Mar 302011
 

First I’m showing some of the latest cards I’ve made, then there’s some news of a discount code – so keep reading!

Latest Cards

Here are the latest cards I put together yesterday.  I have to admit that some had been cut out for some time but I’ve just not been feeling well enough to put them together.  Many were cut out using my CraftROBO.  No way I’d be able to cut out the intricate designs by hand with either a scissors or a craft knife.

1STYLISED FLOWER OVER THE EDGE CARD  2BIRDS 2 OVER THE EDGE CARD  3Daisy Square Pyramage Topper  4From The Heart Painted Agapanthus Design Sheet With Scallope  5  GSD Greek Style Square Nesties…

  1.  STYLISED FLOWER OVER THE EDGE CARD by Clive Couter (After cutting out the design using my CraftROBO and folding the card I cut a piece of acetate the same size as the back and stuck it behind the front.  I coloured in the back of the acetate using ProMarkers – no need to worry about going over the edges doing it this way – before putting a piece of gold mirror card behind the acetate.  I just finished the card off with some gold peel-offs of grasses and clouds.)
  2. BIRDS 2 OVER THE EDGE CARD by Clive Couter (Same method as the one above for this one, just cut out of different coloured card and with different style of gold peel-offs.)
  3. Purple Backing Paper1 by Sandra Carlse and Daisy Square Pyramage Topper by Jo Gethin (The backing paper was simply folded in half and glued together before trimming to the correct width and scrolling top and bottom before attaching.  The pyramage is just straight edge cutting so nothing difficult about this card at all.)
  4. From The Heart Painted Agapanthus Design Sheet With Scallope by Mandy Russell (This card has lots of scallop edges to cut out in addition to the straight edges, but they are quite wide scallops so are not too difficult to cut.  The only extras used on this card were a few faux gems.)
  5. GSD Greek Style Square Nesties… by Angela Burke (The layers were cut using my CraftROBO and then I simply stuck on some flower stickers and a greeting.  A simple but effective card.)

1FRAME APERTURE CARD 4  2GSD Tulip Circle Flower

  1. FRAME APERTURE CARD 4 by Clive Couter (Such intricate cutting to make the frame for this card – but all cut out using my CraftROBO so nothing at all difficult about making this card.)
  2.  GSD Tulip Circle Flower by Angela Burke (This is a very intricate style of flower layers that would be impossible to cut out by hand but are easy to make using the CraftROBO.  With the cutting of the different size layers taken care of there’s just the fun of shaping and putting together left for the crafter.  I think I’ll play with adding glitter to the tips of the flowers, or perhaps distress inks, the next time I make them.)

 CUP News

Crafty Bob is giving 20% off on orders from CUP till 31st March – there’s information about this and other CUP News in the last newsletter sent out – here.

The call is also out for everybody to go and have a look at all the fantastic entries in the “Mothers Day Competition – March 2011“, and place a vote for the card you think is the best – if you haven’t already done so. There are over eighty entries, (and yes, this does include an entry I made) so please click on each thumbnail image to have a good look at each card entry before picking the card you think is the best and giving it your vote.  Just a quick look at the thumbnails doesn’t show you the details of the workmanship put into the cards and, who knows, you may even get inspiration for your own cards from seeing the variety of images and styles chosen by so many cardmakers who are at various levels of development as card makers.

(Note – you do need to be a member of Craftforums to place a vote, but you can look without voting and if you do want to vote and are not a member yet then why not join this really great and friendly crafting community?)

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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Ways To Use Backing Papers

 Posted by at 04:36 pm
Mar 292011
 

In my last post – here – I showed a variety of boxes made using background sheets from CUP printed onto card and scoring and cutting before making into boxes.

Today’s post is showing other ways I’ve used background sheets.  I hope it gives you some inspiration to try out some different things for yourself.

1Dusky Blue Flowers Backing Paper  2Soft Pink Bed of Roses - Background Paper  3Pretty Lace Background Paper in Turquiose/Lilac  4 Sand, Sun & Surf Backing Paper Kit   5 Red Begonia Pyramid

  1. Whole Base Card with Matching Embellishment Dusky Blue Flowers Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey (I printed the backing paper off and used a template from an MCS CD-ROM to make this closed book base card.  I used another sheet of the same backing design and cut out the flower shapes as embellishments using a 6 petal flower punch.  Other than that, the only embellishment on the card are some strips of straight gold peel-offs.  If you click through to see the design sheet you’ll see I also made a box using the same backing paper.)
  2. BagsSoft Pink Bed of Roses – Background Paper by Julene Harris (I used this backing sheet, printed out twice on good quality paper, to make this gift bag.  Not difficult to make and saves pounds on buying gift bags at the shops.  It’s nice to do this type of thing with the same background as you’ve used on the card that accompanies the gift.)
  3. Cutting Into A Shaped Panel And Embossing Before Sticking On Card As Main Element Decorated With Co-ordinating  Punched Out FlowersPretty Lace Background Paper in Turquiose/Lilac by Nick Bowley (This sheet has two different coloured backgrounds and while one was embossed and used as a background I punched lots of flower shapes from the other and then folded and shaped them to use as flower embellishments on the card.  Using a background with a fine lace detail gave a different effect to what I would have got if I’d just used a plain coloured paper.)
  4. Creating Frame From Second Copy Of Sheet To Make Shaker Element On CardSand, Sun & Surf Backing Paper Kit by Robyn Cockburn (I did something a little bit different with one of the backing papers in this kit – I printed it out twice, cut a frame from one of the layers, put some acetate behind it then shaker tape, put some beads on the front of the card and then lay the frame over it to exactly match up with the image behind. You’ll probably see it clearer if you click through.)
  5. Giving A Backing Area A Punched Fancy EdgeRed Begonia Backing sheet 2 by Rebecca Brindley (A backing element on a card doesn’t just have to be cut with straight edges and stuck to the card.  Think about using paper punches along some, or all, of the edges to give interest to the finished card.)

1 Just Roses matching Backing Paper    2 Purple Flutterby Blossoms Toppers    3 Party Night Backing Paper 2    4 Shabby Chic Rose Backing Paper 5 Mix N Match    5Butterfly Aperture insert

  1. Page Curls + Pocket To Hold Bookmark Just Roses matching Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (Put a panel of the printed backing onto a co-ordinating paper and stick in place, then turn over one or two corners of the backing before sticking the backing into place.  The turned over corners will show the co-ordinating paper and can be attached using brads or tucked under the topper when that is attached.  For the inset card I made a small pocket from the backing to hold a bookmark on a card which was decorated with a co-ordinating topper.)
  2. Half Card PanelPurple Flutterby Blossoms Backing Paper 2 by Rebecca Brindley (For this card I cut a panel that completely covered half the card front but left the other card just showing the card texture and colour.)
  3. Matting and LayeringParty Night Backing Paper 2 by Rebecca Brindley (With this card a matching topper was matted onto holographic silver card which in turn was layered onto a panel of the backing paper that was pre-cut to be smaller than the card.  This was then stuck to the front of the card before silver corner peel-offs were stuck at each corner of the backing panel.)
  4. Whole Card From One Backing Sheet – Shabby Chic Rose Backing Paper 5 Mix N Match by Ammie Sanders (For this card I printed the sheet onto good quality card, trimmed off the white edge, scored at the centre and folded and had a base card ready to stick toppers and ribbon onto.)
  5. Cutting Out AperturesGold Metallic Flowers matching Vellum by Carol Clarke (The sheet was printed out onto Super Smooth white decoupage card and then I cut out a Butterfly aperture insert out from the card using my CraftROBO and design cup141976_648.)

There are so many ways that background papers can be used to add a complimentary background to cards, or to make the background the focal point, as well as making matching boxes (as I showed in my last post) and bags (as I showed in this post) to complement any card given.  Browse round the cards already put up on CUP in the backing papers sections by Crafters and you’ll get loads of inspiration I’m sure.

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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Mar 272011
 

As well as making different shape and designs gift boxes from ready designed sheets available on CUP (see examples at end of this post), I’ve made a few boxes using Background Sheets as well.

Many of the boxes I made in the run up to Christmas were made to present some handmade jewellery as Christmas gifts, but they could be used to present jewellery as gifts for valentine, mother’s day, birthdays, or “just because”.  They could also be used to give chocolates, a decorated notebook and pen, or anything else that will fit.  The first three sown below were made using the following design:

Take a sheet of the background printed onto card.  Score in along the card at 1″, 4″, 5″, 8″ and 9″.  Cut along the 9″ score line.  Score 1″ in from both sides on the long sides.  (If you don’t want the box as long then cut off a bit along the ling side of the sheet before scoring).  Cut in both sides up to this 1″ score line at each of the score lines. Decide which of the largest panels you want as the top, put glue on the little flaps and stick inside the long flaps.  for the central small flats stick these inside the side you decided was the base.  A sketch trying to show what I mean is given below the box images.  You can adjust the sizes depending on the size of box you want.

1LACE on GOLD BACKGROUND  2Gold Damask Backing  3Snowflakes on Cream Gradient

  1. LACE on GOLD BACKGROUND by Susan Murdoch
  2. Gold Damask Backing by Russ Smith
  3. Snowflakes on Cream Gradient by Karen Adair

One piece box and lid

1Almost jewels 30   2Check Design 1 in Purples  3Dusky Blue Flowers Backing Paper

  1. Almost jewels 30 by Astrid Spijkers (A simple bonbon box tied together at the corners using a ribbon.  It can be made in any size that will fit onto your printed card.  You need a square that is divisible by 3 e.g. 7.5″ scoring at 2.5″ and 5″  in both directions to make a grid.  Then score from the meeting points out to the corners, punch a hole at each corner, and pull the points in to tie with ribbon.)
  2. Check Design 1 in Purples by Sheila Rodgers (I made this simple pyramid box using a template from a MCS CD.  It is held together by the two square rings pushed down and has no glue. The straight lined check make it suitable for packing up a small gift for a male.)
  3. Dusky Blue Flowers Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey (This is the same box as the previous item but this time a more female version.  In a future post you will see a card I made with the same backing paper – or click through on the link now to see both items.)

Here are some of the Ready Designed Gift, Shaped Favour or Treat Boxes I’ve made:

1Shaped Treat or Favour BoxPolka Dots Handbag Shaped Treat or Favour Box sheet 22Gold Stars Cracker Shaped Treat or Favour Box3Gold Snowflakes Cracker Shaped Treat or Favour Box4Blooming Lovely in Yellow Gift Box with Lid5Grace Angel Pillow Box 

  1. Polka Dots Handbag Shaped Treat or Favour Box sheet 1 and Polka Dots Handbag Shaped Treat or Favour Box sheet 2 by Carol Clarke
  2. Gold Stars Cracker Shaped Treat or Favour Box by Carol Clarke
  3. Gold Snowflakes Cracker Shaped Treat or Favour Box by Carol Clarke
  4. Blooming Lovely in Yellow Gift Box with Lid by Katy Kinsey
  5. Grace Angel Pillow Box by Katy Kinsey

There are templates available on CUP that you can use with any plain card, or print any background onto it and use the templates.  This kit is fantastic as it has three different sized pillow box templates in it.

Pillow Box Template Kit - 3 sheet Kit  Pillow Box Template Kit – 3 sheet Kit by Carol Clarke

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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CUP Designer – June Young

 Posted by at 12:37 pm
Mar 252011
 

Today it the turn of cards I’ve made with design sheets created by June Young to be highlighted.  Every one is easy to cut out and make and can be used directly as a full front of a card or matted and layered onto larger cards. If you do decide to try and make cards with any of these designs just have a play around with embellishments, backgrounds, card sizes, etc.

118-21 Card For Girls  2Pink and White Roses with Jewelled Bow  3Red Carnations with Silver Trim  4Corner Stacker - Fan with Tulips and Daisies  5Chestnut Horse Pyramid

  1. 18-21 Card For Girls (An easy to cut and make oval pyramid design.  It comes with a Happy Birthday greeting plus some blank greetings panels to which I’ve added a Welsh greeting.  I also added some ribbon and faux gems.  A card with a bit of bling.)
  2. Pink and White Roses with Jewelled Bow (A round pyramid this type, together with an additional bow that was quite easy to cut out.  This one would be nice as a Mother’s Day card.)
  3. Red Carnations with Silver Trim (Although I used the design on an A5 card this design is square with square pyramid toppers.  It also has extra carnations, which are a bit more difficult to cut out for those with dexterity problems, corner pieces and blank greetings panels.)
  4. Corner Stacker – Fan with Tulips and Daisies (This design has corner stackers with a scalloped edge, so not too difficult to cut out.  I highlighted the scalloped edge to give the layers some definition.)
  5. Chestnut Horse Pyramid (A really lovely straight edged pyramid.  The sheet also has blank greetings panels on it for you to use.)

I notice that lots of the designs June has uploaded lately have butterflies or florals on them, but she has other styles of card-making images as well as scrapbooking items, so do go and have a look at her digital items.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here.
(She’s got over 925 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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Mar 232011
 

Anemone ToppersI’ve done crafting in one form or another for as long as I can remember.  I started making cards a long time ago, long before there were such things as craft channels on TV and CD-ROMs and digital downloads specifically for card-makers and paper crafters.  I started to make cards because I’m Welsh and, at the time, buying a card that had Welsh greetings on it were far more expensive than the equivalent card in English.  I think the prices are closer these days, but after starting to create my own I never wanted to go back to sending people shop bought cards.

You’ll see little thumbnail images of some of the cards I’ve made lately dotted around this blog post (I’d normally be putting in full details of each, together with a link to where the design sheet I’d used to make them can be found within any post, but this is more by way of a “thoughts” post rather than a “show and tell” post, so if you want more details then click on the link to my card gallery right at the bottom of this post and you’ll get to click through to see the full details.)

Dusky Blue Flowers Backing PaperOf course, like many of my crafting friends out there, once I started making one type I wanted to try something else, then another technique, then different glitters, then different papers, then various digital designs, then a cutting machine, then …… – well I’m sure you all know what I mean.

Horse Rearing - PyramidSince my health and disabilities deteriorated, (and I was spending more and more time off work recuperating from one thing or another, culminating in my having to take early retirement on the grounds of ill health/disabilities) I’ve had more time to play and experiment with my cardmaking.  It’s one thing I can do, even on a lap-tray in bed, despite my disability problems, so is an ideal hobby for me.

Beautiful Poppies Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIOIt also means that I’ve had more time to browse around sites such as craftsUprint which have such a wide variety of digital files to buy and download for crafters, as well as browsing around the Internet on sites such as eBay and Create & Craft, etc., for crafting goodies.

And not just browsing sites that sell digital or physical crafting goodies, but using the Internet to connect with other people who love crafting by using forums and Facebook and receiving update E-mails to keep up to date with what’s going on out there in the big wide world.

CUP Mailshot

Soft Pink Bed of Roses - Background PaperDo you get the craftsUprint promotional mailshot?  The E-mail comes out three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and include things like:

  • a Showcase of designers work;
  • Card Maker Spotlight;
  • ‘New From’;
  • the Latest News on things like people going up the scale from Bronze to Silver; or Silver to Gold;
  • up and coming events such as the fact that the CUP team and Crafty Bob will be at the NEC the end of this week;
  • CUP TV episodes;
  • special discount codes when they are available;
  • etc.

Mini Baby Bottle - Folded Cards - Green and BlueIt’s a good way to keep up with what’s happening on the craftsUprint site.  If you want to sign up for this E-mail, and receive “4 exclusive FREE downloads !” then click-> here – to go to the signing up page on the site.

You can see an example of the one that was sent out on 21-3-11 by clicking -> here.

Mother’s Day Card Competition

Mum Layered CardYou’ll notice that there’s a prominent notice in that update I’ve just given a link to that lets everybody know that the “Mothers Day Competition – March 2011” has closed for entries and is now open for votes.  All the entries can be seen -> here – on craftsUprint’s forum/sister site http://www.craftforums.co.uk/. Please do go and have a look, and click through from the thumbnail images to see a larger photo of each of the entries.  You will see a whole array of different looking cards and different styles.  You don’t need to be a registered user on Craftforums to view the entries.  You will however need to register if you want to place a vote, which you can do by clicking -> here – and following the instructions.

Craftforums

STILL WATERS CORNER PYRIMAGEIf you are interested in crafting, (and we’re not just talking cardmaking, but other crafting such as scrapbooking, knitting, stitching, etc., as well,) and you are not already a member of craftforums.co.uk then please come and at least have a look at the forum by clicking -> here.  You won’t have access to all facilities unless you are a member and have posted a few times, but you should get a feel for the look of the place. I will say that, in the year since I joined, I’ve not regretted becoming a member.  It is full of friendly, helpful, people who are ready to chip in with a kind word if you are feeling down or have problems, who help out with answers when a question is asked.  There’s even a chatbox at the top for instant chatting.  Discussion threads can range from everything from the weather, or holidays, to the best glue for a particular job, or what different copyright TOUs (Terms Of Use) mean.  Sometimes we don’t all have the same opinion on things, but seeing as members come from all over the globe and all walks of life it would be very odd if we did, but we can feel comfortable in saying “I don’t agree with that, I think this”, or “I wouldn’t do it that way, I’d do it this way, or use this tool, or use this glue”, without it becoming personal and nasty, (which I understand it sometimes has done on other forums). Craftforums also has a “Craft Arcade” and a “Craft Casino” where you can shut yourself away and while away the time or de-stress playing the games.  There’s also a fantastic Gallery where members have put up examples of their work, not just created using CUP sheets but crafting with other items also.  If you ever get “crafter’s block” then it’s a great place to have a look around for inspiration.

craftsUprint (CUP)

Lemon fresh pyramid card sheetLemon fresh insertOf course Craftforums, with all its areas, isn’t the only “add on” to the craftsUprint site.  In addition to all the fantastic digital downloads you can buy to use in your crafting from craftsUprint – there’s the “Crafty Bob Bingo” where anybody who’s a customer of CUP can ask for a bingo card and play along.   The numbers are put online on CUP -> here – every two hours.  And there are prizes of – “one £20 FOUR CORNERS AND A CENTRE prize and one £100 FULL HOUSE prize will be paid per game”.  The other prize giving activity on CUP is hunting for Crafty Bob.  He goes into hiding on a page somewhere on the CUP site and it’s up to somebody to find him to get the prize.  The prize Bob Pot goes up the longer Crafty Bob is in hiding and isn’t found.  It’s gone up to over £400 a couple of times.  Now that’s a prize worth having I think you’ll all agree.

Facebook (FB)

Check Design 1 in PurplesAnother thing I’ve started with during the last six months is to have an account with Facebook -> here.  Many of my Facebook Friends are other members of Craftforums, but I’ve also started expanding my circle of friends further out into the crafting community and beyond. It is so interesting to see what people are up to and what cards and other crafty items people are making.  It’s amazing how much material is now available for crafters and what can be made with this material with a little inspiration.  I am in awe of the talent amongst my FB Friends.

Pretty Lace Background Paper in Turquiose/LilacAfter being a “Helpdesk and Web Technician” as the first port of call for all IT Problems for a whole county’s schools (around the 150 mark of schools), and come across a lot of web nasties in that time because people were merrily clicking on everything (novelty value of something new and the blind/incorrect belief that everything on the www is good and to be used), I have changed my FB settings from the standard setting, and also review them from time to time as FB keep on changing things.  I also decided early on that I didn’t want to start using any of the FB games and other apps, (especially in view of the fact that so many of them wanted the right to gather all sort of information about me and the right to post to my Wall, etc., before I could even take a look yet alone start playing), as what I was reading made it seem to me that the games took a lot of time and were quite high maintenance.  Plus, lots of the FB nasties ask for permission and pretend that they are useful apps when they are not.

Chestnut Horse PyramidSo I ask my FB Friends to forgive me – but I won’t be helping out on any Farmville farms, or providing Hearts, or anything like that.

FLORAL 4 OVER THE EDGE CARDI also know that many of my FB Friends use FB to keep in touch with family and close friends all over the world, but I don’t, so I have no need to “re-post” all sorts of things to do with having a favourite niece, the best Mum, etc., as I see them, speak to them on the phone, or am in constant E-mail touch with them and can tell them in person, so please don’t think I’m odd by not re-posting everything I see.  This includes raising awareness of causes or hoping that a cure will be found for this condition or that illness.  If it doesn’t actually include any real information that will help make people aware of exactly what it is, (or a link to somewhere with real information about whatever is being talked about, or information about collecting money to support those affected or find a cure), I see little point in copying.  I prefer to have some real information, such the link I got on FB lately going to a page raising money for SANDS (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity) which included information about what it was about.  One thing I do try to do is use my cardmaking to help charities by sending them away to help raise money for some charities.

Charity Cards Group

BRIDGE OF HOPE CORNER PYRIMAGEStarted as a little venture for members of Craftforums, under the wing of the very dedicated Diane Scotland, is a Charity Cards Group I’ve been sending handmade cards to.  Just one card is all that is asked for, but most of us send in a few more each month if we are able.  The cards are then photographed by Diane and displayed in a category/album in the Craftforums for us all to see.  Diane then boxes the whole lot up and takes them to a different charity each month, sometimes two charities if a lot were sent in to her.  The charities then sell the cards in their charity shops to raise money for their cause.  So far, amongst other things, we’ve helped – Macmillan Cancer; CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association); PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals); British Red Cross; Save The Children; etc.  I find that it is actually something I can do to help worthy causes despite my health/disability issues.

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 I can see that my few thoughts have now become a whole lot of thoughts, and I haven’t even touched on many things I thought about before I started writing.  Oh Well, Never mind.  Another day.

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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Mar 202011
 

It isn’t just cards this time.  I’ve also used backing sheets to make a bag and a different shaped box, as well as making a card a base card with one printed onto card and printing a second copy to cut into flower embellishments.  Here are the latest items I’ve made:

1Mini Baby Bottle - Folded Cards - Green and Blue  2Horse Rearing - Pyramid  3Soft Pink Bed of Roses - Background Paper  4Check Design 1 in Purples  5Dusky Blue Flowers Backing Paper

  1.  Mini Baby Bottle – Folded Cards – Green and Blue by Julene Harris (These cute little mini baby bottles are great as a little card or as an embellishment on a larger card.  They could even be used as tags on a gift for a newborn.  They are easy to cut out as well.  The additional bow elements are a bit more fiddly, but you don’t have to use those if you don’t want to.)
  2. Horse Rearing – Pyramid by June Young (A card with a stunning image of a rearing horse that’s easy to cut out and make.  The base image can be stuck on a card the same size as a straight card front or, as I’ve done, stuck onto a larger card as a topper.  As the base image contains a framed image of the horse with a larger area around a matted layer isn’t necessary to have the effect.)
  3. Soft Pink Bed of Roses – Background Paper by Julene Harris (I used this backing sheet, printed out twice on good quality paper, to make this gift bag.  Not difficult to make and saves pounds on buying gift bags at the shops.  Another nice way to use backing papers.)
  4. Check Design 1 in Purples by Sheila Rodgers (I made this simple pyramid box using a template from a MCS CD.  It is held together by the two square rings pushed down and has no glue The check design makes this suitable to give a little gift to a man.)
  5. Dusky Blue Flowers Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey (Both this box and card were made using templates from the MCS CD.  It’s the same box as the previous item but this time a more female version.)

1Lemon fresh insert  2Lemon fresh pyramid card sheet  3Anemone Toppers

  1. Lemon fresh insert by Julie Hill (A nice insert with a large pale area for you to write your message or even type your greetings before inserting it in the card.)
  2. Lemon fresh pyramid card sheet by Julie Hill (This is the card that can be seen as a small inset in the picture of the insert.  It is easy to cut out and make up as it is made up of straight edged oblongs and one small circle.)
  3. Anemone Toppers by Frances Dent (Straight edge cutting only so easy to make cards using this design sheet.  I used the three toppers on the sheet and pyramaged them up to give dimension to the card, but you could simply use them as three separate toppers and make three cards from this one sheet which would make it excellent value for money.  It comes with a “Happy Birthday” greetings panel but I used one of the blank ones and used a “Brysiwch Wella” greeting peel-off on it [Welsh for Get Well Soon], so it’s a very versatile design.)

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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CUP Designer – Julene Harris

 Posted by at 07:26 pm
Mar 182011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs put up on CUP by Julene Harris. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked five very different looking cards to show you this time.

1White Wedding Bouquet - Pyramid Card  2Good Boy, Rover! - Decoupage Card  3Shirt with Blue and Green Striped Tie  4Heavenly Angel Blessings - Pyramid  5Golden Anniversary Roses - Decoupage Card

  1. White Wedding Bouquet – Pyramid Card (A simple to cut topper as there’s only straight edges.  I printed the design onto pearlescent card to give it a different sheen look.)
  2. Good Boy, Rover! – Decoupage Card (This is a decoupage design so there’s far more fiddly cutting than many with bad dexterity problems could manage.  It was one of my “for a better day” projects, but it is so cute.)
  3. Dad’s White Shirt with Blue and Green Striped Tie (An easy to cut out and put together card for a man for just about any occasion from Good Luck In Your Interview, to Father’s Day, to Birthday, to Congratulations On Getting The Job, etc.)
  4. Heavenly Angel Blessings – Pyramid (Another straight edged pyramid.  I didn’t use all the layers as I wanted to keep the profile of the card low for posting, but you could use all the layers and even use the pyramid on a larger card.)
  5. Golden Anniversary Roses – Decoupage Card (The cutting out of the centre portion of the frame was the most difficult thing about this, but because the aperture was so big it didn’t cause me too many problems.)

Julene has uploaded lots of Bookmark Pocket Card designs, as well as Scalloped Edge Cards, this year so do click through to see what else she’s got on CUP.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 700 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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Mar 162011
 

You may be wondering why I’m posting in my blog about Father’s Day so early in the year when it doesn’t get celebrated in the UK, USA, and many other country until the third Sunday of June, which this year falls on the 19th of June.  But if you check out the dates information here ->  Wikipedia –  you will see that in Spain and a few other countries, it is being celebrated in a few days time on the 19th March.  Wikipedia also has a short history of the day as well which you can read by clicking -> here.

So, wherever in the world you live, there’s a good chance that Father’s Day is celebrated in one form or another at some point in the year.  With that in mind I’ve been looking through the cards I’ve made using designs I’ve bought from Craftsuprint to pick out a few that I think would be suitable for the occasion, bearing in mind that what would be suitable for one father may not be for another.

1Dad’s King Of His Castle  2Sporty Car Card Front  3Vintage Car Pyramid  4Best Dad - Father’s Day  5Highland Cattle Pyramid

  1. Dad’s King Of His Castle by Deborah Davies (There’s some fiddly cutting out with this card, mostly around the crown – I cut off the top blobs and just cut the zigzag top – and between his legs on one layer.  Other than that the cutting is easy due to the “chunky” nature of the design.  Great for a father, but also for young boys on their birthday when they get treated special.)
  2. Sporty Car Card Front by Amy Cummings (A card front with pyramid topper layers that are easy to cut out.  The design sheet comes with a variety of matching greetings panels so can be used for other occasions, not just father’s day.  This car is probably more suitable for the younger father.)
  3. Vintage Car Pyramid by Linda Whittles (An easy to cut and make pyramid card.  This time the car is more vintage and may be more suitable for on older father or grandfather.)
  4. Best Dad – Father’s Day by Dawn Hill (Although not a completely straight edged design all the layers of this topper are easy to cut out and make a nice dimensional card.)
  5. Highland Cattle Pyramid (The father the card is for may be a farmer, or likes the countryside, so some cattle, like this card, or other farm animals on a card may be ideal for him.  This card is a straight edged pyramid making it easy to make.)

1Chimpanzee 3D decoupage with background  2Fisherman slider  3Gone Fishing!  4Centurian pyramid  5Stunning Sunset Wavy Side Stacker

  1. Chimpanzee 3D decoupage with background by Liz Harrison (Perhaps it’s not farm animals that interest the man who’s to receive the card.  Perhaps he’s permanently watching the wildlife programs on the TV.  This is a decoupage topper, with a backing element, so the various layers that make up the chimp image are more fiddly than toppers such as pyramids to cut out, but in this case the body parts are mostly rounded so are not too difficult.)
  2. Fisherman slider by Kristin Guyer (The most intricate thing to cut out on this card is the fish.  A craft knife and a ruler work best for cutting out the slot that the fish slides along and of course the main image is simply straight cutting.  A card with some movement that’s great for a father who’s a fisherman.)
  3. Gone Fishing! by Angie Palmer (Straight edge cutting only for this sheet that includes two backing elements and lots of greetings panels.  A totally different fishing card to the previous card.)
  4. Centurian pyramid by Chris Harland (Straight edged pyramid for cutting and the sheet comes with greetings panels for Father’s Day and Birthday.)
  5. Stunning Sunset Wavy Side Stacker by Sarah Edwards (The wavy edge of the side stackers gives a lovely effect but isn’t too difficult to cut out.  This sort of image can be used for so many occasions and there’s no reason for a sunset or sunrise not to be used for a Father’s Day card.)

There are a huge amount of other designs suitable for Father’s Day on CUP.  You can browse around them by clicking -> here.

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 Nash

 Posted by at 12:54 pm
Mar 142011
 

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs put up on CUP by Karen Nash. I’ve made cards with several of her designs and have picked cards featuring a diversity of image styles to show off this time.

1BLUE FAN  2LETS GO QUAD BIKING SIDE STACKER  3MERMAID AND SHELLS  4MIDNIGHT COWBOY TUNNEL SHEET  5SUMMER FLOWER LADY

  1. BLUE FAN (Although not all straight line cutting this design isn’t particularly difficult to cut out.  Although I used it to make a large card using a silver card that was pre-embossed with flowers & fans the design would make a lovely smaller card.)
  2. LETS GO QUAD BIKING SIDE STACKER (Quad bikes may have a practical use on farms and in the countryside, but going quadbiking is a hobby for many.  Even my four year old nephew has a small one amongst his toy farm items so this card would be suitable for just about any age.)
  3. MERMAID AND SHELLS (The most fiddly thing about cutting this topper out was cutting out the four triangle areas, which means it wasn’t difficult at all.  I used a sandy yellow glitter card as a mat layer behind the topper in keeping with the seaside theme and used some shell, dolphin and starfish embellishments to finish the card off.)
  4. MIDNIGHT COWBOY TUNNEL SHEET (Like the quad bike this is a side stacker card that only involves straight cutting out of the pieces on the design sheet.)
  5. SUMMER FLOWER LADY (A lovely card front with an added layer to the centre topper and a couple of small fans.  Because of the flowing shape of the topper it isn’t difficult to cut out.)

Karen has a huge variety in both the image styles and the types of toppers available on her design sheets so do click through to see what else she’s got on CUP.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got around 1700 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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CUP Designer – Margaret Jones

 Posted by at 03:05 pm
Mar 102011
 

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

1Dove Iris Folding Pattern  2Strutting Horse Iris Folding Pattern  3Penguin Iris Folding Pattern  4Clown with Cake -Easy Card Front with decoupage  5Duck Iris Folding Pattern

  1. Dove Iris Folding Pattern (Not the easiest of apertures to cut out because of going round the feathers, but once I got into the rhythm of cutting round the feathers it wasn’t too difficult, but it was a “good day” project for me.)
  2. Strutting Horse Iris Folding Pattern (This was the most fiddly of the iris folding patterns I’ve used.  The narrow areas around the legs and hooves were quite fiddly.)
  3. Penguin Iris Folding Pattern (Probably the easiest to cut out of the four iris folding patterns used to make the cards on this page.  I used a googly eye to finish off this penguin.)
  4. Clown with Cake -Easy Card Front with decoupage (A fun card for a child’s birthday.  You can cut out and decoupage as many or as few pieces as you want  I missed out a few.)
  5. Duck Iris Folding Pattern (Not a particularly difficult aperture to cut out.  I used a googly eye to finish off this duck as well.)

Although I’ve happened to have made lots of iris folding patterns created by Margaret, she does make lots of other design types, so click through to have a good look.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 480 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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