Two More Simple Birthday Cards

2 More Simple Welsh Birthday Cards

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Life

Well … I’m still on antibiotics for an infection in my damaged leg.  It still didn’t clear completely on with the second two weeks of antibiotics – so now I am on week five. It looks better than it did, but still isn’t right.  So a long way to go yet and I’m resting as much as possible.

Thank heavens that we have help from the carers at Care Wales/Gofal Cymru, not only twice daily with help for my mother, but also help for me with showering and doing my hair.

Crafting

I’ve said in a previous post about several family members having their birthdays in February, so needing to make several cards that would be suitable for them.  I’ve shown you two previously – here – and today I have two more to show you.

These were from both my mother and myself for another nephew.  So again, nothing flowery or fussy needed.  As well as modern things like computers and 3D printing, he likes vintage things, his dog and his horse, and other countryside things.  So we’ve gone wildlife and vintage for his cards this year.

What I Did

I started by selecting two different Hunkydory books that had images that I thought were most suitable and had Mam go through to take her pick.  She chose an owl image from one book, so I chose a vintage horse image from another.

For the owl card I simply scored a sheet of cardstock in half to make an A5 sized base card.  I then matted and layered the image onto light grey and black cardstock before sticking it to the front of the card, adding a thin paper ribbon of black cardstock down one side of the image for a little bit of different interest.

I finished the card by putting a peeloff greeting in a wave shape on the front, as well as putting in a folded sheet of white paper as an insert and adding a black greeting.

The vintage horse topper was a square shape, so I scored on sheet of mid grey cardstock at 8″ and folding it over, and I cut the other sheet of the same colour at 8″ and attached it to the fold over of the other to make an 8″ card.

I again matted and layered my topper before attaching it to the centre front of the base card I’d created.

As I thought that my nephew might like to put the image up in his bedroom after his birthday I didn’t put a greeting on the front as I thought it looked nice just framed with the matting and layering.

I did fold a sheet of paper at just under 8″, trimmed a little off the long edge, and stuck it inside the back of the card as an insert.  I added a peeloff greeting to this.

What I Used
  • 1 x Adorable Scoreable Cardstock
  • A4 Sheets of light grey, 2 mid grey, and black cardstock
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 Sheets A4 100gsm Paper
  • 2 topper sheets from 2 different Hunkydory books
  • Scoreboard
  • Paper Cutter
  • Peeloff Greetings
Two Finished Cards

1st card

Outside of second card

Inside of 2nd card.

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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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2 Simple Birthday Cards

2 Simple Welsh Birthday Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before). Thank you vor coming to have a look at this post on my blog.

Life

In my post on the 30th of Hanuary I told you that I’d had another infection in my damaged leg and had to start my emergency antibiotics.  Well it turned out to be two infections.

By the time I’d taken 10 days of my 14 days of emergency antibiotics my leg was practically back to normal, and days 11, 12, and morning of day 13 it was cool, no red, and felt fine, though I still kept takeing the antibiotics of course.

Unfortunately, the afternoon of day 13 I woke from my afternoon rest to find my leg back a brighter shade of red and temperature back up again.  So as soon as I finished the antibiotics I had to have the dotor out.  By this time I had pain in my sinuses on the right side and whooshing in my ear as well.

The doctor said that a leg infection like I’d got could be caused by more than one bacteria (well I already knew that), and he reconed that the antibiotics I’d taken worked well on one type I had, but that the second type I had wasn’t killed by the same antibiotics and had therefore grown like mad as soon as the emergency antibiotics had killed off the first type of bacteria.

So another prescription for a fortnight of another type of antibiotics.  After a week my leg looks its normal, miss-shaped, colour, and not hot, but sinuses still not cleared, but I’m carying on with second antibiotics and hope they work before they finish. Just praying that the cause of the sinus problem is not another bacteria that isn’t killed off by either antibiotics I’ve been given.

So lots more rest, but I have fitted in a little crafting, even if it’s taking me days to do a simple project.

Crafting

3 of my nephews have their birthdays in February. That, of course, means that I need to make birthday cards to give them – one from my mother and one from myself to each of them.

And being farm boys they wouldn’t appreciate fancy or flowery, so I’ve gone for animals as topper images, and kept the cards quite flat.

Today’s post is showing the two cards given to the one who had his birthday first this month.

What I Did

I took two sheets of cardstock, scored and folded them in half.

I then took another sheet of cardstock and stuck my chosen elephant topper sheet onto it before cutting it to leave a border.  This was stuck to the front of my prepared card base.  I cut a strip of the same cardstock I’d used as a mat behind the topper and stuck this down the front of the card as well.

I folded and trimmed paper and stuck it inside the card before adding a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” (which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”) on the outside and inside of the card.

For the second card I used a sheet from a square Hunkydory pack and trimmed both sides off to make a rectangular topper.  The sheet had a patterned background on the other side so I cut the bits I’d trimmed off to make little paper ribbon embelishements for the card front.

I again matted the image onto a piece of cardstock before I stuck the pieces onto the card front and added insert and greetings.

What I Used
  • Adorable Scoreable Cardstock – 3 colours
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 Sheets A4 100gsm Paper
  • 2 topper sheets from 2 different Hunkydory books
  • Scoreboard
  • Paper Cutter
  • Peeloff Greetings.
Two Finished Cards

2 angles of 1st card.

2 angles of 2nd card.

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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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Decorating Mugs

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Decorating Mugs

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For our work in Sunday School for the year 2019-2020 the boys have designed a new logo.  This will go on several on-going items we are working on, such as a board game, puzzle book, etc., all with Biblical themes.

I also decided it would be nice if we used the same logo to decorate individual mugs for us for Sunday School.  And at the same time allow the boys to decorate some other mugs with whatever the wanted.

It is a bit of a learning curve to get the design onto the mugs, and I’m sure that with time and more practice we will get better at it.  But we now have the first ones ready to be used – not sure how long the design will stay on the outside, but the mugs will still be useable if the designs come off.

What I Did

We started by taking a copy each of the Sunday School Logo into Publisher and having a play at makeing a design unique to each of us.  For one of the boys personal designs he decided to use the same starburst background as we’d used for the Sunday School logo, but to put on the name of the boys YouTube channel “George Boys”.  The other nephew decided he wanted Fergerson tractors on his mugs and chose two photos to use.  We fitted four designs onto an A4 working area.

These were printed out on an inkjet printer and allowed to air dry.

The A4 sheet was then cut into the individual designs before spraying over with a clear varnish.

Once this was completely dry we double checked that the design would fit top to bottom on the mug and where around the mug each of us wanted our designs to go.  I chose the opposite side to where I usually drink from.

In turn we put our design into a tray of water and waited for it to soak through.  The mug was also dunked into the water.

We had a few trial and error and completely messed up tries before we got ones that we went with.  Not fantastic – but the work of me and the boys so obviously not looking as if they were shop bought or profesionally printed.

The piece with the design on was then placed where we wanted it to go on the mug.  We found that we had to firstly gently apply pressure to the leading edge to pull it off the edge of the backing paper onto the mug.  Gor this reason having a blank cm of area before the design started proved to be the best way to go.  Then we went to the other side and gently pushed the design to give us a small clear edge on the backing paper to grab onto.  To prevent the thin layer with the design pulling and stretching as we slid out the backing paper we found that using a sheet of backing from one of our messed up tries, putting it in the water first and then laying it flat over the design and applying gentle pressure to hold it there, without preventing the sliding of the backing out worked best.  We had tried using just fingers to hold but found that stretching and tareing or wrinkling up was far more likely to occur.

Once we had slid out the backing paper we smoothed over the design as much as possible to get out bubbles of air or water and flatten any wrinkes that would be flattened.  The mugs were then left to air dry over night.

The following day the mugs were put on a sheet of foil on a tray and put into a cold oven.  The oven was turned on at around 110 degrees centigrade and left to come up to temperature.  Once the light indicated that the temperature had been reached we left them at this temperature for around 15 to 20 minutes before turning the oven off and leaving them cool naturally.

What I Used
Finished Cups

The first ones were not fantastic, but we got better at sliding the image over at each try, and the final ones were much better than the first ones, although a bit more practice is needed to get them perfect.

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Although I am very much on a go slow at the moment, due to having two different infections in my damaged leg within a couple of days of each other and being on antibiotics for a month, I do have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment which I am working on slowly, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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2020 Calendar – February

February Calendar Page

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It’s the start of a new month so time to show you what I’ve put on the February page on my mother’s calendar.  You can see what I put on the January page – here.

This month she wanted me to surprise her.

I was thinking of a dimensional page with lots of flowers, but I realised that, if I put dimensional flowers on the February page, as soon as I flipped it over for March I would have a big problem with the calendar being pushed out and not lieing nearly flat.

So I came up with a plan of action – put a sheet of metal behind the page, and glue magnets to each flower.  The flowers should stay on the page throughout the month, but at the end of the month the flowers could be pulled off, added to another project, and the page would turn over flat behind the calendar.  (I had thought of using a magnetic sheet behind the top layer as a mat, but didn’t have magnets strong enough for this.)

What I Did

I started by stamping the Butterfly Dancer in brown ink.  I then used a makeup applicator to put ink though the sunburst stencil around the stamped image.  I sprayed a blue ink lightly over the whole page before using another ink through the raindrop stencil in random areas over the background.

After the panel had dried it was stuck to the front of the february page of the calendar and a metal plate sheet was stuck to the back of the page.

I cut strips of green cardstock and stuck them around the panel as a frame before printing out and attaching a panel that said Mis Chwefror (Welsh for February).

I then chose some faux foliage and flowers and attached small magnets to them, some with superglue, and some with glue gel when superglue refused to work.

Once the glue had dried the embelishments were put onto the calendar until Mam was happy with how they looked.  Of course, she can move them around as she wants during the month.

What I Used
The Finished Page

This is what the page looks like before any of the elements on magnets were put on it.

And this is it with some flowers and greenery added.

And with embelishments moved around a bit.

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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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