Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Two different cards, same background

 Our wacky weather continues - from cold to very, very hot, to cool and rainy, to sunny, and tomorrow back to rain. This afternoon was grass cutting and working in the garden….the weeds were getting too aggressive and needed removing. Joe was cutting the grass and it was still wet from yesterday’s rain so it was harder work than normal…but we couldn’t leave it another day or he would never get through it. The joy of owing a home!

 I’m back with a couple of cards today. I had two pieces of cardstock with the same design that I stenciled on but never used them. I decided to once again give myself a challenge and to make two completely different cards using the same background. Here is the first card I made.

                               
I had this cute little digital image of the boy with a frog all coloured up and ready to use so I went with it.  Cut the stenciled paper into three strips of different widths and glued them to a green background paper and then onto a light green paper and then on to a white card base. Lots of layers but it called for it. Then the coloured image was glued on and the banner sentiment added with a dimensional strip. This ended being a 5.5 inch square card.

 And here’s the next card.


 This time I left the stenciled image in one piece but glued it to another green layer; then the light green layer; and then onto the 5.5 inch card base. A strip of green was added across the middle and a flower was added to the left side. The sentiment is a gold peel-off. Sparkly gems were added to the flowers.

 There you have it. Two totally different cards for two different age groups and genders using the same background. I find it is a good brain game to challenge myself once in awhile…..and besides, I don’t like making the same card twice.

It was raining yesterday so I did get some more very cute cards finished. I'll be posting them next so stay tuned.

That's all for a sunny, but with a cool wind, Tuesday, May 17.

 Cheers

Violet

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Birds

 Hello fellow crafters. I haven’t posted this week because we have been so busy. We went from a very cold, windy, rainy spring into summer! Temperatures over the last couple of days have been close to 90F….love it. It’s also May that the migratory birds fly up from South America and the Southern parts of the USA to Canada to breed. Why do they come all this way? I have no idea but I’m glad they do. So, we are what is called ‘birders’. We go out to the parks and hike the trails looking for the migratory birds. Joe’s favourite is the Scarlet Tanager that we got to see yesterday….photo below.

                    
My favourite is the Indigo Bunting, which there seems to be less of them and rare to see. We have no seen it yet.

But my other favourite is the Prothonotary Warbler which is close to being added to the Endangered Species list. We did get to see it and here are some photos of it.

                      



 We also were lucky enough to see the Pileated Woodpecker up close. This is the woodpecker that the cartoon character, Woody Woodpecker was based on.

                          
And I videotaped it. Turn your sound on to hear what it sounds like when he hammers his beak against the tree. Amazing. I hope this posts okay. I don't usually do videos.

                         

I’ll be posting some cards later this week.

Take care until then.

 Cheers

Violet

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Monday, May 9, 2022

A Technique to Try

 We are finally getting some spring like weather here in Ontario but the wind is keeping it chilly…..but just chilly, not cold.

Instead of posting a card today I’m posting examples of how to change flat images into a more interesting image. This is not a new technique and it has been around for years but some people may not have read about it if they are new to card making or scrapbooking.

 I’ve had this supply of pretty flowers, leaves, shells and butterflies along with a complete alphabet for years and years and seldom used them because they looked flat. When I’m making a card or finishing a scrapbook layout, I want instant embellishments and I do not want to stop to make one embellishment look better.

Here’s what I mean. This is what the original items looked like.

                               

They were all printed on pink or yellow or blue paper. But when you punched them out, they each had a border....and not even an even border.

 This is a close up of them.

 

Why print a blue clamshell on a pink background?

 So the only way to make them more interesting was to cut off that border. This did take a while as there were quite a few of each design but I just sat and got it done.

But they were still flat looking. So, darker ink was sponged along the edge and in the centre so they looked like this.

                                          

The ones on the bottom were what they looked like when the borders were cut off. The ones on top started out exactly like the two on the bottom but what a difference the ink made. Already looking better.

 The next thing I did was to give them each some dimension. You do this by turning the image over and run a sounded object like a stylus all around the image until he curls up. Then flip it over and push down in the centre. There are scads of old YouTube videos on how to do this. Like I said, it is anything but a new technique!

Once they are given dimension they look like this.

 


The one on the right is the original one cut out. The one on the left has been inked and given dimension. Ignore that centre though. It got a drop of water on it made the ink run….but it was an easy fix.  I took this sideways so you can see the lift the one on the left has. The original one is just completely flat.

 And here is the easy fix and the finished flower on the left and the original flower on the right.

 


 Hard to believe the one on the left started out like the one on the right but it did. Some flowers will get a fancy centre like this one; some will have the smaller die cuts added to the centre; and some will have pearls or gems. That I will a quick finish to the flower when I want to use them.

I did the same basic thing to the other images as well and you will see them in future projects. It was a couple of afternoons well spent - now that I have them finished!

This works for any flowers or butterflies that you stamp; colour and then cut out as well. Same procedure works. Some crafters on YouTube say to dampen the flowers first but it depends on the thickness of the paper. This paper was thin and dampening was a deterrent, not a help. 

That’s all for a warm Monday, May 9, 2022.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Boys and their Dogs Card

     It still on the cold to very cold side here in Ontario. It was supposed to be sunny and close to 60F last Sunday so we headed out to Point Pelee National Park to do some hiking and birding. Good job I followed Joe’s suggestion of throwing our winter coats in the car….just in case. This is me at the most southern tip of Canada. Does it look like it’s sunny and hot? Anything but!

                                

    The entire day was a bust as far as seeing a lot of migratory birds BUT one bird made it worthwhile. We actually had a Hooded Warbler about 3 feet from us. This is a rare visitor to Ontario and everyone seemed to be looking for it. Here’s a couple photos of it.

                        


 
Tomorrow is one of our grandson’s birthday. This is the card I made for him.

 

    The two things he loves most is trains - especially old steam engines - and dogs! He loves dogs. He got a puppy last year for his birthday and he and that dog are inseparable. The dog was so used to being with him all day, every day last year because the school was virtual, that she was so forlorn when in-class learning started, it was sad….she was staring out the window looking for him and then she would lay down and pout. So I pulled out the old Tim Holtz stamps and dies and made him a dog card. The background paper has birthday ribbons and flecks through it and its mounted on a green card base. Then two pieces of paper I found in the stash were added on an angle and then the dog was glued on. The dog was coloured with both markers and pencils.  The bone, ball and leash were all part of the die set. The sentiment was computer generated which was attached with a dimensional strip.

That’s all for a cold Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

 Cheers

Violet

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Old Antique Bike Card

      As predicted, our hot weekend was followed by cold weather and rain. Today I saw a neighbour lady going for a walk wearing a winter coat but with bare feet in flip flops. This wacky weather is beginning to really confuse people!

A friend of mine was going to a scrapbook store in London, Ontario last week and asked if I wanted anything - silly question! I placed my order with them, paid for it and she picked it for me. Before I tell you what I bought, if you are looking for an on-line or in person shopping scrapbook store I highly recommend Stamp Art in London, ON. Awesome products and awesome helpful owner and staff. My cousins in Hamilton area drive all the way to London to shop there.

So, one of the things I decided to get was the Tim Holtz mini paper dolls. I’ve always had an interest in them but never bought them. I had no idea what I was going to do with them but once I buy something, I have to use it.

     It turned out that another friend was over for a visit and brought some old Stampin’ Up Sale-abration stamps set she no longer used and was selling. I bought a few of them and used one of them in this card, along with a paper doll. Here's the card.

   The wood grain background stamp is one of the stamps I bought from my friend. It was stamped on white cardstock and then various Distress inks were sponged on - to give it an old and stained look. Then the old bike was die cut twice - once in silver for the spokes and then once in black for the rest. The silver turned out to be ‘too silver’ looking so I ran a black Sharpie over them and then quickly wiped them off with a soft cloth. This really toned down the silver but didn’t turn them black. I love these old bikes and wanted one as a child….begged for one actually but they were already collectable pieces even then so it never happened.

   Then I found one of the paper dolls of a man sitting and coloured his face, hands, handkerchief and hat using some water-colouring crayons… which I seldom use.  The bike was glued down flat but the man was glued on with dimensional dots. A strip of brown was glued to the bottom so the bike had something to sit on. I don’t like them floating. I die cut the computer generated sentiment and glued it on with dimensional tape. It was then glued to a Kraft card base.

That’s all for a cold night on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

 Cheers

Violet

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Old Cars

 We just had a beautiful hot weekend with the temperatures in the 80F. Will it last - no! Today was rain! Wednesday it will only be in the 30’sF with a good chance of frost overnight. Spring is just teasing us this year.

 I like making masculine cards. I know a lot of card makers struggle with those but I enjoy the challenge. Here’s one I made last week.

                    
I love old cars! I guess that’s what happens when you have five brothers! I die cut this old car and glued it to the blue paper. It was then mounted on the next layer which had gears on it; then on the the silver/grey paper and then onto the black striped card base. I know, lots of layers but it just needed it. Then the computer generated sentiment was printed and glued to a piece of the silver/grey paper. The old car needed something to sit on so it wasn’t floating. The little sentiment is a black peel-off.

That’s all for a very rainy Monday April 25, 2022.

Cheers

Violet

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

White on White Card

 Well this has been quite the week. Hubby was sick over the last weekend and unfortunately he passed it on to me this time. I wasn’t as sick as him but I slept most of Tuesday and Tuesday night and was still tired yesterday.  

If you saw my last post you will remember that we had snow - in April! Not usual even for this part of Canada. Luckily it was all melted by noon the next day and today it was over 50F. Strange, strange weather.

So today I’m posting a wedding card. My grandson is getting married this summer so I thought I’d make a few wedding cards and then pick the one that suits them best. I actually made this card for my neighbour’s daughter who got married last month and I’m thinking of making another one similar to this for my grandson. So far I like this one the best.

                                         
      This card is white on white but a satin white very elegant looking in real life....it looks bluish in the photo but it is not. The bottom layer was run though an embossing folder; then the next two layers were die cut using an old Spellbinder’s die. The fancy banner in the middle is from the same die set and I stamped “It’s Your Day” in the middle. Then white butterflies were die cut using an old Memory Box die. They were glued on and then sparkly light blue gems were glued in the centre. It is very pretty in real life.

That’s all for a very mild Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, April 18, 2022

A Handy Man Card

 We had a very short spring - two days only and they were not even consecutive days. Winter is back! Unbelievable that April seems to be the new February - and I am not amused. Here is a photo of my front garden that I took late this afternoon.

 

That’s right - snow! Large heavy snow fell all afternoon. Ugh! I sure hope that’s the last of it. We seldom have snow in April - its not unheard of, but rarely happens. Good job daffodils and hyacinthine are hardy. 

So today I thought I’d post another masculine card. This one is for a handy man - or who thinks he is handy.

                        
I have so many images coloured up and not put into cards its ridiculous. So I decided it was time to get making some cards. This fellow was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. It was mounted on a piece of dark blue cardstock and then onto a piece of left over blue paper that I sponged dark blue ink around and then onto the background….which is two more pieces of cardstock that were left over from another project but seemed to be made for each other. The sentiment is a peel-off that was silver and I went over it with a black Sharpie pen to make it black. It was mounted on a piece of left over cardstock same as the background. Once I was happy with it, it was glued to the dark card base that is almost the same colour as the dark brown used to mount the image.

That’s all for a cold and snowy Monday - hope the weather improves after this ridiculous day!

 Cheers

Violet

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Another Sunflower Card

 It actually felt like a spring day today - finally! I picked some daffodils yesterday, we went and got gas for the lawn mower and the robins are starting to build nests. Definitely spring now.

Today I’m posting another one of the sunflower cards I made.

 

  This is my second favourite digital image. It was coloured with the same alcohol markers as the last sunflower card. Stickles were added to the centre. The large label die is from Spellbinders. I left it in the die while I sponged light blue ink around the image so a nice white border is left. The dark blue was a rectangle and I punched the corners with an old Fiskars' corner punch. Then it was mounted on some yellow and orange plaid paper and then onto a blue card base which is the same as the blue rectangle.

Cheers

Violet

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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Birthday Card

 Another mild day today! Tomorrow is opening day of baseball for my Toronto Blue Jays ….and hubby’s Detroit Tigers (boo) so now its spring for sure! The Blue Jays have a dome so it doesn’t matter if rains or not but hubby’s team may get rained out. We root for different hockey teams as well…but we keep it friendly.

Yesterday was my daughter’s birthday. This is the card I made for her.

She owns a blue Volkswagen Bug which hubby always calls Herbie to annoy her. The car was die cut from blue cardstock and then darker ink was sponged around it. There is velum behind the windows to look like glass. The presents are from dies that came with the car set. I sat and die cut about 3 dozen of them and then coloured them; added glitter to some: and popped the ones I didn’t need in a bag for future projects. I like to pre-make a few things when I’m not feeling up to working on a big project. Then I dug into my stash and found all the paper that I thought looked nice with the car. The car is mounted on paper and then onto cardstock which is the same as the card base. The sentiment is a peel-off. It needed some bling so sequins were added.

That’s all for a mild Thursday, April 7, 2022

Cheers

Violet

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