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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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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2020 Calendar – July

July 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

The year is half way through – how did that happen?!?

Mam’s had the letter to keep shielding until August, so nothing much has changed here.

I covered up and masked up to go out the garden with one of my nephews to supervise him trimming the bushes that had branches going over the front wall onto the pavement one day – shouldn’t have had the bright idea that I’d have a go with my trimmer while he was takeing some branches away in my pull along truck – I was in agony for a few days after that.

I’m slowly building my strength up after the months of leg infection, but I’m not going to manage to do much in the garden this year.  As I showed you in my last post, I have been picking a few Strawberries and Loganberries, and doing a bit of weeding in my herb pots, but not much else.

I will need to start picking the gooseberries before long though.

What I’ve mostly been working on, crafting wise, is starting on Christmas Card makeing.  I’ve managed to get two or three dozen done so far.  Those will be appearing on my blog over the next few weeks.

But in the meantime …

Crafting

Well, a new month means it’s time to show you how I decorated a new page on 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! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! and June page – Here!

What I Did

I started by trimming a sheet of white cardstock so that it would go onto the green cardstock leaving a border.  I used some makeup application brushes to put inks through two different stencils/masks to create the background.

After it was dry I attached the background to the green cardstock before attaching single layers of fabric flowers and some foliage using a hot glue gun.  I added some of the hot glue to the centre of the flowers as well.  I finished off by adding the butterflies and folding up their wings.  The wings can be folded back flat at the start of next month when the next page of the calendar is made.

The butterflies came with small magnets in the body so can be used as fridge magnets or decoration on any surface a magnet will attract too.  They also came with little squares of double sided sticky foam to attach them to other surfaces.  I’m thinking that it will be nice to use them on cards or gifts using the foam squares so that they can be removed and kept afterwords.

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

What I Used
The Finished Page

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

And a couple of angled looks.

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As I’ve already said that I’ve started on my Christmas Card Makeing for 2020 – guess what I’ll have to show you on my next post!

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Artisan Adicts Challenge Entry

Artisan Adicts Challenge Entry Card

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).  Thank you so much for clicking over for a look.

Anybody who loves the work of Pete Simpson who designs stamps, stencils, etc., and sells as Artisan Designs UK might like to join the Facebook group Artisan Addicts.  There is lots of inspiration in the group, including one of the people who runs the group putting up a list of items Pete uses when he does his demonstration Facebook Lives.  There are also challenges.

For the latest group challenge we have been given photos of 10 cards from the many that Pete has made during his cardmaking Facebook live sessions the last few months, and the challenge is to choose one and make our own version of it using our choise of colours, etc.

I chose this card by Pete.

You can see his demo on Facebook – Here!

What I Did

I took a sheet of white cardstock and sprayed splodges of three coloured inks over it, mopping up the excess with kitchen paper before splatering it with water and once again mopping up the excess.

I then took the stencil and applied some of the deep orange colour using a makeup application brush.

I cut out a 5″ square.

I then stamped on my chosen sentiment.

The panel was stuck to a square of black cardstock.

I took the blue ink I’d used and covered around the edge of a slightly larger piece of white cardstock before using this as a further layer behind my panel.

I coloured some of the scrap card I’d cut off using the deep orange ink and after it was dried I cut out 6 flower layers.  Some bare twigs were cut from black cardstock and foliage branches were cut from uncoloured scraps of white cardstock.  I decided to leave the foliage white to give a contrast between the flowers and the panel I’d created.

I took a 6″ square, white, base card and constructed the card, shapeing the flowers and doubling the layers to make 3 flowers.  I added a metalic flat back pearl to the centre of each.

The flower embelishmets were added around the bottom left corner of the card.

For some reason I was thinking of a sentiment “Focus on the flowers not the thorns” hence the black, spiky, branch sticking out from the floral embelishment.

What I Used

Finished Card

This is what the finished card looks like.

And this is what it looks like from an angle, trying to show that the flowers had some dimension.

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I’ve started on my Christmas cards now, so keep an eye out for some batches of those over the next few weeks.  I also have a few other bits on the go which hopefully will get finished in between the Christmas card makeing.  I can then show you those as well.

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2020 Calendar – June

June Calendar Page & Life

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

I know – I’m a bit behind completing this post and getting it published!

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

The weather had become too hot, too quickly, here – but somewhere in the world it must be snowing.  So I thought long and hard about what to put on Mam’s calendar for June – and this is what I came up with –

A snowman and a white dog in a whiteout snow blizzard!  LOL!  I even added a hill covered in snow in the background and put a polar bear walking away into the distance.  Of course, you can’t see anything because of the whiteout.

What do you think of it?  Is it my best effort to date?

At least it got a laugh from Mam and a few of the carers before I put up the actual picture I’d created for this month.

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

At long last I’m off the antibiotics for the infection in my damaged leg.  I was on antibiotics of one kind or another for just over 4 months, including 2 stays in hospital and 11 days of A.R.T. nurses coming out here to give me intravenous antibiotics.

The good news is that my leg hasn’t flushed up red since I finished the antibiotics towards the end of May.  Unfortunately it looks as if all the infections have caused further damage inside the leg and it isn’t softening up at all at the moment, which means circulation problems.  I’m spending lots of time with my leg elevated in the hopes it improves given time.

The weather here has been very changeable.  The days of very hot weather came too hot, too quickly, for me.  It further sapped what little energy I had.  I’m feeling a bit better now the weather is cooler.

Now that I have finished the antibiotics that I wasn’t meant to go out in the sun, not even on an overcast day without covering up well, I have done a bit more weeding of the pots and troughs in the garden.  We are going to have very minimal stuff growing there this year.  Never did manage to get hold of the garden centre by phone or E-mail, despite their website saying that they were open a few hours a day now.  But as I’ve realised I have less strength than I thought I had following the long illness it might be just as well not to do too much out there this year.  The nephews are still coming over every week or two to mow the lawns, but they are not in and out daily like they were daily prior to the lockdown, so I can’t just ask them to do quick fifteen minute jobs of moving things for me, or cutting or clearing stuff.  So I’m limited in what I can do in any case.

By the time I got to weeding my strawberry tower I already had some quite advanced strawberries, and they are now ripening, as well as the loganberries.

Mam and I had some very fresh ones for elevenses on Friday.

Not the best photo I’m afraid – I took it on my little mobile phone.

The gooseberries and blackcurrants are coming near to being ready to pick I think.  I’ll need to clear any packs left over from last year from the freezer.  Makeing blackcurrant cordial and gooseberry jam is one project I’m thinking of tackling this coming week.  I don’t think I have any loganberries, strawberries or rubarb left.  The problem with this lockdown is that the boys and other family members haven’t been over for Sunday lunch and at various other times during the week, so I haven’t been doing big container of gooseberry crumble, gooseberry fool, fruit tarts, stewed blackcurrants and custard, etc., at least once or twice a week, as per what I usually do, as Mam and I can’t eat the lot before they go off.  Half of what I have made have gone off before we can eat them.

I plan on putting some of the fruit in in smaller packs this year, so as well as bagging some in the same weights as I usually do I will also do quite a few half the weight.  This will mean that I can just pull out a small bag for Mam and I when I feel like it, and still have larger bags for cooking puddings for the whole family when this lockdown is over and everybody can come over for Sunday lunch and any other meals they feel like again.  It is seriously odd not having the family in and out all the time, sepecially the boys.  One sister did come over and speak to Mam through the window last week, and we’ve done more than one video call with the other sister.  My brother and his sons also stand outside the window and shout in to Mam when they are over, but her hearing is bad so I’ve often got to repeat to her what they are saying.  But it’s better than not seeing them at all.

I just hope that everybody behaves and follows the rules so this pandemic can be properly controled soon.  Unfortunately, although things are not too bad in this area at the moment, it looks as if, when looking at the whole country, there are far too many people who are congregating for protests, days at the beach, etc., with no thought of social distancing or wearing masks to limit the chance of them spreading it to others if they have COVID-19 without symptoms.  This can only mean that far more people will get the virus over the next month or so.

Other than the carers in their PPE, we’ve not had anybody in the house past the side passage the whole of this time.  I’ve only been out the garden with one of the nephews once, and that time I covered up in my gardening clothes and used a face mask

Crafting

With it being another month it is time to show you what I put together to stick on my mother’s calendar for June.

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! and May page – Here!

What I Did

As you can see from the photo above – I started by printing out the month title and attached it to the calendar page and left it hanging like that for Mam to have a good laugh at with some of the carers while I created the actual panel for this month.

I started off by takeing a sheet of white cardstock, trimming off 1cm from the length and width and attaching it to one of the sheets of black cardstock.

I then took the other sheet of white cardstock and used a makeup brush to work in blue ink from one long edge, before turning the card and working green ink in from the other side.  I blended a bit where they met near the middle.  I wasn’t going for a perfectly even blend, or a perfectly straight line where the colours met.  I wanted a bit of “sky” texture.

I looked at my piece and decided that the “skyline” at one end of the sheet would work well with my chosen stamp so I cut off a strip just a little wider than my stamp.  The rest of the inked cardstock was cut into three pieces and trimmed top and bottom to make three panels.  These were stuck to black cardstock and that was trimmed to leave a border around the inked panels.

The three panels were then stuck, spaced out, onto my previously prepared piece of cardstock.

I used black ink and my stamping platform to stamp my chosen stamp, placing the inked “skyline” roughly along the centre of the stamp.  The first stamping wasn’t dark enough for my likeing, but by using the stamping platform I could re-ink and re-stamp a couple of times to get a dark silhouette.

I then used a die to cut the stamped image out as well as a larger circular die to cut a mat out of black cardstock.

I used the trimmed off pieces of the ink cardstock to die cut out flowers and leaves. And trimmed off black cardstock to cut out some branches.

These where shaped using my fingers, putting some with the white, uninked side, uppermost as contrast.

The matted stamped image was attached to the centre of my piece and I stamped another stamp from the set at the bottom left corner.  I finished off by glueing the flowers and foliage down the right hand side of the calendar panel.

I then attached the panel to the calendar.

What I Used
The Finished Page

The calendar as it looks hung up on my mother’s wall.

A closer look.

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I’ve been sorting out what I’m going to use for the first batch of Christmas cards the end of last week.  The new Hunkydory collection for the first batch of course, then I’ll do some different ones later on, as and when the mood strikes me.  I’ve been putting everything I want to use for the first batch, from scoreboard to toppers to tape to scissors, etc., all in one large storage bag, so I can just pull them out to work with and then quickly put them back in the bag, rather than it takeing me ages to fetch things and then having to put the tapes back in the tapes containter, scissors back where it is kept, scoreboard somewhere else, etc.  Stuff can go back to their proper storage location once I’ve done the batch.  Hopefully that will make it easier to craft a few cards when I’ve got a short period of time and energy.  So keep an eye out for Christmas card blog posts appearing before long.

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Cards As Gifts – J

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Cards As Gifts – 10th Batch

This batch is larger than my previous batches of half a dozen cards I showed you from this series that I made to give in small packs to friends and family. If you haven’t seen the first post explaining what I’ve been up to then you can see it – here .

You can see previous posts in this series of Cards As Gifts by following these links – 1st Batch; 2nd Batch; 3rd Batch; 4th Batch; 5th Batch; 6th Batch; 7th Batch; 8th Batch; 9th Batch.

10 packs have gone out, one having a few more cards in it.  I should say that they haven’t gone out in packs as per the batches I’ve been showing here – I actually photographed them as I was going along, I then put all the cards in envelopes and separated them out into bundles at random, so I have no idea which cards went to which people – other than the two A4 sized ones which went in the larger batch of eleven cards.

What I Did

Have a look at my previous post – here – if you’ve not already read about what I did to create the cards.

What I Used
Finished Piece

These are not in batches as they were sent out, just as they were made and photographed.

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All 10 packs have now been received by the randomly chosen recipients from our Christmas card list.

So that’s the end of these series of posts showing all the cards I made to give away to friends and family.  As I showed at the start of the month I have used items from the collection to decorate the May page of my mother’s calendar, but there are still a lot of elements left from the collection that I haven’t used, so I expect you’ll be seeing more of them used over the next year or so.  In the meantime, I’m working on a few other things that will be appearing on my blog before long.

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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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Cards As Gifts – I

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Cards As Gifts – 9th Batch

As I said in my 1st post of these series – here – I can’t do anything much to help anybody during this COVID-19 pandemic, but I did decide to help out a few friends and family members by makeing some cards and sending some a small pack of cards so that they had something in the house to send to people while they could not go out to shop for cards or go and visit people in person to give them birthday good wishes.

I also explained why I chose the theme I did for the cards I’m gifting.

You can see previous posts in this series of Cards As Gifts by following these links – 1st Batch; 2nd Batch; 3rd Batch; 4th Batch; 5th Batch; 6th Batch; 7th Batch; 8th Batch;

What I Did

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What I Used
Finished Piece

These are not in batches as they were sent out, just as they were made and photographed.

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The image is flat matted to the black layer, but that has foam behind it to give the matted image a bit of dimension off the card without makeing it too dimensional for a C5 envelope.

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All 10 packs have now been received by the randomly chosen recipients from our Christmas card list.

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Cards As Gifts – 8th Batch

As I said in my 1st post of these series – here – I can’t do anything much to help anybody during this COVID-19 pandemic, but I did decide to help out a few friends and family members by makeing some cards and sending random ones, selected from my Christmas Card list, a small pack of cards so that they had something in the house to send to people while they could not go out to shop for cards or go and visit people in person to give them birthday good wishes.

I also explained why I chose the theme I did for the cards I’m gifting.

You can see previous posts in this series of Cards As Gifts by following these links – 1st Batch; 2nd Batch; 3rd Batch; 4th Batch; 5th Batch; 6th Batch; 7th Batch;

What I Did

Have a look at my previous post – here – if you’ve not already read about what I did to create the cards.

What I Used
Finished Piece

These are not in batches as they were sent out, just as they were made and photographed.

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While the picture is stuck straight to the card the frameing element was stuck on with foam tape to give it some dimension without being too dimensional for an ordinary C5 envelope.

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I do believe that all the packets of cards have arrived with those that have been chosen to receive them by now.

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