Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Crazy Bird Card

        The heat wave continues with temperatures around 100F and more with the humidity. Last night we had rain clouds; thunder and a bit of lightning…..and not a drop of rain. Someone got it, but not us. The grass is crunchy when we walk on it and we are under a watering limiting ban – houses whose address ends with even numbers can water on even number days and then those with uneven numbers do it on the uneven days.

        There is still a need for scrub hats and masks so I’m back to making them….in between making Christmas quilts and charity quilts….busy, busy, busy…just the way I like it.

        Today’s card was made with some left over bits from a card I made for yet another grandson whose birthday is coming up later this month. Our family has four birthdays in July!

                           

         My grandson’s favourite colour is green so I made two green card bases; one for his card and one for this one. The strip with the stars was left over from his card with the star already die cut leaving the negative space. A coordinating piece of paper was glued behind it and then I die cut a yellow star frame to go around it. The birthday sentiment was die cut three times and glued together to make it thicker. It and the rope were die cut from the same yellow as the star frame. The bird is a Tim Holtz crazy bird that was quickly coloured with Distress Ink sponged on. Then it was die cut with the matching die. The beak and eyes were stamped and die cut; the beak was coloured with more ink and then glued in place. It doesn’t show on the photo but in real life it does make a difference. The bird needed something to stand on so I hand cut a banner and stamped that funny sentiment that came from a Power Poppy flower set. Not sure who’s going to receive this one yet, but I like it.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Wednesday, on July 8, 2020.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Garden Gnomes

        Our hot and humid weather is continuing with no relief in sight – hovering between 90F and 100F with little or no wind. I cannot remember having a heat wave last this many weeks. On the good news, there is only one(1) active COVID-19 case in our entire city and that person is not seriously ill and recovering at home. We are still on Phase 2 of reopening things but that could be upgraded any time now. It would be nice to see the splash pads open for the kids but they will only do that when the playgrounds are open as well….they are usually situated a few feet from each other so it makes sense.

        I finally got the gnomes painted. Back in March I posted a photo from Pinterest on some gnomes. My oldest daughter and granddaughter immediately requested some and I wanted one for my garden. So, Joe’s cousin cut out some gnome shapes and I painted them. Here they are.

                                

This one is mine in the the garden.

My daughter requested a husband and wife.



The purple one is for my granddaughter and the green one is mine.

        Each one is a little different as I had no pattern and just did whatever felt right. They loved them so that’s good. The problem is getting them delivered during this pandemic – they are about 9 hours’ drive from where I live. Oh well, eventually they will get them.

        That’s all for a hot, humid and steamy Monday on July 6, 2020.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Sympathy Card

        We are in a terrible heat wave here in Ontario with the temperatures hovering around the 39C (100F) mark and will continue for the next two weeks at least. I love the heat but hate the humidity. It’s too hot to do anything outside during the day…..not a breath of air!

        Unfortunately, I always seem to need sympathy cards so last week I made another one just to have on hand.

                               

        I spent one night just creating backgrounds using various Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks. I used some for cards that were donated to the local hospice but there were still many left over. I decided to use this one for a sympathy card that would be suitable for either a man or woman. My husband pointed out to me a few months ago that I didn’t have any cards on hand to send to his friend whose wife just died...they all more for women. So now I try to always have some ready.

        I trimmed this background piece down and put it in my Tim H. stamping platform and stamped that flower. This stamp is from a retired Stampin’ Up stamp called Earth that I bought from a friend’s daughter. The flower was stamped in black ink several times to get a nice dark image. Simple black sewing thread was wrapped around it three times. I had decided to mount it on black cardstock and when I pulled out this piece of black with the holes already punched I decided to leave the holes as an accent piece instead of cutting them off. Then it was glued to an embossed card base….came that way from a box from Michaels. The sentiment was also stamped using the T.H. stamping platform. This was a quick and easy card but I really like how it turned out.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, on July-03-2020. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Stay safe, be kind and be creative if you can. Being creative reduces stress so it comes highly recommended.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Black and White Card

        Southwestern Ontario is under yet another high temperature warning.  It is very hot and humid….but still better than cold and snow!

        My oldest grandson is turning 21 this weekend! It’s incredible how fast time flies by. I can remember the day he was born and it does not seem like 21 years ago. I actually enjoy making mature adult masculine cards but young males and teen males are a bit more difficult. This is what I came up with this year for him. I’m actually posting two cards because after I photographed the card the first time, I decided it wasn’t quite finished so there was an add on. 

    Here’s the first card.

                                              

        This was a very quick card to make. A piece of black cardstock was embossed in this music note embossing powder and then white ink was sponged on top to bring out the music nots. The sentiment was die cut three times and glued together before being glued to the card. But I decided it needed to say Happy Birthday so I die cut a banner and added the black birthday peel-off sentiment. Here’s the finished card.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Monday on June 29, 2020. My sister was widowed last year but if Henry was still alive today they would celebrate their 63 wedding anniversary today….and they had a very happy marriage. We had a pleasant conversation this evening on the telephone so she was pleased I remembered.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, June 26, 2020

A Quick and Easy Card

        We are currently under a severe thunderstorm watch here in Southern Ontario. I just heard on the news at lunch time that nine tornadoes have touched down in Ontario already this year. Most did no or little damage but a few destroyed a few buildings and vehicles..…..but no injuries or death so that’s good.  

        Today’s card turned okay even though I had no idea what I was going to do when I started making it. 

       I found a few pieces of this pretty paper in the stash and decided to use them up. The concept of ‘I don’t want to use them because they will be gone” is over! I am using my supplies. So a piece of light blue cardstock was die cut with a stitched oval and a stitched banner. The oval was glued to the paper which was already adhered to the card base. Then the 3-dimensional sticker (Dollar Tree find) was glued onto the oval. The banner was glued on and a silver peel-off sentiment was added. This definitely falls under the ‘quick and easy’ category.        

     That’s all for a hot and humid, and maybe stormy, Friday on June 26, 2020. I’ll be back on Monday with another post. Enjoy the weekend, stay safe….two metres or yards apart or wear a mask…and be kind to others.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hospice Cards

        Our hot and humid weather broke last night so the A/C went off and the windows got opened. We had a much needed and enjoyable walk this morning. It looks like the hot and humid weather may return over the weekend but hopefully not as bad as we just had…..but it’s still better than cold and snow!

        Our city has a hospice and on the first year anniversary of someone who die there, they like to send a ‘thinking of you’ card to the family….and of course hand crafted cards are better than store bought ones. One of our Stampin’ Up dealers, The Pampered Stamper – 4th highest sales in Canada –check her out on Facebook, YouTube and the blog (and tell her Crafty Violet sent you) – is a big contributor of cards for them but recently asked if anyone else wanted to contribute some. Of course I said yes and these are the cards I donated today. 

The background was made by dipping the cardstock in various colours of Distress Inks...and maybe Distress Oxides. The image is an old Stampin' Up stamp. The sentiment and image were stamped using the Tim Holtz stamping platform so I could stamp multiple times to get a good impression. The ribbon should have been up just a little bit but once it was down, it wasn't moving.
More Distress inking and more stamping.

More of the same. This one is actually more pink but the camera didn't pick it up very well. 

The next few cards were made by gluing left over strips to plain paper and then gluing them to the card base and then adding the embellishments.

Another scrappy card using left over strips but this time I glued them first to a piece of yellow paper and left a gap between them.

More strips but this time once the strips were glued down they were run through an embossing folder. This sentiment was a die cut - cut 3 times and glued together. 

        That’s all for a sunny Wednesday, June-24-20 20.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Lovebirds Scrapbook page

        Our hot and humid weather continues right along with the promise of rain which never happens….maybe tomorrow…maybe!

        A month or so ago I posted a scrapbook layout featuring my grandson Joven. I sent a copy of it to him and a few days later I received a few photos of him and his girlfriend and he said “maybe you would like these for a scrapbook page”….well, I can take a hint. Here’s the page I made for them.

                                    

         I used a sketch from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Sketchy Group on Facebook. It is free to join and you get some great inspiration from the sketches and from what others post. I highly recommend it.

      He only had four photos….did not inherit the “take lots of photos gene”…and I really wanted to fill in the gab across the angle so I simply die cut a tag; inked it; stamped their names and a sentiment and heart and added it in. All the edges of the photos are outlined with a black pen which makes them stand out but no extra bulk. The heart border are die cuts. I found the Lovebirds title in the stash. It’s on velum so it was adhered with button brads and then one was used on the tag to create the invisible triangle. He liked it and showed to his girl friend and told me she really liked it too. He’s a considerate young man.

        That’s all for a hot, humid and rainless Monday, on June 22, 2020.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, June 19, 2020

A Bird and Music Notes Card

        Hello everyone! It’s Friday again! This year seems to be going slow and fast at the same time! The days seem long because we are still stuck at home for the most part; but here it is past the middle of June already! Crazy! We normally would be getting some walks in but we are under a severe heat warning right now and it’s way too hot to be doing anything much outside. Some good news is that Ontario is definitely flattening the curve on this dreadful pandemic. We only had 173 new cases yesterday in the entire province and Ontario is the most populated province in Canada. Hopefully where you live is also doing well. Keeping the ‘social distance’ bit is the key!

        Today’s card is the second one made with the music sheets that I downloaded from Pinterest and it is the card my friend chose. Please refer back to Wednesday’s post for details.

         I used the same papers for this card as for Wednesday’s card but instead of just stamping a solid image over the notes, I added a stamped and hand cut bird. The bird was stamped on white cardstock and then lightly coloured using some ink and a blender pen. Because I was just using cardstock, I didn’t want to use water to spread the ink. There was no die with this stamp so I just cut it out by hand and then glued it to the card. The label was punched and the sentiment added.

        That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, on June 19th, 2020. Yesterday Joe and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary! We normally go out for supper to celebrate but this time we did the Chinese take-out and celebrated at home. It’s the first time we have had take-out since the pandemic started.

Cheers

Violet

PS: To save a card to your Pinterest account, simply hover over the image until the ‘Pin It” symbol appears and then click…it sometimes take a few seconds. This will take you to your own Pinterest account to save the card.

 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Music Notes on a Card

        We just had another couple of wonderful weather days! It may get very hot and humid for the next few days though but we haven’t had the A/C on for a while now.

        A friend of mine volunteers at a thrift store – which just opened last week because of the pandemic restrictions – and she is not a crafter at all but she likes the cards that I make so she is always on the lookout for any crafting items. She sent me a text of a set of 48 small punches that I don’t use a lot of the time but I definitely use them on occasion and they were selling them for $2.50 …for the entire set in a plastic case…so I said YES PLEASE! She quite often does not want me to pay for the small items she picks up for me …she says it’s because I do so much charity work she wants to help out….although I do try to insist on paying. So we came to an agreement….we trade…She wanted to trade these ones for a birthday card that had music notes on it. Done! Ooops..not so fast. I don’t have any paper with music on it and I don’t have a large music stamp.

        So, I went on an Internet search and ended up on good old Pinterest. Man I would miss that site if it ever closes. I found lots of images of music notes but some had words on and a lot were Christmas music but I finally found one that I liked and downloaded it. Here is one of the two cards I made for her….I like to give her options. She didn’t choose this one because it was more for a female……she forgot to tell me it was for a man and I forgot to ask her.

The music notes were way too large when printed on 8.5 x 11 paper but I kept it for the background for a scrapbook layout ….although we are not a musical family but who knows! Anyway, I ended up putting four on a page and printed them out that way and it worked fine. The edges were inked first with some light brown ink and them some black. It was placed in my Tim Holtz stamping platform and the flower was stamped in black ink a couple of times to get a good impression. It was mounted on Kraft cardstock, then light yellow, and then onto the Kraft card base. The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark and the heat embossed with white embossing powder on a die cut stitched banner….it was added with a dimensional adhesive strip. She really liked it, but not for a man. I’ll post the one she took on Friday. 

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Two Cards Today

        We had sunny skies most of the weekend but a cool north wind kept it a bit chilly at times. Today was the same but with an East wind so not so chilly. In fact we walked along a trail at a conservation wetland and there was no shade trees and very hot. This was the sign that was at the entrance.

So Canadian!

        Today I’m posting two cards because they are so similar.

    The stamp I used actually came with both images on one stamp which I found rather odd, so I cut them apart. One card was made by dipping it in Distress Ink and the other with Distress Oxide Ink. What a difference! But first the images were stamped with VersaMark; then black ink and then embossed with black embossing powder. I like to use black ink as well in case I miss a spot with the embossing powder. 

    This is the Distress Ink card. It turned out quite pretty and very soft. To finish it off I added the three black dewdrops and tied some blue bakers twine around it before gluing it to the car base. The button is a paper die cut (three times and glued together) with Glossy Accents over it. There is no sentiment on the front because it could be used for just about anything. I’m leaning towards a sympathy card for a man.

    This card was done exactly the same but I used Distress Oxide ink instead. 

    I just kept wetting the ink and dipping; drying and repeating until I liked it. You MUST dry between dipping or you will end up with mud. Tim Holtz says “If you look, you must dry” and I follow his advice. The image was larger so it did not need the three dew drops and the baker’s twine was green instead of blue. This one may be a bit bright for a sympathy card so it may be a birthday card or thinking of you card.

        Funny story making the buttons. I decided to die cut some buttons instead of using real buttons so they go through the mail better. I glued the buttons together and attempted to add the Glossy Accents. It wasn’t coming out very well so I gave it a hard squeeze and the nozzle popped out and I had a huge puddle of Glossy Accents on top of the paper buttons. Groan. I removed the buttons and set them on some plastic to dry and scooped up as much of the GA as I could get back in the bottle and cleaned up the rest of the mess. Not my finest hour!

        That’s all for a sunny Monday on June 15, 2020. 

Cheers

Violet

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