More March Crafting

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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4 Replies to “More March Crafting”

  1. Wow haven’t you been busy! Thank you for becoming a follower. I can’t see anywhere to become a follower on your site (might be me being silly), but you are on my daily blog list to look at 🙂 Your cards are lovely. I really like the baby blue card!

    Once I have caught up with everyones blogs I will have a look at your work over on Crafts U Print. 🙂 I’m running my first ever candy at the moment, why don’t you join in for a chance to win. Not sure how this blog space works, so if you can’t load pictures on a side bar, don’t worry. Just put your name down if you’d like to:

    http://kentcrafter.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/my-first-candy_21.html

    Christine xx