Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Angels watching over you

Good morning.  I have another Christmas card to share today.  Again, I bought this set last year but never had the chance to use it.  I know I could of made this card in colour but I choose to do it all white.  There is just something about all white cards I love - maybe it's the crispness and cleanliness of white - I find it very  appealing.

I used the set from PTI called Love Lives Here: Holiday.  

I love when stamp sets have the matching dies!  I started by cutting out the angel and then stamped the angel onto the die cut using versamark and white embossing powder.  Once assembled I pop dotted the angel onto a piece of white c/s cut using Justrite vintage labels five dies.

The background was created with an embossing folder from Crafts-Too - I don't know the exact name of the folder but love all the flourish swirls it provides.  For the star I punch  it out of a piece of WOW light gold glitter paper.  Finished off with some white silk ribbon and pearls.

Another great card to mass produce!

Well, all our snow has disappeared, this weekend we have had rain and temperatures around the 50 degree mark - what a change from 20 -25 last week, but then the cooler air settles in again on Tuesday so back in the low 20's again.

That's it for me today, back again real soon, I have more cards to share.
Thanks for the visit, keep warm and stay safe!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday thoughts

I back today with a 'cutsie" card to share before heading off to work.  I'm using some images from Purple Onion - Stacey Yakula images from last year.  I bought them last Dec, and never had a chance to play with them.

I coloured the branch using memento bamboo leaves then stamped onto my card stock.  I then used my stamp positioner to place the little bird and the same with the hanging ornament.  I then coloured the images using copics for the ornament and pencils for the bird (don't ask why I used two different mediums because I really don't know why).   Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

To finish off I added some glitter  and some clear sequins.

I made 6 of these, this was a quick card to mass produce.

Thanks for stopping in, have a wonderful day - keep warm and safe if you are experiencing the winter weather that has landed.. brrrrr......... but I can't complain we received about 2-3 inches where buffalo received upwards of 6 ft - and that's only about 4 hours away!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Retirement card

I can't believe how fast these past few weeks have flown by. I meant to post last week but was just too busy trying to get card orders done, working, etc.. well you know how it goes.

My card today is a Retirement card I made for one of my co-workers.  When she announced her retirement her boss came and asked me if I would consider making a card for the department to sign, so of course I agreed to.  I wanted something with flowers and of course it had to have a butterfly somewhere on it - this is what I came up with.

I wanted to use this designer paper (not sure of the name of it) so basically just matched of some card stock for the base card and then went from there with adding the flowers (most of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts in the UK)
The die set I used is Spellbinders - Radiant Rectangles - love this set, the cut work is gorgeous!

Once it was all together I finished it with some teal ribbon (2 colours) for the bow, pearls and a wooded butterfly from Studio Calico.  I used my wink of stella clear brush to add some subtle glitter to the flowers.  I love  how this turned out - it took a while, like 4 hours, I just wanted to make sure it was perfect - especially since the whole dept. was signing it. Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself!

So there you have it - my Retirement card. (and by the way, everyone loved it :)). Finished card size 5 x 7.

Enjoy your day!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

and the stockings were hung

Hope everyone is having a good week.  I'm back as promised with a Power Poppy image to share with you. 

I think this is one of my favourite cards I've done this fall as far as Christmas cards go.

I'm using the stocking from Marcella's latest release. I am entering this into the challenge over on Power Poppy for Peep of the Week.

I started by stamping the image onto some 110 lb cougar cream cardstock using black memento ink. Image was coloured using copics (colours listed below).  I then cut out the image using a circle die, applied gold krylon pen around the edge, then layered this onto a piece of light green c/s cut using a scallop circle. Designer paper is from MME- Lost & Found Christmas.  The burgundy piece is layered onto a piece of cream card stock which I applied a gold krylon pen along the edges  to make it look like gold c/s underneath - a much cheaper way than using gold c/s.  I used one of the sentiments from the set, stamped it in versafine olympia green onto a piece of cream c/s  then created the flag tag.

Finished off with some gold ribbon, wink of stella clear pen,  and in the center of poinsettia I added some champagne crushed glass glitter.  Another card for my sale basket!

stamps - Power Poppy
paper - MME - Lost & Found Christmas, cream, dark green, light green
ink- black memento, olympia green versafine, copics (G20, G43, G94, R29, R89, R81, r83, R85, E50, E51, E53, W01, 0)
dies - spellbinder circle & scallop circle
misc - gold krylon pen, wink of stella clear crystal pen, stampendous champagne crushed glass glitter, gold ribbon

Thanks for stopping in, enjoy your week.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Winter cardinals

I hope everyone had a 'Happy Halloween' yesterday.  Weather was absolutely terrible here for the trick or treaters - rain, rain, windy, cold - I'm so glad my kids are grown up and I was able to stay inside where it was warm and hand out treats.  In past years we have seen 40 - 50 kids, last night we only had 15, so needless to say lots of goodies left, not so good for the WW diet - so I will be taking the rest to work on Monday, I don't need that temptation at home.  I'm 9lbs from my goal weight to become a life time member, but I must say these last 10 lbs or so have been the hardest.  I have such a sweet tooth, and with Christmas coming - OMG I need to stay focused to reach my goal by then if I can.  Okay enough about that, lets get on with my card.

I know I said I was going to post another Power Poppy card, but I haven't taken the picture yet, but I have this one to share instead.  I don't think you will be disappointed.

This image is from Northwoods Rubber stamps Inc, I came across is in my Christmas stamp collection- I think I bought this over 3 years ago at a rubber stamp convention.  I haven't been to one for 3 years so I know it's older than that.  See that's what happens when you have too much, you forget what you have!

I stamped the image using black memento onto some cougar 110lb white c/s.  I coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol,  then sponged around the image using SU soft sky, once I cut out the image leaving the die in place.  I then layered this onto a piece of gold mirri paper, then onto some bazzill seafoam c/s. My background paper is from Memory Box - not sure what collection this is from.

I finished off with a couple of strips of gold peel offs along the bottom, glitter, a piece of gold metallic ribbon just tied in a single knot and held in place with a red glittered enamel dot.  I don't know how well you can see, but the pine cones have some texture added to them.  It's called Barbara Trombley's Elements - Nut brown - it looks like finely chopped cork with an added smell of nutmeg - oh it smells so nice!

I will get my powerpoppy card photgraphed for my next post.... until then... enjoy your day, whatever you are up to,