Artisan Adicts Challenge Entry

Artisan Adicts Challenge Entry Card

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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

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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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My Mixed Media

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My Mixed Media

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What I Did

I started by collecting a few things together from the “canvas” I inteded to work on to varous other consumables and tools.

The first thing I did was spritz the canvas with water and sprinkle on an assortment of Explosion Powders at random.  I then spritzed it a bit more until I had some areas with barely any colour and some with thicker spats of the Explosion Powders.

While the canvas was drying I did the same on an A4 sheet of cardstock.  This was also left to dry.

I took a stencil with geometric shapes and using my finger I put through some of the Nuvo Mouse in three random places on the canvas.

I put the sun stencil on the centre of the A4 sheet and added the Nuvo Mouse through that with my finger as well.  Once this was dry I cut it out leaving a boundry of around a centimeter all around, cut it in half, and cut into the side to make tabs that I folded over.

I took a couple of stamps of leafy sprigs and stamped them down the right hand side of the canvas using a dark green ink pad and then picked up some lighter green ink from a pad using a brush to paint over the leaves and blend in the background already on there a bit.

I’d somehow managed to damage one of the half suns, but on the better one I made sure that all the tabs were bent in at the edge of each “sun ray” and put glue on them.  I positioned it on the canvas where I wanted it, putting the centre bottom in place first.  I then brought the sides in a bit before pressing them down so that the centre of the shape at the top came off the canvas forming a sort of pocket.  I used a point of a scissors placed inside the pocket to press each tab down firmly for the glue to grip.  I used a light touch of a fingertip to add a little metalic paint to the raised areas on the pocket.

I made up a batch of white Forever Flowerz roses.  I used three different metalic ink pads and several different colours of Dinky Inkies to brush over all but one of the roses to tint them to different colours.

With some sprigs of Forever Flowers foliage I firstly used a finger to brush on a thin layer of metalic paint and then chose one of the Explosion powders and brushed on a little bit of that using a makeup brush.

I used glue gel to attach first the foliage and then the flowers to the canvas front, placing them above the pocket and cutting off a bit of the plastic “stem” to make some go flatter to the canvas.

And that was it, finished – OK, it did take me three or four days!  I love seeing other people’s Mixed Media pieces, and am very impressed with a lot of them, but I don’t like getting super messy or laying on a lot of layers when I create things like this.  That’s the beauty of Mixed Media – everybody can mix up their media and create whatever they want to, from large sculpture to a small panel of artwork, and anything in between.

What I Used
Finished Piece

This is what it looks like in the end.

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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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2 Simple Birthday Cards

2 Simple Welsh Birthday Cards

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Life

In my post on the 30th of Hanuary I told you that I’d had another infection in my damaged leg and had to start my emergency antibiotics.  Well it turned out to be two infections.

By the time I’d taken 10 days of my 14 days of emergency antibiotics my leg was practically back to normal, and days 11, 12, and morning of day 13 it was cool, no red, and felt fine, though I still kept takeing the antibiotics of course.

Unfortunately, the afternoon of day 13 I woke from my afternoon rest to find my leg back a brighter shade of red and temperature back up again.  So as soon as I finished the antibiotics I had to have the dotor out.  By this time I had pain in my sinuses on the right side and whooshing in my ear as well.

The doctor said that a leg infection like I’d got could be caused by more than one bacteria (well I already knew that), and he reconed that the antibiotics I’d taken worked well on one type I had, but that the second type I had wasn’t killed by the same antibiotics and had therefore grown like mad as soon as the emergency antibiotics had killed off the first type of bacteria.

So another prescription for a fortnight of another type of antibiotics.  After a week my leg looks its normal, miss-shaped, colour, and not hot, but sinuses still not cleared, but I’m carying on with second antibiotics and hope they work before they finish. Just praying that the cause of the sinus problem is not another bacteria that isn’t killed off by either antibiotics I’ve been given.

So lots more rest, but I have fitted in a little crafting, even if it’s taking me days to do a simple project.

Crafting

3 of my nephews have their birthdays in February. That, of course, means that I need to make birthday cards to give them – one from my mother and one from myself to each of them.

And being farm boys they wouldn’t appreciate fancy or flowery, so I’ve gone for animals as topper images, and kept the cards quite flat.

Today’s post is showing the two cards given to the one who had his birthday first this month.

What I Did

I took two sheets of cardstock, scored and folded them in half.

I then took another sheet of cardstock and stuck my chosen elephant topper sheet onto it before cutting it to leave a border.  This was stuck to the front of my prepared card base.  I cut a strip of the same cardstock I’d used as a mat behind the topper and stuck this down the front of the card as well.

I folded and trimmed paper and stuck it inside the card before adding a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” (which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”) on the outside and inside of the card.

For the second card I used a sheet from a square Hunkydory pack and trimmed both sides off to make a rectangular topper.  The sheet had a patterned background on the other side so I cut the bits I’d trimmed off to make little paper ribbon embelishements for the card front.

I again matted the image onto a piece of cardstock before I stuck the pieces onto the card front and added insert and greetings.

What I Used
  • Adorable Scoreable Cardstock – 3 colours
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 Sheets A4 100gsm Paper
  • 2 topper sheets from 2 different Hunkydory books
  • Scoreboard
  • Paper Cutter
  • Peeloff Greetings.
Two Finished Cards

2 angles of 1st card.

2 angles of 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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2020 Calendar – February

February Calendar Page

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It’s the start of a new month so time to show you what I’ve put on the February page on my mother’s calendar.  You can see what I put on the January page – here.

This month she wanted me to surprise her.

I was thinking of a dimensional page with lots of flowers, but I realised that, if I put dimensional flowers on the February page, as soon as I flipped it over for March I would have a big problem with the calendar being pushed out and not lieing nearly flat.

So I came up with a plan of action – put a sheet of metal behind the page, and glue magnets to each flower.  The flowers should stay on the page throughout the month, but at the end of the month the flowers could be pulled off, added to another project, and the page would turn over flat behind the calendar.  (I had thought of using a magnetic sheet behind the top layer as a mat, but didn’t have magnets strong enough for this.)

What I Did

I started by stamping the Butterfly Dancer in brown ink.  I then used a makeup applicator to put ink though the sunburst stencil around the stamped image.  I sprayed a blue ink lightly over the whole page before using another ink through the raindrop stencil in random areas over the background.

After the panel had dried it was stuck to the front of the february page of the calendar and a metal plate sheet was stuck to the back of the page.

I cut strips of green cardstock and stuck them around the panel as a frame before printing out and attaching a panel that said Mis Chwefror (Welsh for February).

I then chose some faux foliage and flowers and attached small magnets to them, some with superglue, and some with glue gel when superglue refused to work.

Once the glue had dried the embelishments were put onto the calendar until Mam was happy with how they looked.  Of course, she can move them around as she wants during the month.

What I Used
The Finished Page

This is what the page looks like before any of the elements on magnets were put on it.

And this is it with some flowers and greenery added.

And with embelishments moved around a bit.

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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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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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Just Decorating A Little Bin

Simply Decorating A Little Bin

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The project I’ve got to show you today is converting a little tub into a little bin to put on the table by Mam’s bed.

When I give Mam her inhalers there’s one that has a little capsule that needs throwing away after she’s inhaled the contents, and she also has other inhalers that shouldn’t go into the recepticle for rubbish that Mam has on the other side of her bed after she’s finished using them, and these things all start pileing up on on the table by the door.  So I told Mam that, as soon as I had a little container empty that I’d decorate it so that these little things could be put in it without it being obviously a bin but being decorative as well.

So this week I had a container empty and set to work decorating it very simply in muted colours as she didn’t want something too “in your face” or that would clash with her flowers, etc.

What I Did

I took an empty Lepicol container and removed the label from it.  This left a sticky resedue, but this didn’t matter as I intended to cover it in any case.

A couple of weeks ago in Sunday School we’d done some marbling to decorate around some Bible verses (I’ll describe what we did and show you the results in a post before long), and I’d finished off after the children by using the things we had out to decorate lots of sheets of white cardstock.  I decided to use a couple of these to decorate the pot.

I started by wrapping one of the marbled sheets around the pot and stuck it in place using ultra tacky tape and some glue.  I cut a circle from the other sheet and stuck it to the top using the same things.

I then took some 160gsm white paper and stamped on some leaves from the Artisan Design UK and coloured them in using water colour pens

+++ Artisan Design has a new launch on HOCHANDA at 10am and 2pm on 21st July 2019 with a new launch – keep an eye out for the fab samples that various people have been putting online as well +++

I stuck some ribbon around the top of the marbled paper around the pot as well as down the seam before cutting out the leaves and sticking them on as well.

Like I said – simple and muted – a bit autumnal really.

What I Used
The Finished Bin

Here’s the lid

From the side

At an angle

And here’s a look at all around it.

A Catchup On Previous Posts

As I’ve been getting back into doing things online, following my cateract operation and the slight complication of the corneal odeoma, I’ve realised that I’ve not put links up to all the posts that have gone online during the last couple of months.  So I thought I’d just put a quick list of all June and July posts up here in case you’ve missed seeing them.

Not a lot of posts I know – I was already on a go slow with my crafting before the operation because of using all my energy to try and pick the gooseberries before the birds got them.  Unfortunately the birds got the majority of the blackcurrents while I wasn’t up to going out after the op.  The solar powered pest scarer kept them off a couple of trees, but the birds had a field day with the majority of them.

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Vintage Male Themed Birthday Card

A Rural Themed Birthday Card For A Male

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A Bit Of An Update

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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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Double Scrapbook Layout

Garden Double Scrapbook Layout

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before). And a big Thank You to everybody who’s left a comment on my previous blog posts – I really do appreciate you taking the time.

If you’ve caught up with me online, either on Facebook or on this blog, during the last few weeks you may have seen me mention that I had an infection in my jaw that necesitated two weeks of antibiotics and an extraction of a tooth.  This, as I’m sure you can imagine, made me feel pretty rotten, and not able to do much crafting or gardening.  Which of course means that, other than fruit bushes and trees, everything is far behind in the garden.

So today I’m going to combine both hobbies and show you a scrapbook double layout of how my garden looks now in the last week of May.  You can jump to the end if you just want to see the scrapbook layouts,

How I Made It

First I went out the garden and took lots of photos – I’m no great photographer, but this is a way to keep my ailing mother in touch with what is happening outside.  And these are some of what I got in the end.

Assortment of herbs in stacking planters.

Raised bed with one loan courgette plant and a home made cloche made from a 5l water bottle. This plant I bought to have a head start.  I have courgette, pumpkin and outdoor cucumber seeds sewn in pots at the moment h opeing for enough plants to fill this raised bed.

Raised bed with cut and come again lettice and nasturtiums.

There are some small, green, blackcurrents developing.

The gooseberries look more advanced.

And there are a huge amount of flowers on my thornless blackberries.

There are also a lot of flowers on my strawberries growing in my strawberry barrel.

With quite a few already set.

This is a little fig tree.  No figs yet.  I bought it as a small cutting a couple of years ago and I recon it needs at least one more year before it fruits.

This is a planter with trellis I bought this year and got one of my nephews to put together for me.  I have sewn some sweat pea seeds towards the back and night sented stock towards the front.

I have a hanging basket tree that four baskets hang from.  Three are planted up with Tubling Tom tomato plants in red and yellow, and one with a red begonia. The weather is still too rough for them to be hung out yet, so they are set in a sheltered location for another couple of weeks.

I am seriously behind with my potatoes.  My health/disability issues mean I can’t do digging and planting in the ground, so I grow an assortment of potatoes in sacks.  I go to my local friendly garden centre (Bronsbury Garden Centre) and ask for half a dozen each of a variety of seed potatoes, in a variety of colours, shapes, first earlies, main crop.  No point growing the standard types that can be bought cheaply in any supermarket, I like trying out different types, though by the time I got there this year the choice wasn’t as great as I usually find, but got several types I haven’t tried before, so it will be interesting to see how they do.  The plants that are already up are Jerusalem Artichokes.

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I resized, printed, cut out, and matted these onto white cardstock to frame the pictures.

I then took two 12″ square sheets of pale cream cardstock and created a background by stamping a fern all the way around using two shades of green ink.  I also inked on two creatures through a stencil.  I also put some re-inker ink into a spritzer bottle and sprayed through a leaf stencil to fill in a background to the two sheets of cardstock.

I then stamped out some floral stamps and coloured them in.

What I Used
What I Made

This is the two pages side by side.

And a look at the first page on its own.

And the second page.

And here we have a few closeups of some areas.

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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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