Catchup Post 2 – An Owl Card

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Mar 112018
 

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This is another catchup post – another card I created so long ago I can’t remember the details – but I had got this post more or less finished with details already writen and saved under Drafts, so thought I should just go ahead and post.

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CARD

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Consumables:

  • Items from Pollyanna Pickering kit
  • 7″ square card made from Kraft Card
  • Fingerlift tape
  • Wet glue
  • Bit from Hunkydory Shadowbox kit
  • Tree trunk background from a Craftwork Cards kit
  • Plain paper insert.

Equipment:

  • Scissors

Method:

Having used the shadowbox for a previous project I had the inside of the frame where I’d removed the foiled greetings tags, left over. So I decided to use this as a mat on a card.  I cut some background from the Pollyanna Pickering collection to be a little smaller than the foiled border of the left-over piece and stuck this in place.  I trimmed and layered the sheet of pale tree trunks at an angle behind my chosen topper sheet.

I then simply stuck the larger matting and layering onto my chosen card front, attached the angled topper and mat on top, and put in an insert.  I’ll add a greeting once I know who will receive the card and for what occasion.

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Mar 092018
 

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This Is A Further Continuation Of The Work On My Latest Project

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I’m keeping up with documenting the progress of my latest project.  I’ve even managed to start looking through some photos of my creatings that I’ve got on my laptop saved under the heading of unblogged, that I obviously made and photographed some months ago and never did anything with the photos, so expect to see some of them appearing in my blog posts soon.  I hope you liked seeing what I showed you yesterday as the start of my “catchup” posting.

In case you missed my previous posts on this project – you can find them here:

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LATEST WORK ON MY PROJECT:

My first job was to stick the covered letter to the painted plaque.

I used Pinflair Glue Gel to glue the letter in place, dabong big blobs of the glue behind the letter so that it is raised from the plaque.

Then it was out with the Pinflair Glue-it Bookbinding glue, foam, ball tools, flower shaping tray, etc., to start putting some shape to my cut-outs and layering them up.

So in the order I showed you the cut-outs in my previous post, here are what I made –

The first of the ones with pink printed onto the back of orange.

Two shades of pink through to red.

Some more with paler pink on one side and a reder pink on the other.

Another of the pink/orange ones – I’ve used both sides for these flowers.

Some more pink flowers – fo you think I’ve overdone the shades of pink? I’ll have to see when I start placeing everything together.

I made one larger rose and a smaller bud with the Luxury Rose die cuts.

I quite like how the leaves look after some shapeing, especially the ferns.

The small punched out items have also been given some minimal shapeing.  I’m thinking of adding some gems or nuvo drops to the center of these flowers, and to some of those above as well.

What I need to do next is get a cord or ribbon attached to the plaque so that my finished work can be hung, and then to play around with laying the flowers out in different positions to see which I like best before sticking them in place.  Keep an eye out for my next post about this project, and also for more “catchup” posts showing you things I’ve made over the last 18 months or so but haven’t shown you all yet.

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Mar 082018
 

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Crochet – Baby Blanket

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When I re-started blogging a few days ago I said that, although I had been crafting a bit over the last 15 months or so, I hadn’t had the time or the energy to photograph and blog about the creations.

On looking through the posts on my blog I came across a small number that were marked as “Draft” and appear to have never been completed or published.  Today’s “catchup” post is one of those.

Something tells me that this was made to give as a prize in a charity rafle, but I just can’t remember the details of where it went over a year later. I may have even blogged it at the time and juzt somehow got a draft copy left in the posts list.

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BABY BLANKET:

I’ve bought a lot of different yarns over the years.  Quite a bit in job lots with a few balls of yarn of each type or a particular colour.    Of course, as I just can’t do a lot in one go because of aches and pains, etc., these days, I prefer to work on small projects, so small amounts of any particular yarn colour/type suits me.

Today’s make is made with Grundl Lisa Print yarn and is a baby blanket of around 2 foot square, which is nice for a baby carry cot or to put over a baby in a car seat.

Here’s the yarn band details –

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And here’s the crocheted baby blanket, firstly folded and then draped over a chair, and finaly a closeup of the stitch I used – which is a treble made as a large granny square.

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Mar 062018
 

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A Continuation Of The Work On My Latest Project

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Well – I promised in my blog post of the 3rd March that I would keep slowly working on my project and blog some updates as I went along.  So three days later I’m back again with a look at how far I’ve got by now. This won’t be the most interesting blog post I’ve ever written, either verbally or pictoraly, but I have taken photos of what I’ve done.

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LATEST WORK ON MY PROJECT:

At the moment my arms are really sore and quite weak, so I didn’t want to either lift up my larger die cutting machine or have to turn the handle a lot.  When the SNAP die cutting machine came out I invested in one just for such occasions – a bit lighter to move around, but even more importantly – it doesn’t need to be hand cranked – which is a bonus when I’m not up to much – and I can even use it on a tray in bed as a battery inside can be charged up and then it can be used without being connected to anything, though, on this occasion I had it put on one side of the kitchen table for me and did a bit at a time and went back to bed to rest in between.  I know I’ve got plenty of equipment already, but, with things as they were with my health and everything when this little machine was launched, I decided it would be worth it for occasions such as these.

I’m aiming to decorate my plaque with the letter G, which you can see in it’s “raw” state in my previous post, with some flowers.  Now I like a bit of varying colour depth in flowers, rather than them being a flat colour but, while I do have inks, etc., that I could use to colour up my creations, I’m just not feeling up to getting messy and then wasteing a proporting of my crafting time both wipeing up and putting everything away at the end.  And that is why I wanted the digital download backgrounds I told you about and showed you last time.

One sheet gives me varying depths of colour, and each sheet I’ve printed on the back a slightly different coloured background – well I say “each sheet” – I have to admit that, not only did I manage to put one sheet back in so that it double printed on the same side as I told you about in my last post, but, as you’ll see below, I did manage to get thouroughly mixed up at one stage and got wrong colours on the backs of some sheets.  But hey, who cares?!  I’ll make them work and use them up some how.

The dies I’m using for this project are all Fleurs Flower dies that I’ve slowly collected for a while but only used a few of them on small projects up to now.  I’m not going to go listing every one I’ve used, but I have photographed the flower layers created together with the die set used in each case, so if you are interested you can just do a search.

This sheet was one where I’d made a slight mistake in printing with an orange shade on the front and a pink shade on the back, so we’ll see what the flowers come out like when I’ve had a play. I’ve flipped one so you can see.

I’d folded the sheets in half and cut everything out twice in one go. I had hoped that turning back the corner on this one would show you the slight variation in the colour between the front and back, but the picture doesn’t show the colours like I wanted.

I haven’t used the larger flower layer dies for any of the flowers.

This was another where I’d got pink on the back of orange but I’ve not flipped any this time.

And two more flower types.

While two of the sheets of green were fine with me, with two different greens either side, the third sheet was another “wps” with a shade of orange on the back, but I’ve used it to cut leaves and may well use them with the orange side up.

And after cutting everything out using the dies I reached for the Fleurs Flower Forming Punches to cut out some smaller leaves and flower heads from the waste paper, both the white areas not printed on and the colour printed papers.  These I think will be good for filling out some areas on my project in the end.  I had to do a lot of stopping and starting when using the punches, but I’ve got a nice bundle together before I gave up and just threw the rest of the papers.

So, my next stage will be to attach the letter to the plaque and make up flowers using the pieces I’ve cut out.  Probably won’t all be realistic, but I’m hopeing that they will all look nice together by the time I’ve finished them.

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A Project I’m Working On

 Posted by at 05:08 pm
Mar 032018
 

Hello Everybody!

It’s been a long time since I blogged.  Other things like family, ill health, life and death have got in the way of blogging.  I have managed to do a bit of crafting during the time I’ve been away from blog land, but haven’t then had the time or the energy to take photos and blog about my creations after I’d finished crafting.

Some of the items I’ve made I may still manage to photograph and show you at some point in the future, but for now I thought I’d start by blogging about a project I’m working on “just for me”.  I don’t even know what it will look like in the end as I’ve not even finished it yet – it may turn out to be a disaster.

This is what I started off with

It’s an “Anna Marie Designs MDF Plaque and Letter” that I bought from Create and Craft some time ago (they still have some letters left but no more Gs).

I had an idea how I’d like to decorate it with hand made flowers, and an idea of the sort of colours I wanted to use, but while I could find lots of posibilities in my stash and digital library, I could not find a whole assortment of things that would go together like I wanted.  So what to do?  Well turn to Janette Padley, the designer at Dragons Lair Designs, to see what she could come up with.

I wanted lots of different coloured backgrounds, but ones with some subtle graduation in how dark the colour was throught the page, and with slight difference in colours from one sheet to another within the collection – I’ll explain why as I make my creation.  These are what Janette came up with –

Essential Plains Paper Pack 1 Digital Papers – 12 x 12 Papers pink, purple, lilac, rose

Essential Plains Paper Pack 2 Digital Papers – 12 x 12 Papers blue, green, lime, pale blue

Essential Plains Paper Pack 3 Digital Papers – 12 x 12 Papers orange, tan, beige

Essential Plains Paper Pack 4 Digital Papers – 12 x 12 Papers pink, rose, fushia

The first thing I did after downloading was to print out an assortment of backgrounds onto 160gsm and 190gsm heavyweight white paper.  As I am going to make flowers I wanted colour on the back of the paper, ànd I wanted the colour in a slightly different shade to the front.

OK, I admit I messed up some of the printing – one sheet went back into the printed and printed a second time onto the same side, while for another couple of sheets I miscalculated and landed up with not the colours I wanted at all together!

I decided to simply paint the backgound plaque with white gesso.

As you can see, I wasn’t going for an even coat of white at all.  Just a rough look.  Well, to be honest, I never get a perfectly smooth look when I spend ages trying so I decided to just go for it and quickly slap it on.

I was thinking of painting the letter G in a different colour, but as I had the sheet of paper I’d double printed on one side I decided to use that to cover it instead. No point wasteing the sheet was there?

A quick covering of bookbinding glue over the front of the letter, and then press it down to the unprinted back of the paper.

Then it was simply a case of flipping it over and rubbing it hard to get a good adhesion and to make the edges of the letter visible through the paper.

I then took a craft knofe and started to cut out the covered letter.

By holding the craft knife flush with the letter I think I’ve made a reasonable jub of it.

So, there you have it.  Stage one complete.

Keep an eye out for the next instalment of this creation, and for some posts of my unblogged items.

 

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