Scarlet Tanager - Female

Scarlet Tanager - Female
Scarlet Tanager - Female

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Do I need a crown?

I'm back today to share a fun card with you.  I have been collecting some of the Art Impressions stamps, so finally got around to colouring one up a few weeks back.  This image is called Crown Set.

After stamping the image using black memento ink, I proceeded to colour her using prismacolour pencils and gamsol.  Skin tones were done using  copics E000, E00, E01, R20.

After colouring, I cut the image out using an MFT die Rounded Banner Stax.  Leaving the die in place I sponged some light aqua ink around the image.

Designer paper is from Authentique - flourish 6x6 pad. I used the MFT Die-namics blueprints #12 to cut this out.  Love how the stitching around the edge is built right into the die. The sentiment which comes with the stamp set is stamped using black versafine, then I cut it out using an MFT flag stax die.  To get the stitched edge I placed the square stitched die where I wanted the edge of my sentiment tag to be then run that through my big shot to cut the end off which left the stitched edge.  I added some pop dots behind the sentiment and lined it up along the stitched edge of the dp to make it look like it was stitched on.

Finished off with some white flock on her jacket trim, then dotted my quickie glue pen here and there on the fur and added a bit of glitter to give a bit of sparkle.  To fill in some of the open space around her, I added some sequins from Verve.

Stamp: Art Impressions: Crown Set #4370
Ink: black memento, black versafine, prismacolour pencils, copics
Paper: Authentique - flourish, pink, white & light grey
Dies: MFT - flag stax, blueprints #12, rounded banner stax
Misc: white flock, sequins (Verve), glitter

Well that's it for today, I hope you enjoyed my card.  See you again real soon, have a wonderful day!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

A little bit vintage

Hi everyone.  Hope all is well.  I'm back today to share a little bit different kind of a card using some chipboard, distressing, die cuts, flowers,  and some washi tape.

I have had these butterfly chip boards for quite some time, I bought that at a rubber stamp convention about 5 years ago.  Yes, I'm a hoarder, and really I didn't know what I was going to do with them!

I knew this card needed to be a bit larger than what I normally make to fit everything I had in mind.
I started with the leafy die cut from Memory Box, cut this from some scrap basic grey paper I had laying on my table. From this I designed my card.  The designer paper layer is 4 1/8 x 6 1/8.  I distressed the edges using some distress brushed corduroy ink.  I then used 2 different washi tapes to put along the bottom of this panel.  I very rarely use washi tape, although I have been collecting them  just because they are so pretty - lol.  I love how this looks, it looks as though it is made on the designer paper already.  I then layered this onto a piece of cherry cobbler, then onto a piece of darker tan (not sure what this is called, I found a couple of pieces in my stash, but not in a package) and then this was all layered onto my card base of soft suede textured - 7 x 5.

For the chipboard I sponged some brushed corduroy around the edges then layered this over the leafy diecut.  From there I added some Prima flowers, and amber rhinestones. The seam binding ribbon was some I had from a while ago, but seem to match perfectly - color wise - after making the bow I added a basic grey brad to the center to hold it together.  To finish off I added some more amber rhinestones to the front of the card as well as a studio calico wooden bird.

I hope you like my card today.  I ended up making 2 more of these - one for my friends 60th birthday and the other for my sale basket.  This one I will keep for a while - sometimes I find it hard to part with certain cards and this is one of them.

Enjoy your day! till next time,


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Countryside Bouquet

Well it's a gloomy rainy day here in SW Ontario - a good day to work on cards don't you think? Why is it that it is always nice during the week when we are at work and then on the weekends it rains? just not fair is it? So before I start working on any new cards, I thought I would share another Powerpoppy image with you today.  I am in love with Marcella's images, she is one talented gal! I have a very soft spot for anything nature related, so I scoop them up as soon as they are released.

Today's card showcases a beautiful flower arrangement called Countryside Bouquet.  Again this is a digi image - which I love - instant gratification - I mean who can really wait for a stamp to be mailed to them?? Not I!
I am also entering this card into the Powerpoppy Peep of the week.

Okay so enough jibber, jabbering, this is what I came up with:

After resizing and printing the image I cut it out using spellbinders circles.  I then coloured the image using copics, put the die back in place then sponged some ink around the image - I don't remember the colour I used to sponge. Layered this onto a piece of charcoal grey scallop circle. I wanted something behind the image so I just happened to have a die cut laying on my table from a previous card- that I never used- layered this behind and loved the look, so went with it.  I also sponged some soft yellow on the edges of this die cut.  I then cut my dp and then layered it onto a piece of charcoal grey.  My card base is a nice deep golden yellow c/s with some paper from the same 6x6 pack Authentique.

I finished off with some satin PTI ribbon, button, pearls, and some glitter on the flower centes.

Stamp: Powerpoppy - digi countryside bouquet
Ink: copics - Y00, Y11, YR21, YR24, YR27, BV0000, BV01, BV02, BV04, C01, C02, YG01, G29, G46
dies: Spellbinders - circles, circle scallop,  magestic labels 25
paper: Authentique - blissful, charcoal grey, golden bazzill yellow, white
Misc; pearls, PTI satin ribbon, button, glitter

Thanks for the visit, till next time.  Whatever you are doing have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A hardy summer flower

Hi, hope your week is going well.  I'm back today to share with you another Powerpoppy card.
The image I'm using is from this months digital release - Geraniums. I love geraniums - they are such an easy flower to grow, can take the heat of the summer and still survive. And not only that they seem to bloom all summer long and into the fall.  Such a hardy flower.  I'm also entering this into this weeks Peep of the Week challenge.

After printing the image I pulled out my prismacolour pencils and gamsol to colour.  I then cut it out using spellbinders hexagon die, left the die in place and sponged some memento sprout around the image.  The sponge seemed to pull some of the dark pink pencil that's why you see the pink hues, which I kind of like.  I had a doily already cut out just lying on my table so reached for that and liked the look of that layered behind the image.  I then cut a larger circle from heavy vellum to lay behind the flowers.  DP is MME - dilly dally & dolled up. I cut a small doily from MFT out of some dark pink, cut the doily in half then adhered it to the pink check fish tale strip.

Finished with some stitching, ribbon,glitter, pearls and sequins.

Image: Powerpoppy - digital geraniums
ink: prismacolour pencils, gamsol, memento- sprout
dies: spellbinders hexagon, MFT small doily, Cheery Lynn - italian flourish doily
paper: MME - dilly dally, dolled up, grey, dark pink, PTI-vellum
misc: sequins, ribbon, pearls, glitter 

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time....


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Along the shores of Lake Superior

Sorry no card to share today, I thought I best share these photos of our trip up to Sault Ste Marie in May.  You can click the picture to make them bigger for viewing.

These  were taken at sunset the first day we arrived. It was absolutely beautiful to say the least! You can see they still had snow on the lake and shorelines.  Very late for the end of May, but that goes to show you the harsh long winter we had this year.

These next ones were taken on one of hiking days through Lake Superior Provincial Park at Sinclair Cove.  It was a very calm day, no wind, sun was coming up, but very muted behind the soft white clouds. It was a so tranquil.

After a morning of rain on day 3, we stopped at Kitty's Cove in the park and took these shots

During the day of off and on rain, there was lots of fog over the lake.  We ventured up to a hilltop lookout and Bill captured this, a panoramic view from above

This photo was taken at Sinclair Cove - Bill did a  panoramic view.  This one is now framed in our living room.  Picture measures 33 x 13 not including mat and frame.  Its gorgeous!

Thanks for letting me share our photos. 

See you real soon with a card to share.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Faith & Hope

Today's card is one I have not done before, but have been asked if I have any of these types of cards. There is always a need for a nice 'pick me up' when someone is going through Cancer.  Most times it's a difficult situation where one never really knows what to say and sometimes a card can help do just that. I'm sure  we all know someone who has had it or as beaten it, and the struggles they go through.   A card is a nice way to reach out to them to show that you are thinking of them, and that you are there for them.

The set I'm using today is from PTI - Faith & Hope.  It's pretty straight forward, so won't go through all the steps to bore you.

Stamps - PTI - Faith & Hope
Ink - PTI - dark chocolate, aqua mist, sweet blush
Paper - cream, scrap dp
Dies - spellbinders - Scallop borders one, decorative labels twenty-two, PTI - ribbon
Misc - pearls, ribbon, flower, pop dots

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a wonderful day, I'll see you again really soon, I've been busy working on cards, lots to share.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Powerpoppy roses

I was so excited when I saw the Powerpoppy's July release was digital.  I love the option to be able to have the images now, rather than having to wait for them to be shipped.  Not only that, you can adjust them to the size you want.  I purchased all 3 images this month, and I didn't waste any time colouring them.  My first card is made from the digital image called Arranging Roses. I will be entering this for the
Peep of the Week challenge.

After printing the image I went ahead and cut it out using a spellbinder die - I learned the hard way too many times where I have coloured the image then cut it out and the die moved or  didn't cut right which ruined the image and after all the time spent colouring, it just isn't worth it, so I always cut it first then colour. I  coloured the image using copics and  the shading was done using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. Sorry I never kept the list of colours, there was just too many.

After colouring I put the die back over the image and sponged some antique linen around die.  I then cut a light green layer from the same die and layered it in behind.  Designer paper is by Glitz design - beautiful dreamer floral.  I layered this onto a piece of SU Pink Piroquette, then onto the card base of this beautiful shade of green.

I finished of with some soft green silk ribbon, rosette and some pearls.  I also used my wink of stella pen to add a bit of sparkle to the roses.

Image - Powerpoppy digital - arranged roses
ink - antique linen distress, copics, pencils and gamsol
paper - Glitz designs, SU pink piroquette, light green, white
dies- spellbinder - adorning squares
misc - silk ribbon, rosette, pearls, wink of stella pen

 Thanks for stopping by, see you again real soon.