Eastern Bluebird - Male

Eastern Bluebird - Male
Eastern Bluebird

Monday, April 27, 2015

Amazing Mom

Just popping in for a quick post tonight.   I have another Mother's Day card to share.

Not a lot of explanation needed for this card:

Stamp - Verve - Love Deepens
ink - black versafine
paper - cream, gold metallic, K& C Madeline, green
dies: spellbinder circles, butterflies circles, scallop circles
misc - corded lace, pearls, wild orchid flowers

Thanks for stopping by.  


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Watercoloured Mum

So looking forward to this coming weekend, not doing much of anything - hope to get out in the yard for a bit, but this week as been cold - a touch of winter has landed - a few snow flurries and hovering around the freezing mark - but weekend looks to be about mid 50's and sunny.

I'm back to share another Mother's Day card.  This one is something different at least for me.  I did some water colouring and loved the outcome.  See for yourself:

I started by stamping my flower on water colour paper -( I used 140lb cold press by Cartiera Magnani - it's kind of an off white but nice and  smooth - love it), using versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. I then cut out the image using spellbinder labels 28 die.  I used distress inks to colour. To apply colour I used my teflon sheet or you could use an acrylic block to apply the ink to.

flower - spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, peeled paint, forest moss& pine needles
background - peacock feathers, salty ocean

Once the flower and leaves were coloured and made sure it was dry (which really didn't take that long, or you could zap it with a heat gun), I then proceeded to do the background.  This is where I was kind of nervous.  I wet the background with my paint brush, made sure it was nice and wet then dipped my paint brush in some distress ink and started to colour the background.  You can see where my brush picked up some of the flower colour and it bled into the background - love the look!! To get a deeper shadow around the flower I went back in with some ink on my brush, but with a drier brush and not so diluted ink so the colour was not too washed out - does that makes sense?

I used spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence  die (I think this is one of my favourite dies) for the lacey background, adhered this to a piece of light aqua c/s, then adhered my image to the center of the die cut.  For my sentiment - which comes with this set I embossed it on a piece of vellum using white embossing powder, which was then wrapped around the card.  Because you can see through vellum I was careful as to where to add a drop of glue to tack it down - underneath the bow and underneath the turquoise sequin.  This was then layered onto my white card base.  To finish off I added some sequins and a seam binding ribbon bow.

I hope you can see the watercolour effect on the background, because in real it is pretty awesome!

stamp: Justrite - Mums
ink: versamark, distress inks -  spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, peeled paint, forest moss& pine needles, peacock feathers, salty ocean
die: spellbinders labels 28, & A2 Devine Eleoquence
paper: white 100 lb cougar, light aqua, watercolour 140lb cold press by Cartiera Magnana, vellum
misc: sequins, seam binding ribbon, white embossing powder

Well, that's about it for today, must head off to work.  (Why is it when we are at work all we want to do is go home and make cards - you ever feel that way?).  Hope you have a fabulous day, and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit.  Leave a comment would love to hear from you.

More Mother's Day cards to share, stay tuned.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Flowering branches

Spring has sprung! It was a beautiful day here, wind was a bit cool, but full sunshine.  We worked outside in the gardens removing all the dead growth from last hear.  I'm sure my back will pay for this later, but it's so nice to see the hosta's sprouting up through the ground and buds on the hydrangeas, butterfly bushes and trees.

Seeing the new growth makes me think of the card I coloured up on wednesday night. I'm talking about the newly released digital image from Marcella over at Power Poppy.  She never ceases to amaze me with her flower creations.  So without further ado here is what I created:
I am also entering this into Power Poppy's Pop of Pastel challenge.

After resizing I printed this onto Neenah white cardstock.  I then used spellbinders A2 Tranquil die and cut out the image.  Next I coloured using copics.  I then put the die back in place and sponged SU soft sky & distress peacock feathers around the outer edge and then a bit of shabby shutters in the center area.  I then layered this onto a piece of SU soft sky cardstock then onto my white base card.

Finished off with some glitter on the flowers, silk ribbon and pearls

Another card for my Mother's Day basket at work!

stamp - Power Poppy digital image - flowering branches
dies- - spellbinders A2 Tranquil
paper - cougar white 100 lb, SU Soft Sky, Neenah
ink- copics - R11, R20, R24, R32, R35, R59, YG03, YG21, YG17, E31, E37, E42, E55

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Up, up and away

Hi everyone. Hope your week is going well.  I decided to play along in this weeks Stamping Bella challenge.  Theme is 'Happy Birthday'. 

I pulled out one of my newest images that was waiting patiently to be inked.  Here we have Uptown Bentley gets blown away.

I stamped Bentley on white cougar paper using black memento and coloured her using copics. Once she was coloured I cut her out using spellbinders rectangle die, using a smaller die so I could have the balloons reaching outside the die cut.  Since she was floating off I needed to place some clouds to ground her.  I used the paper towel and ink technique - tear a piece of paper towel, place onto your card and sponge ink using the paper towel as your stencil, continue to move the paper towel to form clouds - I really love this technique.

Once the card was done I added some sequins and glitter.

stamp - Stamping Bella - Uptown Bentley gets blown away
ink - black memento, SU cool caribbean, copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, E53, E55, E57, E59, R20, R22, V01, V12, V15, V17, BG10, BG11, BG13, Y21, Y35, Y38, YG01, YG03, YG05
dies - spellbinders rectangle, MFT - blueprints 13
paper - cougar white 100 lb, Prima - Firefly, Basic grey (layer behind Bentley - scrap piece)
misc - glitter, sequins

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bedelia and Betsy

I forgot I still had an Easter card that I did not post yet.  I made this for a co-worker to give to her daughter.  

I'm using one of Stamping Bella's newest images called Bedelia and Betsy go for a walk. Such a sweet image. This image is part of the Woodsie collection.

The image was stamped on white cardstock using black memento.  I then coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a spellbinder circle die to cut the image and then layered this onto a layer of purple c/s cut using the sb blossom die.

To cut the green designer paper and I used spellbinders A2 curved border.

To finish I added some seam binding ribbon, glitter, sequins and used my souffle pens to add some pink and lilac dots in the grassy area to represent some timy flowers

stamp - Stamping Bella - Bedelia and Betsy go for a Walk
ink- black memento, SU soft sky
prismacolour pencils - lilac, light aqua, blue slate, lime peel, kelp green, blush pink, carmine red, magenta, violet, light umber, warmer gray 20% & 30%, putty beige, french gray 90% & gamsol
dies - spellbinder - circle, blossom & A2 curved borders
paper - white, purple, lilac, basic grey - Kioshi
misc - souffle pens, glitter, ribbon, sequins

Its' such a gorgeous day, wind still a bit cool, but nice and sunny, so going to head outside for a walk.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mother's Day card #1 - pastels

I had a 4 day weekend this past Easter weekend, and I accomplished so much in  'card making'.  I'm working diligently on my Mother Day card orders.  I saw that Power Poppy's challenge this month is "Pop of Pastel' so decided to whip  something up that falls into that category and enter it into their challenge.  You can see all the details for the challenge here.

I'm using Marcella's digital image called "dancing with daffodils'.  This is one image that I will never get tired of colouring.  So many different colour combo's you could use, I can't wait to colour more.

After printing off the image, I pulled out my copics to colours -  but first I cut out the image using one of the dies in the spellbinder A2 devine eleoquence set.   Next I cut some MME paper using spellbinders labels 28, which was then layered onto a piece of Memory Box paper.  

I used some deep purple ribbon to pick up the colour in the purple flowers, which was tied on a diagonal.  Finished off with some glitter and some clear baubles from PTI.

stamp - Power Poppy digital - dancing with daffodils
ink - printer, copics - Y11, YR0000, YR000, YR01, YR02, YR12, YR15, YG01, YG13, YG17, YG67, V01, V12, V15, E21, E23, E25, E27, B0000, BG0000
paper - white, MME - miss caroline, Memory box
dies - spellbinders - labels 28, A2 Devine eleoquence
misc - glitter, seam binding ribbon, pop dots, clear baubles - PTI

Well that's it for tonight.  Lots more to share, see you again real soon,


Friday, April 3, 2015

Bunny in a Rose

Hi everyone, and Happy Easter weekend.  It's been a very busy week which meant I had no time for card making.  Our son Mark and his girlfriend Anna - along with her 2 little boys, came home today to celebrate Easter.  I got up this morning and realized I didn't have a card for them, so began looking for something fairly easy to colour up, since I would only have a couple of 'free' hours this afternoon. I landed at 'A day for Daisies" website and found a few digital images.  Love digis - instant gratification!!  One of the images I purchased is called Bunny in a Rose. There were a few different flowers to choose from but  I decided on the rose.

After resizing and printing off I coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a couple of copic colours to do the  'pointillism' method for some shading (B0000, B000, YG21, and V20). I then cut the image out using spellbinders elegant ovals.  Then layered this onto a piece of designer paper from MME - Memorable, which was then layered onto a piece of SU Basic Grey.  I used another piece of dp from the same paper pack to do the bottom layer. 

I added some light aqua silk ribbon to finish off.  The ribbon does look a bit darker in the picture, it is a bit softer shade in real.  I picked this colour to pull some of the colour from the flower paper.  A bit of glitter was added to the rose for a bit of sparkle.

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter holiday.  Thanks for stopping by and take care.