Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Ooops of Missing Photos Corrected and a Scrapbook Layout


This is a rare Sunday post to apologize for forgetting to post the photo of cards in the last two posts. One of my faithful followers, jinxxxygirl, kindly pointed it out to me. So, they have now been added so please go back to the last two posts and check them out.



As long as I’m here I thought I may as well post something. Here is a scrapbook page from a trip we took our grandsons on a couple of years ago. Yes, I’m a bit behind in scrapbooking. This is not a double layout but the colours are close enough that they look okay side by side in the album.

 


We did a road trip to Greenview Aviaries and the boys loved it. Both backgrounds started out as white but I sprayed and splattered ink on them to change the colour.  The collage on the left was completed in Photoshop using a template and printed 8x8. It was then glued to a light blue piece of cardstock. I cut long strips of paper from various sources that were either blue, green or yellow or a combination of those; etched the bottom and glued them behind where the collage was going to go. The stickers were from the stash.



The second page was not a collage done in Photoshop but individual photos glued on to the background. The letters were die cut with the Stampin’ Up alphabet die and they were coloured by sponging; spraying and splattering. The journaling was done on the computer.



Here are the two pages separately for a closer look.

 





That’s all for a cool, damp, dreary Sunday, January 22, 2017……but at least its not snowing!

Cheers

Violet




Friday, January 20, 2017

Orange Orchids?


I’m very thankful that this wet winter has come as rain and not snow! This has to be the rainiest January ever….and it continues. If it was snow we would be buried! The dreaded brain disorders are still attacking me but not quite as bad so that’s good. (For new readers, I have both trigeminal neuralgia and hemi-facial paralysis and brain surgery back in 2000). So far I’ve organized all my large and medium pieces of scrap paper; narrow strips of paper are now colour co-ordinated as well (yes, it’s a Virgo thing combined with not able to be very creative when the brain is under attack); the ribbons are re-organized and some of the labels and embellishments organized. Hopefully by tomorrow I will be able to get back to quilting.



Today’s card was made with a Penny Black slap-stick stamp.  

Instead of using the entire stamped image vertically, I stamped it horizontal and then trimmed it off. There is a lot of empty space when done vertically and I really didn’t want to deal with it. Before I stamped it though, I used a large script stamp; inked with Old Paper Distress ink and stamped the white cardstock panel. You can just barely see it but it adds some interest. I used my home-made Misti to stamp the image – over and over and over until I got it the way I wanted it. Then I filled in some of the blank areas with water colour paint. I'm not sure if orchids come in orange but if not, I'm using my artistic license! The background around the flowers is Mustard Seed Distress Ink and the blue is either Tumbled Glass or Broken China Distress ink; both sponged on. Then I used a wet paint brush with various inks and splattered the background. The sentiment is a peel-off and the ribbon is from the stash…and glad it matched! This was then mounted on white and then onto the embossed brown and then onto the card base.



That’s all for another rainy, dull day – Friday, January 20, 2017.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Card for the Bowler


I was really looking forward to going to the quilt guild’s quilting bee today because we were to make the quilt blocks for the Ronald McDonald Project….they had to make them without me! I was attacked by the brain disorders last night and had to have a very quiet day at home today…and tonight…missing the guild meeting too. I did get some very necessary sorting out and organizing my paper stash of bits this afternoon though so the day wasn’t completely wasted. I’m not done organizing them completely but made a good start on it.


I had a comment on the last posting about blending with gamsol. I have always just used stumps.....never thought of using a paint brush. I'm going to see if I can find the video mentioned in the comments and watch it and maybe I'll try it.

Last weekend I had some time to make some new cards so I stamped some images with an Art Impression set I bought on sale at Michaels before Christmas. Cute set! I like it!



This fellow is a separate stamp. The pins and the sentiment are part of the set as well. Once again I coloured the image without to first picking out the paper but luckily I found lots of green and the yellowish-green in the stash. The image was coloured with my Prismacolor pencils and die cut with the Stampin’ UP stitched square. The silver peel-off strips along the seams are actually tinted green with alcohol ink. They still look silver in the photo but in real life you can see the green tint. The pins were added with dimensional strips so they are raised up…as is the sentiment.



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That’s all for a cool, dreary, dull day….and that’s the weather and me! Take care all.





Cheers

Violet




Monday, January 16, 2017

Tulips!


We are currently having a rainy night but freezing rain is expected later on. There was a short-lived freezing rain shower mid-afternoon but then it turned to rain again. I’m glad I got all my errands done this morning and I won’t be leaving the house tomorrow.



Today’s card is another free flower image downloaded from the Internet. Tulips are my husband’s favourite flower and I must admit they are one of mine as well.

 




These were coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol – of course – my favourite way to colour images. I do have some alcohol markers but they are not Copics and I’m just not too happy with them so I just keep going back to my pencils. The stitched oval is from a Stampin’ Up die and the larger oval is from a Spellbinder’s die. The paper and ribbon is all from my stash. Once the card was completed I added Wink of Stella to the tulips and some of the leaves. The camera makes it look very shiny but in real life it’s just a hint of glimmer.



That’s all for a wet and possibly slippery Monday, January 16, 2017.

  

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Pansies on a Card


This was a busy day! I’ve been asked to make another quilt for the Friends of Rondeau Park’s raffle and I really wanted a panel with deer on it for the centre of the quilt. The first three local quilt shops, or at least close to local shops, I contacted did not have what I wanted but the one in Dresden did (about half an hour’s drive away) so my ever-so supportive husband said, “Let’s drive to Dresden and get your panel and have lunch out too”. We decided to call my sister to see if she wanted to go too – widow and lives alone – and she was all for it too. They had some fabric for the back and borders that matched but I was wavering wondering if I could find some on sale someplace when Joe said, “Just get it. It matches perfectly.” While I was getting the pieces cut, Joe is wandering around and finds some fabric with covered bridges on it which he knows I love and strongly suggested that I should make us a quilt from it….and then I noticed the each covered bridge had a barn quilt on it…..that sealed the deal…..yup, another project to do. The lady at the quilt shop laughed and said, “Most husbands try to talk their wives out of buying more and he’s doing the opposite!” That’s my Joe!



I’ve also been trying to organize my crafting supplies so when we got back to the city we did a few errands. We went to Staples and I bought a half-binder – 8.5 x 5.5 and some top loading plastic inserts. I think they will work out well but I think I need about 3 or 4 more of them!!!



Okay, now on the card I’m posting! This is another free flower design I down-loaded from the Internet.

 




I love pansies! These were once more coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. I don’t have any banner dies so I had to hand cut some. The image is on white cardstock and was layered on a dark blue banner and then onto a light blue banner and then onto the dark blue cardstock card base. Then I added silver peel-off strips around the edges and a silver fancy border piece at the top. You probably cannot see it in the photo but there are tiny silver peel-off dots all around the flowers. These are the left-over bits from other peel-off pieces and they just added that little bit of extra to the design.



That’s all for a cool but sunny Friday, January 13, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Before and After Card


This is the weather we have had here in Southern Ontario over the last week: Above average and above freezing and sunny; bitter cold and far below average for about 3 days; snow; freezing rain; rain and 50mph winds; back to above seasonal temperatures today! This is the type of weather that causes people to get sick. If it would just stay like today until spring it would be wonderful....but 90% chance of rain tomorrow!



Today I’m posting two variations of a card I made. I actually made about 7 or 8 of this type of card and some of them, when I photographed them, looked blah and needed a facelift! Here’s the before card.

 




The window frame is a  Memory Box die – one of my favourites.  I always put a piece of plastic from craft packages behind it to give the impression of glass and so often that is what people will first comment on. The background behind the window is from an old greeting card. I like to reuse them instead of tossing them in the recycle bin when ever I can. The wrinkled beige background is from the stash. It was in with some designer paper I picked up at the thrift store. I liked the look of it so much I wrinkled some of my own paper for the other cards….sorry, off topic and I explain how I did that on another post.  The sentiment is a peel-off and I wrapped some gold thread around the card front before gluing it to the white card base.

These are sympathy cards and I didn’t want them fancy or glittery but even though this one was okay it just needed a little something else. Here is the altered one.


 I glued on a small beige flower that came in a pack on sale at Michaels and some green leaves I die cut. What a difference that made.

 
ps: The colours are off because of different lighting but the only thing I changed to the card was adding the flower and leafy branch.



Here they are side by side.

I like it so much better now. What about you? Better now or better plain? I love reading your comments so feel free to voice your opinion.



That’s all for a balmy sunny day.....2017-01-11



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Cheers

Violet








Monday, January 9, 2017

A Poppy Card and a Recipe


We just had a frigid weekend…..brrrrr. It felt like -25C last night which is 14F. It’s a balmy -5C right now so that’s the good news; the bad news is we are in for a very bad storm overnight with lots of snow; freezing rain; and then rain. Terrible weather! Obviously I’m staying inside where it’s warm and dry.



Before I post the card I’m going to post a recipe for the easiest banana muffins ever – and they are delicious! Here’s a photo of the ones I made today. I put nuts in mine and leave some on top so I know which ones are mine. Joe hates nuts....silly guy...his are out of the photo range.

 




And here’s the recipe....bottom left...with the star beside it. 

 


 I have not tried the other ones in this booklet but these ones are great.



There are lots of free botanical downloads on the Internet and I love to colour them and turn them into cards. Here’s one of my favourite flowers – the poppy.

 


I have a very bad habit of colouring the pictures and then scrambling to find paper that matches. Luckily I have a huge stash and so far I’ve been able to match them. A friend of mine ALWAYS picks the paper and THEN colours the image to match the papers……….which is a good idea but I seldom do it.



The poppy was coloured with Prismacolor pencils; blended with gamsol. The poppy was die cut with a stitched rectangle die and then glued to a hand cut banner and then onto some designer paper. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it all matched. I wanted something across the top and was lucky enough to find some matching funky ribbon in the ribbon stash. Once I was happy with the final design it was then glued to the white card base. Dark Stickles was added to the middle of the flower for some extra dimension and Wink of Stella to the flower and leaves. One more birthday ready to be mailed out.



That’s all for a cold Monday, January 9, 2017

Cheers

Violet




Friday, January 6, 2017

A Very Pink Card


Brrrrr. It is very cold and an even colder wind blowing here in Ontario. We had just enough snow yesterday to cover the ground and make me shovel it off the driveway and if we don’t get anymore I’ll be happy.



Today’s card is another one comprised from the stash but if I didn’t tell you this, I doubt if you would know. I just pulled out the pink bag and sorted through it removing a few pieces of paper and/or cardstock that matched.
 

The poppies (Just Rite) were stamped and coloured with Prismacolor pencils and the blue is chalk. It was die cut with a Spellbinder’s fancy circle die. The stitched rectangles were die cut with the Elizabeth dies and the oval was die cut with a Stampin’ Up stitched die. A silver peel-off strip was added over the seam where the two pieces of paper were joined. The sentiment was stamped and the oval piece was adhered with a dimensional strip. Once the card was completed, Wink of Stella was added to the flowers to give them some shimmer.  



That’s all for a cold, windy Friday, January 6, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Finished the Unfinished and Liked It!


More seasonal cold, windy weather has returned along with a few snow flurries – blah! We decided to take the day off today – so it’s been an easy, relaxing day. For some strange reason neither one of us has been sleeping well for the last week or so – especially me  - and it’s starting to catch up with me….but I still have the energy to make some cards!



When I was looking through my green stash for something else I found this already embossed and inked piece of cardstock. I have no idea what I was going to make from it and why I didn’t finish it but I pulled it out and finished it. It is now a card ready to send to someone.

 


It looks like I used some yellow, green and some Dusty Concord Distress inks on it so I just freshened it up a bit with the same colours and deepened the purple colour. The purple ribbon was a nice contrast and it picked up the purple ink used. The tag was die cut from a piece of green from the stash using an old Cuttlebug die set. The sentiment is a peel-off. The flower and bird came from a K and Company package that I found at the dollar store….which is not common but once in while they have items from them and other major companies, including Martha Stewart. I always take my time looking down their craft aisle because you never know what could be hiding there. The flower and bird were adhered with dimensional tape. Anyway, once I liked the card front it was glued to a black card base. I liked it so much I may find that embossing folder and make another one.



That’s all for a cold and windy Wednesday, 2017-01-04



Cheers

Violet



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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Back to the Stash Cards


It’s rainy and foggy here in South Western Ontario today so no walking in town for us. Instead we had to pretend to be hamsters in a wheel….LOL! That’s what I refer to us as when we have to go to the local hockey arena and walk around and around upstairs. I tell Joe it must be how a hamster feels in a wheel…he goes round and around but doesn’t get anywhere….I just get ‘the look’ when I mention to Joe who does not always think I’m funny! We did 20 laps which is 2.5 miles so that’s enough when you are walking on solid concrete. That’s the worst thing to walk on; pavement is next; dirt is best. One doctor told me if we were walking in a survey with little traffic, to get off the sidewalk and walk on the road. I don’t usually do this but sometimes I do.



I’m on a mission…yes again….to use up some of the paper scraps I have been hoarding! I came up with three cards that I quite like and although they didn’t use up a lot of scraps, they used enough small pieces that pleased me. Here is the first card I made.

The dark blue candles started out as solid blue cardstock so I used one of the mixed media stamps from Stampin’ Up to stamp white lines across them. They are not very visible but enough to add some texture and interest to the solid blue. The rest are all scraps cut around ¼” but each one varies a bit from that size.  I didn’t want them in a straight line so I made sure some were leaning and even twisted a bit. The blue background was in the stash too and I glued it to the card base and then sponged the edges with a darker blue. A fine Sharpie pen was used to draw a tiny line for the wick and then orange and yellow stickles was added for the flames. The ribbon is from Stampin’ Up – Night of Navy or something line that. The black sentiment was die cut from the Tim Holtz greeting set. Good masculine card I think.



I liked it so much and still had lots of small pieces so I made another one which was done the same way but with different paper bits. .

 



Then I decided maybe one in pink would be nice too so I made this one.
 


I’m still trying to use up the scraps so you will be seeing several cards in the next few weeks that were created from the left-overs from other cards. I’ve been checking out Pinterest for some more ideas.



That’s all for a very wet and foggy Tuesday, 2017-01-03



Cheers

Violet

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