More Crafting At The Start Of March

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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.)


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.


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.


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.)

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


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