Thank You! to each of you who are reading this for popping over for a look at my crafting
and also to everybody who’s left comments on my previous blog posts.
This time I’ve got some cards to show you, some reasonably quick and easy to make, and some more time consuming, plus the start of some knitting.
I haven’t completed the necklace made using my beaded Kumihimo yet, so that will appear in a future blog post. I’ve also got several digi stamps printed out that I’m trying to decide on what colours to use to colour them in – decisions, decisions – that’s the problem of having so many ProMarkers – how do I decide what colours to use for different projects? I’ve also got some more items cut out using my Silhouette Cameo left to incorporate into cards, and some toppers I’ve hand cut. Plenty to keep me going for a while – but you can bet that I’ll find something more I’ll want to add to my crafting stash or digital library before long.
(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 will usually take you to a website location with either further information about the product or where the item can be bought.)
I think I’ve got boys and girls, men and women covered this time, so I’m happy that I’m keeping to my resolution to not to just make cards for females with this batch of cards.
- Designer Resource 3 Lilac Fairies by Gillian Hutchinson and Frosty & Snowy Morning Sky Paper & Vellum by Carol Lepard (I took two of the fairies and a background into one of my graphics packages and re-sized, moved and played around with the layout, adding a border, before printing it out a panel onto 300gsm white cardstock for my card topper together with an extra copy of the fairy in front for decoupaging. I also printed out a copy of the background onto the same cardstock to use as a card front. I scored the background using my Hougie Board and added a piece of Centura Pearl Snow White as a back, attaching with ultra sticky tape, to make my base card. I used 1mm deep double sided tape to add the panel to the card front and glue gel to decoupage the fairy. I found that cutting the fairy decoupage out was a bit fiddly for me, so I may just give her a shadow and leave her flat the next time I make up this card.)
- Pirate Ship Square Pyramid by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out the layers. I decided that for this card I wouldn’t use all the layers so that it wasn’t too deep to go into an ordinary envelope. I took an A4 sheet of Centura pearl Snow White cardstock and scored using my Hougie Board and folded it in half to make my base card. I stuck the base layer of the image onto a sheet of black Bazzill card-stock and trimmed to leave a small border. I then cut a piece of golden coloured Adorable Scorable card stock 1cm height and 1cm width larger than the matted image. I stuck the matted image at a jaunty angle onto this matt. I put a strip of the black cardstock down the right hand side of the card, and did some further layers at angles of both card stocks near the bottom left of the card front before attaching the matted and layered image using finger lift tape onto the layers on the left and 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape on the right. I made a greetings panel from squares of both cardstocks and stuck it otwards the bottom right of the card front using the foam tape. I haven’t added a greeting yet as I’m not sure which language it will be needed in. With only straight edge cutting this card was quite an easy one to make up.)
- Retro chocolate insert 19 by Stephen Poore (I printed the sheet onto good quality, 120gsm, white paper. After trimming off the white edge I scored and folded it in half and put it inside the previous card using finger lift tape. With just dots on as a design this insert will be suitable with lots of projects with a brown or sepia tone to it.)
- Lilac Flower Duo Corner Stacker by Apetroae Stefan (I printed the sheet onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out the pieces. I decided on this occasion to only use two layers, rather than four, of each of the corner stackers. I stuck the base image layer to a sheet of purple toned Score Perfect cardstock and trimmed to leave a small border. I created a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of blue Score Perfect card-stock and used finger lift tape to attach the matted image to this towards the top. I used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I’ve left some space towards the bottom of the card to put a greeting peel-off on once I know what language the greeting will be needed in. Only straight and around the corner to be cut for this project, so again not a fiddly card to make.)
- Lilac Flower Insert by Apetroae Stefan (I printed this onto good quality 120gsm white paper and after trimming off the white border I scored and folded it in half. I used finger-lift tape to attach it inside the previous card. A nice addition to the card as the card topper and the lost leaf of the insert has the same image on.)
- Liz’s Flower Basket quick card & 3D decoupage by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out the pieces. I matted the base image onto a piece of pink shade Score Perfect card-stock and trimmed to leave a narrow border. I made a base card out of a purple shade of Score Perfect cardstock with a sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White as the card back. I used finger-lift tape to attach the matted image to the front of the prepared card. I shaped the decoupage layers a bit with my fingers and then used glue gel to stick them in order to the card front. I’ve attached the blank greeting panel ot the card front using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape but haven’t put a greeting on yet as I don’t know what language it will be needed in. Quite a bit of decoupage cutting out for this card, so not the easiest for me to cut out, though it’s not the most intricate cutting I’ve seen.)
- Liz’s Flower Basket matching square insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the design out onto good quality, 120gsm, white paper and then trimmed out. As I used it in the previous card that’s quite a bit larger than the insert I cut the insert in half and attached both sides individually using fingerlift tape.)
- Jock the Westie Dog quick card & 3D decoupage by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out all the pieces. I created a square card, around 1cm larger in each direction than the base image, out of green Score Perfect card stock and a sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White for the back. I used finger-lift tape to attach the base image to the card front and then shaped the decoupage pieces before attaching them in order using glue gel. I wrote Penblwydd Hapus – Welsh for Happy Birthday – using a green metalic marker onto the blank greetings tag and attached that to the front of the card. This card again required a bit of cutting out of the layers to be decoupage, but it isn’t the most intricate type of decoupage.)
- Jock the Westie Dog matching square insert by Carol Clarke (I printed the sheet out onto good quality, 120gsm, white paper and cut it out, scored, and folded it in half. I then attached it inside the matching card shown previously.)
- Hollie by Karen Wyeth (I printed the digital stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock at a much smaller size than given. I then coloured her in using my ProMarkers. The colours I used were – hair – Honeycomb, Raw Sienna, Cinnamon; dress – Meadow Green, Leaf Green, Grass; flowers on dress, hair bows, hat bows and socks – Yellow, Gold; hat and shoes – Honeycomb, Raw Sienna; grass – Grass; rabbit – March Hare; skin – Ivory, Satin; lips – Rose Pink; shading around – Pastel Blue. I used a die to cut her out, going round the inside edge of the die and around the outside of the digital stamp using a pale blue ProMarker before removing the die. I used one size larger die to cut out a mat out of green Score Perfect card-stock, cutting a few leaves out of the same cardstock using some leaf dies. I used an assortment of flower, butterfly and flourishes dies to cut shapes out of the same card stock as I’d printed the digital stamp onto. I used two of the greens I’d used on the digi-stamp to colour in the swirls, and the yellow and gold I’d used to colour in the flowers and butterflies. I cut a base card from white Bazzill Basics cardstock using a large die and went round the edge with the lightest green ProMarker before putting a ribbon around near the spine. I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the mat and the digi-stamp panel. I decorated using glue gel to attach the flowers, leaves, butterflies and flourishes, finishing off by adding some midget gems. As all the cutting out was done using dies there isn’t any intricate cutting involved in this card. The most intricate things about the card was the placing of the midget gems at the end, as well as the colouring in itself – details of which can be seen on my page “Colouring In Digi Stamps“.)
- New Card Collection…..SVG by Tina Fitch and Layered Sentiment tags…SVG by Tina Fitch (For this project I chose one of the base card designs and cut it out of 250gsm, linen textured, green cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I also cut out some greetings panels from 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock. I had some die-cut flowers and butterflies that I’d coloured in using Yellow and Gold ProMarkers left over from the previous project and thought that they looked nice on this card without swamping the prety cutout design, so I used the same markers to colour in and write on the sentiment panel, writing “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”. I used 1mmd deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the sentiment tags and glue gel to attach the die-cut flowers. I finished off by adding some midget gems to embellish. As the base card and sentiment tag was cut out using my Cameo, and the embellishments were cut using die’s using my Joy mathine, there was no intricate cutting involved in making this card.)
I’ve started knitting myself a shoulder wrap, to keep the cold off my shoulders when wearing a dress but the weather is a bit nippy. I don’t have a pattern to work to as I’m knitting it on a circular knitting loom as per usual, so we’ll have to see how it turns out. I can always unravel it if it doesn’t work out right and start again.
- I’m using a Sirdar Ella yarn – I believe the colour is called “Hollywood”.
- It is machine washable at up to 40 degrees, which is a good thing.
- The yarn is made from 49% Cotton, 48% Acrylic and 3% Polyester
- As the yarn is double knit, rather than the chunky which works best on the large peg round knitting loom I’m using, I’m knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time.
- I’m doing a rib stitch round the front and neck line, but doing a single stitch “moss stitch” for the rest of the garment.
- I’ve already grown it from a narrow piece, adding a stitch every few rows, until I’ve filled the whole of the largest circular knitting loom with stitches, keeping to the rib stitch at the side I started from.
I’ll let you know how I’m progressing over the next few weeks.
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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, 25th March – Here! – The subject line on this mailer was “NEW Recipe Card & Box Kits, Lee Jacobs Spotlight, FREE CD, Gold Sellers & CUP News” – lots of gorgeous designs, and some nice news stories from CUPers around the world.
- Wednesday, 27th March – Here! – You’ll find – NEC Photos Live, NEW Pendant Cards CUP TV, NEW Pop Outs & CUP 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.
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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