Friday, November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day and a Cheery Card

Today is Remembrance Day here in Canada. I attended the service at the cenotaph along with a lot of other people – in spite of the fact it was cold, windy, raining and even thunder and one bright lightening flash. It was my intention to walk there like we normally do but I just got across the street and the wind gust changed direction and my umbrella went inside out and it was raining pretty hard by then so I gave up and drove down. Joe woke up feeling like he was coming down with a cold so I suggested he not attend and for once he listened to me. It was a long cold hour standing there but worth it. I go to honour and remember all the veterans but especially for my uncle, Frank Harvey Willett, who died in action right near the end of WWII at age 23. I painted this slate sign that hangs by our front door every November.


I parked the car right by our local scrapbook store and then walked to the cenotaph from there. They called me Wednesday to say my order was in. Yup, blew the budget again! I ordered two dies and picked up another one they had on sale. Next week I’ll have some new card ideas to share.

I do have a card to share today too. One of my sons-in-law has an aunt in Georgia that I’ve become Facebook friends with. She is such a nice person I’m sure we would be real friends if she lived near by. Anyway, she fell and broke her leg very badly and needed surgery and pins put in so I wanted to send her a thinking of you card. I wanted a card that was bright and cheerful. This is what I made.

I know she loves hummingbirds so I found this free digi stamp on the internet and printed it out. If you want free digi stamps just Google it, narrowing your search for want you want and then save them to your computer. They can be resized in any Word program but if you use a jet ink printer like I do, be careful of what you use to colour them. This one was done with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol (chalked sky) but I was very careful not to get too much gamsol on the black ink part. Experiment first please. Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flower and bird but it’s hard to see in the photo but it gives a nice shimmer in real life.

Anyway, once it was coloured it was die cut with my new stitched rectangle die and then glued to the green paper; then to a stitched die cut pink paper. Part of the background was a new technique for me. First I sponged pink, blue and yellow Distress inks all over a piece of white cardstock, blending them a bit and then I splattered water over it to get that lovely texture look. I’ve done this before I know but then I decided it needed something else so I grabbed a stencil – broken wire look – and used Distress Ink Broken China to sponge over it just here and there. Wow, did I ever like it. This was my experiment piece but it was a keeper.

I glued the coloured image on an angle and before gluing the background piece to the white card base I wrapped some light green glitter thread around the card three times; taped it at the back and then used a gem to hold it in the centre. I liked this card so much I made another one just like it for my own stash.


That’s all for a cold, windy, rainy November 11, 2016. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Don’t forget you are more than welcome to save any cards to your Pinterest account for future reference. Simply place the curser over the picture until the Pinterest save sign shows up in the top left corner and enter. This will take you to your Pinterest account. If it doesn’t work, please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks.




jinxxxygirl said...

Love this card Violet... I'm sure your son in law's aunt will love it too and it will cheer her up...... I managed not to break the budget this week in the craft .. just bought a few Prismacolor individual pencils... and found a great deal on Gamsol . It was $7.99 USD normally i got them for $2.87 USD !!! They only had two and i got them both..! Then i quick run into JoAnn's... do you have that store?? Well i thought the sale might have started but it starts Nov 13.... Embossing folders 5 for $10 USD... thats just $2 each! They do that sale every year i think and i've caught it the last couple years... Have quite the collection now but could use more die cuts..

As you know we had Veterans Day yesterday....A favorite restaurant here was giving free meals that day so we went...I have several Veterans in the family..Not WW2 Veterans but Veterans nontheless...father, brother,husband,daughter,son in law... lol. The military has always been a big part of our lives... kinda miss it now that i stop and think about it....... Hugs! deb

Borqna said...

I have the honor to invite you to participate here:


Let other people can see your art work!

Good luck!

Borqna said...

I know you've done this board before time
but until now it hasn't participated in any challenge!
I'm excited a lot of writing here in your blog / I saw the old posts too - Lest We Forget (2) /.

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ike said...

A very beautiful tribute. It is such a shame the weather was bad for you.
Your card is fabulous. Never mind about the budget hee hee :-D
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Sall said...

OH hunni, I cannot say how proud and glad I am you braved the weather to attend the Cenotaph. I love your slate and utter respect to your family and uncle. Thank you for taking the time to join in with our challenge and sharing your creativity with us, I love to see your talent and imagination at work. Love 'n' hugs Sall IkesWorld Challenges DT

Michelle said...

A very pretty hummingbird card - for a moment i thought you'd entered your lovely Remembrance sign into our challenge as that's what I saw in the thumbnail. i'm glad you managed to brave the weather to get to the service. Michelle - DT at Ike'sworld Challenge - Military.

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