Vintage Male Themed Birthday Card

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Jul 012019
 

A Rural Themed Birthday Card For A Male

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A Bit Of An Update

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My regular visits will have noticed that I have not made many posts to my blog this month. It has been an eventful month.

Following the development of a cateract in my left eye (a known side effect of the emergency opperation I had to treat a tare in the retina 18 months ago), I had been on the waiting list for a cateract operation for over six months. I had received a letter for a consutation appointment for the middle of June, but had a phone call before then offering me a cancelation the begining of the month. The eye had deteriorated so much since they had last seen me that they agreed to put me on a cancellation list as the waiting time was about six months. Wasn’t expecting much to happen, but within a couple of days I was phoned to ask if I could come in for the pre-opp eye measurements, etc., the following week. So having begged a lift up once from one of my sisters the first week of the month, I had to ask if she would be so kind as to drive me up again the following week. Even then I was told it could be up to three months before I would have the opp.

So I was very surprised to have another call within a week offering me 8am on the 25th for the opperation. So basicaly just over three weeks from consultation to opp.

Having already dragged my sister away from her farm work twice in two weeks I didn’t feel it would be fair to ask her to make the trek to the hospital a third time so soon, so this time I asked a friend who, every time she visits, tells us to remember she’s more than willing to help in any way she can. This friend has the added benefit of already having had a cateract operation herself so knew what I was going through.

So, by now I had the gooseberries coming ready in the garden, and just a few days before my operation to get them all in and sorted. Mam went on strike at one point and refused to top and tail any more and said that I should go and give a couple of pounds each to a few friends, including the one who was going to drive me to the hospital and back for the opp.

Don’t know why they are so keen to have everybody in the hospital by 8am as the surgeons certainly were not there, and the operations didn’t start for two hours, and as luck would have it I was the last of the morning list and wasn’t in until mid-day. With my M.E. and dodgy leg, sitting in a ward for four hours was not good for my aches and pains, and staring into the light for twenty minutes wasn’t good for my headache. But the operation went smoothly. Of course, I was feeling very rough by this stage in the day, so my friend went to fetch us some sandwiches for lunch and we ate in the car as there is no way I’d have made it to the restaurant.

By the time I got home I told Mam that my good eye was coming out in sympathy, running tears and strange lights, and, despite having sunglasses clipped to my glasses, and having a very smooth journey home, my headache was worse, as was my nausea. Only sat for a bit with Mam to tell her how it had gone before crawling into bed and realising that I had a migraine with flashing lights in both eyes, bought on no doubt by staring into the light during the opperation, and even when everything had settled down I couldn’t see through my good eye well enough to read the instructions on the Pot Noodle for supper, in fact, had to get the carer to point me in the direction of the Pot Noodle on the counter as I couldn’t even see that.

Thankfully, by the following morning, the eye that hadn’t been operated on was back to normal, though I’d been warned that it would take 24 hours for the gas that had been put in to hold the lens in place to clear so I shouldn’t expect to see anything through the operated eye. Spent most of the day in bed just hopeing the aches and pains would go and that I wasn’t going to go into an M.E. crash, and was pleased to see that colours were appearing round the perifery of the operated eye by lunch time.

Only problem was that by the following day I still could only see a dense, white, nothing, in the centre of the operated eye. And by now I was starting to get a bit worried – I knew that I shouldn’t be able to focus correctly with it as the glasses I had were the wrong prescription for the new lens put in, and in any case, it needed to finish healing and the drops will make it a bit blurry while I’m on those, but nobody I know who has had a cateract operation has said that the centre of their vision was a big white area after two days. So I phoned the hospital to see if it was anything to worry about, especially in view of the fact that the first evening I had the migraine and wouldn’t have been aware if any post opperation anomalies had occured. I was hopeing that they would say that it could take a while longer for the centre whiteout to clear and not to worry. But no! They wanted me back up at the hospital at 5.30pm Thursday evening. So a quick call to my friend again – her husband was due back with their car by about 3pm so yes she could take me back. And off we went again.

It seems that I have Corneal Oedoema – the cornea having started swelling up as a result of the opperation – something that does happen but not often I gather – and that the swelling should go down gradually by about a week, at which point I won’t have a big white area in the centre of my vision with that eye.

I’m so thankful to my sister and my friend for their help in getting me there and back a couple of times each.

So, by now, the eye is begining to clear, and although I can’t focus properly yet, the white area is much less dense so I am seeing things through it, which means that it will probably have cleared by around Thursday, as the person I saw last Thursday said.

So now, there are a whole lot of things I’m not suppose to do, to keep from damaging or getting anything into the healing eye, and so much I want to get on with, both in the garden and with my crafting, but two trips to the hospital in one week has finished me off for a while, and I am resting as much as possible and doing just enough crafting to keep me sane as well as watering what needs watering in the garden with a directional head on a hosepipe.

The one thing that did need doing was a card for my brother for his birthday, and that is what I have to show you today.

Welsh Birthday Card

I cut a piece of wood patterend paper and stuck it to the front of my base card.  I then tore some pieces from some brown paper that came wrapped within a parcel.  One piece I scrunched up a lot and then opened it out before rubbing some gold embelishment mousse around the edges and over the raised creases.  I stamped onto the other pieces that were mostly flat and then tore the edges before adding some gold around the edge of those panels as well.  I quickly added some colour using two different colours of re-inkers used as a watercolour paint. Once these were dried I glued them in position onto the card front as well as adding a peeloff greeting.

What I Used
The Finished Card

This is what the finished card looked like.

With this photo I’m trying to show that, although I used wet glue to attach the layers, the fact that I had crinkled up the brown paper mat before sticking everything in places means that there is a natural dimention to the card and a very rustic look.

I added very little colouring, only using two different Dinky Inkies re-inkers and a paint brush on the grass and the farmer.

I’ve tried to photograph this in different lighting so that the gold coloured Nuvo Moose stands out.

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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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A Couple Of Birthday Cards

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Jan 172019
 

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Some Welsh Birthday Cards

January and February sees several family members having their birthdays therefore it’s time to get busy makeing some Welsh “Penblwydd Hapus” birthday cards after the Christmas and New Year season is past.

Today I’ve got two cards I made for my mother and myself to give to my niece.  They were made using some items from one of the Hunkydory Decolarge kits I’d used when makeing the variety of Welsh Birthday Cards for an order that I’ve started to show you previously.  But these have been put together in a slightly different layout with some difference in the layers I chose to use for the decoupage (I did say in my previous posts how I wasn’t using all the layers provided for the decoupage and therefore getting a second topper out of what should be each very deep decoupage).

Both cards are of country cottage scenes.

This first one has a rectangular topper.  I used a sheet of cardstock from the same kit, and as the cardstock has a bit of a lacy look I added a piece of lace under one edge of the topper.  I used 2mm deep, foam tape, to attach all the layers.

Here are a few more photos of the same card from different angles to show the dimension of the topper.

The second card has an oval topper.  Again I used a sheet of A4 matching cardstock from the same kit to score and fold to make the base card.

And next are a couple of photos to show the topper dimension.

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I’ve got several more cards to make for the family, so keep an eye out for them, along with some other crafting projects I’m working on.

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Giveaway

In case you haven’t seen it already – I’ve managed to buy two of the same thing so I’m giving one away.  Read about it at the bottom of my blog post – here.  Just leave a comment on that post that you would like to be entered into the draw for the giveaway.

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Welsh New Baby And Birthday Card

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Feb 112016
 

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An Update, A Few Musings, And Two Cards

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Hi Everybody! If you don’t want to read all my ramblings and just want to see my creations then I don’t mind if you whiz past the first part of this post.  The cards are near the end!

Following on from my last post –

Well, I’m still plowing my way through the photos of the items I crafted last year but didn’t put up on my blog.  I’m also in the process of crochetting another wooly hat for another nephew.  Hopefully I’ll be able to show you that before long.

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MUSINGS:

I have to admit that, while I can appreciate the work that goes into them, and the tallent of the crafter, one type of card just isn’t my style and that’s “dark” cards generally. I prefer my cards bright and cheerful, or nice and pastel.  Something to make me smile or chear me up.  But of course that’s me, not everybod.

I know that there are those recipients who are into that sort of thing and that the cardmaker is spot on with their creation, but what does a crafter do with cards of this type if, say they are really into this type of card themselves, or ar on a design team that wants this type of card, but actually have nobody to give them to afterwords?  Do you keep them in a box forever?  Do you give them to charities?  Do you box them up and give them as a boxed set gift to somebody?  Do you find some way to display them yourself – say in a picture frame or something?

The same goes for any other style of card of course.  What do all you crafters out there do with all the cards and other creations you make?  Do you manage to sell some cards.  I read online lately that somebody on the TV had quoted a really large price for a hand made card that had been personalised, and that she was actually getting that sort of money.  I didn’t manage to actually see what size and standard of card was involved, but I doubt whether it was of any better standard than some of the stunning creations I’ve seen online over the last year.

So then I got to thinking about whether those I’ve read sell their cards for £1, £1.50 or even £2.50, and still not getting sales, are under priceing their cards (I’m sure they can’t be covering the cost of everything they’ve used yet alone the cost of their time to make them), and does having the balls to charge £10 + for a card make those with no sense think that the card must be better in some way than a card that the maker is charging much less for?

Does the fact that some people just want to have the space and are practically giving their cards away for realy cheap prices make it harder for others to charge realistic prices for their creations?

For all my thinking I haven’t worked out the answer to any of the questions I’ve thought of while being incapacitated.  Anybody out there getting a steady stream of card sales for reasonable prices?

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CARDS:

I’ve got two cards to show you today.

Both were made using the same butterfly die – not quite sure which company’s die it was – that’s one big problem with not having the health or energy to blog soon after making cards – I just can’t remember exactly what I used to make my creations, or where I got the items from to link to them.  Thinking back to who they were for – these cards must have been made between Christmas and the New Year.

Both were also made using the same type of cardstock and backing paper – It was a paper with a wide variety of colours going across it and by cutting out of different areas I got a different affect.

I do remember that the two greetings dies came from Tattered Lace – because Tattered Lace are the only Welsh greetings dies I’ve got.

Babi Newydd – New Baby card

Babi Newydd 01 02 Babi Newydd 01 03

Penblwydd Hapus – Happy Birthday card

Penblwydd Hapus 02 01

Penblwydd Hapus 02 03

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A Few Welsh Birthday Cards

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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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