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and also thank you to everybody whos left comments on my previous blog posts.
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.
(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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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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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.
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
You can see the cards Ive made using design sheets from CUP in my Crafter Showcase Area on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
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