Mar 302012
 

In my post “Crafting Mid March”, posted on the 17th of March, (click – here – to see this post), I said that I had indeed remembered to make my mother a Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, card, but I couldn’t show it to you at the time because I’d entered it into a competition where the entries were made anonymously.  Well the competition has now closed (see results below), so what I’ve got to show you today is the card and the box that held a little gift of chocolates to go with it.  The card took a long time to plan out and even longer to make, but I look on it as a “labour of love”, as I wanted something really special for my mother.  Thankfully, she thinks it is stunning.

Mother’s Day Card and Box:

Please click on the thumbnail images to have a look at a larger image in each case, as the thumbnail images just do not give a true feeling for the card.

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  1. Digital designs bought from CUP:
    cup297266_596 – Scalloped Layered Full Letter Alphabet…GSD; cup57481_359 – Gingham Backing Papers kit
    Equipment:
    Hougie Board and Pokey Tool; Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine; Silhouette Universal Hook, Scraper and Universal Spatula; Tonic Petite Petal Pairs Punches; Scissors; Paper trimmer; Ball tool; Printer
    Other Digital Designs:
    such as leaves are part of package that came with Cameo
    Consumables:
    A3 Centura Pearl Snow White; A4 Red Satin Board; Silhouette White sticky back vinyl; Transfer Paper; Acetate; Foam Tape; Finger lift tape; Glue Gel; Several sheets of super smooth white card 250gsm; Background and silhouette peel offs from my non-CUP crafting stash and digital items (of which, admittedly, I have a lot! LOL)
    Method:
    I printed out four colours from Gingham Backing Papers kit onto Super smooth white card.
    Then I used the Alphabet cutting file, with my Cameo, to cut out the three layers of each of the letters to make up the word “MAM” from three of the colours, and cut out leaves from the green.
    I used the left over bits of card from cutting the letter layers to punch out a variety of small flower shapes using my Tonic punches.
    I cut out a lattice/trellis from white, sticky back vinyl.  The diamond shaped pieces of vinyl between the trellis were hooked out one by one off the backing sheet, leaving only the trellis in place.  This took ages.  I then used the transfer paper and scraper to move the lattice left behind to the acetate.
    I scored the A3 sheet of card and then folded in half to make an A4 base card.
    I trimmed the red Satin Board to make it a little smaller and attached it to the card front using double sided fingerlift tape.
    I trimmed a scenic background, that I’d printed onto Super Smooth card, to be a little smaller again and attached this to the front of the red card.  I put on some silhouette stickers of trees and branches onto the background at strategic places, rubbing well into place.
    The acetate was then trimmed using scissors to the outer edge of the vinyl frame.
    I then used a double layer of 2mm deep foam tape to attach this to the front of my prepared card.
    I cleared the letter layers of any bits that were remaining landlocked within the design with a hook, and then built them up, the base layer of each letter being stuck directly to the acetate “trellis window” using glue gel, and the other layers attached using 2mm deep foam tape.
    I used a ball tool on each of the leaves of the foliage I’d cut out, to give them shape, before I stuck them to the front of the card, top right and bottom left. A bit time consuming I know, but I prefer a dimensional effect so was willing to put a little time into it.  I like the dappled shade effect that using the gingham green paper rather than a solid green colour gives the leaves.
    I intertwined a variety of different colours, and different petal shapes, from the punched out flower layers and again used my ball tool to give them shape before attaching two to the letters M and the rest to the foliage at the bottom left of the card front.
    Something a bit different, but using very cheerful, spring colours.
    Not a quick and easy card to make, as even using the ball tool to do all the shaping of leaves and flowers made my hands quite sore and the jobs had to be done over several different sessions.  But the time and effort was worth it to make something special for my mother for the special day.  She really loved it and isn’t planning on taking it down from view any time soon.
  2. This is a view along the card to show you some of the dimensional elements that gave the card both height and texture.
  3. This was made from the same card-stock as the base card, A4 Centura Pearl Snow White.  Despite the colours being a bit brighter on this, the yellow and red gingham pattern used as topper layers are exactly the same colours as the bop and bottom layers of the letters on the card as well as some of the punched out flower layers.  Taken at a different time, in different lighting conditions the colours turned out differently in the photograph.

CUP Update:  

Card Making Competition Result –  My card came in number 21 out of 42 entries.  Funnily enough, the winner had also used one of Tina Fitch’s alphabet cutting files, but she’d put MUM, not MAM, on her card.  The winner was Anna Stretton.  Congratulations Anna.  And also congratulations to Helen Gomm and Kristina Norbat who came in 2nd and 3rd.  There were a lot of nice cards entered, but I’d got all three of these cards in my batch of favourites.  You can see the full result, together with links to look at the card each person entered by clicking – here.

Discount Code –  There’s still a 20% discount available until the end of the month for anybody who places an order on the craftsUprint site.  The instructions are “Simply type the word ‘MASSAGE‘ 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!”.

The “Massage” discount code expires 31st March 2012 at Midnight GMT.  So what are you waiting for?!

CUP Mailer – A new mailer was sent out today (Friday, 30th March).  Have a look at it – here – if you’ve not received yours in your inbox.

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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 Those Of You Who’ve Left Comments On Some Of My Blog Posts
I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.

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(Hi All – You should find a box below where you can leave a comment if you feel like it.  Comments are moderated but will go live as soon as I weed out the Spam, which I usually do a couple of times a day.)

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Further Crafting In March

 Posted by at 09:54 pm
Mar 282012
 

 I’d like to thank all of you who’ve been so kind as to leave comments on some of my previous blog posts.  I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.

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I finished off a small number of cards that an elderly neighbour had asked me to make for her to give to some members of the family, and they were collected yesterday (so only a few left to do for her for later in the summer now).  Two were just adding an insert and envelope and putting her chosen greetings inside and out, as she’d chosen a couple of cards from amongst what I’d already made, so you’ve already seen those.  But the third was for a youngster who can’t see, so it was another “touchy feely” card.  (You may remember that I won a prize back in November for making a “touchy feely” card that was to be sold by the RNIB to raise money – you can see that – here.).  Of course, the card I needed to make now wasn’t a Christmas card, but I did use some flock transfer elements from the same pack to make it.  I also used one of the Glitter Girls boards to add some raised texture to the card.  The rest of the cards I’ve got to show you today are quite simple ones just made using elements from a Hunkydory kit.

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Cards:

(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
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1Touchy Feely Order 01 02  2Touchy Feely Order 01 05

  1. For this card I embossed and cut around the largest shape on one side of the Glitter Girls Fanciful Embossing Board.  The sweeping curves means it was an easy shape to cut around.  For the front I embossed further layers inside the largest layer, including the two lines down the middle, and I did this out of a linen textured cardstock.  The back layer was made out of plain card-stock and left flat with no further embossed lines.  I bent the front at the two middle lines and put a strip of ultra strong (red backed) double sided tape down this narrow spine and attached it to the flat back piece.  These two sides come forward so that the card can stand up, but go back flat for delivery.  It fits into an 8″ square envelope once embellished.  I used hammered card for the second front layer, going over more of the inner embossing layers, including the one with dots, and again embossing down the two central lines.  Once cut out this layer was also folded at the central lines, had a strip of tape put down, shaped a bit, and stuck to the card front.  I decorated the card with a flock transfer row of flowers down the central line, a butterfly transfer on one side and a swirly pattern on the other.  I made paper flowers by punching out lots of layers of red paper using one of my Tonic, Petite Petal Pairs, punches, shaping them with the Glitter Girls ball tool and then putting three layers together before attaching to the front of the card.
  2. This is a closeup of one corner of the card to try and show the different textures between the different cardstocks, the embossing, flocked patterns and paper flowers.

1Hunkydory Collection 01 01  2Hunkydory Collection 02 02  3Hunkydory Collection 03 01  4Hunkydory Collection 04 01  5Hunkydory Collection 05 01

These cards are from the Hunkydory “For All Card Collections“.  Most are from the “For the Boys” section, but I can’t remember whether I picked one or two of the designs from the “For the Gentleman Collection” as well.  Well I did have the lot out on my bed to have a look because I was looking to replenish my stock of male cards, and I did make them on a lap-tray in bed while watching a program I’d recorded on the TV, so I just might have picked designs from either of the two sections.

Cutting Work For Tina Fitch:

I’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch lately.  This is a Print & Cut design of a back to front card I made for her and sent her the picture for use as an exemplar when she is selling the cutting file kit.  Where you can see through the back of the card and the “gates” are folded behind, to be viewed through the back when it’s standing up.

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  1. You can get the ordinary card kit that you print out and then cut out by hand here -> Wedding back to front card kit; The digital cutting machine “Print & Cut” kit that I’ve made can be seen here -> Wedding back to front card kit Print & Cut Studio.

*** I’ve been doing some other work for Tina during the last few weeks, so keep an eye
on my blog over the next week or so  for them to appear ***.

CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – A new mailer has been sent out by the team at CUP HQ today (March 28th).  You can see a copy – here – if you don’t get it delivered straight to your inbox.  Lots of card making designs for you to look at, and some pictures and snippets of news.

Discount Code –  Anybody who’s thinking about investing in some CUP designs – there’s a discount code available to save a whopping 20% off any order placed.  Simply type the word ‘MASSAGE‘ 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!  The “Massage” discount code expires 31st March 2012 at Midnight GMT.  So what are you waiting for?!  Click – here – to go to the site – and start shopping!

Card Making Competition – Come on all you CUP Designers and Registered Crafters who’ve not voted yet – if you’ve not had a good look at all the 42 entries yet – see  here – and then place your votes!  The winner is to be announced on the 30th of March so you need to vote before then.

*** As I said in my previous post – I have got an entry in and am not going to tell you which one
until after the voting finishes.  I’m sure that some will be able to work out which
one it is – guessing is half the fun isn’t it? and I’ve been busy guessing myself as I looked at
each and every card to pick out my favourites. (I’ll have to wait until after voteing finishes to
find out how right I was for those cards where the crafter hadn’t given themselves away
by using a card they’d previously uploaded to CUP.
)  It was only after picking out some
eight cards that I went to look at the design sheet or kit used to make each, to work out who’d
taken the CUP design and then put the most effort into their finished card, and thus
who got my votes – but you won’t find my entry card already up alongside a design
on CUP, so you needn’t bother looking – so come back to have a look at my blog after
the competition closes and you should find my card, together with the description of the
extensive work I did on it, up in a new blog post within a couple of days. ***

 

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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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More March Crafting

 Posted by at 11:48 pm
Mar 252012
 

I’ve got five cards from those I’ve made over the last two days to show you in this blog post.  I’ve used several Designer Resources from craftsUprint in this selection.  Please don’t think that, just because they are called “Designer Resources” that a card-maker or other papercrafter can’t use them.  The Designer Resources section on craftsUprint is a good source of digital material for a crafter who likes to do initial work in the digital medium before printing out and doing their paper crafting, rather than just accept a layout design as digitally created by somebody else all the time.  I’m sure that there are many card makers out there who, like me, sometimes just want to put something together quickly from die cut elements and pre-printed backgrounds, but who also sometimes want to get stuck into some initial designing to put elements together how we want.

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Cards:

(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.)

1cup54409_359 - card02 - ‘Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments - Shabby Summertime Colours  2cup57481_359 - card02 - Gingham Backing Papers kit  3cup59659_539 - card02 - Butterfly quick card front  4cup294246_796 - card02 - CU4CU Chunky Milk Chocolate Alpha Designer Resource  5cup307155_49 - card03 - perfect camelia pink 2 card sheet

  1. Baby Boom Pink by Jackie Mitchell; ‘Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments – Shabby Summertime Colours by Carol Clarke; 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers: pink, blue, lilac by Jacqueline Hatton (I took four of the elements from the baby boom kit, together with a ribbon from the twill ribbon kit and three of the backgrounds from the backgrounds kit  into one of my graphics programs. I then created a layout I was happy with, placing extra layers of the elements to one side to be added as decoupage layers. The finished design was printed onto Super Smooth white card and the pieces cut out. The little “baby” elements are quite easy to cut out because of their shape.  The base layer was stuck to the front of a base card made using pink Satin Board that I’d cut to the right size. The added layers were shaped and stuck in place using glue gel.)
  2. Baby Boom Blue by Jackie Mitchell; Gingham Backing Papers kit by Carol Clarke (I took some of the elements from the baby boom kit into one of my graphics programs, together with a couple of shades of gingham backing paper. I played around with the various pieces until I had a matted and layered look background, with some of the baby elements placed on these, and also put copies of the baby elements by the side to make extra layers to decoupage on. I then took the resulting design into my Silhouette Studio software and added cutting lines to make it a Print & Cut design. The design was printed onto Glossy Photo Paper and then cut out using my Silhouette Cameo, so no fiddly cutting at all as the machine does this. The base layer was stuck directly onto a mat of Adorable Scorable card-stock, and this matted image was stuck to the front of a slightly lighter base card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. The additional layers were gently shaped and then stuck on using glue gel.)
  3. Butterfly quick card front by Sharon Poore (I printed the design onto glossy photo paper and then cut out the pieces – minus the antennae for the extra butterflies as I just couldn’t cut those out, and seeing as they are on the base card in any-case I thought it would look better without my mangled antennae still attached. Without the antennae the butterflies are reasonably easy to cut out for somebody with mild problems with dexterity.  I then took a quickie glue pen and went over the swirls on the wings of each of the extra butterflies before dipping them in a tub of crystal glitter. I prepared a base card from Adorable Scorable card and trimmed it to a little larger than the base image, and stuck the image directly to the card. Once dry I gently folded the wings back and attached the butterflies to the card front using glue gel. I’ve left the card without a greeting for now as I’ll probably want to put a Welsh greeting on once I know who’s to receive the card and on what occasion. A really pretty design that’s sure to appeal to a butterfly lover.)
  4. Wood Frames by Carol Lepard; CU4CU Chunky Milk Chocolate Alpha Designer Resource by Karen MacKellar (I took one of the wooden frames from the frames kit, together with the letters D and A from the Alpha kit, into one of my graphics package and played around with the layout, adding some backgrounds, until I had a card front topper that I wanted. I also copied the frame and letters to make extra layers. The finished design was then taken into the Silhouette Studio software so that I could add cutting lines to make it into a Print & Cut file.  The design was then printed out onto glossy photo paper and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo, which meant that there was no issues with cutting out the frame and letter layers. I made a base A5 card using brown Adorable Scorable cardstock and onto this stuck a panel of bronze vellum, making sure that the finger-lift tape was not towards the edges but rather under the centre which would be covered. I then stuck my base topper layer on top of this. I finished the card off by sticking the extra layers of frame and letters in place using glue gel.)
  5. Step Card Scalloped Round Shape STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SVG by Rae Carr; Perfect camelia pink 2 card sheet by Sally McIntyre (I printed the Camellia sheet onto glossy photo paper and cut out the layers of one of the toppers. This cutting wasn’t especially intricate so not to difficult for somebody with mild dexterity problems.  I prepared the base card by cutting out the step card layers out of two shades of pink Adorable Scorable cardstock, folding into shape along the score lines and attaching the panels. The base layer of the image was attached to the scalloped centre of the base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I then built up the topper layers in order, attaching each in place using glue gel. I finished off by embellishing using a strip of fancy border peeloff. Isn’t it great to have two complete toppers, with dimensional layers, on one sheet – one sheet to buy, one sheet to print – two pretty cards out of it.)

CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – There have been further E-mails sent out by the team at CUP HQ since I last gave you the links, so if you want to have a read of the one sent out on Friday, 23rd March, then click – here. It’s the Silver designer’s work being showcased this time, from parchment to cutting files, from toppers to card fronts, there are a lot of designs to take a look at.  There’s also all sorts of other snippets from the CUP world, from a designer’s car to the crafter who missed a Crazy Five Minutes win because she was busy making cards.

Card Making Competition – the page is now open for CUP designers and crafters to place their votes in the March competition to make a handmade Mother’s Day card.  You can see all the entries up on the craftsUprint site – here.  There are 42 entries in this month’s competition, and Yes! I have got an entry in.  But, as usual, this is an anonymous competition, so I’m not telling you which card is mine until after the voting finishes – although you can have a good look at all the entries and see if you can guess which one is mine if you want.  The winner is to be announced on the 30th of March, so I’ll show you which is my card after that.

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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 Those Of You Who’ve Left Comments On Some Of My Blog Posts
I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.

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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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Spring Card

 Posted by at 04:54 pm
Mar 242012
 

I got out my ProMarkers out again for this card, choosing an image that I think has very much a “spring” theme to it.  I’d like to enter the card into two challenges:

Here’s the card:

cup300930_353 - card03 - Daffy Bunny Doodles Digital Stamp

This is how I made it:

I printed out background Greeen Sprigs Backing Paper by Sue Way onto 250gsm Super Smooth white card. I trimmed this, scored, folded in half and then used a corner rounder punch on the corners on the right hand side.  Onto this I put a strip of textured gold card cut with a wavy edged cutter down the centre.  I prepared a mat of the same card-stock as the base card, again rounding the corners with the same punch, and distressed the edges using the green end of a Waterfall Big and Juicy ink pad.  I printed out two copies of digi stamp Daffy Bunny Doodles Digital Stamp by Lee Jacobs onto the same type of card, making each a little smaller than A5 size.  I coloured in all of one of the images using my ProMarkers and cut it out around the outside outline.  The second image I only coloured in some of the daffodil, and cut it out as a layering element.  I gave my coloured in “Daffy Bunny” some dimension before sticking in place using glue gel, and used the same glue to stick on the second layer of the flower.

With grass in fields becoming a lusher colour of green, the daffodils in full bloom in our garden, and more rabbits being seen out in farmers fields and on the lanes in our area, I think that spring must definitely be here, so this card seemed apt for the theme.

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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Floral

 Posted by at 04:13 pm
Mar 242012
 

I made this card yesterday, playing around with a Designer Resource from CUP and then setting up my own Print & Cut file to cut out the flower background panel and the flower layers using my Silhouette Cameo, and I’d like to enter it into the challenge:

Here’s the card:

cup307342_656 - card02 - 5 Petal Layering Flower Template

This is how I made it:

I took one background and the layering flower template from the Designer Resource kit 5 Petal Layering Flower Template by Jackie Mitchell into one of my graphics programs and had a bit of a play around.  I reduced the background to make it a mat smaller than A5 in size.  The other half of my A4 desktop working area in the software I placed a yellow background to tone with the yellow centres of the flowers in the background.  Onto this yellow background I placed the layering flower template, re-sized to fit.  I saved the resulting design and took it into Silhouette Studio software where I put in all the cutting lines needed to make it into a Print & Cut file.  This was then printed out onto Super Smooth white card before being fed into my Silhouette Cameo to cut.  As I rather like the colour purple with yellow I decided to make a fancy mat of that colour to go behind my yellow flowers on my card.  The mat is cut out of glossy photo paper printed with the background design Sumptuous Satin Backing Paper – Purple by Emma Winnell cut using the file Studio Oval Double Circle Mats by Angela Burke.

I created the base card by scoring and folding a green, Satin Board, card in half and then using a punch to round the right hand corners.  The background mat was stuck directly to this with double sided tape.  The oval double circle mat was then put on top using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  As the background is green flowers with yellow centres, I turned this around for the floral toppers and put green centres of different sized sticky back gems onto each flower.  I also used my bone folder to shape each petal before the flowers were attached to the card front using glue gel.

Although these flowers are of slightly different sizes, so that they can be layered on top of each other to make more dimensional cards, for this one I decided to keep it simple and just put a spread of single layers over my purple mat.  In fact, to keep it simple I’ve not added any peel-offs, glitter, buttons, brads, ribbons, bows, inking, etc.

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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Jewellery and Knitting

 Posted by at 04:40 pm
Mar 212012
 

I haven’t made any more finished cards in the last few days, although I have bought a few card making items and printed out a few things I want to play with, so you should see some of them appearing in my next few posts.  What I have done is a few pieces of jewellery and finished a scarf, so please have a look at them.

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Jewellery:

Last week I decided to have a sort out of some of my jewellery making stuff, with the idea of getting back to jewellery making, which I haven’t done for a few months as I’ve been concentrating on other crafting projects.  I’d only got a few things out when a whole box of findings landed on the floor.  It was open on the table when it slipped off, so you can guess that the findings went everywhere.  Took a lot of picking up.  I know that the smallest pieces like the crimp beads, little spacer beads and small jump rings got picked up easily by my little bead vac, but all the head and eye pins, large clasps, etc., had to be picked up by hand.  Then there was the sorting back into the right compartments!  By the time I’d done all that I was exhausted and had to go back to bed, so no bead sorting got done.

Yesterday I decided to go back and try having a sort out again – Saw a pack of pink assortment acrylic beads and some stretch cord and decided to have a play.   Nothing particularly special, just a few bits of fun items, – but, once again, no sorting got done as by the time I realised it I’d made three bracelets and was once again exhausted.  So I still need to get back and do a bit of sorting of what I’ve got, as I’ve been tempted by some more beads, two assortments of glass beads in fact.  So really do need to sort out my jewellery bits before they arrive.

In the meantime – here are the items I created yesterday:

1Bracelet Set 01 03  2Bracelet Set 01 04  3Bracelet Set 01 05  4Bracelet Set 01 06  5Bracelet Set 01 02

  1. All these items have been made on stretch jewellery cord.  This one I picked out a few of the “flower” beads from the kit and put “in-line” with the other beads
  2. On this one I picked out a few of the “heart” beads, but this time took the elastic out through each heart, through a small bead, then back through the heart and the preceding bead, so that the hearts hang as charms out side the bracelet.
  3. For this one I just chose beads that were the same size and style, but in two different colours, and threaded them every other bead.  This is the largest of the bracelets.  I’ve made them different sizes for different people.
  4. This was my play on making an elasticated bead ring from some beads from the same kit.
  5. This picture shows all four items so that you can see their relative size.

Knitting:

I’ve now finished the ruffled scarff I showed you the work in progress of back in my last post on the 17th (here).  I’ve also made the first panel of a thick throw I’m working on.  2nd panel is already on my loom and a few rows knitted, so have a look at the yarn I’m using for the throw.  I’ve bought several skeins so it will take a lot of time to make enough panels to stitch together into a big throw, but I may have a break for smaller projects in between doing the throw panels for a change every now and then.

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  1. This finished scarf is very ruffled.  It’s a nice length to wear with a jacket and the ends can either be tied or just tucked inside the jacket front collar and it is very warm.

1Throw 10 05  2Throw 10 06  3Throw 10 07  4Throw 10 02  5Throw 10 04

  1. This is a skein of the yarn as it comes.
  2. The band off the skein showing yarn details.  There’s details of how to knit a scarf from the yarn inside the band.
  3. A closeup of the ribbon yarn.  The knitting is done into the loops at the top.  The instructions for knitting a ruffled scarf say to knit into every other loop, but I’m knitting into every loop for a denser ruffle and, of course, as I’m using a loom for knitting, I’ve got a flat back to my throw panels as well, so all the ruffles come out on one side.
  4. Here’s a picture of the panel I’ve knitted on my circular knitting loom so far, going back and fore rather than working in the round.  This panel took one skein of yarn to make.
  5. This is a closeup of the finished knitting.

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CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – Have you had a read of the mailer sent out by the staff at CUP HQ on Monday, 19th March, yet?  If not you can have a look by clicking – here.  Would you believe it – Crafty Bob’s only just come back from Scotland and he’s already off on his travels again, this time to the NEC in Birmingham for the Hobbycraft show.

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If you want to have a look at the cards I’ve been making then click on “Home” above and browse around my previous posts, where you will see a big variety of items.  You can also 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 Mid March

 Posted by at 11:01 pm
Mar 172012
 

I’ve not done a lot of crafting this week, so not a huge amount to show you, but I hope you like what I have made.

Cards:

The first card in my batch today is the second card I made using one of Tina Fitch’s cutting files that had two cards to cut out using my Cameo in it.   The first one of the two I showed you in my “Last Post Of February” post a couple of weeks or so ago.  The rest of the cards are ones I’ve made over the last couple of days.

(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.)

1cup300449_596 - card52 - Scalloped layered Cards 9 & 10…..Studio  2craftydesignzquicksheet6 - card02 - Quick Pyramid Sheet 6  3cup221756_1056 - card02 - daffodil, tulips and floral mix  4cup302805_359 - card01 - A5 Bert does the Cleaning quick card n 3D decoupage  5cup307127_437 - card01 - Mini Dude Footballer Blue Decoupage Sheet

  1. Scalloped layered Cards 9 & 10…..Studio by Tina Fitch (This card has a lot of intricate cutting – but all done using my Cameo digital cutting machine, so no hand cutting to stress over.  I cut this out of pink card-stock that had a white back, but cut it from the white side so the pink side is inside and shows through the cut out rose apertures.  I put a white panel of same pattern as front mats inside the card for writing the greeting.  The flowers are punched out of white cardstock and white vellum using some Tonic petal pairs punches, and were shaped before being stuck to the matted area of the card.  Finally I stuck in some sticky back faux gems.)
  2. Quick Pyramid Sheet 6 by Ammie Sanders (This is a quick little card, and simple to make.  I printed it onto super smooth white card so the background element of the sheet could simply be cut out and folded to make the base card.  So the whole card came from one printed sheet.  As the topper is a pyramid it’s all easy to cut out, so this is a good one to make when a quick card is needed for a child – perhaps you’ve got children or grand-children who are always coming at the last moment and asking for a card for a little friend – this one would be great for a quick but cute make.)
  3. Daffodil, tulips and floral mix by Karen Wyeth (The kit I used to make this is a Designer Resource of several floral pictures, and I chose the tulips photo for making this card.  I played around with the photo in one of my graphics packages to tile a piece of the image to make background, make a paper ribbon from the image and also make a couple of decoupage layers.  I then set up a “Print & Cut” file of the resulting design so that I could cut everything out using my Cameo cutting machine.  This means that, although there’s some decoupage that included fine stems, this was an easy card to make as no cutting out by hand was required.)
  4. A5 Bert does the Cleaning quick card n 3D decoupage by Carol Clarke (Being a decoupage design there is some cutting out, that includes ins and outs, to do to prepare this design for assembly, but because the design is quite “chunky”, the cutting out isn’t particularly intricate, so can be done by a person with some dexterity problems but not by a person with bad dexterity problems I’d have thought.  Bert is a fun character that always brings a smile to my face, so have a look on CUP for other designs that feature this character on CUP.)
  5. Mini Dude Footballer Blue Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser and Pretty Rose ‘Swirls Embossed’ Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (I put just a small panel of the swirls background down the left side of my chosen base card, then put on a panel of a background from the “Wishing on a Star” double CD-ROM on the card towards the right.  The mini dude footballer is a decoupage topper so does have some ins and outs for cutting.  It’s of a similar difficulty level as the card above, so midlin’ as far as difficulty for those with dexterity problem. Really cute image for a youngster who’s into football.)

You’ve probably noticed that there’s no Mother’s Day card amongst this little batch – don’t worry, I’ve not forgotten.  I have made a card for my mother, but I’m entering it into a competition where the entries are anonymous, so you’ll get to see it the beginning of next month once the results are in.

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Knitting:

This is my latest knitting project on a circular knitting loom.  The yarn I’m using this time is called a Butterfly yarn and it opens out into  mesh with the knitting being made using the loops at the top as each stitch and with the bottom being pulled to give ruffles.

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  1. Band around the yarn showing details.
  2. Yarn as it comes off the ball, all squashed and twisted together
  3. Yarn after it is opened out for knitting
  4. Knitting in progress on a circular knitting loom – I’m using every other peg to keep it flat during knitting.
  5. Piece of scarf as it comes out the bottom of the loom after giving a quick pull.

I’ve not got a lot to do of this again, so keep an eye out for the end result pictures after I’ve cast it off.

CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – There have been a couple of mailers sent out by the guys at CUP HQ since my last blog post.  You can see a copy of the one sent out on Wednesday, 14th March by clicking – here, and a copy of the one sent out on Friday, 16th March by clicking – here.  As usual you’ll see lots of designs that you can buy to use when making cards.  In addition to this there’s lots of news from designers and crafters around the world.  Please click over for a look if you’ve not read the mailers yet.

Card Making Competition –  The theme of the March 2012 competition has been announced.  The theme is “Mothers Day”.  The last date for entries is 22nd March, so pop over to the page with the details on Craftforums – here.

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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 Those Of You Who’ve Left Comments On Some Of My Blog Posts
I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.

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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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Some Good News

 Posted by at 08:56 pm
Mar 132012
 

I’ve both got a placing in a card making challenge, and been awarded a blog award by fellow bloggers during this last week.  How great is that?!

Card Making Challenge Placing:

Ditzy-Craftymess - top 3 badgeI had entered my “Black and Pink” card (which you can see in a previous post of mine – here) into a challenge on the Ditzy-Craftymess Challenge Blog site.  In fact it was the Ditzy-Craftymess 3rd Challenge with the theme “Black and Pink” that I entered, which makes my card title a bit obvious really.

In any case, I learned over the weekend that I’d got a top 3 placing, hence I’ve got the badge to show on my blog that you can see here.  You can see the post on the site with the winners announcement by clicking – here.

Thank you so much Susan for choosing my card in your choice of top 3.

Blog Award:

The Versatile Blogger Award BadgeI am highly honoured that I’ve been nominated not once, but twice, for “The Versatile Blogger Award”.

Marie has chosen me to be amongst her choice of 15 bloggers to pass on “The Versatile Blogger Award” to. Thank you so much Marie.  Her blog is called “Craft Owl” and her post giving her 15 nominations can be seen – here.

Jane is the other person who’s put my name and blog down amongst her choice of 15.  Her blog is called “Janes Plaice” and her post giving her nominations can be seen – here.

There are conditions to accepting the award, some of which are very easy to do, and some are more difficult.

The conditions of accepting this award are:

  •     To thank the person who gave it to you and include a link to their blog.
  •     Select 15 blogs that you have either recently discovered or follow regularly.
  •     Tell them you have nominated them for the award.
  •     Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

The first part – to thank the person, or in my case people, who gave me the award – is easy to do.  I most sincerely do thank Marie and Jane for the award.  Please pop over to have a look at Marie’s blog and Jane’s blog if you haven’t done so already.

The second part of the conditions is more difficult – not because I can’t think of 15 blogs to pass the award on to, but because there are so many great blogs out there that I’ve been following, some I’ve only just discovered and some I’ve been following for longer.  Choosing 15 has been a bit difficult, and I know that there are some great blogs that are absent from this list that I do love.  Many of those I’ve chosen I’m sure will have had awards like this previously, but, as they meet the criteria of being either recently discovered by me or ones I follow regularly, I see no reason why they can’t be nominated and awarded the “The Versatile Blogger” award badge again.  I don’t suppose it will be a big surprise to anybody that, at the moment, the blogs I follow most closely are the blogs of my fellow crafters, either card makers, or artists/designers.

Here are my 15 nominations (“in no particular order” as they say on TV):

  1. Forever-Memories-For -You – forevermemoriesforyou.blogspot.com
  2. Vee Cassidy Blog – www.veecassidy.blogspot.com
  3. Lou’s Card Creations – louscardcreations.blogspot.com
  4. Crafting Heaven – goonergirl-craftingheaven.blogspot.com
  5. Linda’s Crafty Piece of Heaven – lindasimpsoncraftypieceofheaven.blogspot.com
  6. Handmade Cards By Jo – handmadecardsbyjo.blogspot.com
  7. Craftymonster81 – craftymonster81.blogspot.com
  8. Loves To Craft – janlovetocraft.blogspot.com
  9. Linda’s Rainbow Crafting Cabin – lindasrainbowcraftingcabin.blogspot.com
  10. A Passion For Craft – fleurapassionforcraft.blogspot.com
  11. LOOpy’s Craft Creations – l00pyscraftcreations.blogspot.com
  12. J J Designs – www.jeanette-jjdesigns.blogspot.com
  13. What Katy Did Next – catherine-whatkatydidnext.blogspot.com
  14. Monty and Rosie- www.montyandrosie.blogspot.com
  15. Aus’s Arty Designz – ausposersartydezines.blogspot.com

I’m now in the process of fulfilling the third part of the list of conditions – I’m writing on the blog of each of the above to let them know I’ve nominated them.  It may take me until tomorrow to work my way around the lot though.  I do hope that they feel able to accept the award and in turn follow the conditions of acceptance, but I know from personal experience that work, time, life, health, etc., can come in the way of crafting and blogging, especially extra bits like this that require time and were not planned, so will totally understand if some feel they are not able to accept and carry out the conditions.

Now for the fourth, and final, part of the conditions of acceptance –

Here are seven things about me:

  1. I was born in West Wales, and other than for three years in college in Cardiff, I’ve lived in this area all my life.
  2. Having worked as a science and IT technician in a school and then as an IT support with a local education authority, (giving IT helpdesk and website support to all the schools of a whole county) I was forced to take early retirement because of ill health and disabilities just over a year ago.
  3. I’ve been crafting, in one form or another, for most of my life – I certainly can’t remember a time when I didn’t craft.
  4. My main crafts at the moment are card-making, jewellery making, and knitting on knitting boards/looms, and I like trying new techniques as and when my disabling conditions allow.
  5. I am a member of the very talented Tina Fitch’s “Creative Team” – we cut out, construct and decorate her fantastic digital cutting file designs for her, so that she can use the photos as exemplars when she’s selling her designs on sites such as CUP and her own site.
  6. I’ve been a Registered Crafter on the craftsUprint site for just over two years, and have over 900 pictures of items I’ve handcrafted up there by now.
  7. I started this blog back at the end of July 2010, but have websites that are older than that for the family, Sunday School, etc.

I hope I’ve followed all the conditions correctly, and that being nominated for this award brought the same smile to the faces of those I’ve nominated as I felt when I read that I had been nominated to receive this award.

CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – Well the team are back from the SECC show in Glasgow, and are preparing for the next craft show, but they still found the time to send out another mailer on Monday.  If you don’t receive the CUP mailer regularly to your inbox then you can put your name down for it – here.  You will also receive some free digital design sheets for your cardmaking if you do so.  But in the meantime, if you’ve not seen the mailer sent on the 12th, you can see it – here.  There are some absolutely lovely designs for cardmakers being showcased in addition to the snippets of news from around the CUP family of crafters and designers.

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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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Mar 102012
 

 A Big “Thank You” To Those Of You Who’ve Left Comments On Some Of My Blog Posts
I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.

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I’ve been trying to catch up with some of the crafting projects I’ve had on the go for a while, even a few with more intricate cutting out by hand involved.  I’d got the plumber digi-stamp coloured in for a while and couldn’t decide how to use it on a card, so in the end decided to go with the simple option and use the Plaid Theatre Card Base that I’ve had printed out for even longer.  Some of the other toppers I’d had cut out over several evenings and put in my box of bits, ready to make up, for quite a few days as well, although some of the items are ones I’ve just bought.  And some items I’d made up but just hadn’t taken pictures of before.  I’m slowly catching up with the card-making I’ve got on the go, but keep on adding more projects to my list – so I don’t think I’ll ever be caught up properly.  And what with always having some knitting on one knitting loom, or another, on the go all the time, a picture book I’m making for a family member, and a patchwork cushion cover I’m making for my mother that I started before Christmas and haven’t done any of it since Christmas.  Oh well, I suppose they’ll all get completed at some point.

A Box and Some Cards:

(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.)

1cup48567_2 - card02 - Gift Box Casket - Satin Coffee Cream  2cup50003_49 - card01 - A baby boy 2 card sheet pyramid babies hands  3cup295712_437 - card03 - Horse Rider Lady Decoupage Sheet  4cup50715_107 - card02 - cheeky monkey pyramid  5cup288846_126 - card02- Vintage Floral 79, Pear A5 step by step and pyramid cards

  1. Gift Box Casket – Satin Coffee Cream by Judith Flavel (This is an easy shape to cut out and goes together easily as well.  I’ve used Super Smooth white card for this.  In fact, I think I’ve used it for lots of the items in this collection.)
  2. A baby boy 2 card sheet pyramid babies hands by Sally McIntyre and Pearl Drops A4 Backing Paper by Katy Kinsey (I actually printed the background for this card out twice, one at full size A4 and one at half size A5, so have the different size in the pattern for the central panel without having to look for a second design in the same colour scheme.  With just the rounded and straight edges to cut this card didn’t have anything really difficult to cut.)
  3. Horse Rider Lady Decoupage Sheet by Gordon Fraser and Pretty Rose ‘Swirls Embossed’ Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (This card had more intricate cutting involved as it is a decoupage topper with several layers.  I cheated a bit in the cutting out of the landlocked area between arms and body on the lower layer – I just cut through an area that was covered by a later layer to get into the landlocked area, rather than faff about trying to cut out the area.)
  4. Cheeky monkey pyramid by Heather Howes (A simple, straight edge, cutting design, so quick and easy to make.)
  5. Vintage Floral 79, Pear A5 step by step and pyramid cards by Jolis DeAngelis (If you have dexterity problems, but like this image, then you could make a card using just the base layer, or even just add one pear cut out, rather than cut out all the pear layers which are a bit intricate around the tops and stalks.)

1cup251106_437 - card02 - Plumber Dude Digi Stamp  2cup301556_596 - card02 - Scalloped Layer Cards 15 & 16….studio  3cup303020_415 - card01 - BEAUTIFUL GOLD CROSS WITH LILLIES FOR EASTER BOOK A4  4cup303068_8 - card02 - Roses and babies breath

  1. Plumber Dude Digi Stamp by Gordon Fraser and Christmas Purple Plaid Theatre Card Base by Susan Heanes (To avoid the most intricate cutting I didn’t bother cutting out the piece between the crook of the arm and the body, and then just mounted the image with a white oval behind so it doesn’t look too out of place.  There’s still some ins and outs of cutting involved, but you could just cut the “dude” out with a border or panel around him to avoid all intricate cutting.)
  2. Scalloped Layer Cards 15 & 16….studio by Tina Fitch (No hand cutting at all involved in making this card.  Just cut out the design out of two different colours of Hunkydory cardstock using my Cameo digital cutting machine.  I then just used some bits from my crafty stash to embellish.)
  3. BEAUTIFUL GOLD CROSS WITH LILLIES FOR EASTER BOOK A4 by Nick Bowley (This is a print, trim and stick card.  I printed the design at A5, rather than at A4.)
  4. Roses and babies breath by Angela Wake (This card is again one that involves cutting out several decoupage layers, but the rose shapes are not too difficult to cut.)

Knitting:

In my last post – here – I showed you the start of I scarf I was making – experimenting with a different type of yarn.  Well it’s finished now.  Doesn’t look too bad at all. Please click on the thumbnail to see the larger image for a proper look.

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I’ve got the same yarn in another colour to make up again at some point, but in the meantime I’m experimenting with another type of yarn. Similar to this one, but without the edge.  So keep your eyes out for when I’ll get pictures of that work in progress.

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CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – You can see a copy of the mailer sent out on Monday, 5th March, by clicking – here.  Lots of lovely designs to look at, including a “New From” the very talented designer, Sandie Burchell, who won the “Craftsuprint Designer of the Year 2011” trophy, as voted for by CUP Registered Crafters.

If you haven’t already seen the information sent out via E-mail by the CUP Team on Wednesday, 7th March, then you can do so by clicking – hereSusan Alison, with her “Landscape & Verses” designs are what appears in the “New From” feature. These designs feature original artwork by Susan.  There’s also an assortment of designs from various “Gold” designers being showcased as well as other bits and bobs from around CUP land.

The mailer sent out on Friday, 9th March, can be seen – here.   There’s a St. Patrick’s Day theme to this mailer, but you’ll also see some of the very tallented artist Pamela West‘s latest designs for the card maker, and other bits of news, such as the fact that Crafty Bob is at the SECC in Glasgow until Sunday.

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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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Crafting At The Start Of March

 Posted by at 08:40 pm
Mar 042012
 

I’ve only made a small number of items so far this month and these are the ones that I’ve managed to photograph so far.  Two cards, a box and the start of a scarf.

Cards and a Box:

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  1. Red Tulips Pyramage by Judith Flavel (This is an easy to cut and make card as it’s a straight edged pyramage.  I stuck to red and green for the card, but a “lighter” card could be made by making the pyramid up on a lighter card, perhaps a white pearlescent.)
  2. Yellow marrigold by Terri Hawley (Like the previous card, this was also printed onto good quality glossy photo paper, but this time the flowers were cut out around the petals, and as two layers, and built up as a decoupage.  So this card is a bit more fiddly to create if you’ve got dexterity issues.  Click through for a look at an image of the design sheet itself to see whether this would be too difficult for you to cut.)
  3. Gift Box Casket – Stripes Red & Black by Judith Flavel (This is another in the series of “gift box caskets”.  Lots of straight cutting with some small steps, so nothing difficult.  And the little box goes together easily as well.  Sometimes a small gift can look a bit insipid just wrapped in paper, so putting it into a box like this makes it look as if more thought has gone into it.)

Knitting:

In a previous post I said I was doing some more experimenting with different yarns for knitting on one of my knitting boards/looms.  Well this is my latest experimentation.  It’s obviously not been invented for knitting on a board, and it won’t work on an Authentic Knitting Board that requires a the yarn to be woven back and fore across the board between the pegs.

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  1. The yarn is called Papillon
  2. It’s made of 70% Acrylic and 30% Polyamide
  3. The yarn is a woven mesh with a more dense weave at one side with little fluffy balls on the edge.  You are suppose to knit with needles into the loops on the top edge, which is closest to the camera in this shot.  You are suppose to knit 10 stitches, then knit back and fore so the loose edge goes round and round the scarf.
  4. But I’m working on half of a round knitting loom.  I’m working on the same “stitch” loops as you would knit with needles, but, to keep the “knitting” flatter when working on I’m putting over one peg and missing one peg where the “bridge” is between the loops.  Then turning back and putting the next row of loops on.  The working piece is on the inside with all the “ruffles” going inwards.

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  1. This means that the worked material is flat on the outside and spaced flat and outwards more than it should.
  2. Once the knitting (looping over of the bottom yarn loop) is done, a tug at the bottom keeps the scarf coming out the bottom of the circular knitting loom, and the tug also pulls the scarf into shape making it longer and narrower, and making the ruffles more pronounced.

Still haven’t quite finished this scarf so will come back with pictures to show you the finished item when it’s complete.
CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer –  There have been two mailers E-mailed out by the CUP team since I last noted them in my blog, so here’s where you can see them:

Wednesday, 29th February – here.

Friday, 2nd March – here.

As usual you’ll find that the mailers are full of news of designs available on CUP, as well as news of crafters and designers.  Please do click through for a look if you haven’t already seen these mailers.

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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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