Indigo Bunting

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Sending Birthday wishes

Good morning everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

Today, I'm sharing a Birthday card I made  - my stash has been depleted, so I need to replenish.  Since it's my Birthday today, what better way to do a post to show you one of my latest creations.

Image and papers are from Simon Says Stamps - I believe this was one of the Simon Says Card kits.
I coloured the image using copics, then fussy cut it. The layer behind the image is from Papertrey Ink - Shape Shifters - Circle #1.  I left some of the 'v's in place while removing others.  I layered a piece of paper I received in the kit behind the circle. 

For the sentiment I cut Simon Says 'sending' die from black cardstock 3x and layered them together.
I then used Simon Says Stamptember Tiny words 'happy birthday', stamped on white c/s with black versafine. I trimmed the sentiment down to fit under the 'sending'.

Popped the flower up with foam tape, used my wink of stella clear pen for some shimmer on the flowers then added sequins. I also add a small bow on the stem of the flower using some twine.

Well that's it for me for today. Wishing you a wonderful day!


Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Warmest wishes to you and yours for a wonderful Holiday season. May the new year bring much peace, love, good health and happiness to all.


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Holly Frame

Hello friends.  I have another card to share with you today.  I needed another card in a pinch, so whipped this up on Saturday morning.

The die is from AliExpress.  The sentiment is from Penny Black and embossed in gold and then layered onto a piece of gold mirror paper.  I added some foam tape behind to lift it off the frame.  Designer paper in behind is some old papers from Basic Grey.

 I don't think you can see in the picture, but I cut an extra frame and snipped off some of the holly leaves and popped them up over the existing frame.  I added some wink of stella clear pen to the popped up leaves.

To finish off, I used Memory Box poinsettia dies and gold mirror paper to create the floral in the corner.

I can see me making more of these for next year!

Thanks for stopping by today and warmest wishes for the Holiday's.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Holiday Greetings

Hi folks! Hope you had a good week. I have a 4 day weekend, then work for 4 days next week, then off for the holidays until Jan 7th, so looking forward to some time off.

Well I finally finished up my Christmas cards, and mailed the last few today. My plan is (like it is every year, but sometimes I don't follow through) is to continue making Christmas cards to get a jump start on next years cards. But up next on my list are a few birthday cards that I need for next week.

Today's cards I absolutely love.  They are so simple to make, I ended up doing 5 red and 3 blue ones.
Stamp is from IO - no name on the package. This image is right up my alley with the cardinals and blue jays.

I started with white c/s  4 1/8 x 4 1/8 and stamped the image using black versafine. I then cut a white frame using MFT stitched square frame. After colouring the birds with copics, I added TH distress rock glitter to the snow areas - ground, window ledge, watering can. I embossed the sentiments  (Simon Says -Tiny words Christmas) using white ep on black c/s, then trimmed and adhered behind the frame. I then added some foam tape behind the frame to pop it up off the image.
Designer paper for the red card is Carta Bella, the blue dp is some scraps I had.


To finished off I coloured some white cardstock using G40 then cut out some holly leaves - Die from Jeanine's art - Find it Trading - frosty ornaments. I then added some YG67 for some shading.  I adhered them to the cards and added an enamel dot.

 Wishing you a great weekend whatever you are up to.  Bill and I are celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary tomorrow - where did the years go! Take care, see you back here soon,


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Under the Christmas tree x 3

Hello everyone.  I finally finished the last of my Christmas card orders for this year.  Now I just need to go through to see if I have enough for me to send out.  Funny thing is this year, I have not received one Christmas card, and I'm beginning to wonder if people are hesitant because of the Canada Post strike, which the government has ruled them back to work.  It could take anywhere from a week to month to get anything in the mail.  They are even saying parcels within Canada could not be delivered until sometime in January! I can hand deliver most of mine, so just might do that, and the ones I need to mail hopefully they will get them before Christmas.

Most of my card orders this year were based off of cards I made last Christmas or previous ( so I didn't bother to take pictures to share as I already posted them previously).  My co-worker wanted 3 cards with this same image, so I just changed up the papers.  The image I'm using is from Lily of the Valley stamps - called Under the Christmas Tree.

If you notice different lighting and tones in my pictures it's because I'm learning a new program on a new computer.  This will take some time to learn it all, so just bear with me!  I think the first card is brighter than the other 2, which I just noticed - hmmmmm.

I used scraps of papers from my scrap bin for these cards.  Papers are from MME, Basic Grey, and some odds that I don't know as the name was cut off the end.  I did stitching around all the layers, and popped up the image layer.

To finish these off, I used TH distress glitter for the tree and snow area, and added some glossy accents to the red bulbs on the tree.  The trees are really sparkly.

Now I'm off to make a birthday card that I need to get in the mail tomorrow.

Thanks for visiting today, have a wonderful day!


Monday, December 3, 2018

The Spirit of Christmas

Good morning! Well it's just over 3 weeks until Christmas, how are you Christmas cards coming along?  I have 5 more cards for an order then I need to get some done for myself to pop in the mail. There is just not enough time in a day!

Today's card features another image from Carta Bella Journaling cards.  I fell in love with this image of the deer immediately, that is basically what sold me on the paper.  I went back to get a few more sheets of this, and unfortunately the Paper Pickle was all sold out.  (Big sigh!!).

I used Spellbinders Triple Floral die to frame the deer.  I used a rosy gold shimmer card stock for this, and I also layered a piece of the same behind the image.

Designer paper (dark brown) is by Bo-Bunny.  I traced the swirls with my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of shimmer.  I added a small gold bow using some gold thread - I think it's just the right amount of 'extra bling' for my card.  I also dotted some of the snow flakes with the wink of stella as well.

For the sentiment I used Simon Says Tiny words Christmas.  This is such a nice set, the sentiments are all small fonts which is nice to have.  I embossed it in gold then added some foam tape behind to pop it up.

Another quick card indeed!

Thanks for your visit today, have a wonderful day!


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Comfort & Joy

I'm back with another card using a small section of the Alexandra Renke papers.  My gosh, she sure does have some beautiful papers.  I bought 3 different themes this year from her collection, and they are all various sizes of rectangles, so you just have to cut them up and apply them to your cards or tags.

Not a lot of stamping on this except for the  sentiment on the tag.  For this I used Simon Says Tiny Work Christmas set.  I stamped in black versafine, and the die is from an older Spellbinders set.

I used one of the poinsettia images cut and layered it onto a dark espresso cardstock.  I then cut 2 tags using Sizzix framelit tags ( and many thanks to Leslie Miller for enabling me to finally purchase these after seeing a couple of cards she made using these dies - here and here.) One tag was cut using silver shimmer c/s, and the other a ruby shimmer c/s.

I added some washi tape down the side of the silver tag using Alexandra Renke tape.

For the reindeer I used IO reindeer die #DIE080-N and then I rubbed some Prima rose gold metallique wax over the cut reindeer - love the shimmer of this.  I also cut some sprays using Jeanine's Art (Find It Dies) called Frosty Ornaments # JAD10049, but this time before cutting the sprays I applied the rose gold wax to an area on the white card stock, then cut, that way you don't see any white borders along the edges of the spray.  Although your die does get some coloured ink on it, a bit of warm water, soap and a old brush (I use an old toothbrush) to get the wax out.

I added a little silk grey bow to my sentiment tag, three  clear droplets to the pointsettia, and stickles to the center of the poinsettia.  Wood grain paper is from one of my Kaiser Kraft 6 x 6 which I used an MFT stitched rectangle to cut it out, and I used silver shimmer cardstock for my base.  Card measures 5.5 x 4.25.

I hope I inspired you today, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Peace & Joy

Good morning all.  I hope all my friends south of the border had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Today, I have 3 cards to share using the Stamptember Tim Holtz Christmas set from Simon Says Stamps.  Unfortunately, this set is no longer available.  There are several images in the set all are lovely as the next.  I chose to use two of the images for my cards along with one of the sentiments.
The sentiment on the last card is an old (very old) PSX wooden stamp from 2003! I still wish PSX was around, they had some awesome images and sentiments.

So, for my cards they are all done the same way, just different images and inks.
I placed my cardstock and stamp in my MISTI and used distress ink markers to colour the images and stamp several times to get the depth of colour I wanted, turn paper around and continue etc.

I then sponged distress inks around the edging for colour.   Splattered with some white paint (which you can hardly see). Sentiments were embossed with either gold or platinum.

Card # 1 - distress ink markers - shabby shutters, twisted citron, mowed lawn, iced spruce, milled lavender, wilted violet, seedless preserves, peacock feathers, and  for shading - milled lavender distress ink.  Sprayed with water with micro pearl added to my spray bottle.

Card # 2 - distress ink markers - crushed olive, shabby shutters, pine needles, vintage photo, ground expresso, fired brick, candied apple and for shading around the edges - antique linen, also spritzed background when done with Hero Arts metallic shimmer gold spray.

Card # 3 - distress ink markers - twisted citron, iced spruce, peeled paint, peacock feathers, pine needles, fired brick, tombow markers - #837 & #847 (for a deeper red).  Antique linen distress ink used for sponging the outside edges, sprayed Hero Arts metallic shimmer gold spray.  Added a few gold sequins.

These cards were part of a card order I did for a friend, but I still want to make some for me to send out this year.  These work up fairly fast once you get going on them especially if you are doing several in the same colours.

I'll see you soon with some more Christmas cards to share.  Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your day!

(NOTE:  New picture above- spotted this Red Breasted Nuthatch sitting in our backyard one day after work a few weeks ago)


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Christmas Journaling Cards #1

Sometimes you just need a break to make card making a little easier.  Well I found just the thing. Our local stamp store The Paper Pickle had some Carta Bella - Christmas Journaling cards in stock, so I scooped up a couple.  There are 12 cards on a page, basically you just need to cut them out and dress them up.

I have 2 completed and 2 more on the go.  Here are my first two: the center image is the journally card.

For the first card, I used my gold krylon pen and went around the edges, then added a red cardstock layer behind.  Next I  used PTI Shape Shifter Square 3 die for the tree like border which I only used two sides of.  I then layered this onto a piece of Carta Bella Merry Snowflakes which was then adhered to my base card - measuring 5 x 5.  I added some gold shiffon ribbon and gold twin and a couple of snowflakes (Memory Box die) cut from gold glitter paper, then added a couple of small gold beads to the centers.

 For my second card, I layered a piece of gold mirri paper behind the journaling card.  I cut out a red "joy" using a die from Impression Obsession, actually cut it twice and glued together for extra thickness.  Background papers are scraps from Basic Grey.  To finish off I added so glossy accents to the berries, used my wink of stella clear pen and brushed all the greenery for that bit of extra sparkle. I then added some gold flat back pearls around the wreath.

For the most part these are  quick cards to make.  I have more on the go, so will post those once completed.

Thank you for your visit, hope you have a joyous day!


Sunday, November 18, 2018

For the cat lover in you

Hello.  Just in for a quick post this evening. Among all the Christmas cards I've been making, I had to stop and make a birthday card for my boss for our group to sign.  She is a cat lover, so how perfect was it for me to make her a cat card! I love cats, but highly allergic to them. My son has two cats so when we go for a visit I have to make sure I have taken my meds and inhaler. 

No stamping involved on this card, just die cutting.  The cat die is from Aliexpress, and the top border punch is from Martha Stewart.

Designer paper is by Three bugs in a Rug - Frisky.  I've had this paper pack for sometime, but think it's rather cute!

I cut out the die three times,  once with white c/s, aqua mist c/s & a green glitter paper. I adhered the aqua and glitter pieces back inside the frame, the added some fun foam to the back to add some dimenstion.

Added the border along the top, then trimmed it with a piece of green glitter paper.

For finishing touches I added a clear rhinestone to each of the cats.

That's it for me for this evening.  Back to working on Christmas cards.  I'm back into overtime for the next 3 weeks as well, so won't have much time for stamping at nights.  I have a small reserve for posting for the coming weeks.

Have a wonderful day,


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Christmas Glow

Hello everyone.  Hope you had a good weekend.   Did you know that it is only 43 days until Christmas?  How are you Christmas cards coming along?  I'm not doing too bad on mine considering I started late, and trying to get card orders done in between my own cards. But hey, it is what it is, I'm sure I will have all my cards in the mail on time!

My card today is a Penny Black image called Christmas Glow.  It is much larger that what it looks like on the internet.  The tree measures almost 6" from star to bottom of pot, and the width is almost
4 3/4" wide.  My card size ended up being 6 1/8 x 5.

Since the tree is a brush stoke image, I placed the tree in my misti along with some Canson 140lb watercolour paper.  I coloured the image with various memento inks.  Once I was happy with the colouring, I used a paintbrush to move some of the colours around.  I then sponged inks around the image.

The sentiment is embossed in gold on some PTI vellum.  Sentiment is from Penny Black - Peaceful Season. I wrapped the ends of the vellum around my card front and adhered with some tape. I always find vellum never tends to lay flat, so I added a few dots of glue underneath the peace, joy and love to hold it down.

I added a couple of pieces of gold miri paper along the sides. For the string of lights, I used some tombow markers to fill in the lights, then added TH distress glitter to the bulbs.

I'm so glad you stopped by today.  Wishing you a happy day!


Friday, November 9, 2018

Man's best friend

Boy, do I have a cute Christmas card to share today!  My heart melts when I see snowman, all shapes and sizes, cute and adorable, no matter what the style I love them all!

Today's card is a Digital image from Sassy Cheryl's.  I tried to look for the image to link, but this one might be discontinued.  I bought a whole bunch of images back in the summer when she was clearing out some of the older images.

After re-sizing and printing, I used copics to colour.  I trimmed down the imaged and layered it onto a piece of dp - Fancy Pants - Bough of Holly.  I used the front and back side of this for my card. Because of the way the red kind of looks distressed, I tried to make the snowman's scarf look the same. I used my clear copic to remove some of the red.  Love the look once it dried.

I added a strip of gold peel-off along the top and bottom of the image just to finish off the edges.  A white gel pen was used to add polka-dots to the snowman's had and the doggies scarf.

"Let it snow" is a die from Aliexpress.  I cut this 2x, once from white glitter paper and the other from white cardstock, then glued together to give it a bit more stability.  Snowflakes were cut from Memory Box dies.  I cut one of the larger ones in half and adhered it to the the right edge.

Using my quickie glue pen I dotted all around the image and then added Tim Holtz distress glitter for that added sparkle.

I need to make a few more of this one, overall it was a quick card.

I hope I have inspired you today.  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, November 5, 2018

Winter chirps

I have another Penny Black card to share with you today.  I will be teaching this card in my upcoming class at Paper Pickle. 

I'm using Penny Black - Winter Chirps stamp, as well as Memory Box - Peace die.

After I stamped the image onto some white cardstock, I used prismacolour pencils to colour up this sweet image.  The birds are separate but are included in the stamp set.  So I just lined up to where I thought the birds would sit and stamped them on.

I cut the image out used a circle die from Spellbinders Grande Circles, and then used Spellbinders Grande Decorative Circles to cut the layer behind the image.  I used turquoise shimmer paper for this. The Peace was cut from silver mirra cardstock.

The stripe paper is from Echo Park - dots & stripes foil.  I added a thin piece of mirra c/s down the side for added detail.  To finish off I added silver sequins, a silver bow along with Tim Holtz distress glitter which I added to the berries and leaves in the image.

Well that's it for me for tonight.  Wishing you a Happy Day!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Winter sky

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope your week is going well.  I've been working diligently on my card orders, and always looking for cards to make that are elegant, and easy to re-produce.

Today's cards are just that! I'm using Penny Black's 'Winter Sky' stamp, along with a die called Winter Snow script also from Penny Black.

For my first card I sponged the following Distress Oxide inks to make my background: Blueprint sketch, shaded lilac, tumbled glass, cracked pistachio, and evergreen bough.  Once the background was completed I stamped the winter sky using black versafine - I stamped it twice to fill the front of the card.

I then diluted some 'copic' opaque white ink and splattered the background.  I then spritzed the background using some micro pearl powder which was added to my mini spritzer. Added the Winter die cut along the bottom edge and stamped a sentiment from PB - Christmas Sentiments.  Added a little snowflake next to the sentiment. (only because I had a tiny black smudge and it bothered me, so covered it up!)

For my second card I used distress inks - ripe persimmon, broken china, tumbled glass & peeled paint.  I took the same steps as the first card except I sprayed it with Hero Arts Metallic Shimmer gold.

This is a close up view of the gold shimmer spray - so sparkley.

Hope you have a 'spooktacular' day! Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Forest Finds

 Hello! It's Friday tomorrow and the end of another week! This month is flying by so quickly don't you think? I'm back to share another Christmas image. I have had this digital image printed out for quite some time, and just finally got around to colouring it up.  This digital image is called 'Forest Finds' from Power Poppy.  When it was first released last winter I scooped it up right away.  I just love the way Marcella designed this.

Normally I used Primsacolour pencils to colour, but I wanted more vibrant colours than what prismas can offer.  So I pulled out my Copics and coloured this up.

I used an AliExpress die to cut it out, and then layered the image onto another piece of white c/s, otherwise the background paper shows through the holes around the edge and it distracts from the image.

Designer paper is by Bo Bunny - Altitude Collection. I finished off with some glittered enamel dots and Tim Holtz clear distress glitter. I also added a couple pieces of silver peel-offs where the striped paper meets the dark purple.

I am entering my card in Power Poppy's October Power & Spark: You say it's your birthday! The challenge is to use an image that represents the month you were born.  My birthday is in Dec, so I choose this 'winter' image for the challenge.

That's it for me, I've been working on more Christmas cards to share.   See you real soon.  Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits.


Sunday, October 21, 2018

Snowflake wishes

Hello there.  I'm back today to share another 'snowman/snowlady' card with you today. I finally finished my first card order, just need to put the liners inside and get these mailed off to the recipient.
Then need to start on my next orders.

Well the Autumn season is upon us, but some days it feels like Winter.  Our temperatures this past week and the coming couple of weeks between 45 - 50 (8-10C) as the high but early mornings are around freezing. Right now it is 34F or 1C and the winds are from the north which makes it feel even colder.  I love the fall with the cooler days and the change of colours, but not ready for these frigid temps! Brrrrrr..... LOL.

Okay lets get on with my card.  I'm using the snowman image from Purdy Stamps.  This is an oldie, but I bring them out every few years because they are just too darn cute not to use wouldn't you say?

I used prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I then sponged some clouds using MFT's cloud stencil and PTI aqua mist and a bit along bottom for a bit of colour in the snow.

For the papers I used MME - Sugar Plum.  To create the frame I used MFT stitched rectangle frames.
I decided to add some snowflakes under the top of the frame for some added detail - using Simon Says - snowflake border die.

To finish off I added some white flock on the pom-pom, TH distress glitter, and a little tag using Penny Black holiday snippets, then added a aqua silk bow.

I changed out my bird picture at the top.  This is an American Redstart - Female.  She was in our backyard for a few days and I was very persistent in capturing a photo of her.  It took I while but it happened!

I appreciate your visit today, I'll be back in a few days, see you then.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Smells like Christmas

Hello friends!  Sorry I haven't posted in over a week, but I've been busy working on a card order, the one that is a repeat of last years cards that I already posted.  I finally just finished the last card last night for this order, but changed it up a bit so will post that one later.

But tonight I wanted to share a card that I made in between the card order that I am ecstatic about! I just love the way this one turned out.  As soon as this digital image was released from Sassy Cheryl's called "smells like christmas' I just had to have it. 

I resized the image along with the sentiment then coloured it using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I then sponged some clouds using MFT cloud stencil.  I also sponged a bit of light blue along the ground just for a bit of shading/colour.  I was going to just add glitter for snow, but went through some of my dies and came across this fence from Penny Black.  I cut it out 3 times all from kraft cardstock, glued together and then sponged some distress gathered twigs.  I then took my white  gel pen and put some white highlights along the fence to resemble snow.  I added some glitter along the fence and ground area.

 I thought I was done but then decided I needed something up in the right corner.  Pulled out a couple of branch dies, decided on this one from Penny Black and cut it from some white glitter paper. 

I am just in love with this card, I don't even want to part with it! LOL.

Background paper is from StudioLight - Winter Feelings.

Okay, I'm off to work on another card.  See you back here soon.  Enjoy your day!


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Winter Cabin

Hello there!  What a busy week it has been, with the long Thanksgiving weekend that just passed, and after being off for a weeks vacation, then back to work on Tuesday I was totally exhausted by the time I got home from work on Tuesday! As they say, you need to go to work to get rest, because when your at home it's never ending.  On the bathroom reno side of things, slowly getting there.  So hopefully I have some spare time to get some more of my christmas cards done.

I'm also back teaching classes at our local stamp store The Paper Pickle.  I have a class tomorrow night, so I was busy cutting and preparing the papers for class tonight.  We will be making 2 cards which I have already previously posted - this (the orange one) and this one. I thought I best do a post as I knew I would have a chance to do it tomorrow night.

When I was in London (Ontario) a few weeks back I saw a card sample in the stamp store that I figured I could mass produce.  So bought the dies, came home and whipped a couple of these up.  I changed it up a bit because I don't like to copy someone elses' cards 100%.

I ended up making 2 cards, but I think there is so many more variations you could do with these dies. and they were fairly quick to make.

Both cards are using  Cottage Cutz die - Winter Cabin border, and the rounded square pierced die is from Nellie Snellen - Straight dotted square.

I started with a 4 6/8 square white card stock and cut the straight dotted square from that.  I then cut another piece of white measuring 4 7/8.  I sponged lightly some distress tumbled glass on the 4 7/8 piece and then used my MFT cloud stencil and added a bit more tumbled glass to make the clouds.

I then cut the winter cabin out and added TH distress glitter to the trees, ground and roof of the house. I glued this to the back of the opening, then adhered the front to the back.  This was then mounted onto a 5.5 x 5.5 white card base.

The bell die is from Amy Design - Christmas Bell Corner, and I cut this from some brushed gold ( I bought this from Micheals last winter), then adhered it to the corner. I added some gold glitter peel-offs to the bell dongles for a bit of sparkle.

For the 2nd card I used Impression Obsession fir branch and cut this from shiny silver c/s.  I cut one and then snipped off the longer branch to make it wider rather than longer.  I had some thin silver twine on my desk, so added a tiny bow to hold the ends together. I also added a peel-off sentiment and the bottom.

So there you have it, 2 quick and easy cards to mass produce. I'm still so far off from what I need, but need to work on my Christmas card orders first!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous week!


Friday, October 5, 2018

Bountiful Bouquet

I can't believe it is the weekend already.  We have been on vacation this week, so rather than go away somewhere we decided to stay home and tackle some much need work around the house. We decided to tackle the bathroom, we put a new floor down, fresh paint job, new fixtures etc. It's a lot of work and we are still not done yet, getting there though.  I haven't had  time to stamp, but I did manage to save this one that I coloured a couple of weeks ago when Marcella introduced this beautiful digi image called Bountiful Bouquet. What a gorgeous fall arrangement Marcella has created!

I coloured this image using Caran D'ache pencils.  I then cut the mage out using MFT scallop die.  I was going to add some shading in and around the flowers but decided to just ground the pot with some shading along the bottom.

Paper is by Authentique - Thankful.  I added some burgundy ribbon and to make the bow settle into the card I took some great advice from a dear friend Leslie, who suggests to punch a hole in the top layer, this way the knot from the bow will inset a bit which makes it for easier mailing. 

I added some Art Institute bronze glitter to the centers of the daisies.  Using a white gel pen I added some white dots to the persimmons for some added interest.  I left off a sentiment so it can be used for various occasions.

Well it's bed time for me, it's been a long day.  It's almost 10, and lots to do tomorrow.  I'm behind in commenting on the blogs I follow.  I haven't forgotten you, I will get there eventually, just haven't had the time this week.

Enjoy your weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian followers!


Sunday, September 30, 2018

Cherry blossom notecards

Good morning.  I have a couple of quick and easy cards to share with you today.  I've made a couple of these types a few months back.  Basically it is using die cuts and washi tape.  Sound pretty easy? - let me show you.

Sometimes you just need some blank note cards on hand, so these can be used for a variety of occasions as I have left off the sentiment.

I'm using Alexandra Renke washi tape for both of these cards. For the cardstock I'm using, white, MFT grout gray, and some pattern paper from Alexandra Renke.  For the dies on the first crad I used Simon Says stitched circle, and Altenew fine framed circle dies.

When I first saw this paper I was drawn to it because of the bird images. So pretty!  Dies for this one I used PTI Tag Sale #12 die, Altenew fine framed circle, and spellbinder circle to cut the image. I also cut a flourish from vellum to adhere at the top of the tag die behind the bow.

To finish off I added some sequins for a bit of bling.

I'm off this coming week, so I do hope to get a bit of stamping done, but..... we are painting our bathroom and putting down new flooring, plus have to get some birding time in as well.  See you again real soon.  Have a fabulous day, and thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jolly snowman Mr. Purdy

Hello all!  Can you believe that it is 3 months until Christmas?  This year is flying by fast.  I've been trying to work on some Christmas cards for myself, but I had a friend order in February, 14 of my Christmas cards I made for last year.  I've been slowing working away at them, I have 5 more to go.
I won't be sharing these with you as I have already posted them last year.  It's just a matter of remaking them all.  Although, I had to do a couple of Mr. Purdy snowman cards, so made this one a bit different, so thought I would share.

Image is coloured with prismacolour pencils. Used a circle die to cut him out then layered onto a small scallop circle.  Paper is from Echo Park - I Love winter.  For the bottom fancy cut paper I used Penny Black die called Border Edgers.  Love the look of this, adds a bit of interest don't you think? Also along the top edge of the stripped paper, I added a white peel-off to finish off the edge.  I have so much of peel-offs, I seldom use them.

To finish off I added some TH distress glitter to his hat, along the branches and along the ground.

Okay, back to working on some more cards.  See you again real soon.

As I'm writing this post, we are in the middle of a nasty thunderstorm.  There are tornado warnings out again for our area, really scary stuff!  Heavy rains through the night until early morning.  Might need the canoe to get to work tomorrow! ha ha, just kidding, but there is a lot of water already and it only started 15 min ago!


Friday, September 21, 2018

Chinese Lanterns

I had a chance to do some stamping this week, so decided on a fall image.  It didn't feel much like fall weather here this week, with temperatures in the upper 90's, but a cold front moved through this afternoon, so tonight and the weekend are much cooler (high 60's - low 70's- love this weather).  I haven't done much in the line of 'colouring' an image, so decided to pull out Power Poppy's Sunny Harvest set.  I'm using the "chinese lanterns" from this set.

Using Prisma colour pencils to colour.  I then used an oval die to cut out the image, left the die in place and sponged PTI green parakeet ink around the image.  Next I took MFT stitched oval frame and cut it using some rusty coloured cardstock. 

Designer paper is  from Memory Box. From the scraps of designer paper I cut some leaves using MFT Fab Foliage dies.  Added a twine bow to adhere the leaves together.

To finish off I added some TH distress glitter.

Hope you enjoying your weekend.  See you again real soon.


Saturday, September 15, 2018


Hello everyone!  The other night I was trying to get my creative juices flowing.  Went on Pinterest, checked out Feedly, blogs, etc, but I continued to be in a rut!! So, I looked on my desk and saw a small pile of cut dies and papers etc and decided to go through it and see what I had.

I happened to have this bird below along with the brown frame and paper all bundled together but nothing was finished.  I believe I was going to make this for Father's Day, but changed my mind and came up with something different. So figured I might as well finish it.  I never have too many 'masculine' cards made ahead.

The background paper is from Bo Bunny - Trail Mix. 
Brown c/s frame is using MFT Stitched square frame
Image of bird is from some designer paper from SU - and just cut out the bird to fit behind the frame.

Added some twine where the two dp meet. It still needed something.  I didn't want to add sequins or enamel dots, so pulled out TH Wildflowers # 2 Thinlets and cut a couple of the stems using metallic bronze c/s.  I wasn't sure at first if I liked the stems, but the more I look at it, I do.

It was a quick card, but another little unfinished project completed!

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dainty whispers

Hello!  I'm back today to share another Penny Black image. 

I started by applying distress oxide inks to some canson watercolour paper, using twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peakcock feathers & blueprint sketch.

I then stamped the image - dainty whispers, using memento black.  I was sure to put this in my Misti as I was afraid I might not get a good impression first time around, so this way I can re-stamp the image,

Next, I took a wet paintbrush and dotted each flower blossom to remove the oxide ink.  It only takes a few seconds and you can see the ink lifting.  You can dab it with some paper towel to soak it up.

For the corner leafy branch, I used a Penny Black stencil and some blueprint sketch oxide ink. I just love how it fills in the corner and completes the card.

along the bottom I used a Memory Box die cut - Valencia Border.

I added some TH distress glitter on each of the flower petals.

This worked up fast, a good card to mass produce if need be.  Well looks like I'll be back to working 12 hour days again next week, so won't have any time for carding.  I'm trying to squeeze in as much stamping as I can these week nights, and looks like I'll be working this saturday as well.

I do have a couple of cards ready for posting, just need to take some pictures.

See you back here real soon, thanks for your visit.


Friday, September 7, 2018

Happy new home

It is sure starting to feel like fall here.  After a week of 100 degree weather, the next week will be much cooler.  Right now at 9 am it is only 61F (compared to  95 yesterday) - reaching up to the 70's this afternoon.  My kind of weather for sure!

I had a request from a co-worker for a 'new home' card.  So what exactly kind of card would you make? I had a funky house image but she wasn't fussy on that, so I told her to leave it with me and I would come up with something.

Plants are always a nice gift for a new home owner, so pulled out this set from MFT , with matching flower pot die, and here is the end result:

I first cut my background white c/s using MFT scallop pierced die.  I then figured where I would place the flower pots, then pulled out a Memory Box stencil and stenciled a bit of a background using antique distress ink.  Plants and pots were stamped and coloured with copics. Then cut the pots out using the matching die, but free hand cut the plants (as I did not have the dies for these).

Happy New Home was embossed on a piece of black c/s, using white embossing powder.  I then trimmed off the edges to the desired length and width, then angled on end.  I glued this down first, then figured out how to arrange the planters.  The middle one is popped up.

To finish off I added some enamel dots.

(BTW - she loved the card :) )

Stamps - MFT - sweet succulents & die, PTI - Keep it simple - home stamp set, Tucked in- New - home stamp set
Die - MFT - scallop stitched rectangle
Copics - G40, G43, G46, YG03, YG21, YG23, YG25, E15, E17, E19, E43, E44, E47, E81, E84, E87, BG34, V05, RV06, RV08, RV21
Misc - white embossing powder, enamel dots, antique distress ink, Memory box stencil

Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy!


Monday, September 3, 2018

Birds #3

Hello all, and happy Labour Day! It's nice to have an extra long weekend isn't it?  And back to school starts tomorrow as well.  I know in the US a lot of schools have already started their school year in August.

Well it's been quite a day so far.  I was doing a load of laundry and my drier died! :(.  So good thing I have clothes lines. It's over 100 again today, so with that heat it dried them pretty quickly along with the bit of breeze.  Then about 5 min ago winds picked up and the sky darkened, thunder and lightening,  and then the heavens opened up - torrential downpour and strong winds.  When the weather gets this hot it's always a trigger for Tornadoes! (I did manage to grab the clothes before all this started.) The heavy winds also tore off our Gazebo top ( canvas), ripped the 2 corners and away it went!

Well lets get back to why you are really here - too see some more of our photographs.  These were taken around our area over the last couple of weekends. Enjoy the show.  (for larger image please click the picture).

 I was at the kitchen sink and just happened to look out the back kitchen window and saw this guy sitting looking for his dinner! Bill was able to capture some pictures of him.  He wasn't successful in his catch so off he flew after about 10 min.  We get these guys a lot especially fall and winter. 
I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I'm sure I'll have more to come soon.
Have a great day!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bejewled x 2

A quick post tonight to share a couple of Penny Black cards.  This image is called Bejewled.
I'm a bit behind in posting as I have been working lots of overtime over the last 4 weeks, which leaves no time for stamping. These 2 cards I finished back in July.

Using my Misti, white cardstock and Memento inks.  As these were done a while ago I did not keep track of the colours I used. After I was done with the stamping, I sponged some inks for the background.

I didn't want to stamp a sentiment on the front, but felt it needed something.  I pulled out my container of pre-cut dies cuts and came across this swirly one and thought it looked interesting along the bottom.  This die is from Memory Box - Valencia border.

I kept it fairly simple, I didn't even add wink of stella for a bit of sparkle!

Since I had my Misti out and stamp inside, I decided to to another card using the same stamp but different colours. Again I used Memento inks.

I cut out the image using a die from MFT.  Leaving the die in place I sponged some inks for the background.
For this one, I stamped 'Hi there' in black versafine and then added some white chiffon ribbon tied on a diagonal along the bottom portion.

I love how these turned out.  Once you get going on these types of brushstoke stamps and your Misti, they work up pretty quick.

I hope to get back to stamping soon, O/T should wrap up this week, and with the long weekend ahead, I hope to get into my craft room.  Thanks for being patient and continuing to follow.  I will have some more bird pictures in my next post, so stay tuned.

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Summer birds #2

I don't have a card to share today, but I do have some more of our birding photographs.  These were taken over the past few weekends. Most of these are Bill's photo's, to tell the difference between mine and Bill's, if you look at the bottom right hand corner of each photo, if my name is first, then I took it, if Bill's is first then he took it! Fall migration is starting to happen, as we are seeing more birds each weekend moving through the area and heading south for the winter. 

So sit back and enjoy the show! (click each to enlarge).


I have a few more pictures, but for some reason they wouldn't upload.  I will have Bill take a look and do another post next week.  I hope you enjoyed these.

Have a wonderful weekend!