Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Less is More...or Not Enough?


Yesterday was so nice and mild; today it was below freezing again. This flip-flop weather has continued all winter. Tomorrow it will only be a high of 4C (39F); Friday up to 19C (66F); Saturday back down to 8C (46F)…and it will start raining on Friday and rain is forecasted for the next 5 days. Hoo boy! 5 days of rain  means I will likely have some weird and wonderful speech days – the brain disorders do not like rainy days and it usually affects my speech big time…sometimes I sound like I’m from Georgia; sometimes I sound totally drunk; other times I add multiple syllables to the end of words. Yeah, I’m interesting to live with!



Today’s card is featuring the third die in the new set I bought. This is definitely a “less is more” card….or is it too much less? I’m thinking I should have added a bit of ribbon or twine. Your opinions would be appreciated.

 




I had my bag of green stash cardstock beside me so I die cut into this piece of olive green. Interesting design for sure and it takes up a lot of room. So I dug through the bag and found this striped cardstock and really liked it because it had light olive green in it plus some nice contrast colours. So, I simply glued them together and then on to the card base. The sentiment is a peel-off. I liked it and I thought it would be perfect for either a male or a woman who does not like fussy cards so I left it as is. I may have to do some more experimenting with these dies though.



That’s all for a cool Wednesday, 2017-03-22.





Cheers

Violet


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Thrift Store Score and a Card


We had a beautiful day here in Ontario…..which was a nice surprise after the very cold weather we have had. It was sunny and mild but the wind had just a bit of a cool bite to it at times. Joe’s back seemed a little better so we ventured out for an hour’s walk this morning and then got groceries this afternoon. He had some trouble getting in the car and a lot getting out, as expected. I guess we should have bought a small SUV when we bought this car but getting in and out of it was not a problem four years ago. Hopefully he didn’t overdo it today and won’t pay for it tomorrow.



Before I post the card let me tell you what I scored at the thrift store today. I bought 4 packages of heavy chipboard shaped covers for small scrapbook albums from Want2Scrap….like this…but 4 different shapes...
which sells for $8.99 U.S. each. They had all four (brand new, still sealed) packages in one bag and priced at $1.99….but it was senior’s day today so after my discount it only came to $1.55. That is why I shop at the thrift stores!!! You do have to know your prices though because some of the people who price things obviously do not. One time I did see a small alphabet stamp set that was priced at $7.99 and it originally came from the dollar store…..I knew that because that is where I bought mine. Pity the poor person who bought that!



Today’s card is the second one made with the new die set.

 


I wasn’t sure I liked this die and…… wasn’t even sure what the heck it was….so I die cut out of this piece of beige cardstock and realized it was a branch with flowers. Okay, I can deal with that! I simply splashed on some brown water colour paint and then stamped the sentiment with brown ink. The sentiment is from a Close to my Heart stamp set. This was then mounted on a Kraft card base.



That’s all for a beautiful March 21, 2017.


Cheers

Violet


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mud Run Layout


This was a snowy/rainy/miserable day here in Ontario. Joe’s still on the disabled list; sister’s still sick; and I’m sick of winter! Today I went down to the lower studio, aka the basement, and did a little scrapbooking. This layout was added to the March sketch at Creative Scrapbooking. I seldom use a sketch but this time I liked theirs so I went with it.
Finn has many interests from cooking to running to soccer to art and on and on and on. He’s a busy boy. He participated in a kid’s Mud Run and had a ball. The beige piece was just plain beige. I started out smearing some brown and blue ink on it; stamping mud splatters using a few Stampin’ Up stamps; ripping the edges and then inking them in brown. The photos were completed on a pre-made digital file from the now defunct Scrapbook etc. site; trimmed and mounted on a darker brown. The main title was die cut with the Stampin’ Up alphabet dies. The brown was glued to two pieces of cardboard from a cereal box first. I also die cut the alphabet letters in black which were glued down first and then the brown ones on top but off-sided to form a shadow. The green box in the lower right was stamped with an old stamp set which seemed appropriate for this layout. It was then mounted on the same brown. The journaling was computer generated on beige; mounted on brown and added with a dimensional glue strip. The green tags were glued down but I added the brown nail head brads for more interest.


That’s all for a miserable-weather Saturday, 2017-03-18

 Cheers

Violet

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Friday, March 17, 2017

A New Die!


It’s snowing again! I thought it might miss us today but around 7:00 pm it started again. Hopefully it will not amount to too much. It’s been quite a week here. Joe is still on the disabled list – very stiff back – walks like a board and has trouble getting on and off anything low; my sister that lives a couple blocks away is sick….I took her some milk and bread that she needed but pretty much dropped it off and left….with her blessing….so I didn’t catch it. One light in the basement broke so it took a couple trips to the hardware store to get it fixed – first trip to get the part that broke it more and then back to get a new one altogether – and our kind neighbour came and did the wiring for us and reluctantly accepted a small payment for replacing it. In between I’ve been quilting. It’s been too cold in the lower studio (aka the basement) to sit and do scrapbooking or card making.



Today I did receive a very nice surprise. My cousin in Chicago, IL gifted me with the 23AndMe kit to check out my lineage. So cool. We know we are part Mohawk Indian from the Six Nations and English but who knows what else is mixed in there. When people used to ask me what nationality I was I would say, “Heinz 57”….some people thought it was funny; some didn’t get it at all.  Yes, I have a warped sense of humour!



Last week our local scrapbook store, The Paper Pickle, had 25% off all dies…..yup, treated myself again. I picked up one of those die sets that just cuts out the corner of the card. They did not have the one I wanted the most, but this one is pretty good too. Here’s the first card I made with it.

 




I took a piece of that beige cardstock with a blotchy tone-on-tone pattern and die cut the corner. I didn’t have any real plan in mind. I was pretty much just checking out how it cut. I laid it one top of that rusty cardstock and really liked it. So then I took that Memory Box die that cuts each flower petal separately and die cut the flower out of the rust and then the beige cardstock. I taped the back of the beige behind where the flower petals would go so when I laid the rust petals back down, they stayed in place. I’ve tried several ways to do this and this works the best for me. Then I die cut the stem and leaves out of green and glued them on. It just needed a simple sentiment so a peel-and-stick worked just fine. Once I liked how it looked it was glued to the standard card base.



That’s all for a now-snowy Friday, 2017-03-17. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Hockey Quilt


A surprise Thursday posting. I thought I’d sneak in a posting of a quilt I made for my grandson. This was his Christmas present but I forgot to post it. He is 12 and loves all sports, especially hockey, and especially the Toronto Maple Leafs. They just bought him a queen size bed so this quilt fits his bed – and I seldom do queen size quilts…..but I will for grandchildren!

 


I did have a pattern for this and actually followed it! I pretty much had to seeing how complicated it was. It is made up of about 120 6 ½” squares…plus the hockey player that is constructed with small pieces of fabric and then fused appliqu├ęd on top….he was not fun to make. I told Joe that I was beginning to be an expert on ‘unsewing’ on this quilt – aka ripping out errors! The back of the quilt is white with blue maple leafs in various sizes….my sister found it at Fabricland while I was getting the rest of the blue fabric and it was perfect for the backing. I’m bringing her next time I need someone to scout out fabric. Anyway, Jack absolutely loves his quilt so it was worth it to make it for him. My friend recently bought a long arm quilting machine and she let me quilt it on it……my first time using a long arm and she was quite impressed with the results….I was relieved it was done!



That’s all for a mild Thursday 2017-03-16. The bitter cold weather left us for today but tomorrow it will be a bit colder with mixed precipitation – snow; freezing rain; rain. I’ll be so happy to have spring arrive and stay!


Cheers

Violet

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Water Coloured Background


The snow and cold north wind continues! There were white-out conditions on some of the major and secondary roads which caused both single and multi-vehicle accidents. So glad we are retired and don’t have to go out if we don’t want to. Tonight is quilt guild meeting and I’m not sure I want to venture out…..I’m such a suck when it comes to cold windy nights. Joe is on the “disabled list”….you can tell we are sports fans when we call it that. He pulled his foot up to put his socks on and put his back out! He is very stiff but says it only hurts getting up and down off the couch or if he moves the wrong way. Poor guy. He’s a good patient….but getting a bit bored.



Last month I needed several sympathy cards. This is one I made.

 




I was playing around spreading water colour paint on water colour paper and decided they all looked like a lovely sky so I made cards out of them. For this one I stamped and embossed the grain stems (Inkadinkado) in black. When the sentiment was stamped I decided it needed something underneath of it so I stamped leaves. Then the top right corner looked bare.... and I do like everything in uneven lots.... so I added the black die cut scroll (old Cuttlebug die). Then it was mounted on black cardstock and then onto the speckled blue paper and then to the card base. A quick and easy card once the background was made and dry.



That’s all for a cold and windy Wednesday, 2017-03-15.



Cheers

Violet

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Bizzard Again!


We are indeed having a blizzard. I just knew that the mild winter was just a bad joke and Mother Nature was going to have the last laugh. It started snowing sometime in the early morning and it’s still coming down pretty hard. It is dry snow which is easier to shovel but it also blows around more so it creates white-outs on the highways…..and that’s very bad. And according to the weather network it won’t stop snowing completely until  Wednesday night and then sunny on Thursday!....but it starts again on Friday! This is March break too and I'm sure the snow is ruining a lot of people's plans.



There was no post on Friday because I got up at 4:45 to catch the 6:18 train to Aldershot where I met my sister and we then took the GO train into Toronto to see the Canada Blooms exhibit. It was a great day and I so enjoyed having a sister day out…but it was a long day as the returning train didn’t get into 9:00 that night. Tired! This sister, Pearl, is a gardener several notches above the average gardener. Her garden is like a miniature Royal Botanical Garden….and she belongs to the RBG and knows all the Latin botanical names of plants as well as the common names. She has over 1,000 perennials started in her house that are for her garden….unless she shares a few with close friends and her sister!!! Here we are at the front of the exhibit.  
Pearl is nine years older than I am but you would never know she is 78 years old.

  
Today’s card turned out better than I thought it would. It was another experiment.

 

The flowers were another free download from the Internet and coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. This time I cut around them leaving a very small border. I dug through the stash and found some purple cardstock and ran the top piece through an embossing folder. I have a stack of those round alphabets and matching strips that I picked up at the thrift store for next to nothing and have not used them. I decided today was the day to see if they were worth buying. The two purple pieces were taped together and then the peel-off strip was adhered over the seam.

The round alphabets just didn’t look right just stuck on so I punched out purple-pinkish cardstock that matched the flowers and then glued them on to them. Some didn’t stick well so I ended up adding glue to keep them down. The flowers and the alphabets were all glued on with dimensional glue dots. One of my daughters loves purple so if one of my friends don’t claim this one, it will go to her.



That’s all for a very snowy Monday, March 13, 2017.



Cheers

Violet


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blown Away


We really are being blown away! The strong winds are causing so much damage with gusts up to 100 km/hr (60 mph)…..large signs are knocked over….trees down….some on top of hydro wires so some people are without power….garbage pails and recycling bins blown over…..shingles off roofs and on and on. So far we have only had some small branches come off our trees.



Tomorrow my one and only granddaughter turns 25….how can that be? It seemed like only a year ago she was seven! She is a wonderful young lady and we are very proud of her. She wants to be a veterinarian so she has a few more years of schooling yet.

Here is the card I made and mailed to her. Unfortunately she lives over a 9 hours drive from us so visits are rare and far in between.

 


 This is an old Stamping Bella image but it could still be available. It was once again coloured with pencils and blended with gamsol. The image was stamped again on masking paper and then cut out. The mask was placed over the coloured image and then I sponged and ink the sky, grasses and road. Wink of Stella was added to the lace on her skirt and the flowers. Yellow brads were placed in the top corners to attach it to the first solid yellow cardstock; then glued to a burnt red cardstock and then to the yellow print paper. The top left corner seemed blah so a yellow ribbon was wrapped around and taped to the back before the card was glued to the card base. The tag was die cut with a Spellbinder’s die and then glued to the burnt red cardstock and I carefully cut around it leaving a slight border. It was attached with a dimensional glue strip. I hope she likes it. I had fun making it.



That’s all for a mild but very windy Wednesday, 2017-03-08.



Cheers

Violet

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Monday, March 6, 2017

A Different Masculine Card


Well this past weekend was very unproductive. On Saturday I decided to walk to the nursing home to drop off the church’s newsletter and chat with the residents that I visit there. It’s about 3 city blocks away. I noticed walking that my legs felt heavy and tired. When I got to the nursing home there was a sign on the door that read that they did not want visitors as they were in midst of a severe influenza outbreak – I quickly made a U-turn and went home….was very tired by the time I made it back home. And then I got cold…shivery cold. And I was cold most of yesterday. I spent the day bundled up in heavy clothes, wrapped in a valour blanket and worked on getting photos ready for scrapbooking. I thawed out around supper time and this morning I was able to go for an hour’s walk and felt just fine. I was talking to my sister this morning and she has the same thing….and then another friend on Facebook said her grandkids had it. Some weird bug must be going around. Hopefully I’ll get more done this week.



Luckily I have extra cards made that have not been posted yet. One of the cards I just made is really different than my normal cards…..but I rather like how it turned out.

 




I actually like making masculine cards….maybe because they are a challenge and I like to challenge myself. So, I took a 5 ½” square piece of off white cardstock and divided it into 9 panels. I put post-it notes along the light lines I drew and stamped images in each one using brown ink and used the same ink to sponge along the edges. The middle square was stamped with a HOTP stamp and then a smaller stamp was used to say ‘It’s your day” and hand cut into a banner and attached with a dimensional glue strip. Then brown thin ribbon was glued over the lines. The ribbon looks purple in the photo but it is actually brown. Once it was completed it was glued to a 5 1/2" Kraft card base.



That’s all for an overcast, rainy, yet mild Monday, March 6, 2017.

Cheers

Violet






Friday, March 3, 2017

A Masculine Card


Brrrr. Again! The temperatures have plummeted to below freezing and with the cold wind it feels even colder than the thermometer registers. This will continue for a few days and then Mother Nature has another hot flash or two and we will be having temps in the 50’s again. The odd winter weather continues…but still no snow here. However, just east of here they had white-out conditions and multiple accidents. We are so lucky that the snow storms usually misses us…..usually, but not always!



One of my sons-in-law is having a birthday this weekend and this is the card I made for him.

 




The base card is a kraft 5 ½” x 5 ½” card from a pack from Michaels. The paper is from the stash. The die is one of my favourite Memory Box dies.  The small banners were die cut from the same paper as the top part using Hero Arts dies and the edges were inked with green ink. Then I just tied a hemp cord bow and glued it on. The dogs were die cut out of left over bits of black cardstock and tied on. I love these dog dies and the cat ones I bought.



That’s all for a cold Friday, 2017-03-03. Have a wonderful, safe and creative weekend everyone.



Cheers

Violet

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