Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2 more cards and Happy 4th of July!


It was Canada's 150th birthday and it looked like we knew how to celebrate in Ottawa and Toronto. On Saturday, my best friend and I visited my brother and we walked over to Port Dalhousie, a small ...very small, village that is now just part of our city but it has hosted the world rowing championship a few years back. They had a lot of those bouncy things for the kids and, personally, I think there should be one just for adults because I would still love to bounce around in them.  We walked and I felt so good walking  but I paid for it and my hips are still grinding. That night, my hubby went to bed at 9:30 and I went to bed by 10:30...how sad:) We did go to my hubby's sister's place the next day and other ventures yesterday plus our cat, Jade (not my niece but same name), has constipation. We gave her, ahem, an enema and went on a search for a vet that would be open yesterday but nuttin! She is better and my hubby went to the vet this morn so we are watching over her....the poor thing.

Amidst visiting, sick cats, enemas and sore joints I was able to create a couple of cards and I bought a new product, Gelatos which are crayons but can give such a deep rich colour and I get to use my fingers to rub the colours. Without further adieu, here are my 2 cards.


Gelatos, sizzex machine, leaf and butterfly die cuts, rubber stamp saying, dye ink pad, lace flowers, crystals, ribbon, glue stick, double sided tape and heart charm

Eclectic Ellapu-Seaside or Summer Colour
Dream Valley- Bling, Lace, Ribbon
Alphabet Challenge- Hearts
Glitter N' Sparkle- Freedom

This was my first try with the gelatos and I like working the colour with my fingers but my fingers hurt after so I have to find a different way to rub the colour. I was thinking summer days and we just had the Pride parade in Toronto so a rainbow was on my mind. I used the sizzex machine to cut out the leaves and butterfly and glued them on. I actually used a charm and ribbon, adhered it to the card, added the daisy lace flower and bling. This card speaks freedom for the many people who now have a voice  and, when I am in nature, I feel free! No one can take away nature because it can even be in our memories which always stays with us.

Sizzex machine, rubber stamp, versamark pad, perfect pearl powders, brushes, ribbon, glue. Double sided tape.

Simon Says-Anything Goes

My hubby's uncle just celebrated a birthday and he loves birds so I stamped the birds in versamark (clear) and took my perfect pearls and dusted the colours on. I had a remnant piece that I coloured with, god knows what, and actually thought it looked ugly. I wanted to try to spruce it up and finally thought of the wood stencil I have. I placed the stencil over the cutout and used white paste over the stencil. I have a palette "knife" which is used for this purpose, and you place this paste on just like decorating a cake. Once it dried, I adhered everything to create the card and used a ribbon as a border.

How did you celebrate Canada Day and how will you celebrate July 4th?

45 comments:

  1. I was going to go to a fireworks show but i have to work really early on the 5th. But it looks like there's too much rain in the forecast anyway

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  2. Hi, Birgit!

    Happy birthday to Canada and to your hubby's uncle. (I hope they're not the same age :) I admire the deep purple and the flirty birds on the card you made for him. I also thank you for supporting Pride and making a card that features a rainbow. The colors on these two cards are indeed rich. The cards have attractive color combos and I like the artistic layout of each. I think a bouncy thing for adults is a great idea - anything with lots of colors and balls and balloons to help you get in touch with your inner child and stay youthful. I hope your kitty continues to improve. Medical emergencies always seem to happen on holidays.

    I am simply relaxing this 4th of July and bracing for the firecracker noise that will begin at dusk. It is a clear day and Mrs. Shady and I will probably be able to watch a fireworks display from our balcony this evening.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend BB!

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    1. I hope the fireworks were fun to watch. Jade is doing much better. His Uncle is in his 70's so he is older:) Glad you like my cards and the one is on its way(previous post)

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  3. Great cards once more indeed. Blah, enemas are no fun, giving or taking. Hopefully Jade stays on the mend. Canada day, I umm did the usual, that count?

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    1. My hubby did gardening in the heat. Glad you like my cards and Jade is on the mend and seems to be doing better

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  4. I really like your rainbow effect. Belated happy Canada Day!

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    1. Thank you..I thought it looked good

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  5. When my brother gets a bouncy house for the kiddos, the adults get a turn. And as his youngest are now just 4, he's had to be in there supervising the littlest at some point.

    We get all sorts of Pride parades around here. Love that first card.

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    1. Glad you like my card. Love the bouncy house and that adults can take a turn as that would be fun

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  6. I do love those rainbow colours, very pretty!

    We had our nephews up for Canada Day here in Ottawa. We avoided the larger crowds (the boys are 5, 3, and 3) and of course it rained nearly the whole day, but we had lots of fun anyway, as we always do. They exhaust us though, with their giddy busy-ness.

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    1. Glad you like the rainbow card. Ottawa really got socked for Canada Day but it seems you had a fun time regardless

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  7. Nice to send a Happy Canada Day card!

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    1. Well, that is not my card but something I grabbed off the internet. It made me laugh:)_

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  9. Loving your cards Birgit and glad you had a good celebration..even if your hips didn't...know the feeling well...we always pay for ignoring them...it's tennis season here and I get 2 weeks off cooking and cleaning to watch....wheee xxxxx

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    1. Thank you so much that you like my cards. When pain is chronic, you have to ignore it or you'll go nuts. Now I can't play tennis but I could watch it...although I don't...hahahaaa. I'm glad you are enjoying the tennis. My friend watches it religiously.

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  10. Gorgeous cards Birgit! I love the backgrounds you've created with gelato's, they look wonderful.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

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  11. Hi Birgit - love the cards ... and Happy Canada day and then Independence day ... cheers and hope other things clear up! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you so much! It was a nice weekend

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  12. We enjoyed the holiday at a BBQ with best friends. I hope you had a terrific holiday.

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    1. I did and we had a BBQ also-ribs...yum, yum!

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  13. Belated Happy Canada Day! We had a rather quiet Fourth here and just had dinner with a couple of friends. I remember more raucous Fourths, and wonder if age is dampening my enthusiasm for things that sparkle and pop. Hope your kitty improves.

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    1. Kitty is doing much better and I am relieved.I haven't watched fireworks in years and hate those small ones that people pop off in front of their home...scares my dog to death!

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  14. I stayed home for July 4th. Most holidays are just another day on the calendar for me. That comes from years of working retail, where they put you to work as much as they can and close as few days as possible.

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    1. I was just having this conversation with a lady who works in a store. It is not fair how retail is almost like slave labour. It used to be that Sunday was closed and we also had boxing day. Now government offices, agencies, banks the LCBO etc...don't work these days but retail? Yup! They make a person work until 6pm Christmas Eve and then they demand you be there at midnight Christmas Day to open the store for the nuts who want to shop for crap. You have to be on your feet all day, eat fast and deal with all sorts of people.

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  15. Hubby went to bed at 9:30? I hope you mocked him.

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    1. Ughhh-I went to bed at 10:30 so you can mock me

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  16. Didn't do anything different. Being retired, it doesn't make a lot of difference to us. We are surrounded by fireworks and tend to try and ignore them because people (kids?) let them off at all kinds of times, usually very late at night. Matt is usually in bed by 10 ish most nights.

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    1. I'm with Denise and wish these fireworks were banned

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  17. Best cards ever! I love them. And if I forgot to wish him happy bday before, a belated happy bday to your hubby.
    re: cat issues. Apologies if you've already tried this.
    Some cats will lick petroleum jelly off your finger and for the ones that won't I put a little bit of mineral oil on their food or a little bit in a dish.

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    1. Glad you like the cards and the one if for my hubby's Uncle's birthday:) I just had heard about this-vegetable oil and we are now doing this!

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    1. Happy Belated 4th of July and Happy weekend. Thanks a mil for the advise for our pussy cat:)

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  19. Hope Jade is regular now. Poor baby. Cheers to Canada's 150! Very cool cards. I love your thinking behind the making of your first card.

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    1. Jade is better. We are giving her some stuff on her paw to promote fiber etc..-smells and looks like molasses. We are putting a teaspoon of vegetable oil on her food. Thank you about the card. I thought all should tie in well as the butterfly means Joy in Life, the rainbow and nature...freedom can't be beat.

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  20. Not sure how I missed this post, but I love that you wished us a happy Independence Day. Hope you enjoyed Canada Day, too.

    Your cards are wonderful. I've never seen Gelatos, but I heard they are rich and creamy. I suspect you will love them! For pastels, I use a tampon for blending. You can also use a Q-tip, but they take longer, since the tampon is about the size of your finger.

    Your birthday card is fabulous. I love how you used the stencil to rework a background. It looks lovely now.

    Happy belated birthday to your husband's uncle, and I hope Jade is feeling better. Now it's time for you to get back in shape, too. That didn't come out how I meant it. I meant get better by getting your sore muscles well. If that made sense, which I'm not sure it did. It's a bit late here and I need more coffee. I'll be back to see your movie picks later today after I've had a much needed nap.

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    1. Thank you about my cards. Yes, the gelatos are creamy and rich in colour. I got the basic set plus the metallic set. I love them!Jade is feeling better and I am slowly getting there. It is not my muscles which I can deal with but it is my actual joints. I know I will be looking at hip replacements in the future.That is just how it is.

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  21. Two gorgeous cards, I love how colorful your first card is! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.
    Tammy x

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  22. Love the bright summery colours on your card...and the lacy butterfly is just so light and airy against them :D Thank you for sharing with us at Dream Valley Challenge XXX
    *hope your hips and the kitty are feeling better soon*

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    1. Thank you-I think the first card is nice and full of summer. Kitty is doing much better and the hips are slowly healing...thank you for asking:)

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  23. Hope our neck of the woods is treating you well!

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