Thursday, April 24, 2014

Decorated JOY

I have a rule that I almost always follow – never cut fabric or sew when I’m not feeling 100%. I broke the rule this week and paid for it. I wasn’t sick, just tired from not sleeping well but I decided to cut the fabric for a bird wall-hanging. When Fabricland (boo) closed down I bought a new ruler which I thought was the standard 6x12. It came with one edge that as suppose to sharpen your rotary blade when you use it and I’ve pretty much just used that edge. This time the pattern called to cut the bird panels 4 7/8” x 6”. So I flipped the ruler and cut them what I thought was 6”.  Fast forward to sewing another strip on the ends of EACH panel, making and adding a half-square triangle onto a 6” piece and then sewing this strip to the bird panel.  This last one didn’t fit. What? It was ½” too short. What? So I thought I cut the 6” strip 5 ½” so I cut more making sure they were 6”. Still didn’t fit! What? So I checked my ruler. It turns out it is 6 ½” x 12”, not 6 x 12. Groan! (Why didn’t I use the measure twice, cut once?) So, I ordered more of the fabric that I cut twice and luckily she can get me more of the charcoal fabric. The owner of the on-line quilt shop is a member of our quilt guild. You can see what I’m making by going to her blog and strolling down a bit. She has the best kits. I bought the kit which makes two wall-hangings but only enough fabric for one so I needed more anyway! But, I have a lot of stitches to remove now. Groan!

I do have a card made for the Here it is.


The challenge was to decorate the Christmas sentiment. I believe this stamp is from Stampin’ Up and I borrowed it from a fellow card maker friend last year and stamped it a few times. The little girl is a Magnolia stamp. It was coloured and then cut out and glued to the JOY panel. The panels were die cut with a Spellbinder's die. The background is from a .99 paper pack from Michaels and it just seem to suit this card. I rather like it and I hope the recipient does too.

That’s all for a Thursday!




Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tulips and Cold Wind

I have an oxymoron in my garden. The tulips are blooming and yet the temperature feels like early March. If the tulips are blooming, it should be warm people! Everyone seems to be so annoyed with this cold wind that keeps blowing and that includes us. I’m house bound today and decided to finish up a couple of scrapbook pages and make a couple cards for the weekly challenges I try to follow. However, my scrapbook page is taking longer then it should because I keep trying different techniques. Oh well, good job my time is my own and I don’t get paid by the hour.

Today’s card is a little different but I like it.

I had die cut this plum coloured cardstock with a Spellbinder’s fancy square die to use in another project and the left over bit was still sitting on my desk. I looked at it and thought, “This would make a nice frame.”  So I placed it on top of the light pink that has little white flowers on it and it looked just fine. The card base was covered with a co-ordinating pink paper with diamonds instead of flowers. These were both from an old, old paper pack. The edges of the card base were inked with some plum coloured ink. The poppies were die cut with a Memory Box die out of the green cardstock; but then I placed the negative image over the pink paper and lightly sponged some Distress Ink, Antique Linen I think, through it. This acted like a stencil and it left a lovely shadow of the poppies when they were glued on. The sentiment and gold lines are stickers.

That’s all for a cold Wednesday!




Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Butterfly Card

Well we did get some rain but not a real good drenching. Hopefully some more will come tonight. This has been a busy day so far with lots of errands and some groceries bought this morning and replacing batteries in all Joe’s solar lights this afternoon. Some of the lights are old and we had to sort out which ones were still good and which ones were ready to be discarded. He loves his solar lights and I must admit I enjoy them too. His other passion is lighthouses so he has five solar lighthouses too. There is one big one that is years old and rusting out so it is pretty much just a decoration; two are ones we bought, one the girls gave him for Father’s Day last year and I made him one out of clay pots. I think that’s enough lighthouses!! The other solar lights are just the normal individual lights.

The nice weather is fast approaching and that means more time outside and less time card making, quilting and painting so from now on don’t be surprised if there is only a posting two or three times a week.

Today’s card was made using my new to me butterfly stamp that is now my favourite. This is the one my friend who gave up card making gave me. Nice to have friends!

I stamped the butterfly, coloured it with water colour pencils and blended it with water and then cut it out. The brown piece of cardstock was run through an embossing folder, just getting part of it and then I lightly sponged some white ink over it. I die cut the strip with the Spellbinder’s die and did the same to a strip of the same brown cardstock and then placed the light coloured one on top so the brown would show through and then added the ribbon which happens to match the background paper. The butterfly was glued on last. The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up.

That is all for a cool Tuesday!




Monday, April 21, 2014

A Morning Glory Card

It’s another Monday and it was a beautiful day here. The laundry was hung on the line for the first time this year and it dried in no time. Of course we are expecting some rain tonight but that is actually a good thing. I puttered around in my garden on Saturday afternoon and realized it is dry and needs a good rain. We didn’t do much this long Easter weekend with Joe not feeling well and we certainly didn’t visit anyone. Spreading his germs around to family and friends would not be good.

He insisted he was fine enough to go for a walk at Point Pelee yesterday afternoon even though he had a continuous annoying post-nasal drip cough but off we went and walked and walked and walked and saw very few birds. He admitted last night that maybe he over-did it a bit and today was a very quiet day…for him. I was actually quite busy just puttering around. I decided to pull out all three of my plastic bin storage stacks and sweep up the dust bunnies. Wow, I had dust elephants, not dust bunnies. The one tall stack did not want to move back in place and when I stopped to find out why, it was not good news. The two back wheels were off and the small area they fit into was ripped so I just took off all the wheels and pushed it into place. Luckily I don’t get the urge to clean very often so I won’t have to drag it out that often!!

Today’s card is bright! I coloured up the flowers and then wondered what I was going to match it with and bingo, in the stash was the perfect paper.

I love morning glories so I enjoyed coloured these, which were done with Prismacolor pencils. The fancy rectangles were die cut with a Spellbinder’s die set and the corner treatments were from a Provo Craft die set. The white down the centre is actually a Dazzle from Paper Wishes. This card should brighten someone’s birthday for sure!




Friday, April 18, 2014

Last of the Easter Cards

Sunny with a cool wind blowing for this Good Friday. Blessings to all who are celebrating Easter. Pretty quiet around this house because Joe still has a cold and doesn’t really feel like doing much. I had a nice Skype visit with one daughter and grandson so that was nice. I had made his father a birthday card with a motorcycle on it and he wants a card with motorcycles and he wants to stamp motorcycles too so I will look for another motorcycle stamp for him. This little guy loves drawing, painting and creating crafts. His daycare worker is always doing crafts with the kids and they love it.

 Here are the last two Easter cards I made. These are for the two older grandchildren, 14 and 22.

The older the boys get the harder it is to make cards for them. So I just printed off Happy Easter and coloured it and die cut with the Spellbinders’ Deckle Edge die. I cut the designer paper with scissors and glued it to the blue card base I made and then the sentiment. 14 year boys probably don’t really care about cards anyway but I don’t like to leave him out.


His sister’s card was also very quick to make. This photograph is one I took of my garden and the flowers are Lupins which are one of Joe’s favourite spring flower. I mounted it on the purple and then on to a piece of pastel striped paper I found in the stash. The little sentiment was stamped on to Provo Craft cut die and added with mauve flower brads. I liked these small butterflies and had a partial strip in the stash so I cut them apart and added them to the left side. I think she will like it.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone.




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Bunny Card

It is a bright and sunny day here but the wind is pretty strong and downright cold! I was going to go out for a walk but hubby seems to be catching his cold back so he’s staying put and I sort of lost interest in it too. I’ve been down cleaning up and reorganizing some of my crafting supplies and finished up a few cards. Even though I slept well last night I’m feeling a little lazy and unmotivated today. Good job I’m retired so I can take a day off any time I want!

Time for another Easter card. This one is for the youngest grandson.

This time I coloured the rabbit with Prismacolor pencils. The rectangles were die cut with the Spellbinder’s Deckled edge dies. The yellow rectangle with the words started out as off-white but I wanted it yellow so I sponged Distress Ink Mustard Seed over it. The blue strip was run through a Provo Craft single embossing folder and then I added a silk flower. I think he will like it.

That’s all for a Thursday.




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Easter Card

Nothing much to report today. No snow, no thunderstorms, no high winds to worry about so I’ll get right to the posting today. This is another Easter card for one of the grandsons.

This image was painted with water colour paints but it was printed on cardstock not water colour paper so I couldn’t blend much but it still turned out okay. The designer paper is from a .99 pack from Michaels and the green paper is from the stash.

Our monthly quilt guild meeting is tonight so that’s where I will be.

Take care all





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What! Snowing again!

Yes! Believe it or not we woke up to find the yard covered with snow again. Unbelievable! On Sunday it was close to 70F so Joe set out the lawn furniture on the front porch and put out all his solar lighthouses. This is what they looked like this morning.

I made this lighthouse by stacking large clay flower pots together and painted them.

Hubby hates snow and is just a wee bit down in the dumps today. The only good thing is because we've just had 3 days of temperatures hovering around 70F the roads and sidewalks were warm and the snow melted there so no shoveling required. I got the old eye roll when I pointed this out to him. Oh well, I tried.
It is now 3:30 pm and we are still having a few snow flurries but not much. I missed the eclipse last night because I was actually sleeping through the night – for a change! However, seeing as we had snow this morning I think it is safe to say it was overcast and we would not have seen anything anyway so I’m glad I didn’t set the alarm for 2:00 am. I remember when Hale’s comet was passing over our city about 11:00 one night – and it was the only time in our lifetime that it would be doing so – I went upstairs to my then teenager’s bedroom and got her out of bed to come see it. She was still awake but was not impressed nor a happy camper at being forced (her words not mine) out of bed to see it – Kids! She said it looked like a slow moving shooting star and went back to bed. 

I’ve been back to working on the purse I started a couple of weeks ago and it will soon be done. I haven’t felt like sewing or quilting for the last couple of weeks so I’ve been down in the lower studio making cards and scrapbooking instead. Here is one of the Easter cards I made for the grandchildren.
This one if for the Blogger Challenge Easter.

This image was coloured with water colour paint – just for a change! The designer paper is from an old paper pack and the blue is from my stash. I ran the blue strip through the Provo craft single embossing folder to give it a wee bit of texture. Dies are Spellbinders.

Back to the sewing room now!





Monday, April 14, 2014

Rainy Days are Crafting Days

Lots of high wind and rain today so once again, I am grounded. Hubby just offered to go to the library for more books for me because it’s going to turn very cold again this week and I may not get out. They only hold them for so long. What a nice guy I married!

Yesterday I mentioned that I picked the first daffodils of the season from my garden. Here’s a hint about daffodils I forgot to mention. Do NOT put daffodils in a vase with other spring flowers, especially not with tulips. The daffodils secrete a poison that will kill the other flowers. If I want to combine other flowers with the daffodils I put daffodils in a separate vase that fits inside a larger vase that holds the rest of the flowers. That way the water from the daffodils cannot contaminate the other water.

Because I have not been feeling well what with the cold and the brain disorders acting up I haven’t felt very creative so I did a craft room clean-up and reorganizing. Finding the right way to store embellishments is my biggest problem. I’ve tried various methods and nothing seems to work perfectly. I have all my hard embellishments – like brads and jewels in craft containers sorted by colour. That works for me for them but it’s the paper embellishments that cause me headache. I’ll keep working on it. I did a YouTube search and there are lots of videos but the people have huge craft rooms with an obvious unlimited budget….not in my case! So, how do you store your paper embellishments??? Leave a comment and share your best kept secrets!

It hit my last night though that I have not made the Easter cards for my grandchildren so I did get started at them after supper. I’ll finish them today.

Today’s card was made from another older stamp. Lately I’ve been using the oldest stamps instead of the latest ones and enjoying the process.

Love this stamp. So darn cute! It was coloured with various inks that I spread out on a piece of plastic and just spread with a paint brush. Pretty easy layout so not much explanation required for this one. The rectangles were die cut with the Spellbinders’ Card Creator set using both A and B to get the 1/8” border.

Back to the lower studio (aka the basement) do get some cards made.



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring has Sprung

Spring has indeed sprung! I picked my first bunch of daffodils today. Beautiful weekend, except for the thunderstorm!...which neither one of us heard last night but I guess it was a whopper because about 3,000 people lost power. The beauty of a good night’s sleep! I normally hear every storm but not last night. I was feeling better yesterday – colds normally only last a couple of days with me – so after lunch we took a ride out to Rondeau Provincial Park, bought our seasonal pass, and walked a few trails….and met up with some fellow birders. There are not too many birds out and about yet but it was jut nice to get out of house on a warm day. It’s even warmer today, close to 70F I think, but it is going to storm again this afternoon and the temperature is plunging to close to 0F by tomorrow. Strange, strange weather. Of course, with the atmospheric pressure bouncing all around, it set off the brain disorders so my speech is beyond weird so I’m staying put today.

I thought I would post a scrapbook layout today.


My grandson went to a friend’s house and he had a monster maker toy. Jack was so enthralled with it; he ended up getting one too. His dad and little brother watched him make monsters. The owl is a stamp I own and I paired it with a star and circle and wrote the year on the circle. The tags were from a package I bought ages ago and decided it was time to use them. The title letters/tags came with the set and hand wrote the journal tag. The little monsters on the right lower corner are a stamp from Stamping Bella. I just stamped it and coloured it and then cut it out and glued it on.  All the paper is from the stash – double sided paper is great! I cut two pieces about 2” off each end and flipped them over and taped it all back together and then added some more strips across the bottom for the monsters to sit on. For once it was a quick and easy layout.



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