Jan 302013
 

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

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I am exhausted – I sat up in the sitting room this morning with my laptop on a table in front of me and my Silhouette Cameo on the floor by my side and spent hours feeding paper into the machine and taking cuts off my mats.  And I realised after I’d ran out of steam and put my Cameo away that I’d not done a Print & Cut that I’m working on for Tina Fitch.  Sometimes I wonder where my mind is at, because not only didn’t I do one of the main things I intended to do, but I also did the same mistake I did when I did my last batch of cutting – you’ve guessed haven’t you LOL – I put the lot into one tray without anything to keep the pieces for different projects apart.  Arrrr!  So now it will take a few hours, possibly a few days, for me to sort everything out to make up the cards and keepsakes from what I’ve cut.  Oh well.  Never mind.  It will keep me occupied and out of mischief I suppose.

I have put together a small number of items over the last few days, and finished knitting my fingerless gloves – but again didn’t have my brain in gear and forgot to take photos of the gloves when I took pictures of the other items.  So I’ll have to try and remember to take a photo of those the next time I’ve got my camera out.

In the meantime.  I hope you like the small number of paper-crafting projects I’ve got to show you today.  Let me know what you think of them.

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A BAG, A CARD AND A PILLOW BOX:

(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.)

1cup386824_659 - card01 - Purple periwinkle gift bag  2cup50183_5 - card01 - 12 Png Butterflies in Bright Shades Colour Way  3cup394207_1018 - card03 - PartyTime Alphabet Tiles

  1. Purple periwinkle gift bag by Stephen Poore (As I wanted a very sturdy bag I printed the design out twice onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I then cut, scored and folded before gluing with some quick grab wet glue.  The gift will go inside wrapped in some purple tissue, and as you can see I’ve added a bow of ribbon to the handles.)
  2. Cloudy Alphabet Tiles by Annie Lang, 12 Png Butterflies in Bright Shades Colour Way by Ammie Sanders, Gingham Backing Papers kit by Carol Clarke and Love Birds by Marie Wolman (I took 7 of the butterflies, together with two gingham backgrounds, a rainbow and cloud from the Love Birds kit, and the letters to spell out “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, moved around, etc., until I was happy with the layout for a card front for an A5 card.  I then created a 2nd layer for the butterflies and wording on the other side of my working area before printing out onto 150gsm glossy photo paper.  I then cut out the card front and the extra pieces to decoupage onto it. The base card was made by scoring and folding an A4 sheet of pearlescent orange cardstock, and then the card front was stuck directly onto this using fingerlift tape.  I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the second layer of the greeting and then shaped the butterflies a bit before attaching them with glue gel.)
  3. PartyTime Alphabet Tiles by Annie Lang, Pillow Box Template Kit – 3 sheet Kit by Carol Clarke, Textured & Glittered Brads by Carol Lepard and Fun Time by Marie Wolman (I’ve made two very similar pillow boxes to give little gifts in.  One saying “6 HEDDIW” – which is Welsh for “6 TODAY” and the other saying “7 HEDDIW”.  I took the numbers and letters I needed into one of my graphics packages, together with some graphics from the Fin Time kit, a couple of glitter look digital brads and the pillow box template.  I then moved the elements around, re-sized them, etc., until I was happy with the layout.  I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock, swapping the number before printing out the second time.  Both boxes were then cut out, the straight lines scored using my Hougie Board and the curved lines were scored freehand using a small ball tool on the back of a mouse mat.  I used some red-backed super sticky tape to stick together the sides before popping the scored ends into place.)

As you can see – not a lot of crafting done the last few days – but hopefully I’ll have more to show you next time.
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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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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, 28th January – Here! – It’s the turn of Silver designers to have some of their work showcased in this mailer.  There’s also some Triple Easel Cards with a Matching Envelope, and lots of news from CUPers around the world.
  • Wednesday, 30th January – Here! – This mailer has some more designs by Silver designers, a CUP TV episode by Carol Clarke, some cute designs by Claire Keay, as well as the latest news items.

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 –  To get 20% off any order placed at craftsUprint before the 01/02/2013 you simply type the word ‘SNOW’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page, BEFORE you check out, then click UPDATE BASKET.

I’ve been tempted to place a few orders using the “SNOW” code over the last few days, so I’ve got a couple of dozen designs to work on over the next couple of weeks.  Keep an eye out in future posts to see what tempted me, and go and have a look at the site now to see whether you can find any designs that will make a nice addition to your digital library.

Crafter of the Year Competition – Well, the “Craftsuprint Crafter of the Year 2012” competition results have been announced.  I didn’t make it into the top 30 this time, but three excellent card makers got the top three slots – so a Big Congratulations to – Dianne Jackson, Margaret Mccartney and Kristina Norbat on getting to the top.  The leaderboard can be see by clicking – here.

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

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.)

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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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Even More January Crafting

 Posted by at 11:08 pm
Jan 262013
 

A “Big Thank You” to everybody who’s been over to look at any of my blog posts so far this month, and a “Bigger Thank You” to those who’ve left such lovely comments about my crafting endeavours.

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Well, I’ve got an abscess on the root of one of my teeth, so it’s been very painful over part of one side of my face and I’ve been feeling rather rough.  So I’m back on antibiotics again (which are a necessity but do leave me feeling grotty and washed out) and have an appointment for a tooth extraction, as well as a filling on the other side of my mouth where one has fallen out, the week after next.  I’ve therefore not felt like making much of anything complicated with a lot of cutting or manipulation this week, but I have been trying to distract myself with a bit of cardmaking every day. You’ll therefore find that the cards are mostly printed out design sheets and that required straight line cutting.  Some are cards where the fronts are designs I’ve put together in a graphics program out of a mixture of Designer Resources, hopefully with the illusion of dimension but where the actual card topper is flat.

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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.)

Some of these cards are made using design sheets I’ve used previously, so you may recognise the images, although I have made them up slightly differently this time.  It could be just a different coloured base card, or moving an element around.

Row A

1cup78724_49 - card03 -  sunset surprise  2cup218642_1121 - card22 - Horse Shoe pyramage Card  3cup240475_49 - card02 - horsing around 2 card sheet  4cup327955_1395 - card03 - Natural Beauty on blue backing  5cup327955_1395 - card05 - Natural Beauty on blue backing

  1. sunset surprise by Sally McIntyre (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the layers.  I took an A4 sheet of black Adorable Scoreable cardstock and scored it with my Hougie Board, folded, and trimmed it to make a base card that was a little larger than the base image.  I used a corner rounder punch on the bottom corners.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the bottom layer directly to the base card front and then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each of the pyramid layers in order.  I haven’t attached the greetings panel yet as I’m not sure what language the card will be needed in.)
  2. Horse Shoe pyramage Card by Cassandra Campsall (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I took a sheet of buttery coloured Adorable Scorable card-stock and scored and folded it in half to make my base card. The main panel was attached to the base card using finger-lift tape and then I attached one layer of the whole horseshoe with 1mm deep, double sided foam tape.  I didn’t use the other layers.  Yet another card with lots of straight edge cutting, so easy to make.)
  3. horsing around 2 card sheet by Sally McIntyre (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob Paper and then cut out all the layers.  I made 2 base cards by cutting in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock and scored each in half with my Hougie Board to make 2 x A6 base cards.  For this card I rounded the corners with a paper punch then stuck the base layer directly to the front of one of the cards using fingerlift tape and then attached the layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I haven’t added any embellishments or greetings to this card yet as I’m not sure whether it’s for a male or female or what language it’s needed in.)
  4. Natural Beauty on blue backing by Bodil Lundahl (This sheet has a lot of pyramage layers on it, therefore, as I didn’t want the cards to bee very deep, I made two cards from the one sheet.  I firstly printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut out all the layers.  I made two 15cm square base cards, one from a sheet of brown Adorable Scorable cardstock, which I used a Paper Punch to round the corners, and the other from Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock.  I separated the layers out into two piles, using every other layer for each card.  I attached the base image of each card using fingerlift tape and then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the other layers and the blank greetings panels.  A piece of the paper ribbon was put onto the card with the smallest topper.  I haven’t put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language the greeting will be needed in.  Using the design sheet in this way means that you get extra value for money, and it also means that the cards produced are not so deep that they incur extra postage costs when posted in the UK – something a that’s a big consideration to many in these tough times.)
  5. The second card as described in point 4 above.

Row B

1cup349719_1495 - card02 - PYR11 Ben Footballer 2  2cup375614_15 - card01 - Barn Owl 3D Decoupage woodland & Background  3cup380521_512 - card01 - CU Vintage Style Mats Set 1 5×5  4cup386877_33 - card01 - Farmland in Autumn

  1. PYR11 Ben Footballer 2 by Sharon Martin (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I made a base card just a little larger than the base image out of a sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock.  The base image was attached directly to the card front using finger-lift tape.  I didn’t use the largest oval layer but the other three layers were attached in order using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same tape to attach the greetings panel.  A cute image that makes a nice card for a football mad youngster.)
  2. Barn Owl 3D Decoupage woodland & Background by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut out the pieces.  I took a 15cm square, light cream, base card and attached a panel of the background to it after trimming it to a little smaller in each direction.  I then added a panel of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock that I’d trimmed to 3cm wide.  Both the backing and panel were stuck in place using finger-lift tape. I then attached the base image and the blank greetings panel using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The decoupage layers were then gently shaped by and before attaching to the image using glue gel.  This is a striking image, and when decoupaged up you could almost believe that the owl is about to take flight and come out of the card towards you.  As my fingers were not up to the fiddle of cutting out the landlocked area between the owl’s legs I actually snipped up between the toes of both feet and then used glue gel behind this area when sticking together so you can’t really tell that I’ve not cut it as it should be cut.  This was definitely the most intricate to cut of the cards in this blog post.)
  3. CU Vintage Style Mats Set 1 5×5 by Jean Gordon and Stitched Lavender and Lace Alphas CU4CU by Marie Wolman (I took one of these mats into one of my graphics packages together with letters to spell out “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for Happy Birthday – before printing the design out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper.  After printing and cutting out my design I prepared a base card from a toning, deep colour, of Adorable Scorable cardstock, making the card around a cm larger than my design.  I went round the edges of the card with a violet metallic marker.  My design was then stuck directly to the front of the prepared card using fingerlift tape before I attached a hand made flower to the front with glue gel.  The flower was made using a Tonic die and the matching card-stock that was available with it.)
  4. Farmland in Autumn by Tom Curtis and Male Man Paper Pack 1 – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and Stained Glass Corners 1 by Tracy Therrien (I took the photo of the field of grain, together with three backgrounds and one of the colours of corners, into one of my graphics packages and moved around, re-sized, and changed things around until I was happy with my design of a card front just a little smaller than an 8″ square card.  I printed my design out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and then cut it out before sticking it onto the front of a pre-prepared, pale cream, 8″ square base card, using a roller tape pen.)

Row C

1cup386131_33 - card01 - Floral Collection  2cup386131_33 - card02 - Floral Collection  3cup386131_33 - card03 - Floral Collection  4cup386131_33 - card04 - Floral Collection

  1. Floral Collection by Tom Curtis and Stained Glass Corners 1 by Tracy Therrien (I took the four floral photos, together with four different corners into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and moved everything to make 4 x A6 size card fronts.  I used a small portion of each flower to make the tiled backgrounds for each one.  After I was happy with the layout I printed the sheet onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper.  I prepared my base cards by cutting 2 sheets of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock in half and then scoring and folding the four pieces in half to make A6 base cards.  I trimmed my card fronts to be a little smaller than my base cards and then attached them using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve also made a box, out of the same type of Centura Pearl cardstock I used for the base card, that’s just large enough to hold the four cards and four envelopes.  Tied up with a ribbon this set of cards makes a nice gift.)
  2. The second of the four cards in the set created.
  3. The third in the set of four cards.
  4. The last of the four cards.

Row D

1cup388886_33 - card01 - African Elephant  2cup390782_1398 - card22 - Lovely Horses Head

  1. African Elephant by Tom Curtis and African silhouettes by Debra Jenkinson and Fall Frolic Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took the elephant photo, together with several of the silhouettes and two of the brown shade backgrounds into one of my graphics packages and moved them around and changed their sizes until I was happy with the layout created in a size to fit with a 1cm border around it on an 8″ square card.  I then printed out the design onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper.  After trimming the design, making sure to keep the small elements I’d put “out of the main frame”, I stuck this onto the front of a pale cream, pre-prepared, base card using fingerlift tape.  The “Penblwydd Hapus” greeting used is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”, but as the design is created using layers I can simply change this greeting if I need it in another language in the future.)
  2. Lovely Horses Head by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the main card front and one layer of the horses head.   I attached the card front to an A5 base card made of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock using finger-lift tape.  I then shaped the bow and the horse’s head and attached them using glue gel, but rather than putting the bow over the one on the base layer I put it diagonally accross on this card. There was another layer of the horse’s head included on the sheet but I decided that, in view of the fact that the horse’s head wasn’t the simplest to cut out and I wasn’t feeling up to doing anything remotely intricate, I’d only use one layer on this card.)

So – that’s the lot for this post.  I’ve got some digi-stamps printed out ready to colour in using my Promarkers.  And I’ve also got some more designs to cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  Now what should I start with first next week?  Decisions, decisions!

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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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, 23rd January –Here! – Lots of lovely designs from Silver CUP Designers (who’ve sold over 1000 designs each on craftsUprint).  Some “Popout Arches Card Kits” from Robyn Cockburn. Plus lots more.
  • Friday, 25th January – Here! – An assortment of designs on the free CD-ROM volume 30 are being showcased in this mailer.  Plus there’s news from around the world from CUP designers and crafters – and some lovely photos of snow amongst them.

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.

Crafter Of The Year – Voting is now well on the way for the “CUP Craftsuprint Crafter Of The Year 2012”.  Voting has now opened for the CUP Platinum, Titanium and Elite designers to choose who gets their points, and the voting closes at Noon on Monday, 28th January with Winners being announced in the Mailer – so that’s something to keep an eye out for next week.

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

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.)

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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 Mid January

 Posted by at 01:47 pm
Jan 222013
 

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

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In a previous post I showed you a lovely collection of crafting bounty I’d received as Blog Candy from Deborah’s blog  “Dots Dashes Doodles & Dreams” – well she’s collected together another lovely collection – so if you want a chance to have a nice package of crafting goodies land on your door mat then click – here – click to Follow and leave a comment.

I’ve managed to sort out the jumbled up pieces and put together some of the cards and keepsakes I cut out using my Silhouette Cameo last week – and promptly dumped all together in the same tray so it took a lot of sorting.  I’ve also put together a small number of the cards I was cutting out by hand in bed last week.  I’m going to have to have a tidy up by the side of my bed though as I think I’m still missing some pieces I managed to dump on the floor when I brushed against the different stacks.  Hopefully I’ll get that done sometime this week and be able to post pictures of those cards, all finished, in a future post.

In the meantime, I hope you like what I’ve made since last Thursday – please do leave me a comment to tell me what you think of them if you’ve got a moment.

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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.)

I just took a box of different cardstocks, that I’d found around my room when I had “The Big Tidy Up” last autumn, to do all the cutting out using my Cameo, and I’m not exactly sure what card-stocks all of them were, so can’t give you full links on everything this time I’m afraid – but they would have been C & C cardstock, Bazzil Basics, and Core’dinations.

Row A

1cup388406_596 - card02 - Mary Rose Mother’s Day keepsake & Box….Studio  2cup388406_596 - card03 - Mary Rose Mother’s Day keepsake & Box….Studio  3cup388406_596 - card06 - Mary Rose Mother’s Day keepsake & Box….Studio  4cup240475_49 - card01 - horsing around 2 card sheet  5cup380433_596 - card03 - 3D Daffodil_Fuschia Easel Card…..Studio

  1. Mary Rose Mother’s Day keepsake & Box….Studio by Tina Fitch (I cut out the pieces of the box out of 250gsm white cardstock. The vase was cut out of linen textured white card-stock of the same weight, cutting the leaves and stem out of a green shade of the same cardstock. The rose layers were cut out of a textured rose coloured card-stock. I followed the instructions given to stick all the box pieces together, using a quick grab, clear drying, glue to stick everything together. I used the same glue to stick together all the other pieces to make up the rose, stem with leaves and vase as well. I used some fancy border and corner peel-offs to decorate both inside and outside the box. As I don’t need the Mother’s Day greeting in English I haven’t made this up, but you can see that in the example if you click the link. This looks stunning, but cut out cleanly in my Silhouette Cameo and went together easily.)
  2. This is the same keepsake as previously, but with the wrap off and partially open.
  3. The same keepsake as above completely open – isn’t it gorgeous?!
  4. horsing around 2 card sheet by Sally McIntyre (I printed the sheet out onto Glossy Crafty Bob Paper and then cut out all the layers.  I made 2 base cards by cutting in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and scored each in half with my Hougie Board to make 2 x A6 base cards.  For this card I stuck the base layer directly to the front of one of the cards using fingerlift tape and then attached the oval layer using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  The embellishments I added were cut out with my Silhouette Cameo for a project ages ago – so long ago I can’t remember what it was now – and I used a gold marker pen on the flower centres and butterfly wing tips.  If the card had been for a man I wouldn’t have added anything to embellish. )
  5. 3D Daffodil/Fuschia Easel Card…..Studio by Tina Fitch (If you click on the link you’ll see from the exemplar that this card looks lovely with both the daffodils and fuschias in place, but I decided that I wanted to make a “Welsh” card, and as daffodils are the flower of Wales, I decided to only use these flowers on this occasion. I’ve used 250gsm linen textured card-stock of various types for all pieces of this card. The base card is cut in cream, the “baskets” are cut from a fawn type of colour Bazzil Basics Neutrals cardstock. The daffodil leaves and greetings panel/stopper out of green, bows out of red, and the daffodils themselves out of two shades of yellow – bright and pastel. After folding the easel card along the scored lines I attached the “basket” pieces. I gently curved them and attached just with a blob of quick grab glue just below the fold line. Into the bottom of these I put a blob of glue gel and stuck the daffodil leaves down into this. I made up the daffodils, again using quick grab glue to put them together, working the trumpets around the stick of a paint brush to round them before sticking, and holding it in to press against until the glue had caught. I used the same glue again to attach the daffodils and bows to the card. I’m so pleased with how this card turned out, and I may make it up with just fuchsia flowers on the front – two coloured, red and purple ones. That’s the beauty of cutting files – you can make the cards up in the recipient’s favourite colours – or whatever you happen to have in your crafty stash if you don’t want to be specific for one person.)

Row B

1cup389887_596 - card01 -  Mother’s Day Bouquet Box……Studio  2cup389887_596 - card02 -  Mother’s Day Bouquet Box……Studio  3cup390498_99 - card02 - Fairy Dust Flowers Designer Resource Kit - CU4CU  4cup390714_596 - card01- Fancy Lattice Card & Layers 3…..Studio

  1. Mother’s Day Bouquet Box……Studio by Tina Fitch (This makes a lovely boxed bouquet to give as a Mother’s Day gift, but I thought it would also make a lovely keepsake to give as a “Get Well Soon” gift to a person in hospital, seeing as flowers are no longer allowed to be taken in to most hospitals.  I therefore removed the cutting lines for the “Mother’s Day” text before cutting the bottom and lid of the box out of linen textured 250gsm white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I then created a mat layer just smaller than the size of the base of the box and cut this out of textured green card-stock.  I took the leaf elements that went with each of the flower types and placed them on a single cutting area before cutting out of a green cardstock.  The tulips, roses and daffodils were cut out of a variety of different 250gsm cardstock – including this one – from two different colours each to give variety to my “bouquet”.  I then cut out another panel for the back of my box by hand, making it a little smaller than the green panel and cutting it out of an Adorable Scorable cardstock that has a glitter embossed pattern on it.  I used a ball tool to give some shape to the petals of all the flowers before sticking them together using a quick grab, clear drying, glue for the roses and daffodils and a brad for the tulips.  I then used glue gel to stick everything in place inside the box.  As you can cut out of any coloured cardstock you want, you can make up a bouquet of flowers in the recipient’s favourite colours, or if they love just yellow tulips make a complete bouquet of one flower in one colour – or what about making just a big bouquet of red roses as a Valentine’s Day keepsake?  I think that this is a really versatile cutting file kit and well worth the cost.)
  2. The same keepsake box as above, but with the lid taken off.
  3. Fairy Dust Flowers Designer Resource Kit – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took two of the backgrounds into one of my graphics packages together with an assortment of other elements from this kit and re-sized, copied, moved around, etc., until I had a square card front design I was happy with.  I also made a second copy of the greetings panel and some extra flowers which I put onto a blank area of my working sheet before printing onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper.  I then cut out the square panel and other elements.  I took a pre-cut base card and I coloured in the fancy top of the card using an Indigo Blue Promarker, using the same Promarker to go around the sides of the card front and all around the cut out square panel.  I stuck the panel directly to the front of the card using a tape runner glue pen and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the greetings panel and extra flowers.  The cutting out of the flowers was the most intricate, therefore I didn’t put on many extra layers, but just added some overlapping those printed on the base layer for dimension.)
  4. Fancy Lattice Card & Layers 3…..Studio by Tina Fitch (I cut the base card and the top panel layer out of 250gsm, linen textured, white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut another central panel layer out of red card-stock of the same type.  I then decided that I wanted something contrasting behind the fancy lattice to make it really stand out, rather than it sitting against the white of the back of the card, so I cut out a panel of red card stock out the same size as the back of the card.  This panel was stuck inside the card front, attaching it using fingerlift tape behind the central panel.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each layer of the central panel before using glue gel to attach red flowers made of mulberry paper.  I thought that keeping to a minimal palette of colours like this gave the card a very striking look.)

Row C

1cup386484_1415 - card01 - Tri-Fold Pocket_Invitation Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG  2cup386484_1415 - card03 - Tri-Fold Pocket_Invitation Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG  3cup386484_1415 - card04 - Tri-Fold Pocket_Invitation Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG  4cup28119_49 - card02 - Sunset rose

  1. Tri-Fold Pocket/Invitation Card STUDIO-WPC-MTC-SCAL-SVG by Rae Carr (I cut the card out of 250gsm, 12″ x 12″ cream cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I then drew out two panels in my Silhouette Studio software that would fit on the outside of the card and on the inside pocket and cut these out of off white, linen textured, cardstock.  I then simply folded along the score lines, stuck the pocket in place using narrow super sticky tape, attached the panels using a roller glue pen and decorated using cream coloured mulberry flowers.  I finished off by embellishing using fine border, flexi bend, peel-offs.  As well as being perfect for Invitations, including wedding invitations or children’s party invitations, with plenty of place for details to be inserted, I sometimes get fuel vouchers as gifts for my niece and nephew who drive, and I thought that this would be the perfect size to just slip a voucher into made up in different colours and image toppers suitable for the recipient.  I do like projects that can be adapted to many occasions and uses.)
  2. The same pocket card but flipped over to the other side.
  3. The same pocket card but opened out to show the internal pocket.
  4. Sunset rose by Sally McIntyre (I printed the design out onto Glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  I then decided that I didn’t want the pyramage to be very deep so separated the layers out, every other layer, into two bundles to make two cards.  I took an off white, pre-prepared, square card and attached the base image directly to this using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the chosen layers on top of this, also using the same foam tape to add a greeting to the bottom right corner.  This is a very striking image, and with the framing provided on the base layer I decided not to do anything else to this particular card.  The next layer I matted and layered as a base image for my second card from this sheet.  Straight cutting only required to make this card, so an easy one to make if you’ve got manual dexterity issues.)

As you can see – not a lot of intricate cutting out by hand in the creations on display today.   And, surprisingly, the making up of the flowers wasn’t particularly fiddly either.  A paint brush, a ball tool, and some quick grab glue and just holding in place for a short while.  I don’t suppose I’d be able to do them when my hands are playing up worse, but, making them up a few at a time over more than one day, I got enough made up for today’s projects.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop” on craftybob.com.

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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, 21st January – Here! – It’s the turn of Bronze designers to have their work showcased.  There’s also some new “Floral & Butterfly Mini Kits” by the designer Gillian Hutchinson.

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.

Designer of the Year Competition – In my last post I told you who the top 3 designers were in the “Craftsuprint Designer of the Year 2012” competition – but I forgot to give you the list of the top 40 designers and the points they received.  You can see this list by clicking – Here!

Crafter Of The Year Competition – Voteing has now started for the Craftsuprint Crafter Of The Year 2012 competition.  This is a competition where designers get given a list of crafters who have purchased from them and are asked to cast 5 votes on who they think are their best crafters.  Voting will run until Monday, 28th January, and we’ll get told who the winners are in the mailer on that day.  I wonder if I’ll get any points by any designers this year? It would be nice to get a few points, but I don’t expect to be anywhere in the running for the top three spots and the trophies.

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

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.)

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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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More January Crafting

 Posted by at 09:35 pm
Jan 192013
 

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

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Today I’ve been putting together a small number of paper-craft keepsakes and cards, some from the designs of the very talented designer Tina Fitch (who got a top 3 placement in the recent CUP designer competition – see bottom of post for more details).  It has taken me an absolute age to get two and a half items done – not because there is anything difficult about putting together the designs, but because I had been rather thick on Thursday, when I had a nice morning sat in the sitting room feeding card-stock into my Silhouette Cameo and clicking “cut” in the software on my laptop.

So what did I do that was so thick I hear you ask?  Well I had several different designs to cut out, some of which had embellishments such as flowers as part of the design, so I chose my range of colours of cardstock and copied everything I wanted cut from the same coloured card-stock onto the same “mat” in Silhouette Studio.  Things like if several designs had leaves, or stems, or I wanted a green mat for different projects – they were all cut out from the same sheet – and if there was a spot of spare space I either copied some of the pieces and pasted to have more for embellishments for future projects, or put in some small rectangles and ovals as mats or greetings panels for future projects.  Great!  Maximize the use out of every sheet!  The same for different flowers for different projects that I wanted from the same colour, etc., etc.  That wasn’t the thick thing.  What did I do – I took the lot off the cutting mat after every cut and dumped them into one plastic box, rather than separating them as they came off the cutting mat into separate cello bags for each project. So I landed up with a box full of “bits” without a clue as to which project three quarters of them belonged to, or which ones were the spares and different pieces I’d cut to maximise the use of every sheet of card-stock.  Have you any idea how similar some bits can look? especially if cutting the same flower out in different sizes?  It’s taken me from Thursday to today to get most of the pieces sorted and actually get a couple of projects completed.  Still got more to do as well – a job waiting for me for the beginning of next week.

But the light was too bad by the time I’d finished crafting today for me to get photos of today’s creations, so what I’ve got to show you in this post are some cards I completed in bed the begining of themid week.  I hope you like them.

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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.)

I my last blog post I told you about the crafting goodies I’d won on the blog “Dots Dashes Doodles & Dreams” run by Deborah, and how I’d already had a few ideas of how to use some of them.  Well I’ve used some of the items when making the 1st card in this first batch of five and when making the 2nd card in the third batch of five.  There will be more in future posts I’m sure.  (By the way – Deborah says “I am hoping to do more regular giveaways” – so keep an eye on her blog in the future to spot her next giveaway.)

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  1. All made using items from the Blog Bounty I won – I cut out panels from one of the 8″ x 8″ backgrounds and matted them onto glitter card.  Took a sheet of textured A4 cardstock and folded it in half to make my base card.  Took another background and trimmed it to a smaller size than my card and ran a blue metallic marker pen around the edge before wrapping one of the ribbons around it diagonally and attaching to the card front.  The matted panels were then attached in a random pattern over the front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. As this is to be a birthday card for one of my nephews I wrote “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – on a piece of the same paper as the pirate images came from and put this on the card as well.
  2. The horse jump by Carol Smith (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I took a sheet of blue Adorable Scorable cardstock, scored and folded it in half to make an A5 base card.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the base layer to this and then built up the pyramid layers using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach each layer.  I finished off using the same foam tape to attach the greeting.  Only straight cutting required for this card, so an easy one to make, although you could use the pyramage on a more ornate card if you want.)
  3. TWO POLYGON PAINTED PONIES NOTE CARDS by Beverly McCabe  (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out both cards.  I scored down the centre using my Hougie Board and folded to make my cards.  To decorate I used flexible gold and white fine border peel-offs to go around the central panel on each card. Really gorgeous images and colours that could be embellished more than I’ve done.  They could have a greeting added to make them into a quick birthday card, or just have an insert added to send somebody a quick note.  These are really easy to cut out and make so ideal when a quick card is needed or for somebody who has manual dexterity problems.)
  4. Horse Greeting Quick Card by Tanya Hall (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the layers.  I prepared a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of deep cream Adorable Scoreable cardstock.  The base image was then stuck directly to the front of the prepared card using fingerlift tape and the other layers were added using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve not put a greeting on yet as I’m not sure what greeting will be required.  Yet another easy to cut out and make card, and the deep brown colouring of the horse and card front means that this is a card that could easily .)
  5. Policeman Dude Large DL by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I prepared a base card by using my Hougie Board to score an A4 sheet of blue Adorable Scorable card-stock top to bottom at the central point and folding in half to make a large DL card.  I attached the base image layer towards the top using fingerlift tape and the blank greetings panel supplied towards the bottom using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I shaped the policeman layer before attaching him to the card from using glue gel.  I’ve left the greeting panel blank for the moment as I don’t know what language or greeting is required, but I’ve tucked the other two greetings inside the card in case they are what is wanted.  This has a bit more intricate cutting that the other four cards in this row, but being quite chunky it isn’t very difficult to cut, but between the arms and body are the most difficult if you’ve got dexterity issues.)

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  1. Horse Shoe pyramage Card by Cassandra Campsall (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I took a sheet of very deep purple Adorable Scorable cardstock and scored and folded it in half before rounding the corners with a punch.  I also rounded the corners of the main panel with the same punch.  I went round both the edge of the base card and the main panel with a gold metalic marker. The main panel was attached to the base card using fingerlift tape and then the layers were built up, attaching each with 1mm deep, double sided foam tape.  I didn’t use the smallest layer. The colour in the photo looks a bit different to how the card looks in reality as the main colour is a really gorgeous purple.  I’ve left the card without a greeting for now as I don’t know which greeting will be required.  Yet another card with lots of straight edge cutting, so easy to make.)
  2. Scruffy ted digi stamp sheet by Stephen Poore and Coffee diamond retro backing sheet by Stephen Poore (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock at a little less than the size it came as.  I then used my Promarkers to colour in the bottom left ted before cutting him out.  The colours I used were: Tie and Patch – Poppy and Ruby; Nose – Cool Grey 4 and Black; Shirt – Powder Blue, Bluebell, Denim Blue, Indigo Blue; Fur – Tan, Cocoa, Henna.  I printed background onto 100gsm good quality paper and trimmed as required.  I created a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of brown Adorable Scorable cardstock and used a corner punch to round the corners before attaching it inside using a roller glue pen.  I took another sheet of Adorable Scorable in a deep cream colour and created a strip to go down the spine of the card, a panel to go behind the ted image and a greetings panel.  I again used my corner rounder punch on the corners of each of these.  I used fingerlift tape to attach the backing panel and spine strip to my card front and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the panel for my ted and a blank greetings panel to the card front.  I decided to go all quirky for this card and put these panels on at a jaunty angle.  I used my fingers to give some shaping to the coloured in ted before attaching to the panel with glue gel.  I then finished off with some swirly corner peel-offs.  I haven’t put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.  With 4 ted images that are not all the same to work with, this sheet gives great value for money, and lots of scope for different cardmaking.  The only remotely intricate thing to cut on this card was cutting out the digital ted image, but this could be cut out with a larger border or with a shaped die to make it easier if needed.)
  3. This is a closeup of the coloured in ted digi stamp.
  4. coffee diamond retro insert by Stephen Poore (This is the insert I put in the ted card.  I printed the insert onto 100gsm good quality paper, trimmed, scored, folded it in half, and stuck it inside the card.)
  5. White Crocus Duo Corner Stacker by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I then used a corner rounder punch to round the corners of both the base image and each of the corner pieces.  I placed the base image onto dark green Adorable Scorable cardstock, trimmed it to leave a small margin and again used the corner rounder punch.  The matted image was then stuck onto a sheet of off white Adorable Scorable card-stock and again trimmed and punched.  My base card was made from an A4 sheet of Ivory Centura Pearl cardstock onto which I attached the matted and layered base image using fingerlift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add three layers each to both corners.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language this will be needed in.  A delicate image that is suitable for many occasions from birthdays to get well, etc., and doesn’t have anything intricate to cut out.)

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  1. Love Birds by Marie Wolman (I took an assortment of elements from this kit into one of my graphics programs and re-sized, flipped, and moved around, until I was happy with the layout as a card front for a Santes Dwynwen card – Santes Dwynwen being the Welsh saint for lovers, similar to the English St Valentine, who’s day is celebrated on January the 25th.  I put second copies of some of the pieces on the other half of my software working area and printed the lot out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  Once printed I cut out the pieces, going round the edges of some of them using a red Promarker.  I created a base card from a very pale green sheet of Adorable Scorable cardstock and then stuck my base image layer to the front of this using fingerlift tape.  I used 1mm deep, double side, foam tape to attach the central greetings panel to the front of the card and then shaped the birds and hearts with my fingers before attaching them using glue gel.)
  2. Ballerina Fairy Duo Corner Stacker 1 by Apetroae Stefan (The base card, blue glitter card layer, and butterfly came from my Blog Bounty from Deborah.  I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  I prepared an A5 base card from a sheet of pearlescent, blue, sheet of cardstock and rounded the corners with a punch.  I wrapped a piece of glittery blue ribbon around this base card by the spine, attaching in place inside using strong tape and covering this up with a white insert.  I stuck the base image onto blue glitter card-stock and trimmed to leave a narrow margin and then layered this matted image onto white Adorable Scorable cardstock, again trimming to leave a small margin.  This matted and layered image was then attached to the front of my card using fingerlift tape.  I then built up the corner stacker layers in order, attaching each in place using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished the card off with a three dimensional, sticky back, butterfly.  I’ve left a little room at the bottom to put a greeting once I know what greeting, and in which language, will be needed.  An absolutely gorgeous image and no difficult cutting out.)
  3. Chocolate box jacket card blank 2 by Stephen Poore and  Coffee diamond retro backing sheet by Stephen Poore (I printed the jacket sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock, and printed the background onto 100gsm good quality paper.  I trimmed and scored the card and folded it into its correct shape.  I took a panel of the background as an insert, using the edge of a bottle and drawing round as a “neckline” before cutting it out and edging the backing with a black Promarker.  The background panel was then used as an insert for the card, attaching with fingerlift tape inside only the left gatefold side. These “jacket” cards make a different looking gatefold card suitable for a man – especially useful if you don’t know what a man’s hobbies are but know he’s not into drink or sports, or when you need a card quickly without any intricate cutting.)
  4. Lovely Horses Head by Ceredwyn Macrae (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the main card front and one layer of the horses head.  I’ve cut the strip of greetings out but haven’t cut them individually yet as I don’t know what greeting will be needed on the card in the end.  I attached the card front to an A5 base card in a very pale fawn colour using fingerlift tape.  I then shaped the bow and the horse’s head and attached them using glue gel. There was another layer of the horse’s head included on the sheet but I decided that, in view of the fact that the horse’s head wasn’t the simplest to cut out and my hands were playing up, I’d only use one layer on this card.  A really lovely image of a horse’s head that’s sure to be appreciated by a horse lover.)

Other than the cutting files I’ve got a few more pieces cut out by hand ready to make cards – and I was keeping the pieces for every card separate – unfortunately I managed to up-end the tray I had them on in separate bundles and landed up with a jumbled mess, and I’m not even sure that I’ve picked the lot up off the floor by my bed yet.  I guess I’ll find out if any are still missing when I come to make up the cards.

KNITTING:

In my last post I showed you the start of a pair of Fingerless Gloves I’d started knitting on one of my circular knitting looms.  Well I’ve finished the first glove now, and it fits me well.  I’ve now started on the second glove.

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  1. One fingerless glove finished – one more to go!  I do need to sew in the yarn end to hide it though.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

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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, 11th January – Here! – There are a lot of snippets of news, including a reminder of the dates when each category of CUP Crafter can vote for the Designer of the Year, but the majority of the mailer is given over to a showcase of the designs that are to be found on the free CD-ROM that CUP send out to every customer who buys £10 worth of items during the week.  And it isn’t just a Freebie CD-ROM either – there are a few other items in the freebie package that’s sent out.
  • Monday, 14th January – Here! – The main showcase in this mailer is designs from the Platinum Designers on CUP who’ve sold over 10,000 items on CUP.  Of course there’s also the usual – New From, Exclusive Designer Spotlight, Card Maker Spotlight, CUP Latest News, etc.
  • Wednesday, 16th January – Here! – In addition to all the usual sections this mailer is Showcasing work by Elite and Titanium CUP Designers.
  • Friday, 18th January – Here! – Want to see some of what’s on this week’s Free CD-ROM that’s sent out, with a few other bits and bobs, to every customer who buys £10 or more in a single order via CUP – you can see the designs from the CD and much more in this mailer.

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.

Designer of the Year Competition – The top three in the CUP Designer of the Year Competition for 2012 was announced in the mailer on Friday.  The winner was Sandie Burchell with 490 votes, 2nd was Carol Clarke with 342 votes, and 3rd was Tina Fitch with 336 votes.  All three are excellent designers but their designs are totally different to each other, and so nice to see a designer who specialises in cutting file designs being recognised.  Congratulations to all three of you.

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

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.)

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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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Jan 102013
 

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

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It’s the 2nd week of January already – how did those 10 days go so quickly? I’m still feeling the effects of rushing to prepare for Christmas and the New Year, as well as a few added stresses that life throws at a person at times, so I’ve only managed a bit of crafting since my last post.  But before I show you my latest hand crafted items:

– for anybody who’s interested in colouring in, either stamps or digi-stamps, Letraset Flexmarker220×102currently have a sale on some items, such as some packs of 12 Flexmarkers for half price – meaning that each pen comes in at under a £1.  Now that’s good value for such good alcohol marker pens.

They also have some packs of 6 Flexmarkers at half price.

PromarkerThey’ve also got two new combination sets of Skin Tones in Promarkers that you may be interested in.  One appears to be for fairer skin tones and one darker, though I think the darker one would be great for teddies, etc., fur.

I was especially interested to read that there are new Flexmarker colours available, some of which are not available in Promarkers.  I’ve just downloaded the new Colour Chart to have a look and see what I’ve got already and which of the new ones will fill in gaps in my colours.  I do try to have individual colours in either Promarkers or Flexmarkers but not in both and have a spread of colours rather than a bunch of pens in the same general colours.  Of course, you can see all the colours available on the Letraset site – here.

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BLOG BOUNTY:

Last weekend I was lucky enough to win some crafting goodies on the blog “Dots Dashes Doodles & Dreams” run by Deborah – and today they arrived!  Lots of gorgeous cardstock, ribbons, and other crafty goodies.  I’ve already had some ideas of cards to make with them, so keep an eye out in future blog posts for pictures of completed items.  Here are pictures of what arrived:

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  1. All neat and tidy in a cello bag, as they dropped out of the padded envelope.
  2. Emptied out of the cello bag.
  3. An assortment of papers – I think the one on the top will be great to make cards for my youngest nephews to give to their friends.  They are forever stopping off here on the way to friends parties to grab a card from my ready made stash.
  4. I flicked through the pack and saw the sheet on top here. You may remember that in my last post I said “One nephew has also requested a wooden box, similar to the ones we’ve painted up together to give to other family members, as a birthday gift next month to keep his special things in” – in other words his own personal “treasure chest”.  The same nephew also has a quilt with images of pirates and chests on the top that he brings over with him when he stays here.  So I’m thinking that this sheet would make a lovely card to give him on his birthday, with the box (which he’s requested a picture of a horse painted on).

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  1. A lovely assortment of ribbons with different textures and finishes.
  2. Embellishments that include sticky back butterflies and gems.
  3. A bundle of A4 cardstock – absolutely gorgeous!  They include ones with – foiling, glitter, pearlescent and textured card-stock. With some of the sheets the word “Bookatrix” came to mind immediately as I think the opulent colours and foiling will work well with that style of card.

Keep an eye out in future posts for cards made using some of this gorgeous bounty.

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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.)

From designs I’ve put together in a graphics program and then made cards with after printing out, to cards made with a digi-stamp as a focal point, there’s just a small assortment of cards this time.

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  1. Mandrin Duck Male by Nikola Middlemast and Male Man Paper Pack 1 – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took this photo of the Mandarin Duck, together with several of the backgrounds, into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, cropped, etc., until I had a layout I liked suitable for an 8″ square card.  I then made a couple of pyramage layers for the central duck image.  I printed the resulting design onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut the base image and two layers out.  I prepared an 8″ square card from an A4 sheet of iridescent bronze card-stock and an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock for the back of the card.  The base layer was stuck directly to the front of this prepared card and the two layers were put on using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  2. Ice Skating Girls 4 Bob by Angela Wenke (I printed the sheet out at a much smaller size than given, onto Super Smooth cardstock.  I then coloured her in using my Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  The colours I used were:   Hair – Lemon Chiffon, Gold, Honeycomb, Burnt Orange; Dress and Boots – Egyptian Blue, Sapphire, Cadet Blue, Celestial Blue with a metallic Blue pen going round the bottom edge of dress and top of boots; Eyes – Powder Blue, Denim Blue, Cool Grey 3 and 5, Black; Skin and Lips – Ivory, Blush, Sandstone, Peach, Satin.  Then I cut her out.  I took a white card that I’d bought in cut in the fancy shape and went around the edge with the Sapphire colour I used in the image.  I die cut the flowers using the new Tonic large flower dies, greetings panel and a couple of panels to put behind the ice skater using Spellbinders dies – the panel beneath her feet is from silver mirror card to represent ice and match the other silver items on the card but looks more gold, probably because it was reflecting the brown clothes I was wearing when the picture was taken.  I tipped the petals of the flowers with the same blue pen I’d used before as well.  I then used glue gel to put everything together.)
  3. Closeup of coloured in digi.
  4. Closeup of die-cut flowers.

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  1. Windmills by Tom Curtis and Soft & Subtle Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took one of the windmills photos, together with one of the backgrounds, into one of my graphics programs and re-sized, reshaped, and moved around until I was happy with the layout for the front of an A5 card.  I then took a couple of copies of the windmill image and made an extra layer of the whole image and an oval layer over the windmill and put on the other side of my working area.  The resulting design was then printed onto Crafty Bob paper and cut out.  I prepared an A5 base card from a sheet of Bazzill cardstock from the Neutrals selection and stuck the base card front image directly to this using roller glue tape.  The extra layer and oval layer were stuck on using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I’ve left the greetings panel empty for the moment as I don’t know what language the greeting will be required in.)
  2. 12 Summer Shades Green & Orange by June Young (Three sheets of the backgrounds were printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  The main card base and the the two layers were cut out using the one shape of Grand Nestabilities I own.  For the main card the printed out sheet was folded in half and the die layed just over the edge on the left hand side to leave a spine on the card.  The second, yellow, layer is cut using the larger size and then folded in half to make a second folded card tied with the ribbon for a secret message to be included on the card front. While cutting out the nesting layers out of the three sheets I also put some small flower and leaf dies around the edges to make the matching embellishments, and a small label to make a greetings tag.  I went round these embellishments with a gold metallic marker to emphasise their edges.  I then used fingerlift tape and glue gel to put my card together, adding sticky back black gems to the centre of the flowers to finish off.)

You’ll notice that, other than the cutting out around the ice skater, there’s not any intricate cutting involved in making these cards, or the notebook below.  The intricate shapes were either cards pre-bought with a decorative edge or cut with dies, and the toppers I designed myself from Designer’s Resources were created to have straight edged or rounded edges for cutting and no intricate cutting.

NOTEBOOK:

A notebook I made for myself so that I can tick off rows and keep track of my latest knitting project.

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  1. Spring Flowers and Lace matching Vellum by Carol Clarke and Spring Flowers and Lace matching Vellum by Carol Clarke (For this notebook cover I printed out the two different Spring Flowers and Lace matching vellums, which are in the same colour fading shade but different small pattern, onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock.  Using the cheap, “shopping list”, notebook I wanted to cover as a guidance I used my Hougie Board and scored the lines I needed and then cut panels out so that I had an overall, book style, cover, as well as a piece to stick ot the front cover of the notebook and a pocket inside the front of the cover to pop things into, using left over bits as paper ribbons and panels for decoration.  I finished off by putting a ball point pen with the notebook and putting three flowers and a leaf, which I’d die cut the same time as making the last card above, on the front using glue gel.)
  2. Inside the notebook cover, showing that the notebook inside has also been covered.
  3. A different angle of the inside showing the little pocket with a flap that comes over and tucks in that can be used to store little things – I’m going to keep the bands off the yarn balls I’m currently working with inside this pocket because I’m going to use the notebook to keep a record of rows I’m knitting and ticking off as I complete each row.

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JEWELLERY:

Having made several pieces of jewellery and watch straps for various family members and friends as Christmas gifts, I decided last week to make one for myself.  I don’t have a lot of clothes with blue in them, but do have a small number, and I realised I didn’t have any jewellery in any blue tone, so I decided to go for blue for this watch.  Despite being sparkly it is still “neutral” enough to be warn with other colours, such as black clothes, so I’m quite pleased with it.

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  1. This is made with a Royal Blue watch face with a sparkle edge, two different sizes of “shamballa” balls – 2 x 10mm and 4 x 8mm, a slider bead, and two glass crystal beads at the end.  All tied together with blue rattail cord in two diameters – 1mm for the central cord and 1.5mm for the knotting.
  2. A closeup of watch face and some of the knotting and beads.

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KNITTING:

In my last post I told you that my nephews and their parents gave me some bright orange wool for Christmas.  I decided to use it with a paler shade of yellow wool to make me some fingerless gloves.  This is how far I’ve got.

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  1. These are the orange yarn I had as a Christmas gift and the yellow yarn from my stash.  The colour shade looks different in each of the pictures I’ve taken, due to the clouds and different light coming in each time I think, so I’m going to try scanning a piece of each (if I remember) to give a more accurate indication of colour.
  2. These are the two yarn straps (you’ll notice that I’ve already put my notebook to use and have just pulled open the pocket cover and taken them out for this photo).  I’ll need to open the yarn straps out and scan them in to keep a record of the yarn content and washing instructions at some point.
  3. I’m using the smallest of my circular knitting looms to make these Fingerless Gloves on.  Knitting both yarns together, rather than as stripes, to make them thick and toasty warm.  You’ll see that I’ve got a small notch appearing in the knitted piece between the two lower pegs – this is where I’ve started knitting back and fore to leave a gap for the thumb, rather than the knitting in the round that I’ve done for round the wrist area.
  4. This is the loom upside down, showing the knitted piece as it comes out.  I knitted 20 rows of rib stitch first, then caught the bottom, cast on, stitches up onto the pegs before starting the next pattern, so that the ribbed area is double thickness and around 10 rows in length. I’ve chosen to do the main part of the gloves in moss stitch.  Once I learnt the technique of creating a pearl stitch as well as the hooking over knit stitch I was able to progress to rib and moss stitch.

Once I finish these off I’ve got an order for a jumper, skirt and coat for one of my nephews teddies.  Now those will require a bit of a think about how to do the quickest and easiest.  My main aim this year is to learn to do a few more pattern effects when knitting on looms or knitting boards.  Perhaps I’ll just go for a basket weave look next time.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

I’m having a bit of a SALE! in my shop on craftybob.com.

Bracelet 17 01hoodedscarf 01 14With anything from just a few pennies off the smaller/cheaper items to several pounds off some of the more expensive items, you’ll find that over half the items in my shop have a discounted price showing.  From Shamballa style bracelets to really snuggly warm scarves, with some other jewellery and hand crafted cards thrown in, you’ll find lots of items going for cheaper prices – for the next 7 days only! Bracelet 19 03

Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.

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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, 7th January – Here! – There are a lot of lovely designs being showcased, and it looks like the race is on now to make Valentine’s cards.
  • Wednesday, 9th January – Here! – Once again there are a lot of beautiful designs, including some new ideas, being showcased.

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.

Designer of the Year Competition – As you’ll have read in the last mailer – voting has started for the CUP Designer of the Year Competition, with a trophy up for grabs for the favourite designer as voted for by craftsUprint Registered Crafters.  CUP Registered Crafters are those people who buy designs via craftsUprint and then go on to upload photos of the handcrafted items they’ve made using those designs back up to the CUP website, and so hopefully inspire other customers and encourage them to also buy the design.  As a Gold level CUP crafter the date given for me to vote will be the 14th.  I’ll have to give it a lot of thought I think. I’m not quite sure yet who I’ll have to choose from as crafters are given a list of their top 20 Designers who they have purchased from and can award points to 5 of those. As you will have realised, as a Gold level crafter, I’ve bought a lot of designs via CUP, from a lot of different designers.  Some more “bread and butter” designs and some more intricate and extravagant.  But I’ll have to wait until I see which are the 20 designers I’ve bought most from before I can decide who to vote for.

On looking at the Crafters page on CUP I see that there are currently over 600 CUP Registered Crafters, so that’s a lot of people eligible to vote.  I hope that the vast majority do vote, and give consideration to the designers who’ve designed stunning cards, not just give points to the ones they’ve bought most from because some designers have uploaded more designs and variations of designs.  There are now over 280 designers on CUP, according to the Designers page on CUP, but, of course, many of those will be new designers without many sales or many designs uploaded so won’t make it onto crafters to 20 lists, but I’m sure that there will be many different designers who are favourites with different people.

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

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.)

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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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Jan 052013
 

Thank You – for popping over to have a look at my blog.
I hope you enjoy looking at what I’ve got to show you this time,

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Thank you to everybody who’s left such lovely comments on my last few posts both compliments on my crafting work and wishing me well for the New Year.

I’ve done a bit of crafting since the 1st of the year, some finished which I’m showing you in this blog post, and some are works in progress which I hope to finish in the next few days and show you in a future post.

My nephews and their parents gave me some bright orange wool (colour chosen by a nephew) for Christmas, so I’m currently knitting some fingerless gloves with that.  And my mother has seen the colour and asked for a bit to knit a carrot.  A pattern for a little one she’s seen in a magazine I believe.  So that should be interesting! I’ll show you my work in progress in a future post.  One nephew has also requested a wooden box, similar to the ones we’ve painted up together to give to other family members, as a birthday gift next month to keep his special things in.  So I’ve got one of those on order and that will be another project to show you in a future post.

While making the cards I’ve made so far this year, and planning out in my head what I’m going to work on during the next few weeks, I was thinking how lucky I’d been in getting the crafting equipment I got last year, and what things I’d like to get this year, both the “I’d like” and the “I’d like and may actually manage to save up and get”.

Last year I started the year by upgrading from my CraftROBO to my Silhouette Cameo – a bit of saving ahead of time, Christmas money, and Flexi Pay, made that possible a year ago.  It really is a fantastic machine.  Then, mid-year, I decided that I would like a manual machine for embossing – so more saving and birthday money and I got a “Joy”.  I also picked up some embossing folders which I hope to use more of during this year, and a small number of dies while on offer or on sales from various suppliers.  Until I find some more dies at bargain prices I’m afraid you’ll notice the same die-cut shapes appearing again and again in my work, but I’m not worried about that because I got my “Joy” mostly for embossing, not die-cutting. I definitely still think that my Silhouette Cameo, and my CraftROBO before that, was the best choice for cutting – the flexibility of creating my own shapes as well as buying in designs from sites such as craftsUprint makes the initial cost worth every penny.  And of course any designs can be re-sized and cut out in any size up to the maximum the cardstock being used will allow, which isn’t an option with dies. I’ve been tempted by a few more cutting files from CUP when there was a discount code the end of Decmber, so I’ll need to get my Cameo out before long and have a nice day of cutting out – so I’m sure you’ll see some more cutting file creations appear in my blog during the next week or so.

So for this year I’m thinking “I’d like” some form of hot foiling machine.  Then there’s also that machine that allows crafters to make their own stamps using pouches of some sort of gel stuff and an UV light box – this I’m thinking of to allow me to make stamps with Welsh wording on.  Then I need a new beading board for laying out necklaces on, as I managed to brake the one I had in half by putting a bag of something against it and it bent and snapped.  There are some gaps of colours in my Promarker and Flexmarker collection, so perhaps some more of those (I may even need to get some more of a few of the colours I use the most if they start to run out as well). And I’m sure that there will be lots of new “must have” products coming out during the year.  I’m sure that there will be new techniques and ideas to try out during the year.

But in the meantime – here are what I’ve made so far this year –

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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.)

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  1. Standing Horse Stamp by Janette Padley and Cream Plaid Paper by Susan Heanes (I printed the digital stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock at much smaller than the size it came at.  I then coloured it in using four shades of brown ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Henna, Cocoa, Cinnamon and Shale.  After that I cut it out using a die, making the tail go “outside the box”.  I printed out background onto the same type of cardstock, cut out a panel from it, rounded the corners with a punch, and then put it through my manual embossing machine in a wood effect embossing folder.  After that I used the open edge of a scissors to roughen up the edges.  To construct the card I used an A5 white base card that came pre-cut with a large deckle edge.  Around this I wrapped a sheet of gold pearlescent vellum.  The embossed background panel was stuck to this.  I cut two panels with different sized dies from the same set (labels 25 I think), one out of brown pearlescent card-stock and one out of gold, linen effect, cardstock.  These were put behind the coloured in digi panel.  I then just added three little die cut flowers, left over from another project I’m currently working on, at the bottom of the die-cut panels.  The most intricate thing about this card was the colouring in, which I took my time over one evening, so not a difficult card to make.)
  2. Ice Skating Boys by Angela Wenke (I printed this digital stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a much smaller size than it comes.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: Hair and Eyes – Cool Grey 2, 4, 5, black; Eyes – Grass, Forest Green, Twilight Sky; Skin and lips – Ivory, Satin, Blush, Pink Mittens; Clothes and Boots – FlexMarkers – Egyptian Blue, Sapphire, Cadet Blue, Clestial Blue; Skates – Cool Grey 2 and 4; Outline Shadow – Cool Grey 2.  After colouring in I used a die to cut it out, and used a slightly larger die to cut out a silver holographic paper panel.  I took a white square card with a decorative border and stuck two panels embossed with a snowflake design to the front – one from linen textured silver cardstock and one from Centura Pearl.  Onto this I stuck the holographic panel and then stuck the panel with the coloured digital stamp on top of that. As the cutting out was either straight edge panels or with a die there wasn’t anything really difficult about making this card.)
  3. Tartans for Christmas by Carol James and Steam Locomotives in Yorkshire by Tom Curtis (I took one of the steam trains, together with two of the tartan backgrounds, into one of my graphics packages.  I made the background for the card, with a greeting panel, from the two backgrounds, making it at around half an A4 size.  I then put on the train and re-sized to fit, giving it a bit of a frame.  I then took two copies of the train photo and created two layers of decoupage from them, putting these on the other side of the A4 working area.  I printed the resulting sheet out onto Crafty Bob paper.  I prepared the base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of black cardstock.  I cut out the sheet I’d printed out and stuck the layers onto my card, sticking the base layer directly to the card with a roller glue tape and using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape for the layers of the train image.  A bit of ins and outs cutting out around the tree line and top of the train, but nothing very intricate – I made sure to set up the layers as reasonably easy to cut – so again this wasn’t a very difficult card to make.)
  4. Peacock by Tom Curtis and Soft & Subtle Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took the peacock photo, together with one background from pack, into one of my graphics programs.  I copied a small area from the bottom of the peacocks throat and tiled and re-sized it to create the ribbon, frame and greetings panel for my A5 card front.  After moving and resizing things until I was happy with the layout I took copies of the peacock photo and created two oval pyramage layers which I placed on the other side of the A4 working area for printing.  I printed the resulting design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and then cut everything out.  My base card was created by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of silver mirror cardstock.  I stuck the base card front layer directly to the front of this using a glue tape runner pen and then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the oval layers.  I put the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” on this card  – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – but as I put the design together I can change this to any greeting required before printing out again.  A lovely image with a stunning capture of the colours around the peacock’s head, and an easy card to cut out and put together while still having some dimension.)

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  1. Ice Skating Girls Curly 2 by Angela Wenke (I printed the digital stamp out onto Super Smooth white cardstock at much smaller than the size given.  I then coloured her in using my FlexMarkers and ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Eyes – Celestial Blue, Cool Grey 1, and 4, Black; Lips – Watermelon, Tea Rose; Hair – Lemon Chiffon, Aniseed, Cappuccino; Skin – Satin, March Hare, Blush, with the addition of Tan for her legs; Clothes and boots – Soft Mauve, Lilac, Bluebell.  After colouring I cut her out using a die using an out of the frame technique so that her ice skates go outside the die.  I used a one size larger die to cut out a layer to go behind out of holographic silver paper.  For this card I simply took a pre-prepared, scalloped edge, square black card and stuck the holographic and digital image layer on top slightly offset.   The most fiddly bit of making this card was cutting around her two skates so that they could be lifted above the die before die-cutting so that they were “outside the box”.)
  2. Grape Juice Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and Swirly Gold and Gem Corners by Tracy Therrien (I took three backgrounds, together with one corner, into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, copied, moved, etc., until I was happy with the layout, creating a card front of around 7″ square.  I then printed this out onto Matt Crafty Bob paper.  I took a pre-cut 8″ square card with a fancy edge and went round the edges with a gold metalic marker.  I stuck the card front directly to this prepared base card.  The greting I used on this card is “Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” – which is Welsh for “Happy New Year”, but because I made up the design myself I can easily change this before printing again if I want another greeting on any future card made with this design.  These papers are gorgeous, with a really rich colour, and as I made it as a completely flat card front topper there was no intricate cutting involved, though i could make the different panels as different layers in the future if I wanted to.)
  3. Young Girl by Karen Wyeth and 12 Summer Shades Green & Orange by June Young (I printed the digi image out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock at smaller than the given size and then coloured her in with my Promarkers and Flexmarkers.  The colours I used were:  Hair – Lemon Chiffon, Aniseed, Cappuccino; Bunch of Flowers – Muted Pink, Rose Peach, Meadow Green, Leaf Green; Wrapping Round Flowers – Wild Orchid, Plumb; Skin – Ivory, Satin, Blush; Sorbet; Dress and Bow in Hair – Lemon Chiffon, Aniseed, Eggnog, Tulip Yellow, Gold.  After this I cut her out close to the outline.  I Printed out two sheets from the background kit onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock (the same cardstock I’d printed the digi onto) and used my Grand nestabilities dies to cut out the base layer and one mat from the backgrounds, also cutting some flowers with some small dies from around the edge of the card-stock outside the nestability shape.  I also cut a white shape from a slightly smaller die from the nestabilities set.  I gently shaped the coloured in digi and used glue gel to attach her to the white mat, then layered this directly onto the yellow mat using fingerlift tape.  This matted image was then attached to the front of the card I’d made using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off by putting one of the flowers I’d cut out on her hair where the bow is, and just dotting three more at the edge of the card.  As I decided to cut this out to the edge of the digi it was a bit more fiddly than the rest of these cards, but the shape isn’t too intricate.)

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BOX:

Just one box to show you this time, and it is actually one I worked on with the youngest nephews months ago, but forgot to photograph.  It was only after we’d given it to one of my sisters for Christmas that I realised that I didn’t have any photos of this or the similar one given to my other sister (I actually wanted to show a picture to my sister-in-law as she’s been given a plain box so that she can paint and decorate herself with the boys – she’s a good artist – and then I realised that there wasn’t a picture in my folder to show her). I therefore E-mailed my sister and asked her if she could photograph the box she’d received and sent me photos – and what she sent can be seen below.

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I’ll have to see if I can get somebody to photograph the box given to my other sister at some point and E-mail me photos of that as well.

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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, 2nd January – Here! – You can see a showcase of some designs by Elite Designers who’ve sold 100,000 designs on CUP, as well as designs by CUP’s Titanium Designers.  Mary MacBean has designed some new pop-up designs, Sandie Burchell has some new 3 Panel Mini Kits, and lots more news from CUP land.
  • Friday, 4th January – Here! – Woops!  can’t find the link to the online version of this mailer at the moment.  Hopefully it will appear at some point.

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.

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

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.)

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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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Jan 032013
 

In previous posts I told you about the craftsUprint December Card Making Competition, and said that I’d show you my entry after the voting was finished and the winner announced.

 Well – here’s my entry:

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My card finished off in 19th position out of 36 entries from around the world.  The winner was Anna Stretton, with Denise Murray coming second.  Both cards were gorgeous.  Congratulations ladies.

At the moment the entries and the final votes totals can be seen by clicking – here.

This is how I made the card:

Digital Designs I Used Were:  Christmas nativity digital stamp craft sheet by Claire Keay and Stars Backing Paper in Purple by Katy Kinsey

I printed the digi stamp out onto Super Smooth card at a smaller size than given, and coloured it in using Promarkers.  The colours I used were: Skin – Satin & Vanilla; Straw and wise man’s gift and crown; Buttercup, Summer Sun, Gold; Manger, sheperd’s crooks and some clothes – Tan, Cinnamon, Cocoa; Clothes – Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Denim Blue, Cyan, Bright Orange, Berry Red, Apple Cider, Pear Green, Orchid and also Imperial Purple and Wild Orchid Flexmarkers.  I also printed out the background onto the same type of cardstock. After colouring in the digi stamp I scored around the edge where I wanted to cut, then went over this score line with a Tan Promarker before quickly tearing it, using the scoreline as a guide.  This image was matted onto a sheet of brown iridescent card-stock and then layered onto linen textured gold cardstock.  For each of these layers I used a paper punch to round all the corners.  I cut a panel out of the background and matted this onto the same type of gold card-stock.  I also took a greeting panel from my crafting stash and matted and layered this onto the same two cardstocks as the digi stamp.  Again I used the corner rounder punch on each layer.  I took an 8″ square white base card with a decorative edge and went around the edge with a gold metallic marker.  I then stuck on my matted background panel, digi, and greetings panels to the front, using 1mm and 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I added some holly, bells and bow embellishments from my crafting stash to finish the card off, sticking them in place with glue gel.)

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CUP UPDATE:  

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.

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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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Jan 012013
 

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Happy New Year
to all my family, friends, and online friends, whether near or far, wherever you are in the world.
Gobeithio bydd 2013 y flwyddyn orau erioed i chi.
I hope 2013 will be the best year ever for you.

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I know that many of you are suffering from various illnesses and disabilities at the moment – some with temporary health problems and some with permanent conditions.  I hope that those of you who have temporary health issues get well quickly, and that those of you with permanent health and disability issues find ways of managing and controlling your conditions, aches and pains, and so have a better quality of life in 2013.

This “Blwyddyn Newydd Dda” card (Welsh for “Happy New Year”) was made using the backgrounds from Grape Juice Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and a corner from Swirly Gold and Gem Corners by Tracy Therrien.