Friday, April 28, 2017

At the Beach

Well I went back to the doctor today – my own was back today and I prefer that to the walk-in clinic doctor because he knows me and she had never seen me before – and I have good news and bad news. Good news, I do NOT have mono. Thank goodness. Bad news is I have a strange virus that has attacked my throat and it may take another month to clear. In fact if it’s not gone in one month he wants me to see an ENT doctor for a scope – gulp. I don’t like even thinking about those so I’m pretty sure it should be gone within a month. The other good news is he said I can garden and go bird watching as fresh air would likely be good for me as long as I don’t get over tired…..not a problem with hubby watching over me. We always laugh about how protective he is of me but then again, if he’s not well I fuss over him just the same and he appreciates me doing that for him.

I thought I’d end the week with a scrapbook layout. Summer is coming quickly so I chose this summer layout of our grandsons at the beach.


I put photos of each boy on one page for the most part. These were digital layouts using a template from the now defunct Scrapbook Etc. magazine web page…..the templates are still available to download though. These were reduced to 8”x8”.

I really liked the photo of Seth lying down in the sand so I just used it across two photos areas.


Jack’s page was filled with individual photos of him.

This is a two page layout so here are the two pages, side by side.


For the background I used two sheets of designer paper cut in half and then taped together. I thought this looked like sky and water. To create a beach I used beige paper that was splattered with various brown paint to look like bits of sand; torn roughly on the top and then glued right over the photo sheets. The sun was a die cut but I didn’t like the centre of it so I ran a die cut circle through an embossing folder and glued it to the centre. The embellishments are from various sources that I had in my stash. The journaling was done on the computer and printed on the yellow tag. To achieve the ‘invisible triangle’ I had to have something yellow on the left so I added the yellow bar.

The title was die cut using the Stampin’ Up alphabet dies. First the patterned paper was glued to cereal boxes before being die cut and then they were all embossed in an embossing folder to create even more dimension. Sand coloured buttons were added here and there as well.

That’s all for a sunny Friday, April 28, 2017 even though the wind still has quite a bite to it. We are expecting four more days of rain off and on so no bird watching until some time next week. This gives me another four days to recuperate but I do feel badly for the bird watchers that travel a great distance … from all over the world…. to see the migratory warblers and they get four days of rain. We are lucky we live so close to the lake and park.

Take care all and have a great weekend.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Borrrowed Stamp

I’m still under the weather with this strange virus that does not want to leave. I’m now waiting for the results of a blood test to see if it’s mononucleosis! Yikes, I hope not. I told the doctor that I do not know anyone with mono but she said it doesn’t matter. Sometimes a person’s body will just do it itself.

I really wanted to plant the lily bulbs that I bought in Toronto when I went with my sister to the Canada Blooms show. I had growing in small pots as per my sister’s suggestion and they needed to go out in the garden. I also had several packages of seeds I wanted to plant. It is quite warm today but the wind still has a bit of a bite but my keeper, oops sorry, hubby, was very concerned about me being outside. We compromised and he dug up the areas for me and I got them planted. As soon as I was done and before I could do anything else he said, “Okay, that’s it. You’re grounded again”. It is nice to have a husband that cares about my health and well-being and I’ve had the opposite in my first marriage that ended many decades ago so I don’t complain even when he seems a bit too concerned.

My friend, Jane, and I traded some stamps and dies. I only made this one card from her set. They did not stick to the acrylic blocks. She said I could use double sided tape but I don’t like to use that so I declined. I usually just put Aleene’s ‘Tack it Over and Over’ on mine. Here’s the one card I made with it....a Stampin' Up stamp.


I inked up the stamp with Versamark; picked it up with my hands and placed it on the blue cardstock; placed the acrylic block on top and pressed down. Then I had to carefully lift off the block making sure the stamp wasn’t partially stuck (it did the first time and landed on the card…garbage) and then embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I repeated it for the bottom. The sentiment came with the set and I did the same thing for it on a piece of velum. Then it was all glued to the white card base.

I did stamp a few in dark blue on white cardstock for future use but it was such a pain when they don’t stick to the block and it was hard to get a good impression so I quit. I haven’t been down in the lower studio (aka the basement) at all because it is so damp down there and obviously not the best place when fighting a virus. However, I have lots of cards and scrapbook layouts yet to post.

That’s all for a sunny April day, 26 April 2017.



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Monday, April 24, 2017

A Flaunt What You Got card

We had a very sunny weekend here in Ontario and I missed it! I was starting to feel better Friday but woke up Saturday feeling worse again…ditto for Sunday.  I spent both days on the couch watching movies and YouTube videos. That did it for me and I called for a doctor’s appointment and got one for this afternoon. However right after lunch the doctor’s office called to tell us that the doctor has had to cancel all his appointments for today and tomorrow too I think…Joe answered the phone as I have no voice…so bottom line is I’m off to their walk-in clinic at 5:00 instead. Hence, I’m posting a card now because knowing me I’ll forget to post one later tonight.

I made this card with my cousin in mind but decided it didn’t suit her. However, one of my friends saw and said it was perfect for her mother so I let her have it. It’s an old Stamping Bella stamp.


This was a mixed media colouring project. The dress and scarf were coloured with alcohol markers….not my favourite medium…and the rest of her with pencil crayons and the background is chalk. I ran a black marker around the perimeter to make it look like it was mounted on black…..a frugal tip for you….and them mounted it on the designer paper. The tag is a Little B die and the sentiment came with the stamp set.

That’s all for another sunny Monday, April 24, 2017.



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Friday, April 21, 2017

A Blue Card

Ooops! I missed a day! I usually post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and sometimes I throw one in on the weekend. Wednesday afternoon my sister-in-law called needing me to do some errands for her and by the time we were done it was time to grab a bite to eat and I then left for my quilt guild meeting. I’m still fighting this virus so when I got home it was pj’s and do nothing time! I figured I’d post on Thursday instead but didn’t.

This sore throat and laryngitis is getting on my nerves. We had to go and get some groceries today and I noticed something quite funny that happened several times. When I explain that I have laryngitis to people waiting on me, several of them leaned forward and whispered back to me. I thought it was so funny because my ears are fine but of course I didn’t say anything to them….but I was definitely chuckling in the inside.

Today’s card is another example of how to use a simple Memory Box die.


The Happy Birthday was die cut out of the blue and then the blue star paper and dark blue were taped together right under the ‘happy’. The candles were die cut with a Little B die from left over bits of paper with Stickles added to the flames. They were all die cut different heights and then I placed them on a jaunty angle instead of straight up and down.

Because I had yellow glitter on the candles, I punched three yellow stars and glued them to the top right corner and then added Stickles to them as well.

The dark blue looked blah so ‘celebrate’ was added with white embossing powder. Well, then the top right looked odd so I die cut the Little B banner from the same dark blue and added it….and declared it done! I definitely just design as I go. I’m so not a follow a sketch person.

That’s all for a sunny but with a cool wind blowing Friday, April 21, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

Birds, Flowers and Cards

We had a lovely warm and sunny weekend here in Ontario. Yesterday I convinced Joe I was well enough to get out of the house….except for a quick run into the store last Thursday for some milk, eggs and fruit, it’s been two weeks house bound! I still had laryngitis but no fever or headache so I was more than ready to get out for awhile….but I’m still avoiding people in case I pass this virus on. We opted to drive up to Rondeau Park to get our seasonal pass and maybe walk one of the short trails….if I felt like it….which I did. We stopped and grabbed a sub to eat out at the park - first picnic of the year! I must admit I was plenty tired by the time we got home! I got the evil eye from Joe who said I looked like I should have stayed home! He was not 100% on board with us going but I assured him I was just tired, not sick again. Nice to have a hubby who cares! There were not many birds but I did get these two shots of the White-throated Sparrow. Double click on any picture to enlarge it.


I’m taking it easy today but I did get another charity quilt top finished. That’s three quilt tops I have ready to turn in to the quilt guild. I do the tops, they add the batting and backing and get them quilted and then they will go to someone battling an illness. The spring bulbs are flowering like crazy including the hyacinths. One of mine has the most intense colour I have every seen. Here’s a photo of it.


Sorry this is a long post and now for two cards. I make a lot of masculine cards for both men and boys – 4 grandsons! Here are two that are similar.

I found the image on the Internet so I printed it out on white cardstock. Then a background was sponged on with Distress Inks; adding Mustard Seed around the image to make him pop; and a variety of stamps used – all Stampin’ Up. The card base was dark blue so a strip of the same colour was added across the bottom with a peel-off black greeting.

This card was done the same way but with a different image.


These would be great cards for teenage boys and pre-teen boys.

That’s all for another warm and sunny Monday, April 17, 2017



Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Blessings and a Card

Blessed Good Friday wishes to all who celebrate! There will be no family time for us this Easter weekend as I’m still fighting this virus and sharing it with those I love will not be appreciated.

Last weekend we had snow; this weekend Joe cut the grass. I hope once spring comes, it stays on a more normal course and summer does the same. So far April has been very wet!!! I hope it brings May flowers!

Today’s card meets the requirements for these blog challenges.

This is one of the cards I made as a possible card for my daughter’s birthday; but didn’t choose it for her in the end. As I look at it again, I’m pretty sure she would have liked it. Too late now but she did like the one I sent her so that’s good.


The background started out as a piece of white cardstock and various colours of Distress Inks were sponged on. Then I die cut the flower from it using a Die-Namites die; then die cut just the flower from hot pink cardstock; then the leaves and stems from green cardstock. The flower portion of the die was then used as a embosser using pink cardstock. The textured pink cardstock was glued behind the area where the flower was die cut from the background and then the hot pink flower petals were glued down. Because the light pink was embossed with the die, it fit together just fine. Love this look. Then the greenery was glued down. The largest leaf on the left side has an open cut so it was backed with another piece of green. It looked odd being without something behind it when inlaid. Once everything was inlaid in place water was splashed on to create those lovely textured blooms...they remind me of rain drops. The sentiment is a peel-off.

That’s all for a cool but sunny Good Friday, April 14, 2017. More rain predicted for this weekend so I’ll be grounded again.



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hybrid Scrapbooking Layout

It was sunny but a cool wind kept the temperatures down today. We had a fellow come in to put a new post in fence this afternoon. We thought the wind had just loosened one fence post but it turned out it was rotten right where it was cemented in.  We were glad it was an easy fix as the house next door is empty right now and there is no way the owner would help pay for entire new fence.

I’m still fighting the virus but I’m a wee bit better today so hopefully it will leave quite quickly now. Here is a hybrid scrapbook layout I managed to make just before I got sick. Sorry about the camera glare on the right side. I must find another way to photograph these.


The photos were inserted into an 8” square Scrapbook Etc. Photoshop template. It is actually a 12” square but I changed the size in Photoshop as I cannot print 12” pages at home. These templates are still available even though the magazine folded.  The photo was adhered to a piece of red cardstock that I tore the edges of instead of trimming it neatly. I really like to do that on pages featuring the boys. A strip of the same red paper was cut ½” and added across the bottom of the photo layout which seems to help ground the photos.  The background paper picked up the colours of his T-shirt and the playground equipment but it was a bit too much for my liking so I added a piece of 8 ½” x 11” piece of muted blue paper on an angle and cut off the edges. This toned down the stripes and grounded the photos even more.

Instead of a large title I decided to do a vertical strip of small words. This is a good way to use up those small tags that come with paper packs. First I wrapped a blue, white and red string around the page and taped them to the back. Then I chose the words and laid them out in the order I wanted them. They were attached with dimensional glue dots or strips. I chose to add one to the far right. That way when you read down the list, your eye goes immediately to the tag on the right and then back up to the start…..the old invisible triangle trick… least my eyes did so I hope yours did as well.

That’s all for a sunny but cool Wednesday, April 12, 2017.



Monday, April 10, 2017

Repurpose Old Cards

We finally had a beautiful spring day! In spite of the fact I’m still fighting off a strange virus….sore throat; laryngitis; headache; no energy….I did go out and do a wee bit of gardening in the afternoon….pulled a few weeds and cut off the dried stems from the peonies that did not get removed in the fall. It wasn’t much but man was I tired after such a short outing. I am way behind in my quilting and scrapbooking too as I just don’t want to do anything. Hopefully this will soon past…but I’m on the 8th day so it’s taking its sweet time.

I haven’t been down making cards either but I do have some on hand that I haven’t posted yet. This is one of them.


This window frame die is from Memory Box and it is one of my favourites. I always glue a piece of clear plastic ...saved from embellishment packages.... between it and the picture and it really does make a difference in real life. The background is part of an old greeting card that I repurposed. I prefer to reuse them if I can instead of dropping them into the recycle bin. The background paper covering the card base came crinkled like that…a thrift store find! Before gluing it to the card base I wrapped some gold glitter thread around it and then glued on the flower with a gem in the centre. The sentiment is a peel-off.

That’s all for a sunny Monday April 10, 2017…….but thunderstorms predicted tonight and tomorrow!



Friday, April 7, 2017

Cruel Mother Nature and a Card

Mother Nature has such a cruel streak! We woke up to snow on the ground this morning. My poor hyacinths that are just starting to bloom looked so sad with snow all around them. The snow soon melted once the sun came out but it’s not all that warm yet….the wind is really cold and it will be below freezing again tonight. But apparently it’s supposed to get up to near 70F on Sunday and Monday. Such odd weather this year.

Yesterday was my youngest daughter’s birthday…her 39th…which is so hard to believe....she’s my baby after all! This is the card I finally decided was meant to her.


These Z-fold cards are hard to photograph. They fold up to the standard size card of 4 ¼” x 5 ½”. I liked the wild print and toned it down with the plain yellowish-green paper which was on the flip side….love double sided paper! The flowers were a thrift store find. The sentiment across the front strip is from Stampin’ Up and the butterflies are from HOTP. She really liked it so I was glad I chose this one for her.

That’s all for a sunny but cold Friday, April 7, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Monocrhromatic Card

So far today all we had was a sprinkle of rain….but that could change over night because they are predicting 90% chance of a thunderstorm….and more rain tomorrow….and possible snow showers on Friday! April is definitely giving us rain showers.

Today’s card is a little different than the cards I normally make. I usually do lots of layers but this one is a single layer monochromatic card.


I was in the mood to do something different and this was the result. I took a piece of white cardstock and printed the swirls (Dollar store stamp set) and butterflies and sentiment (HOTP) in Stampin’ Up Rich Razzleberry Ink. Then I used a sponge and sponged on the same colour, which went on lighter automatically. Then I used an old toothbrush wet with water and sprayed across the card. This ink doesn’t pool quite as nicely as Distress Ink but it did provide some light spots for texture. Then I added a butterfly (Memory Box) out of some similar coloured cardstock. It was different but I liked it okay.

That’s all for a cloudy and ‘getting-ready-for-a-thunderstorm’ Wednesday, 2017-04-05.




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