Crafting My Way Towards The End Of May 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards, A Notebook and A Bracelet


Well, this wet weather is annoying when I’m trying to get on with some jobs in the garden.  I’ve now got my greenhouse all cleared and clean to start again with this year’s planting, but with everywhere else being so wet I’ve not been able to sort out the troughs of herbs and other areas I can usually sit out and have a tidy up of.  I may make it down to the garden centre before the end of the day to pick up a few more items ready to get on with more gardening when it’s dry – and I must remember to take a towel out with me when I do go out to dry off the garden seats I’ve got dotted around the garden where I’ve got the areas I do work on.  It’s really annoying going out when it’s not raining, and sitting down on a chair without thinking and getting a wet behind.

I’ve been doing a bit of assorted crafting again – between my gardening and resting, although with the wet there’s been less gardening.  You’ll probably find that I’ll have shorter blog posts over the next month or so while I’m trying to get to grips with my little areas in the garden.  But in the meantime I hope you like what I’ve got to show you today.



(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.)

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  1. Orange Flower Topper by Paul Robinson and Delightfully Dotty Backgrounds by Tanya Hall (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstoc.  I then cut out two panels of the medium sized flower, one cut at the outside of the panel and one around the edge of the flower to give a layer to decoupage.  I also printed out a background from the kit and stuck the topper on to it using finger-lift tape.  I created an A6 sized base card by cutting, scoreing with my Hougie Board, and folding a sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock.  I chose a blank greetings panel I had left over from another project and matted that onto the same cardstock and both were trimmed to leave a border.  These matted panels were then stuck to the front of the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the second flower layer.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I’m not sure what langauge it will be needed in.)
  2. Angled view of previous card to try and show extra layer of flower.

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  1. This card was made using elements from a Hunkydory kit.  I scored an A4 sheet of 300gsm linen textured cardstock using my Hougie Board and then folded it in half to make the base card.  I took one of the background cards from the kit and cut it in half – keeping the other half as a front for another card.  This piece was trimmed so that it fit on my card front leaving a white border.  I attached my chosen topper to the card front uisng 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off by going over the tops of the butterflies’ wings with a glitter glue to give them extra twinkle.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what langauge it will be needed in.
  2. Angled view of previous card.

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  1. Pink Lily by Linda Whittles (I printed the sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the peices.  I prepared a 6″ square card from an A4 sheet of silver satin board by cutting, scoreing and folding.  I trimmed the background panel from the sheet to cover around two thirds of my card front, leaving a silver border around the three sides.  The background was attached to my card front using finger-lift tape. I cut out the topper and matted it onto pink satin board before trimming it to leave a narrow border.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted topper, leaving a gap in the tape at the bottom.  I then used glue gel behind the blank greetings panel and slid it under the edge of the topper to the position I wanted.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in.  I finished the card off with some sticky back faux gems.)
  2. Angled view of previous card.



I’d got a really cheap (Tesco Value) A5 notebook.  I wanted to make the cover harder and decorate it suitable for using as a notebook to jot down what I’ve been doing on what dates in the garden.

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  1. Rupert with Tomatoes Coloured by Janette Padley and Coffee Cream Papers by Janette Padley (For this project I printed the image out at smaller than the size provided onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I also printed out some backgrounds from the papers kit onto the same type of cardstock.  I took a really cheap A5 notebook and measured from front right edge to the spring.  I took a sheet of green cardstock and scored at this distance from the edge and also a further eight times at half centre intervals using my Hougie Board.  I then attached the card to the front of the notebook using template tape.  I folded at the scores around the spring binding and attached the rest of the cardstock to back of the notebook using the same tape.  I cut a panel from one of the backgrounds a little smaller than the front of my notebook and used finger-lift tape to attach it to the front of the notebook.  I cut around the oval frame and overspilling tomatoes of the topper and stuck it to another of the backgrounds I’d printed out and then tore around to give an uneven edged mat.  I also tore out a smaller mat and wrote “Garddio” – which is Welsh for “Gardening” – on it using a Wallnut ProMarker.  I again used finger-lift tape to attach these panels to the front of the notebook.  I took this picture of the decorated notebook at this point, but because I’m going to use it to make notes as I’m gardening, I’ve since covered it with clear sticky back plastic – the shine off the covering makes it difficult to get a photo after covering.)
  2. Angled view of the notebook cover.



Another of my latest makes – this time made large enough for my own wrist.

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  1. This bracelet is a second one I made using components from a Bead Spider kit.  It is made using purple and blue Cubed Gemstone Hematite beads.
  2. Closeup of the pattern of the bracelet.



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