90th Birthday Card

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Welsh 90th Birthday Card

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As I said in my last post – one of the deacons in our chapel had phoned me to let me know that one of our chapel members, who taught the Sunday School before me, was having her birthday last week.  I only had a couple of days notice, so not a lot of time to think about what to do.

As luck would have it, a person who use to live opposite us had phoned the same afternoon and said that she had a box of old cards for me to recycle if I wanted them.  Of course I wanted them.  I love seeing how I can give a second life to cards.  She dropped the box off in our side passage before the end of the day.  I started flicking through them for a look and the minute I saw one card it just jumped out at me and I knew it would make a great 90th birthday cellabration card.

So out with my trimmer, etc., and off I went …

What I Did

I started by scoreing and trimming the large sheet of textured cardstock to create an 8″ square card.

I then trimmed the card front from the old card I was recycling.  This was attached to a sheet of dark red cardstock using fingerlift tape and trimmed to leave a narrow border.

I then trimmed a 7″ square from a lighter red, glitter, cardstock from the same pack.  I used foam tape to attach the glitter mat to the card front and then to attach the matted topper on top of that.

I used foam tape again to attach the greeting banner over where the greeting was on the recycled topper.

I then added a 90 peeloff.

I finished by printing a greeting on a sheet of paper, trimming it, and attaching it inside the card.

What I Used
The Finished Card

Front View

Different angled looks at the same card. Hope you can see the dimension created by using 3mm deep foam tape between some of the matting and layering.

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I think it will be back to showing you Christmas cards for my next blog post, so keep an eye out for that as I have several more ready to show you and lots more to complete and photograph.

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90th Birthday Gift

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90th Birthday Gift

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

Early last week one of the deacons from our chapel phoned me to let me know that one of our members was having her 90th birthday – in a couple of days time!

So time to quickly get my thinking cap on and decide on something to make her as a gift.

As it happened I’d recently topped up my supply of Forever Flowerz making items, including getting the “wall” pieces.  And I decided to cut a piece to put in a frame and make up a framed panel of flowers.

What I Did

I started by removing the glass from the frame and using the back board to cut the flower attaching grid to the same size.

After checking that it fit properly and that the back would re-close in place I used dabs of hot glue behind the grid to hold it to the backboard of the picture – I didn’t want everything to come out of the frame.

I chose a few pieces of Forever Flowerz Foliage for putting along the top and the four corners.

I then set to work to make up lots of “Chrysanthemums” flowers.

I had a pack of white petal layers as well as a larger pack of a mixture of different coloured layers.  It was then a case of spending a couple of evenings makeing up the flowers.

I knew I wanted to put 90 in white at the centre and frameing it with different colours, it was just a case of deciding on how to position the 90 and which colours I could use around the white 90.

As it happend I didn’t have enough layers to make up the red flowers, but did have some spare white ones from a previous kit, so after makeing up extra white flowers I used some red ink and a makeup application brush to turn some white flowers to an approximation of the red ones I had.

I don’t think I did too bad a job of it.

I mixed up the red Chrysanthemums I coloured with the ones made from red petal layers in the finished piece and I don’t think it is very obvious (other than perhaps one of the first one I tried that turned out a bit dark) which is which.

I pushed all the foliage and flowers onto the spikes of the wall mounting panel.

I shook the piece and nothing fell off so I decided that it wouldn’t be necessary to glue them in place.  This means that the recipient can change them around, or remove them and put them on wire stems into a vase in the future should she want to.

What I Used
Finished Item

This is what it looked like when finished.

Slightly different angles of finished piece.

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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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Christmas Cards – 001 to 006

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Christmas Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).  Thank you so much for poping over for a look, and a big thank you to those regular visitors who have left such kind comments on my various posts of late.  I realy do appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Well … I’ve officially started my Christmas Card Making!

Just a few at a time in small batches, but hopefully it will mean I’ll have ones ready to sell at the chapel, etc., in a couple of months time (assuming the COVID-19 virus is got under control and lockdown eases so that we can return to worship in the autumn).  I suppose I’ll have to try selling some online or over the phone to friends and family if the lockdown continues.

The first ones I’ve made have been quick and easy ones made using components from the latest Hunkydory Christmas Collection, and, as I was so late doing my cards last year and didn’t use up all my stash, I have quite a few bits added from last year’s Hunkydory Christmas Collection as well.  As the cards became all jumbled up when I was putting them into a storage box I’m not quite sure which year’s collection the cards I’ve got to show you in the first few posts have been made from.

What I Did

For this first batch of cards I simply went through the collection picking out matching background cardstock and inserts that went with the various die-cut toppers that were in the kit.

Each sheet of background cardstock was scored and folded in half.

I wanted to keep these first ones very simple, with very little dimension, so I only used glue, fingerlift tape, or 1mm deep foam tape to do the attaching of toppers and greetings banners where these were used.  This way I hope that all these cards will go through the Royal Mail on a Standard Letter stamp to save on postage.  I’ve got a “letter ruler” to check each card in it’s envelope so that I can be sure before I either post myself, or to tell anybody who buys the cards.  Peel-offs were used on some of the cards instead of banners.

I set up a greeting “Nadolig Llawen A Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (The Welsh equivelent of Merry Christmas and a Happy New year, though not a direct translation) in MS Publisher on my laptop.  This greeting was printed onto the matching inserts before they were trimmed a bit and stuck inside each card.

I then use my stamping platform to stamp my details on the back of each card.

Note – Although the We R Memory Keepers “The Works” bit of equipment has the ability to cut, score and stamp, when I’m batch makeing I don’t like swapping the plate up and down for scoreing and cutting, or adding the stamping platform every time I want to stamp the details, so I do use separate bits of equipment for each job.

What I Used
Finished Cards

I’ve decided to number the Christmas Cards I’m makeing this year in my blog posts, going on from one post to the next.  That way I’ll know exactly how many cards I’ll have made by the end.

001.

Outside

Inside

002.

Outside

Inside

003.

Outside

Inside

004.

Outside

Inside

005.

Outside

Inside

006.

Outside

Inside

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As well as many more Christmas cards made from Hunkydory cardmaking sheets I’ve also started working on other types of Christmas cards, including some decoupaged ones, so keep an eye out for a lot of Christmas card posts over the next few weeks.

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2020 Calendar – July

July 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 near the end.

Life

The year is half way through – how did that happen?!?

Mam’s had the letter to keep shielding until August, so nothing much has changed here.

I covered up and masked up to go out the garden with one of my nephews to supervise him trimming the bushes that had branches going over the front wall onto the pavement one day – shouldn’t have had the bright idea that I’d have a go with my trimmer while he was takeing some branches away in my pull along truck – I was in agony for a few days after that.

I’m slowly building my strength up after the months of leg infection, but I’m not going to manage to do much in the garden this year.  As I showed you in my last post, I have been picking a few Strawberries and Loganberries, and doing a bit of weeding in my herb pots, but not much else.

I will need to start picking the gooseberries before long though.

What I’ve mostly been working on, crafting wise, is starting on Christmas Card makeing.  I’ve managed to get two or three dozen done so far.  Those will be appearing on my blog over the next few weeks.

But in the meantime …

Crafting

Well, a new month means it’s time to show you how I decorated a new page on 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! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! and June page – Here!

What I Did

I started by trimming a sheet of white cardstock so that it would go onto the green cardstock leaving a border.  I used some makeup application brushes to put inks through two different stencils/masks to create the background.

After it was dry I attached the background to the green cardstock before attaching single layers of fabric flowers and some foliage using a hot glue gun.  I added some of the hot glue to the centre of the flowers as well.  I finished off by adding the butterflies and folding up their wings.  The wings can be folded back flat at the start of next month when the next page of the calendar is made.

The butterflies came with small magnets in the body so can be used as fridge magnets or decoration on any surface a magnet will attract too.  They also came with little squares of double sided sticky foam to attach them to other surfaces.  I’m thinking that it will be nice to use them on cards or gifts using the foam squares so that they can be removed and kept afterwords.

The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

What I Used
The Finished Page

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

A closer look.

And a couple of angled looks.

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As I’ve already said that I’ve started on my Christmas Card Makeing for 2020 – guess what I’ll have to show you on my next post!

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