Vintage Looking Canvas

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Jul 312019
 

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Vintage Rural Themed Canvas Board

This is a project I have had on the go for a long time, and I had it in mind to do even further back when I first saw the stamps and stencils I used, but I got side tracked doing other projects (some of which were on a similar theme that I’ve posted previously).  All the paper used is recycled brown paper that came inside a delivered parcel holding the items in place.  To give it a rustic look I’ve torn practically everything, though I have used a scissors to trim around some small areas such as the farmer’s hat and the milk churn top.

What I Did

I started by tareing pieces of brown paper into spirals which I made into paper flowers, folding bits as I went and glueing with bookbinding glue.  These were left to dry before I brushed over the surface with gold Nuvo Mousse.

I then scrunched up a large piece of the brown paper and opened it out, to give it more creases.  I coated the canvas board with bookbinding glue and smoothed the paper over it, makeing sure not to flatten out all the creases.  I tore around the edge of the canvas and again used the gold mousse, putting a lot on the edges and a light touch over the rest of the board to catch the raised crease edges.

I then used smoothed out lots of other pieces of the brown paper, put pieces in my stamping platform and stamped out lots of the images from the stamp set.  I coloured in all the stamped images using an assortment of pencil types from one collection.

I spent some time playing with these stamped and coloured images, tareing bits more off, curling the edges, laying them on the board, moving them around and around, asking Mam what she thought, until I was h appy with the layout.  Then I left it overnight to be double sure, before using Pinflair Glue Gel to stick the paper flowers in place and the other Pinflair glue to stick the images on.

What I Used

Recycled brown paper

The Finished Project

This is what the finished project looked like.

And here are a few closeups of some areas of the work.

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I have more works in progress as well as some planned, so, depending on whether it is gardening weather or not, you should see more posts going up in the near future, so keep an eye out for those.

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Rainbow Storms

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Jul 292019
 

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Rainbow Storms

In one small group I’m in a challenge is set each month.  The title this month “Rainbow Storms” had me thinking a lot.

At one stage I was thinking of doing a rainbow of different coloured autumn leaves being blown about in a storm, but I’ve done something else lately with leaves so was trying to think of something else.  In the end I thought I’d go for the obvious and include an actual image of a Rainbow and make a card.

What I Did

I used Microsoft Publisher to construct the rainbow and type out the wording.  I then took the rainbow panel into IrfanView and cropped it as well as adding some raindrop effects.  This was then printed out.

I stamped out the floral image and coloured it in.  I stamped some different sized flowers and leaves from another stamp in the same collection.  I started this several weeks ago, but the cateract operation has slowed things down a lot, and by now I can’t remember exactly what I used to colour in the flowers and leaves – though I’m pretty certain that I did a watercolour effect painting using Dinky Inkies and a purple ink from a different company.

I took a base card and attached the rainbow panel using fingerlift tape before putting on a frame made of strips of wood look cardstock.  I then attached the flower and wording panels. The floral image was layered up with offset flowers using foam tape.

What I Used

Some of the things I’ve used I’ve had for some time so I am not sure where I got them or any details

My Finished Project

My “Rainbow Storms” card.

At a slight angle to try and show dimension.

And a closeup of the Artisan Designs Nettlebloom flower stamp coloured in, and with a couple of added flowers and leaves.

Challenges

I would like to enter this card in the Daring Cardmakers “Whatever The Weather” challenge that is sponsered by JMC Designs.

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A Simple Birthday Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 252019
 

A Simple Birthday Card.

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).  Hope you are well, enjoying nice weather, and having time for crafting and other “me time” as well.

Today I have a simple card I made for my brother-in-law for his birthday.  I guess you could call it “mixed media” as I’ve used material as well as cardstock and glitter glue this time.

What I Did

I started by choosing one of the images from the piece of material and cut it out so that there was a bit of a margin for turning over.  I then covered the front of the backing heavyweight cardstock with Bookbinding glue – couldn’t find my spreader so used a piece of cardstock to spread it very thinly.  I then put the material square over this and smoothed it out before burning it over, cutting off the corners to nearly the edge of the backing card, adding a bit of bookbinding blue to each turnover edge and sticking the material down.

I then went around the edge of the panel with the tube of glitter glue – not my best effort as it is a bit wobbly, but I was doing it in the week following my cateract operation when one eye had corneal odoema and I couldn’t see through it.

I then stuck the panel to the front of a base card and added a “Penblwydd Hapus” peeloff – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.

What I Used
The Finished Card

Just a few different photos of the same card in different positions.

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I still have a small number of crafted items to upload to a post on this blog, plus – it’s time to start Christmas Cards!  Yes, it really is!  So you can expect to see batches of those appearing on my blog in a couple of weeks time.

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More Air Clay Flowers

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Jul 222019
 

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More Air Dry Clay Assorted Flowers

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Musings

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than fed up with scammers, spammers, and idiots.

I had another random phone call this morning.  Indian sounding, who said his name was Mark calling from BT about our broadband, and wanted to know whether he was speaking to the owner, primary occupier, etc., etc. I asked “what is this regarding because I think you are a liar” and his English wasn’t good enough to realise what I’d said, and it obviously wasn’t on his list of expected answers, so he went right back to the begining of his script “I am Mark …” Needless to say I put the phone down on him then. Couldn’t be bothered to listen long enough to find out which scam he was working.  Why do these scammers always choose English names? I know it’s not impossible for an Indian family to have given their child an English name, especially if of mixed herritage, but every single on of these scam callers gives an English name.  By this stage I’d be more likely to believe they were genuine if they gave an Indian sounding name. And the whole owner, occupier, … thing. Surely, if they were phoneing from my Internet provider, they would have on record the name of the account holder? These phone scammers are makeing it such that if a genuine person with an Indian/Asian accent phoned from any company I would likely think they were fake and put the phone down on them.

Then the spammers. Particularly the spammers that spam comment to blog posts.  I haven’t had comments go live immediately on my blog since a few weeks after I started my blog.  All comments go to moderation queue, I got E-mail notification, and comments only go live after I OK them.  Up until June I was getting around forty to fifty spam comments a month.  Then I woke up one morning to over 700 E-mail notification that I needed to check a new comment. It took me ages to have a quick look whether any were genuine comments, and then deleting the lot.  Only two I spotted were genuine, but by the end I think I was looseing the plot, so I do appologis if you have left me a comment and it hasn’t appeared at the bottom of the relevant post, as I may well have missed a true comment amongst all the spam.  After I had the same bulk comment spamming happen again a few days later I introduced the addition of a tick box to verify that a human is doing the commenting.  At least, I hope that is what is happening.  If you have problems leaving comments, or if something looks wrong to you please comment on the relevant post on my FB profile if commenting here doesn’t work for you.  Thank you.

Then we come to idiots.  This is where I’m probably getting controversial, and may upset a very small number of my FB friends, the ones that persist in forwarding or copying hoaxes, rubbish, out of date info, etc., without makeing any effort to find out if what they are passing on is correct, because, by idiots I mean those who get told about hoaxes and similar, time and time again, yet still copy and paste to Facebook profile or private messaging, anything anybody tells them to copy and paste, without even thinking whether it is plausible, or still relevant, never mind checking that it is a fact. Clogging up the newsfeed is the least effect, but it can have other concequences, and it puts others, who trust their friends to only be passing on genuine information, at risk, especially those who are new to social media and genuinely don’t know better.  If somebody copies a hoax once because they don’t know better that is understandable.  If somebody messages something and they are told it isn’t true, and learns that not everything that comes their way is genuine, then it’s great that they are learning, and they stop mindlessly doing it again without verifying the facts, then I am fine with it. It’s all in the process of learning. And we can all get caught out by something new once.  Passing on genuine information I am happy with.  But I am less understanding of those who constantly do thoughtless copying of any rubbish they see online.  Just because a post says to copy it so everyone knows something, it doesn’t mean you should actually do so.  Be it hoax information, photos of mistreated animals or children (which should be police matters), or photos of sick children.  Some are horrible, but shareing them on FB does nothing the vast majority of the time.  Nothing other than time wasteing or upsetting others.  I know that some of my friends have started unfriending those who post photos of cruelty, and others have unfriended those who forever clog up their messanger or news feed with “let everone know” type messages. I haven’t started unfriending yet, as very few of my FB friends repeatedly do this, but there are a handfull who are not learning and may get the chop from my friends list before long.

Crafting

A couple of months ago I showed you an assortment of white flowers made using air drying clay.  You can see the post – here! I also showed you some of the white roses I made included in a wreath – here!

For today’s post I have started makeing some different flowers, adding a bit of colour this time as well.

What I Did

I basically just had a play.  I had watched some videos on the moulds I used being used to make icing flowers, and then I just had a go at doing them my way and seeing how they turned out.  I have introduced colour to these flowers, both by using some coloured air dry clay and by painting them after I’ve created them. I have a few more flowers of the same type that I’ve began to make, and I think I’ll try different colours for them.  I may even put together a video before long of how I go about making one or two flower types, but that may even be a project for the autumn or winter – after I’ve tackled the Christmas card making.  It is definately time to get on with batch Christmas card making now I think – during any wet or too hot periods when I can’t get out the garden for short periods between my rests.

What I Used
The Flowers I Made

Starting with the least complicated ones.

Not sure what type of flowers these are – I was just playing rather than trying to replicate anything specific.

White “bell” type flowers

Some coloured “bell” type flowers

Calla Lilies

Lily

And finaly the whole lot in a vase.

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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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Just Decorating A Little Bin

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 192019
 

Simply Decorating A Little Bin

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

The project I’ve got to show you today is converting a little tub into a little bin to put on the table by Mam’s bed.

When I give Mam her inhalers there’s one that has a little capsule that needs throwing away after she’s inhaled the contents, and she also has other inhalers that shouldn’t go into the recepticle for rubbish that Mam has on the other side of her bed after she’s finished using them, and these things all start pileing up on on the table by the door.  So I told Mam that, as soon as I had a little container empty that I’d decorate it so that these little things could be put in it without it being obviously a bin but being decorative as well.

So this week I had a container empty and set to work decorating it very simply in muted colours as she didn’t want something too “in your face” or that would clash with her flowers, etc.

What I Did

I took an empty Lepicol container and removed the label from it.  This left a sticky resedue, but this didn’t matter as I intended to cover it in any case.

A couple of weeks ago in Sunday School we’d done some marbling to decorate around some Bible verses (I’ll describe what we did and show you the results in a post before long), and I’d finished off after the children by using the things we had out to decorate lots of sheets of white cardstock.  I decided to use a couple of these to decorate the pot.

I started by wrapping one of the marbled sheets around the pot and stuck it in place using ultra tacky tape and some glue.  I cut a circle from the other sheet and stuck it to the top using the same things.

I then took some 160gsm white paper and stamped on some leaves from the Artisan Design UK and coloured them in using water colour pens

+++ Artisan Design has a new launch on HOCHANDA at 10am and 2pm on 21st July 2019 with a new launch – keep an eye out for the fab samples that various people have been putting online as well +++

I stuck some ribbon around the top of the marbled paper around the pot as well as down the seam before cutting out the leaves and sticking them on as well.

Like I said – simple and muted – a bit autumnal really.

What I Used
The Finished Bin

Here’s the lid

From the side

At an angle

And here’s a look at all around it.

A Catchup On Previous Posts

As I’ve been getting back into doing things online, following my cateract operation and the slight complication of the corneal odeoma, I’ve realised that I’ve not put links up to all the posts that have gone online during the last couple of months.  So I thought I’d just put a quick list of all June and July posts up here in case you’ve missed seeing them.

Not a lot of posts I know – I was already on a go slow with my crafting before the operation because of using all my energy to try and pick the gooseberries before the birds got them.  Unfortunately the birds got the majority of the blackcurrents while I wasn’t up to going out after the op.  The solar powered pest scarer kept them off a couple of trees, but the birds had a field day with the majority of them.

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I still have a few items that I’ve finished but not blogged yet, so keep an eye out for those over the next couple of weeks.

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July Calendar Page

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 182019
 

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July Calendar Page

I know! I am seriously late posting photos and info about what’s on my mother’s calendar page for July.  With the cateract operation and the minor complication, as well as being all behind with other things around the house and garden as a result of that and the previous jaw infection and tooth extraction, I haven’t blogged for a while.  Saving my energy for what must be done.  And the weather being so hot hasn’t helped my energy levels either.  But I did get a page done for Mam’s calendar by the start of the second week in July, it’s just taken me longer than usual to get it blogged.

If you are a new visitor to my blog you can catch up with the months so far this year : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! and June page – here!

What I Did

Mam loves watching wildlife programs on the TV, especially meerkats, so this month I decided to raid my stash of Pollyanna Pickering images and create a calendar page with those.

Nothing too complicated or taxing this time – I simply used a sheet of Adorable Scorable as the main background, matted and layered two of the backgrounds from the same Pollyanna Pickering collection kit as the toppers.  Then I added a small assortment of wildlife toppers of various shapes and sizes in a bit of a random manor.

I finished off by preparing the title “Gorffennaf” (Welsh for July) in Publisher and printing onto paper, before using the same Fingerlift Tape I’d used for the rest of the page to put the title on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct blank calendar (you can already order for 2020 – here!)
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Backgrounds and toppers from Pollyanna Pickering collections
  • A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • A4 sheet of Super Smooth paper
Photos Of The July Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar page hanging up in Mam’s room.

A closer look.

Pollyanna Pickering certainly was a very tallented artist and a great loss to the world.

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Vintage Male Themed Birthday Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 012019
 

A Rural Themed Birthday Card For A Male

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A Bit Of An Update

Skip to the card if you want!

My regular visits will have noticed that I have not made many posts to my blog this month. It has been an eventful month.

Following the development of a cateract in my left eye (a known side effect of the emergency opperation I had to treat a tare in the retina 18 months ago), I had been on the waiting list for a cateract operation for over six months. I had received a letter for a consutation appointment for the middle of June, but had a phone call before then offering me a cancelation the begining of the month. The eye had deteriorated so much since they had last seen me that they agreed to put me on a cancellation list as the waiting time was about six months. Wasn’t expecting much to happen, but within a couple of days I was phoned to ask if I could come in for the pre-opp eye measurements, etc., the following week. So having begged a lift up once from one of my sisters the first week of the month, I had to ask if she would be so kind as to drive me up again the following week. Even then I was told it could be up to three months before I would have the opp.

So I was very surprised to have another call within a week offering me 8am on the 25th for the opperation. So basicaly just over three weeks from consultation to opp.

Having already dragged my sister away from her farm work twice in two weeks I didn’t feel it would be fair to ask her to make the trek to the hospital a third time so soon, so this time I asked a friend who, every time she visits, tells us to remember she’s more than willing to help in any way she can. This friend has the added benefit of already having had a cateract operation herself so knew what I was going through.

So, by now I had the gooseberries coming ready in the garden, and just a few days before my operation to get them all in and sorted. Mam went on strike at one point and refused to top and tail any more and said that I should go and give a couple of pounds each to a few friends, including the one who was going to drive me to the hospital and back for the opp.

Don’t know why they are so keen to have everybody in the hospital by 8am as the surgeons certainly were not there, and the operations didn’t start for two hours, and as luck would have it I was the last of the morning list and wasn’t in until mid-day. With my M.E. and dodgy leg, sitting in a ward for four hours was not good for my aches and pains, and staring into the light for twenty minutes wasn’t good for my headache. But the operation went smoothly. Of course, I was feeling very rough by this stage in the day, so my friend went to fetch us some sandwiches for lunch and we ate in the car as there is no way I’d have made it to the restaurant.

By the time I got home I told Mam that my good eye was coming out in sympathy, running tears and strange lights, and, despite having sunglasses clipped to my glasses, and having a very smooth journey home, my headache was worse, as was my nausea. Only sat for a bit with Mam to tell her how it had gone before crawling into bed and realising that I had a migraine with flashing lights in both eyes, bought on no doubt by staring into the light during the opperation, and even when everything had settled down I couldn’t see through my good eye well enough to read the instructions on the Pot Noodle for supper, in fact, had to get the carer to point me in the direction of the Pot Noodle on the counter as I couldn’t even see that.

Thankfully, by the following morning, the eye that hadn’t been operated on was back to normal, though I’d been warned that it would take 24 hours for the gas that had been put in to hold the lens in place to clear so I shouldn’t expect to see anything through the operated eye. Spent most of the day in bed just hopeing the aches and pains would go and that I wasn’t going to go into an M.E. crash, and was pleased to see that colours were appearing round the perifery of the operated eye by lunch time.

Only problem was that by the following day I still could only see a dense, white, nothing, in the centre of the operated eye. And by now I was starting to get a bit worried – I knew that I shouldn’t be able to focus correctly with it as the glasses I had were the wrong prescription for the new lens put in, and in any case, it needed to finish healing and the drops will make it a bit blurry while I’m on those, but nobody I know who has had a cateract operation has said that the centre of their vision was a big white area after two days. So I phoned the hospital to see if it was anything to worry about, especially in view of the fact that the first evening I had the migraine and wouldn’t have been aware if any post opperation anomalies had occured. I was hopeing that they would say that it could take a while longer for the centre whiteout to clear and not to worry. But no! They wanted me back up at the hospital at 5.30pm Thursday evening. So a quick call to my friend again – her husband was due back with their car by about 3pm so yes she could take me back. And off we went again.

It seems that I have Corneal Oedoema – the cornea having started swelling up as a result of the opperation – something that does happen but not often I gather – and that the swelling should go down gradually by about a week, at which point I won’t have a big white area in the centre of my vision with that eye.

I’m so thankful to my sister and my friend for their help in getting me there and back a couple of times each.

So, by now, the eye is begining to clear, and although I can’t focus properly yet, the white area is much less dense so I am seeing things through it, which means that it will probably have cleared by around Thursday, as the person I saw last Thursday said.

So now, there are a whole lot of things I’m not suppose to do, to keep from damaging or getting anything into the healing eye, and so much I want to get on with, both in the garden and with my crafting, but two trips to the hospital in one week has finished me off for a while, and I am resting as much as possible and doing just enough crafting to keep me sane as well as watering what needs watering in the garden with a directional head on a hosepipe.

The one thing that did need doing was a card for my brother for his birthday, and that is what I have to show you today.

Welsh Birthday Card

I cut a piece of wood patterend paper and stuck it to the front of my base card.  I then tore some pieces from some brown paper that came wrapped within a parcel.  One piece I scrunched up a lot and then opened it out before rubbing some gold embelishment mousse around the edges and over the raised creases.  I stamped onto the other pieces that were mostly flat and then tore the edges before adding some gold around the edge of those panels as well.  I quickly added some colour using two different colours of re-inkers used as a watercolour paint. Once these were dried I glued them in position onto the card front as well as adding a peeloff greeting.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the finished card looked like.

With this photo I’m trying to show that, although I used wet glue to attach the layers, the fact that I had crinkled up the brown paper mat before sticking everything in places means that there is a natural dimention to the card and a very rustic look.

I added very little colouring, only using two different Dinky Inkies re-inkers and a paint brush on the grass and the farmer.

I’ve tried to photograph this in different lighting so that the gold coloured Nuvo Moose stands out.

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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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