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      Friday, May 20, 2016

07:38 AM - 05/20/2016

The topic: Hey, hey, hey!


Alive and well in beautiful, sunny, Lakeside, California!

A short update. Took Marco to the vet a few days ago, I know he really needs a teeth cleaning, he's been looking rough and losing weight. The vet took blood, all values with the exception of globulin were good. Globulin was high and the vet said, taking into consideration Marco's loose stool and tenderness in his abdomen, he might have dry FIP. (I don't think so.) But Marco is on meds for two weeks to see if he perks up. (I think he'd perk up a whole lot more if his teeth were clean, but we'll wait until after he's done with the meds).

I've been wanting to make another hot air balloon card, testing my abilities for modification of the files. In this case, making it bigger. I'd like to see how it looks with a battery operated tea light in the basket. I have the paper picked out, files all modified to make them bigger and have some stuff on order to fancy up the finished design. I know who I'll be sending it to, I've had this in my head for a couple of years now. I'm finally taking action. Should I take some more incredibly boring video? 14110119

And Brian offered up my services to his mom to make cards for her to send to her twin great-grandchildren. (I asked him "did you bring this up to your mother before you brought it up to me?" He gave me that deer (dear? lol) in the headlights look because he knows I find that incredibly annoying.) Anyway, she picked out a couple of box cards from my book (he said she seemed surprised I had files for this - geez, how many times have I proclaimed the greatness of I guess the best analogy might be to say "making the cards is like making a garment with a pattern".  I dunno, I've never taken credit for the designs..) I have some new paper that should be here shortly, had a pretty good sale so I took advantage. And something that I didn't think would happen this soon, I'm running out of room in my storage cabinet. Guess I need to get busy making stuff.


      Friday, April 29, 2016

08:54 AM - 04/29/2016

The topic: I think this is one of my favorites!


But I say that about all of them, don't I?  *laughing*

And as usual, clicking on a picture will take you to a bigger photo in my family album; clicking on that picture will open a larger photo. This will give you a better idea of the detail on the card. And there are more photos in the gallery than I have posted here, if you want to see more.

When I was a kid, over fifty years ago (a half of a century, when did this happen? gulp Holy moley!), at Easter, we did the go to church thing (raised Catholic, but on Easter, even my Methodist father, who didn't go to any church, went with us). And the Easter bunny ALWAYS visited, leaving really child friendly items in his wake. One of my favorites was always the huge sugared egg with the diorama inside. Remember those? I got one every year and it was the one piece of candy that I never ate. They eventually fell apart, but I loved looking inside of them. I found a page where you can make them, that's not gonna happen, but check out the examples.

Anyway, when I first saw this as a sneak peak of SVGcuts new kit last year, I jumped on it. The name of the kit is Springtime Box Cards SVG Kit. And for all of that time, I kept thinking about how I could make this really awesome. Because childhood.

So, this year I thought I'd make one and send it to my friends who have expressed a like for dioramas. Even sent me photos of their Christmas diorama that goes up every year and I thought maybe they'd enjoy this one. One of the problems with not having extended family and friends nearby is what do I do with all of the stuff I make? Cards are easily sent, but the bigger projects are spendy for shipping, because they are so fragile and need special packaging to protect them. But cards...everybody likes getting cards in the mail, right?

I picked out the paper, following the PDF that was included. As I usually do, I split some of the designs apart, using different paper than the PDF shows, like the flowered background in the egg and the eggs themselves. I got everything cut out, laid it out on my work table and started thinking about how I was going to do the sugaring. The sugaring was the most important part to me, that was what made this so realistic. At least, it did to me. Did I want to paint the sugar on with Ranger Stickles or emboss the paper? Since the Stickles take a while to dry and sometimes the paper warps from the moisture, I thought I'd try the embossing first.

I had a pile of extra cut outs from previous cards to do my testing. Since the area was pretty big that I wanted to emboss, I just used my Versamark pad to get the paper ready for the embossing powder. Then I used Judikins Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. I checked out a couple of different colors and I liked this one the best for the sugaring process. (Sugaring process...that makes me laugh.)

The test piece

Happy with the test piece, I was ready to start the sugaring (snork...sugaring...). I liberally sprinkled the powder over the Versamarked paper. Then I tapped the loose powder off (the powder that isn't used goes back into the container).

Then I hit it with the heat tool. This is the result.

Looks good. Looks really good. I did this to all of the pieces for the first insert. I set those aside and started assembling the card.

The first part was the box itself. In this image, you can see where I've used my Big Shot to emboss the bottom panels with a flowery folder. I thought it would be more obvious in the final product, but it didn't really add to or subtract from the over all card. I don't know if I'd do this again on a patterned paper.


I've mentioned in the past that I like the Beacon 3-in-1 glue. This is why. I can use too much (something I do, not on purpose, mind you, but me and glue...well, we just have this weird relationship thing) and the paper doesn't warp. I hate it when the paper warps because of the glue. Here's a little tip and it's probably going to sound strange, but as the amount of the glue goes down, it gets harder to squeeze out. I found that shoving the glue bottle under my waistband helps to warm it up and it flows more freely (and don't store it upside down, I've lost a couple of bottles of this glue by doing this, somehow the glue leaks out and there's a big dried clump of glue to deal with - and no, I don't store it in my pants - I know that's what some of you were thinking). Yeah, it's strange, but it works for me and isn't that what it's all about?

Flap panels in place.

Back panel assembly - front and back

Front panel - the flowers are inked in the center and the edges. This project had brads keeping the flowers in place. I ended up gluing the petals together since they kept twisting out of shape.

The inserts and panels, one (front piece, the white will be glued on to the yellow piece next to it), two (eggs) and three (bunny). The piece at the far left is the back panel. I've already attached the front panel (the one with the flowers).

Back panel attached.

All inserts inserted, back view.

Because of all the sugaring, the cardstock was pretty heavy on the first insert and it kept flopping over, so I cut out an additional back piece and glued it on to reinforce the insert. You can't see it here. On my next egg card, I'll do that before putting it all together.

And the sentiment on the back. I used foam pieces to make it pop out instead of being flat on the card.

And that's it! That's my Egg card. I love it! And the ladies who received it liked it, too. It was passed on to Mom for her enjoyment.

06:57 AM - 04/29/2016

The topic: The phone rang at 6:00 last night


It was the vet's office with news on Smokey. He won't be coming to live here. But that's not a bad thing. Here's why.

They finally got the results of the testing. Everything is negative! Yay! That's good.

And he's already in his new home! That's good!

It's in a home where he'll be the only pet, so he'll get all the love and attention, he won't have to share with dozens of other kitties. His new home is with an aunt of the clinic manager.

Of course, if it doesn't work out, he can always come here, but not having to share the human sounds like a great thing to me. And so far, he sounds like he's doing nicely.

I love it when things have a happy ending.



      Wednesday, April 27, 2016

12:18 PM - 04/27/2016

The topic: Alrighty then, time to play catchup….


In the past two months I've made four cards and haven't posted about them. So, I'll do that now.

I'll start with the most recent first.

This year's Mother's Day card. Another box card from SVGCuts. This one is from the Spring Blossom kit.

(As usual, clicking on a picture will take you to a bigger photo in my family album; clicking on that picture will open a larger photo so that you can see more detail.)

The finished card

I used a Fineline applicator to put the glue in the middle of the flowers, for the rhinestones I bought on eBay, as well as attaching them to the card.

This made me really happy. It was a first time for me. The embossing folder I used was Sizzix Textured Impressions Flower Power. I inked the side of the folder that had the outlines of the flowers raised and ran it through my Big Shot. Look at how cool it turned out! This will be great for embossing trees, stone or brick walls....the ideas are endless!

The completed panels on the card.


Panels on the other side of the card.


Putting the inserts together

The tree. I love how the pink on brown looks and the flowers look awesome


Close up - see that shimmer? Oh, yeah....



The card is put together, now for the finishing touches.

The back side

The back side with the sentiment. The sentiment is embossed, not stamped. Well, I guess it's kind of stamped since I used my Versamark pad along with a stamp, which I poured my embossing powder over.

And the fun part...attaching the elastic for the magical self-opening card. Little pieces of toothpicks, attached elastic cut to size (bought by the foot on Amazon) and a small hole punch (see the bottom left of the card? That dark spot? That's a hole for the elastic). Once I get the elastic tied onto the toothpick, I put a drop of glue on that, then put it on the hole and pull the little part of the loose elastic through the hole so that it's on the inside of the card. You can see what I mean in the photo below this one, upper left hand side of the inside of the card.

Elastic attached

Card closed (see the elastic?)

The back of the finished card

Oh, and check this out. An added bonus. ME! lol






      Friday, April 22, 2016

11:51 AM - 04/22/2016

The topic: We renewed our Disney Annual Passports last October


And we've not gone once. We could have gone last year, but we just never did.

Next week is Brian's birthday and a friend and her family will be at the Disneyland Resort for a vacation and we'd love to meet up with them. We'd love to spend a day at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.

But we can't. Why not?

Because of  this little lady.


She's over twenty-two years old, I figure she was born in October of 1993. This is Lisa Violet's older sister, she was probably six months old when Lisa was born. She was one of my mother's cats. Mom always called her a pain in the ass. But she's still plugging along. She's deaf (although sometimes it seems like she can hear a little bit) and pretty arthritic. She has a little feeding station in my bathroom, with dry food and fresh water. And that's where she gets her soft food, because we can close the door so she can eat in peace. When she's done, she lets us know by screaming at the top of her lungs. Because, maybe we can't hear her or something. This happens many times a day and a couple of times during the night.

Brian made two sets of foam stairs for her, one on his side of the bed that curves along his dresser and up to the chair next to the bed, and the other is in the family room, along the front of the loveseat so she can more easily access the furniture.

We don't like to be away from her for longer than three or four hours at a time, which is why we won't go to Disneyland.

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lisaviolet is sixty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

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