Friday, August 26, 2016

A Bright Card


I think we finally have the computer fixed. We thought so yesterday after it took hours to do a complete repair and then updates and I ended up with a blank screen. I gave up and did a hard boot to turn it off and left it off over night. This morning it came on but it had a few issues; the last of which I think I now repaired – fingers crossed.



Before I post the card, I have a story to tell you. Last week we had our three youngest grandsons here; ages 6, 9, and 11 ½ and it was really, really hot and humid. So, we were discussing what we could do in the house (besides video games) if we got the predicted thunderstorm and couldn’t go anywhere. They are all veracious readers and I make them bookmarks all the time so I suggested they could make their own. They all thought that would be great fun (but it didn’t storm so we didn’t to it) however; the two oldest boys started to ask what stamps I had and trying to decide what to use. The six year old never said a thing until the conversation was winding down when he calmly stated, “Well, I’m an artist so I’ll just draw on mine!”



Oh yeah, this boy doesn’t just like to draw, he considers himself an artist. Too funny. When I told his mom this she just laughed and said, “Oh yeah, that’s Finn for you. When I picked him up at art camp he took me back to see the picture of a barn he was working on and said, “Now, this one is a bit abstract.”  



Oh boy, I was happy with a box of crayons and a colouring book at six. I had no idea what “abstract art” was. His paternal grandmother was a very good artist so he comes by it naturally; unfortunately she died before he was born. She would have been so proud of this boy.



And now the card which fits the challenge for this blog: http://www.scrapyland-blog.com





This is a bright card and I wasn’t too happy how it turned out! The poppies are from a Just Rite stamp set and coloured with alcohol markers, which I seldom use. .....and I did some blending with my Prismacolor pencils. The background was sponged on blue chalk. The dies are all from Spellbinders. The large orange one is popped up using tiny pieces of dimensional foam. Once everything was glued in place on the card base I added a few tiny pearls. Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and black glitter was glued to the inside of the poppies. A friend of mine saw this one and asked for it for her mother’s birthday. It’s a little too bright for my taste but she loved it.



That’s all for a lovely Friday, August 26, 2016. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Cheers

Violet






Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cats are Back


Three beautiful days in a row – love summer now! Yesterday we loaded up the bikes and headed out for another long bike ride at Rondeau – another 28 km in! By the time we got home, ate, showered, etc. I forgot about posting. I was lucky to keep my eyes open watching the Blue Jays play.



Today was errand day – so many errands today but now that’s done for at least a week. The computer is still not repaired so here’s another card from the Crazy Cat stamp set that I made a couple of weeks ago.




All the paper is from the stash – which does not seem to go down no matter how much of it I use! The striped paper is all one piece. The wine patterned paper already had the scalloped oval cut out of it so I just found a solid piece of wine for behind it and taped it in place. I wanted the scallops to show up better so I ran a silver pen around the edges. The cat was coloured with water colour pencils and blended with plain water. It was cut out – by hand as I don’t have the dies – and then glued in place so it looks like he’s jumping out of the hole. This entire piece was glued in place on the striped paper and then attached with the green flower brads before the entire thing was glued to the card base. The sentiment was computer generated and once it was die cut it was glued to another piece and I cut around it. The edges were inked in wine.



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That’s all for a lovely summer Wednesday



Cheers

Violet


Monday, August 22, 2016

I'm Back with a Card


Well that was four days of hot and humid fun with the three grandchildren – all boys, ages 6, 9, and 11 (12 in Oct). In spite of the heat we had some great adventures and fun. It was so hot one day they played at a water park for a couple of hours in the morning before it got unbearably hot and in the afternoon we went to the movies. Of course, today the humid weather is gone and it is absolutely beautiful out. They were all very well behaved and polite, as usual, and an absolute delight to take anywhere. The six year old told his mother that going to Grandma’s and Grampa’s was the best thing he did all summer. He did get to hold and release a baby turtle back into the bay at Rondeau. It was their annual turtle day and he missed out doing it last year so the other two boys wanted him to have a turn. The cost of this pleasure was $10 last year but $15 this year…but money well spent as it goes to turtle preservation. Turtles are on the endangered list.



The day before we went to get the boys I picked up a nasty virus in my computer. Malware Bytes removed it but it did some damage right away. I cannot download photos from my camera or open any photo already downloaded. Luckily I have a few cards already photographed so I can post some cards this week. My neighbour, the computer guru, is going to repair it for me but we’ve both been busy.



So, here’s the first card I’m posting, plus how I adjusted it to make it look better……well, I’m not sure if it’s better or not. You can decide for yourself…..I’m on the fence about it.

 


Another Tim Holtz Crazy Cat card! I took a piece of white cardstock and ran half of it through a brick wall embossing folder and then sponged various inks over it. Why I kept everything yellow and yellowish-green I don’t know. The cat was coloured with water colour pencils and blended with water and then cut out and glued to the top of the brick wall. His bow tie was a bow for a present stamp and it was stamped and coloured and when I cut it out I cut the bottom pieces off so it would look like a bow tie.



The cupcake is a very old QuicKutz die but I use it quite a bit. The icing was made by adding a layer of Liquid pearls and then sponging ink over it when dry and then added some Stickles. The candle was die cut from a Little B die set and Glossy Accents was added to make it look waxy. I made a slit in the icing and put the bottom of the candle through the slit and taped it down.



I kept looking at the card every day and thinking, “I just don’t like it. It needs more colour”. So here’s the amended card.

 


I decided that the cat was too yellow and blended in with the background too much so I added some brown to give him more colour…but then he blended into the brick wall too much so I sponged some yellow over the brick. Once I had it done I couldn’t decide if I liked it better the first way or this way but guess what, it is what it is and not being changed again! Sometimes I should just leave well enough alone, sometimes it pays to play.



That’s all for a lovely summer Monday, August 22, 2016,



Cheers

Violet



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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

First Attempt at Water Colouring Painting


Just time for a real quick post tonight. We didn’t get the torrential downpour here but they did in some places. Talk about it never rains but it pours….we went from a drought to constant rain. Hope it clears up when we have the grandsons.



Today I’m posting my very first attempt at painting a water colour scene postcard. I’ve been influenced and inspired by The Frugal Crafter on YouTube and finally decided to give it a try. This postcard is on its way to someone who does read my blog so I want that person to remember – FIRST ATTEMPT! I almost didn't mail it but I made it for this person and decided to send it even though it's not all that good.

 


Nothing much to say except it is a 4 x 6 postcard on water colour paper using inexpensive water colour paints – Artist’s Loft. I just had to do some stamping though so the birds were stamped as well as the sentiment. I was going to write the sentiment but that darn stamp fit there so perfectly I went with it instead. I like splatters so I added them.



That’s all for a dreary, cloudy wet Tuesday,


Cheers

Violet


Monday, August 15, 2016

Flowers on a Card


First of all I want to thank those that left some very kind comments on the last few blog postings. I tried to email each and every one of you but for some unknown reason, I was unable to do so. So thank you. All comments are very much appreciated.



Well we finally had some rain fall on Saturday – but the only trouble is it came with some funnel clouds and one touched down quite a bit east of us, along the lake…but luckily it was a low level tornado so no major extensive damages and no injuries. Just rain and some thunder here….more rain today and tomorrow they are predicting torrential rain. Weird summer!



We are having our grandsons here this week so there will be no creative endeavours for me and postings will be hit and miss.



Today’s card meets this challenge: http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.ca

 I love flowers on a card....or in my garden....or in my house!


The stamp is from Stamping Bella but it may be discontinued as it is an oldie. The dies are all Spellbinders. This one was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. A Wink of Stella was used to add some bling to the flowers and her dress. Gold coloured gems were added to the centre of the daisies. The background was sponged with various colours of chalk. The paper and ribbon were from the stash. The sentiment is a gold peel-off.



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That’s all for a very wet Monday,





Cheers

Violet








Friday, August 12, 2016

Back to the Dogs


We had a few thunderstorms around us this afternoon and one was close enough to drop a little rain; not much, but a little. We could get more rain and/or thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow so we’ll see if that happens if it reduces this terrible heat and humidity. I just read on the MSN news page that we are also in for a terrible cold and snowy winter too. Yuck. Oh well, nothing you can do about the weather or taxes so on with life.



I’m posting another Crazy Dog card today. I can’t seem to stop making them!




The dog was coloured with water colour pencils and blended with plain water and then cut out. The background was made by using up some co-ordinating scraps. The strip along the seam; the Paper Smoothes die cut sentiment and the Spellbinder’s Die cut brown circle are from the same piece of left over brown. The balloons were die cut with Little B dies out of glitter paper. I had to go back and forth about 6 times to get them cut through as glitter paper is quick thick but it was worth it in the end. Black thread was tied to the balloons to the dog’s front leg. I cut a slit between the legs just enough to stick the thread through. I love these cards that could be used for any age group and gender.



This card is being entered in the following challenges:




and this blog: http://justusgirlschallenge.blogspot.ca/



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That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, August 12, 2016. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.





Cheers

Violet


Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Land of Ice and Snow????


The land of ice and snow is under a heat advisory. This morning we had to do some errands for my sister-in-law who does not drive plus some for us seeing as we were out and the temperature was already 34ºC (93ºF) and with the humidity it feels like 44ºC which is 111ºF…..yikes!.....and tomorrow is a repeat of today!



On Monday I wandered into Michaels but didn’t have a coupon so I really didn’t think I’d be buying anything unless it was something I needed on sale….or wanted on sale is more like it. I saw a bin of fall and Halloween stamps that were $1.50….those I do buy even if they are not on sale….and it turned out these ones were so I only paid $1.12 for each one…….anyway, I picked up pumpkin and maple leaf and then I saw this black cat stamp…..and the cat had a very unhappy expression and I instantly thought, “This would be funny as a birthday card to send to someone who is grumpy on their birthday” so I bought it……and yes, I know I have a warped sense of humour…..I’m told that quite often! Here’s the card of grumpy cat I made.






I decided I wanted a grungy background to go along with the grumpy cat. A stencil was placed on the white cardstock and Distress Inks, Mustard Seed and Broken China, were sponged over it and of course where they met made green. I didn’t do the entire card front, just here and there and some places darker than others. Then the same Distress inks were sponged over top and then Walnut ink was sponged as well. The edges were made rough by pulling it through the distressing tool and then sponged with Black Soot.



I wanted the funny saying, “Just Smile. It’s Your Day” (two different stamp sets) to show up so I stamped them on white cardstock using my homemade Misti again and then tore the bottom right corner of the card so the white would be behind it. The edges of the torn corner were inked again with Black Soot.



The cat was stamped on white cardstock with black ink and then Distress Inks were sponged around it…..same inks as in the background so there is some continuity. It was die cut with a fancy Spellbinder’s circle die and then a piece of the same cardstock as the card base (a blue from Stampin’ Up but I don’t know for sure what it is) was die cut just a shade larger and placed behind it so it peeks through the cut pieces…..it was too blah by itself but I didn’t want a larger border so this worked out okay. The hat was stamped; coloured and cut out and glued on top of the cat. Once I was happy with it, it was glued to the card top and then everything was glued to the card base. I did touch up the cat’s eyes with some white as well.



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That’s all for a hot and humid Thursday,



Cheers

Violet




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A 'Z' Card


Still hot and humid here in Ontario so I pretty much spent the day quilting and finished some cards that weren’t quite done. Sometimes I set them aside and think about them for a day or two to decide what else they need. This card is one I just made for my oldest sister and her hubby. The hubby is 85 and is in poor health and she is the main caregiver and although we talk on the phone each week, sometimes several times a week, I thought receiving a card in the mail might be nice too. She lives almost 3 hours away from where I live so we don’t see her that often.

 






My local Stampin’ Up dealer, The Pampered Stamper, demonstrated how to make a Z card so I thought I would give it a try. They are super easy to make and I’m happy how it turned out…..eventually. The card base is likely Stampin’ Up’s Night of Navy or one of their other blues. The patterned is from the stash so I have no idea what manufacturer it is from. I wanted somewhere to write a message so the inner small flap was covered with white paper but first a fancy scroll was stamped down one side in Night of Navy. It looked too plain all white.



The bird is from Inkadinkado and it was sitting in my stash of birds, already embossed in the sparkling blue so I just had to cut around it leaving a very thin white border and glued it on the one flat. Believe it or not that strip across the bottom is all the same colour and it is part of card base but the lighting by my desk is not very good and it changes the colour at will. This card sat on my desk for a couple of days because I didn’t like the long flap plain blue but couldn’t decide what to add there……… and then I remembered some sentiment stamps that I seldom use. This one said just the right thing (Remember Happy Moments) and fit perfectly. It was heat embossed with detail white embossing powder.



The ‘thinking of you’ on the top was die cut with the Tim Holtz saying die. The card folds up to a 5 ½” square card. It does not cost extra in Canada to mail square cards so I’m good with making them.



That’s all for a hot and humid Wednesday.







Cheers

Violet



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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Wine Card from the Stash


The hot and humid weather is creeping back up. I have no interest in being outside in that humidity so it was into the sewing room for me and I finished another quilt today. I just had to put the binding on and now on to the next quilt!



I like to quilt during the day and make cards or do scrapbooking at night. Here’s a card that I made last week.

 


As I was finishing up another card I found this pretty piece of wine cardstock and decided right then and there to use it in a card instead of filing it back into the stash. The top of the card is a very light yellowish-green colour which is the complementary colour for wine. Before taping them together though I ran the wine cardstock through an embossing folder. The embossed flowers and leaves did not show up that well so I took a white ink pad and just very gently went over the top of them to just catch the embossed areas and not the rest of it. Now it pops!



 I liked the top paper but I wanted to bring some wine colour into it so I used an old retired Stampin’ Up stamp of tiny hearts and dots and stamped them around the piece. A gold peel-off line covers the seam where I joined the two pieces; and gold peel-offs were used for the sentiment and fancy scroll under the sentiment.



It needed something else. Butterflies are always nice so I found some more wine cardstock and die cut the butterflies with Memory Box dies. I left one open but the one on the right has a solid butterfly underneath with the lacy one on top…..I just like things to be different! When I laid the card top on the card base I didn’t like the white edge….too stark. So, an easy solution was to simply sponge a light bit of wine ink around the edge and then stamp a few more hearts and dots.

I know most card makers start out with a sketch or definite plan but I just like to wing it and create as I go. 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 hot and humid Tuesday,



Cheers

Violet






Monday, August 8, 2016

Crazy Cats


The lovely weekend is over but the nice weather stuck around for another day. We are entering into another heat advisory for the rest of the week though with temperatures feeling like 100F. This is the hottest, most humid summer we can recall.



Before I forget I have another YouTube suggestion for you to check out. The Stampin’ Up dealer that I buy from (The Pampered Stamper) has a YouTube channel and she has some very quick tips to share. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+pampered+stamper



She is also having a retreat in September just north of Bracebridge, Ontario; so if you are interested, get in touch with her for more details. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend.



Hope you are not tired of Crazy Cat cards because I can’t seem to stop making them. Here’s one more.

 


I was at our local scrapbooking store a couple of weeks ago and picked up that Memory Box die at the top of the card. I had it in mind to use just like I did on this card and I’m glad it worked out. The sentiment is a black peel-off. The background paper is some left over bits from a 6” Studio G pack. They were taped together at the back and then silver peel-off lines were added over the seams. They were then glued to the white card base.



The cat was coloured with water coloured pencils and blended with plain water and then cut out. Once again, my tip is to cut around all the small parts – like between his legs and around his tail – before cutting out the rest of it. Then the circle was die cut and embossed (Spellbinders) and….. here’s my other brilliant tip if I do say so myself, and I just did….is to leave the cardstock in the die and lay it down on the Big Shot’s magnetic platform. I do cover the platform with a piece of scrap paper first to keep it clean….because I’m a messy crafter! As I sponged on the yellow and orange ink the cardstock does not slip out of the die and you end up with a crisp white border. Love it.

Then the cat was stamped where I wanted it and then the coloured one I had cut out was glued over top of the stamped image – that way his whiskers show and I didn’t have to draw them in…in case I goofed doing it. Nothing worse than getting a card 99% finished and then do some goofy thing to ruin it! Been there, done that and trying hard not to repeat!



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That’s all for a lovely Monday, August 8, 2016





Cheers

Violet


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