Monday, January 22, 2018

Using Dies that are Seldom Used


    We’ve had a few days of rain here and more to come – and then snow again! Right now the only snow left is where it was piled up. Because the lawn was clear of snow we took a walk around the property and found several bulbs the squirrels dug up and left behind because they didn’t like them. Squirrels will not eat any of the bulbs in the daffodil family but will dig them up anyway. I’m wondering if I have any of the many tulip bulbs I planted last fall. Because of the three weeks of bitter, record breaking cold weather we are a little concerned about the roses as well. Oh well, it may be time to replant the garden but with more hardy plants! We got a flower catalogue in the mail last week and we both went through it and put a big star and our initial for the ones we really wanted – gulp – that’s going to have be reduced a bit!


   Today’s card features a free digi image, plus some dies that I seldom remember to use.


 


    Once again the image was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. I got a bit heavy handed with the darker orange and it pretty much eliminated the lighter colour but oh well, it’s a card, not fine art! The background was sponged with chalk while the image was still in the Spellbinder's rectangle die. The die was actually too long for the image so I ran it through; put the card back in with the bottom along the edge and ran it again but not all the way - just enough to trim the end the correct length. All the paper is from the stash. The paper behind the peel-off sentiment was too thin so I simply glued two pieces together and then die cut it with a Spellbinder’s die. It’s prompted up with dimensional strips. The other two dies are from Memory Box.

    That’s all for a wet Monday, January 22, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Thinking of You Card


    We had a lovely winter day today – no cold wind and the temperatures just under the freezing mark. Rain and more snow for the weekend and Monday but mostly rain I think.

    Today’s card was made with a Poppy Power stamp…love their stamps.




    Once again, the image was coloured with pencils, blended with gamsol. The fancy square is from a Spellbinder’s die set and it was die cut from the same cardstock as the card base. The strip looks white in the photo but it has light blue strips down it. The sentiment is a peel-off on a ribbon that was taped down with double adhesive tape.

    That’s all for a lovely winter day – for once! I’ll be back on Monday with yet another card. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Pirate Card


        Brrrrrr. We are back to bitter cold temperatures but we will be having a warmer few days starting tomorrow….and then two days of rain which will get rid of the snow once again!

I cannot wait for this dreadful winter to be over. Give me sunshine and warm weather!

        Today’s card is one I made for a young boy.




        I stamped this pirate and coloured it with pencils; blended with gamsol – my favourite method of colouring images. It was die cut with a Spellbinder’s die….a recent thrift store find – brand new package in with a few other crafty items for $2 or $3. – that made my day! Anyway, I left it in the die and sponged on some blue chalk around him; brown along the ground but it ended being covered up anyway.

        I mounted him on a piece of light brown cardstock and then the rusty red one. It was my initial intent to just adhere it to another piece of the same colour light brown cardstock but it was too blah! So, back to the stash of old dies and I pulled out one I have with lots of pirate motifs on it and stamped them all around the background cardstock. Much better. It still needed something so I die cut some ropes from the same rusty red cardstock and added it down the side. Then the banner was hand cut from the left over red. The sentiment was stamped in a similar red colour on white and glued to the banner.

        I’m off to the quilt guild meeting tonight. There was an all day sewing day at the church today where the guild was meeting to make small quilts for the NICU in Hamilton but my brain disorders are still acting up and I decided not to go. I will make it to the meeting itself because it’s not noisy.

        That’s all for a bitter cold, and now snowy, Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Orange Poppies


Well our wacky winter weather is still happening – the cold air and wind was back on the weekend with drifting snow. Today was snow flurries off and on and still cold but not bitter cold like the weekend. This week will be a mixture of more snow; rain; above freezing; back down to below freezing and more snow. Crazy winter!

While it was a bit warmer last week I took advantage of it and headed down to the lower studio (aka the basement) to make some cards. Here’s one of them.




          This image was another free digital image I found on the Internet. I love poppies – especially orange ones! This time I printed it out on some cream cardstock instead of white and I quite liked how it turned out. The sentiment was stamped afterwards. The image was once again coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol. It was die cut with a Spellbinder’s fancy die. The banner was hand cut. The top banner was die cut with a very old Tim Holtz die. The back ground was plain yellow but when I added the rest it looked to stark so I laid a flower stencil (from the Dollar Tree) over and sponged on orange ink. I liked it better so then I glued every thing down. I always just lay down the elements to make sure I liked them before gluing – thank goodness because I quite often add; change or delete something.

          That’s all for a snowy Monday, January 15, 2018.



Cheers

Violet

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Friday, January 12, 2018

A Quick and Easy Card


What a day! This morning it was very windy and was still raining and there was not a spot of snow left on our yard. By 10:00 it turned to freezing rain; then more snow!...and with the strong wind, the snow was blinding. There were so many accidents this afternoon. People will not slow down…or stop texting or on their phones…in bad weather. The police actually caught some people on their phones while passing the snow plow in blinding snow and freezing rain. Some people never learn!

End of rant! On with the today’s card.




I love making these cards. Simply die cut any shape….I happen to like ovals…and use it as a mask. Place it over white cardstock and lightly sponge any colour on. Then stamp an image with the same colour only using it full strength. Its easy to get a real dark stamping if you are lucky enough to own a stamp positioner like the Misty or Tim Holtz’s..which is what I have because my darling daughters bought it for me for my birthday!

Then I wrapped some matching ribbon around it and added a stamped sentiment.  Quick and easy but such a nice effect.

I did some cleaning this morning and then spent the rest of day playing in my lower studio (aka the basement) making some new cards. Tune in again on Monday to see some of them!

         That’s all for a windy, cold, snowy, rainy, freezing rain kind of Friday!

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Sweet Birthday Card


Yesterday was the nicest winter day ever – no snow – no rain – no freezing rain – no cold wind blowing. Today all that changed with rain and freezing rain off and on all day. (insert big sigh here) Tomorrow will be more of the same and then a yet another huge snow storm is supposed to hit us on Friday. I found this on the Internet and thought I would share it here!
This is how I feel about winter too.




Today’s card is a sweet birthday card using one of the free digi stamps I found on the Internet.






IT was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol and then some clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers. Chalk was sponged around the edges while the image was still in the Spellbinder’s Square die which leaves a nice white border. The banner was hand cut. It’s hard to tell in the photo but both ends are folded under. It’s popped up with a dimensional glue strip.

The background is two pieces of cardstock – a light blue and darker blue – that were cut into four pieces and taped together at the back. Then they were run through a flower embossing folder. To bring some of the pink into the background, a pink ink pad was rubbed across the top of the light blue embossed flowers. Pink embroidery floss was wrapped around the background piece before it was glued to the white card base.

And that’s all for a mild but wet Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, January 8, 2018

A Frog Card


The bitter cold weather finally moved on…finally! It has been the coldest three weeks of my life. Of course, as predicted, the warmer weather brought more snow and some freezing rain. It was actually warm enough this afternoon to have some of the snow melting. We also finally left the house to run some errands and get some groceries.

A friend of mine asked me to make her a card for her grandson but I couldn’t remember how old he was. I haven’t been able to go down to make cards while it was so cold so this morning I actually finished a couple. Here’s one of them.




Another friend of mine gifted me with a few stamps that she didn’t want including this cute frog stamp. At first I wondered if I would ever use it but it turns out I’ve used it a ton of times. There is no manufacturers name on the block so I have no idea who made it.

The frog was coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol; covered with VersaMark using their pen; heat set with clear embossing folder; and then cut out. The Happy Birthday circle was die cut out of black. Then the blue was die cut and another circle was die cut to match the circle of the sentiment die. That way I could position the frog so it looks like he was climbing out of the circle. The background was made by sponging on various Distress Inks and then splattered with water to get those lovely circles. I made a few other cards for boys as well and I’ll post them another day.

That’s all for a mild Monday, January 8, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Sending Warm Fuzzies!


Good news – the bitter cold weather is going to end this weekend with temperatures right around the freezing mark! At 3:00 am (yes, middle of the night) it was -20C (-4F) and felt like -32C (-25F).and dropping!

Bad news – the warm weather is bringing in a major snowstorm!
I’ll be a happy camper when spring comes!

Today’s card is with a now retired stamp from Art Impressions but it may be available on their website until supplies last. I just ordered a few more of them from there….their shipping rates to Canada is only $15.00 whereas Spellbinders charge the same to Canada as to Europe. I had also picked out about 10 small dies from Spellbinders site that totalled about $104.00 and they wanted $49.50 to ship them. Ridiculous.  Order cancelled.

Anyway, end of rant, back to the card. 


I used this stamp in so many different cards. The image was coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol; as per my favourite way of colouring images. I sponged some yellow chalk around it and light brown by her slippers. This time I simply ran a piece of blue cardstock through the big dot embossing folder for the background piece; die cut an oval – Spellbinders die; and glued the image behind the opening. It’s mounted on a yellow card base. The banner was hand cut and the sentiment came from another stamp set. This should bring a smile to the recipient’s face…at least I hope so.

That’s all for a bitter cold Friday, January 5, 2018.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone and I’ll be back on Monday with another posting.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Two Cards Today


Snowing again! Yup, more snow; more cold weather; more bitter cold winds! I had to venture out today in spite of the weather because I had a dentist appointment, which went well, but by the time I ran a few errands and got some groceries the streets were getting slippery and I was so glad to be home. I could be the only one shovelling the driveway too because Joe reached the wrong way doing housework yesterday and wrenched his back so he’s laying low today. It too k him about 15 minutes to figure out who to get out of bed this morning so he’s definitely not shovelling snow.

Today I’m posting two cards.  The first one was made by our local Stampin’ Up dealer, The Pampered Stamper, as a thank you card for an order I placed. She leaves them blank so we can actually use them, which is very nice.

 

 I really liked the card but I don’t have any of those stamps so I used a variety of my own stamps and came up with this one. 


I don’t use a lot of thank you cards so I used a thinking of you sentiment instead. The swirls; leaf and flower stems are from three different stamp sets. They were stamped with VersaMark ink and then heat set with black embossing powder on Kraft cardstock. They were coloured in with a yellow alcohol maker. It was then mounted on black cardstock and then on to a yellow card base. I think it turned out okay.

That’s all for a very bitter cold and snowy Wednesday,  January 3, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year and New Project Finished


Happy New Year! Here’s wishing everyone the best year ever!

Still Cold in Canada! We cannot remember this many bitter cold days in a row and it’s not going to end for about another week yet! It’s -13C (-8.6F) right now but feels like -22C (-7F). The lower studio (aka the basement) has been too cold for me to sit there for long but I did manage to paint another skating snowperson welcome sign….but short sittings at one time so it took several days to actually finish it….and this is not how I like to work but at least I got it finished. Now this is pretty basic tole painting – not fine art! A friend gave me some of her snowpeople patterns but no instructions or coloured copies so I pretty much just made it up as I went along. Here it is:




This is an old piece of slate. It’s very hard to drill the holes through it and I had to buy a special bit for my drill but I do manage to get through them. If you are working on slate I strongly suggest you drill the holes before painting in case they shatter or chunks peel off…yes, it happens.

I do more refined art pieces on occasion. Here is an old milk can I painted for someone.




He wanted the Blue Water Bridge between Sarnia, ON and Port Huron, MI. the way it looked back in the 60’s when he was a kid there. I found an old postcard, sketched it out and painted it for him. I have two milk cans of my own that my daughter gave me that are waiting to be painted but for some odd reason, I have not finished them. Maybe this year….maybe.

I painted this mirror for the downstairs bathroom. Yup, that's me in the reflection taking a picture of it! 
That’s all for a cold and boring New Year’s Day…..neither one of us likes football so the television has not been on at all today. I’ll be back on Wednesday with a card.

Cheers

Violet










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