Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Haunted House Card

This is going to be a very busy day today so I thought I’d better get a quick post in because the next few days are going to be the same. This is the Halloween card I made for my six year old grandson.


The background paper is from a Tim Holtz 6” paper pack and it was mounted on black cardstock. The little black houses are a Memory Box die that most people seem to use on Christmas cards but I think they work fine for Halloween cards too. The haunted house is a QuicKutz die. I hand cut the ghost and he was inserted through the door and taped to the back to stay in place. The moon was die cut with a Spellbinder’s die and the black outline was just too circle dies cut together to form the frame. Using the Sizzix magnetic platform works great for this. The cloud die came with the haunted house and it was die cut in white and then the edges inked with light grey. The bat was die cut with, I think, a Stampin’ Up die, and was glued on with dimensional tape. I was pretty happy how this one turned out.

All three boys love to read so I made them Halloween bookmarks too but they are not quite done yet.

That’s all for another unseasonably warm fall day.



Monday, October 17, 2016

A Halloween Card

Happy Monday everyone! This day started really early for me. I woke up at 4:15 and could not get back to sleep. By 6:00 I was up and eating breakfast. Long day! Our hydro was out for 2 hours this morning because they were upgrading the equipment by our house. I had no idea what I was going to do but luckily for me, my friend Jane stopped in for a visit and for some reason the time just flew by. A good friend to the rescue. After lunch I was able to finish the quilting on a quilt for my honourary daughter so the day was not spent catching up on my sleep at all….which crossed my mind after lunch but I shook it off and got to work.

Today’s card is another Halloween card. This one was made for the 9 year old grandson.

I had some Halloween strips left over from a Tim Holtz 6” paper pack so I made them into banners, inked the edges and used them up. The background paper is also from the T.H. paper pack but I stamped the bones and then made them whiter with white acrylic paint….they are lying on the grass behind the fence. Not sure I like them now but once they were there, they are staying. The spider was stamped in black but it wasn’t dark enough so I went over it with a black marker, and put red in the centre. The spider web is from a Inkadinkado stamp set (and the spider too I think) and it was stamped with black ink and then, once it dried, I painted on glitter glue. Yes, I painted on the glitter glue. I squeeze some out on a piece of plastic and use an old paint brush to brush it on – it’s more even and I have more control. To draw the line from the web to the spider, I just used a ruler and fine Bic pen. The fence was die cut from black cardstock and glued down. I picked this one up at our local scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle, when it was on sale and I really like it. If its die cut in white, it could be used for other occasions. Once everything was glued down and dried it was glued to the orange card base.

There is a new card maker in the family! My youngest grandson, Finn, who is six, designed and made a card with a large dragonfly on it. The dragonfly lifts up so you can write a message underneath of it. Clever. My daughter sent me a video of him showing me the card and how the dragonfly lifts up. So cute!....and yes, he's the one that informed us in August that he was an 'artist'....he could be right!

That’s all for a sunny, windy October day, 2016-10-17




Friday, October 14, 2016

The Chosen One

So tired! Today was yard work day and time to put the garden to bed for the winter day….didn’t get it all done but did the most necessary….which means cutting back the roses and covering them with dirt. We have 22 rose bushes. The peonies and other perennials will have to wait until next week to be trimmed back. I won’t be doing much tonight except watching my Blue Jays play Cleveland in the first game of that series. Cleveland is my second favourite team so I’ll be happy no matter which one wins…but a bit happier if it’s Toronto.

I hope you have been enjoying the week of wedding cards and perhaps picked up a few hints and ideas too. Today I’m posting the card that Janette actually picked…and I knew she would be picking this one. I started thinking about her friend getting married. She is a lovely person who really enjoys being out in nature and her wedding is going to be small and at a lovely country chateau. So with that in mind I made a card that reflected her life.


I started out with a piece of plain white cardstock and this woodland embossing folder. The flat side of the folder was inked with very light blue ink and then it was run through the embossing folder. This leaves the embossed part stand out a little more. It’s hard to see in the photo because the blue is so light. To make it even more organic I ripped the edges of the white and then glued it to a piece of blue cardstock and then to the white card base. This card is 5.5 x 6.

The butterfly was die cut with a Memory Box die and just glued down the centre so the wings are free. Once again I used the Paper Smooches ‘celebrate’ die but only cut it in white. The ‘love’ was die cut with a Cuttlebug alphabet die. I was smart this time and ran the white cardstock through the Xerox first to get glue on the back so it was easier to glue down.

Small white pears were added to the body of the butterfly and around it. However as I look at it now, it needs one more small white pearl. I like uneven numbers of embellishments.

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That’s the end of wedding cards. Next week I’ll post…..???? what ever pops in my head over the weekend. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. That’s all for now, 2016-10-14.



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Wedding Card Number Three

Another beautiful fall day here in Ontario….very cool at night but nice during the day…..just the way I like it. Not much to report today so I’ll get right to the card. After making two wedding cards for my daughter’s perusal I decided that these two are not going to be what she had in mind. Her friend is in her early 40’s and it is a second marriage so maybe a black and white card is not going to cut it. So, I went with a Champaign coloured card and black instead. Here’s what I came up with.


I started out with a thin piece of Champaign coloured cardstock so the first thing I did was run a scrap piece through an embossing folder – cracked in places which is what I was afraid would happen. To avoid this, simply place the thin paper between two pieces of scrap paper – like copy paper – and run it through – it embosses just find and no tearing or cracking. So that’s how the Swiss dots were embossed on the piece of thin paper. It was then glued to a white card base. The sentiment at the top was in a package of odds and ends I picked up at the thrift store so I have no idea who made it. It was printed on light grey velum so it was glued on black cardstock before being glued over the Swiss dots….it needed some stabilizing over the embossed dots.

Another piece of Champaign paper, but a bit darker in colour, was added over the Swiss Dots about half way down the page. The off-white flower was a premade one from Michaels who had a package of six on sale for less than a dollar… I think…. so I bought three packs of them. Behind the flower are coils of black and white baker’s twine. To get it to stay in place, I placed a large glue dot on the glue pad and looped the bakers twine around the glue dot and pressing it into the dot where I wanted it. Then I just had to lift up the glue dot and glue it to the card….but I added a bit of Zip Dry glue (my favourite glue) to the glue dot to make sure it would stay stuck. Then the flower was glued on top of the coils.

The word ‘celebrate’ was die cut in both white and black cardstock and then I glued the white on top of the black, off-side a bit so it looks like a shadow. This die is from Paper Smooches but it is not all one word but divided into three sections….which makes no sense to me but that’s how it came.

Well, I do like this card but it is not he one she chose. I’ll post the one she chose tomorrow…..and I knew as soon as I made it that that would be the one she would choose.



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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wedding Card Number Two

My mouth is so frozen I don’t think it will thaw out until spring. I lost part of the filling and part of the tooth on Monday and it could not be refilled. The dentist had to put a silver cap on it instead. Hope it lasts! By the way, going to the dentist does not bother me in the least. I could fall asleep in his chair while he's working on me.

This is the second wedding card I made for my daughter to choose from.

This card is 5x6.5. The first layer was run through the Big Shot with the Swiss Dot embossing folder. The butterfly swag is a Memory Box die and it was die cut from black cardstock. The top designer paper is from an old 12x12 paper pack and it was die cut on an angle with the Spellbinder’s fancy border die. Then the same die was used to die cut a piece of black cardstock and glued behind it. It needed that contrast. The Spellbinder’s label was first die cut from white cardstock and then glued to a piece of black and I cut around it to give it a tiny border. The sentiment was from one of those .99 Michael stamps but it was attached to another sentiment so once again, I cut it apart. I can hear some of you cringing but I do it all the time.

That’s all for a lovely sunny day here in Ontario, 2016-10-12. It gets very cold at night but lovely during the day. Perfect weather in my mind! The trees around here have just started to change colour and some not at all...they are very late this year likely because it has been so much warmer in September and October. In fact my roses are still blooming like crazy and they should be forming rose hips and getting ready for winter. Hope we don’t lose them over the winter. We need at least one heavy frost to get the plants ready for winter.



Monday, October 10, 2016

A Black and White Wedding Card

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for here in Canada. It was a sunny but cool long weekend here in Ontario…..and very quiet for us, especially for a holiday. We opted to stay home this weekend because we couldn’t find a time for us and the daughters and their families to be together except for a couple of hours and it’s too far to drive for such a short visit. But it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I ended up with a weird speech and pain from the brain disorders on Sunday and on top of that, my throat got sore yesterday. Today Joe had a slight sore throat….oh, oh hope we don’t have colds coming on! And then, just to make it more interesting, I lost a piece of my filling on one of my back teeth this afternoon. Sure hope the dentist is in tomorrow. So far enough filling is left that it’s not hurting but for how long???? I’ll be calling first thing in the morning!

In spite of all the downsides of this weekend, I did get some cards and scrapbooking done. My daughter’s best friend is getting married and Janette asked me if I would make a wedding card for her. Of course I was pleased to do so. In fact, I’ve made four so she can have a choice. Here’s the first one I made.


This card has many layers – four I think. It was made with a Spellbinder’s fancy die set and I think I used all the dies in the set except one label die.  The first layer is the black cardstock that was glued onto the white card base. The fancy cut large die cut was glued to black cardstock. The next layer has two parts…. the one large piece was die cut in white but I wanted something behind the filigree end pieces so I ran the die through the Big Shot but only embossing it, not cutting it. Then I simply cut around it and glued it behind the filigree piece which adds so much more dimension. It was attached to the larger piece with dimensional tape. The black label was die cut and the sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder. This small sentiment was originally attached to a larger stamp (not sure of manufacturer) so I just cut it off….which I do quite often if I want just one part of the stamp. This card is much nicer in real life where you can see the layers clearly.

That’s all for a lovely Thanksgiving Monday, October 10, 2016.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

A Something Old and Something New Card

This has been a wonderful warm, almost hot, week here in Ontario. Joe said he thinks he’s covered up the A/C unit a few days too soon but it cools off nicely at night so we’ve done fine with it off. Cold temperatures coming overnight with rain though and temperatures likely in the high 60’s for the next week or so.

This is the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend….and we have so much to be thankful for too. My thoughts are with those in Haiti, Florida, Georgia and up the coast that are battling the hurricane. We quite often get the tail end of these hurricanes but nothing like what they are getting.  

Joe and I both love birds and we have five different feeders in the back yard. We have a small beaded cup that hangs on one of the feeders that I fill with whole peanuts for the blue jays. I sometimes just barely make it back into the house when the jays are there getting a peanut. Here are a few shots I took of them last week.

He dropped one and immediately went down to get it.

Only one left?

The same blue jay took all the peanuts. He kept flying just a short way away, different direction each time, hid it somewhere and then returned for another one. I have no idea how he knows where he hides them.

Today’s card was made with something old and something new.


The tag was made as a make-and-take at our local scrapbooking store, The Paper Pickle, probably a couple or three years ago. I pulled it out and decided I just had to use it up. So I took a piece of yellow cardstock and ran it through an embossing folder and then just gently rubbed a brown ink pad over the embossed bits to hi-lite them. Then it was glued to a kraft card base which happens to match the tag. The tag was adhered with dimensional foam and then small red gems were added to some of the flowers. This would be a quick and easy card to make even if the tag wasn’t already made. In fact, I may make some more as thinking of you or birthday cards.

That’s all for a lovely Friday, October 7, 2016. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

An Oldie Card...and an Anniversary of sorts!

Late yesterday afternoon we had the cable guy here to add TIVO to our cable service. They called us a couple of weeks ago and offered us a free TIVO and no monthly charge so we decided to take it. With the old PVR system I could tape 2 shows at once but then I couldn’t watch a third show. With this system, I can tape up to 5 and watch one….not that there is ever 5 shows on at once that I want to tape but sometimes there are 2 and then I cannot watch my baseball or hockey games…..speaking of baseball, my Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles last night in a nail-biter of a game and it took them 11 innings to do so. The TIVO is going to be good to have but man is it complicated to learn – and they don’t have instruction booklets. The cable guy says most seniors really struggle learning it and I can believe that. I was just glad the fellow had it all installed before the game started!

The sort of anniversary story is at the end. Today’s card is an oldie that I made at a card making session but never got around to photographing or posting. I had quite a pile of them and kept moving them around because I was keeping them for inspiration but I finally decided to let them go. This one was made using an old Stamping Bella stamp but any similar stamp would do.

I showed this to a friend of mine and she instantly decided it was perfect for her niece. I wasn’t sure about the colours they chose to give us but in the end it was okay. The four squares were taped together and the ribbon was wrapped around them before they were glued to the card base. The rectangles were not cut even so they were just glued in on an angle….not my ‘too-fussy’ way of doing it but that’s the way the said to do it. Some brads were added to the top right. We coloured the image with Tombow markers and at home I sponged one some blue as it was too stark being plain white. The shadow is an oval stamp and we covered the image and then stamped it on plain paper a couple of times and then on the card so it wouldn’t be too dark. This is not my favourite card but once again, it was perfect for someone else.

That’s all for a lovely Wednesday, 2016-10-05



Ps: Yesterday was a sort of anniversary for me…..16 years ago, October 4 2000; I underwent very risky, exploratory brain surgery. It was so risky I had to talk the neurosurgeon into doing the surgery as he was reluctant to do it (too great a chance I would have a major stroke be a vegetable) ….he said they seldom did exploratory brain surgery anymore as most of the time they know exactly what they are going to do but in my case..….. they had no clue in spite of all the tests they tried. I was in so much constant pain I told him I'd take my chances. Turns out the cause was so rare he had never, ever seen it before or even read about it. Leave it me! So I am left with two rare brain disorders; trigeminal neuralgia and hemi-facial paralyses and yes, I have some painful longer constant or as painful.....and I’m alive and loving living. I hope you are doing the same! Remember – every day this side of the dirt is a good one!

Monday, October 3, 2016

A Spooky Sky Card

Well the rain finally ended about 11:00 Sunday morning so we decided to take a chance and go for a hike at Point Pelee. It turned out to be a great day for hiking but not so great at seeing many migrating birds. Today was cut the grass day and gardening day and I hope to get back down to the lower studio to continue   scrapbooking….but I also have some quilts ready to finish!

So I thought I would enter the Halloween card I made for Jack.


This started out as a piece of white cardstock. The area where the moon is was covered with a die cut circle of masking paper and then various Distress Inks were sponged all around to create a spooky sky. Then the mask was removed and some clouds were made using Distress Ink Dusty Concord swiped through the moon area and a bat was stamped. Then the trees were stamped in black ink a few times to cover the area and then the bottom was sponged with black ink and Dusty Concord ink. The coffin was stamped and cut out and added with dimensional tape. Then I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and then red embossing powder and heat set it. It was cut out and added to the coffin. This was then added to purple cardstock and then to the card base. I think Jack will like it.

That’s all for a lovely….and no rain for once….Monday, 2016-10-03



Friday, September 30, 2016

Page Two

It’s still raining! After a long hot, humid and dry summer, Mother Nature is soaking us! Another two days of rainy weather and then it clears up for a few days. The temperature is just right for taking nice long walks….if it wasn’t raining.

Last night I was back down in the lower studio (aka the basement) getting some scrapbooking done. Today I decided I wanted to get two quilts and a wall-hanging pinned together and ready to quilt. This is my least favourite job of quilting. The two quilts went together quite quickly but I measured the backing wrong for the wall-hanging and I have to start over for it. Groan. I’m just glad it was the wall-hanging that I measured wrong and not one of the larger quilts. I decided to have a coffee and post my scrapbook layout before returning to the quilting drama.

Here is the companion page to the one that I posted yesterday.

I don’t always do a two-page layout but I normally do because I take so many photos and hate to leave them out. The background paper came with the different colours printed on it, same as the one from yesterday. I just found paper in my stash that co-ordinated with it to finish the page. The one photo on the top right needed something under it so I stamped a flourish. Seth was into making funny faces every time I wanted a picture but that’s our Seth so I didn’t ask for re-takes. I warned him that what ever face he was going to make was going into the album. He was 7…he didn’t care….and I didn’t either!

Here are the two pages side by side.


That’s all for a very rainy Friday, September 30, 2016. Have a great weekend everyone.



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