Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Watercoloured Dahlias

Hello everyone! Hope your week is going well. I'm back today to share a birthday card I made for a long distance friend - Carla (AKA cardsbycarla on SCS).

I didn't want to post this until I knew she had received it and she has.   The image I'm using is from WPlus9 called Beautiful Bouquets - Dahlias.

I started by embossing the flowers onto some prima watercolour paper using white embossing powder.  I then coloured the images with Prima Watercolour Confections.  I used colours from both of these sets: Tropicals & Decadent Pies.  This is the first time using these paints and I love them. 

Once the paint was dry ( let it sit overnight) I splattered some blue paint onto it.  I then cut out the image using the outside die from a set by Creative Expressions - Frames & Tags - Isobel.

I was undecided as to what colour do layer my image onto, so after several attempts of blues, yellows or greens, I decided on a medium gray.  I embossed the gray using a SU embossing folder by Sizzix called Modern Mosaics.   Some fun foam was added to the back of the floral piece before adhering to the gray c/s. I then embossed in white the birthday sentiment onto a piece of black c/s and popped it up for some added dimension.  Added sequins and a silk bow to finish this off.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sending you Sunshine...

on a cloudy day!  Isn't that how the song goes?  Well it's anything but cloudy here these past few days, actually it is very muggy and hot here this weekend and even worse tomorrow.  Currently at 7:22pm it is 91F - there is a air quality advisory out for tomorrow as temperatures surge over 100F. But a bit cooler  - well back to normal temps for the rest of the week.

For my card today I did something a bit different.  I pulled out my Magenta Nuance powders and played with them.  I finished one card and started another.  Here is my first finished card:

Again, the camera does not do this justice.  The yellow c/s under the flowers is a very soft yet pretty yellow, the camera makes this kind of washed out :(. 

So how did I do this you ask? well let me tell you.  I started by white embossing my flower image from WPlus9 called Kind Soul onto some Canson 140lb watercolour paper.  I then dropped powder from the pinhole cap on each of the colours, strategically placing the colours as to where they should be - at least for the most part.  I then took my fine mist sprayer bottle and mist with water, tilting the paper to let the inks run.  I then took my heat gun to speed the drying process.  I went back in a painted the leaves with some green ink just because too many were not green, not that that really matters.  I really liked it at that point, but thought the edges around the flowers were too heavy in colour, I wanted more of a light wash, so..... I decided to trim away the bottom side of the flowers as it was darker than the top,  which made it kind of hard to tell where the flowers where.

I cut out the flower panel using a stitched rectangle from MFT, then added some fun foam to the back side and popped it up on the yellow c/s.  I stamped the sentiment (Papertrey Ink - Corner Adorner February) using my Misti and black memento ink. To finish off I added some sequins.

I was happy how this turned out.  Now just need to finish my other card.  The colours are pretty much the same, so I'll see what I can come up with as far as a layout.

I appreciate your visit, enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday, May 21, 2018

Graceful still life

Hello everyone! I guess it's a Happy Monday since I was off today due to a Stat Holiday here in Canada - Victoria Day, but the sad news is that my week long vacation is over, back to work tomorrow!  Bill and I have been busy this past week, walked a lot of trails, took lots of pictures, did lots of yard work (which never seems to end), and I didn't even have time to make a card! I have a couple of birthday's coming up over the next few weeks so need to get back into my routine.

Today's card is another one I made for Mother's Day.  This one actually went to my BFF - Nancy. Nancy's husband requested a card for her for Mother's day.  I knew she would love this, and she did!  I"m using Powerpoppy's Graceful Still Life digital image.

I used prismacolour pencils to colour.  I then cut it out using  MFT stitched rectangle die.
I die cut the border from white c/s - die is by Find it Trading - african border.  Designer paper is Kaisercraft - Kaleidoscope.  The card base is a bit darker here in the picture than in real, I guess I woud call it a deep coral. 

To finish off I added a small flag banner and added an enamel dot and a small silk bow. Used my wink of stella clear pen to add some shimmer to the flowers.

I'm glad you stopped by today.  Have a wonderful day!


Friday, May 11, 2018

Garden Treasures

 I'm back today to share another Mother's Day card with you.  I'm using Altenew's Garden Treasure stamp set and matching dies. 

I used Altenew dye inks to stamp out all the flowers and then die cut with the matching dies. I had PTI - Shape Shifter oval die 1 already cut out laying on my table so decided to use this as my centerpiece background.

Designer paper is from my scrap bin.  On the bottom part of the pink gingham paper I added some white rub-ons to give it that bit of extraness.  This seemed to work out well because by doing the rub-ons I was able to add a small rhinestone in the center of each flower.

I also added some small pearls to the oval die.  Now you probably think I'm a bit crazy using such a bright ribbon, but I tell you honestly it is not that bright of a pink in real. It actually matches the gingham pink colour pretty close.  Sometimes the camera captures colours in a different way.  I used my wink of stella clear pen to add sparkle to the flowers.

I made this for a friends MIL.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Mother.....

Well it's that time of year again, quickly approaching - Mother's Day!  Although my Mom passed 9 years ago in July, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her.  It's hard to believe it's been that long already.  Every year when I make MD cards, I always make them with my Mom in mind - what would I make her if I were to make one. She always loved my cards, and saved every one of them.  Now my Dad always looks forward to my handmade cards.

Today's card is one of 3 that I made this year.  I started by die cutting using one of the Find It Trading dies by Lilly Luna called No 1 Flower to love frame. On a piece of white c/s  I stamped the sentiment from AmyR stamps (discontinued) - set is called  All about Mom Sentiments using black versafine.  I then cut it our with a Spellbinder circle die, then using the next size up  die, I cut it using Papertrey Ink Lavender Moon.

I found some scrap designer paper in my bin which seem to match up with the lavender moon paper quite well.  I layered the Lilly Luna die cut over the designer paper. Adhered the 2 circles then added flowers from Wild Orchid.

Finished off with wink of stella clear pen painted over all the flowers for that bit of sparkle and then added small pearls to the centers of each of the flowers on the background.

Have yourself a wonderful day.  I'll be back soon with another Mother's Day card.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Becoming x 2

Hello everyone.  Hope your week is going well.  Spring migration has arrived and I can't wait to get out there this weekend and enjoy the birds and hopefully get some pictures. 

I have two cards to share with you today.  Same image just different colours.  I'm using Penny Black's Becoming stamp.  For best results in stamping these types of stamps I'm using my Misti.

All the stamps I used on both cards are by Penny Black.

Inks used on my first card are as follows: Memento inks: Lulu lavender, Elderberry.  Distress inks: Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron & Seedless Preserves. Inks for sponging are: Memento - new sprout & PTI - simply chartreuse. Inside liner I kept blank to be used for various occasions.

Inks used for my second card:  Distress inks: Twisted citron, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Antique Linen, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral & Barn Door.  For sponging - dried marigold & spiced marmalade.  Inside liner I stamped Happy Mother's Day.

Finished both off by adding some sequins.
Have a  wonderful weekend!