Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren
Carolina Wren

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Live, Laugh & Love

Hello everyone.  Hope your enjoying your weekend.  It's a long weekend for us in Canada- we are celebrating Victoria Day tomorrow - in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday. It's nice for me because I was on holidays all last week, so this just adds another day to my vacation :).

Today's card is using Penny Black's Flower Cascade.

I started by stamping the image to the top right corner using black memento, onto some white 100 lb cougar cardstock and then coloured using copics. I then cut the image using MFT stitched rectangle.

I sponged some SU certainly celery and SU soft sky around the edges.

I pulled out my MISTI to stamp the sentiment which is also from Penny Black - Happy wishes. I love using the Misti for sentiments, because most times (at least for me) it doesn't always stamp nice and crisp,  so this way you can restamp multiple times.

To finish off I added some sequins and clear wink of stella to the flowers.

I gave this card to my girlfriend at work a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for visiting today, enjoy your day!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mother's Day #2

As Mother's Day has come and gone I still have one more card to share with you.

I'm using some PTI dies for this card.  The focus point is using a die called Cutaway Tags - spring die.  This die also comes with a coordinating stamp set.  You can either colour the flowers once you cut out the tag or you can use the coordinating stamps - ink - and then stamp over the image on the die cut.  In this case I used the stamps to stamp on the die cut piece.  I also cut a piece of tiny polka dot vellum and layer it behind the tag. I then layered it onto a scrap piece of dp, using PTI - tag sale - quilted die. For my card base and back ground layer  I used PTI- Noted scallop A2 vertical dies. 

For the sentiment I cut another cutaway tag and trimmed off the center part, so I could stamp the sentiment and pop it up.  This set comes with a variety of sentiments that can be used.

Finished off with some ribbon, and glitter on the flowers.

I wish you a wonderful day.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Hello everyone.  Just popping in to wish all the Mom's a Happy Mothers Day.  I still have a couple of Mother's Day cards to share that I made a few weeks ago.

The one today, is using a digital image from Power Poppy called - sunset sway.  This digi comes in 2 variations - one with a butterfly and one with out.

After printing it off, I used prismacolour pencils to colour.  I then cut it out using spellbinders labels twenty-eight.  Leaving the die in place I sponged a light layer of Memento  new sprout around the edges.  I then cut  spellbinders A2 Devine Eleoquence using dark purple bazzil cardstock, and added a layer of light mauve behind it.  

To finish off I added some lace, silk ribbon and sequins along with a bit of shimmer added to the flowers using my wink of stella clear pen.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Live well, laugh often......

Hello everyone.  Just finishing up some cards last evening, and thought I would share this one with you.  This was made with no occasion in mind, just a blank card inside, can be used for anything.

I started off using PTI Butterfly kit stencils. I love there kits, as I have a few of them now.  they come with stamps, dies, and 3-4 layering stencils. I staarted by sponging Live waqua mist for the butterflies, then stamped the center of the butterflies using the same ink.  Next stencil is the flowers - sponged summer sunrise, then stamped the centers with harvest gold, and for the purple ones, I sponged amethyst allure and then stamped using the same ink.  The next stencil is the leaves which I sponged in spring moss & over stamped in same ink.

I then cut out my background using MFT wonky stitched rectangle.

For my sentiment I white embossed the sentiment from PTI Summer Hills.  I then cut it out using one of the dies from MFT blueprints 13.

I finished off with some PTI polka dot ribbon, and a wooded butterfly from Studio Calico.  I added some clear wink of stella to the butterfly for a bit of sparkle.

Well that's it for today, must head off to work (insert sad face).

I wish you all a happy and wonderful day, and many thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Spring showers brings May flowers!

I'll be so glad to see Sunday arrive.  We have had nothing but constant rain 24hrs a day since Tues! It's been gloomy and damp as you can well imagine. Rivers are running over their banks in some areas, the ground is so saturated, there is just no where for the rain to go. We really need to see the sun! And besides this weather is putting a real damper on our spring birding! (just saying :) )

So with that being said, I thought I would share something bright and cheerful!  I loved how this turned out as I made 4 of them, and one of them says "MOM" on the front rather than sending birthday wishes. 

I embossed the image onto some Strathmore Mixed Media vellum surface paper ( thanks Leslie for mentioning this, it is beautiful paper to watercolour on)using white embossing powder and then watercoloured the image and background using my Zig Clean colour markers.  Image is from Simon Says - Spring Flowers.  I then cut out the image out using MFT x-stitch rectangle die.  The pink paper was cut using one of the dies from MFT - die-namics blueprints 27.

I cut the 'sending' from black cardstock twice and then adhered together to give it a bit of stability and thickness.  Die is from Simon Says as well.

I then stamped 'birthday wishes' using black versafine.

To finish off I added some sequins and coloured the flower with my clear wink of stella pen.

I have some more Mother's Day cards to make so might make a few in different colours.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring has sprung

Good morning and Happy Monday.  Although it is raining out it is still a good morning, since I"m off today. It was a cold weekend, still wearing winter coat, hat & mitts as we ventured down to Pt. Pelee National Park.  It was a north west wind, which made it very cold.  But non the less we were able to see some migrant warblers at the tip.  We were lucky enough to see a Prairie Warbler (rare) but not a very good picture as it was gloomy and dark, but at least we can see we saw one! Some of the other varieties we saw were Yellow-rumped warbler, blue headed vireo, baltimore oriole, cape may, palm, black & white, warbling vireo, and a solitary sandpiper.

Since we are on the topic of birds, I thought I would share this card today.  I'm using an image from the Flourishes LLC set called Spring has Sprung. 

I stamped the image onto some white cougar 100 lb c/s, then coloured using prismacolour pencils.
I then cut it out using a Papertrey Ink die called Fun frames die.  I actually cut the rectangle piece a second time so I could layer it under the image piece for a bit of dimension.

I used my MFT- Die-namics stitched cover-up companion - vertical die to cut my designer paper - Pink Paislee- butterfly garden.  I used papers from the same collection for the 2 inserts.  Love how this looks!  To finish off, I added some silk ribbon, clear sequins and used my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of shimmer on the flowers.

This card could be used for many occasions, but I am using  it as a Mother's Day card!

I hope I have inspired you in some way today.  Have a wonderful day, and thanks for your visit.


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Wishing you a lovely day

Hello everyone!  It's a beautiful Spring day today, a bit on the chilly side, but hey I'm not complaining. It's around 50F, but the winds are cool, which made it nice for doing yard work today.
It's so nice to get the gardens cleaned up, to see all the new growth coming through. Still not done, but it was a good start today.

I haven't been doing too many cards lately, when it's nice out Bill and I are out scouting to see what new migrants have flown in the area.  A  couple more weeks and we should be in full birding season.
Can't wait!

I've had this image printed off quite a while ago, but just never got around to colouring it up. So last night that's what I did. Image is from Power Poppy  - digital Cuppa Buttercups.

It was  very quick card.  I usually stress over the papers etc, but everything fell into place on this one fairly quickly.

Copics were used to colour, and I used the pointillism technique for around the flowers.  

I used MFT stitched rectangle to cut it out.  Papers are from MME- Stella Rose - Mabel papers.
This is old but I still have a few sheets left in this 6x6 pack.

I used some new sequins called 28 Lilac Lane - spring butterflies.  Just love the assortment of spring colours, yellows, blue, clear, orange, clear butterflies as well as all the little sequin holes, which you can see I added them here and there. So pretty!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Wishing you a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vintage Easter Egg #2

Good morning and Happy Easter to all!

Today, I'm back to share another Easter card I made using Power Poppy's Vintage Easter Egg.

Being that this is a digital image, I was able to shrink the image to make it the size I needed. After printing it off, I coloured using copic markers.  Sorry, I did not keep a list of colours as this was done a couple of weeks ago, and I was working on a couple of cards at the same time.

I used spellbinders circle, and circle blossom to cut our the image and layer underneath.  Dark purple flag end is a die from Simon Says, and the larger flag end is cut using a die from Justrite.

Paper is by Prima - butterfly collection.  I've had this paper pack for a while, just have a hard time using it because it is so pretty.  Love the wood grain paper and all the soft delicate details papers as well in this pack.

To finish off I added some white seam binding ribbon, sequins, wink of stella clear pen, and a Studio Calico wooden butterfly, in which I added a layer of glitter to it using the wink of stella pen.  It just gives it a bit of sparkle.

Well that's it for today.  Wishing you a wonderful Easter.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter chicks

Good morning.  Well it was a wonderful weekend, nice spring weather has arrived - finally, yesterday was around 70, just too bad I was stuck indoors at work to enjoy.  Looks like another gorgeous day today as well.  Which brings us to Easter, being this weekend, I have another Easter card to share I made for a co-workers little nephew.

The image is from LOTV (Lilly of the Valley). 

I coloured the image using copics, and the ground using prismacolour pencils. I then cut the image out using MFT stitched rectangle I sponged some clouds using SU soft sky.  I then cut a couple of clouds out from white c/s, using PTI cloud dies.

Designer paper is MME - On the sunny side.
Finished off with some glitter around the clouds, and on the egg for a bit of sparkle.

Wishing you a wonderful day!  Thanks for your visit.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Vintage Egg #1

Thank goodness it's Friday! We woke up to some winter weather this morning - SNOW! But it didn't last. It's been a very gloomy week with lots of rain this week, but the sun finally came out this afternoon.  This weekend is going to be fabulous with temps ranging from 50's to the 70's by Monday.  Hopefully we have seen the last of winter weather.

With Easter next weekend, I've been busy making a few Easter cards.  For my card today, I'm using Power Poppy's digital image Vintage Easter Egg. 

After resizing to what I wanted, I printed it off and coloured using prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I used a square die to cut it out, then layered it onto a piece of coral card stock which was cut using spellbinders captivating square die.

Paper is from MME Howdy Doody.  I added some lace and blue silk ribbon, pearls and a prima flower to finish off.  I also added some nuvo jewel drops  orange marmalade for the centers of the yellow flowers, and wink of stella clear pen on the blue flower.

I will see you soon as  I have 2 more Easter cards to share over the next week.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Tiny Townie Garden Girl

Hello all!  Have you seen then new Tiny Townie Garden Girls released by Stamping Bella?  She has just released another 5, but the one I used today was from her previous release.  These girls are so adorable, and love how she created their clothing to represent the flower.

This is Tiny Townie Garden Girl Lily of the Valley,

I started by stamping her on white 100lb cougar cardstock using black memento ink, then used prismacolour pencils and blended with gamsol.

I used a PTI die set to cut her out as well as for my base card.  Die set is called - Noted: Scallop A2 Vertical die.  Designer paper is from Memory Box.

To finish off I cut out Simon Says Harrington Vine and then snipped part of it off to fit in the corner.
Added a small bow tied with silk ribbon, then added glitter to her dress and the lilies.

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for your visit.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Meadow Greens

Hi. Hope your week is going well.  I'm back today to share a card I made for a co-worker who's last day in our Dept is this Friday.  She is moving into a new role in another dept.

I used PTI Meadow Greens stamp set. 

Using confetti white c/s, I stamped the flower blossoms first using PTI inks -Hibiscus burst, berry sorbet & lavender moon. I then stamped the stems and leaves using PTI - simply chartreuse.

I then placed this into my Misti to stamp the sentiment, which is from PTI's - Watercooler Talk.   I'm glad I did because the first impression wasn't quite dark enough, so with using the Misti, I just re-inked the sentiment and stamped again.

I sponged some lavender moon around the edges.  I wrapped a piece of white silk ribbon around the bottom of the stamped piece then adhered this to a piece of white c/s.  My base is using PTI - lavender moon c/s.

To finish off, I used my wink of stella clear pen for the flowers, then added clear sequins to the centers of the flowers. A small white pearl was placed in the centers of the sequins to complete.

That's all I have for today.  Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Tulips x 2

Hello everyone.  Today, I'm about to double your pleasure as I have 2 cards to share.  Both using the same stamp, but different layouts and colours.

I was in need of a couple of Easter cards for a friend, so scrounging around for some spring flowers, I came across a Hero Arts tulip stamp that I haven't used in quite some time.  Perfect!  So I played around with some different colours and these were my favourites.

The first one was done but colouring directly onto the image with distress markers, huff, and stamp.
I used MFT cross stitch rectangle die to cut it our then layered it onto another piece of white card stock. I wrapped some lace around the image, then adhered then to a piece of scrap dp from the scrap bin, then onto my card base.
To finish up I used my wink of stella clear pen to add a bit of sparkle to the tulips, a couple of enamel dots and a  tiny silk green bow.

For my second card, I used distress markers again, huff & stamp.  I used MFT stitched inside & out rounded rectangle die to cut it our.  I wrapped some orange gingham ribbon around the base of the flowers before adhering to the next layer. For that I used  sizzix  embossing folder - sorry do not know the name of this one.
To finish off used my wink of stella clear pen for the flowers and added some enamel dots.

Great thing about both cards is that they are nice and flat for mailing - no extra posted required!

stamp - Hero Arts - newspaper tulips
paper - cougar white 100 lb, scrap designer paper
ink - distress markers - twisted citron, moved lawn, picked raspberry, rie persimmon, mustard seed
dies - MFT - cross stitch rectangle, inside & out rounded rectangle die
misc - sizzix embossing folder, ribbon, enamel dots, wink of stella clear pen

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy the rest of your day.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Retirement card

Hi, I'm back, sorry for being away all week.  It's been a very busy week at work. I haven't been in the mood for card making, but I had to push myself to do this card because it was needed for this week. Maybe it is the winter gloom- we were teased with some warmer weather last week, and then it flipped back to winter all over again.  Can't wait till spring - with some warm sunshine!

Okay, onto my card.  My daughter requested a 'retirement card' for one of the ladies she works with. Of course, I said yes!  And you know me, I love to do fussy cards with all the die cuts and flowers, pearls etc. This is the end result:

Not much explaining on this, so I will leave it there. Once all put together I used my wink of stella clear pen to added sparkle to all the flowers.  It is very pretty IRL!

I appreciate you stopping by, enjoy the rest of your day.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Curvy Thanks

Hi everyone. Popping in to share another card for my sale basket at work.  I seem to have gone through a lot of Thank You cards lately, so just replenishing.

My card today features a Simon Says die  - thanks scallop border.  Love the scallop edging as well as the piercing on this die.

I first cut the thanks die using white card stock.  I then ventured into my scrap basket and pulled out this pretty print paper.  Not sure of the company name of this as it was just scrap pieces, but I don't think this company is around anymore.  The solid pink colour card stock was just scrap pieces as well.  Great way to use those cut off ends for projects like this.

I cut a piece of the solid card stock to fit behind the "thanks' to make it stand out.  I used PTI scallop die (medium) to cut a couple of pieces of scallop edgings for the top.

The flower is from SU - stippled blossoms, using Altenew Blush & Crimson for the inks.  I then cut the flower out.  The leaves were previously stamped off a while ago, but I think I used SU inks.

To finish off I added a glitter enamel dot for the center of the flower and a silk bow.

Thanks for your visit today.  Have a great day!