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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!
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.)
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.
- 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.)
- As above but with a banner greeting.
- As above but matted and layered the peel-off greeting and used Pinflair Snow Dust as the decoration.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- Slightly turned view of above.
- Same Tea Light Holder but viewed from above with a lit, battery operated, tea light inside.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
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.
- This is the strap of one of the balls of wool, giving the lot number details, etc.
- This is the strap off the other colour of wool showing the different lot number.
- This is a closeup of one section of the ball strap giving a better look at the details.
- This is a scan of a piece of each of the coloured wool to give a good likeness to the correct colour.
- 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.
- 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.
- This is how the piece of knitting looks on the knitting board once a whole row has been hooked.
- This is a closeup of the pattern that is formed by working the two colours in this way.
- This is a piece of what I’ve done so far of the hooded scarf.
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.
You can see the cards Ive 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.)
(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 Ive 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 Ive checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)