May 312012
 

Well the voting has finished for the May craftsUprint card making competition and the winner has been announced, so I can now show you what my entry looked like.

This is it:

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My card is made up of several parts.

The base card is a Centura Pearl Snow White A3 sheet scored and folded in half and then trimmed to make a square card.

The horseshoe topper (cup310236_596 – 3D Scalloped Layered Horseshoe….STUDIO) is cut out using my Silhouette Cameo out of a sheet of Centura Pearl card-stock and some sheets of pearlescent pale purple and white with silver holographic spots paper.

I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the second layer to the base layer of the horseshoe.  Stuck the next layer directly on top of the second layer.  The fourth layer was then attached using 3mm deep foam tape with the fifth layer again been stuck directly to the previous layer.  I put a strip of clear acetate across the top gap of the horseshoe between first and second layer as a “hanging point” as the horseshoe itself isn’t stuck to the card front but free hanging.

I cut the leaf decoration out of pink vellum and the flower elements out of a textured pearlescent paper.  These were shaped by hand and using a ball tool, and a sticky back gem put in the middle of each, before the leaves and flowers were attached to the bottom of the horseshoe.  I took a plain, heavyweight, white cardstock and trimmed it to be 1cm smaller than the base card in all directions.  I took a sheet of pale pink vellum which had embossed butterflies on it and cut this the same size.  I also took a sheet of acetate with silver embossed butterflies on it and cut this the same height as the white panel but some 8cm wider.  I scored this acetate at 2cm from each end.  I attached the butterfly vellum to the front of the white card and attached the acetate, via the scored and folded flaps, to the back of the panel to give a “bubble” of acetate.  I also put a strip of clear acetate over the top centre of the white panel.  The whole thing was then attached to the front, centre, of my created card.  I put two strips of super sticky tape on the end of the acetate strip that was hanging over the top, slid the horseshoe up from the bottom until the sticky acetate strip attached to the strip across the top of the horseshoe.  I then put the greetings panel over the top to hide the workings.

I put some silver peel offs around the top and bottom of the acetate bubble and around the whole card front. Sticky back gems were also added at each corner.

I then took tiny pink shiny peel offs, to match the colour of the floral embellishment on the horseshoe, and put them at the centre of every other flower on the peel offs down the left and right side of the card, and used some “tear drop” shaped small peel offs to decorate the wings and antenna of some of the butterflies embossed on the acetate.

It’s a bit unfortunate that acetate, foiled butterflies, holographic dots, and shiny peel offs and gems are a nightmare to try and photograph and getting the light right for a good photo causes lots of white flare spots.  On this card there’s the added issue of the shadows of the foiled butterflies on the acetate obscuring lots of the detail on the front of the card as well, but I hope you can make out the individual elements that have gone into making this a really special card for a couple on their wedding day.

(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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  1. Closeup of flowers showing dimension and colour/finish.  Also shows a bit of the depth of the horseshoe.
  2. Butterfly foiled on acetate with added foil peel-offs to match flower colours – the foiling is silver but the lighting and shadows when photograph taken make it look blacker than it is.
  3. View of strip of peel-offs down side of card with added tiny coloured central dots every other flower.  This picture also shows that the butterflies embossed onto the pale pink vellum background actually have a bit of iridescence.
  4. Greeting panel added to cover sticky tape holding acetate “hanger” in place.
  5. Angled view from the top showing the dimension of the top of the horseshoe and acetate bubble.

The winning entry was crafted by Anna Stretton, and funnily enough it was also created using one of Tina Fitch’s 3D Scalloped Layered Horseshoe cutting files, but Anna went for the simple, white, look.  The winning entries can be seen by clicking – here.  All the entries are currently available to be viewed – here – but they will vanish once the next competition is underway to make room for the new entries.  You will see that my entry came in 33rd out of 55.

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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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May 302012
 

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’ve not made a lot of any particular craft, but have been puttering with several, in the week since my last post.  I had an order in for a birthday card so I completed that.  Then today the same person phoned with a special request of another birthday card, only the person is going on holiday by the end of this week so the card is needed sooner than expected.  Quick look on craftsUprint for a suitable design (50th birthday of a woman who plays golf – hope she doesn’t read my blog) and out with the scissors and glue.

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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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Here are the small number of cards I’ve made over last weekend and so far this week.

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  1. Side stepper lady golfer by Carol Dunne (This is more of a “kit card” than I usually do, but short notice meant I didn’t have time to mull over and come up with a design myself.  Although there are decoupage pieces involved, they are all thick lined and quite an easy, flowing, shape to cut out.  There isn’t anything very fiddly.  All cut out with a tidy sized pair of scissors, other than getting the craft knife out to do the slit in the side stepper base card.  I used 300gsm Super Smooth card for the base and the numbers, and 250gsm Super Smooth card for the decoupage pieces.  The envelope was printed onto A-may-zing decoupage paper.)
  2. Chestnut Horse Pyramid by June Young (Only straight edged cutting for this card so it was easy to cut and put together.  I used Tesco 190gsm photo paper for printing out onto and a pre-cut, deckle edged base card.  I went round the edge with a golden tone die ink pad and stamped the greeting with a brown coloured ink in a “rustic” sort of finish.)
  3. This is a closer look at the bottom right corner of the pyramage and a greeting panel, together with the deckle edge.
  4. Horse Rearing – Pyramid by June Young (Again, only straight edged cutting for this card so it was easy to cut and put together.  I used Tesco 190gsm photo paper for printing out onto and a pre-cut, deckle edged base card.  I went round the edge with a golden tone die ink pad and stamped the greeting with a brown coloured ink in a “rustic” sort of finish.)
  5. This is a closer look near the bottom right corner, showing the dimension of the pyramage and greeting panels.

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  1. Piano Music Congratulations Pyramid by Amy Cummings (Another card where the background element and the pyramage topper were printed out onto Tesco, own brand, 190gsm, photo paper. And another card that only required straight edge cutting so easy to do.  You’ll notice that I’ve put the topper at a jaunty angle on this one.  I’ve stamped the greeting firstly in pale gold, then in black but slightly offset to give a slight shadow effect.)

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KNITTING:

A bag.  This one will end up similar to the one I showed you in my previous blog post – here – but this time the yarn, while still being a Wendy Frills yarn, is completely black but with a fine silver edge.

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  1. This is how I started off making the bag – knitted four pegs on my circular knitting loom using the whole yarn wrapped around each peg and going back and fore until the required strap length was achieved.
  2. I then took the starting end of the strap and hooked the first four stitches over four pegs that were opposite the starting pegs on the loom.
  3. I then went round the whole knitting loom, wrapping the whole yarn around each peg to create new stitches all around, but knitting (hooking over) the four stitches at either side of the strap.  I then kept wrapping round every peg and have knitted (hooked over) a whole row of stitches around the loom in this picture.  I need to do this twice more before I revert to only knitting with the top loops of the yarn.  This knitting with the whole yarn, rather than the loops gives a firmer strap and top to the bag, but it is much harder on the hands and wrists than knitting with just the loops.  For that reason it’s taken me three sessions of knitting to get this far with the bag.
  4. This is the yarn itself.  I think you can just see the fine silver strand.  Although this is not very obvious in the strap and bag top, because of knitting the whole ribbon yarn, it will be obvious in the finished bag.

Keep checking back on my blog to see how this progresses and to see the finished article.
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JEWELLERY:
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  1. This is another lariat and earrings jewellery set, this time with the main colour being pink and with small highlights of purple.  The lariat has clusters of three pink, magnetic, hematite beads which hold the lariat together in whatever shape you want to ware it.  In this picture the lariat is shown as a long necklace.
  2. In this picture the lariat is wrapped around at about the size it would be when worn as a bracelet.  The beads are an assortment of clear glass and metallic spacer beads, purple beads with AB finish, and various pink and clear acrylic beads.  The beads are quite sparkly.
  3. The lariat is wrapped around at about the size for a choker in this picture.

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  1. This is a set of bracelets made from acrylic pink beads on stretch elastic.  Each bracelet is the right size for a child, although, obviously, a bracelet shouldn’t be given to a very young child because of the small parts.  Each of the bracelets has different feature beads – flower, butterfly, star, heart.
  2. This is a closeup of the bracelet that has flower feature beads.
  3. This is a keyring/bag charm with a tail of blue, glass, beads.  I like this type of clasp for putting keys on as it just unscrews, you slip the key in, then screw back up.  Much easier than trying to work a key around a split ring I think.

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  1. This is a very sparkly set of jewellery.  It is made of clear glass beads with the main, feature, beads being faceted.  The necklace and bracelet are strung on strong, clear, beading thread and all the findings are silver tone.  It is presented in a purple box with a white liner.
  2. This is a closeup of the necklace showing  the main, feature, bead in the centre with other faceted glass crystal beads working back, inter-spaced with clear seed beads as spacer beads.
  3. This is the bracelet, made up of a selection of the same beads only not as long.
  4. The larger of the beads used in the necklace and bracelet were not used in the earrings, but they are made up of a selection of the other types of beads strung on head and eye pins making up three drop earrings.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

craftybob.com is a growing craft marketplace both for crafters to sell their surplus craft consumables and equipment to each other, and for crafters to sell their finished, hand crafted, items to anybody who’s interested in buying quality, hand crafted, items. As I’m writing this there have been 112 crafty shops opened.

I’ve put up 5 items in my craftybob.com shop since my last blog post:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the E-mailed mailer sent out by the team at CUP HQ on Friday, 25th May, can be seen by clicking – here.  There’s a showcase of some work by some of the Silver Designers on CUP to be seen in this mailer.

Another mailer has also been sent out since my last blog post.  The mailer sent on Monday, 28th May, can be seen by clicking – here.  It’s the Gold Designers turn to have some of their work showcased in this mailer.

Discount – CUP have released a Discount Code that’s worth 20% off orders placed on the craftsUprint site until 31st May 2012 at Midnight GMT. To get the discount you’ll need to type the word ‘SUNNY’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET.

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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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Mid May Crafting

 Posted by at 11:48 pm
May 242012
 

Thank you to everybody who’s left such lovely comments on my previous blog posts.  I really appreciate that you’ve taken the time to comment on my crafting efforts.

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CARDS:

The only card I’ve made the last few days has been an entry for a card making competition, and as the entries are to be anonymous until the end of voting and the results are know I won’t show you the card until then.  Keep an eye out at the end of the month to see what I made.
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KNITTING:

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This is a knitted bag made of the same yarn as the finished scarf I showed you in my previous post – here. It was knitted on the same circular loom that I showed you I was knitting the scarf on in an earlier post – here. The strap and the first three rows of the bag body were knitted with the yarn as a whole, slightly twisting the ribbon yarn and wrapping the whole yarn around the pegs on the loom.  I knitted the strap over 4 pegs until I had it the length I wanted.  I then took the start edge and put the first four stitches I’d knitted onto the loom the opposite side of the loom to the one I knitted the strap on.  I then wrapped the yarn around all the pegs on the circular loom, even over the pegs with the beginning and end of the strap.  These stitches I hooked over as normal, I then went round completely three more times, hooking over the whole yarn after each winding row.  After that I went back to my usual method of knitting with this year, just putting the loops at the top of the ribbon yarn over each peg and hooking over.

The knitting with the whole yarn is far more hard on the hands than knitting the loops of this year.  There’s all the loops and texture of the yarn to cope with and make sure that it all gets hooked over at the same time, and the fact that the thread that makes up the yarn doesn’t have much give to it so a very loose wind around the pegs is needed or the loop won’t go over the peg.  I could only do a few inches at a time of this “whole yarn” knitting, whereas I can do thirty minutes or more of knitting with just the loops.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. Blue Glass Jewellery Set with Fancy Pendant
  2. Closeup of necklace showing double strands and pendant
  3. Closeup of bracelet showing two feature beads and double strands between
  4. Closeup of matching earrings

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  1. Wooden Bead Bag Charm
  2. Closeup of wooden beads on charm
  3. Closeup of double link chain and decorative detail on clasp
  4. Purple Glass Bead Necklace
  5. Closeup of one of the feature beads and smaller beads used in between feature beads.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I’ve got several more items I’m sorting out ready to upload to the site.  It’s little things like inserts, bagging and weighing, finding how much the postage will be, writing the blurb, etc., that needs to be done after the actual crafting is complete that takes time.  Hopefully I’ll have more items uploaded to my craftybob.com website before my next post.

I’ve put up 3 items since my last blog post:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – The CUP mailer sent out on Monday 21st, May, can be seen by clicking – here.  As per usual there are a lot of lovely designs being showcased, as well as lots of news snippets about several CUP Designers and Registered Crafters.

May Card Making Competition – The entries are all in and the voting has started for the May card making competition.  You may remember that the theme this month was “Wedding Card”.  You can see the 55 entries by clicking – here.  If you are a CUP Designer, Registered Crafter or customer then please log into the site and place your votes.

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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.  Comments will only go live after I’ve had a quick check to weed out Spam/advertising posts – usually a couple of times a day.)

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Further Crafting in May 2012

 Posted by at 04:12 pm
May 192012
 

I’ve just remembered that I hadn’t put the one set of jewellery I made yesterday morning up onto yesterday’s big blog post, so I thought I’d do a quick post this afternoon to show it to you, rather than wait to put them in with other crafted items in my next big post.

My hands were working quite well yesterday morning and I could feel and manipulate reasonably small beads – although I did manage to loose my grip on some and have a dozen or so rolling around the floor needing to be picked up – so I went for creating a long “lariat” style string which included magnetic, tubular, shaped, beads that are easier to handle.  Have a look below at the various styles it can be worn as.

Also of interested to any crafters amongst my blog readers is the absolutely fantastic “Weekend Special Offer” on the craftsUprint site.  Have a read of the CUP update, also below, to find out what you could get for FREE with an order off the site this weekend.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. The lariat itself is over 60″ in length and to go with it I made a matching set of earrings.  The white beads are round and have a pearlescent finish.  The blue beads are faceted glass beads.  The red beads are magnetic hematite beads.  It’s the magnetic hematite that means the lariat can be worn in many different ways.  In this picture it is doubled in half.  It can then be wrapped around the neck and the loose ends pushed through the loop formed to create a necklace of any length.  It can also be worn as different length necklaces by using as a single strand wrapped around at the size you want.
  2. In this picture it is wrapped around many times at a size that would mean it works as a choker necklace.
  3. In this picture it is wrapped around much smaller, as on a wrist, which means it can be worn as a bracelet.

I’ve got a couple of other colours of magnetic hematite in my crafting stash, so will probably make some more of these before long.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

There are currently over 80 shops on craftybob.com with crafty items listed for sale, with many more created and in the process of being populated with items which I’m sure will go live before long.  Many of the items for sale are hand crafted items, from knitted items to jewellery and to cards, but some of the items are crafting consumables or equipment.  So whether you are a crafter who’s looking for a bargain item for you to craft with, or a non-crafter who appreciates nicely made, hand crafted, items, then craftybob.com is the the new place to look.
I’ve put up 2 items since my last blog post:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – The mailer sent out on Friday, 18th May can be seen – here.  In addition to the usual showcase of digital downloads available to buy and download directly from the craftsUprint site there’s news af a CUP Promotion.  Just spend just £10 on CUP and you will be sent a FREE Golden Crafty Bob Bag, a FREE pack of Crafty Bob 200gsm Glossy Ultra White Paper, a FREE Crafty Bob Bone Folder and, of course, you’ll still get your FREE Crafty Bob Virtual Tombola play where EVERYONE WINS A PRIZE.

May Card Making Competition –  As I said in my last blog post – the theme for the May card-making competition has been announced and all CUP customers should now have a link to upload their entry, labeled “Upload Competition Entry” , in their “Crafter Control Panel”. The theme this time is –  “Wedding” – and you need to make your card using any CUP download.  Of course, you are allowed to use whatever else you want to when making your creation, just so long as a CUP item you’ve bought is visible on the card. The last entry date is the 22nd May, 2012, with the winner being announced on the 30th.

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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 May 2012 Crafting

 Posted by at 05:10 pm
May 182012
 

 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’ve got a bit of an assortment to show you in this blog post.  Some sets of hand made cards that I’ve made up out of some CUP downloads I like; A scarf finished and a scarf started; Some items I’ve cut out as part of Tina Fitch’s Creative Team; Some print and cut files that I’ve then constructed – but one of them is unusual in that the flowers are left uncoloured, like a digi-stamp, to allow them to be coloured to suit any recipient.

I hope you enjoy having a look and a read.

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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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I liked my first card from my previous post (here) so much I decided to make a set of them using both images from the”Iris” Designer Resource kit I’d used for the main image.  I also made a gift box to put five of the cards, with white envelopes for each of them, into and decorated the box to match.  This is one of the new items I’ve listed in my new shop on craftybob.com.

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  1. Textured & Glittered Brads by Carol Lepard & Two Complete Sets Purple Iris and Bearded Iris by Sally McIntyre & 12 pack of Fabric Flowers by Jackie Mitchell & 5X5 Card Fronts set  by Cassandra Campsall & Lace Squares – 10 3in by 3in squares by Carol James (I put this design together myself in one of my graphics packages using bits of each of the Designer Resources listed.  I then just printed out the design onto Crafty Bob paper, then trimmed scored and folded it.  I also created an insert design and printed it off onto good quality white paper.  I used a fine line double sided tape around the central panel and put on crystal glitter on each of the cards as I did previously, and as extra embelishment I added some sticky back clear gems to the front of a couple of the cards.  I used the design from the cards to create a background and two toppers to decorate the gift box as well.)

This is another boxed set of cards, this time definitely a set for the children, but to make them more striking I’ve made them up on small square, scalloped edge, black cards.  The box this time isn’t decorated to match but is black like the cards and tied with a ribbon. I’ve put these up on my new shop on the craftybob.com site as well.

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  1. hide an seek by Carol Brown is a sheet with six images on, all of which I used to make this boxed set (I printed the sheet out onto Crafty Bob paper and cut out each topper.  Each one was then stuck onto holographic mirror card and trimmed to leave a border.  The matted images were then stuck to the front of black, pre-cut, base cards. I put googly eyes on every one of the animals.  I put a plain white insert inside these.  The box is simply created on my Hougie Board out of two sheets of black cardstock.   It’s tied with blue, polkadot, ribbon.)

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  1. FLOWER POT CARD by Clive Couter (This is an unusual Print & Cut file – Although the pot is fully printed, the flowers are only outline “digi” images to be coloured however the crafter wants, with whatever medium the crafter wants.  So if you like colouring in, but have problems cutting the images out, then this is a great one.  I printed out onto Super Smooth white card to print out onto, and after cutting using my Silhouette Cameo I chose to use ProMarkers to colour the flowers in, and just added pink ribbon, wrapped around the pot layer several times before it was attached to the card front and then I knotted some more of the ribbon at the front.  I think that this would make a nice Get Well card to take to somebody in hospital as I believe patients are no longer allowed to have real flowers any more in many hospitals.)
  2. Bright Color Dresser Shaped Card STUDIO-PDF-Printables by Rae Carr (This is completely a Print & Cut design, printed onto Super Smooth white card and cut out using my Cameo.  But I have added a bit of my own touch to this one as well – I used a Sakura Clear Glaze pen over the came image and each of the drawer knobs before attaching them using Glue Gel.  The drawer themselves are attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

KNITTING:

I’ve now finished the ruffled scarf I showed you the start of in my mailer of the 8th May (here).  This one is knitted in “Ruby” colour Wendy Frills yarn.

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  1.  I think this picture has come out a bit too bright as the scarf itself is is more closer to red and maroon.  I’ve knitted a round loop around five inches from the end of the scarf.
  2. You can see how the loose end goes through the loop to hold the scarf snugly around the neck.

I’ve now started knitting a bag from the same yarn, so keep an eye out for photos to show how I got on with that.

I’ve also started another quick knit project (although nothing is particularly “quick knit” for me)  It’s a type of miniature pom pom yarn.  This is how far I’ve got so far.

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  1. This is the band of the yarn.  It’s called “Spirit Spring River”.
  2. This is what the yarn looks like – although I think the colours are a bit washed out in this photo, but it is from the lightest section of the yarn.
  3. This is how much of the scarf I’ve knitted on my knitting loom so far.

I wonder how long this one will take me to finish?  Keep an eye out in future posts for the finished article.

CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch lately.  These are Print & Cut design of a back to front cards, 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 Swan Back To Front Card Kit; The digital cutting machine “Print & Cut” kit that I’ve made can be seen here -> Wedding Swan Back To Front Card.Print & Cut ….Studio.
  2. You can get the ordinary card kit that you print out and then cut out by hand here -> Pink Umbrella Back To Front Card Kit; The digital cutting machine “Print & Cut” kit that I’ve made can be seen here -> Pink Umbrella Back To Front Card Kit…STUDIO (Another card I’ve printed and cut out of Super Smooth white card, like most of the cards shown above as well.)

I’ve got some more work on the go for Tina, so keep an eye on my blog over the next few weeks for more to appear.

CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Currently I’ve got this as my shop banner

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I may well change it in due course, perhaps after I get around to updating my website.  It may be a good thing to get both to match in due course.

I’ve put up two items since my last blog post:

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – The mailer sent out by the CUP Team on Monday, 14th May, can be seen by clicking -> here.  I love the variety of designs and styles of card being showcased in this mailer.

There’s a huge showcase of toppers, backgrounds, etc., suitable for Father’s Day cards in the mailer sent out on Wednesday, 16th May.  In fact there’s 120 items available for you to buy to add to your digital library to be seen in the mailer.  And that’s on top of the usual “New From”, Crafter’s Spotlight, CUP Latest News, etc., etc., features. And don’t think that CUP only has 120 items suitable for Father’s Day.  No, CUP has over 2,000 items come up when you go to the Father’s Day category, which you can do by clicking -> here.

May Card Making Competition –  As I said in my last blog post – the theme for the May card-making competition has been announced and all CUP customers should now have a link to upload their entry, labeled “Upload Competition Entry” , in their “Crafter Control Panel”. The theme this time is –  “Wedding” – and you need to make your card using any CUP download.  Of course, you are allowed to use whatever else you want to when making your creation, just so long as a CUP item you’ve bought is visible on the card. The last entry date is the 22nd May, 2012, with the winner being announced on the 30th.

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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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Girl Collecting Flowers

 Posted by at 05:49 pm
May 172012
 

I’ve just finished a card this afternoon and would like to enter it into a few of challenges:

Hope you all like my card.

Here’s the card:

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Click on these thumbnail images to see a view slightly angled to one side and a closeup of the bottom left corner of one of the easel panels:

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This is how I made it:

The base easel card, two square toppers and two patterned edge layers were cut out of two different shades of linen textured, 250gsm, cardstock using my Cameo.  The cutting file used was TWISTED EASEL CARD by Clive Couter.  I used a Petite Petal Pairs punch to punch out lots of flower layers from the waste of the two sheets after cutting the card out.

The digi-stamp I used is one of the ones on Joanna Sheen’s Daisy and Friends CD ROM printed out twice onto Super Smooth card.  I used various shades of ProMarkers to colour in the digi-stamp, using one of the shades from her dress to colour in the frame of the digi-stamp as well.

I shaped all the flower layers by hand before sticking them together.  I stuck the square panels directly to half of the card front and then built up the fancy layers using 1mm deep foam tape.  I used the same foam to attach the coloured in topper layers as well.  I used Pinflair Glue Gel to stick the flowers around the card, using two as stoppers for the easel elements.

I hope that it meets the rules of all the challenges I’ve entered.

Crafting At The Start Of May

 Posted by at 02:33 pm
May 142012
 

 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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It’s been a slow start to May as far as my crafting is concerned, but I have got four cards made up over the weekend to show you today.  I hope you like them.

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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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  1. Textured & Glittered Brads by Carol Lepard & Two Complete Sets Purple Iris and Bearded Iris by Sally McIntyre & 12 pack of Fabric Flowers by Jackie Mitchell & 5X5 Card Fronts set  by Cassandra Campsall & Lace Squares – 10 3in by 3in squares by Carol James (I put this design together myself in one of my graphics packages using bits of each of the Designer Resources listed.  I then just printed out the design onto Crafty Bob paper, then trimmed scored and folded it.  I used a fine line double sided tape around the central panel and put on crystal glitter.  The glittering was the fiddlyest part of the job.)
  2. With Sympathy by Sally McIntyre (Straight and oval cutting only for this card as the scalloped edged base card was pre-cut in that shape.  I simply printed the design onto Crafty Bob paper, cut it out, matted it onto a golden coloured Satin Board and then stuck it all together using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I put a white insert inside for a personal message to be written on.)
  3. Beautiful Calla Lily Spiral Pyramid by Ammie Sanders (I printed this design also onto Crafty Bob paper and cut it out.  Straight cutting only for this card as once again the base card came with the patterned edge already cut.  I used two shades of Adorable Scorable pink cardstock for my matting and layering and peel-offs for the greeting -“Gair o Gysur” being Welsh for “A Word of Comfort”. I used roller glue and the same 1mm deep foam tape as on the last card to attach everything together.)
  4. Sunset on the beach by Eileen Deliot & Wood Frames by Carol Lepard (For this card I took elements of the two Designer Resources kits into one of my graphics packages and re-sized until they fit together and fit the size I wanted for my finished card.  I then typed on a greeting – “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch” being Welsh for “Thinking About You” – using a shade from the sun area of the photograph for the text.  I then printed the design out onto Crafty Bob paper and matted it onto a panel of golden coloured Satin Board.  This was then stuck to the front of an A5 card that had a decorative edge using the same 1mm deep foam tape as previously mentioned.  I finished off the card with fine border peeloffs.)

CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I haven’t added any more items to my shop on craftybob.com over the weekend, but I do hope to have more items uploaded during this week.

The number of shops being opened on the site grows daily, and is now well over 100, although some of them haven’t got around to uploading any items for sale yet.  At the moment there appear to be more shops opened by crafters in the UK than any other country, but I’m sure that the numbers in other locations will grow as the weeks go on.  Why not pop over to craftybob.com for a look now -> here – you may be lucky and find something you need.  Don’t forget that it isn’t just completed, hand crafted, items that are sold on the site, but also Craft Supplies and Craft Tools.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – In case you’ve not already had a chance to have a look – a copy of the mailer sent out by the CUP Team on Friday, 11th May, can be seen by clicking > here.

May Card Making Competition –  As I said in my last blog post – the theme for the May cardmaking competition has been announced and all CUP customers should now have a link to upload their entry, labeled “Upload Competition Entry” , in their “Crafter Control Panel”. The theme this time is –  “Wedding” – and you need to make your card using any CUP download.  Of course, you are allowed to use whatever else you want to when making your creation, just so long as a CUP item you’ve bought is visible on the card. The last entry date is the 22nd May, 2012, with the winner being announced on the 30th.

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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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Decoupaged Floral Card

 Posted by at 03:43 pm
May 122012
 

I’ve just made a new card that I’d like to enter in a challenge as follows:

  • Crafty Bloggers Network – Challenge #21 – ‘Decoupage’ – lots of layers of flowers decoupaged for dimension in the central panel.
  • Crafter’s Companion Monthly Challenge – Challenge 24 – Here Comes Summer – I can’t think of anything that tells me that summer is here than loads of flowers all over the place.

Here’s the card:

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  1.  Closeup of greeting panel – “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  (Click on thumbnail image for a closer look)
  2. Side view of oval flower panel showing dimension of decoupaged flowers (Again, click on thumbnail image for a closer look)

This is how I made it:

I designed this card front and decoupage myself in one of my graphics packages using two different Designer Resources that I’d bought via craftsUprint.

  1. Background is 1 of ones from – Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke
  2. Flower elements are several components from – Floral Frames and Ornaments lilacs by Susan Wood

I wanted a card front that would go on an 8″ square card but still allow me space to further decorate with some peel-off so I first put the background in place and decided on the size.  I then added the outside frame and an oval frame of flowers.  On the rest of the graphics package page, off the main card front, I took several other oval frames, resizing them and placing on top of each other to create an oval panel of flowers.  The straight banner of flowers were taken and a greetings panel was added.  Other little groupings of flowers were also dotted about to fill up the space on the page.  I then printed off the created page out onto Crafty Bob Paper and cut out the main panel and all the other individual pieces.  The main panel was stuck to an 8″ square, white card front onto which I’d lightly dusted some distress ink to take the starkness out of the white to tone it in with the card front.  I then put on fine gold border peeloffs around the main panel.  The card was finished off by sticking on all my floral decoupage layers using glue gel.

craftybob.com Update:  

There’s an EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH OFFER on the crafbybob.com site for this weekend only.  Every craftsUprint customer who places an order on craftybob.com this weekend gets a £5 CUP voucher! This fantastic offer is for this weekend only and all CUP £5 vouchers will be placed into your CUP Crafter Control Panel within 72 hours of your craftybob.com purchase.

I know that most of my followers will be crafters in their own right, so probably won’t be in the market for handcrafted items like they would make themselves.  But if you are a card-maker, not only might other handcrafted items, such as knitting or jewellery, be of interest to you, but you should check out the “Craft Supplies” and “Craft Tools” sections on the craftybob.com site for what’s available.

Don’t forget that you can see the items I’ve already uploaded to craftybob.com by clicking -> here.

CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the CUP mailer sent out on Wednesday, 9th May, can be seen by clicking -> here.  Lots of cardmaking ideas to be seen, as per usual.

A copy of the mailer sent out on Friday, 11th May, can be seen -> here.  If you like cards with dimension then you’ll see plenty of ideas in this mailer, including several styles of pop-up cards.

May Card Making Competition –  The theme for the May Card Making Competition has been announced.  This time you need to make a “Wedding” themed card using any CUP download.  Details are on the Craftforums site and you’ll find your “Upload Competition Entry” link part way down your “Crafter Control Panel” on the main craftsUprint site. The last entry date is the 22nd May, 2012, with the winner being announced on the 30th.

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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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May 082012
 

I haven’t done a whole lot of crafting over the last few days since my last post, only some knitting with unusual yarns using my knitting boards.  You can see pictures below.

What I have been concentrating on is setting up my new online shop.

Since I had to take early retirement due to health and disability issues over a year ago I’ve been using any time when I’m well enough to sit up in bed or the sitting room to do little bits of different crafts. I can’t do a lot, or big batches, of anything in one go, but do enjoy puttering and trying things out, and especially the satisfaction of having managed to create something.  But building up a stash of crafting equipment and consumables takes money, so, while I know that I’ll never be well enough to devote enough time to crafting to make it into a full time job, paying business, I am hoping that I’ll be able to sell a few of my hand crafted items via the new online shop to help me buy further consumables, and also bits of crafting equipment that will make it easier for me to continue crafting despite my fluctuating disabilities.

At the end of last week a new platform opened its doors to allow crafters to sell both completed, hand made, hand crafted, items, as well as any crafty stash items they may want to sell on.  The name of this new “shopping complex” of online craft shops is “craftybob.com”.

Over the last four months I’ve been involved in doing some low key testing of the site as a prospective seller, and now I can let everybody know that it is live. I’ve still got a long way to go though before I get all the items I’d like to sell uploaded, but I prefer to upload a small number of items at a time.  I’m not aiming to make myself stressed about uploading everything straight away, or worrying if things don’t sell immediately.  Though obviously I am hoping that I’ll sell some stuff.

So there you are – that’s what I’ve been up to lately.  Details of my shop address and sections of items for sale can be seen below.

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Knitting:

As a change from knitting the baby blanket in Tiddly Pom yarn (shown in my previous post – here) and my throw/snuggle blanket in Wendy Frills yarn (shown in my post – here), which are long term projects, I decided to do a quicker project in a yarn with much larger “pompoms”.  So I knitted this scarf in Snowball yarn.  After taking pictures of the yarn strap and a piece of the yarn itself I forgot to take a picture of the part done work before I finished it, but I knitted it on five pegs spaced out on one of my circular knitting boards.

1Scarf 07 06  2Scarf 07 10  3Scarf 07 03  4Scarf 07 07

  1. The yarn is a large pompom one.
  2. This is what the yarn looks like – one stitch per thread between each pompom
  3. The completed scarf with a pompom fringe.
  4. A closeup of the knit of the scarf

My current quick project is another Wendy Frills yarn scarf which an aunt has asked me to knit for her.  She’d seen the sapphire coloured one I knitted not so long ago, and showed you in my post here, and wanted one similar but in a different colour.  This is how far I’ve got so far – no rush as she doesn’t think she’ll need it before next autumn.

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  1.  This is the yarn ball strap with information on the yarn itself.
  2. This is what a piece of the ribbon yarn looks like – you knit into the loops at the top of the yarn.
  3. This is what the front of the piece of scarf I’ve knitted so far looks like.
  4. This is the back of the piece of knitted scarf.  You can see how the stitches lie over the pegs on the circular knitting loom.

I hope that this colour will be OK for my aunt, she wanted a reddish scarf and therefore we chose the yarn that was titled “Ruby”, but this looks to be more a pink shade with maroon to me.

craftybob.com Update:  

My new online shop “Craftau MAES MIERI Crafts” on craftybob.com is now open for business.  Please click – here – to have a look at the small number of items I’ve uploaded, and come back often to see the additions I’ll be putting up slowly, but surely, over time.  I hope that some of you will find something you like and want to buy on the site as well – if not for yourself then for a gift for somebody else.

I’ve currently got several sections in my shop:

Let me know what you think of it so far.

As the whole craftybob.com site is new, only having gone live just before the weekend, I expect that there could well be issues occurring.  If you find something doesn’t work, or isn’t easy to use, the please leave me a comment below to let me know so that I can pass it on to the site’s technical guru.

 

 CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out by the CUP Team on Wednesday, 2nd May, can be seen by clicking -> here.  Once again there’s a wide assortment of digital downloads in many styles to be seen – from cute to cars, from floral to fashion.  Please click through to have a look.

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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 – A big thank you to all who’ve left me comments lately.  If anybody wants to leave me comments I’d love to read them.  You should find a box below where you can 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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The Last of My April Crafty Makes

 Posted by at 09:11 pm
May 022012
 

I’m finally feeling as if I’m getting over the virus, so on Monday I got my Silhouette Cameo machine out and did a bit of cutting out.  Then put the cards together.  Nothing too adventurous, but I did get them done.  Felt exhausted afterwords, and aching badly again, so didn’t manage to get this blog post ready, which explains why I’m posting my last April crafty makes at the beginning of May.

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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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  1. Scalloped Layered Cards 27 & 28…..STUDIO by Tina Fitch (I cut the base card and all the layers out of various shades of Satin Board using my Silhouette Cameo, and stuck it together using double sided tape in places and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape for the frame dimension.  I simply decorated with paper flowers and ribbon from my crafty stash.)
  2. Stained Glass Butterfly & Card – Sil Studio by Stacey Alleyne (Another card cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  For this card I cut the base card out of blue card-stock and all the other layers out of metallic vellum.  I attached the layer with most cut out to the outside, suing glue along the body outline.  All the other layers were stuck on the inside, in order.)

Knitting:

I’ve now finished the ruffled scarf I showed you a few posts ago – here.

1Scarf 06 09  2Scarf 06 10

It was kitted from Wendy Frills yarn on one of my circular knitting looms.  The first picture shows it as it would be worn with one end slipped through a loop knitted near the end on the other side, which can be seen in the second picture.

I’ve now been asked by an aunt to make her one in red, and a neighbour wants one to go with her brown winter cape, but the exact colour of that one is to be confirmed.  Looks like I could be making scarves and throws throughout the summer at this rate.

Cutting Work For Tina Fitch:

I’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch lately.

These are some reasonably simple cutting files that can be cut out of whatever colour and texture card-stock you want and then embellished or left plain, however you want.

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  1. Swirl heart Cut Out Card…….STUDIO (For this card I cut the design out of Adorable Scorable cardstock and put a panel of red Satin Board behind.)
  2. Christmas Tree Cut out card (The card itself is cut out of green Satin Board and inside I’ve put an insert of gold vellum.)
  3. Arched Shaped Card ….Studio (The arched window card was cut out of a black cardstock and I put an insert of gold vellum inside so that the arch details could be seen as the card was black both sides so the detail wasn’t visible against the black inside without an insert.  The black card-stock I used is a little bit lighter than I’d use if I was going to decorate a card with embellishments, but is fine for just using with a vellum behind like I’ve done here.)
  4. Birthday Cut out Card ….Studio (The card itself and the top layer of the panel are cut out of very pale yellow Adorable Scorable card-stock and the other layer of the panel and the panel I put inside the card to show off the cut out detail were cut out of a sheet of purple Satin Board.)
  5. (This is the same card as above but I’ve embellished it with paper flowers, leaves, and a ribbon bow, from my own crafty stash.)

As well as selling via the craftsUprint site, Tina also has her own site – here.

I’ve got some more work on the go for Tina, so keep an eye on my blog over the next few weeks for more to appear.

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CUP Update:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out by the CUP Team on Monday, 30th April, can be seen by clicking -> here.  The “Exclusive Designer Spotlight” this time is the very talented Gordon Fraser.  Gordon is known for the “Dude” character he creates.  I think one of my favourites is the “Doctor Dude“, although this isn’t one of the ones shown in the mailer.  As usual, the mailer has a wide variety of designs for you to look at, so why not click through for a look if you haven’t seen it already.

The mailer sent out on Wednesday, 2nd May, can be seen – here. The “New From” feature this time are some “Animated Large Wobble Head Card Kits” by the ever popular designer Carol Clarke, but there are lots of other desings for you to look at in the mailer as well.

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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 – A big thank you to everybody who’ve left such nice comments on my previous posts.  Any comment you leave under this post will go live after I’ve had a chance to moderate them to weed out any Spam.)

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