Monday, April 6, 2020

Staying Safe and a Card


Another new week, another day in self-isolation, another day of staying safe! I’m still busy making scrub hats for the hospital staff so I’m staying busy.
        I needed a quick sympathy card and boy was this one quick and let I love how it turned out.
 
        I was flipping through an old 6” paper pack and found this beautiful paper. It was quickly cut down to 5.5 inches and glued to a card base. Then the sentiment was die cut three times; glued together and then glued in place across the card. I decided not to add anything else – sometimes it’s hard to know when to say ‘done’ and quit.
        That’s all for a cool but sunny Monday, April-06-20.
Cheers
Violet
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Friday, April 3, 2020

Feather Card


        It’s a very sunny day today but the cold north wind has such a bite to it that it does not feel warm at all. Tomorrow is supposed to be a south wind so perhaps it will feel more like spring.   
Today I’m posting a card using a photo I took of some peacock feathers. Our camera club will occasionally lay out various objects and allow us to take photos of them for practice….micro photography. I decided to use some of mine in cards. 
         The feathers were laying on blackish/grey fabric with a light shining on them from above. The light really made the colours more noticeable, but still a soft look. I simply printed it out; trimmed it down; added the tag and peel-off sentiment and then glued it to a matching blue card base. This is definitely a quick and easy card.
        That’s all for Friday, April 3, 2020. Stay home; stay safe; and I’ll be back next Monday with another posting.
Cheers
Violet
PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.





Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Saved it!


       
        Today was a very nice mild day. I had to get a few groceries so I was up and out of the house by 7:00 this morning and back home with groceries at 8:00….no dillydallying around this time. I’m taking this pandemic seriously and have been before they even announced the self-isolation. I certainly hope all of you are safe at home as well.
        The hospital needed face masks for the patients, especially those in the oncology department so the quilt guild members came to the rescue and we have made dozens of face masks. I have no switched to making scrub caps for them. The nurses that didn’t need to wear them before this now have to have them and they are scarce. I sent over 8 tonight and I have more cut out. I can’t stop the virus, but I can sew!
On Monday I posted a card with some coloured flowers that I thought were so pretty. So, I decided to make another card with the same flower stamp. 
        When I glued the coloured and die cut flowers onto the white cardstock I somehow got a huge ink blot on the top right corner. I had to do something to save the card so I cut that part off on an angle. Okay, now what. The flowers are a light purple/pink with a wine edge so I dug through the old stash again and found some purple and wine coloured cardstock. I added a strip of purple to the white and stamped a sentiment on a die cut piece of purple. This was then all mounted on wine cardstock and then on to a purple card base. Whew! Saved it.
        That’s all for a sunny and mild Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
Cheers
Violet
PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.






Monday, March 30, 2020

Flower Cards


        This dreaded virus still ravaging so many countries, including mine. So far, only four confirmed in our small city but there are many on self-isolation having just returned from vacation. Hopefully, they do come down with it. Hoping all of you are safe at home….I refer to it as ‘safe at home’ not ‘stuck at home’ because being positive will help us all get through this.
        Very windy but mild and lots of rain over the weekend but the spring bulbs are either blooming or budding which brightens my life. So, I’m posting a card with some pretty flowers on it today.
   
        I stamped and coloured these flowers and then went looking through the stash for some matching paper. I know the experts always say to pick the paper first but, I’m not an expert so I don’t do it!!! I like to sit upstairs and colour while watching sports, when they were still on, and I never have paper with me so I just hope for the best. So, I found this purple cardstock which I thought would enhance the flowers but it needed something else but not too distracting. It was run through a flower embossing folder and I think it looked much better. The flower cluster was die cut and then glued on one corner. Then the card front was mounted on white and then on a purple card base. The sentiment as die cut three times and glued together and then glued across the card.
        That’s all for a cool and windy Monday, March 29, 2020.
Cheers
Violet
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Friday, March 27, 2020

A New Technique


        This week has been a mixture of partly sunny days and rainy days…and now the rain will continue for days ahead.
        Today’s card was a real experiment for me and it turned out okay…could be better, but okay.
 

        One of the new stamping methods right now is the turnabout stamping. Of course you have to buy the template and matching stamps to do so. Jennifer McGuire has a great tutorial on this if you want to watch it to see what I mean. However, I’m not buying the products needed for this. Another YouTuber, Natasha Foote, showed a method of doing this without the template…not sure if she came up with it or borrowed it from another tuber though. You could do this with a square as well but you would only get four images so I opted for the hexi.
        So, I die cut a very large hexagon and chose a sold flower stamp to be the focal image. You start by placing the corner of template somewhere on your stamp positioner unit – I use the Tim Holtz one but they all would work – and I think I chose number 6…doesn’t matter, just remember which one you use. Place one corner of the white hexagon at your number; line up your stamp where you want it; close the door to pick up the stamp; ink and stamp. Rotate the white hexagon; place the next corner at your number; ink up your stamp and stamp again. NEVER MOVE YOUR STAMP, just rotate the hexagon. Stamp each point. Remove your flower stamp and pick a smaller one or leaf stamp and repeat. Once I liked it, I stamped a few tiny branches and dots to fill it in. Then I cut a larger hexagon for the base and added the blue bow. It was then glued to a piece of very light blue cardstock and then onto the card base which is 5 1/2". Not a quick card to make but fun to do.
        That’s all for Friday, March 27, 2020. This terrible virus lives on. Please self-isolate yourself to stay safe.
Cheers
Violet
PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.





Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Spring Flower Card


        This is going to be a very wet week. I thought it was April that was supposed to be rainy but March has taken over. It was quite mild yesterday and today so we were able to go for a walk around the neighbourhood….very few people out walking and we all moved away from each other to honour the six foot rule. The parks are all closed so it’s around the neighbourhood only for now.
        Today’s card is one made using 3D stickers from the Dollar Tree. I had so much fun making these cards simply because I had never used stickers before.
 

            I like experimenting so when I found some 3D stickers at the dollar store, I just had to buy them. For this card I die cut a Spellbinder’s large circle and glued the sticker on....this one had tulips on it so perfect for a spring birthday. Then gold wavy peel-off strips was added around the circle. It was placed on some designer paper from the stash and then glued to a green card base. The fancy banner was die cut from some left over cardstock from the circle and a gold peel-off sentiment and swirls were added.
        That’s all for Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
Cheers
Violet
PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.





Monday, March 23, 2020

The Cardinal Card


        The dreaded Covid-19 virus is still spreading. Some people refuse to stay in self-isolation to stop it. They must think they are immune and they obviously don’t care who they spread it to. In spite of the seriousness of it, I think the best thing to do is to spread some good news; keep your spirits up with laughter from someplace – a movie, book, or whatever brings you joy; and be creative. So, I shall continue to post on the blog as long as I can. So far, we are just fine but we are diligent about self-isolating ourselves – no visitors allowed; we don’t go out unless absolutely necessary. I did have to go get some groceries yesterday but I went at 7:00am when it was for seniors only and very few people; and I wore gloves and stayed away from everyone; and washed my hands well as soon as I came home – and as soon as the grocery bags were emptied they went immediately into the washing machine. We shall continue to stay in until it safe to go out.
        So, today’s card features one of my favourite birds – the Northern Cardinal.


        This stamps and dies are similar to the ones from Stampin’ Up. I stamped the bird and stem on white cardstock and die cut them. The stitched hexagon was die cut and left in the die while I pounced on some blue ink over a stencil. The light blue piece was in the stash so I quickly ran it through the wood grain embossing folder to give it some texture and glued it over the dark blue card base. Then the hexagon and bird were glued in place and the gold peel-off sentiment was added. This was definitely a quick and easy card but I like how it turned out.
        That’s all for Monday, March 23, 2020.
Cheers
Violet
PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.



Friday, March 20, 2020

A Moose Card


        Wow, this COVID-19 virus is taking over the world. Sad stories from every country and unbelievable that some people (selfish and ignorant) are pretending it is not serious and are going out and about instead of staying home. …it’s the ‘one bad apple ruins the whole bushel’ bit.
        However, I figure I may as well keep posting cards and perhaps inspire some creativity for those who are staying home. I happen to like making masculine cards and this moose die has come in very handy.

        The moose was die cut out of brown cardstock and then Walnut ink was sponged around the edges to give some dimension. The moose was glued to a Spellbinders die cut circle. The paper is from my stash but I thought it suited this card just fine. It was glued to a Kraft card base. The moose needed something to stand on so he wouldn’t look like he was floating so I glued on a piece of ribbon with a knot tied to the end – men do not like bows, but ribbons and knots seem to be okay. The sentiment was die cut twice – once in white, and once in dark brown and glued together but offset.
        That’s all for Friday, March 20, 2020. Have a safe weekend all; stay indoors and create. I’ll be back on Monday with another posting.
Cheers
Violet
PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.



Wednesday, March 18, 2020

a Feather Card


        Well this COVID-19 virus has really taken over the world. My heart breaks for those affected or have family members affected. We are doing the self-isolation bit and I wish everyone would. Some people just don’t realize how dangerous going about their everyday routine is.  
  

        Today’s card is one that almost didn’t happen. I attempted to make a background using an old multi-coloured ink pad and it just looked awful – I think it was the paper or a combination of wrong paper and ink – but at any rate, it was ugly. It sat on my table for a few days – got thrown out – retrieved – thrown out – retrieved and I finally decided it absolutely had to save it….and no, I have no idea why, I just did.
        So the first thing I did was to grab my trusty Distress Inks and went to work sponging on various inks. I believe the first ink pad I used was a pigment ink pad and then I put Distress Ink over top and it tamed the blotchy finish but left great texture.  Okay, what next. I decided it looked like a masculine birthday card so I die cut some feathers from various cardstock, some which I dipped in ink, and glued them together and then onto the card. Then I wrapped some twine around the card and through a paper button (3 layers) and taped the twine at the back so it won’t move. The sentiment was die cut twice and glued together – it is not that peach colour in real life. Then I mounted it on a blue card base. I like it and glad I saved it now!
         That’s all for Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
Cheers
Violet
PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.



Monday, March 16, 2020

Purple and Pink


        The mild weather returned over the weekend and if it wasn’t for the cool/cold wind blowing, it would really feel like spring. I was in the backyard checking our bird feeders and noticed that the daffodils are budding! It’s a little early for them but I will likely be able to pick them by the end of the week – if it stays warm.
        Today’s card is one of those, “I wonder if this will work?” cards.
 

        I found that dark purple paper in the stash and decided to use it. It was a little smaller than the standard card base so I added some gold to each end. Then I took a stitched diamond die and die cut a piece of solid dark purple and used the same die to cut a diamond shape in the card itself. Once it was glued to the card base, the solid purple diamond was placed in the cavity. This really broke up the space and I liked it.  The purple had a lot of pink tones so I took some dollar store flowers (with Wink of Stella added) and attached them to the end of the diamond. The sentiment is a gold peel-off. It’s much prettier in real life.
        That’s all for a warmer than normal Monday March 16, 2020.
Cheers
Violet
PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.






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