Oct 292011
 

Yesterday I wrote in my blog post that I’d been trying to a bit of work every day on the shawl I’m knitting as a Christmas gift for my sister.  Well this is how much I’ve made so far:

Shawl 02

 It’s definitely growing!  I’ve used around 5 x 25g balls of yarn so far, so it’s very light material.

Cards:

I’ve managed to put together a few cards this morning.  I’d printed the sheets and cut them out in readiness a few days ago.  This morning I wanted something to keep me busy and awake while I waited for Tesco to deliver my groceries, so I pulled all the pieces out and went to work.  These are the ones I got made before the delivery man arrived – quite a few really as he didn’t turn up until five minutes past the delivery time-slot:

1With our best wishes  2West Highland Terrier Puppy Dog 3D Lace Framed Decoupage  34 Elephant birthday toppers  4Autumn scene 02

  1. With our best wishes by Sally McIntyre (This is a stunning image.  It is decoupage so there’s quite a bit of in and out cutting to get all the pieces done, so for me the cutting out was a “good day” cutting out job.)
  2. West Highland Terrier Puppy Dog 3D Lace Framed Decoupage by Elaine Sheldrake (Although not straight cutting, the corner elements on this card were not too difficult to cut out and are reasonably forgiving if cut not exactly on the line.  The lace frame nicely sets off the image of the dog, who reminds me of our little dog.)
  3. 4 Elephant birthday toppers by Sharon Poore (4 simple toppers with just straight line cutting which make quick cards an easy task.)
  4. Autumn scene 02 by Astrid Spijkers (This card is made up of a card front which includes a pyramid topper and therefore is very easy to cut and make.)

1Bourton on the Water Cotswold Quick Card,Frame & Sentiments  26 x 6 Vintage Rose - Butterfly Decoupage Gold Square Card  3Bunch of pigs

  1.  Bourton on the Water Cotswold Quick Card,Frame & Sentiments by Elaine Sheldrake (There is some cutting that isn’t straight involved in cutting out the inside of the frame, but I copped off the tendrils and just went around the ivy leaves to make it an easier job.)
  2. 6 x 6 Vintage Rose – Butterfly Decoupage Gold Square Card by Elaine Sheldrake (As this design is made up of decoupage pieces it does involve more cutting out than some of the rest, although most of the pieces are quite “rounded” in nature and therefore not too intricate.)
  3. Bunch of pigs by Astrid Spijkers (This card has a straight edged pyramid topper and therefore is easy to cut out and put together.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer The E-mail mailer sent out yesterday evening can be seen by clicking – here.  This mailer is showcasing a few kits of a variety of background designs and lots of Christmas designs which have been created by Silver craftsUprint designers.  There’s also a CUP TV episode, some Tent Bookmark Kits, and news of several CUP Crafters meeting up at the SECC Show in Scotland, amongst some other bits of news and information.

Card Making Competition –  The time to enter the October cardmaking competition has passed and entry is now closed.  Well it is according to the instructions on the competition entry page – “Entry open until October 28th”.  However the page is still saying “Voting has not yet started”, so don’t know when it will start as the page also says “Winner will be announced on October 31st”, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for those who are eligible to vote to do so.

If you are a Registered Crafter or CUP Designer, and therefore eligible to vote, please, please, use your vote when the voting starts.  Have a good look at all the entries, at how the card maker has taken the design bought from CUP and made up their card, and vote for the card you think is the best.

Discount:

Anybody who’s read the mailer will have already have seen this, but in case you haven’t – here’s the information on the latest craftsUprint discount code:

Enter the code HALLOWEEN into your shopping basket
then click Update to save 20% this weekend!

Offer expires midnight 31/10/11

So make the most of this 20% saving by going to the craftsUprint site now and taking your pick of all the wonderful designs.  Remember, it’s not just for Card Making.  There are also designs for ScrapbookingCrochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting – both by hand and machine, as well as Designer Resource Downloads for those who want to design their own cards or scrapbook pages.  And if you are lucky enough to own an electronic/digital cutting machines you’ll also find an assortment of Cutting Files.

 

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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Oct 282011
 

Santa Twinkle Pyramid Sheet Background 1I haven’t made a lot of cards since my last post, but you can still see the 750+ cards I’ve uploaded to the CUP site in the last 20 months by clicking – here.

What I have been doing is spending some time daily working on the shawl that I’m making for my sister for Christmas, which I showed you the beginning of at the start of my last post.  I’ve got half of it made by now.

But I have managed to make a few cards to send off to a charity, and one for a cardmaking competition.  The cards that follow are the ones I sent off to the charity.  The one for the card making competition I’ll post after the end of voting at the beginning of next month.

Cards:

I’ve used quite a few bits from a Hunkeydory kit to make most of these, but added other material as well to all but the second card.

1Christmas Hunkydory 06  2Christmas Hunkydory 04  3Christmas Hunkydory 05  4Christmas Hunkydory 03  5  Stag 04

Please click on the thumbnail images for a better look at each card and then click “Back” in your browser to come back here.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer Three mailers have been sent out from CUP HQ since my last blog post.

The one sent out on Friday the 21st can be seen by clicking – here.  Amongst all the designs on show in this mailer you’ll see some “2 Drawer Easel Kits” as designed by Julie Hill.  I particularly love the “Wildlife Cards” designed by Frances Dent.  I think that – this one – is my favourite.

The mailer sent out on Monday the 24th can be seen by clicking – here.   In addition to lots of designs there’s news that Crafty Bob has been found on the CUP site, netting the finder a sum of £199.24.  Bob’s now back in hiding, so I wonder who’ll find him next time?  Amongst the other bits of news is a lovely picture of when two CUP favourites met up lately.

The E-mail sent out on Wednesday the 26st can be seen by clicking – here.  Lots of designs and news in this issue as well so please do click through to have a look.

Card Making Competition –  The entry to the latest craftsUprint cardmaking competition closes today.  The winner is to be announced on October 31st.  This time, in an attempt to make the competition fairer, voting will only be open to Registered Crafters & CUP Designers.  This should prevent any competitor getting family, friends, and craft club co-members to join Craftforums simply to vote for their card, when in actual fact these new members have no interest whatsoever in either CUP or being active members of Cratforums.

So, if you are a Registered Crafter or CUP Designer, and therefore eligible to vote, please, please, use your vote.  Have a good look at all the entries, at how the card maker has taken the design bought from CUP (“Make any Christmas card using any download from Craftsuprint!” is part of the rules) and made up their card, and vote for the card you think is the best.

Even if you are not eligible to vote you can still go and see all the entries in the competition gallery – here.  With over 55 entries there’s a lot of variation in styles and designs on show, and it just might give you some inspiration of something new to include in your own cards.

Discount:

A little birdie let it out of the bag, at the end of a bingo winner notification yesterday, that the end of month discount code is HALLOWEEN.  So fill your Cart with some of those lovely designs from craftsUprint that you’ve had your eye on, type in the code, and don’t forget to press the “Update” button to save 20% off your total order cost for any order placed over this weekend. If you are not already a customer there’s no better time to take the plunge into crafting with digital downloads than now.

 

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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Some October Makes, etc.

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Oct 202011
 

Back last winter I bought an Authentic Knitting Board and started making a pair of knitted slippers for myself.  I’d only made one when a couple of my nephews decided they wanted ones as well, so I left knitting the second one for me and went on to knit them a pair each, then knitted them a scarf and a hat each for their birthdays, before starting my second knitted slipper.  Then events got in the way, and I needed to complete cards and jewellery pieces for various birthdays.  And so the second slipper was left just cast on, on the board.  Yesterday I went back to it and finished it.  So just need to sew it up now and I can hopefully get it photographed to put up in my next post.

I’ve now cast on a shawl.  This is what it looks like so far – what do you think of the colours?

Shawl 01 01

Cards:
I’ve also made a small number of cards and a gift bag during the last couple of days.  I’ve had them, and several others, cut out for days, but haven’t felt up to putting them together.  Hopefully I’ll manage to get more done during the next few days.  These are the ones I’ve done so far.

1Stokesay Castle Shropshire England Decoupage Card Sheet  2Away in a Manger  3The leaopards stare  4Ballerina  5pink teddy bear

  1. Stokesay Castle Shropshire England Decoupage Card Sheet by Elaine Sheldrake (This is a decoupaged image so has some quite fiddly bits to cut out.  Those who’ve read my blog in the past know that I tend to only do designs that are very easy to cut, but like to have a sheet or two at a time ready to do in my digital library for days when I want something a bit more challenging when my hands are behaving themselves a bit better.  This, for me, was definitely a “very good day” cutting out challenge, but I’m so glad I did it as it’s a lovely image.)
  2. Away in a Manger by Judith Flavel and Starry Starry Nights 2 background  (This, like the first card, is a decoupage, and one of my “good days” for cutting tasks, but I love a nice Nativity scene for a Christmas card and think that this one was well worth the effort.  I may even set up my CraftROBO software to cut it out for me the next time I make it.  I think the starry nights background works well with the decoupage image.)
  3. The leaopards stare by Julie Green (A simple to cut and make pyramid style design.  The card’s colours make it suitable for a card for a man as well as any woman who’s interested in wildlife or big cats.)
  4. Ballerina by Kristin Guyer (Another pyramid style design that’s easy to cut and make, but this time in very girly pink colours, so great for a little girl.)
  5. Pink teddy bear by Mishara Armenia (A sweet little pink teddy gift bag that would be nice to give a small gift either on the birth of a new baby – perhaps hand knitted baby booties, or a gift for a little girl – perhaps socks or a bangle or something like that.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer There have been two mailers sent out by the CUP Team since my last blog post.

The one sent out on Monday the 17th can be seen by clicking – here.  There are a lot of designs to be seen.  The Designer Spotlight is showcasing some of the work of the very talented artist, Pamela West, and the Card Maker Spotlight is the prize winning crafter Cynthia Massey.

The mailer sent out on Wednesday the 19th can be seen by clicking – here.   The Designer Spotlight falls on Elaine Sheldrake, a very talented designer of who’s work I have several designs in my digital library.  You’ll notice that the design I used for my first card above is by her.  There’s all sorts in this mailer, from calendars to keepsake baby shoes and from bookmarks to cards.

Card Making Competition – This competition is open to anybody, from anywhere around the world, who has bought a suitably themed card-making item via craftsUprint.  “Any Christmas Card” is the theme for the October competition, so lots of scope for the imagination here as it could be a card for a male or a female or a family, it could be for a young child or an elderly relative, so there will hopefully be lots of entries this time.  The details can be seen – hereThere are already over 25 entries which 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.)

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

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Oct 162011
 

Cards:

I’ve already made two post highlighting some A5 cards I’ve made where most of front element comes off one sheet with a main card front with some additional bits to layer.  You can see the first post by clicking -> here and the second by clicking -> here.

Here’s the next installment of this type of card, and please check back at my blog regularly as I’ve got some more to show you.

1Beautiful White Sparkle Fairy Card Front  2Silhouette Dancers on Roses  3Elegant Style  4Sporty Car Card Front  5White Wild Flower

  1. Beautiful White Sparkle Fairy Card Front by Ammie Sanders (A lovely fairy flying up after a butterfly that does have some cutting that’s more intricate than what I usually do.  I avoided the most intricate bit by not cutting out between the back and the wing.)
  2. Silhouette Dancers on Roses by Sheila Rodgers (As the extra layer is a silhouette some careful cutting is needed to make sure that no white bits are left around.)
  3. Elegant Style by Deborah Davies (This sheet doesn’t strictly include the whole card front, but the pieces provided are all that are needed to build up the card front.  Again this card has some more intricate cutting.)
  4. Sporty Car Card Front by Amy Cummings (Straight cutting only to make up this card so is one of the easiest of this first group to make.)
  5. White Wild Flower by Eva Cano (And another with only straight.)

1Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker 2Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker  3Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker  4Gorgeous Purple Fairy Card Front  5Chocolates on Chocolate Card

  1. Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (These corner stackers have rounded layers so are not difficult to cut out or make.)
  2. Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (Another of the same style cards as the previous one.)
  3. Stunning Floral 2 Corner Stacker by Ammie Sanders (And a third of the same style)
  4. Gorgeous Purple Fairy Card Front by Ammie Sanders (This card includes a straight edged pyramid, so an easy card to cut and make.)
  5. Chocolates on Chocolate Card by Helen Williams (Nothing difficult to cut out on this card either.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer Designs available to buy from craftsUprint that have been uploaded by Gold level designers are being showcased in the last mailer sent out.  You’ll also find a new CUP TV episode by Carol Clarke, as well as highlighting her new “Everlasting Calendar Bookmark Kits” – these are just some of the varied things to be seen in the mailer sent out on the 14th October.  You can have a look at the mailer by clicking – here.

Card Making Competition – The theme for the cards for entry into the October card making competition has been announced.  The details can be seen – here.  Basically it’s “Make any Christmas card using any download from Craftsuprint! Entry open until October 28th, Winner will be announced on October 31st.”  One difference to the rules this time is that the voting “will only be open to Registered Crafters & CUP Designers” this time, rather than every member of Craftforums.  Entries already uploaded 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.)

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

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Oct 142011
 

Hip Hip Hooray!  Looks like the company have sorted things out and my blog is now back up.  Hope it remains up.

I must admit that I haven’t done a lot of crafting during the last fortnight, and what I have done has mostly been using ready printed and die cut sheets, as I just didn’t feel up to cutting things out with my aching hands.  So I haven’t add anything to the gallery of cards I’ve got up on the craftsUprint site lately, but you may still like to click through – here – to see the 750+ cards I’ve already got up there.

Forgoing the hand cutting meant that I was able to push myself a bit with decorating this first card.  I made it for a “Victorian era challenge” taking place on one of the craft related groups I belong to on Facebook.

Vintage Look Card

Sticking on the lace wasn’t too difficult as it came with the ruffled edge, but the tiny sticky back faux pearl gems were a nightmare, even using a pokey tool to move and place them.

Recycled Christmas Cards:

I’ve made Christmas Cards in the past by recycling the images off the front of cards we had received as a family for previous Christmases, as well as used ones that friends had passed on to me.  But I was looking for some different way to make them up this year, rather than just cut out rectangles from the card fronts and stick them to the front of the closest sized ready scored and folded cards.  So I came up with the idea of making them all oval.

No hand cutting, but used a X-Cut shape cutter on a glass mat to cut all the ovals (much less painful on my hands, although even with that I could only do a few at a time and I’ve still got quite a few to do again).

I decided to make the final card size the same for all the cards so that I could just buy a pack of envelopes that fit and not have to go searching for different sized envelopes or have to make my own.

I decided to use a mat of either silver or gold linen textured card-stock on every card as well as using some ultra fine crystal glitter somewhere on every card (a glittery effect without having to worry about matching glitter colours for different images).

These are some I’ve made already (the fine glitter isn’t particularly obvious in the pictures but twinkles when the card is moved in the light in real live).  You’ll need to click on the thumbnail images to have a real look at the cards in the larger image that opens:

 1Christmas Recycled 01   2Christmas Recycled 02   3Christmas Recycled 03

If you are wondering how these cards will stand up – well I cut ovals out of Centura Pearl Snow White card of exactly the same size as the card front.  These ovals were scored at 1.5cm from the top and 0.5cm from the bottom.  The top was attached to the back of the front with glue, and the small score at the bottom was folded to give a steadying ledge for the card to stand on without rolling all over the place (rocker cards may be a nice novelty, but a card rocking about on the mantelpiece amongst all the other cards at Christmas causes more trouble than they are worth.)

I hope these pictures show you what I mean:

1Christmas Recycled Concept 01   2Christmas Recycled Concept 02

Hunkydory Christmas Cards:

I spent an hour with my five year old nephew the Sunday before last making a few Christmas cards using die cut designs from Hunkydory.

 1Christmas Hunkydory 01  2Christmas Hunkydory 02

 The first picture shows two cards we made side by side.  The one on the left, with the snowman and Santa he made, and the one on the right with only a snowman I made (please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger image as you can’t see them properly in this small size).  Not a lot of difference in crafting standard between them I think.

The second card we worked on together, allowing him to pick bits from the box I’ve got all my Hunkydory Christmas stuff in.  He’s learning to read now and the “Ho Ho Ho” greeting was one he could read for himself so it’s the one he chose.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – There have been several mailers sent out by the craftsUprint team since I last had access to update my blog.  So here’s a list of the dates and the location where you can see them online:

5th October – here ;  7th October – here ;  10th October – here ;  12th October – 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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Oct 032011
 

Cards:

Square Toppers It’s been a while since I looked at cards I’d made using square toppers of one kind or another, but this is the 6th post I’ve made highlighting cards like this.

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

1For a chocolate lover  2Sweet Desserts Pyramid Sheet  3Coffee time Fan Pyramage Topper  4Champagne for 2

  1. For a chocolate lover by Linda Whittles (The chocolate looks as if it could be picked off the card and eaten as it is decoupaged and shaped.  As we are dealing with chunky pieces they are not difficult to cut out so this is an easy, but dimensional, card to make.)
  2. Sweet Desserts Pyramid Sheet by Sarah Edwards (Yummy!  A simple to cut pyramid design covered in lovely desserts.)
  3. Coffee time Fan Pyramage Topper by Carol Clarke (Time for a cuppa!  Simple to cut out layers that build up, fan like, to give the dimension to this card.)
  4. Champagne for 2 by Deborah Davies (Perhaps champagne is more your tipple.  Another simple to cut out and put together card with pyramage style layers to build up the dimension.)

12 shaped pyramid cards soft pink vintage roses  2Spring Flowers Cut and Fold Card  3White oriental lily  4Proud Red Poppy  5Hot Air Balloon Pyramid Sheet

  1. 2 shaped pyramid cards soft pink vintage roses by Sally McIntyre (Zig-zagged edges may take a bit of time to cut but are not intricate or difficult.  It just gives a different look to this pyramid topper.)
  2. Spring Flowers Cut and Fold Card by Carol Clarke (This is a simple print, cut and fold card so nothing difficult in the creation, but it can be embellished however you wish.  You could even take the front of the card to use as a topper on a larger square or rectangular card.)
  3. White oriental lily by Sally McIntyre (I quite like the different effect that having the gold edges to each of the pyramid layers gives to the finished card.  Another easy to cut and put together card.)
  4. Proud Red Poppy by Sue Turner (I actually made two cards from one pyramid card sheet, splitting the layers between both the cards.  Again they were easy to cut out and put together.)
  5. Hot Air Balloon Pyramid Sheet by Sarah Edwards (This design is also an easy to cut and put together pyramid.  A lovely, bright, image I’m sure you’ll agree.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – Another mail has been sent out from CUP HQ today (Monday 3rd October) and you can see it by clicking – here.

You’ll see lots of different designs for using in your cardmaking as well as photos of the cards that were declared winners in the September Card Making Competition and further news from CUP land, such as the marriage of one of the designers.  So please do go and have a read if you haven’t already received it via E-mail.

 

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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