Tail Warmers, Flowers, Discounts and More

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.


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.



Paper Flower Making 01 25

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!


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!


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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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.


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.)


(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.)


9 Replies to “Tail Warmers, Flowers, Discounts and More”

  1. A fabulous flower and knitted waistcoat Gwyneth – I have bookmarked the post so I can come back and see the tutorials. Good luck with the changeover! xx

  2. Just loving the knitted waist coat, it looks fab on the the bear. Will check back on the tutorials as not enough time tonight.

    Linda xxx

  3. Love that bear’s waistcoat! have looked at your flower making tutorial – it is very comprehensive and easy to follow – your flowers are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  4. A great flower tutorial Gwyneth, I love making flowers and I’m always looking for new ideas. I popped over to Letraset and grabbed a couple of bargains, thank you for the heads-up.
    I hope your migration goes well and you can easily get to grips with all the new controls x

  5. Gwyneth, would you believe I stopped by here the other day, and got so involved in your tutorial, that I forgot to leave a comment, LOL….love them flowers and gonna give it a go, when I have some “spare” time, love and hugs hun xxxx