More April Crafting

Some Musings And April Crafting

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Musings

I haven’t done a lot of crafting the last couple of weeks, and that is because I have been spending more time on another of my hobbies – Family History.  I got my nephew to pull out a small number of photo albums and tins of photos for me, and I started to have a look at the contents of one tin, that came from my grandmother, with my mother.  We were actually pleasantly surprised to find that over half did actually have the names or some details about those in the photos Some that had no names Mam did know who they were, but that still left some which neither Mam nor I knew who they were.

And while looking at them I was thinking that it was a pitty more of the family couldn’t see the photos.  They may be pulled out here every now and then, and whoever is here gets to see them, but there may be other members of the extended family who might like to see the photos that had their relatives in them.  Some might even have labled copies of the same or similar photos to the ones where we don’t have names, and therefore might be able to tell Mam and I who is in the “unknown” photos.

Therefore, as I wanted some scanned photos to attach to the digital family history/tree, I decided to start on the mamoth project of scanning as much as I can (a long term project).  In addition to attaching the scanned photos to my digital family tree, I decided that I would also create a hidden/private group on Facebook and invite any of my relatives, close and distant, so that they can have a look.

So I started uploading scanned photos from my grandmother’s tin of photos.  Also photos from my late father’s album that he had me scan for him a few years ago, when he was working on his autobiography.  And the small wedding album my parents had as well.  Haven’t finished uploading the contents of the tin yet, though I’ve now got them all scanned.  And there are more tins and albums to go.  So the scanning and uploading won’t probably be finished until the autumn, because it will be warm enough for me to sit in the garden to tend my pots and troughs before long.

So, is anybody else working on family history, or got a lot of old photos going back 100 years?  How do you go about your research and shareing what you have got with others in the family?

Some Decoupage Cards

Although working on my Family History, I can’t go for long without crafting, though I wasn’t in the mood to do too much.  But I have started filming another project for my YouTube channel which should be completed next week.

I also decided to pull out some sheets from a Hunkydory floral Decolarge collection to make some cards.

For this first card I used a base card that was pre-foiled – a Kanban one I think.  I also used a base layer and half the layers of a decolarge topper and a matching insert from the Hunkydory collection.

The insert was put inside and the base topper layer attached to the front using fingerlift tape. I used 2mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the bottom couple of decoupage layers and Pinflair Glue Gel to attach the uppermost layers.

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I finished with a “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” peeloff (which is Welsh for Happy Anniversary).

I haven’t put anything on the insert as yet, but will probably add the same peeloff greeting.

This photo shows the depth of the built up topper.

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For this card I used a printed sheet of A4 cardstock that matched my chosen Decolarge topper.  I also used the matching insert.

I scored and folded the sheet of cardstock to make an 8″ square card with a short fold front.  I trimmed the insert to fit inside the back.  This card has the same image decolarge topper on it, but this time I decoupaged it with all the layers, except for one rose which I kept to put on the top, right, corner of the card.  I added the greeting “Llongyfarchiadau” (which is Welsh for Congratulations) at the bottom, right.  I’m thinking that this one is suitable for a wedding card.

This is what it looks like when fully open – the rose and greeting are seen when closed or open because of the half front.

I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind half of the topper base layer to attach it to the half front.  I then used 3mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the bottom layers of decoupage to build up the topper, finishing off by attaching the last few layers using Pinflair Glue Gel.

This is what the card looks like when completely closed.

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For this card I used the same printed A4 cardstock as I’d used for the second card (more than one of each item came in the collection).  This time I folded it in half.

As I’d only used around half the decoupage layers as part of the topper on the first card, taking every other layer, I decided to use the other layers, built up and stuck down in the same way, for this card.

I do like to shape the edge of each layer a bit when doing decoupage as I think it gives a nicer effect.  I think the shapeing shows up a bit better in this photo than it does for the other cards, but I did shape the layers for all three cards.

The greeting “Dymuniadau Gorau” is Welsh for “Best Wishes”

There’s a matching insert inside this one as well.

I hope you liked the cards I’ve shown you today.  Call back again soon to see what else I’m up to.

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An Owl Card

Some Musings And A Card

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Feel free to jump to the crafting section if you don’t want to read all my “Musings”.

Musings

Today I feel like writing another bit of what I call “Musings”.  I’m just not quite sure what I’ll write yet, just that I saw the words “copeing with chronic illness” while browsing around online and it started me off on some random thinking.

Quite a few of you, especially those of you who visit regularly or are friends on Facebook, already know that I have disabling health problems that not only meant that I had to take early retirement, but mean that my health fluctuates a lot from day to day.  Crafting (and sitting in the garden and puttering in my pots and raised beds in the summer, as well as family history) is one thing that I can do, in one form or another, at some point most days, though sometimes I find that there are days I can do very little.

What I also like to do is see the variety of crafting that others do.  I do pick up my tablet at some point every day to look at the Facebook and blog posts of the crafting comunity.  But some days I am feeling so weak or in pain that I can’t type comments.  Sometimes I manage short comments, sometimes I manage longer comments, and sometimes I don’t manage to do more than tap on the Like button.  I just don’t want people to think that I don’t really look at or read their blog posts, especially those of you who are kind enough to visit and comment on my blog.  And especially when I’ve started looking at and commenting on posts by fellow members of some groups but run out of steam before looking at everything people in my circle of friends or groups have posted on any particular day.

I just find it amazing how much creativity there is.  And how I can see what others are crafting, even at the other end of the world, when I am stuck in bed barely able to move.

I know that so many with M.E., or other illnesses similar to those I have, become either clinically depressed, or at least very despondant, trying to cope with illnesses.  I’m sure it is crafting and the ability to take part in the online crafting comunity that has stopped me slipping into the dark pit.  But I do get very annoyed and frustrated with not being able to do what I want, when I want, which his when just browsing around and planning what I will do when I have my good days and can craft is so good.

M.E. means a lot of recognising your limits and accepting.  It means accepting that, if you do push beyond what is sensible, you will pay for it with a crash and being unable to do anything.  And it means accepting that lots of people will not understand, and worse still – don’t want to understand or accept that a person is ill permanently.

An Owl Card

During February each year, the couragous and inspirational Holley (you can see her blog – Here!), has a month of celebration.  She briefly explains why in her “Believe in Miracles” blog post.

Her celebration consists of posting a blog post with one of her creations every day of the month and awarding prizes/gifts each day to some of those who comment.  She has some very special sponsors who support her for this celebration and has a huge amount of things to give away, from vouchers to digi-stamps, as well as some other crafting goodies.  You can see just how big a celebration it was by looking at her “Winner’s List” and her “Grand Prize winners!

Holley has an eye for the quirky and Turkish lace.  Some of the digi’s she uses are not to my taste, but I still love seeing what she makes every time, and her blog is one I try and pop over and see whenever I’m having a session browsing around.

This year I was lucky enough to win.

Today I’m going to show you a card I made using an “Owl Stamp Digi” that was being given away on the blog post of the 24th February.  The sponsor for this prize was “TLKreations” who have a shop on Etsy.  You can find the owl stamp – Here!

For the card I also used:

Owl was coloured using ProMarkers and then cut out close to the line.  The wooden backgound was cut into planks to form the frame while the other background was cut to size.  The large, brown, cardstock was scored and folded in half.  Everything was then stuck together.

And this is what the card looks like:

A bit of an angle to try and show the frame and owl dimension.

The die-cut and shaped leaves.

A closeup of the owl – not a fantastic photo I’m afraid, but it gives you an idea.

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I’m working on another video which should be online in a couple of days, so keep an eye out for the blog post about that.

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