This Month’s Calender Page

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Jun 112018
 

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June Calender Page

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If you’ve visited my blog previously you may have seen the posts I’ve made showing how I’ve decorated the blank calender from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, and for May – here.

So, after colouring in a digi stamp for one month and painting a screen printed image for another, what would I do that’s different for June?

This time I decided to go for decorating the page with items from a Kanban country scenes card making kit.

I actually showed all the images to my mother and asked her which one she would prefer.

The image she chose is perhaps more autumnal than June, but it is a nice scene, one that Mam liked. So off I went to grab the rest of the kit, some foam tape and fingerlift tape, and worked on the calender page.

I decoupaged some layers, which were already die cut strips in the kit.  Not too many layers though as of course next month the page will be turned over and I don’t want too much bulk to be at the back pushing out the calender at that time.  For these I used foam tape.

The kit also contained metalic, foiled, elements, and I chose an assortment of these in gold, including a frame, to set off the image.

Side view showing some layering.

Framed with gold frame from kit.

Stuck on calendar page.

I normally only put some sort if image at the top of each page, but this time I decided to spread out my embelishments beyond the actual decoupaged image by adding butterflies both on and off the frame snd putting corners on the outside of the whole page.

I don’t think I mentioned before that I used ribbons to hang a plastic wallet file underneath the calender. We put things like appointment letters, repeat prescription slips, etc., in here, together with a pen for writing on the calendar.

This is what the whole page looks like.

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So, that’s the June page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the July page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make the start of next month.

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More Screen Printing

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May 042018
 

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More Screen Printing

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On my post of the 2nd – here – I showed you how I’d added some details to the pockets of my new gardening shirt by screen printing a floral wreath on one pocket and my initial on the other.  Well, on the same day I screen printed those, I also screen printed a small mumber of other things.

Firstly I printed the same Floral Wreath onto cardstock in red.  Neither was a big sucess as the first one was slightly over the edge so I must have moved the cardstock. The second was smudged.

So I decided to wash it off before printing again in black.  Unfortunately the tape over the English wording came off and I forgot to re-tape, so I’ve got words on the prints that I didn’t want.

So I gave up on that screen and put it to wash again while I went on to another screen called Plumage and Foliage.

I wanted to screen print this onto a board mounted canvas, but that was too thick to alow the Screen Sensation framework to close properly. I therefore just taped the screen onto the frame in the usual manner but didn’t insert this into the Screen Sensation framework. I just put it in place over my canvas and held it in place with one hand while using the other to pull Copper Screen Sensation Ink over it.

And it worked!

I then put the screen into the main framework and did another print onto 280gsm cardstock.

As I had my small, travel, iron out to heat set the ink on my shirt so that it can go in the wash I did the same for all these other prints – I did a test with the iron on a corner of the canvas before houng all over just to make sure it was OK with heat.

By this time I was exhausted and couldn’t think of doing any more printing, so the T-shirts, etc., I’ve got in ready will have to wait for another day.

So now it’s just a case of what I’m going to do with these screen prints.

Well I’ve just got one ready to show you today – the one of the peacock screen printed on cardstock.

Back at the start of April I told you about the calender I bought for my Mother, and I said I was adding some sort of picture to each month as we came to it.  You can see the post – here – if you missed it.

Well for May I decided to quickly colour up the peacock.  I’m not so good at painting, but this time I decided to give it a go.  I’d just got in some Dinky Inkies Pearl Reinker Multibuy, and, because of the different effect of these I thought that they would suit the image.  Only problem I had was no suitable blue colour, so I reached for my Gansai Tambi, Blue Gem colour. And while I had those out I picked the purple colour from the same set. Every other colour used is a Dinky Inky.

I did go online to have a look at some photos of peacocks, but there’s no way I could get near to the beauty of a real peacock with its miriad of subtle, shimmering, colours, so I just went with the colours I’d got.

It doesn’t look too bad, and Mam is quite pleased with her May picture.

In some lights it looks quite flat.

But, because of the types of mediums I’d used, in other lights you can see the sparkle in some areas and the irridecense on others.

It is quite lovely when the light hits it at some angles.

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So that’s it for today. I’ll show you how I get on with makeing something with my other screen prints in the future.

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Apr 042018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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 Over in the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook different activities take place. One of these activities is a colouring challenge where those who want to take part are given a digital stamp to colour and use in a project. This project must be photographed and the photo uploaded to the group.  Failure to upload a photo means you can not have the next free image to work with.

For April the image group members can request for free is this one.

It’s called “Penny Dragons Discovery Digital Stamp” and can also be bought from the Dragons Lair Designs Etsi store – here – if you don’t want to join the fan group and request it for free.

I printed a copy out on 200gsm super smooth cardstock and coloured it in using an assortment of alcohol markers.

  • Promarkers – Wallnut, Blush, Sandstone, Aegean, Rockpool, Forest Green, Lime Green.
  • Flexmarker – Amaranth Red
  • Nuvo pens – 371, 379

I then cut the image out around the outer edge.

Not my best bit of colouring ever, and the colours in the photos are darker than in reality, but the best I could do at the moment.

I was going to make a card with it, but at the last moment had a change of plan.

I buy some “Create-a-Calendar” blank calenders from Papermill Direct, in different sizes, and give them to various family members to decorate themselves as they wish.  For my mother I buy an A3 sized one, which gives approximately an area of A4 size to play with at the top of each page, but for her I put something up on it each month.  Sometimes its a collection of family photos, sometimes it’s some coloured images or decoupage, etc.

For this month I decided to use the DLD Fan Group Colouring challenge image, with some matting and layering to make it into a larger calender page decoration. So time for some fingerlift double sided tape and off I went!.

For the layers I started with a sheet of cardstock, a stencil – jungle leaves from Joanna Sheen, two green shade Dinky Inkies and Daubers, and made a background.

I trimmed the sheet just outside the stencilled pattern to give a small white border.  This layer was then matted onto green Adorable Scorable cardstock which was trimmed to give a very small margin around.

This was then put anto a larger piece of white cardstock and trimmed to give a larger margin this time.  This layer I decorated with dots and doodles using one of the blue markers I’d used on the image.

I used wet glue to attach the image on top.

And then back to fingerlift tape to attach the whole thing to the calender.

You’ll notice that I’ve added the month name in Welsh at the top. I did that before giving Mam the calendar the begining of the year, when I put all family birthdays and anniversaries on it.

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Added Info:

For any of you who don’t know, Dragons Lair Designs has both a Page and a Fan Group on Facebook, in addition to the Etsy shop.

  • You can find the DLD Fan Group – here!
  • The DLD FB Page – here!
  • The DLD Store on Etsy – here!
  • And for those of you who prefer to buy your digital downloads via craftsUprint, you can find DLD designer Janette Padley’s items – here!

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That’s it for today.  I hope to have another post on my blog to show you some more crafting before the end of the week, so please do pop in for a look again.

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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
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