Sep 282011
 

Cards:

In my last post I said that I was working through my library of digital designs to pick out my favourite Christmas card designs to re-make this year.  I’ve now picked out a few more to show you.

1Cute Toppers  2NATIVITY SCENE SQUARE SPIRAL EDGE STACKER CHRISTMAS CARD  3Golden Star Cascade  4Santa Got Stuck Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid  5Christmas nativity digital stamp craft sheet

  1. Cute Toppers by Sheila Wilks (Six quick and cute cards to make with only straight edge cutting.)
  2. Nativity Scene Square Spiral Edge Stacker Christmas Card by Elaine Sheldrake (Again, only straight edges to cut but it builds up into a dimensional picture.)
  3. Golden Star Cascade by Sheila Wilks (A card that only has straight cutting but makes a lovely star card.)
  4. Santa Got Stuck Easy Over the Edge Card n spiral pyramid by Carol Clarke (Just a simple “Nadolig Llawen” [Happy Christmas] green peel-off added).
  5. Christmas nativity digital stamp craft sheet by Claire Keay (Printed out at a little under A5 size this digi-stamp was simply coloured in with Promarkers before sticking to the front of a gold, linen textured, A5 card and some fine border peel-offs put around itNo difficult cutting, but the colouring in was a job for a steady hand day.)

Hopefully by my next post I’ll have got some of this years batch to show you.  My hands have been playing up a bit lately so the only ones I’ve made this week have been made using die-cut designs.  It’s a start, but not nearly enough.  Let’s see how the rest of the week goes.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – If you missed the previous announcement of a discount code, giving you a “whopping 20% off your total order” from the craftsUprint site, then the details are once again to be seen in the latest mailer to be sent out by CUP.  You can see a copy by clicking – hereAs per usual the mailer highlights lots of different card designs available on the site – this time ones created by some of the Gold Designers on CUP.  There’s also a link to the latest CUP TV episode by CUP Exclusive Designer, Clive Couter.

FLORAL 4 OVER THE EDGE CARDIn this episode he demonstrates a few different ways to introduce colour to his Floral Over The Edge cards.  One of the cards, cut out using one of his cutting file designs, that he uses in his demonstration, is the “Floral 4 Over The Edge Card” which you can see by clicking – here.

I’ve bought this cutting file myself and used a totally different method to the ones demonstrated in the CUP TV episode to colour it in.  You can read my description of how I made this card by clicking – here.

Of course, as per usual, the mailer contains lots of other bits of news, Card Maker Spotlight, Designer Spotlight, etc., so it’s well worth clicking through to have a look.

Card Competition – Voting is now in full swing for the CUP September card making competition.  The theme this month is “Birthday Teen Boy”, which, if you speak to many a card maker I’m sure they’ll say is a difficult age group to create a card for.  Even if  you are not a Craftforum member, and therefore are not able to vote (of course any crafter is welcome to join at any time, which you can do by clicking – here – and you should see the link to join at the top right corner) you can still go and look at the entries, by clicking -> here – as you may well find inspiration for your own card making on show.

 

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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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Sep 262011
 

If you are looking for where to get the discount code – then keep reading – but first some cards!

Christmas Cards and Boxes:

I know!  Some people think that Christmas starts too early – and I’d actually agree as far as the celebrating and the push of Christmas gifts in the shops are concerned.  But as far as crafting is concerned then the production of a huge amount of cards and gifts (if you make some of your own hand crafted gifts) means that we have to start thinking about Christmas, and start making things, very early.  Many I’m sure will be well on their way towards their total number of cards needed by now I’m sure.

I’ve made a small number of Christmas cards already, but I’ve now started going back through my catalogue of digital downloads to choose some of my favourites Christmas cards to make some more of again this year.  Although some modern cards, in different colour schemes, go in and out of fashion, lots of cards, especially those with a nativity scene, never go out of fashion.  And with digital downloads the toppers themselves can be made into lots of different looking cards so you need never make any two cards exactly the same, unless you are batch card making and want to make a matching set.

Here are some of my favourites:

1Cute Angel Globe 2Mary and Jesus3Stained Glass Angel Twisted Pyramid  4Christmas Kings5A Christmas Birth With Card Front

  1. Cute Angel Globe by  Denise Rhodes (As the angel is enclosed in the globe there’s no intricate cutting out around the wings or anything difficult to cut on the main image.  The ribbon element doesn’t have to be added if this is too intricate to cut for you.)
  2. Mary and Jesus by Karin Johansson (The sheet has the front and the back of Mary and Jesus so is great for an acetate window card like this.  Although there is a lot of cutting involved most of it is quite rounded cutting.)
  3. Stained Glass Angel Twisted Pyramid by  Sheila Rodgers (Again, only straight edges to cut to make this lovely twisted pyramid card.)
  4. Christmas Kings by Allison Finegan (I love the effect of decoupage and with this card the pieces were relatively easy to cut out because of the simplicity of the shapes. A nice card for a child I think.)
  5. A Christmas Birth With Card Front by Diane Furniss (A different shape of pyramid but the shape wasn’t particularly intricate to cut out.)

1Christmas Bells 1 A5 Cut And Fold  2THREE KINGS semi EASEL CARD3Heavenly Angel Blessings - Pyramid4God Bless you at Christmas Mary in the Manger5Christmas Angel waterfall

  1. Christmas Bells 1 A5 Cut And Fold by June Harrop (This card is quick to make and only requires straight cutting.  It can be decorated up with glitter or bows, and can be used for a winter wedding as well as Christmas).
  2. THREE KINGS semi EASEL CARD by Clive Couter (This card didn’t require any cutting by hand as it is a Craft Robo sheet.  It can be folded either way so the Three Kings can be facing either way.  The sheet is great because it cut so cleanly that the Three Kings cut out from this card can be used as silhouettes on another card.)
  3. Heavenly Angel Blessings – Pyramid by Julene Harris (Only straight lines to cut for this card, and with eight layers provided you can make two cards from each sheet by alternating the layers between each card to still give a card with dimension but can still go through the post as an ordinary letter if the largest layer is stuck directly to the base card and the other three layers are attached with 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  4. God Bless you at Christmas Mary in the Manger by Sally McIntyre (I used a craft knife to cut half of each of the side images and a scissors to cut out the main card and pyramid layers.  It’s a card that is all in on the sheet so doesn’t need a base card found if it is printed onto reasonably sturdy card-stock.)
  5. Christmas Angel waterfall by Sue Foord (Straight cutting with a scissors and making holes with a pokey tool are all that are needed for this card, although you can cut out the smaller angels as embellishments you don’t have to if you find them too fiddly to cut out.)

1Elegant Christmas Holly Parcel Lottery Wallet Card  2Elegant Christmas Holly Parcel Lottery Wallet Card  3Snowflakes on Cream Gradient  4Gold Stars Cracker Shaped Treat or Favour Box  5Gold Snowflakes Cracker Shaped Treat or Favour Box

  1. Elegant Christmas Holly Parcel Lottery Wallet Card by Carol Clarke (In the past I’ve given gifts of Lotto tickets or scratchcards in an envelope with some Christmas stickers put on to decorate.  I think that these wallet cards are a much nicer way to present them as a small, fun, gift.  The ribbon and bow decoration make them look like a small parcel and makes them look like a special gift.)
  2. Elegant Christmas Holly Parcel Lottery Wallet Card by Carol Clarke (This is another version of the previous item, this time with red instead of gold ribbon.   Hush!  Don’t tell the family that they are all getting one [well all the family that are old enough, not the little boys].  Hope the recipients are lucky and feel like sharing with me. )
  3. Snowflakes on Cream Gradient by Karen Adair (Another easy to make box made using a backing sheet printed onto card.)
  4. Gold Stars Cracker Shaped Treat or Favour Box by Carol Clarke (These little boxes are great for packing up a little gift, such as a pair of earrings.  Straight cutting only, and can be used at all times of year.)
  5. Gold Snowflakes Cracker Shaped Treat or Favour Box by Carol Clarke (This design may be a bit more Christmassy but could still be used for treats for a winter birthday party.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – A copy of the latest mailer, sent out 26th September, can be seen by clicking – here.  There is a brand new discount code available for a “whopping 20% off your total order value!” of items bought from craftsUprint.

PLEASE NOTE:
Despite the mailer saying “Code Expires: 20th September 2011 at Midnight GMT”,
we have been assured by Crafty Bob, in a thread on Craftforums,
that the code doesn’t expire until the end of the month.
So don’t think you’ve missed out on this fantastic deal and order now.

As per usual you’ll find lots of cards and card kits being highlighted, along with bits of news from craftsUprint and the Designers and Crafters who use the site.

Card Competition – With a total of 47 entries from around the world the voting is now open for Craftforum members to decide on which is the best entry.  The winner is to be announced on September 30th.  The theme this month was “Birthday Teen Boy Competition”, so even if you are not a voting member of Craftforums you may still like to go and look at the entries, by clicking -> here – as you may well find inspiration for your own card making within the entries.

 

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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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Sep 232011
 

Card:

Yep!  I’ve only made one new card this week.  It’s a combination of a Dufex flower fairy decoupage and a pre-made foiled aperture card.  Hope you like it.

 Pink Flower Fairy Card 01

Blogs and Websites:

On the 12th September I wrote about how I like to have a look at other people’s blogs and websites to see what other crafters have been making.  I also introduced you to a small number of Blogs and Websites of some of my fellow Craftforum members.  You can see that previous post by clicking – here.  Today I thought I’d pick a few more to point you in their direction.  As per my previous post Some post regularly, and some only post occasionally when they feel like it, but all have some information either on design sheets or kits you may like to use, or pictures of cards you may like to have a look at.

Debra Jenkinson:

– Is an Exclusive Designer on craftsUprint.   You can see her designs by clicking – here.

  You can see her blog by clicking – HERE.

Susan Alison:

– Is an Exclusive Designer on craftsUprint.   You can see her designs by clicking – here.  These are a couple of cards and an insert for one of them that I’ve made using sheets designed by Susan:

1A4 new baby on pastel shawl for boy or girl  2New baby on pastel shawl insert with two oval spaces  3Pet Competition Card

  1. A4 new baby on pastel shawl for boy or girl
  2. New baby on pastel shawl insert with two oval spaces
  3. She was proud of her borders. Dog gardener. Wavy Stacker

  You can see her blog by clicking – HERE.

Tina Fitch:

– Is an Exclusive Designer on craftsUprint.   You can see her designs by clicking – here.  Here are a couple of cards I’ve made using her cutting files:

1Sympathy Layered Cross Card  2Sympathy Layered Cross Card

  1. Sympathy Layered Cross Card
  2. Mum Layered Card

I made another card using her “Fancy Frame Layer’s” as part of the layout, and that can be seen by clicking – here.

  You can see her blog by clicking – HERE.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – There have been two mailers sent out since I last put up a post on my blog.  You can see the one from Wednesday, 21st September by clicking – here, and the one from today, Friday, 23rd September by clicking – here.  As per usual, both mailers have a wide assortment of designs on show (I particularly like Robyn Cockburn‘s “Perfume Bottle Easel Kit“).  Both mailers also have an assortment of news snippets about various CUP Designers and Registered Crafters.

Card Competition – The competition gallery page for the “September 2011 Birthday Teen Boy Competition” says “Entry open until September 24th”, so that means that it closes for entries tomorrow.  You can go to the competition gallery and view the 45 cards currently entered 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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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Sep 172011
 

Four Cards and a Box:

Hands quite painful today so not up to cutting out using my scissors so decided that it was time to get my CraftROBO out.  With the CraftROBO’s help cutting things out I managed to make another four cards and a box decoration today.  The main elements of the cards have been cut out using my CraftROBO – on some it’s the whole card, and the flowers used to decorate the gift box have also been cut out on my CraftROBO.

There’s not much point me giving comments on the difficulty of each item this time, is there?  Cutting – very intricate; but difficulty – not difficult at all.

If you click on the thumbnail image you’ll be taken to a page with a larger image – just click Back in your browser to come back here.  If you click on the card name in the list below you’ll be taken to the page where I sourced the original cutting file – on that you will see my description of what i used and how I made the card up.

1BORDER EDGE CARD 16 with Flowers  2HUMMING BIRD Over the Edge CARD  3GIRAFFE OVER THE EDGE CARD  4GSD Peacock Flowers Nesties  5Pom Pom Flowers

  1. BORDER EDGE CARD 16 with Flowers by Clive Couter (Simple but classic design.)
  2. HUMMING BIRD Over the Edge CARD by Clive Couter (Lots of room to let the imagination go wild with this one.  I’m thinking of using a tropical flower background inside the back the next time I make it so that it looks as if the humming bird is going for a flower.)
  3. GIRAFFE OVER THE EDGE CARD by Clive Couter (Another with lots of room to play around.  I’m thinking that I could choose a background more sandy in colour next time and perhaps draw or stamp an acacia tree in the distance)
  4. GSD Peacock Flowers Nesties by Angela Burke (Such a lovely nestie that can be used, as I’ve done, as a focal point on a card, or as a mat behind a round topper.)
  5. Pom Pom Flowers by Hazel Kinvig-Paul (I chose to shape all the layers to give really ruffled and dimensional flowers, but if you click through and look at the designer’s example you’ll see that they are just as effective as flat flowers.  Be creative with your layer, and cut out lots of layers in lots of different colours in one go and keep them in a box.  That way you’ll be able to just pick out what you want when you need to quickly put together a flower as an embellishment.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer –  Another mailer was sent out yesterday (16th September).  There are some new ‘Cookie Pocket’ sheets designed by Maurine Tapscott.  The “Exclusive Designer Spot Light” falls on Gordon Fraser this time.  Other news includes information about Registered Crafter Jane Wells’ workshop which she’s opened at Quex Park.  And all these on top of the usual fine assortment of designs and kits being showcased, this time ones created by Bronze designers.  Click – here – to have a look at an online version of the mailer.

Card Competition – The number of entries uploaded to the competition gallery for the “September 2011 Birthday Teen Boy Competition” has now reached 25, which is well down on the final number of entries in any of the previous competitions, so I do hope that there are more working on their creations in readiness for uploading.  There is still a bit of time to get an entry in as the entry open until September 24th.  The winner will be announced on September 30th.  The basic rules are “Make any Birthday Teen Boy card using any download from Craftsuprint!” and “PLEASE ENTER THE CUP NUMBER WITH YOUR UPLOAD.”  You do need to put in a description of how you made the card with your upload as well as the “cup” number of the sheet or kit from craftsUprint that you used.   You can see all the entries put up so far 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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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Sep 142011
 

Four Cards and a Box:

I managed to make up a small number of cards and one gift box today.  The cards are all ones with flowers on, and I haven’t put a greeting on any of them, as yet, as I think they could be used for so many occasions and therefore want to be able to put a suitable greeting on at the time of sending.  I’m showing pictures of four of the cards I’ve made here, but I made two very similar cards from some of the design sheets and therefore they became a bit more economical to produce.  The fifth item is the top of the gift box I made. Have a look at them and let me know what you think.

1Pink Flowers  2Purple Flower 1  3Yellow Flower  4Daffodils Pyramid Topper - Pyramage  5Grunge Green

  1. Pink Flowers by Russ Smith (The first of the cards where I made two similar cards from the same design sheet.  Only straight cutting involved so easy to make as well.)
  2. Purple Flower 1 by Russ Smith (Like the first card I made two similar cards from the one design sheet, and this is also easy to cut out and make.)
  3. Yellow Flower by Russ Smith (This is the third card where I made two cards from the same design sheet.  It’s just as easy to make these as the first two pairs of cards.)
  4. Daffodils Pyramid Topper – Pyramage by Wendy Colledge (Same style of pyramage topper as the first three cards, but this time I used all the layers on one card and left the black border in place for definition of the layers.  Again this is an easy card to cut out and make.)
  5. Grunge Green by Sally McIntyre (This is the top view of a box I made that’s simply decorated with the Grunge Green background printed onto card.  The box was made by cutting a sheet of A4 green iridescent card in half.  I then cut 2mm off one long and one short side of what was to be the base.  All sides were then scored in 1″ from each side, a slit put into each corners and the flap created stuck to the inside using Template Tape.  The top and sides of the lid was then decorated with panels of the printed background stuck to a mat of silver mirror card.  Finally I stuck a strip of the background all around the box as a sliding wrap to keep the lid in place, and decorated this with some green faux gems.  I think it makes a very pretty and stylish gift box.)

CUP Update:  

Blog – In my last blog post I started picking an assortment of blogs or sites that fellow members of Craftforums have online to highlight. So here’s another one for you:

Crafty Bob:

– Is the site mascot at craftsUprint and a superstar.  You can see a search for Crafty Bob at the end of – this – episode of CUP TV, and see him having fun at the Hobbycrafts Show in November 2010 at Birmingham NEC by clicking – here.

 You can see Crafty Bob’s blog by clicking – HERE.

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Card Competition – There are now over 20 entries uploaded to the competition gallery for the “September 2011 Birthday Teen Boy Competition”.  Teenaged boys are considered a bit of a difficult group of people to create suitable cards for, so why don’t you pop over to the gallery of entries for a look and a bit of inspiration.  You can see them all 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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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Sep 122011
 

Blogs & Websites:

I often like to have a look around at what other crafters have been making, especially when my health/disability issues are playing up and I can’t actually put glue to card to make up my own creations at the time.

The “Gallery” in Craftforums is a great place to see photos of crafted items.  And members don’t just have to upload pictures of crafted items created using digital downloads from the main craftsUprint site.  You’ll find pictures of all sorts of crafts from cakes and knitting to matchstick models, even pictures from the holidays that some members have been on.  It’s a real community Gallery.

Then there’s the craft and card making groups on Social Network sites such as Facebook.  Some of these are geared to selling either finished crafted items and some to selling the materials to make crafted items, but there are groups that don’t like members posting nothing but items for sale, or materials or digital designs to make cards, but rather concentrate on group members uploading pictures of their completed crafted work.  Facebook is a great medium for showing off any sort of crafting work, from digital downloads to completed work, but it is polite to check the theme of a crafting group before merrily posting lots of links to groups where to do this is inappropriate.  Then, of course, if you become Facebook Friends with crafters you’ll get the chance to see pictures of their crafts that they upload.

But today I want to introduce you to a small number of Blogs and Websites of some of my fellow Craftforum members.  Some are designers and some are crafters.  Some post regularly, and some only post occasionally when they feel like it, but all have some information on either design sheets or kits you may like to use, or pictures of cards you may like to have a look at.

Carol Clarke:

– Is a Premier Designer on craftsUprint.   You can see her designs by clicking – here.  These are just a small number of the over 60 of her designs that I’ve used:

1Flowers And Pearls Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker  2Pirates Ahoy Quick Card With Wavy Spiral Side Stacker  3Just Roses Quick Card with Wavy Corner side stacker Topper

  1. Flowers and Pearls Quick Card Twisted Spiral Side Stacker
  2. Pirates Ahoy Quick Card with Wavy Spiral Side Stacker
  3. Just Roses Quick Card with Wavy Corner side stacker Topper

You can see her blog by clicking – HERE.

 Tracy Priddle:

– Is a Registered Crafter on craftsUprint.  You can see the cards she’s made by clicking – here.

 You can see her blog by clicking – HERE.

Vicki Avcin:

– Is a Premier Designer on craftsUprint.   You can see her designs by clicking – here.  Here are some items I’ve made using her designs:

1Wales Desktop Calendar  2Scottish Red Kilt Groom Wedding  3Rose Basket Birthday or Mothers Day

  1. Wales Desktop Calendar (Although my version was for 2011, Vicki has now uploaded the calendar sheets for 2012 that can be used with any of her Desktop Calendar kits, which you can get by clicking – here.)
  2. Scottish Red Kilt Groom Wedding
  3. Rose Basket Birthday or Mothers Day

  You can see her blog by clicking – HERE.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The latest mailer sent out by craftsUprint (12th September) is showcasing a nice variety of designs for crafters once again.  There are some lovely “Back to Front 3D Card Kits” created by Tina Fitch, various Easel cards, Shelf cards, calendars for 2012, 8in x 8in decoupage, pyramage, etc.

There’s even a call for crafters to send in their photos if they would like to appear in the next edition of the craftsINprint magazine. (This magazine now comes with every edition of the “Complete Card Making on your PC” magazine.

You can see the full mailer by clicking – here.

Card Competition – There are already 17 entries up in competition gallery for the “September 2011 Birthday Teen Boy Competition” as I’m typing this.  You can see them all 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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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Cards & CUP Update

 Posted by at 10:38 pm
Sep 102011
 

Cards:

Not made a lot of cards in the last two days, just two congratulations cards, one on a sewing theme and one on a DIY theme.  Both were very easy to make as there was only straight edged cutting involved.  Click on the thumbnail images and you’ll get taken to larger versions of the cards which make it easier to see the detail (click the “Back” link in your browser to come back here), or click on the linked title below to get taken to the page of the design sheet I used to make them.

14 Stitchen sewing bookmarks/dl toppers  2DIY Carpenter/Joiner Dude Pyramid

  1. 4 Stitchen sewing bookmarks/dl toppers by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet out twice and used two of the pink colour-scheme bookmarks as toppers on a gate-fold card.  The other two I used to make bookmarks.  For the bookmarks the panels were stuck to gold mirror card and trimmed to leave a margin.  Strips of ribbon were stuck behind the top and then the bookmarks were backed with the same pink iridescent card-stock as the main card was made from.)
  2. DIY Carpenter/Joiner Dude Pyramid by Gordon Fraser (I used sticky back plastic for the wood-grain background on this card, and gold mirror card for the matting.)


CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – You can see the newsletter E-mailed out on the 9th September by clicking – here.  It’s well worth a browse through.  Included are:

  • for those who’ve got dexterity issues that make cutting out intricate decoupage an impossibility, but who can manage the less intricate stuff, there’s some of the newest “Easy to Cut Decoupage” designs by youngster Russ Smith;
  • there are some “Keepsake Horseshoe Toppers” from designer Amanda McGee which can be made up as stand alone keepsakes as well as used as toppers on cards;
  • a couple of designers who’ve sold over 10,000 items on the craftsUprint site and have gone “Platinum” are given a mention;
  • there’s news that somebody’s found Bob on the craftsUprint site and won the Bob Pot, which stood at £176.09 at that time (Don’t worry, Bob has gone back into hiding somewhere else now – read about the “Crafty Bob Treasure Hunt” and see the current total of the Bob Pot -> here);
  • there’s even news that “CUP Celebrates it’s 250,000 Upload!” and details of the designer who uploaded it;
  • there’s examples of items previously crafted by one of the newer crafters to take up cardmaking and join the family at Craftforums;
  • PLUS lots more of news from the craftsUprint site and its sister site Craftforums.

As I said, well worth a read.

Card Competition – The competition gallery “September 2011 Birthday Teen Boy Competition” can be seen by clicking -> here.  Entries can be uploaded until the until September 24th.  The winner, who’ll be announced on the 30th September, will receive a specially commissioned Craftsuprint ‘September 2011’ Crystal Crafter Trophy and a £25 CUP Gift Voucher!  And there will be a free download sent to all those who enterered, to be sent out after the competition closes.  There are already some entries in so pop over to have a look at them.

 

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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Some Cards From Early September

 Posted by at 09:19 pm
Sep 082011
 

Cards:

These are what I’ve made so far this week –

With my niece passing her driving test I needed to make two cards to give her, one from my parents and one from me.  So the first two cards are what I came up with.

The third card is me starting to experiment to decide what design I want to use on the main batch of cards we send out as a family.  I have some criteria I’m working to.  No intricate cutting, straight lines or rounded curves only.  The design must work as it is while still allowing room for the addition of further touches if I feel like it. The design must have some nativity element on it, but have some ornate elements as well.  The overall card must not be bigger than A5 or too deep to go through the ordinary Letter slot in the Post Office, as there’s no way we want to be paying for a Large Letter stamp on all the cards we’ll have to post. This is just the one, of the several ideas I’ve been working out in my head, that I’ve actually made up so far using a design sheet from craftsUprint.

1Funky Car No-Hole Over the Edge n spiral pyramid  2Funky Car Fan Pyramage Topper  3Mary and Baby Jesus pyramid

  1. Funky Car No-Hole Over the Edge n spiral pyramid by Carol Clarke (The whole card design is on one sheet and is all straight edge cutting, so easy to make and no need to go looking for anything else to make the card unless you want to.  I decided to do a little matting and layering and stuck the base layer of the spiral pyramid onto a linen textured gold mat.  I also added peel-offs.)
  2. Funky Car Fan Pyramage Topper by Carol Clarke (Although the pyramage on this card is in a fan design it isn’t particularly difficult to cut out or make up, just straight and gently rounded edges for cutting, and a guide of which pieces to stick where and in what order is included on the sheet.)
  3. Mary and Baby Jesus pyramid by Eva Cano (Two keep the profile of the card low to go through the ordinary letter slot I only used two of the circles on the pyramid and stuck them in place using 1mm deep double sided foam tape.  I used a Sakura Clear Stardust pen and some pearlescent glue drops to further embellish.  And with the straight cutting for the base, card front, layer, and round cutting for the pyramid layers, I think it will be a reasonably easy card for me to do many copies of.  And I could use deeper foam tape and perhaps add a real bow to cards that we won’t have to post.  I think that there are lots of areas I could play around with the embellishment to make lots of different versions of card from one basic design.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – Lots of beautiful kits and sheets for the card maker being shown in the latest E-mail to be sent out by the craftsUprint team.  There’s also news of one designer doing well in his GCSEs, another designer’s holiday snap, a crafter turning Gold with 500 photos of finished cards uploaded to the site, etc.  See a copy of the mailer of the 7th September by clicking -> here.

Card Competition – The competition for September is now open for entries to be uploaded.  As the mailer says, “the theme for September is Teenage Boy Cards”.  The basic rules are “Make any Birthday Teen Boy card using any download from Craftsuprint!”.  You can see the full rules on the gallery page for the competition by clicking -> here – there are already a small number of entries uploaded for you to look at.

 

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 and Things

 Posted by at 07:36 pm
Sep 052011
 

Cards:

Went to an 18th birthday “do” after going to chapel yesterday afternoon.  Lovely sporead put on by the family.  Of course a birthday party calls for a birthday card.  In fact, as my mother wanted to send a card to the same young man, it called for two birthday cards.  I obviously wanted to make sure that the cards would be different to anything he’d received from anybody else. These are what I came up with:

1cup116184_359 - 18th Metallic Age Quick Card with Twisted Pyramage  2Penblwydd Llyr

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  1. The first card I made using the sheet “18th Metallic Age Quick Card with Twisted Pyramage” by Carol Clarke.  The bookmark came from the same sheet as well.  Now isn’t that good value?  I used a gold linen effect A4 sheet to make the base card and to back the bookmark.  The only embellishment was a brad on the bookmark.
  2. This card I made using the Splendour embossing board from the Glitter Girls.  Using silver linen effect card, together with black and deep navy card, layers of embossed shapes were built up.  The card was simply finished with “Penblwydd Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Birthday) peeloffs in the top left and bottom right of the design, and an “18” blue holographic peel-off in the centre.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The latest mailer sent out via E-mail by the CUP team today, 5th September, can be seen online by clicking – here.  As usual there’s a wide range of card designs on show. Christmas designs make an appearance, as does a SVG cutting file, an Iris Folding design of a man lawn bowling, some new window cards, etc.  Then there’s some other bits of news from the site and even a picture of a swarm of ladybirds taken by one of the CUP Designers on a day out.  You’ll also see that a special offer on the craftsINprint magazine is still ongoing as I mentioned in my last post.

 

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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Jewellery and Things

 Posted by at 07:52 pm
Sep 032011
 

Beaded Items:

Over the last week or so I’ve made three items using beads.

The first is a bracelet on beading elastic using two types of beads.

The second is a bookmark with beads threaded onto beading wire to make a shape of a cross which is then hung from a chain from the bookmark.

The third item is a key-chain with beads threaded onto beading wire in the shape of the numbers one and eighteen and dangled from the keyring using  jump rings.

1Bracelet 10 01  2Bookmark 01 02  3Keyring 01 03

If you click on each of the thumbnails above you’ll get taken to a larger version of the images for a better look at the items.

CUP Update:  

craftsINprint at Discounted Price –  If you read my post of the 28th August – here – you’d have seen me say that there’s a short piece about me, together with an example of one of the cards I’ve made, in issue 3 of the craftsINprint magazine that comes with “Complete Cardmaking 32”.  If you haven’t already got hold of your copy, CUP have now got a very special offer.  Not only can you order your copy now for £4.99, instead of the £5.99 original price, but there will be a £3 CUP Voucher given with every order.  Please click – here – to read more about it, and of course to order if you want to.

CUP Newsletter Mailer – For those of you with a CraftROBO or a Silhouette cutting machine the latest issue of the mailer sent out regularly by the CUP team is a must read item.  The “New From” feature shows several of Tina Fitch‘s “Swinging Cards” where a piece of the card is suspended and swings when the card is moved.  Tina has cutting files in several formats available on the CUP site – GSD, SVG, Studio – and she also has files for hand cutting as well.  The second feature of interest to those with cutting machines is a CUP TV episode by Clive Couter, where Clive gives some ideas of how to embellish cards and embellishments cut using his designs by using embossing powder.  Of course, there are other bits of news and designs being displayed that will be of interest to those without a cutting machine as well, so don’t think you are being left out if you don’t have such a machine.  Please click – here – to see the 2nd September mailer.

 

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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