Eastern Bluebird - Male

Eastern Bluebird - Male
Eastern Bluebird

Saturday, March 31, 2018


I was planning on posting these 2 cards yesterday, but was away all day, so thought I best get these posted today.  Easter is early this year so only had time to make 2 Easter cards.

For both cards I'm using MFT die-namic lily dies. 

For my first card I used Spellbinders A2 Filigree delight die, and cut this out of a soft green. For the lily's they were cut from white c/s and then I used copics to do the colouring.

The banner is from PTI and the sentiment is from Flourishes. I added some clear sequins to finish off.

For my second card, I cut the lily's from white c/s then colour using  peach and pink copic markers.
Isn't the background die cut stunning?  My BFF Nancy gave it to me as part of my birthday gift.  I love the cut areas along with the embossed.  This die is by Jeanine's Art.  Not sure where Nancy purchased this one, but I see that Die's R Us carries these dies, you can find them under Find It Trading.

I have since found a few more of these types of dies and scooped them up.

To finish off this card I added some clear sequins and an enamel dot.  Banner and sentiment same as above.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter.  Thanks for your visit today.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Algonquin Park winter birds

Back in February on the Family Day long weekend, Bill and I headed up to Algonquin Provincial Park.  We had our sights on hopefully finding some red crossbills, and white-winged crossbills while there.  Last February, we had no luck as we saw  a few but they were on the tree tops, which was not good for pictures.  This year we had luck. Not only did we see both crossbills, we saw a few other species. Unfortunately, we saw a male pine grosbeak, but he was so high in the trees, we were unable to get a picture.

Here are some of our favourites.  (click each picture to give you a larger view).

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back later in the week with a couple of Easter cards to share.
Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wedding wishes

I'm a bit behind in taking pictures of new cards that I have made recently,  but I came across this card that I made back in December.  The request for this wedding card was that it was to be in burgundy and gold if possible.  Well you know me, I aim to please.  Here is my card:

Not a lot of explaining on this one. Paper is from  Maja Designs.  The gold triangle patter paper is velum  from MME - Necessities. I just wanted to use a bit of this to add more gold to the card. Love the way it looks in the corners.

The white die cut is from Creative Expressions - Scandinavian Collection - Stockholm.  The gold layer and the sentiment layers are all from the same die set.  The sentiment is from Verve.

To complete the card I added pearls, ribbon, a couple of heart stick pins,  and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  See that little white crystal heart at the bottom right hand corner, well that was on a stick pin, so I snipped of the pin part and glued it down. I also added a bit of shimmer to the flowers using Wink of Stella clear pen.

I will be sure to get my new cards photographed, so I should have new ones to share next week.

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

My first photography photos

Hello everyone!  Hope your enjoying your weekend.  It's a beautiful day here in SW Ontario, still a bit cool temperature wise, but the sun is shining which helps warm it up. 

A few weeks ago Bill asked if I wanted to get into Photography. He has mentioned it a few times over the past year, but I was undecided.  You all know that Bill is the photographer and I am the 'binocular' gal.  I find all the birds and Bill captures them, and I was happy with that.  I often thought of photography but knew I would never be able to handle the weight of Bill's camera to catch those small birds.  He gave me a few suggestions for lenses, something lighter,  we went and looked at one and made the purchase. 

So last weekend, we went up to Hamilton/Burlington/Oakville area, and I had my first attempt at photography.  I must say, watching someone else it looks fairly easy, but it's not! It took a bit  to be able to hold the camera up without shaking too much, focus and shoot.    It wasn't bad when shooting along the lake edge because you are crouched down and the camera was low, but flight shots etc, it will take sometime. I think I need to lift some weights, to strengthen my arms! There is so much still to learn as I am just beginning.

Although I took tons of pictures and a lot were blurry,  I did mange to capture some pretty good ones. Here are the ones I took:

Mallard (male) in the morning sunlight -

Wood duck

Mute swan - isn't the sunlight gorgeous against the swan?

This was taken yesterday, a Great Horned owl with an owlet.

So what do you think, not bad for my first attempt eh?

Okay, now onto some amazing photos from Bill.  

This first one of the Eagles, was taken along Lake St. Clair back in February.  We had a bit of a thaw, so the ice was breaking up and they were floating down river.  On one of our outings we  spotted eagles flying above and they landed on this floating ice.

Next up, we have a pair of cardinals.  These were taken in our backyard after a snowfall.

This was taken up on Oakville last weekend.  Mute Swan. 

Mallard (female) along one of the creeks in Chatham - early morning - gorgeous!

Northern Harrier Hawk - male - also known as 'the grey ghost'

Northern Harrier Hawk - female

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I will be back soon with some pictures from our trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in Feb.

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Good luck!

I'm back today to share a St. Patrick's Day card I made for a friend to give to a friend! I didn't realize that this coming Saturday is the 17th!  This month is flying by fast!

 I have very limited St. Patrick day stamps, so it really limits me to the type of card I make.

The stamp set I used today is from Flourishes LLC - called Good Luck.

I stamped the image onto some white cougar c/s using black memento and then coloured using copics.  I then cut out the bouquet. The sentiment I used is also from the same set, which fit perfectly on the center die cut, which I have outlined using my gold krylon pen.

The die set I used for the focal point is from Marianne Creatables - #LR0242. 

I added some green sequins and gold twine to finish off the card along with some wink of stella clear to the yellow flowers on the bouquet. 

Have a great day!


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Especially for you

Hello! I'm back today to share another card I made back in December. 

This card is using a stamp set & matching die from  Papertrey Ink (PTI) called Beautiful Berries: Spring.

I started by taking a die (sorry I don't remember the name of this one and it's been a while since I made this) and cut it out of cardstock to create a mask.  I also used the die from the set and cut the branches from copy paper.  I then set my mask in the center of my card and then places the copy paper branches with some removable tape and placed them underneath the mask and onto the card ( I hope I'm explaining this correctly for you).  I then used aqua mist and sponged being careful as not to tear the copy paper.

When I was happy with the coverage of the ink, I removed the mask and branch masks and then stamped the branches and flowers using PTI inks in the white space of the branch mask.  I then added the sentiment using black versafine.

Finished off by cutting out my image piece using MFT wonky stitched rectangle die.  I then add some sequins and a silk bow.  I used my wink of stella clear pen to add some sparkle to the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, March 5, 2018


Good morning and Happy Monday! I haven't had a chance to work on anything 'new' lately, but I was going through some of my files and found a couple of cards that I have not posted yet.  I believe I was making these in between Christmas cards and completely forgot to post.

This card today is using a Stamping Bella 2.0 Cosmobella.  This particular one is kind of my 'go to' bella stamp for a  girlfriend.  I know I have coloured her up several times and posted, but different colours, different layout warrants another post, don't you think?

I coloured her with Prismacolour pencils after stamping her with black memento ink. I used MFT Mod rectangle stax to cut our her and the layers.  Papers are from my scrap bin.  The Happy Birthday is an Impression Obsession die.

To finish I added a bit of sparkle to her martini glass with wink of stella and added a few enamel dots.

Wishing you a happy day!  See you back her soon.  I have to make a St. Patrick's day card for a friend to give to a friend, so need to get that done this week.