Nov 282010
 

 After a lot of waiting around for enough light to photograph the cards I’ve made during the last week I, at last, got a chance to do so on Saturday, so I’ve now got a new batch of cards uploaded and verified on CUP.

1Cute Toppers  2NATIVITY SCENE SQUARE SPIRAL EDGE STACKER CHRISTMAS CARD  3Full English Breakfast Decoupage  4Midwinter Day Wavy Corner Stacker  5Roses and Violets Star Pyramid

  1. Cute Toppers by Sheila Wilks (Six quick and cute cards to make with only straight edge cutting.)
  2. Nativity Scene Square Spiral Edge Stacker Christmas Card by Elaine Sheldrake (Again, only straight edges to cut but it builds up into a dimensional picture.)
  3. Full English Breakfast Decoupage by Sarah Edwards (This design is just a bit different to the usual greetings cards but, although you are cutting out around different shapes, because they have a distinct black outline and are more curved than intricate, they are reasonably easy to cut out.)
  4. Midwinter Day Wavy Corner Stacker by Hilary Hallas (Although not all straight lines the wavy corners were not difficult to cut.  The wavy corners give some depth to the card.)
  5. Roses and Violets Star Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers (Although the pyramid is star shaped each layer is a square and therefore easy to cut out.)

1Flower on Misty Blue  2Leather & Gold  3Golden Star Cascade

  1. Flower on Misty Blue by Sheila Rodgers (With only straight edges this card is easy to cut out and put together.)
  2. Leather & Gold by Sheila Wilks (These bookmarks are easy to cut out and make whether you want to print them onto card and just cut and leave as they are or whether you mount them onto a heavier card and cut again with a border.)
  3. Golden Star Cascade by Sheila Wilks (A card that only has straight cutting but makes a lovely star card.)

You can see more of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP by clicking – here – then scroll down past the top box to see the cards.

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CUP Designers – Sue Bryant

 Posted by at 11:47 am
Nov 262010
 

 My blog post today is looking at some of the cards I’ve made using CraftROBO GSD files created by Sue Bryant.  Having different card shapes adds to our crafting ability when card making, but who amongst the readers of this blog post, would be confident cutting out these base cards by hand?  The stepper card possibly with a template, but getting even scallops and wavy sides gets more difficult, and I wouldn’t even attempt to start the chevron and circle chevron.  Yet all these shapes are easy to create using a CraftROBO and the relevant cutting file.  All these files can be cut out in both versions of the CraftROBO.

1Spring up card Scalloped edge  2Chevron card  3Side stepper card  4Circle Chevron card  5Wavey edged gatefold card

  1. Spring up card Scalloped edge
  2. Chevron card
  3. Side stepper card
  4. Circle Chevron card
  5. Wavey edged gatefold card

As a CraftROBO is used to cut out these intricate designs there is no hand cutting involved, making the cards easy to make for somebody with dexterity problems.

If you have been dropping hints about getting a CraftROBO as a gift this Christmas remember to come back to my blog and re-read my various posts highlighting the different kinds of things you can make with it.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here.

 You can see other blog posts I’ve made highlighting CUP files for the CraftROBO by clicking – here, here, here, here and here.

You can see more of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP by clicking – here – then scroll down past the top box to see the cards.

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CUP Designer – Eva Cano

 Posted by at 08:32 pm
Nov 242010
 

 Today it’s the turn of Eva Cano’s designs to be highlighted on my blog. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five to highlight in this blog post.

1Gardener male for Retirements Birthdays Fathers Day pyramid  2White Wild Flower  3Swallow Spiral Edge Stacker  4Pink Vintage Rose Fold Back  5New Baby Boy Fold Back

  1. Gardener male for Retirements Birthdays Fathers Day pyramid
  2. White Wild Flower
  3. Swallow Spiral Edge Stacker
  4. Pink Vintage Rose Fold Back
  5. New Baby Boy Fold Back

With only straight cutting there’s no intricate cutting involved in creating these cards.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here.

You can see more of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP by clicking – here – and scrolling down past the top panel.

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CUP Designer – Angela Burke

 Posted by at 09:11 am
Nov 222010
 

 My blog post today is looking at some of the cards I’ve made using CraftROBO GSD files created by Angela Burke.  The CraftROBO is an electronic cutting machine.  It comes in two varieties for the crafter – the ordinary version has a Print & Cut function, whereas the Lite version only cuts.  Both versions will work with all the designs that follow.

1GSD Squarish Nesties  2GSD Lace Strip 1  3GSD Lace Ribbons series 1  4GSD Celtic Style Cross & Mats  5GSD Celtic Style Circles….

  1. GSD Squarish Nesties (Not only did I usea couple of these Nesties as matts, I also used the largest size to make the main card shape.)
  2. GSD Lace Strip 1 (I used one of the lace strips as a simple decoration on this double diamond fold card.)
  3. GSD Lace Ribbons series 1 (For this stepper card I used the Lace Ribbons as a background to some insects.)
  4. GSD Celtic Style Cross & Mats (This celtic style cross is very intricate and makes a stunning addition to a card for a man, but could be used for lots of occasions in different colour schemes.)
  5. GSD Celtic Style Circles…. (These circles are beautiful and could be used as a topper without anything else but I just added a butterfly to the centre.)

As a CraftROBO is used to cut out these intricate designs there is no hand cutting involved, making the cards easy to make for somebody with dexterity problems.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here.

You can see more of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP by clicking – here – then scroll down past the top box to see the cards.

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Making Welsh Cards

 Posted by at 01:26 pm
Nov 202010
 

Many of you will already have realised that I’m Welsh.  The vast majority of the cards I make either have a Welsh greeting or no greeting (allowing for any greeting to be added, if needed, once the recipient is known).  You may say “but craftsUprint don’t supply design sheets with Welsh greetings”, and you would be mostly right.  But that doesn’t stop me making Welsh cards using design sheets I’ve bought via CUP.  By looking carefully at the different designs it is possible to find lots of design sheets where there is no greeting integral to the design, in fact, many designers go as far as putting blank greetings panels on their design sheets to allow the card maker to choose their own greeting.  This allows the card to be used, not only for many occasions, with many different greetings in English, but for Welsh greetings to be added.  And it isn’t confined to Welsh – you could make the cards up in any language you want.  You could use the same design sheet and make a card up in half a dozen different languages if you wish.  That’s versatility!

I’ve selected a small number of the cards I’ve made up using Welsh greetings to highlight in this blog post.

1Santa Got Stuck Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid  2Get Well Soon Doctor Dude Circle Pyramid  3Books Card Front  4Hot Air Balloon Pyramid Sheet  5GSD Celtic Style Cross & Mats

  1. Santa Got Stuck Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid by Carol Clarke (Just a simple “Nadolig Llawen” [Happy Christmas] green peel-off added).
  2. Get Well Soon Doctor Dude Circle Pyramid by Gordon Fraser (Added a silver “Brysiwch Well” peel-off to this card to make it a Get Well Soon card.)
  3. Books Card Front by Russ Smith (This card was made as a Congratulations card when somebody had studied hard and did well in her exams, so two “Llongyfarchiadau” peel-offs were put along the spine of two of the books.)
  4. Hot Air Balloon Pyramid Sheet by Sarah Edwards (I used a “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off on this to make a Happy Birthday card.)
  5. GSD Celtic Style Cross & Mats by Angela Burke and Wavey edged gatefold card by Sue Bryant (I used two designs cut using my CraftROBO to make this Happy Birthday card, putting a “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off greeting across the top left corner.)

1THREE KINGS semi EASEL CARD  2Puppy love sheet  3Butterflies & Clematis Theatre Fold  4Sunset Wedding Pyramage  5Blue Roses Theatre-fold Card for Anniversary/Birthday

  1. THREE KINGS semi EASEL CARD by Clive Couter (Another design cut using my CraftROBO.  This time I used banner pre-printed with a foiled “Nadolig Llawen” to make this beautiful Christmas card.)
  2. Puppy love sheet by Julie Green (This Best Wishes, “Dymuniadau Gorau” card could be used for many occasions.)
  3. Butterflies & Clematis Theatre Fold by Hazel Kinvig-Paul (A simple to make card to which I just added some “Dathliad Hapus” [Happy Celebration] peel-offs.)
  4. Sunset Wedding Pyramage by Deborah Davies (I printed “Ar Dydd Eich Priodas” onto the greetings tab of this card with a Xyron Design Runner to make a lovely On Your Wedding Day card.)
  5. Blue Roses Theatre-fold Card for Anniversary/Birthday by Valerie Dawes (“Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” peel-offs were added to this card to make a lovely Happy Anniversary card.)

You can see more of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP by clicking – here – then scroll down past the top box to see the cards.

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CUP Designer – Katy Kinsey

 Posted by at 12:15 pm
Nov 182010
 

Today I’m looking at Katy Kinsey’s designs.  On looking through my list of the cards and other papercrafting items I’ve uploaded to CUP, which appear on the page with the designer’s sheet that I used to create them, I notice that I’ve used around ten of her designs sheets.  Here are a few of those items with a link to the sheets appearing below.

1Grace Angel Pillow Box 2Sweet Fairy on Toadstool Tear Drop Card 3Lazy Daisy Square Foldback Card 4Brigit Fairy Flip Card Sheet 5Angel Delight Shaker Card

  1. Grace Angel Pillow Box
  2. Sweet Fairy on Toadstool Tear Drop Card
  3. Lazy Daisy Square Foldback Card
  4. Brigit Fairy Flip Card Sheet
  5. Angel Delight Shaker Card

You sill notice that amongst the ten design sheets I’m highlighting here there are an assortment of different crafting items, not just cards, and that the cards are in a variety of styles.  If you’ve only made cards up to this point, consider looking at some of the other, easy to make, ideas on CUP.

1Cuddly Tiger Pop Up Spring Card 2Cute Wise Owl Pop Up Spring Card 3Blooming Marvellous 3D Baby Shoes in Yellow 4Blooming Lovely in Yellow Backing Paper 5Blooming Lovely in Yellow Gift Box with Lid

  1. Cuddly Tiger Pop Up Spring Card
  2. Cute Wise Owl Pop Up Spring Card
  3. Blooming Marvellous 3D Baby Shoes in Yellow
  4. Blooming Lovely in Yellow Backing Paper
  5. Blooming Lovely in Yellow Gift Box with Lid

Although there is some intricate cutting involved in some of these items they are not the most intricate I’ve worked on.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here – then scroll

You can see more of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP by clicking – here – then scroll down past the top box to see the cards.

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CUP Designer – Deborah Davies

 Posted by at 12:10 pm
Nov 152010
 

My blog post today is looking at some of the cards I’ve made using design sheets created by Deborah Davies.  On looking through my list of the cards I’ve uploaded to CUP, which appear on the page with the designer’s sheet that I used to create the card, I notice that I’ve used over 20 designs by Deborah to make my cards. Here are a few of those cards with a link to the sheets appearing below.

1Roses Are Red 2Hot Sand 3Wales Design 4Elegant Style 5Champagne for 2

  1. Roses Are Red
  2. Hot Sand
  3. Wales Design
  4. Elegant Style
  5. Champagne for 2

1Glossy Red Tulip Pyramage 2Cool Teenage Girl 3Vintage Lady In Frame Pyramid 4Big Red Tractor Pyramage 5Lacy Pansy Pyramids

  1. Glossy Red Tulip Pyramage
  2. Cool Teenage Girl
  3. Vintage Lady In Frame Pyramid
  4. Big Red Tractor Pyramage
  5. Lacy Pansy Pyramids

Most of these examples were easy to cut out and make although the “Elegant Style” sheet required a bit more intricate cutting out.  They are just a small example the cards I’ve made using this designer’s design sheets.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here.

You can see more of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP by clicking – here – then scroll down past the top block to see my cards.

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CUP Designer – Sheila Wilks

 Posted by at 11:16 am
Nov 122010
 

After a couple of posts looking at an assortment of items I’ve made this week, today I’m back looking at specific designers work.  This blog post is highlighting cards I’ve made using Sheila Wilks’s designs.  On looking through my list of the cards I’ve uploaded to CUP, which appear on the page with the designer’s sheet that I used to create the card, I notice that I’ve used over ten of her designs sheets.  Here are a few of those cards with a link to the sheets appearing below.

1Yellow Flowers 2LILAC FLOWERS 3Silver Cross 4Biker 5Lion Cub

  1. Yellow Flowers
  2. LILAC FLOWERS
  3. Silver Cross
  4. Biker
  5. Lion Cub

1Lakeland Lamb 2Blue Lace 3The Nativity 4Seal Pup 5Otters

  1. Lakeland Lamb
  2. Blue Lace
  3. The Nativity
  4. Seal Pup
  5. Otters

The bike and the lion have some more intricate cutting out as the bike and lion are cut out without any background to decoupage up onto the back image.  The rest are relatively easy to make.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here.

You can see more of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP by clicking – here – then scroll down past the top box to see the cards below.

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Nov 102010
 

I’ve had a good few days, when I’ve been able to make cards, so I’ve now got twenty more items online than I had the first day of the month.  I hope the pains in my arms and back, that have come on worse because of this hard work, will have eased off by the end of the week to allow me to make up some more of the ones I’ve cut out while watching the TV since the beginning of the weekend.  But even if it doesn’t there’s already a lot more items online that I haven’t highlighted in my blog posts yet, so keep coming back to check.

When I first saw Vicki Avcin demonstrate making a Desktop Calendar on CUP TV – here – I was really impressed.  I’ve since gone on to buy some of the kits, including the Greetings from Wales one.

Wales Desktop Calendar

 Wales Desktop Calendar

 I think the whole range Vicki’s done are great.  View some more by clicking here.

Here are just five more of the cards I’ve made this week.

1Church Snow Mini Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO  2Mmm… Fresh Fruit Pyramid Toppers  3DIY Carpenter/Joiner Dude Pyramid  4RED ROSES & LACE Pyramids  5Purple Flutterby Blossoms Toppers

  1. Church Snow Mini Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO by Ann-marie Vaux (Sweet little card, easy to cut out, and a matching envelope on the same design sheet.  Great.)
  2. Mmm… Fresh Fruit Pyramid Toppers by Sarah Edwards (Two easy to make pyramids on one card which can be used to make small cards, or embellished up, like in my example.)
  3. DIY Carpenter/Joiner Dude Pyramid by Gordon Fraser (I actually got some sticky back plastic out for this card, one with a light wood grain effect pattern.  I thought it went well with this easy to cut joiner pyramid.)
  4. RED ROSES & LACE Pyramids by Nick Bowley (A simple to cut pyramid design which would have made a lovely small card just mounted, but I chose to use it with gold mirror card and iridescent red card, together with some fine crystal glitter, to make it even more special.)
  5. Purple Flutterby Blossoms Toppers by Rebecca Brindley (I’ve used the matching backing paper and insert to make this card.  The most difficult things to cut out were the two flowers and the butterfly that are added on top of the three right hand squares, but they could be left off if the cutting causes you problems.  And there are more toppers on the sheet than I’ve used, so even more cards from one sheet – great value.)
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New Cards Uploaded to CUP Today

 Posted by at 06:01 pm
Nov 082010
 

I’ve been making a few more cards up over the last week or so, and after making up a few this morning I was actually lucky enough to get a ten minute slot between the heavy clouds with enough light to take some photos.  These are now uploaded to CUP and verified.  Here are pictures of some of the cards:

1Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid  2Aliens Easy Over the Edge n spiral pyramid  3Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid  4Santa Got Stuck Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid  5Golf No-Hole Fold Back Card

  1.  Enamel Heart Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid
  2. Aliens Easy Over the Edge n spiral pyramid
  3. Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid
  4. Santa Got Stuck Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid
  5. Golf No-Hole Fold Back Card

All the above five cards were made using design sheets created by Carol Clarke and only have straight edge cutting, so were very easy to make.
1Flutter By Butterfly - Cut & Fold Over The Side Card  2Pink Water Lily 1  3Nativity 2

  1.  Flutter By Butterfly – Cut & Fold Over The Side Card by Elaine Sheldrake (A little bit more intricate cutting around the butterfly wings, but not the most difficult I’ve cut).
  2. Pink Water Lily 1 by Becky Best (There is some intricate cutting involved in making this card, but you don’t need all the layers provided as there are two of each, and you can even miss out one or two of those used for one flower if you wish).
  3. Nativity 2 by Sheila Harris (Two easy to make nativity toppers on one sheet with just straight and round cutting).
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