Lake Superior Provincial Park

Lake Superior Provincial Park
Along the shores of Lake Superior Provincial Park

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.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Flowering branches

Spring has sprung! It was a beautiful day here, wind was a bit cool, but full sunshine.  We worked outside in the gardens removing all the dead growth from last hear.  I'm sure my back will pay for this later, but it's so nice to see the hosta's sprouting up through the ground and buds on the hydrangeas, butterfly bushes and trees.

Seeing the new growth makes me think of the card I coloured up on wednesday night. I'm talking about the newly released digital image from Marcella over at Power Poppy.  She never ceases to amaze me with her flower creations.  So without further ado here is what I created:
I am also entering this into Power Poppy's Pop of Pastel challenge.

After resizing I printed this onto Neenah white cardstock.  I then used spellbinders A2 Tranquil die and cut out the image.  Next I coloured using copics.  I then put the die back in place and sponged SU soft sky & distress peacock feathers around the outer edge and then a bit of shabby shutters in the center area.  I then layered this onto a piece of SU soft sky cardstock then onto my white base card.

Finished off with some glitter on the flowers, silk ribbon and pearls

Another card for my Mother's Day basket at work!

stamp - Power Poppy digital image - flowering branches
dies- - spellbinders A2 Tranquil
paper - cougar white 100 lb, SU Soft Sky, Neenah
ink- copics - R11, R20, R24, R32, R35, R59, YG03, YG21, YG17, E31, E37, E42, E55

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Up, up and away

Hi everyone. Hope your week is going well.  I decided to play along in this weeks Stamping Bella challenge.  Theme is 'Happy Birthday'. 

I pulled out one of my newest images that was waiting patiently to be inked.  Here we have Uptown Bentley gets blown away.

I stamped Bentley on white cougar paper using black memento and coloured her using copics. Once she was coloured I cut her out using spellbinders rectangle die, using a smaller die so I could have the balloons reaching outside the die cut.  Since she was floating off I needed to place some clouds to ground her.  I used the paper towel and ink technique - tear a piece of paper towel, place onto your card and sponge ink using the paper towel as your stencil, continue to move the paper towel to form clouds - I really love this technique.

Once the card was done I added some sequins and glitter.

stamp - Stamping Bella - Uptown Bentley gets blown away
ink - black memento, SU cool caribbean, copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, E53, E55, E57, E59, R20, R22, V01, V12, V15, V17, BG10, BG11, BG13, Y21, Y35, Y38, YG01, YG03, YG05
dies - spellbinders rectangle, MFT - blueprints 13
paper - cougar white 100 lb, Prima - Firefly, Basic grey (layer behind Bentley - scrap piece)
misc - glitter, sequins

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bedelia and Betsy

I forgot I still had an Easter card that I did not post yet.  I made this for a co-worker to give to her daughter.  

I'm using one of Stamping Bella's newest images called Bedelia and Betsy go for a walk. Such a sweet image. This image is part of the Woodsie collection.

The image was stamped on white cardstock using black memento.  I then coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a spellbinder circle die to cut the image and then layered this onto a layer of purple c/s cut using the sb blossom die.

To cut the green designer paper and I used spellbinders A2 curved border.

To finish I added some seam binding ribbon, glitter, sequins and used my souffle pens to add some pink and lilac dots in the grassy area to represent some timy flowers

stamp - Stamping Bella - Bedelia and Betsy go for a Walk
ink- black memento, SU soft sky
prismacolour pencils - lilac, light aqua, blue slate, lime peel, kelp green, blush pink, carmine red, magenta, violet, light umber, warmer gray 20% & 30%, putty beige, french gray 90% & gamsol
dies - spellbinder - circle, blossom & A2 curved borders
paper - white, purple, lilac, basic grey - Kioshi
misc - souffle pens, glitter, ribbon, sequins

Its' such a gorgeous day, wind still a bit cool, but nice and sunny, so going to head outside for a walk.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mother's Day card #1 - pastels

I had a 4 day weekend this past Easter weekend, and I accomplished so much in  'card making'.  I'm working diligently on my Mother Day card orders.  I saw that Power Poppy's challenge this month is "Pop of Pastel' so decided to whip  something up that falls into that category and enter it into their challenge.  You can see all the details for the challenge here.

I'm using Marcella's digital image called "dancing with daffodils'.  This is one image that I will never get tired of colouring.  So many different colour combo's you could use, I can't wait to colour more.

After printing off the image, I pulled out my copics to colours -  but first I cut out the image using one of the dies in the spellbinder A2 devine eleoquence set.   Next I cut some MME paper using spellbinders labels 28, which was then layered onto a piece of Memory Box paper.  

I used some deep purple ribbon to pick up the colour in the purple flowers, which was tied on a diagonal.  Finished off with some glitter and some clear baubles from PTI.

stamp - Power Poppy digital - dancing with daffodils
ink - printer, copics - Y11, YR0000, YR000, YR01, YR02, YR12, YR15, YG01, YG13, YG17, YG67, V01, V12, V15, E21, E23, E25, E27, B0000, BG0000
paper - white, MME - miss caroline, Memory box
dies - spellbinders - labels 28, A2 Devine eleoquence
misc - glitter, seam binding ribbon, pop dots, clear baubles - PTI

Well that's it for tonight.  Lots more to share, see you again real soon,


Friday, April 3, 2015

Bunny in a Rose

Hi everyone, and Happy Easter weekend.  It's been a very busy week which meant I had no time for card making.  Our son Mark and his girlfriend Anna - along with her 2 little boys, came home today to celebrate Easter.  I got up this morning and realized I didn't have a card for them, so began looking for something fairly easy to colour up, since I would only have a couple of 'free' hours this afternoon. I landed at 'A day for Daisies" website and found a few digital images.  Love digis - instant gratification!!  One of the images I purchased is called Bunny in a Rose. There were a few different flowers to choose from but  I decided on the rose.

After resizing and printing off I coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a couple of copic colours to do the  'pointillism' method for some shading (B0000, B000, YG21, and V20). I then cut the image out using spellbinders elegant ovals.  Then layered this onto a piece of designer paper from MME - Memorable, which was then layered onto a piece of SU Basic Grey.  I used another piece of dp from the same paper pack to do the bottom layer. 

I added some light aqua silk ribbon to finish off.  The ribbon does look a bit darker in the picture, it is a bit softer shade in real.  I picked this colour to pull some of the colour from the flower paper.  A bit of glitter was added to the rose for a bit of sparkle.

Wishing everyone a blessed Easter holiday.  Thanks for stopping by and take care.


Saturday, March 28, 2015


It felt like winter again yesterday here in SW Ontario, we had snow!!!! and here I thought we were done with that.  It's cold again today -9C (-16C with the wind chill) but next week it starts to warm up again - lets hope it sticks around this time.  I see I have some of my bulbs already popping through the ground which is another sign spring is on its way.

Well lets get on with my card for today.  A few weeks ago, I wanted to try the 'smooshing' technique, where you apply ink to your craft sheet, spritz and lay our cardstock in it. It's amazing the different looks you get each time. Anyway I did up several using differernt colours, then never did anything with them.  

I had a request to do a 'guys' Easter card for a co-worker and I knew he loved to fish. The stamp set I gravitated to was from Flourishes - Kids Play.  The images in this set are all silhouettes so I needed some kind of background to stamp this on, and I just happen to have a smooshed background that fit perfectly.

See for yourself:

The inks I used for the background were - PTI - summer sunrise, berry sorbet, limeade ice, and aqua mist.  I then stamped my image using black versafine.

I used my wink of stella (clear)pen to add some shimmer to the water.

stamp - Flourishes - kids play
ink- black versafine, PTI - summer sunrise, berry sorbet, limeade ice, and aqua mist
die - spellbinder square
paper - white, black, MME - hattie papers, Bo Bunny (polkadot)
misc - copper brads, wink of stella clear pen

See you soon, till next time...... have a wonderful weekend.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Uptown Lolly

It's been a while since I coloured up an Uptown Girl by Stamping Bella.  My friend at work needed some Easter cards to give to a few young adults (early 20's) and when she saw one of my Uptown Girl cards she asked if I would make her some.  Of course I will - right!

For my first card she picked Lolly and her Brolly- I love how she turned out, the vibrant red, and the flowery background, just so springy looking.

I started by stamping her on white cougar 100 lb using memento black ink.  I then coloured her using copics and the shading around her was done with prisma colour pencils.  I didn't have a die the size I wanted so I just trimmed her down, then layered her onto a piece of SU bermuda bay c/s and then stitched around the edges.

Design paper is from MME - Lime twist - Life of a Party.  I added a piece of gold washi tape along the top of the striped paper.  To finish off I made a fish tale out of a piece of scrap tucked it behind the image and then added a flower on top held together with a brad.  And of course glitter on her coat and umbrella and glossy accents to the center of the sunflower.

Ah, I just love this card! Just saying - :)

Stamp - stamping bella - Lolly and her Brolly
ink- black memento, copics - R20, 21, 22, 24, YG03, 17, E000, 00, 01, 08, 11, 51, 53, 55, 57 Y11, 15, 17, BG0000, 000, 10, 13, 15, 32, 34, prismacolour pencils - parrott green, light aqua
paper - cougar white 100 lb, SU bermuda bay, MME - Lime Twist - Life of a party
misc - glitter, gossy accents, washi tape, prima flowers, brad (basic grey)

Thanks again for the visit, see you soon....