Feb 282011
 

Have you had your update E-mail giving you the discount code for use on CUP?  20% off your total order value is a nice little discount I think.

No time to write lots today – I’m off to look through my Wish List to pick out a few more sheets to buy before the discount code ends.

The Wish List is a great new feature in the newest version of the craftsUprint website. When you have registered with craftsUprint and have a Crafter account you can log-in and start browsing all the designs available to buy and download digitally.  Now, not only do you see an “Add to Cart” button but you also see an “Add to Wishlist” link beneath it. Click on that and the design is added to your Wish List so that you can go back to it through your Control Panel and buy when you’ve got either enough designs selected, or money, to place an order.

With me it’s a case of way too many designs in my Wish List to be able to afford with the money I have available.  CUP has such a great choice of designs for crafters that can be digitally downloaded straight to my Laptop it’s difficult to keep the total number in my Cart down. Definitely spoilt for choice!

Here are just a small number of cards I’ve made using digital designs downloaded from CUP:

Blue Butterfly Waterfall  PARROT OVER THE EDGE CARD  Biscuit the Foal  Celtic Valentine Heart, Satin ‘n Lace Card Front in LilacDove Iris Folding Pattern

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 – Michelle Johnson

 Posted by at 02:46 pm
Feb 262011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs put up on CUP by Michelle Johnson. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five cards using six different sheets from CUP to show off this time.

1http://www.craftsuprint.com/card-making/step-by-steps/easter-eggs/easter-lamb-step-by-step.cfm?r=231748  2peek-a-boo easter chick step by step  3cartoon astronaut 2 quick card front with decoupage  4parrot quick card front with pyramage  5blue butterfly

  1. Easter lamb step by step (The main image layer is in the shape of an egg, with the bottom of some of the added layers also following the bottom curve of the egg, but this design does include some fiddly cutting out around the ears, etc., so was one of my “good day” cutting out projects.)
  2. Peek-a-boo Easter chick step by step (Although also a decoupage design this one is slightly easier to cut out because of the nature of the pieces.  This card could be used for occasions other than Easter, such as the birthday of a child who’s been watching chicks hatch on a family farm for instance.)
  3. Cartoon astronaut 2 quick card front with decoupage (This card also has extra pieces you can decoupage on but the pieces are chunkier and easier to cut out.  This is a great card for a child.)
  4. Parrot quick card front with pyramage (A totally different style and image type to the previous three.  Pyramage are one of the easiest types of cards with dimension to make up and as this design sheet includes the whole card front it looks as if you’ve already put some matching backing paper and a frame on your card.)
  5. Blue butterfly vellum and Blue butterfly step by step topper (I used two sheets in a matching design to make this card.  The vellum backing being a nice background on which to put the topper.  The topper sheet has three different greetings on the central oval panel as well as the blank one I used.  The most fiddly bits to cut out for me were the little corner butterflies.)

On looking at Michelle’s latest uploads to CUP I can see that she’s got a wide variety of subject matter, styles of images and types of cards available.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 4150 items listed.)

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 – Angie Palmer

 Posted by at 12:24 pm
Feb 242011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs put up on CUP by Angie Palmer. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five cards featuring a variety of designs from birth to weddings/anniversaries to show off this time.

1He’s here at last!  2Gone Fishing!  3Rose Bouquet  4Summer Woodland  5Fire Engine Birthday

  1. He’s here at last! (An assortment of toppers for you to use however you wish to make a New Baby card.  I’ve only used a small number on this card so click through to see the number available on the whole sheet.)
  2. Gone Fishing! (Although listed in the Fathers Day area of CUP the design sheet I used to make this card has greetings panels for many occasions, and even comes with a couple of backing panels included.)
  3. Rose Bouquet (Another lovely topper that comes with a couple of backing panels included.)
  4. Summer Woodland (Only one backing panel this time but the main image comes with side stacker panels and rounded corner pyramid stacker layers.  A very serene image.)
  5. Fire Engine Birthday (Another sheet with some useful backing layers included.  The fire engine has layers that can be built up and the sheet has lots of tags with ages and greetings.)

If you struggle to find backing sheets with colours and patterns that go with your toppers then several of these design sheets would be just the thing for you.  They can be made up into a variety of different sized cards easily and you will know that everything matches.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 450 items listed.)

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

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Feb 222011
 

I’ve been playing around with some slightly different techniques over the weekend and the beginning of this week.  The sheets used are mostly CraftROBO cut designs or Print & Cut designs, but I’ve used techniques such as colouring acetate behind the “over the edge” cut on one card and stuck glitter in front of sticky-back plastic put behind the “over the edge” cut on another card.

On another I’ve made a shaker card using two copies of the same image so that the aperture matches up completely with the image behind.

1FLORAL 4 OVER THE EDGE CARD  2Double Chevron card  3Sand, Sun & Surf Backing Paper Kit  4PARROT OVER THE EDGE CARD  5FLOWERS 01

  1. FLORAL 4 OVER THE EDGE CARD by Clive Couter (A lovely design cut out using my CraftROBO and then I simply attached a sheet of acetate behind and coloured in from the back using ProMarkers.  No need to be too careful as going a little over the line in the back won’t show behind the card front.)
  2. Double Chevron card by Sue Bryant (I cut the chevron card base out of yellow card and placed it in the landscape orientation for this card, though it could be used portrait style as well.)
    Baby Borders CUTS by Luanne Collins (I used one of the baby borders from this CraftROBO Print & Cut sheet as part of the decoration on the Double Chevron card.  Print & cut sheets are great for days when dexterity issues mean that cutting out is more difficult but you still want to be a bit creative and can stick things down.)
  3. Sand, Sun & Surf Backing Paper Kit by Robyn Cockburn (This backing paper kit is full of lovely images.  For this card I simply printed one of the images out twice, cutting a frame from one of the printouts before sticking acetate behind it and attaching it to the front of the card, to line up, using 2mm deep double sided foam after putting blue seed beads inside to make a shaker element.)
  4. PARROT OVER THE EDGE CARD by Clive Couter (Once I’d cut the design out of good quality black card using my CraftROBO I stuck a piece of clear, sticky back plastic to the back of the image.  I then trimmed this around the front edge of the design.  I took various colours of ultra fine glitter and carefully spooned it onto the back of the sticky-back plastic through the holes, and I carefully rubbed the glitter well in before brushing the excess off.  I put a white insert in the card to give contrast behind the image.)
  5. FLOWERS 01 by Clive Couter (This is a CraftROBO Print & Cut sheet of lovely flowers that have so many uses when cardmaking or paper crafting.  I used my fingers to manipulate the cut out flowers a bit to give them some dimension, but they could be used flat on a page, perhaps each one by the side of the other as a border.  They could even be scrunched and distressed more if that’s your favourite look.  It’s so great to be able to print and cut a sheet or two and just have the flowers ready to stick perhaps just one or two as an embellishment on a card as well.)

If you click through on the links in the list above you will get taken to pages that show the design sheets/kits/cutting files used in each case.   If you scroll to the bottom of those pages you will see a larger image of the cards I made with those designs.

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

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Teddies and other Bears

 Posted by at 04:38 pm
Feb 212011
 

A big favourite with many a child, both young and old, is a Teddy Bear.  In this blog post I’m going to highlight an assortment of cards featuring bears that I’ve made during the last year.

1MY BEST FRIEND  2http://www.craftsuprint.com/default.cfm?bigpic&id=8211&r=231748  3Teddy Bear Out and About Large Card Front Design Sheet  4BRANDY BEAR GOES FISHING decoupage  5Screwdriver bear

  1.  MY BEST FRIEND by Val Ramon (The sheet I used to make this card is full of simple little toppers.  Some seven having teddies on and a few having flowers.  Great for making lots of quick and simple cards, especially if you want to batch make for selling.)
  2. Cute teddy with strawberries spring card by Ammie Sanders (This card is all included on the one design sheet, so no need to find a base card if you print onto card.  It’s all straight line cutting and scoring, so is very easy to make.)
  3. Teddy Bear Out and About Large Card Front Design Sheet by Mandy Russell (A card front to quickly make a card.  It comes with two round pyramid layers and a couple of greetings tags.  As you can see, I’ve left the greetings panel blank for the time being until I know who will be the recipient and whether it’s for a Birthday, Get Well, or other occasion.)
  4. BRANDY BEAR GOES FISHING decoupage by Janet Briggs (This decoupage does have some fiddly pieces, such as the fish and nose, to cut out, but don’t think that, just because the pieces are there, you have to use them all. If you like the image, but can only manage some of the layers or items, then just add some and not all.)
  5. Screwdriver bear by Julie Green (This is an easy to cut, straight edged, pyramage topper.)

1Male Bears oval Folded Pop Out Card  2Love Bear Pyramid  3Teacher Card4Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid   5New baby quick card front

  1. Male Bears oval Folded Pop Out Card by Sheila Rodgers (Cutting the white areas out from between the ovals and the main card frame can be fiddly, it depends how bad your dexterity problems are.)
  2. Love Bear Pyramid by Rebecca Brindley (This sheet is an easy to cut, oval, pyramid with one greetings panel and one blank greetings panel.  I used the co-ordinating insert and backing sheet to make this card.)
  3. Teacher Card by Deborah Davies (This is a decoupage sheet and therefore involves cutting out around items.  It was one of my “on a good day” projects so probably won’t be suitable with people with big dexterity problems.)
  4. Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid by Carol Clarke (An easy twisted pyramid design with only straight cutting involved and all the elements are included on the sheet, so if you print onto good quality card-stock you don’t need to go looking for a base card or other items.)
  5. New baby quick card front by Sharon Poore (An easy to cut quick card front with straight edged topper.  The sheet also has some more intricate little items you can cut out and add as you wish.)

As you can see, bear cards can be used for so many people for so many occasions.  It depends what they are doing in the image.  e.g. Two teddies together – my best friend; Teddy fishing – retirement but also birthday for a fisherman; Love bear – valentine but also anniversary from husband to wife; Screwdriver teddy – thank you for doing some work, birthday for a carpenter; etc., etc.  Don’t think that teddies are just for children, and don’t think that just because they’ve been used once for one type of occasion that they are not flexible – they can be used in so many different ways.

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

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Feb 192011
 

Not long now until St David’s Day – a day to celebrate the life of St David, the patron saint of Wales (but also the patron saint of doves and poets), and a day to celebrate all things Welsh.

St. David (or “Dewi Sant” to us in Wales) lived around 1500 years ago.  A long time indeed.  So this is another saint who’s exact history is open to question with regards to some specifics.  Wikipedia has his history like this; the BBC has information here.

1Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Daffodil  2Dove Iris Folding Pattern  3Wales Design  4Daffodil Cutaway Card Sheet 1  5Welsh Mini Cooper Decoupage On Welsh Flag

  1. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Daffodil by Judith Flavel (These easy-position pyramid designs are easy to cut out, being a simple circle, and easy to position as each layer has an embossed look line where the next layer should be.)
  2. Dove Iris Folding Pattern by Margaret Jones (With simply one strip of yellow paper for the beak I made the rest of this dove using silver mirror paper strips.  Cutting out the outline of this card was a bit tricky but I’m glad a persevered.)
  3. Wales Design by Deborah Davies (An easy to cut pyramid together with a paper ribbon strip, a blank greetings panel and an assortment of greetings panels.)
  4. Daffodil Cutaway Card Sheet by Sarah Edwards (An interesting design that requires two sheets to be printed back to back, but it is only straight cutting involved so nothing really intricate.)
  5. Welsh Mini Cooper Decoupage On Welsh Flag by Nick Bowley (Not all straight cutting for this decoupage card so some with dexterity problems could have some difficulty.  It’s not the most intricate I’ve done, but is a bit fiddly round the back wheel arch.)

The daffodil (cennin Pedr) is seen by many as being as much of the emblem of Wales as the leek (cennin) is, but the dove (colomen) also has a close link with St David, being the bird that was said to come down and rested on him when the ground rose beneath him allowing the large congregation to see and hear him at the synod.  The origins of the Flag of Wales (Baner Cymru) are also a bit lost in history as well and many would, I’m sure, be amazed that it wasn’t officially recognized as the Welsh national flag until 1959 – again some history has been put up on Wikipedia and any other sites on the Internet.

 If you want to see an assortment of designs put up on craftsUprint under the St David’s Day theme then click -> here.

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

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My Latest Uploads To CUP

 Posted by at 08:28 pm
Feb 162011
 

While waiting for the CUP site to settle down after the upgrade, and the minor issues to be sorted out, the site owners are asking for us all to be patient.  Now some of us card makers don’t do”patient” very easily, but we can always turn to our card making to keep us occupied.  So that’s what I did this morning.  Eight of the cards I made are now up on CUP and can also be seen below, together with one little bonbon box I made earlier this year.

1Almost jewels 30 2Honda Civic Pyramid 3Celtic Valentine Heart, Satin ‘n Lace Card Front in Lilac 4Silver and Purple Jewel Backing Paper 5Christmas nativity digital stamp craft sheet

  1.  Almost jewels 30 by Astrid Spijkers (I do wish that my camera could capture the gold sheen on this backing sheet when printed onto Centura Pearl Snow White Card.  It is absolutely stunning.  For this simple bonbon box I just trimmed the sheet, scored, punched holes at each corner, folded into place and tied at the top.  I’ll probably do a blog post before long with actual sizes and instructions for some of the boxes I’ve made lately so keep your eye peeled.)
  2. Honda Civic Pyramid by Steve Bowley (A striking pyramid topper that’s easy to cut and make.  I carried the red and black colouring from the topper through to the base card and matting used to make up the card.)
  3. Celtic Valentine Heart, Satin ‘n Lace Card Front in Lilac by Karen Adair (Although there are some ins and outs to cut around on the central panel and the bow this isn’t very intricate so would be manageable for somebody with mild dexterity problems.  Despite it being called a Valentine Heart I think this card could be used for many occasions, from a birthday of a loved one to a Mother’s Day card.)
  4. Silver and Purple Jewel Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey (Backing sheets can look totally different depending on what paper/card they are printed on.  For this one I printed onto Centura Pearl Snow White card, then trimmed and made the whole base card from it.  The card is topped with a pyramid design Pink Water Lily by Tom Curtis.)
  5. Christmas nativity digital stamp craft sheet by Claire Keay (I printed this out at just under A5 in size and coloured it in using Promarkers, though you could colour it in using whichever medium you would like.  It would be a great image for children to colour in to make Christmas cards as well.)

1Purple Backing Paper  2Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker  3Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker  4Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker

  1. Purple Backing Paper by Sandra Carlse (Another useful backing sheet to have in your digital library.  I used it this time with one of the toppers off Sharon Poore’s 4 Ice cream kids toppers sheet to pick up on the colour tones in the little girl’s trousers in the backing.)
  2. Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (The first of three 2 corner stackers I made today, all of them easy to cut out and can be matted up and decorated with peel-offs or glitter, or could be just mounted on a card front.  For this one I used fine border peel-offs and a greetings peel-off on the image itself.)
  3. Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (With this image I did just stick it onto a coloured A5 base card and didn’t do any decoration.)
  4. Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (With this one I did put a border peel-off around the outside, but no greeting.  I’m thinking that this one could be used for many occasions.  It would be nice for a wedding card as well as a birthday card, or even a Mother’s Day card.)

Remember to click on the links listed to go and have a look at the actual sheets I used to make each of the items.  With some of my cards I haven’t used all the items on the sheets, such as missing off layers to keep the card profile shallow to go through the post on an ordinary stamp.

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

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CUP Designer – Karen Adair

 Posted by at 07:40 pm
Feb 142011
 

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

1The Secret Garden - NEW SHAPE CORNER STACKER  2“Love” Kimono 8 Shaped Card  3Deepest Sympathy  4Floral Wonder ‘n Lace Spiral Pyramid Card Front  5Just Dogs

  1. The Secret Garden – NEW SHAPE CORNER STACKER (Lovely, rounded, corner stackers are easy to cut and draw the eye into this picture.)
  2. “Love” Kimono 8 Shaped Card (A print, cut, score and fold shaped card, so no need for a separate base card to be found.  The design sheet has a few little belt elements to decoupage on for dimension, and lots of straight cutting make it an easy card to cut out.)
  3. Deepest Sympathy (This card front has oval pyramid layers so nothing intricate to cut.)
  4. Floral Wonder ‘n Lace Spiral Pyramid Card Front (Straight cutting only for this twisted pyramid card front of a lovely, colourful, array of flowers.)
  5. Just Dogs (A design sheet with 9 ATC size pictures of various dog breeds.  I used four of the images to make this sideways waterfall card.  Again, only straight cutting so no real problem for those who can cut straight with either craft knife, scissors or paper trimmer.)

Karen has uploaded a lovely assortment of “Scallop Edge Card Front” designs to CUP lately.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 2400 items listed.)

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

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Feb 112011
 

After a long wait, and lots of hard work on the part of the team at CUP HQ, the new version of craftsUprint is -> HERE!!

Craftsuprint - The Worlds Largest Legal Craft Download Site!>

Sure, there are a few teething problems, as you’d expect with a new version of any site during the first few days after change over, but I’ve found the new site to be working quite well, and much slicker than the previous version.  The navigation is looking to be very intuitive to use as well.

So why don’t you go and have a look, and browse around the new look site, to see what you think?

I think it’s a great place to buy a variety of different designs, giving customers the opportunity to try out different card styles as well as scrapbooking and knitting.  There’s a good, and growing, section of digital cutting files for my favourite cutting machine – the CraftROBO (click here to see posts I’ve made highlighting cards created using the CraftROBO) – as well as other cutting machines.

One change is that “Registered Card Makers” are now called “Crafters”.  If you’ve looked at my “Card Maker Gallery” in the past, where pictures I’ve uploaded of items I’ve made with specific sheets/kits bought from CUP were displayed, you will see some difference.  If you click -> HERE – you will see that there are cosmetic changes to how the page is displaying, with both favourite design sheets chosen by each crafter as well as the crafter’s own completed work appearing in an area called “Crafter Showcase” below the top two panels.  (The first panel being a photo and details about the crafter and the second panel showcasing the “Item of the Moment as selected by …” the Crafter.)

Favourite add on things are still on the site, such as:

The Crafty Bob Treasure Hunt – where Crafty Bob goes off to hide somewhere within the site and the first person to find him wins “The Bobpot” which currently stands at around £280.  Click -> here  – to read more.

Craftsuprint - The Worlds Largest Legal Craft Download Site!

 Bob’s Bingo – this bingo game is open to anybody who has placed an order with craftsUprint.  Send in the E-mail address you used when ordering and a Bingo Card (valid for all games) will be E-mailed to you.  Numbers are drawn every 2 hours, day and night, and posted up on the CUP website -> here.

 I’ve not been lucky enough to win anything at the Bingo or to find Crafty Bob yet but, who knows, one day!

With fine tuning of the new CUP site still taking place, please be patient if you do experience any difficulties viewing any pages or placing orders.  And with even more features, such as the sale of completed cards, not just the digital design sheets and kits to make cards, planned for the future, the site is growing as well.  So do pop back to the site regularly to see what CUP has to offer.

Remember that ordering from CUP is safe as they have lots of security features in place. CUP may be based in the UK, but its Designers, Crafters and customers come from all over the world due to the international nature of the Internet and the digital nature of the products it sells.  And if you ever do have a problem then they have an “online ticket system” that you can use to contact them.

I think that CUP is a great facility available to crafters, allowing us to buy, and build up a library, of digital images in a variety of styles, whereas CD-ROMs (of which I have many favourites) tend to focus on specific themes of images or styles of cards.

HINT – please remember to create your own backups of digital files you buy online somewhere off the computer/Laptop.  You will need them to re-install if you ever have a computer failure or buy a new one.

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Feb 052011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs put up on CUP by Hazel Kinvig-Paul. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five cards featuring both the usual types of designs you print on your printer and then cut by hand, as well as designs to be cut using a CraftROBO, to show off this time.

1Square Leaf & Flower Window Card  2Scroll Plaque  3Octagonal Flower Window  4Butterflies & Clematis Theatre Fold  5Scalloped S Card & Oval Lattice

  1. Square Leaf & Flower Window Card (No way I would attempt to cut out this design by hand – and I bet many of you are the same – but with my trusty CraftROBO it is easily done with the cutting file.  I purposely kept this card simple, just putting some glitter card behind, but the cut design could be inked or chalked; it could be mounted onto mirror card, or iridescent paper; it could be matted and layered as a topper onto a larger card.  Lots of imaginative ways it could be used.)
  2. Scroll Plaque (Another CraftROBO .gsd file that produces something that would be impossible for me to cut by hand.  It makes a great topper on a card and can be used for an image or a greeting.)
  3. Octagonal Flower Window (This is a design that is handy to have in your craft library as, if you print it onto card, there’s no need to go looking for a separate base card to stick it on – it’s just print, cut and fold, with the added advantage of blank greetings panels and some additional flowers that are easy to cut for you to decoupage as well.)
  4. Butterflies & Clematis Theatre Fold (Another design sheet that can be just printed onto card, cut and folded, although you could cut out each panel and mount onto a different card for a different border effect between the panels.  I love the lace and clematis on this card and think it would make a lovely”Get Well Soon” card as well as a birthday card.)
  5. Scalloped S Card & Oval Lattice (This is another CraftROBO .gsd cutting file design, this time for an interesting shaped base card.  I kept this card very simple by using another cutting file for flower shapes and cutting them out of different colours of the same textured card-stock for decoration.)

A talented designer for both CraftROBO .gsd cutting files and more traditional design sheets, Hazel has of late uploaded lots of stunning background papers to CUP.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 800 items listed.)

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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