Crafting Towards The End Of November 2012

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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.



(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 –

1cup343742_1749 - card03 - Giraffe - Stamp  2cup377435_1415 - card02 - Folded Front Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG  3cup378764_1415 - card04 - Window 1 STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG  4cup378764_1415 - card01 - Window 1 STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG

  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 –

1cup376623_1415 - card02 - Tall Gift Box STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG  2cup376624_1415 - card03 - Milk Box Lantern STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG-PDF  3cup377432_1415 - card03 - Gift Box STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG  4cup377432_1415 - card01 - Gift Box STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG

  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.



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.



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.


You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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