Jun 182018
 

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UFO Quilting – Starting To Quilt

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Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my “Big” Work In Progress – creating two single bed patchwork quilts for the bunk beds in our newly decorated spare room.

By the end of my last update about the quilts I’d got as far as sticking and pinning one set of layers together, but only as far as putting the backing and wadding together for the other – because I’d realised that I’d not finishing cutting off thread ends on the second patchwork front to make it tidy.

It didn’t take me long, while sat watching the TV, to complete the tidying up of the patchwork, and then I got on with sticking the front on the other two layers and attaching the safety pins – well it needed to be done quickly so that we could put the sofa bed back and have use of the sitting room again.

Thought I’d done something stupid, as when I went to lift the layers to put the safety pins in, the whole thing wasn’t coming off the bed – but never fear – I’d not stuck the whole thing to the matress, only forgot that I’d started with pinning the backing layer to the sofa bed so that it didn’t move and remained as flat as possible while attaching the other layers. It was a simple job to take out the pins, and then pop in safety pins to make sure everything remains together.

But I did have a bit of a break from sewing for several days after that.

The next stage was to get my sewing machine out again.

I like free motion quilting, but with two, single bed sized, quilts to do I decided to stick to straight lines, as I’d done on my last cushion covers.  I figured I could still do some free motion quilting over some blocks at the end If I felt something more was needed.

So on went the walking foot to my sewing machine, and off I went with my quilting.

As I was quilting different rows I rolled the quilt up so that it easily went through the machine.

This looks as if I’m heading off straight through the middle of a block, but I’d pushed the quilt to one side off my lap to fetch my camera and forgotten to straighten it up before taking the photo.

I decided to sew my quilting lines either side of the boundry stitch lines between the colourful square blocks and the black sashing. Having made sure the needle was set to the middle of my walking foot I stitched keeping the edge of the foot to the boundry line.

This is looking at it more from the back.

Not the best photo I’m afraid, but I hope it gives you an idea.

And this is showing the stitching coming out the back.

It took me days, sitting at the machine in short sessions, to stitch all the lines from top to bottom.  A few wobbles, but it looks OK if you don’t look too closely.

I then started sewing the quilting lines side to side. Done half a dozen or so rows so far.

Unfortunately I then got another infection in my damaged right leg, and this ment more time in bed with my leg elevated on pillows, therefore less time for me to sit at the kitchen table sewing.

But I will be getting back to it soon.

The 2nd quilt is still waiting for me to start the quilting.

I’m still not sure whether I need to go in with more quilting. Although most of the lines are close enough over the sashing area there are gaps of around 7″ sqare over each of the blocks, and I’m thinking that might be too wide. I threw the batting packaging so can’t refer back to that for guidance, but, of the two other packs of batting I’ve got, one says that sewing can be 8″ inches apart and the other needs stitching closer.  Once I’ve finished the side to side lines I’m going to open the two rolls of batting and compare to what I’ve used in these quilts. I’m hopeing that there will be just enough difference for me to tell. And I’m hopeing that it was one that only needed quilting 8″ appart that I’ve used.

Not sure whether I’ll quilt the 2nd one next, or go on to trim off the excess wadding and backing and bind the sides of the quilt.  It depends how I’m feeling when I go back to it in the next few days.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have more to report.

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Some More Plaques

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Jun 052018
 

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Plaques

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Earlier this year I showed you two plaques I’d decorated. One with a G on for me, and one with an H on for my mother.

Now that the spare room is nearly finished I thought it would be nice to decorate some plaques to go on that bedroom door. I thought that, as the room now has bunk beds it would be nice to make them with hanging wires that meant that they could be hung one on top of the other depending on who had which bunk at any particular visit.

As it will mostly be used by my two youngest nephews that meant I’d need a W and an I plaque. There was still those letters available as “Anna Marie Designs MDF Plaque and Letter” when I ordered, though I notice that now there are even fewer letters still left.

Both nephews are very similar in some ways but very different in others. I wanted there to be something in common between the plaques and some things completely different.

I decided that the papers used cover the plaques and letters would be the consistant thing between them.

I got some wood design back ground papers and some yellow American crafts papers and covered the main plaque for one and the letter for the other in the wood paper, and then did the opposite for the other. For the W I used some brown ink around the edges of the yellow to give it a more vintage look. I used Pinflair bookbinding glue throught the project.

I then got three more colours of American Crafts cardstocks and used a Kit N Caboodle Circle Cutter to cut a variety of size and colours of circles.

Then it was simply a case of sticking the circles randomly over the yellow background plaque and sticking the letters in place on both plaques.

I then used some beading wire held in place using beads and crimps to enable me to hang them at the required height, each plaque having the ability to be hung at two different heights.

Here’s the I one.

For the W plaque I asked my nephew whether he would like to make a 3D print of something on his 3D printer to decorate it.

I’m still waiting for him to decide what he wants on his plaque, but in the meantime this is what it looks like now.

I’ll blog another picture once he’s decided what’s to go on the plaque with the W. I’ve also told the other nephew he can choose anything he wants to add to his plaque as well.

And here are both hanging together on the door of the spare room.

I is on the top bunk anytime they stay over during June, then W gets the top bunk any time they stay over in July – provided nobody else, such as my youngest sister, is staying over, in which case she can choose whether to go for the bunks or pull out sofa bed.

The plaque to hang on the spare room door when she’s staying is a work in progress. Keep an eye out for a blog post about that creation in a week or so.

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Screen Printed Tops

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Jun 032018
 

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Tops And T-shirts

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I was awake early Thursday morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I decided to get my screen printing things out onto the kitchen table and print some vest tops and T-shirts for me and the youngest nephews.

I’d got a couple of black ones for me that I wanted to try printing the peacock I printed and painted previously onto, but this time I didn’t want to do any painting, simply screen printing in gold and bronze ink.

I must say that I am a little disapointed in the results.  Neither colour pops as much as I had hoped on the black.  The print itself is good in both colours, with even the finer details of plumage and leaves all printed, but they look paler than I would have expected metalic ink colours to be on black.  Mind you, they do appear clearer inbthe photos taken with flash.

Plumage and Foliage Screen Sansation 12″ square screen with Gold ink.

Closeup.

Plumage and Foliage Screen Sansation 12″ square screen with Copper ink.

And closeup.

Then I went on to a white one for me with a double layer screen print of a rose.  I used Red and Leaf Green ink for the first layer of this one. Then after it had dried I used copper for the outline layer.

I knew that, with a stretchy material that moved just by pealing away the first screen after inking, that getting the second layer exactly in place without any area having stretched and moved would be nigh on impossible, so I decided to go off set on purpouse. Some is a bit further off than other areas, but I recon it looks better than it would have if some areas were spot on and some off.

And a closeup.

I think I will try this on a canvas at some point, as it could be fixed and I could try to get the outline spkt on.

After playing with screens and tops for me I went to screen print and then stamp onto T-shirts for my two youngest nephews.

I used a smaller 7″ x 5″ screen of a fox that I’d used previously on a card as the main image on both, then added their initial in the bold font stamps made to work with the Screen Sensation system.

For both I printed the fox using some dabs of red ink, some dabs of copper ink, and some big dollups from my mixture of used colours pot. The same mixture pot was used for stamping the initial.

This first one is a caramel coloured garment.

And a closeup.

And the colour of this second one is called grey marl.

And again a closeup.

As you can see, the colouring isn’t exactly the same on both foxes as it is impossible to get two prints exactly the same when using a mixture of colours.

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I have a couple of screens I haven’t tried out yet. A spotty one and another pattern one.  I think they will be good for backgrounds for cards and perhaps to decorate wrapping paper or gift bags to wrap up gifts to go with the cards.  So I need to get my thinking cap on to decide exactly how I will use them, and then I’ll have another screen pribting session. So keep an eye out for a blog post about that sometime in the future.

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Jun 012018
 

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UFO Quilting – Preparing For Quilting

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Today is an update on how I’m progressing with preparing my patchwork quilts ready for actually quilting them..

In my last update about this project I told you I had both patchworks sewn up and was begining to put them together ready for quilting.

I said in a previous post, about quilted cushion covers, that I’d tried using temporary fabric adhesive spray to hold everything together, rather than pining the layers together, and that it had worked well. So I went for the same method again.

Spraying a small area of backing with the temporary fabric adhesive and then pulling the wadding into place over it. Then doing another strip of spray and rowling more wadding over it until I got to the end. Then doing the same for getting the top, patchwork, layer in place. Working on the matress of the sofa bed meant I could pin through to it to keep everything in place as I worked.

This is it with all layers stuck together.

I then put a few safety pins in at the end, “just in case”. I’m not sure how long the adhesive will hold it’s tack for if I have to leave it a while before I have the time and energy to do the actual quilting.

So, one is now all together ready for quilting.

Then it was a case of starting the layering process for the next one.

And then – I spotted that I still had some thread ends not trimmed off on that one, so I’ve come to a stop until I can make sure it is tidied properly.

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So, that’s how far I’ve got at the point of writing this post, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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Cards For 18th Birthday

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May 282018
 

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18th Birthday Cards

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A friend mentioned that she would be needing 18th Birthday cards before long, so when I got home I started thinking about making a few. Only problem was I’d forgotten to ask whether she needed Welsh or English cards, and whether they were for boys or girls.  I even forgot to ask if they had specific interests or tastes.  Duh! Brain not in gear.

But I decided to have a go at making a bit of an assortment as I didn’t have any specifically for 18th birthdays in my boxes of cards at the moment, and it would be easier to discuss what sort of thing she was looking for if I had something to show her.

These are what I came up with.

Male themed, English. I believe the pieces to make this 8″ square card were from a Kanban kit.

This one is a female, Welsh, card made using a Hunkydory filigree collection. I’ve put 4 small 18s on this card in each corner, rather than one big number.

This 8″ square xard is made using Hunkydory decolarge. I kept one of the layers to decorate the insert and used foam tape to build up some of the layers on the ftont.

This one I used a “Happy Birthday To You” greeting from the collection to make an English card.

This time I’ve gone subtle for the number 18 putting it on twice.

If you’ve not spotted them yet have a look at this clo8seup.

One on the roof of the bird feeder table and one on the hanging feeder.

Back to a male themed card next. This time in welsh.

Unfortunatel I needed to take the photo at an angle to prevent the shine overshadowing the image, and when I took the photo at this angle the eording “Penblwydd Hapus” and the large numbers, at the top left of the card, don’t show so well in the photo.

The next is the largest  of this batch of cards, being an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock tyat I scored, folded, cut down the centre of the front, cut a piece off the right side, scored both sides, thenfolded the sides as well to make a double easel.

This is the topper on the right. It’s a fully made up decolarge topper from Hunkeydory.

I used an A4 coordinating cardstock to decorate the basevthe base and used pieces from a second set of the same image ad stoppers for both side easels.

And this is what the card looked like

The dimension on the topper and stoppers was created using 2mm derp, double sided, foam tape.

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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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May 262018
 

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UFO Quilting –  It’s Curtains!

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I’m starting today with a bit of deviation from the two patchwork quilts I’m working on. And going to talk curtains.

When I had help to start clearing out the spare room, prior to painting, new carpet and new bunk beds, the curtains went in the wash.  Now I think that they were always a little bit short for the window, having come from my gran’s old place with my parents when they moved in here, (and other family members also remember there being a gap with some trinkets on the window sill) but I’m also sure that when we hung them back up there was more of a gap. In any case I didn’t want to either buy or make new curtains, because I’ve already taken on a big project with what I’d already planned to do for the spare room.

But once I’d cut out all the blocks needed for the two patchwork quilt fronts I realised I had enough bits of material left to make smaller blocks that I could put randomly along the bottom of the curtains, that would not only solve the problem of the gap between curtains and window sil, but would also pull the curtains into the random patchwork look of the completed quilts.

This is what I landed up with. One of the curtains –

And this is both of them hung at the window of the small spare room. Not a lot of room, so you can’t really see both I know.

But, I still had some bits left over – so I decided to add a border to the pillow cases to make them look a part of the theme as well.

So this is one of them.

And one the bottom bunk of the bed waiting for me to finish the quilt.

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So, now it’s back to do more work on the quilts. Please keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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May 242018
 

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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 May the image group members can request for free in the group is this one.

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

I decided to make a random card with her. By random I mean that after colouring I cut her out in a random shape, cut a few other bits of backing paper in random shapes, and threw a handful of paper flowers in the air and stuck them on randomly where they landed – except for the ones that actually landed on the topper.

The digi stamp was coloured using ProMarkers – Sandstone, Vanilla, Tawny Owl, Raw Sienna, Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Praline, Tequila Sunrise, Warm Gray 1.

The peice of green background I used as a mat behind the coloured in digi stamp, as well as the blue piece are both printouts from the DLD Essential Plains digital downloads. I love the fact that there is a slight graduation in colour depth accross these backgrounds rather than them being a flat colour and have used them on so many different projects since I got them.

The other two bits of backgrounds I used were from my stash – bits left from a Hunkydory make I think. The flowers were punched using two different punches from three shades of yellow from the Hunkydory pad of different shades of yellow paper.  I used the same Praline marker as I’d used on the digi to put centeres to all the flowers and a wighly libe around the outside of the 8″ square card I’d used.

Here’s the 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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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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May 202018
 

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UFO Quilting – An Further Update

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Today is another update on how I’m progressing with the patchwork fronts for my two single bed quilts for our new bunk beds.

In my last update about this project I told you I had finished one patchwork front.

Well, I’ve had my sewing machine out on the kitchen table again, and had several more short sessions of sewing up 8″ square blocks and adding them to the second quilt front.

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The good news is that I’ve now finished the second patchwork quilt front.

The matress that was airing, that I used to spread out the first quilt front, has now been put on the top bunk, but I’ve managed to hang this second patchwork out over the side of the bunk to photograph it, using some pillows to weight down the one row that’s over the top to hold it in place.

Quite like the first one, obviously, as I’d used the same materials in 8″ blocks for both, but because I’d added blocks randomly there is some difference in actual layout between them.

So now it is on with the next stage of the project – preparing the fronts ready for the actual quilting. I went over the 1st one carefully snipping off thread ends before begining the actual layering.

Now I know many do the layering on the floor, but my health/disabling conditions mean I can’t do that. So my solution is to open out the pull out sofa bed and work on that while sitting on a box stool.

I’ve got as far as just spreading everything out.

I know I had done some measuring and calculating before staring the patchwork, and cutting the black cotton sheet and the wadding, but I wanted to be sure that the wadding was slightly larger than the patchwork and the backing larger than that – and would you beliece it – I’d actually got things right. And as it is coming out at just longer and wider than the top of a double bed sized sofa bed I know it will totally cover somebody sleeping in either of the two 3 foot, single bed, sized bunks.

And rest! I’m finding the whole project an exhausting, mamoth, task, and have to rest a lot both while working on each stage of the project and before I tackle the next step, but I am pleased with how my “Big” Work In Progress is coming along.

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So, that’s how far I’ve got at the point of writing this post, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with this “‘Big’ Work In Progress” in the future.

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A Few Cards

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May 172018
 

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Welsh Cards

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Good morning everybody!

There was a birthday of a family member at the start of the month so I needed to make a card each for my mother and I to send and thought that while I was at it I’d have a bit of a play and make some more than I needed.  I showed you the sympathy cards I made in an earlier post – here.

So now it’s time to show you my other creations from that cardmaking session.

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Firstly – out came an asortment of card making items. These included prints I’d done in a previous screen printing session that hadn’t turned out so good, some Hunkydory filigree frames kit items, and an assortment of Pollyanna Pickering die cut toppers and inserts, as well as several sheets of cardstock I’d printed out previously from the Dragons Lair Designs Essential Plains digital downloads.

So, lets go through them one by one.

Starting with the two cards made using the badly printed screen prints I showed you previously to make birthday cards.

I coloured this one using some Spectrum Noir sparkle pens and a green promarker. I used Duo circle dies to cut out the image and a mat from a sheet printed with a pink coloured background from the DLD Essentials downloads.  I also cut out the butterflies from the same cardstock using part of a die that came free on a Tattered Lade magazine. The main green mat and the strip over the white ribon (that came wraped around a pillowcase I bought) were from another sheet from the DLD Essentials downloads. Butterfly bodies were simply coloured in black using a fineliner pen, and then everything was glued together. I cut off the sploged part of the screen print once I’d matted it on the pink and placed it at the side of the card to disguise the fact that it didn’t print correctly.

Next came a card where the screen print was just over the edge.

I again used my circle Duo dies to not only cut out the screen printed image after colouring it as previously, but I also used different sized dies from the same set to cut out a variety of sixed circles from different colours from the DLD Essentials. I cut a slice off the edge of several of these before starting to glue the circles in place, hopefully disguising the fact that the main topper image had a bit printed over the edge. The blue background paper also came from the Essentials collection.

Next came a card from the Hunkydory filigree collection, on which I’ve simply put Llongyfarchiadau, which is Welsh fot Congratulations.  I think this one is right for a wedding.  I only used the topper and filligree frame from the kit and used cardstock and peeloffs from my kit, which means I have more to play with again.

Looks like I didn’t photograph the matching insert to this one.

Next cones a few cards made using Pollyanna Pickering artwork.

A5 base card from my stash and red background from a Hunkydory pad of various shades of red papers.

And the insert for it where I’d used a piece of the paper I’d used for matting over the pre-printed greeting so that I could put a Welsh greeting in instead – this time a Happy Birthday card.

A simple green mat behind the topper, again it came from a Hunkydory pad of papers, this time of green shades.

And the insert that I put inside. Again, I added a panel to change it to a Welsh birthday card.

For this card I just framed the topper with a narrow margine of a black cardstock showing and left the card front mostly white. I went round the black frame and the outside of the base card with gold peeloffs.

And the insert for it, once again changed to a Welsh birthday greeting.

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I’ve got a few images that I’d pulled out still waiting to be crafted with, but it probably won’t be for a while as the person I’ve got in mind to receive one of the toppers on a card doesn’t have his birthday until the end of June and I’m spending more time out in the garden these days and less inside crafting. Long may this nice weather remain – provided it doesn’t get too hot!

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A Simply Decorated Box

 Posted by at 08:00 am
May 142018
 

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A Decorated Box

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Many of you, who have visited my blog over a period of time, will know that, in addition to crafting, one of my other hobbies is gardening.  With my health/disability issues, the vast majority of my gardening us done in troughs, tubs and raised beds, with me sitting down, but I do like to grow things, and if there are things I can’t do I get family members to help.

I had been keeping my seeds in an old plastic biscuit box, but that had been needed for something else, so I decided to get a wooden box to keep my seeds in.

I did buy one that is probably larger than I’ll ever need for the amount of seeds I buy each year, but I decided that it would be a good idea to keep labels, a pencil, etc., in there as well. So went for an extra large wooden box.

This is what it looked like before I did anything to it.

I said in my title that I was going for a simple decoration for this box. I didn’t want dimensional embelishments that would get knocked off when it is carried around and used, so what I did first was give the whole of the outside of the box a thin coat of white gesso.  I wanted to give it a bit of a whitewashed look but decided that wanted to see the woodgrain through it.

I then went to my computer and opened a blank page in MS Publisher.  I typed the word “Hadau”, which is Welsh for “Seeds”, and chose a brown colour.  I also used the facility in the software to search for an image of a seedling that was marked ‘creative commons licence’ (I hope the image was correctly marked as such because I don’t want to be breaking anybody’s copyright for an image even for a one off, personal use item like this).  This I resized and then did a copy and flipped it, then printed the items out onto white paper.

I cut the writing out as a rectangle and cut my chosen image as carefully as I could around the outline.  I used Pinflair bookbindibg glue to stick the seedling image to the front of the box at each of the bottom corners and the wording panel to the lid of the box.

Next I took strips of double sided tape and put them around the wording panel overlapping the edge of the paper and onto the box lid. After taking off the backibg paper I applied some IndigoBlu Guikding Flakes to the sticky strips. I can’t actually remember which  colour mixture I used.

This is what the wording panel looked like after guilding.

I then decided to add further strips of double sided tape over the  lid either side of the wording panel and guild those as well.

A quick coat of matt varnish and the project was complete – like I said  – a simple look.

This is what the front of the box looks like.

And here’s a look at the top.

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So, that’s this particular project completed.  I think I need to get more photos of what I’m up to in the garden to show you all at some point – perhaps a scrapbook layout is called for before long.

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