Last Post Of February

 Posted by at 01:11 am
Feb 292012
 

 Thank You Very Much To Those Of You Who’ve Left Comments On My Previous Blog Posts
I really appreciate the nice things you’ve said about my crafting efforts.

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I did a batch of cutting out using my Cameo machine yesterday morning, and still haven’t made all of the pieces I’ve cut into cards, but those I have made are amongst the pictures below.  I also made a card where I didn’t use my Cameo, and a couple of boxes, so please do browse through this post for a look.

Cards:

Three cards I’ve uploaded to craftsUprint.

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of 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.  Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

1cup50434_452 - card04 - red rose and bows  2cup300449_596 - card03 - Scalloped layered Cards 9 & 10  3cup300507_596 - card02 - Scalloped Layered Cards 11 & 12

  1. Red rose and bows by Cynthia Berridge (An all straight cut card front and pyramid topper mean that this cards was easy to cut and make.  The base card is made from a sheet of Hunkydory card-stock that’s embossed with gold swirls.  I used a corner rounder punch on the card corners and the bottom layer of the card front/topper, and then embellished with some peel-offs and sticky back gems to finish.)
  2. Scalloped layered Cards 9 & 10…..Studio by Tina Fitch (As this one was cut out using my Cameo, it may look intricate but no hand cutting means it was easy to do.  I kept the decoration to a minimum, sticking just a small bunch of “berries” from my crafty stash that I’d wrapped in ribbon and tied in a bow.  Then put some sticky back gems around.  As it’s a cutting file you could make the base card and the mat and layer in any colour you wanted to give it a different “mood” and make it suitable for the recipient by using their favourite colour.  You could even do it with no embellishment and just put a greeting on the central layer.)
  3. Scalloped Layered Cards 11 & 12…..Studio by Tina Fitch (Another card cut out using my Cameo.  Again I’ve just use minimal embellishment of some peel and sticky back gems.  I’ve made it as a “Diolch” (Welsh for Thank You) card, but it’s a generic design that could be used for any occasion.  A card that’s got the Wow Factor!  Make it up in blues or browns and it’s a perfect card for a man.)

Boxes:

The first of these is a little chest that came designed like this as a digital download, but the second is a background printed and then scored and cut out myself to make up a box.

1cup48566_2 - card02 - Gift Box Casket - Satin Ice Blue  2cup208291_487 - card 04 - Balloons Baby Boy

  1. Gift Box Casket – Satin Ice Blue by Judith Flavel (I love this little box.  The rounded lid is something a bit different.  This box could be used to present a small gift of jewellery, as a favour box at a wedding, or for anything that a small box is required.  This is printed out onto an A4 sheet, cut, and then scored on my Hougie Board, before making into shape and decorating with three sticky back gems and tieing with two ribbons.)
  2. Balloons Baby Boy by Sheila Wilks (I printed this out onto Super Smooth white card and then used my Hougie Board again to score it into a box.  Similar in style but different size to an example in one of the “Everyone Needs a Hougie” books, probably book 2.  I just decorated it with two little sticky, baby themed, toppers.  It’s just the right size to give a small gift for a newborn, such as little baby socks.)

Cutting Work For Tina Fitch:

The first of these is an ordinary cutting file that could be cut out on the CraftROBO Lite as well as the CraftROBO and Cameo, while the second is another “Print & Cut” files which needs one of the cutting machines, such as the Cameo, that has an “optical eye”.  Although I was sent the .studio file to cut out my exemplar, the design itself is available in other cutting file formats, so take a look on CUP for the other versions if your machine/software doesn’t accept the .studio files.

1Mother’s Day Basket - card05  2Sailing - card03

  1. Scalloped Mother’s Day Basket Card…..Studio (I used a textured/hammered white cardstock for the base card, but it could be cut out of any colour you wanted.  I cut the included bow and spiral flowers out of yellow and cream.  You could cut out of whichever colour is the favourite of the intended recipient.  The two varieties of spiral flowers have a different look depending on whether they are wound tight or left to spring loose before sticking.)
  2.  You can get the ordinary card kit that you print out and then cut out by hand here – Ahoy There Back To Front Card Kit; The digital cutting machine “Print & Cut” kit that I’ve made – Ahoy there! Back to front card Kit …studio (Another card I’ve printed and cut out of Super Smooth white card that’s cut out beautifully.  Gently does it when removing from the cutting mat though as there’s a very fine piece of “rigging” running between the top of the sails that would be very easy to break with an inopportune tug.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer –  The mailer that was sent out to those who are signed up for it on Monday, 27th, can be seen online – here.  The “New From” piece in the mailer is about the “Piano Cards” created by Christine Crowther .  There’s also news of who gets to vote, and when, in the latest competition to choose the Craftsuprint Designer Of The Year 2011.  You’ll also find lots of other cards and news in the mailer, so please do click over for a look.

Discount Code –  The 20% discount code is still valid until the end of the month, so don’t forget to type the word ‘CRAZY’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page, and BEFORE you check out click UPDATE BASKET, to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!

 

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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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it, but due to the fact that I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog, I now moderate all comments before they go live.  Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Feb 252012
 

I’m still feeling a bit rough.  I think one day I’m getting over the virus I’ve suffered from for the last few weeks, then the next day I’m back feeling miserable again.  Haven’t felt like really getting stuck into a lot of card-making or any other crafting.  Just done a few rows of knitting on a knitting board most mornings and made a small number of cards mostly from elements cut out on my Cameo or bought in, die-cut, designs.  I went for the Hunkydory Golden Oldies for the “smile” element to cheer me up last week, and they were delivered the beginning of the week – very quick delivery this time.

 Cards:

(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.  Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

1cup299812_596 - card02   2Hunkydory Golden Oldies 03 01   3Hunkydory Golden Oldies 02 02.   4Hunkydory Golden Oldies 01 01

  1. When cutting out the design Scalloped Layered Cards 5 & 6….STUDIO by Tina Fitch I cut cut out two sets of all the topper layers, but only cut out one of the base card shape.  Don’t know why I missed cutting the second copy of the base card, but I decided not to get my machine out again just to make this card and chose a square base card from my crafty stash to put the round topper layers onto (a Hunkydory base card if I remember rightly).  The topper is actually an element from the background Boudoir Reflections 3 Backing Paper 2 by Rebecca Brindley which you can also see as a background behind the circular cut out topper layers.
  2. This is one from the Hunkydory Golden Oldies kit, the Old Football Fogie.  I’ve made this card up with the raised frame and all the decoupage layers and put it in the supplied box.
  3. Another of the Golden Oldies, this time the Old Knitting Nana, but I’ve used a white A4 card to make an A5 base card, stuck the background background onto that and then put on only one layer of the decoupage and the frame using 2mm deep double sided foam tape. It’s finished off with one of the foiled paper ribbon strips that was on the same die-cut sheet.
  4. The rest of the layers of the Old Knitting Nana design were built onto this card which I made from one of the A4 sheets provided in the kit.  So one sheet of die-cut design has been split over two cards instead of using as intended to make up one card.

Challenge:

I love GGI’d entered my  “Daisy and Pink Blossoms” card (which you can see in a previous post of mine – here) into a small number of challenges, which included the Glitter Geeks Week 7 – Girls and Boys challenge to make any card that had a girl, boy, or both on it.  I’ve now been back to the site to have a look at what the theme is going to be for the coming week – here – and was so surprised to see my name up in 2nd for the last challenge.  That’s made my week.  Thank you so much to those who picked my card out for this honour.  I’ve sent an E-mail to the address given so I’m waiting for a response.

Knitting:

Back in my post on the 7th of February (which you can see by clicking – here) I  showed you the yarn I was currently knitting with and how far I’d got in my latest scarf.  I use a variety of knitting boards and looms for my knitting these days as I can’t hold up traditional knitting on needles.  I was knitting the scarf out of “Ostrich Yarn” on a round loom, but not knitting in the round but rather going back and fore so turning at the end of each row to give a flat scarf at the end.

I’ve now finished the scarf and it’s quite a long scarf – and here it is:

Scarf 03 10

So now I’m starting on another knitting project – and yes, it will be another scarf, but I’m going for a totally different type of yarn again, so keep an eye out in future blog posts to see what I’m experimenting with next.

Cutting Work For Tina Fitch:

As I’ve shown you in previous posts – here and here – I’ve been doing some cutting work out for the very talented designer Tina Fitch.  (these are in addition to the designs that keep on popping into my basket on the craftsUprint site that I’ve enjoyed making up and uploading to the site as a Registered Crafter.)

I’ve started working on more stuff, which includes working with Tina on the conversion of some of her card kits into “Print & Cut” kits.

These are the ones I’ve worked on so far, with links to the ordinary card kits which you print and cut out yourself, as well as links to the .studio “Print & Cut” kits that you can use with cutting machines that use the Silhouette Studio software, such as the Cameo.

These are my photos of the cards after I’d Printed & Cut them, and are now being used as exemplars on sites where Tina is selling them.

1Baby Boy card 01s  2Baby Girl Card 01s   3Basket of Roses 03s

  1. Baby Boy Back to front card kitBaby Boy Back to front card kit..Print & Cut…Studio
  2. Baby Girl Back to Front Card KitBaby Girl Back to Front Kit…Print & Cut..Studio
  3. Basket of Roses back to front card kitBasket of Roses back to front card kit..Print & Cut Studio

Keep an eye out for more of the results of my work on Tina’s Creative Team.  You can see the names of the other members of her Creative Team on her blog part way down the right hand column.

CUP Update:  

Discount Code –  OK Crafters – Who wants to save 20% off their order for crafting items from craftsUprint?

How many of you have a wish list that’s growing longer by the day that could do with emptying a bit?  I know mine has over 125 items in it at the moment, so a discount will be great for helping me buy some of my favourites at a discounted price.  And the discount code is – CRAZY!  Yes, really – CRAZY.  Once you’ve decided on what you want to order, simply type the word ‘CRAZY’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page and BEFORE you check out click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!  You’ve even got a bit of time to look around the site and make up your mind about what you want to buy as the crazy code doesn’t expire until 29th February 2012 at Midnight GMT.

CUP Mailer –  For any of you who haven’t signed up to have a copy of the thrice weekly mailer delivered directly to your E-mail inbox – a copy of the mailer sent out on Friday the 24th February can be seen by clicking – here.  Once again it’s quite a substantial mailer with a showcase of designs uploaded by craftsUprint Gold designers, some Rocker Easel Cards created by Amanda McGee, a bingo winner, Exclusive Designer Spotlight, etc.  Please do click through to have a read.

 

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 To Those Of You Who’ve Left Comments On My Previous Blog Posts
I really appreciate the nice things you’ve said about my crafting efforts.

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Feb 232012
 

Thank you for visiting my blog to have a look at some of my hand crafted creations, and a big thank you to those who’ve left comments on my previous blog posts.

If want to leave a comment on any of my blog posts you should find a comment box at the bottom of the page (it may be headed “Reply” but it is for commenting on the blog post, not for replying to previous comments, though you can do that as well if you want).  If the box isn’t then there should be the word “Comment” as a link just below the end of the post that you can click on, which should bring up the page where the comment box is at the bottom.

(Just a note to let you know –  Due to having some problems with Spam/advertising posts, that have nothing to do with the content of my posts, I now moderate all comments before they go live. Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

So – to the big news today – I’ve now passed 900 pictures of completed items uploaded to the craftsUprint site.  You can see my Crafter Showcase by clicking – here – to have a look at them.

 Cards:

The following are my latest uploads to the site that have taken me past the 900 uploads point.

1cup297578_1415 - card01 -  Interesting Folded Insert & Topper Studio-PDF-Printables  2cup297578_1415 - card02 -  Interesting Folded Insert & Topper Studio-PDF-Printables  3cup296892_442 - card03 - Boudoir Reflections 3 Backing Paper 2.jpg  4cup296894_442 - card03 - Boudoir Reflections 3 Gatefold Insert  5cup296896_442 - card03 - Boudoir Reflections 3 Pyramid.jpg

  1. Interesting Folded Insert & Topper Studio-PDF-Printables by Rae Carr (Although the insert of this card – see picture 2 – is a Print & Cut design, the outside isn’t.  But there again, it isn’t difficult to make.  There’s a muted pattern background to print on one side of the cardstock and the card front to the other side of the card-stock and then just cut out the base card, score and fold, ready for putting in the folded insert.)
  2. Interesting Folded Insert & Topper Studio-PDF-Printables by Rae Carr (This is the Print & Cut insert, so just printed from within the Silhouette Studio software, folded at the scored locations and attached inside the card using template tape.  I used a quickie glue pen and applied fine crystal glitter to the edges of the petals both on the card front and on the inside.
  3. Boudoir Reflections 3 Backing Paper 2 by Rebecca Brindley (This, and the following two pictures, are all pictures of the same card at different.  The card is made using a co-ordinating background, insert and pyramid topper.  All with only straight edge cutting, so nothing difficult involved in making this off-set gatefold card.)
  4. Boudoir Reflections 3 Gatefold Insert by Rebecca Brindley (Although I’ve made the two “gates” on the card slightly different, just for a different effect, this gate-fold insert fitted perfectly with just a slight movement of where I scored for the two “gates”.)
  5. Boudoir Reflections 3 Pyramid by Rebecca Brindley (Anther thing I did, just to have a different effect, was to stick the pyramid onto the right hand “gate”, rather than onto the left.  The only added embellishment I used was the top layer of one of the butterflies cut using the cutting file Flourish Butterflies – Embellishments – Studio by Ann Smith.)

1cup296493_596 - card03 - Scalloped Christmas Layered Card….STUDIO  2cup299796_596 - card03 -  Scalloped Card Layers 7 & 8…… Studio  3cup299812_596 - card04 - Scalloped Layered Cards 5 & 6….STUDIO

  1. Scalloped Christmas Layered Card….STUDIO by Tina Fitch (This card was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo out of three sheets of cardstock.  I made the base layer out of white cardstock but then used a gold ink pad and splodged it over the top to give a textured gold look.  The layers are just attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I haven’t embellished in any way this time.  I’m already thinking of the next card when I might use some cut-out holly leaves and red beads for berries.)
  2. Scalloped Layered Cards 5 & 6….STUDIO by Tina Fitch (I kept this to a minimal palette of colours, so the base card is a deep shade of yellow (egg yolk colour), and the top is cut from yellow and black cardstock.  To keep to this minimal palette I’ve embellished with just black, weaving a black narrow ribbon around the design through the slots, and adding 3 different sizes of sticky back black gems around the cutout pattern.  I’m thinking of using beads on this design next as well.  My idea is to use a clear beading thread through the slots, rather than ribbon, and to place a bead on the thread every time it crosses the front.)
  3. Scalloped Card Layers 7 & 8…… Studio by Tina Fitch (The only embellishment I’ve put on this card is the greeting peeloff.  I have used 2mm deep foam tape to stick each layer in place.  I would use 1mm deep foam, or direct sticking of layers, if I was going to send by post, as the 2mm deep foam does result in a very deep, dome, effect.  It’s very pretty like this, but sometimes postage has to be a consideration.)

 (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.  Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Designers – Do you know that craftsUprint has over 250 designers selling designs on the site at the moment?  These range from favourites such as Carol Clarke who has well over 25,000 digital downloads, of various styles, for you to buy and download, to newer designers like Mary MacBean who only has 22 designs uploaded as I’m writing this.  You can have a look at the list of designers – here. This means that there’s a whole lot of choice available for crafters who like a variety of crafts.

Craftsuprint Gift Vouchers –  If you are at a loss what to give a crafty friend or relative then you can’t go wrong with a craftsUprint Gift Voucher.  Think about it – you give them the chance to pick designs of their own choice (be this for card making, scrapbooking, digital cutting, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, etc.) and it doesn’t cost a fortune to send – which it would do if you were sending them a physical crafting kit.  You can get the vouchers in denominations of £5, £10, £20, and £50.  You can see them by clicking – here. They even come complete with a FREE gift wallet design sheet ideal for giving your gift in.

CUP Mailer –  A copy of the mailer sent out on Wednesday, 22nd February, can be seen by clicking – here.  As usual you’ll find lots of designs that you can buy and use in your crafting, and also you’ll find lots of news from the CUP family of crafters and designers.

 

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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Daisy and Pink Blossoms

 Posted by at 01:32 pm
Feb 232012
 

I’ve made a card and would like to enter it into a couple of challenges:

Not sure I’ve got things quite right for each of these challenges, but it was fun having a go.

Here’s the card:

Daisy and Blossoms 12

Click on these thumbnail images to see a closeup of the top, right corner – and – a closeup of inside showing recessed frame:

 . Daisy and Blossoms 07 . Daisy and Blossoms 08 .

This is how I made it:

This card has a 3D element in that I’ve made a recessed centre to the card to put the coloured image into, as well as putting dimensional flowers around.

I used Super Smooth white card-stock and cut it in my Cameo cutting machine to make a card with a 4″ square recessed frame that’s 1cm deep using a template I’d built up myself.  The card has a double score on the spine to give it a 1cm depth as well, and had a pattern printed down the spine, as well as some branches printed around the front before cutting.  It had an irregular edge around it.  I also printed out and cut some extra branches so that I could make them overlap the recess edges in places.

The little girl is Daisy, who’s printed out as a digi stamp from the Daisy and Friends CD-ROM and coloured it in using pink shades of pro-markers as well as skin-tones and hair colour.

I cut out a variety of flower shapes using the cutting files Nesting Flowers by Claire Norman and FRAMED FLOWERS by Clive Couter out of a pink shade of Core-dinations card-stock.  These I scrunched and shaped.  The same cardstock was also used as a double layer backdrop to the centre of the recess behind the coloured image.

I used a cluster of flowers and a hat pin at the bottom right corner, a greeting at the bottom left, a “shabby” ribbon across the bottom corner of the recessed frame, and put the brances in place and dotted around the scrunched flowers.  All these were stuck in place using Pinflaire glue gel.

I dusted the edges of the card front and the recess with some toning pink chalk to finish the card off.

I hope you all like it.

Feb 212012
 

Crafty Bob's PaperIn one of my previous posts (which you can see – here) I told you I’d been asked to test the special “Crafty Bob’s A4 Premium Gloss Craft Photo Paper” in my new toy, the Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine, and write a review.  I also said that, rather than writing about carrying out a test and saying it was Great, or cutting out something else and saying it was Good, I’d actually show you what I did, and the results of each test, so that you can decide for yourself whether the paper is good or not.

It’s now time for me to write up and show you the photos of the rest of my tests, and also photos of the finished cards I’ve made with the cut out pieces I’ve created.  Please look towards the bottom of this post if you just want to look at the finished cards.

Review: 

Test 5

05C Design - Flowers after cuttingI took the flowers that can be seen on this sheet, created as you saw in the previous post, and got out my trusty Crafty Bob Bone Folder.  I dragged this over the back of some flowers and over the front of some flowers to give them some shaping.

This was quite easy to do on the back, but didn’t run quite as smoothly on the front, but had great results both ways.  Didn’t have any problems doing this – no ripping of paper, no crinkling, no pulling of ink off the paper, and it wasn’t even bad for showing up fingerprints considering how much handling the pieces had while shaping and then sticking together.  It’s not as if I left it dry for ages on the cutting mat before I started handling the flower pieces (or anything else in my testing), I put things straight on my scanner from the printer, and straight to cut from there, and again into the scanner before taking all the pieces off the cutting mat.

As the finished flowers are dimensional I can’t actually put them on the scanner to scan an image to show you here.  But you will see the resulting flowers displayed on a card in the last section of this post.

Information: The files I’ve used to put together this test were:  Nesting Flowers by Claire Norman and Backgrounds: Navy Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels by Emma Winnell and Ivory Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics by Emma Winnell.

Test 6
Dark silhouettes and cutting out photographic decoupage

106c Screen Dump  206c Scan after printing and cutting  306c Screen Dump after cutting and removing from mat  406 Screen Dump closeup  506 Screen Dump very closeup

  1. This is a screen dump of the file I’d created.  I put three copies of my own photograph on the page in Silhouette Studio and put cutting lines in for the whole flower, for some of the petals, and for just the stamens.  I took two of the silhouettes and also put in cutting lines.  This was made as a Print & Cut file.
  2. This is a scan of the A4 page after I’d printed it out and put it through the Cameo and cut it.
  3. This is a scan of the pieces after removing them from the cutting mat.
  4. A closeup of two of the layers of the flower cut out.
  5. A closeup of the silhouette tree.  First time I’d noticed the dusty look of a cut layer.  Not sure whether this could be to do with the material in the core of the paper (if it’s a very chalky core it could ware the blade of the cutting machine out quicker, but for this quality end cuts it would probably be worth using this paper even if it did have a chalky core).  Not absolutely perfect perhaps, but you would need to look pretty closely at the finished article to see anything other than a clean cut.

Information: The files I’ve used to put together this test were: The amaryllis photo is one of my own photographs; African silhouettes by Debra Jenkinson.

Test 7
Writing with Silhouette Pens and then cutting.

107 Banners - Pens  207 Banners - Pens - closeup01  307 Banners - Pens - closeup02  407 Banners - Pens - closeup03

  1. I set up a page of banners and corners in the Silhouette Studio software for this test, putting the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” (Welsh for Happy Birthday) in the banners.  The banner shapes and the flourish corners were all from Silhouette.  I then selected different lines and put different colours and types of Silhouette pens into the blade holder until I’d written everything I wanted, before finally putting the cutting blade in and setting the Cameo to cut around each shape.  I wasn’t totally happy with how the pens had written on the Craft Photo Paper, though I think one type of pen worked better than the other.
  2. On this greeting you can see the purple pen from the Silhouette Sketch Pens pack has worked much better than the gold pen from the Silhouette Sketch Pens – Metallics.
  3. The swirl corners were “written” only using the gold metallic pen and isn’t as good as I’d have liked.
  4. The blue text and purple outline on this are better.

Information: The files I’ve used to put together this test were:  Flourishes and banner outlines – designs from Silhouette site; Greetings wording – just typed up myself using fonts on my laptop.

While the results of this test were not all bad, using the pens on the Craft Photo Paper has certainly been the worse result I’ve had in everything I’ve thrown at the paper during my series of tests.  But there again, a “photo paper” isn’t exactly the type of surface you’d usually use pens on in the first place, so I won’t hold this little blip against a paper that has performed excellently in other tests.

Summery

Excellent paper!

“Crafty Bob’s A4 Premium Gloss Craft Photo Paper” has performed well in the tests I’ve thrown at it, producing excelent quality prints without having to resort to ink hungry “best” settings, and has worked well in my Cameo and cut cleanly.  As it works well at the standard Heavyweight Card setting in my Cameo it should also cut out with no problems in a CraftROBO.  At 200gsm weight, in my opinion, it isn’t heavy enough to make a base card out of (as a base card needs to be more substantial to support the weight of toppers and added embellishment), but it is a great weight for things like pyramage layers where you don’t want your layers to sag.  It may well be OK for a print, trim, fold, type quick card that you don’t intend to use further embellishment on – you’ll have to try that out for yourself.

I would certainly be more than happy to use this paper again in my crafting when I wanted printable glossy paper/lightweight card, whether for just printing out and then cutting by hand or for cutting out stuff in my Cameo.

Having had a look at the results I’ve had – What do you think?   Do you think it would be suitable for using in your crafting?  Why not give it a try for yourselves.  At only £2.49 + P & P for a pack of 20 it is reasonably priced, and if I’ve understood things correctly they post to locations beyond the UK, so if you live further afield you can also have it delivered to your door.

It would be nice if it was available in larger packs, or had a special deal for buying multi packs.

Also – a request to Crafty Bob – as I’m one who doesn’t like to have the same finish on all my cards, I think it’s now time to think about producing some mat printable card-stock of the same high quality, and possibly also one with a light sheen, and a printable iridescent card-stock, all of the same weight.  And I’d also like the same quality card at 250gsm or even 300gsm for projects where the base card is to printed off with a design and then toppers and embellishments put on top.

Cards :

Here are the cards I made using the bits I’ve cut out while testing Crafty Bob’s Paper.

1Review Card 04 02  2Review Card 05 02  3Review Card 06 02  4Review Card 03 02  5Review Card 03 03

  1. Topper from Test 1 – Circular Mother of Pearl Frames by June Young; Tea in the shade Original Watercolour painting by Pamela West.
  2. Mats from Test 2 and silhouettes from test 6 – Champagne Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics by Emma Winnell; Purple Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels by Emma Winnell;  Studio Oval Double Circle Mats by Angela Burk; African silhouettes by Debra Jenkinson.
  3. Aperture cut in background from Test 3 – One of the backgrounds from Someplace Backing Paper 2 by Carol Lepard; Cow Iris Folding Pattern by Margaret Jones
  4. Flowers from Test 4 and corners and greeting from Test 7 – FLOWERS 01 by Clive Couter.
  5. Closeup of flower showing dimension and corner piece.

1Review Card 01 02  2Review Card 01 04  3Review Card 02 01  4Review Card 02 03  5

  1. Greetings and mat from Test 2  and flowers from Test 5 – Champagne Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics by Emma Winnell; Purple Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels by Emma Winnell; Scalloped Oval Layers……Studio by Tina Fitch; Nesting Flowers by Claire Norman; Navy Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels by Emma Winnell; Ivory Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics by Emma Winnell.
  2. Closup showing how the flowers have not been damaged by shaping either forwards or backwards using a bone folder, and they hold their shape nicely because of the weight of the paper.
  3. Mat from Test 2 and flower from Test 6 – Purple Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels by Emma Winnell;  Scalloped Oval Layers……Studio by Tina Fitch; Flower is my own copyright as I grew and took the picture of this flower.
  4. Closeup that once again shows how well a cut piece has responded to being worked with a bone folder for dimension, and is holding that dimension well.

Hope you like my creations!

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CUP Update:  

Merchandise –  Other than the Craft Photo Paper CUP have a small number of other items in their Merchandise section.  Have a look – here – to see what they’ve got at the moment.

CUP TV –  There are now well over 100 episodes of CUP TV up on the Internet.  CUP TV is where designers have the chance to demonstrate how to make up their cards, and give hints and tips.  You can have a look at the list of the – 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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Love Is In The Air

 Posted by at 05:12 pm
Feb 192012
 

I’ve just made a new card that I’d like to enter in a few challenges as follows:

Here’s the card:

Love is in the Air 04

This is how I made it:

I’m really into playing with my new Silhouette Cameo at the moment, so this card is made using lots of elements written and cut with that machine.

I took a cutting file design “Butterflies – Embellishments – Studio” by  Ann Smith and cut the top layers of various butterflies with flourishes out of holographic silver paper (a bit difficult to photograph to show the real shine of these paper wings, especially in today’s light).  I cut the bottom butterfly layers out of red Satin Board.

I then set about creating the other elements on the card.  The flowers are made using die-cut flower layers (that I’d bought from somewhere at some point in the past), into which I snipped with scissors between each petal.  I used a Glitter Girl’s embossing tool to shape the flower leaves before sticking three different sized layer flowers together using Paper Flower Expert Glue, pushing into the centre with the ball tool while the glue caught to give the flower shape.

I then did some playing around in my Silhouette Studio software with elements that either came free with the software or I’d got from the Silhouette Online Store and downloaded directly into the software.  I took a heart shape and put several copies on my page, resizing them a bit so that they were not all the same.  I then typed in the words for Love in several different languages into the hearts (Cariad is Welsh for Love).  I measured across a circle of the flowers I’d made and made a circular mat shape from an irregular/deckle edge circle, placing two smaller circles inside.  I used two rectangular shapes, again with an irregular/deckle edge, into mats that were nearly the size of an A4 card front.  Into the smaller of these shapes I dotted around lots of flourishes at different angles and sizes as a background.

I used the same red Satin Board as I’d used for the butterflies for cutting the largest rectangular mat out of.  I used an iridescent paper that has a golden sheen for first writing on with a red Silhouette Sketch Pen, and then cutting out the shapes.  I roughly went around the outside of the hearts and circle with a red ink pad to pick up the edges so that they’d stand out from the background.

I made my base card by scoring and folding an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock to make an A4, tent fold, base card.

I then simply built up my card from the prepared elements, using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick on the circle, and using Pinflair Glue Gel to stick on all the other elements.  I used silver coloured thread between the butterflies and the hearts as trails.

I hope you like it.

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(Please note!  – You should find a box below to leave a comment, but due to the fact that I’ve had some problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog I now moderate all comments before they go live.  Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Cards Made Mid-February

 Posted by at 05:47 pm
Feb 172012
 

Just a small number of cards and one wall plaque to show you this time.  They look intricate, but you’ll notice that the cutting has mostly been done using my new toy, the Silhouette Cameo.  As far as cutting goes this machine is really top notch, managing to cut intricate designs out of everything from vellum (as seen on one of the layers on card 2 and the top layer of some of the butterflies on card 3 and 4), all the way through to textured metallic card-stock such as the panel on card 3.  And all with the added bonus of being able to create any design or shape you want to cut out of in the software.  Expect more experimenting over the next few months I think.

 Cards and More:

(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 usually has a longer description of how I made the item.)

1cup163545_262 - card02 - Guitar  2cup197967_1033 - card02 - Ribbon Border Edger  3cup238033_379 - card05- Studio Spiral Toppers1 & Mats  4Shades of Blue 02

  1.  Guitar by Silvia Griffin (I didn’t feel up to cutting out the aperture by hand so set a file up a file to cut it out in my Silhouette Studio so that I could cut the aperture in an oval mat out using my Cameo.  After that it was an easy job to lay out the paper strips – I had a pack of silver ones ready cut for iris folding use – and I used a roller glue pen to stick them in place.  With an iris folding design like this being a mm out in positioning the paper strips isn’t too obvious, but I do try and get them into the correct location and use one of those reverse tweezers to hold some of the smaller pieces while trying to get them to line up with the pattern beneath the aperture.  I use a pokey tool to position the music notes and treble clef peel-offs.)
  2. Ribbon Border Edger by Claire Norman and Scalloped Layered Full Letter Alphabet by Tina Fitch (This isn’t a card, but rather a wall plaque with an initial to hang over a little boy’s bed.  Because of its intended recipient I didn’t want a fussy design so just used gold coloured cards and vellum in different textures, and a brown ribbon to make it up after cutting in my Cameo.)
  3. Studio Spiral Toppers1 & Mats by Angela Burke and Flourish Butterflies – Embellishments – Studio by Ann Smith (Another card where all the pieces were cut out using my Cameo.  Two different gold cards for the topper and mat, and Satin Board and vellum for the butterflies.  On this card I used the largest butterflies as a focal point embellishment.)
  4. Lady of the Lake Toppers by Rebecca Brindley and Flourish Butterflies – Embellishments – Studio by Ann Smith (For this card I used the smaller butterflies that I’d cut out using my Cameo as added embellishment to a card that I made using just one of the many toppers on the topper sheet.  The topper itself was hand cut, but it was just four straight cuts, so nothing difficult.)

Please remember to check back every now and then as I try to put up a post of my crafting efforts several times a week.

CUP Update:  

Crafty Bob’s Crazy 5 Minute Game – It looks like Crafty Bob’s Crazy 5 Minute Game is causing a bit of stir.  It has been the topic of discussion in more than one thread on Craftforums lately.

Crafty Bob’s Bingo –  We are now playing for four corners and the centre in game 76 in the bingo game. Like the Crazy 5 Minute game, you just need to be a craftsUprint customer at some time to join 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.)

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

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Thank You Very Much To Those Of You Who’ve Left Comments On My Various Blog Posts
I really appreciate the nice things you’ve said about my crafting efforts.

(Please note!  – Due to the fact that I’ve had occasional problems with Spam/advertising posts that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my blog I now moderate all comments before they go live.  Genuine comments will go live when I’ve checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Shades of Blue

 Posted by at 03:38 pm
Feb 162012
 

I’ve decided to enter one of my cards into a couple of challenges:

Shades of Blue 02

When I saw the title “Shades of Blue” I remembered a digital topper sheet I had that I thought would be suitable (Lady of the Lake Toppers by Rebecca Brindley) .  I put in a sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card to print this onto, but was having a “bit of a moment” and put it in upside down, so it’s printed out on the back rather than on the iridescent side I was aiming for.  Never mind.  Decided that, as it still looked good, I wouldn’t waste ink to re-print on the other side.  I chose a blue “duo” card to make the base card from, and used strips I’d trimmed off as a half mat, using the back colour, bottom and left, behind the topper size I’d chosen.  The Greeting (Penblwydd Hapus is Welsh for Happy Birthday) is written using a blue pen in my Cameo machine.  The butterflies were cut out, also with my Cameo, out of two shades of blue Satin Board and some vellum.  The layers were mixed and matched and attached using glue gel, after giving some curving for dimension to the wings. (The butterflies were cut using cutting file Flourish Butterflies – Embellishments – Studio by Ann Smith)

Hope you like my card (and hope I’ve got all the rules right and got the details right for the challenge entries as well – having a bit of a brain fog few days so there’s no telling if what I think I’ve read is actually what is written on the challenge pages.)

Feb 122012
 

Something a little bit different this time –

and before I start – please don’t think that there’s nothing in this post for you if you don’t have a Cameo and have no interest in having one – If you make cards then you may well be interested in how well any image on screen transfers to Crafty Bob’s paper when printing, or if you have another digital cutting machine (especially the CraftROBO or earlier Silhouette machine) – you could expect similar results.

So – what’s this post all about – well ….

Crafty Bob has sent me some of his special “Crafty Bob’s A4 Premium Gloss Craft Photo Paper” to try out in my new Cameo to see how well it works and then write a review.  The paper arrived in the post Thursday and I set to putting it through its paces to see how it would perform when printing designs and then cutting out using the Cameo.

But I’m not going to just “write a review” though – I decided that, as us crafters judge by looking, I’d just make a photographic record of my trial so that you can judge for yourself.

Obviously I was going to use digital downloads I’d bought via craftsUprint, Crafty Bob’s home, to do my testing, and use a variety of different style of material – some bought in as cutting files, some as print & cut, and some other downloads I’d set up my own cutting files to work with them for ease of cutting when I’m having “bad” days or that are beyond my cutting even on my “good” days.

I’ve decided that for my initial testing I’ll give you small screen dumps of the digital designs I’m working with in each case (well I’m obviously not going to upload copies of the original, high quality, designs, as these images are just here to show you what I’m working with, not for downloading and use – if you like anything you see then you’ll find links to the location where you can get the originals in the “Information” area at the bottom of each test section).  This means that you’ll have a reference as far as initial colours are concerned.

Then I’ll scan in all resulting items on my all-in-one printer/scanner, so that there’s no different lighting conditions or photograph angles to contend with.

Review:

Well the first thing I needed to do was think about what things I’d usually want to “Print & Cut” in my digital/electronic cutting machine, what sort of things I may print off as backgrounds and then cut shapes out of the background, and what would be real tests for the paper.

Test 1

I decided to start with one of the Print & Cut sheets I’d designed myself, using some Designer Resources I’d bought via craftsUprint, because the cutting was confined to straight edges and circular layers.  Let’s start simple I thought!

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

101C Design - Screen Dump Original Design in Silhouette Studio  201C Design - Scan of Design Printed Out via Silhouette Studio  301C Design - Scan of Design Printed Out After Cutting Out with Cameo  401C Design - Scan of Design Printed Out After Cutting Out with Cameo and removed from cutting mat

501C Design - Scan of Design Printed Out After Cutting Out with Cameo and removed from cutting mat close up  601 Design - Scan of Design Printed Out After Cutting Out with Cameo and removed from cutting mat very close up

 (I haven’t done any image manipulation in any image manipulation software as far as colour, sharpness, etc., is concerned – the only thing I’ve done is some cropping off of the background areas and resizing the images.)

  1. This first image is a screen dump of the file, after I’d designed the card front in one of my graphics programs, imported it into Silhouette Studio and set up the cutting lines.  I used Designer Resources to create this card front with circular pyramage design.
  2. The second image is of the design scanned in after I’d printed it out onto a sheet of Crafty Bob’s paper using my HP Photosmart Premium C309g-m (original manufacturer’s inks) at settings: Photo Printing – with white borders; Paper type: Other photo papers; Print quality: Best.
  3. This third image may look the same, and it is, except that I’d scanned it in after cutting out the lines with my Silhouette Cameo.  I put the settings to: Cardstock (Heavy – 80 lb),  but then adjusted the blade setting up to 4.
  4. Here you can see the same design, but after pulling off the waste paper and gently removing the design pieces from the cutting mat.  I’ve put them against a black background to see if there are any white bits or separating of photo paper layers to be seen – It all actually looks fine to me.
  5. This is a closeup of one of the layers with a white and a black background behind it for you to judge for yourself how well you think the Cameo has managed to cut out the circular layer.
  6. This is a real closeup of the edge.

Information: The files I’ve used to put together this test were: Circular Mother of Pearl Frames by June Young and Tea in the shade Original Watercolour painting by Pamela West.

Test 2

Next I thought I’d go a bit more challenging.  If I wanted some ornate mats in colours that go with a design I’m working on but don’t have cardstock that match, I may well want to print out co-ordinating or neutral backgrounds and then cut out the fancy mat layers out of these printed background sheets. So I chose two different cutting files with slightly different edge designs, together with a light and dark backgrounds to work with for this test.

Dark colour:

102C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 01  202C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 01 - Scan after printing  302C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 01 - Design For Cutting  402C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 01 - Scan after cutting

502C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 01 - Scan after cutting and removing from cutting mat   602C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 01 - Scan after cutting and removing from cutting mat close up   702 Mats from Backgrounds - Background 01 - Scan after cutting and removing from cutting mat very close up

Light colour:

102C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 02  202C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 02 - Scan after printing  302C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 02 - Design For Cutting  402C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 02 - Scan after cutting

502C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 02 - Scan after cutting and removing from cutting mat   602C Mats from Backgrounds - Background 02 - Scan after cutting and removing from cutting mat close up   702 Mats from Backgrounds - Background 02 - Scan after cutting and removing from cutting mat very close up

Same process for both colours, but chose different mats from the cutting files, so the second one contains more of the plain layers but also contains a cut out greeting.  Images for both Dark and Light test are as follows:

  1. Screen dump of background from my computer screen.
  2. Scan of background after printing out (same printer and settings as for Test 1).
  3. The layers from the two different cutting files separated out and put into Silhouette Studio software ready to cut from each colour.
  4. Background after cutting out in Cameo using same settings as previously.
  5. Layers as they were cut out after removing from cutting mat. (unfortunately I was a bit heavy handed with removing the waste paper from around the purple layers and yanked off one of the circles off one of the mats.  Should have slowed down and teased the background off with my silhouette tool rather than just yanking – never mind, nothing that a flower or bow won’t cover up!)
  6. Closeup of one of the layers.
  7. Even closer look at one of the layers.

Information: The files I’ve used to put together this test were:  Backgrounds – Champagne Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics by Emma Winnell and Purple Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels by Emma Winnell; Cutting files – Studio Oval Double Circle Mats by Angela Burke and Scalloped Oval Layers……Studio by Tina Fitch.

Test 3

So far, so good, I thought.  Now for something else I occasionally do.  Print a background on the front of the card-stock, and print an iris-folding design that I’d set up to cut via my digital cutting machine on the back.  This tests the printing quality on the back, to see whether it’s good enough for the “eye” to pick up the registration marks, and also tests whether putting the printed, front, of the cardstock down on the cutting mat would damage the printed image.  For this test I also decided to change the print settings back to the standard settings – “General Everyday Printing” and leave Paper type at Automatic and Print quality at Automatic.  I also decided to turn the blade setting back to 3, as I thought that the Cameo should be able to cut 200gsm weight card at the standard “Cardstock (Heavy – 80 lb)” without putting the blade any deeper.

103C Design - Cow Iris Folding - Background  203C Design - Cow Iris Folding - Background scan after printing  303C Design - Cow Iris Folding - Iris Folding Design  403C Design - Cow Iris Folding - Iris Folding Design after printing

503C Design - Cow Iris Folding - Iris Folding Design after cutting   603 Design - Cow Iris Folding - Iris Folding Design after cutting very close up

  1. Screen dump of background to be printed on the glossy, front, of the card.
  2. Scan of the background after printing.
  3. Screen dump of the iris folding design to be printed on the back of the card.
  4. Scan of the iris folding design after printing.
  5. Scan of the cow aperture after sticking the card, background downwards, on the cutting mat and cutting out from the back. Looks like a good cut to me, even though the glossy finish layer of the paper was down towards the cutting mat, and not upward facing.
  6. Closeup of the only little bit of picture damage I found.

Although I’ve not had my Cameo for a fortnight, I have done a lot of cutting, so the mat isn’t nearly as tacky as it was when I first used it.  I don’t think I’d put the glossy, printed, side anywhere near a brand new cutting mat.  I’ll keep an older mat for doing this technique any time I need to.  Not that it’s likely to be something that’s done daily, unless you do a lot of iris folding and want to set up cutting files for them for days when I can’t do any cutting by hand.

Information: The files I’ve used to put together this test were: One of the backgrounds from Someplace Backing Paper 2 by Carol Lepard and Cow Iris Folding Pattern by Margaret Jones which I’d set up a cutting file for to save me having to cut out by hand.

Test 4

OK.  Time for a design that I bought as a Print & Cut design from CUP. A whole sheet of photo real flowers which have very serrated edges.

104C Design - Flowers Print & Cut  204C Design - Flowers Print & Cut after printing  304C Design - Flowers Print & Cut after printing after cutting  404C Design - Flowers Print & Cut after printing after cutting off cutting mat and some shaping

  1. This is a screen dump of the design as it appears on my screen within the Silhouette Studio software.
  2. This is a scan of the page after printing out.  As per test 3, I stick to General Everyday printing settings.
  3. This is a scan of the whole sheet of flowers after cutting out (again I stuck to the same cutting settings as I used for test 3).  These are all still laying on the cutting mat but I’ve lifted and removed the waste paper from between the flowers.
  4. These are two sets of the flowers scanned in.  The four on the white background are just lifted from the cutting mat with my Silhouette Universal Spatula and the four on the black background I’ve lifted and tried to give some gentle shaping to with my fingers.

Information: The file I used to put together this test was: FLOWERS 01 by Clive Couter.

Test 5

Those of you who’ve seen any of my cards with flowers on will realise that I don’t tend to use them flat, I like to give them some shaping to give really dimensional flowers, so this is going to be a real test for the paper.

105C Design - Flowers set up  205C Design - Flowers after cutting

  1. I put the two backgrounds onto the A4 area in my silhouette Studio software and printed it out using the same settings as for Tests 3 and 4.  I then dotted on several copies of layers from three different flower types.  This is a screen dump of the resulting cutting file.
  2. This is a scan of all the flowers after cutting them out of the printed backgrounds.  I’ve taken the waste paper away and just left the flowers in place on the cutting mat.

Information: The files I’ve used to put together this test were:  Nesting Flowers by Claire Norman and Backgrounds: Navy Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Gorgeous Jewels by Emma Winnell and Ivory Satin from 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics by Emma Winnell.

Oh Dear! Just realised how long this blog post has got.  I’m going to stop now and continue in another post on another day. Please check back again to see the results of Test 5.  Test 6 – using the Silhouette Sketch Pens with the paper.  Plus, of course, I’ve got to show you some of the cards I’m in the process of making from all these bits and pieces I’ve been busy cutting out.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – The big news in the latest mailer (sent out 10th February) is that Crafty Bob, and his Tombola, will be at the SECC Glasgow Show between March 8th and the 11th.  This is great news for his fans in the north.  Read all about it – here.  There’s also some fun new 3d pop out word cards by the fantastic designer Carol Clarke, a showcase of some of the Platinum designers work, and much more.

 

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

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

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Some More Of My Cards

 Posted by at 10:33 pm
Feb 092012
 

Gwyneth GeorgeFirstly, I’d like to say thank you very much for visiting my blog.  Hope you enjoy looking at what I’ve been making.

Secondly, I’d like to say a big Thank You Very Much to those who’ve left comments on my previous blog posts.  If you’d like to leave a comment on any of my blog posts you should find a comment box at the bottom of the page, but if there isn’t then there should be the word “Comment” as a link just below the end of the post that you can click on which should bring up the page where the comment box is at the bottom.

(Just a note so you know –  Due to having occasional problems with Spam/advertising posts, that are absolutely nothing to do with the content of my posts, I now moderate all comments before they go live.)

I’ve been playing around some more with cutting out on my Cameo the last few days, as well as doing some digital designing using Designer Resources bought from craftsUprint.  I’ve also been doing a little project doing a trial using some of Crafty Bob’s special paper in my Cameo.  The results of my testing should be appearing in my blog over the next few days so keep your eyes open for that.

 Cards:

(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 usually has a longer description of how I made the item.)

This first batch is made using my new Cameo.

1cup182423_379 - card02 - Studio Oval Double Circle Mats  2cup294216_1577 - card03 - morning glory over the edge card gsd file  3cup295481_1415 - card01 - Shaped Daffodil Note Card Studio-WPC  4cup295482_1415 - card02 - Iris Shaped Note Card Studio-WPC

  1. Studio Oval Double Circle Mats by Angela Burke (This is a very detailed cutting file, but looks fantastic.  I used various sized layers not only as matting and layering behind a simple bunch of 3 paper flowers from a Glitter Girls Flower Box.  The main card is made from Satin Board from C & C, and the two shades of mats and layers out of Pearlescent cardstock, also from C & C.)
  2. Morning glory over the edge card by Lyn Simms (The main card is cut from Centura Pearl Snow White, the butterfly out of Satin Board.  The blue background is Silk Art card, and the card is simply embellished with some peel-offs and sticky back gems.  I have to say that my Cameo is cutting these intricate designs very cleanly.)
  3. Shaped Daffodil Note Card by Rae Carr (A very minimalist card.  Just print and cut both the outside and the insert, fold both into shape, and stick the insert inside.  One greetings peeloff – “Dymuniadau Gorau” – Welsh for “Best Wishes” – on the outside, and that’s it.  Sometimes a quick card is needed when my hands are totally not working, so a design like this is a handy thing to have in my digital library.)
  4. Iris Shaped Note Card by Rae Carr (Another minimalist card, made like the previous card.)

This second batch has been built up using Designer Resource bought via CUP.

1cup290677_1514 - card05 - 11 sheets of A4 Background Papers blues and lilacs  2cup291028_11 - card01 -  Elegant Gold Alphabet  3cup291028_11 - card03 -  Elegant Gold Alphabet  4cup291028_11 - card04 -  Elegant Gold Alphabet

  1. 11 sheets of A4 Background Papers blues and lilacs by Jacqueline Hatton and 10 Cream and White Borders by Alison Roots (I made a card front using two designs from the backgrounds and two strips of the same border.  The topper is a digi-stamp out of the Daisy & Friends CD-ROM by Joanna Sheen.  I cut this out as an oval topper using my Cameo and coloured it in using Pro-markers.)
  2. Elegant Gold Alphabet by Carol Lepard and 11 sheets of A4 Background Papers blues and lilacs by Jacqueline Hatton (This is an A4 card made by scoreing and folding an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock.  The greetings panel on this has been made the focal point of the card by creating a large panel from one of the backgrounds and laying on the letters for “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – out of the Elegant Gold Alphabet.  It’s been printed onto the Tesco Value Glossy Photo Paper.  The flowers have been made by punching out two different flower shapes, using Tonic Petal Pairs punches, out of a paler background from the same kit that had been printed onto Super Smooth white card.)
  3. Closeup of top left corner of card 2.
  4. Closup of the “Hapus” from the centre of the main panel on card 2.

1cup91042_692 - card02 - Circular Mother of Pearl Frames.jpg  2cup290675_1514 - card02 - 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers yellows and blues

  1. Tea in the shade Original Watercolour painting by Pamela West and Circular Mother of Pearl Frames by June Young (The actual Tea in the Shade image is rectangular, but for this card I cropped it into a circular topper in my graphics package and added the circular frame.  I also made some circular pyramage layers to build up on the card once the sheet was printed out.)
  2. 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers yellows and blues by Jacqueline Hatton (The only bits on this card that isn’t based on this kit of backgrounds are the leaves, which are die-cut leaves from my crafty stash. The card front was built up using two of the c0-ordinating flower backgrounds from the kit, and also two smaller panels of the palest background in the kit.  The flower decorations are another of the flower backgrounds printed out onto Super Smooth white card and then punched out using a daisy Tonic punch, trying to get the blue flower centre in the center of the punch each time.  This gave flowers with a blue centre, yellow inner petals going to white at the outside of every petal.  I shaped each petal before sticking on with glue gel.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – It’s the craftsUprint Platinum Designers (the designers who have sold 10,000+ items via CUP) who are having some of their work showcased in the mailer sent out by CUP HQ on Wednesday, 8th February.  There’s also lots of other news, including news of some of the travelers amongst the craftsUprint family of designers and crafters and where they are now.  You can have a read of the mailer 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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