Crafting Towards The End Of June

 Posted by at 12:56 pm
Jun 302012
 

Wish I could say my health was back to its usual self, even if my usual self isn’t up to much, but I’m not – though I finally feel in a little less pain with my pulled muscle.  Most of my crafting has been tied to digital work putting together designs on the computer and putting Print & Cut points in place in Silhouette Studio ready for when I feel up to a cutting out session.  But I actually got a tidy batch of eight cards put together yesterday, which is the most I’ve done in one session for ages, although some had been started and all had been printed and cut out before hand.

The good thing about this latest batch of cardmaking is that it included ones for me to upload to the craftsUprint site as a Registered Crafter – which means that I’ve now crossed the 1,000 point of uploaded photos of handcrafted projects.  You can see them all – here.

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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Three Christmas cards.

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  1. Xmas Sledging Penguin Snowglobe Circle Pyramage Topper by Carol Clarke (I used a sheet of blue cardstock from the Adorable Scorable Silk-Art Megabuy pack to  make the base card for this.  This is an easy card to cut out as the base layer is square and the pyramage layers are circular.)
  2. Xmas Santa n Mrs Claws Snowglobe Circle Pyramage Topper by Carol Clarke (The base card that this design is built up on is from the Christmas Adorable Scoreable card-stock.  The design itself is printed onto glossy paper, and because there are only straight and circular layers to cut out it is an easy design to cut out and make up.)
  3. Christmas Blank 6×6 Topper 1 by Anna Babajanyan (This card uses the same type of base cardstock and is printed onto the same type of glossy paper as the previous ones.  Only straight cutting involved in making this one, so very easy to make.  There is however extra layers of holly leaves and berries on the sheet I used which can be added for dimension, but I just didn’t feel like cutting them out this time.)

An assortment of birthday and condolence cards.

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  1. LINE ART BORDER EDGE CARD 3 with butterflies by Clive Couter (This card is made using a Print & Cut file that was cut out of Super Smooth cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo after printing out the digi stamp.  So no cutting at all involved in making this card.  I used ProMarkers to colour things in.)
  2. SIDE STEPPER Line Art Card by Clive Couter (Another Print & Cut file made the same way as the previous one.)
  3. Rough Diamond Backing Paper – Purple by Sarah Edwards (I printed the background onto good quality, heavyweight, photo paper and trimmed and scored it to make a base card.  The topper is from the Daisy and Friends CD ROM which I’d coloured in with pro-markers.  The flower embellishments are punched out ones I had spare from another project.  Again no difficult cutting for somebody with dexterity problems.)
  4. With Sympathy Design Sheet White Phlox by Mandy Russell (Printed onto glossy photo paper and stuck to a black base card made of Adorable Scorable cardstock, this is another quick and easy card to make.)
  5. Lilac and Green build your own Sympathy Quick Card by Sarah Skinner (Another card where the design is printed onto glossy photo paper and where Adorable Scorable cardstock was used.  Only straight cutting involved in making this card.)

This batch of  Christmas cards was made by my two youngest nephews Thursday night.  They were not totally enthusiastic when I mentioned making Christmas cards – just couldn’t understand why we needed to start making Christmas cards to sell at our Sunday School before the summer holidays even started.  Mind you, by the time I’d pulled out one of the packs from the Hunkydory Selection Box of four packs of items I’d got – the Hunkydory Vintage Christmas, and let them see all the sheets, they were eager to get stuck in.  First we tried to match all the sheets of die-cut toppers with the most suitable sheet of A4 card.  The boys then chose which die-cut toppers and which of the matching sheets they wanted to work with.  I then gave them my Hougie Board on which they measured the size of the card and did a little maths to work out the half way point before scoring and folding in half.  And they had to be given my Crafty Bob Bone Folder to do the folding and pressing.  (They are serious Crafty Bob fans!)  After that it was a case of getting the tape pens and foam tape and them laying out their choice out how they wanted.

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  1. Vintage car.
  2. Santa Express
  3. Second Santa Express card – this card has a couple of rounds from the Festive Layering Mats and Frames pack as well.
  4. Children at the door.

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KNITTING:

I’m getting close to finishing my large snuggle throw. I put up examples of the skein of yarn I’m using, what one panel looks like, and the texture of the finished knit, in my previous blog post – here. I’m now half way through my last panel – I hope!  Provided I’ve counted right this will be the last panel I need.

However, the two youngest nephews have now decided they want one each of their own – No!  Absolutely not.  There’s no way I’m starting two more of these throws again in a hurry.  So we’ve come to a compromise – they get to share my snuggle throw when they are over here.  I’ve promised that when we sit on the sofa in the winter to have a story reading session I’ll sit in the middle and they can sit either side and share my throw – this compromise may mean that I need to make two more panels to extend the throw to fit the width of the sofa – which is infinitely better than starting two more throws.

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  1. This is my last panel on my circular knitting loom.  Although I’m knitting on a large, circular, knitting loom I’m not knitting “in the round”, but rather I’m turning around and going in the other at the end of each row, so that the panel is flat when it’s cast off and comes away from the loom.
  2. You’ll have seen in my previous blog post about the throw that the yarn comes as a skein.  This isn’t easy to work with, so I wind the yarn onto a roll of kitchen paper.  I’ve seen it suggested that winding onto an empty kitchen paper roll is good, but when I tried that the yarn was coming off the ends.  It still does that a bit when wound onto a part used roll of kitchen paper, but it works much better like this.
  3. This is what it looks like with the stitches on the pegs.  The pegs are quite large on this particular circular loom, and the pegs are slightly closer together than the gaps between the loops of the yearn, so working the loops over the pegs isn’t a strain at all with this yarn.
  4. I just put fresh loops over two or three pegs before using the knitting hook to hook the bottom loop over the new, upper, loop and the peg.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Some of my handcrafted items can be seen for sale in my on-line shop here ->

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I’ve got more stuff to upload, so please do pop back every now and then to see what I’ve got available.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – The CUP Mailer sent out today, Friday, 29th June, 2012, can be seen – here.  Anybody who’s interested in crafting should have a good read because there’s news of a short term, 20% discount code, and lots of free gifts that include a CD-ROM and a Bag.  Please don’t think that the craftsUprint site is only aimed at card makers, there are sections for Crochet, Cross Stitch, Knitting, and Needlework, in addition to digital downloads for use in papercrafting.

June Card Making Competition – Voteing is still going on for the competition, so if you qualify to vote, but haven’t done so yet, please pop along to your Control Panel on the craftsUprint site and have a good look at all 60 entries before placing 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, 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.)

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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Jun 272012
 

I really love reading the lovely comments left on my previous posts – so thank you so much to all those who’ve taken the time, not only to have a look at my blog, but also to comment

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I started on a batch of Christmas cards yesterday – quick and easy ones using die-cut toppers, etc., from the Hunkydory Christmas Selection Box.  I don’t want to get caught out like I was last year when my mother said she wanted some 20 to 30 cards, I gave her my big box full to choose, and it came back with 3 in it.  So I’ll assume she needs 60 this year and aim to make my own, plus some to sell at the chapel, on top of that.  Quite a few will be cards made from recycled old cards, but I don’t have enough of those that are suitable to make all my Christmas cards, which is why I went for the blockbuster. With foiling and other details already on the toppers I don’t feel the need to make the cards really fancy with extra mating and layering, so it looks, from the batch I’ve made so far, that the cards will work out very economical to make, especially as I had the triple discount because I’m a C & C club member.

I haven’t taken any photos of the cards I made yesterday yet, so I’ll show you them in another blog post, but I have got five cards from Monday to show you.

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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, 3 and 4 are put together from digital Designer Resources and 2 and 5 from digital kits.  All printing was done on the best Tesco photo paper – I think!  I may have used Crafty Bob’s paper for one of them.  Managed to mix up the card-stock by my printer over the weekend as I’d pulled out a few sheets of each and forgot to put one sort back before starting to use the other.

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  1. 12 Wood Papers CU4CU by Janyce Cotterill, Sky Three by Ross Slater-Finch and Wood Frames by Carol Lepard (I used three of the wood paper backgrounds, one of the wood frames and the sky image to build up the card as I wanted in one of my graphics packages.  As the layout work is done digitally for this card, and then printed and folded to make the actual card before decorating with some peel-offs there isn’t any difficult cutting involved in this card.)
  2. 8 x 8 Bert Plays Football Scalloped Corner Kit by Carol Clarke (Although the layers of the card are scalloped, they were not too difficult to cut out as they are quite chunky due to the card itself being 8″ square.  I’ve kept the card simple and not further embellished it.)
  3. autumn in Lyon by Eileen Deliot, 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers: pink, blue, lilac by Jacqueline Hatton and A SELECTION OF FRAMES AND MATS png foRMAT TRANSPARENT BACKGR by Sally McIntyre (These are again Designer Resources that I took into one of my graphics package to re-size and build up my card front before printing out.  This time I made the frame layer an extra layer for dimension, so some ins and outs cutting was required, but I made sure that I chose one that wasn’t too intricate.  A rotary blade was used to give the fine deckle edge to the card front and the base card was bought already with a large deckle edge, so all in all this wasn’t a difficult card to cut and construct.)
  4. Pale Diagonals by Carol James and Decorative Holly Alpha Set CU4CU by Debra Laraway (I’ve kept this design, built up using elements from two different Designer Resource kits, very simple.  “Nadolig Llawen” is Welsh for “Happy Christmas” and the last thing I want is to make a batch of a dozen or so Christmas cards that require a lot of cutting out.  So I worked on the layout in my graphics package to make a print, trim, fold, card that I just decorated with some peeloffs around the edges.  I may at some point go a bit further with the design and take it into my Silhouette Studio software to make it into a Print & Cut card front with layered letters – it depends how things go with other projects first.)
  5. 8 x 8 Bert Plays Cricket Scalloped Corner Kit by Carol Clarke (This card is exactly the same style and size as the “Football” one above and so was just as easy to make.  I did add a “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off to this one to turn it into a Welsh birthday card.)

Remember that the Designer Resources that are available on craftsUprint are open for anybody to buy, not just those designers who go on to sell their completed designs on CUP and other multi-seller, digital download, sites.  The Designer Resources can be a great source of items to use in your crafting, and the beauty of these is that you can digitally construct your design yourself, rather than use other cardmaking downloads that you are not suppose to do any digital manipulation with, only print out and then construct how you’d like.

 
CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I haven’t uploaded any more items for sale since my last blog post, but do have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – There have been a few mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post.

Here are the links to view copies of the mailers:

  • Friday, 22nd June – Here – have a good look at this one for the fantastic free gifts currently available with CUP orders!
  • Monday, 25th June – Here.
  • Wednesday, 27th June – Here – If you hate football, have had enough of football on the TV, and don’t have a football mad friend or family member to make a card for, then perhaps this mailer isn’t for you because it’s full of football!  Mind you, there is the usual assortment of news and snippets at the end of the mailer, so it’s still worth a look if you want to scroll quickly past the dreaded football!

June Card Making Competition – The time for entries to be uploaded has passed, but the voting is now open.  There are 60 entries this time, so if you are a CUP Customer or Designer then please have a good look at all the entries 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, 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 June Crafting

 Posted by at 04:57 pm
Jun 222012
 

I’d like to say – “Thank You” –  to all those who’ve commented on my previous posts.

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I know!  I know! It’s been quite a few days since my last blog post.  My aches and pains have been worse than usual lately and I’ve had bits and pieces of other things to take my attention, but I have made an entry for a card-making competition, a piece of jewellery, and an assortment of other cards, as well as carrying on with my ongoing knitting projects.  I can’t show you the competition entry yet, as the competition is anonymous, but I’ve popped up pictures and details of some of my other crafted items in this blog post for you to have a look at.  Let me know what you think.

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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. Flowers Tall Card Topper 3 by Anna Babajanyan (I made a tall base card from a sheet of gold mirror card.  I printed the design out onto good quality glossy photo paper from Tesco and cut out all the pieces.  The base image was stuck to the prepared card using double sided fingerlift tape.  I shaped the leaves, flowers and butterflies before attaching them using glue gel.  I finished off with a greeting “Diolch” – Welsh for Thank you.  There is a bit of a fiddle cutting out all the flowers and butterflies, although most are quite smooth to cut with no really intricate pieces.)
  2. Closeup of dimension on card.
  3. Another closeup.
  4. Beige Rose Oval Frame by Linda Whittles (The base card was made from an A4 sheet of hammered white cardstock.  I printed the sheet onto good quality, glossy, photo paper and cut the pieces out.  The main image was stuck directly to the card front using fingerlift tape and the “With Love” greetings panel was attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I decorated the card using sticky back silver gems.  With just straight and oval items to cut out this was an easy card to make.)
  5. Flowers On Pastel Background Various Occasions Topper by Anna Babajanyan (I printed the sheet onto good quality, glossy, photo paper and cut out the card front and my chosen oval greeting stopper, so once again only straight and oval cutting, making this an easy, but effective card to make.  I picked the green swirls in the background and chose a Satin Board sheet of the same colour to score and fold to make my base card.  I then just stuck the topper directly to the front of this base card and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings pane.)

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  1. Large Floral Blank Topper 5 by Anna Babajanyan (I printed the card onto good quality glossy photo paper and cut it out.  I prepared a base card by scoring and folding in half an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock.  I trimmed this to be just a little larger than the main panel.  I used a tape pen to attach the printed card front to the base card.  I found a greeting panel in my crafty stash and stuck this to the front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  This card had straight cutting only so was very easy to make.  The sheet did have extra little butterflies to layer, which would have been a bit more fiddly to cut, but I didn’t use them on this card.)
  2. Roses & Butterflies 2 Card Fronts Set 2 by Anna Babajanyan and 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell (I printed the sheet onto good quality, glossy, photo paper and cut both the panels out – although I’ve only used one to make a card so far.  I printed the pale blue background onto heavyweight, super smooth, cardstock, then trimmed, scored and folded it to make my base card.  The chosen main image was matted onto a sheet of gold coloured Satin Board which was trimmed to leave a small border.  The matted image was stuck to the front of the prepared card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished this card off with a “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off greeting – which is Welsh for Happy Birthday. Just plain straight cutting required for this card, so an easy one to make.)
  3. Sunflowers Pyramid by Frances Dent and Baby Blue Plaid Backing Paper by Tanya Hall (The pyramid and background were both printed onto 160gsm super smooth heavyweight paper.  I cut out all the pieces of the pyramid, although I decided to only use some of the layers for this card.  I trimmed the background so that it would fit on my chosen 8″ square, with decorative edge, base card I’d chosen, leaving a 1.5cm fold to go over the card spine.  This was attached using fingerlift tape.  I matted the pyramid base layer onto hammered white cardstock and trimmed to leave a border, before attaching to the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I finished the card off with a simple butterfly embelishment.  Another card that involved just straight cutting, making it an easy one to make.)
  4. Closeup of above showing dimension.

KNITTING:

A while ago, in my post – here – I showed you the yarn and first panel of a thick, snuggle throw I’d started working on.  I decided to work it a panel, made using one skein, at a time because I couldn’t handle a full big throw when I came near the end if I just kept going.  I’ve now got 9 panels completed, and the 10th on circular knitting loom being worked on.  so hopefully I’ll have a picture of the completed throw to show you before long.

JEWELLERY:

I decided to make a set of jewellery for myself this week.  I wanted to make it more chunky than what I’d usually ware, and as I’m having a bit of a “purple period” at the moment (as anybody who’s taken a peak at my ongoing update to my crafting website will have realised), I decided to use mostly deep purple beads with some black.

1Set 12 05  2Set 12 03

  1. I used the majority of a pack of Midnight Mambo Bead Selection, together with one 7″ strand each of Black and Purple Faceted Glass beads, to make the set, with the addition of gold tone findings.  The stringing material is Tiger Tail.
  2. You’ll notice that these earrings don’t have earring findings attached.  This is because I ware gold, round, sleeper earrings all the time, and when I make jewellery with gold tone findings I quite often just make the drops for the earrings and I just open the sleepers, slip the earring drops in, and close the sleepers.  Far less of a fiddle than taking the sleepers out and then putting a separate pair of earrings in.  I can even choose whether to have one, two or three drops, or a mixture of colours, or whatever I feel like by doing it this way.  Of course, when I make silver toned jewellery for myself, I do use silver tone earring wires to keep the colour consistent.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I’ve now got 37 items listed on my new online shop:

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These include a variety of handmade items, from cards, to knitted items, to jewellery. Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – There have been three mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post.  I really must bet back into the swing of blogging more often, but I’ve slipped a bit, for one reason or another, over the last month.

Here are the links to view copies of the mailers:

  • Friday, 15th June – here.
  • Monday, 18th June – here.
  • Wednesday, 20th June – here.

Please do click through for a look at the lovely designs being created by some very talented designers for crafters to buy and use in their crafting.

June Card Making Competition – There’s still a little time left to upload your entry to the June cardmaking competition via your craftsUprint Crafter Control Panel.  The last entry date is 24-June-12.  More details can be seen on Craftforums.

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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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Jun 142012
 

A Big Thank  You – to all those who’ve commented on my previous posts.

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CARDS OF THE MOMENT:

I’ve been lucky to have a variety of the cards I’ve created chosen as “Image of the Moment” by several of the designers on craftsUprint – but I do have to admit that I don’t always remember to blog about them or to thank each designer individually.  So now I’d like to say a big thank you to each and every designer who’s chosen any of my creations uploaded to CUP as their “Image of the Moment” at any point this year.

I’ve currently, (at the time of writing this during the evening of Tuesday, 12th June, 2012,) got three cards chosen as their “Image of the Moment” by the respective designers who’s design work I used when making the cards.  Of course the designers may have got a different “Image of the Moment” by the time this is posted to my blog or you actually get to read it, but I’d like to say “thank you designers”.

Here are the designers who’ve currently got my cards as their “Image of the Moment”, together with the card they’ve chosen.

  1. Designer – Jacqueline Hatton; Card – A4 Background Papers: yellows and blues
  2. Designer – Clive Couter; Card – FLOWER POT CARD
  3. Designer – Ammie Sanders; Card – Quick Pyramid Sheet 6

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WEBSITE:

It’s been a while since my niece and I worked together on a website to show off our crafting – years in fact – and back then, when I was still working, we concentrated on our cardmaking, even though we did bits of cross-stitch and other crafts as well.  The old site can be seen -> here.

In any case, now that I’ve had to retire because of my health and disability problems, and now that I’ve got more time to play around with more of the crafts I enjoy, I thought it was time to build a new website to show more variety of crafted items. It isn’t going to be something that’s updated as regularly as this blog, but hold more galleries of stuff as a reminder, including things like the wedding stationery I made for my sister’s wedding a few years back and the various samples I made ahead of time to work out what she wanted.

It isn’t nearly finished yet, and I’ve got all the early stuff to transfer to the new site before I close down the old site, but if anybody wants to have a look then it can be found here ->

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I’ve put a bit of time aside to upload a few more items to my online shop the last couple of days.  I’ve got lots more to add but it takes time, so I’m trying to do small batches of assorted items as often as I can to build up my stock while there’s free listing.  Not sold anything yet though in the six weeks or so that the craftybob.com marketplace has been live.

Here are the items I’ve uploaded to my shop on craftybob.com since my last blog post:

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

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – You can see the mailer sent out by the team at CUP HQ on Wednesday, 13th June, by clicking – here.  There’s such a wide variety of designs to be seen in this mailer.

June Card Making Competition – The theme for the current monthly competition from Craftsuprint! is “Female Birthday”.  It’s a free to enter ‘themed’ competition for the Crafters who’ve bought designs via CUP, you just go into your “Crafter Control Panel” on the craftsUprint site and upload your entry, giving details of how you made your card and giving the “cup number” of the design you used to make it.  The winner will receive a Trophy plus £25 to spend on CUP! 2nd Place will get a £10 voucher, 3rd Place a £5 voucher.  Details of the competition can be found on Craftforums -> here.  The last entry date is 24-June-12, and after that voting will commence.

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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 June

 Posted by at 06:28 pm
Jun 102012
 

Thank you to all of you who’ve left comments on my various blog posts.

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Not been the best of weeks since my last post.  In addition to sitting at an angle and causing the muscles at the base of my spine and out across my hips to go into spasm, on top of my usual health/disability issues, I’ve been having sporadic problems with uploading to several Internet sites, including FB, from my laptop, and then my parents old PC went belly up, just as I was siting down in front of it with an external hard disk in hand with the aim of doing a complete backup.  I’d noticed it was rather full and struggling early in the week before last, and one day later in the week I told Mam to leave it on when she finished using it and call me so that I could do a backup.  I saw it go haywire just as I was sitting down, before I’d even touched anything, and no amount of coaxing could get it back working again, not even to get some of the latest files off it.  Their new PC has arrived but it will take a while to get it to work with all the correct software for their needs, plus show them where everything is, because the new one is a Windows 7 PC and their old one was XP.  I’ve got a few of the basic software, such as anti virus, installed now, enough for them to do a small number of things they like to do, but it’s nowhere near completely set up. So expect sporadic visits from me on Facebook and Craftforums until I’ve got the PC sorted and a backlog of stuff done.

Then, yesterday, when I finally managed to get time to have a quick look at Facebook, I got a big surprise when I saw that I was being congratulated by a lot of lovely ladies for getting the title “Blog of the Week” on the Facebook Group “Emma’s Hints, Tips and Crafty Inspiration”.  So here’s my badge:

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I don’t mind saying that it just totally cheered me up, so thank you so much.

Now, on to some of the crafting I’ve been doing during the time since my last blog post.  I’ve been doing bits and bobs of a variety of crafts again over the last ten days or so.  As well as having my two youngest nephews over to stay overnight and doing things with them, such as helping them to finish off some of the knitting work that they’ve been doing – they’ve been knitting scarves for their toys using 4 pairs of pegs on little plastic knitting boards similar to mine that they persuaded me to buy them for their birthdays.  Then to finish off they made pompoms for the ends.  I also did a Print and Cut on my Silhouette Cameo of a “SIDE STEPPER Line Art Card” and let them sit by me colouring one each in while I was working on my own.  I know I was risking it a bit letting two youngsters have access to my ProMarkers, but they were supervised and it did keep them occupied for a bit.  Funny that the first thing the eldest of them did was add a green “compost” bin to his “garden” before he started colouring in his flower bunches a primrose yellow.  The other then copied but decided to put a yellow bin in because it looked a nicer colour.  He chose to colour his flower bunch in much more carefully in several colours.  Neither have completely finished their cards yet but I thought I’d show you how far they’ve got so far.

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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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Some of these cards were commissions from a friend who wanted some specific designs.

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  1. ‘8 x 8 Cricket Scalloped corner Topper by Carol Clarke (I made an 8″ square card from an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock.  I printed the design out onto good quality photo paper and then cut out the pieces – nothing too difficult to cut out, just straight edges and some rounded scallops on the corners.  The base image was stuck directly to the front of the base card and the corners were attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  This is an easy card to cut out and make as the shapes are not intricate and there are not a lot of them to worry about, but it still makes a large card with a striking image for the cricket fan you know.)
  2. A Welsh birthday card for a 90 year old.  The topper is made of three layers of card embossed on the Bookatrix board from Centura Pearl Snow White card, linen textured metallic gold card and pale pink Satin Board.  The stopper was emboss on the MiniBoox board.  The circular toppers were embossed onto the same hammered white cardstock as the stopper using the Cosmic board.  I coloured the peeloff greeting with a pink Letraset Metallic Marker, and used fine border peel-offs to finish around the panels.  The base card was A5 and bought ready cut with a large deckle edge and I simply scored half way across the front and folded to make the easel card.
  3. This card was made by cutting and scoring an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock to make an 8″ square card and used a corner rounder punch to give a rounded corner top and bottom right.  I took some purple narrow ribbon and tied four lengths around the card, through the middle over the centre of the insert.  I used purple cardstock and hammered white card-stock for the topper.  The layers were embossed on the Cosmic board.  The swirls and butterflies are all purple foiled rub ons (the differences in shades are how the light is falling on the foiled flourishes as they are all the same colour in reality). This time I used violet Letraset Metallic Marker to colour the Penblwydd Hapus (Happy Birthday in Welsh) and the 90, which is exactly the same coloured and patterned as the 90 on the previous card before colouring in.
  4. This is a closeup of an area of the card front.

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  1. Muuu so sweet by Karin Johansson; Wavey Leaf Stems by Claire Norman; Wonky Petal Layering Flower Template by Jackie Mitchell (The card is simply an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock scored and folded in half to make an A5 card.  The Muuu has been printed out onto good quality photo paper.  It is a decoupage design so has some ins and outs of cutting, but in reality it isn’t that difficult to cut as the layers are mostly rounded.  The leaf stems were cut out of a few shades of green Core’dinations card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo.  The flower was made by using the layering flower template onto one of the background designs included in the kit – choosing one of the backgrounds with a brown spot that toned with the browns of the card.  The design was then taken into my Silhouette Studio software and I then set up a Print & Cut file preparing a cutting line to cut out the flower layers.  The flowers where then simply shaped and stuck together after cutting.  So the flower and leaves embellishments were cut out using a digital/electronic cutter, not by hand, making the whole project much easier.)
  2. Closeup of the flower, leaves and cow’s head, at an angle to show the dimension.
  3. Welsh Rugby by Chris Wells-West (The base card is an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card cut, scored and folded to make an 8″ square card.  The design was printed out onto a good quality photo paper and cut out, which just involved straight cutting and around the rugby ball, so nothing intricate or really difficult.  The base image was stuck directly to the base card using fingerlift tape, the greeting was stuck on using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and the rugby ball was shaped and stuck on with glue gel.
  4. Closeup showing the dimension.

1cup323869_1415 - card02 - Summer Picnic Pop-up Card & Envie STUDIO-PDF-Printable   2cup323869_1415 - card03 - Summer Picnic Pop-up Card & Envie STUDIO-PDF-Printable   3cup328079_415 - card02 - COW AND HER BABY CALF IN THE MEADOWS PYRAMIDS

  1. Summer Picnic Pop-up Card & Envie STUDIO-PDF-Printable by Rae Carr (This picture shows the outside of the card and the envelope front.  This is a Print & Cut design which I cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  The envelope was cut out of 120gsm Super Smooth white paper and the card, both outside, inside and pop-up elements, were cut out of 300gsm Super Smooth white card.  With no hand cutting the whole project was quite easy to make, the only remotely fiddly thing about making the card was getting the tabs through the slots and sticking them in place.)
  2. This is the inside of the first card.
  3. COW AND HER BABY CALF IN THE MEADOWS PYRAMIDS by Nick Bowley (I printed the design onto good quality photo paper and cut out the pyramid layers.  It’s all straight cutting so nothing to difficult for somebody with dexterity problems.  I took an A5 white base card that came pre-cut with a big deckle edge and already scored and put two different brown ribbons down the card around 1″ from the right edge.  One ribbon is much narrower than the other and was put on top.  I took the base image and matted it onto a panel of linen textured gold card, trimmed to leave a margin visible and then wrapped pieces of the same ribbon around the panel.  This was then matted onto mirror gold card which was again trimmed to leave a visible margin.  The matted image was stuck to the front of my card.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the pyramid layers to the card front and finished off with brown, sticky back, gems.)

KNITTING:

One bag to show you on the knitting front this time.  It’s the bag I showed you the start of in my previous post – here.

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  1. This is the completed bag.  Large enough to hold a purse and a makeup bag it’s ideal as an evening bag.  The handle is a short shoulder strap so the bag can be put over the shoulder but lies high up under the arm for safety.
  2. This is a closeup of the ruffles with the metallic silver thread running through the edge giving it a sparkle.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. A red, white and blue bracelet, but rather than having beads of each of the distinct colours it is made out of glass beads, the feature ones being marbled blue and white, and the smaller ones being marbled red and white.  It’s made on a stretch elastic cord.
  2. Closeup of the previous bracelet
  3. A really bright and funky bracelet made out of multicoloured glass beads threaded onto stretch elastic.
  4. “zebra” stripe feature glass beads threaded onto a double strand of stretch elastic with white glass beads as spacers.
  5. Closeup of some of the beads in the previous bracelet.

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  1. A bright pair of earrings, each made of three beads.  There are flat, red, glass beads top and bottom, either side of the colourful larger beads.
  2.  A pair of crystal earrings.
  3. A closeup of one of the crystal earrings.

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  1. A set of jewellery made out of blue glass beads.  The main, feature, beads have a texture and the smaller, spacer, beads are e-beads.
  2. The necklace.
  3. The bracelet.
  4. The earrings.
  5. A closeup of the feature and e beads.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer -It’s been a while since I’ve posted to my blog, so there are a lot of craftsUprint mailers for you to catch up on if you don’t receive them regularly to your E-mail Inbox:

A copy of the mailer sent out by the team at CUP HQ on the 31st May can be seen by clicking – here. The work of some Gold status Designers were showcased in this one, along with some new Pop Out Cards by Exclusive Designer, Carol Clarke, plus lots of other snippets from around the CUP world.

Click – here – if you want to see a copy of the mailer sent out on the 1st June.  Some of the work of the three Titanium status Designers are on show, together with some work form the Platinum Designers who have sold over 10,000 items a piece on the craftsUprint site.

The mailer from Bank Holiday Monday, 4th June, can be seen by clicking – here – and is again full of designs to tempt a card making crafter and lots more “out and about” news from CUP Crafters and Designers.

The mailer sent out on Wednesday, 6th June, can be seen if you click – here.  Look out for the special offer when you order £10 worth of items from the craftsUprint site.

And the last mailer send out on Friday, 8th June, can be seen by clicking – 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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(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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