2021 Calendar – 03 – Mawrth

March Calendar Page & Life

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Life

Well …

life goes on.  Not much changed – other than the weather, which has been very changeable.  As I’m writing this the sun is shining, but we’ve had snow, ice, torential rain, fog, and practically all sorts of weather the last month.

I’ve probably done too much – even though I’ve not done a lot – as my hip, spine, shoulder, etc., have been very painful and I’ve had to have a stronger prescription painkiller for a while.  Mam’s chest infection has cleared up – for now – but with her not clearing the phlem from her lungs it’s only a matter of time before she’s back on antibiotics again.  But at least she’s been off them long enough to have her first COVID-19 jab.  Despite all my conditions, and the fact that I’ve been having the flu jab for over 10 years because of how bad I was the last time I had the flu, I’m not down to have the jab any time soon.

Got to go to the dentist next week as a tooth smashed completely, leaving just the root left in the jaw.  Not super painful at the moment – I think it was one that was mostly filling, with the nerve long since removed, but the gum is tender.  Wish I’d been able to have the jab before the visit to at least have a chance of a bit of immunity.  Not sure how I’m going to make it into the dentist.  Sure, I can drive to town now I’ve got my car back, but with the current level of pain I’ve got in my hip, etc., I do not think I can walk to the dentist from the car park.

But at least, when I’m sat down at home, the pains are not too bad after takeing the tablets and I can do some small projects.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s March calendar page.  If you missed seeing the previous pages you can see : January – Here! February – Here!

I once again asked her what she’d like for this month and she said “Surprize Me!”  So I said that I just might go random and “modern art” LOL.  She actually said to go for it – even knowing that I don’t do “modern art”.  I did ask what colours she wanted, and she said “every colour under the sun”.

I did work with her in the room to say yes or no as I was going along, and she decided when I’d added enough random colours, to leave it as it was.

What I Did

I took one sheet of white cardstock, and my Inky-Whizz full of assorted inks, and started randomly selecting ones of different colours and finishes – plain inks, chalky inks, sparkle inks – showing them to Mam for an OK before just pressing the ink pads in random places all over the cardstock.

After a whole lot of coloured squares were applied I then selected some ink sprays to spray on at random.  Some had a pearlescent undertone, and some had a gold shimmer.  While the sprayed on ink was still wet I applied some explosion powders.

I finished off by takeing a tissue and wiping around the edge of the cardstock to smear the ink colours as a sort of “frame” – very random looking I know.

The finished piece was left overnight to dry flat before it was stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2021 Create-a-Calendar (You can already order the 2022 Create-a-Calendar if you want to prepare ahead)
  • A4 350gsm White Super Smooth Cardstock
  • Assorted Ink Pads – mostly Inky Dinkies
  • Ink Sprays
  • Explosion Powders
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • Fingerlift Tape
The Finished Page

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

This is both panel and month title stuck on the calendar.  I was trying to angle the camera to show a little of the pearlescent spray I added.

And the full calendar page.

Slightly different angle to try and show the gold shimmer.

Completely crazy, and not my style at all, but if Mam wants a crazy surprize me, then that is what she gets.

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I’ve still got some cards from February, and possibly earlier, that I haven’t finished cropping and uploading, so hopefully I will get those up to this blog before long.  Keep an eye out for them.

Have a great month everybody.

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2 More Birthday Cards

Birthday Cards For Another Of My Nephews

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I’ve already shown you the first 2 cards I made for family members who have their birthday this month.  Today I have 2 more cards for another family member to show you.

CRAFTING
What I Did

I chose pictures I thought the recipient would like.  For one card I chose 2 pictures and cut out a bird on a branch from one to layer onto the other image of a birdbox.

Both images were matted and layered onto a piece of different coloured Adorable Scoreable cardstock.

I scored and folded one sheet of cardstock to make a base card and used another pre-scored, scalloped edge, card.  I found some paper from my stash to use as a background for the smaller image.

I used fingerlift tape to mat the image and then 1mm deep foam tape to stick the matted image onto the card front.  On one card I added border peel-offs before sticking in an insert and putting a greeting on both the front and inside.

What I Used
Finished Items

Card 1

Card 2

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I’ve got more cards, both birthday and sympathy to upload their photos to this blog and write about, so they should be published before long – hopefully!

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2 Birthday Cards

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Birthday Cards For One Of My Nephews

In my first post of this month I mentioned that several family members have their birthdays in February so I’d have to make a card each from Mam and myself for each of them.

None of them like fussy or fancy, so I’ve kept the cards I’ve made already quite simple, concentrating on rural to suit the recipients.

CRAFTING
What I Did

I selected two toppers with a rural/farming theme that I thought my nephew would like.

For the first card I stuck the topper to the mat using fingerlift tape, and then the matted topper to the base card using 2mm deep foam tape.

For the second card I stuck the topper to the mat using 2mm deep foam tape, and then the matted topper to the bae card using fingerlift tape.

I used some peeloffs to decorate the cards and then used a letter stamp set to make up the words Penblwydd Hapus and stamped the greeting on both cards in silver ink.

I also put a greeting on an insert and stuck the insert inside the card.

What I Used
Finished Items

Card 1

Card 2

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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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Poinsettias 2

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Poinsettias 2

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

I explained in my last post about likeing to use lots of different methods to make faux flowers and how I’d decided to make Poinsettias using a Forever Flowers Poinsetia kit for makeing several items for Christmas 2020.

I made a wreath to put on my father’s grave, a simple garland, and two bowls/vases of poinsettias (one to keep here and one to give as a gift to my uncle’s widow).

In this post I’ll show the two bowls of poinsettias.

What I Did

I started off by having several sessions of makeing up the flowers according to the instructions. The kit supplied materials to make a lot of flowers in two sizes of white and red.

When I had a big bag full of flowers I started adding them to Florever Flowerz stems, and adding some foliage as well.

As I was going along I placed the flowers to stand in the foam supplied in the bowls.  I used long and short “stems” so that there would be a more domed effect of a display.  I also added more foliage between the top of the bowls and the bottom of the flowers to hide the stems.

What I Used
  • Forever Flowerz Poinsettia Kit including extra foliage
  • Gold and Silver Flower Bowl/Vase from Forever Flowerz
Finished Items

First batch in gold coloured bowl

Second  one in silver coloured bowl.  Not much difference betwen them other than flower placement and bowl colour.

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What I am currently working on are makeing up a new assortment of flowers.  I intend to just pop off the pointsettia flowers from their stems in the bowl I kept to display here, and pop on some other flowers, to give a completely different look to the display for this spring.  I’m sure I’ll have a post showing the “updated” bowl of flowers in the next few weeks.

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Poinsettias 1

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Poinsettias 1

While I do like makeing foam, paper, air dry clay, and even modling paste icing flowers, I also like using Forever Flowerz kits where the layers are ready cut with some shapeing, but still allow me to play around with colours and adding more or less layers, etc.

To create some floral items for Christmas 2020 I decided to use a Forever Flowerz Poinsettia kit.

I made a wreath to put on my father’s grave, a simple garland, and two bowls/vases of poinsettias (one to keep here and one to give as a gift to my uncle’s widow).

In this post I’ll show the wreath and garland.

What I Did

I started off by having several sessions of makeing up the flowers according to the instructions. The kit supplied materials to make a lot of flowers in two sizes of white and red.

When I had a big bag full of flowers I started adding some faux foliage to the wreath base and then added the flowers in a totally random fashion.

Once I was happy with the look of the wreath I heated up a hot glue gun.

One by one I took off the flowers and foliage and then put them back on with a blob of hot glue behind them.  As the wreath was to go outside I wanted there to be a better chance of everything staying in place for at least a few days before the wind and weather destroyed it.

I also tied string to either side of the wreath frame so that it could be tied to the gravespone to prevent it being blown away.

I then took a garland base and again added foliage and flowers.  As this was just to be draped indoors I didn’t glue these in place.

What I Used
  • Forever Flowerz Poinsettia Kit
  • Forever Flowerz Wreath Base and Garland Base
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
Finished Items

As my car was in the garage for an M.O.T. before Christmas (finally got it back the end of the 1st week in February), I couldn’t take the wreath up to the grave myself.  But my aunt (Dad’s brother’s widow) was taking her own wreath up to my uncle’s grave a few graves over from Dad’s grave, she picked up the wreath from our “drop off zone” and took it up for me.  She also kindly sent me a photo of it in place after she placed it.

I am absolutely certain I took several photos of the wreath hanging on the door of my Mother’s bedroom – so she could have a good look at it before it went up – but I can’t find the photos on my camera, laptop, or any other device, at the moment, which is annoying.  If I do find the photos I’ll add them to this post.

This is a quick snap of the garland before I put it up over Christmas.

And a closer look.

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I’ll show you the bowls of flowers in my next post.

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2021 Calendar – 02 – Chwefror

February Calendar Page & Life

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Life

Well …  I didn’t get as many posts of the bits of crafting I’d done for Christmas published to this blog. Or as much crafting done as I had hoped either.

Mam hasn’t been well again with a chest infection, so has required more care, and that has taken priority.  Especially as she had a fall one day and was sore for a few days – not so much from the fall (which was more of a slow motion slide down it seems) but having to go on her knees to be helped up made them swell up.  On top of that my own osteoarthritis and other problems of spine and hip have been playing up more.  Not as bad as it can get, but enough to make things more difficult than the difficult they are normally.

With COVID19 still doing its thing we have both been staying at home with only carers and district nurse been in further than the door from the side passage in a long time (other than my brother and nephew the day Mam fell and needed to be helped up).  Mind you, my car has been in the garage since the begining of December for an MOT and some repair work as warning lights went off when the mechanic was driving it to the garage.  It needed (quite expensive) parts in the engine, but add Brexit to COVID and they were slow being made and transported.  Hopefully I will have my car back this week.  Not that I actually want to go anywhere – I prefer to play it safe – and there is the issue of not leaving Mam alone for any time either.  But I wouldn’t mind just a drive out to the mountains and back just to get out – provided there’s no snow up on the Preseli Mountains as I don’t fancy driving in ice or snow.

I still have some half written posts to finish and upload.  And a couple of items I’ve been crocheting while sitting with Mam of a morning to photograph and upload to this blog.  Hopefully February will be a more settled month and I can at least get that little bit of planned work done.

February is also the month where four family members have their birthdays, so I need to make a card from myself and a card from Mam for each of them, which will keep me busy during any spair time I have.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s February calendar page.

This time, when I asked her what she’d like she said she wanted a lamb.

What I Did

I started by selecting the purple cardstock as a base for the project.  I then trimmed a sheet of white cardstock to be a bit smaller so that a frame of purple would be seen when the white was stuck on.

I chose an A5 topper of a lamb on a background of a field and sky.  I wanted a bit of dimension in my finished work so I cut around the lamb to cut the sky bit of the topper off.  Being A5 the topper was smaller than the wideth of the white cardstock so I decided to try and cover the bottom edges of the topper with a frameing element of branches and flowers, which I die-cut from an assortment of coloured paper.

I used some Airbrush markers to make spray in a mottled green “grassy” area the same hight as the grass in the topper, and also a sky and sun. Once dry this was stuck to the purple cardstock using tape.

I used glue gel to stick the trimmed topper onto the background to give it a bit of dimension while not makeing it hugely dimensional so that it would make the calendar bow badly once this month passed and the page was flipped over.

Once the glue had hardened I then started laying the branches and flowers out around the topper, makeing sure that they curved around the join between the grass area of the topper and the grass area of the background I’d created.  Once Mam and I were happy with the look I used glue gel to stick the lot in place.

The finished piece was left overnight befre it was stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
The Finished Page

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

An angled view of the panel to try and show a little of the dimension.

This is both panel and month title stuck on the calendar.

And the full calendar page.

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Hopefully I will have more posts written and uploaded this month, so please do keep an eye out for them.

Have a great month everybody.

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Patchwork Pillow Case

Patchwork Pillow Case

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If you visit my blog regularly you may have seen that my mother spent some time in hospital the last quarter of 2020.

When Mam came home see was missing several of her nightdresses.  A few are with my youngest sister as she lives the closest to the hospital and could pop in to collect her dirty laundry and take the clean stuff back to Mam the easiest – she had a batch of washing that included a couple of nightdresses and a dress at home with her when Mam was sent home and because of the pandemic hasn’t been able to come and visit us and return them.

A couple appear to have got lost in the hospital – possibly when she was moved around.

This meant that, to have enough changes for Mam I had to buy four new nighties for her.

As she is short, and tends to walk leaning very much forward on her walking frame, the nighties needed to be shortened.  I did these as a high/low hem length, taking more off the front so she wouldn’t trip over her nightdress, and much less off the back so it would still cover her properly.

This meant that I had scraps of nightdresses left over.

Now normally I’ve been in the habit of putting cuttoffs to one side and say that I’ll keep them for using in the future for some project, and while some do get used, many pieces are just stored, taking up space, for a long time.  So this time I said that I’d do something with them immediately.

And that something was a random patchwork pillowcase to go on her bed to go with her nightdresses.

CRAFTING
What I Did

I cut a random 5 sided piece from one of the nightdress cuttoffs.

I then cut a strip from another piece and sewed it to one side, trimming the ends to match the size and angles of the piece it was sewn onto.

I did the same again, working on another side of the initial 5 sided piece.

Every now and then I’d iron the piece I was working on.

I kept going adding piece after piece, checking the size and shape of the patchwork I was creating against a pillowcase I’d bought some time ago.

Once roughly the right width I had to add more pieces in a random fashion to build up the length.

When it was a big enough piece I used an unpicker to take the pillowcase apart, lay the patchwork on top of the back piece with the flap, and cut it to size, leaving a piece to fold over and hem on one side.

I then sewed the patchwork to the pillowcase back.

And there you have it – a patchwork pillowcase in materil pieces to match each of Mam’s new nighties.

What I Used
  • Scraps from shortening nightdresses.
  • Brother 210 Sewing Machine
  • White Pillow Case
  • Thread Unpicker
  • White Thread
  • Dressmaking Scissors
  • Iron and Ironing Board Pad
Finished Items

The nightdresses were very light pastel colours in pink, yellow, blue and green, so the colours don’t “ping” in these photos of the case on a pillow on Mam’s bed, but you get the general idea I’m sure.

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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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Baaa! Crochet

Shaun The Sheep Crochet

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One of the gifts I crafted for Christmas was a Shaun The Sheep stuffed toy for my young great nephew.

Having been born last year, after the start of the pandemic, I’ve yet to hold the little one, or even be in the same room as him.  His mother is a great photographer so Mam and I regularly see photos and little film clips of him.  The only time I’ve seen him “in the flesh” was through Mam’s bedroom window when they called round just before Christmas, and he was sleeping soundly in his car seat that time.  I do hope they get the pandemic under control soon, and that we have the vaccine (and that it works).  As my nephew has kept sheep for years I thought it fitting that his son had his very own sheep – and even if he had several, a child can not have too many sheep.

CRAFTING
What I Did

I followed the pattern provided in the kit.  Although I’ve done a lot of crochet, it has been mostly lots of different types of blankets but I’d never followed a pattern to make a crochet toy item before.

With my conditions I do find it difficult to keep an even tension or even to crochet a lot in one session.  So I took over a week to make this and I did have to crochet a fifth leg as one of them was very obviously a different tension and size to the other three.  It didn’t look too bad when I finished.

What I Used

Shaun The Sheep – crochet kit that included hook, yarn, stuffing and pattern.

Finished Item

My great nephew’s mother was kind enough to send me a photo of the little one inspecting his gift after it was opened.  He seemed quite intrigued.

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I have a few more items made before Christmas that I can show you now, so hopefully they will make their way online for you to see in the near future.

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2021 Calendar – 01 – Ionawr

January Calendar Page & Life

Happy New Year
To all who are visiting my blog, whether for the first time or return visitors

A new year has started – pretty much as the last one ended.  I hope you are all keeping safe and well and following the rules, and I hope that this COVID19 pandemic will soon be under control and life can get back to normal.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see what I’ve done for this month’s calendar page if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

With preparations for Christmas, and having more to do to look after Mam since she came out of hospital, I haven’t had time to post anything on my blog during December. And it was a funny old Christmas without having the family over for a meal at some point.  Mam and I did make the effort to have a proper Christmas dinner at the dining table.  The first time since coming out of hospital for her to walk to the kitchen table for a meal – we’ve been having meals on an over the bed table where ever she’s been sat out up to that point, and afterwords mostly, although she did manage to come to the kitchen table to eat her New Year’s Day lunch, as well as sitting by the table on morning in between to help me remove the meat from the turkey bones and chop it up into gravy for me to make a few pies for the freezer and a nice curry for us for lunch that day.  She is still struggling with her health though, but most definately stronger than she was when she came out of hospital, even if she is still coughing badly at times.

I do have a few posts to put up of gifts and cards that I gave to family for Christmas, so expect them over the next week or so.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s January calendar page.

I asked my mother what she’d like on her calendar for January, and she said – snow!

So snow it was.

What I Did

I started by selecting the black cardstock and trimming a bit off one of the white cardstock sheets.  I used tacky tape to stick one to the other so that a black border could be seen around.

I then tore up another sheet of the white cardstock, makeing the tare wavy and “mountainous”.  Putting these two torn pieces together I moved them around until I was happy with how the torn sides overlapped and trimmed them both to have the same width and bottom position.

I then took another sheet of white cardstock and tore out three “cloud” shapes from it.  These were put on the white, framed, piece of cardstock, as well as the tub of glue, and I used the marker airbrush to randomly spray blue to make the sky.  I removed the clouds and glue tup and then sprayed the circular area where the glue had been with yellow.

While that was drying I took a bottle of glue and edged the skyline of the torn pieces with glue, as well as putting random spots and lines all over them.  The fake snow was then sprinkled all over and gently tipped off.  I added more glue towards the bottom right of what would be the front piece and added the fake ice.

Once the glue was dried I attached them to the coloured panel using 3mm deep foam to raise the layers up.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct –  2021 Create-a-Calendar
  • A4 Black Foiled Cardstock
  • Several A4 350gsm White Super Smooth Cardstock
  • We R Memory Keepers Marker Airbrush and Markers
  • Snow and Ice Tubs from Pinflair
  • 3mm Deep, Double Sided Foam Tape
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Ultra Tacky (red lined) Tape
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Paper Trimmer
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

 

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

 

This is both stuck on the calendar.

A Closer, Angled, Look

 

 

 

The snow and ice is actually quite sparkly but it doesn’t show up as such in photos.

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Hope you’ll visit again soon.

Have a great month everybody.

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2020 Calendar – December

December Calendar Page & Life

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

The year is drawing to a close, and what a year it’s been.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see what I’ve done for this month’s calendar page if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

Well, December is here already! A few weeks to Christmas and now less than a full month to the New Year.  I’m sure we are all hopeing that 2021 will be a better year all round, but who knows what the future has in store for us.

You will probably have noticed that I’ve posted very little to my blog in November. After 3 weeks in hospital Mam came home mid month.

The begining of the month I spent preparing and moving things around ready for her to come home as she needed a new, specialised, bed and mattress and some other changes done to her room.

The second half of the month was spent trying to get use to a new routine as she is now getting more carers more times a day, which means changeing mealtimes a bit, as well as her needing more help from me in between, especially during the night.  This, of course has a knock on effect on both my quiet times crafting, as well as the regular breakes and resting with my damaged leg elevated that I have to do because of my disabling conditions.

Things are settling into a routine now though.  And I have been crafting.  Mostly things that I won’t be showing until after Christmas as they are cards for imediate family, some of whom are online who I don’t want to see their cards before they get them.

I have also been busy crocheting – working on a blanket for myself that I started quite a while ago. Also crocheting a soft toy sheep for my baby great nephew.  Another couple of days and I should have that finished ready to pack.

I have done a bit of sewing as well.  Mam came out of hospital missing most of her nighties so I’ve had to buy her some more, and them shorten them – higher in the front and lower in the back – so she wouldn’t trip over the hem while manouvering from bed to chair.  I’ve made a random patchwork from the pieces cut off to make into a matching pillowcase for her. That is something I’ll have to show you once completed.  I’ve also started sewing together tumpler shaped patches together to make into patchwork quilts for the nephews. So another project to show you inbdue course.

I’m also planning to make a few small floral displays before Christmas, having got a kit of poinsettia makeing Forever Flowerz making stuff.

More than enough crafting to keep me busy I think you will agree.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s December calendar page.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! July – Here! August – Here! September – Here! October – Here! and November – Here!

What I Did

I started by selecting the background and two toppers I wanted to use for the page.  I then used the corresponding dies and die-cut the characters to decoupage to stick onto the toppers.

The two toppers were stuck to the background using fingerlift tape and the die-cut elements were then built on top using glue gel.

After the glue had set the finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • Toppers with Decoupage elements, plus background paper, from Debbi Moore Nativity Collection
  • Match-it Nativity Dies from Debbi Moore
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Scissors
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

This is both stuck on the calendar.

A Closer Look

Two angled views to try and show the layers of decoupaged characters – don’t think I’ve got a good angle though.

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Hopefully this month will see me get well ahead with my Christmas crafting preparations and I’ll have lots to show you.

Have a great month everybody.

-oOo-

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