Feb 282013
 

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

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If you are on Facebook, and if you like the digital stamps I’ve used in the past that were drawn by Janette Padley (who’s the designer at “Dragons Lair Designs”) – you might be interested in joining the group “Stamping Dragon Designs”.  Click – here – to go to the group and click to request to ask to be allowed to join.  I’ve got one or two more of her digital stamps printed out now, ready for me to colour in, so keep an eye out on my future blog posts for some more of her designs.

My leg, that was badly bruised when I fell, has gone all sorts of interesting colours, but at least the colours are beginning to fade and the swelling has gone down.  Nowhere near comfortable enough to have my lap-tray across it for hours a day yet, so I’ve not done a lot of crafting or computer work the last few days.  What I have managed to do is start to put together some of the cards from items from my last big cutting session with my Silhouette Cameo, and also do some photographing of the construction of another type of paper, so keep an eye out for this being added to my  “Making Paper Flowers” page over the next few days.

If any of you ever click on the link to my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com that appears at the bottom of most of my blog posts you’ll have seen the number of designs I’ve got photos of finished items uploaded against slowly creeping up.  I’ve now passed the 1,300 mark, so have less than 700 cards left to make to upgrade from a Gold to a Platinum Crafter. I don’t expect to make the leap up this year, but every 100 cards I mark off gets me closer to the Platinum level.

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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.)

1cup222855_597 - card03 - Decorative Edge Card Blank 1 - Studio  2cup397144_1415 - card03 - Pair of Cars MTC_SCAL_STUDIO_SVG_WPC  3cup401469_1443 - card01 - Designer Resource 4 Birds in Flight  4cup397525_1415 - card02 - Lattice Card A MTC_SCAL_STUDIO_SVG_WPC

  1. Cowboy’s job digital stamp by Lynne Crosskill, Decorative Edge Card Blank 1 – Studio by Anne Huxter and Mat & Wrap 4…..SVG by Tina Fitch (I wanted to make a card with texture and interest, but not a lot of dimension, so I cut the wrap out of  Bazzill Basics 12×12 Bling cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also cut out a base card with a decorative edge out of a cream, linen textured, 250gsm cardstock.  I decided to make a landscape card so the wrap was placed over the top edge of the card and I added a white peel-off to the top border.  I printed the digi-stamp at a much smaller size than supplied onto  300gsm, Super Smooth, white card-stock, coloured it in using my ProMarkers, and then die-cut it with a Spellbinders die.  The colours I used were: Cool Grey 2, Buttercup, Dusky Pink, Satin, Grey Squirrel, Grass, Marine, Powder Blue, Denim Blue, Bluebell, Shale, Walnut, Chestnut, Cocoa, Cinnamon. I also used a Spellbinders die, this time labels 29, to cut out a blank greetings panel out of a black shade of the same Bazzill card-stock I’d used for the wrap.  I went round the edges of the base card, dig-stamp topper and greetings panel with a Copper metallic marker, and also used the same marker to colour in peel-offs that said “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  I used wet glue to attach everything in place.)
  2. Designer Resource 8 Aged Papers by Gillian Hutchinson and Pair of Cars MTC*SCAL*STUDIO*SVG*WPC by Rae Carr (I selected one of the cars and cut the two layers out of black and brown Bazzill cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I prepared an 8″ square base card out of Ivory Centura Pearl Cardstock.  I then printed out one of the aged papers designs onto 300gsm Super Smooth card-stock and after trimming it to leave a white border of a few mm, I attached it to my base card using finger-lift tape.  I used wet glue to attach the black to the brown layers of the car and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the car to the card front.  I finished off with gold, fine border, peel-offs around the outside and a “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – peel-off towards the bottom right corner of the card. )
  3. Double Oval Aperture Card Template – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris, Designer Resource 4 Birds in Flight by Gillian Hutchinson and 5 CU4CU Fantasy Waterfall Backgrounds by Gillian Hutchinson (I took the template, together with a background, and two birds into one of my graphics programs and re-sized the background to fit within the inner black line on the template.  I then made a second copy of this background and re-sized the two birds and placed them on the second background where the apertures are on the template.  This was made into an insert of the right size for the card.  On the base card itself I used the graphics package’s tools to cut out the two apertures from the applied background.  The base card and the second background insert were printed out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock.  The card front was cut out along the given black lines of the template and the oval apertures were also cut out.  I went around the apertures with a lilac metallic marker to tone with the flowers in the background.  The insert was cut out and stuck inside with wet glue with the picture outermost inside the base card so that the picture lined up exactly and the birds were visible through the apertures. By making the card in this way the card folds completely flat for posting at the cheapest rate, but when standing the insert stands just enough behind the apertures to give the card dimension.)
  4. Lattice Card A MTC*SCAL*STUDIO*SVG*WPC by Rae Carr (I cut the outer card out of a lilac shade of Bazzill Basics 12×12 Bling card-stock and the inner piece out of a lighter shade of 250gsm linen textured cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  After folding each piece I used a narrow strip of red backed tape to attach the insert to the outside card at the spine end.  I then placed two different sizes of pink, holographic, circular peel-offs through the lattice onto the inside card.  I took a pink metallic marker and went round a small panel of waste card from another project, and also used the same metallic marker to go over a peel-off before that was attached to the panel.  The greeting is “Diolch yn Fawr” – which is Welsh for “Thank You Very Much”.  I used some wet glue on the central area of the lattice to attach the greetings panel to it.)

1cup398935_695 - card01 - Laveder cross  2cup397518_1415 - card04 - Diamond Slice Form MTC_SCAL_STUDIO_SVG_WPC  3cup397518_1415 - card01 - Diamond Slice Form MTC_SCAL_STUDIO_SVG_WPC  4cup311343_379 - card01 - Studio Octagon Nesties

  1. Laveder cross by Gail Collins (I printed the design out onto glossy Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  Keeping one strip of three ovals intact, and cutting the three ovals out of the other.  I took an A5 base card made of Adorable Scorable lavender coloured cardstock, attached the card front panel using finger-lift tape and trimmed the base card to match the panel size.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach first the panel of three ovals and then, on top, the three individual ovals.  I took a Red Gold coloured metallic marker and coloured some fine border peel-offs and a “Gyda Chydymdeimlad” greeting – Welsh for “With Sympathy”- and then put three strips of border peel-offs down the card, top to bottom, either side of the panel of three ovals and on the right hand side of the card.  I then used some low tack tape to transfer the greeting to the card front under the main oval.)
  2. Diamond Slice Form MTC*SCAL*STUDIO*SVG*WPC by Rae Carr (I cut out the plain front panel and the decorative “diamond” panels out of a lavender coloured Bazzill cardstock and the back panel and two other panels out of a paler, 250gsm, linen textured card-stock. I used a wet glue to attach the intricate cut patterns to the relevant panels and to attach the front panel to the arms off the back panel. I then put on a peel off greeting – “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – and then put on purple and silver holographic, round, peel-offs as decoration.)
  3. Angled view of same card to show dimension.
  4. Studio Octagon Nesties by Angela Burke and 3D Pentagon Box Card……CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (I separated out the layers in Silhouette Studio and worked out which ones I wanted to use. I made three copies of one of the plain edged octagons, welding two of them together to make a base card and leaving the third as it was. I chose one of the layers with holes in to put on the same mat. All of these were cut out of pink, 250gsm, linen textured card-stock. I cut out another layer, the same size as the main layers but with holes, and cut this out of lavender cardstock. I scored the base card with  my Hougie Board to make an easel card, attaching the largest layer to the front, bottom, half with wet glue. The largest of the layers with holes was then attached directly to this with wet glue and the other layer with holes was attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I decorated the card with some flowers that I’d cut out as spares when making an earlier project – the decorated Pentagon Box, plus some leaves.)

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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, 27th February – Here! – This time CUP are showcasing some designs by their Elite and Titanium Designers.  There’s a “Hot From The Mouse” feature, the latest “CUP TV” episode, more lovely designs and lots of “CUP Latest News”.

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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Feb 262013
 

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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Well – my web space service provider is going to “migrate” my Blog to a new version “to keep pace with all new technical and security-related requirements”.  They say “The migration of your blog takes places automatically between 1/3/2013 and 1/4/2013.”  At some point during that month my blog “will be offline for a maximum of two hours during the actual migration”.  Oh, I hate it when things get moved around, even if the move does go according to plan and everything does get migrated automatically to the new location.  There will be the issue of getting to grips with new control panel, new “content management system”, and new ways of uploading.  So if you find my site offline during that period you’ll know what’s happening, and if you come looking and find an empty blog you’ll know that the “automatic migration” wasn’t quite as good as promised.

On a brighter note – If any of you want a 20% discount on designs to add to your digital library then read to the bottom of this blog post.  I do like a good discount!

I haven’t finished making any cards since my last blog post, although I’ve got several at the half way stage.  What I have been working on are a couple of information/tutorial pages, plus some knitting.  Hope you like the little bits I’ve got to show you this time.

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MAKING PAPER FLOWERS:

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I make a lot of different types of paper flowers, from lots of different papers and cardstocks, so I thought I’d start keeping a record of some of the types I make, both for my future reference and for anybody else who’s interested in seeing how I make some of my embellishments.

I’ve just put details of one flower type up so far, but I hope to build on this in the future, and I hope you’ll pop back for a look again at some point.  I’ll try to remember to make a note in my blog posts any time I update my “Making Paper Flowers” page.

You can see my “Making Paper Flowers” page – Here!
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COLOURING IN:

SingleProMarkersGroup_webI’ve made my page on colouring in using ProMarkers and FlexMarkers another page outside this blog post.  It is a work in progress, without much content at the moment,  and will probably evolve a lot over time, but I hope you’ve got time to pop over for a look and leave me a comment on this post to let me know what you think of it so far.

You can see my “Colouring In Digi Stamps” page – Here!
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KNITTING:

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that I’d been requested to knit a tail warmer and a cardigan for a nephew’s stuffed toy – RaRa the Lion.  Thankfully, by the time I’d got towards the end he’d decided it was to be a cardigan without any arms, as lions don’t have arms they have legs, and legs get dirty in the mud so having arms on the cardigan wouldn’t be very good – or some such logic – so what RaRa has landed up with is basically a waistcoat.

Like Blocwend’s skirt and jumper that I showed you in a previous post, this garment was also knitted using two yarns from my stash of Stylecraft yarn, but this time in two shades of blue.  The pieces were knit on the same size circular knitting loom as well (one size up from the smallest), but this time I turned around after knitting the required number of stitches and knitted backwards so that I made a flat piece, rather than knitting in the round.

1Wascod RaRa y Llew 02  2Wascod RaRa y Llew 03  3Wascod RaRa y Llew 05  4Wascod RaRa y Llew 04  5Botymau Wascod RaRa

  1. One “Tail Warmer” – as the toy lion has a tuft at the end of his tail he didn’t require a “tail warmer” that completely covered the end of the tail – only covering the bit of his tail without the tuft.
  2. To make sure that the “tail warmer” doesn’t fall off and get lost I knitted a narrow ribbon on from the “tail warmer” after casting off most of the stitches, and then cast on the full amount of stitches to knit the back of the waistcoat.
  3. This is what the front of the waistcoat looked like after knitting and sewing on the two front sides to create the garment.
  4. RaRa wareing the waistcoat after constructing the garment, but before the buttons were chosen.
  5. My nephew then raided his grandmother’s button box to find the buttons he thought that RaRa would like best – and chose 4 large ornate ones.  This is a photo he took after I’d finished sewing on the buttons and putting on a crocheted loop fastening on the other side.

I’ve now started knitting my latest requested project – a warm, knitted, coat for Blocwend.  I’m using the 3rd size up of circular knitting loom for this, again turning at the end of every row so I’m not knitting in the round.  This time it is being knitted in two shades of green.  The bottom part of the coat is in satin stitch and the top in moss.  Let’s hope it fits Blocwend over her skirt and jumper when it’s complete.  Keep an eye out for pictures in future posts.

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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:

  • Friday, 22nd February – Here! – as well as a showcase of some of the designs that appear on the free CD-ROM Volume 34, this mailer also has a showcase of some of the best selling designs on CUP this week.  So have a look to see whats catching people’s eyes and making them part with their hard earned pennies this week.
  • Monday, 24th February – Here! – There’s a showcase of some of the designs from CUP Platinum Sellers in this mailer.  These are designers who sell via CUP who’ve sold over 10,000 items via the site.  The designer Ann-Marie Vaux has a new CUP TV episode out – would you believe it that this is the 153rd episode of CUP TV.  Plus news from CUPers from around the world.

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 –  Go to the craftsUprint website, choose designs you like (or empty your “Wish List” if you’ve got designs already chosen), go to check out and then – Simply type the word ‘SPRING’ into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value!  Please note – Discount Code Offer Ends on 1st March 2013.

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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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Mostly Colouring In Digi Stamps

 Posted by at 09:37 pm
Feb 202013
 

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’d like to apologize to my online crafter blogging buddies for not being around quite so many as usual of your posts of late.  Since I had my fall some ten days ago my leg has been so bruised that it’s been totally uncomfortable for me to have my laptop on my lap-tray across my lap resting on both knees while sat in bed.  I’ve been doing short sessions with resting the laptray on just one leg and sticking the painful one out to the side, but this isn’t particularly comfortable either, and rather difficult to keep a laptray with laptop balanced.  So I’ve only been managing to do a couple of quick checks of E-mails, Craftforum, and Facebook, and looking at a small number of blogs in any day.

In the meantime, what I have managed to do is colour in more of the digi-stamps that I’ve had printed out for a while.  I’ve got a Buddy Board and have used it a lot since I’ve had it, but it has really been worth its weight in gold, and more, this last week, as I can hold it and work comfortably, moving it around as needed, and not having the weight of a laptray on my legs.  And of course the special bungees keep the printed card-stock in place while I’m working and I can tuck the pens I’m using under another bungee as I’m rotating through a set of any colour while shading.  I had the help of two little nephews to move my Joy cutting and embossing machine from its box in my shelving, and turn the handle for me to cut out some matting and layering, and did the rest of the die-cutting yesterday evening.  So this morning I put together some cards from things I’d been working on.

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.)

Set 1

1cup222507_730 - card01 -Spirited Dolphins 3-digital stamps  2cup331524_1487 - card02 - Mother and Baby Grazing  3cup339514_1749 - card04 - Jiggys Teddy  4cup355807_1749 - card02 - Cart Ride Digital Stamp

  1. Spirited Dolphins 3-digital stamps by Janet Chen Curtis (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock at a smaller size than provided.  I then coloured it in with an assortment of grey and blue ProMarkers and a FlexMarker.  The colours I used were: Storm Blue, Polar Blue, April Shower, Icicle, Cool Grey 1, 2, 4, with Pastel Blue used for the background. After colouring I used a Spellbinders label die to cut out the image, using an “out of the box” technique to get the dolphin’s tail outside the cutting area.  I then cut out the same shape, together with an assortment of other dies, from a blue Bazzill Basics 12×12 Bling cardstock.  The base card was an A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable cardstock scored using my Hougie Board and folded in half.  I attached a piece of blue ric-rac ribbon across the bottom of this before adding the all the pieces to the card front, sticking them in place using glue gel.)
  2. Mother and Baby Grazing by Susan Parker (I printed the sheet the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and cut out the layers.  I attached the base layer to a sheet of brown Bazzill Bling cardstock.  I then used a sanding block to roughen the edge of both the base image and mat.  I took an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock and scored and folded it in half.  Onto this I attached a panel of gold pearlescent vellum which I’d trimmed to 1cm smaller than the base card on all sides and punched the corners to round them.  I just used some roller glue pen to attach the vellum, putting it behind the area I intended to attach the topper.  As I’m thinking of hand delivering this card to the intended recipient I’ve gone for 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach both the matted base layer to the card and to build up the other layers.  I’m out of the Welsh peel-offs in the wording I want to put on this card, and it isn’t needed for a couple of months, so I’ve left it without for the time being.)
  3. Jiggys Teddy by Janette Padley (I printed the digi out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock at a smaller size than supplied.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: teddy – Tan, Sandstone, Cinnamon, Cocoa with a nose of Berry Red and Wild Cranberry; dragon – Bright Green, Grass, Forest Green, Yellow, Tulip Yellow, Gold.  I used a square decorative shaped Spellbinders die to cut out the image after colouring, also cutting a piece the same size out of red Bazzill Bling cardstock.  I took a square white base card.  Attached a piece of yellow Bazzill Bling card-stock I’d trimmed to around 1cm smaller than the base card in all directions using finger-lift tape.  I then used the same tape to attach the red panel on the diagonal and the cut out image straight to the card.  I don’t know the language the greeting will be needed in yet, so haven’t attached a greeting.)
  4. Cart Ride Digital Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock at smaller than the supplied size.  I then coloured in the image using my ProMarkers before cutting out the image using a Spellbinders die.  The colours I used were: cart – Cocoa, Chestnut, Walnut; dried leaves – Tulip Yellow, Gold, Cinnamon; dragons – Fresh Meadow, Pear Green, Grass, Bright Green; shadow – Icicle.  This was stuck directly to the front of a piece of brown Bazzill Bling cardstock and trimmed to leave around a 1cm border all the way around.  The matted image was then stuck to a piece of green Bazzill card-stock using a 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and trimmed to leave a 0.5cm border.  The base card was created by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of gold coloured Adorable Scorable cardstock.  The matted and layered image was attached to the front of this using the same foam tape.  A piece of ribbon was attached down the right hand side using finger-lift tape and some cut pieces of narrow ribbon and paper leaves coloured to have an autumnal colour were also attached using glue gel.   A really lovely image that would work well as a father-child card or a big brother-little brother card, or coloured as a pink or purple dragon it would be fine for a female card.)

Set 2

1cup380132_1749 - card04 - Dress up - Princess  2cup394814_1164 - card01 - The weddingday, topper with decoupag  3cup398531_437 - card02 - Scooter Dude Digital Stamp

  1. Dress up – Princess by Janette Padley (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white cardstock and then coloured her in using my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers.  The colours I used were: hair – Buttercup, Canary, Gold; drape – Icicle, April Showers; dress & hat – Soft Aqua, Cloud Blue, Celestial Blue; skin – Rose Peach, Ivory, Satin; shadow – Cool Grey 2.  I used a Spellbinders Labels die to cut out the digi after colouring her in.  I also used a larger die from the same set to cut out a panel from a co-ordinating blue Bazzill Bling cardstock.  The coloured in digi was attached to this mat using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I took two sheets of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock and created a shaped base card from them using the Keepsake Auspicious Embossing Board to create the embossed pattern.  The matted image was attached to the front of this using finger-lift tape.  I then finished decorating the card with a velvet ribbon bow, sticky backed butterfly embellishment, and some butterfly and flower shaped ribbon.)
  2. The weddingday, topper with decoupage by Berit Zakrisson and Mat,Wraps & Border 1…..SVG  by Tina Fitch and spare roses cut out the same time as 3D Pentagon Box Card……CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the two main layers.  I made an A5 base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of cream Adorable Scorable card-stock.  I used glue gel to attach the intricate mat of cream cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, making sure the glue gel only went on the central area I intended to cover with the topper.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach first the base layer and then the second layer to the card front.  I then embellished with some paper flowers cut out previously when I was making another project.  I’ve purposely put the cream cut panel towards the top of the card to leave space at the bottom to attach a peel-off greeting once I know the language it will be required in.)
  3. Scooter Dude Digital Stamp by Gordon Fraser (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock and chose one of the images to colour in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: skin – Vanilla, Tan; hair – Tan, Sandstone; boots – Tan, Gold, Cinnamon, Tulip Yellow, Cardinal Red, Maroon; bike – Cool grey 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Red, Coral, Poppy; trousers – Denim Blue, Powder Blue, Twilight Sky; hoodie – Poppy, Red, Mandarin; shadow – Icicle.  After colouring I cut the image out.  I created a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of silver coloured Adorable Scorable cardstock.  I used my die cutting machine and a set of dies to cut some layers out of red and black Bazzill Bling card-stock.  I decided to use the back of the red card-stock uppermost and stuck this towards the top of the card I’d made using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I attached my cut out digi to a panel of the black cardstock using glue gel after shaping it a bit.  This panel was attached to the card front using 1mm deep foam at the top over the red panel, and 2mm deep foam at the bottom directly onto the card.  I also attached a smaller panel of black to the bottom of the card ready to put a greeting on once I know the language it will be needed in.  A great image to colour in.)

The blue ribbons and embellishments on the first card of Set 2, and the green ribbons on the fourth card of Set 1 above, came from the Blog Bounty I won on the blog “Dots Dashes Doodles & Dreams” run by Deborah a few weeks ago, as can be seen -> here.

Please note:  Where ProMarker colours have no links it is because they were a part of one of last year’s limited edition sets and have been discontinued.

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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, 18th February – Here! – As well as the showcase of some work by CUP Platinum designers you’ll find information on a survey with a chance for those who complete it to win a £50 gift voucher.
  • Wednesday, 20th February – Here! – This is how this mailer starts “Great News from ‘Down Under’ – CUP’s Top Australian Designer Robyn Cockburn has sold over 50, 000 designs and is now a Titanium Seller
    To celebrate we are giving Robyn her own mailer to show case some of her best designs – Well done Robyn
    “- so you’ll find a lot of Robyn’s designs in this mailer, although it does have lots of other news from other CUPers as well.

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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Crafting Mid February

 Posted by at 12:53 am
Feb 172013
 

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’ve started colouring in some of the latest digi-stamps I’ve bought and made a small number of them into cards the last couple of days.  I’ve also finished the scarf I was knitting and made a few bits of jewellery.  I hope you enjoy looking at what I’ve got to show you this time.

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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. Dress Up by Karen Wyeth and Apricot Fool Paper Pack 12×12″ by Susan Wood (I took copies of several of the backgrounds in the pack, together with digi into one of my graphics packages. I re-sized, moved around, etc., until I had an 8″ square card front built up on my working area. I also put a second panel of one of the backgrounds I used onto the rest of the page. I printed my design off onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut out the card front before colouring in the digi using my ProMarkers. The ProMarkers I used were: Skin – Vanilla, March Hare; Hair – Shale; Lips and Beads – Pastel Pink; Hat – Oatmeal, Tan; Scarff – Tan; Bag – Tan, Cappuccino; Dress and Flower – Gold, Peach. I went round the edge of the panel using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I used the extra panel of background from my printout to cut out some flower layers using flower dies and my Joy machine, some dies being from Spellbinders and some I believe are Joy ones. I also cut out some white flower layers with the same dies and used the same Distress Ink to tip the petal edges. I made an 8″ square base card from 2 x A4 Ivory card-stock and stuck my card front directly to this. I used a ball tool to shape all the flower layers and used glue gel to build them up and stick to the card front. I used some midget gems on the flower centres, the necklace the girl is wearing, and on a couple of corners of the background “mats”.)
  2. The Cute Paper Collection by Karen Wyeth (I took an assortment of designs from this collection into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, moved around, etc., until I had a faux matted and layered look card front of around 6″ square.  I also put a second copy of the top layer on the other side of my working area to use for cutting up to decoupage on my card.  I added the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” on the card front and “3 oed” – Welsh for “3 years old” – onto the “tag”.  I printed the design out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the card front and the teddy and tag from the second copy.  I made a square base card from some pink cardstock and attached the card front straight to this using fingerlift tape.  I used 1mm deep, double sided foam tape to attach the extra layer of the tag to the front and then shaped the teddy with my hands and attached using glue gel.)
  3. ??? by ???, Semi-Transparent Pretty Rose ‘Organza’ Digital Embellishments by Carol Clarke and ‘Twill Ribbon’ Digital Embellishments – Shabby Summertime Colours by Carol Clarke (I printed the design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock and then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: Wps!  I’ve misplaced the sheet I noted the colours on – I’ll put the details on at some point in the future when/if I find my paper . I then scanned it into my computer, saved it with a clear background, and took it in to one of my graphics packages, together with some of the “organza” backgrounds and two colours of ribbons.  I re-sized, moved around, etc., until I had an A5 card front I was happy with, adding a greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – in one of the brown colours I’d used to colour in one of the horses.  I moved the “topper” with the horses to the other side of my working area and put a white area where I intended to put it, to save on ink.  I printed my design out onto 300gsm Super Smooth white card-stock, then cut out the card front and the added horse panel.  I then scored and folded an A4 sheet of Ivory cardstock, to create an A5 base card.  I stuck my card front directly to this and then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the horse topper in the place I’d left for it.  I went with colours suitable for a card for a man with this card, but of course the horses could be coloured in any colour and built onto a card suitable for men, women or children.)
  4. Lepracauhn Digi Stamps by Angela Wenke  (I printed the design out, at much smaller than the supplied size, onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I coloured it in using ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: hat buckle – Silver; grass – Apple Cider; hat and centre of eyes – Cool Grey 1, 3, 4, 5, Black; eye colour – Meadow Green; lips – Cocktail Pink; toadstool – Tawny Owl, Sandstone, with Summer Sun spots; hair – Summer Sun, Tan; clothes – Meadow Green, Bright Green, Marine; skin – Satin, Oatmeal.  I then used a Tonic, Celtic, die to cut out the image, using an out of the box technique to keep the edge of the toadstool and top of the hat from being cut.  I took a sheet of white cardstock and roughly coloured it in using Mowed Lawn Distress Stain, not trying to make it completely even.  The cut out digi was stuck to this using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, and the green background was cut to leave an uneven/squiffy border around the image.  I then stuck the matted image to a piece of silver/grey Adorable Scorable card-stock and again trimmed to leave an uneven border.  I made a square base card from an A4 sheet of pale green Adorable Scorable cardstock and attached the matted image to this at a “jaunty angle”.  I finished off by cutting out a leaf and colouring it with the same Distress Stain before sticking it on my card using glue gel.)
  5. Poorly Rupert Digital Stamp by Janette Padley and Little Polka Floral Paper Set by Karen Wyeth (I took an assortment of polka dot designs into one of my graphics packages and resized, moved around and cropped them until I had a layered look card front for a 8″ square card.  I added a greeting “Brysiwch Wella” – which is a Welsh greeting used for “Get Well Soon” – and then I printed the design out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  After trimming the panel I attached it straight to the front of an 8″ square, ivory, base card.  I printed out the digi onto the same type of Super Smooth cardstock and coloured him in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: dragon – Peach, Honeycomb, Burnt Orange; shadow – Icicle; bedding – Icicle, Denim, Sky Blue, Azure; mattress – Denim, Twilight Sky; cup and tissue box – Bright Green.  After colouring I trimmed it out roughly around the outline and stuck to a piece of peachy coloured cardstock before attaching this layered image to the front of my card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)

Don’t forget, if you are looking for some ProMarkers or FlexMarkers, Letraset have a variety of special offers at the moment.
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JEWELLERY:

I haven’t done much jewellery so far this year, and the other evening I felt like doing some but didn’t feel my hands were working well enough to work with smaller beads without dropping a lot, especially as I’ve got a deal with my youngest nephews – any beads I drop while jewellery making, and they then find, goes into their box of beads for their own projects (they’ve already made bracelets, necklaces, and one has made earrings as well, from the stash they’ve collected).  As I didn’t want to go loosing expensive crystal beads or feature beads I decided to go with a pack of cheap assorted acrylic and wooden beads.

All the following jewellery were made from beads from the purple half of the “Blue & Purple” option of the “Multibuy – Pack of 2 Acrylic Bead and Cord Kit“.  With the beads, I used silver findings and some beader’s elastic and silver tone chains I’d bought online at some point.

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  1. A bracelet of beads attached to a chain.
  2. A bracelet of beads on elastic cord.
  3. A bracelet of beads on elastic cord.
  4. A bracelet of beads on some of the cord that came in the kit with a knotted cord as a clasp.

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  1. A bracelet of beads threaded onto eye-pins and connected with jump rings with a lobster claw clasp.
  2. A bracelet of beads on head pins with a loop on top attached to a chain bracelet with jump rings.
  3. A necklace of wooden beads from the pack knotted onto two pieces of cord from the pack.
  4. A necklace of beads threaded onto cord from the pack with a two knot clasp.
  5. Four beads from the pack put on head or eye pins and attached together with jump rings and some of the silver tone chain.

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KNITTING:

In my last post – here – I showed you the start of my project to knit a scarf out of Nina yarn.  I’ve now finished this.

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  1. 2.  3.  Three pictures of the same scarf hanging in different ways off the back of a chair – I just couldn’t decide which photo shows the scarf off at its best.

I’m now busy knitting the cardigan for RaRa the Lion (or Lenny the Lion as my brother insists on calling it much to his son’s annoyance).  The tail warmer is done and hopefully I’ll be able to get a photo of this creation on the intended wearer in the next couple of weeks.

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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, 13th February – Here! – CUP has a new Titanium designer, Karen Adair, and to celebrate this mailer is showcasing some of her work.  To gain Titanium Designer status, Karen had to sell 50,000 Downloads via the CUP site.  In addition to lots of Karen designs this mailer also has the usual “Exclusive Designer Spotlight”, “Card Maker Spotlight”, “Crafty Bob’s Pick of the Day” and various “CUP Latest News” items.
  • Friday, 15th February – Here!  – You can see a sample of what’s on the CD-ROM Volume 33 that will be going out for free to anybody who orders £10 worth of designs on craftsUprint during the coming week.  Of course, you’ll find a lot of other bits of news from CUP land in the mailer as well.

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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Further February Crafting

 Posted by at 09:13 pm
Feb 122013
 

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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Well, I’ve not made many cards since my last post, and those I have done are not the most intricate keepsakes that I make using digital cutting machines.  This last week since my last post has been the week of the – filling, extraction and fall.  I was back at the dentists on Wednesday – having a filling in a cavity that a previous filling had become detached from – and worse still – having an extraction of the tooth on the other side of my mouth that had got the abscess that I’d been given antibiotics for a fortnight ago. I think the headache brought on by the drilling in the tooth to be filled was worse than the pain in the extraction site, although the side of my face the tooth was extracted from has been feeling a bit bruised since the tooth came out.  Then yesterday (Monday) morning I managed to have a fall and badly bruised one knee, so am once again in some pain.  That’s the problem with having a “wonky leg” as my nephews call it, I don’t walk evenly, especially when I’m tired.  So what I’ve made since the middle of the week has been reasonably simple and not too taxing.  I hope you like what I’ve got to show you.

ValentinesBannerClearanceBannerI’ve got some more electronic cutting files ready to cut out at some point, as well as some digi-stamps printed off ready to colour in.  I’ve been having a look at the Letraset site to see if any of the colours I’ve not got are on offer at the moment.  They’ve got a “Valentine’s Store” with an assortment of ProMarkers, FlexMarkers, Metalic Markers, etc., available, and there’s a code to gain a 15% discount on any item in this “Valentine’s Store“.  Letraset also have an “End of Line” area, and they have added more items to this area, at greatly reduced prices.  The items in this area come from a wide range of Letraset products, including a variety of different marker pen sets.  I don’t personally use Tria markers, but if you do then you may be interested in Letraset’s “Tria Clearance” area.

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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.)

Set A

These three cards are made from elements from the Angelica and Friends Luxury Card Kit, cutting one sheet of background from within the kit to make a square card around 15cm in size and scoring and folding another sheet in half to make an A5 card and then chopping it in half to make two A6 cards from it.

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Set B

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  1. Monsters 3 by Dawn Clayton and Marble Swirl Papers by Karen Wyeth (I took three of the little monsters, together with three backgrounds, into one of my graphics packages and moved around, re-sized, etc., to create three card fronts with an extra layer for the central panel.  I used the greeting “Gair Bach I Ddweud …”, which is Welsh for “A Little Word To Say …”, and I can then put in the insert whether it’s a little word to say Happy Birthday, or Get Well Soon, or whatever.  These were then printed out onto Crafty Bob paper and cut out.  I created three A5 base cards from A4 sheets of 300gsm Ivory cardstock and stuck the cards directly to these using finger-lift tape.  The second layer was attached using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  2. Another of the set of three cards I made the same way.
  3. The third card made the same way, only this one was printed onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock, not the glossy Crafty Bob paper.
  4. Kingfisher Rectagonal by Susan Parker (I printed the sheet out onto Matt Crafty Bob paper and then cut out all the pieces.  I then separated the pyramid layers out into two bundles of three, to make two cards with the one design, as I didn’t want the finished card to be too deep to go through the post on an ordinary stamp.  I matted the base image and the chosen greeting onto gold coloured, perlescent, vellum and trimmed to leave an even border.  These were stuck directly to the front of a base card made of ivory coloured card-stock using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the chosen layers in order.)
  5. best wishes Jungle time by Sally McIntyre (I printed the design onto 250gsm Super Smooth cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I created a base card from an A4 sheet of ivory card-stock, trimmed to size, and used finger-lift tape to attach the base image to this.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape, to attach the greetings, and also attach each of the layers in order.)

Set 3

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  1. Water Floral Toppers by Tom Curtis and ‘Swirls Embossed’ Backing Paper – Men’s DIY colours by Carol Clarke (I printed the topper sheet off onto Matt Crafty Bob card and cut out one of the larger toppers.  I stuck this onto a piece of Ivory cardstock using finger-lift tape and trimmed to leave an even border.  I printed the background onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, card-stock and made a base card from this.  I then attached the matted topper to my base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I haven’t put a greeting on yet so that I can add a suitable one in the required language when the recipient is known.)
  2. Water Floral Insert by Tom Curtis (This insert was printed onto 130gsm glossy Tesco paper, trimmed, scored and folded in half.  It was then placed inside a card with a matching topper.)
  3. Bambi Toppers by Tom Curtis and ‘Swirls Embossed’ Backing Paper – Men’s DIY colours by Carol Clarke (I printed the topper sheet off onto Matt Crafty Bob card and cut out one of the larger toppers.  I stuck this onto a piece of Ivory cardstock using finger-lift tape and trimmed to leave an even border.  I printed the background onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, card-stock and made a base card from this.  I then attached the matted topper to my base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I haven’t put a greeting on yet so that I can add a suitable one in the required language when the recipient is known.)
  4. Bambi Insert by Tom Curtis (I printed the design onto 120gsm, good quality, white paper, and then scored and folded it in half.  I attached this using finger-lift tape inside the matching card.)

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SEWING:

Today’s sewing wasn’t done by me.  They are two pairs of foam slippers as sewn by my two youngest nephews.  The kits to make these were a part of their birthday present from me, though I did give them the kits to start working on well before their birthdays.  Other than knotting the provided thread and tying off at the end of the sewing they did the lot – well the instruction said “adult supervision”, so I told them that adults were only allowed to supervise, not do any sewing.  The kits were well under a fiver each off Create & Craft and although not very firm slippers they provided hours of quiet time when the boys concentrated on their construction and are just enough for the boys to slip on so that they are not running round here in bare feet when they come over to play.

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  1. One pair had monkey’s faces.
  2. Closeup of monkey.
  3. And the other pair were tiger faces.
  4. Closeup of tiger.

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KNITTING:

In a previous post – here – I showed you the start of a knitting project using two shades of yarn called Magenta and Plumb. Well the article I was knitting was actually a skirt for one of my nephew’s teddies.  Despite having a bow tie, Blocwend has always been considered to be a female teddy by my nephew, and required some nice clothes to ware.  As soon as I finished knitting the skirt I started on a jumper for the same teddy.

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  1. This is the finished skirt.  As shown previously, I started knitting this on one of my circular knitting looms, working from the top down.  I did a rib pattern for 10 rows, then folded this over and grabbed the first row of stitches to kit up the top band into a double layer before continuing to knit in ordinary knitting.  After I did the main, straight, part of the skirt I used a crochet hook to cast off the knitting and then crochet a further, flared panel to the skirt, increasing the stitches to double the stitches straight away and then by a further half before the last row of crochet.  This is what gives the skirt its flared shape.
  2. As Blocwend lives with my nephew, and hadn’t come over when the garments needed trying out, Teddy Maes Mieri was persuaded to do some modelling.  He didn’t mind at all modeling the jumper.
  3. But Teddy Maes Mieri was rather indignant at having to try on the skirt – because he’s a boy teddy – so the skirt came off pretty quick.
  4. Teddy Maes Mieri rather likes the jumper.
  5. It was a good thing that Blocwend did come over quite quickly to try on her new clothes, or she may have found that the jumper had gone permanently missing (this photo courtesy of Blocwend’s owner.)

And for my next knitting project for my two youngest nephews – it seems that Blocwend now requires a nice, big, snugly, warm knitted coat!  And the other nephew’s soft toy – RaRa the Lion – needs a tail warmer and a jumper.  He’s been told that it will have to be a cardigan as I can’t make a jumper big enough to go over the lion’s head and mane.

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  1. This is the strap off the skein of yarn I’m using for my latest scarff knitting project.
  2. This yarn has a looped “ribbon” strip on one side and lots of shaggy strands hanging down from this.
  3. I’m actually only knitting with two stitches/loops, leaving one loop unknitted in between the two stitches, but knitting the next loop after turning around.
  4. This is what the knitting looks like as it comes out of the loop after knitting – all shaggy.
  5. This is a bit of the scarf I’ve knitted so far, showing that there is a varigation of blue colour within the yarn.

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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, 6th February – Here! – It’s the turn of a sample of cards by Gold CUP Designers to be showcased in this mailer.  Then there’s news of the designer who had to spend a day tasting cupcakes,  the designer who spent 3 nights in Dubai, the wayward golden retriever, and the designer who hit Platinum – amongst other items – so lots to catch up on.
  • Friday, 8th February – Here! – It’s Friday, so there’s a new free CD-ROM, and selection of other items, being offered to craftsUprint customers who buy £10 worth of digital downloads during this coming week.  The collection includes a card with musical notation on, football, cute elephant, flowers, butterflies, cats, and more.  And of course there’s lot more besides these in the mailer.
  • Monday, 11th February – Here! – Some designs by Platinum CUP Designers are being showcased in this mailer.  There’s some new octagon shaped easel cards by Mary MacBean, an assortment of designs by Gillian Hutchinson, Fran Turner gets the “Card Maker Spotlight”, plus much more.

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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More February Projects

 Posted by at 05:34 pm
Feb 052013
 

A “Big Thank You” to everybody who’s been over to look at any of my blog posts lately,
and a “Bigger Thank You” to those who have taken the time to leave such lovely comments about my crafting creations.

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I’ve been slowly working my way through all the pieces I cut out using my Silhouette Cameo last Wednesday.  I actually think my brain may be back in gear – although I have to admit that it is a very slow gear so everything is taking longer than it should.  I’ve got lots of items made up, so I hope you have the time to read on and have a look at them all.  Please take a moment to leave me a comment at the end as I love to hear what people think of what I’ve made.

This is just one of the items I’ve made – a Pentagon Box.  But it’s a box with a difference, as you can’t actually use the box to put anything in.  Scroll down and you’ll see more photos of this item.

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Side view of closed Pentagon Box Card

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CARDS:

(If you click on the thumbnail images you can have a look at a larger image of each item.)

As I’ve already said, lots of the items on show in this blog post were made using cutting files for my Silhouette Cameo, using my choice of cardstock and my ideas for embellishment.  If you click on the links in the descriptions beneath each image you will get an idea of what I had to work with.  I try to give links to as many of the designs, equipment, and consumables I use within my description so I hope that this will help some of you.

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  1. PRETTY FLORAL BUTTERFLY TOPPER AND PAPER – PURPLE by Sharon Duncan and flower from 3D Pentagon Box Card……CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm Super smooth cardstock and cut out the pieces.  I took a 15cm square white base card and stuck a 14cm square piece of the background onto this.  I then put a strip of white peeloff down about a third of the way from the right edge.  I matted and layered the base image, firstly onto a three quarter panel of lilac cardstock and then onto a panel of white card-stock a little bit larger.  The matted image was stuck to the base card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I then took a white paper rose cut out when making the Pentagon Box project, shaped the butterfly layers and a smaller butterfly and added these to my card using glue gel.)
  2. A Pair of Step Cards MTC-SCUT3*STUDIO*SVG*WPC*PDF by Rae Carr (This card was cut out of 300gsm plain white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also made mats of sizes to layer on the card front, one set in a colour to match my chosen topper, a duflex flower fairy with decoupage, in 250gsm pearlescent cardstock, and the other in the same white as the base card.  The “Penblwydd Hapus” greeting  – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” –  was coloured with a metallic marker to tone with my chosen toppers as well.  I used a tape runner pen to attach the layers, greetings panel and base image layers, and glue gel to attach the decoupage.)
  3. A Pair of Step Cards MTC-SCUT3*STUDIO*SVG*WPC*PDF by Rae Carr and Mat,Wraps & Border 1…..SVG by Tina Fitch, together with a couple of roses from from 3D Pentagon Box Card……CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (The card was cut out of a black Bazzil cardstock from the Neutrals pack.  I also cut out a border out three times from a cream cardstock which I believe is the same type, and I had a couple of spare roses I’d cut out when making the Pentagon Box.  I stuck the same greeting, this time uncoloured, onto a panel of cream card-stock which I trimmed and then rounded the corners with a paper punch.  I used a Zig Memory System – 2 Way Glue Pen behind each of the fancy borders and stuck them down the front of the card, then used glue gel to attach the paper roses and greetings panel.)
  4. Window Slice Form Card SVG by Rae Carr (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the card pieces and layers out of green and lilac 250gsm, linen textured, cardstock.  I went around the edge of all the lilac pieces using a violet metallic marker.  I then used some fingerlift tape to attach the pieces together and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to add the central layers.  I used some Tonic punches to cut out the rose petals from a ligher shade of of the same cardstock and constructed the rose, sticking all the petals in place using quick grab glue.  I found some leaves I’d cut out previously for another project and used glue gel to stick the leaves and paper rose on the central panel of the card. I used the same metallic pen as previously to colour in a peel-off that said “Penblwydd Hapus” and then used a low tack tape to transfer it to the centre of the front panel.)

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  1. Mat,Wraps & Border 1…..SVG by Tina Fitch and 3D Poppy Flowers….SVG by Tina Fitch (For this card I cut the wrap from the kit four times out of white card-stock.  I cut enough layers to make up the poppies out of burgundy cardstock that has a pearlescent sheen – I think it was from a pack of “Christmas” card-stock so I’m not sure what type it is. I shaped the poppy petals and then constructed them, using gold brads coloured with a black Promarker through the centre to hold them. The first two wraps were scored and wrapped around a panel of the same white cardstock, leaving a little clear area in the middle.  To this middle area I attached three poppies.  The second two wraps were again scored and attached to the front of a sheet of acetate that was just over 1cm larger than the panel I’d used for the first two wraps and poppies.  I used ultra strong clear tape to attach all the wraps at the sides and a Zig glue pen under all the fine cut out work to attach it.  The back pieces of all the wraps were attached behind the panel, leaving the acetate front bowed.  The decorated panel was then attached to a card front that had been trimmed to be the same size as it.)
  2. Mat,Wraps & Border 1…..SVG by Tina Fitch together with three rose flowers cut when working on the 3D Pentagon Box Card……CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (For this card I cut the large mat from the kit from cream, linen textured, cardstock.  The ornate mat panel was attached to a layer of white card-stock using zig glue.  The white card layer was attached to a cream card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape and I trimmed the base card to fit. I created a greetings panel and added a peel-off greeting saying “Penblwydd Hapus” which was put on the front of the card with foam tape.  I finished off the card with little roses that I attached with glue gel.)
  3. Too Sweet Alphabet Tiles by Annie Lang and Animal Clipart Collection CU4CU by Marie Wolman (I took the right letters to spell “Penblwydd Hapus”, together with an assortment of animals, into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, moved around, created a background, etc., until I was happy with my layout for a card front for an A5 card.  I also made a second copy onto the other half of my working area before I printed so that I’d have pieces to decoupage.  I printed the design out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock and cut out the main card front and various letters and animal tiles to decoupage.  I used a pre-scored white A5 card and attached my card front layer directly to this using fingerlift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the letters and animal tiles I’d chosen.)
  4. Sands of Time Decorative Mats – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and Flowers by Dawn Clayton (I took a few of these decorative mats into one of my graphics packages, together with some of the flowers, and re-sized, moved around, layered over each other, etc., until I had several different flower toppers to use on my card-making projects.  I then printed my sheet of toppers out onto Crafty Bob Glossy paper.  For this card I took toppers with two different flowers and stuck to the front of pale yellow panels,  cut out using my Silhouette Cameo when working on a previous project, using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I made a 15cm square, gate-fold card, from white 300gsm card-stock and used a punch to round the corners.  I used the same foam tape to add the yellow panels with their toppers to the front of both “gates” of my card.  I attached another panel flat inside on the insert.)
  5. This is the same card with the gates a little open showing the panel inside.

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  1. Double Window Card MTC-SCUT3*STUDIO*SVG*WPC by Rae Carr and 3D Clematis Flowers….SVG by Tina Fitch (The clematis flower layers were cut out of a white, linen textured, pearlescent cardstock – again I’m not sure where this one came from but suspect it was from the same “Christmas” pack as the card I used for the Poppies, with the centres cut out of a finer textured yellow card-stock the same as much of what I’ve shown you today, cutting the leaves out of the same type of cardstock but in green.  The front out of the base card was cut from the same cardstock as the flower centres and the back panels out of the same cardstock as the clematis petal layers.  After constructing the card using super sticky tape I decorated it using peel-offs with a garden theme that I’ve had for ages and have no idea where they came from by now.  I shaped the leaves with a large ball tool on the back, placing them on a foam mat first to help with the shaping, and then with a small tool along the centre of the front before attaching the swirl of leaves up the right hand side of the card overlapping one of the “windows”.  I used a quick grab glue to attach the flower layers and centres together and then used glue gel to attach the clematis flowers to the front of the leaves.  This picture shows the card with the windows pushed together which means it takes up less space on the mantelpiece.)
  2. A closer view of the side with the clematis.
  3. A view of the card with the front fully opened – you can just about see the shape of the back over the top.
  4. Another view of the front of the card fully opened.

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BOX:

Just one special box with a difference today –

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  1. 3D Pentagon Box Card……CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (This is a top view of my finished box when closed.  For this papercraft keepsake I decided to use plain, 300gsm white cardstock, linen textured and pearlescent lilac 250gsm cardstock, and 250gsm linen textured cream cardstock.  I cut out all the pieces from the relevant cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I then used a  large ball tool to shape the rose petals before twisting them into a spiral to form the roses – 5 cream for inside and 6 white for the outside.  I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the diamond shaped layers together and to attach the first 5 inside the 5 triangular aperture boxes.  I didn’t attach the roses until the end to allow me to have room to manipulate the boxes as I stuck the sides, tops and bottoms together, gluing these in place using quick grab wet glue.  Once all five boxes were in the correct shape I laid a ribbon down over the outside wrap piece and used the same glue as previously to stick the triangular boxes in place.  I then decided that I wanted to have an area to put a greeting so decided to create two pentagon pieces, one white the same size as the pentagon box, and one from the lilac cardstock and made a little larger than the box.  These were attached to the central triangular box at the top and the bottom.  I attached the diamonds to the outside of the box, and the top, again using the foam tape.  I finished off by using the wet glue to attach the roses all over and then embellishing with  white peeloffs.  I haven’t put the greeting on yet, as I forgot to cut it out when I cut out all the pentagon box pieces, but it will go on the panel I attached to the bottom so that it is visible when the box is opened, but not when it’s closed.  An absolutely stunning looking creation.  I’m so pleased with how mine turned out.)
  2. The pentagon box partly opened so that you can see all five triangular aperture boxes.
  3. The pentagon box fully opened so that both sides are meeting round the back and tied together.
  4. Top view of the box when it’s completely opened.
  5. Another side view of the box when fully opened.

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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, 4th February – Here! – Its the turn of CUP Gold Designers to have their work showcased in this mailer.  There are also new “Time for Tea Pop up Kit” by Sue Douglas to be seen. So click over to have a look at these and the other items in the 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.

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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
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Well, I had another brain not in gear episode on Thursday!?! – I was decorating a couple of boxes – you’ll see the photos later on in this post – and it involved glitter and gilding flakes. Now, remembering the episode of having glitter all over my bed when I made up some cards that involved glitter previously on a lap-tray in bed, and managed to tip up a tub of glitter and then sneeze it all over the bed, I decided to de-camp to work on a coffee table in the sitting room. I was really careful and put down sheets of paper to catch the glitter and put it back in the pots, and put the lid back straight away. So far, so good. I then put fresh paper on the table, and put out a plastic tub to work in with the gilding flakes in the middle. Got as far as rubbing in the gilding flakes and then buffing off with the scoochy sponge. Still so far so good. Then a flake landed on the image on top of the box, and, not wanting to rub it with the sponge and risk scratching the image surface – brain not in gear moment coming up – I gave a quick blow! With a plastic tray of gilding flakes open in front of me! Oh dear! With the gilding flakes being so light, even a quick blow had some flakes wafting all over the place, out of the box, over the top of my area with paper to catch any stray pieces, and off to the floor. Thankfully I hadn’t tipped the whole tub of gilding flakes into the plastic tray, and only about half of what I had out went flying. But even after collecting what I could I’ve now got shiny bits on the floor. I need to wait for a niece or nephew who can handle our hoover to vacuum it up – the little sweeper I can use and that picks up bits of paper for me wouldn’t clean them up.  So that’s another crafting lesson learnt – don’t blow when there’s gilding flakes about.

I my last post I told you how I did a session of cutting out digital/electronic cutting files using my Silhouette Cameo on Wednesday.  Well I’ve managed to put a small number of them together last night and finished them off with some small embellishments this morning, so I’ve got those to show you in this post.  Quite a few more to finish making though, both from the cutting file pieces and some designs I’ve been cutting out by hand in bed of an evening while watching television.  So you’ve got those to come again at some point in the future, so I’ll hope you’ll be back for another look at my blog next week.

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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. Birthday Horse Door Card…CraftROBO/Cameo by Tina Fitch (As I wanted to make the card in Welsh I removed the cutting lines for the word “Birthday” on the doors and back before I cut the pieces out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I chose a brown, linen textured, cardstock for the horses and two different shades of deep cream, linen textured, cardstock for the doors and back, one from the same pack as the brown cardstock and the other from a pack of Create & Craft cardstock – Using a slightly lighter coloured card, with a fainter linen texture, for the back makes the cutout flowers and leaves show up clearer than if the back was exactly the same card-stock.  After cutting out all the pieces I used ultra sticky tape to stick the sides in place and a quick grab wet glue for sticking all the horses on.  I then simply finished the card off with a gold “Penblwydd Hapus” peel-off.)
  2. Same card as above but with the doors partly open to show dimension and that the horses heads appear inside as well.
  3. Winged Pop-Out Card *STUDIO* by Rae Carr (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the base cards and “wings” out of green, linen textured, 250gsm cardstock and the trellis panel out of the same type of cardstock in lilac.  I then folded the base card into shape and attached the wings and trellis using quick grab wet glue.  The card was then decorated with an assortment of white peel-offs, using leaf swirl ones up the trellis.  This card has a nice dimension and stands up well when the sides are pulled out, but also folds flat to go into an envelope with the wings pushed in, though it may need a box if you use deep embellishment on it.)
  4. GEISHA 1 FOLDBACK CARD by Clive Couter (I printed the design out, from within the Silhouette Studio software, onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock.  I then fed it into my Silhouette Cameo and cut it out.  After folding into shape I simply decorated by putting gold, fine border, peel-offs around the outside.  I haven’t put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.  I may even hunt out an oriental coin style charm to attach as well.)
  5. Shaped Easel with Lattice *SVG* by Rae Carr (As the lattice on this card is quite angular I decided to use it for a card for a man, keeping it simple without much embellishment.  I simply cut out the base card, greetings panel stopper, and one of the mats out of linen textured black cardstock, and cut the lattice and the back layer of the front out of a pearlescent, linen textured, burgundy coloured card-stock – I rather think that this was either a Core’dinations or Bazzil card-stock but as most of my 12″ x 12″ cardstock landed up in a four plastic boxes, most without the pack covers, I can’t be certain about this.  After my Silhouette Cameo had cut the pieces out, and I’d scored and folded the base, I went round the black layers with gold, fine flexi-bend, peel-offs and stuck the layers in place using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I finished off with a gold “Penblwydd Hapus” greeting  – Welsh for Happy Birthday.   This lattice card would also work with the lattice used as a trellis for flowers to “climb” up over the front, or even with a small topper on the front.  Completely different looks can be had by cutting out of different colour and finish cardstock.  ** Please Note – although listed under SVG files, the kit I received included .studio, .mtc, etc.)

I cut out a lot more pieces for other cards with my Silhouette Cameo on Wednesday, as well as having several hand cut cards prepared and ready to make up, so check back again the beginning of next week to see more of my creations.

BOXES:

Having seen me give decorated boxes of various styles to family members as gifts over the last six months or so, and helped me do the basic painting of some of them, my two youngest nephews decided that they wanted “treasure” boxes themselves as birthday gifts, so as both of them have birthdays during the coming month I thought I’d better get some boxes in.  I chose 20cm wooden boxes for them. As I wanted to make sure that the boys had boxes like they wanted, when they were over one day last week, I got out the boxes, a box of paints and some brushes, and let them choose the colours they wanted and paint the boxes themselves.  They then left the boxes to dry and gave me rather strict instructions on how they wanted me to decorate the boxes.  Here are the results.  I just hope I understood their instructions correctly and they like the finished results when I give them to them on their respective birthdays.

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  1. Front of finished box.  The box has been painted with a blue, watered down, acrylic paint.  This nephew chose a pale, pink flesh, coloured paint for the inside of his box.
  2. The metallic “strap” was created by putting two strips of red backed, super sticky, tape around the box from the bottom of the front all the way to the bottom of the back.  I then rubbed the tape very hard with the back of my scissors to make sure that it was firmly stuck to the box.  I then used a craft knife to slit the tape where the lid is – front and back.  I did it like this to make sure that the band matched up perfectly between the body of the box and the lid (even if there’s no guarantee that the straps are perfectly straight to the sides all the way).  After peeling off the backing I then put “Morris Dance” gilding flakes over the tape, rubbed it in well, and used a Scoochy Sponge to rub it off.
  3. The nephew this is for had asked for a rainbow on the top of his box, so I took a rainbow from Designer Resource kit Love Birds by Marie Wolman and stuck it on top of Cloudy sky with yellow field by Silvia Griffin.  the base background image was stuck to the box top using glue gel and then I went round the image, just going over its edge, using the same super sticky tape as previously.  I then rubbed blue glitter into this tape to give a glittery frame to the rainbow image.
  4. For some reason this nephew also wanted hearts on either side of his box.  So out came the FlitterGlue, Phat Foam and Spatula, and I used a small heart stamp to stamp a heart of FlitterGlue onto either side of the box and then rubbed in some more of the gilding flakes as used on the “straps”.
  5. This shows the other side of the box.

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  1. This nephew chose yellow for the outside of his box and dark green for the inside.  The metallic “strap” on this box was created the same way as the previous one, but this time I used “Autumn Blaze” gilding flakes.
  2. This nephew wanted horses on his so I raided the drawers of crafty stuff the nephews have at our house and fished out a few horse outline stamps.  I used two horse stamps from their kit in the end, one on the front and one side, and the other on the other side.  Again I used Flitter Glue and the same gilding flakes as on this box’s “straps”.  I’m thinking about colouring these in in some way, but I’ll have to give it to my nephew first and see whether he wants it like this or coloured in, and if coloured – what colours?
  3. This nephew’s choice of top image was a picture of him on his horse.  It is framed the same way as the first box, but this time with gold “tinsel style” glitter, and because the glitter is quite large I’ve used Crystal Glitter over the top to fill in the small tacky areas.
  4. One side of the box.
  5. The other side of the box.

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KNITTING:

In my post of the 10/01/2013 I showed you the start of my project to knit myself a pair of fingerless gloves using a ball of bright orange yarn I’d had from my nephews and their parents for Christmas, together with some yellow yarn from my stash of yarn.  And in my post of 19/01/2013 I showed you the first glove after I’d finished knitting it on the smallest of my circular knitting looms.  Well I’ve now completed the pair and worked the ends in.

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  1. Yellow yarn, of a Saffron, shade of Stylecraft yarn.
  2. Closeup of the details off the yarn strap.
  3. The yarn strap off the orange yarn I received as a Christmas gift.
  4. Closeup of the details off the yarn strap.
  5. The finished pair of fingerless gloves.

I’ve now started a new project, this time using the next size up of loom from the same set.  I wonder if you can guess what it’s going to be?  I’ll come back in a future post to let you know and show you the finished article.

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  1. This time I’m using two yarns from my stash of Stylecraft yarn in shades of Magenta and Plumb.
  2. Closeup of the details off the yarn straps.
  3. The two balls of yarn.
  4. The start of the project – I’m knitting the first 10 rows in a rib stitch.

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CRAFTYBOB.COM UPDATE:  

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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:

  • 1st, February – Here! – There’s a showcase of some of the content on Volume 31 of the Free CD-ROMs that are given out to crafters who buy £10 worth of items from craftsUprint during the week – a big mix, from cars, to swans, dogs, Easter, flowers, etc..  Plus some other freebies.  Of course there’s lots of other designs on show in the mailer, together with the various Latest News features.

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
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