Monday, November 20, 2017

More Christmas Birds


We had a wet and windy weekend once again.

Saturday was such a dull dreary day I took this photo of a crow in a tree one street over from us…while standing at our back door…and it looks like it was converted to black and white…but it was not.


I had just taken that shot when another crow landed in the same tree so I took it too….I like the single crow shot the best.
  


I’m thinking of printing it off for a scrapbook layout background or Halloween card. A friend of mine saw it and suggested it would be good for a sympathy card as well….I’m not convinced of that…seems a bit sinister instead of comforting. We shall see.

This morning we bundled up and went for just over an hour walk and when there was a wind gust…brrr but without the gust, it was quite nice…right around the freezing mark….which is considered “nice” for Canadian winter weather!

I had a question about the Christmas hat’s lights – oh yes, they did indeed light up. They were battery operated and I hid the battery box under some of the flowers. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, scroll down to the previous post.

In case you are new to checking out my blog, I typically post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday….unless I’m sick or away! Hope you stop in again and feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.

And now for the card!  


These are more of the free digital birds I found on the Internet. The birds were coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol…as per usual; and then flocking was added to the hat brim and pompom. For the frame I set two Spellbinder dies together on my Big Shot magnetic platform….love, love, love this platform… and ran it through. Using the magnetic platform keeps the dies in place so you get an even frame.

The background paper is from the stash and it was cut 5" x 5" to mount on the same blue as the frame which was cut 5¼” square to go on the 5 ½” white card. A piece of ribbon was run through the middle and glued to the back before gluing it to the card base.   

The sentiment was die cut using Tim Holtz winter sentiments. The cardstock was cut 1 ¼” and run through a small Xyron thing before die cutting. That way I just peel of the backing and the letters are ready to stick down….so much easier than trying to put dots of glue on them. Once it was glued to the card base I added all the gem stones!

That’s all for a cold and windy Monday, November 20, 2017.   

Cheers

Violet


Friday, November 17, 2017

The Christmas Hat and a Christmas Card


We’ve had a couple of cold windy days here in Ontario with more to come with the weekend including a lot of rain. The only good news is I’ve had time to get some much needed quilting done and finished some cards and scrapbook layouts. My girls all requested quilted placemats, table runners and bowl pot holders for the microwave (for heating up soup, buns, etc) for Christmas this year. These bowl-shaped pot holders are wonderful. You sit the bowl in the pot holder and heat and then you can pick up the bowl with the pot holder with no concern about the pot holder slipping. It turns out all these things take as much time to make and quilt as a full size quilt!

One of my faithful readers of this blog, Jinnnxygirl, wanted to see the hat I made for our Christmas Quilt Guild meeting. I had Joe take a picture of me wearing it but it didn’t do it justice…..which I’m using in the most liberal way ever! Here is a close up of the hat.


And an even closer look. Yes it has lights! 


  I wasn't the only crazy person wearing a crazy hat...no wait, I  meant to say, I wasn't the only person wearing a crazy hat...or maybe the first one was right!!! Anyway, one lady had a hat like this but she put a small 12" Christmas tree on hers...but no lights! 
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And now for the card!  I believe you can enter more than one card at the ScrapyLand challenge so that's what I'm going to do: http://www.scrapyland-blog.com/

I found these birds on the Internet doing a free digital stamp search and just loved them. Here’s the first of many cards I made and the others will be posted in the future.

The bird was coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol…as per usual. A sparkly gel pen was used over the snowflakes to give them some shimmer. Spellbinder dies were used to die cut the squares and Stampin’ Up dies were used for the stitched oval dies. The white background was run through a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. The sentiment was heat embossed in white and then blue ink was sponged over top. The embossing resists the ink. I think this card is going to go to one of my great-nieces. She has an identical twin plus a brother who made up the rest of the triplets plus one older brother…busy household for sure. I have another similar bird for her sister but not sure what I’ll make for the two boys yet.

Cheers
Violet


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Wild Background Christmas Card


Another rainy day here in Ontario. We managed to get groceries; run some errands and had lunch out before it started to rain too hard so that was good. Tonight is our quilt guild’s Christmas meeting – the last meeting until January!  It’s a fun night with a potluck of appetizers and deserts with punch; tea and coffee (not that I can eat most of that because a lot of the appetizers have meat in it (vegetarian) and I don’t like sweets but they always have a lot of fruit too.



This year they are asking everyone to wear a fancy Christmas hat….and boy do I have one! I decided to go overboard and get a few laughs so I took an large blue straw hat that I had decorated a couple of years ago for an Easter hat (for the guild’s Easter meeting); removed all the Easter eggs; added some greenery; battery operated lights; gold stars and lots of poinsettias and more! Joe just shook his head – he’s given up on me! Of course he asked right away, “Isn’t that going to cause your spasms to start?” (My brain disorders do not like heavy or tight things on my head) “Yes”, I said, “If I leave it on for long, which I won’t”.  Should get a few laughs and that’s fine. My guild friends will expect nothing less from me!



Today’s card has a wild background for a Christmas card but I liked it! It is for this challenge:  http://www.scrapyland-blog.com






I took a piece of water colour paper and sponged on various colours of Distress Ink. Then it was splattered with plain water to get those lovely lighter splots…which is not a word but should be! Then I die cut some snowflakes (Spellbinders) out of the paper…likely to be used in another project. Then I die cut the same snowflakes out of the turquoise cardstock and inserted them. This was then glued to a white 5 ½” card base….. square cards do not cost more to mail in Canada! Glitter glue was put inside all the white areas of the snowflakes ….doesn’t show up in the photo but it does in real life. Peel-off silver stars, fancy scroll and the sentiment were then added. I decided it need more bling so a clear gem stone was added to each snowflake…they didn’t photograph well either but, again, it looks nicer in real life.



That’s all for a rainy Wednesday, November 15, 2017.



Cheers

Violet



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Monday, November 13, 2017

The Northern Lights Cards


The cold wet weather continues here in Ontario and some areas not far from us got snow…so far we have escaped it. Today Joe cut the grass for the last time…it didn’t really need cutting but there were a lot of small leaves on it and our mulcher does a great job of mincing them…great compost for the lawn.



Today I’m posting three Christmas cards because they were all made the same way but each one is a little different. They are posted at the end.



 The background started out as a piece of white cardstock.  On two of the cards I placed a die cut circle mask on the white cardstock before doing any inking. Once it was removed, I had a nice white moon. To make the Northern Lights sky,  I simply sponged Distress Inks up from the bottom to the top. I’ve seen the Northern Lights many a time when I lived on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario – unbelievably beautiful….and each night they were different. Once I liked the sky, various tree stamps were stamped over and over across the bottom. For one of them I used a branch stamp with a bird right in the middle of the moon. To get a perfect fit I stamped it first on a piece of scrap paper and laid it on the white cardstock to see where the bird would be and then added the moon mask there….whew! it worked! 



All the sentiments were computer generated on a piece of vellum which I tore to get the nice crooked look. A variety of brads were used to keep the vellum in place.
Once I liked the final version, and before adding the vellum, watered down white acrylic paint was splattered over the card for snow.



That’s all for another cool, damp Monday, November 13, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



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Friday, November 10, 2017

All is Blue


Brrrrr. It’s below freezing here and with the cold north wind blowing it’s even colder. We have a weeping mulberry tree in our front yard and it dropped about 90% of its leaves last night. They are huge leaves so it was raking leaves in the cold this afternoon. We take them to the city composting station instead of putting them in the landfill….every little bit helps the environment. The areas about 30 minute drive here got snow last night but it missed the city completely….for now.

Tomorrow is November 11th and it is Remembrance Day here in Canada where we gather to remember all those that served Canada and especially those that gave their life for our freedom. We always go to the cenotaph.  I only miss going when I’m too sick. My uncle, Frank Willett, died in action in Italy just before the end of WWII so I go in his memory.

Today’s card qualifies for these three challenges.

http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.ca – anything goes birthday
http://casmixup.blogspot.ca/ - stamping  + glitter + your choice
http://www.scrapyland-blog.com – anything goes



This is a Power Poppy stamp and I just love it. I especially love colouring it all in blue….with coloured pencils; blended with gamsol. The flowers are very glittery but I love the sparkle. The circle is from a Spellbinder’s die. The background was a piece of white cardstock that I splattered blue ink on. The other paper is all from the stash.

That’s all for a bitter cold Friday, November 10, 2017.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Stamp Set...New Card


Another nice but cool day; another walk through the bush; and one last time cutting the grass! We may have some snow squalls tomorrow – yuck!



Today’s card was made using a new Stampin’ Up stamp set that I bought on an auction. It fits this challenge over at Simon Says.

  

http: //www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/ - thank you card





First I stamped and embossed the flower stem and the sentiment in gold…the sentiment is part of the stamp set. The flower is one of those stamps that you stamp multiple times to get the shading…love them! This one did not come with a leaf I liked so I used a fancy scroll from another old set as leaves....love them and will use them again.The one I stamped first on the background didn’t turn out as well as I thought it should have. So, I re-stamped it on white cardstock and this time I really liked how it turned out so I cut it out and glued it on top….if anyone asks though I’m saying it was a design decision that I intended all along!!! Before gluing it to the card base I wrapped some gold twine around it. A simple but lovely card I think.



 That’s all for a cool Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



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Monday, November 6, 2017

A Very Masculine Card


We just had a rainy weekend with some pretty wild thunderstorms! It will be dry for a few days and then more rain. We went for an hour’s walk this morning and it started out very cold but then the sun decided to come out and it was a lovely walk. Although it gets near freezing at night; most of the days are in the 10C (50F) range and it has confused the flowers to no end. Here’s a picture of some daisy-like flowers that are in my garden…I took this photo this weekend from the house when the rain stopped for awhile. I also have snapdragons, coneflowers, black-eye susans and some petunias still blooming. Odd fall weather.




  

My brain disorders do not like it when we have thunderstorms and do not like listening to the sewing machine running either so I head on down to the lower studio to do some scrapbooking or card making. I found this cute meme on the Internet and it pretty much says it all.

 

 Do any of you suffer from this? I'm lucky that my hubby does all the laundry and most of the housework!


Today’s card is another one made in section but this time I left some un-inked sections. I think I like it just as well but not sure I like it better.


 

I made this one with a man in mind – the kind that likes to read a lot and likes vintage things – like one of my sons-in-law. The stamps are mostly from a stamp set I picked up at the dollar store and I was surprised to find this many images for $1.25. I used Stampin’ Up Early Espresso ink thinking it would be a nice contrast to the creamish background paper….and it was. The splatters and blobs were from a Stampin’ Up grunge set. Once the stamping was completed I decided it needed some twine so I twisted some twine together and then taped it at the back before gluing it all to a Kraft card base.



That’s all for a cool Monday, November 6, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



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Friday, November 3, 2017

Dimensional Flowers on a Card


After two days of overcast and rainy days including a thunderstorm and pounding rain last night, today was sunny but still quite cool. It got just into the 50F (10C) but the wind made it feel much colder than that.



Today’s turned out better than I thought it might – yet another “lets try it and see what happens” card.

  




The flowers in the background were stamped with a large Stampin’ Up stamp. I stamped in black and coloured it the first time I used it but for some reason I did not enjoy colouring it so I decided to just use it as a background. It was stamped in a hot pink colour. The flowers were stamp on white cardstock and then I coloured them pink with that touch of hot pink around the edges and then they were die cut with a Stampin’ Up matching die. I’m not great at matching the die to the stamped image so any place that showed the white cardstock, I just sponged more of the hot pink on it. They needed some shimmer so I sprayed them with some clear home-made glimmer mist. The flowers were placed on an old mouse pad and shaped a bit with the round end of pen or paint brush…which ever one I grabbed that was round. The yellow centres were die cut as well and then the gems were added. White ribbons were wrapped around it and a small bow glued on. The birthday sentiment was stamped with the same hot pink. The panel was then glued to a hot pink card base. I think it will do for a birthday card.



That’s all for a typical November day…..Friday, November 3, 2017. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone. Be back on Monday!



Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Multiple Technique Card


Halloween is over! It was a bust here last night. We used to get over 100 kids but it has been going steadily downhill for years. Last year it was raining and we still had about 50 kids. This year the weather was better so I had two bags of candy just in case we went over the 50…..we only had about 35! This is a fairly busy street and the new street lights the city installed last year are no where near as bright as they used to be so I think a lot of parents took the kids to the survey instead.

Oh well, we’ll add the extra bag of candy to the stuff we take to the food bank.



Today’s card is another mixed technique one. I seldom ever have a plan or sketch in mind when I make cards so it’s more like ‘try it and see if it works’ method for me.

  


I like the masking tape technique but it’s a pain getting a rough edge on the masking tape but I did that for the darker teal lines. I thought two strong lines would be too much thought so I used a Stampin’ Up grunge stamp and Crumb Cake for the other areas. I wanted a high contrast card so this piece of purple in the stash looked great against the teal but it was blah….a run through a large circle embossing folder fixed that! I wasn’t sure what to put as the embellishments but finally decided on feathers.

The feathers were die cut from some ‘altered paper’ that I made. I took some very, very ugly scrapbook paper and covered it with paint; ink; gesso; stamps and stencils until I liked the look. I’ve been cutting into every since. The overall page is pretty wild but cut down, it’s very effective. The bottom feather was glued down flat; the other two are on dimensional strips. A simple twine bow and a button finished it off. The birthday greeting was from on old stamp set. This would be a good card for an adult man; young man or even teenager.



That’s all for a cold, overcast and sprinkling rainy Wednesday, November 1, 2017. We went for an hour and fifteen minute walk this morning and it kept sprinkling a few times but never amounted enough to get us wet….typical November day!



Cheers

Violet



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Monday, October 30, 2017

Bookmarks


Tomorrow is Halloween! ....and of course they are calling for more rain! We only get about 50 kids anymore (except for the high school kids that come late) so I just bought a bag of 50 and when they are gone, lights out!



My girls and all my grandkids love dressing up for Halloween. I think a lot of the candy collected gets tossed before its eaten….I know that was the case with my girls…but it’s the dressing up and going out trick or treating that they love.



So, today I’m posting the fall/Halloween bookmarks I made for family and friends. They all loved them so that’s good. We are a family of readers so I knew they would enjoy the one-of-a-kind bookmarks.










All the backgrounds were made the same but they all turned out a little different. The moon is Mustard Seed Distress sponged into the negative space of a die cut circle; then it was covered by the positive die cut to keep it yellow as I did the background. Many colours of Distress Inks were sponged on and then droplets of water were splashed on to create those lovely white bits and dots…..love this technique.



They are all a little different even though the same stamps and some die cuts were used. The cat; owl and raven are from one Inkadinkado stamp set; the witch from another one as is the tree; some stamps are from various other companies; the small green creature is from Paper Wishes; the deer is from a Penny Black set…likely meant for Christmas but I like to use my stamps for as many seasons and reasons as possible.



If you want to try out a new technique but not sure you will get good results; try it on a tag first. If it doesn’t work out just toss the tag and try again. If it does work out; add a ribbon to the top and you have a bookmark.



I have scads of new cards to show you....I've been busy.... so be sure to check back on a regular basis. I try to post every Monday; Wednesday and Friday…..unless ‘life’ gets in the way!



  Cheers

Violet



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