Jun 302011
 

CUP Mailer

The latest mailer, of the 29th June, can be seen by clicking -> here.  You’ll see lots of designs by Gold designers being showcased as well as the usual “New From” piece – this time some Flower Boxes 3D Card Kits by Valerie Dawes; another “CUP TV” episode; a cutting file card in the “Card Spotlight”, and lots of other bits of information.

Discount Code

You’ve still got a short time left to make use of the 20% “PARTY” discount code.

Card Competition

There’s also still a short time left to vote in the “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition”.  Even if you don’t want to vote please go over – by clicking here – to have a look at all the entries.  You may get lots of inspiration for your own cards just from browsing around and looking.

Some Cards For You To Look At

Here are a few cards I’ve made over the last year that are aimed at the younger members of the family this time.

1Pirates Ahoy Quick Card With Wavy Spiral Side Stacker  2Bugs Print and CUT  3Garden Helper Pyramage Page 2  4Christmas Kings  5Giraffe Pyramid

  1. Pirates Ahoy Quick Card With Wavy Spiral Side Stacker by Carol Clarke (A great card for a boy)
  2. Bugs Print and CUT by Luanne Collins (The sheet I used to make this was a”Print and Cut” one for the CraftROBO)
  3. Garden Helper Pyramage Page 2 by Deborah Davies (Although I made this card up on a diamond front you could make it on a square or rectangular card however you wished.)
  4. Christmas Kings by Allison Finegan (A lovely Christmas card for a child.  It has some decoupage dimension.)
  5. Giraffe Pyramid by Chris Harland (I thought that this giraffe just called out for small googly eyes.)

1Hide an’ Seek  2Clown with Cake -Easy Card Front with decoupage  3All at Sea- wavy penny slider  4Foot Baller  5On The Farm 2

  1. Hide an’ Seek by Carol Brown (Another fun one with googly eyes.  The snake is just one of the images on the sheet, so go and have a look at the rest.)
  2. Clown with Cake -Easy Card Front with decoupage by Margaret Jones (Perfect for a child’s birthday card.)
  3. All at Sea- wavy penny slider by Sue Foord (Children like some movement in their card.)
  4. Foot Baller by Carol Brown (A card for the children who are mad about football.)
  5. On The Farm 2 by Carol Brown (CUP doesn’t only have designs for cards.  These are cute little bookmarks to give as a little gift, either on their own or maybe with a book.)

 

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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Jun 282011
 

CUP Mailer

It’s time to PARTY on craftsUprint with a 20% off discount code being announced.  The code ends 1st July 2011 so you’ve got a couple of days to make your choices and place your order.  There’s nothing quite like getting a discount to help build up your digital library of designs and kits while still saving money.

As well as the discount code the latest mailer showcases designs by some of the CUP Gold Designers, some CUP Latest News, Card Maker Spotlight.

The latest mailer, of the 27th June, can be seen by clicking -> here.

End of Term “Teacher” Cards

With so many children moving from one class to another, or one school to another, at the end of the next school year it’s nice to give a little “Thank You” card to the teacher they’ve been with for the last year.

1Teacher Card   2Studious Mouse   3Thank You Teacher! Male Pyramid Design  4Classroom Pyramid and Border Design  5Books Card Front

  1. Teacher Card by Deborah Davies (This is a decoupage design, so has some cutting ins and outs but the design is quite chunky so isn’t very intricate.  It comes with three suitable greetings.)
  2. Studious Mouse by Sheila Rodgers (Although this design can be used as a Good Luck card before exams, or a Congratulations after exams, it is also suitable to give to a teacher.  It comes with a blank greetings panel.)
  3. Thank You Teacher! Male Pyramid Design by Amy Cummings (An easy to make card.  The design sheet has two borders and a greetings panel included.)
  4. Thank You Teacher! Classroom Pyramid and Border Design by Amy Cummings (Quick and easy to cut and make pyramid design that comes with a couple of borders and greetings.)
  5. Books Card Front by Russ Smith (Books are very suitable for teacher cards.  You can just use the main layer as a card front or cut out and add the books layer as well.)

1Mummy duck and ducklings Pyramid Sheet  2Owls Pop Out Card  3Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid  4Rosie’s Flower Cut and Fold Quick Card   5Soft Pink Bed of Roses - Background Paper

  1. Mummy duck and ducklings Pyramid Sheet by Sarah Edwards (This design is just calling out for a caption “Follow me children – we’re going for a swimming lesson today”)
  2. Owls Pop Out Card by Sheila Rodgers (Think about what the child has done this last year – have they been taken on an educational visit to see birds, or studied them in the classroom?  Whatever it is they’ve studied I’m sure you could find a suitable card on craftsUprint.)
  3. Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid by Carol Clarke (Flowers for teacher – this one would be nice for a little boy to give at the end of term.)
  4. Rosie’s Flower Cut and Fold Quick Card by Carol Clarke (This is the quickest and easiest card to make up from those highlighted in today’s blog post, but you could embellish it with glitter and gems if you wish.  A nice one for a little girl to give to her teacher at the end of term.)
  5. Soft Pink Bed of Roses – Background Paper by Julene Harris (Remember that you can use background designs to make gift bags or boxes, which are a nice way to present a gift to teacher.)

 

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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More News From CUP Land

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Jun 272011
 

Cat In The Garden Wavy Side Stacker

Cat in the Garden Wavy Side Stacker by Sarah Edwards (Artwork by Pamela West)
Wish I was sat in the chair in this garden just relaxing amongst the flowers.
(Click on the link to see the design sheet I used to make this card.)

CUP Mailer

There have been three mailers out from craftsUprint since I last posted to my blog.

The one from the 20th June can be seen by clicking -> here.

The one from the 22nd June can be seen by clicking -> here.

The one from the 24th June can be seen by clicking -> here.

CUP Gift Vouchers

If you don’t know what to give a friend who’s into cardmaking, or want to give somebody in the family a good start to building up a digital library of designs for cardmaking, then craftsUprint Gift Vouchers would be just the thing.  They come in £5, £10, £20 and £50 (so if you want to give somebody £25 of vouchers you could go for a £20 and a £5 voucher), and even come with FREE gift wallet designs so that you can make them up to present your vouchers in.  Click -> here – to go and have a look.

CUP Card Competition

76 cards have been entered this time into the competition, titled “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition”.  Entry has now closed and voteing has started.  Whether you are a crafter who uses the craftsUprint site or not, please go to the competition gallery -> here – to have a look at all the cards entered.  With such a variety of styles on show, embelished in a variety of different ways, I’m sure you’ll get some inspiration for your own crafting.

If you are a Craftforums member please remember to have a good look at all the cards, then choose the card you think shows off the cardmaker’s skill the best – and then vote!

Lavender Fields - Original art   Red Squirrel and Grey Rabbit watercolour paintings

Two more images by the artist Pamela West
The Lavender Fields from the Designer Resource Cornfields and Lavender Fields – Original art
and the Squirrel from the Designer Resource Red Squirrel and Grey Rabbit watercolour paintings.
(Please click on the links to see the full Designer Resource including the second image on each one.)

 

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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Jun 182011
 

Father’s Day

Hope nobody’s forgotten that it’s Father’s Day tomorrow – 19th June – at least it is in the UK, I know it’s not all around the world.  If anybody still hasn’t got their card made, or gets a sudden last minute request for a card, then you may like to take a look at the blog post I made previously about Father’s Day Cards, which you can see by clicking -> here.

I’d like to say a
Happy Father’s Day

to all the fathers out there who read this.
Hope your nearest and dearest have remembered to get some special treat for the day.

This is the outside and inside of the card I made for my father:

Father’s Day Card Competition Entry - Front   Father’s Day Card Competition Entry - Inside

 For anybody who’s interested, these are the sheets and kits I used to make my card:

Main background images, decoupage character, garden plants & pots, etc. : From kit – cup138046_437 – Gardening_Allotment Dude Kit
“Pocket Handkerchief Lawn” area : From sheet – cup8717 – Someplace Backing Paper 2
Deckchair : From sheet – cup72148_13 – Floating Deckchair

And my description of how I made it can be seen by clicking -> here.

Although I used these items for a Father’s Day card don’t forget that they can be used for lots of different occasions – all the items are great items to have in your digital craft library.

Update from CUP Land

A copy of the mailer that was sent out yesterday (17th June 2011) can be seen -> here.

As usual there are lots of lovely designs being highlighted, but there is other content that may be of interest to you as well.

If you know somebody who’s a crafter/cardmaker and are struggling to think of a gift to give them, then why not consider a “craftsUprint Gift Voucher“.  They come in amounts as low as £5, then in various other amounts up to £50. When you buy a Gift Voucher you will receive a selection of FREE themed Gift Wallets to put your voucher in. Themes include, Birthday, Wedding, Christmas, Male & Floral.  These wallets having been designed by CUP’s Titanium Designer Carol Clarke (who you may remember I did a blog post highlighting some of her work here last weekend).

 

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 I’ve Made – June 2011

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Jun 172011
 

I actually managed to put together a few cards yesterday, as well as get tidy pictures taken and get the pictures uploaded to craftsUprint.  Mind you, I had done the printing and cutting before then, and I have several more to do.  But it’s a start.

Two of the cards involved backgrounds as well as toppers of various sorts so there are 12 CUP sheets involved.

Have a look at the card pictures, and if you like the look of any then click through on the links beneath and you’ll get taken to the sheet I used so you too could have a go at making them.  But you don’t have to make them up the same way as I did.  I’m sure you can come up with other ideas.

1Metalic Blue Butterfly Envelope Card  2Romantic Butterflies in Peppermint Green  3White Rose  4GROOM 2  5Circular Easy-position Pyramid - Rosa Double Delight

  1.  Metalic Blue Butterfly Envelope Card by Deborah Davies (The cutting round the “envelope” flap and the butterfly wings is not too difficult, so quite an easy card to make up, but very striking.)
  2. Romantic Butterflies in Peppermint Green by Rebecca Brindley (What could be easier to cut out and three straight edged panels, and with the base card simply being an A4 sheet scored twice the whole card is easy to make.  I just added some glitter for a bit of sparkle, though I could have matted and layered the panels or put some peel-offs round the edge as well – there are lots of possible ways to embellish if you wish, and lots of possible uses, such as DL card fronts or bookmarks)
  3. White Rose by Barbara Alderson and Luscious Berries A5 Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (The rose is decoupaged so the cutting isn’t all straight edges, but the flower itself and the leaves are reasonably easy to cut as they are quite chunky, the most fiddly bit was round the butterfly, though I don’t think it’s very intricate.)
  4. GROOM 2 by Carol Brown and Wedding Dress Vellum by Michelle Johnson (A paper punch was used to give intricate detailing to this card, and the topper itself is just a simple to cut oval, so this card was a very easy one to put together.
  5. Circular Easy-position Pyramid – Rosa Double Delight by Judith Flavel (Just cutting round the layers involved in making this card, and the layers are marked to show where the next layer is to go, so it’s very easy to put together as well.)

1Boy in the Rain Pyramid  2Pansies  3Beautiful Lily Wedding Cake  4Spring Bouquet - Quick Card  5Jeweled Cross With Roses Fancy Shaped Topper/ Front 2

  1.  Boy in the Rain Pyramid by Sarah Edwards (A straight edged pyramid topper so easy to cut and easy to put together.  I just put some clear glaze on the raindrops and some metallic marker round the outside edge to embelish.  Such a happy picture.)
  2. Pansies by Tom Curtis (“Bookmark” toppers really are great.  Use as bookmarks or as toppers on a DL card, or even use more than one on a “screen” or panel card.)
  3. Beautiful Lily Wedding Cake by Susan Heanes (This design had more intricate cutting involved, but I have to admit to only cutting out one layer of the wedding cake to decoupage and only two of the butterflies to embellish, and it still makes a lovely card, so don’t think you always have to use everything on a design sheet.  You can even just use the base image with the scalloped edge if you want.)
  4. Spring Bouquet – Quick Card by Julene Harris (A design that suits so many occasions, from Get Well to birthday, from Mother’s Day to Sympathy, and very easy to cut out and make as well.  A good design to have in your digital library.)
  5. Jeweled Cross With Roses Fancy Shaped Topper/ Front 2 by Anna Babajanyan (This shape is easy to cut out and makes a stunning topper.  If you wanted to print it more than ones you could decoupage bits of it as well, but I used it as a simple topper.)

Update from CUP Land

There are now over 60 entries to the “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition” uploaded to the card gallery.  Even if you’ve not been a craftsUprint customer in the past there’s still enough time to go to the site, buy a few designs and make up a card to enter.  £5 worth of sheets or kits is the minimum order and it would be a good way to start a digital library of card-making designs if you’ve not done so already.  The rules are simple “Make any Female Birthday Themed card using any download from Craftsuprint! Entry will be open until 24th June and the winner will be announced on July 1st.”  In my last post I said that I had made my card but was waiting for the rain to stop, and some sunlight to come out, so that I could take a picture of my entry to upload.  Well this is now done.  So all I’ve got to do now is wait for the voteing and hope I get a few votes.  Don’t expect I’ll win as there are some really stunning cards uploaded this time.

Craftforums is a great craft forum provided by the lovely team at craftsUprint HQ for crafters of all ability and designers to chat together.  So if you are not already a member why don’t you consider joining.  If you’ve ever struggled to find just the right design for a card, you know what you want but just can’t find anything suitable, then Craftforums has a great section called “Ask An Expert / Designer” where you can not only ask anybody on the forum if they can help you with a specific problem or query, but you can also put out a request to the designers to see if they can come up with just the right design for your needs.  Many CUP customers have been very happy with the positive response from the designers to various requests, so give it a try.

The other things that are still ongoing on the CUP site include:

“Crafty Bob’s Bingo” – The £100 prize for the Bingo was won yesterday.  But never fear, a new game has started and we are currently looking for four corners and the centre for game 47 – the prize being £20.

“Crafty Bob Treasure Hunt” – Bob is still in hiding and the “Bob Pot”, that goes to the person who finds Crafty Bob waving, is currently nearing £120 – so who’s going to find him this time?

“Crafty Bob’s Tombola” – With every order from craftsUprint getting an entry into the tombola, and every entry into the tombola winning a price you can be sure of getting something from the range of prices that goes from a Free Download to a £20 Gift Voucher, so if you do place an order on the site don’t forget to go to the Tombola to find out what your prize is.

Crafty Bob’s Blog” –  Don’t forget to check out Crafty Bob’s Blog periodically.  Sometimes he puts up discount codes there, as well as information about what’s going on on the craftsUprint site.

 

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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Jun 122011
 

As I said in my last blog post (which you can see by clicking here), it was announced in the mailer that was sent out on the 8th that the CUP Premier Designer Carol Clarke has gone “Titanium” – the first CUP designer to do so.  This means that Carol has now sold over 50,000 sheets and kits on the craftsUprint site, which is a huge achievement.

As I also said in my last blog post, I’ve got around 60 sheets designed by Carol, some of which I’ve already highlighted in my first and second posts showing cards I’d made using her designs (1st post – here; 2nd post – here).  With Carol reaching the Titanium level as a design creator/seller I  thought that now would be an opportune time to highlight a few more of the designs she’s created.  Please click on the links given below each batch of cards to go and see the design sheet/insert/background I used to make these ten cards.

1Sweet Little Lamb Fold Back Card with Decoupage  2Men’s DIY Quick Card with Circular Side Stacker Topper  3Flowers and Pearls Cut and Fold Card  4Little Bunny Cut and Fold Quick Card  5Rosie’s Balloons Quick Card with Wavy Spiral Side Stacker

  1. Sweet Little Lamb Fold Back Card with Decoupage
  2. Men’s DIY Quick Card with Circular Side Stacker Topper
  3. Flowers and Pearls Cut and Fold Card
  4. Little Bunny Cut and Fold Quick Card
  5. Rosie’s Balloons Quick Card with Wavy Spiral Side Stacker

I’ve used two different card fronts/inserts, and a background created by Carol when making this next batch of cards.

1Square ‘Gold Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert  2Luscious Berries A5 Card Front or insert  3Fluttery Butterfly Quick Card with Fan Pyramage Topper  4Greetings, Lace and Pearls matching Backing Paper  5Wedding Cake Quick card with Shell Edged Corner side stacker

  1. Square ‘Gold Metallic Frame’ Card Front or insert
  2. Luscious Berries A5 Card Front or insert
  3. Fluttery Butterfly Quick Card with Fan Pyramage Topper
  4. Greetings, Lace and Pearls matching Backing Paper
  5. Wedding Cake Quick card with Shell Edged Corner side stacker

The only one of these ten cards with any sort of intricate cutting is the first one, Sweet Little Lamb, as there are a few pieces of the lamb to cut out and decoupage, but this isn’t particularly difficult.

To see the first post I made using Carol Clarke’s designs click – here.

 To see the second post I made using her designs click – here.

You can see this designer’s design sheets on CUP by clicking – here
(She’s got over 20,000 items listed.)

Update from CUP Land

Over 50 entries have now been uploaded to the “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition” card gallery.   There’s still time to get yours made and uploaded if you want to enter.  The rules are simple “Make any Female Birthday Themed card using any download from Craftsuprint! Entry will be open until 24th June and the winner will be announced on July 1st.”  I finished making my entry last night, and what’s it like out there today? – rain! – just when I wanted nice bright sunshine to take my photo of the card to upload it.  I hope it brightens up later on or tomorrow.  Don’t like waiting for too long to take my photo just in case it get’s damaged.

The other things that are still ongoing on the CUP site include:

Crafty Bob’s Bingo” – we are currently playing for a House in game 42

Crafty Bob Treasure Hunt” – with the “Bob Pot” that goes to the person who finds Crafty Bob waving currently standing at over £80.

Crafty Bob’s Tombola” – with every order from craftsUprint getting an entry into the tombola, and every entry into the tombola winning a price you can be sure of getting something from the range of prices that goes from a Free Download to a £20 Gift Voucher.

 

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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Jun 102011
 

Square Toppers
Another post showcasing cards I’ve made that have square toppers on them again today.  Until I started collecting together all my images of cards which had square toppers together I didn’t realise quite how many I had.  I think there are probably enough for me to do one or two further posts on the theme at some point in addition to this one and the three I’ve already made.  You can see the first one – here – and the second – here, and third – here.

A bookmark came on the sheet with the first three cards I’m showing.  I attached the bookmark to the card front using a ribbon on one, by making a pocket from a co-ordinating background for another, but left the bookmark loose, to be put inside the card, for the third.  The sheets used are all by the designer Carol Clarke.

1ittle Chick Quick Card with Pyramage  2Flower Filled Wheelbarrow Quick Card Circle Pyramage Topper  3Just Roses Quick Card with Wavy Corner side stacker Topper

  1. Little Chick Quick Card with Pyramage (This topper has just straight edges to cut as it is a simple pyramid.)
  2. Flower Filled Wheelbarrow Quick Card Circle Pyramage Topper (No intricate cutting but the pyramid is circular, rather than square, this time.)
  3. Just Roses Quick Card with Wavy Corner side stacker Topper (This time the dimension is built up with wavy corner side stacker layers.  Nothing very difficult to cut out and very forgiving if the wave isn’t quite even, so long as you don’t leave any white bits.)

Some more square toppers used on rectangular cards.  You will notice the totally different looks achieved.  The first one is a specialist card called a Waterfall Card which has some movement of the toppers when the tab is pulled. The second one uses another design from the “Just Roses” series as used in the third card with bookmark above.

1Blue Butterfly Waterfall  2Just Roses Twisted Pyramage sheet  3blue topper & sheet  4Oriental Garden Ladies Spiral Edge Stacker  5Classroom Pyramid and Border Design

  1. Blue Butterfly Waterfall by Russ Smith (Although it may look complicated, all the pieces needed to create the waterfall mechanism are on the sheet.  All you need are a couple of brads or two pieces of strong double sided tape to attach it to your chosen card front, and it’s all easy cutting as well.)
  2. Just Roses Twisted Pyramage sheet by Carol Clarke (There are two twisted pyramid toppers on the sheet, so great value as you can get two cards from one printout.  You will see that I used a piece of the matching Just Roses matching Backing Paper as well, another piece of which was used to hold the bookmark on the card in the set above.)
  3. Blue Topper & Sheet by Linda Whittles (The sheet used to make this has a square topper, a flower to cut out and decoupage if you want, though you could leave the extra layer off if you find it to fiddly to cut, and a background element, plus a greetings panel and a paper ribbon.  Everything to make a card in whichever style you want all on one sheet.)
  4. Oriental Garden Ladies Spiral Edge Stacker by Ann-marie Vaux (The dimension is built up by sticking strips of the image around the edge in a spiral.  You get as much or as little dimension as you want by varying the depth of the foam tape you use.  As it’s just strips that are used it’s all straight cutting and easy to do.)
  5. Classroom Pyramid and Border Design by Amy Cummings (This time I’ve made a tent fold, landscape, card and kept it small.)

Update from CUP Land

It was announced in the mailer that was sent out on the 8th that the CUP Premier Designer Carol Clarke has gone “Titanium” – the first CUP designer to do so.  A HUGE Congratulations Carol!

You may be wondering what Carol had to do to get this accolade – well Carol has now sold 50,000 sheets and kits on the craftsUprint site.  Wow!  Now that’s a lot.  But it doesn’t surprise me as Carol is an expert designer, who creates her own graphics, rather than buying designer resources in, and creates so many design sheets and kits that we as cardmakers love to buy.  I recon I’ve got around 60 of her sheets myself, so I feel another Blog post highlighting her designs coming up over the weekend, so keep an eye out for that.

There’s over 40 entries so far uploaded to the card gallery for the “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition”.   There’s plenty of time to get yours made and uploaded if you want to enter.  The rules are “Make any Female Birthday Themed card using any download from Craftsuprint! Entry will be open until 24th June and the winner will be announced on July 1st.”

 

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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Cards All On One Sheet – 2

 Posted by at 04:31 pm
Jun 072011
 

This is my second post showing you these really handy design sheets where the whole card base, together with extra layers in some cases, are all on one sheet, so if you can print onto card you don’t need to go looking for any other card to stick your design to.  My first in this series of posts can be seen – here.

This first batch are small cards that can be used as gift tags or little cards.  They come with envelopes on the sheet as well.  So cute, and come for all sorts of occasions from birthdays to Christmas. All this first batch were designed by Ann-marie Vaux and the toppers are Pointy Stacker style, the stacker layers being bowed inwards rather than being straight but it’s all very easy to cut out.  There are different styles of layer embellishments available in the AIO series by this designer.  If you click – here – to go to Ann-marie’s page on CUP and do a search for “AIO” you’ll see what’s available.

1Deep Purple Rose Lace Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO  2Beautiful Poppies Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO  3Church Snow Mini Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO  4The Tree Snow Mini Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO

  1. Deep Purple Rose Lace Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO
  2. Beautiful Poppies Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO
  3. Church Snow Mini Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO
  4. The Tree Snow Mini Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO

This group of cards are all of different shaped to the standard square or rectangular cards.

1“Love” Kimono 8 Shaped Card  2New Home House Shaped Card  3“Feather Butterfly” Fancy Octagon Shaped Card 6  4Were’s My Lippy?  5Flutter By Butterfly - Cut & Fold Over The Side Card

  1. “Love” Kimono 8 Shaped Card by Karen Adair (Looks different but there’s no intricate cutting.  It’s all straight other than the round emblem on the belt.)
  2. New Home House Shaped Card by Michael Tullio (A very straightforward card to make but you can embellish it up as you wish.)
  3. “Feather Butterfly” Fancy Octagon Shaped Card 6 by Anna Babajanyan (Another straightforward card shape to cut out.  This time I embellished with gloss and faux gems.)
  4. Were’s My Lippy? by Deborah Davies (The right hand edge of this card has a bit of ins and outs to cut out, as do the added layers of make-up to decoupage on, but none of it is very intricate.)
  5. Flutter By Butterfly – Cut & Fold Over The Side Card by Elaine Sheldrake (Another card where the right hand edge has a bit of ins and outs cutting but this time it’s on the diagonal.)

Some easy to make, but different looking, Over the Edge cards all with a spiral pyramid.  All these were designed by Carol Clark.  There’s nothing but straight edge cutting involved and just these four cards covers children’s birthdays, Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, and Christmas, and Carol has many more up on the craftsUprint site. Just go to her page and do a search for “over the edge”.

1Aliens Easy Over the Edge n spiral pyramid  2Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid  3Enamel Heart Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid  4Santa Got Stuck Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid

  1. Aliens Easy Over the Edge n spiral pyramid
  2. Robert’s Flowers Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid
  3. Enamel Heart Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid
  4. Santa Got Stuck Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid

Some CUP News

The entries are already being uploaded for the “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition”.  You can see the ones already uploaded by clicking – here.  The requirement is to – make any Female Birthday Themed card using any download from Craftsuprint!  With such a huge number of sheets available for download from CUP, many suitable for making birthday cards for females, from the youngest 1 year old to somebody hitting their 100 years old, I’m having a problem deciding which sheet or sheets to go for, and what style of card to make.  As the entry will be open until 24th June I do have a bit of time to think it over, but I don’t like leaving things until the last minute as there’s no guarantee of good weather and nice sunlight to take the photo if I leave it until the last couple of days.  Thinking cap on I think!

 

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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Jun 042011
 

In this blog post I’ll be showing you some of the variety of sheets that are available where the whole card base is actually on the design sheet.  With these types of all-in-one designs – provided you are able to print onto good quality card-stock – you don’t need to go looking for a suitably sized base card to stick your card front onto.  With many of these you have added elements to add dimension but you can also add further embellishments as you wish.  Sometimes further co-ordinating sheets are available to add elements that give dimension to the finished card.  If you click on the links listed below each group of cards to go and see the design sheets themselves and see exactly what comes as part of the card before I’ve added to it myself.

This first set are all Print, Cut, Fold cards, with only straight cutting involved, even for the last two where I’ve added spiral stackers.  The first three I’ve added a bit of embellishment, but not a lot, and the additions could be left off all of them.

1Green Butterfly Birthday /Congratulations Card  2Rosie’s Flower Cut and Fold Quick Card  3Butterfly Lace Cut and Fold Quick Card  4Hedgehog Cut and Fold Card  5Football Cut and Fold Card

  1.  Green Butterfly Birthday /Congratulations Card by Anna Babajanyan (I printed the design onto good quality, glossy, photo card and simply decorated with faux gems and a ribbon bow after trimming, scoreing and folding)
  2. Rosie’s Flower Cut and Fold Quick Card by Carol Clarke (Once this card was printed, cut and folded I just used some gel pens and Sakura clear stardust pen to embellish.)
  3. Pansy on Butterfly Lace Cut and Fold Quick Card by Carol Clarke (Some crystal glitter and a bow were what I added as embellishments to this card.)
  4. Hedgehog Cut and Fold Card by Carol Clarke (After printing, cutting and folding this card I used the Hedgehog Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker to give the card dimension.)
  5. Football Cut and Fold Card by Carol Clarke (This is another card that I’ve used the co-ordinating twisted spiral side stacker to add dimension.)

This second batch are fold-back cards, the last one being a No hole fold-back which makes it easier to cut out as the ordinary fold-back cards require the right hand side of the central front panel to be cut out before folding.

1Men’s Ties Fold Back Card with Decoupage  2New Baby Boy Fold Back  3Pink Vintage Rose Fold Back  4Magenta Flower Fold Back Card  5Golf No-Hole Fold Back Card

  1. Men’s Ties Fold Back Card with Decoupage by Carol Clarke (With Father’s Day coming in the UK this would be a good card to make for that occasion.  The title tells you it’s a decoupage card, but the decoupage are the ties, so nothing difficult to cut.)
  2. New Baby Boy Fold Back by Eva Cano (Six greetings panels come with this card, one of which is blank for your own message.  Click through to see what’s on the other five.)
  3. Pink Vintage Rose Fold Back by Eva Cano (This card has invertage added elements to give it dimension.)
  4. Magenta Flower Fold Back Card by Jo Gethin (This card was simply finished off with some ribbon and a bow, together with some white border peel-offs around the central image.  You probably need to click through to see the card itself at the bottom of the page to see this added peeloff.  You’ll see that the sheet itself has no less than 10 greetings panels.)
  5. Golf No-Hole Fold Back Card by Carol Clarke (The easiest type of fold back cards to cut out as you don’t need to cut around the right side of the image inside the card.)

This batch of five cards are diamond top spring cards.

1Cute teddy with strawberries spring card  2Celebration Diamond Top Card  3Purple fairy spring card kit  4Cuddly Tiger Pop Up Spring Card  5Cute Wise Owl Pop Up Spring Card

  1. Cute teddy with strawberries spring card by Ammie Sanders (Straight edge cutting for the card itself and for the pyramid of the image to add dimension.)
  2. Celebration Diamond Top Card by Deborah Davies (There are a few small elements to cut out to decoupage, such as the glasses and ribbon, but if you find these too fiddly you can just make up the card without.)
  3. Purple fairy spring card kit by Ammie Sanders (Another with a straight edged pyramid as added dimension.)
  4. Cuddly Tiger Pop Up Spring Card by Katy Kinsey (The tiger image to decoupage on this card is easy to cut out as there are no really intricate pieces.)
  5. Cute Wise Owl Pop Up Spring Card by Katy Kinsey (The tufts on the owl’s head are the most fiddly things to cut out on this card, but if you chop them off on one layer and cut around them on the other you’ll still see them and it looks fine.)

CUP Update Mailer

If you haven’t seen the latest mailer that was sent out from CUP HQ yesterday (03-06-2011) then you can see it by clicking – here.

They’ve announced the next card-making competition.  It will be the “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition”.  The requirement is to make any Female Birthday Themed card using any download from Craftsuprint!  Completed cards are to be uploaded to the competition gallery – here.

 

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

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Jun 022011
 

CUP News

The great news in the mailer that came out from CUP HQ yesterday is that they have extended the discount code until the 3rd.  Please read the mailer – here – for further details.  You’ll see that there’s also a showcase of some of the CUP Silver Designers’ work, the winner of the May card competition, some different pop-up card styles, and much more.  Well worth a look.

I must say I was totally wrong when I said that I thought the result of the “Wedding Card Competition – May 2011” would be a close thing this time, as, despite there being a lot of very worthy cards uploaded, there was a runaway winner in the end as far as the number of votes cast for it was concerned.  If you click – here – you can go and see the end result.  As has been said in Craftforums, there were many stunning and deserving cards who got no votes, but unfortunately we were only allowed to place one vote each.  The pity is that so few Craftforum members actually cast their vote.  Also, looking at the number of “Views: ..” each card got, there were a lot of cards with less views (as low as 27) than the total number of votes cast, which means that some people were deciding which card to give their vote to without actually looking in detail at all the cards themselves, and reading which cup sheet was used and the description of how the card was made. I don’t think myself that the thumbnail images, being so small, show up enough of the card detail for a judgement to be made on the best quality of card as far as design and craftsmanship is concerned.

Square Toppers

As the title of this post suggests, this is the third one I’ve dome where I’m highlighting some cards made with square toppers.  You can see the first one – here – and the second – here.  As I’ve said in previous posts, these type of toppers can be made up into many different styles of cards.  You’ll also find square toppers that can be used for lots of different occasions.

Easter and Christmas

1Little Easter Bunny - Pyramid  2Bunny & Chick Easter Card Toppers  3Christmas Kings  4Stained Glass Angel Twisted Pyramid  5NATIVITY SCENE SQUARE SPIRAL EDGE STACKER CHRISTMAS CARD

  1. Little Easter Bunny – Pyramid by Julene Harris (A simple to cut out and make pyramid card which I simply finished off with a ribbon of various colours tied in a bow.)
  2. Bunny & Chick Easter Card Toppers by Mary Jane Harris (There were two toppers, each with a few pieces to decoupage on, on the sheet I used to make this card.)
  3. Christmas Kings by Allison Finegan (A decoupage design for Christmas, but the decoupage isn’t too difficult to cut out as the pieces are not really intricate.)
  4. Stained Glass Angel Twisted Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers (The twisted nature of this pyramid gives it a different dimensional look, but it’s still all straight cutting so easy to make.)
  5. NATIVITY SCENE SQUARE SPIRAL EDGE STACKER CHRISTMAS CARD by Elaine Sheldrake (The dimension of this card is built up by putting strips of the image around the outside in a spiral, so very easy to cut out as again this card is all straight edge cutting.)

Mother’s Day

1Hedgehog Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker  2Meerkat Mum & Babies 3D decoupage  3Rosie’s Flower Cut and Fold Quick Card  4Iris star  5Summer Garden- Shell edged Corner Stacker

  1. Hedgehog Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker by Carol Clarke (Only straight cutting for this card.  It’s built up using pieces coming in from the sides.)
  2. Meerkat Mum & Babies 3D decoupage by Liz Harrison (Probably the most fiddly decoupage card on show on this page as far as cutting out is concerned, but the image does make a lovely card.)
  3. Rosie’s Flower Cut and Fold Quick Card by Carol Clarke (A really quick print, cut, fold card, so an excellent one to have in your digital library for when a quick card is needed.  It can be embellished with gems and glitter, and could be used as a get well, thank you, or for lots of occasions in addition to Mother’s Day.)
  4. Iris star by Julie Green (Flowers are a safe bet for a good Mother’s Day card, but this one is a it special as the layers are all star shaped.  This means that they are still easy to cut out but give a different look to the built up card.)
  5. Summer Garden- Shell edged Corner Stacker by June Young (Another type of dimensional layers this time. The scallops are quite big so not very difficult to cut out.  You could mat and layer the image to frame it better than I’ve done here.)

Father’s Day

1Kick the Ball Twisted Pyramid  2Football Cut and Fold Card  3Good Boy, Rover! - Decoupage Card  4Bottles of Wine Triangle Stacker  5Wild Horse

  1. Kick the Ball Twisted Pyramid by Diane Furniss (Straight edges to cut, but a different dimension to the finished card with the twist.)
  2. Football Cut and Fold Card by Carol Clarke (This is again a print, cut, fold card, but this time I’ve added a twisted pyramid to the front for dimension.  For a quick card you don’t actually need to do this.)
  3. Good Boy, Rover! – Decoupage Card by Julene Harris (A fun card, but it does have decoupage, some of which isn’t the easiest to cut out, but you don’t have to use all the layers.  Perhaps you only want to add an extra tie layer.)
  4. Bottles of Wine Triangle Stacker by Sarah Edwards (Only straight cutting for this corner stacker.  I built up the design onto an acetate card for something a bit different.)
  5. Wild Horse by Sarah Lake (The strong masculine colours make this card suitable for men.  It’s easy to cut out and make as the layers are all straight edged but built up in a spiral for a different dimension.)


 

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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