Stay Safe

It is strange times indeed in which we are living.  My work is very weird as there’s around an 80% reduction in air traffic but we still need to keep the skies safe for the aircraft that are flying.  It is impossible to use radar to control aircraft from home so we are classed as ‘key workers’ and have to go out to go to work.  However, I feel that what we are doing is nothing compared to the key workers that are keeping our country functioning in these uncertain times, including (but not limited to) the NHS staff (including my sister), farmers, delivery drivers, the emergency services, the supermarket staff and the bin men.  Thank you all!

I haven’t been crafting this week but have been taking advantage of this gorgeous weather we’ve been enjoying and catching up on gardening.  The veg patch has been the focus of our endeavours and is ready for action unusually early!  Mr. L spent his time doing a long overdue cut on the leylandii hedge at the bottom of our garden.  About 6-8ft was lopped off the top so there’s a lot more light getting into the veg patch now.

Whilst Mr. L was doing battle with the hedge, I focused on weeding the beds and sowing some early seeds.  We’ve already got garlic growing, planted in January, and I sowed radish, various types of lettuce, carrots, red onion, spring onion, beetroot, broad beans, mange tout and sweet pea seeds.  Fingers crossed for a bumper harvest in a few months!  Whether it’s the weather or the enforced ‘at home’ time, the nation seems to be getting growing as my favourite independent seed websites have had to close for a few days in order to process the mass of orders they’ve received.  People getting out growing their own is great in my book, whatever the reason.  

I like to recycle when possible and I repurpose stuff to use in the garden.  I use plastic bottles with the bottoms chopped off to direct water to the base of plants such as courgettes and pumpkins, lengths of water pipe and scaffold netting to keep pests (and pets!) off the raised beds and I drill holes in the bottom of prosecco corks and use them as cane toppers.

I also sowed some tomato seeds indoors in the propagator and potted on my chilli plants which were sown back in February.  I’m also having a go at growing turmeric as the roots that I’d bought to eat had sprouted so I’ve potted them up.

In the evening, I’ve been crocheting.  I’m doing Helen Shrimpton’s My Nameless……. pattern which I bought ages ago but never got around to doing.  I always use a wool winder to transform my yarn balls into yarn cakes as the yarn flows more freely.  I also love the way they look!

I’m just under half way through the pattern, which will be about 5ft square when finished and will contain about 19 balls of yarn!  Here’s my creation so far…..

That’s all for this week.  Stay well.  Stay safe.  Stay home.

 

Missing Mojo

My creative mojo seems to have deserted me ☹.  I am feeling rather unsettled due to the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus outbreak although I’m lucky that I have no family or friends that are infected.  Whether it’s this or something else entirely, I don’t know but I can’t seem to get my creative juices flowing and think of anything new.  So, this week’s mother’s day cards are a remake of an oldie; the eclipse card but with new papers.

I used the Magnolia Lane and Parisian Blossoms DSP for these cards with coordinating mat layers and card base.  I make 2 cards; one each for my lovely Mum and lovely Mum-in-law.

I began by decorating the card liner and envelope using the strip trimmed off the front piece of DSP and stamped with the sentiment from Tea Together.

Next, I used the (retired) large letter framelits to cut out MU.

Once this was done, I replaced the M and cut that out and then glued the DSP onto the mat layer.

I adhered foam strips onto the back of the letters and stuck them into their corresponding spaces.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on a thin strip of Whisper White, flagged one end and added an enamel heart.

Magnolia Lane Version
Parisian Blossoms Version

 

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Pretty Piano

Whilst surfing around on Pinterest the other day, I saw a really cool easel card in the shape of a grand piano.  I was looking for ideas for an anniversary card for Mr L and was planning on using Stampin’ Up! Music From The Heart so this fancy fold was the perfect match.  Most grand pianos I’ve seen are black but I made mine cream, well Vanilla actually!

After I’d cut out my card base and a 5½” square piece for the piano lid, I set to work making the keyboard.  I cut 10 pieces of Whisper White card ½” wide for the white keys and 7 pieces of Basic Black card ¼” wide for the black keys  I glued the white keys onto a piece of black card and then fixed the black notes on with foam strips as these would form the ‘stopper’ for my easel.

Next, I repeat stamped the wavy keyboard image onto the top of the front section of my easel card base.  This would only really be visible when the card was closed.

I stamped the treble clef, stave and some notes on a scrap of Very Vanilla and backed this with a piece of gold glimmer paper to make the music stand.  To make it more decorative, I added a section punched from the Pretty Label punch at the top.

Now for the piano lid.  To make an approximation of the lid shape, I punched a circle with my 2¼” punch from the top right corner and then used scissors to straighten out the edges.  Next, I stamped my sentiment added a red enamel heart.  I didn’t think the piano was looking particularly grand so I die cut two flourishes (from the Detailed Deer) from gold card and glued them in place.

Finally, to assemble, I glued the lid onto the bottom half of the front of the card base and glued the music stand in place.  This is what the card looks like when it’s closed.

Inside, I layered Basic Black and Real Red and added my decorated inner.  The envelope was also stamped with various images from the set.

Here’s my finished pretty piano card.

 

 

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A Trio of Textures

My challenge to myself this week was to make a masculine card.  I used the skeleton leaves from Stampin’ Up! Rooted In Nature for my background design but didn’t fancy the trees as the focal image.  Instead I opted to make the sentiment the focal image and add interest with texture with heat and dry embossing.

First, I random stamped the skeleton leaves with Versamark, added copper whisperembossing powder and heat set.  Texture 1 complete!

The second texture was created by using copper glimmer paper and the hammered metal 3D embossing folder.  The third was Old Olive paper and the Subtle embossing folder.

Many of the Stampin’ Up! sentiments are quite scripty and not necessarily what I would use for a bloke’s card; I prefer thick brush script or block lettering.  Instead, I used an Avery Elle set which always makes me smile.  I stamped with Early Espresso ink and then applied clear embossing powder over the top to give some extra oomph since it was the focal element.

The last job was to assemble, using lots of wet glue to glue those textures together.  I added a small strip from the Old Olive layer and popped the sentiment up on dimensionals.

 

 

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Floral Frame

Well, it doesn’t seem like a year since I was creating an anniversary card for my parents’ golden wedding but clearly it is, so it’s also time to create another one!   I had in my mind a floral frame featuring dandelion silhouettes with some lettering on top.  It was clearly a job for the Cricut.

I started in Design Space by adding various dandelion, floral and leaf elements and arranging and rearranging them into a square to create my background floral frame.

Next, I added two cut out sections so that my letters would stand out more and then added the text.  I went for a bouncy alignment as this allowed the words to be cut as whole pieces (more or less!).  I then cut out the frame and two white versions of the sentiments.

I also cut a purple version of the sentiment for the top layer.

The reason for the white layers was to build up dimension so the sentiment stood proud of the frame.  I glued the two white sentiments onto the frame and then stuck the purple one on top.  This was the fiddliest job of the lot!

To add some extra glitz, I went over the lettering with some sparkly glue and left it to dry.  This gave some shine and a bit of sparkle whilst not overpowering the look of the card.  Some rhinestones and enamel hearts finished the card and I added some dandelions and hearts cut from leftover vinyl to the envelope.