Welsh Sympathy Card

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A Welsh Sympathy Card

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What I Did

I started by cutting some white stamping cardstock in half and putting strips of masking tape across it.

I then used some brushes to brush some ink onto the uncovered areas makeing it darker at the two sides.

I followed this by takeing the Artisan Design “Raindrops” stencil and inking through with grey ink.  The stencil and masking tape was then removed and the piece allowed to dry naturally, which didn’t take long.

I used Canvas to set up the wording “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch Gyda Chydymdeimlad” (Welsh for “Thinking About You With Sympathy“) as well as a feather image, before using my Scan’n’Cut and a foiling quill to foil these using black foil – I should have changed the size of the foiling quill tip I was using to get the wording crisper as I’d used a larger tip for a previous project and forgot to change it, but it is just about readable.

I then trimmed the inked and foiled sheet and took some grey alcohol markers,  I used these to colour the feather and to add a darker shaddow to the raindrops.

I finished off by matting and layering the topper onto black cardstock before scoreig and folding a sheet of super smooth cardstock and attaching my creation to the front.

A printed insert was put inside.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the finished card looks like

A different angled look at the card.

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I have more of the cards I made to give packs to friends and family to show you, so keep an eye out for those over the next week or so.  I also have a small number of other projects on the go, but I don’t know how long those will take me to finish and blog about.

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Cards As Gifts – C

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Cards As Gifts – 3rd Batch

As I said in my 1st post of these series – here – I can’t do anything much to help anybody during this COVID-19 pandemic, but I did decide to help out a few friends and family members by makeing some cards and sending random ones a small pack of cards so that they had something in the house to send to people while they could not go out to shop for cards or go and visit people in person to give them birthday good wishes.

I also explained why I chose the theme I did for the cards I’m gifting.

You can see previous posts in this series of Cards As Gifts by following these links – 1st Batch; 2nd Batch.

What I Did

Have a look at my previous post – here – if you’ve not already read about what I did to create the cards.

What I Used
Finished Piece

These are not in batches as they were sent out, just as they were made and photographed.

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An A4 sized card, very similar to one I showed previously but with greeting in different place.

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I used a plain, white, base card and put on a foiled, wrap around, acetate, before sticking the topper on.  Acetate is attached behind the topper.

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Slightly different angle to try and show that the frame is lifted up a bit using foam tape.

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One of the special “concept” cards from the collection.

Hopefully by now some of the packets of cards will have arrived with those that have been chosen to receive them.

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Cards As Gifts – B

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Cards As Gifts – 2nd Batch

As I said in my last post – here – I can’t do anything much to help anybody during this COVID-19 pandemic, but I did decide to help out a few friends and family members by makeing some cards and then sending them to a few so that they had something in the house to send to people while they could not go out to shop for cards or go and visit people in person to give them birthday good wishes.

I also explained why I chose the theme I did for the cards I’m gifting.

What I Did

Have a look at my previous post – here – if you’ve not already read about what I did to create the cards.

What I Used
Finished Cards

These are not in batches as they will be sent out, just as they were made and photographed.

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A Z fold card with two photos taken when it was opened a different amount

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One of the concept cards in the collection.  For this one I haven’t stuck on any greeting panel.

The back of these special cards have a panel where a greeting can be written.

This is the simple insert that’s inside the Welsh cards.  The English ones have greetings from the collection stuck inside on the insert as well.

The cards have now started to be delivered.

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Cards As Gifts – A

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Cards As Gifts – 1st Batch

If you have visited before you may well have already realised that I have health and disability issues that mean I can’t do a lot.  Various types of crafting is something I can do.

As there is no way I can volunteer to do anything for anybody during this COVID-19 pandemic, like many are doing in my local town and around the country, I was looking for some small way I could do something that would perhaps help somebody.

Crafting is the only thing I could turn to.

I realised that, with lots of family and friends being tied to their homes, and even those who can venture out only being allowed to do so for a few very specific purposes, there may be a lot of instances where they couldn’t get out to choose birthday cards to send to loved ones that they couldn’t go and visit in person.

So I decided to make a batch of cards to send half a dozen or so as a R.A.K. (Random Act of Kindness) to an assortment of friends and family members. No way I could make batches for everybody I knew, so I decided to just go down my Christmas card list and pick people at random to get a pack.

Having decided to make cards I had to decide what type to do, bareing in mind I wanted to make lots quite quickly.  I had no idea to what sort of person, with what sorts of likes, my chosen recipients would want to send them to.  So I didn’t want to be hunting out different things to make an assortment of floral, and assortment of cute, an assortment of children’s cards, etc.

Looking around at what was available – I had already ordered the Hunkydory Safari collection.  I figured that African animals were a pretty safe choice for male and female, young and old, final recipients.  So that’s what I decided to work with.

What I Did

I took the whole collection and started off by opening the lot and looking at the images I had to work with.

There were items to make 4 concept cards – stepper cards with printed acetate “tent” to go over the stepper, so I decided to start by makeing those up more or less as intended, using the ultra tacky tape because acetate can come loose from other types of tape.  I did leave off the greeting on some of them as it would give the recipient more of a choice on what to use them for.

After that I started makeing up some of the cards by simply scoreing the supplied printed background cardstock and folding them in half to make a base card and simply adding a topper from the collection using either fingerlift of foam tape to attach either flat or raised.

After makeing a few of those I started using some of the included Adorable Scoreable cardstock of different colours to score and make the base cards, using toppers directly onto these or cutting up a printed background cardstock to use as a mat or a topper in its own right.

Then I started using different sheets from the stamping pad and the little book as well.

I’ve put plain inserts in the cards that I’d printed “Penblwydd Hapus Iawn” onto (Welsh for “A Very Happy Birthday” – I thought there should have been inserts in the collection but none arrived so I’ll have to chase those up.

For some of the cards I used English greetings panels from within the collection, but, as I know that many of my friends and family like to send out Welsh cards, I created my own little greetings banners in Welsh using my Scan’n’Cut and Foiling Quill.  For these I used an off white perlescent paper and some brown foil.  The font chosen has a distressed look.  I also made some just printed onto the same perlescent paper.

I finished up by stamping my details onto the back of the cards.  I had the stamp made by the Dreamees when you could have them make up a stamp with your details or just about anything you wanted onto.  I did the mistake of stamping the first few using a stamp block and had a bit of a mess, which is when I remembered why I’d bought a stamping platform in the first place, and after that the lot came out clearly.

I’ve made quite a few cards by now so I’ll put them up in my blog to show you in random batches of around half a dozen.  It will take quite a few posts to go through them all so keep coming back to have a look regularly.

What I Used
Finished Piece

These are not in batches as they will be sent out, just as they were made and photographed.

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This was such a nice background cardstock I just trimmed a little off the edge and put it on the front of an A4 sized large card.  There’s another one that’s similar, bar the placement of the greeting, somewhere in the batches that will appear in another post.

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Acetate overlay on this card under topper.  Accetate came as part of the kit.

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One of the four special cards in the collection.

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Back of card

I’ve now started packing up the cards, some for dropping off on local friends and family member’s doorsteps, and some for pre-stamping and putting in the post.  I won’t be able to do this myself, and I don’t want anybody to have to queue to weigh and get stamps at the Post Office till, so they will have to be small batches.

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Welsh Birthday Card

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A Welsh Birthday Card

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You can just scroll past the first secion if you don’t feel like reading of my life and thoughts.  The card I made is towards the bottom of this post.

Life

I am praying, hopeing and keeping my fingers crossed that the infection in my damaged leg is finally gone.  It’s been just over a fortnight since it last flushed up red or had uneven, hot, patches.  So now, rather than full dose antibiotics I’ve been changed to a lower dose to try and keep the infection away, for inside of my leg to have a chance to heal and the swelling to reduce a bit.  Of course, it’s not all good – the three months of antibiotics have left me with oral thrush, so I’m now having to take something else to try and clear that, as my mouth is very sore.

But things could be a whole lot worse, as it is for many.

I can’t help thinking of all those who are suffering during this COVID-19 pandemic – not just those who’ve actually caught it so far, as well as those that are likely to catch it before it is eradicated (which is likely to take a very long time), but also those who have lost friends and relatives to this virus, as well as other things, but can’t just go and visit those who’ve lost nearest and dearest, who might not be included in the immediate family who can go to the funeral as part of the grieving process.

It’s a strange time we are living in.  And with so many still not really takeing the bit about staying at home – as in staying in the home live in (not a holiday home they go to a few weeks a year or friends or family members homes), or social distancing (as in keeping the required distance apart and not congregating in groups), I fear that we are in for a lot more instances of people catching the virus and a lot more people dieing from it.

With Mam having the letter to stay in and isolate for 12 weeks we are only having carers inside the house.

They now have masks and shields to go with the aprons and gloves they have always warn. Mam and I couldn’t mannage without them.  The ladies of Gofal Cymru are the best! I know at least two of them have moved out of their families homes to stay elsewhere.

While I am very down on idiots who’ve traveled down to Wales to their holiday cottages/second homes, many owners are staying away and have offered their properties for front line workers to stay in so that these workers can continue working while their families are isolating and trying to stay safe. So not all second home owners are selfish idiots.  and neither are all the people who are seen out and about more than once a day either.  there are a whole lot of volunteers around this area, and many other areas, who are putting the needs of others first, shopping for them, fetching medications for them’ from miles away if needed. I havent had to call on our local volunteers yet, but it’s nice to know that they are there if I do need them.

With Mam having had the letter we are having an emergency pack of food, toilet paper, etc., organised by the county.  It is helpful, as I haven’t been able to book my usual every Saturday morning Tesco slots, (even after being in touch with Tesco and getting it on their system that Mam has had the Chief Medical Officer of Wales’ letter,) but the things supplied are a bit lacking in things like eggs, butter or other spread to put on bread, washing up liquid, laudry powder, etc., while the first box Mam was sent contained a 3Kg pack of pasta.  Now I struggled to lift it – I am seriously weak after the last 3 months of illness – so if other people who were frail and elderly had the same type of box, as was dropped off here, I can’t help thinking that there will be a lot of frail people who are on lockdown who will be struggling.  At least with having the emergency pack dropped off, I can use what Tesco slots I do manage to get to order enough of the things that are lacking to keep us going the few weeks until the next Tesco delivery slot I’ve managed to get.  And our usual meat delivery company, Aeron Bacon, have rang to say that they will still be delivering next week, so we will be OK for fresh meat to drop in the freezer.

Mind you, we won’t be needing joints of meat as the family are not able to come over for Sunday lunch as they usually do.  It is so odd not having the nephews in and out of here.

I am sure that you are all finding different things odd in your lives at the moment, but please do stay safe and healthy.

Crafting

When I did the April page for my mother’s calendar I decided to work on a few other things using inks and stencils.  I’d watched Pete Simpson of Artisan Design UK demonstrate makeing a card on a Facebook Live, towards the end of last month, where he was using some sort of masking tape to cover stripes on his topper before doing inking, stenciling, etc., and I thought I’d take inspriation from this to work on a card of my own.  You can see his finished card – here.

What I Did

I started by takeing a piece of A5 Stamping cardstock and stuck down some strips of masking tape across the front.

I then used brushes to lay down some yellow, light and darker orange coloured inks over the uncovered areas.

I used the darker and mid tone inks to lay down lots of circular dots over the area using a stencil and them removed the masking tape strips.

After this I took a “sun” stencil, and using a brush again I put a sun in the top right of the piece of cardstock, adding extra yellow in a haze around the centre.

I then set out a greeting and two designs from the Canvas work area and transfered them to my Scan’n’Cut.  Once the inked cardstock was dry I put it on my Scan’n’Cut mat – towards the middle so that I’d have space to attach the foil afterwords.  I did a background scan of the mat to get the positioning right and dragged the items to be foiled into the desired location before sticking the foil over the top of the cardstock and setting the machine to foil it.

Once the foiling was complete and the foil was removed I coloured in the rose and butterfly using alcohol markers, using colours that would overshaddow the spotted stripes behind them.

I then set about matting and layering the topper and sticking it to the front of a 10″ x 7″ base card.

What I Used
The Finished Card

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I do have a few other bits of crafting on the go – but it is a go slow – however you should see them appear on my blog at some point over the next few weeks.

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Mother’s Day Card

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A Mother’s Day Card

I was asked to make a mother’s day card at short notice for the boss of our carers.  Not large and blingy this time, just nice.  This is what I came up with.

What I Did

I started by using Canvas to lay out a suitable greeting and chose a rose image that is supplied with the software as well.

I set these to foil on my Scan’n’Cut while I set out an insert in Publisher and printed it.

I then coloured in the rose with alcohol markers before cutting it out.  I used a trimmer to cut out the greeting before rounding the corners with a punch and then matting it directly onto a maroon cardstock. This was cut to leave a border of around 1cm and again the corners were rounded.

I scored and folded in half a sheet of red cardstock before I attached the matted topper using foam tape.

I then placed several corner foiled stickers (may be old Glitter Girls ones, I’m not sure as I’ve had the pack for years) in the card corners and top and bottom of the matted greeting.

I stuck on the rose to go over the edge of the matted greeting and onto the base card using glue.

What I Used
  • A4 Adorable Scoreable Cardstock – Red and Maroon
  • Scoreboard
  • Corner Punch
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scan’n’Cut
  • Brother Canvas
  • We’R’Memory Keepers Foiling Quill
  • Heat Activated Foil
  • A4 sheet of Perlescent Paper
  • A4 sheet of White Paper
  • MS Publisher
  • Scissors
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Foam Tape
  • Corner Foiled Peeloffs
  • Hunkydory Alcohol Markers
  • Bookbinding Glue
Finished Card

Here’s the finished card photographed from several angles.

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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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My Mixed Media

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My Mixed Media

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What I Did

I started by collecting a few things together from the “canvas” I inteded to work on to varous other consumables and tools.

The first thing I did was spritz the canvas with water and sprinkle on an assortment of Explosion Powders at random.  I then spritzed it a bit more until I had some areas with barely any colour and some with thicker spats of the Explosion Powders.

While the canvas was drying I did the same on an A4 sheet of cardstock.  This was also left to dry.

I took a stencil with geometric shapes and using my finger I put through some of the Nuvo Mouse in three random places on the canvas.

I put the sun stencil on the centre of the A4 sheet and added the Nuvo Mouse through that with my finger as well.  Once this was dry I cut it out leaving a boundry of around a centimeter all around, cut it in half, and cut into the side to make tabs that I folded over.

I took a couple of stamps of leafy sprigs and stamped them down the right hand side of the canvas using a dark green ink pad and then picked up some lighter green ink from a pad using a brush to paint over the leaves and blend in the background already on there a bit.

I’d somehow managed to damage one of the half suns, but on the better one I made sure that all the tabs were bent in at the edge of each “sun ray” and put glue on them.  I positioned it on the canvas where I wanted it, putting the centre bottom in place first.  I then brought the sides in a bit before pressing them down so that the centre of the shape at the top came off the canvas forming a sort of pocket.  I used a point of a scissors placed inside the pocket to press each tab down firmly for the glue to grip.  I used a light touch of a fingertip to add a little metalic paint to the raised areas on the pocket.

I made up a batch of white Forever Flowerz roses.  I used three different metalic ink pads and several different colours of Dinky Inkies to brush over all but one of the roses to tint them to different colours.

With some sprigs of Forever Flowers foliage I firstly used a finger to brush on a thin layer of metalic paint and then chose one of the Explosion powders and brushed on a little bit of that using a makeup brush.

I used glue gel to attach first the foliage and then the flowers to the canvas front, placing them above the pocket and cutting off a bit of the plastic “stem” to make some go flatter to the canvas.

And that was it, finished – OK, it did take me three or four days!  I love seeing other people’s Mixed Media pieces, and am very impressed with a lot of them, but I don’t like getting super messy or laying on a lot of layers when I create things like this.  That’s the beauty of Mixed Media – everybody can mix up their media and create whatever they want to, from large sculpture to a small panel of artwork, and anything in between.

What I Used
Finished Piece

This is what it looks like in the end.

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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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100th Birthday Card

100th  Birthday Card

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One of the other clients of the carers we have was celabrating her 100th birthday and the boss asked me to make her a card to send (don’t know who or any more details than that as the carers are always very proffesional and don’t talk about other client’s details) – I guess I might find out if the 100th birthday gets mentioned in the Tivy Side.

What I Did

I scored and folded in half a sheet of pink cardstock to make the base card. I used a corner rounder punch to round the bottom corners of the card.

I set up the greeting in the Canvas workspace and foiled it onto pearlescent paper using my Scan’N’Cut.

The foiled greeting was then trimed and the corners rounded before being stuck to pink cardstock, trimmed to leave a border and again the corners rounded.

I cut a rectangle of blue cardstock at a size that would leave a border of around 1cm all round from the size of the matted greeting.  I again rounded the corners of this layer.

The layer was stuck directly to the card front and then the matted greeting was stuck to the blue mat using foam tape.

I took a flower punch and punched out a lot of flowers from pink vellum.  These were slightly shaped and then stuck two togetherf so that the petals were interspaced.  Once the two layers had dried I stuck the flowers in a random pattern around the left, bottom, corner of the card.  I finished off by putting dots of green Nuvo drops in each flower centre and drops of pink Nuvo drops in between the flowers.

What I Used
Finished Card

Several different angled photos of card to try andshow the detail and the foiled greeting.

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My current bad health issues, on top of my usual health problems, mean that I haven’t been crafting as much as usual lately, but I do have a small number of projects on the go.  You should find some more posts about these makes popping up here on my blog before the end of the month.

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A Welsh Mother’s Day Card

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Carden Sul Y Mamau – A Welsh Mother’s Day Card

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What I Did

I started by using Brother Canvas to lay out a greeting as I wanted it – Sul Y Mammau Hapus – which is Welsh for Happy Mothering Sunday.

I used my Scan’n’Cut, We’R’Memory Keepers foiling quil, and blue foil to get the greeting foiled onto paper.  The first line is solid foiled whereas the other lines are just outline foiled so that I could colour them in.  Blue is my mother’s favorite colour so I had to work in shades of blue.

I scored and folded a sheet of blue cardstock that was pre-foiled with swirls to make my base card.  I cut out the foiled greeting, coloured in the letters and trimmed it to a panel the size I wanted before rounding the corners.  This was matted onto a dark blue sheet of cardstock, again trimming and rounding the corners.

I did a larger layer of a mid blue that was a littke smaller than the main card front and stuck this down before adding the matted greeting.

I punched flowers out of two shades of blue cardstock, shaped them a bit and stuck them in a cluster round the bottom left of the card before adding a tiny bit of Nuvo drops to the centre and then leaving it dry.

For the insert I laid out the wording I wanted in MS Publisher and printed it out onto plain white paper.  I then used two stamps I received in Holley’s Cellabration giveaway to stamp on the world globe and stand – the wording is Welsh for “Tho the best mother in the whole round world”.

What I Used

Brother Canvas

  • Scan’n’Cut
  • We’R’Memory Keepers foiling quill
  • Foiled swirl blue base card – I think it might be Hunkydory
  • Plain paper for insert
  • Pearlescent paper for outside greeting
  • Alcohol Marker – blue
  • Three different shades of blue cardstock
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoreboard
  • Flower punch
  • Tonic nuvo drops
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Bookbinding glue
The Finished Card

Several slightly different angled photos as I was trying to show the foiling, though it doesn’t appear very shiny in the photos.

And the insert

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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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2020 Calendar – April

April Calendar Page & Life

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It’s the start of a new month and time for another calendar page to be decorated, so …

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through.  The photos of the calendar are right near the end.

Life

I’d like to say that March has been better for me, health wise, than February was – but no!

Unfortunately, with just one dose left of the oral antibiotics I was on after coming out of hospital, in the space of a couple of hours my temperature spiked to higher than it had been the previous time, I could barely move, was wretching, vometing and not totally with it.  So Mam had to call for an ambulance for me again and back to hospital I went.

They were thinking septicemia, but it hadn’t got quite that far thank heavens.  I do remember sitting in a wheelchair in a side ward of A&E and seeing two drips going into my arm – from what was said afterwords I think it was paracetamol in one and fluids in the other, but I’m not sure.  Couldn’t get blod so easily this time, I do remember that.  After sitting most of the night, until 9am, in a wheelchair in A&E I was moved to a recliner chair in a day ward in the CDU – but the recliner didn’t work – which meant I was sitting upright from when I was collected from home in an ambulance around midnight to 5pm – when they got me a bed in the stroke ward.  I was not so good when they finaly got me into bed – a whole night with no sleep, and that length of time sitting in a chair without having my damaged and infected leg elevated (which is what I’m suppose to do for a good portion of the day even without an infection in it) meant my spine and hip were in agony and my leg was very swolen and very red.

I did sleep that night, but it was a very disturbed and intermittent sleep according to my fitbit – which doesn’t surprise me.

It took them a couple more days to organise for an ART (Acute Response Team) nurse to come out to my home on a daily basis to give me an intravenous antibiotic drip.  Between the 3 days in hospital followed by nurse visits at home I was on having an intravenous antibiotic drip for 14 days.  Then the doctor decided to change it to oral antibiotics again – which worries me slightly as I was prescribed the second type I had way back in February that didn’t clear the infection back then, and I know I’m still not right.  Been on them for a week now, and I have spoken to a Nurse Practitioner at the doctors surgery who said that one of the nurses would be out to take another sample of blood to see whether I’m showing signs of improvement or getting worse since a sample was taken a week Monday – it is Wednesday night as I’m begining to wirte this and no sign of anybody to take blood yet. And Mam isn’t well either and is on antibiotics and the Nurse Practitioner said that she’d have a blood test to see whether her infection is showing signs of clearing as well.

So I’m praying very hard at the moment that Mam’s chest infection and my leg infection clear up with the latest antibiotics, and that neither of us get the dreaded COVID-19.

Other than our carers and nurses nobody has been into our house for over a fortnight as the doctor told us, when he was out to see Mam just after I got out of hospital, that with our bad immune systems and ongoing health issues we had to isolate ourselves in our house.  I did tell him that complete isolation was impossible as the ART nurses were comming in at that time as well as neither Mam nor I being in any fit state to manage without our carers, which he realised was something that had to continue.

But we’ve had to stop everybody else coming into the house – no immediate family, including the two nephews that seemed to spend half their time here prior to the lockdown going online doing homework, and video editing and playing on the computers; no cleaner; no wider family or friends.  And of course – no leaving the property for us, which isn’t that big a deal as Mam is mostly bedbound and doesn’t go out, and with my leg infection on top of my usuals I haven’t been out a whole lot (other than to drive a nephew home once and twice to the hospital in an ambulance) this year.

So that’s been my month.

How has March been for all of you who are reading this blog? Worrying no doubt.  Pretty much everywhere in the world is settling in for a stay indoors unless they are key workers as far as I can tell.  I hope that you are all keeping well, and keeping occupied.

If you are already a crafter I bet that you will have a good stash of crafting consumables already, so you will have at least one hobby to keep you occupied, if you can do anything with the rest of your family around and under your feet.  Unless you are home alone of course.  If you are reading this then you obviously have an online connection, which I think will be the saving grace for many who find themselves stressed by the current situation.  Keeping connected with the world outside and family will be very important for keeping sane I think.

It goes without saying that those in the medical proffesion and those that support their work in hospitals and the community are working in difficult and dangerous times.  I find it shocking that there are medical staff dieing because they are contracting this virus when doing their day to day jobs, because proper procesures and adiquate protective equipment are not in place.  They all deserve a medal, including a postumous medal for those who have passed.

But I also think of everybody else who has to keep working.  Those who can’t just stop – farmers who keep the milk flowing, the eggs in our baskets, the fruit in our fruit bowls, the veg on our plates, etc., but also all those involved in the chain in getting those items from the farms to the packers, to the stores, and for us (so far as I’d pre-booked a couple of Tesco Delivery slots) getting them as far as the doorstep.

I’m actually rather annoyed to read that some people, who are admittedly following goverment guidelines to have one form of exercise outside and walk their pets, are using public footpaths that go through farms – I know that there’s a right of way on most of these footpaths, but that does mean on the footpath – not leaving dogs go loose and create havock in farmers fields where there be ewes lambing, or any other farm animal.  You may know that your dog would come back if you call it – but to a sheep, especially one who’s been subject to sheep worrying by a dog before, a dog in their field is a predator that is to be feared and causes stress and often a stampeed – not good if animals are just about to give birth.  Worse still if the dog isn’t quite as obedient as the owner thinks, and seeing running animals gives chase.  Farm animals collapse and some die this way.  And dogs can get shot this way as well.  I don’t think any farmer likes to have to take this extream measure, but if they are looseing sheep, either because of a direct attach, or because sheep are collapsing and dieying after being chased then the law does allow that a farmer ‘may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner’.

There are other reasons that I’m not too keen on the idea of people wondering around the countryside at this present time – one person doesn’t know how long ago another person has wondered through the same place, touching gates, styles, etc., on their way through, and the way I understand it, COVID-19 stays alive on hard surfaces, such as metal gates, for quite a while after contact transfers it there, so in all honesty, the next person through, could catch the dreaded virus.  With some of these paths going through farm yards, or close to them, the next person through could be the farmer who owns the farm, or any of his or her family, and if all who work the farm goes down with the virus who’s going to look after the stock then, who’s going to milk the cows, tend the sheep, etc. Get the food from the farm to the supermarket or local shop.  Not the person who thought a nice walk in the country would be a good idea and spread the virus I bet.

Crafting

I have done very little crafting this month but have tried to do a little.  Having a canula in my arm inside the elbow meant not bending the arm a lot, and I had to have it taken out and another put in the other arm before the end of the fortnight, so most crafting was impossible.  I did manage to, one handedly, write up a few blog posts about crafting I’d done previously, such as orders for cards that I couldn’t put up pictures of until they were handed over in any case, but those took some time to do as I find it very frustrating to work one handedly on a keyboard when I’m a touch typist.  But once I could use both arms again I did start doing a few bits, including planning the April page for my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! and March page – Here!

What I Did

You can see what I put on the February page – Here! if you want to find out what I did. And if you haven’t already seen it, you can see what I put on the January page – here.

My mother wanted something different this month, so rather than go searching far and wide through my stash I decided to use what was out and what was closest to hand.  As I’ve not long finished my Inky-Wizz and putting a lot of my inks in it, I still had that out on the kitchen table, so my first thing to use was my ink pads.  I also still had a sheet of stamping cardstock out as I’d used some to make the labels on the side of my ink pads.  I’d started sorting out a couple of my crafting totes and so had one tote with lots of stencils in and a drawer with makeup brushes.

So basically, what I did was dip a bit randomly into my tote of stencils and picked out an assortment.  I got raindrops, trees, sun, inkspots, aftrican outline and animals, spots.  So off I went to create a picture using something from all those random stencils and inks, using makeup brushes to apply to white cardstock to build up a picture.

And before you start getting critical – I am not an artist, it isn’t the best creation every made, but it has created something that’s different from the die-cut image I put together for the March page.

I then finished off by drawing around the page with an alcohol marker to frame it a little before sticking it to the April page on the calendar and adding the title “Mis Ebrill” which is Welsh for April.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
  • 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • 1 sheet Stamping Cardstock
  • Assortment of Stencils – inc. Artisan Design UK “Raindrop” stencil, sun, tree, giraffes, spots, inkspots.
  • Assortment of Dreamies Dinky Inkies
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Purple Alcohol Marker
  • Fingerlift Tape
The Finished Page

Mam is quite happy with what I managed to put together using ink, brushes and a random selection of stencils.  This is what it looks like.

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

Just the A4 sheet I inked and used stencils to create.

Closeup of one area.

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I had been working on several cards over the period I wasn’t so good prior to getting rushed to hospital, I need to finish off the blog posts on them when I’m feeling a bit stronger, so keep an eye out for those – they include some more fancy ones that were made on for an order.

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