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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Winter chill

Good morning everyone!  As I mentioned in my previous email, I've been diligently working on my Christmas cards.  I try to do one every couple of days. It's a much cooler day here today, yesterday it rained most of the day with temps in the mid 50's, today it is a high of 37 but feels like 26F, much cooler, brrrrrrr.... which brings me to my card today.

My card today, is a digital image from Power Poppy called - 'let's chill".  I have such a soft spot for snowmen, just can't get enough of them!



After re-sizing the image, I printed and then coloured using copics.

MFT mod rectangle stax dies to cut out the snowman plus the layer behind.  Designer paper is Bo Bunny - snowfall collection - this is from a couple of years ago.

I stamped the Happy Holidays onto some SU not quite nave c/s using versamark ink and white embossing powder.  I then used a MFT die cut cut it out.  I was undecided whether or not to leave the banner piece this long or to make it shorter, and as you can see I left it longer on the right side and lined it up with edge of the paper.

I cut a small snowflake from the dp using Memory Box snowflake from the Christmas Baubles set.

To finish off I added some enamel dots, and for the snow on the ground I added some Twinklets Diamond dust.

Well, that's it for today, glad you stopped by for a visit. Till next time......

Pauline

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Scarlet Majesty

Good afternoon!  How is your Christmas cards coming along, making head way?  I've been working on them, but have lots more to make.  I can't believe it's the middle of November already!

Today's card is a poinsettia stamp from Penny Black called - Scarlet Majesty - and as you can see mine is not scarlet colour - I thought I would do something out of the norm.




I placed the stamp in my Misti and applied distress markers, and stamped.  I did this several times to get the application I was looking for.  I then took some prisma colour pencils and filled in areas where I wanted more colour or darker colour.  I then sponged distress inks very lightly around the image for shading.

I cut it down to size, then layered it onto a piece of shiny silver c/s.  Then I was stumped!  I tried several pieces of paper, several different layouts and nothing appealed to me.  Isn't it frustrating when that happens?  So I left if for a week or so then came back to it, only because I came across of already die cut frostyville border from Memory Box. I then layered it behind the image, pulled out some muted aqua dp, and I liked what I saw. 

For finishing touches I wrapped some deep blue/turquoise seam binding ribbon around and added a small bow.  Added some Art Glitter - Vintage fine glass glitter - sea sprite colour to the center of the poinsettia. Tim Holtz clear crystal distress glitter to parts of the leaves, then a few crystal clear dots her and there (not really sure of the proper name for these).

I have many more cards to share so stay tuned.

Thanks for your visit today, enjoy your day!
Pauline

Thursday, November 9, 2017

welcome baby boy

I had another request from a co-worker for baby card last week.   Because they already know it is going to be a boy, that makes it much easier for designing the card, rather than sticking to yellow and green.

I pulled out a couple of my Justrite baby stamps sets and created the card.



Image was coloured with copics.  I then cut out the image using spellbinders decorative floral oval die and left it in place then sponged some soft sky around the edges. I stamped the banner, the coloured and cut it out.  I used so SU dimensionals to give it some height off the card.

Paper is MFT - homespun gingham (plaid), and the layer with the dots is just some scraps I had. I used an EK success border punch for the edging on the piece behind the image.

I used some lace, pearls, ribbon, and of course you need to have some pretty flowers - right? or are they appropriate for 'boy' cards? I thought hey anything goes since I'm designing the card right?

It's a short post tonight, I'm just heading out to choir practice.

Thanks for your visit,
Pauline


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Glittering glass santa

Hello everyone.  Just thought I would pop in for a quick post tonight before heading off to bed.  I tell you with the clocks going back an hour last night, I was awake around 4:15, which really is 5:15 on the old time, so that is about the time I awake during the week. So needless to say, I'm getting tired.

Yesterday, we went up to Mark & Anna's place to celebrate our grandson James' 7th birthday, and guess what? I forgot to take a picture of the cute card I made him (grrrrrr).  I didn't realize it until after we got home. Next time I'm up there I will have to take a picture so I can share it with you.

I've been busy working on cards, some Christmas, some sympathy, and some birthday for an order.
I finally got around to taking pictures tonight of them.

For my card tonight, I'm using Power Poppy's digital image called Glittering Glass Santa. I already had some resized and printed off from last year, but never got around to colouring them.


I used copic markers to colour the image.  MFT cross stitch rectangle die to cut out the image, then left the die in place and sponged some bundled sage distress ink around the edges. I stamped the sentiment from a Penny Black set called 'holiday snippets'.

I pulled out some very old Stampin Up dp, not even sure of the name. Also added some velvet teal ribbon, and added clear wink of stella glitter pen to the fir on santa as well as the christmas balls on the pine branch.

Well that's it for me tonight.  Thanks for your visit.  See you real soon,

Pauline

Friday, October 27, 2017

Mr Purdy

Well, I'm back in the land of the living.  Over the last week and a half I've been sick with a cold - it's hitting a lot of people around here, very soar throat, headaches, cough - a never ending cough, etc.
I haven't had the energy to do much after working all day, come home have a bite to eat and that's about it - it just drains you.  I still have my cough but not as bad, and the soar throat seems to have left today - thank goodness!

So that's the reason for not posting.  Good thing I have a few on reserve.  Remember last month I posted Mrs. Purdy, well today I have Mr Purdy to share.

Love these plump snowman!



I coloured using prisma colour pencils.  Paper is from my scrap bin, I believe it is from MME. I used Simon Says stitched circle die, and an EK Success border punch.

To finish off I added lots of glitter and some Stamping Bella dots.

That's it for today.  I sure hope I get my mojo back working.  I have a card order to get done as well as my own Christmas cards.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend.  Back soon,

Pauline


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

50th Wedding Anniversary

Just in for a quick post tonight.  I had a request for a 50th Wedding anniversary card.  Well you know me with these types of cards, love to use flowers, pearls etc, so this is what I came up with.


Martha Stewart border punch used for the eyelet edges.  Spellbinder die for ovals - elegant ovals. Memory box - dainty leaf die. I used an old Quik kutz number die set for the '50'.  I cut 3 layers - 2 from white card stock and one from mirri gold paper. 

Designer paper is some scraps from by scrap bin.  And then we have flowers, most of them are from Wild orchid crafts in the UK. 

Added some wink of stella clear pen all over the flowers for that bit of sparkle, pearls, gold beads and I also added some white dots using Nuvo white crystal drops.

And there you have it! It is so pretty in real.

Hope your having a good week, thanks for visiting.

Pauline

Friday, October 13, 2017

Framed corcopsis

Hope you all had a good week, but thank goodness the weekend is upon us!  I made this card a couple of weeks ago, with someone special in mind.  Today, I am able to share, since it is my BFF's birthday today, and I had delivered her card a few days ago.

I used Power Poppy's Vibrant Thanks set, and pulled out the beautiful corcopsis image to colour.




I used prisma colour pencils to colour, and then pulled out some copic colours to do some dot shading around the image.

I used MFT's stitched square frame dies for my framing.  Paper is from MME - Indie Chic - saffron - another old paper pack from 2012! - some papers are just hard to part with, but I'm getting better.

For finishing touches, I added some silk ribbon along the bottom, a couple of enamel dots and a clear acetate butterfly (something else from my stash that I seem to forget about!).  Also added some glitter to the centers of the flowers.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! See you soon,
Pauline


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Uptown Brittany

Hello everyone! I know it's been a while since I last posted.  Bill and I took off for a week up north to a couple of the Provincial Parks. The fall colours were gorgeous.  Did lots of hiking, one trail up at Killarney PP took us 1 3/4 hr to climb one way.  The trail was called 'the crack' - hence you climb up rocks between 2 mountains.  Once you reached the top the view was spectacular. Bill took lots of pictures,  I hope to have some to share soon.

Today's card is one I made for one of my co-workers.  She requested a birthday card for a young gal using one of the Uptown girls.  I coloured up two of them and this is the first.  Stamping Bella - Uptown Brittany.




I used prisma colour pencils to colour her, except for the skin tones I used copics.

Paper is from Bo Bunny - Little Miss.  I used a small lacy ornament die from MFT  (for under the bow), cut it in half. Added some silk ribbon, sequins and some TH distress glitter to finish this off.

A quick post for today.  Mark, Anna & boys are coming down for Thanksgiving Dinner today, so lots to get ready.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian followers. See you soon,

Pauline

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fall Birding # 2

Hello, hope you week is going well. Can you believe it is Oct 1st already?

I thought I would share a few more of Bill's birding photos. Most of these are Warblers in their fall plumage.  We didn't think we would be lucky enough to still capture these guys during migration, we thought, well at least I thought most would have left our area and headed south by now, but seems every Saturday when we go out we still are able to find them in small pockets.  Maybe it's due to the extreme warm weather we have had over the last few weeks.

Anyway, sit back and take a peek.  (click to enlarge)


 

I hope you enjoyed them as much as we do seeing them.  Have a wonderful day.

Pauline

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

First wedding anniversary

This past Sunday - Sept 24, was my son Mark & his wife Anna's first wedding anniversary. I can't believe it's been a year already.  I still remember the day so vividly like it was yesterday - boy how time does fly.

Well you know me, I stressed over what kind of card to make for them.  I wanted something special, I stewed over this for a week, finally one day last week when I was off, I just pulled some dies, papers and flowers and went to town!

Here is what I came up with:


Not much explaining on this one, although, if you notice the leaf texture on the background paper - well I did that with a stencil and paste.  I didn't want it to be white paste, so I took my distress oxide picked raspberry ink and added a bit of ink to my Teflon mat, then mixed in some dream weavers pearlescent paste. I didn't use the whole stencil, just bits a pieces of it as I saw fit.  Love the outcome!
Paper is from Kaisercraft - P.S. I love you.

I used a Cherry Lynn doily die cut from white card stock and cut it in half.  I also used Penny Black - love is growing die - which is the grey vines with hearts.  I used a corner rounder for the other 2 layers, then added flowers, leaves, ribbon and some little shimmer dots (from the dollar store - love these, they come in a variety of colour in 2 sizes).  I added some glitter with my wink of stella clear pen to the flowers.

I found some crystal stick pens at our local store, so grabbed a couple of those last week as well, cut off the pen part and then glued the crystal heart to the bottom right corner.

So there you have it!

I'm sharing a couple of my favourite pictures of that wonderful day!


Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your week!

Pauline



Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Birding #1

Good morning. Well it's Friday, which means my last day of my vacation - back to work on Monday. Weather was extremely hot this week, and it is to continue until mid next week.  Temperatures feeling from high 90's to low 100's!   Just way too hot for me.  But I did manage to get some stuff done around the house which is always good, because you just never seem to get around to it when you are working.   I also managed to get a couple of cards done but I need to take pictures first.  So rather than put this post off until I get that done, I thought I would share some more of Bill's photo's.  These were taken in Sept.  Capturing the Warblers in the fall plumage is different for us as we have never captured these beauties this time of year, it's always during the Spring. We found a unique place where the Warblers seem to stop over during their migration to the south.


So, sit back and enjoy (click to enlarge!)








Hope you enjoyed the photo's. Let me know what you think.  I always share your comments with Bill (unless he pops onto my blog and reads for himself!).

Enjoy your weekend, whatever it holds for you.  See you soon,

Pauline

Friday, September 15, 2017

Algonquin Park - summer

I thought instead of a card for this post I would share some of Bill's photo's from our trip to Algonquin Provincial Park last month.

Please click on the pictures to enlarge them.

As we were driving early one morning around 7ish along Hwy 60 which runs through the park I noticed Momma Moose and young bull grazing along the side of the road.  They checked us out for a couple of minutes while  Bill took their picture then they turned and off into the forest they went. 


Next up is the Common Loon.  Many times as we ventured up to the Park our desire is to see the Loons.  We often hear them out on the lakes but never get a change to see them up close.  Well this time we lucked out.  Two mornings, we were able to sit and watch them as they swam fairly close to the lake edge while we were hidden from sight at the lakes edge.  They are such a beautiful waterbird.
I share some of our favourite pictures.  I'm sure Bill took at least 500 pictures! 





Does this next picture look familiar?  I am currently showcasing it as my blog header picture.
These are Lincoln sparrows.  Bill didn't realize he had 2 Lincoln's in this picture until he got home and was viewing them.  I love their little peaked crown, such a pretty sparrow, love the colour tones.
We spotted these guys at Spruce Bog, along with the next 2 pictures.






I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I will have more soon to share.
Thanks for stopping by,

Pauline



Sunday, September 10, 2017

Elegance in Motion

Good morning everyone, just in from my early morning run.  I have been walking for a couple of years now every morning (well almost) for about 1/2 hour, but the last month or so I've turned my walk into a light jog.  I have been doing 1.5 - 1.75 mile run daily.  It's a killer some days, but I persevere through it.  As much as I dread when the alarm goes off at 5:10 am, when I'm done my run I feel so much better that I did do it.

Okay, enough of that on with my card.  I'm using Penny Blacks - Elegance in Motion. 




I started by white embossing the image into some canson water colour 140lb paper.  I then coloured with my Zig Clean colour markers.  After it was dry, I went around the outside edges with a light hand using distress linen ink.

For the "you', it is die cut 3 times.  I left one of the 'you's in the card stock and before removing it I coloured using the Zig's in colours of  yellow and oranges, to give it a ombre look.  I then glued the 3 together for some dimension. 

To finish I added my wink of stella clear glitter pen to the petals.

This was a fun card to make, I really should make a few more but in different colours.  The Zig's water colour so nicely on this paper.

Have a wonderful day, whatever it holds.  See you soon,

Pauline

Note: new picture at the top.  This was taken when we were up at Algonquin Provincial Park last month.  Bill was able to capture these Lincoln sparrows together.  This was a treat for us to see these Lincoln's as we have not seen them before. Love the lichen on the tree. Beautiful composition!!


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Plum Purdy - my first 2017 Christmas card!

Well you can say I'm a bit behind, since I figured I would make one Christmas card a month, and I never started until this past week!  I need to get the ball rolling!

The image I'm using is an older Snowman image from Plum Purdy.  She doesn't make stamps anymore - at least not that I could find.  I've had this for several years.  She is just so darn cute!  What do you think?


I coloured the image using prisma colour pencils and blended with gamsol.  I cut her out using MFT - cross stitch rectangle die.  I then layered this onto spellbinders beaded square die cut. Then this where I ran into a road block.  Pulling papers to go with her - geesh - too many papers is what I think - too many choices.  So after a few nights of contemplating what to use, I laid out some paper samples and had Bill decide.  He liked this combo the best.  I must say  he helps me a lot when I get stuck like this.

Papers are from Kaisercraft - Christmas carol (striped paper) and the bottom piece is from - you know what I don't even know.  I cleaned up my work table after and I don't even see scraps from the bottom piece so I have no idea.  I thought it was from the same Kaisercraft pack but I don't think it is.

To finish off, I added some seam binding ribbon, a snowflake cut from Poppy Stamps - Ava snowflake die, white flock for her tassel on her hat, lots of glitter - Tim Holtz distress glitter - clear rock candy - love this stuff, and a wooden snowflake from Studio Calico.

So there you have it, my first 2017 Christmas card done! Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Pauline

Friday, September 1, 2017

B-A-B-Y

Hello everyone, hope you had a good week.  It has been much cooler, it's like we are having fall weather, it's too early for this. Temperature this morning was 43F!, it was a cool run this morning, brrrrr.

Remember a few weeks ago, I mentioned I was going through some stamped off images, and found an image I had coloured but never made it onto a card, well....... here is another one.  I would say I coloured this about 6-7 years ago!  I was still designing for Stamping Bella at the time, and I remember colouring this when we were at  Linda Heavens (Lindabella) house along with Paula Williamson (Paulabella).  I guess I coloured it up and must of got tossed into this bucket of stamped off images.  




In need of a baby card for my basket, I threw this together - yes exactly that because I had a piece of watercolour c/s that I made with some distress oxide inks (playing around one day), and it matched my image perfectly! Did some die cutting, added some lace, ribbon, button and a baby clothes die cut from Memory box and my card was done!  I used my Nuvo clear glitter pen and added some sparkle to the letters on the blocks, along with the stars &  heart on the clothes.

It sold today, so now I'm empty handed for a baby card once again!

I've had a couple of Christmas images coloured this week, but I've spent the last 3 nights stressing over on what papers and layout to use, so still nothing completed on these.  Do you ever had times like this?  so frustrating!

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your weekend, an extra long one for me, I'm off until Wednesday! Woohoo!

Pauline