60th Birthday Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Aug 092019
 

Welsh Birthday Card

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The boss of the carers who come here to help with my mother every day, and help me with showering and hair washing twice a week, had asked me if I’d make her a birthday card to give to her sister.  I didn’t have much of a brief – only that it should have “60” on it, say “Penblwydd Hapus” (Which is Welsh for Happy Birthday), and be big and blingy.  I should have asked what was her favourite colour, whether flowers were OK, etc., but I forgot.  So I did my usual – think about it for a couple of days, then collected an assortment of equipment and consumables, and started working on the idea that had come to me.

What I Used
  • 1 x A3 Sheet of White Cardstock for card, plus 2 for box
  • 2 x A4 sheets of Silver Glitter Cardstock
  • Items from a Kanban Oval collection that included, dies, floral toppers, foiled frames, etc.
  • 3 x Fabric Flowers that I put together myself from a Craft Buddy Forever Flowers kit
  • Pinflair Glue Gel
  • Pinflair Glue
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Bookbinding Glue for constructing box
  • Foam Tape
  • Sticky Backed Faux Gems
  • 2 x Adorable Scorable A4 cardstock from Christmas Collection
  • “Penblwydd Hapus” Silver Peel Offs
  • “60” Silver Peel Offs
  • Hoogie Board
  • Cutterpillar Pro Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Corner Rounder Punch
  • Crossover Die Cutting Machine
What I Did

I made an asymetrical double easel card from a sheet of A3 heavy white cardstock, makeing the finished card A4 in size.  I put a sheet of silver glitter card on the inside/base and trimmed a background cardstock sheet from the Kanban collection and stuck it on top.

A sheet of the glitter card was also cut in half, the corners rounded with a punch, and stuck to the bottom half of each easel.

I then took the a couple of sheets of the foiled cardstock that matched the dies, and one sheet of toppers that matched the dies, and using my die-cutting mathine I cut out several layers from within these. The mats to go between the layers were cut using dies from the same oval collection out of a co-ordinating Adorable Scorable cardstock.  By matting and layering like this the foiled cardstock could be gutted, thus meaning that the top layers of the panel with the greeting as well as the stopper for the easel were cut out of the centre of the layers that form the decorative edged layer that’s stuck first onto the easels.

I also cut a long strip from the Adorable Scorable as well as a strip from a sheet from the Kanban kit that had a foiled decoration, stuck the foiled decoration directly onto the plain strip and then used foam tape to stick the whole thing as a “butt bar” a couple of inches in from the edge of the card base.

I then used glue, fingerlift tape and foam tape to build up the panels on both easel sides of the card, as well as an extra panel as a second stopper to hold one easel back further than the first.

I then made up three flowers from the flower kit and stuck them using glue gel onto the stopper.

I then stuck several different sizes of sticky back gems onto the card.

The Finished Card

And here’s the finished card standing up.  I had thought of makeing one a twisted easel but in the end decided on makeing both front faceing but with one being set back a bit.

A closeup of one side.

And a Closeup of the other side.

Small sticky back faux gems have been stuck spaced out around the central topper and on the centre of the flower.

Larger faux gems were put along the butt bar as well as both corners of the patterned background, and tiny ones on the centres of all the flowers on the base background – you may need to click to enlarge to have a chance of seeing them – then click back to return here.

I even put one faux gem inside the centre flower on the stopper.

I do hope the person who asked me to make it liked it.  She asked one of the carers to collect it.

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

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A Simple Birthday Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 252019
 

A Simple Birthday Card.

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).  Hope you are well, enjoying nice weather, and having time for crafting and other “me time” as well.

Today I have a simple card I made for my brother-in-law for his birthday.  I guess you could call it “mixed media” as I’ve used material as well as cardstock and glitter glue this time.

What I Did

I started by choosing one of the images from the piece of material and cut it out so that there was a bit of a margin for turning over.  I then covered the front of the backing heavyweight cardstock with Bookbinding glue – couldn’t find my spreader so used a piece of cardstock to spread it very thinly.  I then put the material square over this and smoothed it out before burning it over, cutting off the corners to nearly the edge of the backing card, adding a bit of bookbinding blue to each turnover edge and sticking the material down.

I then went around the edge of the panel with the tube of glitter glue – not my best effort as it is a bit wobbly, but I was doing it in the week following my cateract operation when one eye had corneal odoema and I couldn’t see through it.

I then stuck the panel to the front of a base card and added a “Penblwydd Hapus” peeloff – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.

What I Used
The Finished Card

Just a few different photos of the same card in different positions.

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I still have a small number of crafted items to upload to a post on this blog, plus – it’s time to start Christmas Cards!  Yes, it really is!  So you can expect to see batches of those appearing on my blog in a couple of weeks time.

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Vintage Male Themed Birthday Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 012019
 

A Rural Themed Birthday Card For A Male

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A Bit Of An Update

Skip to the card if you want!

My regular visits will have noticed that I have not made many posts to my blog this month. It has been an eventful month.

Following the development of a cateract in my left eye (a known side effect of the emergency opperation I had to treat a tare in the retina 18 months ago), I had been on the waiting list for a cateract operation for over six months. I had received a letter for a consutation appointment for the middle of June, but had a phone call before then offering me a cancelation the begining of the month. The eye had deteriorated so much since they had last seen me that they agreed to put me on a cancellation list as the waiting time was about six months. Wasn’t expecting much to happen, but within a couple of days I was phoned to ask if I could come in for the pre-opp eye measurements, etc., the following week. So having begged a lift up once from one of my sisters the first week of the month, I had to ask if she would be so kind as to drive me up again the following week. Even then I was told it could be up to three months before I would have the opp.

So I was very surprised to have another call within a week offering me 8am on the 25th for the opperation. So basicaly just over three weeks from consultation to opp.

Having already dragged my sister away from her farm work twice in two weeks I didn’t feel it would be fair to ask her to make the trek to the hospital a third time so soon, so this time I asked a friend who, every time she visits, tells us to remember she’s more than willing to help in any way she can. This friend has the added benefit of already having had a cateract operation herself so knew what I was going through.

So, by now I had the gooseberries coming ready in the garden, and just a few days before my operation to get them all in and sorted. Mam went on strike at one point and refused to top and tail any more and said that I should go and give a couple of pounds each to a few friends, including the one who was going to drive me to the hospital and back for the opp.

Don’t know why they are so keen to have everybody in the hospital by 8am as the surgeons certainly were not there, and the operations didn’t start for two hours, and as luck would have it I was the last of the morning list and wasn’t in until mid-day. With my M.E. and dodgy leg, sitting in a ward for four hours was not good for my aches and pains, and staring into the light for twenty minutes wasn’t good for my headache. But the operation went smoothly. Of course, I was feeling very rough by this stage in the day, so my friend went to fetch us some sandwiches for lunch and we ate in the car as there is no way I’d have made it to the restaurant.

By the time I got home I told Mam that my good eye was coming out in sympathy, running tears and strange lights, and, despite having sunglasses clipped to my glasses, and having a very smooth journey home, my headache was worse, as was my nausea. Only sat for a bit with Mam to tell her how it had gone before crawling into bed and realising that I had a migraine with flashing lights in both eyes, bought on no doubt by staring into the light during the opperation, and even when everything had settled down I couldn’t see through my good eye well enough to read the instructions on the Pot Noodle for supper, in fact, had to get the carer to point me in the direction of the Pot Noodle on the counter as I couldn’t even see that.

Thankfully, by the following morning, the eye that hadn’t been operated on was back to normal, though I’d been warned that it would take 24 hours for the gas that had been put in to hold the lens in place to clear so I shouldn’t expect to see anything through the operated eye. Spent most of the day in bed just hopeing the aches and pains would go and that I wasn’t going to go into an M.E. crash, and was pleased to see that colours were appearing round the perifery of the operated eye by lunch time.

Only problem was that by the following day I still could only see a dense, white, nothing, in the centre of the operated eye. And by now I was starting to get a bit worried – I knew that I shouldn’t be able to focus correctly with it as the glasses I had were the wrong prescription for the new lens put in, and in any case, it needed to finish healing and the drops will make it a bit blurry while I’m on those, but nobody I know who has had a cateract operation has said that the centre of their vision was a big white area after two days. So I phoned the hospital to see if it was anything to worry about, especially in view of the fact that the first evening I had the migraine and wouldn’t have been aware if any post opperation anomalies had occured. I was hopeing that they would say that it could take a while longer for the centre whiteout to clear and not to worry. But no! They wanted me back up at the hospital at 5.30pm Thursday evening. So a quick call to my friend again – her husband was due back with their car by about 3pm so yes she could take me back. And off we went again.

It seems that I have Corneal Oedoema – the cornea having started swelling up as a result of the opperation – something that does happen but not often I gather – and that the swelling should go down gradually by about a week, at which point I won’t have a big white area in the centre of my vision with that eye.

I’m so thankful to my sister and my friend for their help in getting me there and back a couple of times each.

So, by now, the eye is begining to clear, and although I can’t focus properly yet, the white area is much less dense so I am seeing things through it, which means that it will probably have cleared by around Thursday, as the person I saw last Thursday said.

So now, there are a whole lot of things I’m not suppose to do, to keep from damaging or getting anything into the healing eye, and so much I want to get on with, both in the garden and with my crafting, but two trips to the hospital in one week has finished me off for a while, and I am resting as much as possible and doing just enough crafting to keep me sane as well as watering what needs watering in the garden with a directional head on a hosepipe.

The one thing that did need doing was a card for my brother for his birthday, and that is what I have to show you today.

Welsh Birthday Card

I cut a piece of wood patterend paper and stuck it to the front of my base card.  I then tore some pieces from some brown paper that came wrapped within a parcel.  One piece I scrunched up a lot and then opened it out before rubbing some gold embelishment mousse around the edges and over the raised creases.  I stamped onto the other pieces that were mostly flat and then tore the edges before adding some gold around the edge of those panels as well.  I quickly added some colour using two different colours of re-inkers used as a watercolour paint. Once these were dried I glued them in position onto the card front as well as adding a peeloff greeting.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the finished card looked like.

With this photo I’m trying to show that, although I used wet glue to attach the layers, the fact that I had crinkled up the brown paper mat before sticking everything in places means that there is a natural dimention to the card and a very rustic look.

I added very little colouring, only using two different Dinky Inkies re-inkers and a paint brush on the grass and the farmer.

I’ve tried to photograph this in different lighting so that the gold coloured Nuvo Moose stands out.

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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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65th Wedding Anniversary

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jun 082019
 

65th Wedding Anniversary Card

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

While I have made a 60th Wedding Anniversary card in the past, I had never been asked for a 65th one before, and neither myself or the person who ordered it knew what the theme for a 65th Wedding Anniversary was.  So out came my tablet, and a quick search brought up the answer – Blue Sapphire.

Trying to get everything I wanted to use on the card as one shade of blue wasn’t going to happen, so I decided to make the card using several shades of blue, throwing in some blue sticky back gems to finish it off.

What I Used

(Some of the items I’ve used I can no longer find for sale either where I got them originally or in other online stores I use.)

What I Did

I coloured the flower at the centre of the Kanban sheet in shades of blue using Chameleon Pens.  I then used my die cutting machine to cut out the various elements and frames from the sheet as well as using the dies to cut mats in various shades of blue to go behind the lacey framing layers.

I scored the A3 sheet of cardstock at 8″, folded it over, and scored again at 8″ from the fold.

I cut the sheet at the second score line and also squared off the card at 8″.

I used MS Publisher to position the required wording for the front in my chosen position for the card front centre and also the wording for the insert.  These were printed off on the relevant sheet, again in a blue tone of lettering.  I used the Cutterpiller to trim the insert to the required size and one of the Kanban dies to cut the card front square.

I then used clear foam tape and squares, as well as finger-lift tape, to build up the matting and layerin for the front of the card, making some layers flush and some layers raised.

The insert has a half inch folded over edge that is stuck down inside the back of the card so the insert itself can have an extra message written on the back of it as well if the person who ordered it wants.

Finished Card And Insert

This is the insert – The Welsh greeting translates as “65 Years Of Married Live – Happy Wedding Anniversary Cellabration”.

This is the front of the card from more or less above – had to take the photo from slightly off straight because of the flare from the coloured flowers and the foil.  Very difficult to get photos of something with holographic foiling all over without just getting streakes of white-out areas.
The card just twinkles from the foiling and sticky back gems when moved in the light.

Penblwydd Priodas Hapus simply means Happy Wedding Anniversary.

A different angled look at the card.

Another couple of different angled looks at the card, trying to show that the layers are raised so the card has some dimension.

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I’m still working on several projects, including an order for some of the air dry clay flowers like I’ve shown previously.  I may introduce some colour to some, instead of just white flowers as well.

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Mother’s Day Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 312019
 

A Mother’s Day Card

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

It’s Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is also called, so time to show you the card I made for my mother as she will have been given it by now.

Of course, I made a Welsh card, “Sul Y Mamau”, for my mother, and with no need to worry about postage I could make it dimensional.  It simply says MAM on the outside, and after taking the pictures I added a peel-off greeting inside.

What I Used
The Card

This is a head on view of the card.

This is a closer look at the punched out word MAM.

I used an insert from the pack inside.  It has a faint version of the flowers in the umbarella topper towards the bottom left.  I put a piece of the plain, white, card that had been cut from the back behind the recess to cover the X cut.

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I should be back with another post before long as I have some more projects on the go.  Please pop back to have a look.

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