Feb 182019
 

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Playing Around With Inks, Stamps and Stencils

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YouTube Video

Today’s blog post and video isn’t about showing you completed projects, it’s about me just having a play with some inks, stencils and stamps, and seeing what I create.

I pulled out an assortment of crafting bits onto the table at the start of last week, and did bits of playing and then creating several times during the week, until I had to clear the table for the weekend and Tesco delivery.  Things just took shape as I was playing and wanting to try out different things.

I put my camera to record most of what I was doing, so when I finished I had well over an hour and a half of footage – I know, not a lot for several days of crafting, but I can’t do a lot of anything before needing to rest.

Having seen that what I’d recorded was too long to make one video, even with speeding up bits, I separated out the playing with inks and the creating a couple of finished items, to make separate videos.  Today I’ve got part 1 to show you.

The stamps and stencils are new ones I bought in the January Sales, so this is my first time having a play with them.

You can see the English video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo Cymraeg – Yma!

Items Used

These are what I used in my play session:

Pieces Created

These are what I finished off with:

A6 in size.  1st play.  Not quite right this one!

A4 size. This one has turned out much better.  The look I wanted as a background for a project for March 1st – so keep an eye out for that one.

A4 in size and much better than the smaller, first, one.

Back to A6 size for this background. I have an idea for using this one but haven’t put it together yet.

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Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

Remember that I am giving away one of my creations to a person who’s name is drawn from the hat at the start of next month.  You have until 23:00 GMT 28th February 2019 to get your name into the hat.  Go to the announcement at the bottom of the blog post – Here! – to get the details of how to be in with a chance of getting the tree.

I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Feb 142019
 

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Welsh Birthday Cards For Boys

I’m sure I’ve told you before that several family members have their birthdays in the first couple of months of the year.  Well today it’s time for me to show you some Welsh birthday cards I made for my mother to give my two youngest nephews.

If I tell you that one loves steam engines and old fashioned machinery, and also tell you that they have horses on their farm, it’s quite obvious why I chose the particular images I did for the cards.

This first one is made using an image from one of the Hunkydory “Little Book of …”  not quite sure which little book it was though. This was matted onto a sheet of Hunkydory miricard that was pre-cut to fit. I used a pre-foiled and scored Kanban base card.

This is another photo of the same card taken at an angle to show that the matted image is raised, which I did by using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape rather than fingerlift tape.

This image for this second card also came from a Hunkydory “Little Book of …”.  I think it could have been the same book that the previous image came from and that it was one of the male themed books.  It was also matted and raised before putting onto the same type of foiled base card as the first one.

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I’ve got several more cards to make for the family, so keep an eye out for them, along with some other crafting projects I’m working on.

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Feb 112019
 

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Another Wrapping Paper Card And Envelope

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Having used wrapping paper to make a matching card and envelope for one of my younger nephews for his birthday, it did mean I needed to do something similar for his brother.

This time I went for Pokemon wrapping paper – bought via Amazon as I couldn’t find a suitable one with Tesco grocery deliveries a couple of weeks ago.

I didn’t think I needed to video the makeing of the card this time as the method was very much the same as the previous one.

Please pop over to YouTube to see the video of how I made the first one.

English – Here!

Cymraeg – Yma!

The Card

The main difference in this one is that the wrapping paper consisted of lots of square images, so rather than just cut a panel to fit the front of the card, I cut around the image squares as a strip and individual images.  I again used the tag as a topper, and used a fineliner pen to write the greeting, although I added some squiggly lines as well this time.

And here is my make.

The outside –

And the inside with the pocket – this time to hold a memory card, which is a very small looking gift that benefits being presented in a gift pocket inside a card rather than just putting wrapping paper around it.

The Envelope and Packed Gift

The envelope was made in exactly the same way as the previous one.  The gift was a bit more difficult to pack as it was a bit squishy, but it doesn’t look too bad I think.

This gift is a reasonably sized camera bag to hold all sorts of things in addition to the camera.  More difficult to wrap tidily than the box shown previously.  The more different the shape of the gift I’d recomend putting in tissue paper inside a box before wrapping as it looks far neater and keeps safer.

The Cake

No, sorry.  I didn’t decorate the cake!  This is a Tesco delivery one.  But I thought I’d show it to you in any case. Tesco obviously have a licence to make and sell Pokemon themed items such as cakes.

And it tasted very nice as well.

Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

If you’ve not already got your name into the hat for the giveaway draw I’m makeing to celebrate getting my YouTube channel set up and the first few videos uploaded, then please do go to my blog post – Here! – to find out how you could get several chances to get the tree I’m giving away.  You have until the last day in February to get your name into the hat up to four times.

Copyright

Remember that copyright rules apply to such things as images on wrapping paper.  There are well know companies who agressively go after people who make money from their copyrighted images, or who scan, copy, etc., and give them away to others to craft with.  It’s one thing to be creative and use wrapping paper in different ways to present gifts in a co-ordinated fashion that won’t look much of anything when wrapped in the normal fashion, such as makeing a pocket card to put the small memory card in, but you can not use wrapping paper to make cards to sell because you don’t have a licence to use them for personal or charitable gain. You can’t just take images from the Internet, print them out and use them in your crafting either – not unless you have bought a licence to do so or have permission from the copyright holder.

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Wirework Tree inc. Video

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Feb 062019
 

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Wirework and Semi Precious Stones Tree
inc. YouTube Video and Giveaway

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Tree Of Life Style Wall Hanging

I have new videos (Welsh and English versions of the same one) live on the Crefftau Maes Mieri Crafts YouTube channel today.

I decided to do a video to show one way of making the round framed, tree of life style, wall hangings I’ve been makeing.  I only tackle a project of this type when I’m feeling reasonably OK, but even so it took me lots of short sessions over 3 days to make the tree, but I’ve edited the video down to under 13 minutes, cutting out the shakeing hand and semi-precious stone chips flying all over the place because my grip had gone, so it won’t take you hours to watch how I made it.

While a set of jewellery pliers are good for this project, you could get away with using wire cutters and pliers from an ordinary tool set if you are makeing a large wall hanging. You would probably get markes on the wire you didn’t want, but OK if you are going for a distressed look tree.

I have made these types of circular ones smaller than an inch diameter before, and for that size you definately need the most dainty jewellery pliers you can find.

The other items I used were – Metal ring; Gold Coloured Copper Wire – 20 gauge; Gold Coloured Copper Wire – 26 gauge; Semi Precious Amazonite gemstone Chips.

You can see :

The Welsh Video – Here!

The English Video – Here!

This is what the creation looks like when finished.  It is around 14.5cm in diameter.

I do dome the centre up a bit while doing the final tidy up.  This means the wall hanging casts a bit of a shaddow onto the wall behind it and appears more dimensional.

I’ve even made a box, ready to be closed, addressed, and posted – see giveaway information below!

I’d love to see any wirework projects that you have hand made, so please do pop photos into the album I’ve created to go with this post and video.  You can find it – Here!

Blog/Facebook/YouTube Giveaway Draw

As it is only a short time since I announced that my first two (Welsh and English) Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts channel YouTube video were live, and that I’d started a Page on Facebook to draw together the various Crafftau Maes Mieri Crafts online presences, I thought it would be a nice idea to do a giveaway draw as a sort of cellebration that I managed to actually get things started with my video making project, and not only get one, introduction, video done, but a couple of demo videos as well.

And what better thing for the giveaway than to give away the Tree Wall Hanging that I demonstrated in the video that is going live today.

I’m allowing up to four entries per person –

  1. Leave a comment below.  Any comment, provided it’s not Spam, or nasty – in fact any comment that makes it through my usual moderation, will go into the hat.
  2. Leave a comment on the album that goes with this project on my Facebook page – Here!
  3. Put a photo of any of your wirework projects into the album – Here! (Any wirework project, be it wire encased beads, wirework brooches, wirework lettering, etc. I do like to see what others are doing.  Leave a link to your blog post if you have one with details of your make.)
  4. Comment on either the English or Welsh version of the Wirework Tree videos on YouTube – Here or Yma! (I do want to know what you think of my videos, and if you have a suggestion of something you’d like to see me demonstrating then please let me know in your comment.)

That’s up to four chances to have your name in the draw.  I’ll be collecting the names together from each location on the 1st March, 2019, and drawing one to win the wirework tree.  The winner will be announced by the 3rd March in all locations.

Good Luck!

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February Calendar Page

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Feb 032019
 

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February Calendar Page and January Giveaway Winner

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Today I am announcing the winner of the Giveaway where anybody could enter by commenting on the January calendar post on this blog.  I’ve also got the page I’ve decorated for February in my Mother’s calendar to show you.

Giveaway Winner

All those who commented on the relevant post on my blog during January had their names put into a box and a random one was drawn out to get the unopened CD-ROM that I’d got two of.

The winner is Karin van Eijk (Karin, like me, is a crafting blogger.  You can see her blog here – https://karinsartscrap.blogspot.com/).

February Calendar Page

If you are not already aware – for a few years now I have been buying my mother a blank Papermill Direct calendar every year, and as the year progresses I’ve been decorating the pages in a variety of different ways.  (You can see the January one – Here!)  Sometimes she askes for something specific and sometimes she tells me to surprise her.

This month I’ve gone for a cascade of paper flowers.

Both backgrounds are from the Fancy Fretwork USB that has lots of SVG cutting files and  .jpg background designs. They were printed onto good quality, 120gsm paper.

The purple cardstock that’s framing behind the background, as well as the purple flowers and pearls used to decorate, are from the Hobby House Colour Collection – Periwinkle. The rest of the flowers and leaves are from my stash – Every now and then, when I have odd bits of cardstock, I either lay them on the cutting mat of my ScanNCut and set it to cut lots of different flowers or leaves depending on the colour, or I put them through a die-cutting machine with various sized floral dies.  I keep all the flowers and leaves produced in a box to pull out when I need a quick flower on something.

Fingerlift Tape was used to stick the cardstock to the calendar, and the main backing to the cardstock.  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape was used to stick the “wall” background in place.  I then used Pinflair Glue Gel to stick the cascade of flowers and leaves down either side.

I finished off with some “birds” in the sky – drawn with a black Nuvo alcohol marker.

Here’s the work before it was stuck on the calendar.

 

I also printed out the month title, Chwefror, (Welsh for February,) to cover the title already there.

This is what the calendar page looks like when finished.

Video and New Giveaway

I’ve nearly finished my next YouTube video, so keep an eye out for my next blog post in a few days time, as in addition to showing you how I make something – I will also be giving that something away for those who comment in the relevant places between then and the end of February.

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Birthday Card Video

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Feb 012019
 

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Makeing an Emoji Birthday Card With Pocket For Gift – Linked Video

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Today I have an Emoji birthday card to show you.

I set myself a challenge to make a matching card with pocket to go with a gift using stuff that might be in any home, not my endless supply of crafting tools and consumables. Sometimes it is good to get back to basics – it makes you look at things with fresh eyes.

I even decided to video me makeing it for uploading to my new YouTube channel.  A video that will hopefully help new card makers but make experienced card makers think.

To make it matching I decideď to use some of the wrapping paper I’d used on the gift to make the card, which has a pocket inside for an extra gift such as money or gift card.  The wrapping paper came from Tesco, ordered with our grocery delivery.  I’ve ordered a cake with the same image for delivery before the person’s birthday.  I just hope they have it in stock on delivery day.
(Remember that copyright rules apply to such things as images on wrapping paper, not just licenced images from well know companies who agressively go after people who make money from their copyrighted images.  It’s one thing to use wrapping paper to present a gift in a different way, in this case some money in a pocket inside a gift birthday card, but you can not use wrapping paper to make cards to sell because you don’t have a licence to use them for personal or charitable gain.)

This is the what the card looked like in the end.

And here with the envelope and gift that went with it.

You can see the video – here – in English.

And – here – in Welsh.

A Challenge For You

I finish the video by challenging you all to make a card with simple things.

If you do accept the challenge I’d love to see what you make so please post pictures with some info, or a link to any blog page that has details, on my Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Facebook Page in the album – here.

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