Friday, February 23, 2018

Dragonfly Card


When it rains, it pours….and it’s been raining here off and on for days and will continue tomorrow and Sunday. Several cities and towns along several different rivers have been evacuated because of flooding. We are safe where we are but I feel terrible for those who are dealing with water flooding their homes.     

Today’s card features an Inkadinkado dragonfly stamp. A friend of mine loves dragonflies and as soon as she saw it she pounced on it and asked for it…of course I let her have it.




 The background is another one made with Distress inks smeared on a piece of plastic; sprayed with water and then the water colour paper laid on top of it…likely a few times but dried in between. The black fancy die cut it is on is from Spellbinders. The black lace at the bottom is a Stampin’ Up stamp. It is mounted on the green card base.

        That’s all for a very wet Friday, February 23, 2018. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone. I’ll be back on Monday with another post.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Water Coloured Background Card


This has been a crazy busy….and rainy…day and it’s not over yet. Tonight is the quilt guild meeting and I always look forward to learning more about quilting and socializing with the other quilters.

Today’s card is one that I made over the weekend when we had some not-quite-so-cold days and it was bearable in the lower studio (aka the basement).




I love making these background cards using water colour paper and a variety of mediums. I have used plain cardstock but it doesn’t take the ink quite as nicely. I think this one was made with Distress Inks but you can use any die ink or water colour paints that you happen to have. Just smear some ink across a slick surface like the Tim Holtz sheet…I use a piece of stiff plastic because I don’t have the T.H. one…spray with water until small droplets form; lightly spray the water colour paper and press and twist into the ink or paint. You can keep dipping it in but DRY IT BETWEEN dips. As long as you dry it in between you can get lots of different layers; if you don’t dry it, you get mud! No need to ask how I know this!

Once the paper is dry and straightened as well as I can get it, I stamped the image…Inkadinkado…and then the sentiment and scroll which are from two different sets. Because the water colour paper is thick and is not completely flat, I always adhere it to the card base using double sided tape, not glue.

That’s all for a wet Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Flower Card on a Rainy Day


It’s been raining here since sometime in the middle of the night and will continue to rain, off and on likely, until some time late tomorrow night. Then a day of no rain, and then two more days of rain. Mother Nature has been confused all winter. At least we don’t have to shovel rain! We had so much snow piled so high that even all this rain has not melted it yet but it’s going down, slowly but surely. Its Family Day here in Canada but we have no family close by and we like to do outdoor stuff when we do see them so we opted to stay home seeing as its raining all over Southern Ontario. I hit the sewing room and got a lot of my last quilt quilted and Joe has been on the computer. Good day!

        Today’s card was made with one of my favourite new stamps from Poppy Power.

 


      This time I stamped the image with Stampin’ Up Handsome Hunter Green ink which I think has been retired but any green ink would do. Then it was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol using just blue and that light green. I know the old saying says ‘blue and green should never be seen’ but I happen to love blue and green together. The completed image was then placed behind this fancy Spellbinder’s die but one flower didn’t fit in. Instead of cutting it off, I carefully cut around it so it goes over the frame. I like it like that. The background paper is from the stash. The ribbon tag is also a Spellbinder’s die and I left it in the die and sponged on some light blue which left that nice white edge. The sentiment is from an old stamp set that never goes out of style. Once the card was completed I added clear Wink of Stella to flowers and set it aside to dry.

        That’s all for a very wet and rainy Monday, February 19, 2018. I’ll be back on Wednesday with another posting. In the meantime, feel free to browse back to see other postings.

Cheers

Violet

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Friday, February 16, 2018

A Huge Candle Card


The weather outside is a changing by the hour. Someone posted this on Facebook and it pretty much says it all.




A friend of mine asked me to make a card for a pre-teen boy – something pretty plain of course. I finally decided to make a huge candle card. Here is what I came up with…and she loved it.




I took a piece of left over cardstock and ran it through the Swiss dot embossing folder and then trimmed it to the size I wanted and inked the edges with a darker blue. Then I hand cut another piece of blue to look like wax dripping and glued it on the top. I hand cut the candle flame from yellow and orange cardstock stacked together; then switched the pieces over to make one flame. They were then sprinkled with yellow glitter. The wick is just a little piece of black cardstock.  The background was in the stash and it looked great with the candle glued to it. It was then glued to the yellow card base. The sentiment was stamped onto a hand cut banner and was attached with dimensional glue strips. Glossy Accents was then added to the dripping wax piece and set aside to dry. I always have to do that last or I end up smudging it.

        That’s all for a cold and damp Friday, February 16, 2018. Have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone. My heart aches for those involved in that Florida shooting. So sad.

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's a Heat-Wave and a Card


We’re having a heat-wave! Well, after all the bitter cold weather and mounds of snow and freezing rain we’ve had, today feels like a heat-wave. It’s well above freezing so a lot of the snow is starting to melt….but a little slower than normal because of the ice on top of it.

I needed some thinking of you cards so here’s one I recently made. Orange poppies are one of my favourite flowers. This image was a free digi print from the Internet.




It was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol but I got a little heavy handed with the dark orange which took away a lot of the yellow/orange but that’s okay. I still liked it. I sponged some yellow and blue chalk around it while it was still in the Spellbinder’s long rectangle die so it left a nice white image. All the rest of the paper is from the stash. The butterfly is from a Memory Box die. The peel-off sentiment is on a piece of scrap paper left over from cutting the card background. It is placed behind that label…which started out pink. I won a set of these labels that were all yucky colours that I knew I would never use. So, the solution was to alter them with alcohol ink. I just kept sponging on colours until I got that nice marbled look and quit. Now I love them and I’m glad I won them…and now I’ll use them.

That’s all for a very snow melting mild Wednesday, February 14, 2018….Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We don’t buy each other presents anymore but we did have lunch out today after walking at the arena.

Cheers

Violet

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Another Blue Bird of Happiness Card


The sun is shining! Yay! But it’s still quite cold…below freezing and will be for another day at least. We sure got dumped on with snow on Friday and Saturday and then yesterday we had some freezing rain although not as much as some areas received. I cannot wait for winter to be over! The sidewalks and driveways are still a sheet of ice today.

Today’s card is another one made with the Blue Bird of Happiness stamp from Art Impressions. If you missed the first one I posted, please scroll back a few postings until you find it so you can compare them.




 This one was coloured with my usual pencils and then blended with gamsol. I extended the branch so it went to the edge and then added a die cut leaf. A Spellbinder’s rectangle die was used to cut it out and it was then left in the die while I sponged on the ink. This leaves a nice white border. If you happen to own the Sizzix (or from Stampin’ Up) Magnetic Plate this is another good use for it. Place a piece of scrap paper on the plate and then the image in the die on top. The die will stick to the magnetic plate while you sponge on the ink and it will not shift.

The background paper is from the stash. The sentiment is a stamp that co-ordinates with the bird so I bought it as well. Love this stamp!

That’s all for a cold Monday, February 12, 2018. Is anyone else watching the Olympics? Wish they were in our time zone but that’s how the people in that part of the world feel, when it is in our time zone. Fair is fair! I’ll be back on Wednesday with another post.





Cheers

Violet

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Our Snowy Backyard with Cardinal

I wasn't kidding about the amount of snow we have...and are still having. Here's a few pictures of the amount of snow on top of our bird bath and lighthouse - note the Northern Cardinal on top of the lighthouse.

And here are a few close-up shots of the Cardinal.



It's Saturday morning, 11:32, and its still snowing. It may end tomorrow but will changing to freezing rain and ice pellets....going to be a nasty day tomorrow. 
I'll be back Monday with a card. Be safe out there!

Cheers
Violet





Friday, February 9, 2018

Snow and Dragonfly Card


Snowed in! Not kidding! It started snowing around 4:00 am and it’s still snowing at 9:30 pm and may not stop until Sunday night – that’s 3 days of constant snow! They said we could get well over 8” – I think it’s about that much already!

I found this on the Internet – it sums it up.






I almost forgot to post a card tonight. I keep thinking its Saturday. I love dragonflies so here’s a dragonfly card.




The background paper and floral paper and the paper of the largest die cut (Spellbinder die) are all from a 6” paper pack. I found the blue one in the stash that matched but I sponged some extra blue ink around the edges, leaving the middle light blue. The sentiment is a peel-off that is on a hand cut banner from the left over background paper.

          The dragonfly came about because I was experimenting one day with embossing the stamp on vellum but never did anything with them. They were okay but I really only liked the way the wings turned out. So, to use them up I stamped and embossed the same stamp with white embossing powder on that blue label. Then I hand cut the dragonfly wings; flipped it over and applied some alcohol ink to the underside; added a glue dot to just the centre by the body and glued in place. That leaves the wings free. Then I added some gems down the centre of the dragonfly; small blue gems and sequins around the dragonfly and called it done.

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

Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Snowing Again....and a Card


Snowing again! We woke up to at least another 4” of snow again this morning. Yesterday morning it was less than an inch and I was able to shovel the driveway myself but today we had to get the neighbour to do it with his snow blower – more money spent on having the driveway cleared this winter than on anything else….and it’s only February 7th. Another six weeks at least of winter to go.

A friend of mine asked if I could make her cards for a couple of young boys so of course I said sure. Then when I got home I couldn’t remember exactly the boys’ ages but I knew they were between 7 and 13. So here’s one of the cards I made. 


I took a piece of white cardstock and die cut some stars out of it – a new Stampin’ UP die set I just bought. I also have a small star punch so I punched a few of those two.

I knew I was going to wrap twine around the card so first I put it in my Tim Holtz’s card positioner and stamped the two sentiments – they are from old and different sets. Love my stamp positioner!

 Then I took some green baker’s twine….love bakers twine and yesterday at the thrift store I bought a huge bag of many colours of brand new bakers twine for about $3.00!....ooops, sorry sidetracked again….back to the card…..I wrapped the twine around three times, taping it at the back. Then I threaded a button with the twine and glued it in place. This keeps the twine from moving.

Then I took a lime green card base and glued the white piece on top and glued some white stars over the larger green stars.

          Making cards for young boys are much harder than those for girls but I think this one turned out okay. They are, after all, miniature men who don’t want flowers, glitz and fancy bows. That's all for a cold and snowy Wednesday, February 6th, 2018.


Cheers

Violet

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Do More of What Makes You Happy


I almost forgot to post a card today….I was going to blame the cold and the snow on making some brain cells fade…except I haven’t been out of the house since Friday! We are not football fans here so yesterday the TV wasn’t even turned on. I spent the day cutting out two more quilts and today I got the blocks for one of them almost completed….lots of cutting; lots of sewing. These will be summer quilts for the grandsons to take camping…..and I’m using the stash only….no buying more fabric…..well, unless I have to!!

Today’s card is another humourous one. It’s a Stamping Bella image but I have no idea if it’s still available. One of the sentiments is from a different Stamping Bella set; the other from an unknown stamp set.



The image was coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol; as per usual! I sit and colour these as I watch hockey in the winter; baseball games in the summer. I wasn’t sure what to do with the card but as I was leafing through my stash I found this blue cardstock that had the oval die cut out of it. So I placed it over the image and it would fit except for her scarf and the flag. So, first of all it was run through the large dot embossing folder just to add some more texture. Then I lightly penciled in where the scarf and flag would be on the outside and cut them out and then glued the image in place. The top circle sentiment and the bottom oval one are both popped up on dimensional strips. This will be a great card for a fun-loving person having a birthday.

            That’s all for a very cold Monday, February 5, 2018.



Cheers

Violet

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