May 312011
 

CUP News

Another mailer came out from CUP yesterday.  You can see it by clicking -> here!

Two important things to note – the 20% discount voucher code runs out at midnight GMT tonight.  Don’t miss out on this great discount so make sure you place your order on the craftsUprint site before then.  Discount time is a great time to add variety to your digital library as well as get some of those staple backgrounds, etc., that can be used time and time again for matting and layering, boxes, card bases, etc.

Also the voting will soon close for the CUP “Wedding Card Competition – May 2011“.  The winner being announced tomorrow (1st June).  Please would everybody who’s a Craftforums member use their vote. With 90 entries there are plenty for you to choose from, so have a good look at them all, and the description of how they were made, and choose the card you think is the best to give your vote to.  Even if you are not Craftforum members you can still go and have a look – who knows, you may get inspiration for your own crafting.  You can even joining Craftforums as a member while you are there. We’re a very friendly bunch from around the world, so there’s always somebody around to give you help to settle in if you are at all nervous.

Square Toppers

Another post highlighting a small number of cards I’ve made that have square toppers on them today.  I’ll come back to this topic again as I’ve got lots more cards to show  you that come into the “square toppers” category.  The first post in this series, that I made on the 26-5-11 and can be seen -> here – showed “square cards where the card base is just about the same size as the square topper put on it”, “The square toppers were put onto square cards larger than the topper and off set from the centre” and “square toppers on rectangular card fronts”.  Today I’m just going to show you some square toppers put onto easel cards and some square toppers put onto large 8″ square cards.

The square toppers have been put onto easel cards in this first batch.

1Yellow Flowers  2Rose Pyramid Decoupage Mix N Match  3Piggywig Quick Card with Decoupage

  1. Yellow Flowers by Sheila Wilks (The sheet I used to make this had the paper ribbon of smaller images as well as the co-ordinating background on it so it worked well as a whole when made up as an easel card.)
  2. Shabby Chic Rose Pyramid Decoupage Mix N Match by Ammie Sanders (Pyramid toppers are easy to cut out and put together, and this time I used a co-ordinating easel card base – Shabby Chic Rose Easel Card Base 2 Mix N Match – to make this lovely card.)
  3. Piggywig Quick Card with Decoupage by Carol Clarke (The main image and the central square were easy to cut out, as was the bookmark.  There was a bit more of a fiddle with the decoupage layers of the piggywig on top, but you could leave these off if you wished to make a flatter card.  I didn’t attach the central topper all the way around so left a pocket to put in the bookmark.)

Square Toppers Used On 8″ Square Cards

1Giraffe Pyramid  218th Metallic Age Quick Card with Twisted Pyramage  3Jungle Buddies - Monkey

  1. Giraffe Pyramid by Chris Harland (The only addition to the sheet, other than the base card is a piece of torn tissue which is printed with a giraffe skin pattern and two googley eyes.  It was enough to make a large, and much talked about, card.)
  2. 18th Metallic Age Quick Card with Twisted Pyramage by Carol Clarke (This time the only additions were spraying the 8″ square card with glitter spray and matting the base image onto a dark iridescent card that had been trimmed with a fancy edge cutter.)
  3. Jungle Buddies – Monkey by Sarah Grant (Nothing has been actually added to the 8″ card to make this card.  I simply embellished by making some paper piercing swirls in the corners – Border and corner paper piercing templates – and then, rather than building the monkey up as decoupage I offset over the edge of the square to give a card with several monkeys.)

I hope I’ve shown with this last batch that large cards can be made with smaller square toppers with little addition.  These same toppers could be used on cards the same size as the topper, but they don’t have to be just used like that.  Give your crafty imagination a bit of a stretch and you can make bigger cards as well.

 

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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May 292011
 

Some CUP News

Anybody read the secret in Crafty Bob’s Blog?  His post “ssshhhhhh!!!” on the 27th will interest anybody who wants to save money while building up their crafty digital library.

If you’ve not been over yet to see the entries in the CUP “Wedding Card Competition – May 2011” please do so.  There are 90 entries this time from all around the world.  I’m sure that cardmakers, and crafters in general, will be interested to see the cards and read the descriptions that the cardmakers have put up with their pictures describing how they took a design from CUP and made it into their finished creation.  We all like picking up bits of inspiration from how others make up and embelish cards don’t we?

Those of you who are Craftforums members have until the end of this month to place your votes as the winner will be anounced on June 1st.  If you are not a member yet then you can join if you want to – we don’t bite – honest!

You’ll find links to episodes of CUP TV on Craftforums.  There are 72 episodes so far and in each one you’ll see a designer demonstrate how to make up on of their own designs.  So if you want to try something different but are a little put off because you don’t know how – now you can see exactly how to make it, and play it over and over again if you want.

Craftforums also has written/pictorial “Card Making Tutorials” where you can see how various card types are put together – probably more card types than you ever knew existed if you are a newcomer to the craft of cardmaking.

Crafty Bob’s Tombola has a long list of winners now.  With every entry winning something – please don’t forget to go to the page to enter if you’ve placed an order on CUP.

Craftsuprint - The Worlds Largest Legal Craft Download Site!

Don’t forget that Crafty Bob’s Bingo is still running as well.  Send in an E-mail address you have used when placing an order with Craftsuprint and you’ll get sent a Bingo card that you can use to play every game.  They are currently looking for a House in Game 44.

Also Crafty Bob Treasure Hunt is still running.  An image of Crafty Bob waving is hidden somewhere on the CUP site.  The longer he remains unfound the higher the prize for finding him gets.  ‘The Bobpot’ currently stands at over £230.

Sheets That Contain A Background Component – Post 4

This is the fourth blog post I’ve made highlighting cards I’ve made using design sheets that included a background element.  You can see the first batch by clicking -> here, the second by clicking -> here, and the third -> here.

Click on the links listed below each group of cards to go and see the design sheets themselves.

 1Lakeland Lamb  2LILAC FLOWERS  3Nozzitellious  4Gone Fishing!  5Otters

  1. Lakeland Lamb by Sheila Wilks (Very little of the backing is visible in this picture as I wanted to make a square card from the sheet, but half the A4 sheet is background.  There are other elements on the sheet as well, so click through to have a look.)
  2. LILAC FLOWERS by Sheila Wilks (There are two identical toppers in addition to the background on the sheet I used to make this card.)
  3. Nozzitellious by Jolis DeAngelis (Realy lovely background and an easy to cut out topper were used on this card.)
  4. Gone Fishing! by Angie Palmer (The sheet used to make this has two different backgrounds, lots of greetings pannels, in addition to the topper.)
  5. Otters by Sheila Wilks (There is a large “Happy Birthday” greetings panel on the sheet in addition to the topper and background.)

1Summer Woodland  2Step By Step Fabulous Floral Lilac Feathered Edge Pyramid St  3Pansy topper  4Purple rhododendron  5Doberman Pinscher pyramid with background

  1. Summer Woodland by Angie Palmer (A very serene image, that’s easy to cutout and make up, that comes with a co-ordinating tartan background.)
  2. Step By Step Fabulous Floral Lilac Feathered Edge Pyramid St by Mandy Russell (This is a simple to make pyramid card but the background has a ribbon of pearls down the centre to make it extra special looking.)
  3. Pansy topper by Linda Whittles (The sheet has more than just a plain topper and background so please do click through and take a look.)
  4. Purple rhododendron by Linda Whittles (I split the background panel given on the sheet in two and used them on a foldback card.  So you don’t just have to make standard 4″ x 6″ or 5″ x 7″ cards whith this type of sheet – have a play around.)
  5. Doberman Pinscher pyramid with background by Liz Harrison (I just used a strip and a half of the background for this card, but did a cutaway on the front and placed a half strip on the edge with the second strip inside the back of the card so that the strips matched up exactly.)

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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May 282011
 

CUP Newsletter Mailer

There were once again lots of very nice design sheets and kits to be seen in the mailer that came out yesterday (27-5-11) which can be seen -> here.   I especially loved the new Iris Folding Patterns that have just gone on sale on the CUP site which were created by Silvia Griffin.

Wedding Card Competition – May 2011

Entry has now closed for the “Wedding Card Competition – May 2011”.  There are 90 great entries from around the world.  Please do pop over to have a look at them by clicking -> here – and then click through on each thumbnail image so that you get taken to see the larger images – you simply can’t see the detail and work that’s gone into the cards from the thumbnail image page.  (And yes, I’ve got an entry in this time again, so have a good look to see if you can spot it.)  If you are a member of Craftforums you will also be able to place a vote while having a look around.  There’s such a lot of inspiration on show for when you need to make a card for a wedding.

If you are wondering about which CUP sheets I’ve used to make my entry it was the following:

Gold Wedding Rings Backing Brides Keepsake Horseshoe Ivory
Gold Wedding Rings Backing
by Sue Maycock and Brides Keepsake Horseshoe Ivory by Wendy Bromilow
– though both sheets have been used together to make a more elaborate creation than the examples I put up with the sheets on CUP

Craftforums

If you are not a member yet then please consider joining.  Craftforums is a very friendly forum for crafters of all ability to chat about everything from the weather, to which is the best glue for vellum, or what settings are best for a CraftROBO.  We even had a member asking about the name of a particular type of pasta this week and soon had the answer she was looking for.

Tombola

Crafty Bob’s Tombola is creating a bit of a stir amongst CUP customers since it went live online on Monday.  Every time you place an order at craftsUprint you get a chance to win and it seems that everybody wins something.  When you place an order you get an order number and you enter this order ID and your E-mail address on the Tombola page to see what you’ve won.

 

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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Square Toppers – 1

 Posted by at 10:50 am
May 262011
 

Little square cards can look really nice and make a change from rectangular cards, but square toppers don’t have to be only used on square cards.  Of course they could be used straight as they are as a card front on a card base the same size, or a shade larger, than themselves, but they can also be used on larger square cards when matted and layered and also used on other styles and shapes of cards such as A6, A5, A4, easel, etc.  Square Toppers come in a variety of styles.  Some are just ordinary toppers but many have added layers to build up in variations of pyramids or decoupage.  These are my first batch of  a variety of cards that include square toppers.  There will be more posts to highlight these in the future.

In this first batch you’ll see square cards where the card base is just about the same size as the square topper put on it.

1ROSE DIAMOND PEARLS & LACE BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY GET WELL  2Rugby Quick Card with pyramage  3Non-Religious Sympathy Quick Card  4Fluttery Butterfly Quick Card with Fan Pyramage Topper  5Corner Wavy side stacker

  1. ROSE DIAMOND PEARLS & LACE BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY GET WELL by Elaine Sheldrake (The sheet has round pyramid layers, so easy to cut out, and several greetings panels, so click through to have a look.)
  2. Rugby Quick Card with pyramage by Carol Clarke (This card is made up of lots of square pyramid layers and is the easiest type of card to cut out.  The sheet also has several greetings panels.)
  3. Non-Religious Sympathy Quick Card by Carol Clarke (The sheet comes with the main panel, a second layer of the central panel, and a third layer of the flowers to cut out and decoupage.  This last layer is the most difficult to cut out for those with dexterity problems but could be missed out and just the central panel added.  This sheet also has several greetings panels including a blank one.)
  4. Fluttery Butterfly Quick Card with Fan Pyramage Topper by Carol Clarke (This fan style of topper gives a different look to the finished card but doesn’t have anything intricate to cut out.)
  5. Flowers & Pearls Quick card with Corner Wavy side stacker by Carol Clarke (A sheet that comes with a handy little bookmark to give as a simple gift with the card.  The wavy edge of the corner stackers are not too difficult to cut out.)

The square toppers were put onto square cards larger than the topper and off set from the centre on this next batch.

1blue butterfly  2Cute Little Puppy  3Ginger cat pyramid  4Border Collie Pyramid Sheet  5Hide an’ Seek

  1. Blue butterfly step by step topper by Michelle Johnson (The topper was matched with the Blue butterfly vellum to make this card.  This is probably the most tricky to cut out as there are several layers to the butterfly, and the frame with the butterflies in the corner to cut.)
  2. Cute Little Puppy by Linda Whittles (The cutest of puppies this is a simple square pyramid so all the layers are easy to cut out.)
  3. Ginger cat pyramid by Sharon Poore (Another topper that’s just made out of square layers so an easy cut item.)
  4. Border Collie Pyramid Sheet by Sarah Edwards (This dog looks eager to please.  Yet another easy to cut square layer pyramid.)
  5. Hide an’ Seek by Carol Brown (The sheet that this image comes from consists of six square, one layer, toppers.  Great for making quick cards and suitable for children’s cards.)

In this batch I’ve got square toppers on rectangular card fronts.  Putting square toppers on rectangular card bases gives more of a chance to play around with matting and layering, use of backgrounds, and placement of greetings.

1Pamper Yourself Twisted Pyramid  2With sympathy lily  3Pink Rose & Pearl Pyramage  4Spring Flowers Quick Card With Wavy Spiral Side Stacker  5Fluttery Butterfly Twisted Pyramage sheet

  1. Pamper Yourself Twisted Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers (Twisted pyramids are just as easy as square pyramids to cut out but are built up on the twist which gives a different dimension to the finished card without any more difficult cutting.)
  2. With sympathy lily by Linda Whittles (The topper and the background are all straight cutting.  The greetings panels have a bit of shape at either end but are not particularly intricate.  The cross is my addition to this card and doesn’t come from the sheet.)
  3. Pink Rose & Pearl Pyramage by Karen Hughes (Everything on the sheet I used to make this card is only straight cutting.)
  4. Spring Flowers Quick Card With Wavy Spiral Side Stacker by Carol Clarke (The different dimension to this card is built up by building easy to cut wavy side stackers in from the sides rather than building up a pyramid in the centre.)
  5. Fluttery Butterfly Twisted Pyramage sheet by Carol Clarke (The sheet I used to make this card actually has two twisted pyramids of the same design on it, so double the value.)

CUP Newsletter Mailer

A copy of the newsletter that was sent out yesterday (25-5-11) can be seen by clicking -> here.  Those of you who went to the Creative Stitches & Hobbycraft show at Liverpool Aintree between 20-22nd May 2011 and went to see Crafty Bob can click on the link in the mailer to get your photo.  There are also some lovely new designs being highlighted, some 3D shop front cards, and some lovely cutting files of different names.

Crafty Bob’s Tombola went live online on Monday and there have been many winners of prizes.  In fact, there is a prize for everybody who enters.  The prizes given out so far range from a free download to £20.  Every time you place an order at craftsUprint you get an order number. You enter this order ID and your E-mail address on the Tombola page to see what you’ve won.

 

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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May 242011
 

I’m now onto my third blog post highlighting card I’ve made using design sheets that included a background element.  You can see the first batch by clicking -> here, and the second by clicking -> here. Click on the links listed below each group of cards to go and see the design sheets themselves.

1Cute Little Puppy   2BLUE TIT ON AN APPLE BLOSSOM TREE BRANCH  3Westie1 pyramid with background  4Pretty Wild Roses Toppers, Ribbon & Background  5Vintage Lady In Frame Pyramid

  1. Cute Little Puppy by Linda Whittles (The sheet comes with a six layer pyramid, a paper ribbon strip and a stripy backing.)
  2. BLUE TIT ON AN APPLE BLOSSOM TREE BRANCH by Elaine Sheldrake (As well as the blue tit topper with side stacker panels the sheet contains a small piece of co-ordinating background.)
  3. Westie1 pyramid with background by Liz Harrison (With half a page of background, the small pyramid topper with many layers, you will also find some bones and water bowls and greetings panels on the sheet used to make this.)
  4. Pretty Wild Roses Toppers, Ribbon & Background by Ammie Sanders (The sheet has two identical toppers, a paper ribbon and the background.)
  5. Vintage Lady In Frame Pyramid by Deborah Davies (The background element on the page matches the background within the oval of the pyramid topper.)

1Cockatoo 3D decoupage with background   2Dolphins oval pyramid with background  3White Rabbit 3D decoupage with background  4Runner Bean Flowers  5Lion Cub

  1. Cockatoo 3D decoupage with background by Liz Harrison (This is a decoupage topper that comes with a half page of matching background, some greetings panels and some paper ribbons of seeds and bird feet footprints.  The decoupage itself isn’t too difficult to cut out as you are going around the bird’s body which is quite forgiving when cutting out.)
  2. Dolphins oval pyramid with background by Liz Harrison (The background on this one looks as if it is seen through a kaleidoscope.  The sheet also has blank greetings panels.)
  3. White Rabbit 3D decoupage with background by Liz Harrison (This rabbit looks great when the decoupaged layers are rounded and shaped before sticking in place.)
  4. Runner Bean Flowers by Linda Whittles (You’ll find a paper ribbon, paper bow, greetings panel, and background, in addition to the topper image, on the sheet.)
  5. Lion Cub by Sheila Wilks (In addition to the main lion cub image there’s a second layer of the cub itself to decoupage on top.  There are also a few blank tags on the sheet.)


CUP Newsletter Mailer

A copy of the contents of the E-mail sent out yesterday (23-5-11) can be seen -> here.

(Please note that where it says “LAST CALL for Competition Entrants, Entry will close and voting will begin at 5pm today (GMT).” that this is incorrect.  The previously advertised closing date is as per on the page for uploading your photos of your entry -> here – which says “Entry will be open until 27th May and the winner will be announced on June 1st.”)

 GIANT SPRING WOBBLE KITS! are just one type of cards that can be seen in this newsletter.

 

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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May 222011
 

This is the second blog post I’ve made highlighting cards I’ve made using design sheets that included a backing element.  You can see the first batch by clicking -> here.  There’s another post to come again following this theme as I’ve found even more of this style of sheet in my digital library.  As I said in my previous post – this type of design sheet is great for a cardmaker who wants to make quick cards as a co-ordinating background is on the sheet and saves us having to go and search through our crafting stash to find something suitable.Click on the links listed below each group of cards to go and see the design sheets themselves.

1Elephant silhouette  2Blue Lace  3blue topper & sheet 4For a chocolate lover  5Biker

  1. Elephant silhouette by Linda Whittles (The background element of the design sheet I used for this card is stunning.   The photo of the card doesn’t do the colours justice, so click through on the link to see the design sheet itself.)
  2. Blue Lace by Sheila Wilks (The backing has the strip of blue attached.  I think that this card would be great for a wedding of an older couple, or even an anniversary.)
  3. Blue topper & sheet by Linda Whittles (There’s an additional layer of the flower that can be decoupaged on if you want, or you can just make up a card just using the topper and background if you want.)
  4. For a chocolate lover by Linda Whittles (This sheet has a yummy, swirly, background.  There are extra layers of the chocolate that can be decoupaged onto the topper as well.)
  5. Biker by Sheila Wilks (Again there’s an extra layer of the bike that can be decoupaged onto the topper, but if you have dexterity problems that would make cutting this out difficult you can just use the background and topper.)

1Daffodil   2Chimpanzee 3D decoupage with background 3Blue cimerola’s 4Cool Teenage Girl  5Tiger Pyramid design

  1. Daffodil by Sue Maycock (The sheet has four layers to the decoupaged daffodil in additon to the daffodil background.  As the pettals are nicely rounded these are not difficult to cut out.  The ruffle edge of the central part are a bit more of a fiddle but are very forgiving of slight slip-ups.)
  2. Chimpanzee 3D decoupage with background by Liz Harrison (Another design where there are layers that can be decoupaged if you want.)
  3. Blue cimerola’s by Mary Tidbury (In addition to the topper and background there are three greetings panels on the sheet used to make this card, and also a couple of extra flowers to decoupage.)
  4. Cool Teenage Girl by Deborah Davies (The additional layers on this topper are rectangular, so no difficult cutting out involved in making this card.)
  5. Tiger Pyramid design by Amy Cummings (Another straight edged pyramid topper, this time with a long strip of background and half a dozen greetings panels.)

CUP Newsletter Mailer

Friday’s mailer from CUP can be seen by clicking – here. Crafty Bob and some of the CUP team have been at the craft show at Aintree this weekend.  Anybody been to see the crafty fellow and get a prize in his Tombola game?  Seems a “new and web based Crafty Bob Tombola game” is soon to be launched, so keep an eye out in the next newsletter as I’m sure there will be more about that soon.

 

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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May 192011
 

In the past I’ve made blog posts about using backgrounds for making boxes and gift bags, as well as using backgrounds in different ways.  But those were all backgrounds that came as separate sheets. In today’s blog post I’m going to pick out design sheets that had a background element included on the sheet together with the topper.  This makes cardmaking easy as you don’t have to go looking for extra backgrounds unless you want to.  Here are a few of the cards I’ve made with sheets like this.  The “Part 1” of the title will probably already have told you that I actually had more of these types of sheets than I thought I had, so there will be a “Part 2” at some point to show you some more.  Click on the links listed below each group of cards to go and see the design sheets themselves.

1Seal Pup  2Fire Engine Birthday  3With sympathy lily 4Kitty  5Oval Roses Pyramage + Vellum

  1. Seal Pup by Sheila Wilks (In addition to the background and rectangular topper the design sheet also has two greetings ribbons which I didn’t use – so click through to have a look at the sheet to see what’s on the sheet.)
  2. Fire Engine Birthday by Angie Palmer (There are two backgrounds on the sheet and in addition to the topper you get lots of greetings panels and numbers.)
  3. With sympathy lily by Linda Whittles (In addition to the background and topper there are greetings panels, including a blank one.)
  4. Kitty by Sarah Lake (The topper on this one is a twisted pyramid.  Together with a square of background there’s a piece of paper ribbon as well.)
  5. Oval Roses Pyramage + Vellum by Sue Maycock (There’s an A5 panel of background together with a “Best Wishes” greeting and a blank greetings panel, together with the oval pyramid on the design sheet I used to make this.)

1Beautiful Vintage Fashion Lady DL Card Kit   2Wild Horse  3Silver Cross  4Rose Bouquet  5Yellow Flowers

  1. Beautiful Vintage Fashion Lady DL Card Kit by Ammie Sanders (The sheet had a wide strip of background together with the pyramid topper and a blank panel for greetings.)
  2. Wild Horse by Sarah Lake (This topper is a twisted pyramid and the sheet has a square of the background on it.)
  3. Silver Cross by Sheila Wilks (I only used a strip of the background accross the bottom corner in my card, but half the A4 sheet is a matching background to the cross topper.)
  4. Rose Bouquet by Angie Palmer (The sheet has two different backgrounds, 2 greetings paper ribbons, and several greetings panels inadditon to the rose bouquet topper.)
  5. Yellow Flowers by Sheila Wilks (In addition to the background, paper ribbon used as a stopper, and topper shown, the sheet also has some blank oval tags.)

CUP Newsletter Mailer

Another CUP Newsletter was sent out yesterday (18-5-11) and you can see it by clicking -> here.  The “New From” feature is highlighting “Joke Card Sheets” this time.  At the bottom of the sheet there’s a link to join the mailing list and receive free downloads for your own use.

Of course there’s also a mention of the “Wedding Card Competition – May 2011“.  There are already over 65 beautiful entries uploaded by card makers from around the world, but there’s still a week until the closing day of the 27th May for more cardmakers to upload.  So if you haven’t put in an entry yet there’s still time.  All you need to do is buy any sheet from CUP, use that sheet when making any Wedding Themed card, take a picture of the card (crop to frame the card nicely within the photo if needed), then upload your picture to the competition album within the gallery on Craftforums giving details of the sheet used and how you made the card.  If you are not already a member of Craftforums then it’s easy to join.  Just click -> here – you should then see a link to join at the top right hand corner. Craftforums is realy a great forum for crafters, so it’s well worth joining.

 

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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New Cards – May 2011

 Posted by at 02:24 pm
May 172011
 

New Cards

I’ve spent some time over the last few days and made some more new items with sheets I’ve bought from craftsUprint.  These range from a keepsake horseshoe for a bride to bright bookmarks, as well as an a wide assortment of card image.

You’ll see nine items listed below, but I’ve used 10 sheets from CUP as one card used two different sheets.

1Gold Wedding Rings Backing  2Brides Keepsake Horseshoe Ivory  3Audi TT Sport Pyramid  4Parrots  5Swirls and Dots Blank A5 Portrait Insert In Lilac

  1. Gold Wedding Rings Backing by Sue Maycock (This is an absolutely lovely background for wedding cards, whether you are looking for something as a big panel, a strip down the side, or making the whole card base out of it.  The rings are of a nice depth of colour to be seen without overtaking the rest of the card.  For this card I used a Glitter Girl embossing board for the panel shape leaving me with an easy shape to cut out.)
  2. Brides Keepsake Horseshoe Ivory by Wendy Bromilow (All the flowers on this horseshoe were individually cut out.  There were no really intricate patterns or landlocked area, but it was a long job that I had to do over several nights because of issues with my hands.  I decided to edge all the flowers with a gold metallic marker, which again was a long drawn out process for them all, but it added something a little special to the design and meant that no white cut edges are visible after shaping the flowers.)
  3. Audi TT Sport Pyramid by Steve Bowley (This is a straightforward card to make with an easy to cut pyramid topper.  Great to give to those who are into cars.)
  4. Parrots by Tom Curtis (Quick to make bookmarks, but would also make great toppers on long cards.)
  5. Fairy Tale Coach Pink by Tom Curtis + Swirls and Dots Blank A5 Portrait Insert In Lilac by Mandy Russell (As the insert and card blank can simply be trimmed using a trimmer and scored, and the fairy tale coach pyramid is just straight line cutting, this card was easy to make.)

1Kick the Ball Twisted Pyramid  2A romantic evening with a glowing fire  3Faded Elegance Paper in Light Blue  4Silver Wedding Rings Backing

  1. Kick the Ball Twisted Pyramid by Diane Furniss (The twisted nature of this pyramid gives a slightly different dimension to the card, but it is still only straight edged cutting involved.)
  2. A romantic evening with a glowing fire by Angela Wake (Another pyramid with straight edges, but this time with rounded corners on the layers.  It’s still easy to cut and make up though.)
  3. Faded Elegance Paper in Light Blue by Rebecca Brindley (Another of my simple to make boxes with card attached.  I’d normally use silver with blue but I thought I’d team it with gold this time.  This is a great way to use up little scraps of ribbon, perhaps cut off the ends of bows or something.  The lengths used to put round the central panel were only around 2″ in length – don’t like throwing bits away so I’m glad I found an use for them.)
  4. Silver Wedding Rings Backing by Sue Maycock (I printed out the sheet at A5 rather than A4 size for making this card.  After trimming, scoring and folding it was a quick job to make up the card itself with a couple of wax seals, some peel-offs and a ribbon.  A quick and easy card to make.)

CUP Newsletter Mailer

A CUP Newsletter was sent out yesterday (16-5-11).  If you want to go and have a look you can see it -> here.  The designs being shown are really diverse this time.  Plus there’s the usual “New From” and “Card Maker Spotlight” features, amongst the other news.

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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Sports and Games

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May 152011
 

Mention sports and games to a hundred different people and I’m sure they’ll all have a different assortment of top three to give you.  Some things that are considered sports or games by some people wouldn’t be considered so by others.  For some they are serious business and for others they are just for fun, but whatever the recipient is into I’m sure that you would be able to find a card to suit on CUP.

Starting with some cards depicting “traditional” sports

1Golf No-Hole Fold Back Card  2Rugby Quick Card with pyramage  3Foot Baller  4Football Stadium Pyramid   5Football Cut and Fold Card

  1. Golf No-Hole Fold Back Card by Carol Clarke (This is such an easy card to make.  As it’s a “No-Hole” foldback it means that there’s no cutting around the right hand side of the picture on the inside involved. Fantastic idea for those who hate getting a craft knife out.)
  2. Rugby Quick Card with pyramage by Carol Clarke (Straight cutting only so an easy card to make.  As it doesn’t actually show a rugby player it’s a great card even if the rugby player is a woman.)
  3. Foot baller by Carol Brown (Although this is decoupage there are good lines to follow when cutting, but it is a bit fiddly because there are “landlocked” areas between the arms and body.  Perfect for a young boy who’s into football.)
  4. Football Stadium Pyramid Sheet by Amy Cummings (An easy to cut pyramid sheet with a narrow background panel/ribbon, a ball, and lots of greetings.)
  5. Football Cut and Fold Card by Carol Clarke (A quick print, score, cut, and fold card that can be used as it is, although I’ve used one of the matching spiral toppers on this particular card.)

Next an assortment of indoor “games”

1Cards Side Stacker  210 Pin Bowling Step by Step  3Tech Games Print and CUT  4Dominoes Quick Card Wavy Corner side stacker

  1. Cards Side Stacker by Carol Clarke (As the side stackers are straight edged this is an easy card to cut out and make.)
  2. 10 Pin Bowling Step by Step by Deborah Davies (The decoupage layers for the pins might be too fiddly to cut out for some, but they are not the most difficult to cut.  The design sheet also had some greetings panels so click through to take a look.)
  3. Tech Games Print and CUT by Luanne Collins (As this design is a CraftROBO Print & Cut one there’s no actual cutting out of the electronic games pieces involved, so an easy card to make.)
  4. Dominoes Quick Card Wavy Corner side stacker by Carol Clarke (The wavy corner pieces are not difficult to cut out and give an interesting dimension to the card.)

A further assortment of what some consider “sports”

Although I think the fisherman in the first card is just relaxing some take competitive fishing very seriously. Motor bike racing is very popular with some and is perhaps more well known than jalopy racing. And I finish off with a couple of cards showing horses.  Whether it’s horse racing on the flat or over jumps, hunting, or equestrian sports such as show jumping or dressage, there’s no getting away from the fact that a good horse is needed.

1Gone Fishing!  2Biker  3Funny car topper  4Horse & Foal Side Stacker  5Strutting Horse Iris Folding Pattern

  1.  Gone Fishing! by Angie Palmer (Two shades of backgrounds, lots of greetings panels, and the topper are to be found on the design sheet I used to make this card.)
  2. Biker by Sheila Wilks (You’ll find the topper, a background and a couple of paper ribbon greetings strips on the design sheet used to make this card.  In addition there’s a further decoupage layer for the bike.  This is the most difficult bit to cut out, but could be left off if needed.)
  3. Funny car topper by Sharon Poore (This design is built up of straight edged pyramid layers so no difficult cutting.)
  4. Horse & Foal Side Stacker by Ammie Sanders (Again there’s only straight edges to cut for the layers on this design.)
  5. Strutting Horse Iris Folding Pattern by Margaret Jones (The aperture for this design is a bit of a fiddle to cut out but the iris folding itself is an easy job.)

CUP Newsletter Mailer

If you want to have a look at the latest mailer from CUP, that was sent out on Friday (13-5-11), why not pop to the page to have a look by clicking -> here.

There’s a mention of the cardmaking competition, and the fact that there have been quite a lot of early entries, plus information about when the next copy of the CUP magazine “CraftsInPrint” is due out and how to order it.  And, of course, there are design sheets, kits and cards to be seen.

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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May 122011
 

At the beginning of the month I did a post on “From Boys to Men” – here – so today I’m going for cards that depict Girls, Women and Ladies.

1New baby quick card front  24 Ice cream kids toppers  3Girls and Phones sheet  4Relaxing Teenager Twisted Pyramid  5friends out on the town

  1. New baby quick card front by Sharon Poore (A lovely card for a baby girl to welcome her into the world and congratulate the parents.  The sheet has the card front and square topper, which are easy to cut out, but there’s also added little items which are a bit more intricate to cut out but don’t have to be used.)
  2. 4 Ice cream kids toppers by Sharon Poore (4 simple but lovely little toppers that make great quick cards.)
  3. Girls and Phones sheet by Julie Green (There are two girls and phones on the sheet.  Both have rather tricky cutting out, but you can pick and choose what layers you want to cut it out.)
  4. Relaxing Teenager Twisted Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers (Although the pyramid is twisted it still only involves straight edged cutting so is an easy card to make.  I made an aperture in the front to show one of the smaller images through.)
  5. Friends out on the town by Angela Wake (This is a “screen” card so not that difficult to make.  Only some rounded cutting over the top and straight edges.)

1Cool Teenage Girl  2Classroom Pyramid and Border Design  3Lady of the Lake backing Paper 1  4Elegant Style  5Vintage Lady In Frame Pyramid

  1. Cool Teenage Girl by Deborah Davies (With a background element and straight edged pyramid topper this is an easy card to cut out and make.  I put the topper on at a “jaunty angle” but it doesn’t have to be made up like this.)
  2. Thank You Teacher! Classroom Pyramid and Border Design by Amy Cummings (A couple of paper ribbons, a couple of greetings panels and a pyramid topper – everything ready to make a great quick card for a teacher, whether that is a card for a child to give his or her teacher at school, or perhaps a teacher on his or her graduation.)
  3. Lady of the Lake Toppers by Rebecca Brindley (There are lots of toppers of the same design but in different sizes on this design sheet.  I’ve put it with co-ordinating background and insert to make this lovely gate-fold card.)
  4. Elegant Style by Deborah Davies (Coming with a background side panel, this design is a decoupage sheet and therefore requires some intricate cutting out.  The lady is indeed dressed in an elegant style.)
  5. Vintage Lady In Frame Pyramid by Deborah Davies (This design is built up of straight edged pyramid layers, so very easy to cut out and make up.  The sheet also has the background that matches, so no need to go off looking for extras unless you want to.)

1Lady of the East  2Sari  3fashion lady orange and lace  4BLUE ART DECO  5Vintage Fashion Lady DL Card Kit

  1. Lady of the East by Angela Wake (The first of my ladies from foreign lands is a simple to make card front with two oblong toppers and an extra decoupage layer for each.)
  2. Sari by Sarah Lake (This topper is built up of wavy edged central panels so nothing very difficult to cut out.)
  3. Fashion lady orange and lace by Cynthia Berridge (The pyramid topper on this card is made of oval layers, so it isn’t difficult to make.  The orange colour makes this card stand out a bit amongst the other colours in this collection.)
  4. BLUE ART DECO by Val Ramon (The design sheet has round and heart toppers as well as the one I used to make this card.  I used part of a box that an Easter Egg came in to make this card, so don’t forget to look at everything for items you can recycle for your crafting/card making.)
  5. Beautiful Vintage Fashion Lady DL Card Kit by Ammie Sanders (A straight edged pyramid topper, background element and a blank greetings panel come on the sheet I used to make this, so it’s easy to make a stylish card.)

I’ve made up a whole lot of other cards that I could use in this particular post, but I had to put a stop putting up pictures at some point or I’d be making the page longer and longer.

CUP May Card Competition

We now have the details for the CUP May Card Competition, plus the location to upload pictures of our finished cards.

It is to be a “Wedding Themed card” this time and the details an be seen by clicking -> here.  The photos are to be uploaded -> here.  Somebody’s already uploaded a card – and a very nice card it is as well – so I need to get my thinking cap on!

There are such a huge amount of designs suitable for Wedding cards available on CUP.  I actually wrote a Blog post highlighting some I’d made the day before the Royal Wedding.  You can still go and look at it if you want.  It’s to be seen -> here.  But do you think I can decide on what to do for this competition?  No!  I’ve already made an Open Book card and a card with some pop-up and easel elements for different CUP competitions, so I want it to be a bit different.  I think I’ll have to think on it for a while, and perhaps sleep on it a few nights, and see what comes to me.

CUP Newsletter Mailer

The latest mailer from CUP was sent out yesterday (11-5-11) and a link was posted on Facebook.  Why not pop to the page to have a look by clicking -> here.  There are some stunning cards being highlighted.  In addition to this there’s information about two competitions, the cardmaking one I mentioned earlier, and another to Guess the Designer.  No name immediately jumps to mind with me, how about you?  Any ideas?  Why not enter?

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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