Crafting Towards The End Of August

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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:

1cup346362_596 - card01 - Giant 3D Rose………………..Studio  2cup346362_596 - card02 - Giant 3D Rose………………..Studio  3cup346362_596 - card04 - Giant 3D Rose………………..Studio  4cup346362_596 - card05 - Giant 3D Rose………………..Studio

  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.

1card01 01  2card02 01  3card03 02  4card04 01  5card05 01

6card06 01   7card07 01   8card08 01   9card09 03   10card10 01

11card11 01  12card12 02  13card13 02  14card14 01  15card15 01

16card16 01  17card17 01  18card18 01  19card19 01  20card20 01

21card21 02  22card22 01  23card23 01  24card24 01  25card25 01

26card26 01  27card27 01  28card28 01  29card29 01  30card30 02

31card31 01  32card32 01  33card33 01
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.

1Scarf 12 01  2Scarf 12 02

  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.

1Halloween card02s   2Hanging Bauble card01s  

  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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9 Replies to “Crafting Towards The End Of August”

  1. Wow you have been busy, fabulous cards and i love the box, its brilliant xxx