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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Delight in the little things

Hi everyone.  I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas.  I was spoiled for Christmas as well as my Birthday which was yesterday on the 26th.  For one of my gifts I received a MISTI - which I can't wait to play with. Hopefully over the next week I'll get a chance.

The card I'm sharing today is one I made back in the fall.  I used Papertrey Ink Stamp set and co-coordinating die, as well as the papers.  I love doing cards like this where you cut out the die shape then stamp the matching image.  

My sale basket at work is pretty much empty I think I have something like 5 cards left, so I need to start creating again to fill it up with a variety of cards. So stay tuned for some new cards to be posted.

That's it for me today, don't have much planned so hopefully I'll work on some cards.

Enjoy the rest of your Holidays, I can't believe 2016 is just 5 days!

As always, thanks for the visit today, take care


Thursday, December 24, 2015

snow is glistening

Hello everyone!  Well things are starting to get back to normal.  As of today I'm off for the Holidays until next week, just have to work 2 days - Tues & Wed, then off again until Jan. 

Are you ready for tomorrow?  I can't wait until tomorrow when Mark, Anna and my 2 grandsons come home.  I'm so excited!  I'm pretty much done, groceries are bought, presents wrapped, baking is done, although I'm going to try a gluten free shortbread cookie recipe for Bill.  It makes it hard sometimes to bake for him, most recipes you can substitute the flour for gluten free flour.  I find they just don't keep as fresh as regular cookies do.

I am so far behind in my blog reads, but I plan on getting to them sometime over the holidays.

I thought I would share another quick card I did. 

I stamped the image on some cream linen card stock using SU cherry cobbler.  Cut it out using and oval spellbinder die, then sponged ink around the edges.  I then layered the image onto another piece of cream linen cut using spellbinders floral oval.

I used a scrap piece of designer paper for the bottom, then wrapped a piece of burgundy crinkle ribbon around the layer and adhered to the card base.

I added a vellum poinsettia (memory box) and lots of distress glitter (clear rock candy) to the image. it is so sparkly in real, very pretty.

Thank you everyone for stopping in for a visit during this busy time of year.

 All the best to you and your families during this Holiday Season, be safe!  Have a very blessed Merry Christmas. No snow for us this Christmas, sunshine and a high for 46 F.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Deck the Halls

Hello everyone.  It seems forever since I have posted.  I had some major compute issues.  My hard drive on my MAC died, hence why I haven't been posting.  I'm finally back up and running thanks to my hubby (he's my IT guy). I haven't had much time in the line of card making, with the crazy hours at work - this is the last week of over time - 3 more days- thank goodness, then maybe life can get back to normal! I just finished mailing the last of my Christmas cards as well.  I'm so far behind this year.  I still have shopping to do as well, along with wrapping and baking. I also have a whole list of blogs that I follow that I need to pay a visit to. I will eventually get there.  So little time!

For my card today, I used PTI - wreath for all seasons. Love this set, it comes with a variety of images to create your wreath.  I stamped the grape vine wreath first using dark chocolate ink (PTI), then punched a circle post-it-note and placed it in the center of the wreath.  Next I took the pine needle sprig stamp and repeatedly stamped the spring using spring moss ink (PTI).  Lastly I stamped the holly berries in SU cherry cobbler. 

There are a few different bow dies and images with this set.  I first die cut the bow then  I stamped it in cherry cobbler.  The sentiment was stamped in dark chocolate.

For the bottom of the card I used some peel-off's that I've had for a few years.  I actually have a whole container of these peel-off's in a variety of various images and sentiments.  I never think to use them. 

To finish off I added some Tim Holtz distress crystal glitter to the wreath and a gold bead to the center of the bow.

Well folks, this is a wrap!  It's been a long day.  We performed our Christmas Cantata at Church today. That in itself is very exhausting.  It's a lot of practicing over the last couple of months, but I must say it sounded beautiful.  We sang a beautiful arrangement by Marty Parks called 
"A Christmas Offering".

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Peace, Love & Joy

Well hello everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. It's just a busy time of year.

Remember when I said that I had all those cards to make for my orders, well I picked cards that I could mass produce and this was one of them.

A fairly simple card  --

Not much in describing how to do this, most of it was die cutting.  So I started with die cutting 2 of the Spellbinders 2010 Heirloom Ornaments.  On the small of the ornaments I embossed in platinum - peace, love & joy - a sentiment from PTI.

My base layer was die cut using a MFT die-namics #12.  The top layer is a Memory Box die (not sure of the die name it was borrowed from my friend Nancy). 

To put it all together I popped up the smaller ornament over the bottom one, adhered the memory box die to the top ornament and applied some small pop dots underneath the trailing vines to hold them up. I also cut the center of the die with some silver glitter paper then popped the silver into the die cut area to give a bit of sparkle.  I used my wink of stella clear pen and added this to the memory box die cut, then added some pearls hear and there and Voila - done!

Thanks for stopping by,


Sunday, November 29, 2015

the owl family

Hello everyone! Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Yesterday was an exciting day for me. My future 
'daughter-in-law' invited me to the big city to go wedding dress and bridesmaid dress shopping with a couple of the bridesmaids (not all could make it).  Anna had already picked out her dress so we got to see her model it.  Oh my goodness, as usual I cried, my eyes just welled with tears, she was gorgeous - breath taking actually! The girls picked out their dresses as well - full length, dark grey - lace on top (sleeveless) and tulle for the skirt - stunning.  Now it's just the waiting game - 10 more months!

Today I have another Christmas card I made.  This one is using a Wild Rose Studio image. When I first saw this image on Simon Stamps website I knew I had to have it.  There is just something about the Wild Rose stamps - they are just so adorable.

I stamped the image onto some white cougar 100 lb card stock using black memento ink.  I pulled out my prismacolour pencils and began to colour.  After die cutting the image I left the die in place and sponged some soft sky around the image.

The sentiment is from PTI - stylish sentiments holiday set, which was stamped on a die cut using PTI - double tag ends die.  

For finishing touches I used glitter (of course), white flock for the hat trims, and the Memory Box holly bouquet die.  I cut this twice - one from green paper and once from red.  Inserted the red holly berries into the green die cut.

stamp - wild rose studio - owls, PTI - stylish holiday sentiments
paper - studio calico - wonderland, bazzill green, cougar white, SU cherry cobler and misc scraps
ink - prismacolour pencils, black versafine, black memento, SU soft sky
dies - spellbinders ovals and scallop oval, Memory box - holly bouquet, PTI - double tag end
misc - glitter, white flock

I hope you enjoyed my card today.  I love when you visit.  Enjoy your day,


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cheers to you!

Good morning everyone! It's going to be a beautiful day here in SW Ontario.  A great way to end my 3 days of vacation, back to work tomorrow :(.  But as I had hoped I did accomplish what I had set out to do for my 3 days off.  I completed one card order (13 cards), and I have 2 more birthday cards to make for my other friend who ordered a total of 20 cards.  I hope to get those 2 cards done today.  Then I just need to work on cards for me to send and for my sale basket at work.

My card today features an Art Impression image.  I just love these images, I mean who doesn't right?  For the last couple of years I have always bought at least one of their holiday images, and they always seem to be a big hit!

After stamping the image I coloured using copics.  I used an MFT stitched rectangle to cut her out.
I needed it a bit narrower, so I placed the image back into the die but in about 1/2" and then ran it through my big shot. I have done this many times, its a great way to stretch your dies, without having to buy more.

After this was put together, I added some white flock to her coat trim and glitter to the wine and holly.
The sentiment was stamped using black versafine, cut out using sb circle die, trimmed it with  gold krylon pen, then adhered it to a small scallop circle.  I added a couple of enamel dots and Voila! I made 4 of these, but they are already gone, so need to make a couple of more.

stamp - Art Impressions - cheers to you #4664
Ink - black memento, black versa fine, copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, E23, E26, E27,R12, R20, R24, R27, R29, R39, R56, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, YG61, YG63, YG67, C0, C1, C7, Black, W3, prismacolour french grey 90% for ground shading
Die - spellbinder - circle and small scallop circle, MFT - die-namics #12,
paper - white cougar 100 lb, scrap dp, SU cherry cobbler
misc - white flock, quickie glue pen, enamel dots, distress glitter - clear rock candy, gold krylon pen

Thanks for the visit today.

I would also like to wish all my fellow American followers a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for! In saying that I would like to thank everyone for their continuous support in visiting my blog.  You inspire me to keep on creating!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Birdie on a branch

 Hello!  I'm back to share another Christmas card with you. This time I'm using this cutie patootie birdie!  Isn't he the cutest?  This is a digital imaged purchased  here.  I have several of her 'birdie' images, just need to find the time to colour them.  

I used prisma colour pencils to colour.  For papers I just used some scraps from my basket, and I already had the aqua blue die cut, it was also in my basket of odds and sods and worked perfectly for my card.

For the sentiment I stamped it using black versafine.  The sentiment  is from PTI as are the double end banner dies.

To finish I added some white fun flock to his hat and glitter along the branch to represent glistening snow.

I am off until Thursday, so I plan on getting a big chunk of card orders done.  Between 2 friends I have 24 Christmas cards and 8 birthday, not counting all the cards I need for my sale basket at work, and ones for myself. I really have my work cut out for me.  I need to find some easier cards and mass produce!

Thanks for stopping in today.  Enjoy your weekend. Winter is upon us here in Ontario, snow for some, rain for others, but temperatures down near 0 over night and not much warmer during the day until next weekend when it warms up again.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Little drummer boy

Hello everyone.  Hope your enjoying your weekend.  I tell you is sure doesn't feel like Nov here, 15C (59F), sunny light breeze, just a beautiful fall day.

For my card today, I'm using an image that I have had coloured for a few years.  Yes, I'm thinking maybe 5 years now maybe 6.  This was one of the first images I coloured when I was learning how to colour with my new copics,  he was tucked away for safe keeping and I came across it a few weeks ago and decided I best use him on a card.

I believe the image is from Whiff of Joy.

Sorry I'm unable to list the colours I used, just too long ago and never wrote them down in my book.

Paper is Basic Grey from my scrap bin.  I used a Impression Obsession snowflake die and Memory Box christmas baubles die and added enamel dots to the centers. Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink stamped in black versafine.

It's too bad I didn't have more images coloured up from the past, it sure makes for quick card making!

Enjoy your day, thanks for the visit.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

winter bough

Hi everyone.  I think I can come up for air now.  I have all my SCS cards posted for the month, and now I can focus on Christmas cards for me and for my orders, along with several birthday cards that have been requested.  This is also my last month being on the DD Team over at Splitcoaststampers. I can't believe how fast 6 months have gone. It has been a great journey, it has really made me think outside the box at times for each month theme.

Okay, so onto my card.  I'm using today a Power Poppy image from the set Bough Wow Wow! I am entering this card into their monthly challenge for November - Embellish this.

I stamped it onto some white cougar 100 lb c/s then coloured using copics.  I then cut the image out using spellbinders labels twenty-eight. This was then layered onto some Scenic Route & NRN designer paper.

For finishing touches I stamped off another heart (this comes separately in the set - love that!)  and coloured, then used some foam tape to pop it up, added some sequins and glitter, and there you have it!

stamp- Power Poppy - Bough Wow Wow
ink - black memento, copics - YG00, YG03, YG05 YG67, G82, BG0000, BG10, BG11, BV0000, BV01, BV02, B60, B63, B66
dies - spellbinders labels twenty-eight
paper - cougar white, bazzill purple, scenic route - winter words, NRN - winter magic
misc - sequins, glitter, foam tape, stitching

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day.  I'm off to the dentist, then home for a day of stamping! Yay!! (it's raining so it's a perfect day to stamp don't you think?)


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Save the date...

Hi everyone.  Just popping in for a quick post.  My son Mark and his fiancee Anna asked me if I would be interested in doing 'save the date' cards to mail out for their upcoming wedding next year. Of course I jumped at the chance.  I have never done invitations etc before, but this is what I came up with.  It was simple to do, now I need to make 45 of them!

I made this a A6 size one sided. Printed on cream cardstock, layered onto kraft c/s. Added a piece of kraft along the top, wrapped lace and twine around, added a pearl to finish it off.

Thanks for your visit


Friday, November 6, 2015

Ladybug and me

TGIF! Hello there!  It's a good thing that I had a couple of cards in my stash that I have shared with you yet.  I had no time to make cards this week.  Working overtime every day till Christmas and even Saturday's because of year end.  With that said this is a quick post, as I think I'm heading to bed shortly!

For my card today, I used a digital image from A Day for Daisies called Ladybug and me. I used copics to colour.

Designer paper is from Simple Stories - Fabulous.  For finishing touches I used a Simon Says - calliope flourish die cut from vellum, art institute spring mint & mimosa glitter, and a few sequins.

stamp - A day for Daisies - digital - ladybug and me
ink - copics - E33, E34, E35, E37E59, E51, E55, E57, E59, E89, Y000, V01, B0000, B00, B27, B60, BG10, BG11, BG23, BG32, G24, G40, G46, YG00, YG03, R20, R32, R35, R81, R83, R85
paper - PTI kraft, white cougar 100 lb, scrap turquoise, Simple Stores - Fabulous, PTI vellum
dies - spellbinder square, simon says - calliope flourish
misc - art institute glitter - spring mint, mimosa, sequins

 Thanks for stopping by, next post - christmas card.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Dear Santa

Good morning everyone and Happy Halloween Day! Can you believe we are at the end of October already? As usual, they are calling for rain starting late this afternoon.  It seems every year it is either raining or snowing, which means very little trick or treaters in our neighborhood.  We live on the edge of town,  most of the kids are driven in from the countryside, but when weather is bad we don't get very many.

As promised I said I would share one of my new Christmas cards.  I'm using an image from Wild Rose Studio called Santa with Rudolph.  I really enjoyed colouring this one!

After stamping the image onto some white cougar 100 lb card stock with memento ink, I pulled out my prisma colour pencils to colour.  I used spellbinders hexagon dies to cut it out, layered it onto a piece of blue card stock cut from the next size up in the hexagon dies, adhered together then did some stitching.

I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of scrap SU brown sugar c/s, then cut it out using a spellbinder tag die.  I also cut another tag out (slightly larger then the sentiment die) using some polka dot vellum from PTI.   

Other dies used were MFT die-namics # 13 (fish tale die), and from Memory Box - frosty border.
To finish off I used fun flock for santa's hat and trim, glitter - must use glitter on a Christmas card!, red twine and gold twine, a little gold jingle bell, and I used my white gel pen for some dots on Rudolph's cheeks as well as that bit of highlight on their noses.

stamp: wild rose studio - santa with rudolph
paper: cougar 100lb white, SU brown sugar, Carta bella - winter fun, scrap of blue, PTI polka dot vellum
ink: memento black, versafine black, prisma colour pencils
dies- spellbinders - hexagon, tags,  Memory box - frosty border, MFT - die-namics #13
misc - white flock, glitter, red & gold twine, jingle bell, white gel pen

I hope you found some inspiration here, thanks for stopping in.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Colours of fall

Hi everyone.  Hope you had a good weekend.  Yesterday, Bill and I took a drive up to Arkona, to the Rock Glen Conservation area.  We haven't had a chance to get out on the weekends to catch some of the fall colours, due to either bad weather or other things going on.  Although it's getting late to catch some of the colours, there was a bit left here.  

I thought I would share some of the pictures I took.  These are with my little Sony camera, nothing compared to what Bill would take with his Nikon! - Just sayin! :)

There is a small falls there, we didn't go down the bottom, lots of people there and it was getting dark down there since the sun was going down, and a lot of the colours have gone.

Lots of streams and rivers, boardwalks and just beautiful scenery. I even managed to get a couple of Bill!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I have a Christmas card to post next, stay tuned!


Friday, October 23, 2015

Angel of Peace

Hi everyone!  I'm just popping in for a quick post tonight before the ALCS Game 6 starts.

I've been working on Christmas cards these past couple of weeks. This card is showcasing a Penny Black image - Angel of Peace.  I bought this last winter but never got a chance to colour her.

I stamped her onto some cougar 100 lb white cardstock using black memento.  I used copics (colours listed below) to colour.  Designer paper is Prima - Nature Garden. 

For finishing touches I added my clear wink of stella pen on her wings and some on the leaves.  I added some clear sequins, mauve ribbon, and then for the bottom corner a vellum poinsettia was added.  I love this little poinsettia die from Memory Box, it's so dainty.

stamp - Penny Black - Angel of Peace
ink - black memento, copics- E000, E00, E01, R12, R20, E40, E41, E43, E44, BV000, B000, C00, C01, Co2, C03, C05, V000, YG61, YG63, G20, G94, RV19
paper - Prima - Nature Garden, cougar white, bazzill mauve
dies - Spellbinder A2 matting basics A, Memory Box - small blooming poinsettia
misc - seam binding ribbon, pearl, sequins, wink of stella pen

Sorry for the quick post, but I have to go and cheer on the Toronto Blue Jays!

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, October 16, 2015

Music Man

Hi everyone!  What a week it has been.  I've been on vacation this week, and can't believe it's coming to and end on Monday, then back to work on Tuesday.  For our Thanksgiving, my son Mark and his Fiancee Anna invited us up to their home along with her family.  It was so nice to meet her parents and her siblings - 6 of the 7 were there. Such a fun and loving family, lots of laughs - which is always good for the soul!

The rest of the week we worked around the house, cleaning closets, garage and storage areas, took a lot of stuff to the Goodwill. - (this is why I haven't posted all week).  It was hard work especially in the crawl spaces where you can only crouch, no room to stand with being under the eves - really hard on the lower back, which after 2 days of doing this we laid low on Thursday.  Today we worked in putting all the lawn furniture away, cleaning out flower pots etc.  It's always sad when this gets done because you know what is around the corner - WINTER - which means SNOW!  Actually it is suppose to snow tonight in areas an hour north and east of us, just a chance of rain for us over night.

On Oct 12 it was Mark's 31st birthday.  I was stumped on what to do for a card for him.  I know he loves his guitar, and then remembered I had this MO Manning digital image I purchased a few years back. My friend  Carla used this image a few years ago, and I fell in love with the colours she used, so I basically coloured mine the same.

This is the final result:

I coloured the image using copics, but I was in a rush to get this done last Saturday before we went to visit them on Sunday, and never kept track of my colours.  I stamped my background music notes - (Penny Black background stamp)in black on a piece of kraft cardstock.

Finished off with some twine, Stamping bella dots as well as a musical die from Memory Box.

I hope to get some more stamping and colouring done over the next 3 days - I have to start on my Christmas cards - time is slipping away fast.

Thanks for the visit, have a wonderful day!


Friday, October 9, 2015

snowflakes sparkles

Hello everyone.  I have another Christmas card to share with you today.  I must say when I saw this card I was totally inspired.  Leslie has a unique style, I can always spot her cards as I'm strolling through my Feedly posts without even looking at names. 

As I was saying her card inspired me to make this.  I'm using a Memory Box snowflake die my friend
Nancy so kindly lent me.

To make the  back ground I used the 'smooshing' technique using distress inks.  This was then cut  using a MFT stitch rectangle die.  I then placed my snowflake die where I want it and ran it through my big shot.  I also cut a piece of silver glitter paper using the same die.  I then inserted the silver snowflake into the area where I cut out the snowflake on my main piece.

Stamped the sentiment using black versafine ink.  Added some die cut snowflakes using silver glitter paper and some silver and clear sequins.  I popped up my main panel by adding a piece of fun foam cut slightly smaller than my panel.  

Stamps: PTI - In the meadow
Dies - Memory box - snowflake ribbon, MFT die-namics blueprints # 12
Ink - distress mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio, black versafine
paper - white cougar 100 lb
misc - sequins, fun foam

Thanks for stopping by today.  To all my fellow Canadian followers - Have a wonderful Thannksgiving weekend!

Take care, 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

First Christmas card of 2015

Happy Saturday everyone.  Well it sure feels like fall in my neck of the woods. Cold (well not freezing cold, but not far from it, it's currently 43 F) and with strong winds, gloomy, and rain in the forecast for today and tomorrow - a good weekend to get some stamping done!

I'm off shortly to go out to the orchard to get some apples and squash, then going to make a pot of apple squash soup, I've had it before and it is delicious, yum, yum!

Okay so on to my card.  I have fallen in love with a new line of stamps - Wild Rose Studio.  They have the most 'cutest' images ever.  I couldn't resist a few and this is one of them: Mouse and Poinsettia.

I coloured the image using prismacolour pencils.  Used a MFT die to cut out the image, left the die in place then sponged some light pink ink around the edges. 

Designer paper is by Wild Rose Studio - Painted Poinsettias.  I layered a die cut using the same papers to lay in behind the image.

To finish off I added some white flock to the mouse's hat, gold glitter to the centers of the poinsettia's, as well as a couple of Stamping Bella 'glitter dots' in the corner.

I just finished my cards for the October Dirty Dozen theme last night, so now I can concentrate on doing some more Christmas cards over the next couple of weeks.

Stamp - Wild Rose Studio - Mouse and Poinsettia
ink- black memento, prismacolour pencils & gamsol, 
paper - cougar white, dusty rose, SU Mellow Moss, Wild rose studio - painted poinsettias
die- memory box - winterflake frame, MFT- die-namics blueprints 12
misc - stamping bella glitter dots, gold glitter, quickie glue pen, white flock

Thanks for stopping by today, have yourself a wonderful day.  See you again real soon!


Thursday, October 1, 2015


Sorry, no cards today, just had to share this:

WOOHOOT!!! After 22yrs, the Toronto Blue Jays have just clinched the AL East Division.  I have been a Jays fan since 1989, and remember the last time they were in this position, which at that time went on to win the World Series in 1993!  GO JAYS GO!!!!

Have a wonderful day! :)


Saturday, September 26, 2015


Hello everyone, and happy Saturday to all! Isn't this time of year wonderful? Cooler night temperatures, as well as early morning, and then the day warms up to low to mid 70's, the sun warming your face - ah... a perfect day.

This past Monday, Sept 21 my daughter turned 29 - OMG yes 29, she is my baby.  I can't believe where the years have gone.  She loves sweet images, so I just received my Purple Onion order a few weeks back and I knew I wanted to colour up this image for her card.

Is this not the sweetest image ever? I just love this cute mouse.  The image is called Wishing - a Stacey Yakula image from Purple Onion.

I stamped the image onto cougar 100 lb white cardstock using black memento ink, then coloured using primsacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.

I cut the image out using spellbinders square die, then layered this onto a piece of blue bazzill c/s, then stitched around the edges.

Designer paper is from Kathy Davis - journeys. I wanted to stamp a little sentiment of some sort, but nothing big to take away from the image. I found the perfect sentiment in my PTI- mixed messages set, that fit perfectly on this little die cut tag.

Finished off with some seam binding ribbon, glitter and a couple of dots on her cheek using my white pen.

stamp - Purple Onion - Wishes by Stacey Yakula, PTI - mixes messages
ink - black memento, black versafine, prismacolour pencils & gamsol
paper - cougar white 100 lb, blue bazzill - starmist, Kathy Davis - journeys
dies - spellbinders square , back to basic tags
misc - glitter, seam binding ribbon, gold floss, marvy white pen

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I have encouraged you to do some stamping. Have a wonderful day.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Purple Ranunculus

Hello there to all my blogging friends!  Can you believe that we are in the middle of September already, summer just came and went?

Not sure if I mentioned a couple of months back or not but my son Mark got engaged to a wonderful gal - Anna. Wedding date is set for fall of 2016. They have been looking for a home since late spring and found one - closing date was Sept 15. So yesterday Bill and I were in London to help move them into their new home.  The rain held off long enough to get the moving van packed and unpacked, then shortly after that it poured!  We are so happy for them to be moving into a new home, to start a new chapter in their lives. 

I haven't had much time to do any card making, I have been working OT the last 2 weeks and again this coming week, but I managed to colour this before OT started a few weeks ago.  

I'm using one of Marcella's digital image called Ranunculus.  Not sure if purple is a real colour for these flowers, but I felt the need to go purple!

After printing the image off, I coloured this using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. Image was cut out using spellbinders labels twenty-five, then I layered this onto a piece of heavy vellum cut using spellbinders elegant ovals. 

Designer paper is from DCWV- latte matstack.  I also used some bazzill purple tone cardstock for layering and base card.

My finishing touches include some seam binding ribbon, glitter (of course!), sequins,  and a wooden bird from Studio Calico.

Wishing you a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Crazy bird

Hi - hope your weekend is going well.  Remember that heat wave I complained about earlier in the week, well we got relief - like 60 degree weather, cool winds, it sure feels like fall as landed upon us, so I made a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. Mmmmm good!

We were invited to our neighbors 75th birthday open house today.  When we got the invite last week, I thought what kind of card should I make.  He has a good sense of humor, both  dishing it out and taking it.  I don't have a wide variety of choices when it comes to masculine images, but then I remembered I have Tim Holtz's Crazy Bird set - perfect!

So off I went to create a card for my neighbor:

I just loves these birds!  I started out by stamping the bird onto some water colour paper- cold press 140 lb using black archival ink. Crazy bird was water coloured using distress inks- hickory smoke, twisted citron, peacock feathers, fossilized amber, spiced marmalade.  After that was coloured I wet the paper  around the bird with my paintbrush - make sure it is really wet, then picked up some of the fossilized amber (stamped off onto my Teflon mat) and dropped the paintbrush down onto the wet water colour paper.  If you have enough water on the paper the ink will spread. I continued to add a bit of twisted citron and a bit of peacock feathers.  

The corners were rounded, twine was added, then I added a piece of fun foam cut a bit smaller than my image layer and glued it to the back.  I find by using the fun foam, it gives you a much even and stable layer - sometimes using foam tape or dimensionals your  paper can droop/sage in spots.

This was then layered onto my card.  I added some MME enamel dots to finish this off.
Inside for my liner I stamped this:  "Happy birthday you old bird".  I know Gary will get a chuckle out of this!

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy the rest of your day,


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hey friend

Hello everyone.  We are in the middle of a very hot & humid streak of weather, which according to the weather forecast will come to an end sometime tomorrow as the cooler front pushes through with rain and thunderstorms.  I'll take cooler weather anytime.  The 100 + degree days can go.

Okay, lets get on with my card.  I had this coloured up for a few weeks now, so I guess it's time to share.  This is one of the Power Poppy digital images released a few weeks back called 
Easy Breezy Coneflowers.  As I have said several times, I just love digi images, there is just something about instant gratification once you purchase you have the digi within a few hours, and you can resize to your liking.

So with that being said, after printing this off, this is he finished product:

I did google for colours of these coneflowers - there is quite a variety, and since I had this paper in mind I went with the yellow/orange combo.  The centers are brown tones but layered with art institute glitter  - ultra fine autumn.  I love the way it glitters in real.  I hope you can see in the picture how sparkly this really is.

stamp - Power poppy digital - easy breezy coneflowers
ink - copcis - E09, e19, E33, E79, R02, R05, R56, R89, Y000, Y32, Y35, Y38, YG93, YG95, YG97, YR01
paper - cougar white, bazzill peach/orange tones, MME - wild asparagus
dies - spellbinders  -  5 x 7 herloom legacy 
misc - sizzix embossing folder -  swiss dots,  art institute autumn glitter, rush seam binding ribbon

I thank you for stopping by for a visit. Enjoy the rest of your day.


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lulu's orchids

Hello!  I've been working on my cards for Septembers SCS Dirty Dozen challenge, and decided to take a break to post a card.

I just love this image.  It's an older one from Stamping Bella, but I remember when I was on the DT a few years ago, I coloured this image up a few times.  Since I have a love for flowers, and they are a popular type card in my sale basket I reached for this image again.

After stamping the image on cougar 100 lb white cardstock I coloured this using copics.  I then cut out the image using spellbinders square die, left the die in place and sponged Adirondak shell pink ink around the edges

Designer paper is from Basic Grey - Curio.  I'm such a hoarder, I think this is the first time I used any paper out of this pack, it's just so pretty I hate to part with it! Like get a life right- there is so much more out there.  I have enough paper to last me 2 life times and maybe more - anyone else there like me? I'm sure there is!

Okay back to my card.  To finish up I added some shading around the flower using the 'pointillism' technique,  some lace, ribbon, sequins, stitching and pearls.

stamp - Stamping Bella - Lulu's orchids (this stamp has been discontinued)
ink - black memento, copics - Yg0000, YG000, YR0000, E01, E02, E09, YG97, YG93, G000, G0000, G00, G12, R00, R07, R08, RV13, adirondack - shell pink
paper - Basic Grey - Curio, cougar 100 lb white, SU Soft Suede, Bazill - peach & green
dies - spellbinder square
misc - SU Mint Macaron lace, taupe chiffon ribbon, light green silk ribbon, sequins, pearls, stitching, bow maker

Thanks for the visit.  Enjoy your day!