Saturday, April 12, 2014

A friend ...

Hope everyone is enjoying there weekend.  I spent the day on the road today.  Bill and I headed down to Ojibway Park in Windsor to have a peak at what if any 'new birds' have flown in due to migration.  Nothing new, just the usual suspects - as I always say-, but I did have a deer eat from my hand.  There were about 10 all standing out in the open area along the walkways and a friend of mine had some feed and they would come right up to you.  There were a couple of fawns - so precious, I just wanted to hug them - but I didn't.  We also saw a pair of Wood ducks, Bill managed to get the male in flight - gorgeous.  After that we headed down to Pt. Pelee, we walked one of the trails and came across some Golden Crown Kinglets - those little guys just don't stand still.  Bill had a hard time trying to take pictures because they are constantly moving, but.... he did manage to get some beauties.  I can't wait until migration is in full swing.

The card I have to share today, is an image I stamped a few weeks ago, after I stamped it, it wasn't quite what I thought it would look like (colour wise), so I tossed it in my 'maybe someday bucket'.  So one night I was going through some papers looking for something else, when I came across some Memory Box paper that caught my eye.  I pulled it out and remembered that image I had stamp off a few weeks ago, pulled that out and Oh my, it matched perfectly.    Morale of this story, always keep your 'duds' because you never know when they might come into play.  Here is my card:

 Stamp is from Penny Black (an older stamp), and I coloured right on the stamp using Distress Markers - weathered wood, milled lavender, & shabby shutters, then spritzed and stamped. Paper is from Memory Box.  For the flourish along the left side is from Memory Box.  Finished off with glitter, some sequins (white and coloured using copic colour BV11), and some mauve seam binding ribbon.

Stamp - Penny Black - Delphinium
Die - Memory Box - Fauntleroy Crest
Paper - cougar white, Prisma mauve, Memory Box
Ink - distress ink - milled lavender, distress markers - weathered wood, milled lavender & shabby shutters, versafine smokey grey
Misc - sequins, seam binding ribbon, corner rounder, glitter 

Have a great day!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Has spring arrived yet?

Is spring ever going to get here?  You can hear the birds in the wee hours of the morning singing their songs, my bulb flowers are pushing through the ground, which is usually the sign of spring, but the temperatures  and weather are very slowly at coming around.  Rain and high winds yesterday and into today, tomorrow is suppose to be around 50F (10C) and sun! I'm just itching to get outside and putter around in the gardens.  

Since the outdoors remain untouched, I thought the next best thing is to colour up something pretty - like flowers! 

I had this LOTV image for a while now and it was just begging to be used.  So this is what I did with it:

I think you can see how this was done, so I will just list the supplies I used.

Stamp - LOTV
Ink - black memento, copics - V01, V17, BV11, G40, G24, G46, C00, C01, C02, prismacolour pencils for shading - french grey, sky blue light, true blue, sandbar brown
Paper - cougar 110 lb white, Webster Page (mauve background), dark mauve c/s
Dies - MFT corner flourish
Misc - sequins, glitter, stitching

I think I will add this to my sale bucket and put a nice Mother's Day verse inside.  Thanks for stopping in today, have yourself a  wonderful day!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Easter blessings

Good morning everyone. Hope your weekend is going well.
Thinking that spring is on it's way, we had snow again last night! Will this winter every end?  Even though it was a small amount it's still snow!! 

With spring in mind and Easter not too far off, I was working on some Easter cards for my sale basket.  I'm using a stamp set from Justrite - Easter Blessings.

I started by stamping the cross on white c/s using Versafine smokey grey.  I then coloured the leaves and around the cross using copics.  I then took my wink of stella pen (hey for you locals Kim is now carrying the wink of stella pens at Paper Pickle - they are a must have - just saying!) and applied the glitter in the rays behind the cross - it is so pretty in real.

The rest is pretty straight forward, I will list all my ingredients below.  Finished off with some soft yellow seam binding ribbon and pearls.  

Paper - cougar 110lb white, soft sky
Stamp - Justrite - Easter blessings
Ink- Versafine - smokey grey
Copics - Y00, Y02, Y11, G40, G24, R20
Dies - Spellbinder - oval, A2 Filigree Delight (I used pop dots to adhere this piece to my card), Justrite custom die - vintage labels six
Misc - wink of stella pen, pearls, pop dots, seam binding ribbon

Have a great day!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blue poppies

Hi blogging friends.  I have a quick post for you tonight. As you know I am a big fan of flowers - anything flowers and I have to have it.  Penny Black's latest release had me swooning!  My card today is showcasing both a new Penny Black stamp and matching die, both purchased at 
The Paper Pickle - my local craft store.

(I was inspired by the sample that was sent to The Paper Pickle for display)
I started out by stamping the poppies twice using SU Soft Sky.  I then used the matching die and cut the poppies out of Soft sky as well - I cut this twice so I could pop up the poppies. I glued one set of the poppies to my card front, then for the other set I cut off the poppies from the stem and then applied versamark and embossed with 'sticky powder'.  I then poured on crystal glitter ritz and burnished it  - so sparkly! Used some SU dimensionals to pop up the poppies.
I also added a bit of glitter to the top of the small flower buds.

Now, as much as I love white space on a card, it just seamed that I was missing something on this, so pulled out my MFT Die-namics Blueprints 12 and used the small flag stax and cut this out of Soft sky. Love the stitching marks on this. Glued this to the top left corner, applied a couple of light blue pearls, then finished off with a tiny silk bow (made with my bow maker). Card measures 5.50 x 4.25.

Cardstock - SU Soft Sky, Cougar 110lb white
Stamps - Penny Black - blooming garden 
Ink - SU soft Sky, Versamark
Die- Penny black - poppy, MFT - Die-namics - blueprints 12
Misc - 'sticky powder' (sorry no company name on pkg - bought at a craft show), glitter ritz,
silk ribbon, pearls, dimensionals, bow maker

Thanks for stopping in, enjoy your week.


Friday, March 21, 2014

On this day...

Happy Friday! and it's a 3 day weekend for me - woohoot!

I'm back today with another wedding card to share.  When I saw this image from Magenta at Paper Pickle a couple of weeks ago, I thought of wedding right away, but then was kind of intimidated because I wasn't sure how to show case it - whether to just emboss, to colour etc. I pulled out some different Kaisercraft 6x6 packs and as I was flipping through them I came across this pale green with a silver embossed design on it -so pretty IRL.  To keep everything co-ordinated, I stamped the image on a piece of paper from the same collection using versafine smokey grey, and then the rest all came together.

The sentiment is from PTI, which also stamped using versafine smokey grey.  I made the flag tag by cutting a piece of white card stock using the MFT flag stax die, I then stamped the sentiment close to one of the ends, then I slipped the stamped sentiment back into the die to where I wanted to cut the other end off, then ran it back through my big shot, and voila, you have a double end flag tag.

Cardstock - white 110 lbs, SU sage green, Kaisercraft - On this day
Stamps - Magenta- crafty individuals (sorry no name on the pkg), PTI - propose a toast
Inks- versafine smokey grey
Dies - MFT - mini hybrid rose, flax stax, Spellbinders - floral oval, oval, Spellbinder die-lites - sprigs
Misc - pearls, silk ribbon, wink of stella pen (for roses on image)

 See you soon, have a great day!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Best wishes

Hi everyone.  I can't believe where this past week went and it's Sunday evening already, which means back to work tomorrow, (insert sad face). With spring time arriving (well I hope so anyways, we had a bit of snow again this morning), I get a lot of requests for wedding cards, so thought I would get ahead.

I started by making my card base measuring 6.25 x 4.5.  From here I adjusted the middle piece so I had enough room to add the side borders.  The main center piece is done by using an embossing/cut folder (designables) from Marianne Designs. After I embossed, I cut a couple of borders using a Cherry Lynn die.  I glued these to each end of the center piece, then ran a string of pearls down each end to cover the seam. Flower is from MFT, leaves are from Marianne designs. Sentiment is from PTI.

I popped the layer up so that you were able to see some dimension between the card base and the embossed layer.

Finished off with some glitter in the center of the rose and pearls on the sentiment piece.

Paper: Cream c/s 100 lb weight
Ink: black versafine
Sentiment: PTI - propose a toast stamp set
Dies: Marianne Designables # DS0907,  Marianne designables - flower & leaves # LR0156, Cherry Lynn die - Anastasia border, Spellbinder - timeless rectangles, MFT - mini hybrid heirloom roses
Misc: pearls, glitter

Thanks for the visit, I'll be back during the week with another wedding card to share.  Have a good week.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Blooming Garden

Hello and Happy Monday everyone.  Hope you had a good weekend. 

As promised I'm back today to share a new Penny Black image I purchased a couple of weeks ago at Paper Pickle.
As you know I love flowers, so when I saw this in the store, I knew I had to have it.

This stamp is from the set called Blooming Garden.

Image was stamped on 100 lb white card stock using black memento ink.  I then coloured with copics. After cutting out the image I sponged some distress antique linen while the die was in place.

For my base card I cut 2 pieces using grand labels twenty-three die, and then I scored one of them about 1/2 from the top, then applied glue to the 1/2 piece and adhered to the front of the card.

Papers used are from Kaisercraft - Remember Me.  I thought the paper was a perfect fit for this image, being that it had some embossed poppies in the corner.

Finished off with some red seam binding ribbon, glitter and pearls.

Copics used: R12, 20, 24, 29, 89, G43, 46, 94
Inks: black memento, distress antique linen
Dies: SB skinny ovals, floral ovals, grand labels twenty-three
Paper: Blush blossom, river rock, cougar white, Kaisercraft
Extras: glitter, pearls, seam binding ribbon, bow maker

Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Smiles can fill the world

Hello blogging friends.  Hope your week is going well.  Another beautiful day - cold winds feeling like -19 but the sun is shining.  Weekend is hovering around the 0C mark, so that should warm things up a bit.

Today's card features another flower from the same set as my last post from Flourishes.  This one is using the Wisteria flower.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the image then I stamped it using black memento.  After colouring it with copics I was trying to figure out a layout.  I noticed in my - parts of cards I tried but didn't use bin - this white spellbinder layer already cut and ready to go.


So basically I just had to come up with the card base.  I layers a piece of SU elegant eggplant behind the cut spellbinder piece then layered this onto a white card base.  Card measures 6.25 x 4.5.
Spellbinder die used is Resplendent Rectangles.   The sentiment is from a Justrite set. - Black eyed Susan.

Finished off with some pearls and some purple seam binding ribbon.

Next up is a new Penny Black image - stay tuned.  Enjoy your week.



Sunday, March 2, 2014


Hello friends. I'm sharing today a card I made using a stamp set from Flourishes. This set is from their  last release called Flowers for Jan.  I'm so sorry to see that Flourishes is closing, they are one of my favourite stamp companies.

For my card I'm using the Peony image from the set.  I started by using my Silhouette Cameo & Flourishes file cut to cut out the image.  I then stamp the Peony using black memento onto the cut piece.  I coloured the image using copics.

I used Flourishes Pierced Classic Frame die to cut the white background, then sponged some light pink ink while the die was in place.  I then stamped the sentiment that comes with the set using black versafine.

Papers are from Kaisercraft - The Lake House. I raised the Peony up using foam dots.  Added pearls, a bit of tulle, and my wink of stella pen to finish off the card.  Card measures 5.5 x 5.5.

Copic colours - R81, 83, 85, Y21, YG93, G21,24,28

Thanks for the visit.  Enjoy your week. 


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Stenciled background

Hi everyone, well we are have way through another week!

Just a quick post today before I head off to work.  This card is showcasing another way to use your stencils.

I started out with my base card measuring 5.5 x 4.25.  I laid a strip of washi tape just inside the folded edge about 1/4".  My top layer measures 5.5 x 3.75.  Using this piece I laid my stencil on top then using antique linen distress ink and sponge I lightly added ink. 

The feathers are from MFT - after die cutting them out I went around the edges with some versamark ink then added some gold embossing powder and heat embossed. Overlapped them a bit  onto the card then added a small bow tied with some twine.  Sentiment is from PTI, stamped using memento rich cocoa.

There you go, a quick card!  Thanks for the visit, see you real soon,


Friday, February 21, 2014

Something different

Happy Friday! and it's another 3 day weekend for me - so happy :).

Well the weather surely has been very strange this winter.  With lots of snow and deep freezing temps, now we are into a bit of a thaw with over an inch of rain yesterday (on top of all that snow), makes for lots of laying water, and very icy conditions.  We also had  thunder and lightning (in the middle of winter) so strange.  Very high winds today, so lets hope it helps dry some of the laying water up.

Okay, enough about the weather, lets get on with my card.  If you surf the blogs like I do, you would of seen a lot of different techniques using stencils.  Well I thought it was time I branched out and tried something new.

I started out by applying Wendy Vecchi's embossing paste - white - and using a stencil from Crafters workshop. After letting it dry for a bit I continued on with my card.  I made a flag tag out of heavy vellum, and stamped the sentiment using black archival ink.  Next, I used one of the doily dies from this set from PTI .  After it was cut out I stamped it with MFT's typewriter background stamp using memento desert sand.  Butterfly is by Memory Box as well as the leafy sprigs. 

I finished off with some coloured sequins and some tiny white pearls.  Now you are probably wondering how I got the bit of blue on the embossed paste.  Well, it was a fluke.  When I grabbed the stencil and laid it down to apply the paste I didn't realize that it was not completely cleaned and of course the bit of ink that was on it from my last use, rubbed off onto the wet paste.  All in all, it served well for this project.  Love it when it just happens!

Thanks for stopping in, have a great weekend.


Monday, February 17, 2014

I love my puppy

Hi everyone, happy Monday!  Well it is for me anyways, I have the day off. 

After colouring my last digi image (see previous post), I was on the search for more digi's.  I have a request from a friend for a 4yr old birthday  card for her grand-daughter.  I don't have very many 'little girl' images, so I went searching for some digi's.  I found the image on Etsy- the company is called All Dressed Up.  I love her images, so whimsical.  The image I chose is called I Love my Puppy.  I thought this would be perfect for a little girl.  What do you think?

I used copics to colour the image.  I'm sorry I didn't keep a list of the colours, there was just too many on my desk, as I kept grabbing colours to work with.  The grass was done with prismacolour pencils.
I then cut out the image using MFT - Die-namics rounded banner stax (largest die). For the layer behind the image, I traced the die on a  piece of rose bazzill c/s then cut it out.  

Designer paper is from Prima called Fairy Flora.  I didn't want to overkill the card with lots of embellishments, because I wanted the main focus to be the image, but it needed something.  I decided to off-center the image to the right, then cut a couple of flag tags using cut off scraps from the same paper.  Added a small bow made of PTI silk ribbon and then adhered a pale pink chiffon rosette (think I purchased these at Michael's a long time ago).

Of course a 'little girl' cards needs glitter right?  Added glitter to her dress and some of the flowers using a quickie glue pen and deco glamour dust crystal glitter.

I'm so smitten with this card, it is so 'girly'.  I love how it turned out.  I will make this card again someday.  

Okay off to colour some more.  My next card to share is a card made with stencils.  Stay tuned....

Have a great day,


Friday, February 14, 2014

Digital Tulips - thinking of you

Hi everyone.  So glad it's the weekend, and for most of us Canadians we have Monday off (Family Day), which makes this a 3 day weekend - woo hoo!!

I thought I would start the weekend with sharing a digital image I coloured.  After seeing the digital card that Leslie Miller coloured (view it here) I wanted to give the digital a try.  The website that provided this beautiful image is called Digital Two for Tuesday and you can find the image here.  They have a wide variety of digi images to choose from.  I have gathered a couple  more to colour some day.

So here is my card using the tulip image:

Not much explaining on this so I will just list the supplies:

Copic colours:
leaves - G40, 43, 46, 94, 99
Pink flowers -YR000, 01, R22
Tulips - Y11, 13, 15, 26, YG01, 03, 21
Shading - BG0000, BG000

Spellbinder M-bossibilities - dots
Spellbinder die - captivating squares

Pearls & dimensionals

Sentiment - MFT - Peaceful Wildflowers

I hope you like this as much as I do.  Can't wait to colour another. Have a wonderful weekend,
See you soon,


Monday, February 10, 2014

SSSC #206

Hi.  I thought I would take advantage of doing this weeks challenge over at Karen Giron's blog -
Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge #206.  I very rarely ever have time to do the challenges that are out there, but since I have the day off, and was able to finish off some chores that needed to get done this morning, which leaves the afternoon just for me!

Here is the sketch :


For my image I'm using one of the stamps from the Flourishes set called Sunflowers.  This is the smaller version in the set.

Image was stamped using black memento, then coloured using copics.  Y21, Y23, Y28, YR23, G43, G99, YG93, E33, E59.
After cutting the sunflower out using a Spellbinder Circle, I sponged some distress antique linen around the image leaving the die in place.  Layered this onto a piece of dark amber/rust coloured c/s which was cut with a Spellbinder scallop circle.

Designer paper is from Prima - Sun Kiss.  I thought the card looked kind of plain at the bottom so I added a sentiment.  I used Just Because from PTI - Asian Fusion.  For the top part of the sketch I used a chipboard button.  I finished off with some glitter in the center of the  sunflower using my Wink of Stella pen, then applied a coat of Glossy Accents. I love how the glitter shimmers through the glossy accents.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Next up I will share a digital image I coloured.  Stay tuned.
Have a great day!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mini blooms

Hi everyone.  It was a beautiful day today, the sun was shining, not much wind and temps reached a high of -9C.  I even managed to squeeze in my daily walk (that I haven't been doing daily because of the frigid temps and snow/ice covered roads) this afternoon.  The sun is starting to melt some of the ice/snow on the roadway, so made it manageable for walking. 

I haven't had a chance to work on cards this week, but I do have a couple to show you I did last week.
I used a set from PTI called Mini Blooms.  This is a fun set and it also has a matching die set.

This is my first card:

I started by stamping the corner image in Pumice Stone distress ink in the corner, then hand trimmed around the floral image.  I then proceeded to cut out the flowers using the die and then used PTI inks- Berry Sorbet  & Melon Berry to stamp the flowers on the pre-cut flowers.  Background paper is from MME - (sorry can't remember what paper pack it came from).  The sentiment comes with the stamp set and this was stamped in black versafine.

I cut two fish tale flags using the die from MFT.  I also cut the leafy branch out of vellum using Memory Box Leafy Sprig.  Layered these together then added a flower popped up on the fish tale flag to finish it off.  Used my Wink of Stella pen (clear) to add some glitter to the flowers.

And for my second card:

Inks used are PIT - Hawaiian Shores & Hibiscus Burst.  DP is something I had laying around.  I ended up making 2 of each, one set for me and the other for my sale basket.

These were fun to do.

Thanks for stopping in today.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.