Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Wolf Quilt

Just a quick posting today. I'm still busy making blocks for quilts for the Ronald McDonald Houses. I've got 47 done now.

But speaking of quilts, I thought I'd post a quilt that I made for my wolf loving grandson. Seth is 10 and he has loved wolves since his dad bought him a stuffed wolf before he was even a year old. He absolutely loved this quilt.

The photo does not do it justice. It is a richer colour in real life.

Cheers
Violet




Monday, February 20, 2017

Owls and a Card


Well the wonderful above seasonal temperatures lasted for two entire days – temps in the 50’s (F) which is far from normal in February. Today was nice and sunny but a bit cooler with the wind being quite cold. We have a small bush here in Chatham and we went for a walk there on Saturday looking for but not finding the Great Horned Owl…….and I went back yesterday by myself and found the owl. Here’s the picture of it that I got.

 
 Not a great shot because it was so high in the tree but I was happy to get to see it. I love owls. This one was being harassed by a murder of crows so it would fly from tree to tree to try to escape them but they kept after it.




Then Joe and I and my friend, Phene (short for Josephine), went back over today for another walk and Phene spotted the owl again. And this time I got an even better shot of it.

 
The crows were not bothering it today even though it was roughly in the same spot. I guess they gave up.



When I’m not walking I’m making 12x12 blocks for the Big Sewing Bee sponsored by Quilt Canada who hope to have at least 1,000 quilts made to donate across Canada to the Ronald McDonald houses. So far I’ve finished 30 blocks and I have about 15 or more partly done. I’m having so much fun making these I can’t seem to quit…….and they are scrappy quilt blocks so I’m reducing my stash of fabric scraps too…..a win-win situation.



A friend of mine asked me to make her a card for a 2 year old girl. Well my one and only granddaughter will soon be 25 so it’s been awhile since I’ve had a two year old around but this is one of the cards I made for her to see. I made a few so she would have a choice.

 




I found the image on the internet; printed it out and quickly coloured it with coloured pencils and blended it with gamsol. All the paper and ribbon is from the stash. I used Stampin’ Up stitched circle to die cut the image and mounted it on a Spellbinder’s die cut circle in yellow. Chalk was sponged around the image in blue with yellow around the outside and once the card was finished I added the sequins and Wink of Stella to her dress and headband. The sentiment was heat embossed in yellow and it is a HOTP stamp.



That’s all for a sunny but cool Monday, February 20, 2017. This is a holiday here in Canada called “Family Day” and it was to encourage families to spend the day doing fun things together. My daughters and their spouses already spend scads of time with their children but some families do not so I hope those that don’t usually do so got the hint and did so today. I believe it is also a holiday in the USA – President’s Day so happy President’s Day to my USA readers.



Cheers

Violet




Friday, February 17, 2017

Dandelion Card


This was such a busy day I almost forgot to post a card. We went out for lunch today and then stopped in at a friend’s house, who happens to be a Close to my Heart dealer, and the lady involved with the Friends of Rondeau who arranges the raffle draw. So we took the deer quilt to her (see previous post to view the quilt) and I looked through her supply of retired stamp sets and bought a few. That means after supper tonight I retired to the lower studio (aka the basement) and stamped and stamped and stamped. I’m very happy with the stamp sets I chose. One of them was an entire set of old fashioned cameras – it’s my favourite.



Here’s a hint for you if you own old polymer stamps that do not stick to your acrylic block anymore – rub them with hand sanitizer! You don’t need much. Just work it in and then let it dry. If you use too much just wipe it off with a soft cloth – I cut up old T-shirts to use. The stamps will stick like new after that. I think I got this hint from one of our local Stampin’ Up dealers but not sure. I just know it works.



Today’s card is another one made with the Memory Box Chandra die.

 

This time I die cut the flowers (dandelions are flowers aren’t they) out of 3 different cardstocks; kraft; brown; black. Spellbinder’s die was used to die cut the circle out of the green cardstock and then cream cardstock that was stamped with the dandelion bits (a stamp from HOTP) was glued behind it. It was then glued onto a kraft card base and then the flowers were glued on. The sentiment is also from HOTP. Here’s another hint for you – always stamp the sentiment before gluing it to the card. That way if you mess up you haven’t ruined a card.



It was a pleasant day here today but the wind got a little cold in the afternoon. However, the weekend looks awesome. It is supposed to get up to 14C tomorrow…..that’s 57F people. That’s a very unusual temperature in February in Canada. What ever the weather is where you live, have a wonderful weekend.





Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Make a Wish


Another very cold windy day here in Ontario. We had a few snow flurries this morning but they were short-lived and there was no accumulation so now shovelling required. Tonight is quilt guild meeting so I hope the wind goes down by then. Monday and Tuesday I got busy and made 18 blocks (12 ½” x 12 ½”) to be made into quilts that will be donated to various Ronald McDonald Houses. This is a blitz being run by Canada Quilters and quilters all across Canada are participating. Each block has to have a piece of Canadian themed fabric in it and I brought home more bits to make more blocks. So much fun to make these! I missed the quilting blitz that our own guild had in January so I wanted to make some at home.



One of the dies my friend lent me was this Memory Box die called Chandra. Here’s the first card I made with it.

 



I die cut the stems from plain white cardstock and tinted the stems light mossy green. To give them some sparkle I carefully put a layer of glue on the tops and then sprinkled on clear glitter and set them aside to dry while I made the rest of the card.

All the paper is from the stash and the gold sentiment is a peel-off.



The circles were die cut with Spellbinder’s dies. First I die cut a circle in the patterned paper and placed mossy green solid cardstock behind it. Then I die cut a circle frame from the same mossy green cardstock as the bottom piece and placed it around the cut-off circle. One of the stems is behind the designer paper and the other two on top.  You may have to double click on the photo to see what I mean. The stamped sentiment (Stampin’ Up) was stamped on white cardstock with VersaMark ink; Forest Moss Distress Ink and then clear embossing powder was sprinkled on and heat set. Then I simply cut around it and attached it with dimensional glue strips. I quite liked how this turned out and I like this die enough I just might go buy it.



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That’s all for a cold and windy Wednesday, February 15, 2017.



Cheers

Violet




Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Deer Quilt

Happy Valentine's day everyone. Hope you are with a loved one. We just wish each other a Happy Valentine and call it done. We're both too budget conscious (okay cheap) to spend big $$ on over-priced flowers or expensive meals.

The sun actually shone today but that wind had a bite to hit - especially the gusts! However we bundled up and went for an hour's walk today.

I finished the quilt I'm donating to the Friends of Rondeau at Rondeau Provincial Park for their 2017 raffle. It is valued at $850.00. Here is a photo of it....hubby is holding it up so it's not straight but best he could do.
This was machine quilted by dropping the feed dogs and doing free motion quilting but I neglected to take any close up photos of it.
Hopefully this quilt will generate a few ticket sales. If you are in Southwestern Ontario this spring/summer/fall be sure to stop in at the visitor's centre to see the quilt up close and perhaps even by a ticket. They usually sell the tickets for $2.00 each or 3 for $5. which is a real bargain. The first prize is usually two bicycles.

That's all for a somewhat sunny but cool windy Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017.

Cheers
Violet


Monday, February 13, 2017

First Christmas Card for 2017


We just had a very wet weekend with just a bit of snow thrown in now and again...thank goodness it was rain and not snow. However those east and north of us got blasted with a snow storm and the Atlantic coast really got hit hard.  I got hit hard with the brain disorders so I didn’t go out at all. I did manage to make a few cards though. One of the dies my friend lent me was a Christmas die and here’s the card I made with it.




It meets the requirements for this challenge.
http://www.happylittlestampers.com/2017/02/hls-february-christmas-challenge.html

I wasn’t sure how this die even worked so I just cut it with a piece of white cardstock and found out the petals all cut out separately. So, I then die cut and embossed the petals only; twice. in red cardstock. Of course I had to have something behind the die so I opted for this Christmas paper from a 6” paper pack I picked up at the dollar store last year. The background paper covering the card base is from the same pack. But when I laid the red designer paper on the other paper it didn’t pop so I mounted it on white cardstock and then I liked it. The poinsettias leaves were glued down and then I added some small hole-less micro beads in the centre. I think it turned out okay.



Comments are always welcome. Let me know if you like my cards or offer some suggestions for future cards.



That’s all for a cold and windy Monday, February 13, 2017





Cheers

Violet

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Poppy Card


Brrrrr! Yes, brrrr again! Very, very cold wind blowing today which really brings the temperatures down. However, it’s going to do another flip tomorrow with above freezing temperatures. Such an odd winter, weather wise. We braved the cold wind to run some errands and get some groceries today though….we do love to eat! The grocery store we frequent the most is at the edge of town so farm fields all around it so the wind is really strong out there. This area of Ontario is flat – flat like the prairies! No hills here unless man-made. I miss the hills too….except for driving up them in the winter.



Today’s card was repurposed from an old greeting card. I don’t usually use them in this way but the poppies were so pretty I couldn’t resist using it instead of throwing it in the recycle bin.

 


It was die cut with the oval die and then glued onto the smaller black fancy oval and then on to the large red fancy oval…..all dies are Spellbinders. I searched high and low for some background paper and rejected all pieces from the stash. The only one I liked was the one I used and it meant cutting up a 12”x12” piece….but nothing else looked as good with it so I , gulp, cut into it. Before gluing the background paper to the card base I ran that black ribbon with the white edge vertically and taped it to the back. Then I glued on the focal image and then the black bow. It took me longer to decide to cut into that 12” piece of designer paper than it did to make the entire card. Dark Stickles were added to the centre of the flower and three dark dew drops were added to the oval. The dew drops were clear and tinted with alcohol ink.



That’s all for a very cold and windy Friday, February 10, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Bowler Card


Yesterday’s weather could only be described as ugly. It started to rain in the middle of the night and continued off and on all day. It was a cold rain that bordered on freezing rain here and those further east and north of us definitely had freezing rain – nasty stuff. The only good thing is it got rid of all the snow. I spent the day finishing the quilt I’m making and donated to the Friends of Rondeau at Rondeau Provincial Park for their 2017 fund raiser. It’s my fourth and favourite one I’ve made for them so far – photo to follow next week.



Tonight after supper I went down to the lower studio (aka the basement) and cut out a few images from dies my friend Jane lent me. We quite often exchange dies and stamps to try them out before we decide to invest in them ourselves. So much fun!



Today’s card was made with the Art Impression bowlers stamp set.

 




This is a great stamp set! This male bowler comes as a separate stamp and it was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. I now have some Derwent coloured pencils as well as Prismacolor pencils and they work well together so from now on I will just refer to them as pencils. Actually the Prismacolor ones have a tendency to keep breaking which is really annoying so as I replace colours, I may switch to Derwent.



Sorry, I regress; back to the card. All the paper is from the stash. The wine strip was run through a narrow Cuttlebug embossing folder which really added some interest to the card. The bowling pins come with the set as well so I just stamped; coloured and hand cut them. They are added with tiny dimensional strips. The sentiment is also part of the set but it is flat. The beauty of clear stamps is you can bend them a bit to make them fit on a circle. The large white and blue circles were die cut with Spellbinder’s dies and the stitched circle die is from Stampin’ Up.

This made a nice masculine card – which are not the easiest to come up!



That’s all for a cool, dreary Wednesday, 2017-02-08





Cheers

Violet



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Monday, February 6, 2017

Do More of What Makes you Happy Card


We actually had a pretty nice weekend, weather wise that is, except for a light snow fall on Saturday night. Today was very mild but we are in for some heavy rain and freezing rain tonight and tomorrow. I’m so glad we don’t have to drive anywhere when the weather is nasty.



Today’s card was made with a Stamping Bella stamp. I have no idea if it is still available or not as I no longer check her website. She now charges the same shipping rate to Canada as she does to Europe…ridiculous. However, I do like the stamps of hers that I already own.

 



Once again I coloured the image (Prismacolor pencils and gamsol) without picking out the paper to match but luckily I have a huge stash so I pretty much find paper that matches. The sentiment is from two different sets. For the background I took a piece of the green and the yellow heavy paper; taped them together; cut them to size and ran them through and embossing folder. The larger piece fits the 5 ½” card base and the other one is smaller and flipped so the colours are opposite. The edges of the image on the top layer were inked with brown ink. A green ribbon was glued along the seam and the same ribbon was used in the button.  The tags were die cut with a Hero Arts die and the button is from my stash.



That’s all for a very mild Monday, February 6, 2017

  

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, February 3, 2017

A 'Still Young at Heart' card


Brrrr. The weather here keeps flip flopping from mild to very cold. Needless to say there are a lot of people getting sick this winter. So far we have escaped it but we also haven’t been out and about very much.



Today’s card was made with an Art Impression stamp. These stamps are so much fun to make cards with.

 


Once again the image was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. The sky and grass are chalk. All the paper is from my stash and the rectangles were die cut with the Spellbinder’s Create-A-Card set. The balloons were die cut with Little B dies and I drew wiggly lines for the strings. The sentiment was computer generated.



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That’s all for a cold Friday, February 3, 2017





Cheers

Violet


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