Monday, April 20, 2015

Kittens Galore



Not much to report. Saturday was a nice sunny day and yet I was hit with another round of painful spasms from the brain disorders and weird speech. However, I convinced Joe I was fine to go for a walk (and he could do the speaking to people) so we headed out to Point Pelee and walked all afternoon. Unfortunately there were no birds to photograph. It’s about two weeks before the migratory birds show up. Sunday was cool and wet so I guess that’s why the brain disorders hit on Saturday. Oh well, there are lots of people worse off than I am so I don’t worry about it. It’s been since 1999 so we are used to living with it.

Our local chapter of the OSPCA (animal shelter) is having a fund raiser in the hopes of having a new building built….which it needs desperately. They are having a supper and silent auction this Saturday and I made a quilt for them to auction off. My friend, Phene, made one as well and I dropped them both off at the shelter today. Another quilter made one too but she will be delivering hers herself. Here is mine:



I named it Kittens Galore. 



It didn’t photograph very well so I took another one outside today but it is not much better and does not do the quilt justice. The ladies at the shelter really liked it so I hope it brings in a good bid.

It is raining with the chance of a thunderstorm today and again tomorrow. No quilting for me today but I’m heading down to do some more scrapbooking.

That’s all for a wet Monday,

Cheers
Violet

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Butterfly Card



It was an absolutely beautiful spring day here today – finally! Tomorrow is supposed to be almost as nice – and then four days of rain! This is pretty typical of weather in April in Ontario.  I spent part of the day getting some scrapbooking done. It was so nice to be doing something I haven’t done for awhile. I’ll not likely ever get caught up on my scrapbooking but hopefully I’ll make a dent in it.

Today’s card is a pretty easy one to put together and I like how it turned out.

This card has the fold at the top and the bottom corners were rounded - just for a change. I hand cut two banners, one of the light blue and one of the matching darker blue and glued them on. Then I die cut the top swirly piece with a Spellbinder’s die and off-set them. The butterfly is a peel-off and it changes colour depending on what the colour of the surface you put it on is. I love these and I can only find them once in awhile at The Dollar Tree. The other peel-offs are from various sources. I added some glitter here and there around everything because it was looking a little plain. You can barely see the glitter in the photo but it is there.

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

Cheers
Violet


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Dragonfly Card



Wow, two nice days in a row! We walked downtown this morning and the weather got warmer and warmer. I wanted some 4 ¼” envelopes from the Paper Pickle (our local scrapbooking store) but they didn’t have any. As the girl was looking for them I spotted the envelope maker and decided to go ahead and buy it instead and just make whatever size envelopes I need. Jenn said it really is easy to work and she uses hers all the time. Sold! I’ll let you know what I think of it once I use it. I also stopped at our church and picked up the newsletters for the shut-ins and dropped them off on the way home….multi-tasking even while out for a walk. Tonight is quilt guild meeting night so this afternoon I finished off the charity quilt to take for show and share.

A friend of mine asked me if I could make some cards with dragonflies on them. Sure I can! Here’s one of them.



The paper is all from Stampin’ Up but I don’t know the names as it was gifted to me. The large dark banner was run through an embossing folder. The top was die cut with my Spellbinder’s die and then bits of left over dark paper was taped behind the cut out areas. I ran a silver ink pad over the embossed areas, just here and there, to add a little more interest. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink and clear embossing powder. The dragon fly is a Dazzle from Paper Wishes (HOTP). I backed it on white cardstock and then coloured the open spaces with alcohol makers. The dark blue card base is the card itself.

That’s all for a sunny Wednesday,
Cheers
Violet

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An Ooops to an "AHHHH I like it" Card



Not much to report today. The sun was shining brightly but the wind was cool so it was a bit deceiving. Joe did some of the yard raking and clean-up today and I finished another charity quilt….well, almost finished.

I made so many cards over the last two weeks when I couldn’t quilt I had a hard time deciding which one to post today. I finally decided to post the one that almost ended up in the garbage.



While I was puttering around in the lower studio (aka the basement) last week I was in the mood to do some experimenting. So, I took a piece of glossy cardstock; inked up a brayer with the Rangers Hydrangea Big and Juicy ink pad and brayed it over the glossy paper. Yikes. It was dreadful, all blotchy and quite ugly. I brayed on more ink and more ink and it just didn’t want to stick to the paper. I flipped it up on the desk and went on to something else. The next day I picked it up and thought, “That sort of looks like a sunset”, and I was glad I hadn’t put it in the garbage right away. I used some Distress Mustard seed ink to fill in some of the middle part that was blotchy and it looked much nicer. Then I stamped the trees (Stampin’ Up) twice without re-inking and then I stamped the sentiment. I tied a lavender ribbon around the bottom edge and mounted it first on a piece of purple cardstock and then onto a piece of beige cardstock that I had dipped in various Distress ink to give a marbled appearance. I had done this the day before too when I was in my experimenting mood and didn’t really have a use for it. Now I like it and I may try to make another one. I know that each one will turn out differently but next time I’m in the experimenting mood, I’ll give another shot.

I still cannot turn off the word verification bit. If you know how to do this, let me know and I hope it doesn’t stop you from posting a comment. I love to read the comments.

That’s all for a cool Tuesday,

Cheers
Violet

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Masculine Card



Well we finally had two whole days without rain……and we took full advantage of it by going to Rondeau Provincial Park for walks through the bush. Saturday we walked for 3 ½ hours and Sunday afternoon for 2 ½ hours….well, walking or standing looking for birds – on our feet the entire time. On Saturday I had taken a thermos of coffee and a snack and we actually carried our coffee cups while we walked another trail instead of sitting and taking a break. Gluttons for punishment! Today was another thunderstorm though and the spasms and weird speech were back. Oh well, at least I had two decent days. My speech was so bad I cancelled out from going quilting and for a luncheon out with some non-quilting friends. When Joe has trouble understanding me, there is no use expecting others to.

Today’s card is another good one for a man. I’m enjoying making masculine cards more and more.



The bottom piece of cardstock is all one piece so I didn’t have to piece them together. The top piece is a piece of cream cardstock I ran through my Tim Holtz gears embossing folder and then ran the Walnut Distress Ink over the top, leaving the centre lighter than the outside areas; then the two pieces were taped together at the back; and then the bakers twine was wrapped around it along the seam. The gears were die cut from a cereal box with the Tim Holtz die and then painted, inked and splattered to make them look old. The sentiment is a peel-off.

That’s all for a Monday,

Cheers
Violet

Friday, April 10, 2015

Blue Bird Card



Last night we had the thunderstorm of the year! It was a doozy – lightning, thunder, pounding rain and even a tornado warning was issued. These April showers are getting a little out of hand. We are expected to have a couple of rain free and warmer temperatures for the weekend but another thunderstorm is expected on Monday. Needless to say, there was no quilting again today but I got another 12 cards made. I am more than prepared for any occasion that requires a card!!! If tomorrow is a non-quilting day I’m going to work on some scrapbook layouts instead of making cards.

I’m still playing with various layouts for the Poppystamps windowsill die. Here’s a favourite of mine. I'm entering this one in this challenge: http://www.scrapyland-blog.com



The top layer is some shiny cardstock I ran through an embossing folder. The birds are from a note card. I love Eastern Bluebirds and hope to see some this spring once birding starts. The flowers were off-white and on a bunch. I removed the plastic bits and I spritzed some blue spray one them. Once they were dry, I stacked them back together and held them in place with the silver brad. The leaves are from a Die-Namites die. I think it turned out okay….but maybe it’s because I love the birds. This could be a birthday or thinking of you card.

That’s all for a Friday. Have a wonderful, safe weekend everyone.


Cheers
Violet












Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Favourite Poppy Die



The rainy days continue! Joe checked the Detroit Tigers website about 12:50 today and it indicated the game was a go….he just sat down at 1:00 and the clouds turned on the taps and it was pouring rain! The baseball game was delayed for over 3 ½ hours. No quilting for me again today but I did get more cards made.

I really like this poppy die and I use it a lot. This time I die cut it from black cardstock.

The background is one of the alcohol backgrounds I made. Love how these turned out. No two are ever the same even when you use the same colours of alcohol ink. The lattice fence was die cut and glued onto the alcohol background and then the poppies were glued on and then the black bow. The sentiment is a peel off. I made sure when I die cut the poppy out of the black that I did so in a way that I could use the negative cut on another card. I’ll post that one on another day.

That’s all for a very rainy Thursday,

Cheers
Violet








Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To Glitter or not to Glitter...that was the question....



Another rainy day….another not so great day for those of us who suffer from trigeminal neuralgia…it doesn’t like low atmospheric pressure! This morning was a very lazy morning because I just didn’t feel like doing anything and wondered how I was going to put in the day….and then my friend Jane rang the doorbell. She just decided to stop in for a visit – her timing was wonderful! After she left Joe said, “How nice Jane stopped in. That filled some time for you didn’t it!” This afternoon I felt a little better and went down and made some more cards….no quilting on these days!

To glitter or not glitter was my thought the other day and the glitter won. I had made some other cards with these new Penny Black dies and added coloured glitter which was okay but not great. So, I wondered what clear glitter would look like on them. Here is a card I made without glitter and then with the clear glitter added. What a difference.



The background paper was run through the Big Shot in an embossing folder and then glued to the white card base. The flower was stamped (Penny Black stamp) after being inked up with Tombow markers onto water colour paper. Then it was die cut with a Spellbinder’s fancy rectangle die. Clear gems were added to the centre of the flower and on four spots on the rectangle. The silver sentiment is a peel off. It was okay but it just lacked something. So I added some clear glitter!



 This just took the card to an all new level. Love how it turned out. And no it's not crooked - the photographer's camera loves to take photos crooked!

That’s all for a rainy Wednesday,

Cheers
Violet

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Wedding Card on a Busy Day



This was busy, wet day today! The forecast for the entire week is rain, rain, and rain with thunderstorms! April showers indeed! We absolutely had to go for groceries today – not a slice of bread in the house, no fresh fruit or veggies left and running low on milk. Neither one of felt like getting them over the weekend or even yesterday but today we just had to go. Talk about being lazy! Just before we left for groceries my friend called to see if could possibly look after her daycare kids while she went for a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. Joe had an appointment as well and it worked out fine for him to drop me off and pick me up later so I said sure I would help her out. She wasn’t gone that long but Joe had the car so we had a nice long visit while watching the kids play. We were waiting for the kids’ parents to pick them up we were sitting talking….about quilting of course….and I had two of the three year olds sitting on my knee jabbering away. Phene and I were chatting and not paying much attention to them until it registered what they were saying – they were arguing about whose grandma I was.   “She’s my grandma!” “No, she’s my grandma” over and over and we both had a good laugh over it. We have no idea why they decided I was a grandma because they know my name but it was funny. By the time Joe picked me up we were both tired and hungry and ended up going out for Chinese food for supper. Like I said, busy day! Isn’t that typical – you go for groceries in the morning and eat out at night!

The wedding season is coming soon so I thought I’d make a couple of wedding cars to have on hand. Here’s one of them.


I love how this card turned out. I ran a piece of white cardstock through the Swiss Dot Cuttlebug folder leaving about 1 ¼ space in the middle flat. To do this just put one end of the cardstock in the folder, leaving the other end stick out the end and run it through your machine – I have Big Shot now. Turn the cardstock around and do the same thing. I had made a light pencil mark where I wanted the embossed part to start. Then I placed it on the Scor-Pal and ran embossed lines on either side of the flat spot. The sentiment was stamped in gold but didn’t show up as nicely as I wanted so I went over it with a gold pen. The gold and white hearts are peel-offs. The white flower vine is one of my new dies from Die-namites that I won. The large white flower came from a bunch from the dollar store and I just cut them off and hot glued it on.

That’s all for a wet and rainy Tuesday,

Cheers
Violet







Monday, April 6, 2015

Under the Weather Card



It’s Easter Monday – schools and government offices are closed - Home Opening Baseball games (Hubby roots for Detroit Tigers and I root for Toronto Blue Jays – damp weather but no rain or snow that’s good – and I finally got my daughter’s quilt quilted this afternoon. The problem is I don’t have enough binding to bind the edge of it. I had bought the material and cut it out about 5 years ago and put it away unfinished, and forgot about it. I pulled it out last fall and was determined to finish it but then I remembered why I put it away – it was a square quilt and I don’t like square quilts. Well, I made it longer so it’s no longer square – but huge! – and now I’m short about 30” of binding. Groan! I’ll never be able to find the matching fabric but I’ll try hard to find something that matches. In the meantime I’m working on the quilt I’m donating to our local OSPCA (animal shelter) for their fund raiser. I made cards all weekend because I couldn’t take the noise of the sewing machine so I’m happy today is a better day and I’m back to quilting.

Today’s card is for the challenge at: www.craftingwhenwecanchallenges.blogspot.com which is to make a card about weather! I can do that!


This is a Penny Black House Mouse stamp...love these stamps. It coloured up very quickly with Prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. The sentiment was computer generated and I just hand cut the banners. Paper is from my stash….which doesn’t seem to be going down no matter how many cards I make! I really must stop buying paper – HAH! Like that’s going to happen!!!

That’s all for a Monday, April-06-15

  Cheers
Violet




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