Jul 282011
 

I haven’t done much craft-work over the last couple of days so I’m going back to look at some more cards I’ve made previously, where the base card itself is part of the sheet that’s printed out.  But I’m starting this post with one of the best words for a shopper – Discount!

CUP Update:

CUP LogoMailerDISCOUNT! – Who would like a big 20% discount off your order for digital downloads from craftsUprint?

There’s a discount code available in the latest mailer sent out by CUP on the 27th July which you can see by clicking – here.

The mailer is showcasing work by CUP Silver designers and includes .gsd and .studio cutting files as well as an assortment of design sheets and kits that range from Christmas to Anniversary, and flowers to tea parties, so please do have a look.

Competition  – Voting for the “July 2011 Male Birthday Competition” ends on the 29th July, so not much time left to look at all the cards and make your decision on which card maker has used their crafting skills to make the best card – if you haven’t done so already. Please click – here – to go to the gallery of entries.  Anybody can have a look at the gallery, although you do need to be a Craftforums member to place a vote – but anybody can join.

Craftforums – Craftforums is a great forum for those interested in crafting, just click – here – to have a look.  You’ll find the link to join up at the top right of the page.  Craftforums has sections for those interested in needlecraft, scrapbooking and cardmaking, as well as a section for those card-makers and other papercrafters who use cutting machines such as the CraftROBO.  You’ll find that there’s always people from around the world ready with a warm welcome and, because of members coming from all over the world, there’s always somebody around to answer questions or chat with at any time of day or night.  And once you’ve settled in and made five posts you’ll be able to create your own album/category in the Gallery to display any of your own crafty creations (the Gallery isn’t confined to displaying crafting made using digital downloads from CUP).

Cards All On One Sheet – 5

I’ve already made four posts over the last couple of months highlighting cards that can be made from one printed sheet.  All you need is suitable card to print onto and a printer that’s capable of printing onto card, or print onto printable paper and stick onto a card sheet before making up into the finished card.

Cards All On One Sheet – 1 : posted 04/06/2011 : can be seen – here.

Cards All On One Sheet – 2 : posted 07/06/2011 : can be seen – here.

Cards All On One Sheet – 3 : posted 05/07/2011 : can be seen – here.

Cards All On One Sheet – 4 : posted 17/07/2011 : can be seen – here.
1Flowers and Pearls Cut and Fold Card  2Spring Flowers Cut and Fold Card  3Octagonal Flower Window  4Oriental Octagon Quick Card  5Gold Floral Cut and Fold Corner Card Plain Card Base

  1. Flowers and Pearls Cut and Fold Card by Carol Clarke (Although this card can be used as a simple print, cut fold, I chose to decorate with the matching Flowers and Pearls Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker.)
  2. Spring Flowers Cut and Fold Card by Carol Clarke (I printed, cut and folded this into shape and then embellished with faux gems.)
  3. Octagonal Flower Window by Hazel Kinvig-Paul (This sheet comes with some flowers to decoupage but these don’t have to be used if you just want to keep it simple.)
  4. Oriental Octagon Quick Card by Jean Gordon (This sheet also has a few small elements which can be added to the main print, cut fold card.)
  5. Gold Floral Cut and Fold Corner Card Plain Card Base by Carol Clarke (A print, cut and fold card that you can decorate however you want.  A simple peel-off greeting would be enough to make this a complete card.)

 

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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Jul 262011
 

I’ve had quite a few sheets printed off and cut out ready to make cards for a while, but just wasn’t getting any inspiration to put them together.  This morning I decided to get on with making some of them up and these are what I came up with (if you click on the thumbnail images you’ll get taken to a larger version of the card photo, and if you click on the link you’ll get taken to the page that I got the design sheet from – you too could make similar cards in your own style) :-

1BLUE TIT & APPLE BLOSSOM BIRD DECOUPAGE OR QUICK CARD FRONT  2The yellow lilly  3Trio of Pink Roses  4Santa Twinkle Pyramid Sheet Background 1  5Hemerocallis

  1. BLUE TIT & APPLE BLOSSOM BIRD DECOUPAGE OR QUICK CARD FRONT by Elaine Sheldrake (This card has decoupage on it, though it could be made up as a quick card front.  Because of the rounded shape of the bird the decoupage isn’t too difficult to cut out and does add dimension to the finished card.)
  2. The yellow lilly by Julie Green (This easy to make pyramid topper is simply stuck onto a square base card that has been pre-scored and pre-decorated with a cutout pattern.)
  3. Trio of Pink Roses by Judith Flavel (This is another decoupage topper, and again the layers are reasonably easy to cut out because of the rounded shape of the layers without too many intricate ins and outs.)
  4. Santa Twinkle Pyramid Sheet Background 1 by Carol Lepard (A nice and easy to make Christmas card with a pyramid topper and some background to co-ordinate all on one sheet.)
  5. Hemerocallis by Tom Curtis (This card was simply made by taking one of the many toppers on the sheet, matting and layering it firstly onto silver mirror paper and then onto a decorative card base.  Some more of the mirror paper was put behind the front of the card base so that it showed through the cut-outs that were already in the pre-prepared card base when I bought it.)

1Celtic background blue on blue  2Santa Pyramids  3Pink tree pyramid

  1. Celtic background blue on blue by Sheila Rodgers (An example of making a box from a sheet of card printed with a background.  Always an useful thing to have for giving small gifts, and having one in this Celtic design in a blue colourway means that it can be used for a gift for a man.)
  2. Santa Pyramids by Ammie Sanders (A simple to make card, just a straight edged pyramid matted and layered onto silver mirror card before being stuck to the front of a red A6 card.  It was just finished off with a greeting banner.  Just the sort of card that’s needed for Christmas when large numbers are required.)
  3. Pink tree pyramid by Linda Whittles (Again a simple to cut and put together pyramid, this time a small topper made into a larger card with the use of some ribbon and faux gems.)

Let’s hope I get some inspiration and some energy to put together another batch before long.

CUP Update:

Competition – Did you have a look at the competition entries in the CUP card making competition entitled “July 2011 Male Birthday Competition” that I pointed you to in my last post?  Did you take a look at all the entries and take a guess at which one might be mine?  Think you guessed right?  I’m still not going to tell you which one until the competition is closed and the winner announced, which should be on the 29th July.  So you’ll just have to wait until then.

If you haven’t been for a look then please do go into the competition gallery – here – to have a look at all the entries.  There are over 65 different entries submitted, so just having a look is sure to give you some inspiration for cardmaking for the males of the species – whatever their age.  If you are a Craftforums member then please to study all the cards entered and place your vote.

Mailer – A copy of the E-mail sent out on the 25th July can be seen by clicking – here.  There are lots of lovely design sheets and kits being shown which were created by the craftsUprint Bronze designers – including an absolutely stunning paper-craft keepsake called “3D Fairytale Horse and Carriage – GSD” created by Anne Huxter.  Of course there’s also the usual mix of news update and completed cards to be seen in the mailer too.

 

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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A Mixture Of Items

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Jul 232011
 

A few weeks ago I showed a box and the back of a card that I’d made for an uncle and aunt’s Golden Wedding Anniversary.  Well the card should have been delivered today – I hope! – so I thought I’d show you the whole lot now.

Click on each of the thumbnail images and a much larger version of the photo will open in another tab.

1Golden Wedding Card  2Golden Wedding Aniversary Card - Back  3 Golden Wedding Aniversary Card - Box

  1. This open book card was made using four layers from The Glitter Girls’ Bookatrix Board cut from Centura Pearl Ivory Card, Gold mirror card, white glitter card, and old gold silk cart card.  The flowers were all punched out using the same punch from gold velum and white iridescent paper that had a hint of gold in the iridescence.  I went round the edges of all the white ones with a gold metallic marker before shaping all the layers and building up and sticking together to make the flowers.  I used simple gold peel-offs for the “Penblwydd Priodas Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Anniversary) and the 50, as well as using gold peel-offs for other decoration on the card and stand.  The stand was made using the cutting file – Book or Card Stand – which was designed by Wendy Colledge.
  2. Rather than just write who the card was from on the back I decided to make a fancy plac for the details to go on, so I decided on the cutting file – GSD Petal Power 2 – which was designed by Angela Burke.  The centre panel, which has details of who it is from typed on it, was cut from the iridescent paper, the fine detailed layer from the gold parchment, and the back mat from the gold mirror card, so that it went with the layers used on the front.
  3. I wanted the box to be pretty as well, so I did a panel for the names of the recipients using the cutting file – GSD Baroque Style Frames & Mats… – again designed by Angela Burke.  This time the layers were cut from gold mirror card, the old gold silk art card, and the layer with the writing out of the iridescent paper.  The flowers were cut out using the same punch and the ones in the white iridescent paper treated in the same way with a gold metallic marker, but this time there were not shaped so much before sticking on, in the hope that they wouldn’t catch on things so much if the profile was a bit lower.  Again I used gold peel-offs to decorate.

I’ve made a few pieces of jewellery today.

1Jewellery Set 3  2Bracelet - Red  3Bracelet - Red and Turquoise

  1. This set is made using a mixture of bead types, some wooden, some acrylic with pearlescent finish, and some silver lined seed beads.  I thought that mixing textures in this way made for a different look in the finished set.  The findings are silver plated.  These are displayed on some display stands I designed myself in my CraftROBO software.  They are cut out of iridescent card printed with a – Satin in Gold – background designed by Karen Adair.
  2. This is a simple bracelet of two sizes of round wooden beads on a stretch cord.
  3. This bracelet is also made of wooden beads but the red ones on this one are flat disc beads.  It is again on a stretch cord.

CUP Update:

Mailer – A copy of the E-mail sent out on the 22nd July can be seen by clicking – here.  There are lots of lovely design sheets and kits being shown, as well as some cards and Latest News.

Competition – The time-frame to enter the “July 2011 Male Birthday Competition” is over and the voting has begun.

Even if you are not a Craftforums member, or don’t intend to vote, please do nip into the competition gallery – here – to have a look at all the entries.  People say that it’s difficult to have any idea of what to put on cards for men, but there are a wide variety of entries in this competition, with some really stunning ones amongst them, so I’m sure that anybody looking for inspiration for a”male” card will find one here.

Have I put in an entry?  Sure I have!  But I’m not going to tell you which one, am I.  The entries are all anonymous this time, so go and have a good look and see if you can work out which one is mine.

 

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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Jul 202011
 

I’ve made a few new items lately.  Here are some of them, cards first then some varied items:

1Cat at the stable  2Scottish Red Kilt Groom Wedding  3Red Hibiscus  4POPPY FIELD WITH DAISIES & FORGET ME NOTS Birthday  5Horse and Tractor Zigzag Stacker

  1. Cat at the stable by Carole Scorer (This is an easy card to make as it only requires straight and wavy cutting out with no really intricate pieces.  However you mount it onto a card, whether as a whole card front or matted and layered onto a larger card as I’ve done, I’m sure it will be hit with the recipient.)
  2. Scottish Red Kilt Groom Wedding by Vicki Avcin (The base layer and the central topper layer are just straight cutting so are easy to do, the third layer does require cutting around the bride and groom.  I snipped around the corner of the kilt that’s attached to the bride’s dress to cut the panel between their bodies out.  I left the area between the bodies and elbows without cutting.  After shaping and gluing you can’t see the cut between kilt and dress.)
  3. Red Hibiscus by Linda Whittles (Simple, straight cut, pyramid topper, together with a background area, make this an easy card to make.  I only actually used half the layers to keep the card profile low for posting so have more layers that I can use on another card.)
  4. POPPY FIELD WITH DAISIES & FORGET ME NOTS Birthday by Elaine Sheldrake (Wavy edges to the side stacker on this topper mean that there’s nothing really intricate to cut out, although they are a bit more of a fiddle than straight edged side stackers.  Such a lovely painted image has been used in this topper design.)
  5. Horse and Tractor Zigzag Stacker by Sarah Edwards (Although a zigzag side stacker the zigs and zags are quite long so it is easy to cut out.)

1Celtic background purple 2  2Shabby Chic Rose Mix N Match designs  3Brides Keepsake Horseshoe Ivory 2

  1. Celtic background purple 2 by Sheila Rodgers (Just printed the background onto good quality card and used my Hoogie Board to score in the relevant places to make this box attached to a card. Made this ready to place in a bracelet I’m planning on making.  Keep an eye out in my blog during the next week or so as I’m sure a picture will appear once I’ve got it finished.)
  2. Shabby Chic Rose Mix N Match – Toppers; Backing Paper; Insert; Envelope by Ammie Sanders ( The card and the box for the gift is made from one sheet of the backing printed onto good quality card.  The card has only one of the many toppers on the sheet matted onto silver paper attached to the front and the insert on the inside.  The set is simply finished off with the matching envelope.  Nothing here is complicated to cut out or make up.)
  3. Brides Keepsake Horseshoe Ivory 2 by Wendy Bromilow (I’ve made another of these horseshoes again.  They can be used as a bride’s keepsake or as a topper on a wedding card.  There are a lot of flowers to cut out so a lot of time needs to be allowed for this, but other than that it isn’t difficult to make.)

CUP Update:

Mailer – There have been two mailers send out by craftsUprint since I last posted to my blog.  You can see the one from Monday, 18th July -> here – and the one from today, Wednesday, 20th July -> here.  Please click through to have a look at the large number of varied cards on show.  Ever heard of “Slide Inside Card Kits”?  Or what about “3d Animated Movable Head Wobble Cards”?  If you have a look at both mailers you’ll see what they are and find links to tutorials on how to make them up.

Competition –  Entry to the July Card Making Competition will be closing soon, on the 22nd. Voting will then start, with the winner being announced on the 29th.

The guidelines this time are “Make any Male Birthday Themed card using any download from Craftsuprint!  Entry will be open until 22nd July and the winner will be announced on July 29th. ONE ENTRY PER USER! The winner will receive a specially commissioned Craftsuprint ‘July 2011’ Crystal Crafter Trophy and a £25 CUP Gift Voucher! Everyone who enters will receive a freebie. PLEASE ENTER THE CUP NUMBER WITH YOUR UPLOAD.”

There are currently 62 entries, but if your entry isn’t uploaded yet you’ve still got time to uploaded.

 

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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Jul 172011
 

Just a short post today showcasing only a small number of cards.

I’ve already made three posts over the last couple of months highlighting cards that can be made from one printed sheet.  All you need is suitable card to print onto and a printer that’s capable of printing onto card, or print onto printable paper and stick onto a card sheet before making up into the finished card.

Cards All On One Sheet – 1 : posted 04/06/2011 : can be seen – here.

Cards All On One Sheet – 2 : posted 07/06/2011 : can be seen – here.

Cards All On One Sheet – 3 : posted 05/07/2011 : can be seen – here.

This first batch are quite bright and would be suitable for children through to teens.  With the trifold cards you could simply cut each panel apart and use as toppers on tall cards or as bookmarks, which would give you even more cards per sheet.

1Ladies Accessories Tri Fold Quick Card  2friends out on the town  3Stained Glass Xmas Nativity, Shaped Card  4Brigit Fairy Flip Card Sheet

  1. Ladies Accessories Tri Fold Quick Card by Lorraine Smith (A cut, score, fold card which I simply embellished with some peel-offs.)
  2. Friends out on the town by Angela Wake (Although in this example I chose to cut out each panel and mount them onto a separate card, this card could be made up as a print, cut and fold card the same as the previous one.)
  3. Stained Glass Xmas Nativity, Shaped Card by Sheila Rodgers (Another quick one where the only embellishment added was some peel-offs around each panel.)
  4. Brigit Fairy Flip Card Sheet by Katy Kinsey (This card looks a bit different as the topper flips on an axle of cocktail sticks, but it is still made from one printed card and the cutting is quite simple.)

This small group is more for religious events, such as Christmas and a church wedding.

God Bless you at Christmas Mary in the Manger 2Angel Wobble Card  3Wedding Chappel with Bride & Groom 5 Minute Easel Card

  1. God Bless you at Christmas Mary in the Manger by Sally McIntyre  (Having a double fold-back card is unusual, and this one is a bit like looking in magic mirrors as you see the image repeated backwards, but it is still just straight cutting, although you’ll need a craft knife for the neatest job on the inside edges of the fold-backs.)
  2. Angel Wobble Card by Deborah Davies (A simple wobble card with an image of an angel with a book to decoupage on top.)
  3. Wedding Chappel with Bride & Groom 5 Minute Easel Card by Ammie Sanders (Easel cards are popular right now, and this one is great because it is easy to do and even has some decoupage dimension on the front.)

CUP Update Mailer

Anybody who’s not had a look at all the CUP designs that have been showcased in the latest mailer sent out by CUP can click – here – to go and have a look.  From a Stationery Holder to butterflies, from easel cards to vintage Christmas, then throw in some scrapbooking papers – there’s a lot of variety 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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Jul 132011
 

Square Toppers

I’m still going through the cards I’ve made using items I’ve downloaded to my digital library from the craftsUprint website.  This is the 5th post I’ve made highlighting cards which have square toppers on them.

You can see the first one – here; the second – here; third – here and the fourth one – here.

Please have a look through the following sets of images and click on the links below each set to see the design sheets I used to make them.  The cards use a variety of different styles of square toppers, but as I don’t think that any of the types of toppers are difficult to cut out and make up I haven’t written individual notes with regards to difficulty this time.

I think that several in the first set would be suitable as a card for a man, while the second lot is aimed more towards women, and the third set are cards for children.

Animals and Birds

1Playful Ponies  2Parrots in the Rainforest Pyramid Sheet  3Biscuit the Foal  4HAMSTER’S AFRICAN VIOLETS PEARLS & LACE BIRTHDAY S ETC.  5Lakeland Lamb

  1. Playful Ponies by Linda Whittles
  2. Parrots in the Rainforest Pyramid Sheet by Sarah Edwards
  3. Biscuit the Foal by Judith Flavel
  4. HAMSTER’S AFRICAN VIOLETS PEARLS & LACE BIRTHDAY S ETC. by Elaine Sheldrake
  5. Lakeland Lamb by Sheila Wilks

Flowers

1Red Carnations with Silver Trim  2Side Panel Sacker Design Sheet of Watercoloured Impatients  3Roses and Violets Star Pyramid  4Yellow Rose Twisted Pyramid  5Pansy on Butterfly Lace Wavy Spiral Side Stacker

  1. Red Carnations with Silver Trim by June Young
  2. Side Panel Sacker Design Sheet of Watercoloured Impatients by Mandy Russell
  3. Roses and Violets Star Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers
  4. Yellow Rose Twisted Pyramid by Sheila Rodgers
  5. Pansy on Butterfly Lace Wavy Spiral Side Stacker by Carol Clarke

For Children

1CHERRY BLOSSOM FAIRY topper & pyramid decoupage  2Fire of the dragon  3Clown with Cake -Easy Card Front with decoupage  4Heavenly Angel Blessings - Pyramid  5Pirates Ahoy Quick Card With Wavy Spiral Side Stacker

  1.  CHERRY BLOSSOM FAIRY topper & pyramid decoupage by Janet Briggs
  2. Fire of the dragon by Angela Wake
  3. Clown with Cake -Easy Card Front with decoupage by Margaret Jones
  4. Heavenly Angel Blessings – Pyramid by Julene Harris
  5. Pirates Ahoy Quick Card With Wavy Spiral Side Stacker by Carol Clarke

Thank you for having a look at these cards.

Update from CUP Land

Card Competition – There are now over 30 entries uploaded to the competition gallery – here – for the “Make any Male Birthday Themed card” competition.  There are some rules regarding the making of the card, such as it must include a download from CUP, so please read the instructions on the gallery page before preparing your entry.

CUP Update Mailers – There have been two CUP Mailers since I last posted to this blog.  One on Monday 11th can be seen by clicking -> here.  And one for today, Wednesday the 13th July can be seen by clicking -> 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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Jul 102011
 

Yesterday I uploaded 3 more pictures of items I’d made using digital downloads from craftsUprint.  If you now look at the gallery of pictures I’ve got uploaded to CUP you will see that I’ve now hit the 700 uploads mark.  You can see them all by clicking -> here – and then clicking through the different pages.

Here are the last three pictures I uploaded to reach the 700 item mark.

1GSD Baroque Style Frames & Mats…  2Lilac Lilies Pyramid Design Sheet  3GSD Petal Power 2

  1. GSD Baroque Style Frames & Mats… by Angela Burke (Cut out on my CraftROBO, therefore nothing difficult about creating the central panel on the top of this box. The box itself is simply made from 2 sheets of A3 Centura Pearl Snow White card, scored on my Hoogie Board, cut to size and folded before sticking the corners using very strong double sided tape.  The box was also decorated using some punched out and shaped flowers and peel-offs.)
  2. Lilac Lilies Pyramid Design Sheet by Mandy Russell (A simple to cut out and make card that is suitable for sending for so many occasions.)
  3. GSD Petal Power 2 by Angela Burke (Another cutting file, this time I’ve used the cut-out element as a panel on the back of a special Bookatrix card as I wanted the “from” panel on the back to be special as well.)

CUP Mailer Update

A copy of the mailer sent out on the 8th can be seen by clicking -> here.  Lots of designs uploaded to CUP by the Silver designers this time, including a few cutting files from the simple to the really ornate, as well as other bits of news from CUP HQ.

July Card Making Competition

Entries are already being uploaded to the cardmaking competition gallery -> here.

If you haven’t already heard about the competition here are the instructions:

Make any Male Birthday Themed card using any download from Craftsuprint
Entry will be open until 22nd July and the winner will be announced on July 29th.
ONE ENTRY PER USER!
The winner will receive a specially commissioned Craftsuprint ‘July 2011′ Crystal Crafter Trophy and a £25 CUP Gift Voucher
Everyone who enters will receiver a freebie
PLEASE ENTER THE CUP NUMBER WITH YOUR UPLOAD

 

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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Jul 072011
 

I’ve been making some jewellery items and some cards this month.  I often make boxes or box/cards to present my jewellery in but wanted some other way to display them for taking better photographs, so I set to work to create my own display stands in my CraftROBO software.  I thought that a mat colour didn’t look right or interesting enough so I decided to print backgrounds onto my card before cutting out.

The stands that I’m using to display these first batch of jewellery is printed with the Satin in Gold background by Karen Adair.

1Set 02  2Bracelet 05  3Bracelet 04  4Bracelet 03

  1. I used seed beads in mixed shades of purple to make this first set.  The necklace is strung on white beading thread and the bracelet is on memory wire.
  2. This bracelet is also made on memory wire, this time using Silver Lined Amethyst Toho Seed Beads.
  3. And another bracelet made using memory wire.  The beads used this time are Silver Lined Purple Toho Seed Beads.
  4. This bracelet is made by putting red acrylic beads onto eye pins and twisting the other end of the eye pins to a spring type end.  These were threaded onto tigertail wire, inter-spaced with silver coloured spacer beads.  A lobster claw clasp was attached with crimp beads and an extension chain with another red bead was attached.

Both these stands and the box were made using card printed with Faded Elegance Paper in Lilac by Rebecca Brindley.  The first set is printed onto good quality smooth white card and the stand in the second picture is made using Centura Pearl Ivory card.

1Faded Elegance Paper in Lilac  2Spectacle Chain 01

  1. Another seed bead necklace and bracelet made using a mixture of purple shades of seed beads.
  2. This is a chain for spectacles.  It’s made using the same Silver Lined Purple Toho Seed Beads as in bracelet 3 above threaded onto clear beading thread.

1LAYERED FLOWERS  2GSD Squiggle Nesties  3GSD Leaf Frames, Mats and Edgings..

Each of these three cards has flower embellishments made by cutting out textured yellow and orange card using cutting file LAYERED FLOWERS by Clive Couter.   Flowers are so popular and with three styles of flower layers this file offers lots of opportunities to make flowers of all colours.  You could even select all the layers on the cutting file page and re-size them to give you an assortment of flower sizes.  The list that follows gives details of other cutting files I’d also used in making the cards.

  1. BUTTERFLIES SET 2 by Apetroae Stefan and GSD Postage Nesties & Mats…… by Angela Burke (The Butterfly cutting file has two butterflies on it, and the Postage Nesties & Mats come in many sizes.  I only used one item from each of these files, but you could use several of the nesties and mats to build up your card if you wished.)
  2. GSD Squiggle Nesties by Angela Burke (Again I’ve only used one layer of the nesties as a mat on this card as I’d been asked for a simple card with a flower, but you could mat and layer with several of the nestie sizes to really make it stand out.)
  3. GSD Leaf Frames, Mats and Edgings.. by Angela Burke (You get a lot of frames, edgings and the matching mats in this cutting file.  The leaf frames give a different look to a card and all it needs is a simple topper inside.)

June 2011 Female Birthday CompetitionYou may remember my entry into a Female Birthday Card Competition last month.  I used both the LAYERED FLOWERS and the BUTTERFLIES SET 2 in the creation of this card, but they look totally different as I made them a bit smaller and cut them all out of areas that were printed from within the main image to keep the colour tones consistent.

1Lilac fabri flower kit

  1. Lilac fabri flower kit by Sarah Lake (A simple little card, with an insert, all from one sheet. I’m thinking that I’ll add a little faux stitching around the outside next time, but in reality this is a design that needs very little embellishment.)

CUP Mailer Update

A copy of the mailer sent out yesterday, 6th July 2011, can be seen by clicking -> here.  You’ll see the work of some of CUP’s Bronze Designers, a “New From” section featuring the work of American Designer Julene Harris, and some CUP Latest News.

July Card Making Competition

As noted in the Latest News section of the mailer – the July card making competition is underway.  You can see the entries already made (Yes indeed, there are some CUP card makers who are very quick off the mark and have already uploaded their entries) or upload your own entry by clicking -> here.

These are the instructions:

Make any Male Birthday Themed card using any download from Craftsuprint
Entry will be open until 22nd July and the winner will be announced on July 29th.
ONE ENTRY PER USER!
The winner will receive a specially commissioned Craftsuprint ‘July 2011’ Crystal Crafter Trophy and a £25 CUP Gift Voucher
Everyone who enters will receiver a freebie
PLEASE ENTER THE CUP NUMBER WITH YOUR UPLOAD

As my father will be 80 next month I think that I’ll get my thinking cap on and try to come up with a special card for him that I can enter in the competition.

 

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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Jul 052011
 

I’ve already made two posts over the last month or so highlighting cards that can be made from one sheet where even the base card is printed out.  All you need is suitable card to print onto and a printer that’s capable of printing onto card.

Cards All On One Sheet – 1 : posted 04/06/2011 : can be seen – here.

Cards All On One Sheet – 2 : posted 07/06/2011 : can be seen – here.

I’ve highlighted one batch of fold-back cards in one of the previous posts, but here are five more.  They cover occasions from Easter to Christmas and many event in between :

1Floral easter cross  2Forest fairy foldback card  3Stained Glass Dogrose  4Nativity Scene with Angels Foldback  5frog in a pond foldback card

  1. Floral easter cross by Angela Wake
  2. Forest fairy foldback card by Sue Foord
  3. Stained Glass Dogrose by Diana Hutchinson
  4. Nativity Scene with Angels Foldback by Rhonda Brittain
  5. Frog in a pond foldback card by Sally McIntyre

Here are a few folded pop out cards, including a couple that are suitable for men :

1Male Bears oval Folded Pop Out Card  2Stunning Yellow Oriental Lilys 3 Panel Pop Up Card  3Owls Pop Out Card  42 Red Roses 3 Panel Pop Up Card

  1. Male Bears oval Folded Pop Out Card by Sheila Rodgers
  2. Stunning Yellow Oriental Lilys 3 Panel Pop Up Card by Ammie Sanders
  3. Owls Pop Out Card by Sheila Rodgers
  4. 2 Red Roses 3 Panel Pop Up Card by Ammie Sanders

This next batch is a small number of cards with a teardrop shaped front and include one sympathy and one which is good for anniversaries :

1When Words Fail Teardrop Card  2Sweet Fairy on Toadstool Tear Drop Card  3Champagne & Flowers Teardrop

  1. When Words Fail Teardrop Card by Carol Clarke
  2. Sweet Fairy on Toadstool Tear Drop Card by Katy Kinsey
  3. Champagne & Flowers Teardrop by Carol Clarke

CUP Update Mailer

If you haven’t already seen it – the craftsUprint mailer that was sent out yesterday (4-7-2011) can be seen by clicking -> here.  The work of some Platinum Sellers, who have sold over 10,000 designs each on CUP, is being showcased, as well as some other bits and bobs of 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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Jul 012011
 

My Competition Entry

Only got a small number of votes in the craftsUprint “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition” but I thought you may like to see my entry in any case.

June 2011 Female Birthday Competition

Downloads from craftsUprint that I used:
Image used throughout is “Lavender Fields” from Designer Resource “cup97443_117 – Cornfields and Lavender Fields – Original art” by the artist Pamela West
CraftROBO cutting files used were:
Greetings Panel – “cup37255_379 – Scalloped Squares & Rectangles” by designer Angela Burke
Butterflies – “cup211256_1051 – BUTTERFLIES SET 2” by designer Apetroae Stefan
Flowers – “cup184757_198 – LAYERED FLOWERS” by designer Clive Couter

A description of how I made the card can be seen with the entry by clicking – here.

CUP Mailer – Still a 20% Discount Available Until Midnight

A copy of the CUP mailer that was sent out today can be seen by clicking – here.  As you can see, the 20% discount code “PARTY” is still valid until midnight tonight – 1st July 2011.

Competition Winner

As you can also see in the CUP Mailer, the winner of the “June 2011 Female Birthday Competition” was Carole Dade – Congratulations Carole!

All the 76 entries and the final vote count can be seen by clicking – here.

Next Competition

The mailer also said that the next competition would be starting next week – so keep an eye out for the details for that.

 

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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