Mar 272013
 

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.

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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.

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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 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.

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  1. 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.)
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.)

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  1. 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.)
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.)

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  1. 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“.)
  2. 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.)

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KNITTING:

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.

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  1. I’m using a Sirdar Ella yarn – I believe the colour is called “Hollywood”.
  2. It is machine washable at up to 40 degrees, which is a good thing.
  3. The yarn is made from 49% Cotton, 48% Acrylic and 3% Polyester

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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PICTORIAL GUIDES:

If you’ve not had a look already, please go and see what I’ve put up on my “Colouring In Digi Stamps” page and my “Making Paper Flowers” page.

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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:  

20% Off Discount Code –  Great News!  CUP have released a discount code that runs from now until 31/03/2013.  So if you are in to crafting of any type you are sure to find something on the craftsUprint site that will be of use to you.  Knitting patterns, various types of needlework projects, boxes you can present your jewellery in, as well as a huge amount of items for card makers and other paper crafters.  The code you need to type into the REDEEM VOUCHER box on the basket page BEFORE you check out is “SMILE”, then click UPDATE BASKET to save a whopping 20% off your total order value.

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.

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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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Mar 232013
 

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 had a bit of a tidy up of my ProMarkers and FlexMarkers this week as I wanted to put in the new pens I’d bought over the last few weeks into my storage in some sort of order.

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After that I did some colouring in, but haven’t made cards with the results yet, although I have been working on some simple decorating of some bags and some simple cards as well as some other crafting.  I hope you’ll like what I’ve got to show you this time and will leave a comment at the end to let me know what you think of my crafting endeavours.

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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 will usually take you to a website location with either further information about the product or where the item can be bought.)

Most of these are suitable for children, including the monkey card for a little boy (but no cards for an adult man this time – I’m slipping on my resolution to make male theme cards regularly in every batch).

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  1. Designer Resource 5 Evening Dress Ladies by Gillian Hutchinson and Purple Expressions Designer Resource Kit – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took several elements from the purple kit, together with one lady in an evening dress into one of my graphics packages.  I moved around, duplicated, re sized, etc., until I was happy with the layout for the front of an A5 card with an additional layer of the lady against a square purple panel to decoupage onto the front.  I printed the sheet onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut out the main card front and the separate lady on the square panel.  I created an A5 base card by scoring and folding an A4 sheet of 250gsm, black, cardstock.  I went around the cut out panel with a copper metalic marker and then stuck this to the front of the card using finger-lift tape.  I then used some 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape behind the square panel, shaping the dress of the lady below the panel and putting some glue gel there before sticking in place on the front of the card.  I’ve put the greeting “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – on this particular card, but I can change the greeting before printing if I need a different greeting or the greeting in a different language next time.  I designed the topper with the lady “over the bottom edge” of the square panel so that I could cut out the bottom to give dimension, but wouldn’t need to cut around her arms and hair, so keeping the card an easy one to make.)
  2. Milly Moo Cow Shell Edged Corner Stacker by Carol Clarke (I printed the design onto 300gsm white card-stock and cut out all the pieces.  I created a square card of approx. 15cm by scoring using my Hougie Board, trimming and folding in half an A4 sheet of Score Perfect cardstock.  I used finger-lift tape to attach the main image to the card front and then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the corner stacker pieces.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure which language it will be needed in.  These scalloped edge corner stackers are quite easy to cut out and make as there isn’t any intricate cutting involved.)
  3. Chunky Monkey Shell Edged Corner Stacker by Carol Clarke (I printed the design onto 300gsm white card-stock and then cut out the pieces.  I went around the outside edges of all layers with a gold metalic marker, and put some spots in the corners.  I created a 15cm square card from an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl cardstock and then stuck the base image to this using finger-lift tape.  I then used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the layers to the front of the card.  I’ve not put any greeting on the card yet as I’m not sure which language it will be needed in.  I’ve put the small image on the back of the card using finger-lift tape.  Another easy to cut out and make card.)
  4. Gorgeous Gardening Girl by Amy Perry (I printed the sheet out onto 300gsm white cardstock and cut the pieces out.  I created a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of Score Perfect card stock.  I attached the main image to this using finger-lift tape.  I then gently shaped the other pieces with my fingers and attached them to the card front using glue gel.  This card was more difficult to cut out because there were intricate pieces to cut out and some landlocked areas. I have to admit that I cut into the area between the handle of the basket, and the area between the body and the leg and basket to make it easier for me to cut out, and then stuck the butterfly over the cut – well a butterfly can be flying about anywhere, can’t it?!)

I’ve got several more card toppers and embelishments already cut out, both by hand and Cameo, ready to make up, so hopefully I’ll be able to spend some time next week working on them.
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BAGS:

I’d got some 7″ x 9″ white gift bags to put a few little gifts, including a small egg, into as an Easter gift to the children at our Sunday School, and I wanted to put a decorative panel on both sides but didn’t want to be building up lots of layers and embellishments, so I decided to put together the layers in my graphics program and then just print, trim, and stick them onto the bags.  I’ve made half a dozen in all by now.

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  1. Set of 6 Ginghams – Blues and Greens by Sheila Rodgers, Easter Bunny Boys White Clipart by Angela Wenke, Sorbet Designer Mats – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris and Christian Kids clip art by Lisa Craig (This panel I created with a bunny in a basket, and onto the basket I added a mat panel with the greeting “Pasg Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Easter”. This panel is on the front of every one of the bags.  I printed the sheet out several times onto 300gsm white card-stock.  I cut out the panels, rounded their corners with a punch and went round the edges with a green metalic marker.  I then stuck a bunny panel on one side of 7″ x 9″ white gift bags, using ultra tacky tape.)
  2. (On the other side I put a “kid” and added the statement “Mae’n Fyw” – Welsh for “He Lives”.  I then  and stuck a “kids” panel on the other side of every bag.  The bags for the boys have a boy character on the back holding his cross.)
  3. (The bags for the girls have a girl character holding her cross on the back.)
  4. (I’ll be adding a small egg as well as some crafting goodies into the bags.)

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JEWELLERY:

In the “JEWELLERY:” section of my post of the 11th of March – here – I showed you how I started off a long Kumihimo braid, but when it was finished and I came to create my jewellery with the braid, I realised that, although I had several pairs of end caps, I didn’t actually have more than one pair the same, and as I wanted to create more than one matching piece I’d need two pairs of the same type of end caps.  Well the ones I ordered have now arrived, and my bracelet and necklace set is complete.  This is how I did it.

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  1. The first thing I did was just remove the cord ends from the slots on the Kumihimo Disk (remember that I’d put a dolup of glue in the centre and left it to dry so that the braid wouldn’t come undone).  I then cut off the cord I’d tied around the folded over rat-tail cord to hold them together and hold the bag of beads weight.  This end is neat and tidy and doesn’t require any work.
  2. I took one end cap and put a drop of glue inside.
  3. I then pushed the end of the braid into the end cap and waited for the glue to stick.
  4. Then I used my jewellery making tools to attach a small jump ring and lobster claw clasp findings.  This was clipped to a large ring which was attached to the matching end cap using another small jump ring.

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  1. I attach all the findings to one side so that I can size the whole bracelet length, including the clasp, etc.  Either warp around the intended recipent’s arm if they are around, ask what size is needed, or make to a size that’s usually suitable, depending whether it’s being made for a youngster or adult. The measurement that’s needed is where the end will be when inside the second cap.
  2. I then wrapped around two lengths of thread.  One length was wrapped tightly and tied off at the position where the cord would go into the cap, and the second length of thread was wrapped around a couple of mm away on the side of the longer length of braid.
  3. I then took a large scissors and cut between the two wrapped threads.
  4. The other end of the piece that was originally glued into the end cap was glued into the other end cap that was attached via the clasp, and one of the second matching set of end caps was glued to the cut end of the piece that was left.

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  1. I then wrapped and tied some more thread tightly around the other end of the long piece, trimmed off the loose ends that had come off the Kumihimo disk and glued into the last end cap.  And I had a nice set of matching bracelet and necklace.

If you are making a similar set and find that a longer necklace is needed than is possible with the piece of Kumihimo braid left after cutting off the bracelet then a piece of chain can be put in rather than a large ring, and this will act as an extension.  The same could be done for the bracelet if you had to guess the length and find you’ve made it too small.

In my last pose – here – I showed you the start of my first piece of Beaded Kumihimo.  This is now finished.

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  1. This is what my first Beaded Kumihimo.  It is the right length for a bracelet.  Notice that I finished off with a length of around 1″ of plain braided S-Lon, without the beads, to match the similar piece I started off with, so that this will go into the end caps without trying to push beads in.  I haven’t added the cup ends and made it up into a bracelet yet, so that will be something to show you in a future post.
  2. This is a closeup of the braid.

I then decided to immediately start another braid, but this time doing a pattern with different coloured beads.  I chose the light, dark and a medium S-lon bead cord from a “Lilac Tones” pack of four cords.  I used two, double length, pieces of the lightest cord and one double length piece each of the others, so that, when folded over, and tied together in the middle I had four light ends, two medium and two dark to work with.

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  1. Starting at the top of my Kumihimo Disk I put light, dark, light, medium, light, dark, and finished off light, medium.
  2. I then braided these S-lon cords to give me a length of braid some 1″ in length doing – bottom left up to the left of the top pair, top right down to the right of the bottom cord, then rotating a quarter turn anti-clockwise, and starting again.
  3. After that I threaded on my seed beads.  With having to stop and rest my hands a lot it took me several hours do do the threading.  The darker beads that went on the two darker threads are Silver Lined Purple Violet Toho Round Beads Size 11/0
  4. The lighter beads that went on the 4 lighter cords are white beads with an AB finish and are of a slightly larger size than the purple ones – I’m afraid I don’t have the label off the pack any more to be certain where I got them.

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  1. These are the medium coloured beads which appear more lilac in reality than the picture shows.
  2. After I threaded each cord with beads I tied a single bead at the end and then wrapped the cord around a bobbin, putting bunches of beads every inch or two of cord when winding.
  3. I then flipped over the bobbin to hold the main length inside, leaving around 5″ working length from the Kumihimo disk.
  4. I did this for all 8 working cords.

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  1. At this stage I started dropping one bead into the braid and positioning it every time I crossed over.  I pinched behind the bead closest to the Kumihimo disk on the next cord to be passed over.
  2. And keeping my fingers behind this bead meant that no other beads moved forward from the end with the bobbin as I was working.
  3. I removed the cord from the notch and lifted it up while keeping it taught so that the bead moved towards the centre of the disk.
  4. I did this until the bead had gone into the central hole in the quarter made between the bottom left cord and the cord coming towards me.  Sometimes a bead didn’t slide down the cord and needed to be flicked onwards.

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  1. Once the bead was in the centre I released the tension on the cord and allowed the the bead to drop –
  2. Until it was cloas to the main braid being made, below the two cords going to the left.
  3. I then pulled the cord upwards towards the notch it was going into at the top of the disk, making sure that the bead was caught on the lower left thread.  The bead needs to stay in this position when the cord is put under tension.  On the occasions the bead didn’t catch I pulled the cord out from the slot, gave the bead a push under and re-seated the cord
  4. I then did exactly the same with the top right cord, putting one bead into position before catching the bead under the upper right thread and pulling the cord to slot to the right of the bottom cord, before turning a quarter turn anti clockwise and starting the passing up and down again.

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  1. After about 20 minutes of doing a little bit and then resting, to prevent my hands getting too sore – at least I was having a reasonable day with my hands when I started this – this is how much I’d done.

Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to this at some point over the weekend and can complete it.  I’m going for a necklace length this time.

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KNITTING:

In the “KNITTING:” section of my last post – here – I told you how I thought I’d finished the warm snugly coat for Blocwned, one of my nephews’ teddies, but that he then told me that the coat needed a pocket.  So here we are – one coat – with pocket – with a paper handkerchief in it.

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I do hope that it now matches requirements and that I can get back to my own knitting projects.  I started knitting a baby blanket some time last year that isn’t finished yet, and I also want to knit myself a wrap or scarf – I’ve not decided yet what to do with the yarn.

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CUTTING WORK FOR TINA FITCH:

I’’ve been working on some more stuff for the talented designer Tina Fitch lately, working on turning one of her designs into a Print & Cut file and creating an item from the file and photographing it.  This is the finished card and envelope box.

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  1. Print & Cut – Cutting Machine file – 3d Lily Flower Window Box Card & Box..CraftROBO/Cameo; Print and cut yourself kit – 3d Lily Flower Window Box Card & Box

Keep an eye out on my blog, and on Tina’s blog – Forever Memories For You – for more of Tina’s designs.

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PICTORIAL GUIDES:

I’’ve added some more stuff to my “Colouring In Digi Stamps” page, looking at using the ProMarker Ultra-fine Nibs for colouring in very small areas.  As I’m writing this blog post I’ve got photos for this section uploaded to the page but have a bit more of the descriptions to add over the next couple of days.

The “Making Paper Flowers” page hasn’t been updated this week, but there’s already a few suggestions there for my blog readers to have a look at.

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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, 20th March – Here! – The subject line of the E-mail is “Crafty Bob at the NEC, NEW 3D Double Pop Out Cards, NEW Diamond Mini Kits, Gold Sellers & CUP NEWS” – so click over for a look.
  • Friday, 22nd March – Here! – Today’s mailer came out under the subject line “FREE Vol. 38 CD Rom, NEW Floral Basket Mini Kits, CUP News & More”.  There are some really lovely designs on the free CD-ROM, as well as amongst the other designs being showcased, so well worth a look.

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 March 2013

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Mar 182013
 

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.

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After the hassle of trying to get my bog site, that my web space provider had “migrated” to a newer system, into an appearance that I could live with, I’ve now decided to leave well alone for the moment and see how it goes over the next few weeks.  I’m just glad that the content migrated, even if it had lost such formatting details as centering of text and borders around thumbnail photos.

So Wednesday I got my Silhouette Cameo out and did some cutting – well actually – I did a lot of cutting!

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Some of these cuts you will see in the cards that are to follow, but it will take me a while to use them all.

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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 will usually take you to a website location with either further information about the product or where the item can be bought.)

The first card here is made using items cut out using two different cutting files, but not greatly embellished, whereas the rest of the cards are quite simple cards.  One suitable for Christmas, and I think that some, if not all, of today’s cards would be suitable for a man.

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  1. Open Book, Mat & Marker.. by Angela Burke and Runners Silhouettes Files for Silhouette,Cameo & Portrait by Margaret Jones (I took both the cutting file into my Silhouette Studio software and chose the different sized mats I wanted to cut out with my Silhouette Cameo, choosing some with a straight edge and some with the decorative strip of circles around the edge.  I cut these out of 250gsm linen texutred cardstock in blue, and white and blue glitter card – using an old blade for the glitter card, as well as a smaller one out of 250gsm white cardstock.  I also cut out some of the marker strips out of the different card-stocks.  As decoration I also cut out two runner silhouettes out from the white card stock the same time as I cut out the last central strip and small “open book”.  I shaped the “open book” pages over the side of a table to give them some shape before sticking everything together using ultra tacky double sided tape and glue gel.  I finished with the peel-off greeting “Llongyfarchiadau” – Welsh for “Congratulations”.  This could be a congratulations card for any sort of running feat, from somebody completing a marathon, to a child wining in the school sports.)
  2. Angel Toppers by Sheila Rodgers (I printed the sheet off onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the toppers.  I created a base card by scoring an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock with my Hougie Board and then folding in half.  As the angel image itself is framed I decided not to add to the card weight or depth with further layers and so just stuck the topper directly to the front of my card using fingerlift tape, leaving a space at the bottom for a greeting to be added once I know which language the card will be needed in.  I intend to use this as a Christmas card, putting in an insert with the words of Luc 2 : 9-10 in the relevant language inside.)
  3. Lone wolf topper 2 by Sharon Poore (I printed this design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper, two to a page, at just less than A5 size. I then cut the panel out. I stuck this on a mat of dark brown Adorable Scorable cardstock and trimmed to leave a border of around 3mm around each edge. I prepared a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of a shade of green Adorable Scorable cardstock. I used finger-lift tape to attach the matted topper to the front of the card. A very striking image so I kept to a simple style of card with no embellishment.  I’ll add a greeting once I know what language it is needed in.)
  4. Bullmastiff portrait 3D Decoupage by Liz Harrison (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out all the pieces.  Because I wanted a finished card that wasn’t too deep to go through the post using an ordinary UK stamp I divided the layers and only used the main topper, layers 2 and 4 for this card and used very little glue gel to attach them for a very subtle dimension. As the image itself is framed I decided not to do any further matting and layering. I created a square, 15cm, base card by scoring, trimming and folding an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and then used finger-lift tape to attach the decoupaged topper directly to the front.  I’ve kept the greetings panels provided on the sheet and will attach one once I know the most suitable greeting for the recipient.  Kept simple like this I think the card would be a good design for a man.)

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BOX:

One of the items I cut out during my big cutting session was this box in the shape of a wedding cake.

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  1. Wedding Cake Box MTC*SCAL*STUDIO*SVG*WPC by Rae Carr (This box is made totally from 2 sheets of 12″ x 12″ 250gsm cardstock in white and pink – I believe the white was a Bazzill cardstock from the Neutrals pad and the pink from a C & C pad,  and some quick grab wet glue.  I decided to make the lid in a different colour to the base, but in reality the box can be made up in any colours, from white for a wedding to gold for a golden wedding anniversary.  I cut the design out using my Silhouette Cameo and then glued first the lid and then the base of the box together.  Although there’s plenty of room for decorating and embellishing, including threading ribbon through the top band of the lid, I decided to make it up this time with only items from the cutting file.  My only embellishment was a paper flower on the top – hand made from the heart shapes cut out of the side of the lid – there’s a description of how I made a similar flower from hearts of all the same size, called “Paper Roses From Hearts” on my page “Making Paper Flowers“, although, for this one I used two different sized hearts because that’s what came out of the cut edge of the lid.  I made the box up slightly taller than the height set in the cutting file, but the instructions do say about the ability to do this, so on a 12” square cardstock you could make quite a tall box – for holding a gift of a bottle if you wanted.)
  2. A different angled view of the box.
  3. A closeup of the hand made paper rose on top.

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JEWELLERY:

I had intended to show you how I finished off the strand of Kumihimo braid I showed you in my last post in this blog post but, unfortunately, when I went to fetch cord ends from my findings box I realised that, although I’ve got lots of braid ends, I don’t have more than one pair of any particular style and colour of ends.  For this particular project, as I intend to make a set of matching bracelet and necklace, I need two pairs to match.  So I’ve placed an order for some more braid ends and got on with my next project.

I mentioned in my last post that I’d bought the extra Kumihimo disk so that I could make some beaded Kumihimo.  To keep my first effort simple I decided to just use a pack of cheap seed beads from my beading stash.  These are in mixed shades with a shiny finish, so I don’t need to try and make a patterned beaded braid with different beads on different threads.  So this is my first effort.

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  1. I’ve used a pale lilac S-lon cord for this.  I started off the same way as for the Kumihimo I showed you previously, taking 4 long lengths and using a piece of string to tie them together in the middle and folding over to create 8 working ends.  For beaded Kumihimo you need a piece of braided cord at the end to put into the cap findings so I didn’t start adding the beads until I’d made around an inch of the plain braid.  You’ll notice that this is a much narrower braid than the Kumihimo braid made using the rat-tail cord.  I then added lots of beads to each of the 8 S-lon cord ends and wound them onto the bobbins and continued braiding.

Hopefully I’ll have more photos to show you of this as I do some more and complete it.  I think I may be doing it a bit too slack, but don’t want to change how I’m working at this stage as it will give a different look if I start pulling tighter now, but I’ll see if I can work tighter for my next efforts.

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EASTER HATS:

No, these are not my creations.

My two youngest nephews were over for a couple of days over the weekend and wanted to make “Easter Hats” to take to school, and so they raided my bits file for lots of flourishes and butterflies as decoration. They wanted their hats to be bigger, better and different to what they’d done last year.  So we went for decorated top hats. It took them hours to make their hats, a bit at a time and then letting them dry while they played, before coming back to do some more, with a lot of supervision from me and raiding my crafting stash for card, distress inks, metallic marker pens, embossing templates, dies, glitter, etc., etc., etc.

I think that all the butterflies have been used from my cutting session last Wednesday (that I showed you the results of in the photo at the top of this post), and a good proportion of my flourishes.  These came from the cutting file New Card Collection…..SVG by Tina Fitch.  I don’t have many dies, (as I use my machine mostly for embossing and use my Cameo for cutting) but I think my nephews must have had a good half of them out for cutting – and I made them turn the handle for every one of the die-cuts – If they wanted them, they cut them.

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The hat itself is made using 2 A4 sheets of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock and one sheet of A3.  The youngest nephew decided on embossing bunting and balloons around the sides then colouring them in using metalic markers in green and purple.  he’s got three panels with pictures of similar Easter Eggs on each panel.  He’s even written a “label” on the egg on each panel saying “wi pasg” (wrong spelling of “Wy Pasg” – an “Easter Egg”)  though the label changed size and shrunk by the time he’d finished colouring the last egg.  Ribbons, die cut flowers and just two of my Cameo cut butterflies made it onto this card.

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There are four panels around the hat of my other young nephew, but only one has been filled in yet – with a picture the nephew coloured in of an Easter Egg. He wants an Easter bunny, a chick, and something else on the panels that are still empty, but neither of us are any good at drawing, and his mother is a very good artist, so he took the hat home for finishing off with her help.  She’ll be able to draw something simple that he’s able to copy and colour in.  As well as a lot of butterflies and flourishes decorating the sides and rim, there’s a shredded paper nest on the top of this hat with a polystyrene egg coloured with a purple metallic marker in it.  The cutting file he chose for his panels was a Tonic die that had a similar edge to one of the templates he’d chosen for his side embossing.

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KNITTING:

In my post of the 7th March (here) I showed you my progress so far with knitting a warm, snugly, coat for one of my nephew’s teddy.  The coat is finished now (well nearly – read on!), with the last sleeve added.  My nephew has also raided his grandmother’s button box and chosen the buttons he wanted are on the coat.

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  1. This is what the coat looked like after finishing and adding the buttons and buttonhole loops.
  2. And this is Blocwend wearing her snugly new coat.

According to her owner, Blocwend loves her new coat – But! – everybody knows that a coat is suppose to have pockets!  Blocwend has stayed over here when her owner went home yesterday evening.  So guess what I’m now knitting – tiny little pockets of seven stitches width on my circular knitting board!

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PICTORIAL GUIDES:

I don’t think I’ve added anything new to my Pictorial Guides since my last blog post, but you can still see my “Colouring In Digi Stamps” page my “Making Paper Flowers” page on my blog, and I’m sure that I’ll be adding more before long.

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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, 11th March – Here! – The work of CUP Silver Designers is being showcased in this mailer.  There’s also some new designs, Exclusive Designer Spotlight, Card Maker Spotlight, CUP Latest News, etc.
  • Wednesday, 13th March – Here! – The subject line for this mailer said “NEW 8×8 Layer Kits, FREE Weekly CD, Silver Designers & CUP News” so click over for a look and see all the designs and read the news.
  • Friday, 15th March – Here! – There’s a showcase of what’s on the new FREE CD-ROM that’s sent to every customer who spends over £10 in one transaction in one purchase in this mailer.  The subject line says – “FREE Vol 37 CD Rom, NEW Poetry in Motion, NEW Diamond Edge Mini Kits & More” – and there really is a lot more.
  • Monday, 18th March – Here! – This time it’s the turn of more CUP Silver Designers to be showcased.  Of interest to anybody looking for designs to make cards for “difficult to make for” men might like to take a look at the new “Shaped Beer Can Mini Kits” by Carol Clarke.

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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Mar 112013
 

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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Those of you who’ve been over to look at my blog before may notice that the planned “migration” of my blog to a new version – “to keep pace with all new technical and security-related requirements”, that I told you about in my post of the 26th February, has taken place, and that my blog now looks different.  As far as I can see the content did all migrate, but the formatting layout within the posts was lost, and the appearance theme I landed up with was definitely not the theme I had previously.  When I logged in on Saturday to do a blog post about my Mother’s Day card I found the blog with a completely different, and totally irrelevant, photo at the top, and in strange colours that I didn’t like as a backdrop for my card photos.  So out the door went my plan to create a blog post on Saturday – and since then I’ve been trying to get things to a state I can live with.  My personal preference is for a blog theme with a minimal amount of colours and other distracting elements, which is one of the reasons I like the blog service provided by my website space provider, as it doesn’t allow, lots of extra’s to be added all over the place.  At the moment I’ve got most of the settings so that the colours are in shades of purple that I like, but there are still some elements in the sidebar that I haven’t found the location the colour can be changed and so the colour is still a bit more pinky than I want for the menus down the side.  When my brain isn’t feeling quite so frazzled I’ll go back to the Appearance settings and have another look.

In the meantime, I thought it was time to see how I’d get on with the “editor” part of the new setup.  In addition to the “Dashboard” changing, the “editor” has as well.  Nothing too drastic and beyond what I’ve seen with other website editors I’ve worked with, but there are a few more things that appear as codes rather than actual titles of what the area is for in some locations, together with some stuff that I never tend to change being visible all the time and things that I want to use regularly being hidden behind and require a few clicks to get at.  It could take me a while to get confident that I know where everything is and what it does.

The most anoying thing about this upgrade is that there’s a location in “Settings” that says “Update Services – When you publish a new post, WordPress automatically notifies the following site update services” – and I know that I’d made sure that there was absolutely nothing in this location on the old version of my blog – but after the the “migration” the address of the Ping-O-Matic’s server was added by default.  So, of course, that meant that, as soon as the new system was in place and the old database converted to the new one, the blog software saw every post I’d done as updated posts and let Ping-O-Matic know about all my blog posts.  And that meant that the annoying people and “businesses” who troll the Internet looking for places to put up links to their shady sites had picked up on my blog and started writing totally irrelevant comments on lots of my blog posts.  I know I’ve got it set to not publish any comments without me moderating them first – so none of these spam comments went live, and I know that I removed the “Update Services” address Saturday evening as soon as I found it in my “Settings” – so no more information about update I’ve made to my blog will get sent to Ping-O-Matic, but as the information has already been sent and stored online it could be a while before the Spam slows down.  There were 16 comments on my blog that appeared between logging out at just before Midnight Saturday and logging on 10am on Sunday – and only 2 of them were genuine comments from people who’d actually looked at my newest posts.  I had lots more during the day, and then between logging out last night and logging back in mid-morning today there were 42 new comments, with none of them being genuine.  And while I’ve been writing this top part of my blog post the Dashboard is showing that 16 more have come in to be moderated. Arrrrr!

Enough of my blog woes.  On with some crafting.  I’ll start with the Mother’s Day card I had ready to show  you on Saturday, and then show you a handful of other cards I finished off on Saturday morning while waiting for my Tesco Delivery.

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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 will usually take you to a website location with either further information about the product or where the item can be bought.)

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Bunch of Tulips Doodles Digital Stamp by Lee Jacobs and Tulips backing by Angela Wake (I printed the digi-stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock at a much smaller size than supplied and coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: tulips and bow – Red, Poppy; shoes – Cool Grey 5; dress – Orchid, Lilac; hair – Cinamon, Cocoa, Henna; skin – Blush, Tan, Dusky Pink; stems and leaves – Apple Cider, Bright Green, Grass. I printed out the background onto Matte Crafty Bob paper.  I created my base card by scoring, folding and trimming an A3 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock to make a large square card.  I took a sheet of bought in lattice from my crafty stash, popped out the pieces and coloured them the same red as the tulips on the digital stamp to make petals, shaped them, and stuck them together using quick grab glue to make miniature flowers for embellishment.  The lattice itself I coloured in with gold metalic ink.  The kit that the lattice came in also had the frame and the little panels I’ve used as a greeting panel and flower plaque.  I coloured the frame and went round the panels using a green ProMarker I’d used when colouring the digi-stamp.  I trimmed the background sheet to be around 1.5cm smaller height and width than the card itself and used a paper punch to round the corners.  Matted it onto green Satin Board and trimmed to leave a small border and again punched the corners.  I then attached this to my base card.  A panel of the Centura Pearl that was trimmed off the base card was cut to the size of the framed lattice and attached behind it using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape before it was put on the front of the card.  I coloured a greeting “Sul Y Mamau Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Mother’s Day” – with two of the ProMarkers I’d used to colour in the digi-stamp before attaching it to the greetings panel and used glue gel to attach the little flowers to the other panel.  I used the same 2mm foam tape to attach these to the card front.  The most fiddly thing about this card was making the flowers from the lattice waste.  I had actually planned on making a fuller bunch of flowers on the panel but just had to give up after making the number I did make because my fingers were bad.)

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  1. Wild Deer Card Topper by Tammy Clarke (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I matted the main image onto a sheet of green satin board and trimmed to leave a small border before sticking to the front of a card I’d made by scoring using my Hougie Board , folding and trimming a sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock.  I used glue gel to attach the extra layers of the animals and used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the blank greetings panel. I don’t know the language the greeting will be required in yet, so I’ve left it blank for now, but have kept the supplied greetings and can quickly stick one of these on top if required. The most difficult part about making this card was the cutting out of the deers.  I must admit that I cut off the far, front, leg of the larger animal so that I wouldn’t have to cut out a landlocked area.)
  2. Designer Resource 4 Morning Fairies by Gillian Hutchinson, Designer Resource Blue Papers & Frames by Gillian Hutchinson and The Butterfly Collection 2 by Karen Wyeth (I took one of the backgrounds and the oval frame panel, together with two fairies and a butterfly into one of my graphics packages and re-sized and manipulated until I had a base card with aperture and a butterfly detail, an insert with a fairy in a position that corresponded to the oval in the front, and another side to the insert with a second fairy and a “Penblwydd Hapus Iawn” greeting – Welsh for “A Very Happy Birthday”.  The base card was printed out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper while the insert was printed onto glossy A-May-Zing paper. These were all cut out, scored and folded.  Nothing too tricky to cut out as the only remotely intricate cutting was the butterfly and the oval.  I took a quickie glue pen and went over details on the background of the card front as well as the 2nd butterfly layer with it before dunking the lot in a tub of ultra fine crystal glitter.  I then used some finger-lift tape to attach the insert to the back of the card and glue gel to attach the second layer of butterfly to the front.  By attaching the double sided insert to the back, when the card is standing opened the front of the insert stays a big back from the front giving the card dimension.)
  3. The insert of the previous card.

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  1. Alaskan Malamute Portrait 3D Decoupage by Liz Harrison (I printed the sheet onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out the pieces.  I prepared a base card by scoring, folding and trimming an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock to make a square card and then used a paper punch to round the corners.  For this card I attached the main base image directly to the card front using finger-lift tape, and then shaped and added layers 2 and 4 using glue gel.  I added the greetings panel with the name of the dog breed using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  As I didn’t wan’t the card to get too deep I kept the other layers to make another card with.  The layers of the dog decoupage were not too difficult to cut out as they are reasonably rounded in shapes with no landlocked areas.)
  2. Designer Resource Vintage Set in Green by Gillian Hutchinson and Designer Resource 4 Morning Fairies by Gillian Hutchinson (I took the three elements from the green kit, together with a fairy into one of my graphics packages and moved around and re-sized until I had a multi-layer look I was happy with.  I printed out the design onto Matte Crafty bob paper and cut out the panel and the additional fairy layer.  I used this as the front of my card attaching a folded over panel of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock, trimmed to size, to make the back of the card.  I used glue gel to attach the fairy after shaping her a bit with my hands.  The greeting I’ve used is “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch” – which is Welsh for “Thinking About You”.  The second layer of the fairy was the most intricate thing to cut out on this card, but as I’d positioned the same fairy image on the card front it isn’t essential to add the extra layer if my hands are bad any time I want to make up the card again.)

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JEWELLERY:

I’ve already got a round and a square Kumihimo disk, but have permanently got something on the go on them and, seeing as I’ve got some S-lon and seed and E beads, I wanted to have a go at beaded Kumihimo.  I was also short of the bobbins to hold the thread, and glue to attach the braid into the findings.  So I decided to stock up equipment.  When I went looking I found a special offer on a Kumihimo starter kit [offer now finished] which made it a better value option to go for that than just sourcing the items I actually wanted. So the first thing I did when the kit arrived was use the supplied rat-tail cord to make a Kumihimo braid.  This is what I did, with some tips.

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  1. If you are working in pairs of colours, don’t waste cord by cutting and then tying the cords.  Just use as is, folded in half, and tie a thread or yarn around the central point, so that four lengths of cord give eight ends to work with.  This means that you have a neat end ready to be inserted into the end finding.
  2. I’ve heard some people say that they hold onto the working end and use their hand to apply a tension while working, but the one time I tried that [because I’d forgotten to attach a weight] I had a totally uneven braid because I can’t hold the central braid and apply an even pressure as I’m working because of problems with my hands.  So now I always tie on some sort of object as a weight  As a beader I’ve usually got bags of beads about and I find that a small bag of beads is perfect for what I need, so after threading the tied on central yarn through from the front to the back of my Kumihimo disk I tie on the bag of beads.
  3. I then put the threads into the relevant slots.  For this braid I placed the pairs of colours at 90 degree angles to each other.
  4. After positioning the cords I wrapped the cords around the bobbins and started working a “bottom to top, top to bottom, then rotate a quarter turn anticlockwise” pattern.

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  1. After repeating this pattern several times I had the braid appearing out the bottom of the central hole.
  2. And the cris cross of the cord movements leaves it looking like this at the centre on top.
  3. This is the “parking” position – the way to leave the cords in the disk – when putting it down.  As I can’t do a lot in one go, especially the holding up with the weight hanging down, I do tend to braid while watching TV, putting the disk down to rest quite often, and work short pieces at one go.
  4. The 3m length of 4 cords braided together to create a 24 inch piece of braid.  To finish I make sure that the cord ends are taught in the disk and put a blog of glue in the centre.  Once this is set the braid can be removed from the disk and the ends cut off, and because the glue is there the braid won’t come undone when you release it.

The glue is now drying at the top of this braid, so I’ll come back with details of what I make with it in a future post.

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KNITTING:

I just finished knitting the last sleeve of the coat I’m working on for one of the nephew’s teddies called Blocwend (I showed you the start in my post – here).  I’m just waiting now for my nephew to bring Blocwend over for a “fitting”, and for him to make his choice of buttons from my mother’s button box.  So hopefully I’ll have photos of the finished article to show you before long.

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PICTORIAL GUIDES:

I’’ve added some more stuff to my two pages of pictorial guides to how I’’ve done things.

On my “Colouring In Digi Stamps” page I’m currently working on a section headed “Blending Using Two Pens” and I’ve got a few other ideas milling in my head for including on this page.

I’’ve also added a quick guide called “”Adapting Flowers You’ve Already Got In Your Crafting Stash”” to my “Making Paper Flowers” page.

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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, 8th March – Here! – This mailer is showcasing the content of the free CD-ROM Volume 36, plus some lovely prints that are coming free with it.  Remember – you only need to buy £10 worth of items from CUP to get the free gifts delivered to you – with no P & P.  There’s also lots of other designs available to buy via craftsUprint on show in this mailer, and bits of news of what some designers and crafters have been up to.

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 March Crafting 2013

 Posted by at 11:11 pm
Mar 072013
 

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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Ultrafine220×102Spending – This week I’ve been tempted to buy more ProMarkers.  Well, with the sale prices I couldn’t resist – and it’s not as if they are colours I’ll never use.  I went for a “5 Pack Ultra-fine – Hair” and a “5 Pack Ultra-fine – Fir“.  I know I’ve got a couple of colours from each, but they are pens I use a lot of for everything from hair, to teddies, to horses, and anywhere else where browns are needed, and were amongst the first ProMarkers I had, so I’m sure that the colours I do have will be the first ones to run out with me.  Plus, of course, on top of the prices being reasonable on the sale, these pens come with 5 ultra-fine nib attachments per set, and these cost money by themselves, so I decided to splash out.

Wining – I was lucky enough to win a copy of one of Janette Padley’s latest digital stamps.  A mini competition was held on the Facebook group “Stamping Dragon Designs” earlier this week to name her new male and female pig characters.  My choice of “Primrose” for the female pig was chosen as a winner, and Fran Hancock’s choice of “Parker” for the male pig was chosen.  If you like using digital stamps then why not have a go at using some of Janette’s lovely digi-stamps.  You can ask to join the FB group – Here!  There’s currently a chance to win a £5 Stamping Dragon Designs Gift Voucher.

Colouring – Of course, as soon as my digital stamp winged its way to me via E-mail I felt the need to have a “colouring in” session, so the first card I’ve got to show you today is made with the little pig digi-stamp I won as the main topper element.  I just love it.  I hope you like it, and the small number of other cards I’ve got to show you today.

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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.)

As the “Stamping with the Dragon Challenge” running at the moment is “Anything goes” I thought that this would be the perfect entry for the challenge – giving everybody a chance to see my first effort at colouring in the digi stamp I won.  Details of the challenge can be found –Here!

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Pig in Frame digital stamp by Janette Padley plus Decorative Edge Card Blank 4 – STUDIO by Anne Huxter (I cut the card blank out of 250gsm, linen textured, pale yellow cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I printed out the digi stamp onto  300gsm Super Smooth cardstock at smaller than the supplied colour and coloured it in using ProMarkers to use as my topper.  The colours I used were: frame – Henna, Chestnut, Cinnamon with Copper metallic marker for details round outside of frame; pig – Blossom, Rose Pink; Antique White FlexMarker; flowers – Tulip Yellow, Canary; gackground behind pig in frame – Powder Blue; outline round outside of topper panel and leaf greeting panel – Meadow Green.  I used a die cut leaf shape as my greetings panel, which says “Penblwydd Hapus” – Welsh for “Happy Birthday” – written in Rose Pink using an ultra fine nib.  I went round the leaf and topper with the green ProMarker to make then stand out.  The digi-stamp topper was stuck to the card using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used glue gel to attach the leaf greeting panel and some cream mini mulberry flowers I’d coloured in with some of the same pens I’d used on the topper – as mulberry flowers are not coated they soak in more of the ink and turn out shades deaper than on the smooth card-stock used for the digi stamp – but at least they are in the same colour family.)

Three other cards I finished today, although it has been a while since I had my cutting machine out to cut out the cards.

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  1. First Lesson by Karen Wyeth and Decorative Edge Card Blank 6 – STUDIO by Anne Huxter (I printed the digital stamp out onto 300gsm Super Smooth cardstock at much smaller than the supplied colour.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: skin – Ivory, Satin; hair and teddy – Vanilla, Tan; flowers and bows – Tulip Yellow; dress and teddy’s leotard – Pink Mittens, Rose Pink, Pink Carnation; scroll work top and bottom of chair – Red Gold Metallic Marker; legs of chair – Chestnut, Walnut; chair – Berry Red, Wild Cranberry, Cardinal Red; faint outline around whole image – Lemon Chiffon FlexMarker.  I cut the coloured in digi-stamp using a die in my “Joy” machine, cutting a smaller blank panel out of the same sheet of card at the same time.  I cut out the base out of 250gsm, linen textured, pink cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo. I went around the edge of the base card, the digi-stamp topper panel and the blank panel using the same Rose Pink ProMarker I’d used when colour in.  I placed some white lace peel-offs on the left of the card front and behind the right hand edge of the topper before sticking the topper in place using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape. I used the same tape to attach the blank panel.  I made a bunched flower out of lots of little, red, mulberry paper flowers and put a strip of the white lace peel-off border around the stem.  This was stuck to the front of the card using glue gel and some leaves, that I’d die cut the same time as the topper and then coloured in green with a Meadow Green ProMarker, were tucked in behind.)
  2. Camping Trip by Janette Padley (I printed the design out at much smaller than the given size onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white card-stock.  I then coloured it in using my ProMarkers.  The colours I used were: tent and bag – Cappuccino FlexMarker; tent pegs – Walnut; green dragon – Soft Green, Mint Green; lilac dragon – Lilac, Orchid, Plumb; ball – colours already used plus Powder Blue; shadow and emphasis line around digis – Sea Mist FlexMarker.  I cut out a topper of the coloured in digi-stamp, a smaller blank panel, flowers and leaves using dies- the die being used for the topper and greetings panels coming from the Labels 29 set.  I took a sheet of Adorable Scorable card-stock, scored it using my Hougie Board and folded it in half, then rounded the corners with a paper punch.  I went round this base card, the digi topper and the blank panel using the Mint Green ProMarker I’d used on the digital stamp.  I also used the same ProMarkers I’d used on the digi-stamp to colour in the die-cut flowers and leaves. I had a ribbon that was variegated purple to pink, but not quite the right shade for this card, so I cut a strip out of the same cardstock as the digi was printed onto and coloured this strip and the ribbon with the Orchid colour ProMarker I’d used when colouring in the digi-stamp.  The ribbon was then wrapped around the cardstock strip and stuck to the base card using 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I used the same foam tape to attach the digi topper and the blank panel.  I used glue gel to attach the flowers I’d die-cut, coloured and shaped.  The card was finished off with midget gems being put top right and bottom left of the card as well as in the flower centres.  I haven’t put a greeting on the card yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in, but when I do put one I’ll use one of the ProMarkers I’ve used to give the peel-offs a hint of the same colour as already used on the card.)
  3. Large Fold Card *SVG* by Rae Carr (I cut out the pieces provided for this card out of 250gsm, linen textured, blue cardstock and 250gsm, pearlescent, lemony cream coloured card-stock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I then stuck the card together using wet glue.  The wrap was cut out of the pearlescent cardstock, though I’ve forgotten to photograph it for this picture.  It fits around the centre of the card as I’ve put some bunched together, cream coloured mulberry flowers as an embellishment on the bottom panel of the card.  I went around the inside panel of the card with peel-offs and put the greeting inside as well.  This is a very pretty design card that doesn’t need a lot of embellishment, but hidden messages can be put behind and inside the panels, or even a little photograph.)

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KNITTING:

In my post of the 26/02/2013 I mentioned that, as I’d finished the requested waistcoat and tail warmer for one nephew’s soft toy lion, RaRa, I had started knitting the warm coat that his brother had requested for his teddy Blocwend.  This is coming along slowly but surely.  This is the stage I’m at now.

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  1. As green was the requested colour this time we settled on two shades of green yarn from my stash of Stylecraft yarn.
  2. I’m currently working on the second sleeve, using the smallest size of circular knitting loom I have.
  3. Four rows of rib before going into moss stitch.  I’ll start shaping the top of the raglan style sleeve before long.
  4. This is the main part of the coat with the first sleeve stitched in.  This was kitted on a circular knitting loom two sizes larger than the one I’m using for the sleeve but worked back and fore, in the flat, rather than going round and round for a tubular knit.  four rows of rib to start, then a “skirt” of ordinary knitting, before going into moss stitch for the body, with a rib up both sides and splitting to make the back and two front panels nearer the top.

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TUTORIALS:

I’m working on some more pictorial guides to add to those already on the pages for : “Colouring In Digi Stamps” and “Making Paper Flowers”.  Keep an eye out for more additions over the next few days.

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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 March – Here! – CUP has a new Titanium Designer.  Carol Smith has now sold over 50,000 downloads on CUP to reach this level.  This mailer is mostly a showcase of carol’s designs, but there are a few other things – such as fundraising for Comic Relief and the price of dental work in Mexico – to be found 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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The Start Of My March Crafting

 Posted by at 06:39 pm
Mar 042013
 

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 made a few quick (print, cut out, stick together) sort of cards over the weekend, but I’ve also been playing around with digital designs and designing some of my own cards in My Craft Studio before printing out and making up – a bit of hybrid crafting.  I have also had my ProMarkers out and done a bit of colouring, and added a bit to my pictorial guides, so I hope you’ll click through and have a look at them.  I’ve not done a huge amount of crafting the last few days, but I hope you like what I’ve got to show you in this blog post.

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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. Twenties Fashion Stamp by Janette Padley (I printed the digi stamp out at much smaller than the given size onto   300gsm, Super Smooth, white card-stock.  I then coloured her in using my ProMarkers.  The colours used were: hair – Cinnamon; skin – Ivory, Satin; jewellery – Silver Metallic Marker; darker areas of dress, shoes, hat – Powder Blue, Pastel Blue; lighter area of dress – Icicle; outside shadow – Cool Grey 2.  I used the Keepsake Auspicious embossing board and created a base “screen” card out of a pearlescent cardstock with a hint of off white silver, mirror paper, and a daisy patterned paper from my crafting stash.  I used wet glue to attach most of the layers together, cut out and shaped the digi-stamp and stuck her in place using glue gel.  I embellished the card using midget gems.)
  2. STUNNING TULIP TOPPER & PAPER – LILAC by Sharon Duncan (I printed the design out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out most of the elements.  I scored and folded in half the background element and used 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape to attach the topper to the front of my created card, putting it towards the top.  I then shaped the extra pieces I’d cut out to decoupage and stuck them in place using glue gel.  I’ve not put on a greeting yet as I’m not sure what language it will be needed in.)
  3. Designer Resource Paper Roses by Susan Wood and CU Oval Lace Frames & Bows by Jean Gordon (I took one of the oval lace frames, together with some paper roses and leaves into one of my graphics packages.  I coloured the roses and leaves to a shade I liked and grouped them to fit inside the oval aperture of the frame.  I tweaked the colour of the frame slightly to get a shade that went well with this project.  I then created a background by tiling a  one of the roses that was greatly reduced in size, and also created a greetings panel from a copy of the frame shrunk down very small.  The greeting I used was “Penblwydd Hapus” – which is Welsh for “Happy Birthday”.  After putting a second copy fo the flowers and greetings panel on the other side of my working area I printed the design I’d created out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut everything out before sticking the card front onto a base card made by scoring on my Hougie Board and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock.  I shaped the flower layers and attached them using glue gel and attached the greeting using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.)
  4. Cute Westie Puppy by Amy Perry (I printed the sheet out onto Matte Crafty Bob paper and cut out most of the pieces.  I created a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock.  The base image was then stuck to the front of this using fingerlift tape.  I finished the card off by shaping the decoupage pieces with my hands and attaching to the card with glue gel.  This is one really cute puppy who reminds me of our little dog when she was a pup.)

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  1. Fairy Stamps by Dawn Clayton, Floral Swirl Stamp by Karen Wyeth and Spackled Paper Pack – CU4CU by Mary Jane Harris (I took one of the fairies from the kit, the floral swirls digi stamp and three backgrounds into one of my graphics packages and moved around, re-sized etc., until I had everything how I wanted it for this card.  The faux matting and layering form the main card front was created using a lilac background, followed by a white rectangle, followed by a green tone background.  One of the floral swirls was then put at the top right of this.  The other  pieces were placed elsewhere on my working space.  I used a blue coloured background behind the fairy, so that the colour shows through the translucent wings.  Green and lilac backgrounds were placed behind other copies of the floral swirls.  The whole lot were printed out onto 300gsm, Super Smooth, white cardstock.  I coloured in everything bar the wings of the fairy using my ProMarkers, and cut out flowers and butterflies out of the lilac copies of the floral swirls digi.  The colours I used for the fairy were: hair – Cocoa, Tan; clothes – Lilac; eyes – Soft Green; Skin – Ivory, Satin, Dusky Pink.  The trimmed base layer of my design was stuck to the front of a card, made by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock, using finger-lift tape.  The coloured in digi fairy was cut out and given some shape before attaching her to the front of my card using glue gel.  I used the same glue to attach my layer of swirls and all the lilac flowers and butterflies.  With several fairies to choose from the fairy stamps kit offers lots of possibilities for making different cards for either an adult or children who love fairies.)
  2. Red Basque & Gold Shoe by Amy Perry (I printed the design out onto Matt Crafty Bob paper and cut out most of the pieces.  I couldn’t cut out the whole bunch of flowers so just cut out the flower heads and not the stem and leaves.  I also left some butterflies uncut.  I created a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White cardstock.  The main card front was attached to my created card using finger-lift tape.  I then attached the blank greetings panel using 1mm deep, double sided, foam tape.  I shaped the pieces I wanted to decoupage using my fingers and then attached to the front of my card using glue gel.  A very striking looking image that’s sure to be well liked by any recipient.  I’ve left the greetings panel blank for the time being as I’m not sure what language the greeting will be required in next.)
  3. Football Boy by Amy Perry (I printed the design out onto Matt Crafty Bob paper and cut out most of the pieces.  The most difficult bit was cutting out the landlocked area between the arm and the body.  I created a base card by scoring and folding in half an A4 sheet of Centura Pearl Snow White card-stock.  The main card front was attached to my created card using finger-lift tape.   I shaped the pieces I wanted to decoupage using my fingers and then attached to the front of my card using glue gel. As I’m not sure what language the greeting will be required in I’ve left it without a greeting for the time being.  I think that this is a great card for a youngster, and not so you person, who loves football.)

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TUTORIALS:

I’ve added some more stuff to my two pages of pictorial guides to how I’ve done things.

The “Colouring In Digi Stamps” page has grown quite a bit with more information and a pictorial tutorial of how I achieved  “Blending Using Five Pens”, “Shading Using One Pen” and “Colouring In Detailed Digital Stamps 1”.

I’ve also added a quick guide called “Paper Roses From Spirals” to my “Making Paper Flowers” page.
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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, 1st March – Here! – The mailer starts by showcasing the designs which you get on this weeks free CD-ROM, which is Volume 35.  Remember, you only need to spend £10 on craftsUprint in a single order during the week to get the free CD-ROM, together with some other freebies, all sent out to you post free.  Of course there’s lots more news, info, and showcased designs in the mailer as well, so please do click over for a look.
  • Monday, 4th March – Here! – It’s the turn of some of CUPs Bronze Designers to have their work showcased in this mailer. Robyn Cockburn has created some new “In the Garden 3D Card Kits“.  You’ll also find lots of the latest news from CUP land.

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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