black from Simon Says Stamps, then water coloured using Prima Paints - Decandent Pies (guava meringue, apple and keylime) and also from the Woodlands set - foxberry and deep moss). Once coloured, I then took similar colours of my Polychromos pencils and added shading.

For the background I took Prima paints guava merinque and apple and water down quite a bit to make a wash using the same colours that is in the flower.  I heat set to dry, then splattered with ink.

I stamped the sentiment using Black Versafine - sentiment is from Altenew - Fresh Freesia set.

My card base is a peachy shimmer card stock.

To finish off, I added some sequins, and Nuvo shimmer to the flower for a bit of sparkle.

I hope you have an amazing day!

Pauline


Thursday, February 20, 2020

In Sympathy

I'm slowly getting my mojo back.  After making Valentine cards, I've just been in a creative mood.  I've seen so many beautiful cards lately that are water coloured, so thought I would try it again.  I get very intimated when water colouring, never seem to be happy with the outcome.  Maybe I worry about it to much and just need to go with the outcome. So with that said I just jumped in and water coloured an image.

I'm using a stamp from Hero Arts - Florals  CM260, and here is my card.


Embossed image with white EP, onto Canson 104lb. I used Prima paints to water colour - Pastel Dreams, Woodlands and Decadent Pie sets.

I trimmed down the image using an MFT stitched rectangle die, then layered it onto a soft pink c/s.  I embossed the sentiment (which comes with the set) onto some heavy vellum (PTI) with white EP, wrapped the ends around the layer.

Added some enamel dots to finish this off.


Thanks for visiting today.

Pauline


Monday, February 17, 2020

Lots of love

Hello and Happy Monday.  I'm off work today as in Ontario we are celebrating Family Day. 

I have one more Valentine card to share, I hope you don't mind, as I know you're probably getting tired of seeing so many. 

I made this one for my co-worker.   When I showed her the cute little envelope stamp and die set from The Greetery, she asked if I could make her one for her husband.


All stamps and dies are from The Greetery. I used PTI ink - spring rain, and weathervane (second generation stamping) to create my background using various stamps.

Envelope was embossed with detail platinum embossing powder.  The liner of the envelope was stamped in weathervane, and the hearts were stamped in PTI - pure poppy. The little tag that has lots of love stamped on it, is just tucked inside the envelope as she wanted to write a message on the back, but the envelope itself is popped up on foam tape.

It was a quick card to create once I got going on it.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Wishing you a fabulous Monday!
I have a watercoloured card to share with you later this week. Stay tuned!

Pauline

Supplies:
Stamps and matching dies  - Pretty postmarks, Signed & Sealed, Signed & sealed with a kiss
dies -The Greetery - Postal Frame dies & Inside & out berry branch.
Ink - PTI - weathervane, pure poppy, spring rain, Versafine - black
Paper - SSS - Fog, PTI Smokey Shadow, Cougar White
Misc - enamel dots

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Love - to my sweetheart


Hello, I'm back today to share another Valentine card, but I guess you could also use this for an Anniversary card as well.

I don't normally make a lot of Valentine cards, but this year for some reason I've made a few.




The made the heart background with SSS heart stencil and paste onto some SSS fog c/s.  Once dried I added my flag banner and hearts cut from scrap papers.

The love word was cut from black c/s layered onto a piece of vellum. Sentiment was stamped onto a piece of dp using black versafine, and popped up.

I added some hearts, sequins, rhinestone and a wooden heart to finish this off.

Supplies:
Stamp - The Greetery - Sentiment Suite - Love

Dies - SSS - Love, Spellbinder - Hearts, SSS - Flag, Memory Box - Mini heart collection
Paper -  SSS - Fog, Cougar White, MME- Love me, Glitz - pretty in pink, black
Misc - SSS - Tumbling Heart Stencil, sequins, rhinestone, wooden heart, Wendy Vecchi embossing paste

Wishing you a wonderful Valentines Day tomorrow! Have a great weekend!

Pauline

Monday, February 10, 2020

Miss you


Today's card is super easy! I need to make more of these types in different colours with different sentiments.

I'm using Simon Says Stamps Stencil Peony.  The stencil measures 6x6, which comes in handy for a variety of card sizes. I taped my stencil down over my white c/s and applied distress oxide inks: bundled sage, mowed lawn, salty ocean, dusty concord using my life changing brushes. 



Once my peony's were completed I cut it down to fit onto my blue scallop layer.

The sentiment die is also from SSS.  I love that it comes with the sentiment and the shadow die, which in my case I cut the shadow from vellum and the words from the blue c/s.  ( I only had a couple of pieces left and don't have the wrapper, but I think it is SU Baja Breeze, not 100% sure though).

For finishing touches I added some clear sequins and a Nuvo water droplet gem.

Have a wonderful day! See you soon,

Pauline

Friday, February 7, 2020

Winter birding

Hello everyone.  Hope your having a good Friday! It's snowing here today, feels like -12 with the wind chill, brrrrrr, just cold!

I have a few cards but haven't taken pictures yet, so thought this was a good time to share some of my bird photography.

Last Saturday, Bill and I were up and on the road at 3:30 am to drive 5 hrs to see a certain bird.  This bird normally lives in British Columbia, so he is way off track.  He has been up in Haliburton since mid Dec and is still surviving our winters, eating lots so that's good.

As we were within 1/2 hour of our destination, we are driving along, I noticed lots of marshy areas, and then I noticed something on a dead tree trunk.  Bill had already driven past by the time I said 'stop'.  He started to back up, but there were a couple of cars coming behind us, so we drove up to turn around.  Came back and noticed it was a GGO (Great Gray Owl)! Wow, so excited!!!!!

Here is my picture: (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them)
Isn't he beautiful??



After spending about 15 minutes with him, he flew into the open marsh area further in, too far for pictures. 

Which leads us to our destination.  When we first got there, there was one gentleman waiting for this bird to show himself, we just chatted a bit and about 5 min later in flew lots of Blue Jays and then the Varied Thrush.
He seemed a bit timid, but eventually he came down far enough into the center of the pine tree, in an open area for us to take some pictures.  This is a lifer for me.  Another one crossed off my list! Gorgeous colours!



That's it for today.  I do have some more pictures of back yard birds over the last month, I will share these with you at a later time.
Enjoy your weekend.  I appreciate your visit.

Pauline

Monday, February 3, 2020

Sending sweet thoughts

Hello everyone, I hope you had a good weekend. 

Today I have another Valentine card to share.  Although, I guess you could use this for a 'thinking of you' or a birthday as well. 




I started with a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour paper.  I smooshed distress inks onto my craft mat, spritz with water and then laid my paper onto it, picked it up and heat set.  I continued to do this until I was happy with the outcome.

I then cut two of the heart frames and glued them together.  I kept some of the hearts to add back into the negative areas once the card was completed.

For the center heart, I cut the solid heart from aqua mist c/s, and then the leafy floral overlay from some valentine designer paper from Cosmo Cricket. The sentiment I used is actually a little verse from Ink to Paper.  I masked off the a portion of it, as I only wanted to use "sending you sweet thoughts', and stamped using black versafine.

Once everything was together, I placed a small amount of glue into the negative spots on the heart frame and added the hearts here and there.  I also added some sequins and a heart rhinestone.

I love how this turned out.  I might just have to make another one using different distress inks.

I appreciate your visit, have a fabulous day!

Supplies:
Stamps - Ink to Paper - Inside Greetings: Valentine
Die:  Papertrey Ink - Bold Borders - Love die, Memory Box - Cupid Heart, Serafina Heart
Paper - Tim Holtz distress watercolour, white, PTI - aqua mist, Cosmo Cricket DP
Ink - black versafine,  Distress Oxide - peacock feathers, salty ocean, cracked pistashio, twisted citron, picked raspberry, spice marmalade
Misc - sequins, heart gem, foam tape

Pauline