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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Sympathy Card for a Treasured Pet

A dear friend and neighbour lost her beautiful dog yesterday.   I thought I would make her a card to say that I was thinking of her.  (which is the sentiment inside the card).

I took a picture of her dog and removed the rest of the photo, and then used it on a background from Craft Artist.  Added a rainbow, a bridge and a tennis ball - his favourite toy.

Run free of the Rainbow Bridge Bentley.  You will be sorely missed.

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Driving Test Congratulations

Having had to make a Get Well card for my daughter, I was pleased to make this card yesterday for my eldest granddaughter.    So proud of her and the worry of her mum being ill in hospital didn't stop her from passing.

Get Well Card

I only had a few minutes to make this card, before taking it to the hospital.   My son discovered that we could nip up and see my daughter in hospital, and phoned to say he was on his way to pick me up.  So it was a very quick make.

The crocodile and syringe images are from Andy Carolan's Card Toonz CD - Professional Nuttyness, and the other images were from Craft Artist.

I made it so quickly that I didn't have time to take a photo - so my daughter took this picture of it on her hospital bed.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Football & Scrabble Card

I have used my scrabble letter kit for this one. (I used the kit for the two cards I made that I forgot to post at start of January too).  A very useful kit when you are not quite sure what card to make.

I created the background from a couple of other sports related kits, as well as the little footballer and used the blank tile from the scrabble kit to put the age on.   It was then matted on to black card before mounting on to the cardstock.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Galactic Plastic

I treated myself to a Galactic Plastic Kit for a Christmas present to myself.   I finally got to play with it, having felt under the weather with this grotty virus that is doing the rounds!

Preparing the slithers of plastic in the chosen finding

Starting the melting process with the carrier on the warming plate

The finished finding - swirled and glitter added

I then had a play with the plastic trying to recreate a flower with petals cut by hand. I also dragged the centre out.

A "freehand" flower
 In my craft stash I had some Friendly Plastic from many years ago, that I had never played with, so I thought I would experiment with some slithers.  I cut three random shapes and melted them together.  I then made a hole in the centre (well centre-ish - blame the eyes for that one)   I then reheated it and squashed it between two carriers, which made it slightly larger, and as you can see it took the imprint of the carrier mats.

The Galactic  Plastic is a lot easier to use (and cut) than the old Friendly Plastic, and does not have the black backing that the Friendly does.    It can be reheated and mixed and rolled to create new colours, and I am quite liking it.   The warming plate together with the carrier sheets are very easy to use.  It can also be cut with metallic shapes when warm, and also moulded into shapes, as well as adhering directly on to cards.

I am looking forward to some more experimentation.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Welcome to 2020

Happy New Year to all my followers.   There should have been a posting today, but I forgot to take photos before I got the cards in the post - duh!

I confess 2019 went out on a "grotty" note.   The family have had a rotten year, and it has continued right to the end.   I started to lose my eyesight, my eldest granddaughter has been quite poorly, and my son has had various obstacles to face too.  The end of the year and start of the New Year has seen my daughter in hospital.

Please 2020 try and be a bit kinder to us all.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

A Horde of Penguins

Thanks for popping in - I think I am winning on the Christmas Baking front as they say.  I made a batch of sausage rolls and mince pies, some of which were gluten free.  However, what I wanted to share with you today were the Christmas cakes I have just finished.

All three family cakes

and here they are individually:

8" Royal Iced Cake

8" Sugarpaste Cake

7" sugarpaste cake

Originally I was going to top the cakes with Nordic Gnomes, but having been feeling under the weather, I opted for something simple instead; and for once I decorated all the cakes the same.  I had a production line going when I made them! 

If I had been able to get out I probably would have bought some ribbon to go around them, but I am sure the family won't mind - let's face it you can't eat ribbon.   I also cheated slightly this year, and instead of using cake drums, which would also have required ribbon, I used double thick thin boards at my daughter's suggestion.

Friday, 20 December 2019

A Couple of Little Dishes

Today is an experiment , I have been meaning to get around to for a while.     (I should have been icing Christmas cakes, but wasn't feeling well enough to I played instead).

These were two little glass dishes I bought from DaliArt a while ago.   I wanted to try a crackle finish along with rice paper images.     They didn't "crackle" as much as I wanted - I obviously need to apply the crackle medium a bit thicker, but practise makes perfect.  You can see the crackle slightly better on the pink one.

I have a bigger dish - which I will get to sometime, and try to get a better finish to it.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Printed Mug

You may remember that I shared sore photos of some mugs I printed with heat transfer paints.  Well the family went one further and a bought printer that used the special paints.   My eldest granddaughter is in charge of it and I commissione her to decorate a mug for my hairdresser.  I love it so I hope she does too.

Delving into the world of printing on mugs, T-shirts etc, was the best idea I ever came up with.   My granddaughter is quite poorly, and because of this she is unable to get a weekend job like most of her college pals, so she now has a new hobby, and has set up an etsy shop, which will give her a bit of pocket money.  At the moment is mainly selling a couple of children's items, gifts for teachers and students, (all personalised) but hopes to diversify to other things in the new year.  So if you are after something in particular contact her via her Etsy shop:   Ikklewol.   She would be happy to design something for you.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

As promised

I said on my last post, that I would share the journal covers that the other two grandchildren had made, and having been under the weather I forgot, so am rectifying that tonight: