Spring Card Swap

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 062019
 

Spring Card Swap

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

I’m a member of a group called Chronic Crafters! on Facebook.  Every now and then a swap is organised.  The theme for the latest swap was “swapping cards on the theme of spring/Easter”, and I was partnered with Avril.

I decided to make a bright, spring, themed card with a little dimension and decided that a little duckling would fit the Spring theme nicely.

So time to grab some crafting stash and get makeing.

What I Used
The Card I Sent

This is the head on view of the card.

I scored twice in from the foiled border and did an X cut from corner to corner to create the recess, before matting and layering flat and using foam tape to add the topper and other elements.

To hide a bit of the corner that opens out I put flowers in the three corners that were not covered by the heart mini topper using glue gel.

I decorated the inside as well. A piece of cardstock from the collection was used to cover the mechanism of the recess from the front while an Adorable Scorable card was attached to the back and some items from my stash were used inside.

The Card I Received

A lovely, dimensional decoupage, front to the card.

Photo taken at an angle to try and show the dimension.

And as lovely on the inside as it is on the outside.

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Simple Shaker Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 042019
 

Simple Shaker Card

Using Pre-cut Pieces From A Kit

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

For this card I am going to use pieces from the same boxed collection as I used for the quick and simple cards I showed you on my blog post – Here!

This time I am going to use some of the cardstock, background paper, and framed topper, to make a simple Shaker Card.

Yes! – I did say “simple Shaker Card”.  You can make Shaker Cards as elaborate as you want, and use lots of different things to make them.  But for this card I am keeping things like matting and layering to a minimum.  I’m not adding lots of embelishments.  I’m just going to show you how to make a simple shaker card where you don’t need to measure, don’t need to cut an aperture, in fact – don’t need to do anything difficult.

Video

This is quite a quick card to make.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used
Finished Creation

And here’s the finished card.

From one angle

From another angle.

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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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April Calendar Page

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 022019
 

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April Calendar Page

Any regular viewers know that I buy a blank calendar for my mother each year and decorate the page for each month as it comes near.  Sometimes my mother has a request for what she wants on the page and sometimes I surprize her with what I put up.

You can see the January page – here! February page – here! and March page – here!

I try and use different techniques and have a different look to each month.

This time my mother told me to choose, so I chose a collection, tripped it out in front of her, and told her to choose an image from the collection for me to work with.  She chose a little yellow duck.  I then waved a few different cardstocks at her and between us we decided on what to use with the duck image.

So, after a bit of cutting, matting and layering, and sticking, a quick, cheerful, layout was made.  Nothing elaborate this month.  I think she likes it.

What I Used
Photos Of The April Calendar Page

This is what I put together, before sticking it on the calendar.

And this is it from an angle so that you can see that some of the items are dimensional, not flat on the page.

I picked yellow and green as the colours to put the month title in Welsh on top as well.

And how it looks on the calendar when it is hung up.

Not the best photo as I couldn’t get any direction to photograph from without haing a lot of glare because of the shiny surfaces and foiled patterns.

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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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Mother’s Day Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 312019
 

A Mother’s Day Card

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

It’s Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is also called, so time to show you the card I made for my mother as she will have been given it by now.

Of course, I made a Welsh card, “Sul Y Mamau”, for my mother, and with no need to worry about postage I could make it dimensional.  It simply says MAM on the outside, and after taking the pictures I added a peel-off greeting inside.

What I Used
The Card

This is a head on view of the card.

This is a closer look at the punched out word MAM.

I used an insert from the pack inside.  It has a faint version of the flowers in the umbarella topper towards the bottom left.  I put a piece of the plain, white, card that had been cut from the back behind the recess to cover the X cut.

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I should be back with another post before long as I have some more projects on the go.  Please pop back to have a look.

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My YouTube Adventure – So Far!

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 292019
 

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My Craft Demo YouTube Adventure So Far

I’m not sure that this was the brightest idea I’ve ever had, as today’s post is more of a “Behind The Scenes” look that about showing a lot of crafting.  But I hope some of you will find it interesting if nothing else.

This blog post isn’t showing you anything specific I’ve crafted, but you will see me crafting a bit in the video that you will find a link to further down – keep an eye out for sneaky peaks of what I’m working on now!

Fear not, I will be back with more varied crafting before long, but I thought you might like to see the development of my YouTube journey over the last couple of months.  There will be a list below of things I refer to in this post.

I’d also like to ask you if you would be so kind as to pop over to my YouTube Channel and Subscribe if you haven’t already, and also to like and comment on one or two of my videos.  There’s even a bell you can click on so that it will notify you when I upload new videos.

The Begining Of My Journey

Back in a post towards the end of January I asked people who visited my blog, as well as people in some crafting groups I’m in on Facebook, for their thoughts on what they like to see and not like to see in YouTube videos, because I was thinking of starting a YouTube channel to run beside this blog, so that I could show more of “how I did things”, not just “what I’d crafted”.

So many of you helped me out with your opinions, which greatly helped me get some thoughts clear in my mind about what I wanted to do and how to go about it.  So thank you to all who did chip in some opinions and ideas.

I had decided that this would be an ideal opportunity to introduce some Welsh into my presence in the online crafting world.  As a person with Welsh as my first language I had wanted to create some Welsh content online for a while, and my original website is bilingual, but I had found that the layout of the blog interface didn’t lend itself to doing bilingual posts of the type I like makeing (I know I tend to write more than many craft bloggers) without it becoming double the length and people having to navigate over pieces to get to their prefered language.  But I realised that by filming the actual crafting from overhead – a crafter’s viewpoint which many told me was their prefered method of crafting video – and not speaking while crafting, I could actually create two separate videos for Welsh and English by doing two different language voiceovers once the video had been edited.

Seeing other videos I’d realised that I do like seeing the person demonstrating in a video, but didn’t want to be cutting from “overhead” to “pieces to camera” during the crafting itself, so I decided that a short piece to camera at the start and the finish of each video would be the way I’d go, and doing quick pieces like this, in Welsh then in English wouldn’t take up much time to record or to edit.

I also recognised that lighting and camera are important when recording, but knew that I couldn’t afford expensive camera equipment or lighting equipment, so, I decided to use what I had, film when lighting was reasonable and, as I said in my first video, go for a “homely look”, rather than try to get videos of the quality of those who make their living from vlogging or who have studios to record in.

Want to guess what I’m makeing with the bits collected under the tripod? I’ve put a sneaky peak on the Maes Mieri Crafts FB Page.

The one thing I did buy was a tripod and attachments so that I could do my overhead filming.  I had a little, table top, tripod, which would have been fine to film me talking to camera, if that was all I wanted.  But it wouldn’t be able to do the overhead filming, and I’d been wanting something bigger and better for some time, so that I could take steadier photos out in the garden in the summer as well. (Plus – nephews are always coming over with their cameras, often dragging trypods, so having a reasonable one in the house would mean we could all use it and the place wouldn’t get cluttered with them leaving theirs around the place.)

I even bought a book as some light bedtime reading before going to sleep after putting down my tablet for the night.  There are a lot of helpful information in books, as well as lots of quality YouTube videos on how to go about creating YouTube videos and channels. In fact, it is quite amazing how many people have done YouTube videos about YouTube.

Getting My First Videos Online

So after looking and reading I decided to go for it and gathered a few things together and got my first Craftau Maes Mieri Crafts Channel videos uploaded on 24th January – in English and in Welsh.

These videos were just an introduction to me and showing an assortment of the items I’ve crafted over the last year or so.

I decided to take my colour scheme for the Channel from what I already use on this blog and on my website so not to complicate matters – a shade of light purple.

Then it was on to makeing videos with actual craft demonstrations in them.

I’ve even managed to set up two Playlists in my YouTube channel – one showing all my English videos and one showing all my Welsh videos in the order they went online.

Video

I’m not pretending to be a YouTube expert after such a short time of researching and uploading videos, but I thought you might like to see what I have been using and how I have been setting things up.

As I said, I’m going for a more homely look, so I record my pieces to camera when sat in my armchair in the sitting room, and record my overhead crafting pieces sat at the kitchen table.

So now I’ve had my nephew follow me around with a smart phone, recording me as I’m recording pieces for several videos, and I’ve edited it into the following video.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Equipment and Software I Use
  • Camera – Fujifilm FinePix XP80 – I actually managed to find a purple one a few years ago when I got mine, but couldn’t find one when researching for this post – so here’s a link to a yellow one.
  • SDHC card – 8Gb SanDisc
  • Tripod – Camera Tripod, TYCKA 55″Lightweight Aluminum Portable Travel Tripod with 1/4″ Quick Release Plate, 360 Degree Panorama Ball Head and Carrying Bag – Nowhere near the most expensive, and means I can have legs extended to different lengths depending on whether I’m working on the table or not.  You can get ones cheaper on Amazon, and as I wasn’t planning on using it for anything more than internal work, rather than carying it around a lot, a cheaper one might well have been enough for me, but because I wanted to add an arm for overhead recording, and because I wanted the nephews to be able to use it rather than carying theirs here all the time, I decided that a slightly more robust tripod would be a good idea.
  • Arm Attachment for Overhead recording – K&F Concept Camera Tripod Boom Arm Stand Fixable External Multi-Angle Center Column Extension Arm (32cm Length, Load Capacity of 5kg) Tilting Rotation – this cost me under £30, but I can’t find it on Amazon, where I got mine, any more.  The closest looking I can find is a little more expensive, but you can see it Here.
  • Video Editing Software – Roxio Creator NXT Pro 7 – as I have done various bits of editing home videos over the years I got a trial of this software many moons ago and have been paying less than full price to update it.  The suite includes PaintShop Pro, in addition to the Roxio VideoWave software that I use to edit.  There are free video editors available for creating YouTube videos, or ones that come on computers when new.  My nephews use these and found them easy to use, but as I was already use to useing VideoWave I decided to stick with it.
  • Photo manipulation software – Sometimes I use PaintShop Pro, and sometimes I just go with quicker, easier, software.  One I have used for many years (don’t want to hazard a guess at how many but I’m sure it is over 10 years), which is free for non-commercial use, and not much for a licence, is IrfanView – Open, Edit, Crop, Save, is all that is usually needed for most photos I take for both my blog and inserting into banners and thumbnails for YouTube.  You can also easily add text in any size and any location on the photo – which really is a must these days with so many people claiming other people’s work as their own (much as I don’t like “defaceing” something I’ve taken time creating by putting something on top.)
  • Laptop – Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series (16GB DDR3 RAM, Intel (R) Core(TM) i7-6500U CPU @ 2.500GHz, 2TB) – A good speck laptop in terms of office and internet use, but mediocure in terms of the power needed for video editing and authoring.  But those who gave me suggestions before I started thought that around the 10 minute mark would be a suitable length for an edited video I don’t have much trouble with the laptop doing what I need.
  • Books – YouTube Channels For Dummies – Not bad as it made me think about some things I hadn’t realised before, such as that you could put your own thumbnail up with a video rather than accepting one of those suggested by YouTube after upload. (I’ve also got “YouTube Secrets: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Following and Making Money as a Video Influencer” for Kindle on my tablet but haven’t started reading that yet so can’t comment.)

I also have an attachment to hold a mobile phone to a tripod to use the phone’s internal camera to record, but I haven’t used this yet.

Feedback Please!

How do you think I’m doing so far?  Is there anything major I need to change?  Do you like seeing a variety of different crafts demonstrated, or do you only like channels that concentrate on a particular craft? 

How do the pieces to camera and the overhead pieces with voiceovers come across on your equipment?  I know that my mother could understand and see everything on my laptop and tablet as I’ve shown her different video’s on each, but I have no idea how they look on different monitors or tablets, or even on smaller mobile devices like smart phones.

As you can see in today’s video, I have a few more projects on the go that I have to do bit by bit because of drying time, etc., and I’m in the middle of recording and editing bits as well, so you should see all those appearing as a finished video before long.  Keep an eye out for those.

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Makeing Quick Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 242019
 

Makeing Quick Cards

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

This makeing quick cards post is aimed at both people who want to start, or have just started, cardmaking, and also at those who are more experienced and might be wanting something to look at when inpiration is needed, or even to point friends and relatives at if they express an interest in starting to make cards.

Often non-cardmakers say “I don’t know where to start”, “I don’t know what I need”, or “I don’t know what will go together”.

One of the simplest ways to start, and not have the worry of what will go together, is to buy a kit, or a magazine with a free kit.  This will not only give you the basics of what you need, but provide things that you know will work together, and usually inspiraition ideas of what you can make with the kit.

And these are also great for experienced cardmakers who have lost their mojo, need quick cards in a hurry, or who, like me, have health/disability issues that mean that sometimes all you are capable of doing is “quick and easy”.

I showed you in a previous post how very basic tools and consumables could be used to make cards to start with, and I’ll make posts in the future showing more crafting tools you can expand your crafting with, but this time I am keeping to quite simple tools again by just adding a scoreing tool to the equipment list.

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Video

I normally speed up bits of my crafting videos, but for this fideo I’ve not done any speeding up, and it still comes in at under 9 minutes.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used
  • Scoreboard – Hougie Board (if you don’t have a scoreboard then use the pencil and ruler method I showed in a previous video – Here!)
  • Scissors
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2mm Deep, Double Sided, Foam Tape
  • Hunkydory Box Magazine Cardmaking Collection Issue 7 (Any Hunkydory boxes are good because they usually have toppers with matching cardstock, inserts and backing papers in the collection, as well as things like stamps that you can expand your crafting with in the future when you are ready.  There are several other companies that make similar Box Magazine Cardmaking Collections – so pick one with images you like.)
Finished Creations

First one that is shown in the video :

As I used foam tape for the topper itself there is a little dimension on the card.  But you could just use double sided tape and stick it flat – which is good for postage.

The matching insert was placed inside.

The image is a mirror image of the one on the card front and matches the topper.

Another quick card made from the same collection –

This time I have added a Welsh “Penblwydd Hapus” (Happy Birthday) peeloff greeting on the outside but not yet on the inside.

The frameing element was put on with foam tape and the topper with fingerlift tape.

And a third, where I’ve scored and folded the card in a different place but still only added sticky stuff and peeloffs to the card making collection that is in the box.  The little flower peeloffs in the corner were “fillers” on the peeloff greetings sheet.

The frame came in two parts on the sheet but I’ve only used the outer one.

And this is what it looks like on the inside.

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I have several bits of different crafting projects on the go, including a shaker card made using more items from the same collection as these cards and a pouring cup ornament decoration or whatever they call them.  Hopefully I’ll have videos of me makeing them to show you if everything goes to plan.  Still a bit of work to do yet though.

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Keep An Eye Out For ….

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 212019
 

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Time To Keep An Eye Out For …

Collecting Things For Future Crafting Projects

It’s time to keep an eye out for things for future crafting projects.

Have you been given one of these –

I don’t mean this particular brand and flavour of Easter Egg, but rather any Easter Egg in a box with base and lid and four clear acetate sides.

If you’ve been by my blog in the past you may have seen that I put some wirework trees I made into display boxes I made (have a look towards the bottom of the post – here – if you missed seeing any of them).

I think these Easter Egg boxes will make great display boxes for similar projects without the need for measuring and cutting. They could be decorated as plain and cleanly, or as distressed and fully embelished, as you want.

I think that, after Easter, I might do a video of me makeing a tree in a display box.

And if nobody else has bought you an egg – go on and treat yourself!

And while you are looking at Easter goodies, go through all packaging before they go out with the rubbish.  Even if a box isn’t fully acetate all round there might still be a piece of acetate at the front that’s strong enough to use as a card front or in a shaker card, especially if it is rounded like the side of an egg.

Then there’s the coloured foil many eggs are wrapped in. The ribbons, some with little bells or other charms attached that come with other shapes of Easter treats, are great to embelish cards as well.

And speaking of ribbons – don’t forget that the inside of the shoulders of clothes are a good source of different coloured, narrow, ribbon.  Unless you are a person who uses these ribbons to hang the piece of clothing then the ribbons might as well be removed and repurposed.

And while we are talking about clothing – have you got a drawer, tin, or jar, where you put all the spare buttons that come attached to pieces of clothing in case you lose one?  Have you been through the collection to see how many of them you actually still have the garment they match? If the piece of clothing is long gone then you might as well use the buttons for your crafting.

Got any old clothing you are going to throw out during your spring clean?  Any of them knitted items that can be unravled and made into pompoms or tassles?  Any old jeans that can be made into trendy bags, or perhaps a small cover for a tablet or mobile phone?  Just because something is not your size or taste any more doesn’t mean that it couldn’t still be useful to you in some way.

And consider donating to charity shops as well rather than just throwing away.

Another thing that can be kept is envelopes. Brown as well as white or coloured ones.  Open them out and you can find some have a patterned inside, and the brown ones have a craft card look than can be used for matting and layering or makeing vintage look flowers.

Paper Flowers

These flowers are ones made from the three pieces cut out from this envelope.  The colours look different because of the different lighting when the photos were taken.  The bottom right flower has had some gold ink wiped over it straight from the ink pad.

I made these using the method I showed in the “4. No Tools Paper Flowers 02” instructions I’ve posted previously. I just folded over the outside edge of the spiral to give a different look.  I used Pinflair Glue-It to stick the flower together at the base.

Of course, white flowers could be made from waste white envelopes as well.  Or any other colour envelope that happens to come your way.

Any More Tips?

Is there anything you could suggest that should be kept to re-use for crafting?

Put your tips in the comments below.

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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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Some Crafting In March

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 172019
 

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Some Musing and Crafting

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

First some musings and then a couple of cards today.

Musings

Sometimes I just go on a wonder around the Internet to look for information after hearing or reading something. A couple of weeks ago I heard somebody on some TV programme (I wasn’t really paying attention to what was on the TV so don’t know who or which programme) mentioned someting about different colours having different meanings and moods.

Well, there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of different, sometimes conflicting, theories and meanings to be found online.

So, as I like purple – some purple shades are currently my favourite colour – I’m sure you’ve already guessed that as it is the colour I chose for banners, etc., on my Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, etc.

Therefore I picked one site’s info on the colour purple to look at more closely – “The Psychology of Color: A Designer’s Guide to Color Association & Meaning” posted by Rikard, though he wrote it up from a number of sources he lists at the bottom of his post.

This is the paragraph I picked out “Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.”

Looking at the last sentence –

  • I’d like to think that I have picked up a bit of “wisdom” over the years.
  • I’d like to think that I show a bit of “dignity” as well.
  • My “independence” has been curtailed quite a bit with my health/disability problems, but as far as this blog, and my other online presences are concerned, I am quite independent as far as doing my crafting, putting the content online, and as far as far as my choice of what, and who’s company, crafting materials I mention and link to. If I don’t use it I don’t link to it (be they ordinary links or affiliate links)
  • My “creativity” is quite random, both in terms of how often and when I get creative, and as far as what type of creating I may do at any particular time.  Well, if you have been to visit my blog in the past you will have seen that I like variety of crafting to keep me interested, from quick, short projects, to long projects.
  • Now I don’t think that there’s much “mystery” about me or my online presence.
  • And finishing with “magic” – sometimes crafting can be quite magical.  How colours change as a medium dries.  How a blank piece of something can change into a crafted piece of something.

So, what’s your favourite colour? – perhaps one that appears often in your crafting, or one you’ve chosen as the main colour of your blog or other online presence?  You can even click on the link I give above to see whether your colour choice has any meaning that resonates with you.

Crafting – Card Making

With having a lower molar tooth extracted on Thursday I haven’t felt much like crafting, but Friday evening I thought it might take my mind off my aching jaw and lower face by having a play with making a couple of cards from a kit I had bought recently because I liked the birds on some of the toppers.

All the cardstock, backing papers, vellum, toppers, etc., came from the kit, so I only added some sticky stuff, some rub-ons to one card, and a couple of tools – going for easy crafting in bed rather than using trimmers, dies, etc.

Card 1

I’m not sure the photos show up that the cardstock and topper frame is a cream colour.

The front is a third cardstock and covered with parchment.

The topper was added using dimensional glue gel, everything else is stuck down using tape.

I haven’t put a greeting on either the outside or inside yet as it may be for Mothering Sunday or it may be for a birthday, and it depends who will use it whether the greeting will be in Welsh or English.

Card 2

I chose pale yellow as the main colour for this card, this time I’ve made the front half cut but the topper background is attached so that it is full length on the front and so the card stands tent fold.  This time I added glitter rub-ons, including one butterfly over a butterfly in the topper picture.

Again, the final topper is raised using glue gel and everything else is attached using tape.

And it looks like this when standing.

Hope you’ll come over for another look at my blog before long.  Have a great, crafting, day.

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Glass Jar Light inc Video

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 142019
 

Glass Jar Lights
Including Video

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

Decorating Glass Jar As A Light

At Christmas we had a couple of round glass jars with fruit in.  I thought that, because of their shape, they would make a couple of nice lamps.  Using a string of LED lights inside means that there is no need for any electrical work, and they look nice on a table or dotted around a room as mood lightling.  But, of course, I had to decorate them up a bit before putting in the LED lights, and I made a video of this crafting.

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Video

I made two slightly different versions.  Both of which I’m showing in today’s videos.

You can see the English version of the video – Here!

Gallwch weld y fideo yma yn Gymraeg – Yma!

Items Used
Finished Creations

First one (glitter over twine):

Unlit – in normally lit room –

Lit – in normally lit room –

The second one (glittered, then twine added)

Unlit – in normally lit room –

Lit – in normally lit room –

Which version do you prefer?  My mother and youngest nephew, totally separate from each other and without knowing what the other had said, both said that they prefered the second version.

Both jar lights were on the table by my side in the sitting room while I was working on my laptop, unlit, and what amazed me was how sparkly they were when in no natural light but just overhead room lighting.

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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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An Owl Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 102019
 

Some Musings And A Card

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

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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