Friday, July 13, 2018

A Scrapbook Layout



The hot and humid weather is creeping back and we had to turn the A/C back on. It’s going to feel like it’s over 100F again for the next few days….and of course, with the humidity comes thunderstorm warnings….we are hoping for some rain!   

We have two folding lawn chairs that have the foot rest and they are our favourites to take to the river when we just want to sit and read. The trouble is the bags ripped out. So, I took one ripped one into my favourite fabric shop, R.B. Fabrics, and picked out some rain-proof canvass to make new ones. The own, Rick, helped me figure out how much material I needed and gave me some tips on how to set up my machine for this heavy fabric. One is completed, one is about 90% done. It is awkward fabric to work with and when these are done, I’m going back to sewing with cotton! I wanted to get them done because when it’s this hot outside, we don’t ride the bikes, we sit at the river.

I thought I’d end the week with a scrapbook layout. We took two of our grandsons to Old Fort Malden a few years ago and here is the layout I did. 


I wanted to use my digital scrapbook templates so I downloaded the photos of some of the sights and demos we saw. There was one section that didn’t have a photo so I downloaded that polka dot digital paper, matched the colour to Jack’s shirt and added it in. The background paper came the way it is but I added that strip across the bottom. I liked the grunge look it gave. I added the journal strip but added the top and bottom brown pieces which were die cut with the Tim Holtz die and just used the middle bits.  


I used a different digital template for these photos. The title down the middle was also done on the computer. On this one I added some strips of sayings and more journaling.


Here are the two pages side by side. That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, July 13, 2018. Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone and I’ll be back on Monday with another posting.



Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I Wet my Plants...card!!!


Another beautiful day here in Ontario with a little less humidity but boy could we use a good rain. I walked across our backyard last night and the grass was crunchy…not a good sign at all! Today we went for another bike ride at Rondeau and it was beautiful by the lake.

Today’s card is another one made with an Art Impression stamp…..love their stamps.




The background is another one I made by cutting all my scraps into ½” strips and then gluing them onto white copy paper leaving a small gap between them. These make a great background and it uses up a lot of scraps at the same time.

The stamped images was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. The stitched rectangle was die cut with an Elizabeth Craft Design die. I use this set a lot! The flowers and hose were cut out after coloured them and added with dimensional tape.  The sentiment block is a combination of two different stamp sets. The first one is from my stash and the bottom one came with this AI stamp set.

That’s all for a hot and not-as-humid, but lovely, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, July 9, 2018

A Quick and Easy Card


Well we had three beautiful days in a row here in Ontario. Friday and Saturday were perfect summer days – hot but no humidity and the A/C was off. We took the bikes to Rondeau both days and did almost 20km each day. Sunday we met one of the daughters and her family in London for a BBQ and get-together which was a lot of fun too….the weather started out being pleasant but it was starting to get hot and humid by the end of the day so we had to turn the A/C back on. We are in for several more days of hot and humid weather again!

Today was the last quilting day at the church until September. This is where we meet to make quilts for kids with cancer and comfort quilts for adults in our community who have been diagnosed with a serious illness; for the paediatric ward at our local hospital; the hospice and many other places that serve those in need. I brought some fabric home to make some more quilt tops though. It’s important to give back!

Today’s card would be classified as quick and easy.

The flower is from a Stampin’ Up stamp set and I placed the stamp in my Tim Holtz stamp positioner to do the stamping because it has about three layered stamps to complete the flower. I did it on water colour paper so I could do the background with water colour paint. The sentiment is from a Close to your Heart stamp set. The squares were die cut with a Spellbinder’s die. It was then glued to a purple card base and the bow added. It needed something on the bottom so I die cut a piece of black cardstock using a Tim Holtz die. Quick and Easy but I like how it turned out.

That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, July 9, 2018.

        Cheers

      Violet

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Celebrating 29...again? A humourous card.


Ahhh, we can breathe easily outside now! A short rainfall last night broke the heat wave and the temperatures dropped to a respectful degree – it was in the mid 70F today. Some areas got a severe thunderstorm with torrential rain but most of it missed us, as usual. We could use a good rain. Seeing as it was so nice today we packed up the bikes and had our first bike ride of the year. It was very windy at Rondeau Provincial Park but sunny and it was a lovely way to spend the day.

Today’s card was made with an Art Impression stamp. Love their stamps.



Once again it was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. The background was chalked. Stickles were added to the candle flames. I stamped this image three times and used three different sentiments….which were computer generated. All the rectangles were die cut with Spellbinder’s dies. All the paper is from the stash.

That’s all for a lovely summer day on Friday, July 6, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Grunge Card


I think I’m melting…. The heat wave continues with the temperature around 34C (94F) but feels like 41C (105F).

        We had to run a few errands today and wanted to go visit Joe’s sister so we braved it and ventured out….. and it was so hot it was unbearable. The heat on the weekend was so hot it buckled one of the highways! Now that’s hot! One more day of this and then the temperatures will be back to normal – thank goodness. I love summer and the heat, but not this humidity.

        Tomorrow is my oldest grandson’s birthday. Joven will be 19. He’s in university studying criminology with the hopes of joining either the Police or the RCMP – which scares the daylights out of me but we must support their choices. Here’s the card I made for him.
 

I wanted to make him a grunge card! He is after all a young man so heaven forbid they get a card with gems, bows or glitz on it. I used stamps from Stampin’ Up and their ink, Night of Navy and Crumb Cake. I wanted it to look like paintball splatters. I really didn’t like it so I showed it to Joe and asked his opinion – he thought it was great!....Yup, the man’s opinion is so different than woman’s! I hand cut the banner, sponged it with Crumb Cake and glued it on a piece of left over blue cardstock. The button is a paper one that I die cut and sponged Stampin’ Up Early Espresso on and tied on some jute string and attached it with a strong glue dot. It was then mounted on a Kraft card base.

        I’m still not crazy about it but hopefully Joven will like it.

        That’s all for a very, very hot and humid Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Happy 4th of July to all my readers from the U.S.A.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, July 2, 2018

A Card and the Heat Wave


The heat wave continues! It felt like 111F over the weekend and over 100F this afternoon. We opted to go to Lake Erie one day and along St. Clair River the next and as long as we were in the shade by the water, it was lovely…..and then we came back to the city – yikes! What a difference. Here’s a funny comic that has been floating around Facebook this week.





 Love it. Today and until this heat wave breaks, I’m thinking we are just staying in the A/C!

 Yesterday was Canada Day! Unfortunately, this year my daughters were both busy so it was just Joe and I to celebrate it which we did with a BBQ at the river. When I got home I quickly did a digital scrapbook page with the few photos I took and then I’ll put it on a 12x12 paper later with embellishments, of course, for a complete scrapbook layout. Here’s the digital layout.....the BBQ lunch was veggie chick'n scaloppini, baked potatoes and roasted carrots...all on our small portable BBQ.


Darn, I forgot to remove my glasses again. I have the ones that turn into sunglasses automatically and always forget to remove them. Oh well.


Today I’m also posting a card that I made that was more finicky that I usually do but in the end I liked it.




I had a piece of cardstock laying on my desk that had multiple colours sponged on it….Distress Ink I think. I’m not sure what I was planning on doing with it but obviously the original idea didn’t happen. So I decided I had to use it or toss it and decided they would make pretty flowers so I brought out a very old Die-namites die….no I didn’t spell it wrong, it is Die-namites. I won some of their dies from a blog contest they had. So I first die cut the flowers out of that dark green and then again from the coloured cardstock.

I removed the green petals and glued the green outline on   the yellow cardstock. Then I had to pick out each flower petal from the coloured cardstock and glue it into the correct place….every little piece….and the middle of the leaves. I’m more of quick and easy card maker….except for colouring stamped images which I do while I watch TV…..so this took a little more time than I expected but in the end I liked it. I decided it needed something else so I glued on the sequins; bow and pearl. The sentiment started out silver but I wanted it red so I went over it with a dark red alcohol marker. Once everything was dry it was glued to a card base.

That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, July 2, 2018.



Cheers

Violet

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Friday, June 29, 2018

A Little Birdie Told Me....


The heat and humidity must be already affecting me – I almost forgot to post a card tonight. We are under a heat advisory – as is most of the country I think and down into United States. It is expected to be about 38C (89F) tomorrow but with the humidity is will feel like 44C (111F). We may go to the lake and just sit in the shade – it’s always cooler at the lake – or we may just sit in the air conditioned house!

Today’s card is another one using Tim Holtz Crazy Birds. Its a 5 1/2 square cards....they do not cost more to mail in Canada.




I dug through the yellow stash bin and pulled out some paper that matched and taped them together to form the background. I love sitting and making backgrounds…so relaxing. The vertical seam was covered with a die cut rope and the horizontal one was covered with the ribbon that goes through the Spellbinder’s ribbon die. The sentiment was computer generated. The bird was coloured quickly with Distress Ink and then die cut. The wing and nose were part of the accessory pack and they just add some dimension to the bird.

That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, June 29, 2018. My sister and her husband celebrate 60 years of marriage today – I was their flower girl….and yes, I do remember bits of it.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hey Chick


Today could be the last of the nice weather without needing the A/C on. We just had a couple of thunderstorms pass by that left a good soaking for the garden. I’m sure the farmers would prefer an all day rain but we haven’t had one of those for quite awhile now…..and I’m just grateful for any rain at all. It is going to get hot and humid starting tomorrow with temperatures in the 90F but it will feel like its well over 100F. Definitely A/C time.

Today’s card is another one made with the Stampin’ Up “Hey Chick” stamp set. I liked this set but wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it but I finally decided to do some experimenting and see what turned out. I rather like this one.




The chicken was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. The stitched circles are from a Stampin’ Up set and I left the hen in while I sponged yellow around her so a white border would show. The scalloped circle is a Spellbinder’s die. The banner was hand-cut. All the paper is from the stash. The sentiment is one I made up and it was computer generated. It was all assembled on the background paper and the glued to the card base. I’m now starting to like this set!

That’s all for a lovely day on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, June 25, 2018

A Postcard Greeting Card


It’s Monday and the weather is beautiful – why not, the rainy weekend is over! Grrrrr. We had plans to have a BBQ with my daughter and family but it was pouring rain where she lives and where we were planning on meeting (half way between us) and then it started to rain here too. Grrrrrr again. It has been rebooked but still very disappointed.

        A blogger friend had a birthday over the weekend and she likes to make and receive postcards rather than greeting cards so I made her one as a surprise. Here it is.




        I usually use cereal boxes that I cut down and gesso as the starting base but this time I had a pack of mixed media paper that was just a bit bigger than a normal sized postcard so I decided to cut one to size to save some time and use one of them. I actually liked the process so much better this may become my normal!

The sky and water was done using water colour paint. Clouds are easy to create on water colour pictures – just wad up a tissue and dab the wet paint. I got this tip from The Frugal Crafter! The waves were created by using a Stampin’ Up stamp from their “High Tide” set and the birds and the sand were also from that set.

        The trees are from an Inkadinkado tree set, which I love, and I first inked up some trees in grey; stamped the background trees on scratch paper and then onto the card as the second generation stamping so they would appear farther back. Then the tree at the front was stamped several times with various colours of green with the ink spread around with a wet brush and then a final stamping in black for the details. The grass and brushes at the background are from an old set that I bought at the thrift store so I have no idea who made them.

        The deer were die cut and glued on and then I added some shadows under them to ground them. Once everything was dry I painted on a light coat of ModPodge to seal everything and to give it more stability as it was going to Arkansas.  My friend loved it so I’m relieved.

        That’s all for a lovely Monday, June 25, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, June 22, 2018

A Hello There Card


It’s hard to know how to plan ahead this summer. Last weekend this weekend looked like perfect weather; now it is raining and will continue to rain off and on all weekend. There goes the BBQ get together with family. Oh well, I’m still on the disabled list (according to hubby) but I’m referring to it as the ‘restricted’ list so I guess a couple more quiet days will help heal the ham string.

        Today’s card is another one made from scraps of left over paper a die and then a sentiment added.




The background was made by cutting little strips of paper ½” wide and various lengths. Then they were glued to a white piece of paper leaving a small gap between the ends and each other…sort of like tile. This time I stuck to all shades of blue and yellow which is a common combination, especially in the quilting world. Once the strips were all glued down it was set aside to dry and then it was trimmed to 4” x 5 ¼” and glued to a yellow card base.

The flower was die cut and then glued on with a yellow gem added to the centre of the flower. The sentiment and the stitched oval are from Stampin’ Up. The sentiment was inked up with Rangers Big and Juicy stamp pad so it has two colours on it….it used to have four but the inks merged together – grrrrr.

        That’s all for a wet and cool Friday, June 22, 2018. Have a great weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet

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