Some Of My Latest Cards – March 2011

 I’ve made a variety of cards lately, using a variety of techniques.  One is cut out using my CraftROBO.  Another the embossed backing and flower embellishments are all made using one sheet of dual background.

1Cat Card Front With Pyramid  2Heart Biscuits Penny Slider Border Sheet  3Mum Layered Card  4Pretty Lace Background Paper in Turquiose/Lilac  5Easter time 1 card front and back

  1. Cat Card Front With Pyramid by Jean Gordon (A lovely tranquil card that could be used for many occasions.  Most of the cutting is straight edge cutting, though there is some cutting round shapes for the ribbon bow.)
  2. Heart Biscuits Penny Slider Border Sheet by Sarah Edwards (A craft knife and ruler is best for cutting out the channels for the penny slider, but a pair of scissors can be used for the outside and cutting round the heart shapes.  I made the channels slightly wider than indicated because of the size of my round foam pads.  I find it easier to make penny sliders with foam shapes that come pre-cut into little round dots rather than try to cut my own out.  With this minor adjustment the penny sliders work well.)
  3. Mum Layered Card by Tina Fitch (This is a CraftROBO cutting file.  For this card I cut it out of an off-white, iridescent, good quality card near the maximum weight the CraftROBO will cut.  After cutting  I simply used a purple metallic marker to go round the edges of pieces tho highlight them, using the same pen to completely colour in one bow and the word Mum.  A card any mum would be pleased to receive on their birthday or on Mother’s day I’m sure.)
  4. Pretty Lace Background Paper in Turquiose/Lilac by Nick Bowley (As this background sheet had two colours on it I used one to make the background by embossing it with one of the Glitter Girls’ boards and the other colour to punch out flower shapes which I folded and shaped before sticking to the front of the card.  As the flowers were punched out and the only cutting on the background was around the embossed line, this was an easy card to make.)
  5. Easter time 1 card front and back by Stephen Ingram (A quick and easy card to make as the base card is included on the design sheet.  Only fiddly cutting is the bow element which could be left off if you find it too difficult.)

1Chestnut Horse Pyramid  2STILL WATERS CORNER PYRIMAGE  3BRIDGE OF HOPE CORNER PYRIMAGE  4Beautiful Poppies Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO  5Deep Purple Rose Lace Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO

  1. Chestnut Horse Pyramid by June Young (Straight edges only to cut out for making this card and a stunning photo of a horse incorporated into an interesting design.)
  2. STILL WATERS CORNER PYRIMAGE by Karen Nash (Just straight lines and rounded corners to cut out for this design.  I used a border punch on the matting layer to give it a different look.)
  3. BRIDGE OF HOPE CORNER PYRIMAGE by Karen Nash (Another design with just straight lines and rounded corners to cut out for this design.  This time I used a plain mat with rounded corners.)
  4. Beautiful Poppies Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO by Ann-marie Vaux (A design sheet that includes both a quick and easy to make card and a matching envelope.  A great item to have in your digital library ready for when you need a quick card ar gift tag.)
  5. Deep Purple Rose Lace Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO by Ann-marie Vaux (Another design sheet that includes both a quick and easy to make card and a matching envelope.  With no difficult cutting it’s a great little 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 – Judith Flavel

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

1Biscuit the Foal  2Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Daffodil  3Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Contented Cat  4Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Gerbera  5Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Waratah

  1. Biscuit the Foal (A lovely image in an easy to cut and put together twisted pyramage style.  This card is sure to be a hit with anybody, of any age, who loves horses.)
  2. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Daffodil (Being Welsh the daffodil is an important flower to me and this is a lovely example that makes up a great little card.)
  3. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Contented Cat (This one is for the cat lovers and like the previous card is easy to make.)
  4. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Gerbera (This is a realy bright, cheerful, card that’s sure to cheer somebody up, so would be nice as a Thinking Of You or a Get Well Soon card, or for lots of different occasions.)
  5. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Waratah ( This is a rather exotic bloom that I’m not familiar with, so of course I did a search of the Internet to find out about it and found this link.)

You will notice that each of the cards I’ve made using design sheets created by Judith use photographic images but she does have other styles of images within her design sheets as well.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(She’s got over 550 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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Mother’s Day Cards (3-4-11)

Mum Layered Card
Mum Layered Card
(cutting file by Tina Fitch)

The next big event as far as cardmakers are concerned is Mother’s Day, which is in a months time.

Mothering Sunday, also known as Mother’s Day, is celebrated in many countries around the world, but it isn’t celebrated on the same day in all countries.  In the UK it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent.  This means that this year we are celebrating on the 3rd of April.

There are as many, if not more, reasons and histories for the day as there are different dates it is celebrated on.  A search of the Internet will bring up a whole host of information.  You can see what Wikipedia has to say -> here.

Mother’s Day these days is celebrated by the giving of a card and some little gift, quite possibly a handmade gift, to our mothers and even grandmothers.  Mother’s may also be given other little treats, such as breakfast in bed or being taken out for Sunday lunch.  There are lots of different little Mother’s Day traditions in different families.

There follows a few suggestions of designs you could use to make cards for Mother’s Day from, or you could click ->  here – to see lots of other items available on craftsUprint that you could use.

1Pamper Yourself Twisted Pyramid  2Meerkat Mum & Babies 3D decoupage  3Mummy duck and ducklings Pyramid Sheet  4Stunning Sunset Wavy Side Stacker  5A Place To Relax

  1. Pamper Yourself Twisted Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers (Perhaps you could make up this card and give your mother a voucher for a pampering day with it.)
  2. Meerkat Mum & Babies 3D decoupage by Liz Harrison (A lovely image of a meerkat mother with her little ones.  I made this card for my mother last year and she likes it so much it is still displayed on her bookshelf.)
  3. Mummy duck and ducklings Pyramid Sheet by Sarah Edwards (Another lovely image, this time of a duck with her young which would make a nice card for a mother who often says “I’d swear I had half a dozen, not just two/three”.)
  4. Stunning Sunset Wavy Side Stacker by Sarah Edwards (Is Mother’s Day the only day in the year when somebody else does the dishes and she can go out and watch the sunset?)
  5. A Place To Relax by Sheila Rodgers (Who tells their mother on Mother’s Day – “Just go sit and relax and I’ll see to lunch”?)

1Just Roses Twisted Pyramage sheet  2Hedgehog Cut and Fold Card  3Alternative book card  4For a chocolate lover  5Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid

  1. Just Roses Twisted Pyramage sheet by Carol Clarke (Flowers are firm favourites whatever the occasion and this card would be a lovely one to give to a mother, especially with a nice big bunch of red roses to go with it.)
  2. Hedgehog Cut and Fold Card by Carol Clarke (This cute little hedgehog is holding a pot of flowers so would go nicely with a gift of flowers for a mother.  I’ve added the matching Hedgehog Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker to decorate this card, but the cut and fold card could be used as it is for a nice and easy quick card.)
  3. OPEN BOOK by Clive Couter (I made this as an alternative Open Book to the one shown on the design’s page, cutting it out of three different but complementary designs and just decorating with an oval panel with flowers on.  It is standing on a Book or Card Stand also cut from a card printed with the same design using another cutting file I bought via CUP.)
  4. For a chocolate lover by Linda Whittles (Is your mother a chocolate lover?  Perhaps you are even giving her a gift of chocolate for Mother’s Day?  Then a card with some chocolate on it would be a nice touch to go with your gift.)
  5. Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid by Carol Clarke (I think that this is a sweet little card for a young boy to give to his mother, perhaps with a bunch of hand picked flowers.)

Most of these cards were quite easy to cut out, having only straight or wavy edges.  The two that involved a bit more cutting were the meerkats and the chocolate ones.

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 – Russ Smith

Today I’ve decided to highlight some of the cards I’ve made using designs put up on CUP by Russ Smith. I’ve made cards with several of his designs and have picked five quite different cards in terms of style and colour to show off this time.

1Victorian Roses Book Sheet  2Blue Butterfly Waterfall  3Cream and White Shoes On Lace Card Front  4Strawberries Card Front  5Books Card Front

  1. Victorian Roses Book Sheet (The book shape itself is easy to cut out, but the flower layers for decoupaging are quite fiddly but could be left off, or some left off, if it would make things manageable for the card-maker.  The design sheet includes two right hand “pages” with greetings if you want to use them, though I just used Welsh peel-offs for my card.)
  2. Blue Butterfly Waterfall (I chose this design because it is easy to cut out and I like butterflies.  I think it turned out very lovely with the matting and layering and the addition of butterfly trails fine crystal glitter.)
  3. Cream and White Shoes On Lace Card Front (A cream image on white means that this card has very subtle colouring.  It was a bit of a fiddle to cut round the shoe strap, but again you could opt not to decoupage all the layers up.)
  4. Strawberries Card Front (Another design I loved but chose for my “good days” cutting out because of the ins and outs on the decoupage layers, but again, if you had trouble with all the layers you could leave some or all off the main image and just use that matted and layered as a card front.)
  5. Books Card Front (This card also has added layers to decoupage, but this time the layers are easier to cut out because of the nature of their shape.  I think that this card is very versatile.  I put some Welsh “Congratulations” peel-offs on to give to somebody who’d had their head in their books and passed their exams, but it would be a nice card to give somebody on any occasions, such as a birthday, especially if you are giving them a book as a gift with it, or as a good luck when they are studying before exams.)

Some of Russ’ most stunning designs lately have included those that have images of wild animals on them.  If you click on the link to go and see his sheets and then type “wildlife” into the “Search Designer’s Items:” box you can take a look at them.

You can see this designer’s design sheets by clicking – here
(He’s got over 1,200 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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