Even More October Crafting

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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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16 Replies to “Even More October Crafting”

  1. You sure have been busy and so many gorgeous cards both for Christmas and Occasional birthday. The notebooks look amazing.

    Hugs
    Linda xxx

  2. Hi Gwyneth, sorry to hear you have had a few bad days and hope you will be feeling better soon. I love these boxed seys of Nativity cards – they are so beautiful and really cute- I bet these will prove to be popular.

    Kate
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  3. You are really buy Gwyneth, and what a fabulous idea to have a bilingual blog. I make Scottish gaelic cards for some people and you are right, they are almost impossible to come by in shops and when you do find them they are far too expensive.

    Love and hugs

    Annie xxx

  4. Wow Gwyneth you have been busy and I have to say they are all gorgeous. I’m in love with those images they are fabulous and soooooo cute, love the designs, Love them all. I do hope you are feeling better soon beautiful and I love popping over to your blog and seeing your fabulous makes, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  5. Wow! You have been a busy bee with all your achievements – and so very lovely too.

    Sorry to hear you have been feeling out of sorts…I so know how that feels as pain has floored me today to. Wish you well soon.

    Take care,

    Mandy 🙂

  6. An another fabulous selection of creations, love the cute and cheerful Nativity scenes! Not my usual choice as don’t do cute or Religious lol! But they really appealed to me! Xxx