Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog – and – Thank You – to everybody whos 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.
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.
(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.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Closeup of the same watch
- 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.
- A bit closer to the watch.
- Closupof watch fase and clasp bead.
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.
You can see the cards Ive 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.
(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 Ive 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 Ive checked through the list – usually a couple of times a day.)