New Cameo & Some Crafting

 Posted by at 08:51 pm
Jan 312012
 

After talking about it, and saving up for it, since I first heard that it was being released – I’ve finally got it!  And the ‘IT’ in question is a Silhouette Cameo.  Having had the CraftROBO 330-20 for a few years, and loved the crafting I’m able to do with it, when I heard that the new Cameo had a larger cutting mat (and was therefore able to cut out larger items), and had a stronger motor (and was therefore able to cut heavier weight cardstock) I knew it was time to save up to upgrade to this new machine. Being a member of the Create & Craft Club, and having the 10% discount, plus the fact that, as this is a larger item, it is available on flexipay, I decided to order it from there.  Ordered on the 26th, delivered on the 30th.  That’s good going for delivery from C & C.

Cards:

Sorry, but I haven’t actually made any cards today.  I’ve been too busy “playing” with cutting out different things to see how my new Cameo works with different media.  I’ve ended the day with a tray of pieces that I’ll need to use to make up cards over the next few days.

Cameo First Cuts

These include: keys from silver mirror paper; swirls to shape into flowers from iridescent gold vellum; an assortment of items, that include a fine lattice window, a silhouette of a couple dancing, small flowers, a card with a decorative edge, from purple satin card; letters that I first drew the shape with a blue silhouette pen and then cut out a mm outside to create the letter, from 170gsm good paper; a print and then cut tractor from 120gsm good quality paper; red and orange flower layer shapes from 80 to 100gsm photocopier paper.

Hopefully I’ll have some time to put them together over the next few days and you can see the finished effect.

CUP Update:  

CUP Discount Code – The discount code “BINGO” is still valid until Midnight GMT, on the 31st, January 2012, therefore there’s still a tiny bit of time to add some digital downloads to your digital library from the vast number of crafting items available on craftsUprint.  And if you don’t like to download and print out your own sheets for crafting, then don’t forget that craftsUprint now offers to “Print & Post” lots of designs, so you can have a design printed onto good quality paper posted directly to your home.

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The main, showcase, section is given over to the work of Silver Designers in the mailer sent out on Monday 30th.  Please click – here – to go and have a look at an online version of the mailer and have a look at all the designs and CUP news.

 

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

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

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Jan 292012
 

Right, I’m back with the other two cards I should have posted their pictures up yesterday but a bit of a mix up when I was taking pictures meant I’d missed them all-together.  The light conditions were not fantastic for taking photos today, but I managed to get some between the clouds.  I’ve also made another card using a digital download printed onto card and then decorated with further die-cuts from my crafty stash.  I’ve also put up a picture of the finished scarf I’ve made.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  These linked pages also have a longer description of how I made the item.  Leave me a comment if you want any further information.)

Cards:

Mostly raiding my crafty stash of die-cut decoupage, etc., but shaped, cut, put together, etc., with my own touch of ideas.

1cat 01 02  2Dog 03 02  3cup285058_539 - card03 - Blue floral backing sheet  4cup285070_539 - card01 - Blue floral insert  5

  1. Pussy Cat on Piano (If I remember rightly the main topper is another Doolicraft die-cut sheet.  The peel-offs are from a Border and Corner set, and the base card is a Hunkydory one if I remember rightly although I’m not 100% certain of that.)
  2. Three Young Dogs (Another card where the base card and die-cut topper sheet that were Create & Craft branded, like the second batch of cards in my last post.  This card was scored and stuck to make an easel card.  I used corner peeloffs on the top outside corners and the front of the base to further embellish.  The stop is simply a piece of linen effect gold card stuck in place with 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. The greeting peeloff (“Penblwydd Hapus” which is Welsh for Happy Birthday) has been put onto the stop.)
  3. Blue floral backing sheet by Sharon Poore (For this card I printed the background onto Super Smooth white card, trimmed, scored and folded it into a tent fold card.  I raided my crafty stash for bits and bobs to decorate the card with.  I used some peel-offs from a Border and Corner set, periwinkle die cut flowers and another white one from another sheet, plus some die-cut mats.)
  4. Blue floral insert by Sharon Poore (This is the insert I put in the card above.  It was printed onto good quality, 100gsm, white paper.  I’ve left it without a greeting so that there’s enough space for a hand written greeting).

Knitting:

Knitted Set 01 14 Back on the 7th of January I put up a post that showed a hat I’d knitted on a circular knitting loom, a pair of fingerless gloves I’d knitted on a smaller circular knitting loom, and this – Knitted Set 01 10 – the start of a scarf (colour looked a bit dark due to the different light conditions at the time the photo was taken).  Well, the scarf is now finished and can be seen to the right.  Nice and light and fluffy, it weighs less than 100gms but it’s lovely and warm.

You can see the other, matching, items in the earlier post by clicking – here.

CUP Update:  

CUP Discount Code – Don’t forget that there’s an end of month promotion currently running on the craftsUprint site.

Simply type the word ‘BINGO’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page before you check out then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!   Yes!  You read that right!  A 20% Discount!  The code expires on the 31st, January 2012 at Midnight GMT,  so you have a bit of time to browse around and make your choices.

So it’s an excellent time to add some more designs to your digital library.  Even within the Card Making section there’s such a lot on offer.    Please don’t think it’s just a site of digital card fronts that you just buy, download, print off and stick on.  Have a look at the list of categories of digital downloads available:

Cardmaking Categories

So if you are into digistamps, Iris Folding, decoupage, Paper Piercing / Ornare, Tea Bag folding, Stackers, Shakers, and so much more, you are sure to find something that will be useful in your cardmaking on the craftsUprint site.

And if you are looking for some sort of digital design and can’t find something suitable on the site you can always “Ask a Designer” on Craftforums.

Craftforums:

craftsUprint’s sister site, Craftforums, is a wonderful forum where crafters interact and chat, not only with other crafters but with the designers of the digital work we buy from craftsUprint.  The Ask An Expert / Designer forum area is the place where a crafter can post if they are looking for something specific but can’t find it on craftsUprint.  Designers then know what crafters are actually looking for, and any who are able can design and upload a suitable design to CUP for crafters to buy.  This forum area is also handy if a crafter needs specific help with a particular design, when not only will the original designer have the chance to help, but other crafters who may already have made up the design (or something similar) are able to help out from their own experience. Craftforums also has a lot of other “Departments”, forum areas, and includes a whole section of “Card Making Tutorials”.  So pop over to have a look, and join to get involved.

 

 

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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 Comments Off on More End Of The Month Makes & Discount Code
Jan 282012
 

I wanted to make something on Friday, and with 4 birthdays in the family in February I felt I should make a start on something suitable.  Plus – my mother had already mentioned that she’d be needing some cards to send to the same people as well.  But I wasn’t feeling up to doing much, or had much inspiration of what to make either.  So I raided my box of bought in, die-cut, sheets of designs and dipped in to see what I’d come up with.  I landed up with 6 cards by the end of the day.  Unfortunately, when I was taking pictures of the cards I’d made, I got a bit mixed up between the bundles of those I’d taken and not taken pictures of and landed up with two lots of pictures of four of the cards and no pictures of the others.  I would have taken pictures of the rest today but some of the family members, who a couple of the cards are for, were here all day so I couldn’t get the cards out without them seeing them before their birthdays.  So in this blog post you’ll just see pictures of 4 cards.  I’ll get photos of the rest and upload them as soon as I’m able.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)
(Leave me a comment if you want any further information.)

Cards:

This first batch of two cards are made using die-cut sheets and background sheets from Doolicraft.  They feature members of the McDooli Clan.

1Doolie Clan 01 03  2Doolie Clan 02 01

  1. This is made up on a square card with some tartan background paper and tartan paper ribbon.  Just used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the pyramid.
  2. Also made up on a square card with tartan background, this time put in the centre rather than the side, with two strips of tartan paper ribbon either side.  This time, although the design was an oblong pyramage, I trimmed off the top of the layers around some of the background contours and hat to give some added shape, without having to go to the bother of cutting out individual elements to make a decoupage.

This second batch of cards were made using base cards and die-cut topper sheets that were Create & Craft branded.

1Dog 01 02  2Dog 02 04

  1. The card base itself was to make a tent like card with a base, but I scored the middle panel along the centre and stuck the base image layer to one side of it to make an easel card.  I used foam tape for attaching the bottom layers of the decoupage and glue gel for the top layers after giving them some shaping. I used some corner peeloffs as decoration on this card.
  2. For this card I trimmed off one of the panels to leave an ordinary, tent fold, base card, decorated the corners with corner peeloffs and put on a greetings peel-off, then used foam tape and glue gel to attach the decoupage layers.

CUP Update:  

CUP Discount Code – There’s an end of month promotion currently running on the craftsUprint site.  Simply type the word ‘BINGO’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page before you check out then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!   Yes!  You read that right!  A 20% Discount!  So it’s an excellent time to add some more designs to your digital library.  Remember that the digital items available from craftsUprint are not limited to decoupage and pyramage sheets for your card-makingcraftsUprint is a site that has backgrounds and inserts, cutting files and knitting patterns, needlework patterns and cross stitch, crochet patterns and scrapbooking.  The code expires on the 31st, January 2012 at Midnight GMT,  so you have a bit of time to browse around and make your choices.

Play Crafty Bob’s Tombola –  And there’s another bonus to ordering digital downloads from craftsUprint – Every new order placed will be entitled to a FREE play of Crafty Bob’s Tombola.  Everyone wins a prize and over £250 in prizes are given away EVERY DAY!  You can see a list of the latest prices given away by clicking – here.

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The latest CUP mailer, that was E-mailed out on Friday, 27th January, can be seen by clicking – here.  It’s the work of Bronze designers being showcased this time.  Plus of course there’s lots of other work on show and lots of news, and if you scroll down to near the bottom of the right hand column you’ll see “Crafty Bob’s Thought For The Weekend”.  Can you work out the puzzle?

Free Card Verses – Did you know that, amongst all the other items available via the craftsUprint site, there’s now a section giving you the choice of over 3500 free Card Verses?  So if you are struggling for the right words to put into any of your cards why not pop over – here – for a look.

 

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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Thank You Very Much!
I really appreciate the nice things you’ve said about my crafting efforts.

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Just Two Cards This Time!

 Posted by at 04:32 pm
Jan 262012
 

Not done a lot of crafting the last couple of days.  Haven’t really felt up to doing much, although I’ve got a lot I’m planning in my head, so you’ll have to wait and see what comes out of my head and into paper format over the next few days.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  These linked pages also have a longer description of how I made the item.  Leave me a comment if you want any further information.)

Cards:

Just two cards this time, but three pictures as one card has a matching insert.
1cup291004_3 - card03 - Rose in Hexagon frame  2cup285058_539 - card01 - Blue floral backing sheet  3cup285074_539 - card02 - Blue textured spot insert

  1. Rose in Hexagon frame by Linda Whittles (You may well be shouting – but a hexagon is a polygon with six edges, and this card doesn’t have that – and you’d be right!  But that’s the title the designer has given to the design.  By my reckoning the outer is a square and the inner frame is a Dodecagon.  But none of that alters the fact that this is a simple card to cut out and make, but looks really lovely.  Straight edge cutting only to cut out the design, and I raided my crafty stash for embellishments to just stick on.)
  2. Blue textured spot backing sheet by Sharon Poore (What could be easier than printing out a background design onto card, trimming with a paper trimmer, scoring and folding and using a paper punch to round the corners!  All the elements on the card come from my crafty stash of bits and pieces and die-cut elements that I’ve collected over the years.  Non required cutting – unless you count trimming the ends of the bit of ribbon I used at an angle – though there was some folding of the ready cut patterned panels.  It really was a quick and easy card to make.)
  3. Blue textured spot insert by Sharon Poore (Just printed, trimmed, scored, corners rounded, and stuck into the card described above.  Simple!)

I think I really need to use more of the bits and pieces that I’ve got in my crafting stash that I’ve found so far during my mini-clear-up of crafty stuff (which I started back in the autumn and still haven’t finished).  I’ve picked up a lot that I’ve forgotten I had over the years, and there’s some lovely bits and bobs there that would make simple finishing touches to some of my cards.  The problem is, the couple of boxes of bits and bobs I’ve got seem to be getting fuller as I find things, rather than getting less full as I use things.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – A copy of the E-mail that was sent out yesterday, 25th January, can be seen by clicking – here – if you don’t receive it directly to your inbox.  Being showcased in this mailer is some of the work of the “Titanium Trio” – the three top designers who’ve sold the most designs via CUP – and also some cards made by some of the top card makers on CUP.  There’s lots of variety to be seen, from humorous to stylish, from children’s to adults.  Of course, as usual there’s a lot more bits of news, new CUP TV episode, etc., as well, so do please click through for a look.

 

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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A BIG Thank You to all you lovely people who’ve left such nice comments on my various blog posts over the last few weeks.  I really appreciate every one of them.

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Jan 242012
 

I haven’t made a lot of cards the last few days, but I thought I’d show you what I have done now, rather than waiting until I’d made more before I posted again to my blog.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  These linked pages also have a longer description of how I made the item.  Leave me a comment if you want any further information.)

Cards:

Although all these cards use digital downloads from the craftsUprint site  I’ve tried to give them a different look by using different base cards or embellishments with them, to make them my own.  I don’t have a particular style, other than the fact that my health and fluctuating disabling conditions do mean that very intricate cutting by hand is out of the question as far as I’m concerned.  But the very fact that my dexterity fluctuates does mean that I can manage more some days, and no crafting at other times.

1cup289998_692 - card06 - 12 Colour Haze Background Papers  2cup190028_172 - card01 - Girl in Basket Wavy Side Stacker  3cup242259_1395 - card01 - My husband s Hawaii plant  4cup242870_1395 - card01 - Spanish daisies pyramid  5cup289998_692 - card04 - 12 Colour Haze Background Papers

  1. Fairy in pink and green oval pyramid by Amanda McGee & 12 Colour Haze Background Papers by June Young (The background and pyramid were printed onto Super Smooth white card.  Only oval cutting of the topper and straight cutting for the stepper card were involved.  I used my Hougie Board to score the side stepper card.)
  2. Girl in Basket Wavy Side Stacker by Sarah Edwards (Again this was printed onto Super Smooth white card.  The cutting out of the design was only straight and wavy cutting, so nothing intricate to cut.  The base card was bought in already cut and scored to this design – a Hunkydory card if I remember rightly – so the card looks quite intricate without any of the difficult work to make it look this way.)
  3. My husband’s Hawaii plant by Bodil Lundahl (I used Centura Pearl Ivory A4 card scored and folded in half to make this card and kept the ivory theme going throughout by using ivory organza ribbon and ivory, faux pearl, embellishments.  For this card, and the next two, I printed the design sheet out onto 150gsm glossy photo paper.  The topper, including the frame and pyramid elements were all quite easy to cut out using a pair of scissors and no intricate cutting was involved.)
  4. Spanish daisies, pyramid by Bodil Lundahl (Another base card that I’d bought already cut and scored, from a Hunkydory special offer pack.  The topper is all straight cutting so an easy card to cut and make up.)
  5. 12 Colour Haze Background Papers by June Young & African silhouettes by Debra Jenkinson & 6 Mens Belts by Vicki Avcin (The three kits used to make up this card are “Designer Resources” so I took them into one of my graphics software and arranged them to make the image I wanted before creating some layers and printing the lot out.  I purposely made the design with just straight edge cutting involved and used the same type of Centura Pearl card as for card 3.  A simple to cut and make card that has some dimension.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The last mailer was sent out by the staff at craftsUprint HQ on Monday, 23rd January.  You can see a copy by clicking – here – if you don’t get it sent directly to your E-mail box. You’ll see lots of designs that you can buy and use in your cardmaking, some of them completely new, lots of news, and the latest CUP TV episode.

 

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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A BIG Thank You to all you lovely people who’ve left such nice comments on my various blog posts over the last few weeks.  I really appreciate every one of them.

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More Makes From Mid January

 Posted by at 11:43 pm
Jan 212012
 

I made the small number of cards I’m showing you today the same day as those I put up in my previous post, but, as the last post was themed, I kept these for a separate post.  These are a very mixed assortment of cards suitable for lots of different occasions.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  These linked pages also have a longer description of how I made the item.)

Cards:

1cup288005_596 - card05 - Scalloped Oval Layers……Studio  2cup95460_117 - card01 - Cat and Sundial.jpg  3cup51767_601 - card03 - Cow Iris Folding Pattern  4cup287560_596 - card05 - Scalloped Layered Cross Toppers…Studio

  1. Scalloped Oval Layers……Studio by Tina Fitch (I used a bought in base card for this card.  When cutting the ovals out of Silk Art card on my CraftROBO I needed to double cut, as the Silk Art card is a bit too heavy to be used in a CraftROBO really, but decided to risk it.  Just decorated using peel-offs and sticky back gems.  So no hand cutting – other than chopping the bits of foam tap for the back of the layers!)
  2. Cat and Sundial by Pamela West (The Cat and Sundial image is a Designer Resource, which meant that I could play around with it in one of my graphics packages before printing out.  For this one I added the frame, in a blue colour to tone with some of the flowers in the image.  I also created some oval pyramage layers.  I could, of course, have gone to town creating corner stackers, or decoupage, or any other style of card, but wanted to keep it simple to cut out while still having some dimension, and oval stacker layers are reasonably easy to cut out and are forgiving of a little unevenness when put over the layer beneath.  Framing the image before printing meant that matting and layering were not needed after printing.  I just used a corner rounder punch on the right corners of the base card and each corner of the framed image.)
  3. Cow Iris Folding Pattern by Margaret Jones & Someplace Backing Paper 2 by Carol Lepard (When I saw this pattern for Cow Iris Folding up on craftsUprint I just had to buy it because I thought it would go perfectly with this background which I’d bought previously.  I printed the background on one side of the paper and the Iris Folding pattern on the other before cutting out the aperture – I have to admit that I set up a cutting file in the Silhouette Studio software to cut the outline out as I didn’t feel up to cutting out by hand that day, and just tore ready cut iris folding strips to the right size, so didn’t do any cutting to put together the image.  I did use a paper trimmer to cut the finished image to shape to fit my card front after finishing the iris folding, and for cutting the splodges of colour for sticking on top of the cow to give the markings.)
  4. Scalloped Layered Cross Toppers…Studio by Tina Fitch (White and silver were used for this cross design, again cut out using my CraftROBO.  I then felt that I wanted some colour, without going over the top, so used some Mulberry flowers from my crafting stash.  So a simple to make card with no hand cutting at all.)

Knitting:

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  1. This is another pair of fingerless gloves, knitted on the same circular knitting loom as the pair I showed you in my blog post of the 7th of January, that you can see by clicking – here – only this time I’ve knitted it in more utilitarian yarn to make a pair to ware to take the dog out, rather than the mohair mix yarn that I’d made the last pair from “for best”.

I’m still working on the scarf to go with the original pair of fingerless gloves, but I put it to one side to make this pair of gloves as my hands were freezing one morning when out in the garden with the dog.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – If anybody hasn’t seen the mailer sent out by the CUP team on Friday, 20th January, then you can see it by clicking – here.  The main showcase section this time are designs created by CUP Exclusive designers who’ve reached the Platinum level by selling 10,000 and more items.  You’ll also see the usual “CUP LATEST NEWS” section with lots of snippets of news, so click through to catch up with the latest from CUP land.

 

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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A big THANK YOU to all you lovely people who’ve left comments on my various blog posts over the last few weeks.  I really appreciate every one of them.

(You’ll notice that comments don’t go live the minute you post them.  I’ve had occasional problems with unsuitable Spam/Advertising comment posts (150 in one day alone) so I moderate all comments before they go live.)

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Jan 192012
 

You may not know it, but in the same way as Valentine is celebrated as a saint for lovers, Wales also has a patron saint of Welsh lovers – and her name is Dwynwen.  As Dwynwen lived so long ago there are certain variations to the details when her story is told, but you can read up a bit about her by clicking here -> National Museum of Wales; Cadwyn; Historic UK.  St. Dwynwen’s Day is the 25th of January, so I decided to put together a few ideas for cards for the occasion now as there’s less than a week to go if you plan on celebrating with a card and a gift.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  These linked pages also have a longer description of how I made the item.)

Cards:

I’ve purposely just put “Gyda Chariad” (Welsh for “With Love”) on these card so they could be used for either St. Dwynwen’s Day or St. Valentine’s Day.

1cup173475_572 - card04 - Red Roses Backing Paper   2cup108414_572 - card05 - Cream Roses Backing Paper  3cup287578_596 - card07 - Scalloped Heart Toppers 2…Studio  4cup287578_596 - card11 - Scalloped Heart Toppers 2 Studio

  1. Red Roses Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey & Scalloped Heart Toppers 2…Studio by Tina Fitch & Cream Roses Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey (This is an A4 card.  As all the cutting of the hearts was done using my CraftROBO, and all the decorations were little flowers from my crafty stash, there is no difficult cutting involved in this card.)
  2. Cream Roses Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey & Scalloped Heart Toppers 2…Studio by Tina Fitch (This card was made using the same style of hearts cut out using my CraftROBO, but because I decided to hang it in an aperture, rather than stuck on the front, despite using my CraftROBO to cut out the largest heart shape as an aperture in the backing sheet, I did have to cut the heart shape out by hand with a craft knife on the front of the card itself, using the aperture in the backing as a guide.  The card itself was made from an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card, with a 2cm spine to allow for the depth of the heart, so it wouldn’t go through my CraftROBO at that size.)
  3. Scalloped Heart Toppers 2…Studio by Tina Fitch (This is a closeup of the heart removed from the aperture of card 2.  I made it to tie up in the aperture with a bow, rather than using one piece of fixed ribbon between the heart and the top of the aperture, so that the heart can be removed and kept as a keepsake or hung up as a wall hanging.)
  4. Scalloped Heart Toppers 2…Studio by Tina Fitch (This is a side view of the heart showing how dimensional the whole thing is when made up double sided and stuck using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape between each layer.  It could be made even more dimensional if 3mm deep tape was used.)

Box:

I’ve made lots of boxes for various things from various pieces of jewellery to hand made chocolates, but today’s box is made of a card printed with a bubbly chocolate design and hides a box of chocolate truffles.  A perfect packaging to make a small gift look extra special.  A perfect gift for St. Dwynwen’s Day.  I’ve purposely kept the tones of embelishments to brown so it’s a suitable box to send a gift to a man, not just a woman.  You could even make the box a bit deeper than the box of chocolates and pop a Love Spoon in on top.

1cup289179_572 - card03 - Lovely Bubbly A4 Backing Paper in Chocolate Brown

  1.  Lovely Bubbly A4 Backing Paper in Chocolate Brown by Katy Kinsey (I printed the backing design out twice onto Super Smooth white card.  I measured the height, width and depth of the box of chocolate and trimmed and scored both pieces to make the box base and lid.  I used Template Tape to stick the flaps together.  The tag on the lid was cut on my CraftROBO and is one layer of Scalloped Oval Layers……Studio by Tina Fitch, with a very narrow brown ribbon threaded through one of the scallops and tied into the knot of the wider brown organza ribbon that’s tied around the box.  The greeting “Dymuniadau Gorau” is Welsh for “Best Wishes” and is suitable for many different occasions.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – A copy of the latest mailer sent out from CUP HQ (dated Wednesday, 18th January) can be seen by clicking – here.  The designs of some of the craftsUprint Gold designers are being showcased.  I you celebrate St. Valentine’s Day, not St. Dwynwen’s Day, then there’s lots of designs suitable for the occasion to be seen – although some of the designs are very suitable for both occasions.  Of course you’ll find a lot more in the mailer, so please do click through for a look.

 

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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Jan 172012
 

A topper design I’ve been playing around creating using Designer Resources from craftsUprint, used in conjunction with a background from a kit in the CUP Card Making section printed onto card-stock to make the box lids.

Cards and Boxes:

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  1. Card made using a topper I created using Designer Resources as below stuck onto a bought in Hunkydory base card with a decorative edge.  The topper has a small round pyramid of a few layers over the daffodil heads.
  2. Insert to the card above made using the same Designer Resources but with the daffodils shrunk down and the greetings panel removed so that there’s a nice, clear, area for a greeting to be written inside the card.
  3. A box to place the card in.  The lid is one of the backgrounds from the kit listed below printed onto cardstock with the same topper as on the card on top, but without the layering, stuck on top.
  4.  A similar box, but this time a gift box that’s deep enough for a little gift, such as some hand made chocolates.  Made exactly the same way as the card box, but this time scoring so that the depth is deeper but the dimensions across the top are smaller.
  5. All four matching items together.

To create these cards and boxes I used the following Designer Resources to make the square topper design seen on the items show in photos 1 to 5:

  1.  5X5 Card Fronts set 11 by Cassandra Campsall
  2. A Vase Of Daffodils by Frances Dent
  3. Etched Metal Corners & Ornaments by Carol Lepard

The yellow toned floral background used on the box lids is from the Card Making item:

  1. Pale Floral Papers by Chris Harland (Although I’ve used one, yellow toned, floral background as a background to the lids of the boxes, the whole kit of pastel shades of floral designs is a great one for anybody’s digital library as they will work well as backgrounds, mats, etc.)

And to finish off, something quite simple, but dimensional, so it will also need a little card box or envelobox made to send it in.

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  1.  5X5 Card Fronts set 11 by Cassandra Campsall (This is the second card I’ve made using a 5″ x 5″ card front from this set.  This time I simply used my graphics program to place it in such a way on an A4 page so as, when it was printed out, I could just score, trim and fold into a base card.  This was simply decorated using three flowers that I’d made up some time ago and placed in my crafty stash, together with a leaf, a butterfly, and four clear, sticky back, gems.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The last mailer sent out by the CUP Team on Monday, 16th January, can be seen by clicking – here.  As usual there’s a lot of varied designs being showcased, this time the work of the craftsUprint Gold designers. The latest CUP TV Episode is showing how to make up a Gatefold Spring Down Card that’s been cut using a digital cutting machine.

 

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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 Comments Off on Mostly Playing With Designer Resources Again
Jan 152012
 

Was feeling a bit exhausted and not up to cutting out anything using either a scissors or a craft knife, so I got my CraftROBO out, connected it to my Laptop computer and set it to work.  The base cards for the five cards I made were either cut out using the CraftROBO, a pre-made card, or simply an A4 sheet of card scored and folded.  All the decorations were either items or die-cut elements from my crafty stash, or cut out using my CraftROBO.  I did use a corner punch on two of the cards, so the only thing I used a scissors for was to chop some foam tape, cut the ribbon and bow on card 5, and to trim the paper ribbon down the right hand side of card 4.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  These linked pages also have a longer description of how I made the item.)

Cards:

I’ve tried to go for different looks on these five cards even though every one features flowers in on form or another.

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  1.  Scalloped Arch Layers…….Studio by Tina Fitch (Although this card looks complicated there was absolutely no cutting out by hand involved.  An A4 iridescent white card was just scored and folded in half and a corner punch was used to add detail.  Then just dusted over the corner details and card edges with gold.  The arch was cut out using my CraftROBO using a pale yellow and a buttery cream coloured Silk Art card.  The decoration were just bits from my crafty stash.)
  2. Scalloped Fancy Shape Layers…..Studio by Tina Fitch and flowers and butterflies from OVAL 2 CARD with layered flower and butterfly by Clive Couter (I chose to play around with a totally different colour scheme for this card than the previous one, using several colours of iridescent, heavyweight paper, from the same pack.  Some of the layers are stuck directly down to the layer underneath and some are stuck in place using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  This card is decorated with butterflies and flowers cut out with the cutting file used for the next card.)
  3. OVAL 2 CARD with layered flower and butterfly by Clive Couter (I chose a quite soft and simple look for this card.  I kept the decoration to a minimum as some of the family like minimalist cards, so only two shades of pink card and one shade of iridescent paper have been used to make the whole card – and there were lots of cut out flowers and butterflies left to use on other projects.)
  4. Fancy Bracket Shape Easel Card – Silhouette by Kim Paley (The base card and top layer were cut out from two shades of yellow/cream silk art card-stock.  The decoration is from a die-cut decoupage sheet just popped out and stuck together.  And there’s a whole other decoupage and other elements left on the sheet to use again.)
  5. Nested Shape #8 by Hazel Kinvig-Paul (I used a sheet of maroon silk art card, with the cream and white ones, for a richer look to this card.  The layers just set off the bunch of roses perfectly I think.  Sometimes it only takes some nice layering and a simple topper to create a very classy card.)

CUP Update:  

Crafty Bob’s Tombola  – Don’t forget that every new order placed on the craftsUprint site will entitle the customer to a free play on Crafty Bob’s Tombola. Everyone wins a prize! Over £250 in prizes are given away EVERY DAY in the World’s only Crafting Tombola game.

Crafty Bob’s Crazy 5 Minute Game – Have you bought digital designs from the craftsUprint site?  Are you keeping an eye out to see if your name comes up giving you a 5 minute window to claim a monetary prize?  CUP customers names are being chosen at random and if they are online and spot their name during the 5 minute slot then they can claim the prize.  The prize pot goes up every five minutes as the name changes if it hasn’t been claimed.  Have a look at the information page – here – to learn more.  There’s even a list of those who’ve missed their chance as well as a list of those who’ve won, and what the prize pot that they got was.

Crafty Bob’s Bingo – Crafty Bob is currently looking for a FOUR CORNERS AND A CENTRE in Game 71 as I’m writing this, but please click – here – to check the current status, and see the numbers already called, as you are reading my post. Bingo Cards are FREE to all CUP customers.

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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More Crafting From January 2012

 Posted by at 09:51 pm
Jan 132012
 

A bit of a variety in this batch.  From New Baby to Sympathy.  From a card and box suitable for a man to a card and box, with a teddy on, suitable for a child.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  These linked pages also have a longer description of how I made the item.)

Cards & Boxes:

Some more playing around with Designer Resources first, but this time to make a brown toned card, insert and box that’s more suitable for a male than the lace look set in my last post.  These are all made from the same items although the shading does look slightly different in the photos because of different lighting conditions when the photos were taken.

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  1.  9 sheets of A4 Background Papers by Jacqueline Hatton (I used two of the backgrounds from the pack for the insert, putting a clearer oval panel on for the writing of a greeting.  This basic layout was then taken, and built upon, for the card front.)
  2. 6 Mens Belts by Vicki Avcin & 9 sheets of A4 Background Papers by Jacqueline Hatton & African silhouettes by Debra Jenkinson (Although I have used brown, black, navy, etc., ribbons, sometimes with knots, on cards for the males of the species, I was looking for other ideas, and was immediately struck by the possibilities given by the belts in this pack of Designer Resources.  I’ve used several copies of the same belt on this card – as well as putting them on the box that follows, not only using as a demarcation near the left, but as a greeting panel as well.)
  3. 6 Mens Belts by Vicki Avcin & 9 sheets of A4 Background Papers by Jacqueline Hatton & Hexagon Box Template by Carol Lepard (After playing round in my graphics program to create the sheet ready to print out, the actual cutting of this box is all straight lines.  It is a little box, just under 3″ across, but is just the right size for little gifts.)

Back to ready designed sheets as the basis for the next batch of cards and the box.

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  1. Morning Rose Backing Sheet 1, Morning Rose Pyramid and Morning Rose Gatefold Insert all by Rebecca Brindley (This is a really lovely card that could be used for many occasions but is quite easy to make.  Straight edge cutting and cutting round the ovals, and nothing intricate to cut.  I used my Hougie Board to do the scoring of the printed out backing sheet, after trimming, to make the gate-fold card, and used a corner rounder punch to give neat corners to the front corners of the gate-fold card.)
  2. Sheep dog by Terri Hawley (The most intricate cutting to create this card was cutting out the greeting panel, and you couldn’t really call that intricate – it could even be left off if you wanted as the base layer has a space to put the greeting in any case.  The base card was bought in already in the fancy shape – a sale item in a Hunkydory pack.)
  3. Baby Boy Announcement Oval Pyramid by Frances Dent (This card looks very intricate but the only cutting was straight cutting of the base layer, oval cutting of three layers, and punching the base layer corners with a corner rounder punch.  I just used a pre-prepared base card which had the outline punched detail from my crafting stash – a Hunkydory card blank.  I simply used a long piece of shear, white, organza ribbon to decorate, weaving it in and out through the holes around the edge and then putting a long piece across the front and tied on the right hand side.)
  4. “Floral Cross” Easter, Sympathy Card by Anna Babajanyan (This was a really simple card to make – just print, cut, and stick on.  There were two greetings panels provided on the sheet but I wanted a Welsh sympathy card so used my own peel-offs in a matching tone.  The most intricate thing about this card was putting on the sticky back, faux pearls, in place, for which I used a pokey tool to move and place, but you don’t have to add these to the printed pearls if you don’t want to.  I also used a Sakura, clear Stardust, gel pen to add some highlights to the coloured throats of the flowers.)

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  1. Gable-top box – Teddy’s Red Bow by Judith Flavel (I needed to get my craft knife and steel edged ruler out to cut the handle centres out as well as the slots in the two side panels.  There was also more intricate cutting on the teddy and bow for decoupaging onto the box, however, you don’t have to cut these out and layer them on as the images are on the base box and it doesn’t need the added embellishment to function as a box.  I didn’t actually use all the teddies and bows on the box but kept some to make the matching card.)
  2. Teddy’s Red Bow – vellum by Judith Flavel & Gable-top box – Teddy’s Red Bow by Judith Flavel (This card may look fancy but the base card was one from my crafting stash, another one from Hunkydory if I remember rightly.  I just cut a square of the printed background to fit, punched using a corner rounder to tidy each corner, put on a strip of gold, linen effect, card down the right hand side.  The teddy and bow toppers were all spare pieces I kept behind when making the matching box.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The mailer E-mailed out today, 13th January, can be seen by clicking – here.  Today’s mailer is given over to the designer Ann-marie Vaux.  Ann-marie is only the third CUP designer to reach the Titanium status, and getting to be a Titanium designer means that a total of 50,000 sales of her designs have been made via the CUP site.  Now that is a huge number of sales and just proves how popular the items that Ann-marie designs are.

These are a small number of the cards I’ve made using Ann-marie’s designs.

1Black Lotus Flower Oriental Hand Fan 3D Topper  2Lace Card Front Step by Step  3Gold Birthday/Anniversary White Rose Book Sheet  4Oriental Garden Ladies Spiral Edge Stacker Card Front  5cup160132_10 - Beautiful Poppies Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO

  1. Black Lotus Flower Oriental Hand Fan 3D Topper
  2.  The Angel A5 Lace Card Front Step by Step
  3. Gold Birthday/Anniversary White Rose Book Sheet
  4. Oriental Garden Ladies Spiral Edge Stacker Card Front
  5. Beautiful Poppies Card Envelope Pointy Stacker AIO

Card Making Competition – The Crafter of the Year 2011 has been announced, and the winner was Margaret Mccartney, the runner Up was Dianne Jackson, and the person in 3rd Place was Angela Styles.  I finished at 24th with 38 points.  Thank you so much to all the CUP Designers who voted for me.  If any body would like to see the leader-board of the top 40 places crafters then click – 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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