2020 Calendar – October

October Calendar Page & Life

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

Well, a new month has started therefore it’s time for a bit of a catchup and this month’s calendar page.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

At the start of September I thought the aches and pains in my left arm and shoulder, were easing – unfortunately it didn’t clear completely, and in fact came back much worse, not just when I moved and used it, but just lieing in bed trying to sleep.  This has really made things very difficult for me this month.  Not just effecting my ability to craft, but also my ability to do basic tasks around the house.

I have been doing a bit of browsing on-line, and doing a bit of keeping up with social media, but being in so much pain has meant very short sessions online, and very little reacting and commenting.  Please forgive me if I’ve not been round your blogs and active on the Facebook crafting groups. While I have seen a lot of your fantastic work, being online less has probably meant I’ve missed a lot.

After a doctor’s suggestion of putting a cold pack on the arm and shoulder actually made it stiffer and much more painful, I’ve now been given a course of stronger painkiller/antiinflamatories, and after a few days I am noticing a difference.  I’m also using heat packs and a massager, and re-starting to do a bit more of the exercises the physio gave me to do a long time ago.  Hopefully doing all together will get my shoulder back to where it was prior to me having the hernia operation and being banned from doing lifting, pulling, etc.  It’s never got full, normal, motion, but isn’t usually as painful as this when I just peel a few apples – what I did the Sunday before last that had me in tears within a short while of doing so.

You will have noticed that September was another month of very little blogging, and only quite simple crafting when something was actually needed during the month, but I do hope to do a bit of a catchup on blogging and build back up to batch Christmas Card makeing as soon as possible.

Of course, I had to come up with something for my mother’s calendar for October –

So that brings me to …

Crafting

As we are in the period of the year where the chapels of the area would normally have been holding their thanksgiving services, but the pandemic has meant that chapels haven’t re-opened in this area, I thought I’d go for a creation to do with thanking for this month’s calendar page, and chose autumnal colours.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! July – Here! August – Here! and September – Here!

What I Did

Keeping to the idea of not getting too complicated because of not being able to do a lot because of my health.  I took a sheet of deep blue cardstock, trimmed it a bit, and stamped a virginia creeper down it four times in metalic ink.  I also took a couple of cardstock strips that were off-cuts of other projects and stamped on them as well.

These two strips were positioned over two of the stamped images on the blue cardstock so that the part images matched.  I added more strips, weaving a few of them into each other, before sticking them all down.

I used my fingers to put on blobs and streaks of Inka Gold waxes in a few colours all over the project other than over the stamped images which I left clear.

I finished off the panel by sticking on various words in Welsh that I’d set up in Publisher and printed off and cut out.  The words mean Thank You, Thanksgiving, Thankful, Give Thanks, etc.  I matted the piece onto another sheet of cardstock that had a bit of a foiled pattern on it.

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

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • Some sheets and leftover strips of cardstock
  • We “R” Memory Keepers Stamping Press.
  • Midas ink from Crafters Companion in  Bronze
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Virginia Creeper Stamp from Artisan Design UK
  • Viva Decor Inka Gold Waxes in several colours
The Finished Page

This is the month title strip.

This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.

This is both stuck on the calendar.

It’s amazing the different look and shine you see from different angles due to the metalic waxes.

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Hopefully this month will be a bit better for me with an improvement in my health, aches and pains, and I can get on with more crafting and blogging.

Have a great month everybody.

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2020 Calendar – July

July Calendar Page & Life

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

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Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

But in the meantime …

Crafting

Well, a new month means it’s time to show you how I decorated a new page on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! and June page – Here!

What I Did

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

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

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

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

What I Used
The Finished Page

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

A closer look.

And a couple of angled looks.

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

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Welsh Sympathy Card

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A Welsh Sympathy Card

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What I Did

I started by cutting some white stamping cardstock in half and putting strips of masking tape across it.

I then used some brushes to brush some ink onto the uncovered areas makeing it darker at the two sides.

I followed this by takeing the Artisan Design “Raindrops” stencil and inking through with grey ink.  The stencil and masking tape was then removed and the piece allowed to dry naturally, which didn’t take long.

I used Canvas to set up the wording “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch Gyda Chydymdeimlad” (Welsh for “Thinking About You With Sympathy“) as well as a feather image, before using my Scan’n’Cut and a foiling quill to foil these using black foil – I should have changed the size of the foiling quill tip I was using to get the wording crisper as I’d used a larger tip for a previous project and forgot to change it, but it is just about readable.

I then trimmed the inked and foiled sheet and took some grey alcohol markers,  I used these to colour the feather and to add a darker shaddow to the raindrops.

I finished off by matting and layering the topper onto black cardstock before scoreig and folding a sheet of super smooth cardstock and attaching my creation to the front.

A printed insert was put inside.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the finished card looks like

A different angled look at the card.

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I have more of the cards I made to give packs to friends and family to show you, so keep an eye out for those over the next week or so.  I also have a small number of other projects on the go, but I don’t know how long those will take me to finish and blog about.

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A Christmas Carol Challenge

A Christmas Carol Challenge

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Over on the Artisan Design DT Collective members were challenged to make two creations – one a card and the other a tag or similar.  One was to be themed on the book “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and the other was to be themed on any Christmas carol of our choice.  It was up to us which creation was themed on the book and which the carol.

Before I go ahead and show  you what I made for each part of the challenge I’d like to let everybody know that Pete Simpson, the Designer/Owner of Artisan Designs UK, is aiming to do a Facebook Live on Friday 13th at 7.00pm.  I believe it will be on his page – Here!

He’s been working on designs for texture stamps for months (he’s also been moving home so had to put some things like launching them on hold until he was all moved in) and you can see and buy them when he launches the first batch of them in the Facebook Live.

I’m sure that they will appeal to a lot of people, so please do make a note in your diary of the date and time and go and see what he’s got new this time.

He’s even announced that he will be giving two great prizes away at random, but I’ll leave him explain and show them to you.

The Card

For the card I chose the carol “Draw yn ninas Dafydd Frenin”, which is the Welsh version of “Once in Royal David’s city”.

I’ve used three different Artisan Design background papers for this card.  I found a silhouette of the Bethlehem skyline online, which I printed out and cut out to put accross the centre of the card. With strips of two backgrounds above and below.

I stamped the side of the AD fern stamp in glue and guilded it on one of the background papers that I’d cut to fit a recess I created in my card.  I also stamped in flitter glue and guilded a leaf from one of the AD Build a Flora stamp sets and an angel from Chocolate Baroque onto stamping cardstock and guilded them as well before cutting them out. The leaves were stuck together to create a white poinsettia type plant with guilding flake center.

The card itself has had a recess made in it.

The Tag

I spent a lot of time trying to think about what to do for this tag, bareing in mind that I’ve never read the book or seen a film of the story, only read a condensed bit about the book and seen snippets about the story on TV.  I knew it was about Scrooge and some ghosts and a Tiny Tim, and that miserly Scrooge became nice Scrooge, but that was about it.

So, I did what most would do and looked it up online, heading over to Wikipedia.  And the first thing I saw was an image of the cover of the first edition. Which got me thinking – rather than doing a tag about the story in the book, why not do a tag about the book itself and the characters – Wikipedia did have a bit about the story giving the characters names.

So I took a sheet of Artisan backround and cut a tag from it.  I also made a smaller tag from plain cardstock and matted a small piece of another AD background on it.

I downloaded the image of the first edition cover and resized it in Publisher. I also typed out some wording for the smaller tag as well as the character names, putting banner shapes and borders around them.  These were all printed out onto one sheet of paper before being cut out.

I took another sheet of paper and stenciled through the AD Laural Burst stencil in a vintage green and vintage red colour Dinky Inkies.  This was the “wrapping paper” to wrap the book in, so I tore it in the middle to look like a hastily torn wrapped gift.  This was mounted onto the tag using foam tape to give it dimension and the torn edges were curled back to allow the book name and author to be visible. I then attached the wording to the small tag, and the character names coming away from the book.

I finished by attaching the two tags together using several strands of twine and makeing the ends into a tassel.

You can just make out the book details from the cover.

The character names coming out of the book.

The small tag.

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I hope to have a few more posts of assorted makes to show you before Christmas, so keep an eye out for those.

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June Calendar Page

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My regular visitors will know that I buy a blank calendar from Papermill Direct every year and give it to my mother. Each month I do some sort of papercrafting to decorate the page, sometimes something my mother askes for and sometimes something different I’m working on.

If you are a new visitor to my blog you can catch up with the months so far this year : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! and May page – here!

What I Did

I stamped the image out and then coloured it before trimming to the finished size.

I chose a background that I think worked with it as well as a couple of shades of blue cardstock.

These were all cut to size as mats and layers as well as a few decorative element strips to break up the background.

The largest, dark blue, sheet was A4 in size and then everything else trimmed to fit as needed.

I made the Welsh “Mis Mehefin” title in two tones of blue as well.

Everything was stuck flat for this page, using fingrlift tape.

I finished off by wiping the gold inkpad around the outside of the panel and also sticking on some sticky back faux gems.

What I Used
Photos Of The June Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar hanging up in Mam’s room.  I attached a plastic wallet at the begining of the year so that things like hospital appointment letters, etc., can be dropped in and we know exactly where they are when needed.

A closer look at the page for Mis Mehefin – June.

This was the panel I created – photo taken after I’d inked the edges, but before I stuck it to the calendar.

A closeup of the stamped image I coloured in.  The colours don’t look quite right on my screen when compared to the real thing, but everybody’s screens look slightly different, so I have it doesn’t look to bad to you.

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I will have a 65th wedding aniversary card card to show you in a couple of days time, so please do pop back to have a look at that.

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My Father

My Father
Vintage Layout

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Vintage Layout

I wanted to put in an entry to a challenge in a group I’m in.  The theme being “My Dad Loves Nature”.  As my late father was in agriculture all his life I decided to go vintage and rustic, and pick some photos of him for a layout, including some stamped flowers coloured to have a very vintage look in keeping with the old photos.  Unless you are a naturalist, there are very few occupations where you spend the majority of time outside, working with nature, and sometimes fighting against nature.  Getting the best growth in your grass and crops, seeing the flowers and wildlife in the headgerows, the birds flying overhead as you work. Basically the great outdoors is all nature going about it’s usual path through the seasons.

Items Used

Not a scissors, craft knife or trimmer in sight for this vintage project – all the pieces are torn by hand.

Vintage Canvas

The background was prepared by screwing up a piece of brown wrapping paper to make it more wrinkly than it was when it came, then sticking it down on the canvans board.  I then tore off the excess.

I started out by stamping out the floral stamps onto recycled brown paper, painted them using the re-inkers, tareing the edges and swiping on some Nuvo Mousse.

I was trying to show the slight shimmer of the sparkle ink and the shinyness of the gold mousse in this photo but couldn’t get the lighting right to show what is seen with the naked eye when the image is moved in the light.  It’s a slight shimmer that adds to the image rather than makeing it gareish and out of keeping with the vintage theme.

I then chose three photos of my late father at different stages in his life – Him riding a horse when he was 14 and working on a farm, him resting while working on the hay on his cousin’s farm in Canada, and him in his 80s looking out over the north Pembrokeshire coastline while he went round all the old places when writing his autobiography. As one was in colour and more modern I set them all to a similar sepia tone before printing.

I printed out the wording and the photos with a brown paper background to give a similar look to the rumpled brown paper I’d used as a background to the whole project.

Dad use to say that he was a 1931 vintage model.  He worked in agriculture all his life from being a farm labourer, to agricultural contractor, to selling seeds, seaweed meal, etc., keeping going to sell at local animal markets long after he retired and handed the buisness over to my brother.

I put the gold colour around the torn edges of all the pieces, roughing them up a bit more to make them more vintage.

And here is the finished piece.

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I stamped and painted three of the vintage flowers, so I have one more left to use and might make up a vintage card with that before long.

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