Happy Christmas Everybody

 Posted by at 08:25 pm
Dec 242010
 

It’s Christmas Day Tomorrow.

As you tuck into your celebration dinner spare a thought for who’s birthday is being celebrated.  Christmas is the celebration of the birth of a little baby called Jesus who was born in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago in a less than ideal location.  Also spare a thought for those little babies been born now in less than ideal situations.

A Christmas Birth With Card Front

 A Christmas Birth With Card Front by Diane Furniss

As you open your presents remember those who traveled far, without modern transportation, to bring gifts to the special baby.

THREE KINGS semi EASEL CARD    Christmas Kings

THREE KINGS semi EASEL CARD by Clive Couter and Christmas Kings by Allison Finegan

There can not really be any better reason to celebrate than to celebrate the birth of one so special, the son of God.

I hope all who read this little blog of mine have a very Happy Christmas!

 

You can see examples of some of the Nativity Christmas Cards I’ve made by clicking – here.

You can some 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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Dec 222010
 

Time for a second look at the cards I’ve made using designs created by Ammie Sanders, this time highlighting a different ten cards.

1Dinosaur Flip Card Kit   2Purple fairy spring card kit  3Woodland Walk Side Step Stacker  4Gorgeous Purple Fairy Card Front  5Stunning Yellow Oriental Lilys 3 Panel Pop Up Card

  1.  Dinosaur Flip Card Kit
  2. Purple fairy spring card kit
  3. Woodland Walk Side Step Stacker
  4. Gorgeous Purple Fairy Card Front
  5. Stunning Yellow Oriental Lilys 3 Panel Pop Up Card

1Gorgeous Floral Display Panel Card Sheet  2Wedding Themed Concentric Pyramid  3Shabby Chic Rose Easel Card Base 2 Mix N Match  4Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Envelope 1 Mix N Match  5Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Insert/Base 2 Mix N Match

  1.  Gorgeous Floral Display Panel Card Sheet
  2. Wedding Themed Concentric Pyramid
  3. Shabby Chic Rose Easel Card Base 2 Mix N Match
  4. Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Envelope 1 Mix N Match
  5. Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Insert/Base 2 Mix N Match

All these only have straight cutting although a craft knife and steel edged ruler is required for some.  They are just a small example the cards I’ve made using this designer’s design sheets.

To see the first post I made using Ammie Sanders’s designs click – here.

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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Dec 202010
 

Have you ever looked at Crafty Bob’s Blog?  You can go and have a look by clicking -> here.

One of his posts this past week tells you about a discount code you can use on craftsUprint that’s valid until New Year’s Eve.  Click here to go to the site and fill your cart with all the design sheets, kits, backgrounds, inserts, etc., you want to buy, and then, when you go to your cart to check out, enter the code “RUDOLF” into the REDEEM VOUCHER box the Update Basket before going through the checkout process for a whopping 20% off the total.

If you want to know what you can do with items from CUP then you can see some of the cards I’ve made using design sheets from craftsUprint by clicking – here – then scroll down past the top box to see the cards.

Here are just a few of the items I’ve made:

118th Metallic Age Quick Card with Twisted Pyramage  2Christmas Bells 1 A5 Cut And Fold  3Music notes embossed in lilac  4New Home House Shaped Card  5Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Insert/Base 2 Mix N Match

  1. 18th Metallic Age Quick Card with Twisted Pyramage by Carol Clarke (Straight edges only to cut for this card)
  2. Christmas Bells 1 A5 Cut And Fold by June Harrop (This card is quick to make and only requires straight cutting.  It can be decorated up with glitter or bows, and can be used for a winter wedding as well as Christmas).
  3. Music notes embossed in lilac by Amanda McGee (Backing papers from CUP can be used behind any toppers you’ve got in your crafty stash, or made into a focal point of a card in their own right.)
  4. New Home House Shaped Card by Michael Tullio (Another quick to make print, cut, fold, card that can be decorated up as you wish).
  5. Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Insert/Base 2 Mix N Match by Ammie Sanders (You can also get inserts to co-ordinate with many of the designs on CUP.  An excellent way to finish off your cards beautifuly).

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Different Card Types 3

 Posted by at 01:25 pm
Dec 182010
 

I’ve already made two blog posts highlighting some of the different card types I’d made using design sheets bought from craftsUprint.

Previously I’ve highlighted the following types – Teardrop; Book Sheet; Inverted Tunnel; Corner Wavy side stacker (1 corner); Corner stacker (4 corners); Circular Pyramid; Print/Cut/Fold; Toppers; Gatefold; Topper with backing panel – which can be seen by clicking -> here – and – Decoupage; Diamond Top; Rectangular Pyramid; Twisted Pyramid; Tri Fold; DL Cards; Waterfall; Easy Over The Edge; Side Stacker; Wavy Spiral Side Stacker – which can be seen by clicking -> here.

Here are a few more card types for you to consider making:

1Angel Delight Shaker Card  2Roses and Violets Star Pyramid  3intertwined pyramid jungle animals happy birthday dad happy  4Cat in the Garden Wavy Side Stacker  5Hedgehog Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker

  1. Shaker : Angel Delight Shaker Card by Katy Kinsey
  2. Star Pyramid : Roses and Violets Star Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers
  3. Intertwined Pyramid : Intertwined Pyramid Jungle Animals Happy Birthday Dad Happy by Sally McIntyre
  4. Wavy Side Stacker : Cat in the Garden Wavy Side Stacker by Sarah Edwards
  5. Twisted Spiral Side Stacker : Hedgehog Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker by Carol Clarke

1New Baby Boy Fold Back  2Golf No-Hole Fold Back Card  3Angel Wobble Card  4Quick Wedding  5Wedding Chappel with Bride & Groom 5 Minute Easel Card

  1. Fold Back : New Baby Boy Fold Back by Eva Cano
  2. No-Hole Fold Back : Golf No-Hole Fold Back Card by Carol Clarke
  3. Wobble Card : Angel Wobble Card by Deborah Davies
  4. Cascade: Quick Wedding by Diane Furniss
  5. Easel : Wedding Chappel with Bride & Groom 5 Minute Easel Card by Ammie Sanders

A small number of these cards have elements for decoupaging onto the card, these can be a bit more intricate to cut out but could be left off if you have problems cutting them out.  The main card shapes are all either straight edge cutting or wavy edged so are easy to cut out.

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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Different Card Types 2

 Posted by at 11:24 am
Dec 152010
 

A short while ago I did a blog post highlighting some of the different card types I’d made using design sheets bought from craftsUprint.

That time I highlighted one of each of the following types – Teardrop; Book Sheet; Inverted Tunnel; Corner Wavy side stacker (1 corner); Corner stacker (4 corners); Circular Pyramid; Print/Cut/Fold; Toppers; Gatefold; Topper with backing panel – which can be seen by clicking – here.

Here are a few more card types for you to consider making:

1Peaceful Times Decoupage  2Lager Diamond Top  3Football Stadium Pyramid  4Pamper Yourself Twisted Pyramid  5friends out on the town

  1. Decoupage : Peaceful Times Decoupage by Rebecca Brindley
  2. Diamond Top : Lager Diamond Top by Diana Hutchinson
  3. Rectangular Pyramid : Football Stadium Pyramid Sheet by Amy Cummings
  4. Twisted Pyramid : Pamper Yourself Twisted Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers
  5. Tri Fold : Friends out on the Town by Angela Wake

1Beautiful Vintage Fashion Lady DL Card Kit  2Blue Butterfly Waterfall  3Aliens Easy Over the Edge n spiral pyramid  4Sunset Over City Side Stacker  5Pansy on Butterfly Lace Wavy Spiral Side Stacker

  1. DL Cards : Beautiful Vintage Fashion Lady DL Card Kit by Ammie Sanders
  2. Waterfall : Blue Butterfly Waterfall by Russ Smith
  3. Easy Over The Edge : Aliens Easy Over the Edge n spiral pyramid by Carol Clarke
  4. Side Stacker : Sunset Over City Side Stacker by Sarah Edwards
  5. Wavy Spiral Side Stacker : Pansy on Butterfly Lace Wavy Spiral Side Stacker by Carol Clarke

The first, decoupage, design is the most intricate to cut out of these cards, all the rest were easy to cut.

And those are not the lot so I’ll do another blog post in a few days time with some more types.

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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Food and Drink

 Posted by at 09:03 am
Dec 122010
 

Party season is fast coming.  Lots of special dinners and parties to celebrate Christmas – the birth of our saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.  And can there be anything more momentous in history worth celebrating?

Admittedly, some of us overindulge on rich food during the Christmas season, and unfortunately others greatly overindulge on drink (to the point of not even remembering who they are, never mind remembering the reason for the celebrating in the first place).  But the beauty of indulging in great crafty design sheets from CUP that feature food and drink is that it won’t put inches round the hips or leave you with a bad head the following morning.

Here are some of the cards I’ve made using Food and Drink designs bought from CUP.

Firstly, some gifts – and what better than a nice box of chocolates to take along to your hostess?:

1For a chocolate lover  2Chocolates on Chocolate Card

  1. For a chocolate lover by Linda Whittles (some in and out cutting on the chocolate pieces for decoupaging, but you could miss out some of the layers.)
  2. Chocolates on Chocolate Card by Helen Williams (straightforward to cut and make.)

All the bottles on the first card would be enough for quite a large party.  Or perhaps you prefer a cocktail?

1Bottles of Wine Triangle Stacker  2Titbits and wine  3Champagne & Flowers Teardrop  4Champagne for 2  5NEON WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CHAMPAGNE & GLASSES - RUBY DIAMOND

  1. Bottles of Wine Triangle Stacker by Sarah Edwards (only straight line cutting on this card.  I made it a little different by using acetate as the base card.)
  2. Titbits and wine by Angela Wake (straight line only cutting again for this one, but the octagon shape of the pyramid layers gives a different look from the standard, square pyramid.)
  3. Champagne & Flowers Teardrop by Carol Clarke (the bottles and glass element does require some intricate cutting, but the main base and front of the teardrop card is easy to cut and could be left without the added decoupage element.)
  4. Champagne for 2 by Deborah Davies (another straight cut square pyramid on this card, so easy to make).
  5. NEON WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CHAMPAGNE & GLASSES – RUBY DIAMOND by Elaine Sheldrake (an easy to make card.)

What about something really nice to finish off a meal?  Are you a sweet pudding person or a piece of fresh fruit person?  And a nice cup of coffee to finish off a great meal is good as well.
1Sweet Desserts Pyramid Sheet  2Banana Split  3Mmm… Fresh Fruit Pyramid Toppers  4Coffee time Fan Pyramage Topper

  1. Sweet Desserts Pyramid Sheet by Sarah Edwards (another straight edge pyramid, so again – easy to cut)
  2. Banana Split by Sheila Wilks (another very easy to cut and make card.)
  3. Mmm… Fresh Fruit Pyramid Toppers by Sarah Edwards (there are two, straight cut, pyramid toppers on the design sheet used to make this card, making it good value for money.)
  4. Coffee time Fan Pyramage Topper by Carol Clarke (This topper is unusual, but the fan pieces are still easy to cut out as it is only straight and curved pieces.)

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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Different Card Types 1

 Posted by at 12:05 pm
Dec 102010
 

Have you ever thought about the many different types of topper and card shapes and styles that are available as downloads via craftsUprint?  I suddenly realised the other day that I’ve used such a variety of styles since I started buying from CUP.  Here are just a few of them.  As you are looking – note that there are a variety of image types as well as card styles, which means that there is something suitable for men, women and children.

1When Words Fail Teardrop Card  2Victorian Roses Book Sheet  3Enchanted Puppies Inverted Tunnel  4Corner Wavy side stacker  5The Secret Garden - NEW SHAPE CORNER STACKER

  1. Teardrop : When Words Fail Teardrop Card by Carol Clarke
  2. Book Sheet : Victorian Roses Book Sheet by Russ Smith
  3. Inverted Tunnel : Enchanted Puppies Inverted Tunnel by Emma Bee
  4. Corner Wavy side stacker (1 corner) : Flowers & Pearls Quick card with Corner Wavy side stacker by Carol Clarke
  5. Corner stacker (4 corners) : The Secret Garden – NEW SHAPE CORNER STACKER by Karen Adair

Cards 1 and 2 above had some intricate cutting for the decoupage elements, but the card can be made without adding these if you find them too difficult.  Style 3 can be a bit tricky as you are cutting out from within the design.
1Get Well Soon Doctor Dude Circle Pyramid  2Rosie’s Flower Cut and Fold Quick Card  3WILD AT HEART  4Black & Gold Gatefold Quick Card  5Seal Pup

  1. Circular Pyramid : Get Well Soon Doctor Dude Circle Pyramid by Gordon Fraser
  2. Print/Cut/Fold : Rosie’s Flower Cut and Fold Quick Card by Carol Clarke
  3. Toppers : WILD AT HEART by Val Ramon
  4. Gatefold : Black & Gold Gatefold Quick Card by Lorraine Smith
  5. Topper with backing panel : Seal Pup by Sheila Wilks

Card 1 has cutting out rounds and all the rest are straight cutting only.

  And those are not the lot so I’ll do another blog post in a few days time with some more types.

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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Dec 082010
 

Since I wrote my first blog post highlighting cards I’d made using design sheets created by the designer Carol Clarke I’ve now passed the 50 sheet mark, including some backing sheets, that I’ve used to make cards.  I therefore thought it was an opportune moment to look through my cards and select another ten to highlight.

Click on the card image to see a larger version of the image.

Click on the  sheet title below to see the design sheet used in each case.

1When Words Fail book sheet  2Non-Religious Sympathy Quick Card  3Rugby Quick Card with pyramage  4Flowers & Pearls Fold Back Card with Decoupage  5Little Chick Quick Card with Pyramage

  1. When Words Fail book sheet
  2. Non-Religious Sympathy Quick Card
  3. Rugby Quick Card with pyramage
  4. Flowers & Pearls Fold Back Card with Decoupage
  5. Little Chick Quick Card with Pyramage

1Flowers & Pearls Quick card with Corner Wavy side stacker  2Champagne & Flowers Teardrop  3Piggywig Quick Card with Decoupage  4Fluttery Butterfly Twisted Pyramage sheet  5Cards Side Stacker

  1. Flowers & Pearls Quick card with Corner Wavy side stacker
  2. Champagne & Flowers Teardrop
  3. Piggywig Quick Card with Decoupage
  4. Fluttery Butterfly Twisted Pyramage sheet
  5. Cards Side Stacker

Most of these examples were easy to cut out and make, mostly straight cutting although a few had a bit more intricate cutting out.  They are just a small example the cards I’ve made using this designer’s design sheets.  You’ll notice that three of the cards come with a little bookmark as a gift as well.

To see the first post I made using Carol Clarke’s designs click – here.

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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Designs With A Welsh Theme

 Posted by at 12:05 pm
Dec 062010
 

As I’m Welsh I’ve chosen some designs from CUP that have a Welsh theme. From cards with daffodils, the flower of Wales, to items with the Welsh flag on, there’s probably more than you’d expect with a Welsh theme available from CUP.

1Welsh Mini Cooper Decoupage On Welsh Flag  2Daffodil Cascade  3Daffodil  4Daffodil with purple flowers  5Daffodil Cutaway Card Sheet 1

  1. Welsh Mini Cooper Decoupage On Welsh Flag by Nick Bowley (The most fiddly bit to cut out to make this card is around the back wheel arch.)
  2. Daffodil Cascade by Diana Hutchinson (Straight edges only to cut out the panels for this card so an easy one to make.)
  3. Daffodil by Sue Maycock (As you have to cut around each of the flower pieces this isn’t the best one for people with dexterity problems, but it does make a lovely card once all the flower pieces are put together, and as an added bonus the sheet includes the backing paper as well.)
  4. Daffodil with purple flowers by Eva Cano (An easy card to make as only straight and wavy cutting is needed.  The whole of the centre panel gives the illusion of being raised, although it is printed as part of the card front, and then the wavy side panels are added.)
  5. Daffodil Cutaway Card Sheet 1 by Sarah Edwards (You need two sheets to make this card, so add Daffodil Cutaway Card Sheet 2 to your cart as well.  Once printed back to back it’s all straight cutting so easy to make up).

1Wales 2011 Desktop Calendar  2Wales Design

  1. Wales 2011 Desktop Calendar by Vicki Avcin (Other than a little cutting around the character’s head it’s all straight cutting to make this great calendar which makes a great little gift that’s easy to post.)
  2. Wales Design by Deborah Davies (All straight edges to cut out so an easy to make pyramid card.)

You can read my previous blog post on “Making Welsh Cards” – 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 – Luanne Collins

 Posted by at 02:14 pm
Dec 042010
 

The cards I’m highlighting today were made using designs created by Luanne Collins.  These are all CraftROBO Print and Cut designs.  These require the CraftROBO CC330-20 (the CraftROBO Lite CC300-20 can not do Print and Cut).   The CraftROBO puts marks on these Print and Cut designs that, once the software has sent the design to your printer and the output is loaded into the Robo, the CraftROBO’s “eye” reads the registration marks to work out exactly where it needs to cut.  Provided the right settings are chosen for the type of paper/card used, the Craft ROBO cuts far neater than I could possibly cut by hand.

1Glamour Print and CUT  2Wild West Print and CUT  3Bugs Print and CUT  4Tutti Fruity Print and CUT  5Tech Games Print and CUT

  1. Glamour Print and CUT (I just used a little background and scattered some of the cut out elements around to make a girly card from this design sheet.)
  2.  Wild West Print and CUT (I used two different blue backgrounds behind an assortment of elements from this sheet to make a birthday card.)
  3. Bugs Print and CUT (I used bugs from this sheet to decorate a side step card for a youngster who’s fascinated by all things yucky.)
  4. Tutti Fruity Print and CUT (I made an unusual card front with items from this sheet – a kitchen counter with a paper bag of fruit.)
  5. Tech Games Print and CUT (For this card I used an old DVDas a background element before sticking on an assortment of tech items.)

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, 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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