Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting

Thursday, February 28, 2019

You're in my thoughts

Well here we are the last day of February already!  We got another 4 inches of snow yesterday. I'm so ready for winter to be over.

I had previously mentioned that I was working on a card order for a friend who has request several cards and 5 of them are sympathy.

Today I'm sharing one of those cards with you.

I've had this die set from Creative Expressions for sometime now, and often thought of using it but just never have.  As I was going through my dies, I figured this would work well for a sympathy card.
I also had some papers from Webster that I've been hoarding because I didn't want to cut it up as it has such pretty images on it. 

I was able to make use of almost the whole 6x6 piece of dp.  My card measures 5.5 x 5 7/8. 

I cut the die from white cougar 100 lb c/s and also cut the outer frame from vellum.  I then adhered the vellum to the back of the frame.  For the center part which is a separate die, I added some foam tape to lift it off of the oval frame. 

Sentiment is stamped in black versafine.  For finishing touches I added some silk ribbon and pearls.  This is really pretty IRL!

I appreciate your visit. Have a fabulous day!


Stamp - Simon Says Stamps - Sketched Flowers (sentiment)
Dies - Creative Expression - frames & tags poppy
Paper - Webster pages, white, PTI Vellum
Ink - black versafine
Misc - silk ribbon, pearls, SU dimensionals

Monday, February 25, 2019

Masculine Birthday

As I'm writing this  (Sunday night for Monday morning posting), we are experiencing the worst wind ever!  With gusts up to 90KM - (110 KM at noon -between 50 - 60 MPH).  Overnight it still is pushing gusts of 75KM/hr - not sure how much sleep I will get as it is coming from the southwest and that is my bedroom side.  Might have to put the ear plugs in!  We have 34 yr old Cedars in the back yard which are about 30ft tall and with this wind they are swaying and bending, I just hope we don't loose any. I also saw on the weather channel that the winds are so strong on Lake Erie it is actually move chunks of ice off the shore and up onto the roads.

This is the weather alert for our area:
Major wind storm across the regions.

Very strong southwest winds with frequent gusts of 100 to 110 km/h will continue in the wake of a sharp arctic cold front blasting across the region.

Higher wind gusts of 120 km/h are possible long the shores of the Great Lakes.

The damaging winds will continue tonight, then will gradually start to diminish early Monday morning

Power outages, damage to trees and structures are being reported across the regions.

Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.


Well enough of that, lets get to my card shall we.  My card today is one I did a couple of weeks ago. Yes another masculine card!  It all started out by me playing around with some spray inks.  These inks are by Stampzia - colour wash jewels.  I've had these for about 10 years.  I picked them up at one of the Heirloom scrapbook shows over in Detroit, and actually Stamp Zia came to Chatham.  My friend contacted her and she was willing to come the day before the show and do a class for us.  We had about 12 people or so, and we worked with her stencils and sprays. It was awesome!

The molted looking background is the spray background.  Her sprays are very rich in colours, I used three or four colours on this.  I don't remember the exact colours.  So after I did this it sat on my desk for a bout a week as I was trying to figure what to do with it.  I pulled out some TH sizzix flower/stem dies as well as a set from Concord  & 9th called layering leaves.  I cut them from metallic papers.  I tried a couple of different colours of blue for the frame, but settled on this PTI ocean tides.

For the blue background I stamped MFT wood grain using the same ink as the cardstock.  I'm not sure of the colour I used as I seem to have used my last piece for this card. Hmmm darn!

I stamped a happy birthday and embossed in white on a strip of black c/s. To finish off I added a brass/copper coloured metallic dot.

Thanks for visiting today.  Have a great day!


Thursday, February 21, 2019

A new little someone

In between doing cards for another card order which is mainly Sympathy cards, I decided to change it up and bit and do a baby card. 

Since I already had a baby girl card in my stash basket I decided to do a baby boy card.  I die cut the elephant then layered it onto some vellum and then kraft c/s.  Paper is from Echo Park -Bundle of Joy.  I stamped the sentiment in rich cocoa memento ink, then added a couple of enamel hearts.

The elephant did not have an 'eye', so I pulled out my tiny hole punch and since I have not emptied the punch in a while I was able to find a pre-punched black dot.  I also added a pop dot behind the ear to lift it up a bit.

Finished off with some ribbon and lace.  I will list the supplies I used below.

Have a fabulous day!


Paper - Echo Park - Bundle of Joy, PTI Kraft, Cougar white, PTI polka dot vellum
Ink - Memento - rich cocoa
Dies - Memory Box - stitched elephant, PTI - Tag sale #4, Simon Says - stitched circles
Stamps - PTI - baby button bits for the sentiment
Misc - PTI - aqua mist ribbon, lace, enamel hearts (doodlebug)

Monday, February 18, 2019

Birthday Balloons

Good morning.  Hope your weekend was good.  On Saturday was my grandson's 12th birthday, so of course I made him a card, and at least this year I remembered to take a picture.

I really don't have a lot of stamps that focuses on kids but balloons are always good right? With some stamping, die-cutting this is what I came up with.

Once I die cut the balloons and stamped on top of them, I sponged ink in the coordinating colours on my background where the balloons would go.  I then placed the balloons where I wanted them and then stamped the string. I really like the birthday stamp set as it has 4 different string sentiments. I then stamps some stars around and then popped the balloons up over the string.  I double popped the middle balloon as I wanted that one center focused.

Stamped the sentiment with versamark and white embossed onto some black c/s.  I then took a fish
tale banner die and cut it out, then popped this up as well. For the background orange paper and dry embossed a Memory Box die onto it called - All Star Detail Plate. You can't see much of it, but it adds some detail to it rather than have plain c/s.

To finish I added some enamel dots, an enamel heart (just love this little heart), cut a # 12 out of orange c/s and then used my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of sparkle on the star balloon.

In hind sight I should of make a couple of these cards at the same time.  Always good to have a few extra of these types of cards!

I appreciate your visit today, wishing you a happy day!

(When we went to bed last night it was snowing and it is still snowing this morning! Looks like we need to do some shoveling today - it's Family Day in parts of Canada so we have today off!)


Stamps - PTI - Birthday Strings, 
Die - PTI birthday balloons, Mix & Max Confetti Die, Tim Holtz - typeset, Memory Box - All Star Detail plate
Paper - white, black & orange
Ink - PTI - orange zest, tropical teal, green parakeet, harvest gold, kraft, Black versafine, Versamark
Misc - white eb powder, enamel dots, wink of stella clear pen

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love... with all my heart

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Today's card is one I made for my BFF's (Nancy)  husband to give to her.  I was going to post it earlier today, but thought if she hadn't received it yet, I didn't want to spoil her surprise.  But.... she received it this morning :).

I had fun making this one.  Not a whole lot of explaining on this one as you can see, mostly die cuts, so I will just list the supplies below.

Paper - Glitz paperpack - Pretty in Pink, white, bazzill pink, gold mirror paper
Die - PTI Shape Shifter Oval #4, Heart dies, SSS Love Die
Ink - black versafine, PTI - pale peony (sponged ink behind the hearts)
Stamp - PTI - From the Heart set
Misc - sequins, washi tape, ribbon, flowers, and lace

Wishing you a lovely day!


Monday, February 11, 2019

Quick topper cards

Hello.  I'm back today to share a couple of cards I made recently for my card basket.  The paper pack is from The Paper Boutique and this particular  line is - Dawn Chorus.  I fell in love with these papers, small birds, leaves, feathers, and the colours are so pretty.  In the back of the paper pack are some card toppers which makes card making a whole lot easier.  So far I have made 2 from this paper pack.

Not a whole lot of explaining on these, so I will let you look at my cards and I will list the supplies below.

Card # 1
Dies - PTI - Shape shifters circle #4
Paper - The paper boutique - Dawn Chorus, MME - woodgrain paper, white, soft pink and medium brown
Misc - skeleton leaves in gold, pink silk ribbon, EK Success border punch, pearls

Card # 2
Dies - MFT square stitched rame
Paper - The paper boutique - Dawn Chorus, white, Bazzill blue, MFT Snowcone,
Misc - flowers, silk ribbon, glittered rhinestones

As always, thanks for stopping by today.


Friday, February 8, 2019

Live for today

Well it's the end of another work week! Hope you all had a good week.  I've been trying to work on some masculine cards as of late but have been struggling.  I find these so hard to do, mainly because I don't have a lot of masculine stamps other than leaves and trees. 

 I'm using all  Papertrey Ink; dies and stamps for my card.

I started by die cutting the Mighty Oak Tree so I could use the leaves.  I then stamped the leaves using PTI inks onto the die cut leaf.  White background is cut using the PTI: Noted Pinked A2 Vertical die set.  

I stamped the sentiment from PTI: Through the trees using black versafine ink, then cut it out using PTI Nesting basics pierced retangles.  I popped this up on the center of my card, then adhered the leaves.  Added some rhinestones to finish off.

I appreciate your visit today, have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, February 4, 2019

Thank You

Hello everyone!  Well after our deep freeze it is feeling more like spring time weather today and the next few days, then back to the cold again! Lots of rain today and tomorrow, then freezing rain then snow comes back. But hey, it's winter right!

My card today makes it feel like spring.  I'm using some Papertrey Ink stamps and dies.

For the stamping portion of this card, I used some kraft c/s, then embossed in white the Stitch in time border frame, then cut out with the coordinating die.  For the tag I'm using MB Pinpoint main street tags, then  I used a hexagon stencil and sponged some ocean tide ink.  I then embossed the butterfly using white embossing powder. I splattered some white paint into the tag as well.

For the base of the card, I stamped one of the borders from the stamp set in fine linen ink.  I then stamped the sentiment from PTI - Banner sentiments in ocean tide ink.  I did this in my Misti, to make sure I got a nice clean stamped image.

For the flowers I used the stamps and dies from the Butterfly Blooms and A bit more butterfly blooms. I also cut some white leaves using  MB Dainty leaf die.

Added some ribbon, glittery rhinestones to finish off.

Stamps - PTI - Stitch in Time Borders, Banner Sentiments, Butterfly Blooms & A bit more butterfly blooms
Dies - MB - Pinpoint main street tags, Dainty Leaf, PTI - stitch in time, A bit more butterfly bloom die
Paper - PTI - Ocean Tide, Kraft, K & Co wild raspberry, cougar white c/s
Ink - PTI - Ocean Tide, Altenew - Buttercup
Misc - white embossing powder, versamark, MB Hexagon stencil, rhinestones, PTI ribbon, white paint

I appreciate your visit.  Have a wonderful day!