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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.

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.


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.

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.


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!


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.


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,


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.

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,


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.