Nov 302012
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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On Wednesday I had my Silhouette Cameo out to do some cutting out.  Then Thursday, as I had a few digi stamps I wanted to cut out using a die, as well as left over bits of cardstock that I hadn’t filled with elements when I cut out using my Cameo, so I decided to get my manual die cutting/embossing machine out.  Not the brightest idea I’ve had lately I have to admit.  I usually wait until I’ve got a nephew or two over before getting it out, so that they can turn the handle.  It’s not that the turning is hard work, but once I’ve got my machine out I can’t just do one or two, I have to do lots, and that means that my arms are now in agony. As well as the one digi stamp I did stick onto a card today, I’ve now got several others, as well as a few dozen flower shapes cut out, ready to make cards with.  But being in pain I just didn’t manage to do a lot after the turning, but at least I’ve got some of the results of my Cameo digital cutting to show you in this post.  Hope you like what I’ve made.

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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.)

Firstly, three cards –

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  1. Giraffe – Stamp by Janette Padley and Cream Plaid Paper by Susan Heanes (I printed the background, and also the digi stamp, out at smaller than full size onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock.  I then coloured the digi in using my Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  The colours I used were – Promarkers: Cocoa, Cool Grey 4, Cool Grey 5; Flex Markers: Cappuccino, Rose Peach.  I used a die to cut the coloured in image out.  I also took some animal print tissue paper and cut it out using a die one size bigger and a much smaller size from the same set.  I cut a paper ribbon from the tissue as well.  I wanted a neutral, but not plain, background so I used the cream plaid background to make my base card by trimming, scoring and folding it in half.  I scrunched all the tissue pieces  before opening them out and sticking these to the card front and then attached the panel with the digi and a blank greetings panel ready for when I know what greeting will be needed.  There was no difficult cutting involved in making this card, and I wasn’t particularly careful about the colouring either, prefering a looser colouring in.)
  2. Folded Front Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG by Rae Carr (I cut the base card and topper layer out of two shades of pale pink 250gsm cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also cut out an assortment of flowers and leaves from different colours of the same card-stock using my Cameo.  I folded the card on the score lines, stuck the panel on and used glue gel to attach the flower and leaf embellishments.  As all parts of this card were cut out using my Cameo there was nothing difficult about creating the card, and using glue gel to attach everything means that I had a bit of leeway with attaching everything and wiggle things about to make sure they were where I wanted them.)
  3. Window 1 STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG by Rae Carr (I opened the file in my Silhouette Studio software and chose which one of the three included backgrounds I wanted.  This was then printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I then put the printout into my Silhouette Cameo and set it to cut out.  I decided not to print the windows, but to cut it out of a cream coloured 250gsm cardstock.  I also cut the panel to put on the back out of the same card-stock.  After the cameo had cut out the windows and I’d folded the tab I used red backed double sided tape to attach the tabs behind the cut out backdrop.  I then used glue gel to attach the panel behind. So nice to have a choice of backgrounds and the ability to either print and cut the windows, or just cut out of your choice of cardstock.)
  4. The previous card with one of the windows open.

Next three boxes –

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  1. Tall Gift Box STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG by Rae Carr (The cutting file for this box could either be used as a Print & Cut file or a plain cutting file.  I chose to just use it as a cutting file in this instance.  I cut these boxes out using my Silhouette Cameo out of purple cardstock.  After cutting I put them through an embossing machine with different embossing folders and templates before sticking down the edge and sticking the bottom in place.  I used purple organza ribbon to tie the top of one of these and left the other open for this photo.  A great box for those items that need a taller gift box.  Click on the link given to see the pattern on the Print & Cut version of the file.)
  2. Milk Box Lantern STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG-PDF by Rae Carr (I opened the .studio file in my Silhouette Studio software, removed three of the aperture cut lines, then sent the design to print to my printer from within the software. I printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I then put the printout onto a cutting mat and put into my Silhouette Cameo to cut out.  I used the red backed double sided tape to join the sides and back together in place and put acetate in the aperture.  I can now put a battery operated tea light in the lantern.  I only left one of the four possible apertures in place as I wanted the white inside of the “lantern” to reflect the light through the one window.)
  3. Gift Box STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG by Rae Carr (I cut the two pieces to make up this box out of 2 sheets of green 250gsm cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also used my Cameo to cut out a couple of coloured panels, flowers, and leaves from the same type of card-stock.  I glued the embellishments onto the box panels using glue gel before using red backed double sided tape to fix the sides and bottom together.  I then used a couple of pieces of baby pink narrow ribbon to tie the box.)
  4. Different angle of previous box.

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JEWELLERY:

Two shamballa style bracelets this time.

1Bracelet 20 04  2Bracelet 20 03  3Bracelet 20 02

  1. This bracelet is made using black cord and seven large and two smaller hematite beads and is suitable for a man.

1Bracelet 21 01  2Bracelet 21 02  3Bracelet 21 03

  1. While the core cord is black, the main knotting cord is purple and it has seven golden coloured “disco balls”with two golden coloured crystal beads at the ends of the core cord.

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CUP UPDATE:  

20% Discount –  If you place an order with craftsUprint for either digital/downloadable designs, print and post designs, or merchandise, before 1st December 2012, then use the discount code “XMAS” in the “Redeem Voucher” box and “Update Basket” before you check out to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 28th November – here – In addition to news of the discount there’s a lot of designs, including ones for Christmas, being showcased in this mailer.  There’s also lots of news items from the CUP family of designers and crafters.

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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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Further November Crafting

 Posted by at 11:08 pm
Nov 262012
 

Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous posts, and to those of you who are regular visitors to my site – thank you so much for coming back time and time again.

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For anybody who’s collecting Promarkers and/or Flexmarkers – Letraset are having an End of Line Sale of up to 50% off selected items.  So if you are looking to build up your collection, start your collection, or know that some of your early purchases are beginning to run out now, then now would be a good time to consider buying.  Have a look – here – to see the sets that are included in the sale.  Stock is limited, so many sets may have sold out by the time you read this, but as I’m writing there’s sets for things like: Skin Tones; Skin Accents; Fur; Hair; and many more combinations available.

I’ve got a small number of cards and some knitting to show you in this post.  I hope you like what I’ve created.  Please do leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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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.)

1cup34435_442 - card02 - Bathtime Decoupage  2cup34452_442 - card01 - Bathtime Insert  3cup83468_359 - card02 - Pretty subtle Soft Polka dots Vellum  4cup78149_359 - card01 - Square Pearls and Lace Card Front or insert

  1. Bathtime Decoupage by Rebecca Brindley (I printed the sheet out onto Matt Crafty Bob paper and cut out layers 1, 3, 4, and 6 – I wanted to keep the depth of the card down so kept the other two layers for another card.  I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl card-stock and scored it using my Hougie Board, and folded it in half before using a corner punch to round the corners.  I matted the base layer and the blank greetings panel onto blue Satin Board.  I cut a strip of cream coloured Adorable Scorable cardstock with a decorative/scalloped edge cutter and stuck it near the left hand side of the base card.  I then used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted base image and greetings panel.  I then shaped the decoupage layers before attaching them using glue gel.  This is the card with the most intricate hand cutting in the batch I’m showing you today, but it wasn’t particularly difficult and I wasn’t particularly acurate going around the shape, just making sure I got off the outside white.  This card could be made without the decoupage layers.  I think that the image and colours make this suitable for sending to a man.)
  2. Bathtime Insert by Rebecca Brindley (This is a matching insert to the previous card.  I printed this insert onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper, trimmed it, folded it in half, and stuck it inside the card using fingerlift tape.)
  3. Pretty subtle Soft Polka dots Vellum by Carol Clarke and Gift Box Card MACHINE Cut Files & PDF by Rae Carr (I printed the design out onto 120gsm Super Smooth white paper. I created a square base card from a sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock, finishing it off with rounded corners using a punch. I made a panel from the printed polka dot background, again rounding the corners with a punch. This was matted onto a silver texture cardstock, trimed to leave a half centimeter border and again the corners were rounded. This panel was attached to the front of the card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I used the same tape to attach a greetings panel which I’d cut out when making a previous project with the gift box cutting file. I put a peel-off greeting “Penblwydd Hapus”- Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – on the greeting panel before attaching some flowers from my crafty stash and embellishing with some sticky back pearls.)
  4. Square Pearls and Lace Card Front or insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the design onto 120gsm Super Smooth paper. I trimmed the insert and rounded the corners before folding in half and sticking inside a square card shown at 3.)

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  1. Rockstar Toppers by Rebecca Brindley and LATTICE AND ORIENTAL BACKING PANELS by Sharon Duncan (I printed the design out onto 160gsm Super Smooth paper and cut out one of the toppers. I stuck this to the front of a lattice which I’d cut out of gold textured cardstock using the cutting file and my Silhouette Cameo.  This was then stuck to the front of a pale cream coloured Adorable Scorable cardstock and the mat was trimmed to allow a border of 2 to 3mm.  I created a gate-fold card out of Centura Pearl card-stock and attached the matted and layered topper to the front.)
  2. Rockstar Gatefold Insert by Rebecca Brindley (This insert was printed onto 120gsm Super Smooth paper and after folding was stuck inside the gatefold card topped with one of the Rockstar Toppers as shown in 1.)
  3. Sweet Love Backing Sheet 2 by Rebecca Brindley and Sweet Love Toppers Sheet by Rebecca Brindley (I printed this sheet onto 120gsm Super smooth white paper, and printed co-ordinating toppers onto Matt Crafty Bob paper.  I created an A5 base card from a sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock and cut a panel of the backing sheet to fit just smaller than the front and attached it using fingerlift tape. I took one of the toppers, matted it onto silver textured cardstock.  This was trimmed to have a border of 1cm and I embossed a line at 0.5cm using my Hougie Board, before attaching the matted image to the front of the card using 2mm deep, double sided foam tape.)
  4. Sweet Love Insert by Rebecca Brindley (I printed the design out onto 120gsm Super Smooth paper and after trimming and scoring I attached it inside the card shown at 3 using finger-lift tape.)

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KNITTING:

In my blog post of the 15/11/2012 I showed you the start of a scarf I was working on.  This is how I got one with it.

1Scarf 13 14  2Scarf 13 13  3Scarf 13 12  4Scarf 13 09

  1. As different light conditions give a different shade to my knitting I’ve taken small pieces of each of the three colours of yarn I’m using and scanned them in, so hopefully this gives a more accurate representation of the colour.
  2. I’ve now finished knitting the scarf.
  3. It’s of a length that’s suitable for a child.
  4. I’ve now started knitting a matching hat to go with the scarf.  Only knitted around 8 rows of rib on my circular knitting loom so far.

1Leg Warmers 01 05  2Leg Warmers 01 07  3Leg Warmers 01 08  4Leg Warmers 01 02  5Leg Warmers 01 03

  1. This is the first of a pair of leg warmers I’m knitting for myself.
  2. I’ve knitted it in two colours of double knitting used together.  In shades of Harvest –
  3. – and Walnut.  It is 100% acrylic this time.
  4. I’m doing the knitting with both strands knitted together on each peg.
  5. This is the start of the second leg warmer.  It’s actually being knitted on one size larger of circular knitting loom than the first one as my damaged leg is much larger than my other leg.   The fact that four sizes of circular looms come in the set means that I can make a matching pair in sizes that suit me.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I’ve put up 1 items since my last blog post:

I still have some items with Discount prices at the moment.  The prices on these will go back up at the end of the month, so please do check out my CraftyBob.com shop now.

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Wednesday, 21st November – here – Crafty Bob has some new merchandise for sale.  If you’ve missed getting some of the CD-ROMs that have been given free over the last few months then there’s an opportunity of buying the ones you’ve missed at a discounted price.  Plus of course the mailer has showcases of designs and CUP Latest New, etc.
  • Friday, 23rd November – here – In addition to lots of “CUP Latest News”, a “New From” feature,”Exclusive Designer Spotlight” and “Card Maker Spotlight”, there’s a showcase of the designs from the latest offering of freebies for buying £10 from CUP, which includes CD-ROM volume 23.
  • Monday, 26th November – here – This mailer is showcasing some of the work of CUPs Elite and Titanium selling designers – the Elite designer – Carol Clarke, and the Titanium designers – the twins Sandie Burchell and Sue Douglas, Janet Briggs, Angela Wake and Ann-marie Vaux.  Carol is also the person who’s demonstrating in episode 142 of CUP TV as well.  You’ll also find new “Iris Folding Frames” by Silvia Griffin, Exclusive Designer Spotlight, Card Maker Spotlight, CUP Latest News, etc., in the mailer.

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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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Nov 202012
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and
Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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I had a couple of nephews over for the weekend, so didn’t manage to do as much crafting as I’d planned.  I’d got 5 digi stamps printed out ready to colour in, but only managed two of them.  And this was done by giving the two youngsters a digi each themselves and allowing them to use my ProMarkers as well as their own felt-pens. One was going to a birthday party Saturday afternoon, so didn’t finish colouring in his, but the youngest completed his.  I’d told them that I was doing my colouring for a card that I’d be putting online on my Blog, so they both insisted I had to do the same with their pictures, so you’ll find two pictures I haven’t coloured in myself amongst my cards in this post.  The blending appears smoother on the actual cards than they do in the photos.  I think I need to check the settings on my camera and software, as there appears to be more of a demarcation in the photo than in reality.

I also had my cutting machine out the end of last week and have now put together most of what I cut out, so you’ll see some items cut out using my Cameo in the assortment below as well.

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CARDS AND THINGS:

(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.)

There’s a bit of an assortment of cards and other items here, but you’ll notice that I’ve kept to the promise to myself and included some suitable for giving to a male of the species.

1cup339515_1749 - card02 - Jiggys Book  2Llun IMG 01  3Llun WMG 01  4cup203791_846 - card02 - Fire Red Fast Car  5cup358090_99 - card02 - Fall Frolic Paper Pack - CU4CU

  1. 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell, Jiggys Book by Janette Padley and FANCY SQUARE PANEL by Sharon Duncan (I printed this digi stamp out at a much smaller size onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock and then coloured him in using my Promarkers.  The Promarker colours I used were:   book cover – Powder Blue and Pastel Blue; book pages – Ivory and Satin; dragon toes – Cocoa and Walnut; dragon body – Red and Ruby plus Watermelon Flex Marker; shadow – Cool Grey 2.  After colouring in I cut the digi out using Labels 26 metal die.  I created a base card by making a 15cm square card from a sheet of textured silver cardstock.  The layers were created by first printing out a satin background onto the same white card-stock as the digi before feeding it into my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the top layer of the fancy square.  The base layer was cut out of the same white cardstock,  this time unprinted.  I then built up the card, sticking some layers directly together using a tape runner and attaching some using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape. Jiggy is a very cute character and I’ve got several digis of him in different poses/situations.  My young nephews love him as well, as you can see from the next two photos, so he’s great for children’s cards, but ones like this one where he’s holding a book would make a great “good luck” card for somebody studying for important exams.)
  2. Jiggys Hatchday Stamp by Janette Padley (Coloured in by my 5 year old nephew using felt pens and ProMarkers.)
  3. Jiggy Dragon by Janette Padley (Colouring in started by my 6 year old nephew before he went off to a friend’s birthday party.  He’ll be back at some point to finish his colouring I’ve no doubt.)
  4. Fire Red Fast Car by Susan Heanes (I printed the sheet onto Matt Crafty Bob paper and cut the pieces out.  I made a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of red Adorable Scorable cardstock.  The base car image was stuck to a sheet of gold textured card-stock and trimmed to leave a border before it was stuck to the front of the base card.  I then gave the other card layers a bit of shape before attaching to the front using glue gel.  I haven’t put on a greeting yet because I don’t know the language it will be required in yet. This would make a great birthday card for a male, or a Congratulations on Passing your Driving test card as well.)
  5. Vintage Autumn Time by Marie Wolman and Fall Frolic Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris  (I took one of the backgrounds, together with several elements from the autumn time kit, into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and moved around to create an square card front design.  I included a greeting “Ar Eich Ymddeoliad” which is Welsh for “On Your Retirement”.  I also placed a second copy of a couple of the elements to one side of the card front so that I’d have them for decoupaging.  I then printed the A4 design sheet out onto Matt Crafty Bob paper.  The card front and layers were cut out.  I created a square base card by trimming to size and scoring an A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I put a strip of gold textured card-stock down towards the left hand side before attaching the base layer of my design and then putting on the decoupage layers using 1mm and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

1cup374064_596 - card06 -  Christmas Star Of WOnder  2cup374064_596 - card01 -  Christmas Star Of WOnder  3cup374064_596 - card02 -  Christmas Star Of WOnder  4cup356216_1749 - card03 - Plums Digital Stamp  5cup361346_656 - card02 - Floral Vectors

  1. Christmas Star Of WOnder Card…..Studio by Tina Fitch (As I needed a Welsh card I moved the cutting piece for the “Star of Wonder” text off the card and inserted a piece of the Bible verse about seeing the star in a script font at the top of the card, and “Nadolig Llawen”, which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”, at an angle at the bottom of the card.  I then set just these to “cut” and put a silver pen in my Cameo before sending the design to it.  After that I re-set the cutting lines, so that the aperture with star outline was cut and put it to cut out of black cardstock.  I put the star layers to cut out of silver holographic cardstock.  I stuck the star layers together using quick grab glue before attaching to the front of the aperture.  I put silver star flexi bend peeloffs around the aperture, and also cut off little stars from this to dot around the background.  I also used a white gel pen to fill in the written script at the bottom of the card.)
  2. Christmas Star Of WOnder Card…..Studio by Tina Fitch (This is made with the same cutting file as the card above, but one of the portions of the star was increased in size so that it was the full length of an A4 sheet.  I then cut out 10 of these out of an assortment of silver cardstock – from mirror card, to glitter card, to an assortment of holographic card – but all in silver.  I then folded each piece and stuck them together using quick grab glue.  Before gluing both sides together to complete the star I took a piece of clear beading thread, knotted it to make a very large knot at one end, used a syringe to squirt glue gel all down the centre of the star and laid the thread into the glue with the knot at the bottom of the star.  I then glued together the final sides of the star and left it overnight for the whole thing to dry.  This is a large star, of around 11″ in height that will hang from the roof at the centre of the stage for our Chapel’s annual Christmas service.)
  3. Same star as above but showing a different angle with different cardstock.
  4. Fancy Layers or Card 2 – STUDIO by Ann Smith, Plums Digital Stamp by Janette Padley, Floral Vectors by Jackie Mitchell and 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell (I opened the fancy layers or card file in my Silhouette Studio software and took in the digi-stamp, resizing it to fit inside one of the layers.  I then did a print & cut from this, printing out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock before cutting it out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut out the base card and various layers out of several toning cardstock – purple Adorable Scorable and a bold and a pastel purple shade of Textured Paper 250gsm, as well as some out of the white Super Smooth. I colored in the digi stamp using my promarkers.  The colours I used were: plums – Lilac, Plumb and Aubergine; leaves – Leaf Green, Grass, and Holly; shadow – April Shower. I built the layers up on the card front, sticking some directly to the layer below using a roller glue pen and some were attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The card was finished off with some flowers created as described for the next card, and I placed a ribbon bow from my crafty stash near the top left of the card front as well.)
  5. Fancy Layers or Card 2 – STUDIO by Ann Smith, Floral Vectors by Jackie Mitchell and 12 Sumptuous Satin Backing Papers – Pretty Pastels by Emma Winnell (I chose two of the flower types from the floral vectors kit for this project, taking them into one of my graphics packages and creating a full page of flowers in two different sizes of each of my chosen flower types.  One I’d got the flowers laid out I saved the file and then opened it in my Silhouette Studio software and set up a cutting file so that I could cut out the flowers using my Silhouette Cameo, rather than using them as a whole page or having to cut them out by hand.  I printed one of the Satin backgrounds onto 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then fed it into my Cameo to cut the flowers out of this background – this gave the flowers sweeping tones of colour rather than one solid colour.  The base card and fancy layer were cut out of textured and Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I stuck the layer on the base card and then shaped the flowers before sticking them in place.  I added faux sticky back pearls to the centre of the flowers and around the base card.)

1cup364583_958 - card01 - Christmas Stars on Red  2cup367142_1834 - card02 - LATTICE AND ORIENTAL BACKING PANELS  3cup373394_1294 - card03 - Gitter Background Papers - CU4CU

  1.  Christmas Stars on Red by Maurine Tapscott and Gift Box Card MACHINE Cut Files & PDF by Rae Carr (I printed the background design out a couple of times onto A4 sheets of 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, and then fed them into my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the gift box shape from them. It cut an aperature out of the box top to match the shape of the greetings panels.  I then placed a piece of acetate behind the aperture before sticking the whole lot together using glue gel and red backed double sided tape.)
  2.  LATTICE AND ORIENTAL BACKING PANELS by Sharon Duncan (I cut this “Oriental” panel out of gold textured cardstock.  I made an A5 base card by scoring and folding an A4 sheet of red Satin board.  I cut a strip from an oriental writing background from my crafty stash and stuck this down towards the left hand side of my base card.  I took some red, shiny, ribbon and threaded it through the outside holes of the panel, tieing it in a knot at one corner.  I also threaded small pieces of the same ribbon through oriental coins – again from my crafting stash – and attached these below and in front of the panel.  The panel was then attached to the front of my card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  3. Gitter Background Papers – CU4CU by Marie Wolman and Seasons Greetings Bonza Set by Karen Wyeth (I took two backgrounds from the glitter backgrounds set, together with several elements from the bonanza set, into one of my graphics programs and layered, re-sized and built up the pieces until I was happy with the design to make a square card front.  I also copied and re-sized my finished design to make a matching gift tag.  I then printed off my design onto Matt Crafty Bob paper and cut out my topper and gift tag.  I created a square base card from green Satin Board and stuck my topper to this.  I attached a piece of red organza ribbon to my gift tag.  These backgrounds are great.  They look like very realistic glitter card but I can make my cards without glitter shedding all over the place – absolutely fantastic!)

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JEWELLERY:

1Bracelet 19 04  2Bracelet 19 03  3Bracelet 19 02

  1. This is a Shamballa Style bracelet. It is made using 3 blue Shamballa fashion beads (These beads are made from clay and encrusted with crystals that give the beads a sparkly look.) and 8 hematite beads of different sizes put together using black waxed nylon cord.  It opens wide enough to go over a very large hand
  2. But closes down so that it doesn’t slip off the wrist over the hand.
  3. There’s a Shamballa Fashion Blue Crystal Slider Bead added to the closure.  This slider bead is silver plated and has blue coloured Czech crystals embedded in it.

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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:

  • Friday, 16th November – here – There’s a “New From” Jo Gethin which are “Ribbon Storage Mini Kits”.  There’s photos of Crafty Bob, and friends, at the NEC.  There’s details of CD-ROM 22 that craftsUprint customers who spend £10 on the site get sent for free.  Plus lots more.
  • Monday, 19th November – here – You’ll see lots of designs that are available to be downloaded as digital files for crafters to use in their cardmaking and other crafting.  There are new “Baby’s First Christmas Card Kits” being shown.  A showcase of Platinum Sellers designs (Platinum Sellers are ones who’ve sold 10,000+ designs via the craftsUprint site).  Plus, of course, there’s the usual Designer Spotlight, Card Maker Spotlight, CUP Latest News, etc.

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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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Two Little Red Dragons and more

 Posted by at 12:42 am
Nov 152012
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and
Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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Only four cards and a bit of knitting this time, but I hope you like what I’ve made.
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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.)

There’s only one pen difference between the colouring of the first and second red dragon, with the second having one pen extra used, but it does give a different effect, with more subtle shading in the first, just hatched dragon, and a more “worn” look in the second, older, dragon.

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  1. Jiggys Hatchday Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi stamp onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a greatly reduced size and then coloured him in using my promarkers.  The Promarkers used were: Shell – Satin, Oatmeal, Tan; Dragon – Red, Berry Red, Cardinal Red; Shadow – Fresh Meadow.  I then cut him out using a Grand Nestability die.  I took an A4 sheet of red card-stock and scored and folded it in half, and then cut a piece from the bottom to make it a shorter card.  I also cut a 2″ wide piece off the rest of the white cardstock the digi had been cut from.  I used a Tonic Celtic ribbon punch on the cut off a red ribbon piece and a Celtic border punch on both sides of the white strip of card and the edge of the main card.  I then attached the Celtic “ribbons” directly to the card front and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the coloured in digi.  I finished off the card with a greeting “Genedigaeth eich Plentyn” which is Welsh for “The Birth of your Child”, and on the inside I put an insert with the greeting “Llongyfarchiadau Ar Enedigaeth Eich Cymro Bach Newydd” which means “Congratulations On The Birth Of Your New Little Welsh Man”.  know that red is an unusual colour for a new birth card, but with a red dragon being the emblem for Wales I thought it worked.  Nothing to stop the same image being coloured in as a green dragon, purple dragon, or using pastel or really bright colours.  The choice is up to the card-maker.)
  2. Jiggy Dragon by Janette Padley (I printed the dragon out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock at a reduced size.  I then coloured him in using my Promarkers.  The Promarker colours used were – Peach, Red, Berry Red, and Cardinal Red, with April Shower used for the shaddow.  I cut him out using a circular Celtic die, using an “outside the box” technique to make his extremities appear to be floating above the circle.  This was the most tricky part of the card as I had to guage the best place to cut in to the image outline to make it work.  I then took a sheet of 250gsm red cardstock and cut out four squares using a square Celtic die and a ribbon using a ribbon Celtic punch, and also cut a plain strip of red card-stock.  I took another sheet of 300gsm white cardstock and scored and folded it in half.  I cut a bit off the bottom to make a shorter card.  I cut a strip out of the cut off piece just a little wider than the red Celtic ribbon.  I used a Celtic border punch to cut down the side of the card I created and then put the plain strip of red behind it.  I cut two edges off each of the Celtic squares and attached them all together to make a larger square before sticking the straight white ribbon and red Celtic ribbon over the top.  The dragon circle was then stuck to the top of this and the whole lot was attached to the front of my card using fingerlift tape.  I finished off with a simple peel-off greeting “Cyfarchion”, Welsh for “Greetings”, and put a plain insert inside. I love these little dragon images and have bought several that are in different situations.)
  3. art deco Ladies Toppers_Bookmarks Red by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet onto Crafty Bob glossy paper and cut out the ladies.  For this card I chose one and stuck her to a piece of Centura Pearl cardstock, trimming to leave border and using a corner punch to round the corners.  I also cut a narrow ribbon from the Centura Pearl cardstock and rounded the corner.  I took a sheet of Red Satin Board and created a stepper card from it using my Hougie Board.  I punched a ribbon out of red card using a Celtic design ribbon punch.  I prepared a piece of gold mirror card, with rounded corners, to fit on the right hand side and also a white piece of card-stock that I decorated with some score lines using the Hougie Board again.  I then used double sided tape to attach all the pieces together.)
  4. CHAMELEON DECOUPAGE by Sharon Duncan and 8 x Borders……SVG by Tina Fitch (I printed the decoupage sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I gave the pieces some dimensional shape using my fingers before building up the decoupage layers in order, attaching each in place using glue gel.  The decoupaged layer was matted onto a piece of white cardstock, leaving a border of around half a centimeter.  I took a pre-cut white card that has a large deckle edge and attached a piece of dotty embossed yellow cardstock that had been cut with a wavy edge cutter to the front.  I attached the matted layer towards the right of the yellow layer and then put a decorative border, that I’d cut previously out of White Adorable Scorable cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo, towards the left of the yellow layer.  This little character, with his large eyes, is sure to bring a smile to the recipient’s face.  I think the next time I make him up I’ll hunt out my googly eyes box for a suitably sized one to use instead of the topmost layer of the decoupage.  This was the card with the most cutting out by hand of the batch, though it wasn’t super difficult because of the distinct edges and nothing too intricate.)

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KNITTING:

This is my latest knitting project.  I’m doing a few rows each morning when I sit with my mother in the sitting room.

1Scarf 13 06  2Scarf 13 07  3Scarf 13 03  4Scarf 13 04  5Scarf 13 01

  1. The scarf is being knitted from Rowan Tumble yarn.
  2. The yarn is 90% Alpaca and 10% Cotton, and is washable.
  3. So that I can rest it on my lap while working I’m using the largest of my circular knitting looms, working on 12 pegs and working back and fore.
  4. I’m doing panels of 10 rows in each colour.
  5. This is how much I’ve done so far and shows the striped pattern of the scarf.

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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, 12th November – here – Exclusive Platinum Designers who have sold over 10,000 items on CUP are havingan item of their work showcased in this mailer.  The “New From” are “Panel Stepper Card Kits” designed by June Harrop. There’s also an assortment of other designer’s work, and lots of news items from babies being born to bingo wins.
  • Wednesday, 14th November – here – The majority of this mailer has been given over to showcasing the work of the very tallented designer Carol Clarke.  Carol is the first designer who sells via craftsUprint who’s reached “Elite” status – this means that she’s had 100,000 sales of her designs via CUP.  I’ve got 75+ of her designs myself, including her CD-ROM of Christmas designs that I made up without the decoupage for my Christmas Cards set.  You’ll also find an assortment of “CUP Latest News” at the end of the mailer.

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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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Further Crafting In November 2012

 Posted by at 11:18 pm
Nov 112012
 

Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous posts, and to those of you who are regular visitors to my site – thank you so much for coming back time and time again.

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I’ve not managed to do a lot of crafting the last few days, but I thought I’d show you what I have done.

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This is my latest bit of knitting on one of my knitting looms.  Now most of you will be wondering what the blazes it’s meant to be – I can understand that – so please read further on to see more.

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BOXED SET OF 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.)

I’d made a boxed set like this up a while ago but had an order for a second copy of it.  So here are the pictures of the second set.

1Boxed Set 04 01  2Boxed Set 04 02  3Boxed Set 04 03  4Boxed Set 04 04

  1. To make the box I used two sheets of black cardstock, my Hougie Board, some super sticky tape, and some ribbon to finish.
  2. 3.  4.  Each of these cards was made using the images from the sheet hide an seek by Carol Brown. The sheet was printed onto Crafty Bob paper and the six images cut out.  They were then matted onto holographic silver paper, and then attached to the front of square cards with a scalloped edge.  Each card was then finished off with a white insert.

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KNITTING:

From when my two youngest nephews were very tiny indeed, any toy that “came apart” tended to come to Aunty Gwyneth’s Garage for repair.  Over the last few years I’ve used lolly-pop sticks and matchsticks, sticky tape and Pinflair Glue Gel by the tube-full, to put together an assortment of toys.  And even had my sewing machine out to patch a favourite bed quilt.  But this call for help was a bit different.  This time a well loved soft toy had lost his ears and his stuffing was coming out.

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  1. Poor Bonzo already had a couple of patches when he was passed on to my nephews by a friend, but the lack of ears did leave him looking a bit forlorn.
  2. And on top of the ears coming off, leaving broken seams  where the stuffing could come out both sides, the ears themselves had got lost somewhere before Bonzo himself travelled over to my house to be repaired. I could have just stitched up the seams and left him without ears, but he didn’t look right without ears.
  3. So thinking cap on, and a search for the yarn in the closest colour to the dog, which was difficult, and I found this off white cotton yarn.
  4. Then I hunted out one of my knitting looms and hooks.
  5. And, starting to knit on 8 pairs of pegs and bringing it in at intervals on both sides, I created these two “ears”.  Not perfect I know, but better than nothing.

1Clyst Bonso 01  2Clyst Bonso 03  3Clyst Bonso 02

  1. I can’t handle small needles for hand sewing any more, but found a very chunky needle that was long enough to go through both the fluffy material that makes up the soft toy and the knitted ear base, and I slowly stitched first one ear in place to see how it looked.
  2. One of the nephews inspected the work I’d done and said that he was very happy with Bonzo’s new ear, so I went ahead and attached the other ear.  It took me quite a bit of time, but I did manage to stitch back and fore a couple of times, in the hope of strengthening the join.
  3. So here’s Bonzo with his new look ears.  He’s now gone home – and let’s hope his ears now stay in place.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Would you believe it, but CraftyBob.com now has 190 shops – have you been over to have a look at what’s available in my shop, and the shops of the other crafters, on the site.

I’ve got discounted prices on some of my items at the moment, so why not pop over and have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

CUP UPDATE:  

CUP Mailer – Here are the links to the mailers sent out by the team at CUP HQ since my last blog post:

  • Friday, 9th November – here – In this mailer there was news of the content of the latest free disk that craftsUprint customers get if they spend £10 or more on the site, plus the other freebies that will be dispatched in the packet.  The work of some Gold status Designers is being showcased.  The “New From”are “Triple Layer Gatefold Kits” by the designer Sheila Rodgers.  Plus of course there’s the usual mixture of Exclusive Designer Spotlight, Card Maker Spotlight, Crafty Bob’s Crazy 5 Minute Game winners, etc.

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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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More November Crafting

 Posted by at 01:26 am
Nov 082012
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
and also to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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Well, the infection in my damaged leg doesn’t look any worse than it did the end of last week, in fact it looks a bit better.  One day of antibiotics to go again and then I’ll have to see how it is, and whether I’ll need to see the doctor again.  The thing is that it’s never cleared up completely with just one week of antibiotics before, even taking 8 tablets a day, and I’d prefer to have a second week now rather than have another flare-up in a week or two and land up in hospital again.

In any case, back to craft!  A much more interesting topic.  I have managed to do a bit of crafting, mostly sat up in bed, so I’ve kept away from the glitter (I know from experience that glitter and crafting in bed is a recipe for disaster – some of you may have heard the saga of the glitter in bed in the past).  So you’ll find some cards prepared using cutting files and my Silhouette Cameo (now that I’ve got my room a bit tidier I can put a fold out table in front of my wardrobe, by my bed, and connect to my laptop, and do cutting out that way), and some of my cards have been designed mostly digitally on my laptop using Designer Resources (so mostly digital playing around with layout and only simple hand crafting techniques to make the finished cards at the end).

I hope you like the cards I’ve got on show and will have the time to leave a comment.

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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.)

I’ve tried to make a variety of styles, remembering my promise to myself to make sure that there’s something suitable for a male recipient in every batch I make.

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  1. Tractor & Trailor Stamp by Janette Padley and SET OF 2 WOODLAND TREES by Sharon Duncan (I printed the digi stamp sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and coloured the image in with my Promarkers before cutting it out. The Metallic Promarkers I used were: Black, Silver, Gold; The Promarker colours I used were: Chestnut; bales – Sandstone, Tulip Yellow, Tawny Owl; windows – April Showers; wheels, axles, etc. – Cool Grey 5, 4, and 2; tractor – Grass, Mint Green.  I took an A4 sheet of green, Adorable Scoreable card-stock and folded it in half along the longer side to make a long base card. I took a green sheet of pearlescent cardstock and embossed it in an embossing folder from both sides to give me a long embossed piece – the join is under the tree’s trunk and down through the trailor’s front wheel. This embossed piece was trimmed to fit just inside the front of the card I created using a deckle edged cutter. I cut out the trees using my Silhouette Cameo out of pearlescent green card-stock and the trunk and branches out of brown cardstock before sticking my card all together using glue gel. A great digi to use on a card for a farmer, or a child who loves anything to do with tractors. Being a digi the tractor can be coloured in the same colour as their own real or toy tractor.  I think that I may set up a cutting file to cut this out in future because cutting it out tidily was a bit difficult for me, though I suspect that it won’t be particularly difficult for those who have no dexterity issues.)
  2. Siannie Digital Stamp Set Sheet by Karen Wyeth and The Christmas Story – Carol Clarke Volume 2 CD-ROM by Carol Clarke and Curly Border Frame Studio Files for Silhouette & Cameo by Margaret Jones (I printed the digi stamp sheet out onto 300gsm super smooth white cardstock and coloured one of the digi stamps in with my Promarkers before cutting her out.  The Promarker colours I used were: dress – Prussian, Indigo Blue, Cyan, Denim Blue; skin – Satin, Sandstone, Dusky Pink; hair – Black, Cool Grey 3, 4, 5; flower centre, belt and bows – Cardinal Red, Ruby; stem and flower petals – Mint Green, Canary; teddy – Sandstone and Shale.  I took a pre-prepared base card with a decorative edge and put on some layers of silver, textured, cardstock and a pattered paper printed onto 120gsm paper with a design from Carol Clarke’s CD-ROM. I cut two layers of matting from the Curly Border Frame file, one from blue Adorable Scorable card-stock and one from an Adorable Scorable decorated with a glitter/embossed pattern. I used my fingers to gently shape the digi before sticking her to the layered mats with glue gel and stuck everything in place on the card. I finished the card off with a small bunch of yellow flowers – I used the same red Promarker that I’d used as accents on the digi to colour in the “stamens” of the flowers to pull the colour through. With coloured and uncoloured images on the sheet, it means that several cards can be made from one sheet, and the two digies could be colored in the same or differently, perhaps using the hair colour of the intended recipient, so they are very versatile in their possible uses.  Another digi that I didn’t find the easiest to cut out, though it wasn’t the most difficult I’ve ever managed either.)
  3. Lattice Scalloped Easel Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCUT3-AI-SVG by Rae Carr (I cut out the layers used for my card using my Silhouette Cameo. I’ve used a purple Satin Board for the base card and purple and light green pearlescent cardstock for the other layers. I didn’t use both lattice layers provided in the cutting file for this card, but kept it quite simple, just sticking the layers together, putting a big blob of glue gel behind the centre of the lattice layer and then decorated with some white flowers which I’d pulled apart from the bunches they came in and inserted individually into the the lattice and the glue gel behind it. This was definitely the easiest card to make out of this batch, with no hand cutting.  I’ve left the greetings panel/stopper blank for the moment, until I know the occasion and language of the greeting required.  I’ve had several other ideas of how to use the cutting file card. Just changing the colours the layers are cut from will give a totally different effect. I think it would look very effective cut all in white with two simple gold rings on it for a wedding card, or a cross for a sympathy card. So many possibilities to play around with.)
  4. A steep angled view of the card front to show the dimension.
  5. Another angled view of the card front.

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  1. Tiger Head by Nikola Middlemast, Distressed & Glittered Pastel Colors by Carol Lepard and Autumn Leaves Background Sheet by Liz Harrison (I printed the autumn background design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and then trimmed, scored, and folded it to create my base card.  I created a topper in one of my graphics packages using the tiger image and one background from the “glittered” backgrounds kit, which I printed out onto Crafty Bob glossy paper.  After cutting out the image I simply stuck it to the front of the card I created using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  Straight edged cutting of the framed topper and the base card, so an easy card to make.)
  2. Foiled Paper Pack Cu Resource by Susan Wood and Watering Can Frame And Sparrows In An Autumn Hedge by Frances Dent (I took two of the backgrounds from the digital paper pack into one of my graphics packages, together with the watering can image.  One of the backgrounds was resized but left square and positioned at the bottom of an A4 working area.  The other coloured background was re-shaped and beveled.  The image was then positioned on top of this and the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for Happy Birthday – was inserted in a green coloured font.  I then printed the design out onto an A4 sheet of 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, trimmed the edges, scored at the mid-way point and folded over to make my card.  So the designing work for this card was done digitally, with just a print, trim, score and fold needed to make the actual physical card – therefore an easy card to actually make, although I may make it again with a pyramid topper for the framed greeting panel at some point in the future.)
  3. Watering Can Frame And Sparrows In An Autumn Hedge by Frances Dent, Distressed & Glittered Pastel Colors by Carol Lepard and ‘Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments – Shabby Summertime Colours by Carol Clarke (I took the sparrows image, together with a ribbon and two of the backgrounds into one of my graphics packages.  I then re-sized the items, moved them around, and generally worked on the composition until I was happy with the layout as an A5 card front.  I added the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus”.  I then copied the central panel and created two oval, offset, layers of the main image area in addition to a full panel.  The design sheet I created was then printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock and cut out.  I stuck the base layer to the front of a card of the same size and attached the panel and then the oval layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I think that this, sparrows, image would make a great card for any avid bird watcher, whether male or female.  Again, nothing difficult to making this card for anybody with dexterity issues.)
  4. Distressed & Glittered Pastel Colors by Carol Lepard, Foiled Paper Pack Cu Resource by Susan Wood and Hayrack Ride kids clipart by Angela Wenke ( I took two of the items from kids clipart kit, together with one background from glittered ege backgrounds kit and two from the foiled paper pack into one of my graphics packages. I re-sized the “glittered” background to the size I wanted my final topper. I cropped and placed a piece of one of the other backgrounds across the bottom of the first background, and punched a circle out of the other background and put it as a “sun” in position at the top right of the “glittered” background. I then re-sized and positioned the clip art items, giving them a slight drop shadow. When I was happy with the finished topper design I printed it out onto Super Smooth cardstock and cut it out. This was matted first onto yellow cardstock and trimmed to leave a quarter of an inch border, using Perfect Layers rulers. The matted image was then layered onto a browny shade of card-stock and trimmed to leave an eighth of an inch border. I stuck this matted and layered image onto the front of an A5 base card made by scoring and folding in half an A4 piece of deep yellow, dot embossed, cardstock.)

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  1. Snow Background Sheet by Liz Harrison, Cairn terrier dog keen for walk by Susan Alison (I printed the dog and background sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I trimmed, scored using my Hougie Board and folded the background to make my base card.  I also cut out the layers of the dog image as well.  I took a sheet of silver, holographic, mirror paper  – the different colours in the photo are down to the reflective quality of the paper and how it picks up a multitude of colours from its surroundings – and put this through my Joy machine, half within a snowflake background embossing folder and some snowflake dies placed on the other half.  I trimmed the embossed background and matted this, and the base image, onto some blue cardstock, trimming to leave an even border.  I attached the matted background directly to the card front and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the matted dog image.  I used the same tape to build up the image layers.  I then attached the die-cut snowflakes around the front. Although I haven’t attached the greeting yet, because I don’t know what language the greeting needs to be in, I’ve made this card as a winter birthday card for a dog lover.  Sometimes, in the big push to make Christmas cards throughout the autumn and early winter in the UK we forget that cards are still needed for those who have birthdays in this period as well.  Plus, of course, in some areas of the world winter and snow isn’t at Christmas time at all.  Having said that, this background would look great with a snowman or some penguins on for Christmas as well.  Another easy card to make, with nothing really intricate to make it difficult for somebody with dexterity issues.)
  2. Cut & Fold Card Template with Extras JYCF01 by June Young, CU Papers,Frame & Pearls by Jean Gordon and Lavender by Marie Wolman (I took both pages of template into two different A4 working areas in my graphics package, together with two elements from the Lavender kit and a couple of backgrounds and a string of pearls from the other kit.  I placed copies of one of the backgrounds behind the templates to make a background for the card, gift tag and bookmark.  The other background I shrunk and copied to make three panels one each item, putting a string of pearls working behind the right hand edge of the square panels.  The flower and flourishes were then added.  When I was happy with the layout I printed out both template sheets onto 250gsm matt Crafty Bob cardstock before cutting them out and scoreing and folding the card and gift tag.  I think when I make this again I’ll make extra copies of the decorated squares to build up on the base card, rather than making flat cards or gift tags.)
  3. Music by Sheila Wilks (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock – heavyweight enough so that some of the items could be used as bookmarks and some as toppers.  I cut all 4 out.  I took an A4 sheet of Black cardstock and scored and folded it in half to make an A5 base card.  I used a paper punch to round the corners.  I took a piece of white, pearlescent, heavyweight paper and put it through my Joy embossing machine in an embossing folder with one music design of random notation and music symbols.  I put a piece of black cardstock through in an embossing machine with a music stave on.  I trimmed both pieces of embossed paper, putting the larger, white, piece towards the bottom left of my prepared card, and matting the black piece onto more white, pearlescent, paper before attaching it towards the top right side of my card.  I then attached one of musicians, at an angle to the front, using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

Box:

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  1. Celebration Door Card & Box …….Studio by Tina Fitch (In my post of the 30-10-12 I showed you the Celebration Door Card that’s inside the box and I said that you’d get to see the box I’d cut out as soon as I assembled it.  Well here it is!  It’s been cut out of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and has a piece of acetate in the front.  The bottom flap is stuck in place using the same template tape I’d used to attach the acetate to the sides, but the top has a hook and loop fixing, so it stays closed but can easily be opened to remove the card.)

Recycled Cards:

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  1. The card I recycled to make this had a stepper element on the front, so I’ve just cut the front off and stuck to the front of a black, square, base card.
  2. This is the step at an angle for you to see the dimension of the card when standing up, although it does go flat for posting, which is something my friends and family who are customers really want this year.
  3. This may look like the same card, but actually I’d got several of the same design card to be used for recycling.  Not only have I got cards received by myself, and my parents, to work with, but I’ve also been given bundles by a couple of members from our chapel as well as from one neighbour.  So I think I may have another one or two of this design to use again.
  4. As some members of the family have asked for really simple cards I’ve made a few that are simply a topper, made by recycling the old card front, stuck directly to the front of a little black square base card.
  5. Again, like the previous card, this is just a square cut out from within the front of an old card recycled as a topper for a square black card.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I’ve had a few sales on my shop on CraftyBob.com this last week, but there’s plenty of a variety of hand crafted items left for sale.

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

I need to get my head in gear to upload details of more stuff I’ve got made up ready, so keep an eye out for new items soon.

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, 5th November – here – Designs by some of craftsUprint’s Silver Designers are being showcased.  CUP TV is now up to Episode 136, so that’s a lot of video clips of cards being made up – the link to the latest is in the mailer.  If you love the vintage look then there’s a lot of new designs that include vintage photos to be seen in the mailer as well. Plus lots more.
  • Wednesday, 7th November – here – The main news in this mailer is that Crafty Bob, the popular mascot of the craftsUprint site, will be at the NEC for the big craft show.  There’s going to be a “FREE Tombola – Prizes for all” on the CUP stall, and even a chance to have your picture taken with Crafty Bob.  So I hope that any of my crafty friends who are at the craft show over the next few days will look up Crafty Bob and be displaying photos on their blogs in the near future.  Of course, the mailer has lots of other items on show, including some new “Wild Side Oval Stepper Kits”.

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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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First Post Of November

 Posted by at 09:27 pm
Nov 042012
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog
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Thank You – to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.

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I’ve not been as active the last few days as I’d like – I’ve got an infection back in my damaged leg, so I’m back on antibiotics – 8 tablets a day.  So I’m feeling a bit yucky, well a lot yucky realy, lately.  Once I become run down such as after having a series of coughs and colds, like I’ve had the last month or so, I always seem to get either a sinus infection, a leg infection, or both.

I’ve not even been on my laptop for very long during the last few days, and I do so like browsing around my online friends blogs, Facebook craft groups, and Craftforums, usually.  But what little energy I’ve got seems to go so quickly, so when I have been browsing around I haven’t picked up much energy to write in comments, I’ve only been clicking around.  I hope that my online friends will forgive me that I haven’t been commenting much on anything lately.  I promise I will get back to my usual routine soon.

It’s even been three days since I started writing this post, as I keep on having to stop.

I’ve only managed to finish 5 cards since my last post, but I thought I’d do a post to show you what I’ve finished.  Remember to click on the thumbnail images to see a larger version that shows the card better.

The first and last card were cut out completely using my Silhouette Cameo, but there’s some cutting out with a scissors on the topper of the other three cards.  None of them were super intricate, but for somebody with dexterity issues cutting out around the hair of the teenage boy was the most difficult.

I’ve got a box full of bits of around ten other cards that need completing the pieces and putting together.  Hopefully you’ll get to see those by the end of the week.

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CARDS:

(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, from images to Promarkers to cardstock – if a link isn’t provided within the description of the card you are looking at, check the description of the other cards as I haven’t always put in a second link to the same item if I’ve already linked to it previously in the blog post.)

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  1. Male & Female Teddy DIGI print & Cut set 2 Studio by Tina Fitch, 8 x Borders……SVG by Tina Fitch, Fancy Edge Card STUDIO-MTC-WPC-SVG by Rae Carr (The teddy digi was printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and then cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also cut the borders out of White Adorable Scorable card-stock and the base, fancy edged, card out of blue Adorable Scorable card-stock.  I coloured in the bear using Promarkers in colours as following: hat and sail – Azure, Denin Blue, Sky Blue; nose – Cool Grey 5, 4, and 2; boat – Cardinal red, Poppy, Berry Red; bear – Tan, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Walnut.  I then used my fingers to shape the bear a little to give him dimension and stuck the elements together using glue gel.)
  2. Cool Dude Pauly Digital Stamp by Lynne Crosskill, Christmas stripe insert 1 by Stephen Poore (The digital stamp was printed out at a size smaller than on the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  One copy of the insert was printed onto the same paper and scored for using as the base card.  Another copy of the insert was printed onto good quality Tesco 100gsm paper and was trimmed and folded and stuck inside the base card using fingerlift tape.  I coloured the digital stamp image using my Promarkers.  The colours I used were: hair – Cinnamon, Cocoa, Chestnunt; skin – Satin, March Hare, Oatmeal; jeans – Polar Blue, Denim Blue, Twilight Sky; jumper and scarf – Holly, Forest Green, Grass, Bright Green, Leaf Green.  After colouring in I cut the digi out using scissors, shaped the figure using my fingers, and then stuck him to the front of the card using blue gel.  I decorated using peeloffs.  This is one of my cards suitable for a male in this batch of cards, although this is more of a teenage card than a grown man.)
  3. LITTLE BLUE TIT DECOUPAGE by Sharon Duncan (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock  and then cut out all the pieces. I then shaped the pieces before building them up in order, sticking them in place using glue gel. I wanted to keep this as a simple little card, so on this occasion chose to simply stick the decoupaged topper straight to the front of a small square black base card. I haven’t put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure whether it will be needed in Welsh or English. Although I’ve kept the card simple by sticking the decoupaged topper straight onto a base card just a fraction larger than it, this topper could easily be used matted and layered and embellished on a larger card.  This card wasn’t too difficult to cut out as the shapes are quite “chunky” and have clear lines around them.)
  4. Rose and Violin Digital Stamp Set by Karen Wyeth and 8 x Borders……SVG by Tina Fitch and Male & Female Teddy DIGI print & Cut set 2 Studio by Tina Fitch (I printed the rose and violin digital stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  I cut out the borders from white Adorable Scoreable cardstock, and one of the scalloped edge ovals from the teddy digi kit out of pink card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also punched out a number of flowers using a small flower punch from the pink cardstock and a pink and a white pearlescent cardstock.  I then coloured in the Rose and Violin digital stamp using my Promarkers using the colours: violin – Cocoa, Cinnamon; rose – Pastel Pink, Rose Pink, Tropical Orchid; outline – Cool Grey 2.   I cut the border down to three panels and found some swirls I’d got left over from a previous project.  I took a pre-prepared base card with a large deckle edge and went round the edges using a Tattered Rose distress ink.  I also used the same distress ink on the oval panel.  I then built up the card layout using glue gel to stick everything in place.  I’ve left off a greeting for the time being as I’m not sure to whether the greeting will be needed in Welsh or English.  With several other images on the sheet I’ll get several more cards from one sheet.)
  5. LINE ART (OVER THE EDGE) CARD 16 with Fairy by Clive Couter (I printed the main card sheet and the sheet with the extra flower layer and fairy out of 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock from within the Silhouette Studio software and then coloured them in using my Promarkers. The colours I used were: hair – Cocoa; skin – Satin; wings – Pastel Blue, Icicle; flower head – Yellow, Tequila Sunrise; leaves and dress – Forest Green, Bright Green, Leaf Green.  I then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut everything out. I wanted a coloured background so stuck a piece of dot embossed yellow cardstock inside the back, before using glue gel to attach the second flower-head layer and the fairy. I finished the card off with a yellow ribbon of similar colour to the background. I’ve not attached a greeting yet as I don’t know whether a Welsh or English greeting will be needed.)

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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:

  • Wednesday, 31st October – here – It’s the turn of CUPs Silver Designers to have some of their work showcased this time.  There’s a new CUP TV episode by Ann-marie Vaux.  The “New From” feature is showing some new style easel kits created by Michelle Johnson.  Plus other bits and bobs of designs and info.
  • Friday, 2nd November – here – can’t find the link to this online!  Wwps!  This mailer gave details of the items that are on the free CD-ROM that every customer who spends over £10 on the craftsUprint site this week will get delivered directly to them (No P & P), plus some extra prints that will be in the free package.  There was also bits of news about of new designs uploaded by some designers, and other items from the world of craftsUprint designers and registered crafters.

So that you don’t miss out – put your name down to have the mailers delivered straight to your mailbox every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Click – here – to go to the page to register to receive the mailers.  You’ll even receive 4 free design sheets to be used in your cardmaking, just for putting your name down to receive the mailer.

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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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