Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stenciled background

Hi everyone, well we are have way through another week!

Just a quick post today before I head off to work.  This card is showcasing another way to use your stencils.

I started out with my base card measuring 5.5 x 4.25.  I laid a strip of washi tape just inside the folded edge about 1/4".  My top layer measures 5.5 x 3.75.  Using this piece I laid my stencil on top then using antique linen distress ink and sponge I lightly added ink. 

The feathers are from MFT - after die cutting them out I went around the edges with some versamark ink then added some gold embossing powder and heat embossed. Overlapped them a bit  onto the card then added a small bow tied with some twine.  Sentiment is from PTI, stamped using memento rich cocoa.

There you go, a quick card!  Thanks for the visit, see you real soon,


Friday, February 21, 2014

Something different

Happy Friday! and it's another 3 day weekend for me - so happy :).

Well the weather surely has been very strange this winter.  With lots of snow and deep freezing temps, now we are into a bit of a thaw with over an inch of rain yesterday (on top of all that snow), makes for lots of laying water, and very icy conditions.  We also had  thunder and lightning (in the middle of winter) so strange.  Very high winds today, so lets hope it helps dry some of the laying water up.

Okay, enough about the weather, lets get on with my card.  If you surf the blogs like I do, you would of seen a lot of different techniques using stencils.  Well I thought it was time I branched out and tried something new.

I started out by applying Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste - white - and using a stencil from Crafters workshop. After letting it dry for a bit I continued on with my card.  I made a flag tag out of heavy vellum, and stamped the sentiment using black archival ink.  Next, I used one of the doily dies from this set from PTI .  After it was cut out I stamped it with MFT's typewriter background stamp using memento desert sand.  Butterfly is by Memory Box as well as the leafy sprigs. 

I finished off with some coloured sequins and some tiny white pearls.  Now you are probably wondering how I got the bit of blue on the embossed paste.  Well, it was a fluke.  When I grabbed the stencil and laid it down to apply the paste I didn't realize that it was not completely cleaned and of course the bit of ink that was on it from my last use, rubbed off onto the wet paste.  All in all, it served well for this project.  Love it when it just happens!

Thanks for stopping in, have a great weekend.


Monday, February 17, 2014

I love my puppy

Hi everyone, happy Monday!  Well it is for me anyways, I have the day off. 

After colouring my last digi image (see previous post), I was on the search for more digi's.  I have a request from a friend for a 4yr old birthday  card for her grand-daughter.  I don't have very many 'little girl' images, so I went searching for some digi's.  I found the image on Etsy- the company is called All Dressed Up.  I love her images, so whimsical.  The image I chose is called I Love my Puppy.  I thought this would be perfect for a little girl.  What do you think?

I used copics to colour the image.  I'm sorry I didn't keep a list of the colours, there was just too many on my desk, as I kept grabbing colours to work with.  The grass was done with prismacolour pencils.
I then cut out the image using MFT - Die-namics rounded banner stax (largest die). For the layer behind the image, I traced the die on a  piece of rose bazzill c/s then cut it out.  

Designer paper is from Prima called Fairy Flora.  I didn't want to overkill the card with lots of embellishments, because I wanted the main focus to be the image, but it needed something.  I decided to off-center the image to the right, then cut a couple of flag tags using cut off scraps from the same paper.  Added a small bow made of PTI silk ribbon and then adhered a pale pink chiffon rosette (think I purchased these at Michael's a long time ago).

Of course a 'little girl' cards needs glitter right?  Added glitter to her dress and some of the flowers using a quickie glue pen and deco glamour dust crystal glitter.

I'm so smitten with this card, it is so 'girly'.  I love how it turned out.  I will make this card again someday.  

Okay off to colour some more.  My next card to share is a card made with stencils.  Stay tuned....

Have a great day,


Friday, February 14, 2014

Digital Tulips - thinking of you

Hi everyone.  So glad it's the weekend, and for most of us Canadians we have Monday off (Family Day), which makes this a 3 day weekend - woo hoo!!

I thought I would start the weekend with sharing a digital image I coloured.  After seeing the digital card that Leslie Miller coloured (view it here) I wanted to give the digital a try.  The website that provided this beautiful image is called Digital Two for Tuesday and you can find the image here.  They have a wide variety of digi images to choose from.  I have gathered a couple  more to colour some day.

So here is my card using the tulip image:

Not much explaining on this so I will just list the supplies:

Copic colours:
leaves - G40, 43, 46, 94, 99
Pink flowers -YR000, 01, R22
Tulips - Y11, 13, 15, 26, YG01, 03, 21
Shading - BG0000, BG000

Spellbinder M-bossibilities - dots
Spellbinder die - captivating squares

Pearls & dimensionals

Sentiment - MFT - Peaceful Wildflowers

I hope you like this as much as I do.  Can't wait to colour another. Have a wonderful weekend,
See you soon,


Monday, February 10, 2014

SSSC #206

Hi.  I thought I would take advantage of doing this weeks challenge over at Karen Giron's blog -
Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #206.  I very rarely ever have time to do the challenges that are out there, but since I have the day off, and was able to finish off some chores that needed to get done this morning, which leaves the afternoon just for me!

Here is the sketch :


For my image I'm using one of the stamps from the Flourishes set called Sunflowers.  This is the smaller version in the set.

Image was stamped using black memento, then coloured using copics.  Y21, Y23, Y28, YR23, G43, G99, YG93, E33, E59.
After cutting the sunflower out using a Spellbinder Circle, I sponged some distress antique linen around the image leaving the die in place.  Layered this onto a piece of dark amber/rust coloured c/s which was cut with a Spellbinder scallop circle.

Designer paper is from Prima - Sun Kiss.  I thought the card looked kind of plain at the bottom so I added a sentiment.  I used Just Because from PTI - Asian Fusion.  For the top part of the sketch I used a chipboard button.  I finished off with some glitter in the center of the  sunflower using my Wink of Stella pen, then applied a coat of Glossy Accents. I love how the glitter shimmers through the glossy accents.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Next up I will share a digital image I coloured.  Stay tuned.
Have a great day!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mini blooms

Hi everyone.  It was a beautiful day today, the sun was shining, not much wind and temps reached a high of -9C.  I even managed to squeeze in my daily walk (that I haven't been doing daily because of the frigid temps and snow/ice covered roads) this afternoon.  The sun is starting to melt some of the ice/snow on the roadway, so made it manageable for walking. 

I haven't had a chance to work on cards this week, but I do have a couple to show you I did last week.
I used a set from PTI called Mini Blooms.  This is a fun set and it also has a matching die set.

This is my first card:

I started by stamping the corner image in Pumice Stone distress ink in the corner, then hand trimmed around the floral image.  I then proceeded to cut out the flowers using the die and then used PTI inks- Berry Sorbet  & Melon Berry to stamp the flowers on the pre-cut flowers.  Background paper is from MME - (sorry can't remember what paper pack it came from).  The sentiment comes with the stamp set and this was stamped in black versafine.

I cut two fish tale flags using the die from MFT.  I also cut the leafy branch out of vellum using Memory Box Leafy Sprig.  Layered these together then added a flower popped up on the fish tale flag to finish it off.  Used my Wink of Stella pen (clear) to add some glitter to the flowers.

And for my second card:

Inks used are PIT - Hawaiian Shores & Hibiscus Burst.  DP is something I had laying around.  I ended up making 2 of each, one set for me and the other for my sale basket.

These were fun to do.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lenten rose

Hi everyone.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Today, I am sharing a card I coloured using one of my favourite sets from Flourishes.  I absolutely love their stamps, they stamp so clean and crisp, as well as they have the most beautiful flowers, and I love anything flower/nature related.

I ended up colouring two of these, I kept one and the other I sent out to Dresden in my 'for sale basket' at my hairdressers.

The image I'm using is from the set Lenten Rose.

I stamped the image on some white cards stock using black memento ink.  I then coloured the image using copics.  R30, R32, R83, G40, G43, G46, G93, BG000, G000, G02, YR31., C00, C02. I used a Spellbinder die called Decorative Labels Twenty-Two.  This die has such beautiful detail around the edges.

Designer paper is from Memory Box.  I also used a piece of SU soft sky for the layer behind the dp. To create the  scallop edge on the lower part of the designer paper I cut it using one of the dies from the Scalloped Borders Two set.

I added some glitter to the centers of the flowers used my new Wink of Stella Brush.  Love this pen. It is liquid glitter and it paints on.  I tried to take a close up picture of the glitter but I couldn't get a good enough picture to show you.  I then raised the image using pop dots. To finish it off I coloured  some white seam binding ribbon using my copic marker, to match my roses. I used R32.  Made a two layer bow and then adhered a soft aqua button. 

I'm off to colour some more.  See you again real soon. 
Have yourself a wonderful day!