Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

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!