Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Purple Flower Card


I’m very tired after doing a bit of yard work this morning and I have a quilt guild meeting tonight. Time for some down time…aka a nap….before the meeting! The terrible heat and humidity finally broke and we have much more pleasant temperatures right now. In fact, we turned the A/C off a couple of days ago and opened the windows. Today is the only day without rain and/or a thunderstorm predicted so the yard work had to be done today.



I must have been in a purple mood when I sat down to colour some images because I have a stack of purple flowers coloured. Here is one of them. This was a free download from the Internet.




These were coloured with coloured pencils, blended with gamsol and then Wink of Stella was brushed on the flowers. Yellow Stickles was added to the centres. Blue chalk was sponged on around the flowers. I wanted to cut the image using the square Spellbinders die but it was a bit too small so I just cut around the one flower on the right and it works just fine. I rather like it sticking out like that. The scallop square was also die cut with a Spellbinders die. All the paper is from the stash.



That’s all for a sunny Wednesday, June 21, 2017.



Cheers

Violet

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Pretty in Pink Card


It was another hot and humid weekend with thunderstorms predicted for yesterday so it was a stay at home day – and the thunderstorm came so it was a good thing we stayed put. We did have a nice BBQ at Rondeau Park on Saturday though so that was good. Today we had to go to Windsor for my appointment with the Periodontist; went to Lee Valley Tools and had my camera checked out at Henry’s and then hit the Chinese Buffet for lunch.   

We got home and sat on the front porch with a coffee and all of a sudden the wind started blowing very hard and turned cool so we headed indoors and sure enough we had yet another thunderstorm hit us. Man did that come up quick.



I did manage to get a few more cards made yesterday. Here is one of them. This is a computer printed image of a free download from the Internet.






It was coloured with coloured pencils and blended with gamsol. Chalk was pounced around the image. The circles were die cut with the Spellbinders circle dies and the label was die cut with a Little B die. The centre portion was die cut with a lighter pink and then the darker print was used to stamp the sentiment. The butterfly was die cut with a Stampin’ Up framelit….and then I drew in the body and antennae. The background paper is from the stash. The card base is a premade card and envelope from Michaels that I just bought. They had a box of 80 cards in a variety of colours with 80 white envelopes on sale for $10.00. I’m thinking of going back and get another box.



Anyway, once everything was glued down I went over the flowers and the butterfly with clear Wink of Stella to add some shimmer and then dark Stickles was added to the centres of the flowers.



I happen to love flowers and I just went out to my garden to check to see if the downpour damaged anything…didn’t….and snapped a couple photos of my lilies that are blooming. Lilies are one of my favourite flowers. Here are just two of them.





That’s all for a hot and sunny Monday until the thunderstorm hit…June 19, 2017. Oh, and hubby and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary yesterday. We both feel that marrying each other was the best decision we each made so I think were good together for a few more years yet!



Cheers

Violet

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Friday, June 16, 2017

A Masculine Card


This has been a crazy busy week…..and a hot and humid one! We had new laminate floors installed this week so we had to remove everything except the large pieces of furniture out of two rooms so things were stacked up in the rec room and the eating area – and hubby HATES a mess. They installed the floors (two adjoining rooms) in one day and installed the new baseboards the second day. What a difference! Love it! While they were installing the floor I had to leave. The noise was causing my brain disorders to act up so I went to Michaels (picked up a couple things) and then wandered through Wal-Mart…..not my favourite store and bought nothing; came home for lunch; and then visited my sister for the afternoon. While they were installing the baseboards I worked in the garden to avoid the noise. Glad that reno is done; the bathroom is next and maybe in the winter we’ll do the kitchen/eating area flooring. Hubs can only stand a little bit of a reno at a time.



Just a few minutes ago I went to pick up a container of 12 tins of beads and it flipped over – and yes, all the tops came off except 3 but luckily they went into a larger container I had them in. But, as I lifted up one of the ones with the top still on, it flipped off and beads flew all over the carpeted floor! AAAGGHHHHH I will be sorting beads tonight. I like the beads all sorted by colour and size…..its a Virgo thing!



Today’s card that I’m posting…..finally I know……is one made with Stampin’ Up High Tide stamp set.




The shorebirds and flying birds are part of the set. The sky and sand was sponged on with a darker ink under the shorebirds to cast a shadow. The image was die cut with a stitched oval (Stampin’ Up) and then placed on the Spellbinder’s die cut brown oval. The designer paper is from the stash....they and the backing brown paper were die cut with the Spellbinder's Create-A-Card die set. The sentiment is a black peel-off. The leaves were die cut from a different Stampin’ Up die and glued on.



That’s all for a lovely sunny, and not quite as humid, Friday, June 16, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and if possible, perform a random act of kindness and ask them to pass it on.



Cheers

Violet


Monday, June 12, 2017

Hot Flash and a Card


Wow! When Mother Nature has a hot flash it’s a doozy! It is so hot and humid here it takes your breath away. This afternoon we had to go do a couple of errands and coming home the car said it was 34C…93F! On Saturday we had a BBQ and sat around in the shade at Rondeau Park with my sister and on Sunday we took her to Point Pelee National Park for another BBQ. It was just way too hot to think about getting the bikes out. Besides that I’m still fighting this odd virus….or whatever it is….and I still have laryngitis (on week 11 now...maybe 12) and not much energy.



Tomorrow and Wednesday they will be installing our new laminate floor in the living room and dining room so it will be very noisy and dusty here….I may be escaping!



Today I’m posting a card I started quite awhile ago and just recently finished. I think this card was made at our local scrapbook store as a make-and-take or at a card night.
 

The leaf was stamped and cut out. Distress embossing powder was then added….which is odd stuff but I like it for masculine cards. It leaves a rough finish….follow the directions if you have never used it before because it is not like regular embossing powder. Then the white script bit was stamped on acetate; adhered to a piece of yellow cardstock with brads and then the leaf was glued on top. This was then glued to the background paper. I think it was about then that I realized I had the script upside down…..and set it aside. I pulled it out and decided to finish it and it would be okay to send to one of my sons-in-law because quite frankly, like most men, they are not all that observant or interested in cards. So, I glued it to a rusty coloured card base and added the black peel-off sentiment. One of my friends saw it and immediately asked if she could have it! I pointed out the error and she laughed and said, “Like a man would notice that!” I let her have it. I’ll make another one but this time I’ll make sure the print is right side up.



That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, June 12, 2017! Of course with this time of weather what follows are thunderstorms – every day starting tomorrow until Sunday! Windsor Ontario has more lightning strikes than anywhere in Canada and it is only about 45 minute drive from here so we get a lot of them as well. In fact, our neighbour's tree in his backyard was split in two by a lightning strike several years ago and it landed on my roses. Luckily we did not have a fence between us at that time or it would have been flattened for sure.



Cheers

Violet






Friday, June 9, 2017

Scrapbooking in a Grid


My garden is looking absolutely beautiful. June is the best month! Today I spread a thin layer of peat moss over the entire garden and it makes it look so much nicer and neater.....for lack of a better word. We are expecting another thunderstorm tonight and this will be the last of the cool weather for awhile. Tomorrow afternoon it is predicted to be 30ÂșC (86F) and with the humidity it will feel about 10 degrees hotter. I sure hope the A/C is going to work!



Today I’m posting a scrapbook layout that I did in a grid. Here are the two pages together.




I had a lot of photos of the grandsons playing in the park and once they were printed, I wanted to use them. This time I simply marked out a grid; trimmed the photos to fit; inked the edges with a black photo-safe pen and glued them down with the green designer paper to fill in some blanks and to give the eye a place to rest. A thin strip of black cardstock was added to the top and bottom of the main grid to ground it. I had some of the green paper left over so a piece was glued to a cereal box and then die cut using the Stampin’ Up Alphabet die set.  



Here are the two pages by themselves for a closer look. Double click on any photo to enlarge it.





That’s all for a sunny lovely…..so far…..Friday, June 9, 2017.





Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bowling Babes


Another nice sunny day here in Ontario but the wind still has quite a chill to it….especially if you are in the shade! We have not had to turn our A/C on yet and in fact, the nights are quite cool with temperatures as low as 50F.



Today’s card is another one made with the Art Impression Bowling stamps. This is a very fun set.




This time I used the ladies bowling and dug into my stash for some pink and purple paper. The image was die cut with a stitched rectangle. The flower was made with a very old QuicKutz die and the petals are held together with a brad. The bowling bags and the sentiment come with the set.



That’s all for a sunny Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

  

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, June 5, 2017

A Sympathy Card Dedicated to London


My heart is heavy with sorry as I write this as I’m thinking of the terrible tragedy in London, England. How sad the world is some days. I do not understand ISIS and what they stand for or want except to murder innocent people including children. They are pure evil.



So, today I’m posting a sympathy card and dedicating to all those who were involved in this tragedy.




 The background was water coloured with inexpensive water colour paint on water colour paper. The lighthouse, sand, water and grass are from Stampin’ Up’s High Tide stamp set. The lighthouse was stamped on white cardstock; cut out by hand and attached to the card. The stamp is from a Close To My Heart set.



That’s all for a sad Monday, June 5, 2017.



Cheers

Violet

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Friday, June 2, 2017

A Fun Scrapbook Page


The bedding plants are planted! Wow, it took me all afternoon yesterday but it’s done. My body was not impressed with having me doing physical labour but it has recovered somewhat today.

Today was housework day – blah! Joe does most of it but I do a bit of dusting and clean the bathrooms…..but this was his suggestion when we got married almost 29 years ago – he said, “If you do all the cooking, I’ll do the laundry and cleaning!” DONE DEAL!....although I have do help him out a bit.

 I thought I’d end the week with a scrapbook layout. We took two our grandsons to a fort and they were able to dress up in period soldier costumes.



Here are the two pages side by side. This is an example of hybrid scrapbooking. The photos were arranged and printed out using a template; the journaling was computer generated; and then actual paper; frames and embellishments were added. The red banner at the bottom grounded the page and picked up the red in the costumes they had on. The large title was die cut and then I sponged various brown inks around it make it look old. The scrolls are from a Tim Holtz die.



Here are the two individual pages.





That’s all for a warm and sunny Friday June 2, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and remember, be kind always!



Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Leaving it Blank


We had a nice sunny but windy day here in Ontario…..and no rain so far! Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny as well but then rain every day until next Thursday! I’m hoping their prediction is wrong!



The last card I posted was the northern lights card and the sky looked a bit yellow but on the original card it is green. The camera must have changed the colour and I didn’t notice it until I posted the card. I really liked that card and I have three more started.



Today’s card was made with a Stampin’ Up stamp from the Floral Phrases set that I borrowed from my friend, Jane. It is still available in the new catalogue.

 



I stamped the flower using Stampin’ Up’s Rich Razzleberry and then cut around it leaving about 1/8” white border. The paper is from my stash – yes, still trying to use it up whenever I can – and I was surprised how well it matched the stamped image! The bow is from a package I picked up at the now out-of-business shoe factory. The tab was hand cut from left over bits from the background and celebrate was stamped using the same ink. I believe I’ll leave this one blank inside so it could be for a birthday, graduation, anniversary or retirement.



That’s all for a sunny but windy Wednesday, May 31, 2017.





Cheers

Violet

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Monday, May 29, 2017

A Northern Lights Card


Well we finally had a weekend with more typical May temperatures! It was quite warm but there was still a cool wind blowing at the lake. Last night we had a huge thunderstorm with pounding rain. Today was quite hot and humid…..and now another thunderstorm and more rain! It looks like we can expect rain every day this week except Thursday. We bought our bedding plants yesterday but not sure when I’ll get them planted!



There was a double rainbow here last night and I captured a picture of it from our front porch. The top rainbow is faint in the photo though.






And tonight there was another double rainbow! Incredible seeing one on two consecutive nights!.....but no picture tonight.



There have been many photos on Facebook lately of the northern lights so I decided to make a card showcasing them. This is my first attempt…..I think there should be more green. What do you think? This card was entered into the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge.



****Update - on the original card, the sky is green, not yellow. The camera changed it.

This was fun to make! I started out with a piece of white cardstock and stamped the trees along the bottom with Archival black ink……a nice variety of tree stamps from various companies was used.

Once the ink dried I sponged Distress Ink from the bottom of the card up. I think I used Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Broken China; Fired Brick (I think or Warm Lipstick) and some Mustard Seed. Then I sponged on Chipped Sapphire from the edges in a bit and then Black Soot around the edges.

Once I was happy with the colours re-stamped just a couple of the trees as they got a bit lost. Then I splattered on some water-downed white acrylic paint for snow. Once all that dried some silver glitter thread was wound around the card and ‘noel’ was die cut out of silver cardstock with some Cuttlebug dies and glued on. This was then glued to the white card base.

Let me know what you think of it? Any suggestions?

That’s all for a hot but thunderstorm Monday, May 29, 2017.


Cheers

Violet



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