Crafting Towards The End Of August

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A Bit Of An Update, Some More Musings, A Card, And More From The Garden

I know that I write a lot in each blog post – this helps me remember what colours or cardstock I’ve used in case I want to get a similar effect in the future, in addition to providing information that some readers might be interested in – so please don’t think that you have to read every word I’ve written. If you don’t want to know what I used and how I made a card you can just click the thumbnail images to view each card at a larger size, and then click “Back” and scroll down to the next section.


In my post of the 21st I said “I’m just hopeing that the antibiotics really have done their work and that I don’t get a repeat of the leg infection any time soon” – no such luck!  Not only have a got an infection back in my leg (not too bad at the moment but back on antibiotics and keeping an eye on it), but I also managed to get stung twice by an insect (probably a horse-fly as that’s what usually gives me the worse reaction) both stings on my right arm, one of them on my elbow.  So some cream from the doctor as well for that, but the swelling and itching took about a week to clear up, even with the doctor’s cream and being on an antihystamine tablet.  Of course the pain and itching in my arm has made it difficult to craft (although I’ve tried to do a bit to take my mind off things), as well as keeping me awake for hours at night and making me more exhausted than I usually am.  So I’m resting a lot and just hopeing that everything clears up this time.  But I have made a small number of cards to show you.  I hope you like them.

On a positive note – I’ve started harvesting more than just cucumbers and fruit from the garden.  I’ve now had the first tomatoes turn red in the greenhouse – and very nice they tasted as well.  And I’ve also been picking some courgettes off the four plants I’ve got in the small, black mulch covered, area just by the potato growing sacks.



(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.)

A Challenge Card

Challenges entered into:

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  1. Butterfly Garden Digi Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi-stamp out at smaller than the size provided onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock. I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers, a FlexMarker, and Wink of Stella pens.  The colours I used were: Grass, Amber, Tan, Red, Satin, Cloud Blue, Wink of Stella Light Green, Gold, Clear and Blue.  I then cut out a topper of the coloured in digi using a Spellbinders die in my Joy machine.  I also cut out a mat from “White Gloves” glittered cardstock using a Grand Nestabilities Decorative Labels One die.  I took an 8″ square white Crafty Bob card and put a strip of silver patterned washi tape down near the left hand side.  I then attached my glittered white mat to this and added the digi-stamp topper to that.)
  2. An angled photo of part of the image in an attempt to show some of the sparkle created by using the Wink of Stella pens on fairy wings, butterflies, butterfly trails and clothes of fairy.  These areas twinkle quite nicely in light, but don’t show up very well on the photos.
  3. Another angled view of part of the image.

Another Card Made Up Using A Digi-stamp I’ve Coloured In Over The Last Few Days

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  1. Bug Catching Girls Digital Stamps 6 by Angela Wenke (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth white cardstock at smaller than the size provided.  I then coloured her in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Canary, Poppy, Fresh Meadow, Meadow Green, Tawny Owl, Satin, Blush, Cinnamon, Tan, Black, Pink Carnation.  I then cut the image out using a Grand Nestabilities Decorative Labels One in my Joy machine.  I also cut out a larger size panel out of red glitter cardstock.  I took an 8″ square white Crafty Bob card and two 6″ square panels of decorative papers from my crafty stash.  After rounding the corners of the papers I stuck them to the card front towards top left and bottom right using finger-lift tape.  I looped a piece of recycled ribbon – it came round a pre-iced cake – and used  glue gel to stick this towards the centre bottom of the card.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the red glitter card mat to the card front and glue gel to attach the digi-stamp topper to this.  I finished off by adding some small sticky back faux gems to two of the corners.)

And Three More Christmas Cards –

These three cards are quick cards made using sheets from the new Snowman and Snowdog paper pack by Crafters Companion.  The first two are mounted on 8″ square white Crafty Bob cards, decorated with snowflakes I’d die cut from “White Gloves” glittered cardstock and added a “Nadolig Llawen” (Welsh for Happy Christmas) greeting banner to.  The third I attached to a card I’d made from “Moonstone” pearleascent cardstock that’s a fraction over 6″ square.  It is again decorated with die-cut snowflakes and finished off with a small white peel-off greeting.

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Some of my gardening crop.

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  1. Two “Gardener’s Delight” tomatoes ripened in the greenhouse.
  2. Four courgettes picked from the garden – I’ve got two plants that produce green courgettes and two that produce yellow courgettes.
  3. The peppers are growing well at the moment.



CraftingInBed01Wherever you craft, having good lighting really does make things easier.  Bad lighting, that makes you squint to see things, and makes your eyes tired, or glares in your vision,  isn’t good for your eyesight.  And bad lighting, that doesn’t show the true colour of items you are using isn’t good for your crafting.

I’ve already said before that a good proportion of my crafting is done in bed, and of course I’ve got a main light in the room and a small light on my bedside cabinet for use at night, but neither of these lights are good enough for crafting under for any length of time, and neither gives a perfect representation of colour.  So I was looking for a good lamp to craft under.  One that I could move around if I needed to for crafting in other locations.  I saw Otlites shown on C&C and thought that they looked good for what I wanted, and the price wasn’t too bad for what it was, compare to other lamps with a similar purpose, so I bought one knowing that I’d got the time to send it back if it wasn’t suitable.  The one I went for isn’t available on C&C at the moment, but it’s the FlexArm Plus, which has a sturdy clamp (which I’ve got clamped to the side of my bedside cabinet) and a weighted base (which I move my lamp to and move when I want to use it somewhere else).  The one I’ve got can currently be found here-> FlexArm Plus Lamp in White.  You can see in the picture of how I craft in bed that the flex arm can be pulled forward over my shoulder to shine exactly where I want it on my lap tray.  I’m not saying that an Otlite would be best for you, or that other lights won’t be just as good, I’m just saying that I’ve found this lamp perfect for me.  So don’t struggle with bad lighting, or badly positioned lighting – it really does make crafting easier if you’ve god good light.

(While some of the things I mention in my “Making Things Easier!” pieces are things I’ve worked out for myself, some are adaptations of things I’ve learnt from tips given by others. As others have been kind enough to share their tips I thought I’d do the same. I’m sure that most of my readers will already know much of what I’ve found makes things easier for me but if it helps one person at some point I’ll be happy.)



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