Oct 302012
 

Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.  I appreciate every one of them so much.
To those of you who are visiting for the first time – I hope you will enjoy looking at my crafty makes and come back again soon for a look at more items as I upload them.
And to those of you who are regular visitors to my site – thank you so much for coming back time and time again.

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I’ve had my Silhouette Cameo out yesterday, so most of what I’m showing you today involves cutting out digital cutting files.  Plus you’ll notice that lots of this has been combined with the colouring in of digi stamps using my Promarkers.  I find cutting out of items by hand neatly after I’ve coloured them in a bit difficult, especially when my hands are playing up, so having digi stamp Print & Cut files is absolutely fantastic.  Some digis are taking me ages to colour in, but on the whole, by putting down my pens regularly and wiggling my fingers around a lot and then resting them for a bit, I’m finding colouring in an easier job than cutting.  Though I have to admit that I’m not the best colourer inner around, and never likely to be, but it is a relaxing thing to do on my lap tray, in bed with my damaged leg elevated, while watching TV at night.  A bit of watching, and then a bit of colouring in during the adverts or boring bits is about the right pace for me.

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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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1cup367356_1834 - card01 - AUTUMN HEDGEHOG DECOUPAGE  2cup364958_198 - card02 - LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 17 with butterfly  3cup363881_198 - card02 - LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 13 with butterfly

  1. AUTUMN HEDGEHOG DECOUPAGE by Sharon Duncan and SET OF 2 WOODLAND TREES by Sharon Duncan  (I printed the sheet out onto 250gsm Super Smooth card and cut out all the pieces.  I made the base card out of an A4 sheet of pale green cardstock in a similar tone to the green to the circle area behind the hedgehog.  I cut out the trunk and branches from the Woodland Trees cutting file, out of brown card-stock, using my Silhouette Cameo.  I shaped the pieces and built them up on the card front, attaching each layer in place using glue gel.  I dotted some of the decoupage leaves around the card rather them building them up on the main image.  For me, this was one of the most difficult, of the cards on show in this blog post, to make, because of the amount of ins and outs in the hand cutting.  The rest of the cards here may look more complicated, but the cutting has been made mostly using my Cameo, with some paper punches.)
  2. LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 17 with butterfly by Clive Couter (I printed the two pages out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and coloured in the main image and the extra layers for decoupaging using my Promarkers.  The colours I used were: stem and leaf – Apple Cider, Forest Green; flowers – Plum Preserve, Plum, Amethyst; butterfly – Summer Sun; edging shadow – Cool Grey 2.  I then put them into to my Silhouette Cameo and cut out the card and layers.  I shaped the layers to be added and stuck them in place using glue gel.  I put the butterfly on the inside back.  I finished off with some glittery ribbon in tones of purple and pink which came from my crafty stash. I haven’t put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure what greeting or what language will be needed.)
  3. LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 13 with butterfly by Clive Couter (I printed the main card layer and the page with the decoupage layers onto 300gsm Super Smooth card and then coloured them in using Promarkers.  The colours I used were: butterfly – lilac, winter berry, together with some violet metallic marker; stem and leaves – Island Lagoon, holly; flowers – Canary, Gold, Tequila Sunrise; shading shadow – Cool Grey 2.  I shaped the extra flowers and butterfly and then stuck them in place using glue gel.  I finished off the card by putting a slit on the spine and threading through a yellow grosgrain and yellow organza ribbon.  These were then tied in a knot on the front. I’ve left off the greeting for the time being until I know the occasion the card will be given for.)

1cup366883_596 - card01 - Male & Female Teddy DIGI print & Cut set 2 Studio  2cup366883_596 - card05 - Male & Female Teddy DIGI print & Cut set 2 Studio  3cup366883_596 - card03 - Male & Female Teddy DIGI print & Cut set 2 Studio  4cup366883_596 - card04 - Male & Female Teddy DIGI print & Cut set 2 Studio

  1. Male & Female Teddy DIGI print & Cut set 2 Studio by Tina Fitch (I printed the design off onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured it in using my Promarkers before cutting it out using my Silhouette Cameo. The colours I used were: paints and leaf on hat – Canary, Leaf Green, Poppy; bear’s nose – Poppy; bear’s clothing – Budding Rose, Blossom, Rose Pink; bear’s fir and paint pallet – Tawny Owl, Tan, Chestnut, Oatmeal, March Hare.  I also cut out the oval layers supplied in the cutting file – the top one out of white pearlescent cardstock, the second out of pink cardstock and the third out of pearlescent pink cardstock,and in addition to the layers I cut out some flourishes at the same time.  I then punched out flower layers out of the leftover card-stock from the layers using a Petit Petal Pairs punch.  The base card was a pre-cut card from my crafty stash.  I inked the edge with Tattered Rose distress ink using an ink blending tool on a SplodgeAway mat –  I’ve found having the little 8″ square one to hand for quick little jobs like this is easier than getting out my glass mat or heatproof mat when I don’t need them for larger jobs.  I also used the same colour to touch the edge of some of the petals of the punched flowers.  The flower layers were then shaped and the flowers built up, sticking each layer in place using a quick grab wet glue.  I built up the matting layers using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape and then used glue gel to add the topper and other elements. I decided to make this card in shades of pink, but being a digi it could be coloured in any colour and made to suit the recipient’s favourite colour, from muted tones like this card to really bright and multicoloured.)
  2. Angled look at the card.
  3. A closer look at the flowers and flourishes.
  4. Closeup of the coloured in digi – the colouring in could be improved I think, but on the whole i’m quite pleased with how it turned out.

1cup357855_596 - card03 - Celebration Door Card & Box …….Studio  2cup357855_596 - card07 - Celebration Door Card & Box …….Studio  3cup357855_596 - card02 - Celebration Door Card & Box …….Studio  4cup357855_596 - card05 - Celebration Door Card & Box …….Studio  5cup357855_596 - card08 - Celebration Door Card & Box …….Studio

  1. Celebration Door Card & Box …….Studio by Tina Fitch (This first picture shows the card closed.  I cut the back and two doors out of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock – with a new blade set quite deep to make sure that I had a good cut as this is quite a tough cardstock to cut but excellent, weight wise, and with a nice finish for special cards like this. I cut the bottle pieces out of 240gsm green card-stock, and the glasses and sentiments out of silver textured cardstock. I used wet glue to put the pieces of the glasses and the bottle together, holding each piece together until the glue grabbed. I put very thin irridescent vellum panels behind each door and the back, attaching in place with strong, red backed, double sided tape. I used a Zig glue pen over both arches of flowers on the door and put ultra fine, clear, glitter, over them. I then used template tape to attach the doors to the back and finished off by attaching the glasses, bottle and sentiment. As this is such a pretty design I decided not to put on any further embellishment. It is just gorgeous, and because it comes with a variety of greetings and numbers it can be used for many occasions. Just think of it with either red glasses or the base card in red for a Ruby wedding anniversary, the possibilities are endless.)
  2. Closeup of one of the “glasses” on the front to show the dimension.
  3. Door partly opened to show inside.
  4. One door further opened – you’ll notice that there is a solid area that’s clear of cutting out to the side of the bottle where a greeting from the sender could be written, or it could be written on the back.
  5. Closeup of the bottle inside to show dimension.

With so many dimensional elements to this card it is quite a deep one when finished – but the cutting file actually includes the cutting elements to make a box to go with it.  I’ve cut mine out but haven’t put it together yet, so keep an eye out in future blog posts for the card in the box.

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KNITTING:

In my last post (here) I showed you the finished hooded scarf with pockets that I showed you the start of in my post of the 17/09/12 (here).  I decided that the photo of the item displayed over the back of a chair didn’t show it off well, so when my niece called over I asked her to model it for me.  This is the resulting photo:

1hoodedscarf 01 14

  1. Knitted using a very chunky yarn on an Authentic Knitting Board weaving back and fore between two rows of pins to give a scarf that’s double thickness, it is super toasty warm, with the hood to cover the ears, the scarf to wrap around the neck and the pockets to keep hands warm in.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I’ve put up 2 items since my last blog post:

  • White Shamballa Style Bracelet – here
  • Hooded Scarf With Pockets – here

My shop details are saying that I’ve got 40 items listed at the moment, so have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

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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, 29th October – here – If you’ve never bought from craftsUprint before, or if you’re somebody who buys regularly and has  huge number of items in your Wish List – the 20% Discount Code is for everybody.  Please make use of it and save yourself some money buying some of the digital designs that are on offer.  Even just browsing the mailer, without ever browsing around the whole site, and you’ll see that there are some gorgeous items available.  And if you are somebody who likes to do more of the hands one crafting then the Digital Stamping or Designer Resourse area may be more of an interest to you (you don’t have to be a CUP designer to use the designer resources.)  And if paper-crafting isn’t your main interest then there’s sections for Cross Stitch, Knitting, etc., as well.  You may find just the pattern for that cuddly toy, or child’s jumper, you are looking for – and the beauty of buying in a digital format like this – if the dog chews your pattern, or someone spills something on it – you just print it out again.

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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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Oct 262012
 

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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I haven’t completed many projects since my last blog post, but I thought I’d put together a quick post today to let you see what I have finished.

You may remember that I’ve said lately that I want to try and make at least one card suitable for a man in every batch of cards I make, so this time I’ve used a bear topper on one card. My other paper-crafting projects is a Christmas card and three triangular boxes for Christmas gifts – some little chocolates I thought, but I’ve not made a final decision yet.  It may be a bracelet or some earrings, or perhaps a keyring. I’m sure that the triangular shape will keep the recipients guessing.

I’ve got a few projects on the go at the moment, including colouring in a few digi-stamps, which include flowers and some teddy bears, using my Letraset Promarkers, so keep an eye out for a post with them in in the near future.

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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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1cup12136_37 - card01- Bear Pyramage  2cup161085_750 - card02 - Mary and Baby Jesus pyramid 2

  1. Bear Pyramage by Russ Smith (I printed the sheet out onto Crafty Bob glossy paper and cut out the pieces. I prepared a base card by cutting an A4 sheet of blue Adorable Scorable cardstock in half and scoring and folding this in half to make an A6 base card. As I’ve been asked for flatter cards that will go through the post on an ordinary letter stamp I only used the base layer 1and then layers 3 and 5 for this card, leaving me with layers 2, 4 and 6 for another card. I used 1mm deep foam tape to attach the layer and blank greetings tag to the card. A very striking image for a card for a man.)
  2. Mary and Baby Jesus pyramid 2 by Eva Cano (I printed the design sheet onto Crafty Bob glossy paper and cut out the pieces. I took an A4 sheet of Golden coloured Satin Board and scored it in half to make an A5 base card. The base image from the sheet was stuck directly to this. I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and only added two of the pyramid layers to the card front to keep the card flat. As I’m not sure whether this card will be needed in English or Welsh I’ve put on the blank greetings panel for the time being. I can add my own peel-off greeting to this before it gets sent. A great card for those who prefer to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.)

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BOXES:

1cup363238_656 - card01 -  Triangle Gift box template  2cup363238_656 - card02 -  Triangle Gift box template  3cup363238_656 - card04 -  Triangle Gift box template  4cup363238_656 - card05 -  Triangle Gift box template  5cup363238_656 - card06 -  Triangle Gift box template

  1. Backgrounds – Christmas Reds by Mary MacBean; Images – Seasons Greetings Bonza Set by Karen Wyeth; Triangle Gift box template by Jackie Mitchell (I took the template, together with three topper style elements and three backgrounds  into one of my graphics packages and moved them all around until I was happy with the layout.  I then printed them out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  After cutting out I scored the box bases and lids using my Hougie Board. I stuck the sides together using Template Tape.)
  2. One of the boxes with holly wreath and candle on top.
  3. One of the boxes with a Father Christmas on top.
  4. One of the boxes with a filled stocking on top.
  5. An opened box.

When I saw them made up I thought that, in addition to using them as gift boxes, I could adjust them for other uses.  I could shrink the template a bit to make smaller boxes.  What about putting a loop of ribbon into the top seam before sticking down the flap and the boxes could be hung on the Christmas tree as decorations with little chocolates inside.  Then I thought that if I made little boxes but with numbers rather than little images on the front I could make up an Advent calendar.  The boxes could either be put one next to the other across a shelve, or one on top of the other with the last to be opened being at the bottom of the pile, or even made with loops of ribbon to hang on an Advent Branch – a bare branch from a tree that has been sprayed with gold, silver, or glitter spray.

KNITTING:

You many remember that in my post of the 17/09/2012 I showed you the start of project I was working on to create a hooded scarf with pockets.  I showed you the work in progress and the type of wool I was using (100% Merino Wool).  Well I’ve now finished knitting the project and have stitched together the seams needed to turn the very long scarf into the hooded scarf with pockets.  This is what it looks like:

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  1. It’s difficult to show the multi-function use of this hooded scarf when just draped over the back of a chair like this.  It is super toasty warm, with the hood to cover the ears, the scarf to wrap around the neck and the pockets to keep hands warm in (or to hold bits and pieces – the knit is quite tight, so not a lot will work their way out, and the pockets are deep and roomy).  The scarf is knitted from nearly 600g of wool.

.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, 26th October – 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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Even More October Crafting

 Posted by at 08:30 pm
Oct 242012
 

Thank You – for popping 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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Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that the huge box (that one of my new craft storage units had been delivered in) that I’d put in the middle of the sitting room floor to hold lots of the crafty stash that I still had left to sort out – is gone!  I finally managed to sort it all out.  Now all I’ve got left of The Big Tidy Up is two little boxes in my bedroom to finish sorting.  Then there’s a table in the sitting room with jewellery making stuff to finish sorting, but lots of those bits are tidily in trays already, it’s just the trays that need to be put tidily away.  So the end is in sight.

Unfortunately, after spending a couple of days over the weekend having fun and going to a couple of places with my two youngest nephews, I’ve been in a serious amount of pain so far this week.  I decided today that I really should get on with some computer work while sat in bed, so we’ll see how long this will take me.  I actually managed to photograph my latest creations while waiting for lunch to cook.  I’ve only just realised, while putting together this post, quite how long it’s been since my last post, which means I’ve taken that long to put together three boxes of cards and two shopping list notebooks.  Not my most productive 10+ days I must say.  Let’s hope that the aches and pains ease up and that I can get back to tidying and crafting by the weekend.

Hope all readers of this blog post are well and enjoying whatever crafting they are into.  And if you are not into any crafting – why not give it a try?  There are lots of different crafts around and I’m sure that there will be something you’d like doing.

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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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Christmas Card Box 1
1Boxed Set 02 03  2Boxed Set 02 04  3Boxed Set 02 05  4Boxed Set 02 06

  1. For this box of cards, and the following box, I used the CD-ROM The Christmas Story – Carol Clarke Volume 2. As I’ve been asked for more cards on the Nativity theme, that are flat enough to go through the post on an ordinary letter stamp, I haven’t used the provided decoupage on any of these cards, I just stuck the chosen image to the card front with some gold or silver matting and layering in a variety of styles, although this first example has no matting or layering.  I selected just the base layers of each design sheet and printed them onto Crafty Bob’s 250gsm Matte Craft Paper at a smaller size than provided. For a different look I made all these cards using pre-cut and scored black square cards.
  2. The inserts and the background sheet used to decorate the box lid were all printed out onto 120gsm Super Smooth paper.  Again I printed the inserts off at a slightly smaller size than given on the CD-ROM so that I could cut them into two halves and stick them onto the inside front and inside back of the card leaving a border of black to make them stand out.  Each insert has a smaller version of the image on the front of that card on it, so I’ve only photographed one to show you how they look here.  I used a stamp “Nadolig Llawen” and a gold ink pad to stamp inside each card and on the card box.
  3. The rest of these cards are made using the same items mentioned in card 1. and insert 2.

1Boxed Set 02 08  2Boxed Set 02 09  3Boxed Set 02 07  5Boxed Set 02 01

The box itself is made using Centura Pearl Ivory card-stock for the bottom, and gold mirror card for the lid.  Scored on my Hougie Board and decorated using the front of a black card and a piece of the printed background.

Christmas Card Box 2

1Boxed Set 03 02  2Boxed Set 03 03  3Boxed Set 03 04  4Boxed Set 03 05

1Boxed Set 03 06  2Boxed Set 03 07  3Boxed Set 03 01

This set was created the same way as the first, with a repeat of the same toppers and inserts, although the gold and silver matting are in different positions.  The box is made using a silver base and a Centura Pearl card as the top and decorated the same way as the first one.

General Card Box

1Boxed Set 01 02  2Boxed Set 01 03  3Boxed Set 01 05  4Boxed Set 01 06  5Boxed Set 01 07

  1. Shabby Chic Rose Backing Paper 5 Mix N Match,  and Shabby Chic Rose Toppers 2 Mix N Match (I printed the topper sheet out twice onto Crafty Bob’s 250gsm Matte Craft Paper, and the background four times onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  Three of the backgrounds I cut and scored to create square base cards.  I used a corner rounder punch on these base cards.  For this card I used one of the second size of topper.)
  2. Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Insert/Base 2 Mix N Match ( The insert was printed three times onto 120gsm Super Smooth paper.  After trimming and scoring one of the inserts was put into each of the square cards created, such as card 1.)
  3. Shabby Chic Rose Easel Card Base 2 Mix N Match (I printed the easel card base out three times onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock.  After scoring, cutting and folding, I decorated this easel using a square of silver mirror card, and added two of the toppers, the smallest used as a stopper for the easel and stuck on using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  4. Another of the cards created as 1. but this time using a smaller topper matted and layered onto mirror card and Centura Pearl cardstock.
  5. A larger topper was used for this one and only matted onto mirror card.

1Boxed Set 01 08  2Boxed Set 01 09  3Boxed Set 01 11b  4Boxed Set 01 10  5Boxed Set 01 01

  1. One of the largest and one of the smallest toppers from the topper sheet was used on this easel card.
  2. This easel card was made exactly as the previous card, making three easel cards in total for the boxed set.
  3. Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Envelope 1 Mix N Match (I printed out 3 of this design of envelope onto 120gsm Super Smooth paper, scored and cut it out and stuck the flaps in place using Template Tape. I put a strip of fingerlift tape on the flap of each so that they can be sealed by the final sender.)
  4. Shabby Chic Rose 5×5 Envelope 2 Mix N Match (Made exactly as the previous design of envelope.  So the box of six co-ordinating cards has six co-ordinating envelopes.)
  5. The box itself is made using Centura Pearl cardstock, and it is decorated using a piece of the printed out background and one of the toppers off the topper sheet matted onto another piece of Centura Pearl.

All the Shabby Chic Rose Mix N Match designs used are by Ammie Sanders.

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NOTEBOOK COVERS:

These are two Tesco Value Shopping List notebooks that I’ve decorated with leftover pieces from making the boxed set of cards above.

1Notebook 02 02  2Notebook 02 03  3Notebook 02 04  4Notebook 03 02

  1. I’ve used Centura Pearl Snow White Accents Card to make the main cover.  This was scored at 10cm, 11cm, 12cm and 21cm across using my Hougie Board.  I cut it at the 21cm mark.  After folding back and fore at the 10, 11, and 12cm marks I folded it in half at the 11cm mark and just above half way down I cut in twice from the folded edge to 1cm to the next score line, the lines being about 2cm apart.  When folded this became the loop for the pen.  I used Template Tape to stick the area that isn’t folded out as the loop to the back of the cover.  I then decorated the front with some left over printed background and a topper, again using Template Tape – I know that the item will be handled a lot as the notebook is used so wanted to use the stronger tape.
  2. The notebook itself was also covered with a piece of the printed background before being stuck inside the cover.
  3. This is what it looks like when the cover is opened.
  4. This notebook cover is made in exactly the same way, although this time I didn’t put the background paper over the front before sticking on the topper, and did use a corner rounder punch on each corner.  The inside notebook is covered and attached in exactly the same way as the first one.

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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, 15th October – here
  • Wednesday, 17th October – here – Wwps – can’t find the link to this one on the craftsuprint FB page.
  • Friday, 19th October – here
  • Monday, 22nd October – here
  • Wednesday, 24th October – 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 October Crafting

 Posted by at 05:02 pm
Oct 132012
 

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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I’m having a break from The Big Tidy Up and aim to have a big push to finish off sorting my paper-crafting stash next week, before starting on the jewellery making stash I’ve got in the corner of the sitting room.  During my tidy up so far I’ve now managed to get things sorted enough so that I can get at my distress ink pads and tools, and other crafting stuff that were stuck behind other crafting goodies and out of my reach.  So this week I decided to play around with a variety of crafting stuff and make up a few cards I’ve been planning in my head for a while, as well as a few newer items that I just thought of.  The vast majority of these are either cut out using my Silhouette Cameo, the very small number of metal dies I’ve got, or were simple items to cut out by hand.  Only one was a bit tricky for me to cut.  I’ve done a lot of colouring in using my Promarkers, though it wasn’t all done in one session, and I haven’t spent a lot of time about colouring in each element, just laying down the colour freely and hoping for the best in most cases.

I’ve also made a couple of Shamballa style bracelets, one in a size suitable for a child and one for an adult or teenager.

I hope you like what I’ve made and have time to have a good look and leave a comment at the end.  Thanks.

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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
.)

1cup364959_198 - card02 - LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 18 with butterflly  2cup364968_198 - card01 - LINE ART CARD (FRAME CARD) 22 with bejewelled butterfly  3cup355755_1749 - card01 - Rupert says Hello  4cup363888_198 - card01 - LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 14 with butterflies  5cup347706_1749 - card01 - Jiggy Dragon at the Beach Stamp

  1. LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 18 with butterflly by Clive Couter (The design was printed onto 300 gsm Super Smooth card-stock and cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I then coloured in the daffodils and butterfly using my Promarkers. The colours I used were Forest Green and Marine for the leaves; Gold Yellow, Tulip Yellow, and Daffodil Bloom for the flowers;  Orchid and Amethyst for the butterfly.  I finished the card off by tying a yellow ribbon round the spine of the card and gluing on the butterfly and flower layers.  I stuck the flowers on offset to the flowers beneath to give a fuller look to the flower bunch.  I shaped them first and used glue gel to attach.  This was an easy card to make as all the cutting was done using my Cameo.)
  2. LINE ART CARD (FRAME CARD) 22 with bejewelled butterfly by Clive Couter (I printed the flower and butterfly sheet out from within my Silhouette Studio software onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I then used my Silhouette cameo to cut these layers out and also to cut out the base card out from Foiled Adorable Scorable cardstock. I coloured the roses in using Promarkers.  The colours used were Budding Rose, Tropical Orchid and Pink Lobster for the roses, and Forest Green and Grass for the leaves.  I selected two of the butterflies and stuck them back to back with a narrow strip of acetate sandwiched between them down the middle.  I coloured the butterfly using an Ink Duster and Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.  I attached the acetate strip to the top and bottom of the aperture on the card, but making it bowed outwards so that the butterfly was floating above the surface of the card rather than sitting in the middle of the aperture. I then attached the first layer of roses using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and shaped the second layer before attaching with glue gel.  Another easy to make for a person with dexterity issues as all the cutting was done by the Silhouette Cameo.)
  3. Rupert says Hello by Janette Padley and Color Trending Backgrounds For 2012-2013 by Tanya Hall (I printed the digi stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock at much smaller than full size.  I also printed out two of the backgrounds on 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I then coloured him in using Promarkers – unfortunately I didn’t make a note of the colours used this time.  I took a pre-prepared A5 card with a decorative edge and used a blending tool and Bundled Sage Distress Ink to colour around the edge. I cut the coloured in digi stamp and cut it out using a Spellbinders die, cutting around his tail and lifting it over the die to do an”outside the edge” effect.  I took a green Adorable Scorable cardstock and cut a panel from it to fit on my card front, rounding the corners with a punch, and attached this panel directly to the card front.  The cut out digi was stuck onto this using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I cut out some leaf shapes out of the two green patterned backgrounds and attached these in a tumble towards the bottom right of the card front.  Other than the green mat, which I cut out using a ruler and craft knife, all the other parts on this card were cut out using dies, therefore another easy card to make.)
  4. LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 14 with butterflies by Clive Couter (The main card page and the page with butterfly and decoupage elements were both printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock.  They were then cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I then coloured in the card and extra pieces using Promarkers. I used Forest Green for the leaves, Bluebell for the butterfly, and Poppy, Ruby and Cardinal Red for the flowers, with Cool Gray 5 for the flower centres.  I outlined outside the digi using Cool Gray 2.  I used a blending tool and Bundled Sage Distress Ink to colour around the edges of the card before tying a red ribbon around the spine of the card.I shaped the flower layers and butterfly and stuck them in place using glue gel.)
  5. Jiggy Dragon at the Beach Stamp by Janette Padley (I wanted to try out something a bit different with this card, so I printed the digi stamp out twice at a smaller size than the file itself.  I coloured in the little dragon and a small area around him using my Promarkers on one of the printouts.  I used Chestnut, Gold, and Bright Orange for the deckchair.  Bluebell for his cup.  Sandstone and Vanilla for the sandcastles and sand around him.  Apple Cider, Moss, Fresh Meadow and Pear Green for the dragon.  And Powder Blue for the sky.  I then used an oval cutter to cut the dragon out.  With the other printout I tore around the edges and then used a blending tool to go over the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I put a mat one one shade of green Adorable Scoreable cardstock behind this, with another mat of gold iridescent card-stock behind that.  The base card was a pale green A4 sheet of Adorable Scoreable cardstock, scored using my Hougie Board, and folded in half to make an A5, tent fold, card.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the coloured in oval to the front of the card over the corresponding area.)

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  1. Windmill Quick Card by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto Crafty Bob photo paper and cut all the pieces out.  I made a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of black, adorable scorable, cardstock to make a tent fold, A5, base card.  The base layer of the design was stuck directly to the base card and the other layers were built up in order, sticking each in place using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  Another easy card to make, with no intricate cutting.)
  2. Blue Bells On Lace Quick Card by Russ Smith (The design was printed out onto 250gsm Super Smooth card-stock and cut out.  I then shaped all the pieces before sticking them all in place using glue gel.  I took an 8″ square white card that came pre-cut with a decorative edge and used a blending tool to put Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the edge.  I also used an Ink Duster brush to put the same distress ink around the edge of the decoupaged panel to cover the white cut edge.  I then stuck two paper doilies to the top left and bottom right of the front of the card and stuck on the decoupaged panel using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I think that this was the most difficult of the cards on display here, to cut out as there were landlocked areas within the bows and lots of pieces to worked with.)
  3. Time for Bed Digital stamp by Lynne Crosskill and Curly Border Frame Studio Files for Silhouette & Cameo by Margaret Jones (I printed the digital stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured the picture in using Promarkers.  The Hair and teddy were coloured in using Tawny Owl, Henna, Cocoa, Sandstone and Cinnamon – though I’m not sure now which ones I used where.  The skin in Satin and Oatmeal, the PJs in April Shower, Powder Blue, and Pastel Blue with Azure being used for the buttons.  I used Cool Grey 2 around the outside.  I cut layers of the curly border frame out of Adorable Scorable cardstock, one of them with a glitter pattern embossed on it.  I also made the base card out of Adorable Scorable of the same colour with glittered spots on it.  I cut the coloured in image using an oval cutter and then went round the edge of the panel, and the largest matting layer, using an ice blue ink pad.  I used offcuts of the card from the matting and layering, together with a spotted blue ribbon, to make a feature down the left hand side of the card, before building up the digi panel and matting and layering in order, sticking each layer in place using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I made two bows from the same spotted ribbon, putting one on the ribbon border and one at the top left of the digi panel.)
  4. Angled closeup of previous card.

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  1. Rustic Elements by Jackie Mitchell and Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke and Pearls and flowers by Kristin Guyer (I took a pearl frame, an organza background and some elements from the Rustic Elements kit into one of my Graphics Packages.  I re-sized and played around with the layout until I was happy with it.  I then created some oval pyramage layers.  The page was then printed out onto Crafty Bob paper and the topper and layers cut out.  I made a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of pink pearlescent card-stock, rounding the corners with a punch.  I put a piece of fancy edged ribbon down the left hand side, attaching it using a red backed double sided tape.  I attached the topper and built up the pyramage using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and finished off with a bow made of organza ribbon.)
  2. Angled closeup of previous card.
  3. 7 CU4CU Meerkats by Gillian Hutchinson and African silhouettes by Debra Jenkinson (I took an assortment of meerkats and a couple of elements from the African silhouettes into one of my graphics packages and placed them in a layout that I liked.  I re-sized everything until I was happy with it and then printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock.  I then took some Promarkers and coloured in the background – and again I’ve got no idea what colours I used, though I seem to remember oatmeal, sandstone and powder blue being amongst them.  The image was cut out using a Grand Nestabilities die, cutting one size larger out of a dark sand coloured Core’dinations cardstock.  The image was stuck directly to this mat.  I created a base card from an A4 sheet of Frosted Gold cardstock and stuck the matted image to the front of this using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  This was a bit of a back to front card creation, printing out the main elements and colouring in the background.)
  4. Color Trending Backgrounds For 2012-2013 by Tanya Hall (I printed two of the green patterned backgrounds and one of the pink patterned backgrounds onto 250gsm Super Smooth card-stock.  I cut a panel out of one of the backgrounds using a Spellbinder die, cutting a larger size out of a green Core’dinations cardstock.  I prepared a base card from an A4 sheet of pearlescent pink cardstock.  I cut a panel from the pink background sheet and rounded the corner before sticking it to the base card.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the green panel to the card front and stuck the green background panel directly to this.  I used various flower and leaf dies to cut out an assortment of items and manipulated and shaped them, building up the flower layers and giving them a bit of a distressed look. These flowers and leaves were attached to the card front using glue gel.  A lovely card made completely using some cardstock and some printed out backgrounds.)

I have a few more digi stamps and Print & Cut digis to colour in, but I’ll do that over a few evenings while watching TV, so keep an eye out for more use of my ProMarkers over the next few weeks, as well as more Christmas cards made by recycling old ones.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. This is a Shamballa style bracelet made using five red sparkly balls in a small size.
  2. Closup of a couple of the balls and the knotting.
  3. This is a Shamballa style bracelet made using white faceted beads and sparkly white balls.  The sparkly balls have an AB coating and therefore pick up lots of different colours.
  4. A closeup of one of the faceted beads and the largest sparkly ball.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

If anybody’s looking for handmade items as Christmas gifts or stocking fillers this year – I’ve got an assortment uploaded to my shop on CraftyBob.com, so please do pop over for a look to see what I’ve uploaded so far.  Hopefully I’ll be uploading a lot more over the next month or so.

I’ve put up 1 items up on my shop since my last blog post:

  • Red Shamballa Style Bracelet (the one in the photograph above) – which can be seen by clicking – here.

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

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the latest mailer, sent out Friday, 12th October, can be seen by clicking – here.  It contains details of what’s in the latest CD-ROM that’s given away free to every customer who spends over £10 – lots of lovely designs, plus the extra freebie.  And it will pay you to read right to the end of the mailer – I’ll say no more, just look!

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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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Mostly Christmas Card Recycling

 Posted by at 09:32 pm
Oct 102012
 

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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I sold around twenty cards during tea time at our chapel after the service on Sunday, and was asked for more of a selection of cards with the Nativity scene on them, so I decided to put a little time this week to building up my Christmas Card selection further.  Now I know that it means that “The Big Tidy Up” will take longer to finish, but after being on my feet a lot on Sunday my damaged leg is a bit more swollen than I’d like it, so some work that I could do sat up in bed with my leg elevated was called for.  Plus – every time I cut the back off an old Christmas card, from the box of stuff I’ve still got to tidy up, it means one little bit less of space I’ll need to find in my storage system to store what I’ve got left to tidy.

So Monday I trimmed and used some dies to shape up toppers from an assortment of old Christmas cards.  Tuesday I build up new cards from the recycled toppers, and today, Wednesday, I put on greetings and photographed the cards.  On counting them up I see that I’ve made 29, although four of them were not from recycled toppers but some others I found put to one side in the box of things still to be tidied away to my new storage system.

I’ve also gone back to one of the boxes of things still to tidy up and chopped the backs off another batch of old cards while waiting for the light to be good enough to take photos of what I made this morning.  So these are now ready for me to crop or die cut into toppers when I next have a card recycling session.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

The first of these was made with a Dufex topper and the other three with Hunkydory toppers.  I think the last two were ones I had left from a pack I bought last year, not from this year’s blockbuster.

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This next batch were all made by recycling old Christmas cards to make toppers for new ones.  During the last year or two I’ve been buying in blank cards of different sizes, colours and shapes, when there have been special offers of card blanks with envelopes.  This means the  cards are cheaper to make to be able to sell at a reasonable price at the chapel, to give a proportion of the money raised to the Sunday School.  Mind you, the Sunday School gets the same proportion from me for any cards or hand crafted items I sell at the chapel, whether they are made using recycled toppers and special offer card-stock or not.

1Recycle card37 01  2Recycle card38 03  3Recycle card39 02  4Recycle card40 01  5Recycle card41 01

6Recycle card42 02   7Recycle card43 01   8Recycle card44 02  9Recycle card45 01  10Recycle card46 01

11Recycle card47 01   12Recycle card48 01   13Recycle card49 01   14Recycle card50 01

15Recycle card51 01   16Recycle card52 01   17Recycle card53 01   18Recycle card54 02

19Recycle card55 01   20Recycle card56 02   21Recycle card57 01   22Recycle card58 01

23Recycle card59 01   24Recycle card60 01   25Recycle card61 01

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I haven’t uploaded any new items since my last post, but please do have a look at all the items I’ve currently got uploaded to my shop on craftybob.com by clicking – here.

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, 8th October – here
  • Wednesday, 10th October – 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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Further October Crafting

 Posted by at 10:14 pm
Oct 062012
 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you like the assortment of Christmas cards I’ve got to show you.
I also hope you’ve got a moment to leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

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Today I had a complete stop on any tidying and went to do a batch of Christmas cards.  I wanted to top up my box of Christmas cards before taking them up to our Chapel tomorrow so that members can see and buy during the tea after the service.  Most are made from Hunkydory card-stock and die-cuts, but one batch is made by recycling old Christmas cards as toppers on the new cards.  You can see the cards I made today, together with one birthday card I made at the request of a friend earlier this week, in this E-mail.  Unfortunately the light conditions were fluctuating a bit by the time I’d finished making the cards today so not all the pictures are as good as I’d like.

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

This first card was made on the request of a friend to give to one of her grandsons who’s a rugby player.

1cup27223_359 - card20 - Rugby Quick Card with pyramage  2cup27223_359 - card22 - Rugby Quick Card with pyramage

  1. Rugby Quick Card with pyramage by Carol Clarke (I didn’t know what colours his team plays in so I went for a design with rugby posts and rugby ball on, rather than an actual player.  I wanted to give a bit of a rougher look to the card, as the grandson is in his teens, so went for a 8″ square kraft card base with a mat of core’dinations cardstock that had torn edges on top.  I then stuck on the pyramid topper, which I’d printed out onto Matte Crafty Bob cardstock, before finishing the card off with peel-offs.  Nothing intricate to cut out at all, making this a relatively easy card to make.)
  2. For the insert I simply printed out the main panel in one tone red at a larger size and stuck a white panel with the greeting typed on it in the middle.

These cards were made using the Hunkydory blockbuster kit of four packs that I bought via Create & Craft a few months ago.  The cards vary in sizes up to A5 size.

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6HD card67 01  7HD card68 02  8HD card69 02  9HD card70 02  10HD card72 01

11HD card73 01  12HD card74 02  13HD card75 02  14HD card76 01

15HD card77 02   16HD card78 02   17HD card79 02   18HD card80 02

19HD card81 01   20HD card82 01  21HD card83 01  22HD card84 01

23HD card85 01  24HD card86 02  25HD card87 01  26HD card88 01

The next three were made with items from the same Hunkydory kit, but are larger, A4, cards.

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This set of cards are all made by recycling old Christmas cards to make new toppers for use on the front of these.

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5Recycle card33 01  6Recycle card34 01  7Recycle card35 01   8Recycle card36 01

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out on Friday, 5th October, can be seen by clicking – here.  This includes what’s on the Free CD-ROM that’s available this week if you spend more than £10 on the craftsUprint website.  And the really good thing about this freebie is that little extras come free with it, and also that there’s free P&P on the freebies.  Of course, there’s lots of other bits of news and lots of lovely designs to look at in the mailer 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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Crafting At The Start Of October

 Posted by at 08:52 pm
Oct 032012
 

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

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AccessoriesWallet3_webcroppedYou may remember that I said I’d sorted out my ProMarkers a few weeks ago,so that they were tidy in their marker wallets – well yesterday I went to the Letraset site to buy a couple more brown pens that I wanted and the sheets of coloured spots to put on the marker pen lid ends, and while I was there I downloaded their Printable Colour Chart and their Blank Printable Colour Chart.  While the Printable one that’s pre-coloured is good to have an idea of what they have available, the colours are not exactly like the actual colours.  So I printed the Blank Printable one out onto the same 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock I usually print digi-stamps out onto and then went and coloured in all the squares with the colours I’ve got.  Using the same card stock in this way means that I’ve got a fair indication of what the colours will actually come out as when I use them to colour digi-stamps in.  I think I’ve got a lot, but when I looked at the page after colouring in the squares I could see how many colours I don’t have.  And now I’ve had the Joanna Sheen E-mail that says the Winter Limited Edition pens are out, and the colours in that look nice as well, and I can see where I’d have uses for them.  I’ll need new storage, on top of the marker wallets I’ve got, again soon.

The fourth card in the first row I’ve got to show you below is coloured in using ProMarkers, the main colours used being Plum Preserve and Summer Sun (I can’t remember exactly what shade I used with the Plum Preserve for her dress but it was something toning), with black and a couple of cool greys for her shoes and hair.

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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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I’ve been a bit slow with my crafting, and everything else, over the last week or so since I got the nasty cold and lost my voice, so, despite being much better now than I was (although with all my disabling conditions I’m never completely well and able) I don’t have a huge number of crafted items to show you this time, but I hope you like what I have made.

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  1. Yellow Lily Toppers by Tom Curtis (The sheet was printed onto Crafty Bob paper and two large and two small toppers were cut out for this card.  The large images were matted onto Centura Pearl cardstock and trimmed to leave a border of around 3mm.  I made a base card in the format of a double, twisted, easel card, from green Satin Board.  Spare pieces of the green Satin Board were used to mat the smaller toppers and a blank topper.  I used a tape runner pen and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach all the pieces in place, using the smaller toppers as stoppers for the twisted easels. As I’ve got quite a few toppers left I’ll be able to make several more cards from this one sheet, and of course I’ve now got it in my digital library to use again and again, and with only straight cutting this is an easy sheet to cut out and and easy card to make for those with some moderate dexterity/disability issues.)
  2. Red Butterfly Toppers by Tom Curtis (I printed the sheet onto Crafty Bob paper and cut out the two larger toppers and the two smaller toppers. These were then all matted onto pieces of Gold Satin Board and trimmed to leave a small border. A piece of the gold Satin Board was also matted behind a small square of white card as a greetings panel. I made a double, twisted, easel card from a red sheet of Satin Board and attached the layered butterfly toppers using a glue tape runner. The smaller toppers were attached with 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape inside the card as stoppers, and put in the greetings panel, which I’ve left blank for the time being until I know what greeting will be needed. A lovely butterfly image in gorgeous colours.  This was another card which had just straight cutting, so not too difficult for those who have problems with intricate work.)
  3. BEAUTY OF THE BEASTS by Sally McIntyre and Diagonal Checks A4 Backing Paper in Brown by Katy Kinsey (The sheet was printed onto Crafty Bob paper and the background was printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the pieces from this sheet, and also trimmed scored and folded the background sheet to make a base card.  I used a corner rounder punch on the base card as well.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up the pyramid and greetings panel layers.  The greetings panel has been left blank as I’m not sure what greeting will be needed, so this will be added before it is sent.  Again you will see that this card only has straight cutting so isn’t difficult to make.)
  4. Bewitching Digital Stamp by Angela Wenke (I printed this really cute character out at a much smaller size onto Super Smooth cardstock.  I then coloured her in using my Promarkers.  I cut her out using a die and used one size bigger die to cut out a mat to go behind her out of Core’dinations card-stock in a toning purple colour.  I made an easel base card out of a light purple Satin Board and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted topper to the front of this.  The same Satin Board, Core’dinations and Super Smooth cardstock were used for the inside of the card and the stopper.  The greeting will go on the stopper before it is sent but I’m not sure whether it will be needed in Welsh or English yet.  This little witch sat on her broom makes a lovely birthday card for a child, but would also make a great invitation for a Halloween or fancy dress party.  As I die cut out the topper and stopper there wasn’t any intricate cutting involved in making this card.)

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  1. One item from Nativity Clipart 4 by Angela Wenke; one background from Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke as the main background;  the panel background is one from the kit 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers: yellows by Jacqueline Hatton;  the frame comes from Gold and Enamel Picture Frames by Karen Hughes;  the ribbon comes from the kit ‘Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments – Shabby Summertime Colours by Carol Clarke; the embellishment comes from the kit holly and poinsettia layered with greetings png format by Sally McIntyre; the template for the card is Portrait or landscape shaped card Template by Sheryl Anne Reed (I took the elements I wanted to use into one of my graphics packages and firstly built up my design.  This was then copied and used with the card template for this item and the pillow-box template for the next item, making a separate copy of the holly and poinsettia on each page.  I printed out both designs onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock, cut each piece out, and then put them onto the back of a Crafty Bob mouse mat to score around the curved lines of the pillow box using a small ball tool.  I scored the straight edges against a ruler.  After folding the pillow box was stuck together using Template Tape and the corner motif of holly and poinsettia was shaped and stuck on using glue gel.  As the designing for this was done in a graphics program, and the shape for cutting out the card and pillowbox isn’t intricate, the items were not difficult to make.  The only intricate cutting was the holly and poinsettia embellishment, but these can be left off, or a pre-made embellishment used.)
  2. Exactly the same design as above was used for this box, and the template used was Pillow Box Template Kit – 3 sheet Kit by Carol Clarke (please read description above for details.)
  3. This photo shows the holly and poinsettia embellishment dimension.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I haven’t uploaded any new items since my last post, but please do have a look at all the items I’ve currently got uploaded to my shop on craftybob.com by clicking – here.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out on Wednesday, 3rd October can be seen – here. Lots of card making designs to look at and lots of news to read up about.

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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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First Post Of October

 Posted by at 08:27 pm
Oct 012012
 

Thank You – for popping 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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Although I have managed to do a bit of crafting today I haven’t managed to do everything I wanted to, but the good news is that I’ve got my voice back and am feeling a lot better than I did the end of last week.  The bad news is that my father, who was away in Ireland last week, has brought home some new germs to share around the household.  Last thing I want is another bug before I’m totally over the one I had.  I’ll get a post together with what I’ve done today in the near future, so keep an eye out for that.

 Now, at the end of  my last post I pointed you towards the gallery of entries in the CUP September Card Making competition to make a card suitable for a Teenage Birthday.  Did any of you pop over for a look?  And if you had a look, did you make a guess as to which one was my entry?  Well the voting is now closed and the winner has been declared (see bottom of this post for details).  My card came in 15th (out of 45) with 52 points. And here it is:

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CARD:

(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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  1. Break Dancer Digital Stamp by Lynne Crosskill; Dancing Boys .studio files for Silhouette or Cameo by Margaret Jones; Brick wall background sheet Landscape by Liz Harrison (I printed the digital stamp and the background sheet out onto Super Smooth white cardstock, the digital stamp being printed out at smaller than full size.  I coloured the digital stamp using an assortment of ProMarkers.  I prepared an 8” x 8” base card from an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock.  I trimmed the background to 20cm x 20cm and went round the edge with a dark grey ProMarker to hide the white, cut, edge.  This background was stuck to the front of my prepared card.  I also cut a piece of iridescent brown paper to 20cm x 6cm and went round three edges with the same ProMarker before sticking over the bottom area of the background. I took the silhouettes into my Silhouette Studio software and cut them out of black cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo digital/electronic cutting machine.  I also took a copy of the digi-stamp into my Silhouette Studio software, and re-sized it to the same size as I’d got it coloured in as, and drew a star-burst shape so that it fitted around the digi-stamp character.  I then deleted the character and cut the star-burst out of silver holographic paper.  I created an offset of the starburst and cut that out of black cardstock.  I made copies of both the layers of the starburst and resize them, and in the top layer of one I wrote Happy Birthday in a funky font and in the smaller starburst’s top layer I wrote 13 in the same font.  The top layers of each were then cut out of red card-stock and the bottom layers out of a golden, iridescent cardstock in a similar tone to the colours I’d coloured in the dancer’s sweatshirt.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the base star-bursts to the front of the card and used some glue gel to attach the top layers of the star-bursts in place.  I attached the silhouette dancers flat to the background and then shaped the coloured in digi character before also using glue gel to attach it to the central star-burst so that it is raised from the surface. The picture doesn’t show it of course, but the holographic silver star changes colours when the card is moved, giving it a very jazzy look.)
  2. Second picture of the same card to show how the holographic star-burst can change from silver ….
  3. …. to a range of different colours, depending on the light shining on it and the colours around it.
  4. A closeup of one area of the card.
  5. An even closer closeup of the main focus of the card to show the colouring in, which isn’t my best area of crafting as my hands are not as steady as I’d like them to be.

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CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – A copy of the mailer sent out on Monday, 1st October can be seen – here.  The talented designer Angela Wake has become a Titanium Designer after having 50,000 sales on craftsUprint.  There’s a showcase of some of her designs in the mailer.  And with a designer flying off to far flung places, and “New From” features, there’s lots of other things to be seen in the mailer as well.

September Card Making Competition – The results of the voteing are in!  Congratulations to Anna Stretton on coming 1st, Marion Enefer on coming 2nd, and Cynthia Massey on coming 3rd.  All three cards were worthy of their top three placings, even though they were quite different.  Anna’s card is a simply pink “Sweet 16” card, whereas Marion has gone for an extra special 18th birthday card by adapting a design and amalgamating a fancy main card with the numberals 18 from another cutting file, and changing the dangler element to butterflies before embellishing in the recipeints favourite colours.  Cynthia’s card is aimed at the music lovers with guitars and speakers and musical notes and a keyboard.  As I’ve said previously, the theme was Teenage Birthday, and all three cards are suitable for different youngsters between the age of thirteen and nineteen I think. The gallery of entries and the vote points they received currently visible – here – although it may not be there for long if a new competition is announced.

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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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