Thursday, January 13, 2022

Masculine Cards with Trucks

 After a few days of bitter cold weather it has warmed up ….comparably I suppose but at least above the freezing mark … but very damp with some light snow and rain. So far we have only had to clear our driveway once for snow….hopefully that’s it for the year, but not likely. I cannot wait to get through January and February so I can sense spring is coming.

So, seeing as it’s been too cold to be outside, I have got some quilting and cards finished. I had 3 masculine birthday cards to make, plus one for March so I made them all similar. Here are a couple of them to give you an idea of what the finished ones looked like.

                    



 All the cards had a truck that was stamped and coloured and hand cut but each one was coloured differently and each background is different. This way I will know next year that all the guys got birthday cards with trucks so I will make something else. They all live in different cities so it works out well.

 The trucks were adhered to the backgrounds with thin dimensional strips so the packages would fit in easier.

I started out stamping and die cutting some birthday packages and gluing them to the back of the truck but then I noticed that in with the stamp set was a stamp of presents - duh! I just didn’t look closely enough. So, then I stamped, coloured and hand cut the presents and some of the trucks hauled them.

 All the backgrounds are different. With some I used up some leftover cardstock that looked well together and some had a city scene behind it - from an old paper pack. Then each card had different embellishments added - some had enamel dots and arrows, some had small banners and other goodies. The sentiments were peel-offs.

That’s all for a cool and very damp Thursday, January 13, 2022.

 Cheers

Violet

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Masculine Cards

 I’m back! Its been awhile since I posted for no reason other than I’ve been busy getting a quilt finished for my daughter, making cards, doing housework (yuck) and working on a variety of other projects so by the time evening comes, I’m too tired to turn the computer on. Things are starting to settle down now so I should be on at least twice a week.

I needed some masculine birthday cards and although I seldom make identical cards, I do like to use the same image and see how many different ways I can turn it into cards. Here’s some examples.

                      

The stamp is from an old Stampin’ Up stamp set that I really like for masculine cards. The leaves and berries that were stamped around the bird are part of the set as well. They were stamped first on scratch paper and then onto the circle so they would be lighter and in the background. The brown circle was die cut with a Spellbinder’s die and then the next smaller die was used to cut the circle with the image which was mounted on the brown. It was then glued to the background designer paper (sorry, from the stash and no idea where it came from) which was mounted on a Kraft card base. A strip of Kraft cardstock was cut about 1/4” wide and a peel-off sentiment was added…. it was added in such a way the bird had something to walk on and did not look like it was floating.

 Two more stamped birds were mounted the same way but the card base was vertical this time. I’m using up scraps of cardstock and somehow they work well together. 

                    

 The third one was finished on a dark brown wavy cardstock that happened to be the same colour I stamped the bird in.

That’s all for a very cold Tuesday, January 11, 2022.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, January 3, 2022

Calories Never Count....

 Well the Christmas and New Years celebrations are over. Back to normal…. normal during a pandemic that is. We had another green Christmas but we did get snow overnight January 1 - enough that we had to have the neighbour clear our driveway with his snow blower. We are not fond of winter or snow so we’re pretty much staying home.

I did get some cards made over the holidays though. Here is one of them.

                           
I had this image coloured but had never finished it as a card. I like to colour these while I watch hockey at night. I used coloured pencils and blend it with gamsol. The only drawback to that is I don’t co-ordinate the paper first so then its a hunt for paper that matches the image. This time it was reverse. I was making some card backgrounds using some left over paper and this background was one of them. Then I opened my folder with coloured images and this one was right on top….perfect. The image was hand cut and glued on as was the scale. The sentiment came with the stamp set. This is a very old Stamping Bella stamp set and I expect it has been discontinued. I have not even looked at her site since she moved her business to the USA and started charging shipping to Canada the same price as to Europe….unbelievable and unforgivable in my books. Anyway, it was then mounted on a blue card base which helped make the image pop and I called it done.

That’s all for a very cold Monday, January 3, 2022.

 

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Two Cards Tonight

  It’s only 3 days until Christmas and it looks like it will be yet  another green Christmas here in South Western Ontario. We’ve only had a dusting of snow a couple of times so far and not much predicted in the near future, which suits me just fine.

 As this will likely be the last post until after the holidays, I decided to post two cards as they were both made the same way but with different focus elements.

  The backgrounds for both cards were made the same…strips of various of paper from the same paper pack…mostly…of various widths with thin silver strips between each one. Once they were glued down, dried and trim to size they were run through a snowflake embossing folder and then onto the card base.

                                   
Then it was simply a matter of adding a focus point. For this card I took a frame that came with the paper pack; glued a left over square in the middle because I didn’t care for what was printed there and then added a silver peel-off. The white seals were part of the square but the other two were hand cut and glued on with dimensional strips.

This focal point square was also from the same paper pack but featured animals instead of marine life. The two animals were hand cut. The deer needed something to stand on so I hand cut a small snowbank and glued it on and then the animals. The sentiment is a silver peel-off.

That’s all for a cold Wednesday, December 22, 2021. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the others. May 2022 bring you all peace, happiness and good health.

 

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, December 17, 2021

Cat in the Stocking

 

It’s just 8 days away from Christmas and its likely going to be another green one here. It has been quite mild during the day here with temperatures in the 30’s and even 40’s but there also has been a strong wind blowing which makes it feel colder than that. We may get snow tomorrow but it will likely be gone as quickly as it comes. Suits me just fine. Thanks to the new Covid variant, a lot of Christmas plans are being canceled. I’m off soon to get my booster shot - and then I will continue to avoid crowds of people. I’ll be so glad when this pandemic is over. Thank goodness I have a lot of indoor hobbies.

In the meantime, I have more cards to post. Here’s a cute one.

                             
This cute cat in the stocking was stamped and coloured with alcohol markers - which I seldom use because I have so few and most of them are cheap ones from the dollar store….but they still work fine. Once he was coloured, light blue in was sponged around him and then darker blue snowflakes were stamped on. It was mounted on an offset piece of paper and then glued to the background paper. Green ribbons were wrapped around it and through a wooden snowflake and then it was mounted on the card base. The stamped image was mounted on a piece of scrap paper the same as the background and it was glued one with a dimensional strip.

This one went to my grandson who has a cat.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

A Paper Tole Card

 It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a card again. Besides being busy we’ve had some sad extended family issues and a death and I just didn’t feel like being creative or posting.  

 Today’s card is one of those paper tole cards. I had this sheet of paper tole for so long and I decided it was time to turn them into cards.

                          
The background was white cardstock that was inked with light blue and then white snowflakes were stamped on with Hero Arts white ink. Love that ink. Then the pieces were popped out and each one glued on - some with dimensional dots, some flat. It was getting too thick to put dimensional dots on all of the pieces. The sentiment is gold peel-off as is the tree and the dots. I tried various card front paper and decided I liked this one the best. It sort of picks up the green in her coat. I thought a red one would be best but it was too much and the blue one was just plain blah. It was then mounted on a green card base.

That’s all for rainy Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Cheers

Violet

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

A Cute Penguin Card

 Its been such a busy week I’ve forgotten to post a card. Some nights I don’t even turn the computer on.

Today’s card was made with a stamped image that when I stamped it, I thought to myself, “How in the world am I going to use this on a card?” Well, this is what I did

                                     
The cute little penguin was easy to colour and then I added white flocking to the hat’s trim and top….but then what?

I took out a piece of designer paper from a 6” paper pack and cut it down to 5 1/4” x 4 and then mounted it on a piece of light blue that matched the leaves in the designer paper. A piece of dark teal was glued down the centre. The middle square was part of the same paper pack so it was mounted on the same light blue. The original stamped penguin was cut out but not the stick or fishing line. Then I stamped it again on that middle panel and glued the cut one on top. Tiny silver stars were then added around the penguin. The sentiment is a silver peel-off on that same light blue cardstock but the edges were sponged with teal. It turned out to be a very cute card.

That’s all for a cold November night. Rain and snow expected overnight but maybe some sun tomorrow. Not bad weather for November so far.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, December 3, 2021

Four Cards Today

 It’s a wee bit more mild here right now - and no snow - so that makes the days a little nicer. It’s just around the freezing mark - a little higher during the day, a little lower at night.

I thought I would post 4 cards today because they are all the same design, but totally different paper and embellishments make them seem different.

 All four cards have one half of the top card folded backwards so the right side of the inside of the card is visible.


These two cards are the most alike…they are for two of my youngest grandsons…although neither one all that young now….but they will like these I think. For these two cards, one was made with green cardstock, one with blue and different designer paper. The elf was die cut out of black cardstock. The presents came with the die and they are a pain to put together but so darn cute it was worth the effort. The tree was die cut with a die from a different set and I used Stickles pearls to make little dots like popcorn across each tree. Then small gems were added and a die cut star that was covered with yellow Stickles. Some of the presents under the trees were actually stickers from a very old paper pack. I glued them to cardstock and then cut them out so they were more stable. The one green one looked bare so a green bow was added to it.

Here is the card as they open up. The small panel on the inside that is hidden has their personal message and greeting on it.

 


One of the boys is now 17 so I had to come up with a different design on his card - but using the same layout.

                                             

For his card, the card base is dark blue, again with the one half of the card front folded back. The designer paper is all the same paper but the camera changed the back piece to turquoise which I didn’t notice until now. Trust me, its the same paper because I made it. I started out with a piece of 5” square white cardstock and placed it in my Tim Holtz stamping platform and then placed a large background stamp with snowflakes over top; added a masked for the moon;  inked it up with blue ink - not turquoise - and stamped away. I stamped it a few times to get a good impression. Oh, oh…..The mask was actually cardstock and not masking paper so it did not stamp close to it so I had to remove and then try to stamp just the areas around it…which turned out okay. The deer was die cut twice in black and glued together and just the left side glued to the front panel so the right side is over the inside exposed part. For the inside of his card I die cut several trees in black and glued them on and then added the white glitter snowbank and stamped the sentiment.

Here is the card partially opened.

                                   

 This grandson has a girlfriend so I had to make her a card as well.

                                      

I had this image of a little girl in a cape already cut out. It was printed on photo paper so likely a free digital image I found.  I must have decided at some point that she looked like an angel so I had covered some wings with glitter paper and had them glued on…..and then filed it away in my “to use one day” file. Today was the day it was to be used. Well the first thing I had to do  was to glue it to a piece of white cardstock to cover up the mess in the back. Part of it would be left hanging off one side of the card like the other cards so the back would be exposed. Then I outlined the image in black and in gold. She was originally holding a piece of holly but I didn’t care for it so I found this ornament on a sticker and glued it to a piece of cardstock and then cut it out from the rest of the sticker and glued it to her hand. Much better. Then small gold dots from peel-off sheets were added to the middle of the flowers. Then it was time to assemble the card. The background paper is from an old Tm Holtz paper pack.

  Here is the card opened so you can see the inside panel.


I had these two little houses that I had cut out from an old greeting card and I just knew I would need them one day and today was the day. I outlined them with a gold pen and glued them and the small die cut trees and then added the glitter paper cardstock snowy hill. The sentiment is a peel-off.

 

Wow, that’s a long post. Hope you enjoyed the cards.

Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A Christmas Quilt

 Instead of posting a card today, I thought I’d post one of the Christmas quilts I recently finished. I actually made two like this, one for my grandson and one for his fiancĂ©e. These were what is known by quilters as great ‘stash busters’ because they use a lot of small pieces of a variety of fabric.

                  

This is actually a very easy quilt to make. Even a new quilter could make it if they had access to a lot of fabric pieces. Hope you liked it. I’ll post a card next time.

 Cheers

Violet

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Monday, November 29, 2021

A Victorian Gentleman Card

 

It’s officially winter! We had our first snowfall on Saturday that stayed on the ground. Here are a couple photos taken from our front porch on Sunday morning.

 



 By Monday morning the snow was pretty much gone – but coming back later this week.

 I’m posting another Victorian style Christmas card, similar to the one I posted last week.

 


     The last card I posted featured the Victorian lady singing. This one is the gentleman holding a wreath. The background was a blue panel 5 ½ x 5 ½” that I sponged various darker blue inks on to get the sky background and then splattered on water downed white paint for snow. The snowbank was die cut and glued on. The trees are from another old die set and they were die cut from some paper I had sponged various green inks on. Two were glued behind the snowbank to make them look in the distance.

      Then I decided I should have had a moon but because the background was blue cardstock I could not to my usual bit of adding water to remove the blue ink. So I die cut a white circle, added a bit of grey ink here and there for texture and glued it on. The Christmas sentiment was part of the set and I die cut it twice and glued it together. The Merry was from another set and it was stamped on a piece of white cardstock and glued in place.

          That’s all for another cold Monday, November-29-2021.

Cheers

Violet

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