Monday, September 17, 2018

Butterfly Card



        We just had two beautiful July-like days over the weekend…in fact, you can add today to that list! The A/C is definitely back on! No rain is expected until near the end of the week either.

         Today’s card is another one that turned out better than I thought it would. I was still using up the bits and pieces of an old 8x8 paper pack and had no idea how I was going to arrange things. 


         The main part of the card…the butterfly paper…. is some paper from the pack. It was glued to a piece of cardstock that closely matched the butterflies…although it doesn’t appear so in the photo….you’ll have to trust me on this one. Then gold peel-off lines were added to the sides of the butterfly paper and a die cut fence across the bottom. Then it was glued to another purple/pink card base…which also doesn’t look like the real colour….darn lighting where I photograph these is getting worse! Anyway, once everything was glued down I added thick gold peel-offs around the edge to act like a frame. If you look closely you will see tiny gold dots in all the centres of the flowers – those are the gold peel-offs left over from lifting fancy peel-off lines. Do not throw these out…use every bit of them! The sentiment is also a gold peel-off. This is o much prettier in real life because everything actually matches! I may have to change where I photograph these cards.

        That’s all for a beautiful Monday, September 17, 2018.

 Cheers

Violet
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Friday, September 14, 2018

A Dragonfly Card


Another week has flown by! I can’t believe it’s the middle of September already….especially when we are back to some hot and humid weather….no fall air this week!

Today’s card is another one that ended up completely different than I pictured it….yes, I’m back to no sketches to follow….and returning to “lets try this and see if it works”! 


 This is more of that paper pack that I’ve been using up. I started out cutting 1” bits of left over paper and arranged them in a quilt pattern called the “nine patch”; then mounted it on plain pink. I took the back side of some of the paper to create two blocks glued to a hot pink card base. I was simply going to add a small sentiment to the middle of the ‘nine patch’ but it was too blah. So I pulled out a white dragonfly wings (Stampin’ UP) and coloured it with inks and glued it on and then the black body. With the Sizzix greeting die set I die cut the ‘celebrate’ out of plain pink and glued it on the bottom strip. Not my favourite card but it will do.

Have a wonderful; safe and creative weekend everyone. I’ll be back on Monday with another posting. Its supposed to be great weather here for getting out doing some biking or hiking so I hope they are right. I expect we’ll get hit with the remnants of Hurricane Florence later in the week.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Two Cards Today


We are enjoying another beautiful day here in Ontario! We went for a quiet hour’s walk in a bush that is right in Chatham after breakfast....but alas, no birds this time. I always carry a camera with me….just in case! I would hate to miss one of those ‘Kodak moments’ as they used to say. We were both thrilled we got to see the Kiskadee yesterday. We waited over 2 hours on Saturday with only a blink of they eye sighting so yesterday was excellent…5 minutes in and we saw it. Sometimes it takes more patience that I have to get the right shot but when I do, its worth it.

In response to a comment from Deb yesterday – thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the birds and nature photographs that I post. Photography is just one more hobby I enjoy. I don’t have any expensive cameras like the ‘real’ photographers use….those with the huge lenses. I just have a shoot-and-point camera – a good one but still just a $500 camera – Nikon Coolpix.

Today I’m posting two cards because they are so similar.  



Both images were coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. Both sentiments were computer generated. Both backgrounds are ones I made using various strips. Once the strips are glued down; they are trimmed to size and then I run them through various embossing folders. This not only gives them texture but it really helps hold them securely to the background paper the strips are glued too. This time I decided to use some scrap paper and glued them on an angle underneath the images instead of matting the image. I seldom do this but I like it. The sentiments are glued on with dimensional strips.

That’s all for a beautiful September 12, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Great Kiskadee and More

Today we had the pleasure of seeing and photographing the Great Kiskadee at Rondeau Provincial Park. This bird is from the southern part of Texas and Mexico and it is the first time it has ever been spotted in Canada. Here is a very, very short video of singing....before it takes off.

Here are some shots of it sitting in a tree along with some other birds we saw. It was a great birding day with great weather!











That's all for today but I'll be back tomorrow with another card.
Cheers
Violet



Monday, September 10, 2018

Use those Strips!



Rain, rain and more rain….and its still coming down!....not pounding rain like they predicted, but just a steady rain. We didn’t get the dangerously high winds here either but they did along the shore of Lake Erie. On Saturday we decided to go for a hike through Rondeau Park, which is right along the Lake Erie shore and it was very windy even then….and worse on Sunday. Here is a quick video I took of the waves....hope it works. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes and is usually pretty calm.



It turned out there was a rare-to-this-area bird there – a Great Kiskadee which is usually found around the Texas/Mexico area. I imagine Hurricane Gordon had something to do with him ending up at Rondeau. We went down where it was seen and waited two hours….much longer than we normally wait for a bird…but we knew a lot of the 75 people that were there so it went by quickly. It didn’t show so we left…half an hour later it popped up. We went back before we left the park and after about 10 minutes it popped up and down in a blink of an eye and flew back into the bush. That was it for us! We may go back another day if it’s still around but we don’t go out in the rain….I know, we’re wimps….definitely good weather birders.

Today’s card is another one made from left over strips.




I took two long pieces and cut them down to 1 ½” wide and then cut them diagonally. The background paper is from the same set and it covered the card base. Then I glued on the strips with the skinny ends at the bottom left. Each seam was covered with a silver peel-off. Then I die cut a solid pink circle – Spellbinders – and glued it over the ends and trimmed off the bits over the edge. The sentiment is also a silver peel-off. The butterfly was die cut with an old Cuttlebug die…that I just love…and the embossing folder came with the die set. I added some gems to the body of the butterfly and called it done. This card is entered in this challenge: http://www.scrapyland-blog.com

That’s all for a rainy Monday, September 10, 2018. 
Cheers

   Violet

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Using Products from Various Companies


Brrrrr. Yup, the dreaded high humidity ended and it feels quite cool by comparison. We had a high of 20C (68F) today which is so much more comfortable than the last few weeks when the temps were right around the 100F mark. The remnants of Hurricane Gordon is going to affect us Sunday and Monday with high winds and pounding rain. We hope to get a nice long hike in tomorrow.

Today’s card is a combination of several products….I love to mix and match and make the supplies go further.




The green polka dot paper and “happy” is from the paper pack that I’ve been using up the bits from.The pink at the top and the wavy lines are from the stash. The ‘happy birthday’ was die cut using a Memory Box die. The wavy lines were die cut from the Elizabeth Craft Design set. The butterfly is from a Memory Box die. I taped that polka dot and the paper from ‘happy’ together and die cut them. Then I removed the tape and added the pink paper. It needed something across the bottom so I die cut two wavy ribbons and glued them on so they crossed each other. Then I decided to add the butterfly.

That’s all for a lovely Friday on September, 7, 2018. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Using Wide Ribbon on a Card


        This was one of the hottest days yet but it’s the last day of this horrid high humidity. In fact the temperatures will drop during the night after yet another thunderstorm passes over. Thank goodness they were able to fix the A/C yesterday!

        Today I had a quiet day in the lower studio (aka the basement) making some card fronts and using up some stash. I had two packs of 8x8 pretty papers and when I picked it up all kids of bits starting falling out. I decided right then to make some card fronts instead of putting them back in the pack. The trouble was I kept forgetting I was only going to make the fronts and I ended up making a few cards too. Here’s one of them….very different than what I usually make!




       That background paper was the only piece that was big enough to fit on a standard card. I was actually looking through my pink ribbon stash for something for another card when I found a piece of that wide lacy ribbon. I quickly set the other card aside and pulled out this one. I cut a piece of the ribbon just a bit longer than I needed and taped one end onto the back. Then I cut a piece of that narrow, slightly darker ribbon, and tied it in the centre. Then the other end was taped to the back. A glue dot was added to the back of the bow to keep it in place. The sentiment was die cut using the Sizzix greetings die set. Then all I had to do was glue it to the card base. A quick and easy card that turned out better than I thought it would. There is just one piece left of that ribbon and now I wish I had more. It came with the pile of ribbon one of my friends bought for me at her neighbour’s garage sale. She was sure I would want them. I would have paid her even if I didn’t want them but it turns out I use them a lot. Nice to have friends who know what you use and scoop up a bargain. She got about 8 huge jars full of ribbon for $10.00. Nice!

        After I got tired of making those pink/purple/green card fronts (and cards) I dumped out bags of strips of left over paper and make several scrappy card fronts. I got so sick of moving those bags of strips….and picking them up when I would spill them….I decided today was a good day to use them. I have scads of card fronts all ready to go now. This is a real time saver! You'll be seeing those cards in future posts.

        That’s all for a extremely hot and humid Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Hot, Hot, Hot and a Card


Summer’s over! This is Joe’s saddest day of the year because summer’s over. We both love the fall colours but hate that it also means that the cold wind and snow will soon follow. We are not fond of winter at all!

However, we are boiling hot in our house today because the A/C decided to quit over night! And, seeing it as a holiday today, we have to wait until tomorrow to call for service…..we refuse to pay the extra to have them come out on a holiday…. we can survive one night without A/C….I hope! Hopefully they will come tomorrow because its going to feel close to 100F for the next couple of days.

I celebrated my 71st birthday on Saturday! We had a great BBQ and 25.5 km bike ride and my best friend came along too which was very nice. A few months ago I designed some card fronts for a store and never spent the $$ they paid me. I was saving it for something special, not just to restock the stash as it runs out. Well, I finally spent it! I bought myself the Tim Holtz mixed media platform. I decided this would be my birthday present from me to me as well as the dollars from the sale of my designs…..I got a very good deal on it and I had enough except for $2.10…cheap birthday present! I love it!

Today’s card is the second one I made following this challenge:  


 Once again, I’m using up the stash so I have no idea where that paper came from. The flower, stem and leaf were die cuts – Memory Box die I believe. I didn’t realize when I bought it that it cut each petal out separately. I have learned to add double sided tape behind it and to leave them petals in the die until ready to transplant them to the card….get it....transplant them…it’s a gardening joke… okay, I guess not that funny but its hot in here and I think my brain is fried. I added a yellow gem to the centre.

        Anyway, I followed the sketch….see previous post… and added a ribbon across the card and two circles with little die cut hearts in the middle. The sentiment is a peel-off that started out silver. I ran a yellow alcohol marker over it to make it less golden because silver just didn’t look right and the gold was too gold.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, September 3, 2018.

        Cheers

Violet

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Friday, August 31, 2018

White Embossed Image


        Finally the terrible humidity dropped on Wednesday night. Yesterday was actually cool….or maybe because we’ve been under a heat wave for so many weeks it felt cool! We went out to Rondeau for a bike ride and actually wore long sleeve shirts. Today is a little warmer but still nice. Unfortunately this is the last nice day because the dreaded humidity is returning tomorrow and sticking around for days….along with thunderstorms….same forecast all summer I think.

        Today’s card is another one that I made using an old stamped but never used image and paper from the stash. 


       This Poppy Power image was stamped with VersaMark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I have no idea what I had in mind when I stamped it but I decided it was time to make a card out of it. So I sponged on some Distress Inks to give it some colour and extended the colour out past the image. Then it was die cut with the Spellbinder’s circle die; mounted on a Spellbinder’s small scalloped circle in a coral colour – also from the stash. As I looked for some designer paper I found that background paper that had the same colours in it. To break it up I added a strip of plain green; Martha Stewart lace trim underneath; and silver peel-off strips along the edge. Then I die cut ‘celebrate’ with a die out of the same coral cardstock as the scallop circle. This alphabet set has the word celebrate in 3 separate dies instead of all one word which I find a bit annoying so I seldom use it. A hand tied chiffon bow was added at the end. This is a 5 ½” square card.

        That’s all for a lovely Friday August 30th, 2018. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone!

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Blue Striking Card


        Hopefully this is the last day of this dreaded humidity! It will still be hot but comfortably hot which is just fine with me.

        Yesterday I posted a card made from a stamp that I had rented from our local scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle. Today’s card is another one made from the same stamp. I rented it so long ago I have no idea who made the stamp and it probably isn’t available anymore anyway…which is too bad because I like it even more now than I did then. I think this is the last stamped image but not made into a card from that stamp. 
          This time I went with this pretty turquois blue colour. I had a card base almost the same colour and then I added that designer polka dot one behind the image to make the image pop. The designer paper is not really that grey-blue colour, but bluer, but the camera changed the colour a bit but you get the idea….I know, I know, I need to find a better lighting area. It made a really nice quick card that is quite striking. I liked it anyway.

        That’s all for a hot and humid and waiting for a thunderstorm Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
Cheers
Violet
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