Friday, September 22, 2017

Summer is Back and a Summer Card


We are experiencing July weather again here in Ontario. The A/C had to be turned on again on Wednesday and it won’t be going off again for quite some time. Today’s high was 27C (80.6F) but with the humidex (a Canadian term meaning humidity index) it feels like 34C (93.20). Over the weekend it will be 31C (87.8) and feel like 38 (100.4). Yikes! Makes me wonder what kind of weather we will be having in the winter months!



Seeing as we are having summer like temperatures, I decided to post this card I made a couple of weeks ago. There are still a few hummingbirds around but not very many. Most of them are on their way south.




This is an Inkadinkado stamp. The bird was coloured with some glossy paint I picked up over at Mary Maxim’s in Port Huron years and years ago and seldom use it. It’s nice but I applied it a bit thick on the bird so it covered up the details a bit. It actually looks better in real life. The background was sponged with chalk. I like the yellow around the bird. Three tiny pearls were added to the left side. The background paper is all from the stash and is also old….another thrift store find.  Yup, still trying to use up the stash. The sentiment and the flowers are silver peel-offs.



That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, September 22, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and stay safe.

  

Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A New-To-Me Technique


It’s another lovely day here in Ontario but yesterday it rained all day. It’s been weeks since we have had an all day rain and of course, we just had to do errands and get groceries yesterday! Joe was sure it was going to just be a shower and quit soon but it didn’t! My garden was grateful for the rain but I’m sure the farmers trying to harvest the fall crops were not!



I’m posting another Christmas card today. I tried a new-to-me technique and I rather like how it turned out.




I took some light coloured cardstock and stamped the Inkadinkado image with VersaMark ink. Then I brushed gold Perfect Pearls over it. The Perfect Pearls sticks to the VersaMark. I misted some water in the air and ran the stamped image through it to set it. It was die cut with a Spellbinder’s long rectangle die and then I cut gold cardstock about ¼” larger to mount it on. The background was made up of left over bits of Christmas paper that were cut the same size and then taped together. I ran a gold pen around each edge and down each seam. Then I added the gold ribbon and punched out a gold star. It will do.



This was a lovely day starting with a surprise visit from my card making friend Jane; a lovely phone visit with my sister and then an afternoon of quilting. I have many more Christmas cards to make but this afternoon I worked on another quilt that will go to a teenage or pre-teen boy in the hospital that has cancer. Apparently ChildCan is short of quilts for this age group so our quilt guild is making some. I had some suitable fabric in my stash so I’m using that.



That’s all for a lovely Wednesday, September 20, 2017. I’m off to a quilt guild meeting tonight so I’m posting this a little earlier than I usually do.

Cheers

Violet



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Monday, September 18, 2017

An early start to the day and a card


This morning started out very early for us with the alarm set for 6:30….we do not ever set an alarm unless we have to go somewhere at a certain time. This morning I had to be at the hospital by 8:15 for the biopsy on my thyroid and I hate rushing so I got up early. The procedure was not as bad as I thought it was going to be but of course, things I plan seldom ever run without a problem. I had Joe drop me off at the hospital and told him I’d call him when I’m done….we live 5 minutes drive from the hospital and I hate having people sitting in a room at the hospital waiting for me. When they released me I started to call him from my cell phone and it would not go through. Odd. So I called from the hospital phone and got a busy signal. Odd again. I called numerous times for over 15 minutes and kept getting the busy signal. After five minutes I figured it was a phone problem because Joe hates talking on the phone and would not stay on one at all while waiting for my call but I tried for calling for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes I felt well enough to walk so I walked home – 22 minutes! Sure enough, all the Cogeco digital phone lines in this area were down – the first time in over two years that we have had their service they’ve been down and they decide to do it today! I can’t win! Now the waiting for the results begins. I just hoping the results are benign!  



So, I spent the rest of the day making a couple of cards and doing some scrapbooking. Here is one of the Christmas cards I made last week.

  




The background is actually strips of left over paper taped together at the back. They were from a 6” pack and the cards I made from the paper were 5 ½” so I had these ½” strips left over. Instead of throwing them in the recycle bin or back in the stash, I taped them together; cut them down to fit the card base less ¼”; tied the ribbon around it and added the Spellbinder’s die cut tag with dimensional tape behind it. The sentiment was stamped and I added a snowflake and gem to the side and some left over gold peel-off scrolls under the sentiment. I left the cardstock in the die after die cutting it and then sponged the ink over it which leaves a nice white edge. If you look closely you will see tiny white dots! These were the left over bits from white peel-offs and I added them to look like snow.



What do you do with your left over bits? We card makers are always looking for new ways to use them so feel free to add your suggestions in the comment section.



That’s all for a cloudy but humid Monday, September 18, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



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Friday, September 15, 2017

Tulips in September


Wow! Summer is back! It was very hot and humid here today and more weather like it for the following few days! Love it! Of course, there is always something to spoil the nice day and yesterday it was a bee! Hubby got stung on his ear by a yellow jacket; who are very angry and aggressive this time of the year. His ear looked fine last evening but today it is very swollen and red…… and he says it bothered him all night so he had no sleep. Darn bees! We tried to eat lunch on the front porch the other day and the bees drove us inside. They'll be gone soon but by then so will the nice weather. 



Hubby and I both love tulips so when I saw this Power Poppy stamp I had to have it. Here’s the card I made with it.




It was stamped with Archival ink and coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol and then Wink of Stella added – as usual!

The blue is chalk that was sponged on while it was still in the Spellbinder die which leavers a nice white border. The paper and ribbon is from the stash. I couldn’t find my doilies….maybe I used them all…so I die cut a doily but it only does the outside rim so I just used enough of it to peak off to one side. The sentiment was stamped on a Spellbinder’s ribbon die and yellow chalk was sponged on while it was still in the die so a white border is left.



That’s all for a lovely summer day in mid September…. 15/2017.



Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Masculine Sympathy Card


More lovely weather again today in Ontario and the end is not in sight yet. I don’t think this is our Indian Summer….such an odd name for a few nice days in the fall after a cold spell….although its usually warm days after the first frost which we haven’t had yet so who knows what will happen later on. Hubby wonders about things like this; I pretty much just enjoy each day regardless of anything else.



Unfortunately we all need sympathy cards from time to time and this time I made one that would be suitable to be sent to a male. Sometimes if a man lives alone and has a family member pass away, its hard to fine a suitable card for him. 







I used the Memory Box window frame and die cut it from an old greeting card. The picture behind it came from another recycled note card. Yes, I’m both thrifty and I like to keep as much out of the recycle/garbage that I can. There is always a piece of thin plastic behind the window to look like glass. I just use plastic sleeves that embellishments come in….yup, another thrifty thing.

The background paper is from the stash; twine was wrapped around it and then it was mounted on a Kraft card base. I took two real feathers and one die cut feather; glued them together and then tied them with a piece of twine. Then I tied a bow through a wine coloured button and glued it over top. It’s hard to see the button unless you enlarge the photo by double clicking on it. The sentiment is a peel off.



That’s all for a lovely Wednesday, September 13, 2017



Cheers

Violet



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Monday, September 11, 2017

Using Glitter Cardstock and Birds and Nature


We had a beautiful weekend here in Ontario but my thoughts and prayers were down with people in Florida and nearby islands. Unbelievable damage from a storm. We know someone who lives in Orlando but she let us know this morning that they are safe and sound and didn’t even lose hydro….feeling grateful!



If you checked my blog post on Friday and noticed the card was missing – oops, my booboo! My friend, Jane, emailed me to let me know it was missing so I immediately went in and corrected it…and thanked her. Be sure to scroll down to see it if you missed it. The background started out as very ugly paper but I transformed it into a more pleasing look.



Today’s card is another one using the Memory Box poinsettia but I tried something very different on this one. I love giving myself challenges to see how many different looks I can get using the same die or stamp.





  

The die was used on gold cardstock this time but I didn’t use the flower petals. Instead I die cut it again using puffy glitter paper. The background was plain mustard yellow so I sprayed white acrylic paint over it by dipping an old wet toothbrush into the paint and running my thumb across the bristles to get a nice spray. Then it was glued to the white card base. It looks crooked in the photo but it was the camera angle; the card is fine.



The large white die cut piece is from another Memory Box die. It’s not a flower or a snowflake – just a nice scroll so I glued it on first, then the gold die cut; then the red glitter petals. The sentiment started out as silver but I sponged red alcohol ink over it to change it to red. Then small red gems were added to the die

cut poinsettia in some places and three large ones to the right side. It’s okay but not my favourite.



Saturday we went to Point Pelee to walk some trails and hopefully see some birds and monarchs. Friday night they reported 2,000 monarchs at the tip of the park; our count for the day: 2. We have the worst luck being at the right place at the right time.

We did see a nice Cedar Waxwing and got an okay-only photo.







On Sunday we went to Rondeau Park and had a lovely walk through the trails there. We saw several small birds, likely warblers, but they were too deep in the trees for a clear shot. However we did get a nice shot of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo; a Merlin (first time we have ever seen one); and a monarch. Here are those photos. Double click on any photo to enlarge it.









That’s all for a sunny Monday, September 11, 2017.



Cheers

Violet



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Friday, September 8, 2017

Handmade Background from Ugly Paper


Hurricane Irma is getting scarier by the minute and even more frightening is there is two more right behind this one. Prayers and more prayers are offered for those who have to go through this. A lot of people are being evacuated but some will not or could not leave. Scary!



However, life has to go on and this weekend my oldest daughter has a birthday. Here is the card I made for her.



The background is one of my experimental pieces. Believe it or not it started out as a piece of very ugly 12”x12” paper. Several layers of ink; paint; stencils; gesso and more were added until I liked the look. Now I just cut it into what ever size card I’m making. This one is 5 ½” square. The large butterfly was there on the background so I took another piece of heavier cardstock…also an experimental piece…and die cut the Memory Box large butterfly and glued it on top. The white circle was already on the card – from white paint on the bottom of a circular object like a toilet paper roll or lid – but it needed something in it so I added the sentiment. The green ribbon was wrapped around the background piece before gluing it to a card base. Hope she likes it.



That’s all for a cool Friday, September 8, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and please stay safe.

Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Blue and Silver


The hurricane season is a very scary one this year. Prayers for all those in the path of Irma! We seem to be having a lot of thunderstorms again this year but they have not been overly strong and seldom destructive here….a few other places have not been so lucky though.



Today was yard work day! Tired….even though I don’t do all that much! Fall clean-up is no way near as much fun as spring planting!



Today’s card is another using the die my friend lent me but in a totally different layout.






This time it was die cut out of silver cardstock and I glued the petals back into place. The background paper is from a 6” paper pack from last year that was cut down to 5 ½”. The polka dot paper is from the stash. Once again I cut ¼” strips from the left over sides of the silver cardstock and placed them over the seams of the polka dot/background. A silver peel-off sentiment was added. This was a very quick card to put together but I liked how it turned out.



Cheers

Violet



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Monday, September 4, 2017

Christmas Card on Labour Day


Labour Day! The official end of summer! All the kiddies go back to school tomorrow. My grandchildren all love school just as all my daughters did so they are actually looking forward to it.



We are currently under a severe thunderstorm watch – 5:00 pm – but I’m hoping it is not as severe as they think it could be. It’s already very windy so we shall see.



I’ve been down in the lower studio (aka the basement) doing some scrapbooking this afternoon. I’m just as slow scrapbooking as I am card making!



Today’s card is one of the Christmas cards I made last week using a die my friend Jane lent me last year. I die cut a few of these flowers but never used them on cards. When I came across them last week I decided to use everyone one of them up that I had die cut. I believe it is a Memory Box die but I could not find it on their website so likely retired.




I used some papers from a 6” paper pack; trimmed down to 5 ½”. This poinsettia was die cut from gold cardstock so I trimmed a very small 1/8” strip from the sides of the cardstock and glued them to the edges of each red piece. The petals of the poinsettia die cut separately but this time I decided to glue them back into place. The sentiment and star are from peel-offs. Gems were added to the die cut flower and along the strip behind the flower – it is all one piece! Red Stickles was added to the centre of the star. You will be seeing several cards using this die cut poinsettia but in totally different ways.


That’s all for a windy and potentially stormy Monday, September 4, 2017.



Cheers

Violet




Friday, September 1, 2017

Made it 70 and a Nice Birthday Card




Yup, made it to 70…in spite of my body sabotaging me several times over the years – 8 surgeries so far including back surgery and brain surgery – the others were minor compared to those two. Only 33 years to go to live to my life span goal of 105. Apparently when I was about 4 years old I announced to my mother that I would be living until I was 103. She had no idea why I brought up that subject or decided on that amount but I did and I have repeated it throughout my entire life. We shall see!



Today’s card is one that I would buy for myself if I was going to that…..I do a lot off-beat things (according to some people) but I haven’t bought myself a birthday card yet!






This is a Poppy Power stamp that I recently bought at our local scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle. Love flowers; love this stamp set. I coloured it with pencils and blended it with gamsol – as usual! The fish tale banners were hand cut because, big sigh, I do not have any banner dies. The card base looks orange but it is actually a deep pink to pick up the dark pink in the flowers. I decided it needed a little extra so I added the bow and some sequins. The sentiment was heat embossed and that stamp came with the set.



That’s all for a sunny but a cool wind is blowing which makes for a chilly day in the shade on Friday, September 1, 2017. Hard to believe summer is now officially over….big, big sigh!  Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone. I’ll be posting the first Christmas card on Monday.


Cheers

Violet



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