Welsh New Baby Cards

Cardiau Cymraeg I’r Babi Newydd
Welsh New Baby Cards

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My nephew and his partner welcomed a new baby to the family the begining of this month, so that meant that a baby card each from Mam and I were needed.  We also decided to send one, very simple, card between us to my sister and brother-in-law to congratulate them on becoming grandparents.

You can see all 3 cards in this post.

What I Did

I started by takeing the Jiggy digital stamp into MS Publisher and resizing it, makeing a 2nd copy and putting a frame around one copy.  On the same working area I also put a yellow mat with green border, a green paper ribbon with yellow border, and a greeting panel with a green border.  The greeting is “Llongyfarchiadau Ar Enedigaeth Eich Cymro Bach Newydd”, which is Welsh for “Congratulations On The Birth Of Your New Little Welsh Man”.

After printing off the sheet I coloured in the framed image as well as some parts of the 2nd one to use as decoupage layers.  Everything was then cut out.

I scored and folded in half a card before sticking on the pieces, some with fingerlift tape and some with foam tape.  A plain insert with a peeloff greeting was put inside.

For the 3nd card I cropped out one of the little bottle cards, made it bigger and added a greeting “Llongyfarchiadau Ar Enedigaeth Eich Wyr”, which is Welsh for “Congratulations On The Birth Of Your Grandson”.  I then printed the page out.

It was then cut out, scored and folded in half, a little bow from the same sheet was added, together with a few gems.

I made the insert by folding a sheet of paper in half, putting it inside the card and drawing around it.  I then cut it out around 3mm inside the drawn line, makeing sure not to cut along the fold line.  This was then stuck inside.  A peel-off greeting was added inside.

For the 3rd card I took the printable download of the baby on pastel shawl and re-sized it to what I wanted before printing it off.  I also printed out the corresponding insert onto paper.

I cut out the topper and trimmed the insert.  The topper was matted onto dark blue cardstock and trimmed, and this was stuck to a light blue cardstock and trimmed.  I also made a panel for the greeting from the same two blue cardstocks.

The base card was made by scoreing a sheet of the Super Smooth Cardstock and folding in half.  I used foam tape to stick on the matted and layered topper, and also the greetings panel.  Peeloff greetings were added to the front and the insert which was stuck inside.  I finished off with a few motiffs from the peeloff sheet.

What I Used
Finished Cards

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For some reason the camera’s colours were coming out different in different photos, but here are the best photos of this card.  The writing is in the same red as the frame round the baby Welsh dragon but looks different.

Two different angled photos of the card.

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Front view of card.

Angled view to try and show diemsnion on bow and gems, but I don’t think I took it at enough of an angle.

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The card from the front

Angled view to try and show dimension.

The Insert

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My next post will be some crochet and loom knitting items I made to send the new baby.

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Welsh Sympathy Card

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A Welsh Sympathy Card

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What I Did

I started by cutting some white stamping cardstock in half and putting strips of masking tape across it.

I then used some brushes to brush some ink onto the uncovered areas makeing it darker at the two sides.

I followed this by takeing the Artisan Design “Raindrops” stencil and inking through with grey ink.  The stencil and masking tape was then removed and the piece allowed to dry naturally, which didn’t take long.

I used Canvas to set up the wording “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch Gyda Chydymdeimlad” (Welsh for “Thinking About You With Sympathy“) as well as a feather image, before using my Scan’n’Cut and a foiling quill to foil these using black foil – I should have changed the size of the foiling quill tip I was using to get the wording crisper as I’d used a larger tip for a previous project and forgot to change it, but it is just about readable.

I then trimmed the inked and foiled sheet and took some grey alcohol markers,  I used these to colour the feather and to add a darker shaddow to the raindrops.

I finished off by matting and layering the topper onto black cardstock before scoreig and folding a sheet of super smooth cardstock and attaching my creation to the front.

A printed insert was put inside.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the finished card looks like

A different angled look at the card.

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I have more of the cards I made to give packs to friends and family to show you, so keep an eye out for those over the next week or so.  I also have a small number of other projects on the go, but I don’t know how long those will take me to finish and blog about.

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Welsh Birthday Card

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A Welsh Birthday Card

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Life

I am praying, hopeing and keeping my fingers crossed that the infection in my damaged leg is finally gone.  It’s been just over a fortnight since it last flushed up red or had uneven, hot, patches.  So now, rather than full dose antibiotics I’ve been changed to a lower dose to try and keep the infection away, for inside of my leg to have a chance to heal and the swelling to reduce a bit.  Of course, it’s not all good – the three months of antibiotics have left me with oral thrush, so I’m now having to take something else to try and clear that, as my mouth is very sore.

But things could be a whole lot worse, as it is for many.

I can’t help thinking of all those who are suffering during this COVID-19 pandemic – not just those who’ve actually caught it so far, as well as those that are likely to catch it before it is eradicated (which is likely to take a very long time), but also those who have lost friends and relatives to this virus, as well as other things, but can’t just go and visit those who’ve lost nearest and dearest, who might not be included in the immediate family who can go to the funeral as part of the grieving process.

It’s a strange time we are living in.  And with so many still not really takeing the bit about staying at home – as in staying in the home live in (not a holiday home they go to a few weeks a year or friends or family members homes), or social distancing (as in keeping the required distance apart and not congregating in groups), I fear that we are in for a lot more instances of people catching the virus and a lot more people dieing from it.

With Mam having the letter to stay in and isolate for 12 weeks we are only having carers inside the house.

They now have masks and shields to go with the aprons and gloves they have always warn. Mam and I couldn’t mannage without them.  The ladies of Gofal Cymru are the best! I know at least two of them have moved out of their families homes to stay elsewhere.

While I am very down on idiots who’ve traveled down to Wales to their holiday cottages/second homes, many owners are staying away and have offered their properties for front line workers to stay in so that these workers can continue working while their families are isolating and trying to stay safe. So not all second home owners are selfish idiots.  and neither are all the people who are seen out and about more than once a day either.  there are a whole lot of volunteers around this area, and many other areas, who are putting the needs of others first, shopping for them, fetching medications for them’ from miles away if needed. I havent had to call on our local volunteers yet, but it’s nice to know that they are there if I do need them.

With Mam having had the letter we are having an emergency pack of food, toilet paper, etc., organised by the county.  It is helpful, as I haven’t been able to book my usual every Saturday morning Tesco slots, (even after being in touch with Tesco and getting it on their system that Mam has had the Chief Medical Officer of Wales’ letter,) but the things supplied are a bit lacking in things like eggs, butter or other spread to put on bread, washing up liquid, laudry powder, etc., while the first box Mam was sent contained a 3Kg pack of pasta.  Now I struggled to lift it – I am seriously weak after the last 3 months of illness – so if other people who were frail and elderly had the same type of box, as was dropped off here, I can’t help thinking that there will be a lot of frail people who are on lockdown who will be struggling.  At least with having the emergency pack dropped off, I can use what Tesco slots I do manage to get to order enough of the things that are lacking to keep us going the few weeks until the next Tesco delivery slot I’ve managed to get.  And our usual meat delivery company, Aeron Bacon, have rang to say that they will still be delivering next week, so we will be OK for fresh meat to drop in the freezer.

Mind you, we won’t be needing joints of meat as the family are not able to come over for Sunday lunch as they usually do.  It is so odd not having the nephews in and out of here.

I am sure that you are all finding different things odd in your lives at the moment, but please do stay safe and healthy.

Crafting

When I did the April page for my mother’s calendar I decided to work on a few other things using inks and stencils.  I’d watched Pete Simpson of Artisan Design UK demonstrate makeing a card on a Facebook Live, towards the end of last month, where he was using some sort of masking tape to cover stripes on his topper before doing inking, stenciling, etc., and I thought I’d take inspriation from this to work on a card of my own.  You can see his finished card – here.

What I Did

I started by takeing a piece of A5 Stamping cardstock and stuck down some strips of masking tape across the front.

I then used brushes to lay down some yellow, light and darker orange coloured inks over the uncovered areas.

I used the darker and mid tone inks to lay down lots of circular dots over the area using a stencil and them removed the masking tape strips.

After this I took a “sun” stencil, and using a brush again I put a sun in the top right of the piece of cardstock, adding extra yellow in a haze around the centre.

I then set out a greeting and two designs from the Canvas work area and transfered them to my Scan’n’Cut.  Once the inked cardstock was dry I put it on my Scan’n’Cut mat – towards the middle so that I’d have space to attach the foil afterwords.  I did a background scan of the mat to get the positioning right and dragged the items to be foiled into the desired location before sticking the foil over the top of the cardstock and setting the machine to foil it.

Once the foiling was complete and the foil was removed I coloured in the rose and butterfly using alcohol markers, using colours that would overshaddow the spotted stripes behind them.

I then set about matting and layering the topper and sticking it to the front of a 10″ x 7″ base card.

What I Used
The Finished Card

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I do have a few other bits of crafting on the go – but it is a go slow – however you should see them appear on my blog at some point 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 – 3

Final Inky Wizz Post

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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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