Eastern Bluebird - Male

Eastern Bluebird - Male
Eastern Bluebird

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Starry Flowers

I had this post scheduled to post this morning at 5am, came home from work and did not post. Grrrrr...... so here it is now.

Can you believe this is the end of January already?  These last 2 weeks have been so bitterly cold, I just keep saying to myself as we approach each day - "another day closer to spring"!  Yesterday was -38C (-36F) with the wind chill and today isn't much better.  You can't even stay outside it's that cold. Monday is suppose to be a high of 8C (45F)  - what strange weather we are having! I don't know how the littler birds stay warm and alive being so cold.  I keep lots of feed in the feeders to give them fuel for warmth.

Over the Christmas holidays, I took some time to de-clutter my stamp room.  In doing so I found a lot of stuff to either ditch or to hang on to and use.  I came across some background papers that I had made using distress inks, so decided use a piece of it for my card today.

I really didn't know what I was going to do, use it as a background or stamp on it.  I decided to pull out my Altenew Starry Flower stamp set and stamp one of the flowers.  Since this is a outline flower I felt it worked best in showcasing the colours.

I don't even know what colours of distress ink I used as this was made sometime ago. After stamping the flower I used the matching die cut to cut it out.  I also had the lacey die cut underneath the flower already cut out as well, just waiting to be used someday.  

I cut a piece of shimmer purple c/s using an MFT scallop die then layered the white lacey die from PTI - Mix & Mat Scallop Dies.  I adhered the starry flower on top and added a small bow made of silver thread on the steam.  I hemmed and hawed whether to add a sentiment, so as you can see I decided to go with one.  I stamped the PTI - thinking of you sentiment using black versafine.  I then lined up where I wanted it to go and used just the scallop border piece of the die to cut the edges.  I added some foam tape behind to adhere to the card and added a small wooded butterfly to the corner.

Using my wink of stella I added lots of clear sparkle to the floral piece as well as the little butterfly.

This was a quick card indeed!

I appreciate your visit today, enjoy the rest of your day! Stay safe and keep warm!


Monday, January 28, 2019

My Favourite Pair

Well it's a new day, a new week, and another snow storm to start it off.  Forecasting another 4-8 inches today depending how the system travels, plus we got 4 inches Saturday night.  But then again it is winter.  I don't mind the snow but it's the frigid temperatures that come with winter.  BRRRRR!!!

Well hopefully my card today will warm you up some, for those that are experiencing cold weather.  I'm using Power Poppy's latest digital image called My Favourite Pair.

After resizing the no-line version, I used my Polychromos and gamsol to colour.  This is the first time I've used a no-line and I really like how it turned out.

I die cut the frame in white, then did another one in a soft yellow.  I sponged some frayed burlap distress ink around the edges, then adhered it to the white frame. I also cut a floral border to run up along the side of the card.

I stamped the h.e.l.l.o sentiment in smokey gray versafine. I added some white gel pen dots to the mauve flowers, then added wink of stella clear pen to those.  Finished with some enamel dots.

Image - Power Poppy digital - My favourite pair, Penny Black - snippet sentiments
Ink - versafine smokey gray, distress frayed burlap, Polychromos pencils & gamsol
Paper - Cosmo Cricket - Fleuriste, bazzill yellow, white cougar 100 lb
Die - Memory Box - Fairytale Flower border, MFT Scallop Stitched rectangle scallop edge frame
Misc - enamel dots, white gel pen, wink of stella clear pen

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have yourself a fabulous day!


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Smile today

Hello everyone.   I'm back today to share another card made with some Altenew stamps. I just love the layering stamps and this particular set was very easy to stamp the layers.

This set is called Sweet Rose Bouquet - which is the same stamp set I used on this card, except this time I used the individual stamps rather than the branch.

After stamping and die cutting the roses, I pulled out my Joy Craft square frame cut it out and then used a Memory Box stencil and sponged some light green ink for a bit of background on the center.
I then placed my roses to where I wanted them and then stamped the sentiment using black versafine.

I then adhered the roses - some adhering flat and some using pop dots.  I added a silk bow in the corner and some glittery rhinestones in the corner of the die cut, as well as wink of stella clear pen for the flowers.

I hope I inspired you in some way today.  Thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day.

Stamp - Altenew - Sweet Rose Bouquet, Penny Black - smile today
Ink - Altenew - rose petal, green fields & tropical forest ink sets, black versafine
Paper - white cougar, Prima - firefly collection
Die - Joy craft - square frame - cutting & embossing
Misc - silk ribbon, rhintestones, wink of stella clear pen.


Monday, January 21, 2019

You totally Rock!!

Hello and Happy Monday to all!  I hope you had a good weekend.  We had a very cold and wintery weekend, about a foot of snow and very cold temperatures  - a high of -4F or -22 C.

I almost feel like I should be sharing a Christmas card with you based on the weather, but since I don't have any made up yet for this year, I will share another Valentine card using another Power Poppy digital image from the Va Va Valentine images.

This one I call You Totally Rock.

I started by resizing the image and then colouring using Polychromos pencils and gamsol.  (Leslie, to answer your question whether or not I use gamsol with the Polychromos  - yes I do use gamsol with these. They blend so well, I just love them).

I wasn't sure where I was going with this layout, as  you can see I have a couple of different die cuts cut. I was just going to layer the image onto the black heart circle, but wanted to incorporate some red as well, so ended up using both die cuts.

I added some black gingham ribbon across the top as well as some die cut hears.  The center of the larger heart in the image, I added some red glitter for that bit of added sparkle.

Image - Power Poppy digital - Va Va Valentine
Ink - printer, polychromos pencils and gamsol
Paper - MME - Lucky in Love & Cosmo Cricket - Head over heal, black, white cougar 100 lb
Dies - MFT - square pierced frame, Spellbinders - heart circle & circle die, Verve - heart dies
Misc - gingham ribbon, red glitter, quickie glue pen for the glitter

Thank you for stopping by, see you soon. Have a great day!


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Mandy's flower

First of all I have some sad news to share for those that live in my surrounding area.  Our local stamping store 'THE PAPER PICKLE', is closing it's doors on Feb 23, 2019 after 15 wonderful years. I'm sure I can vouch for most of the stampers/scrapbookers that would visit Kims' store, it will be surely missed. So many great memories, lots of laugh and even tears.  I've made some great friends through teaching here, and hopefully our paths will continue to cross at some point. Wishing Kim all the best for whatever the future holds!

For my card, I'm back today to share another card from the Simon Says - Mandy's flower set with you.  Remember this card I posted a few weeks ago, well I had a couple of this image stamped out, so when I received my new Polychromos pencils (which I was just dying to try them out), I coloured up this image. again.

After colouring, I fussy cut it out and then layered it onto a piece of pink cardstock which was cut from a Flourishes die - Victorian oval template.

I stamped the sentiment onto some white c/s, cut fish tale ends and then added some fun foam and popped it up. Added clear wink of stella to the rose and leaves and then a few clear sequins to finish off.

Have a wonderful day!

Stamp - Simon Says - Mandy's flowers, PTI - sentiment from Painted Florals
Die - Flourishes - victorian oval template
Ink - black versafine, faber-castell polychromos pencils & gamsol
paper - Memory Box, pink, SU cranberry crisp
misc - sequins, wink of stella clear pen


Monday, January 14, 2019

Va Va Valentine #1

Hello everyone.  I hope you had a good weekend.  It was busy all weekend, so never had a chance to make any cards - I always try to make at least one card on the weekend. Bill and I went out to find hawks and owls.  We did manage to find some hawks, but no owls yet! I'll share some pictures once I get them ready.

Since Valentines is only a month away, I pulled out some of my digital images from Power Poppy - Va Va Valentines to get some cards made up.

These images are so fast to colour, and love the humor/image. So fun.

I coloured them up with my newly received Christmas gift - Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. Oh boy, they colour and blend wonderfully! I've been wanting a set of these for quite some time, as my prisma's are well used, old, and they keep breaking.

The rest is pretty straight forward, I will list all the supplies below.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today.  Have yourself a fabulous day!

Image - Power Poppy digital - Va Va Valentine
Die - MFT - Inside & out stitched round rectangle, Spellbinder - heart die, PTI - heart border, Memory Box - mini heart collection
Paper - MME - Stella Rose - Mabel papers, cougar white 110 lb
Misc - Polychromos pencils, enamel dots, wink of stella - for the hearts on the image


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sweet Rose Bouquet

Hello all.  Hope your week is going well.  I have a 3 day weekend ahead of me so I'm looking forward to that.

As I mentioned in my last post I've been busy making cards.  I've been really hooked on the Altenew stamps, just love doing the multi step stamping.

Today's card features the Altenew stamp set called Sweet Rose Bouquet.

Using my Misti, I started by stamping my leaves (which is all one stamp) using the Altenew Tropical Forest set of inks, starting with the lightest colour.  I then continued with the layers using a darker ink each time.

Once the leaves were completed I laid the first layer of rose stamp onto my card lining up where the roses set among the leaves. For the roses I used the Altenew Tea Party ink set and continued added a darker colour for each layer.

I used MFT cross-stitch oval to cut out the image, left the die in place and used the lightest ink colour from the Tea Party set which was pink pearl and sponged some ink around the image. I added some fun foam behind the image and layered this onto  white cardstock which was die cut using PTI - Shape Shifter - Oval #4.

Background paper is from PTI soft stone pattern paper pack.  I cut a couple of strips of c/s - soft coral and gold metallic and adhered them along the bottom for some added interest.

For the sentiment (Simon Says - tiny word set) I embossed it onto some black c/s using white embossing powder then trimmed to fit and then added a small coral silk bow. Wink of stella clear was added to the roses for a bit of shimmer.

I really like how this turned out, I will be using this set a lot for future cards.

Thanks for visiting today, see you soon.  Have a fabulous day!


Monday, January 7, 2019

Glorious Bouquet

Hello everyone and Happy New Year (since this is my first post for the new year).  Hope everyone had enjoyed the holiday. Well it's back to work for me today, after having 2 weeks off :(.

I had some time off during the holidays, so spent it making cards and doing day trips  for the opportunity of some bird photography.  I also did a lot of re-organizing of my stamping supplies (dies, papers, stamps - lots of stamps - stamps I haven't used in a long time) and gave to a friend who I know would use it.  It's always good to de-clutter once in a while!

My card today is one that I did before the holidays.  I saw a similar card like this at our local stamp store Paper Pickle, and fell in love with it.

I stamped Tim Holtz Glorious Bouquet using distress ink tattered rose onto some cream cardstock. For the black border I stamped one of the borders from Tim Holtz Ornate Trims using black versafine.  I then stamped a butterfly in black as well.

For the leaf I used this shiny dark grey/black paper and cut out the leaf - Memory Box - Large Olive branch.  Adhered it to the card and added a small rose silk bow. 

I then layered this onto a piece of cream shimmer and then onto my card base which I believe is like a rose shimmer c/s.

A very quick card indeed!

Thanks for your visit today, I have 7 cards to share with you in future posts! Have a wonderful day.