Sunday, June 25, 2017

Iced Cappuccino

Getting caught up on my cards for the Coffee Loving Cardmaker Summer Bloghop.


For this card I used the free digi from Stamplorations.  You can find the it here.

I printed it on a quarter sheet of white card stock.  I then colored it with pencil crayons.  I used blue for background, tan for coffee and pink for roses. I cut it out and traced the edge with a black marker to eliminate the white edge.  I added a small pink flower in the middle ban of the cup on the right because it felt too open.  I guess I could have stamped something there as well. 

I then embossed a quarter sheet of pink card stock with the Sizzix Softly Falling folder and trimmed it to leave a small border.  I then wrapped a piece of white seam binding around it and placed the knot on the right hand side. 
The coffee accent was adhered to the pink with 3D foam tape to give the ribbon some room.  Then it was adhered to the light blue card base.  Love it!

Stamplorations is doing a never ending challenge. You can link a card made with their stamps & images.  So I am linking to that challenge as well.



Sweet Tea

Doesn't a tall glass of sweet tea sound appealing?

I created this card with one of my own tea photos which features a pitcher of sweet tea.  I applied a filter to create the monochromatic image.  Love the orange!  This photo is reused from this photo calendar.

The reused image is 4x4.  It was trimmed down slightly to ensure it fit behind the frame.

I cut a frame with the Die-namics Stitched Square Frames thinlet set from a soft teal card stock.  I adhered the frame to the tea photo.

I adhered the tea element to the top of a orange card base.

I designed the greeting, printed it onto white card stock, ripped the top and bottom edges.  It was adhered below the frame.
 
Submitting this card to the
Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Summer Blog Hop.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tea Cup Thank You

I have decided to participate in the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Summer Bloghop

http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/2017/06/2017-summer-coffee-lovers-blog-hop/

I cut my tea cup with the Cricut and the Joy of the Season cartridge at a size of 2.5 inches.  The designer paper is plaid in red and green with a bit of pink.
I chose my neutral layer card stock with a slightly green tinge to it.  I chose a greeting downloaded from Desert Diva.  I also printed a square into which I was going to place my cup.  Once printed, it was browner than the original red color I had chosen since it was printed on slightly green paper. The color wheel tells you that red and green make brown.  I had to change the card base selected to be more burgundy than my original selection. 
I trimmed the square and greeting to leave even borders on the card front as they were adhered. 
I could see pink in the designer paper so I punched small flowers from pink card stock and cut a couple of straight strips from a pink card stock.  I glued the strips at the top and bottom of the tea cup then trimmed them to the cup edge.  I placed the flowers across the cup below the pink strip.  I added small iridescent flower sequins and held it all in place with tiny pink brads.   I added another flower on the greeting. The cup was adhered to the square with 3D foam tape.  I added little heart steam by hand with a burgundy marker.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tea and Lunch

I started by trying a recipe I saw on Jill's blog last week as part of Mosaic Monday.  These are Herb Scones.  I chose savory with basil, rosemary, oregano, and garlic.  As you can see that I baked them on my pizza stone which works really well and since it is very seasoned no danger of them sticking to the surface.  The recipe yielded 12 scones cut with scallop cutters.

Here's my collection of metal scallop/fluted cutters with really nice handles.  I have a set of graduated round ones in 3 different sizes varying from 2 inch at the smallest and 3 inches at the largest.

The rectangular ones are 1.25 inches by 3.25 inches.  They may be a bit small for certain things but it would be a great for shortbread.  A bit of research would suggest these may be from the 1940's.  I had to be patient and wait quite a while to get what I was looking for but these are excellent.  I had hoped to get square ones in the same set as the round ones.  I will keep looking.

I recently replaced a very heavy rolling pin with a vintage rolling pin which serve me well for many more years.
I made some Masala Chai tea which is the best I have tasted.  It is made by a couple of ladies in central Alberta - The Chai Wallahs.  A bit of honey and some cream.
I drank it from a large shallow cup in blue glaze make by IKEA.  I was thinking it would not be great for drinking but it turned out quite nice.  Update: It is a soup mug and not designed for tea.  Makes sense.








I had an egg cooked in my well seasoned cast iron fry pan.  You can see my restoration of it in this post.  it was certainly worth the effort.   The egg is cooked sunny side up which worked well with the place setting I put on my table.

I had the wonderful herb scones to soak up the wonderful yellow yolk.

Dessert was plain yogurt topped with a raspberry rhubarb compote.  Mom sent some rhubarb home with me on the weekend.  I added some frozen raspberries and a bit of honey and boiled over low heat until the rhubarb broke down a bit.  Nice change from bananas.



Here is the total table setting.  I place a navy table runner over a lace table cloth over a white solid table cloth. 

Still love my little square yellow dessert dishes and the yellow is repeated in the egg and napkin.

Sharing with the following link parties.

Bernideen's Tea in the Garden

Tuesday Cuppa of Tea hosted by Ruth

Share Your Cup #253 hosted by Jan at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2018 Nice Cuppa Calendar

















I have a Nice Cuppa calendar this year which features wonderful cups.  It includes bone china tea cups, porcelain mugs, earthenware mugs, and ironstone tea cups.  I decided to put the cups up front this year.  I chose items to support the cups as needed.  My collection is small but all are pieces I really love.  Tea is my drink of choice but these vessels can hold coffee or hot chocolate as well.  I have enjoyed the hours of pondering the cup and how to make it shine. I chose flowers, books, table linens, candles and leaves to create a photo that was appealing.

Check out my Calendar Page to find the details.

2018 Nature Calendar

















My 2018 Nature photo calendar filled with animals, insects, birds, and other examples of nature in the world.   I have been able to get a few good bird photos, a bison photo and some cute creatures as well.  I have taken quite a few trips to the national park, many trips to the wetlands and kept a keen eye out for movement in my world.  Some of these just turn their backs on me every time I try to photograph them.  Others are curious but wary.  I have had a great good time working on this calendar.  I hope many find it a great gift idea.

Check out my Calendar page for details.

2018 In Bloom Calendar

















This is another photo calendar for 2018.  I collected 12 of my floral images from my collection.  I just love taking pictures of flowers. They provide my world with color, texture, and wonder.  These are all macro photos which brings the beauty front and center.  I resisted putting seasonal flowers on particular months with the exception of December. 

Check the details on my Calendar page.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mosaic Monday - Ellis Bird Farm

I spent the day with my sister for our birthday last week.  We visited the Ellis Bird Farm where we took photos, had lunch, tea and ice cream dessert.  The weather was good with a bit of wind to keep the mosquitoes at bay.

Birds of many species call the farm home.  I took a photo of this American Goldfinch as he was eating at a bird feeder just outside the window where we had lunch.  He was chomping on sunflower seeds.  There were several feeders with a variety of seeds to attract different kinds of birds. 

Bee houses for wild bees were a new addition since my visit a couple years ago. 
About 300 species call Alberta home, and honeybees, which are native to Europe, aren’t one of them. Most of our bees, unlike honey and bumblebees, are solitary. We have leaf-cutting bees which slice circles out of leaves, sweat bees which are drawn to the salt on our brow, and mining bees which burrow into the ground like gophers. Like bumblebees, solitary bees are passive and won’t sting unless their life is threatened. They lay their eggs in holes no wider than a centimeter in diameter. Finding these holes is the tricky part, with the bees looking to rotten logs, cracks in old buildings, or even hollowed out reeds and raspberry canes.  It is very easy to build a bee house to provide shelter for these pollinators which make much of our food possible.

I researched a bit about building bee houses. 
  • Plan to place the hotel off the ground and facing east or southeast so it gets the morning sun and shelter from prevailing winds and rain. 
  • Don’t locate it next to doorways or along well-traveled paths where you and bees can disturb each other. 
  • Tuck them in a spot of the yard where you’ll visit but not where you live outdoors.
    Put it in a spot where you’re not going to move it. Bees navigate by landmarks and moving their hotel can be very confusing for them.
  • If you use cardboard tubes for holes, make sure to replace them every spring. If you’re using wood materials, you’ll want to change them out when they fill up with bee leftovers.
We had a great lunch.  We planned for a late lunch which was a good idea because at the lunch hour the Tea House was full with a seniors group who traveled by bus to visit the farm.  The guide was saying that their tour schedule is open for registration in January and in a week all their spots are full. I had butternut squash filled pasta with shrimp which was excellent and my sister had spinach salad with chicken. Ice cream was our choice for dessert but favorite Maple Walnut was not available.  The waitress suggested Algonquin Canoe Ice Cream which had the maple flavor with caramel filled chocolate canoes.  It hit the spot.

Tree Swallows were around in great numbers.  I took this photo of a couple having a squabble on the fence near the pen where the goats were housed.  Sure looks like he had a lot to say.

The farm has many flowers on the property.  I took this photo of a yellow flower with the bee busy pollinating.  There were pansies, roses, iris, and a bunch more I did not identify.

Bird houses are everywhere on the property.  They have been built by local supporters as well as builders from across the world.  Many were occupied so every once in a while a head would pop out.  There were bird house condos as well which had been painted in red and white for Canada's 150th Year Celebration.

It was a great day.  Sharing with Mosaic Monday #45 hosted by Maggie at Normandy Life.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tea and Other Stuff

I scored a wonderful yellow tea cup at the second hand store yesterday.  Those of you who know me will understand how excited I was to see it.  The price was excellent so it came home with me.
I bought these 2 glasses to replace ones I had collected from a Christmas promotion years ago which were in the donation to the store.
Is it not amazing when you create space for what you want it does show up.
I've not seen this mark before so I will have to do some research later.







I did some coloring this week to unwind after a trip to visit my sister for our birthdays.
I had some caffeinated tea to ensure I stayed awake on my drive home in the late evening so I was still wide awake when I got home.

This is from the tea coloring boloring book I received from the blog hosted my Margie at Tea in the Valley.   I chose yellow for the base of the tea pot and cup combo with some pink flowers and green leaves.  Love the candy stripe on the handle.

I finished this book by Karen Kingsbury this week.  I was up till quite late finishing one night.  It was good.

I picked some lilacs early in the week.  I placed them in the hand painted vase which repeats the lilac color.  I think they have been giving me the sneezes though.









A gift from my sister.  My favorite tea from the Chai Wallahs. These ladies do such a great job of this tea.  They are local ladies to Alberta.


I purchased some lace curtains for the dining room window which has only had blinds for years.  I finishes the room.  It is my crafting space so does not serve as a dining room at all.  I have placed my dining room table in the living room next to the patio doors so I can see outside while I sit at the table.  Love the lace.



Sharing with the following:

Bernideen's Tea Time

Share Your Cup #252 hosted by Jan at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Afternoon Tea

I gathered a few lilacs this morning in a couple of shades.  They are the small variety which bloomed a little later.  I put them into a hand painted glass vase with purple flowers.  I placed it onto a white Battenburg lace doily.
 
 














I made some Scottish Oat Scones yesterday.  I bought the dried currants especially to make this recipe.  I did not realize that dried currants are quite hard.  I baked the large scone on a stone which worked really well.  This recipe is from the Company's Company recipe book.    I placed a few triangles on a clear glass plate.
 
I made a cup of Blackberry Currant tea.  I served in a clear glass tea cup with matching saucer.  I added butter to my scone.  
 
The table is dressed with a white table cloth, topped with a lace and then a white linen table runner.
 
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Simple Sentiments - Full Photo


I was working on a new concept for my photos. So I dug into my stash of photos to create a new type of Simple Sentiments cards.  These cards feature my photos which have been trimmed to 3.75 T x 5.00 W which leaves a nice border on the A2 card.  I selected a colored cards that coordinated with the photos.  With no greetings they can be used for any occasion. They have a quarter sheet insert on the inside.


Some of these are being given to a friend who lost her husband recently.  She is a card giver and there are bound to be a few occasions where she would like to express appreciation to those who have provided support during this difficult time.

I will see her on today at our year end BBQ.

Mosaic Monday - Conservatory Trip


I took a trip to the conservatory yesterday because I needed a photo for the challenge on one of my Flickr groups.  You can check here to see the photo of the poisonous foxglove.

Here's some photos from that trip.

Top Left - I found a lady bug on the foxglove.  
Top Right - Allium giganteum - They are gorgeous flowers.
Bottom Left - This is a photo taken from the eye end of a prism kaleidoscope which I found in the gift shop. Very cool.
Bottom Right - Canada 150 tulip.  I have seen many of these this spring.  

I am waiting for the peonies to bloom.




I am sharing with Mosaic Monday #45 hosted by Maggie at Normandy Life.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

R2Go Christmas Card Kit - Penguin Tuque

I started with a red card and a skating penguin with a red glitter tuque.

I printed a frame on white card stock.  I adhered the penguin accent to the frame.  I applied a piece of 3D foam tape to each corner.

I wrapped the white seam binding around the card front.  I tied a knot and moved it to the right hand side.

I adhered the accent square aligned to the left to leave a small border on 3 sides making sure my knot was to the right of the accent.

I adhered the greeting of my choice to the bottom right hand corner of the accent layer.  I adhered the quarter sheet insert to the bottom half of the inside of the card. I trimmed the ends of the ribbon with scissors.

R2Go Christmas Card Kit - Penguin Ear Muffs

I started with a navy card and a navy, blue, white and glitter square accent featuring a skating penguin with red glitter ear muffs. 

I printed a square to frame the penguin accent layer.  I adhered the accent square to the frame.  This layer was adhered to the card front aligned to the top of the card leaving an even border on 3 sides.

I color printed 2 greetings. I selected my banner greeting then trimmed with scissors. I cut a piece of 3D foam tape in half and placed a piece on each end of the greeting.  I then adhered the greeting below the accent layer

I adhered a quarter sheet insert on the inside of the card on the right hand side.

Monday, June 5, 2017

R2Go Christmas Kit - Hockey Penguin

I started with a navy card and a hockey penguin with a red glitter helmet.

I printed a frame on white card stock.  I adhered the penguin accent to the frame.  I applied a piece of 3D foam tape to each corner.

I wrapped the white seam binding around the card front.  I tied a knot and moved it to the right hand side.

I adhered the accent square aligned to the left to leave a small border on 3 sides making sure my knot was to the right of the accent.

I adhered the greeting of my choice to the top right hand corner of the accent layer.  I adhered the quarter sheet insert to the bottom half of the inside of the card. I trimmed the ends of the ribbon with scissors.

R2Go Christmas Kit - Polar Bear

I started with a red card and a navy, blue, white and glitter square accent featuring a skating polar bear. 

I printed a square to frame the polar bear accent layer.  I adhered the accent square to the frame.  This layer was adhered to the card front aligned to the top of the card leaving an even border on 3 sides. 

The banner greeting was trimmed with scissors after it was color printed.  I cut a piece of 3D foam tape in half and placed a piece on both ends of the greeting.  I then adhered the greeting below the accent layer

I adhered a quarter sheet insert on the inside of the card on the right hand side.

Mosaic Monday - My Walk Today



Here are a few photos from my walk this morning. 

Top left - Miniature White Hydrangea
Top Right - Begonia 
Bottom Left - the center of a Rose which as lost the petails
Bottom Right - Female Mallard Duck

Begonias are so hard to find in good condition was they bruise so easily. I was very happy to find this one in nice shape considering the rain last night.
The duck was in a park with no water near but there was a bucket of water where she was so I expect that is what drew her to this locale.

Sharing with Mosaic Monday #43 hosted by Maggie at Normandy Life.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

R2Go Christmas Kit - Bethlehem Triptych - Punched Stars

Another Ready 2 Go Stack kit for my class on Monday, June 05.  Very similar to the one I made earlier.

It features a Bethlehem Triptych with a gold foil greeting.  The layer measures 3.5 x 4.75 inches.

I chose a navy card.

I trimmed the 12x12 gold metallic card stock to 4.00 x 5.25 inches which leaves a small border of blue card.  This layer was adhered to the card front.

I punched 3 stars below the gold greeting on the Bethlehem layer.  Once placed on the gold layer the stars become gold as the lower layer shows through. I placed the center one first then evenly space the other two on either side.

Note Cards - Victorian Paintings

 I made another gift set of  No8 note cards.  This time I used a set of images left over from a Paper Tole kit I found these at the ReUse center the other day.  When I saw them I thought their proportions would be great for these type of cards.  As you can see they were perfect.  

The images were created by Anton Pieck - a Dutch artist who painted the Victorian images who lived from 1895 - 1987.  The the sheets of images have the copyright notice of 1973 The Donald Art Co. NY Printed in Holland on them and there is these three per sheet.  The name of the images are The Inspector (l), The Smoker (c) and the Ship Painter(r). I chose an olive green textured card stock in 12x12.  This layer was cut 2 7/8 x 5 inches. The cards are cut at 3 3/8 wide and then scored at 6 1/4 inches.  I added a 1/2 inch strip to the bottom of the card front, taped it on the back then added this scallop washi tape across the join and brought the ends to the inside of the card.  It finishing off the front nicely.     Again, I created a structure to house the 12 cards from left over strips of the 12x12 card stock I used for the cards.  These were scored the width of 3 5/8 centered on the 12 inches.  I used 2 - one for the bottom and another on the top.  I created a small piece of paper to stick to the top of let people know what the package contains.  I again added a label on one of the sides with my contact information.
You can refer to this post of the stash busting concept for these cards. 

Note Cards - Wedgwood Cameos



I made a set of note cards with vintage Wedgeport Notes images that I bought at a second hand store a few weeks away. The sticker on the box indicates it was sold in a Woodward`s store.  These stores closed in 1992 so the box of cards is at least 25 years old.  It held 16 images but only 12 of them had ovals which I chose for this project.

I cut the card front with the Stampin Up Aphothecary thin-lit aligning the ovals of the cameos. Since the cutting edges are on the edge of the thin-lit it was easy to see exactly where it was going cut. I then mounted a piece of coordinating card stock at the bottom of the card front.  The left one just has a solid piece which has been just adhered with the edges butted up to each other.  The center one, the coordinating layer was punched with the SU! Eyelet border punch and overlapped the card front.  On the right one, I used one of the SU! Edgelits in the Adorning Accents set again overlapping the pieces. I then adhered the accent onto the ivory card front.

I had a card stock leftover from the 12x12 which I cut down to 1 inch wide. I used 2 of them to create a container to place the 12 cards and envelopes inside. I added a credit label on the outside. This was placed inside a gussetted cello bag which measures 3.5W x 1.25D x 8.5T inches. I just folded the top of the bag like a gift and taped the flap closed.

This used 4 12x12 card stock, a bit of solid card stock, 12 envelopes and the vintage cameos.

Stash busting - No.8 Cards

I have no idea when I acquired a box of 500 of No.8 envelopes so this is a stash busting exercise.
When my sister visited on the long weekend we brainstormed the options for making cards to fit these envelopes. It measures 3 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches. They cost a lot less than A2 Invitation envelopes.  
The idea I came up with was using 12x12 card stock to create three 6 1/4 X 3 3/8 inches cards. When scored at 6.25 inches you need to add an additional piece to the other side.
1. You can just add a piece of coordinating solid card stock.  This gives you an element you can repeat on the accent you add to the card front.
2. When using double sided designer card stock you can leave that color show through below the shaped bottom edge.
3. You can make a landscape card which folds in the center with the solid piece being anywhere along the card front.

Doing some calculations on cost it was determined that over all the cost is higher to make these cards but being in the place that the supplies in my craft space have been there for a long time and it is now a stash busting project.  For that reason, it makes sense to try to make the envelopes and 12x12 card stock leave the house.
It requires me to stretch my brain to design for a new size because I have been making A2 (4.25x5.5 inch) cards for years.