Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A One Layer Card


            As expected my wonderful brother-in-law passed away yesterday. He and my sister were married for 61 ½ years and raised five children. He had his first stroke 15 years ago and Pearl has been his care taker ever since…lovingly so. She would take him in his wheelchair to where ever he wanted to go including traveling within Canada and to Holland, England, and on several cruises. Rest in peace Henry. You will be missed.

        On another sad note, my favourite store in Chatham is closing – our one and only scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle. Now we only have Michaels which is so expensive in Canada. It used to irk me that I would find products at Michaels more expensive than at our local scrapbook store…how is that possible? Greed, that’s how! Oh well, we do have some Canadian on-line stores we can buy from. One of the best ones is: www.scrappingreatdeals.com which is located just outside London, ON. If you have a favourite Canadian on-line crafting store, feel free to leave the link in the comments.

        Seeing as I’m a bit sad today, I’m posting another sympathy card.

 

 I bought this fancy die from Aliexpress and wasn’t sure what to do with it. So I die cut it twice and added one to the top and bottom of this card base. Then I cut a strip of white cardstock and glued it in the centre. The sentiment and flowers are silver peel-offs as are the silver lines along the edge of the white strip. I seldom ever do a one layer card but I do like how this one turned out. This could easily be a birthday, get well, thinking of you or anniversary card simply by changing the sentiment. So, I just might get more use out of that die than I thought I would.

        That’s all for a cold Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Take care all. I’ll be back on Friday with another card.

       

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Bluebird of Happiness Card


            Another Monday; another day with a sore throat! This virus is not running its course, its crawling slowly through it. Apparently some people are taking up to 2 weeks or more for it to leave so once again, I’m grounded!...but that’s okay, I don’t feel like doing much anyway.

        I have three men that I send birthday cards to in January – within a week of each other. Usually they all get different ones but this year I just couldn’t decide who was going to get the Bluebird of Happiness card….so I made one for each of them. They live in different cities and don’t see each other on their birthdays so I figured I could get away with it.

 

        This is an Art Impression stamp that has been discontinued. In fact, I had to order it from them as our local scrapbook store couldn’t get it for me. All three cards were the same design but a little different colour in the background….because they never turn out the same even if you try to. The bird was stamped on   white cardstock and was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. The background was made by sponging on various dye inks…mostly Distress Inks but any die inks will work…and sponging them to mix and blend. Then water was splattered on; let it sit for a few seconds and then blot it. That’s how you get those small white spots. Then add more ink; blend again; add more water; blot and repeat until you like the final background. That’s why they all turn out different from each other. Once I decided I liked it, then a darker ink was sponged around the edge. Then the sentiment, which came separate but was meant to me with this stamp, was stamped on in black. I’ve only heard from one son-in-law whose birthday was first, and he thought this was hoot and it cracked him up. Hopefully the other two will feel the same way! I know I have a warped sense of humour….or so I’ve been told all my life…so sometimes it doesn’t gel with others. Oh well, it is what it is.

        That’s all for a sunny but colder day than we have been having…January 14, 2019. Joe ventured out but I staying in until this virus finally over and done.  

        Cheers

Violet

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Sympathy Card


        Another week has ended! Time seems to go by so much faster when you are older. We had a busy day today; running errands; getting an hour’s walk in; getting groceries. Tired.

        I seem to make a lot of sympathy cards. Unfortunately it is the one type of card that is sent the most often. My own brother-in-law has had another major stroke and is not expected to recover from this one. He is 87 and has been in a nursing home for a couple of years and has told his family many times that he is ready to leave. So, he has been on my mind of course so I made this card.

 



        This was a very quick card to make. I found this dark blue paper in the stash and paired it with the light marbled greyish/purple paper which I die cut to fit on top; but off-sided.

Then I used a left over piece to stamp and emboss the sentiment on it and glued it across. Then a paper flower (Dollar store find) was added. I like how it turned out…simple but nice.

        That’s all for a cold Friday, January 11, 2019. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I’ll be back on Monday with another post.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Glittery Butterfly Card


            It turns out there was a glitch in allowing comments on my blog. Hopefully I have this corrected now. I do enjoy reading the comments people leave and answering their questions as well. Sorry for the confusion. I’m glad someone let me know it was a problem.       



Brrrrr. Back to the Canadian standard cold weather today…but no snow yet. They are warning of snow squalls in the snow belt areas east of here but we may get a few flurries only. I’m sure our time is coming but so far, so good.

        Today’s card is very glittery!

 

         The background paper is from my stash.  I stamped the corners and added the peel-off sentiment…which was gold but I went over it with a black marker to darken it. A ribbon was glued down the seam and wrapped around the back. The card was then glued to a card base which just happened to match some of the blue in the paper…bonus! The butterfly was die cut – Memory Box – and glued together. Then I added glue into all the crevasses and sprinkled on some glitter….which matches the top paper – bonus number 2. The squiggle at the end of the butterfly is from a small stamp from Paper Wishes that comes with their butterfly stamp. This was a quick and easy card but I like how it turned out.

        That’s all for a cold and windy Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

 Cheers

Violet

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Monday, January 7, 2019

New Stamp and Die


        Another blah Monday! We had a bit of winter-like weather today – snow pellets and freezing rain but short lived, thank goodness. So sick of winter! We are almost over our colds so that’s one thing to be grateful for….I seldom ever catch a cold but this one caught on real tight and refused to let go.

        Today’s card is one I made using a couple new stamps and dies…I need practice getting the dies to cut exactly where I want them to cut…I think I need to use some washi tape hold them in place. 






     The image was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol and then Wink of Stella was added to the flowers. A silver pen was used to dot the stamens on the flowers but they don’t show up in the photo as such. The flowers were added with dimensional tape. The paper is from my stash and yes, I re-glued that bottom right corner. I do like the new stamps and matching border die so you will be seeing that one many times.

        That’s all for a cold, windy, blah Monday, January 7, 2019.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Red and Black



        Is it Friday? With New Years Day being on a Tuesday, it felt like a Sunday; that coupled with the fact that we cannot get rid of this cold virus so we are very tired, we both are having trouble figuring out what day it is! Maybe we’re just easily confused…..or it’s a senior’s retirement thing! Anyway, I did finally figure out it was Friday and time for another posting.

        I thought I would shake things up a bit and post a quilt today instead of a card. This quilt was made for my oldest grandson who is in university. When I asked him what his favourite colour was he said, “black” (groan)….but then added….”and red”….okay, black and red I can do.



        I started collecting black and red; black and white; and black and grey fabric…some dark, some medium, some light in colour….the usual fabric required to make a quilt interesting…especially a scrappy quilt.

           This quilt was so much work but mainly because the pattern said to press all seams open….in quilting, we almost always press to one side. I’ll never, ever do this again. I have enough fabric in various shades of brown to make another one, but I will be pressing to the side.

        Here’s Joven looking at his quilt. He really liked it.



        And here he is holding it up….sticking his head out the side….always the joker.


        That’s all for a lovely mild Friday, January 4, 2019…..can’t believe how mild it is here – around 8C which is 46F. Incredibly mild for January in Canada…..but I’m not complaining. I hope it stays like this until spring! I’ll be back on Monday with another card. I treated myself to a few….okay a lot…of new dies so lots of new card designs coming.

Cheers

Violet


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A House Warming Card


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday week. We had a quiet Christmas day but celebrated with family the following weekend. We are all so spread out its hard to get everyone free on the same day. Here’s a picture of my family minus one son-in-law who was home sick.

 



        There were also seven…yes seven, dogs roaming around so if they walked into the photo, they were in the photo. They were all rescue dogs that my daughters and granddaughter saved from being culled. One of them was a poor old girl who was found in the streets, abandoned by her owners when she got old......grrr curses to them. My daughter and hubby adopted her and she will know nothing but love until the end. They even bought a dog inhaler for her and give her a few puffs a day so she can breathe easier. Here she is getting a dose.

 

        Hubby loved one of my granddaughter’s dogs and Hershey seemed to like Joe too.

 

        Overall it was a wonderful visit with everyone. I made quilts for three of them but I’ll post those later. Unfortunately Joe and I are not completely over our colds. In fact, I have quite the sore throat and not much of a voice today. Hopefully after a couple days rest and it will finally leave.

My granddaughter and fiancée just bought their first house so I made them a card to go along with their house warming present.




       I die cut the house and removed the other houses on the strip as their house is in a very small town…village actually I think…on a half acre lot so no house sits right beside theirs. It was die cut in off-white cardstock and then I sponged some light brown on their house…green on the tree. They also have a lot of trees so I die cut some extra ones and added them in. They have three rescue dogs so I die cut three different dogs and placed them in the yard. Of course the yard had to be fenced so I die cut the fence and gate as well. One dog, the husky, is a bit of an escape artist so that’s him checking to see if he can squeeze through the gate.  Then I stamped the sentiment and die cut out the curved banner that matches the stamps. She loved it…especially because I was able to fit the three dogs in.

        That’s all for a damp and cloudy Wednesday, January 2, 2019. I’ll be back on Friday with another card.



Cheers

Violet

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Gnomes and a Card


            This is a rare Sunday post. I have been down with a cold and didn’t remember to post a card on Friday. With tomorrow being Christmas Eve day I decided to post today instead.

        I was feeling just well enough today that I didn’t want to lie on the couch and it was too cold in the lower studio (aka the basement) so I decided to try to make some gnomes….and no, I have no idea why, I just felt like making gnomes.

        Here’s the first one I made.

 

It turned out not too bad but I decided the nose was too small.

So here’s the second one I made.

 

        I think the nose to too large! He has feathers and buttons on the side of his hat. 
        It’s back to the drawing board if I decide to make any more.

        Here is the last Christmas card for this year.

 

         A cute little bird card which was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. The ovals are Spellbinder’s dies and the blue cardstock is from the stash. The tag is from a Little B die and the sentiment is a peel-off. The background paper is from the stash. To pick up the red in the hat, the card was glued to a red card base. A quick and easy card.

        That’s all the posts for 2018. With Christmas week being so busy there will be no more postings on this blog until next year – that’s only 9 or 10 days away though!

        So Merry Christmas to all who celebrate this occasion and for those that do not, I wish you a wonderful week. To all I wish for you a happy, safe, and healthy 2019.

   Cheers

Violet

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Another Christmas Card


            This day, although very mild outside, is a downer! I started getting a cold yesterday and today, it’s got a good hold on me. I can’t remember the last time I had a cold. Joe gets them much more frequently than I do and I seldom catch his. He’s thinking he may be coming down with it too though.  Luckily I did get all the quilts for Christmas gifts finished and couriered off so now I can just sit and do nothing….or not much….I’m not much of a do nothing person.

        Today’s card is one I made using an old, and very likely retired, stamp from Stamping Bella.

 

         The image was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol and then die cut with the Spellbinder’s oval die. This was glued to a Stampin’ Up die (also retired) cut piece from red cardstock. The background is Kraft cardstock that I ran through the embossing folder using the wood grain folder; sponged on some darker brown in and then splattered white paint on to look like snow. The rag is from the stash. Once it was all assembled I added glitter to the wreath. I have to do this last and set aside to dry or I smear it.

        That’s all for Wednesday, December 20, 2018…..can you believe it’s almost Christmas? It sure doesn’t feel like it here. We had a high of 8C (46F) here again today….but it’s now raining…. That’s okay, we don’t have shovel rain!!! No white Christmas for us though. I like a white Christmas but it can leave again on the 26th!

       

        Cheers

Violet

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Monday, December 17, 2018

A Happy Winter Card


            We had the mildest few days for the middle of December that I can ever recall. It’s been wonderful having temperatures above the freezing mark. The weather network predicts that it is highly unlikely that we will have a white Christmas….not a surprise as we seldom seem to get snow that stays on the ground until January....which is fine with me. 

        Today I’m posting a Happy Winter card. Although I used this one as a Christmas card it could be just a thinking of you card as well.




        I recently treated myself to some dies from Aliexpress and they are great but no paper packaging so I have no idea whose dies these were originally. I die cut the village scene to see what it was like and decided to use it. There was a lot of white at the bottom so die cut the sentiment out of red cardstock and mounted everything onto a matching red card base. Then the top looked blah so I die cut a Memory Box snowflake swag from glitter paper and glued it to the top. This was a quick and easy card but I quite like how it turned out.

        That’s all for a mild but damp Monday, December 17, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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