Monday, November 30, 2015

A Special Card for a Special Friend

This was such a busy day I almost forgot to post my card. First a catch up - Saturday morning I went to help teach kids how to quilt – collaboration between the Kiwanis Club and the library who then asked the quilt guild to do the teaching….of course, we said yes. We have 10 kids, 9 girls and one boy. We all have a good time and I think its important to give back so I volunteer whenever I can.

I was surprised on Sunday morning while getting ready for church to hear a car door slam and something hitting the front porch. By the time I got to the door there was no car in the driveway so I figured someone must be at the neighbours but I opened the door anyway……. and there was a large box from Chapters/Indigo. I had no idea that the delivery people delivered on Sunday. Glad we hadn’t left yet. My grandchildren just want Lego and books for Christmas so ordering on-line was easier.

The temperatures have been just around the freezing mark since Friday night but we put on our heavy coats this morning and went for an hour’s walk. This afternoon I cleaned the bathrooms and then went back to my quilting. After supper I was finishing up some cards and then watched the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Edmonton. When the game ended, it finally dawned on me that I hadn’t posted my card.

A quilting friend just got some very bad health news and I wanted a special card for her. This is what I made. Ignore the light splotch on the top left corner – its just a reflection.

To create this card you must use good quality glossy cardstock. Stamp the images (Stampin’ Up – Serene Silhouettes and the sentiment is a ?) you want ghosted with Resist Ink. Once it is dry (takes just a few minutes but I like to zap it with a heat tool to be extra sure) ink up a brayer with ink from a multi ink pad – I used Rangers Big and Juicy – which I like except it does not have dividers like some makes so the ink runs together. There is no pink ink left at all. Run the brayer over the card – I like to go back and forth and up and down – everyone has their own technique. Just keep braying until you like it. Then take a clean cloth and gently rub over the images in case some ink is lying on top. Once it was cut to size I ran a dauber with blue ink along the edges – I hate white edges. Then I glued it to the light teal colour and wrapped some glitter thread around it. The card base was made with the darker teal with the fold at the top and the bottom of it was embossed with a Spellbinder’s curved border die…sorry my name is covering it….it does look pretty though. Once it was finished I decided it needed some sequins so I added 5….I pretty much always do an uneven number of embellishments.

That’s all for a late post on a Monday, November-30-15





Friday, November 27, 2015

A Warm and Rainy Day.....and a Card

Well they weren’t kidding when they said it was going to rain today – rain it did, all day and still raining. Walking outside was not going to happen today so we made ourselves go to the arena and walked around there for 16 laps – which is 2 miles. My daughter gave Joe a pedometer last year for Christmas and we often wondered how accurate it was. We always felt like we walked more than it registered. So today he wore the pedometer and sure enough, we walked 2 miles and it registered 1.2 miles. Yikes! That is way off. I’ve emailed the company asking how to reset it but no reply yet.

Today’s card is yet another, water coloured Christmas card.

The bottom was covered with a piece of torn copy paper to keep it white. Once again the background was wet with a brush and then I spread water colour paints over the wet area and let them blend together. Once it was dry I splattered white acrylic paint all over it. This time I used the same purple ink that the trees (Inkadinkado) were stamped in (stamped twice right beside each other so it fit the entire card) to blend into the snow bank to look like shadows. Then I used light blue paint to paint in some snow drifts. The sentiment is from HOTP and it was stamped in the same purple ink. Before gluing it to the card base three strands of glitter ribbon was wrapped around the card and a gem was added where they cross.

That’s all for a very wet, but warm, Friday, November-27-15. Have a great weekend everyone.





Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving and a Card

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Hope you are all having a wonderful day. Canada’s Thanksgiving is in October so turkeys are safe in Canada today….always safe in our house because we are vegetarians!!!

We had another just over an hour cool walk again this morning. The wind was really strong sometimes and I could barely walk forward….which Joe found very funny by the way. This afternoon I accompanied my sister to the surgeon’s for an update on the lump removed from her breast only to find out there was a wee bit of cancer there as well so now more surgery to remove at least one lymph node and about 6 weeks of radiation. Darn cancer! So thankful to live in Canada so we don’t have to worry about medical bills…all paid for automatically…no arguments with insurance companies. All prayers for Bette from all religions are appreciated. She’s a trooper so she’ll get through this just fine.

Today’s card is yet another experiment! It turned, well, okay, I guess.

This is another old Magnolia stamp, coloured with Prismacolor pencils and gamsol (still my favourite) and then cut out. The top of the card was stamped with a Hero Arts stamp with VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. Then I went over it with some blue ink, wiping any access of the top of the snowflakes. The bottom of the card is from the stash and I liked the dots and swirls in it. I ripped the top edge to form the snow bank and then added some light blue water colour paint along the edge to define it a bit more. The boy on the sled was attached with dimensional glue dots. The sentiment was die cut with a Memory Box die and just glued on. I needed to tie in the dark blue of the sentiment to the top so I punched three snowflakes from the same cardstock (Stampin’ Up) and glued them on the top. I liked it much better then.

That’s all for a cool, windy Thursday,






Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Monochromatic Pink Card

Not much to report today…same old, same old…went for a walk and did some quilting and card making so all in all, a very pleasant day. So I’ll get right to the post which qualifies for this challenge:

The challenge was to make a monochromatic card – but white was allowed as well.

This is another Magnolia stamp that was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, blended with gamsol. The ovals, circle and snowflake are Spellbinder dies. The background paper was from my stash and I used because I liked the swirls – it reminded me of the marks skate make on ice. I die cut one extra circle in white and added the sentiment – which started out as a silver peel-off but I stamped some pink Alcohol Ink on it to change the colour.

That’s all for a lovely but cool Wednesday,




Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Water Coloured Christmas Card

Cooler days are here to stay apparently. Temperatures are hovering around the freezing mark…0C, 32F…with rain expected later in the week. Joe decided to get out of the house today for the first time since being sick, other than one car ride last week, to try out his stamina. So we did several errands, got groceries, lunch out, went to Walmart and got some pictures printed….10¢ for each 4x6 print…but you have to go into the store and use their machines and wait for an hour to get them. No big deal for us. We went and had lunch and then went to Michaels with two 50% off one item coupons. I got a bundle of quilt batting and Joe got a package of 5 blades for my rotary cutter…..he rolls his eyes every time I ask him to use a coupon for me but being the great hubby he is, he does it. I also picked up a stamp set that I’ve been eyeing….they were all 50% off today but I only got the one set. Then back to Walmart to get the cards and finally home! He did fine so he's a little less worried about relapsing now.

Today’s card is another one of the hand painted backgrounds that I did.

This time I ripped a piece of copy paper and held it on an angle while I splashed water colour paint on the rest of the card – water colour paper was used. Once it was try I used some blue water colour paint to paint in some snow drifts. Then I splattered thinned down white acrylic paint over it to create the snowflakes.

The trees were stamped in purple ink, three times without re-inking. After the first tree was inked I placed some scrap paper on the horizon line to make that tree shorter, and the next one even shorter. Then I  spread some of the water colour paint under the trees to form the ground. The snowflake was die cut from left over water coloured paper with a Spellbinder’s die and a gem added in the centre. The sentiment was stamped with the same purple ink as the trees. Before gluing the card to the card base, I wrapped some sparkly purple thread around the card. I needed a little something else so I added the gem where the threads crossed. Love how different each of these cards turn out.

That’s all for a cool Tuesday,





Monday, November 23, 2015

Blue and White Chirstmas Cards

Well we did get some snow (ugh) on the weekend but it only stayed on the grass. The paved roads were warm enough that it melted right away. We are having a few snow flurries as I type this late Monday afternoon but it will not likely amount to much. More rain is on the way so the snow will be gone once again.

This was a very busy day! It was quilting day at the church where we make comfort quilts for kids with cancer and for those in our own community that are sick or undergoing some personal problems. It’s a fun day, but tiring just the same. Saturday morning I helped teach some children to quilt at the library, a partnership venture between the Kiwanis club and the library and of course us quilters. The kids (one boy, the rest girls) were well behaved and really enjoyed learning something new. Three more Saturdays to go!  

Today’s card meets the requirements for these challenges.

 Here’s my card:

This time, before die cutting the white background with my new Spellbinder’s die, I ran the pale blue cardstock through the Big Shot with a Snowflake embossing folder. Once both the background and the blue swirl were die cut, I placed the blue swirl into where the white came out of – taped on the back to hold it in place before I glued it all to the blue card base – same cardstock as the swirl – Stampin’ Up cardstock but not sure what colour – Almost Navy I think. Then I die cut a large snowflake (Spellbinders die again) and glued it on. The sentiment and the little silver snowflakes are peel-offs. It’s amazing how many different looks you can get from this one die. Love it!

That’s all for a snowy Monday, November-23-15







Friday, November 20, 2015

A Very Purple Card

The weather is more like the typical November weather now – cool and windy with rain and perhaps snow for the weekend. While Joe has been recuperating, I’ve been quilting during the day, card making at night. I have one quilt top finished, except for a dark brown border…..which I still have to buy the fabric for….and I’ve started cutting out a blue one. Tomorrow I will be busy helping to teach some kids to quilt at the library…this should be interesting!

So, not much happening around here so I’ll get right to the card I’m posting.

I really like how this card turned out – so pretty! The stamped image is another old Magnolia image and it was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, blended with gamsol and Wink of Stella added to her dress. All the dies are from Spellbinders. The back ground is just very light purple and once everything was glued down, it was then glued to the white square card base. I tied the bow and had a small piece left over so I added it to the top left corner before gluing the stamped image on. The border is from a piece of cardstock and I simply cut a piece off and then trimmed each hexagon before gluing it down. The sentiment is a peel-off.
According to the Magnolia website, a small white dot should be added to each cheek to bring the eye to the face……it does work, but do I like it? Hmmm, not sure. Did you immediately look at her face? or did you not even notice? Let me know what you think. The jury is out on this one.

That’s all for a cool, windy Friday, November-20-15




Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Silver Reindeer Card

We had our annual Quilt Guild Christmas party last night and it was so enjoyable. We just do a potluck of appetizers and/or desserts….lots of door prizes….and I won one of them – a set of quilted coasters and two fabric gift card holders…..and they had a group of the Sweet Adeline’s - 16 ladies from the Windsor area - who came and sang some songs. In case you are not familiar with the Sweet Adeline’s they are the female version of Barbershop type of singing - no music...they were good and we enjoyed them. Joe told me in the afternoon that he bets the quilt guild’s Christmas party is the only one in town that ends so early everyone is home by 9:00….he was right. I was home at 8:50! Party animals we are NOT.

Today’s card is another Christmas card using one of my new dies. It qualifies for this week’s challenge at:

and this one: always playing with paper challenge.
This Spellbinder die has so many possibilities and is not limited to just one type of card – which I like. So I simply die cut the snowflake cardstock and some white cardstock and switched the die cut elements. Two cards from the two passes. For this one I used silver peel-offs to decorate the white swirl. I liked the reindeer jumping in the middle of the large circle. The sentiment was easy to bend to fit into the top of the swirl. A couple of silver stars and snowflakes were added and then it was blued to a white card base.

That’s all for a windy, cooler Thursday,









Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Busy Day....and a Card

This has been a busy day so far and only going to get busier so I thought I’d better take a few minutes to post my card. By the way, the long wait in traffic yesterday was because they were moving a very large building….built as an inn in 1880…to its new home location so it didn’t get torn down....which is great! We heard they were moving a building but only heard the name of the road it was coming from…not to where it was going! We must pay more attention to these things.

Today’s card is another water colour Christmas card.
First a piece of plain paper was torn and held down by removable tape to create the snow drift….it doesn’t show well in the photo, but in real life there are blue shadows to create the snow drift affect.

The sky background was then wet with plain water with a paint brush and then water colour paint was added and blended. Once it was dry white paint was splattered over it for the snow flakes. The tree stamp is from Stampin’ Up – Serene Silhouettes – and the sentiment is from another word set. The snowflake was die cut from left over water coloured paper with a Spellbinder die. The shiny strings were wrapped around first and then the snowflake was glued on top. I love making these cards....each sky turns out completely different.

That’s all for a typical windy fall day in Ontario.




Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Winter's Birthday Card

We are still receiving some nice weather here in Ontario – in the 60’sF – which is rare for November. Last year at this time we had a major, messy snowstorm come through. I only know that because I didn’t get to go to the quilt guild meeting last year. They are saying we could get some messy rain/snow on the weekend but it doesn’t sound like the snow will stick around – which suits me just fine.

Joe continues to feel better. In fact today he really wanted to leave the house for awhile – first time in about 10 days. So we had a couple small errands to run so he said he would drive and I could run in and do the business part. Okay, off we go, figured it wouldn’t take any more than about an hour to complete the two stops. One stop was to pay for the furnace repair and the company is out of town…by about a 20 minute drive. Oh oh, as we pulled onto Communication road it was bumper to bumper traffic south and no traffic north. This is not good. Personally, I would have turned around but I wasn’t driving. We waited in traffic for at least 40 minutes, creeping ahead now and then, until we finally got to another cross road and we could get out of it. Long detour through the country to get to where we needed to go but we made it. Needless to say we took a different route home. Not sure what the problem was that held up traffic as we never did get close enough to find out. The other stop was uneventful thank goodness so I was able to get some quilting done this afternoon. 

I did get a few more cards finished last night. This one is a birthday card for a little girl’s winter birthday.

I know most people would have made it into a Christmas card but I decided to make it a birthday card. This is an old Magnolia image, coloured with Prismacolor pencils (I still don’t like alcohol markers much) and Wink of Stella added to her dress and hat. The fur on the hat and the pompom at the end of it were flocked.

I happen to love blue, especially these pretty blue colours, so I die cut the image with a Spellbinder’s die, added a skinny blue border, than glued it to the bigger Spellbinder die cut rectangle. The background was a piece of white cardstock that I ran through an embossing folder of snowflakes. The snowflake in the top left corner was die cut (Spellbinders) from a piece of the same blue as the thin border behind the image – but it was just paper, not cardstock, so I glued it to a piece of cardstock before running it through the Big Shot. The bow and ribbon came from the shoe warehouse and they happened to match the paper. A gem was added under the bow.

And that is all for a lovely, but slightly cooler than yesterday, Tuesday,



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