Eastern Bluebird - Male

Eastern Bluebird - Male
Eastern Bluebird

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sandhill Cranes Part 2

Hello everyone! Well winter struck again.  Yesterday we had a day full of rain, then turned to a heavy wet snow late afternoon and into the evening.  The flakes were so big almost golf ball size, it was very pretty if you didn't have to drive in it. This morning everything is covered in white, so heavy the the branches are all weighed down, but it does look very pretty.   Looks like warmer weather for this week, hopefully that is the end of the snow.

I stepped outside early (still a bit dark) and took these pictures with my Tablet, so not the best quality, but just wanted to capture the snowfall.

Rather than a card today, I thought I would share some more of Bill's and my photo's from a few weeks back.



Thanks for visiting today.  Enjoy your day!


Monday, March 25, 2019

All the best

Just working on some cards for my sale basket at work.  There are always people changing roles or leaving, so thought I would add a couple of these types of cards.

For my card today, I'm using MFT - Painted Flowers & Mini Modern Blooms. I started by die cutting the bottom edge of the white with Simon Says Stamps - corbel curved border.  I then layered this onto a piece of light green/turquoise gingham from MFT - Homespun Gingham

I die cut all the flowers and leaves from cougar white c/s.  I then stamped them using  all Papertrey Ink inks - Green Parakeet, Mint Julep, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening.

I arranged the flowers and leaves  then laid a piece of press n' seal over top to pick up my layout. I then stamped the sentiment in black versafine ink - PTI - Water cooler talk using my Misti. Added some silk ribbon and bow across the top, then adhered this to my card base.

I then laid the press n' seal back over the front of the card where I wanted the flowers to be then slowly peeled it off.  Most stayed in place, from there I added adhesive to the backs of the flowers and leaves and some of the flowers I added some pop dots to give it some dimension. I also added a small flower at the bottom right of the card.  Finished off with wink of stella pen on the flowers and some clear sequins.

The colours are so pretty in real.  Well that's it for me for today. Thanks for visiting. Have yourself a fabulous day!


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Luck of the Irish

I meant to post this yesterday, but it's been a difficult few days at work as our company is going through another re-org with job cuts  and our dept was among the ones to be cut.  But thankfully me and  the folks in my group all still have their jobs. There was just over 100 job cuts company wide within 4 depts.  It was such a stressful day, I was totally exhausted by the time I got home, hence no post.

In my last order I did for a friend she asked for a St. Patrick's day card.  I don't have much in this line, but I was able to find a  12 x 12 piece of designer paper by Authentique at the stamp store in London. One side is patterned the other side is made up of 12 cards to cut out and use.  Easy peasy right?

I cut out the card topper I wanted, layered it onto a piece of kraft cardstock.  I cut a flourish from dark green c/s using a die from Marianne.  Designer paper is some scraps from my bin.  I also added a peel off gold chain strip above the plaid paper.  For the sentiment (PTI), it is stamped in black versafine.  and then cut out using a Spellbinder label die.

I added some sequins to finish off along with some gold glitter to the buckle on the top hat, and a bit of glitter to the insides of the clover flowers.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sandhill Cranes & More

Well here we are the start of another week.  Hope you had a good weekend.  Rather than a card to share with you today, I decided to post some of Bill's and my photos from the last month or so.

Yesterday during one of our outings we came across a couple  Sandhill Cranes - we did not expect to see these as were were looking for hawks. I have quite a few pictures to share so will spread them out over a couple of blog posts.

Enjoy the show, click on them to enlarge:



Up next, I'll be posting my St. Patrick Day card, then some  more photo's.  Stay tuned!
Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Flowing vine collage x 2

Well it's Thursday, and almost the weekend once again! My cards today are two more sympathy that I made for my card order.

As you can see not a lot of explaining on these, so I will just list the supplies for each that I used.

For both cards I sponged distress inks onto some canson watercolour paper.  I spritzed the first one to make the water marks, the second card I left as is.

# 1 - Creative expressions - with sympathy die, Distress oxide inks for the background - wild honey, picked raspberry, PTI - Pierced Feature Frames, Simon Says Stamps - Flowering Vine Collage die, paper is by Cosmo Cricket - sweet nothing, cougar 100lb white c/s,  Silver card stock, sequins

# 2 - PTI - Pierced Feature Frames, Simon Says Stamps - Flowering Vine Collage die, Distress oxide inks for the background bundled sage & tumbled glass, PTI - everyday classics (sentiment), white embossing powder, versamark,  Paper - Little Yellow Bycicle, cougar 100lb white c/s. scrap of blue c/s for the sentiment.  I think it is from SU but not sure, found in my scrap basket.

Well that's it for today, I'll be back soon to share another card.  Have a great weekend!


Monday, March 11, 2019

Just because

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a good weekend.  Starting to feel more like spring time around here.  Yesterday it rained and very windy but temperatures were just above freezing.  This week is it is supposed to be between 4-7 C with thursday being 16C with rain, but then dropping after that. But each day is closer to warmer weather!

I've been asked for 'just because' cards, so this is what I am sharing with you today.

I pulled out my Stamping Bella - Mason jar of flowers stamp, stamped it using black memento onto some white cougar 100 lb c/s, then coloured using Polychromos pencils & gamsol. I already had the lattice die cut sitting on my table, so wanted to incorporate that onto my card.  The mason jar just fit perfectly inside one of my SB oval dies.

Designer paper was too pretty to only use a piece of so I decided to make this my main backdrop, then adhered it to a white card base. I added lots of sparkle by using by quickie glue pen and TH distress rock glitter.  The sentiment comes with the stamp set, stamped using black versafine, then used a MFT banner end die. I added some foam tape to raise it off the card.

Finished off with some sequins.   As always, I appreciate your visit, and any comments you might have.  Have yourself a wonderful day!


Stamp - Stamping Bella - mason jar of flowers
Ink - Polychromos pencils, black memento, black versafine
Paper - white cougar,  Patck Trzynastego - Love in Bloom - Marta Pickarcyk ( I purchased this from Frantic Stamper along with 2 other paper packs :) )
Misc - seqines, TH distress rock glitter, quickie glue pen, foam tape
Die - Creative Expressions - Portuguese Collection - Lisbon,  Spellbinders Oval die

Thursday, March 7, 2019

With Sympathy x2

I'm back today to share a couple more Sympathy cards that I created for my order.

My first card is using Altenew Dainty Bouquet. As this is a layering stamp, I used all 4 inks from the Altenew Rock collection for the stamping.

Sentiment is from Simon Says Stamps - Moments of Grace stamped in black versafine.  I used a MFT die to cut this out, then layered onto some soft gray c/s then a white cardbase. Added a small white silk bow to finish off.

My second card was created using a die from Creative Expressions - Wild Rose Edger.  I started by added distress inks to white cardstock - Distress Oxide spun sugar, wild honey & tumbled glass. Using the wild rose edger I cut this from bazzill yellow c/s. The sentiment is from PTI - birds of a feather and was stamped using smokey gray versafine ink.

I added a gold peel off up the side of the yellow and then added a peel off holographic butterfly.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a fabulous day.


Monday, March 4, 2019

Beautiful Flower 2

Hello!  I  hope everyone had a good weekend.  Today's card is show casing one of the flowers from the Simon Says Stamp - Beautiful Flowers 2 set.

I stamped the image in distress antique linen for a no-line image onto some Strathmore mixed media paper..  I started out by watercolouring using Daniel Smith watercolours ( I bought a couple of the watercolour palette from SSS - a Debby Hughes Palette and Shari Carroll Palette, so I could try these out, very inexpensive only a couple of bucks for each. Once coloured to where I was happy with it, I switched over to Polychromos pencils for some added detail.

Using an oval die, I cut out the flower, left the die in place and sponged inks around the edge.  This was then layered onto a scallop oval die cut from a soft coral/pink card stock.

Designer paper is from Mintay - Birdsong. The papers in this pad are all gorgeous.  So hard to pick what to use and even harder to even into them lol.  I layered some cheese cloth in behind the image, and also cut out a small butterfly from the piece that I trimmed off.

Added some silk ribbon and bow, added the butterfly and some clear crystal droplets on the leaves. In the center of the flower I added a little bit of my gold wink of stella pen.

Not sure what I will use this card for, but will probably put a Mother's Day verse inside and added to my sale basket at work.

I always appreciate your visit, wishing you a fabulous day!


Stamp - SSS Beautiful Flowers 2
Papers - Mintay - birdsong,  Strathmore Mixed media paper, coral, white
Ink - Daniel Smith watercolours, Polychromoas pencils, distress - ripe persimmon, scattered straw and antique linen
Die - Spellbinder Oval & scallop oval
Misc - silk ribbon, cheese cloth, crystal droplets.