Playing Around With Some Designer Resources

I’ve been playing around with some Designer Resources.

I wanted a specific effect for a soft, lacy looking, card with a matching box, but didn’t have the lace background I had in mind in my crafty stash, so went looking and found something suitable amongst the Designer Resources on CUP. While searching I picked up a few other designer resources to play with and use with the lace background.

Then I spotted a kit of ornate crosses that I thought would look great for sympathy and Easter cards, and then a frame kit that I thought would work well with the crosses.

 (Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each item.)

Cards and a Box:

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The majority of the design work for these items was done within a design software, leaving just the finishing touches to be done by hand once the items were printed and cut out.  Picture 4 shows all the matching items – Print, Cut, Fold A5 card – as seen in 1; Insert – as seen in 2; Small Hexagon Box – as seen in 3. The last item is a simple card front with one extra layer.  This last item was the one with the most intricate of cutting work, with some ins and outs cutting at the corners and scalloped edge on the added layer, but other than that I tried to keep to just straight cutting for the items to keep them simple.  And in reality I could have cut straight around the framed cross and not cut into the corners, and also not used the added layer, which is what I’ll do in future on my “bad hand” days if I need another similar card.

There follows a list of the Designer Resources I used.  Please click through to see what I worked with.

  1. Print, Cut, Fold A5 card – DR Lace Backgrounds Blues Kit 1 by Emma Bee & Circular Lace & Ribbon Frames by June Young.
  2. Insert for A5 card – DR Lace Backgrounds Blues Kit 1 by Emma Bee & Circular Lace & Ribbon Frames by June Young.
  3. Small Hexagon Box – DR Lace Backgrounds Blues Kit 1 by Emma Bee & Circular Lace & Ribbon Frames by June Young & Hexagon Box Template by Carol Lepard.
  4. All the matching items – DR Lace Backgrounds Blues Kit 1 by Emma Bee & Circular Lace & Ribbon Frames by June Young & Hexagon Box Template by Carol Lepard.
  5. Card Front with added layer – Gold and Enamel Picture Frames by Karen Hughes & Flower Crosses & Dove CU4CU Set 2 by Janyce Cotterill.

Keep an eye out for more items using Designer Resources in my next Blog Post as I’m currently working on a card and box in a theme more suitable to a male recipient.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – A copy of the mailer E-mailed out today, Wednesday, 11th January, can be seen by clicking – here. The mailer was showcasing some of the CUP Silver designers work, plus includes the usual spread of news, New From items, etc.

Card Making Competition – The voting is now in full swing for “CUP Crafter of the Year 2011 Competition”. The “New” and “Bronze” CUP Designers voted on Monday, the “Silver” CUP Designers on Tuesday, and today it’s the turn of the “Gold” CUP Designers to vote.  You can click – here – to read up more on how the Crafter of the Year is decided and to see the current leader-board.

 

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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18th – Contribution To Food, a Card, a Gift, and a Presentation Box

You’d think that after Christmas would be a bit quiet, but not in our house.  With a niece having her 18th birthday at the beginning of January there were still a few things to do once the New Year celebrations were over with.  I had made some jewellery as a gift for her, and a box with drawers to put them in, to give to her, before Christmas, but that did leave the card that my mother had asked me to make, for her and my father to give their grand-daughter, as well as being roped in to make some of the food for the buffet, to keep me occupied, and having had a cold and coughed so much that I had no voice for days (even after the bad coughing stopped) I wasn’t exactly bursting with energy to get on with things.  What I still haven’t finished is the photo-book/scrapbook of my niece’s life that I’m giving her, but the last page of that will be photos from her party in any case, so couldn’t be finished until after the event.

(Remember that you can click on the thumbnail images to have a better look at each card.)

Food:

Nobody makes Scotch Eggs better than “Mamgu” (Welsh for Grandmother), according to my nephews and niece, so a big consignment of Scotch Eggs was what we were asked to make.  Have you any idea how many pounds of sausage meat you need to make 90 Scotch Eggs?  Lots!  One pound of sausage meat will give a covering to 8 small eggs or 6 larger eggs – and we had 90 to make.

Thank heavens that most of the work is done sitting down, and that the eggs themselves could be hard boiled and shelled the morning before, or we’d never have managed it, as neither of us is able to stand up or walk about for any length of time.  Doing things in batches and having a break in between and we managed to get them all done before they were collected for the evening party.

1Hard Boiled Eggs and bits and pieces  2Egg Breadcrums and breaded scotch eggs  390 Finished Scotch Eggs

  1.  Lots of hard boiled eggs, some breadcrumbs and some of the sausage meat ready to begin.
  2. A batch of covered Scotch Eggs, ready for the deep fat fryer.
  3. 90 cooked Scotch Eggs draining on layers of kitchen paper.

 Card:

This card is made from an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White Card.  I scored it in two places to give a three paneled card with the two outside panels being folded inwards.  On the main outside panel I scored using one of the Glitter Girls boards to give an embossed pattern on the top, with the same pattern being de-bossed on the bottom.  The circular design from the same board was embossed onto panels of card of two different colours and onto holographic silver paper.  The card was simply decorated with peel-offs.  The two different colours of round blob peeloffs are also of holographic silver but look different in the photographs.

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The other folded in panel was also decorated with panels embossed using another of the Glitter Girls boards, and the inside back was left blank for a message to be written.

The card can be stood as shown in the 3rd picture with both folded in panels visible.

Jewellery:

This is a set of jewellery I made using stones and beads from a kit, except that the kit came with pink beads and I substituted blue beads from my bead stash as it was a more suitable colour for the intended recipient.  The black, longer, beads are magnetic Hematite semi precious stones.  The main piece has no catch as the whole string has magnetic pieces along its length allowing it to be worn in many different ways – wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet; wrapped around the neck as a choker; loosely around the neck as a necklace of whatever length and style required; around the middle as a decorative belt.

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Special Gift Box:

This is a gift box I made to present the jewellery above in.  I can’t claim any part of the design of this one as it’s simply a lovely Hunkydory kit made up.  I’ve taken photos of it from several different angles.

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An easel card forms a part of the box with the card opening when the bow is pulled, so I didn’t make a separate card.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – A copy of the CUP E-mailed newsletter that was sent out on 9th January can be seen by clicking – here.  The “New From” section is given over to “Bookmark Card N Envelope” from top designer Carol Clarke.  Among all the other designs on show are cutting files, iris folding designs, notebook kit, backing papers, pyramage designs – and the list goes on.  The news includes winners of Crafty Bob’s Crazy Five Minutes, two designers meeting up in Las Vegas, the answer to Crafty Bob’s Thought for the Weekend, and lots more.  So well worth a click over to have a read.

Card Making Competition – The voteing has started for “CUP Crafter of the Year 2011 Competition”.  Today, Monday 9th January, it’s the turn of the “New” and “Bronze” CUP Designers to vote.  You can click – here – to read up more on how the Crafter of the Year is decided and to see the current leader-board.

 

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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Crafting At The Start Of January

Cards and Boxes:

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  1.  Iris 2 backing paper by Sheila Rodgers (As I wanted this to be quite a big box I wanted the base to be of stronger weight cardstock than would go through my printer, so I used a sheet of 350gms card-stock for that.  The top is the backing paper printed onto the heaviest weight white cardstock that will go through my printer.  I trimmed the white edges of the cardstock off and then scored in at 4.5cm in from each edge.  I marked the size of the trimmed background onto the card-stock I wanted for the base and then trimmed in a few mm inside the marked line.  This was also scored in at 4.5cm from each edge.  I then cut through to make tabs at each corner of the base and lid and stuck in place using Template Tape.  By making the base slightly smaller before scoring than the lid, it means that it fits inside perfectly. )
  2. Baby in Bath Circular Side Stacker by Sarah Edwards (The design sheet to make this card is quite easy to cut out.  There is the rounded side to the side stackers but it’s quite a smooth cut with nothing intricate to cut.)
  3. Front pancy by Terri Hawley (The base layer of this card and the greetings panel are both shaped and so the cutting isn’t all straight, but the curves are not particularly intricate.  The flowers are more intricate to cut out, although you could leave them off it you have difficulty cutting out intricate pieces.)
  4. Orchid green and gold by Terri Hawley (Straight edges and ovals only to cut out for this card.  I only used two of the oval layers, thus meaning that there was less cutting out involved in making this card.  I used a Sakura Clear Stardust pen to highlight some areas of the flowers, which catches the light as the card is moved, so helping to give a special look to the card.)

 Knitting:

The knitting loom ring I used to make this pair of fingerless gloves is the smallest (5.5″) in a set of 4.  It’s made to create little babies hats on, but rather than pull a piece of yarn through all the top stitches to pull together for the top of a hat I finished off by crocheting along the top edge and making lengths of crochet to go between the thumb and the fingers and around the index finger.

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The hat was made on another knitting loom from the same set, this time the 9.5″ ring.  This set is knitted using the same type of yarn as I made the red scarf as a Christmas gift for a member of the family, but this time in the blue version.  I’ve now started to knit the matching scarf using the 7.5″ circular knitting loom.  The colouring of the pieces looks different in the pictures because of the different lighting conditions when the photos were taken, but they are all made using the same yarn.

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CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – A copy of the latest mailer, sent out Friday, 6th, January, can be seen by clicking – here.  You’ll see lots of designs created by the CUP Exclusive Designers, as well as see some cards created by the Registered Crafters and read snippets of news from CUP land.  The Crafty Bob Treasure Hunt game has come to an end on the CUP site and a new “Crafty Bob’s CRAZY Five Minute Game” has started.  Read all about this new idea by clicking – here.

Free Card Verses for your Cards – It seems that there are now a lot more “Free Card Verses for your Cards” available on the site.  Click – here – to see the categories available and make your choice.

Card Making Competition – The “CUP Crafter of the Year 2011 Competition” has been announced.  Details can be seen by reading the information – 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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Competition Entry – Baby Card

Card:

I’ve said in previous posts that I’d only put up a picture of my entry into the competition to make any New Baby card using any download from Craftsuprint after the voting in the competition closed and the winner was announced.  Well the voting closed earlier today so here’s my card:

Baby Card Competition Entry

The craftsUprint sheet I used for this one was “Boy in Basket 5×5 Scallop Side Stacker” by Sarah Edwards which you can see by clicking – here.  You will notice that this competition entry was made without adding the “side stacker” element, thus making a different look to the card on display on the CUP site with the sheet used.  I’m all for designs that have room to stamp some individuality to the finished card and can be used exactly as intended for a card, but can also be used in different ways to create different looks, and thus get maximum value from the same printed out sheet.

I wanted to keep things simpler than some of my previous competition entries for this card.  So no elaborate card shape, just a plain, A5 shape, as a landscape tent fold card, with some layering added.  And no flowers, glitter, mirror card, or gemstones added, just some lace and ribbon. And one simple word on a greetings panel.

I printed the whole design sheet onto Super Smooth 120gsm paper and then cut out the base layer, cutting up to the white loopy line rather than the outside of the layer (this was the fiddliest bit of cutting for this card and you could just do the straight cutting round the outside layer). I decided not to build up the side stacker layers but instead just cut out the rattle head, duck head and teat off the baby bottle out of the stacker layers. I put a square of card behind the cut out panel for stability, but made it smaller than the panel so that I could shape back the loopy border to give dimension. I looked at the colours in the image and picked the very pale yellow, green and blue from the image to use in the making of my card, making the base card blue, the first layer of matting a similar yellow to the highlighted area of the ducks face, and the smallest layer of matting a shade of green. All these were made from the same type of pearlescent cardstock. The base image layer was stuck to the front of the green card using 4mm of double sided foam tape. A piece of white lace was stuck around the edge of this green mat. I put a strip of strong Template Double Sided Tape along the length of the yellow mat, going round the sides to the back, and stuck on a piece of ribbon, blue with polka dots to echo the baby’s hat and T-shirt. This ribbon was looped along, and the ends stuck to the back of the mat. This yellow mat was stuck directly to the front of the blue base card. I used 2mm of double sided foam tape to stick the matted image onto the yellow mat, sticking this towards the left side. I finished off by sticking on the extra layer of rattle, duck head and bottle teat with glue gel, and put on a “BABY” panel from my crafting stash at the top right.

I thought that carying the soft colours of the image throughout the card, and using lace and ribbon for embellishment was very much in keeping with a “baby” theme.

You can see the uploaded entry page by clicking – here.   It received a small number of really nice comments from some lovely ladies on Craftforums, which I’m very grateful for.  It also received a small number of votes, which I sincerely thank those who voted for.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The holiday period meant that this week’s first mailer didn’t get sent out until today, Tuesday the 3rd of January.  In this one there are lots of designs created by the Platinum level designers.  Some new ‘Through The Looking Glass‘ designs created by Robyn Cockburn.  Information on the “Image of the Week” and top selling “Card of the Moment”.  And lots more, including – of course – the winner of the December competition.

Card Making Competition – The winner of the competition to make any New Baby card using any CUP download was Davina Rundle.  She embellished the design with a tiny pair of handmade baby booties.  While it wasn’t the card I gave my vote to in the end, both this card and the one which came 2nd were in my batch of top notch cards that I had to look at several times to decide which one to vote for.  You can now view all the cards that were entered, and have a good look to see if you agree with how the voting went, 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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Happy New Year – 2012

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

2012

* * * Happy New Year * * *

… to all those who read my Blog, and also to my CUP, Craftforum and Facebook Friends.

 Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

 I hope that, whatever 2012 has in store for all of you, that it is a good year with lots of crafting opportunities for each and every one of you.

Crafty Bloggers {Network}:

If any of you who read this little blog post, have a Blog of your own and are members of Facebook, you may be interested in this – there’s a group on FB whose aim is  “Bringing Craft Bloggers together.”  It’s a closed group, but if you click – here – you can request to join.


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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