Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Sunny Card for a Sunny Day


It was so nice to go for our walk this morning and have the sun shining down on us! It was only in the 40’sF but the sun made it feel warmer. More rain is expected tomorrow and on Friday but it’s looking good for the weekend.



Today’s card was made with the Memory Box birthday die. I love this die because you can do so many different things with it.

 


I had some of these already die cut and stored in a bag and decided it was time to use them before they got ruined. I pulled out these sunny yellow papers from the stash; taped them together; glued the die cut on top; and then glued it all to a 5 ½” card base. The flowers were then added with dimensional glue dots. They are from K and company and I found them at Dollarama and I think I bought two packages of them. The large leaf behind the flower on the right was from another die set. It had to have some bling so I added some yellow stickles to the middle of the flowers and clear glitter glue over the flowers. This was a quick card to put together but I think it turned out okay.



That’s all for a sunny Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cheers

Violet

Monday, March 27, 2017

Botanical Card


The rain finally stopped this afternoon and the sun even tried to come out! It’s been a very wet and rainy three days. We went for an hour’s walk today and it was quite pleasant…very much like March weather usually is – mild but with a cool wind.



Today’s card was made with one of the new Stampin’ Up botanical stamps and die sets but I don’t know the actual name of it because I borrowed it from a friend. We trade stamps and dies throughout the year and I liked this one but have not ordered one for myself…yet.

 


The green was die cut with their longest die and then separated to cover each side of a 5 ½” square card. I think this is the only time I used that die and I’m not sure why. The fern leaves were die cut from the same green cardstock but I added a bit of wine ink over the top to tie them in with the background and flowers. The flowers were die cut from the same cardstock as the background plus some plain pink….the flower and fern leaf dies are from the same set. I added some wine ink to the pink flowers too. Pink gemstones were added to the centre of the flowers. The sentiment is a peel-off.


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That’s all for a lovely March day, 2017-03-27.



Cheers

Violet


Friday, March 24, 2017

Pink and Brown


We had a very mild but windy day here in Ontario so we went over to Paxton’s Bush for a walk to see if the baby Great Horned Owls were out of the nest yet – no! In fact, the three guys that were there, and are there a lot, said they have not seen any sign of babies in the nest. Not sure what’s going on there but it was a nice walk anyway in spite of the cool wind.



Today’s card is another one I made with the Memory Box Chandra die.

 


I have this doily die that I’ve never used so I decided it was time to use it. I believe I bought it at the thrift store along with other items and just never got around to trying it out….which is odd for me. So, I die cut it out of some cream paper. The middle is blank so it needed something in that space so I die cut a Stampin’ Up stitched circle from pink cardstock and glued it on. I happen to like the pink and brown combination so I die cut the dandelion from brown cardstock and glued it in place. Then I glued it to a dark brown cardstock. Before gluing it to the card base I wrapped a pink and brown ribbon around the bottom and tied a bow around the stem of the dandelion. The sentiment is a peel-off.



That’s all for a sunny, warm but windy Friday, March 24, 2017.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Be safe and be creative!

Cheers

Violet


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Less is More...or Not Enough?


Yesterday was so nice and mild; today it was below freezing again. This flip-flop weather has continued all winter. Tomorrow it will only be a high of 4C (39F); Friday up to 19C (66F); Saturday back down to 8C (46F)…and it will start raining on Friday and rain is forecasted for the next 5 days. Hoo boy! 5 days of rain  means I will likely have some weird and wonderful speech days – the brain disorders do not like rainy days and it usually affects my speech big time…sometimes I sound like I’m from Georgia; sometimes I sound totally drunk; other times I add multiple syllables to the end of words. Yeah, I’m interesting to live with!



Today’s card is featuring the third die in the new set I bought. This is definitely a “less is more” card….or is it too much less? I’m thinking I should have added a bit of ribbon or twine. Your opinions would be appreciated.

 




I had my bag of green stash cardstock beside me so I die cut into this piece of olive green. Interesting design for sure and it takes up a lot of room. So I dug through the bag and found this striped cardstock and really liked it because it had light olive green in it plus some nice contrast colours. So, I simply glued them together and then on to the card base. The sentiment is a peel-off. I liked it and I thought it would be perfect for either a male or a woman who does not like fussy cards so I left it as is. I may have to do some more experimenting with these dies though.



That’s all for a cool Wednesday, 2017-03-22.





Cheers

Violet


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Thrift Store Score and a Card


We had a beautiful day here in Ontario…..which was a nice surprise after the very cold weather we have had. It was sunny and mild but the wind had just a bit of a cool bite to it at times. Joe’s back seemed a little better so we ventured out for an hour’s walk this morning and then got groceries this afternoon. He had some trouble getting in the car and a lot getting out, as expected. I guess we should have bought a small SUV when we bought this car but getting in and out of it was not a problem four years ago. Hopefully he didn’t overdo it today and won’t pay for it tomorrow.



Before I post the card let me tell you what I scored at the thrift store today. I bought 4 packages of heavy chipboard shaped covers for small scrapbook albums from Want2Scrap….like this…but 4 different shapes...
which sells for $8.99 U.S. each. They had all four (brand new, still sealed) packages in one bag and priced at $1.99….but it was senior’s day today so after my discount it only came to $1.55. That is why I shop at the thrift stores!!! You do have to know your prices though because some of the people who price things obviously do not. One time I did see a small alphabet stamp set that was priced at $7.99 and it originally came from the dollar store…..I knew that because that is where I bought mine. Pity the poor person who bought that!



Today’s card is the second one made with the new die set.

 


I wasn’t sure I liked this die and…… wasn’t even sure what the heck it was….so I die cut out of this piece of beige cardstock and realized it was a branch with flowers. Okay, I can deal with that! I simply splashed on some brown water colour paint and then stamped the sentiment with brown ink. The sentiment is from a Close to my Heart stamp set. This was then mounted on a Kraft card base.



That’s all for a beautiful March 21, 2017.


Cheers

Violet


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mud Run Layout


This was a snowy/rainy/miserable day here in Ontario. Joe’s still on the disabled list; sister’s still sick; and I’m sick of winter! Today I went down to the lower studio, aka the basement, and did a little scrapbooking. This layout was added to the March sketch at Creative Scrapbooking. I seldom use a sketch but this time I liked theirs so I went with it.
Finn has many interests from cooking to running to soccer to art and on and on and on. He’s a busy boy. He participated in a kid’s Mud Run and had a ball. The beige piece was just plain beige. I started out smearing some brown and blue ink on it; stamping mud splatters using a few Stampin’ Up stamps; ripping the edges and then inking them in brown. The photos were completed on a pre-made digital file from the now defunct Scrapbook etc. site; trimmed and mounted on a darker brown. The main title was die cut with the Stampin’ Up alphabet dies. The brown was glued to two pieces of cardboard from a cereal box first. I also die cut the alphabet letters in black which were glued down first and then the brown ones on top but off-sided to form a shadow. The green box in the lower right was stamped with an old stamp set which seemed appropriate for this layout. It was then mounted on the same brown. The journaling was computer generated on beige; mounted on brown and added with a dimensional glue strip. The green tags were glued down but I added the brown nail head brads for more interest.


That’s all for a miserable-weather Saturday, 2017-03-18

 Cheers

Violet

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Friday, March 17, 2017

A New Die!


It’s snowing again! I thought it might miss us today but around 7:00 pm it started again. Hopefully it will not amount to too much. It’s been quite a week here. Joe is still on the disabled list – very stiff back – walks like a board and has trouble getting on and off anything low; my sister that lives a couple blocks away is sick….I took her some milk and bread that she needed but pretty much dropped it off and left….with her blessing….so I didn’t catch it. One light in the basement broke so it took a couple trips to the hardware store to get it fixed – first trip to get the part that broke it more and then back to get a new one altogether – and our kind neighbour came and did the wiring for us and reluctantly accepted a small payment for replacing it. In between I’ve been quilting. It’s been too cold in the lower studio (aka the basement) to sit and do scrapbooking or card making.



Today I did receive a very nice surprise. My cousin in Chicago, IL gifted me with the 23AndMe kit to check out my lineage. So cool. We know we are part Mohawk Indian from the Six Nations and English but who knows what else is mixed in there. When people used to ask me what nationality I was I would say, “Heinz 57”….some people thought it was funny; some didn’t get it at all.  Yes, I have a warped sense of humour!



Last week our local scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle, had 25% off all dies…..yup, treated myself again. I picked up one of those die sets that just cuts out the corner of the card. They did not have the one I wanted the most, but this one is pretty good too. Here’s the first card I made with it.

 




I took a piece of that beige cardstock with a blotchy tone-on-tone pattern and die cut the corner. I didn’t have any real plan in mind. I was pretty much just checking out how it cut. I laid it one top of that rusty cardstock and really liked it. So then I took that Memory Box die that cuts each flower petal separately and die cut the flower out of the rust and then the beige cardstock. I taped the back of the beige behind where the flower petals would go so when I laid the rust petals back down, they stayed in place. I’ve tried several ways to do this and this works the best for me. Then I die cut the stem and leaves out of green and glued them on. It just needed a simple sentiment so a peel-and-stick worked just fine. Once I liked how it looked it was glued to the standard card base.



That’s all for a now-snowy Friday, 2017-03-17. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Hockey Quilt


A surprise Thursday posting. I thought I’d sneak in a posting of a quilt I made for my grandson. This was his Christmas present but I forgot to post it. He is 12 and loves all sports, especially hockey, and especially the Toronto Maple Leafs. They just bought him a queen size bed so this quilt fits his bed – and I seldom do queen size quilts…..but I will for grandchildren!

 


I did have a pattern for this and actually followed it! I pretty much had to seeing how complicated it was. It is made up of about 120 6 ½” squares…plus the hockey player that is constructed with small pieces of fabric and then fused appliqu├ęd on top….he was not fun to make. I told Joe that I was beginning to be an expert on ‘unsewing’ on this quilt – aka ripping out errors! The back of the quilt is white with blue maple leafs in various sizes….my sister found it at Fabricland while I was getting the rest of the blue fabric and it was perfect for the backing. I’m bringing her next time I need someone to scout out fabric. Anyway, Jack absolutely loves his quilt so it was worth it to make it for him. My friend recently bought a long arm quilting machine and she let me quilt it on it……my first time using a long arm and she was quite impressed with the results….I was relieved it was done!



That’s all for a mild Thursday 2017-03-16. The bitter cold weather left us for today but tomorrow it will be a bit colder with mixed precipitation – snow; freezing rain; rain. I’ll be so happy to have spring arrive and stay!


Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Water Coloured Background


The snow and cold north wind continues! There were white-out conditions on some of the major and secondary roads which caused both single and multi-vehicle accidents. So glad we are retired and don’t have to go out if we don’t want to. Tonight is quilt guild meeting and I’m not sure I want to venture out…..I’m such a suck when it comes to cold windy nights. Joe is on the “disabled list”….you can tell we are sports fans when we call it that. He pulled his foot up to put his socks on and put his back out! He is very stiff but says it only hurts getting up and down off the couch or if he moves the wrong way. Poor guy. He’s a good patient….but getting a bit bored.



Last month I needed several sympathy cards. This is one I made.

 




I was playing around spreading water colour paint on water colour paper and decided they all looked like a lovely sky so I made cards out of them. For this one I stamped and embossed the grain stems (Inkadinkado) in black. When the sentiment was stamped I decided it needed something underneath of it so I stamped leaves. Then the top right corner looked bare.... and I do like everything in uneven lots.... so I added the black die cut scroll (old Cuttlebug die). Then it was mounted on black cardstock and then onto the speckled blue paper and then to the card base. A quick and easy card once the background was made and dry.



That’s all for a cold and windy Wednesday, 2017-03-15.



Cheers

Violet

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Bizzard Again!


We are indeed having a blizzard. I just knew that the mild winter was just a bad joke and Mother Nature was going to have the last laugh. It started snowing sometime in the early morning and it’s still coming down pretty hard. It is dry snow which is easier to shovel but it also blows around more so it creates white-outs on the highways…..and that’s very bad. And according to the weather network it won’t stop snowing completely until  Wednesday night and then sunny on Thursday!....but it starts again on Friday! This is March break too and I'm sure the snow is ruining a lot of people's plans.



There was no post on Friday because I got up at 4:45 to catch the 6:18 train to Aldershot where I met my sister and we then took the GO train into Toronto to see the Canada Blooms exhibit. It was a great day and I so enjoyed having a sister day out…but it was a long day as the returning train didn’t get into 9:00 that night. Tired! This sister, Pearl, is a gardener several notches above the average gardener. Her garden is like a miniature Royal Botanical Garden….and she belongs to the RBG and knows all the Latin botanical names of plants as well as the common names. She has over 1,000 perennials started in her house that are for her garden….unless she shares a few with close friends and her sister!!! Here we are at the front of the exhibit.  
Pearl is nine years older than I am but you would never know she is 78 years old.

  
Today’s card turned out better than I thought it would. It was another experiment.

 

The flowers were another free download from the Internet and coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. This time I cut around them leaving a very small border. I dug through the stash and found some purple cardstock and ran the top piece through an embossing folder. I have a stack of those round alphabets and matching strips that I picked up at the thrift store for next to nothing and have not used them. I decided today was the day to see if they were worth buying. The two purple pieces were taped together and then the peel-off strip was adhered over the seam.

The round alphabets just didn’t look right just stuck on so I punched out purple-pinkish cardstock that matched the flowers and then glued them on to them. Some didn’t stick well so I ended up adding glue to keep them down. The flowers and the alphabets were all glued on with dimensional glue dots. One of my daughters loves purple so if one of my friends don’t claim this one, it will go to her.



That’s all for a very snowy Monday, March 13, 2017.



Cheers

Violet


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