90th Birthday Gift

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90th Birthday Gift

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Early last week one of the deacons from our chapel phoned me to let me know that one of our members was having her 90th birthday – in a couple of days time!

So time to quickly get my thinking cap on and decide on something to make her as a gift.

As it happened I’d recently topped up my supply of Forever Flowerz making items, including getting the “wall” pieces.  And I decided to cut a piece to put in a frame and make up a framed panel of flowers.

What I Did

I started by removing the glass from the frame and using the back board to cut the flower attaching grid to the same size.

After checking that it fit properly and that the back would re-close in place I used dabs of hot glue behind the grid to hold it to the backboard of the picture – I didn’t want everything to come out of the frame.

I chose a few pieces of Forever Flowerz Foliage for putting along the top and the four corners.

I then set to work to make up lots of “Chrysanthemums” flowers.

I had a pack of white petal layers as well as a larger pack of a mixture of different coloured layers.  It was then a case of spending a couple of evenings makeing up the flowers.

I knew I wanted to put 90 in white at the centre and frameing it with different colours, it was just a case of deciding on how to position the 90 and which colours I could use around the white 90.

As it happend I didn’t have enough layers to make up the red flowers, but did have some spare white ones from a previous kit, so after makeing up extra white flowers I used some red ink and a makeup application brush to turn some white flowers to an approximation of the red ones I had.

I don’t think I did too bad a job of it.

I mixed up the red Chrysanthemums I coloured with the ones made from red petal layers in the finished piece and I don’t think it is very obvious (other than perhaps one of the first one I tried that turned out a bit dark) which is which.

I pushed all the foliage and flowers onto the spikes of the wall mounting panel.

I shook the piece and nothing fell off so I decided that it wouldn’t be necessary to glue them in place.  This means that the recipient can change them around, or remove them and put them on wire stems into a vase in the future should she want to.

What I Used
Finished Item

This is what it looked like when finished.

Slightly different angles of finished piece.

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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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My Mixed Media

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My Mixed Media

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What I Did

I started by collecting a few things together from the “canvas” I inteded to work on to varous other consumables and tools.

The first thing I did was spritz the canvas with water and sprinkle on an assortment of Explosion Powders at random.  I then spritzed it a bit more until I had some areas with barely any colour and some with thicker spats of the Explosion Powders.

While the canvas was drying I did the same on an A4 sheet of cardstock.  This was also left to dry.

I took a stencil with geometric shapes and using my finger I put through some of the Nuvo Mouse in three random places on the canvas.

I put the sun stencil on the centre of the A4 sheet and added the Nuvo Mouse through that with my finger as well.  Once this was dry I cut it out leaving a boundry of around a centimeter all around, cut it in half, and cut into the side to make tabs that I folded over.

I took a couple of stamps of leafy sprigs and stamped them down the right hand side of the canvas using a dark green ink pad and then picked up some lighter green ink from a pad using a brush to paint over the leaves and blend in the background already on there a bit.

I’d somehow managed to damage one of the half suns, but on the better one I made sure that all the tabs were bent in at the edge of each “sun ray” and put glue on them.  I positioned it on the canvas where I wanted it, putting the centre bottom in place first.  I then brought the sides in a bit before pressing them down so that the centre of the shape at the top came off the canvas forming a sort of pocket.  I used a point of a scissors placed inside the pocket to press each tab down firmly for the glue to grip.  I used a light touch of a fingertip to add a little metalic paint to the raised areas on the pocket.

I made up a batch of white Forever Flowerz roses.  I used three different metalic ink pads and several different colours of Dinky Inkies to brush over all but one of the roses to tint them to different colours.

With some sprigs of Forever Flowers foliage I firstly used a finger to brush on a thin layer of metalic paint and then chose one of the Explosion powders and brushed on a little bit of that using a makeup brush.

I used glue gel to attach first the foliage and then the flowers to the canvas front, placing them above the pocket and cutting off a bit of the plastic “stem” to make some go flatter to the canvas.

And that was it, finished – OK, it did take me three or four days!  I love seeing other people’s Mixed Media pieces, and am very impressed with a lot of them, but I don’t like getting super messy or laying on a lot of layers when I create things like this.  That’s the beauty of Mixed Media – everybody can mix up their media and create whatever they want to, from large sculpture to a small panel of artwork, and anything in between.

What I Used
Finished Piece

This is what it looks like in the end.

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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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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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