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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.
(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.)
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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 .)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- This is a closeup of the coloured in ted digi stamp.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.
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.
- One fingerless glove finished – one more to go! I do need to sew in the yarn end to hide it though.
Have a look – here – at my whole shop on craftybob.com.
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.
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
You can see the cards Ive made using design sheets from CUP in my Crafter Showcase Area on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
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