Lincoln Sparrows

Lincoln Sparrows
Spruce Bog - Algonquin Provincial Park

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beautiful Camellia's

Well it's almost the end of another week, and not only that,the month of February!  Where is the time going.  You know the saying - March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb or vise versa, well it is coming in like a lion - more snow! - no, no, no - another 5-8 cm on Sunday! Okay enough of that!

For my card today, I have another Power Poppy digital image - Camellia's.  You can find Marcella's digital stamps here.





I love working with digi's because I can make them an size I want.  After printing I coloured using copics.

I kept the design simple for this card, did some embossing along the bottom of the card, added some washi tape along the top and bottom of the designer paper.  Finished off with some yelllow gingham ribbon, wink of stella pen on the flowers and pearls along the bottom.

Supplies:
Stamp - Power Poppy digital Camellias
ink-  printer, copics - leaves - YG03, YG21, YG17, YG67, YG99, flowers - Y32, Y38,  YR27, YR65, R11, R22, R24, stem - E57, shading - B000, BG10, B95, B52, YG21
Paper - cougar 100 lb white, Webster designer paper
Dies - spellbinder - labels twenty, oval, eyelet border
misc - gold krylon pen, pearls, wink of stella clear pen, yellow gingham ribbon, deminsionals, little "B"gold washi tape

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day,
Pauline

Monday, February 23, 2015

French Lilac


There is just something about digital images I love.  Maybe it's the gratification of having it instantly.
I can be very impatient when I order stamps - I hate the wait of 2-3 weeks before I get them. Well Marcella (Power Poppy) is releasing digital stamps the 15th of every month.  When I saw the sneak peak of this on I knew I was going to buy when it came available.

The other thing about digi's is that you can resize them, smaller or larger, to fit your design of your card.  For me this time, I made the image smaller.  I wanted to use one of my new dies (purchased before Christmas) that I haven't used yet.

I imported it into a Word document, resized and printed.  As I have learned from past experience I need to cut out my image before I colour.  Nothing worse than having your image all coloured up and then cut it out and something goes wrong -ie - your die slips - grrrrrr, so like I said I have learned the hard way as I'm sure many of you have experienced that as well.

Here is my card using Power Poppy digital image - French Lilac.



I started by cutting out my image first and then coloured with copics.

flower: V01, V12, V15, V17, RB69
leaves: YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, YG99
stem: E33, E57
shading: B000, BG10, B95, B52, V01

For my ribbon I coloured it using copic V15

Paper is from Kaisercraft - Kaleidoscope and I used Spellbinder die - 41.

Finished with some pearls and wink of stella clear on the flowers.

I so love this image, I have already finished another card using the lilacs.  Stay tuned...

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.  For all those that are experience this cold artic air -keep warm -today  it's -24C (-9 F) - wind chill colder than -30C (-20F).  Another cold week ahead with snow - I can't wait until spring arrives, when my miniature lilac bush starts to bloom - oh the smell is so heavenly.

Pauline

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Morning frost

I wanted to share a couple of pictures I took early this morning around 6:50 am.  We had a very mild day here yesterday compared to the frigid week we had, but it drops again tonight down to -30C.  Yesterdays temperature was around -1 and light fluffy snow.  With the warm temps yesterday and the cool night we woke up to heavy ice/frost on everything.  I went out and snap a few pictures. Now mind you these are nothing like Bill with take with his Nikon, this is just my little point and shoot Lumix Panasonic.  Not the best but you will be able to see the frost.

 this was looking out into our backyard towards the east as the sun was rising:



frost on some tall grass:




looking down the street.  Now the tree on the left that is tilting, it is really tilting - it's not me (LOL).
this is from over the years with the strong winds from the west have forced the tree to lean.


There you go, my frosty morning.  Have a wonderful day,
Pauline



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Simple yet elegant

Good morning, just thought I would do a quick post before heading off to work.  I had a request from a co-working for an engagement card.  Not knowing the age group of this couple I decided to do something elegant rather than cutsie.

I used some cream linen cardstock, metallic paper, spellbinder die - royal love, silk ribbon, pearls and this is what I did:




 Sentiment is from PTI - propose a toast, stamped using rich cocoa memento ink.

Okay, I'm off to work.  Have a wonderful day, and thanks for the visit today.

Back soon, next card is a Power poppy image...  can't wait to show you.

Pauline

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sending well wishes

Hi everyone. Hope everyone had a good week.  It's been terribly cold here, with snow through out the week.  This cold weather is suppose to last at least into next weekend. Temperature going down to -37C (-34F) I am so ready for spring!

For my card today I'm using a set from Altenew called Persian Motifs.  At first I wasn't sure how I was going to colour this - pencils, copics?? and then I thought about my sakura pens.  So I started my card and this is how it turned out:




I started by white embossing the flowers and leaves on some Tim Holtz watercolour paper.  I then watercoloured using the Sakura Metallic Jelly roll pens. You don't need to add much ink to the paper - a little goes a long way. I know you can't see it in the picture but in real the leaves and flowers just glisten with that bit of metallic in the ink - so pretty.

I added the sentiment using  PTI -Wet Paint III stamp set and smokey grey versafine ink.
Added a strip of paper down the left side to pick up the colour of the flowers - this was a scrap piece from one of the Memory Box paper packs. Finished off with some sequins.

So overall it was a simple card.  I will try this again using some different colours.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. It's a 3 day weekend for some of us Canadians - Family Day on monday -for a couple of the provinces.

 I want to leave you with this adorable picture.  After shoveling one night  afterwork,  I noticed our friendly bunny around the bird feeders looking for scraps.  I went in the house, looked out the kitchen window and there he/she was sitting on the deck, so grabbed my camera.So sweet, I would just love to cuddle him. :)



Thanks for your visit.  Till next time.....

Pauline

Sunday, February 8, 2015

First Dance

Sorry I've been away all week, it's just been one of those weeks.  We were battling a major snow storm last Sunday and into Monday with a snowfall of 14", then blowing snow and drifts on top of that. We had 2ft drifts along the back door, so to get out we had to basically keep pushing the door open then slide through the opening.  Once out we were faced with all 3 cars surrounded with 2-3ft of snow drifts - just pure craziness! Needless to say all schools were closed, but since I only live 5 min from work, I was able to get there.  Then on Thursday I started getting a sore throat which is now a full blown chest cold - constantly coughing.  Grrrrrrr.  I hate winters.  Now tonight we are blessed with freezing rain, everything is covered with ice, this is suppose to continue through the night then turn to snow by morning - another lovely way to start off the week!

First of all I was totally surprised today when I received an email from Splitcoast Stampers announcing that I was selected a the Featured Stamper of the week!  Here is the thread where it all started. I am still overwhelmed from the emails and responses from many fellow stampers.

Today's card is one in which I started last night.  I'm using a Penny Black stamp called First Dance.
I started by colouring directly onto the stamp using Tombow Markers, spritzed then stamped it onto some watercolour paper. One it was dry, I used some prismacolour pencils and added some shading.



After I was finished colouring I cut out the flower using Spellbinder A2 Devine Eleoguence.  I left the die in place and then sponged some distress antique linen and the went over that with some distress ripe persimmon. I layered the frame onto a piece of dp from Bo Bunny - autumn song collection.
On the Terracotta tile c/s I embossed both top and bottom edge using a cuttlebug flourish embossing strip folder just to add a bit of interest rather than leaving it plain.

To finish off I added a satin terracotta tile satin bow and an amber rhinestone in the middle.  I also took by wink of stella clear pen and coloured the flower to give is some sparkle.

Supplies:
Stamp - Penny Black - first dance
Ink - Tombow makers - 055, 098, 158, 815, 837, 946 - prismacolour pencils - sunburst yellow, raspberry, orange, distress antique linen & ripe persimmon
Paper - cream, PTI terracotta tile,  Bo bunny - autumn song collection
Dies - spellbinder - A2 Devine eleoquence
Misc - PTI terracota tile satin ribbon, amber rhinestone, wink of stella clear pen, cuttlebug flourish embossing strip folder

Thanks for stopping by, till next time....

Pauline