More October Crafting

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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.



(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.)

1cup311950_1051 - card01 - Windmill Quick Card  2cup136689_37 - card01 - Blue Bells On Lace Quick Card  3cup353209_866 - card01 - Time for Bed Digital stamp  4cup353209_866 - card03 - Time for Bed Digital stamp

  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.

1cup360047_656 - card01 - Rustic Elements  2cup360047_656 - card03 - Rustic Elements  3cup346583_1443 - card02 - 7 CU4CU Meerkats  4cup358107_1446 - card02 - Color Trending Backgrounds For 2012-2013

  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.



1Bracelet 17 01  2Bracelet 17 02  3Bracelet 18 01  4Bracelet 18 03

  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.



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, 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


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!


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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.


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9 Replies to “More October Crafting”

  1. Some lovely cards again Gwyneth – I particularly like the three floral ones on the top row and your Shamballa bracelets are beautiful!

  2. Firstly thank you very much for all your lovely comments on my blog, I really appreciate the time you take . This is a fabulous selection of cards as usual xxx

  3. Another stunning collection Gwyneth, If I had to choose (which isn’t easy!) the frame card with the roses would be it, but then Rupert is soo cute too! The bracelets are gorgeous too. Good luck with the final push in your tidy up! xx

  4. Wow! you have been busy these are all gorgeous, I love the dragon cards and the jewellery looks beautiful
    Lindsay xx