Monday, July 22, 2019

Wild Flowers and Butterflies on a Card


        The heat wave finally broke yesterday and we were able to turn off the A/C and open the windows. It’s a beautiful day here today but it may be hot again by Thursday.

        Joe had an excellent physiotherapist come to the house to help him recover from his stroke. She gave him exercises to do that helped so much he can now walk without a cane even…he holds the cane though in case he needs it. She was so pleasant, helpful and nice I decided to make a special thank you card for her. Her last visit was last Friday and I just got it finished in time. I actually made three and gave Joe the right to pick the one he liked the best. This is the one he picked.

 

         The background started out as white cardstock and I sponged various Distress Inks around it and then splattered it with water to get those lovely speckles. The wild flowers were die cut out of black cardstock. I laid them on the card and decided it needed something else. So the stitched frame was die cut out of white cardstock and I sponged the same inks in roughly the same position as the base and once again sprinkled it with water. Then it was glued on which just gave it that wee bit of dimension that was missing. A couple of the wild flowers were tucked behind the frame and one on top of the frame. Then the sentiment was die cut and glued on. After looking at it for awhile I decided it needed something else so two die cut butterflies were added. It was then glued to a purple card base. Hope she liked it.

        That’s all for a lovely Monday, July 22, 2019. I’ll be back on Wednesday with another card. In the meantime, don’t forget to pass on a smile to a stranger….it may be the only smile they get all day! Smiles are free, pass them on whenever you can!

        Cheers

Violet

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Cats and Candles Card


The heat wave is intense! Temperatures today, with the humidex added in, means it will feel like 46C (114.8F) and tomorrow is even worse, 49C (120F). This is some crazy hot and humid weather which of course creates some severe thunderstorms as well. We are staying put today…and tomorrow.

After rejecting a few cards I made for our grandson’s 12th birthday, which is today, I went in a totally different direction and created this one….the one we sent.

This stitched die cuts out the frame plus the stitched rectangles inside the frame…I just sponged some Distress Ink Broken China, I think. onto them. This die is just a tiny bit bigger than the standard A2 card size so I had to make the card base a little larger as well. The card base was actually a 5.5 x 7 card so I just trimmed it down. Green is Seth’s favourite colour so that’s why I used it. He also loves cats so three die cut cats were added. The birthday greeting is from on old stamp set as are the candles. I stamped the candles, cut them out by hand, and glued them onto the bottom rectangle. Glossy Accents was added to the candles to make them look more realistic….not that a 12 year old boy would notice…and the flames have stickles added for some sparkle. Hope he likes it.

That’s all for a very hot and humid Friday, July 19, 2019. Stay cool, be safe and be creative over the weekend and I’ll be back on Monday with another card.

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, July 17, 2019

A Star Card


        The hot and humid air has returned with a vengeance….but it did bring some much needed rain! We could be looking at temperatures well over 100F Friday and Saturday…could even be as high as 112F….hey, this is Canada, the cold north!...not in the summer months!

        Today’s card was almost picked for Seth’s birthday card but in the end we picked another one….to be posted on Friday.

 

         The background was made with a Happy Birthday embossing folder. Light blue ink was rolled on one side so the embossed words stayed white but the background is light blue. The stars were die cut from a piece of cardstock that was sitting in the stash….no idea where it came from. They were glued on and if you look carefully you can see the word ‘happy’ in the middle of the bottom star. Green bakers twine was wrapped around the embossed cardstock before it was glued to the card base. This was definitely a quick and easy card. Next week I’ll post the card that I made from the piece of green that the stars were die cut from.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

 Cheers

Violet

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Another Frog Card


It’s hard to believe it’s the middle of July already! May and June were cold and rainy and then July tried to make up for it by being very hot and humid. I feel sorry for the farmers. First they were late getting the crops in because the fields were so wet and now they are crying for rain. I don’t miss living on a farm!

        Today’s card is another frog card. So darn cute!

 

      I bought a set of 6 dies from Aliexpress and when they came I wasn’t sure how to use them. I thought they were for making decorative edge cards. It took me a couple cuts to realize that they cut at opposite angles….cool! So the cardstock was plain white and were die cut just past the middle on the left; matched a little further down. The star paper is from a paper pack and only the small strip was needed. The top and bottom were then glued to the stars and then it was trimmed down to 4” x 5.25” so it fit on the standard A2 card with a small edge showing. Ink was sponged on the top using a handmade cloud stencil and the bottom was sponged with green. The sentiment was stamped in green using my Tim Holtz stamp positioner to make sure I got a good impression. The frogs were stamped; coloured and die cut and glued on….the top one was die cut again from white foam so it sticks up a bit. The bottom frog was not attached with the extra foam as I wanted the top frog to be the star. The grass behind the bottom frog was die cut and then dipped in green inks to colour….it was from another die set. The little flies are part of the frog set and there are dies to die cut them but I found it quicker to do so by hand. Once they were stamped, Glossy Accents was applied to their eyes and Stickles were added to wings. This really made a difference. They are just glued on flat.

        That’s all for a hot Monday, July 15, 2019. I’ll be back on Wednesday with another card.

        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, July 12, 2019

A Frog Card


            We are having an overcast day today, no sun but thankfully no dreaded humidity either. I love hot weather but not when it’s humid. In fact we were able to turn the A/C off and open the windows again. I’m sure it’s a short lived situation but we’ll take it.

       One of our grandsons is turning 12 this month and I started creating some cards that would be suitable for him. I have no problem making masculine cards or cards for younger boys under about 12 but ages 12 and up is tricky for me. Here’s one I made that I rejected for him.

 

         I like the card but decided it was too juvenile for my 12 year old grandson. One of my friends will have a need for it though so its in the stash. The frog was stamped and coloured with Tombow markers that were scribbled onto a stamp block and the colours picked up with a Stampin’ Up blending pen. The frog was then die cut with matching dies. The balloons were die cut from white cardstock and coloured with alcohol markers….that I picked up at Dollarama that work great….but limited colours….anyway, once they were coloured I went over them with a VersaMark pen and heat embossed them in clear embossing powder, dipped them quickly back in the embossing powder and heat them again. I wanted a nice shiny coating on them. Then the strings were made black with a black marker.

        The frog needed to stand on something so the sentiment was stamped on a piece of white cardstock using Stampin’ Up Handsome Hunter green ink and then a green marker was used to outline the edges. The background paper is from my stash and once I liked the layout it was all glued to a light green card base.         
       That’s all for a cooler Friday, July 12, 2019. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend all. I’ll be back on Monday with a card.

        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, July 10, 2019

Wild Flower Card


        The dreaded heat and humidity is back! We are under yet another heat warning. The thermostat in the car read 34C (93.2F) as we were coming back from a medical appointment just after lunch….when you add in the humidity, it felt like over 100F. We are in for the day now….until I have to water the garden after supper that is.

        Today’s card was supposed to be another thinking of you card for the hospice but when it was finished I decided it was way too cheery for a thinking of you card….so it became a birthday card.

 

        The background was sponged with various inks…likely mostly Distress Inks but I use any water based dye ink that I grab first. The wild flowers are dies from Aliexpress and they were die cut out of white cardstock; dipped over and over into various inks until I was happy with the colours and glued in place. Then I decided they were not colourful enough so glitter was added. It was then that I realized that the glitter was not appropriate for a thinking of you card from the hospice so I stamped the sentiment on an Aliexpress fancy banner on cardstock that just happened to match the card base and turned it into a birthday card.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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, July 8, 2019

A Masculine Card


The dreaded humidity left us for a few days so we have had, in our opinion, perfect weather! The heat and humidity is not far off though and is returning soon.

This masculine card was made from bits and pieces from the stash and a die from Aliexpress. All the car dies in this set cut beautifully.

 

I found this piece of creamy yellow cardstock in the stash and ran it through the Tim Holtz gear embossing folder and then lightly sponged Walnut Distress Ink over the top to hi-lite some of the raised areas. The car was die cut and glued to a piece of cardstock that had those coloured arrows printed on it. Some Distress Ink, Old Paper I think, was sponged around the edges. The sentiment was computer generated and then hand cut. The edges were grunged up with some Walnut ink. Everything was glued to a black card base. This was definitely a quick and easy card.

That’s all for a beautiful warm Monday July 8, 2019.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, July 5, 2019

It's a Heat Wave...and a Card


            After a cold and rainy spring, summer has arrived with a vengeance. We are under a heat wave warning and a severe thunderstorm warning. I stepped outside this morning from our air conditioned house, which we do not keep very cold, out on to the front porch and my glasses fogged up! It feels close to 100F out there. We normally sit on the front porch in the afternoon, but not today.

        I found this stamp on-line and printed it off but was never sure how to use it in a card. Then inspiration struck…….

 

         The image was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. The background was sponged with chalk. I die cut it and the light blue cardstock with some Spellbinder’s rectangle dies and then mounted them on the blue striped card base. The sentiment was computer generated, printed and glued on. Then I die cut some feathers, added a real feather in, tied them together and glued them to the edge of the image. Overall I was pretty pleased with it.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, July 5, 2019. Have a wonderful safe and creative weekend all.

        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, July 3, 2019

A Lily Card


        Tomorrow is July 4th and it is a huge holiday for the USA. So, happy 4th July to all my USA readers.

        A friend of mine had a death in the family so I made her a sympathy card.

 

         The lilies were stamped (unbranded die) on white cardstock. I stamped one onto masking paper and covered that front one and then stamped it again so it would look like it is behind it. The sky was pounced with one of the blue Distress inks, but very softly.  I have a punch that punches two holes close together so I punched it in the middle where I wanted to tie the bow, put the ribbon through the two holes and pulled it to the front and tied the bow. The sentiment is a peel-off. It was mounted on a dusty purple that is very close in colour to the stamped images.

        That’s all for a beautiful, but a bit humid, day on July 3, 2019. We had quite the thunderstorm pass through here last night and more predicted every day for the next 4 days.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Canada Day Greetins and a Card


Happy Canada Day to all the Canadian readers. We have had a very hot and humid long weekend here but no rain so that was good. There were all kinds of festivals in most cities and the rain sure puts the damper on the fun so hot and humid is way better than rain. However, it was too hot (close to 100F) and too crowded at our city’s festivals for Joe to attend so we headed out to Rondeau Park yesterday for a veggie burger lunch and a relaxing afternoon….. and ending the visit with an ice cream cone….can’t go to Rondeau without having an ice cream cone. It was also much cooler at the lake than here in the city.

        I just can’t stop making these Ninja cards. So darn cute.

        This time I simply die cut that sunburst and glued it to the green card base. My sister had given me a package of very large green cards and envelopes but I didn’t want one that large so I just cut it down to the normal A2 size. I used a piece that was cut off for the sentiment. The Ninja was die cut out of black cardstock and again out of black foam and glued together and then glued to the middle of the sunburst. Definitely a quick and easy card but I think a young boy will really like it.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Monday, July 1, 2019.

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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