Another Pack Of Christmas Cards

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Aug 082018
 

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A Small Pack Of Christmas Cards

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For the cards I’m going to show you today I used different images from the same Hunkydory little book I’d used for the cards in my post of the 4th August.  I think I may have missed letting everybody know about this post so please do click to the earlier post after having a look at these cards if you think you’ve  missed seeing them.

I started by matting and layering each image with a metalic mat of either gold, silver, or red mirror card.

I then took a pack of pre-scored, scalloped, white 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.

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

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I’ll have some more Christmas card posts to come over the next few weeks, so please do pop back to have a look.

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Some Packs Of Christmas Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
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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More Christmas Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jul 292018
 

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Christmas Cards

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I’ve already told you previously that I’d started my Christmas card making. I’ve made a few more over a few days during July and today I’ve got a couple of cards to show you.  Once again I used a sheet from this year’s Hunkydory collection.

The toppers for these two came from the same sheet of toppers.

I used a white sheet of Adorable Scoreable, folded in half, as my base card for this one. Then attached a panel cut from a background sheet from the collection that matched my chosen topper. I used a paper ribbon from the topper sheet across the card just down from the center before adding the topper itself.

For this card I scored an Adorable Scoreable card in half before attaching a panel cut from a background sheet that co-ordinated with the topper. Topper was then attached with double sided foam tape.

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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

 Posted by at 08:00 am
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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A Sympathy Card

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 202018
 

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A Sympathy Card

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This week an elderly gentleman from our neighbourhood died and I wanted to send a hand made card to his family. The question was – what to put on it.

He had been so very good calling here several times a week when my father was ill before Dad passed away last year. Even when Dad was in hospital he’d call just to ask how Dad was.

They were both part of a crowd of men going on in years who use to sit at the same table at the Coffee Morning in town every Saturday morning for quite some time.  The table was nicknamed ‘The Last Of The Summer Wine’ table, so they decided to take part in last year’s town carnival as characters from that TV show, ropeing in a few others to dress up with them on a float. Dad was in too much pain to go by that time, but his friend did win a prize for the best pair, with him dressed as Compo and a friend’s daughter as Nora.

Such a character.

So I wanted a special card, but just couldn’t decide what to put on it.  I had several kits, images, different card bases, etc., out, and looked at some of my digital collection as well, taking ages thinking about it, but in the end I decided to go for a floral image from a Hunkydory filigree collection.

I decided to keep it minimal and not add anything other than a peel-off greeting.

Yn Meddwl Amdanoch is Welsh for Thinking About You.

I like the inserts that came as part of the collection because it had no greeting inside that I’d have to cover before adding my own. Again I chose just a simple peel-off.

Gyda Chydymdeimlad means With Sympathy.

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I really do need to go through my stash and make up a few different styles of sympathy cards ready for when there is need of them. I have an assortment of other card types ready if a quick card is needed, but only a very small number of sympathy ones, so keep an eye out for another sympathy card blog post in the future – if I manage to get myself that organised.

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Christmas 2015 – 2

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Feb 172016
 

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An Update And Some Christmas Cards

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Hi Everybody!

I’m still working my way back through my photos of my 2015 creations and trying to get the ones I missed onto my blog.

I did a quick count of how many blog posts I’d done in 2015 and compared the number with 2014.  In 2014 I did close to 100 blog posts with more than one creation in each (and that was with a few months of barely posting because of ill health), in 2015 I just reached 20 posts.  I know that I didn’t make as much due to my health problems, but that still leaves me with a lot of items that I’ve not posted photos of online yet, so be prepared for seeing lots of posts with items done last year.

Today’s creations are the 2nd batch of a dozen I made to order for my aunt.

I made this batch using dies.  They are kept very simple with not more than the die-cut and some mirror or glitter card behind in the most part.

I’ve used Crafters Companion Create-a-card dies and Tattered Lace Nativity scene dies.

I hope you like them.

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CARDS:

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I made a dozen, but there isn’t a dozen here because two of them were exactly like another two of them shown here.

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Christmas 2015 – 1

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 152016
 

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An Update, Some Musings And Some Christmas Cards

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Hi Everybody!

I did warn you in previous posts that I’m on a mission to catch up with putting photos of my creations from the last year that I’ve not blogged before up to this site, so yes, today I have a batch of Christmas cards from last Christmas to show you.

To be honest, I didn’t get photos of half the cards I made, just makeing and getting them written and into envelopes was energy sapping before Christmas.  To be even more honest, I didn’t even get cards made for everybody I wanted to make cards for.

I had an order early on from an aunt for three dozen Christmas cards and I made those in three batches of a dozen each.  So today’s makes are one of those batches.

To make it easy for me to make the cards the batch I’m going to show you today were all made in a similar style.  A4 base card scored to make an A5 card.  An image from one of the selection of Hunkydory “Little Book” I’ve got.  Some simple matting and layering, and a peeloff greeting.

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MUSINGS:
I hope I don’t upset any of the crafting friends I have most contact with online – But Arrrr! I’ve been totally fed up over the weekend with the half truth, half misinformation, that a lot of people have posted and that are filling my news feed. 
(I think it’s mostly “friends of friends” I’ve spotted doing the mindless copying of stuff without actually checking it is true in any case as I don’t recognise a lot of the names involved, other than when a couple of friends have commented to suggest the poster checks with HoaxSlayer.)
 “Urgent:
All the accounts are being hacked” 
No! “All the” nothing are being hacked. If All were being hacked then the hackers would have more than likely changed the account password, and the person copying the “information” without checking whether it actually makes sense would quite probably not have access to their own FB account to post the copied piece.
 There are always hackers out there trying to hack people’s accounts, of all sorts not just FB, and one of the best ways to avoid being hacked is to have good, strong, different, passwords on all accounts. Make it difficult for them to hack, and have as little information about yourself included as possible – even use incorrect information as answers to questions that some sites use, so for example, if your mother’s brother David Davies is a FB friend and your interaction makes it clear what your relationship is, then don’t use Davies as an answer to your mother’s maiden name question on your banks site. It would be an easy one for hackers to guess, not necessarily to gain access to FB account but to other things. So lie when you initially set up an account and give answers to questions. Just remember what the lie was – use a password protected password keeper and note taker. Favourite teacher, first pet, favourite colour, food, etc, etc, are all things a determined hacker might read on your FB page and use to convince others they are you.
Hackers may have a go at hacking accounts they come across, but “All accounts” are not getting hacked.
 “The profile picture and your name are used to create a new facebook account.” Well this isn’t a description of hacking in the first place, this is cloneing. And yes, there is a lot of cloneing going on, but nowhere near “All the accounts”. Don’t know whether it’s just prevalent in crafting circles because we are such a large community with a large circle of FB friends, with others we come into contact with through crafting groups, or whether other hobbies are targeted as well, so yes, we are all likely to come into contact with a cloned account every now and then, but it is likely to be a small proportion of our FB friends or ourselves who are affected by being cloned. And getting cloned means that all the cloners have got access to is what’s public on your profile. So, yes, cloners do copy pictures and basic information from the profile of the person being cloned and use it to create a copy account.
And, of course, they target people who have lots of friends when looking for somebody to clone, because they have a long list of people ready to try and con. The first con is, as the half truth posts are saying, to send out friend requests from the clone account to all your friends, hopeing “your friends think it’s you and accept” – unless your friends have their wits about them, have a bit of sense, and say to themselves, “hang on a moment, I’m already friends with her/him”. 
 “From this moment, the pirates can write what they want under your name!!” Actually, from the moment the cloners create the clone account they can write anything they want in that clone account or any wall they have posting or commenting rites to, but usually they write very little because a different way of writing may give them away to anybody they are trying to con into friending them. They can never write everywhere the person they cloned can write because just cloneing and coning one friend to befriend them doesn’t give them that sort of access, but of course, if they can write on the posts of anybody who’s accepted their requests. They rarely do though.
One reason they might start writing on a person’s wall is to spam advertise, spread links to malware, etc.
But on the whole I’ve not seen a lot of posting from clone accounts on walls of the assorted people who have befriended them.
So, if you don’t already know, by now you are wondering why cloners bother cloneing accounts in the first place. What do they gain?
Well firstly they don’t need to hack anything, they don’t need to try and guess or crack a password. Just copy a few details and a picture and they are away.
Secondly, as people are likely to share more personal information with friends than they do public, as soon as somebody accepts their friend request they are likely to find out more about them.
Thirdly, the person who’s account has been cloned knows nothing about it, hasn’t been hacked, hasn’t lost control of their account, doesn’t know that anything is going on behind their back to be able to warn all their friends that the clone account is an imposter. Not until a friend actually asks them on their old account about the new friend request.
So the best defence from being taken in by a cloner is to search for that person’s name on FB and if more than one account comes up, with one already your friend, then you know to be cautious. Go to your friend’s account and see if anything is going on. Could be he/she already knows and has put a warning about the clone, or another friend has. Could be he/she has, for some reason, decided to start a new account so the second account isn’t a clone. One request I got lately was supposedly from a person I’d been FB friends with for years, and a quick check on the page made it obvious that she’s died over a year previously.  And yet she was supposedly making a friend request from beyond the grave, and over 40 had accepted a friend request from her.
One thing to note – quite often cloners block the person they’ve cloned from seeing the clone account if they search for their name. It slows down the person getting enough information to report the clone to FB to get it taken down. They may even block anybody who refuses their friend request. So getting a screenshot that includes the page address, before rejecting the friend request and marking it as spam, might be of help for the person who’s been cloned getting the clone down.
Next, what do cloners gain from the person who was cloned not warning their friends that the 2nd account isn’t them? Time! Time to do more conning because of course just conning people to become friends is hardly what cloners want. Yes, they could make money from click pay adverts if they start posting on friends walls. Yes they could get all sorts of malware onto computers if they post links to not so nice sites.
But another thing they do is go behind the scenes and use the FB messaging system to contact people directly. The aim being to con money out of them. There’s all sorts of leads they use, from the old chestnut of “I’m abroad and my money was stolen and I need £xyz to get home. Lend it to me and you’ll get it back, send it now” to the one about buying a lottery ticket together that won and needing bank details to pay over the half.  Basically not a lot different to the ones where E-mail rather than FB is involved. If the cloner times their con to when the person they have cloned is on holiday, then they have a better chance of succeeding.
So yes, there is truth within all these endless copies of posts I’ve been seeing more and more of over the weekend, but it’s not referring to anything new, it isn’t describing hacking, and the so called helpful warning is wasting time because those who copy and paste such info without checking for accuracy, and correcting it before posting, are just the type of person who would accept a friend request from the cloner without checking as well, probably just assume it’s  OK, or even message the clone who wants to be their friend – are you really so and so opening a new account, and accepting the reply – yes – before clicking the friend button.
Yes, that last statement is probably an over generalisation, but what I’m trying to say is that half truths thrown in with misinformation and very little information doesn’t really help educate those that are too trusting and accept everything they see online.
CARDS:

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A Few Welsh Birthday Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Feb 102016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Some Cards

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Hi Everybody!  Following on from my last post –

Would you believe it but I’ve found I’ve got close to one and a half thousand photos from last year to sort through.  That doesn’t mean that I crafted nearly that many items during the year though.  Some of the photos are of family members, etc.  Of those that are of my crafted items – there are quite a few photos of every item.  I take several photos of each piece from slightly different angles and distances so that I can choose the best image to use here on my blog, and also have close-ups of some things.  Sometimes I still don’t get a good photo – but I go with the best I’ve got and hope people like what they see.

So, while I’m on a roll of sorting out, and if my health doesn’t take a downward turn again, you may find that I manage a few blog posts every week for a while.  I’m not going to push for daily posts as I do want to do a bit of new crafting as well, not just post what I did last year and in January this year, so we’ll see how I get on with things.

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MUSINGS:

I said in my last post about my health problems last year – and that I had lots of time to lie here and think.

One thing that caught my attention is the shear variety in card styles that the tallented crafters who post pictures of their cards online have made.  Trying to write comments on blogs on my tablet is difficult, erratic and frustrating.  But the fact that I haven’t done a whole lot of commenting either on blogs or on Facebook for quite a while doesn’t mean that I haven’t been browsing around and appreciating everybody’s work and being so thankful that there are so many tallented crafters out there who are willing to take the time to photograph and write about their work.  Just being able to see what everybody has been creating cheared me up a lot when I couldn’t do much myself – and gave me some ideas of things I’d like to try as I get better healthwise.

One thing that I thought quite often was “where did she/he get the idea to do that!”.  I’ve seen some stunning work appear online.  There’s been the nice, the good, the excellent, the stunning and the downright outstanding (very rarely a “what was she thingking!”).  And sometimes it seems as if it’s the tinyest difference or the little detail that turns a lovely card to a stunning card.  And sometimes I can look at a card for ages and try to put my finger on what I like about a card and just can’t get it – I just know that I think it’s stunning.  And then I got to wondering about whether others thought the same cards stunning.  And thought – probably not, because everybody’s different and has their own take on things and own preferences.  And that’s good, isn’t it.  The world would be a boreing place if we all liked everything the same.

One of the most facinating things has been browsing around lots of blogs where the crafters have been using the same images or collections and seeing the variety of the makes.  Hard to believe sometimes that the material they were working from is the same.

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CARDS:

When my health is middling and I feel like making something but don’t feel I’ve got the energy to colour or die cut or get lots of things out, that’s when I turn to kits, especially those with die-cut elements in them.  I like to keep a few kits in the house ready for times like this.

I got tempted lately by the Hunkydory kit with the Megapage die-cut decupage in it.

Some fingerlift tape, Pinflair Glue Gel, a trimmer and scoreboard, and I made several cards for up and coming family birthdays without using up my energy getting out loads of crafting equipment and consumables.

So today I’ve got 4 Welsh birthday cards to show you.  I hope you like them.

Megapage 01 01    Megapage 02 01 Megapage 03 01    Megapage 04 01

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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