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Monday, June 29, 2015

Go wild

Ah, I finally made it back to my blog to post a card!  Last week was crazy busy, working lots of overtime because of quarter end, so by the time I get home from work I'm pooched!

But today was my flex day, so Bill and I headed out of town till mid afternoon to do some bird photography. 

Knowing that I haven't posted since last Sunday, I sat down before dinner and  pulled out one of Power Poppy's newest stamp set Go Wild and coloured up this:

I used prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I'm entering this into Power Poppy's challenge this month - Pencil me In.

After colouring the image I cut it out using one of the dies from the spellbinder labels 40 set. Paper used is from Simple Stories - vintage bliss. When I normally make A2 cards I always have the fold on the right side, well this time I did something different, I made the fold at the top and rounded the bottom corners

To finish off I added some tiny clear sequins and used my wink of stella pen clear to add a bit of sparkle to the flowers.

stamp - Power Poppy - Go wild
ink - black memento, prismacolour pencils - leaves - artichoke, olive green, flowers - deco pink, pink, hot pink, process red, magenta, sunburst yellow, yellowed orange, tetra-cotta, imperial violet, violet blue - jar - electric blue, parrot green, ground shading - sandbar brown, french grey 90%, background shading - deco aqua, light green, electric blue
dies - spellbinders label 40
paper - cougar white 100 lb, light aqua, simple stories - vintage bliss
misc - PTI white satin ribbon, clear sequins, clear wink of stella pen

Thanks for sticking with me, see you again real soon. Up next is a wedding card.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Garden Fireworks

Hi - hope your having a great weekend.  I'm back today to share another digital image I coloured up.
This one is Power Poppy's newest digi called Garden Fireworks - just love this, as I love all of her images.

After downloading I made several different sizes to print out.  I like doing this because I never know what dies or layout I might use, so having different sizes available makes it easier in the end.

So, with saying that I used one of the smaller images.  I'm also going to enter this into this months challenge - Pencil me in!

Sorry for the bit of shadowing in the picture.  I took this outside rather than in my shadow box.  I love how white the white is in the natural light.

I cut the image out using one of the dies from spellbinders Captivating Squares.  I then coloured the image using Caran D'Ache pencils and blended with gamsol. For my next layer under the image I used spellbinders ornate labels one embossing folder.  The folder is an A2 size, but I cut off the bottom portion once embossed and just kept the top portion. 

Designer paper is a piece of 12 x 12 MME - Penny Lane. It's very lightweight paper so I layered this onto a piece of white card stock before adhering to the card base.  I wrapped some pink shimmery ribbon around the center portion of the card, popped the image up using some foam tape then adhered a tiny bow in the bottom corner of the image.  Added some pearls and glitter to the flowers.

A beautiful card for any occasion.  I think I'm just going to keep the liner blank and add it to my sale basket.

Thanks for visiting today. 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lilac time

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments and support regarding on becoming a 'dirty girl' over on SCS.
It was such an exciting day yesterday when my first posts were revealed.  Such good times.  I can see why they say your 6 months will fly on by, well I can't believe one month is down and I'm starting to work on my cards for next month!  Don't worry, my blog posts will not be forgotten, although I can't post my dirty girl cards  on my blog for 6 months, I will still make cards to post here.  At first it might be a bit slow on my blog, but it will pick up once I get a routine going.  I hope you continue to stick with me through this process.

So that brings me to a post tonight.  I received my order from Power Poppy a couple of weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to use it.  I'm using one of the images from the set Lilac Time. I am also going to enter this into their monthly challenge - Pencil me in.

I love how I coloured the image, but over all just not pleased on the papers I used, maybe too much purple and green, I don't know for sure, but it's okay.  Here is what I did:

I stamped the image onto which cougar card stock using black memento. I used my prismacolour pencils to colour and blended with gamsol.  After cutting out the image I left the die in place and sponged some light purple around the edges.  Not sure of the colour I used because I just used one of my sponges that I used with purple ink.

For my ribbon, it started out to be white, so I using my V15 copic marker to colour it to match the lilacs and cardstock.  Added some glitter to the flowers to finish this off.

stamp - Power Poppy - Lilac time
ink- black memento, prismacolour pencils - canary yellow, deco yellow, sunburst yellow, chartreuce, olive green, dark green, limepee, lavender, dahlia purple, tuscan red, imperial violeet, peacock blue, sky blue light, peach beige, french grey 20%, french grey 30%, warm grey 50%, warm grey 70%, sandbar brown, caribbean blue,
paper - cougar white, K & C - celeste, purple, scrap plaid
dies - spellbinder - labels 22
misc - glitter, white silk ribbon - coloured using copic V15

Thanks for stopping by, till next time.....


Monday, June 15, 2015


Happy Monday!  Just popping in for a quick post.

As I mentioned in my last post I was going to reveal my 'secret' today.  I can't hold it in any more - I am a   "DIRTY DOZEN" gal! How exciting is that!

I received a private email from SCS a few weeks back.  At first when I saw the email I thought someone was asking a question about one of my cards I posted. As I was reading the email I couldn't believe what I was reading - Lydia asking me to join the Dirty Dozen team - WHAT? Me??.  I re-read the email again thinking maybe I read it wrong.  Nope.. I read it right.  So of course right away I emailed Lydia back and told her I would love to join the team.

So as of today, I'm officially a Dirty Girl for 6 months.!  It still hasn't sunk in yet though - hehe!  I'm just so honored and thrilled to be on this team among so many talented ladies past and present.  I hope you will get a chance to pop over to the Dirty Dozen gallery and have a peak.

Have a wonderful day!


Friday, June 12, 2015

For Dad

Hi everyone.  I never thought Friday was going to get here.  It's been a hectic week, both at work and at home.  I've been working on something, which is a 'secret' for right now, you will have to come back on Monday, and I will reveal.

With Father's Day not so far away, I figured I best be working on some cards.  A few weeks ago I went through a zip lock bag of images that I have started and not finished over the years.  Well I came across this one, background was created and the wheat was stamped.  Hmmm... this could work for a Father's day card, so I went to work to complete it. 

To tell you the truth, I don't even remember doing this image, I know it's a Hero Arts wheat stamp, but as far as inks and stencil I couldn't tell you what I used.  

I added some gold krylon around the image edges, then layered it onto some black c/s.  I pulled out some burnt orange/terracotta colour cardstock to layer the image on then onto some SU river rock for my card base.

I used a Verve set to stamp DAD then cut it out using a spellbinders tag set, left the die in place and sponged some antique linen.  Tied some gold cording to the tag then adhered it to the back of the image.

Thanks for the visit.  Have a wonderful weekend. I'll see you on Monday.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Hello friend

I was so excited to receive my order from Power Poppy earlier this week, I couldn't wait to colour up one of the new images.

I ended up choosing one of the images in the set called Simply Camellias.

I stamped the image on cougar white 100lb card stock using black memento.  I then coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.

My good friend Nancy surprised me one day at work  by sending over a 6x6 paper pad from Prima called Butterfly collection.  OMG if you know me I love paper and especially since this is 'nature' based. The papers are to die for in this collection.  I knew I wanted to use it with this image.  After colouring I cut it our using a circle die using the out of the box technique so I could allow the leave to spill outside of the circle edge.  I layered this onto a new die set called circle delight, and delightful this is!.  For the scalloped edge on the prima paper I used scallop borders two.

To finish off I added the sentiment stamped in black versafine, silk taupe bow, glitter on the flower and  a tiny wooded heart.  I just love how this all came together.  The colours are a bit softer in real - so pretty.

stamp - Power Poppy - simply camellias
ink - black memento, black versafine, prismacolour - pink rose PC1018, deco peach PC1013, deco pink PC1014, pink PC929, magenta PC930, carmine red PC926, deco yellow PC1011, limepeel PC1005, kelly green PC1096, kelp green PC1090, peacock blue PC1027, warm grey 30% PC1052, warm grey 50% PC1054, warm grey 70% PC1056, dark umber PC947
dies - spellbinders - circle, circle delight, scallop borders two
paper - Prima - butterfly collection, bazzill light taupe, white, pink
misc - glitter, calico studio wooded heart, silk ribbon, bow maker

I can see some more Power Poppy stamps coming into my collection next week.  Have you seen the sneak peaks for the release on Monday? Oh my goodness, they are gorgeous.  Marcella has done it again!

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend.  So glad tomorrow is friday! :)


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Purple Mum

Hi everyone.  Well it is a very gloomy day here today in SW Ontario. It's been raining since late yesterday afternoon, and suppose to continue into the evening hours.  We did some planting in the gardens yesterday, so the rain is a nice welcome for them.

I guess today is a good day to be working on some cards.  The card I'm showing today is one of the Mother's Day cards I made a while ago.  I think this is the last of them - I told you I made a lot!

I'm using the Justrite stamp set called Mum.  I had used it before, so again I have used the same technique as my first card, but changed the colours and layout.

After embossing the flower onto some watercolour paper using white embossing powder I coloured the image using distress inks.  Once the image was dried I then coloured the background, first by wetting the area with water then going back in with ink on my brush and dropping it into the area and blending a bit.

I then cut it out using an oval die, and adhering it to white card stock that was cut from the Fleur de Elegance die. While the die was in place I sponged some dusty concord (very little ink on sponge) and lightly brushed it over the open areas on the die.  Once die is removed you can see where I had sponged the ink - so pretty.

To finish I made a bow with some dark purple seam binding ribbon, added a flower and leaf, and pearls.

stamp - Justrite - Mum
ink - versamark, distress - peacock feathers, seedless preserves, forest moss, salty ocien, dusty concord, peeled paint
paper - white cougar 100 lb, bazzill blue, watercolour
die - spellbinders - oval & Fleur de Elegence
misc - pearls, ribbon, flowers, white embossing powder

Thanks for the visit, see you soon,


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Beautiful foxgloves

Hi everyone, I'm back today to share a gorgeous digital image by Power Poppy.  Marcella continues to wow us with the most beautiful digital flower images.  Let me show you what I did ....

After resizing and printing the image I first cut it out using Spellbinders Regal Frame (using the inside die).  I then coloured the image using copics.  I added some shading around the image using SU soft sky and celery inks.

After cutting the outside die from white c/s, I layered this onto a piece of memory box paper then a piece of SU blush blossom.  I then wrapped a piece of peach seam binding ribbon around the layers and under the white bars on the die cut.  I then layered this onto a piece of SU Soft Suede for my base. I added some foam tape behind the flower image and layered this onto the card.  Using my bow maker I made a bow and adhered it to the right side.  Finished off with coloured glitter from Art Institute.

I also made another card using the same copic colours, just changed the ribbon colour, card stock from peach to yellow  and designer paper.

stamp - Power Poppy digital - bees in foxgloves
ink - SU - soft sky, celery, copics - Y00, Y04, Y11, Y17, Y21, Y23, YR000, YR01, YR02, YR14, YR21, G20, G24, YG63, YG93, YG97, R00, R01, R11, R21, R22, YG21.
dies - spellbindes - regal frame
paper - SU soft suede, blush blossom, white, yellow, Memory Box DP
misc - art institute glitter - flax & cosmo, seam binding ribbon, bow maker, foam tape

 I appreciate your visit and comments.  See you again real soon....


Friday, May 22, 2015

Happiness is....

Hi Everyone, hope your week is going well.  One good thing is that it is Friday - whoot, whoot, but then on a sad note this is the end of my weeks vacation, although I do have Monday off, so back to work on Tuesday. 

Weather has been on the cool side this week hovering around low 50's some sun, some cloudy days, but that didn't stop Bill and I to venture out to do some birding.  We are suppose to climb back up into the 70's this weekend. So on the cloudy days I was able to create a couple of cards, since it's too dark for bird pictures.

Today I'm sharing a card using an older Penny Black stamp called Aspire.

I started by inking my flowers using Tombow markers, huffed then stamped onto some white card stock.  I then cut it out using a square nestabilities die.  For my sentiment, which is also from Penny Black, I stamped this using black Archival Ink onto some shimmer/pearl vellum.  I bought a few sheets of this years ago (yes I'm a hoarder- because I don't think you can buy this anymore). I wrapped the ends around my image and taped on the back side.  Layered the image onto a couple different pieces of blue card stock, then onto a Night of Navy card base.  I know you can't see the  background I stamped on the  base card very well, but I stamped a Justrite rose garden background stamp using versamark.  In real it is so pretty, but I couldn't get the camera to pick it up.  The card base actually looks black in the picture - so you will have to just imagine it - LOL.

To finish off I used my wink of stella clear pen for the flowers, a string of pearls and a small flower from Wild Orchid Crafts.

There you have it, a fairly simple card don't you think?

stamp - Penny Black - Aspire - 3381K, Happiness (sentiment) 3384F, Justrite - rose garden
ink- black archival, versamark, tombow markers - 055, 140, 158, 393, 472, 725
die- spellbinders - square
paper - SU - Night of Navy,  scraps of blue, white, vellum
misc - string of pearls, wink of stella clear pen, wild orchid craft flower

I appreciate you stopping in today, enjoy your weekend.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blooming lilacs

I can't believe how fast a week goes by.  I haven't even had time to work on cards this week, with work, and yard work and bird migration it eats all my time, not complaining because the bird migration only lasts for about 3 weeks, so things should start to wrap up by next weekend. Good thing  I have a few cards I haven't posted yet which come in handy in a pinch.

Yes, I have been holding out on showing you this card, not sure why, I guess maybe I always had something else to post. I made this back when the digital image was released, which I'm thinking maybe February.  This is one of Marcella's Power Poppy Lilac digital images.

After printing my image I cut it out using an oval die and went out side the box on the leaf and stem.
The image was coloured using copics (listed below). I then layered this onto a piece of wistera wonder which was cut using  the Heirloom Legacy die.  Background paper is by Memory Box.  I added a couple pieces of white silk ribbon which was coloured using copic marker V20.  I then popped the image piece on top using dimensionals.

Finished off with some pearls and glitter.

Stamp - Power Poppy - digital Lilacs
ink- copics - V20, V22, V25, V79, E57, YG03, YG17, YG21, B0000, B000, BG10, B95, R24, R59
dies - Spellbinders - oval, Heirloom Legacy
paper - cougar white 100 lb, Neenah, SU Wistera Wonder, Memory Box
mics - silk ribbon, pearls, glitter, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great  week.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Gentle Whisper

Hi everyone.  Happy Monday, and it was a happy day for me, and for my husband Bill.  You know how much we love to follow the bird migration, well today we had the day  off and headed out to Rondeau Provincial Park to hopefully see the "Prothonotory Warbler". After about an hour of waiting in the area he has been spotted he arrived, and he is beautiful.  This is one bird that is on our 'lifer' list.  I will share pictures once we get through the next couple of weeks of bird migration. 

I still have a couple more Mother's Day cards to share.  This one is using one of Penny Black's stamp called Gentle Whisper.

I started by inking by stamp using memento inks, then stamped it onto some MFT Naturals card stock.  I then applied the inks onto an acrylic block, used a wet paint brush, and add some more colour to the flowers.  I then used a  rectangle die to cut out the image.  I didn't like the way it looked, so I used on of the dies for spellbinders A2 curved borders one.  I then edged the edges using my gold kyron pen.

The image was layered onto a piece of designer paper from Prima - Firefly, then on to a piece of cream. I tied a piece of sparkly light pink chiffon ribbon around the image then adhered this to my card base.

I added some Art Institute glitter to the flowers and sequins to finish off.

Stamp - Penny Black - gentle whisper
ink - Memento - rose bud, bamboo leaves, olive grove, elderberry, dandelion
dies - spellbinders - rectrange, A2 curved border one
paper - MFT naturals, cream, Prima - firefly
misc - ribbon, gold krylon pen, sequins, art institute glitter - amethyst, spring mint

Thanks for stopping by. Till next time...


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Vintage Hycinthia

Hi, I'm back today with another Mother's Day card to share.  I have so many Flourishes stamps that have never seen ink and this one in particular was one of them.

I remember my Mom always had these flowers growing in the garden, so pretty in the blue/purple tones.  I wanted to use this new paper pack so I went with a orange/red colour of flower.

I stamped the image using black memento onto some white card stock.  I then coloured the image using copics then used spellbinders labels twenty nine to cut it out.  I left the die in place then sponged some antique linen around the edges.

The orange/red layer under the image was cut using one of the dies from the MFT blueprints #15 set.
In triming the background paper down to size I made sure to leave some of the wording - like at the bottom of the card - let your beautiful soul shine - just love that.

Finishing touches include stitching, button, twine, glitter and some lace ribbon with blue velvet running through the middle.

stamp - Flourishes - Hycinthia
ink - black memento, antique linen distress ink, copics - E30, E31, E33, E35, YG01, YG13, YG67, R000, R00, R02, R05, R21, BG0000, BG 10
paper - white cougar 100 lb, SU cool caribbean, Prima - Bella Rouge, MFT - naturals
dies- spellbinder - labels twenty nine, MFT - blueprints #15
Misc - glitter, button, twine, ribbon

Thanks for the visit.  Have a wonderful week.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Little Angel

Hello everyone, hope you had a good week.  It's really starting to feel and look like spring around my neck of the woods.  Love this time of year when everything starts to grow, the smell of fresh lawn cut, and the nice warmer temperatures.  It's suppose to reach low 70's this weekend, so that means lots of yard work to get done.

Anyway, I had a request to make a baby card using Winnie the Pooh as a theme.  Apparently the babies room is done in Winnie the Pooh.

This is what I came up with, very simple.

I used the baby die from Papertrey Ink for my focal point. This was cut from white card stock, then layered a piece of light aqua dp behind it.  I just so happened to have this piece of Winnie the Pooh paper, (I saw it at our local scrapbook store and thought - oh this might come in handy some day for my baby cards) - well it did.  

I added some PTI aqua silk ribbon and some Studio Calico wooden stars.  Not sure if you can see in the picture or not, but I used my wink of stella clear pen to go over the words to give it a bit of sparkle.

Well that's it today ladies, I will have another Mother's day card to share next, stay tuned.
Enjoy your weekend,


Monday, April 27, 2015

Amazing Mom

Just popping in for a quick post tonight.   I have another Mother's Day card to share.

Not a lot of explanation needed for this card:

Stamp - Verve - Love Deepens
ink - black versafine
paper - cream, gold metallic, K& C Madeline, green
dies: spellbinder circles, butterflies circles, scallop circles
misc - corded lace, pearls, wild orchid flowers

Thanks for stopping by.  


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Watercoloured Mum

So looking forward to this coming weekend, not doing much of anything - hope to get out in the yard for a bit, but this week as been cold - a touch of winter has landed - a few snow flurries and hovering around the freezing mark - but weekend looks to be about mid 50's and sunny.

I'm back to share another Mother's Day card.  This one is something different at least for me.  I did some water colouring and loved the outcome.  See for yourself:

I started by stamping my flower on water colour paper -( I used 140lb cold press by Cartiera Magnani - it's kind of an off white but nice and  smooth - love it), using versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. I then cut out the image using spellbinder labels 28 die.  I used distress inks to colour. To apply colour I used my teflon sheet or you could use an acrylic block to apply the ink to.

flower - spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, peeled paint, forest moss& pine needles
background - peacock feathers, salty ocean

Once the flower and leaves were coloured and made sure it was dry (which really didn't take that long, or you could zap it with a heat gun), I then proceeded to do the background.  This is where I was kind of nervous.  I wet the background with my paint brush, made sure it was nice and wet then dipped my paint brush in some distress ink and started to colour the background.  You can see where my brush picked up some of the flower colour and it bled into the background - love the look!! To get a deeper shadow around the flower I went back in with some ink on my brush, but with a drier brush and not so diluted ink so the colour was not too washed out - does that makes sense?

I used spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence  die (I think this is one of my favourite dies) for the lacey background, adhered this to a piece of light aqua c/s, then adhered my image to the center of the die cut.  For my sentiment - which comes with this set I embossed it on a piece of vellum using white embossing powder, which was then wrapped around the card.  Because you can see through vellum I was careful as to where to add a drop of glue to tack it down - underneath the bow and underneath the turquoise sequin.  This was then layered onto my white card base.  To finish off I added some sequins and a seam binding ribbon bow.

I hope you can see the watercolour effect on the background, because in real it is pretty awesome!

stamp: Justrite - Mums
ink: versamark, distress inks -  spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, peeled paint, forest moss& pine needles, peacock feathers, salty ocean
die: spellbinders labels 28, & A2 Devine Eleoquence
paper: white 100 lb cougar, light aqua, watercolour 140lb cold press by Cartiera Magnana, vellum
misc: sequins, seam binding ribbon, white embossing powder

Well, that's about it for today, must head off to work.  (Why is it when we are at work all we want to do is go home and make cards - you ever feel that way?).  Hope you have a fabulous day, and thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit.  Leave a comment would love to hear from you.

More Mother's Day cards to share, stay tuned.