Indigo Bunting

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Opal the Optimist

Happy Friday! I'm back today to share another Stamping Bella image. This is # 2 of 5 that I coloured up.
This pretty gal is called Opal the Optimist.

I coloured her up using Polychromos pencils and blended with gamsol.  I then cut her out using a scallop edge rectangle die from MFT.  The only difference is that I didn't want it as wide as it cut so put the die back over the image to where I wanted it cut narrower and ran it through my Platinum.  I then used my life changing brush and softly added a bit of PTI aqua mist to the bottom right side.

The Lacy scroll along the side is from Tutti Designs called butterfly Scroll. Background designer paper is from Prima - Bella Rouge.

For finishing touches I added some $store rhinestones to the butterfly scroll, and Nuvo glitter pen to the flowers on her dress and glass of wine.

Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate when you do.  Have a great weekend!


Monday, September 23, 2019


Today, I'm sharing one of the Stamping Bella images I coloured up for a co-worker.  I had to make 5, so here is the first one.

This is 'don'ttalktomebeforemycoffeeABELLA"!  I've had her forever, and this is the first time colouring her up.

I used polychromos pencils to colour.  Once coloured I cut her out using MFT In & Out Diagonal stitched rectangle stax. I then layered the image onto some PTI Cocoa Bean c/s.

Designer paper is from Basic Grey - Curio paper - This is from 2010!

To finish off I added some enamel dots, and I die cut a piece of BG solid dp using Memory Box curled ribbons - there are 2 ribbons in this set, I cut one  twice and glued together for extra thickness. Nuvo aqua shimmer clear pen was added to her shoes and top, it's just a hint of glitter not much.

Thanks for stopping by today, wishing you a wonderful day!


Friday, September 20, 2019

Two hearts

I had a request from a co-worker for a wedding card for her sisters wedding.  She wanted something special and personalized.  I decided to add their names and date of wedding to the front of the card.

Not a lot of explaining on this, so I will just list the supplies below:

 Penny Black - love
Simon Says Stampes - stitched flag banner die
Wild Rose Studio - Elegant frames
Justrite dies - Open Leaf Vines
Memory Box - citrus leaves

Wild Orchid Crafts - flowers
Studio Callico - wooden heart
Novo aqua shimmer pen - glkitter gloss

That's it for me this week.  I've been working on some Stamping Bella cards for a co-worker - 5 of them! Stay tuned for postings next week of them.  Have a wonderful day!


Monday, September 16, 2019

Butterfly blooms

A few weeks ago, when I was in a rut and just couldn't get my stamping groove going, I was on Instagram checking out all the new posts.  I came across a card made by Melissa Phillips using some Papertrey Ink stamps and dies, which led me to pull out the sets she used and create a card.  Sometimes you just need that little shove to get going.

The butterfly and small flowers are from the PTI Butterfly Blooms set and the other flowers are from Stitching Garden set. All stamped using PTI inks.

For the background that is behind the white die cut, is a piece of watercolour paper I was testing out my new TH Oxide spray inks on.  It just so happened once I stamped and die cut the flowers I was looking for something to put behind the die cut, and this piece seems to work perfectly.

The die cut is SB Antiquities square, layered onto a piece of PTI Fine Linen and then onto some gold shimmer c/s. 

I sponged ink around the center piece and then embossed the butterfly in gold.

To finish off I added pearls and some little $ store rhinestones to the centers of the flowers.

Wishing you a wonderful day.  Thanks for your visit!


Tuesday, September 10, 2019


I'm back today to share a Christmas card.  I can't believe we are already into September and I only have a couple done, really need to crack down!

This is a digital image from Sassy Cheryl's called Acrobats.

After resizing I used my poloychromos pencils to colour.  Cut out with a stitched rectangle, then layered onto some dark red c/s.

The background designer paper was from my scrap basket, so unsure of the company's name. I used a sentiment from Penny Black - holiday snippets, and embossed using white e/p onto some black c/s.
Cut this out using a Spellbinders tag die.  Added some red twine around the card and then adhered the tag and secured with a bow.

Used TH rock candy glitter for the snow.

Thanks for visiting today, have yourself a fabulous day!


Friday, September 6, 2019

A new little someone

Hello! Hope your week is going well.  So glad it's the weekend, and it's a 3 day weekend for me!  I had a request from a co-worker for a baby boy card using rainbow colours. After I made the card for her I asked her why rainbow colours and this is the reason which I never heard of: "A rainbow baby is a name coined for a healthy baby born after losing a baby due to miscarriage, infant loss, stillbirth, or neonatal death." I actually had to make 2 'rainbow' baby cards as she has 2 friends that both lost a child during pregnancy.  That is so sad.

So, put my thinking cap on and went to work.  I actually struggled quite a bit with this as I really don't have much in the line of something babish that I could using these bright colours on.

Headed over to Pinterest - my source for inspiration, and came a cross a similar card as mine below.

I sponged tumbled glass distress oxide ink in the background using MFT cloud stencil, then trimmed down using PTI rectangle dies.  I stamped the image onto some cougar white c/s and coloured with copics.  I also stamped the image onto my sponged cloud background, then fussy cut my coloured image and then adhered it over the stamped image. 

For the sentiment, I embossed using white e/p onto some navy cardstock.  Image is from PTI.

For finishing touches I added some glitter to the balloons, and couple of matte enamel dots and a little heart on the sentiment strip.

I really appreciate your visit today.  Have a wonderful weekend.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Robin & Wren

Hello everyone.  I hope you all had a wonderful long Labour Day Weekend! Weather was so perfect here, very little humidity,  a bit of rain, but overall just an awesome weekend!  Bill and I ventured out to see if we could find any early fall migrants moving from the north to the south.  We did come across a few, still very few, so hopefully over the next couple of weekends we will be able to see more as the continue to fly south.

Which brings me to my card today. You know anything 'nature' related I'm in!  I am in love with 'The Greetery' stamp sets.  Betsy is amazing, very talented in many ways from her designing images to her beautiful display of cards.  I just can't get enough of her images.  My latest order from her Aug release, I receive one of two pkgs today, I think I got charged duty and taxes on the other because I have not received it yet.  It just cleared the border, so I expect to pay some additional costs on that package. Oh also, I was one of the winners from her last release as well.  I was selected from 'day 3' winner and received $50 gift cert - how exciting was that.  I never win anything!!

Okay so enough of that, now for my card.  I am using the Robin and Wren set.  What I love about Betsy's sets is that they are multi-step stamping - love, love!

Sadly enough, I did not keep track of the inks I used as I made this a few weeks ago.  For the background I sponged some distress oxide inks using my life changing brushes. I really like these brushes especially for soft backgrounds as I find sometimes with other sponges you can apply too heavily, where these they just seem to apply soft and if you want darker you just keep repeating.

I cut out all the pieces using the matching dies, then stamped the images onto the die cuts.  For the sentiment I used one of the sentiments from The Greetery set called 'thinking of you, which was stamped in black versafine.

To finish I added some little floral sequins, wink of stella clear glitter, and some clear dots to the centers of the flowers.

I hope to get a chance one night this week to work on another card using The Greetery stamps.  Thanks for your visit.  Have a fabulous day!