2020 Calendar – December

December Calendar Page & Life

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The year is drawing to a close, and what a year it’s been.

Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see what I’ve done for this month’s calendar page if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.

Life

Well, December is here already! A few weeks to Christmas and now less than a full month to the New Year.  I’m sure we are all hopeing that 2021 will be a better year all round, but who knows what the future has in store for us.

You will probably have noticed that I’ve posted very little to my blog in November. After 3 weeks in hospital Mam came home mid month.

The begining of the month I spent preparing and moving things around ready for her to come home as she needed a new, specialised, bed and mattress and some other changes done to her room.

The second half of the month was spent trying to get use to a new routine as she is now getting more carers more times a day, which means changeing mealtimes a bit, as well as her needing more help from me in between, especially during the night.  This, of course has a knock on effect on both my quiet times crafting, as well as the regular breakes and resting with my damaged leg elevated that I have to do because of my disabling conditions.

Things are settling into a routine now though.  And I have been crafting.  Mostly things that I won’t be showing until after Christmas as they are cards for imediate family, some of whom are online who I don’t want to see their cards before they get them.

I have also been busy crocheting – working on a blanket for myself that I started quite a while ago. Also crocheting a soft toy sheep for my baby great nephew.  Another couple of days and I should have that finished ready to pack.

I have done a bit of sewing as well.  Mam came out of hospital missing most of her nighties so I’ve had to buy her some more, and them shorten them – higher in the front and lower in the back – so she wouldn’t trip over the hem while manouvering from bed to chair.  I’ve made a random patchwork from the pieces cut off to make into a matching pillowcase for her. That is something I’ll have to show you once completed.  I’ve also started sewing together tumpler shaped patches together to make into patchwork quilts for the nephews. So another project to show you inbdue course.

I’m also planning to make a few small floral displays before Christmas, having got a kit of poinsettia makeing Forever Flowerz making stuff.

More than enough crafting to keep me busy I think you will agree.

So that brings me to …

Crafting

Time to show you what I’ve put on my mother’s December calendar page.

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! September – Here! October – Here! and November – Here!

What I Did

I started by selecting the background and two toppers I wanted to use for the page.  I then used the corresponding dies and die-cut the characters to decoupage to stick onto the toppers.

The two toppers were stuck to the background using fingerlift tape and the die-cut elements were then built on top using glue gel.

After the glue had set the finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.

I printed out the month title in welsh and also stuck this on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
  • Toppers with Decoupage elements, plus background paper, from Debbi Moore Nativity Collection
  • Match-it Nativity Dies from Debbi Moore
  • Die Cutting Machine
  • Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, wording, etc
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Pinflair Bookbinding Glue
  • Scissors
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.

A Closer Look

Two angled views to try and show the layers of decoupaged characters – don’t think I’ve got a good angle though.

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Hopefully this month will see me get well ahead with my Christmas crafting preparations and I’ll have lots to show you.

Have a great month everybody.

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Christmas Cards – 013 to 018

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Christmas Cards

Hi all!  Time to show you some more of the Christmas cards I’ve made so far this year.

What I Did

This batch of cards is different to the previous batches, although I do have some more of the Hunkydory ones to show you again, but I thought I’d go for something different this time.

Each are based on a 6″x6″ square card with a border drawn around about 1cm in from each edge in a fine Sharpie pen.  I printed out the greeting “Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” onto perleascent paper – some in red and some in green.

These were then trimmed and stuck onto corresponding cardstock and the mat trimmed to around 0.5cm or 1cm before sticking onto the base card.

I had bought a pack of die cut decoupage which I spent an afternoon popping out and layering up using Pinflair Glue Gel.  These were left for a while – OK, quite a long time as I wasn’t feeling up to much at the time – then I stuck the decoupage onto the cards.

I finished off by putting a simple insert with the same greeting printed in black onto 120gsm paper on the inside.

I stamped my details onto the back to finish.

Althoug not large, because of the decoupage, these cards will not go through the post using a standard letter stamp, so either hand deliver, in with a parcel, or a large letter stamp for these.

What I Used
Finished Cards

As I said in a previous Christmas card post – I’m numbering the Christmas cards I’m blogging this year so that I’ll know exactly how many I’ve made in total by Christmas.

The inside of each of these is the same –

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Outside

014.

Outside

Decoupage Closeup

015.

Outside

Decoupage Closeup

016.

Outside

Decoupage Closeup

017.

Outside

Decoupage Closeup

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Outside

Decoupage Closeup

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As well as many more Christmas cards made from Hunkydory cardmaking sheets I’ve also started working on other types of Christmas cards, including some decoupaged ones, so keep an eye out for a lot of Christmas card posts over the next few weeks.

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More Decoupaged Cards

More Decoupaged Cards

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Although my blog posts are a little further apart than usual at the moment I am still doing a little crafting in between doing my other hobbies.  I’ve started sitting out the garden for a bit to tidy up my herb and strawberry towers, and my troughs of other things, so part of my hobbie time over the summer will be out the garden, but as usual, some garden photos may creep into scrapbook layouts or cards over the next few months.  I’m also still ploughing through the tins and albums of family photos and attaching the scans to the relevant people in my digital family tree as well as putting them in the family FB group to allow other family members to see them as well as finding out if they know the names of some that are unlabeled, and finding out more information about the people.

Today’s post is showing some more cards I’ve made using the latest Hunkydory floral Decolarge collection.  You can see some I made previously in my post – Here!

Some Decoupage Cards

I made this as a sympathy card.  I just took one layer out of one of the Decolarge sheets and stuck it to the front of a pre-foiled and scored A5 base card using fingerlift tape.  I think the base card is a Kanban one.  I drew a black line around 2mm inside the foiled frame using a fineliner pen and added “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch” (Welsh for “Thinking Of You”) peel-off greeting.

It’s quite a simple card, but suitable for purpous I think.

Inside I put a matching insert with the greeting peel-off greeting “Gyda Chydymdeimlad” (Welsh for “With Sympathy”.

Another sympathy card.  This time made with more layers of the same Decolarge design.  These were stuck together using foam tape.  An A4 sheet of very Adorable Scorable cardstock was scored and folded in half.  I did the mistake of photographing this on a dark background and you therefore can’t clearly see that I have drawn a 5mm deep black frame around the outside of the card.

The black frame is a little easier to see in this photo.

And again I used a matching insert inside.

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Spring Card Swap

Spring Card Swap

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I’m a member of a group called Chronic Crafters! on Facebook.  Every now and then a swap is organised.  The theme for the latest swap was “swapping cards on the theme of spring/Easter”, and I was partnered with Avril.

I decided to make a bright, spring, themed card with a little dimension and decided that a little duckling would fit the Spring theme nicely.

So time to grab some crafting stash and get makeing.

What I Used
The Card I Sent

This is the head on view of the card.

I scored twice in from the foiled border and did an X cut from corner to corner to create the recess, before matting and layering flat and using foam tape to add the topper and other elements.

To hide a bit of the corner that opens out I put flowers in the three corners that were not covered by the heart mini topper using glue gel.

I decorated the inside as well. A piece of cardstock from the collection was used to cover the mechanism of the recess from the front while an Adorable Scorable card was attached to the back and some items from my stash were used inside.

The Card I Received

A lovely, dimensional decoupage, front to the card.

Photo taken at an angle to try and show the dimension.

And as lovely on the inside as it is on the outside.

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This Month’s Calender Page

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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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