Crafting At The Start Of October

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.


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.



(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

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.



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 by clicking – here.



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.


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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9 Replies to “Crafting At The Start Of October”

  1. Fantastic projects 🙂 Thanks for your kind comments about my jab yesterday, really appreciate it 🙂 Elaine-xxx-

  2. wow wow wow i love them all, but the witch is sooooo cute and i love the gift box/card its gorgeous, you are amazing Gwyneth xxxx hope you are feeling better today xxx

  3. Fantastic Gwyneth, great job on the ‘Bewitching’ card. I have ordered the winter set of promarkers! well you just have to don’t you! lol x