Monday, September 29, 2014

Under the Weather



No, I’m not under the weather but I made a few cards for people who are and I have posted some down below!

It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend here with temperatures in the mid 70’sF and no cold wind blowing. We enjoyed a 25.5km bike ride on Saturday and a walk through Canatera Park on Sunday…..and then out for Chinese Food! All this exercise despite the fact that I'm having a rare arthritic attack to my right knee (at least I assume that is what it is)....which is quite odd seeing it is the left knee that has been damaged and I wear a knee brace on it to walk or bike. Saturday and Sunday I had a brace on both knees - so I wore long pants! Gotta keep the joint moving or it will seize up!  It's actually feeling better today so I guess moving it helped.

Today was my annual dentist check up……..yes, another ChaChing…but at least I have some coverage for this one. Things were going great and the hygienist was telling me how good everything looked and then she touched a filling – touched it – and it fell out. Okay, that was a first for me! Sure glad it didn’t fall out over the weekend! This poor tooth has been filled many times and the dentist is not sure he can fill again – not much tooth left! I told him I would worry about that when it happens and not before – no use borrowing trouble before you have to. But here is the second surprise – because the filling fell out at his office during an examination, he refilled it at no charge! Nice! So other than that one filling falling out, everything else is good for another year!

Last week I mentioned I got on a roll making Get Well and Thinking of You cards. I decided to stamp or print the images multiple times, colour them all at once and make similar cards – similar but not the same. Here is one card out of three similar ones. The images were all coloured with my alcohol makers.


 
For the blue card I matched a piece of left over blue to go behind the Spellbinder fancy label. The background is three pieces of left over paper glued together. I love using up left over bits for backgrounds. It adds interest instead one large piece, and it reduces the stash. The circle was added with a dimensional glue dot to give it some height.



Once again, I matched her clothes with some purple paper and used the same Spellbinder die to die cut them but this time I die cut the purple with the larger die than I used on the image.
 

Yes, I matched up the green clothes with some green paper as well and because the image was glued more towards the bottom of the card I added the circle near the top.

All three cards have different sayings inside as well.

Thunderstorms predicted tonight and tomorrow so I don’t think I’ll be going far tomorrow. 

That’s all for a fall Monday,

Cheers
Violet

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Winter Card on a Warm Fall Day



Summer weather continues today and will for the next week or so. It cools down at night though as a reminder that it is fall. Today was an expensive day. My sewing machine needed a good cleaning and some repairs to the tune of - $227.00….ChaChing! And then I had to pick up my new glasses - $250.00….ChaChing again. Oh well, if I’m going to quilt I need a sewing machine that works and glasses to see where I’m stitching!

Today’s card was made for the Stamping Bella challenge. I like to make birthday cards for little girls who have a winter birthday so that’s what I did.



This week we had to follow a sketch – not my favourite thing to do as I like to do my own thing but I followed it anyway. I wanted a square card and didn’t have any white pre-made ones so I made one in blue to match her coat. The image was coloured with my alcohol markers and Prismacolor pencils. I don’t have any alcohol makers for the flesh tones. I like the alcohol markers okay but I actually prefer the pencils. The other paper is from the stash.

That’s all for this week.

Cheers
Violet

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Bear Card



Summer weather has finally decided to come to Ontario! Why did it wait until September though? Our grass needed cutting again and it looks as green as it does in June. Beautiful, beautiful days right now.

I didn’t sleep well Tuesday night so I was very tired yesterday. So I spent the entire day down in the lower studio (aka the basement) making some Get Well and Thinking of You cards…and the weekly challenge card. A quilting friend of mine called to say one of her long time friends was going to be in the hospital for over 30 days and she wanted to send her many cards during her stay…and she wanted some funny ones and some nice ones…. and could I make some for her. Sure no problem! I had so much fun making them and I’ll post them another day.

A couple weeks ago another quilting friend called to ask me if I could make a personal card for her brother-in-law’s birthday. We discussed what his hobbies, etc. were so I would know what kind of a card to make when she mentioned that she had made him a gift bag with bears on it and she had a piece left over and could I use the bear on the card. Sure, no problem! I love a challenge. Here’s what I came up with.


Apparently Barry is the outdoorsy type; hence the bear. I started out with a piece of white cardstock and sponged Tumbled Glass Distress ink around the top half of the card and brown and green along the bottom half. Then I stamped the trees along the horizon line, adding small brushes by just using a paint brush and dabbing on Distress inks. I added some brown limbs on the tree the same way. The fabric with the bear was ironed onto fusible web, cut out and then ironed onto the card. The top left corner looked bare and the bear looked like he was watching something so I stamped some birds (Tim Holtz) in the corner.

The sentiment was stamped and then cut out using a Spellbinder die. It needed another layer but the next die was too large so I just traced the outside of the same die and then hand cut it. The Happy Birthday was from one stamp set and then Barry was stamped using small individual dies which were placed properly using my Stamp-A-MA- Jig. It looked “okay” at the point but I wasn’t all that happy with it. “Okay” just doesn’t do it for me! So, I hand cut some small leaves, painted them with various inks and arranged them around the bear and added some ferns punched out from a Martha Stewart punch. Whenever I have small bits of earth coloured green/brownish/reddish paper left over I just punch a few ferns and put them in a small drawer so I always have some on hand. Once they were added it was good to go. My friend loved the card and she is sure Barry will as well. Whew!

And that is all for a Thursday,
           
Cheers
Violet

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Orphange and a Card




Before I post the card of the day I want to tell you about an orphanage in Mexico that a friend of my daughter tries to raise money for. Last year he raised enough money to buy every child a bike and helmet. Things were going well for the orphanage until the hurricane hit Sept 14th and many of the buildings were destroyed. Adam is now trying to raise money to replace some of the buildings, including their sleeping arrangements.  Here is the link to read about the orphanage and the terrible damage the storm did. http://www.youcaring.com/other/rebuilding-the-orphanage-hurricane-relief-fund-la-paz-mx/237531

Even if you can’t spare a dime to help, could you please post this on your Facebook page in case others want to donate. Thanks.

And now the card. This card would be good for either a teenage boy or girl who is into music.


These are all Inkadinkado stamps which were embossed with black embossing powder and then Distress inks were sponged all around it. The stars in the four corners are brads which I attached first and then glued the card to the card base. Pretty quick card to put together actually.

This was another busy day and this lady is ready to flop down for the night so that’s it for a Tuesday!

Cheers
Violet






Monday, September 22, 2014

Two Cards Today



Last night was just one of those nights when the eyes would not close!....and for no apparent reason either which is even more annoying. Luckily we had a busy day today so it kept me awake. First thing this morning we had to go pick up my sister who returned from B.C. today – after four months away so we had to have breakfast out and get caught up….which didn’t take long on our end!!! Then it was a trip to the library – yes again – then I had to order new glasses – stopped at Michaels to get some cards and envelopes and managed to pick up some dies on sale and the long skinny platforms for the Big Shot that was on sale for $7.00…and then groceries…and then my BFF stopped in for a visit….and now it’s after 4:00 in the afternoon. Tonight is going to be a do nothing night I think!

Saturday we headed out to Point Pelee National Park because the Monarchs and the Blue Jays and other raptors are heading south. Point Pelee reported over 2,000 Monarchs twice last week which is a sight to see. We’ve seen close to 1,000 a few years ago but not that many recently. So we walked the trails – 10,051 steps – and we saw…..zero Monarchs…..zero Blue Jays….and I took…..zero pictures. First time ever we have gone to Point Pelee and not taken a single photo. We did see one Great Blue Heron but he was out in the middle of the marsh and after taken pictures of one from about 15 feet away (click on Birds and Nature under Labels to view them) I had no interest in trying to get a good shot of that one. So, other than lots of exercise it was a bit disappointing.

Yesterday I did get a few cards finished up. I’m posting two of them today because it is the same image and the cards are similar.I love this image! It is perfect for a get well card for either a man or a woman. Not too much colouring was needed on them.
 

For this card I found a piece of paper in the stash that looked good with the red label (Spellbinders) and attached it…I fixed the crooked part which I noticed when I downloaded the photos… the bakers twine was wrapped around the card and then I tied on the tag which was die cut from a QuicKutz die and while it was still in the die I ran a red pen around the edge.



Same Spellbinder labels for this card but to use up the bit of leftover paper from the first card I had just enough to get a diagonal cut which I placed on the top of the card base. The gold lines are stickers and the sentiment was stamped right on the front of the card.   Both cards were pretty quick and easy to complete.

That’s all for a Monday,

 Cheers
Violet



Friday, September 19, 2014

A Christmas Card on a Warm Fall Day



What a beautiful day today! It was still a bit cool this morning but by 11:00 we were outside doing the weekly yard work and it was getting much warmer. We’re still running the furnace at night but turning it off as soon as we get up as it gets very cold during the night. I even got the big front windows and the front door washed and the garden well watered. Now that the work is done I can get back to the fun stuff, like quilting and card making!

Speaking of cards, Stamping Bella’s challenge last week was colour choices and it seemed to confuse a lot of people because I’m the only that submitted a card – odd! Here’s mine:


The colours in the challenge were muted shades of grey and brown. Mine is not exactly those colours but close and Stamping Bella is not that picky about being spot on. I need to get some more colours that I'm missing but so far I haven't found them locally. 

I love this image…so darn cute. I had it all coloured except the scarf and dress for the girl on the right and I just decided that it needed a bit of oomph! It was just getting too dark and dreary for a Christmas card so I coloured them in that pretty blue. Of course, I did all the colouring (Prismacolor Pencils by the way) before I picked out the paper but luckily I had just the perfect colour blue in the stash! Love it when that happens! 

The background paper came from a nice 12x12 paper pack from the dollar store and I had used some of it for other cards and this piece still in the stash so I thought it would look like a nice Winter background look with the white branches. I did flick some white paint over the rest of it too look like snow. Hard to see in the photo but they are there. Once assembled I die cut the banner and then added the sentiment, binding it just a wee bit to fit the curve on the banner. The banner is adhered with dimensional glue dots. One more Christmas card in the pile!

That’s all for a Friday,

Cheers
Violet


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vellum Card Number Three



I’ve been trying to reduce my various stashes – especially the fabric one because they take up so much room. The scrap quilts have been replacing the stashes! I love making scrappy quilts. So, yesterday I pulled out a bag full of fabric and opened it up and lo and behold it was a half made project – but not one of mine. Last year one of our beloved quilt members who own a quilt shop died and her family had a huge sale to wind down her business. They were getting rid of everything they could and I was very good and did not buy a lot of fabric but there was one of those five-drawer plastic stands and it had some odds and ends of fabric in it and she said she wanted $5.00 for it – SOLD! I had one of these from Michaels and I really wanted another one for my paper stash and $5.00 was a bargain. It was missing a couple of the drawers so she threw in the fabric. Well someone had started a lovely quilt but didn’t finish it and there was not enough to finish one row by one block. I had removed it and threw it in with my own stash of half-made projects and forgot about until yesterday.

I was missing a tiny bit of fabric to make one small block to complete a row. So, I took one of the blocks with me to the quilt guild meeting to see if anyone had a piece of this fabric in their stash. Turns out one did and I went to pick it up today and what do you know – she had some of the same quilt but only a few pieces. Somehow it got separated but quilters hate to throw out fabric so we both kept the bits we had. Didn’t matter! I was able to finish the one row on the bit I had and to add a row using her leftovers and mine. I’ll have to add some borders to make it big enough for a lap quilt but I’m sure I can find enough in my stash for that. So, that’s what I was working on this afternoon – trying to figure out the pattern so everything fit….much easier when you have a pattern!

Now for the card of the day. This is card number three using vellum. To recap in case you missed the last two posting, (scroll down if you did) for the first card I had to come up with a clever way to secure vellum on top of the card base without glue – done! On yesterday’s card I discovered that the cheap glue runner from our local dollar store is invisible under vellum. So, today’s card features the entire vellum top glued to the card base with that cheap glue runner. Proof positive it works.



Same procedure as the other two cards – stamped the Inkadinkado stamps with Versamark and then embossed them with white embossing powder. Then various Distress inks were sponged over the top and water droplets were thrown on top to create a mottled look. Then I took the plunge and ran the glue runner along all four sides of a piece of vellum and placed it over top…..no glue showing -  whew!  I stamped the sentiment with Archival ink.

I’m loving these cards covered with vellum! I think these are great for either birthday, thinking of you, sympathy and get well cards.

That’s all for a Thursday,

Cheers
Violet

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Living in a Desert????



I feel like we are living in the desert! The weather dips down to about 5ºC (about 41ºF) at night but gets very warm during the day – mid to high 60’s. Okay, not quite desert temperatures during the day but you get the drift. We have to turn the furnace on at night (only at 66F) because the other morning it was just above 60 which was getting a little too chilly for me. As soon as I get up it gets turned off though because it warms up very quickly as soon as the sun comes out. 

Only a very few trees are starting to turn colour yet but it probably won’t be long. We had a nice hour long walk along Mud Creek after lunch and saw a 2 Blue Herons, an Egret, a Cormorant and several hundred ducks and geese. Let’s just say we had to watch where we walk!

Today’s card is the one that I made that revealed the type of glue to use with vellum.



More Inkadinkado stamps stamped on white cardstock with Versamark and embossed with in white. Then Distress inks were sponged over the top and of course the embossed area resists the ink…except I do rub a clean cloth over the embossed areas to remove any ink that might linger there. This time I splattered some water on and it reacts to the Distress inks and makes a lovely background even better. 

So I decided to hold the vellum in place by adding the strips of ribbon in opposite corners and if adhesive is under those strips, it won’t show. The closest adhesive to me was the one I use the most on cards that comes from Dollarama (a dollar store in Ontario). I use this one on cards and not scrapbooking even though it says “acid free”….it costs a $1.00 or maybe up to $1.25 now so how acid free is it compared to the ones that cost $8 or $9??? I take no chances so I use Zip Dry glue for scrapbooking. Anyway, I ran the adhesive across the top and bottom of the card and placed the vellum on top and lo and behold, I couldn’t see the glue! What? Glue always shows through – even the expensive one made for vellum which I hate because it gums up and never comes off straight. I waited and waited…nope, no glue showing. The ribbon ends were still attached but only for decoration. The sentiment was stamped on the vellum with Archival ink….not all ink will dry on vellum but Archival Ink and Stazon does. So there you go. A very inexpensive adhesive that is invisible under vellum.......... You’re welcome!

Tonight is quilt guild night! We are having a trunk show tonight so that should be good to get the quilting vibes inspired.

That’s all for a Wednesday,

Cheers
Violet

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Vellum Card



Not too much happening to report so this will be a short post. Today’s card will be featuring vellum which I seldom use, until now….I’ve caught the vellum bug!  Here’s the card.

First the image, Inkadinkado I think, was stamped on white cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Then several Distress inks were sponged over the image which really made it pop. There was a piece of very pale blue vellum in the package so I decided to use that. To get the fancy oval (Spellbinders) die cut twice and then lining them up to match seemed like too much effort so I laid the vellum over the image and ran both at once through the Big Shot. Brilliant idea! They fit together perfectly! Oh, oh, wait a minute O’ Brilliant One. How are you going to stop the vellum die cut piece from popping off?? This was not quite as brilliant as I thought. So, after thinking about it the only thing that made sense to do was to use sequins and beads to hold them together. Easy peasy! I just punched some holes where I wanted the sequins to be, threaded a needle and went through the back, into the sequin, into a clear bead, back through the sequin to the back and taped it off. Problem solved and it looks great. After I finished patting myself on the back, I glued the oval to a light blue card base. To match the ink around the image I sponged a little bit of pink and yellow on the vellum before gluing it down.

I loved playing with the vellum and I accidently found an inexpensive glue that is invisible under vellum – but you will have to check back for that hint as it’s on another card that will be posted later in the week.

Cheers
Violet


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Hawk!



No card today but I have some great photos of a Broad-winged Hawk to share.  I took these at Point Pelee National Park at the DeLaurier Trail on Sunday. It was a perfect day for a walk and so nice to be out in the fresh air. We were hoping to see a few hundred Blue Jays flying by and even some Monarchs but no Jays and only a few Monarchs were around....the Hawk made up for that.

According to Sarah Rupert, one of the park's staff, these Broad-winged hawks are only in this area for a short time and they are usually soaring high above and they seldom see one sitting on a branch. She requested that I post this on their Facebook page which I will do.

Here are the best four photos of the hawk. For a better look, double click on the photo to enlarge it.







 To see other bird and nature postings, just look under "Labels" click on "Birds and Nature" and that will bring up only those postings, skipping cards, scrapbooking, quilts and other crafts.
 


Cheers
Violet




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