I had hoped to complete and post this up over the weekend, but just didn’t feel well enough, so although I started it I had to give up and turn off my Laptop.
I still haven’t completely shaken off the virus I had, although I think (and hope and pray) the antibiotics have done the trick as far as the infection I got in my damaged leg, after I scratched it in the garden while having a slow wonder one day (I can’t really do anything faster than a slow waddle around on the best of days), is concerned. After coughing so much, I completely lost my voice for a few days last week, but at least that’s slowly coming back now even though I’m still coughing a bit, and even the aches and pains are not as bad. I even managed to get out of the house for an hour or so on Sunday (car there, sit down, car back, so nothing energetic), and sat out the garden for a bit yesterday while one of my young nephews put my chitted potatoes to grow in my potato growing sacks that my older nephew had sat out ready in their place with some compost in the bottom a couple of weeks ago. Wasn’t up to doing a lot myself, but at least, with help, it’s one job done now. You’d think it was a lot of work wouldn’t you, but it’s only 4 potato growing bags.
So, with not feeling too good for the last week or so, I haven’t done a whole lot of crafting, therefore not a huge amount to show you. For the first small batch of cards I’ve got to show you I resorted to some Hunkydory die-cut designs, stuck onto base cards made using co-ordinating Adorable Scorable cardstock. I do like to have kits like this to play around with when I’m not up to making anything more complex, so that I can at least do something and play around a bit with the layout of the card, without requiring too much thought.
The second batch are cards I’d already printed, coloured, cut-out, etc., before I started to feel so ill. Nothing particularly complex, I made them up rather simply, but again something to pick up and be able to say I did something.
(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.)
- Made using items from Hunkydory’s “For the Ladies” pack, as are the next two as well. Didn’t do anything much for this card. Only scored the cardstock using my Hougie Board to create an A5 base card and stuck on the topper using foam tape.
- For this one I again chose a sheet of printed card-stock from the same pack, but this time I used some Core’dinations cardstock as a mat behind the topper and I used a sanding block over the surface of the mat and to lightly roughen the edges of each layer of the pyramid topper before building the card up.
- For this card I took the A4 printed card-stock and scored and folded to make an easel card. I took another sheet of the Core’dinations cardstock and put one piece over the inside base of the card and another piece behind my chosen topper. I used three different depth of foam tape to stick the topper and the two layers of frame to the mat, and the deepest foam tape I’d got (3mm) to attach a paper ribbon strip as a stopper for the easel card across the front after I’d used a corner rounder punch at each corner. The corners of the base card has also been rounded.
- African Elephant 3D Decoupage by Liz Harrison (I printed the decoupage sheet out onto Crafty Bob Craft Paper and cut out all the pieces. I made a simple A6 base card by scoring and folding some card-stock I had printed onto a while ago – I think it was from a CD-ROM but can’t remember exactly which one. I simply stuck on the base image and, after shaping the pieces a bit, build up the layers sticking each in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.)
- FUN WITH SCALLOPS by Clive Couter & Scalloped Circle Easel Card – Silhouette Studio by Kim Paley (I cut the card and top layer out of black cardstock using my Cameo. To make a striking card, I cut out the scallops layers from the same black cardstock and some hammered red card. I went around the edges of various layers with a Red Gold Letraset Metallic Marker and stuck the lot together using double sided tape and double sided foam tape. I’ve left a little scalloped circle from the decoration without a greeting as I want to add one in gold peel-off once I know the occasion it will be given. There’s a white paper panel for writing a greeting on hidden inside the card.)
- Parrot Digital Stamp-Glass Painting by Anna Babajanyan (I printed the sheet onto Super Smooth white card, cut out the image around the outer frame and coloured it in using a set of 6 Letraset Metallic Markers to give the plumage a real sheen. I chose a co-ordinating colour Satin Board as a mat behind the image, trimming to leave a border of around 1cm each side. The matted image was stuck onto a pre-cut, decorative edge, 8″ square card which I’d gone round the edge with one of the colours of metallic marker.)
CUP Mailer – The mailer that was sent out by the CUP Team on Wednesday, 11th April, can be seen – here. This includes lots of lovely little boxes, a new CUP TV episode, some lovely little triple twist easels, and much more. The mailer sent out on Friday, 13th April, can be seen – here. Once again there’s a lot of designs to look at and lots of bits of news to catch up on. The mailer sent out on Monday, 16th April, can be seen – here. Even more pretty designs to be seen showcased in this one.
April Card Making Competition – This month the theme is Fathers Day and the last entry date is 22nd April. Full details can be seen on the Craftforums site – here.
You can see the cards Ive 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.
(Hi All – 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 youve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.)