Monday, December 10, 2018

A Christmas Bird Card


 This has been a busy but frustrating few days…cold weather; brain disorders acting up; and my sewing machine quitting. It’s in for repairs now but he is so busy when I called at 3:00 he hadn’t even looked at it yet. Groan. I have a small sewing machine but it is awkward to use after being used to using the larger one. It is the one I take to quilting bees because it is lighter to carry…which is where I was today. Twice a month a group of us get together and we make quilts for kids with cancer plus what we call ‘comfort quilts’ that go to members of our community who have been diagnosed with a life threatening disease (usually cancer) or some other serious ailment. We give these away and people are shocked that we don’t accept money for them. Some families will decide to have their own fund raiser for us afterwards though….usually a card game night…and we appreciate that. We get lots of fabric donated to us but we have to buy backing and batting so we do fundraisers for that. We also make quilts for the hospital and hospice. In fact a hospital in Hamilton, ON contacted us to ask if we could provide them with small quilts for the preemies….we have no idea how they knew us but of course, we said yes and had a special sewing day to get some made for them. It always nice to be able to give back.

        I did get some more Christmas cards made….no sewing machine so back to the lower studio for a few hours! Here’s one that I really like how it turned out.

    
     I had run a piece of velum through the Big Shot in the Swiss Dot embossing folder but never used it. I also had that little bird already coloured but never used…. and I decided to see if I could combine them. I know most people use a sketch but I’m more of a “lets try this and see if it works’ type. So the card base is a bright red as is the die cut sentiment across the top and the stitched circle. When I laid the image on the card I decided it needed something else so I die cut the holly branches for the left side…one behind the circles and one on top. That was okay but it needed something on the right side to balance it but the holly leaves were too big so I die cut some smaller ones and added them. It needed some bling so I added three red gems. Once it was all glued in place I added the flocking to the hat brim and pompom. I like how this one turned out.

        That’s all for a cold Monday, December 10, 2018. Ill be back on Wednesday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Peace on Earth Card


        Another decent day today but it was a wee bit on the cooler side this morning so we opted to walk at the arena….wrong decision. They were having a hockey tournament…must have been a PA day because these were boys about 10 – 12 playing. It was so noisy and crowded we did half our usual laps and called it day.

        This afternoon as I was trying to get a quilt quilted the thread on my sewing machine kept snagging and I had to take it to the dealer to be checked out. He was able to fix it right then and there and $40 later I was smiling again!....well, not about the $40 but the fact that I didn’t have to leave it had me smiling!

        Today’s card is a little different and I’m not sure I’m totally in love with it. It’s okay but could be better.

 

        This one was a bit of an experiment. First the stamp was inked up with Versa Mark ink and once stamped, white embossing powder was poured over the image and then heat embossed. It was stamped on a piece of cream cardstock and then dark brown ink was sponged around the edges and getting lighter as it went in; leaving the middle untouched. Then the sentiment was die cut out of gold cardstock and glued on. It was then mounted on a Kraft card base and gold peel-off strips were added around the edges.

        Like I said its okay, but not my favourite. Hopefully who ever receives it will like it better than I do.

        That’s all for cool Friday, December 7, 2018. I’ll be back on Monday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Golden Christmas Tree Card


        We had a pretty mild day today – right around the freezing mark – so for Canada in December, that’s mild….especially when there was no wind.  It was nice walking in the bush again.

        I’m part of the pastoral care team for our church which means I go and visit our church members who are now in a nursing home. I just go about once a month and sit and chat with them. They also like to get my cards so of course; I made them all Christmas cards. These are the only ones that I mass produce. They all get the same ones so which makes it easier for me. This year it is a golden Christmas tree card.

 

         This is a very old embossing folder, one of the first one I bought years ago. I ran it through the Big Shot using a piece of gold paper and then glued it to the card base using double sided tape. Then I added the glitter ribbon down one side and beside it is a thin gold peel-off strip. Then I added gems, and more gems, and more gems. In real life it is very sparkly. If you are new to card making here is a tip about using gems. Most manufacturers of gems lay down a strip of glue and then the gems are added. If you just pick up one gem, the whole strip will come off – or if you tug at it while holding down the other gems, the glue will come off the gem. So, here’s the best thing to do – take some sharp scissors (I like the Tim Holtz one) and snip in between each gem….I do about three rows in each time. Then as you pick up one gem, you just get that one.

        That’s all for a nice December Wednesday, December 5, 2018. I’ll be back on Friday with another card. Right now, I have two more quilts to pin together and get quilted before Christmas. If it wasn’t for the last minute, I wouldn’t get anything done!

        Cheers

Violet

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas Cats


        The weather outside is…well, not frightful…yet…confusing it is: rainy and cold one day (Saturday); up to almost 50F the next with some sun; and then in the afternoon we were under a severe thunderstorm watch; then today back to rain with a few flurries. Like I said, confusing. It’s the time of weather that seems to bring on a lot of cold and flu.

        Today’s card is a Christmas card made with one of my favourite dies – the window frame from Memory Box.

 

 There is a piece of thin plastic behind the frame to mimic glass. Its amazing what a difference that makes…although it doesn’t show well on the photo….in real life everyone it looks nice. I ran an ink pad around the frame to give it some dimension. The kittens are from a used greeting card that was repurposed instead of being thrown in the recycle bin. For the background I ran some Kraft cardstock through the brick embossing folder and then lightly sponged on some Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake over it and then splattered on some white paint for snow flakes. Once the kittens and window were glued on; the die cut ferns were added and then the label. Then everything was glued to a Kraft card base. I have many cat lovers on my Christmas list so I’m not sure who is going to get this one.

        That’s all for a rainy Monday, December-03-18.

        Cheers

Violet

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Christmas Stockings on a Card


            A much milder day here so it was back to walking in the bush instead of going to the arena to walk. It’s nice that the arena is open and free of charge to walk around but I always feel like a hamster in a wheel….I walk and walk and walk and I end up going no where. It’s so much nicer walking in the bush even though its quite small and we have to walk around it three times to get an hour’s walk in. I just prefer being outside.

        Today I’m posting two cards because they were made with the same Memory Box die but I used different paper…of course.

Both were die cut out of white cardstock first to get the outline. Then they were die cut from patterned paper for the insert parts.

 

I had a package of green cards and envelopes that my sister had given me but they were large 5 x 7so I cut the cards down to the standard 4.25 x 5.5. Of course, then I had the envelopes left over so I cut them down to 4 x 5.25 and glued them together to make them stronger. The stockings were glued to it. I added the designer paper to the card front; then the strip with the stockings and then added the sparkly peel-offs down the seams. Stickles were added to the lights and the heart.

        This is the second card but I used different paper.

 

And this time I added gold peel-off strips down the seams and then added the gold peel-off dots down the strip. These are the left over bits from peel-off lines, etc. and I use all the left over bits.

Waste not, want not! …..and besides that I’m just a bit frugal!

        That’s all for a mild Friday, November 30, 2018. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I’ll be back on Monday with another card.

        Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Last One of This Batch


        Another cold day here in Ontario….brrrr… I’m so not ready for this weather yet…but then again, I’m never ready for it.

        This is the last of the pop and twist cards I made. This one is for our 14 year old grandson….a very mature 14 year old so I knew I had to come up with something festive but fitting for his personality.

        First though, this is the video I took of the cards opening up in case you didn’t see it on the last post.



This is the front of his card.

 

            I love this Stampin’ Up embossing folder. Once it was embossed I just ran some light blue ink around the edges and into the card in places. Gems were added to the centre of the some of the snowflakes. The sentiment was die cut with the Christmas words from Sizzix.

This is the card opened up.

 

         The top piece was cut from a 6” paper pack and the sentiment was stamped. I did all the stamping using my Tim Holtz stamp positioner which I love. The red gems across the top are peel-offs.

        Here is a close up of the far left two panels in the inside.

 

The trees in the background were stamped with light grey ink. Light blue was sponged around the panel and into it a bit to look like snowdrifts. It’s hard to see on these tiny panels but in real life it looks nice. The deer was stamped in black ink.

The star was from a sticker pack and yes I know the blue part is upside down. I’m debating whether to use my “UnDu” to try to remove it or just leave it.

Here are the far right two panels.

 

The presents were from a paper pack on flimsy paper so I cut around them leaving a fairly good margin and glued them to a piece of white cardstock. Then I cut each one out and inked the edges with a black ink pad. Then I stacked them up so they filled the panel. These panels start at 2 ½” and get smaller so it was a challenge to find stamps that fit.

The trees and deer on the last panel were done they same as the one on the left.

        Whew! These are so time consuming to make I doubt if I’ll ever make another one…..well maybe one for my granddaughter who will be 27 next spring….but that’s it. No more.

        That’s all one a cold Wednesday, November 28, 2018. I’ll be back on Friday with a more traditional card.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Pop and Twist Number Two


        It’s been a cool, windy and rainy few days here but I’m just grateful the rain was rain and not snow! We may have some flurries overnight but flurries I can tolerate! Whenever it rains my brain disorders attack (trigeminal neuralgia and hemi-facial paralysis) and my creativity is limited….. but I like to keep busy so I’ve been un-mounting my wood stamps! Yikes. What a project but I have all the Christmas stamps un-mounted and some every day stamps. There are lots of videos on YouTube about this but some of them make it much more difficult than it has to be. I’ll explain how I do it on another posting if anyone is interested.

        Today I’m posting the second pop and twist card I made and I’m showing the video again in case you didn’t see last week’s posting. Here’s the video showing the cards opening.

    Here’s the second card.


               The background, minus the lower five snowflakes came from a 6” card pack. The snowman is a Stampenpous set which is now discontinued. It was quickly coloured and then I cut it out…no die set for this one. I also quickly cut a snow drift so he would have something to stand on. The lower five snowflakes were from a pack I picked up at the dollar store. Gems were added to all the snowflakes for just a little bling.

Here’s the inside of the card.


   

        Here’s a close-up of the two panels on the left.




        The snowflakes were again all stamped with some light blue ink throughout the entire card. This gives it some uniformity.

The sentiment on the far left came from the same set as the snowman on the front except the word, "snowmen" was missing so I just wrote it in.             The little bear…or dog…I couldn’t decide which it is…came from a small dollar stamp from Paper Wishes; as did the sentiment. I added some of the light blue ink, watered down, under him to look like ice.

 Here’s the far right panels. These start as 2 ½ by the way.




This dog/bear and sentiment is from the same set as the one on the left. In fact, the two are on one small stamp with their noses almost touching but I just inked them separately to fit on these small panels. The tree is from another small set.
Here's a close up of the centre two panels.
        If I had known how long these were going to take me to make I wouldn’t have started them but once I made one for one grandson, the other two had to get one as well. This grandma does not play favourites!

        That’s all for a rainy Monday, November 26, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Pop and Twist Cards


        Yesterday was a bitter cold day so we skipped the walk but today was much milder so we opted to walk through the bush again. We normally walk an hour at least 4 mornings a week….some mornings, like this morning, we have to give ourselves a pep talk and have to make ourselves leave the house…..sometimes attitude counts; sometimes not…you just do it.

        Today I’m posting the first of three twist and pop cards I made last weekend for my three youngest grandsons. These are interesting to make but they take a long time to complete….like four hours per card. I kid you not. By the time you do all the cutting and scoring and then stamping and colouring and figuring out how to put it all together….yeah, four hours easily….or maybe that’s just me?

        First, here’s a short video I shot of the cards opening up. 





Now here is a close-up of some of the features of the card.



  This is the front of the card. It just looks like a regular card but it is a bit thicker when you are holding it. The image came from a 6” paper pack that was cut down to 4.25 x 5.5. The strip across the bottom came from another pack. The snowflakes are old foam ones from the dollar store…although I did see they were back at Dollorama last week…but they were a bit blah looking to me so I covered them with glitter glue and set them aside to dry. The ‘let it snow’ sentiment was die cut twice; glued on top of each other and then onto the card front.

      Here is the inside of the card opened up. Forgive the quality of the photos as I was holding it open while taking the picture with the other hand.

 

These are the images on the inside on the left side of the pop out part.

 

The elf was stamped with a very old dollar stamp from Paper Wishes as was the sentiment and stars that came with it. The snowman is from ??? I think Inkadinkado but not sure. The snowflakes were stamped in light blue on all the cards and then the same blue was watered down and spread under the images to ground them. The images were all coloured with markers.

         Here are the ones on the right.




The snowmen are from an unmarked set I picked up at the thrift store a couple of years ago and never used…until now. The penguin and sentiment are from another Paper Wishes dollar stamp. I used to buy a lot from them but they changed their policies shipping to Canada and they lost my business.
There are lots of videos on YouTube about how to make these but some are even more difficult than these ones were. 

        That’s all for a mild Friday, November 23, 2018. Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone. I’ll be posting another twist and pop card on Monday.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Gate-Fold with Ribbon Band


        Brrrr. Its below zero here today and with the cold wind blowing, it feels like the middle of winter….and its not getting any warmer for tomorrow either. Tonight is our quilt guild Christmas party so I’m going to be brave and venture out.

        While making some Christmas cards on the weekend I opened a new stamp set and one stamp was missing. I didn’t think it would do me any good to complain to the company but I must admit Stampendous was excellent to deal with. Hats off to wonderful customer service!

        Today’s card is a gate-fold card that has a ribbon band around it which gives it a nice finished look....and holds it together.

            Here’s card folded up with a Spellbinder’s die cut medallion at the front. 
The sentiment is a very tiny gold peel-off. There is a ribbon wrapped loosely around the card and the medallion is glued to it. The medallion was cut once in the white cardstock and then the inside part was die cut in green. Love this die set. The paper is from a very old paper pack.

        This is the inside of the card.

 

        The image is a free download from the Internet. It was coloured with pencils and blended gamsol.  I added liquid embroidery to the snow but I’ve had this product for a few years and the snow turned a wee bit yellow….not very attractive at all. So I painted over it with white acrylic paint and sprinkled on some white glitter while the paint was wet. Much better. The wood grain paper is just Kraft cardstock that I ran through a wood grain embossing folder and then gently added Stampin' Up's Crumb Cake ink here and there on the embossed parts. Then white acrylic paint was splattered over it.The card is actually that green colour on the strip under the image….not the colour of the right panel….that’s from the lamp and the camera not cooperating. The inside sentiment is also a gold peel-off. 

        That’s all for a very cold and windy Wednesday, November-21-18. Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to all my readers in the United States. Hope you all have a wonderful day.



        Cheers

Violet

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Monday, November 19, 2018

A Silhouette Card


        It was a lovely fall day here today and we enjoyed a long walk thru Paxton’s Bush this morning. Joe spent the afternoon raking up the few leaves that had blown on the lawn…..just for something to do…and chatted with the neighbours….while I finished my grandson’s quilt top….now to get it quilted!

        When our local scrapbook store had a 50% off Christmas stamps and dies in the spring I treated myself to a few. I’m loving this silhouette die!

 
         This card is a little larger than I normally make but you have to go by the die. The plaid background paper is from a Tim Holtz 8” paper pack that I picked up 70% off at Michaels at the end of last year’s season. For the moon I just die cut a Spellbinder’s circle out of pale yellow cardstock and sponged Stampin’ Up Yo-Yo Yellow around the edges and into the moon a bit and I think a bit of Distress Ink, Spiced Marmalade, right around the outer edge. The bottom piece of designer paper came from a 6” pack and it was taped to the top piece right where the die cut bottom piece is. Once the silhouette was die cut it was just glued on. This was a quick and easy card but I really like it. I can see more silhouette dies coming to my house in the future.
        That’s all for a lovely…..just around the freezing mark so lovely for this time of the year….Monday, November-19-18.

         Cheers

Violet

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