Thursday, February 5, 2015

Slippery Feathers

The frigid air continues to haunt us so neither one of us has left the house for several days now. Hopefully this will soon pass and we’ll be back to more normal winter temperatures, which is still cold, but bearable! My lower studio, aka the basement, is warm enough during the day to work in if I wear a heavy sweater so right after lunch I pinned another quilt together.....yes, I’m still working on the four quilts that did not get done by Christmas! 

I decided as I was taking a tea break (nothing like a good cup of hot tea in the afternoon), to go through some blogs and I really liked the sketch for a scrapbook layout on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog ( and as soon as I saw it I thought it would be the perfect layout for some photos I took of my grandson using his new scooter in the winter. So, I took a break from quilting and started the scrapbook page but oh my, by 4:00 it is way too cold in that basement to work comfortably so I have yet another project started but not finished. I may have to work on it tomorrow morning instead of quilting.

Today’s card is another new venture for me. Although I love to colour the images, there are some times when I just want a simple card, especially for men, and this one fits the bill.

The background started out as a piece of two-tone beige 8 ½” x 11” cardstock which by itself is quite blah. So I inked and splattered various colours over it (sorry, I never remember to write down what I use) and once I liked it, I cut it down to the size of my card and then inked the edges with the darker brown ink. The feathers came from a package of mixed feathers from the dollar store and they have been just sitting in the drawer since I bought them last fall.....and then I remembered my earlier decision, “if I buy them, I must use them”, so I opened the package, (gathered up all the ones that flew out!!!) and decided three would go on this card. They are slippery little devils to work with so I held three together and squirted some Glossy Accents about ½” up from the bottom and laid it down to dry. The tag was hand cut and it is from the same piece of cardstock as the background but obviously a little darker shade. The sentiment was stamped in brown ink. To hold the feathers in place I used a punch to punch to holes about 1” up from the bottom and threaded a ribbon (use a long piece and cut the ends in a sharp angle) through the holes from the top to the bottom; then insert each end into the opposite hole to bring to the top and tighten. This really holds the feathers in place. Cut the ends of the ribbon on an angle; and glue the entire piece to the card base…this time I used a kraft card base.

A quick and simple card, and no colouring, and yet, I like it.


1 comment:

JD/ Jill said...

Yes, it works! It made a nice card for a man.
I can so relate to your first couple of sentences. It is also so cold here...I have a hard time keeping like you, I just made myself a cup of hot

Keep warm, and keep creating!

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