Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

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! :)