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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Climbing clematis

Well hello everyone. I'm just popping in today to share another Power Poppy digital image card.

I'm using Climbing Clematis which can be found here.
After re-sizing I used my magic with my prismacolour pencils and went to work, and this is the end

A few weeks ago I was in at our local copy center and they carry a small amount of 'scrapbook' supplies, but I came across a piece of 12 x 12 Fabscraps paper -OMG I fell in love with the colours on this.  As soon as I saw this paper I knew I was going to colour the clematis  to go with this paper. Sometimes it all just works out!

So as you can see I did some stitching around the image once is was layered onto some teal bazzill card stock. I used BG0000 copic to add some colour around the flowers and blended out with the clear. I added some glitter to the flowers, pearls and a bow.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!  It is suppose to hit a high of 10C (54F) today, but look out the rest of the week, we plumage again with winter like conditions!  It has been a very strange winter this year as I'm sure most of you can contest to that!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Birdie with a gift

Hello everyone. I was suppose to be teaching my first of two classes tonight but unfortunately it was cancelled due to a potential winter storm, it has been postponed to March 9.  So this gave me a 'free' night so I decided to post a card I made on Monday.

For my card, I'm using a digital image from Digistamps 4 you.  I just love these cute birds, there is just something about them that makes me smile.

After re-sizing I coloured the birdie using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  This was then cut out using an oval spellbinder die and layered onto some white cardstock cut using spellbinders timeless rectangle die.

For the background paper I did some water colouring.  I taped down my TH water colour paper, and completely wet it down with my paint brush.  I applied some distress ink to an acrylic block, then picked up the colours using a wet paint brush, then laid the colours onto the wet water colour paper.  With the paper being wet, the colours tend to move and bleed - love the effect this give.  I heat set it and then went back in and added some more ink to add some deeper shades.  This was then cut using a MFT  stitched rectangle die.  I then layered this onto my card base.

I added some fun foam to the back of the timeless rectangle die cut to give it some dimension. Some purple and blue sequins were added as well as some glitter to the hearts on the present to finish this off.

image -  digital image - birdie with a gift from Digistamps 4 you
ink - prismacolour pencils, distress ink seedless preserves, peacock feahters
die - spellbinders - oval, timeless rectangle, MFT - stitched rectangle
paper - Tim Holtz water colour, cougar 100 lb white
misc - sequins, glitter, fun foam

Thanks so much for stopping by - see you real soon.


Sunday, February 21, 2016

a bit of grunge

Good morning everyone! Hope your weekend is going well.

Today I'm sharing a card I made for my future grandson - my son Mark is engaged to Anna who has 2 young boys -Ethan - who just turned 9, and James who is 5. So the card I made is for Ethan.  Anna and Mark had a party for him yesterday and we went up to the big city (London) to join in the fun.

I usually don't make kids cards - one - because I don't have anyone young to make them for, and second- because I don't usually get asked for kids cards - so with saying that I have very limited 'young boys' images/stamps.  So I racked my brain all this week trying to dig through my stamps to see what might work - everything seemed to old for a 9 yr old, and then I came across my  gorgeous grunge set from SU- perfect!

This is how it turned out:

I started by using the SU gorgeous grunge set and stamped away using pumpkin pie, bermuda bay, and black.

I used PTI - birthday die and cut 2 from black card stock.  I glued them together to give it a bit more thickness and stability,and was just going to glue to the front of the card, but then decided to inlay it into the card.  So I cut the birthday once again out of the front of my card.  I glued the black birthday sentiment into the negative portion of the card. I love the look by doing this - so cool. I then stamped 'it's your' in black versafine.

Once everything was put together, I needed something on the top portion of the card since it looked bare - so dug out my star dies and cut up a couple different sizes and ended up with the size above. I finished it off with a number '9' cut from my quickutz die set (I have not used this set in about 10 yrs!) I completely forgot I had this set. 

I'm really pleased on how this turned out, but I think I need to look for a couple of younger boy images so I will have these on hand for future.

Thanks for your visit today.  Enjoy the rest of your day,

stamp - SU Gorgeous Grunge, PTI - birthday cheer
ink - black versafine, SU pumpkin pie, bermuda bay
die - PTI birthday cheer - matching die set, spellbinder star dies, quikutz - alphabet/number set
paper - cougar 100 lb white, black, SU bermuda bay, orange



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sneaky Peak day 5 - Stamping Bella

Hello everyone! I'm so excited to share you with you today a sneak peek from Stamping Bella's upcoming release on February 23rd.

This is Bunny wobble and the peony! Isn't this the cutest image ever! I love her.

I coloured her using prismacolour pencils and blended out with gamsol.  I then cut the image out using MFT arch dies (not sure on the correct name, I couldn't find it on the MFT website, it must be discontinued).  I then left the die in place and sponged some SU soft sky around the edges.

Designer paper is Prima - fairy flora.  

I ran a piece of pink silk ribbon through the top of the lace, wrapped this around the layer then tied a tiny bow with my bow easy.  Added some glitter and some enamel dots to finish this off.  Bunny wobble also comes with her own sentiment - 'It's your day".

Don't forget if you would love a chance to win one of the new images be sure to stop over at 
bloggabella and leave a comment - it's that easy!

I hope you liked my  sneak peak today. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cards for upcoming class

Hello everyone.  I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

I thought I would share with you today a couple of cards that I will be teaching at our local stamp store - The Paper Pickle   on Feb 24 & March 2.  If you are local and would love to take my class, please call the store to register, I believe the March 2 class is almost full.

The first card I started by stamping the image (Penny Black - charming) using black memento and then coloured the image using prismacolour pencils.  I also stamped off one of the flowers again (2nd from the right) coloured and popped it up.  Sponging was done around the edges,then I used a stencil for the top right corner, and applied more sponging to get the design to show.  To finish off I added some glitter and sequins.

For the second card I used a memory box flower die, cut it out of white cardsotck, sponged the stem and flower using distress inks.  On the layer (just before the card base) I sponged some distress inks, kept measuring how much I needed to extend the ink by placing my die cut scallop circle in place.  One I was happy with the sponged area I splatted some distress ink with a paint brush (love doing this, I need to do this more, love the look).  I punched some butterflies using Martha Stewart's butterfly punch, added colour with distress inks.  Finished this card off with a rhinestone in the center of the larger butterfly and popped the flower up.

Be sure to stop back here on Feb 18th, this coming Thursday.  I am helping Emily from Stamping Bella out on her big upcoming release, so I have sneak peak to show you.  Can't wait to share with you.

Enjoy your day, see you Thursday,


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Magnolia sunrise

Hello everyone.  I'm back today to share a new 'digi' image from Power Poppy, called Magnolia Sunrise.  Marcella has outdone herself once again.

After re-sizing and printing I coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended out with gamsol.  The image was cut out using an oval spellbinder die, then layered onto another piece of white c/s cut using spellbinder opulent ovals.

I used a Martha Stewart border punch for the white scallop lace border along the bottom.   Designer paper is from MME - fiddlesticks.

Finished with some seam binding ribbon, pearls and lots of glitter.

stamp - Power Poppy - digital - magnolia sunrise
ink - prismacolour pencils & gamsol - cream, canary yellow jasmine, spanish orange, terra cotta, yellow chartreuse, chartreuse, kelly green, kelp green, spring green, moss green, light umber, grayed lavender, lavender, lilac, violet, ultramarine, and copic BG0000 for shading among the flowers
dies - spellbinder oval &  opulent oval
paper - white cougar 100lb, MME - fiddlesticks, yellow bazzill
misc - seam binding ribbon, pearls, glitter, MS border punch

I'm glad you stopped by today for a visit.  See you again real soon,


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Brief is love but....

Well good morning everyone!  I'm sorry I haven't posted all week.  I think my mojo left me again.  As much as I wanted to stamp & colour I just  couldn't find it in me to do it.  So this morning I was up bright and early 6:20, grabbed a coffee and decided I was going to make a card before heading off to church.

I wanted to make a Valentine card for my son Mark and fiancee Anna.  I pulled out some Verve stamps and dies and went to town.  I found a sketch layout to use and this is what I came up with. 
I had this done in 20 min!

Sentiment is from Verve - stronger love which was stamped in black versafine ink.  I used the rounded scallop frame from Verve, cut it out twice, once using dp, and once on cream c/s.   I replaced the center part of the dp and put in the cream and stamped my sentiment on that.

Flag stax is a MFT die, and the scallop border on top is a spellbinder die.

To finish this off I used my wink of stella pen to go around the edges of the cream sentiment where it inlays to the scallop border, cut some leaves from vellum, a couple of hearts, then added some sequins, a glittery enamel dot then tied some seam binding ribbon around the top to pull this all together.

There you have it 20 min from start to finish! Inside the card I stamped Happy Valentines Day!

stamps - Verve - stronger love
ink - black versafine
paper - crate - fourteen, cream, scraps of red and dark pink, PTI vellum
dies - Verve - rounded scallop frame, from the heart (for the small hearts), sprightly springs (vellum leaves), spellbinder A2 bracket borders one, MFT flag stax dies
misc - wink of stella clear pen, sequins, enamel dot, seam binding ribbon

Thanks for your visit today.  I'm hoping this quick card got my 'mojo' going again. Have a wonderful day!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Special Delivery

Hello everyone.  Well I hope you survived your Monday.  I always find Mondays a tiring day, I guess it's because I was just off for 2 days and then it's getting back into the swing of things.

Today I have a baby card to share.  I using a stamp from the Justrite stamp set called Special Delivery.  I stamped it using black memento and coloured using copics.  I used prismacolour pencils for the grassy area.

After cutting the image out using a rectangle spellbinders die I left the die in place and sponged some antique linen distress ink around the edges.
Cut a border using nellie snellens flower border from PTI - yellow bitty box basics paper. I layered this behind the image. I also used the same yellow paper to stamp my sentiment on then cut a fishtail flag. Finished off with some tiny buttons and some glossy accents to the glasses.

stamps - Justrite - Special delivery, bundle of joy vintage labels 5 
dies -  spellbinders A2 matting basics b die, nellie snellen border die
paper - Cougar white & cream 110 lb, SU pistachio pudding, Simple Stores - baby steps, PTI - bitty box basics 
ink - black memento, black versafine, copics - C00, C01, C02, C03, E000, E00, E01, E33, Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y35, YR15, B21, B23, R08, prismacolour pencils - limepeel, kelly green, kelp green, distress antique linen 
misc -  buttons, glossy accents
Thanks for visiting.  Have a wonderful day.