Lake Superior Provincial Park

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sweet baby

Good morning and Happy Monday to all! I had very good intentions of posting this yesterday, but time slipped away, so I'm going to do this before heading out the door to work this morning.

Today, I'm using a stamp from LOTV - All our dreams.

I first stamped the image using black memento, then cut it out using spellbinder die labels 18. I then coloured using copics and prisma colour pencils.  Now I made this card over the Christmas holidays, and I thought I wrote down the colours I used but don't seem to see it in my book (my bad!!).

Designer paper is from simple Stories - baby steps, also the green check is from my scrap bin.
I also used a border die from Nellie Snellen called - Flower.  I layered this die cut along the bottom of the card cut from the same designer paper.  Sentiment on the little tag is from PTI - and the tag is a spellbinder die.

To finish off I found some tea dyed pink ribbon which had the same tones as the image (love when that works for me!).  Added some prima flowers, die punched leaves, button and twine.  I also added some glitter to the hearts as well as the prima flowers using my wink of stella pen.

That wraps it up for today, back again real soon with another card to share.

Have a wonderful blessed day, stay warm (cool) and be safe!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Beautiful Camellia's

Well it's almost the end of another week, and not only that,the month of February!  Where is the time going.  You know the saying - March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb or vise versa, well it is coming in like a lion - more snow! - no, no, no - another 5-8 cm on Sunday! Okay enough of that!

For my card today, I have another Power Poppy digital image - Camellia's.  You can find Marcella's digital stamps here.

I love working with digi's because I can make them an size I want.  After printing I coloured using copics.

I kept the design simple for this card, did some embossing along the bottom of the card, added some washi tape along the top and bottom of the designer paper.  Finished off with some yelllow gingham ribbon, wink of stella pen on the flowers and pearls along the bottom.

Stamp - Power Poppy digital Camellias
ink-  printer, copics - leaves - YG03, YG21, YG17, YG67, YG99, flowers - Y32, Y38,  YR27, YR65, R11, R22, R24, stem - E57, shading - B000, BG10, B95, B52, YG21
Paper - cougar 100 lb white, Webster designer paper
Dies - spellbinder - labels twenty, oval, eyelet border
misc - gold krylon pen, pearls, wink of stella clear pen, yellow gingham ribbon, deminsionals, little "B"gold washi tape

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day,

Monday, February 23, 2015

French Lilac

There is just something about digital images I love.  Maybe it's the gratification of having it instantly.
I can be very impatient when I order stamps - I hate the wait of 2-3 weeks before I get them. Well Marcella (Power Poppy) is releasing digital stamps the 15th of every month.  When I saw the sneak peak of this on I knew I was going to buy when it came available. 

The other thing about digi's is that you can resize them, smaller or larger, to fit your design of your card.  For me this time, I made the image smaller.  I wanted to use one of my new dies (purchased before Christmas) that I haven't used yet.

I imported it into a Word document, resized and printed.  As I have learned from past experience I need to cut out my image before I colour.  Nothing worse than having your image all coloured up and then cut it out and something goes wrong -ie - your die slips - grrrrrr, so like I said I have learned the hard way as I'm sure many of you have experienced that as well.

Here is my card using Power Poppy digital image - French Lilac.

I started by cutting out my image first and then coloured with copics.

flower: V01, V12, V15, V17, RB69
leaves: YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, YG99
stem: E33, E57
shading: B000, BG10, B95, B52, V01

For my ribbon I coloured it using copic V15

Paper is from Kaisercraft - Kaleidoscope and I used Spellbinder die - 41.

Finished with some pearls and wink of stella clear on the flowers.

I so love this image, I have already finished another card using the lilacs.  Stay tuned...

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by.  For all those that are experience this cold artic air -keep warm -today  it's -24C (-9 F) - wind chill colder than -30C (-20F).  Another cold week ahead with snow - I can't wait until spring arrives, when my miniature lilac bush starts to bloom - oh the smell is so heavenly.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Morning frost

I wanted to share a couple of pictures I took early this morning around 6:50 am.  We had a very mild day here yesterday compared to the frigid week we had, but it drops again tonight down to -30C.  Yesterdays temperature was around -1 and light fluffy snow.  With the warm temps yesterday and the cool night we woke up to heavy ice/frost on everything.  I went out and snap a few pictures. Now mind you these are nothing like Bill with take with his Nikon, this is just my little point and shoot Lumix Panasonic.  Not the best but you will be able to see the frost.

 this was looking out into our backyard towards the east as the sun was rising:

frost on some tall grass:

looking down the street.  Now the tree on the left that is tilting, it is really tilting - it's not me (LOL).
this is from over the years with the strong winds from the west have forced the tree to lean.

There you go, my frosty morning.  Have a wonderful day,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Simple yet elegant

Good morning, just thought I would do a quick post before heading off to work.  I had a request from a co-working for an engagement card.  Not knowing the age group of this couple I decided to do something elegant rather than cutsie.

I used some cream linen cardstock, metallic paper, spellbinder die - royal love, silk ribbon, pearls and this is what I did:

 Sentiment is from PTI - propose a toast, stamped using rich cocoa memento ink.

Okay, I'm off to work.  Have a wonderful day, and thanks for the visit today.

Back soon, next card is a Power poppy image...  can't wait to show you.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sending well wishes

Hi everyone. Hope everyone had a good week.  It's been terribly cold here, with snow through out the week.  This cold weather is suppose to last at least into next weekend. Temperature going down to -37C (-34F) I am so ready for spring!

For my card today I'm using a set from Altenew called Persian Motifs.  At first I wasn't sure how I was going to colour this - pencils, copics?? and then I thought about my sakura pens.  So I started my card and this is how it turned out:

I started by white embossing the flowers and leaves on some Tim Holtz watercolour paper.  I then watercoloured using the Sakura Metallic Jelly roll pens. You don't need to add much ink to the paper - a little goes a long way. I know you can't see it in the picture but in real the leaves and flowers just glisten with that bit of metallic in the ink - so pretty.

I added the sentiment using  PTI -Wet Paint III stamp set and smokey grey versafine ink.
Added a strip of paper down the left side to pick up the colour of the flowers - this was a scrap piece from one of the Memory Box paper packs. Finished off with some sequins.

So overall it was a simple card.  I will try this again using some different colours.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. It's a 3 day weekend for some of us Canadians - Family Day on monday -for a couple of the provinces.

 I want to leave you with this adorable picture.  After shoveling one night  afterwork,  I noticed our friendly bunny around the bird feeders looking for scraps.  I went in the house, looked out the kitchen window and there he/she was sitting on the deck, so grabbed my camera.So sweet, I would just love to cuddle him. :)

Thanks for your visit.  Till next time.....


Sunday, February 8, 2015

First Dance

Sorry I've been away all week, it's just been one of those weeks.  We were battling a major snow storm last Sunday and into Monday with a snowfall of 14", then blowing snow and drifts on top of that. We had 2ft drifts along the back door, so to get out we had to basically keep pushing the door open then slide through the opening.  Once out we were faced with all 3 cars surrounded with 2-3ft of snow drifts - just pure craziness! Needless to say all schools were closed, but since I only live 5 min from work, I was able to get there.  Then on Thursday I started getting a sore throat which is now a full blown chest cold - constantly coughing.  Grrrrrrr.  I hate winters.  Now tonight we are blessed with freezing rain, everything is covered with ice, this is suppose to continue through the night then turn to snow by morning - another lovely way to start off the week!

First of all I was totally surprised today when I received an email from Splitcoast Stampers announcing that I was selected a the Featured Stamper of the week!  Here is the thread where it all started. I am still overwhelmed from the emails and responses from many fellow stampers.

Today's card is one in which I started last night.  I'm using a Penny Black stamp called First Dance.
I started by colouring directly onto the stamp using Tombow Markers, spritzed then stamped it onto some watercolour paper. One it was dry, I used some prismacolour pencils and added some shading.

After I was finished colouring I cut out the flower using Spellbinder A2 Devine Eleoguence.  I left the die in place and then sponged some distress antique linen and the went over that with some distress ripe persimmon. I layered the frame onto a piece of dp from Bo Bunny - autumn song collection.
On the Terracotta tile c/s I embossed both top and bottom edge using a cuttlebug flourish embossing strip folder just to add a bit of interest rather than leaving it plain.

To finish off I added a satin terracotta tile satin bow and an amber rhinestone in the middle.  I also took by wink of stella clear pen and coloured the flower to give is some sparkle.

Stamp - Penny Black - first dance
Ink - Tombow makers - 055, 098, 158, 815, 837, 946 - prismacolour pencils - sunburst yellow, raspberry, orange, distress antique linen & ripe persimmon
Paper - cream, PTI terracotta tile,  Bo bunny - autumn song collection
Dies - spellbinder - A2 Devine eleoquence
Misc - PTI terracota tile satin ribbon, amber rhinestone, wink of stella clear pen, cuttlebug flourish embossing strip folder

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


Saturday, January 31, 2015

You are a special blessing

Hi everyone - hope you had a good week.

Just a quick card to share today - no colouring involved, just die cutting and stamping.

I stamped the sentiment from MFT's - cheerful blessing on cream c/s then cut it out using SB fancy label tags one. The layer behind the sentiment was also cut from the same tag set (this set has 3 dies).

Next layer behind is cut using SB timeless rectangle, and to cut my background paper I used MFT - blueprints #13 die.  I love the stitched edge on this.

Designer paper is from Authentique - Gathering collection 6x6.  Finished off with some cream ribbon, prima rossette and some rhinestones.  

That's it for today, thanks for the visit, till next time....

Monday, January 26, 2015

Springtime Love

One can wish that springtime is just around the corner, can't I?  We missed the major snow storm that New York and Eastern USA received today, but we have one coming our way on Thursday.  I'm sure it's not to the magnitude that they received, but as far as I'm concerned snow is snow! Roughly 2 more months till spring! yeah!!!

Keeping on the theme of flowers which I have been colouring up as of late, I pulled out one of my Power Poppy stamp sets. I see that Marcella's design team is showing some sneak peaks of her next release this week, and before I get so overwhelmed with her new images I though I best get some of my uninked stamps inked up. I'm using one of the stamps from the Springtime Love sets.  I am also entering into this weeks Peep of the Week challenge.

Image was stamped on white 110 lb cards stock using black memento.  I then coloured using copics (shown below).  I then cut the image out using spellbinders labels #14, left the die in place and lightly sponged some SU almost amethyst. All designer papers are from  MME - Lavender 6x6 pack.
I cut a circle (wood grain) out of one of the designs from the pack which was layered onto a butterfly die cut, cut from PTI - sweet blush.  

Designer paper was cut down to 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 and then layered onto a piece of SU almost amethyst c/s.  Added a piece of lace as well as one of the cut off ends of the dp, and used the flip side.  Added some stitching around the edges.  From the other cut off end I cut a flag banner and adhered to the top left corner.

Copic colours:

To finish off I added a seam binding ribbon bow, which I coloured using some white seam binding and copic B63.  I used the butterflies from the butterfly circle die ( I also cut one from the almost amethyst c/s, but opt to go with the soft blush) and added some pearls. Finished cards size 5.5 x 5.5.

stamps - Power Poppy - springtime love
ink- black memento - copics (shown above), SU- almost amethyst
papers - 110lb cougar white, SU almost amethyst, PTI - soft blush, MME - Lavender
dies - spellbinders - circle, labels #14, butterflies circle, MFT - flag stax
misc - seam binding ribbon, pearls, lace, foam tape

Thanks for stopping in today, see you again real soon....


Saturday, January 24, 2015

A bit of sunshine...

Well lately we haven't see much sun at all, just typical gloomy, snowy, cold winter days.  So to bring a bit of cheer I wanted to colour up something that makes me smile - flowers!  I absolutely love colouring anything flower related.  When I was on that little purging and organizing a few weeks back after the holidays, I found many stamps that have not even seen ink yet! How bad is that?  

I came across this stamp I'm using today, a Penny Black sunflower stamp.  Penny Black is one of the first stamp companies I started to collect.  I just love all of the brushstroke floral images along with all their flower/nature stamps.  I am a sucker for anything floral, I have no will power and just have to have them.  I saw a sneak peak of their CHA release and oh my, oh my, I'm in trouble! Yikes.

Okay, so lets get on with my card.  This image is called Sunny Pair.

I stamped the image on white c/s using black memento ink and then coloured using copics.  I also did some shading using prismacolour pencils.

After this was coloured, I cut out the image using Spellbinder rectangle die, left the die in place and sponged some antique linen and soft sky this kind of gave it a green look.  This was then layered onto a piece of dark chocolate c/s.

Designer paper is by  Prima - Sunkiss.  These papers are 6x6, so in order to keep the border on the paper around my card, I cut a piece out of it, then taped it back together on the back side. To hide the seam after I layered this onto some chocolate c/s, then wrapped some twine around that area.  Love it when little tricks like this work.  I cut a couple of little flag ends and glued them to the back of the image, then added some foam tape to the back and popped it onto my card.  

To finish off I added a PTI brown button which was threaded with some twine and tied a bow on the back side and adhered to the top.  Used my wink of stella pen - clear, to add some glitter to the flowers and the used some glossy accents on the center of the two flowers.

I have a new little Penny Black die coming in the mail this week that says 'smile', so think I might cut one out and layer it along the bottom of the image.  I will have to wait and see if I like the look of that or not.

Well, that's about it for me for today.  I hope to get another card made this weekend, so off to see what I can whip up!  Thanks for your visit today, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Stamp- Penny Black - sunny pair
Ink - black memento, copics - YG61, YG63, YG67, YG97, R46, E31, E19, E08, Y21, Y23,Y35,Y38, YR04, YR14, YR27, Prismacolour pencils - spanish orange, sienna brown, grass green, kelp green, SU- soft sky, distress ink - antique linen
Paper - cream, PTI - chocolate, Prima - sunkiss
dies - Spellbinders A2 Matting basics A & B, MFT flag stax
misc - wink of stella clear pen, glossy accents, twine, button


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Celebrate today

Hope your week is going well.  I'm back today to share another creation using a variety of dies.
I originally started out by wanting to make a birthday card, but I think you could use this for a wedding card as well.

Not a whole lot of explanation on this one, so I will just list the supplies I used.

Dies - spellbinders - victorian medallion three, royal circles
stamps - PTI - mixed messages
ink - black versafine
paper - kaisercraft - on this day, gold mirri, PTI cream
misc - silk ribbon, pearls

Well that's it for me. Enjoy the rest of your week, and thanks for stopping by.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Chicks rule

Not sure what has come over me, but so far this year this is my second challenge that I have submitted a card for.  I normally never participate in challenges, not that I don't like them, but mostly it's a timing thing, where I just don't have the time.  So maybe this is my year to change that.

I'm entering my card in this weeks Stamping Bella sketch challenge.  I didn't have much to actually fit in the circle for my image, so I changed the circle to an oval.  Image is called Chicks Rule.

Not a whole lot of explanation on this one.  I used lots of copic colours to colour this chick! Ground shading and shading around the chick was done using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol. Designer papers are by Memory Box.  Dies used are spellbinders oval and  a Nellie Snellen die called border lace - flower.  I added some crystal rhinestones along the top of the border and one on her crown, and also added glitter to the fur on her robe to finish this off. 

Sorry for the quick post, but it's almost 11 pm and I wanted to get this done before heading off to bed.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Where there is love....

Happy Monday everyone.  Well this is a happy monday for me, because I have the day off.  No plans, other than hopefully work on some more cards.

Yesterday afternoon I pulled out me new Verve set - More than love.  I love the sentiments that come with this set.  After looking through some of my 6x6 paper pads I decided to go the the Prima - Tea thyme.  So with lots of die cutting, this is what I came up with.

I began by cutting out a tag shape by using a Verve die.  I placed the die on the paper to incorporate some of the flowers on one side.  I then stamped the sentiment using black versafine.  After playing around with several dies and about an hour of time I finally made a decision on how to finish this.

I cut a piece of vellum using Marvelous Squares.  I adhered this to the middle of my base designer paper.  Next I used a die from Anna Griffin, then used labels #6 for the green layer, then sponged the edges with gathered twigs.

The Eiffel Tower was cut from a piece of brownish/grey c/s.  I wanted something a little more sturdy, so I cut it again using some chip board.  I coloured the chipboard by sponging some distress gathered twigs.  I then glued the c/s to the chipboard, then sponged some gathered twigs around the edges.

To finish off I added a piece of tattered pearl lace along the top. Added some silk ribbon to the tag along with a little bow made with my bow maker, then added dimensionals to the back of the tag to give it some height off of the card. I cut one of the flourishes from - SB corners and accents and adhered that to the right side of the green layer. I then cut the flourish again from some bazzill quartz c/s and then just cut the flourish part off and adhered the heart flower part over the green flourish then added a pearls.

Stamps - Verve - More than love
Dies - MFT - Eiffel tower, Spellbinders - labels 6, corners and accents, marvelous squares, Anna Griffin - Flourish Medallion
Paper - Prima - Tea Thyme, bazzill quartz, chipboard, vellum, brown/grey c/s
Ink - black versafine, distress ink - gathered twigs
Misc - silk ribbon, pearls, tattered lace w/pearls, bow maker, SU dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.  Take care and have a  good week.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Stamping Bella challenge - Seniorita

It's been quite a while since I participated in a Stamping Bella challenge, and as I was colouring up my image I realized that the challenge this friday  was 'anything goes' so this worked out perfectly.

I have several new Stamping Bella images from the past couple releases that I haven't had a chance to colour yet, so thought it was about time I did.

The image I'm using today is called Seniorita - Millicent - isn't she cute! I think the sentiment suits me to a tee! LOL - Isn't it terrible when you go into a mall or work, and you come out hours later and don't remember where you parked!!!  this is so me!

Millicent is stamped on cougar 110 lbs white card stock with black memento.  I coloured her using copics.  I used the rectangle stitched die from MFT blueprint die-namics #13 to cut her out.  I cut a couple of flag tags from designer paper using MFT flag stax dies.  Sentiment included with this set was stamped using black versafine.

To finish off I added some glossy accents on her glasses and a button on the flag stax.

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by, and have a great day.

Stamp - Stamping Bella - Seniorita Millicent
Paper - cougar 110lb white, MME - Indie Chic - Saffron, pink bazzill
Ink - black memento, black versafine
Die - MFT - blueprints die-namics #13, flag stax
copics - E000, E00, E01, E11, R20, R23, r81, R83, R85, B0000, B000, C00, C01, C02, C03, C07, E42,W2, W3
Misc - button, twine, glossy accents

See you soon,

Monday, January 5, 2015

Painted Flowers

Good morning to all on this cold, blistery winter morning here in SW Ontario.  Wind chills today to reach -23 C (-9F). Although it is cold, we did escape the freezing rain and snow that fell on other parts of Ontario and Eastern Canada. We just had a dusting of snow, but strong winds and a bit of snow which are to continue all week.

During my off time through the holidays, I managed to get several cards done - which I'm so happy about.  So my plan is each week to do at least 2-3 new cards to keep myself ahead, and also keep notes of what supplies I used so when I do go to post the card at a later date I have the list of supplies I used to pass onto you.

The card I'm showing you today is made using a new set from Altenew called Painted Flowers. This set is a 3 step stamping - love these types of stamps - love the dimension you get.

I started by cutting a white panel to fit inside the embossed area.  I then took some my ink pads - PTI - Aqua mist, & Hawaiian shores and rubbed them on my teflon mat, spritzed, then picked up the paint using an old tooth brush and flicked it onto my panel.  I must of had some glitter ink on there previously because when you tilt the card you can see glitter sparkles - so pretty.

I then followed the 3 step process to stamp the flowers and leaves.  I then added a couple of outline leaves to fill in some spaces as well as the 3 little dots from the set PTI - Life is beautiful.

I stamped an extra flower on some scrap white c/s and then cut it out and popped up over the other flowers.  Used my silver krylon pen and edged the panel before adhering to the embossed panel.

To finish I added the sentiment which was stamped in black versafine, added some glitter to the flowers using my wink of stella clear pen, and then added some sequins.  I kind of like just the one turquoise sequin mixed in with all the clear ones.

Okay, well that's it for today, off to get ready for work.  Have yourself a wonderful week, my next card will be a Stamping Bella image - I'm going to participate in their challenge this week. Until next time....

Stamps - Altenew - painted flowers, PTI - Delightful Dahlia additon (sentiment), PTI - Life is beautiful - (for the 3 little dots)
paper - PTI aqua mist, white - 110lb cougar
ink - black versafine, PTI - aqua mist, hawaiian shores, spring moss, new leaf
Misc - SU embossing folder, silver krylon pen, wink of stella pen, sequins