A Welsh Birthday Card

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Sep 152019
 

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Birthday Card For My Mother

If you’ve seen some of the things I’ve made specifically for my mother before you will h ave seen that blue is her favourite colour, so I decided to make blue paper flowers the focal point of her birthday card this year.

What I Did

I took the large sheet of cardtock, scored and trimmed it to make an 8″ square base card.  I then rounded the corners with a punch.

I took a laser cut layer from a Kanban kit together with a silver mat to go behind it.  I cut a piece of dark blue cardstock just bigger than the silver mat which I stuck to the centre of the base card before adding the silver mat and vellum lasercut layer.

For the smaller flowers I just popped them out of the die-cut sheet and shaped them using my fingers and nails.  The layers of the larger flower were removed from the die-cut sheet and folded in mountain and valley folds all the way round.  The layers were build up using quick grab glue to attach them one by one, and it was finished off with a gem in the centre.

I then used glue gel to attach all the flowers to the card before putting on the peel-off greeting.

An insert has been put inside that says “Penblwydd Hapus Iawn” (Welsh for Very Happy Birthday) – but I forgot to photograph that.

What I Used
The Card

This is what the finished card looked like.

Here you can see the small dimension of the single layer flowers and that the large centrel flower is very dimensiona.

This photo shows how I commpletely offset the first few layers of the flower to build up dimension, but then, when getting the smaller layers to stick to the middle I switch to layering in the same direction, before I added the one, sticky back, yellow faux gem in the centre.

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Keep An Eye Out For ….

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Mar 212019
 

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Time To Keep An Eye Out For …

Collecting Things For Future Crafting Projects

It’s time to keep an eye out for things for future crafting projects.

Have you been given one of these –

I don’t mean this particular brand and flavour of Easter Egg, but rather any Easter Egg in a box with base and lid and four clear acetate sides.

If you’ve been by my blog in the past you may have seen that I put some wirework trees I made into display boxes I made (have a look towards the bottom of the post – here – if you missed seeing any of them).

I think these Easter Egg boxes will make great display boxes for similar projects without the need for measuring and cutting. They could be decorated as plain and cleanly, or as distressed and fully embelished, as you want.

I think that, after Easter, I might do a video of me makeing a tree in a display box.

And if nobody else has bought you an egg – go on and treat yourself!

And while you are looking at Easter goodies, go through all packaging before they go out with the rubbish.  Even if a box isn’t fully acetate all round there might still be a piece of acetate at the front that’s strong enough to use as a card front or in a shaker card, especially if it is rounded like the side of an egg.

Then there’s the coloured foil many eggs are wrapped in. The ribbons, some with little bells or other charms attached that come with other shapes of Easter treats, are great to embelish cards as well.

And speaking of ribbons – don’t forget that the inside of the shoulders of clothes are a good source of different coloured, narrow, ribbon.  Unless you are a person who uses these ribbons to hang the piece of clothing then the ribbons might as well be removed and repurposed.

And while we are talking about clothing – have you got a drawer, tin, or jar, where you put all the spare buttons that come attached to pieces of clothing in case you lose one?  Have you been through the collection to see how many of them you actually still have the garment they match? If the piece of clothing is long gone then you might as well use the buttons for your crafting.

Got any old clothing you are going to throw out during your spring clean?  Any of them knitted items that can be unravled and made into pompoms or tassles?  Any old jeans that can be made into trendy bags, or perhaps a small cover for a tablet or mobile phone?  Just because something is not your size or taste any more doesn’t mean that it couldn’t still be useful to you in some way.

And consider donating to charity shops as well rather than just throwing away.

Another thing that can be kept is envelopes. Brown as well as white or coloured ones.  Open them out and you can find some have a patterned inside, and the brown ones have a craft card look than can be used for matting and layering or makeing vintage look flowers.

Paper Flowers

These flowers are ones made from the three pieces cut out from this envelope.  The colours look different because of the different lighting when the photos were taken.  The bottom right flower has had some gold ink wiped over it straight from the ink pad.

I made these using the method I showed in the “4. No Tools Paper Flowers 02” instructions I’ve posted previously. I just folded over the outside edge of the spiral to give a different look.  I used Pinflair Glue-It to stick the flower together at the base.

Of course, white flowers could be made from waste white envelopes as well.  Or any other colour envelope that happens to come your way.

Any More Tips?

Is there anything you could suggest that should be kept to re-use for crafting?

Put your tips in the comments below.

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February Calendar Page

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Feb 032019
 

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February Calendar Page and January Giveaway Winner

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

Today I am announcing the winner of the Giveaway where anybody could enter by commenting on the January calendar post on this blog.  I’ve also got the page I’ve decorated for February in my Mother’s calendar to show you.

Giveaway Winner

All those who commented on the relevant post on my blog during January had their names put into a box and a random one was drawn out to get the unopened CD-ROM that I’d got two of.

The winner is Karin van Eijk (Karin, like me, is a crafting blogger.  You can see her blog here – https://karinsartscrap.blogspot.com/).

February Calendar Page

If you are not already aware – for a few years now I have been buying my mother a blank Papermill Direct calendar every year, and as the year progresses I’ve been decorating the pages in a variety of different ways.  (You can see the January one – Here!)  Sometimes she askes for something specific and sometimes she tells me to surprise her.

This month I’ve gone for a cascade of paper flowers.

Both backgrounds are from the Fancy Fretwork USB that has lots of SVG cutting files and  .jpg background designs. They were printed onto good quality, 120gsm paper.

The purple cardstock that’s framing behind the background, as well as the purple flowers and pearls used to decorate, are from the Hobby House Colour Collection – Periwinkle. The rest of the flowers and leaves are from my stash – Every now and then, when I have odd bits of cardstock, I either lay them on the cutting mat of my ScanNCut and set it to cut lots of different flowers or leaves depending on the colour, or I put them through a die-cutting machine with various sized floral dies.  I keep all the flowers and leaves produced in a box to pull out when I need a quick flower on something.

Fingerlift Tape was used to stick the cardstock to the calendar, and the main backing to the cardstock.  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape was used to stick the “wall” background in place.  I then used Pinflair Glue Gel to stick the cascade of flowers and leaves down either side.

I finished off with some “birds” in the sky – drawn with a black Nuvo alcohol marker.

Here’s the work before it was stuck on the calendar.

 

I also printed out the month title, Chwefror, (Welsh for February,) to cover the title already there.

This is what the calendar page looks like when finished.

Video and New Giveaway

I’ve nearly finished my next YouTube video, so keep an eye out for my next blog post in a few days time, as in addition to showing you how I make something – I will also be giving that something away for those who comment in the relevant places between then and the end of February.

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Paper Flowers And A Vase

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Nov 272018
 

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Small Paper Flowers And A 3D Printed Vase

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When my nephew, WMG, had his first Monoprice 3D printer (in the short period it was printing before it broke down) he was experimenting with printing different shapes with different settings. One of the objects he got from Thingiverse was a file for a vase – Decorative Vase by mistertech.

The settings he chose were not quite right for this one. We think the wall thickness could have done with being a bit thicker as, when water was put in it, there was a very slow seeping of water out through a couple of minute cracks.  But we solved the problem by slightly thining a small quantity of PVA glue with a little water, pouring it into the vase, then swirling it around.  It was then left on it’s side and turned regularly over a period of a day or two so that the drying glue was swirled over all surfaces. We kept doing this until all the glue had dried as a thin layer over the inside of the vase.

And it worked. The vase not only held water, but it was used by us to put fresh flowers in throught the summer, and placed on a bedside table so my mother could enjoy them.

But now the winter is here and we have no more fresh flowers, but I told my mother I’d start making her some paper flowers to put in the vase for her to enjoy.

I used Fleurs Mulberry Paper and Minature and Medium flowers plus leaf dies.  (I got them as a multibuy – Fleurs Mulberry Paper and Dies Collection Multibuy) . I also used my Snap machine, florestry wires, florestry green tape, and faux stamens. (This is the sort of things I mean, although the ones I got had a different combination of stamens and more tape.)

I also used wet glue and a sheet of 250gsm white cardstock.

I started by cutting out several different batches of flowers and some of the leaves, sll out of different colours of mulberry papers.

I took the white cardstock and tore a narrow, wedge shaped, strip off it.  This I wound up around one end of a florestry wire, glueing as I went, starting with the widest part of the strip, and keeping the straight side towards the bottom.  This left me with a cone shaped piece on a wire.

Once the cone was dry I started shapeing the smallest blue flowers I’d die cut and sticking them onto the cone, a few at a time, and adding some more once the glue had dried.

I used the same method for the purple “lavender” spire.

The small, white flowers simply had a stamen threaded through, a dab of glue put in to keep the stamen in place, and then I attached them to florestry wire using florestry tape, two or three per “stem”.

The red and pink “roses” were constructed by bending over a small loop at the top of a piece of florestry wire.  A flower layer was then threaded up the wire, glue put on, and scrunched around the wire loop to make the flower center.  More flower layers were shaped, threaded on, glued and pushed and pulled into place until the rose was built up.

All the flowers were finished off by binding the stems with florist tape and using the tape to hold in some leaves.

I will make more flowers to add over the next few weeks, but this is the bunch I’ve made so far.

Different angle.

And here they are in the vase.

So that’s it from me for today.  Pop back again and see more of my makes.

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A Second Plaque Complete

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Mar 192018
 

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A Second Plaque

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When my mother saw the plaque I made for myself (you can see it – here – if you haven’t seen it before) she liked it so much I decided to make her one.

The place I’d got the letter and plaque for my original creation didn’t have any letter H left so I went looking on eBay for a suitable item.

Her favourite colour is blue so I got a letter H already painted this time, rather than covering the letter myself.

I also ordered some wooden plaques with ready drilled holes.

I’d still got a lot of flowers left from making my previous letter plaque so I had less to do from scratch for this make.

Like the previous plaque I started by roughly painting the plaque with white gesso.

I then collected together all the items I wanted to use – plaque, letter, glue, paint, brushes, Tonic Nuvo mousse and drops, bag of flowers I’d maďe previously from prrinted out Essential Plains digital downloads from the Dragons Lair Designs Etsy shop.

This time I decided to do some fine splatering of paint onto the background before I did anything else, blue near the top and green near the bottom.

As Mam and I decided near the end of making my plaque that something around the edge as a finishing touch was needed, this time I decided to put the dots around the edge before doing anything else – it was difficult using a ruler to get dots evenly spaced in a straght line after adding flowers on my plaque.

I used my finger to rub some mousse around some edges of the letter.  It’s odd how bothe the paint splatter and rubbed areas on the letter take on a different look depending on the lighting. I then glued on the letter with glue gel.

Next it was simply a case of tipping out my paper flowers and leaves and laying them out in various positions until I was happy with them.  I used glue gel to attach these as well.

I used wire from my jewellery making stash to hang the plaque, again using beads as stoppers on the back to stop wire moving or coming out of the holes.

And this is what it looks like in the end.

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Now I need to sort out some more catchup posts to publish, and also decide whether I’m next going to work on some of my PHD, or start one of the projects I’ve got planned in my head and already bought the items needed.

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Mar 132018
 

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My Completed Wall Plaque

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Well, it’s taken me quite a few days to make, but it is finished!  Hope you like it.

In case you missed my previous posts on this project – you can find them here:

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Information on what I’ve used can be found, with some links, in the previous posts, but I do need to give a special thank you to Janette Padley of Dragons Lair Designs for putting together the digital download backgounds collections for me.  She’s got a shop up on Etsy – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Facebook Page – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Fan Group – here, a Dragons Lair Designs Blog – here, and is also on CraftsUprint – here.

CONSTRUCTION AND FINISHING TOUGHES

I started by making up a cord to hang up my plaque.  I decided to make one up myself from three lengths of 6 stranded embroidery thread.  The paler thread in the center and the two darker lengths knotter around using a macramé twisting knot. I wanted a bit of texture, though you can’t really see the twist unless you look really closely because of the small size ofthe threads used, but I think it’s going to work well for what I want.

To attach I threaded the knotted cord through the holes in the plaque and then threaded an end of the thread through a bead and tied it in place to prevent the cord slipping out of the holes.

Next for the decorating – I put the plaque with letter flat on the table and started clustering the flowers and leaves I created on it.

Once I’d got it roughly how I wanted it I started gluing everything in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.  I had thought of using a hot glue gun but decided on the glue gel as it takes longer to set and I wanted the time to move things around until I was happy with how things looked.  I used a big mound of the glue for the center of the largest cluster in the bottom left to hold up the cluster of flowers.

 

Once I got to this stage I decided I wasn’t quite happy with the plaque.  It needed something else.  After a discusion with my mother we decided it needed something round the edge but not more flowers.

So what I decided to do was cut some strips of paper and added different options before laying them on the plaque so that Mam and I could pick the one we liked best.  Always good to have a second opinion when you can’t decide of finishing touches.

From a not very good attempt at distress inks to spots of a purple alcohol ink pen, it was one up from the bottom we decided on in the end – which is Nuvo Drops.

Chooseing to add the drops around the edge after doing the other decorating made it difficult for me to use a ruler to space the dots out evenly, but I managed in the end.

Mam likes it so much I’m going to make one for her as well. So keep an eye out for that.

THE FINISHED PROJECT:

Well, this is it!

Closeup of one area.

The whole piece.

So, onward next with a few UFOs and some more projects I’ve got worked out and the materials bought ready to start. As I tend to craft depending on which bit of me is aching the most, and how I’m feeling on any particular day, I haven’t decided what to do next, but I have had our cleaner pop my sewing machine on one corner of our kitchen table for me so I may get on with putting together some patchwork squares I’ve cut out a while ago. Wait and see!

Oh, and I’ve still got to post some catchups of previously made but unblogged items.

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Mar 062018
 

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A Continuation Of The Work On My Latest Project

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Well – I promised in my blog post of the 3rd March that I would keep slowly working on my project and blog some updates as I went along.  So three days later I’m back again with a look at how far I’ve got by now. This won’t be the most interesting blog post I’ve ever written, either verbally or pictoraly, but I have taken photos of what I’ve done.

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LATEST WORK ON MY PROJECT:

At the moment my arms are really sore and quite weak, so I didn’t want to either lift up my larger die cutting machine or have to turn the handle a lot.  When the SNAP die cutting machine came out I invested in one just for such occasions – a bit lighter to move around, but even more importantly – it doesn’t need to be hand cranked – which is a bonus when I’m not up to much – and I can even use it on a tray in bed as a battery inside can be charged up and then it can be used without being connected to anything, though, on this occasion I had it put on one side of the kitchen table for me and did a bit at a time and went back to bed to rest in between.  I know I’ve got plenty of equipment already, but, with things as they were with my health and everything when this little machine was launched, I decided it would be worth it for occasions such as these.

I’m aiming to decorate my plaque with the letter G, which you can see in it’s “raw” state in my previous post, with some flowers.  Now I like a bit of varying colour depth in flowers, rather than them being a flat colour but, while I do have inks, etc., that I could use to colour up my creations, I’m just not feeling up to getting messy and then wasteing a proporting of my crafting time both wipeing up and putting everything away at the end.  And that is why I wanted the digital download backgrounds I told you about and showed you last time.

One sheet gives me varying depths of colour, and each sheet I’ve printed on the back a slightly different coloured background – well I say “each sheet” – I have to admit that, not only did I manage to put one sheet back in so that it double printed on the same side as I told you about in my last post, but, as you’ll see below, I did manage to get thouroughly mixed up at one stage and got wrong colours on the backs of some sheets.  But hey, who cares?!  I’ll make them work and use them up some how.

The dies I’m using for this project are all Fleurs Flower dies that I’ve slowly collected for a while but only used a few of them on small projects up to now.  I’m not going to go listing every one I’ve used, but I have photographed the flower layers created together with the die set used in each case, so if you are interested you can just do a search.

This sheet was one where I’d made a slight mistake in printing with an orange shade on the front and a pink shade on the back, so we’ll see what the flowers come out like when I’ve had a play. I’ve flipped one so you can see.

I’d folded the sheets in half and cut everything out twice in one go. I had hoped that turning back the corner on this one would show you the slight variation in the colour between the front and back, but the picture doesn’t show the colours like I wanted.

I haven’t used the larger flower layer dies for any of the flowers.

This was another where I’d got pink on the back of orange but I’ve not flipped any this time.

And two more flower types.

While two of the sheets of green were fine with me, with two different greens either side, the third sheet was another “wps” with a shade of orange on the back, but I’ve used it to cut leaves and may well use them with the orange side up.

And after cutting everything out using the dies I reached for the Fleurs Flower Forming Punches to cut out some smaller leaves and flower heads from the waste paper, both the white areas not printed on and the colour printed papers.  These I think will be good for filling out some areas on my project in the end.  I had to do a lot of stopping and starting when using the punches, but I’ve got a nice bundle together before I gave up and just threw the rest of the papers.

So, my next stage will be to attach the letter to the plaque and make up flowers using the pieces I’ve cut out.  Probably won’t all be realistic, but I’m hopeing that they will all look nice together by the time I’ve finished them.

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