Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wishing you a lovely day

Hello everyone!  It's a beautiful Spring day today, a bit on the chilly side, but hey I'm not complaining. It's around 50F, but the winds are cool, which made it nice for doing yard work today.
It's so nice to get the gardens cleaned up, to see all the new growth coming through. Still not done, but it was a good start today.

I haven't been doing too many cards lately, when it's nice out Bill and I are out scouting to see what new migrants have flown in the area.  A  couple more weeks and we should be in full birding season.
Can't wait!

I've had this image printed off quite a while ago, but just never got around to colouring it up. So last night that's what I did. Image is from Power Poppy  - digital Cuppa Buttercups.

It was  very quick card.  I usually stress over the papers etc, but everything fell into place on this one fairly quickly.



Copics were used to colour, and I used the pointillism technique for around the flowers.  

I used MFT stitched rectangle to cut it out.  Papers are from MME- Stella Rose - Mabel papers.
This is old but I still have a few sheets left in this 6x6 pack.

I used some new sequins called 28 Lilac Lane - spring butterflies.  Just love the assortment of spring colours, yellows, blue, clear, orange, clear butterflies as well as all the little sequin holes, which you can see I added them here and there. So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Wishing you a wonderful day!

Pauline


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vintage Easter Egg #2

Good morning and Happy Easter to all!

Today, I'm back to share another Easter card I made using Power Poppy's Vintage Easter Egg.



Being that this is a digital image, I was able to shrink the image to make it the size I needed. After printing it off, I coloured using copic markers.  Sorry, I did not keep a list of colours as this was done a couple of weeks ago, and I was working on a couple of cards at the same time.

I used spellbinders circle, and circle blossom to cut our the image and layer underneath.  Dark purple flag end is a die from Simon Says, and the larger flag end is cut using a die from Justrite.

Paper is by Prima - butterfly collection.  I've had this paper pack for a while, just have a hard time using it because it is so pretty.  Love the wood grain paper and all the soft delicate details papers as well in this pack.

To finish off I added some white seam binding ribbon, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, and a Studio Calico wooden butterfly, in which I added a layer of glitter to it using the wink of stella pen.  It just gives it a bit of sparkle.

Well that's it for today.  Wishing you a wonderful Easter.

Pauline


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter chicks


Good morning.  Well it was a wonderful weekend, nice spring weather has arrived - finally, yesterday was around 70, just too bad I was stuck indoors at work to enjoy.  Looks like another gorgeous day today as well.  Which brings us to Easter, being this weekend, I have another Easter card to share I made for a co-workers little nephew.

The image is from LOTV (Lilly of the Valley). 



I coloured the image using copics, and the ground using prismacolour pencils. I then cut the image out using MFT stitched rectangle I sponged some clouds using SU soft sky.  I then cut a couple of clouds out from white c/s, using PTI cloud dies.

Designer paper is MME - On the sunny side.
Finished off with some glitter around the clouds, and on the egg for a bit of sparkle.

Wishing you a wonderful day!  Thanks for your visit.

Pauine


Friday, April 7, 2017

Vintage Egg #1

Thank goodness it's Friday! We woke up to some winter weather this morning - SNOW! But it didn't last. It's been a very gloomy week with lots of rain this week, but the sun finally came out this afternoon.  This weekend is going to be fabulous with temps ranging from 50's to the 70's by Monday.  Hopefully we have seen the last of winter weather.

With Easter next weekend, I've been busy making a few Easter cards.  For my card today, I'm using Power Poppy's digital image Vintage Easter Egg. 




After resizing to what I wanted, I printed it off and coloured using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a square die to cut it out, then layered it onto a piece of coral card stock which was cut using spellbinders captivating square die.

Paper is from MME Howdy Doody.  I added some lace and blue silk ribbon, pearls and a prima flower to finish off.  I also added some nuvo jewel drops  orange marmalade for the centers of the yellow flowers, and wink of stella clear pen on the blue flower.

I will see you soon as  I have 2 more Easter cards to share over the next week.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Pauline

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tiny Townie Garden Girl

Hello all!  Have you seen then new Tiny Townie Garden Girls released by Stamping Bella?  She has just released another 5, but the one I used today was from her previous release.  These girls are so adorable, and love how she created their clothing to represent the flower.

This is Tiny Townie Garden Girl Lily of the Valley,



I started by stamping her on white 100lb cougar cardstock using black memento ink, then used prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.

I used a PTI die set to cut her out as well as for my base card.  Die set is called - Noted: Scallop A2 Vertical die.  Designer paper is from Memory Box.

To finish off I cut out Simon Says Harrington Vine and then snipped part of it off to fit in the corner.
Added a small bow tied with silk ribbon, then added glitter to her dress and the lilies.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for your visit.

Pauline

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Meadow Greens

Hi. Hope your week is going well.  I'm back today to share a card I made for a co-worker who's last day in our Dept is this Friday.  She is moving into a new role in another dept.

I used PTI Meadow Greens stamp set. 



Using confetti white c/s, I stamped the flower blossoms first using PTI inks -Hibiscus burst, berry sorbet & lavender moon. I then stamped the stems and leaves using PTI - simply chartreuse.

I then placed this into my Misti to stamp the sentiment, which is from PTI's - Watercooler Talk.   I'm glad I did because the first impression wasn't quite dark enough, so with using the Misti, I just re-inked the sentiment and stamped again.

I sponged some lavender moon around the edges.  I wrapped a piece of white silk ribbon around the bottom of the stamped piece then adhered this to a piece of white c/s.  My base is using PTI - lavender moon c/s.

To finish off, I used my wink of stella clear pen for the flowers, then added clear sequins to the centers of the flowers. A small white pearl was placed in the centers of the sequins to complete.

That's all I have for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Pauline

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tulips x 2

Hello everyone.  Today, I'm about to double your pleasure as I have 2 cards to share.  Both using the same stamp, but different layouts and colours.

I was in need of a couple of Easter cards for a friend, so scrounging around for some spring flowers, I came across a Hero Arts tulip stamp that I haven't used in quite some time.  Perfect!  So I played around with some different colours and these were my favourites.

The first one was done but colouring directly onto the image with distress markers, huff, and stamp.
I used MFT cross stitch rectangle die to cut it our then layered it onto another piece of white card stock. I wrapped some lace around the image, then adhered then to a piece of scrap dp from the scrap bin, then onto my card base.
To finish up I used my wink of stella clear pen to add a bit of sparkle to the tulips, a couple of enamel dots and a  tiny silk green bow.





For my second card, I used distress markers again, huff & stamp.  I used MFT stitched inside & out rounded rectangle die to cut it our.  I wrapped some orange gingham ribbon around the base of the flowers before adhering to the next layer. For that I used  sizzix  embossing folder - sorry do not know the name of this one.
To finish off used my wink of stella clear pen for the flowers and added some enamel dots.



Great thing about both cards is that they are nice and flat for mailing - no extra posted required!

Supplies:
stamp - Hero Arts - newspaper tulips
paper - cougar white 100 lb, scrap designer paper
ink - distress markers - twisted citron, moved lawn, picked raspberry, rie persimmon, mustard seed
dies - MFT - cross stitch rectangle, inside & out rounded rectangle die
misc - sizzix embossing folder, ribbon, enamel dots, wink of stella clear pen


Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy the rest of your day.

Pauline

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Retirement card

Hi, I'm back, sorry for being away all week.  It's been a very busy week at work. I haven't been in the mood for card making, but I had to push myself to do this card because it was needed for this week. Maybe it is the winter gloom- we were teased with some warmer weather last week, and then it flipped back to winter all over again.  Can't wait till spring - with some warm sunshine!

Okay, onto my card.  My daughter requested a 'retirement card' for one of the ladies she works with. Of course, I said yes!  And you know me, I love to do fussy cards with all the die cuts and flowers, pearls etc. This is the end result:



Not much explaining on this, so I will leave it there. Once all put together I used my wink of stella clear pen to added sparkle to all the flowers.  It is very pretty IRL!

I appreciate you stopping by, enjoy the rest of your day.

Pauline

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Curvy Thanks

Hi everyone. Popping in to share another card for my sale basket at work.  I seem to have gone through a lot of Thank You cards lately, so just replenishing.

My card today features a Simon Says die  - thanks scallop border.  Love the scallop edging as well as the piercing on this die.



I first cut the thanks die using white card stock.  I then ventured into my scrap basket and pulled out this pretty print paper.  Not sure of the company name of this as it was just scrap pieces, but I don't think this company is around anymore.  The solid pink colour card stock was just scrap pieces as well.  Great way to use those cut off ends for projects like this.

I cut a piece of the solid card stock to fit behind the "thanks' to make it stand out.  I used PTI scallop die (medium) to cut a couple of pieces of scallop edgings for the top.

The flower is from SU - stippled blossoms, using Altenew Blush & Crimson for the inks.  I then cut the flower out.  The leaves were previously stamped off a while ago, but I think I used SU inks.

To finish off I added a glitter enamel dot for the center of the flower and a silk bow.

Thanks for your visit today.  Have a great day!

Pauline

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A moment in time

Good morning.  Did everyone survive the wind storm yesterday with winds up to 100km? (60 mi).
No damage on our property, just a few branches here and there, but down the road a huge branch fell off a tree right into the front of a house smashing their front door.  I"m sure there was a lot of uprooting trees and toppled signs, garbage bins etc.  The winds were so strong on the Burlington skyway it actually flipped over a 18 wheeler - now that is strong winds. They closed the skyway for several hours.  Needless to say the winds have died down over night, thank goodness!

Today's card is a stamp from Penny Black called - A Moment in Time.  It's from their latest release.




I placed some water colour paper into my Misti and positioned the stamp to where I wanted it.
I then added colour to the stem, huffed and stamped, I did this several times with different green distress markers until I had the look I wanted.  I then moved to the flower, again, one impression at a time with various red/corals until I had what I wanted.  I then removed the paper and added some of the lightest red tone to fill in the open spaces and then added some darker shades of red for depth.

I then trimmed down to the size of card I needed - this is a large stamp - I ended up making the card
6.25 x 4.5. Once cut down I sponged some distress wild honey, a bit of crushed olive and then very little walnut stain. 

I used a background image to stamp in the background using wild honey, just inking the stamp here and there.

I then put my paper back in my Misti and lined up the sentiment and stamped.  I repeated this 3x to get a clear crisp black image.

Finished off with some sequins, and I used clear wink of stella all over the flower.

Supplies:
Stamp - Penny Black - a moment in time, blips, special wishes
paper - canson 140lb water colour paper, cream, black
ink - distress markers - spun  sugar, candied apple, festive berries, shabby shutters, forest moss, twisted citron, distress inks - wild honey, crushed olive, walnut stain, versafine black
misc - sequins, wink of stella clear pen

Thanks for stopping in today.  Wishing you a wonderful day!

Pauline

Monday, March 6, 2017

Floral stem collage

Hello everyone.  Boy, have I been in a 'stamping' slump! But, this weekend I managed to create 3 cards (woohoo!!).  For some reason after the Christmas break, I have been struggling, not sure what the reason is, when I'm at work I have all these ideas for card making, then when I get home and after dinner I have no desire, but lets hope I have turned this around.

My card today features a Poppy Stamp die called Floral Stem Collage.  And what made this even simpler to make is that I already had some background papers I made on my table, so put the two together and this is the finished product.



The background was made some time ago, so not sure of the colours I used, but I know I did use distress inks.

I cut the background smooshy piece to fit behind the die cut flower piece. This was then layered onto a piece of light green then onto my card base.

I used a Penny Black die for the smile - I actually cut it  from a scrap piece from the background I had left over.  I also used the butterfly from Poppy Stamps - butterfly mini corner, cutting one from white and the other from a scrap piece of the background to add some colour.

The floral stem collage die set also comes with a separate flower, so cut one of those and adhered over the main flower.

To finish off I added a light green  rhinestone.

Thanks for your visit today, hope your having a wonderful day! See you soon,

Pauline



Monday, February 27, 2017

Baptism

Just popping in today to share a Baptism card for a baby girl I made last night. It is quite simple, but elegant. I just love all white cards. 



I embossed the top layer using an embossing folder from Crafts-Too, then adhered to my card base.
The crosses are a couple of dies from Spellbinders - Crosses One & Crosses Two.  I added some foam tape behind each cross to add some dimension.

Finished off with pearls and a small prima rose.

So pretty, so pure, so elegant.

That's it for me for today, back to the drawing board for my next card.

Thanks for your visit, have a wonderful day!

Pauline

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wedding card # 2

Hello there!  Sorry I've been away for a bit, just been busy with life in general and no time to stamp.
Work has been very busy so by the time I get home at night and finish dinner I really have no ambition to work on cards.

Then at the last minute Bill and I decided to take a trip up to Algonquin Provincial Park for the long weekend. We left home with green grass and 5 hours away we arrived with approx 3-4 feet of snow!
We knew they had  snow but had no idea that much. But the weather was about 5-6 C (38- 42 F) lots of sun so it was very nice. It was just nice to get away from the hustle & bustle of everyday life and enjoy the wilderness.

I knew I needed to post a card, so I have one left to share. I have orders coming in for more wedding, and birthday cqrds, so need to get busy.

Here is another Wedding card I made a few weeks ago:




Not much explaining on this.  Sentiment is from Verve, paper is from Prima - Princess collection.
Die is by Creative Expressions - Scandinavian collection - stockholm.  Assorted flowers, and pearls.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll see you soon,
Pauline

Friday, February 10, 2017

Joyful lilies

I know this month's challenge over at Power Poppy is no lines, but I already had this one printed off and partially coloured when the challenge came out.  I've never tackled no lines but I think I need to try this out sometime this month.

For my card today I'm using Power Poppy's digital image called Joyful Lilies




After printing it out I used the scallop die from MFT's blueprints die-namics #27. I used my very neglected Caran d'Ache pencils to colour.  I wasn't sure what colour to 'ground' it with around the edges, so I grabbed one of my ink daubers that had green ink on it.  I every so lightly sponged the ink around the image.  I think took a  yellow/orange dauber and did the same.  Love the orange/yellow hue around the flowers.

I added a piece of scrap designer paper in behind the image piece to add some colour.  I also punched a small hole under the bow to thread the silk ribbon in behind and then added a bow tied with my bow easy.
Used a white gel pen to add some white dots onto some of the flower petals, then sequins to finish off.

I hope to get some more colouring done this weekend if time permits.  See you again soon,

Thanks for your visit,

Pauline


Monday, February 6, 2017

You spice up my life

Happy Monday!  It's a gorgeous day here in SW Ontario - sunny, cool feels like 27F, but a nice treat from a cold weekend that felt like 10F.

I've always wanted this set from MFT and had a chance to purchase it end of last year when they had their Wednesday sale going on.  The set is called "recipe for happiness'.  I made this for my basket at work for Valentines.


I sponged MFT grout gray ink through my brick stencil onto white cardstock.  I then used die-namics blueprints #15 to cut it out.

I used the matching die set to cut out the 'chef' and then used copics to colour. I also cut out a few spice bottles and coloured as well.

Paper is from my scrap basket so not sure of the designer.  I embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder onto a piece of black c/s cut using a flag end die  MFT die-namics blueprints 27.

To finish off I added some enamel dots.

I hope your having a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Pauline

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Forget-me not

Hi there!  I can't believe it is February 1st! Where did January go? I"m just popping in tonight to share another Power Poppy creation. I had this digital image - forget-me not printed off for some time, so finally got around to colouring it.

I used prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.



I used a spellbinder oval die to cut out the image, and then used spellbinders elegant ovals to cut the layer behind.

Papers are from Memory Box.

I used corner rounder on the top layer and then added a small flag banner using one of the dies from MFT die-namics blueprints #27 set.

To finish I added a silk ribbon bow (this was white and I used a copic maker close to the paper colour to colour the ribbon).  I also coloured the wooden heart in the center with the same copic marker. A bit off glitter on the flowers and voila!

Thanks for your visit today.  See you again real soon,

Pauline

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wedding wishes # 1

Today, I have a wedding card to share with you.  I had a request from one of my co-worker's for an upcoming wedding her parents are attending. Well you know how much I love to make wedding cards, - all the flowers, pearls, glitter and just overall pretty stuff.

Here is my card:



Not much explaining on this one.  I did use one of my new Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits #661185 to cut out the corner doily pattern which you can see on my top layer of my card. What a beautiful die cut.  There are 2 others in the set as well. I then layered my die cut piece over a piece of grout grey c/s cut the same size.

I then stamped my sentiment onto some grout grey using versafine smokey grey and then cut it out using a die from one of the MFT die-namic blueprint sets.  From here I built my layers of trailing flowers. 

To finish off I added some pearls and glitter on the flowers using my quickie glue pen and then sprinkling glitter over it.  Very subtle but just adds that little bit of sparkle.

Supplies:
paper - Prima - sunrise sunset, MFT grout grey, bazzill light pink, cougar white
stamp - PTI - propose a toast
ink - versafine - smokey grey
die - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits # 661185, creative expressions (sue wilson) finishing touches -lace edged leaves, MFT - die-namic blueprint #5
misc- tulle, prima flowers, wild orchid craft flowers, pearls, glitter.

While I was on a role with this card, I did make another which I'm saving for another post.

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful weekend!

Pauline

Monday, January 23, 2017

Seeds of Today

Hello everyone! Well I'm back again - sorry it's been a while.  I really struggled this time trying to get back at stamping.  Usually after a couple of weeks I'm raring to get back at it, as much as I wanted to I just couldn't get into the groove.

So Thursday night I forced myself to colour something. I printed a couple of digital images from Power Poppy and began to colour.  I eventually finished a card on Sunday morning, so today I will share that with you.

I'm using Power Poppy digital image called 'Seeds of Today".  I am also going to enter this into their challenge for the month of January.



Before I printed this digi off, I added a sentiment from 'winter pick-me up'.  Once coloured using prisma colour pencils I cut out the image use a scallop die from MFT.

Papers used are from Kaisercraft - Charlotte's Dream.  Along side the chocolate brown I added a strip of gold/copper coloured glitter ritz paper just for some added interest. 

I finished off with some seam binding ribbon, and glitter on the flowers.

Supplies:
stamp - Power Poppy digital image - Seeds of Today
ink - prismacolour pencils & gamsol
paper - white cougar, SU watermelon wonder, PTI - chocolate
die - MFT - stitched mini scallop
misc - seam binding ribbon, hero arts glitter, quickie glue pen

I just finished another card last night, so will be back soon to share that with you.

I hope you have a wonderful day! It's my Flex Monday off - lots of errands to run, but hope to get some more card making in.

Thanks for your visit, always appreciated.

Pauline

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy Crabapple

Good morning everyone!  It seems like forever since I posted.  I did not work on any cards over the Holidays, and then I had a hard time getting back at it this weekend.  Although I did manage to create a card.  I saw over on Power Poppy's blog the theme challenge for this week is "Winter Blooms". Well this is right up my alley, because I love flowers. So that kind of inspired me to get creating.

Today, I'm using Happy Crabapple from Power Poppy.  I am also going to enter this into the challenge this month.





This was a quick card, will probably make more of these.  I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 which card stock and sponged distress inks in the corners - spiced marmalade, fossilized amber, wild honey and a bit of picked raspberry.  I then used my Misti to stamp the images.  I'm glad I decided to use the Misti because the first impression stamp was a bit faint.  I then cut this out using the scallop edge die from MFT die-namics blueprints #27.

I then used the prismacolour pencils in the same tones as the ink to add colour to the image. I added some sparkle to the blossoms using clear wink of stella pen.

For the sentiment I used Simon Says stitched banners die and PTI simple little things for the sentiment.  Stamped in versamark then white embossed.  I added some foam tape behind the sentiment to pop it off the card.  I then added some sequins to finish this off.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a wonderful day.  Another snow storm heading our way overnight, with snow, turning to rain, turn back to snow, possibly freezing rain - quite a mess!

Pauline



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ringing in 2017

Good morning and a Happy New Year to all!  I hope everyone had a good Christmas.  I was off work all last week, which was so nice to have the time off after a busy Nov & Dec at work.  A much needed rest.  With that being said, no cards were made.  I think I just needed to take some time for some R & R with the family.

Twice last week we went down to Ojibway Park in Windsor (about 50 min drive) to see if we could see any deer and birds.  We lucked out on both accounts.  Today I have some pictures to share with you from our outings.

You can click on the pictures for a closer look, enjoy!

white tail deer,  they will eat right out of your hand, so friendly,





As we were walking around the back side of the park, I heard this bird call, but wasn't sure what it was at that moment.  Bill was a few steps ahead of me, so called him back to where I heard the sound, in the thickets against a tree trunk, Bill spotted  a Carolina Wren.  Never thought we would see these in the winter time. There ended up being two of them.  We  spend over an hour taking pictures of these beauties.




As you know we are bird lovers, so our backyard has many feeders.  The good thing is that it attracts a variety of birds, the bad part is it also attracts Hawks to our backyard.  We have had cooper hawks and sharp shinned.  Bill was able to photograph a Sharp-shinned hawk sitting up in our cedars after he devoured his lunch (a small bird - so sad).  



Lastly, on Christmas Day, Mark, Anna and the boys along with their pet dog "Snoopy" also know as 'Snoops" were down for the day.  Bill captured  the sweet face of Snoops as she was sitting so quietly overlooking the puzzle called 'finding Waldo'.  Hence, then caption on the picture!  Bill always comes up with some pretty cool captions.


 Well, that's it for today.  I hope you enjoy the pictures.  Not sure what is in store for us today, maybe another outing somewhere.   Enjoy your day.  Wishing everyone a wonderful 2017, filled with good health, prosperity, love and lots of stamping!

Pauline