Friday, October 20, 2017

For the Outdoor Girl


Another beautiful sunny day here in Ontario….this week has felt like an Indian summer week without having the cold spell before it. However, cold and rainy weather is coming so we spent the day finalizing the fall clean-up. No more gardening until spring now.



Today’s card was made for a young girl who was not the girly-girly princess type but more of the outdoor type.




The papers are all from the stash and I like the dark against the lighter colour for contrast….which is close to the colours used on her outfit. The ovals were cut with Spellbinder dies.This is a Magnolia stamp and was coloured with coloured pencils and blended with gamsol. Chalk was used for the sky and road. The sentiment is a peel-off and I hand cut the banner.



That’s all for a lovely fall Friday, October 20, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Last Halloween Card


This has been such a busy day it’s now 10:44 pm and I’m finally get a chance to post a card. This morning we went for an hour’s walk through the bush and then got groceries. This afternoon I helped my quilting friend sort out some fabric given to her by another guild member who is unfortunately very sick and has given up quilting and after a quick supper it was off to the quilt guild meeting. I got home in time to watch the last period of the hockey game and my Toronto Maple Leafs beat Joe’s favourite team, the Detroit Red Wings….hoot…hoot! One of us is happy; one is pouting a bit.



This is the last Halloween card and it was made for my youngest grandson who is 7. He doesn’t get the real scary things on a card just yet.








This is it closed up and if you notice it looks a little smaller. I was too lazy to look for my instructions for making the Z-card so I looked it up on Pinterest and cut out the base…then I realized that this is not like the cards I made last year….so then I looked for my instructions. This card folds up to fit in the standard 4 ¼ x 5 ½ envelope. The ones I made for the other two grandsons measure 5 ½ square when finished. Oh well, Finn is an only child so he won’t know.



The paper once again is both Tim Holtz and from my stash. The pumpkins and the bat boy were made with a Sizzix die. They started out white and I coloured them with Distress Inks and splattered on black paint.






Here is the card out full. The haunted house is an old QuicKutz die.

  


Here is the side angle shot. He received on Monday and his mom said he loved it!



That’s all for a lovely Wednesday, October 18, 2017.



Cheers

Violet



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Monday, October 16, 2017

Good News - Bad News - and a Card


Good news! Bad news: Good news is all the multiple nodules on my thyroid are benign. Bad news - I have silent acid reflux and I'm on meds and a strict diet. This is very silent acid reflux as I've never, ever had heart burn or any other symptoms in my life! How does one cook without onion and garlic; tomato sauce; spices; black pepper and more....and only one coffee a day...no tea either. She (ENT doctor) very happy I don't drink alcohol; pop (that's another big no-no) or smoke and eat healthy but she would like me to add chicken to my diet....not going to happen! And of course I just made a double batch of that squash/onion cannoli yesterday that's swimming in tomato sauce! Oh well, could be worse.


Here is another Halloween card…this one is for my 10 year old grandson.



This is another Z-fold card  (I always make the grandsons the same type of card....just different paper and elements). This is it folded up…ignore the paper clip it was just holding it closed for me. Lots of different companies’ products used here. The frog was a free download from the Internet so I have no idea where it originated from. The tombstone and owl were made with Sizzix dies….love these ones! The bats are from an old rubber stamp. The designer paper is Tim Holtz plus some from the stash.

 This is the card opened up. The witch is from another stamp set and the cloud is a die cut from a Sizzix set. The circle was die cut and sponged with Distress Inks; Mustard Seed and a bit of Spice Marmalade. 






This is the side view. I’ve added some of the tags along the edge and under the frog. So its a bit of whimsy and a bit of spooky which I think he will like.

 
That’s all for a lovely sunny, but cool, Monday, October 16, 2017


Cheers

Violet



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Friday, October 13, 2017

Spooky Card Time


It was so cold here on Wednesday I broke down and turned the furnace on for awhile. Today we had to cut the grass (Joe) and clean up and out the dead and/or dying flowers (Me). It was so hot and humid I joked to Joe that we may have to turn the A/C back on….he was not amused! Clearing out the dead flowers is not nearly as much fun as planting them in the spring! Last year I planted 25 red and white Canada tulips but I decided this spring that I had them too close together and wanted to dig them up and spread them out……Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel beat me to it! I do believe they are having a feast on my tulips….but they left me 6!

Grrrrr. They keep burying nuts in my flower pots too and dirt is always thrown all over the patio which annoys Joe to no end. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to decide tulips are annuals and replant them every fall.



My grandkids all love Halloween – especially the dressing up part. I didn’t have to make any costumes this year but I did have to e an accessory for one. Seth wanted to be Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas movie (His and my daughter’s favourite movie) and I was going to make the suit but I wandered into the thrift store one day about a month ago and there was one hanging on the ‘thrifty priced costumes’ rack – brand new but marked as a medium adult instead of a child. I snatched it up quick and mailed it to him but he needed the special bowtie. Here is what I made for him. I put chenille stems in the top two wing things ....Barbi says they are bat wings....okay, if you say so......so they are bendable. The bat head is then sewn on. I just drew it. It will do.




I also make the younger grandkids Halloween cards….they like Halloween and I like making cards. Here is Jack’s card.



This is the card folded up ready to mail. I made them each a Z-fold card....much easier to make than they look…..do a Z-card search on YouTube for lots of ideas. The card base is just a piece of cardstock and the panels are covered with a variety of Halloween paper…mostly from a 6” Tim Holtz pack….which I’m almost out of and hope to find another one on sale soon.



The raven is a Sizzix die cut….fun to make these ones. The fence is also a die cut. The rat is a stamp and I cut it out by hand. The labels are a free download I found on the Internet.






This is card sideways view.








This is front view opened up. For the middle panel where the sentiment is I decided to rough it up by distressing the edges; ripping them a bit; sponging on some colour and inking the edges.



That’s all for a hot and humid October, Friday the 13th 2017.

  

Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hybrid Scrapbook Layout Completed


It’s been raining here most of the day and the house got so damp and chilly this afternoon I broke down and turned the furnace on. Yesterday we were out and about in T-shirts.



Last night I sat down and finished the two-page layout using the hybrid method. Here are the finished pages.








Sorry about the hump in the middle. They will lay flat in the album but I didn’t realize the stands were too close together which made both pages bend backwards at the ends until I had everything put away….and I was too lazy to pull everything back out to do a re-take! Also ignore the light glare in the bottom right.  Unfortunately I do not have a designated photo box like some people do….but I think those that do, send their work to magazines and I don’t do that….so this works for me….definitely low tech and casual.



Keep in mind that I am in no way an expert on scrapbooking and have had no lessons….but I read a lot of articles and watched a few videos and try to remember some of the best things to achieve a cohesive look.



I took two pieces of 12x12 papers and cut them in half and then taped them together with the solid piece on the bottom. Two left over pieces of cardstock that looked fine with the colours about ½” wide covers the seams. The title is long so small letters only would work and Tim Holtz ones were perfect for this outdoor setting. They were placed on the same paper as the journal piece. Small leaves and a pine cone were added – I have a die for these, the acorn and the leaves. The leaf were die cut with a Stampin’ Up die and the acorn and pine cone are from a Little B die set. When I don’t feel creative I just sit and die cut and stamp a bunch of leaves and things and then I always have them on hand. The leaf clusters were placed to indicate the good old “invisible triangle” and although this one is not the best triangle shape it’s okay…but an equilateral triangle works better.



I had a small strip of the paper used in the top left over from another project so I added it at the bottom of the pages to ground them. Without that strip the photos look like they are floating.



 Here are the two pages by themselves for a closer look.







I started another two page layout this afternoon using individually printed photos instead of hybrid and it is much slower but I enjoy both ways.



That’s all for a cool and rainy Wednesday, October 11, 2017.



Cheers

Violet






Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Card and a Layout


This is Tuesday, not Monday!...I have to keep reminding myself of this fact because yesterday was our Canadian Thanksgiving day but it felt like a Sunday so today feels like Monday! Obviously I’m easily confused.



We didn’t have any family over….they all live too far away for a day trip and we didn’t visit them because I have total laryngitis again. I went from a soft voice on Friday to absolutely no voice at all within 5 minutes and it has not come back. No use visiting when you can't talk! I get the results of the thyroid biopsy next week so maybe I’ll get some answers then.



Seeing it was just the two of us we went to one of our favourite place, Point Pelee National Park. It was so crowded it was insane! Luckily we have a lot of patience and don’t let little things like waiting in line upset us. I took a few photos and immediately after downloading them, I added them to some scrapbook templates. Here they are:




 As you can see, not much colour in those leaves! Usually by our Thanksgiving the leaves are a riot of colours of red; green; yellow and orange….but not this year. That bird is a Golden-Crowned Kinglet and its the first time I got a photo of the crown showing.


   

Now I just have to add them to 12x12 layouts; add a title; journaling and embellishments and done!  Hopefully I’ll get that done and post the finished product in a few days.



The card I’m posting today was an experiment that I wasn’t sure I liked but, as usual when I don’t like something, a friend of mine saw it and loved it and wanted it for her father. I was happy to see it go!

  


This was made by masking off parts of the card and stamping an image in the centre and around the edge and continuing all around the card. The shore birds; lighthouse and flying birds are from the Stampin’ Up High Tide stamp set; the others are from others. I’ll make another one because it was fun to do but I’ll use smaller images maybe. We shall see.



Tomorrow is Wednesday….and as long as I remember it’s Wednesday, I’ll be posting a card to get back on the Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule.



That’s all for a sunny Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



Friday, October 6, 2017

Sunflower Card


It’s a dreary rainy day here in Ontario but we do need the rain. This weekend is our Thanksgiving holiday and it looks like rain will dampen the festivities on and off. Our Canadian Thanksgiving coincides with the fall harvest so that’s why ours is in October – lots of fall fairs going on too. Not sure what we’ll do to celebrate yet…..definitely depends on the weather.



Sunflowers are associated with fall……and there are fields of them grown all over our area….. so I pulled out a very old sunflower stamp and made a card. Instead of buying a lot of new stamps I think I'm going to start using ones I haven't inked up for months....at least that's the plan right now.....subject to change if I see stamps on sale!!!!






The flowers were stamped on water colour paper and then painted in. I wanted the water colour affect so the background is splotchy. The squares were die cut with Spellbinder’s dies. the fancy square was just not quite large enough for the image so I carefully made a slit in each corner design and then tucked the corners of the square in. The paper and ribbon is from the stash.  The sentiment is a peel-off.



That’s all for a rainy Friday, October 6, 2017.



Have a wonderful weekend everyone. If you are Canadian, Happy Thanksgiving!



Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Window Die Card


The cool weather has moved on and the hot and humid came back today. Monday morning it was a chilly 62F in our house but we both refused to turn the furnace on because I knew it would be warmer later in the day – and it was. Yesterday was a very nice day so we did the yard work……pulling out the plants in the fall is not nearly as much fun as planting them in the spring! Today was hot and humid with the threat of a thunderstorm but we both decided not to turn the A/C back on because it is going to be down to about 40F tonight. The odd, odd weather continues.



Today’s card is another sympathy card. I seem to need a lot these unfortunately but mainly because I send them to multiple people in the same family if I know them all.



 




This is another one made with the Memory Box window die. The picture is from an old note card. I found a piece of aqua? turquoise? whatever that colour of cardstock is and decided it picked up the colours in the note card so I used it……. but ran it through an embossing folder to give it some texture. The window was die cut on the cream cardstock….which I believe is the back of an old heavy greeting card….hey, why not!!!...and then I ran some matching ink randomly over it to tie in the background….besides I happen to like the grunge look! Clear plastic from a sticker set package was placed behind the window frame to look like glass. It doesn’t show well in the photo but it does in real life. I picked up a package of those flowers at Michaels one day and the other are some die cuts I had on hand. The sentiment is a peel-off.



That’s all for a hot and humid but going to get cold later tonight Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



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Monday, October 2, 2017

Stash Card


Sad, tragic news this morning regarding the shootings in Las Vegas…why, why, why keeps going through my mind. All those innocent people killed while listening to music. Senseless. The world is getting scarier and scarier and I hope and pray that it turns the corner towards peace soon.



I thought of skipping a posting today but we cannot live in fear and life has to go on so I’m going to post a card today.

  


  

Every once in awhile I dig into my scrap bag…okay confession…bags of left over bits of paper and cardstock and arrange them into a background for a card. I happen like blue and yellow together so that’s what I used here. I line them up how I like them; glue them to a piece of left over white paper that measured the size I wanted – usually 3 ¾ x 5 ¼; letting the extra bits hang off the ends; trim it to size and then I run it through an embossing folder for extra texture. The large blue on bottom left was a piece of cardstock that took the embossing very well so I ran a sanding block over it to reveal the white interior for even more texture. The piece of white cardstock has two embossed lines across it courtesy of my Scor-Pal and then the edges were inked with blue and the sentiment and fancy small scrolls stamped with the same blue. Once it was glued over the background, the entire piece is glued to a dark blue card base. These are very popular cards, especially for men who do not like any ribbons; flowers or glitz…boring men!



Here is an embossing tip for you. If you are embossing thin paper that seems to tear try laying it between two pieces of paper or thin cardstock before embossing. I just use bit of left over paper that would be thrown in the recycle bin anyway.



That’s all for a sad Monday, October 2, 2017.



Cheers

Violet



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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pelican at Point Pelee Ontario

Joe and I went to Point Pelee National Park today - the most southern tip of mainland Canada - and we saw among other things, a flock of white pelicans. This is the first time we have seen them there. A small flock flew overhead and I had just enough time for a quick, not quite in focus, shot.



The Pelican was a long way up but at least I got proof we saw one!


This is a juvenile bald eagle. It was soaring with his parents but I did not get a clear shot of them.
You will have to double click on it to see it better. They were a long way up.

We also saw this Great Blue Heron

An Easter Wood-Peewee - a flycatcher

Another Pee-wee



A dragonfly first landed on my shoulder and then on Joe's hat and he seemed to prefer the hat. 
He would fly off and right back on again.

This is almost the end of the tip. Three weeks ago the sand bar ended where those trees are.
It's amazing what wind and water can create...and destroy.

Me on the rocks
 Yesterday we went to Rondeau Provincial Park. Here are a few we took there.

This is a wasp nest. It's amazing how an insect can build this.
Luckily it was a long way in the bush from the trail.

This is a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
You can see why they named it that.

That's all for a Sunday post. I'll be back tomorrow with another card.

Cheers
Violet

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