Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Compassion House - Thank You Cards

I made some more thank you cards for Compassion House this week.  I am delivering them tonight.

This card is a design I have used before.  You can see a few here.

I cut a 6 inch circle then cut it in half.  The straight edge was placed along the fold and adhered to the grey card front.

I added a black grosgrain ribbon which was run the length of the fold and tied in a knot.  I added floral accent made of 2 white silk flowers and a flower punchie all held in place with a tiny black brad.

The greeting was color printed and punched with the Stampin Up Word Window punch.  It was adhere near the top of the card with 3D foam tape.

This layout is based on ripping a piece of designer paper into 2 and adhering them to the card front leaving a space for the card base color to show.

On the card on the left I used a black card base and a dark grey designer paper.  You need to rip away from you to avoid having a white deckled edge. You have to rip the edge again on the second piece to get rid of the white edge.

The Tim Holtz Old Jalopy Mover Shaper die in silver metallic paper was adhered to the card front in the bottom right hand corner with 3D foam tape.

For the greeting, I added a silver Stampin Up Modern Label punchie topped with a Word Window greeting.  This was adhered with 3D foam tape.

The Vintage Alarm Clock and Camera diecuts are by Tim Holtz. I added a clock graphic behind the clocks which helps a lot but adds fiddly work.


I am delivering a stack of thank you cards when I do my card making class tonight.


2019 Cardmaking - CH - Class 8

I really never know how many participants I will have when a do a class. By using the same layout from class to class I can prepare kits ahead of time and any left overs can be used the next month. Generally, I will not see the same ladies next month so it is always new for them.

I am using the DSP Split layout for my card making at Compassion House.  It is where a 4.00 x 5.25 inch piece of double sided designer paper is cut crosswise at 3.5 inches and the small piece is flipped over and taped back to the other to create a full layer for the card front. A variety of accents is then applied.  It is a very versatile layout.


The designer paper used  here is Rememberance Three - Rememberance collection by Authentique.

I used Kiwi Kiss card stock as a base.

Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon.

I printed the greetings in Bravo Burgundy in Very Vanilla then punched them with the Stampin Up Decorative Label punch.  It is adhered over the ribbon with 3D foam tape.


Same layout again.

Designer Paper is Elegant Print / Poised Purple in the 29th Street Market collection by My Mind's Eye.

The ribbon is Very Vanilla grosgrain.

Three daisy confetti with flower sequins and coordinating tiny brads.

This layout generally can be flipped to the wide orientation depending the pattern.

The designer paper is by Jessica Swift - Blend - Division of Anna Griffin.

White grosgrain ribbon.

Prima handmade paper flowers in sunshine yellow with gold flower sequins and orange tiny brads.





Love this color combo. 

Card Base - Textured Basic Grey card stock.

Designer Paper - Honey Moon - Yours Truly Collection  by Echo Park.

Ribbon: White Grosgrain

Greeting: Color printed greeting in Basic Grey and punched with 1 3/8 in circle punch.  Adhered to card with 3D foam tape.


The ladies are always so appreciative to have some social time and an activity to keep their hands and minds busy.



Monday, August 19, 2019

Exchange Cards - August

Still working on Exchange Cards.

I used a layout I have used before.  I chose designer paper - Poplin - Indigo Bleu by PinkPaislee.  Each side offers different colors so I could make seperate cards. I chose teal, taupe, black and yellow card bases.

I cut the designer paper into 6x6 inches.  I then cut a circle with the large circle template with the red cutter.  These were cut in half with the paper cutter.

The half circle was placed on coordinating card bases.  With the black base I chose a black tiny brad to hold a taupe card stock punchie and 2 white silk flowers. 

I added a length of black grosgrain ribbon along the fold.  It was pulled through the card and tied in a knot on the front.  Ends were trimmed with scissors.



This is the yellow card base which coordinates with the other side of the designer paper.

.I chose a gold flower sequin, a turquoise Prima flower and a large white silk flower all held in place by a gold tiny brad. 

It was placed in the bottom right hand side of the half circle.

I added a length of turquoise grosgrain ribbon along the fold.  It was tied in a knot and the ends were trimmed with scissors.

These will be mailed right away.

While I was at it I made a couple of Thank You cards for Compassion House.

The damask side was used on this taupe card. 

Black grosgrain ribbon on the fold.

Taupe flower punchie with 2 white silk flowers on a black tiny brad.










This is the teal card base with the circle side of the designer paper.  White grograin ribbon on the fold. Teal flower punchie with yellow flower and large white silk flower.  A SU Word Window greeting was added to both and was adhered with 3D foam tape.

Recent Photos

The summer continues to be wet and each morning this is what the grass looks like. 

I love the way this image looks with the few in focus with the far and close ones out of focus.

The water drops create wonderful bokeh in the front.

I had to get down low so my knees got wet but it was worth it.





This is what the vase of yellow flowers looks like now.  When they withered I removed the water and let them dry naturally.

I took this photo in my living room as the sun started appearing through the window.  Of course, it is later in the morning than it used to be as we spin on our axis.

I love how the sun caught the bloom on the left!

The sun highlighted the wonderful art glass vase as well.  Made by artist Robert Held.












I caught this Black Capped Chickadee with very warm light one morning recently.

They are pretty skittish so I have had a hard time getting their photos this summer.

I try to have fermented food regularly in my diet.

I have been eating KimChi for years.  First discovered it at a Korean Restaurant in town.  It was the first spicy food I did not mind eating.

When I think of KimChi and I am reminded of a MASH episode. In the episode, Frank sees the locals were burying something in the field outside the fence.  Of course, he thinks it is a bomb and panics.  Upon the destruction of the underground device it was found to be a KimChi pot.

My sister has been making it for me for a few years.  She has a friend who grew the spicy peppers required to make it.  She started it when I has there and I brought the jar home to babysit until it was ready to put in the fridge.

The nappa cabbage, daikon radish, and green onion has to stay under the liquid at all times.  Everything in the preparation needs to be glass. I was lucky enough to have this glass lid which worked very well.  The liquid will bubble over the rim of the jar so there needs to be bowl under jar to gather that.  It sits on the counter for a few days and it bubbled faster as my house is warmer than my sisters.  Then it is stored in a plastic jar in the fridge. 

I have started working on some still life for greeting cards.  This was a dried bouquet I put together a couple weeks ago.  I had tied it with lace which I thought would work but it did not. I needed something warmer in color.  Raffia would be great. 

I have been cleaning up and getting rid of stuff that I don't use any more.  Mostly card making supplies.  The raffia went a couple weeks ago so No Raffia!   I did not stop to think of the other uses for it.  I came across that same thought with 12x12 scrapbook paper that I may use for photography backgrounds.  I am more aware and will vet the 12x12 paper headed out of the house  more carefully.  Card making supplies are seriously being culled.

I have taken props to the retaining wall of the walking path in the river valley a couple of times to have these wonderful old beams in the background.

They are fabulous but hauling props a several blocks without smashing and breaking them along the way has been the challenge.  For this shot,  I was depending on finding natural elements on my walk and it was not the best. 

I love the feel of the wood.  So, I will continue to work on the process to achieve the results I want.

Sharing with Mosaic Monday #41 hosted by Angie at Letting Go the Bay Leaf and Mersad at Through My Lens #204.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Exchange Cards - Catch Up

Another set of exchange cards ready to go!

I chose double sided scrapbook paper - Small Floral - For the Record by Echo Park Paper.  I paired with with three coordinating card bases - green, red and peach.

These are DSP Splits so the scrapbook paper was cut toe 4 x 5.25 inches then cut crosswise at 3.5 inches.  The small piece was turned over and taped back to the larger. I added a white grosgrain ribbon across the join and tape the ends to the back. This layer was adhered to the card front.

I used StampinUp Five Petal Punch in coordinating colors for the accent.  I added a bright green daisy confetti in the center. These are held together with a white tiny brad.  The accent was then glued to the card front with 3D foam tape.

Another thank you card for Compassion House.

Same paper on the peach card stock.  The layering is all the same.

I found a partial greeting in my stash and added the YOU by cutting letters with the Stampin Up Little Letters thinlits set from green card stock.  I glued the letters the letters in place with Quick Dry Adhesive.

These are addressed and ready for the mail.

CCE and Compassion House Cards

I am getting caught up on cards I owe before the end of the summer. 

I started double sided paper - Sapphire Collection - Color Ways -  Paper House.  Not all double sided paper works for DSP Splits so I made this new designer for me. 

I chose a navy card base.

I cut the DSP to 3.75 x 5 inches.  Then cut again at 2" in both directions.  I was able to just adhere the pieces leaving a small border. 

I adhered an oval greeting with a blue oval of the same as the card color and a color printed greeting.  These were adhered together then adhered to the card with 3D foam tape.


For the card on the right I chose an all occasion theme. The accent is a white circle on the blue oval with a yellow handmade paper flower held in place with a silver flower sequin on a silver tiny brad.

These are on their way to my card partners with my apologies.

Most of this paper lent itself to tall cards but with the last piece I was able to cut it so I could make a wide card.






This card will go to Compassion House for their need of Thank You cards.

I placed a Stampin Up Modern Label with a stamped greeting on the large navy oval.

These were mounted with 3D foam tape.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Photo Coasters - Singles

I've chosen to repackage my photo coasters into singles in hopes of them selling better.  In the sets the information was on the back and since they were in the show case customers could not see what was in the set.  They were also laying flat so I decided they should be upright to be more visible.

I have put a 3.25 inch square inside with the information for care and the details of construction as well as credits. 

They were sealed in cellophane and a round price sticker tag was attached.

I made a rack to hold them that allows 2 side by side standing up.

I delivered 8 of them to the gallery today. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Recent Photos

I was so thrilled to see my first BIG bird.   I was at Patricia Lake early one morning this week and investigated a white patch across the water.

It was a Blue Heron.  This is the best shot I got and was hoping he had decided to go fishing or at least stand but he was content to sit there and look at me.

I will go back in a few days but they must into migration already headed to the States so it likely will not be there when I return.


This creature was a more cooperative.  It is a Yellow Dragonfly.  I love the bright spots a the ends of its wings!

The structure on it's back where the wing attach is very interesting and detailed.

It has big eyes and looks like a being a person could connect with.

I was glad to have spotted it in the yellow green grass in the meadow.

This the latest book I had on my night stand.  "The Road to Paradise Island" by Victoria Holt.  My Mom had read the book and passed it onto to me.  I enjoyed the book very much.



Annalice Mallory, the sheltered daughter of a family of map makers, discovers the cryptic diary of her long-dead ancestor that includes a map of a mysterious far-of island. Philip, Annalice's brother, sets sail for the island, lured by the promise of incomparable riches to be found. But when he doesn't return, Annalice sets out to find him -- and the secrets of the diary -- in a desperate journey that leads her through the worlds' most exciting outposts . . . and finally to the tropical islands of the South Seas, where she encounters heart-stopping peril, but also the promise of love.

I found the discovery of the diary very compelling.  She grows up from a teenager to an independent woman during the experience of searching for her ancestor.  Set in England in the early 1900s and included travel on a ship to Australia. It all ends well in the end. 

Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert (1906–1993), better known to readers as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Jean Plaidy, was one of the world’s most beloved and enduring authors. Her career spanned five decades, and she was heralded as the “Queen of Romantic Suspense.” She continued to write historical fiction under the name of Jean Plaidy and romantic suspense as Victoria Holt until the time of her death.
Of course, it is time to harvest so I was fortunate to be able to pick raspberries in a friend's patch on 2 Sundays.  The first Aug 4th garnered enough to make a double batch of Raspberry Bavarian with my Mom's recipe.  I shared half with my sister and brother in law when I visited to pick saskatoon berries last week.  I have frozen a container of raspberries with enough to make Bavarian again!  I picked saskatoons at our regular UPick - Farrant Junction on Wednesday last week.  The berries were really nice and big and the picking was easy.  I picked 2 ice cream pails which made 4 bags of berries for the freezer.

I was driving down to my sisters to pick berries and it rained the whole way.  I was concerned berry picking would not happen.  I was prepared to pick in the rain if necessary. We decided to make our other preserves on Tuesday and hope of better weather on Wednesday. I made chutney and she made berry syrup which she serves with club soda on a hot day.

I stuck to last year's recipe with a few tweeks.
I halved the sugar in the recipe this year but did add a few extra dried cranberries.
I added garlic which was not in the original recipe but I like it.
I switched from dark raisins to golden raisins to keep the color in the gold colors.

I made 6 one cup jars this year.  That will be plenty.  I have some leftover jars from my experiments last year.  It is great to spend time with family and put some good food away for winter.

Sharing with Through My Lens #203 hosted by Mersad.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Recent Photos

This is the flowers that Dad bought for Mom`s 85th birthday this weekend.  It is an Anthurium and the way to water it is to place 6 ice cubes on the soil once a week.  Place it in bright indirect light. She will have a reminder of this milestone for a while.













We had a terrific day of celebration with family, friends and neighbors. 





My sister picked some Hairy False Goldenaster on the weekend for me. 

I placed them in this great Robert Held Blue Poppy art glass vase.  I diffused the background by hanging sheer drapes on the second rod in the living room window.  I was always setting up something temporary. Now, they will stay up all the time.

This book was recommended by a friend in the Welcome to my Kitchen group.  Kate Quinn is an who writes historical fiction.

This book was a great one.  Covering time during the Second World War and the early 1950s.  The name character is a strong woman who flew airplanes for Russia. A war correspondent who was connected in another way was the other main character. It was a nice change in point of view as I have read many with England as the background.  The end has a interesting twist and excellent ending.  Would highly recommend this book.

Made of Wood was the theme for Flickr Macro Monday.  This a section of wood magnet from Hawaii brought back by a friend a couple years ago.

You can visit my Flickr photo stream to see which photo I submitted.

You can check out the submissions for the theme here.

I am finding the cloves especially beautiful this year.

Top left is white clover.
Top right is a Great Crested Grebe

Bottom left is Perennial Sow Thistle.
Bottom right is a Cinnamon Teal.

I really enjoyed seeing the sides of the highways covered by Yellow Sow Thistles.  It looked like a garden planted along the way.

Sharing with Mosaic Monday #38


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Recent Photos

On one of my recent walks I saw this huge Bumble Bee.    It almost as big as the clover blossom it is feeding on.

It is good to see bees and butterflies around but not as many as in other years.















I found this beautiful art glass vase at the thrift shop recently.  It was signed so I thought I would at least be able to research it.  I paid my few dollars and brought it home.

After some research I found that it is by an glass blowing artist named Robert Held.   He is located in Parksville BC and has returned to glass blowing in his retirement.

The name of the collection is Blue Poppy and it is the small Classic Vase.   I have placed grasses in it for this photo but it would look great with white daisies.

It was a great find.  I have another piece of his work which is a heart paper weight.



I have been looking for a salt cellar for use near the stove as noted in this post. Especially when salting water for pasta a good amount is needed and trying to get what I need from a shaker was challenging.

This one appeared a little while ago.  It is very cute in the shape of an acorn.

The spoon holds 1/2 tsp of salt that makes measuring easy!

As you can see in the last photo there it is sitting next to the stove ready to serve.



I am finding the clover plentiful and very pretty this year.

I captured this one this morning. I love the color and it was dewy and sparkly as the sun touched it. When reviewing my photos I discovered that there was a grasshopper sitting in the shade.





We had some flooding in my building on Thursday last week.  The source was discovered on Friday, July 19th and this big blue air mover was my companion over the weekend.   The tape indicates the wet areas and the demolition starts this week.

No doubt it will be weeks before my hall and bedroom closet is back to normal.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

2019 Cardmaking - CH - Class 7

I had my monthly class at Compassion House tonight.  I am continuing with Designer Paper Split layout. 

This card is in the portrait orientation and I used double sided designer card stock by Imaginisce - Kewl Stuff - Hot Spots.   Cut at 3.5 inches and the small piece flipped over.  Reassembled with tape.

A piece of celery grosgrain ribbon over the join and taped to the back. Adhered it to the deep teal card front.

The greeting was printed with deep teal on the taupe card stock.  It was punched with the Stampin Up Decorative Label.   It was adhered over the ribbon aligned in the same direction with 3D foam tape.

This card will end up in the box of thank you cards for Compassion House clients to thank donors who support their stay.

This card is in the landscape orientation and I used double sided designer card stock by Farm House Paper Company - Where Ideas Take Hold.

I paired the paper with gold, green and deep brown card bases.

The grosgrain ribbon is espresso.

The greeting was adhered across the ribbon instead of aligned along the same line. 

The ladies really enjoyed the time making cards.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Recent Photos

This is a flax flower at the community garden.  

Love the gorgeous color and delicate various shades.

This is a name tag provided at a family event this weekend.  The person in charge wanted to make a tag that would not end up in the garbage. 

A piece of white fabric sewn to bright fabric.  I cut pieces of lycra fabric in super colors strung through the holes. 

The names were written with permanent markers.  This one just fit on my wrist and made it totally visible.



This is the seed head of the Yellow Salsify plant. 

It looks like a giant dandelion.

The seed head measures about 4.5 - 5 inches across.  They are gorgeous and wonderful when intact.

I saw the flowers in the river valley a couple of weeks so I know to keep an eye out for the seed heads.   They showed up a bit battered with all the rain we are getting.  I say flowers out again so I will have to wait a bit for new seed heads.
This is one seed from the seed head of the Yellow Salsify plant.

The seed was set against a white background and lit with a warm light.  I wanted to capture the ring of light around the center of the seed.

This is an alternative image for the Flickr Macro Monday challenge - Patterns in Nature


You can check my Flickr Photostream for my recent photos.