Monday, July 24, 2017

A Masculine Card


  

Our heat wave ended last night; the A/C is off; windows are open! We had an ‘it’s-going-to-rain-any-minute’ weather on Saturday so we opted to stay home – but it didn’t actually rain here until after supper but it was hot and humid so not very pleasant outside. Sunday was also a chance of a thunderstorm but we decided we were tired of staying home and we decided to take a trip up to Sarnia and take a nice leisurely ferry ride up and down the St. Clair River. We invited one of my best friends to join us. She is a widow and a bit lonely and bored on the weekends. Here’s a picture of us by the ferry. 



 The ferry - family run;  friendly staff; wonderful cruise!


 On the Ferry


And after the ferry ride we bought veggie burgers and fries under the Blue Water Bridge. It didn’t rain until late last night when another thunderstorm came through.

  

I will get to the card in a minute but first I want to share this picture with you.
The lady on the left is my almost-79 year old sister, Pearl. The lady on the left is her daughter, Jennifer. They are with their guide. They just did a six hour white water rafting trip down the Ottawa River! She is something else, that sister of mine. She is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor too! Her huge garden, which she looks after herself, is like a miniature Royal Botanical Garden and is a favourite on the garden tours; and she loves zip lining too! What an inspiration for all!



And now for the card! I’m always trying to find new ways to make masculine cards….so they look nice but no bows; glitter, etc. Here’s one that I quite like.






I used the same technique as described in a post from last week by sponging on ink through a die cut template. This time I made a straight line near the bottom in darker ink so the truck (an old Tim Holtz stamp)  would not look like it’s floating – it looks like it’s a bit airborne on a rough road but that’s okay. This was then mounted on a piece of designer paper from the stash that luckily was in the same colour family and then onto a Kraft card base. I hand cut the banner and then added the black peel-off sentiment. The inside says, “You’re not old; you’re a classic”.



That’s all for a cool and cloudy Monday, July 24, 2017.

Cheers

Violet


Friday, July 21, 2017

Bad News; Good News: and a card


Well, this was a bad news but good news day. If you read my blog on a regular basis you may remember that I’ve had a mild sore throat; swollen glands and laryngitis since about mid March. I had an ultrasound on my thyroid on Wednesday and the technician said the doctor would have the results in about a week. My last two blood tests showed the thyroid levels as ‘normal’ so I didn’t really expect anything showing up on the thyroid at all…..I was wrong. The hospital called me yesterday and asked me to call my doctor for an appointment right away to review the results….oh oh…that’s not sounding good! I saw the doctor this afternoon. It turns out I have multiple nodules; various types; various sizes on my thyroid…one of them is quite large and that one has to have a biopsy done on it. The good news is these are normally benign! The other bad news is that there may be another problem with the vocal cords so that will have to be addressed later on.

To top it off one of my hubby’s co-workers died on Wednesday so we were off to the funeral home right after I left the doctor’s office. His friend was almost 80 and had Parkinson’s for five years and then a stroke. Sad. He was a nice fellow but as his wife said, he is now at peace.

So, today I thought I’d post a sympathy card in memory of Rene.


This is a 5 ½” square card. The background is two pieces of grey paper from a paper back that I glued together to form one piece. The focal paper is water colour paper that I splashed water colour paint on and blended them. Then the image was stamped; the corner piece and scroll die cut and added and then the ribbon and bow. The sentiment was stamped as well.  

That’s all for an up and down hot and humid Friday, July 21, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We are having a heat wave.....and a card


After a few days of lovely weather, we are hit with a hot and humid day. This morning it was 36C (96F) but felt like 40C (104F)….and this will continue for the next few days….with, of course, some thunderstorms thrown in as well. This was a very busy day for us; many errands; groceries; my thyroid ultrasound; and then quilt guild meeting...and I have just enough energy left to post this card.



Today’s card was made with the Stampin’ Up stamp set called High Tide……its fairly new and after borrowing from my friend, I ordered it from our local Stampin' Up demonstrator, The Pampered Stamper. I just had to have it because it can be used in so many ways…..but it hasn’t come in yet….but soon! Here’s a thinking of you card I made when I had Jane's set.



The background was done on water colour paper – the birds and grass are part of the stamp set as is the water waves – and many more stamps. The lighthouse, also part of the stamp set, was stamped and cut out and then glued on top. The sentiment, yes, part of the set, was stamped on cardstock and die cut with the Stampin’ Up stitched square die and it was glued on. Twine was wrapped around the card after it was mounted on dark brown; then it was mounted on the piece of designer paper (from the stash) and then onto a dark brown card base.



That’s all for a hot and humid Wednesday, 2017-07-19.

Cheers

Violet


Monday, July 17, 2017

Simpler Version


Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend – we did, except for the rain showers yesterday afternoon which interrupted our ‘sitting around doing nothing” at the bay. Today was absolutely beautiful weather with a nice breeze blowing and I wish it would just stay like this for the rest of the summer….and maybe into the fall a bit. It was grass cutting and yard work day today for us….. and I think pretty much everyone in the neighbourhood as well.



Today’s card is a simpler version of the one I posted last Friday – slide down to see if you missed it…..to view the techniques used.
  


I’m not sure who is going to receive this card but birthday cards are always nice to have on hand. I used the same technique as the card posted Friday to get that nice oval in the centre. The sailboat (Close to My Heart stamp) was stamped with Stampin’ Up Night of Navy as was the birthday greetings. Then it was mounted on a blue card base. Quick and easy but very effective.



That’s all for a beautiful Monday, July 17, 2017.

  

Cheers

Violet



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Friday, July 14, 2017

A New Card with 2 New-to-me Techniques


Wow, we finally had a typical summer day with no threat of rain! It was hot and humid but not unbearable – at the lake that is…not sure about in the city! We went on another picnic and bike ride today and it was a great day. We may actually have two nice days in a row as tomorrow is predicted to be the same….but on Sunday we are back to thunderstorms!



A friend of our recently had open heart surgery (two surgeons and it took them seven hours) but he is home now and recovering nicely. I made him a card the other day using two techniques I had never used before. Here is his card.





 I began with an old greeting card that I die cut an oval out of it – Spellbinders. Then I placed it over a piece of white cardstock and sponged on Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink through the open area to get a nice light blue oval. Then I stamped the boat (Close to My Heart) and the birds (Tim Holtz) with the same ink. That is one technique that I have never used before and I loved doing it and made a few more cards too…..stay tuned for them!



The Frugal Crafter had another technique I had never done before she demonstrated on a recent YouTube video and I wanted to try it but didn’t have the right punch. She punched the corners of the card front with a punch that left an insert on each side of the corners. I had nothing even close that would do that. However, I do have a punch that does two vertical lines for threading ribbon through. I found out that if I just put the punch in just a bit at the corners I end up with a notch….which worked perfectly. I taped one end of the bakers cord to the back and then wrapped it from corner to corner catching it in the notches and then taping the end at the back again. I love how it framed the picture. The sentiment was computer generated; mounted on a hand cut banner and then added with a dimensional glue strip. I then glued it to a dark blue piece of cardstock (yes the hand cut banner was cut from the middle of the blue panel) and then onto a white card base. I hope he likes it. I certainly had fun making it.



That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, July 14, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Two Similar Cards


Another day, another thunderstorm….and more on the way. We just cannot seem to have two or three nice days in a row this summer…..but we have been having two or three rainy days in a row.

I recently made two cards almost the same but with different sentiments…..and I may do this more often!

Here is the birthday card.

The flowers were a free download from the Internet that were coloured and cut out. Stickles were added to the centres. All the paper is from my stash – as usual! Luckily I had some purple cardstock to match the purple card base and some designer paper with small purple flowers on it. The labels were die cut with a Spellbinder’s fancy rectangle die and glued together. First I stamped the sentiment and then I glued on the flowers and leaves. Then the little flower stamp was added to fill in some blank spaces.

And here it is as an Anniversary card.
This time I went with a light purple card base and used the same cardstock as the inner fancy rectangle. Other than that, the card was made the same way. I think I like the birthday version a bit better but this one is more subtle so suitable for an anniversary.

That’s all for a thunder stormy Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



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Monday, July 10, 2017

Teenage Boy Birthday Card


We had a wonderful weekend and got some much needed exercise as well. Saturday we took the bikes out to Rondeau Provincial Park for another bike ride…. we thought we were going to be rained out a few times but it past by us with only a few drops.  Sunday was wonderful weather and no chance of rain for once so we had a wonderful BBQ with one of my daughters, her hubby and son.  

  

Last week was my oldest Grandson’s birthday. Joven turned 18 and when I went to post his card on the blog I couldn’t find it – that’s because I took the photo of it and didn’t download it! So, I’m posting it today instead. He loves cats so I made sure I made a card with a cat on it.





The cat is from an Halloween Inkadinkado stamp set but I just stamped the cat in brown ink instead of black in and it is no longer a Halloween cat! Once it was dry I sponged on some lighter brown ink to fill in the white areas and added some green for the eyes. It was then cut out and the edges inked with brown – I hate white edges. The cupcake is a very old QuicKutz die. The icing is actually thick sparkly foam and yes, it die cut it just fine.  The cherry was added with a dimensional glue dot. The background is a piece of white cardstock that I used to soak up some ink and maybe water colour paint and it just looked like it belonged on this card. The strip along the bottom was from the stash and it was added so that cat had something to sit on. The sentiment was die cut in black and glued on.



Here is the inside of the card:




  

That’s all for a long Monday – July 10, 2017 – very tired today – and we had yet another thunderstorm this morning. Tomorrow is the only day that rain and thunderstorms are not predicted until at least next Monday – I do hope they are wrong!

Cheers

Violet



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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Giant Lilies

Hello blog readers. I'll be back tomorrow with a card but tonight I'm sharing a couple photos of some giant lilies that are blooming in my garden. I didn't buy white ones but obviously when you buy bulbs you can't tell if you are getting the colours that you wanted. These are the largest lilies I have ever seen so I just had to share them.


I measured the lily above from the tip of the top petal to the tip of the opposite petal and it measured just over 10".....yes, 10 inches. Huge lily!

These are the ones that are open now....more buds on the left of them. 

That's all for tonight

Cheers
Violet



Friday, July 7, 2017

Window Cards are one of my Favourite Cards


Well this was a busy day and it ended with yet another thunderstorm! I was working like crazy trying to get a quilt made for my daughter because there was a chance we would get together this weekend but alas, it turns out its not going to happen. She and her hubby and two boys are volunteering at a local Ronald McDonald house on Sunday which is the day we are available and that is more important for sure. We’ll see them another day. My son-in-law’s 16 year old cousin died from cancer a couple of years ago so they do volunteering with his aunt and uncle at several different events for Ronald McDonald Houses (where his aunt and uncle stayed while Brady was at Toronto Sick Kids and Child-Can who are an such a help to the family of children diagnosed with cancer….it is the same organization that our quilt guild makes quilts for so every child diagnosed with cancer at the London Hospital receive a quilt….and so much more. Both wonderful organizations.



So, anyway, it is 10:40 and I just realized I had not posted a card yet. So, now I am. In memory of Brady, here is a sympathy card.




This is another card made with the Memory Box window frame die (clear plastic added behind the windows) and a recycled note card as the focal image. I do like to recycle when I can. The window cards are one of my favourite cards to make. Glitter thread was wrapped around the card top before it was glued to the card base. The sentiment is a gold peel-off.



That’s all for a hot and now wet Friday, July 7, 2017. Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Sympathy Card Finished


It was such a beautiful day here in Ontario that hubby and I decided to take sandwiches and have lunch at the lake and then go to Rondeau for a bike ride – our first of the year. We normally ride 2 or 3 times a week from May 24 to late September but this year, with me not feeling well, and he being a year older, we kept putting it off! We are both tired tonight, but so glad we went.



Today I’m posting a sympathy card….unfortunately we all need these and usually I send out more than one so each member of the grieving family receives one.




I was actually making a different card when I saw this water coloured piece of water colour paper that I had made previously and it got lost in the pile of ‘things to finish later’. I decided to finish it! First I stamped the flower then ran the black and white ribbon across the bottom and the ends hidden behind the panel. I tied the bow and added it. The sentiment is a silver peel-off on a stitched Stampin’ Up oval. It was then mounted on black – and yes, the oval was die cut out of the middle of the black cardstock before I glued the focal image down. This was then glued to a piece of light blue that was die cut with a stitched die from Elizabeth dies. Then it was all glued to a black card base.



That’s all for a lovely summer Wednesday, 2017-07-05

Cheers

Violet



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