Friday, December 6, 2019

A Wiper Card


        One day it’s very cold with an even colder wind blowing and the next day, above freezing. I think this is why people get sick in the winter….we over dress and under dress on the wrong days!

        Every year I make special cards for the grandkids but this year only one is getting this type of card. The wiper card is very cute but too ‘cute’ for the older boys according to hubby and I guess it is…they are 12 and 15….the oldest are 20 and 27 so definitely too cute for them. But the youngest is only 9 so I think he will like it.  

Here’s Finn’s wiper card. 



     This is the front of the card that looks like a regular card…but it is not. The background started out as white cardstock and I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to colour in the sky. Then a snowball stencil was placed over the ink and stencil paste was smeared on with a palette knife and set aside to dry. The hill was die cut with a stitched die. The snowman and sentiment is from an old stamp set and it was coloured with alcohol markers and then cut out with scissors ….no matching die for this one. Once I knew where he was going to be placed I stamped the image again to get the poles and other fine details that were too small to hand cut. Then he was simply glued into place. It was mounted on a special wiper card base that folds up to a standard card size.

 This is the card out flat. 



     When you pull the card apart it not only opens up but that bit at the top pops up…this is the ‘wiper’ part. When you fold the card back down, the wiper goes down as well. Of course I had to embellish the two extra pieces on the left. The first one is just paper (ignore my name) and the next one was stamped and then the bulbs were coloured in. I actually stamped and die cut a different snowman from the same stamp set for the back of the card along with the greeting but forgot to photograph it.

         If you want to make one of these, just go to YouTube and type in ‘wiper card tutorial’ ….there are lots but the one from Split Coast Stampers was my favourite.

That’s all for a cold and windy Friday, December 6, 2019. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Try to do take the time to enjoy the beauty of the world around you; smile at a stranger and never pass up an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness. I’ll be back on Monday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

80 Years Old


        No, not me…..yesterday my hubby turned 80! My youngest daughter and sons came up for a visit and pre-birthday party last weekend…the other girls and families live too far away…..so yesterday was just Joe and I. We went out for lunch and I even bought him a very expensive and decadent chocolate hot fudge cake thing for desert. I don’t care for chocolate….and yes I know I’m weird…but I did have a peanut butter cheesecake that was likely 6,000 calories too but I enjoyed every bite of it as he did his chocolate desert. I don’t usually make him birthday cards but I did this year. This is what I made.


         The background paper was from a 6” paper pack I cut down to 5.25 inches so it would fit on a 5.5” card base with a small border showing. Then I added that strip of left over paper so the old-fashioned card that was die cut twice and glued together could sit on….another reason I keep these small strips. The sentiment was die cut three times; glued together and then glued to the card. Everything looks crooked but one corner of the card must have slipped down on the shelf that I rest them on when I took the photo. Everything is straight in real life. He liked it so that was good.

        That’s all for a cold Wednesday, December 4, 2019. One of my favourite aunts turned 93 today and still lives in her house alone! Hope I’m that fortunate.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Thinking of You at Christmas Card


        We just had a very cold and wet weekend and it’s still cold. We had to attend a funeral on Saturday and it was freezing cold at the cemetery and then the rain started that evening. We just had rain here but just to the east of us they had freezing rain. Yup, winter is here. Brrrr…. We are just not winter people.

        If you have a friend or family member who has suffered the loss of a loved one during they year, they will probably not be celebrating Christmas in the same joyous way as other years but will still appreciate getting a card. So, I always make sure I have some ‘thinking of you at Christmas’ cards made. Here is one of them.

 

         For this card I started out with a piece of designer paper from a 6” paper pack and just cut it down to fit a standard card base. The trees were stamped as a second generation stamping in grey….which means the stamp was inked up; stamped on scrap paper; and then on the card. The hills were die cut and I sponged on some light blue ink here and there. The tree at the front was stamped after the hills were glued on so of course there was a little gap where the hills cross so I just used a paint brush dipped in the same ink to fill in the spaces…it worked. Then the deer was die cut and glued in place. The sentiment was stamped before I glued in the middle hill.

        That’s all for a cold Monday, December-02-19.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Old Car Christmas Card


            Brrrr. The cold weather has returned….luckily it didn’t bring any snow with it – yet!

        Happy belated Thanksgiving to the USA readers and good luck if you shop in the stores on Black Friday…..there is no way you would catch me in one!

            Today’s card was made from a Tim Holtz die. I love this old car and just had to make a card with it. I don’t see why this couldn’t be made for a birthday card in the summer but just using green hills instead of white and leaving the tree off the top….I’m going to try that. 


                        The car was a little tricky to put together but it worked out okay. I’m not crazy about the bows on the packages and I think I’ll use different ones next time. The hills, trees and even the sentiment came with the die set. Once the car was assembled, it was pretty quick to put together.

        That’s all for a cold Friday, November 29, 2019. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I’ll be back on Monday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A Christmas Critter Card


        Our above normal temperatures have disappeared….we’re back to typical November weather – cold and rainy….and windy!

It’s so windy we decided not to put our garbage bin out tonight.

We never know when they will pick up the garbage; sometimes it’s by 8:00 in the morning; other weeks it’s late in the afternoon. Oh well, we don’t generate much garbage anyway so we quite often only put it out every other week.

        Today’s card was made with a very old Stamping Bella stamp. 



         This is such a cute stamp. I actually made it with my grandson in mind but a friend of mine saw it and really wanted it for her daughter so I let her have it. I can easily make another one. The cats were coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. The hats and the bow were too light in colour so I added some markers to them. This stamp set was bought before matching dies came along so I just hand cut it. The background designer paper is from an even older 12” paper pack cut down to fit the card base completely. The cats (and mouse) are sitting on a piece of shiny green (I know it looks turquoise here but its green) with a strip of matching paper across the bottom so the critters have something to sit on and don’t look like they are floating. The sentiment is a peel-off. Once it was assembled I realized that the cats needed a song so I used an extremely old Cuttlebug alphabet die to die cut the ‘fa la la’.

        That’s all for a cold, wet and windy Wednesday, November-27-19. If I’m not blown away, I’ll be back on Friday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Belated Birthday Card


            Well the temperature outside is reading as 9C (48F) but with the cool wind blowing, it feels colder than that. More mild temperatures for most of the week predicted…but with it comes some rain!

        A friend of mine asked if I could make her a belated birthday card….of course I said yes. In fact I made 4 so she could have a choice. This is the one she picked. 



         The background is from a 6” paper pack….wish I had bought more than one now. I just cut it down to fit on a standard card base. The bird is a Tim Holtz stamp and die as are the accessories. The bird was stamped and coloured by sponging on Distress Inks and then die cut. The eyes, beak and wing were stamped again; coloured and there is a die that cuts them out which really gives the bird some dimension….and the wing hold the end of the balloon’s string. I drew a line across the eyes and shaded the top with a grey pencil to make him look even sadder. The sentiment was computer generated and then die cut with a stitched fishtail border die.

        That’s all for a cool Monday, November 25, 2019.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Two Cards Today


        It’s not as nice out as the temperature reads because of a cold wind blowing which makes it feel just below the freezing mark. Anything below 40F is cold for me. I love the hot summer months.

        Today I’m posting two cards because they were made with the same die but different paper and sentiments. Both would be considered quick and easy cards.



   First of all, this card is red, not orange but obviously not a bright Christmas red….and the camera changes the colour a bit as well. The die was used to die cut that intricate poinsettia and ferns from thick paper with a shimmer…I use it often for wedding cards as well. Then it was glued to the red base and the sentiment (oldie from Paper Wishes) was stamped and embossed in white. As I look at the photo, it seems a little blah so I may add a gem to the centre of the poinsettia and maybe a few extras as well. 



For this card the same die was used but on plain white cardstock….really blah. So I brushed glue over it and sprinkled on some Martha Stewart Christmas glitter which is mostly white but some red bits in it. It looked like snow to me so I liked it and glued to a very red piece of cardstock. The sentiment was once again stamped and embossed in white but I have no idea where this sentiment came from….I seldom keep the packages. I may add a gem to the middle of this poinsettia as well.

        That’s all for a cool and windy Friday, November 22, 2019. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone. I’ll be back on Monday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

From our Gnome to Yours!


So far today it’s been a pretty nice day….no rain or snow yet. Tonight is our annual quilt guild Christmas party so I was busy today gathering up everything I wanted, and needed, to take, including the making the deviled eggs for my contribution to the appetizer table.

One of my sons-in-law loves gnomes...because his mother’s family comes from Denmark so gnomes are very much part of that country’s folklore. When I spotted this gnome stamp and die set, I just had to get it to make a Christmas card for him...and my daughter of course.



 I stamped the gnome and house on cardstock; coloured them with alcohol markers; and die cut them. The birch trees on th4 far left were die cut; edges inked with grey ink; and glued behind the hill, which was just hand cut. The trees were stamped from yet another die set and cut out and glued in place. The sentiments came with the gnome set. The sky background is from an old 6” paper pack. Once everything was glued in place it was mounted on a 5.5 card green card base.

That’s all for a mild Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, November 18, 2019

An Ornament Card


        It’s a bit warmer today so the snow is melting…..and it’s supposed to stay above freezing for the rest of the week; but it will also rain and/or rain and snow. This is one of the reasons November is our least liked month. We attempted to walk in the bush today but the snow was only partly melted so it was a mixture of water and ice….we abandoned the trail and walked on the sidewalk instead. The last thing we need to do is slip on ice and fall. Hurry spring!

        Today’s card was made with Stampin’ Up ornament dies and Tim Holtz greenery dies.

 

         The ornaments were die cut out of some cream shiny cardstock that I have no idea where I got but decided to use it up. Then the inside of the ornaments were die cut out of gold glitter paper from the dollar store. The Tim Holtz greenery was glittered up with my usual combination of glitter glue and glitter; some Martha Stewart punched white ferns were added too. The poinsettia was a flat, dull sticker so I glued it to some cardstock and then cut it out; added some glossy accents to make it shiny and to stiffen it…. and added gold glitter to the middle. The ornaments are hanging on silver peel-off strips. The sentiment was a silver peel-off but I ran a red alcohol marker over it to change the colour. Once it liked it, it was glued to the card base.

        That’s all for a wet and slushy Monday, November 18, 2019.

          Cheers

Violet

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Friday, November 15, 2019

An Orchid Card


        It’s Friday again! The weeks are just flying by. We had another dusting of snow Wednesday night but it quickly melted when the sun came out. I’m already sick of winter!

Even though I still have scads of Christmas cards to post, I thought those of you who do not make Christmas cards might like to see something different. So, today I’m posting a sympathy card made with an old Penny Black orchid stamp.

 

         This was stamped on water colour paper using my stamp positioner. I find it a must to use a stamp positioner with this type of stamp because you have to ink and then stamp, over and over using various colours of the same ink to get the dimension needed. I also take a wet paint brush and move the colours around after stamping when necessary. Then I used a Tombow marker to draw in the veins as they were not showing up very well.  Blue water colour paint was used for the background and then I splattered on blue and purple ink…I love splatters! For the sentiment I took a left over piece of water colour paper and painted it light blue with a few of the same splatters and then added a peel-off sentiment. Once I was happy with the main image it was then mounted on a blue card base. Sympathy cards do not have to be plain and dull; they can still be beautiful and bright.

        That’s all for a cold Friday, November 15, 2019.

Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe and creative weekend. Always be on the lookout for someone who needs a smile and pass one on to them! Smiles are contagious; pass them on.

Cheers

Violet

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