Friday, May 18, 2018

A Dragonfly Card


Wednesday and Thursday were both beautiful days, but today not so much. It was sunny but the wind had a bit of a bite to it. Yesterday while I was out running some errands I stopped at a small bush that is right here in Chatham to see if the baby owls were out and about. There is only one owlet but it was out – but sitting on top of a very tall dead tree where it was hatched. I did get a couple of ‘okay’ pictures of him. Hard to get a real good shot when he was so high and I was on the ground – and I’m short!




This is a Great-horned Owlet.




Today’s card was another experiment that I quite liked and will very likely use again.

 



First I masked off the card leaving the centre open and sponged on some Distress Inks – Warm Lipstick and Peeled Paint I think. I sponged them around until I liked the look. Then I looked at it and hated the stark white sides! So, I sponged more of the Peeled Paint on the sides. Better but I wanted the centre panel more defined so I added the silver peel-off strips on each side. Much better….but it still needed a little something. I had purchased four brand new, never inked, Close to my Heart stamp sets from the thrift store (all 4 for $5.99) and decided I would use the botanical one. I stamped three of the fancy leaves, one on each side at the bottom and one at the top right hand side using Peeled Paint again. I don’t usually like to stamp with Distress Inks except when I don’t care if I get a complete stamping.

Then I put the panel in the Tim Holtz stamp positioner and stamped the sentiment that was also in that same stamp set. It still needed something else so I used a die cut dragonfly grouping to be the accent piece. This is a Stampin’ Up die set that my friend loaned me. I die cut a few of them but not too many as I didn’t know how I was going to use them or what colours I would need. I do like the black ones a lot so I may have to borrow it again. It was then glued to a green card base.

I set it aside and worked on another card then went back to it. It was okay but the dragonflies needed something added…. Clear Stickles! Yup, I added clear stickles to the wings and what a difference that made. The hardest part of using Stickles is setting it aside to dry! I’ve smudged card panels so many times by being impatient or forgetting they were wet and stuck something on top of them that I know take the card and move it far away from me to dry!

        That’s all for a sunny but coolish Friday, May 18, 2018. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. If you are Canadian, Happy May 2-four! This is a long weekend and usually the first big camping weekend in Canada but Rondeau Park’s campground is completely flooded from all the rain we had and the campground is closed. Unfortunately, they are calling for another three or four more days of rain and even thundershowers. We are not campers but we don’t hike in the rain either so I think we’re grounded this weekend.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New designed card


Well it was about a perfect weather day you can get today! We headed out to Point Pelee for another day of birding and saw a couple of new migratory birds we had not seen yet. We got there about 11:30; ate our lunch and hit the trails. We walked and walked and walked until about 3:00 when we took the tram up to the tip of the park…this gave us about a 10 minute wait for the tram and a 10 minute ride…; walked around the tip and took the tram back and hiked some more. We finally quit about 5:00 and stopped for a coffee and banana before heading home. I love being out in the woods!

Today’s card was made with a stamped image that has been sitting in my “I’ll finish these some day” pile….I’m now cleaning it out.






Our local scrapbooking store, The Paper Pickle, used to rent out stamps. I won a free rental so I went looking to see which one I wanted to rent. Joe was with me and he decided he liked this one and talked me into getting it. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I stamped it several times in different colours and different mediums. I have used a few of them but I still had 3 or 4 left over…..and I’m making them into cards!

This one was heat embossed with sparkling blue embossing powder on white cardstock. I simply inked over it with blue Distress Ink; sprinkled on some water; waited a few seconds and blotted it off – that makes those lovely soft white droplets. Then I put it in my Tim H stamp positioner and stamped the sentiment. It was then mounted on a blue card base. I have no idea what manufacturer made this stamp but now I wish I had bought it! Go figure right? If anyone knows who made it, please leave the info in the comment section.

That’s all for a lovely Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Can't Resist Dog Stamps


Rain, rain and more rain! We had torrential rain on Saturday and Saturday night with many fields completely flooded. On Sunday we ventured out to Rondeau Park and some of the trails there were flooded out – and there were not many birds either. I had a question in the comments about whether we keep track of the birds we see and the answer is yes. We buy books from the park that lists all the birds that ‘could’ be seen in Eastern and Central North America – big territory! We record the birds we see when we go out during the first three weeks of May, and then I have a section for Jan – May and then from June – end of the year. Then I transfer these into another booklet for a yearly count.
Today was one of those ‘iffy’ weather days because it was overcast and looked like rain…we did have a light shower early this morning and they were predicting more rain around the supper hour….still not raining but we are under another heavy rainfall warning for tonight and tomorrow. Then we will have two sunny days and then four more days of rain. Ugh. This coming weekend is a long weekend in Canada referred to as May 2-4. A friend told me today that the campground at Rondeau is now flooded and all camping for the long weekend is cancelled. Ouch, that’s going to hurt the bottom line!

With the weather 'iffy' we stayed home today and ran some errands this morning and this afternoon we decided to take a chance and get the grass cut and I did some weeding and other gardening duties. Tomorrow I’ll probably quilt as we do not venture out to the parks when it’s pouring rain, especially if it’s a thunderstorm.



Today’s card is one I made with an old retired Stampin’ Up set I bought from a friend of mine. As soon as I saw the dog, I had to have it.




Once again I coloured it with pencils and blended it with gamsol. The image and mounting cardstock were die cut with the standard square die set from Spellbinders – one of the first die sets I bought. I left the image in the die and sponged on some Distress Ink around the image – Antique Linen I think. Then I tied some baker’s twine around it and added a bow and a button.

The banner was a die cut rectangle and then I just notched the end and added the black peel-off sentiment. It was attached with adhesive strip to add some dimension. The background paper is from the stash. I think this could be a nice thinking of you card for a man or woman.

That’s all for a potentially wet Monday night, May 14, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, May 11, 2018

A Scrapbook Layout


I just posted a separate post of just photos of birds that I have taken in the last two days so if you like bird photos, scroll down.

          Today was cold and wet! It was so cold in our house this morning Joe asked me to turn the furnace on long enough to take the chill out of the house – its still on! We had to wear our winter coats out photographing birds today – for awhile in the rain too. Miserable day for sure.

I thought I’d post a scrapbook layout for a change. I keep forgetting to post these. This is a single page layout.




The background paper had those stripes in it so I just looked for some coordinating paper from the stash to mount the tip photo in and die cut a ticket stub…then the sentiment was glued on the ticket stub. I cut another block of the same pinkish paper to mount the bottom photos on…which also connects the top photos to the bottom ones. The title is a peel-off that was in my stash and it was close enough in colour to fit in.

 Each bottom photos – my grandsons with their mom and father – were mounted on that swirly greenish paper leaving one end longer than the other. Then on the longer part, I added their names, alternating one at the bottom, next one at the top. I used various left over cardstock lettering to add to a little whimsy to the layout….okay, okay, I confess…it was to use up some odds and ends too!

The tag was computer generated. To get the journaling to fit on the tag where I wanted it, I first printed it out on scrap paper and held the tag over top to see if it fit….adjusted as necessary; and then used repositionable glue to adhere the tag over the printing and then ran it through the printer again. It was glued on and then the green brad was attached just for an extra embellishment.

That’s all for a cold and wet Friday, May 11, 2018. I’ll be back on Monday with another posting. Have a wonderful weekend everyone….and if you are a mother, Happy Mother’s Day…and if you are a single father, same to you.



Cheers

Violet


Just Birds

I'm posting a few bird photos on this post, and then a regular post next. These were taken yesterday and today at Rondeau Provincial Park. It was a cold, wet day today so it was a bit disappointing. Double click on any photo to see it full screen.

Love the Wood Thrush! He doesn't often sit still long enough for a photo!


The photo above is the female and the bottom one is the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.




Yellow warblers were everywhere today!

The Nashville Warbler was a long way away.

Blue-headed Vireo

Love the Chestnut-sided Warbler...so pretty.


The Scarlet Tanager is Joe's favourite migratory bird.
He is only hear in May, just like most of the rest of them, so we were happy to see him.

The Palm Warbler

The Northern Parula - another favourite

Another Chestnut-sided

The Cerulean - this is a provincial rarity to see. 
We saw and had a photograph of the female earlier too.

Don't forget to scroll up and down so you don't miss any postings. You never know what I'll post.

Cheers
Violet

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A "Oh No, How Can I Fix This" Card


I posted a posting of all the birds that we saw over the last couple of days on a separate posting…. so if you like birds, please scroll down to view them.

        Today’s card is a “oh no, how can I fix that” card. I think it worked out okay.






        I had stamped and coloured the Poppy Power tulip stamp and then somehow got a large smudge just beside the coloured image. So the only thing I could think of to do was cut it out. So then I took some white cardstock and used a stencil to make some light designs in the back ground and inked some blue in the centre.

        I laid the cut image on top and decided I had room for the sentiment and laid the stamp there to mark the spot. Then I put it in my stamp positioner (I have the Tim H. one) and stamped the sentiment.

Then I glued on the cut out image. Here’s a hint if you have to cut something with some small places like between the lower flower and leaves – always cut these out first!  The image is more stable then and you will not rip a piece already cut.

I glued on that pretty ribbon and added three pearls and then glued the entire thing to the green card base.

That’s all for a beautiful May day, May 9, 2018. We stayed home and did the yard work today – tired but happy.

         Cheers

Violet

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Birds, Birds and more Birds.


       We had a wonderful day yesterday at Point Pelee National Park birding. We took a young lady with us that does not drive, is a novice birder and wanted to see the migratory birds. She located us through Ontario Birds on Facebook and we decided to take a chance and meet her. We took her to both Rondeau and Point Pelee and she was thrilled seeing all the birds and she is a novice photographer as well; has the same camera as I do, and got some great pictures. I’m going to post all the recent bird photos here and then do another post with the card.

         Hope you enjoy these.


This is a female Cerulean. She was very hard to get a decent photo of her as she seldom stopped jumping around.

Love the Catbirds.

Most of the Juncos have left for the north
but this one decided to stay behind.

One of our favourite warblers - the Black-throated Blue.


So pretty!


The Yellow Warblers stay all summer.



Was happy to see the Chestnut-sided Warbler.



Another favourite - the American Redstart.

Hard to get a decent shot of the B&W too.

The Marsh Wren was very co-operative.



The Prothonotary Warbler -
the photographers will wait for hours 
to get one shot of him. This was take
after 7:00 at night so not very clear but 
he is still beautiful.

Another vireo. Love this shot.



This is the first time we have ever seen the Prairie Warbler!



Yes, another Yellow-throated Vireo.
Some years we are lucky to see one, 
this year we have seen three different ones.

Hope you enjoyed these. I'm posting a card by itself on a separate posting.


Violet


Monday, May 7, 2018

A Mickey Mouse Card


It’s Monday and I’m back with another card. If you checked on Friday and found no posting, it was because we were without TV, Internet and phone until Saturday thanks to a severe storm that blew in. I posted it yesterday instead so feel free to scroll down to see it.

Saturday my youngest grandson turned 8. I made him a Mickey Mouse card.

 

        Mickey’s colours seem to be red and yellow so I went with that. I ran both pieces of cardstock through the Swiss Dot embossing folder – has to be the most used one I own! – and then taped them together at the back. The black strip across the seam is a die cut. The red balloons were die cut with a Little B die. The black Mickey one is just three circles. I added a small piece at the bottom of the largest one to be the end of the balloon. The black embroidery floss is just tape to the back of the balloons and a black pen was used to make a mark across the bottom of them to look like string. I could not tie them without breaking that bit off – learned that the hard way and had to cut another one. The black one is attached with adhesive mounting strips to give it some height. The sentiment was die cut twice with the Sizzix die in yellow and black with the yellow glued on top of the black but off-set a bit. I used a tiny star to dot the ‘i’.

Finn loved the card! He is going to Disneyland so his birthday money was in U.S. dollars so he could buy something special there….he liked that too!

That’s all for another beautiful day here in Ontario. I’ll be back on Wednesday, hopefully, with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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