Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I'm not smiling until spring.....

We had the first bad snow storm which was mixed with freezing rain and then more snow and then high cold winds! I hate winter! 
I made this art journal page a few years ago but I'm reposting it because that's how I feel today!




Monday, December 11, 2017

Catch the Holiday Spirit....


‘Catch the holiday spirit’  is pretty easy to do here today – we are having a major snow storm and tomorrow very strong winds are to be added to the snow. We will not be leaving the house tomorrow! Today we had to have our morning walk at the arena – they allow the public to go in and walk around, and around, and around, the upstairs mezzanine. There were a few people skating too. I always tell Joe that when I’m walking there I feel like a hamster in a wheel – we go round and round but don’t get anywhere. He just gives me ‘the look’ and says, “Just keep walking. It’s better than slipping on the icy sidewalks”. After the walk we ran a few errands and picked up the last few stocking stuffers for the grandkids and headed for home just as it started to get nasty. I’m so sick of winter already!

Today’s card is also entitled ‘Catch the Holiday Spirit’ and if you check out the birds head you will see why I stamped that sentiment….which came from an old stamp set.



I love these birds which I found on the Internet. This one was once again coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. I left it in the Spellbinder die and sponged on some light blue for the sky. This leaves a nice white border. The snow is Liquid Applique and I squeezed some out of the tube; spread it around and set the image to one side to dry as I made the background. Once the liquid applique was dry I zapped it with the heat gun to puff it up.

The background was a piece of blue cardstock that was run through an embossing folder that sometimes looks like snow flakes and sometimes looks like floating flowers. I decided today it was snow flakes! I added two ribbon accents to break up the blue a bit. Once the image was dry it was glued on and then two Spellbinder die snow flakes were added along with some clear gems. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. I made this one for one of my grandsons.

That’s all for a snowy, cold and slippery Monday, December-11-17.

Cheers
Violet
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Making a Flat Punched Image More Interesting.


Yesterday was the first snowfall of the year!

Another cold, windy day today and the snow we had yesterday is staying on the ground – not a blizzard, but we did have to shovel the driveway late yesterday afternoon. Those whose driveways faces East gets the afternoon sun and the snow melts; ours faces West, so no melting for us if there is no morning sun. We actually went for a walk downtown yesterday in the snow but today is a take it easy day. We’ve had enough of winter; bring on summer!

A friend of mine was cleaning out some closets and found three punches and a few Tombow markers that had never been used. They had all been in her closet for so long she has no idea when she bought them or why she bought them. She said she would never use them – she’s strictly a quilter – so she brought them to me. Lovely friends I have!

One of the punches was a Christmas stocking. So I thought it was only fair to make her a Christmas card using it.

 

The punch just punches out one flat stocking. This is how you take a flat punched item and make it more interesting. First I punched it out designer cardstock and white cardstock. Then the heel and toes patches were hand cut from the white stocking; edges inked; and glued on top of the punched stocking. Likewise for the top but once it was glued on, Martha Stewart fancy glitter was glued on.

While the glitter was drying, the back of the snowflake embossing folder was inked with light blue ink and then a piece of white cardstock was run though. This leaves a very light blue background and the snowflakes really pop!

Two small holes were punched right beside each other and embroidery floss was put through one; up through the other and a knot tied. The stockings were attached to the string with dimensional strips.

The sentiment banner was hand cut and then a gold pen was run around the edge. The sentiment itself is a gold peel-off as are the small gold dots. The card was then glued to the light blue card base which is just a darker colour than the blue behind the snowflakes. I think she will like it.

That’s all for a cold and windy Friday, December 8, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I’ll be back on Monday with another card.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Non-Traditional Coloured Christmas Card


The above seasonal temperatures have disappeared!....and the cold wind makes it even colder. Brrrrr. I hate winter!

Today’s card is a Christmas card in non-traditional colours…..something I really like to do.

This card meets the requirements for this challenge:


and this challenge:



I was digging through the stash…yes it’s that deep….or it seems so some days…and found that aqua plain paper…but not a lot of it. So I searched through my patterned paper and found a piece that matched. A simple diagonal cut formed a perfect card size front. The fancy strip down the seam was also from the stash and just happened match! The ornament is a Stampin’ Up die cut out of a lighter aqua cardstock with glitter paper behind it. The sentiment was die cut with the Tim Holtz Christmas sentiment die set. They were die cut twice; once out of the darker and lighter aqua cardstock and the lighter one was glued to the darker one; but off-set so it made a shadow which really helped it stand out.



That’s all for a cold and windy Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, December 4, 2017

A Snowy Owl and a Card


We are still experiencing quite mild temperatures…and no snow!...for December but it is coming to an end on Wednesday! We have been out walking every day and will continue to do so until it snows…then we go to the arena and walk around and around and around there. Boring! I told Joe last year I felt like a hamster in a wheel there but he just laughed and said it’s better than walking on slippery sidewalks and falling so keep walking – true but boring.

Yesterday was Joe’s birthday so after lunch we went out to the lake to Molly and OJ’s for lunch – not something we can do on a regular basis but for his birthday, it was a nice treat. We walked a trail there until someone told us there was a snowy owl   off the Erieau pier so we went back to Erieau and sure enough it was still there. Here is one of the photos of it.  
There was a beautiful full moon last night so I took a picture of it with my camera. Not the best but for a point-and-shoot camera, not bad.

Today’s card is a sample of the ones I made for the ladies I visit at the nursing home. I make them all the same card so I don’t have to worry about them getting the same one next year. It’s the only time I make duplicate cards.




The card base already had those very small Christmas trees embossed on them. I bought these and some red cards on sale a couple of years ago and forgot about them. As soon as I found them, ..confession…while looking for something else….. I knew they would be perfect for the nursing home cards. I took the Cuttlebug Christmas tree embossing folder and embossed each card front. Then I sanded the top of the embossed area so the white would show. Then I pulled out some gems and started gluing them on. I always put a drop of glue where I’m putting the gems to make sure they stay on. Most of my gems come from the dollar store so sometimes the glue is not the best! I thought some of the gems were too light in colour so I went over the tops of those ones with an alcohol marker to brighten them up. I thought these were going to be quick and easy cards but the gems took longer to put on then the embossing did. Oh well, I like them and I hope they do as well.

That’s all for a mild but windy Monday, December 4, 2017.

Cheers

Violet

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Friday Card on Saturday.


There was no post yesterday because of computer problems but its back and running today so I’m making a quick post. It’s time to put up the Christmas tree so its going to be a busy day.

This Christmas card was made from a recycled card. I just couldn’t toss it out…..too darn cute.
 

First I die cut the image into a circle and added frosty glitter (Martha Stewart) all around the edge. Then it was simply glued to a square card base covered with the designer paper. I added a bow and called it done.

 That’s all for a busy Saturday! I’ll be back on Monday.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Three Flip-It Cards


We’ve had several days of pleasant weather…except for the cool to cold wind... but tomorrow is rain! We went for our morning walk and at first we were cold; then as we got where the wind was less, we were comfortable; then back out in the open with the sun shining and no wind, we were too hot with winter coats on; then more wind so cold again….and this went on and on throughout the entire walk....hoods up; hoods down; hoods up; hoods down! Oh well, we survived. At least there has been no snow yet.

Today I’m posting three cards because they were all made the same way. They may or may not go to my three youngest grandsons. I haven’t decided yet.

All the cards were made with the Sizzix flip card die set. Great set but I add the extra hinge by placing the end of the paper over the end of the die instead of below it….that way it creases, but doesn’t cut.

Designer paper was die cut using the dies that came with the set. The small squares and square stitched dies come with the set as well. Various stamps and die cuts were used to decorate the squares. 
This is the front of the card folded up.

 


This card is going to the youngest grandson for sure. I added a ribbon and plastic snowman to the front because I found the red a little too much....and he's seven I figured he would like it.

This is the inside; card opened up.

 

The background was embossed with the snowflake embossing folder and layered on top of the designer paper. The snowman was a sticker but I glued him first to a piece of cardstock to make him more stable as he is added with dimensional strips. The snow bank was just hand cut and glued on.  That piece on the far right was also die cut with one of the dies from the set….lots of dies in this set. The blank space on the inside is for a message.

 The outside of Card Number Two. Made with the 13 year old in mind but wondering if it may be too juvenile for him.

Bad lighting! It is a beautiful blue background more like the right side.
Inside and opened:
The inside of this card was made by stamping this snowman (very old stamp) and lightly colouring it. The background was sponged on ink with a mask over the stamped snowman. Watered down paint was splattered on for snow. The sentiment is from another set.

 Outside and folded: Card Number Three - maybe for 10 year old grandson but, once again, not sure.

Inside:

This snowman is from an old Inkadinkado set. The background is inked and once again watered down paint was splattered on for snow. The greeting is part of the snowman so no extra greeting was needed.

 These cards were not quick to make - lots of die cutting; stamping and inking - but I like making different cards.
That’s all for a cool Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

 Cheers

Violet 

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Postive and Negative Die Cuts


We’re having lovely above normal temperatures during the day here but pretty cold at night. This morning we went for an hour’s walk; ate lunch; and went out to Lake Erie – Erieau, then Shrewsbury to see if we could see sine snowy owls and then just outside Rondeau Provincial Park to see the rare Townsend Warbler that has been there for two weeks now….it’s only been seen in this area six times! We did see about 5 or 6 snowy owls but they were way too far away for a good picture….and the rare Townsend was not to be seen at all. One fellow had been there since 9:00 this morning and had not seen it. We are not that dedicated. We gave it about 20 minutes and left. It was very cold by the lake. Oh well, it was a nice drive and we did see the snowy owls.

Today’s cards are a sample of using both negative and positive die cuts.





First I ran both the blue and white cardstock through the snowflake embossing folder. Then I used some various snowflake dies to die cut them out of each one. This set of snowflakes has matching stamps so the holes were the same but I stamped different patterns on them. They are all embossed with white and sparkling blue embossing powder and heat set. For the white card I trimmed it a bit and glued it to the blue card base leaving a nice blue edge. The sentiment was also heat embossed on a die cut label from the middle of the blue card base. The blue card was left the same size as the card base and its sentiment was just stamped on a die cut label. Both labels were glued on with a dimensional strip.

That’s all for a cool Monday, November 27, 2017.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Another Christmas Card


It’s pretty mild today for near the end of November so this morning’s walk was pretty easy going. We stopped at a nearby nursing home that was having a penny sale and bought a couple of sheets to try our luck….penny sales are about the extend of our gambling!

Yesterday I went to London with my sister (who will be 78 next month) for one of her doctor appointments. The day did not go well. It started by her dropping her breakfast and having to start over again which made for a late start; busy stores; women wearing perfume which Bette is horribly allergic to; very horrible lunch and almost ran out of gas…she forgot to fill up the day before and even though I was driving, it was her van and I just assumed she had filled it up before a long trip like Joe does so I didn’t look at the gas gauge! She had a good report from the doctor so that was the only good thing about the day.

Today’s card is another one of the birds I found on the Internet.

 
Once again it was coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol. The sky is Distress Ink. Spellbinder’s dies were used to cut the squares. The fancy snowflake die is from Memory Box and it die cut that glitter paper with no problem at all. I added some silver peel-off dots for snow. The background paper is from a 12” piece that I cut into 5 ¼” squares to use on these square cards.

 That’s all for a mild and sunny Friday, November 24, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

 Cheers
Violet
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Very Different Christmas Card


It’s only November 22, 2017, and I’m already sick of winter! I’m definitely a summer lover! Bring on the heat!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S.A. so Happy Thanksgiving to all there. The Canadian thanksgiving is in October. And wherever you live, find something to be thankful for and enjoy the day.

Today’s card is really different than anything I’ve ever done. It was an experiment using up some bits and pieces that I actually quite like it.


It all started when I was looking through my Christmas stash of bits of paper and found this Tim Holtz deer I had die cut and never used. It is the same paper as the middle one but I sponged ink over it to change the colour. The other paper is from an old 12” paper pack that I’ve had for years…except for the top piece which is cream coloured one that I applied some dots to in the same ink as the deer was coloured with. I took two other pieces and die cut them with a Spellbinder’s curved die…that I seldom remember to use. The music one in the front had a piece left over so I ripped it and added it behind the first two. All the edges were inked; arranged the way I liked them; edges trimmed even and then it was glued to a Kraft card base. The gold sentiment; holly around the deer’s neck and small gold dots are peel-offs. Like I said, it’s different, but I like it.

That’s all for a cold and windy Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Cheers
Violet
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