Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year – January Calendar Page

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda : Happy New Year

January Calendar Page

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

Well, another year has started.  Hope you all had a good Christmas, whether it was quiet and relaxing, or a busy one visiting and having family over.

I would like to start this post by telling all the visitors to my blog how much I appreciate you clicking over for a look at my work, especially those of you who take the time to comment either here on my blog or on my posts in various groups and pages on Facebook.  It means a lot to me.

I hope you will continue to do so in the coming year.

I’m not going to be makeing any grand New Year’s Resolutions.  I’m just planning to carry on with my variety of crafting, as and when my health allows, hopefully getting a few more YouTube videos online of me makeing different things.  And when the summer comes I hope that I will be able to once again spend some time out the garden puttering at my raised beds and pots.

As usual I have lots of crafting projects planned, some of which are already started, so it’s just a case of picking a time when I’m up to doing things and getting on, and then remembering to photograph what I’ve been up to.

Of course, I’ve started with a panel to put on the January page of my mother’s calendar, which is what I’ve got to show  you today.


Those of you who have visited my blog in the past probably already know that I give my mother a blank, Papermill Direct, calendar each year.  I buy the A3 size which means that there is an A4 area above the calendar section on each page to be decorated.  (You can see what I did last year by checking out the post – here.)

I ask my mother each month if there’s anything specific she’d like, or a specific technique, and most months she just says to surprise her.  But for January she asked for a snowman to be on the page somewhere.  So that is what I did.

Started by doing a search for a snowman through the Publisher software’s  online search function in designs with a Creative Commons licence.  The chosen snowman was resized to what I wanted.  I also put the numbers and wording I wanted onto my working area in Publisher, makeing the letters ones with an outline only and no fill.  These were on two pages that I printed out onto white cardstock.

I then set about decorating the letters, tareing some of the white cardstock as snow banks, and cutting out the pieces.

What I used
The Calendar Page

I decorated the Mis Ionawr panel (Welsh for January) by taking the Speckle background stamp and puting three colours of ink on part of it, stamping over the panel from one direction, re-inking and stamping from the other direction.  The green either end is quite clean but the overlap of the yellow and red colours give a merge of colours.

I then pressed each ink pad to a sheet of acetate and used dry brushes to pick up ink and colour over the speckles outside the letters, trying to keep close to the speckle colour bands.  The speckle on the letters show on the white background and around the letters the speckle is still visible on a background of the same colour brushed over thinner.

The large numbers 2020 were stamped the same way as the Mis Ionawr, but as I was going to cut them out individually I didn’t colour the background.

For the Blwyddyn Newydd Dda I used the same technique but used the Artisan Design Bark background stamp, which is a more dense stamp so the pattern is a bit darker.  This time I did the bands a different width and started with yellow on the outside.  This panel was torn after colouring, rather than cutting as the previous one had been.

I cut a sheet of black cardstock a bit smaller, and, as I wanted to knock back the colour a bit I took the green chalk ink pad and brushed it over the cardstock in a very random fashion, trying to get an uneven look in a band across the diagonal.

Fingerlift tape was used to attach the black panel to the deep blue sheet of cardstock, and has been placed on the back of the month and main piece ready to attach to the calendar today.  The snowman was shaped a bit and “snow drifts” were torn out of the same cardstock before everything was attached to the panel front using glue gel, giving some raise to bits.

Angled view to try and show that pieces were stuck on with some dimension.


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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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Happy New Year

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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda 2019 Happy New Year
And A Giveaway

Hi to you, whoever you are, who is reading this.  A new year has started. Time to reflect on what has past and to plan for the future.

Do you make New Year resolutions?  I rarely do.

I just want to do whatever I can do, to the best of my abilities, bareing in mind that my health/disabilities, and their changeable nature, dictates what I can do from hour to hour and day to day.

I just want to do a variety of crafting, depending on how I am on any particular day, do some puttering in the garden come the summer, and perhaps do some re-organising of another room in the house (if you have visited before you may have seen that for 2018 my major project was re-decorating the spare room and make my own blankets, quilts, etc., for it.)  I don’t think it will be a room that requires a lot of crafted items though.

Today I’ve got what I put on the first, January, page of the Papermill Direct callendar I’ve given my mother to show you.

I’ve gone back to foiling using my ScanNCut for this page.

The background had a pattern from within Canvas put on the page 3 times side by side before drawing in glue and foiling with verigated green foiling.  I then coloured it in roughly using a green spectrum sparkle brush nib pen.

The topper panel was made using the ssme method – a frameing element from within the software as well as writing using in-built text. Gold foil this time, and again a sparkly pen was used to colour.

As the page headings are in English I decided to cover the month with a panel giving the Welsh month name (Last year I just wrote the Welsh names above the English word).  This time I stuck with gold foil and coloured using an alcohol marker.

Then it was simply a case of sticking everything together using fingerlift tape. I’ve left quite a bit of background showing as I’ve told Mam that it leaves room to add any photo she wants during the month.

Getting photo to show any spatkly or colour of foiling is difficult, do I’ve taken two photos in different lighting at a different angle.


Any of you ever found that you have bought two of something you are never going to need two of?  I’m not talking about something like a batch of glue and then find you’ve got most of the last batch put away somewhere safe, I’m talking about something that will last a lifetime and you only need one.

Well, while I was doing a bit of clearing up prior to Christmas I found out that I had bought two of the same CD-ROMs.  The Pollyanna Pickering Sketch Book Collection Chapter VIII ” Journey To The Southern Hemisphere”.

I think it happened because I didn’t have enough money for the whole of one collection when they came out, so only went for the CD-ROM.  But later on the price for the collection, that included toppers, backing papers, etc., was on offer, so I went for the lot and got the CD-ROM again.

So now I have two of the same CD-ROMs (one still in its cellophane wrap), and I want to give one away.  So what better than to do a giveaway on my blog at the start of the new year.


To be entered into the draw for the giveaway, all you need to do is comment on this blog post.  Just something along the lines of “I would like receive the CD-ROM” will do.  Also, make sure that you enter your correct name and E-mail address above the comment box so that I have a means of contacting you for your address if you are the lucky name that will be randomly drawn.  I will close the draw on 31 January, 2019, so plenty of time for you to put your name down – although I always find that doing it immediately, while in the front of the mind, is best, or I tend to forget to go back and do something.



If you want the CD-ROM, but are not lucky enough to be randomly drawn to get this copy, then, as I’m writing this the CD-ROM “Pollyanna Pickering’s Sketch Book Collection Chapter VIII Journey To The Southern Hemisphere” is available – Here!


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