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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....


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Good luck to charm you

Hi everyone.  I was going through my 'picture' file to see what cards I have left to post and realized I never posted this card I made for a friend for St. Patrick's Day.  She want two cards, so I made them both the same since they were going to different families.

I have very limited St. Patrick's day stamps, but out of the few I have I always lean towards my Flourishes set called Irish Blessings.

Not a lot of explaining on this, used some dies, ribbon, stamps, sequins, paper and voila - done!

stamps - Flourishes - Irish Blessing, 
Paper - white cougar 100 lb, Basic Grey - Kioshi, kfraft
ink - versafine black
dies - spellbinder ovals, scallop oval,  MFT - blueprints die-namics #13 (for the stitched layer), Verve - Flourished Trim (for the scallop edging)
Misc - sequins, ribbon

I'm working on my card orders, so lots of cards to share. Stay tuned...
Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your day!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Dancing with Daffodils

I was so excited to see Marcella's (Power Poppy) digital image release on Sunday.  I wasted no time in colouring this beautiful image called Dancing with  Daffodils.  What I love about digi's is being able to resize them.  I printed off  6 images all different sizes, and this is what I did with my first one.

After printing and cutting out the image I used copics to colour.  Then came the tough part.  I had a heck of time thinking of how I wanted to do the layout and colours, so pulled out different papers, still couldn't decide so I walked away.  Actually I left it over night (sometimes you just need to step away for a bit) and then today it seemed to fall into place.

I didn't have any ribbon in the blue tones that I wanted so I coloured some white seam binding ribbon using copic B66.  I also added a gold edge around the image using my gold krylon pen.  Since I added some gold to my card I decided to play along in the Power Poppy challenge this month.  The theme is "go for the gold"!

I added some hero arts glitter to finish off.

This was such a delight to colour, can't wait to do some more.

Stamp - Power Poppy digital - Dancing with Daffodils
Paper - cougar white 100 lb, SU brilliant blue, Webster pages - Your Life - beautiful
Dies - spellbinder labels twenty-eight, A2 Devine Eleoquence
Ink - copics - YG03,YG17, YG63, G05, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y26, Y35, YG21, YR00,YR12, YR15, YR16, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, B63, B60, B66, B69, B96, B0000, B000
Misc - quickie glue pen, hero arts glitter, gold krylon pen, ribbon

Thanks for your visit,


Sunday, March 15, 2015

A day full of happiness

Hi everyone.  I can't believe I haven't posted all week, but I'm back to do just that. It's been a busy week, and the weather is slowly warming up.  Yesterday I spent some time outside raking up all the sunflower seed shells from my bird feeders.  It's amazing how much has accumulated on the ground since the winter began. And then got really ambitious and clean the BBQ - you know all the droppings the collect underneath in the catch tray.  Scrapped the whole inside out, so it was nice and clean and ready to go.  Then I BBQ'd burgers for dinner and made a potato salad. It was delicious!

Okay enough about all that, now for my card. I really should be focusing on my card orders. BUT.. Since my hairdresser closed shop, tI took the basket I usually leave at her place, and brought it into work. Well, sales are booming.  I sold a few, have orders for 16 more and that is not including Mother's Day cards, which I already have about 10 spoken for- Yikes.  But.... for some reason I was looking through some of my stamps I have and came across this adorable one, which again have had for over a year but never used it!! I'm so bad at that.

This image is from LOTV - not sure of the name I couldn't find it in their online store, maybe it's discontinued.

I coloured this image using prismacolour pencils.  I even did some clouds in the background.  I saw a tutorial a while ago on how to do this - is is simple easy - tear a piece of paper towel and (they used an airbrush) and then lay it onto your card stock and use a sponge and sponge away, move the paper towel around to form the clouds.  I will be using this technique a lot, so easy - compared to when I tried to draw clouds - well lets not go there!

I added a frame to the image using IO die -6 in 1-  242-YY.  Love the possibilities with this die set.
Designer paper is Basic Grey - Urban Prairie.  The pink paper is cut using MFT - blueprints #15.  I then added some white flower rub-ons down the left side (see I'm trying to use what I have - rather than buy more - I have so many of these rub-ons, need to use them more often).

The sentiment is from LOTV as well.  There are 12 different says.  I stamped this on white c/s using black versafine then cut it out using a circle die, then glued this to the frame.  I used my new die that I bought yesterday at Paper Pickle - Memory Box - curled ribbons - cut one out of the pink paper and added it to the corner of the frame - then added a yellow flower rhinestone.

I added some wink of stella clear pen on the flowers and leaves,  white flock on the bunnies tale, then some coloured sequins to finish off.

Stamp - LOTV
Ink - black memento, black versafine, prismacolour pencils, SU soft sky, certainly celery
Dies - MFT - blueprints #15, Memory Box - curled ribbon, IO - 6 in one die set
Paper - cougar white 100 lb, Basic Grey- Urban Prairie, Kraft
Misc - wink of stella pen, rhinestone, sequins

Thanks for the visit - have a wonderful day.


Monday, March 9, 2015


Hi, today I have this really cute digital image to share with you.  He is so ugly he is cute!! LOL.
I came across the owner of this hand drawn digi 'birds' over the holidays, finally got around to print it off and colour.  You can find them over on her blog here. You will have to scroll down thru to find them, I love her Christmas 'birdies". She had these digi's free over the holidays, she has now been approached to sell her new images in a Swedish stamp store.

I started to colour  using copic E40, then I changed to prismacolour pencils and continued.  I found I am able to do better shading with pencils then I am with copics.

I used Spellbinders circle die to cut him out.  Designer paper is from Pebbles - Family ties. I wasn't sure how I was going to finish off this card.  Thought of stamping a sentiment on the image, then thought what if I don't like the look of it, and I didn't really want to take the look away from this cute guy, so pulled out some word dies.  I decided to go with "hello" from PTI.  Added some pop dots behind the lettering and popped it up on the card.  

To finish off I added some little white dots on his cheeks using my white uniball pen and then added some blue metallic pearls.

I hope you like my little 'birdie' as much as I do!

Have yourself a wonderful day.  Weather was awesome today, we were sitting at 0C - it felt like a spring day.