Christmas Cards I Made Last Year

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Aug 282018
 

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Christmas Cards I Made Last Year

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The batch of 8 cards I’m going to show you today were actually put together around this time last year, but in the chaos when my father came out of hospital they were thrown into the garage by somebody, and have only just come to the surface this month.

These were all made using a Hunkydory Filigree Frames collection, and were made up last year more or less as intended, with matching insert inside. And supplied envelope tucked inside.

The only thing I hadn’t done was put a greeting inside and out.

I have two different sized “Nadolig Llawen” peeloffs (Welsh for Happy Christmas), so the smaller peeloffs went on the outside and the larger peeloffs went inside on the inserts . There wasn’t room for the larger peeloffs on the outside because of lack of space and the fact that the base card itself was printed.

The kit included enough material to make another batch of cards the same as these but I’ve not finished them off yet as one of our carers has expressed an interest in having some with English greetings for English family members.

So, that’s it for today – another pack of cards made up where a percentage of the money raised will go towards the work of our Sunday School.

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

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Even More Christmas Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Aug 262018
 

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A Small Pack Of Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I used different images from from a Creative World of Crafts Popper Pad, that was in my box of things to make Christmas cards in the garage so not this year’s purchase, to make two packs of 5 cards.  There is little difference between the content of both packs but I’ll show you photos of all 10.

I started by matting and layering each image onto a piece of black cardstock.

While cutting out the black mats I also cut out one piece around an 1″ bigger.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, scalloped, white, 6″ square base cards and used the larger piece as a template to draw around with a fine liner black pen onto the front of each base card, leaving a space to put on a peeloff aling the bottom. I used black peeloff tyat say “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the cards.

I then used used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

An insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) was stuck to the inside of each card.

This is what I finished up with.

The cards in pack 1

The cards in the 2nd pack (most were made using the same image toppers as there are several of each image in the popper pad – which means I have enough to make more little packs of cards like these.).

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So, that’s it for today – another couple of small packs of cards that are small and flat enough to go through tge UK post using a standard letter stamp, which is important to some who buy a few cards from me..

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Some English Christmas Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Aug 242018
 

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Some English Christmas Cards

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Anybody who’s visited my blog before will probably have noticed that the vast majority of my cards are in Welsh. I do however make a small number in English, mostly when specifically asked for them.

To be ready when asked, rather than making after being asked, this year I decided to make a few assorted English Christmas cards and put them in a big plastic bag where anybody can choose 1 for £1 or 6 for £5.  Again I’m donating a percentage of any money made to our Sunday School.

I’ve not made a lot to fill the bag yet, but here are the first few.

Made using items from this year’s Hunkydory Christmas collection. It has a greeting added to the inside as well.

The next two were made using the same Peter Rabbit topper from my box of old Christmas stash, and therefore look very similar.  I therefore made them slightly different by adding holly peeloffs, to the corners of the topper on one and the corner of the foiled background on the other. Both had small inserts added which were made using different Peter Rabit backgrounds.

The next three cards are again made using Hunkydory toppers. Not sure whether they are from this year’s collection or leftovers from previous years that were in my box of Christmas “makings” that was out the garage.

These I have kept very simple, thus keeping the cost and dimensions dkwn. I’ve just stuck on toppers onto a scored and folded, hammered, cardstock of a suitable size.

Each one has an insert inside that says “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

So that’s it for this blog post. I’ll have some more Christmas card, both Welsh and English, to show you over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Christmas Cards From Inserts

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Aug 222018
 

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A Small Pack Of Christmas Cards

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I’ve set myself a bit of a challenge to make as many batches of Christmas cards as I can during the rest of August so that I can then put my box of Christmas card consumables back in the garage for a bit and get my quilting back out to work on that in September. I’m not saying that I’ll have made all I need for the year, but I’ll have a fair few to start off with, and can get stuff back out the end of October/November if I’ve had a lot of sales and need to make more for Mam and I to send ourselves.

If I get what I want made up I’ll probably have Christmas card blog posts to show you well into September.

For the cards I’m going to show you today I used different inserts from this year’s Hunkydory collection.  I also made my own foiled greetings on parchment.

I started by using the downloaded Canvas software to design the words Nadolig Llawen (Welsh for Happy Christmas) ar around 4″ in length. These I sent to my ScanNCut and used the foiling feature to write the words with a glue pen onto Parchment paper.

These were then covered with foil, some silver and some gold, before beeing rubbed and the foil sheet removed.  The greetings were then cut out in strips.

I took the bundle of inserts from this year’s Hunkeydory Christmas selection and chose some with an image forming part of the sheet.  I cut an image panel of 4.25″ x 6.25″ from each insert before trimming a quarter inch from the height of the piece that was left.

I cut various coloured and foil panels of 4.75″ x 6.75″ to use as mats for my images.  Before sticking the images to the mats I wrapped parchment greeting strips around each image, using tape at the back to keep it in place.  Double sided, fingerlift tape was used to attach image to mat, and then the matted image to a plain white, pre scored, A5 base card.

I then used the same tape to attached the left over bit of matching insert, gaving folded down a bit, inside each card.

I added peeloffs saying Nadolig Llawen to the inserts.

Here are the cards I created, together with the inserts of the first two, to give you an idea of what I did.

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As you can see, the cards have a much softer look than the ones made using the same image toppers from the collection, but those who’ve seen them here have commented that they like the effect as it is so different to anything in the shops.

So, that’s it for today – quick and simple cards.

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Aug 202018
 

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More Recycled Cards

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I’ve been going through a big batch of old Christmas cards that I’d got put away in my box of Christmas Card makings after cutting off the backs.

I started by triming any that needed trimming to around the same size, then matting and layering each image.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, kraft card base cards and used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the card fronts. And an insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

This is the second card with this image.  It’s amazing how many cards with the same images on are amongst the cards I’ve got in my stash to recycle.

 

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So, that’s it for today – another assortment of recycled quick and simple cards that are small and flat enough to go throught the UK post using a standard size stamp.

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I’m on a Christmas card roll at the moment so I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to put online over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Aug 162018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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Those of you who visit my blog regularly will know I like to enter the colouring in challenge in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook each month.   Each month a different digital stamp is made available to group members to request for free. Then it’s simply a case of creating something with it and uploading a photo of the creation. Not uploading a photo means no free digital stamp next month.

For the August colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Why not join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

Having used Chameleon Pencils to colour the image last month, and not being very happy with the result, I decided to see if I could do a job I was happier with and used the same pencils again this month..

Once I finished colouring the image I cut close around the drawn line around the head, and used a cutter to cut along the bottom and right side.  I did a little shapeing of the image with my fingers.

The base card and the background cardstock I chose are from Kanban.

I cut the background to fit inside the foiled frame on the base card and stuck it to the card with fingerlift tape.

I’ve left the card without a greeting for now as I am not sure what occasion or language it will be needed for.

I also used fingerlift tape to attach the bottom part of the image that was straight cut, and put 3mm deep double sided foam tape under the main part of the image that was shaped.

 

You can see the slight raise in the image achieved by the shapeing and foam tape in these photos.

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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Some More Christmas Cards

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Aug 122018
 

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Some More Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I picked out images which had a bit of an animal theme on them. All the images are from this year’s Hunkydory collection.

I’ve also used the matching cardstock to score and make the base cards for all but one of the cards – for that one I used an Adoreable Scoreable cardstock with some of the design cardstock matted on top.

All have the greeting “Nadolig Llawen” on them (Welsh for Happy Christmas), and an insert that says “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda”.

Pheasant

Lama

Sloth

Fox and Mouse

Dear

Polar Bears

So, that’s it for today – another pack of cards made up where a percentage of the money raised will go towards the work of our Sunday School.

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August’s Calendar Page

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Aug 102018
 

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August Calendar Page

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Would you believe it, but I had what I wanted to put up on my mother’s calendar for the month of August ready made, with fingerlift tape on the back, ready to stick up on the 1st. (It’s just taken me a few days to get it photographed once it was stuck up, and to get photos intp my post ready to schedule it.)

If you’ve not visited my blog previously you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother, which I’m decorating for her month by month. You can catch up by visiting my previous pists about it if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, and fot July – here.

I’m trying to decorate the pages for each month using different types of papercraft. Had a discussion with my mother who reconed that it was time for something from the garden.  And I had an idea! – why not turn some digital scrapbooking (that I’ve shown you previously) into a bit of hybrid crafting.

I’ve shown you two digital scrapbook layouts showing the development of sreawberries in my garden previously.

Strawberries Digital Scrapbook Page

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A Bit Of A Catchup And A Layout

I took both layouts into my software and placed them side by side and shrunk them to the size I wanted for this project.  I also clopped out a single strawberry and put several copies at fifferent sizes on a blank area of the page.  This was then printed off onto A4 glossy photo paper.  A whole sheet of the same green background was also printed off onto A4 Super Smooth cardstock.

All the frames and backgrounds come from the Dragons Lair Designs Citrus Celebrations Digital Mini Kit.

After trimming the green background to a size suitable gor the calendar, I cut out the double layout spread as well as each of the individual strawberries.  I stuck the layout onto the background at a jaunty angle using fingerlift tape.  I shaped the strawberries a bit and then stuck them in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.

This is what I came up with.

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

It’s difficult to get the dimension to show without glare off the glossy photo psper.

 

This is what the whole page looks like.

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

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Another Pack Of Christmas Cards

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Aug 082018
 

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A Small Pack Of Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I used different images from the same Hunkydory little book I’d used for the cards in my post of the 4th August.  I think I may have missed letting everybody know about this post so please do click to the earlier post after having a look at these cards if you think you’ve  missed seeing them.

I started by matting and layering each image with a metalic mat of either gold, silver, or red mirror card.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, scalloped, white base cards and used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the card fronts. And an insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

So, that’s it for today – quick and simple cards.

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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Aug 062018
 

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A Couple Of Pairs Of Shorts

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A few months ago I sat down with my brother’s eldest son and showed him how to make a pattern for some shorts to fit him using the Lutterloh Golden Rule system.  With basic guidance and a steadying hand to hold and pass him things he made quite a good job of it.

He’d chosen some black material some time previously so the pattern was immediately put to use.  He did most of the pinning, cutting, and sewing himself as well.  He’s been doing bits of sewing on my machine, supervised of course, since he was very small, needing the foot pedal to be placed on the same footstool the boys used in the bathroom to get onto the toilet and stand in front of the washbasin when they were small.

I did have to take over for doing the waistband with chanel for the elastic, the actual threading of the elastic, and sewing the hem, so he’d done the most of it before he ran out of steam.

With one thing and another – schoolwork, exams, life in general – he hadn’t had time to make up any more shorts, so I decided to make both the youngest nephews a pair of shorts each this month to make sure they had something to change into when here.  At the moment the boys are near enough the same size, and the shorts he’d made definately still fit the nephew who’d made it as I’d seen him wearing it the day before I decided to make up the two pairs.

So out came the patern and material – the sewing machine and thread already being out because of the work I was doing on my “Big” Project.

I’d seen a flat seam demonstrated on TV, similar to the side seams on jeans, so decided to give it a go for the outside leg seams.  I didn’t change thread colour to stitch down the outside of the seam, but I do think the seams look neat.  For the other seams I sewed them as normal, right sides together, and then used the machine’s equivelent to an overlocking syitch to sew over all the raw edges.

For the first pair I sewed the top of the shorts over to make a chanel for threading an elastic through.

For the second pair I got my nephew to measure a 1″ wide length of elastic round his waist and pin it at the correct length.  I then pinned it every 8th of the way round before sewing the elastic directly to the top of the shorts, that I’d turned down around half an inch behind the elastic to hide the raw edge, using a zig-zag stitch.

I got my nephew to try on the shorts when I’d finished.

He was happy with the fit, so it was then a case of tidying up the tgread ends.

The second nephew was more difficilt to grab hold of to try his on, so I had to photograph his shorts hanging on a hanger over a door handle.

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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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