2020 Calendar – April

April Calendar Page & Life

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

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 – 3

Final Inky Wizz Post

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

So, after showing you how I constructed and decorated the Inky Wizz unit itself – Here! and showing you how I decorated the wrap around cover – Here! you may be wondering what I have to show you today.

Well, today’s post is just a quick one to show you the Inky Wizz in use.

What I Did

I have lots of different types and sizes of ink pads, which is one of the reasons I went for the larger Inky Wizz which allowed me to add the smaller shelves for the little ink pads while still having room on the other shelves for my larger ones.  The in-between sizes also go onto the larger shelves with room to spare.

So the first thing was to collect an assortment of my inks together.

To make it easy to see the colours of the inks I decided to put labels on the side of each one.

I wanted to have the colours look as they would in use on the type of cardstock I usually stamp and colour onto (which is either stamping card or super smooth cardstock which have more or less the same finish), so, rather than colour onto pre-made labels I decided to make my own.

So I got a sheet of one of the types of carstock I use and attached a full sheet of double sided tape behind.  Not a very inspiring picture I know, but this is what I landed up with.

I then measured the edge of several of my inks and decided that 0.5cm would be about the right height for each label so I used my trimmer to cut the sheet into strips.

I then held the strip up to an ink pad to see about how long the label should be and cut it accordingly.

Initially I started by pressing the label like this into the ink pad and drawing it over the surface to get a good coverage, but this did make the paper surface a bit wet and harder to get the backing off to attach to the ink pad.  I was too impatient to wait several minutes each time before peeling off the backing, and doing several in a row and leaving them to dry on top of the pad resulted in the little pieces flying all over the place when a door was opened makeing it impossible to match similar coloured strips back with their corresponding ink pads which looked a bit different in colour.

I then started peeling off the backing before inking.  Putting the sticky side to my finger and then pressing to the ink.  I could then immediately pull it off my finger and stick to the side of the ink pad.

And then, of course, they went straight onto a shelf on my Iny Wizz.

I have a lot of ink pads of various types and sizes.  And also some bottles of spray inks which were placed to stand on the top – I’d added a Wizz-Gig on top during the building of the Inky-Wizz to hold these in place.

And then it was a case of going round the house and collecting as many ink pads as I could find.

I had more small ink pads than would fit in the small triangular shelves, and less large ink pads than the larger shelves, so of course I needed to put some smaller ink pads onto the larger shelves.  But they had a habit of slipping back, which meant that I couldn’t easily get a hold of them.  I therefore decided to put in a simple little slider with a stopper on each shelve where the ink pad was shorter then the depth of the larger shelves.

I had some heavyweight brown cardstock that toned well with the brown I’d sprayed the Inky-Wizz originally, so I cut these into three long strips each.  The larger shelves were around 3″ in width, and cutting three equal width strips from an A4 sheet of cardstock gave a width of a little less than this, which hallowed plenty of room to slide in and out while still holding the inks.

The strips were then cut into 4″ long pieces and scored at 3″, 3.25″ and 3.5″.

The piece was then folded on the score lines to give a “mountain” peak.

I then flipped it over and put a strip of ultra tacky red liner tape inside the fold.

Before taking the red backing off and pressing the fold together firmly.

This peak then acted as a stopper for any smaller ink pads put on.

It slid in nicely onto a larger shelve.

And it is easy to get hold of the edge of the slider because of the notch out of the shelve beneath.  It doesn’t matter if the inks slide to the back of the slider as the stopper will pull them forward.

So now my Inky-Wizz is quite full, but I still have room to put in more ink pads – I’m sure I have some more around the house somewhere.

What I Used
Finished Item

Inky Wizz with lots of different ink pads and ink bottles in place.

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With me still having an infection in my damaged leg (1st started antibiotics 15th January, and had 2 hospital stays in the meantime) I am on a bit of a go slow as far as crafting is concerned, though I am managing to do a bit.  But I do still have a small number of projects from February left to show you if I remember rightly, as well as Mother’s Day cards.  So keep an eye out for more posts over the next couple of weeks.

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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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7th Batch Of Christmas Cards 2019 – Guilded Images

Another Batch Of Christmas Cards

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

Today my makes feature a few of the Chocolate Baroque Cristmas stamps I was tempted by a few weeks ago.

If you like Chocolate Baroque stamps, or stamping and mixed media in general, you may like to note in your diaries that Lesley from Chocolate Baroque will be doing her next Craftalon on Hochanda on 17th November. You can find details of the kit available for the craftalong – here!

I went for glue and guilding flakes again this time, like the ones I showed you in a previous post – here!

What I Did

I chose three of the stamps from the Chocolate Baroque collection I’d bought and stamped them several times onto stamping card using FliterGlu.

I then put on guilding flakes, rubbed it on and rubbed it off.

Some of the images I fully coloured, some partialy coloured, and some didn’t colour at all.

I cut them out in different ways.  Some as rectangular panels, some directly round the picture and one angel leaving a round around the head area but cutting directly to the line around the bottom.

After this I scored and folded cardstock to make the base card as well cutting out an assortment of matting and layering pieces.

Everything was put together using fingerlift tape as I wanted to make a pack of flat cards for easy posting.

I finished off by sticking in the insert and putting on the “Nadolig Llawen” (Welsh for Happy Christmas) peeloff greeting.

What I Used
The Finished Cards

Pack of 6 cards.

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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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More 3D Printing

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A 3D Printing Project

In the past I’ve made a small number of posts about my nephew’s saga of problems with his first 3D printer and how he part built the different one he’s got now.

If you haven’t seen those posts and are interested then you can find them – here! And other bits that have been 3D printed have appeared in my projects such as the the tops put on the canes when I did some yarn basket weaving – here! and many more.

Since he first got a 3D printer, when everything that he printed were designed by others, and downloaded by my nephew from the Internet from a site called Thingiverse, he has started doing his own designing of little things.

The project I’ve got to show you today is one such project he did for me.

I have a large supply of alcohol markers, water markers, etc., in a large rack by the side of my bed as shown here – easy to just pick a few colours out, get into bed, and colour on a lap tray.  (It is a bit taller and with more pens in by now as this is an older photo.)

But when I want to do colouring sat with my mother in her room, or in the kitchen or sitting room, or even outside sat in the garden in the summer, it means choosing and pulling out the colours I am likely to want to use, of whichever type of pen I’m going to work with, and carying them where ever I intend to do my colouring – and usually missing out a colour that I find is essential as soon as I settle wherever to do my colouring, thus meaning getting up and dragging myself back to my room to collect the missing colour.  And that usually happens more than once a session.

So I decided to buy myself another set of alcohol markers that I liked the look of – and have in a bag to carry around for the times I’d want to colour somewhere other than my room.

And if I had them in a bag I’d need some sort of inner support to hold the pens in place tidily when carying, that would allow me to store the bag, and thus the pens, on its side when not being moved around.

And this is where my nephew, his designing, and his 3D printer comes in.

Designing And Printing Marker Holder

I showed him lots of different pen storage – both the ones I’ve got in my room as well as photos of several different types online.  I said I wanted the bag to hold all the pens I had of the new type – Prism Craft Markers from Hunkydory – and let him decide by himself how he thought would be the best way to go about creating the support/rack to go inside the bag.  I haven’t seen any others using the exact same style and method as he came up with.

A bit of measuring.  Counting the Pens. A bit of designing in Tinkercad.  A bit of converting to the right format for the 3D printer in Ultimaker Cura.  And away he went 3D printing.

He even did some time-laps recording of one of the layers of the marker holder being 3D printed using his Apeman Action camera – he’s got a slightly earlier version of this one – here.

Then it was down to me to stick the layers together.  He’d designed the base layer and the two other layers with a recess/groove at each corner to accomodate corner pieces.  He was thinking that we might use metal corners for strength and stability, but we decided to try the cheaper option of PVC first.  I cut the long piece into 12.5cm pieces using a hacksaw and then started to glue them to the 3D printed layers, starting with the base, which I left to get a good stick for several hours before starting to attach the top layer.

I put strips of tape cross ways over the outside corner of the layer – so that the corner wouldn’t stick to the surface I was working on or my fingers if I accidentaly squidged out some super glue from the join and then I positioned the top layer in place before putting glue on one of the corner recesses.

It was then turned and pressed to my work surface to make sure that the corner posts were flush with the top of the 3D printed piece, and then I wrapped the tape around.  This isn’t enough to hold the corners in place while they stick, but did help keep my fingers from oozing super glue while I pushed.

I found I could get the corners to make good contact with the printed piece by putting three fingers in three of the holes on either side of the corner post.

And then pushing with both thumbs against both sides of the corners (obviously I couldn’t take the photo with both hands holding in place so I had to remove one to give a better photo of what I mean)

I worked all four corners until they were stuck in place.  I think I might have had a quicker grab if I’d sanded the recessed corners a bit where the PVC corners were going to glue onto to make it a bit smoother, but they did stick quite well.

I then cut a piece of thick packaging cardstock into a 5cm wide strip which I folded in quarters and taped the ends together to make a hollow square tube.

For attaching the middle layer I put the super glue on both sides of each corner and slid the layer into the middle of the holder at an angle.  Once it was within the corner posts I started lifting one side and slid in the square tube before dropping the middle layer onto it so that it was positioned at a level 5cm from the bottom layer.

By being careful about this very little of the super glue rubbed off on the inside of the corners as it went into place and it was held at exactly the right level, without any chance of it sliding down, while I used thumb and next finger of both hands to pinch and push together opposite corners of the marker holder to get the superglue to bond.  And then did the same with the other opposite corners.

Then it was simply a case of sliding out the cardboard that had held the middle layer in place and start putting pens into the holder.

Oh, and printing and makeing a 2nd one the same as, because of the size of the printer my nephew had decided to make each layer enough to hold half my pens.

This Is What The Marker Holder Looks Like

So, having removed all the tape and the support, I started sorting out pens into numerical order and putting them into my marker holder.

As you can see, we decided to leave the pens with the length of the cap above the holder to give room to grab hold of them without too much being out that they would fall out when on their side.

My nephew factored the size of the holes for each pen when he decided on the size of the holes after his initial measurements.

He believes that the same size holes will be suitable for several of the different alcohol and water markers I have should I require more marker holders in the future.

He is also going to offer the file for others to use to print their own marker holders.  He’s talking about doing so under a Creative Commons Licence, but hasn’t worked it all out yet.  I’ll let you know when he does.

And this is them on their side as they will be stored and when being used.

I printed out a sheet from the Hunkydory website and coloured in each numbered circle with the corresponding colour as the colours on the top are not a good representation of the colour you will get when using the markers.

I would highly recomend that anybody who has any colouring media prints out a grid, whether supplied by manufacturer or print your own, and then colour in a small area with each pen so you know exactly what colour you are working with.  Always print the grid/swatch panels onto the same type of cardstock you would be using with that type of media.

This Is What We Used

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Now it’s my turn to do a bit of designing.  I have some denim fabric ready, and some wadding, and with a long ruler in hand I’m starting to design the bag that is to old the pens for carying around.  I need a firmish base and sides squared off at the correct size for my pen holders.  I’m thinking of adding a pocket for my work in progress and board that I use under the cardstock when colouring.  We’ll see how it goes.  I’ll be back with the bag to show you in a couple of weeks hopefully.

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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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6th Batch Of Christmas Cards 2019 – Guilded Images

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Guilded Images On Christmas Cards

I’m still working on my batches of Christmas cards made using items from the Hunkydory Collection I bought, but I fancied haveing a bit of a change of style the middle of the week and decided on some stamping and then guilding the stamped image.

I’m calling this post the “6th Batch” but in reality it is only 2 cards.  Having had a lingering virus for quite some time, I now have a secondary infection in my ear makeing me dizzy and nauseous, so did nothing for a couple of days (even had to have nephew go out and feed my fish and get clothes cleaner had put in the machine out).  The antibiotics are working thankfully, so I did spend an hour or so just sitting by the kitchen table to stamp half a dozen images and guild them, but only managed to put two together into cards later on after a rest.

I needed to make a Christmas Card for a challenge on the Artisan Design Fan Group over on Facebook – the group is called Create with Artisan Design if you are interested in joining.  So wanted to challenge myself to make a simple Christmas card without having any Artisan Design Christmas stamps.

Then, the second card.  I had seen an angel stamp I loved on somebody’s card a month or more ago.  They said the stamp was by Chocolate Baroque, so off I went to the site to have a look whether they still sold it.  They did – but while I was there I saw that they did some other lovely Christmas stamps as well.  Couldn’t afford every one I liked – but in the end decided on a set of 5.  Wps!

What I Did

Card 1

For the Christmas card with no Christmas stamps I started with a fern stamp and a couple of leaf stamps from Artisan Design UK.  All were stamped using flitter glue and guilded.  I stamped the fern three times, moving the paper about a mm en each direction.  This gave the stamped image a fuller look and made it look more like a tree.  I stamped the leaves out five times each.

The “tree” was cut out as a rectangle and a line scored 0.5cm in from each side as an embossed line.  This was matted onto a piece of red cardstock and trimmed to leave a small border.

I stuck a large, clear, faux gem to the top of the “tree” and a lot of medium sized faux gems of different colours all over it.

I scored and folded in half a sheet of hammered cardstock and stuck the matted image on with foam tape.

I took a small piece of torn cardstock, about the size of a 5p piece, and put a blob of glue gel in the centre.  I then trimmed the stamens to be shorter and pushed them into the centre of the glue before giving the leaves some shape and pusing them in in two rows, the largest outside and the smallest in between the largest and the stamens.  I left the glue set on this before I glued it to the card front.  The card was finished off with a printed insert and a peel-off on the front.

Card 2

For this card I chose the Rejoice angel from Chocolate Baroque.  Again I stamped in flitter glue and guilded.  I cut around the angel to make a rectangular topper then decided to make it a little different and cut of the top portion right up to the edge of the stamped image.  I put a “shaddow” around the outside edge of the angel using two shades of Prism Craft Markers.

I matted this topper onto a piece of Artisan Design paper.  This matted topper was put onto a layer of white lightweight cardstock before once again being trimmed and matted onto the second half of the same piece of Artisan Design paper, but this time with the paper in the opposite direction to the way I’d put it directly under the angel.

I scored and folded in half a sheet of hammered cardstock and stuck the matted topper directly to the card front.

I then stuck a lot of tiny AB faux gems on the paper mat behind the angel’s head and wings.

This card was finished off with a peel-off greeting on the front and a printed insert on the inside.

What I Used
Photos Of The Two Cards

This is the one made with the fern and leaves stamps.

I’ve taken photos from several different angles to try and get the shine on the poinsettia, tree, and lights to show.

And this is the second card made using the angel stamp.

Again I’ve taken several photos to try and get the shine to show.

I’m impressed that even the very fine lines of the facial features have been picked up when stamped in glue and guilded.

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I have stamped out a few more of the Chocolate Baroque images and guilded them the same time as I did the images for these two cards, so hopefully I will have them made up into simple cards to show you before long.

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October Calendar Page

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October Calendar Page

Time for my regular, monthly, post about what I’ve put on this month’s page on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen my previous calendar posts then you can find this year’s pages by following these links : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! June page – here! July page – here! August page – here! and September page – here!

In my last post I showed you two butterflies I’d stamped and coloured for a project, but, as I said, I had a bit of a disaster with a bottle of fizzy pop and only had the butterflies, which were elsewhere at the time, left to work with for other projects.

Having used one of the butterflies on a simple card for an Artisan DT Collective challenge I was left with one butterfly to use on this month’s calendar page.

After the fizzy pop disaster, and a few other incidents during last week, I wasn’t feeling up to doing much crafting, so what I did do was stamp out an assortment of images and have a little bit of colouring “me” time.

I wanted to have a bit more of a practive with my newest alcohol markers, The Prism Craft Markers from Hunkydory.  So before starting to colour in the stamped images I picked an image from a Prism Colouring Pad that came with the markers to colour first – it just happend to be an image of Poppies.

I then remembered seeing Joanna, from the Artisan DT Collective, had coloured up a stamped Anemone to look like a poppy so I thought I’d give it a go as well.

These are what I landed up with.

I did use a black pen to add similar detail to the centre of the Anemone as there was already printed on the three poppies.

What I Did

The butterfly for this project was stamped in flitter glue and covered in guilding flakes like the one used on the last project, before it was coloured in.

The flower was stamped using black ink.

I cut out the single “poppy” trimming off most of the leaves, and also cut out the butterfly, cutting off some of the curly embelishments.

Leaving one of the dotty cardstocks at A4 size I cut the other slightly smaller and a sheet of the white cardstock smaller again.

I used makeup brushes and green re-inker to colour in two corners of the white cardstock, leaving a white band diagonally down the middle.

The layers were attached together using fingerlift tape and the flower and butterfly were shaped a bit before attaching with glue gel.

I then put a clear drop onto the flower and added various colours of sticky back faux gems to the panel, as well as a line of peeloffs a mm or two in from the side of the inked piece of cardstock.

This was then stuck to the October page of the calendar and I also added the month title in Welsh – Mis Hydref.

What I Used
Photos Of The October Calendar Page

This is the matted and layered panel – I’ve put a photo up in the inspiration album for the “Light and Dark” challenge that is currently running on the “Create with Artisan Design” FB group.

A closer, angled view of part of the panel.

And an even closer look at the flower and butterfly.

This is the whole calendar page as it looks hanging on the wall in Mam’s room.

Getting in closer and closer.

And finally a photo of just the month name and panel on the calendar

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Hopefully, before long, I will have more batches of Christmas Cards to show you.  I really am running behind with makeing the Christmas Cards for my mother and I to send, as well as packs to sell up in the chapel where a portion of the price goes to the Sunday School funds.

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Butterfly Card

Butterfly Card

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I had been working on a challenge project to make an anniversary card, and had got thinks like base card (a version of a gatefold) as well as some matting and layering already cut out, and two butterflies stamped, when I had a little accident with a bottle of fizzy pop going all over the kitchen table (think volcano rather than a simple spill) where the majority of what I’d made was spread out.  So that was the end of that project as I had other problems and not enough time to complete.

But I did still have the butterflies – which were elsewhere when the pop fountain occured.

This is what they looked like.

Although I didn’t feel like re-starting the major challenge project, I did want to use the butterflies I had, so decided to make a simple card for another,  “Just For Fun”, challenge in the same group (Artisan DT Collective).

Although this group is a closed one for those who are in the DT Collective, Artisan Design does have a group open to anybody called “Create with Artisan Design” which anybody who is interested can join – and there are currently challenges running in that group as well with some fantastic prizes.

What I Used
What I Did

I started by spreading some of the Flitter Glue on foam, attaching the butterfly stamp to my stamping platform, and using the glue “ink” pad to cover the stamp before stamping onto white cardstock.  A quick press and off is all that is needed as you don’t want the stamp to stick to your paper.

I then put some assorted colour guilding flakes over the image, rubbed it in and used a scoochy to rub the spare flakes off and back into the jar.

This image was then coloured in and cut out.  Couldn’t possibly cut around all the fine twirly detail so cut off those coming from the back end of the butterfly.

I took the stencil and put it on another sheet of cardstock before using some makeup brushes (recomended by a member of the Artisan DT Collective and they are good at giving even blending of inks) to put through green and yellow ink.  This panel was then trimmed and I went around the outside using a green marker.

The stenciled panel was attached to the card front using fingerlift tape, and then, after doing some shapeing, I used the wet glue to attach the butterfly to the front.

I used the darkest blue marker that I’d used on the butterfly to colour over the silver peel-off greeting before putting that on the card front as well.

Finished Card

The finished card.

A slightly anbled view so you can see that the butterfly wings are slightly raised and catch the different shine of the stamp outline.

A closer angled look.

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I know I have been talking about it for a while, but I really do need to get on with Christmas Card making now!  But I do have a post for the October page of my mother’s calendar that I’m putting together at the moment so you should see that before the end of the week up on my blog.

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