2020 Calendar – April

April Calendar Page & Life

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

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

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 right near the end.

Life

I’d like to say that March has been better for me, health wise, than February was – but no!

Unfortunately, with just one dose left of the oral antibiotics I was on after coming out of hospital, in the space of a couple of hours my temperature spiked to higher than it had been the previous time, I could barely move, was wretching, vometing and not totally with it.  So Mam had to call for an ambulance for me again and back to hospital I went.

They were thinking septicemia, but it hadn’t got quite that far thank heavens.  I do remember sitting in a wheelchair in a side ward of A&E and seeing two drips going into my arm – from what was said afterwords I think it was paracetamol in one and fluids in the other, but I’m not sure.  Couldn’t get blod so easily this time, I do remember that.  After sitting most of the night, until 9am, in a wheelchair in A&E I was moved to a recliner chair in a day ward in the CDU – but the recliner didn’t work – which meant I was sitting upright from when I was collected from home in an ambulance around midnight to 5pm – when they got me a bed in the stroke ward.  I was not so good when they finaly got me into bed – a whole night with no sleep, and that length of time sitting in a chair without having my damaged and infected leg elevated (which is what I’m suppose to do for a good portion of the day even without an infection in it) meant my spine and hip were in agony and my leg was very swolen and very red.

I did sleep that night, but it was a very disturbed and intermittent sleep according to my fitbit – which doesn’t surprise me.

It took them a couple more days to organise for an ART (Acute Response Team) nurse to come out to my home on a daily basis to give me an intravenous antibiotic drip.  Between the 3 days in hospital followed by nurse visits at home I was on having an intravenous antibiotic drip for 14 days.  Then the doctor decided to change it to oral antibiotics again – which worries me slightly as I was prescribed the second type I had way back in February that didn’t clear the infection back then, and I know I’m still not right.  Been on them for a week now, and I have spoken to a Nurse Practitioner at the doctors surgery who said that one of the nurses would be out to take another sample of blood to see whether I’m showing signs of improvement or getting worse since a sample was taken a week Monday – it is Wednesday night as I’m begining to wirte this and no sign of anybody to take blood yet. And Mam isn’t well either and is on antibiotics and the Nurse Practitioner said that she’d have a blood test to see whether her infection is showing signs of clearing as well.

So I’m praying very hard at the moment that Mam’s chest infection and my leg infection clear up with the latest antibiotics, and that neither of us get the dreaded COVID-19.

Other than our carers and nurses nobody has been into our house for over a fortnight as the doctor told us, when he was out to see Mam just after I got out of hospital, that with our bad immune systems and ongoing health issues we had to isolate ourselves in our house.  I did tell him that complete isolation was impossible as the ART nurses were comming in at that time as well as neither Mam nor I being in any fit state to manage without our carers, which he realised was something that had to continue.

But we’ve had to stop everybody else coming into the house – no immediate family, including the two nephews that seemed to spend half their time here prior to the lockdown going online doing homework, and video editing and playing on the computers; no cleaner; no wider family or friends.  And of course – no leaving the property for us, which isn’t that big a deal as Mam is mostly bedbound and doesn’t go out, and with my leg infection on top of my usuals I haven’t been out a whole lot (other than to drive a nephew home once and twice to the hospital in an ambulance) this year.

So that’s been my month.

How has March been for all of you who are reading this blog? Worrying no doubt.  Pretty much everywhere in the world is settling in for a stay indoors unless they are key workers as far as I can tell.  I hope that you are all keeping well, and keeping occupied.

If you are already a crafter I bet that you will have a good stash of crafting consumables already, so you will have at least one hobby to keep you occupied, if you can do anything with the rest of your family around and under your feet.  Unless you are home alone of course.  If you are reading this then you obviously have an online connection, which I think will be the saving grace for many who find themselves stressed by the current situation.  Keeping connected with the world outside and family will be very important for keeping sane I think.

It goes without saying that those in the medical proffesion and those that support their work in hospitals and the community are working in difficult and dangerous times.  I find it shocking that there are medical staff dieing because they are contracting this virus when doing their day to day jobs, because proper procesures and adiquate protective equipment are not in place.  They all deserve a medal, including a postumous medal for those who have passed.

But I also think of everybody else who has to keep working.  Those who can’t just stop – farmers who keep the milk flowing, the eggs in our baskets, the fruit in our fruit bowls, the veg on our plates, etc., but also all those involved in the chain in getting those items from the farms to the packers, to the stores, and for us (so far as I’d pre-booked a couple of Tesco Delivery slots) getting them as far as the doorstep.

I’m actually rather annoyed to read that some people, who are admittedly following goverment guidelines to have one form of exercise outside and walk their pets, are using public footpaths that go through farms – I know that there’s a right of way on most of these footpaths, but that does mean on the footpath – not leaving dogs go loose and create havock in farmers fields where there be ewes lambing, or any other farm animal.  You may know that your dog would come back if you call it – but to a sheep, especially one who’s been subject to sheep worrying by a dog before, a dog in their field is a predator that is to be feared and causes stress and often a stampeed – not good if animals are just about to give birth.  Worse still if the dog isn’t quite as obedient as the owner thinks, and seeing running animals gives chase.  Farm animals collapse and some die this way.  And dogs can get shot this way as well.  I don’t think any farmer likes to have to take this extream measure, but if they are looseing sheep, either because of a direct attach, or because sheep are collapsing and dieying after being chased then the law does allow that a farmer ‘may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner’.

There are other reasons that I’m not too keen on the idea of people wondering around the countryside at this present time – one person doesn’t know how long ago another person has wondered through the same place, touching gates, styles, etc., on their way through, and the way I understand it, COVID-19 stays alive on hard surfaces, such as metal gates, for quite a while after contact transfers it there, so in all honesty, the next person through, could catch the dreaded virus.  With some of these paths going through farm yards, or close to them, the next person through could be the farmer who owns the farm, or any of his or her family, and if all who work the farm goes down with the virus who’s going to look after the stock then, who’s going to milk the cows, tend the sheep, etc. Get the food from the farm to the supermarket or local shop.  Not the person who thought a nice walk in the country would be a good idea and spread the virus I bet.

Crafting

I have done very little crafting this month but have tried to do a little.  Having a canula in my arm inside the elbow meant not bending the arm a lot, and I had to have it taken out and another put in the other arm before the end of the fortnight, so most crafting was impossible.  I did manage to, one handedly, write up a few blog posts about crafting I’d done previously, such as orders for cards that I couldn’t put up pictures of until they were handed over in any case, but those took some time to do as I find it very frustrating to work one handedly on a keyboard when I’m a touch typist.  But once I could use both arms again I did start doing a few bits, including planning the April page for 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! and March page – Here!

What I Did

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.

My mother wanted something different this month, so rather than go searching far and wide through my stash I decided to use what was out and what was closest to hand.  As I’ve not long finished my Inky-Wizz and putting a lot of my inks in it, I still had that out on the kitchen table, so my first thing to use was my ink pads.  I also still had a sheet of stamping cardstock out as I’d used some to make the labels on the side of my ink pads.  I’d started sorting out a couple of my crafting totes and so had one tote with lots of stencils in and a drawer with makeup brushes.

So basically, what I did was dip a bit randomly into my tote of stencils and picked out an assortment.  I got raindrops, trees, sun, inkspots, aftrican outline and animals, spots.  So off I went to create a picture using something from all those random stencils and inks, using makeup brushes to apply to white cardstock to build up a picture.

And before you start getting critical – I am not an artist, it isn’t the best creation every made, but it has created something that’s different from the die-cut image I put together for the March page.

I then finished off by drawing around the page with an alcohol marker to frame it a little before sticking it to the April page on the calendar and adding the title “Mis Ebrill” which is Welsh for April.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar
  • 1 Sheet 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title
  • 1 sheet Stamping Cardstock
  • Assortment of Stencils – inc. Artisan Design UK “Raindrop” stencil, sun, tree, giraffes, spots, inkspots.
  • Assortment of Dreamies Dinky Inkies
  • Makeup Brushes
  • Purple Alcohol Marker
  • Fingerlift Tape
The Finished Page

Mam is quite happy with what I managed to put together using ink, brushes and a random selection of stencils.  This is what it looks like.

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

A closer look.

Just the A4 sheet I inked and used stencils to create.

Closeup of one area.

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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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2020 Calendar – March

March Calendar Page & Life

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

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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2020 Calendar – February

February Calendar Page

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

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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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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December Calendar Page

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December Calendar Page

Time for another page to be decorated on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen my previous calendar posts then you can find this year’s pages by following these links : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! June page – here! July page – here! August page – here! September page – here! October page – here! and November page – here!

For this month I’ve gone for a nativity scene topper with some added foliage and flower as decoration.

What I Did

I took a sheet of blue, spotted, cardstock as my base layer, then I chose a sheet of Adorable Scorable from the Hunkydory collection that went with my chosen topper. Trimmed it, and then attached with fingerlift tape.  I separated out the frames from around the topper, attached the topper directly to the matting and layering and then offset the outer frame and attached it using foam tape to give it dimension.

I made up a flower from my stash of Forever Flowers parts, and found a holly leaf cluster left over from doing a couple of Forever Flowerz wreaths.  I also cut a piece from an ivy garland.  These were stuck to my panel using glue gel (I had to put a weight on the holly leaves to make them stay where I wanted until the glue dried – I would have been better using a hot glue gun but that was in the garage and I didn’t want to go out there to bring it in and heat it up for such a small job.)

Once everythin was tuck firm, and left to dry overnight, the panel was then stuck to the December page of the calendar and I also added the month title in Welsh – Mis Rhagfyr.

What I Used
Photos Of The December Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar page as it looks hanging on the wall in Mam’s room.  Should have straightened the plastic wallet we have hanging underneath with appointment letters and repeat prescription papers in before I took the phot.

Just the calendar page.

A photo of just the month name and panel on the calendar.

And angled, closer, looks at the panel.

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Hopefully, before long, I will have more batches of Christmas Cards to show you. I really am running behind with makeing the Christmas Cards for my mother and I to send, as well as packs to sell up in the chapel where a portion of the price goes to the Sunday School funds.

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November Calendar Page

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November Calendar Page

Time for another page to be decorated on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen my previous calendar posts then you can find this year’s pages by following these links : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! June page – here! July page – here! August page – here! September page – here! and Octoper page – here!

This month I’ve gone for papers, toppers and embelishments all from one autumnal collection (the same one I used for the 60th birthday card I showed you lately).

What I Did

I started by choosing a sheet of pearlescent cardstock from the collection.  I also picked out a few sheets of background papers, two foiled toppers and a sheet of foiled leaf embelishments.

I used fingerlift tape throughout this project to keep the page totally flat.

I cut the papers into wide and narrower strips and, as the background papers were not long enough to fit the main sheet of cardstock top to bottom, after sticking the narrower strips onto the centre of the wider strips I cut a piece of around an inch and a half off.  I positioned the background strips so that the shortest piece of one was at the bottom and the sortest piece of the other was at the top, trying to make sure that it looked a continuation when I stuck on the toppers to cover the gaps.

I finished off by adding some of the foiled leaves as embelishments.

This was then stuck to the November page of the calendar and I also added the month title in Welsh – Mis Tachwedd.

What I Used
Photos Of The November Calendar Page

This is the panel I created, ready to go onto the calendar.

I’ve taken a photo at an angle to try and show the foiling.

This is the whole calendar page as it looks hanging on the wall in Mam’s room.

Getting in closer.

And finally a photo of just the month name and panel on the calendar

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Hopefully, before long, I will have more batches of Christmas Cards to show you. I really am running behind with makeing the Christmas Cards for my mother and I to send, as well as packs to sell up in the chapel where a portion of the price goes to the Sunday School funds.

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October Calendar Page

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October Calendar Page

Time for my regular, monthly, post about what I’ve put on this month’s page on my mother’s calendar.

If you haven’t seen my previous calendar posts then you can find this year’s pages by following these links : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! June page – here! July page – here! August page – here! and September page – here!

In my last post I showed you two butterflies I’d stamped and coloured for a project, but, as I said, I had a bit of a disaster with a bottle of fizzy pop and only had the butterflies, which were elsewhere at the time, left to work with for other projects.

Having used one of the butterflies on a simple card for an Artisan DT Collective challenge I was left with one butterfly to use on this month’s calendar page.

After the fizzy pop disaster, and a few other incidents during last week, I wasn’t feeling up to doing much crafting, so what I did do was stamp out an assortment of images and have a little bit of colouring “me” time.

I wanted to have a bit more of a practive with my newest alcohol markers, The Prism Craft Markers from Hunkydory.  So before starting to colour in the stamped images I picked an image from a Prism Colouring Pad that came with the markers to colour first – it just happend to be an image of Poppies.

I then remembered seeing Joanna, from the Artisan DT Collective, had coloured up a stamped Anemone to look like a poppy so I thought I’d give it a go as well.

These are what I landed up with.

I did use a black pen to add similar detail to the centre of the Anemone as there was already printed on the three poppies.

What I Did

The butterfly for this project was stamped in flitter glue and covered in guilding flakes like the one used on the last project, before it was coloured in.

The flower was stamped using black ink.

I cut out the single “poppy” trimming off most of the leaves, and also cut out the butterfly, cutting off some of the curly embelishments.

Leaving one of the dotty cardstocks at A4 size I cut the other slightly smaller and a sheet of the white cardstock smaller again.

I used makeup brushes and green re-inker to colour in two corners of the white cardstock, leaving a white band diagonally down the middle.

The layers were attached together using fingerlift tape and the flower and butterfly were shaped a bit before attaching with glue gel.

I then put a clear drop onto the flower and added various colours of sticky back faux gems to the panel, as well as a line of peeloffs a mm or two in from the side of the inked piece of cardstock.

This was then stuck to the October page of the calendar and I also added the month title in Welsh – Mis Hydref.

What I Used
Photos Of The October Calendar Page

This is the matted and layered panel – I’ve put a photo up in the inspiration album for the “Light and Dark” challenge that is currently running on the “Create with Artisan Design” FB group.

A closer, angled view of part of the panel.

And an even closer look at the flower and butterfly.

This is the whole calendar page as it looks hanging on the wall in Mam’s room.

Getting in closer and closer.

And finally a photo of just the month name and panel on the calendar

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Hopefully, before long, I will have more batches of Christmas Cards to show you.  I really am running behind with makeing the Christmas Cards for my mother and I to send, as well as packs to sell up in the chapel where a portion of the price goes to the Sunday School funds.

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July Calendar Page

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July Calendar Page

I know! I am seriously late posting photos and info about what’s on my mother’s calendar page for July.  With the cateract operation and the minor complication, as well as being all behind with other things around the house and garden as a result of that and the previous jaw infection and tooth extraction, I haven’t blogged for a while.  Saving my energy for what must be done.  And the weather being so hot hasn’t helped my energy levels either.  But I did get a page done for Mam’s calendar by the start of the second week in July, it’s just taken me longer than usual to get it blogged.

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! May page – here! and June page – here!

What I Did

Mam loves watching wildlife programs on the TV, especially meerkats, so this month I decided to raid my stash of Pollyanna Pickering images and create a calendar page with those.

Nothing too complicated or taxing this time – I simply used a sheet of Adorable Scorable as the main background, matted and layered two of the backgrounds from the same Pollyanna Pickering collection kit as the toppers.  Then I added a small assortment of wildlife toppers of various shapes and sizes in a bit of a random manor.

I finished off by preparing the title “Gorffennaf” (Welsh for July) in Publisher and printing onto paper, before using the same Fingerlift Tape I’d used for the rest of the page to put the title on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct blank calendar (you can already order for 2020 – here!)
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Backgrounds and toppers from Pollyanna Pickering collections
  • A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • A4 sheet of Super Smooth paper
Photos Of The July Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar page hanging up in Mam’s room.

A closer look.

Pollyanna Pickering certainly was a very tallented artist and a great loss to the world.

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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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April Calendar Page

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April Calendar Page

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

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

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

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

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

What I Used
Photos Of The April Calendar Page

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

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

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

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

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

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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