A Bit Of A Catchup And A Layout

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Jul 312018
 

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A Bit Of A Catchup And A Digital Scrapbook Layout

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Several of those amongst my online friends have noticed that I’ve not been very active online for the last few weeks – thank you for noticing and commenting.  There’s nothing to worry about – it’s just that I’ve been using what little energy I’ve had on other things, and, although I have been online a bit every day I’ve just been too exhausted to do as much commenting and be as active in FB crafting groups as I like to be.  I’ve even realised now that I’ve not even been in some groups and put up links to the small number of my own blog posts that have gone live this month.

So, What have I been up to? —

My main activity has been puttering around in the garden.  I would like to be able to tell you that I’ve got everything I wanted to do all finished in the garden, but unfortunately not.  With my health issues and disabling conditions I can only do little bits at a time, and need help with some things, and with the high temperatures we’ve had lately those “little bits at a time” have had to be early in the morning or late at night.

It started off in April with more weeds than plants.

And half the garden is still more weeds than plants I want, but one half is getting closer to what I’d like.  I’m hopeing to do some scrapbook layouts, progress report blog posts, or slideshows of how I progressed, in due course, and hopefully I’ll get more of the half I’m working on this year into a more organised state before the summer ends.

But now it’s raining and I can do a bit of catching up.  Hurray!

So, although I’ve not posted a lot to my blog this month, I know that I’ve missed posting in some FB groups when some of my posts have gone live, I thought I’d give you a list of all my July posts to start off with.

3rd – Birthday Cards And More

28th – June/July Colouring Challenge in DLD Fan Group

29th – More Christmas Cards

30th – July’s Calendar Page

So, other than gardening, what else have I been up to? – Not a lot!

With the temperature being so high I just couldn’t face getting out my sewing machinen and continuing work on my “Big Work In Progress” – just the thought of having the quilts on my lap and manouvering them round as I did more quilting on them was enough to bring me out in a sweat.  Once the temperature cools, and once I have less to do in the garden, I will be back quilting, and I will keep the update posts comming.

But, although I haven’t had my big sewing project out I have had my sewing machine out and sewn a couple of pairs of shorts for the youngest nephews.  I’ve got a blog post part written about them, though I’ve only managed to get one nephew to stand still long enough to photograph him wearing his shorts yet.

I’ve also made another couple of batches of Christmas Cards.  Brain not in gear to go all out for a big batch yet, but have put some together to sell at our chapel when a proportion of the proceeds go towards the work of the Sunday School.  I’ve been requested for some simple cards that will go through the post as a standard letter – many don’t want to pay for elaborate cards or to pay for a Large Letter stamp, so what I’ve made so far fits into the not to expensive or large category.  Others want a small number of more elaborate cards for delivering by hand or putting in with gifts for special friends and family, so I’ll have to start thinking of those cards over the next month or so.  I will get what I’ve done photographed and blogged before long, so keep  an eye out for those posts as well.

To finish I thought I’d show you my strawberries!

I made a post of a layout “Strawberries Digital Scrapbook Page” back in May.

This is what I showed you then –

I decided to make a further Digital Scrapbook Page, using the same Cirtus Celebrations mini kit as I’d used before to show what we got from the strawberry barrel at the end of June.

There are two breeds of stawberries in the tub, ordinary sized ones round the sides and plants that produce giant strawberries in the top.

That’s my hand in the picture – the giant strawberries were more than 2″ across.

We had lots to eat, some to freeze, some in smoothies, and I even dried some in a food dehydrator I got for my birthday – these dried strawberries I used when makeing a type  of fruit and nut bar.

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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July’s Calendar Page

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Jul 302018
 

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July Calendar Page

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Today’s post is something I should have shown you a good deal earlier in the month. If you’ve visited my blog previously you may have seen the posts I’ve made showing how I’ve decorated the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, and for June  – here.

I’m trying to decorate the pages for each month using different types of papercraft, and for July I used a CD-ROM and some dies.

The dies I used were “Mel’s Signature Collection – Budding Camellia Die” and “Mel’s Signature Collection – Magnolia Memories Die” and the matching My Craft Studio CD-ROM.

I printed out the images that work with the dies onto 200gsm super smooth cardstovk and also printed out several backgrounds.

I used my Snap die cutting machine to cut out the images and then started placeing them out in different positions on ßwveral backgrounds untill I had a background and layout I was happy with.

I shaped the pieces a bit using my fingers before starting to stick everything in place using some small pieces of foam tape to give the image some dimention.

This is what I came up with.

Here’s a closer look at some of it from an angle, showing some dimension.

And a closer look at some of the flowers.

This is what the whole page looks like.

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So, that’s the July page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the August page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make at some point during next month.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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More Christmas Cards

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Jul 292018
 

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Christmas Cards

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I’ve already told you previously that I’d started my Christmas card making. I’ve made a few more over a few days during July and today I’ve got a couple of cards to show you.  Once again I used a sheet from this year’s Hunkydory collection.

The toppers for these two came from the same sheet of toppers.

I used a white sheet of Adorable Scoreable, folded in half, as my base card for this one. Then attached a panel cut from a background sheet from the collection that matched my chosen topper. I used a paper ribbon from the topper sheet across the card just down from the center before adding the topper itself.

For this card I scored an Adorable Scoreable card in half before attaching a panel cut from a background sheet that co-ordinated with the topper. Topper was then attached with double sided foam tape.

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I’ll have a few more Christmas card posts to come over the next week or so, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Jul 282018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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With so many members of the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook having less time for crafting over the busy summer months it was decided to run the latest colouring challenge over two months, rather than one month, to give those who wanted to take part more time to request the free digital stamp, create something with it, and upload a photo of their creation.

For the June/July colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Just join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

This time I coloured in the image using Chameleon Pencils.  I don’t usually use coloured pencils and don’t think I got as good a result with these as I get with alcohol markers, but I will practice a bit more to see what effects I can get.

To make my simple card I took a pre cut, scalloped edge, base card, and, just to show that DLD images can be mixed and matched with anything in a person’s crafting stash, I cut some background papers from the “Blooming Lovely” 8″ square paper pad by The Paper Boutique.

I only used fingerlift tape to attach the various layers, to keep the card as flat as possible, and set things at a “jaunty angle”.

So here’s my finished card.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today. I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before the end of the week, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Birthday Cards And More

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Jul 032018
 

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Some Cards

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As my father died last year I had nobody to make a Father’s Day card for this year.  However, one of my nephews did want to make a card for his father so needed some suitable material put out on the kitchen table for him to choose from.

He was so keen to make an extra special card, and couldn’t decide between two images, that he put one topper on the front and one on the back – which meant that his father could choose which image to display, or even turn it around periodically to display a different side.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of both sides, but here’s the side I did photograph.

I do know that both the toppers were Hunkydory, and I think they came from the spring decolarge collection, though my nephew decided not to decoupage either image on his card.

Which of course meant that the extra layers were available for me to make cards with while waiting for him to finish his creation.

My brother’s birthday was before the end of June so I thought it would be a good idea for me to take the opportunity, while lots of cardmaking stuff was out, to make cards for me and our mother to give my brother.

And for one I used the layers my nephew had decided not to put on his Father’s Day card.

This was simply layered on a 6″ square scalloped edge card. I used a fine liner pen to give some definition to the image area because of not using the base layer.

I had another set of decoupage layers from the same Hunkydory collection where the base image and a couple of the layers had been used previously, so I decided to use them up to make the second birthday card.

Once again I added some details with a black fineliner pen.

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That’s it for today.  More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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