2020 Calendar – September

September Calendar Page & Life

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I have no idea how September came around so quickly.  I would sware that it was only a couple of weeks ago I got my nephew to stick my August creation up on my mother’s calendar because I wasn’t going into her room as I was isolating as much as possible following my hospital stay and embergency hernia operation.  But – every device I look at says it is now September.  Therefore …

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

Recovery from my operation hasn’t been straightforward.  When is anything with me?!  I got an infection in the operation wound and have had to take antibiotics.  And I’m sure you all know that antibiotics on top of recovering from surgery is very draining.  Not lifting and straining meant I couldn’t do some of the exercises using bands that I’ve been doing to help my shoulder that the physio recomended, and a few weeks of not doing that meant that when I did do a small job in the house it exaserbated the shoulder problem and left me in a lot of pain.  It is easing now thankfully.

Thankfully my nephew stayed the whole of the summer to be on hand when help was needed as I wasn’t alowed to do any lifting, etc.  Though he did admit that he didn’t want to go home as he liked the “perks” of staying here – nobody to argue over as far as the TV and computer was concerned, a chance to get on with some of his own 3D printing whenever he wanted, doing a few paying jobs to get a little money for me to order some things he wanted, ice cream and other snacks always available, etc.  As carers come in for personal things he didn’t have a huge amount to do, though he does enjoy the ocasional bit of cooking and gardening.

We did manage to do a bit of tidying up of the study to get a clear path through the middle to the window, even if I haven’t sorted the desks completely yet, and I’ve got 3 plastic crates full of papers and newspapers I need to go through and scan those that should go into the family history.  Me directing from the doorway and him doing the lifiting.  But then my nephew promptly took over the area of the desk that was clear to do some painting of one of the items he’d designed and 3D printed before the lockdown.  So it was only when he went home last weekend that I got near to my glass mat area to make something to put on Mam’s calendar for this month.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Other than makeing a few flowers with Forever Flowerz items, and a bit of flat Kumihimo braiding, I haven’t done a lot of crafting this month.  I need to get photos of the few items I’ve made and upload them to this blog at some point.

The first thing I did do once I got my hands back on my glass mat was to do a little inking and stamping for the September page of Mam’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! June page – Here! July – Here! and August – Here!

What I Did

I sprayed the back of a stencil with Template Spray and after cutting out some stamps I did the same on the back of those.  All stencils and stamps used for this project were Artisan Designs ones.

I stanciled leaves onto one sheet of cardstock in 4 shads of autumnal tones of ink using a makeup brush, moving the stencil around to get full coverage.  I then trimmed the sheet a bit and put to one side to dry.

I then took the other sheet of cardstock and stamped on an assortment of stamps onto it using Midas inks.  I used the plate from my stamping press for this but not the base platform, so that I could move the stamps around quickly and get a lot of the same ones onto the sheet.  I then coloured in the images before cutting them out.  Not my best bit of colouring ever, but good enough.

I stuck the stenciled sheet onto a wood background sheet and then used glue gel to give a bit of dimension to stick on the stamped and coloured images.

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

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • 2 sheets 240gsm white cardstock
  • Template Spray
  • We “R” Memory Keepers Stamping Press.#
  • Midas in from Crafters Companion in Gold and Bronze
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, photos, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Dinky Inkie Re-inkers – 2 green shades in Sparkle, and 4 autumnal shades in Chalky
  • Stencils and Stamps from Artisan Design UK
  • Chameleon Colouring Pencils
  • Scissors
  • 1 Sheet of Wood Patterned background paper
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

This is both stuck on the calendar.

And a larger view of this month’s calendar page.

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And to finish off – I have one little fig on my little fig tree in the garden.  Hopefully it will continue to grow and not get blown or knocked off.  Had one before that was knocked off.

The most I’ve been able to do in the garden this summer is sit and feed the fish in my “pond”.

You can see a video of my fish – Here!

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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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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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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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Inky-Wizz – 1

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Constructing and Decorating An Inky-Wizz

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I have got back more into stamping the end of last year, and invested in a few more inks, as well as having different inks already (but not displayed in such a way as I could quickly get at them). So, as my mother wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas, I finally decided on an Inky-Wizz. I decided on the large one as small inks can go two to a shelf and larger inks can also fit onto the shelves, though not the super large ones, but I don’t think I have more than two really large inks.

What I Did

I bought the Inky-Wizz flat packed rather than constructed, so the first thing I did was to watch the video on the website showing how to construct it – although, when I unpacked the package and looked at the instruction I realised that it was slightly different to what was demonstrated as the two “doughnut” shaped layers is no longer included.

I had my youngest nephew help me with the screwing of the mechanism that makes it turn inside the base – fingers not working good enough to fiddle with small screws, though he didn’t have any problems getting the base together. I then slotted the other pieces together, added glue, and put the base and the top onto the main “tower” of shelves.

At this point I put a bottle of water centre top to press down until the glue had dried.

The finishing touch was to put the Wizz-Gig on top – this allows bottles and other things to be stored on top without them falling off.

This is what it looked like at this stage.

From the side –

From the top –

You may now be wondering what use are the funny little bits in the triangular shaped recesses.

You can order triangular shelves to go in here, to stick on the little pieces.  These shelves can be whole shelves, or ones with different sized holes and notches cut in them – so that things like tools or upside down glue bottles can be stored in them.  Obviously for bottles or tools you wouldn’t have a shelf in every position so less shelves would be needed.

I hadn’t ordered little triangular shelves to put in as I wasn’t sure whether I would have most use from solid ones, or ones with different sized holes to store different things. So after building the Inky-Wizz I cut out triangles from mountboard, with several different sized cutouts, using my ScanNCut.

After playing around I decided that of most use to me would be to fill each triangle area with a shelf that just had a small, half circle, finger grab notch cut out. So I set about cutting several batches of these.

I used the wood glue to stick three layers together, which I think turned out sturdy enough to put little inks on.

I used the wood glue again to attach these to all the little triangle corners, putting glue along the edges of the mountboard shelves as well.

I then set up a “spray painting station” (using a green plastic bin bag and a big cardboard box) on top of the flat freezer in the utility room, placed the Inky Whizz inside and sprayed black primer all over it.

After leaving this dry I sprayed over with a brown spray paint.

(Both these pictures are from the same stage but with and without flash – neither show the true, dark brown, colour, though the first is closest.)

I could have left it like that, it looked very neat.  But I knew that, sooner or later, I would go to turn it with ink or paint on my fingers, then try and wipe it off, and I would land up with smears.  So I decided to “distress” or “dirty it up” a bit before putting it to use – that way any additional smeares in the future wouldn’t stand out.

So out of the “painting station” and collecting some supplies together, and off I went.

I used three colours of metalic paint that I added at random over the edges of the shelves and the top Wizz-Gig.  Dabbing them on and then smearing them with soft makeup brushes and my fingers.

I used glitter paste through a stencil onto the top itself, and then added random dots of the metalic paint.

What I Used
Finished Item

Finished Inky-Wizz from side.

Finished Inky-Wizz from top.

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I will have another post in a couple of days showing you how I decorated the cover to go around this Inky-Wizz, so please do visit my blog again then.

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2020 Calendar – February

February Calendar Page

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

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

This month she wanted me to surprise her.

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

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

What I Did

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

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

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

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

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

What I Used
The Finished Page

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

And this is it with some flowers and greenery added.

And with embelishments moved around a bit.

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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year – January Calendar Page

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year

January Calendar Page

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

Well, another year has started.  Hope you all had a good Christmas, whether it was quiet and relaxing, or a busy one visiting and having family over.

I would like to start this post by telling all the visitors to my blog how much I appreciate you clicking over for a look at my work, especially those of you who take the time to comment either here on my blog or on my posts in various groups and pages on Facebook.  It means a lot to me.

I hope you will continue to do so in the coming year.

I’m not going to be makeing any grand New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m just planning to carry on with my variety of crafting, as and when my health allows, hopefully getting a few more YouTube videos online of me makeing different things.  And when the summer comes I hope that I will be able to once again spend some time out the garden puttering at my raised beds and pots.

As usual I have lots of crafting projects planned, some of which are already started, so it’s just a case of picking a time when I’m up to doing things and getting on, and then remembering to photograph what I’ve been up to.

Of course, I’ve started with a panel to put on the January page of my mother’s calendar, which is what I’ve got to show  you today.

Calendar

Those of you who have visited my blog in the past probably already know that I give my mother a blank, Papermill Direct, calendar each year.  I buy the A3 size which means that there is an A4 area above the calendar section on each page to be decorated.  (You can see what I did last year by checking out the post – here.)

I ask my mother each month if there’s anything specific she’d like, or a specific technique, and most months she just says to surprise her.  But for January she asked for a snowman to be on the page somewhere.  So that is what I did.

Started by doing a search for a snowman through the Publisher software’s  online search function in designs with a Creative Commons licence.  The chosen snowman was resized to what I wanted.  I also put the numbers and wording I wanted onto my working area in Publisher, makeing the letters ones with an outline only and no fill.  These were on two pages that I printed out onto white cardstock.

I then set about decorating the letters, tareing some of the white cardstock as snow banks, and cutting out the pieces.

What I used
The Calendar Page

I decorated the Mis Ionawr panel (Welsh for January) by taking the Speckle background stamp and puting three colours of ink on part of it, stamping over the panel from one direction, re-inking and stamping from the other direction.  The green either end is quite clean but the overlap of the yellow and red colours give a merge of colours.

I then pressed each ink pad to a sheet of acetate and used dry brushes to pick up ink and colour over the speckles outside the letters, trying to keep close to the speckle colour bands.  The speckle on the letters show on the white background and around the letters the speckle is still visible on a background of the same colour brushed over thinner.

The large numbers 2020 were stamped the same way as the Mis Ionawr, but as I was going to cut them out individually I didn’t colour the background.

For the Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I used the same technique but used the Artisan Design Bark background stamp, which is a more dense stamp so the pattern is a bit darker.  This time I did the bands a different width and started with yellow on the outside.  This panel was torn after colouring, rather than cutting as the previous one had been.

I cut a sheet of black cardstock a bit smaller, and, as I wanted to knock back the colour a bit I took the green chalk ink pad and brushed it over the cardstock in a very random fashion, trying to get an uneven look in a band across the diagonal.

Fingerlift tape was used to attach the black panel to the deep blue sheet of cardstock, and has been placed on the back of the month and main piece ready to attach to the calendar today.  The snowman was shaped a bit and “snow drifts” were torn out of the same cardstock before everything was attached to the panel front using glue gel, giving some raise to bits.

Angled view to try and show that pieces were stuck on with some dimension.

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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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A Christmas Carol Challenge

A Christmas Carol Challenge

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).  Thank you for coming over to have a look at my blog.

Over on the Artisan Design DT Collective members were challenged to make two creations – one a card and the other a tag or similar.  One was to be themed on the book “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and the other was to be themed on any Christmas carol of our choice.  It was up to us which creation was themed on the book and which the carol.

Before I go ahead and show  you what I made for each part of the challenge I’d like to let everybody know that Pete Simpson, the Designer/Owner of Artisan Designs UK, is aiming to do a Facebook Live on Friday 13th at 7.00pm.  I believe it will be on his page – Here!

He’s been working on designs for texture stamps for months (he’s also been moving home so had to put some things like launching them on hold until he was all moved in) and you can see and buy them when he launches the first batch of them in the Facebook Live.

I’m sure that they will appeal to a lot of people, so please do make a note in your diary of the date and time and go and see what he’s got new this time.

He’s even announced that he will be giving two great prizes away at random, but I’ll leave him explain and show them to you.

The Card

For the card I chose the carol “Draw yn ninas Dafydd Frenin”, which is the Welsh version of “Once in Royal David’s city”.

I’ve used three different Artisan Design background papers for this card.  I found a silhouette of the Bethlehem skyline online, which I printed out and cut out to put accross the centre of the card. With strips of two backgrounds above and below.

I stamped the side of the AD fern stamp in glue and guilded it on one of the background papers that I’d cut to fit a recess I created in my card.  I also stamped in flitter glue and guilded a leaf from one of the AD Build a Flora stamp sets and an angel from Chocolate Baroque onto stamping cardstock and guilded them as well before cutting them out. The leaves were stuck together to create a white poinsettia type plant with guilding flake center.

The card itself has had a recess made in it.

The Tag

I spent a lot of time trying to think about what to do for this tag, bareing in mind that I’ve never read the book or seen a film of the story, only read a condensed bit about the book and seen snippets about the story on TV.  I knew it was about Scrooge and some ghosts and a Tiny Tim, and that miserly Scrooge became nice Scrooge, but that was about it.

So, I did what most would do and looked it up online, heading over to Wikipedia.  And the first thing I saw was an image of the cover of the first edition. Which got me thinking – rather than doing a tag about the story in the book, why not do a tag about the book itself and the characters – Wikipedia did have a bit about the story giving the characters names.

So I took a sheet of Artisan backround and cut a tag from it.  I also made a smaller tag from plain cardstock and matted a small piece of another AD background on it.

I downloaded the image of the first edition cover and resized it in Publisher. I also typed out some wording for the smaller tag as well as the character names, putting banner shapes and borders around them.  These were all printed out onto one sheet of paper before being cut out.

I took another sheet of paper and stenciled through the AD Laural Burst stencil in a vintage green and vintage red colour Dinky Inkies.  This was the “wrapping paper” to wrap the book in, so I tore it in the middle to look like a hastily torn wrapped gift.  This was mounted onto the tag using foam tape to give it dimension and the torn edges were curled back to allow the book name and author to be visible. I then attached the wording to the small tag, and the character names coming away from the book.

I finished by attaching the two tags together using several strands of twine and makeing the ends into a tassel.

You can just make out the book details from the cover.

The character names coming out of the book.

The small tag.

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I hope to have a few more posts of assorted makes to show you before Christmas, so keep an eye out for those.

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Butterfly Card And More

Butterfly Card and More

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

Today my make features a butterfly stamp by Pete Simpson of Artisan Designs UK.  If you are at the Stamperama event in Harrogate on the 9th November, Pete will be demonstrating on the Chocolate Baroque stand. He will have his Butterflies And More collection available for sale as well.

You may not know that Pete had his stamps manufactured by the people at Chocolate Baroque, so they are of excellent quality.

The second card was also made using an Artisan Design Stamp.

What I Did

I used my stamping press to stamp out all the images onto stamping card and then coloured them in using Prism Craft Markers.

The main images were cut as straight edged toppers and their corners rounded with a punch.  The required backgrounds were also cut out as straighted edged panels.  The stamped floral background piece was cut out to the edge.

I scored the two main pieces of cardstock and folded them to make landscape cards before sticking on my prepared pieces.  I used fingerlift tape throughout for these projects as I wanted them completely flat for posting.

I finished off by putting a peeloff greeting on the front and a plain insert inside.

What I Used
The Finished Cards

I was having problems getting good photos of these cards to show the true colours without them looking washed out, so, although they have no dimension, I have taken an angled photo as well as a straight on one of both cards.  I still don’t think they look true to colour on my screen, but don’t feel up to getting out my light box to re-take the photos again.

Card 1

Card 2

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Retirement Card

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Retirement Card

I had another request for a card from the boss of our carers.  One of the carers who works a different route to ours was retiring and she wanted a special card to give her.

Without knowing the woman and her likes or plans for the future I didn’t have a particular theme or colour to go with, but I remembered that the carers all ware red tunics, so I decided to go with extravegant and red for the card.

What I Did

Having set up paper and stamp in my stamping platform I put the flitter glue on the foam, applied it to the stamp and stamped the image.  I then applied the guilding flakes, patted them on and rubbed them off using the scoochy.

The image was then coloured in using an assorment of Prism Craft Markers.

I measured the box I had and cut and scored some Centura cardstock to make a card that would fit inside.  I also put a second score half way up the front to make it into an easel card.  A further piece of cardstock was cut the same size as the front to make the easel front.

I cut out two layers from the foiled sheet using the matching die before cutting some mats from the red paper and Centura cardstock.

I build up the layers on the front attaching using fingerlift tape for flat layers and foam tape for raised layers, finishing off with the cut out rose that I’d shaped a bit.

I had some fabric flowers I’d bought and made from a kit, but none of the colours were quite right for this project so I used one of the red Craft Markers I’d used on the image to colour three white roses to match.

I printed out a suitable greeting and cut it out.

Red paper and Centura Pearl mats were cut and stuck inside the card base, as well as some smaller pieces cut to use under the greeting and attached to the base using foam tape to use as a stopper bar.

I finished off by using glue gel to attach the roses and sticking on sticky back gems.

The box was also covered using the same red paper I’d used on the card, with some corner detail adding sticky back gems.

What I Used
Finished Card And Box

Card standing up as an easel card.

Closeup of the Artisan Design rose coloured in.

Angled look at front showing dimension.

Closeup of roses and greetings stopper bar.

Empty box.

Card in box.

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I have the second card that was ordered the same time as this one to blog about again, as well as more Christmas cards part done, so it shouldn’t be too long before I have another blog post to show you.

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