Some Crochet Makes

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Feb 292016
 

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An Update and Some Crochet

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This post, like many of my latest posts, is showing some of my make from last year that I didn’t have the strength to blog after finishing making.

I made a point of keeping the ball bands from all the yarn so that I could photograph them as well, and blog them with the item, so that I’ve got a place to go to for referance when I need to wash the items.    This is especially useful when I’ve used two different yarn together to make an item – like I’ve done with my scarf and hat.  I also keep a piece of the yarn tied to the ball band until I’ve bloged to make sure that I’m recording the right details with the right item.  Then, when the ball band gets lost (I say when, not if, because I know it’s guaranteed to get lost LOL), as I’ve got the photo of the ball bands online I can go back to check when needed.

And if I’m giving a project like these away I give the ball band with the item so that the recipient knows how to wash it.

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CROCHET:

The first two items I’ve got to show you are a matching set of scarf and hat I made for myself.  I’ve not made much for myself lately and I thought I wanted a nice new scarf and hat before the winter so I started early – in June I think – well before the winter started.

Here’s the scarf –

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Scarf 01 02 Scarf 01 03Not sure what the stitch is called.  It might be a double treble, in a v pattern.  I crocheted it with two yarns together, one being a verigated colour and another being a really fluffy yarn.  Here are the ball bands of what I used.

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This is the hat I made to go with the scarf.  Made using the same two yarns, but with a bit of a variation in the stitch.

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Unfortunately, just displaying it over the arm of an office chair doesn’t really show what it looks like, but it’s the best I could do at the time.

Here’s a closeup of the stitches, though you can’t see much because the fluffy yarn used filles out the stitches and makes them less defined – but it does make for a nice, warm, hat.

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I then decided that, as crochet was something I could do more or less on my side in bed, I’d do some more crochet and decided to make an oven muff to remove hot tins and things from the oven as well as matching mats to put on the table under anything hot that came out of the oven or microwave.

Of course, as heat is involved in the use of these items I needed to use some cotton yarn and so I chose a Sugar n Cream ombre yarn.  I didn’t try and make the mats the same size as each other as we have lots of different sized things that might need to be put on the table while protecting the table.  And with the ombre effect of the yarn, even if I did all of them an identical size I wouldn’t end up with mats that look the same.

This is the oven muff.  Plenty big enough to get two hands in, or to use doubled up for extra protection from the heat.

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This is a closeup of the crochet stitch.  I was doing double stitches but doing every other one into the poste of the stitch in the previous row instead of all being into the top of the previous row. This made the material produced more dense and better for handling hot things.

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This is one of the mats – after crochet but before washing and pulling into a square shape.

KitchenSet 05And a closeup of one area of the mat –

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The next two items are two scarves.  Unfortunately I just can’t find the ball bands for the yarns I used.  Just don’t have a clue what I used.  I can tell from the date of the photos that they were finished before the end of June, but no idea where I put the ball bands for this batch of crochet.  Must have put it somewhere really safe, really, really, safe.

The first scarf –

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Closeup of the stitches (though stitches don’t show up well because of the yarn type).

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2nd scarf –

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Closeup of the stitches.

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Christmas 2015 – 3

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Feb 262016
 

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An Update And Some Christmas Cards

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Today I’ve got the last batch of a dozen Christmas cards I made on order for my aunt to show you.  For this batch I went back to my selection of Hunkydory “Little Book of …” for my toppers, which I matted and layered and added to A5 base cards.  I kept to this size as it’s easy to just score and fold A4 cardstock to make the base cards, and it’s easy to get packs of C5 envelopes to fit them..

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CARDS:

You can click on each thumbnail image to see a larger photo.

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An Assortment Of Birthday Cakes

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Feb 252016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Birthday Cakes

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Hi Everybody! If you don’t want to read all my ramblings and just want to see my creations then I don’t mind if you whiz past the first part of this post. The creations are near the end!

I’ve fished out photos of a few birthday cakes I’ve decorated – with the help of the two youngest nephews, at various times over the last 6 months today.

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MUSINGS:

Many people say they no longer want to celebrate their birthdays as they get older – why is this?

I don’t believe in big splashes of celebrations, eating and drinking until the person celebrating their birthday, and their friends and family, don’t have a memory of what they said and did.  What’s the fun in that?  I’m talking of just getting together with nearest and dearest and doing something to comemorate that another year has passed.  Whether it’s been a good year, or a bad year you are glad to see the back of, taking a little time to acknowledge the passing of another year is good as far as I’m concerned.  And ignoring a birthday doesn’t actually mean that another year hasn’t passed.

We don’t do anything major for most birthdays in our family.  A meal where family members are invited (whether they have time to come or not) – sometimes tea and cake, and sometimes a takeaway of some sort.  Quite often on the closest Sunday afternoon, when more of the family have some free time to call round at the same time, though sometimes on the birthday itself.  A chance to sit down and chat.  A time to be together, when quite often close family visit at different times and don’t get to meet up here at the same time.

With several of the family chronically ill, going “out” together for a meal just isn’t an option, but I always enjoy seeing on Facebook what others have been doing for birthdays.

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BIRTHDAY CAKES:

One of my nephews is really interested in what people use to do – not so much the dates of history but the practicallities of how they use to live and what they use to do.  Steam engines and farming before tractors were invented.  Anything old time.  He’d been asking my father about the time when he started working and how were animals taken across to Cardigan Island in olden days. Dad worked on a farm on the mainland that had grazing rites on the island.  This was over 60 years ago.  The island is owned by a wildlife trust now.

It seems that animals were swam across with the farmer and farm help crossing in a boat according to what Dad told his grandson, so my nephew decided that we had to make a birthday cake for Dad to reflect this.  We did buy a no added sugar loaf cake (Dad’s a diabetic so a cake with added sugar wasn’t an option) to be the basis of the cake, and didn’t try to make it to the correct shape or scale or anything – just an island shape (home made marsipan with ground almonds and some sweetner and fruit sugar used to cover the cake) in a paper sea with a cardboard boat in it.   The nephews collected some of their toy farm animals and characters, which were sterilised in baby bottle sterilising solution before being added to the cake, with a few labels stuck on to make it obvious what the cake was suppose to depict.

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Going with the same idea of theming the cake with something to do with her youth, Mam’s birthday cake was made to look a bit like the top of a mountain with stunted grasses and rocks around.  Mam was brought up in the shadow of Carningli, one of the peaks of the Preseli Mountains.  A figure of a little girl holding a duck was used as my young mother (Mamgu to the grandchildren) – I had to re-colour the hair black with an alcohol marker before sterilizing in baby bottle steriliser because Mam had black hair before she went grey.

I did more of the prep for this one as the nephews were not here the day before – but I cheated and bought a half football cake as a base cake, removed the black icing hexagons (which one of the nephews thought were great to eat and end up with a black tongue) and then re-decorated as a mountain.

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Now when it came to makeing the nephew’s birthday cakes the “when they were young” theme wouldn’t work.  So when it came time to make their birthday cakes we had to go with some of what they enjoy.  Both nephews love having time playing on their Hudl Android tablets and amongst their favourite games are Minecraft and Transport Empire.  They’d shown me a Minecraft magazine several months before their birthdays and the youngest had asked me to make him a cake in the shape of the “cake” blocks they have in the game, and had given me the online link to a receipe for making one.  Needless to say I decided to buy the base cake, and come the day before our Sunday tea we worked together decorating it.  Anybody who knows Minecraft will know that actually the Minecraft cake is a very simple shape to make.  Of course we had to decorate it with Lego Minecraft figures from a Lego set they had received for Christmas (like previously we used baby bottle sterilising solution to sterilise the figures before adding to the cake).

And this is what we landed up with –

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For the other nephew’s cake, the one who’s also interested in steam engines as well as playing a bit of Transport Empire on his tablet, I got out a chocolate train mould from an online sale on the Lakeland site to create the decoration.  This time I got a long cutting cake from Tesco as the base cake.  The chocolate train was a bit longer than the cake but that didn’t really matter.  I used green sugar strands stuck on with some green icing as grass either side of the train. The nephew had asked for some cristalised ginger to be put in the tender as “coal”.

This is what I finished off with –

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I’d painted bits of the chocolate train with edible bronze metalic colouring.

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Feb 242016
 

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An Update And Some Cards

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Today I’ve got some new, but quick, cards to show you.  More family birthdays have been so I needed some cards for my parents and myself to give.  The photos are not the best because the light wasn’t as good as I’d like the day I was photographing, but I hope you like them.

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CARD:

All the cards are made using Hunkydory die cut toppers, some on Hunkydory backgrounds folded to make A5 base cards and some on Craftwork Cards 6″ square base cards.

Penblwydd Hapus is Welsh for Happy Birthday, which I’ve written in a gold pen on all of them.

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Back In October 2015

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Feb 222016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, Fancy Dress And Pumpkins

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Hi Everybody! If you don’t want to read all my ramblings and just want to see my creations then I don’t mind if you whiz past the first part of this post. The creations are near the end!

Just found the photos I took of two quick and easy fancy dress outfits I made for my two youngest nephews.  For the last few years they’ve been phoneing me up asking me to make something for them to ware to the school fancy dress disco just before Haloween – and the call has usually come the day of the disco or the day before, which really only leaves time for the quick cutting up of a white sheet or some calico to dress up them as ghosts, with no time to stitch or over-sew the cut edges to prevent further tareing along the head, eye, arm, etc., holes.

So in 2015 I thought I’d be prepared and made them some outfits well before the day.  Starting a month ahead and just doing little bits as I could, and buying in a few cheap gloves and face masks (think the masks were biker masks and were only a few pounds).

And guess what – they both decided they didn’t want to go!  Just typical when I was actually prepared for the call.

Never mind, they did wear the fancy dress outfits here, and they did carve a couple of pumpkins and we made soup and pumpkin pie from the inside flesh (we do scoup out a lot of the flesh before carving).  For the first time the boys got to do all the carving themselves, although I’d had to help them scoup out the seeds and the flesh – well that’s the boreing bit, isn’t it!

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MUSINGS:

Do people actually send Haloween cards? – that was my main thought in the run up to Haloween last year as I saw some of the Haloween creations appear online.  Lots of lovely creations, but, do people actually send Haloween cards?

I certainly wouldn’t.

I can understand people making Haloween themed decor creations if they are having a Haloween party of some kind, or some hangings to put outside the door if they welcome children trick-or-treating.  I can understand people using all sorts of Haloween themed papers, images and embelishments if they are scrapbooking photos of youngsters dressed up for Haloween.

But I just don’t know why anybody would be making Haloween cards – and I’m certain I saw some online in the run up to Haloween last year.  Nothing wrong with the cards themselves as far as creativity and quality were concerned – well I wouldn’t expect anything less from the crafters who’s work I look out for online.  It’s just the question – why Haloween cards at all?  Why do they need to exist?

To be perfectly honest I don’t actually know why Haloween as the trick-or-treating, fancy dress party, etc., etc., thing exists at all.  I’m sure the way it’s developed over time has been a lot to do with shops and their profit rather than the root of the day.  But with youngsters in the family who get immersed in the excitment of the run up to the evening I do feel the need to do something “Haloween” with them.  Just because I think it’s a waste of time and money I’d feel bad if the little ones were made to feel ostrasised within their circle of friends because they had nothing “Haloween” to speak about.

But rather than spend lots of money on “Haloween” outfits and other things that are considered Haloween necesities, I prefer to go “home made” like carving pumpkins and not wasteing all the inside but cooking with it – and the nephews do love pumpkin soup.  And also go “hand made” for costumes, and what was bought to go with what I could make were not things with the price hiked right up because of Haloween either.

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SEWING:

I used cheap, supermarket, single bed sheets to make the outfits, and used cheap bias binding to bind edges that were not hemmed so that they would last the evening – and they are now packed up so that they can swap come Haloween this year and ware the different outfit.

One of the outfits I made was simply a large black cape.  I just folded it in quarter, cut as an arch, cut up the front and a few inches either way across the top for the neck hole and then got my sewing machine out to hem the bottom and put bias binding around the neck and for tieing.  Then it was onto eBay for a cheap skeleton mask and gloves.

A bit of a Grim Reaper

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The second outfit was made using a white sheet, again folded in quarter and cut out an arc but this time there was no cutting up the front, just making a slit at the centre point for a head hole.  The hole for the head was again bound with bias binding leaving a long length for tieing.  I hemed around the whole of the “cape” and used bias binding to attach ties at the two points where the arms would go so that it remained over the arms when nephew was moving around.  Onto eBay then for a balaclava with just holes for eyes.  I then used spare bits cut off when making the black cape above to make black tubes which I sewed, turned inside out, stuffed with toy stuffing, sewed across at a couple of places to give the impression of leg joints, and then sewed to the inside edge of the white poncho neck.  I finished by taking a wide, black, alcohol marker and a big (quilting) ruler to draw lines radiating out from the neck of the poncho and then lines between the long lines to resemble a spider’s web.

Giant Spider on a Spider’s Web

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PUMPKINS:

Here are the pumpkins the boys carved.

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Carved by my 9 year old nephew –

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THANKSGIVING SERVICE

I was at least mobile-ish for the Thanksgiving Service in October.

Diolchgarwch 2015I wasn’t involved with putting together the table display in the front this year (did a vase of flowers for the back of the room – and completely forgot to take a photo of it), but I did work with the youngsters to decide on what should go on the posters and then printed them out afterwords.

The theme was Diolch – Thank you, Cofio – Remember, and Gwneud – Do Something.

We were thanking God for all the good things were had received, remembering those who were not as fortunate as us and were suffering badly, and doing something to help.

The doing was collecting together dry goods to send off with a truck that was going from our area to help the refugees – I painted the box and then added the poster (now got a nice splodge of paint the same colour as the box on my stick LOL).  There was a few more bits added to the box by the end as some hadn’t brought forward their gifts during the service but put them in after the thanksiving tea which was taking place while I was photographing this.

We also donated the money collection from the service to the Bible Society to help with the cost of getting Bibles and Bible tracts to the refugees who were searching for the word of God.  We’d raised over £50.00.  Not bad for one collection made in a small congregation.

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Dragons Lair Designs Head To Head

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Feb 192016
 

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An Update, Some Musings And A Head To Head Creation

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Hi Everybody!

Those of you who come and visit my blog regularly will know that I’m on the Design Team for Dragons Lair Designs.  One of the areas that the design team members, as well as others who like using Dragons Lair Designs item, come together to show our creations and have some fun is the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group.

Lately we’ve been having a monthly “Head To Head”.  For this everybody uses the same item from the Dragons Lair Designs Store and crafts something using it.  Some already have the item in their crafting digital library and others take the opportunity to build their digital library up and just buy the item for the head to head challenge.  At the end of the month Dragons Lair Designs designer Janette Padley gets “Random” to choose one winner who gets the item for the following month for free to work with for free.  Why not come join us in the Fan Group and join in with this, and/or the other, fun things, we are doing.

My creation can be seen towards the end of this post.

MUSINGS:
I hope that none of my crafty friends got caught by the “Sharpie” promotion that was making the rounds of groups on FB yesterday.
Some say it tried to download a virus to their PC when they took part the supposed promotion to give away sets of Sharpie pens, though their anti virus software caught it. The worry will be for those who’s anti virus software didn’t stop it.  Not sure whether the page tried to download a virus for everybody or at what stage of the process of taking advantage of the fee pens promotion this virus download was seen to start.
Even if it didn’t download a virus the promotion certainly caused a lot of problems with dozens of people “taking part” in it and allowing the promotion site to post to groups they are a member of with their endorsement.  My News Feed was full of it at one stage yesterday.  Hopefully it’s all been removed and blocked by now.
I tried to do a quick investigation as soon as I saw the first one appear (there can be a bit of a problem with doing this if you are not careful of course because you could land up going into the very area you are trying to avoid and getting caught – and as careful as I am, and having a background in IT I might still get caught so if you do see anything odd appearing on FB in my name then a comment on whatever my latest blog post is to let me know would be appreciated – but there are a few basic things to look out for).
The first thing I noticed was that the link was not from a Sharpie company website.  Not always an indication that a promotion isn’t a proper one of course because some companies use a company to run their promotions for them, and some use one of the services that shorted a long website address to a quick link version, but in this case there was what would be considered a mis-spelling in the name of the site you would be taken to, so a name that appeared as if it could be a site of a company had an extra “e”.  Typing the name of the website of the supposed promotion into a search engine, e.g. Google, (not into the address bar of your browser which would take you straight to the site), brought up a link to some interesting facts about the site – it was registered less than a fortnight ago, registered in the USA but by a person living in Pakistan I believe, thought of as not a trusted site, etc., etc.
So of course I didn’t click to go and do whatever was required to join in the promotion.  Obviously posting to groups was one requirement.  I would assume that as well as this that doing a “Like” on something was required – there usually is this requirement on both real promotions and fake ones, but the “Like”s for fake ones are usually the likeing of some page or group set up specifically by the scammers, and a build up of followers and likers gives the scammers a comodity that can be sold for a lot of money to other scammers.  It’s called Like Farming.
If anybody wants to have a better idea of how the scammers, and others who are up to no good, play on ordinary users of the Internet then there are sites to help you out.
KnowTheNet has sections such as How to spot a fake site.  There’s a Facebook Page from Hoax-Slayer, as well as their Hoax-Slayer site.   There’s a Scams & fraud guides on the Money site.  Of course, there are a lot of other sites as well that offer information like this to help Internet users.
BOX:
The kit chosen for the February “Head To Head” is the Watercolour Elements mini kit. 
I decided to use it to decorate a small box that I’m going to put a strung glass pearl necklace in.
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To start with I took some of the elements into My Craft Studio and resized to my required site, made four of the corners, and layed them out on the A4 working area.  I used the software to pick up an area of the flowers to make a swatch of colour in the area I had spare which was about half the working area.
The items were then printed out onto an A4 sheet of 250gsm white cardstock and then cut out.
I used the colour swatch area to tare out three rough circles of cardstock and these were further torn into spirals and used to make the floral roses (You can see my pictorial guide to makeing similar roses in 4. No Tools Paper Flowers 02).  I also cut out four strips of 1cm deep to put round the sides of my box from the colour swatch.
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I used my Hougie Board to score some 350gsm white cardstock to make a 2cm deep box, cut where necessary and glued it together using some quick grab wet glue.  I used the same glue to attach the cut out pieces from the collection on to decorate the box.

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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Dragons Lair Designs Links

  • If you fancy trying out some of Dragons Lair Designs, please do visit the Store to find all sorts of digital goodies for crafting, and the minimum spend is only £2 (you’ll find great digi-stamps and lots more).
  • And why not join the “Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group” on Facebook. It’s a small, fun, group where we have lots of different activities which include exclusive challenges, lots of inspiration and giveaways – and there’s a loyalty club for those who take part as well where taking part gets you points, winning gets you more points, and get enough points and you get a voucher to spend in the shop.
  • The “Dragons Lair Designs” page on Facebook. We love it when people “Like” us!
  • While I’m not a fan of Pinterest and especially people’s habit of posting images, digi-stamps, etc., to the site that they’ve got no rights to, you can follow designer Janette Padley on Pinterest!
  • See us on CraftsUPrint
  • Dragons Lair Designs Challenge Blog : new challenge every month
  • Dragons Lair Designs Inspiration Blog : a showcase/inspiration blog for lots of different crafting made using Dragons Lair Designs.
  • Then of course there’s the Dragon Boss Lady’s own blog – Straight From The Craftroom

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Christmas 2015 – 2

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Feb 172016
 

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An Update And Some Christmas Cards

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I’m still working my way back through my photos of my 2015 creations and trying to get the ones I missed onto my blog.

I did a quick count of how many blog posts I’d done in 2015 and compared the number with 2014.  In 2014 I did close to 100 blog posts with more than one creation in each (and that was with a few months of barely posting because of ill health), in 2015 I just reached 20 posts.  I know that I didn’t make as much due to my health problems, but that still leaves me with a lot of items that I’ve not posted photos of online yet, so be prepared for seeing lots of posts with items done last year.

Today’s creations are the 2nd batch of a dozen I made to order for my aunt.

I made this batch using dies.  They are kept very simple with not more than the die-cut and some mirror or glitter card behind in the most part.

I’ve used Crafters Companion Create-a-card dies and Tattered Lace Nativity scene dies.

I hope you like them.

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CARDS:

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I made a dozen, but there isn’t a dozen here because two of them were exactly like another two of them shown here.

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Christmas 2015 – 1

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 152016
 

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An Update, Some Musings And Some Christmas Cards

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Hi Everybody!

I did warn you in previous posts that I’m on a mission to catch up with putting photos of my creations from the last year that I’ve not blogged before up to this site, so yes, today I have a batch of Christmas cards from last Christmas to show you.

To be honest, I didn’t get photos of half the cards I made, just makeing and getting them written and into envelopes was energy sapping before Christmas.  To be even more honest, I didn’t even get cards made for everybody I wanted to make cards for.

I had an order early on from an aunt for three dozen Christmas cards and I made those in three batches of a dozen each.  So today’s makes are one of those batches.

To make it easy for me to make the cards the batch I’m going to show you today were all made in a similar style.  A4 base card scored to make an A5 card.  An image from one of the selection of Hunkydory “Little Book” I’ve got.  Some simple matting and layering, and a peeloff greeting.

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MUSINGS:
I hope I don’t upset any of the crafting friends I have most contact with online – But Arrrr! I’ve been totally fed up over the weekend with the half truth, half misinformation, that a lot of people have posted and that are filling my news feed. 
(I think it’s mostly “friends of friends” I’ve spotted doing the mindless copying of stuff without actually checking it is true in any case as I don’t recognise a lot of the names involved, other than when a couple of friends have commented to suggest the poster checks with HoaxSlayer.)
 “Urgent:
All the accounts are being hacked” 
No! “All the” nothing are being hacked. If All were being hacked then the hackers would have more than likely changed the account password, and the person copying the “information” without checking whether it actually makes sense would quite probably not have access to their own FB account to post the copied piece.
 There are always hackers out there trying to hack people’s accounts, of all sorts not just FB, and one of the best ways to avoid being hacked is to have good, strong, different, passwords on all accounts. Make it difficult for them to hack, and have as little information about yourself included as possible – even use incorrect information as answers to questions that some sites use, so for example, if your mother’s brother David Davies is a FB friend and your interaction makes it clear what your relationship is, then don’t use Davies as an answer to your mother’s maiden name question on your banks site. It would be an easy one for hackers to guess, not necessarily to gain access to FB account but to other things. So lie when you initially set up an account and give answers to questions. Just remember what the lie was – use a password protected password keeper and note taker. Favourite teacher, first pet, favourite colour, food, etc, etc, are all things a determined hacker might read on your FB page and use to convince others they are you.
Hackers may have a go at hacking accounts they come across, but “All accounts” are not getting hacked.
 “The profile picture and your name are used to create a new facebook account.” Well this isn’t a description of hacking in the first place, this is cloneing. And yes, there is a lot of cloneing going on, but nowhere near “All the accounts”. Don’t know whether it’s just prevalent in crafting circles because we are such a large community with a large circle of FB friends, with others we come into contact with through crafting groups, or whether other hobbies are targeted as well, so yes, we are all likely to come into contact with a cloned account every now and then, but it is likely to be a small proportion of our FB friends or ourselves who are affected by being cloned. And getting cloned means that all the cloners have got access to is what’s public on your profile. So, yes, cloners do copy pictures and basic information from the profile of the person being cloned and use it to create a copy account.
And, of course, they target people who have lots of friends when looking for somebody to clone, because they have a long list of people ready to try and con. The first con is, as the half truth posts are saying, to send out friend requests from the clone account to all your friends, hopeing “your friends think it’s you and accept” – unless your friends have their wits about them, have a bit of sense, and say to themselves, “hang on a moment, I’m already friends with her/him”. 
 “From this moment, the pirates can write what they want under your name!!” Actually, from the moment the cloners create the clone account they can write anything they want in that clone account or any wall they have posting or commenting rites to, but usually they write very little because a different way of writing may give them away to anybody they are trying to con into friending them. They can never write everywhere the person they cloned can write because just cloneing and coning one friend to befriend them doesn’t give them that sort of access, but of course, if they can write on the posts of anybody who’s accepted their requests. They rarely do though.
One reason they might start writing on a person’s wall is to spam advertise, spread links to malware, etc.
But on the whole I’ve not seen a lot of posting from clone accounts on walls of the assorted people who have befriended them.
So, if you don’t already know, by now you are wondering why cloners bother cloneing accounts in the first place. What do they gain?
Well firstly they don’t need to hack anything, they don’t need to try and guess or crack a password. Just copy a few details and a picture and they are away.
Secondly, as people are likely to share more personal information with friends than they do public, as soon as somebody accepts their friend request they are likely to find out more about them.
Thirdly, the person who’s account has been cloned knows nothing about it, hasn’t been hacked, hasn’t lost control of their account, doesn’t know that anything is going on behind their back to be able to warn all their friends that the clone account is an imposter. Not until a friend actually asks them on their old account about the new friend request.
So the best defence from being taken in by a cloner is to search for that person’s name on FB and if more than one account comes up, with one already your friend, then you know to be cautious. Go to your friend’s account and see if anything is going on. Could be he/she already knows and has put a warning about the clone, or another friend has. Could be he/she has, for some reason, decided to start a new account so the second account isn’t a clone. One request I got lately was supposedly from a person I’d been FB friends with for years, and a quick check on the page made it obvious that she’s died over a year previously.  And yet she was supposedly making a friend request from beyond the grave, and over 40 had accepted a friend request from her.
One thing to note – quite often cloners block the person they’ve cloned from seeing the clone account if they search for their name. It slows down the person getting enough information to report the clone to FB to get it taken down. They may even block anybody who refuses their friend request. So getting a screenshot that includes the page address, before rejecting the friend request and marking it as spam, might be of help for the person who’s been cloned getting the clone down.
Next, what do cloners gain from the person who was cloned not warning their friends that the 2nd account isn’t them? Time! Time to do more conning because of course just conning people to become friends is hardly what cloners want. Yes, they could make money from click pay adverts if they start posting on friends walls. Yes they could get all sorts of malware onto computers if they post links to not so nice sites.
But another thing they do is go behind the scenes and use the FB messaging system to contact people directly. The aim being to con money out of them. There’s all sorts of leads they use, from the old chestnut of “I’m abroad and my money was stolen and I need £xyz to get home. Lend it to me and you’ll get it back, send it now” to the one about buying a lottery ticket together that won and needing bank details to pay over the half.  Basically not a lot different to the ones where E-mail rather than FB is involved. If the cloner times their con to when the person they have cloned is on holiday, then they have a better chance of succeeding.
So yes, there is truth within all these endless copies of posts I’ve been seeing more and more of over the weekend, but it’s not referring to anything new, it isn’t describing hacking, and the so called helpful warning is wasting time because those who copy and paste such info without checking for accuracy, and correcting it before posting, are just the type of person who would accept a friend request from the cloner without checking as well, probably just assume it’s  OK, or even message the clone who wants to be their friend – are you really so and so opening a new account, and accepting the reply – yes – before clicking the friend button.
Yes, that last statement is probably an over generalisation, but what I’m trying to say is that half truths thrown in with misinformation and very little information doesn’t really help educate those that are too trusting and accept everything they see online.
CARDS:

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One Little Elephant

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 142016
 

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An Update And A Card

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I decided to have a break from sorting out the photos I’d taken of my makes over the last year, and actually make something new.  Just a simple twisted easel card, but I hope you like it.

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CARD:

We have a colouring challenge every month in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group where any group member who wants to take part can request the free digi-stamp of the month.  Then all anybody who requests the image has to do is print it, colour it and craft with it, and then upload a photo of their creation before the end of the month. (Failure to upload a photo of something made with the free item means that the group member can not take part in the following month’s challenge until something is uploaded.)  And everybody who takes part gets a loyalty point which, when you get enough points, gives you a free voucher to spend in the Dragons Lair Designs Store.

This month the digi we were given to work with was a lovely little elephant.

I decided to make a simple, 7″ square, twisted easel card.  I used background papers printed from the Heavenly collection – which is this month’s free mini collection with the Dragons Lair Designs Newsletter (you can sign up for it – here! – to get your freebie)

This is what the card looks like unopened –

Elie 04I coloured the elephant with Tonic Nuvo pens 485, 487, 489, and 449.

It doesn’t close really flat because of the dimensional stopper that’s inside, which is simply a 1″ square of one of the backgrounds which I rounded the corners with a punch and stuck on using glue gel.  I then put some paper flowers made from torn pieces of the backgrounds to place in front of the square and added Tonic pearl drops.

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These are the similar flowers I stuck on the front of the card – as you can see, hopefully, they are made from the same printed cardstock as the background.  You can see how I made them in my tutorial on makeing paper flowers – number 4 Here!  You can also see the white, faux stitchen I put around each panel.  It’s subtle, but I wanted to stick with white in keeping with the colour of the card.

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This is what the card looks like when it’s standing up.

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And this is a closer look at the front panel from an angle.

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I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure what occasion it will be used for.

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Congratulations Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 132016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Some Cards

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Well everybody – I’m still going on with my sortout of photos of the crafting I did during the last year or so.  This time I’m going to show you photos of a couple of congratulations cards I made to send to family friends who’d passed exams.

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MUSINGS:

Simply – where have the years gone?!  It feels like only a year or two since I remember the two I made these cards for as babies, yet it must be far more years than that.  Time is a very odd thing – some things feel like it was only a short while ago that something from long ago happened, and other times it seems like happenings were a long time ago when they only happend a short while ago.

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CARDS:

This first card was for a young man who’d passed some GCSE exams.  I was obviously going for a more masculine look.  Do you think I got the look right?

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This 2nd card was for a young lady who’d passed her A levels and was off to uni.  I used a variety of Tattered Lace dies to make this.  The flowers were tri dies but I’m afraid I can’t remember which ones.  The card itself was a tattered lace book card set of dies, and I think the bookmarks I’d included were from the same set.  I also decorated a box to put this particular card in as it was too deep and big for an envelope.

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In case it isn’t obvious – Llongyfarchiadau is Welsh for Congratulations.

 

 

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