Prothonotary Warblers

Prothonotary Warblers
Making a nest

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bee balm

Hello everyone, hope your week is going well.

On Sunday, I did something that it not the norm for me.  I'm not one to sit for a length of time, always busy doing something.  Well, this Sunday was different.  I turned on Netflix, and watched season 1 of
"The Crown".  Oh my goodness it was awesome, I loved it.  I can't wait until Season 2 comes out in Dec.  So while I was watching, I also was making cards!

I know Bee Balms are normally red, at least the ones I have in the yard, but I decided I wanted to colour mine purple tones.  I just googled now and there is purple bee balms! Who would of thought?
I'm using one of the images from Power Poppy's Vibrant Thanks set.

I know your probably thinking, omg what was she thinking with these colours, but I tell you, in real the card is very pretty.  Sometimes the camera just doesn't pick up the right tones. 

I used MFT Die-namics essential cover up vertical die to cut the dark purple frame.  I then used scraps of Memory Box paper to fill in the top and bottom pieces.  Again the bottom piece looks more blue, but it really does have a purple tone to it in real.

I coloured the bee balm using prismacolour pencils.  I then cut it out using Memory Box Pinpoint Main Street Tags die.  I pulled out some seam binding ribbon in the deep fuschia colour to pull some of the colour of the bee balm.  After it was all together, it looked kind of plain (the tag part) so I added some shading around the stem and leaves using a fuschia pencil,  well I got a bit to close with the stump and gamsol, that it pulled in some of the green, so what could I do but go with it, so pulled in some of the green in other spots to balance out.

To finish off, I added a couple of purple rhinestons, and Nuvo clear glitter pen for the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day. See you again real soon, as I have more cards to share!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy for You

A few weeks ago, I was going through a bucket of images that I have previously stamped off, looking for something that would inspire me to colour! I was particularly looking for an image for one of our young contractors at work.  She is taking time off work to travel to Australia for a year - and she is traveling alone.  I don't think I would be that brave to venture afar alone! Well, I came across this image that was already coloured (bonus).  I believe I coloured this a few years back and just never made it to a card.  Well, now that I was ahead of the game, I proceeded to finish the card.

The image is from Stamping Bella, I believe this has been discontinued.  All papers are from one of the MME paper packs.  I did some layering and some stitching.  I found a sentiment that worked perfectly for the occasion.

Added some ribbon and sequins to finish off.

Wishing everyone a great weekend! See you again real soon.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Retirement for a co-worker

Good morning! Another beautiful day here in SW Ontario - temp right now 57F - quite the change from last week when we had 100F days!

Back in June, one of my friends and fellow co-workers retired.  Since I'm the 'card maker gal' at work I was asked to make a card from  the group and it had to be large enough for 25 people to sign.  Well I had already started on this when I was asked, and of course I would make a card for her.  Card size is 5 x 7.

Very little stamping on this other than the sentiment.  Paper is from my scrap bin.  I wanted something soft and pretty, and I was lucky to find some co-ordinating papers with the pinks in it to match.

So with some die cutting, lace, stitching, flowers, ribbon, pearls it all came together.   It ended up being a little booklet - I had 8 liner pages inside for everyone to write.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Wish everyone a wonderful day!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Antilles for you

Happy Monday everyone!

I had a chance to play around yesterday with some of the Tim Holtz distress oxide inks.  I love that you can keep adding inks to your paper and they don't get muddy (of course you need to heat set between each colour).  This was the end result of my first piece.

I started with a piece of canson watercolour paper.  I smooshed the spiced marmalade onto my silicone mat, spritzed with some water, the put the paper to the ink, moved the paper around and added some more ink, then heat set.  I continued to do this with worn lipstick and fired brick.
I then took a stencil and laid it on top of my ink piece, spritzed water, let it set for a bit, then took a paper towel and laid it over top hoping to soak up the water and remove some of the ink.  Well it did just that but not very well.  You can see some lines of the vines but not very clearly.  But, hey that's okay it still gave the background a bit of texture.  I then splattered some watered down fired brick and flicked the paint brush.  I think I might of added too much water because when the droplets dried you can hardly see them.  I also flicked a bit of white paint, that too is kind of pale.

I then cut out the Antilles floral border using white c/s and adhered to my inked piece. 

I embossed the sentiment from Penny Black - snippets onto some black card stock using white embossing powder.  I cut it out using Simon Says stitched flag stax die.

To finish off I added both yellow and orange rhinestones in the centers of the flowers. 

stamp - Penny Black - snippets
ink - Tim Holtz distress oxide inks - spiced marmalade, fired brick & worn lipstick.
paper - canson watercolour 140 lb, cougar white, black, shimmer bazzill in burnt orange
die - Simon says - stitched flag stax, Memory Box - antilles floral border
misc - rhinestones, white embossing powder, versamagic

Thanks for your visit, greatly appreciated.  See you soon,


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Cosmobella 2.0

Good morning.  Hope your day is off to a wonderful start.  It's a beautiful summer day here in SW Ontario, no humidity today as was yesterday!

My daughter had asked me one evening last week if I had a birthday card for one of her co-workers (which she needed for the next day - nothing like thinking ahead - lol). Of course I had some 'flowery' cards already made, but that wasn't what she had in mind.  She asked me if I had some 'bella' girls and of course none done, so I pulled out some easier ones to colour, and gave her a choice of a couple of images (such a nice Mom eh?).  Karen picked Cosmobella 2.0.

I'm also using this card to enter into this weeks challenge over at Bloggabella.  By the inspiration piece Emily showed, I think these colours work!

I stamped her on cougar 100 lb white card stock using black memento and then coloured using copics.
Sorry didn't keep a list of colours, was in a hurry just to get this done.  Used prisma colour pencils for the ground area.  Found some scrap paper in my scrap bin to use for accent.

The sentiment was stamped using black versafine ink  then cut out using one of the flag dies from MFT die-namics blueprints #27.  I then layered this onto a piece of black card stock and trimmed around it.

To finish off I added some enamel dots.  I also used my Nuvo clear glitter pen and added sparkle to her white t-shirt - so pretty.

Well that's it for today folks, I wish you all a wonderful happy day! See you soon,


Friday, July 21, 2017

Bridal shower

Hello everyone.  TGIF - and even better I'm off until Tuesday! Yay!!!!

It's a very warm one here today,  hot and humid, it's already 93F and suppose to go over 100 this afternoon.

I had a request from my boss for a wedding shower card, and this is what I came up with.
I loved the outcome I ended up making another one for a spare.

Not a lot of stamping, actually no stamping at all.  The dress was embossed using an embossing folder from Darice. I then cut a white frame from MFT stitched rectangle frame (largest die).  The pink  was cut down to size to fit in behind.

The silver embossed paper behind is from Kaisercraft - The lake house. I then layered it onto a piece of MFT pink lemonade, then onto my card base which is dark grey bazzill.

Then the fun begins.  Me and all my fussiness with flowers, pearls, glittered tiny rhinestones & ribbon. After it was all together, I used Nuvo Aqua shimmer clear pen to add sparkle to the flowers, and boy do they shimmer.  It is so pretty in real.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Stay cool!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Harvest berries

Good morning.  Just here for a quick post today. 

Today's card is a sympathy card.  Sad to say, but I always seem to run out of them.  I used Papertrey Ink stamps for this - Harvest Berries.

I started by stamping the script (PTI - background basics : text style) along the bottom of my top piece in PTI Limeade ice.  I then stamped the vines in limeade ice & lavender moon inks.  I added the berries using scarlet jewel ink. I used one of the smaller dot stamps and randomly stamped them in limeade ice.  Sentiment is stamped using black versafine.

I used my corner rounder to round the top right corner.  Used some scrap dp for a strip along the left side of my card base and a piece of gold washi tape on top.  I was going to pop the top layer up with some craft foam, but decided to keep it flat - easy for mailing.

Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a wonderful day!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wedding # 4

Well here we are once again, at the end of another week.  Boy, is it hot here, temps up in the mid 30's but feels like 41C and very muggy. It's not even enjoyable to be outside.

I have another wedding card to share with you today.

For the lacey edging I used Martha Stewarts large punch.  I then layered a piece of Memory Box paper between the punched areas, then ran a strip of Little B's washi tape.  This one has the word 'love' in different fonts through out - perfect for my card :). The centerpiece is a die from Marianne Design.  There is no name on the pkg, but it is # LR0116.

The sentiment is from PTI - I stamped it in black versafine.  Die cut some Justrite leaves, then added some flowers, pearls and a little wooden heart, which I painted a coat of clear wink of stella glitter for some sparkle, as well as the ends of the flowers.

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful weekend. See you soon,


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Flower Cascade

Hello there!

Just got back from my early morning walk.  It's a beautiful day, sun just over the horizon, air is cool, no humidity, and temperatures to reach mid 80's.  A perfect summer day (but mid 70's is more to my liking - just saying!)

Today's card is one I made a few months ago.  Yes I'm holding out on you guys - lol!  Stamp used is from Penny Black - flower cascade.

I embossed the image onto some white 100 lb card stock using white embossing powder.  I then coloured the image using Zig Clean colour markers.  I scribbled the markers onto my craft mat then picked up the colours using my watercolour brush. Because this wasn't watercolour paper I tried not to use too much water.

Once dried, I then cut it out using MFT - die-namics blueprints #27, the large scallop die.  Then layered onto a piece of purple c/s, added some yellow gingham ribbon in the bottom right corner, then white silk ribbon tied in the center for a bow.

To finish off I used some Nuvo jewel  drops in pale periwinkle around the bouquet in various sizes of droplets. 

Whatever you day has in store for you, enjoy!  See you again real soon,


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wedding # 2 & #3

Hi folks!  I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend on both sides of the border.

I'm back to share a couple more Wedding cards.

Both are the same layout just using different papers and colours.

Stamps - Justrite - ever after antique labels one (mr & mrs)
Ink - black versafine, SU - baja breeze (for sponging inside the oval die)
paper- Blue fern studios - tranquility - contentment,  SU- taken with teal, tip top taupe, cougar white
dies - spellbinders - oval regalia, radiant rectangles, fancy label tags one, justrite - open leaf vines die, memory box pippi butterfly & isabella butterfly
misc - wild orchid crafts (for the flowers), pearls, silk ribbon, prima - say it with crystals

Stamps - Verve - Love story - (wedding wishes)
Ink - black versafine, SU - barely banana (for sponging inside the oval die )
paper - Maja design - vintage summer, PTI - smokey shadow, yellow, cougar white
dies - spellbinders - oval regalia, radiant rectangles, fancy framed tags two, justrite - open leaf vines die, memory box pippi butterfly & isabella butterfly
misc - wild orchid crafts (for the flowers), pearls, silk ribbon, prima - say it with crystals

I also made one using purple and green, but forgot to take a picture.  Maybe someday I will reproduce it.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wedding card # 1

Hello everyone.  Sorry for my absence but been busy with home life these past couple of weeks, as well as working o/t at work.

I did manage to get several wedding cards completed, so today I'm going to share one of them with you.

I'm also going to enter this into the Double D challenge.  The theme is ' anything wedding' .

You know how much I love to make wedding cards.  Love all the fuss with die cuts, flowers, pearls etc.  Not a lot of explaining on this, so I will just list the supplies below.

paper - Webster pages, PTI Aqua mist, cougar - white 100 lb
stamps - Justrite - ever after antique labels one
ink - black versafine
dies - spellbinders - Labels 41
misc - wild orchid flowers, pearls, prima flowers

My new photo above of the Prothonotary Warblers was taken this spring.  These warblers are considered endangered species in Canada.  Bill was able to capture them (male - leaving nest, female at the nest) bringing in nesting material.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gordon the Golfer

With Father's Day  tomorrow, I thought I would share another card I made for the occasion.  I actually made 3 of this one, as a couple of gals at work wanted this for their Dad.

The image is from Art Impression - called Gordon Golfer set, which comes with the sentiment I used below.

I stamped it onto some cougar 100lb white cardstock using Simon Says Black Intense ink and then proceeded to colour with copics.  I used prisma colour pencils for the grassy ground area.

Cut out the image using MFT wonky stitched rectangle die, then layered it onto a piece of burnt orange cardstock.  I don't seem to have a lot of 'masculine' papers, but I did manage to find an older Basic Grey 6x6 paper pack in my stash that suited this image just fine.  This is fairly old - it's called Pyrus, I thought the little trees were a perfect backdrop for this golfer!

For the sentiment, I stamped it onto some PTI - prairie grass c/s using black versafine, then cut it out using a die from MFT die-namics blueprints 27.

To finish off I added some Stamping Bella dots (these are discontinued, but have several colours in my stash- they are just a nice little accent!)

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful day!

Stamp - AI - Gordon Golfer Set
Ink - black versafine, Simon Says- black intense ink, copics - E000, E00, E01, R20, R21, E70, E71, E74, E79, YG91, YG93, YG97, C03
Paper - white cougar 100 lb, burnt orange, PTI - prairie grass, Basic Grey - Pryus
Die - MFT - die-namics blueprints #27, MFT - wonky stitched rectangle
Misc - Stamping Bella dots (discontinued)


Monday, June 12, 2017

Big guy golfing

Hello everyone and Happy Monday to you! 

Today's card is one of 2 that I made for Fathers Day. For my card today, I'm using a MO Digital image - Big Guy Golfing.  This is one of the images that Stamping Bella released a few years back.

I coloured using copics, then cut out the image using a spellbinders square die.  Left the die in place then sponged some soft sky around the upper part, just to give it a bit of colour, rather than all the white space.  I used prisma colour pencils for the grass.

Papers I used were from my scrap bin, so not sure on the name.

To finish off I added some enamel dots and glossy accents on the golf ball.

That's it for today, thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Magenta Silhouette

Good morning.  I'm back today to share another card I made using the Magenta Nuance powder inks.

Yes, these powder inks are similar to Colour Burst and many other brands that are out there.  I love them, you will never get the same background twice.

After my background was dry, I stamped a Magenta solid flower, (no name on the package) using my Misti of course, as I wanted to make sure I had  nice dark crisp image as the water colour paper (Prima) is textured.

I then used PTI die set to cut it out.  I wasn't thinking when I used this die that it would also cut a scallop border and release the inside as well.  No worries, I just glued it down flat!

To add a bit of interest to the card base, I cut another piece of black c/s using MFT die-namics blueprints 27 - used the scallop border die.

I added some black silk ribbon and a couple of glittered dots.

There you have it, pretty simple.  I left the inside blank so it can be used for many occasions.

Enjoy the rest of your week, see you again real soon! Have a wonderful day.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Terraced Lane

Happy Friday all, so glad the weekend is upon us again! Hope everyone had a good week. Weather has been good here lately, I guess your typical spring weather, days of sun and rain, temps around 68-70, so one can't complain.

A few weeks ago, I played around using some Magenta Nuance powder inks.  Wow! I was impressed.  Here is  the outcome of on of my backgrounds I made.

Started with Prima water colour paper, sprinkled a bit of powdered ink here and there, then took my spritz bottle and spritzed away.  I guess the idea is not to get your colours too close together, because they can turn pretty muddy looking - trust me I know!  It took a couple of times to get it to how I liked it.  I played around for a bit using different colours, with no image in mind.

After my pieces sat for a few days, I pulled out Penny Black - Terraced Lane stamp, placed it in my Misti, applied black versafine ink and stamped.  I had to repeatedly stamp to get it nice and crisp.
And this was the outcome.  I then trimmed the image down to just along the edges of the stamped area, then layered it onto some SU dusty durango and black cardstock. The cool part about these backgrounds is how the colours disbursed, and how the image fits perfectly with where the colours are!

For my card base background I used SU Baked brown sugar ink and a Cornish Heritage (remember that company, I don't know if they are still around or not, but I have lots of their background stamps) stamp.  I used PTI birthday sentiment onto some SU dusty durango paper using black versafine, then cut it out using PTI stitched flag banner.

I will have another card to share as soon as I get it put together using one of my other backgrounds.

Well, that's about it for today, thanks for your visit today, and wish you a lovely weekend. Stay safe, have fun!


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Morning glory

Hello! Hope you enjoying your weekend. 

Today's card features a stamp set from Justrite.

I stamped the image onto some cougar 100 lb white cardstock and coloured using copics.  Once coloured, I fussy cut out the image. 

I used Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles Two for both layers.  Once the white layer was cut I left the die in place I sponged some soft pink ink around the edges. I then used the largest die from this set to cut out the pink layer.

Once the base layer and the other two layers where adhered, I added the cut out morning glory.  I also added a sentiment (PTI) and stamped it in black versafine.

Finished off with some clear wink of stella on the flowers and a couple of enamel dots, and dome pearls.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Live, Laugh & Love

Hello everyone.  Hope your enjoying your weekend.  It's a long weekend for us in Canada- we are celebrating Victoria Day tomorrow - in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday. It's nice for me because I was on holidays all last week, so this just adds another day to my vacation :).

Today's card is using Penny Black's Flower Cascade.

I started by stamping the image to the top right corner using black memento, onto some white 100 lb cougar cardstock and then coloured using copics. I then cut the image using MFT stitched rectangle.

I sponged some SU certainly celery and SU soft sky around the edges.

I pulled out my MISTI to stamp the sentiment which is also from Penny Black - Happy wishes. I love using the Misti for sentiments, because most times (at least for me) it doesn't always stamp nice and crisp,  so this way you can restamp multiple times.

To finish off I added some sequins and clear wink of stella to the flowers.

I gave this card to my girlfriend at work a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for visiting today, enjoy your day!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mother's Day #2

As Mother's Day has come and gone I still have one more card to share with you.

I'm using some PTI dies for this card.  The focus point is using a die called Cutaway Tags - spring die.  This die also comes with a coordinating stamp set.  You can either colour the flowers once you cut out the tag or you can use the coordinating stamps - ink - and then stamp over the image on the die cut.  In this case I used the stamps to stamp on the die cut piece.  I also cut a piece of tiny polka dot vellum and layer it behind the tag. I then layered it onto a scrap piece of dp, using PTI - tag sale - quilted die. For my card base and back ground layer  I used PTI- Noted scallop A2 vertical dies. 

For the sentiment I cut another cutaway tag and trimmed off the center part, so I could stamp the sentiment and pop it up.  This set comes with a variety of sentiments that can be used.

Finished off with some ribbon, and glitter on the flowers.

I wish you a wonderful day.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Hello everyone.  Just popping in to wish all the Mom's a Happy Mothers Day.  I still have a couple of Mother's Day cards to share that I made a few weeks ago.

The one today, is using a digital image from Power Poppy called - sunset sway.  This digi comes in 2 variations - one with a butterfly and one with out.

After printing it off, I used prismacolour pencils to colour.  I then cut it out using spellbinders labels twenty-eight.  Leaving the die in place I sponged a light layer of Memento  new sprout around the edges.  I then cut  spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence using dark purple bazzil cardstock, and added a layer of light mauve behind it.  

To finish off I added some lace, silk ribbon and sequins along with a bit of shimmer added to the flowers using my wink of stella clear pen.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Live well, laugh often......

Hello everyone.  Just finishing up some cards last evening, and thought I would share this one with you.  This was made with no occasion in mind, just a blank card inside, can be used for anything.

I started off using PTI Butterfly kit stencils. I love there kits, as I have a few of them now.  they come with stamps, dies, and 3-4 layering stencils. I staarted by sponging Live waqua mist for the butterflies, then stamped the center of the butterflies using the same ink.  Next stencil is the flowers - sponged summer sunrise, then stamped the centers with harvest gold, and for the purple ones, I sponged amethyst allure and then stamped using the same ink.  The next stencil is the leaves which I sponged in spring moss & over stamped in same ink.

I then cut out my background using MFT wonky stitched rectangle.

For my sentiment I white embossed the sentiment from PTI Summer Hills.  I then cut it out using one of the dies from MFT blueprints 13.

I finished off with some PTI polka dot ribbon, and a wooded butterfly from Studio Calico.  I added some clear wink of stella to the butterfly for a bit of sparkle.

Well that's it for today, must head off to work (insert sad face).

I wish you all a happy and wonderful day, and many thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Spring showers brings May flowers!

I'll be so glad to see Sunday arrive.  We have had nothing but constant rain 24hrs a day since Tues! It's been gloomy and damp as you can well imagine. Rivers are running over their banks in some areas, the ground is so saturated, there is just no where for the rain to go. We really need to see the sun! And besides this weather is putting a real damper on our spring birding! (just saying :) )

So with that being said, I thought I would share something bright and cheerful!  I loved how this turned out as I made 4 of them, and one of them says "MOM" on the front rather than sending birthday wishes. 

I embossed the image onto some Strathmore Mixed Media vellum surface paper ( thanks Leslie for mentioning this, it is beautiful paper to watercolour on)using white embossing powder and then watercoloured the image and background using my Zig Clean colour markers.  Image is from Simon Says - Spring Flowers.  I then cut out the image out using MFT x-stitch rectangle die.  The pink paper was cut using one of the dies from MFT - die-namics blueprints 27.

I cut the 'sending' from black cardstock twice and then adhered together to give it a bit of stability and thickness.  Die is from Simon Says as well.

I then stamped 'birthday wishes' using black versafine.

To finish off I added some sequins and coloured the flower with my clear wink of stella pen.

I have some more Mother's Day cards to make so might make a few in different colours.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring has sprung

Good morning and Happy Monday.  Although it is raining out it is still a good morning, since I"m off today. It was a cold weekend, still wearing winter coat, hat & mitts as we ventured down to Pt. Pelee National Park.  It was a north west wind, which made it very cold.  But non the less we were able to see some migrant warblers at the tip.  We were lucky enough to see a Prairie Warbler (rare) but not a very good picture as it was gloomy and dark, but at least we can see we saw one! Some of the other varieties we saw were Yellow-rumped warbler, blue headed vireo, baltimore oriole, cape may, palm, black & white, warbling vireo, and a solitary sandpiper.

Since we are on the topic of birds, I thought I would share this card today.  I'm using an image from the Flourishes LLC set called Spring has Sprung. 

I stamped the image onto some white cougar 100 lb c/s, then coloured using prismacolour pencils.
I then cut it out using a Papertrey Ink die called Fun frames die.  I actually cut the rectangle piece a second time so I could layer it under the image piece for a bit of dimension.

I used my MFT- Die-namics stitched cover-up companion - vertical die to cut my designer paper - Pink Paislee- butterfly garden.  I used papers from the same collection for the 2 inserts.  Love how this looks!  To finish off, I added some silk ribbon, clear sequins and used my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of shimmer on the flowers.

This card could be used for many occasions, but I am using  it as a Mother's Day card!

I hope I have inspired you in some way today.  Have a wonderful day, and thanks for your visit.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

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.


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.


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!


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.

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!


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,


Monday, February 27, 2017


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!


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,

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,


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.


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,


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.

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!


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.

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.


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!


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!