CUP Designer – Liz Harrison

 Posted by at 03:49 pm
Jan 312011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using sheets put up on CUP by the designer Liz Harrison. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five cards featuring animals and insects to show off this time.

1Sheep & Lamb pyramid  2Bee flower pyramid  3Meerkat Mum & Babies 3D decoupage  4Chimpanzee 3D decoupage with background  5Westie1 pyramid with background

  1. Sheep & Lamb pyramid (Straight edges only to cut for the pyramid and paper ribbon element of footprints. If I remember rightly I only used five of the layers provided to make up this card.)
  2. Bee flower pyramid (While still only straight cutting, this pyramid requires a bit more work because of the nature of the “star” shaped layers.  It does however produce a stunning result.)
  3. Meerkat Mum & Babies 3D decoupage (This is a decoupage card and therefore has shaped cutting, but if you click through to see the design sheet I used, and look carefully round the outline of the shapes, you will see that most of it is quite easy cutting with very little intricate ins and outs.)
  4. Chimpanzee 3D decoupage with background (Another wild animal decoupage with reasonably easy shapes to cut out.  This time there’s a backing element on the sheet as well.)
  5. Westie1 pyramid with background (Another sheet with both background and paper ribbon elements but, this time, with a simple to cut, straight edged, pyramid.)

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 1200 items listed.)

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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Further Items I’ve Made In 2011

 Posted by at 12:19 pm
Jan 292011
 

In between some days of bad pains I’ve had other days where the pain has been less severe when I’ve been able to get on with a bit of card-making.

1Magical Gerberas 2 Corner Stacker  2Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Gerbera  3Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Waratah  4Circular Easy-position Pyramid - White Rosebud  5Red flowers card front pyramid

  1. Magical Gerberas 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (The rounded corner stackers are easy to cut out which makes this a quick and easy card to make.  This one has stunning colours.)
  2. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Gerbera by Judith Flavel (These easy-position pyramids are both easy to cut out and easy to line up.)
  3. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Waratah by Judith Flavel (Another easy-position pyramid.  I’ve found that if you use only 1mm deep foam to stick on the layers, and only use every other layer, you get a pyramid that looks many layered but which will go through UK post on a standard stamp.)
  4. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – White Rosebud by Judith Flavel (I think that this image would be great on a wedding card.  As for the previous two cards it’s easy to make.)
  5. Red flowers card front pyramid by Eva Cano (This is a lovely oblong card front with a circular pyramid, therefore it is easy to cut out and simple to make.)

1Orange Gatefold Topper  2Daisies and Lace Lottery Wallet Card  3Fancy Octagon Shaped Blank Card 7  4“Feather Butterfly” Fancy Octagon Shaped Card 6  5Misty Day Pyramid.

  1. Orange Gatefold Topper by Sheila Wilks (Straight cutting with little invert rounded corners required for this card so it’san easy one to make.)
  2. Daisies and Lace Lottery Wallet Card by Carol Clarke (Another of Carole’s easy to make wallet to make the giving of a lottery ticket or scratchcard more of a gift.  This time I did cut out a flower and bow to decoupage on and these little elements were more tricky than the main wallet to cut, but could be left off if you wanted.)
  3. Fancy Octagon Shaped Blank Card 7 by Anna Babajanyan (Straight cutting only for this card blank.  I sprayed the whole card face with iridescent glitter spray before simply decorating with two peel-offs.  How quick and easy was that!)
  4. “Feather Butterfly” Fancy Octagon Shaped Card 6 by Anna Babajanyan (Same shape and style as the previous card blank, but this time pre-decorated with a butterfly.  Quick and easy card to make that can be further embellished with gems as I’ve done, or whatever you feel like.)
  5. Misty Day Pyramid. by June Harrop (As with all oblong pyramids this is easy to cut out and put together.  I kept this card simple, with just a narrow border peel-off to frame the image, but you could mat and layer and add further embellishment if you wished.)

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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Jan 282011
 

CUP

craftsUprint LogoIf you’ve not come across CUP before – where have you been?  craftsuprint.com is a website where papercrafters can buy designs that they can then legally use make into cards and other crafting projects, and even sell those projects on in most cases. With around 150 designers there’s a wide range of designs available, which is great if you are looking for just a few sheets without having to buy a full CD of the same type of stuff. I’ve been buying from CUP for a while now and have lots of fun crafting with what I’ve bought when I’m feeling up to being creative.

DISCOUNT

Would you believe it, but a discount code has just been announced that gives customers 20% off orders from craftsUprint for the rest of this month.  If you are a regular customer who’s put their name on the CUP mailing list you’ve probably already got it, but just in case:

Type – CRAFTER – into the – REDEEM VOUCHER: – box on the “Your Shopping Basket” that comes up when you click “View Cart” from any page.
Then click the – Update Basket – button before checking out the items you’ve chosen.

It’s a great time to become a craftsUprint customer now, even if you’ve never been one before.

Here are just a small number of the of cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP:

Flutter By Butterfly - Cut & Fold Over The Side Card Meerkat Mum & Babies 3D decoupage   Circular Easy-position Pyramid - WaratahPurple Cross  Pretty Blue/Black Ladies Accessories

You can see these, and many more, on display in my “Card Maker’s Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top box to see the cards.)
Each image in the gallery links to the page of the design sheet I used, so anything you like, you too can buy.

 CRAFTY BOB’S BINGO

Crafty Bobs Bingo LogoCrafty Bob’s Bingo has just started Game 31 today so it’s an excellent time to get your Bingo Card, if you haven’t already got one, and to start playing along.  I’ve not been lucky myself – yet!  But who knows who’ll get the two prizes for this game.  It could be me – it could be You! (if you play the game).

 

 

FIND CRAFTY BOB TO WIN

Find Crafty Bob LogoCrafty Bob has been hiding for a while now and the The Bobpot has passed the £180 mark.  He sometimes gives clues to his location, but he hasn’t so far since he went into hiding this time.  I’ve got to admit that even when he gives clues I only sort of get them and therefore, even when I do have the odd half an hour looking (which hasn’t been often the last few times he’s hidden I have to admit), I’m never looking in quite the right place.  See if you can do any better than me!  Somebody’s got to win, sooner or later – the later he’s found the bigger The Bobpot will be.

 

CRAFTFORUMS

There’s even a forum run in association with craftsUprint.  craftforums.co.uk is a great place to chat about cardmaking, ask questions about techniques or the best CraftROBO or Printer to use, etc., and even discuss the weather.  With members from all around the world you can practically guarantee that somebody will be around whatever the time, day or night, where ever you are.  If you are not already a member, why don’t you come and join us.  I’ve found it a very friendly place.  There’s even a section called “CUP TV” where you can go and view short YouTube clips where designers demonstrate how to make cards with some of their designs.

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Jan 272011
 

I was just looking back the other day, to see when my blog post had included a certain card, and I realised that it’s now been six months since I first put finger to keyboard to set up and start this blog, with my first posts being made on the 27th July last year.  So this post is by nature a bit of a review of some of the posts I’ve made during the six months.

During that time I must have put pictures of several hundred card, and other paper crafting items that I’ve made, up here for all to see.  Here are just a few of them:

Diamond Cross   Wild Horse  Gorgeous Floral Display Panel Card Hot Air Balloon Pyramid Sheet   Pamper Yourself Twisted Pyramid
(have a look through my previous blog posts for details of these cards or look in my Card Maker’s Area on CUP – link below)

When I first started writing I didn’t know whether anybody at all would ever read it, and admittedly very few genuine comments have been left under my blog posts (though I’ve had to delete a lot of Spam, that had nothing to do with my posts, rather than let them through moderation), but from comments I’ve received, and things said on social networking and forum sites, I know that this blog does have a small number of readers.

I try to put notes, somewhere in each post, that will tell the reader which of the highlighted cards are the easiest to make and if any have bits that I found harder or more fiddly to cut, but of course the ones that were easiest to cut were those where I’d used my CraftROBO to do any intricate cutting, so obviously Craft Robo designs have featured in several of my posts.

I’ve also made a mini-series of posts on Different Card Types : One, Two, Three, & Four.

The longest running series I’ve made, which is still ongoing, are posts where I highlight the items I’ve made using one specific designers sheets each time.  So far I’ve made posts on my items made using the following designer’s work:

(You will notice that some of the posts appear in both my CraftROBO list and my designer’s list because I’ve made predominantly CraftROBO designs from that one specific Designer’s design.)

Of course, there have been other posts.  Some highlighting newer cards I’ve just put up. Some highlighting cards I’ve made that have had the honour of being chosen as “Card of the Moment” by the designer who’s designs I used.  Some just general mentions of other things, such as discount codes, that have been going on on CUP.

 I’ve already got ideas for a further half a dozen posts that I’ve started or are milling in my head, and I’ve no doubt I’ll have thought of something else to say by the time those posts are finished and posted.  So please add my blog to your favourites/bookmarks list and come back often to have a look at the latest.

 Pink Rose & Pearl Pyramage  Tiger Pyramid Book or Card Stand  LILY FAN CARD - Birthday and Mothers Day  Wild West Print and CUT

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Card Maker’s Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top box to see the cards.)

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CUP Designer – Elaine Sheldrake

 Posted by at 02:04 pm
Jan 252011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs put up on CUP by Elaine Sheldrake. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five cards featuring designs that make me think of spring going into summer to show off this time.

1BLUE DELPHINIUMS for BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL DAY  2BLUE TIT ON AN APPLE BLOSSOM TREE BRANCH  3SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY FOR BIRTHDAYS GET WELL ANNIVERSARY ETC  4HAMSTER’S AFRICAN VIOLETS PEARLS & LACE BIRTHDAY S ETC.  5ROSE DIAMOND PEARLS & LACE BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY GET WELL

  1. BLUE DELPHINIUMS for BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL DAY (An easy card to make as only cutting around ovals required.  I embellished this one with ribbons and flower soft.)
  2. BLUE TIT ON AN APPLE BLOSSOM TREE BRANCH (The side stacker itself, and the small backing piece, are all straight cuts only.  There are added pieces of a bow and some flowers that require a bit of more intricate cutting, but it isn’t very intricate, and they can be left off if you want.)
  3. SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY FOR BIRTHDAYS GET WELL ANNIVERSARY ETC (A card front that includes and easy to cut, straight edged, pyramid stacker of a lovely butterfly image.)
  4. HAMSTER’S AFRICAN VIOLETS PEARLS & LACE BIRTHDAY S ETC. (The base images and layers are straight edged and therefore are easy to cut out.  There are additional African Violets that you can cut out to decoupage if you feel like it.)
  5. ROSE DIAMOND PEARLS & LACE BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY GET WELL (Only round pieces to cut out for this pyramid card front.  The design sheet also has four greetings panels but I used peel-off greetings for my card.)

Roll on spring with the birds busy nesting and apple blossom on the trees I say!

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here.
(She’s got over 600 items listed.)

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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Cards Of The Moment

 Posted by at 08:57 pm
Jan 242011
 

As I’m writing this, at half past seven in the evening of the 24th of January, I have more than one item chosen as “Cards of the Moment” on craftsUprint.  Thank you very much to the designers concerned.

For those of you who don’t know what “Cards of the Moment” are – it is a chance for designers of sheets, backgrounds, inserts, kits, etc., on craftsUprint to choose one image at a time to highlight, from those items made using their designs which a Registered Card Maker such as myself has uploaded to go on the same page as the designs.

These are my items chosen at the moment (of course, by the time you read this, some of the designers may have changed their “Card of the Moment”, so I’ll give details of the card and design as well as the designer beneath the photos.)

1Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Contented Cat  2Almost jewels 30  3Flutter By Butterfly - Cut & Fold Over The Side Card

  1. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Contented Cat by Judith Flavel (An easy to cut out pyramid design of a very contented looking cat.  I simply used a corner punch with some glitter card behind as embellishment for the card.  If you check out my “Card Maker’s Area” on CUP – link below – you’ll see I’ve made several of these Circular Easy-position Pyramids.)
  2. Almost jewels 30 by Astrid Spijkers (I used this backing sheet printed onto 300gsm card to make a simple, open topped gift or bonbon box.  I wish the photo did justice to the sheen on the design when printed onto the Centura Pearl card.  It looks fantastic.)
  3. Flutter By Butterfly – Cut & Fold Over The Side Card by Elaine Sheldrake (Bit more of a fiddle co cut around the butterfly design on this card, but it wouldn’t be a problem for most people who don’t have dexterity problems.  I just loved the blue colour of the butterflies on this card.)

You can the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Card Maker’s Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top box to see the cards.)

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CUP Designer – Nick Bowley

 Posted by at 12:50 pm
Jan 222011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs uploaded for sale on CUP by Nick Bowley. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five cards featuring assorted designs to show off this time.  These five have a completely different look and image theme.

1Lovely Horse in a frame with Pyramids  2Welsh Mini Cooper Decoupage On Welsh Flag  3Pretty Blue/Black Ladies Accessories  4PRETTY WHITE FLOWERS IN SILVER FRAME,Pyramids  5GOLDFISH WITH FOUNTAIN TROPICAL LEAVES Gatefold

  1. Lovely Horse in a frame with Pyramids (Straight cutting only for this pyramid design, though I did use some decorative scissors to cut a decorative mat underneath the pyramid.)
  2.  Welsh Mini Cooper Decoupage On Welsh Flag (Most of the decoupage car is easy to cut out, even if you do have dexterity problems.  The most fiddly bit was round behind the back wheel arch.)
  3. Pretty Blue/Black Ladies Accessories (This is one of the most fiddly designs I’ve attempted to cut out with my dexterity problems.  The stem of the champagne flute and the strappy shoe being the worse.  But you could simply use the design as a quick card front without adding any decoupaged items, or just cutting out the bow and the bodice.  It’s up to you.)
  4. PRETTY WHITE FLOWERS IN SILVER FRAME,Pyramids (Easy to cut, straight edged, pyramid.  The most fiddly bit to cut out was the bow, but that wasn’t very difficult and could even be left off the finished card all together if you want.)
  5. GOLDFISH WITH FOUNTAIN TROPICAL LEAVES Gatefold (Three straight edged panels to be cut out for this card – what could be easier?)

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here.
(She’s got over 3200 items listed.)

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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Jan 202011
 

With several family members having brithday’s early during this year some of the cards and other items I’ve been making since the 1st of the year have been with these birthdays in mind.

1Gold Damask Backing  2Ladybugs & leaf Clovers gifts/money wallet  3Lilac spot and flower money/voucher wallet  4Elegant Gift Parcel Lottery Wallet Card  5Purple Cross

  1. Gold Damask Backing by Russ Smith (These little boxes, which are suitable for chocolates or jewellery and many other little items can be made in sizes to suit your gift and are easy to make.)
  2. Ladybugs & leaf Clovers gifts/money wallet by Janet Chen Curtis (The wallet itself is easy to cut out and make up.  There are other little elements that can be cut out to decoupage on for decorations.  I just cut around the ladybird body, chopping off the antennae and legs, rounded the body and stuck on over the ones on the wallet.)
  3. Lilac spot and flower money/voucher wallet by Sharon Poore  (An easy to cut out and make wallet that makes a little gift of money, vouchers, earrings, etc., a special gift.)
  4. Elegant Gift Parcel Lottery Wallet Card by Carol Clarke (A quick and easy way to make a gift of a lottery ticket or scratchcard into something special.)
  5. Purple Cross by Silvia Griffin (A few wavy in and out bits on the top and bottom of the frame but the layers are all oval and therefore easy to cut out.)

1Pink and white Azalea 2 Corner Stacker  2Polka Dots Handbag Shaped Treat or Favour Box sheet 2  3Magical Floral 2 Corner Stacker  4Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Daffodil  5Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Contented Cat

  1. Pink and white Azalea 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (The rounded corner stackers are easy to cut out so this is a quick to make card.)
  2. Polka Dots Handbag Shaped Treat or Favour Box sheet 2 by Carol Clarke (This is an easy to cut and make box that fits inside the matching handbag shape Shaped Treat or Favour Box sheet 1.)
  3. Magical Floral 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (This is another corner stacker that’s easy to cut out and make.  I added glitter dotted around this one for a little sparkle.)
  4. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Daffodil by Judith Flavel (All cutting out round layers for this design which fits great on a 6″ square card.)
  5. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Contented Cat by Judith Flavel (Like the daffodil card above this is an easy card to make and is sure to be a hit with lovers of our feline friends.)

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 – Mandy Russell

 Posted by at 02:36 pm
Jan 182011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs put up on CUP by Mandy Russell. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five cards featuring flowers to show off this time.

1Step By Step Fabulous Floral Lilac Feathered Edge Pyramid St  2Purple Petunia Pyramid Stacker Design Sheet  3Side Panel Sacker Design Sheet of Watercoloured Impatients  4Happy Easter Pyramid Design Sheet White Phlox  5Pearl Wedding Anniversary Step by Step Flower Decoupage Project Sheet

  1. Step By Step Fabulous Floral Lilac Feathered Edge Pyramid St (My picture doesn’t do the colour in this card justice, so please do click on the link below to see the original design sheet.  The sheet has a backing panel and pyramid topper which are easy to cut out.  It also has some added elements, such as bows which can be left off if you find cutting little things too difficult.)
  2.  Purple Petunia Pyramid Stacker Design Sheet  (Another easy to cut pyramid, this time with some blank tags and a paper ribbon element.)
  3. Side Panel Sacker Design Sheet of Watercoloured Impatients  (The design sheet I used for this card again comes with some bows and a paper ribbon element that can be used or not as you feel like.  It also has an assortment of greetings.)
  4. Happy Easter Pyramid Design Sheet White Phlox (A lovely card front that incorporates a blank greetings panel and a pyramid stacker.)
  5. Pearl Wedding Anniversary Step by Step Flower Decoupage Project Sheet (A series of flower shaped mats with a decoupage rose in the centre.  The top layers of the rose are the most fiddly to cut out.)

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 700 items listed.)

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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Jan 152011
 

Since I wrote my first blog post highlighting cards I’d made using design sheets created by the designer Deborah Davies I’ve now reached the 25 sheet mark of her designs that I’ve used to make cards.  I therefore thought it was an opportune moment to look through my cards and select another ten sheets 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.

1Celebration Diamond Top Card  2Floral Delight Pyramage  3Dad’s King Of His Castle  4Were’s My Lippy?  5Sympathy Cross

  1. Celebration Diamond Top Card
  2. Floral Delight Pyramage
  3. Dad’s King Of His Castle
  4. Were’s My Lippy?
  5. Sympathy Cross

1Floral Diamond  2Teacher Card  3Sunset Wedding Pyramage  410 Pin Bowling Step by Step  5Cool Kid Step By Step

  1. Floral Diamond
  2. Teacher Card
  3. Sunset Wedding Pyramage
  4. 10 Pin Bowling Step by Step
  5. Cool Kid Step By Step

Although not the most intricate of decoupage to cut out, some of these do come under my heading of “leave for a good day” as there is some cutting out of individual elements involved in most of them.  I’m sure they wouldn’t be any problem to those card makers amongst you who have no dexterity problem issues.  And even some of those with some dexterity issues would have no problems as many, such as the bear and “cool kid” are quite “chunky” designs to cut out.  Click through on the list of links given to see what I mean by looking at the design sheets themselves.

To see the first post I made using Deborah Davies’ designs click – here.

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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