Further Crafting In September

 Posted by at 11:16 pm
Sep 282012
 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I don’t have as much of an assortment as last time to show you but please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

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Unfortunately I’ve caught another cold/flu.  It feels like flu, but with me and all my aches and pains on a day to day basis, a cold on top leaves me feeling very ill, there was even one day this week when I didn’t have my laptop on at all, not even on a lap-tray in bed.  I’ve even lost my voice now, but at least I don’t need to speak to type something in my blog.  Needless to say I haven’t been doing much crafting.  The only thing I’ve done is put together some die-cut, fancy shaped, cards and boxes.

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CARDS AND BOXES:

(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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All the following items were made from the “A Winter’s Tale Papercrafting Kit” part of the “Beatrix Potter Complete Papercrafting Kit“.  These were simply a case of popping out the pieces and putting them together in the right format.

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Four Boxes:

1BP Card 01 01  2BP Card 02 02  3BP Card 03 01  4BP Card 04 01
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Four Framed Decoupage Cards:

1BP Card 05 01  2BP Card 06 02  3BP Card 07 01  4BP Card 08 01
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Four Tree 3D Cards:

1BP Card 09 02  2BP Card 10 01  3BP Card 11 01  4BP Card 12 02
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I’ve still got some toppers and cardstock from this part of the kit left to work with, but they require a bit more thinking and creativity than I’ve got at the moment.  I’m sure you’ll be seeing what I make with the rest of the kit before long once I’m feeling better.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 21st September – here.
  • Monday, 24th September – here.
  •  Wednesday, 26th September –here.
  • Friday, 28th September –  here.

I hope you’ve got time to pop over for a look at these, if only for some inspiration, even if you are not looking for digital downloads at the moment.  But if you are looking for digital downloads, be this for paper-crafting or knitting, cross-stitch, etc., then there’s a 20% discount code in the last of these mailers, and 20% off is not something you get often.  And don’t forget that if you spend £10 you also get a free CD-ROM posted out to you with some other little free items.

September Card Making Competition – Voting is now open for the craftsUprint September card making competition on the theme of Birthday Teenager. You can see the 45 entries that have been entered by clicking – here.  If you are eligible to vote then please take a good look at all the entries, and make up your own mind who’s made the best card for a teenager before placing your 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2, vote points.  And yes, I have got an entry in this month, but I’m not telling you which one, so you’ll just have to go and have a look at all the entries and make a guess, and come back to my blog the beginning of next month when I’ll put photos of my entry up here for you to see.

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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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And Even More September Crafting

 Posted by at 11:32 pm
Sep 202012
 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you like the assortment of crafted items I’ve got to show you.  Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

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Well today my “Big Tidy Up” wasn’t very big.  I just sorted out the Crafty Bob bag I keep by my bed with a little bit of loom knitting and my lucet and kumihimo foam ring.  It needed doing as some of the threads and knitting yarn had got in a right mess, so I’ve put different things into separate plastic bags within my Gold Crafty Bob bag now.  It wasn’t a huge bit of tidying, but I’ve been completely exhausted today and slept off and on for most of the afternoon.  I haven’t got any knitting to show you today though.  Just an assortment of crafted bits.  Some I’ve been working on cutting out and putting together over several evenings while sitting up in bed with the TV on, and some I’ve been working on for longer but couldn’t show you before because the person it was for might have seen it before she was given it.  Hope you like the assortment I’ve got to show you.

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CARDS, etc.:

(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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Would you believe it, but I’ve passed 1,100 photos of handcrafted items uploaded to craftsUprint as a Registered Crafter.  Of course it isn’t quite 1,100 different hand crafted projects as some of the items were made using more than one digital download from CUP, such as a topper and matching or co-ordinating background being used on a card.  But even so it’s a lot of items and even more uploads.  You can see my Crafter Showcase gallery by clicking – here.

Here are some of the latest items I’ve made using craftsUprint downloads.

1cup192592_596 - card01 - Paper Magic Frames. Ivy Frame  2cup37931_37 - card02 - Lion Card Front  3cup14957_37 - card02 - Elegant Lady In Blue Oval Pyramage  4cup90628_37 - card02 - Waterfall Decoupage  5cup351736_437- card20 - Art Deco Lady Elise Cream

  1. Paper Magic Frames. Ivy Frame by Tina Fitch (This design was cut out of lightweight green card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo. I then sandwiched it between a sheet of gold, linen effect, cardstock and a sheet of acetate, attaching in each of the four corners with brads. The design was then decorated with an assortment of red flock transfer rub-ons before attaching to the front of a card the same size as the gold background.  So no cutting out by hand on this card.  It was one I’d cut the last time I’d had my Cameo out but hadn’t made up at the time.)
  2. Lion Card Front by Russ Smith (This was printed out onto Crafty Bob’s 250gsm Matte card. I then cut out the pieces. The pyramid layers are not straight, but don’t think I followed the rough edge “as is” when cutting, so long as no white is left then I didn’t any see any point in being to strict in keeping to the cut line given.  To keep the card profile low I didn’t use every one of the layers but attached the ones I did use using a 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I made the base card by simply scoring and folding in half a linen textured gold A4 sheet of card. The lion card front was simply stuck directly to this. I don’t know yet what greeting or what language will be needed for this so I’ve left it blank for the time being. A stunning image that makes a great card for a man.)
  3. Elegant Lady In Blue Oval Pyramage by Russ Smith and Orange Iris by Karen Adair (I printed the oval pyramage sheet onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock and background onto 300gsm Super smooth cardstock. I trimmed the background, scored it and folded it in half to make my base card. I cut out the layers of the pyramage but then decided to only use 4 layers to keep the profile of the card low to go in an envelope. I took some lace ribbon and put one strip down the side of my base card, attaching with narrow template tape, and used the same tape to attach another piece around the back of the base image of the pyramage. I then built up my card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the layers in place.  Again a card that wasn’t too difficult to cut out as the shape wasn’t intricate.)
  4. Waterfall Decoupage by Russ Smith (I printed the design onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the paces. I matted and layered the base image firstly onto a piece of white card-stock and then onto black card, trimming each to around 3mm. I also made a greetings panel out of the same cardstock as I want to make this into a Welsh card, but haven’t decided on the exact greeting yet. I took a bought in a decorative edged base card and stuck the matted image to the front towards the top. I attached each of the decoupage layers in order using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. The greeting panel is stuck on using the same tape. I finished off with six, sticky back, black pearls.  This is one of the most difficult to cut out of today’s cards because of the shaping of the decoupage layers, but it does produce a really lovely depth to the image on the finished card.)
  5. Art Deco Lady Elise Cream Topper by Gordon Fraser (This card is made with another topper from the same sheet as the one I showed you a few posts ago.  The sheet was printed onto Crafty Bob paper.  For this card I simply took a pre foiled base card from my crafting stash and attached the topper and blank greetings panel to the front using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  Simple and elegant.)

1cup20083_37 - card02 - Pink Camellia Backing  2cup27843_96 - card02 - Holly sheet 3  3cup304771_15 - card02 - Boxer Dog Portrait 3D Decoupage

  1. Pink Camellia by Russ Smith and Pink Camellia Backing by Russ Smith (I printed this sheet and matching background onto sheets of Super Smooth card-stock. I cut out the base layer and some of the decoupage layers out as cutting all the layers was beyond me and I thought the card would look just as nice with a small number of shaped elements. I made a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of Red Satin Board. I trimmed the background to fit on the front leaving a border round the edge, and then attached with finger-lift tape. I cut a piece of ice white vellum and stuck it behind the base layer of the image and then stuck it to the card front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I shaped the decoupage layers I’d chosen and attached to the card front using glue gel. This makes a lovely card for so many different occasions.)
  2. Holly sheet 3 by Anna Babajanyan (I printed this background off at a much smaller size than A4 onto 250gsm Super Smooth card and made it into a little gift bag to give a bracelet gift in. I used my Hougie Board to score to the size I required, stuck the sides and bottom in place using paper glue, and attached ribbon handles using ultra tacky double sided tape. It was then just a case of popping in the gift inside some tissue paper. This background is a good one for all sorts of Christmas projects, and little bags like this can be hung on the Christmas tree with little gifts inside.)
  3. Boxer Dog Portrait 3D Decoupage by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out on Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces. I made a base card out of an A4 sheet of Linen textured, gold, cardstock, [who gets the feeling that I found one pack more of this linen textured card-stock than I thought I had while working on The Big Tidy Up?] cutting it to be 1cm in each direction larger than the base image. I used finger-lift tape to attach the base image to the card front and then glue gel to attach the decoupage layers. I haven’t put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure which one will be appropriate for the occasion and recipient, or whether it will be required in Welsh or English.  Straight edges only for cutting out this one, so an easy card to make.)

These cards were made from the freebie sheets that come with the Complete Cardmaking 39 magazine, which is available to buy via craftsUprint by clicking – here. SAVE 1 pound off cover price! As they all need cutting out I haven’t managed to make up all of them yet, and I’ve also not put greetings on these yet as I will probably need them to be Welsh Christmas cards for family members (hush, don’t tell the little ones).  I’m thinking of adding some glitter or Polar White flower soft to them as well.

1card01 01cc  2card02 01cc  3card03 02cc

  1. I simply folded a sheet of gold, linen textured, A4 card into half and attached the design towards the fold.  The main layer was attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape and the rest of the decoupage was shaped and attached using glue gel.
  2. I took a sheet of polka-dot glittered white cardstock and folded it in half, with the glitter inside.  I attached the front, using glue gel, to the bottom of the front right by the left hand spine and cut tight around the design.  I put the inside back panel away from the edges so that some of the glittered card-stock was visible, and then cut around the top in an arch.
  3. I took a sheet of the same polka-dot glittered white cardstock as for the previous card, but this time folded it in half along the longest edge to make a tall card.The main piece is attached to the front using glue gel.  The flat panels such as the letter box and letter are attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and the robins are shaped and attached using glue gel.

These cards are made using some freebies that came with one of the free CD-ROMs that are given with any order over £10 made via craftsUprint.  The contents of the free CD-ROM change each week (see current one – here and previous ones – here) and are voted for from an assortment of designs the week before each CD-ROM is released.

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  1. and 2. For both these cards I simply folded an A4 sheet of linen textured gold card-stock in half, stuck the image directly to the front using finger-lift tape.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the frames.

These are just two quick cards I did using some crafting bits that came with the bare wood box that can be seen decorated below.  The second has been left without a greeting as I’ll need to put a Welsh greeting on this.

1card01 02a  2card02 02a

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BOX:

My two youngest nephews and I worked on decorating a plain wooden box to put a few things in to give to my niece, with some bits and bobs in it, for her to go off to uni with.  The box itself, together with the ribbon we used is from the “Kanban Limited Edition Treasure Chest of Delights”.  One nephew firstly painted the whole box with a wash of thinned, yellow, acrylic paint.

1Box 01 01  2Box 01 03  3Box 01 05

  1. After the box dried I stamped the front with a stag from a stamp set I have and I then painted in some areas using some more acrylic paints from the same kit as the base colour.  I used some colours from the Misty Meadow Stacking Fluid Chalk Cats Eye Pads and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to do my stamping.
  2. I stamped the top with a blue tit stamp from Sheena Douglas’s “A Little Bit Sketchy Stamp Set – Faith” and again painted it in with acrylic paint.
  3. I stuck on strips of template tape in a rectangle shape, onto which one of the nephews then put a lot of glitter and rubbed it in well before dusting off the spare glitter.  As he got to choose the colour of glitter from my glitter tray I’m not sure which glitter he used but I rather think it could have been one of the Diamond Sparkles glitters from the shape of the pot.  The other nephew then helped with sticking on the ribbon with the same type of template tape, which goes round the lid and is stuck up the inside of the lid sides.  One of the nephews also typed my niece’s name onto a Brother labeling machine and created a label which he stuck inside the lid of the box.

The box was filled with an assortment of stuff for my niece, that included

  • photos of the two boys as the  eldest thought his cousin would miss them a lot while in uni
  • a pot of jam as the youngest was sure his cousin loved jam a lot
  • a jar of picked eggs as my niece has been popping up to raid our fridge for pickled eggs when on lunch break from work at least twice a week all over the summer, and obviously she’ll not be close enough to pop in while away at uni.
  • some vitamins to help her body cope with the stress of starting uni and to try and help fight off all the new bugs she’ll come into contact with
  • paper hankies, medicated wipes, plasters, pain killers, and a can of energy drink.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch lately.  This is a Print & Cut design of a back to front card, where you can see through the back of the card and the “gates” are folded behind, to be viewed through the card when it’s standing up.

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  1. You can get the ordinary card kit that you print out and then cut out by hand here -> Red Globe Pyramage Back to Front Card Kit; The digital cutting machine “Print & Cut” kit that I’ve made can be seen here -> Red Christmas Snowglobe Print & Cut …Studio (This card is printed and cut out of Crafty Bob paper.)

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 – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 19th September – here. – It’s the turn of the Bronze designers to have their work showcased. There’s also a CUP TV episode by Robyn Cockburn where she makes up – this – design. Plus an assortment of news from the CUP family of crafters, including what craft shows you’ll be able to get your free Crafty Bob purple bag at this weekend.

September Card Making Competition – Last call for uploading your competition entry via the Crafters Control Panel on craftsUprint as the voting will be starting by next week, and remember to have a read of the new rule on the upload page before creating your card.  They say that creating cards for Teenagers is difficult, so I hope that lots of the CUP customers have had their thinking caps on and come up with something suitable to enter.

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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 September Crafting

 Posted by at 04:08 pm
Sep 172012
 

Thank you for clicking over to have a look at my blog.  I hope you enjoy looking at what I’ve been making lately.  And also “Thank You!” to all of you who’ve left comments on my posts.

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I started putting this blog post together a couple of days ago, after putting some time aside to do some crafting – because I just felt the need to craft!  But I’ve still been trying to keep going with doing a bit of “The Big Tidy Up” every day, so crafting and blogging is on a go-slow.  Also, unfortunately, I’ve not had much time to enter any challenges or to go round all the blogs of my online crafting friends to see what they’ve been up to and leave comments, and when I have stopped for the day, or to have rest during the day, I’m just too exhausted to do anything.  I feel bad that I’m not contributing much to the crafting community at the moment, my going on line is a bit sporadic.  I will be back to full steam sometime – honestly!

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CARDS + TEA LIGHT HOLDER:

(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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You’ll notice that I’ve used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the following designs, setting up the cutting files myself where I used Designer Resources to create the items. Several of the items could just as well have been cut out by hand, so don’t go thinking that none of these are achievable if you don’t have a digital/electronic cutting machine. It’s just that on the day I cut these out I was having quite a bit of pain in my hands so, as I was pulling out my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out some of them, I decided to use the machine to cut the lot and save myself more hand pain cutting out using a scissors.  This at least meant that I could do a bit of colouring and sticking without having to leave the lot half way through.  But even taking this cutting route this lot took me two mornings to make, and one of the afternoons I slept through most of it because I was just exhausted.

1cup247678_1307 - card01 - Santa, Snowman and Penguin Print and Cut  2cup247678_1307 - card03 - Santa, Snowman and Penguin Print and Cut  3cup247678_1307 - card05 - Santa, Snowman and Penguin Print and Cut  4cup291563_99 - card02 - Ragged Edged Card Template - CU4CU  5cup327711_198 - card02 - LINE ART BORDER EDGE CARD 4 with butterflies

  1. Santa, Snowman and Penguin Print and Cut by Kim Paley and Variety Mat Pak .studio files for Silhouette & Cameo by Margaret Jones (I re-sized the images, including the cutting lines, in my Silhouette Studio software to make them smaller, before I printed the characters out onto 250gsm Matte Crafty Bob paper.  The characters were then cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  The”Mat Pak” layers were separated out and cut out twice, once from silver mirror card and once from a red, Christmas patterned, miri card-stock.The base card is a scalloped edge DL base card that I bought from Create & Craft at some point in the past.  I used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape, and Pinflair Glue Gel to build up the layers and attach the characters, and used a “Nadolig Llawen” – Welsh for Happy Christmas – peel-off greeting.  To finish off I embellished with Polar White Flowersoft stuck on with Flowersoft glue.)
  2. As above but with a banner greeting.
  3. As above but matted and layered the peel-off greeting and used Pinflair Snow Dust as the decoration.
  4. Make it with Flair Clipart by Annie Lang and Ragged Edged Card Template – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I some elements from the clipart kit, together with the card template, into one of my graphics packages and played around with size, colour and layout until I was happy.  I took the resulting sheet into my Silhouette Studio software and set up a Print & Cut file to cut out the card outline.  Like the previous characters the design was also printed  onto 250gsm Matte Crafty Bob paper.  After cutting out with my Silhouette Cameo I folded the card in half and decorated it, firstly with a green, Letraset, metalic marker as a thick line around the edges, and then by putting two strips of ribbon around the spine area.)
  5. LINE ART BORDER EDGE CARD 4 with butterflies by Clive Couter (The main card and added layers for this were printed out onto Super Smooth cardstock before I cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I used an assortment of Promarkers to colour in the pieces before assembling the card, using glue gel to stick on the flower and butterfly layers, and Template Tape to attach the two ribbon pieces from my stash.)

1cup254626_99 - card01 - Gem Tones Scrap Kit - CU4CU  2cup254626_99 - card02 - Gem Tones Scrap Kit - CU4CU  3cup254626_99 - card03 - Gem Tones Scrap Kit - CU4CU  4cup338658_1415 - card02 - Lattice 3-D Wedding Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC  5cup344704_596 - card02 - Fancy Glass Door Card..STUDIO

  1. Votive Tea Light Holder 1 by Mary Jane Harris and Gem Tones Scrap Kit – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (This is another design where I took the elements into my graphics package and played around putting things on the template until I was happy with the design before taking it into my Silhouette Studio software to set up as a Print & Cut file.  The design was once again printed out onto the same 250gsm Matte Crafty Bob paper before cutting out using my Cameo.  I used template tape to stick the edges and base in place.)  
  2. Slightly turned view of above.
  3. Same Tea Light Holder but viewed from above with a lit, battery operated, tea light inside.
  4. Lattice 3-D Wedding Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC by Rae Carr (This is another card that was printed onto the same Crafty Bob paper and cut out using my Cameo, the insert being onto good quality 120gsm white paper.  It was then a simple job to just stick the arch to the main card, and the insert to the card using double sided tape.)
  5. Fancy Glass Door Card..STUDIO by Tina Fitch (I used my Cameo to cut the pieces of this card out of silver and gold, linen textured, metalic cardstock. I’ve put a sheet of ice white, pearlescent, paper behind the back of the card.  I used super sticky tape to attach this and to attach the card front doors to the back. I liked the effect of the gold glasses as they were so I didn’t put a panel behind them.  I thought they looked more like glasses of something bubbly like this.  I haven’t put a greeting on the panel inside yet as I’m not sure which one will be required.)

1cup353007_596 - card02 - Round Rose Door Card & Butterflies…………Studio  2cup353007_596 - card04 - Round Rose Door Card & Butterflies…………Studio

  1. Round Rose Door Card & Butterflies…………Studio by Tina Fitch (I cut the pieces of this card out from gold mirror card and silver textured card using my Cameo.  This was the first time I’d used the textured card in my Cameo and I love the effect it creates when cut with these fine designs, though I’m not sure how soon my blade will blunt if I use a lot of it.  The gates were stuck to the card back using Template Tape and the panels and butterflies were attached using 1mm deep foam tape and glue gel.)
  2. The previous card but with the doors slightly open showing the panel for a greeting inside.

This is the first time I’ve used this particular type of Crafty Bob paper (Crafty Bob’s A4 Premium Matte Craft Paper 250gsm Pack of 20) for crafting and I’ve been impressed with both the colour of the printed designs and how it cut out using my Cameo.

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KNITTING:

I’ve still got a larger project on the go on my largest knitting board which I pick up now and then, but I’ve also started on a smaller project on my 10″ Authentic Knitting Board. I wanted to have a go at introducing a different effect to my knitting but without using a yarn that’s multicoloured or going on to different stitches.  So I opted for working with two different coloured balls of thick wool and knitting every other stitch in each colour. This time I’m knitting a hooded scarf with pockets. I’m not working to a pattern so I’m winging it a bit, therefore there’s no telling exactly how the finished article will turn out.  Keep checking back to see how I’m getting along as, sooner or later, I’ll have photos of the completed item to show you.

1hoodedscarf 01 01  2hoodedscarf 01 03  3hoodedscarf 01 02  4hoodedscarf 01 04  5hoodedscarf 01 08

  1. This is the strap of one of the balls of wool, giving the lot number details, etc.
  2. This is the strap off the other colour of wool showing the different lot number.
  3. This is a closeup of one section of the ball strap giving a better look at the details.
  4. This is a scan of a piece of each of the coloured wool to give a good likeness to the correct colour.
  5. This is how the wool is wrapped onto the knitting board.  Zig-zag up in one direction in one colour, then anchoring it off before coming back in the other direction using the other colour.

1hoodedscarf 01 09  2hoodedscarf 01 10  3hoodedscarf 01 06  4hoodedscarf 01 05

  1. The hooking over of the bottom stitch on each nail/peg.  I do both the zig-zaging and the hooking over with the knitting board resting on my belly while I’m sitting down.  I usually have the hand that isn’t working resting on top of the knitting board, and the side of the hand that is hooking also resting on the knitting board.  This means that I’m not holding anything up at all so don’t have any weight to hold, and so it isn’t a strain on my hands and arms.
  2. This is how the piece of knitting looks on the knitting board once a whole row has been hooked.
  3. This is a closeup of the pattern that is formed by working the two colours in this way.
  4. This is a piece of what I’ve done so far of the hooded scarf.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 14th September – Here – It gives information on the content of the free CD-ROM that gets sent out to every customer who buys £10 worth of items from craftsUprint this week.   In addition to information about the freebies there’s some lovely designs to be seen as well as news from the lives of various CUPers.
  • Monday, 17th September – Here – There’s a showcase of some designs available to buy that have been created by Exclusive Designers who’ve reached Titanium level as sellers.  There’s new “Multi Picture Pop-Out 3D Cards” by the designer Sandie Burchell.  Plus, of course, the usual assortment of Spotlights and Latest News.  So if you haven’t already seen this mailer it’s well worth a click over to have a look.

September Card Making Competition – This month the theme is Birthday Teenager (boy or girl) and the last entry date is the 21st September after which all the entries will be displayed and the voting starts.  Voting will be 5 votes per user on a points scale of 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2 points to be awarded for the cards that you like best after having a close look at all entries.  The Competition Upload page is in your Crafter Control Panel on the main Craftsuprint site.  The winner will be announced on the 1st of October with the winner will receive a Trophy plus £25 to spend on CUP! 2nd Place will get a £10 voucher, 3rd Place a £5 voucher.

Although information about the competition, as given out in various mailers such as the one sent on the 12th, doesn’t say so, there is a new rule introduced for this competition – to do with which types of designs bought via CUP can not be used as the only CUP download on your competition entry.  So you need to check your “Crafter Competition Upload” page for details before creating your competition entry.  Also note that the last date for entry is given as 22nd September in the mailer of the 12th, whereas it’s given as 21st on the “Crafter Competition Upload” page.

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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.
My shop on CraftyBob.com can be seen by clicking – here.
My website can be seen by clicking – here.

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Sep 122012
 

Thank you for popping over to have a look at my latest post.  I hope you enjoy looking at what’s on show.  And also “Thank You!” to all of you who’ve left comments lately.

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It’s been well over a week since my last blog post, which isn’t like me at all, but I’ve been feeling a bit rough and exhausted.  Having had to slow down, and not do quite so much each day, I’m still slowly working at “The Big Tidy Up”.  I’ve been trying to do a little bit each day, even if it’s only sorting out one small bundle of paper and cardstock into the right trays.

Today it was the turn of my ribbons to get a sort out into my new ribbon storage.  Some shorter bits have been left in my old click-and-click plastic storage box, and the smaller rolls are in the smaller plastic ribbon roll storage that I had before, but lots of the ribbon rolls and loose bits are now visible and quickly accessible in the new storage which is attached to the back of my main mobile craft storage unit.  This is the lot with a slightly closer look at the new ribbon storage.

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Having spent some time out in the garden the beginning of the week, picking runner beans and tying in new loganberry canes after cutting out the old ones that had finished fruiting, even with doing most of it sitting down on various chairs I’ve got dotted around the garden my damaged leg was still swollen rather hard yesterday, so I went back to bed with some toppers I’d cut out a few evenings ago and an assortment of crafting goodies, and made a big batch of simple cards.  You’ll see these newest creations, with some cards I’d made at times last week, below.  Let me know what you think of them.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)
(Clicking on the text links below each set of images takes you to the pages where you can see some of what I used to make the cards.  Where these linked pages are on the CUP site you will usually find a longer description of how I made the item at the bottom of the page
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As the vast majority of these cards involved either die-cutting or electronic cutting machines, or straight edged cutting, most of these are easy makes for a person with moderate dexterity issues.

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  1. For this card I used a die-cutting and embossing machine.  I made this card out of 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock which I cut out and embossed the bottom half.  The decoration is made using one sheet of 250gsm Super Smooth card-stock and a sheet of patterned paper from my crafting stash. Small brads were used to keep the flower layers together, everything was stuck together using glue gel, and I finished off with a greeting panel “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for Happy Birthday as this card will be for my sister who’s birthday is later this month – and some sticky back faux gems.
  2. Closeup of the central panel of the 1st card.
  3. Tag or Label Embellishments STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SVG by Rae Carr and POINSETTIAS by Clive Couter (I printed the poinsettias onto 250gsm Super Smooth card-stock and the tag onto Crafty Bob paper.  These, together with the tag “hanger”, which was cut out of textured metalic gold cardstock, were cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I used a plain, white, base card and then built up the design, sticking all in place using glue gel.  I finished off with a “Nadolig Llawen” greeting – Welsh for Happy Christmas.)
  4. Highland Cow & Calf pyramid with background by Liz Harrison and Tag or Label Embellishments STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SVG by Rae Carr (I printed the sheet out on good quality glossy photo paper and cut the layers out by hand.  I printed two of the same tags out onto Crafty Bob paper and cut them out using my Cameo. The background element of the sheet was folded in half to make a base card.  I off set the tag layers and stuck one directly to the card front and the second I attached using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The pyramid topper was then built up using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and attached to the card front using glue gel.)
  5. Superhero (Light Blue) – Decoupage by John Kelly and Alien Spaceship A4 Backing Paper 2 by Katy Kinsey (I printed both sheets out, at a little under half size, onto Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting out the pieces I stuck the background directly onto a sheet of silver, linen textured, card-stock and trimmed to leave a fine border.  This was stuck to the front of of an A5 base card made of Centura Pearl cardstock using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the greeting and base layer of the decoupage to the front of the card.  I then used glue gel to attach each of the decoupage layer in order.)

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  1. Blue Butterfly Desktop Calendar BASE by Vicki Avcin (The two sheets used to make this was printed onto the heaviest weight, Tesco glossy photo card.  After cutting out the pieces, the butterfly being the most intricate but wasn’t particularly difficult, I scored where indicated.  I attached the front panel using a roller glue tape pen and then shaped the butterfly and attached using glue gel. Rather than making a desktop calendar out of this, I made a little notepad of unlined paper to jot notes on and stuck it to the front of the base.)
  2. VINTAGE VEHICLES – GSD, PDF, SVG by Apetroae Stefan and Tag or Label Embellishments STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SVG by Rae Carr (I printed the Tag onto Crafty Bob paper and cut it out using my Cameo, together with two white ovals, one the same size as the tag and one slightly larger.  The vintage vehicles were cut out of 220gsm black cardstock.  The base card is one I bought in pre-foiled.  I used 1mm deep foam tape to attach the two white ovals to the card font and glue gel to attach the tag oval and the vehicles in position afterwords – I’m trying to make sure I craft something suitable for a man or a boy in each crafting session now as I’ve realised that my stock of cards is definitely ranging more towards women or girls.)
  3. Strawberry Fun by Marie Wolman (I took some of the elements from this kit into one of my graphics programs an played around with positions and sizes until I was happy with the topper I’d creaqted.  I then printed this onto Super Smooth card-stock.  I made a square, base card, from a red sheet of Satin Board.  Onto this I stuck a paper doily, and onto that I stuck my cut out topper using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’d created a second layer of the bottle which I shaped and stuck on with glue gel.)
  4. Angels Bell Pulling Snow 5in Square Folded Picture Card by Ann-marie Vaux (I made this card up simply with no embellishments.  I printed it onto heavyweight, glossy, Tesco photo paper.  The card was then trimmed, scored, and folded.This is a very pretty card as it is, but it could also be further decorated with fine crystal glitter and perhaps gold marker pens.)
  5. Yellow & Pink Rose Borders with matching elements by Marie Wolman (I took elements from this kit into one of my graphics programs and played around with them, creating a background from a swirl and creating two panels from the frames and roses included in the kit.  These were built up into a card front with an extra layer for the pink rose panel and then printed out onto white pearlescent printable cardstock.  The base card was made by scoring and folding an A4 sheet of rose coloured Satin Board and the cut out main card front was stuck directly to this.  The extra, pink rose, panel was stuck in place using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

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  1. 4 Green football/soccer bear toppers by Sharon Poore (The sheet was printed onto Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out. Each topper was stuck to a mat of black cardstock and trimmed to leave a border of two or three mm. These matted toppers were stuck to the front of A6 base cards that I’d made from A4 sheets of green Satin Board. I haven’t put greetings on the cards yet as I don’t know whether they will be needed in English or Welsh, but I’ve left a wider border at the bottom of the cards so that a greeting can be added.)
  2. Another card from the same sheet as above, made in the same way.
  3. Dreamy Dragonflies Circle Pyramage Topper by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet onto Crafty Bob paper and cut out each layer.  I took a pre-prepared square, white, base card and stuck the base image directly to this.  I then built up the layers, sticking each in place using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I haven’t added any embellishment to this card, but for a more blingy look some fine crystal glitter or sticky back gems could be added, and even a real ribbon bow put over the printed bow.  There are a lot of possibilities.)
  4. 4 Blue fender car toppers by Sharon Poore (I printed the sheet out onto Super Smooth white cardstock and then cut out the toppers.  I actually made up three easel cards from this sheet, using the fourth topper to cut it down into three wheels to use as embellishments on the easel card stoppers.The base cards were made from linen textured gold card-stock.  The mat is a black cardstock that’s been trimmed a little smaller than the main card and then I used a corner rounder punch on it.  The black mat was stuck directly to the bottom of the easel front card.  The topper was attached to the mat using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The stopper is a strip of the same gold cardstock as the base card with a slightly smaller piece of the same cardstock as the mat stuck directly on top.  This stopper was attached to the front of the card using the same type of foam tape as previously.  I used some foam tape to attach one of the cut out wheels on one side of the stopper. I’ve left the stopper without a greeting for now, as I don’t know whether the card will be finished off in English or Welsh, but there’s plenty of space for a greeting on the stopper bar.)
  5. Fun Time by Marie Wolman (I took an assortment of elements from this kit into one of my graphics packages and made designed a card topper from them.  This was printed onto Super Smooth white cardstock.  The topper was then stuck directly to a piece of silver, linen effect, cardstock and this was trimmed to leave a small border.  I made an A5 base card from an A4 sheet of green tone, Satin Board and the matted topper was stuck to the front of this using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I haven’t put a greeting on the card yet as I’m not sure whether it will be needed in English or Welsh.)

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  1. Lavender by Marie Wolman (I took some of the elements from this kit into one of my graphics programs and positioned them to make a topper and a lace paper ribbon.  These were printed out onto pearlescent, ice white, printable paper.  I then cut out the pieces and stuck them to the front of an A5 base card, made from an A4 sheet of Satin Board in a toning colour, using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I haven’t put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure whether the card will need to be in Welsh or English.)
  2. Wedding Day by Marie Wolman and White Satin Alphas by Marie Wolman (I took the elements into one of my graphics programs.  I used letters to spell out “Ar Dydd Eich Priodas” – Welsh for “On Your Wedding Day” – and some of the elements from this kit to make a card front topper.  This was then printed out onto pearlescent, ice white, printable paper.  After cutting out the topper I matted the panel directly onto a piece of linen textured silver cardstock, trimming this mat to leave a small border.  The matted panel was stuck to the front of an A5 card made of white, polka-dot glittered, card-stock.  This card looks all lovely and shimmery in reality, but this finish doesn’t show up very well in the photograph.)
  3. Boys Toys by Marie Wolman and 12 Wood Papers CU4CU by Janyce Cotterill (I took two backgrounds from the wood papers kit and several elements from the other kit into one of my graphics programs.  I played around with the layout until I had a card front together with various other pieces to decoupage, on my workspace sheet.  This was then printed out onto Super Smooth white cardstock.  I made the base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of linen textured gold card-stock.  I cut out all the pieces from my printout and used a corner rounding punch on alll corners of the base image and the bottom corners of the card.  I stuck the base image directly to the base card and then used foam tape and glue gel to attach the added layers of the tool box and tools.  And just because most of the elements came from a kit called “Boys Toys” it doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be used to make a card for a woman who’s into D.I.Y. or who’s job is carpentry or joinery.  This was probably the most fiddly of the cards in this blog post to cut out because of the little tools.)
  4. White Peacock Topper by Apetroae Stefan (The sheet was printed onto Crafty Bob glossy paper at a little under full size and the panels were cut out.  I stuck the largest panel directly to a piece of linen textured silver card-stock and trimmed this to leave a border of around 2mm.  This matted image was then stuck to a piece of black cardstock and this was trimmed to around 5mm.  This layered image was then stuck to the front of a square base card I’d made out of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

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  1. Each of these cards were made using images from the CD-ROM The Christmas Story – Carol Clarke Volume 2 by Carol Clarke.  I’ve been asked for some little cards that are a bit different to the ones bought in shops but without too much dimension, so I’ve printed these out onto Crafty Bob paper and just stuck the base unit onto a selection of pre-bought, fancy edged, white based cards (bought when on special offer from C & C I think, but no longer available now I believe), without building up the supplied decoupage layers.   I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the image to the card front for just a little dimension.  The decoupage layers can simply be stuck onto panels of background at some other time to make some more little cards.

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This is a simple “Llyfr Nodiadau” (Welsh for Note Book) which I decorated with two sheets of 8″ x 8″ paper from my crafty stash.  A darker patterned one was stuck on first and trimmed to the size of the notebook cover and then the lighter one was cut to a smaller size and stuck on.  I punched flowers out of the piece I trimmed off the top layer using a Tonic Petal Pairs punch and stuck a few around the title, printed out on my Brother labeller, and some were also stuck near the bottom right over the printed flowers.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Monday, 3rd September – Here.
  • Wednesday, 5th September – Here.
  • Friday, 7th September – Here.
  • Monday, 10th September – Here.
  • Wednesday, 12th September – Here.

One big bit of news in the mailers is – “Crafty Bob’s A4 Premium Gloss Craft Paper for 1p” – now who wants 20 sheets of 200g High Gloss for 1p?  What a bargain!  Click – here – to find the offer on the craftsUprint site.

September Card Making Competition –  This month the theme is Birthday Teenager (boy or girl) and the last entry date is the 22nd September after which all the entries will be displayed and the voting starts.  Voting will be 5 votes per user on a points scale of 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2 points to be awarded for the cards that you like best after having a close look at all entries.  The Competition Upload page is in your Crafter Control Panel on the main Craftsuprint site.  The winner will be announced on the 1st of October with 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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The End Of August

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Sep 012012
 

Thank you to all of you who’ve left me lovely comments on my blog posts lately.
I hope all of you who’ve popped over to have a look at my latest post enjoy looking at what’s on show.

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*** You’ve probably noticed that this post is called “The End of August”, but that it’s now September at me posting it.  I’d got most of it written with a view to posting it the evening of the last day of August, but the uploading of pictures took way longer than it should have.  But never mind.  All done now, so please do have a read and a look.  ***

I’m still not attacking “The Big Tidy Up” with as much energy as I was a week ago, but rather am sorting a pack or two of cards and a few embellishments a day at the moment, and then taking it easy and doing a bit of crafting.  I have managed to do a sort out of my peel-offs, so have my Welsh greetings in one box, borders and corners in another, spots and outline images in another, Christmas peel-offs in another, and my very small number of English greetings in another.  So another job done with my legs elevated.  My damaged leg is a bit softer than it was a couple of days ago, so I’m taking things a bit slower, and resting more with my leg elevated does appear to be helping it to improve.  Of course, it will always be damaged, it’s just a case of trying to prevent further problems.  I’ve got enough other health/disabilities without landing back in hospital with further leg problems.

One thing I did manage to do was photograph the boxful of cards I made during July but hadn’t got around to photographing and showing you before, so I hope you’ve got a cuppa at your side and are ready to click a few thumbnail images to have a good look at the big batch (remember to click your “Back” button to come back to this blog post after viewing).

But before the cards there’s a bit of knitting.

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KNITTING:

In my post of the 27th of August I showed you the yarn strap and a piece of the ribbon yarn I was knitting with on my circular knitting loom.  Well the scarf is now finished.  This one was made using 2 skeins of yarn so is much longer than the previous scarf I made with the same type of yarn previously.  This is what it looks like now it’s completed.

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The colour is a little different in this photo due to lighting conditions.  The real colour of the yarn can be seen in the strip I scanned in and included in the previous post that included the initial details.

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These cards were made using die-cut elements.  I keep an assortment of these type of items in the house (bought when there are special offers on to keep the cost of making the final cards down) so that I can make quick cards if some are needed in a hurry, or for when my hands are not working well enough to do cutting, shaping flowers, placing small embellishments, etc..  Plus, I like having a variety in my crafting, from stamping and creating flower embellishments from scratch from a sheet of plain paper, all the way to making quick cards from  pre-prepared toppers, backgrounds and card shapes.
These cards were made using items from two kits, one of the kits from the Hunkydory Christmas Selection Box and the The Snowman and Father Christmas kit from Crafter’s Companion, who worked closely with Hunkydory to create the kit.

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Since taking these pictures earlier in the day I’ve now added greetings to those that didn’t have them on, using banners or peel-offs .

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A mailer was sent out by the team at CUP HQ on Friday, 31st, August.  You can see a copy of it – here.  This mailer gives details of what’s on the current free CD-ROM that you get when you spend just £10 on the site, and also what other freebies come with it.

August Card Making Competition – Congratulations to Faith Irvine, Carolyn Norris and Diane Scotland on coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the craftsUprint August competition.  At the moment the results can be seen on the craftsUprint site – here.  There were 44 entries in the competition.  I didn’t enter this time so don’t have a competition card to show you this month.  Hopefully I’ll have time to create a suitable card to enter the September competition.

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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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