Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Pick-me-up

Hello everyone.  Hope your week is going well.  I'm still enjoying my time off, I go back to work on Friday.  I did some major purging of stamping supplies the other day.  It just felt so good to get the Christmas stamps put away, and then I went through my stamps, papers, punches etc that I have not used in a few years and gave them to a couple of my friends who love to stamp as well. Some new goodies for them to play with! With purging, I came across so many images that I completely forgot about, so made a mental note that I need to pull them out and use them again.

With my room so tidy and my desk cleaned off, (love working on a clean desk) I decided to finish off an image I started to colour before the Holidays.  I'm using one of the newest PowerPoppy digital images called - Winter Pick-me-up.  I love this design, Marcella sure knows how to create realistic and loveliness all in one.  This is what I came up with. I'm also entering this card into the Peep of the Week challenge.

After printing the image onto some Bekkett Expression 80lb weight, I then coloured the image with Copics.  Once done, I cut out the image using spellbinders A2 tranquil moments die.  Left the die in place and then sponged some SU Certain Celery around the image.  I then layered this onto a piece of light green c/s, and then onto my base.

I wasn't sure if I wanted to add a sentiment or not.  Sometimes it nice not to have anything on the front of the card, that way you can use it for many occasions.  This time I chose to use a sentiment from the Geraniums Take Two set.  For my ribbon, I used some white silk ribbon and coloured it with my copic marker #B66 (this was one of the  colours that I used to colour the flowers) so it would match the flowers.  Once everything was done I added some pearls to the four corners on the inside frame and used my wink of stella brush to add some glitter to the flowers.  

stamp - powerpoppy - digital image - winter pick-me-up
dies - spellbinders - A2 tranquil moments
ink - printer, copics - B60, B63, B66,B69, E41, E43,  YG00, YG03, YG11, W0, W02, Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, SU Certain celery, black versafine
paper - white beckett expression 80lb, light green, cougar 110lb for card base
misc - silk ribbon, pearls, wink of stella pen (clear)

Thanks so much for stopping in today.  See you again real soon...  take care


Friday, December 26, 2014

Sweet Posies for me

Hi everyone and Happy Boxing Day - that is what we call Dec 26th here in Canada.  Not only is it boxing day, but it is my Birthday!! woohoo for me. -- 29 again!  LOL

It's been a very relaxing day as I guess our birthday's should be right?  Bill and I took a drive this morning in search of some Snowy Owls that are in our surrounding area.  We were able to spot 5 of them, what a beautiful bird.  Bill took some photo's, not sure how close up we will be in order to crop them since they were quite a distance away.  Looking through the binoculars they were gorgeous. I'll share them if they turn out.

So this afternoon I decided to work on some cards.  My stash basket is empty so need to replenish.
I pulled out a new stamp set from Justrite called Sweet Posies.  

I started by white embossing the image on some Tim Holtz water colour paper.  To colour the image I pulled out my Peerless swatches and painted away.  This is the first time I actually coloured an image using the Peerless, I'm quite pleased on how this turned out.

I then cut out the image using a circle die, but first cutting the stems up to where I wanted the circle to cut so the stems would hang over the circle edge.  I then edged the circle using my Krylon Silver pen.
The image was then layered onto  another piece of white c/s cut using the larges die from the spellbinder royal circle die set.

My card base is 5.5 x 5.5.  Along the front edge I taped down one of the borders from Spellbinders scalloped borders two and ran this through my big shot.  I did the same with the designer paper, and then adhered the dp to the card front.  Cut a strip of matching paper  2 x 5.5 and adhered this to the left side then cut a .25 x 5.5 of the background paper and layered this onto of the stripe.  Adhered some fushia seam binding ribbon starting at the top edge then brought it down behind the image. I then adhered a bow.  Finished off with some sequins and added glitter using my wink of stella clear pen to the posies.

Stamp: Justrite - sweet posies, 
Dies: Spellbinders - standard circle, royal circle, scalloped borders two
Paper- cougar white 110 lb, Kaisercraft - chanteuse collection
Ink - Peerless swatches
Misc - silver krylon pen, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, seam binding ribbon

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Enjoy your day.  


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a blessed Christmas as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.  May your days be merry and bright and all the best in 2015.  Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

From our house to yours

I'm back today to share another Christmas card with you.  This one is so simple - a great card to mass produce, which I I did.  I made 8 of them.

Sorry the picture doesn't make it look very white, but it is.  I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 white card base.
I then taped my Simon Says snowfall stencil over my card, then applied some pearlescent paste about 3/4 of the way down the card.  Set this aside and let dry - this doesn't take very long about 15 -20 min.

While waiting to dry I cut a piece of white c/s 5.5 x 2 3/4.  Using the row of house die I placed it close to the top on the left side and brought the right side down to form a hill, then ran this through my big shot. I then cut a strip about 1/2 x 5.5, applied a piece of score tape 1/4" wide along one edge of the strip.  Took the backing off and then applied some crystal glitter ritz. I then adhered the top part of the strip to the back of my winter scene piece.  I embossed the sentiment using detailed platinum embossing powder.

Using my quickie glue pen, I coloured the row of houses and then added some glitter ritz to give them a sparkle. I then applied some foam tape to the back of this piece and popped it up on my card front. Viola! done. This is so sparkly and pretty in real life. I noticed I have a smudge mark by the sentiment - hmmm oh well this is just my sample that I keep for future reference.

Stamps - PTI - Love lives here : holiday
Die - Impression Obsession # DIE118-H
Paper - cougar 110 lb white
Misc - Simon Says snowfall stencil, dreamweaver pearlescent embossing paste, crystal glitter ritz, PSX platinum embossing powder, versamark, score tape 1/4", quickie glue pen

Thanks for the visit, have a wonderful day,


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Circle of roses

Hey everyone.  I'm trying to stay awake while I waiting for  a phone call from my daughter.  She is at her friends wedding, so I offered to drive and pick her up so she could have a few drinks.  So thought I would share a birthday card I made a couple of weeks ago.  Made this in between working on Christmas cards.  I ended up making 2 of these, I need to build up my stash so I can replenish my sale basket at my hair dressers.

I'm using a Memory Box stamp I bought last year.  Yep, another stamp I dug out to use. I'm bad for that, buy a stamp, don't use it right away, and it gets tucked into one of my stamp drawers and then completely forget about it! But... at least I'm slowly getting around to using them! LOL.

I started by stamping the Memory Box script in MFT gray grout ink.  I then took the circle of roses stamp and coloured onto the rubber using markers, huffed, then stamped over the text.  I cut the image out using a circle die, then layered this onto another piece of white c/s, cut using a spellbinder flower blossom die (not sure the correct name of the die). I inked the edges using distress ink gathered twigs. I then layered this onto a piece of chocolate brown which was  cut using spellbinders labels 22.  I stamped the birthday sentiment using memento rich cocoa onto some scrap white, cut it out using the smallest of labels 22, then dusted the edges with gathered twigs. I used foam tape to pop the sentiment up.

The top layer - pink paper is from MME - miss caroline - dolled up, and not sure on the polka dots and stripes.  I can't find the 6x6 pad I took it from.  (I need to write my supplies down as I do them because if I don't post it right away, I seem to forget some of the items.) The edges of the paper were sponged with gathered twigs as well.  

Finished off with some pink velvet lace, sequins, twine and some prima flowers.  I added a gray epoxy dot to the center of the flower. 

Well it's getting late for this ole' gal, think I go lay down on the sofa and wait for my call.  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

have you been good?

Hello everyone.  Can you believe that it is only 3 weeks away until Christmas?  This whole year has just flown right by.  Although I have all my Christmas card orders completed, I still need to make cards for me to send out.  So going through my container of stamped off images, I came across this digi image from last year  - I think it is from ' Birdie Brown" off of Etsy, she now is designing for MFT,

I just think this image is so adorable:

I coloured the image using copics.  After cutting out the image I sponged some soft sky ink while the die was in place, then layered this onto a piece of cherry cobbler card stock cut using the scallop circle die. I added a couple of white dots on their cheeks using my white Marvy pen.

Background paper is from a piece in my scrap basket, and the fish tale tag is the reverse side of the snowflake paper.  Both pieces where cut using MFT's die-namics blueprints #13.

To finish off I added some red and green twine, some gold glitter snowflakes cut from POW paper using a Memory Box die - Christmas baubles, Tim Holtz - distress glitter - clear rock candy, and some white flock for his beard and hat.

I will leave you with this.  As I was looking at some older pictures I still have on my camera, I came across this one, which I absolutely love.  This was taken on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago around 6:20 am on Sept 26/14 as the sun was rising.  This depicts Bill to a tee - his passion - photography.  There is just something about this picture that puts a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes every time I see it.  So thought I would share with you.

Thanks for you visit today.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Birthday wishes - Hero Arts - Forever

In between all my Christmas card making I had to make some birthday cards as well.  Today's card is an image from Hero Arts.

I started by inking up the tag like stamp using SU Soft Sky and stamped this onto white card stock. The stamp has the bird design cut into it as well as the swirly border.  I used one of the stamps in the set - branch with the bird and inked this using distress markers, huffed then stamped onto my tag.
I then stamped the sentiment in black ink.

For the layer on top of the card base I used one of the embossing folder from Sizzix - 2pce floral vines set.  I then layered some lace and adhered it to the back of the embossed piece.  This was then adhered to my card base.

I used dimensionals to raise the tag up on the card.  Finished off with some silk ribbon for the tassel, used my clear wink of stella pen for the green leaves and bird and then added a couple of flower sequins over one of the little stamped flowers.

Overall a very easy card - another great card to mass produce.  Finished size 5.5 x 4.25.

stamp - Hero Arts - Stamp your story - Forever set,
ink- SU soft sky, distress markers - peeled paint, pine needles, tumbled glass, faded jeans, vintage photo, black versafine
card stock - cougar white 110 lb
misc- silk ribbon, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, sizzix - floral vine, dimensionals, lace

Thanks for the visit today, have a wonderful day,