Friday, October 21, 2016

Christmas Card

Yet another cold rainy day and more to come tomorrow. Last week we were so hot it felt like July and now it’s definitely fall….except the trees are just starting to turn colour here.  

Here is another one of the Memory Box Window Frame Christmas cards I made.

For complete instructions and some tips, go to yesterday’s posting. I won’t repeat everything today as this one was done exactly the same way but decorated differently. I absolutely love making these window frame cards.

That’s all for a cold and wet Friday, October 21, 2016.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Feel free to leave a comment with any constructive criticism, tips or hints or any questions you may have.



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Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Snowman Card

Well the unusually high seasonal temperatures have been replaced with an all day cold rain. Brrrr. After being out in T-shirts for the last few weeks this feels colder than ever. We were getting very spoiled!

This was another get-out-of-the-house day so we walked around the mall – small mall so that didn’t take long; dropped stuff off a the food bank; went to the library; out for Chinese food for lunch – yum; to Staples to get paper, envelopes and to look at a possible new printer; stopped at Michaels – picked up a $22.00 Art Impression stamp for $3.99 and an Inkadinkado stamp on sale for $7.99; got groceries and then bread at the Bread Depot. Tired tonight….but it’s a better tired than sitting in the house watching the rain fall!

Today’s card is for this challenge:


This is a long post but full of some useful (I hope) information.

The challenge was to use a snowman on your card. Well, I just happened to sit down the other night and started to make the Christmas cards. The background is kraft cardstock that was run through the wood grain embossing folder that had Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake rolled on the flat side before embossing. This really makes a difference as it adds another colour do the debossed parts. This was then glued to the card base.

The window die is from Memory Box. The window frome was die cut from the old greeting cards that someone gave me. I started looking at them and realized that most of these are heavier than the cardstock I usually use…and it’s free….and it saves it being put in the recycle bin so I die cut a whole stack of window frames. The edges and embossed areas were inked with brown ink – just ran it from one side to the other, flipped it over and did the same thing. Most people leave them white but I happen to like them antiqued.

I’m sharing a trick with you now. The trick to not having to run the die cut window frames (or any other die cut shape) through the Big Shot or what ever machine you use to emboss them after cutting them is to double the cardstock or in this case the card. As long as the card does not have glitter or is embossed I just fold it over so it is double and run die cut it. This works for all dies. If I’m die cutting a shape, say a circle, I layer the cutting pad; an old greeting card; the cardstock and then the top pad and run it through. Just throw the greeting card in the recycle bin when done....I always have a stack that cannot be used for anything else by my desk just for this purpose. By having that extra layer, the circle will have that nice embossed rim. Try it for yourself.

I always save the clear plastic packaging from craft supplies and it is cut to fit behind the open windows of this die. It really does make a difference. I know it’s another step but once again, the plastic is free and would normally go in the garbage so all it costs is the bit of glue to hold it in place.

Okay, another confession. The snowman is also from an old greeting card. I just thought some of these cards were too nice to just throw into the recycle bin and were calling out to have a second life.

There is or was a die for a window box as a companion piece for this window frame die but…well, you have to buy it so instead I just use scraps of the same cardstock as the window frame and die cut just the bottom ledge; place a dimensional glue strip along the bottom and glue it in place. It looks like a window box and no extra die required……yes, I’m a bit thrifty! To add the ferns to the window box, just add some wet glue and immediately put in the ferns – these were made with the Martha Stewart punch. Any time I have bits of green cardstock left over I just punch a few ferns so I always have them on hand. To make sure they are glued in nice and tight I run another line of wet glue over them.

Each card I made was decorated differently. This one has two of Tim Holtz die cut branches that were painted with glitter glue on the left side and a nice red ribbon was glued on top. The banner is a Little B die and the sentiment is a gold peel-off. Once everything was glued in place I added the snow flakes by dipping the end of a stylus (or the end of a paint brush) into acrylic paint and making the dots.


This is already a long post but there is one more thing I want to share with you. To make several of these at one time, here’s the process….make and set aside each one until all are finished.

1.     Emboss all the background paper with any embossing folder.

2.    Glue to the card base.

3.    Die cut all the window frames and ink the edges if you like that look.

4.    Add plastic to the back of the window frames.

5.    Die cut the bottom parts to use as window boxes.

6.    Die cut another window frame from an old greeting card; mark ‘template’ on it and use that to place over old greeting cards to see which ones look nice through the window. Draw around those ones and cut them out. Store the template with the die for future use.

7.    Die cut any leaves or other trim and paint on glitter glue and set aside to dry. I did a bunch of these from various greens and just stored the ones I didn’t need.
8.    Glue the pictures to the back of the window frames.

Okay, now start decorating.  At this point you decide how you want to decorate it and this will determine if you want to glue the window frame in the middle of the card or off to one side and if you want to add the window box or not. Some of mine have them, some don’t. Decorate each one as you wish.

Wow, that’s a long post and I hope you got some good tips and hints for making your cards. I use this window box frame for making many different types of greeting cards. Some times I use a stamped and coloured image behind the frame; sometimes it’s an old greeting card.

And finally, that’s all for a cold and rainy October, 2016-10-20.



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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Haunted House Card

This is going to be a very busy day today so I thought I’d better get a quick post in because the next few days are going to be the same. This is the Halloween card I made for my six year old grandson.


The background paper is from a Tim Holtz 6” paper pack and it was mounted on black cardstock. The little black houses are a Memory Box die that most people seem to use on Christmas cards but I think they work fine for Halloween cards too. The haunted house is a QuicKutz die. I hand cut the ghost and he was inserted through the door and taped to the back to stay in place. The moon was die cut with a Spellbinder’s die and the black outline was just too circle dies cut together to form the frame. Using the Sizzix magnetic platform works great for this. The cloud die came with the haunted house and it was die cut in white and then the edges inked with light grey. The bat was die cut with, I think, a Stampin’ Up die, and was glued on with dimensional tape. I was pretty happy how this one turned out.

All three boys love to read so I made them Halloween bookmarks too but they are not quite done yet.

That’s all for another unseasonably warm fall day.



Monday, October 17, 2016

A Halloween Card

Happy Monday everyone! This day started really early for me. I woke up at 4:15 and could not get back to sleep. By 6:00 I was up and eating breakfast. Long day! Our hydro was out for 2 hours this morning because they were upgrading the equipment by our house. I had no idea what I was going to do but luckily for me, my friend Jane stopped in for a visit and for some reason the time just flew by. A good friend to the rescue. After lunch I was able to finish the quilting on a quilt for my honourary daughter so the day was not spent catching up on my sleep at all….which crossed my mind after lunch but I shook it off and got to work.

Today’s card is another Halloween card. This one was made for the 9 year old grandson.

I had some Halloween strips left over from a Tim Holtz 6” paper pack so I made them into banners, inked the edges and used them up. The background paper is also from the T.H. paper pack but I stamped the bones and then made them whiter with white acrylic paint….they are lying on the grass behind the fence. Not sure I like them now but once they were there, they are staying. The spider was stamped in black but it wasn’t dark enough so I went over it with a black marker, and put red in the centre. The spider web is from a Inkadinkado stamp set (and the spider too I think) and it was stamped with black ink and then, once it dried, I painted on glitter glue. Yes, I painted on the glitter glue. I squeeze some out on a piece of plastic and use an old paint brush to brush it on – it’s more even and I have more control. To draw the line from the web to the spider, I just used a ruler and fine Bic pen. The fence was die cut from black cardstock and glued down. I picked this one up at our local scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle, when it was on sale and I really like it. If its die cut in white, it could be used for other occasions. Once everything was glued down and dried it was glued to the orange card base.

There is a new card maker in the family! My youngest grandson, Finn, who is six, designed and made a card with a large dragonfly on it. The dragonfly lifts up so you can write a message underneath of it. Clever. My daughter sent me a video of him showing me the card and how the dragonfly lifts up. So cute!....and yes, he's the one that informed us in August that he was an 'artist'....he could be right!

That’s all for a sunny, windy October day, 2016-10-17




Friday, October 14, 2016

The Chosen One

So tired! Today was yard work day and time to put the garden to bed for the winter day….didn’t get it all done but did the most necessary….which means cutting back the roses and covering them with dirt. We have 22 rose bushes. The peonies and other perennials will have to wait until next week to be trimmed back. I won’t be doing much tonight except watching my Blue Jays play Cleveland in the first game of that series. Cleveland is my second favourite team so I’ll be happy no matter which one wins…but a bit happier if it’s Toronto.

I hope you have been enjoying the week of wedding cards and perhaps picked up a few hints and ideas too. Today I’m posting the card that Janette actually picked…and I knew she would be picking this one. I started thinking about her friend getting married. She is a lovely person who really enjoys being out in nature and her wedding is going to be small and at a lovely country chateau. So with that in mind I made a card that reflected her life.


I started out with a piece of plain white cardstock and this woodland embossing folder. The flat side of the folder was inked with very light blue ink and then it was run through the embossing folder. This leaves the embossed part stand out a little more. It’s hard to see in the photo because the blue is so light. To make it even more organic I ripped the edges of the white and then glued it to a piece of blue cardstock and then to the white card base. This card is 5.5 x 6.

The butterfly was die cut with a Memory Box die and just glued down the centre so the wings are free. Once again I used the Paper Smooches ‘celebrate’ die but only cut it in white. The ‘love’ was die cut with a Cuttlebug alphabet die. I was smart this time and ran the white cardstock through the Xerox first to get glue on the back so it was easier to glue down.

Small white pears were added to the body of the butterfly and around it. However as I look at it now, it needs one more small white pearl. I like uneven numbers of embellishments.

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That’s the end of wedding cards. Next week I’ll post…..???? what ever pops in my head over the weekend. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. That’s all for now, 2016-10-14.



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wedding Card Number Three

Another beautiful fall day here in Ontario….very cool at night but nice during the day…..just the way I like it. Not much to report today so I’ll get right to the card. After making two wedding cards for my daughter’s perusal I decided that these two are not going to be what she had in mind. Her friend is in her early 40’s and it is a second marriage so maybe a black and white card is not going to cut it. So, I went with a Champaign coloured card and black instead. Here’s what I came up with.


I started out with a thin piece of Champaign coloured cardstock so the first thing I did was run a scrap piece through an embossing folder – cracked in places which is what I was afraid would happen. To avoid this, simply place the thin paper between two pieces of scrap paper – like copy paper – and run it through – it embosses just find and no tearing or cracking. So that’s how the Swiss dots were embossed on the piece of thin paper. It was then glued to a white card base. The sentiment at the top was in a package of odds and ends I picked up at the thrift store so I have no idea who made it. It was printed on light grey velum so it was glued on black cardstock before being glued over the Swiss dots….it needed some stabilizing over the embossed dots.

Another piece of Champaign paper, but a bit darker in colour, was added over the Swiss Dots about half way down the page. The off-white flower was a premade one from Michaels who had a package of six on sale for less than a dollar… I think…. so I bought three packs of them. Behind the flower are coils of black and white baker’s twine. To get it to stay in place, I placed a large glue dot on the glue pad and looped the bakers twine around the glue dot and pressing it into the dot where I wanted it. Then I just had to lift up the glue dot and glue it to the card….but I added a bit of Zip Dry glue (my favourite glue) to the glue dot to make sure it would stay stuck. Then the flower was glued on top of the coils.

The word ‘celebrate’ was die cut in both white and black cardstock and then I glued the white on top of the black, off-side a bit so it looks like a shadow. This die is from Paper Smooches but it is not all one word but divided into three sections….which makes no sense to me but that’s how it came.

Well, I do like this card but it is not he one she chose. I’ll post the one she chose tomorrow…..and I knew as soon as I made it that that would be the one she would choose.



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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wedding Card Number Two

My mouth is so frozen I don’t think it will thaw out until spring. I lost part of the filling and part of the tooth on Monday and it could not be refilled. The dentist had to put a silver cap on it instead. Hope it lasts! By the way, going to the dentist does not bother me in the least. I could fall asleep in his chair while he's working on me.

This is the second wedding card I made for my daughter to choose from.

This card is 5x6.5. The first layer was run through the Big Shot with the Swiss Dot embossing folder. The butterfly swag is a Memory Box die and it was die cut from black cardstock. The top designer paper is from an old 12x12 paper pack and it was die cut on an angle with the Spellbinder’s fancy border die. Then the same die was used to die cut a piece of black cardstock and glued behind it. It needed that contrast. The Spellbinder’s label was first die cut from white cardstock and then glued to a piece of black and I cut around it to give it a tiny border. The sentiment was from one of those .99 Michael stamps but it was attached to another sentiment so once again, I cut it apart. I can hear some of you cringing but I do it all the time.

That’s all for a lovely sunny day here in Ontario, 2016-10-12. It gets very cold at night but lovely during the day. Perfect weather in my mind! The trees around here have just started to change colour and some not at all...they are very late this year likely because it has been so much warmer in September and October. In fact my roses are still blooming like crazy and they should be forming rose hips and getting ready for winter. Hope we don’t lose them over the winter. We need at least one heavy frost to get the plants ready for winter.



Monday, October 10, 2016

A Black and White Wedding Card

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for here in Canada. It was a sunny but cool long weekend here in Ontario…..and very quiet for us, especially for a holiday. We opted to stay home this weekend because we couldn’t find a time for us and the daughters and their families to be together except for a couple of hours and it’s too far to drive for such a short visit. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I ended up with a weird speech and pain from the brain disorders on Sunday and on top of that, my throat got sore yesterday. Today Joe had a slight sore throat….oh, oh hope we don’t have colds coming on! And then, just to make it more interesting, I lost a piece of my filling on one of my back teeth this afternoon. Sure hope the dentist is in tomorrow. So far enough filling is left that it’s not hurting but for how long???? I’ll be calling first thing in the morning!

In spite of all the downsides of this weekend, I did get some cards and scrapbooking done. My daughter’s best friend is getting married and Janette asked me if I would make a wedding card for her. Of course I was pleased to do so. In fact, I’ve made four so she can have a choice. Here’s the first one I made.


This card has many layers – four I think. It was made with a Spellbinder’s fancy die set and I think I used all the dies in the set except one label die.  The first layer is the black cardstock that was glued onto the white card base. The fancy cut large die cut was glued to black cardstock. The next layer has two parts…. the one large piece was die cut in white but I wanted something behind the filigree end pieces so I ran the die through the Big Shot but only embossing it, not cutting it. Then I simply cut around it and glued it behind the filigree piece which adds so much more dimension. It was attached to the larger piece with dimensional tape. The black label was die cut and the sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder. This small sentiment was originally attached to a larger stamp (not sure of manufacturer) so I just cut it off….which I do quite often if I want just one part of the stamp. This card is much nicer in real life where you can see the layers clearly.

That’s all for a lovely Thanksgiving Monday, October 10, 2016.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

A Something Old and Something New Card

This has been a wonderful warm, almost hot, week here in Ontario. Joe said he thinks he’s covered up the A/C unit a few days too soon but it cools off nicely at night so we’ve done fine with it off. Cold temperatures coming overnight with rain though and temperatures likely in the high 60’s for the next week or so.

This is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend….and we have so much to be thankful for too. My thoughts are with those in Haiti, Florida, Georgia and up the coast that are battling the hurricane. We quite often get the tail end of these hurricanes but nothing like what they are getting.  

Joe and I both love birds and we have five different feeders in the back yard. We have a small beaded cup that hangs on one of the feeders that I fill with whole peanuts for the blue jays. I sometimes just barely make it back into the house when the jays are there getting a peanut. Here are a few shots I took of them last week.

He dropped one and immediately went down to get it.

Only one left?

The same blue jay took all the peanuts. He kept flying just a short way away, different direction each time, hid it somewhere and then returned for another one. I have no idea how he knows where he hides them.

Today’s card was made with something old and something new.


The tag was made as a make-and-take at our local scrapbooking store, The Paper Pickle, probably a couple or three years ago. I pulled it out and decided I just had to use it up. So I took a piece of yellow cardstock and ran it through an embossing folder and then just gently rubbed a brown ink pad over the embossed bits to hi-lite them. Then it was glued to a kraft card base which happens to match the tag. The tag was adhered with dimensional foam and then small red gems were added to some of the flowers. This would be a quick and easy card to make even if the tag wasn’t already made. In fact, I may make some more as thinking of you or birthday cards.

That’s all for a lovely Friday, October 7, 2016. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

An Oldie Card...and an Anniversary of sorts!

Late yesterday afternoon we had the cable guy here to add TIVO to our cable service. They called us a couple of weeks ago and offered us a free TIVO and no monthly charge so we decided to take it. With the old PVR system I could tape 2 shows at once but then I couldn’t watch a third show. With this system, I can tape up to 5 and watch one….not that there is ever 5 shows on at once that I want to tape but sometimes there are 2 and then I cannot watch my baseball or hockey games…..speaking of baseball, my Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles last night in a nail-biter of a game and it took them 11 innings to do so. The TIVO is going to be good to have but man is it complicated to learn – and they don’t have instruction booklets. The cable guy says most seniors really struggle learning it and I can believe that. I was just glad the fellow had it all installed before the game started!

The sort of anniversary story is at the end. Today’s card is an oldie that I made at a card making session but never got around to photographing or posting. I had quite a pile of them and kept moving them around because I was keeping them for inspiration but I finally decided to let them go. This one was made using an old Stamping Bella stamp but any similar stamp would do.

I showed this to a friend of mine and she instantly decided it was perfect for her niece. I wasn’t sure about the colours they chose to give us but in the end it was okay. The four squares were taped together and the ribbon was wrapped around them before they were glued to the card base. The rectangles were not cut even so they were just glued in on an angle….not my ‘too-fussy’ way of doing it but that’s the way the said to do it. Some brads were added to the top right. We coloured the image with Tombow markers and at home I sponged one some blue as it was too stark being plain white. The shadow is an oval stamp and we covered the image and then stamped it on plain paper a couple of times and then on the card so it wouldn’t be too dark. This is not my favourite card but once again, it was perfect for someone else.

That’s all for a lovely Wednesday, 2016-10-05



Ps: Yesterday was a sort of anniversary for me…..16 years ago, October 4 2000; I underwent very risky, exploratory brain surgery. It was so risky I had to talk the neurosurgeon into doing the surgery as he was reluctant to do it (too great a chance I would have a major stroke be a vegetable) ….he said they seldom did exploratory brain surgery anymore as most of the time they know exactly what they are going to do but in my case..….. they had no clue in spite of all the tests they tried. I was in so much constant pain I told him I'd take my chances. Turns out the cause was so rare he had never, ever seen it before or even read about it. Leave it me! So I am left with two rare brain disorders; trigeminal neuralgia and hemi-facial paralyses and yes, I have some painful longer constant or as painful.....and I’m alive and loving living. I hope you are doing the same! Remember – every day this side of the dirt is a good one!

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