Crafting At The Start Of September

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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.)

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