Monday, September 26, 2016

A Re-Purposed Card


Happy rainy Monday everyone. My day started with a phone call from a scammer at 8:00 a.m. The scammer told me my XXXcreditcard (I will not say what kind of card I have) was used to make an $600 on-line purchase at 6:00 a.m. When I told him I didn’t have an XXX card he immediately said it was a YYY card so I knew he was a scammer right away. I let him dig himself in a little deeper just to hear his speal and how he sucks gullible people in. He wanted me to go get my credit card so I could verify that it had not been stolen. I knew the next question would be for me to read him my credit card number – NOT! I had had just about enough. So, I asked him what bank my credit card was through and he gave me the wrong bank. I told him off and hung up. So, here’s a tip for you to protect yourself from these scammer:  First of all - NEVER give them any information

Right away:

1)    Ask what kind of credit card they are calling about

2)   Ask what bank your credit card is from

3)   If they happen to guess those two correctly ask them to give you the last four numbers of your credit card. That is the clincher that they are scammers. They are pretty smooth sometimes so be wary. Again, do not give them your credit card or bank information.



I totally forgot to post a card on Friday and meant to do it Saturday instead but……. The heat and humidity dropped on Friday afternoon and Saturday was cool and comfortable so we went hiking at Point Pelee. Sunday is normally a resting day after lots of exercising on Saturday but it was so nice we took the bikes back to Point Pelee and rode the new trails – yikes! These trails are too steep and twisting for us old folks. We made it to the end but took the road back!



We are having rain today so this morning I went over to the church to help make quilts for kids with cancer and other comfort quilts for our community. This afternoon I’m getting my eyes re-tested for new glasses. What a busy few days. I’m ready for a nap!



Today’s card is a re-purposed/re-cycled card.



I have friends who give me bags of old greeting cards – some new some old. Most of them I do not use and they end up in the recycle bin. This one must have caught my eye when I went through a bag and I had ripped it off and it was in my “to be used someday” stash and I decided last week to use some of them. I cut it evenly leaving it longer than it was wide and wrapped a ribbon around the bottom and then added a silver peel-off sentiment. Then it was mounted on the card base. I just happened to have that matching bow in the bow stash and it was absolutely perfect for this card…..love it when that happens! This was such a quick card to finish and I really like it.



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That’s all for a rainy Monday 2016-09-26.





Cheers

Violet






Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Penny Black Card


Yesterday was a very busy day. In the morning we picked up my sister and drove to a quilt shop in Dresden – a small town just east of Chatham – to check out some John Deere fabric for a quilt I want to make for Finn…..who at age 6, has decided to be a farmer when he grows up and will use nothing but John Deere tractors. We have no idea where this idea came from because I don’t think he has ever even visited a farm but he’s six so I guess that explains it. We did get the fabric and had lunch out too. After we were home it was time to cut grass and do the rest of the yard work and then a quick shower and supper because it was quilt guild night. Super busy but a good day just the same.



Today has been a quiet day. A friend popped in for a visit this morning and stayed for lunch and then after lunch I walked to the nursing home and did some visiting with the residents. When I got home I went down to do some scrapbooking….which I’m heading back down to work on some more after I post this.



Today’s card is another one using the Penny Black poppy stamp. The card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. Square cards do not need extra postage in Canada.




This one was stamped on water colour paper and was painted with Artist Loft water colour paints – inexpensive set from Michaels. I added a bit of a wash using the glimmer water colour paints and then added some clear Stickles for extra shimmer. The butterfly is from another stamp set. The sky was splattered with clear water while still wet to form those lovely ‘blooms’ as they are called. The bottom was painted with green ink; shaded with Distress Ink and then weeds/flowers/grass were stamped in green on top. I didn’t like it…..at all! So I grabbed a piece of yellow velum and placed it on top – better but not quite right yet – so I swiped some white paint in streaks across it; let it dry and placed it over top – much better. Then the sentiment was stamped but it didn’t show up very well so I went over it with a black gel pen. Sometimes my ideas work so well and sometimes I have to work on the ideas and this card was one of the latter. Once it was done, it was mounted on black cardstock and then on the card base. Not my favourite but it’s okay. It meets the requirements for these challenges: www.seizethebirthday.blogspot.ca and www.happylittlestampers.com



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That’s all for a hot and humid Thursday, – yes the first day of fall and the A/C is on.



Cheers

Violet


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Third Time is Not Always a Charm!


There was no post yesterday because my computer was taking the day off – grrrrr. I didn’t get it up and running again until almost 10:00 last night and I was too tired and discouraged to post anything.



Saturday it was pouring rain all day, and I mean all day. We were hoping to go see the vintage fire trucks but dropped that idea. It was raining off and on last year when they were here but we at least managed to see them in between showers; but not this year.

Sunday turned out to be a beautiful day so it was hiking day at Point Pelee. We haven’t been there since late spring. I did get a nice shot of a five-lined skink....first time I was able to shoot one because they usually dart away as soon as they see you. This one was soaking up some sun and didn't move at all for the longest time.....and yes, his tail is that colour.




There is a new quilt/home dec. shop in town and today was opening day so of course I had to go to check it out. I didn’t stay long. They have a buzzer on the door that is loud and sharp – reminded me of a whistling tea kettle when it boils – and my trigeminal neuralgia did not like that noise at all…..it was so painful every time someone opened the door I had to leave….and of course it also threw my speech off so I’ve been talking like a real southern lady since then. Oh well, I’m glad it’s not the only quilt shop in town.



Today’s card is the third one I made with my new Sizzix flip-it die set. It was suppose to be like the one I posted on Friday with the extended flap but something went wrong. Here it is finished.

 





The front was made the same as the last card but with different stamps and designer paper. I used my Spellbinder’s decorative edge die to cut the scallop piece on the inside right. The sentiments (two separate ones but used together) are from Paper Wishes and they were stamped and embossed on white paper and glued on top of the designer paper. The front right flap was all decorated too with matching designer paper….but it needed trimming….and I trimmed it wrong and had to remove the designer paper which ripped and then ripped a bit of the flap….grrr….grrrr…grrrrr. Well that left two choices – throw it out or cut off the flap and leave like the first one…I chose to cut and keep. I must have been half asleep when I started this card because I sort of forgot I was going to add the extra flap and full sentiment verse and I had put a thin strip of white paper on that inside left flap. Well that looked pretty stupid there by itself so I stamped “have a fabulous birthday” on it. Okay, I’m not crazy about this card....third time making the same card is not always a charm.....but I guess they all can’t be masterpieces…LOL….. but maybe someone will like it.



That’s all for another gorgeous day here in Ontario. It turned so hot yesterday we had to turn the A/C back on. Neither one of us can remember ever running the A/C this late in September. Take care all.



Cheers

Violet


Friday, September 16, 2016

A Flip Card with an Extra Flip


Another absolutely gorgeous day here in Ontario! This morning we did a few errands including another trip to the fruit stand – gotta go to the fruit stand a couple times a week – and after lunch Joe and I cleaned the inside of the car; washed our portable BBQ and I washed the front windows and outside chairs and tables and then watered the garden. It was too nice to sit inside.



Today’s card was made with the same flip-it die set as yesterday’s card but I put my own twist on it. Once again, ignore the paper clip that is holding it shut.

 


This time I added a flap on the far right by cutting the cardstock base 5.5” wide so it fits the inside the die and bringing the long piece up over the final cut. This makes a crease but no cut. So, once it’s folded back I cut off the access. I didn’t come up with this idea but I found it on YouTube for another Sizzix flip die I own and I figured if it works on that one, it will work on this one…and it does. The designer paper was also die cut with the extra dies that come with the set and glued in place. This time I remembered to put the ribbon down the middle of the far left strip. The die set comes with those stitched dies – including one smaller once which I used too. I cut two medium and one large one and glued them onto the designer paper on the flap and then added the K & Company daisy (Dollarama find).

  

Here’s the card opened up.



The small squares are what flips when opened. This time I just die cut some plain stitched squares and stamped on three small images. Because I added the far right flap, I was able to put a verse on the inside like I do on a regular card. I like this style so much better. Next week I’ll post my card that was suppose to be like this but I……….. well, come back next week for the rest of the story!



That’s all for a gorgeous Friday, September 16, 2016. We are expecting more thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow so I doubt if there will be a bike ride in our plans. We shall see. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone.





Cheers

Violet



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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sizzix Triple Square Flit-it Die Set


Summer is continuing right into September this year and we love it….except for the yellow jackets – grrrrr. They are everywhere and relentless in getting into any food or drink. It’s just not even worth it to try to eat outdoors right now even though the weather is perfect for it. 



Before I post the card I just made I want to tell you about a great product – if you live in Canada that is – and there is a Dollarama Store you can visit. Last week I went in to get my glue runners – good for cards – and I noticed they had a sheet that glue does not stick to. Hhmmmm. I know Stampin’ Up has one but this one was only $2.00 so much less expensive….but…is it worth it to give it a try??? Why not! It’s definitely worth the $2.00! Nothing sticks to it, including glue from a hot glue gun. It is flimsy though and I kept folding it up with papers on my desk…..I know, I know, clean the desk up, I did that today…..but I finally came up with solution – I had a new clip board and I just put one end of the glue pad under the clip and sat it down beside my desk. Now I just reach down for it and it stays flat. I like it so much I decided to buy another one for the desk where I do mixed media work but I was at a different Dollarama and they didn’t have them…..so you may have to check around to various stores....but well worth it.

  

Now for the card – I made this with the new Sizzix Triple Square Flip-it die set (#659178) that I bought last week…..ignore the paper clips. I just added those to keep it flat while I took the photo.
The finished card is 4.25 x 5.5.

 


When I buy a new die I pretty much follow the directions – for the first time or two. So this die cuts the cardstock with those blocks behind the flowers; then you die cut the designer paper that fits perfectly on the front flap; then the designer paper on the far right is die cut which mimics the left side. I wanted to put a ribbon strip down the middle but I was having a ‘dummy’ moment and put it down the far left – oh well, once it’s there, its there to stay. The set comes with extra square dies; some with stitched borders. So, for this card I die cut three small squares out of designer paper and glued them onto the small flaps – which leaves a nice small border; then I added small white flowers and gems in the centre. 



Now for the inside of the card:

 




You can see how the squares are die cut when you open the card. To pick up the yellow in the polka dots and ribbon, I stamped three small images on yellow cardstock and then die cut them with the largest of the stitched dies. I added a very light bit of colour with pencil crayons. Glue was added to the back of the yellow squares; then held against the back of the front squares leaving a border as even as I could get them and then laid them down to adhere them to the inside of the card – it was a bit tricky but it works.  



Over all I liked it but then I thought – there is no place to leave a message so I added a tiny white strip (edges inked) down the inside. I’m going to have to come up with a better idea than that though…..and I did…..stay tuned for that one.





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That’s all for a lovely Thursday, 2016-09-15.





Cheers

Violet










Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Fall Birthday Cards


A cloudy and wet day here in Ontario but we do need some rain so that’s okay. Not much happening this week except I’ve started to make my Halloween cards for my three youngest grandsons….. after I made three cards with my new die set I bought at the Paper Pickle (our local scrapbook store) last week. Fun die and lots of extra dies which is nice. I don’t have any of them ready to post yet.



Today’s card was made with Perfect Pearls.

 


Fall is here so I thought I’d make some fall coloured birthday cards. The flower was stamped with VersaMark on the Spellbinder’s fancy square and then Perfect Pearls was added…tried to keep them separate which worked out pretty well. Then the butterfly and sentiment were stamped with VersaMark and blue Perfect Pearls was spread on top. I noticed a little ghosting on the butterfly when I downloaded the photo so I brushed it off. The burnt orange paper was in my stash and I was so surprised at how well it matched the flower….that doesn’t always happen! Orangey coloured dew drops were glued on as well….uneven numbers of things are more pleasing to the eye so three were added. The ribbon and bow are also from the stash and I liked how they finished off the card.

  

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That’s all for another wet day in Ontario, 2016-09-14.





Cheers

Violet




Monday, September 12, 2016

Another Stash Card


Saturday was a wash-out! We were under a severe thunderstorm watch all day and some areas were under a tornado watch. We opted to just stay put. I got some more quilting done; did some scrapbooking and made a couple more cards. Yesterday we went for a bike ride at Rondeau – they definitely had rain there – and it was one of those days when it was hot in the sun; cool in the shade. We both had long sleeve blue jean shirts on which was a huge change from the last few weeks of hot and humid weather.



Today’s card is one where I picked up a piece of already die cut cardstock that was in the purple stash bag and decided I had to use it. Sometimes I wonder why I keep giving myself these challenges but here’s what I came up with.

 


This purple piece was die cut with a Spellbinders die using just the bottom of the die to cut a fancy edge. The rest of the cardstock is brought up over the die so it doesn’t cut anywhere else. It’s a hit and miss type of die cutting! The black was die cut with the smaller of the dies in the same set. The flowers were stamped with Versamark and white embossing powder and then the inside of the flowers were coloured in by inking them with a VersaMark pen and then light purple Perfect Pearls. The ribbon was tied and just glued on. This was all glued on to the designer paper and then onto black cardstock and then on to the card base. The label was stamped on black cardstock with VersaMark and white embossing powder as well – and old Technique Tuesday stamp. I did a quick cut around each bump and attached it with a dimensional glue strip. The sentiment is a peel-off. It needed a little more so tiny pearls were added.  It didn’t turn out too bad and I have another card on hand instead of it all still sitting in the stash.



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That’s all for a lovely Monday – sunny but not hot and humid. A wonderful way to start the week…. 2016-09-12



Cheers

Violet




Friday, September 9, 2016

A Fancy Border Card


Another hot day today and the rain is holding off until tomorrow……and we couldn’t put off getting the grass cut another day so out we went this morning to get it done! Yikes, was it hot. Joe cuts the grass and I dig out the dandelions and crab grass (we don’t use chemicals here); trim the tree if needed and do any gardening. It was a waste of time putting sunscreen on my face because I kept wiping it with a paper towel. I do not understand why hubby’s face does not sweat and it drips off mine. So annoying.



I absolutely had to go to the library late this afternoon so I made a stop at the nearby local scrapbook store – The Paper Pickle – who was having a tax free night. There is some big extravaganza thing going on downtown that they are participating in but I skipped the other stores – too pooped to wander up and down the street. I picked up a few things on sale; did a make-and-take and received a free goodie bag. I haven’t checked out the contents of the goodie bag but I did see a full 6” paper pack and some ribbon plus more goodies. Nice.



Today’s card is another one using my new Spellbinder’s Creative border die and a Power Poppy Stamp.

 


 This was coloured with Tombow markers; blended with plain water. A Wink of Stella was used over the flowers to give them some shimmer. The light blue around the flowers is chalk. This time I focused on the orange poppies so I used some orange under the cut away part. First cut was the white under the flowers. Then the orange was cut and glued underneath leaving room for another white border to glue in. This was all mounted on a piece of black cardstock….and yes, the centre was die cut out to be used on anther card…. and then the who thing was glued to a white card base. The gold sentiment is a peel-off.



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That’s all for a hot Friday, September 9, 2016. They are still predicting 90% chance of a thunderstorm to start the weekend tomorrow but Sunday should be nice. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Second Card Try


Another cloudy, hot and humid day here today mixed in with some rain. Because of the cloud coverage the sun was not beating down on us so it was a little more bearable……but we pretty much stayed inside anyway. Looks like a rainy couple days coming and then Sunday should be a nice day.



Today I’m posting the second card that I made for the Scrapbook and Cards challenge…..because I didn’t like the first one.

 


I used the same background paper but lined the card base with the lime green and more lime green on top of the designer paper. The canning jar is a Close to my Heart stamp and it was stamped on the pink and cut out. The tiny words are from CTMH too but the others are from other sources. To bring some green into the jar, I used a splatter stamp from Stampin’ Up and just added small splatters here and there. The flower is from the stash. Instead of gems I used dew drops on the left side. The sentiment was stamped (CTMH again) and it is adhered with dimensional foam. Small pearls were added to three of the flowers in the jar.



Well, I like it better than the other card but still not my favourite. It won’t win because although I decided it was good enough to enter, I forgot to send it in! LOL….Oh well, one more card ready to send to someone.



That’s all for a hot and humid Thursday, 2016-09-08



Cheers

Violet


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Too Hot and Too Humid


This hot and humid weather is wearing me out – even though I’m in an air conditioned house because it seems to sneak in somehow. Of course, part of the reason is because my two brain disorders do not like this type of weather, especially thunderstorms (we have been under a thunderstorm warning most of the day), so it’s a double whammy of not enjoying the weather. Hopefully only one more day of this intense heat and humidity before it cools down a bit. It was actually hotter here in Ontario than in Miami Florida today!



I tried to finish some quilt tops today but my sewing room was very hot too – even with a fan blowing. Of course one of the things my brain disorders absolutely hate is cold air so I have the fan outside the room so all it does is move the hot air around…I had to keep turning the lights off and leaving the room every so often to let it cool down a bit. I’m not much of a winter person but I’ve had just about enough of this summer weather this year! I did get a scrapbook layout finished and other photos organized and ready to scrap though so it was not a totally wasted day.



If you follow my blog at all you will know that I seldom use a sketch – I prefer just to wing it and see what happens. But there are occasions when a sketch is part of a challenge and last week Scrapbook and Cards today had such a challenge…… so I followed their sketch and came up with this card.

 


All the paper and the flower are from my stash. The background paper had pink; blue and lime green so I pulled other paper from my stash that matched it. The stamp is from Inkadinkado and was just stamped in black. Some of it was coloured in with alcohol markers. The trail looked blah even with the bits coloured in so I added some colourful small gems with larger ones on the far left per the sketch. It also had to be a thinking of you card with the sentiment where it is. I used a peel off on hand cut labels.



Well, I didn’t like it. Too much bling for me but I know a couple of my friends always pick the card with the most bling and glitter so I will offer it to them. I didn’t like it well enough to submit either but I did make another card based on the sketch. I’ll post it tomorrow.



That’s all for a hot and humid Wednesday, 2016-09-07



Cheers

Violet






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