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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.
(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.
- 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.)
- This is the same keepsake as previously, but with the wrap off and partially open.
- The same keepsake as above completely open – isn’t it gorgeous?!
- 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. )
- 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.)
- 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.)
- The same keepsake box as above, but with the lid taken off.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- The same pocket card but flipped over to the other side.
- The same pocket card but opened out to show the internal pocket.
- 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.
Have a look – here – at my whole shop “Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts 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:
- 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.
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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