Aug 302012
 

Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts and also to you all for popping over to have a look at my blog.

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Well all the bobbing up and down, to sort this and move that, that I’ve done so far of “The Big Tidy Up” has caused my damaged leg to swell more than it’s usually swollen, so I’ve had to take a few days with less bobbing about.

So Tuesday I sorted my Promarkers and Metallic markers.  I’d got more markers than I had marker wallets, so I’d ordered a new one.  So now I’ve got a space for all my markers (until I’m tempted by new colours) and have them sorted into colour groups.

Wednesday I found a carrier bag of old Christmas cards, that I’d put to one side earlier in the year, when I re-started tidying.  So I went back to bed with my leg elevated and concentrated on cutting the cards down into toppers to re-cycle to make new cards to sell at the chapel this coming weekend.  Quite a few of the old cards had come from members of the chapel for me to use like this to recycle and sell at the chapel to raise funds for the Sunday School.  The non-recycled cards I sell the Sunday School gets 33% of every sale.

And Thursday I started on the job of making the re-cycled Christmas cards up.  Didn’t finish making all the toppers I’d created up into cards, but did manage to make 28.  It’s a good thing I’d already made a good start on “The Big Tidy Up” and had already found several of the packs of different size and coloured base cards I’d ordered over the year when they were on special offer.  It meant I could quickly put my hand on them to make up these cards.  You can see them below.

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CARDS:

I think I should have remembered to change my background when taking the photos of the cards with a dark backgrounds they don’t show up the best against a black background.  Some of the pictures also show a bit of light and shade mottling because a couple of branches were waving outside the window and interfering with the light shining on the cards.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out on Wednesday, 29th August, can be seen by clicking – here. This mailer announces the start of a discount code worth 20% off any order from craftsUprint until Midnight GMT on 31st August, 2012.  So now’s the time to get a few of the items you’ve got in your wish list.  And if you’ve never looked at the CUP site before, why not have a look now.  You never know, you may find just the topper or kit you need for that special paper-crafting project, or the right knitting pattern for that soft toy you want to knit a young relative for Christmas.

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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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Aug 272012
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog and
Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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OK, I hold my hands up and admit that Phase 3 of “The Big Tidy Up!” has stalled – for a bit – and I promise I’ll get back to it soon.   However I have got some more sorting done since my last blog post, but I found some packs of die-cut items to make Christmas cards and was wondering why I’d ordered so many when I suddenly remembered – I’d promised to take a box full of hand made Christmas cards up to our chapel next Sunday so that the box could be passed around when we’re having our tea in the vestry after our communion service.

So this morning I thought I’d better attack one of the packs and make up as many cards as I could from it.  I made over 30!  Hopefully the photos have come out good enough for you to see them. But before showing you the Christmas cards I’d like to show you a round box I made over the weekend from 300gsm card-stock and decorated with a rose made from 160gsm cardstock.  I hope you like it.

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BOX:

(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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This is the box I made:

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  1. Giant 3D Rose………………..Studio by Tina Fitch (I cut the rose layers out of 160gsm white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and then used an inking tool and Tattered Rose Distress Ink to colour the petal edges before using my trusty Craft Bob bone folder to shape all the petals.  I then used a paper glue to stick all the layers together.  I created a box from 300gsm White cardstock, embossing the top and sides using a Glitter Girls board and putting some of the same distress ink on the top and sides to bring out the embossing.  I used the same paper glue to stick the box together.  I finished off by sticking the rose to the top of the box using template tape.  The fact that my Cameo cut out all the rose petal layers meant that this was a reasonably easy project to do. The only cutting by hand I did was going round the circle of the lid and base and the notches around the box sides to stick to the top and base.  I used a paper trimmer to cut the two side pieces.  The rose could be cut out of lightweight cardstock to go with whatever colour scheme you want, or cut out of white and coloured with the same inks or marker pens as you are using in your project, to make sure that it is a perfect colour match.)
  2. Lid off the box on its side.
  3. View straight down on box lid.
  4. Angled view of rose on top of box.

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CARDS:

I’d bought the Hunkydory Christmas Selection of 4 packs when it was on special offer a while ago.  All these cards were made out of just one of the packs, although I did add a small amount of base cards, foiled, mirri and adorable scorable cardstock to the kit to make up different cards.  Most have been made as Welsh cards – “Nadolig Llawen” being Welsh for “Happy Christmas” – but I have been asked for a dozen English cards, so I have used some of the greetings included in the kit on some of the cards.  I love variety in my card-making, and make all sorts of cards, using lots of different techniques, but there are times when it’s a must to have die-cut elements to make quick cards without too much stress on hands that are playing up.  I used a paper trimmer and my Hougie Board to prepare the card-stock.

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Oh Dear!  That took quite a lot of time to upload, so I’ve not got this post uploaded as early as I’d have liked.  Not a chance of going back to do a bit of tidying now, so I’ll have to think about it again tomorrow LOL!

KNITTING:

During short periods of sit down and rest I’ve been slowly working on another frilly scarf, knitting it on a round knitting loom.  Five or six inches a day soon mounts up.  This scarf is made from two skeins of Wendy Frills yearn, so it’s longer than the last few ones I’ve made.

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  1. This is the strap from around the skein of yarn.
  2. This is a piece of the yarn itself.

Hopefully, by the time I next post to this blog, I’ll have finished the scarf and can show you the finished item.

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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 couple of 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.  You can buy these designs either as Print & Cut .studio designs to use with a Silhouette Cameo, or as ordinary cuts where you cut them out yourself after printing.

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  1. You can find the kit to make this card here -> Halloween Boo!Back To Front Card Kit and the cutting file kit to make it here -> Halloween Boo!Back To Front Card Kit….Studio.
  2. You can find the kit to make this card here -> Christmas Bauble Back To Front Card Kit. and the cutting file kit to make it here -> Christmas Bauble Back To Front Card Kit…Studio.

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 on Friday, 24th August, can be seen by clicking -> here.  And you can see a copy of the mailer sent out on Monday, 27th August, can be seen by clicking -> here. If you don’t get the mailers dropped into your E-mail in-box each time then the mailer is well worth a quick look over as there’s a lot of different designs on show that may be just the inspiration you need for your crafting – even if you are not wanting to buy any of the designs at this moment in time.

Don’t forget that if you do want to buy some items from craftsUprint, be it digital items to download or even some of the great Crafty Bob Paper, if you spend £10 you will get some free items, which includes a CD-ROM.

August Card Making Competition – This months competition theme is Animals/Pets.  As usual there have been a lot of varied cards entered, and it’s now time to log into your Crafter Control panel and place your votes. The winner will be announced on 31-August-12. The winner will receive a Trophy plus £25 to spend on CUP, 2nd Place will get a £10 voucher, 3rd Place a £5 voucher.

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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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Further August Crafting

 Posted by at 10:27 pm
Aug 232012
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and
Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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Well, phase 2 of “The Big Tidy Up!” is just about complete and I’ve managed to get my new, mobile, craft storage unit into the corner of my room where I store my craft stash.  Still got a good third of my stuff to sort out, so on to phase 3 of crafty stash sorting next.  Then, after that, it will be phase 4 – sorting out my clothes cupboard and music stuff in another corner of my room.

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But I’ve been having withdrawal symptoms from doing daily crafting, so yesterday morning I got my Silhouette Cameo out to cut out a few designs, and printed out a few more, before going back to my sorting in the afternoon.  Don’t know how I managed to get so much old, junk, mail mixed in with my craft paper packs but I got two bin bags full of rubbish out of my room and lots of stuff into their proper drawers yesterday afternoon.

So this morning I had a crafty session putting together some of the stuff I’d prepared yesterday morning, before again going to put some stuff in their proper places this afternoon, though I didn’t get as much done this afternoon as some family members called around and then one of our friends who wanted to buy some cards, and put in an order for some other items, but that’s for Christmas, so plenty of time to make them up and I don’t have to give up completely on my tidy up to make them up.

I didn’t manage to make up everything I’d prepared yesterday, I may get them finished over the weekend, but you can see what I did do below.

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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
.)

1cup143589_695 - card02 - a hint of green  2cup263720_359 - card03 - Xmas Dove Wavy Corner side stacker Topper  3cup346256_596 - card03 - 3D Christmas Candle & Card Set +Box…..Studio  4cup346256_596 - card07 - 3D Christmas Candle & Card Set +Box…..Studio  5cup351407_1294 - card02 - Celebration

  1. a hint of green by Gail Collins (This was simply printed onto Super Smooth white card-stock and after cutting out the image I used a Quickie Glue pen to go around the leaves, grasses, etc., before dipping into my box of crystal glitter.  The image was then simply matted onto green glitter card.  The mated image was then stuck onto a base card made of textured, gold, cardstock.)
  2. Xmas Dove Wavy Corner side stacker Topper by Carol Clarke and Xmas Dove matching Backing Paper by Carol Clarke (I printed both sheets onto glossy photo paper then cut out all the pieces. I prepared the base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock. I cut a panel from background using a wavy edged cuter. The base image was stuck directly to the card front towards the left of the card front, and the background strip was stuck from top to bottom towards the right. I built up the side stacker in order, using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick each layer in place. I finished the card off with a “Nadolig Llawen” banner – Welsh for Happy Christmas.)
  3. 3D Christmas Candle & Card Set +Box…..Studio by Tina Fitch (I cut the layers of the candle out of 160gsm white cardstock and the box back, lid and bottom out of 250gsm cardstock in red and green, to go with my intended decoration of holly with berries. I cut the front of the box out of acetate. After cutting out I used and ink duster to put a halo of yellow on the “flame” part of the candle, and then used some red mica liquid to put a bit of red around the inside of the flame. I used a paper glue with a “quick grab” time to stick the layers together. I used template tape to stick the acetate front of the box to the card back and also to put the box lid and base together and attach the base to the body of the box. I embossed strips of Centura Pearl card-stock, two of which I put over the join of the card back to the acetate front of the box. The third strip I wrapped around the candle. I finished off by putting some holly embellishments on the ring around the candle and on the box lid. I’ve also cut out the card that was in the kit, from Adorable scorable card, but forgot to photograph it. Wps! The mini candles on the card look just as effective as the large candle, just make sure to cut the delicate card out of good quality cardstock.)
  4. The candle in the box.
  5. Celebration by Marie Wolman (For this card I only used one item from the kit, taking it into my graphics software and copying it several times.  By putting two copies of the champagne bottle side by side and touching I made a base card that’s the shape of a bottle when folded.  I made decoupage layers from pieces of the other copies of the bottles.  I used the text feature to put “Llongyfarchiadau” – Welsh for “Congratulations” – onto the bottle label.  The finished design was printed out onto heavy weight glossy photo paper, and after cutting everything out and scoring the base card I stuck on the decoupage layers using glue gel and put on a horseshoe from my crafting stash.)

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  1. Red and Black by Marie Wolman (I made this design up as an aperture card with one element, a heart, hanging in the aperture on a jump ring and clear jewellery thread. The base card is an A4 sheet of Satin Board, scored and folded in half before putting in an oblong aperture.  The design itself was put together in one of my graphics programs before printing out onto Super Smooth cardstock, cutting everything out and sticking it all together.)
  2. Rambling Rose & Embellishments by Marie Wolman (I put together the design for this card as a simple card front in my graphics software.  It was then simply printed out onto Super Smooth card-stock and then stuck to the front of a base card made of Satin Board.  I finished the card off with a greetings banner which says “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for Happy Birthday.)
  3. Pink Gingham Frames & Matching Elements by Marie Wolman and My Clipart Girls – CU4CU by Marie Wolman (I wanted dimension on this card so I set out my design to have several layers.  The base layer with frame and little girl forms one layer, and then a second frame layer was created with a “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for Happy Birthday – being added in a shade of the darker pink in the gingham.  I also chose a second layer for the bow butterfly, and made a second layer of the girl’s dress.  Once I’d layed the whole lot out in my graphics software I printed it out onto Super Smooth cardstock.  After cutting out all the pieces and sticking the base layer to my chosen, pink, base card, I used a ball tool to shape all the pieces before sticking them onto the card using glue gel.)
  4. Art Deco Lady Elise Cream Topper by Gordon Fraser (I used the Keepsake Fanicful Embossing Board and Keepsake Standz Template Kit to mae the base card out of Centura Pearl Ivory cardstock and textured and mirror gold cardstock.  After printing out the Art Deco Lady topper sheet onto Crafty Bob paper I cut out the various toppers and chose which ones I wanted to put onto the card.  I used template tape and glue gel to put everything together.)

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A new mailer was sent out by the team at CUP HQ yesterday, Wednesday, 22nd August.  A copy of this mailer can be seen – 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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Not A Lot Of August Crafting

 Posted by at 08:01 pm
Aug 212012
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and
Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

I’d like to apologise to all my crafting friends with blogs that I’ve not been around to see their work lately.  I’ve had short periods online during the last couple of weeks, but not spending anything like as long as I usually do, and when I have been on I’ve generally been too exhausted to get very far before I have to give up.  Both my own exhaustion, plus my Internet access being a bit flaking, is all very frustrating.  I will be back to my regular blogging and browsing at some point, but it’s looking as if it could be a couple of weeks again before things are back to normal.  Read on and you’ll find out what I’ve been up to.

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It’s been days and days since I last put anything up on my blog, mostly because I’ve not been doing a lot of crafting.  That’s not to say I’ve not done anything at all.  I’ve been very busy with “The Big Tidy Up!” – which is what me having a sort out of my crafty stash is called in this house.  The only problem is that, with my health/disability issues, “The Big Tidy Up!” is taking a lot of time, with a lot of rest in between sessions of sorting.  Today I decided to have a bit of a rest from tidying up my craft stash and finish this blog post, which I started last week.  Plus I’ve been putting stickers with my details on onto the back of the Christmas Cards I made last month.  I still need to take photos of them to show you all.

So, baring in mind that not everything is sorted yet, this is what one side of my craft storage area in my room looks like at the moment:

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 I wish I had a dedicated craft room, but I only have one corner of my bedroom to store things.  Having only had some plastic trolleys with drawers to store stuff in, (which is fine for finished cards but not so good for holding heavy card-stock as the whole lot started to list to one side and the drawers wouldn’t open) I decided to invest in some new storage with wheels on so that I could maximise my use of space and still be able to move the unit to get at stuff in the bookshelf behind.  Hopefully I’ll have pictures of that to show you next time.  I haven’t quite finished labeling everything in it yet, and have one huge boxful of stuff, together with several small boxfuls, to sort again.

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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
.)

My niece’s “A” level, and equivalents, results were out last Thursday, so while I was waiting for her to arrive to give us the details I decided that I’d better make her a “Llongyfarchiadau” (Welsh for Congratulations) card – making the assumption that she’d passed, as I’d have looked a right burk passing her a Congratulations card as she came through the door if she’d failed anything. Thankfully she’d passed everything, and passed well.  So she’s off to uni in a months time.

This is the card I made for her.

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  1. Made using one of the Glitter Girls’ boards – Fanicful Embossing Board.  The stand was made using a Glitter Girls’ Standz Template.  I used Ivory Centura Pearl cardstock for the stand and base of the card, some of the Glitter Girls’ paper for the other layers, Pinflair flowers for decoration and also Glitter Girls Peel-offs.  I used Pinflair flexi bend peel-offs around the outside of the layers.
  2. Closeup of one of the panels straight on.  The butterflies were made by putting butterfly peeloffs from the Glitter Girls pack onto acetate, colouring the back with a ProMarker, and then cutting the butterflies out.  I bent them a bit to give them some shape before attaching to the card with a glue gun.  In fact, I used the hot melt glue gun to attach everything as I didn’t have the time to let glue gel solidify properly before giving the card but I still wanted a little bit of play time to position the flowers and move them a bit, which the hot melt glue gave me a few seconds to do this.
  3. This is showing a bit of a side view of the card front to show you the dimension.
  4. This is the back of the card.  I’d made an envelope, decorated with peeloffs from the same pack as the butterflies, so that I could put some money in it for her.  The greeting is written on the back of the other half of the card.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Well I’ve had my first sale of a hand crafted item via my shop on CraftyBob.com – I’m hoping it’s the start of a flood of orders and that I sell quite a few more items in the run up to Christmas.

With most of my time being taken up with “The Big Tidy Up!” I haven’t managed to put any new items up for sale during the last few weeks, but please do pop over and see the items I’ve already uploaded.  There’s a mixture of knitted items, jewellery and cards at the moment.

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

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here’s a list of the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 8th August – here.
  • Friday, 10th August – here.
  • Monday, 13th August – here.
  • Wednesday, 15th August – here.
  • Friday, 17th August – here.
  • Monday, 20th August – 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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More August Crafting

 Posted by at 09:12 pm
Aug 062012
 

Thank You – for poping over to have a look at my blog
and
A BIG Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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Saturday my fingers were at the best they’ve been for a while, but my brain wasn’t in gear at all, so I sat down in bed for the day with a ball of shaggy yarn and a circular knitting loom on my lap, knitting a scarf as I watched the Olympics.  Didn’t have my laptop on all day, but I did manage to knit a whole short and shaggy scarf.

Sunday my brain was more with it, so I had my laptop on, and after going to the communion service at our chapel, I had a play around with creating some card layouts in one of my graphics packages. I even sent them to the printer and cut out all the elements, ready to shape and stick onto the final cards this morning.

After putting the cards together this morning I even had enough sunlight to take photos off all the items this morning.

Hope you like what I’ve made.  Please leave a comment and 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
.)

The first of these cards I finished making a few days ago, but hadn’t put up onto my blog up until now, all the rest I stuck together this morning.

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  1. Curly Red Head Girl Digi Stamp. by Gordon Fraser (I printed the design out at under half size onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock. I then coloured the girl in using my ProMarkers before cutting the image out leaving a border. I took some yellow flowers from my crafting stash and used the same gold yellow ProMarker I’d used to colour in the flowers in the girls hand and as shading on her tea-shirt to tip the petals of the flowers to carry the colour through. The card itself was built up with layers of blue and yellow card, glitter card, and vellum. I used glue gel to stick the lot together.)
  2. Closeup of the coloured in digi stamp.
  3. Closeup of the flowers which have had the tips of their petals coloured with the same ProMarker as the darker shade on the girl’s tea-shirt, to make it more co-ordinating.
  4. Cassie the puppy dog by Angela Wake (The sheet was printed onto 200gsm glossy Crafty Bob paper and the pieces were cut out. I stuck the base image directly to the front of a card that I’d made from blue, linen textured, cardstock, and then trimmed around to leave a small border. The layers were then put on, shaping each layer a bit to give dimension and attaching in place using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

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  1. 5 CU4CU Fantasy Waterfall Backgrounds by Gillian Hutchinson and 6 CU4CU Posers by Gillian Hutchinson and Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments – Shabby Summertime Colours by Carol Clarke and Circular Mother of Pearl Frames by June Young (I took the butterfly and one of the backgrounds from the waterfall kit, together with a fairy from the posers kit, a ribbon from the ribbon kit and a frame from the mother of pearl frames kit into one of my graphics programs and played around until I had the layout I wanted. The main background is made up of a copy of the butterfly, shrunk down small and tiled, and the background of the famed element is one of the waterfall backgrounds cut to a circular shape and framed. I made an extra copy of the butterfly and of the fairy without wings before printing out onto Tesco glossy photo paper, to use to decoupage my card. The base card is an A5 card made from textured cardstock. The main card layer is attached directly to this and the butterfly and fairy were gently shaped and stuck on with glue gel for dimension after that.  I chose reasonably easy to cut out pieces for the layers to decoupage, with the butterfly and fairy being mostly curved cutting rather than fine, intricate, cutting.  I did chop off bits of her hair, but as they were on the layer behind it didn’t mater.)
  2. 4 Mixed CU4CU Posers (Blonde Hair) by Gillian Hutchinson and Circular Lace & Ribbon Frames by June Young  and 5 CU4CU Fantasy Waterfall Backgrounds by Gillian Hutchinson (I took one of the figures from the posers kit, together with one of the circular lace and ribbon frame and one waterfall background, into one of my graphics packages. I wanted to keep the design reasonably simple so just designed two framed elements for my card. I cut the waterfall background into a circle and put it, and the angel, behind the frame. The other circle is just a simple “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch” greeting – Welsh for “Thinking About You”. Once printed out onto glossy photo paper I cut out the circular panels and stuck to the front of an 8″ square pre-prepared base card using foam tape.  The cutting out of a “lace” frame isn’t easy, so I resorted to zig zag cutting.  I’m thinking that when I make it again I’ll cut round the “ribbon” element of the frame and put a piece of real lace around, behind the panel. )
  3. Beauty Therapy by Marie Wolman and DR Lace Backgrounds Blues Kit 1 by Emma Bee and Wedding Silks Paper Pack by Carol Lepard (I took several items from the beauty therapy kit, together with a background each from the other kits, into one of my graphics packages and played around with the layout until I was happy with it. I did the main panel as a separate layer and did an extra layer for the paper ribbon before printing the sheet out onto Tesco glossy photo paper and cutting them out. For the ribbon I used 1mm deep foam tape at the sides and 3mm deep, foam squares, at the centre to give bowed dimension. The main panel was stuck to the card front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. The card front was stuck to the front of an A5, linen textured, blue base card.  As I knew where I was going to put the topper onto the card front when I made up the card I decided to conserve ink by putting a white panel, just a little smaller than the main panel, onto the card front.  This white area isn’t visible on the finished card and is an idea that I may try to do more of in the future.  The scalloped border of the topper on the card wasn’t as easy as I’d have expected to get even, especially the two sides where the scallops get smaller.  I’m sure if you look carefully you’ll notice how uneven my cutting has been on this.  I’ll have to think of another edge finish to the topper before I print out and make this again.)
  4. Holly and poinsettia layered with greetings png format by Sally McIntyre (For this card the card front topper is just one, flat, printed topper layer.  I took the items from the kit into one of my graphics packages and played around, building up the layers, and giving drop shadows to give the look of dimension.  I put the whole lot onto a green background with a slightly “distressed” look to some edges.  To give an even more dimensional look I put the tips of some of the poinsettias and holly just over the edges at the top and bottom. The design was then printed out onto Tesco glossy photo paper.  At least this design was much easier cutting than the last two, as it was all straight bar the small little leaf tips that go over the edge.)

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KNITTING:

I haven’t used this particular “Shaggy” yarn type before, so I wasn’t sure how it would work out when knited on a circular knitting loom.

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  1. This is the band off the ball of yarn I used to make the scarf.
  2. This is a closeup of the shaggy yarn.
  3. This is a closeup of the yarn being knitted. As the yarn ball gave a very large needle size for knitting the scarf I decided to knit it over 7 pegs/stitches, missing one peg between each peg that had a stitch on.
  4. This is the finished scarf.
  5. This is a closeup of the finished scarf.

I’ve now started knitting another scarf using the Wendy Frills yearn, so keep your eyes out for that one being shown before long.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – There have been further mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post.  Links to copies that can be found online are listed below:

  • Friday, 3rd August, 2012 – here.
  • Monday, 6th August, 2012 – here – another long mailer cram packed with lovely designs and lots of snippets of news from the lives of members of the CUP family of designers and crafters.

August Card Making Competition – The theme of the August competition has been announced.  This month the theme is Pets and the last entry date is 22-August-12, after which the voting will commence – the winner will be announced on 31-August-12.  There’s a Trophy plus £25 to spend on CUP for the winner, and vouchers for the site for the 2nd and 3rd placed entry 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 – 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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Forest Fairy Card

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Aug 032012
 

I’ve finished a card yesterday afternoon, and managed to get a reasonable picture, although I’m not totally happy that the photo reflects the various shades of green exactly right.  I 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 closeups of one of the flower bouquets and the coloured in fairy:

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This is how I made it:

I printed out digi-stamp Forest Fairy Acantha Digi Stamp by Gordon Fraser onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock at less than half size.  I decided to use a green theme to the card with matting in brown pearlescent card-stock and adding yellow highlights with flowers from my crafting stash.

I coloured the fairy in using ProMarkers, using Cool Grey 1 and Pale Blue for the wings.  I took a piece of Printable Seam Binding and coloured that with the same green ProMarker as I’d used as one of the greens on her dress.  I used a template to mark out around the fairy and cut her out before using some Ink Dusters to colour in around the edge using Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink mixed together.  I used the same ink combination around the edge of a pre-cut 8″ square card.

The main mat is a sheet of green cardstock from the Coredinations Traditional Christmas Cardstock Collection which, after cutting to size, I sanded a bit around the edge to give some dimension to it.

Both the fairy panel and the Cordiantions layer were matted onto the brown pearlescent card-stock and I trimmed them both to leave a small margin.  I used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the green, Cordinations panel to the front of the card, and 3mm deep, double sided foam squares to attach the fairy panel to the front of that towards the right.  I wrapped the coloured seam binding around the folded base of two sprays of the yellow flowers before using glue gel to attach the bouquet to the top left and a smaller spray to the bottom right of the fairy panel.

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

Crafting At The Start Of August

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Aug 022012
 

Thank You – for poping over to have a look at my blog
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Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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Some cards, a box, and some braided cord jewellery for you to look at this time.  Hope you like them. Let me know your thoughts by adding a comment at the bottom.

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CARDS AND A BOX:

(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’ve got an assortment of card types here this time.  Some are simple cards made up of toppers from CUP sheets with very little embellishments, others I’ve built up the designs digitally, from Designer Resources from CUP, and then printed out.  Some are just printed, trimmed, scored and folded, whereas others have added layers, such as the shaped butterfly on card 2.

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  1. art deco Lady Pearl (Gold) Topper Sheet by Gordon Fraser (With a whole sheet of different shape and size of toppers to choose from it was difficult to decide what to do first, but for this card I’ve gone for a simple card design. The sheet was printed onto Tesco glossy photo paper and the largest image cut out. I made a card from an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and stuck the chosen topper onto the front. I trimmed around the card leaving a small border, and then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach a blank greetings panel as I don’t know yet whether this will require a Welsh or English greeting. I think next I’ll try one of the toppers on a black card-stock as I’m sure it will work well with that as well.)
  2. The Butterfly Collection 2 by Karen Wyeth, Pearls and flowers by Kristin Guyer, The Lavender Collection by Karen Wyeth and Textured & Glittered Brads by Carol Lepard (I took three designs from the Lavender Collection, a butterfly from the Butterfly Collection, a pearl frame from the Pearls and Flowers kit, and a white glitter brad from from the Brads kit, into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and moved them around until I was happy with this card front. I added extra layers for the butterfly and brads to the page before printing out onto Crafty Bob paper. The card front was stuck to the front of a card made using an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock. I shaped the wings of the butterfly layer and stuck it to the front of the card using glue gel, and also used glue gel to add the extra brad layers.)
  3. Gold Flowers & Swirls Plain Card/ Front (21) by Anna Babajanyan (I printed the sheet off at half size onto Crafty Bob paper before cutting out and sticking to the front of a base card made from an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock. To decorate the card I used red “flower sequins” and gold, sticky back gems from my crafting stash. The gems were placed on the centre of the flowers on the card front as well as the red flowers. The red flowers were scattered over the centre of the card front and stuck in place using glue gel.)
  4. Circles9 by Karen Adair (I printed the design onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock. I then used my Hougie Board to score it before cutting and folding to make a little box to give a bracelet as a gift, together with a little gift card. I then used wet glue to stick the box into shape. Of course background designs can be used when cardmaking, but they are equally useful for making bags and boxes.)

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  1. Floral bouquet by Debra Jenkinson, Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke and Bracket Shaped Card and Toppers Templates by Sheryl Anne Reed ( I took the floral bouquet, together with two backgrounds from the “organza” kit and the card and toppers template into one of my graphics packages and played around with the layout until I was happy with the design I’d produced.  The pages were printed out onto 250gsm glossy photo card and then cut out.  After scoring the base layer and folding into a card I attached the other layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  2. Bracket Shaped Card and Toppers Templates by Sheryl Anne Reed and Abigail by Marie Wolman (I took template and an assortment of items from the Abigail kit into one of my graphics packages and played around until I got the layout I wanted for an easel card.  I printed the base layer out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and the layers and pieces to build up as embellishments onto 250gsm glossy photo paper.  Everything was then cut out and built up using 3mm deep foam squares and glue gel.)
  3. Portrait or landscape shaped card Template by Sheryl Anne Reed and Candylicious by Marie Wolman (I took the template, together with an assortment of items from the Candylicious kit into one of my graphics packages and played around with the layout to make a design for a card that’s intended to be a simple print, cut, score and fold card.  Once I was happy with the layout I simply printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock, cut it out, scored and folded.)
  4. Party Time by Marie Wolman (This is another design I built up myself from an assortment of items from within the Party Time kit in one of my graphics packages.  It is another that’s designed to be a print, cut, score and fold card, this time printed onto 250gsm Glossy Photo paper.  I cropped the bunting from the kit to make two pieces of the correct length to hold the letters of Penblwydd Hapus – Welsh for Happy Birthday – and after typing in the letters put them at a jaunty angle.  Putting a drop shadow on the elements I’ve used gives the look of dimension to the card, even though there is no dimension on this version of the card at all.  Next time I may make it as a card front and print extra layers of the balloons, cake, etc., to decoupage on.)

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. Both these necklaces are made using the Kumihimo braiding technique.  There’s a board made of a Styrofoam type material that has notches in for holding the threads, and these are just moved from one notch to another in a specific patern to create the braid.  This braid is made in a selection of four rattail cord in colours from white to navy blue.
  2. This is a similar necklace, but this time made using four strands of rattail cord in colours white, black and two shades of tan brown.  I didn’t pull quite so tight on this one and it produced a different pattern because I went round in a different direction.  The braids are finished off by gluing the ends into round end cup findings and attaching toggle clasps.

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.CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – You can find copies of the latest mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ online by clicking on the following links:

Monday, 30th July – here.

Wednesday, 1st August – here.  Amongst all the news from CUP Land, and showcases of lots of lovely designs available to be bought and used by crafters, there’s also news of new varieties of Crafty Bob craft papers.  You may remember that I did some thorough testing of Crafty Bob’s original paper in a series of blog posts a while back – here and here. I found it to be very good, so I’m sure I’ll try out the new varieties before too long.

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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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