First Post Of November

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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