Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Spring Pictures

Good morning all.  I'm back today to share some of Bill's pictures he took when we were up in Algonquin Provinical Park Easter weekend.  Even though Easter was later this year, and due to the harsh long winter there was still snow up there, but it was so worth the trip. Here are some of our favourites.

For a closer look, just click on the photo.

 Grass reflections in Costello creek ~

As were we sitting beside  Costello creek early one  morning watching the Common Mergansers, a blue heron flew in and landed on this log - so cool!

Evening Grosbecks, which are rare to see where we live, so it was nice to be able to capture their pictures up in Algonquin.

 Common Grackle - beautiful colour tones in the morning sunlight

 And then of course, the highlight of our trip -- to see some Moose!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  Bill is working on pictures from our trip up north, so will share those with you soon. Have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Powerpoppy challenge

Hi everyone.  You are probably wondering where I have been (or maybe not!).  Well I was on vacation since May 16th, just returned back to work today.  Bill and I took a trip up to Sault Ste. Marie Ontario.  We did (well Bill did) lots of picture taking along the shores of Lake Superior.
We spent a lot of our time doing the hiking trails in Lake Superior Provincial Park.  It is so beautiful up there.  As you can image because of the harsh winter they still  have ice/snow along the lake edges, some of them are huge like small glaciers! There is also snow along some of the trails that are in the hills and in the interior of the forest areas. Upon returning home on thursday night, I noticed that my gardens needed some attending to.  Because of the warmer weather and rain we had while gone, everything is up and in bloom (and so were the weeds!). So needless to say I spent a few days tending to the gardens.

So tonight I decided that I needed to get some cards made.  I decided play along with the challenge going over on 
Powerpoppy's blog.

I used the gladioli digi image.

After printing off the image I coloured using copics.
I then cut out the image using Spellbinders Opulent Ovals - I actually cut out the image before cutting - I've learned from past experience that something can go wrong and you ruin your coloured image!

I layered my image on a piece of light lime green that was cut using the larger die from the same set. I used dimensionals behind the image to lift it a bit.

Here is a picture of the glitter, since it's hard to see in the above picture.

Stamp - Powerpoppy digi - gladioli
Paper - Memory box, lime green bazzill, white, SU Cameo Coral
Ink - copics - YG01, YG03, YG25, R30, R32, R35, Y38 (stamens), YG0000 (shading around the flowers)
Misc - silk ribbon, pearls, glitter, MME enamel dots

Thanks for your visit today.  Have a wonderful week!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Poppies of a different colour

Hope everyone is having a good week.  I'm back today to share a card with you that I will be teaching in June at our local stamping store The Paper Pickle.

I've made a card using this stamp before, but this time I coloured the Poppies Yellow! I googled poppies and I was surprised to see the different variation of colours for them.  Light pink, coral, yellow/orange, deep red, orange, so I decided to go with the yellow/orange tone.  It's a colour I don't use much when I make cards, so needed to step outside my comfort zone.

I used copics to colour and shading was done with prismacolour pencils.  I love the outcome of these poppies.  I'll list all supplies below.  I finished off with glitter and made some small dots using white liquid pearls.

Stamp - Penny Black - blooming garden
Ink - black momento, copics - Y00, Y21, Y35, Y38, G40, G99, YG63, Prismacolour penci - pumpkin orange, Distress ink - tumbled glass, scattered straw
Paper - Bazzill - blue, Webster Page - morning glory, white, yellow
Dies - spellbinder oval, floral oval, Grand labels twenty-three
Misc - white liquid pearl, glitter, glue pen, silk ribbon

Thanks for stopping in today, have a great day!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Memory box flowers

Hi everyone.  So sorry for not posting sooner.  I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post! Yikes! where does the time go?

I have actually 2 cards to share with you today.  Simple fast cards.  I needed a couple more cards to finishe off my friends card order, and saw that I had already had some backgrounds done when I was playing around with some stencils and just never got around to making them into cards.  I also had some new memory box dies waiting to be used.  This is what I came up with:

Memory box texture honey comb stencil, MB bountiful sunflower, sentiment from PTI,  PTI ink for the sunflower - spring moss, simply chartreuse, orange zest, classic kraft, harvest gold.  I'm not sure of the background stencil colours since this one was done over a month or more ago.  Card stock - SU marigold morning.

Memory box texture honey comb stencil , MB delightful peony outline, sentiment from PTI, distress inks - broken china & shabby shutters for the stenciling, PTI inks for the flower - spring moss, simply chartreuse, hibiscus burst. Card stock PTI Aqua mist

Finished off both cards with some ribbon, pearls and sequins. I added some glitter to the flower portion of the card using my wink of stella pen. My friend absolutely loved these!

Well I have no more cards in my stash to share so I best be getting creative.  It's kind of hard to be indoors when there is so much yard work that needs tending to, but I'll try to get something made to post next week.  Have a wonderful weekend.