Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Crow Card



The expected snow, rain and freezing rain came today – messy weather all over Ontario. We hired a kid down the street to shovel the driveway – double the normal cost because it was so wet and heavy! ….but it was worth it not to have Joe out there trying to do it. We watched a couple of our much younger neighbours struggling with it so hiring him was a no-brainer.

Once again we haven’t left the house so not much to report so I’ll get right to the card. This is the birthday card I sent to my son-in-law.


It didn’t photograph as nicely as I hoped it would and it is much brighter in real life. This was a Spellbinders large embossing folder. This son-in-law happens to love crows (Chatham would be happy to send him a few thousand as we are over run with them) so I hope he likes this card. I embossed a piece of plain black cardstock and then ran the VersaMark ink pad over the embossed area and pressing it down in places so most of the whole thing was covered with VersaMark and then I sprinkled on Perfect Pearls – metalic colours – and then used a large paint brush to mix and blend them. I made sure the gold hit the crown on his head.

There was too much colour on the area where the sentiment is so I just embossed a leftover piece of black in that area; cut it out and glued it in place. Then I inked up the stamp (HOTP) with VersaMark, stamped it and used my VersaMark pen around the edges to blend it in and then added more Perfect Pearls to colour it. I used a black pen to make his eye a little more visible, but not so he was bug eyed!

I used this same embossing folder to make my grandson his Halloween card last fall. It probably won’t get used too much but it was on sale for $5.00 so I’ll use it enough to make it worthwhile buying.

That’s all for a wet, cool, nasty and foggy Tuesday,

 
Cheers
Violet

Monday, March 2, 2015

A New Butterfly Die



We had a very mild weekend compared to the last few weeks and it will be even warmer tomorrow with the temperatures right around 0C (32F) but unfortunately they are calling for snow, then rain and freezing rain tomorrow. When that leaves another cold spell will arrive from Colorado. We are not expected to get anywhere new normal temperatures until late March. Groan, groan, and groan again. The first person who complains about the heat this summer could get slapped!

Today I had to go to the post office to mail a birthday card for one of my sons-in-law and while I was out I popped into the grocery store and then Value Village. I figured finding a bargain twice in a row would be too much to ask for but I’m glad I stopped in. This time I got three 8 ½” x 11” Technique Tuesday stamp sets – one alphabet; one swirls (yes more swirls) and one fancy frames – all 3 for $4.99. I found the last one on Technique Tuesday’s website – it is a retired set but the cost was $19.99. I think three for $4.99 counts as a bargain!

Today’s card is another sympathy card. This one, unfortunately, I have to send to the parents of a young 16 year old who died of cancer on the weekend. He is a cousin of one of my sons-in-law and was a delightful young man who fought this insidious disease with everything he had. Sad time for his family for sure. We’ve shared many a meal and good time with this family at my daughter’s in-laws where we all went for various holidays so we knew him quite well. Here is the card I made for them.


  
It looks crooked but it is my camera. I always line up the photo straight with the lines on my camera but they come out crooked. I should take it in for repairs I think. Anyway, this card was made with a new Memory Box die I bought recently. It was first die cut in white cardstock and glued to the rusty-orange swirly background paper which was then glued to the white card base. I tried a few different ways to get a solid butterfly behind the cut out ones and none of the things I tired are worth mentioning and were all failures as the small pieces kept falling out. I finally just embossed the yellow cardstock and then cut the butterflies out and glued them on where they belonged and then glued just the middle of the filigree cut butterflies so they pop up a bit. The filigree butterflies are die cut along with the rest of it so you don’t have to have another colour behind them but it is what I wanted so that’s what I did. The label is one half of a Sizzix label die cut from the same yellow and the edges inked. The sentiment itself is a peel-off but it started out silver which didn’t go with the card at all so I cut it off the sheet, placed it on an old piece of plastic and pounced some dark alcohol ink on it. That works every time!

That’s all for a Monday,

Cheers
Violet

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Thrift Store Haul

I had to leave the house today to go to the library (I hate being low on books to read) and to pick up a die I ordered from the Paper Pickle (our local scrapbooking store) but that's okay as the temperature was about -5C this afternoon and no cold wind so it was quite bearable. I would have walked except the sidewalks are still very slippery in spots. On the way home I decided to pop into Value Village. I haven't been there for quite awhile - mainly because I haven't left the house that often - and the few times I have been in, they have had nothing I needed or wanted at all. Today I made up for it! Here's my haul.
This is a huge 13" x 13" set - most have not been used. I had a hard time peeling off one of them to try it so I know they have not been used. One is missing from the left side but I found it in the next batch of stamps I bought. Couldn't leave it there for $3.99.
 
SWIRL STAMPS - $1.99 each
Someone, likely at the store, took the one stamp and placed it inside the set on the right.
I don't have many swirls so for $1.99 each, I couldn't go wrong.

8 EMBOSSING FOLDERS $4.99 for all.
Two are Cuttlebug folders, the other six are Sizzix.




The only one I already own is the Cuttlebug one above. Whoever donated them also ran each one through a piece of cardstock and I've already used one of them on a card.
 
 
MORE STAMPS.... & flowers $4.99 for all
These are all brand new stamps, still sealed.
The flowers are new, package still sealed.
I really like the top set of stamps - I put the vellum piece that came with it beside so you can see better what it looks like. I think I'm going to use that one quite a bit.
Two on the bottom left are Christmas.
The one on the bottom right will be great for scrapbooking and cards.
There is a small saying on each circle, like "date", etc.

I'm very happy that I stopped in there today!

Violet

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Colourful Card


The only fresh air I’ve seen lately is when I poke my head out the door to see if there is any mail! It’s just too cold out there for me. Apparently it is going to be just around 0C (32F) on Sunday which is great..... but it is bringing about 15 centimetres (5 ½ “) of snow with it. Groan!

To brighten up the day I’m posting a very colourful card.

 


This is another “use up those scrap” cards. The flower stamps are from a Stampin’ Up set, Petal Parade, and the other one is from their Serene Silhouette set. I stamped the flowers with pink ink on white cardstock and die cut them with the Spellbinder circle die. The middle one was stamped with blue ink that is close to the colour of the larger circles that are behind the stamped circles. The border between the top pink paper and the bottom striped paper was die cut with a Spellbinder’s Edgeability die out of pink cardstock and then the edges were inked with a darker ink. The banner was hand cut and added to a left over piece from the same paper as the top portion – I like to use it all! After everything was glued down I added large pink gems to the centres of the flowers and small pink gems to the flowers on the middle image. I keep telling myself to sit down and just put a whole lot of scraps together like this for quick cards when I need one – but so far myself isn’t listening. I’m easily sidetracked with new ideas I think!

That’s all for a cold Friday….have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Cheers

Violet

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bitter Cold Still - and a Card



More record breaking cold weather tonight. Apparently its going to feel like its -35C (-31F) overnight. Yikes. Will spring ever come or will be melting snow in June and July? Not much to report as I haven’t left the house today. I got a lot done on my quilt for Rondeau Park’s raffle though. Joe went off to the hockey game tonight but I know I couldn’t take the cold or the air horns they blow when the score so I stayed home and quilted.

 Today’s card is a soft and soothing sympathy card.


I love this paper but I have no idea where I bought it or who manufactured it. The photo is one I took at the park and the flowers the butterfly is on picks up the purple colour of the paper and ribbon. When I had this photo in Photoshop I blurred the edges to keep the soft look…which I really like. I tied the bow and decided to leave the tails quite long and glued it to the top left corner. The sentiment is a peel-off.

Well, the game should be over soon so time to put the tea kettle on. I’m sure a hot cup of tea will be appreciated after being out at a hockey game.

Cheers
Violet


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Circle Card



First of all, my apologies for forgetting to post the card on yesterday’s post, until Aquafit reminded me – thanks Aquafit – and I went back and inserted it…..so, if you checked yesterday and it wasn’t there, just scroll down to see it as it is there now. This was definitely my mistake – I think the bitter cold has frozen some of my brain cells! Apparently this below normal cold weatjer is going to last right through March so who knows what I’ll be forgetting if that happens!

Today we tried walking at the arena to get some exercise. While I was with my sister yesterday, Joe ran some errands and decided to see what the walking at the arena was like. We have both almost fallen trying to walk on the sidewalks and we miss not getting the exercise so it seemed like a good idea to try something new. He did 8 laps yesterday (1 mile) and we both went back this morning and did 20 laps (2 ½ miles). I must say walking on cement is a lot harder than walking on dirt and even pavement….but at least we didn’t have to worry about falling. I think we’ll be going back.

Today’s card is a circle card.


 
I had a package of these pre-cut scalloped circle cards – likely from the dollar bin at Michaels - and had never used them. A friend of mine gave me a package insert (I think it was an insert) with those pink flowers on it. It wasn’t a card but I can’t remember exactly what it was. I wondered if she gave it to me thinking I could use it – so I did. I used a Spellbinder scalloped die to cut out the part I wanted to feature, and then the green paper. The pink flower popped up by dimensional glue dots was also on the card and I just cut around it leaving a white border. The tag was die cut with a Cuttlebug die. The sentiment was from a set from the dollar store that I’ve had for a few years. Before gluing the featured scallop to the green I ran a think pink ribbon from the popped up flower to the back of the first layer and then glued everything down. I rather liked how it turned out and I think I’ll use up that package now.

That’s all for a Wednesday,

Cheers
Violet


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Long Day...and a Card



Tired! How can sitting in a car, as a passenger, for a few hours make one tired? My sister had a doctor’s appointment in London and I went along for company and support. Luckily this sister shares my warped sense of humour, never gets upset over wrong turns or bad traffic, etc. so we had a very enjoyable day. First we stopped at Fabricland and I picked up some more fabric….I needed it, really I did!!!!....and batting for future quilts; then we had a delicious lunch at Red Lobster….I haven’t been there in years so it was a real treat….and had enough left over to heat up for supper; then the appointment; a few other errands an headed for home. Left at 8:30 this morning and got home at 5:00. I couldn’t wait to finish supper and sit with a cup of tea and relax.

So, nothing creative happened around here today but hopefully tomorrow I’ll get back to it. Today’s card is a sweet birthday card for a little girl.
 
I found this digi stamp on the Internet and coloured it with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. Blue chalk was dusted over the top for the sky, green for grass by her feet. The background paper was run through an embossing folder and I decided to use the debossed side this time and ran green ink around it so it settled in the crevices. This was glued to two pieces of green cardstock – the top being polka dot, the bottom plain green (and this was glued to the white card base).

Then I took a left over piece of the green polka dot paper and mounted it on to a piece of plain green and glued it to the right side and the finished image glued to the left side. The image was die cut with a Spellbinder’s rectangle die. The banner was also die cut out of the same plain green and the birthday greeting was bent a bit on the acrylic block before I stamped it so it followed the curve of the banner. The banner was attached with dimensional glue dots.

That’s all from a tired blogger,

Cheers
Violet





Monday, February 23, 2015

A Butterfly Card on a Cold Day



I know I sound like a broken record but it what it is and what it is, is freezing cold! We keep breaking previous cold records each night it seems and tonight will be no exception. It snowed all day Saturday and on and off yesterday too and we have quite enough already! The only good thing about the snow is that it has completely covered the roses and perennials and hopefully we won’t lose too many from the freezing temperatures. Other than opening the door to get the mail out of the mail box, I haven’t left the house in days! The cold weather triggers off my brain disorders and my speech is terrible. I don’t go out in public when it’s like that – except to quilt guild meetings because my friends are used to me.

My lower studio is like sitting in a freezer as well so I’ve been in the upper studio quilting instead of making cards or scrapbooking. I wanted to start quilting the quilt I’m donating to the Friends of Rondeau for their annual raffle but neither Joe nor I liked the fabric that I was going to use on the back so it is delayed until I can get to the fabric store. Instead, I started a new quilt top. I had some fabric with butterflies and bugs on that I’ve already made two quilts out of but had some left over so I cut 24, 6 ½” squares featuring the butterflies. Then I raided the stash for bright colours and made 6 ½” blocks with 3 stripes of different fabric in each block to go between the butterfly blocks. It went together pretty quickly. Joe asked me who this one was for and I shrugged. I don’t have any little granddaughters but I wanted to use the fabric up so I’ll decide what to do with it later. I’m hoping one of my daughters will adopt a little girl but they don’t seem to be doing so – yet! They talk about it, but so far, no action…..and this quilt would be perfect for a little girl.

Today I’m posting another water coloured background card on a pre-embossed cardstock.


This time instead of just painting the middle of the card, I spread the paint to the edges. I also used some Distress ink in places to add more colour. The butterfly stamp was stamped with VersaMark and then black embossing powder was sprinkled on top, the excess tapped off, and then heat embossed. The sentiment was just stamped with Archival ink. You can see what a difference the embossing makes – so much brighter. The stamp is wood mounted and the rubber is not trimmed closely so once in awhile one corner will get inked and leaves a mark. Rather than pitching it I just used a Sharpie and added a couple of lines and it makes the butterfly look like its moving. I think it turned out to be a cool way to cover up an oops! I took some left over paint and splattered it on as well. I like that look. Once it was dry, I just glued it to a white card base.

That’s all from a frozen Monday, February-23-15



Cheers
Violet



Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Community Quilt??


It was snowing when we got up this morning and didn’t quit until almost 5:00 tonight. However, the temperature was at a balmy -6C so we went for a walk – still cold with the cold wet snow hitting our faces but it did feel good to get out and get some fresh air. Joe had to shovel the driveway twice today but the snow has stopped so that’s over with.

I thought I’d post a rare Saturday posting this week. Here is a quilt I made for my one and only granddaughter, Kadri.
 


I bought a drawer unit from a quilt shop that was closing and inside was some bits of fabric. The owner’s daughter (owner died unfortunately) told me to just take it all. Well, the fabric turned out to be the start of a quilt. There was no pattern with it and not pieces enough to finish a quilt but it was my friends at the quilt guild to the rescue. One of the ladies saw my request for any matching fabric and called to say she had bought some odds and ends at the same sale and she was pretty sure she had some of that quilt – turned out she had almost one whole row of the same quilt. A couple of other friends gave me some matching fabric and I finally had enough to make a small centre of the quilt. Then I just added a couple of plain borders; raided by own stash to make the piano border and then finally the last brown border which I made wider at the top and bottom so the quilt would not be square.

 


Kadri loved it and here she is with boyfriend studying it when I gave it to her.

That’s all for a snowy Saturday,

 Cheers

Violet

 

 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Die-Namites Die Card



Still bitter cold; still not leaving the house; still no news…..so we’ll get right to today’s card.



Yesterday I posted a card made with one of the new dies I won from Die-Namites. This green paper is the piece that they were cut from….it just happened to be a square piece sitting in my stash. Because it was a big piece, I made sure that I die cut it leaving an edge so I could fill in the negative piece for another card….and that is what I did. First I die cut it out of the green, which actually has a mottled pattern in it and then I die cut just the flowers and added them on top….just a single layer this time. Stickles were added to the centres and when I was taking the pictures I noticed some of the centres had dried back too far so I added more Stickles later on. The strip along the left side is another piece from my stash. The sentiment and the silver border strips are peel-offs which were added after I glued it to the lighter moss green paper, which was glued to the card base. Lots of layers!

That’s all from the frozen north on a Thursday,

Cheers
Violet

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