Crafting Towards The End Of October

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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.



(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


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.)



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.


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 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


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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6 Replies to “Crafting Towards The End Of October”

  1. Hello Gwyneth I hope you are keeping well. Some fabulous creations again. I am loving your boxes they are super.

    Linda xxx

  2. These are all fantastic makes, I love the bear card, such a fabulous card for a man and a gorgeous image, thew christmas boxes are fantastic and I very much admire you knitting as I could never get to grips with knitting (more holes than stitches in my attempts lol) . All fantastic makes, I hope you are well
    Lindsay xx