More June Crafting

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


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.



(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.


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.


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.

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  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.



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


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


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.


You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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


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