Monday, May 22, 2017

A Blue Card


The long weekend is over – Saturday during the day was cloudy and cool and then it was raining….and raining hard starting Saturday afternoon until late Sunday afternoon. Today was cool and windy again. We had the two grandsons here for the weekend and we did spend a few hours at Rondeau and took them bird watching. They were pretty good at finding the birds by sight but no so good at getting them in the binoculars….but they still had fun and enjoyed the walk through the trails so all was well....and they really liked having Chinese for supper. 
Coats and extra hoodies - it was cold! And in case you are wondering, the socks are over the pant legs so ticks cannot get on their legs. It's not an attractive fashion statement but it is recommended.

Of course the first thing they did when I gave them binoculars was to look at each other...boys!

We ran into some friends who were birding so I introduced the boys …..who were taught as pre-schoolers to shake hands with people they meet…so they did and it’s quite funny to see the reaction of the adults. They start out waving and then quickly realize the boys have their hands out to shake....so funny to watch. Sunday afternoon we played Rummoli with my sister and once it quit raining I took them to the park so run off some energy and this morning we played UNO and they both love to read so that’s nice. They are easy to entertain even when they are not playing video games.  We took them home this afternoon and the house is so quiet.



Today’s card is a quick and simple but very nice masculine card. 




I’m back to trying to use more of the stash. These blue papers were just calling out to be used so I did! The striped paper was not quite wide enough so I added the blue one on the left and then die cut the stitched circle (Stampin’ Up die) out of another piece of blue cardstock. I took some feathers…. that I also have a stash of by the way….and glued them together and then wrapped a piece of baker’s twine around them. The dark blue banner was hand cut and a peel-off sentiment added.



That’s all for a cool Monday, May 22, 2017.

Cheers

Violet


Friday, May 19, 2017

HEY CHICK!


Hey Chick! Is the name of the card that is posted at the end of this long post! It’s also the name of the Stampin’ Up stamp set with various chickens on it that I used. Cool! But first a long but funny post about our day at the park and more.



This has been quite the week. On Wednesday Joe really wanted to go to Point Pelee instead of Rondeau to look for the migratory warblers. Point Pelee is THE birding capital of Canada and its about 20 minutes or so longer drive from here than Rondeau. So, off we went…after calling my friend to tell her that we were going to the Point and I would not likely make it to the quilt guild meeting that night….Joe said we could leave early so I could make it but I knew that was never going to happen. So, we get to the point, ate the sub we stopped to get, and headed out to the trails. Now, if you read a few of the last posts you will recall me saying that it has been a very cold and rainy May so far and we had a touch of frost the other night…..well, Mother Nature had a hot flash!....it was so hot and humid there that we were sweating in T-shirts…….and there were few birds…..we saw 4 warblers. Four! We finally called it quits about 5:30 and had to decide if we were going home to eat or go out to eat. We were so tired and hungry we decided to eat out.



There are two decent restaurants close to the Point. Paula’s Fish Place – its okay, not cheap and very noisy when busy….and it was busy…..on to the next one…..Freddy’s. We always enjoy their fish and chips which Joe had a hunger for and I like their falafels. We get there and they have taken both off the menu. Rats. We don’t eat meat; Joe doesn’t like any other fish and their veggie burger and chips was $14.95…yikes….we pay about $6.75 for a veggie burger, fries and drinks at Rondeau….we left…..and we never walk out of a restaurant but I told Joe I was not paying $14.95 for a veggie burger that I didn’t really want. On into Leamington where we know they have a Just Joey’s which is another fish place. Joe got his fish and chips and I had a shrimp linguini dish. They were both excellent $10.00 meals….too bad they cost $21.00 each. By this time we didn’t care and figured the prices have simply gone up that much since we were there last….and it’s the start of tourist season so everything goes up.

We get home; shower and turn on the computer and the first thing I check is the bird count at Rondeau to see how it compares to the pitiful day we had - bumper day there! They had new warblers that are seldom seen. Boy, can we pick the day to skip there or what!



Thursday….still hot and humid but the grass needed cutting and I wanted to hang the clothes on the clothesline. Joe cuts the back grass while the first load of laundry is in. He turns the lawnmower off and it won’t start again. It’s only a year old and he has never liked it. I was annoyed with him last year because he didn’t buy one of the push started that are self propelled so when he was going to take this one back to the dealer I begged him to just trade it in and get one easier for him to start and use….he’s 77 years old and I worry every time he cuts the grass.  I didn't hold much hope that he would do it ......but.....he did it! He bought the one he should have bought last year! The downside is that we also had someone come out to measure and price new flooring for the kitchen/eating area and laminate flooring for the living room/dining room. One of these may be delayed! I don’t care!



So, it’s been a busy, eventful week so far and the weekend will be busier. This is a long weekend here in Canada….the MAY TWO-4. When I was a child, many decades ago, it was called Victoria Day to celebrate the birthday of Queen Victoria of England…although it didn’t fall on her birthday….and…….somewhere along the way it got renamed to simply MAY TWO-4….as in May 24th, which it doesn’t usually fall on either….who cares, it’s a holiday! We are having two of our grandsons come for the weekend so it will be busy!.....by the way, the hot flash is over and we are back to having a very cool day…..like a hoodies and jacket day…brrrr.



And now the card. Since I’ve been fighting this virus for two months!!!! I have not had any creative juices flowing at all. I would go down to the lower studio, aka the basement, and nothing came together. The other night I went down and actually finished a card – hooray, the crafting muse is back on track!




I stamped the chicken on white cardstock and the head only on white cardstock and then coloured them with Distress Inks using a Stampin’ Up blender pen to pick up the colour. Then I stamped it again on another piece of white cardstock and die cut it with the Stampin’ Up oval stitched dies – love these! I cut out the chicken less the legs and glued it on over the stamped image. Then I coloured the hair?? and glued it on. This paper piecing just adds some dimension to the card. The grass was stamped and blended out. I had no idea what to do for a background but I had these pieces in the stash and decided to use them. The top and bottom pieces were embossed to add some extra interest. The fancy oval was already cut and in the stash but it was a little light in colour so I sponged Distress Ink Broken China over it and it looked better. The little stamped sentiment came with the set and it was stamped on a die cut tiny Cuttlebug label, glued on with a dimensional strip.



Here is the inside of the card. I don’t usually post the inside but I had to this time or the card wouldn’t make much sense.






Three different stamps from three different companies used. The little egg and the egg sentiment came with the set. I’m looking forward to stamping and making more cards from the other chickens now! This would be a fun card to send to a friend for no particular reason.



That’s all for a cool Friday, May 19, 2017. Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone.





Cheers

Violet



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Monday, May 15, 2017

A Butterfly Card and a Beautiful Bird


This has been a busy day! We ran some errands in the morning and did the lawn and garden work in the afternoon. My sister’s computer was giving her some problems so she dropped it off for me to fix for her….it just needed to have scans run and I uninstalled some stuff she should not have had on there. Its working like a charm now so she will be pleased.



Yesterday we went to Rondeau again and we were lucky enough to see the very elusive Prothonotary warbler. This beauty is a rarity, especially in Ontario but some have started to nest here so that is good. The professional photographers will sit for over 8 hours in one spot just to get a shot of this bird. Here are a couple of my favourites. The card follows the birds.








 And now the card.


I took this photograph of the monarch butterfly and shrunk it down to fit on a card and softened the edges….love Photoshop elements! I wanted to pick up on the purple flowers around it so I chose a light and dark purple; die cut them with the stitched edge die and then mounted them on some designer paper that had hints of orange in to go with the butterfly. This was a quick and simple but very nice sympathy card. It could have been a birthday card too but I needed a sympathy card.



That’s all for a sunny and warm…........finally no cold wind.........
Monday, May 15, 2017.


Cheers

Violet


Friday, May 12, 2017

Crazy Boy Fun


It’s after 10:00 pm and I’m finally having a moment to make a post. We went to Rondeau Provincial Park again today and even though we said we were going to leave around 4:00 pm….it didn’t happen….never happens! It was sunny but that darn wind was cool once again. In spite of the nicer weather, there were more birders than birds at the park! The migratory birds are scarce this year but it’s still nice to get outside and walk the trails.
On our way to the park we stopped to get some asparagus for supper and they were having a huge sale – half price! – because they found the odd spear that was frost bitten so they couldn’t ship any of it to the supermarkets. If they find even one spear, the entire cut cannot be sold to retailers but they do sell it at the farm...buyer beware! So, I ended up buying a huge bag to freeze…which is why we were going to leave around 4:00 to give me time to freeze it. Well, we didn’t get home until about 7:30 but I still froze the asparagus…..my favourite veggie! I should sleep well tonight!



Today I’m posting a scrapbook layout of when we took two of our grandsons to an amusement park.



 

  

First they went on the cars that go on a hilly circle and bumblebees that go quite high. The older boy thought these were baby rides but he was kind to his little brother and went with him. The bees were a little more fun than he thought and the cars were wicked fun! They went on them several times.

As you can see, the photos are across the top and bottom with patterned paper in between and a bit showing near the top and bottom. Skinny ¼” strips of black paper were used above and below the photos as well as a couple to separate the photos.

Most of the papers and embellishment were from a Paper Wishes pack but a few were from the stash. The red line of half dots was die cut with a long Sizzix die.



Then they migrated over to the bumper cars and that’s where they stayed for the rest of the day I think. Seth was thrilled he was finally old enough to go on them.










These are how the two pages side by side but I have them reversed here…duh! The one on the right is actually the first page and the ribbon is blue, not grey, and it holds the tag that says ‘crazy’.  The second page hold the rest of the title with the first circle saying ‘boy’ and then three tags that spell ‘fun’.   



Hope you like the layouts. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. That’s all for a sunny but cool Friday, May 12, 2017. Have an awesome weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Combining Stamps and Die Sets


Yesterday we had a very sunny but cold walk through Rondeau Provincial Park and actually saw 12 different warbler species so it was a pretty good day. It was very late when we finally staggered into the house – lots of fresh air and walking for hours is tiring – and I forgot to post a card. We are switching computers around so I don’t have the new bird photos ready to post yet though. In fact, I have to re-load all my programs on this computer so if I disappear for a few days, you will know I am likely having computer problems.



Here is today’s card.


This card is a combination of the Stampin’ Up High Tide stamp set and a Spellbinder’s fancy die set. The lighthouse and sentiment are from the Stampin’ Up set. I had a piece of watercolour paper that I had splashed various paint on but it was not suitable for a scene so it was die cut with that very fancy tag. The black is also part of the die set and it was glued onto the white card base. I put the fancy die cut piece in my home-made Misti so I could stamp it twice or three times without having to worry about getting it right on. Stamping on water colour paper takes a few attempts to get an even coat. The lighthouse was stamped and cut out leaving an edge and then attached with dimensional glue strips. This could be a nice thinking of you card for either a man or woman going through some tough times. It actually looks nicer in real life than it does in the photo.



That’s all for a sunny but still cool Thursday May 11, 2017.

 Cheers

Violet


Monday, May 8, 2017

A Dramatic Card and Birds


This will be a long post because I first want to share some bird photos I took this week – in between rain drops! We had a very cold, windy and wet weekend. Today we are staying home and taking it easy.



Here are a few bird photos. The card is after these.


The wind was playing havoc with the bird's feathers.


You can tell how windy it was even in the bush.

This is one of Joe's favourite spring birds.

It's so hard to get a good photo of this bird. It seldom sits still at all so I was thrilled to get this one.

And now for the dramatic card!....at least I think its dramatic!


I decided I wanted to make as many different cards as I could using the Stampin’ Up High Tide stamp set my friend lent me. This one, obviously, is a masculine birthday card. The background is a piece of red cardstock that was run through a nautical themed embossing folder; then white ink was smeared across it just hitting the embossed areas. It is subtle but it just brings out the embossed areas a bit. The birds were stamped on a piece of water colour paper that was coloured with water colour paint. This was then glued to a piece of red cardstock – same as the embossed piece – and then onto the grey.



The tags were die cut with a QuicKutz die set using the same cardstock as above; tied with grey bakers twine and glued on. The sentiment is a peel-off.



That’s all for a sunny but still cool Monday May 8, 2017



Cheers

Violet


Friday, May 5, 2017

Rain, Rain and More Rain...and a Card


I’m sure some people are thinking its time to build an ark! It has been raining here non-stop for about 20 hours – and it will continue until sometime tomorrow night! That’s three days of solid rain. There are many reports of flooding and road closures. I feel sorry for the farmers as they are usually busy planting their crops now and the fields are just saturated with water.



I braved the rain this afternoon and took my sister to our quilt guild’s quilt show. We had a wonderful time. Of course all my quilting friends are upset that I still cannot talk and they all want me to see another doctor but there is nothing a doctor can do about a virus. It just has to run its course…or in my case, walk slowly!



Once the rain clears up it will be time to get the BBQ going so I made a card about BBQ’ing. This is a very old Stamping Bella stamp so I have no idea if it is still available.

 


The background was made using various pieces of paper from a 6” paper pack. This is a 5 ½” square card. The man’s shirt was paper pieced. I love to do that. All you have to do is stamp the image on patterned paper; cut it out and glued it to the image you have also stamped for the card. The rest of the image was coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol. Then three black dew drops were added and a gold peel-off sentiment.



That’s all for a very wet and rainy Friday, May 5, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Lighthouse Card


Finally a day of sunshine…still a bit of a cool bite to the wind though but overall a beautiful day……..which was nice because we are now in for another four days of rain! A lot of low lying areas are already flooded from the weekend rain so they are very concerned now. So, did we go bird watching today? No, unfortunately the grass had to be cut so we had to stay home. Oh well, there should be a few days next week when we can go to the park.



My friend and I exchanged dies/stamps again and this time she lent me the Stampin’ Up High Tide stamp set. Love it! If it comes on sale I’m buying it. I seldom buy anything unless it’s on sale….I like to think of myself as frugal but in honestly I’m just a bit cheap.



Here’s the first card I made with the set. Yes, I actually got to go down to my lower studio and play!

 


The background was done with Distress Inks. The birds are part of the set as well as the waves in the water; the sand and the grasses. Once the background was completed I stamped the lighthouse in Espresso….ooops the yellow sky shows through where it is light brown on the lighthouse. So, I used a paint brush with some Espresso ink on it and filled it in just enough that the yellow did not show through. I had a few other backgrounds already completed so I simply stamped some lighthouses on white cardstock and I’ll cut them out and glue them in place.



The paper and ribbon is from my stash. The buff piece of paper behind the lighthouse was die cut with an old Sizzix die and then the edges were inked with Distress Walnut Stain ink. I also used a sponge with some Walnut Stain on it to form a shadow for the lighthouse….its faint, but there. The ribbon was glued down and behind the card front before gluing it to the card base which is a 5 ½” square kraft card from Michaels. The anchor was die cut using an old QuicKutz die and then three black dew drops were added. The brad in the anchor was gold but it was too shiny so I ran a black alcohol pen over it.



That’s all for a sunny Tuesday, May 3, 2017.



Cheers

Violet

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Opps! I Goofed....But Corrected Now

If you checked my previous post yesterday you might have noticed that I forgot to add the photos of the cards in the proper place. Sorry! I was so tired when I was typing out the post I simply forgot. Strange thing is I woke up at 6:00 this morning and that thought popped into my mind so I came downstairs and checked and sure enough, I had forgotten. I have a weird brain!

Anyway, the photos of the cards are now in the proper place so be sure to scroll down once again.

Cheers
Violet

Monday, May 1, 2017

Two Cards on a Long Day


Two cards are posted after this long story of our day!

Well this was quite the day! We had a very cool/cold weekend with pouring rain and I wasn’t feeling all that well so we did nothing all weekend. This morning I felt better so we checked the weather network about 9:30 and it predicted a few showers until 11:00 and then clearing with only 30% chance of rain. WRONG! I’ve been so house bound with this virus I was really hoping to get out of the house for awhile….and the doctor did say some fresh air would do be good….so we decided to take a drive to Rondeau Provincial Park; have a quick lunch at the Visitor’s Centre; and maybe walk a couple of the short trails. Doesn’t that sound like a nice plan?

Well, it started to rain just before we left the house…but we kept going…so did the rain…sometimes a sprinkle; then a downpour; then back to a sprinkle. It was still raining quite hard at the park so we had our lunch and visited with a couple of other birding friends that we only see in May during the birding season….and it was still raining! We drove around the park; still raining; we sat in the car and had a coffee; still raining. We decided that was it, we were heading for home.

Well, just before we got to the exit the rain stopped. Mmmmhhh. Okay, lets just walk along the first two bridges at Spice Bush Trail because the car is only a few feet from the first bridge and if it starts raining again we can get the car very quickly. We didn’t see many birds; chatted with other birders; and no more rain......we and decided to drive back to the end of the park again….just in case. Well, the rain did stop and the sun even tried to come out so we walked up a trail to see if we could find the very elusive Yellow-breasted Chat. A few other birders were standing on the trial and one of them spotted the Chat just as we got there and was kind enough to point him out to us. This is only the second time we have ever seen one so it made our day. I couldn’t get a picture of it because it was deep in the tangle but at least we got to see it. We ended up seeing about a dozen migratory birds overall but because I’m fighting this virus; we didn’t stay long and headed for home.

As we got close to town Joe casually asks, “Would you like me to buy you a new computer today?” Me: “What? You’re offering to buy me a computer? Now? YES please!” He is so full of surprises so I am now the new owner of a computer but our neighbour has to get it set up and running yet. Love my hubby!

So, finally here are two cards I made using the same picture from a recycled greeting card and yet they the two cards look very different.

Both of these cards were made exactly the same except for the embellishments. The window was die cut with Memory Box die and plastic was glued behind it to look like glass. The green crinkled paper came that way – a thrift store find so I don’t know who made it but I like it! I had two old greeting cards the same so instead of throwing them in the recycle, I used them for these cards.




For this card I simply wrapped some glitter thread around it and added the peel-off sentiment. I kept it simple because I thought this would be a nice sympathy card for a man.



For the card for a woman, I simply added  the glitter thread; the flower with a gem in the centre; and die cut vines. This changed the look of the card completely.

That’s all for a very wet Monday, May 1, 2017. More rain off and on all week except for Wednesday….which will be grass cutting day.

Cheers

Violet
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