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Spending – 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.
(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!
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.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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.)
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.
- As green was the requested colour this time we settled on two shades of green yarn from my stash of Stylecraft yarn.
- I’m currently working on the second sleeve, using the smallest size of circular knitting loom I have.
- Four rows of rib before going into moss stitch. I’ll start shaping the top of the raglan style sleeve before long.
- 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.
Have a look – here – at my whole shop Siop Crafftau MAES MIERI Crafts Shop on craftybob.com.
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.
You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.
You can see the cards Ive made using design sheets from CUP in my Crafter Showcase Area on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)
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