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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Happy Birthday Ava

I know I'm guilty of neglecting my blog recently but Oct. and Nov. have been busy for me . I spend 3 weeks in October in Calgary visiting my son and family . It was such a fun time and with the beautiful weather they were having we spent most of our time outside . My two grand daughters were so excited that I was going to be there for Halloween to go to their school party and dress up with them for trick or treating. Now that I'm back home I decided to give my main floor a face lift so have been painting and cleaning for the past 2 weeks.  In between I did get a chance to make a couple of cards . It's my GD 3rd birthday coming up so here's a card I made for her . She loves to go for ice cream so I found a sheet of paper with ice cream cones on it . The image is a Penny Black stamp with I colored with copic markers and added some stickles for sparkle .

Here's a second card I made with the paper that was left over

Entering these in the following challenges

All Sorts Challenge 338 ----At least 3 dies

Penny black Saturday Challenge--November(dies or punches)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend , thanks for stopping by ,love reading your comments.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


It's been so long since I've posted anything I hardly know where to start. It was a busy summer and now that things are winding down I have spent a little time back in my favorite space .This week I was getting a start on Halloween cards for my grand kids they always look forward to getting a card in the mail . It's getting harder and harder each year to come up with something different plus try and remember what I sent the previous year LOL.
So my first card I made using the Cricut Cartridge Happy Haunting Love how it came together . All the pieces were cut at 53/4 except for the ghost and cat .

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my card .

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Things with wings

It's been a long time since I posted so tonight I decided to share a card I made for my sisters birthday . She seldom visits my blog so I think I'm safe . There's several challenges this week that calls for things with wings . I used Graphic 45 paper Botancial garden which I've been hoarding for some time and not wanting to cut it . But since a sister is special I decided to make her card with it . I layered it on light blue c/s and distressed the edges for a shabby look . I finally got my TH 's Mixed Media Thinlet dies recently so just had to try them out and can see it will be one of my favorite dies . Butterfly is CL ,stamp from Just Rite stamps and ribbon May Arts. I fussy cut the blue flowers, leaves and blue butterfly and popped them up for dimenision. Star dust stickles were added for sparkle to the flowers and butterfly .

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Cheery Lynn Design #195  ATG

Frilly and Funkie  Things with Wings

All Sorts Challenge #321 Butterfly

Fussy and Fancy Friday#144 Things with wings

613 Ave Create #134 ATG

Thanks for dropping by

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throw back Thursday Challenge #10

Over at Bibiana 's blog  the throw back thursday challenge for this month is Summer. Here's a card I posted in 2013 that I would like to share .

Entering :
Throw back Thursday Challenge #10  Summer

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Beauty at it's best

The trees in my garden are out in full bloom and are so pretty ,just wish they would stay that way all summer.
Lilac trees
Apple tree
Flowering Crabapple tree
Crabapple blossoms close up

Love the smell of the Lilacs.  Have a great day

Friday, June 5, 2015

Stella of the Sea (mixed media)

Just popping in today to share a canvas I did my grand daughter Stella who's turning 4 yrs. next week and loves anything to do with Mermaids. I purchased the Prima Doll Mermaid from The Cutting Garden some time ago and just now getting around to using it . I used a combination of paints, inks and paste to create the background . The gems were from my stash . Sand dollar ,star fish and other shells are from one of the beaches here in cape Breton that I go to often to collect shells and beach glass( so additive). I stamped the mermaid image several times and layered her, paper piecing her tail and hand drawing the scales with a marker. I hope she will be surprised when she opens it, just wish I could be there with her for her Birthday but hey Skype will have to do .

Thanks for dropping by ,hoping the sun will shine later so I can do some gardening.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Enjoy the simple things

Thought I'd share a card I made recently playing around with paints and inks . It was such a dull day when I was making it I went some cheerful colors . Pattern paper is from Bo Bunny Madeline collection some I had left over from a previous project . The flowers were made using TH tattered flowers and the leaves from my new favorite die by Prima Marketing . The frame was embossed twice with TH ornamental frame embossing folder and fussy cut out  and layered then painted with Spun sugar distress paint and sponged around the edge with Victorian lace DI.  The flowers were sponged with Squeezed lemon DI and the leaves with Shabby shutters DI. I added some white acrylic paint to the tips of the flower. Stamp is from Just Rite stamps . Lace is TH vintage lace die and the corners are CLD

I'm entering this in :

CLD challenge 183 Lots of Layers

Bloggers challenge --May flowers

Our Creative Corner -April showers bring May flowers

Thanks for stopping by ,I hope everyone is enjoying this cool but sunny spring day

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Birthday flowers

Good morning bloggers just wanted to pop in and share a card I made for a friends birthday coming up . Since spring is suppose to be here thought I'd go with something springy . I started off with a white base for my card then sponged it with Peacock DI ,for the next layer I used Tim's Gothic stencil and following Pameilla Johnson's Faux Embroidery tech . which you can find HERE I applied the stencil  diagonally across the card and then on the other half just sponged over the stencil using again Peacock DI. Really happy with the look. Flowers were made from TH's tattered florals garland and sponged with Salty Ocean DI and Vintage photo DI. Leaves are Prima Marketing. Other dies used are Spellbinders Decorative Labels 22 , Labels 4 and Garden Weave. Stamp is by Penny Black .

                I'm entering this in the following challenges :
                Frilly and Funkie: Stencil Mania

Thanks for stopping by I love reading your comments . 


Thursday, April 16, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 --April

Well I missed March tag simply because I didn't have the stickers that he used on the tag . So this month even though I didn't have all the tools and products Tim used I wanted to give it a try . I'm happy with the result .
The stamp is from Paper Inspirations --Coneflower which I've had for years .
I didn't have any of Tim markers so used Tombow markers . I think I really need to pick up a few of the TH ones since the colors seem to blend much nicer. Didn't have the spritzer either so just misted ove the watered background . The beautiful was stamped in black and embossed with clear EP since all the word dies I have were to big for the area.I did color the butterfly with Stream alcohol ink. The ribbon was dyed with Worn Lipstick and Broken China DI . To complete the tag I machine stitch around the perimeter and added a twine bow .

Entering this in :
12 tags of 2015 April tag
Thanks for stopping by feel free to leave a comment , I love reading them and appreciate each and every one of them.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Challenge #8

I just found this wonderful blog Stamping with Bibiana where there is a throw back Thursday challenge . Thought I would give it a try . This week is to recreate a post of a Mother's day card . Here's my post that was done for a challenge on May 6,2010. You can fine the original post HERE


Entering this in : Throw back Thursday Challenge #8

Hope everyone is having a great day . Love reading your comments .