Cards and Chocolate Gift Bags

 Posted by at 03:45 pm
Nov 302011
 
Over doing things during the weekend has meant that I’ve not been up to doing a lot of crafting the beginning of this week, and the tidy up of my crafty stash (that I started several weeks ago) still isn’t completed either.  What I did manage to do yesterday was attach my CraftROBO to my laptop and set it to cut several designs.  Today I’ve put the items together into cards and chocolate gift bags. 

Cards and Chocolate Gift Bags:

1GSD Lacey Toppers  2Fancy Tags GSD-WPC-AI-EPS-PDF  3Frilled Mat #2  4Nested Shape #5  5Robo Nativity Silhouettes

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  1. GSD Lacey Toppers by Angela Burke and 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels by Emma Winnell (Printed the “Chocolate Satin” background onto good quality white card and then cut out the lacey toppers out of it using my CraftROBO.  Then simply folded, put a piece of purple glitter paper behind one, and stapled to the top of a food grade plastic bag.  Makes a small gift look extra special.  White chocolate buttons for a child, or a selection of lovely chocolates for an adult – bough a big box of chocolates on a half price offer and split it up into several gifts like this.)
  2. Fancy Tags GSD-WPC-AI-EPS-PDF by Rae Carr (The designs were cut out of cream iridescent paper using my CraftROBO and used as greetings panels on cards and for the name of the recipient to be added on the Chocolate Gift Bags.  With an assortment of fancy tags in the cutting file there’s sure to be something suitable for most paper-crafting projects – and was they are cut out using the CraftROBO there’s no cutting by hand involved, though I suspect that cutting out some of the fancy tags would be beyond even the most dexterous person.)
  3. Frilled Mat #2 by Hazel Kinvig-Paul and Nested Shape #5 by Hazel Kinvig-Paul (A card that looks fancy but has no cutting out by hand whatsoever.  A frilled mat cut from holographic mirror paper was put on the card first.  Then one of the nested shapes cut from black paper with a gold iridescence was put on top, but offset over the bottom.  Paper roses were then stuck on with glue gel before a greeting tag, as sown in 2. above, was stuck in place and a peel-off greeting “Brysiwch Wella”, Welsh for “Get Well Soon” was added.)
  4. Nested Shape #5 by Hazel Kinvig-Paul and Frilled Mat #2 by Hazel Kinvig-Paul (Although I used the same cutting files as for 3. above for this card, this time I used the nested shape for the base mat, and then a frilled mat as the second layer.  I also centred rather than offset the second layer for this card.  I sued the same style of paper roses, but in a different colour, for this card and finished off with a bow made of white organza ribbon which has white hearts over printed.)
  5. Robo Nativity Silhouettes by Joanna Swinton (Rather than cut the silhouettes out of black I cut them from a purple sheet of sticky back purple card.  Using a sticky back card meant that there wasn’t the fiddle of trying to get glue behind some of the intricate Pisces to stick them down.  After gently peeling the sheet off the backing, and poking out some of the small pieces that hadn’t come off on the backing, I stuck the silhouettes onto silver holographic paper.  I then trimmed around the outline of the silhouettes leaving a small border of the the holographic paper visible outside the silhouettes.  This is the only had cutting I did in the whole of this crafting session.  The matted silhouettes were then stuck to the front of A5, black, tent fold cards, and a greetings panel – “Nadolig Llawen” which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – was stuck to each card.)

CUP Update:  

Discount Code –  The end of the discount code is close now, as it finish MIDNIGHT 30th November 2011, so if you haven’t made use of it yet there isn’t a lot of time left to get a 20% discount on purchases from craftsUprint.  All you need to do to take advantage of this fantastic offer is to choose any design sheets, kits, cutting files, etc., you want to buy and pop them in your cart/basket then – “Simply type the word ‘SANTA’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET”.

 

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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Nov 292011
 
On the 23rd, in my blog post, I said that amongst the cards I’d made was a competition entry, but that I wouldn’t put a picture up in my blog until the competition voting had closed.  The entries go up anonymously in the competition gallery and the names only show after the voting has closed.  Well for some reason the voting closed two days early and the winner was announced on the 28th, instead of the 30th, so here’s a picture of the card I entered:

 Floral Card 10

 The theme was to make a Floral Card using any download from CUP.  Although I’ve bought many toppers with floral images and designs I just couldn’t choose one I preferred to use to make up a card – there are far too many really lovely ones available.  So I thought I’d take a different tack and use only background designs from CUP and make up the flowers myself.  These are the backgrounds I used:

12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels

12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics

12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels

The “Chocolate” coloured background from the first pack was used as the main background, the “Champagne Satin” from the second pack was used for the ovals, and the flower layers were punched out from an assortment of shades of backgrounds printed from all three packs.  I think using background designs which have a graduation of colour gives a nice look to the flowers when shaped and the layers built up like this.

You should be able to read my description of how I made the card by clicking – here – but if you have any problems seeing it the let me know and I’ll copy the description over to my blog.

CUP Update:  

Discount Code –  The discount code is still available until MIDNIGHT 30th November 2011.  The instructions are simple – Go to the craftsUprint site, choose any design sheets, kits, cutting files, etc., you want to buy and pop them in your cart/basket then – “Simply type the word ‘SANTA’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET”.

CUP Newsletter Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out via E-mail on Monday, 29th November, can be seen by clicking – here.  There’s a CUP TV episode with Sarah Edwards demonstrating on of her “Card in a Card”cards; A showcase of Silvia Griffin‘s ‘Curvy Top Folded Cards’; The “Card Maker Spotlight” falls on Geri Stringer this time and the “Designer Spotlight” falls on some of the Christmas cards designed by Sandra Carlse; plus lots of other designs and news for you to look at.

Card Making Competition –  Don’t know why the voting was stopped two days before the date of the 30th of November given in the competition information, but it was, and the winner was announced early.  The winning card was a really lovely one created by Cynthia Massey.  You should be able to see it by clicking – here.

I’d like to thank those who voted for my card entry, and also thank those who left such lovely comments below it.

 

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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Nov 262011
 
Those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while will know that I’ve got fluctuating health/disability issues that interfere with my crafting, meaning that I find it difficult to do cutting out at times because of aches and pains in my arms and hands and my dexterity isn’t the best either.  But there are times when I want to craft despite the pains and so try and make things easier for myself.  For this reason I keep an eye out for die-cut card-making stuff, especially when they are on offer, and keep an assortment in the house for me to use when I feel like it.  Over the last few days I needed to make a batch of Christmas cards, but knew I wouldn’t get many done if I did a lot of “from scratch” designs, so, having found a few packs of Hunkydory Christmas stuff while looking for something else a few days ago, I decided to plough ahead and make as many as I could.  You will see the results, a batch of 25+ cards, below.

(Remember to click on the thumbnail images to see larger photos of the cards.)

Cards:

The first couple of cards I’ve made using design sheets from craftsUprint.  You’ll notice that I’ve put pictures of both inside and outside of the second one.

1cup274209_49 - card02 - here comes santa step by step  2cup212216_96 - card05 - Prayer Card Front-Topper 3   cup212216_96 - card03 - Prayer Card Front-Topper 3

  1. Here comes santa step by step by Sally McIntyre (There was a bit of intricate cutting out around the different layers of this decoupaged Santa on a rooftop, but I didn’t actually use every one of the layers on this card to limit the amount of cutting I had to do.  That’s the good thing about decoupage, you can layer up as many or as few layers as you want, so don’t think that you have to use every layer provided just because they are there.)
  2. Prayer Card Front-Topper 3 by Anna Babajanyan (This was a simple, straight cut, topper that I’d printed out around half size and used stuck in the inside back of a gate-fold card made of mirror card.  I then simply wrapped a sheet of vellum that came printed with a gold pattern around the outside and used some ribbon as decoration.  A quick and simple card to make, but very effective.)

This second batch of cards are all ones made using die-cut sheets from Hunkydory.  Most I’ve played around with layout and what cardstock I’ve used, so not all the base cards are made with Hunkydory cardstock.

1Christmas Hunkydory 07 03  2Christmas Hunkydory 08 02  3Christmas Hunkydory 09 03  4Christmas Hunkydory 10 01  5Christmas Hunkydory 10 03

6Christmas Hunkydory 11 01  7Christmas Hunkydory 12 02  8Christmas Hunkydory 13 03  9Christmas Hunkydory 14 01  10Christmas Hunkydory 15 01

11Christmas Hunkydory 16 01  12Christmas Hunkydory 17 03  13Christmas Hunkydory 18 01  14Christmas Hunkydory 19 03  15Christmas Hunkydory 23 03

16Christmas Hunkydory 21 03  17Christmas Hunkydory 22 01  18Christmas Hunkydory 20 01  19Christmas Hunkydory 24 01  20Christmas Hunkydory 25 04

21Christmas Hunkydory 26 01  22Christmas Hunkydory 27 02  23Christmas Hunkydory 28 01  24Christmas Hunkydory 29 03  25Christmas Hunkydory 30 02

26Christmas Hunkydory 31 01

 

CUP Update:  

Discount Code –  Hip Hip Hooray!  A discount code has been announced that will give you 20% off orders placed on craftsUprint until MIDNIGHT 30th November 2011.  So come on everybody – time to have a good look at the thousands upon thousands of card making design sheets, kits, cutting files, scrapbooking items, designer resources, knitting patterns, cross stitch, etc., that you can buy from the site.  Build up your digital library for less!  And if you are stuck for inspiration, then there’s always the gallery of Finished Cards for you to look through.  So what do you have to do to get the discount? – “Simply type the word ‘SANTA’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET”.

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The two Titanium Designers and the Top Cardmakers are featured in the mailer sent out Friday, 25th November – which you can see here.  There’s an assortment of new Origami Christmas Tree Card Kits created by Christine Crowther.  There’s even a small piece about my win in the Charity Cards Group challenge (see my previous post – here) amongst all the other bits of news included in this mailer.

Card Making Competition –  Well, after a lot of thought, and looking again and again at the entries I managed to whittle my favourites list down to 5, so had to go back for another look and finally chose which one to give my vote to.  Not going to say which one though.  Nor am I going to say which card is my entry – not until after the closing of voting.  Those of you who are eligible to vote (CUP Designers and Registered Crafters) – please go to the competition gallery – here – have a good look and place your vote for the card you think is the best.

 

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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I’ve Won A Challenge! Wahoo!

 Posted by at 12:20 pm
Nov 252011
 
Some of you, who read my blog regularly, will have seen me mention that I belong to a group of card makers, who are members of Craftforums, who each month send in a small assortment of hand made cards to a Charity Cards group organised by Diane Scotland.  Diane then photographs the cards, sticks labels on the cello bags if the chosen charity wants, and delivers all the cards to the charity.  A different charity is supported each month.  Diane does fantastic work sorting everything out so that all the rest of us need to do is post off some cards to her.

As well as the main purpose of the group, to donate cards that the chosen charity can sell to raise funds, a small challenge is run each month as well.  One card per person, which is also donated to the charity, can be sent in for the challenge, and this card is on a particular theme.  October was the turn of the RNIB to be supported. So an interesting challenge was set.  The challenge card needed to be suitable for people who are blind or have sight problems, taking into consideration that “the people who can’t SEE these cards will need to be able to TOUCH and FEEL them”.

Yesterday all the entries sent in were taken to the RNIB so that a member of staff could inspect, touch and feel, and choose the winner.  And the winner was – ME!

I was so surprised when this was announced on Craftforums yesterday evening.  Surprised, pleased and I wish to thank the judge very much for choosing my card.

Stag 04I have shown the card I sent in in a blog post a while ago, amongst lots of others I made around the same time, but I thought I’d show it to you again now and give you some details of how I made it.  Here it is:

I first thought about what I wanted on the card –

  • I wanted a card with dimension.
  • I wanted a card with a few different textures, but not all over texture so that it all ran into each other making it hard to differentiate;
  • I thought that if a person was partially sighted they may be able to differentiate between light and dark, so wanted a big contrast in colours;
  • I wanted the recipient, if a reader of Braille, to be able to read the greeting by touch.

I created a base card from Centura Pearl Snow White card.  To start on making the card dimensional I scored the card to give a 1cm spine.  I also scored and cut to give a 1cm deep recessed frame.  As a contrast to the white card I chose a black card and cut out a piece the same size as a recess and a panel as a base for the greetings panel.  I put strips of double sided tape around the recess and rubbed ultra fine glitter in for texture.

I chose some die-cut mats to suit the card, one in silver and the rest in white.  They came from packs similar to – this one, but I can’t remember exactly where I got them or what the exact pack I had was called.  The silver mat was stuck directly to the white mat behind it, and that was stuck to the black background using 2mm deep, double sided tape.

One of the elements I chose for texture was an image of a stag.  This came from a pack of “Creata Pack of 14 Rub On Flock Transfers“.  The flock has a raised effect against the background, so the shape could be felt.  It also has a warm feeling against the coldness of the silver mirror card behind it.  I also used a quickie glue pen in broken lines on the mirror card below the stag and sprinkled the same glitter as previously on this as well, to give the feel of snow drifts.

I went to the Internet and found a site that showed the alphabet in Braille.  I copied the images for each of the letters to make up “Happy Christmas”, pasted them in the right order to make the greeting into my graphics package, shrunk them down to the correct size to fit my greetings panel, and printed them out onto thin paper – paper thin enough to see the printed dots from the other side.  I placed the greetings panel, front side down, onto the back of a mouse mat, stuck the printout of the greeting, also face side down, on top of it using masking tape, and used a small embossing ball tool to gently press through on every printed dot to cause a raise on the right side.  Once completed I went round the edges of the panel with a metallic marker, stuck it to another panel and stuck this to the mat of black card.  Again I used foam tape to stick this on to raise it off the background of the card and give it dimension so it could be picked out easily by touch.

The final decoration was some holly.  These again were die-cut ones from good quality paper.  I shaped them before sticking them in place with glue gel.  I also put a dollop of glue gel over the printed berries and stuck lots of red seed beads in them for added dimension and texture.

Of course, a dimensional card like this wouldn’t go into a regular envelope so I made a box of a suitable size for it from the same Centura Pearl as the base card.  I lined the box with some tissue paper.  I did put a few drops of a “Christmas” scented oil on a layer of tissue in the middle of the tissue paper lining, though I rather think that that evaporated far too quickly.

CUP Update:  

Card Making Competition –  52 entries were uploaded to the competition album to be entered in the competition for November – and I’m struggling to choose one to vote for.  Not because there isn’t one I like, but because there are too many that are excellent and I love.  There’s not a bad one amongst them, so it’s down to personal choice, and I’ve whittled it down and choose – 9 of them!  But that won’t do as I only have one vote.  So I’ve decided to sleep on it overnight and look again with fresh eyes in the morning.  You can see the entries by clicking – here.   I do hope that everybody who’s eligible to vote will do so.

 

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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Nov 232011
 
I’ve made four cards an a couple of bits of jewellery since my last blog post.  One of the cards is for a competition entry, so I won’t put a picture up until the beginning of next month after the competition closes.  One of the others I finished in a hurry, passed to my Mother to sign, and it was given to my niece to post without me taking a picture – silly me!  I’ve asked my mother to ask the recipient to take a photo and send it back to me, so you may get to see it at a later date.The other two cards were a Get Well and a Christmas card, and photos of them follow (remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to see larger images of the cards, and then click the Back button in your browser to come back here).

Cards:

1cup29772_294 - card01 - Holly Toppers   2Under the Weather card 01

  1. Holly Toppers by Ross Slater-Finch and Sheet 11 from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell (The holly toppers come in several sizes on the sheet, so can be used for lots of different cards and gift tags.  This card was all straight cutting and punching a bit of holly detail with a Tonic punch – so nothing intricate to cut at all for this one.)
  2. This is a Get Well Soon card I made using an image and background from a Popcorn the Bear disk.  It has a matching insert as well.  Nothing difficult required to make this card either.

Jewellery:

1Bracelet 11 01  2Bracelet 12 02

  1. A stretch bracelet made to give a family friend on her 18th birthday.  Hope she likes it.  I had my niece help choose the colours.
  2. This one is for my niece for Christmas.  Again, I had my niece choose the beads she wanted and lay them out in a pattern she liked, so there’s no chance of me giving her something she doesn’t like.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – CUP have sent out two further mailers since my last blog post, so there’s lots for you to catch up on.  Click the following links to go and see them:

Monday 21st November – here – You’ll find pictures of Robyn Cockburn‘s new “Shaped Pop Out Card Kits” – these include chocolate, Christmas, and computer gadgets – so something for everyone; the activities of some CUPers – from seal watching to a crafting club; Designer and Card Maker Spotlight; and lots more.

Wednesday 23rd November – here – Designs created by Platinum Designers (who’ve all sold 10,000 + designs on CUP) are being showcased in this mailer;  There are also CD Calendar Kits – Calendars that fit in a CD case; New Tall Wing Cards Kits created by the designer Sheila Rodgers; and many other bits of news.

Card Making Competition –  52 entries were uploaded to the competition album to be entered in the competition for November, the theme being to create a floral card from any download from CUP.  You can see them by clicking – here.  Today was the closing date for entries to be uploaded, so voting has now started.  I do hope that everybody who’s eligible to vote (craftsUprint Registered Crafters and Designers) will use their votes to vote for the card they believe is the best made card that shows off the card maker’s skills.

 

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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Nov 202011
 
Well, I was right that I’d pay for making a batch of cards all together on Wednesday.  Arms and hands have been painful since, but are easing up now.  Haven’t managed a lot of crafting though.  Only one card with its insert.  I also took the Loom Extenders out from my Knitting Board and have started on knitting another Christmas gift.Cards:

This is the card and insert.  The paper ribbon and round toppers were not too difficult to cut out.  The silver mirror board mats and the greetings banner were bought in as die-cut elements, so there wasn’t anything really difficult or intricate required to make this card.  The paper ribbon and inside topper were stuck directly to their location, but 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape was used to stick the other pieces in place.  Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions of the photos, and then click your browsers Back button to get back here.

112 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers - Marvelous Metallics  2Sumptuous Satin A5 Insert - Platinum

  1. 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics by Emma Winnell
  2. Sumptuous Satin A5 Insert – Platinum by Emma Winnell

Both the outside and the insert has been decorated using components I had left over after making a card from Candle Duo Green Poinsettia 3D Scallop Wrap Card Kit by Ann-marie Vaux.

Knitting:

Scarf 01 01

This scarf is being knitted from a mohair yarn that has a fine fleck of silver running through it.  All this piece has come out from the one ball of yarn, with what’s stuck on the end of the knitting board still left to knit.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The latest mailer sent out by the craftsUprint team, on Friday 18th, showcases designs that are for sale on CUP that have been created by Gold Designers.  You’ll find all sorts from fun clowns to sparkling angels, and from Birthdays to Christmas.  If you haven’t signed up to receive the updates yet you can find the mailer by clicking – here.  (If you want to sign up to have the regular mailer – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – sent directly to your mailbox, then you can do so by clicking – here – and filling in your details.  You’ll even get some free design sheets when you do so) .

Card Making Competition –  Over 40 card photo entries have been uploaded to the competition gallery by now.  You can see them by clicking – here.  You still have a few days left to upload your entry, if you haven’t done so already, as entry is open until November 23rd.  Remember that the theme is “Make any Floral card using any download from Craftsuprint!”

 

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 Created Mid November

 Posted by at 07:42 pm
Nov 162011
 

I’ve put my knitting and weaving to one side today and got back to putting together a few cards.  Quite a bit of the cutting had been done ahead of time, but even making these small number of cards has left my hands and arms really aching this evening.  Think I’ll have to have a day of rest from crafting tomorrow and hope they improve.  Bother these annoying conditions that limit my dexterity and slow me down!  And I’ve got several ideas running around my brain that I need to work on, but they’ll have to wait a few days I think.

Cards:

These are the latest cards I’ve made, a couple with matching inserts of the same colour or toning with the outside design:

1Pretty Flowers Pyramid Star Sheet  2Orange and Purple Floral Pyramid  312 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers - Pretty Pastels 2  4 Sumptuous Satin A5 Insert - Periwinkle

  1.  Pretty Flowers Pyramid Star Sheet by Sarah Edwards and 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell (I used a card printed with the lightest of the pastel satin backing papers to make the base card for this.  A simple corner punch was used to decorate the base card, and the topper is just simple straight cutting out of a star shape.  So all in all this is a very easy card to make.)
  2. Orange and Purple Floral Pyramid by Jane Butler (Straight edge only for cutting out this pyramid topper, so an easy card to make.)
  3. 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell (I used the sheet that matched the Periwinkle insert as a base card, printed onto Super Smooth white card.  After trimming, scoring and folding I used an X-cut border system punch to punch the right hand edge and I kept the piece that was cut off to attach to the right hand side of the matching insert. I used circular layers that were pre-cut in white and silver, edged with lace and with a simple fan made of a paper doily to decorate with some sticky back pearls as embellishments.)
  4. Sumptuous Satin A5 Insert – Periwinkle by Emma Winnell (You can see how the strip cut from the outside right of the card has been stuck to the right hand edge of the insert, and that the insert has also been punched on the left hand side to match the outside right.  But using a paper trimmer and a paper punch there’s no intricate cutting at all for making this card.)

1Sumptuous Satin Backing Paper - Purple  2Sumptuous Satin A5 Insert - Ivory  34 Elegant Rose Toppers

  1. Sumptuous Satin Backing Paper – Purple by Emma Winnell and 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell (I printed the purple sheet and the golden one from the pretty pastels pack onto Super Smooth white card.  Trimming was done using a paper trimmer and the slots for the ribbon were punched out with an X-cut punch.  The oval I’d cut out some time ago using an oval cutter, so there’s actually no intricate cutting to make this card.  Even the flowers were not cut out particularly tidily as they are on a clear background, so I could just cut them round in a circle and just cut into them in a few places, and these were done ahead of time.  I used gold corner peel-offs and purple sticky backed gems to embellish and used the same ones to decorate the insert as shown next.)
  2. Sumptuous Satin A5 Insert – Ivory by Emma Winnell (Nothing easier than this insert, print, score and fold.  Trim to fit inside the card and stick on some gold corner peel-offs and purple sticky back gems to embellish to match the outside of the card.)
  3. 4 Elegant Rose Toppers by Ammie Sanders (With four similar toppers on one sheet you get good value for money.  I picked up on the light trellis in the background and embossed the same style of pattern on my base card using my Hoogie Board.  The circular shaped mats were from a die-cut sheet of mats, so this card had no intricate cutting.  Other than the embossing of the trellis it didn’t take a lot of time to put together either.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – You can see the mailer sent out today by clicking – here!  Lots of designs to see and lots of news to read.  And a new competition is announced, so read the next paragraph here and have a good look at the CUP Mailer regularly, as you just don’t know what you’ll find.

Spot The Deliberate Mistake – A fun £25 CUP TV Competition – November 2011 has been announced. You need to watch a specific episode of CUP TV and spot the deliberate error.  Read all about this by clicking – here.

Card Making Competition –  There are now over 35 entries in for the CUP November card making competition.  The entries are to be uploaded to – here – so click through to have a look at the ones already entered.  The theme this time is to make a “Floral” card and there are some lovely ones already uploaded.  There’s enough time left for more entries to be uploaded if you fancy a shot at the prize this time as the entry is open until November 23rd.  The requirements of entry are on the page you go to for uploading or viewing entries already in.

 

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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Knitting, Weaving and CUP

 Posted by at 11:53 pm
Nov 142011
 

I’ve not made any cards to show you in this blog post today, but I have finished the knitting I’d got on my knitting board as well as started on an easy weaving project.  So please read on.

Knitting:

I’ve finished knitting the shawl for my sister’s Christmas gift on my Authentic Knitting Board.  There are a small number of ends to tidy away, but this is what it looks like now.

Throw 03 04

 

These pictures show some closups of what I used to make this shawl:

Throw 04 03   Throw 04 02   Throw 04 04  Throw 04 01   Shawl 01 01

(You can click on each thumbnail to have a closer look at the image.)

You can find the yarn by clicking here -> Sirdar Reflection Knitting Yarn

This board looks to be the same as the one I got, although I got mine from a different place -> Knitting Board

The board is also available as a 10″ version, one of which you can see by clicking here -> Knitting Board.

You can see the site of the Authentic Knitting Board company by clicking -> here!

Weaving:

You can use an Authentic Knitting Board for weaving as well as knitting.  You can buy Loom Extenders to insert instead of the bolts and gauge blocks. I’ve got the 10″ ones (which you can see on the Authentic Knitting Board site by clicking-> here.)

Weaving 01 01   Weaving 01 02   Weaving 01 03

It took me around two and a half hours to make this piece, which will be the back and front of a shoulder bag.

I used yarn made from Recycled Silk Yarn Skein to loop around the nails on the loom (Like this one here -> Silk Yarn)

And I used Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon Selection of three different coloured hanks, as shown in the second thumbnail, to weave in between. You can see a single colour one here -> Silk Ribbon Yarn, and hanks of multi colours by clicking here -> Silk Ribbon Yarn.  I got my pack from -> here.  Because the sari ribbon strips, as well as the silk yarn, is thick and chunky to work with, it is quite easy to use – even with fingers that don’t work properly.  I wouldn’t like to attempt weaving with thin yarn.

The extra long “crochet hook” shown sticking up between the arms of the chairs comes with the Loom Extenders, but isn’t needed for weaving with the ribbon strips.

I’ll show you how this looks once taken off the loom and stitched up into a bag in a future blog post.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – There have been two mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post.  If you haven’t seen them yet then you can find them by clicking the following links:

Friday 11th November – click – here!  Announcing the launch of several new CD-ROMs and Crafty Bob’s A4 Premium Gloss Craft Photo Paper, in addition to showcasing designs, a new CUP TV episode, and lots of news from CUP HQ, designers and crafters.

Monday 14th November – click – here! The designs being showcased are mostly Christmas, and the “New From” feature are “Fun Advent Wheel Cards”, along with lots of other bits and bobs of news and information.

Card Making Competition –  There are 30 entries already in for the CUP November card making competition.  You can read the instruction details by clicking – here.  It’s to be a “Floral” card this time ladies and gentlemen. The entries are to be uploaded to – here – so click through to have a look at the ones already entered.

 

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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Nov 092011
 

Although most of the time this week my hands haven’t been up to much cutting, I did have a couple of hours one evening when the pain killers had worked and I managed to do some cutting out of a few designs that were a bit more intricate than my usual.  Managed to put them together on Tuesday and even took some pictures, although getting enough light to get a good picture was almost as difficult as the cutting out.  Still, I did manage to get the pictures cropped, re-sized and of a good enough quality in the end, and they are now visible on my gallery of cards on craftsUprint.  These are the latest cards I’ve made:

(Remember – you can click on each thumbnail to see a larger image of each card and then use the Back button in your browser to come back here.)

Cards:

1Jogger Dude (Blue) Decoupage Sheet  2Morgan Welsh Cob & Tally New Forest Pony Decoupage Lace Card  3Sophisticated Dress Decoupage Card Front and Insert - Blue 2  4Candle Duo Green Poinsettia 3D Scallop Wrap Card Kit

  1.  Jogger Dude (Blue) Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser and Sunburst A4 Backing Paper in Lilac by Katy Kinsey (The Jogger Dude is a decoupaged image so there is quite a bit of cutting of ins and outs and was definitely a “one of my better days” cutting out jobs, although, because most of the pieces are quite big it went together quite easily on a day when my hands were not working so well.  I think it really goes well with the sunburst background and looks as if he’s running quickly towards the viewer.)
  2. Morgan Welsh Cob & Tally New Forest Pony Decoupage Lace Card by Elaine Sheldrake (Although all the lace border elements are not straight cut there is nothing particularly intricate about the pieces, and they are very forgiving of slight under or over cutting.  It all builds up easily as well.)
  3. Sophisticated Dress Decoupage Card Front and Insert – Blue 2 by Emma Winnell (The main square panel and insert, as well as the oval topper panel, are all easy to cut out.  For the dress on its own I just cut the dress and chopped off the hanger to make it easier to cut.  If any ins and outs cutting is difficult for you, you can use just the base image and oval topper and still have a nice card.)
  4. Candle Duo Green Poinsettia 3D Scallop Wrap Card Kit by Ann-marie Vaux (Other than some scalloped edges and the round topper on the outside, which are not to difficult to cut, all the cutting in this card is straight cutting.  I used Pinflair Foto Glue to stick on the inside of the wrap flaps so that I could maneuver them a bit.)

1Lilacs in a shoe  2Mauve Pansy Topper  3Hollyhocks and daisies, Original watercolour

  1. 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell and Lilacs in a shoe by Sarah Lake (Straight edge cutting only for this card.  There is some “inside” cutting on the layers to create the invertage, but I managed this with a scissors so it wasn’t too difficult to do.)
  2. Mauve Pansy Topper by Linda Whittles (Mostly straight edge cutting for this one.  Only the two large central flowers need cutting out individually and these are not particularly intricate in shape.  They look as if they’ve been glazed.)
  3. Hollyhocks and daisies, Original watercolour by Pamela West (I took the downloaded digital image of the watercolour and used a graphics package to create a card front, including framed image, ribbon and background element.  I also created some decoupage layers of the pink flowers to stick on top.  This watercolour could be used however you want, within the TOU, so you could use it just as a topper, matted and layered on a card to keep it simple, make it into a pyramage topper, or really go to town on the decoupage and make far more layers than I did.  It is totally up to the buyer of the designer resource.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The CUP Team have sent out another mailer.  You can see a copy by clicking – here. Lots of lovely designs being showcased as well as lots of news about CUP and members of the CUP family of crafters and designers. You can even buy Crafty Bob Merchandise now (go to this page on the CUP site to see what’s available) which includes “Crafty Bob’s Purple Craft Bag” that were being handed out to visitors to the CUP stand at the Hobbycrafts show at the NEC last week – and the bags are only 1p + postage!

Card Making Competition –  Instructions for the CUP November card making competition have now been announced.  You can read the details by clicking – here.  It’s to be a “Floral” card this time ladies and gentlemen. The entries are to be uploaded to – 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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Nov 072011
 

This is my second post showcasing cards I’ve made using design sheets created by Elaine Sheldrake.  The first post was made right back in January and can be seen by clicking – here.  I have, of course, put pictures of cards made using her designs up on my blog as and when I’ve made them, but I haven’t collected so many together into one post before.  Elaine is a talented artist and some of the designs I’ve bought have been created using her own original watercolour paintings.

Elaine Sheldrake:

– Is an Exclusive Designer on craftsUprint.   You can see her designs by clicking – here.  These are a few of of her designs that I’ve used:

1NEON WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CHAMPAGNE & GLASSES - RUBY DIAMOND  2Flutter By Butterfly - Cut & Fold Over The Side Card  3NATIVITY SCENE SQUARE SPIRAL EDGE STACKER CHRISTMAS CARD  4POPPY FIELD WITH DAISIES & FORGET ME NOTS Birthday  5BLUE TIT & APPLE BLOSSOM BIRD DECOUPAGE OR QUICK CARD FRONT

  1. NEON WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CHAMPAGNE & GLASSES – RUBY DIAMOND
  2. Flutter By Butterfly – Cut & Fold Over The Side Card
  3. NATIVITY SCENE SQUARE SPIRAL EDGE STACKER CHRISTMAS CARD
  4. POPPY FIELD WITH DAISIES & FORGET ME NOTS Birthday
  5. BLUE TIT & APPLE BLOSSOM BIRD DECOUPAGE OR QUICK CARD FRONT

1Stokesay Castle Shropshire England Decoupage Card Sheet  2Bourton on the Water Cotswold Quick Card,Frame & Sentiments  36 x 6 Vintage Rose - Butterfly Decoupage Gold Square Card  4West Highland Terrier Puppy Dog 3D Lace Framed Decoupage

  1. Stokesay Castle Shropshire England Decoupage Card Sheet
  2. Bourton on the Water Cotswold Quick Card,Frame & Sentiment
  3. 6″ x 6″ Vintage Rose & Butterfly Decoupage Gold Square Card
  4. West Highland Terrier Puppy Dog 3D Lace Framed Decoupage (The sheet I used to make this is my current “Item of the Moment” on the CUP site – chosen because it looks a lot like our little dog when she was younger.)

You can see her blog by clicking – HERE.

 

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – Another mailer has been sent out by the CUP Team.  You can see it – here.  As per usual – there are lots of designs to use to make cards being showcased, but there’s lots of other things as well.

It sounds as if the team from CUP HQ, together with the designers who came to help on the stall and run workshops, had a great but very busy time.  It looks like Crafty Bob was the busiest – giving hugs to all who came to see him.  Bob’s NEC Photo Gallery is in the process of being sorted out now, and then pictures from the show will be visible – here.   If any of you are on Facebook – there are some lovely pictures of the team who worked the craftsUprint stand to be seen on the “craftsuprint” page – here.

Not only were visitors to the Hobbycraft show able to have hugs with Crafty Bob, but the CUP Team were also giving away limited edition purple Crafty Bob Craft Bags.  It seems that there are a small number of these sought after items left and if you did not manage to get to the NEC show they are now available to buy online for just 1p plus p&p.  Have a read of the mailer to find out more and for a link to the correct CUP page.

 

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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