Mallard - Female

Friday, May 11, 2018

Garden Treasures

 I'm back today to share another Mother's Day card with you.  I'm using Altenew's Garden Treasure stamp set and matching dies. 

I used Altenew dye inks to stamp out all the flowers and then die cut with the matching dies. I had PTI - Shape Shifter oval die 1 already cut out laying on my table so decided to use this as my centerpiece background.

Designer paper is from my scrap bin.  On the bottom part of the pink gingham paper I added some white rub-ons to give it that bit of extraness.  This seemed to work out well because by doing the rub-ons I was able to add a small rhinestone in the center of each flower.

I also added some small pearls to the oval die.  Now you probably think I'm a bit crazy using such a bright ribbon, but I tell you honestly it is not that bright of a pink in real. It actually matches the gingham pink colour pretty close.  Sometimes the camera captures colours in a different way.  I used my wink of stella clear pen to add sparkle to the flowers.

I made this for a friends MIL.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 7, 2018

A Mother.....

Well it's that time of year again, quickly approaching - Mother's Day!  Although my Mom passed 9 years ago in July, there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of her.  It's hard to believe it's been that long already.  Every year when I make MD cards, I always make them with my Mom in mind - what would I make her if I were to make one. She always loved my cards, and saved every one of them.  Now my Dad always looks forward to my handmade cards.

Today's card is one of 3 that I made this year.  I started by die cutting using one of the Find It Trading dies by Lilly Luna called No 1 Flower to love frame. On a piece of white c/s  I stamped the sentiment from AmyR stamps (discontinued) - set is called  All about Mom Sentiments using black versafine.  I then cut it our with a Spellbinder circle die, then using the next size up  die, I cut it using Papertrey Ink Lavender Moon.

I found some scrap designer paper in my bin which seem to match up with the lavender moon paper quite well.  I layered the Lilly Luna die cut over the designer paper. Adhered the 2 circles then added flowers from Wild Orchid.

Finished off with wink of stella clear pen painted over all the flowers for that bit of sparkle and then added small pearls to the centers of each of the flowers on the background.

Have yourself a wonderful day.  I'll be back soon with another Mother's Day card.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Becoming x 2

Hello everyone.  Hope your week is going well.  Spring migration has arrived and I can't wait to get out there this weekend and enjoy the birds and hopefully get some pictures. 

I have two cards to share with you today.  Same image just different colours.  I'm using Penny Black's Becoming stamp.  For best results in stamping these types of stamps I'm using my Misti.

All the stamps I used on both cards are by Penny Black.

Inks used on my first card are as follows: Memento inks: Lulu lavender, Elderberry.  Distress inks: Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron & Seedless Preserves. Inks for sponging are: Memento - new sprout & PTI - simply chartreuse. Inside liner I kept blank to be used for various occasions.

Inks used for my second card:  Distress inks: Twisted citron, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Antique Linen, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral & Barn Door.  For sponging - dried marigold & spiced marmalade.  Inside liner I stamped Happy Mother's Day.

Finished both off by adding some sequins.
Have a  wonderful weekend!


Sunday, April 29, 2018

Washi tape note cards

Well I think Spring has arrived, but there is still a touch of winter that just doesn't want to leave.  Sunshine but cold north winds prevail. I'm still wearing my winter coat, and gloves in the morning as the temperatures are around freezing or just below - crazy weather.  May is just around the corner, so hopefully that will bring warmer winds and lots of sunshine.

I've been working all day in the flower gardens, cleaning up from the winter (not sure if I'll be able to walk tomorrow - lol).  Nice to see new growth under all the leaves and such.

My cards for today are basically made with washi tape and paper from Alexandra-renke. The paper is 12 x 12 and has a variety of images, so you just need to cut accordingly for the images you want. Some of the papers have matching washi tape as I show in the butterfly card below.

For the first card below, I cut out one of the butterflies with a stitched circle die, then layered this onto a another circle die from Spellbinders called Circle delight.  I used the butterfly washi tape along the bottom and added some silk ribbon just above the washi tape and a small bow. To finish off I used some enamel dots and wink of stella clear pen for some sparkle on the butterfly.

For my second card, I cut a flag banner from dark olive green and then cut out the image to fit in behind. I stamped a PTI leaf using versamark on my background paper, then cut it out using MFT wonky stitch rectangle die.  I used the leaf washing tape across the lower part, as well as a couple of strips of gold peel offs to the top and bottom of the washi tape.  I  then added the flag banner image off to one side.  For the wooden leaf embellishment I sponged some distress walnut stain to darken up the wood.

These were both fast cards to make, that is once I figured out what I was doing.  I left both blank inside so they could be used for a few different occasions.

I appreciate you stopping by.  Have a great day!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Penny Black - Twofer

Happy Wednesday! Well we are half way through another week. Today I have not one but two cards to share with you.

I'm using an image from Penny Black called - Melange.  The first one worked up fairly quickly so I ended up making 5.

I started by embossing the image with white EP onto some Canson 140lb watercolour paper.  I then added some oxide distress inks.  The first one I used twisted citron, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers.  After I added the inks I took an old rag and buffed the image - this makes the white embossing pop.

I trimmed down the image but die cutting a stitched rectangle (MFT),  then I used Penny Black curved stitch die to cut my piece two. For the leaves along the top, I used Penny Black leaf edger die.  I cut it from the same c/s as my base.  For the sentiment I used the curved happy birthday from PTI - Fly away stamp set.  I then added sequins to finish this off.

For my second card I used oxide ink colours - wild honey, worn lipstick and picked raspberry. The sentiment is from PTI - banner sentiments.

I made 2 of the first, 2 of the second - one was thinking of you and one thank you, and then I made another in lime green and purple, but don't have that one finished yet.

Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Butterfly Blooms

Hello everyone!  Just flying by with a quick post tonight. We were out all day enjoying some beautiful weather.  Sunny and in the low 50's and the same for the next couple of days.  I think Spring is finally here! Yay!!

My card today reminds me of Spring - flowers and butterflies!  I"m using Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Blooms stamp set and mini stamp set.

I stamped the flowers from both sets onto my card front using various PTI ink colours.  I then layered my card front onto some yellow bazzill.  I then stamped my sentiment also from PTI  using black versafine ( I used my MISTI just to make sure I got a good impression, I ended up stamping it twice just to get it nice and dark).

I embossed both butterflies onto some white heavy vellum (I believe this is also from PTI) using white embossing powder.  I used the die to cut the large butterfly and hand cut the smaller one. I added sparkle to the wings using my wink of stella clear pen.

I tied some pink silk ribbon around the top layers before adhering to my card base.  I then added my butterflies, just adding a bit of glue to the centers of the butterflies so their wings are lifted.

The die I used for the base and the floral layer are both from the same die set - PTI - Noted: Scallop A2 Vertical die.

Thanks for your visit, enjoy your day!


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Brushed birds - with sympathy

Hi! I'm back tonight to share another card I made on the weekend.  I often find Sympathy cards not an easy card to make, not quite sure what it is. This one I mailed out today to one of our church families who lost their nephew in a work related industrial accident at the age of 24. So very sad!

I pulled out my PTI - brushed birds along with a few dies and this is the outcome:

I stamped the bird using PTI - aqua mist & hawiian shores. I used the co-coordinating die to cut it out. The branch is from Memory Box, and the background (white) is PTI - Mix & Mat - confetti die.  I sponged some PTI Lemon Tart & Raspberry fizz in the center to kind of represent the sun (not sure if it does but that was what I was going for).

On the aqua mist background c/s I stamped the  PTI Marbled background using aqua mist ink.

For finishing touches I stamped 'with sympathy' from PTI - Willow set, and added some prima flowers to the branch.

I'm glad you stopped by today.  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

Feathered Hope

Good morning all.  It's a dreary day today -rain, rain, rain, today, tomorrow and snow/rain mix for Monday - will Spring ever get here?

Well, according to my little bird below, looks like it might. Seems he has found himself a little 'worm'! It's amazing how Robin's can find those guys beneath the grounds surface, have you ever seen them hunt for food?  It is quite interesting.  Okay enough of this, lets get on with my card.

This image is from a very old SU set called Feathered Hope (1998)  I bought this off of ebay roughly 15 years ago when I was first getting into stamping. 

After stamping the image onto some white cougar c/s with black memento, I used Prismacolour pencils to colour. I used PTI - Mix & Mat - confetti die to cut out the image.  I left the die in place then sponged some inks for the grass & sky area.

Paper is some older Basic Grey - Two Scoops.  I added some yellow silk ribbon to bring out the yellow from the flower pot.  The flowers were dotted with my white gel pen, but then when I added some wink of stella it seemed to disolve the white gel ink??, so I just lightly dabbed the wink of stella as to not remove too much of the white.

I was going to add some sequins or enamel dots, but ended up not doing so.

I'm hoping to get some more stamping done this weekend since the weather is not co-operating for doing photography. ( I will have some new pics to share once I get them done, I have a great egret and a tern).

I appreciate your visit today, have a wonderful day!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Cup of Columbine

I'm sharing today a new image I coloured  a couple of weeks ago.  I was so excited when I saw the newest Power Poppy digital image.  This is right up my alley - flowers, nature - Marcella out did herself with this one, as she always does.

I printed the resized image onto some white cougar c/s and then used my prismacolour pencils to bring this to life! I love the outcome, just not quite sure on the mauve napkin.  I was trying to use the same colours within  the florals without introducing another colour.  It was  a deeper purple, but I took my eraser to remove some of the deeper colour, which seem to soften it a bit. Oh well, sometimes things always don't go the way you expect it to.

My BFF's  (Nancy) husband called me up and asked if I could make him an Easter card to give to her.  This is the card she received.  She is also a nature lover, so this one worked well.

I used MFT's die to cut out the image - die-namics blueprints #27.  To add the finishing details I used my wink of stella clear pen for a bit of sparkle on the flowers and added a few enamel dots.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Full of Glee

Isn't it always a 'feel good' moment when you need a card to send and you actually have one to do so?
My sister's anniversary is early next week, so needed to get a card in the mail to her today.

Image is from Penny Black - full of glee.

I started by embossing the image onto some Strathmore Mixed Medium 140lb watercolour paper with white embossing powder.  I pulled out my Zig Clean  markers to colour. Rather than add the ink directly to the paper and watercolour, I added the marker to an acrylic block and picked up the colour with a wet paint brush.  Since these markers are very vibrant in colours it was easier to get a transition from light to dark areas by doing it this way.  Once the flowers were dry I went around them with a couple shades of grey.

I used PTI - Leaf and sprig die for the grey border.

Finished off with some sequins and a bow.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 31, 2018


I was planning on posting these 2 cards yesterday, but was away all day, so thought I best get these posted today.  Easter is early this year so only had time to make 2 Easter cards.

For both cards I'm using MFT die-namic lily dies. 

For my first card I used Spellbinders A2 Filigree delight die, and cut this out of a soft green. For the lily's they were cut from white c/s and then I used copics to do the colouring.

The banner is from PTI and the sentiment is from Flourishes. I added some clear sequins to finish off.

For my second card, I cut the lily's from white c/s then colour using  peach and pink copic markers.
Isn't the background die cut stunning?  My BFF Nancy gave it to me as part of my birthday gift.  I love the cut areas along with the embossed.  This die is by Jeanine's Art.  Not sure where Nancy purchased this one, but I see that Die's R Us carries these dies, you can find them under Find It Trading.

I have since found a few more of these types of dies and scooped them up.

To finish off this card I added some clear sequins and an enamel dot.  Banner and sentiment same as above.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter.  Thanks for your visit today.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Algonquin Park winter birds

Back in February on the Family Day long weekend, Bill and I headed up to Algonquin Provincial Park.  We had our sights on hopefully finding some red crossbills, and white-winged crossbills while there.  Last February, we had no luck as we saw  a few but they were on the tree tops, which was not good for pictures.  This year we had luck. Not only did we see both crossbills, we saw a few other species. Unfortunately, we saw a male pine grosbeak, but he was so high in the trees, we were unable to get a picture.

Here are some of our favourites.  (click each picture to give you a larger view).

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be back later in the week with a couple of Easter cards to share.
Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Wedding wishes

I'm a bit behind in taking pictures of new cards that I have made recently,  but I came across this card that I made back in December.  The request for this wedding card was that it was to be in burgundy and gold if possible.  Well you know me, I aim to please.  Here is my card:

Not a lot of explaining on this one. Paper is from  Maja Designs.  The gold triangle patter paper is velum  from MME - Necessities. I just wanted to use a bit of this to add more gold to the card. Love the way it looks in the corners.

The white die cut is from Creative Expressions - Scandinavian Collection - Stockholm.  The gold layer and the sentiment layers are all from the same die set.  The sentiment is from Verve.

To complete the card I added pearls, ribbon, a couple of heart stick pins,  and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  See that little white crystal heart at the bottom right hand corner, well that was on a stick pin, so I snipped of the pin part and glued it down. I also added a bit of shimmer to the flowers using Wink of Stella clear pen.

I will be sure to get my new cards photographed, so I should have new ones to share next week.

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

My first photography photos

Hello everyone!  Hope your enjoying your weekend.  It's a beautiful day here in SW Ontario, still a bit cool temperature wise, but the sun is shining which helps warm it up. 

A few weeks ago Bill asked if I wanted to get into Photography. He has mentioned it a few times over the past year, but I was undecided.  You all know that Bill is the photographer and I am the 'binocular' gal.  I find all the birds and Bill captures them, and I was happy with that.  I often thought of photography but knew I would never be able to handle the weight of Bill's camera to catch those small birds.  He gave me a few suggestions for lenses, something lighter,  we went and looked at one and made the purchase. 

So last weekend, we went up to Hamilton/Burlington/Oakville area, and I had my first attempt at photography.  I must say, watching someone else it looks fairly easy, but it's not! It took a bit  to be able to hold the camera up without shaking too much, focus and shoot.    It wasn't bad when shooting along the lake edge because you are crouched down and the camera was low, but flight shots etc, it will take sometime. I think I need to lift some weights, to strengthen my arms! There is so much still to learn as I am just beginning.

Although I took tons of pictures and a lot were blurry,  I did mange to capture some pretty good ones. Here are the ones I took:

Mallard (male) in the morning sunlight -

Wood duck

Mute swan - isn't the sunlight gorgeous against the swan?

This was taken yesterday, a Great Horned owl with an owlet.

So what do you think, not bad for my first attempt eh?

Okay, now onto some amazing photos from Bill.  

This first one of the Eagles, was taken along Lake St. Clair back in February.  We had a bit of a thaw, so the ice was breaking up and they were floating down river.  On one of our outings we  spotted eagles flying above and they landed on this floating ice.

Next up, we have a pair of cardinals.  These were taken in our backyard after a snowfall.

This was taken up on Oakville last weekend.  Mute Swan. 

Mallard (female) along one of the creeks in Chatham - early morning - gorgeous!

Northern Harrier Hawk - male - also known as 'the grey ghost'

Northern Harrier Hawk - female

I hope you enjoyed the pictures.  I will be back soon with some pictures from our trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in Feb.

Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful day!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Good luck!

I'm back today to share a St. Patrick's Day card I made for a friend to give to a friend! I didn't realize that this coming Saturday is the 17th!  This month is flying by fast!

 I have very limited St. Patrick day stamps, so it really limits me to the type of card I make.

The stamp set I used today is from Flourishes LLC - called Good Luck.

I stamped the image onto some white cougar c/s using black memento and then coloured using copics.  I then cut out the bouquet. The sentiment I used is also from the same set, which fit perfectly on the center die cut, which I have outlined using my gold krylon pen.

The die set I used for the focal point is from Marianne Creatables - #LR0242. 

I added some green sequins and gold twine to finish off the card along with some wink of stella clear to the yellow flowers on the bouquet. 

Have a great day!