Monday, August 8, 2022

A Baby Card

 Well, with any luck the terrible heat wave we’ve been having will end tonight. I love summer and the heat but the humidity has to go. It has felt over 100F for a couple of weeks now so our A/C will be relieved of its duty as of tomorrow, I hope!

Today’s card is one of those ones that are very cute when finished but they do require a bit of work…like putting a puzzle together.

The stork and baby were all die cut; some from just white cardstock and then inked; some with coloured cardstock and then glued together in the right order. The Baby sentiment is from another die set. The circle and rectangle are from yet another set. The background paper is from my stash.

We had a bit of rain this morning and its threatening rain again right now (and I now I hear thunder) so hopefully that will bring some cooler air in.

That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, August 8, 2022.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

A Scrappy Card

     Why is this summer flying by so fast? I cannot believe it is August already! We had a very hot and humid long weekend and although they predicted thunderstorms, not a drop of rain fell here. Tonight we finally had some rain. Such a blessing.

    Today’s card is using up scraps and adding odds and ends.

                         
    The background are strips of left over paper cut in various sizes and glued to a piece of thin white paper; trimmed to 4” x 5 1/4” to fit on a standard A2 card with a small border showing; and then run through an embossing folder. I always run these scrappy cards through an embossing folder because it helps seal the glue and gives it some gentle texture.

 I had these felt bright doilies I picked up at Michael’s several years ago and haven’t used many of them….especially these hot pink ones. But, there was some hot pink in the strips so I went for it. The die cut image was stamped and coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol….it was sitting in the stash waiting to be used as well.

 I didn’t put a sentiment on this one as I’m not sure if I want it for a thinking of you or birthday card…either one would be fine I think.

That’s all for a hot and humid…but wet….Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

 Cheers

Violet

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Making it Work

 We are having a brief relief from the oppressive heat we’ve been under. There is a lovely breeze blowing and we had a bit of rain, not enough, but a bit, so today was a much more pleasant day.

A couple weeks ago I posted a card featuring a girl carrying an umbrella. Please scroll back if you missed it. Here is another card using the same stamp on a different background.

                                     
    This background is from the same paper pack as the other one but much more imagery on the one side. The image of the girl was stamped and lightly coloured with Distress Inks but she sort of blended in too much with the background. Mmmmhhh, what to do. Well the only thing I could come up with was to die cut a dark green frame (same cardstock as the card base) and glue it over the girl. I think that worked out just fine. She is now the central image. A silver sentiment peel-off was coloured with a green Bic alcohol marker and then it was glued on.

That’s all for a beautiful day on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Take care all and have a safe and creative weekend. Monday is a holiday in most of Canada called The Civic Weekend but it has never been made an official holiday, yet!

Cheers

Violet

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A New Stamp Set

     Still very hot and humid here but the weeds were getting out of control so I spent the afternoon hoeing and weeding and ripping out some plants that were overgrown. Whew! Glad that’s done.

    Have you ever seen a real cute stamp set and bought it without really planning on how you can use it. This was this set. I seldom buy a stamp set unless I have a clear idea of what I can do with it and how many times I can change it. ….but once in while!!! This is the card that was the final project.

                        
The main stamp are the words only! The cupcake, candle and present are separate stamps. I did struggle with this one a bit but probably because I never use sketches.

So, I stamped it in black ink on a piece of scrap paper at first just to get an idea of how well it stamped and what it looked like. I immediately knew it needed to be stamped in colour. Red is a happy colour so it was stamped in red on white cardstock. What next? I didn’t like it taking up the entire A2 card so I cut one side off and rounded the corners on the other side. I found some paper with dandelion bits on it which I thought would be perfect as a background so it was glued to a red card base - it looks pink, but its red. Then I stamped the cupcake, present and candle on separate cardstock, coloured them, added glitter, and glossy accents on the cherry to make it shine and hand cut them. They are then glued in the empty spaces. It needed something else so I added three red gems to the top left corner which looked bare. It’s okay, not my favourite stamp set but I will use it again.

That’s all for a hot and humid…..and no rain…Tuesday.

 Cheers

Violet

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Monday, July 25, 2022

My Sister's Garden.

 I know I've been missing in action lately. I was out of town last week for my sister's memorial and it was an exhausting few days. I do have some cards to share this week but first of all I am posting a story that was featured last Saturday in the Hamilton Spectator. It is the story of my sister and her garden. Hope you like it. It captures her personality perfectly.

Here is the link.

A garden that began with a love story and carries on | TheSpec.com

Cheers

Violet


Friday, July 15, 2022

Wolf Card Number 3

 Ahhh….beautiful summer weather. A wee bit hot if out in the sun but in the shade, lovely. We have no A/C on even and its comfortable in the house. This will likely end tomorrow as the temps will creep up into the 90F’s and even into the 100F’s next week but I’m enjoying it while it lasts. Rain would be a blessing though - so dry here.

So, today is wolf card number 3. This is the one that was sent.

                               

     Once again, the moon and sky were done exactly like the card that was posted two days back so please scroll back to read it. In this card you can see the entire die - the black rim around the moon; the trees on the left; the wolf and the hill he is standing on. This time I used that single tall skinny tree die and did a partial cutting so it left the entire tree and ground as one piece. Jennifer McGuire demonstrates this technique all the time and I’ve started to use it more and more. For complete instructions, please go to her site or any YouTube and search for partial cutting. Basically you place the top cutting platform (I have a Big Shot) where you want the cutting to stop instead of on top of the entire die. If there is no pressure over the die, it will not cut.  I had to do some trimming afterwards but that’s all right. I just wanted the tree to be part of the ground part and not separate….just because, no real reason.

    That’s all for a lovely Friday, July 15, 2022. Have a wonderful weekend; stay safe and be kind.

Cheers

Violet

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Wolf Card Number 2

 I’m loving this summer weather! It’s been wonderful, BUT we need rain! It is so dry here its awful. Areas all around us have had rain, but it keeps missing us. Maybe tomorrow! Fingers crossed.

Today I’m posting Wolf Card Number 2, that also did not get picked for our grandson.

                                   
    The sky and moon were both made exactly like the one in the previous posting so I will not go into detail here. Just scroll back to read it how they were done.

    This time I decided to cut hills from various shades of black cardstock and they were just stacked up so it looked like the wolf was on a rocky mountain. I die cut a couple of extra trees and added them where the one that came with the die was. Once again, the sentiment was computer generated.  

    The next wolf card I post is the one that was chosen to be sent. Stay tuned!

 

Cheers

Violet

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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Wolf Card Number One

 It was a lovely day today so we headed out to Rondeau Provincial Park with the bikes and did 21.52km this afternoon. First we enjoyed a veggie burger and fries at the store there. I’ve had insomnia for the last three nights and I just didn’t feel like BBQing. Hopefully the bike ride will encourage sleeping!

One of our grandsons is having a birthday and he loves wolves. He has since he was about a year old and his dad bought him a stuffed wolf. He now has many! So, I made three wolf cards and let hubby pick out the one he liked best. They are very similar, but different. This is wolf card number one, which did not get picked.

                       
    For each of the cards, I die cut a circle that fit perfectly behind the black trim that is part of the die out of a piece of masking paper which was also die cut to A2 size.  The wolf and small hill he is standing on, outer ring, mountain in the distance and a couple of trees are one die. Not much room for variation but I did manage some.

    First I put the A2 card mask down and sponged two shades of yellow to form the moon - first Distress Oxide Lemon; then Distress Mustard Seed and then Distress Wild Honey to add some shadows. Then a bit of Distress Villainous Purple on the edge of the dabber to add in some clouds. Then that mask was removed and the moon mask was placed over the moon. The background was then inked with various blue and purple ink and then Distress Black Soot around the edge. I tried on a practice piece to add stars but they looked like snow so I gave up - for now!

So for this card, I hand cut some hills to go behind the wolf and die cut a couple more trees to fill in that left hand corner. It just looked unfinished. The sentiment is computer generated and adhered with a dimensional strip.

That’s all for a beautiful July 7, 2022.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, July 4, 2022

Bicycle Built for Two

 Well we just had a marvelous long weekend. It was Canada Day July 1 which happened to fall on a Friday, so that was nice…. and the weather was perfect! Today is hot and humid again and tomorrow maybe rain and a thunderstorm! I’m hoping for rain. We need rain desperately.

And, Happy 4th of July to all my American readers. I have several relatives and friends living in the USA.

I’m still making wedding cards that I might use for my grandson and his fiancée. I probably won’t use this one but it was fun to make.

                      

     Once the couple on the bike for two was die cut I sat there and thought to myself, “Now what?” I had no idea what to make with it. So, I figured weddings and hearts go together so I die cut the big heart and the die cut image fit just fine.  The main image was die cut again and glued together as the black cardstock was not very thick. I had already rummaged through the red paper stash and found these two papers from the same pack. They have roses on them but almost as a dark tone on tone so it is very subtle. One was die cut for the heart to fit onto and then it was mounted on black cardstock - and yes, the middle part is probably where I die cut the second image! It was then mounted on to the next paper which was 4”x4” and it was then mounted on a 4 1/2” card base. 

The curvy banner was die cut and stamped and added on. It needed something else so I die cut the small heart and stamped “love’ on it and added it with a dimensional dot. Cute card but I think I’ll save it for someone else.

That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, July 4, 2022.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

A Mixed Media Card

     This is a later at night than I normally post and that’s because our hydro (electricity for the USA readers) was out tonight. No idea why but by the time it came back on we were happy sitting out on the front porch visiting with our neighbour - and I just happened to have some pineapple cake made so we enjoyed that as well.

      So, tonight’s post is sort of a mixed media card…but on a simple style.

                        
    I had a few pages of a 6” paper pack that I had never done anything with and decided it was time to do so. This one had that bird printed on it. This paper is very thin so I had to be careful not to add too much water. The first thing I did was pick the card base. I wanted something that contrasted with the green, so bright wine worked the best. The little leaves were about that colour so I thought it would bring that colour to the card base. Then I used some of the same colour ink and blended in the top and a bit of the side. 

    The girl with the umbrella was stamped and then I gently coloured the umbrella and boots with the same ink; and a the coat was first coloured in with the same ink as the boots but then I went over it with green so it picked up both the wine and green in the rest of the card. The sentiment is from another stamp set and it was stamped about three or four times in that grape coloured ink. Luckily I had put it in my Tim Holtz stamp positioner so I could easily re-stamp it until it was dark enough. That ink pad was one of those $2 ones from Michael’s and they don’t last long.

    That’s all for a lovely June night. Another heat wave starts tomorrow!

 Cheers

Violet

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