Birthday – Cake, Card, etc

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Sep 162018
 

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Cake, Card, Notebook, Tag

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My youngest nephew offered to help decorate a cake for my mother’s birthday.  He did admit that he volunteered because it meant he would get to eat any icing and marzipan left over – and doing the decorating meant he could decide when to stop therefore how much was left over.

I did help with batch making the flowers and with lifting the rolled out marzipan and icing over the cake, but left it to him how he shaped the icing and placed the decoration.

This is the result.

It seems several of the flowers I made were not up to the required standard so had to go straight into nephew’s mouth. LOL.

In case you haven’t guessed – blue is Mam’s favourite colour.

Some of her favourite TV programes are animal ones, such as Meerkat Manor, so I had to go for the unusual combination of meerkats and blue flowers for her birthday card.  I also used the same flowers for decorating a notebook that formed part of her gift, and the tag that went on the gift bag.

For the card I scored and folded in half a green A4 Adorable Scorable card to make an A5 base card. I cut a panel out from blue, pearlescent, cardstock and put it on the front of the card before sticking on the topper using 2mm deep foam tape.

When makeing the background and embelishments for the September page of Mam’s calendar I’d also got my ScanNCut to write out the word MAM,

added gold foil and coloured in on the back using Chameleon pencils. This was then cut to size, stuck onto a piece of white cardstock of the same size using sticky dots.

I put this panel near the bottom of the card using the same as foam tape tape as before adding a peeloff greeting saying “Penblwydd Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Birthday).

I then added some paper flowers that I’ve had in my crafting stash for quite some time.

I added an insert that mached the topper.

As Mam likes her notebooks to be practical, and able to be shoved onto the cupboard by her bed amongst other books without the front decoration being damaged, I needed to keep the decoration flat.

I stuck some more of the blue, pearlescent, cardstock onto the front of a cheap reporters notebook.  I then stuck on a panel from my stash onto which I’d written the word MAM.

I decided to use the same flowers that I’d used on the card, but rather than shape them I used them flat and stuck them on with bookbinding glue.

Another piece of blue cardstock was cut into the shape of a tag.  A panel like the one that was stuck to the front of the notebook was stuck on. Again, I added more of the same blue flowers I’d used before having shaped them this time.  For the glowers I used Bookbinding glue and glue gel for the leaves from the same collection in my stash.

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I’ll still have some more Christmas card posts to come from the batches I made during August, as well as sewing I am working on now, so please do pop back to have a look.

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One More Selection Of Cards

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Sep 052018
 

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Another Selection Of Christmas Cards

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By the time I am writing this post I have so many Christmas card photos on my camera I’m not even sure if I’ve shown you these already or not. I don’t think I have, but please forgive me if some from a previous post have sneaked in to this batch.

These are all made using items from the Hunkydory collection with some extra cardstock, banners, etc.

Rather than directly sticking the toppers to the base cards I have used some 2mm or 3mm deep foam tape to attach this time. It gives a little dimension, so will need a Large Letter stamp to post in the UK, but are great for hand delivery.

 All have an insert that says Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda (Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

 

Trying to get a photo to show some of the dimension of the previous card.

 

 

If I remember rightly, these have gone into a big bag of assorted Welsh cards where people can have a look through and select individual cards.

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I’ll do have a small number more of Christmas card posts to come over the next few days, but I have now re-started on my sewing projects, so expect updates on how my Big Work In Progress is coming along in the near future as well.

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Some English Christmas Cards

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Aug 242018
 

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Some English Christmas Cards

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Anybody who’s visited my blog before will probably have noticed that the vast majority of my cards are in Welsh. I do however make a small number in English, mostly when specifically asked for them.

To be ready when asked, rather than making after being asked, this year I decided to make a few assorted English Christmas cards and put them in a big plastic bag where anybody can choose 1 for £1 or 6 for £5.  Again I’m donating a percentage of any money made to our Sunday School.

I’ve not made a lot to fill the bag yet, but here are the first few.

Made using items from this year’s Hunkydory Christmas collection. It has a greeting added to the inside as well.

The next two were made using the same Peter Rabbit topper from my box of old Christmas stash, and therefore look very similar.  I therefore made them slightly different by adding holly peeloffs, to the corners of the topper on one and the corner of the foiled background on the other. Both had small inserts added which were made using different Peter Rabit backgrounds.

The next three cards are again made using Hunkydory toppers. Not sure whether they are from this year’s collection or leftovers from previous years that were in my box of Christmas “makings” that was out the garage.

These I have kept very simple, thus keeping the cost and dimensions dkwn. I’ve just stuck on toppers onto a scored and folded, hammered, cardstock of a suitable size.

Each one has an insert inside that says “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”

So that’s it for this blog post. I’ll have some more Christmas card, both Welsh and English, to show you over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Aug 202018
 

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More Recycled Cards

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I’ve been going through a big batch of old Christmas cards that I’d got put away in my box of Christmas Card makings after cutting off the backs.

I started by triming any that needed trimming to around the same size, then matting and layering each image.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, kraft card base cards and used double sided tape to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) on the card fronts. And an insert with “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” (Welsh equivelent for Happy Christmas and a Good New Year) on the inside.

This is the second card with this image.  It’s amazing how many cards with the same images on are amongst the cards I’ve got in my stash to recycle.

 

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So, that’s it for today – another assortment of recycled quick and simple cards that are small and flat enough to go throught the UK post using a standard size stamp.

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I’m on a Christmas card roll at the moment so I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to put online over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Some More Christmas Cards

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Aug 122018
 

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Some More Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I picked out images which had a bit of an animal theme on them. All the images are from this year’s Hunkydory collection.

I’ve also used the matching cardstock to score and make the base cards for all but one of the cards – for that one I used an Adoreable Scoreable cardstock with some of the design cardstock matted on top.

All have the greeting “Nadolig Llawen” on them (Welsh for Happy Christmas), and an insert that says “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda”.

Pheasant

Lama

Sloth

Fox and Mouse

Dear

Polar Bears

So, that’s it for today – another pack of cards made up where a percentage of the money raised will go towards the work of our Sunday School.

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Some Packs Of Christmas Cards

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Aug 042018
 

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Christmas Cards With A Nativity Theme

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I picked out images which had a bit of the Nativity scene on them from a Hunkydory little book.  There were five images chosen, and six of each.

I started by matting and layering each image with a metalic mat of either gold, silver, or red mirror card. I wasn’t wanting every of the same image looking exactly the same so deliberately chose at least two different coloured mats for the same image.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, scalloped, white base cards and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach my matted images to the card fronts.

I used peeloff “Nadolig Llawen” greetings (Welsh for Happy Christmas) and randomly used gold and silver ones, placed at different locations on the card fronts, to make each card with the same image slightly different.

These cards I batched into 6 packs of 5 cards each with envelopes and the following label put inside before sealing the cello bags.

I’m not going to post photos of all 30 cards, but here are the contents of one pack.

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And here are a small number of the rest, one of each image taken at random from the different packs, so you can see the difference in greeting location and matting colour.

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So, that’s it for today – quick and simple cards.

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Jul 282018
 

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A Little Bit Of Colouring

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With so many members of the Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group on Facebook having less time for crafting over the busy summer months it was decided to run the latest colouring challenge over two months, rather than one month, to give those who wanted to take part more time to request the free digital stamp, create something with it, and upload a photo of their creation.

For the June/July colouring challenge the image group members can request for free is this one.

Just join the DLD Fan Group on Facebook to get the image and join in.

This time I coloured in the image using Chameleon Pencils.  I don’t usually use coloured pencils and don’t think I got as good a result with these as I get with alcohol markers, but I will practice a bit more to see what effects I can get.

To make my simple card I took a pre cut, scalloped edge, base card, and, just to show that DLD images can be mixed and matched with anything in a person’s crafting stash, I cut some background papers from the “Blooming Lovely” 8″ square paper pad by The Paper Boutique.

I only used fingerlift tape to attach the various layers, to keep the card as flat as possible, and set things at a “jaunty angle”.

So here’s my finished card.

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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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Birthday Cards And More

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Jul 032018
 

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Some Cards

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As my father died last year I had nobody to make a Father’s Day card for this year.  However, one of my nephews did want to make a card for his father so needed some suitable material put out on the kitchen table for him to choose from.

He was so keen to make an extra special card, and couldn’t decide between two images, that he put one topper on the front and one on the back – which meant that his father could choose which image to display, or even turn it around periodically to display a different side.

Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of both sides, but here’s the side I did photograph.

I do know that both the toppers were Hunkydory, and I think they came from the spring decolarge collection, though my nephew decided not to decoupage either image on his card.

Which of course meant that the extra layers were available for me to make cards with while waiting for him to finish his creation.

My brother’s birthday was before the end of June so I thought it would be a good idea for me to take the opportunity, while lots of cardmaking stuff was out, to make cards for me and our mother to give my brother.

And for one I used the layers my nephew had decided not to put on his Father’s Day card.

This was simply layered on a 6″ square scalloped edge card. I used a fine liner pen to give some definition to the image area because of not using the base layer.

I had another set of decoupage layers from the same Hunkydory collection where the base image and a couple of the layers had been used previously, so I decided to use them up to make the second birthday card.

Once again I added some details with a black fineliner pen.

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That’s it for today.  More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Starting My Christmas Card Making

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Jun 212018
 

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Christmas Cards

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A few days ago I figured it was time for me to start my Christmas card making for 2018.

I had decided to buy the Hunkydory 2018 collection. While I do have some Christmas stuff left from previous years I don’t think there’s enough to make all I’ll need for this year for my mother, myself, and the small number of family and friends who buy some from me. I actually gave some stuff that had English greetings away to my sister-in-law last year as I make very few English Christmas cards myself – only when specifically asked for them.

Most of those who come to me for cards express a need for the majority of the cards to be of a size and weight that’s suitable for posting as a standard letter in the UK – nobody wants all their Christmas cards costing more than is absolutely necessary to post.  The only time I’m asked for more ornate, dimentional, cards are when they will be hand delivered or when they will be posted inside a parcel.

As well as Hunkydory cardmaking stuff I’ve also got some old cards to recycle, some dies and stencils on a Christmas theme, and a few other Christmas cardmaking bits from other manufacturers.

But it was to this year’s Hunkydory kit I turned first.

I just picked one of the kit packs from the box and chose one nativity topper sheet from that kit.  I hunted out two backgrounds that went with the chosen toppers as well as three sheets of Adorable Scoreable that came in the collection.  From my crafting stock I collected an A3 sheet of white cardstock, some scalloped edge cards, some peeloffs, assorted tape, ink and stencil.

For this first card I simply chose a background sheet from the kit, scored and folded it, and stuck on a topper with 2mm deep foam tape.

Taking the other sheet of background cardstock I cut it into two topper pieces, which leaves me with one piece left to use again.

One of the pieces I matted and layered and made into an easel card using the scored and trimmed sheet of A3 cardstock and some of the Adorable Scorable.

The second piece I matted and layered  onto a base card I’d made with the left over bit of the A3 cardstock.  I used the Dreamees perforating tool to put a border around the card.

I used a stencil of the words Nadolig Llawen and some red Dinky Inkies and created a greetings topper.  The sheet of Hunkydory toppers had three very small images on it, so using these, my stenciled greeting, and a scalloped edge 6″ square card I made this simple card.

For this card I put peeloffs around the outside of a 7″ x 5″ scalloped edge card. Attached a paper ribbon from the sheet onto the card ftont using finger lift tape. And attached the topper using 2mm dee double sided foam tape.

For this card I took a 6″ square card, put on two pieces of green Adorable Scorable, stuck on the topper, and went round the edges twice with a fine marker.

So, there they are – my first batch of Christmas cads for 2018.

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That’s it for today.  More crafting TO COME before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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Sympathy Cards

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May 102018
 

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Welsh Sympathy Cards

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Good morning everybody!

Last month I published a post about a sympathy card I’d made for a family in our neighbourhood and I said I’d have to make up a few cards ready for the sad times when such a card is needed.  Well a few days ago, over a period of a couple of days, I had a little cardmaking session and my makes included some sympathy cards.

So I thought I’d separate out the sympathy cards into a blog post of their own snd show you those today.

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When I showed you the results of my latest screen printing the begining of this month I included a couple of floral wreaths printed in black, where the masking tape over the wording had come off when washing the mesh between colours and so I had printed them out with words I didn’t want in the centre.

Well the first thing I did was get my round Duo Dies and cut the centre out of the print, as well as cut the print itself as a circular panel.

I coloured just the leaves in green with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Brush Marker on one, and for the other I coloured the leaves using a green ProMarker and the flowers using the Sparkle Glitter pens.

Both are made on a 300 gsm white A5 card base and are layered with a white textured cardstock as well as using black cardstock for a layer and a strip over the white ribbon..

For this one I also used a piece of white ribbon (that came wrapped around some pillowcaces) on the card.

The greeting on the card above means A Word Of Comfort.  And on the card below  the wording Gyda Chydymdeimlad means With Sympathy.

The butterflies on this card were die cut using a free die that came on a tattered lace magazine and simply separated drom the rest of the cut.

After these two I went back to the same pack of crafting goodies from Hunkeydorey that I’d used for the Sympathy Card last month.

Both have a filigree frame and peel-off greetings.

This one has tge greeting Thinking About You and also has a matching insert with the sentiment With Sympathy on it.

This one simply has the greeting Gair o Gysur, which means a Word of Comfort on it.

But I’ve not added a greeting to the insert of this one yet.

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I’ll do another post with the other cards in before long. Just want to make sure that the ones that are for a specific person have been received first.

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