90th Birthday Gift

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90th Birthday Gift

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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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Artisan Adicts Challenge Entry

Artisan Adicts Challenge Entry Card

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).  Thank you so much for clicking over for a look.

Anybody who loves the work of Pete Simpson who designs stamps, stencils, etc., and sells as Artisan Designs UK might like to join the Facebook group Artisan Addicts.  There is lots of inspiration in the group, including one of the people who runs the group putting up a list of items Pete uses when he does his demonstration Facebook Lives.  There are also challenges.

For the latest group challenge we have been given photos of 10 cards from the many that Pete has made during his cardmaking Facebook live sessions the last few months, and the challenge is to choose one and make our own version of it using our choise of colours, etc.

I chose this card by Pete.

You can see his demo on Facebook – Here!

What I Did

I took a sheet of white cardstock and sprayed splodges of three coloured inks over it, mopping up the excess with kitchen paper before splatering it with water and once again mopping up the excess.

I then took the stencil and applied some of the deep orange colour using a makeup application brush.

I cut out a 5″ square.

I then stamped on my chosen sentiment.

The panel was stuck to a square of black cardstock.

I took the blue ink I’d used and covered around the edge of a slightly larger piece of white cardstock before using this as a further layer behind my panel.

I coloured some of the scrap card I’d cut off using the deep orange ink and after it was dried I cut out 6 flower layers.  Some bare twigs were cut from black cardstock and foliage branches were cut from uncoloured scraps of white cardstock.  I decided to leave the foliage white to give a contrast between the flowers and the panel I’d created.

I took a 6″ square, white, base card and constructed the card, shapeing the flowers and doubling the layers to make 3 flowers.  I added a metalic flat back pearl to the centre of each.

The flower embelishmets were added around the bottom left corner of the card.

For some reason I was thinking of a sentiment “Focus on the flowers not the thorns” hence the black, spiky, branch sticking out from the floral embelishment.

What I Used

Finished Card

This is what the finished card looks like.

And this is what it looks like from an angle, trying to show that the flowers had some dimension.

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I’ve started on my Christmas cards now, so keep an eye out for some batches of those over the next few weeks.  I also have a few other bits on the go which hopefully will get finished in between the Christmas card makeing.  I can then show you those as well.

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2020 Calendar – June

June Calendar Page & Life

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I know – I’m a bit behind completing this post and getting it published!

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

The weather had become too hot, too quickly, here – but somewhere in the world it must be snowing.  So I thought long and hard about what to put on Mam’s calendar for June – and this is what I came up with –

A snowman and a white dog in a whiteout snow blizzard!  LOL!  I even added a hill covered in snow in the background and put a polar bear walking away into the distance.  Of course, you can’t see anything because of the whiteout.

What do you think of it?  Is it my best effort to date?

At least it got a laugh from Mam and a few of the carers before I put up the actual picture I’d created for this month.

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

At long last I’m off the antibiotics for the infection in my damaged leg.  I was on antibiotics of one kind or another for just over 4 months, including 2 stays in hospital and 11 days of A.R.T. nurses coming out here to give me intravenous antibiotics.

The good news is that my leg hasn’t flushed up red since I finished the antibiotics towards the end of May.  Unfortunately it looks as if all the infections have caused further damage inside the leg and it isn’t softening up at all at the moment, which means circulation problems.  I’m spending lots of time with my leg elevated in the hopes it improves given time.

The weather here has been very changeable.  The days of very hot weather came too hot, too quickly, for me.  It further sapped what little energy I had.  I’m feeling a bit better now the weather is cooler.

Now that I have finished the antibiotics that I wasn’t meant to go out in the sun, not even on an overcast day without covering up well, I have done a bit more weeding of the pots and troughs in the garden.  We are going to have very minimal stuff growing there this year.  Never did manage to get hold of the garden centre by phone or E-mail, despite their website saying that they were open a few hours a day now.  But as I’ve realised I have less strength than I thought I had following the long illness it might be just as well not to do too much out there this year.  The nephews are still coming over every week or two to mow the lawns, but they are not in and out daily like they were daily prior to the lockdown, so I can’t just ask them to do quick fifteen minute jobs of moving things for me, or cutting or clearing stuff.  So I’m limited in what I can do in any case.

By the time I got to weeding my strawberry tower I already had some quite advanced strawberries, and they are now ripening, as well as the loganberries.

Mam and I had some very fresh ones for elevenses on Friday.

Not the best photo I’m afraid – I took it on my little mobile phone.

The gooseberries and blackcurrants are coming near to being ready to pick I think.  I’ll need to clear any packs left over from last year from the freezer.  Makeing blackcurrant cordial and gooseberry jam is one project I’m thinking of tackling this coming week.  I don’t think I have any loganberries, strawberries or rubarb left.  The problem with this lockdown is that the boys and other family members haven’t been over for Sunday lunch and at various other times during the week, so I haven’t been doing big container of gooseberry crumble, gooseberry fool, fruit tarts, stewed blackcurrants and custard, etc., at least once or twice a week, as per what I usually do, as Mam and I can’t eat the lot before they go off.  Half of what I have made have gone off before we can eat them.

I plan on putting some of the fruit in in smaller packs this year, so as well as bagging some in the same weights as I usually do I will also do quite a few half the weight.  This will mean that I can just pull out a small bag for Mam and I when I feel like it, and still have larger bags for cooking puddings for the whole family when this lockdown is over and everybody can come over for Sunday lunch and any other meals they feel like again.  It is seriously odd not having the family in and out all the time, sepecially the boys.  One sister did come over and speak to Mam through the window last week, and we’ve done more than one video call with the other sister.  My brother and his sons also stand outside the window and shout in to Mam when they are over, but her hearing is bad so I’ve often got to repeat to her what they are saying.  But it’s better than not seeing them at all.

I just hope that everybody behaves and follows the rules so this pandemic can be properly controled soon.  Unfortunately, although things are not too bad in this area at the moment, it looks as if, when looking at the whole country, there are far too many people who are congregating for protests, days at the beach, etc., with no thought of social distancing or wearing masks to limit the chance of them spreading it to others if they have COVID-19 without symptoms.  This can only mean that far more people will get the virus over the next month or so.

Other than the carers in their PPE, we’ve not had anybody in the house past the side passage the whole of this time.  I’ve only been out the garden with one of the nephews once, and that time I covered up in my gardening clothes and used a face mask

Crafting

With it being another month it is time to show you what I put together to stick on my mother’s calendar for June.

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! and May page – Here!

What I Did

As you can see from the photo above – I started by printing out the month title and attached it to the calendar page and left it hanging like that for Mam to have a good laugh at with some of the carers while I created the actual panel for this month.

I started off by takeing a sheet of white cardstock, trimming off 1cm from the length and width and attaching it to one of the sheets of black cardstock.

I then took the other sheet of white cardstock and used a makeup brush to work in blue ink from one long edge, before turning the card and working green ink in from the other side.  I blended a bit where they met near the middle.  I wasn’t going for a perfectly even blend, or a perfectly straight line where the colours met.  I wanted a bit of “sky” texture.

I looked at my piece and decided that the “skyline” at one end of the sheet would work well with my chosen stamp so I cut off a strip just a little wider than my stamp.  The rest of the inked cardstock was cut into three pieces and trimmed top and bottom to make three panels.  These were stuck to black cardstock and that was trimmed to leave a border around the inked panels.

The three panels were then stuck, spaced out, onto my previously prepared piece of cardstock.

I used black ink and my stamping platform to stamp my chosen stamp, placing the inked “skyline” roughly along the centre of the stamp.  The first stamping wasn’t dark enough for my likeing, but by using the stamping platform I could re-ink and re-stamp a couple of times to get a dark silhouette.

I then used a die to cut the stamped image out as well as a larger circular die to cut a mat out of black cardstock.

I used the trimmed off pieces of the ink cardstock to die cut out flowers and leaves. And trimmed off black cardstock to cut out some branches.

These where shaped using my fingers, putting some with the white, uninked side, uppermost as contrast.

The matted stamped image was attached to the centre of my piece and I stamped another stamp from the set at the bottom left corner.  I finished off by glueing the flowers and foliage down the right hand side of the calendar panel.

I then attached the panel to the calendar.

What I Used
The Finished Page

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

A closer look.

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I’ve been sorting out what I’m going to use for the first batch of Christmas cards the end of last week.  The new Hunkydory collection for the first batch of course, then I’ll do some different ones later on, as and when the mood strikes me.  I’ve been putting everything I want to use for the first batch, from scoreboard to toppers to tape to scissors, etc., all in one large storage bag, so I can just pull them out to work with and then quickly put them back in the bag, rather than it takeing me ages to fetch things and then having to put the tapes back in the tapes containter, scissors back where it is kept, scoreboard somewhere else, etc.  Stuff can go back to their proper storage location once I’ve done the batch.  Hopefully that will make it easier to craft a few cards when I’ve got a short period of time and energy.  So keep an eye out for Christmas card blog posts appearing before long.

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Cards As Gifts – J

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Cards As Gifts – 10th Batch

This batch is larger than my previous batches of half a dozen cards I showed you from this series that I made to give in small packs to friends and family. If you haven’t seen the first post explaining what I’ve been up to then you can see it – here .

You can see previous posts in this series of Cards As Gifts by following these links – 1st Batch; 2nd Batch; 3rd Batch; 4th Batch; 5th Batch; 6th Batch; 7th Batch; 8th Batch; 9th Batch.

10 packs have gone out, one having a few more cards in it.  I should say that they haven’t gone out in packs as per the batches I’ve been showing here – I actually photographed them as I was going along, I then put all the cards in envelopes and separated them out into bundles at random, so I have no idea which cards went to which people – other than the two A4 sized ones which went in the larger batch of eleven cards.

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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All 10 packs have now been received by the randomly chosen recipients from our Christmas card list.

So that’s the end of these series of posts showing all the cards I made to give away to friends and family.  As I showed at the start of the month I have used items from the collection to decorate the May page of my mother’s calendar, but there are still a lot of elements left from the collection that I haven’t used, so I expect you’ll be seeing more of them used over the next year or so.  In the meantime, I’m working on a few other things that will be appearing on my blog before long.

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Baby Crochet And Loom Knitting

Crochetting and Loom Knitting Baby Projects

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Towards the end of last year we were told that my eldest surviving nephew’s girlfriend was expecting their first baby.  So Mam and I decided that we had better get makeing a few things for the baby. Mam obviously isn’t up to makeing much but she reconed she could attempt some baby mittens.  So that left me with a few options.  Mam hasn’t been well enough to make the mittens, but I went ahead and made a few items.

Not knowing what the sex of the baby was going to be I decided on using a varigated yarn with white, yellow and green in it, as that would be suitable for either sex of baby.

The baby has arrived now, and the makes have been sent off to the little family.  It was a baby boy.

I also bought several balls so lots of different things could be made.

Items Used
Crochet Blanket

For the crochet blanket I used 3 balls of the yarn.  I started by makeing a chain of 95 stitches, then a further 3, turned and started crocheting into the 4 stitch.  I kept to a simple pattern of just treble stitches, crocheting into a loop of each chain for the first row and then crocheting into the gap between each stitch on each subsequent row.  The finished blanket came out at 2’7″ by 3′.

This is what the pattern looks like close up.

This is the finished blanket folded up

This is the finished blanket spread out a bit, though part is still folded under.

Mother And Baby Hats

I decided it would be rather sweet to make matching mother and baby hats so I made two different sizes using circular knitting looms.

Just a basic wrap the yarn round each peg of the loom, wrap again, and hook over the bottom stitch.

After knitting several rows, to make around 1.5″ (2″ for adult hat) I took the starting edge and put a loop of each stitch over the pegs and hooked the bottom stitch over to give a thicker edge to the hat.

I then wound round some more yarn and kept going as before, until I had a hat of the desired length.  It was then a case of just kutting off the yarn leaving a length of around 12″ tail, taking a yarn needle and threading on the yarn, and picking up each stitch still on the pegs with the needle before taking it off the peg, drawing in the yarn to gather the knitting together for the top of the hat.

This is what the finished hats look like.

The baby one.

The adult one.

And both together to show the difference in size.

Booties

I looked around the internet for knitting and crocheting patterns for booties and in the end decided on the easiest one I could find.  It was a knitting one, but I decided to do it on a knitting loom as I’m not so good at holding and manipulating knitting needles for any length of time.

The pattern I decided on was to make a T shaped piece and then fold over the sides and sew.  I was experimenting a bit as one pattern I saw had it as two rectangular pieces that were first sewn together into a T and then folded over, but I decided to go with knitting the T to start off with.

As I had different thickness yarn as well as the fact that working on a loom was totally different to using a specific sized knitting needle I first did a piece at an average of the number of stitches of several patterns I’d seen online.

Totally the wrong size – more a doll’s size – perhaps that’s what the patterns I’d been looking at were for, or perhaps it was just a case of finer yarn and the small pegs of the sock knitting loom.

So then it was time to increase the number of stitches and rows.  This produced a bootie that is closer to the size I think of as baby feet size.

Now I realise that you can’t really tell that there is a difference in size.  So here are the two sizes side by side.

So I went ahead and knitted a second one, working in the opposite direction for the cross over piece to make a pair.

As the first one had more or less all been made from yarn within the green band of the verigated colours, I did cut off a bit of yarn before starting the second one so that it would match the first.

And here are the finished pair – they are the same size, though I think I may have pulled the ribbon more on one than the other giving the illusion of slightly different sizes.

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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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Another Simple Welsh Birthday Card

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Another Welsh Birthday Card

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A few posts ago – here – I told you I’d won one of Pete Simpson’s Giveaways on FB.  This is the 2nd card I’ve made using bits from within the boxful I got.  I used the purple and yellow spray inks again, and this time also used blue and green paints from the giveaway as well, together with one of Pete’s own stencils and one of his texture stamps.

What I Did

I started by setting out a panel on my computer that included a rounded corner rectangle and an oval – nearly circular but not quite.  These were given a wide deep yellow outline.  I put in the oval my chosen greeting in purple (Penblwydd Hapus Iawn – which is Welsh for a Very Happy Birthday).  I also put a second oval of exactly the same size on the other side of the working area before printing them out.

After printing I cut out the rectangular panel and the stand alone oval.

I sprayed stencil adhesive behind the spirelli mask and the oval.  The oval was put over the oval on the panel and then the spirelli mask was put on top.  I sprayed a bit of yellow ink onto my working area and then used a makeup brush to put it through the mask.  I extended the yellow area all over the panel, but makeing it uneven, even going as far as spraying a bit directly onto the background for some deeper areas.

I then removed the mask and put the panel on my stamping platform onto which I attached the texture stamp.  I inked the stamp up by spraying purple ink onto my working area and using a makeup brush to put the ink onto the stamp.  After the first stamping I moved the panel and stamped a few more times.

I then removed the oval.

I used my scoreboard to score a sheet of cardstock and after folding it attached the panel I’d created to the front.  I then used a die-cutting machine to cut out some flower and foliage embelishments.  The foliate was coloured green with paint and I used my finger to put a dot of blue paint in the centre of each flower.  I shaped the flowers a bit by hand and then used the makeup brush to gently brush a bit of the purple ink – very lightly – over the pettles, not trying for an even coverage or anything like that.

I finished by sticking the foliage and flowers onto the card front.

What I Used
  • Several A4 sheets of 350gsm Super Smooth White Cardstock
  • Purple and Yellow Spray Inks
  • Artisan Designs UK – Spirelli Mask
  • Artisan Designs UK – Texture Collection1 – Speckle
  • Green and Blue Cosmic Shimmer Paints
  • Sizix Thinlets – Flower dies and Foliage dies
  • Bookbinding Glue
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Stencil Spray Adhesive
  • Stamping Platform
  • Score Board
  • Scissors
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Die Cutting Machine
The Finished Makes

Front view of card.  Lighting was a bit off so the colours don’t show up properly

An angled view of the card to show some of the dimension.

Another angled view

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I’ll be back with another card I made the same time as this in a future blog post before long.

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Cards As Gifts – I

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Cards As Gifts – 9th 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 some 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; 3rd Batch; 4th Batch; 5th Batch; 6th Batch; 7th Batch; 8th 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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The image is flat matted to the black layer, but that has foam behind it to give the matted image a bit of dimension off the card without makeing it too dimensional for a C5 envelope.

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All 10 packs have now been received by the randomly chosen recipients from our Christmas card list.

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Cards As Gifts – H

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Cards As Gifts – 8th 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, selected from my Christmas Card list, 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; 3rd Batch; 4th Batch; 5th Batch; 6th Batch; 7th 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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While the picture is stuck straight to the card the frameing element was stuck on with foam tape to give it some dimension without being too dimensional for an ordinary C5 envelope.

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I do believe that all the packets of cards have arrived with those that have been chosen to receive them by now.

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