Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Friday, January 29, 2016

Everything's rosy.....


Hello everyone.  TGIF! All I can say is that this week has flown by so fast, but glad we have the weekend ahead of us.  Warmer temperatures this weekend - above freezing which is nice.  Although we really can't complain at the winter we have had so far, at least where I live, it's been very little snow, and with the rain this past week it has all melted away! No complaints here :).

So I'm back to share a card with you using the newest digi from Power Poppy - everything's rosy.
Marcella just 'wows' me every time with her floral digital images (and stamps as well). 

 After re-sizing it, I flip the image over just for something a little different.  That is the advantage of digital images, you can do so much with them where as a stamp - what you see is what you get!



I actually printed 2 this size, and started to colour one of them with copics.  Although I love my copics I find it difficult to get the shading to my liking, so tossed that one aside, and pulled out my prismacolour pencils and coloured up the 2nd image.

I cut the image out using spellbinders oval die, then used my silver krylon marker and went around the edges.  This was then layered onto spellbinders oval regalia. 

Designer paper is Prima - Tea Tyme.  Now you know we must have sparkly flowers, so I added some hero arts - prisma glitter to the flowers as well as some tiny pearls.  I also added some pearls around the edge of the regalia oval.  I used some silk ribbon to make my bow to finish this off.  

supplies:
Stamp - Power Poppy - digital everything's rosy
ink - laser printer, prismacolour pencils & gamsol
paper - Prima - Tea tyme, Bazzill - blossom, cougar white 100 lb
die - spellbinders oval & oval regalia
misc - silk ribbon, pearls, hero arts prisma glitter, quickie glue pen, silver krylon marker

Have yourself a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Pauline

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Attention All Non Google account followers

Hi, this is just a reminder to my fellow followers:


I have noticed that my followers have reduced in numbers and I believe it is because of changes to Blogger. If I have lost you, you may wish to read the link here to rectify. I would hate you to miss out on my new creations.

By creating a Google account this will allow you  to post comments on Blogs very easily.  I encourage you to create an account if you don't already have one, it's easy and it's Free! 

Thanks,
Pauline

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Thanks # 2

Hi there, I'm back today to share the other 2 Thank You cards I was asked to make.

Overall, simple cards to mass produce. Both cards were done the same just different colours.

Both top layers were cut using MFT die-namics # 15. To do the 'thanks' I first die cut it from the top layer then also again with the co-ordinating colour, removed the white & grey 'thanks' and replaced it with the night of navy & basic gray thanks.

First card:





Second card:



Supplies:
stamp - SU - gorgeous grunge
dies - MB wild feathers, MB fancy thanks, Spellbinders - feathers on the wind, MFT die-namics #15
paper - Card # 1 - not quite navy, white,  Card # 2 - SU basic gray, MFT - grout grey, canyon clay, ocean tides
ink: card # 1 - SU - soft sky, tip top taupe, Card # 2 - PTI - simply chartreuse, canyon clay, ocean tides
misc - twine

Thanks for stopping by.  My next card is the new PP digi - everything's rosy. Can't wait to share it with you.

Pauline








Monday, January 25, 2016

Thank U

Hello.  I'm off today, so in between my to do list,  I'm trying to squeeze in a couple of cards today. I have 3 masculine Thank You cards to make, one down and 2 to go.

I thought I would take a little break and share my first card with you.


Very little stamping involved in this card.  I used Verve - You and I stamp set for the THANK and matching die (for the U). I embossed the Thank using white Hero Arts ep.

Papers are from Basic Grey - Mellow.  I have huge 12 x 12 container of BG from years past.  I couldn't believe all the beautiful papers I have stashed away and never think to use them.  

I used MFT Die-namics 15 for most layers and MFT fish tale stax die.  

I added some twine and a couple of bella dark chocolate dots to finish this off.

Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy your day.
Pauline

Friday, January 22, 2016

Celeste is ready to party!

Happy Friday everyone, and a 3 day weekend for me, gotta love it!  As I'm writing this post I'm in the middle of tears - why you ask, well I'm watching Hello/Goodbye.  OMG it's such a great show, it is filmed in Toronto at the  Pearson International Airport,  and the host talks to people that are waiting for the arrivals of loved ones that have been absent from Canada or leaving Canada to go abroad anywhere from a few weeks to years. Oh my goodness, it's such a happy/good feeling show (happy cry)when loved ones are coming home but for the ones that are leaving (sad cry) it pulls at your heart strings.  I am such a 'softee' I cry so easily. Okay, show is over, lets get on with my card.

I was asked by a co-worker to make a '50th' birthday card for a friend of hers.  She wanted on of the AI images, so I decided to use Celeste. Doesn't she look like she is having a good time? Celeste is ready to party!




I used copics to colour and the ground shading was done with prismacolour pencils. I cut the image out using spellbinders square die and then layered this onto papers by MME - Stella & Rose - Hattie papers.

I added some glossy accents to her glasses and the wine glass.  I was going to put '50' on the card front, but the number dies I had were too large.  Digging through my embellishments I came across some glitter chip board pieces which seem to work perfectly.

Enjoy your weekend, for those on the east coast, be safe - stay warm. 

Pauline

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunny sunflowers

Hello! I'm just popping in tonight for a quick post.  I received my Papertrey Ink order last week, and just couldn't wait to use my new 'sunflower' die plate. 

Here is the first one:


I cut the sunflower die using  cougar white 100lb card stock.  I attached a die cut - Happy Birthday (Impression Obsession) to the back side of the sunflower frame, then layered this onto a piece of Prima Fairy Flora paper. I added some tea dyed seam binding ribbon and added a little tag with a butterfly epoxy embellishment.  I then layered this onto a piece of SU Kiwi kiss card stock. I added some PTI rain drops here and there and used my wink of stella clear pen to add some glitter to the center of the sunflower.


For my second card:



For my second card I used SU blush blossom for my card base.  Cut another sunflower frame and adhered it to the base. I used the match sunflower stamp - botanical blocks and stamped it on white card stock using blush blossom.  I cut around the edges then layered this onto another piece of white card stock cut slightly larger and edged using my krylon gold pen. My sentiment is from Power Poppy - simply camellias - stamped in grey versafine. To finish I added some gold sequins and a tiny white bow tied using my bow easy. I also used my wink of stella clear pen to add some sparkle to the center of the stamped sunflower.

So there you have it, a couple of easy quick cards - great for when you in a pinch.

Thanks for stopping by, see you again real soon.  I have an Art Impression card to share next.

Pauline

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hellebores

I think my 'mojo' is slowly coming back. I managed to make another card on Monday when I as off - so that was 2 in two days! This time I'm using the new digital image from Power Poppy called Hellebores.

I couldn't believe how many colour variations this flower has. I know I'll be making more cards using this image.


After downsizing the image to what I needed, I printed then colouried using primsacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I then cut out the image using a square spellbinder die.  I really wasn't sure of the layout and I must say this was not the layout I had in mind at the beginning.  But you know how that goes right?.

After going through numerous paper packs looking for the right colour of dp, I decided on a piece from MME - In bloom.  I cut a square frame - using one size smaller die for the inside frame than the die I used for my image. The outside frame I used the smallest die from the Grand Square Nestibilites.  I then cut it again from white card stock to give the dp  some stability.  At first I wasn't going to raise it up I was going to glue flat to the card, but liked the raise effect better, so I cut a another frame from fun foam (love this stuff)! After gluing the dp to the c/s, then to the fun foam I had my frame made. The back layer I did some embossing with a sizzix folder - sorry no name on it.
Your probably wondering why I only embossed it so far down - well let me tell you - lol - I put the 5.25 x 5.25 into the embossing folder - well you know it only goes so far, and I had to make sure the folder and paper would run through my cuttlebug.  This sizzix folder is a bit bigger than the normal A2 size, so I couldn't run it though like I normally would.  Then I went to put the other edge into the folder and because the folder is longer it would only fit in one way and the the other end of the paper was sticking too far out I was unable to run it through, so I left it.  I guess (thinking now as I type this) I could of got out my grand caliber and did it that way. Oh  well, I guess it was meant to be - I actually like it.

To finish of I added some enamel dots and glitter to the center of the flowers. I was going to put a sentiment on the front, but I find sometimes in my sale basket if there is a specific sentiment, then it will just sit there until someone needs it, where as if no sentiment it can be used for many occasions.

Okay, well that was a long post today, hope I didn't bore you with all the details.  Thanks for your visit. See you again real soon,

Pauline



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winter birds

Hi everyone.  No card to share today just some photo's Bill took on Saturday.

After rain on Friday and Saturday morning, it cleared up in the afternoon, so we decided to take a drive out to Rondeau Provincial Park (it's about 1/2 drive or so), since we haven't been anywhere to see birds since the weather hasn't been that great on the weekends.

We were quite surprised at how many we did see.  Here are some of our favourite pictures Bill took - enjoy!














Thanks for stopping by.
Pauline

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jubilant

Hello all.  Today I can actually say 'winter' has landed.  After having mid 7C (40F) yesterday we went down to -4C feels like -11C(25F feels like 10F), with it first starting out with rain until the temps fell to below 0C and then the winds and snow blew in, complete whiteouts at times.  As I'm writing this, the snow has stopped but the strong winds are still there.  I just looked out to my backyard and I just counted 28 cardinals both male and female combined eating on the ground and feeders, along with sparrows, house finches, blue jays and juncos. Very picturesque with the male cardinals red bodies against the white snow.

I managed to  snap this photo of Mr. C (as I call him) from my craft room.  Not the greatest because of the window/screen, and also because of the wind it is a bit blury.




I'm still struggling with my 'mojo' but I did manage to colour up a couple of images and I just finished putting one together.

I decided to do some distress watercolouring.  I don't do this technique very often, so thought I would give this a try.  The image I'm using has some open spaces to colour, so room to move the ink around.

I am using Penny Black's - Jubilant.


I didn't keep track of the distress markers I used for this.  I stamped the image in black archival ink and then coloured small areas with the markers and used my koi paint brush to paint.  Once the image was painted I dried it with my heat tool to speed things up and then did the background.  There was some bleeding of other colours, so not perfect, but hey it's water colouring right?

I cut the image out using an oval spellbinder die and let one of the buts, leaf tip and branch extend beyond the die.  There are many ways to do this, the way I do it is lay my die over my image until I'm certain where I want to cut, then make light pencil marks on the inside of the die edge where I need to cut my image where it extends outside the oval.  I then cut the image part I need to up to the pencil markings, lay my die onto my image and life the cut part over top of the die - this way it will not cut.

I then layered the image onto a piece of white card stock cut using spellbinders elegant ovals.
Designer paper used is from Kaisercraft - Kaleidoscope.  For the bottom edge of the green paper I used spellbinders scalloped border two.  I wanted to add a sentiment of some sort, so pulled out my little tags from spellbinders back to basic tags.  The sentiment is from Penny Black -snippets.
To stamp the sentiment I used my MISTI.  Since the sentiment is one line, I first stamped the 'just',
cleaned the stamp and then aligned the 'for you' onto the white card stock under 'just' then closed my MISTI and stamped.  I didn't get a very good impression, so I re-inked 'for you' and stamped again. Thank goodness for the MISTI other wise I would never be able to re-align it again so perfectly.

To finish off I added a tiny bow (thanks to my bow easy) distress clear glitter and clear sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day.

Pauline


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Love is in the air....


 Hello everyone! I'm a little late but Happy New Year to all - honestly where did 2015 go?  When 2015 left so did my mojo. I've tried many times to sit and make a card over the holidays and I just can't do it.  Do you ever get like that? I hope I get it back shortly.  I had big intentions of making many cards for my sale basket over the holidays.

But..... remember when I was on the design team for SCS, well we are not to post the cards we make for SCS for 6 months on our blog or publications,  so now I can start to share the cards I have made for them.

My image is from Stamping Bella -  Emily & Ryan under the umbrella.
 

I coloured the image using caran d'ache pencils & gamsol .  After colouring I cut the image down to the size I needed, layered this onto a piece of pink card stock then stitched around the edges.

Designer paper is from Bo bunny - prairie chic.  The sentiment I used is from a Verve set called - heart to heart.

Finished off with glitter, pearls and silk ribbon.

supplies:
Stamp - Stamping Bella - Emily & Ryan under the umbrella, Verve - heart to heart
ink - black memento, black versafine caran d'ache pencils and gamsol
paper - white cougar, pink, Bo bunny - prairie chic
misc - glitter, pearls, pink silk ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope my creative juices return soon!

Pauline