Even More December Crafting

 Posted by at 09:35 pm
Dec 282012
 

A Big Thank You to everybody who’s been over to look at any of my blog posts over the last year, and a Bigger Thank You to those who’ve left such lovely comments about my crafting endeavours.

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Another year is coming to an end but I’ve still got a few more items I’ve made during the last month or so to show you.  They include some boxes I used to put Christmas gifts in, some bag charms and a key ring I made as Christmas gifts, a couple of commissioned baptism cards, birthday cards for my brother-in-law, a sympathy card to send to a cousin on the death of my aunt, plus some others.  Oh!  And read to the bottom for a 20% off discount code on digital craft downloads.

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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.)

These cards were a commission request for two similar, but not identical cards, to give to two cousins on their baptism.

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  1. Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke, ‘Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments – Shabby Summertime Colours by Carol Clarke, Circular Lace & Ribbon Frames by June Young, Flower Crosses & Dove CU4CU Set 2 by Janyce Cotterill, Pink Bible Shaped Card by Lorraine Smith, and Robert Addams’ “Thoughtful Occasions” CD-ROM (I printed out one of the”organza” backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and then embossed one of the “pages” from the Bookatrix Board onto it before cutting it out.  I printed out one of the sheets from the “Thoughtful Occasions” CD-ROM onto the same card-stock and made it into the front of my base card, and the same design printed smaller and embossed it for a smaller Bookatrix page and cut it out.  I chose one of the “Twill Ribbons”, one of the “Circular Lace … Frames” and a Dove from the set and also printed them out, together with printing out the “Pink Bible” at a much smaller size than it comes as. After cutting everything out I stuck them together as shown, adding a greeting panel created using the same elements.)
  2. This card is made in more or less the same way, except the largest Bookatrix “page” is plain pink cardstock from my crafting stash, not a “organza” printed background.  The main card background is the same flower from the same CD, but in a slightly different orientation, and the greeting is attached in a different location – other than that it’s the same card.

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  1. Pink Bible Shaped Card by Lorraine Smith (For this card I kept it simple and just printed the design out onto 250gsm Crafty Bob glossy paper.  I then cut the design out, scored along the central line and folded the card in half.  I then put in an insert with the words “Ar Dydd Dy Fedydd”  – Welsh for “On The Day Of Your Baptism”.  I’ve kept this card very simple, but it’s the same design as the mini Bibles used as toppers on the previous two cards, just this time printed out at full size.)
  2. Motorbike Circle Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto Crafty Bob glossy paper and cut out the pieces.  I took a pre-cut base card with a decorative edge and scored it along the mid-line of the front to make an easel card.  I used my embossing machine to emboss bricks onto a brown card-stock – to go with the wall background of the image, and to emboss a “boiler plate” pattern in silver mirror card to pick up on the chrome details to the front of the bike.  These pieces were attached to the card and trimmed to match the card shape, putting the embossed silver mirror card inside and on the bottom front, and the brick embossed on the top of the outside.  I made a greetings panel from some of the cut off card-stock and used “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-offs – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – on this panel before sticking it, using 3mm deep foam squares, to the inside of the card.  I put the base layer of the bike onto black cardstock and cut around this to leave a border, roughing the edge with the edge of my scissors before sticking it to the card front.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to build up a small number of the layers of the pyramid – I didn’t want the pyramid to become so deep that it would be difficult to get in an envelope.  As the pyramid of this design is round there were no intricate pieces to cut out.  The most difficult cutting was trimming the “brick” and “boiler plate” background to match the card shape – but of course I could have made it easier on myself and used a straight edged card – next time I’ll think before I get a bright idea of doing something like that, though I do like the effect I created.)
  3. Another photo of the previous card, this time with the easel card closed so that you can see what it would look like as it comes out of the envelope.
  4. magic in the jungle cheetah in the sunset by Sally McIntyre (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I stuck the base layer to a black cardstock and trimmed to leave a border.  I then stuck it to a copper coloured iridescent paper and again trimmed to leave a smaller border.  I took an 8″ square base card which was pre-cut with a decorative edge.  I covered this with an animal print tissue paper and tore and scrunched the edges for a distressed look  – rather than trying to cut it to match the background this time.  I then stuck the matted and layered image and a blank greetings panel directly to the front of the card on the tissue.  I then used some foam tape and glue gel to attach the layers, shaping the cheetahs before gluing on.  I finished off with a peel-off greeting put on one of the blank greetings panels on the sheet, and attaching this to the front of the card.  A very striking image that I think makes a great card for a man, while still being suitable for a female.)
  5. Teddies Birthday Digital Stamp 3 by Angela Wenke (I printed design at much smaller than the given size onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and then cut it out using a die.  I prepared an A6 card from a sheet of red iridescent cardstock and added ribbons of yellow iridescent cardstock.  I then coloured in the digital stamp before attaching the panel to the prepared card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The colours I used were:  Teddy – Oatmeal, Tan, Cocoa, Cappuccino Flex Marker; Balloons, Hat and Cupcake – Red, Peach, Azure, Powder Blue, Grass, Meadow Green, Tulip Yellow, Buttercup, Indigo Blue, Satin, Ivory; Shadow – Icicle.  As I used a die to cut out the panel with the digi stamp on it, and everything else was straight cutting, there wasn’t anything taxing to cut out on this card.  I just needed to take it slowly to do the colouring in – still managed to shake over the lines though, but not too bad.)

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  1. Robert Addams’ “Thoughtful Occasions” CD-ROM (I chose a design from the CD-ROM, taking the words written as standard on the sheet out and putting on “Gair o Gydymdeimlad” – the Welsh for “A Word Of Sympathy” – on one of the smaller panels.  I then printed the sheet onto Matte Crafty Bob paper. I used a die to cut out the main printed panel, and trimmed one of the smaller panels down as a greeting panel, rounding the corners with a punch.  I also used dies to cut out the cross, flowers and flourishes out of ice white vellum. I scored and folded in half a sheet of silver mirror card and then used a Spellbinders grand die to cut out the card shape – putting it just over the left edge to leave a spine.  I then used strong double sided tape to attach the panels to the card,  a quickie glue pen to attach the cross to the main panel and glue gel to attach the other elements.)
  2. Fancy Blank Cut & Fold Card 8 by Anna Babajanyan (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, then trimmed, scored, and folded it in half.  I decorated the card with an assortment of pastel coloured die cut flowers and leaves.)
  3. Spirited Dolphins 1-digital stamps by Janet Chen Curtis (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock at much smaller than A4 size.  I then used a die to cut the shape out.  I coloured in the dolphins, and also coloured a border around the cut out shape.  I then used the same colour as the border to colour in a white, A5, deccle edged card to match.  The colours I used were:  Dolphins – April Showers Promarker, Storm Blue Flexmarker; Shadow – Cool Grey 1;  Border and base card – Cloud Blue Flexmarker.  I took ice white pearlescent vellum and embossed it with a flourish design.  This was edged with a Grey Promarker before attaching it to the coloured card front using a tape roller pen.  I then attached the dolphin panel.)
  4. THREE KINGS CHRISTMAS LINE ART SIDE STEP CARD by Clive Couter (I took the design into my Silhouette Studio software and printed it out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock before feeding it into my Silhouette Cameo machine to cut it out.  I then used my Promarkers to colour in the wise men on their camels.  The colours I used were: Metallic Markers – Silver, Gold; Camels – Cinnamon, Black; Wise Men – Plumb, Lilac, Bluebell, Satin, Yellow; Shadow – Cool Grey 2.  I put a panel of silver mirror card behind the camels attached to the back “step”, and put a panel of gold, linen textured, cardstock over the front.  I didn’t put a greeting on the card when I made it as I didn’t know which language the greeting would be needed in.)
  5. 5 Let it Snow Backing Papers – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (Although these “Let it Snow Backing Papers” make lovely backgrounds for an assortment of Christmas or winter birthday designs, with this card I’m showing that they are much more flexible than just winter use.  I re-sized the panel to some 1.25cm smaller in each direction than the finished easel card I was making and printed it onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  After cutting out the panel I matted it onto pale yellow pearlescent card-stock, trimming it to leave a border of a few millimeters.  This matted panel was then stuck to the bottom front of a pre-scored and prepared square purple easel card.  I used ribbon strips of the yellow and purple card-stock as the easel stopper.  The card is decorated with die cut flowers in layers of purple and yellow, and also branches of leaves cut using my Silhouette Cameo.  I’ll put a greeting on the easel stopper bar once I know the language the greeting is needed in.)

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BOXES:

1cup54124_359 - card01 - ‘Gold Metallic Swirls’ Backing Paper - Shades of White  2cup307599_1514 - card02 - 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers purple pink

  1. Gold Metallic Swirls’ Backing Paper – Shades of White by Carol Clarke (I thought that this backing paper design would make a lovely, ornate, lid for a box I was making to give a small gift in.  I printed the design onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock, then used my Hougie Board to score the required size for my box lid.  I used a pale lemon coloured Adorable Scorable card-stock for the base.  Once scored I cut out both pieces.  I also cut out a band to go around the box and a small gift tag from the same card as the box base, and a simple square topper to go on the gift tag from the backing.  I used red backed strong double sided tape to stick all the pieces together.)
  2. 12 sheets of A4 Background Papers: purple, pink by Jacqueline Hatton (I printed out four of the purple shades of backgrounds onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock and used these to make a gift box, a wrap around, and a gift tag.  After printing I chose two of the colours, one for the box lid and one for the base, and scored these on my Hougie Board before cutting them out.  I cut a strip and a small, square, topper panel, from one of the other sheets and a paper ribbon band from the fourth was put around the box.  I then used red backed strong double sided tape to stick everything together.  A lovely assortment of backgrounds that would work well for many paper-crafting projects, and this particular project was quite easy to make as it only needed straight cutting, so not too difficult for somebody with some dexterity problems.)

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JEWELLERY:

Two bag charms –

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  1. I made these to go on hessian bags given as gifts (good “bag for life” rather than using disposable plastic bags).  I made the bag charms similar, but not exactly the same – just in case both recipients are ever out together – so that they’ll recognise their own bags.  This first one is made of leaf beads attached to a length of gold chain which is attached to the ring clip.  These do require a bit of manual dexterity, but with only half a dozen leaves to add, and taking a bit of time over the job, it isn’t a mammoth task.
  2. Closer look at the leaf beads/charms.
  3. A similar bag charm, but with some toning beads on eye pins attached to the gold chain as well as the leaf beads.
  4. Closer look at the bag charm.

A key ring with wrist loop –

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  1. This Keyring has some very pretty glass beads of mainly red in colour threaded onto headpins and attached to the chain loop.  The large braided loop was made using the Kumihimo technique out of slightly sparkly thread.  It is there so that the keyring can be held on the wrist, or attached to something.
  2. A closeup of the beads.

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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, 24th December – here – It’s 10 Lords a Leaping for the free design this time.  Lots of lovely designs being showcased and various snippets of news from CUPers the world over.
  • Friday, 28th December – here – The free design this time is a fantastic piper from the designer, Lee Jacobs.  There’s the usual assortment of news from CUP land and a showcase of lots of lovely designs, which this time include some gorgeous Pop Up Scene cards by the designer Janet Briggs.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months.  This can be seen by clicking – here.

20% Off Discount Code –  Simply type the word ‘SANTA’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value on the craftsUprint site!

December Card Making Competition – There were 36 cards submitted to the competition to make a card on the theme of “Christmas”.  The entries can be seen by clicking – here.  Please do all pop over for a look.  Don’t forget to vote if you are a CUP customer.  If you are eligable to vote you will find a link for “Competition Voting” on your “Crafter Control Panel” page after you log in to the main craftsUprint site.  I’ll put up a post with my entry after the voteing is finished and the winner announced.

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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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Dec 242012
 

The time has once again arrived for me to wish all visitors to my blog, my Facebook Friends, and all the lovely people on Craftforums, a Very Happy Christmas.  I’m so pleased that you find the time to pop over for a look at my blog every now and then, and delighted that some of you find the time to write a comment after looking at the various posts I’ve made over the last year.

I hope you like this card I’ve designed for all of you.  I thought I’d go for something a bit different for me and design a card with black and white backgrounds and an assortment of poinsettias as embellishments.

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Details of what I used to make the card are as follows:

Black and White Background Papers CU4CU by Marie Wolman, Red Poinsettias by Karen Wyeth, holly and poinsettia layered with greetings png format by Sally McIntyre,  and Seasons Greetings Bonza Set by Karen Wyeth.  This card was designed by taking three of the backgrounds from the background papers kit into one of my graphics packages.  These were cropped and re-sized to give the card base I wanted before I added a an element each from the other listed sets.  I then added the greetings “Nadolig Llawen” in Welsh and “Happy Christmas” in English.  This made a square card front that I popped onto the front of a card of the same size once I’d printed it onto glossy photo paper.

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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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More December Crafting

 Posted by at 07:00 pm
Dec 212012
 

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.
I’m sorry that I haven’t made it around everybody’s blogs lately.  I am working my way around a few daily, but I’m finding that I’ve got less time, and less energy, to browse around for long, and on top of that I’ve been having an annoying number of sites timing out – thus meaning that a lot of time I am spending online is waiting for pages to load.  I know I see others mention issues with blogs every now and then, but not to the extent I seem to have speed issues.  I think that come the new year I’ll be looking for a new Internet service provider.

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Including some of the items I’ve got to show you in this blog post, I’ve now uploaded over 1,200 pictures of completed items to my Crafter Showcase Gallery on craftsUprint.  These include a variety of cards, boxes, bags, etc., created using a number of techniques, from digi stamps to CraftROBO or Silhouette Cameo cutting files.  They also include cards for many different occasions.  If you haven’t already had a look at the gallery then please do click over for a look.

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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.)

This batch include cards where the toppers are digi stamps as well as some other styles of cards.  I’ve used an assortment of pre-cut cards, dies and some embellishments cut out using my Cameo, to keep the hand cutting to a minimum, so these cards didn’t have a lot of hand cutting to tax me so I could put my energies into the colouring in.

1cup55704_27 - card02 - Girl 2  2cup339491_1749 - card01 - Get Well Teddy  3cup361407_1141 - card01 - Stick People Fairies Digital Stamps 3  4cup381616_1771 - card03 - Elegant Flourish Frames  5cup377950_1030 - card01 -  Lovely, clean snow - from the ‘Snow Series’

  1. Stars Backing Paper in Purple by Katy Kinsey and Girl 2 by Sarah Lake (I printed the background and digi stamp out onto sheets of Super Smooth white card-stock.  I then cut a panel out of the background, rounded the corners with a paper punch and matted it onto silver mirror card.  This mirror card was then trimmed to leave an even border and I also rounded the corners.  The digi stamp was cut out using a die, together with a layer to go behind it using a larger size of the same shaped die.  I coloured in the digi with Promarkers.  The colours I used were: Skin – Satin, Blush; Hair – Buttercup, Tawney Owl; Trousers – Egyptian Blue Flexmarker, Prussian; Dress, Shoes, Headband and bag decoration – Plumb, Plumb Preserve; Bag – Gold; Outline – Cool Grey 2.  I took an A5 white base card that was pre-cut with a large deckle edge and went round this with a silver metallic marker.  I also used this marker round the edge of the mat that goes behind the digi.  I built up my card using 1mm deep foam tape and a glue runner pen to attach everything in place.  I then embellished with leaves cut out using my Silhouette Cameo and die cut flowers that I’d added sticky back gems to their centre.)
  2. Get Well Teddy by Janette Padley (I printed the digi out onto Super Smooth cardstock at a little less than the given size and then cut it out using a die.  I coloured him in using my Promarkers, going for a more rough and mottled look in keeping with the idea that teddy is feeling ill in bed.  The Colours I used were: Teddy – Oatmeal, Tan, Cinnamon, Cocoa, with  Cool Grey 3, 4 and 5 for his nose; Chocolates – Wallnut; Paper – Pastel Blue; Chocolate box and Headboard – Poppy, Berry Red; Bed Linen – Yellow, Gold, Honeycomb.  I matted the coloured in image onto red pearlescent cardstock and then layered this onto yellow pearlescent cardstock.  This was stuck to the front of a square, white, base card with a decorative edge. I’ve not put on a greeting as I’m not sure what language the greeting will be needed in.  Despite teddy being ill in bed and looking a bit rough, I wanted the card to be cheerful, which is why I went for reds through to yellow as the main colours, which would mean that it could be sent to a boy or a girl.)
  3. Stick People Fairies Digital Stamps 3 by Angela Wenke (I printed the digi out onto Super Smooth card at a much smaller size than given.  This was then cut out using a die, using an “out of the box” technique so that the toadstool “roof” edge would go outside the die edge.  I then coloured in the digi stamp using my Promarkers.  The colours I used were: Shadow – Icicle; Around the outside of the cut topper – April Showers; Wings – Fresh Meadow, Frosted Leaf; Skin – Satin, Budding Rose; Hair – Tan, Tulip Yellow, Daffodil Bloom; Green Toadstool Cap and Door – Grass, Forest Green; Other areas – Gold, Honey Comb, Bright Orange.  The coloured in digi topper was then matted onto orange pearlescent card-stock and then  onto a yellow pearlescent card-stock, leaving a very small border.  Both these layers had their corners rounded with a punch.  I also took a panel of green pearlescent cardstock, around a centimeter smaller on each side than my chosen, white deckle edged, base card.  The green panel was also matted onto yellow pearlescent cardstock and trimmed to leave a very small border.  I stuck everything together using a roller glue pen and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I embellished with yellow die cut flowers and a yellow die cut greetings panel.  I haven’t put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure which language the card will be needed in.  A really cute image to make cards for little girls who love fairies.)
  4. Cut Away Edges Card Template 4 – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris, Stitched Lavender and Lace Alphas CU4CU by Marie Wolman and Elegant Flourish Frames by Tracy Therrien (I took one of the frames from the Elegant Flourishes pack into one of my graphics packages and put the card card template over the top.  I then took letters from Alphas set  and spelt out the words “Penblwydd Hapus”, which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.   I then printed the card out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock before cutting and scoring and folding to make a very simple card.)
  5. Lovely, clean snow – from the ‘Snow Series’ by Susan Alison (I printed the design out onto Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out all the pieces.  I created the A5 base card from an A4 sheet of card-stock I had in my crafty stash.  I then simply stuck the base image directly to the card front and built up the layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I added the corners using glue gel.  I’ve not added a greeting yet as I don’t know what language this will be needed in.)

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BOXES:

Just a couple more treat boxes this time, made using a different image to the last batch but in the same style.  I still need to make some more though.  I need to get on with it I think as time is running out.

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  1. 3D Xmas Rudolph Treat or Favour Box Mini Kit by Carol Clarke (I printed the two sheets in the kit out onto Super Smooth white cardstock for each treat box I required.  I then scored along the indicated line and cut out the inside box and outside.  I folded along the score lines, slotted the sides of the box together, stuck it inside the outside, popped in lots of Smarties, closed the box and sealed the top. A very nice way to give little treats to children and adults alike (the ones for the adults have three or four more expensive chocolates in rather than Smarties).

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JEWELLERY:

1Watch 02 01  2Watch 02 02  3Watch 03 04  4Watch 03 02  5Watch 03 03

  1. This is a watch with the strap made up using the shambala braclet style knotting technique.  The central cord and the knotting cord are both black for this one.  The beads used are Hematite.
  2. Closeup of the same watch
  3. This watch strap is made using the same technique, but this time with white cords and glitterballs.  I also added a square clasp bead to match the other components.
  4. A bit closer to the watch.
  5. Closupof watch fase and clasp bead.

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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, 19th December – here – Another free design (though personally I do wonder what two tiny Dutch girls watering a tulip have to do with “eight maids a milking”?)
  • Friday, 21st December – here – We have a new Titanium designer who’s reached 50,000 sales – please do have a read to find out who!  Were up to number 9 of the free sheets.  A designer meets up with two crafters selling their creations in a Fayre.  Plus lots more.

December Card Making Competition – The 20th December was the last day for uploading an entry to the competition, but you should now be able to see the entries by clicking – here.  If you are eligible to vote then please do take the time to do so.

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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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Dec 182012
 

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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I’m still working on the last of the handcrafted gifts and cards I need to make before Christmas – but it’s slow going.  Hopefully I’ll get things done in time.  In the meantime, I hope you like the bits and pieces I’ve made lately.

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JEWELLERY:

I got my jewellery making supplies out to make a few small little Christmas gifts.

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  1. These little hematite beads on a knotted cord with a lobster claw clip attached are for attaching to the tab of zips, such as on coat zips or the zips of pencil cases.  I made something similar for my nephews a while ago – they had a pencil case each that were identical but by putting on little zip clips with different beads on they could immediately know which case belonged to which one and that meant the end of fighting over pencil cases.
  2. This is a small, shamballa style, bracelet in a child size.  It’s got two “glitter ball” style beads and three glass beads in the knotted area, with two smaller glass beads at the ends of the central string.
  3. A closeup of some of the beads and knotting.

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  1. Another child’s shamballa style bracelet.  This time there are three silver toned “glitter ball” beads and two silver toned glass beads.
  2. A closeup of the two types of beads in this bracelet.
  3. A watch strap made using the same techniques as a shamballa bracelet.  There are three purple “glitter ball” beads on either side of the watch face.
  4. A closeup of the knotting and one of the beads.

I may well make a couple more of these as “stocking filler” gifts before Christmas.  I’d much rather give a little something that I’ve made myself rather than just chocolates or shower gel or whatever.

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SEWING:

The time came for me to get the clothes ready for the wise men for our Chapel’s Christmas service – or perhaps I should be more specific and say clothes for two wise men as I needed to get costumes ready for my two youngest nephews.  The costumes they’d warn for the last two or three years were two small and scruffy, so I decided to make some new ones for them – with a little help from them for the decoration.

I needed something cheap – and something that wouldn’t be too taxing for me to make – so enter a pack of two pillow cases from Tesco for £2; one black sheet for a double bed, also from Tesco for £6; a roll of gold ribbon from eBay for £3.25 (delivered); half a dozen beads from my crafty stash; and three colours of Pinflair glitter wand for £2.95 each.

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  1. This is a guide to what I did to both the pillow cases to turn them into two tunics.  All the prep work before using the sewing machine I could do in bed with my feet up and take my time about doing it.
  2. This is a guide to what I did to the sheet to turn it into two capes.  I did need to do the cutting for this on a table.  I used a rotary cutter on a cutting mat to cut the sheet after folding in four length-ways, so not as hard on the hands as using scissors to snip across the width of a sheet.

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  1. You can see one of the tunics under a cape in this picture.  I used a bead as a button at the throat level to hold the neckline together.  I also put beads on the end of the ribbon that goes through the neckline to prevent the ribbon end getting pulled into the garment and getting lost.
  2. One of the boys wanted an embroidered pattern on the hem of his cape, so I used purple thread (which doesn’t show up too well in this photo) and one of the fancy stitches on my machine.  I then spread the back of the cape out on the sitting room floor and let my nephew loose with the glitter wands to draw whatever pattern he wanted so his cape would be uniquely his.
  3. The other nephew wanted ribbon at the hem as well as gathering the neckline, so I sewed this on using a red thread with another embroidery stitch on my machine.  He then did his own glittering.  It’s just a random pattern of swirls, dots, etc., but because of the drape of the cape the patterns are not obvious in the photos.

With 25 Yards of gold ribbon on the roll I’ve got a lot of the ribbon left. I don’t think the boys used a quarter of each glitter wand, so there’s a huge amount of that left for future projects.  And not only did I get two capes from the sheet but I also got an elastic waisted long skirt for myself.  All in all, quite reasonably priced outfits I think.

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KNITTING:

When my youngest nephew saw the leg-warmers I knitted a few weeks ago (the photo is up in a previous blog post if you want to take a look) he decided he wanted me to knit something for him – not leg warmers but a “P.E. band”!.  Now I have to admit that this request left me a bit mystified, and it took a bit of questioning to work out what he was thinking of – well those bands that people ware around their foreheads when doing P.E. or sports to keep their heads warm of course!  I rather think he’s missed the point of sweatbands, but never mind, it wouldn’t be too difficult to knit him a band of some sort to keep him happy.

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  1. I decided to knit it in moss stitch to give it some stretch and texture, although doing this stitch takes a bit longer and is far tougher on my hands than the plain stitch I usually do.
  2. I chose the circular knitting loom that just fit over the nephews head, and to make it thicker I used two Double Knit yarns, in green and blue, together.
  3. This is what the band looks like after I finished knitting it.  And of course – as soon as I was half way through knitting this one for my youngest nephew, his brother decided that he needed exactly the same thing.  Thank heavens that each one only takes a couple of days to knit, even with my slow progress.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:   Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.  I have a variety of hand crafted items for sale in my shop.

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, 12th December – here – Another 12 Days of Christmas free design, and a lot of designs for you to look at, and lots of news from the CUP community.
  • Friday, 14th December – here – A view new selection of designs on the free CD-ROM available for the next week for buying £10 worth of items from craftsUprint.  Number 6 in the 12 Days of Christmas free designs.
  • Monday, 17th December – here – Another free “12 Days of Christmas” free design – this time number 7.  Plus you’ll find a few new ideas for design, on top of all the usual mailer content of designs being showcased and news from CUP land.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months.  This can be seen by clicking – here.

December Card Making Competition – Remember that the last entry date is 20-December-12.  Details can be found – here.

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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 December

 Posted by at 12:40 am
Dec 122012
 

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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Lately I’ve been working on a few projects for putting up in our vestry during the Christmas service, and I put some of them up ready this morning, such as the bunting.

This picture shows a table full of the crafting work that the children of the Sunday School have been working on for the last 6 weeks while going through the Christmas story and preparing for the service.

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 Nativity scenes and angels on Christmas trees.

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PAPER CRAFTING ITEMS:

(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.)

This first batch are all little treat boxes:

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  1. 3D Xmas Santa got Stuck Treat or Favour Box Mini Kit by Carol Clarke
  2. 3D Xmas Polar Bear’s Present Treat or Favour Box Mini Kit by Carol Clarke
  3. 3D Xmas Singing Snowmen Treat or Favour Box Mini Kit by Carol Clarke
  4. Side view of the “Singing Snowmen” box showing the side of the inside box.

I made this assortment of treat boxes up with the help of a five and six year old nephews.  Firstly the pieces were printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  The six year old cut out the outside pieces while I cut out the inside boxes.  I scored all the lines using my Hougie Board, and then we put the treat boxes together, using a tape runner pen to attach the bottom of the box to the outside.  Then it was simply a case of putting in some sweets and I used extra strong tape to seal the top.

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  1. This is a tree I made up as an example for my nephews and their friends at the Sunday School to copy.  All the tree layers are cut out from various shades of green Core’dinations card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo machine using the cutting file design “TT Snowflake Tree” from the CD-ROM “Christmas Creations – Paper Craft”.  The angel was cut out of 250gsm cardstock and the tree skirt out of one of the Christmas Coredinations cardstock sheets.  A couple of strips of children’s plasticine has been rolled together as a weighted base, a green plastic straw was put in this, and then the tree skirt was wrapped around and stuck in place using some wet, quick grab, glue. The tree layers were then put on, one by one, in order, from the largest to the smallest, putting 3, 3mm deep, foam squares on the back of each before dropping them down onto the straw.  No need to take the backs off the foam squares, so no fiddle for my problems hands or little children’s fingers – in fact it’s best not to remove the backs of the foam squares as it allows the tree layers to be turned around so that they lie best.  I then decorated using sticky back faux gems and fake snow as decoration. Some of the children had the same fake snow as I had for decoration and some had Polar White Flowersoft.  I actually used Pinflair glue gel, squirted in strings from a syringe, around the tree in swirls and then sprinkled on the “snow”, rather than be precise about putting glue on the branches.
  2. This bunting says “Nadolig Llawen” which is Welsh for “Happy Christmas”.  Each triangle is made from one sheet of A4 ordinary white card-stock.  After cutting I then went round the outside edge of them all in an assortment of different coloured Letraset Metalic Markers to give definition to the edge.  I made the cutting files for the letters up myself in my Silhouette Studio software.  Now when I did “The Big Tidy Up” a few months ago (not sure I ever finished the tidying up properly, but at least things are much neater now) I found lots of background sheets that I’m never likely to use – too busy, too deeply coloured, images I don’t particularly like, etc., etc..  So I decided to utilize these for cutting out the letters for my bunting out of.  For these all I was looking for was splashes of different colours.  After working out the best size for the letters to work on my bunting triangles, and cutting out using my Silhouette Cameo, I just attached the letters using a roller glue pen. The string I used is actually cream cotton yarn, with the triangles being attached using strips of sellotape doubled over the trop.
  3. This bunting says “Penblwydd Hapus Iesu”, which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday Jesus”.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. This is a necklace made using the Kumihimo technique from two tones of waxed cotton cords.  I’ve finished this off using silver tone end caps, chain and lobster clasp.
  2. This is the matching bracelet I’ve made.
  3. The two items together.

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  1. This is a bracelet I’ve made using silver tone findings and clear, good quality, glass beads.
  2. These are the matching earrings.
  3. And this is the matching necklace.
  4. This picture shows a closeup of the beads showing the different colours that are reflected because of the AB finish.
  5. The three items in the set shown together.

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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, 10th December – here – craftsUprint has a new Elite Designer.  Sandie Burchell has now had 100,000 Designs Sold on CUP.  Sandie produces kits to make the most amazing cards and is the designer of many a new concept in card and keepsake designs – this mailer is showcasing some of her wonderful designs.  This mailer also has the fourth in the 12 Days of Christmas freebie designs, and freebies don’t come along very often so go grab yours now.  And on top of this there are lots of bits of news from CUPers from around the world.

December Card Making Competition – This month the theme is Christmas and the last entry date is 20-December-12.  Details can be found – here.

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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 December

 Posted by at 11:19 am
Dec 092012
 

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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Yes, I know!  The 9th is rather late in the month to be making my first post of December.  For a variety of reasons, I haven’t done a whole lot of crafting during the last ten days or so, but what I have done is very varied.  I haven’t managed to photograph some of the items I’ve made yet, so I’ll get those up in another blog post, hopefully within a week.  In the meantime, please do have a look at the assortment I have got to show you here.

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PAPERCRAFTING CREATIONS:

(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.)

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  1. New Snowflakes for 2012. Studio Files for Silhouette & Cameo by Margaret Jones (I cut several snowflakes out of 250gsm Super Smooth card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I then went over both sides with a zig glue pen and dunked them in a tub of ultra fine glitter.  I took an A4 sheet of Acetate, scored and then folded it the long way before taking a pokey tool and putting one hole at the centre of the fold and seven holes along the bottom edges.  Into the holes I threaded lengths of clear, monofilament, jewellery thread.  I then tied a glittered snowflake to each of the threads hanging down, leaving the other one to hang my creation with.  I put a dot of clear nail varnish on each knot in the monofilament to help stop the knots coming undone. The snowflakes all cut beautifully and would look lovely as a statement embellishment on a card or scrapbook, as well as using singly or folded and using a number together to make dimensional decorations.)
  2. Closeup of one of the snowflakes.
  3. 3D Christmas Candle & Card Set +Box…..Studio by Tina Fitch – Please do click over on the link as the set includes a box for the candles as well as an arch card with smaller, dimensional, candles on it. (I cut out enough candle panels to make two candles as one of the family friends who buys a lot of cards from me had seen the first one I made and asked if I could make her two for Christmas.  I used 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock to make these.  After cutting out with my Silhouette Cameo I coloured in the flames using my Promarkers.  I used a letraset Fine Line Drawing Pen to draw a short wick at the centre of each flame, then went round with an Icicle Promarker, then a hallo of Poppy before colouring in the rest of the flame in Summer Sun.  I went over the outside of the red with the yellow, blending outwards so that there was an orangey layer fading out.After that I just folded each panel and stuck them together using a quick grab wet glue.)
  4. A closeup of the “flame” of one of the candles.

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JEWELLERY:

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  1. A bracelet made using the Kumihimo technique.
  2. A closeup of a part of the bracelet.
  3. A necklace made using the same technique but different coloured rattail cord.

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KNITTING:

In my post of the 26th November I showed you the completed stripy scarf I’d been working on, together with the start of a matching hat.  I also showed you one leg warmer I’d knitted to fit my normal leg, together with the start of a matching, but larger, leg warmer I was in the process of knitting for my damaged leg.  The items that were part knitted are now finished and can be seen below.

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  1. Completed pair of leg warmers – the beauty of knitting them myself is that I could make adjustments for the different size/shape of both my legs.  And the beauty of knitting them on circular knitting looms of different sizes is that they are knitted in the round and therefore have no seams or knots to rub and aggravate my damaged leg.
  2. The completed hat.
  3. The matching scarf and hat set.

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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, 30th November – here – This mailer has details of what’s included on Volume 24 – this will be given free, along with other items, to any craftsUprint customer who spends £10 in a single order during the next week.  There’s also news of the first design to sell over 1000 times on craftsUprint – and the design went online less than 6 months ago.  Plus lots more news and designs.
  • Monday, 3rd December – here – To celebrate the festive season CUP will be giving away a FREE DOWNLOAD in every mailer between now and Christmas!  And the first freebie is in this mailer. There’s also some Perpetual Desk Calendars on show, a showcase of some designs from CUP Silver Designers, and lots of Latest News from the CUP family of crafters and designers.
  • Wednesday, 5th December – here – Lots of gorgeous designs, including some new ones, a crossword, and Latest News.
  • Friday, 7th December – here – This mailer has details of what’s included on Volume 25 of craftsUprint free CD-ROMs.  Remember that the contents are actually chosen, from a list of options, by CUP customers during the previous week.  There’s also another Free Download.

Craftsuprint have a “Mailer Archive” where you can go to get links to mailers sent out over the last few months.  This can be seen by clicking – here.

December Card Making Competition – Details of the competition can be seen on Craftforums – here.

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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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