2020 Calendar – April

April Calendar Page & Life

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through.  The photos of the calendar are right near the end.

Life

I’d like to say that March has been better for me, health wise, than February was – but no!

Unfortunately, with just one dose left of the oral antibiotics I was on after coming out of hospital, in the space of a couple of hours my temperature spiked to higher than it had been the previous time, I could barely move, was wretching, vometing and not totally with it.  So Mam had to call for an ambulance for me again and back to hospital I went.

They were thinking septicemia, but it hadn’t got quite that far thank heavens.  I do remember sitting in a wheelchair in a side ward of A&E and seeing two drips going into my arm – from what was said afterwords I think it was paracetamol in one and fluids in the other, but I’m not sure.  Couldn’t get blod so easily this time, I do remember that.  After sitting most of the night, until 9am, in a wheelchair in A&E I was moved to a recliner chair in a day ward in the CDU – but the recliner didn’t work – which meant I was sitting upright from when I was collected from home in an ambulance around midnight to 5pm – when they got me a bed in the stroke ward.  I was not so good when they finaly got me into bed – a whole night with no sleep, and that length of time sitting in a chair without having my damaged and infected leg elevated (which is what I’m suppose to do for a good portion of the day even without an infection in it) meant my spine and hip were in agony and my leg was very swolen and very red.

I did sleep that night, but it was a very disturbed and intermittent sleep according to my fitbit – which doesn’t surprise me.

It took them a couple more days to organise for an ART (Acute Response Team) nurse to come out to my home on a daily basis to give me an intravenous antibiotic drip.  Between the 3 days in hospital followed by nurse visits at home I was on having an intravenous antibiotic drip for 14 days.  Then the doctor decided to change it to oral antibiotics again – which worries me slightly as I was prescribed the second type I had way back in February that didn’t clear the infection back then, and I know I’m still not right.  Been on them for a week now, and I have spoken to a Nurse Practitioner at the doctors surgery who said that one of the nurses would be out to take another sample of blood to see whether I’m showing signs of improvement or getting worse since a sample was taken a week Monday – it is Wednesday night as I’m begining to wirte this and no sign of anybody to take blood yet. And Mam isn’t well either and is on antibiotics and the Nurse Practitioner said that she’d have a blood test to see whether her infection is showing signs of clearing as well.

So I’m praying very hard at the moment that Mam’s chest infection and my leg infection clear up with the latest antibiotics, and that neither of us get the dreaded COVID-19.

Other than our carers and nurses nobody has been into our house for over a fortnight as the doctor told us, when he was out to see Mam just after I got out of hospital, that with our bad immune systems and ongoing health issues we had to isolate ourselves in our house.  I did tell him that complete isolation was impossible as the ART nurses were comming in at that time as well as neither Mam nor I being in any fit state to manage without our carers, which he realised was something that had to continue.

But we’ve had to stop everybody else coming into the house – no immediate family, including the two nephews that seemed to spend half their time here prior to the lockdown going online doing homework, and video editing and playing on the computers; no cleaner; no wider family or friends.  And of course – no leaving the property for us, which isn’t that big a deal as Mam is mostly bedbound and doesn’t go out, and with my leg infection on top of my usuals I haven’t been out a whole lot (other than to drive a nephew home once and twice to the hospital in an ambulance) this year.

So that’s been my month.

How has March been for all of you who are reading this blog? Worrying no doubt.  Pretty much everywhere in the world is settling in for a stay indoors unless they are key workers as far as I can tell.  I hope that you are all keeping well, and keeping occupied.

If you are already a crafter I bet that you will have a good stash of crafting consumables already, so you will have at least one hobby to keep you occupied, if you can do anything with the rest of your family around and under your feet.  Unless you are home alone of course.  If you are reading this then you obviously have an online connection, which I think will be the saving grace for many who find themselves stressed by the current situation.  Keeping connected with the world outside and family will be very important for keeping sane I think.

It goes without saying that those in the medical proffesion and those that support their work in hospitals and the community are working in difficult and dangerous times.  I find it shocking that there are medical staff dieing because they are contracting this virus when doing their day to day jobs, because proper procesures and adiquate protective equipment are not in place.  They all deserve a medal, including a postumous medal for those who have passed.

But I also think of everybody else who has to keep working.  Those who can’t just stop – farmers who keep the milk flowing, the eggs in our baskets, the fruit in our fruit bowls, the veg on our plates, etc., but also all those involved in the chain in getting those items from the farms to the packers, to the stores, and for us (so far as I’d pre-booked a couple of Tesco Delivery slots) getting them as far as the doorstep.

I’m actually rather annoyed to read that some people, who are admittedly following goverment guidelines to have one form of exercise outside and walk their pets, are using public footpaths that go through farms – I know that there’s a right of way on most of these footpaths, but that does mean on the footpath – not leaving dogs go loose and create havock in farmers fields where there be ewes lambing, or any other farm animal.  You may know that your dog would come back if you call it – but to a sheep, especially one who’s been subject to sheep worrying by a dog before, a dog in their field is a predator that is to be feared and causes stress and often a stampeed – not good if animals are just about to give birth.  Worse still if the dog isn’t quite as obedient as the owner thinks, and seeing running animals gives chase.  Farm animals collapse and some die this way.  And dogs can get shot this way as well.  I don’t think any farmer likes to have to take this extream measure, but if they are looseing sheep, either because of a direct attach, or because sheep are collapsing and dieying after being chased then the law does allow that a farmer ‘may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner’.

There are other reasons that I’m not too keen on the idea of people wondering around the countryside at this present time – one person doesn’t know how long ago another person has wondered through the same place, touching gates, styles, etc., on their way through, and the way I understand it, COVID-19 stays alive on hard surfaces, such as metal gates, for quite a while after contact transfers it there, so in all honesty, the next person through, could catch the dreaded virus.  With some of these paths going through farm yards, or close to them, the next person through could be the farmer who owns the farm, or any of his or her family, and if all who work the farm goes down with the virus who’s going to look after the stock then, who’s going to milk the cows, tend the sheep, etc. Get the food from the farm to the supermarket or local shop.  Not the person who thought a nice walk in the country would be a good idea and spread the virus I bet.

Crafting

I have done very little crafting this month but have tried to do a little.  Having a canula in my arm inside the elbow meant not bending the arm a lot, and I had to have it taken out and another put in the other arm before the end of the fortnight, so most crafting was impossible.  I did manage to, one handedly, write up a few blog posts about crafting I’d done previously, such as orders for cards that I couldn’t put up pictures of until they were handed over in any case, but those took some time to do as I find it very frustrating to work one handedly on a keyboard when I’m a touch typist.  But once I could use both arms again I did start doing a few bits, including planning the April page for my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! and March page – Here!

What I Did

You can see what I put on the February page – Here! if you want to find out what I did. And if you haven’t already seen it, you can see what I put on the January page – here.

My mother wanted something different this month, so rather than go searching far and wide through my stash I decided to use what was out and what was closest to hand.  As I’ve not long finished my Inky-Wizz and putting a lot of my inks in it, I still had that out on the kitchen table, so my first thing to use was my ink pads.  I also still had a sheet of stamping cardstock out as I’d used some to make the labels on the side of my ink pads.  I’d started sorting out a couple of my crafting totes and so had one tote with lots of stencils in and a drawer with makeup brushes.

So basically, what I did was dip a bit randomly into my tote of stencils and picked out an assortment.  I got raindrops, trees, sun, inkspots, aftrican outline and animals, spots.  So off I went to create a picture using something from all those random stencils and inks, using makeup brushes to apply to white cardstock to build up a picture.

And before you start getting critical – I am not an artist, it isn’t the best creation every made, but it has created something that’s different from the die-cut image I put together for the March page.

I then finished off by drawing around the page with an alcohol marker to frame it a little before sticking it to the April page on the calendar and adding the title “Mis Ebrill” which is Welsh for April.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
  • 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • 1 sheet Stamping Cardstock
  • Assortment of Stencils – inc. Artisan Design UK “Raindrop” stencil, sun, tree, giraffes, spots, inkspots.
  • Assortment of Dreamies Dinky Inkies
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Purple Alcohol Marker
  • Fingerlift Tape
The Finished Page

Mam is quite happy with what I managed to put together using ink, brushes and a random selection of stencils.  This is what it looks like.

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

Just the A4 sheet I inked and used stencils to create.

Closeup of one area.

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I had been working on several cards over the period I wasn’t so good prior to getting rushed to hospital, I need to finish off the blog posts on them when I’m feeling a bit stronger, so keep an eye out for those – they include some more fancy ones that were made on for an order.

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2nd Silver Anniversary Card

2nd Welsh Silver Anniversary Card

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A few weeks ago I showed you a silver anniversary card I’d been asked to make by one of our carers for her parents (you can see it here!).  Her mother also being a carer with the same company – Gofal Cymru.

Well the company boss had also asked me to make a card for her to give as well.  Her request was for a special card, though not as ornate and dimensional as the one the daughter had asked for.  The boss also wanted space to be left for a photo of the two cellebrating their anniversary to be added.

What I Did

I again made this an A4 card (A3 cardstock scored and folded in half), but the toppers are only raised very little and the card fitted into a standard C4 envelope.

As a space was needed for a photo to be added I once again went for the oval Kanban Love and Lace dies, this time also using some of the images that went with them for the main image.

When I showed you the previous card – here – I told you that I had an use for the pink paper that was the result of me spraying the white flowers with a pinkish spray.  Well this was the card I used it on.  I cut two strips from it and stuck them down the card near to both sides.

I chose to use a floral image, which I die cut, and added some die cut mats and layers, as the central image.  Some layers were stuck flat and some with foam tape.

I used the foiling quill in my Scan’N’Cut to foil a greetings “Penblwydd Priodas Arian Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary) twice and the number 25 repetedly onto pearlescent paper.

The greeting was cut out using the smallest oval from the set, once portrait for the outside and once landscape for the insert.

I used another die and cardstock from the collection to make a mat for the image as well as a separate mat to go behind the photo.

The row of ’25’ was cut as a paper ribbon and stuck down at either end near the top of the card, leaving it bow a bit in the middle.

I added some silver sticky back “gems” as embelishments, though the person who asked me to make it said that they had a habit of popping off, so I’ll have to be careful to add some extra glue if I ever use some more of them, perhaps a drop of superglue.

The person who’d asked me to make the card took the card away before the photo was stuck on, though she did bring it back with a suitable photo for me to use the same die as the greeting to cut the photo to size before sticking it on.  Unfortunately I didn’t remember to take a photo of it with the photo in place.

What I Used
  • A3 Sheet Centura Pearl Cardstock
  • Score Board
  • Paper Cutter
  • Kanban Love and Lace Square Dies And Matching Cardstock and Background Cardstock
  • Scan’N’Cut C700
  • We’R’Memory Keepers Foiling Quill
  • Silver Foil
  • Silver Mirror Card
  • Pearlescent Heavyweight Paper
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Sticky Back Silver Gems
  • Double Sided Foam Tape
The Finished Card

This is the matted background cardstock with the foiled greeting added.

These are photos of the finished card from several different angles.

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I have a few more bits of crafting that I’ve finished over February and March that I haven’t shown you yet, so keep an eye out for those.  Hopefully the antibiotics I’m on will clear the infection in my damaged leg and I’ll feel more like tackling a few projects I’ve got on the go before long, so I’ll then have even more to show you.

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3rd Wedding Card – Welsh

3rd Wedding Card

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Today’s card is another I was asked to make by the boss of our carers.

What I Did

I started by using Brother Canvas to construct what I wanted to foil using my Scan’N’Cut.  I used an .svg image of the giving of a ring and the wording “Ar Ddydd Eich Priodas” (Welsh for “On Your Wedding Day”) for the insert and joined rings and the greeting again in a ribbon format for the front.  All of these were foiled using the foiling quill ont pearlescent paper and then cut to the required size.

I used my die-cutting machine to cut out a floral image and matching mats and layers from the Kanban Love and Lace Square collection.

I did use a pre-foiled base card for this card and built up the layers and embelishments, using flat tape for some layers and foam tape for a little dimention for other layers.  I stuck the “paper ribbon” greetings to the front at either end leaving a slight raise in the middle.

What I Used
  • 8″ Square, Foiled Border, Base Card
  • Kanban Love and Lace Square Dies And Matching Cardstock
  • Scan’N’Cut C700
  • We’R’Memory Keepers Foiling Quill
  • Silver Foil
  • Joined Rings and Giving Of Rings .svg digital files
  • Silver Mirror Card
  • Pearlescent Heavyweight Paper
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Crossover Die-cutting Machine
The Finished Card

This is what I foiled on the insert.

These are photos of the finished card from several different angles.

And a closeup of the foiled greeting and rings.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Inky Wizz – 3

Final Inky Wizz Post

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So, after showing you how I constructed and decorated the Inky Wizz unit itself – Here! and showing you how I decorated the wrap around cover – Here! you may be wondering what I have to show you today.

Well, today’s post is just a quick one to show you the Inky Wizz in use.

What I Did

I have lots of different types and sizes of ink pads, which is one of the reasons I went for the larger Inky Wizz which allowed me to add the smaller shelves for the little ink pads while still having room on the other shelves for my larger ones.  The in-between sizes also go onto the larger shelves with room to spare.

So the first thing was to collect an assortment of my inks together.

To make it easy to see the colours of the inks I decided to put labels on the side of each one.

I wanted to have the colours look as they would in use on the type of cardstock I usually stamp and colour onto (which is either stamping card or super smooth cardstock which have more or less the same finish), so, rather than colour onto pre-made labels I decided to make my own.

So I got a sheet of one of the types of carstock I use and attached a full sheet of double sided tape behind.  Not a very inspiring picture I know, but this is what I landed up with.

I then measured the edge of several of my inks and decided that 0.5cm would be about the right height for each label so I used my trimmer to cut the sheet into strips.

I then held the strip up to an ink pad to see about how long the label should be and cut it accordingly.

Initially I started by pressing the label like this into the ink pad and drawing it over the surface to get a good coverage, but this did make the paper surface a bit wet and harder to get the backing off to attach to the ink pad.  I was too impatient to wait several minutes each time before peeling off the backing, and doing several in a row and leaving them to dry on top of the pad resulted in the little pieces flying all over the place when a door was opened makeing it impossible to match similar coloured strips back with their corresponding ink pads which looked a bit different in colour.

I then started peeling off the backing before inking.  Putting the sticky side to my finger and then pressing to the ink.  I could then immediately pull it off my finger and stick to the side of the ink pad.

And then, of course, they went straight onto a shelf on my Iny Wizz.

I have a lot of ink pads of various types and sizes.  And also some bottles of spray inks which were placed to stand on the top – I’d added a Wizz-Gig on top during the building of the Inky-Wizz to hold these in place.

And then it was a case of going round the house and collecting as many ink pads as I could find.

I had more small ink pads than would fit in the small triangular shelves, and less large ink pads than the larger shelves, so of course I needed to put some smaller ink pads onto the larger shelves.  But they had a habit of slipping back, which meant that I couldn’t easily get a hold of them.  I therefore decided to put in a simple little slider with a stopper on each shelve where the ink pad was shorter then the depth of the larger shelves.

I had some heavyweight brown cardstock that toned well with the brown I’d sprayed the Inky-Wizz originally, so I cut these into three long strips each.  The larger shelves were around 3″ in width, and cutting three equal width strips from an A4 sheet of cardstock gave a width of a little less than this, which hallowed plenty of room to slide in and out while still holding the inks.

The strips were then cut into 4″ long pieces and scored at 3″, 3.25″ and 3.5″.

The piece was then folded on the score lines to give a “mountain” peak.

I then flipped it over and put a strip of ultra tacky red liner tape inside the fold.

Before taking the red backing off and pressing the fold together firmly.

This peak then acted as a stopper for any smaller ink pads put on.

It slid in nicely onto a larger shelve.

And it is easy to get hold of the edge of the slider because of the notch out of the shelve beneath.  It doesn’t matter if the inks slide to the back of the slider as the stopper will pull them forward.

So now my Inky-Wizz is quite full, but I still have room to put in more ink pads – I’m sure I have some more around the house somewhere.

What I Used
Finished Item

Inky Wizz with lots of different ink pads and ink bottles in place.

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With me still having an infection in my damaged leg (1st started antibiotics 15th January, and had 2 hospital stays in the meantime) I am on a bit of a go slow as far as crafting is concerned, though I am managing to do a bit.  But I do still have a small number of projects from February left to show you if I remember rightly, as well as Mother’s Day cards.  So keep an eye out for more posts over the next couple of weeks.

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2nd Wedding Card

2nd Wedding Card – Welsh One

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One of our carers was getting married, the one who was kind enough to phone the doctor for me the day I got so terribly ill when Mam had failed to work her way through the endless information and press 1 for this and 2 for that, the day I got rushed to hospital.

As she is one of the carers we see most often I had decided to make her an unique card, but not overly fussy with flowers and things.

She has now been given the card and got married last weekend, so I can now show everybody the card.

What I Did

I’d found out from the person getting married that navy was to be the accent colour on her head-dress and the bow at the back of her daughter’s dress, so I decided to use a blue cardstock for the card.

Her initial is C, while her now husband has the initial R, so I thought I would make a card very specific to them by using the foiling quill in my Scan’N’Cut to foil their initials onto the blue cardstock as well as the greeting “Ar Ddydd Eich Priodas” (Welsh for On Your Wedding Day).

I used various dies from the Kanban collection I have to cut out the different layers of the card front from mirror card, pearlescent card and the sheet with the foiled initials and wording.

I then stuck all the layers onto the card front – some flat and some raised a bit for dimension.

The inside also had a foiled greeting, this time silver foil onto the same pearlescent paper – I just forgot to take a photo of the inside.

What I Used
  • 8″ Square, Foiled Border, Base Card
  • Kanban Love and Lace Dies
  • Blue Cardstock
  • Scan’N’Cut C700
  • We’R’Memory Keepers Foiling Quill
  • Pearlescent Foil
  • Silver Foil
  • Silver Mirror Card
  • Pearlescent Heavyweight Paper
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Double Sided Foam Tape
The Finished Card

These are photos of the finished card from several different angles.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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More Birthday Cards

Another Two Welsh Birthday Cards

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Regular visitors to my sight will know by now – skip down to the Crafting section if you don’t want to read the latest saga in my Life.

Life

After starting on antibiotics on 15th January, for an infection in my damaged leg, haveing several fortnight cources of different ones, being in hospital from 21st February to the following Wednesday on an intravenous antibiotic, comming home on oral antibiotics, having a week top-up from my doctor – “erring on the side of caution” – I had hoped to be writing that my infection was gone and I was building my strength back to my normal (takeing into consideration my permanent conditions).

Unfortunately that was not the case.

I had one dose of two antibiotic tablets left, when last Tuesday evening I took a turn for the worse.  My temperature was going up so fast, I was shakeing and shivering, and nauseious and wretching, barely able to walk from bed to bathroom, etc., etc.  I managed to get through to Mam that I was bad and she needed to call for an ambulance.

I have no idea how long the ambulance took to arrive.  I do have a little recolection of my temperature going up another .5 degree and telling Mam to call them back to say I was getting worse fast.  I don’t think they took as long in the house doing their checks and questions this time, though they might have been as I have no sense of time for that period.  I do know my mother couldn’t get hold of my brother so she phoned the sister who is slowly recovering from pneumonia and is still coughing.  (The last thing I wanted realy because of her germs, but no choice as nobody else was close enough.)  I was trying to tell Mam that when she passed the phone to me at one point to speak to the ambulance despatcher that I’d given the key safe code to them so it wouldn’t need anybody to “let them in” because neither of us was capable of getting to the door, but by this time Mam was so worked up (and without her hearing aid in) and couldn’t be left alone until the carer arrived in the morning, even though normally she would just be in bed with nobody sitting with her at that time of night (as I’d be in bed asleep normally at the same time).

I did hear the word “Sepsis” mentioned a few times, by one of the ambulance people, or possibly the first responder who got here first.  It was definately a case of getting me to hospital a.s.a.p.  I was put in a wheelchair rather than a bed in A&E – which isn’t good, either form my back and hip with the osteoarthritis, etc., or the infected leg (which I’ve repeatedly been told to keep elevated as much as possible, especially when infected), and was in A&E until 9am on Wednesday morning, while they took bloods, got a couple of drips into me – from the little I remember I think one was fluids and one was paracetamol.

At 9am Wednesday I was taken to the day room of the Clinical Decision Unit, to sit in what was supposedly a recliner chair – only the mechanism was broken and it didn’t recline.  So I was once again sitting up on a chair until 5pm when they decided that they were not going to be able to get everything in place to send me home that day so put me in the only bed they could find – on the stroke ward.

Needless to say, by the time Menna left after a quick visit before the end of visiting time at 8pm, and I’d had more paracetamol to ease the pains in my back, shoulder, etc., I was asleep before 8.30 and slept for most of the night except for obs and visits to the toilet, although my fitbit shows it was a disturbed rather than normal pattern sleep.

Thankfully sepsis was ruled out, but more antibiotics was decided on.  Another one.  Can’t be given penicillin because it has made me come out in a rash in the past, so they decided on one that 9 out of 10 people with a penicillin alergy are OK with, but 1 in 10 are not – keeping an eye on me while dose went in.  Thankfully I didn’t have any reaction!  One thing going right.

Although they hadn’t been able to organise on Wednesday for one of the A.R.T. nurses who work in the community to call out daily to give me the antibiotics intravenously every day, they kept trying each day to see if the A.R.T. organiser had got a slot for me as they were running at full capacity, after lunch on Friday the nurse on the stroke ward finally got the go-ahead to send me home as an A.R.T. nurse had been scheduled to call with me Saturday morning and daily from them.

So a hospital car home, starting at gone 5, and I got here at some time after 6pm Friday.

Lovely nurse arrived about 9.45am Saturday – did my obs, set my antibiotic drip up, and set about going through the paperwork.  Forget 101 questions, it was more like 1001.  We were still going through the questions after the drip had finished – she did promise that it was a one off and that future visits would not involve going through all the same questions again.

So, I currently have a canular in my arm, and a box and bundle of the A.R.T. nurses items in the corner of the sitting room, waiting for my drip to be given this morning.

So there you have it – my latest health saga.

And now onto crafting –

Crafting

Today I have two more simple cards to show you, made for Mam and I to give a family member during February.

Required for a male relative this time, so needed to be suitable for him.

What I Did

I scored and folded in half two sheets of cardstock to make the base cards.

I took my two chosen toppers and stuck them to white cardstock and trimmed to leave a small border.

The layered toppers were then stuck to the front of the card and a peeloff greeting was added.

I stuck a sheet of white paper inside as an insert and added a peel-off greeting as well.

What I Used
  • 2 x Adorable Scoreable Cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 Sheets A4 100gsm Paper for inserts
  • 2 topper sheets from a Hunkydory Little Book Of …
  • Scoreboard
  • Paper Cutter
  • Peeloff Greetings
Two Finished Cards

I’m afraid that these were cards I made when not feeling particularly well, before I had to go to hospital, but, although I took photos of them I didn’t check the photos and they are seriously not very good.

1st card

Two different photos of same card in different light conditions.

2nd card

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Hopefully I can get a blog post completed for another, more ornate, card I made for an order before long – I think the date they were being given has passed now.

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Inky-Wizz – 2

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Decorating an Inky-Wizz Cover

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In my last post I showed you  how I’d constructed and decorated a large Inky-Wizz.  You can see the post – Here!

What I Did

The cover for the Inky-Wizz is made of calico that holds in place using hook and loop fastening.  It comes ready to be decorated.

To decorate this I decided to start by putting on strips of tape in random directions, criss-crossing each other to make a crazzy paving pattern.

This is what it looked like.

I then covered the table with paper and stuck the tape ends down onto it to hold everything in place before I sprayed all over with black fabric paint.

While that dried I had a good long rest and collected together several colours of metalic fabric spray paint, glitter paste, and multi surface metalic paint.

Once the black was dry I started decorating.  Some of these were sprayed on and some put through a stencil.  No particular design, just random.

The tape strips were removed once everything was dry.

It was then wrapped around my Inky-Wizz.

What I Used
Finished Item

This is the finished cover after I removed the masking tape.

And the whole Inky-Wizz with cover in place.

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I still have a few cards to show you from those I did for some special occasions as well as family birthdays in February.  I’m also working on a post to show you how I’m labeling my inks and putting them into my Inky-Wizz.  Hopefully I will get the posts sorted in the next week or so.

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Inky-Wizz – 1

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Constructing and Decorating An Inky-Wizz

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I have got back more into stamping the end of last year, and invested in a few more inks, as well as having different inks already (but not displayed in such a way as I could quickly get at them). So, as my mother wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas, I finally decided on an Inky-Wizz. I decided on the large one as small inks can go two to a shelf and larger inks can also fit onto the shelves, though not the super large ones, but I don’t think I have more than two really large inks.

What I Did

I bought the Inky-Wizz flat packed rather than constructed, so the first thing I did was to watch the video on the website showing how to construct it – although, when I unpacked the package and looked at the instruction I realised that it was slightly different to what was demonstrated as the two “doughnut” shaped layers is no longer included.

I had my youngest nephew help me with the screwing of the mechanism that makes it turn inside the base – fingers not working good enough to fiddle with small screws, though he didn’t have any problems getting the base together. I then slotted the other pieces together, added glue, and put the base and the top onto the main “tower” of shelves.

At this point I put a bottle of water centre top to press down until the glue had dried.

The finishing touch was to put the Wizz-Gig on top – this allows bottles and other things to be stored on top without them falling off.

This is what it looked like at this stage.

From the side –

From the top –

You may now be wondering what use are the funny little bits in the triangular shaped recesses.

You can order triangular shelves to go in here, to stick on the little pieces.  These shelves can be whole shelves, or ones with different sized holes and notches cut in them – so that things like tools or upside down glue bottles can be stored in them.  Obviously for bottles or tools you wouldn’t have a shelf in every position so less shelves would be needed.

I hadn’t ordered little triangular shelves to put in as I wasn’t sure whether I would have most use from solid ones, or ones with different sized holes to store different things. So after building the Inky-Wizz I cut out triangles from mountboard, with several different sized cutouts, using my ScanNCut.

After playing around I decided that of most use to me would be to fill each triangle area with a shelf that just had a small, half circle, finger grab notch cut out. So I set about cutting several batches of these.

I used the wood glue to stick three layers together, which I think turned out sturdy enough to put little inks on.

I used the wood glue again to attach these to all the little triangle corners, putting glue along the edges of the mountboard shelves as well.

I then set up a “spray painting station” (using a green plastic bin bag and a big cardboard box) on top of the flat freezer in the utility room, placed the Inky Whizz inside and sprayed black primer all over it.

After leaving this dry I sprayed over with a brown spray paint.

(Both these pictures are from the same stage but with and without flash – neither show the true, dark brown, colour, though the first is closest.)

I could have left it like that, it looked very neat.  But I knew that, sooner or later, I would go to turn it with ink or paint on my fingers, then try and wipe it off, and I would land up with smears.  So I decided to “distress” or “dirty it up” a bit before putting it to use – that way any additional smeares in the future wouldn’t stand out.

So out of the “painting station” and collecting some supplies together, and off I went.

I used three colours of metalic paint that I added at random over the edges of the shelves and the top Wizz-Gig.  Dabbing them on and then smearing them with soft makeup brushes and my fingers.

I used glitter paste through a stencil onto the top itself, and then added random dots of the metalic paint.

What I Used
Finished Item

Finished Inky-Wizz from side.

Finished Inky-Wizz from top.

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I will have another post in a couple of days showing you how I decorated the cover to go around this Inky-Wizz, so please do visit my blog again then.

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25th Anniversary Card

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Silver Anniversary Card

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One of our carers asked me to make an anniversary card for her parents for their 25th wedding anniversary (her mother also being a carer working for the same company who sometimes comes here as well).

Of course, it needed to have lots of silver on it, and be big and blingy and realy special.  But I wanted another accent colour, so I was shown a photo of the bouquet that was carried at the wedding 25 years ago.  It was mostly pink flowers with some white gypsophila.

So that was the theme I started off with.

What I Did

I decided to make the base card A4 in size (A3 cardstock that was scored and folded in half).

I then set to die cutting the oval layers to go on the front of the card in silver and white.

I decided to add dimension by building a “book  box” behind the front topper layers.  A box that would be tied with a lace ribbon, and when opened would show a bouquet of faux pink flowers and gypsophila.

I had white fabric layers to make carnation type flowers, but not pink ones.  I experimented by spraying on a pink shade of ink spray onto several layers, as well as makeing up a white flower and then spraying.

The results were just as good by spraying made up flowers, so I made up a small batch and sprayed them, leaving them to dry while I worked on other parts of the project.  (I kept the sheet of paper That was a nice “marbled” pink by the time I’d finished to use on another project as background – you’ll see that before long.)

For the “blingy” element I made up one of the crystal art stickers that came as part of a Create & Craft Club free gift a couple of months ago.  I had hoped to somehow put the two “rings” attached to the bird’s mouth, but in the end had to settle for putting them on the branch the bird is perching on.

Some oval die cut layers were attached to the front of the “box” element of the card with the lace ribbon behind it and the blingy bird with hrings on the front.  I also added some ornate corner peel-offs to the front of the box as well as other aread on the card.

Also on the front, towards the side of the box I put a pink flower and some faux gypsophila.

And above that the greeting “Penblwydd Priodas Arian Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Silver Wedding Aniversary) which I’d layed out in the Brother Canvas area and sent to my Scan’n’Cut to foil using a Foiling Quill Pen.  I also started adding sticky back silver “gems” to the card.

For inside the “book” I used the Scan’n’Cut to foil a greeting onto vellum and cut it out, together with more ornate matting and layering, using the same Kanban “Love and Lace” dies I’d used for the front.  Again I layered them up – some layers directly onto the one behind (I used some very small dots of glue behind the foiling and where I was putting the silver gems to hold the vellum in place) and used used foam tape to give a little dimension to other layers.

A 25 was also foiled onto vellum and stuck onto a small “banner” to go with the bouquet inside the other side of the “book”.

I once again cut a couple of mats in silver and white using the same dies as previously to put inside the back of the “book” before triming off some of the plastic at the back of the pink carnations and splitting the stems of faux gypsophila and sticking these as a bouquet using glue gel, and adding the 25 banner.

I may do a tutorial on how I make this type of recess card, either as part of a “book” or as a frameing element on a card, at some point in the future.  It would make this post way longer to show you now.

What I Used
Finished Card

Closed flat – well as flat as it can be with a “book box” that has a depth of 1.5″ as the main element on top.

Standing up.

Standing upright with “book box” fully open.

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I will be able to show you some more of the wedding and anniversary makes I’ve been asked to make this year before long, as the events take place, so please do keep an eye out for those.

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First Wedding Card

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A Wedding Card

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I had an order from our carers’ boss for a special card for one of the carers who was getting married last weekend.  Didn’t need to be a big A4 in size or have heaps of dimensional elements, but still be special.  So I resorted to my trusty Kanban Love and Lace Cutterdies with co-ordinating cardstock and some pearlescent cardstock and paper, as well as foiling done with my Scan’n’Cut.

What I Did

I started by scoreing and cutting à large sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock to make a base card of around 10″ x 7″.

I then die cut out a floral design from a sheet of cardstock made to go with the dies I was using, cutting out some matting layers from pearlescent paper.

Some of these were directly stuck flat to the layer behind using fingerlift tape while others were stuck down to give a small bit of dimension using foam tape.

I set up the layout for a simple insert in Brother Canvas and sent it to my Scan’n’Cut to be foiled onto a sheet of perlescent paper to use as an insert, which was trimmed and attached inside the card.

I also put together a page of elements to foil for use as embelishments on this card and others I was working on.

Once I attached the oval, layered, topper to the card front I added a “paper ribbon” of wedding rings and a foiled image of the exchange of rings, together with some sticky back, pale pink, metalic pearls.

I made an envelope for the card from two sheets of the pearlescent paper as keeping to a shallow ďimension card meant that it went in an envelope and didn’t need a box.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the card looked like when it was finished.  Not easy to get a great photo “face on” because different foiling was catching the light at slightly different angles and affecting the auto settings of my camera.

A side angled view of the card which hopefully shows that the card has a little dimension but not a lot.

An angled view which shows the “paper ribbon” of foiled wedding rings near the bottom.

Another angled view.

Closeup of foiled “ring giving” image.

The same image as well as a greeting were foiled onto perleascent paper as the insert inside the card.

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More “special” cards to come over the next few days as the people cellebrating get given them, as well as constructing and decorating storage for my ink pads.

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