First Post Of February

In my last blog post I showed you a tray with lots of bits I’d cut out earlier in the week using my brand new Silhouette Cameo.  I’ve not used all the pieces yet, but I’ve got the pictures and details of some of my creations to show you today.

Cards and More Papercrafting:

Cards, a box to go with one of them, and some bunting make up my paper-crafting of yesterday and today.

(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.)

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  1. This tractor was a cutting file download from the Silhouette design shop site, but, rather than cut the pieces out from lot of different coloured card-stock and paper-piece together, I decided to digitally colour in the pieces and put in an offset cutting line outside the whole design.  I then sent it to my printer before cutting out in my Cameo.  For this card I use two colours of Coredinations from the Nostalgia pack.  The pale blue “sky” layer was cut out with a wavy edge, as was the main dark green “grass” layer, but then, after sticking on the tractor, I tore a strip of the green to give it a rough edge and used my scissors to “feather” the edge before sticking it in front of the tractor.
  2. The base cardstock for the card was an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card, so I used an A3 sheet of the same cardstock for this gift box.  Scored using my Hougie Board.  I wanted to keep the decoration on the box matching but not as decorated as the card so simply put on a tractor image and the front grass layer.
  3. I designing the bunting, triangular, shape and putting in the round holes was easy in the Silhouette Studio software.  I made them of a size that four would fit on an A4 sheet.  The backgrounds were four of the ones from 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers yellows and blues by Jacqueline Hatton.  These were printed onto Super Smooth white card and then placed in my Cameo for cutting.  (I think I need to tweak my settings for this type of card as it wasn’t quite as clean a cut as everything else I cut that day.)  I typed the letters I wanted into another page in Silhouette Studio, re-sized them and unlinked them so that I could space them out before creating an offset layer.  The original, inside layer, was drawn in blue ink using a pen in the Cameo before I changed it for the cutting blade.  These were cut out of 160gsm heavyweight paper. I then simply stuck my letters to the bunting shapes.
  4. I used another sheet of the A4 Centura Pearl Snow White as a base card for this card, simply scored with my Hougie Board and folded in half.  The decoration on the card was all made using two different pieces of cardstock.  The purple card is from a pack of Bold coloured A4 Satin Board, and the “golden” card is some Super Smooth white card printed with one of the designs in 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Marvelous Metallics by Emma Winnell.  The cutting files I used for the card were – Ballroom Dancers by Claire Norman, Lattice scalloped squares by Sue Bryant and Nesting Flowers by Claire Norman.  I also designed my own frame and mat shape which I cut and used as a base for the design and as a “window frame” that the lattice squares were stuck to as “windows”.
  5. The base card was cut out from another sheet of the purple A4 Satin Board as I used in the previous card.  The card template is Scalloped Border Card by Rae Carr.  I used 3 sheets of A4 Metallic Medley Vellum to decorate the card.  The darkest sheet I used as apage behind the scalloped border to highlight the cut, and also as the largest mat, which I’d cut with a wavy edged trimmer.  The lightest sheet I used to cut the smallest mat out of, making it around 1cm smaller than the larger mat in each direction and, again, cutting it with the wavy edged trimmer.  The third, middle toned sheet I’d chosen I used to cut out some Fancy Spiral Flowers by Ann Smith in two different sizes. As well as shaping and gluing these flowers in shape after cutting them out, I also used some purple flowers from my crafty stash to decorate the card.  I think that these came out of a Glitter Girls flower box.

I’ve still got the keys I’ve cut left to craft with, and also an aperture for an Iris Folding design I want to make up.


Having knitted my fingerless gloves with the matching hat and scarf, I still had a bit of the yarn left over.  So I made a further scarf with the rest of the yarn.  You can see the gloves and hat I made for myself – here – and the first scarf – here.

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This scarf is a bit narrower and shorter – just right for a child.  The second photo is a closeup of this scarf.  It’s got a fleck of silver in it, but that hasn’t come up well in the photo.  The yarn details are in the first post.

CUP Update:  

CUP Newsletter Mailer – A copy of the E-mail sent out by the CUP team on Wednesday, 1st February, can be seen by clicking – hereSandie Burchell has come up with a new card concept that look stunning.  There’s designs by CUP Silver designers being showcased.  Plus lots more, so please do click through to have a look.


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

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