Monday, 18 March 2019

A little one handed crafting

What do you do when you've been told to rest your left arm because of a hairline fracture to the greater tuberosity? In my case climb the walls, well only figuratively!
No housework, OK, not too bothered about that.
No driving until I've seen physio later this week.
No gardening, not that I could do much as the weather has been awful.
No solo dog walking, as I can't hold the lead in my left hand. 
No browsing the shops, need OH to drive me there.
There's only so much TV you can watch and holding a book for too long is a strain on my arm. 

So, the other day, after 3 weeks of no crafting and my boredom threshold long passed, I attempted some of the one handed craft variety, with a little bit of help from my MISTI. I've managed to catch a few YouTube videos whilst resting and thought a little bit of imprecise colouring covered by die cuts might be the way to go.
Here's the result.

Jennifer McGuire calls this  technique 'faux stained glass' and made it look easy, but it is a little fiddly to layer the 5 die cuts with one hand but all I've got at the mo is time, glue on mat then smoosh was the only way. I had a hunt through the stash for a suitable die to use for the technique and although I love this group of roses by MB, perhaps it wasn't the easiest to use for this. The cells are a little on the small side but then I'd got no real deadline and lots of time to fiddle!
The colouring was a bit messier and took longer than usual but it was only a small area. The MISTI allowed me to keep the background and die cut steady while I coloured. 
So listening to the footy on the radio on Saturday, I added some glossy accents to the petal cut outs and left it to dry before adding the top 'neat' die cut. Staring at it for awhile, I decided that I would add colour to the leaves, then added the MFT cut down frame. My one handed attempt at die cutting was a bit off, so the original had to be trimmed.

Not wishing to push my luck, I left it another day we before I completed the card, by adding a simple banner sentiment from LOTV, white EP on black and attached the finished panel to a base card, MISTI  to the rescue again.
Now I'd completed my card it was only a matter of one finger typing to write this post, yeah, that took ages too! Hurry up physio!!!!!!!!

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  1. OH WOW ... absolutely beautiful Jules! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘One for the Ladies’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

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  2. Stunning. If that's what you can do with one hand then I can't wait until you are back to normal. Love Dawn x

  3. I am so pleased to hear that you are behaving and I am sure a little one handed crafting won't hurt, in fact it should be positively encouraged looking at this beauty!! A really lovely card JUles, you don't do things by half do you? xx

  4. My heart goes out to you, Jules, especially typing with one hand, which is very tiring. On the other hand, it's hard to feel sorry for you when you make a prettier card with one hand than I do with two, lol! Your faux stained glass card is gorgeous!! Gentle hugs and prayers for a smooth and quick recovery! Hugs, Darnell

  5. I'm happy that you were able to at least craft with your one good arm. Not an easy feat. But your card is amazing and looks better than mine, which I made two hands. Just goes to show that your artistic talent lies within. Just a beautiful and delicate looking stained glass branch of wild roses. Beautifully done, my friend! Take care and hope the physio gets you to a good place quickly! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  6. And that's with just one hand? Lovely 😁

  7. How very pretty with a real feel of Spring, thanks so much for joining in with our 'Use a favourite' theme at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  8. Well done you with this 'one handed' make a card technique....LOL x
    I have never heard of that type of fracture and I wish you a speedy recovery.
    Your card is so pretty and the die cut looks fabulous with the faux stained glass and what delicate colouring. Thank you for joining in The CAS Mix Up challenge with your beautiful card x.

  9. You have done a good job with it, it is lovely, thanks for joining us at Allsorts. Xxxx

  10. You are amazing, Julie! This card would wow me if you did it with two hands! A beautiful die cut and your coloring looks perfect to me! What patience to fill all those little petals with glaze! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  11. Such a delicate die for this beautiful one hand card. Totally awesome, Jennifer does make it look easy, but it's not even with 2 hands. Bravo for the great results, I love your card.
    Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  12. Ah mum, good job on the one handed crafting! You'll soon be up and running again!

  13. love pure and pretty..

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Flower Challenge!

  14. What a lovely card and you did it all one handed. Well done! Thanks so much for joining the DRU "One For The Ladies" challenge. Best of luck to you! I hope you're back to feeling better soon!

  15. Hello my one armed crafting friend! You have created such a gorgeous card here Jules that perhaps you should tie one hand behind your back for all future crafting endeavors lol! Who knew that we have a tuberosity to fracture!!! Take care and be better soon - we miss you on the team.
    Carol x


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