First Post Of October

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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:



(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.


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.


You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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11 Replies to “First Post Of October”

  1. Morning Gwyneth, I hope you are well. Your cards are fabulous, I haven;t seen these images before and would be ideal for young lads.

    Linda xxx

  2. glad to hear you are feeling a wee bit better, i’m loving this card its fabulous, great for a teenager, its brilliant xxx

  3. Wow what a fabulously fun and very cool and hip set of cards! I am sure these will be a huge hit with the youth! xx