First Post Of December

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


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.



(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.)

1cup379569_601 - card04 - New Snowflakes for 2012. Studio Files for Silhouette & Cameo  2cup379569_601 - card02 - New Snowflakes for 2012. Studio Files for Silhouette & Cameo  32 Candles 01  42 Candles 02

  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.



1Bracelet 22 01  2Bracelet 22 02  3Necklace 12 01

  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.



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.

1Leg Warmers 01 10  2Scarf 13 18  3Scarf 13 15

  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.



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.


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.)

You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.


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