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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy Winter

Just popping in tonight to share a card I made recently with a new Penny Black I received for Christmas . Even though it was purchased in the Christmas stamp section I think one could use it for any occasion. I started off with white cardstock stamped my image with onyx black versafine ink and colored with copic markers . I then sponged around the image with DI Evergreen Bough (love this color). The second layer I stamped around the edge with a pine bough stamp in smokey grey and then over stamped with a berry stamp in Evergreen Bough DI. The base card was sponged in Evergreen Bough DI. To finish my card I added TH Poinsettia and IO Pine branch Die 021-N. I added star dust stickles for sparkle as well as DecoArt snow write to the berries and in the upper corners. To get a snow effect I sprinkled some Stampendous Frantage shabby white embossing enamel and heat embossed . Thanks to Pamellia Johnson over at My Little Crafty Things for her inspiration on using only white C/S .

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Penny Black Saturday Challenge January --ATG
Jingle Belles Something Old, Something New --new stamp, old dies
Addicted to Stamps and More #176 --ATG
Anything But Cute : Challenge #9 ( New stamp )
Live and Love Crafts Challenge #43

Thanks for stopping by hope you like my card . I love reading your comments .

Monday, December 14, 2015

Pink Poinsetta

I'm really slow this year with making my cards . I developed tendinitis in my wrist from painting so I'm trying to rest it as much as possible to avoid an injection in it. I took on the challenge of painting my living room ,hall and front entrance which I'm very happy with . I made this card several weeks ago so thought I would share it today since I haven't posted for a while . I love white cards but decided to add a touch of color on this one . I sponged white c/s with Spun sugar DI before running it through spellbinders poinsetta die , while still in the die I then sponged with Victorian DI . The branches are IO and leaves are Prima , Merry Christmas is CLD. To finish off I went around the edge with a Viva edging glitter pen .

I'm entering this in :
Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge #215-Sparkle and Shine 

Thanks for stopping by feel free to leave a comment I really appreciate reading them .

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Happy Winter

Thought I'd share another card I made recently . I got my inspiration from a posting on Pinterest . I masked off the bottom of my white cardstock with post it note sponged the edge with Stormy Sky DI to get the illusion of snow drifts and then sponged the top with Spun Sugar DI and Stormy Sky DI . The trees Heartfelt Creations Magnificent Spruce Trees -HCPC 3432 which I stamped in Versafine Smokey grey . The Deer Trio is Obsession Impression dies. I distressed the edges of the card and sponged with Stormy Sky DI and then layered on a piece of c/s sponged with Stormy Sky DI. then  attached to the white card base. I added star dust stickles to the trees and punched same stars from glitter c/s. To finish I flicked some watered down acrylic paint with a brush over the top of the trees and sky .

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wed. Challenge --Let it snow 
Dies R US Challenge #38--Christmas
Country View Challenges #34 Create a Scene

Thanks for dropping by .  Hope you enjoyed my card

Winter scene

Just wanted to share a card I made for one of my crafty friends Sharon . We always meet and have lunch around this time of year and exchange a small gift and card . I had picked up a new stencil while I was away doing some Christmas shopping and knew that I wanted to do a winter scene with deer and trees . I sponged over the stencil with Stormy Sky DI and then keeping the stencil in place stamped TH trees in Peeled Paint ,  The deer is TH Reindeer in Flight  die . I added some little birds ( IO die)to the branches of the trees and Martha Stewart glitter to the deer. I cut a piece of white c/s for the snow drift ,sponged the edge with  Stormy Sky DI and added star dust stickles for sparkle. Sentiment is a Cheery Lynn Design die .

Thanks for dropping by hope everyone is having a great weekend.


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.