February 29th and Another Card

February 29th is a special day for one per cent of the population who only get to celebrate their birthday every four years. I was commissioned to make a birthday card for a lady (B) who is celebrating her birthday for only the twenty-first time in eighty-four years. Her friend asked for a card that emphasized the fact that B. can now legally have an alcoholic drink, (based on a legal age of twenty-one).

Rooting through my stash of supplies I pulled out watercolour cardstock and Distress Oxide ink pads to create a card base.

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The colours were applied to the cardstock with a sponge, misting each colour with water and heat dried in between. Next, I chose a Tim Holtz stencil that I love but rarely use, to create a bit of texture.

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The ink was smeared through the stencil and misted lightly with water before lifting the stencil.

I chose a figure from one of the Tim Holtz paper doll collection that I thought might reflect the era when B. was a younger woman.A small calendar from one of the Tim Holtz ephemera packs seemed appropriate too. I  used a gel pen to draw a circle around the day and month. Next I typed out the words for the card front. All the components were glued to the card base with Alene’s Tacky Glue.

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Have a happy day!

Valentine Note Cards

Oh my, it’s been a long time since my last post. Life got in the way, as sometimes happens. However, I was  encouraged by a note attached to a Christmas card  from my DC to continue blogging.

Valentines Day was one of those “special days” that I looked forward to as a child because our teachers always let us have a party in the afternoon. It was filled with sweet treats and card exchanges. Some years we deposited our cards in a huge decorated box and other years we had made individual “mailbags” to receive cards.

One year, my mother sat me at the kitchen table to make cards for my friends. Construction paper, scissors, glue, crayons and paper doilies – it was a smorgasbord of craft supplies. I loved seeing my ideas come to life.  No matter the time and creativity that went into these cards, I don’t remember my classmates really liking them. They preferred the store bought cards with the cute sayings.

One morning last week I was exploring techniques with a Gelli Arts gel printing plate and acrylic paints. It was tremendous fun and I ended up with a pile of colourful abstract sheets of photocopy paper. I selected a few to cut apart and use as background for mixed media Valentines note cards. I  ran another sheet  through my Vagabond machine to cut out hearts. (A lot easier than using scissors! 🙂 )

These are for you:

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Have a Happy Day!

It’s Tomorrow!

The Christmas Marketplace at Roselawn Centre is being held tomorrow. Of all the pieces of vintagy, grungy, shabby chic items I’ve made for the sale, my top three favourites are:

the (tattered, torn, and stained) stockings,

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the gift tags, that could be the gift

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and the decorative, altered clocks.

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It has been tremendous fun getting ready for this show; from designing the booth to choosing what to make, I have loved every part of it.

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Goodbye, Summer, Goodbye

After having a relatively normal summer, weather -wise, followed by a delicious autumn tease the first week and half of September, summer roared back with a vengeance. This  uncomfortably hot, increasingly humid, and drought-like weather caught me off-guard. I had already washed and stored away all of our summer shorts and tee-shirts; I couldn’t help but wonder if the birds, many of whom had already migrated, felt confused as well. Were they regretting their decision to leave so early? With that thought, I was inspired to make this mixed media canvas:Bluebirds-1

For the focal image, I chose a picture of two bluebirds looking in opposite direction (from Tim Holtz’ “Layers botanical collection”). I prepared a 30 cm X 30 cm canvas with multiple layers of gesso, texture paste and acrylic paints, as well as snippets from Tim Holtz’ “ephemera pack”. Once the background was thoroughly dry, I glued the bluebirds and other pieces to the canvas with matte medium. I stamped the question “Which Way?” to a small scrap of chipboard and fixed it on the canvas to complete this project.

What about you? Are you enjoying this hot weather, or do you prefer cooler autumn temperatures?