Some More Christmas Cards

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Aug 122018
 

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Some More Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I picked out images which had a bit of an animal theme on them. All the images are from this year’s Hunkydory collection.

I’ve also used the matching cardstock to score and make the base cards for all but one of the cards – for that one I used an Adoreable Scoreable cardstock with some of the design cardstock matted on top.

All have the greeting “Nadolig Llawen” on them (Welsh for Happy Christmas), and an insert that says “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda”.

Pheasant

Lama

Sloth

Fox and Mouse

Dear

Polar Bears

So, that’s it for today – another pack of cards made up where a percentage of the money raised will go towards the work of our Sunday School.

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I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to come over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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August’s Calendar Page

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Aug 102018
 

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August Calendar Page

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Would you believe it, but I had what I wanted to put up on my mother’s calendar for the month of August ready made, with fingerlift tape on the back, ready to stick up on the 1st. (It’s just taken me a few days to get it photographed once it was stuck up, and to get photos intp my post ready to schedule it.)

If you’ve not visited my blog previously you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother, which I’m decorating for her month by month. You can catch up by visiting my previous pists about it if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, and fot July – here.

I’m trying to decorate the pages for each month using different types of papercraft. Had a discussion with my mother who reconed that it was time for something from the garden.  And I had an idea! – why not turn some digital scrapbooking (that I’ve shown you previously) into a bit of hybrid crafting.

I’ve shown you two digital scrapbook layouts showing the development of sreawberries in my garden previously.

Strawberries Digital Scrapbook Page

And

A Bit Of A Catchup And A Layout

I took both layouts into my software and placed them side by side and shrunk them to the size I wanted for this project.  I also clopped out a single strawberry and put several copies at fifferent sizes on a blank area of the page.  This was then printed off onto A4 glossy photo paper.  A whole sheet of the same green background was also printed off onto A4 Super Smooth cardstock.

All the frames and backgrounds come from the Dragons Lair Designs Citrus Celebrations Digital Mini Kit.

After trimming the green background to a size suitable gor the calendar, I cut out the double layout spread as well as each of the individual strawberries.  I stuck the layout onto the background at a jaunty angle using fingerlift tape.  I shaped the strawberries a bit and then stuck them in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.

This is what I came up with.

Here’s a look at it from an angle, showing some dimension.

It’s difficult to get the dimension to show without glare off the glossy photo psper.

 

This is what the whole page looks like.

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So, that’s the August page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the September page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make at some point during next month.

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Another Pack Of Christmas Cards

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Aug 082018
 

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A Small Pack Of Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I used different images from the same Hunkydory little book I’d used for the cards in my post of the 4th August.  I think I may have missed letting everybody know about this post so please do click to the earlier post after having a look at these cards if you think you’ve  missed seeing them.

I started by matting and layering each image with a metalic mat of either gold, silver, or red mirror card.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, scalloped, white base cards and used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the card fronts. And an insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

So, that’s it for today – quick and simple cards.

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Aug 062018
 

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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A few months ago I sat down with my brother’s eldest son and showed him how to make a pattern for some shorts to fit him using the Lutterloh Golden Rule system.  With basic guidance and a steadying hand to hold and pass him things he made quite a good job of it.

He’d chosen some black material some time previously so the pattern was immediately put to use.  He did most of the pinning, cutting, and sewing himself as well.  He’s been doing bits of sewing on my machine, supervised of course, since he was very small, needing the foot pedal to be placed on the same footstool the boys used in the bathroom to get onto the toilet and stand in front of the washbasin when they were small.

I did have to take over for doing the waistband with chanel for the elastic, the actual threading of the elastic, and sewing the hem, so he’d done the most of it before he ran out of steam.

With one thing and another – schoolwork, exams, life in general – he hadn’t had time to make up any more shorts, so I decided to make both the youngest nephews a pair of shorts each this month to make sure they had something to change into when here.  At the moment the boys are near enough the same size, and the shorts he’d made definately still fit the nephew who’d made it as I’d seen him wearing it the day before I decided to make up the two pairs.

So out came the patern and material – the sewing machine and thread already being out because of the work I was doing on my “Big” Project.

I’d seen a flat seam demonstrated on TV, similar to the side seams on jeans, so decided to give it a go for the outside leg seams.  I didn’t change thread colour to stitch down the outside of the seam, but I do think the seams look neat.  For the other seams I sewed them as normal, right sides together, and then used the machine’s equivelent to an overlocking syitch to sew over all the raw edges.

For the first pair I sewed the top of the shorts over to make a chanel for threading an elastic through.

For the second pair I got my nephew to measure a 1″ wide length of elastic round his waist and pin it at the correct length.  I then pinned it every 8th of the way round before sewing the elastic directly to the top of the shorts, that I’d turned down around half an inch behind the elastic to hide the raw edge, using a zig-zag stitch.

I got my nephew to try on the shorts when I’d finished.

He was happy with the fit, so it was then a case of tidying up the tgread ends.

The second nephew was more difficilt to grab hold of to try his on, so I had to photograph his shorts hanging on a hanger over a door handle.

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That’s it for today.  More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Some Packs Of Christmas Cards

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Aug 042018
 

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Christmas Cards With A Nativity Theme

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I picked out images which had a bit of the Nativity scene on them from a Hunkydory little book.  There were five images chosen, and six of each.

I started by matting and layering each image with a metalic mat of either gold, silver, or red mirror card. I wasn’t wanting every of the same image looking exactly the same so deliberately chose at least two different coloured mats for the same image.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, scalloped, white base cards and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) and randomly used gold and silver ones, placed at different locations on the card fronts, to make each card with the same image slightly different.

These cards I batched into 6 packs of 5 cards each with envelopes and the following label put inside before sealing the cello bags.

I’m not going to post photos of all 30 cards, but here are the contents of one pack.

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And here are a small number of the rest, one of each image taken at random from the different packs, so you can see the difference in greeting location and matting colour.

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So, that’s it for today – quick and simple cards.

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Aug 022018
 

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Recycling Old Christmas Cards

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For the batch of Christmas cards I’ve got to show you today I have recycled old Christmas cards.

A few friends give me their old cards, both Christmas and more general ones from other occasions during the year, and any that are suitable I re-use to create cards that can be sold and the proceeds go the Sunday School.

For the batch I’m going to show today I used square, pre cut and scored kraft card base cards that came with matching envelopes. As most of the members of our chapel have mentioned in the past that they want cards they can post using a standard size letter stamp, I have kept the profile of these cards low by only using one matt to layer with the recycled image and sticking with fingerlift tape. I used assorted Adorable Scorable cardstock, cut to just a little larger than the trimmed recycled image, to mat each image onto.

I put an insert inside each one that says “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year). And on the outside I stuck a greetings peel-off.  By not adding lots of embelishments I can keep the cost of the cards low for me to make, keep the price for the pack low, and pass on all the money made for the recycled cards to the Sunday School.

This is the paper with information that is in the package with these cards.

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I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to come over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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A Bit Of A Catchup And A Layout

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Jul 312018
 

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A Bit Of A Catchup And A Digital Scrapbook Layout

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Several of those amongst my online friends have noticed that I’ve not been very active online for the last few weeks – thank you for noticing and commenting.  There’s nothing to worry about – it’s just that I’ve been using what little energy I’ve had on other things, and, although I have been online a bit every day I’ve just been too exhausted to do as much commenting and be as active in FB crafting groups as I like to be.  I’ve even realised now that I’ve not even been in some groups and put up links to the small number of my own blog posts that have gone live this month.

So, What have I been up to? —

My main activity has been puttering around in the garden.  I would like to be able to tell you that I’ve got everything I wanted to do all finished in the garden, but unfortunately not.  With my health issues and disabling conditions I can only do little bits at a time, and need help with some things, and with the high temperatures we’ve had lately those “little bits at a time” have had to be early in the morning or late at night.

It started off in April with more weeds than plants.

And half the garden is still more weeds than plants I want, but one half is getting closer to what I’d like.  I’m hopeing to do some scrapbook layouts, progress report blog posts, or slideshows of how I progressed, in due course, and hopefully I’ll get more of the half I’m working on this year into a more organised state before the summer ends.

But now it’s raining and I can do a bit of catching up.  Hurray!

So, although I’ve not posted a lot to my blog this month, I know that I’ve missed posting in some FB groups when some of my posts have gone live, I thought I’d give you a list of all my July posts to start off with.

3rd – Birthday Cards And More

28th – June/July Colouring Challenge in DLD Fan Group

29th – More Christmas Cards

30th – July’s Calendar Page

So, other than gardening, what else have I been up to? – Not a lot!

With the temperature being so high I just couldn’t face getting out my sewing machinen and continuing work on my “Big Work In Progress” – just the thought of having the quilts on my lap and manouvering them round as I did more quilting on them was enough to bring me out in a sweat.  Once the temperature cools, and once I have less to do in the garden, I will be back quilting, and I will keep the update posts comming.

But, although I haven’t had my big sewing project out I have had my sewing machine out and sewn a couple of pairs of shorts for the youngest nephews.  I’ve got a blog post part written about them, though I’ve only managed to get one nephew to stand still long enough to photograph him wearing his shorts yet.

I’ve also made another couple of batches of Christmas Cards.  Brain not in gear to go all out for a big batch yet, but have put some together to sell at our chapel when a proportion of the proceeds go towards the work of the Sunday School.  I’ve been requested for some simple cards that will go through the post as a standard letter – many don’t want to pay for elaborate cards or to pay for a Large Letter stamp, so what I’ve made so far fits into the not to expensive or large category.  Others want a small number of more elaborate cards for delivering by hand or putting in with gifts for special friends and family, so I’ll have to start thinking of those cards over the next month or so.  I will get what I’ve done photographed and blogged before long, so keep  an eye out for those posts as well.

To finish I thought I’d show you my strawberries!

I made a post of a layout “Strawberries Digital Scrapbook Page” back in May.

This is what I showed you then –

I decided to make a further Digital Scrapbook Page, using the same Cirtus Celebrations mini kit as I’d used before to show what we got from the strawberry barrel at the end of June.

There are two breeds of stawberries in the tub, ordinary sized ones round the sides and plants that produce giant strawberries in the top.

That’s my hand in the picture – the giant strawberries were more than 2″ across.

We had lots to eat, some to freeze, some in smoothies, and I even dried some in a food dehydrator I got for my birthday – these dried strawberries I used when makeing a type  of fruit and nut bar.

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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July’s Calendar Page

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Jul 302018
 

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July Calendar Page

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Today’s post is something I should have shown you a good deal earlier in the month. If you’ve visited my blog previously you may have seen the posts I’ve made showing how I’ve decorated the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, and for June  – here.

I’m trying to decorate the pages for each month using different types of papercraft, and for July I used a CD-ROM and some dies.

The dies I used were “Mel’s Signature Collection – Budding Camellia Die” and “Mel’s Signature Collection – Magnolia Memories Die” and the matching My Craft Studio CD-ROM.

I printed out the images that work with the dies onto 200gsm super smooth cardstovk and also printed out several backgrounds.

I used my Snap die cutting machine to cut out the images and then started placeing them out in different positions on ßwveral backgrounds untill I had a background and layout I was happy with.

I shaped the pieces a bit using my fingers before starting to stick everything in place using some small pieces of foam tape to give the image some dimention.

This is what I came up with.

Here’s a closer look at some of it from an angle, showing some dimension.

And a closer look at some of the flowers.

This is what the whole page looks like.

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So, that’s the July page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the August page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make at some point during next month.

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More Christmas Cards

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Jul 292018
 

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Christmas Cards

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I’ve already told you previously that I’d started my Christmas card making. I’ve made a few more over a few days during July and today I’ve got a couple of cards to show you.  Once again I used a sheet from this year’s Hunkydory collection.

The toppers for these two came from the same sheet of toppers.

I used a white sheet of Adorable Scoreable, folded in half, as my base card for this one. Then attached a panel cut from a background sheet from the collection that matched my chosen topper. I used a paper ribbon from the topper sheet across the card just down from the center before adding the topper itself.

For this card I scored an Adorable Scoreable card in half before attaching a panel cut from a background sheet that co-ordinated with the topper. Topper was then attached with double sided foam tape.

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I’ll have a few more Christmas card posts to come over the next week or so, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Jul 282018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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With so many members of the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook having less time for crafting over the busy summer months it was decided to run the latest colouring challenge over two months, rather than one month, to give those who wanted to take part more time to request the free digital stamp, create something with it, and upload a photo of their creation.

For the June/July colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Just join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

This time I coloured in the image using Chameleon Pencils.  I don’t usually use coloured pencils and don’t think I got as good a result with these as I get with alcohol markers, but I will practice a bit more to see what effects I can get.

To make my simple card I took a pre cut, scalloped edge, base card, and, just to show that DLD images can be mixed and matched with anything in a person’s crafting stash, I cut some background papers from the “Blooming Lovely” 8″ square paper pad by The Paper Boutique.

I only used fingerlift tape to attach the various layers, to keep the card as flat as possible, and set things at a “jaunty angle”.

So here’s my finished card.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before the end of the week, so please do pop in for a look again.

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