Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Flowers in a Jar Card

 We’ve had a few days of beautiful weather with the A/C off and the windows opened. It may start creeping back up tomorrow but that’s okay.

I was playing with some older dies last week and came up with this idea for a card.

                           
 The background was done on glossy paper using a huge background stamp and an ink resist pad. I haven’t used is for years and it was dried up so I bought a reinker. Once the stamped image dried, various inks were sponged over top. It leaves a watermark affect. Cool although hard to see in the photo. It was glued to an orange card base.

The mason jar is a stamp that was stamped on velum and cut out and then the edges were inked. I flipped it over and ran an alcohol pen across the bottom half to look like water. A piece of wide double sided tape was glued to that area. The flowers were stamped, coloured and die cut as was the flourishes. Once they were glued in place the double sided tape on the jar was removed and it was glued into place. The top of the jar was glued and a bow covered that area. Stickles were added to the centre of the flowers. The sentiment is a peel-off.

That’s all for a lovely day on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, June 14, 2021

The Scarlet Tanager Card

 We enjoyed a pretty good weekend. Saturday I was able to get my second Covid-19 vaccine shot and Sunday we went to Rondeau Park and had a BBQ and then an almost 20km bike ride. It was a beautiful day at the park - very hot and humid in the city though so we were grateful living just a 45 minute drive from the lake. We had a couple thunderstorms come through today but that’s okay. We needed the rain.

I took some of my favourite bird photographs and turned them into cards. Here’s one of them.

 

This is a Scarlet Tanager - my husband’s favourite migratory bird. I wanted the bird to stay as the focal point so I picked up the other colours in the photograph for the embellishments and mats. It was matted on that green cardstock that was so close in colour to the leaves in the photo it was uncanny and then onto a mottled bluish-grey card base. Before gluing the photo to the first mat I took a two-toned ribbon; added double sided tape to it and wrapped it around the photo; stuck it down and tied a bow; let the other end switch colours and cut the end at an angle and added a glue dot under the cut edge to hold it in place. The sentiment is a silver peel-off.

That’s all for a cooler day that we’ve had for several days on Monday, June 14, 2021.

 Cheers

Violet

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Love Birds

 We are still experiencing a heat wave here in Ontario - hot and humid. The most often expressed statement is: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. You hear people saying that most of the summer.

Today’s card is another repurposed one. I absolutely could not toss the original card in the recycle bin…..it needed to be given a new life.

 

 
The circle of birds is what was part of the original card. It was die cut with a Spellbinder’s die. I used the background from another card for the background for this card. Once the circle was glued on, scalloped silver peel-off lines were added, including one silver peel-off tiny flower. After I posted this, several other tiny flowers were added. The sentiment is also a peel-off. The ribbon came from yet another card and it just happened to match perfectly.

That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, June 11, 2021. Have a safe and creative weekend everyone and if possible, perform a random act of kindness.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, June 7, 2021

A Bird Card

 We just had a very hot and humid few days and now its raining….more rain along with thunderstorms for the next few days too. We did get a 20km bike ride in on Saturday though because it was much less humid at the lake.

Besides card making, scrapbooking and quilting my other hobby is photography. I love to photograph the migratory birds that fly up to Canada from Mexico, South America and the Southern States of the USA every spring. One of my favourites is the Prothonotary Warbler which is a rare visitor. I believe there is only about 12 mating pairs in Ontario and luckily for us, some are at nearby parks. Here is a photo of one of them I made into a card. I have a friend who has months of rehabbing ahead of her so this card is for her. 

     This time the card was simply cut down and mounted on black cardstock and then onto a yellow card base. I wanted the warbler to be the main vocal point. A banner was die cut from black cardstock and adhered with dimensional foam strip. The sentiment is a peel-off.

     That’s all for Monday, June 7, 2021.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, June 4, 2021

A Blue Jay Grunge Card

      The heat wave has started! Temperatures will be in the 90F range and feeling like over 100F with the humidity. It may be even too hot to go on a bike ride but we shall see. Its usually a little cooler by the lake where the provincial park is where we ride.

     Today’s card features the Blue Jay, a very common but beautiful bird that lives in Ontario year round. 

 I’m trying to use up all the bits and pieces in my 6” packs. I’ve found that they make excellent backgrounds. So for this background I simply pieced together, taped at the back some left over pieces that had the edges inked with dark ink before adhering in place. The circle and the oval were die cut, (Spellbinders) and inked with dark ink. The bird was die cut, stamped and coloured with alcohol markers….from the dollar store and they actually work quite well. The branch was die cut from another die. The sentiment is a peel-off. I deliberately kept the inking splotchy to give it the grunge look so it would be suitable for either a man or a woman.   

      That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, on June 4, 2021. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone and if possible do a random act of kindness….it just may turn a person’s life around for the better. 

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Repurpose, Reuse

      Well the tipsy-topsy weather continues. A/C was on and then last week we had to turn the A/C off and the furnace back on. We cannot ever remember having to switch back to heat after turning the A/C on. Then we were able to turn the heat off and open windows - nice couple of days. It started raining this afternoon and is expected to rain most of the night and tomorrow. Friday the temperatures start rising and Saturday on for over a week it will be over 90F. We managed to get the grass cut and some weeding done this morning so we don’t have to cut grass when its hot and humid next week. The A/C is still off but it will obviously be going back on by Friday.

    I did manage to get some cards made last week as well. Here is one of them.

                               

     A friend gave me a bag of old greeting cards. This bird panel was part of one. It was so pretty I had to find a way to repurpose it. So, I cut it down and glued it to the brown striped card base. Then the gold peel-off sentiment was added and then the gold stripe along the left edge. I was going to add more to it but changed my mind. I liked it just as it is. Sometimes less is more.

     That’s all for a cool and rainy Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

 

Cheers

Violet

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Wild Flowers and More

 Just a quick post tonight to show some of the wild flowers we saw today at Rondeau - and the muskrats that put on quite a show. I usually prefer to photograph birds but from the photo I'm posting, it will give you an idea of what kind of day photography birds I had. 







Cheers

Violet

Friday, May 28, 2021

A Die Cut Flower Card

     This crazy May weather continues. On Monday it was so hot and humid it was hard to breathe outside and with the humidity it felt like it was close to 100F. We woke up this morning to the house being so cold I had to turn the heat back on!….as did most people. It has been cold and rainy all day and the cold weather is going to continue throughout the weekend. No bike rides or BBQing this weekend!

     I was in the mood to play with some old flower dies earlier this week so this is another ‘experiment’ that I tried.

                          
     This time the flower die was used right on the card front and a piece of dark yellow cardstock was glued to the back of the front of the card; then the flower was glued back in place on top of the yellow. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the white card front. So blah! So the first thing I had to was to add some sponged on blue ink around the image. I didn’t care for the orange or the blue showing in the cut away part of the leaves either so I took that bit of the die and sponged some green on it and glued it in place. Then the flower was die cut another three times and they were all glued on top of each other to add some dimension. Looking better but still a bit blah. So out came the gold peel-offs. Gold strips were added on an angle and then gold corner peel-offs were added. Much better and called it done.

That’s all for a cold and rainy Friday, May 28, 2021. If you are in the USA I wish you all a happy Memorial Day weekend. If from Canada or other countries, I wish you a happy and safe weekend.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A flower die cut technique

      May is usually my favourite month but this year it has had such extreme temperature changes, I’m thinking of making June my favourite month. One day we need a sweater on outside and the next day it was so hot and humid we were under a severe weather warning. But we finally got some rain last night and some today so that was nice.

    I managed to get a few cards made. I was in a bit of an experimental mood. Here is one of the ones I created.

               
   The first thing I did was to use a full sheet of double sided tape to tape the designer paper (sorry from the stash so I don’t know who made it) right on to the front of a white standard card base. Then I die cut the flower. Then I sponged adhesive on the back of the die cut flower and laid it back into the negative space and glued it down. Now its in the inside of the card. It looked nice but the front of the card was very flimsy as the card base was just made from light weight cardstock. So I cut another piece of white cardstock to be 4 x 5.25 and die cut the flower again and then glued that white piece to the back of the card front on the inside…..Hope that makes sense. So now the card was a little sturdier but still a little wobbly because it was so loose where the leaves met. So I took a left over strip of the designer paper and glued it on where the leaves all meet. That made a huge difference. The sentiment is a peel-off. Then the butterfly was added because I like butterflies.

    So, now the card shows the flower when the person receives it first looks at it but then when they open the card, the flower is on the inside. The inside of the card needed a bit of a greeting so this is what I stamped. I added some small gold peel-off bits to the centre of the flower because the sentiment on the front was gold.

                               

    I liked this card just fine but if I was going to do another one, I would start with a stronger card base.

     That’s all for a hot and humid Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Flowers on a Card

     It’s a very hot and humid Friday here in Ontario. The temperatures have been hovering around 30C (86F) and it will be 33C (91F) tomorrow. This means there is also a chance of severe thunderstorms…..and it is a long weekend here in Canada called the Two-4. It used to be called Victoria Day after the Queen in England for her birthday from 1819 but over time it just got changed to the Two-4 weekend. Doesn’t matter. We are still in lock down here for another week or two. The parks are open though and we were hoping to go for a bike ride. We shall see.

     Today’s card is another recycled card. A friend dropped off some old greeting cards and I get to reuse them.

                     
  The flowers were hand cut from the old greeting card. Here’s a hint anytime you need to hand cut an image that has small spaces - do the small spaces first so you have more solid spaces to hold on to keep it steady. So the areas between the stems were all cut out first and then the rest of the image. The background paper came from a 6” paper pack and it came already embossed. It was cut down to 4” x 5.25” so it would fit on the dark pink standard card base. It needed a buffer between the flowers and the background so a doily was cut in half and glued to the left side. Then the flowers were glued on. To cover the rough edge of the cut doily, a fancy silver peel-off line was added. There was a piece of the background left over so it was glued on for some dimension and a small gold sentiment was added. I do enjoy making these recycled cards.

That’s all for a very hot and humid Friday May 21, 2021. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet

PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.

 

 

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