First Post of November 2013

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A Short Update, A Little Bit Of Musings, And A Bit Of Crafted Assortment

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I’ve not done a lot of crafting the last few days, but what I have done has been quite varied.  It’s time to step it up for making things for Christmas so you can expect more Christmas cards and gifts over the next few weeks.  In the meantime I’ve just got a small number of items to show you today, so I hope you like them.



I’ve also not done a lot of thinking over the last few days, but what I have been thinking about is Halloween and wondering how and why this has become so important to some people over the last few years in a totally different way to its roots?  We certainly didn’t do anything for Halloween when we were young.  I’m sure my sister’s children had been in school for a couple years before Halloween mania struck around here.  And as for Halloween cards – I hadn’t seen one of those until the last couple of  years.  Of course, we now do something with a Halloween theme with my two younger nephews, so they don’t feel left out, and they get to do some pumpkin carving – but we take out at least half the fleshy layer to cook with, so we are not wasteing a perfectly good vegetable.

Pwmpen2013ISaWM01I know that the word Halloween comes from the Christian title for the day – “All Hallows’ Eve”, being the day before All Hallows’ Day or All Saints Day.  Traditionally the All Hallows’ Day is celebrated on the 1st November when the saintly people who have passed are remembered, with All Souls Day being on the 2nd November being a day when all the departed were remembered and prayed for.  I know that these are celebrated more in some countries and churches than others, and celebrated in different ways.  I also know that there’s some belief that these Christian events did borrow from elements in pre-Christian societies where the end of summer and getting all the crops in, together with a preparation for the changes and “death” in the land as winter comes, but by now Halloween appears to me to be totally comerciallised with companies making millions on Halloween dress up clothes, Halloween themed chocolates, etc..  As if – in these times of recession – parents don’t already have enough pressures on them and their limited money!

Of course, while working on the nephews pumpkins with them, I started to wonder about what all the people I’d met online, from all over the world, did for Halloween, if anything?  And if they did celebrate Halloween – what meaning did it have for them?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your take on the festivities in the box at the end of this post, I’d love to hear about Halloween in different parts of the UK and around the world.



(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(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. Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

The first item I’ve got to show you today is a sympathy card.  I wanted a touch of colour on it but didn’t want to go bright, so I went for an egg-yolk yellow with the white.

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  1. The topper cross, branch and flowers were cut using Tattered Lace dies in my Joy machine.  I used Centura Pearl cardstock for these and the base card.  I also used a yolk yellow, linen textured, cardstock for one of the mats and some of the flowers.  The mats were cut out using Spellbinders dies.  A gold mirror card panel was put behind the aperture in the top mat that the cross is stuck onto for a bit of a different look.  I used a gold glitter pen to write “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch” – which is Welsh for “Thinking About You” – onto the greetings panel.
  2. An angled view of some of the details to show the slight dimension.

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  1. Fairy – Single by Janette Padley and Fairy House Background by Janette Padley (I printed out the fairy house onto 300gms Super Smooth white cardstock at a size that was suitable for my finished card and then printed the fairy out onto the same cardstock at a small size to fit. Both the images were coloured in using my ProMarkers, trying to get some texture into the foliage.  The colours I used were: Cool Grey 5, Cool Grey 3, Cocoa, Marine, Island Lagoon, Soft Green, Holly, Frosted Leaf, Forest Green, Powder Blue, March Hare.  I cut the fairy out using scissors directly around the outline.  I added a bit of clear Wink of Stalla to the fairy’s wings, though the glittery shimmer isn’t showing up very well in the photo. I used a Spellbinders die to cut out the background image, and another die to cut a mat to go behind it out of a green, linen textured, cardstock.  I took a thin strip of acetate and scored it in two places and folded it.  One end was stuck behind the background image at the top using ultra tacky tape and the other side was stuck behind the fairy.  I took an A5, foiled, base card from my crafting stash, attached the green mat to the front of this using finger-lift tape, and attached the topper to this using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.  With the fairy placed on acetate it “floats” above the image and moves a bit when the card is moved or the fairy is touched.)
  2. Angled view of the fairy floating above the card background.



I’ve started making a few more bits of jewellery to give as Christmas gifts and perhaps to sell too.  I’ve got a Kumihimo beaded bracelet complete and one half of the front of a Kumihimo beaded necklace finished as well.

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  1. This bracelet is made using three different colours of Long Magatama 4x7mm beads – White Pearl Opaque, Cream Opaque Frosted Lustered and Bronze Opaque Metallic.  I used some S-lon thread to make it on and finished by using a 4mm Magnetic Clasp.
  2. A close-up of the magnetic clasp and the beaded pattern
  3. This is going to be half of the front of a necklace made using just two different Long Magatama 4x7mm colours of beads – White Pearl Opaque and Bronze Opaque Metallic.
  4. Close-up of the necklace pattern.

Keep an eye out in my future blog posts to see the finished necklace – assuming I do finish it of course.



I had the two youngest nephews over for the 31st (Haloween).  We had a bit of a crafting and cooking day.  Firstly we cut a circle out of the bottom of a couple of pumkins, scouped out the seeds and then scraped some of the flesh out to make the walls of the pumpkins thinner – one of the nephews wanted some of his pumpkin face just carved (like they carve out letters on the face of gravestones – his instructions – I assume he’s seen something similar on the TV) and wante the pumkin wall thin enough for some light to show through.  The pumkin flesh we scraped out went to make a pumpkin soup and a pumpkin pudding for supper.  After doing all the pumpkin carving and getting the pumpkin pudding into the oven we watch some Scoobie-Doo episodes I’d recorded and then they coloured in some monster images.

After they’d gone to their grandmother’s place for the night I took the photos of the pumpkins into my computer and made a scrapbook layout with some of them.  He’s the layout and some of the photos we took.

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  1. Spooky Elements by Janette Padley (I took several elements from this kit, together with some photos of carved pumpkins taken in the dark and light, into one of my graphics packages.  I resized, moved around, and copied items until I had a layout I was happy with.  I then exported it as a .jpg file for E-mailing to family members.)
  2. The two carved pumpkins side by side after it went dark here.

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  1. This design was created by my 7 year old nephew.  He marked out the face and did some of the cutting out before getting me to carve out a bit of the detail at the end.
  2. The same pumpkin with a batery opperated tea-light inside as it was getting dark.  You can just see the light coming through the cut off areas.
  3. This was the design of my 6 year old nephew.  He drew what he wanted on some paper to start off with, then changed his mind about practically every element and marked out something different.  He got to cut out the eyes and nose but left me to cut out the mouth.
  4. The same pumpkin with a battery operated tea-light inside.



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7 Replies to “First Post of November 2013”

  1. Beautiful sympathy card, and your fairy card is sweet. I adore your kumihimo bracelet – the colours are great.
    Your nephews have made super pumpkin lanterns and I bet the pumpkin soup and pudding went down a treat with them both.
    As to my thoughts on halloween, this was never something that we celebrated when we were children, indeed I would say it has only really become popular in the last ten years. (Or maybe it’s because my grandchildren dress up and come trick or treating us that I have noticed it.) No one else ever comes to our door on Halloween, other than the grandchildren with their mum and dad, and its a good excuse to have a drink and a couple of hours conversation and fun with the family.
    Take care

  2. The pumpkins are brilliant and your nephews have done a fabulous job. Gorgeous cards and I do so love the bracelet.

    Linda xxx

  3. Wonderful cards Gwyneth and your jewellery is gorgeous. The pumpkins are fantastic, your nephews did a brilliant job x

  4. Beautiful cards, LO, and Jewelry Gywneth, but I am sorry the Pumpkins win, they are fabulous. All I remember about this time of year was doing Penny for the Guy for Guy Fawkes, but we had to do a “turn”. Guisers got a shock when the came to my door, sing, dance, tell a story or no, sweets, LOL and they did xxxx