Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ooops!


We finally got a break from the terrible humidity this morning and actually had our morning coffee and our lunch while sitting on the front porch. We have not been able to do even that for the last few weeks. The humidity came back this afternoon but not as bad as before. It was nice while it lasted.



Today’s card is the same stamp as the card I posted yesterday but with a totally different look and sentiment.






Once in awhile I need a belated birthday card and I just thought this dog had the perfect expression for that moment you realize you forgot someone’s birthday. This was done with water colour pencils and blended with water again. All the paper is from my stash. The sentiment was computer generated. Behind the circles is shiny thread that is looped around. It doesn’t show very well n the photo and quite honestly, I’m not sure I like it anyway. I’m not sure I’ll be doing that again...although it may look better with a plain white background.



Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference. Simply place the curser over the picture until the Pinterest sign shows up and enter. This will take you to your Pinterest account.



That’s all for a pleasant Monday.





Cheers

Violet




Monday, July 25, 2016

You're How Old?


I’m melting! It is still so hot and humid here that it is almost unbearable. We had a bit of rain in the middle of the night but it barely made any difference at all helping the grass and plants….and none at all for the humidity. I keep telling myself that it is still better than snow……but myself is having a hard time believing me!



 I’ve been having so much fun making cards with my new Tim Holtz Crazy Dog stamps. They were so cute I went down to our local Scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle, and bought the Crazy Cat stamp set too….all stamps are 25% off!



Here is one of the cards I’ve made. Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference.

 




I love the expression on this little dog…..so much so that I stamped it twice and the other card is totally different that this one. The background paper is from a Studio G .99 6” paper pack. The dark blue is from my stash. The dog and dish were coloured in with water colour pencils and then blended with water. The dog bone was stamped and cut out and just glued on. Small white brads in the corner really set it off. It looked too plain with nothing there but fancy corner treatments were too much.



The banner was stamped with a set of banner stamps from Forever Time which I picked up for a coupe of dollars at Len Mills. The sentiment was computer generated and then I stamped the banner. Which reminds me…..I cannot tell you how many times I’ve used my homemade Misti tool. I love it and I highly recommend you try making one…..or buying the Misti if its in your budget….it wasn’t in mine! The sentiment stamp was placed on the stamped banner so it was exactly where I wanted it….no more guessing for me. Once the banner was cut out it was glued to another piece of the dark blue and cut out leaving about an 1/8” border. It is glued on with dimensional glue strip.



That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, July 25, 2016



Cheers

Violet










Friday, July 22, 2016

It's a Heat Wave.....


We are not only having a heat wave but a drought as well. Some areas received rain via thunderstorm last night but it missed us. Today is so hot and humid it’s unbearable. The weather network said it would feel like 44ºC (111ºF)….and no relief in sight for the next few days either. I've been down in my lower studio (aka the basement) working on new cards using the Tim Holtz Crazy Dog stamp set that I won. Cool set. Love it.



Last night I decided to make myself a home-made Misti stamp positioner and I got so involved in the process I forgot to post my card. The Misti looks like a great tool but very expensive – about $75.00 U.S. which is too much for me to fork out. The Frugal Crafter made one on her YouTube channel following directions by another tuber so I gave it a try. I did not follow the example exactly because I have different products but it turned out all right and it cost me nothing. Check out YouTube for instructions.



Last week was my grandson Seth’s 9th birthday. He loves Ninja’s so I made him a Ninja card.

 




I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest that gave me the idea for it. The background had those stripes printed on but I decided it needed more action…more something. My new stamp set from Stampin’ Up is getting a lot of use! The splatters and splotches were added over the printed paper and I think it looks much better. The letters were die cut with a Sizzix die. There is no pattern as I made it up as I went along.



Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference.



That’s all for a hot and humid Friday. Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone!



Cheers

Violet




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Crazy Dog Stamp's First Card


My winning Crazy Dog stamp set from the one and only Tim Holtz arrived yesterday but we were just on our way for another bike ride at Rondeau Park – another 27.5km done – and we were very late coming home so I had no time to stamp last night – horrors! A new stamp set and not stamped!!!! Well, that was remedied this morning and here is the first card I made with it.




The background designer paper was one of 6 card bases I made from two pieces of 8” paper. I’ll explain that process in another posting. It’s hard to see in the photo but the bottom orange paper has a watermark of a dog over and over. So cool.



The dog was coloured with water coloured pencils, blended with water and then Prismacolor pencils was used for some shading. I kept it very simple because this card is going to the young boy in California with autism whose birthday is coming up August 6th .......and like most children with autism, they have a hard time making friends so they don’t have friends to come to their birthday party. You can read all about him if you go back a couple of posts. I don’t know this boy but I’m hoping he likes dogs! The sentiment is computer generated.



I will be continuing to make and send cards to these unfortunate young children so I think I better save up and buy some more stamps suitable for children.



Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference.



That’s all for a lovely summer day here in Ontario.





Cheers

Violet


Monday, July 18, 2016

A Gear Card


We certainly had an interesting weekend. Friday night they were predicting thunderstorms and my brain disorders believed them and attacked me during the night. Man, I hate it when I get attacks at night and the pain wakes me up – I need my full 8 hours of beauty sleep people….okay, maybe too late for beauty sleep but I need my 8 hours. It never did rain but it looked like rain all Saturday morning so we opted to wait until after lunch before deciding if we should head out to the park for our bike ride….yes, even under the Trigeminal Neuralgia attacks I try to stay as active as I can….keeps my mind off the pain too. It cleared up and we did get a bike ride in and Joe bought us veggie burgers for supper from the park store so I wouldn’t have to cook. It was a nicer day than I thought it would be.



Sunday morning – it was a beautiful day with a light breeze blowing so we decided to go for a BBQ. This is where it gets interesting. I’m preparing the meal – of course – and Joe’s carrying various things out to the car. He’s back and forth so he doesn’t close the door tightly. The strawberry container is empty so I go to put it in the front closet where we keep them until we go back to the fruit stand. The closet is to the right of the front door. I forget he’s even outside. I bend way over to reach the back of the closet and he pushes open the door. Oh oh. The door hits my butt and propels me head first into the closet; face down in the sneakers….yuck! I’m struggling to get up when he comes in, unaware of what just happened, and innocently asks, “What are you doing?” This actually struck me funny but I don’t laugh. I finally emerge and tell him what happened and, God bless him, he’s trying hard not to laugh or snicker unaware that I’m trying to hold it back too but I finally start laughing and then he lets loose too. So much better to laugh at these upsets than getting mad. Thank goodness he doesn’t take photographs!



Today’s card is one I made as a possible one for my grandson but I decided it didn’t suit him.

 


I love this die! First I took the dark green and ran it through the Sizzix gears embossing folder; then taped it to the light green; and then ran it all through the die to die cut the happy birthday. The edges were inked in green. The gears are a Sizzix die which I die cut out of cereal boxes and then painted them to look rusty. I like the card but not for a 17 year old….at least not ours.



Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference.


If you missed the last post, please go back and read it. Perhaps you have a card or postcard for this young boy?


That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, July 18, 2016.



Cheers

Violet






Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Card Request

This is a different post for me. I now belong to a closed group on Facebook that posts stories of people who are in need of a bit of support via of a card....most are young children with medical problems and have few friends. Such is the case with this request.

His name is Ryan Fritsinger and he has autism and no one wants to play with him. Why parents are not teaching their children compassion and support for others is beyond me but I won't rant about that. Ryan's birthday is August 6. It would be nice if he received a birthday card, or a postcard or even a hand written note to let him know others care about him....and yes, his family has given me permission to post his name and address on this blog. The cards or postcards do not have to be hand made....any store bought card will be fine. If you can, please send him something. I'll be posting mine on Monday to him.

send to:

Lisa Nelson
c/o Ryan Fritsinger
P.O. Box 3949
Big Bear Lake, CA  92315

Thanks
Violet


Friday, July 15, 2016

A Butterfly Quilt


Today was a much nicer day with the humidity down and a soft wind blowing. The clothes dried very quickly on the line today. I’ve spent most of the day quilting my daughter’s very large quilt. It is not easy pushing…actually ramming….a full size quilt under the small space of a domestic sewing machine but eventually I get them done.



Speaking of quilts, this is a quilt I made for a great-great niece who is 6 years old and will be moving to Norway soon. (I didn't think I was old enough to have a great-great anything but apparently I am). I decided her and her brother (his quilt will be posted on another day) should have something ‘Made in Canada’ to take with them.

 


I had just enough butterflies and dragonflies to make enough blocks for this quilt. Then I dug into my bright coloured stash and just sewed random strips of fabric together and then cut them the same size as the blocks – I think they finished 6”. The bright blue really frames the quilt and then more 3 ½” strips were sewn together and added as a border, with yellow corner stones. I was happy how it turned out. I just did free motion stippling for the quilting.



That’s all for a lovely July Friday, July 15, 2016. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Cheers

Violet


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Another Surprise Card


We finally had some rain during a thunderstorm last night so it cooled things off a bit….for awhile….it’s back to the mid 80’sF this afternoon though. It’s amazing how much greener the grass is today after that bit of rain – watch it grow now!



Today’s card is another one that came from our local Stampin’ Up dealer, The Pampered Stamper, when I missed her classes that I signed up…and paid for….and forgot to go to. I have no idea what the card made in her class looked like so I just did my own thing.

 


In with the card base was the stamped main image of the leaves/flowers, the swing and the ribbon with the bow already tied – nice and the sentiment stamped on! On a separate piece of cardstock was stamped the cat, dog and pillow. So, the first thing I did was to colour all the images with my Prismacolor pencils. Because the ribbon was that pinkish/rosy colour I made sure that I used some of the same colour in the flowers and the pillow. The dog, cat and pillow were then cut out and the edges were inked with a black pen – I hate white edges. The pillow was glued to the right side of the swing and the cat was added to the other end with a dimensional glue dot. Chalk was sponged for the sky and grass. The ribbon was wrapped around the card and taped on the back before gluing the entire thing to the card base. Then the dog was added by a dimensional glue dot to the ribbon….hopefully he looks as if he is sleeping on the ribbon.



Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference.



That’s all for another hot and humid Thursday,



Cheers

Violet






Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Blue and Yellow Card


The heat wave continues…..with no break at all. With the humidity it’s just about 100F. I just stepped outside to see if we could have our coffee on the front porch – nope! There is a chance of a thunderstorm tonight but we’ve heard that before and nothing happened. It’s so dry here the farmers are very concerned about losing their crops.



Last night I went out to water the garden and what did I find devouring my roses – Japanese Beetles! Those ugly little critters are just having a feast at my expense. After a Google search on them it turns out the only way to get rid of them is to pick them off and drop them into hot soapy water – done! However, another friend of mine says she had them last year and again this year and there were thousands of them and she had to give up trying to get rid of them. Groan. She lives on a hobby farm though with lots of trees so hopefully the ones here will not be as bad.



Today’s card features a photo of a Prothonotary Warbler that I took at the park. Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference.

 




Once again I was rummaging through the stash and found this piece of pretty blue paper that had an oval cut out of it. I happen to like blue and yellow together so I found this photo of the Prothonotary Warbler and placed it behind it and it fit perfectly. However, I like a frame around ovals or circles but the next smaller oval die was too small. I only have one set of the Spellbinder’s oval dies but then I pulled out some of my Spellbinders fancy ovals….not really fit the already cut hole but I wondered what the negative cut would be like. So, I die cut the fancy oval and YES! the negative piece fit fine and gives it a different look!



That being decided it was easy to finish the card. First the blue was mounted on white cardstock……and it was glued to a piece of left over patterned paper that was glued to the card base.



The sentiment was stamped on a Little B die cut banner and attached with dimensional tape. I thought the card was done at this point but I kept looking at it and it just needed something else. So, some fancy corners were die cut with an old Cuttlebug die set and then it was done. It’s amazing what a difference something like a corner treatment makes.



That’s all for a hot and humid Wednesday,

  

Cheers

Violet




Monday, July 11, 2016

I Won!


I won! I posted a comment on Tim Holtz’s blog about his new dog stamp set – and won a set!!! Whoot, whoot! I love that dog set….and the cat set but I guess I’ll have to buy it! Nothing makes a card maker smile more than a new stamp set....especially when its free!



The lovely hot and humid weather continues but as long as there is a wind blowing, it’s actually very nice. We had a lovely weekend biking and BBQing. Today, even though it was really hot and humid, it was yard work day after lunch. I started out saying I was just going to trim back the tree…..but then I decided the roses needed dead-heading as well…..then everything really needed a good watering…..and of course I noticed some weeds while watering so out came the hoe and down went the weeds. By that time it was 4:00 and I was wringing wet and called it a day!



Today’s card is another one made from digging through the stash.

Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference.

 


The background paper actually came with those small coloured splatters…..but it needed more texture so out came the new grunge stamp set from Stampin’ Up and the long lines under the sentiment tag and the larger splats were added…but the circle covered up most of one. The green circle was already in the stash but it needed the brown one to set it off…all Spellbinders’ dies. There was a piece of the same paper as the background left over so it was cut to size and mounted on the same green as the circle. The feathers were a gift from a friend of mine and they were glued together and then the skinny twine bow was glued on. The sentiment was stamped in brown ink. I made this one as a possible card for my 17 year old grandson but neither hubby or I liked it for him.



That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, July 11, 2016


Cheers

Violet


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