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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Home Decor – Gazebo

Decorated Gazebo

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The project I’ve got to show you today is one I’ve been working on slowly for a few weeks.  This is a home decor piece with a battery opperated candle inside, decorated in an autumnal colour palate of russetts, reds and yellows mostly.  I haven’t added anything particularly autumnal in the decoration, such as brown leaves or pumpkin shapes, so, despite the colour scheme it can be used all year.

What I Used
What I Did

The MDF Gazebo was suppose to come with MDF glue, but mine didn’t, and I didn’t receive any after I E-mailed C&C that it, and another item from my order, was missing (although I did receive the other item).  I therefore used Gorilla Wood Glue to clue the gazebo together.

It came out of the MDF sheets easily and went together nicely.


(Photo from Create & Craft Website of flat sheets it came as.)

After the glue was completely dry I painted it with two coates of white Gesso.

I then started to add Copper mousse to the edges of the roof panels with my fingertip, but I found that I couldn’t really get my fingertip into the area around the hanging loop or the cracks between the roof panels, so I switched to using a makeup brush with a small head before I started applying the Bronze mousse around the tripple layer base of the gazebo.  (The specific type of makeup brushes I used were recomended by another member of the Artisan Design DT Collective as being good for blending distress inks, as they are realy soft, so as I wanted something soft that wouldn’t leave brush marks on the embelishment mousse I thought I’d give one of the small ones a try and it worked very well. the only brush marks are the ones already there from painting on the gesso.)

After seeing that the coverage was good on the base I went back and filled in the areas I’d missed on the roof using the brush.

For the floor of the gazebo I wanted a marbled look, so I used the same brush I’d used for the bronze mousse and added some of the pearl mousse to it before starting to brush randomly over the floor, re-dipping in the pearl as needed.  The bronze put down darker patches in the pearl until it had all worked off the brush and then I just brushed all over to smooth out the lines to leave a warm marbled look.

I also used a mixture of bronze and pearl mousse on the cross pieces of the side panels.

I stamped the fern onto the roof using a green distress ink, holding the stamp in my hand and carefully putting it on a roof panel before pressing down all over and pealing it off from the bottom.

After letting the ink dry I roughly coloured in the ferns using the lighter green Promarker at the top and darker at the bottom.  I didn’t try to keep specifically inside every line, and any line that wasn’t totally clear didn’t matter as I was just going for a more rough look.

It doesn’t really matter that not all the ferns look exactly the same and that the stamped lines are showing in some places and that I’ve over coloured the stamped lines in other places.

I just kept going round the roof until all 8 panels were done.

And this is what it looked like from the top at this stage.

I then started making an assortment of flowers in different layer combinations and with different centres.  Then it was on with decorating the gazebo with flowers, using a hot glue gun to attach them.

I didn’t want to cover the whole thing, so I went for a swirl of flowers from the top of the roof, around the top of the doorway and down the side of the door before swirling off around one side.

I put a battery opperated candle inside.

Finished Gazebo

From the top.

From a few sides.

Closer look at flowers down the side.

Closer look at flowers on the roof.

A video clip of it from all sides.

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I still have some more of the cards I sent to our carers boss for her to choose from, some challenge entries, and Christmas cards to show you, so please do keep visiting to see my makes as I manage to blog them.

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Butterfly Card

Butterfly Birthday Card

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For the card I have got to show you today I used two things I haven’t used before.  A new butterfly stamp from Artisan Designs UK that I just got, and some explosion powders from Pretty Gets Gritty that I’ve had for a few weeks but hadn’t used previously.

What I Did

I wet a sheet of 300gsm white cardstock and sprinked a bit from four or five different pots of explosion powsers on it and watched as they moved in the water to create an interesting background.  I then left this to dry naturally overnight.

I stamped out the butterfly stamp and used the explosion powders with a water brush to colour it in.  It was then cut out and left to dry.

I took a sheet of hammered cardstock, scored it, folded it, and used a punch to round the corners.

I took the background I’d created and cut out a piece of a suitable size for my card.  I also cut out a bit of glitter card a little bigger.  Both these layers had their corners rounded.

Fingerlift tape was used to attach the glitter card to the base card.  Glue gel was used to attach the background panel to the glitter card.  I then shaped the butterfly and again used glue gel to attach this.  I finished off with a “Penblwydd Hapus” peeloff (Welsh for Happy Birthday).

Inside is an insert with the same greeting printed on it before attaching with fingerlift tape.

What I Used
The Finished Card

The front view of the card –

Angled view of card showing dimension of butterfly –

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I have started on my Christmas Cards, as well as cards for an order I’ve had, so expect a few more posts over the next couple of weeks.

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Welsh Birthday Card

Carden Penblwydd Hapus
A Welsh Birthday Card

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

In my last blog post – here – I told you that I’d stamped out a lot of Artisan Design floral stamps, but only ended up using one flower and one leaf on my simple sympathy card.

For the project I’ve got to show you today I’ve coloured up another of the stamped images and made a card with it.

What I Did

I picked an image that had been stamped in green ink and coloured it in using alcohol markers. I then cut this out and shaped it a bit so the leaves on either side were no longer flat.

I took a sheet of cream hammered cardstock, scored, folded it in half, and used a punch to round the corners.

I took a sheet of gold glitter card and a sheet of red perleasent cardstock, cut them to size I required and also rounded the corners.

I attached the glitter card to the base card using fingerlift tape.

I took a topper from a kit I had bought and used foam tape to attach this to the pearlescent cardstock before using glue gel to attach the coloured flower to the front.

I then used glue gel to attach the matted image to the glitter card layer.

I finished off with a Penblwydd Hapus (Welsh for Happy Birthday) greeting.

I printed off the same greeting onto white paper, trimmed, scored and folded, and attached inside as an insert using fingerlift tape.

What I Used
The Finished Card

The front view of the card – with pearlescent cardstock, glitter cardstock and a topper with a sheen, the colours are not completely true in these photographs, especially this front view one.

I do think you can get a better idea of the colours from the various angles I’ve taken the photographs of the card from, though none look exactly the same colours as the card throughout.

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I have started on my Christmas Cards, as well as cards for an order I’ve had, so expect a few more posts over the next couple of weeks.

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Simple Sympathy Card

CAS Sympathy Card

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

I’m a member of the Artisan Design DT Collective.  And every month Pete, the owner/designer, sets us a challenge to make something, anything, using at least one Artisan Design item.

For August the title of the challenge is “OUT OF THIS WORLD”.  Entries so far include all sorts of “out of this world” themes, from space, aliens, Narnia, beautiful flowers, dragons, under the sea, etc.,

So I set about stamping up lots of the different Artisan Design flower stamps I have using black, grey and green ink.

What I Did

I stamped out several of different Artisan Design Floral Stamps using black, grey and gree ink – and then picked just one flower and one leaf for my project.

I coloured these in using dinky inky re-inkers before cutting them out.  I used MS Publisher software on my laptop to write out a framed greeting of a suitable size for my project for both the outside and the inside of my project, the one on the outside being printed onto printable cardstock and the one for the inside being printed onto 120gsm paper.

I scored and folded a sheet of Hammered Cardstock and then trimmed purple and white cardstock of different finishes to give my matting and layering.

I then attached everything together, using fingerlift tape for flat layers, foam tape for raised greeting and glue gel to attach the flower, leaf, and a little clear drop embelishment.

The insert was trimmed a little and attached inside with fingerlift tape.

What I Used
The Finished Card

The front view of the card.

And this an angled view of the card showing the little dimension I added.

I did put in an insert with a greeting framed the same as the sentiment on the front – but forgot to photograph that.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Vintage Looking Canvas

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Vintage Rural Themed Canvas Board

This is a project I have had on the go for a long time, and I had it in mind to do even further back when I first saw the stamps and stencils I used, but I got side tracked doing other projects (some of which were on a similar theme that I’ve posted previously).  All the paper used is recycled brown paper that came inside a delivered parcel holding the items in place.  To give it a rustic look I’ve torn practically everything, though I have used a scissors to trim around some small areas such as the farmer’s hat and the milk churn top.

What I Did

I started by tareing pieces of brown paper into spirals which I made into paper flowers, folding bits as I went and glueing with bookbinding glue.  These were left to dry before I brushed over the surface with gold Nuvo Mousse.

I then scrunched up a large piece of the brown paper and opened it out, to give it more creases.  I coated the canvas board with bookbinding glue and smoothed the paper over it, makeing sure not to flatten out all the creases.  I tore around the edge of the canvas and again used the gold mousse, putting a lot on the edges and a light touch over the rest of the board to catch the raised crease edges.

I then used smoothed out lots of other pieces of the brown paper, put pieces in my stamping platform and stamped out lots of the images from the stamp set.  I coloured in all the stamped images using an assortment of pencil types from one collection.

I spent some time playing with these stamped and coloured images, tareing bits more off, curling the edges, laying them on the board, moving them around and around, asking Mam what she thought, until I was h appy with the layout.  Then I left it overnight to be double sure, before using Pinflair Glue Gel to stick the paper flowers in place and the other Pinflair glue to stick the images on.

What I Used

Recycled brown paper

The Finished Project

This is what the finished project looked like.

And here are a few closeups of some areas of the work.

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I have more works in progress as well as some planned, so, depending on whether it is gardening weather or not, you should see more posts going up in the near future, so keep an eye out for those.

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Rainbow Storms

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Rainbow Storms

In one small group I’m in a challenge is set each month.  The title this month “Rainbow Storms” had me thinking a lot.

At one stage I was thinking of doing a rainbow of different coloured autumn leaves being blown about in a storm, but I’ve done something else lately with leaves so was trying to think of something else.  In the end I thought I’d go for the obvious and include an actual image of a Rainbow and make a card.

What I Did

I used Microsoft Publisher to construct the rainbow and type out the wording.  I then took the rainbow panel into IrfanView and cropped it as well as adding some raindrop effects.  This was then printed out.

I stamped out the floral image and coloured it in.  I stamped some different sized flowers and leaves from another stamp in the same collection.  I started this several weeks ago, but the cateract operation has slowed things down a lot, and by now I can’t remember exactly what I used to colour in the flowers and leaves – though I’m pretty certain that I did a watercolour effect painting using Dinky Inkies and a purple ink from a different company.

I took a base card and attached the rainbow panel using fingerlift tape before putting on a frame made of strips of wood look cardstock.  I then attached the flower and wording panels. The floral image was layered up with offset flowers using foam tape.

What I Used

Some of the things I’ve used I’ve had for some time so I am not sure where I got them or any details

My Finished Project

My “Rainbow Storms” card.

At a slight angle to try and show dimension.

And a closeup of the Artisan Designs Nettlebloom flower stamp coloured in, and with a couple of added flowers and leaves.

Challenges

I would like to enter this card in the Daring Cardmakers “Whatever The Weather” challenge that is sponsered by JMC Designs.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Vintage Male Themed Birthday Card

A Rural Themed Birthday Card For A Male

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

A Bit Of An Update

Skip to the card if you want!

My regular visits will have noticed that I have not made many posts to my blog this month. It has been an eventful month.

Following the development of a cateract in my left eye (a known side effect of the emergency opperation I had to treat a tare in the retina 18 months ago), I had been on the waiting list for a cateract operation for over six months. I had received a letter for a consutation appointment for the middle of June, but had a phone call before then offering me a cancelation the begining of the month. The eye had deteriorated so much since they had last seen me that they agreed to put me on a cancellation list as the waiting time was about six months. Wasn’t expecting much to happen, but within a couple of days I was phoned to ask if I could come in for the pre-opp eye measurements, etc., the following week. So having begged a lift up once from one of my sisters the first week of the month, I had to ask if she would be so kind as to drive me up again the following week. Even then I was told it could be up to three months before I would have the opp.

So I was very surprised to have another call within a week offering me 8am on the 25th for the opperation. So basicaly just over three weeks from consultation to opp.

Having already dragged my sister away from her farm work twice in two weeks I didn’t feel it would be fair to ask her to make the trek to the hospital a third time so soon, so this time I asked a friend who, every time she visits, tells us to remember she’s more than willing to help in any way she can. This friend has the added benefit of already having had a cateract operation herself so knew what I was going through.

So, by now I had the gooseberries coming ready in the garden, and just a few days before my operation to get them all in and sorted. Mam went on strike at one point and refused to top and tail any more and said that I should go and give a couple of pounds each to a few friends, including the one who was going to drive me to the hospital and back for the opp.

Don’t know why they are so keen to have everybody in the hospital by 8am as the surgeons certainly were not there, and the operations didn’t start for two hours, and as luck would have it I was the last of the morning list and wasn’t in until mid-day. With my M.E. and dodgy leg, sitting in a ward for four hours was not good for my aches and pains, and staring into the light for twenty minutes wasn’t good for my headache. But the operation went smoothly. Of course, I was feeling very rough by this stage in the day, so my friend went to fetch us some sandwiches for lunch and we ate in the car as there is no way I’d have made it to the restaurant.

By the time I got home I told Mam that my good eye was coming out in sympathy, running tears and strange lights, and, despite having sunglasses clipped to my glasses, and having a very smooth journey home, my headache was worse, as was my nausea. Only sat for a bit with Mam to tell her how it had gone before crawling into bed and realising that I had a migraine with flashing lights in both eyes, bought on no doubt by staring into the light during the opperation, and even when everything had settled down I couldn’t see through my good eye well enough to read the instructions on the Pot Noodle for supper, in fact, had to get the carer to point me in the direction of the Pot Noodle on the counter as I couldn’t even see that.

Thankfully, by the following morning, the eye that hadn’t been operated on was back to normal, though I’d been warned that it would take 24 hours for the gas that had been put in to hold the lens in place to clear so I shouldn’t expect to see anything through the operated eye. Spent most of the day in bed just hopeing the aches and pains would go and that I wasn’t going to go into an M.E. crash, and was pleased to see that colours were appearing round the perifery of the operated eye by lunch time.

Only problem was that by the following day I still could only see a dense, white, nothing, in the centre of the operated eye. And by now I was starting to get a bit worried – I knew that I shouldn’t be able to focus correctly with it as the glasses I had were the wrong prescription for the new lens put in, and in any case, it needed to finish healing and the drops will make it a bit blurry while I’m on those, but nobody I know who has had a cateract operation has said that the centre of their vision was a big white area after two days. So I phoned the hospital to see if it was anything to worry about, especially in view of the fact that the first evening I had the migraine and wouldn’t have been aware if any post opperation anomalies had occured. I was hopeing that they would say that it could take a while longer for the centre whiteout to clear and not to worry. But no! They wanted me back up at the hospital at 5.30pm Thursday evening. So a quick call to my friend again – her husband was due back with their car by about 3pm so yes she could take me back. And off we went again.

It seems that I have Corneal Oedoema – the cornea having started swelling up as a result of the opperation – something that does happen but not often I gather – and that the swelling should go down gradually by about a week, at which point I won’t have a big white area in the centre of my vision with that eye.

I’m so thankful to my sister and my friend for their help in getting me there and back a couple of times each.

So, by now, the eye is begining to clear, and although I can’t focus properly yet, the white area is much less dense so I am seeing things through it, which means that it will probably have cleared by around Thursday, as the person I saw last Thursday said.

So now, there are a whole lot of things I’m not suppose to do, to keep from damaging or getting anything into the healing eye, and so much I want to get on with, both in the garden and with my crafting, but two trips to the hospital in one week has finished me off for a while, and I am resting as much as possible and doing just enough crafting to keep me sane as well as watering what needs watering in the garden with a directional head on a hosepipe.

The one thing that did need doing was a card for my brother for his birthday, and that is what I have to show you today.

Welsh Birthday Card

I cut a piece of wood patterend paper and stuck it to the front of my base card.  I then tore some pieces from some brown paper that came wrapped within a parcel.  One piece I scrunched up a lot and then opened it out before rubbing some gold embelishment mousse around the edges and over the raised creases.  I stamped onto the other pieces that were mostly flat and then tore the edges before adding some gold around the edge of those panels as well.  I quickly added some colour using two different colours of re-inkers used as a watercolour paint. Once these were dried I glued them in position onto the card front as well as adding a peeloff greeting.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the finished card looked like.

With this photo I’m trying to show that, although I used wet glue to attach the layers, the fact that I had crinkled up the brown paper mat before sticking everything in places means that there is a natural dimention to the card and a very rustic look.

I added very little colouring, only using two different Dinky Inkies re-inkers and a paint brush on the grass and the farmer.

I’ve tried to photograph this in different lighting so that the gold coloured Nuvo Moose stands out.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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65th Wedding Anniversary

65th Wedding Anniversary Card

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

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

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

What I Used

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

What I Did

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finished Card And Insert

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

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

Penblwydd Priodas Hapus simply means Happy Wedding Anniversary.

A different angled look at the card.

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

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

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