Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Monday, March 28, 2016

Birding Photo's Feb 2016

Hi everyone.  I'm back today to share some of Bill's Photography from our outings back in Feb/16.
No explaining here, so I'll let you browse.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Potted primroses

Yay, the end of another work week, and looking forward in having the next 4 days off. Weather is suppose to be somewhat not to bad, so Bill and I hope to get out and do some more birding.  We have been getting out over the last few weekends, so I will have some photos shortly to share with you.

For my card today, I'm using a Power Poppy image called Potted Primroses.   

I stamped the image onto some white cougar 100 lb cs using black memento and my Misti.  I find lately my memento ink pad must be breaking down, I keep adding ink but just doesn't get that nice dark crisp image that I use to, so with using the Misti, you can stamp over and over and you get a clean crisp image because it stamps exactly in the same spot every time.

I then coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. I then cut the image out using spellbinders regal frame, left the die in place and sponged some antique linen ink around the outer edges.  Papers used are from Memory Box. I added a piece of a die cut to the right side of the image, I felt it just needed a bit of something. 

To finish off I added some sequins, lace and wink of stella clear.

This will go into my sale basket at work as a Mother's Day card.

stamp- Power Poppy - potted primrose
ink - black memento, antique linen distress ink, prisma colour pencils - light umber, dark umber, burnt ochre, sienna brown, grass green, chartreuse, dark green, spanish orange, carmine red, poppy red, scarlet lake, crimson red, yellowed orange, orange, dahila purple, mulberry, french grey 20%, jasmine
paper - cream, white cougar 100 lb, java bazzill, Memory Box dp
dies - Memory Box - woodland oval die, spellbinders - regal frame
misc - lace, sequins, wink of stella clear, Misti

Thanks for your visit today.  Have a blessed Easter weekend.


Monday, March 21, 2016

The unfolding

Well lets try this again, I had the post complete, when to hit enter and for some reason I hit delete!! GRRRRRRR.....  so lets start again!

Hello there, Happy Monday, and it is my day off again - woohoot!!  We have a program at work if you work an extra hour every day you get every other Monday or Friday off, so I opt for the Monday. We are busy at work so the extra hour a day goes by fast.  I had lots of errands to do this morning, then after lunch I finally got around to taking pictures of the cards I have made over the last week or so.

The card I'm showing you today, I actually had the image done about 3 weeks or so ago.  This was just a practice piece, never thought it was going to turn out good enough for a card, but it did!

I'm using Penny Black's - The Unfolding

I didn't keep track of the inks I used because like I said this was just a practice piece.  I used Tim Holtz distress markers to colour the image, gave it a spritz of water then stamped onto some water colour paper. Once dry I went back in with my prisma colour pencils and added some darker shading to the flowers.  I used my new Gansai Tambi paints to do a wash around the image.  It does look a bit more green in the picture than what it really is in real.

Since this was suppose to be just a practice piece I cut my paper too small to do any fancy die cutting  with it, so I used spellbinders long rectangle die to cut it out.  I then took some white paint and a very wet paint brush, picked up the paint and splattered it onto the image. Once it dried you couldn't see to much of it but you can see a bit on the large flower.  I also did the same with my wink of stella gold pen, tapped the end to flick some gold paint on the image.

I tried layering the image onto some papers, but it was too distracting, so I opt to keep it simple. I used spellbinders scalloped border two to cut along the bottom.  I wasn't sure whether I should do the same to the back of the card or keep it plain. Would you of kept the back plain as I did or would you cut the back to match the front - would love to hear your thoughts on this?

To finished off I added some pearls and some silk ribbon.  Lesson learned - don't use silk ribbon when you have dry hands, the tiny pieces of dry skin seem to catch on the ribbon and snag it!

Thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Card class #2

Today I'm sharing a  a couple of cards for my next upcoming class at Paper Pickle. My class dates are March 30 & April 6.  If you are local and interested, please call The Paper Pickle to reserve a spot.

My first card I started with some distress inks to cover my top layer. I then laid a stencil over part of it and used a baby wipe to remove the ink in the stencil openings (you can see the effect in the bottom left - yellow portion).  I then took a couple of background stamps, inked them and stamped off first, then stamped using a 2nd generation of ink to stamp in the top right corner and top left.  I used a mesh stamp and a fine script - I don't know how well you can see that in the picture.  I then stamped a Magenta queen's anne lace stamp using black versafine.  Finished with some black ribobn and a couple of enamel dots.

For the second card, I did some colouring using prisma colour pencils.  This is a penny black stamp set I'm using.  After it was coloured I cut it out and popped it up onto a piece of white c/s that was cut using a spellbinder circle delight die and then I sponged some distress tumbled glass for a bit of colour.  To finish off I added glitter, and piece of crochet lace and button.

Thanks for your visit today,


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Soaring by...

to say Hi!  Hello everyone.  Well it looks like a very gloomy day ahead with rain.  A great day to be doing some stamping don't you think?

My card today is using a Papertrey Ink set called - Everyday Button Bits.  There are so many pieces to this set to make a variety of images.  You just add a 'button' to finish off your image. 

I first made my frame by using spellbinders square dies. I then cut another piece to fit almost the same size, as the opening of the frame, then sponged some clouds using SU soft sky. I then stamped the basket part of the hot air balloons where I wanted them, then added the buttons. For the rolling hills I used some green card stock and MFT stitched snow drift die. 

I used some foam tape to raise the frame then added some punch flowers in the corner. For the embossed background I used my scor-buddy  - first score on a diagonal every 1/2" across, then turn to the next corner and score again across the page. (I hope I explained that correctly?).

stamps: PTI - everyday button bits 
paper: cougar white, bazzill green, scraps of light pink and green 
ink: SU soft sky, versafine black 
dies: spellbinder square dies, MFT stitched snow drifts
misc: buttons, martha stewart hydrangea punch,  scor-buddy

Thanks for your visit today.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gift of spring

Hello everyone. I'm back tonight to share a card I made yesterday on my day off.  Not only did I manage to make a card, I cleaned up my stamp room. What a job that was, I came across stuff I didn't even know (well probably did but forgot) I had.  I have way too much stuff! I need to have a sale someday just to purge some of the stuff I never use.

So onto my card.  I needed an Easter card to pop in the mail along with the St. Patricks day card.
I'm using an Easter set from SU called - Gift of Spring.

I stamped the image using black memento and colouring using copics! After it was cut out using an oval die, I used my gold krylon pen around the edge. For the layer behind the image I did a colour wash onto some water colour paper.  I used spellbinder large oval scallop to cut it out.

The rest is pretty straight forward.  I added wink of stella clear pen on the flowers , added some ribbon and sequins to finish off.

stamp - SU - gift of spring
ink - black memento, distress inks - peacock feathers, pickled raspberry, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, copics - E31, V0000, B0000, G00, R00, R81, R83, Y00, Y11, Y13, 18, Y38, YG01, YG23, YG67
paper - white cougar 100 lb, canson 140lb water colour paper, bazzill pink
dies - spellbinders large oval scallop, oval
misc, - SU embossing folder, gold krylon pen, sequins, ribbon, wink of stella clear pen

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope I have inspired you today.


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lucky Day

Hi everyone!  What a hectic week it's been, so glad it's the weekend, and actually I'm off Monday, so it's a three day weekend!

A friend had asked me to make her a St. Patrick's day card, which I usually do every year for her to mail to one of her friends.  I have very limited stamps for St. Patrick day, but this particular one I haven't used in a number of years (actually I forgot I even had it - I guess that's what happens when you have too many stamps!).  I'm using a House Mouse image called - Lucky Day.  

Rather than just make a plain ole' card I made my first 'shaker card'!

I started with the background.  I am so addicted to do the colour wash on water colour paper.  I just love this technique and you never get the same look twice! After doing the wash and letting it dry, I cut it out using a stitched rectangle die from MFT.

I stamped the image onto some white cougar c/s and used copics to colour.  This was then cut out using a circle s/b die.  To do the border I used a larger scallop circle die and also a circle die one size smaller than the circle die I used for the image.  I cut a piece of acetate and glued this to the back of the scallop border, then cut some foam tape and added it along the border. I then glued the image to my water colour background, added some sequins ( I really need to get some shaker card fillings) to the center of the image, then took the frame and laid it over the image.  Pressed down firmly to make sure the tape adhered. And there you go - my first shaker card!!

I added a couple of different colours of twine to finish this off.

image - House Mouse - Lucky day
ink - black memento, copics - YG01,YG06, YG09, YG25, YG61, YG93, E51, R20, E31, E33, V05, V09, distress inks - forest moss, twisted citron, lucky clover, shabby shutters
paper - Tim Holtz water colour, white cougar 100 lb, dark green, acetate
dies - spellbinder, - circle & scallop circle, MFT - stitched rectangle
misc - sequins, twine, foam tape

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.