Monday, October 15, 2018

Feathers on a Card


        Well the weekend was pretty nice with temperatures around 12C (53F) but the with the sun shining and no bitter cold wind it was a pleasant temperature to be outside in. Today however; the wind is bitter cold so it’s not pleasant to be out in it at all.

        Today’s card is one I whipped up for a man’s birthday but not sure I’m all that happy with it. You can let me know if it’s a hit or miss in the comments….and I do enjoy receiving the feedback. 

         My sister gave me a nice pile of purple cardstock…along with quite a few other colours. I think she was thinking of making cards herself but then decided not to so I was the happy recipient of her stash.

        For this card I cut the purple cardstock down to fit on a standard black card base. Then I cut the middle of the purple cardstock out with a rectangle die….its hidden so why waste it! I could do that because I put a piece of white cardstock over top of the purple. Before gluing down the cut out piece I ran it through the Big Shot using some feather dies to emboss rather than cut….you know you can do that right? Just lay the cardstock over the die (face up) and then lay embossing mat over the cardstock; using the usual plates you normally would for embossing and run it through as if you were embossing a cut piece.  You have to enlarge the card to see them I think.

Once all the paper was glued in place I took some feathers and glued them together at the bottom and tied a jute string around them to hold them in place. Then they were glued down to the left edge. The banner as hand cut from another piece of the same purple cardstock; the sentiment was stamped and heat embossed; and tucked underneath the feathers. It is adhered with a dimensional glue strip.  

        So the person I was thinking of making it for loves to hunt so that is where the inspiration comes from. His birthday is not until May though so I have lots of time to decide if I like it enough to send it….or one of my friends might like it for a man in their life and I’ll make another one. Let me know your thoughts of it.

 Cheers

Violet

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Halloween Card


Brrrrr. Its cold today….at least compared to the weather on the first of the week. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday was so hot it felt like summer and everyone had on shorts and T-shirts; Thursday it was heavy hooded sweatshirts; today its fall jackets over top of sweatshirts. We could get some frost tonight as well…..insert big sigh here…the cold weather is here and only going to get colder. I’m so much more of a summer person than a winter person.

My grandkids all love Halloween so I make them all Halloween cards….well the youngest three anyway. The older two are a bit old for cards but I do send them Halloween bookmarks.

Here’s Jack’s card for this year.

 



I love how this card turned out. I picked up this wavy circle die on sale at the Paper Pickle, our local scrapbook store, and didn’t realize at the time that they were not individual dies; and instead, you cut out all of them at once…there are three or four more smaller dies yet but I didn’t use them. In fact the last one is a flower…not very Halloweenish. So I die cut one in black; one in purple plus a few other colours for the other cards and then mixed and matched them. This die is so much fun!

First I took a piece of old bluish-purplish-greyish piece of paper and stamped some Halloween images on it – labels, sayings, etc. using purple ink so it would not be overwhelming. Then I grunged up the sides and inked them in black drawing some of the black down into the paper. Then I stamped the hat wearing skeleton in the middle in black and proceeded to add the different layers of die cut cardstock around the image.

The bats (Sizzix) were all die cut and a dimensional glue dot was placed behind them so the eyes would be white. I had placed the bats just on the paper but they just weren’t effective enough but the white eyes really made them pop. Then I die cut the ‘beware’ twice (another Sizzix die) and glued them on top of each other to make it thicker and glued it on under the circles. This was then glued onto a Kraft card base that had the edges all inked in black.   

That’s all for a cold and windy Friday, October 12, 2018. Have a safe and happy weekend everyone. I’ll be back on Monday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Last nice day....and a Card



            Looks like this will be the last nice day before it turns cold again. We keep hearing about Hurricane Michael and that sounds like one wicked hurricane. Hopefully everyone that was told to evacuate does so and there is no loss of life…..unfortunately there is bound to be a lot of property damage but at least it can be rebuilt or replaced.

        Today’s card is another one of those ‘lets see if this will work’ cards and I really like how it turned out. 


        Yes, I’m still using some scraps from this old 8”x8” paper pack……and I have lots of full pages left. I took some of the bits; taped them together at the back; trimmed them to 4” x 5 ¼”; added gold peel-off strips over the seams and glued it to a standard card base. I found some deep burgundy cardstock that was a darker colour than the paper and die cut a Spellbinder’s oval from it and a smaller oval from another piece of the designer paper. Then I took some flower stems from the dollar store and ripped off the flowers and those ugly plastic centres and glued them together and added the fancy beaded centres….one of the flowers was a single so it was folded over like a bud but it doesn’t show well in the photo…it’s the one that the banner is tucked under. The leaves were die cut from cardstock similar in colour to the green in the paper and glued on first; then the flowers. The wide banner was hand cut and tucked under the flowers. A gold peel-off sentiment and tiny heart were added to the banner. I decided it needed something else so I die cut a black butterfly using a Memory Box die and glued it on….and called it done.

        That’s all for a lovely……but getting cloudy with a risk of yet another thunderstorm.….Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, October 8, 2018

A New to Me Stamp


        Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers and Happy Monday to all the rest! This was a cold and wet thanksgiving weekend until day which was so hot it felt like summer again. We didn’t do much all weekend because Joe bent over to put the bicycle carrier down and put his back out last Wednesday……. and he was just starting to feel better today…..and decided he absolutely had to cut the grass today…..grrrrr….someone’s back is a little stiff and sore again. Men!

        I forgot to post a card on Friday; remembered on Saturday that I hadn’t posted; picked a card out to post; got interrupted and never got it done. So now its Monday so here’s the card.




        This image is a retired Stampin’ Up stamp. The set belonged to a card making friend and she was clearing out ones she didn’t want anymore so I bought it from her.  It was stamped on white cardstock and coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol….still my favourite way of colouring images….although I just finished doing some flowers using water colour pencils and I liked how they turned out too…..those have not been made into cards yet.

        Anyway, back to this card. The sky was splattered using a blue alcohol marker and one of those bulbs that you squeeze to disperse the ink. It doesn’t seem to work well with Tombow markers but the alcohol inks work well. I just wanted a different look – sort of looks like rain a bit.

        The background paper is from the stash and was glued together with a die cut paper rope hiding the seam. The sentiment was stamped on a punched oval and the edges were inked in red. It was glued to the bold hand cut banner.  

        That’s all for a lovely Monday, October 8, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Scrappy Cards - Use those Scraps


        It was a beautiful day here today which was nice after three days of rain! More rain tomorrow, nice on Friday, rain for the next four days which means our Thanksgiving weekend is a wash! That’s right; this weekend is the Canadian Thanksgiving. It’s always the second Monday in October. I was hoping go on a trip to see family but we don’t want to go when it’s terrible weather. Oh well, we will be thankful at home!

        Today’s card is another ‘use those scraps’ cards…and I love how these turn out.



All the designer paper is from an old 8x8 inch paper pack that was double sided. I had cut sections off to use in the standard card sizes so there were strips left over so it was time to use them up. I like to cut the strips about 1 ½” wide…or so…depends on what size the scraps are….and then cut them on the diagonal. I start glued them down with the sharp point near one corner….or where ever you want really as long as they all meet at the same place. This time I added strips of various gold peel-offs down each seam….this is optional but I rather like it. Then I added that dark purple triangle to cover the sharp ends; added another gold peel-off strip; some gold peel-off flowers and sentiment and mounted it on a card base. I love making these types of cards. They all turn out different.

That’s all for a beautiful Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Tonight is the first night for NHL – that’s hockey in case you are not a sports fan. I root for the Toronto Maple Leafs but Joe is a Red Wing fan…..we watch the games on separate TV’s; separate rooms; separate levels of the house….yeah, that’s why we have a happy marriage….avoid any unnecessary conflict! Especially because on person in this house (Joe) likes to tease but doesn’t seem to like being teased back so this works out well. Men!

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Trees and Motorcycles for Masculine Cards


            Saturday was a wonderful fall day with sun, no cold wind….a bit of a cool breeze but not cold…and there was both an antique fire truck display and an Etsy fair all on the main street through downtown Chatham. There were fire trucks from Ontario, N.Y., Penn., Michigan and Ohio and perhaps other states as well. There were some early ambulances as well….one was a car! Here’s a few pictures we took. I didn’t take my camera so we only had my cell phone and because of the sun shining down on it, you really couldn’t see what you were taking a picture of so it was really a point and shoot thing. The card is posting further down!


This one could only put out small fires I think.

This guy was on stilts! I was so impressed. After all, I'm been accused...accurately so.... of tripping over air so being able to walk on stilts amazes me.

A work in progress...the truck, not Joe!

This car was an ambulance!
The patient would ride in the passenger seat!

Another 'small fires only' fire truck.

This one was pulled by a small truck.

We loved these old vehicles.



        Anyone who lives in Chatham-Kent and sells on Etsy was offered a booth and there were dozens of them. I had no idea we had so many talented people in Chatham-Kent who sold their creations on Etsy….although I knew there were a lot of talented people around. I don’t think I’ve checked Etsy out more than a half dozen times. We didn’t buy anything but it was interesting to walk through it. And now for the card I’m posting.
        Today’s card was made using the Stampin’ Up woodland embossing folder and a small HOTP motorcycle stamp. I’m starting to dig into my older craft supplies that I haven’t used for awhile. I own a LOT of supplies….most come from the thrift stores and the rest I buy on sale at the local scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle….very few from Michaels. But, like the rest of us, once I use them a few times I want to use something different and I’m on a ‘don’t buy any more supplies’ kick…unless they are from the thrift store of course! So, its pulling out older supplies and guess what, when you don’t see them for weeks or months, they seem new again!

         For this card I sponged some blue and grey ink on the back of the embossing folder near the top for the sky and into the bark of the trees; stamped some green evergreens and then the motorcycle and then ran it through the Big Shot on a piece of white cardstock. This embosses the cardstock but leaves a stamped design in the background. Then I just added some red to the motorcycle to make it stand out. It was mounted on a Kraft card base. The tag was hand cut from a piece of left over Kraft paper with a black peel-off sentiment. Men seem to enjoy getting this type of card! No bows, flowers or glitz for them. Boring!

        That’s all for a very rainy day… with more to come tomorrow…Monday, October 1, 2018. October already! I’m not ready for the cold air and snow yet!

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, September 28, 2018

A Clean and Simple Design


        Today I’m posting what is sometimes called a ‘quick and easy’ card or a ‘clean and simple’ card. Sometimes less is more as they say. 


        I had this piece of designer paper that was obviously a left over piece from another card and I thought it was pretty just the way it was. So, I found some pinkish/purplish cardstock…that matches better in real life than it looks here ….and mounted it down the centre. Then I added the ribbon along each edge. The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder that was heat set on a strip of narrow black cardstock and then glued on an angle. Then it was all glued to another pinkish/purplish card base. I rather liked this simple card design.

        That’s all for a beautiful fall day on Friday, September 28, 2018. Tomorrow looks like another fine day but rain coming on Sunday. Wishing all of you, wherever you are from, a wonderful weekend. I’ll be back on Monday with another posting.

Cheers

Violet
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A Lighthouse Card


        Well last night was an interesting…and scary night! Once again we were under a tornado watch/warning….it kept changing from one to the other. Luckily one did not form enough to touch down but it was very windy and lots of lightning. Windsor, which is about an hour’s drive west of here, has more lightning strikes per year than any other city in Canada. Of course, that means more thunderstorms forming because only one type of cloud, the Cumulonimbus, can produce thunderstorms that can then produce a tornado. We are on the fringe of a tornado alley here but they usually go to the north or south of us because of the Great Lakes. That ends your science lesson for today! Ha! I used to run a weather station in a small airport up north and had to learn all about clouds and other weather info; record and send it to Toronto airport….this was over 40 years ago so no computers back then….we had some other terrible machine to use.  

        Today’s card is a sympathy card that would be appropriate to send to a man….they don’t like flowers and fluff but still appreciate a card.




     I started out with plain white cardstock and sponged several colours of ink to form the sky….likely mostly Distress Inks because I like how the blend…. I splattered some water on it to get those lovely blotches of light colour. The lighthouse, sand, birds and reeds are part of the Stampin’ Up High Tide stamp set….love this set! I believe the lighthouse was stamped with Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake and then Early Espresso. The sand was a stamped several times with various colours of brown ink….this is why I love my Tim Holtz stamp positioner. The birds were also stamped with Early Espresso. I sponged brown ink around the edges. Then it was glued to a Kraft card base. I think the sentiment is from a Close to My Heart stamp set.

        That’s all for a lovely Wednesday, September 26, 2018….can you believe September is almost over? I can’t either.



Cheers

Violet

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Monday, September 24, 2018

A Masculine Card


        Another Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend…we certainly did. Once I was assured all of my children and grandchildren were safe and unaffected by the tornado that touched down near where they lived, I was able to relax and enjoy the weekend….although I was saddened by the terrible losses others suffered. It must be terrifying living through a tornado. We went hiking both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

        Today however is another story. My suspicions regarding losing another tooth were confirmed today at the dentist office. The tooth is gone! Thank goodness I have some dental coverage to help pay for all these dental bills….and more to come!

        I needed some masculine cards…which I quite like creating…so here’s another one that came together pretty quickly.




The ship is a free download from the Internet. Once it was printed out I just coloured in the body of the ship, the water and flag and sponged some blue chalk around it for the sky. The frame was first cut into a rectangle and then I used the Spellbinder’s oval die to cut the oval part out. The ship was placed behind it and then it was glued to the card base. I picked up a box of card bases and envelopes at the thrift store….the same ones the Michaels sells but all were masculine based. It was a good find for sure.

The banner is actually a piece of red ribbon that was glued on with the peel-off sentiment attached. Then I die cut the anchor three times...two black and one silver… and glued them together to make it thicker. Then I roughed up the anchor and added some black ink…and rubbed it off quickly….to grunge up that anchor to make it look old.  

That’s all for a cooler, damper….and painful…Monday, September 24, 2018. I’ll be back on Wednesday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, September 21, 2018

First Day of Fall


I believe it’s the first official day of fall and this is the last hot day we’ll have for awhile. It will definitely feel like fall later tonight and tomorrow. We were under a severe thunderstorm watch all afternoon with a chance of tornado but it bypassed this area. However, there was a tornado east of here with lots of damage….and quite close to where one of my daughter’s lives. Luckily they are all okay. Scary weather for sure.

Today I’m posting a painting instead of a card. I found this pattern on the Internet years ago and just had to paint it. It hangs on our front porch every September.

 

        This is about a 9’ piece of plywood that was first primed with a light coat of Varathane. This is a must if painting on wood or the paint just absorbs right into the wood. Unfortunately I’m not sure what paint company had it on their project list and it’s been so long now it’s likely been removed. I use acrylic paint from various companies and they all work just fine except the real cheap ones...Apple Berry is one...their paint is so thin its more like a stain so I avoid that one. Once it was dry I put on another light coat of Varathane; let it dry; lightly, very lightly and quickly, sand it and then another coat of Varathane…sometimes three coats with a quick and light sanding in between. The sanding makes it very smooth but you need a light touch.

So Happy Fall everyone! Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll be back on Monday with a card.

Cheers

Violet


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