A Further Assortment Of March 2013 Crafts

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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.



(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.


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.)



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.



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.



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.



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.



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, 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.



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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