Two Little Red Dragons and more

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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.

1cup339429_1749 - card02 - Jiggys Hatchday Stamp  2cup348013_1749 - card02 - Jiggy Dragon  3cup371096_437 - card01 - art deco Ladies Toppers_Bookmarks Red  4cup367091_1834 - card02 - CHAMELEON DECOUPAGE

  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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