Prothonotary Warblers

Prothonotary Warblers
Making a nest

Monday, December 26, 2016

A lovely day

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas yesterday spent with family & friends.
Mark, Anna and the boys came down to spend the day.  We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family.  We shared lots of laughs, ate lots (way too much!) and just had  a good time. 

So that was yesterday, and today is also a special day, it's my BIRTHDAY!! woohoo!! My plan today is just to do nothing, and so far that is about all I have done.  I have checked out my Feedly posts and and a lot of other blogs.  Maybe I'll get working on some cards today and this week, since I'm off until Jan 2, then back to work on the 3rd,  my sale basket at work is completely empty! It's kind of nice to start the new year with a fresh selection.

I had made this card for one of my orders back in Nov, and just realized I never posted it.
I was inspired by a card that Cindy Lawrence did using this same image.  What led to this was I had already printed the digi image and I had cut it out, and I was looking for some kind of layout and I came across Cindy's card here.

Here is what I came up with:


I used copics to colour the image, and I never kept track as I was in a rushe to get this order done and delivered. I used Justrite Stitched A2 Banners and Rectagles to cut the image and the kraft c/s.  The fish tails for the other two pieces where cut using MFT fish tale dies.

I added some twine across the top and some enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy your day.  Safe travels if you are out and about.

Pauline

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Santa's Elf & pictures

A week today is Christmas, I can't believe it's here already. I am still working on some cards, unfortunately I won't get them all done this year. 

For my card today, I'm using a stamp set is from MFT called Santa's Elves.  I fell in love with these images when it was released last year but never had a chance to use them yet. 



This little guy was fast to colour.  I used copics and did my magic!  I then used a square nestabilites to cut him out and then layered it onto some red then white card stock. I was going to layer it onto my white card base but it just seemed to plain.  Then I thought how about some splatter?  I pulled out some distress inks- (barn door, festive berries, peeled paint, and mowed lawn), squished some onto an acrylic block, added some water, and then splattered with a paint brush.

I then stamped the sentiment - which comes in the set, using black versafine and my misti.  I added some glitter to the ball, and white dots on his cheek using a white gel pen.


Yesterday, we went to my Sister's house to celebrate Christmas with our families. Arlene had her place decorated so beautiful.  Here are some pictures I would love to share.

she had the dinning room done in pinks - so, so pretty


the front staircase was also decorated

close up of the teapot


I took a few pictures of the kids, here are my favourites

Mark & Anna


 Mark & James

 
Ethan


And then of course the family dog - Teddy (my sister's dog), he is such a good doggy.  As you can see he is all dressed up waiting to go outside - check out his little boots!


Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day.

Pauline

Monday, December 12, 2016

Santa's speedy delivery

Hello everyone, are you still with me? Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Long days at work, lots of overtime due to year end which doesn't leave much time for card making. Basically I have run out of steam, and on top of that I feel like I have lost my mojo! I forced myself the other night to get a couple of images coloured up, maybe then the mojo will come back and I can finish my Christmas cards.  I'm so far behind in those, not sure if I'm going to send out cards to everyone, but I'll try.

One of the images I coloured up is Stamping Bella's - Santa's speedy delivery.


I coloured with prismacolour pencils and blended out with gamsol.  I used a square spellbinders nestability to cut him out.  I then placed the image in my Misti to stamp the  sentiment.  Sentiment is from Penny Black - holiday snippets.

All the papers were used from my scrap basket, so not sure of the designer of these.  I used MFT's stitched scallop basic edge for the green dp. Gold ribbon was added then added Santa on top. I added some white fun flock to Santa's coat and pompom and used a white gel pen to add a couple of dots to his cheek.   Next I added  some Stamping Bella - glitter dots.  Emily doesn't carry these anymore, but I have a whole collection in a variety of colours.

That does it for this post.  Time for bed - 5am comes early.  Thanks for stopping by, see you soon,

Pauline


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Better together

Hello everyone.  I know I really should be sharing Christmas cards, but when you have lots of birthday's coming up and a few  birthday card orders you need to slip them in between making  Christmas cards when you can.

I received my new PTI order, so pulled out "better together' stamp set and created this.



For my card base I used PTI - noted scalloped A2 die vertical. Love how this cuts both front and back at the same time.  I just ran it back and forth a couple of times because of the thickness of the paper, but it cuts beautifully. I sponged some PTI aqua mist along the edges of the scallops.

White frame was cut using  the same scalloped A2 die but one of the inner dies of the set, love the detailed piercing on this.

For my image, I stamped the large flower from 'better together'  using versamark ink and then heat set it using white embossing powder. I tore a piece of heavy PTI polka dot vellum and laid this on the bottom half of the embossed image making sure it tucked inside the white frame area.  I also embossed one of the flowers from the same set and used a couple of copic colours to colour, then used the matching die to cut it out.

I added pop dots behind the frame and popped it up over the vellum and image. Next I tucked the single flower down in the left corner.  To finish off I added a silk ribbon bow, pink enamel dot on the single flower and some PTI rain drops.

I don't have a lot of Christmas cards to share right now, because some of my orders are requesting the same cards I made last year (which I have already posted).  I'm on my last card order, so hopefully in a few days I will be able to create something 'new' to share in the line of Christmas cards. Stay tuned!

I know everyone is busy at this time of year, so just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you taking the time to stop by for a visit. See you soon,

Pauline

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Simple Joys

Hello everyone.  I mean to post this a few days ago, but time just flew by.  I just finished up one of my Christmas card/birthday card order for a friend, so thought this was a good time to take a break and  share a card with you.

For my card today, I'm using an image from the set called "simple joy" from Power Poppy.  I am in love with this set, love the images and they always have such perfect sentiments  with a variety of fonts!


I had visions on using purple on my card, so pulled out some papers from Bo Bunny - Altitude collection as my guide line.  I used prismacolour pencils to colour. Once finished I used a stitched die to cut out the image. I used distress ink pumice stone to sponge some colour along the bottom and side.

After it was all layered up, I used a stitched banner die to cut a piece of the designer paper and then die cut a small snowflake to lay on top.  I added a purple rhinestone.

I wanted some glitter or shine and decided to go with both.  I added crystal stickles to the tiny white dots and added glossy accents to the balls. Well my purple balls turned pink!!! Yikes! So not sure if this falls into the category of this months challenge - to use pink, but I'm going to enter into the challenge over at Power Poppy.

supplies:
Stamps: Power Poppy = simple joys
ink - black memento, prismacolour pencils & gamsol, distress pumice stone ink
paper - cougar white 100lb, Bo Bunny - altitude collection, dark purple bazzill, SU sage green 
dies - MFT - stitched rectangle, Simon Says - stitched banner, Poppy stamps - Ava snowflakes
misc -  stickles, rhinestone, glossy accents

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by.

Pauline


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lockhart Lilacs

Hi everyone! I know I should be sharing Christmas cards, but this is another one that I had tucked away and never wanted to part with.  Enough of the hoarding I say.

I made this several years ago, but don't think I ever shared it.  I used one of several Lockhart images that I have.  I love their images, nice a small, which you don't have to spend a lot of time colouring.



Image was coloured using copics.  Sorry, I do not remember the colours.  Paper is from Memory Box.

Well that's it for this time, a real short and sweet post.

I also want to wish all my American followers a very Happy Thanksgiving.

I promise my next post with be a Christmas card - a Power Poppy image :)

Thanks for you visit today.
Pauline

Thursday, November 17, 2016

a card from the archives

A number of years ago when I first started card making I would keep one of everything I made- yes one of everything - pretty crazy eh?  The reason for this was because where I worked back then I would get lots of card orders, so the girls would look through my selection of cards that I made and would order from that.

Slowly over the years I eventually put them in my sale basket and sold them.  But I still have a few - some of my favourites that I didn't want to part with.  Well the time has come  - no more hoarding!  

I don't have much in details since it was a few years back.



If memory serves me correctly, the image is from Stampendous.  Paper is from Basic Grey.  My stamp store in town carried the little metal sentiment tags which I adheared to the bottom of the card.
I popped the image up with foam tape, and added ribbon and glitter. This is now in my sale basket at work.

Thanks for your visit today.

Pauline

Monday, November 14, 2016

I love snowy days.....

As I was gearing up to work on Christmas cards I went through a container I have that has left over die cuts, images not completed or images stamped off.  I have  tons of images that I have stamped off in past years but just never had time to get them coloured up and made into a card.

I came across this image and I believe it is from There She Goes - which is no longer in business.  Since it was ready and waiting for me, all I had to do was colour and make a card.  Here are the results:




I used copics to colour, then cut it out using MFT stitched rounded corner rectangle.  Left the die in place and sponged some soft sky around the image.

Designer paper is scraps from Basic Grey.  Snowflakes are from Poppystamps die  called Ava snowflakes. I added some glossy accents to the snowman's buttons and the dogs nose, then dotted the background with my quickie glue pen and added hero arts prisma glitter for lots of sparkle.
A gold glitter enamel dot was added to the center of the bottom snowflake.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Algonquin Park #3

I was scrolling through my pictures early this morning, since I was up because I couldn't sleep.  I have this terrible head cold that started last sunday with a very sore throat that last 5 days and now it's into my chest.  I have been blessed because I have not had a cold in over 5 years! I thought I had posted everything Bill had given me but there were a few more I didn't post. Here are the last of them.
Sorry, there is quite a few, hope you don't mind.


































I hope you enjoy our photos.  Another Christmas card due up for my next post. Stay tuned.
Have a wonderful day.

Pauline







Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Chickadee in Barberry

I guess it's that time of year to start working on Christmas cards.  I have a few done, but have a long way to go.  I always say every year, I'm going to start in January, and even if I can make one or two each month I wouldn't feel the crunch come Nov, but I never seem to do it - one of these years!

Today's card features one of the recent digi images from Marcella over at Power Poppy.  This one is called "Chickadee in Barberry".  I absolutely love this image and of course this bird.  Whenever I see a chickadee, it takes me back to times in Algonquin Park, when they will each right out of your hand, it's an amazing experience!


After resizing, I printed this onto some white 100lb cougar c/s.  I then cut it out using MFT stitched rectangle die and then ran it through my MINC machine to get the gold foil on the sentiment.  I can see from this angle for some reason it didn't adhere to the tale on the 's'. I find that happens now and again, not sure why, because the complete sentiment was covered with foil.

I coloured the chickadee using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. I used scraps of christmas paper from my scrap bin, but I think the papers are all from Basic Grey.

Finished off with glitter on the snow, sequins and gold twine. I also added some white dots on the berries using a white gel pen.

I really appreciate you stopping by today, have a lovely day,

Pauline



Sunday, November 6, 2016

Jungle vine

Good morning everyone!  Yesterday we were up at my son Mark's home to celebrate my grandson's 6th birthday.  How soon we forget how much noise 6 -  5 & 6 yr olds can make.  Good thing it was a beautiful day when they were able to play some games outside - ah-- peace and quiet inside! LOL. But all in all it was a wonderful day.

I procrastinated all week as to what kind of card to make for James. I really don't have much in stamps for young ones, but I did remember this die from Poppystamps that I purchased back in the summer.  It's called Jungle Vine Oval, and this is my card:


I started by cutting the green square with MFT stitched rectangle and then I cut the oval vine from that.  I also cut a piece of white card stock using the stitched rectangle die. One the white I sponged memento summer sky ink in the back ground and then I used MFT cloud die (I cut the die using copy paper - so it would be thin) and sponged clouds in the sky.  In real you can see the clouds, but they don't look very noticeable in the picture.  I then cut a couple of pieces from kraft c/s using MFT stitched snow drifts, then sponged some memento rich cocoa along the edges of the hills.

I sponged memento new sprout around the edges of the vine piece and added some olive grove as well, and sponged rich cocoa around the kraft card base edges.

Now for the monkeys - cut them from cream c/s and then  sponged them with memento inks - one using espresso truffle, desert sand, and rich cocoa.  These little monkeys even die cut their faces and tummy's, so cute!

After I hung the monkey's, it seemed pretty plain, not that a 6yr old would really know or care, but hey it's also the parents - right??.  so I thought how about one of the monkeys holding some balloons! I cut a couple of Simon Says -celebration time balloon dies from Bo Bunny's zoology collection. Did you notice that I was able to use one of the words on the paper - monkey - for the heart balloon! 
I attached the balloons using some twine and popped up the heart balloon from the bottom balloon.
I also popped up the frame using foam tape.

So there you have it! This was fun creating.

supplies:
dies - Poppystamps - jungle vine oval, happy monkey, dancing monkey, MFT - stitched snow drifts, MFT clouds,MFT stitched rectangle (from die-names blueprints 13),Simon Says - celebration time (balloons)
ink- memento - summer sky, desert sand, rich cocoa, olive grove, new sprout
paper - PTI kraft, cougar white, SU certain celery
misc - twine, foam tape

I will have a Christmas card for my next post so stay tuned for that.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful day,

Pauline

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mark & Anna's wedding

Can you believe that it is Nov 1?  One would never think that with the weather we are having today.
Low 70's for Nov 1 - kind of unheard of but I'll take it.  It's short weather not long pants and coat weather.  But I'm sure it won't last.

Just a warning - this is a long post - lots of pictures to share.

So, today I thought I would share pictures from our son Mark's wedding.  First up is the wedding card I made.  A few months ago I purchased a new die set from Wild Rose Studio, and when I saw it on line I knew I wanted to use for their wedding card.  I computer generated their names and date, and then I used my MINC machine to gold emboss it. The rest is pretty much explanatory.



Mark would of loved to of had his Dad take all the pictures but he didn't think that was fair.  He wanted his Dad to enjoy the wedding rather than devote all his time to picture taking. But Bill was able to capture a few.  The wedding was on the grounds of Elsie Perrin Williams Estate, and the reception was inside.


The Venue:




Rehearsal night


Wedding Day:
 

I absolutely love this  picture of Mark 


Mark  & me:


Karen (my daughter) & Me:

 

 Mark & Dad (Bill) - petty good picture eh - I took this one :)



Mark & the boys (Ethan 10, James 5)





The newlyweds: Mark & Anna



 
 

Pictures during the reception:



And now for our all time favourite.  I just love how Bill did this one. Anna squealed when we showed them this one.


We are so blessed to have a wonderful Daughter-in-law along with Ethan  & James.  They call us Nana Pauline and Papa Bill - they are such sweet boys.

Thanks for your visit today, and hope you enjoyed the pictures.

Pauline
 












Thursday, October 27, 2016

Edna needs a Martini

Hello everyone! I think we all could use a Martini don't you think? Although I'm not much of a drinking, the occasional glass of wine is always good.

For my card today I have a Stamping Bella image - called Edna needs a Martini.



I just love the Edna series of images and they always have cute sentiments to go along with them.

I stamped her onto some cougar white c/s and used copics to colour. Used an MFT stitched rectangle to cut her out and then layered her onto some MME Hazel papers - Stella Rose.
I stamped the sentiment onto some white c/s using black versafine, then used a circle die to cut out and used one of the copic picks to go around the edge just to add a bit of colour.

To finish off I used wink of stella clear pen for her wings and added some clear sequins.

Supplies:
stamp - Stamping Bella - Edna needs a martini
ink- copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, E09, E29, E97,R20, R30, R32, R43, R56, R89, BG0000, BG000, BG34, BG57, Y0000, C0, C01, C02, C03, V0000
dies - MFT- stitched rectangle, spellbinders circle
paper - cougar white 100 lb, MME Hazel Papers - Stella rose, dust rose bazzill
mics - sequins, wink of stella clear pen
 



Just to answer Leslie's question on my last post:

Leslie, to answer your question about the fox.  We just happened to be driving along one of the trails to have a picnic lunch and he was right there in front of the car.  He ran across the road and into the forest but came back around behind the car and down towards the small river and Bill jumped out and took pictures.  Shortly after that we saw another one around the picnic tables - looking for nibbles - and again Bill had his camera waiting just in case we saw another.  But, yes Bill has a lot of patience when it comes to his photography.  He will sit for hours waiting if he knows something is in the area.

Heading off to work shortly, it's a gloomy rainy day.  Would much rather be home working on cards!
Enjoy your day,

Pauline

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Algonquin Park # 2

I'm back to share some more of photos of our trip to Algonquin Park.

Costello Lake:



Adult and juvenile Loons


Rusty Blackbirds


Red Fox at Tea Lake Dam 


Fall colours along Hwy 60





Mushrooms 


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I will have more to share.
Have a wonderful day,

Pauline