A Card For My Aunt

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A Birthday Card For My Aunt

I showed you the gift and the card I made for my mother’s birthday in my last couple of posts.  Well, one of my aunts has her birthday the day following my mother, so I needed to make a card for her as well.

I had the same problem of agony in my arm and shoulder makeing crafting very, very, difficult, so again I chose to make a simple card for her.

Today I have the very simple card I made her to show you.

I chose a brightly coloured image from a Hunkydory Little Book, matted it onto blue cardstock, stuck it to the front of a pre cut and scored base card and added a foiled banner greeting that said “Penblwydd Hapus”.  I finished off with an insert that said the same.

I tried to take photos from several slightly different angles to see if I could catch the foiled greeting and show off the colours at their best.  Not my best photos ever, but I think you can see that the card depicts an under the sea scene.

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Now that I’ve been prescribed stronger pain killers, I am going to try and catch up a bit on blogging what I’ve already made, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks. Then I’ll try and get back on track makeing my Christmas cards.

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Mam’s Birthday Card

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A Birthday Card For My Mother

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

Yesterday I showed you the gift I’d made for my mother for her birthday, and explained that I’d kept it simple because of being in agony with my shoulder.

Today I have the very simple card I made her to show you.

Mam likes watching the birds from her bedroom window – in addition to a bird feeding “tree” that I gave her several years ago that sits in a flower bed visible from her window, I’ve also put a stick on feeder onto her window so that she can see the birds coming to feed better.  So I decided to use an image of a bird from one of the Hunkydory Little Books for Mam’s card this time.

I simply matted the image onto a piece of blue cardstock, and then stuck this onto the front of a pre-shaped and scored base card.  I added a foiled banner greeting that says “Penblwydd Hapus” to the front and an insert that said the same inside.

Unfortunately my photos are not the best this time and I didn’t feel up to re-takeing the photos.

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Now that I’ve been prescribed stronger pain killers, I am going to try and catch up a bit on blogging what I’ve already made, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.  Then I’ll try and get back on track makeing my Christmas cards.

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A Birthday Gift For My Mother

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A Birthday Gift For My Mother

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

Just a quick post today.

It was my mother’s birthday at the begining of the month so it was time for me to do a bit of crafting.

The only problem is that the pains in my arm and shoulder have curtailed my crafting greatly this month (not being able to do my usual physio exercises to keep things in check because I wasn’t suppose to lift, pull, push, etc., for several weeks after the hernia opperation meant serious agony when I was finally allowed to start back lifting, etc.)  Also the pains have made it difficult for me to do much typing to catch up with blogging.  So this means that I went for a simple display of three roses for my mother for her birthday.

She likes the Peace Rose, and I beleive had them in her wedding bouquet, so, having got the stuff together to make white ForeverFlowerz roses, I set about colouring them in to try and get an approximation of a Peace Rose.

Firstly yellow coloured ink, then some pink Fleurs Oil Pastels.

I then built up the roses, layer by layer, as per the instructions, put them on stems and added leaves – also ForeverFlowerz items made to work together.

I put the three roses into a vase that came as part of a collection of 4, again from Forever Flowers.  Finishing off with some faux greenery from the same company.

I then popped a stick on ladybird on the side vase and a blue butterfly at the top of the vase.

This is what I gave her.

When my sister called round and saw the vase of flowers on the windowsill she thought there was a real beatle crawling up the side of the vase.  Mam and I had a good laugh about 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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Welsh Birthday Cards

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Cardiau Penblwydd Cymraeg~Welsh Birthday Cards

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

Just a catch up post to show a couple of cards I made before my medical emergency that I hadn’t blogged.

The end of June it was my brother’s birthday.  This meant I needed to make two cards – one from my mother and one from myself.

I returned to the Hunkydory kit of African animal silhouettes (the same ones I used to make the batches of cards to give to friends and family at the start of lockdown which you can see here if you haven’t seen them previously).

What I Did

For the first card I used one of the black silhouette foiled acetates from the collection, scored it and wrapped it around a card that I’d put on some of the background from the kit onto.  I finished it off with Penblwydd Hapus peeloff.

The second card was made using some bits cut off when I made the big batch of cards and a topper.

The Finished Cards

1st Card

2nd Card

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

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Christmas Cards – 007 to 012

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Christmas Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before). Thank you so much for poping over for a look, and a big thank you to those regular visitors who have left such kind comments on my various posts of late. I realy do appreciate you taking the time to do so.

I did start showing you my Christmas card makes a good while ago, and had a couple of dozen already made ready to photograph and show you, but things like an emergency operation got in the way.  So now I’m going to, very slowly, get back into blogging and crafting, and sooner or later I hope to catch up with things – at least I hope to do so before Christmas – no rush is there?!

Like the first ones I made, the cards in this batch have been quick and easy ones made using components from the latest Hunkydory Christmas Collection, and, as I was so late doing my cards last year and didn’t use up all my stash, I have quite a few bits added from last year’s Hunkydory Christmas Collection as well. As the cards became all jumbled up when I was putting them into a storage box I’m not quite sure which year’s collection the cards I’ve got to show you in the first few posts have been made from.

What I Did

Have a look at the first batch I showed – Here! – if you want to know what I did.

What I Used
Finished Cards

I’ve decided to number the Christmas Cards I’m makeing this year in my blog posts, going on from one post to the next. That way I’ll know exactly how many cards I’ll have made by the end.

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Outside

Inside

008.

Outside

Inside

009.

Outside

Inside

010.

Outside

Inside

011.

Outside

Inside

012.

Outside

Inside

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As well as many more Christmas cards made from Hunkydory cardmaking sheets I’ve also started working on other types of Christmas cards, including some decoupaged ones, so keep an eye out for a lot of Christmas card posts over the next few weeks.

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2020 Calendar – September

September Calendar Page & Life

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

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

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

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

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

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

So that brings me to …

Crafting

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

The first thing I did do once I got my hands back on my glass mat was to do a little inking and stamping for the September page of Mam’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! July – Here! and August – Here!

What I Did

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is the month title strip.

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

This is both stuck on the calendar.

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

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

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

You can see a video of my fish – Here!

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2020 Calendar – August

August Calendar Page & Life

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

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

WARNING – MEDICAL SAGA COMING UP!

I was going to plough ahead with Christmas Card Making in July but …

I’m afraid I’ve had a couple of trips that I hadn’t planned on in July – trips by ambulance to hospital.

Monday the 13th July a hernia, that had been more annoying than serious, got worse to the point that I had to call for an ambulance, and I believe I was out cold at one point. Thankfully, after anti nausea drip to stop the wretching and a pain relief drip, as we were heading to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen (a trip of around 30 miles on not such good roads), my intestines started to work their way back in, and after arriving the rest were pushed back in. Blood tests and several X-rays followed before they decided to send me home in the morning and told me to see my GP for more pain meds and to chase up a referal to outpatients to organise a hernia repair. So back home again in an ambulance morning of Tuesday 14th, despite me saying that the hernia was coming out again already. Then there was the worry of COVID-19, (they did keep me separate from everybody as I came from a shielding household but you never know if a staff member could be a non symptomatic carrier,) so had to quarantine myself in my room for most of the time, not going in to Mam’s room at all, mask on whenever I had to come out, spraying everywhere I touched, and enough alcohol sanitiser to give a hangover from the fumes. Thankfully one of my nephews had come over to stay with Mam before I left in the ambulance so stayed after I came home to help, as my insides kept working themselves out, even just sleeping in bed at night, I couldn’t do much of anything, and the Nurse Practitioner at our GP surgery on Thursday warned me to get help if I had trouble getting it back in before my outpatients appointment came through.

So roll on to Tuesday evening the 21st, after a week of constantly holding my belly and pushing anything that came out back in, it came out around 9pm and I just couldn’t get it back in. After three hours of rubbing and pushing I gave up and phoned our doctors surgery thinking they would have it on divert to the out of hours service, but they didn’t, so I had to dial another number. Telephonist took down details and got “Clinician” to call me back. It was 12.30am, while on the phone to the clinician and rubbing my belly at the same time, that I finaly got it back in. The clinician thought I should still speak to a doctor as having loop of intestines out just under the skin for over 3 hours wasn’t good. Some time later the doctor called and said that, despite things now being back in place, he wanted me seen in A&E a.s.a.p. –  the morning wouldn’t do. He asked about somebody in the house who could bring me in and I said impossible as the only people here were my 82 year old disabled mother and my 14 year old nephew. So doctor said to leave it with him. I was sort of expecting a call back, but while I was waiting I heard some sounds and clanking from the road out front, and by the time I made it to the door the ambulance people were there. Mam was half awake so I managed to shout and tell her what was happening, Nephew was so fast asleep he heard nothing. By the time I got onto the ambulance it was out again, and I couldn’t get it back in.

I was in Glangwili by about 3am I think. It was a bit more busy than it had been previous time, and, with keeping distancing between patients, etc., there were less places to put patients. After seeing triage I saw doctor. Landed in the plaster room at one time, as it had a bed, so doctor could try and get everything back in again. Didn’t work, so off to some other isolated room to await person on call on surgical team, who also tried to push everything back in and failed. He decided his boss would have to see me, so finally I was sent to an assesment side ward of surgical ward to wait for the surgeon’s ward round, as that would be quicker than waiting in A&E for him to go down after ward round.

After another of the team tried to push again they decided I would need an opperation a.s.a.p., meaning straight into theatr after the current patient in there came out at around mid day, provided nobody with a more life threatening condition came in. One did. So I was waiting until late afternoon before I was wheeled up to theatre. Needless to say I was in serious pain by now despite the drips – all the different people trying to push had left my belly with red marks, black and blue before getting anywhere near the surgeon’s scalpell. No idea how long I was in theatr. I know they took ages to get all the necesary drips and probes into me, and my arms from elbows to wrists are black and blue now. One of the team thought that it was only a roll of fat that was coming out but he did say to me after the operation that I had been right that it was my intestines coming out through the tare in the muscle by the belly button, but that it still looked viable and not totally strangulated and dieing, therefore they hadn’t had to cut any of the intestines out or give me a stoma, which were two of the possibilities they had mentioned pre-op. It seems the whole repair has been done via disolvable stitches, which have not only been used to pull the torn muscles together, but also to strengthen the weak places. A bit of surgical darning I guess. I just hope that the tare and the weak bit have really joined and strengthened well before the stitches disolve – I just have this picture in mind of me moving around one day and everything coming loose like a seam coming loose and everyting inside being visible.

I believe I made it back to the ward around 10pm on Wednesday 22nd. Morphine drip with self administer button overnight, then straight up to a chair Thursday morning after nurses helped me wash and change out of theatr gown to my own clothes. Given first food Thursday lunchtime. Then it was a case of waiting for me to “open my bowels” and for the drain from the wound (which nurse told me is around 10cm in length) to stop dripping so much. During Thursday ward round I was told I might be let home during the weekend, so you could have pushed me over with a feather when, after I’d had a walk to the toilet and was sat out in a chair Friday morning, the ward round took place before I had any breakfast and the surgeon took one look at me, my notes, and my drip, and told the nurse to remove the drip and send me home.

I was down in the discharge lounge before I had a slice of toast, and home before mid day.

Now it’s a case of balancing resting, with moveing around to stop clots, and sitting upright and deep breathing to keep lungs clear as it seems sticking tube down throat to lungs can cause chest infections, on top of praying that I don’t get an infection in the wound, catch COVID as, in addition to the virus itself, the actual coughing could be catastrophic to the repared hernia, and, of course no lifting anything either.

So then I waited for a visit from District nurse on Monday 27th to re-dress the wound and praying that she was happy with how it looked and that there was no sign of any underlieing tareing of muscle or intestines coming near the surface.

Nurse’s verdict was that everything looked fine, and she is due back at some point today for a further check of the wound.

I’ve had my Christmas crafting stuff left out so I can still get on with bits even though I can’t do any lifting.  Mostly card making, which I will get back to blogging for you all to see in due course.  I have quite a few cards to finish putting their photos into blog posts. Just been a bit shell-shocked by the emergency operation and concentrating on recovery.

But in the meantime …

Crafting

As I’m sure you can imagine, I was not up to doing a big work of art for my mother’s calendar page for August, but I had to make an effort and get my nephew to stick it up.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! and July – Here!

What I Did

I was shouting in round my mother’s bedroom door asking what she’d like on her calendar next (had to re-start the 14 day self quarantine isolation again from when I came home from hospital the second time so still not going into her room) and my nephew, who was sitting in with her, said that he could simple throw a piece of fruit pie he’d made and Mam hadn’t finished, and a few other bits at the calendar and see what stuck. Or perhaps put them in a flower press and flatten and dry them first  LOL.

This gave me an idea.  A montage of some of the things my nephew has cooked while here, as well as the other things he’s had to take over watching over her doing.  Everything from nettle soup (for some reason the soup that looked green on my screen printed out much yellower than I wanted) to bread and butter pudding, fruit pie to roast with sprouts. Tablets and inhalers, juices and milk, cereal, etc.

I used Publisher to collect pictures together, searching for photos put online with creative commons licencing to use as nephew hadn’t taken photos of his own cooking. (Just hope nobody’s been putting up other people’s photos with a statement that they have a Creative Commons licence when they had no right to do so.  I don’t like using other people’s work on personal projects like this when personal use permission to do so isn’t in place.)

I then took some time cutting out the images, then stuck them onto a single sheet of paper that I’d printed a brown border – the same colour I’d used as a border to the letters of the title “Mis Awst” I’d also printed out.

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

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, photos, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Bookbinding Glue
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

This is the “colage” of images.

This is a photo taken by my nephew after he’d stuck the pieces to my mother’s calendar.

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I have several posts part written, and they will appear in due course, as I regain my strength after the operation.  Keep an eye out in a week or two for them to start appearing on this blog.

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90th Birthday Card

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Welsh 90th Birthday Card

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As I said in my last post – one of the deacons in our chapel had phoned me to let me know that one of our chapel members, who taught the Sunday School before me, was having her birthday last week.  I only had a couple of days notice, so not a lot of time to think about what to do.

As luck would have it, a person who use to live opposite us had phoned the same afternoon and said that she had a box of old cards for me to recycle if I wanted them.  Of course I wanted them.  I love seeing how I can give a second life to cards.  She dropped the box off in our side passage before the end of the day.  I started flicking through them for a look and the minute I saw one card it just jumped out at me and I knew it would make a great 90th birthday cellabration card.

So out with my trimmer, etc., and off I went …

What I Did

I started by scoreing and trimming the large sheet of textured cardstock to create an 8″ square card.

I then trimmed the card front from the old card I was recycling.  This was attached to a sheet of dark red cardstock using fingerlift tape and trimmed to leave a narrow border.

I then trimmed a 7″ square from a lighter red, glitter, cardstock from the same pack.  I used foam tape to attach the glitter mat to the card front and then to attach the matted topper on top of that.

I used foam tape again to attach the greeting banner over where the greeting was on the recycled topper.

I then added a 90 peeloff.

I finished by printing a greeting on a sheet of paper, trimming it, and attaching it inside the card.

What I Used
The Finished Card

Front View

Different angled looks at the same card. Hope you can see the dimension created by using 3mm deep foam tape between some of the matting and layering.

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I think it will be back to showing you Christmas cards for my next blog post, so keep an eye out for that as I have several more ready to show you and lots more to complete and photograph.

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90th Birthday Gift

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90th Birthday Gift

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Early last week one of the deacons from our chapel phoned me to let me know that one of our members was having her 90th birthday – in a couple of days time!

So time to quickly get my thinking cap on and decide on something to make her as a gift.

As it happened I’d recently topped up my supply of Forever Flowerz making items, including getting the “wall” pieces.  And I decided to cut a piece to put in a frame and make up a framed panel of flowers.

What I Did

I started by removing the glass from the frame and using the back board to cut the flower attaching grid to the same size.

After checking that it fit properly and that the back would re-close in place I used dabs of hot glue behind the grid to hold it to the backboard of the picture – I didn’t want everything to come out of the frame.

I chose a few pieces of Forever Flowerz Foliage for putting along the top and the four corners.

I then set to work to make up lots of “Chrysanthemums” flowers.

I had a pack of white petal layers as well as a larger pack of a mixture of different coloured layers.  It was then a case of spending a couple of evenings makeing up the flowers.

I knew I wanted to put 90 in white at the centre and frameing it with different colours, it was just a case of deciding on how to position the 90 and which colours I could use around the white 90.

As it happend I didn’t have enough layers to make up the red flowers, but did have some spare white ones from a previous kit, so after makeing up extra white flowers I used some red ink and a makeup application brush to turn some white flowers to an approximation of the red ones I had.

I don’t think I did too bad a job of it.

I mixed up the red Chrysanthemums I coloured with the ones made from red petal layers in the finished piece and I don’t think it is very obvious (other than perhaps one of the first one I tried that turned out a bit dark) which is which.

I pushed all the foliage and flowers onto the spikes of the wall mounting panel.

I shook the piece and nothing fell off so I decided that it wouldn’t be necessary to glue them in place.  This means that the recipient can change them around, or remove them and put them on wire stems into a vase in the future should she want to.

What I Used
Finished Item

This is what it looked like when finished.

Slightly different angles of finished piece.

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

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Christmas Cards – 001 to 006

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Christmas Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).  Thank you so much for poping over for a look, and a big thank you to those regular visitors who have left such kind comments on my various posts of late.  I realy do appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Well … I’ve officially started my Christmas Card Making!

Just a few at a time in small batches, but hopefully it will mean I’ll have ones ready to sell at the chapel, etc., in a couple of months time (assuming the COVID-19 virus is got under control and lockdown eases so that we can return to worship in the autumn).  I suppose I’ll have to try selling some online or over the phone to friends and family if the lockdown continues.

The first ones I’ve made have been quick and easy ones made using components from the latest Hunkydory Christmas Collection, and, as I was so late doing my cards last year and didn’t use up all my stash, I have quite a few bits added from last year’s Hunkydory Christmas Collection as well.  As the cards became all jumbled up when I was putting them into a storage box I’m not quite sure which year’s collection the cards I’ve got to show you in the first few posts have been made from.

What I Did

For this first batch of cards I simply went through the collection picking out matching background cardstock and inserts that went with the various die-cut toppers that were in the kit.

Each sheet of background cardstock was scored and folded in half.

I wanted to keep these first ones very simple, with very little dimension, so I only used glue, fingerlift tape, or 1mm deep foam tape to do the attaching of toppers and greetings banners where these were used.  This way I hope that all these cards will go through the Royal Mail on a Standard Letter stamp to save on postage.  I’ve got a “letter ruler” to check each card in it’s envelope so that I can be sure before I either post myself, or to tell anybody who buys the cards.  Peel-offs were used on some of the cards instead of banners.

I set up a greeting “Nadolig Llawen A Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (The Welsh equivelent of Merry Christmas and a Happy New year, though not a direct translation) in MS Publisher on my laptop.  This greeting was printed onto the matching inserts before they were trimmed a bit and stuck inside each card.

I then use my stamping platform to stamp my details on the back of each card.

Note – Although the We R Memory Keepers “The Works” bit of equipment has the ability to cut, score and stamp, when I’m batch makeing I don’t like swapping the plate up and down for scoreing and cutting, or adding the stamping platform every time I want to stamp the details, so I do use separate bits of equipment for each job.

What I Used
Finished Cards

I’ve decided to number the Christmas Cards I’m makeing this year in my blog posts, going on from one post to the next.  That way I’ll know exactly how many cards I’ll have made by the end.

001.

Outside

Inside

002.

Outside

Inside

003.

Outside

Inside

004.

Outside

Inside

005.

Outside

Inside

006.

Outside

Inside

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As well as many more Christmas cards made from Hunkydory cardmaking sheets I’ve also started working on other types of Christmas cards, including some decoupaged ones, so keep an eye out for a lot of Christmas card posts over the next few weeks.

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