Friday, August 11, 2017

A Wild but Fun Background


I almost forgot to post a card today. It’s been another busy day. We are having our three youngest grandsons next week and I had a very complicated jigsaw puzzle out on the table in the rec room where they all put our extra laptops so they can play video games (only while waiting for or just after supper) so I had to get it finished – which I did tonight. Which reminds me to tell you that next week will be hit and miss with postings – and likely more misses than hits. We are not going away but will be busy with the boys.

  

Last night I hung the clothes on the clothesline even though there was a chance of rain…we were hoping it would miss us.....they were well rinsed this morning and almost dry after lunch when they were rinsed again – they have now been rinsed five times and we are not finished yet. We have been under severe thunderstorm and tornado watch since this afternoon and have had a couple thunderstorm cells pass through – and a possible tornado caused a lot of trouble in one area south east of us. It’s that time of the year!



Today’s card is a bit busy but a young girl or teen girl will love it.




I started out with a piece of white cardstock and stamped the Stamping Bella stamp with Archival ink. It was coloured with pencils; blended with gamsol. Mustard Seed Distress ink was sponged around her and Broken Chine Distress ink sponged lightly out to the edges. Then I covered up the image; wet a brush; picked up some water colour paint and splattered. Then sequins were glued on. The sentiment is from another stamp set but I really thought it suited this card. I stamped it; cut it out and glued it on with dimensional strips. The panel was then glued to a blue card base. The background ended up a bit wild but that's okay. Its a fun card.



That’s all for a wet and thunderstormy Friday August 11th 2017.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Cheers

Violet




Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Sympathy Card


This has been a great but busy day. This morning I froze peaches and then we went to Rondeau Park for a 19.5km bike ride. It was beautiful at the lake but when we got home, it was 78F in the house so the A/C had to go back on. I almost forgot to post a card tonight. Tired!



My cousin…second cousin???. The cousin line is so hard to figure out…anyway, his father-in-law just died so I wanted to send them a sympathy card. The father-in-law was quite elderly and in poor health for months. Here’s the one I made for them. I believe this is a very old, out of stock, Stamping Bella stamp.




His wife loves glitz and flowers so I didn’t want a dark brooding type of card. I thought she would like this one more. The flowers were coloured with alcohol pens….not Copics but imitation ones which is all I could afford….and they are not as nice as Copics. I have 5 Copics but never bought any more. The blue background is sponged on chalk. The stitched rectangle is by Elizabeth Crafts – love the stitched dies.



The background behind the layers is one of my own. It is many layers of ink; paint; stencils; and stamps. I should photograph some of the whole sheets to show you before they get cut up. I had so much fun making these! And I got to cover up some very ugly 12x12 paper I would never use in a project.



Anyway, back to the cad. The stitched oval is from a Stampin’ Up die and the sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder. At the very end I decided it needed sequins so I glued them on.

Cheers

Violet



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Shades of Green


We had wonderful weather over the weekend and today has been nice so far but we another thunderstorm could occur. From the looks of the sky it is raining now to the south of us. The A/C has been off for about 5 days and its lovely sleeping with the windows open.



This is a holiday Monday in Canada called Civic Day in most of the country but some provinces have special names for it. Who cares what its called – it’s a holiday!....not that holiday Mondays mean much to us retired people but its nice for the workers to enjoy another long weekend in the summer.



Today’s card is one I made using the negative of the oval die cut piece as a stencil.

 



Once the oval was inked to my satisfaction I stamped the Stampin’ Up flower silhouette stamp using the same ink but full strength. I added the green ribbon and hand tied bow in a similar but slightly different colour of green. Then it was mounted on a darker green piece of cardstock and then onto to a light green card base. The sentiment is a peel-off.



That’s all for a still sunny for now Monday, August 7, 2017.

Cheers

Violet



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sandpipers

We went to the Art in the Park at Erieau today and then walked the pier. I was lucky enough to get photos of these Sandpipers! These are not cropped photos. We were that close to them.






Friday, August 4, 2017

A Very Blue Card


Well, no tornadoes touched down around here on Wednesday so that was good. Strangely enough the people in the northern part of Chatham did not even get any rain.  We had another thunderstorm and more rain last night as well but no damage done then either. It keeps getting dark here today but the clouds move off to the east before it rains. The weekend looks promising though, especially tomorrow.



This morning I was checking the garden and I spotted these two sunflowers that decided to open up. The birds sometimes plant various plants and flowers and I usually just let them grow to see what they are. I assumed these were the common yellow sunflowers but to my surprise, they are orange and yellow. Very pretty! I had to get a couple photos of them….even though I had to stand on a stool to get a closer view. There are some common yellow ones in the backyard right behind the sunflower feeder and I let them grown because the American Goldfinches love them.



  


Today’s card is another one made from leftovers from other cards….and yet I like it just fine.




This is another sponged oval using a light covering of Stampin’ Up Night of Navy on white cardstock. Then the image was stamped using the same colour but much darker. Blue sequins were added at the end. I had die cut a rectangle from the blue cardstock for mounting another image on and this negative piece was still  sitting on my desk. I trimmed it even and placed the stamped image behind it and I decided I liked it…..one more piece used instead of in the recycle bin! The sentiment was computer generated. The rectangle the sentiment is on was die cut with a Spellbinder’s die and while it was still in the die I gently dusted some blue ink over it using a stiff stencil brush.



That’s all for a ‘right-now-sunny-but-subject-to-change-any-minute’ Friday, August 4, 2017. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and if possible, perform a random act of kindness.

  

Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Pirate Card


We are experiencing a severe thunderstorm and we are under a tornado watch as I type this. Hopefully the tornado does not fully form and does not cause any damage….and we don’t lose power before this gets posted! We had another thunderstorm come through as we were eating supper and enjoyed listening to a pounding rain as we ate.



As I was looking through my card stash last week I realized I did not have very many cards for young boys or girls. So, I made some! Here is one I made – pirates are always a boy’s favourite.




The pirate was coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol; mounted on Kraft cardstock which was die cut with Spellbinder’s rectangle dies; as was the image. I wasn’t sure what to use for a background but then I remembered that I had a pirate themed stamp set that I had never used so I pulled off the small stamps and stamped them randomly on a piece of cream cardstock using Stampin’ Up Crumb Cake ink. Finally a use for that stamp set! The banner was stamped and hand cut out and the edges inked with dark brown ink. The sentiment was stamped with the same brown ink. Then it was all glued to a Kraft card base.



That’s all for a thunderstormy Wednesday, August 2, 2017…..August already!!!!



Cheers

Violet



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Monday, July 31, 2017

A Less is More Card


  

Another beautiful weekend here in Ontario and today as well. It will be nice all week with the chance of thunderstorms thrown in. Oh well, at least they are usually short lived storms.



A faithful reader of the blog, and friend, let me know that I had forgotten to insert the card on the post on July 19th! I have now inserted it so please feel free to scroll down to see it. Curses to these senior moments that creep up when I’m tired or rushed!



I have not been able to visit at the nursing home since the laryngitis began. The church as assigned someone else to visit for now but I wanted my ladies (right now I just have ladies) to know that I’ve been thinking of them and why I haven’t been in to see them. So, I made them each a card. Here’s a sample of the cards they are receiving.





All the cards have water coloured backgrounds so they all turned out a little different. They were mounted on card bases depending on the most prominent colour in the background – mostly pink and purple. The stamp is a very old Inkadinkado stamp but one of my favourites.  The sentiment is from another stamp set – Power Poppy I think. These were quick and simple cards to make but I really like how they turned out. Sometimes less is more as they say.



Here’s a hint for stamping on water colour paper – use a Misti if you have one – I use my hand-made one – or use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig type of tool. This is because it is hard to get a good clear impression with one stamping. I think I stamped the butterflies about three times to get a decent stamping.



That’s all for a lovely…albeit a bit hot and humid….summer day on July 31, 2017. Hard to believe it’s the end of July already. The summer months go by so much faster than the winter months!

Cheers

Violet



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Friday, July 28, 2017

Orange Poppy Card


The A/C had to go back on! We are once again experiencing hot and humid weather. This has been such a strange summer weather wise. Oh well, it’s better than cold and snow! I am so not a winter person.



I love flowers; especially poppies; and I love colouring them. In fact I just bought two new Power Poppy stamp sets from the clearance rack at our local scrapbooking store – Whoot! Whoot! But I don’t have them coloured yet. The one on this card was a free download from the Internet.




I love orange poppies so I coloured it orange using coloured pencils and blended with gamsol. The blue is chalk that was sponged on. I also happen to have a lot of this orangy-yellowish paper from a thrift store find so it worked really well with this coloured poppy. The poppy was mounted on black; then the striped paper; then the orange paper; and then a yellow card base. I used the Spellbinder label die set to die cut a black label; stamped the sentiment with VersaMark and then heat set it with white embossing powder. The ribbon is from the stash. I think this made a cheerful card for someone not feeling well.



That’s all for a hot and humid Friday, July 28, 2017…..which happens to be one of my daughter’s birthday….and a cousin’s birthday! …..okay, second cousin actually but we are only a year apart so we decided to say cousins. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and remember to be kind, always.

Cheers

Violet



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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Lotus Garden Layout


It’s been a wonderful few days here in Ontario – no A/C needed in the house and pleasant outside…..another thunderstorm and rain showers predicted for tomorrow though.



I thought I’d mix things up a bit and post a scrapbook layout of a visit we made to ponds filled with ponds of lotus flowers – awesome visit.




This is a sample of hybrid scrapbooking. The photos were added to a scrapbook template on Photoshop – I think these ones came from IPiccy – and I printed them off at home on photo paper. Then they were mounted on the light coloured background paper. The journaling was computer generated. All the embellishments are peel-offs from Paper Wishes. I peeled them off; laid them on the colour of cardstock I wanted underneath and then cut around them.


 Here are the individual pages.



That’s all for a lovely summer day on July 26, 2017.



 Cheers

Violet



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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Masculine Card


  

Our heat wave ended last night; the A/C is off; windows are open! We had an ‘it’s-going-to-rain-any-minute’ weather on Saturday so we opted to stay home – but it didn’t actually rain here until after supper but it was hot and humid so not very pleasant outside. Sunday was also a chance of a thunderstorm but we decided we were tired of staying home and we decided to take a trip up to Sarnia and take a nice leisurely ferry ride up and down the St. Clair River. We invited one of my best friends to join us. She is a widow and a bit lonely and bored on the weekends. Here’s a picture of us by the ferry. 



 The ferry - family run;  friendly staff; wonderful cruise!


 On the Ferry


And after the ferry ride we bought veggie burgers and fries under the Blue Water Bridge. It didn’t rain until late last night when another thunderstorm came through.

  

I will get to the card in a minute but first I want to share this picture with you.
The lady on the left is my almost-79 year old sister, Pearl. The lady on the left is her daughter, Jennifer. They are with their guide. They just did a six hour white water rafting trip down the Ottawa River! She is something else, that sister of mine. She is a stage 4 colon cancer survivor too! Her huge garden, which she looks after herself, is like a miniature Royal Botanical Garden and is a favourite on the garden tours; and she loves zip lining too! What an inspiration for all!



And now for the card! I’m always trying to find new ways to make masculine cards….so they look nice but no bows; glitter, etc. Here’s one that I quite like.






I used the same technique as described in a post from last week by sponging on ink through a die cut template. This time I made a straight line near the bottom in darker ink so the truck (an old Tim Holtz stamp)  would not look like it’s floating – it looks like it’s a bit airborne on a rough road but that’s okay. This was then mounted on a piece of designer paper from the stash that luckily was in the same colour family and then onto a Kraft card base. I hand cut the banner and then added the black peel-off sentiment. The inside says, “You’re not old; you’re a classic”.



That’s all for a cool and cloudy Monday, July 24, 2017.

Cheers

Violet


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