Lake Superior Provincial Park

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

From our house to yours

I'm back today to share another Christmas card with you.  This one is so simple - a great card to mass produce, which I I did.  I made 8 of them.



Sorry the picture doesn't make it look very white, but it is.  I started with a 5.5 x 4.25 white card base.
I then taped my Simon Says snowfall stencil over my card, then applied some pearlescent paste about 3/4 of the way down the card.  Set this aside and let dry - this doesn't take very long about 15 -20 min.

While waiting to dry I cut a piece of white c/s 5.5 x 2 3/4.  Using the row of house die I placed it close to the top on the left side and brought the right side down to form a hill, then ran this through my big shot. I then cut a strip about 1/2 x 5.5, applied a piece of score tape 1/4" wide along one edge of the strip.  Took the backing off and then applied some crystal glitter ritz. I then adhered the top part of the strip to the back of my winter scene piece.  I embossed the sentiment using detailed platinum embossing powder.

Using my quickie glue pen, I coloured the row of houses and then added some glitter ritz to give them a sparkle. I then applied some foam tape to the back of this piece and popped it up on my card front. Viola! done. This is so sparkly and pretty in real life. I noticed I have a smudge mark by the sentiment - hmmm oh well this is just my sample that I keep for future reference.

Supplies:
Stamps - PTI - Love lives here : holiday
Die - Impression Obsession # DIE118-H
Paper - cougar 110 lb white
Misc - Simon Says snowfall stencil, dreamweaver pearlescent embossing paste, crystal glitter ritz, PSX platinum embossing powder, versamark, score tape 1/4", quickie glue pen

Thanks for the visit, have a wonderful day,

Pauline



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Circle of roses

Hey everyone.  I'm trying to stay awake while I waiting for  a phone call from my daughter.  She is at her friends wedding, so I offered to drive and pick her up so she could have a few drinks.  So thought I would share a birthday card I made a couple of weeks ago.  Made this in between working on Christmas cards.  I ended up making 2 of these, I need to build up my stash so I can replenish my sale basket at my hair dressers.

I'm using a Memory Box stamp I bought last year.  Yep, another stamp I dug out to use. I'm bad for that, buy a stamp, don't use it right away, and it gets tucked into one of my stamp drawers and then completely forget about it! But... at least I'm slowly getting around to using them! LOL.


I started by stamping the Memory Box script in MFT gray grout ink.  I then took the circle of roses stamp and coloured onto the rubber using markers, huffed, then stamped over the text.  I cut the image out using a circle die, then layered this onto another piece of white c/s, cut using a spellbinder flower blossom die (not sure the correct name of the die). I inked the edges using distress ink gathered twigs. I then layered this onto a piece of chocolate brown which was  cut using spellbinders labels 22.  I stamped the birthday sentiment using memento rich cocoa onto some scrap white, cut it out using the smallest of labels 22, then dusted the edges with gathered twigs. I used foam tape to pop the sentiment up.

The top layer - pink paper is from MME - miss caroline - dolled up, and not sure on the polka dots and stripes.  I can't find the 6x6 pad I took it from.  (I need to write my supplies down as I do them because if I don't post it right away, I seem to forget some of the items.) The edges of the paper were sponged with gathered twigs as well.  

Finished off with some pink velvet lace, sequins, twine and some prima flowers.  I added a gray epoxy dot to the center of the flower. 

Well it's getting late for this ole' gal, think I go lay down on the sofa and wait for my call.  Thanks for stopping by.

Pauline

Saturday, December 6, 2014

have you been good?

Hello everyone.  Can you believe that it is only 3 weeks away until Christmas?  This whole year has just flown right by.  Although I have all my Christmas card orders completed, I still need to make cards for me to send out.  So going through my container of stamped off images, I came across this digi image from last year  - I think it is from ' Birdie Brown" off of Etsy, she now is designing for MFT,

I just think this image is so adorable:



I coloured the image using copics.  After cutting out the image I sponged some soft sky ink while the die was in place, then layered this onto a piece of cherry cobbler card stock cut using the scallop circle die. I added a couple of white dots on their cheeks using my white Marvy pen.

Background paper is from a piece in my scrap basket, and the fish tale tag is the reverse side of the snowflake paper.  Both pieces where cut using MFT's die-namics blueprints #13.

To finish off I added some red and green twine, some gold glitter snowflakes cut from POW paper using a Memory Box die - Christmas baubles, Tim Holtz - distress glitter - clear rock candy, and some white flock for his beard and hat.

I will leave you with this.  As I was looking at some older pictures I still have on my camera, I came across this one, which I absolutely love.  This was taken on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago around 6:20 am on Sept 26/14 as the sun was rising.  This depicts Bill to a tee - his passion - photography.  There is just something about this picture that puts a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes every time I see it.  So thought I would share with you.



Thanks for you visit today.

Pauline

Monday, December 1, 2014

Birthday wishes - Hero Arts - Forever

In between all my Christmas card making I had to make some birthday cards as well.  Today's card is an image from Hero Arts.



I started by inking up the tag like stamp using SU Soft Sky and stamped this onto white card stock. The stamp has the bird design cut into it as well as the swirly border.  I used one of the stamps in the set - branch with the bird and inked this using distress markers, huffed then stamped onto my tag.
I then stamped the sentiment in black ink.

For the layer on top of the card base I used one of the embossing folder from Sizzix - 2pce floral vines set.  I then layered some lace and adhered it to the back of the embossed piece.  This was then adhered to my card base.

I used dimensionals to raise the tag up on the card.  Finished off with some silk ribbon for the tassel, used my clear wink of stella pen for the green leaves and bird and then added a couple of flower sequins over one of the little stamped flowers.

Overall a very easy card - another great card to mass produce.  Finished size 5.5 x 4.25.

supplies:
stamp - Hero Arts - Stamp your story - Forever set,
ink- SU soft sky, distress markers - peeled paint, pine needles, tumbled glass, faded jeans, vintage photo, black versafine
card stock - cougar white 110 lb
misc- silk ribbon, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, sizzix - floral vine, dimensionals, lace

Thanks for the visit today, have a wonderful day,

Pauline

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Angels watching over you

Good morning.  I have another Christmas card to share today.  Again, I bought this set last year but never had the chance to use it.  I know I could of made this card in colour but I choose to do it all white.  There is just something about all white cards I love - maybe it's the crispness and cleanliness of white - I find it very  appealing.

I used the set from PTI called Love Lives Here: Holiday.  




I love when stamp sets have the matching dies!  I started by cutting out the angel and then stamped the angel onto the die cut using versamark and white embossing powder.  Once assembled I pop dotted the angel onto a piece of white c/s cut using Justrite vintage labels five dies.

The background was created with an embossing folder from Crafts-Too - I don't know the exact name of the folder but love all the flourish swirls it provides.  For the star I punch  it out of a piece of WOW light gold glitter paper.  Finished off with some white silk ribbon and pearls.

Another great card to mass produce!

Well, all our snow has disappeared, this weekend we have had rain and temperatures around the 50 degree mark - what a change from 20 -25 last week, but then the cooler air settles in again on Tuesday so back in the low 20's again.

That's it for me today, back again real soon, I have more cards to share.
Thanks for the visit, keep warm and stay safe!

Pauline

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday thoughts

I back today with a 'cutsie" card to share before heading off to work.  I'm using some images from Purple Onion - Stacey Yakula images from last year.  I bought them last Dec, and never had a chance to play with them.





I coloured the branch using memento bamboo leaves then stamped onto my card stock.  I then used my stamp positioner to place the little bird and the same with the hanging ornament.  I then coloured the images using copics for the ornament and pencils for the bird (don't ask why I used two different mediums because I really don't know why).   Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

To finish off I added some glitter  and some clear sequins.

I made 6 of these, this was a quick card to mass produce.

Thanks for stopping in, have a wonderful day - keep warm and safe if you are experiencing the winter weather that has landed.. brrrrr......... but I can't complain we received about 2-3 inches where buffalo received upwards of 6 ft - and that's only about 4 hours away!

Pauline

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Retirement card

I can't believe how fast these past few weeks have flown by. I meant to post last week but was just too busy trying to get card orders done, working, etc.. well you know how it goes.

My card today is a Retirement card I made for one of my co-workers.  When she announced her retirement her boss came and asked me if I would consider making a card for the department to sign, so of course I agreed to.  I wanted something with flowers and of course it had to have a butterfly somewhere on it - this is what I came up with.



I wanted to use this designer paper (not sure of the name of it) so basically just matched of some card stock for the base card and then went from there with adding the flowers (most of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts in the UK)
The die set I used is Spellbinders - Radiant Rectangles - love this set, the cut work is gorgeous!

Once it was all together I finished it with some teal ribbon (2 colours) for the bow, pearls and a wooded butterfly from Studio Calico.  I used my wink of stella clear brush to add some subtle glitter to the flowers.  I love  how this turned out - it took a while, like 4 hours, I just wanted to make sure it was perfect - especially since the whole dept. was signing it. Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself!

So there you have it - my Retirement card. (and by the way, everyone loved it :)). Finished card size 5 x 7.

Enjoy your day!

Pauline


Thursday, November 6, 2014

and the stockings were hung

Hope everyone is having a good week.  I'm back as promised with a Power Poppy image to share with you. 

I think this is one of my favourite cards I've done this fall as far as Christmas cards go.

I'm using the stocking from Marcella's latest release. I am entering this into the challenge over on Power Poppy for Peep of the Week.


I started by stamping the image onto some 110 lb cougar cream cardstock using black memento ink. Image was coloured using copics (colours listed below).  I then cut out the image using a circle die, applied gold krylon pen around the edge, then layered this onto a piece of light green c/s cut using a scallop circle. Designer paper is from MME- Lost & Found Christmas.  The burgundy piece is layered onto a piece of cream card stock which I applied a gold krylon pen along the edges  to make it look like gold c/s underneath - a much cheaper way than using gold c/s.  I used one of the sentiments from the set, stamped it in versafine olympia green onto a piece of cream c/s  then created the flag tag.

Finished off with some gold ribbon, wink of stella clear pen,  and in the center of poinsettia I added some champagne crushed glass glitter.  Another card for my sale basket!

Supplies:
stamps - Power Poppy
paper - MME - Lost & Found Christmas, cream, dark green, light green
ink- black memento, olympia green versafine, copics (G20, G43, G94, R29, R89, R81, r83, R85, E50, E51, E53, W01, 0)
dies - spellbinder circle & scallop circle
misc - gold krylon pen, wink of stella clear crystal pen, stampendous champagne crushed glass glitter, gold ribbon

Thanks for stopping in, enjoy your week.

Pauline

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Winter cardinals

I hope everyone had a 'Happy Halloween' yesterday.  Weather was absolutely terrible here for the trick or treaters - rain, rain, windy, cold - I'm so glad my kids are grown up and I was able to stay inside where it was warm and hand out treats.  In past years we have seen 40 - 50 kids, last night we only had 15, so needless to say lots of goodies left, not so good for the WW diet - so I will be taking the rest to work on Monday, I don't need that temptation at home.  I'm 9lbs from my goal weight to become a life time member, but I must say these last 10 lbs or so have been the hardest.  I have such a sweet tooth, and with Christmas coming - OMG I need to stay focused to reach my goal by then if I can.  Okay enough about that, lets get on with my card.

I know I said I was going to post another Power Poppy card, but I haven't taken the picture yet, but I have this one to share instead.  I don't think you will be disappointed.

This image is from Northwoods Rubber stamps Inc, I came across is in my Christmas stamp collection- I think I bought this over 3 years ago at a rubber stamp convention.  I haven't been to one for 3 years so I know it's older than that.  See that's what happens when you have too much, you forget what you have!


I stamped the image using black memento onto some cougar 110lb white c/s.  I coloured the image using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol,  then sponged around the image using SU soft sky, once I cut out the image leaving the die in place.  I then layered this onto a piece of gold mirri paper, then onto some bazzill seafoam c/s. My background paper is from Memory Box - not sure what collection this is from.

I finished off with a couple of strips of gold peel offs along the bottom, glitter, a piece of gold metallic ribbon just tied in a single knot and held in place with a red glittered enamel dot.  I don't know how well you can see, but the pine cones have some texture added to them.  It's called Barbara Trombley's Elements - Nut brown - it looks like finely chopped cork with an added smell of nutmeg - oh it smells so nice!

I will get my powerpoppy card photgraphed for my next post.... until then... enjoy your day, whatever you are up to,

Pauline

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Poinsettia

Hi everyone.  I'm back today to share another Christmas card with you.  I received my new stamp set from Power poppy and it just was screaming to be inked.  So...... this is what I did.....
I'm using the new set called Poinsettia stamp set.  I'm going to enter it into this weeks Power poppy - Peep of the Week contest.



I stamped the image using memento toffee on 110 lb white cougar c/s.  Image was coloured using copics.  I then cut it out using the spellbinder ovals, and layered this onto a piece of Soft Sky which was cut using spellbinder elegant ovals.

Background paper is from Authentique - Glistening.  I used one of the edges from the spellbinder A2 bracket borders one to cut the bottom edge, and did the same on a piece of soft sky.  I then cut the bottom front edge of my white card base using 2 of the edges from the same set.

Finished off adding crystal glitter to the berries, pink silk bow, clear rhinestone, and some crushed glass glitter for the center of the poinsettia.  

Oh and of course across the top of the card, I thought it looked a bit plain, so I added a strip of peel off's.  Hind site - I should of edged the poinsettia oval using my gold krylon pen.  Next time I guess! 

supplies:
Stamp - Power poppy - poinsettia
dies - spellbinder - oval, elegant oval, A2 bracket borders one
paper - 110 lb cougar white, SU soft sky, Authentique - glistening
misc- Stampendous - champagne crushed glass glitter, crystal glitter, pink silk ribbon, rhinestone, peel off.

Thanks for stopping by, till next time...... another power poppy card to share.

Pauline

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Warm your heart

Hi everyone, I'm back today with another Christmas card to share.  I love doing the pretty & elegant cards, but sometimes it's always fun to do those whimsical ones as well.  You need a variety - right?

So when I saw these adorable images from Art Impression, I knew I needed them.  I bought four of their whimsical images (ordered them through my local stamp store - The Paper Pickle - for all you local folks, if you see something online and you just have to have it, let Kim know and she will be more than happy to order them in for you - she is the best!).

So this cute guy is called Warm your Heart set.


I started by stamping the image on 110lb cougar white c/s, using black memento.  I used copic markers to colour the image - sorry did not keep track of the colours, but there was lots!
I then layered this onto a piece of red pattern paper, then onto some kraft.  The stripe designer paper is from Basic Grey - aspen frost, and the red polka dot is from Basic Grey as well, but it was a scrap piece.  Card base is soft sky.

To finish this I stitched around the image.  I cut 2 snowflakes from my Simon Says snowflake dies, one from soft sky and one from vellum.  I added lots of glitter to both.  The soft sky snowflake is glued down behind my image and the the vellum was added to the top of the image in the corner and added a red button on the center.  White flock was added to the penguins had, and glossy accents to the berries, and basically glitter on everything else.

Isn't he cute?!

Supplies:
Stamp -  Art Impressions - warm your heart set
Ink - black memento, copics, 
Paper - 110 lb cougar white, SU soft sky, PTI kraft, Basic Grey - aspen frost, vellum
Dies - Simon says snowflake - Eliza & Kate, spellbinder square die
Misc - white flock, glitter, glossy accents, button, stitching, quickie glue pen

I just finished another card yesterday.. will post next.. it's from the newest release from Powerpoppy stamps.. can't wait to share with you... til then,

Have a wonder day!

Pauline

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Time to give thanks

Hello everyone.  I hope your enjoying your weekend.  This is our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, and what better way to celebrate than to say Thanks to all my followers.  Without you, I wouldn't be posting, it's comments and visits to my blog that keep me going. So a big Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!

The weather was perfect today to get all the yard work done before winter (did I really say that word!) - patio furniture put away, flowers pots cleaned out, grass cut etc. Then I made a big pot of vegetable soup - simply delicious.  I love making homemade soups.

And of course I have a card to share with you as well.  I made this back in August for my sale basket and it was scooped up in no time.

I don't remember all the colours I used, I never kept track, but I stamped the image on cream card stock using brown memento  and coloured with copics.



I then cut the image out using the Justrite vintage labels three,  I also stamped the sentiment on a piece of green c/s and used the vintage labels three to cut this out as well. I then layered this onto a piece of terra-cotta card stock cut out using Spellbinders decorative labels twenty-eight, which was first stamped with a  flourish using versamark.  The background paper is from Bo-Bunny.  I layered this onto a piece of cream c/s, wrapped some twine around it several times then tied off in the front. My base card is chocolate brown.   To finish off I added some Bella glitter dots to the corners.

Supplies:
stamp - Justrite - Autumn vintage labels three
Ink - black memento,brown memento,versamark,  copics
dies- Justrite vintage labels three, spellbinders - decorative labels twenty-eight
paper - Bo Bunny, terra-cotta, cream, green, chocolate brown
Misc - twine, Stamping Bella dots

Well that's about it for me for today.  I'm off to have a bowl of that delicious soup!
Thanks for the visit - up next a Christmas card.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends,

Pauline

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cabrini ornament

--> Hi Everyone.  Sorry it's been so long since my last post, but with good reason, I've been away on vacation.   Bill and I took off for 9 days.  We first headed to Sault Ste Marie - Ontario ( drove up through Michigan)  and hiked in the Lake Superior Provincial Park for 4 days,(the fall colours were spectacular) then we headed to the windy city of Chicago for 5 days. Never been to Chicago - what a beautiful city.  We stayed right downtown, right across from the Trump tower. Our view from the hotel room was gorgeous, we could see up and down the river and street, we had a corner room. A very clean city.  I will have some pictures to share, Bill took tons, so it will take a bit to go through them and process the ones he likes.

So with that said, I'm back, and I have my first Christmas card to share.  This was a very simple card once I figured out what I was doing (lol).







--> I started with a piece of white card stock (4 1/8 x 5 3/8) and embossed it using a snowfall embossing folder.  My scalloped layer was cut using a spellbinder border edge die.  I then adhered this to the snowflake piece using foam tape, then wrapped some burgundy crepe ribbon around it and tied a bow. Now comes the fun part.  I used a Memory Box die and cut it once using gold mirri paper.  I cut it again using green for the holly leaves and some burgundy (stardream) paper for the berries.  The ornament itself was cut --> from a piece of pale gold glitter paper.  I laid all the pieces back into the ornament where they belong and adhered them to the frame on the backside using tape.  I then applied some foam tape to the back of the ornament and tucked the hanger under the scallop edging as if it was hanging.

Here is a closer look at the ornament:







Supplies:
Cardstock: white, dark green, burgundy stardream, pale gold glitter paper, gold mirri paper
Die: Memory Box - Cabrini Ornament, Spellbinder - A2 Scalloped border two
Embossing folder- (sorry not sure who makes this)
Misc - ribbon, foam tape

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

Pauline


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Best wishes

Hello there.  Hope your week is going well.

I'm back today to share a wedding card (that I made at the beginning of August!) I made for a friend's mother-in-law to give to her daughter on her wedding day. I love fussing with making wedding cards, making them so pretty and elegant. This is what I came up with:


The only bit of stamping was the sentiment, which was stamped on a pre-cut flag stax fish-tale using black versafine.  Sentiment is from PTI.  

The gold metallic paper at the bottom is a strip of washi tape - isn't this so pretty?  The rest of the card was basically using dies, flowers, pearls and sequins.

Supplies:
Stamp - PTI - propose a toast stamp set
Ink- black versafine Ddies- Memory box - Massa leaf frame, Chochitlan wreath, spellbinders circle, MFT - fish-tale flag stax, MFT - rolled roses
Cardstock - textured/embossed white
Misc - Little B -  washi tape, pearls, sequins, flowers from Wild orchid crafts & Prima

Thanks for stopping by,

Pauline

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fun with Hexagons

Hi everyone, I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post.  Life just gets so busy at times doesn't it?

I'm just going to do a quick post today, I have the day off and I have a long 'to do' list to get done.
I'm just taking a break before I continue on with my errands.

I have been seeing lots of cards done using some of the larger background dies so I thought I would give this a try.  I think my favourite background die plate would have to be this hexagon die from Papertrey Ink.



First, I stamped a background stamp from Justrite called French Rose - I stamped it on MFT  pink lemonade using the pink lemonade dye ink pad. I then cut out the frame using some designer paper from K & Company.  Now this is the tricky part, while trying to keep all the hexagons in the right spots - on the back side, I taped some the hexagons while they were still in there spots catching the tape on the borders of the hexagons and across to the next border edge in order to keep the hexagon adhered to the die cut.  I hope I'm explaining this well for you to understand.  After I taped down as many as I wanted, I then adhered some foam tape to the border as well as behind the hexagons that I taped down. I then layered this onto my background piece, which gives this a bit of dimension.

For my sentiment piece I used a die from Spellbinders de-lites and cut the green layer, then used the next die in the set to cut the pink lemonade c/s.  I stamped the sentiment from an MFT set I have using black versafine.
Now the sentiment looks crooked but really it's not in real.  Must of taken the picture off kilter or something- lol!. 

Finished up with some glittery gems in some of the hexagon openings and a small pink ribbon bow on the sentiment.

This was a fun card to do, a bit of time but love the outcome.  I hope you give this a try sometime as well.  

Well that's it for me for today.  Enjoy your weekend, till next time....

Pauline