Crafting In The Second Half Of June 2014

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An Update, A Few Cards and Other Crafting


I’ve done too much!  I admit it.  With my health/disability issues it was highly stupid of me to spend over an hour out in the garden Thursday afternoon.  I usually do a stint of around 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening out in the garden, sitting down and puttering in the greenhouse or sat at my raised bed, strawberry tower or potato sacks – but I decided to sit outside and try and clear some of the brambles from around the greenhouse, cutting and moving some and then moving my chair forward.  As rain was on the way I decided to keep going for a bit as I knew I wouldn’t be able to work out there at my usual time of puttering in the evening.  So now I’m in rather a lot of pain with the M.E. symptoms being quite bad.  Now I remember why I only putter for 20 minutes before coming back in and resting in bed!

So today I’ve only been out to do the necesary of feeding and letting our dog out to her large enclosure in the garden as well as watering the greenhouse, and again in the evening to water again and give our dog her treats and tickles before she was put to bed for the night.  No gardening, and very little else.

What I did do was make a small number of Christmas cards from toppers I got in a Hunkydory kit, and also put together some digital card fronts and scrapbook layouts.  All sat in bed trying to move slowly and not jar screaming muscles.  Hopefully we’ll have some better weather and some sunlight tomorrow so that I can photograph what I’ve made today.  In the meantime I’ve got a few items I put together earlier in the week to show you.  I hope you like them.



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(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. Milking time on the farm by Angela Wake and Cow Backing Paper by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I then cut out the pieces.  I printed the background at half size onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  My base card is an A4 sheet of hammered white card scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half to make an A5 base card.  I cut a panel of the background which I matted onto a piece of green Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the matted background panel and the base of this milking time image to the front of the card.  I then used glue gel to attach the layers, which I shaped a bit with my fingers before adding.  I wrote on the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.)
  2. Angled view of the decoupage on the card.
  3. Cow Insert by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the insert onto 120gsm good quality white paper.  The insert was trimmed, scored with my Hougie Board and stuck inside my base card shown previously using finger-lift tape.)

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  1. Past & Present Paper Pack by Janette Padley (I printed one of the sheets from the pack onto 120gsm white paper and cut out a panel.  The base card is a 7″ x 10″ kraft card from my crafting stash.  The other elements on the card are mostly from the last free Create & Craft Club gift.  I used a Wallnut ProMarker to go around some panels and to put a dashed lines to others.  I also used some bakers twine and some gold Card Candi.   I used finger-lift tape, 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and glue gel to stick everything together.)
  2. Angled view of the card front.

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  1. Openwork Card *SVG* by Rae Carr and 138 Layered Flowers *SVG* by Rae Carr (I took the cutting file files into the online Canvas software and downloaded to my USB stick for cutting out using my Brother ScanNCut machine.  I cut the base card out of 300gsm hammered white cardstock.  I also cut out one of the flowers several times at different sizes from blingelicious red cardstock.  I took some red satin board and cut paper ribbons which I weaved through the side panels and stuck one piece behind the cut out centre panel.  I then embelished the card with several layers of the flower glued together with glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting panel yet as I don’t know what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Closer look at the flower and the cut decoration.



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  1. Night Bloom Mini Theme by Janette Padley (I took several elements and backgrounds from this kit, together with two photographs of the inside of my glasshouse taken some 8 days appart, into one of my graphics packages. I then resized, rotated, digitally cropped and punched, until I was happy with the layout for an 8″ square digital scrapbook page. I saved this as a digital page and also printed it out to show to other family members.)
  2. Photo of the greenhouse taken the same time as the first on the scrapbook layout.
  3. Photo of the greenhouse on the second date.



This one was made for one of my brothers-in-law – this one doesn’t work on a farm (he’s a London cabbie) so the youngest nephews decided that his bracelet didn’t need smelly bands in his bracelet.

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  1. This bracelet is made with black elastic loom bands interspaced with an assortment of random coloured bands that have white spots on.
  2. A different angled view of the whole bracelet.
  3. A closer look at the fishtail detail of the bracelet.

This one is for my youngest sister, again not one of the family members who does a “dirty and smelly” job – she’s a teacher – so no need for nice smelling elastic bands.  This sister likes purple so her bracelet had to be made of purple bands and beads.

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  1. This bracelet is a double string of fishtail pattern elastic loom bracelets, joined at both ends into single strands and continuged in the fishtail pattern until the bracelet was large enough and finished off with an S clip.  The double braid section was joined using jump rings with a small purple wooden bead on each.
  2. Different angled view of the bracelet.
  3. View of the beads attached to both fishtail braided bracelets with jump rings.



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11 Replies to “Crafting In The Second Half Of June 2014”

  1. Hi Gwyneth super dooper collection of adorable creations love them all and would love to learn how do some bracelets – thanks for the DT heads up too and hope that you are feeling more yourself real soon sending warmest hugs Judith x

  2. As usual – lovely cards – particularly like the red and white open work one!
    Love scrapbook layour and photos. I love the double fishtail bracelet with the beads – fabulous!!
    Take care!!

  3. I know the feeling with over doing it. As a fibromyalgia sufferer I too think just one more minute. Then you suffer for it. Fab cards etc you’ve made. Fab work x

  4. Hope you feel better soon, fabulous projects, love your loom bracelet with the inner beads…looks amazing. Have a great day xxx