Welsh Birthday Cards 2

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Jan 192019
 

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More Welsh Birthday Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog if you are visiting for the first time, and welcome back if you are a return visitor.

I’ve written previously about being asked to make Welsh Sympathy and Birthday Cards.

Well today’s blog is about the second half dozen Birthday cards I made. (You can see the post showing the Sympathy cards here and here, and the first half dozen Birthday cards here.)

This first card was made using a Hunkydory Decolarge topper with around half the decopage layers.  The base card was also made by scoring and folding in half one of the A4 background sheets in the same collection.  As the cardstock has a lace printed decoration on it near the top and bottom I decided to add a piece of lace down one side of the topper.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach everything together and fingerlift tape to put a suitably worded insert inside.

This is a closeup to try and show the dimension of the topper.

This card was made using a pre-scored A5 white card base and a background and toppers from Kanban. Fingerlift tape was used to stick on the background and the insert, and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, was used to stick on dancers and keyboard. A simple Welsh Happy Birthday peeloff was added.

And again a view to show that the topper is raised.

The base card is a pre-scored 8″ square white card. I think that the backing paper and topper came from a Craftwork Cards collection, but I’m not sure. If you know differently let me know. The backing paper and insert were attached using fingerlift tape, and the topper and greetings banner were attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I finished off by putting two strips of Pinflair peeloffs around near the edge.

I’m not sure where the backing paper came from, it was in my stash from somewhere. The card is a pre-scored A5 white card. The bachground was stuck over half the card , Pinflair peeloffs were used to edge the card and panel. Then the topper, which I think is from a Hunkydory collection, was attached before finishing off with a Peeloff greeting and an insert.

This 6″ square card is decorated using mirror card and a Pollyanna Pickering image. The same peeloff greeting was put on the front as well as the insert inside.

This next photo is of the same card showing the dimesion between layers.

This A5 card is decorated using three copies of an image from one of the floral themed “Little Book Of …” from Hunkydory.  One was stuck directly to a miri mat from Hunkydory, while the rest were cut into so that I had layers to decoupage. The matted image as well as the decoupage layers were added using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. The insert inside has the same greeing as the peeloff I put on the front.

This next photo is of the same card trying to show the different layers created by cutting out some of the flowers from two extra sheets of the same image and sticking them on using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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A Couple Of Birthday Cards

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Jan 172019
 

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Some Welsh Birthday Cards

January and February sees several family members having their birthdays therefore it’s time to get busy makeing some Welsh “Penblwydd Hapus” birthday cards after the Christmas and New Year season is past.

Today I’ve got two cards I made for my mother and myself to give to my niece.  They were made using some items from one of the Hunkydory Decolarge kits I’d used when makeing the variety of Welsh Birthday Cards for an order that I’ve started to show you previously.  But these have been put together in a slightly different layout with some difference in the layers I chose to use for the decoupage (I did say in my previous posts how I wasn’t using all the layers provided for the decoupage and therefore getting a second topper out of what should be each very deep decoupage).

Both cards are of country cottage scenes.

This first one has a rectangular topper.  I used a sheet of cardstock from the same kit, and as the cardstock has a bit of a lacy look I added a piece of lace under one edge of the topper.  I used 2mm deep, foam tape, to attach all the layers.

Here are a few more photos of the same card from different angles to show the dimension of the topper.

The second card has an oval topper.  Again I used a sheet of A4 matching cardstock from the same kit to score and fold to make the base card.

And next are a couple of photos to show the topper dimension.

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I’ve got several more cards to make for the family, so keep an eye out for them, along with some other crafting projects I’m working on.

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Welsh Sympathy Cards 2

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Jan 142019
 

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Some Welsh Sympathy Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog.

Previously I’ve shown you the first six from a collection of 12 Welsh Sympathy Cards I was asked to make.

Today I’ve got the second six to show you.

For this card I used a digi stamp – Beautiful Lilies Digi Stamp by Stephen Poore – that I printed out onto 120gsm Super Smooth heavyweight paper.  This I coloured in using alcohol markers (Promarkers – Blossom, Flexmarker – Apple, and Nuvo Marker – 405).  This was cut out, matted and layered, and stuck onto an A5 white base card in landscape orientation.  A greeting, printed out onto the same paper, was also added.

I also printed the same digistamp, together with a greeting, out onto the same type of white paper, to use as an insert.   For this I printed it out in a shade of grey instead of black, and didn’t colour on in.

For this simple A5 card I took a floral image from one of the Hunkydory “Little Book Of …” and matted it onto one of the Hunkydory mirri mats. This matted image was then stuck to the front of the card, whuch was finished off with a peeloff greeting and an insert with the same greeting.

Another card made the same way as the previous one .

For this one I also used an image from one of the Hunkydory floral “Little Book Of …”, but I took two copies of the image and cut one up to give me flower pieces to decupage. I printed out a greeting for this card which I cut out and matted onto a piece of the same mirror card as the mat for the main image.  Fingerlift tape was used  for this matting and also for layering the greeting onto the front of the image. I then used 2mm deep foam tape to attach the additional flower layer.

This is the same card with the photo taken at an angle to try and show the dimension of the decoupaged flowers that overlap the greetings panel.

The base card I used for this card is a pre foiled 6″ card from Kanban. The image is one from a collection of images called “12 Religious designs” by Vicki Avcin.  I resized it before printing it out onto 120gsm Super Smooth heavyweight paper. After cutting it out I matted it onto some mirror card and then stuck the matted image onto the card using 2mm deep foam tape.

You can see that the matted image is slightly raised by the the foam tape in this side photo.

I also used the My Craft Studio Elite software to quickly build up a matching insert by turning the image into greyscale and adding a greeting.  The same paper was used for printing and it was inserted into the card using more fingerlift tape.

This is another image from the same “12 Religious designs” by Vicki Avcin.  This time I printed it out twice and cut the praying hands and cross out from one image.  The main image was matted onto some of Lynda’s brown cardstock and then onto frosted gold cardstock.  I then used 2mm deep foam tape to add the cut out layer to the front image of the card, and then to add the matted image to the front of an A6 white base card.

Here’s a side view to show the dimension created with the foam tape.

In the same way as I made an insert for the previous card I made one for this card as well.

 

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Welsh Birthday Cards 1

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Jan 122019
 

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Some Welsh Birthday Cards

A few days ago I wrote about being asked to make a dozen Welsh Sympathy Cards as well as Welsh Birthday Cards.  I’ve shown you the first half dozen Sympathy Cards, and today I’ve got the first half dozen Birthday Cards to show you.

I’m trying to make a good mixture of cards that will be suitable for both male and female recipients, remembering that we are in a rural area of West Wales so I’m looking to cover a variety of rural interests and scenes.

This first card was made using a sheet of cardstock and a decolarge image and decoupage layers from Hunkydory.  I didn’t use all the layers supplied so have some left for another topper.  Everything was layered together with some 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. The card was finished off with a peeloff Penblwydd Hapus.  There is an insert inside.

This is a side closeup to try and show the dimensional layers I added.

This card is again made with items from a Hunkydory kit. This time it’s a round topper and matching sheet of A4 cardstock that was scored and folded in half.  The same foam tape was used to stick the topper to the card front. The card was finished off again with a peel off, and insert.

This card is again a layered decoupage one.  I’m not sure which company made the kit that the bits for this card came from, but I am sure I bought it via Create and Craft.  I used a black, fineliner, pen to put dashes around the base card as welll as the base layers of the toppers.  This card has several layers but I forgot to take and angled photo to show the dimension.  Again I finished off with a peel off greeting and an insert.

I used sheet of cardstock with a sort of frosted gold look as the base card for this next one. The layer is a wood effect backing paper. And again the topper came from a Hunkydory collection.

One mat for this card was cut from the same cardstock as the base card of the previous card, and another layer was from the same wood patterened background as used on the previous card.  The topper is from a Pollyanna Pickering collection.

The items to make this card came from the same collection as the rose bouquet decoupage above.

I’ll be back with another post to show you the rest of the Welsh Birthday Cards I made for this order at some point

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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Welsh Sympathy Cards 1

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Jan 102019
 

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Some Welsh Sympathy Cards

Hi and welcome to my blog. Whether you are a returning visitor or somebody who is here for the first time, I’m glad you’ve popped over for a look.

I’ve been asked to make a dozen Welsh Sympathy Cards, as well as Welsh Birthday Cards. No guidlines on style required for the Sympathy cards, so I’ve gone for a mixture of black and white and coloured, from a religious look with a cross to a simple flower and greeting.  Today I’ve got the first six to show you.

This first card was made simply just using a Tattered LaceDemure Feather Die“, a Tattered Lace butterfly die, a greeting that I printed, and another Tattered Lace die “Velvet Lace Mini Ruffle Square Die” for the mat. I’m not sure what each of the dies is called though.

This next card was made using various bits, including the base card with two appertures already die cut, from a card kit I bought via Create and Craft a long time ago.  I’ve dug it out and used bits of it for several cards lately but can’t remember the name of the collection or manufacturer.  Again I used peeloff greeting both inside and out. I drew  a fine, dashed, line zaround the edge of both apertures and the mats that were stuck to the back of the insert.

For this card I used a fine liner pen to draw a black line around half a cm in from the outside edge.  I took a simple floral topper that had an integral frame and matted it onto black cardstock before sticking it on the card front.  I also matted a greeting I’d printed out onto the same type of cardstock before attaching it to the card.

The items to make this card came from the same collection as the double apperture card I showed above, so can’t give you any links for what I used.

I don’t make many A6 size cards (much easier to simply score and fold an A4 sheet of cardstock in half to make an A5 base card), but I have a box of pre scored card bases in different sizes and decided to make one small, simple, card for this selection.  All the components were cut out using different Tattered Lace dies, including the greeting.  I think the kini flowers are ones I got lately in a collection with the Magazine subscription, but the others I’ve had for a while and I can’t remember their names. Tattered Lace are the only die company that have made a set of Welsh greeting dies as far as I know.  If you know of any others please let me know.

My last card from this batch is a simple one.

I took an image from one of the Hunkydory floral Little Books.  Layered it onto one of the Hunkydory silver cardstock mats that come pre-cut to the right size for the little book images.  I used Fingerlift Tape to attach the image to the mat and 2mm deep, double sided tape to add the matted image to the A5 card front. I then added a peel-off greeting and an insert. The peeloff is silver and in bottom left corner but it doesn’t show up very well in this image unless you click to see it larger.

Here’s a closeup showing the slight dimension of the matted topper off the card.

I will be back with the rest of this batch of Welsh Sympathy Cards order in a future post.

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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Welsh Get Well Soon Card

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Jan 082019
 

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A Welsh “Get Well Soon” Card
Cerdyn “Brysiwch Wella”

We heard that the lady who owns the care company that all our carers come from is not well and has spent a night in hospital.  Of course the first thought Mam and I had was that we had to send her a “Get Well Soon”, which is “Brysiwch Wella” in Welsh, card.

So out came some of my older Hunkydory kits and I found a base card and a cute little topper of a hedgehog in bed with a teddy looking after it.

So I grabbed some foam tape and I put this card together – this is one Hunkydory card I put together more or less as intended, except that I added a Welsh, peeloff, greeting both outside and inside and didn’t use any of the supplied greetings.

I hope she likes it.  Gave it to one of the carers to take into the office so that it can be passed along to her.

Here are some closeup photos of the topper so that you can see the dimension.  I used the 2mm deep foam tape for all the layers.

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I’m working on some cards for an order now, as well as birthday cards for the family.  So hopefully I’ll be makeing several posts over the next few weeks to show y ou what I come up with.

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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Jan 012019
 

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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda 2019 Happy New Year
And A Giveaway

Hi to you, whoever you are, who is reading this.  A new year has started. Time to reflect on what has past and to plan for the future.

Do you make New Year resolutions?  I rarely do.

I just want to do whatever I can do, to the best of my abilities, bareing in mind that my health/disabilities, and their changeable nature, dictates what I can do from hour to hour and day to day.

I just want to do a variety of crafting, depending on how I am on any particular day, do some puttering in the garden come the summer, and perhaps do some re-organising of another room in the house (if you have visited before you may have seen that for 2018 my major project was re-decorating the spare room and make my own blankets, quilts, etc., for it.)  I don’t think it will be a room that requires a lot of crafted items though.

Today I’ve got what I put on the first, January, page of the Papermill Direct callendar I’ve given my mother to show you.

I’ve gone back to foiling using my ScanNCut for this page.

The background had a pattern from within Canvas put on the page 3 times side by side before drawing in glue and foiling with verigated green foiling.  I then coloured it in roughly using a green spectrum sparkle brush nib pen.

The topper panel was made using the ssme method – a frameing element from within the software as well as writing using in-built text. Gold foil this time, and again a sparkly pen was used to colour.

As the page headings are in English I decided to cover the month with a panel giving the Welsh month name (Last year I just wrote the Welsh names above the English word).  This time I stuck with gold foil and coloured using an alcohol marker.

Then it was simply a case of sticking everything together using fingerlift tape. I’ve left quite a bit of background showing as I’ve told Mam that it leaves room to add any photo she wants during the month.

Getting photo to show any spatkly or colour of foiling is difficult, do I’ve taken two photos in different lighting at a different angle.

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Any of you ever found that you have bought two of something you are never going to need two of?  I’m not talking about something like a batch of glue and then find you’ve got most of the last batch put away somewhere safe, I’m talking about something that will last a lifetime and you only need one.

Well, while I was doing a bit of clearing up prior to Christmas I found out that I had bought two of the same CD-ROMs.  The Pollyanna Pickering Sketch Book Collection Chapter VIII ” Journey To The Southern Hemisphere”.

I think it happened because I didn’t have enough money for the whole of one collection when they came out, so only went for the CD-ROM.  But later on the price for the collection, that included toppers, backing papers, etc., was on offer, so I went for the lot and got the CD-ROM again.

So now I have two of the same CD-ROMs (one still in its cellophane wrap), and I want to give one away.  So what better than to do a giveaway on my blog at the start of the new year.

Giveaway

To be entered into the draw for the giveaway, all you need to do is comment on this blog post.  Just something along the lines of “I would like receive the CD-ROM” will do.  Also, make sure that you enter your correct name and E-mail address above the comment box so that I have a means of contacting you for your address if you are the lucky name that will be randomly drawn.  I will close the draw on 31 January, 2019, so plenty of time for you to put your name down – although I always find that doing it immediately, while in the front of the mind, is best, or I tend to forget to go back and do something.

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If you want the CD-ROM, but are not lucky enough to be randomly drawn to get this copy, then, as I’m writing this the CD-ROM “Pollyanna Pickering’s Sketch Book Collection Chapter VIII Journey To The Southern Hemisphere” is available – Here!

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Christmas Cake And More

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Dec 302018
 

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Decorating A Christmas Cake And More

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Those of you who know me or have come across me, or this blog, online in the past, may know that my bad health and disabling conditions don’t let me do everything I would want to do.  I can only manage a small proportion of what I use to do. Mostly stuff that can be done sitting down in short sessions with lots of breaks.

Which means that I have to pick and choose what I do, depending on how I’m feeling at any particular time.

So when it came to preparing for Christmas this year I started planning early, working out what shortcuts I could take while still having a Christmas day with most of the trimmings we are use to.

If you have struggled to keep up with tradition and expectation this year, perhaps suffering an M.E. crash afterwords, you may find some tips about short cuts you can take next year while suffering less at the end.

So, everything was ordered online and delivered.  I have Amazon Prime so tried to make sure that I ordered items that were applicable for quick, free delivery.  I also have a delivery saver deal with Tesco, so frozen food and stuff that would keep were ordered a few at a time in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with the fresh stuff ordered for delivery the Saturday before Christmas. If you don’t have Prime you can still get free Amazon delivery by ordering over a certain amount of cost in one order. And if you don’t order regularly from one of the supermarkets you can still place a big order for Christmas food items for a one off delivery price that depends on the date and time of the delivery.

There was a time when I would have baked a cake, made the marzipan, royal icing, and tree or penguin or snowman to put on top.  There have also been years where I have bought a fully iced and decorated cake.

This year I decided to buy all the bits ready prepared and then decorate the cake myself. A sort of cheats way to an uniquely, hand decorated, cake.

So I bought a rich fruit cake, cake board, apricot jam, ready rolled marzipan, ready rolled icing, edible cake decoration (I thought I’d ordered a snowman but I got a polar bear), bottle of mini icing snowflakes, spray bottle of edible glitter.

The cake was unwrapped and put onto the board. I put a couple of tablespoons of apricot jam into a mug and added several tablespoons of brandy before heating in the microwave to melt the jam.  This mixture was then poured over the cake and spread all over before the marzipan was laid over the top and then tapped around the sides and out over the board.  The rolled icing was added the same way.  (Nephews love icing and marzipan more than they like cake so covering to the edge of the board makes it look bigger and gives the boys more of what they like.)

I then stuck the polar bear on the cake to one side before dotting the tiny snowflakes all over the cake, pushing them into the icing to make them stick.

After that I sprayed the cake with the edible glitter. It gives more of an irridescent effect rather than convensional glitter.

Not nearly perfect, but just fine for us – and I can say I had a hand in creating it.

But of course, the cake is only one of the things we traditionally have at Christmas.

I haven’t made an ordinary Christmas pudding for several years (but did use to make a little low sugar one for my late father who was a diabetic), but this year I was given a recepie by one of our carers that involved measuring and mixing the ingredients on one day and cooking the next. So I decided to go for it. Adjusted the ingredients a bit as didn’t have everything as given in the list, but between Mam snd I we got it all measured and finished mixing in about an hour. Then back to bed to rest.

The following day the mixture was put into two pudding basins.  This is where I did change the method.  Rather than boiling or steaming Christmas puddings I prefer to put roastin tin in the oven with lots of water in it, then put in the covered pudding basins that have been tied with strings.

I then just turn on the oven to about 140 centigrade.  A check and top up of the water lunch time and again mid afternoon, and then turn the oven off at supper time. This means there is much less steam in the kitchen all day.

So, what about the actual Christmas lunch?

Well we had a turkey, along with mashed potatoes, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, sprouts, spiced red cabbage, along with cranberry and apple stuffing, sausage meat, sage and onion sausage stuffing, chestnut and something pork stuffing.

But I didn’t peel a single sprout or potato!

It was all planned ahead and ordered in either frozen or fresh.

The turkey went into the oven, with some sausage meat pushed into the neck end under the skin, on Christmas Eve.  In at 9am.  Turned round every hour. Opened the foil covering an hour before it was due to be cooked to let it brown, off with the oven at 2pm and recovered the bird to keep it moist. Giblets were boiled for stock, and frozen cranberries, orange juice and sugar boiled up to make cranberry sauce, but those jobs took less than an hour so resting a lot between turning turkey the rest of the day.

On Christmas day itself I simply put things like roast potatoes, stuffing, etc., onto metal trays in the oven in the morning and went back to rest.  At 11.30am I turned the oven on. At 12.15 pm I got up and set to boiling the sprouts, heating the frozen mash in the microwave, makeing gravy and brandy sauce, etc., etc., and had lunch ready before 1pm, with the pudding being heated in the micto for 2 minutes while we ate our lunch.

Nothing fancy, but a roast turkey Christmas lunch with much more than an usual Sunday lunch of additions.

And for Christmas tea – cake, and a platter of assorted cheeses, sliced meats, smoked salmon, pate, served with fresh figs and crackers.

No taking time makeing sandwiches, no laying things out on separate plates, just sat with platter in front of me by the fridge and randomly pulling out an assortment of lovely food.  More than enough for the three of us that were here for Christmas tea after youngest nephews had left with their mother after a couple of hours here opening the presants I’d packed over the last week or so and put under the tree.

The nephews were the ones who put up the tree, decorated it, as well as putting up some decorations around the sitting room. So that was another thing I didn’t have to do – other than sitting down with decorations box and passing things to them.

You’ll notice that I went the simple route as far as wrapping is concerned  – a roll of white paper for everything, some clear sticky tape to hold it in place, then wrapping some brightly coloured tape around in two directions to decorate in a more festive manner.  Greeting was written directly onto the white wrapping rather than takeing time to make and attach tags – anything to make the job easier. It might have cost more than the several rolls of wrapping paper I usually go through at Christmas, but not a lot more, and there is plenty of paper and tape left for wraping gifts for birthdays, etc., all through the year, and probably into 2020 as well.

So there you have it – Christmas food and gifts our style.

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Dec 292018
 

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Some More Screen Printed Items

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I’ve put up two blog posts already this month where I had screen printed some items – here and here.

In this post I’ll show you the last few items I did the same time.

I’d used copper ink to screen print one set of items with a giraffe on, and blue/black ink on another set of items with a monkey on.

This time I have gone random, using a sprinkles background screen, and then dotting all over it with random splodges of several coloures from button nose pink to green, and several other colours, including copper.

The first print was onto a vest top for me.  The colours are more distinct.

The ink was gathered up on my squeegee and pushed back off at the top to to print off again onto a neutral coloured bag. The colours are a bit more merged on this one.

I again gathered up the ink on my squeegee and pushed back off at the top to to print off again onto a strap top vest. The colours are a lot more merged on this one.

Once again I gathered up the ink and pushed it off at the top of the screen and printed onto a black bag.  This time there isn’t much distinction of colour between the spots as the ink has marbled and mixed during the previous three prints.

I still had some ink left to collect up. I’ve put this into a spare pot until I do some more screen printing, as a mixed ink like this can’t be returned to any source pot like I do when printing in one colour.  I find the the mixture is quite good for prints of animals such as the fox as it gives a dark colour with flecks of colours appearing in it.

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For the 2018 new year I made up packs of random cards for some of the family and friends. I presented them in kraft paper bags.

I’m working on more packs now, but I will present them in the bags I’ve screen printed lately, which means that after the cards are used the bag can be used for shopping.  A double gift.  I’ll be showing you the cards in batches over the next few weeks.

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I’ve got several projects on the go, so I’m sure that I’ll have more to blog about before long. Keep an eye out for new posts from me in the future.

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A Christmas Card Swap Project

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Dec 272018
 

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A Christmas Card For A Swap

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A Christmas Card or Decoration swap was organised on the “Chronic Crafters!” group on Facebook .  I decidèd to put my name down and was allocated a swap partner.

As soon as I put my name down, even before I knew who my swap partner was I started thinking about which card to send. I decided not to send one I’d already made, but to make something new.

I got out some of my Christmas consumables.  I have got quite a bit left despite the large number of cards I’ve already made.

I took a base card, that was pre-foiled with some baubles and a Merry Christmas. I think it was from a Create and Craft collection, the kit certainly came from C & C.

I chose a topper from one of the Hunkydory Christmas kits. Not sure which of the Hunkydory kit though as I have some bits left from several kits, including ones from previous years. The topper was one that came with a frameing element.

I used a roller glue tape on the topper inage itself and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape around the back of the frame.

These were then stuck onto my chosen card front.

I used some sticky back faux gems to decorate the card.

I printed a greeing onto good quality paper, trimmed it and stuck it inside as an insert.

I received a lovely card with a penguin on back from my swap partner Avril.

It has decoupaged layer dimension to the image.

A big thank you to Avril for my card which is now on display in our sitting room.

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So, I’m hopeing that I’ve shown you all the cards I’ve made for Christmas this year – but something tells me that I nay have missed some.  I’m going to go through all my crafting photos over the next week or so, and if I find any that are not up on my blog I’ll be back with more to show you in the new year.  Now I want to concentrate on makeing an assortment of everyday cards that I want to give various family members and friends as Calenig – New Year’s Gift – not really started yet, so it may be a project on a quiet day between Christmas and the New Year. I’ve also got several other crafting projects I’ve either planned or have started on.  So no telling what I’ll have to show you next.

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