Crafting Mid February

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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.)

1cup396488_1056 - card02 - Dress Up  2 cup344046_1056 - card01 - The Cute Paper Collection 3cup362552_1006 - card01 -  Horses jumping log  4cup301714_1141 - card03 - Lepracauhn Digi Stamps  5cup333486_1056 - card04 - Little Polka Floral Paper Set

  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.

1Purple bracelet 01 02  2Purple bracelet 02 01  3Purple bracelet 03 01  4Purple bracelet 04 01

  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.

1Purple bracelet 05 02  2Purple bracelet 06 01  3Purple necklace 01 02  4Purple necklace 02 01  5Purple necklace 03 01

  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.

1Scarf 14 09  2Scarf 14 10  3Scarf 14 11

  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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17 Replies to “Crafting Mid February”

  1. Once again you have so much to show us. The cards are lovely, as is your jewelery – I like the bracelet with the hearts – and your scarf is beautiful – did it take a long time to knit5?
    Kate
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  2. Oh my goodness you have been busy -i just love everything you have done here your jewellery is so pretty.

    Joan x

  3. Wow! You have been a busy bee, Gwyneth – love your projects, especially the purple jewellery.

    Hugz, Jan xx

  4. Another fabulous collection Gwyneth, love the ‘dresssing up’ card, the necklace with the four beads, and the scarf. Take care x

  5. I love to visit Gwyneth to see what fabulous creations you have made. You never disappoint! These are all just stunning, loving the bracelets, they are in my favourite colour too.

    Hugs
    Linda xxx

  6. Wow! You’ve been fabulously busy again! Gorgeous cards and just love your jewellery. As for the scarf…beautiful.
    xx

  7. A fabulous selection of cards and jewellery Gwyneth. I love the racing horses card and your scarf is a gorgeous colour x

  8. I love seeing these posts with so much in them….you must never have a moment to spare. Great creations again, the jewellery is especially nice x

  9. Hello, A beautiful selection of cards and bracelets, they all look fabulous. Lisa 🙂

  10. Wow, Gwyneth. You’ve been busy again. I love the cards especially the leprachaun one. The jewellery is gorgeous. Sadly, I’ve still got to get round to making mine. They are all great makes. Wendy xx