Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The grillfather

Hey friends, hope your enjoying your summer weekend!  Warm enough were you are?  It's suppose to reach 100 again with the humidex - way to hot for me.  Thanks for all your concerns regarding my root canal.  All is well, no more pain. :)

Before I head out to my gardens to do some weeding I thought I should post my 3rd fathers day card as I mentioned in my last post.  Although, I guess you could use this for a birthday as well.

Here you go:


I stamped the image (Art Impressions) on 100lb cougar white c/s using black memento ink.  I coloured the image using copics, and I'm sorry I never kept a list of the colours.  After coloured, I added some grass using prisma colour pencils, then I cut out the image using the largest square nestabilities, left the die in place then sponged some SU soft sky and memento new sprout around the image.  I then layered this onto a piece of SU soft suede.  

Designer paper is from Basic Grey - Bowties. I used a piece of washi tape from Little B as a divider between the 2 pieces of paper.  I have a fair bit of washi tape but never think to use it.  I then layered this onto a piece of soft suede then a dark brown for the card base.

Finished off with a couple of stars use a star die from the MFT die-namics set - sun, moon & stars. I added a bow made from twine and then held it all together using a gold star brad.

There you have it  - an awesome 'masculine' card for that special guy in your life.  

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you enjoyed my card.
Til' next time,

Pauline

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

40th Wedding Anniversary

It's been a rough week last week, one of my back molars was giving me grief.  Lots of pain, I ended up having a root canal done yesterday.  So much better today, no more pain although my jaw is a bit stiff this morning because of the 5 needles I was given, and for keeping my mouth open for an hour, but as the day went on it was feeling better.

I was going to share my 3rd Fathers Day card I made, but thought I would change it up, you're probably board looking at 'guy' cards, I'm sure something pretty and feminine would be more pleasing to the eye.  I had a request from a friend at work for a 40th anniversary card for another co-worker.  Here is the end result:


I wanted to put their name on the front somehow, so I computer generated the sentiment then cut it out using a MFT flagstax die, then sponged the edges using Adirondak Lights - Willow.  I wanted a soft muted background so it wouldn't take away form the flowers so found these papers from Kaisercraft - On This Day.

For the leaves I used my new Memory Box die - Massa Leaf frame - cut from a piece of scrap from Basic Grey - perhaps. I love the variation of the colour of the leaves.  I then cut a circle from the bottom piece of dp - since I was layering other papers on top no one would see the circle cut out and I didn't want to cut into another piece - (I tell you I am a paper hoarder!) Adhered this over the leaves, I then used one of the punch out circles from back of the paper pack on top of the circle then layered it with a Memory Box - Chochitlan wreath.

I popped the sentiment up using pop up foam squares by Scotch (love these, they squish down, so when mailing it makes it much easier).  I then proceeded by adding an assortment of flowers - most were purchased from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Finished off with a little wooded heart from Studio Calico, glitter on the flowers and pearls.  Do you think I put too many pearls on the card?

Hope you enjoyed my creation today.  Thanks for stopping in. Have a wonderful day.

I will share my 3rd fathers day card next - image from Art Impressions.

Pauline

Thursday, June 19, 2014

May photo's

I have some more pictures to share.  These ones were taken in early May.  Please click on the image to have a closer view.

This was early one Saturday morning, we were up at 3:30 am and drove up to Burlington (2.5hr drive) to catch a sunrise.  This was the view from the shores of Lake Ontario looking across the way to the Hamilton Skyway.  It was a very calm morning as you can see the lake was like glass, and the sun's glow was beautiful.



On one of our stops along the lake later in the morning, we came across this female mallard, soaking up the sun.  Love the haziness around her.





Male wood duck flying by as we were watching him from the road side by Ojibway Park in Windsor Ontario



Female Red Wing Blackbird - Ojibway Park - Windsor ON


That's it for this time around.  Next set of photo's will be from the spring bird migration from Pt. Pelee National Park.
See you again real soon with a card to share.

Pauline


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wonderful marvelous you!

Sorry I haven't posted sooner this week, I thought I would of had time, but life is just too busy sometimes.  I've been working overtime, and today I was up in London visiting my Dad for Father's day as well as celebrating his birthday which is next week.  We gathered at my sisters, had a bbq, lots of eats and laughs.  It's always good getting together with family, it just seems we don't do it enough.  Everyone has such busy lives.

Okay on with my card.  If your like me 'masucline' cards are the hardest to do.  After making the last card I posted for my Dad, I was struggling to come up with another.  I woke up on Wednesday morning, with an idea so I put it into action before heading off to work.  It worked up very fast, I used MFT's dies to help it along.  



I started with a 4x4 confetti cream c/s.  I then inked up my Penny Black hot rod using Distress Paints.  I applied bundled sage over the entire image, then went in with peeled paint here and there, and then finished off with some forest moss - spritzed with a bit of water then stamped.  I love the effect this gives.  I then took a leave from PTI - turning a new leaf - and inked it with MFT grout gray and stamped it in the top corners and the bottom right.  I then inked it again using peeled paint, stamped off a bit then over stamped in the top corners. I then sponged around the edges using distress pumice stone then a bit of brushed corduroy. Next I used the sentiment from Verve - wonderful marvelous- and stamp it using PTI chocolate brown. 

Next I cut a flag tag using one of the dies from MFT blueprints #12, added a brad and the wrapped some twine around it and then adhered to the front of the card.  For the middle layer again I used one of the dies from MFT blueprints # 14.  I really love these blueprint die sets.

Finished card measures 5.25 x 5.25.  I know I will be making more of these in different colours.

Supplies:
stamp - Penny Black - hot rod,  Verve - wonderful marvelous, PTI - turning a new leaf
Ink - distress paints - bundled sage, peeled paint, forest moss, distress inks - pumice stone, brushed corduroy, PTI - chocolate brown
Dies - MFT blueprints # 12, & 14
Paper - confetti cream, bazzill greens - not sure of the colour names
Misc - brad, twine

This card will be going to my husband - Bill's birthday is tomorrow (June 15th).

Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow as you spoil your favourite guy on Father's Day!

See you again real soon, I have another 'guy' card to share. I'm on a roll! LOL

Pauline 

Monday, June 9, 2014

How wonderful life is....

Just thought I would post this before heading off to bed.  Last week was a busy week, and so was the weekend.  We had our year end choir party Sunday afternoon - lots of fun as always.  It's so nice getting together and spending time with friends.  

I've been working on getting Father's Day cards done for my sale basket at my hairdressers.  I go tomorrow night, so wanted to make sure I had a selection to take.  This is one of the ones that I'm taking.

It was a pretty simple card once I decided what I was going to do.  I have been buying MFT's  die-namics blueprints die sets - boy do they ever take the guess work out of card making.  The larger dies basically make up your card base with layers.  For this card I used blueprints # 14, and here is my card.


I stamped the verse from Verve onto a  piece of Basic Grey Pyrus.  This series of paper is from a few years back.  I have so much of Basic Grey it isn't funny.  I could probably open a little stamping shop with all the supplies and papers  I have.  I'm good at hoarding it, but I'm slowly diving into it to use it up. The top 3 layers are from the blueprints #14 die set, the row of flags is a die from Verve.  The card base is confetti olive toned c/s.  So there you have it, like I said it was an easy card once I got going at it.  I made a couple of these.

Supplies:

Stamp: Verve - Wonderful Marvelous

Dies: MFT - die-namics blueprints#14, Verve - pennant trim
Ink: PTI - Dark chocolate
misc - ribbon, gold beads (they are like pearls but shiny gold)

I will have a couple more Father's Day cards to share over the next week or so.  I have lots of birthdays in my family during the month of June - 4 guy birthdays, 2 fathers day.

Thanks for the visit, enjoy your day!

Pauline

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A nice surprise and a card

I have some exciting news to share with you.  Remember the Powerpoppy card I entered into their sketch challenge ...... well I won the challenge- how exciting is that!!  I rarely enter challenges, basically because I don't have the time, but last week I had some extra time and decided to get my mojo back by trying  out the sketch. You can see the announcement here. Thanks to Marcella for designing such lovely stamps to create with! This was such a lovely surprise to start off my week.

So last night I decided to work with another  digi image I had printed off a couple of weeks ago, but with being on holidays I never got around to colouring it up.  I'm using the gerber daisy digi image.






After printing off the image I used one of the dies from Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five set.
Leaving the die in place I sponged some new sprout memento ink around the image. I then coloured the image - I will list the colours below.

To make the card base I used Spellbinders Scalloped Borders Two. Using these borders really adds to your cards, I need to use them in different ways more often.  I have 4 of these sets, so I have lots of different options for borders.  I then cut my designer paper using one of the plain scallop dies from the same set so it would fit accordingly.   I used dimensionals to raise the image off the card base, added some pearls along the border, glitter in the center of the daisies and a bow, made with variegated chiffon ribbon.

I debated whether or not to put a sentiment on the front, but decided not to.  This way I can use the card for many different occasions rather than one - if a sentiment was in place.


Supplies:
Stamp - Powerpoppy digi image - gerber daisies
ink - printer, memento new sprout
Dies - Spellbinder Majestic labels twenty-five, scalloped borders two
copics - Y11, Y15, Y38, YR07, YR15, YG0000, YG01, YG13
Paper - cougar white 110 lb, MME Notable
misc - glitter, glue pen, ribbon, pearls

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope I have inspired you in some way.  See you again real soon.
Have a wonderful day!

Pauline