Gwyneth

I live on the west coast of Wales, in the UK. I've been crafting in one form or another as a hobby for a long time, but since ill health and disabling conditions curtailed on the activities I can do and forced me into early retirement I've been doing more crafting. This blog is a record of the crafting I've been doing. I've found that, with some adaptations, there are crafts I can do even when confined to bed, such as making cards using die-cut elements. In addition to the cards that I make for uploading to CUP, I've also made bilingual wedding stationary for family members and lots of other different types of card, some of which can be seen on my website. In this blog I'll try to note how easy or difficult any particular card has been to make. In addition to making cards I make some bits of jewellery (when my hands allow) and knitting. I use to knit with needles and make everything from cabled patterns to socks, but I can no longer hold up and manipulate needles, so I've swapped to knitting on looms/knitting boards the last couple of years and am having fun trying out lots of new yarns to get different effects as oppose to complicated paterns.

More Air Clay Flowers

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 222019
 

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More Air Dry Clay Assorted Flowers

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

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

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

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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65th Wedding Anniversary

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jun 082019
 

65th Wedding Anniversary Card

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

While I have made a 60th Wedding Anniversary card in the past, I had never been asked for a 65th one before, and neither myself or the person who ordered it knew what the theme for a 65th Wedding Anniversary was.  So out came my tablet, and a quick search brought up the answer – Blue Sapphire.

Trying to get everything I wanted to use on the card as one shade of blue wasn’t going to happen, so I decided to make the card using several shades of blue, throwing in some blue sticky back gems to finish it off.

What I Used

(Some of the items I’ve used I can no longer find for sale either where I got them originally or in other online stores I use.)

What I Did

I coloured the flower at the centre of the Kanban sheet in shades of blue using Chameleon Pens.  I then used my die cutting machine to cut out the various elements and frames from the sheet as well as using the dies to cut mats in various shades of blue to go behind the lacey framing layers.

I scored the A3 sheet of cardstock at 8″, folded it over, and scored again at 8″ from the fold.

I cut the sheet at the second score line and also squared off the card at 8″.

I used MS Publisher to position the required wording for the front in my chosen position for the card front centre and also the wording for the insert.  These were printed off on the relevant sheet, again in a blue tone of lettering.  I used the Cutterpiller to trim the insert to the required size and one of the Kanban dies to cut the card front square.

I then used clear foam tape and squares, as well as finger-lift tape, to build up the matting and layerin for the front of the card, making some layers flush and some layers raised.

The insert has a half inch folded over edge that is stuck down inside the back of the card so the insert itself can have an extra message written on the back of it as well if the person who ordered it wants.

Finished Card And Insert

This is the insert – The Welsh greeting translates as “65 Years Of Married Live – Happy Wedding Anniversary Cellabration”.

This is the front of the card from more or less above – had to take the photo from slightly off straight because of the flare from the coloured flowers and the foil.  Very difficult to get photos of something with holographic foiling all over without just getting streakes of white-out areas.
The card just twinkles from the foiling and sticky back gems when moved in the light.

Penblwydd Priodas Hapus simply means Happy Wedding Anniversary.

A different angled look at the card.

Another couple of different angled looks at the card, trying to show that the layers are raised so the card has some dimension.

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I’m still working on several projects, including an order for some of the air dry clay flowers like I’ve shown previously.  I may introduce some colour to some, instead of just white flowers as well.

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June Calendar Page

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jun 062019
 

Thank you for coming over to have a look at June Calendar Page

My regular visitors will know that I buy a blank calendar from Papermill Direct every year and give it to my mother. Each month I do some sort of papercrafting to decorate the page, sometimes something my mother askes for and sometimes something different I’m working on.

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! and May page – here!

What I Did

I stamped the image out and then coloured it before trimming to the finished size.

I chose a background that I think worked with it as well as a couple of shades of blue cardstock.

These were all cut to size as mats and layers as well as a few decorative element strips to break up the background.

The largest, dark blue, sheet was A4 in size and then everything else trimmed to fit as needed.

I made the Welsh “Mis Mehefin” title in two tones of blue as well.

Everything was stuck flat for this page, using fingrlift tape.

I finished off by wiping the gold inkpad around the outside of the panel and also sticking on some sticky back faux gems.

What I Used
Photos Of The June Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar hanging up in Mam’s room.  I attached a plastic wallet at the begining of the year so that things like hospital appointment letters, etc., can be dropped in and we know exactly where they are when needed.

A closer look at the page for Mis Mehefin – June.

This was the panel I created – photo taken after I’d inked the edges, but before I stuck it to the calendar.

A closeup of the stamped image I coloured in.  The colours don’t look quite right on my screen when compared to the real thing, but everybody’s screens look slightly different, so I have it doesn’t look to bad to you.

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I will have a 65th wedding aniversary card card to show you in a couple of days time, so please do pop back to have a look at that.

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Double Scrapbook Layout

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May 312019
 

Garden Double Scrapbook Layout

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If you’ve caught up with me online, either on Facebook or on this blog, during the last few weeks you may have seen me mention that I had an infection in my jaw that necesitated two weeks of antibiotics and an extraction of a tooth.  This, as I’m sure you can imagine, made me feel pretty rotten, and not able to do much crafting or gardening.  Which of course means that, other than fruit bushes and trees, everything is far behind in the garden.

So today I’m going to combine both hobbies and show you a scrapbook double layout of how my garden looks now in the last week of May.  You can jump to the end if you just want to see the scrapbook layouts,

How I Made It

First I went out the garden and took lots of photos – I’m no great photographer, but this is a way to keep my ailing mother in touch with what is happening outside.  And these are some of what I got in the end.

Assortment of herbs in stacking planters.

Raised bed with one loan courgette plant and a home made cloche made from a 5l water bottle. This plant I bought to have a head start.  I have courgette, pumpkin and outdoor cucumber seeds sewn in pots at the moment h opeing for enough plants to fill this raised bed.

Raised bed with cut and come again lettice and nasturtiums.

There are some small, green, blackcurrents developing.

The gooseberries look more advanced.

And there are a huge amount of flowers on my thornless blackberries.

There are also a lot of flowers on my strawberries growing in my strawberry barrel.

With quite a few already set.

This is a little fig tree.  No figs yet.  I bought it as a small cutting a couple of years ago and I recon it needs at least one more year before it fruits.

This is a planter with trellis I bought this year and got one of my nephews to put together for me.  I have sewn some sweat pea seeds towards the back and night sented stock towards the front.

I have a hanging basket tree that four baskets hang from.  Three are planted up with Tubling Tom tomato plants in red and yellow, and one with a red begonia. The weather is still too rough for them to be hung out yet, so they are set in a sheltered location for another couple of weeks.

I am seriously behind with my potatoes.  My health/disability issues mean I can’t do digging and planting in the ground, so I grow an assortment of potatoes in sacks.  I go to my local friendly garden centre (Bronsbury Garden Centre) and ask for half a dozen each of a variety of seed potatoes, in a variety of colours, shapes, first earlies, main crop.  No point growing the standard types that can be bought cheaply in any supermarket, I like trying out different types, though by the time I got there this year the choice wasn’t as great as I usually find, but got several types I haven’t tried before, so it will be interesting to see how they do.  The plants that are already up are Jerusalem Artichokes.

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I resized, printed, cut out, and matted these onto white cardstock to frame the pictures.

I then took two 12″ square sheets of pale cream cardstock and created a background by stamping a fern all the way around using two shades of green ink.  I also inked on two creatures through a stencil.  I also put some re-inker ink into a spritzer bottle and sprayed through a leaf stencil to fill in a background to the two sheets of cardstock.

I then stamped out some floral stamps and coloured them in.

What I Used
What I Made

This is the two pages side by side.

And a look at the first page on its own.

And the second page.

And here we have a few closeups of some areas.

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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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Floral Wreath

 Posted by at 08:00 am
May 292019
 

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Floral Wreath

Having been in a lot of pain for a few weeks, because of an infection in my tooth/jaw, and being on antibiotics for a fortnight to try and clear it – which in itself is very draining – I am all behind with my gardening, and all behind with my crafting.

Now been back to the dentist again and she’s extracted the problem tooth, so only hope that the infection really is all gone from the jaw and it will be just a case of healing now.  Which all means that I haven’t had a lot to post on my blog, and haven’t finished the YouTube videos I’m working on either.  Hopefully I’ll be back on form within a couple of weeks.

But in the meantime I’ve been slowly makeing more roses from air drying paper clay.  And by slow I mean I’ve made 11 in the last couple of weeks, whereas I can usually make more in a couple of days.

I’ve used some of the roses I’ve made in the project I’ve got to show you today.  As I realy wasn’t feeling up to too much of fiddly work, this time I decided to use bought in artificial flowers and leaves as fill in items.

What I Did

I started off by makeing white roses from air dry paper clay as previously (I showed you the bouquet of flowers that I made, including the roses, in a previous post – here).  As they were being incorporated into a wreath I didn’t put calixes or leaves on this time, nor bound the wire stem with florist tape.

I wanted a rustic look, so chose a rattan wreath as a base, and decided that I wouldn’t stuff it with flowers and foliage so that the base itself can be seen in some places.  After trying different spacing of roses I decided on five for this project.  I then cut up the sprays of filler flowers and leaves and started putting them around the wreath base to see how much I wanted.

I then used the wires on the roses, as well as other green wire to hold the items in place.

Items Used
Finished Floral Wreath

This is what my finished floral wreath looks like.

After showing it to my mother we’ve decided to place it up on my father’s grave.

Same wreath, different angle.

Here’s a closer look at one of the roses with the filler flowers and leaves around it.

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My Father

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May 202019
 

My Father
Vintage Layout

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Vintage Layout

I wanted to put in an entry to a challenge in a group I’m in.  The theme being “My Dad Loves Nature”.  As my late father was in agriculture all his life I decided to go vintage and rustic, and pick some photos of him for a layout, including some stamped flowers coloured to have a very vintage look in keeping with the old photos.  Unless you are a naturalist, there are very few occupations where you spend the majority of time outside, working with nature, and sometimes fighting against nature.  Getting the best growth in your grass and crops, seeing the flowers and wildlife in the headgerows, the birds flying overhead as you work. Basically the great outdoors is all nature going about it’s usual path through the seasons.

Items Used

Not a scissors, craft knife or trimmer in sight for this vintage project – all the pieces are torn by hand.

Vintage Canvas

The background was prepared by screwing up a piece of brown wrapping paper to make it more wrinkly than it was when it came, then sticking it down on the canvans board.  I then tore off the excess.

I started out by stamping out the floral stamps onto recycled brown paper, painted them using the re-inkers, tareing the edges and swiping on some Nuvo Mousse.

I was trying to show the slight shimmer of the sparkle ink and the shinyness of the gold mousse in this photo but couldn’t get the lighting right to show what is seen with the naked eye when the image is moved in the light.  It’s a slight shimmer that adds to the image rather than makeing it gareish and out of keeping with the vintage theme.

I then chose three photos of my late father at different stages in his life – Him riding a horse when he was 14 and working on a farm, him resting while working on the hay on his cousin’s farm in Canada, and him in his 80s looking out over the north Pembrokeshire coastline while he went round all the old places when writing his autobiography. As one was in colour and more modern I set them all to a similar sepia tone before printing.

I printed out the wording and the photos with a brown paper background to give a similar look to the rumpled brown paper I’d used as a background to the whole project.

Dad use to say that he was a 1931 vintage model.  He worked in agriculture all his life from being a farm labourer, to agricultural contractor, to selling seeds, seaweed meal, etc., keeping going to sell at local animal markets long after he retired and handed the buisness over to my brother.

I put the gold colour around the torn edges of all the pieces, roughing them up a bit more to make them more vintage.

And here is the finished piece.

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I stamped and painted three of the vintage flowers, so I have one more left to use and might make up a vintage card with that before long.

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Flowers – From Air Dry Clay

 Posted by at 08:00 am
May 142019
 

Assorted Flowers From Air Dry Clay

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Flowers

I had a few sessions of making Flowers over the weekend.  Mostly Roses, but a few other filler flowers as well.

I decided to make all the flowers white, with just the rose calix and stems green.

I have collected lots of different tools for working with Air Dry Paper Clay over the years, all stored together in a bag I can just grab and take wherever in the house I want to craft any time I feel like crafting with them.  They are basicly exactly the same tools as you would use for sugar paste work for cake decorating.  They do say that you should have a separate set of tools for use with paper or mixed media crafting than you use if you are doing sugar paste work, and I do have a separate box in the utility room of a different variety of tools, though I do wonder why this instruction would be given other than to sell double the amount of kit if a person is into both types of craft.  The media I use does say it is non toxic, and the tools are suppose to be non tainting, so, I would like to know why the usual good wash in soapy water and sterilization in a baby bottle sterilising solution before drying off in the airing cupboard so that all cracks and crevices are dry, wouldn’t make the tools suitable to work with either media.  Obviously it more messy, or something that isn’t non-toxic, is being used then I wouldn’t consider it.

But in any case.  For this weekend project I wanted to make some flowers to put in the vase on the telephone table.

So some rolling out, cutting, shapeing, etc., was in order.

And this is what the rose looks like when made.

I didn’t make them all the same size.

Some of the roses even had white leaves added.

And made other flowers, such as these bell flowers to go with them.

Of course I needed more than two roses, so I kept going makeing more.

And also made a small number of different filler flowers as well.

Once I’d made a reasonable number of flowers I put them in a vase.

(The lighting and shaddows in the room give a creamy yellow colour to some of the flowers in this photo, but they really are all white.)

And then I placed the vase on the table.

Items Used

Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay – White

Martha Stewart Clay Assortment – Blue and Yellow

Hearty soft clay

Florist Tape, Wire, and Wire Cutters

Katy Sue The Ultimate Flower Pro Collection Gift Pack Kit

Katy Sue Flower Pro Leaf Cutters

Katy Sue Flower Pro Five Petal Rose Cutters

H&S 50pcs Cake Decorating Tools

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I will be makeing a YouTube video to show how I made the roses at some point, so keep an eye out for that.

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