Another Two Birthday Cards

Another Two Welsh Birthday Cards

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I’ve said before about having 4 family birthday’s in February.  Well today I have the cards I made for Mam and myself to give another family member.

With my health not being at it’s usual level (read the saga in my last post if you want to know more), I again kept it simple. Plus the recipient doesn’t like fussy and highly embelished.

Crafting
What I Did

For this pair of cards I decided to go bright, and therefore picked two tropical themed images, one a bright parrot and one an under a tropical sea.

For one I matted it onto yellow cardstock and used a red spotted cardstock to make some little banner strip details to go on the side and for the other I matted onto red spotted cardstock and put a ribbon of the yellow cardstock accross the card before sticking down the matted image.

I then finished off with a peeloff greeting on the outside and on the insert inside.

What I Used
  • 1 x Adorable Scoreable Cardstock in pale yellow
  • 2 x A5 Base Cards
  • 1 x Sheet of Spot foiled red cardstock
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 Sheets A4 100gsm Paper for inserts
  • 2 topper sheets from a Hunkydory Little Book Of …
  • Scoreboard
  • Paper Cutter
  • Peeloff Greetings
Two Finished Cards

1st card

2nd card.

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It’s nearly time when I can show you more ornate cards I made for some orders which the people who asked for them have received but haven’t gone to the actual people cellebrating important events in their lives yet, as well as one semi ornate I made for Mam and I to give,  so keep an eye out over the next two weeks for those.

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2020 Calendar – March

March Calendar Page & Life

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It’s the start of a new month so time to show you what I’ve put on the March page on my mother’s calendar.  Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through.

Life

But first – a little bit about the eventful (and not in a nice way) end to February …

After over five weeks of fighting more than one infection in my damaged leg, with one antibiotic practically clearing it before it came back (doctor said about how more than one bacteria can cause cellulitis and that the likelyhood was that only one was cleared by the initial antibiotics, thus leaving room for the other types to take hold and multiply), on Friday 21st I took a turn for the worse.

My mother had even phoned my youngest sister to see if she could come and stay to look after us, but she had the runs and didn’t want to bring yet another bug into the house, and she said that my other sister was still ill after two weeks of antibiotics for a chest infection – and had had blood tests and a chest X-ray done – so phoneing her wouldn’t be any good either (turns out she has pneumonia).

During the day my temperature went higher and by late afternoon my mother was trying to get through to the doctors surgery after it went from 36.7 degrees C when I woke to 39 degrees C and climbing, and I was feeling very ill and strange.  Unfortunately my mother just couldn’t understand all the endless automated answering system and press 1 for this and 2 for that and had to give up when she hadn’t got through to speak to anybody in quite a few minutes.  So when the carer arrived at around 6 she rang the surgery and got to speak to the receptionist and asked for a doctor to come out a.s.a.p..  At 6.30pm the doctor phoned!  I did manage to speak to him to describe what was getting worse and he said to put the phone down and ring for an ambulance immediately, as, even if he did come out there would be no way for him to say whether I just had a bacterial infection that had got worse and needed different antibiotics, or whether I had got a virus on top of the bacterial infection.  And the only way I could get a blood test on a Friday night would be to get to hospital.

No, can somebody take you in, just phone for an ambulance.

Which I did.  Explaining my symptoms and the fact that the doctor had said to get an ambulance.

The carer had to leave to go to her other clients but she’d phoned the senior carer on call who had come to sit with me, and used our equipment to check my oxygen, pulse, blood pressue, etc., which were fine.  Just the temperature climbing higher.

An hour and a half after phoneing for an ambulance a nurse called me back to go through my symptoms with me – which I’d already gone through with the 999 opperator – endless questions.  Don’t remember them all, but including ones to see if I was having a stroke.  And perhaps she could get the on-call doctor to phone or call – what flipping good would that do, I’d already spoken to a GP from our surgery, who happened to be the one who’d been out with me previously and knew the history of this particular episode, and who’d said to get an ambulance immediately.

Another wait, and by then I was feeling practically as bad as I had the first time I had an infection in the leg, the infection that caused the majority of the damage and scaring, when I’d been in hospital for 4 weeks.

The ambulance finally arrived, and off we went through the same questions again, and more.  I know they have a procedure, but how many times do they need to do a heart trace, take my temperature, take my blood pressure, oxygen levels, etc., before they listen to what one is saying and actually get me on an ambulance and on the way to the hospital – they even tried getting hold of the on-call doctor themselves to see if he thought it was necessary before we actually got on the way at gone 10pm.

Thankfully A&E wasn’t full and I was in a side ward within very short time of arriving there.  Hadn’t even got to lie down in bed before they took four vials of blood and an urine sample, and prety soon I had a canula in.

They gave me a belly jab and I’d had an intravenous antibiotic pumped into me before I even made it into the Clinical Decision Unit the early hours of Saturday morning.

The doctor suspected a DVT on top of the infection in my leg so I received several “treatment doses” rather than “preventative dose” of the injection to prevent/disolve clots every day I was in – so my belly is black and blue, as are a couple of other places where I bumped into things because I was unsteady.  Nobody was available to do a dopplar to check if I actually had a DVT on Saturday or Sunday, and unfortunately a cock-up on my being transfered from the Unit to a ward late Sunday afternoon meant that my notes were ticked that I had had the Dopplar scan so I wasn’t sheduled for one Monday morning.  So more theraputic doses of the anti clotting drug.  It was late Tuesday before I was actually wheeled down for the scan on my leg – which they could only partially follow the veins down my leg because the very bad scarring of skin and the difformed and scarred tissue underneath meant that the dopplar machine can’t see deep enough into the veins for the majority of my calf area.  But they saw enough, to decide that the flow of blood was just fine where they could see, so in all probability I didn’t have a DVT – and by now the antibiotics were kicking in and my leg was less red and hard, with my temperature comming down.  Of course it took until one of the consultants came round on Wednesday morning to change the instructions for the jab in the belly, so I had several more before the prescription was changed.  And thankfully, the consultant also decided on Wednesday that, as my leg was responding so well to the intravenous antibiotics I could be sent hope with a strong oral dose of the same type of antibiotic.

With neither sister able to help look after Mam while I was in, my brother and his two sons had been taking shifts doing “granny sitting” duties, including sleeping over, with the carers helping her twice a day as per normal.  Unfortunately none of there were actually there when I phoned home to say that I was being discharged, and Mam couldn’t get my brother on the phone, so the hospital organised a car to get me home.  The nephews were back on duty before I arrived at gone 4pm.

So now I’m on 8 antibiotic tablets a day and praying that they are really going to get rid of every different type of bacteria that’s in my leg, not leaving any immune type to multiply again.  At the moment it looks very promissing, with my temperature staying under 37 for several days and the bright read having gone from my leg leaving it dry and mottled.

So, that’s how things are at the moment.

Crafting

As you can imagine, with the dip in my health, I didn’t feel up to being very creatinve for Mam’s March calendar page.  Lots of ideas of course, but no energy to actually sit and create for more than 15 minutes – so I had to choose what to do accordingly.

As usual, I asked Mam what she’d like this month – she asked for anything with a “lamb”.  I knew I had a lamb in amongst my collection of Hunkydory Decolarge collection – so the hardest part of this month’s creation was going through the plastic crate in the garage to find what I was looking for.

What I Did

Before I could put the March page onto the calendar I had to remove the very dimensional layers from the February page – you may remember that I had put a metal plate behind the page and magnets on the floral elements so that at the end of the month they could be removed before the page was flipped over, to keep the calendar reasonably flat to the wall when hung.  You can see what I put on the February page – Here! if you want to find out what I did.  And if you haven’t already seen it, you can see what I put on the January page – here.

So, first I trimmed a fraction from the edge of the background cardstock, pushed out all the decolarge layers, put the largest layers over the corresponding image towards the left of the background, and then started adding the decopage – but rather than build up all the layers over the main, lamb, image, I used the floral layers to extend the decopage right across the bottom of the background, using glue gel to give a little dimension without makeing it too dimensional.

I then collected the things I’d need together.

The flowers and foliage were removed and attached to the side of the fridge.

Leaving me with a page that just had the background on.

I slid a craft knife blade between the metal plate and the back of the page and cut around where the super strong tape was to be able to remove the plate with minimal damage to the back of the calendar page – it would never be seen so a removal of a small layer of the paper didn’t matter.  So I now have a metal plate to use in another project – I have an idea!

After that it was simply a case of flipping over to the March page, using double sided tape to attach the spring lamb image as well as the Mis Mawrth (Welsh for March) title that I had printed off.

I did use a black fine line pen to add a couple of wavy lines around the top of the background panel and to add a few “birds in flight” to the background as well.  No matting and layering, no added embelishments, just a quick and easy spring image.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
  • 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • Hunkydory Decolarge Spring Lamb – Background Sheet and Decoupage Layers Sheet
  • Black Fineliner Pen
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
The Finished Page

This is what I added to the page looks like.

A closer look at the decoupage – hopefully you can see that there is some dimension  there despite me spreading the layers around to extend the image.

And this is the calendar back on Mam’s bedroom wall.

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I had been working on several cards over the period I wasn’t so good prior to getting rushed to hospital, I need to finish off the blog posts on them when I’m feeling a bit stronger, so keep an eye out for those – they include some more fancy ones that were made on for an order.

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Two More Simple Birthday Cards

2 More Simple Welsh Birthday Cards

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Life

Well … I’m still on antibiotics for an infection in my damaged leg.  It still didn’t clear completely on with the second two weeks of antibiotics – so now I am on week five. It looks better than it did, but still isn’t right.  So a long way to go yet and I’m resting as much as possible.

Thank heavens that we have help from the carers at Care Wales/Gofal Cymru, not only twice daily with help for my mother, but also help for me with showering and doing my hair.

Crafting

I’ve said in a previous post about several family members having their birthdays in February, so needing to make several cards that would be suitable for them.  I’ve shown you two previously – here – and today I have two more to show you.

These were from both my mother and myself for another nephew.  So again, nothing flowery or fussy needed.  As well as modern things like computers and 3D printing, he likes vintage things, his dog and his horse, and other countryside things.  So we’ve gone wildlife and vintage for his cards this year.

What I Did

I started by selecting two different Hunkydory books that had images that I thought were most suitable and had Mam go through to take her pick.  She chose an owl image from one book, so I chose a vintage horse image from another.

For the owl card I simply scored a sheet of cardstock in half to make an A5 sized base card.  I then matted and layered the image onto light grey and black cardstock before sticking it to the front of the card, adding a thin paper ribbon of black cardstock down one side of the image for a little bit of different interest.

I finished the card by putting a peeloff greeting in a wave shape on the front, as well as putting in a folded sheet of white paper as an insert and adding a black greeting.

The vintage horse topper was a square shape, so I scored on sheet of mid grey cardstock at 8″ and folding it over, and I cut the other sheet of the same colour at 8″ and attached it to the fold over of the other to make an 8″ card.

I again matted and layered my topper before attaching it to the centre front of the base card I’d created.

As I thought that my nephew might like to put the image up in his bedroom after his birthday I didn’t put a greeting on the front as I thought it looked nice just framed with the matting and layering.

I did fold a sheet of paper at just under 8″, trimmed a little off the long edge, and stuck it inside the back of the card as an insert.  I added a peeloff greeting to this.

What I Used
  • 1 x Adorable Scoreable Cardstock
  • A4 Sheets of light grey, 2 mid grey, and black cardstock
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 Sheets A4 100gsm Paper
  • 2 topper sheets from 2 different Hunkydory books
  • Scoreboard
  • Paper Cutter
  • Peeloff Greetings
Two Finished Cards

1st card

Outside of second card

Inside 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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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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Decorating Mugs

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Decorating Mugs

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For our work in Sunday School for the year 2019-2020 the boys have designed a new logo.  This will go on several on-going items we are working on, such as a board game, puzzle book, etc., all with Biblical themes.

I also decided it would be nice if we used the same logo to decorate individual mugs for us for Sunday School.  And at the same time allow the boys to decorate some other mugs with whatever the wanted.

It is a bit of a learning curve to get the design onto the mugs, and I’m sure that with time and more practice we will get better at it.  But we now have the first ones ready to be used – not sure how long the design will stay on the outside, but the mugs will still be useable if the designs come off.

What I Did

We started by taking a copy each of the Sunday School Logo into Publisher and having a play at makeing a design unique to each of us.  For one of the boys personal designs he decided to use the same starburst background as we’d used for the Sunday School logo, but to put on the name of the boys YouTube channel “George Boys”.  The other nephew decided he wanted Fergerson tractors on his mugs and chose two photos to use.  We fitted four designs onto an A4 working area.

These were printed out on an inkjet printer and allowed to air dry.

The A4 sheet was then cut into the individual designs before spraying over with a clear varnish.

Once this was completely dry we double checked that the design would fit top to bottom on the mug and where around the mug each of us wanted our designs to go.  I chose the opposite side to where I usually drink from.

In turn we put our design into a tray of water and waited for it to soak through.  The mug was also dunked into the water.

We had a few trial and error and completely messed up tries before we got ones that we went with.  Not fantastic – but the work of me and the boys so obviously not looking as if they were shop bought or profesionally printed.

The piece with the design on was then placed where we wanted it to go on the mug.  We found that we had to firstly gently apply pressure to the leading edge to pull it off the edge of the backing paper onto the mug.  Gor this reason having a blank cm of area before the design started proved to be the best way to go.  Then we went to the other side and gently pushed the design to give us a small clear edge on the backing paper to grab onto.  To prevent the thin layer with the design pulling and stretching as we slid out the backing paper we found that using a sheet of backing from one of our messed up tries, putting it in the water first and then laying it flat over the design and applying gentle pressure to hold it there, without preventing the sliding of the backing out worked best.  We had tried using just fingers to hold but found that stretching and tareing or wrinkling up was far more likely to occur.

Once we had slid out the backing paper we smoothed over the design as much as possible to get out bubbles of air or water and flatten any wrinkes that would be flattened.  The mugs were then left to air dry over night.

The following day the mugs were put on a sheet of foil on a tray and put into a cold oven.  The oven was turned on at around 110 degrees centigrade and left to come up to temperature.  Once the light indicated that the temperature had been reached we left them at this temperature for around 15 to 20 minutes before turning the oven off and leaving them cool naturally.

What I Used
Finished Cups

The first ones were not fantastic, but we got better at sliding the image over at each try, and the final ones were much better than the first ones, although a bit more practice is needed to get them perfect.

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Although I am very much on a go slow at the moment, due to having two different infections in my damaged leg within a couple of days of each other and being on antibiotics for a month, I do have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment which I am working on slowly, 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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A Bit Of Beading And More

A Little Bit Of Beading And Some Planning

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before). Thank you for coming to have a look.

Beading is near the bottom, but first an update on what has been going on this month and some plans for crafting in the next few months.

Planning

I haven’t been posting a lot lately, in fact I don’t think I’ve posted since the new year.  I’d cleared a lot of crafting and family history stuff away before Christmas and, as I was feeling a little tired afterwords decided to have a little break from crafting, other than some crocheting and knitting a hat on a circular loom that I will show you in due course when completed and given to the recipients.

Unfortunately I then got an infection in my damaged leg.

The leg is always is always mis shaped but not usually that colour, so it was a case of immediately starting the SOS antibiotics I have to keep in the house ready, and keeping my leg elevated for the majority of the time.

This, of course, gave me plenty of time to plan crafting projects for the next few months.

In Sunday School for the 2019-2020 year we created a new logo and are working on a Biblical themed puzzle book, question cards, etc., all having the logo on them. But I thought it would be a fun crafting activity for us to also use the logo as part of a design for a mug each. So that will be one thing to show you once that is completed in the next week or two.

I’ve also decided to work on some more patchwork quilts, though this time, instead of makeing them up from different patterned blocks I’m going to make them using just one shape – tumbler – in four different colours.  Of course those will be long term projects.

As well as the mug decorating I’m planning on another new craft for me – makeing one of those crystal pictures. I think that this will also be a long term project, but I’m hopeing that it won’t be too fiddly for me to do regular 10 minute sessions as the tool looks to be quite easy to hold.  I am thinking elephants for this project.

I have a commission for a big and blingy card which I need to finish by the end of February, as well as having 4 family birthdays during the month that will meen a card each from my mother and I needs to be made.

I’ve got to work on a panel a month for my mother’s calendar for the coming year. I’ve started on the February one but need to get that finished and then start planning a March page.

I’ve also got an idea of what I want to do next as a home decour project – a lantern of some sort with vellum with silouette images printed or stamped on them instead of glass and some sort of lights inside.

And I finaly decided on what I wanted from my mothet for Chridtmas. She’d asked me what I wanted but I couldn’t decide for a long time.  Then I decided on storage for my ink pads as I realised I’ve been doing more stamping and other inking lately and having most of my inks in a bag where the colour I wanted was always at the bottom was frustrating, so, after looking at lots of solutions I decided on an Inky-Wizz.  It has arrived, and I had my youngest nephew do the fiddly bit of screwing the rotating mechanism in place before I put it together, which was a surprisingly quick job.  Once I’m feeling better I will decorate it.  I’ve bought a spray primer paint and hope that will get into all the gaps to save me having to brush paint on, as I think it will be a tricky job.  So we’ll seehow that goes.

I also want to make a few more bits of jewellery.

Beading

An optitian from The Outside Clinic came out to check my mother’s eyesight and found she needed a new pair of glasses. So of course she needed a new glasses chain as well. (The chain I’d put on her old pair had the rubber end perish and one had broken.)

What I Did

I raided my jewellery makeing stash for this one, so not sure exactly where I got the bits.  I did show my mother some different coloured seed beads and her choice was green.  As this was a one off item I didn’t bother getting out my beed spinner, but decided to just pour the beads into a cup and pick them up with a beading needle from there.

It took longer than using a bead spinner, but I sat at the bottom of Mam’s bed and chatted to her while I worked on ig, resting my hands every couple of minutes and checking the length against her old glasses chain until I had got it the right size.

Then it was simply a case of attaching callotts, rings, and the engs that go on glasses arms.

Finished Glasses Chain

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Hopefully it won’t be as long before I get my next crafting post up to my blog.  So please do pop back again to see which of my planned projects I finish first.

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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year – January Calendar Page

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year

January Calendar Page

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

Well, another year has started.  Hope you all had a good Christmas, whether it was quiet and relaxing, or a busy one visiting and having family over.

I would like to start this post by telling all the visitors to my blog how much I appreciate you clicking over for a look at my work, especially those of you who take the time to comment either here on my blog or on my posts in various groups and pages on Facebook.  It means a lot to me.

I hope you will continue to do so in the coming year.

I’m not going to be makeing any grand New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m just planning to carry on with my variety of crafting, as and when my health allows, hopefully getting a few more YouTube videos online of me makeing different things.  And when the summer comes I hope that I will be able to once again spend some time out the garden puttering at my raised beds and pots.

As usual I have lots of crafting projects planned, some of which are already started, so it’s just a case of picking a time when I’m up to doing things and getting on, and then remembering to photograph what I’ve been up to.

Of course, I’ve started with a panel to put on the January page of my mother’s calendar, which is what I’ve got to show  you today.

Calendar

Those of you who have visited my blog in the past probably already know that I give my mother a blank, Papermill Direct, calendar each year.  I buy the A3 size which means that there is an A4 area above the calendar section on each page to be decorated.  (You can see what I did last year by checking out the post – here.)

I ask my mother each month if there’s anything specific she’d like, or a specific technique, and most months she just says to surprise her.  But for January she asked for a snowman to be on the page somewhere.  So that is what I did.

Started by doing a search for a snowman through the Publisher software’s  online search function in designs with a Creative Commons licence.  The chosen snowman was resized to what I wanted.  I also put the numbers and wording I wanted onto my working area in Publisher, makeing the letters ones with an outline only and no fill.  These were on two pages that I printed out onto white cardstock.

I then set about decorating the letters, tareing some of the white cardstock as snow banks, and cutting out the pieces.

What I used
The Calendar Page

I decorated the Mis Ionawr panel (Welsh for January) by taking the Speckle background stamp and puting three colours of ink on part of it, stamping over the panel from one direction, re-inking and stamping from the other direction.  The green either end is quite clean but the overlap of the yellow and red colours give a merge of colours.

I then pressed each ink pad to a sheet of acetate and used dry brushes to pick up ink and colour over the speckles outside the letters, trying to keep close to the speckle colour bands.  The speckle on the letters show on the white background and around the letters the speckle is still visible on a background of the same colour brushed over thinner.

The large numbers 2020 were stamped the same way as the Mis Ionawr, but as I was going to cut them out individually I didn’t colour the background.

For the Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I used the same technique but used the Artisan Design Bark background stamp, which is a more dense stamp so the pattern is a bit darker.  This time I did the bands a different width and started with yellow on the outside.  This panel was torn after colouring, rather than cutting as the previous one had been.

I cut a sheet of black cardstock a bit smaller, and, as I wanted to knock back the colour a bit I took the green chalk ink pad and brushed it over the cardstock in a very random fashion, trying to get an uneven look in a band across the diagonal.

Fingerlift tape was used to attach the black panel to the deep blue sheet of cardstock, and has been placed on the back of the month and main piece ready to attach to the calendar today.  The snowman was shaped a bit and “snow drifts” were torn out of the same cardstock before everything was attached to the panel front using glue gel, giving some raise to bits.

Angled view to try and show that pieces were stuck on with some dimension.

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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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Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas

I’d like to say –

Nadolig Llawen – Happy Christmas

– to all those who have visited my blog over the last year

A day to enjoy – certainly, but also a day to remember why we are celabrating – because Christ came to this earth to teach all a better way to live and to die for us.

Let’s not forget why there is usually a star or an angel on top of our Christmas trees.

One of my young nephews decorated our tree this year while another went up a ladder to pin some decorations to the ceiling.  Nothing elaborate, but it does make the room cheerful and inviting.

It’s only a small tree, around 3ft, on top of a table.  As you can see, I’ve gone for the environmentally friendly option for wrapping most of my gifts this year.  Brown paper, tied with string, and simple gift tags just printed onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out.  I had thought of stamping onto the brown paper, but in the end decided to leave them plain.

The cotton bags I showed you previously – here – that I’d screen printed have now had some food items placed inside as a “hamper”.  I thought I had more plain ones but could only find two when I came to screen print, so I’ve bought a “bag for life”, a couple of gift bags, and recycled one that I received something in last year.  The same type of tags as I’ve put on the other gifts are tied to the handle of each, so nothing written on the gift bags, therefore they can be re-used again for birthday or Christmas gifts.

They are simply too big to go under the tree so are taking up two chairs in the sitting room at the moment, until they are given to the recipients today.

I’m trying to make sure that everybody has some healthy options to eat, as well as the goodies, so I bought a large assortment of fresh fruit (delivered by Tesco on Saturday).

I put out a wicker weave round tray and put a wire cupcake stand on top.  Then I pile all the fruit on.

Putting them out like this means you can see better what’s there, rather than in a bowl.  And there’s less likelyhood of something going rotten in the bottom and not be spotted.

That was Saturday lunchtime after the Tesco delivery!

This was Sunday evening after two youngest nephews had spent the afternoon here!

I think Mam and I had had a fig and an apricot each.

On top of the fruit they had gone through half a box of After Eights, practically all the wallnuts and some of the other nuts, a few Ferrero Rosher, and a few other bits.  I’m sure it must be a balanced diet LOL.

I’m not expecting them for a meal today, but I do expect the two youngest nephews to turn up at some point to open their gifts.

They know what they are getting as they asked for them.  One even offered to help me pack them LOL – just to be helpful he said! Just to have a quick look that I’d got what he wanted I believe.

Hope you all have an enjoyable Christmas day.  And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I still wish you a lovely day whatever you are doing.

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14th Batch Of Christmas Cards For 2019

14th Batch Of Christmas Cards For 2019 – Welsh Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before). Thank you for coming over to have a look at my blog

This is the second half of the batch of cards I made as square ones on a chrisp, white, base card – although, as I said in my previous post – here – the photos are not showing up as crisp a white as they are in reality. I’ve made them very Clean And Simple, with very little additions to the topper, although I have put the toppers on with foam tape for a little bit of dimension.

What I Used
  • Items from Hunkydory Christmas Collection from this year
  • 6″ square cards with envelopes
  • 2mm and 3mm Shaker Foam Tape
  • Roller Glue Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Black and Gold “Nadolig Llawen” Peeloffs
  • Glitter “Nadolig Llawen”
  • A4 White Paper – for printing out inserts
  • Paper Trimmer
What I did

You can have a look at what I did in my last post if you missed seeing that a couple of days ago.  You can find it – here.

Batch Of Cards

The insert in each card was a simple one like this.

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That’s just about it for Christmas makes for this year.  But never fear, I have much more crafting on the go so it won’t be long before I’m back with more things to show you.

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