Friday, December 19, 2014

One Last Christmas Card



Here’s a few updates:

I’m still quilting as fast as I can to get as many quilts done as I can but I ran into a small problem this afternoon. All of a sudden my sewing machine started acting weird. First the thread was unravelling around the needle after only stitching about a foot so I thought I needed a new needle; didn’t help; in fact it quit stitching altogether. I changed the needle three time and the thread and bobbin three times; would not stitch. I called our local BabyLock dealer, R.B. Fabrics, and Rick, the owner and sewing machine repairer was in and he asked me to bring it in right away. It was after 4:00 but I took it right up and he was able to fix the bobbin carriage – again – but warned me that it will soon have to be replaced – cha ching! – over $100 for one. Unfortunatley while he was testing the machine the needle hit the foot, bent the needle and broke the foot! AAHHHGG my favourite 1/4” foot broken! He has no idea why it did that and didn’t know if the foot was split and it broke first or not but he had another one in stock and replaced it – free of charge. In fact, he didn’t even charge me for fixing the sewing machine either. I offered to pay half the cost of the foot but he cut me off and said no charge and Merry Christmas! Nice! Got back home and was able to finish another quilt!

Sore throat update – I thought it was a wee bit better today and I had almost a normal voice instead of sounding like I had laryngitis but by supper time it was getting sorer and it’s quite sore tonight and no voice again…(insert big sigh here). Hopefully it’s just a minor set back.

Winnings – I mentioned that I won the Tim Holtz fabric and some goodies from Pink Fresh Studio and $70 worth of ribbon from May Arts. Well, the embellishments from Pink Fresh were fine – a little too much pink for someone with 4 grandsons but I may use them when I get around to scrapping my daughter’s early years. It was the ribbon that I found amusing. When I was told I had won $70 worth of ribbon I was picturing, 40, maybe even 50, spools of ribbon. Here’s what I received:



Yes, three rolls. It is very nice ribbon but obviously I’m used to buying ribbon from the dollar stores or the $1 bin at Michaels! This ribbon has adhesive on the back so that’s why it costs more but wow, is that expensive ribbon. The banner shaped one is actually navy blue and the aqua one is very pretty and I’ll use them for sure. Here’s a close up of the aqua one.


The sequin heart ribbon roll costs $30.00 retail; the other two must cost $20.00 each. I’m not sure I’ll ever use the heart ribbon and it may very well get donated. I don’t make valentine cards. I did try die cutting them and I put the experiments beside the roll but they really didn’t die cut that well.
 
Christmas Card Update:
I thought I had posted all my Christmas cards but I forgot about this one. Last Sunday those of us, who are part of the Church’s pastoral care team, take the poinsettias from the sanctuary to deliver to the shut-ins that we visit. On Saturday night it dawned upon me that I had not made any cards for the people I visit at a nearby nursing home so I went down to the lower studio and got to work. If you are a regular reader of my blog you will know that I seldom ever make two cards the same but the nursing home residents are the exception. I always make their cards exactly the same each year. Here’s what I came up with this year.


It didn’t photograph very well but it was the only photo I took and I was in a hurry to get the poinsettias delivered. This was made from a Cuttlebug embossing folder and I just embossed the very front of the card base. I added glitter to each snowflake and the roof tops of all the houses. The sentiment was stamped lightly with light silver ink (sentiment from Hero Arts) and then I went over it with a silver sparkle pen from Sakura. The ladies loved them! I don’t have any men to visit right now but this would have done fine for them too if I had any.

This really is the last Christmas card to post this year. I’ll start making them again in January for next year though.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and that’s all for a Friday,

Cheers
Violet

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Flashback Thursday

On Thursday’s on Facebook they have a thing where you post older pictures of yourself. I thought I would take that idea and post a couple of dolls that I made and posted on my very first post. The first one is a Victorian Father Christmas doll that I actually made for myself.

 
Pretty easy to see why I refer to it as a Victorian Father Christmas. The stick he’s holding is a piece of doweling that I painted and then wrapped the greenery and ribbon around it. The horn came from one of the discount craft stores and I added small roses to it as well. I loved making this doll.  I made one similar to this for one of my daughters but she wanted a Father Christmas that was a Woodland one, all done in brown tones so that’s what I made….. but I forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it to her.

Last month I won a prize from Tim Holtz and it was some of his fabric. I had no idea what I was going to do with it until I pulled out my Father Christmas doll last week and all of a sudden I had this idea to make another doll but this one is going to be a Peddler of sewing and quilting supplies. He will have a brown beard and brown hair and his clothes will be pieced from the Tim Holtz fabric I won. His wife must be a quilter, right! I can’t wait to get started on it but it will have to be in January as I’m still trying to get some quilts finished.

One of my other daughters wanted a doll but she wanted a wizard…..and her favourite colour has always been purple, so I made her one too.
 
I used the same pattern but with a totally different look. The face comes plain and you have to add your own beard and hair. I wanted his staff to have a fancy top so I glued on….are you ready for this….the plastic ball from a used roll-on deodorant (washed of course) and then added a heavy layer of Aileen’s tacky glue and then rolled it in small beads and glitter. My daughter laughed like crazy when I told her what the top was made from. She loves it.

There are a couple of other dolls I’ve made but I’ll post them another day.

That’s all for a Thursday.
 

Cheers

Violet

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Snowman Christmas Card



Another busy day quilting, got some groceries, and did a little housework today along with a nice cup of tea and visit with my sister. I love being retired. On the sad note, I have a wee bit of a sore throat again today and I’m hoping and praying that it is just a dry throat and not the strep throat coming back. My voice was pretty much back to normal on Sunday but that was short lived with it sounding like I have laryngitis since then…and today the sore throat. Hurry spring! I can’t take much more of this winter!

Speaking of winter, this is my last Christmas card to post. This one was sent to my youngest grandson who is 4 and he loved it.


Pretty much traditional Christmas colours and papers on this one. Paper is from the stash. Squares were die cut from Spellbinder’s square and scalloped square die sets. The image was coloured with alcohol markers. Not much colouring on this one! I added glitter to his hat trim and all around him and on him to look like snow falling. Because Finn is only 4, I stayed away from anything he could pick off and drop. I wouldn’t want one of his dogs to eat and have digestive problems from ribbon or buttons.

That’s all for a Wednesday,

Cheers
Violet

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Another Teal Card



Well this was a long day! I woke up at 5:20 and absolutely could not get back to sleep so I gave up at 5:30 and got up. By 6:15 I had had breakfast and a coffee and read through the paper. Joe of course was still sound asleep so I had to be quiet. I could have read but instead I decided to get busy and cut strips for my next quilt project. I needed 84, 1 ½ x 6.50 inch strips and 84 1 ½ x 8.50 inch strips. That’s a lot of strips but I had them all cut and ready to go by the time Joe woke up. There was no walk for us today as it was drizzling rain most of the day so I got all those strips sewn to my blocks. I sure got a lot done but I must admit the early morning is catching up with me and I’m starting to wilt!

Do any of you read Tim Holtz blog? Man, can that guy create! I love his projects. Of course it helps that he has all his supplies at his fingertips! Wouldn’t it be great to have a studio like his! I only have a couple of his dies and some early stamps and I use them all the time but I sure wish I had more. I’m liking a lot of the early Christmas dies he had – like the Victorian man with the wreath and the old lamp post. These are definitely on my wish list….along with some Distress Stain and markers!

Before I post today’s card I want to remind you that if you are more interested in mixed media work, art journal pages, scrapbooking or quilting, just go over to LABELS and click on the heading of what interests you the most and it will open only those posts. Double click on any picture to enlarge it.

This is another Christmas card in teal and I made it for my one and only granddaughter. She has rescue dogs as well and one of them looks like the dog in this image, which I got off the Internet on a free site so I have no idea who made it. I think I'll enter it into the Christmas card challenge that I entered the one I posted yesterday in. I think they allow three from one person.
 

Once again the paper is from the stash and the image was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. Glitter was added to the fur. The blue and yellow around the image is chalk. All the dies are from Spellbinders. The card base is from a package from Michaels. I really like this Spellbinder’s fancy square die set but the one corner on the white layer doesn’t want to cut cleanly no matter what I do. I have to run that one corner through the Big Shot about 6 times before it cuts through.

That’s all for a rainy Tuesday, December-16-14

Cheers
Violet

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Teal Christmas Card



We just had very mild temperatures over the weekend for December in Ontario with it getting up around 50F during the day – damp and cloudy during the day and foggy at night though. Yesterday was a very busy day for us. First we went to church (I’ve finally declared myself well enough to go out in public); had lunch out; went back and picked up the poinsettias from the church and I got them all delivered to the nursing home and then drove out to Erieau looking for the Snowy Owls. There were nine of them there two weeks ago but I was too sick to go see them. We didn’t find any yesterday. When I got home and turned on the computer and checked the birding blogs I found out that they are now found near Wallaceburg – totally opposite direction from Erieau! Joe had a good laugh about it but I was a bit disappointed. I guess I should have checked the Internet first! Oh well, he says we will try another day to find them. Then after a light supper we decided to take in a hockey game. It was a busy but fun day for sure! Today is still overcast and damp but we did get an hour’s walk in this morning. My first walk in three weeks and I’m a wee bit tired this afternoon but instead of lying down I’m quilting.

Today’s card is one I made for my oldest grandson who is 15 and loves cats. He helps his mom doing dog rescues but he’s really a cat person. I think this one is eligible for the contest over at: http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com. I’m posting it there anyway so I hope they accept it.
 


I love this light teal colour. As you can probably tell I tend to stay away from red and green for Christmas cards and I’m not sure why. I do make some in the traditional colours, especially for the young children, but quite often I don’t. This is a Stamping Bella stamp and I believe it is still available. It was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. The paper is from the stash. Glitter was added to the hat trim. The card base is from a pack from Michaels and comes with that shape. I sometimes put a strip of the same paper on the inside but this designer paper was double sided so I decided to put the opposite side down and I really like the contrast. I think I’ll do that more often.

And that’s all for a Monday,

Cheers
Violet

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Angel in a Jfar



This is actually a re-post from 2011! In case you are new to my blog I thought I would post this again. It was a fun and quite easy project. I just can't believe it was 2011 that I made it. Time goes by fast. To find the instructions on how to make this, just click first on LABELS and then on ANGELS and it is the second one that opens.

Have fun and make it your own! No need to follow mine instructions exactly because I just made it up as I went along using things I had on hand.



 Cheers
Violet

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Old Car Stamp



I decided to leave the house today and run some errands. I did most of my shopping on line this year because I just didn’t feel up to shopping in stores….besides, living in a small town means, less choice! We draw names for the adults and just buy for the kids anyway so it’s not a huge shopping list. We all agreed that it is the get-together good times we have that we enjoy more than the gifts so we have pretty much taken the commercialization of Christmas out of it.

I do have three more Christmas cards to post but this time I decided it was time to post a birthday card for a man. I’m having less trouble making these now that I have a few stamps geared toward men….especially the Tim Holtz stamps. This card features one of his stamps.
 


Using up more paper from the stash is such a good feeling! I just grabbed my bag of green left over paper and pulled out the ones that matched and yet provided some contrast at the same time. The old car was stamped with some Distress ink because I wanted that blotchy look. I think the sentiment is from a Hot Off the Press stamp set. I’m glad I bought up some of those small acrylic dew drops when they were on sale because I haven’t seen them in the stores for over a year and they do add a bit of sparkle to a card – even for a man.

That’s all for a Friday. Have a great weekend everyone.

Cheers
Violet


Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Seize the Birthday Card



I took a week off from blogging while I was sick and I need to be retrained! It was after 11:00 last night before I realized I hadn’t posted my card but it was off to bed instead of posting. Today I thought I would post a card I made for the challenge at Seize the Birthday blog.



I love the different shades of orange on this card. It all started by die cutting the large fancy rectangle from a Spellbinder’s die and stamping on the butterfly (Inkadinkado stamp) and embossing it in black. The openings on the butterfly’s wings were coloured with Tombow markers and then I added some colour to the trail. It was okay but needed more bling so I added some clear gems here and there on the trail and a large oval pearl for the butterfly body. Not sure what company the sentiment came from but it was stamped and embossed as well. It needed something along the side so I die cut the scalloped edge and then the top one and glued them to the left side. I was going to add a bow but decided I liked it just the way it was and quit. Sometimes more is just too much!

That’s all for a Thursday. The dreaded virus or what ever it is I have refuses to leave completely but is getting a bit better each day.

Cheers
Violet

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Purple Christmas Card?



Even though it was drizzling rain early this morning I decided I just had to get out of the house for a bit. Other than a trip to the doctor’s last week, I haven’t left the house for over two weeks. So, we set out to run some errands, the usual; library; took egg cartons to the food bank; had to pick up my ring at the jewellers; groceries and done! Oh was I done! Man, no exercise and being sick sure took the stamina away from me. We opted to have a quick lunch at Tim Horton’s before going home so I wouldn’t have to cook. We enjoy their soup so it was an easy yes from me to go there. I did pop next door to Michaels to get some quilting pins but they were too expensive without a coupon and this Michaels will not give you a coupon once you are in the store. They handed me their latest flyer with “VOID” written over the coupon – bye Michaels, you are too expensive without a coupon.

I did take the time yesterday to finish up four Christmas cards that were in various stages of being finished. Yesterday I posted one for a great niece who loves pink. Her twin sister loves purple so I made this card for her.



A purple Christmas card? Sure why not! This is another Magnolia image coloured with Prismacolor pencils, blended with gamsol. The blue and brown are chalk. Glitter is on the hat rim, end of hat and petticoat and then I brushed a coat of mica powder over the dress and hat. The mica powder is actually a jar of silver or white eye shadow from the Dollar Tree. First run a Versamark pen over the area and then dab on the mica. It gives a lovely shimmer to the area. The snowflake was die cut with a Spellbinder’s die and then I added the iridescent glitter and a large purple gem. A tiny bow and ribbon was added before I glued the image on. The oval and scalloped oval are Spellbinder’s dies. The purple background paper came from the stash and just happened to match the purple on her dress. The oval scallop is the same paper but I inked the edges with darker purple ink. The paper came with the embossed dots.

That’s all for a Tuesday,

Cheers
Violet

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm Back with a Card



Well, I’m back but not quite over the never-ending-virus or whatever it was. Actually I did go to the doctor and he thought it was a virus but took a throat swab just in case and told me to come back Thursday for the results. I went back and the results weren’t in yet but when he re-checked my throat he said he didn’t care what the lab tests said anyway, he was treating me for strep throat. 24 hours after taking the antibiotics I could feel such a difference so I guess it was a bacterial infection of some kind and not a virus. I’m still not doing much but I did get one card finished up so I had something to post today. I’m so glad I made Christmas cards all year and I had enough to send out without scrambling to get them done.



This one is going to one of my great-nieces, Kira. I don’t have her identical twin sister, Brenna’s, card finished yet but I will be colouring it up today. Kira and Brenna are part of my nieces’ triplets, with Ethan being the only boy of the three. I have his and his older brother Nick’s cards finished and they were posted earlier.

Kira loves pink so I made this card for her. It’s a Magnolia image, coloured with Prismacolor pencils. The fancy labels are Spellbinder’s dies and the card is from the stash. It needed a little something extra so I added the ribbon, bow and button. The camera made the red label very red but in real life it has a softer red colour that goes better with the pink. I need to find a new place to take my pictures of the cards.

I think this image would also make a nice birthday card for a little girl with a winter birthday.

That’s all for a Monday,

Cheers
Violet

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