Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
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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.

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,


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


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


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Black-eyed susan

Happy Wednesday - we are half way through the week, even though it feels like a Tuesday to me since I was off on Monday.

Thanks so much for those who commented on Bill's photography from our trip (previous post)- greatly appreciated.  I will have more to share in my next post.

A quick post this morning before heading off to work.  One of my very closest and best friends birthday was last week, so I surprised her with a little gift and this card:

I'm using Power Poppy's black-eyed susan digital image.  After re-sizing I printed it out onto some 100lb cougar white c/s and coloured with copics.

I used an older MFT die-namics die set to cut out the image.  I searched their website and can't seem to find this set, it must be discontinued.  Papers used are from MME - Fine and Dandy - true blue.

Now these are not my colours by any means and I found it hard to go this direction, but since I had my flowers already coloured in yellows/oranges I didn't have much choice, but I do like out it turned out.

Finished off with some art institute - autumn glitter in the centers of the flowers.

stamp - Power Poppy digital image - black-eyed susan
ink - copics - Y04, Y18, Y38, YR15, G40, G24, YG01, YG0000, E08, E09, E19, E99
dies - MFT die-namics- ?, EK success border punch - abstract flowers
paper - MME - Fine & Dandy - ture blue, PTI chocolate, cougar white
misc - ribbon, art institute autumn glitter, quickie glue pen, bow easy.

Well, that's it for me for today.  So glad you stopped by, have a wonderful day.  Another beautiful day here - high of 20 C (70F) today, but then it falls off over night, and the rest of the week is in the 50's.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Algonquin Park #1

Hello everyone.  A few weeks ago Bill and I spent 5 days up in Algonquin Park (this is the oldest and biggest provincial park in Canada measuring 7,653 square kilometres or 2,955 square miles). We knew before heading, that the park was showing stunning fall colours, but when we arrived it was nothing like we imagined.  Even locals say this was the best year for 'fall colours' in years. They have never seen colours so intense. We were not disappointed to say the least, from yellows to oranges to reds to burgundy's - it was breathtaking!  

We try to get up to the park at least once a year.  It's an amazing park, with 20 interpretive walking trails, some include waterfalls and lookouts. Being here is so serene! It's a great place to unwind from the hectic everyday life. I know a lot of people would much rather be on a sunny beach on some island far away, but for us we love to drive to our destination and soak up the scenery of our beautiful country we live in, along with what nature has in store for us.

The weather was cool in the mornings in the mid 40's to low 50's up to low 70's in the afternoon. First couple of days were cloudy, but sun broke out late afternoon, the rest of the week was sunny.

Bill took so many fabulous pictures capturing the fall colours.  I will share some in this post and then more in a future post.

Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them for a better view.


This was taken on day 2, just as the sun was breaking through the fog, shortly after 7am. So tranquil.

A view from across Tea Lake.

Colours of Autumn - along Opeongo Road

The Common Loon has been on Bill's list of 'lifers' to get for years, and finally he was able to capture them on Opeongo Lake.

And how about a bit of nature - mushrooms - gorgeous!
I hope you enjoyed what I shared today.  I will have more in another post shortly. Thanks for your visit today.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Mr Fixit

Good morning.  Today is my son Mark's birthday.  I can't believe where the 32 years have gone. Since he bought his home  a year ago he has taken up a new hobby - wood working.  He has blow my mind on what he has created.  He has made a coffee table - gorgeous, small shelving units for the wall, and he also made their wedding card box for guests to deposit their cards at the reception.

So I was racking my brain as to what image I could use for his birthday card.  I came across an image over at Mo's Digital Pencil called Mr. Fixit. We had our family Thanksgiving on Saturday so we gave it to him then, and he loved it!  He is going to put it in a frame and place it in his workshop room.

After re-sizing the image I used prismacolour pencils to colour. I used MFT stitched rectangles  to cut out the image. 

Designer paper is Basic Grey -Granola.  For the corner I used Verve's Pennant trim - I cut off 2 of the pennants, overlapped them and added a screw brad to hold them together.  

Well that's it for me today.  Hope you have a wonderful day.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

cuppa buttercups and pictures

Hello everyone.  Sorry for the long absence.  As I mentioned before,  we were busy getting ready for our son Mark's wedding, then back to work for a week, then last week Bill & I took off for a weeks vacation.  Nowhere hot with sunny beaches, but rather up north to Algonquin Provincial Park to soak in the wild life along with the most gorgeous fall colours.  We are still all green down in SW Ontario, there might be the odd tree that is turning yellow, or a bit of orange.  It was like driving through a tunnel of colour.  We hit it at the right time as the colours reached their peak.  A lot of locals we met even said this has been the best year in many, as far as colourful and vibrancy.

Here are a few I took with my Canon PowerShot S95.  I will have more to share later, just haven't had time to go through them all. 

along highway 60 driving through the park:

Oxtongue rapids - you can see Bill over to the right, doing what he loves best!

and now for my card post.

I made this a couple of weeks ago before I took my break but just didn't get the chance to post it.
I'm using one of Power Poppy's digital image called Cuppa buttercups.

 After re-sizing and printing I used copics to colour.  I cut it out using a stitched circle die, then cut a scallop circle using some of the designer  paper.

The bottom of the card front I used my ever so neglected spellbinder border.  I'm not even sure if they still carry this set, as  I have had it for several years.  It cuts, embosses as well as pierce tiny holes for the design. I used the same die to cut both edges of the yellow designer paper.

All papers are from the Howdy Doody MME 6x6 paper pack.

To finish off I cut a flag banner from a piece of scrap and then added a tiny bow made from silk ribbon.  Wink of Stella clear pen for the buttercups and pearls along the bottom edge.

So..... now I need to get into gear and work on more cards.  Taking almost a month off, it's hard to get back at it.  My basket at work is almost depleted, and of course Christmas card orders.  So that should get me into gear don't you think!

stamp - Power Poppy - digital image  cuppa buttercups
ink - copics - BG0000, BG000, E30, E31, R21, R24 R29, RV02, RV09, RV19, YG01, YG03, G 29, YG63, YG67, Y12, Y32, Y38, YR23
paper - MME - Howdy Doody, cougar white
dies - Simon Says - inside & out stitched circle, spellbinders - scallop circle, stitched border
misc - pearls, silk ribbon, wink of stella pen

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful day.  See you again real soon. (Wed - I will post my son's birthday card).